Long scarf by Essentiel Antwerp

Long scarf Essentiel AntwerpLow temperatures in The Netherlands means sweaters, leather trousers, boots and scarves. This long scarf by Essentiel Antwerp doesn’t count as winter wear. Purely for decoration. Essentiel had a dress in this print as well, which was a bit short for me. Plus, a dress with such a prominent print is something you usually don’t wear too many times. As I wear a lot of black and white (boring but my favourite combination), a scarf like this is a perfect item to jazz things up.

Above: We were shooting outside the parking garage in the middle of town, which has a lovely glass background. This is a new building integrated with very old buildings.

Below: The gate, the old entrance to the new buildings.

Below: When you walk through the gate you will arrive in a space surrounded by modern buildings: the court of justice in Haarlem. On the left is the entrance to the parking garage.

Court of Justice in Haarlem

Below: See the top of that old building through the glass corridor connecting the two modern buidings? That is Teyler’s Museum, an absolute delight. If you ever visit Haarlem, go to this museum. The building, the collection and usually the expositions are fantastic.

Below: Part of the buildings just outside the gate.

Let’s get back to the outfit.

Below: The item in question. I love fuchsia and green, especially against a black background. And then worn on something white.

Long scarf by Essentiel Antwerp

Below: And this is what the scarf looks like on a black and white outfit.  The leather jogging trousers (Tony Cohen) are nice and warm. See them styled previously with a bright yellow jumper.

Long scarf Essentiel Antwerp

Below: Staring at a plaque in the wall of the old building. This is where printer Joh. Enschedé used to reside. They are the ones who print our Dutch money, although not in this building anymore. They are a remarkable company. Read their story in a nutshell.

white sweater Won Hundred

Below: The plaque in honour of the150th anniversary in 1893 of their type-foundry (department), presented by the staff.

Below: I like the fact that the sweater (jumper) is long so it covers my bum. The boots by Fly London, you have seen several times now. I am so glad I went back to the shop to get them; they really make many outfits look good. And they are comfortable.

white sweater Won Hundred

Below: Outside the gate, behind the big St. Bavo church, is another terrace. Totally abandoned of course as it was freezing. At the moment I am six weeks into my new quest to sit and stand straight. I am not doing badly but on a stool, in the freezing cold, I obviously didn’t think of it.

Long scarf Essentiel Antwerp

Below: Very brave, I took off my coat once more.

Long scarf Essentiel Antwerp

Below: Ron photographed a bicycle, leaning against the building. The council put a warning, dated December 9, on the bicycle. Asking the owner to remove the vehicle for the Christmas festivities. These kind of stickers are also issued if the council thinks a bicycle is abandoned or really in the way. If it is still there after a certain amount of time, it will be removed (and you pay to get it back of course). They call them orphan bicycles.

Below: Close-up of the fuchsia earrings I bought with Susan when we were in Paris last year.

Long scarf Essentiel Antwerp

One last note on an entirely different subject. I got a little Christmas gift from Suzanne Carillo. The love and creativity with which she wraps the gift is so endearing.

Below: See how she printed a blogpost picture of me and made it into a little message card?

On this note of warm friendship I will leave you to enjoy your week. Hopefully you will have a great and loving Christmas period.


No Fear of Fashion




  1. Mary
    17 December 2017 / 19:59

    Love the old and new buildings combined — just like new and old favorite clothes! Happy Christmas to you, too. So glad to have discovered your blog.

    • Greetje
      17 December 2017 / 20:26

      Oh Mary.. thank you for saying that. You made my day. And I hope I can keep you entertained for a long time. Every week on Sunday I publish a new post. Cannot manage more as I have a full time job as well.

  2. 17 December 2017 / 21:27

    Hi Greetje. Lovely scarf. It looks amazing on your black and white outfit as well as in combination with the bright pink coat. You have also taught me something about The Netherlands I didn’t know: orphan bikes. I think I have been away too long…….Wishing you a great and loving Xmas period as well. Love, Lieske

    • Greetje
      18 December 2017 / 15:15

      I never knew about orphan bikes either. So you have not been away too long haha. And thanks for the compliments. When I had to put on a coat I saw the fuchsia one … appeltje/eitje as they say in Dutch.

  3. Laura
    17 December 2017 / 21:44

    Hello Greetje,you look very stylish in leather.Love the outfit.

    • Greetje
      18 December 2017 / 15:16

      Thank you. I have a nice black leather skirt as well which I hardly ever wear. There is something wrong about it. No wait a minute: I cannot really style it haha.

  4. 17 December 2017 / 23:09

    LOVE the fuchsia and bright green on the black background. I’m thinking the dress would have been nice too! Your leather joggers are divine, and how perfect for this freezing cold weather. The architectural details in this post make me swoon as much as the clothing ones. xxx

    • Greetje
      18 December 2017 / 15:18

      Oh yes the dress was very nice, but really too short for me. The leather joggers are nice but I think they look best with high heels. Which are not warm, nor comfortable haha. The architectural details make a blog post just that little bit more interesting. As you know.

