December 22, 2016

Helping at the Red Cross for Christmas

I don’t know about you, but I personally cannot get behind the whole Santa thing. I appreciate the thought behind it, but I just can’t lie to my child. It’s hard to avoid, though, since Santa is everywhere: on people’s lawns, on a big golden throne in the mall, on ornaments, on trimmings, on trappings. Just everywhere. That, and we don’t want our kid to be the one who spoils it for all the other kids. We try to skirt the issue by instead suggesting that Santa is the spirit of Christmas, reminding us to give to those less fortunate than ourselves, and that if we do so, we might be rewarded with gifts of our own. It’s a tough road to navigate, but so far it’s working. (It’s hard to work around all of that chimney nonsense, though.) It certainly is the season of giving, and luckily for all of us trying to teach our children these lessons, Princess Charlene is an example of it every year:

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When the weather gets chilly in Monaco, the princely family makes more than one stop at the Red Cross to help hand out parcels, and it’s a lovely reminder of the true spirit of the season. (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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Charlene and Albert always spend part of their holidays giving back to their community, and it’s a humbling thing. To see royals making the time for this, and treating it with the same respect that they treat their other very high-end engagements, is a testament to their devotion for charitable works. But I overloaded on the sentiment already – on to fashion.

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Charlene chose a rather different ensemble for this occasion, chic from head to toe, though only the top half of it was a win for me. The entirety of the outfit was black, save for the red bird detailing on the shoulder line, and it was dripping with sophistication. Personally, I enjoyed everything from the waist up, and nothing from the waist down. I’ll get my gripes over with first: culottes – would you call these culottes? – paired with tights: no thank you. In my humble opinion, this did nothing for her. The shoes were good though!

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But that gorgeous jacket was absolute heaven! I loved the eastern-inspired neckline, the bird detailing, and the luscious material. It was pure grace and elegance, and seemed to bring ample attention to Charlene’s face. Glorious.

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Makeup and hair were breathtaking, too – even if the hair was a tad less voluminous than we’ve seen lately. I think she may have gotten a trim? The red lips, sparkly-gold eyes and the diamond touches on her ears were heaven-sent. She looks like a lovely Christmas bauble, and I mean that in the most flattering way possible!

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I must keep this short today, because even as I write this now, I need to do so much before the Christmas weekend is upon us. I have packing, baking, and wrapping still to do, and I need to do it all while keeping a 4-year old occupied. Wish me luck…and come back soon for a special Christmas post this weekend, full of Charlene, Albert, and the twins all decked out for the holiday! Wishing you much love and sanity until then!

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