Google just deleted my entire post, so...with law school finals looming, and homework accruing, I am starting over. So that is why this post is late. I have armed myself with a glass of Cabernet, which should anything else. Kate the Great arrived at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch building this morning for Place2Be's "My Mind is Too Full" Headteacher Conference, focusing on children's mental health.
Anytime Kate's hair and windy London Town get together, I am happy. Windswept is the best. Doesn't she look gorgeous?
Most of you are probably already familiar with this dress. Kate recycled her Matthew Williamson "Lavender Peplum Sheath" which she first wore to the African Cats premiere in April of 2012. I can't remember if Kate had just returned from vacation or something, but she certainly had a gorgeous glow that night:
Today, the Duchess recycled the same shoes and clutch and switched out the earrings for her new diamond studded leaf earrings. I love these suede accessories from Emmy London. When Kate first debuted them, there was significant dispute about what color they were! We all finally agreed (or maybe Emmy confirmed) they are carbon, but I still think they look like deep, forest green in the right light. She paired these with her green ensemble for St. Patrick's Day in 2014 and in Dunedin on Palm Sunday. I am just saying...they sometimes look deep, deep green.
As already mentioned, the Place2Be conference was focused on children's mental health, an area of advocacy in which Kate has really been very active. The press release from Place2Be stated:
The conference will include presentations from Headteachers working in some of the most disadvantaged parts of the UK, alongside leading experts in child psychology and those involved in M-PACT Plus, a joint programme between Place2Be and Action on Addiction (funded by The Royal Foundation and Comic Relief) to support families dealing with the hidden harm of drug or alcohol addiction.
Kate gave a short speech, and I think it is the element I am most excited to discuss. She sounded so, so great! I know there has been chat about Kate getting a coach, but I don't think this should come as any kind of shock or be considered something out of the ordinary. Anyone in Kate's position should have some coaching in public speaking. This was a relatively long address for the Duchess, and she was flawless in her presentation. She was calm and polished, relaxed and natural. You can watch the whole video here.
I will say that Kate's staff might want to do away with the bangs. I love bangs and sport them myself, but every now and again I have to admit that mine can get in the way, and sometimes, they get in the way for Kate, too. Tonight it would have been better to have had them pinned back. They are at that awkward stage where you either have to cut them again, or accommodate them the last few weeks until they assimilate back into the herd, so to speak. In all other respects, though, Kate is now my public speaking inspiration on top of everything else. Her lovely, kind, and gracious personality translated very well.
The Duchess purportedly stayed for the entire program. Kate is very dedicated to educating herself on this and it is clear she will be a very knowledgable and effective advocate for children.
Verdict: It's a win. I loved seeing this dress again. I remember when it first debuted it was outside of Kate's usual style and I wasn't entirely sure what to make of it. I don't think I was in love with the peplum and I was generally confused with the style shift. It really, really grew on me over the next few years (as my tastes changed) and I have been hoping for a recycle for a while now. It was lovely to see it! I have made one decision, though. I don't like the earrings. They are too small and too busy. and...too small. They feel indecisive to me. That aside, shoes, dress, gorgeous smile. Kate was just what we needed.
Cepe on Twitter alerted the Kate Community to the fact that Kate was out at a second event last night--a dinner for the Defense and Rehabilitation Centre. After the brutal terrorist attacks in Paris, William attended the France v. England rugby game and paid tribute to the victims. Kate stood in for him at the dinner hosted in the Kensington Palace State Apartments.