Summer Trend: Azure Blue

Duchess of Cambridge, SportsAid Dinner

So one of the biggest trends I am seeing in stores and on the runway this summer is azure blue. The color can be found in everything from bags, jewelry, shoes, and clothing. It looks especially pretty as an accent color with white or yellow. For example, a nice white sundress or blouse with azure blue bag or jewelry. Many designers have incorporated the color into their collections. These are some of my favorite pieces that I have found online to put into a concise blog post as fashion inspiration. If you are packing for a summer vacation, considering splurging on some azure blue pieces for your wardrobe!

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, National Day

 

First, Coach has used the azure blue color in some of their bags this season. This bag is a solid blue example of the popular color.

 

Find it here:

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But my favorite summer Coach bag may be this this cheerful color block bag with the azure blue incorporated into its design along with bright pink, yellow, and white. It is a great statement piece.

Find it here:

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Speaking of summer vacations, if you are going to the beach this summer this Kate Spade bag is super cute. I like the unique seahorse pattern.

Find it here:

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Or, if you would like something a little bit more professional this Kate Spade bag would work with business casual dress code.

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=523095766&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

I am also loving this nautical theme, azure blue wrist watch. I always love a good watch.

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=521878282&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

Kate Spade also has some gorgeous azure blue/turquoise jewelry this season. These earrings are lovely.

Find them here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=522282607&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

I really love the floral statement necklaces that Kate Spade is known for. This one is so pretty and delicate.

Find it here:

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I also love long dangling earrings.

Find it here:

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I like this multi-strand necklace, too.

Find it here:

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And this cute dress.

Find it here:

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And finally, Kate Spade is doing a lot of ear crawlers this season. I like these blue ones.

Find them here:

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This Charles David pumps are currently on sale for 60% off.

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I also love this azure blue and white bohemian maxi dress by Dodo Bar Or. It would be perfect for hot summer BBQs or days on the beach.

Find it here:

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This dress by Roland Mouret is also lovely albeit for more formal occasions than a day at the beach.

See it here:

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If you would like to treat yourself to a Fendi bag, they have also been inspired by azure blue this season. This tote bag has Fendi’s signature ‘bag bug’ embroidered on the side. It’s big enough to fit a laptop inside.

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=513551405&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

This Zac Posen backpack bag has a sleek, modern design in the pretty blue shade that is so popular this season.

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=522883772&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And finally, for a more formal bag I love this beautiful embellished Emilio Pucci clutch.

Find it here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=518682456&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

I hope that you feel inspired by this blog post! Remember to like My Frugal Lady on Facebook for more articles and cool stuff.

Cheers!

The Frugal Lady

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Summer Earring Trends

Hello Ladies! I am feeling inspired by some of the cool earring trends I am seeing in the mall, online, and on my favorite celebrities and thought I would write a blog post about it. So here are some of my favorite earring trends and where to find them!

Crawlers/Ear Pins

So the first type of earring I would like to talk about is an ‘ear crawler’ sometimes known as an ‘ear pin’. On a recent trip to the mall I found some pretty floral Kate Spade earrings and I couldn’t stop thinking about them after I came home. You know when you fall in love with something in a store but don’t buy it so you come home and kick yourself afterwards? That’s what I did. It was only when I went home and searched for the earrings online that I realized they weren’t ordinary earrings, but ‘ear pins’. Meaning that they are made with a longer, pin like back that runs up the length of your ear. Here are two pictures of Emma Stone and Emma Watson wearing ear crawlers/ear pins to show you what I mean.

I absolutely love this trend. I think part of the reason why I like it is because I am too chicken to get my ears pierced more than once so these earrings allow you to experiment with the earring going up the length of your ear without actually having to go through the pain of getting your ears pierced again. LOL

Here are some of the Kate Spade ear pins from the Spring/Summer 2016 season. I love the feminine floral look of these.

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These are the same exact ear pins I found in the mall that inspired me to write this post. I love floral jewelry and I love how sparkly these are.

Find them here:

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Then these ear pins have pretty variegated gemstones.

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And I love this pink version!

Find them here:

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These pretty ear crawlers are by Sole Society and also have a floral design.

Find them here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=510434198&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

I like these ear pins with an arrow design by BCBG Max Azria. Plus, they are on sale for $19. Score!

