27 February 2017

Monday Tidbits for February 27: One Mermaid, Several Sparkles

A little bit of royalty, a little bit of celebrity, here to kick off your week right:

--More Swedish birthday pics, this time on the occasion of Princess Estelle's 5th birthday:
Both Photos: Anna-Lena Ahlström, The Royal Court, Sweden

--As the Japanese government figures out abdication for Emperor Akihito, Crown Prince Naruhito expressed his readiness to take the throne in a press conference marking his 57th birthday. [Japan Times]

--Over at the Jewel Vault, a double sapphire day ends with a rather chic lace dress for the Queen.

--I think the color of Queen Sofia's dress - worn to receive the Gold Medal of the Circulo del Liceo - would best be described as "mermaid". Her diamond and ruby pendant belonged to her mother, Queen Frederika. [YouTube]
House of HM the King

--And finally, let's have a little Oscar glam, because why not? My best dressed at the Oscars last night: Taraji P. Henson in Alberta Ferretti and one amazing diamond necklace. It's a little like Diana's famous navy velvet amped up SEVERAL notches for the red carpet, no?
On the jewel front, I'm giving nods to Ruth Negga for wearing a tiara made of oxidized 18-karat gold and Mozambique rubies, and Charlize Theron's amazing Chopard earrings (one 25-carat pear-shaped diamond, one 26-carat heart-shaped diamond. Phew!). Who were you loving on the Oscar red carpet? Here's a quick glance at a bunch of looks, if you're so inclined. [Zimbio, Pinterest, Instagram, Buzzfeed]

Tidbits is your spot for topics we haven't covered on the blog. Please mind the comment policy, and enjoy!

24 February 2017

Royal Outfits of the Day: February 24

Put on your biggest hats and your loudest jewelry, it's time for a Máxima update.

Queen Máxima opened an exhibition in Dordrecht on Saturday.
Ten bucks says she matched colors on purpose. On the jewelry front, she's managed to find the least obtrusive spot for a waist brooch - it takes a second glance to even notice there's a jewel there - which puts the focus on her repeated Ole Lynggaard earrings.
Ole Lynggaard Gipsy earrings

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima made a regional visit on Tuesday.
No need to be bothered if the dark clouds roll in when you've come equipped with a glow in the dark dress, see. I do love this color on her. I'm dubious as always about the coral wreath growing around her neck and ears, but the color can't be beat.

22 February 2017

Breaking Tiara News of the Day: Queen Letizia Wears La Buena

We interrupt your regularly scheduled Thursday tiara programming (and also our usual posting time schedule) for this important news flash:

The King and Queen of Spain welcomed the President and First Lady of Argentina to Spain for a state visit today, and hosted a state banquet in their honor.
CHECK. OUT. THAT. TIARA!!!!!!! Queen Letizia went all of 2016 without wearing a tiara, but she does wear tiaras at home when hosting state banquets, which gave her an opportunity to come back with a BANG  in 2017. The Fleur de Lys Tiara, known as La Buena, is the resident big gun diadem in the Spanish jewel vault. Made by Ansorena, it was a wedding present from King Alfonso XIII to Queen Victoria Eugenia in 1906. The fleur de lys symbol depicted in the tiara is a symbol of the House of Bourbon.

This is Letizia's first time wearing the Fleur de Lys Tiara; it was last seen in 2014 on Queen Sofia for the last state visit of King Juan Carlos' reign. It's among those jewels designated to pass from queen to queen per Queen Victoria Eugenia's will (the "joyas de pasar"). The large diamond earrings and hefty double diamond bracelets are also part of that group, and this is also Letizia's first time wearing those. When she goes big, she GOES BIG.

House of HM the King
The simple black Felipe Varela dress was really a master stroke here. Not only does Queen Letizia need to let those diamonds take center stage, she doesn't want to compete with the extra wide sash of Argentina's Order of the Liberator General San Martín. (Some sashes have skinnier versions for the ladies - like Spain's Order of Isabella the Catholic, worn here by first lady Juliana Awada - but this one apparently doesn't.)

Video: The gala banquet
I don't know about you, but I'm SWOONING. She totally carries off this enormous tiara. Regal to the max.

Man, this week is trying so hard to break my keyboard.

Royal Outfits of the Day: February 22

We don't always check in with the second day of a state visit - because, let's be honest, once the tiaras are done, so is my attention span - but in the case of Sweden/Canada Day 2, I have some Thoughts.

Princess Sofia attended the lunch on Day 2 of the state visit.
And those Thoughts are, in their entirety: NOOOOOOOOOO. The stripes and pleats might want to be a sporty tennis thing; the collar and lace are leaning down the Victorian widow path; that print wishes it was jazzy enough to be a Fresh Prince throwback. This dress just doesn't know what it wants to be when it grows up.
Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini Printed Twill And Lace Dress, h/t to Laura

The day's neck bow trend wasn't nearly over.
Princess Sofia attended the dinner on Day 2 of the state visit.
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I want to like this dress. I feel like I should be able to tap into the undying love I have for any sort of Elie Saab-ish embellished garment (right?!) - this version done by Ida Sjöstedt - I'm just not quite getting there.
Dress by Ida Sjöstedt
Ah, well. We'll always have the amethysts.

21 February 2017

Royal State Visit of the Day: February 21

The Swedish royal family welcomed Canada's Governor General for a state visit yesterday with the usual array of not-hats and tiaras, plus some surprises up their sleeves. Surprise #1 (which was not really a surprise because it was announced in advance, but work with me here): Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill stepped in for Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, who are on holiday with their family.

Click to enlarge. Photo: Kungahuset.se
For the arrival, Princess Madeleine repeated her perplexing Giambattista Valli dress (if I could just get past the feeling that she hastily slung her headphones around her neck when they interrupted her pre-event study session, I might be able to find the lovely floral dress beneath). Princess Sofia went simple in white and delivered Surprise #2: a version of the Ole Lynggaard gold brooch Crown Princess Mary wore to King Carl Gustaf's birthday dinner last year in her hair. It's definitely an improvement as a hat alternative instead of a tiara alternative (because nothing's preferable as a tiara alternative, duh).

And then there was Surprise #3: Queen Josephine's Amethyst Tiara on Princess Sofia!
More! Exclamation! Points!! Sofia's on a role: this is her third new pick from the family vault (and her fourth tiara overall), after giving us two different tiaras during the Nobel festivities. This has always been a tricky tiara to style because it has such a large circumference. It sits pretty high and is tilted pretty far back here to compensate, and I really do think it looks splendid on her. I'd probably find it splendid on anyone, but that's beside the point.

As if that weren't enough, Princess Madeleine delivered my other favorite colored stone tiara from the Swedish family, the Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara. She wore it with aquamarine and diamond earrings from her personal collection (the aquamarine stones can be swapped for pearl pendants).

Temperley London dress (h/t to Heaven)
She wore a new gown from Temperley London, with gathered sleeves and a cut out back. My mind immediately flashed back to Queen Silvia's sleeveless gown from the Nobel Prize ceremony in 1979, which made me wish that this one had ditched the sleeves too, at least for a gala occasion. They'd be great without the orders and stuff.

Kungahuset.se
Last but not least, the Pronger (a.k.a. the Nine Prong Tiara) was present and accounted for. I cannot see Queen Silvia's dress without remembering the glory of it paired with the Leuchtenberg Sapphires at the Nobel ceremony in 2012, but I've always been the greedy sort.

Check out a full gallery from the banquet here.