Archives for July 2017

July 29, 2017

The 69th Red Cross Ball Gala

I hope y’all like glitter.

Just yesterday, Charlene and Albert appeared at the 69th annual Red Cross Gala looking positively stunning! Albert was handsome in what I would describe as a mismatched tux – due to a red bow tie – and Charlene looked 80s-glam in an edgy, VERY sparkly Versace pantsuit. And I loved it!

You know, there are so many elements here that would normally make me furrow my brow. So many things could go wrong: the glitter, the pantsuit element, the big hair/makeup, the gunmetal color. But somehow she just makes it work, and not a little – a lot!

The glittery aspect, for one, is something that is so easy to overdo, but this just seemed to wow me. I love how spectacular it is, how extreme, and the ease with which Charlene wears it. This seems to up the ante, Charlene fully in recognition of the fact that her ensemble will have to be the biggest of the night, and she did not disappoint. Versace knows how to work sequins and sparkles, and Charlene knows how to carry them off. Applause.

You know me: I don’t generally love a pantsuit, and I do admit that I wish this were a gown. However! This really does work as pants, and I love the sheer quality as the eye goes downward. The structure of this pantsuit almost makes it work like a gown, fluid enough to have movement but edgy enough to match the bold contours and metallic flavor.

See what I mean? The movement plus the shimmer just makes me think of liquid mercury. It’s mesmerizing.

Speaking of contours, I absolutely loved the non-curve of this neckline and the way it hugged her gorgeous, statuesque figure. Charlene is all woman, unapologetic about her curves, and this ensemble just accentuates what she’s got going on. Double applause.

WERK, girl.

Let’s talk hair and makeup: this was where I really felt the 80s flavor coming into the styling. The bold, smoky eye is something Charlene has definitely done in the past, but not too often. The outfit just begged for it, and it looked amazing on Charlene – especially with the nude lip to match. The hair, having been so recently lightened, also had its own razor-sharp edge to it, and the volume is reminiscent of retro shampoo commercials. (And I mean that in the best way – who doesn’t get nostalgic thinking about supermodel hair from the 80s?!!) With any other ensemble, this would have been totally off the mark and out of place, but with this Versace, it was pure perfection.

While I do feel like dangly, diamond earrings would have worked here, I actually appreciate that she chose studs instead. I feel like big earrings (even a necklace of any kind, too) would have overwhelmed the outfit too much, and I prefer letting her face and the pantsuit work together unobstructed.

Final verdict: a major win. I give all the heart eyes to this one, and I hope you enjoyed it too!

July 28, 2017

Ship Launch Gets Red Dress Perfection from Charlene

Ok, folks, this one is GOOD. Actually, good is an understatement. At the launch ceremony for the Yersin Yatch exploration ship, Charlene arrived (with both her babies and with Albert!) in the most spectacular, gorgeous, red gown and bright-blond hair. I did a happy dance when I saw these pictures, and the fact that she brought her adorable twins was just the cherry on top. This dress is going to go down in my book as one of her best. (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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Ok, let’s talk twins first. Look at these adorable babies!!! I know, I know, they’re not babies anymore. But can’t we still call them babies for a little while longer? They were the picture of sweetness. And I love how different they are – Jacques with his white-blond hair and Gabriella with a more chestnut hue. Their curls – on both of them – are just killing me. BEAUTIFUL all around. (I am wondering how Charlene manages to style Gabriella’s hair so perfectly. My own little one has curls, and I have to use some product in them to maintain their shape, so I’d love to know what Charlene uses for Gabby! If she would just shoot me an email with some tips that would be lovely – ha!)

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Anyone else swooning over Gabriella’s dress? The dark blue is just divine with her eyes.

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And speaking of dresses: Charlene’s gown! I believe it to be a Roland Mouret creation, and it was perfect. I loved the color, the length, the fit, the one-shoulder element, and the simplicity. It was sleek and elegant while edgy and bold, exactly a Charlene-style combination that stuns every time.

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I love, love, love the way that the single-shoulder accentuates Charlene’s amazing, muscular arms. Guys, I have been working for YEARS to get arms like these. Do I have to get a rowing machine or something? Or have twins? Charlene’s arms are cut, fit, and fantastic. And she certainly uses the muscles when lifting those babies. Holy moly.

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And these shoes! Dior again, I believe, and my heavens, are they gorgeous. I satisfy myself by admiring these sorts of items from afar, because if I ever considered them and saw the price tag, I think I might suffer an aneurysm. But thank goodness Charlene wears them and I can love on them from here!

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One of the things that stood out the most to me, though, was Charlene’s hair. She lightened it! It was quite a bit darker a few days ago in the green gown, and while I loved that, I was so delighted to see her change things up. Bright blond suits her so well, and it doesn’t work on many people like it does here. (Sidenote: my husband seemed to think her tan had darkened, and I can’t tell if it’s the tan or the hair that makes it just look a bit darker. Either way, though, summer in Monaco must mean loads of sun and, thus, tans.)

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Makeup was on point, jewelry was simple. I actually quite approve of the simple jewelry for this type of event, especially when including small children. This dress could certainly handle some heavy jewels, but it wouldn’t have been prudent with grabby little fingers around.

