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December 2013

Posted on December 30, 2013

Rebel’s Casual Bow Tie Style

Accessoires/ Rebel

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From Peter Pan collars to bow ties it’s only a small step. Both – the Peter Pan collar and the bow tie – are charming little accessories with a huge effect on every outfit. The Bow tie may remind us on gentlemen from dusty times but in combination with converse, skinny jeans and eye-catching sunglasses we are just IT-Girls on the streets.

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On Me:

The Bow Tie is from my Mom. She wore bow  ties
with suits from Bogner and High Heels in the 90ss – Leather Jacket by Michael Kors, Sunglasses by Blumarine.

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We wish everyone a fabulous New Year!

Expect the best for 2014 and prepare for the worst and never give up!

Posted on December 29, 2013

Stormy day in Sydney

Australia/ Romantique/ Travel

Bondi Beach Romantique

After a tumultuous departure from London for Sydney and a seven hour delay in  Dubai, I’m happy to be in Sydney at last. The picturesque beaches and bright blue skies more than make up for the 33-hour-flight!

When it comes to fashion, Sydney rocks the style of a very relaxed beach city: During the day, men tend to wear the flip flops, shorts and a washed-out Fresh Jive T-shirt. Women can be seen in tiny sun dresses, wide-brimmed straw hats and sandals. I’m glad Mr Romantique moved away from the generic Sydneysider look and now nails the casual but cool look: Knee length shorts, navy blue polo short and Ray Ban Aviators.  For a stormy day, I’m wearing a red, printed T-shirt from Gianfranco Ferre, a comfy denim skirt from Esprit and my two indispensable Sydney accessories: South African Havaianas for comfort and Ray Ban wayfarers.

Mr Romantique is wearing: Shorts from Tokyo Laundry, polo shirt from Calvin Klein.

Mr Romantique is wearing: Shorts from Tokyo Laundry, polo shirt from Calvin Klein.

View of Bondi Beach from the famous Restaurant and outdoor pool Bondi Iceberg

View of Bondi Beach from the famous Restaurant and outdoor pool Bondi Iceberg

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Street style Sydney: Printed Shirt from GF Ferre, wayfarers from Ray Ban. South African themed flip flops from Havaianas.

Bondi's Iceberg Outdoor Pool set in the middle of the ocean

Bondi’s Iceberg Outdoor Pool set in the middle of the ocean

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on December 22, 2013

Happy Holidays in Fair Isle

Blazer / Jackets/ Jumpers/ Romantique

Fair isle cardigan

Fair Isle prints, also known as Norwegian or Nordic knits, are my perennial Christmas staple with nostalgic value. The style can look super cute on the ski slopes or at home in front of the Christmas tree,  provided you don’t overdo it. Style it with cool accessories to make it look modern, like skinny jeans, a girly locket necklace or a casual cross body bag.

I’m wearing a toned down Fair Isle patterned wool cardigan in muted grey and cream, paired with a cashmere dress, both from Max & Co. For a splash of festive colour, I added a Santa red mini Hermes-esque bag.

Red Mini Kelly bag from Picard. Bronze Ballerinas with chunky heel from Max & Co.

Red Mini Kelly bag from Picard. Bronze Ballerinas with chunky heel from Max & Co.

 

This year on Christmas eve, I will be in the air with Mr Romantique on our way to Australia for a warm Bondi Beach Holiday. It’s fair to say that I will have to swap my cosy Fair Isle sweater for a little sundress!

My favourite fairy tale, Haensel & Gretel, hidden in this ueber-cute gingerbread house locket from Les Nereides. THE expert for everything cute, creative and fantasy filled!

My favourite fairy tale, Haensel & Gretel, hidden in this ueber-cute gingerbread house locket from French costume jeweller  Les Nereides. THE expert for everything cute, creative and fantasy filled!

Fair Isle cardigan and Ray Bans

Posted on December 20, 2013

Best of Gourmand Perfumes

Beauty/ Romantique

Gourmand Perfumes

Gourmand Perfumes are powdery and contain notes of vanilla, cinnamon, almond and fruit like apples or raspberries. Everything that can be eaten and is delicious! One of the first  Gourmand perfume on the market was Angel. Thierry Mugler asked the perfumers to create the scent of an innocent childhood memory at the fair with notes of cotton candy, vanilla, caramel and chocolate.

