A walk down memory lane

Lemon green jacket 2Lots of bloggers do it…. showing outfits from the past. Why not me? After all it is nearly Christmas, lots of people are spending time with their loved ones, go to parties and have little time to look at blogs. So why bother? Then again, there are the loyal ones, you, the women who come back every week to see what I have been up to. And you are the ones I want to please most. Which made me decide to give you a walk down memory lane.

Memory lane for me that is, as the outfits in this post are outfits from the past. For you they might be new as a lot of you have never seen them before. For those who have, just sit back and enjoy the fact you don’t have to comment this time and can go back to eating, decorating, reading, laughing, talking to friends, embracing, hugging. All the things which I am hoping you will experience in these last weeks of the year.

Each outfit you are about to see is linked to the original post. Just in case you want to explore further.

Above: the first outfit above is a lemon green jacket. I wore it just this week, when I was out with Sylvia of 40+Style and Anja of the Curly Traveller.

Below: a Dolce & Gabbana suit, which is starting to become rather tight these days…… D & G suit 1Below: my brown sheer skirt. Left in the closet most of the times. What a shame.Brown sheer skirt part 2 3 BelowChristmas party skirt 2012Party skirt 1aBelow: red is my favourite colour. Here is a red dress from LaDress, an online shop with perfect dresses.Red La Dress dress 1Below: my little black dress. One of the best items in my closet. I had it custom made.Little black dress Ina necklace 1Below: my red peplum top, also custom made, like the black dress above…. I am going to wear it for Christmas dinner this year at my stepdaughter’s house. She is cooking. Who would have thought that years ago…. Things can change so much! And in this case for the good. No, for the best.Red peplum topBelow: to finish this easy post in an appropriate way: hit the link to this Christmas 2012 post. It will make you smile, I am sure.MantelpieceM

I am quite curious to know what you would vote:

A) I liked this walk down memory lane. And I don’t mind if you do another one in January or February.

B) I have seen all/most of these outfits before and remember them. Still I enjoyed them again.

C) I can appreciate the fact you want to have some time off during this season. But I will admit I have seen these before so I was a little bored.

Now, please don’t insult me with flattery, with socially acceptable answers or by being polite. I am Dutch and I like it straight between my eyes.  Nobody ever learns anything from respondents to a survey who are lying through their teeth.

On these stern words I will say goodbye and wish you a Merry Christmas. 😆


PS 1 I am linking up with the fearless Sacramento, who is having a blogger’s gathering at Mis Papelicos.

PS 2 I do so miss my brown hair….

No Fear of Fashion



  1. 21 December 2014 / 20:53

    Holy cow. I love that D&G suit. I went back and read your original post. Why are shop clerks so snooty sometimes? Really, I just don’t get it. Outrageously I notice that I’m treated better in high-end stores if I’m with a man. Which REEEEALY makes me mad, especially when some of their mannequins are dressed much more freakishly than I am.
    I laughed at the Christmas post!

    I’ve missed too many of your posts the first time around so this post is very fresh. So I’m not bored by a memory lane post.
    Merry Christmas to you and Ron, Greetje.

    • Greetje
      21 December 2014 / 22:41

      Oh good. Wasn’t sure how it would go down. I trust you to be honest. Merry Christmas lovely Melanie. To you and your looking glass maker.

  2. 21 December 2014 / 22:39

    This was fun…so many great looks. I want a black dress like this. Have a wonderful week…hope some celebrations will be in there.

    • Greetje
      21 December 2014 / 22:45

      The little black dress was a stroke of luck. The seamstress already had the dress ready in linen for another client and had the material as well. So not much risk. A LBD needs to fit perfectly and with my large bosom I knew I would never get one from a shop. Have a merry christmas too Pam. Wishing you lots of strength to get through these food days.

  3. 21 December 2014 / 23:44

    I enjoyed this post Greetje. I actually linked back to quite a few of your posts, and giggled a bit reading about your dilemmas concerning how often to post. I know. I know. I’ve been there too and, as you know, my posting is a bit erratic. I am trying to be organized with one every two weeks, but creativity cannot be engineered. I also like the little updates in today’s post…your darling stepdaughter cooking dinner…or else the caterers would be called…etc.

    So, officially my vote is for A.

    Happy Christmas my friend! I’m not quite sure when my next post will be…it’s a pretty busy time for most people, which translates to a quiet blog time, but for sure I have something for before year end!

