Turn your home into a cosy palace:
Wall tattoos are a great way to personalise your room. You can choose from a wide range of visuals such as flowers, stones, butterflies, trees, figures or even city sights (let the Eiffeltower into your room)
Use colour for spacious rooms. If you are not daring enough to paint all four walls in a bright colour, why not start off with just one. I painted only one wall in Sweet pink from Dulux.
London’s flats are not only expensive but often very small. Tidy up and organise to maximise space. The shops Holding Company and Muji offer great inspirations and solutions for storage.
Get creative and start painting. I love Fifi Flowers paintings, very dreamy, almost naive paintings of Paris. I love spending an afternoon painting, inspired by Fifi’s fabulous gems.
Ines de la Fressange, 53 year old Model, Muse to Karl Lagerfeld and face of Chanel, is finally sharing her style secrets with us in her book . Who is else is more qualified to write a book about Parisian Style than the epitome of timeless elegance.
Ines does not reinvent the wheel with her book but reading it does serve to remind you of simple principles of chic when you are out shopping, tempted to get that sequinned dress, that deep down you know you will never wear.
- Wear what suits you, not what what is trendy or in right now
- Less is more: If you are wearing a necklace, don’t wear earrings. If you wear colourful nailvarnish, avoid rings.
The “Magnificent Seven” wardrobe basics are: a man’s blazer, trench coat, navy sweater, tank top, little black dress, jeans and leather jacket – all modelled by her equally gorgeous daughter in the book.
Here is my philosophy on fashion:
- Swap Ballerinas for high heels if you cannot walk in them – nothing is more unattractive than tottering along when you should grace a feline walk
- Go for simple, classic shapes that never go out of fashion like shift dresses, pencil skirts, trench coats. Add a girly detail like puff sleeves on the trenchcoats, or flowers on the shift dress.
Below: Rebel wears marine sweater from TK Maxx, white jeans and pearl necklace from Sum Cinque. Romantique wears puff-sleeved trench coat from Stefanel , flower shift dress by Max Mara and ballerinas from Pretty Ballerina.
In the heart of Primrose Hill – star studded writers and artists enclave – we stumbled about this hidden gem by sheer luck, and it has now become one of my favourites!
This authentic Russian tea room has a cool ambience and is lovingly decorated with a wall of Matroschkas in a red / gold themed decor. Prices were reasonable and we enjoyed these delicious dishes:
Warm blinis with smoked salmon, Herring fillet with beetroot and new potato, Mizeria (cucumber salad in a Joghurt sauce), a REAL Vienna Schnitzel (veil escalope, not beef, chicken or worse pork) and a basket of fresh rye bread to die for! In the end I could only squeeze in one desert, a divine home-made Apple Charlotte.
Hailing from North Germany, I know my way around these types of cuisine andTrojka represents London’s best shot at quality renditions of these typical Norht German and Eastern European dishes.
Make sure to check out this restaurant when you’re in Primrose Hill but do book in advance as we are not the only ones who have discovered this find!
South Kensington is one of my favourite parts of London and a mecca for French creperies and cafes as well as culture (Institute Francaise, French book shops and libraries). Enjoy a Cafe au lait in this cute bakery just opposite South Kensington Tube station or induldge yourself in legendary raspberry cheesecake brownie from the Hummingbird Bakery.