While I love Angel on others (Mr Romantique uses A*man), I don’t like it on myself. Despite not loving the epitome of this perfume genre, I  absolutely adore gourmand aromas and have compiled a list of  my top 5 perfumes of succulent smells below in the hope to inspire you!

 

5. Daisy by Marc Jacobs

Daisy has powdery, fruity, citrussy and floral notes. For me it’s a not a 100% gourmand perfume as the florals are dominating. However, it’s a nice hybrid for someone who doesn’t dare to go full blown sweet.

 

4. Flowerbomb by Victor and Rolf

The name of this scent is misleading, as flowerbomb exudes more sweet candy notes rather than flowery one. A young and sweet smell!

 

3.  Aqua Allegoria Pamplemme by Guerlain

A fresh, grown-up and delicious grapefruit scent. Perfect for summer, it really perks me up in the morning.

 

2. Signorina by Salvatore Ferragamo

It was a close call between my two favourite and regular perfumes I keep on buying again and again. Signorina  is a relatively new fragrance (launched in 2012), a wonderfully sweet and feminine smell oozing  Pannacotta, patchouli, musk, black current and pink pepper. A heavenly combination!

  signorina by Salvatore Ferragamo

1. Candy by Prada

Prada Candy (the original, not the Prada Candy L’eau version”)  is my winner! Prada made the impossible possible by finding the right balance of a strong caramel, chocolate scent that doesn’t appear vulgar or too young. A lady-like, every day staple to complement romantic outfits!

Below:

My girl crush, French actress Lea Seydoux, in the commercial for Prada Candy.

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Posted on December 19, 2013

Winter Fairy Tale: Romantic Christmas markets in Berlin

Berlin/ Current Affairs/ Decor/ Romantique

Gendarmenmarkt Christmas 2013

 

Christmas is my favourite time of the year (despite loving summer! ) and the highlight of this period is a visit to one of the traditional Christmas markets in Germany!

Berlin is the capital of Christmas markets with over 60 to choose from! If you are tired of the commercialisation that has taken over the holidays , head to the country of the Nutcrackers for a romantic and traditional Christmas .

The S-Class of the Christmas markets is without a doubt the “Weihnachtszauber at Gendarmenmarkt” in Berlin-Mitte. Located on one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. Three impressive buildings provide the stunning backdrop: The French cathedral, the German cathedral and the Concert Hall. Popular for it’s unique hand-made products, you can find handmade presents such as traditional wooden carved Christmas figurines, handmade glass baubles and lambskin shoes. All the while the seductive scent of burnt almonds, chestnuts, baked apples, grilled sausages and spicy Gluehwein fills the air!

Romantique Christmas market

Typical stand offering candied fruit, gingerbread hearts and an array of Lebkuchen. Hat from Antoni & Alison, caot from Max & Co. Red turtle neck jumper from Uniqlo.

Christmas is a big deal in Germany, a time for introspection and spending time with your family, everyone gets into it. Stroll through the residential areas and you will see almost every window and balcony is decorated with light chains, star lampshades, reindeers and Christmas trees. Did you know that the advent wreath, glass baubles and the Christmas tree all originated in Germany between the fourteenth and nineteenth centuries?

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Mummy Romantique buying traditional Christmas Stollen. Her monochrome dogstooth scarf is from Moschino. Snakeskin bag from Alberta Ferreti.

Mummy Romantique buying traditional Christmas Stollen. Her monochrome dogstooth scarf is from Moschino. Snakeskin bag from Alberta Ferreti.

German Stollen, a loaf-shaped fruitcake made of yeast, water and flour, is traditionally eaten around Christmas time in Germany. The treat, which was first baked in Dresden in the 14th century, is filled with nuts, raisins, candied citrus, and spices, and its form is said to represent Baby Jesus in swaddling clothes.

Tipp: Always cut a Stollen from the middle, this way the cake won’t dry out as quickly.

German Christmas Market food

The praline “Dominostein” is another Christmas sweet from Dresden, made up of three layers: Lebkuchen, sour cherry and marzipan, covered in dark chocolate.

