Archives for June 2015

June 29, 2015

Water Safety Workshops with Princess Charlene

Enough with the red carpets and glam eveningwear: this week, Charlene was out on the beach, rounding up kids with the Princess Charlene Foundation to teach them about water safety. In conjunction with the Foundation, the CEFSSA 40 (the Teaching and Training Center for First Aid and Aquatic Rescue) worked with the Porto-Vecchio Town Hall to orchestrate the workshops on Palombaggia Beach. (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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This was a huge event for the Princess Charlene Foundation, as it hosted 90 young students (all sporting their Princess Charlene Foundation swim caps, no less) on one beach. The students were organized into groups where they went from one workshop to the next, learning first aid, water safety, aquatic rescue techniques, and of course, actually enjoying the water.

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The experts running the workshops were superstars, including Walter Geyer (Ironman Hawaii 2014), Pierre Frolla, Carlos Alonso, and several other water sports/water rescue world record holders and champions.

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And Prince Albert was there too! I love seeing him so front-and-center and Princess Charlene’s events. So great to see a supportive hubby!

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Are they the cutest?!

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The kids really seemed to be attentive to the workshops, participating in the safety exercises and taking full advantage of listening to these experts.

Mostly though, they seemed to really have a blast splashing in the blue-blue-blue ocean with Charlene:

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Kids just LOVE her. And she loves them, too – her whole face seems to light up when she is able to let loose and play with them.

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There’s not much to describe in terms of fashion. This beach outing was strictly a wetsuits, sweatshirts, and t-shirts kind of day. Charlene seemed to be putting comfort first in this particular engagement, and I don’t blame her. I actually kind of love that she owns a beat up sweatshirt, just like the rest of us.

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Didn’t stop her from wearing her starlet shades, though. Love ‘em!

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A gorgeous day on the beach for a worthwhile endeavor. Now if you’re lucky enough to live near a beach, go have fun, remember your sunscreen, and be safe out there!

June 19, 2015

Charlene Goes Sophisticated and Chic in White Gown

June has been an active month for Charlene so far, and she hasn’t stopped yet! In honor of the 55th Monte Carlo TV Festival last week, Charlene and Albert hosted a lavish cocktail reception at the Princely Palace for all of the actors who made the pilgrimage to Monaco. Since the days of Princess Grace, Hollywood and Monaco have enjoyed a very close rapport, so it stands to reason that Albert and Charlene would be excellent hosts to their Hollywood visitors. (Photos courtesy of Facebook and Getty.)

There were oodles of photo ops with TV stars, of course. Here is the Princely couple with Lee Majors and Bo Derek, and then another with Ron Perlman and his wife:

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Dick Wolf also attended, much to Charlene’s delight:

Fashion wise…

Charlene selected a long-sleeved, white, floor-length gown for the occasion. With a high neckline and pocket embellishments, the simple gown was stunning and the epitome of elegance. She looked like an angel! All she needs is the halo and some fairy wings. In a structural shift from the asymmetrical dresses she’s been sporting lately, this gown was symmetry itself; additionally, the long white gown stands in contrast to last week’s appearance for the TV Festival, at which she wore a short black dress. Even fashion has to eventually balance itself out, right? (As a side note: speaking of balance, did anyone else notice that her hair is parted on the opposite side as it was when she was in the black dress? Totally different! The whole idea of the two looks seems like an intentional, and very well done, balancing act.)

But I’ve got to admit it: the star of this outfit was not the dress, but the earrings. Holy diamonds. As soon as I saw the close-up shots, I couldn’t see anything else.
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That is…except her smile. Let’s be real, this woman has a killer smile. It just illuminates her whole face. Perhaps her smile is so luminous because of the fact that it’s genuine? She doesn’t paste it onto her face for every second of every engagement, and I appreciate that. When she smiles, we can see that it’s real, and we all take notice.

