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Posted on March 15, 2014

Spring Super Stripes

Dresses/ Romantique

Stripey summer dress Max and Co

The sunshine arrived this weekend in London and I’m more than happy to leave my thick tights and winter coats in the cupboard (yes, it was warm enough to go out without tights). My summer clothes are still in storage, so I chose to wear a fresh, stripey look for the first warm day of the year. Rather than relying on my trusted navy striped shirts, I went for a more graphic take on the Breton look.  Thick bands of denim blue and beige adorn my two-toned dress with a vertical stripe running through the middle, just for the fun of it.

Striped dress SS2014 Max and Co

I am wearing:

  • Dress from Max and Co SS2014
  • Pointy snake skin flats from Dolce Vita at TK Maxx
  • Pink handbag from Bally
  • Paris Earrings from Les Nereides
  • Trench coat from Stefanel

Stefanel trench coat beige

Banish the Breton this summer and go for big and bold stripes this spring!

Spring day in Notting Hill

Mr Romantique and I went to Notting Hill today for a hearty Honest Burger. Sun hungry Londoners were soaking up the rays outside the bars and restaurants.

Posted on February 23, 2014

Shades of Grey

Dresses/ Romantique

Max and Co grey wool dress London streetstyle

Some things are just meant to be. When I first spotted this  grey wool dress in a Max & Co shop in Southerrn Italy, I heavy heartedly gave it a miss. I had to remind myself that I already bought a dress, had dental expenses coming up and just had to cut back in general.

Three months later I saw the same dress in the Christmas sale in Berlin. And now it’s mine. Max and Co (Max Mara’s younger subline)  is my holy grail dressmaker. The tailoring is flawless and the most flattering for my figure (think fitted bodice and flared skirt). The subtle and discreet grey is perfect when I feel like wearing my rather loud purple and red patterned coat.

I am wearing:

  • Wool dress – Max & Co
  • Scallop collar – COS
  • Ankle boots – Geox at TK Maxx
  • Red handbag: Picard

Purple and red patterned coat from Max & Co. Necklace and earrings from Les Nereides and N2 Paris.

Purple coat Max and Co London

The same dress back in summer in the shop, paired with a tan and AGL metallic sandals.

The same dress back in summer in the Italian shop, paired with a tan and AGL metallic sandals.

Posted on January 24, 2014

Vichy Gingham Playsuit for a day out in Manly, Australia

Australia/ Dresses/ Romantique/ Trousers/ Wardrobe

Manly Australia Gingham Playsuit Max Mara

My first weeks back in London have been super busy , I hardly had time to shift through our holiday photos, which already seems like a distant memory!

Even more reason to take time to look through the pictures and reminisce. One of our most memorable days out was a trip to Manly, a lively beach surburb North of Sydney. Just like Bondi, it’s a popular spot for backpackers, offering lots of cafes, restaurants, shops and bars. Manly has a ferry connection to the city, making it an ideal base for tourists. From the main beach, a stunning beach walk leads you to the sheltered Shelly’s beach. Shelly’s is the first choice for snorkelers, for it’s clear blue waters and surrounding  rocks, housing lots of Australia’s sea creatures.

Gingham playsuit Max Mara in Manly

For the overcast but warm and humid day, I wore:

  • Gingham Vichy playsuit by Max Mara
  • Cashmere pink cardigan from TK Maxx
  • Pink / white striped espadrilles from Bally
  • Red sunglasses from Versace
  • Mini bag from Moschino

  Australian waterdragon Manly

 On the picturesque beach path from Manly to Shelly beach, you will most likely come across the Australian Water dragon, who is at home here. It looks like a mini-dragon and belongs to the family of lizards. Notices are hung up everywhere around the beach walk reminding visitors that you will be fined with up to 6 months in prison on attempt to “take a dragon”. Thanks for pointing that out, I’m not Daenerys Stormborn from “Game of Thrones”. It’s more likely you find me pinching a kitten than a water dragon!

