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April 2015

Posted on April 30, 2015

Pastel Pink Notting Hill

Coats/ Featured/ London/ Romantique

Notting Hill London Street style pink coat Max & Co

One of my favourite corners of London is Notting Hill. When I lived in Kensigton , it was only a 15 min walk away. The pastel coloured houses instantly put me in a good mood. They look particularly stunning paired with blue skies and remind me of the Bo Kaap quarter in Cape Town. The area is home to my favourite Italian restaurant, Osteria Basilico, as well as Hummingbird Bakery (try the cheescake brownie), lots of amazing brunch places and boutiques.

Notting Hill is always brimming with celebrities: we once bumped into Kate Moss and Agnes Deyn, and on another day it was fellow German Boris Becker with this then pregnant girlfriend Lilly. Just two weeks ago, we wined and dined with Caroline, Princess of Hanover, aka Caroline of Monaco, daughter of Grace Kelly (photographic evidence below)!

Despite all of those glitzy visitors, Notting Hill has managed to keep it’s down-to-earth, authentic flair, offering a variety of great eateries and shops in all price ranges. Avoid Saturdays, when the neighbourhood is flooded with too many tourists!

Notting Hill London Street style pink coat Max & Co

I’m wearing:

A pink coat for the nippy British spring weater, to melt in with the background.

  • Pink coat by Max & co
  • Pink patent Oxford Lace-ups by AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni
  • Duty pink bag by Coccinelle
yes, that's Mr Romantique in a gingham shirt with Princess Caroline of Hanover!

yes, that’s Mr Romantique in a gingham shirt with Princess Caroline of Hanover!

Notting Hill London Street style pink coat Max & Co

Posted on April 28, 2015

Vogue Festival London 2015 – Best of Street Style

Featured/ London/ Romantique

Vogue FEstival 2015

Last Sunday, I spent a fun-filled day at Vogue Festival at London’s prestigous Royal College of Art, with my lovely  friend Fawzia from Zibastyles. We went to see Bobbi Brown and Kate Upton speak on  “Building your dream” As it often goes with these type of events, the actual, one hour long talk, was not the highlight of the day. For me, getting to meet and photograph liked minded creatives interested in fashion as weel as being inspired by their different styles is the real draw to these events.

I’m excited to share with you my Best of Street Style – gorgeous bloggers and fashionistas competed for the photographers attention and the girls were more than happy to pose!

Eva Glamazon Atosa mybubbaandme at vogue festival 2015

First up is stylish Czech, London based blogger Eva from Glamazon. She hardly puts a foot wrong in the style stakes, looking elegant  in her colourful statement jacket and the dusty pink Valentino arm candy, topped off with cool Ray ban aviators. Atosa, from blog mybubbandme stuns with showstopper white tassel heels by Daniel Footwear. I’m not too much of a fan of the denim culottes and the 70s jacket – but that’s exactly what makes fashion events like the Vogue Festival so inspiring – I can  immerse myself in new styles and outfits.

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I don’t like sneakers – probably because they just don’t suit my style. This fashionable festival-goer has the casual style nailed: The high-tech material of the Midi-skirt matches the shoes perfectly. And that pop of orange sweater? Brigthed up what was a dull April day.

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The designer bag that I spotted most? Defintely the quilted Chanel bag and the Valentino rockstud bag. No doubt so popular due to their high recognition value. I love the unexpected colour of this mustard yellow Chanel bag.

Vogue Festival 2015 Street style

A london fashion festival isn’t complete without it’s eccentric, colourful and flamboyant personalities!

Beating the weather blues with a coconut drink. I love the peek-a-boo midi skirt and the dirty sneakers. Such a London look!

Beating the weather blues with a coconut drink. I love the peek-a-boo midi skirt and the dirty sneakers. Such a London look!

Romantique Vogue Festival 2015

Last but not least, here’s my outfit: At last years Vogue festival, I went for a colourful and summary outfit as we were spoilt with gorgeous sunshine and warm temperatues. This year, it was cold and rainy so I opted for the  simple and classy Hepburn look:

Romantique and zibastyles at Vogue festival

Fawzia and myself after restyling at the hair and make-up stations!

