Shopping With Kate: Russell & Bromley Chester Loafers in Navy Nubuck

Russell & Bromley is a brand that is difficult for me to get my hands on because they don’t ship to the U.S.  I was thrilled to find an eBay seller who was selling a pair of the Chester loafers, and for a fairly reasonable price at that.

I took a chance and ordered them.

The shoes arrived in the R&B box, wrapped in tissue paper with inserts in each shoe to shape the front. There was a dustbag on top of the shoes, neatly folded.

The shoes have a leather lining, leather sole lined with rubber, and nubuck.

I wore these for 12 hours straight. The first 8 hours were fine on my feet. After that, my feet hurt a lot. When I got home, I took them off and pressed my fingers on the insoles. They did not give under the pressure and remained stiff. This means I was walking on stiff leather for hours.

The shoes were comfortable to wear for 8 hours. If you would like to buy these, I advise that you wear them for that time frame or less. These are great shoes for wearing on the weekends to run errands, go shopping or attend a barbecue. Casual events that require little to moderate walking.

I’ll keep these for the aforementioned activities I can do while wearing them. I was planning on purchasing the Pinpoint Courts in Red but I think I’ll skip them. If the loafers hurt my feet I imagine the heels would be worse.

I paid $200 for these. On the company’s website they are £185.

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Shopping with Kate: Oscar de la Renta Pearl Sun Star Button Earrings

At first I thought I missed my chance to own these earrings, (they were sold out everywhere) but a friendly and kind Instagram replikater posted a photo of her earrings and stated she wasn’t sure she would keep them. Taking the initiative, I contacted her and asked if she would sell her earrings to me instead of returning them to the retailer.

Taking the initiative pays off sometimes. 🙂

They were sent to me in their Neiman Marcus box, very well wrapped. Inside the box was an OdlR pouch. The earrings were enclosed in a bubble wrapped plastic bag.

The earrings fastened on with a post and a metal earring back. I wore them for hours and felt virtually no discomfort. When I first put them on, they felt substantially weighty but not unbearably hefty.

Here they are on me.

They appear somewhat large at first, but as the day progressed they started to look more appealing and attractive on my ears.

These are fun to wear if you’re a fan of Princess Diana’s jewelry style. They look best when the hair is pulled away from the face.

These cost $175 USD.

Shopping with Kate: Vinnie Day Gold Plated Logo Leaf Earrings

I hadn’t intended to buy these earrings, but while scrolling through Instagram I spotted another replikater selling her pair for just $100 USD.

The retail value of these is £128, or $160 USD. I wasn’t sure when I would get such a good discount, so I bought them.

According to Vinnie Day, “These are a wonderful pair of earrings which we find never go ‘out of fashion’.  They are easy to wear both by day and night. Comfortable to keep in the ears.  The hoops themselves are 1.5cm with the leaf hanging off each hoop being 1.5cm so in total the earrings hang 3cm from the ear hole.”

They were sent to me in their original box.

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The gold is a little dulled from time and use, but they still shine well. They are lightweight and look very pretty in person.

My trouble with them came with securing the loop to keep the earring on. The slender metal component that pushes into the ear piercing needs to be slipped into the tiny hole at the other end of the hoop (as you can see in the photo). I had a tremendously difficult time finding the tiny hole, as I cannot see the back of my ear once the earring is in. I would have been able to do it faster if I had someone helping me push it in. It also takes a bit of maneuvering to pull the metal component and hole apart so the metal component doesn’t vacillate on either side of the hole and continuously evade it.

Eventually, I was able to secure it, but by the time it was in, my earlobe was aching and hurting from being pulled, twisted and tugged.

Here they are on my much fatigued ear.

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I don’t recommend these because they are too difficult to fasten. It seems to be quite a bit of work to get them secured. I will keep them because I like the way they look and I think they are beautiful. After my initial experience with them, I suspect I know why Kate doesn’t wear her pair any more. She must have similar troubles locking in the hoop.

These are still in stock at Vinnie Day.

