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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. 

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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 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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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

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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 March 21, 2016

London’s Hipster East: What to do in Shoreditch

Featured/ London/ Rebel/ Romantique

 

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On Rebel’s recent visit to London, I was determined to show her a new side to London that she hadn’t experienced previously; The cool and historic East. Whilst Rebel and I prefer the manicured gardens and cultural landmarks of of West London (Kensington & Notting Hill), London is very diverse with different pockets that all have their own unique feel and atmosphere. London’s East used to feel very gritty, shabby and run down before it arose as one of London’s most expensive areas thanks to gentrification by creative industries and tech start-ups.

At Redchurch Street

At Redchurch Street

Shoreditch and neighbouring Brick Lane have an urban feel with their views to the high rise buildings of the City of London. mixed in with factories, lofts and industrial buildings. Home to celebrities such as Keira Knightly and London’s best restaurants and bars, this pocket feels like real London. Not tooo polished and established. You can dress and live without being judged and simply be accepted for who you are. No one will bat an eyelid when you wear Doc Martins and pink hair. Or a Bavarian dirndl. Or whatever you feel like! Make no mistake though, this is not Berlin Kreuzberg: Shoreditch is hugely popular and rents are out of control. If you bought a flat here 10 years ago, chances are you are a millionaire now. Expensive Italian designer labels have taken up commercial space in the hope that London’s East coolness will rub off on them.

Street art in Shoreditch

Street art in Shoreditch. Rebel is wearing sunnies by Stella McCartney and stripey jumper by St James.

What to do in Shoreditch:

  • Stroll along Redchurch Church Street. Browse the designer shops and have a coffee and brownie from one of the many independent café’s
  • Eat at Pizza East for arguably London’s best pizza, at  Andina Restaurant for the best Peruvian food or gorge on Honest Burger, my favourite in London (forget Patty & Bun and Meat Liquor!)
  • Don’t run into a hipster
  • Check out the street art
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Shoreditch impressions

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So good! Honest Burger

Very East London: For her exhibition in Jan 2016 , Annie Leibovitz chose an unused power station. Just like her portraits, free of fake glamour.

Very East London: For her exhibition, Annie Leibovitz chose an unused power station in Wapping, East London. Just like her portraits, free of fake glamour.

Posted on February 3, 2016

Romantique and Rebel Style French Beret

Accessoires/ Featured/ London/ Rebel/ Romantique

French Beret Street style London

The fashion sisters are back together in London again! When we brain stormed subjects for a new sisters fashion blog post, we couldn’t wait to show our readers  two different styles on how to wear the classic French beret. Romantique or Rebel, which one are you?

Rebel:

The French beret is back on the fashion scene with a vengeance! It was seen on all catwalks, from Saint Laurent to Gucci. In my opinion, the beret was unfairly underestimated for much too long. It’s such a simple accessory yet receives maximum impact. Women wearing berets looks intelligent as well as cute. But when you’re in your mid forties, do you still want to look like a girly student? Can one be too old for the beret? I don’t think so! The gallic hat is timeless and the secret is all in what you pair the it with.

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Gucci lovingly styled the beret girly with ruffles and a pussy bow blouse.  I’m not a girl anymore and don’t want to pretend to be one, so this style is out of the question for me.

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On the other hand, the Saint Laurent’s beret runway style has nothing playful or girly about it. The beret stands for confidence and nonchalance – attributes us women over 45+ can relate to easily!

French Beret Street style London

Rebel is wearing: Leopard ankle boots by Neil Barrett, high  waisted skinny jeans “Maria” by J Brand, bomber jacket by Kuyichi, jewel collar by River Island, embellished straw bag by Sicily Bag, beret by Seeberger.

Romantique:

I love the Parisian, classic French Style so a beret is a must-have item in my wardrobe. It’s not a fickle, trendy accessory but a timeless piece that never goes out of style. I own the beret in two colours: In classic navy blue and in orange-red to brighten up darker or monochrome outfits.

I love to pair the beret with classic French pattern such as  Breton sailor stripes or Vichy gingham checks. Add a feminine lace collar et voila, you instantly exude French charm!

red Beret Street Style London

Romantique is wearing: Gingham Vichy trousers by Max & Co. Lace collar shirt by Hallhuber. Beret by Seeberger. Little embellished coffa straw bag by Sicily Bag. Sunglasses by Valentino.

Red Beret Style and Stripey breton shirt

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Un café au lait, s’il vous plait!

Posted on January 24, 2016

Sicilian Lemon Yellow – Get in the mood for summer

Australia/ Bags/ Dresses/ Featured/ Romantique
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Jump!

I know know, I’m very lucky to escape to Australia every winter to get a healthy dose of vitamin D, sand between my toes, watermelon and shrimp on the barbie food feasts! All the while Europe is wrapped up snug to survive winter. The good news is that summer is coming in Europe and hopefully my Australian summer outfits I’m going to share in the next few weeks will make you excited for the summer to come!

