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Monthly Archives: February 2013

basics: the black skirt

By Marlene | Published: 12. February 2013
Here's the next basic from my closet: the black skirt. You can see that, obviously. But this isn't all about a skirt. There's something else going on in these pictures, which is that they were taken on a day when I didn't feel at all as tough as I might look here. Rather the opposite. I had just spent 72 hours straight in front of the computer, I had a cold, [...]

a week in fashion #83

By Marlene | Published: 10. February 2013
*I like getting presents. Who doesn't? But I like giving presents just as much. So by giving me this awesome gift, Okka also gave me the inspiration for a great present for a fashion nerd. This fashionary is part dictionary, part address book, part weekly planner and I now use it to collect ideas for this blog. Also as an excuse for dropping sentences like [...]

a quick flirt

By Marlene | Published: 8. February 2013
Can I confess something to you? It still takes quite some courage for me to approach someone in the street for their picture. James asked me once why it made me so nervous. He said: How would you feel if someone asked you? I said: Flattered, probably. So I try to remember that every time I go up to someone I don't know, but whose style I like, pretending [...]

danish beauty

By Marlene | Published: 6. February 2013
If I ever open a shop for Danish products, I'd definitely stock tebirkes, flødeboller, Frandsen lamps - and Matas. Matas is a Danish drugstore chain with its own brand of skincare, which is so good it ought to be world-famous and is also the reason my luggage on the return flight usually gets tagged "heavy". This time, as every time, in my suitcase: a big [...]


By Marlene | Published: 4. February 2013
After the shows in Stockholm and Copenhagen I'm back in Berlin and back from the parallel universe that is "fashion week". I really did feel like an alien some of the time. It's not that it doesn't seem like a pure luxury to me to look at nothing but clothes for five days and seriously think about what trouser length will be "important" next season. To eat [...]