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Posted on April 25, 2015

Camden Style

Featured/ London/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

Camden London Street style stefanel pleated skirt

Areas like Camden and Brixton are tourist faves, as they epitomise the hip, eccentric scene, for which London is reknowned. In all honest, its not my cup of tea; I far prefer the manicured pastel houses of Notting Hill or the Continental feel of South Kensington with its gingerbread houses & French bakeries. However, now and then I like a change and don’t mind diving head-first into London’s subculture from which many artists, designers and musicians often draw their inspiration.

At Camden Lock, I’m wearing:

Knitted pleated skirt by Stefanel
Electric blue silk blouse by Uniqlo
Woolen jacket by Closed
Turquoise chained crossbody bag by Emilio Pucci

Camden London Street style stefanel pleated skirt
Camden London Street style stefanel pleated skirt
If you're in Camden at the lock, you MUST try a Burger from Honest. The. Best. Burger. in. London!

If you’re in Camden at the lock, you MUST try a Burger from Honest. The. Best. Burger. in. London!

Posted on March 28, 2015

Coats and Biscuits

Coats/ Cuisine/ Featured/ London/ Romantique

London street style purple coat max and co prada handbag

We are approaching now what I’m hoping to be the last few days of having to wear a woollen coat. I love all my coats as they are bright coloured to help overcome the winter blues. Still, I’m longing for the warm rays of spring, for lighter trench coats and jackets, for ballerinas without socks and drinking macchiatos in street cafes. Unlike the last couple of years before, March has been quite a chilly month with temperatures only in the one digit spheres.

For an outing to my favourite biscuit boutique Biscuiteers in Notting Hill, I’m wearing:

  • Purple coat by Max and Co
  • Black doctor’s handbag by Prada
  • Sprinkle ankle boots by Kurt Geiger
  • White cat earings by Les Nereides
  • Gloves by Blumarine
  • Shades by Ray Ban

Biscuiteers specialise in hand-iced, beautifully decorated cookies. Often London themed, the Notting hill shop window is a feast for the eyes: Iconic sights such as Buckingham palace, red telephones are taxis and black cabs interpreted with sweet gingerbread.  The cookies biscuits are so detailed, they can pass for little pieces of art. If you are looking for a special Easter present, check out the Biscuiteers shop in Notting Hill or the newly opened boutique in Clapham.

London street style purple coat max and co prada handbag

 

Biscuiteers London Notting Hill red telephone box

 

London street style purple coat max and co prada handbag

Easter themed Biscuiteers Boutique in Clapham, London

Easter themed Biscuiteers Boutique in Clapham, London

Posted on March 22, 2015

Soupe Du Jour – London’s best Soups!

Featured/ London/ Romantique

Soup Du Jour London City

“Once upon a time, there was a big, intimidating city called London, the financial hub of Europe. People used to work long, hard hours, sitting indoors, bereft of fresh air and sunshine. Their only respite was a hastened lunch break at one of the formulaic food chains such as Starbucks, Eat or Prêt-a-Manger, all offering roughly the same selection of sandwiches.

Then, one day, emerging from the sea of chains in London’s inner city, Soupe du Jour opened it’s doors, on a mission to nourish exhausted city workers with wholesome fresh made soups, using traceable ingredients from a farm in Oxfordshire. All cooked up to “Grandma recipes” from around the world and served in relaxing surroundings resembling a birch forest in Central Europe.”

Soup du Jour London smoked butterbeans

This is the fairytale of Soupe du Jour. Founded by a German-French duo dedicated to bringing proper soups to Londoners . I visited the newly opened La City outlet last week to test drive the concept. Initially I was sceptical. After all, what’s so special about soups? I only tend to have them when I’m sick. On arrival at Soupe du Jour, I quickly become a convert. The dairy and gluten free soups create a genuine explosion of fresh tasty goodness on your taste buds: Thick and creamy, with whole chunks of fresh ingredients, not watery blandness. The Michelin trained chef creates a new soup daily (The Soupe du Jour), which sits alongside five always-available staples. You can customise your order by adding toppings such as meat balls, cheese crisps or chorizo.

London Soup du Jour German Rye Bread

Each soup comes with a freshly baked German rye bread which can be topped with mediterranean or herbal butter.

All ingredients are freshly sourced from free-range farms, ensuring a positive contribution to animal welfare.

Soup du Jour London Each soup is more delectable than the previous, making it impossible to choose my favourite!

  • Booster: “The Chill” is made of minced beans, beef, tomato juice, chopped tomatoes, honey and paprika powder.
  • Detox: “The Vegetable”  is packed with celery, carrots, onions, white and red cabbage, parsley and nutmeg.
  • Energy: “The Carrot”, filled with carrots, onions, orange juice, ginger and coconut milk.

