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Posted on September 13, 2014

London Fashion Week Sisters

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London Fashion Week september 2014 Streetstyle Romantique and Rebel

t’s fashion week in London!  Rebel flew in from Hamburg, especially for the occasion, which meant lots of “girly nonsense” time, as Mr Romantique disparagingly refers to our chatter.

Twice a year, this festival of style takes place at Somerset House – one of London’s major cultural venues in the heart of the city. You don’t need show tickets to enjoy the London Fashion Week atmosphere. The courtyard of Somerset house is open to the public.   British fashion is known for its classic heritage brands as well as edgy eccentric South East London style reflected by the many fashionistas flocking to LFW. Stay tuned for a full run-down of our favourite’s LFW outfits.

What to wear at London Fashion Week:

London is known for it’s gaudy, eclectic style, where everyone wants to stand out as unique. Rather than trying to keep up or even outdo the fashionistas, we dressed true to our own styles, picking wearable pieces that we might don in the office, whilst still looking slick.  For us, every day may as well be a fashion show! Rebel and I had lots of fun immersing ourselves in the eclectic London style mix, which we found to be a great source of inspiration.


Rebel is wearing:

  • Long pear necklace from Gabriele Frantzen
  • Skinny Jeans by Topshop
  • Blue sandals by Zara
  • Blue blazer with gold buttons by Tommy Hilfiger
  • red sunglasses by Paul Smith
  • Red lipstick: Ruby Woo by MAC


Romantique is wearing:

  • Bordeaux coloured dress and white Peter Pan colour by Max & Co
  • Leopard print pointy flats by BCBG
  • Macaron bracelet by N2 Les Nereides
  • Brown cross body bag by Moschino
  • Sunglasses wayfarer by Ray Ban
  • Red lipstick: Ruby Woo and Viva Glam by MAC

London Fashion Week september 2014 Streetstyle Romantique and Rebel


London Fashion Week september 2014 Streetstyle.

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The French photographer loved my little French school uniform outfit!



Posted on April 12, 2014

Vogue Festival: Street Style Part 2 and Alexa Chung on Personal Style

Current Affairs/ Icons/ Romantique/ Wardrobe
Romantique at Vogue Festival 2014 London

I am wearing a broderie anglaise coat by Max & Co, Vichy pants from Gant and bag from Moschino

Two weeks ago, a couple of friends and I attended the Vogue Festival on London’s South Bank for a talk on “Personal Style – Do you have it?”; a  discussion roundtable with Alexa Chung, Lucinda Chambers (Vogue Fashion Director)  and Amanda Harlech, Model and Muse of Karl Lagerfeld exploring this sometimes hard to define subject.

During the talk, nothing new, groundbreaking or controversial was discussed. Lucinda Chambers led the discussion for the most part, Amanda Harlech  only chipping in now and then, and Alexa Chung, the real crowd puller,  being too cool for  school. She seemed bored at the event, as if she rather wanted to be  with her cool East London friends.

Lucinda Chambers, Amanda Harlech, Alexa Chung at Vogue Festival 2014

What they wore: Lucinda Chambers wore a Celine skirt and vintage tshirt, Alexa wore Marc Jacobs Heels and Osman dress and Amanda Harlech was dressed in Chanel Couture (head to toe!)


They seemed to reach consensus that style is not fashion, hence it’s timeless. You can be stylish at 110 years old, whereas it’s more difficult for an  older woman to be fashionable. Style is not something one is born with,  but something that evolves, just like your personality. I liked their  point about how confidence, grace and the way we hold ourselves, contributes to style.

Street style at the Vogue Festival: Loving the geometric midi tartan skirt and teal coloured Mulberry bag candy

Street style at the Vogue Festival: Loving the geometric midi tartan skirt and teal coloured Mulberry bag candy

Alexa explained that she uses style as an armour. When scared of an interview, she will wear sky high heels, making her taller and in  return, she will feel less intimidated. Her favourite style items are  passed on from her mother: navy blue jumper, black skinny jeans and  moccasins. If she could pick one brand she couldn’t live without, it would have to be TopShop.

