Some things are just meant to be. When I first spotted this grey wool dress in a Max & Co shop in Southerrn Italy, I heavy heartedly gave it a miss. I had to remind myself that I already bought a dress, had dental expenses coming up and just had to cut back in general.
Three months later I saw the same dress in the Christmas sale in Berlin. And now it’s mine. Max and Co (Max Mara’s younger subline) is my holy grail dressmaker. The tailoring is flawless and the most flattering for my figure (think fitted bodice and flared skirt). The subtle and discreet grey is perfect when I feel like wearing my rather loud purple and red patterned coat.
I am wearing:
- Wool dress – Max & Co
- Scallop collar – COS
- Ankle boots – Geox at TK Maxx
- Red handbag: Picard
Purple and red patterned coat from Max & Co. Necklace and earrings from Les Nereides and N2 Paris.
The same dress back in summer in the Italian shop, paired with a tan and AGL metallic sandals.
What to wear for grocery shopping on a Saturday? I would never go to a grocery store in a tracksuit but I adore the casual style of Charlize Theron. She looked casually stunning in her skinny jeans, flat sandals an black top – all basics!
I don’t take hours to put together an outfit only to pop down to the shops – but I still consider what to wear for grocery shopping . For quick style decisions I swear by basics – black jeans, a chic black coat and trainers.
On me: Coat by Calvin Klein, Skinny jeans by ZARA, Trainers by Tigers
We have to thank Coco Chanel for one of the most timeless and elegant fashion classics: The Breton shirt, the quilted leather handbag, the monochrome look and the long strands of pearls.
To not make a pearl necklace look dated, we like our pearls long, paired with the obligatory mariniere stripes (bien sur!) and with relaxed denim. Pop over a navy blazer or boucle jacket to complete the look.
Above: Pearls don’t have to be Chanel. Rebel’s casual, multi strand necklace is from Sum Cinque.
I love playful pearl necklaces as shown above on Anne Hathaway from the movie “The Devil wears Prada”. Consisting of several strands and playful charms thrown in. If you like your pearls whimsical like me, look for a mix of pearls and iconic Chanel charms such as the Eifel tower, the birdcage, the camellia, globes and bows.
Just like Rebel, I like my gem necklace stylish but casual: Paired with a breton striped cashmere cardigan from Galliano and denim skirt from H&M,
On my wish list: Chanel pearls and Vichy gingham bows. J’adore!
I adore Audrey: Her personality, her style, her movies, her pictures. Biking with grace and style? Take a look at Audrey Hepburn on a bike and get ideas for your next cycling tour.
Me on the bike wearing: Clavin Klein Coat, Gant Scarf and Converse shoes.
Rebel visited our home town Berlin recently. One of our favourite things to do when we’re there is to catch-up with our mum in one of the hundreds of relaxed cafes around Gendarmenmarkt, followed by a quick browse in Berlin’s Galeries Lafayette.
For luncheon in the city, Rebel styled Mummy R & R in uni pastel colours down below, with monochrome contrast at the top. Rebel says the key to this outfit is to balance our moms figure: Her legs are skinny so they can be emphasized in grass green eye catcher pants. Her fuller upper body looks best in tailored clothes. The black and white houndstooth statement scarf from Moschino distracts the eye and makes the silhouette appear slimmer. The powder pink oxford lace-ups are an anti-February statement, a sneak peak of the impending spring.
Mom Romantique and Rebel is wearing:
Houndstooth scarf from Moschino
- Green trousers from No 21
- Powder pink oxford lace-ups from Jil Sander
- Green snakeskin bag from Alberta Ferretti
- Sunglasses from Anna Sui
- Red Lipstick: “Old Hollywood” from Bobbi Brown
Berlin Street Chic
Can Socks and sandals even be chic, I hear some of you say. Of course! We are not talking about thick cotton wool socks in Birkenstocks! We have plateau sandals and colourful socks in mind as weel as sequinned wool knee-highs paired with strappy sandals. Go for a monochrome look, teaming socks and shoe colour, for a more subtle take on the look.
