Archives for December 2015

December 25, 2015

A Merry Christmas Greeting from the Princely Family

Hello dear readers, and the merriest of Christmases to all of you! You’ll be delighted to see that the Princely Palace has released a Christmas card from the royal family, and it is all sorts of adorable. Let’s be real: any card with a photo of 1-year old twin babies is a winner. Just for that. Charlene’s outfit in particular looks quite familiar, and it is my contention that this photo was taken on the same day as the twins’ birthday party. And why not?! The babies were already dressed to the nines: perfect time to get all the photos done.

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The family looks beautiful, happy, and super comfortable in their living room. Am I the only one who is in love with the fact that the family’s floor is covered in what looks like a fuzzy blanket? That’s a gorgeous rug under there – you can sort of see the edges of it – but like any parents of 1-year olds in wintertime, they spread out blankets all over the place for the kiddies to play on. And, apparently, they take their Christmas photos complete with the blanket in the photo, just like the rest of us! I love it!

So now that you’re in a sleepy haze from the Christmas morning festivities that may have occurred at your house, soak in these greetings and enjoy loads of chocolate. The diets can start on January 1st. Happy holidays to you all!

December 19, 2015

Children’s Christmas Party at the Princely Palace

I hope everyone out there is decking the halls and fa-la-la-ing, because it is definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas around these parts. I woke up today to freshly-fallen snow, not nearly enough to build a snowman or pull out the sleds, but certainly the first-season dusting (complete with my child’s big, wide eyes staring out the window and indoor warmth fogging up the panes). Kids will be out of school in just a few days, adding the required merriment of seeing the holiday through the eyes of youngsters. I wonder, quite often, if we would even keep up with these holiday traditions if it weren’t for children: it seems as though the whole point to the entire exercise is simply to see their reactions, their jubilation, and their whole personhood wrapped up in magical joy.

It has been no exception in Monaco: just this past week, Princess Charlene and Prince Albert hosted the annual Children’s Christmas Party at the Princely Palace, where they invited oodles of children and handed out Christmas gifts. The kids donned Santa hats for fun, and got plenty of photos with the Princely couple. (Photos courtesy of Getty and Facebook.)

Princess Charlene looked casually elegant in a black turtleneck and contrasting white, drapey cape/jacket (more on that in a moment!). She also wore tall black boots and black leggings, which I loved. I wish, wish, wish that more royals throughout the world would be bold enough to wear pants to official engagements!

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But back to the cape for a second. This reminds me so much of that other cape she wore last April, but shorter (and obviously, a different color). I’m not sure you’d actually be able to call this a cape, because of the structure of it, but I simply cannot find another word for it. Any ideas? No matter what you call it, I like it very much, and it is definitely edgy and unique. Classic Charlene!

Makeup and hair: perfect, as usual. The more and more I see this pixie haircut on her, the more I love it. Not too many women can carry off this cut with such aplomb, but Charlene is one of the few. As for her jewelry, it’s obvious that she’s wearing pearls, but I don’t think these are the pearl earrings from the other day that perplexed me so much. These seem to be simple, large studs – perfect for casual elegance.

The kids, obviously, loved her. If I were the kid right in front of her, I’d be whipping out my phone to take a selfie with Charlene photo-bombing me. Though I’ve got to say, it’s kind of nice to see how these kids are able to put away the devices (for the most part) and look at the actual princess herself, while she’s standing there, and take it all in. We could learn a thing or two from children.

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I hope to see you all again before the holiday hits us this week, but if not, do enjoy your Christmases! Pour some hot cocoa, drop in a large marshmallow (or two, if you’re very courageous), watch the snow fall, and let the winter solstice pass you by with warmth and sparkle. Sending love and light from my computer to yours!

December 13, 2015

The Twins’ Birthday Party in Monaco

Everyone get ready to celebrate again: we have new pictures of the 1-year old twins! Children from the schools in Monaco threw a huge party for the little prince and princess, where they presented the twins with two cheesecakes – one pink and one blue. (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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Jacques looked dapper in an itty-bitty tuxedo, while Gabriella looked like a true little princess in her white, long-sleeved dress and beige shoes. She topped off the look with her hot-pink pacifier – has anyone else noticed that this particular binky seems to be a prized, favorite item of the princess? She seems to get a lot of mileage out of it. I hope Charlene and Albert have a full stash of these, just in case this one gets chucked behind the changing table or something. Kind of like the favorite stuffed animal: always have a backup.