Lucinda, ever the British, quirky fashion director, praised the UK high-street stores, which make it possible to dress fashionably on a small budget.  Her favourite shopping haunt is the Portobello flea market.

London I love you! A confidently dressed  street styler

While it’s great that leading fashion ladies (Lucinda and Alexa) promote the High Street, flea markets, and charity shops, I question their  authenticity. Alexa is mostly dressed in high-end couture, and so is  Lucinda. It’s like promoting going grocery shopping at Lidl, whilst only  shopping at Whole Foods! On the contrary, Amanda Harlech took a more honest appraoch. She loves Chanel couture for the  simple reason that it’s so classic and timeless that 15 year old pieces still look relevant today.

The most interesting and controversial contributions of the day came in the shape of questions from the audience:

Question: Why is Kim Kardashian on the cover of Vogue?

Lucinda: Kim has a large following and is relevant in today’s society. Vogue  does not put constraints or rules on how a person has to be to fit on a cover.

If you have to pick one item of clothing you can’t live with, what would it be?

Alexa: Navy blue jumper
Amanda: Long black lace dress
Lucinda: Earrings

Street style London Vogue Festival Missoni Coat, snakeprint trousers Zara

The lovely ladies from London’s  Merchant 24 shop, which sells pre-loved desigener pieces,  wore Zara snake print trousers and Zara leather jacket, Missoni coat and Chloe bag.

Street style Vogue Festival London. Tara Jarmon, Moschino, Sinequanone

My friends having fun on a day full of girlie indulgence: Gledis (left) is wearing: Gold Moschino bag and chunky, oversized pearl earrings from Karl Lagerfeld. Berengere is wearing top from Tara Jarmon and coat from Sinequanone. Sunglasses from Stella Mccartney and turquoise earrings from a little Parisian shop.
London Vogue Festival street style sunglasses Stella MccArtney and turquoise earrings
London Street style Moschino bag gold
Walking down the Harrods street style catwalk was super fun! Thanks to the Bobbi Brown team who pretty-fied us before the walk.
Posted on April 5, 2014

Exhibition – The Glamour of Italian Fashion from 1945 – 2014

Current Affairs/ Icons/ Wardrobe

Dresses worn in films are seen displayed during a media preview of the "The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014" exhibition, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London

It’s been a fashion packed Spring! After visiting the Vogue Festival last weekend, I went to the exhibition “The Glamour of Italian Fashion from 1945 – 2014” at London’s V&A Museum in South Kensington.

The exhibition attempts to answer the question of why the Italians own chic, glamour and produce top designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Giorgio Armani, Fendi, Gianfranco Ferre, Gucci, Missoni, Prada, Pucci and Versace.

It takes a closer look at how Italy’s fashion industry emerged from the poverty of WW2, with the help of the American Marshall Plan, and how it changed Italy’s image and fortune.

The first room of the exhibition is telling the story of businessman Giovanni Battista Giorgini, who  persuaded his contacts in US department stores to travel to Florence for fashion shows displaying designs from all over Italy. The shows were an instant hit and launched the fashion industry in Italy.  Hollywood stars like Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner, and Elizabeth Taylor helped cement Italy’s image as fashion capital with impossibly glamorous performances in ‘50s films shot in Italy.


Audrey Hepburn in a dress by Fernanda Gattinoni for the movie “War and Peace”. these were the “Glory Years” of Italian fashion

Exhibition VandA Museum London Italian Glamour 1945-2014 Scallop dress capucci

Above: A stunning 1950s silk cocktail dress in millefeuille layers of scalloped violet silk by Roberto Capucci. Out of the 1950s designers like Simonetta, Capucci and Mila Schoen, only the House of Pucci remains relevant today.

