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Posted on September 12, 2017

Transitional staple: The jumpsuit

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Rocking that romper by Max and Co. Straw bag by Sicily Bag.

Phew, summer has flown by and now it’s time for the falling leaves, shorter days and chillier nights.  It’s been super busy for me, settling into my new job at Amazon as well as finding my feet in Berlin. The move from London last year still feels so fresh and raw and being a foreigner in my home town has had its challenges!

When life gets busy like this, I’d like to grab comfortable yet stylish wardrobe staples.  Taa da, meet the jumpsuit.  It’s modern and looks pulled together without trying too hard. In summer, just wear it solo, in autumn, just throw on a blazer, a cardi, a denim jacket, a bomber jacket, a tuxedo, a leather jacket, I could go on and on. Dress it up or down, in sneakers or high heels. See, the options are endless!

I love my jumpsuits to be made of comfy jersey material that doesn’t cling to the body but drapes around it in a flattering way. I prefer dark colours as they are slimming and make the jumpsuit look elegant and dressy from desk to Happy Hour!

I’m wearing a two toned jumpsuit by Max and Co, sandals by Minelli and Sicilian straw bag by Sicily Bag.

Lace coffa straw bag by Sicily Bag.

Posted on June 22, 2017

Meow! Favourite summer trend Cat prints

Featured/ Romantique/ Shirts

I’m wearing: Cat blouse by Max Mara weekend. Denim by AG Jeans. Straw basket by Sicily Bag.

I’m overjoyed to see cat prints everywhere this season to add to my growing feline centric fashion collection ;-).

A maritime and breezy blue-white striped shirt topped up with a Peter Pan collar and embroidered cat prints? I’m in! Max Mara Weekend’s latest capsule cat print collection “Chatmise” epitomises all my dreams come true!

Pair your stylish cat eye sunglasses with the playful print.  If you’re unsure if you can pull this off, start with just a cat embroidered collar to ease into the trend.

Cat embroidered collar blouse. Another delectable piece by Max Mara Weekend.

Cat print blouse by Max Mara Weekend. Polka dot shorts by J Crew.

Fellow cat lady Alexa Chung wearing a cat print dress by Louis Vuitton.

Posted on April 17, 2017

Spring coats: Of Kitten and Waffles

Coats/ Featured/ Romantique

Yay! What seemed liked an endless, cold winter in Berlin is finally over! Now we play the typical April game of bouncing between sparkling summery weather and cloudy grey gloom! 

It’s time to hang up my snuggly arctic parka and opt for something lighter: My current key pieces are a cutesy kitten print coat and a waffle coatigan! 

Admittedly, you have to look closely to spot the kitten heads within the floral pattern of my jacquard coat by Paul and Joe Sister (The French designer known for Parisian chic with a twist and a dollop of kitten sweetness on top). Thanks to Rebel for snapping this up for me at TK Maxx! 

My other favourite spring coat is a Chanel-esque coatigan by Max & Co. A few years back I photographed a stylish Londoner wearing a similar quilted waffle coat in baby blue at Fashion Week. While she totally pulled this off, the colored pattern dangerously bordered bathroom robe chic. What I love about my coat is the easy wearability with dresses or denim, plus its black colour gives it a grown-up, elegant feel reminiscent of a black quilted chanel bag. 

I am wearing: Quilted knitted coat by Max & Co. Cropped Jeans by AG Jeans. Straw Bag by Sicily Bag. Pink satin sneakers by Superga. Banana earrings by N2 Les Nereides.

Spring feeling at Prenzlauer Berg

Meow! Who can spot the kitten heads within the florals? Coat by Paul and Joe sister. Boucle bag by Zara.

Flashback to 2014 London Fashion Week and this fabulous waffle coat!

Posted on February 12, 2017

Why the shearling coat is worth investing in

Coats/ Featured/ London/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

Just a few weeks left of this longest winter in history, or at least it feels that way! Winter is still keeping us in it’s freezing grip as if to prove it still has a few weeks hold over us!

It’s hard to find a coat that keeps you warm as well as looking decently stylish.  The shearling coat is one of those and went through a renaissance last year thanks to Acne’s biker style shearling coat, worn by many celebs including our favourite style icon Alexa Chung.

Formerly knows as sheepskin coat, the toasty jacket looks modern in urban shapes like a parka or a biker jacket. Its versatility is the biggest plus: Wear it up or down, pairing it with  your cocktail dress or your jeans and breton shirt like Parisians do!

