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Posted on January 15, 2017

At home with Romantique and Rebel – Interior Pastel Chic

Decor/ Featured/ Rebel/ Romantique
Rebel living Room

Rebel’s living room

Over the years we’ve shared with you our favourite outfits, our favourite food, our favourite places and pastimes. Now it’s time to open the doors to our homes! Both Rebel and I recently revamped our homes: Rebel completely overhauled her house in Hamburg she shares with Mr Rebel. I moved from London to Berlin just a few months ago.

Rebel:

My style is simple and minimal. The most important accents are colours and black and white photos, framed in Ikea’s Ribba. Iconic fashionistas of their time, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe are strong women I love looking at every day!

Pops of colour:

Colour is one of the best ways to make a place homely and stylish. On my wall, I combined white, grey and lavender  to create a graphic, light accent wall.

A mint chair by Kartell provides some colour and a contemporary retro feel.

Wooden floors and white carpets provide a calm canvas for the colours and graphic photos.

Interior design Audrey Hepburn

Rebel room

Decor: I love setting accents with cushions and throws which I swap every 6 months to fit the seasons. In spring, I love tulips to decorate the flat and banana leaf plants. I work out on the “Concept 2” rowing machine, the same the German football national team sweats on!

Romantique:

One of the best things about moving  to Berlin was to rent a flat twice the size of our previous Wimbledon condo and to furnish it with my own pieces. Goodbye to the days of having to live with landlord’s furniture (think black leather sofas…) and wardrobes in the living room due to lack of space.

In Germany, rental flats are completely unfurnished, some even without kitchen, as people tend to stay many decades in the same flat. So for the first time in years, I could let my imagination run free and create my dream home!

Romantique living room

Pastel colours 

I love my interior  design to be like my wardrobe: Classic, with a playful romantic twist and burst of colours! I  always dreamed about a pink accent wall! This statement wall colour in the living room is called “Wolken in rose” (clouds in pink), a grown-up grey-ish pink, pretty but not too sweet.

A quilted white leather sofa (Landskrona by Ikea) emphasizes the dreamy look. The rug repeats the pastel theme with pink and turquoise geometric pattern.

Mix cheap and expensive

Just like with outfits, I like mixing and matching iconic interior design classics with low budget furniture like Ikea. The standing lamp shade “Constanza” by Luceplan fits with every style and mood, revamping any lounge just like a statement handbag would do!

Romantique's dining area

Romantique’s dining area

Combine old and new 

I love iconic mid-century pieces as they can easily be mixed with antique architecture. The colourful Eames chairs (psssst, they are not authentic) give the country style eating table a modern look.

The bedroom has an airy feel and is very bright, reminding me of a breezy Hotel room by the beach. The turquoise wardrobe (Pax, Ikea) and matching chestof drawers complete the maritime look.

Turqoise bedroom romantique

Balcony with Italian mosaic table. Our gorgeous "Altbau" flat is located in Berlin's trendy Prenzlauer Berg.

Balcony with Italian mosaic table. Our gorgeous “Altbau” flat is located in Berlin’s trendy Prenzlauer Berg.

Posted on January 30, 2016

Rebel’s Workout Playlist

Lifestyle/ Rebel

Fitness workouts should be approached with discipline and the right amount of wholeheartedness. Don’t shy away from getting up half an hour earlier or making the effort to hop on the rowing machine after a long day in the office.

I love this quote by Cindy Crawford, she hits the nail on the head: “Excuses won’t burn energy or whip you in shape” . My weekly workout programme consists of muscle training and specific back training once a week as well as rowing training twice a week.

 With this below play list, seven kilometres of rowing is child’s play! I feel good and am in a great mood after every session!

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Britney Bitch gives us the right kick…

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“Blank Space” and “Shake it off” are my favorite Songs – Love Taylor.

DS-Barbara Streisand-Final Beats, Beats….

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“Happy” makes me HAPPY!

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Andreas Bourani is THE best German Popstar at the moment!

