Rule #1: Always post the rules.
Rule #2: Answer the questions the person who tagged you asked, and then write 11 new ones.
Rule #3: Tag 11 people and link them in this post.
Rule #4: Tell them you tagged them.
1. Who are you?
2. Who do you love?
3. Where would you go if you could have a 2 week holiday with all expenses paid?
Ooh… I don’t think I have an appropriate gif response for this. I have multiple answers, though. I’d say Manhattan, London, or Monaco, since they are all extremely expensive destinations. It would be a dream come true to live the high life in one of those places for 2 whole weeks!
4. Are you a clean-freak, a slob or in-between?
In between. I am cluttered - a pack rat, but not dirty. Germs totally freak me out. I have legitimate OCD and it’s frustrating because people wonder how I can live with so much junk and yet be totally freaked out about germs and people washing their hands. Unfortunately, it’s just not that simple. My stacks of books and papers won’t get me sick!
5. In which decade were you born?
I’m a child of the 80s.
6. When did you become a Grace Kelly/Grace de Monaco admirer/fanatic?
When I was about 11 years old. My mother told me about Grace and checked books out from the library for me. I have been hooked ever since.
7. Have you visited the Principality of Monaco?
I am so grateful and so lucky to say that I have actually visited twice. The first time was on Christmas Eve in 2004. My best friend and I were staying at a hostel in Nice, so we went into Monaco for a few hours because that was all we could afford. The second time was a quick stop on a Mediterranean cruise in 2006, but it wasn’t an ideal situation. I was with my mom and aunt and I managed to get us lost trying to take the train from Villefranche-sur-Mer and then (most likely due to anxiety) once we got there, I felt sick and had to spend most of my time sitting outside the Cathedral before finding a cab to take us back to our port. Sigh. I suck. If I could do it all over again, I would be MUCH MUCH more educated and prepared before going.
8. Have you attended any of the “Grace exhibitions” produced by the Grimaldi Forum?
Sadly, no. Still a huge dream waiting to happen!
9. **WARNING-NARCISSISTIC QUESTION** What would you like to see more and/or less of on my Grace blog?
I absolutely love your blog. I want to have its babies. You are so generous and you have some of the most wonderful treasures I have ever seen. I also love reading your commentary because you have such a genuine personality. I would love to see more of whatever you’d like to share! Anything you post will surely be fantastic.
10. Would you attend a gathering of Grace fans - a “Grace convention”?
Ideally, yes. Practically… it would definitely depend on the location, the cost, the time of year, and all that jazz.
11. Would you be willing to exchange ideas with myself and others in an attempt to organize a “Grace convention”?
I would. :)
Thanks for tagging me, darling. I think I was tagged by one or two other people as well, but they may have gotten lost on my feed. If anyone else tagged me, will you please send me a message with a link? Also, it will take me a little while to think of questions to pass on to others, so I’ll do that in a separate post in the near future.
P.S. The beautiful gifs above are not mine. I hope the users do not mind my using them here. If they are yours and you desire credit, please message me and let me know who you are. :)
Grace Kelly and Oleg Cassini enjoying the show at the Waldorf-Astoria, 1955.
She looks so beautiful! I love her smile. She’s wearing the Edith Head Oscar dress, right?
Right-o! :) And though it’s not a perfect match, I love seeing her in headbands. So cute!!!
So, here’s my little surprise from D.C.! There was a Yousuf Karsh exhibit called ‘American Portraits’ that was showing at the National Portrait Gallery!
This was the only portrait of Grace in the exhibit. I wish the whole lot had been shown, but I will take what I can get! I was so excited to have the opportunity to even see this one. It is absolutely gorgeous. I could have stared at it all day.
So there I was, snapping away at it joyfully with my phone’s camera and afterward my boyfriend says, “You know you’re not supposed to be taking pictures, right?” Oops! I actually did not see the sign(s), so it was an honest mistake. Thankfully, there was no flash used.
Incidentally, there was also a portrait of Alfred Hitchcock (this profile shot facing right) that was two spaces away in the exhibit. I told my boyfriend it would have been more fitting to put it right next to Grace so that Hitch could stare longingly at his favorite muse. ;)
The placard that was next to Grace’s photo (above, middle) stated that the photo was taken right after Grace became engaged and prior to becoming Princess of Monaco. I found this really interesting, because I always assumed that since she was wearing a tiara (not to mention the Dior dress that she wore while pregnant), that it had been taken after the wedding when she and Rainier were newlyweds. Was this a new tiara that was purchased or borrowed in the States for the photo shoot? If it is a piece from the princely jewelry collection, was it shipped from Monaco to be used in the photoshoot? I still have so many unanswered questions about this tiara!
Anyhow, the exhibit was fantastic and I loved the National Portrait Gallery in itself. Finding a picture of our beloved Grace was just the cherry on top!
Princess Grace at the unveiling of a new portrait by the Spanish artist Alejo Vidal-Quadras. The portrait’s subjects are Princess Grace and her children, Princess Caroline and Prince Albert.
“I consider Grace Kelly as one of the purest faces I have ever studied. A perfect oval, of a delicate and firm design. Her wide open eyes were well proportioned and pure. Her nose and mouth admirable.
After a few sittings, the ice was broken between us. We talked about everything. At one point I dared to ask her a question about a detail which intrigued me.
'Excuse my curiosity, but I am amazed that you can stare at a point on the horizon for such a long time without blinking and so naturally; is it your professional experience as an actress which allows you to do so?'
She replied spontaneously: ‘To tell the truth, I am horribly shortsighted and I can’t see anything I stare at, that’s the simplest explanation!’”
- Alejo Vidal-Quadras, artist