Christmas gift

Christmas giftSome of you have seen this ring on Facebook or Instagram. It is the Christmas gift of my husband Ron. He read my post about the Jewellery Art Fair, saw that I liked this ring but had no money left. Reason for him to order it and “hide” the jewellery box in a Christmas piece. Which I was bound to find. Totally unexpected and totally romantic. Not only is he generous and romantic, he also has a great sense of humour and makes me laugh all the time (a quality in a man which is highly appreciated by most women; I read that in a survey). Quite sickening, isn’t it? Don’t you worry my dears, he has a lot of flaws as well. Which actually makes him quite perfect. Because, who wants a perfect partner? It is imperfection that makes him perfect, really.

The designer of the ring is a young woman: Joyce Stouten and her company name is De Ekster.

As I was reminiscing, as one does around Christmas time, I thought of all the gifts Ron bought me. So many. In this Christmas post I am going to show you old pictures, old outfits. Some of you have followed my blog from the start in November 2012, but I doubt whether you can remember every outfit. My hair is still brown in most photos. The quality of the old photos leaves a lot to be desired.

What all photos have in common is a gift from Ron. In chronological order. (Well, sort of.)

Below: Let’s start with the “Maastricht necklace” which he bought me at the end of September.

Below: Remember this light pink Filippa K coat? I came home one day from shopping in a department store with Sylvia of 40PlusStyle and told him I had found this fab coat, in the sale no less and I was broke again (I am often broke … working on that though). He immediately went online and ordered the coat.

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Below: The Vincent van Gogh knitted spencer from the market. OK, he paid half of it. It still counts.

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Below: The white sweater Marc by Marc Jacobs, when we were shopping in an Amsterdam department store.

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Below: Bought this Kenzo top (and a jacket) when I was in Paris with my friend Lia. That city trip was also paid by Ron. When we called him to raise a cheer, he said we could both spend some money on something nice….. (I insisted he gave us a budget…).

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Below: One day we went to a shoe shop when it was SALE time. He bought me these three coloured booties….

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Below: … and he bought me the black patent leather shoes I am wearing underneath this suit. And don’t you dare say something like: “OH you already had a black suit, with a double breasted jacket!” I don’t want to hear that.

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Below: Same department store in Amsterdam. We walked in and there were this sweater and those trousers on a mannequin (Sportmax). “That is really nice”, Ron says. I replied: “It certainly is.” Ron: “OK, I will buy it for you”. Me: “Don’t be silly, that is not necessary, no don’t do that.” We walked on and as we turned a corner I thought: “Why did I say that? Am I mad???” And withdrew my objections.

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Below: On a citytrip to Antwerp (Belgium) we found this genuine Japanese antique kimono. Present.

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Below: Another trip to Antwerp where we found this yellow dress with matching cardigan. Ron wanted me to have it.

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Below: He insisted that red boots would look awesome underneath that yellow dress (above). I wasn’t that sure, especially as I don’t like mixing summer clothes with winter items (boots). But I wanted to follow his advice and he bought me the red booties I am wearing in the outfit below. They were not really working with the dress.

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Below: Therefore, in addition to the red pair above, he bought me the red cowboy boots below. Never knew what to wear them with. A shame as they are really nice. Any suggestions? Non boho suggestions?

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What you are about to see below, are all presents from his time when he had a project as sort of a “problem solver” for a shop. They sold Dutch designer clothes and boy oh boy, did Ron bring home some beautiful things. That project could have gone on forever as far as I was concerned.

Below: To begin with, this silk scarf with what appear to be polka dots. When you lay the scarf flat, you can see that the dots create a giant hamburger. Funny.

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Below: The ochre yellow trousers by Won Hunderd, which always get me so many compliments. This is the right way to style them. Unfortunately it is also the only way I know how to style them.

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Below: The awesome “eyes” shirt by Spijkers SIS Spijkers (twin sisters, designing great stuff).

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Below: Because it is such a good shirt, below a second styling of it.

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Below: Another design by Spijkers SIS Spijkers: the trousers with a playing kitten.

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Below: A yellow polka dot blouse by Spijkers SIS Spijkers.

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Below: And last, a hat from a holiday in France.

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I haven’t shown you all presents. There are so many jewellery items and most likely more clothes. But you get the idea: he is a very, very generous man. And NO, that is not why I married him. To tell you the truth, in the beginning I wasn’t very “into him”. Thought he was a really nice guy. As a friend. Until he suddenly started kissing me one day:…. fireworks, flowers, a band… and cupid aiming right at my heart. I fell in love immediately and that was that.

