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Posted on March 21, 2016

London’s Hipster East: What to do in Shoreditch

Featured/ London/ Rebel/ Romantique

 

Shoreditch London

On Rebel’s recent visit to London, I was determined to show her a new side to London that she hadn’t experienced previously; The cool and historic East. Whilst Rebel and I prefer the manicured gardens and cultural landmarks of of West London (Kensington & Notting Hill), London is very diverse with different pockets that all have their own unique feel and atmosphere. London’s East used to feel very gritty, shabby and run down before it arose as one of London’s most expensive areas thanks to gentrification by creative industries and tech start-ups.

At Redchurch Street

At Redchurch Street

Shoreditch and neighbouring Brick Lane have an urban feel with their views to the high rise buildings of the City of London. mixed in with factories, lofts and industrial buildings. Home to celebrities such as Keira Knightly and London’s best restaurants and bars, this pocket feels like real London. Not tooo polished and established. You can dress and live without being judged and simply be accepted for who you are. No one will bat an eyelid when you wear Doc Martins and pink hair. Or a Bavarian dirndl. Or whatever you feel like! Make no mistake though, this is not Berlin Kreuzberg: Shoreditch is hugely popular and rents are out of control. If you bought a flat here 10 years ago, chances are you are a millionaire now. Expensive Italian designer labels have taken up commercial space in the hope that London’s East coolness will rub off on them.

Street art in Shoreditch

Street art in Shoreditch. Rebel is wearing sunnies by Stella McCartney and stripey jumper by St James.

What to do in Shoreditch:

  • Stroll along Redchurch Church Street. Browse the designer shops and have a coffee and brownie from one of the many independent café’s
  • Eat at Pizza East for arguably London’s best pizza, at  Andina Restaurant for the best Peruvian food or gorge on Honest Burger, my favourite in London (forget Patty & Bun and Meat Liquor!)
  • Don’t run into a hipster
  • Check out the street art
shoreditch impressions street

Shoreditch impressions

shoreditch street art

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So good! Honest Burger

Very East London: For her exhibition in Jan 2016 , Annie Leibovitz chose an unused power station. Just like her portraits, free of fake glamour.

Very East London: For her exhibition, Annie Leibovitz chose an unused power station in Wapping, East London. Just like her portraits, free of fake glamour.

Posted on February 3, 2016

Romantique and Rebel Style French Beret

Accessoires/ Featured/ London/ Rebel/ Romantique

French Beret Street style London

The fashion sisters are back together in London again! When we brain stormed subjects for a new sisters fashion blog post, we couldn’t wait to show our readers  two different styles on how to wear the classic French beret. Romantique or Rebel, which one are you?

Rebel:

The French beret is back on the fashion scene with a vengeance! It was seen on all catwalks, from Saint Laurent to Gucci. In my opinion, the beret was unfairly underestimated for much too long. It’s such a simple accessory yet receives maximum impact. Women wearing berets looks intelligent as well as cute. But when you’re in your mid forties, do you still want to look like a girly student? Can one be too old for the beret? I don’t think so! The gallic hat is timeless and the secret is all in what you pair the it with.

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Gucci lovingly styled the beret girly with ruffles and a pussy bow blouse.  I’m not a girl anymore and don’t want to pretend to be one, so this style is out of the question for me.

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On the other hand, the Saint Laurent’s beret runway style has nothing playful or girly about it. The beret stands for confidence and nonchalance – attributes us women over 45+ can relate to easily!

French Beret Street style London

Rebel is wearing: Leopard ankle boots by Neil Barrett, high  waisted skinny jeans “Maria” by J Brand, bomber jacket by Kuyichi, jewel collar by River Island, embellished straw bag by Sicily Bag, beret by Seeberger.

Romantique:

I love the Parisian, classic French Style so a beret is a must-have item in my wardrobe. It’s not a fickle, trendy accessory but a timeless piece that never goes out of style. I own the beret in two colours: In classic navy blue and in orange-red to brighten up darker or monochrome outfits.

