Doctor Doctor

Here’s another amazing vintage find from St Andrews. I’m really getting into the swing of thrifting now and recently found the most amazing hidden section of a charity shop I’d never discovered before, thanks to my friend Ruth. I’ll keep it for a post I’m doing for Visit St Andrews, so you’ll just have to wait for then to find out where this treasure-trove is.

I absolutely adore this vintage leather doctor bag. Everything about it is so perfect and so my style – from the clasp fastening, to the deep burgundy hue. It’s real leather and is lined with suede, split into three compartments. I like the sturdy structure, and though it’s vintage and has a couple of scratches, it has that lovely worn-in leather feel to it and I can tell it’s been well loved, as it will be in its new home. Big enough to hold a few notebooks for lectures and my essentials, the ladylike style adds a chic touch to any ensemble.

I was absolutely astounded by the price- £10.50! For the real deal design, real leather, authentic vintage. I knew I couldn’t leave it behind and at this price it was a no brainer. It’s already received so many compliments and I can’t believe a replica would go for at least £30 in Topshop and for £75 plus for a real leather bag in this style and size. It has certainly brightened my current essay-filled existence.

Bag- Vintage
Leather shorts – Topshop
Jumper- New Look
Fur coat- Wallis
Necklace- Vintage
Ring- H&M

Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair: A Haaaaandbag (II)

Excuse the cheeky Oscar Wilde title reference (I’ve used it before, but felt it was necessary), and above all, I’m in essay mode. Meet my new friend:

Probs a few too many pics there but I wanted to get across the detail of its gorgeousness. This bag is just so perfect. Ladylike bags such as this one remind me of playing with my Gran’s and Mum’s handbags when I was little. I loved my Gran’s bottomsless tapestry bag that always seemed full of surprises and food à la Mary Poppins. Both of them had clasp bags too which were my favourite, I always wanted my own. I remember my Mum gave in after a bit and gave me one of her red clasp clutch bags to play with and I loved and used it literally to pieces.

This is the kind of clothing nostalgia that draws me to certain items and defines my style. I’ve been realising this more and more recently – my love of vintage floral prints, peter pan collars and all things retro comes from my childhood. I’ve probably said before that my Gran was a dressmaker, and she and my Mum made me clothes. The retro Liberty prints so en vogue right now comprised my childhood – cute-collared dresses and floral trousers/ white peter pan collared blouse combinations. My Mum still misses the Liberty shop in Edinburgh and I do too.

There were lots of bags fitting this description at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair – frame bags, short-strapped, paisley, floral ladylike affairs (see previous post for more pics!). I wanted one that I knew would go with everything and swithered over several different items. Two of them I was sad to leave behind, one was a sort of vanity case/ briefcase hybrid in blue paisley Libertyesque print, and a pink short strapped handbag. The former I thought I might not get much use out of (too big for day, too small for an overnight bag) and the latter had a broken strap.

I found the one I eventually did buy just before I left and I’m so glad I did. You’d expect it to be quite pricey, but it was only seven pounds! I loved the navy/ gold contrast and I know it will go with everything I wear. The strap is short-ish in a retro way but long enough to fit in the crook of my elbow, unlike some of the other offerings (I have a thing about needing to have free hands!). I love how it’s split into compartments too and is really structured, as well as the attractive clasp fastening I was looking for. Pretty much the perfect vintage bag.

I’ll show you this new top in another post – it’s from H&M and has fantastic bat wing sleeves and is a gorgeous peach colour. The nails are Models Own Grace Green – a gorgeous pastel green hue that contrasts the peach of the top.

Judy’s Vintage Fashion Fair kindly mentioned me on their blog and said such sweet things! You can read the post here.

Polishing up Nicely: Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair

If you feel lost in a sea of vintage wares then it’s perhaps easier to hone in on one thing in particular. Jewellery can be a great place to start as vintage pieces are retro but timeless. There was a massive selection of delectable jewellery delights at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair; see the below post for some pics of a very sparkly table. The jewels were displayed really attractively, some on stands, others in vintage boxes, such as the cute heart-shaped ring boxes. I loved the brooches – cameos and stones were in abundance, but I went for a ring and a necklace as I thought I would get more wear out of them.

The necklace drew me straight away with the green coloured stone and the interesting chain. There’s something a bit reptilian about the chain, I’ve been searching the internet for the correct term to no avail, so if you know what the name for this is, please enlighten me! I like how it sits quite rigidly on the collarbone and the length of it. There’s a bit of an art deco vibe to it and I thought the gorgeous neckpiece would complement my high necked maxi dresses or a buttoned up shirt to add a bit of vintage glamour.

