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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!

Romantique egg shape coat Berlin Street Style

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.

Rebel Berlin street style egg shape coat beret

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?

Romantique street style berlin egg shape coat

Posted on September 6, 2015

Berlin’s Strawberry Adventure

Berlin/ Featured/ Travel

Karl's Strawberry Farm near Berlin Street style gingham
If you’ve ever been to Germany during strawberry season, you will have noticed the über-cute wooden strawberry huts selling fresh organic German strawberries and home made jams. In Berlin alone, the huts provide 60,000 customers with delicious berries each DAY!

What once started as a humble strawberry farm is now a thriving diverse and sustainable business.

“Karl’s” owns over 6 big adventure farms across Germany, where children can drive tractors, get lost in a maze field, marvel at grazing European bisons or shoot down a slide on potato sacks.

I knew this sounded like the kind of fun Mr Romantique, a child at heart, would love! So last weekend, on a stinking hot summer day, we drove to the farm, just a short drive from the centre of Berlin.

Strawberry hut Karl's strawberry Farm near Berlin

Whilst the kids can run themselves ragged in the wonderful themed play areas, adults can lose themselves in the main hall; a rustic themed market place offering a range of delicious bio food, all containing strawberries of course! The seductive scent of cooked strawberries wafts through the air, bathtubs full of the superfood are made into jam (jelly for our American friends) right in front of your eyes. You can also learn to make your own jam, soap, bread and sweets.
Karl’s own organic bakery offers delicious bread and cakes that ooze natural goodness and are completely free of preservatives.

Strawberry jam Karl's strawberry farm near Berlin

Strawberry jam Karl's strawberry farm near Berlin

Can’t get enough of the antioxidant berry? Then you’ll love the homemade strawberry beer, strawberry gelato, strawberry wine, strawberry pasta, even strawberry Prosecco! Entry to the giant farm and most of the main attractions is free of charge; you only pay for a couple o the attractions, the food and other yummy goods sold in the main arena. I bought two big jars of fresh plum jam, apple juice and strawberry-rhubarb jam.

30,000 teapots Karl's strawberry farm near Berlin

The market hall walls are plastered with the worlds biggest collection of tea pots, 30,000 to be precise. Most of them are donated by customers.

Karl's strawberry farm near Berlin

Most of Karl’s attractions and interior design is made of recycled materials. The German word for jam is, confusingly, “marmelade”.

Street style Berlin gingham pink and sicily coffa bag

I’m wearing:

  • Pink gingham blouse by Gant (it’s a strawberry farm, I had to!)
  • Blue shorts by Moschino
  • Sandals by AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni
  • Pink sunglasses by Celine
  • Embellished Coffa straw bag by Sicily Bag
Mr Romantique strawberry farm near Berlin

Mr Romantique and the strawberry farm mascot.

Posted on June 1, 2015

Sister time in Berlin!

Berlin/ Featured/ Rebel/ Romantique

Berlin Brandenburg Gate street style jumpsuit

Rebel and I spent some quality sister time in Berlin this weekend. Our home city spoilt us with glorious sunshine, so we did what most Berliner’s do on a sunny weekend: Lunching with our dad at one of the countless outdoor restaurants in Mitte, followed by a stroll on the boulevard “Unter den Linden” which leads to Berlin’s most iconic landmark, the Brandenburg Gate. From there, it’s just a stone throw to the Reichstag, the building which houses the German parliament. It was heavily damaged after WWII and reconstructed in 1990 when it become the home of the Bundestag again. Architect Norman Foster erected the famous glass dome which provides breath taking views over the city.

 

Reichtstag Street style Rebel

Rebel streetstyle berlin Reichstag

Rebel posing at the Reichstag

 

Berlin Reichstag Summer 2014

The Reichstag in Berlin

 

As usual, we had so much fun together and our time together has come to an end already.  Tune back for more pictures in Berlin on the blog very soon!

Berlin Bear Rebel Street style

The symbol of Berlin, the Berlin buddy bear! Life-size painted sculptures are scattered throughout the city to capture the hearts of Berliners and their guests.

This guy epitomises the spirit of Berlin: Independant and cool as hell!

This guy epitomises the spirit of Berlin: Independant and cool as hell!

Berlin Street style

Our outfits in Berlin:

For a city stroll, being comfy is most important. This does not mean you have to compromise on style. Romantique is wearing a jersey jump suit by Max & Co. Add some colour with the pink handbag by Coccinelle, sunglasses by Fendi and flat ballet pumps with studs.

