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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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a month in fashion (and other stuff) #3

By Marlene | Published: 24. March 2015


It’s never the loud street style looks at the four big fashion weeks that get my attention but the little outfit details. One thing I noticed a lot in the slideshows that I’m adopting to my wardrobe: paisley print bandanas, worn as kerchiefs, on handbags, as hairbands. I’m also using them as bibs for Arlo, although surprisingly I didn’t see them styled that way in any of the street styles, ahem. I stocked up at an army store on Danziger Straße for 5€ apiece (as opposed to, say, 525€ for a bandana print silk scarf from Saint Laurent. My friend E. thinks that Hedi Slimane is just taking the piss now. I agree).

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dreamy pyjamas

By Marlene | Published: 18. March 2015


Confession: last night I went to bed in a pair of jogging bottoms and an old t-shirt. This was not an exception. Sure, it’s possible to sleep like that. But wouldn’t it be nicer in a proper pyjama? Like the one James wears from Brooks Brothers. I brought back a pair for him from England a few years back and I should’ve gotten one for myself. There’s something celebratory about getting dressed so neatly for bed, much like Don Draper in the 1960s (except we don’t smoke or drink Whiskey in bed).

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not so basic black

By Marlene | Published: 16. March 2015


Who knows what’s taking spring so long, but until it arrives in Berlin (and, of course, everywhere else), here’s a little inspiration for winter dressing: black from head to toe. Not exactly an original suggestion? But yes! If you do it like Ari and combine different textures and materials. Taking this as an example to mix up my black winter uniform – until spring finally makes its appearance.

Ari wears Isabel Marant Heleri jacket, Céline Cabas tote and Acne Jensen boots.

flowers from mary lennox

By Marlene | Published: 14. March 2015


Should I even try to write anything or should I just let the pictures speak for themselves?

I mean, anyone can see that Ruby Barber has the nicest workplace in the world, or at least in all of Berlin. So what’s the point in describing that she creates bouquets that are so stunning I’d only repeat myself in saying: „They’re beautiful. Sooooo beautiful. So BEAUTIFUL. Just beautiful.“ But it’s worth writing a few more words about her anyway. Because what’s also beautiful is how Ruby Barber became what she is today.

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