How to Dress Like a Princess for Prom for $100

Prom season is almost upon us, which means many young ladies will be searching for the perfect prom dress. Unfortunately, I never went to a prom myself. But if I had I would have probably looked to European royal ladies for inspiration. I think we all would like to look like a princess for a day, but most of us do not necessarily have a royal budget. So here are some of my favorite royal ladies wearing their best gowns along with a guide for where to find similar gowns for much less. Whether you are going to a prom, a formal wedding, or a romantic date every woman deserves to look and feel like a princess. 🙂

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

By now, most people who follow the British royal family will be familiar with Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge’s love of lace. This Alice Temperley black lace overlay dress has been one of her favorites for years. Here she is wearing the gown at the Natural History Museum in London in December of 2013.

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And here is a close-up of the lace details on her dress.

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This particular Temperley gown is no longer available although when it was available it probably sold for about $8,000-$9,000. However, I have found a gorgeous lookalike dress by Miusol for under $100. It comes in sizes small to 3X and you could get the black version that looks exactly like Kate’s or a red version for something a little different. It also has amazing reviews.

Miusol Women’s Floral Lace 2/3 Sleeves Long Bridesmaid Maxi Dress, Black, Large

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands

On April 30, 2013, Crown Princess Maxima became Queen Consort Maxima of the Netherlands when her husband, Willem-Alexander, was inaugurated as king. For King Willem-Alexander’s inauguration, Maxima wore a gorgeous cobalt blue gown and matching cape by Dutch designer Jan Taminiau.

Here is a look at the gown without the cape.

I love this color and the lace overlay detailing of the bodice and sleeves. Maxima’s gown was custom made for her, so there is no way to really put a price tag on it. But this pretty gown looks similar to Maxima’s iconic inauguration gown and it is under $100.

Sizes 2 through 16 can be found via this link:

Babyonlinedress Navy Blue Long Prom Lace Dresses Evening Gowns with Sequins

Crown Princess Victoria

Princess Victoria of Sweden is one of my favorite royal ladies. I think she is going to be an amazing queen. I also think she is very fashionable. I think this look is one of Victoria’s best. She is wearing a gown by Pronovias and a hair accessory by Jenny Packham, one of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favorite designers. The gown is an unusual color, it can appear teal or green depending on the lighting in the photo.

But I especially like the lace detailing on the neckline of this gown. It makes the sweetheart neckline seem a little more modest but still youthful.

And the hair accessory is so great. It looks regal, but not as formal as a tiara.

Here is a pretty green lookalike gown for under $100. I think it’s very elegant.

Find it here for under $100 in sizes up to a 16. It has multiple color options as well.

Ever Pretty Womens Empire Waist Open Back Formal Black Tie Dress 16 US Green

If you would like to wear a pretty hair comb to accessorize I like this one at Nordstrom.

Find it here:

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden

Princess Madeleine, who happens to be Victoria’s little sister, has also worn some pretty amazing gowns. I guess style must run in the family, and it helps that she is married to a billionaire. 😉 Here is Madeleine wearing a gorgeous Elie Saab gown. It has a retro 1940s feel with some amazing beaded work throughout the gown. This is a couture piece and probably cost about $8,000-$10,000.

Princess Madeleine

When it comes to reasonably priced beaded gowns, I think that Adrianna Papell is the best way to go. This beautiful gown is on sale right now. It goes up to a size 14.

Find it here:

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And this Adrianna Papell gown looks a lot like Madeleine’s gown as well. It is also on sale and is available up to size 14.

Find it here:

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Princess Beatrice of York

Some ladies may prefer wearing a shorter dress for a school dance. I personally love this gorgeous Nicholas Oakwell couture white organza dress that Princess Beatrice wore to a Serpentine Gallery party. It has a lovely princess-y 1950s vibe. If you have ever watched West Side Story, you’ll know that Natalie Wood’s character, Maria, originally objected to wearing a white dress to a dance. But when she realized that probably no one else would be wearing white, she changed her mind because she knew that she would be the only one in a white dress so she would stand out more. So maybe white would be the right way to go if you want to make a bit of a fashion statement?

I also like the way that Beatrice styled her makeup with this dress. The red lipstick with subtle eye makeup completes the retro look.

Here is a pretty dress from ASOS that reminds me of Beatrice’s. It’s only $114 and is available in limited sizes.

Find it here:

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The same company also makes some pretty dresses in plus sizes. This dress is similar to Beatrice’s and it is available up to a size 20.

