Archives for May 2016

May 31, 2016

Princess Charlene at the Grand Prix de Monaco

As you may have heard, this past weekend was the Grand Prix in Monaco, and the Princely couple was, of course, front and center in attendance. I will skip over all of the sport aspect of the Grand Prix, mostly because it is of no interest to me whatsoever, though I do enjoy the festive air and hint of elegance that accompanies this particular race. That is, perhaps, due to the royals always being on-hand at the event, kicking it up to regal status. Speaking of which, let’s get right into things and look at what Charlene wore to the race. (Photos courtesy of Facebook and Getty.)

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The princess wore an almost all-white ensemble, perhaps as an homage to the summertime, or a nod to her outfit from last year. This year, however, she surprised everyone by wearing somewhat unusual pants to the Grand Prix, which are accentuated by a very large, pink stripe down the sides.

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I’ve got to be honest here, folks: I don’t love these. They remind me of my yoga pants, only these are undoubtedly designer slacks with a much higher price tag. The blouse and heels are absolutely lovely, and if you look at the outfit head-on – without having to see that garish stripe – it is actually quite chic. Behold:

Lovely if you don’t look at the pink, right?

But that stripe, oh dear. I just can’t get around it. I certainly hope I am a minority in my opinion, because I certainly never like to be the bearer of negativity. This entire look was surely meant to echo the sportiness of the race, but this just flopped for me. I feel as though these easily could have given the same sporty effect if they were plain, white, crisp slacks. No?

I need to say, though, that I do appreciate that Charlene has never shied away from wearing pants on an engagement. It’s actually something I love about her, and I wish we could see some of the other royals doing this more frequently. She is always willing to take the risks that others seem too hesitant to take, and I greatly admire the bold moves she makes in this area, even if the results aren’t fashion wins.

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Makeup, hair, and jewelry were all on point, and spectacularly so. Charlene loves large pearl earrings, as many of us do, and wears them quite frequently. But can we talk for a minute about her ring?? I haven’t seen this one before, or at least for quite some time! I love it. It reminds me of one of my mother’s pearl rings, only a LOT bigger. I also quite enjoy when married women aren’t afraid to trade out their wedding/engagement rings for a ring that better matches their other jewelry. It’s not done often enough, and I know I could certainly learn this lesson from time to time!

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So, would we call this a complete miss? I don’t think so. The striped pants? Yes. Those were a miss. But the rest of the ensemble was lovely and striking. She radiated positivity, energy, and celebration, which is exactly what you want to see from the princess at the Grand Prix. A lovely weekend in Monaco, and a superb way to salute the summer months ahead of us!

May 30, 2016

Cocktail Reception for the Grand Prix at the Princely Palace

Today in the USA we celebrate Memorial Day, so many of us are off of work and hopefully enjoying some good weather. That being said, it was also an exciting weekend in Monaco with the Grand Prix taking center stage! I look forward to this event in Monaco so much, since it is almost a guarantee that we get at least two Charlene sightings in a row. And the Grand Prix this year did not disappoint!

On the eve of the Grand Prix, it is traditional for the Princely couple to host a cocktail reception at the Princely Palace, where all of the distinguished guests and participants can mingle and mix with the royals. Charlene was the perfect hostess: bursting with energy, ear-to-ear smiles, and completely open to hugs from her guests. (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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Charlene looked amazing in a draped red dress that was so gorgeous it almost leaves me speechless. I say almost, because I am hardly ever speechless. But she looked absolutely radiant, chic, and elegant.

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I am completely in love with the draped upper portion of the dress. It was rough to get a great photo of the entire dress, and the above pic is the best I could find. It’s pretty basic: long, flowy, and it has a slit in the middle. Nothing fancy, but that’s a good thing since the eye is drawn to the upper body of the gown. I love the no-frills simplicity of the fabric, which stood on its own with such elegance. The structure, or lack thereof, creates almost an illusion-bateau neckline, which brings out Charlene’s striking good looks.

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Makeup was gorgeous and neutral – a change from Charlene’s semi-usual bold lip color choices. I loved it. And it almost goes without saying that hair was perfect and full of volume; even though I prefer it a little quieter, she is rocking the grow-out of the pixie cut. I’m at least assuming that she’s growing it out, since we’ve only seen it get longer in recent engagements. That can only be accomplished a handful of ways, and Charlene is handling it beautifully.

