Worn in Week: Wrapping up the Year with Charlene!

So that's how Charlene ended her year:


She wore this black double face wool coat to attend a memorial for Nelson Mandela in Monte Carlo, visit children at the Red Cross Centre and visit the Princess Grace Hospital. The coat is a commercial piece of the fall 2013 collection from Dior. I'm not really sure about this coat, it looks so princessy and chic in some photos but too wide on the waist part in others!




Then it was the time for the annual gift distributing for children at the palace. Charlene repeated her 21st Century kilt that she first wore at the Hermitage Hotel. I've contacted Howie R Nicholsby, the director of 21st Century Kilts and he told me that it's a made to measure kilt designed especially for Princess Charlene in her family's tartan and is made of pure wool. Howie also told me that they do normal waist height kilts at any length for women all the time, including floor length, but the Princess's kilt stands out in having an empire waistline. So until now the design with the waistline is exclusively for the princess, but I'll keep you updated if it gets available.


What I didn't understand is how does Princess Charlene's family has a tartan? I'll ask Howie and tell you guys!


Then on another day, Charlene visited Collège Saint Charles wearing the same coat she wore to Mandela's memorial in South Africa. I LOVE how her hair is done in the pic.



Also, the Palace has released a new official picture of the couple. I like the jacket, but I'm not a fan of the neutral looks some people think royals should do in pics. I like SMILES! Plus, didn't official pictures usually include white ties and tiaras?!



Finally, The Prince and Princess of Monaco visited The Foyer Princesse Charlene. Charlene gave the Dior coat another outing!


Not a bad ending of a year, no? Although I wanted to see a tiara (and other things) in 2013, I'm still full of hope for next year!

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Photos: PalaisPrincier, NewMyRoyals, Zimbio

The Ultimate Royal New Year’s Shopping List!

Here's a thing about the last few days of each year: they're full of sales. And now as the Christmas sales are over and some items are marked up again, the New Year's sales shall start with new items on sale. So today I brought you a few copy-royals items that you can get with free shipping from MasterCard.


The first item is the Elie Tahari Kendra Ruffle-Front Coat. It reminds me of Princess Mette-Marit's Valentino coat which she most recently wore to the Christmas service in Norway.


The coat is described on NeimanMarcus.com as:
 Far from a utilitarian look, the Elie Tahari Kendra coat lingers on the romantic side as beautiful ruffles dance down the front.
  • Felt; golden hardware.
  • Stand collar; zip front adorn with ruffles
  • Long sleeves.
  • Ruffle front.
  • Front and back seams tailor silhouette.
  • Zip pockets at hip.
  • Hem hits mid-thigh.
  • Approx. 35"L from shoulder to hem.
  • Wool/polyester/viscose; polyester lining; dry clean.
  • Imported.

The Kendra is now marked down from $295 to less than half its price $146.

You can buy it from HERE.


The second item for today is this St. John Collection Couture Liquid Satin/Tweed Dress.


Once I saw it, I imagined Princess Letizia wearing it as she has similar dresses. I prefer this one though (I like bell sleeves). The dress is described as:
  • Liquid satin.
  • Beaded embellishment.
  • Keyhole neckline.
  • Long sleeves.
  • Tweed pencil skirt.
  • Hem hits at the knee.
  • Triacetate/polyester.
  • Made in USA of imported materials.
This dress, too is reduced to less than half its price and now retails for $627 instead of $1,395.

You can buy it from HERE.



The third item -to be honest- reminds me more of Blake Lively than of any royal, but I think it'd fit any royal that decides to rock it!



The Tory Burch Birdie Embroidered Shimmery Dress is described on Neiman Marcus as:
  • Shimmery and textured with embroidered front.
  • Boat neckline.
  • Sleeveless; moderate shoulder coverage.
  • Slim, fitted silhouette.
  • Back zip and vent.
  • Cotton/polyester/silk; polyester/spandex lining.
  • Imported.

The dress is now on sale for $700 instead of $1,395.

You can buy it from HERE


The final item from Neiman is a copyKate. This Catherine Deane Oceana Pleated Chiffon Gown resembles the Jenny Packham gown the Duchess of Cambridge wore to a gala at Kensington Palace.



Neiman Marcus describes the gown as:
  • Pleated chiffon.
  • Beaded short sleeves.
  • Twist detail at bodice.
  • Seamed waist.
  • A-line skirt.
  • Viscose.
  • Imported.

The dress is now marked down to $987 from $2,200. Don't you love New Year's deals?

