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June 2013

Posted on June 30, 2013

Fashion Gardening

Decor/ Rebel

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Purple fields as far as the eye can see. Lavender that smells heady like the ironing water of grandma. For me, that’s a piece of the South of France.

If you like the French Savoir Vivre Lifestyle and the nature of the South like me, than it’s simple to bring a little France into your garden or balcony at home., where ever you are. You need three things: decorative flower pots, plant soil and lavender.

Fashion-Zara-Coat

Saturday morning: I’m at the garden center, shopping for 17 of perennials lavender. The distinctive scent of lavender is strongest in the heart of summer, from mid-June to early August.  I’m wearing a leopard printed Coat by ZARA.

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Preparations: I had many pots to clean with the water hose and scrub with a brush before starting planting the lavender.

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I  gardened in French espadrilles with the classical breton mariniere design.

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The final result: Blue glossy ceramic flower pots planted with lavender in front of my house. My piece of French lavender farms in nordic Hamburg.

Posted on June 27, 2013

Sacre Coer French Cuisine in London

London/ Romantique/ Travel

Sacre Coer French Restaurant Angel

The times are long gone when you had to make do with baked beans and soggy roasts living in England. In London, you can get an array of delicious, authentic international cuisine. Thanks to my lovely French friend Claire, we discovered this cute little bistro looking like out something of the movie Amelie. Lovingly themed in blue vichy checks, the restaurant is inviting and cosy. On the menu, classic French dishes like frogs legs, rabbit casserole, moules and coq au vin will seduce your palate.

Sacre coer is located in the up-and-coming area of  Angel inIslington, North London.  This used to be quite a crummy district but  has turned into a trendy, vibrant and arty neighbourhood with lots of bars, restaurants and boutiques to enjoy and explore. Islington Sacre Coer

Perfect for a superb meal on a balmy summer night. This bistro is popular, so make sure you book on a weekend

Perfect for a superb meal on a balmy summer night. This bistro is popular, so make sure you book on a weekend

I fitted right into the decoration theme of the Restaurant! Blue Gingham Vichy dress and lace coat from Max & Co

I fitted right into the decoration theme of the Restaurant! Blue Gingham Vichy dress and lace coat from Max & Co

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on June 25, 2013

Sunshine Sunday in Notting Hill

Dresses/ Travel/ Wardrobe

Notting Hill Yellow Skater Dress

Living in London, going to Notting Hill and strolling along Portobello Road never loses it’s appeal. On Sundays, it’s less crowded and touristy than Saturdays but at the same time  still vibrant and atmospheric. I never get enough walking past the  pastel coloured houses on Portobello Road, nipping into my favourite bakery Hummingbirds for a cheesecake brownie (and hoping to bump into Claudia Schiffer who once bought cupcakes there for her children, according to my then flatmate). Always worth a visit is the cute Biscuiterie bakery for their creative, hand-iced gingerbread house designs and my favourite restaurant, Osteria Basilico. T.H.E. best authentic Italian in London.

And if you’re lucky (or not, depends how you view it!) you might bump into a celeb who walks around completely anonymously among Notting Hill’s colourful crowd. We bumped into Boris Becker and his then heavily pregnant Lily while shopping. On another occasion, we spotted Kate Moss, her daughter and  Agnes Deyn  in front of the American Apparel shop at the top of Portobello Road.

Above : On a chilly London’s summer day, I’m wearing a sunshine yellow circle dress by Calvin Klein bought at TK Maxx in Germany, yellow Pretty Ballerina ballet pumps and a  waist belt by Post & Co.  Circle dresses are like an instant diet: The waist whittling middle and the flared skirt hide hips and thighs. So you can tuck into a Hummingbirds cupcake without a guilty conscience.

A fashionable tourist wearing a pink trench coat and a straw hat. Cute"

A fashionable tourist wearing a pink trench coat and a straw hat. Cute”

 

Notting Hill's many knick-knacks, door knobs...

Notting Hill’s many knick-knacks, door knobs…

Hand iced biscuits from the Biscuiterie. How very fitting for the Wimbledon Tennis Season: An umbrella, strawberries and the centre court!

Hand iced biscuits from the Biscuiterie. How very fitting for the Wimbledon Tennis Season: An umbrella, strawberries and the centre court!