All cat lovers will enjoy my cat ring from Les Nereides ;-)

All cat lovers will enjoy my cat ring from Les Nereides

  Cat Ring Les Nereides

Manly Australia cloudy day

Manly was named by Capt Arthur Phillip for the indigenous people living there, stating that “their confidence and manly behaviour made me give the name of Manly Cove to this place”.

Posted on January 18, 2014

Maritime Checks, Stripes and Beach Chairs

Australia/ Dresses/ Romantique/ Travel

German beach chair in Australia

When we think about countries and their beaches, we often have stereotypes in our minds:

Think about the British seaside, and pebbly beaches, grey skies and amusement arcades spring to mind. Reminisce about American coasts, and Boardwalk Empire, hot dog stands and roller skates dominate our imagination. Australian beaches are often associated with surfers, sharks and shrimps on a barbie. And German beaches? Despite bordering two seas (the North Sea and the Baltic Sea), no distinctive image seems to be connected with the Teutonian seaside.  However, if you’ve been to one of the German beaches, you will have noticed the blue striped wicker beach baskets dotted all over the coast. The “Strandkorb” (literally Beach basket) can house two people. They were invented in Rostock in 1882  to protect against the wind, sand and sun. It features trays and expandable leg rests to make the beach day a comfortably engineered experience.

You can imagine how surprised I was to spot the familiar looking, blue striped beach chair in Australia, 20,000 miles from home! They fitted elegantly into the stunning setting of the Dune Restaurant and kiosk at Sydney’s Palm Beach.  Perhaps the owner of the restaurant was inspired during a vacation at a German or Danish seaside to import a beach chair to the Australian shores?!

See the drawer on the left hand side? It hides a foot rest to stretch your legs! The expandable roof protects against the sun and wind.

See the drawer on the left hand side? It hides a foot rest to stretch your legs! The expandable roof protects against the sun and wind. As it’s production is too complicated for machines, every beach basket is hand made.

Vichy Gingham blue dress Gant

Checks love stripes! I’m wearing a blue gingham / vichy dress from Gant, sunglasses from Ray Ban and earrings by Les Nereides.

Beach chair Australia

There are two varieties of beach chairs: The North Sea beach chair is more angular, featuring straight edges to reflect the stormy North Sea. The softer and rounder Baltic Sea chair is seen here in Sydney at Dunes.

The Beach basket in it's natural habitit at the Baltic Sea

The Beach basket in it’s natural habitat at the Baltic Sea

Posted on December 17, 2013

Pregnant & Chic

Blazer / Jackets/ Dresses/ Romantique/ Wardrobe
Kyra is wearing: Black leather jacket from Zara, cream dress from a small boutique in bondi, Sydney, Australia. Bronze peep toe pumps from Dune. Sunnies clubmaster from Ray Ban.

Kyra is wearing: Black leather jacket from Zara, cream dress from a small boutique in bondi, Sydney, Australia. Bronze peep toe pumps from Dune. Sunnies clubmaster from Ray Ban.

Pregnancy doesn’t have to equal sartorial desert, swollen ankles and the “sexless” mummy look, as pregnant Kyra – writer, economist and my sister in law – shows us in these gorgeous pictures. How does she do it? Let’s find out in our exclusive interview.

R&R: Kyra, you are 8 months pregnant now and you look fantastic! You don’t look as if you’ve given in to the notorious pregnancy cravings! Have you been following a healthy pregnancy diet and consciously resisted the cheese cake / gherkin craving?

My diet (and appetite) radically changed pretty much as soon as I got pregnant – suddenly all I craved was fresh salads and the occasional gherkin. This was certainly a shift, considering I used to live on burgers and tacos!
To kick things off, give us 5 words to describe your experience of pregnancy:

Calm,  sick! Happy, heavy, tired!

How would you describe your style and how have you maintained it during your pregnancy?

I’m not sure I have a “style”! I wish I did, but in terms of pregnancy, I stayed away from maternity clothes (except for the essential, maternity jeans!), and just bought nice oversized clothes that would work post pregnancy.