But I digress. Yes, once again, hair and makeup were flawless. I’m kind of starting to love the bright lipstick shades, and I’m wishing she would do an eye makeup tutorial of some sort on YouTube. (Now THAT would be cool.)

Is it obvious that the best looking couple of the evening was Charlene and Albert? Who knew they were the cutest couple too…

I love some cutesy hand-holding action.

A wonderful appearance from Charlene at the Princely Palace. What did you all think of the all-white gown? Which TV Festival dress did you prefer? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so feel free to share in the comments below!

June 16, 2015

Princess Charlene Wows in Bright Blue for Swimming Dinner

Last Sunday, Prince Albert and Princess Charlene went to the dinner for the 33rd International Swimming Meeting. While I know practically nothing about the meeting or the dinner itself, I wasn’t surprised to see Charlene take part, with swimming being such a key aspect of her life. It’s lovely to see her actively networking with others in the swimming community, keeping that passion alive even while her life changes.

But like I said, I’m not going to pretend I know anything about the meeting! Let’s just jump into the fashion, shall we? (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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Charlene hit it out of the park in a stunning blue dress, and I couldn’t have been more delighted. Blue looks lovely on her, though it always strikes me how she can look tan one day and pale the next. Compare with her look a few nights prior:

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Tan. And yet at the swimming dinner, she was pale as can be. She looked gorgeous on both occasions – don’t get me wrong, neither is better than the other in my book – but seriously. Is it the lighting? The time of day? The camera flashes? The color choice? I’d love to see Charlene in person to know what her actual skin tone is, because photos just obviously don’t do her justice.

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Back to the dress, though! The princess went asymmetrical again, though this time with much more resounding success. I loved the cut of the hemline, the half-peplum at the middle and the plunging neckline. This stiffer fabric held up the bold aspects of the dress, doing it justice. Hoorah! And of course, black power pumps to polish off the look.

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In terms of jewelry, she went simple and elegant with pearl drop earrings. I personally think a stunning necklace would have been aces here, since the neckline practically begs for it, but I can appreciate the bare neck too. Her makeup was bold and bright – once again, I am startled at her ability to pull off these bright lipstick shades that I could never attempt myself. Maybe it’s that chameleon skin tone that helps her out, who knows, but the lady looks good. Hair was slick and straight, which matched the tone for the evening. Very nice styling.

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I hope you enjoyed the photos and have been loving seeing this much of Princess Charlene lately! This is why I love summer: so many engagements. Until the next one!

June 14, 2015

Princess Charlene Opens the 55th Monte Carlo Television Festival

Hello, lovely readers, and a special hello to those of you who enjoyed seeing Duchess Kate at the Trooping yesterday, re-emerging from the newborn phase of motherhood. But she’s not the only royal mom who was busy yesterday: Princess Charlene opened the 55th edition of the Monte Carlo Television Festival at the Grimaldi Forum. This appearance was the perfect mix for someone like me, as it wrapped royal watching and TV into one. Throw in some peach pie and a coffee IV and you’ve got my equivalent of heaven on earth. (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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Charlene took plenty of press pictures with some heavy TV stars, and the one that made me the most giddy was this one:

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Danny Strong, there on the right! Any Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans out there? It’s Jonathan! (He’s also the creator/director/writer/producer of Empire, but who cares about all that when you have a Buffy reference? Buffy trumps everything, guys.)

Also, I know he’s now known to this generation for his work on Dallas, but come on:

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It’s Patrick Duffy from Step By Step! My 9-year old self is melting down. Danny Strong, Patrick Duffy and Princess Charlene in the same room. Whaaat!

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Buffy Charlene looked amazing with glam volume in her hair, perfect makeup, and earrings that were to kill for. I love the sparkly gemstones; they seemed to offset her black dress (and match the red carpet!) in just the right way.

