The Royal Report

Sep 30, 2016

Everything you need to know about your favorite Royals... 

August 23 
It was previously announced that Will, Kate, George, and Charolette will undertake a royal tour of Canada. The family will be in Canada from September 24 to October 1. Details of the itinerary emerge. The family will be visiting Bella Bella in British Columbia, Great Bear Rain Forest, the Yukon, and Kelowna and Haida Gwaii. Will and Kate previously toured Canada in 2011.

August 24 
The Duke and Duchess have a big day in Luton! They visit Keech Hospice Care, Youthscape Centre at Bute Mills, and manufacturer Hayward Tyler.

August 25 
William and Catherine visit YoungMinds Helpline in London. Kate wore an LK Bennett dress.

September 1 
The Duke and Duchess kicked off their tour of Cornwall and the Isles of Sicily. They visited Healey's Cornish Cyder Farm, Truro Cathedral,  and Zebs Youth Centre. Kate wore a dress by Lela Rosa and a pair of wedges from Monsoon.

September 2 
Heavy fog in Cornwall grounded flights, including the chopper that was to have taken the Duke and Duchess to St. Mary’s Island. So instead The Duke and Duchess visited The Eden Project, the world’s largest indoor rainforest. Kate opted to wear her Monsoon wedges, pants from the GAP, and a blazer by Smythe.

With the flog clearing, the pair was then able to get to the island of Tresco to visit the Tresco Abbey Garden. They then boarded a boat to St. Martin. They visited a business called Silly Flowers, and Kate changed into the Bala shoe by Tebago for a tour of St. Martin's Community Centre.

September 6 
Prince Harry will be making an official visit to the Carribean in late fall. He will visit Barbados, Antigua, Barbuda, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts, Nevis, St. Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, and Grenadines.

September 9 
Bride-to-be Pippa Middleton enjoys a birthday lunch with her mother Carole Middleton in London. She turned 33 on September 6.

September 9 
Prince Harry quietly visited Midlmay Mission Hospital in east London, a few days after he had returned from southern Africa, where he was on the front lines of elephant conservation work. The news of his visit doesn't hit the media until September 14.  Mildmay Mission Hospital primary treats patient with AIDS/HIV.

September 11 
Kate, Will, George, and Charlotte head to Balmoral, the Queen's country home in Scotland, to celebrate the end of summer. Kate is seen taking a drive around the property with the Queen. The Queen also took Kate's mother, Carole Middleton, for a spin.

Carole also joined the family for Sunday church services.

September 12 
Kensington Palace release a detailed itinerary of the Cambridge's trip to Canada. It is also announced the Prince George and Prince Charlotte will be joining their parents on the trip!

September 12 
Pippa Middleton took part in the 12th BGC Annual Charity Day Even in Canary Wharf in London. The event is to honor and commemorate the 658 employees last in the World Trade Center attacks.

Princess Beatrice of York and her mother, Sarah Ferguson, attended the same Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald, BCG, and GFI at Cantor Fitzgerald in New York while Pippa was in London.

September 15 
Prince Harry turns 32!

September 15 
The Duchess of Cambridge has had breach of privacy complaints upheld by the press standards watchdog after she objected to online stories about herself and Prince George.

Kate complained to the Independent Press Standards Organisation after and OK! magazine's website published similar articles, with a photograph in May showing George sitting on a police motorbike at Kensington Palace to the delight of his mother.

September 16 
Kate visited Stewards Academy with Prince William. The engagement was a joint heads Together and Place2Be function as the Royals continue to promote children's mental health. Kate wore the 'Aimee' dress by Altuzzarra and her Fern pumps by LK Bennett.

Upon Will and Kate's arrival, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Essex, Jonathon Douglas-Hughes, slipped on wet pavement and fell. Price William and others quickly stepped in to help. The Vice Lord escaped the scary incident with only a bruised wrist.

September 18
Princess Eugenie and her boyfriend Jack Brooksbank arrive at the Balmoral estate in Scoutland, sparking rumors that an engagement is immanent and coming soon. They may have also been there to celebrate Prince Harry's birthday, as he hosted a shooting party on the Balmoral property.

September 20
Prince Harry makes varies stops in Aberdeen. His iternary included visits to Mackey Academy, Streetsport at Robert Gordan University, and Spored Auberdeen.

September 21
It is announced that the Duchess of Cambridge will undertake her first solo international engagement. She will partake in a day of official engagements at The Hauge and Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

September 23 
Prince Harry will celebrate the expansion of Coach Core at the Lord's Cricket Club on October 7.

September 24
The Cambridges' Royal Tour of Canada begins!

Ta ta for now! Be on the look out for the next Royal Report!

Fall Essentials Under $50

Sep 28, 2016
Looking good this season doesn't have to cost a fortune. Many Fall essentials can be found at prices that won't brake the bank - and you'll have money left over for those PSLs!

