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.

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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.

 

Shopping with Kate: Accessorize Filigree Bead Short Drop Earrings

I thought I didn’t have a shot at owning the same earrings Kate wore several times during her time in India, but then the wonderful Marianna of Books, Birkins and Beauty told me that her local Accessorize store still had a few pairs left. She shipped a pair of these golden beauties to me, and now my dream has been fulfilled! Thank you, Marianna! ❤

The earrings arrived in a pretty floral paper sack. Inside the sack was a small, pink tissue paper-enclosed parcel. The wrapping of Accessorize jewelry must vary from store to store because my own shopping trips to brick and mortar stores have resulted in packages wrapped with only pink tissue paper, not an additional layer of paper.

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Here are the earrings:

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They are very light and dangle easily. They look rather large on Kate, but in reality they are more modest in size. I really love them. They are delicate-looking and the gold sparkles so nicely. Even though they are costume jewelry they don’t look so cheap. The beads between the coins and the pendant are a soft cream shade. The bead connecting the hook to the pendant is more of a pale peach color.

The back of the earrings are flatter (the front of the filigree pendants look raised) and the small coins are completely smooth.

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When I wear them, I can barely feel them. They are not at all as heavy as they appear to be in photos.

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I think the drop of them makes them appear to be larger than they actually are.

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Shopping with Kate: Catherine Zoraida Haul I

After many months of saving and scrimping, I finally managed to make my very first Catherine Zoraida purchase!

It took about 11 days to reach me from the UK (I live in New York City). It arrived in a large UPS envelope. Inside the envelope was this fuchsia foil envelope.

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This is everything that was in the envelope.

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I received two black velvet earring boxes, a Zoraida booklet, a Zoraida business card and a handwritten note from Catherine herself.

It was so lovely of Catherine to include a note she wrote herself. It is a really splendid gesture of appreciation, to let her clients know she truly values our patronage.

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The business card (the back of it is the teal image you see above).

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And the gorgeous catalog I was sent.

The first page features a statement from Catherine.

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The subsequent pages feature product photos of current, available merchandise.

The earrings on the right hand bottom corner are the ones I purchased. 🙂

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The catalog features a photo of one of their most famous clients.

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The back of the catalog includes a slot for the cards I was sent.

Here are the Double Leaf Earrings, worn by Kate.

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With flash:

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I can see why Kate chose these! They are stunning, lightweight, swing nicely and glitter the same way they do in the press photos. You can see that they are somewhat bent. In the media photos I thought they looked like two flat leaves, but I can see now that is not the case. I thought they would be a little heavy, but they’re not. They are just perfect. If you have thought about buying them, I highly recommend that you do.

They come on a French hook.

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The second pair of earrings I purchased are the Hibiscus Sweet Nectar Stud Earrings 

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I am very impressed with the attention to detail on these earrings. They truly look like mini hibiscuses dipped in liquid gold.

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I took a side shot so you can see the tiny gold style in the center.

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I am thrilled with my purchase. I absolutely will be a repeat customer with Catherine Zoraida, and I recommend them if you are looking for high quality jewelry.