Before I could get the final sign-off, I was whisked off to the Plaza spa—Guerlain—for a makeover by Luigi, a makeup artist skilled at the art of transforming a regular woman into a minimalist Middleton.
In record time, he slathered my face with moisturizer, eye cream, the works (and the #1 trick to Kate’s radiant complexion, he explained), rimmed my bottom lash line with liner and applied a sweep (or seven) of bronzer to make my face look glowy and bright. With my hair blown out (by the pros at Drybar), I was ready to change from flats to heels a commoner to a duchess.
And that’s when the royal magic happened. See, as it turns out, all I need is a three-inch stiletto to have my Cinderella moment: In heels, I could easily graze the floor, which meant I could do the Sussex Slant. I could hold my head high, which meant a sudden boost of confidence. I could even shimmy in and out of Teslas like some sort of Amazonian.
Myka gave me the once-over, checking everything from my skirt length (tea length is ideal) to my elbows (now pinned properly to my side, thank you very much). She approved.
She also gave me one final lesson: How to walk in those aforementioned heels. The trick, she explained, is slowing things down. “Put one foot ever so slightly in front of the other as you move and keep your chin up so you’re looking straight ahead.” One last flourish? For balance, Kate and Meghan always carry a clutch. It also gives them something elegant to do with their hands.
This last part fascinated me because it was a glaring reminder of the main thing working against my own non-royal frumpiness: I’ve become a product of my environment. In the ten years I’ve lived in New York City, I’ve become hurried. I’ve become inwardly-focused. I’ve become a bag lady.
My new royally-driven resolution: To slow things down. To look out into the world as I go through my day. (Unless I’m on the A train—too many creepy passengers there.) To edit the things I carry. (I’m winding down breastfeeding in T minus a few weeks, huzzah!)
And so with a royal wave—fingers together—and new royal order to attend to, I was off.
Interested in attending Duchess School yourself? Sign up now for the next intensive, called The Duchess Effect, taught at the Plaza Hotel on March 16 in New York City.
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