Find it for $116 here:

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Princess Sofia of Sweden

Next, we have Princess Sofia of Sweden. Like Kate Middleton, Sofia was also born a commoner. She was lucky enough to find an Orlando Bloom lookalike who just so happened to be a prince. 🙂 She marred Prince Carl-Phillip last year. Carl-Phillip and Sofia are expecting their first baby any day now.

I like the raspberry color of this gown that Sofia wore at the Nobel Peace Prize banquet in 2014.

I think that this lace dress from Modcloth is a similar color. Very feminine.

It is available in sizes 2-10 here:

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The same company makes a similar dress in a 3/4 sleeve version available in sizes 8-20.

It is available on sale for $87 here:

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Queen Mathilde of Belgium and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

Speaking of Princess Sofia, at Sofia’s wedding to Carl-Phillip last year two very fashionable royal women showed up to the wedding ceremony wearing the same color. This pretty, icy light blue was also worn by the Queen Mother and Princess Diana on multiple occasions. Maybe because it photographs well? Or maybe it is because this is the color that Cinderella is associated with? Whatever the case, this color seems to be universally flattering on ladies with various hair colors and skin tones.

This dress comes in a ‘sky blue’ color that is reminiscent of the gowns that both Mathilde and Mary wore to Sofia’s wedding last year. It comes in sizes 2-18.

Find it here on sale for $89:

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I hope that these royal ladies inspire you when shopping for your prom or special occasion dress. Don’t forget to ‘like’ My Frugal Lady on Facebook! 🙂

Cheers!

The Frugal Lady

Christmas Gift Ideas Part 3: Royal Children and Their Favorite Things

In celebration of the holiday season, I have put together a little list of some of the favorite clothes and toys of royal children from around the world to help inspire any of my readers who may be shopping for little princes and princesses themselves. I don’t have children of my own yet, but who doesn’t love to look at little kids’ clothes and toys? They’re adorable! 🙂 Enjoy!

  1. Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge’s Clothes

Since Prince George was just an infant, his mum, the Duchess of Cambridge, has made it clear that Rachel Riley’s clothes are her favorite choice in children’s fashion. Here is a collection of some Rachel Riley clothes that are available right now that are either exactly what George and Charlotte have worn or similar.

Prince George Sailor

Prince George wore a cute pair of Rachel Riley sailor dungarees on his very first royal tour to Australia with his parents. The dungarees are currently available in two colors in limited sizes. This light blue:

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Which can be found here:

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And the same dark blue pair that George wore.

Sailboat Shortalls

It can be found here:

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When George was a little baby he would often wear onesies like this one:

Anchor infant

Which can be found here:

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Princess Charlotte white

Unfortunately, we have only seen two official portraits of Princess Charlotte. One was the day of her christening, and the other was when she was first brought home from the hospital. Here is a similar all white baby outfit that I think is really cute.

Rachel Riley dress and bloomers

You can see it here:

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George has been photographed wearing lots of cardigans like this one which I love. The little dogs on it are really cute and the red color would be great for the holidays.

Scotty dog

See it here:

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Obviously we do not know what Charlotte will be wearing for her very first Christmas but if I can make a prediction I would say that something like this little sweater would be a safe bet. It has been reported that Kate will not dress Charlotte in a dress until she is one year old, which is a royal tradition. I like the little deer on this sweater. They are not specifically Santa’s reindeer but I think it kind of looks that way.

Bambi

Get it here:

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However, if Kate changes her mind there are lots of really cute Rachel Riley dresses available. And if you wanted to get your little princess one here is a nice selection. This pretty blue dress has cute smocking on the front.

blue dress

Get it here:

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I like this navy blue dress as well. It would look cute with white bows in a little girl’s hair.

6 year old blue dress

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This velvet trim tweed skating coat is for older little girls but I can imagine Charlotte wearing this in the next year or two. Princess Estelle of Sweden wears pretty little coats like this all the time. It has a bit of a classic, Victorian feel to it. Very pretty.

 

Rachel Riley coat

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This little girl’s sparkle tulle dress is so sweet and delicate.

Sparkle dress

Get it here.

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I also love this blue dress and little white hearts.

Rachel Riley heart dress

See it here:

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This is another pretty little outfit I would love to see Charlotte wear. It has a cute bunny pattern and small polka dots.

Polka dot bunny dress

Get it here:

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Prince George Soldiers Sweater

For a photo shoot last year, Prince George wore a sweater vest by Rachel Riley with a cute little soldier pattern on it. That sweater does not seem to be available anymore. However, Rachel Riley did make a pair of dungarees with a similar pattern.

