June, 2010

Jun 10

Girls just wanna have fun!

official wedding couple.jpgCongratulations, Victoria and Daniel! I think I can safely say they gave good wedding.  And thanks to Hello’s website for making me feel like I was there.

Waving to the crowds from their horse-drawn carriage, followed by a meander down the river on an ornate gold-encrusted gondolier (sounds more glam than ‘barge’, don’t you think) and a gentle walk across green lawns to the cathedral, Victoria and Daniel’s arrival was the perfect beginning to a regal and romantic wedding day after eight years together.

I must admit to an initial slight sense of underwhelm-ment at the simplicity of Victoria’s dress, but then, it’s Sweden – land of the pared down, the natural fibre, the clean, simple design (just don’t mention Abba’s Eurovision outfits…it was a long time ago, after all). Was instantly in love, however, with the gorgeous gold and pearl cameo-topped crown Victoria wore (where can I get me one of those!) which looked beautiful with the delicate, scalloped-edge veil floating behind her. And Dan, refurbished like the Swedish Cathedral in which they wed, looked dashing and debonair.

I couldn’t help feel for poor Dan, though. While Victoria, unsurprisingly, took it all in her stride, Dan looked a little less relaxed – his expression seemed to veer from nervous to happy and back to nervous again. Yes, he’s had eight years to get used to the royal way of doing things, but he did sometimes look as though he was only just managing under all the pomp and ceremony of the day – and who’d blame him, really?!

Perhaps he could look to Queens Sofia of Spain and Beatrix of Netherlands for inspiration – had to chuckle on viewing the guest arrival video clip as these two ladies strolled down the blue carpet as nonchalantly as if they were taking a afternoon turn around the back yard in their trackie dacks – and adorable Beatrix’ absent-minded waving as she nattered away to Sofia. Now there’s your royal role models, Daniel!

wedding waltz.jpgAnd was that wolf-whistling from the esteemed guests I heard during the bridal waltz video clip? Not a custom at any wedding I’ve ever been to, but perhaps for those crazy royals it’s the done thing to wolf-whistle the happy couple during the wedding waltz. Which Victoria and Daniel performed very stoically. And visibly cheered up when the rellies joined in.

queenmargretheII.jpgRoyal Frock of the Event has to be a tie between Princess Mathilde of Belgium in delicious crushy pink, and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark in that gorgeous serene green. And that necklace…I want one of those as well!  Where is she in the Hello! Best Frock nominations?!!?  Along with her husband, Prince Henrik, adorned in his fluffy hat and festively-decorated uniform,they were a winning couple – apart from the bride and groom, of course.

Of the non-royals girls, my frock picks go to Charlene Wittstock and Tatiana Blatnik. Now, is that a coincidence or what! As we now know, they are both now poised to walk down the aisle

tatiana-nicolas---a.jpgthermselves – perhaps it was the glow of impending bride-dom that caught my attention as much as their stunning gowns….

Special mentions to Denmark’s Prince Frederick who must have rummaged through the dress-up box for the occasion…. still, it’s always good to buy a couple of sizes bigger – room to grow and all that. Also to Princess Mabel of the Netherland for her, er, interesting corporate ballet combo.

Yes, all in all, it’s been a fabulous dose of royal wedding….and now, more to come. Ahh, happy days…

Congratulations Victoria And Daniel – may you be happy together forever !

P.S. Just a note: may I say, time to lose the glasses, Dan. I think Clark Kent has well and truly left the building…

P.P.S.  Along with Princess Victoria’s historic wedding, Julia Gillard being appointed the first female Prime Minister of Australia has made this a week to remember! Strewth, think it’s time for a soothing glass of sav blanc – go, girls!


Jun 10

The foibles and fashions of the royals


sarah-home.jpgFergie, Fergie, Fergie….

I’ve been wondering what to say about this, because, really, such things should stay between the individuals involved. I mean, it’s bad enough that it happened, let alone that it became public… I can’t help but shake my head in disbelief at the whole debacle.

Sarah says she was drunk and desperate. Hmm, I think there’s a time limit on using that old excuse to explain away one’s indiscretions and bad behaviour. It might just wash for an over-excited 17-year-old who’s had too many rum and cokes down at the local disco (believe me, I know it), but not for her.

Fergie also says she was trying to help out a friend in need. But should she be helping out by essentially selling her ‘best friend’, as she refers to Prince Andrew? I think if my best friend tried to sell me – for whatever amount of money – I might just feel a little bit betrayed. They could at least have run it by me first.

Indeed, it has been reported that Fergie incurred all her business debts because of her over-generosity – paying acquaintance’s hospital bills and the like. Maybe her heart’s in the right place, but her head needs to have more of a say in her decision-making.

Perhaps Sarah’s path is not the one of ‘entrepreneurial businesswoman’ that she persists in following. Perhaps her true route lies somewhere else, and maybe it’s time to face that and stop trying to be something she isn’t. That’s got to be better than doing shonky business deals and publicly embarrassing the family. As Joan Cusack said to Melanie Griffith in the film Working Girl – for those of us who can remember that far back – “You know, sometimes I sing and dance around the apartment in my underwear. Doesn’t make me Madonna… never will”. Wise words indeed, Joan.

And so ends today’s lecture… hopefully happier days are ahead for Fergie and her family.

mary floral dress.jpgMeanwhile, I have to mention that sartorial superstar Princess Mary of Denmark – formerly Mary Donaldson of Tasmania, Australia. She has been causing a stir again with her fab sense of style. I’ve just gotta feel proud of Mary – we breed ‘em stylish down this way!


Speaking of style: I’m waiting avidly for Princess Victoria’s wedding dress reveal on June 19. Only nine more sleeps – from my end, anyway!

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