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Let’s talk about Charlene, though! The Princess of Monaco matched her daughter in a long, white skirt with a matching coat and a light-beige turtleneck. I’m actually not a huge fan of this outfit, but I feel it deserves a win for how it matches with Gabriella. For those of you who don’t have kids, see what she’s doing here: leaning over about two feet to shake hands with someone, while balancing a toddler on her hip? Yeah, that’s not easy. Props to Charlene for maintaining her swimming muscles to handle this kind of strain.

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First taste of birthday cake! Can we talk for a minute about Charlene’s earrings? I’m still trying to figure them out. I love them, but they seem to have an usual back to them – perhaps another pearl? – that kind of droops down. I wish we had a better photo, but I’m pretty sure they’re the same earrings she wore to the Grand Prix this year. I couldn’t figure them out then, either.

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Jacques is so alert! He seems genuinely interested in socializing, here. But I kind of freaked out when Charlene allowed all the kids to shake his hands. Don’t get me wrong, it was really sweet of her and it probably meant a lot to the kids, but as a mom, I couldn’t get over the idea of germs. I don’t know, a one-year old shaking hands with tons of school-age kids who might all have colds…it just made me panic a little. But I suppose one has to be exposed to germs in order to fight them off, right? C’est la vie!

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And we finally got some images of Jacques first steps! This was very exciting. Gabriella was perhaps feeling a little more shy about walking, or perhaps she’s not quite as steady on her feet as her brother, but Jacques seemed to be confident and ready to waltz right into the crowds. Good thing his parents were there to hold him back!

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This was a joyous outing and a fantastic way to celebrate the twins’ first year. I felt like we were lucky: they could have given a balcony appearance, but instead they agreed to get up-close and personal with the crowds. The family looked radiant, and the Monégasque children were obviously delighted to share in this momentous celebration with the Princely couple. A beautiful day!

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December 10, 2015

Happy Birthday to the Twins!

Unless you were living under a rock one year ago, you know that today is the first birthday of the royal twins! The adorable little tykes, Gabriella and Jacques, turn one today, and will celebrate their first birthday calmly with their parents. While Prince Albert has been in Paris for the Cop21 climate conference these past weeks, he will return to Monaco today to spend family time with his toddling tots. (Photos courtesy of Facebook and Getty.)

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Just under a year ago, the twins posed for their first photoshoot. Since then, we have seen them snoozing on the balcony a few times, admiring their public on the cathedral steps, celebrating Monaco’s National Day with their parents, and marching (well, for them it was more like strolling) for the environment.

Prince Albert recently underwent an interview in which he praised Princess Charlene for how the twins have been thriving and happy throughout the past year. Apparently, the new mom is up at the crack of dawn with them every day, taking them through their routines mostly single-handedly, mirroring the same routine that most mothers face on a daily basis. Only she does it times two, so really she mirrors the routine that mothers of multiples face. I shudder to think of the workload that must be…I’d probably be waving the white flag after attempting it for a couple weeks.

Apparently, the babies toddlers are now starting to walk, entering into that fun phase also known to most parents as the “watch them like a hawk” stage. Given that Charlene has already introduced them to swimming, it’s not surprising that their gross motor skills are so sharp. It’s amazing that an entire year has passed and we’ve been able to see the twins grow from tiny infants into pinchable babies, and now into their next phase of toddlerhood.

Today also marks a fun milestone for me here, too, sitting behind my laptop and typing to you dear readers…because we started this blog one year ago exactly, on the day that Charlene delivered her twins. Given that the twins arrived a bit prematurely, everything started a bit earlier than expected, but I couldn’t be happier with the blog’s first year. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading, and that you’ll stay with us for a long time to come. Now go eat a cupcake – or two! – in honor of the twins’ first birthday!