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July 2014

Posted on July 30, 2014

Beach Stylin’: The Summer Sarong

Accessoires/ Italy/ Romantique/ Travel

Beach style is all about carefree, effortless dressing. A stylishly printed silk scarf, efficiently redesigned into a sarong, not only saves room in your suitcase but also looks elegant: All you need for this look is a silk scarf. Tie the two ends together and then wear it as either a skirt or a dress. Keep this article as a handy reference, it demonstrates 6 different ways on how to tie a beach pareo.

Alice and Lionel Scarf Beach Style Lavender Bloom

I’m wearing: My beautiful Lily and Lionel “Lavender Bloom” scarf. The lightweight silk is perfect for a sweltering hot day at Sicily’s Isola Bella beach near Taormina, Sicily. The makeshift dress easily switches from beach day chic to after-sun apero whilst sipping a Spritz or two.

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Isola Bella, Sicily, Taormina beach sarong Lily and Lionel

 

Posted on July 27, 2014

What to wear at Chanel

Berlin/ Rebel

Chanel-Berlin-Summer

This weekend, I met my friend Emily in Berlin. Whenever I see her, we stroll along Berlin’s shopping street Ku’damm to check out  Chanel’s window decorations.  We seldom venture inside – it can be intimidating –  however on this occasion, we thought: “Why not?”

How to dress when shopping at Chanel? You definitely don’t need to be dressed from head to toe in Chanel’s latest. Obviously avoid looking unkempt or having greasy hair.   Dress as though Coco Chanel herself might greet you!

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Chanel Boutique Berlin, Kurfürstendamm 188

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I am wearing: Peter Pan Collar Top by ZARA, Denim by TK Maxx, Shoes by Pretty Ballerina out of my mum’s closet.

 

Posted on July 23, 2014

Granita Siciliana

Cuisine/ Italy/ Romantique/ Travel

granita siciliana taormina bam bar

Sicilian cuisine is just as rich and diverse as it’s culture, bearing traces from the Arabs and Greeks. The opulent deserts and sweets have been influenced by the Arab candymakers of the 9th century.

My all time favourite desert from Sicily is Granita, also knows as Granita Siciliana. Hailing from Catania, Sicily, the delicious, sorbet-like dessert made of sugar, water and flavourings is savoured all over Italy, but it tastes best in Sicily! (Yes, you guessed it, Sicily is NOT the place to go when you’re on a diet)!

The quality of Granita is amazing almost everywhere on the island, but Bam Bar in Taormina is the prettiest spot for enjoying the sweet but light local speciality. At the orange-themed café in the heart of Taormina, you can chose between several flavours: Café, Almond, Nutella, Peach, chocolate & and many more. The icy granite is a saviour during a hot summers day. Dip a brioche into the Tranita to eat it like a real Sicilian!

The texture and taste of Granita varies from city to city in Sicily: Catania specialises in chocolate Granita and he texture is smooth like a sorbet whereas in Palermo, the sweet is more coarse and grittier.

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My favourite Granita flavour? A mix of Coffee and almond. Delish!

 

The pretty tiles of Bam Bar also decorate this years Rough Guide travel book

The pretty tiles of Bam Bar also decorate this year’s Rough Guide travel book

 

Mr Romantique cooling down at Bam Bar, Sicily.

Mr Romantique cooling down at Bam Bar, Sicily.

 

I'm wearing a gingham dress by Gant and blue Straw bag earrings from Sicily.

Posted on July 20, 2014

Catchy and Chic Beach Pants

Rebel/ Trousers

The beautiful Baltic Sea with it’s kilometre-long white, sandy beaches is just 70 km away from my home in Hamburg. On sunny weekends, I spend every free minute on the beach. So, how to hit the beach in trousers quick and easy? Let’s have look on some outfits I really love.

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Gwen Stefani rocking denims on the beach. It might be a little bit too warm for jeans  but who cares when you look that good in them!

For less Rock’n Roll musicstar chic and a more vacation beach flair, floral pants are no doubt a staple for every beach style.

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My favorite beach pants are floral pants, casual,  because it’s time to relax and having a good time, whilst looking chic at the same time.