I love to pair the beret with classic French pattern such as  Breton sailor stripes or Vichy gingham checks. Add a feminine lace collar et voila, you instantly exude French charm!

red Beret Street Style London

Romantique is wearing: Gingham Vichy trousers by Max & Co. Lace collar shirt by Hallhuber. Beret by Seeberger. Little embellished coffa straw bag by Sicily Bag. Sunglasses by Valentino.

Red Beret Style and Stripey breton shirt

London street style paris cafe red beret

Un café au lait, s’il vous plait!

Posted on September 22, 2015

London Fashion Week Part 2

Current Affairs/ Featured/ London/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

London Fashion Week September 2015 Jumpsuit

Day 2 at Fashion week: Another sparkling day in London, the sun soaked Soho’s alleys in a picture perfect warm autumn light; a photographers dream! My aim for the day was to mingle and network with fellow bloggers, creative enthusiasts and designers. Every year, LFW leaves me full of ideas and inspirations, newly found contacts, sometimes even friends.

On the street style front it was yet again the men who got all my style credits. Rocking classic style staples with a twist such as turtleneck jumpers, Oxford lace-ups with cork soles, velvet slippers & lots of 70s flair, tassels & mustard yellow.

On the ladies side of the equation, I was pleased to spot several pairs of Asos Pom Pom Mary Janes with midi heel. Fashionable yet comfortable, the shoes were definitely a fave for LFW visitors this year.

Enjoy the street style inspirations from London Fashion Week September 2015. So long, until February 2016!

London Fashion Week September 2015 Jumpsuit

What I was wearing:

An understated yet elegant jumpsuit, paired with a pink Chanel-esque tweed jacket was my outfit of choice. I knew I would probably go under in this subtle ensemble, yet I felt comfortable and let the accessories do the talking.

  • Cherry earrings by Les Nereides
  • Embellished straw coffa bag by Sicily Bag
  • Black jumpsuit by Max & Co
  • Pointy metallic strappy ballerinas by Max & Co
A common feature: Statement bag candy. Most preferred brands Saint Laurent and Chloe.

A common feature: Statement bag candy. Most preferred brands seen at LFW were  Saint Laurent and Chloe.

Little fashionistas start young in attention seeking

Little fashionistas start young in attention seeking

Glad to see the perennial winter staple, the duffle coat, at the Fashion week

Glad to see the perennial winter staple, the duffle coat, at the Fashion week

Chloe Drew bag, suede and lace.

Loving the texture clash here. Chloe Drew bag in Suede leather, suede leather skirt and lace top.

Londoners

Londoners

London Street Style Fashion Week September 2015 Golden Square

Soho’s Golden Square was the perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of Brewer Street, this years fashion week venue. Visitors without tickets could still follow the shows on the live screens whilst relaxing in sun loungers.

Camilla Elphick Pez heels

London-based footwear designer Camilla Elphick is known for her quirky, creative designs. These PEZ heels are edible!

London Street Style Fashion Week September 2015

Loving the clash of sweet feminine and masculine here: The flowing silhouette of the pink culottes and the coat paired with the minimalistic, structured bag and  masculine penny loafers.

These ladies remind me of a 70s tv show...hmm which one was it..

These ladies remind me of a 70s tv show…hmm which one was it.

Relaxed elegance in glitzy boyfriend denim, grey blazer and silver Roger Vivier pumps

Relaxed elegance in glitzy boyfriend denim, grey blazer and silver Roger Vivier pumps

LFW September 2015 Asos pom pom shoes

Asos pom pom shoes: Definitely a fave for LFW visitors this year.

Photo credits: All photos taken by me.

Posted on April 28, 2015

Vogue Festival London 2015 – Best of Street Style

Featured/ London/ Romantique

Vogue FEstival 2015

Last Sunday, I spent a fun-filled day at Vogue Festival at London’s prestigous Royal College of Art, with my lovely  friend Fawzia from Zibastyles. We went to see Bobbi Brown and Kate Upton speak on  “Building your dream” As it often goes with these type of events, the actual, one hour long talk, was not the highlight of the day. For me, getting to meet and photograph liked minded creatives interested in fashion as weel as being inspired by their different styles is the real draw to these events.

I’m excited to share with you my Best of Street Style – gorgeous bloggers and fashionistas competed for the photographers attention and the girls were more than happy to pose!