Madonna-Jump

Get ready with Madonna – A Madonna song should definitely be part of your playlist

Posted on December 2, 2015

Stylish Advent Décor

Decor/ Featured/ Romantique
Stylish Red Gourmand Advent Wreath

This is my own advent wreath: Wrapped in traditional red bows. I loved the gourmet theme with frosted winter berries, cinnamon sticks, mushrooms and sugared gingerbread.

Now that it’s getting cold, dark and miserable outside, it’s time to snuggle up and decorate the house, transforming it into a cosy, magical winter hut to shelter from the howling wind outside.

On my recent trip to Berlin, I visited my favourite flower shop in Potsdam. The owner is a passionate and gifted lady, who creates stunning advent wreaths in the winter time.

The tradition of the advent wreath is a very old one: For centuries, homes in winter have been decorated with the evergreen branches. In the darkest time of the year, when nature sleeps under a deep blanket of snow, they bring light and the hope of new life into the house.

Combining this winter tradition with Christmas has been a relatively recent occurence. A Lutheranian pastor in Germany invented the advent wreath in 1860. In a children’s home in Hamburg, he hung a wooden wreath from the ceiling, lighting a candle every day to celebrate the lead up to Christmas. A few years later the wooden ring was adorned with evergreen fir, red ribbons and Christmassy embellishments. The 24 candles were replaced with four to make the decoration suitable for private homes.

Cream and green coloured advent wreath

Today, you can chose from many different variations of the advent wreath. In UK abodes, you will often find one hanging on or beside the front door. In Germany, it’s traditionally put on a coffee table, crowned by four candles.

Here are my favourite creations for you to enjoy and be inspired by!

Advent wreath adorned with real pomegranates, iced berries and branches.

Advent wreath adorned with real pomegranates, iced berries and branches.

lighted advent wreath with white ice skaters

I love kitsch! Hence I adore this lighted advent tree embellished with fairy lights, pine cones, feathers and baubles.

This hanging  advent wreath looks like one of the very early incarnations that were first created in the late 1800s. if I ever own a big house, this is what will be gracing my hallway!

This hanging advent wreath looks like one of the very early incarnations that were first created in the late 1800s. if I ever own a big house, this is what will be gracing my hallway! Mummy Romantique in the background  is fittingly dressed in a Santa red coat.

This beauty is now sparkling in Mummy Romantique and Rebel’s home: themed like the white winter wonderland.

This beauty is now sparkling in Mummy Romantique and Rebel’s home: themed like the white winter wonderland.

A rustic creation of brown and bronze colours and retro ice skates.

A rustic creation of brown and bronze colours and retro ice skates.

Advent spray  fir branch

This decorated fir branch is perfect for sideboards.

 

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 July 13, 2015

5 reasons to visit Palermo

Cuisine/ Featured/ Italy/ Romantique
The Palazzo dei Normanni in Palermo

The Palazzo dei Normanni in Palermo

1. Food

There are two Italian sayings relating to Sicilian food: “You haven’t eaten lemons until you’ve eaten them in Sicily” and “You haven’t tasted Cannoli until you’ve had one in Palermo.” Sicilian food is richer and even tastier than in the rest of Italy. And Palermo is the capital of Sicilian food. I loved the unassuming Trattoria “Da Pino”, where the owner tells you that he is the menu and where you can choose from a selection of authentic dishes served with a warm smile.

Tip: For good street food, observe where the locals are queuing. Sicilians are very fussy with food and only accept the freshest ingredients.

Da Pino Trattoria Palermo

spaghetti sardines sicilian Trattoria Da Pino

2. Magic of forgotten splendour

Palermo is a captivating city of glaring contradictions: Spotlessly restored grand palaces stand side by side with dilapidated historic buildings, quietly crumbling away.