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Her asymmetrical, wrap-style black dress was an odd combination of busy and simple. I think that’s a good thing overall: too much in either direction would be off, either hectic or boring. But while this dress was neither hectic nor boring, it didn’t seem to satisfy me. The material seemed very simple and light, but it might have been too light to handle the draping at the waist. It seemed to sag in the wrong places for me, which is unfortunate because I actually like the dress otherwise. The length was appropriate, the heels were great (though I’d have preferred something without the ankle straps), and asymmetry in a dress can be a knockout if executed properly – do we all remember Kate’s Roksanda Ilincic from Australia? It was amazing. But then, it also had a stiffer inner fabric that could hold up the unnatural angles, so that the outer – and more flowy – fabric would drape properly. Ah! I get so caught up in details. Bottom line: this was good, but not great. Not Charlene’s fault, though.

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And now I’m off to re-visit some old Buffy episodes. Overall, a lovely appearance from Princess Charlene!

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P.S. – since when do royals sign autographs?! I want one!!

June 12, 2015

Public Speaking and Sailing for Princess Charlene

Princess Charlene has been a busy bee this week! While this always makes me a happy gal, I’ve been traveling myself, and so I didn’t get around to Charlene’s engagements until now. That being said, two engagements will be lumped into one on this post. Alright, let’s get going! (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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To start with, Charlene spoke at the Women in Leadership Summit last weekend, with resounding success. She focused her speech on the inequalities surrounding women, surmising that education and sports are key elements in shedding discrimination and empowering the next generation of women. (And look, it’s Martha Stewart up there with her!) Who loved Charlene’s dress/suit? I did! Black and white, edgy, appropriate length, and killer heels. Here’s an excerpt from her speech, courtesy of MonacoInfo’s YouTube channel:


Public speaking is tricky, friends. Charlene did a great job, save for a few instances where her intonation seemed to rush her sentences – either that, or her notes forgot to add the necessary commas for proper inflection. She did well, but I suspect a slower delivery (or perhaps more rehearsed recitations) would solve these problems. (It is worth noting that these suggestions for improvement are the result of living with a public speaking professor/genius for a husband.) I kept getting distracted by her amazing eye makeup, though. Love it!

And yes, that above photo was the only one I could find from the Summit. Unfair! Ah well. Onto the next.

A few days after her speaking engagement, Charlene hosted a group of students from Nice, France, to study marine life in Monaco.

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The kids were invited by the Princess Charlene Foundation and the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco to participate in the “Snapper For All” initiative, which gives needy children the opportunity to start a lifelong love for the ocean and its inhabitants, with the hopes of protecting it in the future.

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Together with Charlene, they headed out to sea on a privately owned boat, where they were able to watch the dolphins and learn about marine life.

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The children were all sorts of delighted to spend the day with a Princess, as you can imagine.

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There was a lot of group-hug action going on, and one particular young lady seemed thrilled to pieces to have quality time with a real-live princess:

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Charlene looked comfortable and classy in a loose-fitting, informal blouse, paired with dark-wash denims and her starlet shades. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love these sunglasses. Glam to the max (even when she’s wearing a t-shirt. Life is not fair!).

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Hair and makeup are natural, relaxed, and breezy. Perfect for hanging out on a boat with a bunch of kids!

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And just to top it off: check out that water. Monaco = heaven? Um, YES. See you next time!

June 6, 2015

Princess Charlene Celebrates Corpus Christi: the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

Another joyous day for myself and all you Charlene followers out there: the princess made an appearance at the Princely Palace this week, and it was a lovely one at that! This past Thursday, Charlene participated in Monaco’s national celebration of Corpus Christi. (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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As a Catholic nation, Catholic traditions are regularly observed in Monaco, including Holy Days of Obligation. These days are plentiful and peppered throughout the year, and one of them took place this past Thursday: 60 days after Easter is the celebration of Corpus Christi, the feast day of the body and blood of Christ.

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Following a Mass celebrated by Monsignor Barsi, the traditional procession of the Sacred Host entered into the Court of the Princely Palace’s Palatine Chapel. Princess Charlene obviously took part in the service from the Hercules Gallery, where she could view the service in its entirety and participate accordingly.