Rebel is wearing blue jeans by TK Max, sunglasses by Stella McCartney and quilted leather handbag by Love Moschino.

Hi George, fancy seeing you here in Berlin!

Hi George, fancy seeing you here in Berlin!

 

Posted on April 12, 2015

A Weekend in Berlin

Berlin/ Featured/ Romantique

Berlin CHarlottenburg Palace

Last Easter weekend, Mr Romantique and I flew to Berlin to chase the Easter bunny and spend time with my  family.

We re-visited my favourite sights of Berlin as well as exploring new areas Mr Romantique has not seen yet.

Here’s a list of our Top 5  favourite places from this trip:

1. Charlottenburg Palace (above)

If you love baroque Roccoco style, this palace is for you. The stunning interior and the beautiful palace gardens are a must-see for culture vultures.

Street Style Berlin Gendarmenmarkt

2. Gendarmenmarkt

Dubbed as the most beautiful square in Europe, this is my favourite corner of Berlin. Enjoy a coffee in the sun or visit the  Galeries Lafayette for your French culture and shopping fix on a rainy day.

Berlin French Dome Gendarmenmarkt Street Style

The “Konzerthaus” and the French Dome at Gendarmenmarkt

3. Lustgarten and Berlin Cathedral 

The Berlin Cathedral is located on the Museums Island. It’s gardens (Lustgarten) are perfect for a stroll, all within walking distance to Berlin’s most impressive sights such as the Museum Island, Opera, Humboldt University and more.

Berlin Cathedral Street Style

4. Kreuzberg, Bergmannstrasse 

The Bergmannstrasse is a charming neighbour hood. In summer until late at night, it’s brimming with people frequenting the countless outdoor restaurants and cafes, giving the area a real Mediterranean flair. Indulge in any cuisine imaginable ranging from Thai, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese, Turkish to Greek and many more. We loved our meal at the Kreuzberg institution “Knofi”. Turkish food at its best!

Knofi restaurant berlin kreuzberg

Mmm, Kofi’s counter filled with Turkish specialities.

5. Checkpoint Schoki & Rausch Chocolate Cafe, Gendarmenmarkt

Germany is second in the world (just slightly behind Switzerland) when it comes to the highest annual chocolate consumption. Along with Swiss and Belgian chocolate, it ranks as the finest in the world.

Therefore, a visit to these two chocolate shops is a must:

Checkpoint Schoki is the Rittersport chocolate destination extraordinaire. The family owned brand offers a multitude of  flavours  (I recommend “Ice coffee” and “Honey salted almond” chocolate). Create your own chocolate with hundreds of different ingredients and toppings.

Rausch chocolate Cafe: Berlin’s most iconic sights sculptured in chocolate – for this fact alone, Rausch is worth the visit. Enjoy a hot chocolate whilst taking in the beautiful views of the French dome on the second floor, above the exhibition and shopping level.

Berlin wall in chocolate Rausch Cafe

Berlin chocolate wall at Rausch Cafe

Customised chocolate at Ritter Sport colourful Schoko World

Customised chocolate at Ritter Sport colourful Schoko World

 

Posted on January 2, 2015

Fashion Sisters: Happy New Year from Snowy Berlin and Sunny Sydney

Australia/ Berlin/ Rebel/ Romantique

Sisters Fashion streetstyle Berlin and Sydney

 

Wishing you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year 2015!

Rebel and I have been spending Christmas and New Year’s Eve on two separate ends of the world: Rebel in wintery Berlin, Germany whilst I’m enjoying the summer in the Southern Hemisphere in Sydney, Australia.

Our outifts for New Year’s day could not be more different:

Rebel in chilly Berlin

Just after Christmas, Berlin turned into a magical winterwonderland with temperatures of -3 degrees Celsius. To cover up stylishly, Rebel is wearing an egg-shaped wintercoat (great to layer up under neath) and essential winter ankle boots with a rubber sole for the slushy snow. She  bought these beauties in the sale  at my favourite shoe online store shoescribe. Amazing bargain!

  • Grey, oversized egg-shape coat by Max & Co
  • Black Skinny Jeans by Zara
  • winterboots by Jil Sander Navy
  • Cross-body bag bought at TK Maxx
Rebel streetstyle Berlin Max and co eggshape coat jil sander navy ankle boots

Winter Streetstyle Berlin

 

Romantique in sunny Sydney:

I’m lucky to spend three weeks every year in Australia to break up the grim European winter for an injection of vitamin D. For a perfect summer day at Newport beach, I’m wearing the essential Fedora hat (to shield against the aggresive Aussie sun),  obligatory gingham blouse for the Southern French Brigitte Bardot flair, matching gingham flip flops and short pants. The cherry necklace adds a bit of fun too!

