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August 2015

Posted on August 27, 2015

Simple Chic: Jumpsuit in the city

Bags/ Featured/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

There’s something about the casual wearability of the jumpsuit. Far from a romper, it’s a quick style fix that can be worn for many occasions, dressed up or down, appropriate for the beach as well as the board room.

I’m wearing a black (always slimming!) Jersey jumpsuit. The flowing material flatters the figure whilst being super comfortable. The pinnacle of relaxed, Italian chic!

Dress it down with flats for Sunday brunch, or with a sharp blazer and heels for work.

The simplicity of the jumpsuit screamed for one of my decadently adorned Sicily coffa bags. Making it the perfect canvas to showcase statement shoes & bags.

MAx and Co jumpsuit and sicily coffa bag strawbag

Street style London, Camden. I’m wearing:

  • Black jumpsuit by Max & Co
  • Sicily straw coffa bag
  • Pointy ballet flats nno name by TK Maxx
  • Sunglasses by Prada

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Street style Camden London jumpsuit and coffa bag

MAx and Co jumpsuit and sicily coffa bag strawbag

Posted on August 16, 2015

Berlin, Gendarmenmarkt: 6 Ideas for Mother and Daughter Quality Time

Berlin/ Rebel/ Travel

Yesterday, I had a family day with my mom and dad in Berlin. After lunch at Straussberger Platz, my mom and I strolled around Gendarmenmarkt, my favourite spot in Berlin.  In this post, you can get 6 ideas on how to make the most of one hour mother- daughter quality time in Berlin-Mitte .

Berlin Summer Street Style 2015

Take a selfie with your mom and have fun!

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Wedding shoot at Schauspielhaus – get inspirations for your wedding day!

Berlin Summer 2015

Buy French chocolate at French department store Galeries Lafayette and enjoy! Magnifique!

Berlin Summer Street Style

Take a street style photo of your Berlin outfit.

Dior Sunglasses 2015

Try 20 Dior, Chanel, Gucci and Fendi sunglasses with your mom at Galeries Lafayette.

Berlin Gucci Sunglasses

Mom is wearing DIOR, I’m wearing GUCCI.

Berlin Summer 2015 (3)

Be part behind the scenes of a film set at Friedrichstrasse.

Posted on August 13, 2015

5 simple ways to elevate your look

Featured/ Rebel/ Romantique/ Wardrobe
So Audrey! Rebel wearing penny loafers, black skinny jeans and a simple black jumper.

So Audrey! Rebel wearing penny loafers, black skinny jeans and a simple black jumper.

You don’t need to spend a great deal of time on your outfits to make yourself look pulled together and elegant. These 5 tips will transform your style in no time!

1. Tailoring

A well-fitting outfit is the secret to looking sophisticated. Unfortunately, living in the times of mass production means we have to contend with clothes from the rack. Find a good tailor and get clothing adjusted if you feel it’s too lose / too tight.

Tailored, non-baggy wardrobe items such as blazers, pencil skirts, cigarette pants and shift dresses will make you look sharp.

Vichy Gingham trousers by GANT and white blazer by GAP.

Vichy Gingham trousers by GANT and white blazer by GAP.

 

2. Pointy Shoes

Whether you prefer flats like me or heels, pointy shoes always elongate the leg. Plus they are timelessly elegant and you can wear them even if the rest of the world are prancing around in Mary Janes.

pointy shoes

Pointy flats with ankle socks

 

3. Stick to your signature look

I often hear people complaining they are stuck in a style rut and want to break out of their routine. While it’s important to try out new wardrobe items, it’s even more important to develop and keep a signature look that you can confidently fall back on. For Rebel, that’s denim and sneakers. For me, it’s the Corolla dress and pointy flats or kitten heels.

4. Wear all black

Yes this may be a bit somber, but Parisiennes and Audrey Hepburn wear black for a reason! Always chic. Always classy. You simply cannot do wrong in black, ankle-lengths skinnies, black turtleneck sweater and black ballet pumps. See Rebel in the feature picture above.

Floral Celine pants and Adidas Gazelle Street Style

Rebel wearing floral Celine trousers and her signature look sneakers. In this case black Adidas Gazelle.

5. Maintain and look after your clothes, handbags and shoes

This may sound like a no brainer. Still, I see a lot of people who spend hundreds of pounds on a soft cashmere jumper, but ugly pilling balls can be seen when they wear it out and about.

With a few basic basic household tools you can maintain your wardrobe like new:

  • Fluff shaver / Lint remover – The fluff shaver is my weapon of choice to remove nasty pilling after wearing wool/cashmere. The lint remover deals with more superficial dust build-up.
  • Aloe Vera cream (not polish!) for shoes and bags: In much the same way as you care for your skin, shoes & handbags need nutrition too. Simply clean with a wet cloth and then moisturise the bag / shoes.
  • Iron/Steamer: A good iron and/or a steamer is a must to make your clothes look impeccable. A good steam iron will pay for itself by protecting the clothes fibres while ironing. The Philips GC9231 is a professional iron that makes tedious housework almost a pleasure!
  • Using wooden shoe trees for flats and regular cobbler visits will extend your shoes lifetime.
In my signature style: Pink 50s dress by Max & co with fitted bodice and full skirt.

In my signature style: Pink 50s dress by Max & co with fitted bodice and full skirt.

Posted on August 5, 2015

Egadi Islands, Sicily: Back to the 50s Dolce Vita Style

Featured/ Italy/ Romantique

Cala Rossa, Favignana, Egadi Islands

Sicily’s best kept secret? The Egadi (Aegadian) Islands to the west of Sicily are a favourite of the impossibly bronzed Italian tourists. While most foreign travellers flock to the more well-known, chic volcanic Aeolian islands (Stromboli, Lipari et al), the lesser known Isole Egadi are still as unaffected by mass tourism as ever and maintain their sleepy, authentic charm.

The archipelago consists of the islands Favignana, Maritimo and Levante, reachable within 30 min by speed boat from Trapani.

Trapani Speed boat Egadi islands

Speed boat coming into the port at Trapani

A typical day in Favignana involves swimming in the crystal clear waters, strolling the piazzas and indulging in delicious Sicilian food. The island is small and flat, with cycling the preferred mode of transportation. Bike rental shops are plentiful, particularly near the boat port. Cala Rossa and Cala Azzura are the two most popular swimming spots – both boasting stunning, Caribbean-like water hues ranging from bright turquoise to deep dark blue.

Fitting right in with the 50s vibe of the island: I'm wearing a Vichy gingham playsuit and comfy Superga shoes.

Fitting right in with the 50s vibe of the island: I’m wearing a Vichy gingham playsuit by Max Mara and comfy Superga shoes.

The picturesque old town of Favignana gives off the impression that time has stood still since the 50s; men chatting in groups, women knitting on chairs outside their houses, kids playing excitedly in the narrow alleys. Enjoy a coffee and granita in the main square – Piazza Europa. For lunch, head to one of the beachside restaurants (we loved Lido Burrone) to savour the local specialities such as cous cous and fresh fruit.

The port at Favignana

The port at Favignana

 

Impressions at Favignana

Impressions at Favignana

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