To this day, the “Made in Italy” trademark stands for high quality materials and artisanal craftsmanship. The country boasts strong traditions, hundreds of years old, in industries like spinning, dyeing, weaving, cutting, and stitching. Such skills were often passed down from generation to generation, and laid the foundation for Italy’s rise to the top of the style world.

Exhibition VandA Museum London Italian Glamour 1945-2014 Dress Miu Miu and Prada Dip Dye

Left: Miuccia Prada’s recent design for SS2014. Right: Prada’s innovative dip dye dress, 2004. Miuccia took a home-made colouring process and made it look elegant and sophisticated.

VandA exhibition "The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014" - Fendi Baguette Bag

The iconic Baguette Bag from Fendi. The name Baguette bag derives from size of the bag which is small enough to carry under the arm like a loaf of bread.

This exhibition is also interesting because it’s running during a time of change in Italy’s fashion industry. A short documentary at the end of the exhibition claims that a lot of Italy’s designers are over 70 years old and fresh blood needs to be given a chance to build the foundation and  the future of Italy’s fashion industry.

Exhibition VandA Museum London Italian Glamour 1945-2014 Knitted dress

Knitted dress


I love Italian fashion for it’s impeccable tailoring. You don’t need to buy high-end brands like Valentino to get this kind of quality. Shops like Max & Co (Max Mara’s little sister) offer more affordable style whilst maintaining the exquisite artisan spirit of Italy. Here I am wearing a floral dress from Max Mara,  sandals from AGL, Attilio Giusti Leombruni and cross body bag from Moschino.

Max Mara floral dress and AGL shoes sandals with Moschino bag

Posted on February 8, 2014

You know you are a German living in London if….

Current Affairs/ Romantique

German living in London Romantique

You are over the moon when you stumble across a German bakery that serves full-rye-sourdough-sunflower-pumpkinseed-whole-grain-bread! Bliss.

Kamps Bakery HIgh Street Kensigton

You shop at Lidl and Aldi, usingyour own plastic shopping bags and you always have a £1 coin ready for the trolley.

You count yourself lucky if you find a flat in London that doesn’t have damp walls and rats, so you put up with extortionate rent, single glazed windows and paper thin walls. Hearing your neighbours coughing and sneezing is standard!

You find out that British food is better than it’s reputation, thanks to globalisation.

Romantique Borough Market

You are considered “rude” if you tell your colleague honestly her new hair cut is not amazing. Next time, tell her it’s “lovely”.

You get sympathetic looks when you don’t order alcohol in a pub because everyone automatically assumes you’re a recovering alcoholic. (In Britain, there’s no other reason NOT to order alcohol).

You get frustrated at not having 5 recycling bins.

German recycling trash cans

You are shocked having to find out that people have to PAY for dental treatment!

You sizzle yourself in Spanish midday heat on holiday to stock up on sunshine. Who knows when you’ll see it again?!

You look overdressed in winter!

 British girls in winter

You are snapped up in the job market, as you likely have completed 4 year masters vocational training to be a builder, hairdresser, baker, secretary or plumber.

You have to explain what a fluff shaver is. No, it’s not a jumper massager!

lint shaver

You prefer Nutella on toast to Full English breakfast!

british breakast and German Nutella

You get admiring looks when you tell people you’re from Berlin, the Londoners’ favourite city on the continent!

berlin fashion dolls

Posted on January 15, 2014

The French Way of Live – The Greatest Deception of All?

Current Affairs/ Love & Relationship/ Movie & Books/ Romantique

Marion Cotillard for Dior

In the past two years, I’ve lapped up information on Parisians and their way of life – from fashion style to love lessons:

–  Ines de la Fresange’s French chic – My Style Bible
–  Why French children don’t throw food – How not to raise neurotic and spoilt Anglophone kids
–  What French women know about love and sex – My trusted guide on how to hold your own in a  relationship

Additionally, I interviewed two of my French friends to let our readers in on the “je ne sais quoi” of French women.

The authors of the above books such as Pam Druckerman and Mireille Guiliano (her new book, “Why French women don’t have plastic surgery”, has just been released) have been riding the “French women know it all” wave successfully and even created a new genre of book, the French way of life.

