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Fashion Books On My Mind

Oh coffee table books, I love you so. I promise I will one day grow up a bit and purchase an actual coffee table to display you on.

Here are a few titles currently on my radar…!

Fashion Books

Lessons from Madame Chic:: I find French style so incredible… how do they make it look so effortless? There are tons of books out there on how to master the Parisian closet, but I’ve heard the best things about this title.

Preppy:: Despite not being fond of its rather stuck-up subtitle [Cultivating Ivy Style], I’ve been eager to get my hands on this book… I can’t resist vintage preppy photography and love hearing about how brands like Lilly and Ralph Lauren became what they are today.

Kate’s Style:: I have an actual folder full of my magazine clippings of Kate Middleton’s outfits, and there are probably hundreds of images littering my Pinterest boards as well. To have a scrapbook of my style icon’s best looks all in one place, well, that would be a delight.

It:: Already have this Alexa Chung masterpiece. Still keep picking it up for daily inspiration. Read my review here.

American Fashion Cookbook:: But honestly, why didn’t I publish this first?

The Fashion Insider’s Guide: New York:: Mama got me this for Christmas, and I cannot WAIT to revisit NYC with this sweet little guide!

Just Being Audrey: I may or may not already have an extensive collection of Audrey Hepburn titles, but this children’s book about my girl Aud has yet to make it to my shelves.

American Fashion Travel:: I love-love-love fashion books that more resemble a scrapbook than anything else.

Grace: A Memoir:: Shamefully, I have not yet read Grace Coddington’s recent memoir. Next on my list, you better believe.

Have you read any of these titles? What are your favorite fashion books?

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A Truly Royal Blue

In case you missed it, yesterday was the launch of the limited edition Banana Republic | Issa London collection. Women everywhere were prepared to jump on the $130 version of Kate Middleton’s infamous wrap dress from her engagement photos. But when the dress hit stores and online, there seemed to be an air of disappointment with the teal/turquoise shade available, as opposed to Kate’s famous royal blue. Banana Republic has since changed the description from “Tulum Turquoise” to “Royal Blue,” but the photo doesn’t speak much justice.

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[ Issa Collection Three-Quarter Sleeve Wrap-Tie Dress, Banana Republic, $130 ]

I’ve now seen it in person, and while it is not quite as vibrantly blue as Kate’s original, it is a beautiful shade and definitely not what I would call turquoise. But if you’d rather a more true royal blue, here are a handful [ or two! ] of other frock options I’ve rounded up…!

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[ Pencil Dress with Wrap, ASOS, $54 | Gemma Wrap Dress, Banana Republic, $98 | Baum and Pferdgarten Body Con Ruched Dress, $82 ]

Royal Blue 3

[ Pencil Dress with Ruched Wrap, ASOS, $140 | Draped Jersey Faux-Wrap Dress, Calvin Klein, $108 | Twist Front Drape Dress, River Island, $64 ]

Royal Blue 4

[ Scallop Dress, J.Crew, $148 | Frill Sleeves Mini Dress, French Connection, $51 | Julian Mini Wrap Dress, Diane von Furstenberg, $285 ]

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[ Fine Knit Classic Dress, Missoni, $291 | Celeb Presence Dress, ModCloth, $22 | Alice & You Royal Blue Lace Dress, Dorothy Perkins, $44 ]

Will you be purchasing anything from the Banana Republic x Issa collection? I would love to hear your thoughts!


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Mario Testino

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From Kate Moss to Kate Middleton, this fashion photographer has captured quite the array of celebrities. His two exhibits, Mario Testino: British Royal Portraits and Mario Testino: In Your Face, are currently gracing the gallery walls of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and frankly, I can’t figure out what took me so long to get there. You all know I love a good royal family portrait, and the provocative In Your Face was nothing short of amazing. Emma Watson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Gisele? Come on now, it was almost too good to be true.

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Kayla attended last month’s premiere and rubbed elbows with quite a few faces you may recognize, including Anna Wintour, Giselle, and a certain Mr. Testino himself. Check out the interview for a glimpse of this glamour before you make your way to the exhibit…

Video courtesy of Dirty Water  TV

The British Royal Portraits will be on display until June 16, 2013, but the fashion photography will be there only until February 3rd. If you’re close enough, run– don’t walk– to the MFA. And as if you need extra motivation, it’s free Wednesday nights after 4 pm :)


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A Royal Halloween

I’m tempted to not even share this with you all, as it may or may not be my actual Halloween costume, but I’m too excited to not– in honor of today’s costume-prep Friday’s Fancies. Still in need of an easy idea? Meet the Duchess of Cambridge…

Pleated Shoulder Dress, Love 21, $28
Simulated Crystal Ring, LC Lauren Conrad, $12
York Pump, MICHAEL Michael Kors, $130

Play it up a touch more with a tiara or fancy hat. And if you’re looking for the real thing, the Issa Wrap Dress can be found here! As for the real ring? That one I can’t help you with. But I hear Harry’s single again…


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A Royal Blue

Oh, I’m sorry, have we not discussed my love for all things related to Kate Middleton’s style lately? You’re in luck today then.