Find them here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=505302569&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

These cool ear crawlers by Nadri are also on sale right now. They are 50% off. I like the multifaceted stones.

Find them here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=517938298&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

These ear crawlers have a similar semi-precious stone design, but they also have a cool hanging chain on either side. I think they’re pretty and they are also 50% off!

Find them here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=518605275&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

I also like this cute pair of ear crawlers that look kind of like peacock feathers. They are also by Nadri.

Find them here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=520750137&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And the last pair of ear crawlers I like are by Marchesa. I like pearls, and these ear crawlers offer a modern twist on a classic.

Find them here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=522637636&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

Ear Jackets

The next trend in earrings that I am really liking right now is ear jackets. There are many different styles and variations of this particular trend. Here are pictures of Jennifer Lawrence modeling ear jackets for Dior, and another picture of Jennifer Lopez showing off some ruby ear jackets on a red carpet.

I’m gonna start with Kate Spade again because I am really loving Kate Spade right now. As I previously mentioned, I love pearls. I also love lots of color and these ear jackets offer a little bit of both.

Find them here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=508598031&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And here are a similar pair in pink.

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These pearl ear jackets by Kate Spade are on sale. I like the star burst pattern.

Find them here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=502739672&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And I can’t get over how cute these ‘oopsie daisy’ ear jackets are.

Find them here:

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I also love these ‘bee happy’ ear jackets. Too cute!

Find them here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=520751021&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

These crystal ear jackets by Marchesa are simple and lovely.

Find them here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=522478134&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And these beautiful Marchesa ear jackets are in a lovely light blue. I like to call it “Cinderella blue” because it reminds me of the color of the dress that Cinderella wore in the Disney cartoon. It’s one of my favorite colors!

Find them here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=522637914&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

These ear jackets are little bit different from the others I have posted so far. They have a nice dangle to them. They are by Vince Camuto.

Find them here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=479073796&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And finally, I like these pretty ear jackets by Rebecca Minkoff. They are currently on sale for $20.

Find them here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=523245518&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

Mismatched

Another trend that I think is really fun is a mismatched look. This trend is straight out of the 80s. I like that it is fun and unexpected and that there are many different ways to engage with this particular trend. This is Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, one of my all time favorite royal ladies. I am a BIG fan. If you are not familiar with the Swedish royals, she is the sweetest person.

Victoria has a penchant for statement earrings. These pictures are from a few years ago when she was visiting a fashion exhibition in Sweden. I like that she was gutsy enough to wear mismatched earrings as royal women can be a bit conservative with their style, in general.

For this 80s inspired trend, I recommend Betsy Johnson who tends to love creating 80s inspired jewelry in general. She has some really cool mismatched earrings that remind me of Victoria’s. These are lovely with their purple and pink stones.

Find them here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=498365372&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

These are also from Betsey Johnson. I love the swan and feminine pink design.

Find them here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=523294409&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

Oscar de la Renta is also producing some jewelry incorporating a few different trends in one. This pair of earrings includes one small earring and one large ear pin giving it a fun mismatched look.

Find them here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=521962671&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

Or, if you would like to try something a little more understated, you could try this cute pair of earrings with a heart and an arrow by Kate Spade. Very romantic and sweet.

Find them here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=505878834&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

Just like the pair b y Oscar de la Renta, these earrings include one tiny stud and then a larger statement piece. However, this is an ear cuff, not an ear crawler. It is on sale for $19.90 by Express.

Find them here:

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Here are some other Betsey Johnson earrings in a different mismatched style.

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Colorful/Gemstone

And the last earring trend that I am really loving right now is colorful or gemstone earrings. I am going to use Princess Victoria for inspiration again. Firstly, there is this lovely picture of her wearing multi-colored, multi-faceted earrings. I believe that they may be Tiffany and Co, but I am not sure.

And most recently, Victoria posed for adorable newborn baby pictures with her son, Prince Oscar. I love the long gemstone earrings she wore to match the pale blue of her blouse and her son’s sweater. Just lovely.

These are a pair of faceted, multicolor earrings similar to the ones that Victoria wore in the first picture. These are from Tiffany and Co which is what leads me to believe that Victoria’s are as well.

Find them here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=519049057&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And here are a lookalike pair that I found that are significantly less expensive.

