It’s no secret that Kate Middleton has fashion sense. She manages to dress elegantly and yet hold on to her youthful sense of style.
There are entire blogs dedicated to dressing like Kate, and it’s all quite good for business for whatever brand she decides to wear because once the designer of her outfit is revealed, the item instantly sells out.
Now, it turns out, the same thing is happening with little Prince George.
I remember when the royal family made their trip to Australia last year, and people noticed the baby’s little kangaroo backpack. The small company that made them sold out when they sold 1,000 in just two days.
And this past week, when Prince George played with his mum while at one of Prince William’s polo games, he was dressed in a royal blue cardigan over a white collared shirt, shorts, and a pair of comfy kiddie Crocs.
Yes, he looked adorable and Kate looked great, and while the pics just show a mom and her little 2 year old having fun, it turns out that the Crocs Crocband clogs like he was wearing saw a 1500 percent rise in sales on Amazon.
In all, Amazon.co.uk has seen a 16 fold increase in sales of the Crocbands since the photos of Prince George were released.
This phenomenon known as the ‘Kate Effect’ actually started with George when he was born and his swaddling blanket sold out within hours of his debut on the stairs of St. Mary’s hospital in London.
And it turns out that the same thing happened after his sister Charlotte made her first public appearance at that same hospital.
Kate really does have a special eye for style, which shows in how she dresses, as well in how her kids are dressed. If she didn’t, do you think the public would be as quick to copy her fashion sense?
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Today’s link round-up has iced coffee tips, cornbread with bacon glaze, a monthly budget worksheet, and more.
Chocolate Covered Katie offered tips for creating the best iced coffee.
The Crafting Nook showed us how to make chocolate chip brownies in a jar.
The Practical Mom shared 16 easy summer projects for three-year-olds.
A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make cornbread with bacon glaze.
I Should Be Mopping the Floor shared a free printable monthly budget worksheet.
Create Craft Love showed us how to make a denim and burlap lighted garland.
I Love to Create taught us how to make Color Shot lace shorts.
Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess
Tess Holliday grew up in a small town. People told her she couldn’t model because she was too short and too big. But she decided to try and prove them wrong, moved across the country and looked for modeling gigs from the time she was 15 until she was about 19.
Then she became a mom and hung up her dreams temporarily to spend time with her son. Five years later, she realized her modeling goal and became a professional model at age 24.
Now after another five years, she is a 29-year-old social media sensation with a skyrocketing modeling career. Since January of this year, she has signed with top U.K. agency Milk, landed a cover on People magazine, and has a shoot scheduled with David LaChapelle.
As the first size 22 plus size model, Tess, whose real name is Ryann Hoven, credits her mother for her inspiration to never give up. Her mom is paralyzed and by her example has never given up.
She encouraged Tess to do the same and believe in her dreams. “She always pushed me, and I just wanted to make her proud,” Tess said, and she has accomplished that.
Tess admits that the hardest part of making the decision to go into modelling full time was the decision to be away from her son, but on the positive side she says, “I’m able to do things that most 9-to-5 parents cant.”
In the long run, she knew that she could make more to support him and would actually have more time to spend with him over all and she was right.
Her success took time and a lot of hard work. When her son was born she was working at Walmart and making $8.50 an hour. A year and a half ago she was working as a receptionist for a dentist and only modeling on the side, and now at 5′ 5″ and 280 pounds she is the first size 22 plus-size model with a promising modeling career ahead of her.
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Today’s link round-up has recipe ideas, fashion inspiration, ideas for movie night, and more.
A Beautiful Mess inspired us with eight outfits from eight pieces of clothing.
Kenarry taught us how to refinish furniture with chalk paint.
I Should Be Mopping the Floor shared free printable chore charts.
Create Craft Love shared a recipe for fizzy strawberry lemonade.
Spaceships and Laser Beams showed us how to make peaches and cream cookie cups.
I Heart Nap Time shared some ideas for a Mary Poppins family movie night.
Cupcakes and Cashmere taught us how to make simple summer stationery.
Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Spaceships and Laser Beams
Have you ever thought about the money walking down the red carpets at all the celebrity functions and award programs? Dresses worn by A-listers can easily cost upwards of $15,000, and by the time you accessorize you’ve added another couple of thousands of dollars at least.
But a new designer, Self-Portrait has entered the red-carpet world with affordable prices and fresh new looks.
