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September 2012

Posted on September 29, 2012

Romantique’s Best of Winter Coats 2012

Coats/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

Right, I have scanned London’s shopping temples for you to present you the best of winter coats for this year!  The creme de la creme of overcoats, different styles to suit every individual out there.

Hope you’ll enjoy my selection and get inspired!

Classic (above):

  1. Why not try a new take on the popular Coco Boucle Jacket? This grey Tweed coat from Massimo Dutti can be styled casually with denim or for work with a shift dress. A real all rounder!
  2. This coat from Jaeger is two toned and simply cut just like seen on the catwalk for Jil Sander AW 2012. Lady like and classic, you will be the perfect Hitchcock heroine in this coat!

Nordic minimalism:

  1. Simple elegance doesn’t need details to shine. The navy blue coat from Cos has no collar and other distracting details.Minimalistic coats never go out of fashion!
  2. The cream coat from Zara is simply cut, the only details being the slight puff sleeves which I approve of, naturally.


  1. Rebecca Taylor’s coat doesn’t only tick one but three trend boxes for this season: Dégradé colour, leopard print and men style coat for Va Va voom volume!
  2. The Duffle is a winter coat classic. This navy blue one from Faith connexion is updated with adorable heart buttons – very Moschino indeed!


1. Aren’t we all sucker for bows? Bang on trend 40s egg shape coat with bow from Max Mara’s little sister, Max & Co.  Rock it with a pencil skirt and ankle booties.

2.  Bon Ton Coat from Stefanel: The Empire style is sophisticated and girly. Style with cigarette pants and high heels to balance the sweetness.

Posted on September 27, 2012

Trend: Fall Tweed Skirt

Rebel Alexa

This week, we all about skirts…for me it’s always a pencil skirt – combine with basics, slip into boots & tights and you get ready in 5 minutes.

How to be stylish?

Gore Vidal said: “Style is knowing who you are, what you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.”


Fall Skirt by Tk Maxx, Orange Sweater by J. Crew, Leather Jacket by Michael Kors

Shoes by Graceland – In winter, I buy boots one size bigger because I have place for insoles and extra socks for warm feet.




Posted on September 26, 2012

Perfume Guide Woman


For several years, I’ve used  4 to 5 perfumes between summer and winter and depending on my mood and condition. My regular fragrances are: Coco by Chanel, Jil Sander No 3, Paloma Picasso, Y by Yves Saint Laurent and Eau de Merveilles by Hérmes.

Sometimes I feel like trying a new scent. Then I go to the perfumery and  the same thing will  happening again:

The sales assistant will ask: Which scent do you usually use (don’t forget my list above), so I can suggest you something in the same direction. Great, I think – she obviously knows her stuff on fragrances! From all the proposals (Chanel Allure, Alien by Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier Classique) of the sales lady, no perfume hits my taste and doesn’t work out well with my skin. So what I would suggest: If you use one of the perfumes that I use, then you may  like the other fragrances as well. I can  give a little help with this woman perfume guide.

An exotic and resonant scent for women that radiates casual sophistication for any time of the day, Eau Des Merveilles perfume by Hermes is an evocative and spicy choice that will turn heads wherever you go. Introduced by Hermes in 2004, Eau Des Merveilles brings together a rich and thoughtful balance of vetiver, pepper, fragrant woods and citrus for an appealing construction.


Coco by Chanel is a Oriental Spicy fragrance for women. Coco was launched in 1984. The nose behind this fragrance is Jacques Polge. Top notes are coriander, pomegranate blossom, mandarin orange, peach, jasmine and bulgarian rose; middle notes are mimose, cloves, orange blossom, clover and rose; base notes are labdanum, amber, sandalwood, tonka bean, opoponax, civet and vanilla.

Jil Sander Woman III by Jil Sander is a Chypre Floral fragrance for women. Jil Sander Woman III was launched in 1985. Top notes are aldehydes, nutmeg, coriander, orange blossom, bay leaf, pepper, hiacynth, bergamot and brazilian rosewood; middle notes are honey, carnation, tuberose, orris root, jasmine, ylang-ylang, lily-of-the-valley, rose and geranium; base notes are sandalwood, amber, patchouli, musk, benzoin, coconut, vanilla, oakmoss, vetiver and cedar.