  • Pink gingham blouse by preppy specialist Gant
  • Navy blue hot pants with ruffle detail by Moschino Cheap & Chic
  • Cherry Necklace by N2 Les Nereides
  • Gingham flip flops by Havaianas

Sydney Streetstyle beach gingham blouse Gant

Sydney Streetstyle beach gingham blouse Gant

Beauty Note: My lipstick is “Annabella” by Nars.

 

Rebel Street style Jil Sander Navy ankle Boots

 

cherry neckalce 3

 

 

 

 

Posted on November 19, 2014

Stylish Christmas Decor from Germany

Berlin/ Decor/ Romantique

 

Moss green and brown fir cones

Moss green and brown fir cones

 

 

Christmas is my favourite time of the year! In Germany, Christmas is the biggest holiday and many Christmas traditions, such as the Christmas tree and the advent wreath stem from Germany (as you will have heard me mentining on more than one occasion previously)!

This year I am going to spend Christmas in Australia, swapping Gluehwein for  stubbies and bitterly cold Christmas markets for Bondi beach.  To get into the festive spirit, I’m going to decorate our tiny London apartment during the pre-Christmas period. Think lovely ornaments and traditional wooden nutcrackers and figurines from the Ore Mountains.

Gingerbread houses, cinnamon swirls and cheeses - a scrumptious Christmas bakery

Gingerbread houses, cinnamon swirls and cheeses – a scrumptious Christmas bakery

 

During my last visit to Berlin, I re-visited my favourite flower& décor  shop in Potsdam near Berlin, home of the Castle Sans Souci. Every year, this shop houses an extraordinary Christmas décor exhibition. It’s the most creatively & lovingly decorated Christmas store I’ve seen, always rejuvenating my festive spirit every year. Enjoy the pictures and get drawn into the world of frost and Santa claus!

Ice skates in the snowy Christmas tree decoration

Ice skates in the snowy Christmas tree decoration

If you happen to visit Potsdam, you can find this magic gem of shop in the Dortustrasse

If you happen to visit Potsdam, you can find this magic gem of shop in the Dortustrasse

Flower shop and christmas decor Potsdam Germany

Red Hanging ornaments christmas decorations germany

The Christmas Bakery has opened!

The Christmas Bakery has opened!

 

Check out the shop’s last years Christmas Decoration here.

Beautiful Potsdam is always worth a visit. Stroll in the romantic gardens of castle Sans Souci

Beautiful Potsdam is always worth a visit. Stroll in the romantic gardens of castle Sans Souci

 

 

 

Posted on December 19, 2013

Winter Fairy Tale: Romantic Christmas markets in Berlin

Berlin/ Current Affairs/ Decor/ Romantique

Gendarmenmarkt Christmas 2013

 

Christmas is my favourite time of the year (despite loving summer! ) and the highlight of this period is a visit to one of the traditional Christmas markets in Germany!

Berlin is the capital of Christmas markets with over 60 to choose from! If you are tired of the commercialisation that has taken over the holidays , head to the country of the Nutcrackers for a romantic and traditional Christmas .

The S-Class of the Christmas markets is without a doubt the “Weihnachtszauber at Gendarmenmarkt” in Berlin-Mitte. Located on one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. Three impressive buildings provide the stunning backdrop: The French cathedral, the German cathedral and the Concert Hall. Popular for it’s unique hand-made products, you can find handmade presents such as traditional wooden carved Christmas figurines, handmade glass baubles and lambskin shoes. All the while the seductive scent of burnt almonds, chestnuts, baked apples, grilled sausages and spicy Gluehwein fills the air!

Romantique Christmas market

Typical stand offering candied fruit, gingerbread hearts and an array of Lebkuchen. Hat from Antoni & Alison, caot from Max & Co. Red turtle neck jumper from Uniqlo.

Christmas is a big deal in Germany, a time for introspection and spending time with your family, everyone gets into it. Stroll through the residential areas and you will see almost every window and balcony is decorated with light chains, star lampshades, reindeers and Christmas trees. Did you know that the advent wreath, glass baubles and the Christmas tree all originated in Germany between the fourteenth and nineteenth centuries?

