Style Me Friday: Kate Middleton’s Casual Chic (+ Giveaway)

Happy Friday, Lovelies! It’s our favorite day of the week again…Style Me Friday! (I know, I know… this blog doesn’t likely have much to do with why you love Fridays, but humor me LOL).  Okay, so I’m just gonna jump right into it with no stories because I’m trying to get this post in before I go to bed and I just got back from a really fun event (more on that later)…and I’m tired! and I am mad at myself for not stopping for french fries on the way home. I was trying to be good. Anyway, I said no stories!

Today’s look was submitted by the beautiful and talented Shanda over at ShandArt and The Journey to My Dreams.  Shanda is a FABULOUS illustrator.  I like to embarrass her and tell everybody that she is actually the illustrator behind all those fabulous sketches we saw last season on Single Ladies. Mmm Hmm, that’s her! She has even does some illustrations of me, but I am a horrible friend and I have not shared them here on the blog yet. I’m gonna get my life together soon, I promise.  Anyway, Shanda sent over this picture of Kate Middleton yesterday, and I kinda loved it!  Oh, and I got a really funny comment about my entire look at the event — someone told me they like the “whole Hillary Banks thing” I had going on. LOL! I can dig it! In fact, I actually thought the same thing when I looked at my hair this afternoon.

Image via SheKnows.com

As you can see, I am back to my tried and true bantu knot-out after several weeks of flat-twist outs.  I think it’s time for another hair update! I can see why they call this a “hair journey” — I learn something new about my hair every day!  Anyway, I’ll get to workin’ on that update.  Maybe I’ll do a video this time (with notes, so I don’t ramble… like I’m doing right now. LOL).  Do you now someone left a comment on one of my videos that said “You talk a looooot.” LOL.  All I could do was laugh because I know it’s true….

Ann Taylor Blazer (thrifted) | GAP Perfect Tee layered under Mossimo V-neck Sweater ($18) | Old Dollhouse Cropped Jeans via TJ Maxx (Similar at Old Navy, $24.99) | Bandolino Boots | Braided Crystal Collar c/o Mimi’s, the Look for Less | Coach Bag circa 2007

“Style Me Friday” Insights on Personal Style

I actually had two insights on this outfit…

  1. The event I went to tonight was a last minute affair, so this morning I began to reconsider using this outfit thinking that it wasn’t dressy enough.  I even mentioned to someone on Twitter that I was looking for a new look for today. Ultimately, I decided to stick with my original plan and make it work — which meant dressing it up a bit!  This lead me to two conclusions:
    • First, one of the reasons I get so frustrated with getting dressed these days is because I am suffering from inspiration overload, and I don’t have an outlet because I work from home. When I finally get out of the house, all the inspiration comes to a head and I want to wear EVERYTHING all at once.  I start to over think my outfits instead of keeping it simple and sticking with my first mind.
    • Second, It’s all in the details! Sure, Kate’s version of this outfit is very casual — to0 casual to wear to an event in my opinion, but my outfit was perfect for an event because of the details! My double-breasted jacket is a more classic and tailored cut than Kate’s cropped jacket, which instantly kicks the look up a notch… and the buttons add a bit of flare.  My shiny leather, pointy-toe boots have a dressier feel than Kate’s riding style boots.  And to tie it all together, I added some kick a** accessories in the form of a statement necklace and an arm party (I told you guys I love this necklace!)  It all came together quite nicely, in a preppy chic kinda way!
  2. Okay, the next insight isn’t really on my outfit as a whole.  It’s all about the bag.  I bought this bag back in 2007 when the monogrammed bag was still going strong.  Nowadays, with the exception of your classic Louis Vuitton and some of the Gucci styles, the monogrammed bag has become somewhat taboo among the fashion world.  But you know what — I love this bag! and it’s been sitting in the dust bag waiting to be worn again…and that is just what I’m gonna do! This was the first real luxury bag I bought for myself.  I had bought other smaller bags for less than $100, but this bag cost was about $350 when I bought it (on sale!) and that was a big deal for me!  It was an investment, and I thought it was totally worth it because I loved the style of it so much… so I am not just gonna stop wearing it because the mysterious fashion gods told me it’s out of style.  The lesson here? Wear what you like. Don’t get so caught up in what’s in and what’s out. If you love it, wear it confidently and you’ll look fabulous!

