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Posted on January 24, 2016

Sicilian Lemon Yellow – Get in the mood for summer

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Jump!

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.

Sicilian Straw Bag Sicily Bag

Sicilian Straw Bag Sicily Bag

Bondi Beach YEllow Street Style

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
Bondi Beach Australia Sicily Bag

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.

Gordon's bay.

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 March 10, 2015

Top 5 Beach Restaurants in Sydney

Australia/ Featured/ Travel

Boat House Sydney Vichy Gingham dress

Sydney is a gourmet’s delight, thanks to its fresh produce and seafood plucked straight from the ocean. There is no finer cuisine while imbibing the breathtaking ocean views, and enjoying the mesmerising sound of the waves and holiday atmosphere.

Here are my Top 5 beach-side restaurants in Sydney:

Hugos Manly Sydney Australia beach restaurant 5. Hugos

Hugos is a waterfront restaurant located at Manly’s wharf, treating patrons with its unfettered view of the harbour beach and incoming ferries. Known for the best pizza in Australia (!!!!), Hugos never disappoints. My favourites are the fig & gorgonzola pizza and the watermelon cocktail.

Table for two at the Pantry, overlooking Manly beach

Table for two at the Pantry, overlooking Manly beach

4. The Pantry

You cannot get closer to the ocean than sitting at a table at the Pantry, overlooking Manly beach. The distressed beachy interior design adds to the rustic fisherman flair. Must-eats are the creamy oysters and the grilled lemon sole with almond crust. To die for!

My recommendation at the Pantry: Grilled Whole Lemon Sole Almondine w/ almonds & brown butter

My recommendation at the Pantry: Grilled Whole Lemon Sole Almondine w/ almonds & brown butter

3. The Dunes Kiosk, Palm Beach

Palm beach is about an hour away from Sydney’s centre, a real holiday getaway. It’s no surprise that Aussie celebrities and millionaires choose this picture-perfect peninsula as their base. “Palmy” is classy but not snooty, and cute beach-side cafe “The Dunes” represents that relaxed flair beautifully. Right near the ocean (no views, but you can smell and hear the sea), the cafe charms with the unique blue and white striped “Strandkörbe”. These German beach wicker chairs usually reside at the Baltic Sea, yet look just as fitting down at the other end of the world.

Foodwise, try their battered fish or – if you’re calorie conscious – their healthy delicious salds.

The Dunes Kiosk Sydney Australia Palm Beach

Sitting comfortably in my “Strandkorb” at Dunes

 

2. Barrenjoey House, Palm Beach

A landmark at Palmy with beautiful views to the riverside of the peninsula, this is an absolute gem. The lovely beachy decor calls for a bucket of cold prawns (highly recommended) or grilled flathead on chips.

Barrenjoey House, Palm Beach, Sydney, Australia

Shabby Beach Chic at Barrenjoey

 

1. The Boathouse, Palm Beach

My all-time favourite restaurant is The Boathouse, a magical place, residing on stilts, literally above the water. I wish I could copy and paste the decor of the restaurant into my own flat – romantic shabby Hampton chic at its best! Watch the waterplanes land right in front of you whilst tucking into a steak sandwhich.  Whilst the food is decent, I prefer the cuisine at Barrenjoey House. However, for location and flair alone, the boathouse is unbeatable.

The Boat House Palm Beach Sydney Australia

Mr Romantique chilling at the pier of the boathouse

The Boat House Palm Beach Sydney Australia

Posted on January 17, 2015

Beachy Stripes

Australia/ Dresses/ Romantique

Stripey dress Avalon Beach Australia

We’ve been back in the UK for a week now, after three weeks in the Aussie sun. Whilst my body is busy adjusting from simmering hot summer to bitterly cold European winter, I’m indulging in the enjoyeous task of sifting through hundreds of holiday pictures with the aim of culling all but the cream.

