An “Accessible Friendly” Option for Catherine’s L.K. Bennett Dress in Brisbane

So, like everyone else you loved this look on the Duchess.  But, you either have little use for a dress or you have accessibility issues like those of your editor that mean that something that can go on over the head would be better.  Well L.K. Bennett has a solution.



The Lasa Top features an identical print to the dress, but might be a better fit for those that are petite or who have mobility issues that might make it harder to get in the dress in the same pattern. The top can be purchased at the US Site as well as the UK/International Site

Catherine in Snorkle Blue L.K. Bennett for Brisbane

Today as Catherine departed for Brisbane she was wearing a dress from LK Bennett that had caught my eye many many times.

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It should be no surprise that the dress has sold out in both the blue and orange colorways in all sizes by the time of this writing.

Lasa Poppy Print Dress

I’ll be back with details about today’s events as things unfold.

A Speech by the Duchess of Cambridge at Bear Cottage


It really is wonderful to be here today – having the chance to meet you all and to see the incredible work of Bear Cottage. First class delivery of children’s palliative care is life changing.  When families are confronted with the shattering news that their children have a life limiting condition, their world can fall apart.  It is at those times that professional support is imperative.

I first saw this through East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and have since been fortunate to see similar work in Malaysia, then last week at Rainbow Place in New Zealand, and now here today. William and I are strong believers in collaborative work.  The sharing of best practice is transformational for organisations.  The needs of families requiring children’s palliative care across the world are varied.  Circumstances and environment can differ – but the aim of those supporting them is the same – to offer the best and most loving care possible.

I  am delighted that Bear Cottage and EACH are planning to be part of a ‘community of best practice’.  The haven that you have created here is inspirational, and there is so much that you can share with each other as you continue to support and nurture those in your care.

If I may, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has welcomed me and George so incredibly warmly on our first visit.  To be here together as a family has been very special and we will always remember it with fond and happy memories.

Thank you for inviting us here and for such a generous welcome.

Catherine Wears Teal Emilia Wickstead to Palm Sunday Services in Dunedin

Catherine and William started out the day with a traditional greeting at the import in Dunedin before making their way to Palm Sunday Services.

Catherine wore a dress by New Zealand-born and London-based Designer Emilia Wickstead today.  Her hat is by a name we see often when Catherine is in need of a hat for an occasion, Jane Taylor.  She completed her look with her Emmy Bag and Shoes in Charcoal.

Photo Courtesy Stephen Lock/I-Images

Photo Courtesy Stephen Lock/I-Images


If you think you’ve seen this dress before it’s because you have, it was just in a different color when you saw it on her at a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in 2012. She also wore it to a luncheon at Windsor castle earlier that month.
Kate at Buckingham Palace Garden PartySovereign Jubilee Lunch hosted by Queen Elizabeth II
Images Courtesy of Polaris Images

Catherine Visits Rainbow Place in Hamilton

Catherine was the guest of honor today at an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party at Rainbow Place Children’s Hospice in hamilton today.

She had a warm up tea party with Bailey

met other children in an art therapy session

then went on to the party outside.


Catherine visited Rainbow Place in her continuing efforts to bring awareness to the cause of children’s palliative care. This falls under the platform provided to her by her role as Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.

Lindsey Sanford, Press and Media office at EACH had this comment:

“Here at EACH we’re honoured and extremely proud to have The Duchess of Cambridge as our Royal Patron. The Duchess’s support helps us increase the awareness and understanding of the full range of services we offer to life-threatened children, young people and their families.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal Patronage really celebrates the great work being done by all children’s hospices across the UK, and we’re delighted to see Her Royal Highness showing an international interest and commitment to children’s palliative care by visiting children’s hospices in New Zealand and Australia.”

On to the Outfit for today:
Catherine wore a Coat in a beautiful green by Erdem and a dress by Suzzanah.

















She completed the look with her Episode Angels and her Mulberry Bayswater Black Suede Clutch

Get the Look: Catherine’s JBrand Jeans

Today I have some news before the tour events for the day get underway. After yesterday and the debate of is it Zara or JBrand, I reach out to JBrand…not to sort out the debate mind you, that is for people with a keener eye and a stronger patience, but to find out what might be the best option for a Repli-Kate for those of us that are petite…the best part is, THEY WROTE BACK.