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Let’s talk about jewelry. Ok, I’ll be more specific and jump right in: let’s talk about these gold earrings. I love, love, love these earrings. I’m not sure if these are new pieces or recycles – I could easily go back and look, but I have to get hold of a busy toddler in a few minutes so I’m strapped for time here – but I love them no matter what. I’ll update this if I can pinpoint a previous wear, but until then I’m going to assume these are new pieces. She paired these gorgeous earrings with her simple cross necklace, which seems to be a piece she always wears, and equally simple bracelets. I am a creature who loves balance, so I adore that she balances her choices so well. Large statement earrings, simple everything else. Yes, yes, yes.

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I will be back again tomorrow to show you what Charlene wore to the Grand Prix the next day, so until then, let me know what you thought of this red ensemble and enjoy the photos!

May 25, 2016

Princess Charlene Repeats Roland Mouret at Rugby Qualification

Good afternoon to you all! I come to you today from my family’s home in Annapolis, Maryland, where the Navy’s Blue Angels are currently flying overhead. They are putting on their air show in honor of the Naval Academy’s commencement ceremonies this upcoming weekend, so my words keep being interrupted by the whoosh of jets reverberating in my ears. It’s cool, but it makes the house shake. To distract myself, I wandered around the web to see what Charlene has been up to in the past few days, and it turns out that she and Albert took part in the rugby sevens qualifications tournament drawings, part of which were held in Monaco. The event selects the qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, as well as the men’s tournament this upcoming June, which will be held in Monaco. I found very few photos, but I will share the ones that I found!   (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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Charlene surprised me with a very rapid repeat on her dress: the same Roland Mouret we saw when she met with the mayor of Beverly Hills. Its cut is heaven, and the bright white is very appropriate for the warm spring/summer weather. This time we got to see her shoes, and these nude, strappy high heels made me drool.

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She looked smashing once again, though I have to admit that I was quite surprised to see her give this dress another wear so soon. Perhaps she overheard my enthusiasm when she wore it the first time? Who knows! But I loved it once again.

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She changed up the look with different jewelry, and gave her hair a little flip. I have no issues with this hairstyle, aside from the fact that I just prefer it a bit less high. I think my personal preference is a side part for the way the pixie frames Charlene’s face, rather than this flipped back look. Maybe she’s growing it out? Let me know what you guys think. All in all, this was a very quick appearance and it was a lovely repeat on a gorgeous dress. A win in my book!

May 13, 2016

Charlene Wears Roland Mouret to Accept Blue Ribbon Award

Here we are again today, and happy Friday the 13th to you all! I hope today proves lucky for you, and if you’re a fellow fashion follower/royal watcher like myself, I have a feeling that today will not disappoint. I’ll cross my fingers just in case, since it IS a day to embrace superstition in good humor. (Photos courtesy of Facebook and Getty.)

While in California to launch the US branch of The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, Charlene was honored by the Blue Ribbon of Los Angeles Music Center to receive the prestigious Blue Ribbon Award for her humanitarian work surrounding children.

The award is quite an honor, and further highlights the important work that Charlene is committed to with regards to children’s safety in aquatic environments.

Anyone who follows the Duchess of Cambridge will be delighted to know that Charlene selected a Roland Mouret for this occasion! We all love Kate’s gorgeous Mouret gown, which is also in white, and it was thrilling to see Charlene select the label for her time in the USA. This particular ensemble is separates, featuring a pencil skirt and peplum top with very unique cap shoulders. It was the picture of daytime, professional elegance, with a chic Monégasque twist. In other words: it was Charlene to a T.

Once again, I am not in love with the sandals. I think some nude pumps would have done very nicely here, but the black sandals sort of threw me.

But her hair and makeup were divine again. The bold lip color is a trademark of Charlene’s, and it works so well with her complexion. The earrings today were quite elegant, and look to be square diamond studs, which she paired with some delicate diamond tennis bracelets. Once again, she offset the dazzle with her simple cross necklace, which muted the look to perfection.

