Editor’s note: It all started with a bit of a Twitter conversation back when Will finally popped the question to Kate. Staring me in the face was the perfect correspondent to cover the impending Royal nuptials and give me Easter Monday off: Sawhole (aka intern of Mrs Woog). See Sawhole and the Royals they go way back. And I’m confident that should Will surprise Kate with Newcastle as their honeymoon destination that Sawhole would happily put them up at Stocko.
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So off I went to the airport. Passport, check, luggage, check and fabulous hat, check. The flight was a lot shorter than I expected, about an hour, which is strange. It was then I realised I was in Newcastle, New South Wales, not Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England. That’s the last time Mrs Woog books my tickets. Cheapskate.
So I thought I would make the best of it, as Lonely Planet declared Newcastle, Australia, one of the top 10 places in the WORLD to visit.
So I needed an outfit. That garbage bag Mrs Woog gave me was not going to cut it. Off I went to High Tea with Mrs Woo, where I decided this coat would be perfect for protecting me against the English weather. High Tea with Mrs Woo was started by two Newcastle sisters and it is an eccletic mix of east and west. It now sells in Sydney through its Paddington store.
Now I needed The Dress. There was only one place to go. I snapped up this. It’s a Moss & Spy fully-lined bias cut silk floral dress with bell sleeve is so romantic and teamed with a bolero and some fabulous heels I am set for the big day.
What Royal wedding guest would be without a hat? Not, SawHole. I found the perfect place in Newcastle to satisfy all my millinery desires. Mad Hatter Millinery store was started by a group of former TAFE millinery students. It proudly occupies a formerly disused building in the Renew Newcastle precinct. I felt like I had fallen down the rabbit hole when I visited courtesy of the confection of hats. Velvet, straw, lace, feather – you name it, they have the material. They even custom make and Jennifer O’Brien repairs vintage hats if the item can be salvaged. Madi Sobb makes the most amazing fascinators and I ordered one for myself and one for my daughter, Miss Charisma.
Finally, there was one thing I didn’t have to run all over town looking for. The ring. This ring is a family heirloom. My notorious Nanna Freda bought it on a cruise for my Aunty Margaret, who hated the ring and gave it to my Mum, who also did not like it. I, however, was obsessed by it because it is diamond and Ceylon sapphire and I snapped it up at age 27. The ring was re-designed as a present to myself by Melville Jewellers at Westfield Kotara.
I wear it every day. It reminds me of being a six year old girl watching Charles and Diana marry.
So much promise.
You too might want to get into the Royal wedding spirit with these gems:
2. Kit Cosmetics Her Royal Nailness $15.95 each
3. Thomas Sabo royal wedding silver charm $84
4. Secrets Shhh The Sapphire Royal $670
5. Mrs Fields Cookie Cake (triple layer pictured) $69.95
The Royal Wedding will be screening at 8pm Australian Eastern Standard time on pretty much every TV channel on Friday, April 29. Will you be watching?
Almost as exciting as the royal nuptials is next week’s Rosemount Australian Fashion Week. Would love you to take a couple of minutes to vote for me in the HP Australia Front Row Blogger competition. Click on the image below and wish me luck!