  Gendarmenmarkt

Mummy Romantique buying traditional Christmas Stollen. Her monochrome dogstooth scarf is from Moschino. Snakeskin bag from Alberta Ferreti.

Mummy Romantique buying traditional Christmas Stollen. Her monochrome dogstooth scarf is from Moschino. Snakeskin bag from Alberta Ferreti.

German Stollen, a loaf-shaped fruitcake made of yeast, water and flour, is traditionally eaten around Christmas time in Germany. The treat, which was first baked in Dresden in the 14th century, is filled with nuts, raisins, candied citrus, and spices, and its form is said to represent Baby Jesus in swaddling clothes.

Tipp: Always cut a Stollen from the middle, this way the cake won’t dry out as quickly.

German Christmas Market food

The praline “Dominostein” is another Christmas sweet from Dresden, made up of three layers: Lebkuchen, sour cherry and marzipan, covered in dark chocolate.

The crescent shaped biscuits “Vanillekipferl” come from Vienna, Austria and are traditionally eaten at Christmas time. They are baked in Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Mr Romantique at the Christmas market

Mr Romantique at hte Christmas market

Ice rink at the Christmas Market at Alexanderplatz near the Red Town Hall

Ice rink at the Christmas Market at Alexanderplatz near the Red Town Hall

Carousel Alexanderplatz

christmas market Gendarmenmarkt

What would Christmas be without the story of Hansel and Gretel and the gingerbread house?

What would Christmas be without the story of Hansel and Gretel and the gingerbread house?

Christmas and the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm go together like mulled wine and mince pies!

Above:  Mug from Villeroy & Boch, Christmas edition 2013. Necklaces from Les Nereides.  Gingerbread house made entirely of Spekulatius (spiced biscuits), Leibniz butter cookies, cinnamon starts and Pfeffernuesse. Yum!

Posted on December 16, 2013

Berlin Street Style: Festive Stripes & Bronze pumps

Romantique

Berlin Streestyle stripy dress and bronze shoes

For the  weekend, Mr Romantique and I travelled to Berlin to immerse ourselves in the city’s biggest tourist attraction in winter: The Christmas markets! More on the beautiful markets in a few days, for today I just want to share my dress and my new shoes! I felt very chrismassy in this outfit: Gold-bronze stripes on the top of this winter dress with a flowing, attached navy wool skirt. My new shoes are bronze with a chunky midi heel and three straps.

Above: Streetstyle Berlin! I am wearing: Stripey dress and bronze shoes from Max & Co, chain strap bag from Gianfranco Ferre.

Quartier 206 Blog post stripey dress

The Galeries Lafayette Berlin and the adjacent luxurious department store Quartier 206 is one of my favorite shopping and cafe area in Berlin. It’s classy, beautiful, offers an array of high end and high street shops and is never too busy and stressful.

Bronze pumps with midi heel and three straps from Max & Co

I love my new shoes! They have all a romantic gal needs: A walkable chunky midi-heel, trendy metallic color and three playful straps. Valentino and Chloe do the same model so I’m happy I scored an Italian made quality shoe for a more affordable price from Max & Co.

Gendarmenmarkt Stripey dress

Sunglasses from Loewe. Paris hoop earrings from Les Nereides.

Posted on October 29, 2013

The Berlin Fashion Style

Berlin/ Movie & Books/ Rebel/ Wardrobe

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Romantique and I were born in Berlin, we are real girls from Berlin just like John F. Kennedy once said “Ich bin ein Berliner”. Last weekend, we  browsed through the book stores and found the coffee table book “Der Berliner Stil” by Angelika Taschen. It’s not a must read book for anyone who is a Berliner already. For everyone else, the book is a treasure trove in terms of tips for hip restaurants and shopping destinations.

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According to the book,  Berlin style is influenced by the international fashion scene, fashion bloggers or wannabe locals and tourists – also called the “Berlin-Mitte” style. Berlin is too big and versatile than just to promote only one style of one district. It would have been interesting to look into other districts: e.g. how the women dress in Berlin-Zehlendorf namely, which is more like in Hamburg. The Hamburg style is more on the conservative side: Think lots of navy blue, blazers with gold buttons, high quality designer basics, no experiments and fashion victims!

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 I’m a girl born in Berlin, a rebel at heart, who loves Burberry trench coats. Here you can see see my authentic Berlin fashion style: zebra pants by H&M, blue Converse, Trench coat, Ray Ban Wayfarer.

Rebel-Street-Style

Glasses by Stella Mccartney

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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