You can buy it from HERE.


My last pick for the day is the Arabelle long dress in silk chiffon from JCrew.com. Doesn't it remind you of Charlotte Casiraghi's grey Elie Saab frock?
The dress is available exclusively on JCew's website. Here's what they say of it:


We're head over heels for this strapless dress in our floaty, lightweight crinkled silk chiffon. It features a sweetheart neckline with Grecian-inspired draping, pretty ruching along the sides and a delicately pleated waist. For extra support, we added boning at the sides and elastic along the bodice, so you can dance the night away. Perfect for weddings, birthdays and holiday fêtes, it's destined to capture compliments.
  • Fitted bodice.
  • A-line silhouette.
  • Falls to floor, 64" from high point of bodice (based off size 6).
  • Silk chiffon.
  • Back zip.
  • Lined.
  • Dry clean.
  • Import.
 The gown is available in many colors starting from $259 to $365.


You can buy it from HERE.


Remember that MasterCard holders should use the code MCSHOP in order to get the free shipping.

What's on your list for the New Year's shopping?


Photos: Neimanmarcus.com, Jcrew.coma

Steal The Royal Style: Charlene for Christmas!



So today I brought you some great pieces from Neiman Marcus that would make you channel your inner Charlene of Monaco! Thanks to MasterCard, now you can order all these pieces with free delivery.


My first pick is this Akris Zip-Front Wool Peplum Pencil Dress. Princess Charlene wore it in beige to receive Ban Ki Moon in Monaco earlier this year.



The dress retails for USD 2450 and is described at Neimanmarcus.com as:


  • Double-faced wool blend.
  • Split round neckline with teardrop detail.
  • Sleeveless; split, zip shoulder straps.
  • Zip front meets ruffled peplum waist.
  • Pencil skirt falls above the knee.
  • Wool/polyamide.
  • Silk/spandex lining.
  • Made in Switzerland.


 You can buy it from HERE




The second pick is the Stella McCartney Wave Colorblock Long Sheath Dress. Charlene wore the exact same dress this summer to attend the Finales of the Monaco Petanque Masters 2013.




The dress is now on sale, marked down to USD 596 instead of 795, a good deal, me thinks. It's described as:


Graphic colorblocking transforms this Stella McCartney sheath with contemporary, curvaceous edge.
  • Two-tone compact jersey creates wavy colorblocking.
  • Contrast trim at round neckline, arm holes; sleeveless.
  • Hidden back zip.
  • Formfitting; hem falls below knee.
  • Viscose/polyamide/spandex.0
  • Made in Italy.


You can buy it from HERE.



My third pick is a stable in Charlene's wardrobe and -in my opinion- a must have for everyone. The Jimmy Choo Vikki Pumps are now on sale, marked down from USD 595 to 398.


 Neiman Marcus describes the pumps as:


With a cleanly structured silhouette shaped in supple suede, the Jimmy Choo Vikki is the quintessential pump—perfect for the office, cocktails, and everything in between.
  • Suede upper.
  • Low-dipped vamp elongates the leg.
  • Almond toe.
  • Hidden 1/5" platform.
  • 4" covered heel.
  • Leather lining and sole.
  • "Vikki" is made in Italy.


Buy them from HERE.



The final item for today isn't something that Charlene has worn, but something that's so Charlene-esque. This LBD from Diane von Furstenberg would be an absolute asset in your wardrobe as you can mix and match pieces with it to make infinite different outfits.




The dress retails for USD 135 and is described as:


Perfect for classic or customized styling, this Diane von Furstenberg dress features a basic black hue and a clean, curve-hugging silhouette.
  • Smooth stretch knit.
  • Round neckline.
  • Half sleeves.
  • Fitted through hip; slim pencil skirt.
  • Hem hits just above the knee.
  • Pullover style.
  • Cotton/viscose/spandex.
  • Imported.


You can buy it from HERE.


Just remember that MasterCard cardholders simply need to enter the code MCSHOP when they checkout at participating merchants including: Jcrew.com (includes free delivery and a 15% discount), gilt.com, garnethill.com and truereligionbrandjeans.com 





Photos: Neimanmarcus.com, MasterCard


Worn in Week: Princess Charlene's Winter Looks!

So here's a recap of what Charlene has worn while I was drastically sick.


On December 22, they attended the 50th anniversary of JFK's death in Dallas. Charlene wore her Burberry coat, her knee-length boots and the pearl stud earrings.


On December 1, they attended a gala at the Hermitage Hotel. Charlene wore a sleeveless black dress with A LOT of beads, but Albert wins the best dressed for the night IMO.

