If you know me, you know I live the “Country Kate” lifestyle. I love a good shopping trip in London, but most days I’m in wellies running after dogs and chickens. I love that Kate lives a quiet, country life when she is in Norfolk. She gardens, roasts chickens, plays with Lupo and her children, and generally enjoys the pursuits of the countryside.
My life is very similar. On this particular day, I went to the local, organic gardening center for some herbs and vegetables. We began our vegetable patch with herbs like sage, thyme, basil, and rosemary, and vegetables like courgettes and tomatoes. The Duchess has said before that she loves pottering about in her garden, and I can see why. It is the best form of relaxation and a workout tied together.
After that, I spent most of the afternoon running around with Duke, our English Setter, and tending to the chickens. Kate recently revealed that they have five chickens and a few eggs waiting to hatch. I squealed when I learned this, as chickens are the most delightful things. We have eight chickens and, although we got them before I learned about the Cambridge chicks, it makes me feel very “royal.”
Most days, I’m repliKate-ing – not even on purpose, but my personal style is so similar that I often do it without trying. Today was no different. I opted for Zara skinny jeans, Mint Velvet plimsolls, and my new Breton-striped jumper. The cashmere stripe marled sweater from N. Peal London is my latest love in my closet.
Why did I wear cashmere while gardening? Well, because it is what Kate would do. William loves N. Peal sweaters, and I’m sure Kate has a few in her closet. Cashmere, and other fineries, aren’t just for “tidy” days, or fancy days. They should be for every day. Adding a little luxury, like cashmere on any-old-Saturday, makes you feel just a little bit more “royal.”
N. Peal kindly sent this sweater to test it out as a repliKate, and it is a lovely investment in your wardrobe. Their site is chocked full of Duchess-worthy pieces. As we mentioned, William has worn the brand many times, and we are confident Kate has a few classic N. Peal London pieces in her wardrobe as well. I love the cardicape for cozy pub dinners, the cashmere slippers for running around the house after Charlotte, and the cashmere teddy bear for the perfect baby shower gift.
The N. Peal London brand was born in 1936 in London’s famed Burlington Arcade. Their flagship store has been there ever since, with other major retailers popping up in Knightsbridge, Sloane Street, and Piccadilly. I can imagine way-back when she was Kate Middleton that N. Peal London was on her regular rotation of shops to visit – LK Bennett for classic shoes, Zara for trendy pieces, N. Peal London for timeless cashmere.