Sicily’s history is endless, there isn’t a single dominant culture that hasn’t left some indelible mark on the strategically located Mediterranean island: Greeks, Romans, German tribes, Arabs, just to name a few. Sicily is struggling with the upkeep of all these edifices: 228 buildings are in an alarming state and locals are calling for a governmental intervention to help maintaining Palermo’s “Centro Storico”. When you stroll through Palermo’s markets and squares, you can almost hear the stories of forgotten grandeur, battles for dominance whispering from the Unesco heritage sites.

The Fontana de la Vergogna in Palermo means Fountain of shame because a lot of it's marble nymphs are naked. An extraordinary piece of art.

The Fontana de la Vergogna in Palermo means Fountain of shame because a lot of it’s marble nymphs are naked. An extraordinary piece of art.

A thrown out sofa in Palermo centro

3. Shopping

Via Roma and Via Ruggero Setimo are Palermo’s main and most elegant shopping streets. A sheer endless boulevard of high-end fashion stores exhibiting the crème de la crème of powerful Italian fashion houses. Mid-priced fashion brands such as Max & Co are cheaper in Sicily than in the rest of Italy. You’ll also find precious jewellery and enchanting little book and craft stores which don’t belong to big retail chains.

My favourite shop in Palermo!

My favourite shop in Palermo!

4. Beaches!

Just 15 min from the historic centre, Mondello beach invites the exhausted city traveller to rest and relax on the sandy white beach whilst enjoying one of Palermo’s best seafood restaurants.

Mondello Beach Palermo

5. Independant Hotels and B&Bs

Palermo boasts Sicily’s best independent boutique Hotels and B&Bs. Our charming B&B in Richard Wagner Street, near Via Roma in the Centro Storico, was the highlight of the trip. Central but quiet, with tastefully decorated bedrooms, a huge terrace overlooking Palermo and a fantastic host serving breakfast on the private terrace, replete with home-made jams. Living la Dolce Vita! Inbox me for the name and details if you’re interested to stay there (don’t want to give away that little gem)!

Palermo B&B Richard Wagner

Palermo Road

Posted on July 5, 2015

Our mum’s Top 5 Anti-Ageing Tips

Accessoires/ Featured/ Lifestyle/ Rebel/ Romantique

 

Advanced style miu miu sunglasses smu 10 n Castellmare di Golfo

Our mum in Castellmar di Golfo in Sicily,

Mummy Romantique and Rebel celebrated her 64th birthday in Sicily a week ago. I’m proud of our mum as I think she looks fantastic and most of all, she has to right attitude to life. Like most mums, she’s a source of wisdom and knowledge to us.

So what are her secrets to look and feel so good at 64? Here she shares with us her Top 5 Tips on how to age gracefully!

1. A Healthy attitude to Life!

See life positivly! Yes this sounds like a worn out cliche but holds very true. Live your life responsibly but at the same time, don’t take it too seriously. Enjoy your life, go on holiday, meet new people and discover new places, be open minded.

2. Good Skincare Regime

My skin care routine includes using a serum, day cream, night cream and eye cream, all specifically made for the needs of my dry skin. Products don’t have to be expensive. I like Nivea and Olay, try different brands and see how your skin reacts to it. Shake up your product routine to give your skin the chance to respond to new ingredients. Last but not least, never forget to take your make-up off. For cleansing, I use the Philips Visapure facial cleanser.

3. Less is more

When it comes to decorative make up, less is more. I don’t bother with elaborate eye makeup anymore. Eyeshadow only accentuates fine lines, I prefer using a shadow stick (e.g. Laura Mercier or Kiko)  to emphasize the eye, I curl my eyelashes and use mascara, that’s the eyes done. As skin starts to become more uneven as we age, I use a primer and a light makeup to cover this. My hero product in summer is the Kanebo Silky bronze compact make-up. It provides a natural coverage and contains a high SPF.

Clinique chubby sticks give lips an easy tint during the day. For the evening or for days when I feel like a bold lip, I use Tom Ford lipstick “Cherry Lush” or Chanel’s “Dialogue”.

Italian life style: Miu Miu Sunglasses SMU 10N with pink glasses and a pistachio granita.

