A purple dress: one time right, twice wrong

I have a nice purple dress which I combine with a purple/green necklace and green shoes.
I did not have purple shoes and choosing black shoes is not a challenge. So after discovering this necklace, I remembered I had green shoes. Why not?

As I was encouraged to try and make more than 1 combination with a clothing item by the women on 40plusstyle.com, I tried the dress with two scarfs. This attempt failed, we can safely say.

I am showing you the right combination first.

Now you will see the dress with an orange scarf which is too big and too long.

And with a multicoloured scarf, fastened in a cowgirl fashion. Only a few women get away with that style (like f.i. a friend of mine…). I clearly do not.

You learn more from your mistakes than from your successes, therefore I am not afraid to show you the failures too. As I say at the top of this blog: live and learn (and yes, you may also laugh).

What I will have to learn with this blog, is how to resize my photos in a way that you see only one size and not different sizes. And I have to improve the quality of the photos as they are not always that good.
I am getting camera lessons and already know that good daylight is essential. However, I live in a small house, with a small garden in The Netherlands. Half of the time it is raining or winter here and photos have to be taken indoors. I am working on a trick, but will show you my old photos first. Will you stay with me?



  1. 20 November 2012 / 23:32

    What a great purple dress! I love the necklace you paired it with, but also think that the scarf looks great with it also. I don’t think it’s too long at all. Keep it up!xo,Terryhttp://terrys-two-cents.blogspot.com

  2. 21 November 2012 / 02:45

    Love the colour combo! WOuld have never thought of purple and green together, and I love purple and have so many items in that colour! Oh the possibilities! I think you’re the first blogger I’ve seen- and I follow 150, yes, 150- to show the failed outfits. What a brilliant idea! I, for one, am just learning about style at age 42, so what you did here is truly helpful!

  3. 21 November 2012 / 09:21

    Your comments surprise me so much. I do not regard myself as very good in styling outfits. Most of the times I need help form f.i. my friend Anja (Tangobabe) to get new ideas. But I accept them in gratitude.Kathy, have you ever been on the blog of Catherine (Not dressed as lamb)? She shows failures from time to time as well. And Sylvia did that as well. With posing failures.I don’t think I would dare show them if I look totally ridiculous

  4. 21 November 2012 / 14:53

    I feel great that we go showing your daily outfits, you have a very elegant and tasteful. Sure we will stay with you. Actually the first picture is the proposal good, great. The green shoes are a touch of imagination that makes the perfect outfit. The second photo is too conventional, and the third … I do not like the country air is left. The country with leather and jeans, right? I rejoice that improve quality photos, the outfits are worthwhile.http://sensecorbata.blogspot.com.es/

  5. 22 November 2012 / 01:57

    I have followed her on and off. Must have missed the failed outfits in the off stages. I don’t recall Sylvia doing a failed outfit post. Will have to go through her archives! I love her drape-y clothes and her choice of colours.

  6. 22 November 2012 / 09:04

    Katty, let me know if I am repeating too much of what you already saw on 40plusstyle to your liking. I am trying to do it differently on my blog.Josep-Maria, I had 3 hours of lessons in Photography yesterday. So much more to learn.

  7. 23 November 2012 / 19:19

    Don’t worry about repeating yourself! It’s always a pleasure to see your outfits. And kudos for your photography lessons!

    • 23 November 2012 / 21:18

      Gee, “kudos”…I had to look that one up. Another thing learned.Can I ask you for a little help in my upstart stage? I have a question: if you have left a comment on one of my articles, do you then receive an email if somebody else leaves a comment? Or is that something I have to install on my blog? I think Josep-Maria mentioned that in one of his earlier comments.

    • 23 November 2012 / 22:23

      If someone comments and, after doing so, subscribe to comments by email, you will receive a notice of all comments made in your post, including your answers. I told you it would be useful to you to put an application that allows to know when you publish a post, and put on Bloglovin example, which I find very good and simple.

    • 24 November 2012 / 01:46

      I know Josep-Maria, and I am looking into it right now. So far I have only found the part of Bloglovin where I get a signal whenever somebody has posted something new on their blog. Which is not what I am looking for. I want the people that comment with me to get an update.But I will get there, for sure.

    • 24 November 2012 / 12:26

      Hi Greetje, I think the only way to do that on blogger is with the disqus comment system (which is also what notdeadyetsyle uses) You can look into that: http://disqus.com As you know I use self-hosted wordpress and I have a plugin installed to have that feature.

    • 24 November 2012 / 18:39

      I will discuss that with Anja, my think tank for blogging…. Thanks for the tip.

  8. 23 November 2012 / 23:14

    Beautiful dress and beautiful smile!

    • 24 November 2012 / 01:48

      Thank you Ava. Yes I try to smile all the time. Brightens up the world a bit I hope. Check out my grin tomorrow.LOL

  9. 26 November 2012 / 02:40

    you got a lot of help here! I would have liked to add my two cents but I am just a blog user- if that is a word. I check on you daily but since this is a very busy time I am only commenting when I have the time-I also check back to past posts to see what your response and other comments are. They are usually very enriching.

    • 26 November 2012 / 15:06

      Because you were one of my first viewers you cannot do anything wrong with me. The love will stay haha LOL.Comment if you can, but it is not a must.

  10. 27 November 2012 / 04:15

    Thanks! That was sweet! You know,I very rarely comment on other blogs. There are some I never commented on even if I’ve been following them for a year. And I never read the comments on their blogs. But there’s something very approachable about you that I like, so I enjoy keeping the conversation going and reading what other people have to say as well

  11. 27 November 2012 / 11:04

    Katty, it is you who gave me the idea to be different from other bloggers by also showing failures or explaining how I got to the definite outfit. And it is you (and Terry and Josep-Maria) who gave me the final push to start the blog because you spoke so nice of my outfits. Much to my surprise. I have decided to stay very close to myself and write the way I talk: loud with lots of laughs and always very honest. So I hope I can keep this blog interesting enough for you to keep on commenting.

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