Monthly Archives

July 2013

Posted on July 29, 2013

Chop a Bob

Bags/ Romantique

The bob hairstyle is not just a trend but a timeless classic. It doesn’t suit everybody and if you are unsure, go to a department store and try a wig or play around with one of the hair make-over apps.

Above: Rebel has an oval face shape, meaning every hairstyle suits her. Througout the years, she had very short hair to very long “Cher Hair”. I think the bob hairstyle suits Rebel best,  it’s the best haircut for her hair structure: Lots of hair, fine and glossy.

Stunning beauty Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco sporting an undone bob


Monaco’s Princess Charlotte Casiraghi looks soooooooo much better with an undone bob, what do you think? I noticed that the French ladies love their tousled bobs, effortless chic springs to mind!

 

Everyone with fine hair is better off wearing a shorter hairstyle: There’s nothing worse then long, thinned-out, split end hair just for the sake of having long hair. A well groomed bob looks so much better. Wear it undone, wavy or graphic and straight, there are so many possibilities within this one hair style. For thick hair, I love a blunt layered bob to show off the structure of the hair.

Browse through our pictures and let us know, do you prefer the bob or the long hairstyle on the celebs shown and Rebel?

Lea Seydoux bob hairstyle

French actress and star of the Prada Candy ad Lea Seydoux with girly, innocent long hair and a sexy, undone bob complementing her feminie 50s dress by Dolce & Gabbana perfectly.

 

Who can wear a bob?

Tips from my hairdresser:

The ultimate goal is to make the face appear to be oval. If you have a heart shape face, go with a side part and a swept over fringe to make the forehead appear smaller. If you have a round face, keep layers on the sides longer to elongate the face. If you have a square face, try a shorter chin length bob.

Stunning French actress Marion Cotillard looks stunning in her tousled bob with a bang fringe

Stunning French actress Marion Cotillard looks stunning in her tousled bob with a bang fringe

The last time I wore a bob was in my early 20s and I remember I cried for 2 months after the visit to the hairdresser because I hated it so much, enviously eyeballing all girls with long hair.  Funnily enough, there are no pictures of me from this time, I really must have detested it. Over a decade has passed since then and I think I might be ready for the chop – especially seeing that since living in London, my hair seems to get shorter and shorter (the hard water and moist weather makes it a nightmare to handle). I’m not experimenting 5 weeks before my wedding though – so stayed tuned for a new Romantique post wedding!

This is the only instance in which I would vote for the longer hair: Margerita Missoni just looks best with long, flowing hair to complement hair free spirit, uncoventional fashion style

This is the only instance in which I would vote for the longer hair: Margerita Missoni just looks best with long, flowing hair to complement hair free spirit, uncoventional fashion style

 

 

Posted on July 29, 2013

Fashion Instagram Account Romantique and Rebel

Rebel

H&M-Retail-Fashion-Instagram

#H&M#Hamburg#

Coco-Chanel-Streetsyle-Instagram

Hommage on the timeless Coco Chanel look

#CocoChanel#French#Style

Hermes-Birkin-Bag-instagram

Windowshopping in Eppendorf

#Hermés#Birkin#Bag#Gucci#

UCLA-Fashion-instagram

How to style sporty shirts?

#UCLA#

Streetstyle-Fashion-Instagram

Monochrome Streetsyle Hamburg

#Longchamp#Gant#Calvin#Klein

Follow us on Instagram and get daily pics!

Posted on July 29, 2013

The mysterie behind the zebra’s signature print

Denim/ Mini/ BMW/ Rebel

zebra-print-who-what-wear

If you wear a zebra-print outfit in a crowd, it nearly guarantees that someone will easily spot you.

However, in the jungle, a zebra’s stripes actually work as a camouflage to deter its main predators: lions and hyeans. Experts believe that the mass of stripes can confuse the predators by acting as an optical illusion that blends their figures together. Consequently, a group of 10 zebras may look like a giant striped blob that a lion wouldn’t want to take on solo.

Zebra-skinny-denim-H&M

(Greetings from H&M fitting room – zebra skinny jeans for 19,95 EUR)

The mysteries that lie behind the zebra’s signature striped suit in Fashion is the sophiticated black-and-white color scheme. The most importent colours in the future will be black and white as Li Edelkoort ( Lidewij Edelkoort is one of the world’s most renowned trend forecasters) mentioned in a interview. This is nothing new for Coco Chanel because she said during her lifetime: “Black has it all, white too.”