Eva Glamazon Atosa mybubbaandme at vogue festival 2015

First up is stylish Czech, London based blogger Eva from Glamazon. She hardly puts a foot wrong in the style stakes, looking elegant  in her colourful statement jacket and the dusty pink Valentino arm candy, topped off with cool Ray ban aviators. Atosa, from blog mybubbandme stuns with showstopper white tassel heels by Daniel Footwear. I’m not too much of a fan of the denim culottes and the 70s jacket – but that’s exactly what makes fashion events like the Vogue Festival so inspiring – I can  immerse myself in new styles and outfits.

Street style vogue festival 2015

I don’t like sneakers – probably because they just don’t suit my style. This fashionable festival-goer has the casual style nailed: The high-tech material of the Midi-skirt matches the shoes perfectly. And that pop of orange sweater? Brigthed up what was a dull April day.

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The designer bag that I spotted most? Defintely the quilted Chanel bag and the Valentino rockstud bag. No doubt so popular due to their high recognition value. I love the unexpected colour of this mustard yellow Chanel bag.

Vogue Festival 2015 Street style

A london fashion festival isn’t complete without it’s eccentric, colourful and flamboyant personalities!

Beating the weather blues with a coconut drink. I love the peek-a-boo midi skirt and the dirty sneakers. Such a London look!

Beating the weather blues with a coconut drink. I love the peek-a-boo midi skirt and the dirty sneakers. Such a London look!

Romantique Vogue Festival 2015

Last but not least, here’s my outfit: At last years Vogue festival, I went for a colourful and summary outfit as we were spoilt with gorgeous sunshine and warm temperatues. This year, it was cold and rainy so I opted for the  simple and classy Hepburn look:

Romantique and zibastyles at Vogue festival

Fawzia and myself after restyling at the hair and make-up stations!

Posted on February 22, 2015

London Fashion Week 2015

Coats/ Current Affairs/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

London Fashion Week Pink coat max and co, AgL shoes, minnie mouse ears

It’s the time of the year again for London Fashion week at Somerset House. Whilst the shows themselves are for invitation holders only, a lot of the action happens in the courtyard of Somerset House – via a huge live screen you can follow the shows, visit many of the side shows hosted by Topshop and River Island,  pop into a blow-out or braid bar or have a coffee at Tom’s diner to relax from all the excitement.

This year, I left Rebel in Hamburg as we just spent a sisterly weekend together in Paris. With Mr Romantique in tow, I threw on my favourite pink coat and Minnie Mouse ears. When going to London Fashion Week, I’m never trying to keep up with the fashionable London crowd – they are way to eccentric for me. Instead, I stay true to myself and wear what I would wear to the office. I do allow myself one fun, quirky accessory though. Last year, this was a pair of sequinned cat ears. This year, I’m following up with Minnie Mouse ears and a pink bow as the cherry on the cake.

I am wearing:

  • Pink pastel coat by Max & Co
  • Pink patent leather oxford lace-ups by AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni
  • Chocolate brown leather pencil skirt by Ralph Lauren
  • Minnie Mouse glitter bow headband  by Claire’s accessories
  • Tortoise sunglasses by Prada
  • Merino tights by Falke

Stay tuned for a full run-down of my favourite LFW 2015 street style outfits.

The pink lace-ups are the perfect mix up feminine and masculine.

 

Minnie Mouse Glitter Bow headband Claire's accessories

 

LFW 2015 Somerset house pink coat chanel bag pink oxfords

 

LFW is a great way to meet like-minded bloggers and find inspiration in the many colourful outfits. This floral light blue coat is from ZARA.

 

ondon Fashion Week Pink coat max and co, AgL shoes, minnie mouse ears

 

ondon Fashion Week Pink coat max and co, AgL shoes, minnie mouse ears

Posted on October 3, 2014

Romantique – styled by Rebel

Rebel/ Romantique/ Skirts/ Wardrobe

Tulip brocade skirt london street style

When I visited Romantique in London 3 weeks ago, we did a wardrobe assessment and I ordered an injection of Rebel-ism to infuse some spice into her wardrobe. It’s easy to become stuck in style rut, choosing the same styles over and over again (in Romantique’s case: dresses, ruffles, puff sleeves, more ruffles and yet another Peter Pan collar thrown into the mix).

