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March 2013

Posted on March 31, 2013

Leather Pencil Skirt & Stripes

Romantique/ Skirts/ Wardrobe

Brown Ralph Lauren Leather Skirt

The leather skirt really is an all rounder! You can wear it down with a casual jumper or top, or up with a feminine silk blouse. Throw on a blazer, coat, biker leather jacket or boucle jacket and you’re good to go. Ballet shoes, ankle boots, pumps, heels, every kind of shoes goes with the leather skirt.

Above:  For a Sunday Pub Lunch, I’m wearing a brown leather skirt by Ralph Lauren with brown lace-up boots by Object Mirror and a casual Breton stripey shirt.

Ralph Lauren Leather skirt

Brown luxe leather skirt by Ralph Luaren

Brown luxe leather skirt by Ralph Lauren

Fashion inspirations

Leather skirt fashion inspirations

 

Breton shirt from Hallhuber

Breton Paris shirt from Hallhuber

Posted on March 31, 2013

Happy Fashion Easter Sunday!

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Happy Fashion Easter Sunday!

Have a stylish Easter even weather it’s damn cold.

I can’t see or wear black coats anymore. Today, I needed spring feelings therefore I chose my printed flower pants by Celiné and tights underneath.

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“I don’t know about style. I know about my personal style.” Diane Kruger

I love that quote beacause it speaks from my heart.

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I’m wearing: Celiné pants, Sweater by La Martina, Blazer by Tommy Hilfiger and Converse

Posted on March 30, 2013

Graphic Square plaid dress

Dresses/ Romantique/ Wardrobe
Blue checked dress Max & Co SS2013

Blue checked dress Max & Co SS2013

 

Easter in London has been unseasonably cold and chilly. Rain, sleet, snow, sunshine and dark clouds, all within one hour seems to be a normal weather pattern this spring. So I gave in and decided to wear my spring dresses with a layer of long sleeved thermos underneath (aren’t we all sick of our winter wardrobe?)

Vichy and gingham checked prints are a Romantique wardrobe staple so I’m loving this season’s graphic square print trend as seen at Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton. Just like breton stripes, checks always look fresh and youthful.

Red or Blue?

Red or Blue? Dress from Max & Co 2013

I had a hard time deciding whether to take the blue dress or the red one.  After a lot of time pondering, trying it on again and again and an exasperated mum and shop assistant, I went for the blue dress! What do you think?

 

Miu Miu's gorgeous Vichy checked 2010 collection

Miu Miu’s gorgeous Vichy checked 2010 collection

 

Cold Easter day in Wimbledon

Cold Easter day in Wimbledon

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The grey skies will turn blue very soon I hope!

 

 

Posted on March 29, 2013

Laser cut handbags

Bags/ Romantique
from top left to bottom right: Mulberry SS 2013, Moschino, Accessorize, Furla, Tosca Blu

Laser cut bags from top left to bottom right: Mulberry SS 2013, Moschino, Accessorize, Furla, Tosca Blu

 

Perforated laser cut out hand bags are like the accessory version of the romantic broderie anglaise dress. From Mulberry to Armani, the pretty cut out bags were spotted on many SS2013 fashion shows. My favourite version is the white laser cut handbag from Furla in the structured Doctor bag shape. Minimalist meets romantic, love it!

Orange cut out leather shopper by Lantadelli

Orange cut out leather shopper by Lantadelli

My fun big shopper is a great casual bag for the weekend and a city brunch or the beach!

Prada lead the way last summer with it's white cut out bag SS2012

Prada lead the way last summer with it’s white cut out bag SS2012

Lasercut trend 2013

Laser cut trend: French Marie Claire February 2013

Posted on March 29, 2013

Coloured Easter Eggs

Decor/ Romantique

Coloured Easter Eggs

Easter is not only a great excuse to decorate the house but also a celebration of spring. I’m getting  excited like a child when it’s time for the traditional colouring of hard- boiled eggs. You can eat them, decorate your house with or give them as presents.    In the above picture, I put my dyed eggs in a hay nest on an Alessi plate.

It’s so much fun to colour the eggs and it’s so easy, all you need is:

  • White eggs (brown will be fine too but the colours come out more vibrant on white eggs)
  • Easter Egg dye
  • Vinegar (most liquid dyes require mixing it with vingegar)
  • Kitchen paper
  • Transfer pictures if you like for the coloured egg
hard boil duck eggs for 12 minutes

hard boil duck eggs for 12 minutes

Step 1: Hard boil chicken eggs or duck eggs for 8-12 minutes depending on the kind. I used duck eggs only because UK supermarkets don’t seem to be doing white eggs anymore! I’m quite pleased with duck eggs as they are bigger as chicken eggs and look even better!

Easter Egg Dye

Easter Egg Dye

Step 2: Prepare the Easter Egg Dye: I bought mine from a German supermarket. The pack conveniently already included the plastic cups for submerging the eggs in the dye.

