Archives for October 2017

October 26, 2017

Princess Grace Awards Gala 2017

Glad to see you all again so soon, dear readers! You all know that Charlene and Albert are in the USA, and last night they sparkled like pixie dust at the Princess Grace Awards Gala.
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Charlene wore an absolutely stunning, off-the-shoulder, glimmering fuchsia gown, which at first I thought was Dior for sure. This event is almost always a place where she pulls from Dior; however, Charlene surprised me (and probably a lot of people) by wearing Ralph Lauren!
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I love this gown. The neckline is supremely romantic, the glimmer makes her shine above the rest, and the way the gown accentuates her figure is just breathtaking. I’m pretty sure this would have put me into a state of cardiac arrest if it were just a shade darker, like a wine or a nice fall aubergine. That would have made this even better, but I do love the fuchsia. The glittery quality of the gown makes me think this is sequins, but it might be something else. All I know is that I love it.
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I think the neckline in particular is what sells me. I’m a fool for off-the-shoulder, and this one has an almost sweetheart décolletage that just screams princess to me.
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I also love how this is so streamlined, but there is a lot going on at the same time. It is a perfect balance of wow-factor and sustained elegance…just like Charlene herself. Ha! I love when that happens!
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Now let’s talk about her makeup. I don’t think I’ve seen a cat-eye on Charlene in the longest time, and I am so glad she pulled this out of her bag of tricks (just in time for Halloween!), because her facial structure suits it SO well. It wasn’t subtle here, which is just fine for a cat-eye because it’s meant to be noticeable and dramatic. And dramatic it certainly was.
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I was also completely bowled over by her hair – this volume she gets is amazing! I love how this hairstyle is in such stark contrast to her look at the kick-off event, where she wore it more matted down. I can appreciate both looks…but I tend to favor this one.
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I can’t let you go without mentioning the diamond studs again. Once again, she could have gone long with the earrings, but chose to keep it elegant and dazzling at the same time. This worked very well with the dress, and I think that while she could have gone with bigger earrings, they would have been too much. The studs were the right choice here, and even though they were studs, they certainly did not lack in their own dramatic effect. Simply gorgeous.
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Alright, I have to leave you early today because I’m heading off to a family wedding this weekend…complete with a sick child in tow. What would a family vacation be without a sick child? Ha. I make jokes so that I can make it through without collapsing. But at least I have some good fashion to look at, right?

October 25, 2017

Kick-Off Event for Princess Grace Awards

This one is for all of you in Los Angeles, because Princess Charlene is there with you! Yesterday, Charlene attended the Princess Grace Awards Gala kick-off event in L.A., wearing what was probably THE hottest outfit of the night and somehow making it elegant. I am in heaven. (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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You all know Charlene has an edge in her fashion. And yesterday, she took that edge with her into the city of angels and strutted into the gala in jaw-dropping black leather pants, black heels, a form-fitted, strapless top and a black blazer.

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I’m going to get my one little criticism out of the way: I don’t love the blazer. This lady has the most amazing figure and doesn’t need to cover it up. Maybe she did because there were kiddos present? That’s a theory, but it doesn’t sit well with me because these kids are Californians growing up in L.A.. They’ve seen skin. Maybe because she figures that unless it’s an evening gown, the strapless look isn’t appropriate for a royal? I don’t know. But I don’t love it – even though there’s actually nothing wrong with it and it does look good. (Would I be placated if she had worn it with the sleeves, instead of just over her shoulders? Something tells me that might have helped.)

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But let’s get back to all the tremendous good there is here. A couple posts ago, regarding fashion week in Milano, Melina commented that Charlene is magnifique for being so brazenly unapologetic when it comes to her fashion edge, and I feel like this outfit is a perfect example. The skin-tight leather pants and the strapless top require confidence. Sometimes, I see beautiful friends of mine who have these amazing curves, and all they do is just cover them up. I prefer this, someone who loves what she has and isn’t afraid to show it.

Par example:

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See what I mean? WERK. That strapless top is no joke gorgeous, and the woman wearing it is owning the entire look like a queen. (Or a princess, you could say.)

