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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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summer beauty || budget & first class

By Marlene | Published: 19. June 2019

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One of the face masks I most frequently use costs about the same as a scoop of ice cream. My favourite hair product, which is as expensive as it is without an alternative, costs about as much as an EasyJet ticket to Thessaloniki. Here’s little summer edition of 12 beauty products that are worth getting – both at budget and first class prices.

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