Anyone who knows me or reads my blog will know I certainly have a bit of a ring thing. Especially chunky statement rings or cocktail rings with stones, colours or sparkle, I’m like a magpie. There was a really gorgeous selection of rings at the fair, some had semi-precious stones, others were elaborate silverwear or kitsch animal designs. This one caught my eye, because of its colour, size, shape and general shininess. The purple changes shade as it catches the light ranging from a dark aubergine colour through to pale pink. The oval shape was classic and timeless in a claw setting and this piece adds sophistication to any ensemble.

Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair

I love the Great British High Street as much as the next girl, but sometimes you crave something a little different. There’s no denying that they offer high fashion at an affordable price but sometimes you need an antidote to disposable trends and that irritating we’re-wearing-the-same-Topshop-dress moment. Normally I combat this by putting my own spin on garments via styling and accessories but even so at times I suffer from High Street fatigue.

Vintage seems to be the perfect cure for mass-produced banality. The allure of an individual piece, imbued with heritage and the imagined histories of the once owner are something the High Street can’t offer. Vintage now means anything from the 20s to the 90s (my birth decade… no comment) so there are plenty of styles to suit all tastes. Fashion’s tendency to reference past eras also means you can be on trend with your seventies midi skirt, but instead of a High Street knock off everyone and their aunt will wear for the next six months before consigning it to the scrap heap, you can be safe in the knowledge yours is the “real deal”.

I love vintage shopping, but there are two things that put me off: the effort and the price. Everyone knows that vintage-hunting can be a bit of a trawl, some of you may be blessed with an eye for charity shop thrifting, but I never seem to have the instinct or the patience. Since vintage has been en vogue, many specialist shops have sprung up. There’s nothing I love better than having a browse in Armstrong’s for instance and I appreciate how the objects have been lovingly collected and displayed. However, on a student budget vintage shops aren’t too realistic as my clothing allowance just won’t stretch that far. Much as I’d love to invest in these pieces I know my own tastes change and it’s a lot to spend on something that the more cynical among you would allege is essentially second hand.

The solution was presented to me today – Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair which visited St Andrews for the afternoon. Founded in 2005 by former Selfridges personal shopper Judy Berger, the fair is the largest of its kind, serving 23 UK cities and dubbed a ‘shopping phenomenon’ by the national press. The brand knows its niche – visiting many student towns and prices checked to ensure they are around 75% less than the High Street, they’re appealing to the younger generation with prices much less than Topshop et al.

There’s a market stall vibe to the fair with different tradesmen showcasing vintage, re-worked and hand made items. All pieces are hand-picked, Judy herself vets the products saying “I make money out of my hobby, what person doesn’t ever want to do that?” The “just here for a day” vibe also added to the exclusive allure and the community of traders offered alternative fashion spanning the decades. What better way to be individual, without breaking the bank?

Having read about the fair and the praise it’s received from press, fashion insiders and celebrities alike, I was excited to see what all the fuss was about. At first I was a little overwhelmed by the sheer volume of clothing that had been packed into the Union, a venue that’s more used to vomiting than vintage. However, with a systematic approach (wait for a bit to get money out, don’t buy the first thing you want, try not to lose your friend for that all-important second opinion) I soon got into my stride.

I’m still learning about vintage and what would suit me, so to avoid impulse buys my bank account wouldn’t thank me for, I thought this time I would stick to accessories. I’ll show you them in the next couple of posts as I’m totally besotted with my bargain finds that I can’t wait to share with you all. I’m still regretting not buying some things but as I said, it was a bit overwhelming and also I had to go to work a few hours before the fair ended, so there wasn’t as much time as I’d have liked.

The fair was absolutely perfect for retro accessories, bags and jewellery. I was drawn to the table at the back, crowded with vintage jewels and ladylike bags. As you know I love anything sparkly so spent a great deal of time in this area. I loved the slightly oversized jumpers (my friend was deliberating over four different cream arran jumpers in ever-so-slightly varying shades and weaves), the heavily embellished dresses, velvet tops, leather shorts (great for that worn-in vibe) and floral tea dresses. I wish I’d had time to try things on because there were some real gems I’d have liked to see on, such as a cropped velvet top and floral pleated dress. I urge you if you’re going to the Fair to clear your day and spend time perusing purchases and taking in the atmosphere; these tradesmen are passionate about their wares and can dig you out a hidden gem if you tell them what you’re looking for – whether its the perfect frame bag or a paisley silk scarf. They’ll keep your picks aside for fifteen minutes too, and it’s these personal touches that add to the experience.

