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January 2015

Posted on January 28, 2015

Top 5 Luxe Fashion Sale Websites

Rebel/ Romantique/ Shoes/ Wardrobe
Rebel in the Max and Co shop in Berlin. Now you can shop online too!

Rebel in the Max and Co shop in Berlin. Now you can shop online too!

Rebel and I love well-tailored clothes and accessories. We live by the motto “too poor to buy cheap”. Premium brands come with a heavy price tag. Like most people, we can’t afford the luxury of paying full price for high-fashion. Thanks to seasonal sales at our favourite online stores, our wardrobes are brimming with bargains.

Who doesn’t love the exhilarating feeling of receiving a package to brighten up a dull office day? Opening the sturdy box, inside a fashion piece, luxuriously packaged with a grosgrain ribbon and silk paper which crunches expensively. It feels like Christmas every time!

Most online stores offer super quick delivery times and generous return policies, which even turned a sceptic like me into a converted e-commerce enthusiast!

The winter online sales period is now in its final weeks which makes it as good a time as any for Rebel and I to share our favourite shops with you.

Shoescribe sale shopping boxes

1. shoescribe.com

Our number one favourite!! For the shoe obsessed, Shoescribe offers the biggest discounts. Their carefully curated collection of women’s footwear is the best in the business, ranging from Gianvanti Rossi to Attilio Giusti Leombruni. Check out my recent purchases on the blog soon.

2. mytheresa.com

German owned “My Theresa” has all famous fashion brands covered. Especially late in the season, you can bag incredible reductions. Its my go-to site for whimsical fashion by Red Valentino & Miu Miu. Rebel has her eyes peeled for Chloe and Isabel Marant.

Only niggle: if you order from the UK, you have to pay via PayPal or bank transfer. Credit and debit cards are only accepted once you made five purchases.

3. Net-a-porter.com

The pioneering behemoth of luxury e-boutiques is where you can snap up serious bargains on the most desired brands on the planet. Only catch is you have to wait until the 11th hour, right at the end of the sales period to get the “final sale” über discounts.

My pink coat I wore at LFW in September last year is now on sale!

My pink coat I wore at LFW in September last year is now on sale!

 

4. Yoox.com
One of the largest online fashion retailers, Yoox’s roster of brands includes Alexander McQueen and Prada. As with net-a-porter, get in late for the fattest discounts.

5. maxandco.com

Hooray, my favourite, affordable italian fashion brand, Max Maras little sister Max&Co, opened its e-boutique gates to Europe just 6 weeks ago. Now you can enjoy shopping for discounted winter gems online. I recommend their signature dress shape “Corolla”. The. Most. Flattering. dress I have ever worn. Takes off 5 pounds. Guaranteed!

My new babies: Feminine meets masculine. Pink lace-ups from AGL. Attilio Giusi Leombruni

My new babies: Feminine meets masculine. Pink lace-ups from AGL. Attilio Giusti Leombruni

Posted on January 23, 2015

New Year, New Hair

Coats/ Rebel/ Shoes

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For 2015, I intend to let me hair grow to rock a choppy bob like Sienna Miller. However, when I saw pictures of myself at Christmas time, I was horrified at the state of my hair! My Hair was in beetween two syles, short to bob, and it made me look mumsy and aged.  My haircut neither suited my face shape and attitude nor my hair structure  – the top 3 key criteria for the choice of an haircut. So, on Wednesday I went to get my hair cut short. I look like Kris Jenner but I’m happy and feel comfortable in my skin again!

Trainers by adidas Gazelle, Denim by Notify, Coat by GF Ferré, Sunglasses by Fendi
Posted on January 22, 2015

Mad about Germany – The Brits aim to change their one-time enemy’s public image

Current Affairs/ London/ Romantique

Germany - memories of a nation exhibition London

The German-British relationship is often marked by rivalry and competition, with the British tabloids fueling the fire by WW2 symbols of  tanks, and soldier uniforms. Unlike the other allies, France and the USA, British culture tends to associate Germany first and foremost with the two world wars. One only need look as far as the famous “Don’t mention the war” sketch in Fawlty Towers, for evidence!

