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November 2011

Posted on November 30, 2011

“…die Ehe eine Frage der Logistik”?

Movie & Books/ Rebel

Endlich gibt es die Biografie von Diane Keaton “Damals Heute” nun auch auf Deutsch! Gleich auf der ersten Seite geht es richtig gut los mit einem Zitat: “…und für die meisten armen, dummen, hirngewaschenen Frauen ist die Ehe der Gipfel des Erlebens. Für Männer ist die Ehe eine Frage effizienter Logistik: hier hat er alles, Essen, Bett, Wäsche, Fernsehen…Nachwuchs und kreatürliche Bedürfnisse ordentlich unter einem Dach…Für eine Frau dagegen ist Ehe Kapitulation. Eine Frau, das ist, wenn ein Mädchen den Kampf aufgibt…”

Ein wenig davon kann ich absolut unterschreiben, denn was mich in meiner langjährigen Beziehung am meisten gestresst hat war der Alltag – zb. “Schatz, was wollen wir essen?” allein bei der Frage bin ich schon die Wände hochgegangen! Heute würde ich sagen: “Was fragst du mich, bin ich die 5 Sterne Köchin”? Das samstagtägliche gemeinsame Foodshopping habe ich als Horror empfunden. Das führt mich zu der Frage, ob das Konzept von Beziehungen mit Socken waschen, Hemden bügeln, vor der Glotze hängen überhaupt wirklich für mich so passend ist und wirklich mein Ding ist? Will ich das alles auch nur “haben”, weil alle anderen das auch “haben”, damit ich gesellschaftsfähig bleibe, vielleicht mache ich mir etwas vor? Es is nicht so leicht für sich selbst das Richtige im Leben herauszufinden. Darüber muss ich noch NACHDENKEN!

Posted on November 29, 2011

How to care for wool and cashmere

Jumpers/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

“Simplicity, good taste and grooming are the three fundamentals of good dressing and these do not cost money”. – Christian Dior

Grooming and taking care of your clothes is one of the essentials of good style. The most beautiful cashmere sweater can look cheap when it’s not well look after, covered in  pilling knots all over.

Wool and cashmere can last for years if cared for properly. Here are my tips on how to look after your favourite winter pieces:

  • Washing: Wool is a natural fibre that can shrink and mat if you wash it at high temperature and spin. Therefore, always make sure to follow the washing instructions. Some woolen jumpers can be washed in the washing machine’s wool programme with the lowest spin. I wash my favourite cashmere jumpers by hand, gently squeezing them to get rid of excess water, followed by rolling it in a towel, and drying it lying flat.
  • Ironing: Because wool and cashmere are natural fibres you should hang them onto a padded hanger after wearing, to allow the fibre to spring back into place. Only lightly steam them with a water filled steam iron on the lowest “wool” setting.
  • Fight the pilling: Fluff shaver (mine is from Remington and I swear on it) gets rid of unsightly pilling and can be used on jumpers, coats or even socks, making them look as good as new!

  • Storage: Keep closets, drawers and trunks clean, use scented drawer liners to keep moth at bay. After winter, clean your woolen clothing and put it into an airtight sealed plastic storage bag. This is the only way to protect jumpers from months. I tried everything: cedar rings, moth balls, moth paper, scented gel pads – nothing kept the moth from eating into the clothes apart from storing them clean in  storage plastic bags.

 

Posted on November 27, 2011

Forget shares – Invest in a statement coat

Movie & Books/ Romantique

Coats are one of the wardrobe items that should be made of high quality material. It is a statement worth investing in, more so than the “it-bag” or the “statement high-heel”.

After all, you are wearing it daily over your outfit and a good piece will last a few seasons.

Tips on what to look out for when buying an investment coat:

  • Go for a clean-lined, classic cut that will still be “in” two years down the line
  • Pure wool and cashmere are best fabrics
  • Stick with classic colours such as navy, camel, black

The creme de la creme of the statement coat is the timeless, classic cut, camel coloured coat from Max Mara (101801). It’s been running up and down the runway every season since it’s creation in 1981. The coat is so iconic, that even an exhibition and a coffee table book has been devoted to the Max Mara coat range and the 101801 at £750  surely is an investment.

