A blue sequined top to wish you Happy New Year

Blue sequined topUsually I don’t buy anything new just for Christmas or New Year. There are no parties we are invited to and my closet is stocked with nice stuff anyway. So why bother? Then I came across this blue sequined top. (I was inspired by Lisa, The Sequinist.) It was a bargain, it suited me well, it was festive but I could still wear it with jeans. Furthermore it had long sleeves and a boat neck to hide any old skin and it was warm. I can never understand why in December women walk around in flimsy dresses with little straps and often with bare legs in peeptoe shoes as well. It is winter for Pete’s sake. I am always COLD! Am I the only one? Or do you not mind suffering as long as you look good? Don’t get offended when you are the flimsy dress woman, I think it looks great. Blame it on jealousy.

Anyway, it took me until Christmas to have this outfit photographed (so busy), so I did not inspire anybody with party wear. Couldn’t join other bloggers who had their blogpost subjects better organised.  Nevertheless it is a good outfit for wishing you Happy New Year.

Now before you think I just look adorable and lead the perfect life… do read the whole post.

Above: adorable photo with logfire, dog, pretty outfit and candles. Ron was photographing me indoors so my hair could stay lovely and my nose would not be red.

Below: Ron is telling me what to do..  “Light the candles, dear”. Cream pleated skirt by Max Mara. Seen before here.

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Below: oh I do love red lipstick. Don’t let anybody tell me it is inappropriate at 62. It brightens up my face.

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Below: we intended to do the shoot from this angle. Pretty background etc. But there was so little light that the pictures came out blurry. So we changed the angle.

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Below: THE portrait for Happy New Year. Where is my glass of champaign? In my intentions and then forgotten.

Now go back two photos and you will see that the wall behind me isn’t quite as smooth as in the picture below. It has just been replastered and is drying at the moment. Skirting boards are gone. But a little (crude) photoshopping fixed a lot.

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Now… the truth, the ugly truth… Ron wanted to do the shoot indoors and I thought that would never work. Too little distance, too little light. Therefore the day before this shoot we were at my mum’s for Christmas and I asked her to take a few photos outside where there was light.

Below: not very good. White/pink face, hair all over the place etc. Outfit colours are good though. The tights are glittery. I decided that this little brown bag is good with the outfit. It has a long cord if you want to hang it over your shoulder. But you can also hide the cord inside the bag if you want to wear it as a clutch.

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Below: try again mum.. oh dear… WIND……doing a Marilyn Monroe. Stupid face, stupid hair.

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Below: this picture had us in stitches and hopefully you too. Honestly how horrible is this? How far away is this from the first picture?

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Below: I don’t want to leave you with that previous picture on your mind, although funny. So one last shot by Ron at mum’s place.

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Happy New Year my dear readers.


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  1. 1 January 2017 / 14:01

    Happy New Year, Greetje! You and the top are gorgeous!

    • Greetje
      1 January 2017 / 14:06

      Thank you Pam, it was a lucky find.

  2. 1 January 2017 / 14:48

    Happy New Year Greetje! It’s a great top, and a humorous (and oh-so-true) description of the hard work we do as bloggers to get those perfect photos.

    • Greetje
      1 January 2017 / 14:54

      I thought I should start 2017 with a good laugh. As soon as I saw this terrible photo I knew it would be the one. It also shows readers that all those perfect photos are only temporary illusions.

  3. Marianne
    1 January 2017 / 15:22

    Happy New Year Greetje and of course to Ron and your mum.

    • Greetje
      1 January 2017 / 15:23

      Thank you darling. Hope you have a wonderful 2017.

  4. 1 January 2017 / 15:59

    Happy New Year Greetje!

    Ha ha! That second last photo looks like you are summoning the devil. Hahahaha!

    I do love the outfit and how you managed to still get some really great indoor shots.

    Fingers crossed we get to see each other in 2017 : )


    • Greetje
      1 January 2017 / 16:14

      Oh yes Suzanne, that would be lovely to see each other again. I am sort of planning to come to New York when Sylvia is there. Just no idea when that will be (apart from 2017). I will start grilling her for more info.
      PS summoning the devil seems like an accurate description haha.

