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Posted on May 1, 2017

The Holy Grail of Fashion: The Trenchcoat

Coats/ Rebel

The same applies to the classic trench coat. A permanent resident in your wardrobe and the ideal staple to stroll in the city when the autumnal wind is whistling or the spring rain is pouring down on you.

The best trench coats come in all shapes and sizes, from neutral shades in classic shapes to stand-out voluminous, textured and colourful styles guaranteed to liven-up your wardrobe. It’s a timeless classic I believe every girl should own.

What I wore: Trenchcoat by Jaeger, jeans by Max Mara Weekend, Shoes by Graceland

Posted on May 1, 2017

The Comeback of the Polo Shirt

Rebel

The Polo Shirt comes out of the closet and back into Fashion. Now that the temperatures have officially started to rise, it’s time to start sporting our warm weather must-haves. One such staple for me is  the polo shirt. See the coolest non-preppy ways to wear the revamped the polo shirt this spring and summer.

A polo shirt with modern denim shapes? Absolutely.

A polo shirt with a silk skirt? Definitely.

Thanks to a few modern styling tricks!

So go ahead, give the polo shirt a whirl this summer season!

Posted on January 15, 2017

At home with Romantique and Rebel – Interior Pastel Chic

Decor/ Featured/ Rebel/ Romantique
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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

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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!

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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.

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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 December 11, 2016

Berlin Cold Weather Style

Coats/ Featured/ Rebel/ Romantique

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Winter style doesn’t have to be boring! Sub zero temperatures mean you can experiment with lots of knitted accessories, layering and toasty cocoon coats and throws.

On a recent trip to the opening of the Christmas markets in Berlin, Rebel and I wrapped up warmly in our favourite winter staples to combat the cold.

Rebel winter style:

“Never without my converse chucks” is Rebel’s motto in winter too. Pop a lambskin insole into your Converse and you’re good to go in the colder season. Complete the look with laid back, perennial French  basics such as the beret and the nautical pea coat. A red checkered scarf provides a pop of colour in the bleaker season.

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Rebel is wearing: Pea coat by Calvin Klein. Beret by Seeberger. Culotte denim by Jbrand. Red checkered scarf by Gant. Personlised converse chucks.

Romantique winter style:

After moving from London to Berlin a few months ago, I decided I need an arctic parka to keep me warm in Berlin’s notoriously cold winter. I’ve been pampered by the ever so grey and wet but mild marine climate in the UK. After all, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing! After plenty of research I invested in a classic green down parka with an over-sized, straight cut. It goes with virtually everything from my beloved round collar dresses to denim or skirts. I can even walk 4 km to work in this baby in -4 degrees and not feel the cold.

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Romantique is wearing: Arctic down parka by HOX. Teal coloured bucket bag by Sophie Hulme. Bordeaux oxford lace-ups by Max Mara.

Berlin winter street style nutcracker

Keeping the memory of summer alive with fun banana earrings.

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Overlooking Berlin's most beautiful Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt.

Overlooking Berlin’s most beautiful Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt.

Christmas Market at Gendarmenmarkt

Posted on October 3, 2016

H&M Floral Bohemian Maxi Dress

Dresses/ Rebel

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 Sometimes H&M has something exciting that surprises me like this Gucci-esque  floral bohemian maxi dress.

Fast fashion items like this usually don’t survive more than a few washings. But that’s not the point. H&M outfits are not made for eternity, they are aone hit wonder and fun stuff – in demand only for a brief time.

I wore this H&M floral maxi dress recently on a sunny bicycle tour on Sunday.


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My H&M Outfit: Floral Maxi Dress by H&M, Leather Jacket by Michael Kors, Bag by LOVE Moschino, Shoes by Converse

 

 

Posted on September 25, 2016

Florida Vacation Outfits

Rebel/ Travel/ Wardrobe

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What to wear on vaction? Get inspired by my travel essentials from three weeks of holiday in Florida.  It’s all easy and simple to wear and at the same time modern and stylish.

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Simple black T-shirt with a skirt by Zara

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Simple black t-shirt again and trousers by Moschino

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Beachstyle: Dress by H&M, headscarf by Versace

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 Havaianas Flip Flops by Charlotte Olympia

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Wandering in Miami Wynwood: Levis 501 CT, Blouse by JCrew

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Sicilian straw basket by Sicily Bag, shoes by Sam Edelmann, Skirt by Zara

Posted on August 14, 2016

Romantique and Rebel in Berlin Kreuzberg

Berlin/ Featured/ Rebel/ Romantique

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Now that I’m back in Berlin, you will see a lot more posts of R&R back together in action! Last weekend, Rebel drove down from Hamburg. Rather than doing our usual rounds in Mitte, we decided to explore somewhere different. We strolled through Berlin’s Kreuzberg. The once shabby, alternative borough used to be isolated in the divided city. Today, after reunification, Kreuzberg has gone through a renaissance like no other area in Berlin. It’s central location in the reunified Berlin and the prevalence of 19th century Art Deco architecture made it a hotspot for affluent global hipsters. Buildings were restored to their glorious selves and the best eateries made Kreuzberg their homes!

