Royalty Is a State of Mind…And I Really, Really Enjoy Visiting That State.

There have been many chuckles (and even guffaws) over my tiara-talk over the past couple of months, and I thought it’d be fun to give a little background on my sparkly-headpiece “her-story”. I am not a poser, you see. My wearing a tiara now and then isn’t a brand-new thing. Just like–for example–Tiger Woods, who picked up his first golf club before he ever started school, or even Debbie Gibson–who was composing songs at a very early age (Did I really just make a Debbie Gibson reference? Bear with me…I’m on a roll!*), I was born to wear the tiara.

Your honor, here is the evidence:


One of my first “official” portraits. As you can see, I had yet to grow into the Tiara. Mom always told me that my hair was thin and not so plentiful in those days, so she had to tape my tiaras to my head.


One of my favorites. A cute little brown bow that matched the outfit was supposed to go on my head, but that seemed a bit blase’. The tiara was so…NOW. I mean, it was happening, Baby!


Grandpa’s little Princess! I never visit an amusement park without my tiara. These days, I can be seen in the summertime, riding the Viper at Six Flags Great America, both hands on my head, holding my tiara on tightly!


I think Heidi Klum has this outfit too. (Probably in this size.) It’s Fierce, don’t you think?


Even doing menial, everyday chores like cooking for the family is made more exciting by dressing up a little bit.


I could be wrong, but I think this whole Tiara thing was my Grandma’s idea.


What do you mean you like my Halloween costume? I haven’t put it on yet!!


This may have been the day when I learned that you have to securely fasten a tiara if you lead an active life. Or maybe not.


Being in the comfort of my own “way cool Bedroom of 1980” doesn’t mean dressing down is acceptable…but the Tiara makes any old jeans look fancy.


Super-stylin’ in 1982. What a beautiful girl. Great hair, even with the faddish ribbon barrettes. Skin? Flawless. Teeth? Freshly liberated from that horrible metal hardware. Makeup? Simple and understated, yet classic. Wait…what was I talking about? Oh yeah, tiaras.


They got me a special “tiara” for my 20th birthday, but I was used to my other one, so I wore both! I have the sass to carry that off, for sure.


“Camping, with tiaras?” Really, the question should be “Why camp without them?” Seriously, in 2004 Dawn (my 2 a.m. ballet dancing partner) and I wore these for the majority of a three-day camping trip: partly for fashion, and partly in protest of the camping trip. (I speak only for myself)


If you’ll recall, I even wore my “dressy” tiara when giving blood in the company of Manic Mommy! I mean, don’t you think that saving THREE lives with my blood is special enough to warrant the headpiece?

So as you can see, the Tiara is a big part of my life. If you have been Tiara-less, I highly recommend you get one, whether it’s from Claire’s or from Tiffany & Co. But be forewarned: you’ve gotta have a certain attitude to wear one! (I think I may be starting a Tiara Revolution! LOL)

On that note, I wanted to present a couple of specific people with an award I created: The “Tiara-wearing Blogger” award! These ladies are “royalty” to me and I know that they definitely have the tiara-wearing attitude. The awards go to: Manic Mommy, Kat of My Two Cents, and Melissa of Hope For the Hopeless! Grab this award, put it on your blog (if you want), strut your stuff, and pass it on to the special tiara-wearing girls in your bloggie life!

And if any of the rest of you reading this feel like your attitude is totally tiara-worthy (I know there are bunches of others out there…), feel free to grab this also, as long as you pass it on!


*P.S. Debbie Gibson: I really love you. Big fan here!


  • Manic Mom

    OMG how hilarious!!! I love all those mini tiaras throughout the years.

    Also really enjoyed that ‘gay-pride’ sweater you were wearing for that one class photo!

    I’m pimping another contest this week so I’ll try to get the tiara pimping up at some point! Thanks for the award!