Zebra-Skinny-Jeans-HM

Is Zebra the new Leo?

mini-couture-animal-print-zebra

Mini Couture offers to dress up your Mini in a zebra  print fashion outfit.

Zara-Zebra-coat

Earlier this year: Greeting from Zara’s fitting room.

Posted on July 27, 2013

Must-see movie BLACKFISH

Movie & Books/ Romantique

embedded by Embedded Video

YouTube Direkt

Blackfish, a documentary about orcas, also known as killer whales,  living in captivity opened in UK cinemas yesterday. It is the most haunting movie I have ever seen in my life. Even more so as the movie isn’t fiction but bitter reality. Blackfish tells the story of human domination over fascinating animals that are designed by nature to live freely, exempt from domination.

Orcas were once regarded as simple predators, but today we know they are gentle, complex, highly evolved, intelligent and social mammals who in the wild, live  in close-knit matriline societies. They travel up to 100 miles a day and use a special language and sonar  (which varies from family to family) to communicate, navigate and find food.

Blackfish shows the brutal capture of these fascinating mammals, their extraction from their families, kicking and screaming in the net. Babies are taken from their lactating mothers.  The seemingly trivial justification for this atrocity is that they can then be displayed in man-made marine parks, effectively condemned to live in tiny, concrete, chlorinated swimming pools and forced to perform mindless tricks in front of gawking spectators.
Orca Cartoon

Captive orcas, who often dont survive past their teens but live up to 90 years in the wild,  are driven mad by these inhumane conditions. Blackfish makes mention that there have been over 70 attacks on trainers by captive orcas, contrasted with zero attacks in the wild.

The  attacks by captive orcas on trainers is a result of them being emotionally destroyed and psychologically traumatised. The movie illustrates that the villain is not the whale but the human who initiated the endless suffering for those majestic animals. Forced to breed, separated from their young, with their sensitive sonar bouncing off the concrete tank walls, many captive orcas commit suicide by smashing their head into the walls or by consciously not taking the next breath.

My interest in orcas was first aroused by watching the emotional French drama “Rust and Bone” about an orca trainer (Marion Cotillard) who suffers an accident during an orca show, leaving her paralysed.

Marion Cotillard on orcas living in captivity:
“I cannot understand how we humans can take these magnificent wild beings, put them in a swimming pool to see them jump for our pleasure. It’s horrible.”

Marion Cotillard in the movie "Rust and Bone"

Marion Cotillard in the movie “Rust and Bone”

The one dissappointing aspect of Blackfish the movie is that it doesn’t offer a solution to the problem. It’s not rocket science to work out that buying tickets to Sea World and other orca/dolphin marine parks is only contributing to the continued suffering of orcas. After watching the movie, I am left  with a sad feeling of helplessness and the hope that humans will look back at Sea World in 50 years and shake their heads at the barbaric display of caged wild animals more intelligent than any other mammal, humans included.
Please don’t support them by buying tickets.

For further watching:

Lolita slave to entertainment – moving movie about orca Lolita, one of the oldest orcas living in captivity, in Seaquarium in Miami.
A killer whale named Luna – This is the emotional story of one young killer whale’s quest for companionship after he was separated from his family
The free Willy story – Keiko’s journey home – The movie shows the most famous captive orca being released back into the wild.

Albert Einstein quote

Posted on July 23, 2013

Beat the Heat in Summer Silk

Dresses/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

I am wearing a 100% blue silk dress by Stefanel in a geometric print with jewel collar.

I am wearing a 100% blue silk dress by Stefanel in a geometric print with jewel collar.

London has been hot like a pizza oven the last few weeks! We’ve been having the first prolonged heatwave since 2006, yay! To cool down in these 30plus degree temperatures,  I rely on my 100% silk dresses – When I wear them, I feel like I’m naked:  the flowing luxurious material doesn’t stick or pinches, I just feel light and free!

Silk is the Queen of fabrics, a high-class natural fibre produced by certain insects larvae to form cocoons. It’s fascinating to think of the production process of silk : The life cycle of silk worm encompasses four stages. The egg, the silk worm, the pupa and the moth. The silk worm, which feeds on mulberry leaves, forms a covering (cocoon of silk thread)  around it by secreting a protein like substance through its head.In the factory, the silk is unwound from the cocoons and the strands are collected into skeins. You can watch a video here on how silk is made into fabric.

What attributes make the silk so special?