Now, isn’t that nice? A love story to end this post. I think that is very Christmassy.

Have a great time with your loved ones.


No Fear of Fashion





  1. Trish
    24 December 2017 / 19:30

    What a wonderful and thoughtful present. And what a dear husband you have! Very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    • Greetje
      24 December 2017 / 23:40

      I know I am a very lucky woman and I am very grateful. All best wishes for you too Trish.

  2. Mary
    24 December 2017 / 19:46

    Merry Christmas Greetje! That is a beautiful ring. You are a lucky woman (and he is a lucky man).

    Re the red cowboy boots. Have you tried them with an above the knee dress or skirt? I own mostly black, so I would try them with a shorter black sweater dress and tights, maybe with a wide belt, or a shorter black skirt and long sweater. Maybe a cocoon dress? Or a long sweater over leggings?

    • Greetje
      24 December 2017 / 23:42

      Merry Christmas to you too Mary. I know I am lucky. 🙃🙃
      As for the shorter dresses or skirts… I don’t own any of them any more. They are all knee length. But I do have some tunics with skinny trousers. I will have a look in my (vast) closets. Thank you very much for the suggestions.

  3. Kate
    24 December 2017 / 20:17

    Where I live in the U.S. we wear our western boots all the time, evening or daytime, and with everything. Recently, I have seen midi lace skirts, midi dresses as well as short skirts (no tights) worn to dressy events during the evening. Boots are very comfortable and they always work, especially here. I think you should receive many compliments wearing those boots.

    • Greetje
      24 December 2017 / 23:44

      I will have to try more Kate. They are a good brand and indeed comfortable. Shame to wear them so little. As a matter of fact I will try them tomorrow.

  4. Riley
    24 December 2017 / 21:42

    Wishing you and your beloved husband a very joyous Christmas season. Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your history. It’s easy to see that you’ve loved one another for a long time (how many years?). Merry Christmas!

    • Greetje
      24 December 2017 / 23:44

      Merry Christmas to you too Riley. Uh .. 29 years now. We are growing old! Luckily together.

  5. Mary
    24 December 2017 / 22:18

    Lovely post! Happy Christmas to you and Ron. And like Kate, I think you could wear your red cowboy boots with your awesome “eyes” shirt and white skirt without looking boho.

    • Greetje
      24 December 2017 / 23:45

      That is a good idea too Mary. Tomorrow I will try them with a black midi skirt. See how I go.

  6. 24 December 2017 / 22:29

    What a wonderful story, Greetje…because having a mate isn’t always easy, but it can brighten our days and warm our hearts!!!
    Merry Christmas, and what a fabulous ring!!

    • Greetje
      24 December 2017 / 23:47

      Ah.. Jodie.. such is life. Life is just not easy. But I will say, life is not very hard on me. I am a lucky woman. Merry Christmas.

  7. Kel
    24 December 2017 / 22:59

    I think you look fabulous in black double breasted suits and definitely need more than one. 🙂

    Have a lovely holiday with your beau!

    • Greetje
      24 December 2017 / 23:48

      Hahaha Kel, good one. No, I did not need more than one double breasted suit, you funny woman. Even if the trousers are different. I am going to be more careful with my money in future. I hope I learned a lesson.

    • Greetje
      25 December 2017 / 10:12

      Hi Anne, our best wishes to you and Kirk too. Having all your children gathered at the same time must be the best Christmas present.

  8. Marilee Gramith
    25 December 2017 / 08:14

    My goodness but this was a lovely tribute to Ron’s generosity and love for you Greetje! That last picture says it all I think.
    The ring is really unique and has an organic feel. It’s a treasure.
    Happy holidays dear Greetje.

    • Greetje
      25 December 2017 / 10:14

      Best wishes for you too Jude. Yes, I did strike gold with this man. And yes we love each other very much. The designer of the rings draws her inspiration from nature, which is probably why it feels organic,

  9. 25 December 2017 / 09:35

    Those are fabulous gifts! And the last photo is so much fun! BTW, that ochre pants is fantastic! Merry Christmas Greetje!

    • Greetje
      25 December 2017 / 10:17

      Merry Christmas to you too Nancy. I had every intent to end the post with that picture but forgot. Then I saw it hanging on the wall at my mother’s house, photographed it with my iPhone and uploaded it with my phone too. The things you can do these days with your phone. Wonderful. I even edited the size.

  10. 25 December 2017 / 14:51

    Such a lovely post Greetje! Ron has bought you some wonderful gifts. The ring is beautiful. Wishing you both a very Merry Christmas!