Soup du Jour London romantique

Up for a coffee or tea and a scone after your main mail? I loved the coffee and chocolate  scone. The cappuccino tasted just as good as in Rome, the coffee beans are sourced from a local supplier in Star Lane. If you fancy something savoury, try the pretzel or curry chilly scone.

Pretzel Soup du Jour

Hopefully this post made you a little bit peckish. You can find Soupe du Jour in Soho and and in the city.

Bon appetit!

London Soup Du Jour

All ingredients are freshly sourced from free-range farms, ensuring a positive contribution to animal welfare.

A big Thank you to Bérengère and the team  from Soupe Du Jour for hosting me.

Soup du jour london

 

Posted on March 1, 2015

Best Street Style of LFW 2015

Beauty/ Coats/ London/ Romantique/ Skirts

 

LFW 2015 blue mirrored ray bans and pink lipstick

Oh London, you are beautiful, ugly, classy, tacky, hot, cold, conservative and crazy, all of this embodied in the audience visiting London Fashion Week. For me, the trotting around the shows is the real magnet to come to LFW: To be inspired, to soak up the creativity and to meet new interesting people. Enjoy my pictures taken of best and worst of LFW Street style.

Above: Mirrored blue aviator Ray Ban: Check. Heavily pigmented pink lipstick: Check. Must-have furry coat: Check. Effortless cool. I could never wear this combo but this stylish creative pulls it off to perfection.

LFW 2015 Street style head mask Wow, she has attitude. I love her expression while I’m pondering if the head mask it the new trend for 2015.

Street style LFW 2015 blue coat, hat, flats

I adore this look in all it’s simplicity: Snakeskin printed loafers, cream trousers, baby blue winter coat.

LFW Street Style 2015 pleated leather skirt, blue Nike LFW in February is freezing so getting a break from the chill  is essential to recharge batteries. The blue Nike trainers lend the black leather pleated skirt and the thick woolen tights some edge, while the silver puffer jacket keeps this Fashion-week-goer toasty.

 

LFW 2015 Street style blue Cos skirt

This skirt length is so difficult to pull off as it makes most people (including me!) look small and disproportionate. However this fashionista nailed it! Pointy heels elongate the leg and the ankle straps emphasise skinny ankles. Love the blue A-line skirt from COS.

 

 

Posted on January 22, 2015

Mad about Germany – The Brits aim to change their one-time enemy’s public image

Current Affairs/ London/ Romantique

Germany - memories of a nation exhibition London

The German-British relationship is often marked by rivalry and competition, with the British tabloids fueling the fire by WW2 symbols of  tanks, and soldier uniforms. Unlike the other allies, France and the USA, British culture tends to associate Germany first and foremost with the two world wars. One only need look as far as the famous “Don’t mention the war” sketch in Fawlty Towers, for evidence!

However, things are changing: Germany’s world cup win and subsequent uber-cool party at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin was admired by the British (even by the tabloids)!   Angela Merkel, Germany’s “Mutti”, is seen by the English, as a respected leader of Europe, whilst Germany’s decentralised economy serves as a role model to the Continent and the UK.

In this changing spirit, The British Museum has dedicated a whole exhibition (Germany – memories of a nation) to 600 years of German history to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Wir sind ein Volk - Germany memories of a nation exhibition London

Director of the British Museum, Neil McGregor, says that he is on a mission to change the British perception of Germany. He wants to educate the British that there is more to Germany’s long and eventful history than 12 years of Nazi Era.

The exhibition uses objects to tell the story of 600 years of German history. Its rolling out the red carpet to German-speaking artists, craftspeople, designers, musicians, writers and philosophers who have made great contributions to the world’s culture. German political history is one of diversity,  coming from the Holy Roman Empire which continues to blossom with federalism to this day. With no dominant central court, this culture of political rivalries created intense and fruitful competition for artists.

The exhibition also touches on the exodus from East Pommerania after WW2, and on the division and re-unification of Germany. The display of the Gutenberg bible, one of the first printed books in the world, was one of my highlights.

Germany memories of a nation Gutenberg Bible

the gate to Buchenwald concentration camp, Weimar

The exhibits ran the gamut through from the beautiful to the horrific: A Bauhaus artist who was a prisoner at Buchenwald made the cynical inscription at the gate of the concentration camp “each to their own”. Avantgarde meets Nazi terror – both part of German history.

The exhibition closes this Sunday, if you’re interested, hurry to the exhibition this weekend! The museum offers extended opening hours in this final week.