This week, Australian magazine “Women’s weekly” raised the righteous question: “Are French women and culture really that superior in all they do?” After all, obesity rates in France have doubled in the last 15 years. Leading French ladies like Catherine Deneuve have succumbed to the plastic surgeon knife just like their American counterparts. The author who initiated the craze, Mireille Guiliano, admitted herself her books only contain “commonsense” advice (eat small portions and fresh produce only, wash your face before going to bed, take the stairs instead of the lift, etc). Generally accepted knowledge the French haven’t innovated. So is all the Hype around French women a well-marketed scam invented by smart Americans cashing in on the myth?

I say no, naturally.  It is true that France hasn’t entirely resisted the wave of junk food chains that swept the world. However, France as a whole is still the slimmest nation in Europe. The streets of Paris are still dominated by family butchers, bakers and restaurants rather than American food chains. Take Starbucks, for example. While the American coffee chain has most of Europe tightly in its grip, it struggles to make money in the mother country of coffee culture. The French like to “sip and sit”, not carrying paper cups. French bakery chains like Paul’s and Le Pain Quotidien are hugely successful in London, but looked down on as “chains” in their home country.


French icons, surgically enhanced: Carla Bruni, 45, and Catherine Denueve, 70.

French icons, surgically enhanced: Carla Bruni, 45, and Catherine Denueve, 70.


French actresses are not unreceptive to surgery. However, plastic surgery is nowhere near as widespread in France as it is in the US and the extent of the surgery is more natural.

Where do you stand? Have you read any of the French way of life books or do you refuse to believe that the French are God’s gift to the rest of the world? Let us know your thoughts and let’s discuss!

Rebel and myself in two quintessential French styles: Vichy/Gingham and Breton stripes!

Rebel and myself in two quintessential French styles: Vichy/Gingham and Breton stripes!

Posted on December 19, 2013

Winter Fairy Tale: Romantic Christmas markets in Berlin

Berlin/ Current Affairs/ Decor/ Romantique

Gendarmenmarkt Christmas 2013


Christmas is my favourite time of the year (despite loving summer! ) and the highlight of this period is a visit to one of the traditional Christmas markets in Germany!

Berlin is the capital of Christmas markets with over 60 to choose from! If you are tired of the commercialisation that has taken over the holidays , head to the country of the Nutcrackers for a romantic and traditional Christmas .

The S-Class of the Christmas markets is without a doubt the “Weihnachtszauber at Gendarmenmarkt” in Berlin-Mitte. Located on one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. Three impressive buildings provide the stunning backdrop: The French cathedral, the German cathedral and the Concert Hall. Popular for it’s unique hand-made products, you can find handmade presents such as traditional wooden carved Christmas figurines, handmade glass baubles and lambskin shoes. All the while the seductive scent of burnt almonds, chestnuts, baked apples, grilled sausages and spicy Gluehwein fills the air!

Romantique Christmas market

Typical stand offering candied fruit, gingerbread hearts and an array of Lebkuchen. Hat from Antoni & Alison, caot from Max & Co. Red turtle neck jumper from Uniqlo.

Christmas is a big deal in Germany, a time for introspection and spending time with your family, everyone gets into it. Stroll through the residential areas and you will see almost every window and balcony is decorated with light chains, star lampshades, reindeers and Christmas trees. Did you know that the advent wreath, glass baubles and the Christmas tree all originated in Germany between the fourteenth and nineteenth centuries?


Mummy Romantique buying traditional Christmas Stollen. Her monochrome dogstooth scarf is from Moschino. Snakeskin bag from Alberta Ferreti.

Mummy Romantique buying traditional Christmas Stollen. Her monochrome dogstooth scarf is from Moschino. Snakeskin bag from Alberta Ferreti.