    Emma xxx

    • Greetje
      25 December 2017 / 18:51

      Very sweet comment Emma. Wishing you very merry whishes too. May 2018 be a very happy year for you.

  11. 25 December 2017 / 15:59

    So sweet!! I love that photo of the two of you. He seems to know your style very well and chooses good things for you. That ring is gorgeous!!! Merry Christmas to you.

    • Greetje
      25 December 2017 / 18:55

      He is my private stylist. When I try out new oufits in the bedroom I always go downstairs to ask his advice. He has a very sharp eye for what works or not. Of course we don’t always agree but most of the times he is really great. Merry Christmas.

  12. 25 December 2017 / 19:28

    Blimey this ring is stunning Greetje. It reminds me very much of a YSL one I’ve admired for a long time. Has a raw, rustic feel to it, almost unfinished if that makes sense?
    I think Ron sounds pretty perfect actually & agree that a sense of humour is paramount in a man. Actually I dated a few comedians before I met Mark & they were oddly unfunny off stage. Mark makes me laugh every single day which has probably saved our marriage on more than one occasion. There’s been some stress over the years although now we are in a really good place. So good in fact that over dinner with friends he suddenly reminded me that we missed our 13 year anniversary a couple of weeks ago! We both burst out laughing! 🤣

    • Greetje
      25 December 2017 / 22:25

      Oh that is the spirit. Kindred souls. I love it when you can both laugh about things you know would cause big rows with a lot of people.
      And yes your assessment of the ring makes perfect sense.

  13. 25 December 2017 / 22:38

    What a beautiful ring, Greetje. I wish you well to wear it! You are really lucky to have someone who makes you feel like Ron does; I am certain you have many laughs and years and adventures ahead of you this year (and let’s be honest, many more presents too!).

    Merry Christmas, special friend. xxx

    • Greetje
      26 December 2017 / 08:45

      That was a very sweet comment dearest Lisa. Thank you very much. Indeed, if life continues to be like it was this year I would be very very happy.. 💋

  14. 26 December 2017 / 01:40

    Wow, Ron is definitely a true gem! He has a good eye for thin1gs that will suit you. You have a fabulous figure Greetje, and the black suit, fitted green jacket, and the Van Gogh sweater and jeans show it off to maximum effect.

    The ring is a stunner – someone was very spoiled at Christmas!

    • Greetje
      26 December 2017 / 08:47

      I was indeed spoiled. Never expected it either. Unexpected presents of this beauty are the best! I know my figure is far from perfect, but I can work with it and make it look as if it is 😇😉. Merry Christmas Shelley.

  15. 27 December 2017 / 16:12

    Wow – you have a fabulous figure, loving the photos and what great taste Ron has, my husband has spectacularly bad taste (worse than mine 🙂 ) but now he just defers to our 22yr old daughter, he is very scared of her as she is very forthright and she has good taste. Wishing you all the best for this holiday season

    • Greetje
      28 December 2017 / 13:17

      Hahaha Juliet. You made me laugh with your remark as if your husband would be scared of his own daughter. I am very forthright as well. My husband can take and give the same.

  16. Sue Cervantez
    27 December 2017 / 20:41

    Love this post and all the wonderful gifties from Ron! A lucky woman indeed. May I also suggest a bolo tie with your white shirt and red cowboy boots. Happy New Year Greetje.

    • Greetje
      28 December 2017 / 13:19

      Oh, a bolo tie. Had to look that one up. As a matter of fact I have one made from safety pins and beads. Sounds aweful but is rather good. Thanks for the idea. I will wear it tomorrow.

  17. 28 December 2017 / 04:52

    This is the perfect Christmas post. Even when you and Ron bicker during shoots, you can feel the care you have for each other. I’ve enjoyed this review of some of these love gifts from him through the years. I also agree that a sense of humour is essential, and you both have it.

    If you Google something like “dresses you can wear with cowboy boots,” I think you’ll get lots of ideas. I don’t think the colour red really matters; it’s more about the attitude of the boot itself. But that’s just me. 🙂

    • Greetje
      28 December 2017 / 13:23

      Yes, I taught Ron how to argue. A bit too well I think 😂😂. He used to scared of the consequences. But there aren’t any. Just letting some steam off and showing each other where the boundries are.
      Thanks for the Google tip. I will be on it this afternoon.

