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November 2014

Posted on November 29, 2014

A controversial post about a pink coat and brown boots

Coats/ Romantique/ Shoes/ Wardrobe

Pink max and co winter coat and brown sergio rossi boots london street style

What’s controversial about this outfit, some of you might say. Well, according to Rebel, this outfit is a terrible combination as the rustic riding boots are ruining the feminine pink coat. Rebel even went as far as saying that I cannot publish this outfit! Which of course led me to publisise it anyway.I agree partly: dainty flats, block heeled Mary-Janes or simple Chelsea ankle boots would have been a better fit better for the romantic coat. However, the rich chocolate brown boots are a good match for the pastel pink and take the girlyness down a notch, not necessarily a bad thing. In terms of shilouette, the fitted boots contrast nicely against the voluminous “bathrobe” cut of the coat.

I’m dying to know what you think: let me know you: Brown boots and pink coat hot or flop? Let us know!

London street style sergio rossi boots and coccinelle bag
Check out here how I styled the same coat for London Fashion Week 2014.
I’m wearing:
  • Pink coat by Max & Co 2014
  • Brown boots by Sergio Rossi
  • Pink Bag by Coccinelle
  • Hert umbrella by Moschino

Pink max and co winter coat and brown sergio rossi boots london street style

 

Pink max and co winter coat and brown sergio rossi boots london street style London at night: Pictures taken near WAterloo bridge

 

Posted on November 22, 2014

Clashing fashion & ballet – quotes frome Carine Roitfeld

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“Ballet is good, because it makes you stand up tall.” Carine Roitfeld

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“Each morning I do my ballet class for one hour; after that, it means one hour less to get ready.” Carine Roitfeld
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“I think that ballet is very god for the body. It’s very similar to yoga, because you have to hold a position.” Carine Roitfeld
“Maybe people have no idea how much work is behind a picture. It can seem very effortess, but there is a lot of work. It’s exactly like doing ballet. It’s hours and hours, but when you go onstage, it’s just the pleasure of dancing.” Carine Roitfeld

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“Coco Chanel was always doing thinks with ballet, so it is a tradition clashing fashion and ballet.” Carine Roitfeld

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“If I could choose something besides fashion, I would love to be a ballerina.” Carine Roitfeld

 

 

Posted on November 19, 2014

Stylish Christmas Decor from Germany

Berlin/ Decor/ Romantique

 

Moss green and brown fir cones

Moss green and brown fir cones

 

 

Christmas is my favourite time of the year! In Germany, Christmas is the biggest holiday and many Christmas traditions, such as the Christmas tree and the advent wreath stem from Germany (as you will have heard me mentining on more than one occasion previously)!

This year I am going to spend Christmas in Australia, swapping Gluehwein for  stubbies and bitterly cold Christmas markets for Bondi beach.  To get into the festive spirit, I’m going to decorate our tiny London apartment during the pre-Christmas period. Think lovely ornaments and traditional wooden nutcrackers and figurines from the Ore Mountains.

Gingerbread houses, cinnamon swirls and cheeses - a scrumptious Christmas bakery

Gingerbread houses, cinnamon swirls and cheeses – a scrumptious Christmas bakery

 

During my last visit to Berlin, I re-visited my favourite flower& décor  shop in Potsdam near Berlin, home of the Castle Sans Souci. Every year, this shop houses an extraordinary Christmas décor exhibition. It’s the most creatively & lovingly decorated Christmas store I’ve seen, always rejuvenating my festive spirit every year. Enjoy the pictures and get drawn into the world of frost and Santa claus!

Ice skates in the snowy Christmas tree decoration

Ice skates in the snowy Christmas tree decoration

If you happen to visit Potsdam, you can find this magic gem of shop in the Dortustrasse

If you happen to visit Potsdam, you can find this magic gem of shop in the Dortustrasse

Flower shop and christmas decor Potsdam Germany

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The Christmas Bakery has opened!

The Christmas Bakery has opened!

 

Check out the shop’s last years Christmas Decoration here.

Beautiful Potsdam is always worth a visit. Stroll in the romantic gardens of castle Sans Souci

Beautiful Potsdam is always worth a visit. Stroll in the romantic gardens of castle Sans Souci

 

 

 

Posted on November 16, 2014

Get your Paws on it: Shupette Make-up by Karl Lagerfeld

Beauty/ Romantique

Shupette Make up collection Karl Lagerfeld

 

Yes, I’ll put my hand up and admit it: I’m an absolute sucker for cutsey cosmetic marketing involving cats. I nearly fainted upon discovering Karl Lagerfeld’s recent cooperation with Shu Uemura. The King’s super cute cat Choupette has been chosen to front Shu Uemura’s holiday make-up campaign.

The collection includes eyeshadows in minky cat colours, feline eyelashes, soft-as-paws cream blushers and a cleanser imprinted with the world’s most famous kitty.

While the eyeshadows look dangerously gaudy in bright blue and pink, applied to the eyelid, they are very wearable. I own the “eye-need-shu trio 02 Tokyo Kawaii” which includes a shimmery (but not too shimmery) burgundy brown, a sheer, subtle pink and an ivory shimmer shade.

Shupette Make up collection Karl Lagerfeld

Above:  The “Shupette has it all” palette includes 8 eyeshadows and 4 bright lipstick colours, supersoft blushers and two eyeshadow palettes in Parisienne and Tokyo Kawaii.

Shupette Make up collection Karl Lagerfeld

Above: On my eyelids, I’m wearing all four colours of the “Shupette has it all” palette: A sheer pink, a warm bronze, a burgundy brown and a shimmery ivory. Paris Earrings by Les Nereides.