However, things are changing: Germany’s world cup win and subsequent uber-cool party at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin was admired by the British (even by the tabloids)!   Angela Merkel, Germany’s “Mutti”, is seen by the English, as a respected leader of Europe, whilst Germany’s decentralised economy serves as a role model to the Continent and the UK.

In this changing spirit, The British Museum has dedicated a whole exhibition (Germany – memories of a nation) to 600 years of German history to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Wir sind ein Volk - Germany memories of a nation exhibition London

Director of the British Museum, Neil McGregor, says that he is on a mission to change the British perception of Germany. He wants to educate the British that there is more to Germany’s long and eventful history than 12 years of Nazi Era.

The exhibition uses objects to tell the story of 600 years of German history. Its rolling out the red carpet to German-speaking artists, craftspeople, designers, musicians, writers and philosophers who have made great contributions to the world’s culture. German political history is one of diversity,  coming from the Holy Roman Empire which continues to blossom with federalism to this day. With no dominant central court, this culture of political rivalries created intense and fruitful competition for artists.

The exhibition also touches on the exodus from East Pommerania after WW2, and on the division and re-unification of Germany. The display of the Gutenberg bible, one of the first printed books in the world, was one of my highlights.

Germany memories of a nation Gutenberg Bible

the gate to Buchenwald concentration camp, Weimar

The exhibits ran the gamut through from the beautiful to the horrific: A Bauhaus artist who was a prisoner at Buchenwald made the cynical inscription at the gate of the concentration camp “each to their own”. Avantgarde meets Nazi terror – both part of German history.

The exhibition closes this Sunday, if you’re interested, hurry to the exhibition this weekend! The museum offers extended opening hours in this final week.

Germany memories of a nation exhibition London romantique

Posted on January 17, 2015

Beachy Stripes

Australia/ Dresses/ Romantique

Stripey dress Avalon Beach Australia

We’ve been back in the UK for a week now, after three weeks in the Aussie sun. Whilst my body is busy adjusting from simmering hot summer to bitterly cold European winter, I’m indulging in the enjoyeous task of sifting through hundreds of holiday pictures with the aim of culling all but the cream.

These were snapped in peachy,  late afternoon light at Avalon beach, one of Sydney’s Northerrn beaches. I much prefer these less crowded, under commercialised beaches to the more famous backpacker havens of Bondi and Manly. Sporting golden yellow sand, these unspoilt gems are further bolstered by  delectable eateries and shabby beach style aestehtics straight out of a coffee table book.

Nailing beach style, I’m wearing one of my favourite summer staples: Stripes. I love them in all shapes and forms: From nautical to coloured, from bold and blocked to thin and delicate. The silk material is perfect to combat Sydney’s hot, humid climate.

Stripey dress Avalon Beach Australia

Pink Ray Ban mirrored. Stripey dress Avalon Beach Australia

I’m wearing:

  • Stripey Dress by Antoni & Alison
  • Cross body bag by Moschino
  • Mirroed pink avviator shades by Ray Ban
  • Beauty Note:
  • Lipstick “Heatwave” (how fitting!) by Nars

Stripey dress Avalon Beach Australia

 

 

Posted on January 10, 2015

Green Smoothie from Fashion to Mainstream

Cuisine/ Rebel

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Naturally I’m not able to spend all day making smoothie drinks and going to the gym like all celebs in L.A but it’s cool to see fruit & veg getting pushed by celebs instead of drugs, booze & other junk! Green smoothies are the  new fashion drink like Starbucks cups. It’s finally happening.

green-smoothie-jessica-alba

The juices now going mainstream and everybody (even in Germany) can get green smoothies at supermarkets. Now I just drink my bottle of veggies and enjoy them because I would struggle to eat a plate foods – e.g. spinach, carrots, ginger (a real good immune system booster), carrots, celery, apples, cucumber – in the morning, or even in the day!

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Do it like David Beckham; a bottle healthy green smoothie in the back of fitted denim on motorbike!