These were snapped in peachy,  late afternoon light at Avalon beach, one of Sydney’s Northerrn beaches. I much prefer these less crowded, under commercialised beaches to the more famous backpacker havens of Bondi and Manly. Sporting golden yellow sand, these unspoilt gems are further bolstered by  delectable eateries and shabby beach style aestehtics straight out of a coffee table book.

Nailing beach style, I’m wearing one of my favourite summer staples: Stripes. I love them in all shapes and forms: From nautical to coloured, from bold and blocked to thin and delicate. The silk material is perfect to combat Sydney’s hot, humid climate.

Stripey dress Avalon Beach Australia

Pink Ray Ban mirrored. Stripey dress Avalon Beach Australia

I’m wearing:

  • Stripey Dress by Antoni & Alison
  • Cross body bag by Moschino
  • Mirroed pink avviator shades by Ray Ban
  • Beauty Note:
  • Lipstick “Heatwave” (how fitting!) by Nars

Stripey dress Avalon Beach Australia

 

 

Posted on January 2, 2015

Fashion Sisters: Happy New Year from Snowy Berlin and Sunny Sydney

Australia/ Berlin/ Rebel/ Romantique

Sisters Fashion streetstyle Berlin and Sydney

 

Wishing you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year 2015!

Rebel and I have been spending Christmas and New Year’s Eve on two separate ends of the world: Rebel in wintery Berlin, Germany whilst I’m enjoying the summer in the Southern Hemisphere in Sydney, Australia.

Our outifts for New Year’s day could not be more different:

Rebel in chilly Berlin

Just after Christmas, Berlin turned into a magical winterwonderland with temperatures of -3 degrees Celsius. To cover up stylishly, Rebel is wearing an egg-shaped wintercoat (great to layer up under neath) and essential winter ankle boots with a rubber sole for the slushy snow. She  bought these beauties in the sale  at my favourite shoe online store shoescribe. Amazing bargain!

  • Grey, oversized egg-shape coat by Max & Co
  • Black Skinny Jeans by Zara
  • winterboots by Jil Sander Navy
  • Cross-body bag bought at TK Maxx
Rebel streetstyle Berlin Max and co eggshape coat jil sander navy ankle boots

Winter Streetstyle Berlin

 

Romantique in sunny Sydney:

I’m lucky to spend three weeks every year in Australia to break up the grim European winter for an injection of vitamin D. For a perfect summer day at Newport beach, I’m wearing the essential Fedora hat (to shield against the aggresive Aussie sun),  obligatory gingham blouse for the Southern French Brigitte Bardot flair, matching gingham flip flops and short pants. The cherry necklace adds a bit of fun too!

  • Pink gingham blouse by preppy specialist Gant
  • Navy blue hot pants with ruffle detail by Moschino Cheap & Chic
  • Cherry Necklace by N2 Les Nereides
  • Gingham flip flops by Havaianas

Sydney Streetstyle beach gingham blouse Gant

Sydney Streetstyle beach gingham blouse Gant

Beauty Note: My lipstick is “Annabella” by Nars.

 

Rebel Street style Jil Sander Navy ankle Boots

 

cherry neckalce 3

 

 

 

 

Posted on December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas from Sydney

Australia/ Dresses/ Romantique/ Travel

 

Sydney beaCH Stefanel sundress

Thanks to Mr Romantique being a Sydney sider, we spend almost every year on the other side of the world for Christmas, swapping Gluehwein with cocktails and turkey with seafood on the barbie.

I used to associate Christmas with bitterly cold winter days, watching the Nutcracker ballet in the opera and eating calorific comfort food from the Christmas markets. Over the last few years,  Australia’s Christmas has grown on me:  Seafood on the barbie, a swim in the ocean on Christmas day and dashing through the beach instead of in the snow – what’s not to like?

Today is our second day in Oz: The best way to counteract the jet lag is to go out and spend some time outdoors, getting the blood in the legs pumping . To combat the heat in humid Sydney, I’m wearing a light silk sundress from Stefanel and my new pair of gingham havaianas, how cute are they?

