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Posted on July 27, 2014

What to wear at Chanel

Berlin/ Rebel

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This weekend, I met my friend Emily in Berlin. Whenever I see her, we stroll along Berlin’s shopping street Ku’damm to check out  Chanel’s window decorations.  We seldom venture inside – it can be intimidating –  however on this occasion, we thought: “Why not?”

How to dress when shopping at Chanel? You definitely don’t need to be dressed from head to toe in Chanel’s latest. Obviously avoid looking unkempt or having greasy hair.   Dress as though Coco Chanel herself might greet you!

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Chanel Boutique Berlin, Kurfürstendamm 188

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I am wearing: Peter Pan Collar Top by ZARA, Denim by TK Maxx, Shoes by Pretty Ballerina out of my mum’s closet.

 

Posted on December 19, 2013

Winter Fairy Tale: Romantic Christmas markets in Berlin

Berlin/ Current Affairs/ Decor/ Romantique

Gendarmenmarkt Christmas 2013

 

Christmas is my favourite time of the year (despite loving summer! ) and the highlight of this period is a visit to one of the traditional Christmas markets in Germany!

Berlin is the capital of Christmas markets with over 60 to choose from! If you are tired of the commercialisation that has taken over the holidays , head to the country of the Nutcrackers for a romantic and traditional Christmas .

The S-Class of the Christmas markets is without a doubt the “Weihnachtszauber at Gendarmenmarkt” in Berlin-Mitte. Located on one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. Three impressive buildings provide the stunning backdrop: The French cathedral, the German cathedral and the Concert Hall. Popular for it’s unique hand-made products, you can find handmade presents such as traditional wooden carved Christmas figurines, handmade glass baubles and lambskin shoes. All the while the seductive scent of burnt almonds, chestnuts, baked apples, grilled sausages and spicy Gluehwein fills the air!

Romantique Christmas market

Typical stand offering candied fruit, gingerbread hearts and an array of Lebkuchen. Hat from Antoni & Alison, caot from Max & Co. Red turtle neck jumper from Uniqlo.

Christmas is a big deal in Germany, a time for introspection and spending time with your family, everyone gets into it. Stroll through the residential areas and you will see almost every window and balcony is decorated with light chains, star lampshades, reindeers and Christmas trees. Did you know that the advent wreath, glass baubles and the Christmas tree all originated in Germany between the fourteenth and nineteenth centuries?

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Mummy Romantique buying traditional Christmas Stollen. Her monochrome dogstooth scarf is from Moschino. Snakeskin bag from Alberta Ferreti.

Mummy Romantique buying traditional Christmas Stollen. Her monochrome dogstooth scarf is from Moschino. Snakeskin bag from Alberta Ferreti.

German Stollen, a loaf-shaped fruitcake made of yeast, water and flour, is traditionally eaten around Christmas time in Germany. The treat, which was first baked in Dresden in the 14th century, is filled with nuts, raisins, candied citrus, and spices, and its form is said to represent Baby Jesus in swaddling clothes.

Tipp: Always cut a Stollen from the middle, this way the cake won’t dry out as quickly.

German Christmas Market food

The praline “Dominostein” is another Christmas sweet from Dresden, made up of three layers: Lebkuchen, sour cherry and marzipan, covered in dark chocolate.

The crescent shaped biscuits “Vanillekipferl” come from Vienna, Austria and are traditionally eaten at Christmas time. They are baked in Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Mr Romantique at the Christmas market

Mr Romantique at hte Christmas market

Ice rink at the Christmas Market at Alexanderplatz near the Red Town Hall

Ice rink at the Christmas Market at Alexanderplatz near the Red Town Hall

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What would Christmas be without the story of Hansel and Gretel and the gingerbread house?

What would Christmas be without the story of Hansel and Gretel and the gingerbread house?

Christmas and the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm go together like mulled wine and mince pies!

