My Inner Duchess

Most of you already know about my passion for history, particularly royal history, so it should come as no surprise that I like to channel my inner “duchess” in every day life. Whether it be applying to my wardrobe, my home, and my manners, there’s nothing wrong with incorporating a little bit of class and sophistication in my life.

Frilly coat c/o, BCBGMAXAZRIA sweater (old, similar here and here), J Brand jeans, Clare V bag, Wool beret, Stuart Weitzman boots


My love for royal history goes way back to when I was very young. I was always drawn to Europe from such a young age and was always fascinated with European ways of life. History was always my favorite subject in school, which is probably why I was already in AP history classes in my sophomore year of high school. I used to get so mad when they would only spend one day talking about famous royals in history, so I would go home and research online whatever I could about any royal. I was mostly drawn to British royal history (most likely where my Anglophile love began), but since I also have Danish blood, I’ve read up on everything I can regarding Danish royalty, too.

Obviously I am not a royal. I don’t even think I could ever handle being a royal. The life seems glamorous, but if there’s anything The Crown or even my experience as Miss USA has taught me is that royal life is not an easy life. There’s a lot of pressure and there are definitely a lot of rules. I had a “glimpse” of that kind of life during my one year as Miss USA, and while not entirely the same as being a royal, it’s definitely not a life I could imagine for myself for the rest of my life. I like being able to go about my daily life without wondering if there’s someone with a camera snapping images of me putting way too much chocolate into my grocery cart.

It’s no secret how much of a fan I am of the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton), and of course I have been following along with Meghan Markle’s love story and upcoming wedding to Prince Harry (where she will become a duchess, not a princess). What I love about these women is not just the fact that they are royals, but also because of their classic and chic style approach. You don’t see them wearing pieces that show too much cleavage or slits so high that you can practically see… well, you know. There’s a reason they became fast style icons, and I like to invoke their approaches into my wardrobe as much as I can.

Creating my own royal wardrobe within my closet is fun, especially when I get to design my own pieces. I got to design this gorgeous green coat myself with Frilly, and I have been obsessed ever since. They give you the basic designs such as colors and fabric swatches, and then you get to create everything custom after that such as length, buttons, collars, pockets, etc. I had always wanted a green coat and a coat with bell sleeves, and that’s exactly what I got to design. I feel like a duchess getting ready to make an appearance somewhere in my stylish green coat.

I am also excited to share that Tor and I will be in England at the time of the royal wedding this spring, and I cannot wait to share more details as they come about!




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  1. Becca

    Oh my gosh I totally relate with all of this! I’ve always been obsessed with history and the British royals. It’s such a fascinating vein of history, especially considering we get to watch it continue to unfold with the modern royals. The DoC and Meghan are fun to follow.

    I love the coat. How fun you got to design it yourself!

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    • The A List

      Yay!! I am glad someone else is as obsessed as me!

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  2. Francesca

    I love this post because I see myself in almost everything you’ve said! Kate Middleton is such an inspiration for me, I admire her and I try to bring some elegance in my style and in my everyday life. Despite the appearances, like you said, royal life is not as easy and perfect as it seems but is always pleasant to dream about it! šŸ™‚ I envy you so much because you’ll be in London at the time of the royal wedding! Can’t wait to see what you’re going to share with us

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    • The A List

      Awww yay! And I cannot wait to share what we will be doing in May! šŸ™‚

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  3. Maureen Burns

    Love your style!! Your A list is fun to follow… Cheers!

    Posted 1.9.18 Reply
    • The A List

      Thank you, Maureen!

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  4. Stefania

    Iā€™m going to be in England during the royal wedding too! Seeing Hamilton and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child that week.

    Posted 1.10.18 Reply
    • The A List

      That’s so exciting!

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  5. Iris Faye Agura

    OMG! I can relate! I loooove History too <3 It all started when I learned about King Henry VIII. Ive always been so intrigued about how life used to be back then specially for women. Its so different compared to how it is now. Its so nice knowing that some other people are as inlove in history as I am! Most find it dreadful šŸ˜‚šŸ˜‚

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