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Posted on May 16, 2016

Never say Never in Fashion

Denim/ Featured/ Rebel

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I usually only wear skinny jeans, but recently  I’ve become a believer in boyfriend jeans. I’ve long ignored this fashion piece which has become a staple thanks to its relaxed fit and lived in look.

How could that happen?

“Never say never in Fashion, because you’ll be wearing “Never” in two years time.” (Alexa Chung) I said “never” to Boyfriend Jeans but if you never try, you will never know – I learned it’s working for fashion too.

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Boyfit jeans look great paired with everything from a basic T-shirt to a chic Blazer, and they lend versatility in terms of shoe choice: you can wear them with everything from Converse to sky-high stilettos or flats.

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I wear: Boyfit Jeans by REPLAY, T-Shirt by H&M, Jumper by POLO RALPH LAUREN, Flats by CARVELLA, Sunnies by PAUL SMITH

 

Posted on April 17, 2016

Casual French Girl Style

Bags/ Featured/ Icons/ Romantique/ Skirts
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French girl style at Sloane Square, London

Whenever I feel uninspired, bored or just not too fussed about fashion, I’ll un-dust one of my many stripey breton shirts. The quintessential Parisian style staple always delivers, looking pulled together and relaxed at the same time. Who doesn’t have at least 3 stripey shirts in their wardrobe?  The nautical stripes were made famous in 1917 by no other than Madam Coco Chanel herself, establishing the shirt mariniere as a style icon. Countless celebs followed suit, from Audrey Hepburn to French cool Girl Clemence Poesy.

My favourite look is to go all out on the sailor theme by teaming my stripey J Crew shirt (love the relaxed fit and the boat neck) with a navy straight skirt and white buttons. To finish off the French look, I add a small straw bag for the Jane Birkin flair, St Tropez circa 1967.

What’s your favourite way of styling this timeless Piece? Would love to hear from you!

I’m wearing (mostly French, bien sur):

  • Sailor shirt by J Crew
  • Navy skirt with white Buttons by Claudie Pierlot
  • Sicilian embellished straw coffa bag by Sicily Bag – limited “Limoncello|” Edition
  • Banana earrings by N2 by Les Nereides
Breton shirt and Sicily Bag Straw bag street style London

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Audrey Hepburn looking chic in the nautical look.

Audrey Hepburn looking chic in the nautical look.

Love how Clemence Poesy mixes up styles: A relaxed sailor tee paired with a boucle tweed skirt. Parfait!

Love how Clemence Poesy mixes up styles: A relaxed sailor tee paired with a boucle tweed skirt on the red carpet. Parfait!

Posted on April 3, 2016

Black or Beige Trenchcoat?

Coats/ Featured/ Rebel

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Do you prefer your trench coat in black or beige?

With it’s classic shape, timeless appeal and effortless chic, the trench coat is a classic outerwear piece for transitioning from summer to fall or from winter to spring .

For over 15 years I’ve owned a beige Burberry trench coat.  I never thought about a black trench coat up until this spring, when I was looking for a more subtle, sexy and feminine version of the trench. With a black trench coat, I could be that sexy French girl, avec tousled hair!

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Christy Turlington looking radiant as always – Elegance, privacy, class, education, yoga and a happy family life helps!

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Alex Chung’s Black Trench

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Have a happy springtime with or without the classic trench coat!

Posted on February 28, 2016

How to wear a Straw Bag in Winter

Bags/ Featured/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

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Most people associate straw and wicker with summer. But who needs rigid rules these days? So many looks have transcended their former boundaries – e.g. sequins are now part of regular office attire. Sneakers are worn with delicate jacquard dresses. So why not wear a straw bag in winter? They’re cute, chic and express a unique counterpoint that says “to hell with the cold – I feel warm regardless!”. The colourful poms poms, ranging in hue from soft pastels to deep turquoises and reds, are your best friend to combat the winter blues. Imagine the colourful, pom pom embellished Sicilian cofa straw bag with a pea coat and ankle boats! Or a more understated straw bag in subtler tones. I love Sicily Bag’s model “Claudia”  with its signature honey comb pattern worn with pleated knits and a woollen hat. The possibilities are endless.

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Crispy cold, sunny winter day? Free the pom poms and let them shine!