Easter eggs in dye

Step 3: Lower the hard boiled eggs carefully in the cups filled with dye and vinegar. Leave in as instructed.

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The egg will soak up more color the longer you wait, so if the color isn’t what you want just yet, leave it a little longer

Add Decal pictures to your coloured eggs

Step 4: Add cute Easter motifs like chicken, flowers and bunnies to your eggs with  transferable pictures.

Decorated easter eggs in a hay nest

Decorated easter eggs in a hay nest

E voila: The finished coloured eggs sitting in hay nest on an Alessi plate.

Posted on March 27, 2013

Dior’s Wonderland at Harrods

London/ Romantique/ Wardrobe
What. A. Dress. Stunning dress created by Dior's current creative director Raf Simons. It's made of thousands of applique, tiny flowers.

What. A. Dress. Stunning dress created by Dior’s current creative director Raf Simons. It’s made of thousands of applique, tiny flowers.

Oh the wonders of living in London! While popping into Harrods for my monthly fix of international magazines, I bumped right into the Dior pop-up store and exhibition on the 4th floor of the infamous department store.

While fashion exhibitions can be sometimes be dull and just confined to one single room and a few outfits, this project includes a cafe, exhibition, window display and pop up store, inspired by Dior’s relationship with Harrods. It’s a fascitnating journey through Dior’s history.

Liz Taylor at the Oscars in 1961

Liz Taylor at the Oscars in 1961

The exhibition also features actual dresses worn by famous icons.

French actress and our favourite fashion icon Marion Cotillard

French actress and our favourite fashion icon Marion Cotillard, 2012

 

Audrey Hepburn is wearing a crystallized, puffed tunic Dior creation, 1961

Audrey Hepburn is wearing a crystallized, puffed tunic Dior creation, 1961

Mini mannequins wearing Dior Haute Couture from 40 years in the mini fashion theatre

Mini mannequins wearing Dior Haute Couture spanning the last 40 years in the mini fashion theatre

 

Giant dollhouse – a mini replica of the façade of Christian Dior’s first ever boutique – which opened in 1947 at 30 Avenue Montaigne in Paris.

Giant dollhouse – a mini replica of the façade of Christian Dior’s first ever boutique – which opened in 1947 at 30 Avenue Montaigne in Paris.

The quilted, giant lady Dior handbag is used as a screen to project images and videos of how the bag is crafted.

The quilted, giant lady Dior handbag is used as a screen to project images and videos of how the bag is crafted.

 

Harrod's Dior window display

Harrod’s Dior window display

Posted on March 27, 2013

Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a world that can’t stop talking

Current Affairs/ Movie & Books/ Romantique

Quiet - the power of introverts

Are you quiet and day dreamy, do you prefer a good book to visiting the pub, do you think before you talk and are you bored of small talk, enjoying deep conversations instead? Chances are, you are an introvert. And this can be hard  in today’s world where being an extrovert is misguidedly seen as an ideal. The book “Quiet – The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking” by Susan Cain is one of the best books I have read in years! It looks at the rise of the extrovert ideal at the turn of the century from character ideal (with traits like manners, integrity and moral) to the personality ideal (with gregarious, forceful and energetic attributes). This happend without realising that we had sacrificed something meaningful along the way.

Ms Cain unravels the myth of the charismatic, extrovert  leader and dissects the cohort of extroversion in America, The Harvard Business School.

I didn’t need the Meyer Briggs Personality Test to know that I’m an introvert. The persuasive book teaches you to have a sense of entitlement of being an introvert, something that is heard to achieve living in a world that favours the extrovert ideal. The extrovert is seen as a confident, bubbly, social  ideal, even though they often also are narccisstic, thoughtless and talk empty blab la. Yet extroverts are more likely to get book deals and art exhibitions than their introverted counterparts. Introverts only seem to be accepted by society if they are nerdy geeks who became multimillionaires by inventing revolutionary gadgets. Yet society needs as much introverts as it needs extroverts. If you are an introvert, don’t try to pretend you are a gregarious performer, the stress of not being “true to ourselves” can make us physically and mentally ill. It is ok to admit you haven’t got anything planned for the weekend because you’d like to chill.  No need to pretend the weekend is jam packed with social arrangements.

Did you know that the postchild country of extroversion is America? The country with the highest amounts of introverts is Finland. In America, the book tells us, parents send their children to psychiatrists to “treat” their introversion.  The author of the book visits the acclaimed  Harvard Business School, where absolutely everything is done in groups despite the knowledge that best the most groundbreaking ideas rise from working individually, and this applies to both extroverts as well as introverts. College students who tend to study alone learn more over time than those who work in groups.

 

Socialising in Germany and in the UK is different

Socialising in Germany and in the UK is different

 

Having lived in Germany for the first 26 years of my life and the last 8 years in the UK, I can certainly attest to the fact that the UK, just like it’s big cousin,  is a country that places a lot of importance on the extrovert ideal.  Socialising in big groups and meaningless small talk is the quintessence of Englishness.  While Germans tend to have annoying traits like their judgementalism, I enjoy the freedom of declining a drinks invitation without being branded as a “party pooper” and being  invited to more couple dates and 1:1 social arrangements rather than big group outings.

