Brit Brief Open Post – Garden Party!

Hats! Florals! Pastels! Pleats! It is the third annual Buck House Garden Party of the season. I don’t know about you but the fact that there have been three already floors me. It’s still cold here, for heaven sakes.

We know the star of the show will be extensively covered elsewhere so I’ll just drop her in here with a quick “she is lovely in pink, isn’t she?” Always good to see the City of London Lily Brooch, too!

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We are making this an open post because I can’t possibly list everyone who was there*. We did get to see both Bea and Eug, in pastels, pleats and florals, as I mentioned earlier. I think the shape of Bea’s dress is particularly flattering to her, and knock me over with a feather, I actually *like* this floral. They say it’s by The Vampire’s Wife, which makes me giggle. All right, maybe it’s a tad autumnal, but still. Eug brings the spring with her Sandro pink pleats, though. Hey there, DoGlo, sneaking in without your beanie!

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Prince Harry was there, in a top hat and carrying his brolly. What can I say? I love a man in a top hat, particularly a tall man.

*Actually, I can list all the royals who were to attend, even though I don’t have photos. Please add them to the comments as you come across them:
The Queen
Prince Harry
Princess Beatrice
Princess Eugenie
Duke & Duchess of Gloucester
Duke of Kent
Prince & Princess Michael of Kent


In Defense of the Dress – Beatrice in a Bow

Welcome to In Defense of the Dress, where we tackle dresses that caused conflicts of the sartorial soul when we first saw them. Today we take on Princess Beatrice, all wrapped up in a sparkly bow.

The Facts

On November 2, 2018, Beatrice attended The 9th Annual Global Gift Gala held at The Rosewood Hotel in London. She wore a black-and-white Gucci gown, accented (boldly) with a sparkly trompe l’oeil bow at the waist. The gown is from from the Gucci Pre-Fall 2018 collection. She accessorized with long curly hair and kept everything else simple.

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The Case for the Dress

The Handbag: I think this is among the best of Beatrice’s evening looks. The cream contrasts softly with her skin, and the faux bow at the waist is fun embellishment. It flatters her figure, too. She often goes overboard in an effort to be different, and this is a nice way to stand out and be very slightly funky, but stay within the flattering zone.

OC: Loved it unabashedly then, love it unabashedly now. I can’t even hold the fact that it is Gucci against despite really wanting to.

LiL: Everything they said above me. I think it’s great. She looks fabulous!

The Case Against the Dress

LG: No. Big, fake, embellished bows are not for me.

What do you think about Beatrice and her sparkly bow?

Catching Up With the Yorks

We can’t leave Euge and Bea out of our little venture! I know they aren’t officially “working royals”, but hey. They still get out there and try to make the world a better place.

We have to go back to January for this one, but we really weren’t in business then, so it’s okay.

Princess Beatrice gave a speech at the Education World Forum in London, the largest gathering of education and skills Ministers in the world. I always give a big cheer when I see Bea at the podium. It’s not an easy thing to do if you have dyslexia.

She also met with the British Ambassador to Laos & the Lao Ambassador to the UK at Buckingham Palace.

Beatrice also attended Street Child UK’s “Education in Emergencies “panel at the House of Lords on Feb. 19th.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Nick Wright/Shutterstock (10111264j) Sarah Ferguson Duchess of York and Princess Beatrice attending Education in Emergencies panel discussion at House of Lords, London, with Tom Dannatt CEO of Street Child Education in Emergencies panel, House of Lords, London, UK – 19 Feb 2019

Princess Eugenie has been busy as well. She visited Queen’s Medical Centre on the 26th, where she spoke with some of the country’s leading spinal experts and met with patients who had undergone the same spinal procedure as she had.

And of course she had to pop by Windsor and see what all the fuss was about.

It is very hard to find any positive news on the Yorks’, which is very sad. It seems everyone does their best to avoid all discussion of the charities they are involved in, and the good that they do. But they are out there, and they are trying to make an impact. Keep on keeping on, ladies. I’m sure it is much appreciated by all involved.