MONTE CARLO MADNESS

Beautiful view from our hotel room at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel  

When we were in Monte Carlo for the TV festival, I had a lot of people inquire about my outfits and process of getting ready. So I thought I would share it here.

The whole trip was a blast, but preparing for it took a lot of work! We had 5 days of events all back to back. The process of finding the right outfits for each event was grueling but really fun! I went to some of my favorite designers (my friends at BCBG, Alice and Olivia and Dolce and Gabbana) to pull the perfect outfits.  To help with the finishing touches, I enlisted the help of my friend Cara Santana who has an awesome fashion blog called Caradisclothed,(www.Caradisclothed.com) to help me put the looks all together. Here are the results:

Opening ceremony: I loved this cutout BCBG gown. I felt sexy and sophisticated in it. Cara had suggested slicking my hair into a tight pony tail and really accentuation my eyes which I loved. The obvious choice with shoes might be to wear a pair of strappy black ones but she suggested my nude patent Louboutins (Lady Peep) and I loved it! My makeup artist Joe Ghannam went with a very smokey cat eye, using blacks, purples and (surprisingly) green eye liner in my water line that really made them pop!  We went with a nude lip which I always suggest when doing a heavy eye. The look was completed with one of my favorite jewelry lines called EFFY and a vintage clutch courtesy of Cara.

On the red carpet at the opening ceremony for the 54th Monte Carlo TV festival.

 

The second day was a press day where we had an autograph signing and some photo shoots. I opted for an all white super classy yet sexy Alice and Olivia ensemble. It was the perfect daytime outfit for the South of France. The shoes were Prada and the tank was French Connection. These Prada shoes were so comfortable by the way, given the fact that I was in them all day. I was surprised how long I lasted before the aching began... We kept my hair in long loose waves and chose to do very clean, fresh faced makeup.

 

On the red carpet at the Grimaldi Forum.

Feeling so chic in this all white ensemble by Alice & Olivia

 

That night we were EXHAUSTED and skipped the cocktail party we were supposed to go to. We ended up going for dinner at Buddha Bar which was amazing. As you will learn, Asian cuisine is my absolute favorite. The best thing about Buddha Bar is that it's  Thai, Chinese and Japanese all in one stop!  I decided to wear this adorable dress by Alice & Olivia.

My girls, Kim Matula and Shelby Hines outside Buddha Bar.

Day 3 was yacht day!! I chose to wear this light, comfy and adorable Tory Burch dress. What I love about this is that it can be worn with heels or flats and is really flattering on. Underneath, I had my Victoria Secret Brazilian bikini (SO happy they came out with those)

Getting some sun on the yacht.

On the yacht with my babe.

That night, we had a cocktail party at the home of the Prime Minister. I LOVED this BCBG cocktail dress!! I initially paired it with my black Relika Christian Louboutin pumps but my feet hurt so badly after the party that I changed into my reliable and comfortable black Lance Jimmy Choos for the remainder of the night. I accessorized with Effy Jewelry.

On the French Riviera in BCBG

 

Darin and I with Joel Mchale and Jerry Bruckheimer at the Prime Ministers house.

The following night was the Prince's Palace. Not only were we about to meet the Prince of Monaco but we were meeting Grace Kelly's son!!! This was beyond exciting for me! I chose to wear a floral Dolce & Gabbana silk dress that was SO comfortable and flattering. I think Dolce dresses look good on every body type. I am such a fan of theirs. I paired it with my Lady peep Louboutins which was a giant mistake on those cobble stone streets!! Luckily, I had my babe as support. I mean, he couldn't let go of my hand for a second or I would've eaten shit. Pardon my French.

Hanging on, I mean, with Darin at the Princes Palace.

picture of Kelly in Dolce and gabbana

Last up we had the closing ceremony. This was one of my favorite looks. I wore this beautiful cutout BCBG gown and felt like a princess. I threw my hair up in a messy bun and let Joe do whatever he wanted with my makeup. He went for a very golden look which I loved.

Joe hard at work.

Back of m y hair

Showing off my EFFY jewels

Kelly and Darin at closing ceremony

 

 

I was so happy with all of my looks! Bold and The Beautiful took home the Golden Nymph award that night. The next morning it was off to Paris...

Darin and I with the Golden Nymph award.

 

 

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