Happily Knackered by the Royal Wedding Craze (Pardon my British)

William and Kate's balcony kiss seals the deal at Buckingham Palace. Courtesy of The Daily Beast.

Clearly, I underestimated my appetite for the whole royal wedding bonanza. Knackered as I was walking to work downtown yesterday, I passed by Fog City’s newsstand, brimming with Will and Kate covers, which immediately caught my attention.

By the time I made it into the Sephora corporate offices, the marketing team had already erupted into a formal celebration—complete with twee tiaras and an English breakfast buffet—of the royal nuptials.

The new limited-edition "Urban Bride" Collection by Urban Decay launches May 10 on Sephora.com.

I then spent at least a good half hour chuntering on and on with coworkers hovered over a computer watching You Tube, CNN, BBC, and assorted blogs analyzing the Brit fascination with crazy hats, the four-minute walk down the aisle, and of course, THE Sarah Burton-designed wedding dress, when this new beauty collection “Urban Bride” by Urban Decay landed on my desk from the photo department. It was a sign! I would fully embrace the hubbub that was the fairy tale wedding of the decade!

Urban Decay's "Urban Bride" Set ($42) includes a bride's essentials for before, during, and after the ceremony: Ultra-Definition Finishing Powder, Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Lip Junkie Lipgloss, All-Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, and Marshmallow Sparkling Lickable Body Powder.

I won’t whinge at the fact that so much has already been posted on everything from the gormless details of their lavish receptions to the big designer reveal (In a one-word summary on that topic: exquisite), especially since I’ve been voraciously gobbling it all up.

Kate Middleton arrives at Westminster Abbey on April, 29, 2011 in a gown designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. The gown featured a traditional heart-shaped corseted neckline, handmade lace overlay, and a dramatic cathedral-length train.

Instead, I’ll make my small journalistic contribution of posting some images from around San Francisco that caught my attention yesterday. As hard as I tried to ignore it, the pomp, the circumstance, and the sheer glamour of it all … eventually, happily, sucked me in. Cheers!

*For a handy translation of any British-isms you didn’t quite get here, go to Merriam-Webster Online at m-w.com*

Entrance to the downtown Banana Republic. These guys were hanging out chatting, but straightened up when I started to raise my camera. True professionals.
Apparantly there's a Brit Week that goes on in SF, LA, and the O.C. SF's goes through May 11. For a full list of events, go to britweek.org.
Window display at Priscilla of Boston. Kate Middleton's gown by the house of Alexander McQueen is sure to drum up plenty of copycat designs for brides-to-be.
For your next trip...Eugenia Bell's Guide to London. Available at Anthropologie.
The scene on Grant Avenue in downtown San Francisco.
British retailer Ted Baker dresses up its windows to salute the royal couple.


  1. And here I thought I was the only one in San Francisco who cared! Glad I wasn’t the only one obsessed!!

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