In a time where your dress is out of fashion as soon as you’ve put it on, the otherworldly glamour of vintage is the perfect antidote. Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair makes vintage shopping into a whole new experience.

Only in St Andrews: Elisabeth May Shoe Boutique

If any of you know me even just a little bit, you’ll know that I am obsessed with shoes. I even have a category on this very blog entitled “shoe love”, so when I heard there was a new shoe shop in town I had to go and investigate as soon as humanly possible. In case you missed it, here’s the link to my latest post for Visit St Andrews. Instead of doing my usual individual product style picks for my monthly ‘Style in St Andrews’ post, I decided to do a spotlight on new St Andrews footwear emporium, Elisabeth May Shoe Boutique.

I went in last week to chat to owner Natalie Anderson about the talk of the town. Natalie has done extensive market research and knows her niche – the stock is perfectly chosen for the unique St Andrews demographic, with pieces and prices to suit a range of residents.

As I said in my Visit St Andrews article, generally the shopping experience in St Andrews is a lot more personal. Perusing the local shops here you can find some really unique pieces. Sometimes the prices are a bit more than the High Street, but for that you get great quality and avoid that irritating everyone’s-wearing-my-new-dress-from-New-Look-moment. Elisabeth May fits in perfectly with this cohort and takes the personal touch even further. Excellent customer service is an integral part of the business; for example owner Natalie can order in individual shoes in your size and deliver them straight to your door in St Andrews.

Moreover, Elisabeth May shoe parties make for an all-new shopping experience. Coo over court shoes with a cupcake and glass of champagne in either hand. Natalie’s background in brand management for some big High Street names makes her well-placed to offer her words of wisdom on trends; for example she has some great presentations  to show you how to translate catwalk trends into your footwear selection.

Now for what you’ve all been waiting for: the shoes! Elisabeth May has a gorgeous selection of colours and styles – there really is something for everyone. Stocking well-known brands such as Moda in Pelle and Ravel you’re spoilt for choice, whether you’re looking for statement satin ball shoes or chic suede pumps. Cult Brand Ragged Priest Vintage were my favourite addition. Stocked in Topshop’s flagship store, the brand offer a unique customisation service for Elisabeth May now too. Feathered embellishments adorned converse and mannish lace-up boots for an edgy, girly touch.

It’s not just shoes either – Natalie is looking to expand the brand into a Summer capsule collection of dresses. She showed me the expected stock and it includes some stunning floral floaty maxi dresses. The accessories perfectly complement the stock; Mischa Barton handbags have a Mulberry-esque appeal and Natalie has ordered in some gorgeous FCUK jewellery, in store very soon.

Not only is the choice of stock and service fantastic, but the prices are extremely affordable. The top end of the pricing is £85 which I think is extremely affordable, especially considering all of the above. It’s the perfect middle ground between New Look/ H&M disposable fashion and the Kurt Geiger high end of the High Street.

I hope I’ve inspired you to pop in and treat your feet. Elisabeth May is found opposite Schmooz, on the West Port end of South Street. I’m excited to do a photo shoot for The Tribe for Elisabeth May this wednesday and will share the pictures with you once the new issue is online next Monday.

Pictures – with thanks to Elisabeth May

Only In St Andrews: FS 2011

Check out the new issue of The Tribe, out last night. I thought I’d post my FS review here too, for all my lovely blog readers. It was a quick turnover for this article, the show took place on Saturday night and my piece was online by the following evening! Al stepped in at the last minute to take pictures and did a fantastic job. I’ll do separate posts with all the pics that didn’t go in The Tribe, as we took over 300 Al’s handiwork deserves to be seen!

Top knots galore, an abundance of fur, studded leather, a myriad of sequins and a few Mulberry Alexas thrown in for good measure – and that was just the audience. FS2011, the nineteenth year of the St Andrews Charity Fashion Show was about to begin.

Anticipation built as the marquee filled; there was just time to chat with some prominent designers and bloggers in the press area. I was excited to meet one of my favourite bloggers Simon Glazin of ‘The Very Simon G’, whose influential London blog I read regularly. I admired his Vivienne Westwood Grafitti trousers and he complimented my red Zara dress. We talked a bit about the fashion industry and how hard it can be to break into and he seemed impressed at the scale and ambition of the event.

