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my london | franzi

By Marlene | Published: 24. April 2015


After writing about some of my favourite spots in Berlin, I wanted to ask my friends to share their love for the cities they live in. London just had to be first because… I love it already. I went to university there, met James there, basically became an adult there (well, sort of). But all of that was roughly 150 years ago, so every time I go back now, I end up visiting the same old places. I really needed an update of where to go, what to do and who to see. I was delighted when Franzi said she’d be my – and your – London guide. Cheers, love! This is her city:


skin food

By Marlene | Published: 9. April 2015


My dad has taught me a lot of things. How to operate a percussion drill for example. Or that one shall have no other Gods before Bruce Springsteen. And that gummy bears are the perfect sweet. I also admire him for his fundamental optimism and for his mischievous sense of humor. So I think it will tickle him that he’s one of my beauty icons. No joke! He’s had a green Weleda tube on his side of the bathroom cupboard for as long as I can remember. Granted, he doesn’t use much else. But then not much else is necessary to combat dry skin, like I have all winter and even into spring. Skin Food is extremely rich, so I prefer to put it on over night. It makes skin feel soft, replenished and healed. Right, dad?

P.S. My friends Alexa and Sandra have rounded up more male role models that even women can learn something from about style in „Guter Typ“. Good book!

win! overall from bobo choses

By Marlene | Published: 2. April 2015

If all goes according to plan, I will mostly spend Easter doing: a whole lot of nothing, snuggling with my two bunnies, watching kitschy movies and eating an unholy amount of hot cross buns.

And playing Easter bunny for you! Together with Smallable I’m giving away the „Petit Monster“ overall from Bobo Choses, one of my favourites for Arlo.

All you have to do to win is leave a comment below this post before midnight on April 9, answering the question: Which other pieces from Smallable would you pick to style the overall for your little monster? Please don’t worry if your comment doesn’t appear immediately, I have to approve it first. Double entries don’t count. I will randomly select a winner who will then get to pick the overall in either 3M, 6M, 12M or 18M. Please don’t forget to leave your email address so that I can contact you. CLOSED! The winner is maulwurfshügelig (comment posted on 2. April 2015 at 18:56) Congratulations!

hemsley + hemsley’s acai bowl

By Marlene | Published: 1. April 2015


After I told you about the delicious recipes from Hemsley + Hemsley, I wanted to share my favourite for breakfast. The acai bowl is so refreshing and yummy, it might even turn me into a morning person. Plus, it takes about two and a half seconds to make.

Ingredients for two portions
| 2 tbsp freeze-dried acai berry powder
| 1/2 frozen banana
| 1 small avocado
| 2 tbsp coconut oil
| 150 g frozen berries
| 1 date, pitted
| 200 ml coconut water or water

Put the ingredients into a blender and blitz. Done!

Melissa and Jasmine suggest flaxseeds, goji berries, chia seeds or fresh banana slices as additional toppings. I also like it with toasted almond flakes, whole almonds and blueberries.

Taken from „The Art of Eating Well“