Soldier

You can find them here:

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Rachel Riley has a beautiful red tartan dress available this season. This is the type of dress I hope to see on Charlotte as she grows older. I think all little girls have worn a tartan dress during the holidays at some point in their lives so it seems to be a fashion right of passage.

Tartan

Find it here:

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And finally, although there is no way for us to know what kind of pajamas George will be wearing on Christmas morning I like these British soldier patterned Rachel Riley pjs. It seems like something Kate would dress George in.

Rachel Riley toy soldiers pajamas

Find them here:

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2. Queen Elizabeth’s Doll Pram

When it comes to toys, I have found some inspiration in museum exhibits, since Royals tend to use the same types of toys for generations within their family. Royalty is all about maintaining tradition, after all. In particular, I discovered some heartwarming pictures of a little display of Queen Elizabeth II’s dolls. You can see a curator arranging the display in the picture below.

Queen Elizabeth's Dolls and Pram

The dolls are beautiful. But I especially love the little traditional English pram that Elizabeth used for her dolls. You can see the little Princess Elizabeth using the tiny wicker doll pram in the picture below.

Queen Elizabeth with Pram

Considering how traditional Prince William and Kate seem to be I have no doubt that when it comes the time to purchase big kid toys for Princess Charlotte the will probably buy her a pram to go with her dolls. Doll prams can be in the thousands of dollars, almost as much as real baby prams as a matter of fact, but I have managed to find some really sweet and affordable doll prams for under $100 each. Starting with this sweet pink doll pram from Pottery Barn website.

doll-pram-stroller-c pottery barn

Find it here:

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I also love this pink pram that is a 3 in 1 doll pram, carrier, and stroller for $59.99. Really cute and fun.

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See it here:

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And although a lot of little girls will probably love the pink options I found, the most traditional or ‘authentic’ choice would probably be this navy blue version since most royal prams have been navy blue for many generations.

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Find it here:

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For Princess Charlotte’s christening the little princess was strolled to the christening in the same pram that Queen Elizabeth used for two of her sons. You can see it is a dark navy blue like the toy I linked to above.

Princess Charlotte's Christening

And here is another cute dark blue options. But this one is a nice compromise because it has pink trim and what looks like a little diaper bag. I really like the swirly handles on this one. It looks like fun! And the best part is it’s just $49.99, making it the least expensive one I found.

Hauck Doll Victorian Pram

Get it online only here:

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I kept help but finish this section of the article with one of my favorite pictures of Diana, Princess of Wales as a child in her pram. It was probably used in the Spencer family for years. It looks like an antique. I can’t think of anything more representative of British royal childhood than this.

Princess Diana Pram

3. Danish Julekalender ( Yule Calendar) and gavekalender (Gift Calendar)

The Danish royal family-and Danish people in general- have picked up on the German tradition of advent calendars, or Yule Calendars as they are called in Denmark. The most popular being Gift Calendars, advent calendars with little drawers or boxes with room for 24 little presents. The presents are normally little candies or chocolate but some boxes are big enough for a tiny yo-yo or, ball, or really little stuffed animal. If you buy a good quality advent calendar they can be used for many years and many are so pretty they became an essential element in your Christmas decorations. I just bought a brand new wooden German advent calendar this year and I plan on putting it out every year as a new tradition.

Danish Christmas

Queen Margrethe of Denmark decorating her Yule tree.

Here are some really pretty gift calendars that I like. Some of the really collectible ones by places like Erzgbirge Palace can be $700 be these are much more affordable. The first one is in the shape of a Christmas tree and the individual boxes are deep enough for a nice sized treat each day.

Neiman Marcus Advent Calander

Find it here:

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This wooden advent calendar has a really pretty fireside scene on it. I like the fact that it has little boxes inside that are long enough for candy canes.

fireside-advent-calendar-byers-choice

Find it here:

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And last but not least, this advent calendar is special because it’s actually musical so each day when you open a new door it plays a song. What kid wouldn’t love that?

Byers' Choice St. Nick's Toy Shoppe Musical Advent Calendar

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4. Norwegian Sweaters

Like other Scandinavian royal families, the Norwegian royals know a thing or two about keeping warm during the winter. But more than any other realm, Norway has a reputation for having iconic knitwear. The Norwegian royals have often been seen wearing “Dale of Norway” sweaters and hats and I found a few nifty examples.

Norwegian Christmas

This pink child’s sweater has the traditional Norwegian pattern knitted on the front. It is by Dale of Norway, which is a company that specializes in authentic hand knitted Norwegian designs. It can be really expensive but I found a few kids’ sweaters on Zappos.com that are more affordable. This one also comes in a few other colors like red and black.

