May 26, 2017

Grand Prix Preparation + Film on Formula 1

It’s that time of year again, folks – Grand Prix time! I’ll be honest with you: if it weren’t for the fashion and royal appearances, I wouldn’t even bother with the thought of the Grand Prix. But because of those key elements, I am alight with anticipation. That being said, in preparation for the days ahead, Princess Charlene and Prince Albert participated in an interview with two Formula 1 drivers for an English television interview/film. The photos of the day are limited, but I’m particularly pleased that we got at least one full-length shot of Charlene’s outfit for the day. (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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Charlene looked like the epitome of casual-chic, nautical elegance today, in this Federica Tosi jumpsuit. In all frankness, this particular photograph is not as flattering as it could be; however, it does give us a good look at the jumpsuit, and as far as jumpsuits go, this one is a winner for me. I don’t believe I’ve got a clear memory of Charlene in a halter neckline – I’m sure she has worn them, but I’m not recalling them quickly – and it looks smashing on her. I love the deep v-neck and open back, plus the billowy lower-half of this jumpsuit. It is the perfect combination of fit-and-flare, and I think the casual element of today’s event sold it for me.

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The nautical atmosphere seemed to only enhance this particular design, too. I think that my opinion might have been very different had this outfit been selected for any other event; however, for this occasion, it was perfect.

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I can’t comment too much on her hair and makeup, simply because we didn’t get satisfactorily close-up images to see more than the red lips. I’m assuming that it was all lovely! If the setting is any indication, every moment of this day must have been glorious. Look at the sea behind them! And not for nothing, but Dimples there on the left isn’t bad to look at (what’s his name? Mark Webber, I think). I sigh with envy. Ah well, until the next time – which will hopefully be soon! – I wish you all a pleasant evening!

May 23, 2017

The Prince and Princess Host Reception at Palace

Good afternoon, all! I come to you in good spirits today: I have fully recovered from a wretched cold, I’m enjoying some rare solitude in the house, and summer is so near I can practically taste it. My good mood was only buoyed by the fact that Charlene and Albert hosted a beautiful reception at the Princely Palace yesterday for the AS Monaco FC players, who took the championship of the French Championship First League for the eighth time…and our princess looked particularly chic. (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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For this reception, Charlene chose to wear a lovely Akris dress. By the looks of the original version, my guess is that this one was bespoke for HSH, but that is merely my speculation. It is floor-length and wispy in the skirt, while fitted and flattering in the bodice. And no unsightly seams around the waistline make me all smiles over this dress.

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The pattern, I do admit, is a bit busy, though it still oozes elegance. It has a very modern edge to it, and while I might steer in another direction personally, I know Charlene does enjoy her style to lean toward the avant garde. I can certainly appreciate it.

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My main focus is the lighting here. Good Lord, it was perfect for these photos. Everything about Charlene is alight: her hair was glowing and feathered, her skin flawless, and her makeup complete perfection. I did notice that she went for a slightly more rust-colored red on her lips, which is a rather different choice for Charlene. Usually it’s go-bold or go-home, but this had a more organic, natural flavor to it toward which Charlene doesn’t normally gravitate; however, I love it on her. It seems to really work seamlessly with the golden, natural hues she favors around the eyes.

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Also…THIS! It’s just too cute, y’all. I don’t have words.

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Jacques was also a center of attention today, with his unruly curls, adorable new t-shirt (which you can see above!) and precious baby blue eyes. I know most of the time we say that Jacques looks more like his mama, but today I’m seeing lots of Albert in him. He’s a lovely mix of the two, and I was delighted to see him. Nothing draws my attention more than a princess with her baby…swoon!

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A lovely evening, and I hope you enjoyed the photos. Until the next time, may the beautiful weather be upon you all!

May 8, 2017

Charlene and Albert Cheer Monaco

This past week, we got a semi-appearance from Charlene, which ended up being less spectacular than I’d hoped for, but certainly beats no appearance at all. The princess and her prince were in the stands at Stade Louis II for the UEFA Champions League match between AS Monaco and Juventus Turin, where they supported their team. It’s all very straightforward what they were doing there, but “unexciting” is certainly a word I would use to sum up the sighting.

