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fashion week moment: kaviar gauche brides

By Marlene | Published: 26. January 2015

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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.

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mascara

By Marlene | Published: 15. January 2015

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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

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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

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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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