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Monday, 17 April 2017

Meghan Parts Ways with Reitmans, Hello! Reports Meghan Will Attend Pippa's Wedding & Harry's Inspiring Interview!

Hello, we have several topics to chat about today.

Over the weekend it was announced Meghan has parted ways with Canadian fashion store Reitmans. Apparently she was offered a lucrative sum to renew her contract as brand ambassador but decided not to continue the partnership. The store continued to use her image to promote their collections and last month her team asked the company to stop using her image and name. A source told the Mail Online: "The promotion in 2017 was done by Reitmans outside of the deal. Once they realised they did not have the right to use her in promotion and sale, they took it down." Although we're only hearing about it now, the decision was clearly made several months ago and in addition to Meghan's decision to close her blog the Tig and considerably reduce her visibility on social media, I think it's safe to say her relationship with Harry (and her care for the relationship and its future) have been deciding factors in all these choices. We're seeing Meghan withdraw from business associations and high-profile partnerships and, apart from her filming commitments with Suits until the autumn, she's been keeping a very low profile.


Meghan's partnership with Reitmans provided one of the first sets of images I saw of her when it was announced she was seeing Harry. Meghan was reportedly approached by the brand in late 2015 when she was asked to be the brand ambassador for their Fall/Winter 2015 Collection.


According to Yahoo, Meghan said the following about teaming up with the brand:

"I'm so excited to be part of this re-energizing of Reitmans, and to be the face of a brand. I'm often asked what I wear both on and off camera, and the answer is that it's a blend of a few luxury items mixed with classic and trend driven pieces that don't break the bank. Reitmans is perfect for affordable & chic pieces that I absolutely love. Also, though I'm from LA, with this being my fifth year filming in Canada, I feel like an honorary Canadian, and have really come to call this home; it feels incredibly special to be embraced by a family-owned Canadian company, especially during such an exciting time for the brand. This is just the beginning of what we have in store, and I can't wait to share it with you."

Meghan was asked to design a spring collection of four capsule dresses for the brand and said each dress represented "a different vibe". "A lot of work went into creating these pieces and I think that's what's been most exciting for me is the education of how you get something from sketch to a hanger." There's a nice behind-the-scenes video available.


The dresses retailed for under $100. The white 'Terrace' dress was described as "edgy" with an asymmetrical hem perfect for cocktail parties. The pretty 'Date Night' dress is a vibrant, flirty piece while the 'Sunset' dress is an elegant maxi dress, perfect for summer. Finally, the 'SoireƩ' is Meghan's take on classic LBD with on-trend shoulder cut out detail.

Reitmans

Last autumn, Meghan launched her second collection with wearable pieces including work wear and office style in mind (a la her Suits character Rachel Zane). All items were priced at under $70. When Meghan was asked if the affordability element was important to her she said: "I didn’t come from a world where I had access to pieces that were incredibly high-quality and expensive. Rachel Zane’s wardrobe was a dream wardrobe for me, and it still is. Having pieces like that in my closet are pieces I have really, really worked hard for. That’s not how I have lived my life. So, for me, it has always been about high-low. The other day, I put a picture up on Instagram and everyone said, ‘Oh my God, what are you wearing?’ And, okay, yes, it was a Celine bag, but it was paired with my Reitmans pants, Forever 21 sunglasses, and a scarf from Zara. It is a hodge-podge because that’s how we live our lives."


The collection included vegan leather pants, a chic cashmere blend poncho, a faux leather skirt, a bodysuit and an oversized blouse. Speaking about her involvement with the design process Meghan said: "I’m super involved with the design process, and I’m sure that it drives them crazy. But how could I not? It has my name on it. ... I’ve been really grateful to work with Reitmans and have them be patient with me on knowing the craftsmanship I am after and the price point we are both after. And we have been able to come up with an amazing marriage of those two things."


One of Meghan's adverts for the brand (this one is cute!).



It's obvious this was an important collection for Meghan and I imagine giving it up wasn't a decision taken lightly.

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We have been very much hoping Meghan will accompany Harry to Pippa Middleton and James Matthews' wedding on Saturday, 20 May. There have been many reports on this in recent weeks all telling the same story... It's not going to happen. Today, Hello! writes they have obtained an exclusive - Meghan has asked for the week of 15-22 May off to travel to England to attend the wedding with Harry.

