Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Vote for Kate's Best Tour Earrings & A Fantastic Giveaway from StyleRocks!

Hello, hello to you all!

Are you having a good week? We're back with a very special giveaway from our friends at StyleRocks. Before we take a look at the brand's gorgeous jewellery, we're looking back over Kate's selection of earrings during the Canada tour and asking you to vote for your favourite in our final Canada Tour Poll.

The Duchess brought an array of earrings with her to Canada. From staples in her own collection suitable for the itinerary's varied events, to a loan from the Queen and items supporting Canadian designers, we saw a nice mix. For the Cambridges' arrival in Canada, Kate chose her Tanzanite Teardrop Earrings by G. Collins & Sons to complement her look.

On the second day of the tour, the Duchess wore a pair of pearl and diamond earrings loaned by the Queen. The amazing Anna noted: "The Countess of Wessex wore these only one time to a royal wedding in 2012 (while wearing other jewels on loan from the Queen). HM wore these back in 1977 during her silver jubilee."

In Bella Bella, Kate completed her casual ensemble with a new pair of earrings by Canadian-born designer Pippa Small. The £850 Large Kite Double Drop Earrings are described as: "An ode to the kites that fly through out South Asia for the annual kite festivals, the kite is such a simple joy of childhood. The triumph of that thin paper taking off in a gust of breeze up into the sky, the ducking and twirling up there in the sky with the birds. The 18 kt Gold kites flutter on these beautiful double drop earrings."

Kate selected her £130 Soru Jewellery Baroque Pearl Double Sided Earrings for an evening reception at Government House.

In Kelowna, Kate sported a stirking new pair of Monica Vinader earrings. The £125 Siren Wire earrings are described as "organic, irregular shaped multi-faceted green onyx gemstone is encased in 18ct gold-plated vermeil on sterling silver". Queen Letizia also owns a pair, making these quite the royal favourite.

Kate wore her favourite Annoushka Pearl Drops with Kiki McDonough Hoops.

In Carcross, the Duchess wore the Large Bronze Modern Ulu Earrings by local Yukon designer Shelley MacDonald. The handmade earrings are available to purchase on Shelley's Etsy Page.

Kate wore her Kiki McDonough Lauren earrings for the children's party.

Kate also wore her trusty Kiki McDonough Citrine Drops.

Vote for Kate's Best Canada Tour 2016 Earrings free polls


Now we've taken a look at Kate's Canada earrings, it's time to take a look at jewels you could win for yourself and a friend. The lovely Pascale from StyleRocks has outdone herself with this - the HRH Duchess Kate Refer a Friend Giveaway -  offering the winner and their friend $500 AUD each to spend as they wish on the StyleRocks website.

How would you spend your prize if you won? Let's take a look at the possibilities on offer. StyleRocks was founded to enable customers to customise fine jewellery online - it's very much about being able to personalise jewellery exactly to your taste - and with that comes an abundance of choice. The brand's selection of Cocktail Rings offer an array of gemstones, metals and cuts.

Below, the Pink Sapphire Cocktail Ring - which is one of the brand's most popular pieces and the Cushion Checkerboard Sapphire Cocktail Ring. Both stunning pieces which would add a vibrant splash of colour to any look - especially with the winter season ahead.


Rings make for wonderful gifts and one may choose according to birthstone, significance of the gemstone, or simply because one feels it is the prettiest. The Lapis Lazuli Sterling Silver Cabochon Cocktail Ring is one such ring. Lapis lazuli is believed to stimulate intellect and represent friendship. We see the ring beside the Round Brilliant Cut Emerlad Sterling Silver Cocktail Ring; the green is a beautiful, rich hue.

Style Rocks

There are a number of beautiflul bracelets available, including the Pink Pearl Bracelet with Sterling Silver Heart Clasp, the Four Stone Oval Pink Sapphire Bangle and the Rose Gold Plated Double White Pearl Steel Bangle.


StyleRocks' Russian Ring Necklaces (as worn by Cate Blanchett) also make for stellar gifts. They can be personalised with the name of the recepient or include a quote which holds a special meaning. Below we the necklaces in mini, midi and maxi.

Pascale wrote a piece on the StyleRocks blog discussing why the necklaces have proven so popular: "These necklaces have a symmetry, a roundedness, a classical component which makes them so elegant. And what the picture doesn’t show, but real life does, is a fluidity as the rings move and roll around each other." Below, the Charlotte in sterling silver, rose gold and yellow gold.


Russian Wedding Rings are a timeless symbol of love. The "Gemelle" six-ring Russian wedding ring, made of 9 carat yellow gold, takes its inspiration from the classic Russian wedding ring, demonstrating family and unity. We also see the ring in rose gold and white gold.