Above:  Mug from Villeroy & Boch, Christmas edition 2013. Necklaces from Les Nereides.  Gingerbread house made entirely of Spekulatius (spiced biscuits), Leibniz butter cookies, cinnamon starts and Pfeffernuesse. Yum!

Posted on November 11, 2013

Berlin Streetstyle: The Printed 60s Statement Coat

Berlin/ Coats/ Romantique/ Wardrobe
I am wearing: Gingham / Vichy coat from Max & Co, red bag from Picard, jeans from Stefanel, moccasins from AGL.

I am wearing: Gingham / Vichy coat from Max & Co, red bag from Picard, jeans from Stefanel, moccasins from AGL.

The Coat is the most important piece of the winter wardrobe (and one of the reasons it’s been featured heavily on our blog this season .

After all, the coat is the first item that people see of us – if the coat is cheap and scruffy, no one is interested in what you wear underneath. A good quality coat, just like the  handbag, is an investment well worth the money.

This year, I decided to treat myself to a quirky 60s print coat in a straight cut. The deep rich purple colour with the playful red dots / gingham checks are a breath of fresh air compared to the classic, black coats I own mostly. While I enjoy the simplicity of a well tailored, black coat,  I do sometimes long for a brighter coloured, cute take of the winter basic.

Rebel photographed me in Berlin at the famous Oberbaumbruecke at the trendy Berlin area of Kreuzberg.

 

Never compromise on quality when shopping for a coat.

Never compromise on quality when shopping for a coat.

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The Oberbaumbruecke in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Hipster Haven Kreuzberg has rich cultural flair as many Turkish immigrants call Kreuzberg home.

Posted on October 29, 2013

The Berlin Fashion Style

Berlin/ Movie & Books/ Rebel/ Wardrobe

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Romantique and I were born in Berlin, we are real girls from Berlin just like John F. Kennedy once said “Ich bin ein Berliner”. Last weekend, we  browsed through the book stores and found the coffee table book “Der Berliner Stil” by Angelika Taschen. It’s not a must read book for anyone who is a Berliner already. For everyone else, the book is a treasure trove in terms of tips for hip restaurants and shopping destinations.

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According to the book,  Berlin style is influenced by the international fashion scene, fashion bloggers or wannabe locals and tourists – also called the “Berlin-Mitte” style. Berlin is too big and versatile than just to promote only one style of one district. It would have been interesting to look into other districts: e.g. how the women dress in Berlin-Zehlendorf namely, which is more like in Hamburg. The Hamburg style is more on the conservative side: Think lots of navy blue, blazers with gold buttons, high quality designer basics, no experiments and fashion victims!

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 I’m a girl born in Berlin, a rebel at heart, who loves Burberry trench coats. Here you can see see my authentic Berlin fashion style: zebra pants by H&M, blue Converse, Trench coat, Ray Ban Wayfarer.

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Glasses by Stella Mccartney

Posted on October 8, 2013

Berlin – Advanced Street Style

Bags/ Berlin/ Rebel/ Wardrobe

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Today, I styled my mom for a mother-daughter quality time day in Berlin. I wanted a new look for her with existing clothes from her wardrobe. I like to see my mom if she wears  a pure and clear style with a little young and modern twist. That’s why I selected for her a full basic black outfit and for the twist I added red lace up’s and a Parka.

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What she wear: Jacket by Woolrich, Skirt by Marc Cain, Shoes by Fratelli Rossetti, Bag by Cavalli, Sunglasses by Céline

Posted on September 29, 2013

Our Berlin Wedding

Berlin/ Current Affairs/ Dresses/ Romantique/ Wedding

Every girl dreams of her wedding day; being a beautiful princess, marrying the man of her dreams.

