February has come to an end and that means spring is just a few weeks away! It was a crazy month so the roundup is a few days late, but I found some great accessories this month and a new coat, too.
I’m attempting to take my own advice from the January episode of We’ll Never Be Royal (you can listen on your fave podcast app, or on your web browser here) and be much more intentional about my purchases.
After Marie Kondo’ing my wardrobe I’ve found I really don’t need much of anything. This year, I’m only purchasing those things that absolutely, in the words of Ms. Kondo, “spark joy.”
What does that mean for this blog? I’ll continue to post royal fashion finds, but I’m going to put more of an emphasis on royal travel (look for my coverage on the royal wedding exhibit in Edinburgh this summer!), books, and other topics. Also, I will likely be doing shorter posts on specific pieces versus longer fashion roundups, and add in non-royal style from some of my favorite brands like Boden, Cath Kidston and Joules, too.
That being said, here are some of the royally-inspired pieces I did love over the past month:
Snowflake Snowstorm Replicas
I adore the Snowflake Snowstorm earrings Meghan owns from Canadian jeweler Birks, but spending $12,000 CAD (about $9k US) on a pair of earrings is just not an option. Lucky for me, my IG friend Sarah (@theroyalwatcher) found a replica on Amazon for under $35 and posted about them. These are really lovely in person and such nice quality. I highly recommend!
They would be perfect for a special event like a wedding, but I wore them with a black turtleneck to a casual dinner with friends last week … they aren’t so fancy that you can’t wear them on a normal day.
Le Specs Air Heart & Half Moon Magic Sunglasses
I’ve been looking for a new pair of sunglasses, and when Meghan was photographed in NYC wearing the Le Specs Air Heart sunglasses I fell in love with them instantly. The $69 price tag was way more affordable than I expected, and I quickly ordered a pair before they sold out. Sadly, they were just too oversized for my face (if you saw my IG stories, you know what I mean).
I ended up selling them to a friend and ordering two other pairs of Le Specs from Amazon. The keepers are the Half Moon Magic style, which is similar to the Air Heart but not as large. I will definitely get loads of use out of these!
If you’re looking for the Air Heart style as worn by Meghan, sadly, they’re sold out everywhere. Le Specs is expecting a restock in May, or you could get them in tortoise from Nordstrom.
On a side note, if you’re interested in the impact Meghan’s had on the company, you can read the article I wrote about Le Specs for Royal Central here.
Hunter Original Tour Packable Rain Boots
Wellies that fold up into their own little bag? Genius! I’ve been considering buying these for a few years, but I have my Hunter Union Jack wellies and a pair of Tory Burch ones, so I didn’t find it necessary to get another pair. However, neither of these boots are the type that you can easily pack in a suitcase.
Since I’m heading to Scotland this summer I decided it was time to cave and buy these. Luckily, the boots were on sale for $80 (they’re normally $150) on Shoes.com. Green is the only sale color left now at $89.95, so grab a pair quickly if you want them!
The wellies fold in half and tuck into a handy Hunter logo drawstring bag. They’re very comfortable to walk around in so hopefully they’ll work well on my trip.
Hunter carries a royal warrant – they’re “suppliers of waterproof footwear” for The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh – and Meghan also owns a pair, so they’re royally-approved, too!
Barbour x Liberty Blaise Jacket
I bought one of the Barbour x Liberty jackets when I was in London after the royal wedding and get so many compliments on it. I spotted the Blaise style at Nordstrom last autumn and it definitely sparked joy, but it was pricey and I technically didn’t need it. I waited for the jacket to go on sale but sadly, I waited too long, and by the time I saw it had been reduced my size was gone. (Sidenote: they still have the jacket at Nordstrom in a US 12 or 14)
Enter my good pal eBay and I stalked this coat for months. If you don’t know, you can set up alerts for things you’re looking for and get emails when something is listed. When a coat was finally listed in my size (new with tags and more than 50% off!) it ended up being a well-timed tax refund treat.
This is my first waxed jacket from Barbour since my other two are both the lighter quilted styles. It’s fairly heavy, actually – it was in the high 30s on the weekend and I was fine in this coat. The only downside is the waxed styles are slightly more high maintenance as you have to get them re-treated every so often.
This is usually the portion of the post where I include the style of the month, but I’ve decided (at least for the time being) to eliminate that feature on the blog. With all of my writing commitments and family obligations, I need to cut back where I can, and it’s a time-consuming feature to pull together every month. Thank you to all of the ladies who have joined the style collages over the past year!
Hope you have a great March!