Splurge vs. Steal: Mulberry Double Breasted Coat

I’ve mentioned before that I am in love with the Duchess of Cambridge’s style. Her recent trip to New York City didn’t disappoint. From meeting Beyonce and Jay-Z to touring the September 11th Memorial and Museum, William and Kate made the most of their trip. I am an avid follower of What Kate Wore and was thrilled when they identified the hot pink coat that Kate wore to the September 11th Memorial. What I loved about this color was that it feels like a total nod to the American girl style. It was the perfect piece to wear in New York.

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What makes this look even better is that Kate is around five months pregnant. I wonder if the pink is a nod to a little princess? Only time will tell. Kate is wearing the Mulberry Double Breasted Coat in Cerise. The coat was originally $2,600 and has now dropped to $1,300. Mulberry posted this video so you can see how the coat flows in person.

To get this look for less, I found this Isaac Mizrahi coat in Pink Raspberry on clearance for only $64.42! I thought this was a great match and you can’t beat the price! I especially like how the collar is so similar. The one thing I would do is change out the buttons to match the horn buttons on Kate’s version. If you check out the product video on QVC, the pink looks a little darker than it does in the picture. I am a big fan of how many size options QVC has for this coat. Everyone can have it!

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Do you have a splurge that you want me to find a steal for? Let me know in the comments. Or let me know if you find another steal for this Mulberry Coat.

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Friday Favorites: RepliKate Edition

This week, Will and Kate (The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) visited New York. It was fun to watch the coverage of their visit and to follow along with one of my favorite blogs, What Kate Wore, to see what she was wearing during the trip. What Kate Wore has sort of coined the term “RepliKate” to talk about recreating the Duchess’ looks and accessories. My first item on the list today is the perfect RepliKate!

1. Jenny Packham Clutch for Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund ($95)

This clutch is a replica of the Jenny Packham clutch created for Kate Middleton when she attended Our Greatest Team Rises Gala dinner at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2012. Apparently, teal is the color for ovarian cancer awareness. This clutch is the same shape and created in identical silk satin to benefit the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund. How awesome is it that you can get her exact clutch and help out a great cause at the same time!

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 2. Harvey’s Seatbelt Clutches

Harvey’s Seatbelt bags are big in Detroit. I was going to include them in my Detroit/Michigan gift guide until I found out that the company is actually in California. So I figured I would talk about the new clutches today. I was never a huge fan of their initial bags, but I am loving the new clutches they just came out with. These are much more in line with my style. My current favorites are the Bow Clutch ($88) and the Sydney Clutch ($148):

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3. Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

If you’re like me, you stayed up late on Tuesday to watch the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. I am debating doing a longer post about all of the fun items, tips and tricks, but in the meantime I am loving this limited edition Heavenly perfume bottle ($250). It is so decadent and would be a great addition to a vanity table. It would be better if they could refill it for you too!

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4. Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels ($30)

I first discovered these from a post on Julie Benz’s Instagram page. Julie played Darla on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel and she was also a favorite on Dexter. In her post she said that she swore by these and I found that a lot of other celebrities use them too. These would be great before a big photo session or an event that you want to look your best for. You can get them here at Ulta.

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5. Go Go Heel Quick Tips

If you are a hard walker, like me, then you probably wear the tips off of your shoes often. For me, it’s usually the left shoe that needs a tip replacement all the time. I don’t always have time to run to the shoe fixer and I don’t want to ruin my nice shoes. Enter Go Go Heel Quick Tips. These are the perfect solution if you just need a quick fix. The packs come in three different cap sizes and prices range around $7.99. I can’t wait to stock up on these to have on hand! I love that they call them a spare tire for your high heel!

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What are your favorites this week?

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5 on Friday: Academy Awards Edition

It’s time for another edition of Five on Friday with A Liz AdventuresThe Good Life BlogHello Happiness and Carolina Charm.

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I have been working extra hard lately at my day job which means late nights and not a lot of time for blogging. I hope this weekend will give me some time to catch up, but in the meantime I am enjoying keeping up with the 5 on Friday posts. It gives me something to look forward to every week.

I decided this week’s 5 on Friday would be about the Academy Awards. I used to love to host Oscar parties when I lived with my parents, but I haven’t had the chance to do one in the past few years. I was going to write this post about my favorite items from the 2014 gift bags, but I didn’t really see anything affordable that appealed to me. So I decided to create my own Detroit Duchess Academy Awards gift bags. Here are a few of glamorous things I would include in my gift bags:

First of all, I would use these fabulous Kate Spade reusable shopping bags ($16) as the actual gift bag:

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1. Deborah Mitchell Bee Venom Mask ($45.22)

This is the favorite face treatment of Kate Middleton and Camilla Parker Bowles. It’s touted as nature’s alternative to Botox and is definitely something that has been on my list for a while.

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2. Alpepi Plus ($64.99)

The gift bags usually have some sort of technology gift and I thought this mobile phone charger would be perfect. You can take this with you on a hike, at the mall, or anywhere you don’t have the ability to plug in. It works for both Apple and Android devices. The cutest part is that it’s shaped like an apple!