 

I teamed my yellow circle dress with a boucle jacket and a straw bag

I teamed my yellow circle dress with a boucle jacket and a straw bag

Loving the retro tin signs: “Blondes Have More Fun But Brunettes Remember It The Next Day!”

  Black Cat shop Notting Hill

 This friendly fellow will greet you in one of the shops on Pembridge Road!

Posted on June 24, 2013

From Streetstyle to Beach in Style

Rebel

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When it comes to beach wear it can be hard to find  the line between functional, fashionable and comfortable. With beach season in full swing, it’s imperative to have all sunshiney essentials: SPF, weekender bags, strawbags and the perfect swimsuit.

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But what to wear, flip flops and little dresses? Not for me!

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I don’t buy any extra beach wardrobe.  I don’t differentiate between my street style and beach style. I wear  the exact same outfits on the beach as I would on the street. From my existing wardrobe I chose light cotton shirts, A-line skirts and in terms of shoes I always have espandrilles with me. So I’m ready for anything.

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Is wearing makeup on the beach wrong? Not at all but I don’t wear makeup at the beach. I’m just using tinted SPF daily moisture cream or BB cream and  sunglasses in bright colours.

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My Kate Spade weekender bag for beach trips.

Posted on June 22, 2013

The New Ballet Flat!

Romantique/ Shoes
My pointy nude flats with ankle straps are from BCBG

My pointy nude flats with ankle straps are from BCBG. Gingham Vichy dress from Max & Co.

Recently, I’ve been cheating on my beloved ballerina pumps with pointy flats featuring a delicate ankle strap. They are just the perfect all rounder: The pointy shape elongates the leg (especially in nude colours) and they always look elegant, grading up every outfit.

Dress from Max & Co. Lace, lasercut  bag from Alchimia

Dress from Max & Co. Lace, laser cut bag from Alchimia

Here I am wearing snake embossed black patent pointy flats, also from BCBG, If I see great shoes I love, I buy them in in several colours . The casual A-line dress is from Max & Co. Pair the shoes to cropped trousers for work. Or with denim and a white shirt. They’ll elevate all different styles!

Alexa Chung and Rihanna pointy flats

Pointy flats worn a la Romantique and Rebel: Alexa Chung teams her two-toned pointy flats from Chanel with a romantic, cream tweed dress. Rihanna takes on the Rebel style, pairing the same pointy flats with denim hotpants, Karl Lagerfeld Tshirt and a black Blazer.

Pointy flats with ankle straps from Pixie Market, Leopard printed with silver toe cap from Mia Ashley  Chloe, Christian Louboutin and and Sigerson Morrison

Pointy flats with ankle straps from Pixie Market, Leopard printed with silver toe cap from Mia Ashley Chloe, Christian Louboutin and and Sigerson Morrison

Posted on June 19, 2013

Book Paris Street Style – A guide to effortless Chic

Movie & Books

Book Paris Street style

“ The tangled hair of Vanessa Paradis, the faded jeans of Charlotte Gainsbourg, the masculine shirts and ballet flats of Ines de la Fressange…. French women are more sober in their clothes choices than the flamboyant Italians or eccentric English. The French Fashion Icons, recognised for their style the world over, have a thoroughly bourgeois appeal: Audrey Tautou, Françoise Hardy, Isabel Marant- the least you can say of them is that none of them is notable for extravagance. A long way, indeed, from Kate Perry, Courtney Love or Dontatella Versace. The French woman is not overdone in any way. She will go out without fixing her hair, with unpainted nails and no make-up. Despite her apparent dishevelment, she remains elegant.”

For everyone inspired by the simplistic French Touch, the book “Paris Street Style – A Guide to effortless chic” is a must-read. Keep this book handy on your coffee table, it’s full of inspiring pictures of elegant Parisian women of all ages. It explores the myth surrounding the style of the French woman in a globalised word of increasing uniformity. Punctuated by interviews with French designers, writers, fashion magazine editors and psychologists, it gives a fascinating insight and guidance as to how everyone can become effortlessly chic.

 

French inspirations: Vanessa Paradis, Audrey Tautou, Francoise Hardy, Isabel Marant, Chiara Mastroianni and Carine Roitfeld

French inspirations: Vanessa Paradis, Audrey Tautou, Francoise Hardy, Isabel Marant, Chiara Mastroianni and Carine Roitfeld

In the book, I love the practical tips on how to manage & tidy up your wardrobe and how to recognize good quality and beautiful finishing. Did you know that up to 5% of synthetic fibres in the composition of a fabric can strengthen the fabric and make them last longer? I always used to shun even the smallest percentage of synthetic materials, but happy to learn that small percentages can increase the longevity of clothes.  An interesting subject is the chapter on the fashion limits through age, how to dress what suits you rather than disguise yourself.