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A big thank you to those of you who commented on the green dress – I just loved your opinions, and you pointed out things to me that I mightn’t have seen otherwise! I always love reading your comments and getting additional insights. I thoroughly enjoy how positive our community is, and I hope you loved this red dress as much as I did!

And just for fun, a little sneak preview of the next post…

Stay tuned!!!

July 25, 2017

Charlene in Green for Medals Ceremony

Hello my friends! This post comes to you a few precious days late, I know. I was spending the week with a friend who recently gave birth to her first baby, and as many of you know, that can be a trying time. I tried to be the dutiful friend and put my phone/devices away to help the new mama. Of course, after weeks of quiet from Monaco, there was activity during the EXACT time I was AWOL. C’est la vie! As you have all probably seen by now, Princess Charlene attended the IAAF race and participated in the medals ceremony, at which she made waves in a bold, green dress. I’ll be honest with you guys: I am on the fence about this one. I’ll be interested to see what you think.

This entire ensemble was surprising for a number of reasons. My first thought was total joy at the sight of a bright-green, floor-length gown. The color in particular is striking on Charlene, and it makes me wish we could see it more on her. But after I came down from that high, and realized that she was at a sporting event…in an evening gown. At that point, pour moi, this was a very strange choice of dress.

I appreciate that she is showing a level of respect for the athletes by going all-out in her sartorial choice, but it really didn’t seem to fit the event to me. It was just out of place: a long, elegant, silky, floaty gown would be perfect for an evening out, but to a stadium? The shoes were also off to me, even though they were Dior. I was left scratching my head.

Just as a sidenote, I also feel fashionably opposed to the huge sleeve. It reminded me of the clown-esque red pantsuit from a couple years ago, only not nearly as offensive. This one I can certainly forgive, mainly because of the ethereal, sheer quality of the silk. I just wouldn’t have chosen it.

The best part about this dress for me was the neck decoration. It was positively gorgeous, at least to me. Certainly something of this style would be a toss up to one’s particular tastes, but I loved the flair that it brought to the outfit, and the nod toward her African culture that this gave. Charlene has made it quite clear in her interviews that she is and always will be a proud African, through and through, so I always get a giddy rush when she pulls something out of her wardrobe that is ethnically diverse and exciting. I admit that this would not be for everyone, but it made me happy. I also loved how it complemented the asymmetry of the dress – quite daring and unique.

Does anyone else think that she purposefully chose to go very, very neutral in terms of her makeup, simply due to the attention-grabbing collar? I have been wondering about this ever since I saw the photos. In all honesty, I think it has been about 10 years since I’ve seen Charlene go this light with her makeup. She can clearly pull it off – she’s stunning – but her usual tendency is to have a full face. I think her eye makeup might even be a little too light for my taste here, though with such a striking collar she may have done this on purpose.

On a separate note, though – THESE TWO! They are so sweet together.

To sum up, things I loved: the collar, the color, the hair (that lift!), the cutesy-tootsy couple. Things I didn’t love: the length for this event, the makeup, the shoes, the big, baggy sleeve. I’m feeling it both ways, guys, and I can’t decide one way or the other if this was a win or a flop. What do you think? Feel free to share your opinions below!

July 2, 2017

Happy Anniversary to Charlene and Albert!

Happy July to all of you dear readers, and a very special happy anniversary to Charlene and Albert! Now that the twins are solidly in the toddling years, I hope that the happy couple will get a chance to slip away tonight and celebrate these past six years as husband and wife. I won’t go into excruciating detail over the wedding here, since I’ve done that before (check out the 3-part posts here if you haven’t seen them already!), but I will give some love to a few of the more swoon-worthy fashion moments from their big day.

Didn’t Charlene exude elegance and grace for the wedding? She wore this fitted – shall I say trumpet-style? – gown to the ceremony, and it firmly took everyone’s breath away. The gown drew attention to her tall, slender frame with intricate beadwork that drew the eye upward to her statuesque shoulders.

My favorite part was the cathedral-length veil. I LOVE dramatic veils, particularly with royal brides. Don’t get me wrong, I did love Kate’s fingertip-length veil, but I wished it had been cathedral. Charlene’s was the definition of drama as it cascaded behind her on the long walk to the altar. My only disappointment was the lack of tiara…I had so desperately been hoping for a tiara…

But she wore one for the reception, so all was right with the world! This modern tiara was especially created for Charlene, and is meant to resemble the spray of a crashing wave. Think Ariel on the rock! I loved it. And I’m dying to see it again, so everyone cross your fingers for a tiara-worthy appearance in the next year. (I made this same wish last year, and it didn’t come true. SIGH.)

The dress for the reception was once again Armani, and it was quite the opposite of the ceremony dress. While that one was high on the drama scale with its embroidery and structure, this one was delicate and soft, wispy and dreamy. Both equally elegant, both reflections of different parts of Charlene. I loved the balance of fashion!

Overall, that day was full of love, and it’s a joy to remember it at this time every year. Happy anniversary to the happy couple!