The typical sheen, the softness and the lightness. The composition of the human skin is similar to the natural silk fibre, meaning even allergic sufferers can wear this fabric without a problem. The long fibres don’t scratch, they are elastic and don’t crease easily. Silk is breathable and insulating: This means it cools in winter and warms in winter.

 Silk feels wonderfully light and casual in the heat

Silk feels wonderfully light and casual in the heat

How to care for silk:

Silk can be washed by hand or in the wool wash in the washing machine. Make sure to use special silk washing powder so as not  to damage the fabric with protein, usually part of conventional washing powder. Dark silk can be water, light silk in luke-warm water. Gently stir the fabric, never, ever brush it or wring it. After washing, wrap the garment in a towel and dry flat (not in sunlight as it dries out the fabric). You can iron it while moist,  inside out.  Often it’s enough to air the garment and iron it with steam (from the bathroom for example). Silk is naturally dirt-repellent and doesn’t take on smells.
 

Almost creepy to think that my dress was once a silk caterpillar cocoon!

Almost creepy to think that my dress was once a silk caterpillar cocoon!

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on July 21, 2013

A-Line Leather Skirt

Romantique/ Skirts
I am wearing a navy blue leather skater skirt from Max & Co, breton shirt from D&G, sandals from AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni.

I am wearing a navy blue leather skater skirt from Max & Co, breton shirt from D&G, sandals from AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni.

Leather is a luxurious, sexy, classy material not just reserved for autumn and winter. It’s a great all year round staple. I love clashing the leather with a feminine lacy blouse, casual with a cashmere jumper or neat with a crisp white blouse.

My A-line, navy blue skater leather skirt is a more girly alternative to the pencil leather skirt. Perfect for summer, I just add a sleeveless shirt mariniere and am good to go.

As this leather skirt is short, I like to pair it with flat sandals to not make it look vulgar

As this leather skirt is quite short, I like to pair it with flat sandals to not make it look vulgar.

Fendi Skater Leather Skirt

Skater Leather skirt as seen in the French Marie Claire, inspired by the Fendi defilee SS 2013. How do the French like to rock the “Jupe Patineuse en Cuir”? They like to give it an air of the “English College” by pairing it with a clean white shirt, a navy blue blazer and black ankle booties to elongate the silhouette.

I love the full skirt in leather, it gives the sexyness a girly, innocent note

I love the full skirt in leather, it gives the sexyness of the leather a girly, innocent note

Navy Blue A Line leather skirt

I added a black gros grain belt over the skirt

 

Posted on July 20, 2013

Add the Unexpected with a Pair of Classic Cat Eye Shades

Accessoires/ Icons/ Rebel

cat-eyes-sunglasses

Cat eye sunglasses are rooted from the 50s/early 60s fashion, adding a chic touch of glam and vintage to your look. The cat eye is a timeless womens sunglass style. I wear my cat eyes shades usally in June, July, August, September because I think the look of cat eye shades it’s a summer, holiday look. It has to be sunny and hot for cat eyes.

Cat-Eye-Sunglasses-Collcetion-privat

Thats my personal cat eye sunglasses collection by LANVIN and BANANA REPUBLIC.

Audrey-Hepburn-Rome

Audrey Hepburn in Rome 1953 while filming “Roman Holiday”

Here a good read how to get the Audrey look:

“My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large sunglasses, and the little sleeveless dresses.”

Audrey Hepburn

Grace-Kelly-Cat-Eyes-Sunglasses

Grace Kelly in a standout yellow swimsuit. The white cat eye sunglasses gives Grace a “spy like” personality.

Cat-Eye-Sunglasses-Street-Style

I’m wearing BANANA REPUBLIC cat eye sunglasses. Proof what you wear will define how people see you. If you add the unexpected with a pair of classic cat eye shades they might you see as Audrey or Grace.

Posted on July 19, 2013

French Girly Charme: Lea Seydoux

Icons
Lea combines a red tartan skirt with a black leather jacket - love this look!

Lea combines a red tartan dress with a black leather jacket – a cute, age appropriate look

 

If you are wondering who on earth Lea Sedoux is,  just think of the Prada Candy ad! The Lady with the fringe and the long blond hair in the macaron pink dress is the perfect fit for one of my favourite perfumes, the sweet gourmand scent Candy. Lea also starred in movies such as “Midnight in Paris” with Marion Cotillard and Mission Impossible.

Miuccia Prada says of Lea, 28: “She could be wearing lots of jewelry and a crocodile jacket, but she has something very natural about her.”