Dale of Norway Pink

Find it here:

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And here is another sweater in black and white. I like that it has a traditional, folk pattern and color neckline. Very stylish.

Dale of Norway black and white

See it here:

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Dale of Norway also makes some really neat hats. Here are a few examples. This one comes in black with a white pattern (as you can see in the picture) but you can also choose to buy one that is white with the pattern in black.

Dale of Norway Garmisch Hat

Find it here:

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This example is navy blue and white. It’s a traditional knitted pattern that Dale of Norway has been making since the 1950s.

Dale of Norway Cortina 1956 Hat

Get it here:

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And one final example. I like that the hats are unisex designs. Princess Mette-Marit loves hats like these.

Dale of Norway Rondane Hat

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I hope that all of my fellow American have a great Thanksgiving tomorrow and that everyone travels safely!

Cheers!

The Frugal Lady

Christmas Gift Ideas Part 1: Royal Ladies and Their Favorite Things

Now that Halloween is over and we are preparing for Thanksgiving here in the US stores have begun to switch over to Christmas decorations. And no matter what holiday you may celebrate this season, it’s a pretty busy time of the year for shopping for your loved ones. So if you have any ladies in your life (or if you are a lady yourself) here is the first installment of a series of posts on royal women’s favorite things. You can use this as inspiration when shopping for the ladies in your life OR share this post with your friends and family as a gentle hint that you may have your eyes on one of these cool royal favorites. 😉

1. Crown Princess Mary of Denmark’s skincare:

Princess Mary Orange Dress

As a royal watcher and blogger I have been admiring Princess Mary’s pretty porcelain skin for about ten years. Since I also have super fair skin I have been curious to learn more about what products Mary uses but it has been difficult for me to figure it out up until now. Thanks to some research in royal forums I found some articles in Danish that a kind royal watcher and native Dane translated in the forum. It said that a Danish skin cosmetician named Ole Henrikson-who is a skin consultant to Hollywood stars as he lives in the United States- gave an interview stating that Princess Mary is a fan of his “3 Little Wonders” skincare kit. It is described as “A three-step daily regimen developed for an effective, easy, and healthy skincare routine to treat all major skin concerns.” I found a nice starter kit that would make a great gift!

3 Little Wonders

Find it here on sale for $72. It’s normally $110.:

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2. Princess Grace’s Wedding Perfume

Grace Kelly Wedding

Fleurissimo by Creed is a perfume I have been dying to try for years since it is famously used by many royal women including Queen Elizabeth II. Creed-a perfume house that has been frequented by royalty since the Victorian era-was commissioned by the House of Grimaldi to create a special perfume specifically for Grace Kelly’s wedding day in 1956. Fleurissimo was the result. It is a floral scent that smells like a wedding bouquet. As a matter of fact, Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece reportedly sprayed some onto her wedding bouquet itself to make it more fragrant. The perfume is described as a “sumptuous floral fragrance whose notes include bergamot, tuberose, Bulgarian Rose, violet, Florentine iris and ambergris.” It is glamorous and elegant, just like Princess Grace herself. I think it would make a lovely gift for anyone who wants to smell like a princess.

You can find it at Neiman Marcus for $350 via the link below:

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Or at Amazon.com, where it is significantly less expensive (picture is a link):

3. Kate’s Favorite Boots

Ever since she was a student at St. Andrews University Kate Middleton has loved her boots. Now that she is HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, that love has not seemed to wane. Although Kate has several designers that she goes to when she shops for her boots, it seems that Stuart Weitzman is one of her favorites. Here is a picture of Kate from a few years back wearing some ankle boots by Weitzman.

Kate Weitzman ankle boots

And here are two popular pairs of Weitzman ankle boots this season that look just like something Kate would wear. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see her wearing these soon.

Zipzipzip

Stuart Weitzman “Zipzipzip” Suede Ankle Bootie:

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Sidearm Bootie

Weitzman Sidearm Ankle-Buckle Bootie:

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Kate especially loves knee high boots. I have a theory that they are one of the few pieces of clothing that she can wear that makes her feel a little bit edgy while still maintaining the fashion standards of a member of the royal family. These boots tend to be on the expensive side but I managed to find some that are on sale. Here are two examples of Kate in Weitzman knee high boots.

Kate Weitzman boots

Kate's Weitzman boots

These “Reserve” boots are almost exactly like what Kate is wearing with the blue coat.

Reserve

Weitzman Reserve Stretch Suede Boot:

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The “Mixitup” boots are also like what she has worn. Angelina Jolie loves these boots, too.

Mixitup

Weitzman “Mixitup” Boots at 40% off!!!

