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Posted on August 14, 2016

Romantique and Rebel in Berlin Kreuzberg

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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!

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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 November 27, 2015

Sisters style: One coat, two styles

Berlin/ Coats/ Featured/ Rebel/ Romantique

Rebel Berlin Street Style Egg Shape Coat

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!

Romantique egg shape coat Berlin Street Style

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.

Rebel Berlin street style egg shape coat beret

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 September 6, 2015

Berlin’s Strawberry Adventure

Berlin/ Featured/ Travel

Karl's Strawberry Farm near Berlin Street style gingham
If you’ve ever been to Germany during strawberry season, you will have noticed the über-cute wooden strawberry huts selling fresh organic German strawberries and home made jams. In Berlin alone, the huts provide 60,000 customers with delicious berries each DAY!

What once started as a humble strawberry farm is now a thriving diverse and sustainable business.

“Karl’s” owns over 6 big adventure farms across Germany, where children can drive tractors, get lost in a maze field, marvel at grazing European bisons or shoot down a slide on potato sacks.

I knew this sounded like the kind of fun Mr Romantique, a child at heart, would love! So last weekend, on a stinking hot summer day, we drove to the farm, just a short drive from the centre of Berlin.

Strawberry hut Karl's strawberry Farm near Berlin

Whilst the kids can run themselves ragged in the wonderful themed play areas, adults can lose themselves in the main hall; a rustic themed market place offering a range of delicious bio food, all containing strawberries of course! The seductive scent of cooked strawberries wafts through the air, bathtubs full of the superfood are made into jam (jelly for our American friends) right in front of your eyes. You can also learn to make your own jam, soap, bread and sweets.
Karl’s own organic bakery offers delicious bread and cakes that ooze natural goodness and are completely free of preservatives.

Strawberry jam Karl's strawberry farm near Berlin

Strawberry jam Karl's strawberry farm near Berlin

Can’t get enough of the antioxidant berry? Then you’ll love the homemade strawberry beer, strawberry gelato, strawberry wine, strawberry pasta, even strawberry Prosecco! Entry to the giant farm and most of the main attractions is free of charge; you only pay for a couple o the attractions, the food and other yummy goods sold in the main arena. I bought two big jars of fresh plum jam, apple juice and strawberry-rhubarb jam.

30,000 teapots Karl's strawberry farm near Berlin

The market hall walls are plastered with the worlds biggest collection of tea pots, 30,000 to be precise. Most of them are donated by customers.

Karl's strawberry farm near Berlin

Most of Karl’s attractions and interior design is made of recycled materials. The German word for jam is, confusingly, “marmelade”.

Street style Berlin gingham pink and sicily coffa bag

I’m wearing:

  • Pink gingham blouse by Gant (it’s a strawberry farm, I had to!)
  • Blue shorts by Moschino
  • Sandals by AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni
  • Pink sunglasses by Celine
  • Embellished Coffa straw bag by Sicily Bag
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Mr Romantique and the strawberry farm mascot.

Posted on August 16, 2015

Berlin, Gendarmenmarkt: 6 Ideas for Mother and Daughter Quality Time

Berlin/ Rebel/ Travel

Yesterday, I had a family day with my mom and dad in Berlin. After lunch at Straussberger Platz, my mom and I strolled around Gendarmenmarkt, my favourite spot in Berlin.  In this post, you can get 6 ideas on how to make the most of one hour mother- daughter quality time in Berlin-Mitte .

Berlin Summer Street Style 2015

Take a selfie with your mom and have fun!

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Berlin Summer 2015

Buy French chocolate at French department store Galeries Lafayette and enjoy! Magnifique!

Berlin Summer Street Style

Take a street style photo of your Berlin outfit.

Dior Sunglasses 2015

Try 20 Dior, Chanel, Gucci and Fendi sunglasses with your mom at Galeries Lafayette.

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Mom is wearing DIOR, I’m wearing GUCCI.

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Be part behind the scenes of a film set at Friedrichstrasse.

Posted on June 7, 2015

Stadtmitte 

Berlin/ Featured/ Rebel/ Romantique

Berlin Gendarmenmarkt Romantique and Rebel

Berlin has changed so much over the last 10 years since I’ve lived in London and Rebel in Hamburg. It’s a constantly changing metropole. We even had to buy an off-the-beaten-track travel guide to keep us in the know about Berlin’s ever evolving new shops, eateries and places to hang out.