Where are you celebrating Christmas this year, in the bitterly cold Northern Hemisphere or in the Southern part of the world?

Australia Sydney Palm Beach the Dunes Cafe

Baltic Sea feel: German beach baskets at my favourite restaurant: The Dunes Cafe at stunning Palm Beach.

 

aussie life guard at Sydney's northerrn beaches

Aussie LIfe guard at Sydney’s Palm Beach

Mr Romanatique promoting the Aussie Christmas ;-)

Mr Romanatique promoting the Aussie Christmas

Gingham Vichy Havaianas Flip flips Mona vale beach Australia

Gingham Havis at Mona Vale, one of Sydney’s Northerrn Beaches

 

 

Posted on April 27, 2014

Happy Blog Birthday! 3 Years of Romantique and Rebel

Australia/ Dresses/ Italy/ Rebel/ Romantique/ Trousers/ Wardrobe

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3 years ago, we started our fashion blog Romantique and Rebel, borne of our love for  fashion, decor, travel and everything beautiful. It’s been a wonderful journey so far,  during which we’ve been lucky enough to forge friendships with readers, met like-minded people at fashion events and have had endless fun inspiring each other, showcasing our different styles and philosophies.

The last year has been choc full  of life-enriching events,  providing us with a wealth of  inspiration: a wedding for Romantique, travel to Italy, Spain and Australia and even a new job for Rebel. At times, it’s been challenging to update the blog regularly whilst holding down busy jobs and planning a wedding, but the satisfaction of  sharing our passions always prevails.

A huge thanks to all our wonderful readers, Twitter and Instagram followers, and Facebook fans. We love each and everyone of you!

Here’s to a great year ahead!

Enjoy these flashbacks to our most popular posts from the last 12 months.

Romantique and Rebel 3rd Birthday flower-printe-pants-zara

Mixing stripes and floral trousers: Rebel wearing Zara

Honeymoon-in-dolce-roma-2

Romantique honeymooning in the eternal city

Gatti di roma Cats rule the internet: One of our most popular post has been about the cats of Rome, Gatti di Roma

Varsity jacket springbok

Back in August 2013, Rebel was already wearing this years’ biggest trend: The sporty varsity jacket

French weeks, blue white and red outfit As part of our French weeks, we interviewed real Parisians on their style secrets and dressed solely in red, white and blue. Parfait!

Parisian Effortless Chic stripes and pearls

French weeks: Rebel showing us how to do effortless chic a la Parisienne.

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Stripey retro look a la Mad Men on the beach.

Check out our Best of Photos on flipagram.

Posted on January 24, 2014

Vichy Gingham Playsuit for a day out in Manly, Australia

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Manly Australia Gingham Playsuit Max Mara

My first weeks back in London have been super busy , I hardly had time to shift through our holiday photos, which already seems like a distant memory!

Even more reason to take time to look through the pictures and reminisce. One of our most memorable days out was a trip to Manly, a lively beach surburb North of Sydney. Just like Bondi, it’s a popular spot for backpackers, offering lots of cafes, restaurants, shops and bars. Manly has a ferry connection to the city, making it an ideal base for tourists. From the main beach, a stunning beach walk leads you to the sheltered Shelly’s beach. Shelly’s is the first choice for snorkelers, for it’s clear blue waters and surrounding  rocks, housing lots of Australia’s sea creatures.

Gingham playsuit Max Mara in Manly

For the overcast but warm and humid day, I wore:

  • Gingham Vichy playsuit by Max Mara
  • Cashmere pink cardigan from TK Maxx
  • Pink / white striped espadrilles from Bally
  • Red sunglasses from Versace
  • Mini bag from Moschino

  Australian waterdragon Manly

 On the picturesque beach path from Manly to Shelly beach, you will most likely come across the Australian Water dragon, who is at home here. It looks like a mini-dragon and belongs to the family of lizards. Notices are hung up everywhere around the beach walk reminding visitors that you will be fined with up to 6 months in prison on attempt to “take a dragon”. Thanks for pointing that out, I’m not Daenerys Stormborn from “Game of Thrones”. It’s more likely you find me pinching a kitten than a water dragon!

