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the five minute fix || pleated skirt

By Marlene | Published: 31. December 2016


I had similar expectations of this five minute fix that a 17-year-old has of New Year’s Eve. I wanted to build a small set for taking the pictures. Buy fabulous props. Borrow loads of great tops and shoes and pleated skirts. All before Christmas so that you’d be able to buy everything online in time to have it delivered by the end of this year. As in the end of 2016.

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By Marlene | Published: 22. December 2016


What a week this has been. What a year. I can’t quite comprehend what happened in Berlin on Monday night. Just as I can’t comprehend Aleppo. Can’t comprehend the Philippines. I had prepared a few posts for this week, pretty things for Christmas and outfits for New Year’s Eve, this is after all a place for the lighter stuff. But my heart’s just heavy. It didn’t feel right. And so I want to give attention to something else: White Helmets, the Syrian civil defense. Instead of buying big presents, I donated to them. I chose this organisation, but there are many others that offer relief to those most in need. I’m not asking you to do the same as I did. But in the face of all of the horrible news, all of the failings of human kind, I often feel that I can’t make a difference. But I can. And if you’re feeling the same way, you can, too.

This year will soon be over. Until then, I’m wishing you all restful, healthy and peaceful holidays. And hold your close ones even closer right now. I am.






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