One place we love and we keep coming back to is the Gendarmenmarkt, known as Europe’s prettiest square. It has everything a tourist and a Berliner want from a city: a historic and impressive backdrop (French Dome and German dome), a pretty piazza to hang out in, spiked with cosy cafés, delicious restaurants and great shopping with the Galeries Lafayette, Quartier 206 and many boutiques nearby.

Romantique Stadtmitte Berlin
Our outfits:

Romantique is wearing a tulip pencil skirt by Max Mara, stripey Breton shirt by Antoni & Alison, pink handbag by Coccinelle and broderie anglaise sneakers by Superga.

Rebel is wearing a summer parkas by Wollrich, skinnies by J Brand, yellow banana earrings by Les Nereides N2 and leopard print slippers by TK Maxx.

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My Bavarian friend!

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Posted on June 1, 2015

Sister time in Berlin!

Berlin/ Featured/ Rebel/ Romantique

Berlin Brandenburg Gate street style jumpsuit

Rebel and I spent some quality sister time in Berlin this weekend. Our home city spoilt us with glorious sunshine, so we did what most Berliner’s do on a sunny weekend: Lunching with our dad at one of the countless outdoor restaurants in Mitte, followed by a stroll on the boulevard “Unter den Linden” which leads to Berlin’s most iconic landmark, the Brandenburg Gate. From there, it’s just a stone throw to the Reichstag, the building which houses the German parliament. It was heavily damaged after WWII and reconstructed in 1990 when it become the home of the Bundestag again. Architect Norman Foster erected the famous glass dome which provides breath taking views over the city.

 

Reichtstag Street style Rebel

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Rebel posing at the Reichstag

 

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The Reichstag in Berlin

 

As usual, we had so much fun together and our time together has come to an end already.  Tune back for more pictures in Berlin on the blog very soon!

Berlin Bear Rebel Street style

The symbol of Berlin, the Berlin buddy bear! Life-size painted sculptures are scattered throughout the city to capture the hearts of Berliners and their guests.

This guy epitomises the spirit of Berlin: Independant and cool as hell!

This guy epitomises the spirit of Berlin: Independant and cool as hell!

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Our outfits in Berlin:

For a city stroll, being comfy is most important. This does not mean you have to compromise on style. Romantique is wearing a jersey jump suit by Max & Co. Add some colour with the pink handbag by Coccinelle, sunglasses by Fendi and flat ballet pumps with studs.

Rebel is wearing blue jeans by TK Max, sunglasses by Stella McCartney and quilted leather handbag by Love Moschino.

Hi George, fancy seeing you here in Berlin!

Hi George, fancy seeing you here in Berlin!

 

Posted on April 12, 2015

A Weekend in Berlin

Berlin/ Featured/ Romantique

Berlin CHarlottenburg Palace

Last Easter weekend, Mr Romantique and I flew to Berlin to chase the Easter bunny and spend time with my  family.

We re-visited my favourite sights of Berlin as well as exploring new areas Mr Romantique has not seen yet.

Here’s a list of our Top 5  favourite places from this trip:

1. Charlottenburg Palace (above)

If you love baroque Roccoco style, this palace is for you. The stunning interior and the beautiful palace gardens are a must-see for culture vultures.

Street Style Berlin Gendarmenmarkt

2. Gendarmenmarkt

Dubbed as the most beautiful square in Europe, this is my favourite corner of Berlin. Enjoy a coffee in the sun or visit the  Galeries Lafayette for your French culture and shopping fix on a rainy day.

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The “Konzerthaus” and the French Dome at Gendarmenmarkt

3. Lustgarten and Berlin Cathedral 

The Berlin Cathedral is located on the Museums Island. It’s gardens (Lustgarten) are perfect for a stroll, all within walking distance to Berlin’s most impressive sights such as the Museum Island, Opera, Humboldt University and more.

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4. Kreuzberg, Bergmannstrasse 

The Bergmannstrasse is a charming neighbour hood. In summer until late at night, it’s brimming with people frequenting the countless outdoor restaurants and cafes, giving the area a real Mediterranean flair. Indulge in any cuisine imaginable ranging from Thai, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese, Turkish to Greek and many more. We loved our meal at the Kreuzberg institution “Knofi”. Turkish food at its best!

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Mmm, Kofi’s counter filled with Turkish specialities.

5. Checkpoint Schoki & Rausch Chocolate Cafe, Gendarmenmarkt

Germany is second in the world (just slightly behind Switzerland) when it comes to the highest annual chocolate consumption. Along with Swiss and Belgian chocolate, it ranks as the finest in the world.