  5. Ann
    1 January 2017 / 16:25

    So funny. So real. We’re alive! 🙂

    Happy New Year to all with wishes of health and happiness.

    • Greetje
      1 January 2017 / 16:48

      Yes we are alive. Let’s celebrate. Wishing you lots of good things in 2017 too. (PS glad you thought it was funny.)

  6. 1 January 2017 / 16:53

    I always love that you are so realistic about the photographing process, Greetje!! It adds such humor to the event!!
    And I love that sequin top—the angles of the sequins give you such nice curves!
    I am like you—I am cold in the winter months! Heck, I will wear 2 pairs of tights and I could care less if it makes me look fluffier!
    And funny that you said that about red lipstick. I’ve been finding myself gravitating to it more and more lately, whereas I would NEVER have worn it in the past!
    I haven’t perfected the inside shots either. And it doesn’t help that mom’s place is quite cluttered, so when we try it, we have to move so much stuff! Ugh!!

    • Greetje
      1 January 2017 / 19:54

      Oh yes, moving around stuff, puling that collar straight, tucking that jumper in, combing your hair at the back… all these thing we often don’t see… until you see the photo on the computer. We live and learn though.

  7. 1 January 2017 / 17:20

    I ADORE this top on you, which is no surprise. Look at your teeny waist in that obi belt! J’adore! And look at the beautiful lines and shaping and patterns that the sequins do on the front and on the sleeves. WOW. That is such a stunning piece. I can see it will work so well casually and all fancied up like you have it here. The navy is such a beautiful colour on you. So chic with your red lipstick.

    Your photos at the bottom are hilarious. I love how totally OVER IT and exasperated you look. I’ve SO been there while my husband is snapping away, saying “Could you please try to look a little less tense??!”

    Happy New Year, darling Greetje. I look forward to reading your posts in 2017!

    PS: I’m a little crazy about those tree candle holders on your fireplace mantel. Where are those from? xxx

    • Greetje
      1 January 2017 / 19:58

      You know it is you who put me on to sequins don’t you? Never, ever thought about them, never had them. Now I have two pieces and I nearly had a black sequined jacket (too wide at the neckline).
      The “ugly” picture was just too funny not to publish it.
      The tree candle holders are from my local florist. Unfortunately three years ago. She doesn’t sell them anymore. But I will inquire for you. They were not cheap, but hey, I am talking to Mrs Rockefeller haha.

      • Greetje
        1 January 2017 / 20:45

        Just got word from my florist lady. She cannot get them anymore. She said : “When I saw them on your Facebook page I thought to myself, I would buy them again”.
        Anyway, in three weeks she is going to a big sellers Christmas Fair and she is going to look around for something similar. If she finds anything she will let me know. And I will let you know.

  8. 1 January 2017 / 17:48

    Happy 2017 dear Greetje!

    That top is gorgeous! And you are so right, it’ll look great dressed down as well. So I’m now convinced I “need” some sequin in my life as well… 🙂

    I love that you can laugh at yourself. Your posts are always so much fun to read! I think it’s fun looking at blooper shots when you also got some good ones. We took some photos the other day, and they were all awful, not so fun…

    • Greetje
      1 January 2017 / 20:00

      Well, my “laugh photo” is pretty aweful too Andrea. But it instantly made my mother and me laugh out loud, so I figured you would too. And as this blog is as much about laughing as it is about outfits, I put my vanity aside.

  9. 1 January 2017 / 18:04

    I love the top! That was a very good find. Love the blooper photos…I have a few of those! My husband keeps trying to persuade me to do indoor photos but I’m stubborn and insist on going outside, even when it’s freezing cold! Happy New Year xxx


    • Greetje
      1 January 2017 / 20:02

      You will get so much better photos in real light than when you take them indoors. You need extra light (which we had but obviously didn’t use correctly), you need your standard lense which in turn needs distance.. a hassle.

  10. 1 January 2017 / 18:49

    What a pretty outfit. Perfect for the season. I agree that nobody should wear skimpy clothes in Winter; it’s cold! Happy New Year, my friend.

