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Posted on June 6, 2012

Pink Berlin Street Style

Berlin/ Jumpers/ Rebel Alexa/ Travel/ Wardrobe

Pink is not really new because remember on “Funny Face” and the song “Think Pink” or “Schoking Pink” by Elsa Schiaparelli – Pink is a Fashion classic colour and has a huge comback in 2012! I love the pink black wall at East Side Gallery in Berlin. Such a stylish pink photo setting you can only find in Germany’s hottest City!

Did you already purchase many different pink items for this summer? Do you need some inspirations?

What about suede pink Pretty Ballerinas?

Or rather this Lanvin Pumps?

Maybe a coat and a Céline Bag?

Try it with a hot pink lipstick!

What I wear according to the pink wall:

Animal Top by Zara, J Brand Black, Cashmere Jacket by Allude, BCBG Sandals, Céline Sunglasses in soft salmon pink

Posted on June 3, 2012

Berlin East Side Gallery Street Style

Berlin/ Travel

I love going back home to Berlin and re-discover some of Berlin’s most iconic sights. When you’ve been living in your hometown for years, one can get lazy appreciating and visiting the city’s landmarks. One of Berlin’s landmarks is the East Side Gallery. It is a 1.3 km-long painted stretch of the former Berlin Wall along the Mühlenstrasse in former East Berlin.

Galvanised by the extraordinary events which were changing the world, artists from all around the globe rushed to Berlin after the fall of the Wall, leaving a visual testimony of the joy and spirit of liberation which erupted at the time.

Above: One of the best known paintings of the East Side Gallery is the Trabi knocking down the wall by Birgit Kinder. I’m wearing a tulip skirt with water colour detail from Moschino Cheap & Chic, Boucle Jacket from Trident, pointy patent leather kitten heels from Logan

The murals are under heritage protection and have been restorated in 2009. The artists transformed the grey concrete rearticulating this into a

lasting expression of freedom and reconciliation.

The painting Fatherland by Günther Schäfer combines the German and Israeli flags and is – in Schäfer’s words – ‘a symbol for peace and a memorial against any kind of fanaticism’. Read more about Schäfer’s painting here.

The East side gallery  is possibly the largest and longest-lasting open air gallery in the world and consists of 105 paintings from artists from all over the world.

Have you ever visited the East Side Gallery in Berlin? If so, what’s your favourite painting and why?

 

 

 

Posted on February 26, 2012

Romantique Fashion Finds at Galeries Lafayette Berlin

Bags/ Berlin/ Romantique/ Shoes/ Wardrobe

The iconic Parisian department store Galeries Lafeyette opened it’s first German branch in 1996 in Berlin. If you are in Berlin, make sure to check out all the latest fashion from designer to high street as well as the huge makeup department and a Parisian styled Bistro area.

Below are my picks for the new spring / summer  season 2012!

Espadrille from Spanish label Castaner with a Chanel-esque patent leather tip

A great way to rock the romantic trend 2012  is to take a classic trenchcoat with broderie anglaise details – this one is from Valentino Red.

No summer without rain – This umbrella with fresh pink Vichy checks lightens up the rainy days

Dainty, pastel coloured flowers on Valentino handbags – I love this season!

Furla is one of the few Italian fashion and handbag labels that is still family owned and also reasonably priced for the quality. Like all Furla handbags, this is one is exquisitly crafted and adds class to any outfit!

 

 

Posted on February 24, 2012

Rebel Fashion Finds at Galeries Lafayette Berlin

Accessoires/ Bags/ Berlin/ Rebel Alexa/ Wardrobe

In Berlin ist ein Besuch in den Galeries Lafayette zum Shopping neben dem KaDeWe immer attraktiv – ob die Fendi Tasche, der Sonia Rykiel Schal, die Baobab Kerzen oder die Lederarmbänder es gibt soviel zu sehen und zu probieren. Das waren heute meine favorites und Romantique hat ebenso viele schöne Finds gefunden. Let’s see and wait!

Posted on January 25, 2012

Quality of Life Index: 7 German speaking cities top the poll

Berlin/ Current Affairs/ Romantique

Each year The Quality of Living Index by consultancy Mercer provides us with an insight on which city in the world is most livable based on 39 criteria.

A whopping 7 cities in German speaking countries (Austria, Switzerland & Germany) topped the Top 10 in 2011.

Having lived in Berlin for most of my life and in the UK for the last 7 years, I can see why the “Germanic” countries provide such a good standard of living.

So here’s the countdown countries number 11 up to 1:

Number 11, Sydney, Australia: A temperate climate (mild winters and warm summers), stunning scenery in and around Sydney, high life expectancy and a low crime rate (thanks to the nanny state) catapult Sydney right to the front.

