Smart Set Capsule Wardrobe by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

Meghan’s Smart Set capsule wardrobe launched today. Here’s a quick and simple list of products and where to buy. Links are affiliate, except for Misha Nonoo’s.
John Lewis tote bag, £109, in black and brown: bit.ly/31iT5qi
M&S dress (in 3 colours) at £19.50 bit.ly/31i002G
Jigsaw Paris Blazer: bit.ly/2Ae10cs
Jigsaw Paris Trousers: bit.ly/31nbrXe
Today at the launch, Meghan paired her Paris trousers and Smart Set Shirt with a pair of Manolo Blahnik heels (http://bit.ly/2A9sLCS, affiliate link) and a saddle coloured POLO Ralph Lauren belt (http://bit.ly/31iXlG2, affiliate link)
For every item purchased from the Smart Set, a like for like donation will be made to Smart Works, a charity that helps women with the clothes, confidence and coaching to go out there and get that job! I love the way Meghan channels her love for cooking and fashion into helping those in need!
 

Kate, Duchess of Sussex, at the Polo, 10 July 2019

The Duchess of Cambridge carries a small Darley bag in red today – currently on sale here! bit.ly/2G15FBR (UK affiliate link) #DuchessofCambridge #Katestyle
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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, at the Polo, 10 July 2019

 

With thanks to @MeghansMirror for the ID, here are Meghan’s sunnies today: £220 at @NETAPORTER. bit.ly/2YNpXWG (affiliate link) #DuchessofSussex #MeghanStyleCapturesunniues

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, at Wimbledon, 4 July 2019

This post contains affiliate links.

A quick update on Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s, outfit, today at Wimbledon! She wore a gorgeous white pinstripe blazer, with a new pair of sunglasses, and her trusty Madewell hat. It’s now available to purchase in the UK and I really, really wish I could buy it!

 

Here are the links to purchase:

Hat: bit.ly/2YyePNd (now available in the UK!)

Thanks to @MeghansMirror

and @fortheroyals

for IDs!

 

Chinese New Year: Celebrate The Year of the Dog with A Feast (plus Rosé)!

I love celebrating Chinese New Year – if you live in a big city check to see if there are any events near you coming up: Southampton always has a lion dance and dragon dance going on somewhere in the city, and you can find out more here. I’ve said before that sharing other people’s food, traditions and holidays is the purest way of showing appreciation and love, so with that in mind, I’d like to share some great recipes for celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Dog on Friday 16 February!

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Easy Entertaining At Christmas With Aldi

If you’re like me, the best part of Christmas has to be the food, the entertaining, and spending time with friends and family. I’m not the type to get too flustered by cooking, but I don’t like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen when there’s so much else to do, so my favourite way to feed the masses over Christmas is with a big cold buffet spread.

Can you believe I got this whole spread from Aldi for under £25?!

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Ten Top Treats in Marseille: Unmissable Food In Provence

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When it comes to France, my joy is sparked not by the grand avenues of Paris, dainty treats from the patisserie, or high fashion shopping, but from the rough and ready parts – bold flavours, cold seaside towns, grimy newsagents, supermarket shelves and farmers markets. My favourite French towns and cities will never make it into Vogue, but they provide the kind of experience I crave – real life, real people, real food. A few years ago, my husband and I visited Marseille, completely unaware of its seedy reputation, and discovered a beautiful, underappreciated gem of a city, complete with a rich tradition of gorgeous Provencial food and culture that I fell in love with. Continue reading

Fortune Teller from Ciate's Mini Mani Month Advent calendar: nail swatch

Ciate’s Mini Mani Month 2016: All The Swatches!

My Top Five Nail Polish Swatches from Ciate London

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you’ll probably know that in December, I swatched all the colours from Ciate’s Mini Mani Month advent calendar. I decided to make a post featuring my favourite colours, and there’s a link below to take you to all of the swatches from the advent calendar on my Flickr account!

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Starry Night from Ciate's Mini Mani Month Advent calendar: nail swatch

Starry Night from Ciate’s Mini Mani Month Advent calendar: nail swatch

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Get your body ready for January with LQ Liquid Health Joint Care

Get your body ready for January: keeping healthy in winter

People love to pour scorn on New Year resolutions almost as much as they like to make them. January is a natural time to reflect on the last year and try and make the next 12 months better than the last, though – and it’s a good time to get stuck into exercise too, if you’ve spent December on the sofa overindulging!

I get sent a lot of supplements and vitamins throughout the year, so I thought I’d share my favourites with you in time for the New Year. These are things you can start taking right away to get your body ready for whatever you want to throw at it come next month!

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Replikate Face-Off: Paul & Joe Lyrisme Cape

When I heard there was a replikate available for Kate’s gorgeous Paul & Joe cape, which she wore in the Bhutan, I couldn’t quite believe it. Of all the items she’s worn, this would probably be one of the last I’d imagine would be copied. It’s an intricate design, and an item she only wore once. As soon as I heard about it, I had to order one right away to do a comparison between the two.

In all pictures, the original Paul & Joe cape is pictured on the left, while the copy is on the right.

I have to say, I was pretty bowled over by how well the replikate came out. I didn’t know what to expect, but the embroidery is really very similar to the original (obviously, some changes need to be made to stay on the right side of copyright). The colours are a little darker in the embroidery of the copy, especially in the greens.

The copy has the same unusual style of stand-up collar, a little thicker and taller than the original. The fabric overall is thicker and heavier, which means this might actually be a better choice for autumn and winter than the fairly thin Paul & Joe cape.

The fastenings are where the main difference lies – the original has hook and eyelets, whereas the copy has large poppers to keep the cape closed.

As you can see, on the back the detailing is still gorgeous on both items – with the largest difference being in the replikate’s centre embroidery, which creates a void at the nape of the neck not present in the original.

This is the bottom of the cape, and you can see the replikate stops before the hem, whereas the original continues the emboridery beyond it.

The original is much finer – and the lining is so thin you can see the embroidery through it. You’ll also notice that the original is ivory, whereas the replikate is a bold, winter white.

The care label marks the replikate as 70% silk and 30% cotton, while the original is 100% wool. The size on the replikate is marked as ‘large’, but it’s the same size as the original, which is ‘one size’.

Another slight difference is the fact that the copy has a slightly raised hem at the front, although both items are a similar length, as you can see in the first image.

All in all, if you’re looking for a copy, this is a fantastic one – the quality is great for the price, and I can’t believe how well they were able to replicate the beautiful embroidery. The original cost £380 – which was increased to £420 when they re-released. I spent £72.22 on this replikate, which for a saving of over £300, makes this a serious bargain. As a bonus, it also comes with a free belt like the one Kate wore with it in Bhutan!

(I have sold the replica cape now! Thanks to Jennifer for the tip and finding the cape on eBay!)