Palais am Hofgarten Art Deco Kreuzberg Berlin

Street style Berlin Kreuzberg Max Mara dress

The stately homes in Kreuzberg ooze Parisian style! So I’m doing it the Gaelic way, wearing a classic shift dress by Max Mara with a casual beach item: The Sicilian straw bag by Sicily Bag.

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Rebel is casually chic, wearing J crew pointy flats, boyfriend jeans by Hugo Boss, shirt by Zara and Army-esque chic jacket by Closed.

Street style Berlin Kreuzberg Max Mara dress

Shoes by Max & Co, bucket bag by Sophie Hulme and sunglasses by Miu Miu.

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Posted on July 8, 2016

Romantique and Rebel – Flashback to the last time we frollicked in London

Featured/ London/ Rebel/ Romantique

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Having recently relocated from London to Berlin, Rebel and reminisced about our sisterly times in London.

We’re none too pleased at the UK’s “Brexit” decision. The British isles were my home for 11 years and while they were always a bit different than the continent, the U.K. was firmly part of the EU. After all, London is a big European melting pot and Paris is only a two hour train ride away.One of our all-time favourite places in London is South Kensington, aka little Paris (due to the presence of Frenchies living here, French bakeries, pharmacies and schools). You can feast your eyes on the stately and manicured homes, have a crêpe at the Duke square or pop by the famous Hummingbird bakery for a cheesecake chocolate brownie.

Compared to London’s Shoreditch that we visited just a day prior, we were taken aback by the fact that the beautiful gardens in the area are locked and only accessible for the (mostly wealthy) residents. A public park not open to all residents? Sometimes the classist nature of UK society is inescapable, like we’ve been transported back in time and straight into a Downton Abbey episode.

Rebel London Kensington Street STyle

Being part of the European Union and the continent surely helped to break down these barriers which is why we’re dismayed at the decision. There is a bit of a precedent in Europe for referendums not necessarily being accepted and acted upon by governments (Greek bailout anyone?), so lets keep our fingers crossed that this all fades away into nothingness! Wishful thinking?

Rebel Streetstyle South Kensingston London Creperie

Rebel is wearing: Denim by J Brand, leopard printed ankle boots. Cat eye lace sunglasses by Valentino.

Romantique London Stret Style Sicily Bag Sofia

Romantique is wearing: Navy Blue lace dress by Pinko. Ankle boots by AGL Attilio Giusi Leombruni. Sicilian straw bag (coffa)  “Sofia” by Sicily Bag. 

Rebel is wearing cat eye sunglasses by Valentino.

Rebel is wearing cat eye sunglasses by Valentino.

Sicilian Straw Bag (coffa) by Sicily Bag

Sicilian Straw Bag (coffa) by SicilyBag.com

Posted on June 26, 2016

How to wear a Millefleurs blouse?

Rebel/ Shirts

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How to wear a millefleurs blouse? Millefleurs is French and means thousand flowers,  a background or style of many different small flowers and plants.

IMG_8382 I wear: Millefleur Shirt by Hallhuber, Black Sunglasses by Paul Smith

Millefleur shirts are really cute and and very, very  feminine – usually way too romantic for me  but I do love the millefleurs prints and pattern. If you  are more of a Rebel type and not 100% Romantique than you have to clash your millefleur blouse with some cool girl accessories to avoid the frumpy housewife look!

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I wear: Floral Blouse by Ralph Lauren, black Skinny Jeans by H&M

For me there is only one style combination of a millefleur shirt that works:

Cool Jeans (for me skinny fit), Converse high top in black, white or blue and edgy sunglasses- see Alexa Chung, there is nothing to add, she nails it yet again!

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Posted on May 16, 2016

Never say Never in Fashion

Denim/ Featured/ Rebel

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I usually only wear skinny jeans, but recently  I’ve become a believer in boyfriend jeans. I’ve long ignored this fashion piece which has become a staple thanks to its relaxed fit and lived in look.

How could that happen?

“Never say never in Fashion, because you’ll be wearing “Never” in two years time.” (Alexa Chung) I said “never” to Boyfriend Jeans but if you never try, you will never know – I learned it’s working for fashion too.

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Boyfit jeans look great paired with everything from a basic T-shirt to a chic Blazer, and they lend versatility in terms of shoe choice: you can wear them with everything from Converse to sky-high stilettos or flats.

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I wear: Boyfit Jeans by REPLAY, T-Shirt by H&M, Jumper by POLO RALPH LAUREN, Flats by CARVELLA, Sunnies by PAUL SMITH

 

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