One of the biggest trends right now seen in stores is STRIPES! I visited the Galleria today with Mark and Maddy today and there were stripes everywhere. kate spade and J Crew were my favorites!
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Today we celebrated Madeline’s 14th birthday! Isn’t she so cute in her vintage dress and kate spade handbag? Lovely.
Mark and Harrison were patiently waiting for a seat at Macaroni Grill in Houston. I just love Macaroni grill and was so glad Madeline picked that restaurant for her b-day dinner. They give you a chocolate cake for your birthday dessert!!! Free!!!!
I just started a new blog about Kate Spade related content called Kate Spade-aholic there I am going to be posting all the info on Kate Spade so I can concentrate on other things on royaltygirl. Check it out!
What a sad day is was when I received my Kate Spade polka dot Jillian dress in the mail! It was COUNTERFEIT! Can you believe it? I couldn’t. It is awful that someone is copying Kate Spade dresses and selling them as authentic on eBay. To the untrained eye, the dress was not obviously a fake but with my “super Kate Spade vision” I could tell that there was something fishy going on. The finishes were not the usual French seams and fine stitching with silk thread. The cut of the Jillian dress is more of a boat neckline with a scoop in the back where the counterfeit dress was slightly scooped in the front and not as scooped in the back. The fabric was also thinner silk with a much lighter hand than the Kate Spade polka dot fabric on my other polka dot dress from the fall. Then to make things worse, being alerted to the fact that there might be counterfeits on eBay, I looked carefully at my Kate Spade sunshades dress from eBay and discovered that it too was a fake!!!! AHHHHH! Double disappointment! The colors of the sunglasses were different slightly from the original and the weight of the fabric was lighter. The neckline was also cut higher and the ruffle was shorter. I have worn this dress happily for a month not knowing that this dress was not the real thing. Now I wonder if I should remove the “offender” from my closet. It is still as cute as ever but knowing that it is a COUNTERFEIT dress does make me feel somewhat gloomy. The good news is that I contacted the fraud department at Kate Spade and they are investigating the issue and I was able to return the polka dot dress for a full refund! I went right over to my Houston Kate Spade outlet and took the money from the dress and purchased the Tutti-frutti esti skirt with the polka dots in pinks, reds and oranges. I wore it to church this morning proudly knowing that it was authentic and not a fake! It is also the cutest skirt and looks super with my hot pink Quinn handbag.
I am going to be much more cautious when ordering from eBay in the future. One of the problems with the sellers of counterfeit clothing is that they use the Kate Spade photos to advertise the clothing so you think you are getting what is pictured. They may show the other item but it looks very much like the original, especially in photos. The price is usually low and there are several for sale in different sizes. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is! Lesson learned the hard way!!!
This is the new suitcase I am taking with me on my trip to Michigan. Madeline has a blue one just like it! We are deviating from the typical Pink and black bags to have a more vintage feel this time. The best part of this luggage is the inside. It has a black and cream stripe lining! It also is expandable and rolls very smoothly! You can find this suitcase along with its family members of all sizes at ebags for $128. Now to fill this great bag with all my outfits for the upcoming trip.
I can’t wait to see my parents and cool off in the lovely Michigan weather!
Madeleine Dots Jillian Dress in Cream- I have always wanted this dress
but I already have this one…
Now I am going to have this one…
It is the same KS Jillian style as the first dress but in black with cream dots instead of cream with black dots. I think it is much more slimming if if dots can be slimming at all. The only catch is that I have to lose 5 pounds before Mark will give it to me. It is an “incentive”. I hope it works!