Posted on November 13, 2016

Archive by Alexa – A classic Chung Coat

Coats/ Featured/ Icons/ Romantique

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I’ve always adored Alexa Chung’s French flair. Rebel and I often reference her effortless style. So what a lucky coincidence it was when I visited London on the precise weekend that Alexa launched her Marks & Spencer collection “Archive by Alexa”.

Alexa raided the fashion archives of M&S to hand pick standout pieces and relaunch them, some with a contemporary twist. One of my good friends secured the pea coat coat “Templar” and I was sold instantly. The sailor coat with double breasted gold buttons, velvet stitched collar and princess cut is a French chic dream come true. Originally a children’s coat in the 90s, Alexa upsized and remodeled this gem to give 2016 a much needed boost!

The good news for all Pan European fashionistas is that M&S deliver across Europe! So we can all indulge in a bit of Alexa Brit Chic!

Style this classic coat like me with opaque tights and flat, knee-high boots, or try classic Alexa style with ankle boots and jeans. To make your ensemble even more “Alexa”, pair with a Jane Birkin style Sicily Bag or other straw accessory!

Templar coat by Alexa Chung Marks and Spencers and Sicily Bag Straw bag

Bucket by Sophie Hulme and brown flat boots by Sergio Rossi.

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Templar coat by Alexa Chung Marks and Spencers and Sicily Bag Straw bag

Posted on October 24, 2016

The candy coloured Jackie Dress or why I love the 60s!

Dresses/ Featured/ Icons/ Romantique

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We all know those days; the ones where you wake, sift through your overflowing wardrobe, and there is nothing to wear. Nothing seems to align with your mood, fit with your new coat, complement your work shoes. The day has barely begun, you’re late for work and already pangs of stress are beginning! That’s the moment where I like to cut through the complexity and grab a simple dress. A dress so that I don’t have to worry about matching top to bottom. No pattern, just a  mono coloured fresh hue complementing my skin, cut in a comfortable timeless shape. This is where classic brands like Max Mara are your best friends. No matter what the fashion fad du jour says, you can always rely on a simply cut dress in their collection. Jackie Kennedy knew that looking flawless is about the classic looks. Mind you she did live in the 50s / 60s , having the best fashion of the decade at her fingertips! Good news for us is that 60s fashion looks incredibly modern today. Look at Twiggy and Grace Coddington below. These two would rock any street style competition in 2016!

I’m wearing bordeaux coloured Oxford lace-ups to prevent this dress from looking too sugary sweet. Hand embroidered metal bracelet by Camille Enrico.  I’m in love with these hand embroidered metal bracelets by the  French designer. A piece of jewellry close to my heart as it was a present from the team I worked with previously in London.

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Dress and shoes by Max Mara. Raffia pom pom bucket bag by Sicily Bag. Sunnies by Prada.

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Grace Coddington and Twiggy in timeless designs

Jackie in the Pantone colour of the year 2016!

Jackie in the Pantone colour of the year 2016!

Posted on October 3, 2016

H&M Floral Bohemian Maxi Dress

Dresses/ Rebel

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 Sometimes H&M has something exciting that surprises me like this Gucci-esque  floral bohemian maxi dress.

Fast fashion items like this usually don’t survive more than a few washings. But that’s not the point. H&M outfits are not made for eternity, they are aone hit wonder and fun stuff – in demand only for a brief time.

I wore this H&M floral maxi dress recently on a sunny bicycle tour on Sunday.


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My H&M Outfit: Floral Maxi Dress by H&M, Leather Jacket by Michael Kors, Bag by LOVE Moschino, Shoes by Converse

 

 

Posted on September 25, 2016

Florida Vacation Outfits

Rebel/ Travel/ Wardrobe

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What to wear on vaction? Get inspired by my travel essentials from three weeks of holiday in Florida.  It’s all easy and simple to wear and at the same time modern and stylish.

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Simple black T-shirt with a skirt by Zara

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Simple black t-shirt again and trousers by Moschino

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Beachstyle: Dress by H&M, headscarf by Versace

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 Havaianas Flip Flops by Charlotte Olympia

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Wandering in Miami Wynwood: Levis 501 CT, Blouse by JCrew

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Sicilian straw basket by Sicily Bag, shoes by Sam Edelmann, Skirt by Zara

Posted on August 14, 2016

Romantique and Rebel in Berlin Kreuzberg

Berlin/ Featured/ Rebel/ Romantique

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Now that I’m back in Berlin, you will see a lot more posts of R&R back together in action! Last weekend, Rebel drove down from Hamburg. Rather than doing our usual rounds in Mitte, we decided to explore somewhere different. We strolled through Berlin’s Kreuzberg. The once shabby, alternative borough used to be isolated in the divided city. Today, after reunification, Kreuzberg has gone through a renaissance like no other area in Berlin. It’s central location in the reunified Berlin and the prevalence of 19th century Art Deco architecture made it a hotspot for affluent global hipsters. Buildings were restored to their glorious selves and the best eateries made Kreuzberg their homes!

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The stately homes in Kreuzberg ooze Parisian style! So I’m doing it the Gaelic way, wearing a classic shift dress by Max Mara with a casual beach item: The Sicilian straw bag by Sicily Bag.

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Rebel is casually chic, wearing J crew pointy flats, boyfriend jeans by Hugo Boss, shirt by Zara and Army-esque chic jacket by Closed.

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Shoes by Max & Co, bucket bag by Sophie Hulme and sunglasses by Miu Miu.

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Posted on July 8, 2016

Romantique and Rebel – Flashback to the last time we frollicked in London

Featured/ London/ Rebel/ Romantique

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Having recently relocated from London to Berlin, Rebel and reminisced about our sisterly times in London.

