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inspiration: last days of summer

By Marlene | Published: 16. September 2014


Selecting outfits is very easy for me at the moment. They only have to pass one test: are they resistant to baby spit? No wonder I’m drinking up all the streetstyle pictures from the shows like an It girl after a champagne drought. My first click every morning, as Arlo is drooling on the shoulder of the same-as-yesterday-grey-sweatshirt, is Sandra’s blog A Love Is Blind. She’s just so good at capturing the action on the street. A couple of days ago I noticed picture of Claire in the same orange skirt she had on when I photographed her last year, just worn with a different shirt. And I thought: that orange lifts my mood like the last days of summer we’re having in Berlin at the moment. Also: how very cool and likable that she’s getting noticed for her own style rather than for silly expensive or sponsored outfits that have become quite common at the shows. Which is exactly what Claire wrote a smart and fun piece about right here, featuring some of her looks from New York Fashion Week. Pretty much every outfit is an inspiration. Not just if you, like me, are dreaming of one day again being able to wear something that doesn’t have to be washed at 60 degrees.


body shop bb cream

By Marlene | Published: 23. August 2014


I’m loving anything that saves time at the moment. Shopping? Online. Eating? Preferably standing up and one-handed. Shoes? Slides. Cosmetics? The BB Cream from The Body Shop. The last time I shopped there, it was the late 90s and I wore the White Musk perfume and strawberry flavoured lip balm. Both Okka, who’s a fan of their Colour Crush Shine lipsticks, and Alexa, who swears by their Vitamin E series, made me revisit the brand. The BB Cream didn’t need a lot of testing as the make-up-particles in the lotion adapt to the skin tone. Plus, it requires less work than foundation, covers almost as well and – bonus! – you can apply it one-handed if need be. It might sound weird, but a touch of tinted moisturizer makes me feel less mumsy. Especially on those days when I suddenly notice at the supermarket till that I still have a swaddle cloth draped over my shoulder.

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prag store

By Marlene | Published: 19. August 2014


I don’t have a lot of time for shopping at the moment. I don’t have a lot of time for writing at the moment either. But it won’t take long to praise one of my favourite new shops in Berlin, Prag Store. The concept is as simple as it is convincing: the shop carries many of the labels that the Prag PR Agency represents, hence the name, and luckily I like pretty much all of them – such as Lala Berlin, Kaviar Gauche, Rika, Ina Beissner jewelry, Ace & Tate sunnies or Lika Mimika shoes. I spent a blissful half hour there recently, chatting to Melanie, one of Prag’s founders, and browsing the rails. Their SALE is still on at the moment, so that’s another good reason to visit. Typically, I picked out one of the few items not in the sale, a crisp white shirt from Rika. I’ve been living in it ever since. When you don’t have a lot of time to shop, you should make it count. Right?

Prag Store | Friedrichstraße 40 | 10969 Berlin
Tuesday – Friday 11am-7pm and Saturday 12am-5pm



the medley institute

By Marlene | Published: 4. August 2014


I first noticed The Medley Institute jewelry on my colleague Julia. She was wearing a curved, delicate silver bracelet. Nothing spectacular, but very special in a way that would make you happy to look at and wear every day. When I visited the designer Jana Patz in her studio, I discovered that the rest of her collections are just the same. It’s obvious from her designs that she enjoys thinking about how women (and men) wear jewelry. Yet her pieces don’t look constructed. Rather the opposite, the pieces all seem very organic. I especially like the „knuckle duster” in rosegold from the Edition No. IX that looks like it gently protects your hand. And the rings from the Edition No. VIII that look like hearts and can be worn over the knuckle or stacked on the finger are simply gorgeous.

The Medley Institute is available from Andreas Murkudis at Bikini Berlin among other places.

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basics: the black maxi dress

By Marlene | Published: 24. July 2014


We booked our summer holiday this week. That would be next year’s summer holiday. I know, I know. Who plans anything that far in advance? Parents that’s who. Which I sometimes still can’t quite believe I am now. But as much as I like the idea of rocking up at the airport with a carry-on and taking the first flight to somewhere sunny, well, I never really used to do that even when I didn’t have roughly ten tons of baby stuff to pack. Still, it makes me feel terribly grown-up, knowing where I’ll be in 12 months time. On a family vacation. On Mallorca.

On the other hand: that gives me a whole year to look forward to lounging around by the pool, drinking alcohol (!) and wearing all of the lovely dresses that I couldn’t wear this summer for evident reasons.

Steffi took these pictures of me on our last trip to Mallorca. I wore that dress from Ganni almost every day – to the beach, in the city, out at night. It’s so easy to throw on and still looks chic paired with heels and gold jewelry. It’s really the only dress I need in the summer (although I’m going to deny I ever said that when James asks me next year why I’m trying to fit my entire wardrobe into a suitcase).

My dress is from Ganni, here are a few others that I like in the shops right now.

With a pleated skirt from Mango | A great simple version from Monki | For evening from Filippa K | For when the money fairy has been to visit from Tibi | Not a dress, but this overall is just as chic, from Zara