On first inspection of her wardrobe, we concluded that she’s lacking a few basics such as:

  1. A plain navy, black or red sweater, not too fitted
  2. A plain white Tee, not too fitted
  3. A pair of black skinny jeans by Topshop
  4. A pair of gold framed sunglasses (everyone should have two types of sunglasses: Plastic frames and metallic frames)

For our girly day out ahead of LFW, I rummaged in her cupboard to style her for the day. This is what I chose for her and why:

  • Pink brocade tulip skirt from Alberta Ferretti – Romantique is and always will be inclined to the romantic style. This dress is flattering to her figure and represents her style well
  • Black sweater by Paul Costello – The opulent embroidery of the pink skirt needs to be toned down with a simple but chic black jumper. No frills. No ruffles.
  • Pink aviator shades by Ray Ban – These iconic, slightly masculine sunglasses (borrowed from Mr Romantique) make for a great departure from Romantique’s usual plastic framed, tortoise cat eye sunnies. The matt gold frames and the pink tinted, mirrored glasses are a customised version
  • Pink cross body bag by Gharani Strok – Picking up the girly vibe with this pink, woven handbag, casually worn.
  • Leopard shoes – Flats are one of Romantique’s essentials. The pointy shape and leopard print give the classic a bit of an edge
  • Ruby Woo lipstick by MAC – Romantique never used to like bright, bold lipstick. Since I introduced her to the cult classic Ruby Woo, she’s embraced the cool effect a bold lip can have on her outfits

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Tulip brocade skirt london street style

Posted on April 12, 2014

Vogue Festival: Street Style Part 2 and Alexa Chung on Personal Style

Current Affairs/ Icons/ Romantique/ Wardrobe
Romantique at Vogue Festival 2014 London

I am wearing a broderie anglaise coat by Max & Co, Vichy pants from Gant and bag from Moschino

Two weeks ago, a couple of friends and I attended the Vogue Festival on London’s South Bank for a talk on “Personal Style – Do you have it?”; a  discussion roundtable with Alexa Chung, Lucinda Chambers (Vogue Fashion Director)  and Amanda Harlech, Model and Muse of Karl Lagerfeld exploring this sometimes hard to define subject.

During the talk, nothing new, groundbreaking or controversial was discussed. Lucinda Chambers led the discussion for the most part, Amanda Harlech  only chipping in now and then, and Alexa Chung, the real crowd puller,  being too cool for  school. She seemed bored at the event, as if she rather wanted to be  with her cool East London friends.

Lucinda Chambers, Amanda Harlech, Alexa Chung at Vogue Festival 2014

What they wore: Lucinda Chambers wore a Celine skirt and vintage tshirt, Alexa wore Marc Jacobs Heels and Osman dress and Amanda Harlech was dressed in Chanel Couture (head to toe!)

 

They seemed to reach consensus that style is not fashion, hence it’s timeless. You can be stylish at 110 years old, whereas it’s more difficult for an  older woman to be fashionable. Style is not something one is born with,  but something that evolves, just like your personality. I liked their  point about how confidence, grace and the way we hold ourselves, contributes to style.

Street style at the Vogue Festival: Loving the geometric midi tartan skirt and teal coloured Mulberry bag candy

Street style at the Vogue Festival: Loving the geometric midi tartan skirt and teal coloured Mulberry bag candy

Alexa explained that she uses style as an armour. When scared of an interview, she will wear sky high heels, making her taller and in  return, she will feel less intimidated. Her favourite style items are  passed on from her mother: navy blue jumper, black skinny jeans and  moccasins. If she could pick one brand she couldn’t live without, it would have to be TopShop.

Lucinda, ever the British, quirky fashion director, praised the UK high-street stores, which make it possible to dress fashionably on a small budget.  Her favourite shopping haunt is the Portobello flea market.