UPDATE: It's not a dress, it's an Akris top and a tartan kilt by 21st Century Kilts.



On December 2, Charlene attended the opening of the Munchkins Club in Monaco. I love the jacket and I absolutely love the scarf and how she wore it (although something tells me it's just the lining of the jacket). Couldn't ID any of them, though.



 On the 3rd, she attended the Soweto Gospel Choir concert in Monte Carlo. She wore the same dress she wore for the Peace and Sport Gala a few weeks earlier. The dress is Dior. You can watch the choir singing the South African Antheme for Charlene below (yes the dress is backless!)









On the 5th, Her Serene Highness inaugurated the first Starbucks in Monaco. For those who didn't follow Charlene before her marriage, this was one of her goals along with a Stella McCartney and a Manolo Blahnik Boutiques.


For the event, Charlene von Monaco wore what seems to be a wrap dress in grey and a grey coat on top of it. In the beginning I thought it was the same coat she wore last year but upon closer inspection i realized it's not. therefor, my be for this outfit is Akris. Nude Jimmy Choo pumps completed the look.



After that, Charlene gave an interview to journalist Cyril Viguier whose documentary about her will be broadcast next week.


Charlene wore a beige Akris dress and her Jimmy Choo Vikki pumps.



Finally, Princess Charlene of Monaco attended the memorial service of Nelson Mandela in South Africa. She was also supposed to attend his funeral but couldn't because of weather difficulties. I don't know much about this outfit, but I know that this pearl necklace wasn't seen since the 2011 visit to Ireland. She sported a nice bag, too.




What do you think of Charlene's outfits? Which is your favorite?

P.S: Stay tuned this week for A LOT of Christmas fun!

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Photos: newmyroyals, Palais Princier, Zimbio, royaldish

The Royal MasterCard!

As the year is ending, it's time -for me at least- to start shopping. But you know what's better than online stores having sales? Them delivering for free!


 
Recently I've joined MasterCard and Borderfree initiative which is set to enable customers in selected countries (including Egypt, KSA, United Arab Emirates, Australia, China, Korea, South Africa, Hong Kong and Singapore) to enjoy the sales season for the Christmas and New Year period with no delivery charges at top online stores.

 

What got me really excited are the shops participating in this initiative; J.Crew, Gilt, Garnet Hill, Neiman Marcus (can you think of all the Akris dresses Princess Charlene wore that are available there?) Intermix, True Religion Brand Jeans, Lane Bryant, Vision Direct, PGA Tour Superstore, CHEFS Catalog. The offer for MasterCard holders includes exclusive, discounted prices, free returns and free shipping.



So over this month and until the New Year, I’ll be updating you with all the Steal The Royal Style deals that we can get from these stores with free delivery and returns thanks to MasterCard and Borderfree. I’ll also show you some of my purchases. You know I’ve been craving velvet pants like Prince Frederik’s since last year!




If you’re a MasterCard holder and you wish to redeem free shipping and special offers, you simply need to enter the code MCSHOP when you checkout at one of the participating merchants.


Charlene and Akris Celebrate Monaco's Fete Nationale!

Two things made the celebrations of the Fete Nationale in Monaco this year exceptional; weirdness and cuteness!
Firstly there was a storm that cancelled a lot of events, then we knew that the Grimaldi Forum was chosen for the opera soiree instead of the Opera Garnier, the usual choice, and finally very few photos were taken of the gala. Weird, no?


The events started on the 18th of November when Prince Albert Charlene visited the Red Cross headquarters in Monte Carlo for the Red Cross gifts distribution.


For the event, Princess Charlene wore an "ecru wool double-face suit with front peplum jacket with leather trim covered zip closure and slim pants". Charlene paired the suit with her Jimmy Choo Vikki pumps and her pearl stud earrings. I like this look, it's appropriate for the occasion and works well on her. I like that the pants aren't too tight, too.


That afternoon, Prince Albert, Princess Caroline, Princess Stephanie and Princess Charlene attended the unveiling of the new statue of Prince Rainier. The statue is the work of  artist Kees Verkade who has done more than one statue for the Grimaldis before.


All suited in black, I adore Caroline for wearing a hat, I also like that Charlene went for flats. The Akris cape made another appearance.


The next day was the time for the festivities starting at the Cathedrale Notre-Dame-Immaculee de Monaco (or simply, Saint Nicholas Cathedral).