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3. Faux Fur Keyhole Scarf ($19.99)

I don’t know why but I always think of fur scarves as so luxurious. I have wanted one for a while and you can’t beat the price on this one from The Limited.

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4. Clare Vivier Foldover Leopard Clutch ($210)

I had this on my list last summer and thought it was sold out. Imagine my surprise when I found it in one of my searches! I think this is just darling.

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5. Kate Spade Silver Street Flask ($40)

What says Oscars more than a cocktail? I was actually in the market for a nice looking flask and when I stumbled upon this one I couldn’t resist. I love the Happy Hour text on the front.

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What items would go in your Oscar gift bag?

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5 on Friday: Merry & Bright Edition

It’s time for another edition of Five on Friday with A Liz AdventuresThe Good Life BlogHello Happiness and Carolina Charm.

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1. Clinique Merry & Bright Event

Macy’s is hosting a special Clinique event: Merry & Bright to get a pretty and festive holiday look. You can make an appointment at your nearest Macy’s store through December 15th.

Just for attending you get a free Chubby Stick for Lips mini in your choice of shade Mightiest Maraschino or Broadest Berry.

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2. 50 Shades of Grey Wine

You all know how much I love wine, so I thought this was something I should try. E.L. James, the author of 50 Shades of Grey has come out with the official 50 Shades of Grey Wine. There are two blends, White Satin and Red Silk. You can get the box set here.

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3. Lily Pulitzer Tipsy Sweater

This is just too cute to pass up!

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4. Kate Middleton Zara Necklace

Kate Middleton recently wore this $35 Zara Necklace to the Mandela premiere and it sold out instantly. But no worries, you can still find it on eBay!

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5. The Bride’s Tree

I swear I am putting the tree up this weekend! But first, one of the things I have wanted to get since we were married was the Bride’s Tree ornaments. The Bride’s Tree is a German Christmas tradition. There are 12 ornaments that are supposed to bring good fortune to a newlywed couple. They include:

  • Flower basket (good wishes)
  • Rose (beauty)
  • Heart (true love)
  • Pine Cone (fruitfulness)
  • Fruit Basket (generosity)
  • Fish (Christ’s blessing)
  • Teapot (hospitality)
  • St. Nicholas (goodwill)
  • Angel (God’s guidance)
  • Bird (joy)
  • House (protection)
  • Rabbit (hope)

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5 on Friday: Corkswoon Edition

It’s time for another edition of Five on Friday with A Liz AdventuresThe Good Life BlogHello Happiness and Carolina Charm.

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1. Celine Dion’s New Album – You Loved Me Back to Life 

The new album is here and it is awesome!! I can’t wait to jam out to Celine on a long drive I have this weekend. She has also announced more Las Vegas concert dates for the summer and I am looking forward to seeing her in concert again. I have seen Celine Dion three times live and she is amazing! Watching this video just makes me love her more, she is such a beautiful person.

2. Clinique Bonus at Nordstrom

Nordstrom’s Clinique bonus is still going through November 16th with a $30 purchase.

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With your bonus you get:

· Tracy Reese for Clinique Cosmetics Bag
· Moisture Surge CC Cream (0.5 oz.) in Your Choice of Very Light, Light Medium or Medium Deep
· Eyeshadow/Blush Palette in Starlight, Starbright and Fig
· Dual-Ended High Impact Mascara in Black (0.07 oz.) and Long Last Glosswear in Bonfire (0.17 oz.)
· Long Last Lipstick in All Heart (0.14 oz.)
· Repairwear Laser Focus Eye Cream (0.17 oz.)
· Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator (0.5 oz.)
· A Different Nail Enamel in Happy (0.17 oz.)

3. Clinique Eye for Colour

Von Maur is hosting a special Clinique event: Eye for Colour to learn about their new eyeshadows. You can make an appointment at your nearest Von Maur store through November 17th.

Just for attending you get a 10-day supply of Clinique’s Happy Perfume Spray mini and your choice of Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream mini or All About Eyes mini.

 

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4. Jimmy Choo Look for Less

Now, let’s pretend for a minute that my foot’s not broken and I’m not in a walking boot. The Jimmy Choo Leila shoes have been on my list for quite some time. They are pretty much the hottest shoes I have ever seen. Unfortunately, they are sold out. I have scoured eBay for them but they only have the brown ones. Fast forward to last night, when I was out at an event and saw a girl wearing them. Of course I went up to her and asked her if those were the Jimmy Choo shoes and where she found them. She told me that they weren’t Jimmy Choos and she got them on sale at DSW. I immediately went online to hunt these amazing look-a-likes down. They are the Caparros Dalton Sandal for $39.94. Just take a look – on the top we have the Jimmy Choos and on the bottom, the Caparros:

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5. Kate Middleton’s Stuart Weitzman Blue Suede Corkswoon Wedges

Big news! Zappos has just re-released Kate Middleton’s Stuart Weitzman blue suede Corkswoon wedges. You can read about them in my Kate Middleton style post here. Make sure to get them at Zappos while you can.

