Kate wore a pair of Shelley MacDonald earrings during her visit to Canada. Source: Getty Images
Yukon-based designer Shelley MacDonald on what it's like to have the Duchess of Cambridge as a client.
On a late summer day, it was business as usual for Carcross, Yukon-based jewellery designer Shelley MacDonald. A woman stopped by her boutique to buy a pair of earrings, and seemed especially curious about MacDonald’s story. It didn’t feel like an important moment for the designer at the time, but it turned out to be a stroke of serendipity.
The shopper who bought the earrings was Natasha Archer, stylist for Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Archer was searching for local brands to dress the DoC in, and picked the sculptural bronze ‘Modern Ulu’ earrings.
After photos surfaced of Kate Middleton touring Carcross and Whitehorse wearing the earrings, Shelley received a message on Facebook asking if she would be selling more. She didn't want to believe the earrings were hers until she knew for certain. “I zoomed in and they were mine,” says MacDonald.
Thanks to the “Kate Effect” (remember how fast her famous Issa engagement announcement dress flew off the shelves?) it’s not surprising that business is booming. “Since the start of this interview, I got three more orders on my Etsy store,” says MacDonald. But the designer isn’t about to let this change everything.
Many have asked MacDonald if the "Modern Ulu" earrings are going to be renamed after the Duchess, and whether the designer has would increase the price with growing demand for the jewellery. The answer to both questions is no. “I want everyone to be able to afford my jewellery,” she says.
The "Modern Ulu" earrings worn by the Duchess.
MacDonald grew up in the countryside, surrounded by nature. As a designer, she draws inspiration from the plants, flowers and landscapes around her.
“I’ve lived in many different places, and it seems like everywhere I live, my jewellery kind of changes,” she says. In Whitehorse, MacDonald has been experimenting with gold nuggets found in the Yukon, and she travels as far as Indonesia and Thailand to source gemstones.
At home in her studio, MacDonald crafts everything by hand herself, something that hasn’t changed despite the growing demand.
And while MacDonald was touched by the Kate Effect, her jewellery has its own effect – one that clearly made it worthy of Royalty.
You can order the same pair of bronze earrings, which MacDonald now engraves with a tiny letter K as a special detail, from her Etsy store.
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Kylie Jenner demonstrates her skincare routine on Snapchat. Source: Instagram.com/kylizzlesnapchats
Don't have time to commit to a 10-step routine? Just do this.
It would be nice if we could just eat and drink our way to perfect skin: a bite of salmon here, a glass or two or water there. “Unfortunately when you ingest things orally, they don’t necessarily go to the skin to give benefits,” says Dr. Kucy Pon, a Toronto-based dermatologist. “With regard to collagen-based drinks or food, there is not a lot of data in the medical literature to know whether there are true benefits to the skin.” Takeaway: Apply a topical product in addition to any supplements you might be taking.
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Exfoliate. “A healthy rate of skin-cell renewal is one of the key components of radiant and even-toned skin,” says New York dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross, who recommends the daily use of alpha- or beta-hydroxy acids.
"Scientific research shows that collagen and elastin production starts to decline in quantity and quality when we reach the age of 30,” he explains. A retinoid will stimulate new cell production and “inhibit the body’s natural enzymes that break down collagen.”
Add peptides into your routine. "They stimulate collagen in a very unique way,” says Gross. “The more receptors you put to work, the more firming you’ll see. If your concern is wrinkles or laxity, then it’s an important ingredient to look for in your products.” (See here for more info on why they are key.)
Skin is drier now than ever before. Use an oil, like Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules ($135 for 60), to hydrate and prevent water loss.