  5. 17 December 2017 / 23:34

    That Suzanne is so creative, isn’t she??
    And as much as I love that scarf, it’s that pink coat that grabs my attention. For those of us who have to wear one every day in the winter—it’s so nice to have a colorful, fun coat!!!

    • Greetje
      18 December 2017 / 15:55

      Thank you Jodie. Yes, Suzanne is very creative. She lives and breathes it. For the same reason you mentioned, I love bright coats in winter too. It so brightens up the day.

  6. 18 December 2017 / 00:06

    Amazing scarf. And you have more courage than me to wear leather trousers. 🙂 Happy holidays.

    • Greetje
      18 December 2017 / 15:57

      Leather trousers, leather skirts.. no problem. Do you really have to have courage to wear them? They are just a different material than cloth/fabric. That is all. And you have to be careful not to combine it with too many other “sexy signals” haha. Go for it Ally.

  7. 18 December 2017 / 00:19

    Happy to see those earrings again! I knew the fuchsia would be a good choice for you. So is the scarf. I’m on the lookout for some leather pants now. Yours look great!

    • Greetje
      18 December 2017 / 16:06

      The jogging trousers are nice, but less versatile than normal leather trousers. I feel they look their best with high heeled shoes. Also, I really would like them to be a little longer so they would have more room at the bottom. So far I have solved it with high heeled black shoes and these cream booties. The earrings are more tricky than I thought. They lean towards boho haha.

  8. 18 December 2017 / 03:20

    This outfit is wonderful, bold and fun, just like you!

    You did well choosing that scarf. It is beautiful.

    I remember that little gateway and the parking area. Memories… ; )

    That is interesting about the orphan bike.

    I’m pleased you like the little wrapping idea I had. : ) Sending something creative from my heart to special friends makes me happy.


    • Greetje
      18 December 2017 / 16:09

      And receiving such a thoughtful gift makes me happy. Sounds like a win-win situation haha.
      The gateway is waiting for you. Remember you took a photo of me against the same white striped glass window? That is a building just around the corner.

  9. Marilee Gramith
    18 December 2017 / 05:50

    The gift from Suzanne has such a wholesome and earthy Christmas essence. Reminds me of an earlier time when the holidays weren’t quite so commercial and the love and laughter of family and friends were the best presents of all. Do you think we find that kind of Christmas again as we grow older?
    You look very pretty in this brightly colored scarf and it truly looks even more vibrant since you’ve combined it with your black and white signature colors. Black and white provide that background to POP off of! It also has a fresh kind of festiveness just like you Greetje!
    Thankyou for all of your efforts to showcase your lovely country for us in your blog. That’s a very special addition that always makes me look forward to your posts.
    Happy Holidays dear Greetje!

    • Greetje
      18 December 2017 / 16:25

      I am sure we will go back to those kind of love and laughter Christmases (is that the right plural?) as we grow older. As we also grow wiser and know this is what is really important. It is very nice to read you like my outfit. I was pretty proud of myself I made another outfit with the leather trousers than with the yellow sweater. Making new outfits from existing clothes is not my forté. Having spent too much money I’d better improve in this area haha.
      Showing you bits and pieces of my country is such a pleasure and makes a post nicer.

  10. 18 December 2017 / 09:09

    I was in Haarlem yesterday! It is such a beautiful sight as you drive into Haarlem from the highway. We ve been at the graffic workshop that my brother in law has started a year ago. It s on a Industrial area on the other side of the river.

    • Greetje
      18 December 2017 / 20:59

      I know the area (I think). Where the Droste factory used to be?

  11. 18 December 2017 / 11:40

    Dear Greetje, I love your look so original and modern. I love the explosion of color in your coat and in your scarf. The print of your scarf is really beautiful and is a garment that adds joy to any outfit. I really like your pants. I always like the pants on you, because your legs seem created to show off, those wonderful legs without end. Although I am in love with skirts and dresses, for me Greetje is synonymous with jeans, tight pants. Lovely photos and a look that looks beautiful in you. I hope this time you can read my comment, because it took several weeks without appearing on your blog, although I’m sending comments.

    • Greetje
      18 December 2017 / 14:19

      I am so glad you told me about the disappearing comments. Yours were directly sent to my spam box. And I always empty my spam box without checking as there are so many spam messages. I have corrected it now. Which should mean that my WordPress now KNOWS that they should not send any comments from you to my spam box but show them immediately on my blog. If your comment doesn’t show up immediately next time, please send me a message again.
      As for your compliments: thank you so much. My legs and I are very flattered haha. But you and Dan have opened my eyes. That there is more than just jeans. That dresses and skirts are my thing too. My environment however is very much into jeans.