Paloma Picasso Perfume created by the design house of paloma picasso in 1984. Green, floral, woody, spicy, mossy and animalic, Paloma PIcasso is feminine in a deep-throated, non-pink wearing, tough lady way. I would argue it’s one of the best chypres ever composed — it’s that complex and beautiful. Top notes: Coriander, rosewood, bergamot, green note, aldehyde Heart notes: Rose, geranium, tuberose, jasmin, lily of the valley, ylang-ylang Base notes: Patchouli, vetiver, amber, musk, civet, benzoin, oakmoss.


Y by Yves Saint Laurent is a Chypre Fruity fragrance for women. Y was launched in 1964. The nose behind this fragrance isJean Amic. Top notes are aldehydes, honeysuckle, gardenia, green notes, peach and mirable plum; middle notes are tuberose, orris root, jasmine, hiacynth, ylang-ylang and bulgarian rose; base notes are sandalwood, amber, patchouli, benzoin, civet, oakmoss, vetiver and styrax.

Posted on September 26, 2012

Luxe Leather Pencil Skirt

Romantique/ Shirts/ Wardrobe

As you know, I’m not really a Rock n Roll sort of chic. A head to toe, Angelina Jolie  leather look,  isn’t my cup of tea. But I gladly made an exception for this luxe rich brown leather skirt from Ralph Lauren. Leather doesn’t always have to be moto jackets and rocker trousers. Give leather a ladylike spin in a pencil skirt.

It’s such a versatile, classic item that you can dress up or down. Mine will serve me many years as an autumn / winter workhorse.

Above: Brown and pink is one of my favourite colour combos (think Hummingbird Bakery). For a more casual look, I paired the pencil skirt with a pink cashmere jumper.

This girl can do no wrong: Alexa Chung pairs a luxe leather pencil skirt with a chunky knit jumper.

I’m wearing:  Leather Pencil skirt from Ralph Lauren at TK Maxx, pink cashmere jumper from tfc, hand bag from Antoni & Alison. If you are unsure of leather, go for a  colour other than black for a a less severe look.

When we talk about leather, we can’t leave Ange out:  She glams her leather pencil skirt up with a silk blouse.


Posted on September 25, 2012

Hedvig Opshaug – The Northern Light


Degree in mathematics, a job in finance and since 2008 Hedvig Opshaug has its own fashion blog “The Northern Light”, where she posts her modern and minimalist looks – and I really love her style! Hedvig’s style is almost formulaic in its classic simplicity, fuelled by an impressive collection of Céline handbags, Acne jackets and Isabel Marant heels. Finance also influences how she goes about blogging: “In the past I used to receive Bloomberg and Reuters financial news reports every morning; now I get fashion updates. I like to keep track of financial reports and consumer behaviour.”

Hedvig has answered 4 fashion questions in the German Instyle October Issue.

For which pieces of clothing do you spend most money on?

“As I am tend to dress classy and minimalist, I like to set accents with fancy shoes, bracelets and bags.”


Your favorite accessories?

“My 2.55 Chanel.”

How do you combine colors?

“You should not be too coordinated. Often just unusual combinations can harmoniously blend together.”

What make-up looks good on photos?

“A natural look is every woman’s best. Careful: a strong eyeliner can make your eyes look tired.”




Posted on September 23, 2012

Luxurious hosiery – my favourite tights from Falke

Accessoires/ Romantique

My all time favourite hosiery brand is Falke – their prices are at the higher end but they are worth every penny. Try them and you will never go back, trust me!

The materials are luxurious and super soft, they are beautifully made, well designed and most importantly, they last way longer than their competitors equivalents. Over the years I tried different brands but I kept coming back to Falke – there is nothing tackier than a ladder in tights and this will never happen with a Falke (no, I’m not being paid by them)!

My favourites Falke  is the “Cotton Touch”, opaque tights that come in a range of  new colours for this autumn: Above from left to right: Colours Petrol, Curcuma, elder, passion, elder and marine.