Amy Molyneaux and Percy Parker of PPQ were also extremely impressed at the scale of FS and praised the evident success, and worldwide recognition, of a student event. Asked what they were looking forward to most in the show, they joked “It’s good to be this side of the catwalk for once. As we’re always backstage at shows it’s refreshing!” The design duo famous for their cutting edge collections and the epitome of London cool, were well placed to judge the Alfa Romeo Young Designer Award. They had seen the final designs that afternoon and said “It’s amazing what’s been achieved. Judging was so difficult as there was just so great a standard.” I asked what they were looking for in the winner, Parker said “Something new and innovative, sexy” and Molyneaux chipped in saying “Interpreting the brief effectively… but not too literally. No wheels on arms and such!”

The lights dimmed and it was time for the show to start. Beginning on a dramatic note, a model leapt upon the catwalk; funny in light of the instructions we had just heard the security guard next to us receive: “If anyone gets on the catwalk, they’re kicked out, no matter who they are.” The boys were topless with black trousers and Trekstock underwear peeping above the waistband. The girls donned black tuxedo jackets with lingerie and brightly coloured tights. Opening the show was Nicole Fahri where sequins and tweed were the order of the day. Slick white trousers and a white double-breasted shift dress channelled a minimal aesthetic. This was contrasted with vibrant, youthful florals from Odd Molly. Cropped trousers by Matthew Miller made a menswear statement in shades of navy and grey, with a slouchy relaxed vibe that became a motif of the show’s menswear.

As for womenswear, PPQ was the absolute highlight for me. The designs took influence from bygone eras, with puritan style blouses and pagan hats given a modern twist – the blouse was exaggerated into leg of mutton shoulders and the classic pencil skirts were rendered in sumptuous velvet. Texture was key to the sleek looks: lace, velvet and satin and exaggerated rhinestone detailing. The shoulder was PPQ’s erogenous zone of the season, with attention drawn there by exaggerated articulated shoulders or off-shoulder necklines. Fashion here had a sense of humour too, with embellishments such as necklaces rendered in Perspex and attached to the dresses. Statement accessories included the grey suede platform over-knee boots and those hats, adding a feline appeal.

Elsewhere in the show there was a sort of Grecian vibe, via draped dresses in jewel colours such as at Ivana Basilotta and D.S. Dundee. For men there were an abundance of trousers and jumpers in pastel shades, baby blue shorts were paired with canvas boat shoes for a look that smacked of summer walks on West Sands. There was a retro vibe in the Princess Tam-Tam selection; high-waisted swimwear and silky teddies nodded to the sex appeal of the fifties.

Sara Berman brought her take on tweed, adding a modern twist to the fabric. There was some menswear influence via the oversized cuts and frogging, but the blue bows and pink hues kept things feminine. Modern tweed was also seen at Milly, where the pink and black Chanel-esque skirt suit was a standout piece. The Trekstock tees were seen throughout the show and styled up with skinny black trousers and black patent shoes for the men. It served as a bold statement, reminding the audience of why we were all there: to raise money for such a great cause.

Silky, draped jumpsuits and velvet printed dresses by William Tempest again threw emphasis on the relation between colour and texture. The highlight was the gorgeous maxi dress split to the thigh with the floating cloud-like material complemented by the dusky pink colour. Tempest played with this beautiful sense of movement as well as short/ long proportions; a long tube dress had a risqué slit up the back for subtle sexiness.

These statement looks were contrasted with the casual styling of MiH Jeans, where denim Capri’s and hotpants were paired with simple white shirts or grey marl cropped sweaters. The contrast throughout the show between statement stunning pieces and laidback chic struck the right balance.

Texture was fast becoming another motif of the show, emphasised at Biba, Dagmar and Clemency; a red pleated mid dress at Biba caused a collective “ooh” from the crowd and velvet/ satin contrasts at Dagmar were pleasing on the eye. The coats at Clemency in leather and suede were a highlight for a fresh take on the trench coat, and a fur coat was thrown nonchalantly over a silky slip dress.

As for the cuts, there were lots of plunging necklines and halter necks such as at Gomez and Gracia. The halter neck offset a playful skirt length, shorter at the front and long at the back; the sharp white contrasted by gold sequined embellishment.

