This was one of my very first posts, written just before Kate and William married. Today we are very used to designers acknowledging and promoting pieces that Kate has worn, but before Kate married this was, of course, not generally the case. I am far more comfortable today with stores releasing info about Kate's purchases (although I would still probably make a distinction between discussing something she bought privately and hasn't worn, and acknowledging a publicly worn piece) and it is interesting to see how my perspective has shifted in the five years that she has been a public figure rather than a private girlfriend. Pippa was also a relatively new celebrity at the time, since most of the media attention never drifted past Kate. Little did we know that Pippa was about to be launched to even greater attention at the Royal Wedding that would take place just one week. The picture I used of Pippa (from Holly Branson's engagement party) was and remains breathtaking. I cannot wait to see Pippa as a bride.
I smile when I reread this post--it was such an incredibly exciting spring. I was finishing my senior year in college and blogging away in a quiet corner of my local coffee shop. The posts are relatively short; I was still getting used to the whole idea of writing my thoughts on a public forum and presenting them to people I didn't even know! It was surreal and it was so, so fun. They were happy days. Without further ado, from April 22, 2011:
The Other...Middleton Girl
One week left to the wedding! For all the nay-saying articles about people uninterested, the excitement is fever pitch. This week saw the much reported shopping trip on King's Road and most of the stores reported what Kate purchased. It seems a dangerous choice to make for the stores. If they report what she bought, their sales will no doubt sky-rocket on those items, but they risk Kate's displeasure and possibly the royal patronage discontinued. Perhaps they feel safety in numbers, but whether they suffer repercussions or not, it seems very inappropriate. Despite it all, I hope she stills shops at the High Street stores. Part of the magic of Kate Middleton is her normalcy and the fashion accessibility to the average woman. Of course, no one minds the occasional stunning designer item...
Clearly, we all are familiar with Pippa Middleton, but when the Mail reported her at Holly Branson's engagement party complete with stunning photos, I suddenly sat up and took notice. The younger sister of Kate, she was born September 6, 1982. She was educated at the same schools as her sister, but attended the University of Edinburgh, rather than St. Andrews. It has been reported in the past that Pippa outshone Kate since she was the more glamorous sister. Although, this may very well have been true amongst their friends and social group, obviously Kate is a force in her own right now, and not just because of her royal connections. Nevertheless, the two have very, very similar style--all three Middleton women do, as a matter of fact. Apparently, they are the same size and often swap clothes. I do not think it is a disloyalty to look for fashion tips from Pippa as well. ;)
Frankly, over the past year or so, we have seen less and less of Kate; she has kept a fairly low profile and has spent much of her time in Anglesey. Among the many obvious exciting outcomes of the engagement is that we now get official public engagements with Kate, and so can mark the days on our calander when she will hit our news feed in yet another stunning ensemble. Nevertheless, I miss the more impromtu photos and clothes of the pre-engagement days, as wonderful as the more sophisticated princess looks have been.
Pippa, though, is still our girl about town, and I turn to her with excitement to see what she will turn up in and where. So, while we keep Kate Middleton as our favorite fashion guru, let's also keep an eye out for the stunning Pippa!
See the article on the Branson party at the Daily Mail, here. I think that the bangs are an awesome look for her. In the past she has primarily sported the same style as Kate, layered, but no bangs. The swept to the side look is striking.