Changing gears…

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While in Los Angeles, Charlene also attended a board meeting with the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation: USA board of directors, at which she also received a Mayoral Proclamation from the Mayor of Beverly Hills:

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This is another Roland Mouret dress, and one of my favorite Charlene dresses to date. She looks absolutely stunning. The dress fits her like a glove, it is chic and simple all at once, and it is endlessly flattering to her statuesque figure.

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She paired the dress with simple, elegant jewelry, this time pulling out her pearls instead of diamonds. Gorgeous. And so we have thus enjoyed two full days of Charlene in the USA! Since Charlene’s calendar is not public, I have been led to believe that this was the conclusion of her time in the States; however, if I am mistaken, I will certainly keep you updated with any future engagements that she undertakes in the next few days (and beyond, of course, but you know what I mean!). In the meantime, I hope you are all well and enjoying the warmer weather!

May 12, 2016

The Princess Charlene Foundation Launches USA Branch

Hello sweet readers! It has been a LONG time since I’ve seen you last. Well, I suppose not really – just a few weeks – but that’s long for us here, right? You’ll be stupefied to know that I am down with my second upper respiratory infection since March. At least I am stupefied by it. Taking care of a toddler while dripping fluids is no joke, my friends, so if you have any spare well-wishes you’d like to energetically send my way, I’m ready for them. While I sit here waiting for the sweet release of death nursing my cold, I am super excited to tell you all the good news about our favorite Charlene: the Princess Charlene Foundation launched its USA branch in California just yesterday, and Charlene herself was stateside for the inaugural festivities!

As you are all probably aware – and if you’re not, you will be in a second – the Princess Charlene Foundation is rooted in the goal of teaching children proper swimming survival techniques in order to prevent drowning. The Foundation reaches out worldwide to children regardless of their wealth, economic standing, race, nationality, etc. The idea is to spread these techniques far and wide, one person at a time, so that the threat of drowning decreases every day with more and more children being properly trained to handle aquatic environments. It is a superb mission, and Charlene has gone to great lengths to spread these teachings, doing everything from speaking at the Vatican on the importance of water safety/drowning prevention, to teaching workshops herself when she can, to making sure that her own toddlers could swim before they had even taken their first steps.

Charlene was, of course, the guest of honor at the launch in Santa Monica, where she hopped into a wetsuit and immersed herself in the water to start the safety workshops right away.

The kids seemed so taken with the Princess! I assume that Charlene has built up a large store of patience from these sorts of events, set aside specifically for moments such as this one, where this youngster seems particularly anxious about being in the water. Yet another reason to be passionate about water safety.

She taught the children several techniques, later noting that the most effective strategies are also the simplest.

For her speech at the program’s launch, Charlene wore a bright-orange, cap-shouldered dress and sandaled heels. This dress is heaven! Bold and daring but also simple, I love it. While I probably wouldn’t have selected it for Charlene, since it does seem to draw attention to her broader shoulders – a result of her spectacular swimmer’s physique – I still loved the dress. And she is clearly the only woman at the event who dressed to honor the occasion. Not that everyone else looked bad…not at all. It’s just obvious which one is the royal. That’s all I’m sayin’!

The heels, though, I could have lived without. You all know I am a sucker for great footwear, and these did nothing for me. I think it’s because I’m used to seeing Charlene in high, edgy, Dior heels, and these seemed a bit wonky, maybe even flimsy, compared to the rest of the ensemble. But luckily, the shoes didn’t get too much coverage in the photos.

Makeup was great, which, I’ve got to say, is hard to do when you’re completely surrounded by orange. Hair was flawless, and as for jewelry…I love, love, LOVE her earrings. And it’s sort of a given: I always love her earrings. She wins every time. I need a better look inside Charlene’s jewelry box, folks. Seriously though, one thing I love about Charlene is her ability to balance her jewelry. She always seems to pair more dramatic/heavy pieces with lighter ones, like in this instance with the bolder earrings and the delicate necklace and a simple bracelet. It is something that, in my opinion, shows a good deal of refinement and elegance.

I will see you all again tomorrow, as there was another event today in Los Angeles and I am eager to dive into that one as soon as possible. For now, though, I’m off to the lands of cough medicine and decongestants…send healthy vibes my way, please!