Hello! Magazine

More from the article:

'Meghan Markle has requested time off from her hit TV show Suits in May, leaving her free to join him at Pippa Middleton's wedding, HELLO! can exclusively reveal. The American actress wants to take a week off between 15 and 22 May, which would allow her plenty of time to travel to the UK for the hotly-anticipated nuptials in Berkshire on 20 May.
It would not be the first wedding the couple has attended together; Meghan jetted to Jamaica to join Harry at the wedding of his best friend Tom Inskip and Lara Hughes-Young in March, where they enjoyed a stay at the lavish Round Hill Hotel and Villas resort on Montego Bay.'

However, People reports Meghan will only be at the evening part of the wedding.

'A source tells PEOPLE that while Markle, 35, will not be on hand for the ceremony at St. Mark’s church in Engelfield, England, on May 20, she will be by Harry’s side when they attend the evening party after the nuptials. The source adds that protocol prohibits unmarried and un-engaged partners to attend the event, but they are more likely to attend the big bash afterwards, which tends to be less formal.
The fact that she will attend the wedding — even if it’s the post-church nighttime bash — is yet another sign that the Suits actress and the prince, 32, are getting more and more serious.'

We'll know for sure on the day. If it's just the evening part, hopefully an arrival photo will emerge - although not too likely, with the reception at the Middleton home in Bucklebury.

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If you haven't yet heard you should listen to Prince Harry's incredibly honest interview with the Telegraph's Bryony Gordon in which he bravely discusses the 'years of total chaos' he endured over the loss of his mother. Harry talks about seeking counselling at the age of 28, how sport has helped him, and his passion for the Heads Together initiative. He also discusses how he's finally in a good place to take his private life seriously and how much he would love to have kids. This is a major moment for mental health, and Harry's courage could inspire so many.



Click here to listen if you haven't already. It's about half an hour long; if you can spare the time I would highly recommend listening. 

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Is it a H? Meghan Steps Out in Toronto Wearing New Ring!

Hello, I'm just popping in with a very quick post covering the latest candid shot of Meghan out and about in Toronto on Thursday. As we know, Prince Harry was photographed arriving at Meghan's apartment on Wednesday night, giving them the opportunity to spend Easter together. It will be a relatively short trip as Harry has engagements in London next week leading up to the London Marathon.


The chatter around this set of photos has very much centred on a delicate gold ring Meghan wore. Is it an 'H'? A gift from Harry or something else entirely?


People reports it's actually a Hamsa Evil Eye ring:

'The Suits star was spotted wearing a delicate gold ring with what appeared to be Prince Harry’s initial on it. But in fact, the accessory was an evil eye ring that was mistaken for the letter “H.” The couple is known for sharing their affections for one another with matching bracelets, monogrammed necklace and matching cashmere beanies. In December, Markle wore a monogrammed “H & M” necklace from Maya Brenner.'

It was an eclectic mix of brands for Meghan's off-duty look. Montreal-based brand SOIA & Kyo confirmed Meghan wore their jacket and baseball cap.


The $310 Nallie sports jacket is described: "An exposed two-way zip closes the placket and hood of this rain-ready Soia & Kyo jacket. An inset front panel offers extra protection, with a stand-up collar and zip closure. Toggle drawstrings cinch the waist, and snaps secure the hip pockets. Vented hem. Lined."

SOIA & KYO

A look at a product shot of Meghan's baseball cap.

SOIA & KYO

Meghan's J Crew Chambray Shirt in 'afternoon sky' (such a pretty colour description) is a piece fans of Suits will be familiar with. What Meghan Wore noted she actually wore it during the last season of the show. It's currently half price at J Crew.


Meghan's chic footwear is the Chanel Leather Cap-Toe flats featuring embroidered interlocking CC, grosgrain trim, tonal stitching throughout and stacked heels.


And you'll recognise Meghan's Goyard tote and yoga mat from earlier this week. Her ripped jeans are thought to be a past season style she's had for some time.


With thanks to Meghan's Mirror, What Meghan Wore and Laura for their work on the ID's!

Next week, we'll be starting our 'Meet Meghan' series with a focus on getting to know her better. In the meantime, Happy Easter! :)

Thursday, 13 April 2017

UPDATED: Another Barbour Addition to Meghan's Closet & Harry's in Toronto!

Meghan was once again photographed on her way to yoga in Tornoto on Wednesday wearing several stylish separates. All has been quiet in terms of photos of Meghan lately until this week - today marks the second time she's been spotted on her way to the studio.

Hollywood Minute Twitter Feed

Just Jared has several more images available here.

