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June 2012

Posted on June 20, 2012

Good Reads from Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca

Movie & Books/ Rebel

My favorits good reads from Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”

“I wish I was a woman of about thirty-six dressed in black satin with a string of pearls.”

“If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again.”

“I suppose sooner or later in the life of everyone comes a moment of trial. We all of us have our particular devil who rides us and torments us, and we must give battle in the end.”

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Posted on June 17, 2012

Geometric Gelato Dress

Dresses/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

What do you do on yet another rainy summer Sunday in London? The answer is simple: You dress as if it is warm and have a gelato pretending you’re in Italy!

I snapped up this  dress in Berlin at Max & Co., one of my favourite Italian stores. With it’s straight 60s shift shape and the geometric pattern, it looks like it’s come straight out of Megan Draper’s wardrobe.  Straightly cut shift dresses are great to hide a gelato tummy while you can still show your legs. Monochrome is an eternal classic look and becomes irresistable with a flash of yellow colour.

As this dress is such a statement with it’s graphic prints, I toned down accessories and just teamed the dress with flat yellow Pretty Ballerinas.

This sweetly decorated gelato shop (Dri Dri) is located at the tube station High Street Kensington. Their gelato is made fresh each morning and only contains 8% fat for guilt free pleasure . If you’re at Portobello Road, make sure to pop into Dri Dri’s sister’s store.


Posted on June 16, 2012

Colour-blocking dress

Dresses/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

Colour blocking is not really a trend as mixing several colours together is something we do each day anyway and it’s something that never goes out of fashion.

If you are unsure what colours support and compliment each other, just go for a colour-blocking dress which  already did the job for you!

Above: I’m wearing a white/black/royal blue and beige colour block dress from Max & Co SS 2012, glasses from  Gianfranco Ferre, shoes from Logan at TK Maxx.

Pippa Middleton in a similar Colour-block dress from Zara

Hillary Swank in a gucci colour block dress,  Spring 2012


Posted on June 16, 2012

Mad Men Fashion Season 5 – Megan Calvet’s style


Hands down, Mad Men is the most fashionable TV series since Sex and the City! I just finished watching season 5. My favourite fashion icon on the show is Don Draper’s wife, Megan Calvet, (played by Jessica Pare)  who’s been impressing me with 60ies mini skirts, colour blocking, monochrome dresses, capri trousers and boxy jackets. Many of the super feminine outfits can be easily translated to this summer season and to the upcoming autumn / winter season.

Above: Megan wearing a black and white hounds tooth wool jacket. The hounds tooth trend was big last winter as seen at Salvatore Ferragamo and will come back this autumn. Italian fashion house Max & Co revived the classic pattern again in the form of an egg shaped wool coat from the AW 2012 collection. I’m wearing a Zara hounds tooth pencil skirt.

Above: Megan is rocking an orange-cream coloured coat with zig zag pattern. Moschino Cheap & Chic did a sweet retro inspired green zig zag patterned jacket for their  SS 2012 collection.

Megan is a double Romantique in a dotted white-black ruffled blouse.

This navy blue dotted silk blouse from gant SS 2012 oozes American preppy chic  just like Megan’s.

Which one is your favourite character from the hit show?

Posted on June 16, 2012

How to wear Black and White Stripes

Blazer / Jackets/ Rebel/ Wardrobe

How to wear black and white Stripes? In my eyes there is not much room for trial and error because the stripes  are already a statement. If your top is striped, black or navy blue pants, skirts, jackets and blazers are always the right choice. All white pieces works out as well. Get a twist with poppy shoes and bags or a flashy clutch would be great.

Black and white dresses rock every evening event

Pump by Charlotte Olympia

Posted on June 15, 2012

Dress like Jenna Lyons

Blazer / Jackets/ Icons/ Rebel/ Wardrobe

Who could not love her style and it’s so easy to learn from Jenna.

Keep it simple but don’t  get bored. Chose straight, classic, strong colors because black is not a colour. Be always chic but don’t try too hard.