London I love you! A confidently dressed  street styler

While it’s great that leading fashion ladies (Lucinda and Alexa) promote the High Street, flea markets, and charity shops, I question their  authenticity. Alexa is mostly dressed in high-end couture, and so is  Lucinda. It’s like promoting going grocery shopping at Lidl, whilst only  shopping at Whole Foods! On the contrary, Amanda Harlech took a more honest appraoch. She loves Chanel couture for the  simple reason that it’s so classic and timeless that 15 year old pieces still look relevant today.

The most interesting and controversial contributions of the day came in the shape of questions from the audience:

Question: Why is Kim Kardashian on the cover of Vogue?

Lucinda: Kim has a large following and is relevant in today’s society. Vogue  does not put constraints or rules on how a person has to be to fit on a cover.

If you have to pick one item of clothing you can’t live with, what would it be?

Alexa: Navy blue jumper
Amanda: Long black lace dress
Lucinda: Earrings

Street style London Vogue Festival Missoni Coat, snakeprint trousers Zara

The lovely ladies from London’s  Merchant 24 shop, which sells pre-loved desigener pieces,  wore Zara snake print trousers and Zara leather jacket, Missoni coat and Chloe bag.

Street style Vogue Festival London. Tara Jarmon, Moschino, Sinequanone

My friends having fun on a day full of girlie indulgence: Gledis (left) is wearing: Gold Moschino bag and chunky, oversized pearl earrings from Karl Lagerfeld. Berengere is wearing top from Tara Jarmon and coat from Sinequanone. Sunglasses from Stella Mccartney and turquoise earrings from a little Parisian shop.
London Vogue Festival street style sunglasses Stella MccArtney and turquoise earrings
London Street style Moschino bag gold
Walking down the Harrods street style catwalk was super fun! Thanks to the Bobbi Brown team who pretty-fied us before the walk.
Posted on April 3, 2014

Vogue Festival London – Best of Street Style (Part 1)

Coats/ Denim/ Dresses/ Wardrobe

Russian girl Vogue Festiva Valentino

Last Saturday, I spent a fun-filled day at Vogue Festival on London’s Southbank, with my lovely  colleagues Berengere and Gledis. We went to see Alexa Chung and Lucinda Chambers speak on “Personal Style – Do you have it?” As it often goes with these type of events, the actual, one hour long talk, was not the highlight of the day.  The real fun was to meet and photograph like minded fashionistas, to be inspired by different, creative styles and to generally indulge in ‘girly nonsense’ (as Mr Romantique would call it).

I’m excited to share with you my Best of Street Style – gorgeous bloggers competed for the photographers attention and the girls were more than happy to pose.

Above and below: Head to toe in Valentino, the King of Glamour. Russian blogger Sofia Serdiukova  impressed with a black lace dress (including sheer panels) and a gold brocade coat. The string of pearls and long, curly hair added even more femininity to the already drop dead gorgeous outfit.

She perfectly epitomises Valentino’s mantra on women’s style:   “A woman must decide whether she wants to look ok or whether she wants to look too much, I prefer it when a woman wears an enormous skirt, a beautiful blouse with simple shoes, rather than a dress that that is too much and not elegant. A dress has to live, it can’t be wooden.”

Russian Blogger Valentino Vogue Festival

The must have accessory of the day was a statement lip: Cherry red, shocking pink or classic Hollywood, lips were bold. It illustrated beautifully how you can transform and add to an outfit with eye catching lips.

London street style vogue festival

Boyish, relaxed sexyness in torn denim, a hat, black heels and the ever pesent statement lip! Graphic, big prints were popular too.

Vogue Festival Streestyle 2014 London  How cute is this dress? I loved the rural print at the hem and the jewelled collar. No, unfortunately this dress is not from Zara but was bought on holiday in Japan :-(.

detail street style vogue festival London No lack of either creative or colourful accessories: Pointy pom-pom heels and A1 handbag candy. I have style envy!

Vogue Festival London Street style

Last but not least, the fash pack Gledis, Berry and myself.

Gledis is wearing: Top handle gold bag from Moschino

Berry is wearing: Black coat with leather sleeves from Zara. Sunglasses from Stella McCartney.

Romantique is wearing: Vichy Gingham shoes from Marc Jacobs, Vichy trousers from Gant, crossbody bag from Moschino,  broderie anglaise coat from Max & Co and sunglasses from Versace.

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