Did you go shopping for maternity wear? Do you have any shopping tips?

Not really! I had a couple of pairs of maternity jeans and some tights, then pretty much wore stuff that was oversized anyways. I wasn’t in love with the maternity wear! I would recommend shopping at COS, they have beautiful and baggy clothes that look great after the bump is gone!

Pregnant and Chic dress Maison Scotch

Kyra is wearing: Red Peter Pan collar dress from Maison Scotch, belt from Topshop, flats from Urban Outfitters. Gina (right) is wearing a teal coloured dress from Claudie Pierlot.

 

Who is your style icon and why?

I love Jennifer Lawrence. She has such a healthy message about body image and fashion that I think we should all listen to!

What are your top 5 maternity style must-haves? Maternity skinny jeans (GAP), comfortable flats are all I can think of!

What is your current favourite wardrobe item? I am obsessed with my Cynthia Vincent flats!

What’s on your maternity and baby wish list? Pretty much anything from Stella McCartney kids.

What do you most look forward to teaching your child? To be calm and engage in the present moment always.

Cynthia Vincent flats

Cynthia Vincent flats

  Pregnant and chic cream dress

 

Kyra’s latest wardrobe staple buy: A warm, navy parka with fur hood from Isabel Marant. Stylish and warm to brace against the damp UK winter!

 

Posted on October 23, 2013

Peter Pan Collar Dress

Dresses/ Romantique/ Wardrobe
Peter Pan Collar Dress Max Co
The Peter Pan Collar is the ultimate accessory for every Romantique out there. Here are our Top 5 reasons why the Peter Pan collar is the ultimate style staple:

 

  1. The crip white collar always makes you look pulled together
  2. Versatility: Style it romantic, relaxed, sexy, elegant or like a rockstar
  3.  It pairs with every item in our wardrobe: From jumper to dress to leather jacket to coat
  4. The Peter Pan collar is now available on it’s own to be attached to an outfit for upgrading our existing
    wardrobes
  5. Choose a sparkly / bejewelled Peter pan collar and be ready for a night out. No jewellery required.

Above: I am wearing: Bordeaux coloured wool dress with silk Peter Pan Collar from Max & Co AW2013

Alexa Chung Peter Pan Collar

Alexa Chung in her signature Peter Pan collar. We bow to the stunning Londoner for initiating this trend!
Nougat coloured leather jacket from Massimo Dutti. Oxford Lace-ups from AGL Attilio Giusi Leombruni

Nougat coloured leather jacket from Massimo Dutti. Oxford Lace-ups from AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni

Woven leather bag from Falorni.

Woven leather bag from Falorni.Wayfarer sunglasses from Ray Ban.

 

Brigitte Bardot in a wine coloured dress with crisp white collar.

Brigitte Bardot in a wine coloured dress with crisp white collar.

Vichy checked detachable collar and pearl collar. Peter Pan mock shirt from COS.

Vichy checked detachable Peter Pan collar and pearl collar. Peter Pan mock shirt from COS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on October 19, 2013

Winter staple: The Knit Dress

Dresses/ Romantique
geometric knit dress with red bow

Knitted dress from TK Max. Grey slip on shoes from AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni. Heart umbrella from Moschino. Black woven leather handbag from Falorni.

 

Comfy, easy and stylish – the new generation knitted dress is an effortless weekend staple.

When you don’t have time in the mornings, a soft wool knitted dress is easier to pull on than a crisp white blouse but looks just as polished.