First a quick look at Kate in her JBrand 811′s

Kate-Middleton-in-J-Brand-811-mid-rise-skinny-jeansThe photos above are from the times she wore the jeans on her tour of Canada (remember, the first time we had fun on a royal tour) but these jeans have been a CONSTANT part of Catherine’s wardrobe.

After the most recent possible outing, I reached out to JBrand to see if they had a recommendation for a match for these well-loved jeans in their petite line.  I got this response:

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so here is a look at the two pair side by side on the left Catherine’s 811 in Navy, on the right the 835 in Ink.















Thanks to JBrand for giving me the advice.  By making this recommendation JBrand has mentioned one of my style secrets…at 4’8″ I use cropped pants for almost every pair I own…not 100% but I’d say 95% of the time

Catherine Attends State Reception in Bespoke Jenny Packham

Tonight’s look was simply elegant.

Catherine wore a bespoke piece by favored designer Jenny Packham. It is described as black, knee-length (maybe a tad below the knee) and with beadwork detailing of a silver fern on the shoulder. The dress has what i think is a boatneck, and I think the dress is just beautiful.

Some may wonder about the use of the silver fern on the dress, here is what i learned in researching it as a symbol:
The silver fern (Cyathea dealbata) has come to embody the spirit of New Zealand. This distinctly New Zealand symbol is considered a badge of honour by the people, products and services of our country that carry it.

Many were thinking that we might see something by a local designer tonight, but with the Duchess choosing a piece by Jenny Packham I wonder if Palm Sunday services might be our next best chance at seeing something local.

Catherine makes us do “Fashion Math” in Blenhiem for Ceremony at War Memorial

For her first event today Catherine wore a piece by Alexander McQueen and like many pieces in the past this one has bespoke touches that means that we have to do a bit of “Fashion math”.

Catherine’s coat was a beautiful cornflower blue. It appears to be A combination of the two coats shown below.


Catherine appeared to be wearing a black dress underneath and finished off this outfit with her blue McQueen suede pumps, her sapphire and diamond earrings, and her navy muse clutch by Stuart Weitzman

Catherine Wears Tory Burch and Jimmy Choo to Take George on Plunket Playdate

It was the moment on the tour that most everyone has been waiting for. His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge took center stage as he attended his first Official royal engagement and joined in a Plunket Playgroup while his mum and dad, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge talked with other first time parents of 10 other similarly aged children at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand.

This is the article about Catherine and her outfit, George’s post is here.

Catherine wore a dress by a designer I don’t think we’ve ever seen her in.


The Paulina Dress by Tory Burch. She paired this dress with a new pair of Jimmy Choo heels and her Anoushka pearls with her Kiki McDonough hoops. Her Cartier watch makes another appearance as well.

Catherine's Tory Burch Ensemble

Catherine’s Tory Burch Ensemble


Paulina Dress by Tory Burch

Vikki Platform pumps in black suede by Jimmy Choo

 Pearl Drop Earrings by Annoushka Jewelry

Ballon Bleu Watch by Cartier

I leave this post with what I think is the cutest photo of the day. The little Prince is tuckered out after playing and he just loves his mummy!

Courtesy of the Governor General's Office

Courtesy of the Governor General’s Office

I know everyone can’t wait to see George and his post is just so full of cuteness that you should go right on over and indulge.

We’ll be back with Thursday’s events…I suspect we’ll see two maybe three outfits.

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The Tour of New Zealand Begins…Catherine Wears Catherine Walker

Well the royal tour officially started albeit 20 minutes late and not without a good scare that we’d miss arrival pics due to the weather.

As the family exited the plane all eyes were on the tiniest member of the Royal Entourage. Prince George.

Looks like the wee one did okay on his first long haul flight and he looked like he was ready to get down on the tarmac and go explore.

Catherine wore a red, military style coat by Catherine Walker and a pillbox hat by Gina Foster. Her shoes were a chocolate pair by Emmy Shoes that we have seen on a few occasions in the past. The family went on to Government House and while George decided to go upstairs with his Nanny, William and Catherine were treated to an official welcome ceremony.

With that we are off until Wednesday.

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