I was mostly bummed out by these scarves. It looks like everyone is wearing them, so I can’t be too hyper critical because the princely couple is just getting into the spirit of things, but I hate it when sporting events require the people in the stands to wear specific objects to show support. (You can sense my horror at hockey games, with all the enthusiastic fans in matching jerseys.) Really, the only reason it’s a problem here is because I’m a fashion blogger, and I can’t see the fashion. But watch, as I become a detective, and try to figure out the fashion from what I can see!

Charlene is definitely wearing black slacks, and from what I can see, they look lovely. I believe she is wearing a slit-sleeved cape on top, and I can see just the faintest hint of a short-sleeved blouse poking out from one of the sleeves. Do you see it too?

This cape, though, is positively gorgeous. Hence my desire to rid her of the awful scarf and see the cape in all its glory. She tends to lean toward capes of this nature when the weather could go in either direction, and I love each one. They are so regal, and just ooze sophistication.

Lately, her short-short hair has been growing longer on top – as we have mentioned in earlier posts – and she’s getting some major lift in those upper tresses. It’s ultra-flattering and the layers of golden color are brilliant.

Makeup and jewelry were spot-on, as usual. She opted for golden tones on the eyes with a bold red lip, which certainly plays off of the black ensemble to perfection. As for the jewelry, it looks like she reached for pearls and platinum, and that is never a problem. Brava!

I have to show this, because it’s just so darn cute: Charlene consoling an obviously frustrated Albert during the match, and…

…perhaps getting a little frustrated herself with the match? They really did seem to get into it, but here she seems to be fighting off a headache. I hope it was just the game.

Alright everyone, here’s hoping for a more exciting (read: more fashion-visible haha!) appearance next time, and until then, I send good wishes your way for beautiful weather this May…and for Mother’s Day if you’re a mama!

April 26, 2017

The Red Dress in South Africa

Now THIS is more like it, folks. In my last post, I alluded to the red dress that Charlene wore while in South Africa, and pictures have been released. As our dear readers Bluma and Imke both noticed already, this dress is a repeat for Charlene – she wore it first in 2012, before this blog was started, so unfortunately (or fortunately?) there isn’t a post on it already. And I don’t blame her for recycling, because if I had this dress, I would wear it over and over and over again too. It is just THAT beautiful. (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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Charlene chose this gown for an interview she gave with EWN Sports editor Jean Smyth, in which she discussed her foundation and her love for South Africa. The interview itself is not super interesting – just being honest here – but guys, she is so beautiful. The lighting, perfect. The gown, perfect. The makeup, perfect. The jewelry, perfect. Home run.

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This is a floor-length Dior creation, and it is stunning in its simplicity. The way it doesn’t cling too much but still highlights Charlene’s statuesque physique is so flattering, and I love when she wears gowns that don’t highlight her waistline. Don’t get me wrong, her waistline is amazing, but she is so beautifully tall, and I love to see that accentuated.

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I have noticed on other sites that critics out there are annoyed at the attention this dress draws to her shoulders, yet again. And I’m annoyed at these criticisms, yet again. At some point, people need to just accept the fact that as a swimmer, Charlene has broad shoulders. They are not something she needs to hide, nor something over which she should be self-conscious – au contraire, many would kill for such a cut figure. She is not ashamed, so why people try to enforce the body shaming is beyond me. In addition, there have also been mentions out there on the internet about plastic surgery…and while I absolutely hate the idea of dignifying such remarks with a post, at some point I know I’m going to have to write one. Hang in there with me, friends, I’m still gathering my thoughts on all these things so I can be eloquent on the topic! It’s coming, I promise.

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But anyway! I show you this up-close pic so we can get a look at those earrings. I am in love with them! We have certainly seen them before, but we now finally have a photo that shows us some definition in these sparklers. I love them with this dress, they add just the right amount of embellishment. Same with the bracelet, which you can see in the previous photo. It might be the same one she wore with the (awful) striped dress from the previous post, and it is exquisite. Also, I am loving the lift her hair has here, and I feel like the natural shades of makeup were spot on with such a bright gown. Though heaven knows we’ve seen Charlene whip out the bright red lipstick without pause, I still think these shades worked beautifully for this occasion.

Enjoy the photos, drool over those earrings, and I’ll see you all again soon!