    • Greetje
      1 January 2017 / 20:21

      Happy New Year Ally. I have just been round to your blog (forgive me for the infrequent and little visits). And I think you are in a good place. Making choices. Hope you will get happier every year.

  11. 1 January 2017 / 19:24

    Hahaha!! That second last photo had me in stitches too, Greetje, you look as though you’ve been possessed GRIN all jokes aside, I do love that sequined top, I didn’t realise they’d been lined-up to create a pattern at first so that was a nice surprise. And trust me, you’ve got the legs for a Marilyn moment xoxo

    • Greetje
      1 January 2017 / 20:23

      Hahaha Sheela, Marilyn legs or not, I prefer to control the situation. Glad I could make you laugh.

  12. Evaline
    1 January 2017 / 19:46

    Happy New Year, Greetje and thanks for the laugh…wonderful attitude fora fresh start!

    • Greetje
      1 January 2017 / 20:24

      That’s what I thought Evaline: “Let’s start this year with a good laugh”. Glad I achieved that.

  13. Wendy
    1 January 2017 / 20:46

    Love the sequin top …. and all the photos you have shared. You can always make me smile!
    Thank you and have a great New Year!

    • Greetje
      1 January 2017 / 21:13

      My pleasure entirely. I can make you smile… mission accomplished.
      Happy New Year to you too.

  14. 1 January 2017 / 20:54

    Greetje we all love you for your honesty. That selection of photos is what we all have after a shoot, but ego tends to get in the way and only the most photogenic shots make the blog – well that’s in my case any way! Your top and tights are brilliant and work really well with your pleated skirt by contrast. You’re so right about the red lipstick as it’s just perfect with this bold outfit. Blonde hair and red lips are classic. This is a gorgeous look to welcome in the New Year.

    Wishing you all the best for 2017 x


    • Greetje
      1 January 2017 / 21:15

      When my mother and I burst out laughing over that aweful photo, I knew I was going to include it. The need to entertain always wins it from my vanity. Anything for a laugh.
      Glad you like the outfit. And of course a very joyful, happy and healthy 2017 to you too.

  15. Amy
    1 January 2017 / 20:55

    I have only just met you (via Une Femme). You are so cute and I absolutely love your humor!
    I’m with you about fashionably freezing in holiday undress. Give me boots and sweaters!

    • Greetje
      2 January 2017 / 11:07

      Hi Amy, how lovely to receive all your compliments. Always fills my blogger’s heart with joy. I will do my utmost to keep you amused with my posts. I always publish a new one on Sunday as I haven’t got time to do more. Perhaps this is not too much, but it is very consistent.

  16. Mels
    1 January 2017 / 21:37

    My favorite post of yours ever! Happy New Year!

    • Greetje
      2 January 2017 / 06:10

      You surprise me with that, but thanks. And of course a happy new year to you too.

  17. 1 January 2017 / 22:50

    I love it! Greetje, you have such an awesome sense of humor. Yes, your photos made me laugh, but your words were very clever. Ron is a smart man. I think the indoor shots and lighting are pretty. Perfect for the holidays. The top is very pretty on you, and yes, the red lipstick is every woman’s best friend. Happy New Year!

    • Greetje
      2 January 2017 / 06:12

      Glad I made you laugh Glenda. Hopefully I can continue doing that. Happy New Year to you too.

  18. Sheila (of Ephemera)
    1 January 2017 / 22:57

    Happy New Year, Greetje! You look beautiful in your blue sequinned top – I wholeheartedly approve! I love the “Marilyn” shot – foxy legs, my dear! Love the red lipstick too – suits you.

    • Greetje
      2 January 2017 / 06:14

      Oh hi Sheila, lovely of you to come over. I think I wished you Happy New Year on your blog but I am not sure. If not, herewith haha.

  19. Linda Vens
    2 January 2017 / 00:13

    You look fantastic! The blue suede shoes and navy tights really pulls the outfit together!

