We all know those days; the ones where you wake, sift through your overflowing wardrobe, and there is nothing to wear. Nothing seems to align with your mood, fit with your new coat, complement your work shoes. The day has barely begun, you’re late for work and already pangs of stress are beginning! That’s the moment where I like to cut through the complexity and grab a simple dress. A dress so that I don’t have to worry about matching top to bottom. No pattern, just a mono coloured fresh hue complementing my skin, cut in a comfortable timeless shape. This is where classic brands like Max Mara are your best friends. No matter what the fashion fad du jour says, you can always rely on a simply cut dress in their collection. Jackie Kennedy knew that looking flawless is about the classic looks. Mind you she did live in the 50s / 60s , having the best fashion of the decade at her fingertips! Good news for us is that 60s fashion looks incredibly modern today. Look at Twiggy and Grace Coddington below. These two would rock any street style competition in 2016!
I’m wearing bordeaux coloured Oxford lace-ups to prevent this dress from looking too sugary sweet. Hand embroidered metal bracelet by Camille Enrico. I’m in love with these hand embroidered metal bracelets by the French designer. A piece of jewellry close to my heart as it was a present from the team I worked with previously in London.
Dress and shoes by Max Mara. Raffia pom pom bucket bag by Sicily Bag. Sunnies by Prada.
Grace Coddington and Twiggy in timeless designs
Jackie in the Pantone colour of the year 2016!
Sometimes H&M has something exciting that surprises me like this Gucci-esque floral bohemian maxi dress.
Fast fashion items like this usually don’t survive more than a few washings. But that’s not the point. H&M outfits are not made for eternity, they are aone hit wonder and fun stuff – in demand only for a brief time.
I wore this H&M floral maxi dress recently on a sunny bicycle tour on Sunday.
My H&M Outfit: Floral Maxi Dress by H&M, Leather Jacket by Michael Kors, Bag by LOVE Moschino, Shoes by Converse
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.
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
Yellow Dress by Calvin Klein
Toe Sandals in leopard print by Unisa
Straw Coffa Bag by Sicily Bag
Straw Panama hat by Billabong
For the bank holiday, Mr Romantique and I packed our bags, flew to Berlin and rented a car to race down the Autobahn to Warnemünde also dubbed the “Berlin bathtub” due to its proximity to Berlin (212 km).
Most people, including Mr Romantique, don’t even know that Germany has not only one but two oceans, the North sea and the Baltic sea. I prefer the Baltic sea beaches, with their 1900 km of sugary white sand, picturesque Unesco World heritage towns, national parks and endless lakes. As children, Rebel and I would often go to the Baltic sea with our parents and spend long summer days on the coast.
Characteristic of the teutonic beaches are the unique wicker beach chairs, scattered along the wide stretches of white sand. Their blue, yellow, red or green striped design exudes maritime flair whilst they keep you sheltered from the wind and sun. You can rent these comfy wicker chairs daily or hourly.
Selfie with Mr Romantique at Warnemünde’s cruise ship port
Warnemünde is great for relaxing on its wide beaches or strolling along it’s busy dock, watching the cruise ships and ferries pass by. There are plenty of restaurants offering local sea fare. If you don’t feel like a sit down meal grab a fresh matjes (soused herring) sandwich from one of the many Backfisch stands for a delectable selection of local seafood specialities.
Warnemünde has a textile beach as well as a natural beach. In Germany, this is a question of culture. While most “Ossies” (Eastern Germans) like getting naked, the more prudish West Germans prefer the bikini beaches.
- Blue Vichy Gingham dress by Pinko – clashing picnic checks and the maritime stripes of the beach whicker baskets
- Sicilian straw coffa bag by Sicily Bag
- Gelato pink sunglasses by Celine
- Sandals by AGL, Attilio Giusti Leombruni
Perch fish from the baltic sea and typical german fried potatoes.
Jackie Kennedy’s francophile sense of style is legendary and still being copied today! I’m not ashamed to say that I’m one of those copy cats: Monotone block colours, boxy jackets, straight shift dresses and relaxed riviera style on holiday epitomised the Jackie style and most of these items are represented in my wardrobe.
The other day, I perused TK Maxx and saw this gorgoues sixties dress which screamed “Mad Men” and Jackie. A beautifully tailored shift dress, weaved in a gorgeous emerald green and mustard yellow boucle tweed, all colours that are very much part of the new breath taking Autumn / winter 2016 collection as seen at Prada and Miu Miu.
I’m so happy to see that the 60s fashion trend, initiated with the Mad Men series, shows no sign of abating. Seldom has fashion looked so flattering. The tailoring, the colours, the cuts, the details: Let this trend never stop!