Just Jared Twitter Feed

Meghan is becoming quite the fan of quintessentially English brand Barbour which is a firm favourite of the royal family. J. Barbour and Sons Ltd. holds royal warrant to supply "waterproof and protective clothing" from Queen Elizabeth II in 1974, the Duke of Edinburgh in 1982, and Charles, Prince of Wales in 1987. Meghan's new jacket by the brand is their £149 Cavalry Polarquilt Jacket in Navy.

Barbour

More from the product description:

'Barbour’s Cavalry Polarquilt Jacket in navy blends archive equestrian styling with the brand’s signature diamond quilt. Designed with an elasticated back waist panel and scooped hem, it offers a feminine silhouette and a flattering, comfortable fit. Fleece-lined with a funnel neck and both zip and snap fastenings, it will seal out the elements even when the unpredictable British weather does its worst.' 

Meghan's Mirror quickly identified Meghan's leggings as the Under Armour Heat Gear Capri Leggings. They are available for $39.

Under Armour

And Meghan carried her B Mat available at Amazon.

Amazon

With thanks to What Meghan Wore and Paige, Meghan's new trainers are the Stella McCartney White Parley Ultra Boost X. They retail for £200.

Stella McCartney

Meghan also wore a lovely navy pashmina she's had for some time and sunglasses.

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Later yesterday evening, after Meghan was photographed on her way to yoga, Prince Charming himself was spotted arriving at Meghan's home. It looks like the couple are planning to enjoy Easter weekend together in Toronto.


More from E! Online:

'E! News has obtained exclusive pictures of Prince Harry arriving at Meghan Markle's Toronto home Wednesday night. With a large duffel bag in hand and a baseball hat to conceal his face, Harry made his way into his girlfriend's abode ahead of Easter weekend.'

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For fans of Suits, its seventh season will premiere on Wednesday, July 12. This brief teaser trailer included a couple of clips of Meghan as Rachel Zane. Are you a fan of the show? I recently saw a couple of episodes but I'm not yet familiar with it.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Meghan Photographed On Her Way to Yoga in Barbour & Nautical Stripes!

For the first time in several weeks new photographs of Meghan have emerged. She was snapped over the weekend on her way to yoga with a friend in Toronto. Meghan has been keeping a low profile since her return to Canada to film Season 7 of Suits, in which she stars as Rachel Zane. The photos are available to view at E! Online here.

E! Online Twitter Feed

The article reports:

'Markle's professional decisions as of late have many wondering if she's preparing to become a princess, thanks to her serious relationship with Prince Harry. After their relationship went public, Markle went on a lengthy hiatus from social media, which resulted in an image overhaul. These days, it seems Markle is less about her TV career and more about her passion for conservation and charity—ideals perfectly in sync for life with the royal family.
The Tig's closure magnifies Markle's efforts to hone in on what's most important to her: humanitarian causes. "Meghan is going through big changes in her life," an insider told E! News. '

A large portion of the candids of Meghan are taken on her way to and from yoga. Meghan favours a casual, relaxed look and this ensemble encompassed a number of stylish pieces.

Meghan's Fashion Twitter Feed

Meghan wore the Barbour Gustnado Waterproof Jacket (with thanks to Meghan's Mark for the swift ID). The $299 jacket is described as "With enduring style and rugged construction to see you through many rainy seasons ahead, this spring-weight utility jacket features a waterproof twill shell and signature tartan lining." The jacket features a club collar, detachable hood with drawcord toggles and is 81% polyester, 19% cotton. It's available in several colours at Nordstrom.

Nordstrom

Meghan's nautical top is the J Crew Striped Boatneck T-Shirt (with thanks to the eagle-eyed ladies over at Meghan's Mirror).  The piece retails from $25 - $50 in several colours.

J. Crew

Meghan's leggings are a pair she's had for some time by Under Armour. The $60 Black Ski and Snowboard Leggings are currently sold out in all sizes.

Under Armour

As shared by Meghan's Fashion, her chic sunglasses are the Mykita 'Priscilla' Sunglasses.

Mykita
 
Meghan's tote is the Goyard Goyardine St. Louis PM. It's actually from the 2005 Collection, so I imagine it's likely been in her closet for some time. It's described as "White and multicolor hand-painted Goyardine coated canvas Goyard St. Louis GM with silver-tone hardware, tonal leather trim to exterior, dual flat shoulder straps, beige canvas lining, matching pouch with snap closure and open top."

Goyard

And for the yoga enthusiasts reading, it looks like Meghan is using the BMAT Everyday. It's available at Amazon.

Amazon

What do you think of Meghan's casual style?