April 23, 2017

Princess Charlene in South Africa for Earth Day

Alright my friends, all of a sudden Charlene has been VERY busy. I mean, it has been silence for weeks and then boom: a scattering of events all in one day for me to sift through. I feel like this happens a lot, though: every time I feel like there has been a Charlene draught for a few weeks, she somehow never fails to hear my plea and then give me a deluge of too many events to handle. Either way, we’ve suddenly got a lot of stuff to get through, so let’s get to it! (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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Charlene was in South Africa for Earth Day, promoting the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation and supporting the South African Red Cross Society. To that end, she visited the place where the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation was founded: the Gugulesizwe Primary School, just outside of Benoni.

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During the visit, she spent time with school children both in and out of the classroom. They were apparently quite proud of their vegetable garden, and I don’t blame them. I’m actually a little jealous, as I have a tendency to kill anything I try to grow. Point being: they should definitely be proud!

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For the visit, Charlene chose a patterned black-and-white skirt with a very plain, long-sleeved black shirt. I’m not sure how to categorize the shirt: it doesn’t seem billowy enough to be a blouse, nor does it have the thick fabric to be a sweater. And I certainly wouldn’t call it a tee, because it’s far too dressy. Any ideas?

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She paired the outfit with her simple cross necklace, stud pearls, and boots. I have to be honest: I’m LOVING the boots with this skirt. And I’m actually loving the skirt too, though at first glance I wasn’t a fan. It has grown on me! She looked quite chic and relaxed at the same time, which seems to strike just the right balance for this engagement.

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She also changed outfits and got down to serious business: CPR training! We have all seen Charlene teach CPR so many times, I almost feel like it’s part of our royal-watching routine by this point. I love how she incorporates CPR as often as possible into her engagements, even if it means getting out of her fancy clothes and down onto the ground.

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It made so much sense to bring water safety education back to the place where her Foundation was started, and she seems quite genuinely happy to be teaching these kids. You can see her passion bubbling out of her, and it’s a lovely sight.

Onto other matters, though…

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Probably one of the more high-profile events during the trip, Charlene was the guest of honor at Turffontein for Ladies Race Day. I’m not going to lie to you, folks: this one was bad. I mean, in my humble opinion, this was a complete disaster from head to toe. Normally I love what Charlene wears, and I’m always overflowing with complimentary words for her fashion choices, so on the rare moments when she makes a flub, I refuse to feel guilty over saying so. (That being said, feel free to disagree with me – I sort of hope some people out there do!)

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The dress was awkward in all senses of the word, from the way it fit to the weird cut out and the sash-like belt. The hat makes me think of a 1930s-style chauffeur, only drunk because it’s lopsided. The shoes draw a fine line here: she actually changed shoes throughout the event, and I’m not sure which were first and which were second. Let me just say that the shoes in the photo above were a home run for me, while the shoes below (and in the first photo of her in this dress) looked so uncomfortable, and seemed to be pinching her feet in the most unceremonious way I can imagine. The only good part about this outfit was the bracelet, which looks super sparkly. While completely off-balance for a daytime event, I can at least give a nod of approval to diamonds.

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There were a few other events that haven’t yet released photos, and it’s a shame because they were amazing. She was wearing this gorgeous red dress…and I want you to see it so badly! I suppose I shall have to save it for another post, if I can get my hands on some photos; until then, these will have to tide us over. Good luck to us all.

Now I’m off to go scream into a pillow over that zebra dress.

March 23, 2017

The Three-Part Post: Princess Charlene’s Busy Week

Guys, this has been such a busy week for Charlene. And for me, too, apparently – it has taken me ages to get this post to you, and I send my apologies to all of you out there who were patiently waiting for it. On my end, things were so hectic that, a few days ago, I had to put writing this aside in favor of having a shower. And I love writing about Charlene…so let’s just say I needed a shower very, very much at that point. Ha!

On to the more pressing matters: Charlene’s busy week! (Photos courtesy of Facebook.) Our princess was hopping from one thing to the next lately, starting with preparations for the Sainte Dévote Rugby tournament.

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As the tournament itself is hosted in part by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, the day before the tournament included a series of water safety workshops in which Princess Charlene participated and instructed.

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We all know water safety and drowning prevention are issues near and dear to Charlene’s heart, so it came as no surprise to see her kick off her shoes and get to business in teaching the children. Actually, what I should say is that it didn’t come as a surprise to those of us who follow Charlene. To others out there, it may have been quite shocking to see a shoe-free princess squatting by the pool, or teaching CPR. Her ability to shrug off appearances for important issues is one thing that everyone can admire about her.

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The youngsters participating seemed delighted by her presence and central involvement in their education, and she seemed equally honored to pass some of her life-saving skills onto the next generation.