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Last thing before I go — the final Reader Appreciation Giveaway! This giveaway is sponsored by yours truly and I kinda just threw it in last minute, but I think you guys will love it all the same.  I just thought it would be fun to giveaway one of Shanda’s designs.  She really is super talented! and did I mention she is right here in Atlanta? Anyway, she illustrated these greeting cards that I kinda love and I figured you, my fellow shoe-obsessed friends, would love them as much as I do.  So, I am giving away one set of greeting cards (set of 6) to one lucky reader!  and if you don’t win, don’t worry! The cards are available on Etsy for just $15!  Believe it or not, the best part about these greeting cards is not the designer shoe inspiration (although, they are quite fabulous!), but no…that’s not it.  The best part is 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these cards goes to the Show Me Shoes Foundation.

Show Me Shoes Foundation, Inc. is an independent non-profit organization established in 2009 to assist young girls who may have experienced unexpected hardships and are in need. Show Me Shoes Foundation takes the donations of new and lightly worn women dress and casual shoes. Our intent is to give back to women and help restore their confidence starting at the “sole”.

Show Me Shoes also serves as a mentor program for young women ages 18-23 conducting seminars, activities, and retreats. Our purpose is to encourage and inspire these young girls who are the future and will become successful young women by giving them the gift of opportunities, networking, and leadership through mentorship of other successful women in the community.

Enter below! First entry is mandatory, the second entry is optional. That’s it!


Don’t forget to enter the other two Reader Appreciation Giveways! Win a Shabby Apple Necklace or a piece of Vedette Shapewear!

Have a great weekend! XOXO

The Fashionista Next Door

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57 Responses to “Style Me Friday: Kate Middleton’s Casual Chic (+ Giveaway)”

  1. OMG!!!! You totally nailed this look girl. Its so cute and classic! Better than Kate's may I add! I LOVE it!
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  2. OMG!!!! You totally nailed this look girl. Its so cute and classic! Better than Kate's may I add! I LOVE it!
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  3. Shanda says:

    You rocked this look Eboni!
    I knew you would, and now we can see how to dress up a casual chic look!

    I feel you on the bag…if I pay over $70 for something, I'm rocking it til it falls apart lol…..no…seriously. lol

    (HUG) xo

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  4. Shanda says:

    You rocked this look Eboni!
    I knew you would, and now we can see how to dress up a casual chic look!

    I feel you on the bag…if I pay over $70 for something, I'm rocking it til it falls apart lol…..no…seriously. lol

    (HUG) xo

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  5. kelleashia says:

    i love your bantu knot out i wish i could get my hair to cooperate like that! lol

  6. Oooo you're serving the sexy with this look. I love it. The bag, boots, blazer…everything on point.
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  7. Less Is More says:

    I like Kate Middleton, but I LOVE your take on her outfit. Well done!
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  8. Style & Poise says:

    I am in love with this look..so chic!!! You worked this one!!!!

    Roni
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  9. I love this look Ife! The boots and the layered tops are sensational and perfect for fall (obvs). Hope you got your french fry on! Enjoy your weekend!
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  10. tyty says:

    OMG love this look on you its simple but chic! love the boots also! I prefer your hair in the bantu knots than the twist outs, the bk gives your hair more volume and definition! This outfit is so nicely put together! deff inspired! Good job EB! xoxo TY

  11. 1. Love this look! It's exactly how Kate rocked it. YOU look HAUTE. 2. Ok the greeting cards are nice…but I want those shoes she drew! They're dope!

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  12. Inez says:

    Ok. I'll start from the bottom up!
    Great giveaway those cards are so cute shanda does an excellent job! Is that the same person that did Reiko's wedding photo, art looks similar? great signature if it is!

    I think you dressed up this outfit well and your hair looks fabulous! You make me want to go natural and grow my hair just to wear it like this it's beautiful!

    You know I LOVE style me Friday's so I'm just happy to see them. :)
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  13. tima says:

    Hillary Banks meets Kate Middleton like how fab!!! lol I love this look.

    Editor & Chic

  14. Yes, yes yes!! You look incredible! I love it all.

    And funny thing is, as I was getting ready for work this morning, one of my first thoughts was "OMG, It's Style Me Friday!!" :o)
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  15. Lilly says:

    LOVE your version way better! I look forward to "Style Me Friday". You've been doing an amazing job so far :)
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  16. GFS says:

    Love the color of the boots! Gorgeous!

    Shanda rocks doesn't she!

  17. Thais says:

    Love this! I think you did it better than Kate!

  18. Cute outfit! I'm gonna have to "steal" this look for myself!

  19. Mello says:

    I love it, especially the color of those boots!