Closing the first half in spectacular style were The Alfa Romeo Young Designer Award finalists; the moment we had been waiting for. It was fascinating to see how each had interpreted the brief and portrayed their take on “the colour of fashion”. They all referenced Alfa in some way, no mean feat. St Andrews’ own Emma Sherlock, the only one of our cohort to reach the final of the competition, incorporated the company’s logo into her designs; the symbols on the bottom of one dress looked like oversized sequins. Her sheer creations wowed the crowd, my favourites being the daring red jumpsuit and the stunning fairytale white dress. Hugo Mills’ menswear designs contrasted bright colours with neutrals beige and white to make the colour really pop. His white, chainmail-like loose weave knit was my menswear highlight, standing out against red cord shorts. Antonia Ede’s collection had a sporty feel with hoods, gilets and trousers with utilitarian stripes down the side; her use of primary colour made an impact. Judy Zhang used earthy tones with greys, browns and reds. The fabric had a dip-dye feel showing a range of hues blended to perfection.

The winner of the Alfa Romeo Award was Dominique Dean. Her collection of stunning red dresses made use of Alfa Romeo’s famous signature colour. Piping details and bib-embellishments were a subtle take on the brief and the unfussy aesthetic really stood out with chic, clean lines. A deserved winner, but as you can see from the photos the talent of all five finalists is clear to see and the range of interpretations of the brief was inspiring. These five captured the essence of colour in a way that the established brands failed to do; perhaps in setting their own brief FS came closer to achieving their creative vision at this stage than at any other in the show. I hope, with the establishment of the Alfa prize, FS can move towards a greater concentration of student designers. Other than PPQ, these were the best of the night.

After the auction during the interval in which a drunken VIP accidentally bought a Michael Jackson signed record for two thousand pounds, we were straight back into ruffles and asymmetry at Rebecca Taylor. The dapper but edgy menswear at E. Tautz was military inspired, shirts had splits in the back and different shades of blue were contrasted.
The models wowed in Wolford underwear, but it was at this stage things began to deteriorate. The crowd’s level of inebriation had increased dramatically and subsequently everyone was a lot more boisterous. I was appalled at some of the behaviour, people grabbing at the models’ legs, trying to obstruct them and pouring champagne over the catwalk causing one of the models to nearly slip and fall created a bad atmosphere and spoilt the show for me.

However, the models strutted admirably on and stunned the polite half of the crowd in David Longshaw’’s velvet creations and some real stand-out pieces from Future Classics, such as multicoloured chevron print leggings and a tweed jacket with fur sleeves. There were the usual offerings from Superdry but the styling here gave it a bit of an edge with good use of layering. As the event came to a close there were some show-stopping pieces; embellished shift dresses at Rohmir, a slinky wet-look maxi dress at Andrew Majenyi and pastel pleats at Koci Koci. Amanda Wakely brought the show to a close, the red satin maxi dress floated down the catwalk and black sequined bandage-dress packed a final punch.

I think the impetus of the first half was lost a little in the second, and at times the vision of the show wasn’t as cohesive as it could have been – maybe there needed to be more of a definition of what the ‘colour of fashion’ actually was, as opposed to most colours. I think I get what they were trying to show; the different ways colour can be interpreted and used, especially in relation to texture, and classic colour as opposed to innovation. I think most people were there to have a good time, and on the whole the show did not disappoint. The crowd management could have been a little smoother, which would have made the night more seamless. However, it is also a massive feat for a student-run event; a sentiment many members of the (incredibly distinguished) press echoed.

Photo posts to follow!

Le Smoking

Last night was one of the great halls of residence balls at Kinkell Byre, the DRA Ball. This year the theme was black and white, and though I have loads of black dresses, none of them seemed special or wow enough. Instead, I premiered this look that I’ve been dying to try for a while now – my own take on the famous Yves Saint Laurent “Le Smoking”. This tuxedo for women created in 1966 was the first of this kind of outfit to earn the fashion world’s attention. The look created by YSL channelled minimalism and androgyny, pioneering both styles in fashion and pop culture. Yves Saint Laurent had made power dressing that inspired and empowered women. Until then the suit was restricted to men, but suddenly women were now given the option to wear such clothes associated with power and influence.

The influence of Le Smoking is still felt today and is still seen on the catwalk and red carpet. Jason Wu’s A/W 11 collection at NYFW presented a modern take on the look – instead of the wide leg trousers, he paired cigarette pants with strong shouldered, slightly oversized tuxedo jackets. There was a contrast with feminine touches: bows decorated the shirt collars, a girlier take on the bow tie, and lace detailing on jackets softened the look.

The androgynous vibe of the female tuxedo is inexplicably chic and alluring. There’s something powerful about wearing a tuxedo that makes you exude confidence – and it’s one of those looks where you need it in order to pull it off.

