December is off to a fantastic start with new royal engagements and lots of holiday cheer ahead. I can’t wait to see what Kate and Meghan will be wearing on Christmas Day!
With the holiday season officially in full swing, all of us seem to be crazy busy. I definitely get overwhelmed in December, and so this year I was careful to plan ahead and make things less crazy. I bought and even wrapped many of my gifts the week after Christmas last year (and saved a ton of money). Then I bought the rest online on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Even tiny steps like having my return address pre-printed on our Christmas card envelopes saved me time. I’m definitely going to do this every year now!
Carve some time out for yourself during this hectic month, too! Take a few minutes out of your day to pour a glass of wine or a cuppa and catch up on your favorite blogs, read a royal magazine or book, or flick on a fun Christmas movie (maybe not A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding, but more on that later).
On that note, check out what I’ve been loving this month!
Red tartan skirts
I usually save outfit posts for the Royal Style Roundup, but with many of us attending Christmas parties and events in the coming weeks, I thought I’d share this one now.
Kate’s festive red tartan skirt had me (and loads of others) feeling mad for plaid this week. If you’re looking for one that’s not in the thousandish dollar range, check out a few ideas I found. I ordered the Amazon version but it hasn’t arrived yet, so stay tuned!
The Queen and the First Christmas Tree
My friend Katelin recommended this book to me and I one-clicked it about two seconds later for my son. If you have kids, and especially if you like to subtly brainwash them into being royalists (raising my hand), this is the perfect book to read over the Christmas season. It teaches them some royal history in a very accessible way and has beautiful illustrations, too. This one will be interesting for both of us to read, so win-win! It arrived in only a day from Amazon Prime too, which is always nice.
A Royal Christmas
While we’re on the topic of royal Christmas history, A Royal Christmas is the December pick for Royally Good Reads (the online book club I run with my friend Mallory). If reading about the royal family and their festive traditions over the centuries is your jam, then you’ll love this book. The Royal Collection Trust really dived into the archives and shared loads of things I didn’t know about Christmas with the royals. Jules and I talked about it on our latest episode of the We’ll Never Be Royal podcast, so if you want to hear more, definitely tune in! You can find us pretty much wherever you listen to podcasts (Apple, Google, Stitcher, Spotify, etc.)
Royal Christmas Movies
A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding
I’m actually not a person who is obsessed with Hallmark (or Hallmark-esque) Christmas movies. I don’t hate them or anything, and I enjoy them when I do watch, but I don’t go out of my way to turn one on. But somehow I ended up watching A Christmas Prince on Netflix last year and became obsessed! Obviously, I was super excited to find out there was a royal wedding sequel this year. I’d love to say it was “so bad it’s good” like the original, but sadly, it was so bad it was just … BAD.
If you watched my Instagram stories in the past week you know I was shocked and appalled at the lack of tiara (COME ON, IT’S A ROYAL WEDDING!) and general lack of hairdressing/makeup/wardrobe people on this film. It was like they had absolutely zero budget and didn’t care because they knew everyone would watch it, anyway. And the plot … let’s not even go there. I mean, it kept me somewhat entertained while I wrote out my Christmas cards, so there’s that. But this might fall into the “royally obsessed with hating this movie” category.
The Princess Switch
This movie, on the other hand, was glorious! I had several people recommend it to me and I was worried it would be kind of hokey in a Parent Trap sort of way (Vanessa Hudgens plays a baker and a royal bride-to-be who look exactly alike and switch places for two days) but it’s all just fun and escapist and Christmassy. It pretty much ticks off all the great things about royal Christmas movies: fake kingdom, a commoner pretending to be royal, fancy ballroom scene, TIARAS (take notes, A Christmas Prince), excellent clothing, sleigh rides, cute children … need I go on.
Okay, the “I’m totally in love with you after two days” thing is a bit suspect, but it’s a Christmas movie so I’ll let that go. Go watch the movie this weekend on Netflix and you’ll thank me.
Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum
When a fancy facial like Meghan gets isn’t in the budget, I turn to Sephora. I’ve had my acne problems well under control for a year and a half or so (read my post about it here) but in the past couple of weeks, I’ve weirdly been getting small breakouts here and there. I’ll blame it on holiday parties! Staying up late, drinking alcohol, and eating sweets isn’t quite the right regimen for decent skin.
This Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Serum was recommended to me by my friend Kevin, who just started a skincare blog called Dermunity. Well, he was right because it cleared the spots right up in a couple of days! You can find it from Sephora for $46 (I used a coupon during Cyber Week). It’s not super cheap, but certainly not as pricey as some skincare products out there. I will definitely keep this one in my skincare rotation!
A quick housekeeping note: A few of you have asked, and since November and December are so busy, I’m taking a break from the Royal Style of the Month column until the New Year. If you’re a new follower, this is when I highlight a specific piece Kate or Meghan has worn like a dress, shoe, or bag, and readers send in photos of them wearing it. Look for a new edition in January!