Nobels Countdown – Princesses!

We’re almost there…can you feel it?

After reviewing our favorites from past years, and dressing Silvia and Victoria for this year; this week it’s Sofia and Maddie’s turn. So have some fun and let us know what you are dying to see our Princesses wear to both the Awards Ceremony on the 10th and the King’s Dinner on the 11th.

(News broke that Christina will not be attending the Ceremonies this year after I started writing this post. We will miss her)

Tiaras: This is hard, because these ladies wear them so well…but here we go. Sofia in the Cut Steel; she’s worn the smaller Cut Steel Bandeau well, so let’s see her take on the big guy.

Maddie in the Amethysts; and if you’ve seen her wear them, you get it.

Gowns: this is harder for me, as jewels are my thing…but I’ll give it a shot, at least color wise. Sofia looks gorgeous in green, so something in this color family would work.

Maddie has been going a bit pastel lately, I’d love to see her in a deep jewel tone.

Now it’s your turn. What would you like to see our Princesses shine in?


Battle of the Tiaras – It’s a Fringe Off!!!

The inspiration for the last few Defense of the Tiaras was the Sweden / South Korea State Dinner, held on June 14th. While Queen Silvia was radiant in the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Tiara, it was the tiaras of her daughters, and daughter-in-law, that prompted this series.

This week we are putting the fringe / fringe-adjacent tiaras of the Swedish princesses up against each other.

The Baden Fringe Tiara

See the history, discussion and vote totals here.

The Modern Fringe Tiara

See the history, discussion and vote totals here.

Princess Sofia’s Tiara

See the history, discussion and vote totals here.

So there it is…which royal tiara wins your heart?

Which of these fringes is your fave?

Random Royaling – Birthday Edition

Sunday was Crown Princess Victoria’s 42nd birthday. To celebrate the family followed tradition and started the morning at Solliden.

Later in the day they attended Victoria’s birthday concert.

Queen Silvia and Crown Princess Victoria wore traditional dress for this event, as per usual.

Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia, Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill were all in attendance at the concert.

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Not to worry…Bits and Bobs will return tomorrow!


In Defense of the Tiara – Sofia’s Wedding Tiara

This week we’re talking about the newest addition to the Swedish vaults – Princess Sofia’s Wedding Tiara.

I hear you…it’s not technically a fringe, but definitely fringe adjacent.

The History

Sofia Hellqvist received this tiara from her future in-laws on the occasion of her marriage to Prince Carl Philip of Sweden on June 13, 2015. It was reported that the tiara was originally a necklace which was a gift for Queen Silvia from a Thai prince. Sils sent the necklace to a Thai jeweler to be transformed into a tiara for her future daughter-in-law.

The tiara is a series of graduated palmette motifs, originally topped with pear shaped emeralds. Sofia, true to her new family’s jewel loving roots, she has been re-configuring her tiara since she received it. The first step was opening the base, so it sat more comfortably on her head. Then she removed the emeralds and wore the tiara without toppers, and then replaced the emeralds with pearls.

The Case for the Tiara

LiL: I’m going to jump in here with a like. I wasn’t sold on it at her wedding, or for it’s first appearance or two after, but since the adjustments? *chef’s kiss* I think it’s perfect for her. It also helps knowing that Sils spreads the tiara love, so she isn’t saddled with it for life, unlike poor Marie over there in Denmark appears to be with hers. I wonder if we’ll see any of the other princesses take it for a spin?

OC: I’m in the definitely not a fringe camp. Regardless, I don’t mind this tiara one bit, especially when it’s more fanned out. The pearls are my preferred version.

LG: I’m with LIL and OC on this one. The original was ok, but the way it perched on Sofia’s head was not great; I actually kept hoping it wouldn’t fall off during the wedding! The redesign though…right up my tiara loving alley. The more open design fits her much better, and being able to switch out the jewels on top, always a win!

The Handbag: I probably should work up an against comment since I am the last one in. I just…can’t. I don’t know if it’s the charm of its owner, or the message sent by her in laws with the gift, or the versatility of the piece itself, but I quite like it. Of course, it’s no wall. But it’s a pretty thing.

The Case against the Tiara


How do you feel about Sofia's Tiara?