Posted on April 25, 2015

Camden Style

Featured/ London/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

Camden London Street style stefanel pleated skirt

Areas like Camden and Brixton are tourist faves, as they epitomise the hip, eccentric scene, for which London is reknowned. In all honest, its not my cup of tea; I far prefer the manicured pastel houses of Notting Hill or the Continental feel of South Kensington with its gingerbread houses & French bakeries. However, now and then I like a change and don’t mind diving head-first into London’s subculture from which many artists, designers and musicians often draw their inspiration.

At Camden Lock, I’m wearing:

Knitted pleated skirt by Stefanel
Electric blue silk blouse by Uniqlo
Woolen jacket by Closed
Turquoise chained crossbody bag by Emilio Pucci

Camden London Street style stefanel pleated skirt
Camden London Street style stefanel pleated skirt
If you're in Camden at the lock, you MUST try a Burger from Honest. The. Best. Burger. in. London!

If you’re in Camden at the lock, you MUST try a Burger from Honest. The. Best. Burger. in. London!

Posted on April 18, 2015

How I turned to Kim Kardashian for style inspiration – OMG!

Rebel/ Wardrobe

 Today was one of those days when I despaired over my wardrobe, having zero idea what to wear. I swear, I’ve never ever googled Kim Kardashian. Why should I? I thought, come on just do it, and I did it.

Kim Kardashian Style

30 million followers on twitter does not mean you have style but I have to confess a few selected outfits of Kim I really liked. My Kim Kardashian inspired outfit, today: Jacket by PBO, Denim by Zara, Shoes by BCBG, Sunglasses by Fendi

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I also liked Kim’s comment on taking selfies for it’s honesty: 

‘”So many people think that taking so many selfies is just ridiculous. For me, what’s so funny is I love taking pictures and posting them on social media for memories.”

Selfi Style

Posted on April 16, 2015

Stepping into Spring with Pink

Featured/ Romantique/ Shoes

London Street style coccinelle bag and superga trainers

Don’t you love that rejuvenating feeling that Spring awakens? Warmth in the air, the promise of sunshine, holidays and longer hours. Whilst the few warm days we’ve had here in London don’t warrant unpacking my summer wardrobe yet, I’ve added a few spring coloured items to shake off the winter blues.

Pink handbag: On my recent trip to an outlet shopping center near Oxford, I bagged myself a Coccinelle handbag in a poppy, raspberry-pink colour. Naturally, I could have taken the lime green, ultra-marine blue, tangerine and purple too, but a girl’s gotta make decisions! I love Italian brand Coccinelle; their arm candy is always on trend, good quality, and comes in a rainbow of colours. Not to mention the reasonable pricing. Knock yourself out, handbag lovers!

Soft pink Superga trainers: “Stop wearing super ugly converse and following American brands like a sheep, wear Superga”. – Haha, I love this controversial quote I came across on Instagram, from a die-hard Superga fan.  Rebel will not agree, but I do find that Italian shoe brand Superga is so much more feminine than conventional Converse chucks. I HATE trainers but I gladly make an exception for these macaron pink beauties.

London Street style coccinelle bag and superga trainers

London Street style coccinelle bag and superga trainers

Posted on April 12, 2015

A Weekend in Berlin

Berlin/ Featured/ Romantique

Berlin CHarlottenburg Palace

Last Easter weekend, Mr Romantique and I flew to Berlin to chase the Easter bunny and spend time with my  family.

We re-visited my favourite sights of Berlin as well as exploring new areas Mr Romantique has not seen yet.

Here’s a list of our Top 5  favourite places from this trip:

1. Charlottenburg Palace (above)

If you love baroque Roccoco style, this palace is for you. The stunning interior and the beautiful palace gardens are a must-see for culture vultures.