When I wear a LBD or a grey dress, I love to add some colour with opaque tights. Or why not try colour clashing? Above: I’m wearing Falke cotton touch in “elder”, a muted purple.

I also love the Pure matt 100 -available in an array of pop colours.

Falke was founded in 1895 in Germany by roofer and knitter Franz Falke Rohen. Today, it is still family owned and exports to over 30 countries with millions of people now able to appreciate the superior range of products that have evolved from a century of experience and product innovation and designed to consistently deliver comfort and beauty to the customer. Read more about the history of Falke here.

“In a world of abundance and mass production, quality and design are essential factors.” – Paul Falke

The Softmerino tighs are perfect allrounder for the Winter – due to their high quality cotton and merino wool mix they won’t itch at all! They also come in 12 colours, spoilt for choice!

Posted on September 23, 2012

London Street Style Belsize Park

London/ Romantique/ Shoes/ Wardrobe

This fashionable couple enjoys a day out on a beautiful weekend day in Belsize Park, an upmarket area  in North West London.  The name is derived from French bel assis meaning ‘well situated’. And that it is: It’s home to many celebrities, from Gwyneth Paltrow to Kate Moss and Kate Winslet. I love the continental flair of the area with it’s many outdoor cafes, restaurants and tree lined boulevards.

Kyra is wearing: Pistol Booties from Acne, Parka from ABC, handbag from Danish designer Ellen Trujen at Couverture and the Garbstore in London. Kyra not only has a distinct fashion taste,  but is also the author of  The Misfit Economy, a much anticipated book on underground innovation. Check it out and follow her on twitter.

Ken is wearing: Tee from Urban Outfitters, Levi Jeans, Nike shoes and cardigan from Topman.

Kyra’s jewellery: Delicate dove necklace from Parisian boutique jeweller Virginie Monroe. Ring from Motion in New York.

Posted on September 22, 2012

The Perfect Autum Dress

Dresses/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

My favourite shape of dress has attritubes that look flattering on everyone. When I go out shopping for a new dress (because you can never have enough dresses, right?) I scan dresses for these details:

  • Boat neck because it looks feminine on everyone
  • Three quarter lenghts sleeves – looks youthful and modern
  • pencil skirt or tulip skirt – skims hips and takes off 3 kgs
  • Good quality fabric – the best design looks can cheap in inferior fabrics. For autumn and winter, I look for structure: Tweed, Boucle, wool

My grey tweed dress is from Max & Co, Autumn Winter 2012. Here in the UK, Max & Co only has small concessions in Harrods and Fenwick – make sure to check out Max & Co stores when you visit the continent – the choice is much bigger. The store in Berlin at Friedrichsstrasse is located just near the Galeries  Lafayette.

Notice the details – i liked the golden zips at the side. The tulip shape is flattering and can easily hide a small tummy


Posted on September 20, 2012

H&M Orange Cap Toe Shoes

Rebel Alexa/ Shoes


I have to be married to a millionaire in order to afford to buy any trend from a high fashion label. What’s the solution to this problem beacuse I really like to have cap toe heels!? At H&M, Zara, Mango and all the other high street shops you can  get  great me too versions   and bang!  You get the trend and your budegt is still in balance.

My cap toe heels are from H&M and really super comfortable to wear, I didn’t expect! And they look fantastic for 29,95 EURO!!!!



Posted on September 18, 2012

Autumn trend: Chic ankle socks

Accessoires/ Romantique

Socks and sandals used to be a German stereotype (albeit in narrow minded heads only)!

Far from unfashionable, this trend is plaful and fun, as the combinations are endless.

Pair ankle socks with:

  • Penny loafers and heeled loafers
  • Ankle booties
  • Pointy heels
  • Mary Janes
  • Round pumps
  • Peep toes
  • Sandals

And then, add a pencil skirt, a-line skirt, mini skirt or cropped trousers, et voila!

Above: Italian Fashion House Max & Co AW 2012 collection

I’m wearing pink ankle socks from Falke and beige suede heel loafers from Object Mirror.

A few inspirations on how to rock ankle socks from Dolce & Gabbana AW 2012

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