The outfit for the most important official event in the Monegaque calendar was -naturally- the responsibility of Akris. Inspired by the Summer 2014 collection, Akris created this "navy wave jacquard lamé and wool double-face asymmetrical coat accessorized with a blue felt capeline hat and a black Akris clutch in horsehair". It's rare when Charlene wears a hat or black hosiery, although both work on her. Her shoes are probably Jimmy Choo.


Caroline opted for a grey, black and white Chanel suit and a large hat. She looked great, and I like that she added green gloves for colour.

Stephanie wore a beige/powder pink coat with black flats and a scrunchie!

Tatiana attended the mass too, wearing a black outfit, pic HERE.


Charlene took the hat off for the balcony appearance, the pearl studs made another appearance!


For the gala, Only Albert, Charlene, Caroline and Pierre showed up at the Grimaldi Forum.


Charlene wore a "long black velvet dévoré shirt dress with an Akris Ai belt."



On top of it, Char wore a mink cape (also by Akris) and a black satin Akris Alice purse. I really love the opera gloves. I think she wore the waterfall earring by Graff.


Princess caroline wore a blue velvet gown (is velvet becoming trendy again?) with brown fur (YAY!) and her Boucheron 18th birthday set.


Looking cute accepting flowers.

Speaking of cuteness...




It surely is not the most glamorous Fete Nationale in recent years, but by far the happiest! Next time tiaras, PLEASE!


What do you think of the outfits of the two C's for the day?


Photos: Palais Princier, Zimbio, Akris, PurePeople, Graff

Princess Charlene's Jewelry in NY, Plus Steal Her Style

So as you know Charlene was back to the Big Apple last month for Princess Grace Awards. Since all events were heavily covered, there's no need to discuss the outfits. But before we take a look at the jewelry, I just wanted to let you that you can buy this dress.


The Ralph Lauren Collection dress retails for a whooping $14,000 on their website and is described as:
This romantic Italian-made silk georgette gown is designed with a beautifully fitted crisscross bodice. an alluring open back and narrow pleats that create fluid motion down to the floor.

Charlene wore what looked like her engagement ring and her thin diamond bracelet that night.

For the exclusive showing of To Catch a Thief, Charlene wore this bracelet.


It looks a bit like the Van Cleef and Arpels cuff she wore before, but it's not. I guess it's by Graff, I guess it's this bracelet here from the 2013 collection. (The Palace didn't comment).


But the Palace commented on this!

The bracelet(s) and awesome ring are by Graff. Charlene seems to love yellow diamonds and Graff has been giving yellow diamonds attention for a couple of years. I think she was wearing this ring on the left.


Finally, Charlene arrived at the luncheon wearing Akris and her pearl earrings, but later she changed to this.
Alex Soldier has been designing the Award for the Princess Grace Awards for 5 years. This year Maria Soldier, the executive director of Alex Soldier, attended the luncheon at Daniel restaurant and presented the princess with these earrings. The earrings are made of white gold and encrusted with diamonds. They also feature pear shaped blue topaz stones. Maria said the stones were chosen to compliment the princess's eyes. What a nice gift to receive!


What do you think of Princess Charlene's jewelry for the visit?
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Worn in Week: Charlene and the Unknown!

The title says it all, nothing is known about any of the outfits the princess wore this week (they're actually two weeks but anyway)!

On the 10th of October, Charlene and Albert flew to Siena, Italy to attend a gala for Prince Albert's foundation.


The gala followed an exhibition by Monaco's artist Marcos Marin pictured above with the royal couple along with Italian star, Paolo Stella.


Paolo shared that Charlene's dress was bordeaux. A later pic with the staff proved him right, Charlene paired the dress with -odd- grey pumps and a new pair of earrings. The designer of the dress is unknown but it might be Akris given the shape of its back.



Charlene and Albert were seen the next day leaving the hotel. (Char in that black skirt suit)



on October 12, the prince and princess of Monaco were in Agadir for the Star Team for children gala.


 All we know about this dress is that it's backless (and not Akris).


Finally, on the 15th of October and back to Monaco, Charlene inaugurated the Month of Italian Culture exhibition wearing this outfit.


There were other photos shared by the Italian embassy but they were taken down later (I wonder if the Palace requested that). Anyway, Char paired the skirt and top (not Akris) with her nude Jimmy Choo pumps and her engagement ring. i'm not keen on the flat hair!

In the other photos you could see this:


Yup, A portrait of the princess, wait for a post about that!


The couple are now in the US again, we'll talk about this next week!



Photos: Facebook.com, PalaisPrincier