The next day, Charlene and Albert attended the Sainte Dévote Rugby Tournament at Stade Louis II in Monaco, where Charlene of course got onto the fields to meet the participants.

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Since I don’t particularly have feelings one way or another about rugby, I’ll just jump into the fashion. Charlene looked gorgeous! She wore an elegant, café-au-lait colored coat with a cabernet-colored scarf, looking regal and in her own style all at once – and sometimes, as we know, her own style can clash a bit with regal norms. But this time it was a win on both sides.

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While the coat is elegance and simplicity itself, I certainly would qualify it as edgy in its own right. The length of the back almost gives this a bias cut – though I wouldn’t be courageous enough to call it an actual bias. Just multi-length or tiered? I don’t know how to classify it, but it is not the norm. And the curled lapels give it just the twist of originality that Charlene loves. Other than those two things, the coat is quite unembellished and exquisitely cut.

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And look who made an appearance – little Gabby! Again, I laugh at myself for having a nickname for her, but I can’t help it. Her curls just get me every time. She actually reminds me quite a bit of my own child at that age: completely uninterested in making anyone’s acquaintance, and certainly uninterested in being the focus of attention.

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Still, so adorable in her perfect mini-coat, askew bow, and clinging hands. I love the smile on Charlene’s face and the comfort that Gabriella obviously gets from being in mom’s arms.

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And these two are also pretty darn perfect. Goals, guys.

And finally, the third part of this three part post: the Special Olympics!

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Charlene went to Austria to support – and walk alongside! – the Monégasque participants of the Winter games 2017. Fashion wise, she was of course perfect: I loved the textured jumper-style jacket, bright red scarf, and the white hat. She actually stood out in the group, balancing their white and red pattern with a sort of opposite white and red pattern, honoring their flag and their unity.

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One of my favorite parts of Charlene’s beauty regime is that, if she ever gets the chance to make her lip color a part of her ensemble, she does it with tremendously bold courage. This is an ultimate red that she is rocking here, and it matches the red on their outfits perfectly.

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She looked so proud to be there, and so proud to be alongside these incredible people. Clearly this was an important event for her and for her country, and she seemed to have a very full heart while participating. A win in every sense of the word.

March 14, 2017

Happy Birthday to Prince Albert II!

Today is Prince Albert’s birthday, and I keep wondering how the weather is in Monaco. My mind goes there only because of the weather around me, which is blizzard-like and quite magical. I assume that it’s not balmy in Monaco yet, but they’re probably more on their way to springtime than we are here in upstate NY. All I know is that I am certainly hopeful for Albert and Charlene, that they might be able to celebrate in temperatures above-freezing and a lot less dangerous. I have so much respect for Albert as an individual, but let’s be real: the most important part of his life is his family, and in particular, his wife. And since this is a Charlene-centered blog, that suits me just fine. (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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The look of love is one that these two do SO well. I could choose from so many different photos to demonstrate this, as these two are never stingy with their love-eyes toward one another. But since this is just a quick, little birthday wish for Albert, I will settle on just one photo, wishing him this level of happiness for another year ahead.

On a non-birthday-related note, I would love to share with you some photos published of the most recent sport Princess Charlene has taken up:

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Water biking! In the most literal sense of the word. A bike that floats on the waves, catamaran style. All honesty here: what do you guys think of this sport? I admit, it looks kind of ridiculous. Super fun, but ridiculous. Although I have to say, I did try a similar sport years ago, and it is way more difficult than it looks. Charlene’s quads must be solid, cause it’s no joke how much muscle this takes. These are Schiller S1 water bikes, which are quite different from what I used ages ago, but I suspect they carry an equivalent difficulty level.

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The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation will be hosting the Riviera Water Bike Challenge in Monaco this June, so stay tuned for more info in the coming months. There’s a gala coming up, I believe, so look for me again very soon (and cross your fingers for good pictures)! Once again, the happiest of birthdays to Albert today, and wishing him many happy returns.

March 2, 2017

Photos of Charlene and the Twins in Paris Match

A quickie today here on the blog: Princess Charlene and her twin babies have been photographed for Paris Match magazine. I have seen three photos floating around the web; however, I am only able to legally use one (and yes, Facebook has been scoured!), but this is the best one out of all three anyway 😉 The photo, obviously, is courtesy of Facebook, and is all sorts of cute.