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This one has more of a heel in case you are feeling in the mood for a good high heeled boot.

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Weitzman’s “The Lowjack Boot”:

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The boots in the picture of Kate with her wearing a brown hat are an earlier version of these “Benefit” boots. This season they made the heel a little spikier so they are a little sexier.

Benefit

Weitzman “Benefit” Suede Boots at 49% off!!!!

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4. Queen Elizabeth’s Hairbrush

We know very little about what products the Queen likes to use. However, it has been reported in many sources that the Queen has been a longtime user of Kent Hairbrushes. A quintessentially British brand that most of us Americans have never heard of, these high quality brushes are used by lots of hairdressers in the UK. But Queen Elizabeth quite famously prefers to style her own hair. You can see Annie Leibovitz mention that when the Queen sat for a portrait for her.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 16: Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she is congratulated on the news of Prince Williams engagement to Kate Middleton during a reception for Leaders of the Overseas Territories at Windsor Castle on November 16, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Lewis Whyld - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Here are some examples of the Kent hairbrushes.

Kent Ladies’ Spiral Bristle Brush LBR1:

LBR1

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Ladies Real Bristles Hair Brush LS9D:

LS9D

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Ladies Oval Hairbrush LC22:

Ladies Oval

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5. Princess Diana’s Vanity Set

The final royal favorite thing that I will discuss in this post will be a product that I can stand behind as I have had it myself for about ten years now. I have loved Princess Diana since I was a little girl, even though she passed away when I was only seven years old so I barely remember her. When I was a teenager my grandmother wanted to get me something really special for Christmas so she found out that Diana was reported to enjoy using Lady Primrose’s vanity set in “Necture,” a sweet floral scent with jasmine, apple blossoms, fresh mint, and lily as the main notes.

Princess Diana

Below is what the beautiful set looks like. Diana used Lady Primrose body creme (the round jar) and the dusting powder to set the creme. What makes this set special is that the silver lid of the body creme can be engraved. My grandmother engraved my nickname on mine. Then when you are finished with the creme you can order a refill. The glass shaker for the dusting powder also can be refilled. This is a beautiful set that is meant to be displayed on your vanity with your prettiest perfume bottles. It’s timeless and I cherish mine.

Lady Primrose

I recommend buying the Lady Primrose body cream in “Necture”, the scent Diana is reported to have loved especially when she was in her 20s and still married. I have terrible migraines so many perfumes are too much for me but I never have a problem with this creme. You rub it into your forearms, neck, and decolletage.

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After you apply the creme you use the dusting silk to set the creme. Not only does it smell nice as a subtle perfume but it also makes your skin really soft.

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You pour some of the dusting silk onto the large matching brush. Then you brush it onto your skin. Women have been doing this for many years and I am sure you have watched period movies where a lady will do this while sitting at her vanity.

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To finish the gift I would recommend getting a tray to place the pieces in. This is the clear glass oval Lady Primrose tray.

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But I have a silver one and really like it. I think it looks very Victorian and I love that. Plus I think it matches the silver lid of the jar.

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I hope you have enjoyed the first installment of my special Christmas Gift Ideas blog series.

Cheers!

The Frugal Lady

Royal Maternity Fashion

I have never been pregnant yet myself. But I love babies, and I personally think women are really beautiful when they are pregnant. There is just something about seeing a pregnant woman that makes me smile. Maternity fashion has come a long way over the past 30 years or so. Historically speaking, there was a time when royal women were never depicted pregnant in royal portraits because it was considered bad luck. Even when Princess Mary of Denmark was pregnant just a few years ago her official royal portrait was not shown to the public until she delivered her baby safely. But long gone are the days when royal women were hidden away from the public while they were in the later stages of pregnancy. And while many royal women up to the early 20th century were not photographed showing a ‘baby bump’ things have changed dramatically. From Queen Elizabeth II and Grace Kelly in the 1950s to Princess Diana in the 80s and, most recently, Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge and the currently pregnant Princess Victoria of Sweden. Maternity fashion has become much more, well, fashionable. It used to be that women wore what looked like large potato sacks. But now maternity fashion is just as pretty as any other clothing. This blog post is inspired by the recent announcement of Princess Victoria of Sweden’s pregnancy. So while I will include some vintage or retro photos of royals from the past I will primarily focus on recent royal pregnancy fashion and what brands and designers royal women shop with when they are expecting.

Fashion Flashbacks

One of the most iconic pregnant royal women is Princess Grace. Here is a cool picture of her shopping at a maternity boutique in Paris, Tout Pour La Future Maman. 