Many basic fashion must-haves mentioned in the book are already part of our wardrobe: The trench coat, the V-Neck Cashmere jumper, the flat ballet pumps. Eternal classics also reinforced in Ines de la Fressange’s book “Parisian Chic”. While I felt that Ines’ book was very much written from her own perspective and full of items that suit her tall, boyish frame, I feel that “Paris Street Style” covers more diverse type of women.

 

Rebel wearing a Burberry Trench coat with summer sandals

Rebel wearing a Burberry Trench coat with summer sandals

On the trench coat: “Jane Birkin and Charlotte Gainsbourg gave the trench coat contemporary chic by wearing it casually with sneakers and jeans.  The trench coat is now much more than just something you wear in the rain: It has become a definable, recognisable outline. It has to be cut in high-quality, substantial gabardine. Along with the leather jacket, it is one of the few items of clothing that looks better well-worn.” – from the Book Paris Street Style – A guide to effortless chic.

I am wearing red coloured pop tights from Falke with a pleated wool skirt from Stefanel

I am wearing red coloured pop tights from Falke with a pleated wool skirt from Stefanel

On accessories, tights:  “Tights are mostly bought just because you need to be warm or because you don’t want to go around with your legs uncovered. But you are wrong to take them for granted. Chosen badly, they cheapen everything (flesh coloured ones are a case in point). Handled correctly, they can wake up an otherwise drab ensemble and revitalise your appearance. Tights, in fact, are a relatively cheap accessory that can revolutionize the way you look.  Colours aren’t only the sole preserve of little girls, opt for violet, luminous fuchsia, lilac, anthracite grey…”

See below a short quotes from the interviews appearing in the book:

Christophe Lemaire, art director of Hérmes:

“I’m disgusted when I see films like Sex and the city, that relegate women to the status of idiots, thrilled by the latest handbag or the prospect of bargain sales. We should understand women’s vulnerability, not laugh at it.”

Silvia Motta, fashion editor Grazia, Italy:

“Models used to be Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly: today, they’re porn star chamber maids. The references have become entirely vulgar. This vulgarization is also the fault of women’s magazines, which have led women to believe it’s ok to walk around town dressed in the same clothes they wear to the beach. We’ve lost the notion of respect for each other, along with a notion of a dress code.

Style inspirations than and now

Style inspirations than and now

 Alexandre Vauthier, Couturier:

“When you shop, be sure you know the difference between good work and bad. The same rules apply to the building of houses as to the building of clothes: Do you want rubbish that won’t last, or do you want beautiful foundations that will stand the test of time?

Odile Gilbert, Studio Hairdresser:

“When you get older, chose the colour that is a half tone lighter than your real colour. It will lighten up your face.  For haircuts, avoid strongly outlined styles. You need to preserve a certain softness and fluidity in your hair. As one gets older, one should try to avoid struggling to look young. Instead, one should move serenely in the direction of elegance, sobriety, and chic.”

I'm getting my hair done at Berlin's It Salon Shan Rahimkhan

I’m getting my hair done at Berlin’s It Salon Shan Rahimkhan

Alix Petit, Creator of the brand Heimstone

“We’re totally submerged by the mass market. These days, consumers are being treated like idiots. Clothes are expensive, but most of them are being made in China and are of terrible quality. What makes them so expensive is the marketing that seethes around them. Quality and savoir faire aren’t part of the equation.  Clothes are no longer made to last.  They’re supposed to be consumed and to be replaced immediately. My aim is to make clothes that last years.”

Posted on June 18, 2013

Instagram best of Interior Design

Decor

See Rebel’s latest best of interior design pics on instagram. All pics are made by Rebel from her flat in Hamburg. Get an impression on Rebel’s living style.

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Decor#Bookshelf#Danmark#

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#Picture Frames#Chanel#Little Black Jacket#Luceplan#Constanza#

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#Kartell#Dinner#Decor#

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#Converse#Blossom printed Chair#Monroe Pillow#

Posted on June 17, 2013

Jenna Lyons’s top three fashion tips

Rebel/ Trousers

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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.”