German Stollen, a loaf-shaped fruitcake made of yeast, water and flour, is traditionally eaten around Christmas time in Germany. The treat, which was first baked in Dresden in the 14th century, is filled with nuts, raisins, candied citrus, and spices, and its form is said to represent Baby Jesus in swaddling clothes.

Tipp: Always cut a Stollen from the middle, this way the cake won’t dry out as quickly.

German Christmas Market food

The praline “Dominostein” is another Christmas sweet from Dresden, made up of three layers: Lebkuchen, sour cherry and marzipan, covered in dark chocolate.

The crescent shaped biscuits “Vanillekipferl” come from Vienna, Austria and are traditionally eaten at Christmas time. They are baked in Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Mr Romantique at the Christmas market

Mr Romantique at hte Christmas market

Ice rink at the Christmas Market at Alexanderplatz near the Red Town Hall

Ice rink at the Christmas Market at Alexanderplatz near the Red Town Hall

Carousel Alexanderplatz

christmas market Gendarmenmarkt

What would Christmas be without the story of Hansel and Gretel and the gingerbread house?

What would Christmas be without the story of Hansel and Gretel and the gingerbread house?

Christmas and the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm go together like mulled wine and mince pies!

Above:  Mug from Villeroy & Boch, Christmas edition 2013. Necklaces from Les Nereides.  Gingerbread house made entirely of Spekulatius (spiced biscuits), Leibniz butter cookies, cinnamon starts and Pfeffernuesse. Yum!

Posted on September 30, 2013

Oktoberfest Dirndl Street style in London

Current Affairs/ Dresses/ Romantique

It’s that time of the year again when the South of Germany celebrates the Oktoberfest, an outdoor Beer Garden Festival copied all over the world, from Brazil to Australia. The traditional Oktoberfest Dress, the Dirndl, is worn in the South of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Northern Italy (South Tyrol). As an authentic Berliner,  I love wearing the Dirndl in London as a funny novelty. After all, the nipped in waist, flared skirt and fitted bodice of the Dirndl is hugely flattering to every figure.

In London, restaurants and clubs such as “Bodo’s Schloss” and the “Tiroler Hut” are ideal playgrounds to wear Dirndls while tucking into a hearty meal.

Dirndls can be expensive and cost up to 1,000 EUR, as they are typically crafted from rich fabrics and hand made prints.  It can be difficult to find them at more affordable prices, however if you’re lucky enough to be in Germany, TK Maxx sells Dirndls every year around this time. H&M in Munich also offers a variety of low priced Dirndls.

I am wearing a TK Maxx Dirndl, Falke “Wiesn” knee highs, gingham kittenheels from Marc Jacobs. Straw bag from Misako. Gingerbread heart necklace from Thomas Sabo.  What to wear with a Dirndl? Cooky cute jewellery from French Designer Les Lereides of course! Gingerbread man ring and Haensel and Gretel charm bracelet perfectly match the Germanic theme.

Straw Bag from Misako, Haensel and Gretel Charm Bracelet and gingerbread ring man from Les Nereides.

Straw Bag from Misako, Haensel and Gretel Charm Bracelet and gingerbread ring man from Les Nereides.

Dirndl Street Style



Posted on September 29, 2013

Our Berlin Wedding

Berlin/ Current Affairs/ Dresses/ Romantique/ Wedding

Every girl dreams of her wedding day; being a beautiful princess, marrying the man of her dreams.

When Mr Romantique and I got engaged 10 months ago, we always knew that we wanted a small, intimate wedding, attended only by  immediate family.  And so it was; a small wonderful wedding of 15, in the heart of my home city Berlin, almost a month ago.The wedding venue Ermelerhaus, a historic, roccoco Patrician villa, is located just next door to the Australian Embassy. If this isn’t  fate I don’t know what is!On the day, everything fell into place magically and I could not have been happier with the decor,  flowers, cake,  and weather.  To illustrate the union of a German gal with an Aussie boy, we decorated the car with a German/ Australian flag adorned with small little flowers. The gingerbread hearts had the names of the guests written in icing and served as place mats and decor. Thanks to Rebel, we incorporated the cute German wedding tradition of cutting a heart out of a bed sheet with nail scissors.