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I must take a moment to say that there is a certain quality Charlene brings to this outfit that elevates it. For example, if I wore this, I would look absolutely gorgeous (that’s self-love right there!), but it would not have the same polished elegance to it. That, for me, is what makes this magnifique. She has taken an undeniably hot outfit and refined it, much like those celebrity chefs on TV always talk about “elevating” a dish that’s good to begin with. The lines here are clean and long, gleaming with both attitude and sophistication. I think Charlene has come a long way, forging her own fashion identity while elevating it to a royal standard.

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I can’t leave without mentioning these earrings. Heaven, guys. My heaven would have diamonds all over it. I feel like dangly earrings would have worked too, but I do love the look of studs with such fierce décolletage. And she went neutral for makeup, which brought the ensemble a flair of casual. A lovely choice.

And this is in no way related, but…

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…just before the gala, Charlene was all the way in South Africa meeting with the mayor. There have been increased drowning deaths there lately, and Charlene wasted no time jetting down to discuss the problem and help find some solutions. Water safety first, always. Which means that she probably went from there to L.A., and that must mean some serious jet-lag for Charlene. So if anyone out there thinks that she looks a tad sleepy, be easy on her – hopefully this adds some clarity to the situation!

October 2, 2017

Albert and Charlene at Global Ocean Gala

Oh, friends, this past week was a good one for Charlene. She and Albert were at the Monte Carlo Global Ocean Gala, where Charlene stunned in a breathtaking Versace evening gown. The gala itself honored Leonardo DiCaprio, and was supported by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. It was a star-studded event, but nobody outshone Charlene – as usual.
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This gown, you guys. Charlene looked like a sea nymph on the crest of a wave. Ok, that might be a little dramatic, but with the deep navy hue of the gown, the wispy, full skirt, and the shimmering gold detail of the bodice, it just screamed mermaid to me. But not Disney mermaid; rather, sea-goddess mermaid.
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Let’s talk for a minute about this amazing skirt. I mean!!! The floaty material just seemed to billow around Charlene with every step she took, and it has a slit on the side that goes on for days. You actually can’t see the slit in most of the photos, which I appreciate, but when she strides away from the camera – BAM.
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Just as a side note, I love that the skirt had a sheer layer above the slit, so it wouldn’t just be a nude leg sticking out. Had it not been there, the nude leg would have really detracted from the delicate, soft effect that the skirt is emanating here.
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I am also a huge fan of this bodice. I can see where people may find it too rigid; however, I actually enjoy the structure of it – particularly the dropped waistline. It seems to offset the whimsical skirt and bring a serious flavor to the occasion – particularly, that the gown is adorning a princess. As for the geometrical design, I can once again see how this would not be everyone’s favorite, but I thought the metallic zing of the coloring made it work perfectly. The entire gown was a perfect mix of so many different stylistic elements, and for this one glorious moment they worked together in harmony.
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As for her makeup, Charlene went neutral, which I think was a good choice with the gown. At first, I wanted to see a bright red lip, but imagine that with the navy – it would have been awful! There’s so much going on with the gown itself that neutral was a good choice, and it was particularly conducive to the sea-nymph look. Very fresh, very natural, and she took the same route with her hair: smooth, sleek, and understated. It worked here.
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The only thing that somewhat disappointed me were the earrings. Don’t get me wrong, these are some heavy diamond studs she has here, and those are never a bad choice. But wouldn’t this neckline have just been superb with larger earrings? It may have just been difficult to get the coloring right with the gown, and nobody can fault her for that. Better to go smaller and match than to go big and have the whole look flop. (You all know I’m thinking of that cross necklace from earlier this year. I still wake up with nightmares about that one.) But I would so loved to have seen something more dramatic, if possible, to adorn her neckline. Siiiiigh.
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My complaints are very, very few, as you can see. From where I sit, this is a home-run from start to finish. An elegant princess for an elegant night.
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But WHEN will Albert shave off that moustache already?! (Kidding!)