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January 2012

Posted on January 30, 2012

Paul & Joe’s purrrfect make-up kitten collection

Beauty/ Romantique
OH. MY. GOD. As a cat lover, I have just died and gone to heaven after discovering that fun-loving French make-up label Paul & Joe are celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2012 with not one but two adorable collections of cat inspired make-up influenced by the legendary “sex kitten” of French cinema – the cutest thing since new born kitten!
My favourites are the blush sticks shaped as – I hope you are sitting down – felines wearing a top hat!  Also part of the collection are cat embossed eyeshadows, lipsticks and powders, gel eyeliners for the feline flick and nail varnishes. All this comes in a pretty wallpaper packaging.
You can order the new collection here and make sure to check back  for reviews for a few of the products soon – needless to say that I have ordered a few of the gorgeous pieces – provided I can bring myself to use the cute kitten embossed powders and lipsticks!
 
Eye and face colour in “Siamese pleease”, “purrfect” and “kittycat”
Lipsticks with engraved paws: “sex kitten”, “meow”, “catwalk”
The blusher sticks come in the colours “Glamour puss”, “Minou” and “cat fight”

 

Posted on January 29, 2012

“Well, I guess it’s back to the perfume counter for me…”

Movie & Books

Es gibt Filme und es gibt Kultfilme, die wir in unser Herz geschlossen haben und die uns deshalb ein Leben lang begleiten werden. The Women aus dem Jahr 1939! unter der Regie von George Cukor ist so ein Film für mich, den ich mir jedes Jahr mindestens einmal immer wieder anschauen kann.

Die Handlung:

Sylvia Fowler (Rosalind Russell) erfährt von ihrer geschwätzigen Maniküre, dass der verheiratete Stephen Haines, immerhin Gatte ihrer “Freundin” und Cousine Mary, ein Verhältnis mit der Verkäuferin Crystal Allen (Joan Crawford) habe. Natürlich teilt sie das gleich ihrer Freundin Edith Potter (Phyllis Povah) mit. Die betrogene Gattin (Norma Shearer) erfährt es als letzte. Obwohl Marys Mutter (Lucile Watson) ihr zur Gelassenheit rät, überschlagen sich die Ereignisse aufgrund der “Anteilnahme” ihrer Freundinnen. Schließlich fährt Mary, begleitet von “Lämmchen” Peggy (Joan Fontaine kurz vor ihrem Durchbruch in “Rebecca”), nach Reno, um die Scheidung in die Wege zu leiten und trifft dort auf die Scheidungsexpertin Gräfin Flora DeLave (Mary Boland, “Verheiratet, geschieden, verheiratet, geschieden. L`amour! Das heißt Liebe auf Französisch.”), sowie die abgeklärte Miriam Aarons (Paulette Goddard). Knapp zwei Jahre später haben sich die Verhältnisse geändert. Einige scheidungswillige Frauen sind nun allein, andere zu ihrem Ehemann zurückgekehrt, wiederum andere haben erneut geheiratet oder sind auf dem Sprung, eine andere Beziehung zu beenden!!!

“It’s all about men” aber nicht ein einziger Mann taucht in dem ganzen Film auf, wie im richtigen Fauenleben, wenn wir am Telefon hängen, what’s up oder e-mail Nachrichten an unsere Freundinnen schreiben oder uns auf einen Latte treffen, um die letzten (Männer) Ereignisse der Woche zu besprechen. Ich bin so etwas wie ein Zitate-Junkie, deshalb würde ich am liebsten hier jetzt jeden einzelnen Satz aus dem zweistündigem Klassiker zitieren – meine kleine best of Auswahl.

Über wahre und falsche Feundinnen:

“Wenn sie sich nur entschließen könnte, sich scheiden zu lassen. Diese Ungewissheit ist schrecklich für ihre Freundinnen.”

Über Verführung:

“Thanks for the tip. But when anything I wear doesn’t please Stephen, I take it off.”

Kampf zwischen Ehefrau und Geliebter:

Crystal Allen:

“You noble wives and mothers bore the brains out of me. And I bet you bore your husbands, too.”

Mary Haines:

“You are a hard one.”

Crystal Allen:

“I can be soft on the right occasion.”

Über Stolz:

“Stolz ist ein Luxus, den sich eine Frau, die liebt nicht leisten kann.”

Über Falten:

“I hate to tell you, dear, but your skin makes the Rocky Mountains look like velvet.”

Über Liebe:

“Liebe schämt sich vor gar nichts.”

“Es ist niemals Schluss, solange du liebst.”

Wie geht’s weiter?

“Kinn hoch – am besten beide!”

www.youtube.com/watch?v=VD2uQzeZHzo

 

 

Posted on January 28, 2012

London hairstyle

Beauty/ London/ Romantique

District tube line, 8 am: Two very trendy but different ladies showing off their trendy hair dos.