Rebel chose to go for bright blue socks and plateau open sandals, matching the colour of her jumper. A bright, fun look. The coordination of the jumper and socks calms the whole outfit, making it look pulled together.
- Rebel is wearing: Blue socks from Falke, Jeans from Tribeca, coat by Gianfranco Ferre.
I chose to wear black thick socks and strappy, bronze sandals. The playful bubble skirt and quirky macaroon necklace are the cherry on top of this whimsical look.
- Romantique is wearing: Navy and pink striped bubble skirt and sandals from Max & Co. Macaron necklace from N2 Les Nereides. Purple and pink patterned coat from Max & co.
Left: In this picture Romantique is wearing thin, longer pink socks, loosley bunched around the ankle. This will create the illusion of a longer leg and thinner ankle.
Right hand picture: Rebel is rocking blue striped socks and leopard pointy heels. A true Rebel look!
You are over the moon when you stumble across a German bakery that serves full-rye-sourdough-sunflower-pumpkinseed-whole-grain-bread! Bliss.
You shop at Lidl and Aldi, usingyour own plastic shopping bags and you always have a £1 coin ready for the trolley.
You count yourself lucky if you find a flat in London that doesn’t have damp walls and rats, so you put up with extortionate rent, single glazed windows and paper thin walls. Hearing your neighbours coughing and sneezing is standard!
You find out that British food is better than it’s reputation, thanks to globalisation.
You are considered “rude” if you tell your colleague honestly her new hair cut is not amazing. Next time, tell her it’s “lovely”.
You get sympathetic looks when you don’t order alcohol in a pub because everyone automatically assumes you’re a recovering alcoholic. (In Britain, there’s no other reason NOT to order alcohol).
You get frustrated at not having 5 recycling bins.
You are shocked having to find out that people have to PAY for dental treatment!
You sizzle yourself in Spanish midday heat on holiday to stock up on sunshine. Who knows when you’ll see it again?!
You look overdressed in winter!
You are snapped up in the job market, as you likely have completed 4 year masters vocational training to be a builder, hairdresser, baker, secretary or plumber.
You have to explain what a fluff shaver is. No, it’s not a jumper massager!
You prefer Nutella on toast to Full English breakfast!
You get admiring looks when you tell people you’re from Berlin, the Londoners’ favourite city on the continent!
Cashmere is one of the materials I feel so at home in – soft, snuggly and luxurious. I like my cashmere chunky knit for the home or the weekend, and finer knitted for work, in the chic shapes of cardigans, twin-sets or jumpers. casThe older I get, the more I appreciate high quality materials.
The creme cardigan I wear in the pictures is from FTC, a German label putting emphasis on fair trade materials and humane working conditions. An important point as commercial cashmere production affects the ecology of Central Asia. The introduction of cashmere goats displaces native hoofed animals.
Black lace reminds me of Southern Italy, Dolce and Gabbana, indulgence and pure femininity. The perfect partner for cashmere.
I am wearing:
- Cream cardigan from FTC
- Black lace pencil skirt from Zara
- Green chained cross body bag from Gianfranco Ferre
- Bronze shoes from Max & Co
- Jewellery from Les Nereides & N2
Cashmere is not cheap, but when looked after well it lasts a long time. Check the sales or TK Maxx for bargains!
Handmade little Alice in wonderland doll necklace from N2. Paris earrings from Les Nereides
Paris drop earrings from Les Nereides’ new Paris Mon Amour collection 2014
Is it time to wear heels without tights yet? Let’s have a look at the winter up top, summer down below style in the middle of Winter 2014.
Winter Style above: T-shirt with YSL photo print , Jacket by 1881 Cerruti, Sunglasses by Hogan
Sommer Style below: Shoes by BCBG, Jeans by Paper Denim & Cloth