- Kitten heels by Logan
- Printed boucle tweed shift dress by Millie MackIntosh at TK Maxx
- Embroidered beige floral handbag by Dolce & Gabbana
Jackie Kennedy in one of her iconic shift dresses
Prada Rready-to-wear collection AW 2015/2016
The Corolla dress. Raf Simon’s first collection for Dior in 2012.
My all time favourite dress shape is the “Corolla” dress. With it’s feminine 50s silhouette, fitted top, emphasized waist and voluminous skirt, it flatters every woman. Most of my Corolla robes are by MAx & Co, as this particular style is part of their perennial line.
So where does the Corolla dress gets it’s name from? From no other than Monsieur Christian Dior. In 1947, Dior introduced the “New Look Corolla” line – featuring round shoulders, hourglass silhouette and A-line skirts, in seductive fabrics such as taffeta, satin and silk. After the austerity and the masculine fashion of the two world wars, Dior wanted to make women feel elegant and ultra feminine again.
Dior’s new look not only went on to revolutionise fashion for decades, the corolla became a time-less look. Raf Simmons, Dior’s current designer, paid homage to the corolla dress in his first Haute couture creations for Dior in 2012.
We were emerging from the period of war, of uniforms, of women-soldiers built like boxers. I drew women-flowers, soft shoulders, fine waists like liana and wide skirts like corolla. – Christian Dior
- Monochrome striped Corolla dress by Max & Co
- Straw bag by Miu Miu
- Espadrilles at TK Maxx
- Sunglasses by Prada
Fellow romantique Diane Kruger wearing a corolla dress by Chanel.
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 by Antoni & Alison
- Cross body bag by Moschino
- Mirroed pink avviator shades by Ray Ban
- Beauty Note:
- Lipstick “Heatwave” (how fitting!) by Nars
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?
Baltic Sea feel: German beach baskets at my favourite restaurant: The Dunes Cafe at stunning Palm Beach.
Aussie LIfe guard at Sydney’s Palm Beach
Mr Romanatique promoting the Aussie Christmas
Gingham Havis at Mona Vale, one of Sydney’s Northerrn Beaches
Marie-Antoinette, France’s last queen and symbol for the excess of the monarchy, had a favourite colour: She loved to wear reddish brown tafetta dresses with purple shimmer, known as “puce”. This Christmas, French mustard brand Maille pays hommage to the gorgeously decadent colour with a special edition of one of their top end mustards. A true food lover’s delight, this mustard contains black truffle and Chablis wine. Dot this over steak, enjoy with cheese, spread on a brioche, or mix in with a creamy risotto…yum!!
My dad is a passionate hobby chef, which makes Maille’s high-end mustard a perfect Christmas gift for him. Men are notoriously difficult to buy for, so this makes a nice change to the perennial scarf, jumper or perfume. The heavy stone ware pot can be refilled in Maille boutiques around the world. I got this personalised in the London boutique with my dad’s initials – a lovely, personal touch.
Due to my colouring, puce and auburn-y colours are difficult for me to pull off. The dress I am wearing is brightened with a crisp white Peter Pan collar, an accessory I’ve loved for years, even before it was popularised by Alexa Chung.
I am wearing:
- Dress in puce by Max & Co
- Bronze shoes by Max & Co
- Black doctor handbag by Prada
- Sunglassses by Prada
Marie-Antoinette in her puce coloured dress
Disclaimer: I have links to the Maille brand in my current job
Badou Badou cat macaron and macaron bracelet by N2 Les Nereides Paris.
September has been a whirlwind month for me: a trip home to Berlin, rocked London Fashion Week with Rebel, started a new job in Marketing and last but not least, Mr Romantique whisked me away to Paris to celebrate our first wedding anniversary!
Paris romanced us with stunning weather, mouth-watering food in Paris’ most popular tea room and breathtaking views from Montparnasse tower. My absolute highlight of the trip was a box of cat macarons from Parisian patisserie Lenôtre. Unlike Laduree’s Hello Kitty Macaron collection, which simply contains macarons in Helly Kitty themed packaging, Lenôtre offers macarons shaped like Kitty’s head. The adorable cat macarons, named Badou Badou, are offered in two delicious flavours: Cotton Candy and Strawberry Haribo.
Elodie Martins, writer and amateur pastry chef, created the feline macarons inspired by the girly universe of the movie “Marie Antoinette”, directed by Sofia Coppola.
Street style Paris at the gorgeous pont Alexandre III.
- The quintessential French Vichy Gingham dress by Max & Co
- Green ballet pumps by Pretty Ballerinas
- Brown cross body bag by Moschino
- Shades by Ray Ban
- Parisian themed hoop earrings by Les Nereides
The girly world of Sofia Coppola’s movie “Marie Antoinette” inspired Elodie Marting to create her Badou Badou cat earrings.