Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Sunday, November 29th
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Crown Princess Mary participated in the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony held at the Copenhagen City Hall Square. Crown Princess Mary was invited to attend this celebration because this year is the 100th time a Christmas tree is standing right there on the same spot.

Christmas is all about traditions, bringing families together, history and having a good time. Like Christmas is the royal family also all about tradition and history so what could be better than bringing these two together? The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Copenhagen City Hall Square have been a tradition since 1914, except from two years during the second world war, has a new Christmas tree spread warmth and Christmas spirit at the City Hall Square every year since. I found these really amazing pictures of the City Hall Square in Copenhagen from the last hundreds years which shows not just a Christmas tree but 100 years of history. What these picture have in common are all the people who've been gathered to celebrate Christmas since 1914. On Sunday Mary arrived at 3:45 pm. along with Frank Jensen, Mayor of Copenhagen, to attend the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. It was cold and windy, not something to enjoy. Later in the evening a storm hit Denmark. Despite really bad weather hundreds of Danes were gathered to attend the lighting ceremony all dressed in warm coats, hats and gloves. As the star of the day Mary was ready to participate in the ceremony and in front of her and the City Hall, a 24 meters high and 60 years tree was decorated soon to be lightened up by electrical candles. The tree was found in Grib Skov. After a countdown Mary pushed the button and what everybody had wait for, happened. The Christmas tree lit up and was being showered in faux snow delivered by a snowblower manned by Santa on a crane the same hight as the tree. Something we have seen before. She was then photographed on the little stage in front of the tree with Mayor of Copenhagen Frank Jensen and all the kids dressed like gnomes in red and white. Along with Santa and Frank Jensen, Mary wished some of the attended people a merry christmas.

As I mentioned before the weather was really not as good as we could have expected. I wouldn't mind getting a little snow but the storm yesterday was useful at all. Like everybody participants Mary chose clothes to keep her warm in the wind. For the third time she wore her bright red Diane von Furstenberg coat, a really nice colour coat which I think was great to see it again. Neither is it the first time she wear longer coats with wide leg trousers which she also did at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Well really I do not have an opinion on this, Mary got long legs and can wear this combination but I would love to have seen it without the coat. Because I think the grey knitted turtleneck and the black trousers was good-looking. I do not criticize that she's wearing her red coat because like no one else Mary can wear a coloured coat. And I love that she does use them but with a pair of tight trousers I think I would have liked a bit more. For instance, when she wore her red Prada coat and black tight trousers at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. Mary accessorized yesterdays outfit with black leather gloves and heeled ankle boot from Gianvito Rossi featuring the pointed toe. With the classic Mary-hairstyle and the round diamond earrings she celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Coat: Diane von Furstenberg Mikhaila Red Wool Coat $250 (pre-owned)
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi Suede Pointed-Toe Ankle Bootie, Gray

First Advent = First Christmas Eve Inspiration

A few weeks ago I mention that I would be doing something special in December. Several months ago I had this brilliant idea now when we all love Mary and her style so much I thought: why not give you the opportunity to get inspired what to wear on Christmas eve? Of course with Mary as an example. Therefor I have found four, one for each day of advent, very extraordinary outfits I think would be perfect for Christmas eve either on December 24th or 25th, dependent on where you live in the world. I have found four very different outfits so hopefully you find the outfit you just need to copy. At the same time I will share links where to buy similar clothes as well as how to copy her hair and makeup, to get the a look in the style of Mary! Let the countdown begin!