I’m wearing above: Pink bathrobe coat by Max & Co. Moccasins by AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni. Straw Bag “Gig” in size medio by Sicily Bag.

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All straw coffa bags are by Sicily Bag, my own web boutique I opened last year.

Every straw bag, handcrafted by Luigi and his family, carries history in its weaves. The age old Sicilian craft of embellishing straw bags is sadly fading. Luigi and his family are part of the last generation of artisans keeping this tradition alive.

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I’m wearing: Sicily Bag “Gigi” in size grande. Caban sailor jacket by Max & Co, navy skirty by Claudie Pierlot. Sunglasses my Miu Miu.

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I’m wearing a Sicily Bag in size piccolo. Gingham trousers by Max and Co. Lace collar shirt by Hallhuber. Beret by Seeberger.

Posted on February 11, 2016

The Fashion Sisters Bomber Brigade

Blazer / Jackets/ Featured/ Rebel/ Romantique

Streetstyle London Bomber jacket

Vogue is declaring the bomber jacket the new coat du jour this year! A classic fashion staple and darling of Hip Hop community in the naughties, the bomber jacket must be the coolest way to stay warm! All major designers from Gucci to Acne offer a variety of styles of the off-duty staple this year.

This uncomplicated blouson, as the bomber jacket is also know as,  is easy to style and pair: Imagine unexpected combos like a sequined evening dress with the sporty jacket or do it like Romantique and Rebel, making it your sartorial choice for a day of sight seeing in London! 

Rebel:

My favourite way of styling the bomber jacket is just like Mossy does it in the photo: Offset the casual bomber with a carefully ironed, crisp shirt, skinny jeans, ankle boots and structured bag and you’re good to go!

For a day of sightseeing in London’s East  (check back for the full report soon), I’m wearing skinny jeans by J Crew, Breton jumper by St James, ankle boots by Jil Sander and a blue satin bomber jacket.
Streetstyle London Bomber jacket

Romantique:

Yes I freely admit wearing bomber flight jackets is not really my forte. But now and then it’s good to mix things up, one can’t always wear Swiss lace and  brocade dresses. My bomber jacket is made of wintery wool – a toned down version of the classic shiny nylon or silk.  Paired with denim and ankle boots, this is an easy and relaxed look for every day.

I’m wearing a wool blouson by Closed, denim by Hugo Boss Orange, ankle boots by AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni.

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Mirrored sunglasses by Topshop and pink quilted leather crossbody bag by LCredi.

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Rebel's style inspiration: Kate Moss wearing a military bomber.

Rebel’s style inspiration: Kate Moss wearing a military bomber.

Romantique's style inspo: Classy Karlie Kloss wearing a personalised Rag and Bone Bomber jacket.

Romantique’s style inspo: Classy Karlie Kloss wearing a personalised Rag and Bone Bomber jacket.

 

 

Posted on January 24, 2016

Sicilian Lemon Yellow – Get in the mood for summer

Australia/ Bags/ Dresses/ Featured/ Romantique
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Jump!

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.

Bondi Beach Straw Coffa Bag

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.

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Sicilian Straw Bag Sicily Bag

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I’m wearing:

Yellow Dress by Calvin Klein

Toe Sandals in leopard print by Unisa

Straw Coffa Bag by Sicily Bag

Straw Panama hat by Billabong

Posted on January 6, 2016

Summer in Sydney: Top 5 things to do

Australia/ Featured/ Romantique/ Wardrobe
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Overlooking Bondi Beach at New Years Day 2016.

Every year over Christmas and New Year, I’m lucky enough to fly to the other end of the world, to Australia, to meet up with Mr Romantique’s family and friends, to enjoy Australia’s fresh produce and to relax on one of the best beaches in Sydney. Whilst I aim to do something new every year, I also love revisiting my favourite spots in Sydney. As a sun-deprived European in winter, you can imagine that most of the spots are related to beaches and outdoor activities. Here’s a list of my Top 5 things to do when in Sydney:

Bondi Beach / Icebergs pool / Bondi to Bronte walk:

I have a love-hate relationship with Australia’s most iconic beach Bondi. In summer, this bustling beach is invaded by hordes of tatooed backpackers and plastic-fantastic gym junkies. On the other hand, Bondi boasts the finest, sugary white sand, an array of nearby coffee shops and restaurants as well as the most stunning beach walk Bondi to Bronte. Last but not least, Icebergs Swimming club houses a pool built into the sea on the Southern end of the beach. A stunning landmark!

