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When it comes to designing shoes, especially your perfect pair, I wouldn’t blame you for thinking the cost would be astronomical. That is, unless you are blessed with Louboutin-esque talent and resources.

Which – let’s face it – is unlikely.

Lo and behold, I recently stumbled on a company called Shoes of Prey who let you design your own pair of shoes for less than the cost of a Giuseppe Z or Jimmy C.

Yep – that’s where the shoes (above and below) came from, and I couldn’t be happier. With a 4 1/2-inch silver glitter block heel and base woven underneath cream-coloured snake skin, I finally have my dream shoe.

Post-creation, it took about two weeks to receive the heels and they arrived alongside comfortable shoe inserts, a shoe bag, and a sleek black shoe box. The attention to customer service went as far as a red wax seal stamped with the silhouette of a shoe.

When it comes to wedding shoes, prom shoes, or simply treating yourself to ‘dream shoes’ (from stilettos to oxfords!), Shoes of Prey is an incredible service.

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Kate Middleton Wedding Dress

Kate Middleton's Full Train

This morning, Westminster Abbey showcased a dress that is sure to be emulated for the next twenty years or so. Early this morning, I revealed that the Grace Kelly-esque wedding dress was an Alexander McQueen ivory sweetheart neckline gown with a gorgeous French Chantilly lace bodice and a full skirt. Designer Sarah Burton‘s handiwork was made with ivory and white satin gazar with a train measuring just under 10 feet long. This showcase of McQueen brilliance is possibly the biggest PR boost the brand could ever hope for.
Royal Wedding Ceremony

The Royal Wedding Ceremony

“It has been the experience of a lifetime to work with Catherine Middleton to create her wedding dress. Alexander McQueen’s designs are all about bringing contrasts together to create startling and beautiful clothes and I hope that by marrying traditional fabrics and lacework, with a modern structure and design we have created a beautiful dress for Catherine on her wedding day. The last few months have been very exciting and an incredible experience for my team and I as we have worked closely with Catherine to create this dress under conditions of the strictest secrecy.”
Sarah Burton

But what about the hidden wedding shoes?! They were also hand-made by the team at Alexander McQueen and are made of ivory duchesse satin with lace that was hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework.

Kate Middleton Wedding Jewellery

Kate Middleton's Wedding Jewellery

Accessories-wise, the Cartier “Halo” diamond tiara – made in 1936 and also a birthday gift for the future Queen’s 18th birthday – was pinned into her perfect tresses. Her earrings are inspired from the new Middleton family crest and were custom made by Robinson Pelham; a gift from her parents. They are diamond-set in stylized oak leaves with a pear shaped diamond set drop and a pave set diamond acorn suspended in the center. Catherine’s all important wedding band is made by Wartski, who also made the wedding bands for Prince Charles and Camilla, and is purely Welsh gold.
Kate Middleton Wedding Dress

Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress

As a much-overlooked accesory, The Duchess of Cambridge‘s bouquet was designed by Shane Connolly and draws on significant floral components from the Language of Flowers for the Royal Family and the Middleton family. The flowers’ meanings in the bouquet are:

Lily-of-the-valley: Return of happiness
Sweet William: Gallantry
Hyacinth: Constancy of love
Ivy: Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection
Myrtle: the emblem of marriage; love.

Royal Wedding Balcony Kiss

Royal Wedding: The Balcony Kiss

Kate Middleton Barbie
You know what sucks? Knowing the Royal Wedding dress designer and not being able to share. Figuring I can’t make any more ‘assumptions’ about the day, I shall bring you the best of the rest regarding Kate Middleton and Prince William‘s Friday celebrations.

Not enthused yet? Five Reasons to look forward to the Royal Wedding – Dollymix

Spot the Difference! Kate and William – Star Trip

Blair Waldorf thinks she has better tresses, but we’re all interested to find that Kate Middleton is letting her hair down! – Kiss and Makeup

The shoes are so important! Which are contending for Kate Middleton’s official wedding shoes? – Shoewawa

A fantastic style comparison between Kate Middleton and Lady Diana – OSOYOU

Need something to calm your Royal excitement? Try these Top 10 Royal Wedding Craft Tributes! – Crafty Crafty

How about The Best and Worst Royal Wedding Souvenirs? – Osoblog