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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