Archives for December 2017

December 21, 2017

Annual Children’s Christmas Party

Happy Winter Solstice to you all! Is anyone out there celebrating the shortest day of the year? For my family, we are hunkering down old-school style, ultra-cozy in thick socks, blankets, and yes, I’ll admit it, video games!, while a curried sweet potato-carrot soup simmers on the stove. While it cooks, I will share some photos with you from yesterday’s Children’s Christmas Party at the Princely Palace. (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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As you know, this is an annual event in Monaco, and I have no doubt that the Monégasque children look forward to it every year. They get to see Santa, get some presents, and hang out with their favorite princess.

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Charlene looked ultra chic in this gorgeous Akris coat/poncho/cape. I’m not sure what to call it. It closes like a coat, drapes like a poncho, and has little arm holes like a cape. For simplicity’s sake, though, I will call it a coat, and I will not leave you hanging here: I love, love, love this coat. The red is dynamite, and the cut is elegant. She looks so regal. (Sidenote: anyone else out there rolling her eyes at Albert with his Santa hat and awful tie?? I know I am. But once again, I can’t be too mad – it’s pretty cute how he really gets into the spirit of the season, especially for the kids.)

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And these Jimmy Choo boots are killer! I love the combination with the red, and the khaki pants are just simple enough to let the two leading elements of the ensemble shine. Under the coat, you can see that Charlene is wearing a ribbed, grey turtleneck, and while I wish we had a better view of the turtleneck, I can’t be mad because I love the coat.

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Charlene’s hair and makeup were, once again, soft and natural. I loved it.

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And she certainly seemed to enjoy handing out gifts to the kids! Probably not as much as the kids enjoyed receiving the gifts, though. Gotta be real about that one.

And my favorite photo of the day:

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These two. Heart eyes!!! Have a wonderful solstice, everyone – and stay warm!

December 17, 2017

Princess Charlene at the Red Cross

As per tradition, Charlene made her yearly appearance at the Red Cross parcel distribution this week, and the annual visit was highly successful! As usual, she distributed the parcels to the elderly, and even included the Christmas snapshot of the twins (the same one we shared in the last post). The recipients of the gifts seemed delighted, and who wouldn’t be?! (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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Charlene, of course, looked nothing short of striking. She chose a charcoal-grey Akris jumpsuit, pairing it with a black coat, and both pieces were exquisite in both quality and beauty. Personally, I would  have preferred to see more color in this ensemble – outside photos are fine, but inside the lighting made the whole look so dark.

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You see what I mean about how the interior lighting changes the look? It bothers me. But she certainly does look good in black, so I can’t argue the issue too much.

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Charlene, as usual, looked so happy to celebrate the Christmas season with these lovely people…

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…and she seemed delighted to share the twins’ photo with them, too! You can see that she was proud to distribute this photo, just as millions of parents do with their own children’s photos at Christmas.

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Let’s take a moment to discuss Charlene’s hair and makeup. I loved it! She went soft for her hair, which has really been lovely this season, and her makeup was delicate and feminine. I could see how she might have chosen a red lip here, and to be honest, I think I would have preferred that. But this was quite lovely, beautifully done, and balanced out the edgy black outfit, where red would only have intensified it. It was a solid choice.

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Overall, this one didn’t send me over the edge in either direction. It was lovely, but I didn’t fall in love. You know? Either way, it was delightful to see her at this event once again – she never fails to disappoint!

December 15, 2017

Christmas Photo of Twins

Earlier this week, Princess Charlene shared a gorgeous photo of her twins all decked out for Christmas, and I couldn’t wait to share it with you! Of course, I have been up to my elbows in gingerbread cookie dough, wrapping paper and ribbons, and trying to stay warm in 7 degree weather. So it has taken me a day or two, but I’m here now with this adorable Christmas treat! (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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I mean!! I don’t think I’ve seen Jacques with such a big smile on his face…well, ever. He is adorable! And at this point I am starting to really see his resemblance to Charlene. Gabriella is equally cute, though she does favor her father. And doesn’t she look like such a mischief maker with that sideways glance?? Their parents are probably so proud, so tired, and so eager to celebrate the holiday with these two.