My favourite summer colour is yellow! It’s the kind of colour that suits every skin tone: From dark mustard yellow to light citrus yellow. You can go all out dressed head to toe in a yellow dress like me, or just set an accent by wearing a yellow blouse or yellow shorts.

Bondi Beach Straw Coffa Bag

For a stunning beach day at iconic Bondi Beach, I’m wearing a dress by Calvin Klein, accented by a brown belt, leopard print toe sandals and my beloved straw coffa bag by Sicily Bag. For those of you who don’t know the story behind Sicily Bag: In summer 2015, I travelled to Sicily and instantly fell in love with the brightly embellished straw bags. I have since opened an online boutique, spreading the pom pom love whilst supporting an age old craft. Every bag is handmade by local artisan Luigi in Palermo and  each bag is one of a kind.

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Sicilian Straw Bag Sicily Bag

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I’m wearing:

Yellow Dress by Calvin Klein

Toe Sandals in leopard print by Unisa

Straw Coffa Bag by Sicily Bag

Straw Panama hat by Billabong

Posted on January 6, 2016

Summer in Sydney: Top 5 things to do

Australia/ Featured/ Romantique/ Wardrobe
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Overlooking Bondi Beach at New Years Day 2016.

Every year over Christmas and New Year, I’m lucky enough to fly to the other end of the world, to Australia, to meet up with Mr Romantique’s family and friends, to enjoy Australia’s fresh produce and to relax on one of the best beaches in Sydney. Whilst I aim to do something new every year, I also love revisiting my favourite spots in Sydney. As a sun-deprived European in winter, you can imagine that most of the spots are related to beaches and outdoor activities. Here’s a list of my Top 5 things to do when in Sydney:

Bondi Beach / Icebergs pool / Bondi to Bronte walk:

I have a love-hate relationship with Australia’s most iconic beach Bondi. In summer, this bustling beach is invaded by hordes of tatooed backpackers and plastic-fantastic gym junkies. On the other hand, Bondi boasts the finest, sugary white sand, an array of nearby coffee shops and restaurants as well as the most stunning beach walk Bondi to Bronte. Last but not least, Icebergs Swimming club houses a pool built into the sea on the Southern end of the beach. A stunning landmark!

Iceberg's swimming pool.

Icebergs swimming pool.

Sydney Fish Markets

For seafood lovers, this iconic destination is a must-see pilgrimage when visiting Sydney. A plethora of busy and hectic stands offers the freshest of seafood imaginable. The market is a working port where the fishermens’ catches are auctioned each day. Whether you are wanting delicious prawns to take home and barbeque, fresh oysters to eat on the spot, or grilled takeaway to eat by the water with the pelicans, your taste buds will thank you. For desert, try the chocolate-covered, giant strawberries.

Fresh oysters from the Sydney fish market.

Fresh oysters from the Sydney fish market.

Mr Romantique on the ferry to Circular Quay.

Mr Romantique on the ferry to Circular Quay.

Catch the ferry to the Opera House and Harbour Bridge

A stunning way to see Sydney’s most recognisable sights is to take a ferry to the city. Enjoy the salty breeze and the stunning views and alight at Circular Quay, just a short walk from the Sydney Opera House, the historic area of the Rocks, the Harbour Bridge and the Botanic gardens.

Romantique Sydney Opera House with Sicily Bag.

At the Opear House, I’m wearing straw bag by SicilyBag.com, skirt by Moschino, sandals by L’Autre Chose.

Relax at one of Sydney’s secrets swimming spots

There are many secret little harbour beaches, secret tips passed on only by the best of friends. One of my favourites is Gordons Bay. Reminiscent of Italian beaches with it’s turquoise, calm waters and the rocky cliffs, this little gem is perfect for snorklers and relaxation for stressed city dwellers.

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Gordon’s bay. Straw bag by SicilyBag.com

Walk along the unspoilt beaches of the North

If you love empty, wild beaches that go on for kilometers, you will fall in love with Sydney’s Northern beaches. Long stretches of golden, endless sand are made for beach walks. My favourites are Mona Vale, Whale Beach and Palm Beach. The latter being my all time favourite beach in Sydney!!

Posted on November 27, 2015

Sisters style: One coat, two styles

Berlin/ Coats/ Featured/ Rebel/ Romantique

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Romantique and Rebel are back together again for another weekend in Berlin. This time, we replicated what we always did when we were kids: Raiding our mum’s wardrobe! Oh the perks of having a stylish mother.

We chose a chic herringbone egg-shaped coat by Max and Co and decided we would both wear it, showcasing how one piece of clothing can look different depending on how you style and pair it, all based on our different personalities.

Rebel:

To ensure a curving coat looks chic, think about what you wear underneath. It is a silhouette that works particularly well if your general way of dressing is skinny-legged, i.e. slim trousers or short skirts. I paired mine with skinny jeans and pointy boots. Pointy shoes, whether they are flats, heels or boots, always elongate the leg.

