The glamorous world of Monte Carlo

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Mon Dieu…what is it about this city that makes us feel royal, beautiful, elegant and completely chic? Is it the glamorous sea coast? The million-dollar cars? The palace perched up on the hill? Or the world-famous casino? No, we think the answer is slightly less tangible than those things…the reason this city is so extraordinary is because of its history and its residents.


It was the Grimaldi family that really put Monaco on the map, first by becoming their rulers for hundreds of years and second because they stopped the normal heavy taxation of their people (the Casino was making so much money that the principality actually didn’t need tax payers anymore)…which came as a major relief to the residents and a much loved tax-haven for the rich. It soon became a favorite place amongst the wealthy and famous.
Of course, one cannot talk about the Grimaldi family without bringing up the marriage of Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly. It was a marriage that captivated both sides of the Atlantic…Hollywood royal turns into a real life Princess…it definitely had the makings of a fairytale. Princess Grace, with all her beauty, style, elegance was and is admired by many. Here are some pictures that we felt best captured her undeniably chic taste, her effortless style and the elegance in her ways.

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So beautiful, right? Perhaps that is why there is such an elegance in the air here in Monte Carlo. Everyday is enjoyable…whether you’re walking next to the coast, enjoying the sea or admiring the luxurious architecture…Monte Carlo has a beauty and a feel of its own.
Life is peaceful and relaxing…
But we mustn’t forget that sometimes in the slow and relaxed life of Monte Carlo, there is a time when things move just a little bit faster…that’s during the Formula 1 Grand Prix race. The city is turned into a racetrack and those lucky enough to secure a view watch the world’s best drivers take on the most beautiful course in the world. This all adds to the allure and exclusivity which is Monte Carlo.
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And of course, what royal family could pass up the opportunity to host and watch some of the world’s best tennis players battle it out for the Monte Carlo Rolex Open? It’s just another glamorous event that this tiny yet powerful city offers.
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So whether you’re heading to Monte Carlo for sightseeing, sailing, tennis cheering or racecar watching, here are our picks of the six things we think you should pack to make your trip extra “royal”…

For starters, we are loving these retro styled swimsuits…
Either one would look great while you’re reading poolside or enjoying a day out on the sea.
We love their glamorous detailing and although they’re quiet modest, we assure…they are very chic.
Vitamin A Retro Halter SwimsuitNorma Kamali Ruched Swimdress

Second, make sure you pack a pretty and classic day dress. We love these two options because they’re sweet, elegant and still young enough in their styling. Pair these with simple accessories and fun colored shoes (notice that both models have been dressed with red shoes). These are definitely Princess inspired lines and we love a dress that makes us feel as such.

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Next up we have a classic, everyday bag.
This is definitely our “splurge” item of the post but with styling like these, we have no doubt that either one of these bags will be in your closet for a long time to come. And we also love that although they are classic bags, they are certainly not boring. Lady like and elegant…but simple enough that they can be used everyday. Makes your lunch outfit that much more perfect.

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We can’t forget our sunglasses while visiting Monte Carlo. We think a pair of oversized shades will be just the thing to keep your look polished yet trendy. We love the Roberto Cavalli pair on the left and the Mango pair of the right…although their price is the biggest difference, they both have very similar lines and a glamorous appeal. Either choice will keep you looking fabulous for those walks on the boardwalk.

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Lastly, we think you definitely need to take at least one super chic, peplum dress.
We love these options because they’re sophisticated, glamorous and a bit sexy…
Pair these options with some bling accessories and you will be ready for a night out at Jimmy’z, the Casino or just dinner at Restaurant Joel Robuchon or Maya Bay. These styles are very much on trend while having a slight retro feel to them.

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Well, that’s it for this post, Ladies…we hope you love your trip to the beautiful Monte Carlo..and don’t forget that a true Princess is always classy, well-mannered and true to herself.
We have the late Princess Grace to thank for her examples.

Places to Visit:
1) Musee Oceanographie: Jacques Cousteau was the director of this fabulous museum for 30 years. Housing a spectacular aquarium and much history of the water life around Monte Carlo, this is a must see.
2) Monaco Cathedral: The location where Princess Grace and Prince Rainier married. It is also the final resting place for many Grimaldis, including Princess Grace. Her tomb is very touching and you definitely feel the love and respect that the Monegasque people had for her.
3) The Palais du Prince: Located in old Monaco-Ville, it is the residence of the royal family. If you see the flag flying over the palace, you know the Prince is in the residence. There is a changing of the guards that takes place daily at 11:55am so try to plan your visit to include this traditional ritual.

XOXO,
Martha

6 thoughts on “The glamorous world of Monte Carlo

  1. Hi Ladies!
    Thanks for the feedback!!
    Ivana, Dana and Tatjana…I totally agree with you guys…I think those retro suits are über chic…and in a classy sexy way.
    And yes, Monte Carlo is super elegant and beautiful…I have wonderful memories from there and it’s a place to put on your list to visit.
    Lisa, I am obsessed wih peplum,,,,it’s that whole retro fabulous look and for me, it’s my favorite type of dress right now. Glad you liked them!

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