The girl in pic number one goes for the full on”TOWIE” glamour: Long, blond hair extensions, thick, heavy fake lashes, bling jewellery and the obligatory Chanel monogram handbag (from Turkey).

The lady in the below pic on the right sports the Anna Wintour bob – a graphic and accurat cut, glossy and shiny in a rich dark chocolate colour. Perfect for her oval face shape and such a timeless cut.

Which hairstyle of these two fashionable ladies do you prefer?

Posted on January 26, 2012

London Winter Style

Coats/ London/ Romantique/ Wardrobe
Back in September I raved about Stefanel’s great winter collection, in particular their shearling coats and jackets. This month I was lucky enough to snap up this gorge coat in the sales at House of Fraser, where Stefanel has a concession in the UK.
And what a dream it is to wear: Warm, snuggly, supersoft, exuding that luxurious new leather smell.
You can’t go wrong with a classic shearling lambskin coat – it’s not  cheap to buy but an investment that yo will enjoy for many years!
Cameron Diaz sporting a white Miu Miu shearling coat in the movie “The Holiday”.
 
Gisele Buendchen keeping warm during the harsh East Coast winter.

 

Posted on January 25, 2012

“Mördersoundtrack”

Movie & Books/ Rebel

Leider gibt es den Soundtrack von “Happy End mit Hindernissen” nicht zu kaufen aber hier die Playlist, einiges kann man bei itunes finden! Der Film ist ganz nice, typisch französisch chaotisch aber das Highlight ist definitiv JOHNNY DEPP!

Tracklist:
1. The Pale Fountains / Bicycle Thieves
2. The Velvet Underground & Nico / Sunday Morning
3. Jonathan Fire Eater / Station Coffee
4. Radiohead / Creep
5. Cinematic Orchestra / Breakfast
6. Brad Mehldau / Paranoid Android
7. Burt Bucharach / South American Getaway
8. Cousteau / Last Good Day Of The Year
9. Cinematic Orchestra / Swimming Pool
10. Cinematic Orchestra / Balcony
11. Louis Bertignac / Elle, Lui Et Louis
12. Cinematic Orchestra / Restaurant
13. Sparklehorse / It’s A Wonderful Life
14. The Velvet Underground & Nico / I’m Waiting For The Man
15. Henri Mancini / Follow Me : Love Song From “The Mutiny On The Bounty”

Posted on January 25, 2012

Quality of Life Index: 7 German speaking cities top the poll

Berlin/ Current Affairs/ Romantique

Each year The Quality of Living Index by consultancy Mercer provides us with an insight on which city in the world is most livable based on 39 criteria.

A whopping 7 cities in German speaking countries (Austria, Switzerland & Germany) topped the Top 10 in 2011.

Having lived in Berlin for most of my life and in the UK for the last 7 years, I can see why the “Germanic” countries provide such a good standard of living.

So here’s the countdown countries number 11 up to 1:

Number 11, Sydney, Australia: A temperate climate (mild winters and warm summers), stunning scenery in and around Sydney, high life expectancy and a low crime rate (thanks to the nanny state) catapult Sydney right to the front.

Number 9: Copenhagen, Denmark beats European cities such as Barcelona, London and Stockholm coming in at number 9. Good work/life balance and the high standards of social welfare such as free education and health care reflects the high rating.

Geneva, Switzerland,  number 8: With a population of only 185,958, Geneva is an international diplomacy hub and it’s citizen enjoy excellent health care and education.

Frankfurt, Germany, number 7: Frankfurt is the “London” of Germany, it’s financial hub and also the home of continental Europe’s biggest airport. It boasts an excellent education system:

Germany has top class state schools and universities which is provided for free. Private schooling is not common in Germany which contributes to an equal society. The exemplary dual education system (combination of apprenticeship and vocational training) enables people to learn 356 occupations (such as oven builder or doctor’s assistant) regulated by national standards. If you study at University, one semester abroad is funded by the government, even pocket money is included in this deal!

Vancouver, Canada, number 6: Canadian cities dominate the top of the ranking for the area North America. Vancouver is a coastal city which has excellent standards of education and health care for North American standards.

Duesseldorf, Germany, number 5: Duesseldorf offers more than 100 temporary art galleries, it is known for it’s fashion and trade fares and like the rest of Germany, benefits from an excellent public service and transportation network: An extended speed train network and tube systems are mostly owned by the government who has the money to spend on modernisation rather than private companies who are solely profit driven.

Excellent health care is a factor that contributes greatly to quality of living:

We don’t think much about it while we’re healthy, but having competent  medical care when you’re sick is most of the crucial aspects of Life. Germany, Austria and Switzerland’s world class health and dental care is law enforced,i.e. the population is legally obliged to pay a relatively  high percentage of their salary (50% contribution from the employer and 50% contribution from the employee) towards medical insurance.

The doctor’s rate per ca pita is high, meaning that access to Medicine is easy and there are no waiting times.

