March: Hello Hearts!

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Columnist Susanne Kaloff has a few thoughts for us every month from now on how to make the days and nights sweeter. In theory, anyway.


What helps now: Hot numbers, supermodels, super blouses and courage.


Apromise is a promise Let's start where we left off last month: Music for a stonecoldsober mindset. Wait a minute, stonecold sounds bad. Who wants to be stonecold like a pebble? Let's just take the word out of the lyrics again now and listen:

Nina Simone: Feeling Good

La Femme: Elle ne t'aime pas

Jacob Banks: Chainsmoking

Solange: Borderline

Dolly Parton: Jolene

Drake (feat.Kanye West): Glow

SZA: 20 Something

Diana Ross: Tenderness

Jack White: Love Interruption

Captain Beefheart: Observatory Crest

Stevie Wonder: I Believe (When I Fall In Love)

Frank Ocean: Be Yourself

Sade: Paradise

Kelela: Better

Serge Gainsbourg: Je suis venu te dire que je m'en vais

George Michael: Freedom

Helen Reddy: I am Woman


Courage comes from Coeur At this point it would be grown-up and wise to market myself and my book. But I don't have the time right now, because I've been lying on the sofa for three days reading "Daring Greatly" by the wonderful Brené Brown. Subline: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live. Not being afraid of your own vulnerability is the hottest trend of the season for me.


The Question of Meaning Is it just me, or does the cold hurt right now? Yesterday I rode my bike to the harbor in -7 degree weather. When I reached my destination, I couldn't tell the receptionist at Gruner+Jahr my name or who I was meeting. My jaw no longer moving, I wrote my request on a piece of paper. They sat me down on the sofa to wait and defrost, where I leafed through French Gala and wondered why I didn't actually look as fantastic as Vanessa Paradis.


The dress question This has to do, among other things, with the fact that Vanessa Paradis probably not cycling around in frosty weather. Nevertheless, I googled her age. To be on the safe side, I also looked up the age of Nineties supermodel Tatjana Patitz, whom I adored in my youth in the George Michael video for "Freedom" for making smoking in bed look so darn sexy. That was almost thirty years ago and today, as far as my bed is concerned, I am happily dealing with more existential issues.


Showtime Friday I have to go to Berlin for a talk show. The last time I was there, I wore two different socks. This time I have to prepare better. So: How do I combine Moon Boots with my new Favorite Blouse? The answer: not at all, I'm afraid. It's high time for spring, a flambé heart and a little reminder from my Superman Yogi Bhajan: "You are a woman, not a Playmate!"