I always thought its a bit cheesy when people say that the wedding day is “the most beautiful day of your life”. Now I can say, it really is incredible. Promising to stay with your love forever, through good times and bad, witnessed  by loving family who have travelled from near and very far. A perfect day just like I always dreamed.

What I wore: Wedding dress from Jcrew ‘Roseblooom adorned with fabric roses. I had the dress shortened from tea length to knee length to make it look more 50s Audrey Hepburn like. Kittenheeled shoes with gingham vichy checks from Marc Jacobs. Lilly of the valley earrings from Les Nereides. Sunglasses from Celine.
Photographer: A special thanks to Melanie from who perfectly caught the magic moments of our day. If you ever need a photographer for an occasion in Berlin, this is the lady!
romantique wedding reichstag

The Berlin Dome in the background.

The Berlin Dome in the background.

J Crew Dress and Marc Jacobs Shoes

J Crew Dress and Marc Jacobs Shoes

Romantique wedding berlin

romantique wedding

Posted on September 22, 2013

German Elections 2013 – What to wear?

Current Affairs/ Rebel

Today, all eyes are on Germany because polls have opened in Germany’s parliamentary elections and will close at 8pm tonight.

62 million people are eligible to vote in the European Union’s largest country. It’s expected that Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats will win the largest share of the vote. It would be her third term as Chancellor.


However, what to wear on the election day? The Chancellor was wearing autumnal colors – black pants and a brown blazer.


As usual, Bavarians go to the polls in Lederhosen and Dirndl – OMG!


Today, I went to the polls in the morning and wore a Tomboy Jacket combined with plateau sandals and socks.


4 more years of colorful blazer combined with short necklaces?

Angela Merkel’s jackets: many colours but just one look. She has found a fashion formula she likes, and she’s sticking to it.

Posted on September 20, 2013

Gatti di Roma, The Cats of Rome

Current Affairs/ Italy/ Romantique/ Travel
A black feline soft paw chiling in the evening at Largo Argentina

A black feline soft paw chiling in the evenign at Largo Argentina


Rome is just an incredible city. Strolling through the heart of the city, every corner could be taken from a post card scene. From baroque churches to ancient archaeological sites; every building is a feast for the eyes.

Even more fascinating than the opulent buildings is the strong bond the ancient city has with cats. Yes, cats! During our trip, we stumbled upon a colony of 200 cats (!!) living at the ancient site of Torre Argentina, where Julius Cesar was once stabbed by Brutus. The cats live in a shelter which is publicly protected. Italy is a no-kill nation, meaning no healthy stray cat is allowed to be put down. The cats of Rome, Gatti di Roma, are a well known tourist magnet and decorate lots of calendars you can buy around the city. All together more than 260,000 stray cats live in Rome in over 2,000 colonies. Rome’s city council even declared cats as part of the Roman bicultural heritage.

Largo Argentina Roma

Why do cats have such a special place in Roman culture? Apparently, it all dates back to the bubonic plague. The cat population in Italy kept the disease carrying rats in check, avoiding Italy’s population to succumb to the disease, unlike the rest of Europe. When the Italian Catholic church started to chase and hunt down cats in the 1300s, there were not enough cats anymore to chase rats and disease spread rapidly across the country.

Largo Agentina Rome

Today, organised volunteers and the neighbourhood “gattare”(=cat ladies who feed cats) look after Rome’s felines. The most famous gattare was Italian movie star Anna Magnani, known for feeding the stray cats of Trastevere with pots of pasta.

Anna Magnani with one of her cats

Anna Magnani with one of her cats


So on your next trip to Rome, look out for the cats of Torre Argentina, the Colosseum and the garden of Trajan. Beautiful animals majestically perching on marble columns, looming over Italy’s ancient cultural treasures. What a sight!

Gatti di Roma Largo Argentina




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