Princess Lessons: A Princess Diaries Guide

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  • Copyright: 2010-04-06
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All you need to know to be a princess- Or Just live like one Compiled by Mia Thermopolis aka Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo of Genovia

Author Biography

Meg Cabot is the author of the best-selling, critically acclaimed Princess Diaries books. When not writing novels, Meg keeps busy brushing up on her etiquette, so that when her real parents, the king and queen, come along and restore her to her rightful throne, she won't make any social gaffes. She lives in New York City with her royal consort and a one-eyed cat named Henrietta Chesley McLaren's work has graced the pages and windows of such fashionable clients as Vogue, InStyle, The New York Times, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bergdorf Goodman. She debuted as an author/illustrator with Zat Cat!, A Haute Couture Tail and illustrated You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer! Though she could be quite happy living at Versailles among the chandeliers and ballrooms, Chesley resides in Manhattan with her royal consort and Monsieur Etoile, the original Zat Cat!

Table of Contents

Introduction: Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo on how to be a Princessp. xi
Beauty: Paolo of Chez Paolo on the proper royal coiffure, manicure, cosmetic application, and skin carep. 1
Etiquette: Dowager Princess Clarisse Renaldo on dining, comportment, being the perfect hostess, and the proper address of nobilityp. 17
Fashion: Acclaimed couture designer Sebastiano Grimaldi and Dowager Princess Clarisse Renaldo reveal the essential wardrobe of a princessp. 55
Character: Princess Mia and her friends explore how to flourish royally in today's complex societal hierarchiesp. 73
Education: Princess Mia's royal advisers reflect on the various aspects of high school--both in the classroom and out of itp. 91
The Mysterious World of Guys: Tina Hakim Baba dishes about dating, kissing, love, and the hazards of stalking (and being stalked by) a princess. Also: an exclusive interview with royal consort Michael Moscovitzp. 105
Conclusion: Princess Mia's final thoughtsp. 122
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Princess Lessons: A Princess Diaries Book

Chapter One

A Note from
Her Royal Highness Princess Mia

Real princesses always try to look their best -- but, um, my best is probably totally different from yours. There are lots of different kinds of beauty. Like those models we see on magazine covers? A lot of people might hold them up as, like, the epitome of perfection and all of that, but just remember, in France it's considered beautiful not to shave under your arms.

So you see, beauty is really relative.

Princesses, like people, come in all different shapes and sizes. There is no one look that is right for everyone. Having a healthy body is way more important than having a body that looks good in low-rise jeans. And of course being a nice person is the most important thing of all. Throughout history, princesses have been remembered not for the waist size of their 501s, but for the good deeds they performed while they were on the throne.

There's one thing that looks good on everyone, though: confidence. Have confidence in yourself and your looks, and others will see your outer beauty as well as the inner.

That's what everybody keeps telling me, anyway.

Pretty Princess
by Paolo,
owner and proprietor of Chez Paolo, New York City

I, Paolo, am the one who turned the Principessa Amelia from Ugly Duckling into Swan. You, too, can look like a princess, if you follow Paolo's simple rules.

Beauty is molto importante, but so often overdone! A princess's look is bella, healthy, and well groomed. Fresh is the goal, and mascara, blush, and gloss are the tools that will get you there.

Everyone -- especially I, Paolo -- loves to play with makeup. But remember, a mask works only at Halloween! Do not slather on foundation or eyeshadow unless you want to scare your populace (also, your parents won't like it so much, no?). Natural and bella is the way Paolo urges all you little principessas to go. If you want the dramatic look of black kohl and scarlet lipstick, join your school drama club (I spit on kohl). And do not come crying to Paolo if all the little princes, they run from you in horror. Only if you follow Paolo's way can you be assured molto perfetto!

Princess Essentials

What every principessa should have in her handbag (besides cab fare, breath mints, emergency tiara, and hairbrush):

3 Lipstick or gloss
3 Pressed powder compact (to get rid of shiny nose)
3 Concealer (for dark circles under eyes due to that late-night romantic tryst, no? Also for blemishes)
3 Eye pencil

What every principessa should have in her bathroom (besides a phone and small television so she can keep abreast of world events even while bathing the royal body):

3Facial cleanser, exfoliator (or use a washcloth, but gently!), and moisturizer
3 Astringent, toner, acne medication, beauty masks
3 Foundation, concealer (for dark circles/blemishes)
3 Eye shadow, liner (no kohl -- Paolo spits on kohl!)
3 Blush (natural color -- unless you want to look like a clown principessa)
3 Mascara
3 Manicure set (nail polish, nail file, nail cutter)
3 Hair products (shampoo, conditioner, styling products, etc.)

Paolo's Princess Beauty Regimen

The look for royals? Fresh and clean! To get it, follow the beauty routine I designed for the Principessa Amelia:

  • Wash face morning and night with gentle cleanser. Follow with exfoliant, if needed (even royals get blackheads! No joke!), and blemish product or moisturizer.
  • Wash hair with gentle shampoo once a day, or every other day. Follow with conditioner. Use a wide-toothed comb to get out tangles. No one wants to see a bald principessa!
  • Hair products such as mousse or gel, used sparingly, can help control a mane gone wild or give body to thin hair. Find the product that works best for you by consulting a professional hair stylist, like me, Paolo, or by experimenting at home.
  • Bathe or shower daily. Principessas are known for smelling nice, no?
  • Deodorant/antiperspirant is a must! Whether you are playing croquet all day, or sitting under the hot lights of a television studio being interviewed by a famous news journalist, a principessa never lets them see her sweat -- I mean, perspire.
  • Shave or wax unwanted body hair. The Principessa Amelia insists that this is a personal choice, and that women should not feel that they have to shave just to conform with "the societal mores of their culture." I, Paolo, could not disagree more strongly -- even if you are French.
  • Waxing is messy and can cause rashes! It is best left to salon professionals like me, Paolo. Hair removal products like depilatories are expensive, smell bad, and don't remove all the hair. A good razor and lots of shaving cream is the way to go if you choose to be hair-free, as a principessa should be (even French ones).
  • And please, for Paolo, if you have hair growing from your upper lip or chin, pluck or bleach it (follow the instructions carefully on facial bleach packages). Never shave your face. No principessa should have razor burn over the lip!

  • Even nervous nail biters like the Principessa Amelia can have pretty nails! Keep them neatly trimmed and polished with clear gloss (dark polish makes nails look shorter). Pushing back the cuticles also can make bitten nails look longer.
  • Princess Hair

    Everyone is coming to Paolo, crying like a baby: "Oh, my hair is curly! Make it straight! Principessas have the straight hair!"

    Well, I, Paolo, would like to say something:

    Principessas can have curly hair. Principessas can have straight hair. Principessas can have dark hair. Principessas can have blond hair. Principessas may have cornrows, extensions, crew cuts, and dreads. The key to having the hair of a true principessa is:

    A principessa's hair must be clean

    A principessa's hair must not be in her eyes

    A principessa's hair must not take more than fifteen minutes to style

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