Back in middle school, I had the biggest crush on Prince William. At this time, he was in high school at Eton and I just thought he was the cutest! Plus, there was always that Cinderella/fairy tale aspect to him. I am not going to lie, I was a little disappointed that he graduated college when I graduated high school. I would’ve gone to St. Andrews ASAP for him. :o) I had magazines and books about William and Harry. I even have a collage I made in middle school of them still hanging in my room today! Sadly, this is no lie! I must admit that currently, my middle school crush has vanished. To be honest, I don’t really think he has aged very well. I had a conversation with my mom about this and she thinks he looks just the same, but I think Harry looks the same and William has changed the most. Even ignoring the fact that he is balding, which doesn’t bother me at all, he still looks different to me for some reason.
Anyway, my new obsession is Duchess Kate, Prince William’s wife. I love everything about her! I love that she is living a Cinderella story- going from being an everyday person to the future Queen of England. I also love that she is so well put together at all times. Even after partying with William and Co. well into the morning hours, she would always leave the bars looking great. I read a book about her and it mentioned that she actually doesn’t drink much (just a few glasses of champagne) and that before she would leave the bars she would always run by the restroom and make sure she looked okay. In today’s world where girls think its cool to be sloppy, drunk messes, I admire Kate. And look, she landed herself a prince by acting so “uncool”. Who would’ve thought?!
In addition to being such a classy lady, I also adore Kate because, lets be honest, the girl can dress (and with no stylist!)! Most of the pictures below were taken during Kate and William’s North American tour. (I am so bummed I missed it, by the way.) I think they always look so great together. They are just the cutest couple. I love that they dated for so long before getting married- unlike his parents who only went on a handful of dates (not that I don’t love Diana…more on that later). I definitely hope they last!
Kate is wearing a fascinator in the picture above and below. I am strangely obsessed with these types of accessories after the Royal Wedding. They are just headpieces that include flowers, beads, and/or feathers and they attach to hair by using a clip, comb or headband. Obviously, they come in all styles and colors. In these pictures, Kate is wearing one with a maple leaf on it since she is in Canada. I love how she went with the Canada theme! Too cute! Is it cool if I have people wear these at my wedding even though I’m not in Great Britain?! (Hey, maybe I will be…Harry is still single ;o)
I also love that Kate is brave enough to buy white. (Yes, she buys her clothes. She might rent them too, but I know she doesn’t accept free clothes.) Usually people avoid white because they think it gets dirty easily and that it doesn’t always photograph well, but Kate rocks it!
While in North America, William and Kate hit up the BAFTA “Brits to Watch” event, which was filled with celebrities. The picture above is of them arriving to the event. Can I just say- FABULOUS!? I love the flowiness of her dress. Her hair, makeup, and accessories look gorgeous as always. Can we talk about her hair for a bit?!
I love that she gets blowouts, which are actually really popular now. Blowout bars are popping up all over the country especially in NYC and LA. Basically, its just a place that washes and blowdries your hair. Yes, you can do that in the privacy of your own bathroom for free, but isn’t it always wonderful when someone else is playing with your hair? Obviously, I wouldn’t recommend going to one all the time, just for a wedding or a girls night out type event. I doubt Kate gets them done all the time either- just for public appearances. This summer I have just been letting my hair air dry naturally or I blow dry it instead of using a straigtener on it like usual. I haven’t straigtened my hair since May! Obviously, I do this because its summer, but I also have been inspired by Kate a bit too. Plus, its better for your hair, ladies!
Another thing I love is that Kate has been rocking the nude pumps trend. I love this trend and have actually been looking for nude heels since last spring! (I finally got some AMAZING ones from BCBG!) They are supposed to make you look taller and slimmer, which is never a bad thing. I also feel like they make me look tanner too- another plus. Kate, Pippa (her younger sister), and their mother all wear these heels. What a trend setting family they’ve got. :o)
Also notice that Kate wears sheer pantyhose with every dress at every appearance. Some might say that Kate is committing a crime of fashion here since pantyhose went out with the 80’s (unless you’re like 40+), but actually this is royal protocol. I wonder if Kate has the fashion icon ability to bring these back into style for the younger generations? They are flying off shelves in the UK at least. We’ll see what happens in the US. I actually don’t think they look bad at all. They give her legs a little sheen and we all know pantyhose suck you in (never a negative where I’m concerned).
As mentioned previously, I also loved Princess Diana, another royal fashion icon. Although her life was very different from Kate’s life, they seem a lot a like. They both carry themselves well and both have a great sense of style. I like the picture above comparing the two of them. I only hope that after a few years of getting situated into the royal life that Kate gets involved in charities as much as Princess Diana did. She does have some big shoes to fill, if I do say so myself.
To be a fashion icon, I believe you must have a good body as well. I mean, no one wants a dirty old canvas to paint a masterpiece on, right? Not that I think a fashion icon needs to be super skinny (and I actually think Kate is getting a little too thin), but they definitely need to take care of themselves. Kate has always been very active and has participated in hockey, swimming, tennis, and rowing. The picture above is of Kate vacationing with William before they were engaged. I remember this picture came out and it was the first time people realized she had a great body! She is definitely my fitness inspiration as well as my fashion inspiration.
I know this post has been super long and random and it jumps from topic to topic from time to time. I apoligize, but its almost over! I just wanted post this picture of Chelsy Davy, Harry’s on and off again girlfriend (currently off). Can we just focus on the differences between her and Kate for a second. She looks like a train wreck and this isn’t even that bad of a picture. She is definitely one of the girls that must think its cool to be a drunk, sloppy mess like I mentioned above. I mostly just wanted to post this picture to end on this note:
Stay classy ladies and always think- What Would Kate Do?
Sidenote: I love the picture below- the hair, boots, sparkly dress. I die! I didn’t add it into my post pictures above, but it is probably my favorite dress Kate has worn. I have searched the internet for something like it. I figure replicas of her dresses would be coming out of the woodworks by now, but I have had no luck. If you find something similar, please tell me! I must have it! Also, leave comments on your thoughts about Kate- love her or hate her, favorite outfits, etc. I’d love to hear feedback!