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On me: Pants by ZARA from summer season 2011/2012, Shirt by H&M

Posted on July 18, 2014

Grecian Silk Dress at Isola Bella

Dresses/ Italy/ Romantique/ Travel

Toarmina Sicily Stefanel Silk Dress

We’ve just returned from a wonderful holiday in Sicily, the volcanic island off the coast of Calabria, with a culture as rich as Canoli!
A full destination review will be coming soon, but bear with me whilst I trawl through the hundreds of photos I took on this beautiful island. In the meantime, let me share my absolute peak-summer must-have item:

The light silk dress. When temperatures climb up and humidity rises, you need a garnment that keeps you cool and isn’t too fitted or clingy. The flowing, luxurious silk is a high-class natural fibre that feels light and free, perfect for hot summer holidays.

I’m wearing a  silk dress with a Grecian-style  embellished necklace applique to glam up the sun dress; perfect to carry me through until sunset apertifs.  I spent whole days at the stunning beach of Isola Bella, situated near glam-glitzy Taormina.  Isola Bella is a natural reserve with stunning views, crystal clear waters and plenty of fish, making it a paradise for snorklers. Beware of the jellyfish (locally known as Medusa)  who got me on the first day! Their sting is harmless (unless you’re allergic) and burns for about 30 minutes. Two weeks later, my skin still bears the signature of the annoying little creature. My Sicilian adventure souvenir!

Romantique’s ‘Best of Sicily’ post is coming soon.  Stay tuned!

I am wearing:

Dress: Stefanel

Sunglasses: Versace

Metallic sandals: AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni

Isola bella Sicily 2014 Summer

Isola Bella is a tiny island in a beautiful cove.

Taormina Sicily Stefanel Silk Dress

Taormina Sicily Stefanel Silk Dress

 

Posted on July 12, 2014

On Fashion Sale Shopping & Poppy Sandals

Rebel/ Shoes

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When I go out for sale shopping in designer stores I always keep my eyes peeled for statement pieces! Most people go shopping with an open mind and end up buying stuff which they don’t intend to wear in the coming months, or never wear them at all. It’s also used to happen to me but these days I’m very well organized. So before going out for sale shopping keep calm and MAKE A LIST!

Blue-Sandals-Zara-Street-Style

This summer season I was looking for pop-coloured sandals because a bright sandal will turn an all-black, inconspicuous outfit into a ‘pap’-able one.

And luckily I found these chic sandals in vibrant blue with gold ankle strap at Zara!

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All black and electric blue shoes, whether it’s a sandal or boots,  work in summer and even in winter. A good pair of shoes can change any outfit.

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Kendell Jenner’s super boot statement!

Posted on July 3, 2014

Wimbledon Centre Court Fashion

Romantique/ Wardrobe

Wimbledon Tennis Centre Court Street Style 2014

This year marked my first time watching the tennis live at Wimbledon’s All England Club. I was lucky enough to win tickets for centre court through the public ballot.

What an exciting day it was! For everyone who thinks they cannot sit through a 3-hour tennis match: Fear not, there’s plenty to do and see on the SW19 tennis grounds. 19 accessible outdoor courts offer a diversity of matches: Women, men and doubles. You can flick between courts, go for a coffee or Pimms in one of the food tents or spot famous players warming up on one of the practice courts.

The look of Wimbledon? Classicly preppy, the must-have items of this year:

– Ray ban wayfarers
– Straw fedora hats
– Demure, knee-lengths summer dresses inspired by Tennis fan K-mid herself
– Espadrilles wedges

Wimbledon Tennis Centre Court 2014
I am wearing (3 of the above)

– Straw Fedora from TK maxx
– Espadrilles by Bally
– Gingham playsuit by Max Mara
– Shades by Ray Ban
– Crossbody bag by Moschino

Wimbledon tennis player Alicja Rosolska playing a brilliant double match for over two hours!

Wimbledon tennis ace Alicja Rosolska playing a brilliant double match for over two hours! Photo by Romantique and Rebel.

Myself and Mr Romantique enjoying a match on an outdoor court.

Mr Romantique and I enjoying a match on an outdoor court.

Novak Djokovic Wimbledon 2014

Novak Djokovic, world number 2 male tennis player,  fist pumping on centre court! Photo by Romantique and Rebel

 

The Queen of Preppy, Kate Middleton, in a sailor Alexander McQueen dress at Wimbledon 2012

The Queen of Preppy, Kate Middleton, in a sailor Alexander McQueen dress at Wimbledon 2012

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