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April 2011

Posted on April 18, 2011

Chez Romantique

Decor/ Romantique

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.

Posted on April 18, 2011

Less is more – Parisian Chic

Movie & Books/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

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.

Posted on April 18, 2011

Matroschkas & Heavenly Food – Russian Tea room Trojka in Primrose Hill

Cuisine/ Rebel/ Romantique/ Travel

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!

Posted on April 18, 2011

Sailor Ahoy!

Romantique/ Shirts/ Wardrobe

Stripes in marine style are a classic and never really go out of fashion. This year you will find them everywhere in lots of different variations – though I prefer the navy blue on white version – who do you think wore it best ?

Posted on April 18, 2011

Charm up your life – Are you Sabo’ed yet?

Accessoires/ Romantique

Over the last few years charms have become hugely popular. Almost every jewellery brand include charms as part of their product offering. For me, German jewellery maker Thomas Sabo really stands out from the crowd. What sets him apart from his many competitors is the loving attention to detail that goes into every Thomas Sabo charm and the uniqueness and quirkyness of the charms. Forget boring cupcakes and horseshoes, think a cute bunny peeking out of a top hat, a swedish dalarna horse or a red London bus. Choosing from over 600 charms means there really is something for everyone – from romantique to rebel!

Posted on April 18, 2011

Little France in Kensington

Cuisine/ Romantique/ Travel

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.

 

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