Monday, April 21, 2014

The Duchess Downunder

Bloggers have been going nuts recently posting Duchess Catherine's outfits from the Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand almsot as quickly as she can change them. The only thing competing for attention with Kate's fashion choices are Prince George's chubby cheeks. In general I find the Duchess's style to be be classic and chic, but pretty boring and conservative, which I suppose comes with the job (or is the Queen's orders). While she has whipped out the same tired shoes that we have been seeing her in for the past 3 years, Catherine has impressed me a couple of times. Below are my 3 favorite outfits from the Royal Tour.

Here she is in a Catherine Walker coat, stepping off a plane in New Zealand with baby George in tow. I love all her matching hats, and this pill box one is very Jackie Kennedy of her.

A simple yet effective Jenny Packham dress embelished with a fern, a symbol of New Zealand.

Here she is attending an Easter serice at a church in Australia. This look is my favorite. Obviously, since it's Alexander McQueen. I need to start wearing fancy hats like this. If people in Canada wore hats like this to church, it sure would make church a lot more appealing to me!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring Desires

It's snowing in Calgary, so we know that means spring is here. Or something. Aside from warmer temperatures, my favorite thing about spring is NEW CLOTHES!!! Obviously. I think that my favorite fashion season is spring. Most fashionistas prefer fall because the designers really bring out the big guns, but I would always take a tank top over a sweater, and bare legs over tights. I have compiled a list of the things that I want to add to my spring wardrobe. If only I could afford it all!

Long Pencil Skirt

I am loving anything high-waisted, and especially high-waisted pencil skirts that fall below the knee. The particular one that I am coveting is this little gem from Dreamboat Lucy, in the top print.

The Statement Shoe
Apparently, the statement heel is "back." Was is ever gone? Not in my book. I think that a new pair of statement heels really is something that needs to be invested in every season. This season I have had my eye on a pair of hand-painted floral print python pumps from Stuart Weitzman, and last week I finally got them! They are going to pair fabulously with the skirt mentioned above, as well as the next item listed below. See? It's all working together, so it must be practical.

Faded Denim

I love the look of faded skinny jeans worn cuffed at the ankle. . I even more love the look of them worn with some seriously fierce heels, like these yellow Valentino Rockstud ones or the above floral pair. It seems like we have been wearing dark skinny jeans for so long now, that a faded pair suddenly feels very fresh for spring. The top jeans are the Avedon by Citizens of Humanity.

 Pleated Maxi Skirt

I love love love maxis. They are so easy and versatile. You can dress them up for a night out, or dress them down with flat sandals and a jean jacket. Pleats are a major trend for spring and I love them on a maxi skirt. I love the bright colours I'm showing here, but a pastel or off white would be really pretty too. The top skirt is by Ralph Lauren and the bottom one is from Victoria's Secret.

I feel like four items on my spring shopping list is quite restrained, actually. Oh, please, who am I kidding? There will be at least four more items added to this list by next week. Honestly, there are four more items in my head right now. Happy spring everyone!
P.S. It's snowing right now.