spruced by marlene

By Marlene | Published: 1. August 2019

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My parents still like telling the story of the time I almost missed the train to holiday camp in Denmark, because I was dragging a heavy suitcase behind me. Things didn’t really improve after that. I have gone travelling with idiotic amounts of beauty products, dresses that I didn’t even want to wear at home and at least three more pairs of shoes than were strictly necessary.

Three things happened that converted me to a carry-on only traveller.


Hipster jeans – why? And other mainly important questions to ask yourself when you turn 40

By Marlene | Published: 30. July 2019

So of course I tried the FaceApp aging filter the other week (and, yes, I’m aware that the Russian state now probably has access to all of my data. But I immediately deleted the App!) (After I used it) (We’ll get to my grasp of technology later).

I found the result more amusing than alarming, because how surprising is it that I will look like a dried prune when I’m approximately 95 years old? What occupied me more was the difference between „me now“ and „me then“. The App also has a youthful filter – which made me look less like my actual younger self than a Kardashianised version of myself, and yet I was genuinely surprised by how much more apparent the wrinkles on my forehead and deep creases around my eyes seemed in the original picture, because wasn’t I only 25 yesterday?

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1 piece, 3 looks || the midi skirt

By Marlene | Published: 8. July 2019

The idea behind the 1 piece, 3 looks series was to get the most out of your wardrobe staples. That’s why quite a few of the pieces you can see here were already featured in part 1 and part 2. I really do wear the heck out of them. But besides a good ensemble cast you also need some principal perfomers. That’s how I try to approach shopping, when I’m not restocking basics: Who could be my heroes this season, or rather: for the sartorial mood I’m in right now? Who stand out from the crowd, are multifaceted and as adorable as a hero should be.

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copenhagen city guide

By Marlene | Published: 4. July 2019

When a friend asked me a few weeks ago to share some tips for a weekend in Copenhagen, I thought: I should write down my dozen or so favourites for the blog (and future reference). A dozen quickly turned into around 50.

This city makes it easy to keep finding places to love and share. So, here they are – my evergreens and some great new (summer) hits.

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my workout (or why the worst time to start a sport might be perfect timing)

By Marlene | Published: 27. June 2019

It was absolutely the wrong day to start working out. My accountant had called the previous day with news that I had to pay back a lot more money for 2017 than I had anticipated. The week before that, someone had unintentionally taken my suitcase instead of theirs from the bus (although I didn’t know it was unintentional at the time and it would take over three months to get the suitcase back, but that’s a whole other story). The reason we had to take the bus at all to go on Christmas vacation was that I had totaled our car in December. No money, my favourite clothes gone, zero chance of a new car and an exhausting year behind me – all I wanted to do was stay in bed until the end of 2019.

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