We all read about them in every fashion magazine or fashionblog– the key pieces that every woman should have in their wardrobe. Does your wardrobe have the essentials? I relate it to sweets – we know they are unhealthy as uber-stylish pieces and vitamins as basics are very good for us. I guess that most have more sweets than vitamins in the wardrobe. The older I get the most I’ve come to respect and appreciate good old wardrobe essentials.
Here is my list of essentials and according to the list it took only 5 minutes to dress me up in the morning.
1.) black skinny jeans
2.) grey turtleneck
3.) Burberry Trenchcoat
4.) blue Converse high top
Funny, Heidi Klum has also shopped at Zara as I did. I love her easygoing casual look.
Looking effortless takes a lot of effort? Sometimes but not, today. The white blazer – this is just one of my easiest looks to wear. Take a breton shirt, a classic denim pants and bright shoes.
My look is almost all by H&M – Blazer, Shirt, Shoes by H&M but the denim by J Brand and Sunglasses by Lanvin.
Prep school students in the 1950s decided to insert a penny into the diamond shaped slit, the name “penny loafers” stuck and the hand-sewn slip on with the ivy league heritage became ubiquitous for collegiate cool. But in these days “penny loafers” are no longer the domain of sockless Italians or Wall Street boys as Gordon Gekko wannabes from the 80’s.
The autumn begins, now is a perfect time to wear my Alden Penny Loafers. In order to look sleek and modern with penny loafers I always wear the shoes with denim and sockless. Never with a suit because that’s too conservative.
Vassar College Girls in Penny Loafers
Girls from the 40’s – white socks in Penny Loafer… Michael Jackson say “hello”
Bardot and the 70’s Gucci Loafer
My floral headpiece made at a Tempelhof florist in Berlin. Lilly of the valley earrings from Les Nereides.
3 weeks ago, on 31st August, Tatiana Santo Domingo married Grace Kelly’s grandson, Andrea Casiraghi, in Monaco. Just 5 days before I married Mr Romantique in Berlin! While Tatiana opted for a boho wedding dress from Missoni complete with flower power head piece, I went for the Audrey Hepburn 50s look. Vichy checked kitten heels and a flared tea length dress from Jcrew (Rosebloom).
Just like her, I decided to wear a flower crown to give my dress a romantic flair. To not make it look too boho, the delicate pink flowers were arranged on an alice band that I could easily pop into my hair.
Tatiana’s wonderfully relaxed boho wedding guests wearing flower tiaras just like the bride!
A thick pleated hair streak completed the romantic look
Floral crown inspiration from Alexa Chung
Audrey Hepburn marries Mel Ferrer in 1954 in a Balmain dress and floral tiara
Bridal floral crown
Rosebloom tea length wedding dress from Jcrew. Kitten heels from Marc Jacobs
Today, all eyes are on Germany because polls have opened in Germany’s parliamentary elections and will close at 8pm tonight.
62 million people are eligible to vote in the European Union’s largest country. It’s expected that Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats will win the largest share of the vote. It would be her third term as Chancellor.
However, what to wear on the election day? The Chancellor was wearing autumnal colors – black pants and a brown blazer.
As usual, Bavarians go to the polls in Lederhosen and Dirndl – OMG!
Today, I went to the polls in the morning and wore a Tomboy Jacket combined with plateau sandals and socks.
4 more years of colorful blazer combined with short necklaces?
Angela Merkel’s jackets: many colours but just one look. She has found a fashion formula she likes, and she’s sticking to it.
A black feline soft paw chiling in the evenign at Largo Argentina
Rome is just an incredible city. Strolling through the heart of the city, every corner could be taken from a post card scene. From baroque churches to ancient archaeological sites; every building is a feast for the eyes.
Even more fascinating than the opulent buildings is the strong bond the ancient city has with cats. Yes, cats! During our trip, we stumbled upon a colony of 200 cats (!!) living at the ancient site of Torre Argentina, where Julius Cesar was once stabbed by Brutus. The cats live in a shelter which is publicly protected. Italy is a no-kill nation, meaning no healthy stray cat is allowed to be put down. The cats of Rome, Gatti di Roma, are a well known tourist magnet and decorate lots of calendars you can buy around the city. All together more than 260,000 stray cats live in Rome in over 2,000 colonies. Rome’s city council even declared cats as part of the Roman bicultural heritage.
Why do cats have such a special place in Roman culture? Apparently, it all dates back to the bubonic plague. The cat population in Italy kept the disease carrying rats in check, avoiding Italy’s population to succumb to the disease, unlike the rest of Europe. When the Italian Catholic church started to chase and hunt down cats in the 1300s, there were not enough cats anymore to chase rats and disease spread rapidly across the country.
Today, organised volunteers and the neighbourhood “gattare”(=cat ladies who feed cats) look after Rome’s felines. The most famous gattare was Italian movie star Anna Magnani, known for feeding the stray cats of Trastevere with pots of pasta.
Anna Magnani with one of her cats
So on your next trip to Rome, look out for the cats of Torre Argentina, the Colosseum and the garden of Trajan. Beautiful animals majestically perching on marble columns, looming over Italy’s ancient cultural treasures. What a sight!
Italy is a country in which police uniforms are designed by Giorgio Armani and “La Bella Figura” is a way of life. Looking good and having an eye for aesthetics is a national obsession in Italy. Walking down the street of Rome during our honeymoon, I enjoyed the elegant, expressive and sensual way Italians dress. In my opinion, the most stylish people of Europe! The German way of dressing is too practical, the English too eccentric and try-hard and the French can be too made-up at times. Italian style is the perfect balance between casual nonchalance and elegance.
Above picture: “Discretion is the opposite of vulgarity” – Giorgio Armani. This stylish Roman lady does effortless chic in simple grey trousers, black shirt, jewelled ballet flats and a timeless Kelly Tote bag, cycling near Corso d’Italia.
Whilst in Rome, I mostly looked dishevelled and exhausted from heat. Not so this trendy Roman: She oozes relaxed elegance in a nude coloured Maxi skirt and casual, off-the-shoulder Breton shirt while chilling near Piazza Navona. Viva Italia!
Monochrome, block stripes were a big hit this summer at Dolce & Gabbana. This lady nailed the look with her horizontally striped top combined with a vertically striped puffy skirt and sandal wedges. Bellisima!
The young fashion pack triumphs in red coloured skinny jeans, Cool Britannia helmet and sporty Nikes.
Rome Street Style in Trastevere
The lady in the green could be a flower child from the 70s with her turqoise rings, headband and long artisan earrings and necklace.