Germany memories of a nation exhibition London romantique

Posted on September 27, 2014

LFW 2014 – Best of New Designer

Current Affairs/ London/ Romantique
Cynthia Mak and Romantique, LFW 2014 SS 2015

The lovely Cynthia Mak and myself at LFW 2014 at Sommerset House.

 

At this year’s London Fashion Week, Rebel and I were lucky enough to get access to the New Designer’s lounge. For us, the stand-out designer whose collection we loved most  was Cynthia Mak. Her SS2015 designs are classic yet modern, chic, romantic, edgy and most important of all: FLATTERING to the feminine body. Straight pencil skirts, A-line dresses, beautifully embroidered, dipped in monotone, red and blue colours.  It’s no wonder that Italian Vogue included Cynthia in their list of “New Talents”.  The exquisite tailoring of her collections are reminiscent  of Italian Style, fused with Asian understatement.

Cynthia was born and is based in Hong Kong. She studied at London’s Art and Design College Central Saint Martins and worked at Alexander McQueen, Preen and Vivienne Westwood before returning to her Hong Kong and launching her own collection this year. Take a glimpse at Cynthia’s SS2015 collection here.

I can’t wait to see more from Cynthia and most importantly, to shop her collections at London’s department stores very soon!

Pencil skirt Cynthia Mak SS2015 at LFW 2014

Pencil skirt Cynthia Mak SS2015 at LFW 2014 Pencil skirt Cynthia Mak SS2015 at LFW 2014

Pencil skirt Cynthia Mak SS2015 at LFW 2014

Posted on September 14, 2014

London Fashion Week Street Style – Edit by Romantique

Accessoires/ Beauty/ Coats/ Current Affairs/ Dresses/ London/ Romantique/ Skirts

London Fashion Week Sept 2014 street style Les nereides alice earrings

I loved getting amongst the inspirational, stylish like-minded bloggers and designers at LFW September 2014.

Romantique’s round-up of the hottest and most romantic street styles of London Fashion Week!

Street Style 1: Tea Time in Paris

Gorgeous designer and blogger, Love, from The Girl Named Love is rocking jewellery from Les Nereides. The small Alice in Wonderland from the “Tea time in Paris” collection is to die for. Apart from her name, I also love Love’s laid back, chic style. Checkered sneakers, checked poncho and that rebel red lipstick! (Fire and Ice by Revlon).

ondon Fashion Week Sept 2014 street style Les nereides alice earrings

 

London Fashion Week Sept Street style Gingham

Street style 2:  Brigitte Bardot Style in London

What’s not to love about this look? The Vichy gingham checked blouse – casually knotted, the A-Line leather skirt, the flat ballerina pumps and the natural make-up.  It’s like an excursion to the Cote d’Azur in the 50s.

London Fashion Week Sept Street style waffle coat

Street style 3: Fondant coloured Autumn Look

This sugary pastel blue, quilted waffle coat makes me long for chillier autumn days so I can wear coats again. The flat,  gold-chained slippers  mirro the gold buttons of the coat beautifully. The embroidered mini bag is the icing on the cake.

 

London Fashion Week Sept Street style lilac and purple

Street style 4: Lilac and Turqoise

In this outfit, lilac and turqoise go together like toast and Nutella! This is a romantic princess look with the little sparkly crown, embellished collar and soft dress. The clashes of the colours give it just the right amount of edge to balance the sweetness.

 

London Fashion Week Sept Street style sicilia dolce and gabbana

Street style 5: Greetings from Bella Italia

Ah Sicilia I miss you! This street style makes me reminisce about our holiday back in July. The cart wheels on the Dolce and Gabbana T-shirt look like a statement necklace.  Knitted pencil skirt from Ekaterina Kukhareva.

Posted on June 8, 2014

Fashion Brunch in Notting Hill

Accessoires/ London/ Romantique/ Shoes

La Paire Wolf and Badger

Brunch is my favourite meal of the day. Not only because I hail from Berlin where brunch is an obligatory weekend past time. I love sweet breakfast (croissant, Nutella)  merged with savoury goodies such as delicious, runny eggs, cold meats and fresh juices.

“New Toms” restaurant in Notting Hill is a beautifully decorated place with painted, baroque-esque ceilings and a outdoor patio for those (rare) balmy days in London. The stripped-down-to-the-best menu offered delicious brunch options such as Eggs Benedict, homemade blueberry muffins and pain au chocolat for the sweet toothed like me.

Brunch at New Tom's Westbourne Grove

New tom's restaurant Westbourne Grove

Fuelled by great food, we strolled along Westbourne Grove and it’s array of fashionable shops. “Wolf & Badger”is a fashion store that provides a platform for selected, emerging UK designers.  Every weekend, a new independent designer displays their clothes, shoes & jewellery in the shop.