Shupette Collection at Selfridges London

The Shupette make-up stand at London’s Selfridges

Soft as paws: Silk cushion blushers in orange and pink.

Soft as paws: Silk cushion blushers in orange and pink.

 

Shupette Make up collection Karl Lagerfeld

Thanks Mr Romantique for this lovely birthday present: eye-need-shu trio 02 Tokyo Kawaii. Check out the whole collection here.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on November 14, 2014

The Icons: The Barbour Jacket

Blazer / Jackets/ Coats/ Rebel

 

Rebel Barbour jacket street style BCBG Hat Converse chucks

The feel and smell of a waxed Barbour jacket evokes memories of walks in he British countryside, Diana in the 80s or most recently, Alexa Chung wading in the mud of music festivals in Wellies and the perennial staple.

The Barbour is a classic because it’s never “in” – hence it can never be “out”. If you own this British legend, you can sit back and relax while hysteric fashion-junkies are running after the latest trends.

How to wear the Barbour Jacket?

  • An oversized Barbour, slung over girly dresses or sexy shorts will give any outfit that British dishevelled, cool-as-ice look.
  • Pair the subtle jacket with a bold accessory – a red-hot hat will liven up the 80s image of the jacket
  • Throw a pair of converse chucks into the mix for added sprinkle of nonchalance
  • Clash shamelessly: Alexa Chung (below) is combining pearls and ruffle blouse with the classic

I am wearing:

  • Barbour Jacket
  • J Brand Denim
  • Converse chucks
  • Red hat by BCBG
  • Mirrored sunglasses by Paul Smith

 

Rebel Barbour jacket BCBG Hat Converse chucks

 

Ruffle blouse, pearls and the Barbour jacket.

Ruffle blouse, pearls and the Barbour jacket.

 

 

 

 

Posted on November 9, 2014

What life was like behind the iron curtain

Current Affairs/ Rebel/ Romantique
Romantique and Rebel in East Berlin, 1988

Romantique and Rebel in East Berlin, 1988

This weekend, Berlin commemorates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with an 80,000 balloon light illumination to recreate where the wall once stood.

The wall split the city into the West Sector, occupied by American, British and French allies, and the East sector, occupied by the Soviet Republic.

On the evening of Sunday, Nov. 9, 8,000 citizens will line up with a key in hand, each responsible for unlocking a balloon. One by one, the balloons will float into the sky, carrying personal messages with them.

Berlin's "Lichtergrenze" - Border of lights

Berlin’s “Lichtergrenze” – Border of lights

The wall is an integral part of Rebel and my upbringing: Aged 9 and 17 when our parents fled the dictator run country, we are both deeply affected by German/German history. When we lived in East Berlin, we had access to West German radio and TV: Longing for the exotic travel, shiny cars and abundance of goods the channels showed. In my case, this was a holiday to Brazil, a Barbie dreamhouse and “my Little Pony”. In the East, Rebel learned Russian at school and went through a tough-as-nails education at the East-German State-Ballet run by strict Russian Ex-Bolshoy teachers.

Rebel practicing at the state run East Berlin school of ballet

Rebel practicing at the state run East Berlin school of ballet

As a kid I remember being forced to sing communist anthems in a very strict and authorative primary school. For holidays, we would travel 3 days in the car to countries like Bulgaria & Romania. Only eastern-bloc countries were within our reach.

Yes, goods were scarce and exotic fruit like Mango, passion fruit and honey melon were completely unknown to me.

Our family was torn apart by the wall and politics even divided our family: During the Soviet occupation of East Germany in the 1950s, our Mum’s mum spent time in an East German jail for spying for the west. This was a thorn in the eye of our dad’s parents who were loyal communists and advised my dad against marrying mummy R&R (which in turn only made him even more determined to marry her!)

Our parents in 1970. They got married despite their families who opposed the union.

Our parents in 1970. They got married despite their families who opposed the union.

In February 1989, 10 month before the fall of the wall, our parents fled East Berlin with nothing, leaving behind all material possessions and funds. having to start from scratch at the age of 40; an incredibly bold move, all to regain freedom and to give their children a better future.

Starting fresh in West Berlin wasn’t a bed of roses. My mum’s East German degree was not recognised and she had to study again at the age of 40. Rebel had to abondon her Ballet Career and I was traumatised by the fact that we had to leave behind my beloved cat Sina who died shortly after our move, of a broken heart. At West Berlin school, I was teased for my un-trendy Eastern Bloc-chic clothes and my East-German slang. I spoke German, but a Colloqial German that was different to that of my classmates.

Rebel, Romantique and our mum in East Germany, note the Trabi in the background!

Rebel, Romantique and our mum in East Germany, note our Trabi in the background!

Today, Berlin is an über-cool tourist destination, currently number 3 of Europe’s most popular destinations. Berlin’s visitor numbers are predicted to eclipse Paris, currently holding number 2, in 2015.

It’s a fascincating mix of a City that is nothing like the rest of Germany: easy-going, anarchic, ever-changing, open and cosmopolitan. A city whose locals are known for having a “loud mouth with a golden heart”. A city which has influenced Europe politics like no other with a female chancellor (called Mutti=Mami) who’s calling the shots in the EU. Who would have thought all of this possible 25 years ago?

Stay tuned for more insights into life behind the iron curtain with interviews of contemporary witnesses….

Coming soon!

At the Berlin Wall, with a "Trabi" symbolically breaking through the wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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