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September 2013

Posted on September 15, 2013

Autumn Little Black Dress

Dresses/ Romantique


“One is never over-dressed or under-dressed with a Little Black Dress” – Karl Lagerfeld
Truer words have never been said! One of the great things about the little black dresses is they can easily be transitioned from summer to autumn.
Here in Italy, it’s hot and humid during the day with an autumn chill in the air after dark. For the warmer days, I like to dress up my LBD with sling backs and a straw bag for lunch with the girls in town. For the colder autumn nights, pair your little black dress with thick tights, ankle booties and throw over a duffle coat.
Pic above and below: I like my little black dress classic with playful details: My A-line wool LBD is from Max & Co AW 2014 and has pleats at the hem.
Gingham checked pointy sling backs from Marc Jacobs. Straw bag from Gallipoli shops. Pink Ballerina earrings from Les Néréides.
Posted on September 13, 2013

Are grey sweatshirts fall/winter 2013 must haves?

Jumpers/ Rebel Alexa


Hmh, Grey is a neutral shade: it’s not so harsh compared to white, not too heavy compared to black. It’s understated, elegant and sophisticated. But grey is not grey – as we all know there are 50 shades of grey! Shades of grey have to be well matched with the skin tone. To find the right grey shade is similar difficult as to find the right foundation shade. I’m not really a crazy fan of grey sweatshirts but at the moment from celebrities to fashion bloggers, they all made their own pin with this versatile staple piece.


As always, the trick is to balance for me. I dressed up my ZARA men’s sweatshirt with jewelery and heavy red lipstick otherwise I would look like having a gastric intestinal flu. And to answer the question from above: Are grey sweatshirts fall/winter 2013 must haves? Yes, if you already have a grey sweater at your closet then you’re a lucky devil! Congrats!


What I wear: Zara sweater, Calvin Klein denim, Converse, Céline Sunglasses


Grey Casual Glam – Love Alexa’s combination of grey and beige animal print!

Posted on September 10, 2013

5 fashion tips for mental wellbeing

Astro & Spirit/ Rebel Alexa

Everyone can feel low, anxious or unable to cope from time to time. They’re all normal responses to life’s challenges. If I feel in a bad mood I just do the things I enjoy most and what I always enjoy is fashion. My 5 fashion tips for mental wellbing give me the resilience to cope when times are tougher than usual. No one can give wellbeing to us. It’s you who has to take action. Here are my 5 wellbeing tips in terms of fashion that makes me instantly happy:

1. Wearing a black turtleneck and classic sunglasses.


2. Trying things of the new collection at ZARA but do not buy anything.


3. Browsing in a fashion book at bookshops.


4. Searching for inspiring fashion quotes.


5. Visiting a fashion exhibition.


Posted on September 9, 2013

Chic optical black glasses from Stella McCartney

Accessoires/ Rebel Alexa


Stella already won us over with her clothing and so it’s only natural that Stella Mccartney would turn her design smarts to her first collection of optical eyewear, launched in March 2013. The glasses come in five styles – cutting-edge styles in a palette of burgundy, taupe, black, teal and tortoise – and strike the designer’s signature feminine-meets-masculine aesthetic for an entirely modern look. Even better, they’re made primarily from renewable sources, which isn’t a surprise considering that McCartney’s renowned for her eco-friendly approach to fashion. The sustainable collection is made up over 50% natural sources and is created with bio-acetate and cellulose, which is both renewable and biodegradable. With glasses this chic, you’ll want a prescription right away, so whether your sensibilities are classic or retro-inspired.


“Optical is more and more part of fashion,” Stella McCartney told WWD. “If you actually take a moment to look around, you are surrounded by optical both as a necessity and a statement. It is exciting because it says something new, all ages express themselves through optical.”


Yes, optical glasses are more and more part of fashion but for me glasses have one more function. At age 42 one or the other eyelid hangs a little. Unfortunately, cosmetics products can not fix the problems but glasses can do it. My new Stella McCartney glasses conceals perfectly tired eyes and droopy eyelids. In addition to the conceal the sign of the times, the most I like of the look is an androgynous feel if I wear Stella’s opticals. So, thanks Stella for your chic optical range, wearing the glasses makes me relaxed and confident.


Stella McCartney optical glasses 2055 – Prices will range from £149 to £157, and will be available from high-end retailers and opticians.


Natalia Vodianova at the Stella McCartney Fall-Winter 2013/2014 Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show at the Opera in Paris, France – March 4, 2013 – wore completely Stella

Posted on September 9, 2013

Honeymoon in Dolce Roma

Love & Relationship/ Romantique/ Travel


Italy is my favourite country in the world! After having visited the Amalfi Coast, Napoli, Sorrento and Sardinia, it was only logical to book in a three day trip to Rome to kick of the Italian honeymoon extravaganza after my wonderful wedding (full wedding update will follow once I am back in Londres).

A lifetime is not enough to get to know Rome so I won’t even try to give out travel tips for Rome. Just sharing a few highlights I cherry picked from the wealth of culture to see in the Eternal city.
Trastevere: We were lucky enough to base ourselves just 20 minutes walking distance from world famous sites such as the Trevi Fountain or the Piazza Navona. The bubbly district of Trastervere is located west of the Tiber river. Quintessentially Italian, you will find cobbled,  narrow allies lined by medieval houses,  beautiful piazzas coming to life at night and many amazing restaurants, trattorias and cafés.
Via Scala in Trastevere
We stayed at a wonderfully romantic apartment in the heart of Trastevere, booked via airbandb. Accommodation in Rome can be hit and miss so we were delighted to have found this jewel. Contact us if you’d like us to share the details.
One of the many Piazzas in Trastevere. Polka dot dress from Max & Co.
Victor Emmanuel II Monument aka the ‘Wedding Cake’
This is a very young sight compared to most of Roms historical buildings dating back to BC. Completed only in 1911, the grandiose palace towers over the rest of the city. I love the marble white exterior and the stunning views the palace provides, often shared with brides who use this stunning setting as a wedding backdrop.
Crossbody bag from Moschino, wayfarer sunglasses from Ray Ban
Gianicolo Hill
Just outside the historic centre in Trastevere, Giancolo Hill provides stunning views overlooking the city. If you are a bit overwhelmed by the rich culture of the city (like I was!), this is the place to chill out and to enjoy a bit of peace and quiet.
The Aqua Paola fountain at Gianicolo is a 17th century basin made from marble taken from the forum. I dipped my feet into the fresh cold water to cool down. Like many of Rome’s sights, this is a popular wedding backdrop.
A  lucky bride using this stunning, ancient amphitheatre as a background for her wedding photos.
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