Iceberg's swimming pool.

Icebergs swimming pool.

Sydney Fish Markets

For seafood lovers, this iconic destination is a must-see pilgrimage when visiting Sydney. A plethora of busy and hectic stands offers the freshest of seafood imaginable. The market is a working port where the fishermens’ catches are auctioned each day. Whether you are wanting delicious prawns to take home and barbeque, fresh oysters to eat on the spot, or grilled takeaway to eat by the water with the pelicans, your taste buds will thank you. For desert, try the chocolate-covered, giant strawberries.

Fresh oysters from the Sydney fish market.

Fresh oysters from the Sydney fish market.

Mr Romantique on the ferry to Circular Quay.

Mr Romantique on the ferry to Circular Quay.

Catch the ferry to the Opera House and Harbour Bridge

A stunning way to see Sydney’s most recognisable sights is to take a ferry to the city. Enjoy the salty breeze and the stunning views and alight at Circular Quay, just a short walk from the Sydney Opera House, the historic area of the Rocks, the Harbour Bridge and the Botanic gardens.

Romantique Sydney Opera House with Sicily Bag.

At the Opear House, I’m wearing straw bag by SicilyBag.com, skirt by Moschino, sandals by L’Autre Chose.

Relax at one of Sydney’s secrets swimming spots

There are many secret little harbour beaches, secret tips passed on only by the best of friends. One of my favourites is Gordons Bay. Reminiscent of Italian beaches with it’s turquoise, calm waters and the rocky cliffs, this little gem is perfect for snorklers and relaxation for stressed city dwellers.

Gordon's bay.

Gordon’s bay. Straw bag by SicilyBag.com

Walk along the unspoilt beaches of the North

If you love empty, wild beaches that go on for kilometers, you will fall in love with Sydney’s Northern beaches. Long stretches of golden, endless sand are made for beach walks. My favourites are Mona Vale, Whale Beach and Palm Beach. The latter being my all time favourite beach in Sydney!!

Posted on December 15, 2015

Sisters Style Staple: The French Caban Jacket

Blazer / Jackets/ Coats/ Featured/ Rebel/ Romantique

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The Caban Jacket, known as a “pea coat” in English speaking countries, is a classic sailor jacket, the coat equivalent to the striped Tee. It’s a French style icon worn by the “usual suspects” – the heroines of French chic: Alexa Chung & French Vogue Editor Emannuelle Alt.

It comes in a variety of styles so there is one for every body type: From short jacket to longer hemmed coats, traditionally double breasted with gold buttons and a wide collar.

Let’s see how we style this classic in our two different styles, Romantique and Rebel:

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Rebel:

For me, the best way to style this shorter length caban jacket is casual with skinny jeans and flats. This is my Sunday morning brunch outfit, relaxed yet still chic without looking over-engineered. A striped mariniere shirt is also one of my favourite combos. After all, I live in Hamburg, near one of Europe’s biggest ports so the sailor style is always en vogue here up north.

Rebel is wearing: Navy pea coat by Max & Co. Skinny jeans by JBrand. Pointy boots by Buffalo.  Adorned straw bag by Sicily Bag.

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Romantique:

I decided to go for a risky experiment: How about pairing the sailor pea coat with a sailor skirt? Straight cut navy twill with a double row of white buttons. At first I was afraid of the clashing buttons but it turned out well! The navy beret brings the whole outfit together, parfait!

Romantique is wearing: Navy pea coat by Max & Co. Navy skirt by Claudie Pierlot. Leopard print flats by Kurt Geiger. Navy beret bought at John Lewis. Embellished straw bag by Sicily Bag. Sunglasses by Miu Miu.

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Photo location: Berlin Museum Island.

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French Vogue Editor Emmanuelle Alt wearing a caban jacket with gold buttons.

Alexa Chung wearing a long navy pea coat

Alexa Chung wearing a long navy wool pea coat

Posted on November 27, 2015

Sisters style: One coat, two styles

Berlin/ Coats/ Featured/ Rebel/ Romantique

Rebel Berlin Street Style Egg Shape Coat

Romantique and Rebel are back together again for another weekend in Berlin. This time, we replicated what we always did when we were kids: Raiding our mum’s wardrobe! Oh the perks of having a stylish mother.