    • Greetje
      21 December 2014 / 23:53

      When I posted these outfits I had just started blogging and I posted EVERY DAY. For a whole month. Can you imagine what I was like after that month? I changed that very quickly.
      And a very happy Christmas to you too Sue.

  4. Ceri
    22 December 2014 / 00:14

    Option A for me too. I really like the brown sheer skirt on you by the way.

    • Greetje
      22 December 2014 / 09:35

      I found that brown sheer skirt in the back of my closet and made about 7 new outfits with them. All in December 2012.

  5. 22 December 2014 / 02:19

    Sending a vote for A, and WARM Christmas cheer from Florida – flew from freezing DC to summery Orlando this morning. Happy Holidays!

    • Greetje
      22 December 2014 / 09:36

      And a sunny, warm and lovely holidays to you too. Well done Anne. Fly away. Always so nice to “see” you.

  6. 22 December 2014 / 07:15

    I think it’s fun to look back on the year that was. Perhaps you could have looked at all your outfits from the year and list your 10 favorite ones (this is of course what I’m doing pretty soon!) You did not really mention what these outfits meant to you. Are these your all-time favorites? Favorite party outfits? I think it’s good to explain why you picked certain outfts in a roundup post. These are all great outfits and I can’t choose a favorite.

    • Greetje
      22 December 2014 / 09:40

      I didn’t tell you why I picked them as the reason was too simple haha. I just randomly picked them from December 2012 when I had about a 100 people reading my blog. So I gathered, nobody will have seen these outfits. This way I can show something new and it doesn’t cost me a lot of time. Which would be such a shame if nobody is reading my blog because they are all too busy entertaining friends and family.

  7. 22 December 2014 / 09:13

    Lovable post! I have enjoyed this jump into the past…your style was what caught my attention when I started blogging, and your garden as well! ( It looked very Northern Europe to my eye! )
    That Dolce & Gabbana suit is fab! And goes perfect with your yellow bag…
    The red top is very pretty for your Christmas dinner and I am sure it will be a special day…the best way to celebrate is spending it with your dears!
    I wish you all the best for the incoming festivities …

    • Greetje
      22 December 2014 / 09:41

      Thanks Dan. I didn’t realize we go back such a long time. This was all 2012. Did you see the outfits before?
      And of course a merry christmas to you en Vincenzo too.

  8. 22 December 2014 / 09:42

    I really enjoyed this post as I’d missed the originals- and loved the lime green jacket and the red dress especially! Even if I had read them first time wouldn’t mind- I just admire anyone who manages to update their blog so regularly ….

    I’ve been sorting out my clothes recently as I’ve lost some weight and can now wear some of my old ones. It’s good to revisit and remember as well as great to have a new wardrobe without spending lots of money!

    Have a great Christmas- my best friend lives in Amsterdam so I’m a regular visitor and love the down to earth no *****attitude of the Dutch; I really appreciate your writing style as well as your clothes style!


    • Greetje
      22 December 2014 / 12:09

      Catherine, you just made my day. It is comments like yours that make one proud. Thank you. Have you seen my “Amsterdam posts”? You can find them at the top of my blog under the tab….. Amsterdam. Just in case you want to reminisce.
      As for updating my blog…. it is rather a lot of work, but for the first time in all my life I found a hobby, something which I really like. All aspects of it. And if you like something, you are usually not bad at it (tooting my own horn here) and you don’t regard the time spent on it, as work.
      I hope I can keep you amused.

  9. 22 December 2014 / 10:18

    What a nice dress collection! Happy Christmas!

    • Greetje
      22 December 2014 / 11:57

      Thank you Ana Maria. I take it you have never seen these outfits before?
      Looking back made me realize I wear far more trousers these days and very little dresses and skirts. Which is a shame really. Have to do something about that.
      Happy Christmas to you too.

  10. Jolet
    22 December 2014 / 10:46

    All the garments are wonderful! I hadn’t seen them before. What a lovely black dress! I can make a simular one for myself if I want to. And all the handbags you have with your outfits I love! I’m more of a lazy person regarding this, one bag for winter and one for summer ;-((.

    • Greetje
      22 December 2014 / 12:01

      The handbags are easy for me. I have a “bag-in-bag” by Tintamar. Which means the only thing I have to do is, take out the bag-in-bag from one bag and put it into another one. Done. Half a minute work. Bags are so nice to style your outfit with. And they always fit. Like shoes. LOL
      If you look at this post, you can see that the seamstress made a separate peplum to go with the dress. Giving me two dresses in one. Just a simple hook-up at the back and voila, different dress.


