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wish list! miriam jacks from jacks beauty department

By Marlene | Published: 15. December 2014

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When it comes to make-up, I’ve been pretty much doing the same thing since I was 15. Then why do I have so many products in my bathroom cupboard? A question that I intend to answer by treating myself to a beauty lesson at Jacks Beauty Department in the new year. I’d like to learn what I can do with what I’ve got and I can’t think of a better teacher than Miriam Jacks, a make-up artist and treasure hunter, who finds the best the world of beauty products has to offer for her shops (for proof, just check out her wish list).

Here’s the beautiful thing: thanks to Miriam, you can win a beauty lesson with her or someone from her team to answer all your questions. What’s the right foundation? Blush – yes or no? How, oh how, does one draw a perfect cat eye? Whichever it may be, all you have to do to win is leave a comment below this post until midnight of December 19 when I will randomly pick a winner. Don’t worry if your comment doesn’t appear immediately, I have to approve it first. Double entries don’t count. Please fill in your email address so that I can contact you. You can then choose to take the lesson either at Jacks Beauty Department in Berlin (Sredzkistraße 54), the Pop Up Store at Bikini Berlin (Budapester Straße 38-50, open until January 31 2015) or at the store in Munich (Hohenzollernstraße 11).

Good luck!

JACKS Beauty Line Nr. 12 Mineral Powder Brush and No. 16 Pencil Brush | Max and Me „Die reinste Schönheit“ facial cleanser and facial wipe | Grown Alchemist „Hydra Repair Day Cream“ | Lulu’s Accessories „My Make-Up Bag“ | L’Oréal Paris „Color Riche Exclusive Collection“ No. 15 By Blake

wild heart free soul for christmas

By Marlene | Published: 10. December 2014

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Do you have all your presents for Christmas, yet? Mhm? MHM? I don’t. I never do until the very last minute. And I certainly won’t this year, shopping with a six-month-old who thinks shopping is pretty boring (he has so much to learn from me). So the Wild Heart Free Soul Christmas Market is a godsend. They’re open every remaining weekend until the 24th of December and with a room full of beautiful kelims, hamam towels, pillows, suzani throws and nomad jewellry, I’m bound to find a gift. Or maybe even a few.

Wild Heart Free Soul | Elisabethkirchstr. 13 | Berlin Mitte | Friday – Sunday , 13.00–18.00

wish list! mia abadi from prag agency

By Marlene | Published: 2. December 2014

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I should’ve known that I’d want to add everything from Mia’s wish list for Christmas to my own. Mia is one of those women who you constantly want to ask „where’d you get that from?“, because she always looks so impeccably put together. She can answer that question with „from my own shop“ since the beginning of this year when she opened Prag Store together with her business partner Melanie from Prag Agency. The shop features the designers known from Prag’s showroom, like Lala Berlin and Kaviar Gauche, Christian Wijnants and Avelon, Ace & Tate and Iphoria, Ina Beissner and Lika Mimika. I picked up a fantastic white shirt from Rika on my last visit to the store (Friedrichstraße 40). I’m definitely going back before Christmas, especially to have a closer look at that coat from EDITED.de above (I love it, Mia mailed me with four exclamation marks. I’m going to add another: I love it too!!!!!)

And now I’m going to need ten exclamation marks, because Mia has given me the „Splashy“ pullover from Avelon in soft pink to give away to you. Let me repeat that: You can win this gorgeous wool pullover from Avalon!!!!!!!!!! A million thanks, dear Mia.

Let’s admire it for a moment. And imagine how to wear it. I’d put it together with faded jeans and sneakers. Or some luxe black jogging bottoms. Or with suit pants and heels. Or… with anything, really.

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Now to winning this grand prize: leave a comment below this post until midnight of December 10 when I will randomly pick a winner, who gets to choose between a size S or a size M for the sweater. Don’t worry if your comment doesn’t appear immediately, I have to approve it first. Double entries don’t count. Please fill in your email address so that I can contact you. CLOSED! The winner is Bettina (comment posted on 3. December 2014 at 14:34). Congratulations!

Wool pullover „Splashy“ in dark blue from Avelon | Gold plated sterling silver necklace  „Noa“ from Ina Beissner | Wrap coat „Ragna“ from EDITED.de | Wool skirt „Folded“ from Avelon | Leather clutch „Valentina“ from Rika, all via Prag Store

inspiration: party season

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I don’t know about you, but getting ready for a party or just a dinner in December is a much bigger effort to me than it is in the summer months, with all those extra layers that have to be added to a little dress to keep warm and all those tissues that are necessary to clean up the smoky eyes that have turned into full-on panda in the cold. This look feels much easier to accomplish, but still up to the task: slim black trousers, white silk blouse or tux blazer, popping lipstick and bright clutch. Easy as wrapping presents.

Runway picture taken at Ann-Sofie Back.

wish list! laura huppert from ting

By Marlene | Published: 26. November 2014

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It’s impossible to visit Laura’s shop and leave without buying something. I’ve tried and failed. Many times. But there’s nowhere I’d rather give up on my resolution not to shop than Ting. The name means „to pause“ in Chinese and in Danish it simply stands for „things“. Everything Laura finds in, of course, Scandinavia and Asia is just beautiful. I recently bought my Christmas decoration from her, although the products make the everyday look a little better all year round, cause even scissors and dish towels are pretty. Unsurprisingly, my favourite time to go to Ting is when I need a present.

And thanks to Laura I can give you a present now. Two presents actually. You can win the weekly calendar from HAY and the bag from Fnubbu from her wish list above. In Danish you’d say: Det er rigtig, rigtig flot. Tusind tak, Laura!

All you have to do to win is leave a comment below this post until midnight on December 3 when I will randomly pick a winner (one person will win both products). Don’t worry if your comment doesn’t appear immediately, I have to approve it first. Double entries don’t count. Please fill in your email address so that I can contact you. CLOSED! The winner is Christina (comment posted on 2. December 2014 at 11:38). Congratulations!

Hand illustrated weekly calendar for 2015 from All The Way To Paris for HAY in green | Wool throw blanket „Twist a Twill“ from Tina Ratzer for Silkeborg Uldspinderi in dark grey and pillow „Pretty Eye“ from luckyboysunday | Carrier bag „Dots“ from Fnubbu | Marble candlestick holders from H Skjalm P | Coaster from Ferm Living, all via Ting