If you can’t afford the original Max Mara coat, Esprit offers a great copy this season: Camel cashmere wool made in Italy with a signature red collar:

My double breasted, marine coat is from Max & Co, the more affordable and trendy, youth division of Max Mara:

Jackie Kennedy in the 60ies in a Max Mara coat:

Max Mara celebrates 55 years in the Fashion industry – great coffee table book illustrating the beginnings of Max Mara and the iconic coats through the years

 

 

Posted on November 26, 2011

Jeans Jackets

Rebel

Okay, die Love Moschino ist mal eine andere Art von Jeansjacke und trotzdem ein absolutes NOGO, Fashiontrend hin oder her. Ich persönlich finde, dass jeansjackets akzeptabel sind bis maximal 25, danach sind die Teile einfach nur peinlich, prollig und gehören für mich nicht mehr in jeden Schrank. Sorry, Girls!

Posted on November 25, 2011

Carine Roitfeld findet Blogs gefährlich?!

Movie & Books/ Rebel

In der neuen Gala sind ab Seite 50 tolle Bilder und ein Interview mit Carine Roitfeld anläßlich ihrer Bildbandpräsentation “Irrevent” in Berlin im “The Corner”. Das Interview ist wirklich klasse aber dann kommt der letzte Absatz, wo es um Fashinblogs geht. Roitfeld meint: “Blogs sind sehr gefährlich…Jeder kann sagen, was er will. Das ist ein Problem…..Den man braucht einen gewissen Hintergrund, man muss Dinge richtig einschätzen können, um seine Meinung abgeben zu können.” Wie arrogant ist das denn? Das schöne an Blogs ist ja, dass durch das Internet nicht nur ein elitärer Zirkel von Leuten über Mode schreiben darf, die bei der Vogue, Elle, Bazzar etc. arbeiten. Was brauche ich denn für einen Hintergrund, um meine Meinung über einen Chloé Mantel abzugegben, ob er MIR gefällt oder nicht? Voila, da ist er übrigens, der Chloé Mantel.

Schon klar, dass der ganze Highfashion Zirkus unter sich bleiben will und damit die Kontrolle behalten möchte aber damit ist Schluss, das Internet hat das revolutioniert – liberté, égalité, fraternité! Nicht nur Models oder daddys Girls, die durch Vitamin B Teil des Business sind haben “CHIC”, Madame Roitfeld und dürfen sich eine Meinung bilden! Kaufen sollen wir das ganze Zeugs aber die Klappe halten, richtig? Gottseidank bestimmt das Carine Roitfeld nicht!

 

Posted on November 25, 2011

Germany celebrates xmas market season!

Romantique/ Travel
I don’t like the cold winter months but I love Christmas time in Germany, it is simply MAGIC!  Between the end of November and end of December, the whole of Germany is glistening in sparkling light shows in over 1,200 Christmas markets. Even the smallest of towns will have a xmas market with wooden hats selling the obligatory Gluehwein (mulled wine)  to keep your cheeks rosy and Bratwurst fresh from the grill.
Even people from neighbouring countries such as Switzerland, Austria and Denmark, come streaming in to Germany to visit its world famous markets.
You can buy last minute holiday gifts, such as hand-carved nut crackers or angel decorations.
Try the festive biscuit Lebkuchen made with honey, spices and almonds; a delicious seasonal treat!
When it comes to xmas markets, Berliners are spoilt for choice. My favourite xmas market is the upscale Gendarmenmarkt with it’s beautiful white stands and light shows.

The xmas market at Alexanderplatz right in front of the town hall.

 

Posted on November 23, 2011

Christmas wish list: Customised Converse!!

Romantique/ Shoes

 

Christmas is approaching fast and if you are looking for a cool and unique present, then you have to go to London ‘s Selfridges!

Converse are not only “Religion” in Paris (according to our favourite French style icon Ines de la Fressange) but they are also popular worldwide.

At London’s Selfridges “Offspring” shoe department located on the first floor, you can have your Converse inked with a custom design.  There are hundreds of logos, images and words to choose from. In a matter of minutes your chosen graphic and / or words will be inked onto the shoe.

You cannot see the designs available online as they are copyright protected, so showing up in person to the store on Oxford Street, is the only way to get your feet into a pair. Hop to it!

Chose from over 200 designs to be inked onto your converse!

One of the designs on the screen…

And this is what the design looks like on the shoe!

The customisation costs vary from £10-25 depending on the size of the graphics on top of the cost of the shoe, a real bargain for such a unique and cool style statement!

My favourite designs: A pink kitty…

And heart shaped lollies!