Maisie Williams of Game of Thrones fame was the first star to don a Self-Portrait at a major red carpet event at the SAG Awards in January. Her lacy spaghetti strap dress caught the eyes of others and since then Reese Witherspoon, Lucy Haile, Kerry Washington, Lady Gaga, and Kristen Stewart have all turned to the Self Portrait the brand.
The fresh look combines lace and a peek-a-boo innocence blended with flirty sexiness, but what really makes this brand stand alone is its affordable prices. The line tops out around $600.
The brand’s Creative Director, Han Chong, admits that he didn’t set out to “fill a void in the market place.” His original goal was to design something special for women that was still affordable. And another thing that makes this brand unique is that they offer dresses that flatter different shapes and sizes.
Chong was an artist before turning to the fashion industry. He admits that his inspiration comes from many places including films, art, and what he sees on the street.
“All these little impressions form into your visual memory and then suddenly new patterns and ideas start to form.”
That is the artist side of him coming out for sure, and in the future Chong plans to push the boundaries of what people expect from lace, and is looking for sporty elements and what he calls “more provocative” silhouettes for next season.
The really fun thing is that we, the average every-day person can find Self Portrait online and it is affordable.
Today’s link round-up has a guide to LA, DIY projects, patriotic ice cream sandwiches, and more.
Confessions of an Overworked Mom showed us how to make peanut butter coconut oil granola.
Kenarry taught us how to make patriotic ice cream sandwiches.
DIY Inspired taught us how to give a kids’ picnic table a makeover.
Tulips & Orchids showed us how to make a rainbow headband.
A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make stained glass soap.
Cupcakes and Cashmere shared an updated guide to LA.
Temptalia showed us some swatches of some of Sephora’s Ultra Shine Lip Gels.
Photo credit: Confessions of an Overworked Mom and A Beautiful Mess
Maya Thurman-Hawke, 16-year-old daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, made her solo red carpet fashion debut at the CFDA Awards in early June at the Lincoln Center. She wore a beaded Zac Posen gown, and completed her look with minimal makeup and wore her blonde tresses in soft waves.
She looked great and in true teen determination, even though the dress would have weighed quite a bit with all that bead work, she moved in it effortlessly like a fairy princess. She even twirled a time or two to show off the ethereal-looking designer elements.
The teen arrived at the awards program escorted by designer Zac Posen, who has accompanied many young women at this stage in their careers. I love that Posen gave her a look appropriate for her age and first time out on the red carpet. She looked stunning, don’t you think?
Amid all the attention surrounding her red carpet debut, there were also murmurs that she was the reason behind Sofia Coppola leaving The Little Mermaid.
According to the grapevine, Coppola was determined on casting Thurman-Hawke as the lead, but after months of trying to find the perfect person for the title character, the studio and Coppola didn’t agree.
Instead, they wanted an “established” actress; “one with a proven ability to drive box office sales.” While Thurman-Hawke’s parents are established in the acting world, she is not, though I think her look is certainly perfect for the part.
While we’ve seen Maya Thurman-Hawke pose with her parents in the past, this was her first solo red carpet experience and she handled it like a pro.
I think it is too bad Universal wouldn’t consider her for the mermaid role, but I’m not the one taking the financial risk on an unknown. Movies cost a lot to make these days, and need to have names that drive people to the theaters.
Would you go see the movie if she started in The Little Mermaid?
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Today’s link round-up has Cool Ranch Doritos hummus, tips for fixing a hole in the wall, a DIY necklace project, and more.
Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for Cool Ranch Doritos hummus.
Confessions of an Overworked Mom showed us how to fix a hole in the wall.
A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a necklace from items found at the hardware store.
Kenarry shared a free printable puzzle party favor and a cute gift idea.
One Little Project shared 50 of the best watermelon recipes.
Create Craft Love showed us a collection of red, white, and blue desserts to make over the summer.
Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Kenarry
Today’s link round-up has balloon hacks, recipes for sweet potato burgers, product reviews, and more.
Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for sweet potato burgers.
Create Craft Love showed us several balloon hacks to enjoy this summer.
Makeup and Beauty Blog reviewed the Napoleon Perdis Rebirth of Venus Skin Renewal Cleansing Oil.
Kenarry gave us five clever ways to use frames in your home décor.
I Love to Create showed us how to create faux tribal beading with puffy paint.
I Should Be Mopping the Floor shared 20 free patriotic fonts.
Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Kenarry