We chose a chic herringbone egg-shaped coat by Max and Co and decided we would both wear it, showcasing how one piece of clothing can look different depending on how you style and pair it, all based on our different personalities.

Rebel:

To ensure a curving coat looks chic, think about what you wear underneath. It is a silhouette that works particularly well if your general way of dressing is skinny-legged, i.e. slim trousers or short skirts. I paired mine with skinny jeans and pointy boots. Pointy shoes, whether they are flats, heels or boots, always elongate the leg.

Avoid wearing knee-length skirts or wide legged trousers or you will look like a marshmallow!

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Romantique:

Egg-shaped coats are cleverly romantic and feminine without alluding to the traditional hourglass silhouette.

The voluminous shape of the cocoon coat lends itself to pairing it with a shorter skirt and ballet pumps.

The leopard-print pointy ballet pumps serve as an eye-catcher against the grey colour and a mini pattern clash with the herringbone coat.

Sometimes, grey can drain the complexion so I perked up my make-up with a matte, pigmented red lipstick (blue based) to pop against the coat.

Romantique Street Style Berlin Egg shape coat and BERET

I’m wearing: Coat by Max & Co. Black turtle neck jumper by Max & Co. Grey knitted pleat skirt by Stefanel. Leopard printed flats with leather bow by Kurt Geiger & navy beret by House of Fraser.

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Rebel Stret style Berlin Egg shaped coat beret

How would you style the egg-shaped coat? A la Romantique, with skirt and ballet pumps, or like Rebel with skinny jeans?

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Posted on November 16, 2015

Romantique and Rebel’s Top 5 Timeless Statement Winter Coats

Coats/ Featured/ Rebel/ Romantique

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Slowly but surely, stormy gales and wet, dark days will take over from golden autumn. Time for Romantique and Rebel to dig out our favourite, timeless coat favourites for inspiration and a guide to what you should buy if you’re looking to invest in a new winter coat this year.

Taa daa! The following  winter coats and shapes have stood the test of time and trends and will serve you well for years to come.

The Duffle Coat (Romantique)

Hailing from Belgium, duffle is a coarse, thick woollen material. This quintessential British wardrobe staple typically comes with signature toggle fasteners .

Romantique’ s tip: The duffle coat is a sporty, casual choice. Pair it with dainty, feminine dresses or shoes for a modern clash of styles. Best in classic colours such as navy or cream.

Above: Romantique is wearing a navy blue duffle coat by Bogner. Black doctors bag by Prada. Penny loafers by Sebago.

The Candy coloured egg shape coat (Romantique)

The egg shape coat stems from my favourite fashion era, the 60s. The voluminous shape fits best with slim silhouettes like skinny jeans, cigarette pants or short skirts. Candy colours such as powder pink, lemon yellow or mint green are the perfect companion for this kind of coat.

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The Parka Coat (Mummy Romantique)

The perennial parka coat is another style classic you can’t go wrong with. Made winter proof with cosy fur or fleece lining for bitterly cold January days. Similar to the duffle coat, this is an easy, cool basic, best styled with feminine hemlines and shoes for maximum effect!

Mummy Romantique is wearing: Winter parka coat by Witty Knitters Hamburg, skinny jeans by J Brand, ankle boots by Candice Cooper, cat eye glasses by Gucci.

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The fire engine red coat (Rebel)

Red is a signal colour and a real show stopper. This colour works best with a minimalistic, straight blazer cut. Chic, sophisticated and not to be confused with Santa Claus.

Rebel is wearing a red coat by Calvin Klein. Peter Pan collar shirt by Zara. Sneakers by Converse.

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The checkered plaid coat (rebel)

Think Kurt-Cobain flannel shirts meet grown-up Parisian chic. The black and red pattern garnered a lot of interest a few seasons back when Saint Laurent created a winter collection around this theme. Plaid coats are a great statement whilst still being classic enough to integrate into a variety of outfits

Rebel is wearing a black and red plaid jacket by Cerruti, skinny jeans by Blessed & Cursed glasses by Stella McCartney.

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Fashion inspiration by our favourite icon Alexa Chung. Whatever she throws on, she always looks pulled together, casually elegant and chic.

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Alexa Chung navy duffle coat

 

 

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