    • Greetje
      2 January 2017 / 09:20

      As soon as I bought the top, I went back to my lovely tights shop and said: “Blue glitter tights please.. Do you have them?” And by Jove, she had them. Rest was easy. Well… after I found the solution to wear the blue belt around it (otherwise the top would have been too long).

  20. Marilee Gramith
    2 January 2017 / 00:43

    How DID your Ron get so darn smart??
    The first photo, by the fire, giving your pooch a little scratch is so warm and lovely. You look beautiful and your decor is so festive and the photo evokes “holiday cozy”.
    SUDDENLY! Just a scroll or two away we have Marilyn of Amsterdam fighting for her dignity against an Amsterdam gale! Then with no warning she becomes “mad marilyn” denouncing the photo Grinch! I love you for including ALL of the fun Greetje.
    Your styling is so classic and evokes 1950’s glamour. The soft, flowing white pleats topped by cobalt sparkles is just gorgeous. Thankyou for the New Year’s wishes and thanks to Ron for capturing them so well. A TOAST TO YOU BOTH!!

    • Greetje
      2 January 2017 / 10:43

      Something went wrong with my reply. So I will start again. Ron has become so creative because his years on secondary school, the teachers encouraged him to think outside the box, find out things for himself. Which was brilliant with his character and creative soul.
      Thanks for all your compliments. The top was a lucky find and the styling with the skirt, tights and shoes was done in a minute. The belt took me a little longer before I found that (the top was a bit too long). I am learning haha.
      As for the fun photos, I love to show everybody that the blog, IG and magazine world is not the real world. Readers can become so discouraged seeing all these perfect pictures. Not realising it is the result of picking one photo out of 100 (yes) bad ones.
      I hope you have a splendid 2017!

  21. Carol
    2 January 2017 / 03:35

    Greet me, once again you managed to make me laugh out loud with your fabulous outtakes.
    The outfit is stunning. I love a blue and white combination. The leather obi belt is a perfect blend with the sequined top. I am jealous of your mile long legs. I am more of a fire plug so contrasting skirt and hose is not in my playbook.
    I look forward to more of your real life observations and humorous posts in 2017. Best to you and Ron.

    • Greetje
      2 January 2017 / 10:54

      Yes my legs are my assets and I emphasise them as much as possible heh heh.
      The skirt is actually more camel coloured than white. It has a leather look while it is just fabric. I actually thought I had bought a leather skirt. Took me a week before I realised it isn’t. Feels soft as butter.
      The obi belt was a lucky find. I needed something to make the top shorter (better proportions) and to create a waist as it looked very boxy. Tried about 5 different belts before I hit this one.
      I will pass your lovely comments and wishes on to Ron. Happy New Year to you too.

  22. Carol
    2 January 2017 / 03:36

    Oh, that darn spell check! The first word should be Greetje of course!

    • Greetje
      2 January 2017 / 10:55

      This happens to me all the time. Or my fingers are too big for the iPhone keyboard.

  23. Rebecca
    2 January 2017 / 04:02

    Hilarious post! Happy New Year to you and Ron. I look forward to many enjoyable posts in 2017.

    • Greetje
      2 January 2017 / 10:55

      Thanks Rebecca, always lovely to hear such compliments. I will do my best to keep you amused in 2017. Will pass your wishes on to Ron.

  24. Linda Henderson
    2 January 2017 / 05:18

    I’m new to your blog but I am enjoying it so much. The blue sequined top is gorgeous! Love your sense of humor. p.s. your dog is so cute.

    • Greetje
      2 January 2017 / 10:57

      Welcome Linda, I am happy you found my blog and like it. Always so nice to hear, so thank you for taking the time to comment. I will do my best to keep you interested enough to come back every Sunday. And our dog is not only cute, she is also extremely sweet.

  25. Melissa
    2 January 2017 / 10:31

    Beste wensen Greetje!! en Gelukkig nieuwjaar!

    I want to wish you all the happiness in the New Year and looks like you are starting off on the right foot, with having fun.

    I love the stockings and shoes soooooo pretty, the whole outfit of course, but I love the color of the shoes and stockings especially.