Therefore, a visit to these two chocolate shops is a must:

Checkpoint Schoki is the Rittersport chocolate destination extraordinaire. The family owned brand offers a multitude of  flavours  (I recommend “Ice coffee” and “Honey salted almond” chocolate). Create your own chocolate with hundreds of different ingredients and toppings.

Rausch chocolate Cafe: Berlin’s most iconic sights sculptured in chocolate – for this fact alone, Rausch is worth the visit. Enjoy a hot chocolate whilst taking in the beautiful views of the French dome on the second floor, above the exhibition and shopping level.

Berlin wall in chocolate Rausch Cafe

Berlin chocolate wall at Rausch Cafe

Customised chocolate at Ritter Sport colourful Schoko World

Customised chocolate at Ritter Sport colourful Schoko World

 

Posted on January 4, 2015

Advanced style: Chic at 62

Berlin/ Coats/ Romantique/ Wardrobe
Advanced Street Style Berlin

Advanced Street Style Berlin, Gendarmenmarkt

 

How to be fashionable after 60.  Firstly,  forget about “age-appropriate” dressing,  and break fashion rules!

You can be stylish and feel good in your own skin without being wafer thin and following mumsy advice.

Our mother is living proof of this philosophy and a great role model for us!

On a bitterly cold day in wintery Berlin, she chose to wear a timeless but modern parka, lined with fur to keep warm. Skinny jeans emphasise her slim legs while an oversized cashmere jumper (under the parka) hides her tummy.

Investment in well-made shoes and high quality bags has always been our mum’s credo. If cared for, they will last you many, many years and will always look elegant. Her shoes are by Italian label Candice Cooper and her bag is by Bally of Switzerland.

As we get older we lose definition of the face, so a stylish pair of glasses can help restore that definition.

Berlin Street style Parka Knitty witters Hamburg. Bally Bag. Shoes Candice Cooper

Our mom wears:

As we all come to terms with ageing and getting older, we should never forget these mantras by which our mum lives:

  • Never give up and let yourself go
  • Don’t battle age; make the best of it
  • Dress for yourself
  • Wear quality, not fashion
  • Look after your clothes and shoes

 

Selfie with Rebel

Selfie with Rebel at Berlin Gendarmenmarkt

 

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Emmy Copycat Rossum wearing our mums’ BALLY “Sommet” Satchel. Guess, who had it first? Mummy R&R, of course!

 

 

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
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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

 

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Posted on November 19, 2014

Stylish Christmas Decor from Germany

Berlin/ Decor/ Romantique

 

Moss green and brown fir cones

Moss green and brown fir cones

 

 

Christmas is my favourite time of the year! In Germany, Christmas is the biggest holiday and many Christmas traditions, such as the Christmas tree and the advent wreath stem from Germany (as you will have heard me mentining on more than one occasion previously)!

This year I am going to spend Christmas in Australia, swapping Gluehwein for  stubbies and bitterly cold Christmas markets for Bondi beach.  To get into the festive spirit, I’m going to decorate our tiny London apartment during the pre-Christmas period. Think lovely ornaments and traditional wooden nutcrackers and figurines from the Ore Mountains.

Gingerbread houses, cinnamon swirls and cheeses - a scrumptious Christmas bakery

Gingerbread houses, cinnamon swirls and cheeses – a scrumptious Christmas bakery

 

During my last visit to Berlin, I re-visited my favourite flower& décor  shop in Potsdam near Berlin, home of the Castle Sans Souci. Every year, this shop houses an extraordinary Christmas décor exhibition. It’s the most creatively & lovingly decorated Christmas store I’ve seen, always rejuvenating my festive spirit every year. Enjoy the pictures and get drawn into the world of frost and Santa claus!

Ice skates in the snowy Christmas tree decoration

Ice skates in the snowy Christmas tree decoration

If you happen to visit Potsdam, you can find this magic gem of shop in the Dortustrasse

If you happen to visit Potsdam, you can find this magic gem of shop in the Dortustrasse

Flower shop and christmas decor Potsdam Germany

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The Christmas Bakery has opened!

The Christmas Bakery has opened!

 

Check out the shop’s last years Christmas Decoration here.

Beautiful Potsdam is always worth a visit. Stroll in the romantic gardens of castle Sans Souci

Beautiful Potsdam is always worth a visit. Stroll in the romantic gardens of castle Sans Souci

 

 

 

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