The crescent shaped biscuits “Vanillekipferl” come from Vienna, Austria and are traditionally eaten at Christmas time. They are baked in Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Mr Romantique at the Christmas market

Mr Romantique at hte Christmas market

Ice rink at the Christmas Market at Alexanderplatz near the Red Town Hall

Ice rink at the Christmas Market at Alexanderplatz near the Red Town Hall

Carousel Alexanderplatz

christmas market Gendarmenmarkt

What would Christmas be without the story of Hansel and Gretel and the gingerbread house?

What would Christmas be without the story of Hansel and Gretel and the gingerbread house?

Christmas and the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm go together like mulled wine and mince pies!

Above:  Mug from Villeroy & Boch, Christmas edition 2013. Necklaces from Les Nereides.  Gingerbread house made entirely of Spekulatius (spiced biscuits), Leibniz butter cookies, cinnamon starts and Pfeffernuesse. Yum!

Posted on December 17, 2013

Pregnant & Chic

Blazer / Jackets/ Dresses/ Romantique/ Wardrobe
Kyra is wearing: Black leather jacket from Zara, cream dress from a small boutique in bondi, Sydney, Australia. Bronze peep toe pumps from Dune. Sunnies clubmaster from Ray Ban.

Kyra is wearing: Black leather jacket from Zara, cream dress from a small boutique in bondi, Sydney, Australia. Bronze peep toe pumps from Dune. Sunnies clubmaster from Ray Ban.

Pregnancy doesn’t have to equal sartorial desert, swollen ankles and the “sexless” mummy look, as pregnant Kyra – writer, economist and my sister in law – shows us in these gorgeous pictures. How does she do it? Let’s find out in our exclusive interview.

R&R: Kyra, you are 8 months pregnant now and you look fantastic! You don’t look as if you’ve given in to the notorious pregnancy cravings! Have you been following a healthy pregnancy diet and consciously resisted the cheese cake / gherkin craving?

My diet (and appetite) radically changed pretty much as soon as I got pregnant – suddenly all I craved was fresh salads and the occasional gherkin. This was certainly a shift, considering I used to live on burgers and tacos!
To kick things off, give us 5 words to describe your experience of pregnancy:

Calm,  sick! Happy, heavy, tired!

How would you describe your style and how have you maintained it during your pregnancy?

I’m not sure I have a “style”! I wish I did, but in terms of pregnancy, I stayed away from maternity clothes (except for the essential, maternity jeans!), and just bought nice oversized clothes that would work post pregnancy.

Did you go shopping for maternity wear? Do you have any shopping tips?

Not really! I had a couple of pairs of maternity jeans and some tights, then pretty much wore stuff that was oversized anyways. I wasn’t in love with the maternity wear! I would recommend shopping at COS, they have beautiful and baggy clothes that look great after the bump is gone!

Pregnant and Chic dress Maison Scotch

Kyra is wearing: Red Peter Pan collar dress from Maison Scotch, belt from Topshop, flats from Urban Outfitters. Gina (right) is wearing a teal coloured dress from Claudie Pierlot.

 

Who is your style icon and why?

I love Jennifer Lawrence. She has such a healthy message about body image and fashion that I think we should all listen to!

What are your top 5 maternity style must-haves? Maternity skinny jeans (GAP), comfortable flats are all I can think of!

What is your current favourite wardrobe item? I am obsessed with my Cynthia Vincent flats!

What’s on your maternity and baby wish list? Pretty much anything from Stella McCartney kids.

What do you most look forward to teaching your child? To be calm and engage in the present moment always.

Cynthia Vincent flats

Cynthia Vincent flats

  Pregnant and chic cream dress

 

Kyra’s latest wardrobe staple buy: A warm, navy parka with fur hood from Isabel Marant. Stylish and warm to brace against the damp UK winter!

 

Posted on December 16, 2013

Berlin Street Style: Festive Stripes & Bronze pumps

Romantique

Berlin Streestyle stripy dress and bronze shoes

For the  weekend, Mr Romantique and I travelled to Berlin to immerse ourselves in the city’s biggest tourist attraction in winter: The Christmas markets! More on the beautiful markets in a few days, for today I just want to share my dress and my new shoes! I felt very chrismassy in this outfit: Gold-bronze stripes on the top of this winter dress with a flowing, attached navy wool skirt. My new shoes are bronze with a chunky midi heel and three straps.

