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.
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
Banish the Breton this summer and go for big and bold stripes this spring!
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.
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.
The same dress back in summer in the Italian shop, paired with a tan and AGL metallic sandals.
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.
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
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
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”.
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. As it’s production is too complicated for machines, every beach basket is hand made.
Checks love stripes! I’m wearing a blue gingham / vichy dress from Gant, sunglasses from Ray Ban and earrings by Les Nereides.
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 habitat at the Baltic Sea
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:
- The crip white collar always makes you look pulled together
- Versatility: Style it romantic, relaxed, sexy, elegant or like a rockstar
- It pairs with every item in our wardrobe: From jumper to dress to leather jacket to coat
- The Peter Pan collar is now available on it’s own to be attached to an outfit for upgrading our existing
- 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 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 Giusti Leombruni
Woven leather bag from Falorni.Wayfarer sunglasses from Ray Ban.
Brigitte Bardot in a wine coloured dress with crisp white collar.
Vichy checked detachable Peter Pan collar and pearl collar. Peter Pan mock shirt from COS.
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
Angelina Jolie wearing a navy cable knit dress from italian label Loro Piana
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 a rustic Italian seaside setting, garnished with a little black lace dress and matching lace tote bag. Viva Italia!
Narrow alleyways, a typical site in Gallipoli’s historic heart
All Italian! AGL shoes, moschino bag and max & co dress
Watch the fisher men sell their fish after a day out on the sea after 17.30.