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.
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!
GORGEOUS! Impossible to chose, I must have them all!
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
Fair Isle prints, also known as Norwegian or Nordic knits, are my perennial Christmas staple with nostalgic value. The style can look super cute on the ski slopes or at home in front of the Christmas tree, provided you don’t overdo it. Style it with cool accessories to make it look modern, like skinny jeans, a girly locket necklace or a casual cross body bag.
I’m wearing a toned down Fair Isle patterned wool cardigan in muted grey and cream, paired with a cashmere dress, both from Max & Co. For a splash of festive colour, I added a Santa red mini Hermes-esque bag.
Red Mini Kelly bag from Picard. Bronze Ballerinas with chunky heel from Max & Co.
This year on Christmas eve, I will be in the air with Mr Romantique on our way to Australia for a warm Bondi Beach Holiday. It’s fair to say that I will have to swap my cosy Fair Isle sweater for a little sundress!
My favourite fairy tale, Haensel & Gretel, hidden in this ueber-cute gingerbread house locket from French costume jeweller Les Nereides. THE expert for everything cute, creative and fantasy filled!
It really does pay off to have a sister working in the cosmetic industry. Not only do I get free goodies on a regular basis, but I also get insight into the well kept secrets of the beauty world – like the fact that Bourjois is still a family owned company that also owns Chanel cosmetics, which both happen to be my favourite make-up brands.
I’m a fan of the more subtle, natural make-up, but there are a few basics I can’t live without:
Bourjois trio baked eyeshadow in nude ingenu – natural shades of brown for the day look. I love the subtle shimmer.
Bourjois trio baked eyeshadow in vert de gris – cool, grey green colours that can be worn with the lighter shades or applied wet for more contrast in the evening. Will look great on brown eyes too.
Chanel 4 colour eyeshadows in Kaska Beige: These warm neutral colous are very wearable and have a soft shimmer.
Bourjois lip gloss effect 3D in shade brun poetic – I love this lip gloss – the shade is a very natural warm pink brown close to the lips natural colour, the texture is very smooth on the lips and not too sticky.
Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder – not only is the powder pressed in the shape of a chocolate bar, but it also smells deliciously of chocolate – Mmmm, délicieux! I also love Guerlain’s 4 seasons bronzing powder with 4 different shades for bronzed skin from winter to summer.
The Bourjois blusher “Brun cuivre” is a warm copper brown that also looks great worn as an eyeshadow
My favourite nail varnishes: I love the quality of Chanel nail varnishes and their trendy colours. I’m wearing this years Black Pearl by the pool, but also subtle shades like “Jade Rose”, look sophisticated on the feet.
“Paradoxal” is a grey-purple which I love for the feet too.
And the winner is……The ballet pump, of course!
They are not only the preferred choice of Parisians http://romantiqueandrebel.com/?p=585 but also of our favourite German girl, the distinguished Claudia Schiffer! I can’t help but think that very high heels, like often worn by Heidi Klum, look cheap on her, especially paired with a short mini skirt.
Pretty Ballerinas have been my favourite choice of flats for years. Mainly because they are not just the most comfortable ones (inner leather sole and a robust rubber sole for the winter models), but they are also the most flattering on the foot, making the foot look elegant and long. You can choose from literally hundreds of models for every occasion from elegant, to corporate to casual and quirky. They do come with an expensive price tag but they are definitely worth every penny. They’re durable and last for years if cared for, and do not lose their shape like many other ballet shoes (i.e. French sole!).