Find them here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=501495985&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

Are really love this gorgeous pair of Swarovski crystal earrings in all of the colors of the rainbow. They would go with any outfit!

Find them here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=518726261&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And this sweet pair of multicolored gemstone earrings is just $12.

Find them here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=509522823&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And these Betsey Johnson earrings are nice and colorful as well.

Find them here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=522404818&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

And these cute colorful earrings from JC Penney are on sale for only $9!

Find them here:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=515467148&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

That’s all folks! Hope you liked these earrings. Don’t forget to like My Frugal Lady on Facebook and subscribe to this blog for more neat stuff.

Cheers!

The Frugal Lady

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:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=474618180&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

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:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=504486444&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

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:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=480120036&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

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:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=517597790&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

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:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=517836923&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

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:

https://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=497738243&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

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

Princess Victoria’s Tassel Earrings

January tends to be a pretty slow month, fashion wise. I think maybe most royals tend to go on vacations to Mustique or Ibiza or someplace warm after the hectic Christmas season. I’m not sure, but royals seem to be in hiding right now. In addition to that, shops are either empty or full of leftover winter clearance items in order to make way for upcoming Spring collections. For my part, I have been visiting local shops and researching pre-Spring runway fashion on the internet to try and predict what this Spring has in store for us so I can plan my Spring fashion blog posts.

I am not sure which designer originally came up with the trend of tassel earrings, but I do know that Oscar de la Renta seems to be the one who popularized it. And it doesn’t look like this trend is going away any time soon with de la Renta’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection featuring lots of tassel earrings in a variety of colors. Pink, teal, white, and lots of other light, pastel colors perfect for Spring. As I looked through the collection I recalled seeing at least one of my favorite royal ladies wearing tassel earrings: Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. I think she is such a sweet person and very fashionable, too. After a bit of searching I managed to find the picture and it turns out that she was in fact wearing Oscar de la Renta earrings and she likes them so much she’s worn them at least twice. Behold! 🙂

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Princess Victoria Oscar de la Renta earrings

Credit: http://www.newmyroyals.com, Dinner for Members of Parliament, Oct 22 2014

I don’t normally like to rush out and buy ‘trendy’ items since many trends go in and out of fashion in a blink of an eye, but I really like the idea of tassel earrings. I think it’s cool. So I have decided that I will probably treat myself to a pair of tassel earrings this Spring. Here are some of the Oscar de la Renta earrings for Spring/Summer 2016.

See them here at Moda Operandi:

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But I especially like ones like these with some gem embellishment, it adds some extra bling.

Get them here:

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But the Oscar de la Renta earrings are on the expensive side, in my opinion. Which is totally great if you want to splurge. However, I found some more affordable alternatives that I also like.

These cool Madame Mathilde earrings are on sale for $71.

See them here:

http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=476942241&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

These earrings by the same company are the same price. I really like the bright colors. Perfect for Spring.

See them here:

http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=476942581&pid=uid9225-31713435-16

Lisi also makes some really cool earrings that are very similar in style to the Oscar de la Renta ones. These are $94.

Get them here:

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This gold pair is also $94.

Get them here:

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These BaubleBar earrings are also really pretty AND they are on sale for $38.

Get them here:

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And finally Clara has also made some really pretty earrings. I love the purple ones and they are really affordable for $36.

Get them here:

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They also make them in Navy and Emerald.

Get them here:

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So many options! It’s making me excited for Spring! 🙂

Cheers,

The Frugal Lady

Christmas Gift Ideas Part 2: Royal Ladies and Their Favorite Things

To help us all get into the holiday spirit, here is the second installment of “Christmas Gift Ideas” inspired by royal women’s favorite things. In case you are shopping for a lady this year and need some regal ideas. Or, you could be a lady yourself who wants to conveniently share this blog post with your family and friends as a not-so-subtly hint about what you may like to receive this Christmas. 😉

 

 

Princess Victoria Wedding day
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – JUNE 19: Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland, and her husband Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland, are seen after their wedding ceremony on June 19, 2010 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
  1. Princess Victoria of Sweden’s Cameos

First of all, like many ladies I am obsessed with jewelry. I received a beautiful gold cameo necklace surrounded by pearls as a Christmas gift when I was 17 and it is one of my favorite pieces of jewelry. So when Princess Victoria of Sweden married her longtime love, Daniel Westling, in 2010 I was surprised to see her wear a gorgeous cameo tiara on her wedding day. Each individual cameo on her tiara on surrounded by pearls just like my cameo necklace which made me feel pretty special that I had something that looked royal, too. 🙂

This particular cameo necklace has been a traditional wedding tiara for many Swedish royal brides including Victoria’s mother, Queen Silvia. Apparently, this tiara was actually a gift from Napoleon Bonaparte to Empress Josephine so it has a long and romantic history. There are earrings to match, which you can see both Victoria and Silvia wearing on their wedding days, along with a necklace that Silvia is wearing in the more recent picture.