When Mr Romantique and I got engaged 10 months ago, we always knew that we wanted a small, intimate wedding, attended only by  immediate family.  And so it was; a small wonderful wedding of 15, in the heart of my home city Berlin, almost a month ago.The wedding venue Ermelerhaus, a historic, roccoco Patrician villa, is located just next door to the Australian Embassy. If this isn’t  fate I don’t know what is!On the day, everything fell into place magically and I could not have been happier with the decor,  flowers, cake,  and weather.  To illustrate the union of a German gal with an Aussie boy, we decorated the car with a German/ Australian flag adorned with small little flowers. The gingerbread hearts had the names of the guests written in icing and served as place mats and decor. Thanks to Rebel, we incorporated the cute German wedding tradition of cutting a heart out of a bed sheet with nail scissors.

I always thought its a bit cheesy when people say that the wedding day is “the most beautiful day of your life”. Now I can say, it really is incredible. Promising to stay with your love forever, through good times and bad, witnessed  by loving family who have travelled from near and very far. A perfect day just like I always dreamed.

What I wore: Wedding dress from Jcrew ‘Roseblooom adorned with fabric roses. I had the dress shortened from tea length to knee length to make it look more 50s Audrey Hepburn like. Kittenheeled shoes with gingham vichy checks from Marc Jacobs. Lilly of the valley earrings from Les Nereides. Sunglasses from Celine.
Photographer: A special thanks to Melanie from photoemotions.de who perfectly caught the magic moments of our day. If you ever need a photographer for an occasion in Berlin, this is the lady!
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The Berlin Dome in the background.

The Berlin Dome in the background.

J Crew Dress and Marc Jacobs Shoes

J Crew Dress and Marc Jacobs Shoes

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Posted on July 15, 2013

Summer day in Potsdam

Berlin/ Dresses/ Romantique/ Travel/ Wardrobe

 

For the lovely summer day in Potsdam I am wearing a yellow floral dress from Max & Co and  sorbet coloured sunglasses from Celine

For the lovely summer day in Potsdam I am wearing a yellow floral dress from Max & Co and sorbet coloured sunglasses from Celine

 

My wedding is just 7 weeks away and I used the weekend in Berlin to take care of  some last minute essentials; girly stuff  like flowers and decorations.  Sunday was spent  in Potsdam, a short 20 minute train ride from Berlin.  Potsdam is one of my must-dos  for Berlin visitors: it’s the Windsor of Germany.  Once the home of Prussian kings and Kaisers, these days it plays host to cultural tourists, drawn in by it’s rococco castle Sanssouci ( The German Versailles), the surrounding gardens, cute boutiques and countless cafe’s and restaurants scattered in the pedestrian zones.

I had the French breakfast, bien sur!

I had the French breakfast, bien sur!

We started the day with a delicious breakfast at Cafe Heider in Potsdam. Dubbed the “living room of Potsdam”, this cute cafe offers yummy cakes since 1878.

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Mummy Romantique and I are wearing the same sandals! Our nail varnishes are “Rouge Noir” by Chanel and “Parme Graffiti” by YSL

Sandals from AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni

Mummy Romantique is wearing: Patchwork shift dress from Gant, AGL sandals and sunglasses from Chloe.

Mummy Romantique is wearing: Patchwork shift dress from Gant, AGL sandals and sunglasses from Chloe.

On Saturdays, the Potsdam market offers all kind of delicious, local organic produce such as berries, cherries and wild mushrooms and tray bake cakes  baked with seasonal fruit such as goose berries.

The small brandenburg Gate in Potsdam. Navy Blue Patent leather bag from Misako.

The small brandenburg Gate in Potsdam. Navy Blue Patent leather bag from Misako.

Floral Dress Max & Co

 

 

Posted on December 25, 2012

Romantic Merry Christmas

Accessoires/ Berlin/ Decor/ Romantique

 

Christmas has always been my favourite time of the year, even though I dread the cold! This year has been extra special: Mr Romantique and I just got engaged and spent a warm holiday in Australia and are currently in the middle of a 10 day holiday in Berlin over Christmas filled with traditional German Christmas meals (goose, dumplings and red cabbage), lots of sweets and Christmas market visits. From next week onwards,  I will go on a diet to lose all the extra pounds. In the meantime I will indulge in the xmas goodies.