 

Posted on January 4, 2015

Advanced style: Chic at 62

Berlin/ Coats/ Romantique/ Wardrobe
Advanced Street Style Berlin

Advanced Street Style Berlin, Gendarmenmarkt

 

How to be fashionable after 60.  Firstly,  forget about “age-appropriate” dressing,  and break fashion rules!

You can be stylish and feel good in your own skin without being wafer thin and following mumsy advice.

Our mother is living proof of this philosophy and a great role model for us!

On a bitterly cold day in wintery Berlin, she chose to wear a timeless but modern parka, lined with fur to keep warm. Skinny jeans emphasise her slim legs while an oversized cashmere jumper (under the parka) hides her tummy.

Investment in well-made shoes and high quality bags has always been our mum’s credo. If cared for, they will last you many, many years and will always look elegant. Her shoes are by Italian label Candice Cooper and her bag is by Bally of Switzerland.

As we get older we lose definition of the face, so a stylish pair of glasses can help restore that definition.

Berlin Street style Parka Knitty witters Hamburg. Bally Bag. Shoes Candice Cooper

Our mom wears:

As we all come to terms with ageing and getting older, we should never forget these mantras by which our mum lives:

  • Never give up and let yourself go
  • Don’t battle age; make the best of it
  • Dress for yourself
  • Wear quality, not fashion
  • Look after your clothes and shoes

 

Selfie with Rebel

Selfie with Rebel at Berlin Gendarmenmarkt

 

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Emmy Copycat Rossum wearing our mums’ BALLY “Sommet” Satchel. Guess, who had it first? Mummy R&R, of course!

 

 

Posted on January 3, 2015

Inspirational Quotes to Make a New Start 2015

Astro & Spirit/ Rebel

From my home in Hamburg to yours, wishing you a Very Happy New Year 2015!

I love reading quotes and I feel they can be very helpful and inspiring. Here are my personal favorite inspirational quotes to make a new start.

I hope you like them as much as I do and help you make 2015 the best year ever.

Best of Luck! 

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Posted on January 2, 2015

Fashion Sisters: Happy New Year from Snowy Berlin and Sunny Sydney

Australia/ Berlin/ Rebel/ Romantique

Sisters Fashion streetstyle Berlin and Sydney

 

Wishing you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year 2015!

Rebel and I have been spending Christmas and New Year’s Eve on two separate ends of the world: Rebel in wintery Berlin, Germany whilst I’m enjoying the summer in the Southern Hemisphere in Sydney, Australia.

Our outifts for New Year’s day could not be more different:

Rebel in chilly Berlin

Just after Christmas, Berlin turned into a magical winterwonderland with temperatures of -3 degrees Celsius. To cover up stylishly, Rebel is wearing an egg-shaped wintercoat (great to layer up under neath) and essential winter ankle boots with a rubber sole for the slushy snow. She  bought these beauties in the sale  at my favourite shoe online store shoescribe. Amazing bargain!

  • Grey, oversized egg-shape coat by Max & Co
  • Black Skinny Jeans by Zara
  • winterboots by Jil Sander Navy
  • Cross-body bag bought at TK Maxx
Rebel streetstyle Berlin Max and co eggshape coat jil sander navy ankle boots

Winter Streetstyle Berlin

 

Romantique in sunny Sydney:

I’m lucky to spend three weeks every year in Australia to break up the grim European winter for an injection of vitamin D. For a perfect summer day at Newport beach, I’m wearing the essential Fedora hat (to shield against the aggresive Aussie sun),  obligatory gingham blouse for the Southern French Brigitte Bardot flair, matching gingham flip flops and short pants. The cherry necklace adds a bit of fun too!

  • Pink gingham blouse by preppy specialist Gant
  • Navy blue hot pants with ruffle detail by Moschino Cheap & Chic
  • Cherry Necklace by N2 Les Nereides
  • Gingham flip flops by Havaianas

Sydney Streetstyle beach gingham blouse Gant

Sydney Streetstyle beach gingham blouse Gant

Beauty Note: My lipstick is “Annabella” by Nars.

 

Rebel Street style Jil Sander Navy ankle Boots

 

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