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And here is a sweet picture of Grace and her prince cuddling while she was pregnant with her first baby, Princess Caroline. Grace and Ranier did not know each other well before they married and only met each other in person a few times before their engagement but reportedly one of the first things that the Prince of Monaco said to Grace when they had a private date together is that he thought she would look beautiful pregnant. How romantic!

But the most famous image of Grace is this one. She used a large Hermes bag to cover her baby bump and ever since it has been known as the “Kelly Bag.” People can go on a wait list for years to get one.

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Here are some pictures of Queen Silvia of Sweden when she was pregnant. They’re pretty rare!

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And Queen Sonja of Norway.

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Pictures of Queen Elizabeth II of Britain pregnant are very rare as well. She tended to prefer really large, over sized coats to hide her ump completely. Very unlike the more fitted maternity wear in fashion today.

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I have read that Princess Diana didn’t particularly like wearing maternity clothes and it is claimed that she said that wearing maternity wear made her feel like she was ‘wearing a circus tent’.

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Current Maternity Wear

Now that we have looked at some maternity wear from the past let’s see how some royal ladies dress their baby bumps in recent years.

First, the Duchess of Cambridge. Here is a picture of Kate wearing Jojo Maman Bebe, one of her favorite maternity labels, on a visit to the Downton Abbey set when she was pregnant with Princess Charlotte.

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And I found the same coat!!!!! It is called the “princess” coat appropriately enough and you can get it here for about $100 depending on the size. It’s in a pretty winter white that Kate seems to favor.


But if you would like something darker as a fall coat this Jojo Maman coat in black is in a very similar, simple style.

But I personally like this eggplant color for fall. It’s such a pretty jewel tone.

Seraphine maternity dress

For this first family photo taken after Prince George was born Kate wore a maternity/breastfeeding dress by Seraphine. I found the same one! It’s called “Jolene” and can be found here for $90. It does have short sleeves, though and is in a lighter, brighter Spring/Summer color.


But Seraphine also makes the same style dress with long sleeves for fall. I like this one in a deep rose shade.

This one in purple.

And this faux wrap dress in a cool polka dot pattern.

Now, Princess Victoria recently announced her second pregnancy which makes me really, really happy. I love Princess Victoria and think her little girl, Princess Estelle, is just the cutest thing ever. For one of her first public appearances after announcing her pregnancy she wore this evening gown by Adrianna Papell even though it is not technically a maternity gown.

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And here is a very similar Adrianna Papell gown. I love the square beaded pattern on the dress. It reminds me of something from the 1920s.

This Jojo Maman warp dress is for women who are pregnant OR nursing. It’s the type of dress that royal women like Kate, Victoria, and Princess Mary of Denmark like to wear after the give birth because it makes breast feeding easier.

Many articles also say that royal women like Kate like nursing tops like this one by Jojo Maman. It’s very simple and functional.

While this top is more like something Princess Mary has enjoyed wearing during her three pregnancies.

Kate and Victoria like to wear these Seraphine ‘overbelly’ maternity tights especially under the wrap dresses I have listed here.


Princess Mary of Denmark is such a stylish royal. She loves to wear ponchos whether or not she is pregnant. They happen to be fashionable this year and I think they would be great for pregnant ladies. Here are some pictures of her wearing ponchos.
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Here is a pretty poncho in winter white from Seraphine.

And I really like this sweater poncho. Plaid is really in this season and this poncho is only $24! It isn’t a maternity poncho but it could work for that for sure.


This beautiful dress looks just like something Princess Mary would wear. It is definitely her style. Very elegant.

Princess Mary also really likes wearing maxi dresses when she is pregnant or even when she is not. Since I am only 5 feet tall I have never been able to pull off a maxi dress but apparently they are really popular with pregnant ladies because of how comfortable they are.

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Princess Mary Free People Maxi Dress

In the picture above Mary is wearing a bohemian Free People maxi dress. Here is something similar in maternity wear from  Pink Blush for $40.

Or if you would like something simple here is a maxi dress from Seraphine. It can also be used when breastfeeding.


On the other hand, Princess Mette-Marit of Norway likes a really simple, understated style. Kind of like Carolyn Basset in the 1990s. This 4 in 1 sweater from Jojo Maman looks like something she would wear. It comes in gray and navy.

And this top that is also from Jojo Maman is in great navy blue stripes, a favorite of Mette-Marit’s. I imagine that these sweaters would look great with jeans.