    We had snow on the “mountain” this morning, I would have rather had it during the holidays than on a Monday morning but still gives it that wonderland feel:)

    • Greetje
      2 January 2017 / 11:01

      Thank you for your compliments and best wishes Melissa. I hope that 2017 will become a healthy and positive year for you.
      It is strange that the December months have been so mild these past years. Coincidence or climate change? Hope your snow “mountain” will give you a serene feeling.
      The tights are (again) provided by my little tights shop in Haarlem.

  26. 2 January 2017 / 11:00

    Very elegant look, Greetje and such an honest post! Lisa is a sparkling inspiration indeed.
    Love the reality you always add!
    Have a wonderful 2017 and once again: Hope to meet again.
    Annette | Lady of Style

    • Greetje
      2 January 2017 / 11:04

      Thanks Annette, lovely to see your comment. What do you think? Will there be another gathering (big or small) in London? Hope so.
      I am very pleased with this outfit as it was stylish, festive AND warm. But I will say that the soft coloured tunic/top of you with your leather trousers were even better. Edgier.
      Happy New Year dear.

  27. Marianne van den Berg
    2 January 2017 / 17:13

    Love your sequined top. And I agree totally on putting on a warm top instead of a strapless dress. I wear 2 poncho’s over each other when I am wearing a dress and it is 25 degrees in summertime. So look who is talking. Wearing a party outfit like you call it, isn’t only to go to a party anymore. Just wear it whenever you feel like being festive. Sometimes I dress up to go to daycare. Sequined and all. Love your funny photos . They would have done it great in the amoebe page. I wish your blog a happy and humorful New Year.

    • Greetje
      2 January 2017 / 17:48

      Thank you so much Marianne. Anything to put a smile on your face.

  28. 2 January 2017 / 17:52

    No Greetje, you are not the only one! In winter I am always cold and live in polo neck jumpers, thermal vests, socks and tights…not very glamorous, but warm. This outfit is a winner, the sequined top is very classy especially paired with the obi belt and the glittery tights are fabulous, especially on such sensational legs. As usual your post made me laugh…. I can so identify with your problem and have just posted about it myself… so many photos were deleted!
    Happy New Year Greetje, keep making us smile. x

    • Greetje
      3 January 2017 / 10:44

      So nice to read your comment Fiona. I was really pleased with this outfit myself. And for a change, it was easy to style. Just took me 5 different belts to find the right one. Skirt, tights and shoes were my first thought.
      Went to your blog to see your photo problems haha.
      And I will do my utmost to keep you smiling in 2017,

    • Greetje
      3 January 2017 / 10:51

      I was really pleased with this outfit myself and the ease with which I styled it. Perhaps I am really learning haha?

  29. 2 January 2017 / 19:37

    Beautiful, elegant, and COMFORTABLE; another example of how being stylish does not mean discomfort: You Rock Your Age…

    • Greetje
      3 January 2017 / 10:53

      Thank you Geneva. I was trying on a black sequined long jacket first which I really liked but it had no lapels and it was very wide at the neck which doesn’t suit me. As soon as I tried the top I knew: leave the jacket, take the top. When you look in the mirror and think “this is it”, it is usually right. And it felt better. Case closed.

  30. 2 January 2017 / 20:36

    So elegant and beautiful is this outfit on you! Love the sequined top and cream, pleated Max Mara skirt- YUM!
    This is the perfect outfit for a festive day or night even, Love the long sleeves! I agree flimsy dresses are gorgeous, but it is cold outside, so i have one dress eight long sleeves that i treasure and wore recently, ( no photos of it though) Shawls are great though, to pair with a sleeveless number, but your outfit is ideal.

    I love your mantel and fireplace, even your funny face , which is not pretty in that grimace, but is expressive and lovely in that way. All other photos are beautiful, and peaceful, too.

    I do love the red lipstick on you!
    Next year remember the champagne, or better yet, I will toast to you in person when you arrive to the US!
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      3 January 2017 / 10:54

      Thank you for all the compliments. And I checked with Sylvia. She is thinking of August/September to come to New York. Gives me some time to save.