  18. 28 December 2017 / 23:08

    Dear Greetje, what a wonderful warm blogpost. You always make me smile when reading your blogs and this time it was a smile once more, though slightly different, more Mona Lisa-like in stead of the broad grin I often show when reading your blog. I think you can call yourself a lucky woman by having found such a soulmate. I loved many of your photos. I especially adored your Vincent van Gogh sweater. I suppose you like his work, so you probably like to know that the exhibition in the Hermitage in Amsterdam (with many other fantastic Dutch painters) is absolutely worth a visit. Love, Lieske

  19. Rebecca
    29 December 2017 / 03:15

    What a delightful post. You are one well loved girl – the ring is stunning. Happy Holidays to you and Ron from a freezing NYC!

    • Greetje
      31 December 2017 / 09:27

      I know Rebecca. I am indeed a very lucky girl and I fully realize it and am thankful. Happy holidays to you too from a reasonably mild Holland.

  20. 30 December 2017 / 20:11

    I have a husband JUST LIKE YOURS!!!!!!!!!
    I too did not think much of him until he started kissing me!!!!!!!
    SO MUCH A LIKE………in fact I hope to write a POST on how we MET me and THE ITALIAN in the NEW YEAR!
    VERY ROMANTIC with the gift giving your RON!MY ITALIAN once gave me a ring in my CAPPUCCINO CUP and he made a little stand so I wouldn’t swallow it!!!!!SO, my LIP hit the stand first…………..that was our 7 year anniversary!I;
    ‘ll save the rest for the BLOG POST!!!!!!
    RON IS A KEEPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Greetje
      31 December 2017 / 09:30

      Ha, a little stand in the cappuccino cup. What an inventive man! Actually I have read how you two met and how you did not consider him at first. Was that an old post?

  21. 30 December 2017 / 23:42

    Have been laid up with a gallbladder attack (or SOMETHING, thought it was food poisoning at first…) since Christmas Day. Your blog archives have been getting me through a week of being laid up in bed. Thanks!

    • Greetje
      31 December 2017 / 09:34

      Oh Lauren, how very painful! You poor thing. That is a terrible way to end Christmas days. It makes me very proud that my little blog was comforting to you in your times of distress. I am always amazed when someone tells me stuff like this. Amazed and thankful.

      • 31 December 2017 / 23:12

        Thanks for the reply- looks like it was norovirus and not gallbladder… but ugh! It was NOT fun. On the mend in Texas now… dank je!

  22. 30 December 2017 / 23:59

    I consider this retrospective a Christmas gift to your readers. I so enjoyed seeing all of these photographs and all of the exquisite gifts that you have received from your darling husband.

    I love that black suit on you and I also adore the color blocked outfit. Those two necklaces that Ron bought you are stunning. It is clear he adores you, and we all understand why.

    My husband also makes me laugh, and while he also isn’t perfect, he is perfect for me! We have much to be thankful for. Have a wonderful holiday season. Sending love from New York.

    • Greetje
      31 December 2017 / 09:38

      Falling in love with the right man is such key for a happy life. But you cannot always steer this. Although I have once used my brain over my heart when I fell in love with a married man who was clearly interested in me. I ran. He was my employer and I quit my job before the feelings became too strong. It was hard to do and I am still so grateful I had the sense to walk away.

  23. 31 December 2017 / 05:22

    Such a cute post Greetje. You are lucky to have such a lovely man like Ron but he is also lucky to have You 🙂

    I still feel so lucky to have met you in person once and really hope we get the opportunity to meet again and exchange ideas 🙂

    Wishing you the most wonderful NYE and a fabulous 2018!

    xxx Yvonne

    • Greetje
      31 December 2017 / 09:40

      Thank you Yvonne. I hope the same for you. And I am secretly hoping there will be another blogger meet-up in London which we can both attend.

  24. 1 January 2018 / 04:20

    Happy new year Greetje! Lovely round up of (love) gifts. So what have you given to him over the years?

    • Greetje
      1 January 2018 / 10:49

      Ah.. things like a Bose soundbox, an iPod, brocante natural history instruments. These kind of things. But I do not get an aweful lot of chances to give him presents. He actually hates getting presents haha. Weird guy but that is fine by me 😂😂.

  25. 6 January 2018 / 11:15

    Oh I’m just catching up and I really loved this post. It’s so refreshing to read something like this and Ron – what a sweetie! Happy New Year gorgeous Greetje. Xxx

    • Greetje
      6 January 2018 / 20:17

      Oh how nice! I never knew you read my blog. I feel flattered. Yes Ron is sweet. Not easy and he has his faults (like I have as well), but I love him to death.

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