Wear jeans, a silk shirt, a jacket or a blazer, a pair of glasses and always high heels.


Blazer by Zara, Silk-cotton Top by Tkmaxx, Jeans by Notify, Shoes by Hugo Boss

Posted on June 13, 2012

Jenna Lyons’ Style & Business

Icons/ Rebel

Slowly but surely the J.Crew hype reached Germany. Let’s have a look to Jenna Lyons, creative force behind J.Crew and how she has turned the staid clothing brand into a billion-dollar business.

So it’s not like J Crew was this dowdy preppie place that only came up recently because Michelle Obama liked it. It’s been around for years. Maybe a while back it went downhill a little and I guess it came back up recently.

J Crew’s transformation happened when ex-Gap CEO Millard “Mickey” Drexler came on board as chairman and CEO in 2003. “We had a lot of things to fix – financially, aesthetically, we needed an overhaul,” explains Lyons. “Mickey wanted to nurture the brand and make it beautiful by elevating the product via better design, better fabrics. He was the one who really spearheaded this change in direction.” You only have to cast an eye over the figures to see that it’s working. Total sales in 2003 were just short of $690m; by 2011 that figure had soared to just under $2bn.

Millard “Mickey” S. Drexler (b. August 17, 1944) is the current chairman and CEO of J. Crew Group

“…He even checks in from holiday – he’s like: ‘Hey, I’m in Saint-Tropez; it’s gorgeous here! Anyway, I’m having lunch at Club 55 and you should see all these people wearing white! We should do more white, it’s summer, do we have enough white?’ It’s hilarious – I love it.”

J. Crew’s cashmere products were terrible years ago, Drexler simply said to “change it,” and now the company is known for its cashmere.

Lyons’s love of fashion started when she was young. She was born in Boston and moved to California aged four. She had a hard time at school – long; lanky; imperfect teeth; an insecure misfit, which made her easy prey for the other kids. “It made me introverted, but it was also the reason I loved fashion, because it can change who you are and how you feel, and that can be magical.” Lyons has been with J Crew since 1990 when she joined as an assistant designer and has held a variety of positions including creative director since 2007 and president since last year.

According to Forbes magazine she has icon status comparable to the likes of superstar designers like Donna Karan and Miuccia Prada.

What would Jenna advice, who was trying to get into fashion?
“The most important advice I would give to somebody who is young is if you don’t love it, if you’re not obsessed, don’t do it, because it’s actually quite hard. I think with Project Runway and all these shows, you get the idea that anybody can do it—they glamorize it. When I started out at J.Crew I took the job without even asking what the salary was, I was just so excited! But the reality is the hours are long, and you may or may not get a lot of reward, so you really have to love it. I’ve done a couple of talks at Parsons, because that’s where I went, and one thing that was interesting to me was when I asked the room, “Who here knows what Lanvin is?” and everyone raised their hand. Then I said, “Who designs Lanvin now?” and about five people raised their hand. I said, “Okay, you five are obsessed enough to go on.”

Jenna’s top three fashion tips!
First of all, people make mistakes by not playing up their body traits. If you’re tall, wear skinny cropped pants and high heels. If you’re curvy, wear siren dresses; if you’re really little or short, wear short skirts. Don’t worry about what the trend is. For instance, high-waisted really long pants are back in, but I’m sorry, if you’re five foot two, they’re just not for you. Don’t get caught up in that — play to your strengths. I’m relatively tall [six foot] so I always wear heels and I have awful legs but no one would ever know because I never show them. Work with what you’ve got. Also try to create something that is signature, that’s a little bit yours: That could be a locket you always wear, or something from your grandmother, or you could always have hot-pink nail polish. Let your personal style come through.

J.Crew’s becoming known for collaborations with top designers. Who’s next on the list?
“I would love to do something with Louboutin, and I do love the shoe designer Pierre Hardy. Or Phoebe Philo [who’s currently designing Céline], if she would ever do something with us. I mean, it’s all just a dream.”