Lea Sedoux personifies to me what is known as French chic:  The tousled hair, minimalistic make-up, natural charme, without being too done, too manicured, too styled.

Get inspired by Lea Sedoux natural seduction!

Looking summery and cute in a 50s floral dress by Dolce & Gabbana at Cannes 2013

Looking summery and cute in a 50s floral dress by Dolce & Gabbana at Cannes 2013

 

No French style without the iconic gingham vichy style. Lea is wearing a blue gingham dress by Miu Miu 2010.

No French style without the iconic gingham vichy style. Lea is wearing a blue gingham dress by Miu Miu 2010.

Lea wearing an eternallyl flattering dress: Fitted at the bodice with a flared skirt by Prada.

The eternallyl flattering dress: Fitted at the bodice with a flared skirt by Prada.

Turning up the girly charm in a flared  pink Louis Vuitton dress with puff sleeves and black contrast belt - parfait!

Turning up the girly charm in a flared pink Louis Vuitton dress with puff sleeves and black contrast belt – parfait!

A dream for all Romantiques: Broderie anglaise blouse and embellished shirt by Prada 2012.

A dream for all Romantiques: Broderie anglaise blouse and embellished shirt by Prada 2012.

Keeping warm in a grey oversized coat and nougat coloured boots

Keeping warm in a grey oversized coat and nougat coloured boots

Lea in the famous Prada Candy ad

Lea in the famous Prada Candy ad

 

Posted on July 15, 2013

Summer day in Potsdam

Berlin/ Dresses/ Romantique/ Travel/ Wardrobe

 

For the lovely summer day in Potsdam I am wearing a yellow floral dress from Max & Co and  sorbet coloured sunglasses from Celine

For the lovely summer day in Potsdam I am wearing a yellow floral dress from Max & Co and sorbet coloured sunglasses from Celine

 

My wedding is just 7 weeks away and I used the weekend in Berlin to take care of  some last minute essentials; girly stuff  like flowers and decorations.  Sunday was spent  in Potsdam, a short 20 minute train ride from Berlin.  Potsdam is one of my must-dos  for Berlin visitors: it’s the Windsor of Germany.  Once the home of Prussian kings and Kaisers, these days it plays host to cultural tourists, drawn in by it’s rococco castle Sanssouci ( The German Versailles), the surrounding gardens, cute boutiques and countless cafe’s and restaurants scattered in the pedestrian zones.

I had the French breakfast, bien sur!

I had the French breakfast, bien sur!

We started the day with a delicious breakfast at Cafe Heider in Potsdam. Dubbed the “living room of Potsdam”, this cute cafe offers yummy cakes since 1878.

AGL Sandals

Mummy Romantique and I are wearing the same sandals! Our nail varnishes are “Rouge Noir” by Chanel and “Parme Graffiti” by YSL

Sandals from AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni

Mummy Romantique is wearing: Patchwork shift dress from Gant, AGL sandals and sunglasses from Chloe.

Mummy Romantique is wearing: Patchwork shift dress from Gant, AGL sandals and sunglasses from Chloe.

On Saturdays, the Potsdam market offers all kind of delicious, local organic produce such as berries, cherries and wild mushrooms and tray bake cakes  baked with seasonal fruit such as goose berries.

The small brandenburg Gate in Potsdam. Navy Blue Patent leather bag from Misako.

The small brandenburg Gate in Potsdam. Navy Blue Patent leather bag from Misako.

Floral Dress Max & Co

 

 

Posted on July 12, 2013

Nature, US Vogue July and French Style

Rebel

Katy-Perry-US-Vogue-July

As I saw the lovely cover of  Katy Perry, sitting in the grass, wearing a romantic and glamorous dress, I felt inspired for my next French style photoshoot because we do still have our French weeks on Romantique and Rebel.

Nature, US Vogue July, French Style

French-Natur-Streetstyle

For an easy French styling you only need 3 colours: white, blue and red, striped pattern and one piece made in France for example espadrilles.

French-Garden-Streetstyle

I simply walked out of my front door et voila, there I was in a green setting like that of the Annie Leibovitz shoot.

For a look a like Katy Perry romantic nature shoot you do need a dress by Dolce & Gabbana and vegetables.

katy-perry-dolce-and-gabbana-vogue-us-july--2013-annie-leibovitz-cover

Katy Perry photographed for US Vogue, July Issue by Annie Leibovitz.

Back to top