Good morning, good morning. The waiting is starting to get to you, isn't it? I know it is. :) Even I am beginning to wonder. In Monday's post, I confidently predicted we would have a new royal baby with us before the weekend. As the hours ticked by yesterday, I could only shake my head. While we wait for the fashionably late HRH, I have a fun distraction at the end of this post, so hold on through our Kate updates!
Before we get to that, though, PopSugar got a hold of the entire set of photos from the
Bucklebury Snettisham! Farm Park. They are higher quality than the ones we have seen, and there are some precious new shots of Kate carrying George. That little man really has grown. William and Kate are really blessed; he is just absolutely precious. Of course, we knew Kate would have beautiful babies. :) See all the pictures at PopSugar here. Can you tell they are related?
While in London, Kate has not been a hermit hiding away in KP. The Duchess was spotted shopping at Zara Home for a variety of things, including what might have been gifts for George? People reports:
Browsing the store alone for 45 minutes, Kate bought some salad servers, a plain doormat and some dark blue bath towels with rope-print detailing. "She was really interested in the blue sailor-themed display where she got the towels from before she went down to kidswear," says the staffer.In the kids' department, Kate bought Prince George a few gifts, including a set of padded blue and white gingham hangers, some picnic cutlery and tumblers with polka dots. She also looked at some neutral white baskets that might well be for the new baby. "Those are our best sellers and perfect for nurseries," says another staffer who saw her in the store.
Kate was wearing a white and blue top (this sounds suspiciously like a Breton, doesn't it?), jeans, and high-heeled wedges. Difficult to say what wedges, but I suspect they were her Pied a Terre, rather than the Corkswoon. As nimble as she is, I can't imagine wearing those sky-scrapers this late in pregnancy.
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The Press Association ran a very fun piece yesterday about the possible birthdays of the Royal Baby and what notable occasions it could share. Today, April 25th, is the birthday of Kate's maternal grandfather, Ronald Goldsmith; the wedding anniversary of George VI and Queen Elizabeth is on the 26th of April; and, of course, William and Kate's own wedding anniversary on the 29th of April. That happens to also be Uncle Gary's birthday, but I don't know if that would make the press release.
Tip to survive the Great Kate Wait: She won't go into labor, deliver the baby, and present the new HRH on the steps of the Lindo Wing, all in under 8 hours while you slumber, or in the time it takes you to get through an appointment. When Kate finally did go into labor with George, it was just more of the waiting game! I was in Paris, and let me tell you, I got a boat-load done between the official announcement, the grandparents' visits, and, at last, the photo-call. Even if Kate has a massively quick labor and delivery, it is likely the Cambridges will follow the same procedure with this little one, as they did with George, giving themselves several hours alone just soaking it in before making the news public. This, coupled with the restrictions on the announcement hours should keep all royal watchers cool as cucumbers.
Since it is the weekend, and finally spring, and Royal Wedding month, and we have a new Cambridge baby on the very doorstep, let's turn to something with a celebratory pop: jewelry. I am sure you remember Pascale and the customized jewelry company Stylerocks. If you were on vacation, or off brewing a cuppa, when we chatted about Stylerocks last time around, I want to quickly refresh your memory before we continue to today's treat! Pascale created Styelrocks to fill a void in the jewelry business. She formed the company to provide quality jewelry with an emphasis on craftsmanship, but one that is also tailored to her customer's preferences. Stylerocks offers customizable jewelry, making you the designer, and allowing your personality to take center stage.
I follow Pascale on Instagram and I can tell you not all Instagram accounts are created equal. I love the geometric displays the company posts. Here are their detachable earrings, several of which are very similar to some of Kate's cushion cut Kikis. As you can see, the mix-and-match options from shape and style, to metal, to stone color, are many!
As I mentioned, we have a treat today, and the title of the post has already tipped you off to the fact we are doing a give-away! Pascale asked me what I thought should be the featured item in the give-away and it was not hard for me to choose the "Charlotte" necklace, a member of the Russian Rings collection.
Pascale has described the concept of the Russian rings: "the three rings are said to represent the Holy Trinity. But they can represent other concepts too: Past, Present, Future. Peace, Love, Harmony. There’s something about the number 3 that is truly magical. And in this ring, they represent a connectedness that can never be broken." Style rocks' range of Russian Rings pieces offer a broad variety of different shapes and styles. This video gives you some background on how the jewelry is made!
This engraved necklace comes in several sizes, the Zara (small), the Alexandra (medium), and the Charlotte (large). I asked Pascale if we could feature the Charlotte, the largest, which I like because it is big enough to make a statement, while remaining sophisticated in its simple elegance. Am I the only one noticing that all these necklaces have princess-worthy names?
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You will certainly notice the similarity between this piece, and Kate's Cartier "Trinity" necklace. Other than the eye-watering price-tag, around £49,000, we don't know when Kate got it, or from whom. It has only been described as a piece in her personal collection.
Obviously, with Mother's Day just around the corner, (cough, cough, all you dads out there) now is the time to pull it together if you have yet to make plans for the princess in your life. Stylerocks can only guarantee Mother's Day delivery if you order by April 30th, but they will provide a customized "promissory note" if you are late to the game. Several you asked me to remind the guys around Mother's Day that a Stylerocks treat would not go amiss, and this is my official nudge!
Ok, to the giveaway! Below, you can sign up for multiple chances to win, depending on the options you pursue. The two mandatory points are that you sign up for the newsletter over on the Stylerocks website, (if you note you came via FBTB, you will get a $25 credit toward any purchase!). Secondly, you must comment on this post with your preferred necklace length and engravings, should you be the lucky winner! Knock yourselves out, kids! I know you are just watching a dead Twitter feed right now while you attempt to survive the Great Kate Wait 2. ;)
Hopefully, we will have a baby to celebrate very, very soon.