 

 

I love cameos because they add a touch of old fashioned romance yet they never go out of style because they are classic, elegant, and regal. Most royal families throughout Europe have cameos in their jewelry collection so it is an appropriate gift for a lady that likes a more classic or vintage style.

Here are some pretty cameo earrings. They are sterling silver and created white sapphire on sale for $32. Picture is a link.


 

I also really like these cameo earrings with dangling pearls.

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They can be found via this link:

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Or, if you wanted to splurge, Dolce and Gabbana has made some great cameo jewelry this season including these gold-plated, faux pearl and resin clip earrings.

Dolce and Gabbana Cameo earrings

And you can find them here:

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And they have a matching necklace to go with it!

Dolce and Gabbana Cameo necklace

Find it here:

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I really, really love this beautiful Del Gatto carnelian pendant that can also be worn as a brooch. I like that the lady in the cameo has a little diamond necklace. So pretty.

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Get it here:

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2. Princess Diana’s Perfume

Like most women, Princess Diana experimented with many different perfumes throughout her life. But according to her former butler, Paul Burrell, Diana’s favorite perfume after her divorce was 24 Faubourg by Hermes. Here is the official description for the fragrance:

“A novel composed by Maurice Roucel in 1995, 24, Faubourg is an invitation to travel, with the sun as its destination. A sparkle of white flowers in the top notes, the radiance of a floral heart enveloped in irises, woods and mystery, while vanilla and ambergris set the tone for the sillage.”

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It would make a beautiful gift for anyone who loved Diana or for ladies who just enjoy elegant perfumes. You can find it here:

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3. The Duchess of Cambridge’s Favorite Makeup

According to numerous sources like Women’s Day, Kate really enjoys using Urban Decay’s ‘Naked’ eye shadow palette. And she’s not the only one. “Naked” by Urban Decay has long been a favorite go-to eyeshadow palette for many celebrities. The pigments are neutral but long lasting. And it has 12 different colors which leaves room for some experimentation. It’s a really great palette.

Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow

You can find it here:

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According to the makeup artist who helped Kate with her makeup for her wedding day, Kate really loves Bobbi Brown’s shimmer brick in “Bronze”. I love it too and have used it myself in the past. But I didn’t know at the time that it was a bronzer so I used it as eye shadow and it was a really pretty light, shimmer eye shadow. So it can be used as both. Bobbi Brown also makes some lighter, pink shades for their shimmer bricks that can be used as a contouring blush or as eye shadow.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Bronze

You can find the shimmer brick here:

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And finally, Kate loves Bobbi Brown’s “Crystal” gloss and wore it on her wedding day on top of her lipstick to give her lips some shine. One great tip that makeup artists have suggested when using this clear gloss is that you should use lip liner and lipstick as normal and the take this clear gloss and use it right in the middle of your lower lip to give the illusion of fuller lips. You can also use it all over your entire lips over lipstick as a way of toning bright or dark lipstick. Finally, this “Crystal” gloss can be worn by itself without any lipstick at all.

Bobbi Brown Crystal Gloss

You can get it here:

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4. Queen Elizabeth’s Lipstick

If you are looking for a good lipstick to go with Kate’s favorite clear gloss, according to an article by the Telegraph the Queen uses Clarins lipstick and has been seen applying it in public. She carries it with her in her handbag and will touch up her makeup in full view of photographers. See the article here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/queen-elizabeth-II/10987809/Whats-inside-the-Queens-1000-handbag.html

The lipstick that the Queen appears to be using is this one. She has always favored darker shades that flatter her fair skin.

Clarins

Find it here:

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5. Princess Mary’s Favorite Coat

And finally, I think that Crown Princess Mary of Denmark’s favorite Diane Von Furstenberg wool coat would make an excellent gift. Mary has such impeccable style and this coat has a great classic, simple silhouette that she has worn numerous times. Very chic.

