Posted on August 14, 2016

Romantique and Rebel in Berlin Kreuzberg

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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!

Palais am Hofgarten Art Deco Kreuzberg Berlin

Street style Berlin Kreuzberg Max Mara dress

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.

Street style Berlin Kreuzberg Max Mara dress

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

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Sister Selfie – Rebel on Left, Romantique on Right

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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.

IMG_8382 I wear: Millefleur Shirt by Hallhuber, Black Sunglasses by Paul Smith

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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Street style London shirt mariniere and sicily bag straw bag

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!

Posted on March 25, 2016

Gimme bunny ears!

Accessoires/ Rebel

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Each year around Easter my inner child talks to me: I need some bunny ears because some things never change. Bunny ears are not only Playboy fashion. The little accessory is a playful twist on a head with different attitudes cute, funny and yes, so damn sexy. Let’s have look on my favourite bunny ears pics.

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Cara Delevinge showing Burberry Prorsum

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Bunny fabulous chic!

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Kendall Jenner channels Club Kid Fashion in Vogue Brazil

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Kate Moss for Playboy 60th anniversary

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Happy Easter everybody!

Posted on March 21, 2016

London’s Hipster East: What to do in Shoreditch

Featured/ London/ Rebel/ Romantique

 

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On Rebel’s recent visit to London, I was determined to show her a new side to London that she hadn’t experienced previously; The cool and historic East. Whilst Rebel and I prefer the manicured gardens and cultural landmarks of of West London (Kensington & Notting Hill), London is very diverse with different pockets that all have their own unique feel and atmosphere. London’s East used to feel very gritty, shabby and run down before it arose as one of London’s most expensive areas thanks to gentrification by creative industries and tech start-ups.

At Redchurch Street

At Redchurch Street

Shoreditch and neighbouring Brick Lane have an urban feel with their views to the high rise buildings of the City of London. mixed in with factories, lofts and industrial buildings. Home to celebrities such as Keira Knightly and London’s best restaurants and bars, this pocket feels like real London. Not tooo polished and established. You can dress and live without being judged and simply be accepted for who you are. No one will bat an eyelid when you wear Doc Martins and pink hair. Or a Bavarian dirndl. Or whatever you feel like! Make no mistake though, this is not Berlin Kreuzberg: Shoreditch is hugely popular and rents are out of control. If you bought a flat here 10 years ago, chances are you are a millionaire now. Expensive Italian designer labels have taken up commercial space in the hope that London’s East coolness will rub off on them.

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Street art in Shoreditch. Rebel is wearing sunnies by Stella McCartney and stripey jumper by St James.

What to do in Shoreditch:

  • Stroll along Redchurch Church Street. Browse the designer shops and have a coffee and brownie from one of the many independent café’s
  • Eat at Pizza East for arguably London’s best pizza, at  Andina Restaurant for the best Peruvian food or gorge on Honest Burger, my favourite in London (forget Patty & Bun and Meat Liquor!)
  • Don’t run into a hipster
  • Check out the street art
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Shoreditch impressions

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So good! Honest Burger

Very East London: For her exhibition in Jan 2016 , Annie Leibovitz chose an unused power station. Just like her portraits, free of fake glamour.

Very East London: For her exhibition, Annie Leibovitz chose an unused power station in Wapping, East London. Just like her portraits, free of fake glamour.

Posted on March 15, 2016

My Burberry Heart Scarf or how to recognise a fake

Accessoires/ Featured/ Romantique
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In London, wearing my Burberry scarf and Sicily Bag

Burberry is a remarkable British success story, especially as the tale possesses all the elements of a true drama: Fallen from grace, only to then re-emerge stronger like a phoenix out of the ashes:

In the early 2000s, Burberry’s image started to rapidly fall  due to a lower price strategy, counterfeit goods and it’s association with hooligan and “chav”, low class culture.

New CEO Angela Ahrend and Christopher bailey, Chief creative officer,  were appointed in 2006 to turn around Britain’s most recognisable, ailing brand. They re-invented the brand by concentrating on the core strengh: The outerwear, including the iconic trench coat. By shaking up the company through a new vision, leadership changes and factory closures, Angela faced a lot of adversity but stood by her vision and managed to turn the company’s fortunes around.

After living in the UK for more than 11 years, I decided that its time to treat myself to one of Burberry’s iconic basics: The checked scarf. Rebel invested in a trench coat and scarf back in 1998 (!!!!), and she still wears both today as they are in mint condition!

After spotting the GORGEOUS giant check scarfs with adorable heart design, I knew I had to have one! It’s basically a Romantique version of the classic tartan scarf. The price tag of 395 GBP seemed prohibitive so I had the ingenious idea to browse Ebay and scout myself a bargain. After some searching and bidding, I was thrilled to win an auction for the scarf  for half of the retail price.

After a few days, I received the scarf (see below) and whilst I was ecstatic at first, I  noticed a few irregularities which raised doubts in mind as to whether this was a genuine Burberry article. Making the most of my lunch break, I trapsed over to Burberry’s flagship store in Regent Street, London,  where to my horror, my doubts where confirmed; the manager telling me that despite it being one of the best replicas she’s yet seen, that the scarf was indeed a counterfeit. I have to say that the professionalism shown by this lady impressed me; she took the time to point out the main differences between my replica scarf and the real deal:

Spot the fake...it's the one on the left. Note the replica is more tan hued, not camel/beige

Spot the fake…it’s the one on the left. Note the replica is more tan hued, not camel/beige

  • Material:All Burberry scarves are made of 100% Cashmere. My ebay scarf was soft, it was almost too soft, and it was pilling noticeably, despite being ostensibly brand new. My black skirt was littered with white fuzzy bits. Did this scarf skip quality control? No of course it didn’t. The material is the tell tale sign of authenticity. It has to be of the highest quality. No pilling, no fuzzy graphics, no flimsyness.
  • Packaging:The scarf came in a cardboard roll, embossed with the Burberry knight and adorned by a bow. Whilst this was an elaborate attempt to duplicate the Burberry packaging, the bow wasn’t made of gerbadine (like all Burberry bows) and the two parts of the roll didn’t seem to fit. Again, would Burberry really sell a 400£ scarf and then skimp on ill-fitting packaging with non perfect design? No!
  • Label:When you look online for help on how to spot a replica Burberry product, you will find many tips pointing to the clue which lies in the “R” in “Burberry”. Apparently it has a “rats tail” at the end. I’m not really a caligrapher and didn’t see a difference when I compared the label of my ebay scarf and the real logo. However, if you put the labels side by side, you will see that the genuine label is made of a high quality, textured label. Unlike the replica, it also contains the subline “100% Cashmere” and “made in Scotland”.
  • Hearts: The hearts on my ebay scarf were printed onto the original check design. Holding the scarf against the light, you can see the check pattern shining through the scarf. On the original scarf, the hearts are woven into the fibres of the scarf. They are part of the check design.

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These are just a few of the differences but they are the most glaring ones which hopefully will help my beloved followers spot a counterfeit. My advice is to look at the real thing in the shop, compare and listen to your gut feel. If you are unhappy with the quality of your purchase, more often than not it’s dodgy copy.

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Burberry heart scarf fake and genuine print

Look out for designs woven into the scarf, not printed on.

Posted on March 6, 2016

Wedding Season: 6 Iconic Bridal Gowns I would Still Wear Today

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