  11. Nicolette
    22 December 2014 / 15:26

    My vote goes to the D&G. I like that very much. Second the christmasparty skirt 2012. Because the combination of the blue and black really suits you too and it looks rather festive.

  12. Nicolette
    22 December 2014 / 15:33

    oh by the way to me the blouse looks blue not purple

    • Greetje
      22 December 2014 / 16:31

      I know Nicolette, the colour purple and the colour green is difficult on photos. Especially as these photos were taken December 2012 when I knew absolutely zero of a camera.
      Have a lovely Christmas and thanks for commenting.

  13. Marianne
    22 December 2014 / 16:29

    It is B for me or even A because I have a bad memory . But I must say it suprises me that I have a rather good memory concerning your wardrobe, must be that I like your cloth almost every time. I am not lying or wanting to get a white feet [ha ha]. So surprise me with the outcome.

    • Greetje
      22 December 2014 / 16:33

      You don’t mind me being lazy, do you? LOL

  14. Mrs C
    22 December 2014 / 17:50

    You are one elegant lady, Greetje! I love the little black dress the most! merry X’mas and Happy New Year to you and family!

    • Greetje
      22 December 2014 / 20:23

      Nowadays you see me in skinnies most of the times. I should go back to dresses more often. Merry Christmas and a lovely 2015 to you too Mrs C.

  15. 22 December 2014 / 18:41

    I was surprised at how many I hadn’t seen. You look fabulous in the red peplum and skinnies that show those incredible gams!

    • Greetje
      22 December 2014 / 20:20

      These outfits are from early (blogging) days Glenda. Before you knew me. And unless you clicked on an image of “You might also like”, you have not seen them. Great result with this post, little work LOL. Have a Merry Christmas Glenda.

  16. MyEmptyBag
    23 December 2014 / 10:27

    Gretje! You can’t imagine how I have enjoyed reading your words today! I haven’t seen all these outfits, maybe 2 or 3 and I really like all of them!
    Really nice post dear!


    • Greetje
      23 December 2014 / 12:54

      Thanks dear, that is quite a relief for me. I wasn’t sure how it would go down.

  17. Katrien
    23 December 2014 / 17:24

    As I read all your posts I have seen all of them before and enjoy seeing them again:) Merry Christmas dear friend and looking forward to seeing your blogs again in 2015. Will be in NL end of Jan for a week so lets try and meet. XK

    • Greetje
      23 December 2014 / 23:03

      OH GOODIE!! Yes please try and arrange a date with me before you come. Otherwise you will be too busy.

  18. 24 December 2014 / 01:41

    Mostly A … loved it, do it again, and a little of B … some were new to me, and fun to see in this context.
    You’ll look fabulous in the red peplum for stepdaughters dinner … I’ll bet she’s all excited! It’s just Dan and I, and the one thing we won’t do is cook more than a bit of breakfast. So we’ll have our very favorite Chinese, and lots of it with a good wine and a little Champagne!
    Very good idea, this blog review … you have so many great things, I hope you’ll do another for New Years?
    Have a fabulous Christmas, Greetje! Sending all the cyber hugs you can take and my best wishes for a wonderful year ahead, all for you!

    • Greetje
      25 December 2014 / 10:25

      I will gladly do another one next Sunday. That means I still have some “breathing time” to prepare a proper post. I have a fortnight holiday and I thought that would give me a lot of blogging time and time to learn all about my new camera. Alas. Or better said: fortunately not. Time is spent with friends and that is much better.
      I know you will enjoy your well earned free time with dolce niente (blissfully doing nothing). Wishing you all the best for 2015. May all of your wishes come true.

  19. 24 December 2014 / 15:48

    You always entertain, so how could I possibly be bored with a trip down memory lane with you and your highlights from the past. The red peplum top is a stunner!

    Happy Holidays Greetje! Looking forward to more of your beauty and humor in 2015!

    • Greetje
      25 December 2014 / 10:26

      And the same to you Judith. I will do my utmost to keep you entertained.

  20. 25 December 2014 / 16:17

    That red peplum top is fabulous. You look really good in red. Happy Holidays!

    • Greetje
      27 December 2014 / 00:10

      Thank you dear. I wore it again last night when we had Christmas dinner at my stepdaughter’s. Red is a good colour for me. I should have more of this colour. And happy holidays to you too.