  31. 2 January 2017 / 21:10

    Happy New Year Greetje
    You look stunning. As ever.
    And forget that you would not buy anything until april!

    • Greetje
      3 January 2017 / 10:56

      Happy New Year to you too Claudia. Thanks for your flattering comment. And NO, I really cannot buy anying anymore until -at least- April. Have to save now. Actually, I am not doing bad so far, but “so far” is only three weeks old haha.

  32. 3 January 2017 / 07:20

    Bwhahaha!!! I love the Marilyn photo followed by the Exorcist photo. Brilliant!! Hahaha!! In all seriousness though, this is a perfect holiday outfit. I also love how you have taken a shine to sequins, heh. This top is stunning.

    I adore red lipstick too and it looks good on you – I always like it on blondes. Somehow the older I get the more I colour outside the lines, or maybe it’s just that the lines are creeping more and more into my lips. Gaaa!

    I see lots of women going open toed and bared legged in the COLD COLD! My latest coat resembles a sleeping bag, which is a good indication of how I respond to cold.

    Have a stellar New Year, Greetje. Thank you for all the laughs in 2016. I look forward to more and more.

    • Greetje
      3 January 2017 / 11:02

      I will do a lot to keep you laughing Melanie. Which is also why the Exorcist photo was in the post. My mum said “you cannot put that in, you look ridiculous”. But the urge to entertain always wins over vanity. Oh and I know about red lipstick creeping into lines. Which is why I am using The Lipstick, number 1 by Sensai/Kanebo. Bloody expensive in The Netherlands. But the only one that stays on and does not creep in into the lines. I always wait for a discount offer by one of the stores which sell them.

  33. 3 January 2017 / 12:12

    Haha Greetje. Those outdoor pictures are the best. Sometimes it pays to listen to your significant other 🙂 Wonderful outfit and you styled the top well!

    • Greetje
      3 January 2017 / 12:21

      Thanks Sylvia. I often listen to Ron. Just sometimes we differ in opinion. But 85% of the time I listen to him. He keeps surprising me. This week I showed him a dress which has the shape of a sack. I had used a belt to define my waist. To my big surprise he said: “lose the belt, it is much more feminine without that belt…” Shoot me, I don’t understand.
      In the case of the sequined top I had it right in 5 minutes. YAY.

  34. Sue Mee
    3 January 2017 / 18:45

    Oh Greetje, that ‘funny face’ photo had me in stitches. But, as always, you look great. I so look forward to reading your blog – such fun.
    A very happy New Year to you & your family.

    • Greetje
      3 January 2017 / 18:56

      It is comments like yours which make my day and make me so happy to create these posts. Anything to get you laughing. A Happy New Year to you too. Hope I can keep you entertained in 2017.

  35. Anne Loynds
    4 January 2017 / 10:00

    Oh I DO love your posts. Such a fun person. You carry your outfits really well. All the best for 2017

    • Greetje
      4 January 2017 / 19:17

      Thanks very much Anne, for taking the time to comment. And thank you for the compliments. So nice to read! It fills my blogger’s heart with joy. Of course a Happy New Year to you too.

  36. josep-maria
    4 January 2017 / 11:19

    A wonderful top and a very nice and very elegant outfit. You know I love pleated skirts and this long, feminine length. And I love the soft color combination of the skirt with the blues from the rest of the outfit. A fantastic look. The Marilyn-style photo is magnificent, and you look at everything, less stupid. It’s the most fun and joking Greetje that always excites me.

    • Greetje
      4 January 2017 / 19:19

      Oh how wonderful to get a comment from you again. Well, you know I will do a lot to make you smile. I was quite pleased with myself that, after buying the top, I knew how to style it in 5 minutes. Yay, I am learning.

  37. 4 January 2017 / 17:41

    I know I have told you that before but it is TRUE!!!!!!!!!
    RON is a GOOD husband to snap away and SUGGEST MOVEMENT or ACTION!!!!!!!!
    ALL the BEST TO YOU……….as you enter the year of 63!!!!!!
    YOU ARE ROCKING IT as they say!!!!!!