How we like to wear it:

  • Above: When the wind is blowing cold, wear it with tights and flats and you’re good to go. My red tights (Falke matt 50 in “lipstick”) pick up the red bow of my graphic woolen knitted dress with turtle neck from TK Maxx.
  • Below: Wear your knitted dress with a belt to add shape like Rebel. Ankle boots in contrasting colours for a chic winter look.  Navy blue, pleated knit dress from Stefanel.
  • Wear your knit dress with knee high boots like Angelina Jolie below.
Rebel is wearing a pleated knit dress from Stefanel

Rebel is wearing a pleated knit dress from Stefanel

Angelina Jolie wearing a navy cable knit dress from italian label Loro Piana

Angelina Jolie wearing a navy cable knit dress from italian label Loro Piana

Geometric wool dress TK Maxx

Posted on October 5, 2013

Best of Italy: The dreamy fishing village of Gallipoli

Dresses/ Italy/ Travel

Gallipoli Italy

What is the perfect place for a romantic honey moon? Exactly, Italy, the land of Dolce Vita and La Bella Figura. After 3 days of touring the eternal city of Rome, we spent seven relaxing days on the beautiful coast of Puglia, the southern heel of Italy. Gallipoli is located on a limestone island,  capturing  the romantic charm of Italian fishing villages and the rustic Mediterranean. Reminiscent of Dolce & Gabbana’s ad summer 2012 ad campaign, Gallipoli oozes the essence of Southern Italy. Enjoy the beautiful pics of Bella Italia!

I am wearing: For an overcast but warm day in Gallipoli I’m wearing all Italian!  Vichy checked dress from Max & Co, metallic sandals from Attilio Giusti Leombruni, cross body bag from Moschino and Ray Ban Wayfarer 2140 sunglasses.

Ingredients for Dolce and Gabbana's ad campaigns? Take a gorgeous model, throw in rustic Italian seaside setting, garnished with a little black lace dress and matching lace tote bag.

Ingredients for Dolce and Gabbana’s ad campaigns? Take a gorgeous model, throw in a rustic Italian seaside setting, garnished with a little black lace dress and matching lace tote bag. Viva Italia!

Gallipoli Italy fishermen and nets

Honeymooners!

Honeymooners!

 

Narrow alleyways, a typical site in Gallipoli's historic heart

Narrow alleyways, a typical site in Gallipoli’s historic heart

All Italian! AGL shoes, moschino bag and max & co dress

All Italian! AGL shoes, moschino bag and max & co dress

 

Gallipoli Fishing

Watch the fisher men sell their fish after a day out on the sea after 17.30.

 

Posted on September 30, 2013

Oktoberfest Dirndl Street style in London

Current Affairs/ Dresses/ Romantique

It’s that time of the year again when the South of Germany celebrates the Oktoberfest, an outdoor Beer Garden Festival copied all over the world, from Brazil to Australia. The traditional Oktoberfest Dress, the Dirndl, is worn in the South of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Northern Italy (South Tyrol). As an authentic Berliner,  I love wearing the Dirndl in London as a funny novelty. After all, the nipped in waist, flared skirt and fitted bodice of the Dirndl is hugely flattering to every figure.

In London, restaurants and clubs such as “Bodo’s Schloss” and the “Tiroler Hut” are ideal playgrounds to wear Dirndls while tucking into a hearty meal.

Dirndls can be expensive and cost up to 1,000 EUR, as they are typically crafted from rich fabrics and hand made prints.  It can be difficult to find them at more affordable prices, however if you’re lucky enough to be in Germany, TK Maxx sells Dirndls every year around this time. H&M in Munich also offers a variety of low priced Dirndls.

I am wearing a TK Maxx Dirndl, Falke “Wiesn” knee highs, gingham kittenheels from Marc Jacobs. Straw bag from Misako. Gingerbread heart necklace from Thomas Sabo.  What to wear with a Dirndl? Cooky cute jewellery from French Designer Les Lereides of course! Gingerbread man ring and Haensel and Gretel charm bracelet perfectly match the Germanic theme.

Straw Bag from Misako, Haensel and Gretel Charm Bracelet and gingerbread ring man from Les Nereides.

Straw Bag from Misako, Haensel and Gretel Charm Bracelet and gingerbread ring man from Les Nereides.

Dirndl Street Style

 

 

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!
romantique wedding reichstag

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

Romantique wedding berlin

romantique wedding

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