The first christmas outfit I have chosen is from when Mary was pregnant with the twins back in 2010. She and Frederik was on a visit in Germany and here they attended a reception and dinner at the stunning Schwerin Castle. I have always loved the combination of the basic black clothes and the sparkling golden (or maybe copper) accessories. She even matched the interior! The asymmetry of the dress makes it a little more exciting and take the classic little-black-dress to a whole new level. It catches the eye. I think the combo of the black and gold makes it the perfect christmas eve outfit; in the light of the christmas tree your accessories would shine like a star! I would probably have chosen not to wear the sheer tights, just bare legs but that is up to you -if you chose to dress up like this on christmas day. She was wearing pretty large chandelier earrings from Amrita Singh which is really great to draw attention to her face and beautiful evening makeup. Which was light and feminine. The sequin clutch made my heart dance. In my opinion, sequins are created to be worn at a magical evening as christmas. Her hair was a low chignon which can be made in so many different ways, depended on what you like. Mary's was very simple like her clothes. Keep it simple might be my next phrase because that is what this look is all about. Simplicity. A black basic is the perfect foundation to build your personal evening outfit. Now I give you two outfits, an expensive one and an more budget friendly one. The good thing about this outfit it that you have the opportunity to mix and match with your favourites.

Dress: Alice + Olivia Deedee Ruched One-Shoulder Sheath Dress £208.78
Earrings: Vince Camuto Stone Drama Chandelier Earrings $31.20
Bracelet: Kenneth Jay Lane Oversize Sphere Bead Bracelet £40
Ring: Melissa Joy Manning Handmade Joy Manning Ring £140.25
Clutch:Carlo Fellini Kim Clutch $67.45
Tights: Spanx Ribbed Sheer Tights, Black $32

Dress: ASOS TALL One Shoulder Midi Dress £20
Earrings: ASOS Occasion Drop Earrings £12
Bracelet: Blu Bijoux Gold Triple Chain Bracelet $32
Ring: H&M 3-Pack Rings £3.99
Clutch: La Regale Sequin Pouch Clutch $19.50
Tights: Calvin Klein Control Top Matte Sheer Tights $16
Shoes: Zara Pumps w. Heel, Black 30.93

A so called 'chignon' is to me one of the most classic and varying hairstyle because it can be used at everyday's and as in the evening. A chignon has many expressions depending on how you make it -straight or messy, high or low, side or mid, modern or feminine etc. If you know how to do this one hairstyle, it is the starting point for many other undos. Mary is a frequent user of this hairstyle at almost any occasion, day and night because it is so versatile. This hairstyle does also work very well if you are wearing any kind of hair accessories maybe in gold to match the rest of your Christmas eve outfit? I've found a really good video on Youtube that, hopefully, will help you to make the beautiful chignon. As everything else; practice, practice,practice. If this is the outfit you choose than you have four weeks to practice. You do not need anything special, just some elastics, bobby pins and a great portion of patience!


As the rest of the outfit, her makeup at the reception and dinner was extremely simple. Sometimes that it the best to do. The most important to remember with this look is having the flawless skin which is one of Mary's characteristics. Her porcelain skin. Søren Hedegaard, Mary's hairdresser and makeup expert, knows how to point out all her beauty and I'm sure you know exactly which features in your face you want to highlight. I have one rule when it comes to makeup: highlight eyes or lips. And that is the same Søren Hedegaard did with Mary's natural evening makeup. Do yourself a favor, use some time and efforts to find the foundation, mascara, eyeshadow etc. that suit you personality, skin colour, eye colour you name it. With this you can create anything you like! I do not need a video to tell you about her makeup. 

1/ Apply your foundation flowed by powder to get the flawless skin.
2/ Draw a soft line with a black eyeliner on the upper lid to the mid and one under the eye.
3/ Apply a soft pink lipgloss on your lips.
4/ Complete with a little pink blush on your cheeks. Done!

Be ready for next week where I post about a new Christmas outfit.
Good luck everybody!

DR Ultra Gala - It's Nice to be Nice

Friday, November 27th

Crown Princess Mary attended the DR Ultra Gala concert with the Mary Foundation in Sønderborg. 