  12. 18 December 2017 / 15:25

    Again great photos. I love how you guys also caught the wind in the photos. You look stunning in these leather joggers. The scarf and booties dress them up very nicely. Great look.

    • Greetje
      18 December 2017 / 21:00

      Oh I am pleased with your comment. I thought it was a reasonably good look, but you as my readers seem to appreciate it more. Nice.

  13. 19 December 2017 / 12:19

    The addition of this scarf is perfection. It brings the pink of the coat together with the black trousers & breaks the block of white in the jumper. I like that 😉
    I also really like the shape of the leather tracky daks & would wear them much more than my leather jeans. A better buy indeed. When architects make a modern addition to an old building it elevates the entire space. I would typically walk into a place like this whispering Ooooh Ahhh. The juxtaposing styles are magic…

    • Greetje
      20 December 2017 / 20:54

      I am rather afraid of mixing old with new buildings. So often it is done badly. But I agree, this looks rather good.
      The leather jogging trousers are harder to style for me than normal leather trousers. But I haven’t got the right comfortable boots to go with them. And high heels look good but spoil the comfort.

  14. 19 December 2017 / 22:50

    I just love the scarf – it is about perfect, and that wee pop of pattern is probably much easier to wear often than a full dress (or is that just me – bought a patterned dress only to wear it once or so and then think hmmm it doesnt work with anything). The location photos are always fabulous – I really enjoy them

    • Greetje
      20 December 2017 / 20:56

      Ha, another fan of the location photos. I will keep that up (when I can that is). How about wearing your patterned dress as a top underneath a skirt? For the change? But you are right, the scarf being a more versatile piece, was my idea as well.
      And you said “wee”. I detect a little Scottish here.

  15. 20 December 2017 / 00:13

    Love you framed in the message card! The gorgeous scarf is so beautiful against the stark white, the leather pants so luxurious, and the cherry blossom coat — the perfect topping like a cherry on top of a sundae!
    Great photos, love the vignette added in editing or maybe in camera ?

    The museum photos are superb, too.!

    What do I know, i use a camera phone for my photos ! If only my hubby would study photography — oh well, he is great otherwise!
    xoxo, Elle

    • Greetje
      20 December 2017 / 21:00

      My husband doesn’t want to study photography either. He says that is my responsibility. But it is hard to work the camera and to be the model and the stylist. I have no idea what you mean with the vignette. Nothing was edited.

      • 24 December 2017 / 00:12

        Yes, impossible to do it all really! Although some manage it! A vignette is when the borders are a bit darker than the foreground, often used in portraits.
        I guess it was the focusing, done so well!
        xoxo, Elle

  16. 20 December 2017 / 19:31

    Such a beautiful look Greetje! I love the white boot trend and got a pair one myself as well 🙂 This multicolour scarf is really giving life to this outfit! Love your coat too 🙂 Thanks for sharing and happy holidays!

    • Greetje
      20 December 2017 / 21:03

      Dear Stella, what are you doing on my blog? You are such a star with such a great style. I cannot imagine I have anything to offer. Nevertheless, thank you for your kind words. White or cream boots always had my fancy, so when they are back in style, I am quick in buying a pair.
      Hope you have a lovely Christmas and I am sure 2018 will be a fantastic year with your little angel.

  17. 21 December 2017 / 06:09

    Hahaha Greetje you stole my idea! I have some green leather joggers that I styled up with a cream winter sweater the other day to show on my blog and now it looks like I copied you. You know how desperate I am trying to always appear original – silly, I know. Anyway, I will still post it and dedicate it to you my dear. The scarf is an inspired touch and really adds a punch. You and Ron seem to find some wonderful backdrops for your photographs, this one is lovely.
    Have a fabulous Christmas!
    Anna x

    • Greetje
      21 December 2017 / 06:59

      No need to refer to me dear. I work in advertising and I know different creative people can come up with the same idea at the same time. If there is anybody copying it is me 🙃😉. I justify it by calling it inspiration haha. Thank you for the kind comment.

  18. 21 December 2017 / 22:18

    Beautiful scarf! It looks great with the black and white outfit. I love your leather joggers, which also look amazing with the yellow sweater and black statement necklace! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas Greetje!

    Emma xxx

    • Greetje
      22 December 2017 / 06:54

      Thank you very much Emma. Sometimes one of my styling endeavours actually works 😇. So often I think up an outfit which turns out rubbish in reality. I was very pleased this one worked. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas too. And a happy 2018.

  19. 26 December 2017 / 02:10

    The coat is such a gloriously bold colour, and I love the leather joggers. I’ve been looking for a pair of those for years and have never found any that fit me. The scarf has such a pretty pattern; it’s a fab pop of colour with the black and white outfit.

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