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
We all become desillusioned with our wardrobe sometimes (“Nothing to wear” anyone?). Our cupboards are bursting with too many trendy pieces and we lose overview. On one of those days, I fall back on to my essentials. These basics are classic wardrobe items I slip on and instantly feel good and comfortable.
My essential capsule collection includes:
- Navy blue blazer with gold buttons a la Emanuelle Alt by Tommy Hilfiger – preppy style always works
- White T-shirt (Lufthansa overnight kit)
- Black skinny jeans by Zara
- Flat ballerina pumps by Pretty Ballerina
- Chanel-esque pearls by Bijoux Brigitte
- Big, “Go to hell” sunglasses by Blumarine
For a splash of fun colour, I added a royal blue bucket bag from Badgley Mischka.
Street style Hamburg. Bag from Badgley Mischka
Emmanuelle Alt wearing a navy blue Blazer with gold buttons from Balmain.
Style inspiration Emmanuelle Alt, editor in chief of French Vogue. Her look is classic, sexy, effortless, French. If you stand in front of your full wardrobe, not knowing what to chose, go for timeless simplicity. A tailored blazer, skinny jeans and stylish pointy or ballerina flats will always make you look pulled together without trying to hard.
This week we have been to the Pretty Ballerina shop in South Molton Street in London, near the Bond Street tube station, to check out the new autumn / winter 2011 collection. I was delighted to see that the dotty trend has been replicated in shoe fashion too. The black dotty ballerinas I’m wearing are made of pony fur and remind me again why I love Pretty Ballerina so much: They have the most flattering look on the foot.
Casual elegance: She does everything right: Metal coloured bronze ballet flats, Vichy checked skirt, pink cardigan and Louis Vuitton bag. We loved this outfit and think the handbag was genuine.
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!).