Britain · Photoshops

What If Wednesday: Christmas Fun

A lot of people complain about “boring backdrops” when it comes to royal Christmas cards. “Too beige”, “too blah”, “too snooze-worthy”.

Obviously they have no idea what they’re talking about, as the following photos clearly show.

At the Grand Canyon. I can’t think of a better photo for a Christmas card.
Disney heroes.
Enjoying the holidays at The Happiest Place on Earth.
Checking out an alternative situation You know, since the witch is dead and all.
Observing a geological phenomenon
Visiting “Auntie Sophie”. Probably should have called first.
Good thing they didn’t try this after Louis was born. I think he would have thrown off the weight needed.
Who doesn’t love a visit to pre-historic times?
Watch out George! We all know how Pennywise loves himself a tasty Georgie!
You’d think Betty would have picked a less remote place for tea.

So again, I really don’t understand why these cards are considered boring.


What if Wednesday: Just a Wee Tweak

Sometimes all an outfit needs is a wee tweak (or ten) to make it just right. Let’s take a look at various modifications, both many and few.

Mette-Marit’s delft-inspired gown was a topic of much discussion at the Dutch inauguration in 2013. I liked it, (if I recall correctly), many did not, due to the claustrophobic vibe from the long sleeves and high collar. So I cropped out the sleeves and added a bit of waist definition to break up the pattern a bit.

I had so much fun doing that, that I threw caution to the wind and made many more modifications while I was at it. Short sleeves, short sleeves with white trim, short sleeves with belt, scoop neck, square neck… you’ll get the picture.

Moving on from M-M, we’ll revisit Queen Mathilde’s pink outfit from a visit to Paris in 2014. If memory serves, many were thinking there was far too much unrelieved pink, not to mention the GINORMOUS bow. So that got played with as well.

And removing the bow altogether, as well as using a fur collar, and a brooch.

Little, and some not so little, changes that can make a world of difference. What do you think? Do you prefer the originals, or do you like the tweaks? Let us know!

Luxembourg · Photoshops · Tiaras

What if Wednesday: Stephalux!

Congratulations to Stéphanie and Guillaume, who are expecting their first child in May, 2020! Let’s take a look at the Photoshops I have done featuring this lovely lady in celebration of the happy news. There are only a few, but they’re all tiara related, so that’s something, right?!

The Chrysoprase Tiara, circa 1835. The Victoria & Albert Museum.
The Barberini Sapphire Tiara
The Murat Tiara
And because everyone enjoyed it so much, the “redesigned” Lannoy Tiara.

What do you think? Can she pull off these heavier tiaras, or should she stick to light and airy? Let me know! And once again, huge congratulations to the entire Luxie crew!

Photoshops · Tiaras

What If Wednesday: Odds and Ends

Things I had floating around that didn’t really fit into their own category.

Caroline’s pearl tiara with emeralds.

I think this is a necklace that someone asked me to make a tiara out of.

Amethysts instead of emeralds.

Lilian’s tiara with an extra row in the middle. (I really hate the gap)

Again, amethysts instead of aquas.

Self explanatory. LOL

What do you think? As far as I’m concerned, I think I like the amethysts in those tiaras better than the original aquas. Please don’t kick me out of the group! LOL

Britain · Photoshops

What If Wednesday: Runway to Royalty

Let’s take a look at some of the more “extreme” runway fashions that I have “royaled up” over the years. Our subject for this post will be Kate, since McQueen is one of her go to designers, and they are very well known for their out there designs.

I’ve always thought these dresses would be great for her. The designs are several seasons old at this point, but we all know that she isn’t opposed to buying stuff and holding it in reserve for a while.

I’m not really sure this is her style as it’s a bit bold in its pattern. But I think a redesign along these lines would work for her. I opened up the neckline and lost the top “bar” in order to lighten things up. And of course added about a foot and a half of length. LOL

I’ve always liked this print. I de-poofed the sleeves and shortened them. Then I turned it into a sheath, keeping the belt to help it retain a bit of its original edge.

This is my favorite of the lot, and didn’t need much alteration at all. It reminds me a bit of the dress she wore to the reception in Poland a few years back. I just closed up the sheer bits on the skirt, gave it a solid belt, and closed up the gaps in the bodice.

With a little nip and tuck here, and some well placed length and lining there, just about any extreme runway look can be adapted for royal wear! What do you think?