Shopping with Kate: York Scarves Maple Leaf Tartan Scarf

I held a poll a while back asking readers whether we should expand this blog’s content to feature clothing and accessories worn by Kate. The majority voted “yes”. Some people did vote ” no”. Out of respect for these people, I will limit the posts that are not related to jewelry to only exact items worn or used by Kate.For non-jewelry items, please check out: Replikate Community.

Today’s example is an item worn by Kate during the Royal Tour of Canada in 2016.

Photo credit: www.zimbio.com
Photo credit: http://www.zimbio.com

York Scarves sells their products wholesale, making it impossible for the average consumer to purchase from them directly. An Etsy shop named Juniper Accessories carries York Scarves. It was from this shop I ordered my scarf.

The scarf arrived within three weeks time of order confirmation. It shipped from the UK to NYC. It was mailed in a plastic gray mailer. The scarf itself was neatly folded and encased in clear plastic wrap.

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The scarf is thinner than I expected, making wrapping and arranging easy. It doesn’t feel heavy or cumbersome around my neck, and it keeps me warm in cold December. The material is soft and feels comfortable against my skin.

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The current listing price on Juniper Accessories is $12.85. I paid just under $6 for shipping.

 

Shopping with Kate: Catherine Zoraida Fern Hoop Earrings

I was able to order these earrings sooner than I expected because there was a sale recently, as well as free shipping.

For my thoughts on the company’s shipping service and packaging, click here. 

The Fern hoops arrived in an embossed leather box lined with black velvet.

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As with the other Catherine Zoraida products I’ve purchased, the detail on the earrings is very impressive and exquisite.

The earrings feel lightweight and aren’t too long or too dramatic. The gold gleams very nicely and is of a rich hue. There is no earring back on it, but the hook is extremely long, so it’s not likely this will push out and fall out of your ear piercing.

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They look even more beautiful in person. I’m very happy I bought these because I would never have seen the gorgeous detail if I didn’t see it up close.

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If you’d like to purchase a pair for yourself, click here. 

Shopping With Kate: Zara Crystal Bead Necklace

I was surprised to see this necklace available on Ebay for just $45. It was $10 more than the original retail price, but still affordable for me.

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The necklace is beautiful and very sparkly.

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It is somewhat heavy and very much a statement piece. Some people feel that the necklace looked cheap on Kate when she wore it to the premiere of Mandela, but I think it is a very good example of how well made costume jewelry can be.

I am happy with my necklace and I think I will wear it to many events and parties.

Shopping with Kate: Claudia Bradby Haul I

I’ve long been curious about this charming jewelry company. Ever since I heard about Kate’s collaboration with them, I’ve been taken in by their simple, clean and delicate designs.

There is nothing too complicated or overdone in their creations. When I looked at their offerings, I fell in love with the Constantine necklace and matching earrings. They are so gorgeous and no-frills at the same time. I ordered these two pieces one week ago.

Shipping was extremely fast! I received my package on Saturday, just 6 days after ordering. This is quite impressive, considering that I am in the United States and the package shipped from the UK.

It arrived in a white bubble mailer, along with a CB merchandise booklet, the invoice and a letter addressed to me.

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The box is beautifully made, very compact and understated in its style.

The back of the box displays the website address.

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This is the first company I have done business with that houses their merchandise in pull-out boxes. I think this is a brilliant way to ship jewelry. It keep the jewelry locked in tight with no danger of the lid flying off or jewelry spilling out.

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I was sent two velour pouches, each containing the necklace and earrings.

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The beautiful Constantine drop earrings (£54).

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The stunning Constantine sterling silver and pearl necklace (£126).

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Details on the necklace. It has 4 silver oblongs and three natural pearls.

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A side view of the necklace.

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The necklace clasp features a tiny charm with the Claudia Bradby logo etched into it. There is also a darling little seed pearl attached to the very end of the chain.

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You’ll notice that the pearls on the necklace are flattened and imperfect. They have a magnificent sheen and luster to them, indicating an excellent coating of nacre.

Here is the booklet I was sent.

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I also received a note informing me of the best way to care for my new jewelry.

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I adore my new jewelry. I am saving up for the Camellia Amazonite and Rose Quartz Necklace now.  I have grown curious enough about it to want to own it.