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Out of Africa

In Accessories, Austria, Design, Fashion, Fashion photography, Personal, Street fashion, Vintage on August 9, 2012 at 2:26 am

model Nadine Salem

Today I spent a magnificent day at the African days festival, the Afrika Tage,  in my hometown Vienna.

This festival style event is annually taking place on the Donauinsel offering anything from music to food, to fashion and beautiful, unique handicraft from the African community in Austria. I’ve been going there for the past three years and it certainly is a magical event, taking place late July until mid August. I love going there and I know that plenty of people from all over Austria come for the event, wether it be young or old, it offers something for everyone.

There certainly is something like a deeper reason why I am drawn to African life style and music, and also foods, even fashion – it is not just the joie de vivre that traders and exhibitors, the people there exude, or the truly wonderful ware you could possibly buy… With one part of my parents being from Egypt, I think I can say I have some African blood running through those veins. I am half European and half African so to speak, I grew up here in Austria.

What is special about me going to the event this year, is that this year I am ultimately doing it in style!

I never shop impulsively, I don’t even shop in stores unless for accessories. So usually no biiig shopping spreads in H&M and Zara, but updating my wish lists on the web sites (every true fashionista knows…) constantly, waiting for the perfect moment (price drops) to buy the piece I’ve been longing for so long…

However the choice and quality you get at Zara, Mango, H&M these days is eclectic and of a high fashion level, I think these days a lot of effort and creativity goes into designs and patterns. We shot a lot of details and I felt so comfortable and just – myself, besides I love wearing wide legged trousers from soft fabrics like silk or linen in summer, they are so airy and perfectly stylish.

This outfit has so many lovely details, the tiger print shirt and scarf pattern trousers are both from Zara. I bought the belt last year here  on the festival, with the gold and black wooden pearls it completed the outfit perfectly. My clutch is by BCBMAXAZRIA, my earrings and brass rings are MADE for Africa. The big African bracelet is a family gift, the blue thin bracelet Isabel Marant , the other silver love necklace by Tiffany. This big cocktail ring is by Kenneth Jay Lane, I believe that I bought this statement necklace years ago in Paris, during my training there. I am wearing another fabulous thing: some Vintage Gucci suede sandals!

I am also wearing Deborah Lippmann Billionaire nail polish ( 🙂 ) – it is like a dark and rich moss tone. My lipstick is Chanel rouge noir. (In case you didn’t know, you can win a Deborah Lippmann nail lacquer here together with a fabulous By Terry  skin care product.)

We took so many lovely photos today, it was more than thirty  pictures I wanted to share with you. So I decided to give you the coverage of the event, with impressions of music, shopping and eating at the Afrika Tage – the African days here in Vienna in my next post.

When I started my blog I didn’t actually want to buy an outfit just for an event-but make use of what I already have in my closet. I ended up buying these two very fashionable pieces, that can be combined separately in many various ways. What do you think? Mixing two strong patterns, is this a bold choice? Are these trends you love and are picking up on at the moment?

Can’t wait to get to talk fashion with you all!

xox, the Flamboyante

Photo nostalgia: Hunkemöller lingerie in the Netherlands

In Fashion photography, Personal on June 19, 2012 at 10:29 pm

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Writing my blog and creating content for it has become a whole new challenge for me – a journey where I would discover and develop my expertise in things related to fashion, beauty, modeling and lifestyle, everything I can link to in my life and  have experienced as a model, as a frequent traveler, as myself. Within the past months I have learned a lot and just recently I learned that I should never say never and never say last – so here is one more post related to the Netherlands:

About six years ago I modeled for Hunkemöller lingerie, for their catalogue to be more precise, and I thought I’d share this work with you, as I am actually quite proud of it. I’m still having fond memories, as this was one of the highlights of my past modeling career.

The shooting took place near Amsterdam, I think we drove all the way to Rotterdam, but I didn’t get to see anything of Amsterdam back then, as the whole stay lasted about a day and a half concentrating on the shoot.

First I hesitated a little posting this lingerie photos – but fashion doesn’t stop at your t-shirt and pants 😉 I hope you are enjoying my model blog and our journey together.

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See you soon with more exciting news and stories about trends, beauty, traveling an lifestyle – keep being fabulous!

xox, the Flamboyante

Photo Nostalgia: London

In Design, Fashion photography, Personal, Street fashion, Travel on April 13, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Today I flicked through some older photos of mine. I came across photos taken in London by a truly talented photographer called Matteo Prezioso. I worked with him again and it has always been a pleasure. By the time we took the pictures I lived in London permanently. I keep on mentioning that because I probably had the best time ever  over there.
We were doing a music inspired shoot in Hyde Park. The guitar is mine and yes – I play a little as a hobby.
I hope this inspires you a little too…Photos from 2008 in London…

For more inspiration look no further than here:  Matteo Prezioso Photography.

xox, the Flamboyante

About The Flamboyante:

In About, Contact, Personal, Terms and conditions on February 8, 2012 at 12:26 am



strikingly bold or brilliant; showy: flamboyant colors.
conspicuously dashing and colorful: the flamboyant idol of international society.

florid; ornate; elaborately styled: flamboyant speeches.

The Flamboyante

My name is Nadine , I’m from Vienna. I’ve started my blog the Flamboyante in February 2012. I wanted to begin a dialogue – a conversation about fashion,  to share my passion for beautiful and inspiring things in life, as well as my slightly obsessed affinity to – ‘la mode’.

I also wanted to share my past experience as model, living abroad for five years, of that three years in London. I love to look at things in context with reality and write about them in an unvarnished way.Sed card

Reality means all day everyday life. Can fashion be translated into daily life? We all have a unique personality  – and with that comes  certain style as form of expression!

Last but not least writing is another  passion of mine. When working for a large Austrian publishing company as video editor I started developing the idea that  journalism could be the way. I eventually decided I wanted to focus on fashion, after all it appeared ‘organic’ to me.

You could say my blog-to me – is like an unpredictable quest to finding myself, my voice and my musings. A wise woman once said:  life is a journey, not a destination ;D!

With all of this I’m hoping to be giving my reader interesting insight into the world of fashion, inspiration and ideas, maybe even some encouragement – to enjoy fashion, to celebrate yourself – to be flamboyant!


xox, the Flamboyante

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