Monday, April 4, 2011

A Wish List....inspired by Grace Kelly

Yes my friends, the rumours are true! Sky Blue Events / Prep School 101 is now live and we have joined them and the Entertaining House today in shouting it from the rooftops! Please take a moment to visit with them as all three of us take a closer look at the enduring style of Grace Kelly.

Grace Kelly, the iconic Hollywood ice princess, who in turn became a real princess, has always epitomized the classic east coast American style-understated elegance with just a dash of quiet sexiness to ease the frost off of the ice.

A style that has transcended time, her look is just as desirable today as it was in the days of 'Rear Window' and 'To Catch a Thief'. Her wardrobe staples (camel coats, pencil skirts, twin sets, starched blouses with the collars popped, loafers and capri pants) are timeless classics that would seem right at home in anyone's 21st century closet.

Grace Kelly knew that quality over quantity was always best and worked with a 'capsule wardrobe', a base of high quality, fabulous pieces always in constant circulation in her closet made stunning and chic by a bounty of accessories. Before her days as Her Royal Highness with a royal pocketbook, she understood how to add polish to her simple, elegant look by mastering the power of the re-invention when it came to her clothes.

Not afraid to be seen in something twice, her fans and the press were never the wiser on this subject due to her ability to transform a simple pair of denim capris and a sweater into something fresh with a new pair of sunglasses and a headscarf (preferably Hermes for the Princess). Simple jewellery like her favored strand of pearls and the famous Kelly bag were also key pieces that were in constant rotation in her wardrobe. To learn a little more about the iconic Kelly bag, hop over to the Entertaining House for a fab read!

While soft creams and pastels ruled her wardrobe with the occasional appearance of navy or dark brown, the basis of her colour choices centered around neutrals suited to her complexion, an easy road for any of us to follow. Like all other icons of style, she learned early on what worked for her and used it to her full advantage, a lesson we could all benefit from.

A wishlist inspired by .....

1. Dara Ettinger round faux studs - Charm & Chain
2. Faux pearl necklace - Charm & Chain
3. Belted coat - Warehouse
4. Vintage Hermes scarf
5. Fleurissimo - Creed
6. Dolce & Gabbana macrame dress - Browns
7. Vintage Hermes 'Kelly' bag - 1st Dibs
8. Camel check Burberry umbrella -
9. Matthew Williamson sunglasses - The Corner
10. Versace two toned patent leather pump -


James said...

Doesn't her beauty just take your breath away?

JMW said...

Grace Kelly was such a classic beauty. Her wedding gown was a work of art. I jumped over to Prep School 101 to read their post about her and couldn't believe the note about how Prince Ranier demanded a dowry. Really?? Different time, different culture.

Coryanne Ettiene | Housewife Bliss said...

You always have the best pictures darling.....I love the sailing one.

GimletMommy said...

What a beautiful piece!

merveilleux ... Je pense que c'est votre meilleur morceau jamais! J'aime particulièrement la photo de Grace sur son bateau avec Monaco en arrière-plan.

Maureen @ Modecor said...

Grace Kelly=Classic=Perennial.....I adore this look. Going upstairs now to purge my closet.

Silver Magpies said...

Grace Kelly is still as chic today is the moment that photo was taken. How many things have that kind of enduring power!

Kori said...

Gorgeous photos and wonderful list to go along with them. What a great post honey! Kori xoxo

Hannah said...

Love this post!

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Now... THAT is pretty!!
Have a pretty day!

Jerramy Fine said...

I love her (and her clothes) so much I can hardly breathe.

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

What a lovely post on the classically beautiful Grace Kelly! Love her look, her style ... the princess we all want to look like! xo

Champagne Macarons said...

Lovely post, Lily. I absolutely adore her and watching her movies, she was such a beauty.
I will visit the other sites now..
Wishing you a beautiful week! xoxo, B

style odyssey said...

what a lovely tribute to grace kelly's style.
she was class and beauty personified! i've always enjoyed watching her on screen. most of today's actresses don't even come close to being so chic as grace kelly.

Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

Gorgeous post. Everything you've picked is stunning! xx

Hannah from Maxwell Scott Bags said...

I love Grace Kelly's style, so classic and sophisticated! Your wish list is wonderful, some great items...and the hermes kelly handbag is, of course, the ultimate!