In other news, more photos have emerged (and I have access to them, yes!) of the twins at the Christmas market outing from just before their birthday.

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Jacques must be in a Mickey Mouse phase. (Isn’t it nice how these kids are just normal kids! What is better than Mickey Mouse for a 3 year old? Other than Donald Duck, nobody.)

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And as we mentioned previously, he holds tightly to his mama’s hand while Gabriella is Miss Independent. LOVE it.

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And Gabby’s coat is the living end. The faux-fur collar is precious as can be, and seems to be keeping her nice and warm. I hope they are getting excited for Christmas…and maybe helping the parents stay calm during this stressful season? Can I get an amen?!

December 10, 2017

Happy Birthday to Jacques and Gabriella!

As you are all probably quite aware – and if you weren’t, the title of this post certainly gave it away – today was the birthday of Jacques and Gabriella. The princely twins celebrated the completion of three years today, a definite milestone for the tots (and their parents!). I am sharing some recent photos from National Day, since it gives us quite an accurate idea of how the twins are looking at three years old. (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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For being only three, Gabriella certainly has a regal presence about her. I’ve said it before, and I will again today: she has a certain look to her facial expressions that seems to radiate composure and yes, elegance. Even when she’s making a silly face, it appears that she has inherited her mother’s graceful quietude that is so very sophisticated. (Also, her dresses are already exquisite.)

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And Jacques. Dear little Jacques! He is so sweet. He also has a calmness about him, and these days he seems to be the more clingy of the two children. And why not? They go through phases, just like any others. His piercing blue eyes get me every time, and I can just see how handsome he will be as a young man. Not to get ahead of ourselves, though. THREE, not thirty!

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They are precious and I wish them a very happy birthday, with many more to come!!

In other news, Charlene and Albert (and I believe the twins were present, too) attended the opening of the Christmas market in Monaco just yesterday.

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Charlene looked fresh and relaxed, oozing merriment and elegance in her winter-white ensemble, which seems to be paired with black leggings and accessories. Just lovely.

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She interacted with everyone, of course, and everyone was appropriately delighted. A beautiful princess having fun with her family, just before her babies turned three. A celebration indeed! Happy birthday once again to the twins!

December 4, 2017

Casual Charlene

Over the last week, we have had a couple small, quiet Charlene appearances that can’t go unnoticed. Just because they’re small doesn’t mean they’re boring, right?! Charlene is one of those royals who is unafraid to take out her kids for some fun, occasionally go with little makeup, etc. And it’s fun to see her dressing down from time to time, too! (Photos courtesy of Facebook.)

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Last week, Charlene went to the Colombus art gallery in Monaco and met with Mikhail Baryshnikov. She looked super chic, yet casual all at once, which is one of my favorite styles on her. Perhaps its the mom in me seeking consistent inspiration, but I feel like she’s speaking my language with this outfit. Comfy, stylish, relaxed and chic – and gorgeous even with minimal makeup! Some people might be hating on the poncho-style throw here, and I get it. These aren’t for everyone. But for me, I love it. And the boots are so on point! Also…Baryshnikov! So handsome. I met his daughter once, and that was exciting, but I can say without hesitation that I would have preferred to meet HIM. Ha!

Next up…

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Charlene took the twins to a basketball game, and all three of them seemed to be having a good time. As much as I’m sure Charlene has all the help in the world that she could possibly want/need, it’s nice to see that she’s such a hands-on mom. The kids look adorable, Charlene looks comfortable and stylish, and it seems like it was a fun outing. Like I said, I just love these casual sightings, and I hope you enjoy them too. They are great distractions until the next big event!