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Ever since the Duchess donned this sky blue Stella McCartney during a visit to the National Portrait Gallery last week, I’ve had the color on my mind. You can still find the actual dress here for a pretty penny, but below are a few more affordable options in this glowing hue…

Sky Blue Dresses

(1) Tiered Vest Dress by Boutique, Topshop, $150
(2) Plenty by Tracy Reese Everyday Royalty Dress, ModCloth, $268
(3) Stretch Silk-Blend Dress, DKNY, $118 (sale!)
(4) Flocked Cobalt Dress, Anthropologie, $188
(5) Duck Print Skater Dress, ASOS, $36
(6) Maritime Dress in Skinny Stripe, J.Crew, $60 (sale!)

Are there any famous figure influencing your style lately? Colors you’ve been craving?


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The Jubilee Queen

June 2nd marks 60 years on the throne for the Queen of England, Elizabeth II. Her Diamond Jubilee celebration will take place this Friday through Tuesday, known as The Central Weekend.

Personally I’m far too excited for an American to celebrate the occasion. Tea, scones, fancy hats, and some shopping at Jack Wills are sure to happen this weekend.

Also how excited are we to see what Kate wears??

Will you be keeping up with the Jubilee celebrations? No, just me? Fair.


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Royal Anniversary

Someeebody has a very special first anniversary coming up! And it is far from being yours truly.

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I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I woke up at the ungodly hour of 4 am to watch Kate and Wills tie the knot [tea and scones in hand, mind you]. Since then, Kate Middleton has become my ultimate style icon [see here; here; here; here], so it seemed only appropriate that for today’s Date Night Friday’s Fancies I keep the duchess in mind.

I don’t know what Miss Catherine will be wearing for her anniversary soiree, but I can imagine it would be classic and proper, but with flirty details like lace and peplum, and romantic touches of pale pink…

Lace Peplum Dress by Rare, Topshop, $65
Linen-blend Cropped Jacket, Carven, $340
Return to Tiffany Mini Heart Tag Earrings, Tiffany & Co. $475 
Hand in Hand Idiom Bangle, Kate Spade, $58
Pointed Patent Leather Court Shoe, Zara, $80

What do you think she’ll be donning?


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Hollywood Glam

I don’t think I’m alone in admitting that half of the reason I watch awards shows is for the fashions. I’m so excited to see all of the gorgeous dresses that rock the red carpet this Sunday at the Academy Awards, and equally as excited to be linking up with long distance loving for an Oscar’s-themed Friday’s Fancies!

When my style icon Kate Middleton stopped in Hollywood as a part of her North American tour last summer, I couldn’t wait to see what she wore to the British Academy of Film and Television Arts celebration. Stepping out in a lavender Alexander McQueen, she exceeded any expectations I had. I knew at that moment, that if I ever had the chance to walk down that red carpet, I would choose to wear something pretty dang similar…

Silk Georgette Gown, Rachel Gilbert, $1,385
Rhinestone bracelet, BCBG, $48 
Bountiful Bliss Clutch, BHLDN, $450
Multi-Teardrop Earrings, BCBG, $88 
Champagner Sky Heels, Jimmy Choo, $740
Kate photo courtesy of Getty Images 

Hey, a girl can dream right?


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If you haven’t already heard, Kate Middleton is one of my biggest style inspirations.


I remember seeing photos of her leaving Buckingham Palace the morning after the wedding in this simple but darling outfit, and I knew I could remake it.

So, ok, it took me a few months to get it together, but I finally did:

Blazer, H&M
Dress, H&M
Belt, Urban Outfitters
Wedges, Gap

Jewelry, Tiffany & Co.

How’d I do?

Happy weekend everyone! I’ll be [finally] moving into my new apartment Saturday and spending Sunday at Rendez-Vous New England!!

edit: AH I was featured in this outfit on A Petite Princess‘s Royal Runway. I live by her blog for all things Catherine Middleton :)


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Kate’s Royal Lace

I legitimately still get butterflies in my stomach thinking about The Royal Wedding. Even from thousands of miles away and through the tube, it was such a magical event to watch. And Princess Kate is quickly becoming my style icon…!

As you’ve probably heard, The Duchess of Cambridge’s gown and accessories are now on display at Buckingham Palace through October 3. This exhibit is giving us a much closer look at the Alexander McQueen lace shoes from the wedding that were quite difficult to get a good glimpse of under the gown.

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So far, it’s pretty clear to see from today’s Tuesday Shoesday look at Zappos that Kate has done it again. The next trend? Lace heels. No wedding needed.

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