Posted on November 21, 2011

Fashion Envy: Charlotte Olympia kitten flats

Romantique
Oh my, how gorgeous are Charlotte Olympia’s kitten flats? The embroidered velvet flats showing a cute kitten face are Alexa Chung’s and Sarah Jessica Parker’s favourites. I love Alexa’s combination of the sexy LRD  and the innocent kitten slippers.
With a price tag of £440, I’m afraid I have to give it a miss though! In the meantime I will unleash my inner kitty with Pretty Ballerina’s Leopard print shoes and I will forward a request to the Pretty Ballerina designers for kitten ballerinas for the next season, please!

 

Posted on November 20, 2011

Skeeter, Aibileen & Minny

Movie & Books/ Rebel

Der erste Roman von Kathryn Stockett “The Help” schoss auf Platz 1 der New-York-Times-Bestsellerliste und hält sich dort seit 100 Wochen auf den ersten Rängen und die Verfilmung mit Emma Stone wird in Deutschland am 8. Dezember starten. Es lohnt sich absolut das Buch noch schnell vor dem Filmstart zu lesen, denn es ist der Knaller! Am Freitag habe ich angefangen zu lesen und heute bin ich schon fast fertig, “One Day” hat mich lange nicht so gefesselt. Jede der drei Frauen ist etwas ganz besonderes und man möchte sofort mit allen dreien befreundet sein – Skeeter, die noch nicht unter der Haube ist und gerne Schriftstellerin in New York werden möchte,  Abibileen, die einen speziellen Draht zu Gott hat und ihre Gebete jeden Abend aufschreibt und Minny, die ihre Klappe nicht halten kann und die beste Karamelltorte in ganz Jackson, Mississippi macht.  The Help/ Gute Geister für mich das schönste Buch des Jahres 2011!

Posted on November 19, 2011

Romantique flies a Boeing 737 Jet

Lifestyle/ Romantique/ Travel

My Birthday present this year could not have been any more exciting! A flight simulator experience with a Boeing 737-700 (next generation!). After all, you are supposed to invest money in experiences rather than consumption! A cool experience is something you won’t forget and no one can’t take away from you.

See the video of my adventure here: http://vimeo.com/32217022

The whole day at work before my experience I felt quite nervous, in the knowledge that I would soon be piloting a state-of-the-art Boeing Jet!

Sitting in the cockpit, I was overwhelmed by all the buttons, control columns, flick swtiches and pedals. No wonder it needs two pilots and a flight engineer to monitor a Boeing flight deck!

I noticed that all the buttons looked quite “old school” – for a next generation Boeing I expected a totally digitalised cockpit. The reason for that might be that Boeing’s design philosophy is to build planes that are not as highly automated and sophisticated as the Airbus, but more reliant on manual controls, leaving final authority over the flight control to the pilot as opposed to Airbus who believes the fly-by-wire computer should have final flight authority and correct the pilot.

In the aviation industry, it is a much heated debate as to which design / technology is the better / safer one. Fact is, both airplanes have equally excellent safety records. Personally, I do feel safer in a Boeing plane. After all, if the Airbus computer freezes or is faulty, the pilot will not be able to re-gain control.

As part of the simulator training, you can chose from 14,000 airports on where to depart from and where to land. For my two flights, I chose:

Sydney – Berlin

London Heathrow – Cape Town

My departure from Sydney was a bit rocky as I had to figure out how the controls work– the Boeing steering control is located right in front of the pilot – you pull the yoke backwards to gain altitude and push it forwards to pitch the nose down and dive. To my right, was the thrust lever – full power for departure! Meanwhile, my co pilot (who was indeed a “real pilot”) took care of the flaps, gear and co-ordinates.

You have to be very authoratitive on the controls and use a bit of force on the steering control as well as keeping in mind the fact that the huge jet doesn’t react straight away but with a few seconds delay. While getting a feel for the controls I heard a number of confusing alarms: One of them sounded very familiar to me from watching my favourite TV Show “Air crash investigations”. A computurised female voice annouced: “Terrain, Terrain” – I was steering the plane dangerously to the ground – Oooops! By pulling the nose up, I recovered the plane quickly! A pink cross on the flight display (which indicates altitude, speed and level) (inerst pic of flight control) acts as a reference for the pilot on how to fly the plane.

The landing in Berlin was smooth despite crosswinds. I should mention that I don’t have a driving license (my co-pilot kept telling me to use the steering column like a steering wheel in car! Not very helpful if you have never driven a car!) so I was proud of myself to have landed the jet safely!

It was a great experience and I cannot wait to do it again soon!

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