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REISS TRAVEL: ANOUSKA’S BERLIN DIARY

17.05.15

The next in our REISS Travel series with Design Hotels™ sees coveted fashion and lifestyle blogger, Anouska Proetta Brandon take to Berlin with her Steamline Luggage case packed full of SS15 picks. Along with her photographer, Lucy Nuzum, she explored the city in four very different but perfectly pack-able outfits. Head to Anouska's blog for more on her outfit choices for the trip.

MONDAY 3RD MAY

EVENING: After an afternoon of travelling, we headed for our hotel. We stayed at the Mandala which is part of the Design Hotel™ group. It features two Michelin star restaurants with a private open-air courtyard and it has it's own spa which would be ideal if you were planning a longer trip. It was right in the middle of Potsdamer Platz which is really central, and since we arrived in the evening we just dropped our bags and headed for a nearby restaurant.

Follow Anouska's instagram page for more shots from her Berlin getaway.

TUESDAY 4TH MAY

DAY: In order to explore Berlin like a true local, we rented orange bikes and cycled down Karl Liebknecht Strasse where we passed the Berlin Cathedral and Museum Island. We stopped to take photos whenever we saw something that caught our eye – so quite often – and finally landed at the iconic Brandenburg Gate.

I was recommended a small café called Oslo KaffeBar which is meant to sell the best coffee in Berlin so being a big coffee lover I had to try that out. It was situated in a little open museum and the coffee really didn't disappoint. It was worth the half hour of cycling to get to it for sure.

After our little pick-me-up we cycled to Bauhuas Archiv which was just a few minutes away. Some of the coolest architecture I've seen in Europe is in Berlin so it was amazing to shoot a look there. It’s so recognisable and we had perfect weather.

Biking through Berlin is - in my opinion - the best way to get around. The ground is so flat so it's an easy ride and a great way to see the sights along the way. I wore my favourite one-piece swimsuit (the Harlot swimsuit will be back in stock at the end of May) as a top because I just adore the back, and teamed it with the most flattering skater skirt to make it look like a summer dress.

Shop Anouska's daytime look: Harlot swimsuit (black coming soon), Anra skirt, Buella boots

EVENING: We headed to the Kreuzberg area for dinner but not before checking out Oberbaumbruckle at sunset. It's right by East Side Gallery and the Berlin Wall so it's an absolutely beautiful spot, full of culture and history. My evening outfits consist of either suits, jumpsuits or dresses so I went for a beautiful navy jumpsuit with matching blazer strewn over my shoulders. The temperature in the evening was just right and this look meant that I felt comfortable and even a little chic. I would definitely recommend Kreuzberg for bars and restaurants as it’s relaxed and laidback but really comes alive at night.

Shop Anouska's evening look: Bramley jumpsuit, Skorpios blazerElliott bag, Brina shoes

Shop the Melodie hat

WEDNESDAY 5TH MAY

DAY: On our last full day in Berlin we cycled back down the Brandenburg Gate area again and ended up in Tiergarten. It's a pretty big park and I love how you immediately feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. I thought this was the perfect location to shoot the most beautiful summer hat from REISS. The monochrome pattern makes a striking contrast the natural setting.

EVENING: We stayed around our hotel in PotsdamerPlatz for our last evening, which is a very new area in Berlin. The high rise buildings and modern architecture make it a really different setting to where we were in the day. I wore my bodycon Katrina dress and added leather jacket to give the ladylike silhouette a tough-luxe edge. I love the cut of REISS dresses as I find the sculpting shapes really flattering while still maintaining an effortless elegance.

Shop Anouska's evening look: Virna leather jacket, Katrina dressCrandon leather shoulder bag

THURSDAY 6TH MAY

DAY: On the morning of our flight home we stopped at Carmina café in Neukolln because again, I was told the coffee was great and it's a cool area for flea markets as well as cafes and restaurants. The old airport turned public park is also a few minutes walk from this café, but unfortunately we didn't have time to visit it.. which just means I'll have to book another Berlin getaway.

THE MANDALA HOTEL, BERLIN

For more information on the Mandala Design Hotel™ and to experience it's central setting, luxurious interior and designer furnishings, click here.