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basics: the black maxi dress

By Marlene | Published: 24. July 2014
Spruced-Basics-BlackMaxiDress1 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 [...]

shopping for baby

By Marlene | Published: 30. June 2014
Spruced-Onlineshops-Baby I was almost certain that I'd manage to keep to the list my midwife gave me of the necessary baby clothes. After all, the little ones grow faster than you can say „You’re not old enough to drink yet!”. But then I spotted a denim overall at Baby Gap and basically lost all control. (more...)

it’s a boy

By Marlene | Published: 17. June 2014
Spruced-Its-a-boy-Petersen I know it’s been quiet around here lately. Perhaps you’ve guessed the reason for my silence already. It’s because life elsewhere suddenly got a lot noisier. Our boy Arlo Elliott was born four weeks ago, surprising us with both his early arrival and with a joy so overwhelming we couldn’t have dreamt was possible to feel. There are moments I still can’t [...]
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the glow

By Marlene | Published: 8. May 2014
Spruced-Steffi-Citizens-of-Humanity1 A couple of months ago James asked me if I enjoyed being pregnant. I was confused why he’d think that I didn't. Well, he said, I talked a lot about how uncomfortable I felt, moaned about the dark circles under my eyes, complained that I didn’t fit into any of my clothes anymore and how much weight I had gained. He thought that was strange. Because what [...]

the suze bag

By Marlene | Published: 9. April 2014
Spruced-James-Castle-Suze-Bag1 So the reason we flew to Thailand was because James designed a new beach bag that we wanted to take pictures of – on the beach. OK, maybe that’s a lie. But what’s true is that we couldn’t have found a better place to photograph The Suze. It’s a dip-dyed denim shopper with tan leather straps that looks like 30 degree sunshine to me. I carried [...]