I hope that you have enjoyed this post!
Cheers!
The Frugal Lady

Fall Fashion-Princess Mary of Denmark

Hey Guys,

Now that we are in the second week of August, stores are stocked up with fall fashion. Where I live it is so hot everyday it is really difficult to even imagine wearing a sweater or a coat, but August is the time to start planning your fall wardrobe! For some inspiration I have decided to start writing a series of posts called “Fall Fashion” with each post focusing on a different royal lady. I am going to look at Crown Princess Mary of Denmark first because she is one of my all time favorite fashionable royals.

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I just absolutely LOVE this coat that Mary wore in September of 2010 during an official visit to Germany. Here is another picture that gives a better, close up few of the coat (she was visiting a zoo in Germany and got to feed penguins):

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 If you are like me you probably already have at least one black, brown, or neutral coat that you have worn for a couple of years in a row, but most people are afraid to buy a coat with a pattern on it. I say if you already have your neutral coat it’s fun to experiment with a coat that has a pattern or embroidery on it. Unfortunately I do not know who designed this coat, but I love that it has a pattern on it that almost looks like an illustration from a fairy tale, very appropriate for a princess. I especially like how she accessorized with gray shoes and a clutch bag that matches part of the design in the coat along with the red hair piece for a bit of color. She also seems to be wearing large black pearl earrings.

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I really like this look that Mary is modeling in the picture above. Some people say you shouldn’t wear white after Labor Day but I really like winter white. I especially like how this coat is belted and how Mary paired it with a really simple brown jersey dress. Very elegant.

Next I would like to talk about this simple outfit that Mary wore on an official trip to Canada last year. It’s a classic long sleeve white blouse with a black skirt.  Very simple and chic.

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But what I really love about this outfit is her shoes. Check out a close up pic:

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This must be one of Mary’s favorite pairs of shoes because I noticed her wearing them on multiple occasions including Princess Isabella’s first day of school.

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I think that Mary’s may be Jimmy Choo. Here are some similar  (less expensive) shoes by Anne Klein.

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This burnt orange dress that Mary wore in October a few years ago is such a perfect color for fall. I have seen this color in stores a lot lately so I think that it will be really fashionable this season. In general, royal women from around the world tend to favor bright or bold colors, not just black or white, so that they stand out more in a crowd so that people can see them easier. Bold colors also photograph better and Princess Mary had a career in public relations before becoming a princess so she is very aware of how she presents herself in public. She is always so poised and articulate when she speaks. She’s one of my favorite royal princesses. 🙂 Here are some clothes I found that are all in this same bold orange color like the one Mary wore above.
First, If you are looking for a business casual look, I found this white floral print Julian Taylor dress. This dress is nice because it has that great orange color like Mary’s dress, plus it is between $24-$58 (depending on what size you choose) so it’s pretty affordable. I also think it’s great that the dress comes in sizes 6-16. It has a cute bow on the front, too. If you click this picture you should see a cool 3D model that twirls around so you can see all angles of the dress, pretty nifty when you are shopping online.

Here is another pretty business casual dress. This time I chose it because it is a ‘petite’ size. I am only 5ft tall so I appreciate any designer who remembers to include us petite ladies when designing their clothes. This dress is Anne Klein and it has an amazing white fall leaf pattern on it that I really like. Very appropriate for fall. And if you wore it in the office or for a job interview you can put a white cardigan over it, too.

And finally, there is this tulip sleeve dress dress by London times in US sizes 14 to 22. I really like the sleeves. It has a retro 1960s feel to it.

Or you could maybe experiment with a skirt like this one by BCBG Max Azria. It’s one of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favorite designers.

And finally there is this evening look from November of last year when the Crown Princes and Princess of Denmark attended the Bambi awards.

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Princess Mary looks so gorgeous in this dress! I have not read it for sure but I think I recognize this dress as an Elie Saab. Very expensive couture. Most Elie Saab eveing gowns costs about $7,000 (or more). Saab is a favorite designer of Stephanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg as well. But I think I am probably the most in love with her gorgeous chandelier earrings. Sooo sparkly…

Here is a sparkly beaded navy blue Adriana Papell cap sleave evening gown in a similar style.

I hope that you have enjoyed taking a look at some of Princess Mary’s fall looks and that it inspired you as you shop. Have fun! 🙂

Cheers!

The Frugal Lady

Royal Children’s Back to School Fashion-Part One

Have you ever wondered how royal children from around the world dress for the first day of school? Right about now stores will be full of busy parents and kids shopping for back to school clothes. In honor of the hustle and bustle of the new school year, I wanted to write a post that showed off royal back to school fashion from various European royal houses. Enjoy!

