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June 2015

Posted on June 17, 2015

Taste of London in Bermondsey

Cuisine/ Featured/ Romantique

Maltby street food market Ropewalk Bermondsey

A few weekends back, on a rainy British bank holiday weekend, we visited London’s best kept secret: The Maltby Food Street Market Ropewalk in Bermondsey. Whilst most visitors to London will know the famous Borough markets, the Maltby market is the lesser known, charming boutique pendant.  The top notch sellers will make any foodie’s heart beat faster. My absolute favourites were the smoked Norwegian salmon from Hansen & Lydersen,  freshly chucked oysters washed down with a fresh cranberry nectar, followed by an eclair from Comptoir Gourmand.

Maltby street food market ropewalk pulled pork burger nectar

Fresh apricot and cranberry nectar for the girls, pulled pork burger from African Volcano for the boys!

Maltby street food market Ropewalk Bermondsey

Mmmmmm – there’s nothing better than creamy, freshly chucked oysters!

Chucking oysters Bermondsey Food market ropewalk

Hansen & Lyderson salmon london food market ropewalk

Who would have thought of London as a Food mekka 20 years ago? Hansen & Lydersen’s salmon has the perfect texture and is not too salty. Served on rye sourdough bread, this is mouthwatering delicious.

Maltby food market waffle on Bermondsey

Don’t forget desert. Waffles from Waffleon. Worth every calorie!

The cheese truck Bermondsey Maltby street market rope walk

The Cheese truck is celebreating great British Cheese with London’s finest cheese sandwiches, made with Pagnotta sourdough.

French Pastries from Comptoir Gourmand

French Pastries from Comptoir Gourmand

After living in London for more than 7 years, I continue to discover new areas and Bermondsey is one of them. (Admittedly, I love London’s manicured West and I probably should venture out of my comfort zone more than I currenlty do!). With it’s tall buildings and ping pong tables, it reminded me a little bit of Berlin, early 90s!

 

Posted on June 14, 2015

Minimalistic Black and White Summer Combo 2015

Rebel/ Wardrobe

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I’m pretty sure, the classic black and white colour combo will never, ever go out of style. I usually wear black and white outfits in the office but they are no longer confined to corporate offices, black and white ensembles are chicer than ever before!

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 The queen of black and white monochrome casual and chic outfits among the celebrities is Gwyneth Paltrow for me – the minimalistic look suits her excellent but not only her! I am very convinced that  every woman will be looking fantastic in a classic black and white outfit! 

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Gwyneth-Paltrow-minimalist-touch-tough-black Paltrow black and white

 

Posted on June 13, 2015

The Dior Corolla Dress

Dresses/ Featured/ Icons/ Romantique
The Corolla dress. Raf Simon's first collection for Dior in 2012.

The Corolla dress. Raf Simon’s first collection for Dior in 2012.

My all time favourite dress shape is the “Corolla” dress. With it’s  feminine 50s silhouette, fitted top, emphasized waist and voluminous skirt, it flatters every woman. Most of my Corolla robes are by MAx & Co, as this particular style is part of their perennial line.

So where does the Corolla dress gets it’s name from? From no other than Monsieur Christian Dior. In 1947, Dior introduced the “New Look Corolla” line – featuring round shoulders, hourglass silhouette and A-line skirts, in seductive fabrics such as taffeta, satin and silk. After the austerity and the masculine fashion of the two world wars, Dior wanted to make women feel elegant and ultra feminine again.

Monochrome Corolla Dress Max & Co

Dior’s new look not only went on to revolutionise fashion for decades, the corolla  became a time-less look. Raf Simmons, Dior’s current designer,  paid homage to the corolla dress in his first Haute couture creations for Dior in 2012.

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We were emerging from the period of war, of uniforms, of women-soldiers built like boxers. I drew women-flowers, soft shoulders, fine waists like liana and wide skirts like corolla. – Christian Dior

Max and Co monochrome corolla dress

 

I’m wearing:

  • Monochrome striped Corolla dress by Max & Co
  • Straw bag by Miu Miu
  • Espadrilles at TK Maxx
  • Sunglasses by Prada
Fellow romantique Diane Kruger wearing a corolla dress by Chanel.

Fellow romantique Diane Kruger wearing a corolla dress by Chanel.

 

Posted on June 7, 2015

Stadtmitte 

Berlin/ Featured/ Rebel/ Romantique

Berlin Gendarmenmarkt Romantique and Rebel

Berlin has changed so much over the last 10 years since I’ve lived in London and Rebel in Hamburg. It’s a constantly changing metropole. We even had to buy an off-the-beaten-track travel guide to keep us in the know about Berlin’s ever evolving new shops, eateries and places to hang out.

One place we love and we keep coming back to is the Gendarmenmarkt, known as Europe’s prettiest square. It has everything a tourist and a Berliner want from a city: a historic and impressive backdrop (French Dome and German dome), a pretty piazza to hang out in, spiked with cosy cafés, delicious restaurants and great shopping with the Galeries Lafayette, Quartier 206 and many boutiques nearby.

Romantique Stadtmitte Berlin
Our outfits:

Romantique is wearing a tulip pencil skirt by Max Mara, stripey Breton shirt by Antoni & Alison, pink handbag by Coccinelle and broderie anglaise sneakers by Superga.

Rebel is wearing a summer parkas by Wollrich, skinnies by J Brand, yellow banana earrings by Les Nereides N2 and leopard print slippers by TK Maxx.

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Berlin Street style parka woolrich Gendarmenmarkt

 

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Posted on June 1, 2015

Sister time in Berlin!

Berlin/ Featured/ Rebel/ Romantique

Berlin Brandenburg Gate street style jumpsuit

Rebel and I spent some quality sister time in Berlin this weekend. Our home city spoilt us with glorious sunshine, so we did what most Berliner’s do on a sunny weekend: Lunching with our dad at one of the countless outdoor restaurants in Mitte, followed by a stroll on the boulevard “Unter den Linden” which leads to Berlin’s most iconic landmark, the Brandenburg Gate. From there, it’s just a stone throw to the Reichstag, the building which houses the German parliament. It was heavily damaged after WWII and reconstructed in 1990 when it become the home of the Bundestag again. Architect Norman Foster erected the famous glass dome which provides breath taking views over the city.

 

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Rebel posing at the Reichstag

 

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The Reichstag in Berlin

 

As usual, we had so much fun together and our time together has come to an end already.  Tune back for more pictures in Berlin on the blog very soon!

Berlin Bear Rebel Street style

The symbol of Berlin, the Berlin buddy bear! Life-size painted sculptures are scattered throughout the city to capture the hearts of Berliners and their guests.

This guy epitomises the spirit of Berlin: Independant and cool as hell!

This guy epitomises the spirit of Berlin: Independant and cool as hell!

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Our outfits in Berlin:

For a city stroll, being comfy is most important. This does not mean you have to compromise on style. Romantique is wearing a jersey jump suit by Max & Co. Add some colour with the pink handbag by Coccinelle, sunglasses by Fendi and flat ballet pumps with studs.

Rebel is wearing blue jeans by TK Max, sunglasses by Stella McCartney and quilted leather handbag by Love Moschino.

Hi George, fancy seeing you here in Berlin!

Hi George, fancy seeing you here in Berlin!

 

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