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a coat for spring

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“

eating well with hemsley + hemsley

By Marlene | Published: 31. March 2015


The Hemsleys are coming to Berlin. The Hemsleys are coming to Berlin? Aaaaaahhhhhhh!!!

When I found out about their visit a few weeks ago, I briefly turned into a screaming teenager before I regained my composure and arranged to meet them. Which tells you how much I love their cookbook „The Art of Eating Well“. I love the blueberry pancakes with mango cashew creme and the acai bowl, the quicker-than-toast courgette salad and the toasted coconut green beans, the cucumber maki crab rolls and the black bean brownies. Holy moly, the black bean brownies!

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