Firstly, let’s look at this sweet picture of Princess Leonor giving her daddy a kiss on her first day of school in 2008. Her mom and dad are King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain, so that means that this cute little girl is going to grow up to be the queen of Spain.

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She may be a little princess, but Leonor is just like any other little girl on her first day of school. Take a look at her bright pink backpack. I imagine that she probably picked it out herself.

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Like many royal children, the royal princesses of Spain have to wear uniforms to school so the only way they can express their style is through their backpacks. One year later, Leonor’s little sister, Princess Sofia, chose a bright blue Hello Kitty rolling backpack/mini suitcase. Sofia’s a girl after my own heart. I always loved Hello Kitty when I was little. Too cute!

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I know they are for kids but I am tempted to get one for myself. 🙂 This one has a matching lunchbox!


Then, we have the Belgian royal children. And there are quite a few of them to talk about. Here is a picture of Prince Gabriel, Prince Emmanuel, and Princess Elisabeth (left to right) on their first day of school in 2008:

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I like how they coordinated the kids’ outfits to match one each other. Here is the family on another first day of school in 2011, this time Princess Eleonore joined them as well:

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I have a feeling that Princess Elisabeth is going to grow up to be a very fashionable princess. As the years go by she seems to be taking more interest in her clothing. She has inherited her mom’s love of bright colors like pink, orange, and mint green. She is 13 years old now, and by the time she is 16 I think she will really blossom. Take a look at her first day of school in 2013:

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After searching for a while I found the same shoes she is wearing in the picture, they are Kenneth Cole Reaction and can be found here:

And here is a picture of her from her first day of school last year. I really think this outfit is such a sweet and age appropriate way for a 12 year old to dress. I especially love the scarf. I wish all 12 year old girls dressed like this:

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I am not sure who designed Princess Elisabeth’s scarf, but there is a cool company called Krisp (based in London, England) that makes pretty accessories for girls and women. They have scarves in bright colors in a style that is similar to what Elisabeth wears. This scarf that I am sharing a link for is my favorite. I really like the tie dye look it has plus the tassels, and the pastel colors remind me of Elisabeth’s scarf:

Then, we have the Norwegian royal children. Princess Ingrid Alexandra in 2010:

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And with her brother, Prince Sverre Magnus, on his first day of school in 2011:

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As you can see Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway tends to favor a minimalist style of dress and neutral colors. I think that she also prefers to dress her children in this way. Out of all of the royal brides, she had the most simple and understated wedding gown with no lace, beads, or embellishments. So Mette-Marit has decided to dress her children simply as well in keeping with her taste. It looks to me like she probably dresses her kids in something similar to Gap Kids. Take a look at some of these ideas as an example:

And maybe Tommy Hilfiger for kids too:

I think that Mette-Marit probably likes Nautica as well:

Next we have the Danish royal family. Here is Prince Christian on his first day of nursery school in 2007:

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He is so adorable and looks so little in this picture. You can also see that Princess Mary is pregnant with Christian’s little sister. I think his shoes are very cute. They look like leather Oxfords. Here is a pair similar to what Christian wore. Again, these are Kenneth Cole Reaction, just like Princess Elisabeth of Belgium:

Here is a more recent picture of Christian from his first day of school in 2011:

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And here is a picture of his little sister, Princess Isabella, on her first day in 2013:

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Christian and Isabella have younger siblings as well, the twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine seen here in a photocall this year on July 25:

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Judging from Princess Isabella’s mischievous face in the picture above it looks to me like Princess Mary and Prince Frederick have their hands full. 🙂

All little princesses should have cute Mary Janes like these, also by Kenneth Cole Reaction:

And a pretty dress like the one Princess Josephine is wearing to go with it, This dress is by Nautica:

And prince Vincent looks adorable in his plaid shirt kind of like this one from Gap kids:

Finally, I would like to end this post with some pictures of the Dutch royal family. Take a look at Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander’s adorable kids in 2009. I love Princess Alexia’s denim dress:

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I like this denim dress with white embroidery on the bottom by Bonnie Jean:

And here they are again in 2011. It is so sweet how the girls hold hands. And their bow head bands are adorable, too:

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I don’t have kids myself yet. But if I ever have a girl I am going to get her a million bows, one for every outfit. Kind of like these whimsical interchangeable headbands. They look like fun! 🙂

Thanks for reading my blog post everyone! Please follow my blog if you enjoyed it. There are more royal kids from different countries that I will talk about in the next part of this series and I will publish part 2 soon.

Update! Find Part 2 Here:

https://myfrugallady.com/2015/08/09/royal-childrens-back-to-school-fashion-part-two/

Cheers!
The Frugal Lady