Number 9: Copenhagen, Denmark beats European cities such as Barcelona, London and Stockholm coming in at number 9. Good work/life balance and the high standards of social welfare such as free education and health care reflects the high rating.

Geneva, Switzerland,  number 8: With a population of only 185,958, Geneva is an international diplomacy hub and it’s citizen enjoy excellent health care and education.

Frankfurt, Germany, number 7: Frankfurt is the “London” of Germany, it’s financial hub and also the home of continental Europe’s biggest airport. It boasts an excellent education system:

Germany has top class state schools and universities which is provided for free. Private schooling is not common in Germany which contributes to an equal society. The exemplary dual education system (combination of apprenticeship and vocational training) enables people to learn 356 occupations (such as oven builder or doctor’s assistant) regulated by national standards. If you study at University, one semester abroad is funded by the government, even pocket money is included in this deal!

Vancouver, Canada, number 6: Canadian cities dominate the top of the ranking for the area North America. Vancouver is a coastal city which has excellent standards of education and health care for North American standards.

Duesseldorf, Germany, number 5: Duesseldorf offers more than 100 temporary art galleries, it is known for it’s fashion and trade fares and like the rest of Germany, benefits from an excellent public service and transportation network: An extended speed train network and tube systems are mostly owned by the government who has the money to spend on modernisation rather than private companies who are solely profit driven.

Excellent health care is a factor that contributes greatly to quality of living:

We don’t think much about it while we’re healthy, but having competent  medical care when you’re sick is most of the crucial aspects of Life. Germany, Austria and Switzerland’s world class health and dental care is law enforced,i.e. the population is legally obliged to pay a relatively  high percentage of their salary (50% contribution from the employer and 50% contribution from the employee) towards medical insurance.

The doctor’s rate per ca pita is high, meaning that access to Medicine is easy and there are no waiting times.

Munich, Germany, number 4: Munich is the capital of Bavaria and Germany’s publishing hub. It exudes a relaxed Italian cafe culture and outdoor culture and the proximity to Italy, Austria,  Switzerland and the Alps make the city an attractive place to live.

Auckland, New Zealand, number 3: Apparently, when flying to New Zealand, stewardesses always make a point of telling you to put the clock back 10 years! Still, Auckland is coming in at an impressive number 3. It’s New Zealand’s most beautiful and biggest city, with a warm temperate climate and an excellent education system. One third of Auckland’s population holds a bachelor degree or higher and they also have over the highest disposable income in New Zealand.

Zuerich, Switzerland, number 2: Last year I visited Zuerich and had a great time. Although it’s a relatively small city (you can walk in 30 minutes from one end to the other), it has a very international feel to it and a Mediterranean flair with it’s beautiful lake surrounded by mountains and excellent Italian outdoor restaurants. And let’s not forget the chocolate and the exquisite gateaux!

Vienna is #1: Home of Mozart, it is Europe’s cultural capital with more than 100 museums, relaxed coffee house culture and 2,000 parks! Vienna also won the 2010 UN urban planning award for improving the living conditions of its residents. Under a multimillion-euro program, the city refurbished more than 5,000 buildings with nearly 250,000 apartments”

Before I went abroad, I didn’t know that things like double glazed windows, central heating systems, solid, noise proof apartment blocks or balconies are not everywhere the norm in Europe.

Central Europe’s big cities are rental cities – i.e. the population rents rather than buys flats  and big block of flats are owned by large corporations with enough budget to maintain the flats and invest in renovation if necessary (as apposed to private landlords). As a house owner, the government subsidises structural renovation and you are given tax breaks, ensuring a modernised standard for housing.

Speaking for Germany, rental prices are reasonable and you do not need to spend most of your salary for rent like in London, New York or Paris. You can get a modern 1 bedroom flat in Berlin Mitte with parquet floors and 10 minutes from the city centre for as little as 500 EUR a month!

My home town Berlin is coming in at number 17. It is the cheapest capital of Europe and while it doesn’t have the economic power of the Southern German cities due to it’s isolation during the cold war, it is now finding it’s place as Germany’s hub for the service industry such as communications, information technology, marketing, and more recently tourism.

Berlin has a fascinating history with it’s troubled past of WW2, cold war and reunification, all of which you can feel when you walk through the city . Stunning architecture ranging from Medieval to Baroque is a feast for eyes. Berlin-Mitte boasts more art galleries than coffee shops and 3 opera houses guarantee no lack of recreational activities. For which Germans have lots of time with an average of 30 annual leave days plus up to 14 public holidays!

The only British city in the TOP 50 is London coming in at number 38.