  21. 28 December 2014 / 14:04

    You are wonderful in every ensemble, dear Greetjet. Thank you for those candles and for being in my life speaking your mind.

    • Greetje
      29 December 2014 / 08:40

      And thank you for wanting to receive honesty… Wishing you much strength for the coming period.

  22. 29 December 2014 / 05:11

    How did I miss this? Oh, I guess I’m one of those crazy busy people during the holiday week. Well, actually Molly’s here so I just devote most of my time with her, so entertaining and she continually makes me laugh. But this trip down memory lane was so enjoyable, my friend. I actually pulled up most every link and reread them, where in the world did two years go? So, to be absolutely frank, I thoroughly enjoyed this and am hoping you do more.
    By the way, that D & G Suit is still stunning and your sheer brown skirt, I so wish I could sneak from your closet, I would wear that to death (probably with my denim jacket to dress it down and head to lunch with the girls.

    • Greetje
      29 December 2014 / 08:42

      Aren’t I terrible? Keeping on buying new clothes while I still have such good options in my closet. And I knew you were having a great time with your family. That is what we should all be doing, hence the “easy post”.

  23. Elle
    3 January 2015 / 22:14

    Like Glenda,
    I am also surprised at how many of these I have not seen, and I am delighted to do so
    I am super impressed, that Dolce suit is magnificient, as is the Christmas outfit you wore in 2012, with the perfect wrap blouse to partner. LOVE the custom LBD with that stunner of a necklace.
    The red peplum is super on you, that clearly is your color, and the fit is superb!

    Ah.. to have dinner prepared for YOU as a change!
    You are a lucky and beautiful lady, who looks awesome in these selections!
    I have been traveling a bit this holiday season, I am sorry if my comments are
    time irregularly!
    Sending hugs and a chorus of BravaS
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      4 January 2015 / 09:13

      Well Elle, I am still doubting what to keep and what to give away. Some of the styles, like the wrap blouse in the Christmas outfit, are just not me anymore. I have changed over these past two years. The post I did a week later has more outfits I want to chuck out. Opinions differ hugely.

  24. 7 January 2015 / 21:12

    Hi, My favorites are the Dolce and Gabbana suit and the lemon green jacket. Just lovely. Great idea to do a walk down memory lane post, especially during the holidays.


    • Greetje
      8 January 2015 / 05:53

      Thanks for visiting and commenting Cherie. I really need to go through my closets and sort out old stuf that doesn’t make me feel good anymore. I have quite a lot of clothes and I only wear the ones I feel very good in so why hang on to lesser ones? Perhaps I can make somebody else happy with them.

  25. Mare
    30 January 2015 / 16:18

    Love the suit! If I may suggest, consider having the red dress altered? The fit is wonderful but looking at these boat and v neck are much more flattering than collars are on you, to my eye…since you sort of asked…

    • Greetje
      30 January 2015 / 18:05

      I thought collars, or better said, lapels were nice on me too. I have many, many boat neck dresses and tops. It would cost me too much to have this dress altered but I love your honest opinion. Why do you think it needs altering? Does it look dowdy? (I think it is a bit old-fashioned but I always get great reviews when I wear it.) Perhaps take up the hem 2 inches?

      • Mare Moran
        30 January 2015 / 18:41

        I think the ‘traditional’ collar takes away from your beauty. The flat lapel, the boatneck and the v neck all enhance – to my eye – your swan-like neck. I don’t wear most collars well either, so maybe that’s why I recognize this? IDK. You just look so fabulous with the other necklines!

        I don’t think the hem is too long – it seems like an elegant day length to me, but now I wonder if you are getting compliments on the fit and color?? You look fabulous in red and this dress fits wonderfully.

        Maybe it’s just me, but you are questioning it too 🙂

        • Greetje
          30 January 2015 / 19:14

          You might be completely right. I am going to stare at the dress and fold the collar away. See how it looks.
          It is so funny to me that you say “beauty” and call it a swan-like neck.. I have always called my neck many other, less flattering names haha.
          We never seem to look at ourselves as others do. By now (I am 60) I have accepted that I don’t look bad, but it is more ratio than emotion/belief. When I look at photos of myself of 30, 20 or even 10 years ago, I go “gosh, I didn’t look half bad back then”. Which made me decide to adopt this view for now as well. Rather than looking back in 10 years and saying the same.

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