The cost of Kate’s Wardrobe

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge is proud to wear clothes from the British High Street and is an ambassador for re-wearing an outfit more than once.  However, it has recently come to light that Kate’s outfits for ‘work related’ engagements are paid for by Prince Charles.

So far, it is thought that the cost of Kate’s clothes come to around £35,000.  Given that Kate is in the public eye a lot, I personally don’t think that she has been extravagant in her spending.

Some fashion journalists argue that she should be spending more, based on the fact that she is the future Queen.

From what I’ve read in the newspapers, she seems very grounded and like to mix her designer with high street style.  Given our current economic situation, it seems be-fitting that  she is seen to be frugal with her wardrobe rather than splashing the tax payers hard earned pennies at every public event.

Do you think that Kate should be spending more money on designer clothes or should she continue to champion the great British high street?


Would you wear foundation on your legs?













I recently read an article where  Xtra-Factor presenter, Caroline Flack proudly announced that she wears Mac Face & Body Foundation on her legs.  This water-based, water-resistant foundation prides itself on providing natural coverage for your face and body.
It also contains several emollients to help moisturize and condition the skin.

This article prompted me to think about whether I would wear foundation on my legs?  I thought about this for a nano second and my answer is no.  The main reason being that it’s usually so cold and wet in the UK that my legs don’t come out that often.  When they do, I’m confident enough with my pins to wear then au naturel or with natural coloured tights when wearing a skirt or dress.

For those who fake tan their legs I can see the benefit of a body foundation.  If your planning on buying a foundation for your legs, my advice is to  ensure that it matches the colour of your legs rather than your face!

I’d be interested in hearing if you would consider putting foundation on your legs.

Are you doing your bit for charity?

I read an article in the Daily Mail today about a charity shop, Sue Ryder opening a charity superstore in King’s Lynn which took more than £2,100 on it’s first day of trading.  This article prompted me to think about my charity shop experiences.

As a child I was encouraged by my parents and teachers to give any unwanted items away charity.  This habit continued into my teens and now into my adult hood.  I was also encouraged to give money to charities through sponsoring family and friends and putting money into those brightly coloured charity boxes.

However, I was never encourage to shop in charity shops.  During my childhood, it was deemed by my social upbringing that only those who couldn’t afford new clothes shopped in charity shops. This continued for many years until I one of my friends told me about dress agencies where you can take your good condition, unwanted clothes and the agency will sell your clothes in their store in exchange of x% of the sale.  I loved the concept as it meant that you could actually make some money on your old clothes.  I used to browse the rails regularly and pick up some great bargains.

Then came the birth of eBay, which took selling your clothes to the next level.  I was regularly buying and selling “new” and “used” clothes on eBay.

After my dress agency and eBay experience, I decided to experiment with shopping in a charity shops. From my experience, I found that the quality and style of clothes on offer varied depending on the location of the charity shop. Charity shops in less affluent areas attracted clothes from lower budget high street stores, whereas more affluent areas attracted clothes from mid – high budget high street stores and even some designer goods.

When I trained as an image consultant, I was also encouraged to visit the charity shops to source clothes so that my clients could see, touch, feel and try on clothes in different colours, styles and fabrics.

You may also recall watching on Channel 4, the three part “Mary Queen of Charity Shops” series in 2009 where Mary Portas worked with Save the Children to overhaul a shop in Orpington, Kent from an under-performing shop and team to the very top of their game tripling their takings and making it the top shop for Save the Children.

Given the fact that you can source high quality, low cost items, sales for charity shops are booming in  the current economic climate.  Oxfam has 700 shops and an online store  In 2011 they announced annual takings of £85.9million,  an increase of 6 per cent on the previous year.  As charity shops begin to grow they are desperate for new stock.  There are many ways to donate:

  • Donate via the charity bags that come through your letter box.
  • Visit the charity shop personally.
  • Drop your unwanted good at your local charity bins located in out of town supermarkets.

If you’re planning on visiting Marks & Spencer or TL Maxx soon, you can also drop of your unwanted items there.  Joanna Lumley had replaced Danni Minogue as the face of the shwopping campaign and all clothes will be donated to Oxfam.  TK Maxx are working with Cancer Research to recycle your unwanted good.  I’d be interested to hear about your charity shopping experience and how you go about donating items to charity.  Which of the above methods do you prefer to use?

The Human Chameleon

You may have read my previous post on the Human Hourglass Figure.  Today, I’d like to introduce you to the Human Chameleon.  Her name is Tamang Phan and she’s Nepalese. Looking at the photo above, she appears to be normal 20 something female.  However, when armed with her make up kit she can transform herself into celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson, Johnny Depp and Michael Jackson.

So how does she do this?  She’s studied the celebrities face and has learned the art of creating optical illusions through the use of make up.  There are many youtube videos out there that will show you have to make an area of your face appear smaller by the use of contour shading.  Tamang has taken this to the next level.  To see how she has transformed herself, visit her youtube video

Ballet Pumps Sales Soar

A read an article in the Guardian today which states that ballet pump sales are soaring.  For example, it said that M&S sold 100,000 pairs sold in the first quarter of 2012 – a whopping 76% rise on 2011.

Since the rise of the skinny jeans and leggings, the ballet pump has been the perfect companion, offering style and comfort.

I love wearing mine with my skinny jeans and my dresses.  Unfortunately, my legs look too short when teams with leggings.  I currently have a black pair of M&S patent ballet pumps which I have worn to death and I’m currently in the process of finding a replacement.  I’m also on a lookout for a nude coloured pair.

Do you own any ballet pumps?  How often do you wear them?