Street Style Berlin Gendarmenmarkt

2. Gendarmenmarkt

Dubbed as the most beautiful square in Europe, this is my favourite corner of Berlin. Enjoy a coffee in the sun or visit the  Galeries Lafayette for your French culture and shopping fix on a rainy day.

Berlin French Dome Gendarmenmarkt Street Style

The “Konzerthaus” and the French Dome at Gendarmenmarkt

3. Lustgarten and Berlin Cathedral 

The Berlin Cathedral is located on the Museums Island. It’s gardens (Lustgarten) are perfect for a stroll, all within walking distance to Berlin’s most impressive sights such as the Museum Island, Opera, Humboldt University and more.

Berlin Cathedral Street Style

4. Kreuzberg, Bergmannstrasse 

The Bergmannstrasse is a charming neighbour hood. In summer until late at night, it’s brimming with people frequenting the countless outdoor restaurants and cafes, giving the area a real Mediterranean flair. Indulge in any cuisine imaginable ranging from Thai, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese, Turkish to Greek and many more. We loved our meal at the Kreuzberg institution “Knofi”. Turkish food at its best!

Knofi restaurant berlin kreuzberg

Mmm, Kofi’s counter filled with Turkish specialities.

5. Checkpoint Schoki & Rausch Chocolate Cafe, Gendarmenmarkt

Germany is second in the world (just slightly behind Switzerland) when it comes to the highest annual chocolate consumption. Along with Swiss and Belgian chocolate, it ranks as the finest in the world.

Therefore, a visit to these two chocolate shops is a must:

Checkpoint Schoki is the Rittersport chocolate destination extraordinaire. The family owned brand offers a multitude of  flavours  (I recommend “Ice coffee” and “Honey salted almond” chocolate). Create your own chocolate with hundreds of different ingredients and toppings.

Rausch chocolate Cafe: Berlin’s most iconic sights sculptured in chocolate – for this fact alone, Rausch is worth the visit. Enjoy a hot chocolate whilst taking in the beautiful views of the French dome on the second floor, above the exhibition and shopping level.

Berlin wall in chocolate Rausch Cafe

Berlin chocolate wall at Rausch Cafe

Customised chocolate at Ritter Sport colourful Schoko World

Customised chocolate at Ritter Sport colourful Schoko World

 

Posted on April 10, 2015

Shades of Spring – Sunglasses Collection

Accessoires/ Rebel

It’s friday and the sunshine is finally here in Germany. I’m celebrating its arrival by rocking my sunglasses collection for the first time this year!

Stella McCartney Sunglasses (800x741)

Sunglasses by STELLA MCCARTNEY

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Sunglasses by PAUL SMITH

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Sunglasses by FENDI

Posted on April 6, 2015

Finally Sockless!

Coats/ Featured/ Rebel/ Shoes

It’s April and finally sockless time!

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I really, really hate wearing socks! Socks look exceedingly silly with any footwear most with ballet flats. I mean, I’m not crazy for not wearing any socks or tights from October to Easter because everyone in Germany finally drives with winter tyres during this period!

Street style max & co coat stan smith adidas

Now is the ideal sockless time for trainers not too cold and not too warm! 

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Trainers by adidas “Stan Smith”, Pants by ZARA, Coat by Max & Co., Sunglasses by Paul Smith

Posted on April 5, 2015

Spring in a Cherry Red Coat

Bags/ Coats/ Featured/ Rebel

Street Style Red Coat + Chanel bag

Happy Easter all Bunnies!

Spring has not arrived in Hamburg yet, the still chilly weather calls for a cherry coat. Are red coats just for the christmas season? No,  a vivid red coat is the perfect late season into spring style zipper-upper.  I love how sophisticated red coats look at any time!

Street Style Rede coat

Let’s deep dive into each element of my style. I love classic and simple things looking casual and finished!

Red Coat by Calvin Klein, Denim by Esprit, Trainers by adidas Originals, Black Sweater, Sunglasses by Fendi, Chanel 2.55 look a like by L.Credi.

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Spring forward  in a cherry red coat and have Fun!

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