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Posted on December 6, 2014

Fashion Sisters: Winter Warmers

Rebel/ Romantique/ Wardrobe

FAshion sisters winter warmers

Baby it’s cold outside! When temperatures fall to zero, it can be tricky to find the stylish route to staying warm.  After all, down jackets are dangerously close to marshmallow territory and who wants to look  like an oligarch wife in (fake) fur?

Here’s our favourite winter dressing coming straight to you from arctic Hamburg and chilly wet London:

Rebel in Hamburg: 

Winter is the perfect season to pull off killer coats. My black coat is typical Calvin Klein: Structured and minimal tailoring meet snuggly wool. A hat is a must have to fight Hamburg’s chilly breeze. Skinny jeans and flat moccasin complete with a high rubber sole  keep my feet dry.

  • Coat from Calvin Klein
  • Hat from Seeberger
  • sunglasses by Hogan
  • skinny jeans by Zara
  • Shoes & Other Stories

Rebel Streetstyle Hamburg Calvin Klein structured coat

Romantique in London:

I love those crispy sunny winter days. When the ice-blue skies lure me outside, I make sure I’m rugged up warm. My winter survival kit entails:

  • Down jacket by Austrian  down specialist  Aperein. I love the toggle closing!
  • A navy blue beret provides a bit of Parisian flair
  • My Sprinkle ankle boots by Kurt Geiger equipped with a sheepskin insole for extra warmth
  • Gloves knitted with metallic yarn by TK Maxx

Winter Streestyle LOndon down jacket winter warmers

London in Winter. Love Chelsea's gingerbread houses

London in Winter. Love Chelsea’s gingerbread houses

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 5, 2013

Classic Black Coat & Python Print Bag

Bags/ Coats/ Romantique

Black empire line coat and snakeskin bag

As much as I love my statement winter coats, I’m glad I have my classic black coat to fall back on, especially when I’m wearing striking dresses and accessories.

In my opinion, every girl should own an empire line coat, which is a high waisted coat, emphasized by a horizontal seam. The reasons why are simple:

  • The high waist creates the illusion of endlessly long supermodel legs
  • The girly shape of the coat takes years off your age
  • The A shaped coat looks  great both with dresses / skirts and trousers

Pair a black, classic coat with sexy animal print accessories that pop and stand out! Subtle, understated coats and dresses just scream for an injection of glamour with a sexy snakeskin bag. After all, 2013 is the Chinese year of the snake.

Alberta Ferretti Snakeskin effect bag

I am wearing: High waisted black coat from Max & Co, ankle boots from Goertz, scallop mock collar from COS and tights from Falke. Make sure the faux python print is made of good quality like my leather bag from Alberta Ferretti or you’ll look like Kim Kardashian!

Black Coat and python bag Alberta Ferretii

 

 

 

Posted on November 11, 2013

Berlin Streetstyle: The Printed 60s Statement Coat

Berlin/ Coats/ Romantique/ Wardrobe
I am wearing: Gingham / Vichy coat from Max & Co, red bag from Picard, jeans from Stefanel, moccasins from AGL.

I am wearing: Gingham / Vichy coat from Max & Co, red bag from Picard, jeans from Stefanel, moccasins from AGL.

The Coat is the most important piece of the winter wardrobe (and one of the reasons it’s been featured heavily on our blog this season .

After all, the coat is the first item that people see of us – if the coat is cheap and scruffy, no one is interested in what you wear underneath. A good quality coat, just like the  handbag, is an investment well worth the money.

This year, I decided to treat myself to a quirky 60s print coat in a straight cut. The deep rich purple colour with the playful red dots / gingham checks are a breath of fresh air compared to the classic, black coats I own mostly. While I enjoy the simplicity of a well tailored, black coat,  I do sometimes long for a brighter coloured, cute take of the winter basic.

Rebel photographed me in Berlin at the famous Oberbaumbruecke at the trendy Berlin area of Kreuzberg.

 

Never compromise on quality when shopping for a coat.

Never compromise on quality when shopping for a coat.

Berlin Street sttyle MaxandCo coat2

The Oberbaumbruecke in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Hipster Haven Kreuzberg has rich cultural flair as many Turkish immigrants call Kreuzberg home.

Posted on October 30, 2013

Fashion Sisters: Who wore it better? The royal blue Mohair Coat

Coats/ Romantique

 

Rebel is wearing: Orange jumper from JCrew. Penny Loafer from Allen Edmonds. Jeans from Gap. Statement necklace bought in Cape Town

Rebel is wearing: Orange jumper from JCrew. Penny Loafer from Allen Edmonds. Jeans from Gap. Statement necklace bought in Cape Town

On our recent trip to Berlin, Rebel and I visited my favourite Italian shop, Max & Co, to look for trendy and colourful winter coats. It’s always been difficult to buy winter coats in other colours than bland black, grey and beige. This year, the choice of winter coats in bold hues has been a joy!

In Berlin, we discovered a beautiful coloured and soft Mohair winter coat. The colour, a mid, royal blue is a beautiful example of how the right colour really can make your complexion glow. Against Rebel’s dark hair and the bright orange jumper, this coat was a breath of fresh air. The classic, timeless cut paired with the flattering colour is a win!

Who do you think wore it better? Rebel with her pop coloured JCrew jumper, statement necklace and penny loafers or Romantique, paired with Jeans, Ray Bans and the obligatory Ballerinas?

  Romantique is earing Jeans from Stefanel and black Ballet shoes with pink piping from Rouge Bunny Rouge.

  Blue Mohair Classic Coat Max & Co

 

 

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