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September 2015

Posted on September 28, 2015

Highlights Florida, Part 2 – Let’s go to Miami South Beach!

Featured/ Rebel/ Romantique/ Travel

Miami has a lot more to offer than South Beach which is the main tourist attraction. South Beach was the start of my sight-seeing tour in Florida.

Here are my highlights of 4 hours in South Beach:

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES 1. Ocean Drive – The Ocean Drive is not just a simple road but THE road in Miami. The real stars of that road are not some celebreties or tourists pretending to be famous but the glamourous Art Deco buildings of 1st – 11th Street.

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What I wore: white Blouse by MILAN, Pants by ZARA, Strawbag by Sicily Bag, Sunglasses by Fendi , Sandals by TK MAXX.

2. Art Deco Historic district: The Art Deco district, starting on 18th Street, is the centre of South Beach. The gorgeous Hotels with their characteristic facades, the salty sea air and the shimmering light – this is Miami.

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3. South Beach – the cubistic inspired life guard stations scattered along the beach are a stunning examples of the classic Art Deco architecture. The geometric shapes paired with the poppy colours of the towers are a must-see – look out for the sugary pink life guard tower directly behind the Beach Patrol!

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4. Road A1A – To ride along this road, to open the windows of your convertible, the sunset in your back, watching giant cruise ships passing by – this is the Miami life style!

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Posted on September 27, 2015

It’s a Pom Pom life for Dolce & Gabbana’s Summer Collection 2016

Accessoires/ Bags/ Featured/ Romantique
Wicker basket and dress with pom poms and mirrors. Photograph: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images

Wicker basket and dress with pom poms and mirrors. Photograph: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images

Wow. Dolce and Gabbana’s summer 2016 collection was an explosion of colours and highly embellished clothes and accessories. I was one of the loyal Dolce fans following the live stream of the Milan fashion show entitled “Italia is love”. And the title did not disappoint.

A highly wearable, feminine collection oozing zest for (Italian) life, based on stereotypes of Italy in the 50s. The designer duo presented well tried ingredients from previous collections such as prints of lemons, oranges, umbrella stripes, Sicilian carts and florals woven onto highly embellished brocade and lace. Dresses painted with picture-perfect post card prints of Taormina, Palermo, Capri, Rome and Venice paired with touristy camera shaped handbags.

Photo by swide.com

Photo by swide.com

Stefano Gabbana said that the initial inspiration for the collection came from a book he read on Second World War fashion when tailors turned to traditional handcraft techniques to embroider materials because they were scarce.

Embroidery featured heavily in the show: Rich, decorative Sicilian folklore elements such as pom-poms, mirrors and medallions, usually the domain of the Sicilian straw coffa bag, found their way onto wicker baskets, shoes, earrings, dresses and headscarfs.

Pom Pom Dress Dolce Gabbana SS2016 summer collection

From head to toe richly embellished. Photo by swide.com

Photo by swide.com

Siclian cart dress and pom pom bucket handbag. Photo by swide.com

Critics of Dolce and Gabbana will say they are rehashing the same old Italian / Siclian traditional styles which are getting tired. I disagree: Dolce and Gabbana listen to their customers who love Italian themed fashion and demand wearable, flattering clothes rather than OTT circus fashion.

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Indulge in the Sicilian Dolce and Gabbana mood with Sicily Bag: Featuring pom poms, mirrors, medallions, and bells embroidered onto the cloth showing the geometric pattern of the Siclian cart. Each Sicily Bag is one of a kind. Artisan Luigi takes 2 days to make each bag.

Dolce Gabbana SS2016 pom pom bucket bag

 

Posted on September 24, 2015

Highlights Florida, Part 1

Featured/ Rebel/ Travel

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Welcome to Florida! In the past few months, I’ve worked like a slave so I was more than ready for some holiday and down time.  Longingly,  I‘ve been looking forward longingly to a bit over two weeks of vacation. Florida is known for it’s endless beaches with sand like icing sugar, tasty seafood, spectacular sunsets and  shopping.

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The sun and surf makes you forget the grinding boredom of everyday life and the bad weather back home. 

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What more do you want – Beach, sun an incredible blue sky, perusing USA Elle and an Organic Beach Cafe (in Lauderdale by the Sea Beach) just next door.

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Easy peasy Beachstyle – Skirt by Tommy Hilfiger, Shirt by H&M, Bag from TK Maxx.

Stay tuned for more post’s about my vacation in Sunshine Florida!

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Posted on September 22, 2015

London Fashion Week Part 2

Current Affairs/ Featured/ London/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

London Fashion Week September 2015 Jumpsuit

Day 2 at Fashion week: Another sparkling day in London, the sun soaked Soho’s alleys in a picture perfect warm autumn light; a photographers dream! My aim for the day was to mingle and network with fellow bloggers, creative enthusiasts and designers. Every year, LFW leaves me full of ideas and inspirations, newly found contacts, sometimes even friends.