Have a look at Mercer’s index if you are curious to see where your city ranks. Ultimately, everyone needs to decide for themselves which criteria is important to them and after all:

There is no place like home!

http://www.mercer.com/articles/quality-of-living-survey-report-2011

 

Posted on October 31, 2011

Romantique and Rebel: Autumn style Berlin

Berlin/ Jumpers/ Romantique/ Skirts/ Wardrobe

This weekend we spent some sister quality time in Berlin. The weather was stunning and so was the backdrop of our little shooting we quickly squeezed in between Christmas decoration shopping and family visits. The “Museum’s island” houses six museums which all belong to the Unesco World Heritage Sites.

Rebel wears J Brand skinny Jeans in black, Love Moschino blouse, Stefanel vest, Cynthia Rowley fur vest and nude ankle boots.

Romantique wears a wollen navy beret, blue tweed miniskirt from Stefanel, Poncho from Max Mara and loafer heels from object mirror.

 

 

 

 

Posted on August 3, 2011

Romantique beim Promifriseur

Beauty/ Berlin/ Rebel Alexa

Romantique geht selten in London zum Friseur, sie vertraut lieber der deutschen, soliden Handwerkskunst und geht nur in Berlin zum Spitzen schneiden. Mit Blick auf den Französischen Dom, den Deutschen Dom und das Konzerthaus mitten in Berlin ist die Lage von Promifriseur Shan Rahimkhan am Gendarmenmarkt chic und exklusiv. Ein Concept-Store mit den drei C im Herzen von Berlin mit einer Boutique (Casa), einem Café und eben einem Coifffeur. Auf 800 Quadratmetern hat der italienische Architekt Davide Rizzo für Shan Rahimkhan einen edlen Schuppen entwickelt. Shan ist offizieller Berater von „Procter & Gamble“ (Wella, Gillette, Olaz, Head & Shoulder etc). Darüber hinaus hat er selbst eine eigene Hairstyling-Kollektion entworfen, „TRUE VOLUME“.
Alle Coiffeure werden regelmäßig geschult und trainiert. Sie wissen, welche Frisuren in New York und Tokio angesagt sind und was in Berlin im Kommen ist. Wer sich etwas Luxus für die Haare gönnen möchte, in einem edlen Ambiente mit Berliner Schicki-Micki Show hat bei Shan seinen Spaß und danach tolle Haare. Allerdings sollte man nicht gerade zur Berlinale oder Fashion Week versuchen einen Termin zu bekommen, das ist aussichtlos, weil alle deutschen A und B Promis den Laden blockieren.

Posted on May 19, 2011

Berlin – the metropole with mojo!

Berlin/ Romantique/ Travel

Paris in the 30’s, London at the height of Brit Pop, and now it’s Berlin’s era!  I’m proud to call Berlin my home town; a city that is open, vibrant, exciting and has forged it’s own unique place amongst Europe’s thriving capitals.

As a genuine Berliner, I feel lucky to have witnessed history:  Communism in East Berlin, reunification, and the impressive resurrection and reinvention of city quarters. Whole new city centres have evolved: Potsdamer Platz, once the biggest building site in the world, or Mitte; home of Leo Di Caprio’s and Ben Stiller’s cool bar hangouts.

Berlin does not have industry as such but it is the hub for creative industries such as fashion, music, film and art; attracting artists from all over Europe to Berlin. Part of its appeal is the simple fact that Berlin is so inexpensive.  Notoriously starving artists can rent an airy, modern loft for the price of a rat hole in London for example.  You can eat the most exquisite food and pay the most reasonable prices in Europe; the standard of gastronomy is outstanding.

Here are my hotspots:

  • Outdoor life is big in Berlin, so in summer, chill at one of the many “Strandbars” (beach bars along the river Spree) with a cocktail in your hand
  • Franzoesische Strasse: As the name gives away, the street  is located in the French Quarter which lures you with extravagant architecture,  elegance, lots of cafes and culture.  Browse in the iconic Galeries Lafayette’s, window-shop in the Quartier 206 for exclusive Designer brands, stroll around Gendarmenmarkt: The French cathedral, built in 1701 for the Huguenot community, boasts a viewing platform providing a panoramic view of Berlin. Make sure to also pop into nearby “Rausch” – a chocolatier known for the best hot (and cold!) chocolate in town!
  • Dussman Haus: Best Address in town, on the corner of Friedrichstrasse and Unter den Linden. A so called “Cultural department store”, it offers books, music and calendars on 4 floors
  • Camera work gallery in Kantstrasse: The Gallery presents not only photo icons such as Man Ray, Irving Penn, Horst P. Horst, Peter Lindbergh, Peter Beard, Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus and Helmut Newton but also exhibits young, up-and-coming artists who are just starting their careers
  • Grilling – the most German of summer activities – head for “Mauerpark” in Prenzlberg and enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere while tucking into a freshly barbequed sausage
  • Swimming:  Berlin can get very hot in summer (up to 38 degrees!), so make sure to cool down and head dive into one of the many lakes surrounding Berlin, or public Lidos.

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