We’re none too pleased at the UK’s “Brexit” decision. The British isles were my home for 11 years and while they were always a bit different than the continent, the U.K. was firmly part of the EU. After all, London is a big European melting pot and Paris is only a two hour train ride away.One of our all-time favourite places in London is South Kensington, aka little Paris (due to the presence of Frenchies living here, French bakeries, pharmacies and schools). You can feast your eyes on the stately and manicured homes, have a crêpe at the Duke square or pop by the famous Hummingbird bakery for a cheesecake chocolate brownie.

Compared to London’s Shoreditch that we visited just a day prior, we were taken aback by the fact that the beautiful gardens in the area are locked and only accessible for the (mostly wealthy) residents. A public park not open to all residents? Sometimes the classist nature of UK society is inescapable, like we’ve been transported back in time and straight into a Downton Abbey episode.

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Being part of the European Union and the continent surely helped to break down these barriers which is why we’re dismayed at the decision. There is a bit of a precedent in Europe for referendums not necessarily being accepted and acted upon by governments (Greek bailout anyone?), so lets keep our fingers crossed that this all fades away into nothingness! Wishful thinking?

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Rebel is wearing: Denim by J Brand, leopard printed ankle boots. Cat eye lace sunglasses by Valentino.

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Romantique is wearing: Navy Blue lace dress by Pinko. Ankle boots by AGL Attilio Giusi Leombruni. Sicilian straw bag (coffa)  “Sofia” by Sicily Bag. 

Rebel is wearing cat eye sunglasses by Valentino.

Rebel is wearing cat eye sunglasses by Valentino.

Sicilian Straw Bag (coffa) by Sicily Bag

Sicilian Straw Bag (coffa) by SicilyBag.com

Posted on June 26, 2016

How to wear a Millefleurs blouse?

Rebel/ Shirts

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How to wear a millefleurs blouse? Millefleurs is French and means thousand flowers,  a background or style of many different small flowers and plants.

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Millefleur shirts are really cute and and very, very  feminine – usually way too romantic for me  but I do love the millefleurs prints and pattern. If you  are more of a Rebel type and not 100% Romantique than you have to clash your millefleur blouse with some cool girl accessories to avoid the frumpy housewife look!

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I wear: Floral Blouse by Ralph Lauren, black Skinny Jeans by H&M

For me there is only one style combination of a millefleur shirt that works:

Cool Jeans (for me skinny fit), Converse high top in black, white or blue and edgy sunglasses- see Alexa Chung, there is nothing to add, she nails it yet again!

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Posted on May 16, 2016

Never say Never in Fashion

Denim/ Featured/ Rebel

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I usually only wear skinny jeans, but recently  I’ve become a believer in boyfriend jeans. I’ve long ignored this fashion piece which has become a staple thanks to its relaxed fit and lived in look.

How could that happen?

“Never say never in Fashion, because you’ll be wearing “Never” in two years time.” (Alexa Chung) I said “never” to Boyfriend Jeans but if you never try, you will never know – I learned it’s working for fashion too.

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Boyfit jeans look great paired with everything from a basic T-shirt to a chic Blazer, and they lend versatility in terms of shoe choice: you can wear them with everything from Converse to sky-high stilettos or flats.

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I wear: Boyfit Jeans by REPLAY, T-Shirt by H&M, Jumper by POLO RALPH LAUREN, Flats by CARVELLA, Sunnies by PAUL SMITH

 

Posted on April 17, 2016

Casual French Girl Style

Bags/ Featured/ Icons/ Romantique/ Skirts
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French girl style at Sloane Square, London

Whenever I feel uninspired, bored or just not too fussed about fashion, I’ll un-dust one of my many stripey breton shirts. The quintessential Parisian style staple always delivers, looking pulled together and relaxed at the same time. Who doesn’t have at least 3 stripey shirts in their wardrobe?  The nautical stripes were made famous in 1917 by no other than Madam Coco Chanel herself, establishing the shirt mariniere as a style icon. Countless celebs followed suit, from Audrey Hepburn to French cool Girl Clemence Poesy.

My favourite look is to go all out on the sailor theme by teaming my stripey J Crew shirt (love the relaxed fit and the boat neck) with a navy straight skirt and white buttons. To finish off the French look, I add a small straw bag for the Jane Birkin flair, St Tropez circa 1967.

What’s your favourite way of styling this timeless Piece? Would love to hear from you!

I’m wearing (mostly French, bien sur):

  • Sailor shirt by J Crew
  • Navy skirt with white Buttons by Claudie Pierlot
  • Sicilian embellished straw coffa bag by Sicily Bag – limited “Limoncello|” Edition
  • Banana earrings by N2 by Les Nereides
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Audrey Hepburn looking chic in the nautical look.

Audrey Hepburn looking chic in the nautical look.

Love how Clemence Poesy mixes up styles: A relaxed sailor tee paired with a boucle tweed skirt. Parfait!

Love how Clemence Poesy mixes up styles: A relaxed sailor tee paired with a boucle tweed skirt on the red carpet. Parfait!

Posted on April 3, 2016

Black or Beige Trenchcoat?

Coats/ Featured/ Rebel

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Do you prefer your trench coat in black or beige?

With it’s classic shape, timeless appeal and effortless chic, the trench coat is a classic outerwear piece for transitioning from summer to fall or from winter to spring .

For over 15 years I’ve owned a beige Burberry trench coat.  I never thought about a black trench coat up until this spring, when I was looking for a more subtle, sexy and feminine version of the trench. With a black trench coat, I could be that sexy French girl, avec tousled hair!

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Christy Turlington looking radiant as always – Elegance, privacy, class, education, yoga and a happy family life helps!

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Alex Chung’s Black Trench

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Have a happy springtime with or without the classic trench coat!

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