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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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3 looks for the playground

By Marlene | Published: 22. June 2019

It might not be the best idea to change the format of a new series for the second ever episode. But! When a reader asked me after the first installment of 1 piece, 3 looks (I can’t find the original comment – apologies!), if I could feature three outfits for the playground that did not involve the usual jeans-and-a-t-shirt combination, I decided to make an exception and change to script to 3 pieces, 3 looks for this post. All outfits had to meet these challenges: 1. They shouldn’t give me Groundhog Day feelings. 2. You should be able to play in the sand with them, climb monkey bars when your kid decides (s)he’s not that brave after all and be compatible with bike/public transport journeys. 3. You should also be able to wear it to the office beforehand.

Also featured are shoes and sandals that you can easily slip in and out of, as well as bags that will hold trucks, buckets and shovels.

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