As soon as I held my newborn daughter Zilver in my arms, I realized that I had been given a hugely important task: to give her wings. So, I raised her using the exact same motto with which I design all my lingerie: dare to dream, dare to grow, dare to be. And I never stopped using my own wings to fly, traveling the world to make my dreams come true. Because I believed that being ‘more than a mother’ was the best way to teach by example. But what did Zilver think of having a mother with wanderlust?
Marlies: When you were little, I was away a lot on business trips. But whenever I could, I would bring you with me. We had some crazy trips; do you remember my store opening in Bangkok where you and I performed as majorettes?
Zilver: (laughs) Oh, I do! I was 7 years old. And how about that safari in South-Africa? I was convinced we were going to crash somewhere on the savannah in that tiny Cessna, and you slept through the entire bumpy flight!
Marlies: (laughs) Well, I figured: there’s nothing I can do about it, right? How do you look back on that aspect of your childhood?
Zilver: To be honest, I did miss you a lot when you were away. Do you remember how I would sometimes try to clean the house before you came home, so you would be extra happy to be back? But I somehow realized, even at an early age, that traveling was a big part of who you are. I accepted and respected that. And it now is a big part of who I am myself, hence the ‘wanderlust’ tattoo I got recently! When did your ‘wanderlust’ actually start?
Marlies: We used to spend our summer holidays on a camping in Spain where we would drive by car, passing through France during the night. When I was about 7 years old, I got it in my head that we would pass the Eiffel Tower, so I stayed up, afraid to miss it. Of course, my parents didn’t drive through Paris and I was devastated I didn’t get to see it! I did finally get to visit the Eiffel Tower, years, later, while backpacking through Europe by train with my sister. Wow, what a trip! I remember sleeping under a bridge because we were on such a tight budget.
Zilver: Wait a minute, you never told me that!
Marlies: (laughs) I didn’t want you to get any ideas in your head, young lady! But perhaps you understand even better now why having my own show during the Paris Fashion Week, a stone’s throw away from the Eiffel Tower, was such a big deal for me. It was the culmination of a lifelong dream. And it was extra special to have you there!
Zilver: I remember rushing on to the stage and literally jumping on top of you at the end of the show, even though you were surrounded by models and photographers. I was 9 years old and felt you had spent enough time with all those strangers all day. It was my turn!
Marlies: You were always very good about letting me know when you needed me; that’s why I felt it was safe for me to travel as much as I did. You always gave me honest feedback about my role as a mother. As a matter of fact, when you hit your teens, you told me you were fed up with traveling.
Zilver: I felt that I had been missing out on a lot of things happening at home with my friends. So, for a few years, I refused to travel, and you allowed me that space. But when I turned 16 and you offered to take me on a trip, anywhere I wanted to, I couldn’t refuse! I had been obsessed with Dexter (a crime series about a serial killer, red.) and we went to Miami to visit al his murder sites. That’s when my wanderlust kicked in for real, and I found out what a great travel team we make!
Marlies: Your topographical skills and sense of direction are unparalleled, whereas I am adventurous and easily make contact with locals. Plus, I take the best pictures of you for Instagram.
Zilver: (laughs) You do! I know it wasn’t always easy for you to leave me to go on a business trip when I was little. It wasn’t always easy for me. But I am so glad you did. If anything, you have shown me how traveling makes you a more open, tolerant and complete person.
Marlies: That is so good to hear. Thank you for your support and patience, Zilver. I am incredibly lucky to have you as both my daughter and travel buddie.
Governed by NO ONE
Flame-haired, brave-hearted and always dressed to dazzle, Elizabeth the First, also known as England’s ‘Virgin Queen’, is one of the most unforgettable women in history. Her glorious reign is known as The Golden Age ~ a period that saw the birth of Shakespeare, the defeat of the Spanish Armada and the emergence of England as a world power. It lasted almost 45 years; Elizabeth’s legacy as a feminist icon however, has already spanned nearly 5 centuries. “My sex cannot diminish my prestige.”
Only 11 days after he beheaded his second wife (the flamboyant Anne Boleyn), King Henry VIII married a pale, fair-haired maiden called Jane Seymour. Who exactly was this girl, and what had made the king so besotted with her? To this day, historians don’t quite know what to make of her.
Glamour, the magical power of persuasion
“Dare to be the CEO of your own career”
Who run this (digital) world? For Saskia Van Uffelen, the answer to that question is crystal clear: women. And what better role model for these women than the passionate CEO of Ericsson Belux herself? Named ICT Woman of the Year in 2011, Belgian-born Saskia is a great inspiration -not only as a digital visionary but also as a top manager who gracefully combines a hectic job with a family of five children. “In disruptive times, we need women.”
Marlies|dekkers heeft een grote variëteit aan lingerie wat gedragen kan worden door iedereen en voldoet aan iedere vrouw haar behoefte. Naast het aanbieden van producten op onze webshop, houden we een blog bij in de categorie ‘Maison Marlies’ waar over verschillende onderwerpen geschreven wordt zoals; Waarom 50 worden fantastisch is, een 5-stappenplan voor het kopen van lingerie voor jouw vriendin, vrouw of partner , hoe je lingerie als deel van je outfit maakt en andere leuke onderwerpen.
In Maison Marlies blog kun je van alles lezen over het leven achter en rondom het bedrijf. Of je nu wilt weten waar ze haar inspiratie vandaan haalt voor het ontwerpen van een nieuwe collectie, of dat je interesse hebt in haar levensstijl, gezonde recepten, of haar smaak in bijzondere kunst, je kunt het vinden in de blog. Deze zakenvrouw krijgt het voor elkaar om met een knipoog te schrijven over haar zakenreizen, shop avonturen, haar collega’s, vrienden en familie en zelfs over haar vakanties waar ze even helemaal tot rust komt. Wanneer je even niet meer weet hoe je jou goede bh maat kunt vinden, biedt Maison Marlies een aantal richtlijnen zodat je je boezem kunt schudden zonder dat je borsten eruit floepen. Comfort voor je buste is een combinatie van de juiste maat en de juiste kwaliteit. Je wilt toch geen onhandig ondergoed, terwijl dit eigenlijk heel makkelijk voorkomen kan worden door het dragen van hoge kwaliteit lingerie?! En wanneer je voorgevel goed op z’n plaats gehouden wordt kun je eindelijk volledig je vrouwelijkheid vieren. De blog geeft advies over het mixen en matchen van lingerie, over het stimuleren en inspireren van je eigen stijlgevoel en houdt je op de hoogte van de laatste trends.
blij met marlies|dekkers lingerie
Haar celebrity vrienden zijn ook erg blij met de perfecte pasvorm van de bh's van marlies|dekkers. Deze vriendinnen laten met trots hun sexy lingerie van marlies|dekkers zien in fotoshoots voor tijdschriften, en tijdens optredens, tv-shows of zelfs in films. Maison Marlies wijdt een speciaal gedeelte van de blog aan gerelateerde nieuwtjes en ontwikkelingen zodat je altijd op de hoogte blijft van de laatste ontwikkelingen rondom de speciale missie die de visie van Marlies’ ademt voor de toekomst.