  • Anonymous

    One mental image I have during that camping trip is of you in your lounge chair wearing your tiara and talking on your cell phone! Another image I have is of the two of us power walking (me breathing heavily trying to keep up), wearing our tiaras, around the campground. Even during exercise, we’re divas, baby!


  • Melisa

    Joodie: HA HA! (Your turn!)

    Manic: That was my FAVORITE sweater! It matched my Mork from Ork Suspenders and my rainbow-toed socks.

    Dawn: And I remember us sitting in the dining tent, tiaras on, watching the men do all the work! LOL! Good times!

  • Kat

    OMG i think that post just made my day. You put so much effort into these pictures and OMG these pics are cute.

    Thank you for the award and this really funny post. (Smart move to blame the whole tiara thing on your grandma btw. LOL)

  • Melissa

    I love that outfit you and Heidi Klum share!! Especially the pink sunglasses!

    Now I can finally say I have a tiara! Thanks Darhling….;)

  • KathyLikesPink

    OH my gosh – too funny!!! LOVED the walk down memory lane.

    I myself am a Tiara-Wearing Babe, much to my daughter’s chagrin! In fact my desktop on this computer is “Princess Mom” and is – of course – PINK.

    Wait till you see my pink rhinestone-encrusted cat eye sunglasses. Yet another reason my daughter refuses to seen in public with me!

  • Melisa

    Kathy: You are WELCOME to take the award and post it proudly! You go, Tiara and pink rhinestone-encrusted cat eye sunglass-wearing-girl!

  • Sue

    2 comments, love Debbie Gibson (OK, loved her) and hello,we had the same sweater in 1982 although I guess mine would have looked cooler with a tiara!

  • JaniceNW

    Oh my goodness you are SUCH a diva! Wearing tiaras in the 70’s was so faux. Now the 80’s on, I can understand. Those tiaras make your eyes sparkle so prettily.

  • Andie

    that is hilarious! Love it.

    sometimes I wonder if I am “tiara worthy” – I’ve never really worn them all that much.

    btw- I had a TON of ribbon barrettes.. my mom loved to make them when I was a kid. LOL

  • SpAzzGiRL

    LOVE those pictures!
    I was just talking about ribbon barretts, I told my girlfriend I was gonna bring them back and sell them on etsy…lol
    I own a tiarra as well, I wear it when I clean, it makes it just a little more tolerable.

  • Lindz

    I had to stop by again and say that I love the tiara notion. I used to pretend to be a “Rose Festival Princess” since I was an itty bitty thing. Now I see my shoes as my tiara, the exude fabulousness too, and working with middle schoolers just amps that feeling. I’d steal your widget but I don’t steal tiaras, they must be bestowed 🙂

  • Melisa

    Sue! Really, the same sweater? I had a feeling that you had impeccable taste in clothing. 🙂

    Janice: Hey! Look out! Tiaras are cool in any era…Maybe I was trying to be a Disco QUEEN??

    Andie: You are totally tiara-worthy. Remember, I said it was about the Attitude. It’s never too late to wear one! LOL

    Spazz/Simone: OMG, that is one time I have never worn a tiara, but I am definitely putting one on when I do the dishes tonight! hee hee

    Lindz: Consider yourself the proud owner of a Tiara Award. I’m bestowing you, girl! Wear it proudly! 🙂 (it’ll look great with many of your shoes, too!)

  • Colleen

    OMG – I had the same bedspread that you have in that pic next to those bunk beds. I’m not even kidding!

    And I didn’t have the rainbow sweater, but I had rainbow barrettes I absolutely HAD to wear like every day when I was eight. I cried when my brother broke them on purpose.

    I would LOVE a tiara for my blog! (Am I cool enough to wear one?)

  • Melisa

    Colleen: Cool! But I have a feeling that 7 out of 10 girls probably had that bedding set. I think I had three friends who had it too! (We had style! LOL)

    And you are ABSOLUTELY cool enough to have a tiara: take it…it’s yours! 🙂