On the street style front it was yet again the men who got all my style credits. Rocking classic style staples with a twist such as turtleneck jumpers, Oxford lace-ups with cork soles, velvet slippers & lots of 70s flair, tassels & mustard yellow.

On the ladies side of the equation, I was pleased to spot several pairs of Asos Pom Pom Mary Janes with midi heel. Fashionable yet comfortable, the shoes were definitely a fave for LFW visitors this year.

Enjoy the street style inspirations from London Fashion Week September 2015. So long, until February 2016!

London Fashion Week September 2015 Jumpsuit

What I was wearing:

An understated yet elegant jumpsuit, paired with a pink Chanel-esque tweed jacket was my outfit of choice. I knew I would probably go under in this subtle ensemble, yet I felt comfortable and let the accessories do the talking.

  • Cherry earrings by Les Nereides
  • Embellished straw coffa bag by Sicily Bag
  • Black jumpsuit by Max & Co
  • Pointy metallic strappy ballerinas by Max & Co
A common feature: Statement bag candy. Most preferred brands Saint Laurent and Chloe.

A common feature: Statement bag candy. Most preferred brands seen at LFW were  Saint Laurent and Chloe.

Little fashionistas start young in attention seeking

Little fashionistas start young in attention seeking

Glad to see the perennial winter staple, the duffle coat, at the Fashion week

Glad to see the perennial winter staple, the duffle coat, at the Fashion week

Chloe Drew bag, suede and lace.

Loving the texture clash here. Chloe Drew bag in Suede leather, suede leather skirt and lace top.

Londoners

Londoners

London Street Style Fashion Week September 2015 Golden Square

Soho’s Golden Square was the perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of Brewer Street, this years fashion week venue. Visitors without tickets could still follow the shows on the live screens whilst relaxing in sun loungers.

Camilla Elphick Pez heels

London-based footwear designer Camilla Elphick is known for her quirky, creative designs. These PEZ heels are edible!

London Street Style Fashion Week September 2015

Loving the clash of sweet feminine and masculine here: The flowing silhouette of the pink culottes and the coat paired with the minimalistic, structured bag and  masculine penny loafers.

These ladies remind me of a 70s tv show...hmm which one was it..

These ladies remind me of a 70s tv show…hmm which one was it.

Relaxed elegance in glitzy boyfriend denim, grey blazer and silver Roger Vivier pumps

Relaxed elegance in glitzy boyfriend denim, grey blazer and silver Roger Vivier pumps

LFW September 2015 Asos pom pom shoes

Asos pom pom shoes: Definitely a fave for LFW visitors this year.

Photo credits: All photos taken by me.

Posted on September 19, 2015

London Fashion Week 2015 in Soho – Best of Street Style

Featured/ London/ Romantique
The Fashion shows were screened live at Soho's Golden Square. A quiet place to relax from the hustle and bustle of Brewer Street.

The Fashion shows were screened live at Soho’s Golden Square. A quiet place to relax from the hustle and bustle of Brewer Street. Models wearing DELA ÉVA Bags. http://www.delaeva.com

For the last five years, the stately and elegant Somerset House was home to London Fashion week. This year, organisers shook things up by moving the event to a hip & trendy new venue. A parking lot in Soho’s Brewer Street is one of five venues housing the best that  British Fashion has to offer.

The new venue (or should I say venues) choice is a smart one: oozing with that independant, slightly alternative London flair. The shows are centred around the densely inhabited Soho district, home to many pubs, gay clubs, sex shops & even mountains of rubbish bags (which served as sofas for some visitors).

It was great fun to immerse ourselves in that flair. As always at LFW , there were a lot of attention seeking, crazy outfits that in my opinion, didn’t have too much to do with fashion. This year, the gentleman were the true winners of London’s street style prizes. Dapper in sharply tailored suits and British evergreen patterns such as glencheck, tartan & herringbone.

These guys have swag, right?

These guys have swagger, right?

Smile!

Smile!

 

Soho's small alleys spilling over with Fashion week visitors. A great vibe.

Soho’s small alleys spilling over with Fashion week visitors. A great vibe.

London Fashion Week Soho 2015 MAx Co Dress Sicily Bag

I’m wearing:

  • Geometric dress by Max & Co AW2016
  • Silver, strappy pointy flats by Max & Co
  • Embellished straw bag by Sicily Bag
Head to toe in autumnal burgundy

Head to toe in autumnal burgundy

The most seen sunglasses at LFW: Mirrored, round Ray Ban RB3447

The most seen sunglasses at LFW: Mirrored, round Ray Ban RB3447

Wearing Mr Romantique's rose tinted, mirrored RAy Ban aviators

Wearing Mr Romantique’s rose tinted, mirrored RAy Ban aviators

Posted on September 15, 2015

Indian Summer at the Baltic Sea

Dresses/ Featured/ Romantique/ Travel

 

Romantique Baltic Sea Warnemuende

For the bank holiday, Mr Romantique and I packed our bags, flew to Berlin and rented a car to race down the Autobahn to Warnemünde also dubbed the “Berlin bathtub” due to its proximity to Berlin (212 km).

