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fashion week moment: kaviar gauche brides

By Marlene | Published: 26. January 2015


After the Kaviar Gauche show, a friend of mine said: „Makes you want to get married all over again, doesn’t it?“ Well, I haven’t been married yet. And if that day ever comes, I think I might like to wear something that provides a little more cover. But, oh my, you’d have to be stonehearted not to swoon at these amazingly detailed, beautifully made and, most of all, unapologetically romantic dresses.



By Marlene | Published: 15. January 2015


What you see here is a problem.

Or: the result of some intense research?

Either way, when I recently emptied the contents of my beauty cupboard, I discovered nine – I repeat NINE – mascaras. Not pictured are the three I later found while going through my handbags. Makes twelve. Twelve mascaras for one woman. Hands up if that sounds familiar!

Clearly, I am unable to resist mascara ads that promise superextramegalonganddense lashes. Even though it’s perfectly obvious that the images are usually tuned with false lashes and a good helping of photoshop. But who cares about the truth! Not someone who has more mascara than sense.

When I chucked half of my collection because it had dried up, I realised that really only two of the twelve had convinced me. One is „Lash Power“ lengthening mascara from Clinique. It’s perfect: a small brush, which gets every lash without painting manga eyes, it also comes in a natural-looking dark brown and the price is reasonable. Unfortunately it’s not waterproof, which means that despite the promised 24-hour-formula, it starts disappearing by the end of the day and/or in rainy weather. The second is „False Lash Flutter Waterproof“ from L’Oréal. The look is less oh-I’m-not-wearing-any-make-up. But it’s called „False Lash“ for a reason. And it holds like superglue. Now if only there was a combination of the two…

Since I only just cleaned up, I probably shouldn’t ask. Oh, never mind! What’s your favourite?

sunglasses from ace & tate

By Marlene | Published: 13. January 2015


I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for summer.

I already started dropping hints to James that I might like some sunglasses from Ace & Tate for Christmas around early December when their Berlin pop-up shop opened. Hints like: „Do have have any ideas what to get me for Christmas yet? Because I do!“

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a month in fashion (and other stuff) #1

By Marlene | Published: 11. January 2015


As it was unlikely I’d find the time to continue writing „a week in fashion“ regularly, I’ve decided to… rename it „a month in fashion (and other stuff)“. Which, yeah, I could’ve spent more time coming up with a better title. Instead I used the time to watch, read, listen, shop and generally fall in love with the following things (starting with the ones in the picture).

| If I’m going to wear sweatpants all the time, I might as well wear nice ones. These black wool ones are from Stefanel, have a great cut, are super soft and currently still in the Sale (also in grey and a light caramel colour).

| How much can you say about Women in Clothes? So much. Authors Leanne Shapton, Heidi Julavits and Sheila Heti examine our relationship with fashion through interviews, essays, pictorials and a whole load more. Mind-blowingly comprehensive and thoroughly entertaining.

| Got some fancy coasters from Bolia. Because it’s never too late to grow up and get fancy coasters.

| New year, new calendar. After being faithful to Moleskine for years I found a new love in the Leuchturm 1917 weekly calendar (which I find much better divided for the to-do-listing I like doing).

| One day, I will live like the heroine in a Truman Capote story and really need a set of cards that are engraved “regrets his/her behaviour” from the divine Mrs John L Strong fine stationery company.

| The hand soap with sweet orange, cedarwood and sage from Grown Alchemist smells so lovely that handwashing suddenly feels like a special beauty treatment.

| Not a new buy, but I’m so glad about my June Ainscough brush every winter, because it’s very gentle on brittle and dry hair.

| Perhaps my favourite beauty product for winter: the Drink Up Intensive overnight mask from Origins, which is like a giant smoothie for the skin (and a great recommendation from Okka).

| Crème Abricot nail cream from Dior. Can I admit that I bought it primarily because I loved the delicate jar it comes in? Good. It has also improved the state of my finger nails considerably.

| Lovely Daria from kid’s online shop Walking the Cat has found a permanent location in Berlin and opened her store on Mulackstraße 7. I recently got Arlo a pair of Tocoto Vintage pants there.

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