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Here on this pic I hade my mix it up”Jenna Lyon’s steal her look” day – wearing printed pants combined with stripes and heels but without her signature glasses.

“Fashion is Fashion” said Anna Wintour but working into fashion is another matter. Interesting on what Jenna pays attention for an job interview:

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When you’re interviewing job candidates, what do you look for?
“Every time I interview someone I ask them, “Who is your favourite painter? Who is your favourite architect?” and if I see their eyes glaze over I’m like, “Uh-oh.” It’s not just about loving fashion, it’s about loving design—furniture, textiles, colour, architecture—and understanding the history of art. If someone’s not interested in the visual world, it’s not a good sign to me.”

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#Instafashion#

I’m wearing: flower printed pants by ZARA, raspberry, striped summer cashmere sweater, red sunglasses, black heels by TK Maxx

 

 

Posted on June 17, 2013

How to wear Leopard print…

Rebel

Zara-leo-printed-shirt

…everyone loves the cats and leopard prints are everywhere. I have at least 4 different leo print tops – 1 blouse, 1 sweater, 1 top, 1 coat.

There are still rules about leopard: you can’t wear it for a job interview! But once you’ve got your feet under the desk, you can bring your leopard with you.

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Leopard-print has crossed the final frontier – it’s now OK to wear in the office but:

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Keep it simple, don’t get your animals mixed up.

Less is more, always.  It’s true for fashion and for life.

Posted on June 14, 2013

French Style Secrets by Claire

Dresses/ Icons/ Paris/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

French Style Topshop dress black

As part of our French Style weeks, our lovely friend Claire is sharing with us her French Savoir Vivre wisdoms for chic inspiration!

Who is your style icon and why?

Vanessa Paradis (before the Rococo H&M collection!) She represents for me the French class, elegant style, natural and simple, with always a romantic touch: all about black dresses, lace or light flimsy blouses.

Vanessa Paradis

How would you describe your style?

Simple: my friends always tell me my new clothes look exactly alike the old ones, but when I am happy with my basics, I stick to it!

In terms of style, Russian IT-girls are easily recognizable by their opulent outfits, British people are famous for their unconventional quirky style and French style icons like Vogue editor Emmanuelle Alt are often associated with a minimalistic, typical French chic.  Living in London, do you agree with this description, do British people dress differently compared to the French? And what are these differences?

Definitely! Shopping in London is great to find a diversity of styles, unearth unusual pieces of cloth or bird patterned-dress to cheer up your wardrobe, but at the end of the day, I always go back to the French classics: a marinière – striped jersey, and comfy slim jeans or a plain mini skirt for the day, a little black dress or a lace top to go out. The only eccentricity I adopted in London: colourful ballerina shoes to wear on any occasion.

 The questions every lady would like to know: How do you stay slim and fit? Do you follow a special diet or workout regime?

Eating healthy: I love all kinds of food and I don’t restrain myself, I just try to eat as much fruit and veggies as I can, and not nibble between meals. Apart from that, I just thank my parents!

What kind of make-up (i.e. mascara or lipstick)  do you use for every day and for when you go out?

Nude: a bit of foundation, black mascara, and the essential: some terracotta- sun in a pot from Guerlain, to compensate the British weather! A touch of Chanel mademoiselle lipstick if I go out.

French style basics a la Claire: Little Black Dress, La Marinière (Breton Shirt), colourful ballet flats, Chanel Lipstick in colour "Mademoiselle" and a bit of Terracotta Bronzer

French style basics a la Claire: Little Black Dress, La Marinière (Breton Shirt), comfy skinnies, colourful ballet flats, Chanel Lipstick in colour “Mademoiselle” and a bit of Terracotta Bronzer by Guerlain

 

What are your favourite clothes shops in London and Paris?

Unlike most of French girls, I hate shopping! I go for online shopping as much as I can! But when I go back to France, I always visit Maje, Sandro, Les Petites or Comptoir des Cotonniers, my favourite boutiques, and Etam for the basics.

 You live in London, can you recommend your favourite restaurant or cafe in the city?

My favourite French restaurant in London is Le Sacre Coeur, in Angel, with great authentic French dishes for an affordable price.

http://www.lesacrecoeur.co.uk/

 

French is wearing a Little Black Dress by Topshop. Necklace: Handmade by herself!

French is wearing a Little Black Dress by Topshop. Necklace: Handmade by herself!

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