Still not in love with Jenna, Drexler and J.Crew?

Posted on June 12, 2012

Europe’s Silicon Valley: Berlin!

Berlin/ Current Affairs/ Romantique
Call me biased, but for me, Berlin is the coolest city in the world!  And a growing number of tech entrepreneurs will agree that it’s the place to be if you want to transform an idea into a successful company.
Let’s have a look at the reasons why Berlin is the place to be for creative, innovative entrepreneurs.
  • Creative Scene: Berlin has always had a thriving creative scene, combining the established western economies with the emerging talent from Eastern Europe.  It’s historical transformation from the last 20 years and it’s location in the heart of Europe make it a magnet for young, talented immigrants.
  • Alternative touch: Tolerant  Berlin is a home for creative misfits, people who don’t like the rigid social structures of London. Berlin lets creatives focus on  what they can do best: Being creative and networking.
  • Affordability: Berlin offers a high quality of living. Both home and office rents in prime locations, are a fraction of London’s extortionate rates! As an employer, you can chose from a pool of talented people, and offer comparatively lower salaries than what you need to pay in a city like London.
  • Venture capitalists: Traditionally,  German and European  venture capitalists have been more conservative and averse to risk taking when it comes to investing in internet start-ups, compared with their US counterparts. However, as the tech scene has matured, we’ve seen a shift in outlook and venture capitalists realise that stocks and government debt are not safe either.
Skype owner Ashton Kutcher  is often seen in Berlin. He invested in Berlin based start-ups soundcloud, Amen & Gidsy.
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Posted on June 12, 2012

Best of Chanel Toe Nail Varnish!

Beauty/ Romantique

For my nails, I prefer nude or pink, unobtrusive nail polish. But when it comes to my feet, this is where I’d  like to have fun!

Especially in summer, when our feet are tanned, any colour suits. My favourite nail varnish are the Chanel ones as the quality is great and Peter Philips, creative director of Chanel’s nail varnish, manages to nail new trend colours each and year.

Above: My tried and tested, favourite colours from the last few years are (from left to right):

  • Chanel 483 Vendetta: A very dark purple, almost black shade. Elegant, sophisticated, cool.
  • Chanel 509 Paradoxal: I love this purple colour with grey and shimmery blue undertones.
  • Chanel 527 Nouvelle Vague: A bright turquoise colour. Match with espadrilles wedges on a St Tropez beach and you’re good to go!
  • Chanel 461 Blue Satin: Rebel’s favourite. A very dark, navy blue that shimmers in the sun. Classy and edgy at the same time.
  • Chanel 513 Black Pearl: Great dark, summery shade. A black metallic base with green and silver shades running through.
  • Chanel 555 Blue Boy: From the “Jeans de Chanel” collection, this is a cool “air force” blue. Very pretty for hands too as it’s not too dark.
  • Chanel 525 Quartz: A bronzey metallic shade which changes colour depending on the light. Reflects light beautifully in the sun and goes darker in the shade.

Chanel 527 Nouvelle Vague and Chanel 509 Paradoxal in the sun

Rebel wearing Chanel Blue Satin. Sandals from BCBG

Posted on June 10, 2012

Monochrome Blue Sunday

Blazer / Jackets/ Denim/ Rebel/ Wardrobe

Monochrome dressing is nothing new.

Dressing in a single hue from top to bottom, especially with the recent predilection for vibrant pigments, is something to be strongly considered.  For the next coming weeks I will be doing Monochrome Days; picking a single colour and showing examples of off-the-runway and on-the-street outfits in an effort to inspire dressing around a single shade.

If you need sometimes a break from all the colorful clothes, floral, batik, stripes and animal pattern and you should focus more on minimalist looks with monochrome basics and start with the timeless colour blue.


Shirt by DKNY Jeans, Blazer by Calvin Klein, ripped Jeans, Shoes by Gant

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