About the DR Ultra Gala Show -It's Nice to be Nice
The Ultra Gala show is the big live show produced  by DR (Danmarks Radio) to kids in the age of 7-12 years old. The show is a combination of music, comedy and lots of entertainment performed by among others the singer Wafande, Page Four, the winner of MGP-children Flora Ofelia etc. The hosts are Jacob Riising, Sofie Linde and Joakim Ingversen. The show was invented to focus on  being a "nice friend" and this year with focus on social isolation among children. It can be watched all over Denmark the upcoming months and Mary attended the first opening show 2015 in Sønderborg. Read more here

The red carpet was changed in favor of the yellow colour, associated with Dr Ultra which is children's channel. From the second Mary arrived to Skansehallen in Sønderborg she was welcomed by so many kids taken pictures of her with their phone. Everyone would like to get a glimpse of the future Queen of Denmark. Everywhere Mary goes, she's greeted like a super star! As a representative of the Mary Foundation and the guest of honor, Mary attended the premiere of the Ultra Gala show which also was the beginning of a Denmark tour. This year the show focuses on how to prevent and handle solitude among children in the age of 7-12, this is one of the things Mary and her foundation work with in the every-day's, so it was obvious for Mary to attended. But there was also one other reason why Mary was invited, because she was given the friendship award D' Nice At Være Nice (It's Nice to be Nice) to be the most nice princess. Sweet, isn't it? It was handed over by the siblings Dikte and Malte and it was received with great honor. Like last year Mary did also participate in the show during the evening. During the break she told the press that she really liked the show and its message to be a good and helpful friend. These days there is great focus on solitude among both children and adults. According to Billed Bladet, studies have shown that about 6 percent of boys and about 10 percent of girls in the age of 13-15 have often or very often felt lonely. This is the highest proportion of lonely young people since 1988 according to a school studies from 2014. After the show it was time to write in the big solitude-book. An overdimensionel book where the children wrote their own personal advises how to handle to solitude and of course Mary did the same. Surrounded by children Mary wrote her own advise saying: "HUSK at du er noget værd -tror på dig selv" (REMEMBER that you are worth something -believe in yourself).

Despite the fact that Mary was all dressed in black, it was absolutely fashionable and very edgy! Just named the nicest princess of them all, she rocked in a black suit! Of course this is not the first time we see her wear a suit but actually I don't think we have seen her in a black one before. Have we? I remember a white, red and grey one but not black. This simple suit she upgraded to the most stylish I have ever seen, matched with a sensual and classy black lace blouse. The perfect way to make your suit much more feminine. Last night when I was writing this post I was just so tired and was ready to leave it till today but then out of nowhere I was able to identify the black lace blouse and I had to share it with all of you, right away! I found the piece of wonder at Heartmade by Julie Fagerholt  from her Winter/Holiday 2015 collection. Lace are my best friend these days which I fell in love with her new blouse and I had a serious urge to buy it. But when I saw the price, I instantly had the urge to find a similar one. Luckily there are a million similar ones to purchase. But I really adore the lace item because you can wear it in so many different ways, no matter which style you have. A classic item you will no regret you bought. Enough about my love to the blouse, she matched her black suede metal cap-toe pumps from Gianvito Rossi to the suit. Last worn at the premiere of You do not say no to Asger Jorn in 2014. One other thing I noticed was her hairstyle. Some time since we have seen an everyday hairstyle so elegant. Last year her hair was like this all the time. I kinda missed them because I find them very inspiring how to do my own hair. Even though it look hard, it's quite easy to make. It's all about practice, practice, practice. If you are interested I would recommend websites like Youtube, of course, and Pinterest. My second source of inspiration after Mary. She accessorized her "gala" outfit with round diamond earrings and what looks like a silver ring featuring a green stone.  Left we have the little shiny clutch from Carlend Copenhagen looking nice with the rest of the outfit and her burgundy nail polish. I hope I some day will get the chance to wear an outfit like this! In my eyes it's a clear winner as always. 

Blouse: Heartmade by Julie Fagerholt Jula DKK 2,999
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi Metal Mesh Cap-Toe Pumps
Clutch: Carlend Copenhagen Vanessa DKK 8,500

Christmas Reception with the Mary Foundation

Wednesday, November 25th

Crown Princess Mary hosted a christmas reception at Amalienborg for the Mary Foundations partners.