Avoid wearing knee-length skirts or wide legged trousers or you will look like a marshmallow!

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Romantique:

Egg-shaped coats are cleverly romantic and feminine without alluding to the traditional hourglass silhouette.

The voluminous shape of the cocoon coat lends itself to pairing it with a shorter skirt and ballet pumps.

The leopard-print pointy ballet pumps serve as an eye-catcher against the grey colour and a mini pattern clash with the herringbone coat.

Sometimes, grey can drain the complexion so I perked up my make-up with a matte, pigmented red lipstick (blue based) to pop against the coat.

Romantique Street Style Berlin Egg shape coat and BERET

I’m wearing: Coat by Max & Co. Black turtle neck jumper by Max & Co. Grey knitted pleat skirt by Stefanel. Leopard printed flats with leather bow by Kurt Geiger & navy beret by House of Fraser.

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Rebel Stret style Berlin Egg shaped coat beret

How would you style the egg-shaped coat? A la Romantique, with skirt and ballet pumps, or like Rebel with skinny jeans?

Romantique street style berlin egg shape coat

Posted on October 25, 2015

Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Exhibition at London’s Saatchi Gallery

Accessoires/ Featured/ Icons/ London/ Romantique
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Two words are posted on the door of Gabrielle Chanel’s workshop at rue Cambon: Mademoiselle Privé

I’ve been to many fashion and style exhibitions in London, but the current Coco Chanel exhibition at the Saatchi gallery is my absolute favourite and a must-see for any lover of Madame Chanel’s aesthetic taste. Previously, I’ve been disappointed with very small exhibits or shows guarded by rather fierce looking security personnel threatening to confiscate my camera for trying to record memories on my camera or phone ( The “Italian Fashion” exhibit at the V&A springs to mind)!

The Coco Chanel exhibition at the Saatchi gallery not only tolerates cameras and phones, but encourages visitors to walk through the gallery with their smart phone in hand. The purpose built app works with beacon technology; point the phone to any room in the gallery and the app will bring it to life with augmented reality images and videos of Mademoiselle Chanel. A bold move for a traditional brand that still hasn’t entered the e-commerce field.

The haute couture dresses are displayed on lighting rods displaying the details of the incredible fine and skilful craftsmanship.

The haute couture dresses are displayed on lighting rods displaying the details of the incredible fine and skilful craftsmanship.

The show is a subtle homage to Karl Lagerfeld – the man who resurrected a dying, French brand and turned it into a global icon. Year after year, he reinvented Coco’s signature style key ingredients such as the signature bouclé tweed costumes, quilted leather, pearls, embroidery with flowers, feathers and gemstones – all corner stones of the exhibit.

Coco inspired Karl and fascinates people to this day because she was ahead of her time and liberated woman with her designs and taste that are as relevant today as they ever were.

Street style Chanel Saatchi Exhibition Oct 2015

A Chanel fan dressed from head to toe in Chanel. Love the oversized pearls!

Chanel Lemarie workshop Saatchi Gallery Oct 2015

Visitors can attend one of three workshops on Lesage embroidery, Lemarie feather and flower making and Chanel No 5 olfactive workshop.

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Stroll through the reconstructed boutique at Rue Cambon, complete with the iconic staircase flanked by mirror walls, through a room full of hat boxes, resembling Coco’s first studio in Deauville.

Chanel exhibition Saatchi Gallery Scented room
Walk into the heady perfume room and watch bubbling, colourful cauldrons open and close, revealing the finest ingredients of the famous Chanel scents blended by olfactory artisans.

Lily Collins Chanel diamond bow necklace Saatchi exhibtion Oct 2015
Coco’s diamonds: In 1932, Coco designed her first and only high jewellery collection, creating innovative new designs, rendering the previous styles out of date. For the first time, she didn’t make the diamond the centre piece, but lines and patterns as in couture . She selected five themes for her bijoux collection: The magic of the stars, the rays of the sun, the fluidity of ribbons, the innocence of fringes and the lightness of feathers. Breaking with tradition, she refused to exhibit her jewels on black cushions, but instead styled them on wax mannequins in  her private apartment at 29 Fabourg St Honore
In the exhibit, portraits of stars such as Lily Collins, Kristen Stewart, Keira Knightly and Vanessa Paradis, are shown wearing the stunning pieces.

Chanel Exhibtion Saatchi Gallery Oct 2015

A typical Chanel boucle tweed jacket worn over a tulle skirt: Coco adopted nonchalant elegance, straight cuts and minimalism at a time when silhouettes of wasp waits and puffy A-line skirts dominated. Her timeless and visionary designs can be worn today whilst looking modern and chic.
Chanel chains Saatchi Exhibition Oct 2015
In the sensory room, visitors can touch and wander through swathes of Chanel couture fabrics including the famous bouclé tweeds. A bucket full of Chanel chains invites you to let your fingers run through the heavy chains.

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