Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Marlen of Messages on a Napkin

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Hey all! I'm Marlen (read it like the Monroe) and I blog over at Messages on a Napkin!  I have a penchant for anything vintage, grandpa-like, or thrifted, and if I had to describe my style I'd say color inspires me.  The more the better! I love to mix patterns on patterns, I always have about 12 layers on, and I like to see how colors play off each other in one look.

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I also like to hunt for vintage and most of my finds are found at thrift stores and charity shops. I really like diving into a rack of holiday sweaters and boxy dresses with shoulder pads, and coming out with a pretty gem. Hard work pays off, after all ;)

Most of the time I prefer to look like I'm on my way to a red-and-white diner from the 50's, my hunnie's Letterman jacket draped over my shoulders and a Billie Holiday song on my lips. But if that can't happen, then I at least need a crazy mismatch of patterns on me.


And a little bit about my personal self: I'm addicted to chocolate chip cookies and can't scramble an egg to save my life.  I've loved writing ever since I found out how to use a pencil, and right now am trying my hand at writing a book! I graduated college a year and a half ago with Communications and Philosophy and somehow got myself sucked into corporate America, and am living Office Space five days a week, four weeks a month.  I scare my bosses with my outfits, but hey, their shenanigans make for great stories ;)


I'm excited to be a part of a group with such lovely, fun ladies and can't wait to share more of my style with you!


  1. Love that she isn't afraid of color or texture and pairing different patterns! I could definitely use some of her braveness when it comes to clothes. I am quite safe with my neutrals!

  2. I love your style Marlen, really looking forward to seeing your outfits!

  3. I just left your blog and hopped over here to see your post and of course I was greeted by such a lovely mix of photos again with awesome layering and color mixing! I have that little green polka dot cardi from Target too - I wear it all time and really love how you mixed it with the pussy bow blouse and little blue skirt here :)

  4. very nice Blog!!!
    love your style
    followed you on GFC no 103
    hope you follow back

  5. Hooray its Marlen! I love all of these so much, especially that last one (those shoes!)! Your print mixing and layering always blows me away. I love that your outfits scare your bosses, I live office space too and just moved into a new office where I get to shmooze higher up people in the company.. I am trying to slowly ease my style upon them.
    Can't wait to see your remixes!
    xo Hannah

  6. Lovely the vintage atmosphere!
    Following your lovely blog with GFC :)


  7. I love all of these outfits so much! I wish I could pull off vintage as much as you do! Great blog!


  8. nice look cute blog I follow you and you can follow Kisses from mexico :)

  9. Yaaay Marlen! I love her style. I don't know how she comes up with such amazing looks. :)


  10. Marlen! I'm so excited you're part of the group! You seriously have the best thrifted/vintage stuff, I love all your layers and cute looks! Also you have an awesome personality and make me laugh often when I read your blog :)

  11. Looking fabulous in every single photo.


  12. Thanks for the comment! Love your blog, now following on GFC..follow back if you like :)
    The first 2 looks are my favorite!!

  13. fun to learn about you, marlen!
    i'm happy to see that you haven't
    let the corporate world stifle
    your creativity--i see lots of fun
    color combinations and prints in
    your outfits! ^_^

    erica | sweets + hearts

  14. Great looks! Love your style!


  15. Hattitude Style Blog

    marlen you are so cute. i love love love all these photos. damn gurl you know how to style it up! my favourite is pattern on pattern

    talk soon wild child
    Hattitude Style Blog


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