The Nutcracker Ballet is the most wonderful romantic ballet in the Christmas season – after all, E.T.A. Hoffman, the author of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King Novel, on which the ballet is based, was one of the most influential writers of the romantic movement. When I was little, I went to see Rebel dancing in this ballet for the German State Opera, back when she was a professional ballet dancer. Over a number of years, she played various roles – mouse, snowflake, child –  in the nutcracker ballet.

Want a sneak look at what Santa delivered?

An adorable Thomas Sabo gingerbread charm. Here he’s dangling off a gingerbread house.

What a great present from Rebel: French actress and model Laetitia Casta poses for Karl Lagerfeld for his Little Black Jacket exhibition which currently tours around the world.

I absolutely love these long,  caramel coloured leather gloves with white furry cuffs from Ugg – they can be shown off best in a coat with 3/4 sleeves length – think Michelle Obama!

Giant wooden christmas pyramides at Alexanderplatz Xmas market in Berlin

Our Christmas tree on the balcony.

Christmas music box in the shape of a retro TV – groovy!

We would love to hear how you spend xmas, what’s the tradition in your country, what presents did you give and get?

 

Lots of Love,

Romantique xox

 

Posted on August 5, 2012

Berlin Street Style

Berlin/ Rebel/ Wardrobe

If you want to know what style is hip in Berlin, just take a break on a bench in the city, do nothing but keep your camera at the ready. In just half an hour you can see through your lens all kind of different, cool, quirky styles: from sporty, casual, preppy to style disaster. Let’s take a look at the highlights of Berlin Street Style Summer 2012:

Bike Style: yellow Converse and the classic Breton shirt – what a trendy mummy! 

Sporty casual: old school Puma trainers and a see-through Sunglasses – nice guy!

Spicy orange sunglasses – this Berliner knows how to pimp up her outfit.

Preppy at it’s best! We wish almost all men would be fashion conscious like this. Up-to-the-minute panama hat, round sunglasses, addidas trainers. His outfit is classically kept in navy and white – Ya me!

 

 

 

Posted on June 12, 2012

Europe’s Silicon Valley: Berlin!

Berlin/ Current Affairs/ Romantique
 
Call me biased, but for me, Berlin is the coolest city in the world!  And a growing number of tech entrepreneurs will agree that it’s the place to be if you want to transform an idea into a successful company.
Let’s have a look at the reasons why Berlin is the place to be for creative, innovative entrepreneurs.
  • Creative Scene: Berlin has always had a thriving creative scene, combining the established western economies with the emerging talent from Eastern Europe.  It’s historical transformation from the last 20 years and it’s location in the heart of Europe make it a magnet for young, talented immigrants.
  • Alternative touch: Tolerant  Berlin is a home for creative misfits, people who don’t like the rigid social structures of London. Berlin lets creatives focus on  what they can do best: Being creative and networking.
  • Affordability: Berlin offers a high quality of living. Both home and office rents in prime locations, are a fraction of London’s extortionate rates! As an employer, you can chose from a pool of talented people, and offer comparatively lower salaries than what you need to pay in a city like London.
  • Venture capitalists: Traditionally,  German and European  venture capitalists have been more conservative and averse to risk taking when it comes to investing in internet start-ups, compared with their US counterparts. However, as the tech scene has matured, we’ve seen a shift in outlook and venture capitalists realise that stocks and government debt are not safe either.
 
Skype owner Ashton Kutcher  is often seen in Berlin. He invested in Berlin based start-ups soundcloud, Amen & Gidsy.
Find this article interesting? Read more:

http://venturevillage.eu/ashton-kutcher-berlin-startup-funding

Cafe Sankt Oberholz in Mitte  is a meeting point for Berlin’s tech scene
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