That Saturday was my my lucky day as I discovered the beautiful flats and sandals of La Paire. Founder and designer Amy La displayed a sneak preview of her Autumn/Winter 2014 pointy ballet pumps in the shop. Needless to say, I’m in love with the confetti-glitter flats and the metallic Easter-egg colours of the shoes. Handmade in Spain, they are not only stylish but also fairly priced.

Wolf & Badger was named one of Britain’s best boutiques by British Vogue, make sure you pop by when you visit London. Thanks Wolf & Badger and La Paire, Romantique’s  new favourite shop for ballet flats & sandals!
Wolf and Badger. La Paire ballerina flats AW 2015

GORGEOUS! Impossible to chose, I must have them all!

GORGEOUS! Impossible to chose, I must have them all!

Wolf and Badger. La Paire ballerina flats AW 2015

 

Amy La, founder of La Paire, and myself at Wolf & Badger in Notting Hill.

I’ m wearing:

  • Lace dress from Max & Co
  • Straw bag from Miu Miu
  • Flats from Versace Jeans
  • Macaron necklace from Les Nereides N2 Paris
Posted on July 9, 2013

Toile de Jouy Print Dress in Hampstead Heath

Dresses/ London/ Romantique/ Travel
I am wearing a toile de Jouy / wedgewood print sundress by Primark. Straw bag by Le Voyage en Panier.

I am wearing a toile de Jouy / wedgewood print sundress by Primark. Straw bag by Le Voyage en Panier.

What a weekend it’s been for Britain: Andy Murray won the tennis, the first British male to win the tournament in 77 years, the Lions beat the Aussies in the rugby. And the best: Temperatures shot up to 29 degrees, blue skies and happy people everywhere. Let’s just say that this wonderful weather is quite a rare occurrence during the summer months here!

No wonder that people made the most of the sunshine: London’s parks were jam packed. Mr Romantique and I headed to London’s North, Hampstead Heath. We managed to get a small square of space by the small swimming pond. I must admit I did not swim in the rather brown, muddy waters shared with various ducks and other wildlife!

For the summery occasion, I chose to wear a cotton sundress by Primark in Toile de Jouy print. You might have seen this design of landscapes and figures for which the 18th-century factory of Jouy-en-Josas, near Versailles, Fr., was famous at Carven’s SS2013 runways, reinterpreted with Safari prints. While I am a fan of sustainable, well made and high quality garnments, I think there is nothing wrong with a little trendy cotton sundress made to wear for one season.

Hampstead Heath swimming pond. If you're claustrophobic, rather chose the airy hills of the surrounding heath!

Hampstead Heath swimming pond. If you’re claustrophobic, rather chose the airy hills of the surrounding heath!

Red sunglasses from Versace, hoop earrings depicting a Parisian couple from Les Nereides

Red sunglasses from Versace, hoop earrings depicting a Parisian couple from Les Nereides

 

Londoner's sizzling in the sun after a catastrophic spring and early summer

Londoner’s sizzling in the sun after a depressing spring and early summer

 

Carven's SS2013 toile print.  Franco-German Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf founded the manufacture of printed toile cottons

Carven’s SS2013 toile print. Franco-German Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf founded the manufacture of printed toile cottons in 1760

Primark Wedgewood print dress Primark Carven

Dress for less: Primark is a great place for trendy pieces copied straight off the runway. This dress only cost a fraction of the original from Carven.

Posted on June 27, 2013

Sacre Coer French Cuisine in London

London/ Romantique/ Travel

Sacre Coer French Restaurant Angel

The times are long gone when you had to make do with baked beans and soggy roasts living in England. In London, you can get an array of delicious, authentic international cuisine. Thanks to my lovely French friend Claire, we discovered this cute little bistro looking like out something of the movie Amelie. Lovingly themed in blue vichy checks, the restaurant is inviting and cosy. On the menu, classic French dishes like frogs legs, rabbit casserole, moules and coq au vin will seduce your palate.

Sacre coer is located in the up-and-coming area of  Angel inIslington, North London.  This used to be quite a crummy district but  has turned into a trendy, vibrant and arty neighbourhood with lots of bars, restaurants and boutiques to enjoy and explore. Islington Sacre Coer

Perfect for a superb meal on a balmy summer night. This bistro is popular, so make sure you book on a weekend

Perfect for a superb meal on a balmy summer night. This bistro is popular, so make sure you book on a weekend

I fitted right into the decoration theme of the Restaurant! Blue Gingham Vichy dress and lace coat from Max & Co

I fitted right into the decoration theme of the Restaurant! Blue Gingham Vichy dress and lace coat from Max & Co

 

 

 

 

 

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