Munich, Germany, number 4: Munich is the capital of Bavaria and Germany’s publishing hub. It exudes a relaxed Italian cafe culture and outdoor culture and the proximity to Italy, Austria,  Switzerland and the Alps make the city an attractive place to live.

Auckland, New Zealand, number 3: Apparently, when flying to New Zealand, stewardesses always make a point of telling you to put the clock back 10 years! Still, Auckland is coming in at an impressive number 3. It’s New Zealand’s most beautiful and biggest city, with a warm temperate climate and an excellent education system. One third of Auckland’s population holds a bachelor degree or higher and they also have over the highest disposable income in New Zealand.

Zuerich, Switzerland, number 2: Last year I visited Zuerich and had a great time. Although it’s a relatively small city (you can walk in 30 minutes from one end to the other), it has a very international feel to it and a Mediterranean flair with it’s beautiful lake surrounded by mountains and excellent Italian outdoor restaurants. And let’s not forget the chocolate and the exquisite gateaux!

Vienna is #1: Home of Mozart, it is Europe’s cultural capital with more than 100 museums, relaxed coffee house culture and 2,000 parks! Vienna also won the 2010 UN urban planning award for improving the living conditions of its residents. Under a multimillion-euro program, the city refurbished more than 5,000 buildings with nearly 250,000 apartments”

Before I went abroad, I didn’t know that things like double glazed windows, central heating systems, solid, noise proof apartment blocks or balconies are not everywhere the norm in Europe.

Central Europe’s big cities are rental cities – i.e. the population rents rather than buys flats  and big block of flats are owned by large corporations with enough budget to maintain the flats and invest in renovation if necessary (as apposed to private landlords). As a house owner, the government subsidises structural renovation and you are given tax breaks, ensuring a modernised standard for housing.

Speaking for Germany, rental prices are reasonable and you do not need to spend most of your salary for rent like in London, New York or Paris. You can get a modern 1 bedroom flat in Berlin Mitte with parquet floors and 10 minutes from the city centre for as little as 500 EUR a month!

My home town Berlin is coming in at number 17. It is the cheapest capital of Europe and while it doesn’t have the economic power of the Southern German cities due to it’s isolation during the cold war, it is now finding it’s place as Germany’s hub for the service industry such as communications, information technology, marketing, and more recently tourism.

Berlin has a fascinating history with it’s troubled past of WW2, cold war and reunification, all of which you can feel when you walk through the city . Stunning architecture ranging from Medieval to Baroque is a feast for eyes. Berlin-Mitte boasts more art galleries than coffee shops and 3 opera houses guarantee no lack of recreational activities. For which Germans have lots of time with an average of 30 annual leave days plus up to 14 public holidays!

The only British city in the TOP 50 is London coming in at number 38.

Have a look at Mercer’s index if you are curious to see where your city ranks. Ultimately, everyone needs to decide for themselves which criteria is important to them and after all:

There is no place like home!

http://www.mercer.com/articles/quality-of-living-survey-report-2011

 

Posted on January 22, 2012

Camerons bad fashion day

Rebel


Cameron Diaz ist mein absoluter Liebling in Hollywood und ihr Geschmack ist immer top! Aber das Golden Globe Kleid und Make up, Hilfe – das Kleid ist für sich nicht schlecht aber das kalte blau steht ihr nicht und dazu das komplett tote nude make up lässt sie leblos und langweilig aussehen. Na, vielleicht hat sie einfach nur einen schlechten Tag gehabt, die Cammy.

Posted on January 22, 2012

Klum – Samuel the end?

Love & Relationship/ Rebel

Das Photo ein zwei Jahre alter Schnappschuss von Romantique aus London von Heidi und Seal. Mein Gott, die Klamotten von beiden sind einfach grauenhaft, das mal nebenbei. Wird es eine Scheidung geben? Man sagt ja, dass an Gerüchten immer etwas wahres dran sein soll? Aber warum sind denn alle nur so geschockt??? Ich kann überhaupt nicht verstehen, wer dem jahrelang völlig unnatürlichen und übertriebenen ” wir sind ja so verliebt” Gerede von Heidi Klum Glauben schenken konnte? Heidi, die Superwoman, die Superehe alles, alles super und immer, immer happy -wo gibt es denn so etwas, das ist doch nicht real!!!

Posted on January 22, 2012

Coco’s classic pieces

Blazer / Jackets/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

“A girl should be two things – classy and fabulous”

And Coco’s signature pieces help us being just that! Classic and trendy, Larl Lagerfeld manages to re-invent Coco’s timeless pieces each season:

  • The Bouclé Tweed suit in contrasting colours
  • The  Little Black Dress
  • The Shirt Marinière
  • Quilted leather handbag an a chain
  •  Long pearl necklace
  •  Simple, clear cuts in black and white

Even decades after designing her groundbreaking garnments, they are still stylish as ever and copied all over the world.

The above picture is low cost giant Primark’s take on Coco’s style: Short boucle cardigan in navy and white stripes.

 

 

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