I remember two German sayings I heard many times while growing up: “Humbleness is an asset” and “The emptiest pot rattles the loudest”. However, I do not credit being German with my introversion.  Introversion, the author explains, is a genetic disposition. While it’s true that we have free will and can shape our personalities, we are also “rubber band personalities” – we are elastic and can stretch ourselves, but only so much.

 

Steve Wozniak is the type of admired introvert in the society: A gadget inventing multimillionaire

Steve Wozniak is the type of accepted introvert in the society: A gadget inventing multimillionaire

 

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple and a famous introvert, states in his book: “ If you are going to invent revolutionary products, work on your own. Not in a committee, not in a team”. Solitude and single- minded focus is typical for highly creative people and solitude can be a catalyst for creativity. Despite this knowledge, contemporary corporate companies (like mine, Unilever, I’m not afraid to name and shame ..) insist on open plan offices and brainstorming sessions. In workplaces, where efficiency and creativity is a high priority, people should be encouraged to work alone. In brainstorming sessions, people who are the loudest are often listened to. Even if the quiet ones have the better ideas, their ideas are snuffed out by the louder ones.

 

Petit Romanitque in 1985: Back then, I was an introvert and still am today. Luckily I am not as shy as I used to be. Shyness can be overcome, introversion is genetic disposition.

Petit Romanitque in 1985: Back then, I was an introvert and still am today. Luckily I am not as shy as I used to be. Shyness can be overcome, introversion is a genetic disposition.

 

If you are an introvert, this wonderfully heartfelt written book is a must read. We learn how to embrace our introverted ideas and how we can address the imbalance in workplaces and daily life. If you are extrovert, you will enjoy this book too, understanding your introverted partner, friend and family member better and appreciating their qualities.

 

 

Posted on March 23, 2013

Top five anti aging tips from a German Biologist

Beauty/ Rebel

A good friend of mine is biologist, he is marine biologist Ph.D. and I was very interested in his opinion on anti aging. It was exciting to hear his opinion offside from all woman, fashion and beauty magazines. Here are his top five tips by relevance from a scientific point of view.

German-Biologist

 

 First of all a satisfying sex life is necessary to stay in a perfect body condition. At least two to three time a week sex should happen to you to keep your body young. Why is sex so important in terms of anti aging? No only that you burn a lot of calories as you have sex. You also keep your body hormones in good balance releasing endorphins in the first place.

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 Thinking positive also works in the same way of releasing helpful hormones. You not only stay younger in mind but also keep stress factors away from your body and skin. Even though you stay in a better shape you also increase the chance of getting older that way.

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As most people should know already drinking water is essential – nothing else but water. Two to three liters a day is your goal. All biological processes in your cells are driven by water including cell divisions and therefor the substititution of older cells.

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Good healthy food is important too. Stay away from carbohydrates and stay with proteins and fat. Human digestion can´t deal with flour and sugar as the fine regulation of our blood-sugar level did not keep up during evolution with changes in the production of higher levels of carbohydrates in grain and several vegatables such as potatoes and sugar beet.

johnson's-baby-cosmetics

The most surprising news for all of you might be: less is more. Skin products should be based on simple and mild formulas beause many of the ingredients found in most of the products you use every day don´t help but stress your skin and your body. Products specially made for baby might be the best compromise for your daily skin-, hair and body care.

Posted on March 22, 2013

Trend: Shades of Tangerine

Rebel/ Wardrobe

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How to be in fashion? Shades of tangerine is still the colour of the season 2013.

Get a shot of Vitamin C because bright orange colours wil add a glow to even the pastiest face. I’m in love with that orange blazer from Zara currently available in stores.

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Even pokerface Victoria Beckham offers for the coming season 2013 a sunny look for summertime.

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For me the easiest way to wear the tangerine colour trend is to work with basics: just a sweater or shoes and you are involved in fashion.

Posted on March 22, 2013

Get the Phoebe Philo’s Pink Nike Style

Rebel/ Shoes

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Phoebe Philo, the Creative Director of Céline looks great in Nike Air Max for US Vogue Issue March 2013. But does this mean the end of killer heels is near?

So, how to get the Air Max look without to invest in a new pair of trainers? Wear old trainers! I’m wearing pink vintage trainers of adidas by Stella McCartney in order to get Philo feelings.

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Of course my first instinct was: I want to have Phoebe Philo’s Nike Air Max trainers, right now! But I thought, come down to earth, you have at least 10 pair of trainers. It’s enough!

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It was not easy for me to resist that trend initiated by Phoebe Philo. I learned a lesson: life goes on even if you don’t follow any fashion hype.

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Who needs Nike Air Max if you have adidas Stella McCartney Trainers?

PS. Crazy the snow behind in the picture because it’s 22 of March and it’s still snowing in Hamburg!

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