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The feast day takes place exactly 60 days after Easter, which lands always on a Thursday – a key part in the feast day, given that it is meant to echo the celebration of the Last Supper, which also took place on a Thursday. The feast was put into practice back in the 13th century, when Pope Urban IV insisted on honoring the physical and real presence of Jesus Christ in the bread and wine of communion. After Mass, the celebration includes a Eucharistic procession, which is what we saw in Monaco. (As a sidenote, the feast day is often shifted to the following Sunday in many countries, including the United States. I am posting this blog on a Saturday, just to keep you all on your toes!)

Ok, enough with the history – let’s move on to Charlene!

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She looked gorgeous today, am I right?! I’m not certain I’ve seen her in this shade of blue very often, but I love it on her. It seems to resonate with her eyes very well, and she looks very serene. Black and blue are often considered clashers (I don’t think I’ll ever get over Duchess Kate’s unsuccessful blue and black contrast); however, if done appropriately, they can be gloriously successful. This is one of those cases, I think!

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Charlene’s hair was stunning – it seems as though she might be growing it out? That would be interesting; it has been awhile since we have seen her with a longer hairstyle. Color me intrigued. I’m not a huge fan of her lipstick choice today, though she does pull of the fuchsia-pink in a way that never ceases to amaze me. The woman has guts to reach for that shade, let alone in the daytime. And I’ve got to give it to her: she knows how to coordinate her look. Her lips are the same shade as the blooms surrounding her!

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For those of you who are Catholic: I hope you had/will have a lovely feast day, and maybe you got some sartorial inspiration from Charlene here!

June 4, 2015

Mother’s Day in Monaco: Princess Charlene Visits New Mothers and Their Babies in the Hospital

Monaco celebrated its Mother’s Day this week, and Princess Charlene was not shy about sharing the love. Being a new mother herself, it seems apropos that she would want to congratulate all the other new mothers in her country. To that end, HSH made a very special visit to the Princess Grace Hospital – the same place where her own twins were delivered – to meet with the newest mothers in Monaco and the Monégasque Red Cross. Of course, baby-cuddle-action was in full effect, too. (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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It must have been a very emotional visit for Charlene, probably quite reminiscent of the time she spent recuperating in the hospital after her c-section last December. It wasn’t revealed whether the mothers she met had natural or ceasarean births; I don’t think it matters one way or another. Birth is birth!

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She looks absolutely delighted at getting to hold newborns again. It seems that motherhood has really taken to Charlene; she looks very, very happy around mothers and babies. Does anyone else notice the glow that her smile has? It lights up her face.

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Perfect makeup and hair doesn’t hurt, either. Wink, wink!

On to the fashion…

Ok, kids. I’m not going to lie to you: it was bad. This day was full of extreme highs – the cause, the babies, the mothers, the glow! – and extreme lows. The fashion, I’m afraid to say, was the extreme low.

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Granted, I didn’t hate all of the outfit. The white blouse and white skinnies were killer for me, especially since Charlene is so trim and fit. She can pull off the streamlined look with resounding success. But the coat. I mean…I love Charlene. Y’all know I love Charlene. But that coat was a disaster. Basically anything with square holes is a disaster, folks. Just say no.

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And the hoodie didn’t help. *Shudder.*

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I didn’t love the shoes either, which is a big deal for me. I love me some heels – especially being only about 5’2” myself, heels make me drool with delight – but these seemed sort of dated to me. Is that just me being picky? I feel like these were my prom shoes.

Ok, so today was not a sartorial win. But! It was a win in the hearts of many, because of what Charlene did. In meeting with the Red Cross and focusing in on maternal/infant care, she drew attention to her country’s (and indeed, the world’s) most important foundational resource: mothers. It is a reminder that they raise up the future, and that’s where the importance lies. She’s got a beautiful heart, this princess.

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Love your mother!