Italian life style: Miu Miu Sunglasses SMU 10N with pink glasses and a pistachio granita.

4. Nourish your body

Eat healthily without denying yourself enjoyable treats such as coffee, a glass of wine or a piece of cake. Avoid too much sugar and bad fats but don’t stress yourself too much if you do find yourself overindulging from time to time, the world won’t fall apart!

5. Enjoy style, not fashion

Don’t run after the latest trends but find your own style in which you feel comfortable. Finding your own style takes time so try out different pieces and stick with the ones which represent you.

For example,  I love floral pattern but they don’t suit me. Clean, classic shapes and neutral colours look best on me. That’s my signature style and I hardly deviate from it.

advanced style sicily

 

Our mum is wearing:

Chocolate brown jersey dress with pleats by Max & Co. White sandals by Prada Sport. Tote bag by Lamarthe.

Advanced Street style Sicily

Advanced street style Sicily. The birthday girl is wearing:

  • Gingham trousers by Gant
  • Sandals by AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni
  • Black top with boat neck by H&M
  • Tote bag by Lamarthe
  • Glasses by Gucci

Sicily castellmar di golfo

Mummy Romantique is wearing baroque earrings bought in Catania, Sicily. Glasses by Gucci. My banana earrings are by N2 by Les Nereides Paris.

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 May 1, 2015

Bobbi Brown at Vogue Festival

Beauty/ Current Affairs/ Featured
Bobbi Brown and Kate Upton at Vogue Festival 2015

Kate Upton, Bobbi Brown and Alexandra Schulman at the Vogue Festival Talk

Last weekend, I attended the Vogue festival hosted at the Royal Academy of Arts.

The yearly festival hosts a variety of inspirational talks and master classes all about fashion, journalism & female entrepreneurship.  The talk on “How to build your dreams” by Bobbi Brown and Kate Upton seemed like an inspiring  topic so I wasted no time in signing up for it. A rather grumpy Alexandra Schulman, chief editor of British Vogue, hosted the talk.

Bobbi came across as a refreshingly honest and a caring person. She frankly admitted, in front of Alexandra, that she doesn’t care for clothes but loves makeup. Dive with me into the key takeaways from the talk.

Alexandra: Did you always know that you wanted to be an entrepreneur?

BB: No, I never thought of running my own business. If someone said that to me, I would have run the other way.  I was, and am,  very naive, and in many ways that helped me in building the business as I always trust things will work out. I also never think I have to do something,  I just do what feels right.

Alexandra: What’s your life motto?

BB: Helping people where you can. I was raised to be nice and caring towards  everybody.

Alexandra: What do you hate about makeup? 

BB: Blue/purple mascara and contouring! Contouring has negative connotations as it implies that for example a round face needs when in fact most models have round faces. Make-up should enhance the Beauty you have, not trying to change it.

Alexandra: What are your hero products?

BB: The shimmer Brick is a great product as it consists of several colours to give dimension which looks very natural. Also, the foundation stick is a revolutionary product.

The hero product: The Shimmer Brick

The hero product: The Shimmer Brick

Alexandra: What product innovations are you most proud of?

BB: When I started out as a make-up artist, all foundations used to be pink, which did not match the colour of the skin tone. We all have yellow in our skin so I created yellow foundations that disappear into the skin, that’s when you know you  found the right shade of foundation! I was also always fixing bad lipsticks, mixing them with beige to achieve a more lip-like colour.

Alexandra: You are a also a designer of glasses, which are a signature look of yours.

BB: I love glasses, they hide lines and dark circles. People always ask me where they can buy the glasses I’m wearing. In fact, my glasses won’t suit everyone. My glasses range offers all colours and shapes to chose from.

Alexandra: Did you ever make mistakes during your career? 

BB: Of course, mistakes are part of life. We once brought out a range of neon colours – it didn’t work. It was too early, we were ahead of the time.

Alexandra: Why did you chose Kate Upton to represent BB? 