  20. Jarette says:

    This is my favorite post .. I love the photos you took , everything looks perfect , you totally nailed it!
    I love those cards!
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  21. Sing says:

    Another home run girlie! Love it.
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  22. Taliah says:

    Sooo cute and u scored big time with that Ann taylor blazer! Lovely!

  23. Zavonna says:

    I really like this look on you! Very cute and very comfy looking at the same time. Kind of loving your "Style Me Fridays".

  24. A Sassy Woman says:

    Cute Outfit Eboni!!!
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  25. A Sassy Woman says:

    The cards are too cute! I'd love to win this giveaway :)
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  26. Megan says:

    Seriously, You Look GORGEOUS!
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  27. Alexa says:

    Lovely look, i love your classic looks!

  28. I've seen these cards before and think they are so cute! And I must say that I just love your hair.
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  29. Nicole says:

    Looks like we had fashion telepathy cause I wore a very similar outfit today. And although I only work from home a fees days out the month, I know what you mean about lack of inspiration. I have found that designating a room or area to be an "office", definitely helps to make you feel like you a reason to get dressed.

  30. Tatiana says:

    Love your look. I think you styled it a lot better than Kate.

  31. Inez says:

    Very well replicated. Love the buttons on your jacket
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  32. Kate Middleton has amazing style so happy she was the inspiration for today's Style Me Friday. Your recreation of her outfit is right on point! I like that you styled the look with a longer jacket. Your hair looks great and I say stick with what works.
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  33. Cool post, I used the same Kate outfit a while ago in my Kate Middleton Fashion Week (just before the wedding, haa!). I have to say though, I like yours a lot better than mine! Your version just looks more pulled together, and I didn't have any tight jeans, so that was a bit wonky ;-) Plus, I also tried to copy her facial expression and that did not go down well, haha. Here's mine: Kate by Lili :-)
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  34. I love this look, I may have to rock a version of it myself. I also like Kate Middleton's style in general, it's classic, sexy, and structured which is a style that I've found works with my personal style and body type. You always give me great ideas to widen my wardrobe perspective.
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  35. Zara Willis says:

    So cute! Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. Leslie says:

    Love your version of the outfit and love love love your hair and your insight about your bag. You are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

  37. Davina West says:

    Nice outfit, and the cards are too cute. Davina

  38. ok2baqt says:

    I must say that your look is way fab than KMs. You killed this look. It's so preppy chic. I would love to be entered in the ShandArt "Show Me Shoes" Greeting Cards giveaway. Pick me!

  39. Sherry says:

    LOVE this!!! So classy and chic!! You look absolutely gorgeous!!! I'm loving your blog – you have fantastic style and just too cute for words!!! :)
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  40. You definitely dressed up Kate's look! These style me Fridays are coming too fast. By the time I order the clothes that I like, it's time for another and I get so overwhelmed! Maybe you should have Style Me 1st Friday Only just for me! LOL

  41. You know I adore this look. So Hillary Banks – Kate wished she looked this good. My favorite part – the blazer and accessories. That necklace is even more gorge in person! So good seeing you last week, love. Missed you!
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  42. Fashion Pad says:

    Beautiful look. Love the classic style with modern accents!!! You can NEVER go wrong with a fab blazer, skinnies, and boots. So lovely!!!!
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  43. Mimi says:

    You nailed this one. Awesome!
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  44. Oh I am loving this look!!! Seriously, that blazer is true love. I just bought two awesome blazers from goodwill and I can’t wait to wear them. And I’m loving your curls. Those cards are nicee!!! Very Talented.
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  45. Sherrell says:

    Your version is WAY better than Kate Middletons!

  46. You look stunning as always and big ups on another great giveaway!!

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  47. Marquita C. says:

    Fierce!! This is totally something I would wear!

  48. Tiffany says:

    Girl I carry my Coach bags all of the time. I am not into any other bags because they are so awesome. You look cute.
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  49. You definitely nailed the look! Your hair looks great! Have you thought about trying braidouts? That's my go-to hair look for winter. Definitely plan on trying bantu knot outs this year.

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  51. Mrs. Dork says:

    I love the idea of Style Me Fridays. You pulled this look off beautifully!
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  53. Marie says:

    LADY! You look better than Kate! PERFECTION!
    -Marie
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  54. Kinda late to this but I'm really liking this look! and I luv your curls here! And I think your version is better than KM. And that bag- you should def rock what you love no matter the trend. if you love it that's all that matters. I just pulled an old coach bag out of my moms kloset. Funny enough coach is now relaunching a lot of these bags with the legacy collection. In true fashion, what is old is new again.

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