Above: Streetstyle Berlin! I am wearing: Stripey dress and bronze shoes from Max & Co, chain strap bag from Gianfranco Ferre.

Quartier 206 Blog post stripey dress

The Galeries Lafayette Berlin and the adjacent luxurious department store Quartier 206 is one of my favorite shopping and cafe area in Berlin. It’s classy, beautiful, offers an array of high end and high street shops and is never too busy and stressful.

Bronze pumps with midi heel and three straps from Max & Co

I love my new shoes! They have all a romantic gal needs: A walkable chunky midi-heel, trendy metallic color and three playful straps. Valentino and Chloe do the same model so I’m happy I scored an Italian made quality shoe for a more affordable price from Max & Co.

Gendarmenmarkt Stripey dress

Sunglasses from Loewe. Paris hoop earrings from Les Nereides.

Posted on December 10, 2013

Wearing a Red Coat should not intimidate you

Coats/ Rebel

Streetstyle-Red-Coat-Winter

I love my red coat but actually never wear it because I think that I look like Santa Claus from the Coca Cola commercial. Of course I don’t, these are just my own thoughts and it’s all a question of styling. If you would like to wear a red coat in the festive season, then don’t be shy because between all the dark coats and jackets in the street you will definitely stand out  in a positive way – be gorgeous in red, doll! What an incredible color on you!

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On me: Red Coat by Calvin Klein, black Skinny Jeans by Zara, Converse, H&M Breton shirt above, Peter Pan Collar Top by Zara

Posted on December 9, 2013

Casual Chic: Chain Mini Bag

Accessoires/ Bags/ Romantique

Gianfranco Ferre chained mini bag

The chain strapped cross body bag is one of my favourite bags as it is so uncomplicated, yet chic. It’s my staple for evenings and everyday outfits.

Thanks to Coco Chanel, who designed her iconic 2.55 bag with double strapped chains which are attached by leather straps inserted by eyelets, many prestigious designers followed. From Mulberry to Valentino, every designer has a chain strapped bag as part of their classic range.

Above: I’m wearing a chained cross body mini bag in forest green by Gianfranco Ferre. There are so many Chanel-esque chain bags out there and many of them look cheap. I love good quality leather and understated, classic colours like black, beige, dark purple, green or navy.

Alexa Chung Chanel chained mini bag

Alexa Chung wearing her chained Chanel mini bags out at night teamed with a velvet LBD and casually styled with a navy pea coat for the day.

Coat from Max & Co. Grey wool tights from Kunert. Shoes by Attilio Giusti Leombruni.

Coat from Max & Co. Grey wool tights from Kunert. Shoes by Attilio Giusti Leombruni.

Mini bag Gianfranco Ferre

If I'd win the lottery, I want these candies: Left: Pink quilted Chanel chain bag. Right: Mulberry Lily and Medium Lily chain strapped bags

If I’d win the lottery, I want these candies: Left: Pink quilted Chanel chain bag. Right: Mulberry Lily and Medium Lily chain strapped bags

Paris motif earrings by Les Nereides

Paris motif earrings by Les Nereides

 

 

 

 

Posted on December 8, 2013

Peter Pan Collar: Femme de Chambre Style

Rebel/ Wardrobe

Louis-Vuitton-Peter-Pan-Collar

We’ve been fussing about Peter Pan Collars since 2010. People say the collar is reminiscent of school girls, I disagree! For me, Peter Pan collars remind me of a maid’s uniform. The much better description other than “schoolgirl look”  is the French “Femme de Chambre”. See above the maids serving tea backstage at the Louis Vuitton fashion show with the maid’s signature Peter Pan collar.

To be honest, I wasn’t obsessed with the trend until I cut off my hair – short hair and the playful collar are a great contrast. I’d love to work at the Louis Vuitton fashion shows backstage just to get to wear the gorgeous outfit!

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Catherine Deneveue as a distinguished Femme de Chambre in the 60’s

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On me: Peter Pan Collar Top by Zara, Skinny by Zara as well, Converse Trainers

 

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