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And lo and behold, I have found the same exact coat for sale for 25% off in black AND red! Score!

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Here it is in black:

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Diane Von Furstenberg red

And in fire engine red, which is a really great festive color for the holidays:

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I hope you have enjoyed the second part of the series dedicated to holiday gift ideas! 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 Victoria of Sweden

My next installment of ‘Fall Fashion’ will be about Princess Victoria of Sweden. I think she seems to be a very affectionate and loving woman and a really good mother. I just find her so likable and I think that she will make a great queen. I cried when I watched her wedding to Prince Daniel years ago because she just seems like such a warm person. I think her love story with Daniel is so romantic! She makes Sweden proud. 🙂

I have admired Victoria’s grace in her position (which must be very stressful) and how she handles her responsibilities as the future queen since I was a teenager. So I am excited to put together this blog post highlighting some of her recent outfits that she has worn during official events the past few fall seasons. I love seeing how women dress while they work and I think she is always very professional and put together.

Let’s start with this pretty skirt and blouse combo that Victoria wore last September to a seminar in Stockholm.

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I love the light blue lace skirt she is wearing here but I think my favorite thing about this outfit is the statement necklace. Here is a closer look.

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I think what I like most about it is the light orange flowers in the necklace. As I said in my first post on Fall Fashion featuring Princess Mary of Denmark, I think orange is a great fall color and it is really fashionable this year. Here is a pretty necklace I found in the same color scheme as Victoria’s plus it also has pretty pearls surrounding the flowers. You have to click on the picture and get a close-up view of it to fully appreciate the details of the necklace, but the smaller flowers that look like they are sparkly-gold are actually full of rhinestones. I just love it! It would look great with a lighter blouse like Victoria wears or even paired with a sweater. So cute! And it’s only $14.99! I want it! 🙂

The next outfit that I chose for this blog also comes from September of 2014. This time Victoria attended an awards ceremony for children.

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Again, I love how Victoria wears such pretty bold skirts. But I also really like the shoes she wears here. Here is a better picture of her shoes so you can see what I mean.

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I like the sexy, strap-y look of these high heels. I found a similar pair by Steve Madden at a reasonable price and I think they would look especially gorgeous with red painted toenails. They are a great way to show off a good pedicure.

Browsing through all of the pictures of Victoria’s past fashion choices I can’t help but feel that she really knows how to accessorize her outfits! In this picture she is once again wearing a great skirt (this time a sparkly, sequined number). But I am going to focus on her clutch because goodness knows I love a good handbag. And this one is Zebra print! How fun!

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After searching around I found this great Zebra clutch from Guess for $32. I really like it and think it would look good with lots of different outfits.

To prepare for fall I like to look at the coats that royal women wear since they have so many of them in so many colors. I already have a good black winter coat, a camel colored coat, and a red one for when I am feeling a bit adventurous. 🙂 But I really love the color of this coat that Victoria wore in November of 2009. It’s a pretty navy blue color. Navy blue is still a neutral color like black or brown that goes with pretty much everything yet it would make you stand out from the crowd since most people choose to wear black coats as soon as it gets cold outside.

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I like these two examples of good fall coats in a similar color to what Victoria wore. First there is this aptly named “Victoria” coat by BGSD for $99. It has large military style buttons and is very much in style right now. It reminds me of the navy blue Zara blazer that is one of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favorite pieces of clothing.


Here is a picture of Kate wearing her Zara blazer to show you what I mean!

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On the other hand, I also like this navy blue London Fog trench coat if you are looking for a different type of coat to add to your wardrobe. I think a trench coat is a staple item of clothing that every lady should have in her closet.


Last but not least I would like to show you an example of Victoria’s evening wear during the fall. Here she is attending the Polar Music Prize in August of 2014.

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Love how the dress has a classy, vintage 1950s vibe to it.

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I found this beautiful lace overlay Vera Wang gown that has a similar large white rose pattern against a simple cream backdrop. Nobody does lace quite like Vera Wang considering her expertise is in wedding dresses. So pretty!

I hope that you have had fun looking back on some of Princess Victoria’s fall fashion. Stay tuned for the next installment!

Cheers,

The Frugal Lady