    • Greetje
      4 January 2017 / 19:24

      Hahaha, you do make me laugh. I bet you have a bubbling personality. Glad I am still rocking it. Went to work today in distressed boyfriend jeans, golden boots, green high/low sweater and an expensive black/gold/chrystal necklace. Well, not really to work, it was a workshop with my colleagues. Still, an unexpected outfit for a 62 year old, nearly 63. But they are already used to seeing such things on me. They don’t blink an eye.

  38. 5 January 2017 / 18:04

    The windblown hair photos do show what we bloggers go through to get that perfect shot! The blue top is very pretty – I think everyone should have at least one sparkly, shiny thing in their wardrobe. I live in a city with a large university, so all winter you see pretty young things shivering in their tiny dresses and bare legs, lined up outside to get into a bar. I never froze to death for fashion when I was their age and I certainly wouldn’t do it now!

    • Greetje
      5 January 2017 / 22:55

      I remember when I was, oh say, 22, I did not need much warm clothing. But I never was so extreem as the girls are now. I did wear boots and tights. It might be fine when you only have to get out the car and straight into a nice, warm house.

  39. Trish
    6 January 2017 / 11:17

    Hi Greetje, Happy New Year for 2017 – I hope it’s a good’un! Your outfit looks great, party but classic. And red lipstick! I love it now, never wore it when I was young and had a much better face to go with it! Funny eh! Long may you wear your red lipstick. I loved your ‘out-takes’ too. It’s windy and cold here as well. If you stay out too long you’ll be blue, like your top. Looking forward to your interesting adventures in 2017. Regards, Trish

    • Greetje
      6 January 2017 / 16:05

      Hah, I don’t turn blue in the cold, I turn all white and pink with a red nose. Really unflattering. It is now minus 10 degrees (C) at night and -2 tot 0 daytime. So wearing double layers and the heating is up.
      Before I forget: Happy New Year to you too.
      I hope the interesting adventures will keep coming. Otherwise I cannot entertain you haha.

      • Trish
        6 January 2017 / 18:56

        Oh Greetje, that is too cold! We’ve had some cold weather but nothing as low as that. Hope it warms up soon! Time for a blog on thermal undies! ?

        • Greetje
          6 January 2017 / 19:41

          I don’t have thermal undies. I wish I had. They say that Uniqlo is good.

          • Trish
            6 January 2017 / 20:23

            M&S used to be good here. They did nice light wool ones in deep colours that could be worn alone. Now they are all man-made, very tight, with v long arms! I prefer extra fine merino jumpers or polos if I can get them. GAP used to have these. Wool jumpers seem to be hard to find in the shops, but easier online where you can’t gauge their quality. I like to feel what I am buying!

            • Greetje
              6 January 2017 / 23:10

              I have been looking at the Uniqlo site and they have what I want, but I couldn’t get the promo code to work. Being a mean, tight Dutch woman I want my 10% discount haha. Wool is bad for me. It always makes me itch, no matter how soft.

  40. 7 January 2017 / 22:02

    Happy New year! And thank you so much for linking up and mentioning my blog!

    • Greetje
      8 January 2017 / 10:22

      Of course. That is the way it works.

    • Greetje
      9 January 2017 / 08:18

      And a very Happy New Year to you too dear Sue. Sylvia is planning to go to New York in August/September. I am planning to come along. How about you?

      • 11 January 2017 / 20:24

        Well…I’ve heard just a little bit about this via Suzanne. Honestly, not sure I have the confidence to meet up with so many fashion forward women, LOL. But, I would love to visit NYC. I’ve never been there!

        • Greetje
          11 January 2017 / 22:20

          Oh, you will easily keep up. Love to see you again. I have been in NY twice and I think it is an easy city which I really like.

  41. 29 January 2017 / 16:54

    Oh, funny, funny, funny! It’s so interesting how we can show one side of ourselves looking so put-together and the reality of it is quite the opposite. I so appreciate you keepin’ it real. I think it makes women feel better when they see this reality. Yes, you dress well but you also have home repairs happening and goofy faces and wind! It makes us all more connected I think. Well, I’m getting philosophical so I should just end this comment!

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