// Fall-inspired Lipstick// Wearing a warmer shade is always on point during the Fall months. Try a dark berry hue this season! Try NYX Butter Lipstick in Moonlit Night. ($5.99)

// Fall Coat // A light to medium-weight jacket is perfect for the cooler weather, and this year it's all about utility jackets! Utility jackets come in many different colors, but this year's color is army green. The jacket pictured is from LE3NO. ($29.99)

// Over-Sized Scarves // An over-sized scarf is the best multi-tasking item for Fall. Not only is it a scarf, but it can be used at a shawl or small throw for you lap when it gets chilly at games or bonfires. The 'Heritage Plaid's scarf featured is from Nordstrom! ($25)

// Leggings // A great pair of leggings that you can dress up and dress down should be a staple. Try a fall-inspired color such as a jewel tone. Try Galliano Leggings! ($29)

// Fall-inspired Nail Polish // Like my lips, I like a nice berry color on my nails for fall. Essie is my favorite brand. Try Bahama Mama as pictured.  ($9)

// Booties // Leather and suede booties are on trend this year! Booties are super versatile and can be worn with jeans, leggings, skirt, and dresses. Show your individuality with the details - cutouts or zippers! Try Aldo. ($48)

// Travel Mug // A good travel mug is an essential item to keep your beverage of choice warm from home to the office or when running errands. And who doesn't love Kate Spade?! ($21)

Getting to Know You... Getting to Know All About You

Sep 26, 2016
Today I wanted to do something really light-hearted and fun! I love learning more about other bloggers. Below you will learn 10 things about me. Make sure to pick one question and answer it in the comments so I can learn more about you!

1. What is your biggest fear?
Snakes. They are the devil on earth. My fear is so bad that when I do come across a snake, I immedately have a panic attack complete with the sweats.

2. What is your favorite workout? Ballet classes. I've danced pretty much my entire life, and ballet is an awesome full body workout. It includes body weight strength training and cardio!

3. What's your natural hair color? I'm not really sure at this point! My roots usually come in a dark, ash blonde. I was bleach blonde by nature as a child though!

4. What is your favorite smell? Lilacs! I love them and always have lilac scented candles in the house.

5. Tell me the 3 best days in your life - or the first 3 that come to mind.

  • Graduating with my Bachelors (May 2006). I worked really hard to graduate with honors.
  • Getting married, but really being married (so every day for the last 8.5 years).
  • My sister being born. This one is in retrospect. I didn't care for her at the time, but now she's one my best friends and I'm so thankful for the day she came into this world (July 26, 1987).

6. What are your top 3 places currently on your bucket list to visit?

7. What is your favorite food? French Fries... uhhh gawd yum!

8. What is your current Netflix show of choice? I actually don't have Netflix! However, we did a free month trial to watch Fuller House and will probably do the same thing when season 2 comes out!

9. Were you named after anyone?
My parents had a waitress named Ashley at a Red Lobster in Florida after they moved there after getting married (circa 1980). They really loved it, and when their first child was a boy, the name got passed to me, their first girl! My name middle name is Elizabeth, in honor of my maternal great-grandmother.

10. What's your favorite hamburger topping? Cheese, pickles, yellow mustard. Boom.

Make sure to pick one question and answer it in the comments so I can learn more about you!

At-Home Tailgate Ideas

Sep 22, 2016
While at this time of year tailgating is still sunny and enjoyable, we're fastly approaching the season of crisp air, rain, and even snow. This is when at-home tailgates work better. Below you will find all the components you'll need for throwing a successful at-home tailgate.

//1// Food

//2// Booze

//3// Outdoor Activites

Fire Pit // Cornhole // Backyard Touch Football

//4// Team Colors

//5// Decor

2016 Emmy Fashion

Sep 19, 2016
The 2016-2017 awards season officially started on Sunday night with the Emmys. I felt this year's red carpet was overall a disappointment, but I was able to pull out of few gems from a sea of frump and dump.

Holly Taylor in Theia

This was the favorite of the night! I love the sleekness of this gown punctuated with a high collar with crystal embellishments. The slit and train are the icing on the cake!

Emmy Rossum in Wes Gordon

Again, I love a a great white gown. I also love simplicity and a really good fit. Emmy looks beatiful. Bravo!

Tatiana Maslany in Alexander Wang

I love the illusion. Is it a dress? Is it a crop top and skirt? The fit, tailoring, color, and cut outs are beyond fabulous.

Felicity Huffman in Tony Ward

I love the pattern and the organza on this dress. It's also modest and very flattering.

Padma Lakshmi in Naeem Khan

Can you really go wrong with head to toe sparkle? This dress looks elegant, expensive, and sexy all at the same time.

Some of my worst dress this year include Anna Chlumsky, Laura Carmichael, Gabby Hoffman, Jamie Brewer, and Alia Shawkat.

What were your favorite fashions from the Emmys?

Friday Five

Sep 16, 2016

//1// As a mentioned earlier this week, we got rid of DirecTV and went with Amazon Fire. I love how easy it is to access my shows I watch with prime. My favorites is The Americans, but Nick and I started watching the Amazon original show The Man in the High Castle.

The show is based off an alternative history novel by American writer Philip K. Dick. Set in 1962, fifteen years after an alternative ending to World War II, the novel and show is about intrigues between the victorious Axis Powers—Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany—as they rule over the former United States. Very interesting and great for WWII history buffs like me and Nick!

//2// On Monday I highlighted the Books & Blogger's swap and the awesome books I recieved from my partner. Before I get to them, I have to finish the one I'm currently working on.

I'm about half way through, but I'm already recommending it. It's such a cute, fun, easy read!

//3// Headed to a craft fair tommorrow with a co-worker to support the school our other co-worker's kids go to. Can't wait to get out and find some gems!

//4// I did a Wanderlust Wednesday post and annouced where Nick and I will be going for our 2017 vacation. It's a big one! We are Switzerland/Monaco/Italy bound!

//5// The doctors I work for are part of a food co-op and gave me an entire bag of apples!  I'm going to attempt to make homemade apple sauce for my husband (and to ring in Fall)!

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