The first thought I had when viewing this photo was, Hm, how lovely to see a children’s play room without its being overwhelmed with toys. I’m so used to kids’ play areas that are ghastly, filled-to-the-brim with boxes and bins of toys. It’s sensory overload, and my kid always panics when we go over to another friend’s house simply because of the intense volume of STUFF. That being said, I was so pleasantly surprised that these children are not crowded out of their playroom. They have ample space (at least in as much as we can believe from a photo!), a large rug onto which they can spread out their play materials, and the space seems to encourage imaginative play with its muted tones. For the life of me, I cannot figure out why Charlene is spreading a onesie onto the rug – is she trying to tell us something? Future baby coming? I doubt it. But still, my mind goes there. Maybe it’s a little homage to the most recent birth of the family – Beatrice Borromeo’s baby was born on the 28th – but either way, I wish it were explained somehow. And maybe it is in the magazine article, ha!

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I’ll quickly say that I love Charlene’s clothing here – the red blouse is super flattering, and I genuinely don’t have any criticisms of it. Love the jeans and the shoe-free perspective we get on Charlene as a mom, because what mom doesn’t get down on the floor with her kids? (Apparently the article also touched on her short-short hairstyle, which she has apparently stuck to for athletics. And probably also because raising twins is athletic in and of itself.) I also love Gabriella’s adorable turtleneck! I’ve been fixated on it now for a while, and I think the reason is this: I could totally see the Duchess of Cambridge wearing this in a grown-up size. I have no idea why this thought keeps coming to me, but it does! I love it, and that such a small girl has such impeccable sartorial taste. Also, and this is not fashion-related whatsoever, but what’s not to love about the sleepy, stuffed owl that is perched between the kids? SO adorable.

That’s it for today, kids – I couldn’t resist sharing this with you, even if it’s short and sweet!

February 25, 2017

Charlene Glitters in Gold for AMREF Gala

The last couple of days have been busy ones in Monaco, where Princess Charlene has been buzzing about with work for her foundation. Yesterday evening, Charlene was front-and-center at a gala in Monaco to support the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), a cause near and dear to her heart, and today she attended the Charity Mile Race Event in France. It always warms me to see the princess not only supporting her causes, but giving her time and presence at their events – even if it means stepping away from her twins for a night or two, which is never easy for any mother! (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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For the AMREF gala, Charlene chose a jaw-dropping gold gown by Akris, a staple label of hers. I imagine looking into Charlene’s closet and seeing an entire wall devoted to Akris, she loves it so. And who wouldn’t?!

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Actually, many people wouldn’t. So far, this gown has gotten very mixed reviews from royal watchers. The criticisms I have heard thus far have ranged from just disliking the dress to disliking everything about the entire look, even going so far as body-shaming Charlene, which I would categorize as completely unacceptable and lurking into troll-territory. Critics have argued that this accentuates her too-wide shoulders, and that the scoop neck is too reminiscent of a swimsuit or tank-top. My personal opinion is quite different: I actually like this dress very much. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that it blew me away, but I certainly thought it touched on Charlene’s edgy sensibilities and provided enough glitz to honor the event. Some of the other ladies went for more traditional, softer gowns; Charlene, as usual, went in a more daring direction. I love the detailing and the sequins, though I can certainly see how someone averse to sequins might be overwhelmed here. And as you all know, I have a fondness for Charlene’s strong shoulders and her lean build, and don’t see any problem with the fact that she wears what she likes, even if it highlights what other people might think of as “negative.” I wish more people would see their unique features as assets rather than obstacles to cover up, but alas, this is an unfortunate, cultural norm.

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Now, there was one aspect of this styling that I did not prefer: the earrings. Don’t get me wrong – I actually LOVE these earrings, just not with this particular dress. Had I been Charlene, with a gown that perfectly matched my hair tones, I would probably have reached for something gold, or bronze, to match. Diamonds do match everything, certainly, but something about this gown just begs for gold. To me, at least. But I certainly had no problem getting a close-up look at these diamonds. That part was a-ok.

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I don’t love this photo, but I show it to highlight another issue some critics have been torn on: Charlene’s hairstyle. I’ve been enjoying the pixie quite a bit, though it seems the least offensive commentators have more of a problem with the almost razor-edge cut on the sides of her head, rather than the short haircut in general. Once I saw that particular point made, I would say that I tend to agree. Something about this most recent cut is a bit top-heavy, and I think I preferred the pixie more rounded around her head. Her hair coloring is nearing ombre territory, and I am enjoying that very much. As I mentioned earlier, it certainly matched her gown!

