domenica 10 dicembre 2017

Kate-Inspired Christmas Gift Guide 2017

With the festive season fast approaching, I have put together a list of Christmas gift ideas for the royal watcher in your life (that may well be yourself!). Put the finishing touches to your wishlist while there's still plenty of time for shipping - and gift-wrapping! Of course this was done purely for research purposes and I won't be asking Santa for anything in particular 😀

Into adult colouring books? There's plenty of royal-themed ones to chose from, including Kate - The Duchess of Cambridge Royal Fashion Coloring Book by Dover Publishing (£2.99 from Amazon UK), or The Royal Coloring Book by Dutch company Vorsten (€7.95), which includes tiaras and other jewels worn by the Queen, Queen Mary and the Duchess of Cambridge:

A big part of family entertainment at Christmas is playing board games and charades, so what better choice than a game of Royal Bingo (£15.75 from Amazon UK)? Featuring portraits of 64 royal icons from around the world, past and present, including William and Kate, the Queen Mother, Princess Grace and Princess Diana. Royal Bingo brings a fun twist to the traditional game, with all the European royal families represented, along with some more exotic courts such as Jordan, Brunei and Malaysia:

The "Beatrice" merino wool glove by Cornelia James, as worn by Kate, would make a fab addition to any replikater's drawer (£70, free shipping):

And if you're looking to branch out a bit from Kate-mania, Duchesses, Living in 21st Century Britain by Jane Dismore, would be a good starting point (hardcover price £20 from Amazon UK, also available as a kindle edition). The book contains interviews with ten of Britain’s non-royal duchesses, who speak candidly about their role and their lives in the 21st century, while also selecting her favourite ancestor in the role, providing a colourful gallery from the 17th to the 20th century:

Or if you want stray from your love of replikating, how about the gorgeous Modern Royal Fashion, a paperback by Historic Royal Palaces’ senior dress curator Deirdre Murphy and former curator Cassie Davies-Strodder, bursting with illustrations that show how five royal ladies, Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, The Queen, Princess Margaret, Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge developed their own way of "dressing for the job" (£10.99 from Historic Royal Palaces Shop):

Looking to channel your inner Duchess at the Christmas party? Then look no further than my very own replikate of a popular earring style, the Collingwood pearl and diamond earrings, which once belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales, and are now a firm favourite with Kate, who most recently wore them to the Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace (€28 from my Etsy shop, Marianna London, with complimentary gift-wrao to take the stress out of present giving 😏):

Kate is rumored to be a fan of Trilogy's Organic Rosehip Oil (£34.50 for 45ml) - rich in both vitamin C and retinoic acid, a form of vitamin A, this combination has been clinically proven to help improve the appearance of scars, stretchmarks, fine lines and wrinkles, and to brighten skin. Plus, it'll leave your skin with a matte finish rather than greasy sensation, as it's a dry oil:

If you're planning to trim the tree in true royal style, the Kensington Palace vintage decoupage bauble will provide just the right amount of royal glamour for a very petite price tag (£4.99 from Historic Royal Palaces Shop):

I hope you've found inspiration in this little gift guide and that Santa will have one or two replikates in store for you all! 😉

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