I’m giving my shearling parka (Stefanel)  a French makeover, paired with red beret, casual jeans (Boss Orange) and chelsea boots (AGL). Sicilian embroidered basket by Sicily Bag. 

Street style London in Soho

Alexa Chung going all British on us with her Burberry scarf and Acne velocite shearling jacket.

Karli Kloss prooves that the shearling jacket can also be rocked over an romantique plaid skirt and boots.

Red beret by Seeberger.

Read more about my favourite coats:

The pink eggshape wool coat

The arctic parka 

The Duffle coat 

The French caban jacket aka the peat coat 

The patterned statement coat 

 

 

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 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.

Rebel winter pea coat berlin streetstyle

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.

Winter parka hox berlin style

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.

ebel winter pea coat berlin streetstyle

Overlooking Berlin's most beautiful Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt.

Overlooking Berlin’s most beautiful Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt.

Christmas Market at Gendarmenmarkt

Posted on November 13, 2016

Archive by Alexa – A classic Chung Coat

Coats/ Featured/ Icons/ Romantique

emplar coat by Alexa Chung Marks and Spencers and Sicily Bag Straw bag

I’ve always adored Alexa Chung’s French flair. Rebel and I often reference her effortless style. So what a lucky coincidence it was when I visited London on the precise weekend that Alexa launched her Marks & Spencer collection “Archive by Alexa”.

Alexa raided the fashion archives of M&S to hand pick standout pieces and relaunch them, some with a contemporary twist. One of my good friends secured the pea coat coat “Templar” and I was sold instantly. The sailor coat with double breasted gold buttons, velvet stitched collar and princess cut is a French chic dream come true. Originally a children’s coat in the 90s, Alexa upsized and remodeled this gem to give 2016 a much needed boost!

The good news for all Pan European fashionistas is that M&S deliver across Europe! So we can all indulge in a bit of Alexa Brit Chic!

Style this classic coat like me with opaque tights and flat, knee-high boots, or try classic Alexa style with ankle boots and jeans. To make your ensemble even more “Alexa”, pair with a Jane Birkin style Sicily Bag or other straw accessory!

Templar coat by Alexa Chung Marks and Spencers and Sicily Bag Straw bag

Bucket by Sophie Hulme and brown flat boots by Sergio Rossi.

Archive by Alexa Chung Marks and Spencer coat Kensington

Templar coat by Alexa Chung Marks and Spencers and Sicily Bag Straw bag

Posted on October 24, 2016

The candy coloured Jackie Dress or why I love the 60s!

Dresses/ Featured/ Icons/ Romantique

Max Mara pink wool dress

We all know those days; the ones where you wake, sift through your overflowing wardrobe, and there is nothing to wear. Nothing seems to align with your mood, fit with your new coat, complement your work shoes. The day has barely begun, you’re late for work and already pangs of stress are beginning! That’s the moment where I like to cut through the complexity and grab a simple dress. A dress so that I don’t have to worry about matching top to bottom. No pattern, just a  mono coloured fresh hue complementing my skin, cut in a comfortable timeless shape. This is where classic brands like Max Mara are your best friends. No matter what the fashion fad du jour says, you can always rely on a simply cut dress in their collection. Jackie Kennedy knew that looking flawless is about the classic looks. Mind you she did live in the 50s / 60s , having the best fashion of the decade at her fingertips! Good news for us is that 60s fashion looks incredibly modern today. Look at Twiggy and Grace Coddington below. These two would rock any street style competition in 2016!

I’m wearing bordeaux coloured Oxford lace-ups to prevent this dress from looking too sugary sweet. Hand embroidered metal bracelet by Camille Enrico.  I’m in love with these hand embroidered metal bracelets by the  French designer. A piece of jewellry close to my heart as it was a present from the team I worked with previously in London.

Max Mara pink wool dress pom pom raffia bag

Dress and shoes by Max Mara. Raffia pom pom bucket bag by Sicily Bag. Sunnies by Prada.

Max and Co black coat Street style Berlin

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Grace Coddington and Twiggy in timeless designs

Jackie in the Pantone colour of the year 2016!

Jackie in the Pantone colour of the year 2016!

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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Sister Selfie

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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

London Kensington Sicily Bag Sofia

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

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