To keep my outfit the right side of androgynous, I maintained some essential feminine details. Firstly; the shirt is made of a light, sheer silky material. I love the lace panel on the yoke and it gave the look a nod to Jason Wu. Heels are an absolute must for this look, they make you stand up straight like a lady and lengthen the leg. I chose some fierce black heels with studs to channel the powerful vibe.

To make the look right for now I wore tapered trousers, and balanced this with big shoulders – literally borrowing from my boyfriend’s wardrobe! Just the right amount of oversized. I wanted to keep the look as minimal as possible, but also added femininity with my beige-pink leather clutch bag and a peach coloured semi-precious statement stone ring. I wanted to make my hair as big and curly as possible too to balance the look and well, still look like a girl.

I did get a few funny looks, but these were far outweighed by compliments. It was nice not to worry about bumping into someone with the same dress and I felt the look was really ‘me’.

What do you guys think? Le Smoking, yay or nay?

Shirt- New Look
Trousers – Topshop
Jacket – Al’s, Emporio Armani
Shoes- Office
Bag- Topshop
Ring- H&M
Bowtie- Al’s, Thomas Pink

I also included a few other pics from the ball to give you a flavour of the other kinds of outfits everyone wore. What a great night!

Only In St Andrews

… could a whole town shut down for a one hour visit!

What a visit it was though. It’s not often you get to shake the hand of, and talk to, the future king and queen of your country.

Prince William and Kate Middleton came to St Andrews to launch the celebrations of the 600 year anniversary of the University. The actual ceremony was in the Quad, but tickets were limited and due to oversubscription went to a ballot. Only one person I know actually got to go but though it would have been nice, it meant we could find a good spot to see the royals when they did ‘Walk About’. By a stroke of luck, I think we got one of the best spots; meaning that unlike the rest of the crowds; we got to meet both royals.

Prince William was very handsome in real life, I mean he’s a good looking chap but photos don’t seem to do him justice! Very very tall too, especially next to me. He had a lovely chat with our area, after shaking our hands he said “are you all students?” When we said yes, he asked “anyone do Geography?” Then he had a bit of banter with my friend Katie who’s a geography student, mocking her for being a human geographer! Katie later confirmed herself as favourite of the royal family when Kate leant over her to shake someone’s hand and accidentally shoved her chest in her face! She apologised and laughed. It was so funny. Wills is such a charming guy in real life and looked very dapper in his sharp navy suit and spotty tie.

Kate Middleton was absolutely stunning. She wore a cherry red skirt suit, with a black velvet bow belt and black suede calf boots. So beautiful in real life, but so incredibly skinny! A little too skinny, but in an athletic way. I was seconds away from asking her where she got her outfit from, but some idiots behind us started shouting insults, that she was palming off the state, that they’d rather be in tutorials, blah blah. Ridiculous really, as what were they hoping to achieve? Nobody made them come either! So instead of asking her where her dress was from, my friend Aisha and I simultaneously shouted “SHUT UP!” and I’m pretty sure they regretted their pettiness when hoards of police honed in on them. Kate gave me us what I interpreted as a thankful smile. Anyway, I wish I knew who the suit was by as I can’t find anywhere on the web and Hilary Alexander even tweeted earlier asking if anyone knew. Never mind, we were all just so star struck!

What a surreal day, I think we’re all still buzzing. Probably a once in a lifetime opportunity, and definitely something to tell the grandchildren! There has been a lot of fuss about how much faff there was about security (all streets in town shut off), and some bits were a tad ridiculous, like the sniper in the tower watching us all or being ID-ed and interrogated to get into my English class! However, it was a massive security operation that I think was pulled off as slickly as possible. As for the anti-monarchy people, I think they should have just stayed at home. I’m hardly an ardent royal fan, but I still think they’re an important part of British culture. Kate Middleton is fast becoming a style icon – I wasn’t convinced at first but I think her style has really matured recently. It can’t be easy deciding what to wear for an event such as this, but she always manages to look appropriate and sophisticated but fashionable and chic. Hats (or fascinators) off to her.

view of North St

With Katie and Aisha – excited!

Greeting the school pupils

Prince William plus my face!

That’s my blond hair and Prince William

This one was during the Geography banter!

That’s Kate smiling at me

Leaving in the armoured car

Glad I had dressed up, you can only really see in one pic:
Pink wrap dress – Topshop
Jacket- Wallis
Velvet leggings- Topshop