At the beginning of this week Mary hosted a Christmas reception with the Mary Foundation and their partners which over the years has become a really nice tradition but only now we see pictures from the reception. This event gives the opportunity to thank everybody who have been involved or have supported the foundations work the past year and to wish everybody a merry Christmas. Of course this year was no exception. They were all invited to glögg and æbleskiver. Probably you have heard about both these thing, if you haven't don't worry I will tell you more about it. Glögg or glühwein (German) goes back to Germany. It's a very traditional hot drink which are made of among others red wine, snaps, brown rom, madeira, oranges, lemon, cinnamon, star anise etc. Today it contains much more alcohol so if you drink too much you might get a little drunk ;) It tastes kinds spicy. Æbleskiver is from Denmark and I'm not sure there even is an english translation but the Danes love them and is the epitome of Christmas. Primarily they are made of pancake batter. They are pan fried in a round shape and them they are eaten with either/or both jam or icing sugar. They are really delicious! So if you get the change to try these two delicacies someday, do it without hesitating. Back to what this was all about. Mary welcomed her invited guests at Frederik VIII's Palace, Amalienborg Castle in Copenhagen, around 3:00 pm. local time. From the beginning the atmosphere was great, everyone were in a good mood in the room, that smelled like Christmas should. I'm sure they had all had a great time together with Mary. One of the guests who had traveled all the way from Chicago to attend the reception was Professor and Ph.D. John T. Cacioppo. He is a member of the the Mary Foundations expert panel working with loneliness. According to the foundations website, he has been a great inspiration and help in their work with this specific area. At the reception, representatives as the Lauritzen Betina Ipsen who support the Netwerk project, Marketing Manager of DHL Express Susanne Kristensen works with the Free of Bullying's Children relay project and project manager in TrygFonden Christoffer Elbrønd and communications officer in DBU Mikkel Minor Jensen important project partners in Klubfidusen attended. Mary conversed with all of them during the reception. Since last year there must be a lot to talk about -all their impressive results, new projects and what the next will bring.

Hvert år samler vi de mennesker, som vi samarbejder med i løbet af året. Vi samler dem for at takke for deres indsats og...
Opslået af Mary Fonden på 28. november 2015

First I thought she was wearing a black dress which was the only thing I did not expect. Suddenly I flipped my computer screen by an accident and I realized that it wasn't black but green! With a little more light I found that she was wearing her dark green suede dress from Prada. It is differently not the first time we see this dress but I took my quite a while to identify it even though I found it at one of her favourite designers. First I was sure JOSEPH was the designer, that was before I found the real model at Prada. There is no doubt in my mind. Very appropriate of her to wear a dress in this colour, perfect to celebrate Christmas and her co-workers. She matched the wallpapers in the room where the reception were held. Very clever Mary! I might be the only one who noticed this. I remember at least three times she was worn the dress, all three with great success. In 2013 when she and Frederik along with the rest of the family attended a dinner at Hotel Admiral with the President and his wife of Slovakia, the same year she wore it again at Prince Nicolai's confirmation at the evening party celebrating him and then last in 2014 when she attended the Ultra Gala show she wore it with a pair of leopard pumps. With that one picture published where we see her feet I think I know what pair of shoes she was wearing. That pair of beige Prada pointed pumps from the Free of Bullying Seminar on October 8th 2015. What do you think, am I on the right path here? The beige would be perfect because it makes the green colour stand out. Of course you all noticed her new silver bracelet featuring green stones. Mary has several times worn bracelets like this but I have never been able to identify the designer -if it's even the same. Because of her loose hair I can't see is she's wearing earrings or not I wonder which nail polish she is wearing? I really love the beautiful bordeaux next to the green dress!

Dress: Prada Green Suede Dress $245 (pre-owned)
Shoes: Prada Beige Pointed Toe Pumps €485?

Note: Frederik and Mary are in Australia with their four children all december and on Christmas eve, that's about time if you ask me. In eleven years Mary haven't celebrated Christmas with her Australian family. That of course means no official events for Mary, but don't worry I have prepared several posts to share with you in december. I all starts tomorrow!