Moving on! Today, Charlene attended the Prix Princesse Charlène de Monaco – Charity Mile in France, where she again chose an Akris ensemble. This time she went MUCH more casual, as it was a day event, yet still retained the chic quality for which she is so famous.

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Charlene paired an Akris short-jacket with one of their black jumpsuits, and the jumpsuit itself is positively stunning. I wish she hadn’t had to wear the jacket with this, but I assume that the weather wasn’t quite warm enough yet to make it possible. The jacket is nice too, but I wish we could see the jumpsuit full-length. Sigh.

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And to end on a very happy note, Charlene’s makeup was SO on point today! She looked positively radiant in the sunshine, and I have always loved how she can rock a bold lip color. It lights her up, and the black outfit balances everything so well – home run. I would actually put both of these events in the “win” column for Charlene: even though the gown from last night might not have been everyone’s flavor, it was definitely Charlene’s, and she wore it for herself. That’s the way to do it!

February 14, 2017

Princess Charlene Wows in Red on Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! I am normally quite ambivalent toward this holiday, and in previous years I have always insisted on making it more film-noir at home, complete with silk stockings, roses, and wine, rather than embracing the balloons, construction paper crafts and conversation hearts that usually engulf v-day. But this year, I’ve got to admit that I’m getting swept up into the tasteless charm of it all! Maybe because my kid is getting old enough to understand and enjoy it, so I get to do the same vicariously? Who knows. I was actually so into it this year that I had planned to do a post on Charlene’s various red dresses. But that idea was scrapped last-minute, because little did I know that she would surprise us by making an appearance today in a brand-new, bright red dress! Be forewarned, folks: I am getting all the feels from this one. (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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This evening, Charlene and Albert stepped out to attend the Laureus World Sports Awards at the Salle des Étoiles in Monte Carlo. But I’m not wasting any time today – I couldn’t possibly care less about the event itself. My focus is purely on Charlene. And THIS DRESS.

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I am nearly certain that this is a Louis Vuitton creation, but I am human and could be completely wrong. UPDATE: This gown is Herrera, and I find it to be divine: the ample fabric in the skirt and train (a train!!!), the embellished empire AND dropped waistlines, the sexy cold-shoulderline, and the appropriate-for-Valentine’s-Day sweetheart neckline – I mean. It is regal, vibrant, daring, chic, romantic and elegant all at once.

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This shot gives us an idea of the back. The high backline is surprising to me – I would have expected a less conservative design – but I actually appreciate it. I can be extremely persnickety about balance, and the demure back of this gown seems to offset the plunging neckline just exquisitely.

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This is an unfortunate picture, I know. I only show it to you so that you can get a look at these shoes. We can only see the toe here, but it reminds me very much of the pumps she wore to the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters last year. Certainly not the same shoes – those had a bright yellow heel, and could you imagine if that accidentally popped out from underneath this dress? The clash would be hideous. But the similarity of the toe makes me want to pin these shoes as Dior. Though it’s hard to tell with just a toe 😉 UPDATE: These shoes are not Dior at all, but Jimmy Choo. And they’re perfect.

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Also worthy of note: while hair and makeup were impeccable – you know how much I love a red lip – has anyone else gotten the feeling that Charlene may be going a few shades darker with her hair? I’m not sure if it was the lighting or what, but it suits her very nicely. I would be so pleased if she changed it up with a different shade, even though the pixie-blonde has sort of become her signature style. This darker tone, combined with the bold, dark-red lip, certainly took me off-guard. But not in a bad way!

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And…these EARRINGS! I’m not sure if these are new or perhaps just making a resurrection, but I certainly cannot recall having seen them recently. To the best of my knowledge, anyway. These are some of the longest earrings she has – no? They almost graze her collarbone. I like them very much, and while I am quite sure the diamonds are as real as real can be, they don’t quite have a regal quality to me. Not that Charlene always has to dip into that category; au contraire, I rather like the fact that she has a modern, edgy twist to her style. I think Duchess Kate’s earrings from the BAFTAs have spoiled me on any other earrings in existence, at least for awhile. Ha!

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Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends! And if you’re not coupled up, do me a favor and practice some self-love today. You are beautiful, and you deserve chocolate. Get it!