BB: She’s very relatable, comfortable in her body and coupled with healthy attitude, Kate is a role model who people look up to in the UK / US and Asia!

Kate Upton at Vogue Festival 2015

Kate looked absolutely stunning in this Dolce and Gabbana combo: High waisted monchrome gingham skirt and floral cardigan, topped up with lace pointy heels.

romantique at Vogue Festival 2015

Read more about the Vogue Festival and the fashionista visitors here.

Posted on March 28, 2015

Coats and Biscuits

Coats/ Cuisine/ Featured/ London/ Romantique

London street style purple coat max and co prada handbag

We are approaching now what I’m hoping to be the last few days of having to wear a woollen coat. I love all my coats as they are bright coloured to help overcome the winter blues. Still, I’m longing for the warm rays of spring, for lighter trench coats and jackets, for ballerinas without socks and drinking macchiatos in street cafes. Unlike the last couple of years before, March has been quite a chilly month with temperatures only in the one digit spheres.

For an outing to my favourite biscuit boutique Biscuiteers in Notting Hill, I’m wearing:

  • Purple coat by Max and Co
  • Black doctor’s handbag by Prada
  • Sprinkle ankle boots by Kurt Geiger
  • White cat earings by Les Nereides
  • Gloves by Blumarine
  • Shades by Ray Ban

Biscuiteers specialise in hand-iced, beautifully decorated cookies. Often London themed, the Notting hill shop window is a feast for the eyes: Iconic sights such as Buckingham palace, red telephones are taxis and black cabs interpreted with sweet gingerbread.  The cookies biscuits are so detailed, they can pass for little pieces of art. If you are looking for a special Easter present, check out the Biscuiteers shop in Notting Hill or the newly opened boutique in Clapham.

London street style purple coat max and co prada handbag

 

Biscuiteers London Notting Hill red telephone box

 

London street style purple coat max and co prada handbag

Easter themed Biscuiteers Boutique in Clapham, London

Easter themed Biscuiteers Boutique in Clapham, London

Posted on February 22, 2015

London Fashion Week 2015

Coats/ Current Affairs/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

London Fashion Week Pink coat max and co, AgL shoes, minnie mouse ears

It’s the time of the year again for London Fashion week at Somerset House. Whilst the shows themselves are for invitation holders only, a lot of the action happens in the courtyard of Somerset House – via a huge live screen you can follow the shows, visit many of the side shows hosted by Topshop and River Island,  pop into a blow-out or braid bar or have a coffee at Tom’s diner to relax from all the excitement.

This year, I left Rebel in Hamburg as we just spent a sisterly weekend together in Paris. With Mr Romantique in tow, I threw on my favourite pink coat and Minnie Mouse ears. When going to London Fashion Week, I’m never trying to keep up with the fashionable London crowd – they are way to eccentric for me. Instead, I stay true to myself and wear what I would wear to the office. I do allow myself one fun, quirky accessory though. Last year, this was a pair of sequinned cat ears. This year, I’m following up with Minnie Mouse ears and a pink bow as the cherry on the cake.

I am wearing:

  • Pink pastel coat by Max & Co
  • Pink patent leather oxford lace-ups by AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni
  • Chocolate brown leather pencil skirt by Ralph Lauren
  • Minnie Mouse glitter bow headband  by Claire’s accessories
  • Tortoise sunglasses by Prada
  • Merino tights by Falke

Stay tuned for a full run-down of my favourite LFW 2015 street style outfits.

The pink lace-ups are the perfect mix up feminine and masculine.

 

Minnie Mouse Glitter Bow headband Claire's accessories

 

LFW 2015 Somerset house pink coat chanel bag pink oxfords

 

LFW is a great way to meet like-minded bloggers and find inspiration in the many colourful outfits. This floral light blue coat is from ZARA.

 

ondon Fashion Week Pink coat max and co, AgL shoes, minnie mouse ears

 

ondon Fashion Week Pink coat max and co, AgL shoes, minnie mouse ears

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