All of the rings are fully customisable through metal, engraving and font. The Juno ring in multi gold shown below is a particularly lovely example.


While considering Kate's signature style when it comes to earrings, the Detachable Drops collection very much stood out. Detachable drops are a fantastic way to expand one's collection using hoop earrings you already have. My personal favourites are the Checkerboard Earrings - the Ruby and Green Amethyst are two great staple pairs.


A 'very Kate' style - the Cushion Checkerboard Gemstone Drop Diamond Earrings.


A selection from the detachable drops collection: the Morganite Checkerboard Earrings, White Quartz Checkerboard Earrings, Blue Topaz Round Brilliant Earrings and Prehinte Round Brilliant Drops.


Pearls are a staple in every collection and I couldn't finish without taking a look at classic pearl pieces and designs with a twist. Below, the simple but classic Double Pearl Tribal Earrings, the 'very Kate' Diamond Hoop 14ct Yellow Gold Earring with Pearl and the Sapphire Cushion Checkerboard Studs With Drop Pearl. We also see the Long White Pearl Necklace, the White Pearl Bracelet in Yellow Gold Clasp and the White Button Pearl Ring.


Not forgetting our male readers, StyleRocks offers a wide and varied range of custom cufflinks to suit all tastes. From Square Peridot Cufflinks to Golf Ball Silver Cufflinks and Tennis Ball Cufflinks, there's something for everyone. Cufflinks make a great gift for the men in your life, and the customisable options make it all the more personal.


This infographic offers nifty nuggets of information and statistics regarding the brand. Particular items of note: 100% of customers surveyed loved their StyleRocks jewellery and 82% of customers rate the brand as 9/10 or 10/10.


Back to the giveaway, here's how to enter:

Click here to enter the giveaway.  All you have to do is enter your name and email address for you AND a friend. After you click 'subscribe' you'll receive an email in your inbox asking you to confirm your subscription. Just one more click then and you're entered. (This entry is compulsory as the winner will be chosen from the list.)

Additional information:

  • The winner and their friend will each receive $500 AUD to spend on StyleRocks.  The total prize is $1000 AUD.
  • This giveaway is open internationally.
  • If you have already subscribed to StyleRocks previously, don't worry that you will be signed up to multiple mailing lists. This is a completely new list.
  • The giveaway runs for two weeks.
  • For those considering purchasing items from StyleRocks over the festive period: the company ships using DHL Express when shipping internationally, and it all takes three weeks.

Do leave a comment and let us know how you would spend your prize. You can browse the full collection of customisable pieces on StyleRocks. With many thanks to the lovely Pascale for sponsoring this contest. Wishing all entrants the very best of luck! :)

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Vote for Kate's Best Tour Daywear & Footwear; William and Kate Host Event for Inspirational Young People!

Good afternoon, we begin today's post with our remaining tour polls. Today we're looking at Kate's casual/daywear choices throughout the trip and her varied shoe selection over the course of the tour.

Best Casual/Daywear Ensemble

The tour's itinerary called for several casual ensembles covering a range of activities from outdoor walks to boat trips. We saw the first of these on day three of the tour when William and Kate visited Bella Bella. Kate's outfit comprised of several pieces including the Holland & Holland Ladies Lightweight Multipocket Safari Jacket, the Jigsaw Katharine Sweater, and the Topshop Gingham Print Shirt and jeans.

The Duchess changed from her Caroline Herrera coat into casual attire for engagements in Carcross, where Kate championed Canadian brand Sentaler, wearing their Wrap Coat with Ribbed Sleeves, now known as The Kate Coat. Kate teamed the coat with jeans and wore a black top underneath.

On the penultimate day of the tour, the Cambridges canoed to Haida Gwaii. The Duchess sported a new army green blazer by favoured Canadian brand Smythe, teamed with the delicate Somerset by Alice Temperley Spot Pretty Blouse in ivory. The £79 blouse is crafted in a lightweight and semi-sheer material. Kate completed the look with Zara Mid-Rise Trousers.

For a fishing trip later that day, Kate changed into the Really Wild Cashmere Mix Cable Crew Sweater in ruby and a new parka by Troy London. The £350 Wax Parka is described: "A fresh take on our bestseller, this new lightweight coat is made from 100% cotton milled in England with a dry wax finish. A black sports-luxe lining provides 100% waterproof protection and brings an urban appeal to this casual but elegant coat with a cinched waist and drawstring hood." The Duchess wore her khaki Zara trousers from earlier in the day.