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Banana Republic’s Issa London Collection is Here!

Banana Republic’s Issa London Collection is finally here! For those of you that love Kate Middleton’s style as much as I do, this is your chance to get her look for less. Banana Republic and Issa London (the designer that brought you Kate Middleton’s iconic blue engagement dress in 2010) have teamed up to create a limited-edition capsule collection called the Issa London Collection.

The collection contains 40 pieces of apparel and accessories, including a replica of the Duchess of Cambridge’s blue engagement dress. I can’t wait to get my favorite pieces. Here are my picks from the collection:

Issa Collection Three-Quarter Sleeve Wrap-Tie Dress ($130):

Issa Collection Three-Quarter Sleeve Wrap-Tie Dress

Issa Collection Three-Quarter Sleeve Wrap-Tie Dress

As I am writing this, I have already purchased and tried on this dress and let me tell you it looks fantastic! The blue one is sold out on Banana Republic’s website, but I will let you in on a little secret. You can buy all of these pieces on eBay. I actually purchased my dress there. Many retailers sell these limited edition collections as brand new pieces and you can still buy them after the collection is sold out. This includes the Prabal Gurung and Jason Wu for Target Collections which I have also been hunting on eBay. I just did a search and there are 84 of these available on eBay and I’m sure that number will only go up. You can click here to shop for your size.

Issa Collection Short-Sleeve Pleated Dress ($130):

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Issa Collection Short-Sleeve Pleated Dress

I will probably get this one in black because I need a versatile black dress. I do like the green color though.

Issa Collection Red Wrap-Tie Dress ($130):

Issa Collection Red Wrap-Tie Dress

Issa Collection Red Wrap-Tie Dress

Issa Collection Wrap Top ($55):

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Issa Collection Wrap Top

These are my favorite pieces and I am hoping to have them all in the next month or so. They would be the perfect start to my fall wardrobe!

A few celebrities have also been seen wearing the Issa London Collection including Naomi Watts and Emmy Rossum. Naomi Watts was spotted in the Issa Collection Red Ceramic Printed Three-Quarter Sleeve Dress ($140) which is sold out. There are a few on eBay now and I’m sure there will be more soon.

Naomi Watts in the Issa London Collection

Naomi Watts in the Issa London Collection

Emmy Rossum wore the Issa Collection Blue Ceramic Printed Wrap-Tie Dress ($130):

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Emmy Rossum in the Issa Collection Blue Ceramic Printed Wrap-Tie Dress

Take a look at the collection and let me know what your favorites are. I would also love to see how you accessorize these looks. Happy shopping!


Kate Middleton’s Royal Style

Like some of you, I have gotten caught up in the Royal Baby fever! How exciting to watch the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge bring home their first born son, His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge. Not to mention how amazing that Kate Middleton looks just a few hours after giving birth.

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I thought I would take some time today to feature my favorite Kate Middleton fashion items in case anyone else has gotten carried away with her style like I have. I also have some big news to announce:

Issa, the designer that created Kate’s famous engagement dress, has announced that it is forming a partnership with Banana Republic to create a special collection made up of accessories, sweaters and dresses. This will include 40 different pieces as well as a very similar dress to this memorable Kate Middleton ensemble:

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The collection will be available in stores on August 8th and I suggest you purchase your favorites early, because I predict they will sell out fast! Glamour Magazine has previewed a few of the dresses here to give you a sneak peak.

Here are the Kate Middleton items that are on the top of my wishlist:

Stuart Weitzman Minx Sandals ($199):

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Stuart Weitzman Minx

Kate wore these last year during their tour of the South Pacific and also to watch William play polo:

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Erdem Blue Lace Dress:

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Kate wore this dress when the royal couple toured Canada. I love how feminine and elegant this dress is. I found a few options that provide a similar look: Adrianna Papell Lace Dress ($158) and Diane von Furstenberg Lace Zarita Dress ($325):

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Kate Middleton Lace Dress

LK Bennett Sledge Pump ($345):

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LK Bennett Sledge Pump

For a while, Kate was wearing this shoe to most of her appearances, I even read somewhere that she had them re-soled a few times. They must be pretty comfortable.

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Polka Dot TopShop Dress:

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Kate wore this during a tour of Universal Studio’s Harry Potter World and also to a wedding. It is sold out at TopShop, but Dorothy Perkins has a similar version for $44.10. I also found this cute Anne Klein polka dot sheath ($99) that is adorable:

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Kate Middleton Polka Dot Dress

Stuart Weitzman Corkswoon Wedges:

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Kate Middleton Corkswoon Wedges

Kate wore these during the Olympics and on the Jubilee Tour.

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Cornelia James Bow Gloves (around $80 US):

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Cornelia James Bow Gloves

Kate wore these at a number of different appearances. I would love to rock these next winter:

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I have many more Kate Middleton favorites, but I will save them for another post. Stay posted to the blog and I will detail my favorite items from the new Banana Republic/Issa collaboration in August.

What are your favorite Kate Middleton fashion moments?

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