Archives for May 2017

May 29, 2017

Grand Prix de Monaco

Has everyone been patiently waiting to see what Princess Charlene would wear to the Grand Prix? Wait no longer – photos are here! They first came in on my feeds late last night (I say “late” in parents-of-a-4-year-old terms, meaning around 7pm EST, otherwise known as a perfectly reasonable, early hour on the clock), so I am finally getting a moment to post them now. And it will be worth the wait, too, because this dress was beautiful! (Photos courtesy of Facebook & Getty.)

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Charlene chose a red, long dress for the Grand Prix, with a checkerboard-type detail on the fabric. It was a classic red, a gorgeous color on Charlene and nearly always a winner. This was no exception: she looked radiant.

The length of this dress was so playful: not midi, not floor-length. Half and half. I love the wispy, cheeky movement to the skirt, offset by the fitted bodice and waistline. The neckline was high, which I thought balanced the dress and made it just right for this sort of sporty event.

Charlene was also wearing a black ribbon, and the palace hasn’t so far released a reason why, to the best of my knowledge. I can make the educated guess that this is in reaction to the horrific attacks in Manchester – as a mother, this probably hit her particularly hard. I say this as a mother myself, and since my other mom friends have also had difficulty processing this attack. (Is any attack easy to process? No, of course not. But when it involves children like this, I think it’s safe to say that maternal anxiety kicks in and none of us can sleep.) If this ribbon was for the Manchester attack, it was an appropriate nod to the fact that, while celebrating the Grand Prix, they are still sending their hearts out to those who were directly affected.

And these shoes, my friends, were so lovely! I am a wholehearted lover of strappy heels, but of the firm belief that less is more with the straps. These were just my speed. Enough strap to support a heeled shoe, not so much to distract. Just right!

From what I can see, makeup and hair were lovely – though the hair was a little matted down, compared to her previous appearances last week. A lot less lift today, and I was fully surprised by that. I highly doubt she would have gotten a haircut so close to such a large, high-profile event.

In some other news, the Princely couple held a reception at the palace for the Grand Prix, and if it’s possible, Charlene looked even more luminous than she did at the track!

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Our princess chose her second jumpsuit of the week (at least I think this is a jumpsuit?) and it was completely divine. And I have to say, I usually hate jumpsuits across the board, but this week she has changed my opinion on them not once, but twice. This particular suit might be one of my favorite Charlene outfits to date, and that’s saying quite a bit.

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I adore this sort of sharp sweetheart neckline. It is crisp and edgy, while feminine and romantic all at once. And it just brings so much attention to Charlene’s lovely face. Her makeup, of course, had to be impeccable with such a neckline, and it was. And just as a side note, people out there have been raving over Pippa Middleton’s arms since her wedding, and can I just say: take a look at Charlene’s arms. She’s been rocking the amazing arms way before Pippa came along, and this sort of bodice highlights her physique so beautifully. Goals!

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A lovely Grand Prix fashion day all around. I hope you’ve all enjoyed these photos as thoroughly as I have! (And happy Memorial Day if you happen to live in the USA!)

May 27, 2017

Princess Charlene Visits the Track Ahead of Grand Prix

Ah, I love Grand Prix season: a Charlene and Albert moment nearly every day! Today the dynamic duo did not disappoint, as the Princely couple visited the paddock area of the track ahead of the qualifying sessions for the Grand Prix. They also visited with the Red Cross volunteers, who are supporting the Grand Prix. (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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Charlene dressed down today: a red polo shirt in support both of the Red Cross and the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation. The two are often supported at the same time, and wearing the shirt today was a huge nod to the importance of the Red Cross and her charitable organization. I appreciated her efforts to draw attention where it was due, especially since today she could have gone ultra chic if she wanted to. Albert was in a jacket and tie, so the choice to draw attention to the Red Cross volunteers was quite clearly intentional.

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She paired the shirt with very classic white slacks. They were crisp, tailored, and clean, not unlike the slacks my very fashionable grandmother used to wear all the time. (That may sound like an insult, but it’s truly the highest compliment I can deliver.) I absolutely loved them. I think they surprised me, though, because the more popular look would be skinnies or leggings, and I quite love the fact that these are neither. They are, plainly and perfectly, slacks.

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I admit, I was a bit thrown off by these shoes. It was definitely good that they were flats – certainly appropriate for the slacks – but did they have to be metallic silver? I was puzzled by this choice. Certainly a white, red or even nude, flat shoe could have been found for her? But silver, of all colors. It just left me scratching my head.

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But makeup, guys, was extraordinary. I’m not sure if the Monaco sun has just been gracious to Charlene or what, but her tan is enviable. And pairing it with such simple makeup and a pale lip was a stroke of genius: it just makes her tanned skin stand out that much more. Also, did anyone else notice these (new?) earrings? I haven’t seen them to the best of my recollection, but I like them very much. I was sort of expecting this outfit to be paired with those Dior pearls that match everything, but these were even more quiet and understated.

Alright all, I’m off for the night – hope to see you again soon with more Grand Prix action!

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!