Kate surprised us on the final day of the tour in a chic white Zara Jacket, her off-the-shoulder H&M top and black Zara jeans for the morning's engagements. The look was a departure from Kate's usual choice of dress/coat for engagements of the same nature and proved very popular. I expect it shall fare quite well in the poll!

For sailing that afternoon, Kate changed into her Troy London Parka, Jigsaw Katharine Sweater and jeans for a more outdoorsy look.

Vote for Kate's Best Canada Tour 2016 Casual/Daywear Ensemble free polls

Best Tour Footwear

Moving on to our 'Best Tour Footwear' poll. We saw a number of previously seen pairs along with a couple of unexpected surprises in the shoe department. First up, we have the Gianvito Rossi Suede 105 Pumps in Praline. The Italian brand has become a staple in Kate's collection.

Gianvito Rossi

For the second day of the tour, Kate debuted the red suede Russell & Bromley Pinpoint Pointed Toe Court Shoes.

Russell & Bromley

In Bella Bella, Kate teamed her look with her trusty Penelope Chilvers Long Tassel Boots.

Penelope Chilvers

For a government house reception, Kate wore her gorgeous red suede Gianvito Rossi pumps.


We saw Kate's trusty £195 L.K. Bennett Fern pumps (they appear to have become something of a replacement for the Sledge pumps in recent months).

L.K. Bennett

In Whitehorse, Kate wore a new pair of Tod's Fringed Leather Pumps. The £267 pumps were a lovely choice and a style we don't often see Kate wearing. They are described: "Tod's' versatile burgundy pumps have a sturdy block heel and cushioned footbed for round-the-clock comfort. This Italian-made pair is finished with an elegant gold buckle and the brand's signature pebbled sole."

Kate wore a new pair of R. Soles boots during the tour - the brand's £295 Virgi Chocolate Suede Boots.

R. Soles

For George and Charlotte's playdate, Kate wore her Monsoon Fleur Wedges.


On the final day of the tour, the Duchess wore J. Crew's Avery Heels in Tweed. The Italian made, pointed-toe style features textured tweed fabric, tassel details and a stacked heel for maximum wearability and comfort. Again, something quite different for Kate - and a pair I hope we see again!

J. Crew

We also saw Kate sport a new pair of sneakers on the final day of the tour: the Superga 'Cotu' Sneakers. The sneakers are described: "The textured contrast sole sets off the low-profile design, and the label and logo-embossed eyelets lend branded appeal."


Finally, we have Kate's L.K. Bennett Floret pumps in trench leather.

L.K. Bennett

Vote for Kate's Best Canada Tour 2016 Footwear free polls

I'm very much looking forward to seeing the winning selection. Which looks/shoes did you vote for?


Also today, before Tuesday's reception for Team GB at Buckingham Palace, William and Kate met with inspirational young people at Kensington Palace ahead of BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards.

Since 2008 Radio 1 has held an annual event for teenagers aged 14 to 17 years. The awards celebrate the selfless, brave and exceptional achievements of young people. Celebrities and stars in the music, sporting and online industries are also honoured. The pre-awards event provided an excellent opportunity for the Duke and Duchess to meet the young people involved, and to congratulate them on their success.

More from The Daily Express:

'The royals welcomed teenagers and Radio 1 DJs Nick Grimshaw, Clara Amfo and Greg James into their home to praise them for their inspirational work after being crowned Teen Heroes of 2016.
Among those who met William and Kate at the special reception was 15-year-old Lewis who, despite his own health problems, has created a social platform for poorly and disabled children. Lewis has been named one of Radio 1's Teen Heroes for raising over £20,000 for charities as well as launching his Friend Finder website.
Niamh, 15, who has a rare auto-immune illness called neuromyelitis optica (NMO), is a children's ambassador for the NMO UK charity and helps to raise awareness of her condition with a blog while running a support group for young people.'

Kate told the teenagers: "I don't know how all of you find the time to do the volunteering. It's such a great thing... Keep it up." William added: "Massive congratulations, it's seriously impressive." Before telling the group they are "leading the way".

William and Kate posed for a photo with the group. It's interesting to see a closer look at Kate's McQueen dress as photos were rather limited from the Team GB reception.

The winners will be honoured at the seventh annual awards ceremony on Sunday at London's SSE Arena, Wembley. The star-studded event will be hosted by BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw. Music acts Little Mix, Jess Glynne, DNCE and the Vamps will be performing along with other special guests. There's a video available on YouTube with nice quotes.

At present, there's nothing announced for Kate's calendar, however, I expect that to change shortly. Hope you're all enjoying a wonderful weekend! :)