Throwback Thursday-Princess Mette-Marit in San Francisco

Yesterday was Crown Princess Mette-Marit’s 42nd birthday. So as a way of wishing her a belated ‘Happy Birthday’ I would like to dedicated this week’s Throwback Thursday to Mette-Marit’s pretty outfit that she wore on an official visit to my country a few years back. Take a look!

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In May of 2013 the Crown Prince and Princess of Norway made an official visit to the US. And On May 8th they stopped to take a tour of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. For the occasion Mette-Marit wore an ensemble that appears to be basic from a distance (a black skirt and white blouse) but when you study the details of this outfit you can really appreciate how pretty it is.

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First of all, I love how the black silk skirt has a simple and elegant bow detail on the front of the waist making it so that the wearer would need to tuck their blouse inside of the skirt so that people could see it. Some people wear their skirts resting on their hips but this skirt is meant to be worn a little higher resting right where Mette-Marit’s waist is. It’s subtly figure flattering and still modest since the hem of her skirt is at her knee. Very appropriate for a princess (or for business wear). I also like her simple white clutch.

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Check out this similarly flattering high waist black skirt by Poplin for $18 dollars. It would look great with a nice blouse tucked in like Mette-Marit.

Since this blouse has 3/4 sleeves it gives the princess a chance to show off some royal bling. I love jewelry so I am glad that I found a nice close-up picture of her pretty bracelet!

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But maybe one of the best parts of this particular outfit is Mette-Marit’s AWESOME shoes. They are gorgeous and really unique! They are pointed toe with a snake skin pattern with studs along the straps.

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The embroidery and sleeves on the blouse are really just so pretty. Overall I think this outfit is just a good representation of Mette-Marit’s style in general. She tends to wear neutral colors and seemingly simple outfits but upon closer inspection you can really see such pretty details in her clothes. She has great taste but tends to be more understated in her style. Sometimes you have to really study her outfits to fully appreciate them, which seems very appropriate considering she wore this outfit to visit an art museum and art is often the same way. Sometimes you have to look closely at a work of art to really see the full picture. I like that Mette-Marit is confident enough to wear minimal make-up in almost all of the picture I see of her, even on her wedding day. She seems very comfortable in her own skin and very natural. She has her own signature style that’s different and sets her apart from other royal women.

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I hoped you liked this week’s Throwback Thursday!

Cheers,

The Frugal Lady

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Top Five Ways to Dress Like a Princess- Part One

Hey Everyone! I really like to read top lists when I visit fashion blogs so I thought that should be one of my first posts on my new website. This top five list will just highlight some ways that you can become inspired by royal women to dress like a princess yourself. Whether you are looking for gift ideas or just want to treat yourself I think this is a fun little list with some cool ideas. In general, royal women tend to pair classic wardrobe pieces (like pearls and sensible wrap dresses) with added whimsical touches to show off their own unique personality (like Princess Diana’s polka dot clutch bag). You can do the same thing too but with less expensive pieces so you don’t go over budget. Here is a list of ten ideas to inspire you as you shop for fall. 🙂

#1 Accessorize with a cute bag

Check out this sweet picture of Princess Diana in the 80s. I love how her dress is blue with pink polka dots and she matched it with a pink bag with blue dots:

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Well, I saw some really cute Coach bags in my local mall with polka dots on them that reminded me of this purse, only as a more modern take of it. I love Coach bags and think that they last for a really long time and are a good quality. If you take care of them they can last for years. I like that this particular bag has a handle, since clutch purses may not be practical for daily use, and it still has those fun polka dots that makes it special:

#2 Wear Some Sparkles

This pretty green gown looks so lovely on Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. But it’s even better that she decided to wear sparkly shoes to match. Take a closer look at these pictures:

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And here are the shoes:

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So try adding a bit of sparkle to your next outfit. I  think it would be particularly appropriate during the holidays like Christmas or New Years since it is a festive and celebratory look. But then again it would look great at a cocktail party with a classic little black dress, too. These silver high heels by Nine West are really similar and I just love them. Click on the picture here to get a better look at the heel and what the shoe looks like from the side:

#3 Wear a Good Watch

Nowadays most people just use their cellphones to check the time. But there is something very classy and ladylike about a good watch. I personally think that the watch and perfume that a woman chooses says a lot about her personality. For example, take a look at Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway’s watch:

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I cannot be sure, but I think that Mette-Marit’s watch may be a solid gold Rolex. I don’t know about you, but that is a bit out of my budget. 🙂 Instead, I really love Anne Klein watches. This one also has Swarovski crystals surrounding the watch face which gives it an added bit of ‘bling.’ Take a look:

#4 Wear a Wrap/Sheath Dress

Every woman should have at least one wrap/sheath dress in her closet. They are universally flattering on basically every body type and age and depending on the color and pattern of the dress they can be worn all year long. The ruched style highlights the waist and gives the wearer an hourglass figure. Kate Middleton famously wore an Issa cobalt blue dress to match her sapphire engagement ring in her photo call to announce her engagement seen in this picture:

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The Issa dress sold out within a few days. Issa is one of Kate’s favorite “High Street” brands. However, the style of this dress is really very simple and classic and can be found elsewhere for far less. As a matter of fact, I found a very similar dress by Ralph Lauren (another of Kate’s favorite designers) on amazon.com. Here it is:

I really like the color and think that this dress would look pretty with sapphire earrings or maybe a string of pearls. You can finish the look with similar simple Steve Madden black pumps like Kate’s too:

Black pumps go with everything so it is a good purchase that can be used with mulptiple outfits all year long. 🙂

#5 Pearls!

Royal ladies looovvvee pearls. I particularly love these pearl earrings worn by Queen Mathilde of Belgium:

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I love pearls AND I love bows. So give me a pair of earrings with both pearls AND bows and I am a happy camper. 🙂 These may not be real diamonds but I’ll take them:

Or if you really wanted to treat yourself you could splurge on these 10k gold earrings:

With a necklace to match:

This set would make a lovely wedding present or just a great way to wear classic pearls with a little bit of a twist. What woman doesn’t like bows? 🙂

I hope that you have enjoyed my first top five list of ideas on how to dress like a princess. There will be more posts like this so please follow my blog and I will keep writing!

Cheers,

The Frugal Lady