All cat lovers will enjoy my cat ring from Les Nereides ;-)

All cat lovers will enjoy my cat ring from Les Nereides

  Cat Ring Les Nereides

Manly Australia cloudy day

Manly was named by Capt Arthur Phillip for the indigenous people living there, stating that “their confidence and manly behaviour made me give the name of Manly Cove to this place”.

Posted on January 18, 2014

Maritime Checks, Stripes and Beach Chairs

Australia/ Dresses/ Romantique/ Travel

German beach chair in Australia

When we think about countries and their beaches, we often have stereotypes in our minds:

Think about the British seaside, and pebbly beaches, grey skies and amusement arcades spring to mind. Reminisce about American coasts, and Boardwalk Empire, hot dog stands and roller skates dominate our imagination. Australian beaches are often associated with surfers, sharks and shrimps on a barbie. And German beaches? Despite bordering two seas (the North Sea and the Baltic Sea), no distinctive image seems to be connected with the Teutonian seaside.  However, if you’ve been to one of the German beaches, you will have noticed the blue striped wicker beach baskets dotted all over the coast. The “Strandkorb” (literally Beach basket) can house two people. They were invented in Rostock in 1882  to protect against the wind, sand and sun. It features trays and expandable leg rests to make the beach day a comfortably engineered experience.

You can imagine how surprised I was to spot the familiar looking, blue striped beach chair in Australia, 20,000 miles from home! They fitted elegantly into the stunning setting of the Dune Restaurant and kiosk at Sydney’s Palm Beach.  Perhaps the owner of the restaurant was inspired during a vacation at a German or Danish seaside to import a beach chair to the Australian shores?!

See the drawer on the left hand side? It hides a foot rest to stretch your legs! The expandable roof protects against the sun and wind.

See the drawer on the left hand side? It hides a foot rest to stretch your legs! The expandable roof protects against the sun and wind. As it’s production is too complicated for machines, every beach basket is hand made.

Vichy Gingham blue dress Gant

Checks love stripes! I’m wearing a blue gingham / vichy dress from Gant, sunglasses from Ray Ban and earrings by Les Nereides.

Beach chair Australia

There are two varieties of beach chairs: The North Sea beach chair is more angular, featuring straight edges to reflect the stormy North Sea. The softer and rounder Baltic Sea chair is seen here in Sydney at Dunes.

The Beach basket in it's natural habitit at the Baltic Sea

The Beach basket in it’s natural habitat at the Baltic Sea

Posted on January 7, 2014

Return to the Boat House at Palm Beach

Australia/ Decor/ Romantique/ Travel

Boat House Sydney

A year on from my last trip to the lovely restaurant Boat House at Sydney’s Palm Beach, I revisited my favourite must-see destination. The boat house is a  beautifully decorated, relaxing restaurant built on a wooden pier, looking like out of an interior design coffee table book for “Romantic, rustic sea-side Chic”. Palm Beach, situated at Sydney’s north shore, is home to one of Sydney’s most expensive properties. It’s easy to see why: A beautiful drive through thick Sydney rainforest bushland  leads to the most unspoilt sandy beaches typical of Sydney’s North.

A lunch at the boat house is always a special, inspiring treat. Sit back, relax and enjoy the photos of my slice of heaven.

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The owner of the boat house combined their knowledge of interior design and food to create the boat house

The owner of the boat house combined their knowledge of interior design and food to create the boat house

Fresh flowers and fruit – a feast for the eyes!

Romantique on pier of boat house

I am wearing a blue gingham shift dress by Gant. Crossbody bag by Moschino. Metallic sandals by AGL.

Boat House Palm Beach

Fancy a sea plane flight to take in the Northern beaches? Sea planes start from the pier at the boat house.

Fancy a sea plane flight to take in the Northern beaches? Sea planes start from the pier at the boat house.

boat house from pier

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