Most people, including Mr Romantique, don’t even know that Germany has not only one but two oceans, the North sea and the Baltic sea. I prefer the Baltic sea beaches, with their 1900 km of sugary white sand, picturesque Unesco World heritage towns, national parks and endless lakes. As children, Rebel and I would often go to the Baltic sea with our parents and spend long summer days on the coast.

altic Sea blue striped beach whicker chairs

Characteristic of the teutonic  beaches are the unique wicker beach chairs,  scattered along the wide stretches of white sand. Their blue, yellow, red or green striped design exudes maritime flair whilst they keep you sheltered from the wind and sun. You can rent these comfy wicker chairs daily or hourly.

Selfie with Mr Romantique at Warnemünde's cruise ship port

Selfie with Mr Romantique at Warnemünde’s cruise ship port

Warnemünde is great for relaxing on its wide beaches or strolling along it’s busy dock,  watching the cruise ships and ferries pass by. There are plenty of restaurants offering local sea fare. If you don’t feel like a sit down meal grab a fresh matjes (soused herring) sandwich from one of the many Backfisch stands for a delectable selection of local seafood specialities.

Baltic Sea Beac whicker chairs Warnemuende

Warnemünde has a textile beach as well as a natural beach. In Germany, this is a question of culture. While most “Ossies” (Eastern Germans) like getting naked, the more prudish West Germans prefer the bikini beaches.

I’m wearing:

  • Blue Vichy Gingham dress by Pinko – clashing picnic checks and the maritime stripes of the beach whicker baskets
  • Sicilian straw coffa bag by Sicily Bag
  • Gelato pink sunglasses by Celine
  • Sandals by AGL, Attilio Giusti Leombruni
Perch fish from the baltic sea and typical german fried potatoes.

Perch fish from the baltic sea and typical german fried potatoes.

Vichy gingham Dress. Straw bag at Baltic Sea

Posted on September 6, 2015

Berlin’s Strawberry Adventure

Berlin/ Featured/ Travel

Karl's Strawberry Farm near Berlin Street style gingham
If you’ve ever been to Germany during strawberry season, you will have noticed the über-cute wooden strawberry huts selling fresh organic German strawberries and home made jams. In Berlin alone, the huts provide 60,000 customers with delicious berries each DAY!

What once started as a humble strawberry farm is now a thriving diverse and sustainable business.

“Karl’s” owns over 6 big adventure farms across Germany, where children can drive tractors, get lost in a maze field, marvel at grazing European bisons or shoot down a slide on potato sacks.

I knew this sounded like the kind of fun Mr Romantique, a child at heart, would love! So last weekend, on a stinking hot summer day, we drove to the farm, just a short drive from the centre of Berlin.

Strawberry hut Karl's strawberry Farm near Berlin

Whilst the kids can run themselves ragged in the wonderful themed play areas, adults can lose themselves in the main hall; a rustic themed market place offering a range of delicious bio food, all containing strawberries of course! The seductive scent of cooked strawberries wafts through the air, bathtubs full of the superfood are made into jam (jelly for our American friends) right in front of your eyes. You can also learn to make your own jam, soap, bread and sweets.
Karl’s own organic bakery offers delicious bread and cakes that ooze natural goodness and are completely free of preservatives.

Strawberry jam Karl's strawberry farm near Berlin

Strawberry jam Karl's strawberry farm near Berlin

Can’t get enough of the antioxidant berry? Then you’ll love the homemade strawberry beer, strawberry gelato, strawberry wine, strawberry pasta, even strawberry Prosecco! Entry to the giant farm and most of the main attractions is free of charge; you only pay for a couple o the attractions, the food and other yummy goods sold in the main arena. I bought two big jars of fresh plum jam, apple juice and strawberry-rhubarb jam.

30,000 teapots Karl's strawberry farm near Berlin

The market hall walls are plastered with the worlds biggest collection of tea pots, 30,000 to be precise. Most of them are donated by customers.

Karl's strawberry farm near Berlin

Most of Karl’s attractions and interior design is made of recycled materials. The German word for jam is, confusingly, “marmelade”.

Street style Berlin gingham pink and sicily coffa bag

I’m wearing:

  • Pink gingham blouse by Gant (it’s a strawberry farm, I had to!)
  • Blue shorts by Moschino
  • Sandals by AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni
  • Pink sunglasses by Celine
  • Embellished Coffa straw bag by Sicily Bag
Mr Romantique strawberry farm near Berlin

Mr Romantique and the strawberry farm mascot.

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