Off-white summer coat, green dress and lots of surprises

Off-white summer coatJust looking at this off-white summer coat scares me. I imagine all sorts of stains on it, which will be very, very visible and spoil the “rich” look of this coat. Who in her right mind would buy such a thing? Me, said the idiot.

When it was full price I resisted it. A month later I bumped into a second-hand Burberry off-white trench coat which I bought. Only to find out two days later that the above coat was heavily reduced in the sale (at Studio LM). As a matter of fact it was the same price as the second-hand Burberry one. Regret set in immediately. 

My mind did a ridiculous warp with reality: “I would buy the new one and put the Burberry one back into the second-hand sale”. Which I did. When my mind was clear again, I realised that MY take from the second-hand sale would only be 1/3. After all, the owner of the shop has to earn a living too. I contemplated and decided that 1/3 was too little money to let the Burberry coat go. I now have two off-white trench coats. Double idiot.

Crisis when taking these blog photos.

Last Sunday morning I suddenly thought of new blog photos. It wouldn’t have been nice to ask Loes (my neighbour) as photographer. She often works on Sunday afternoons and probably had a lie-in. So I asked my husband Ron to help me with his creative services again. Bad idea.

The camera wasn’t producing any sharp photos whatever I tried. Drives me nuts…. when a device, machine (camera, computer, car.. ) does not work, it sends me into a fit. (Although the “not working” is my fault of course, I always blame the device.) I suppressed the fit but probably not entirely. Ron doesn’t like taking my photos anyway, so when his efforts seem futile due to faulty equipment, he gets angry too. Long story short: we won’t do this again. For the sake of our marriage.

Ron showed me several location options which I all declined as they were yellow (for instance yellow sand). My blond hair against a yellow background is terrible. Oh those days when I was a brunette… much easier.

He did have one last location idea: brown trains. Good idea. When we arrived where he had seen them, they were moving!! Just our luck. We did manage to quickly take a few shots but we didn’t have enough time.

Below: My hair wasn’t cooperating, and Ron says that the coat looks like a bathrobe in this picture. Tsss… although he has a point. Higher heels would be better. Or jeans with the coat. Or a scarf. The brand is Les Coyotes de Paris.

Off-white summer coat

Below: Close-up of the bag. It is an ostrich print on leather. Not real ostrich. And it is ancient. See the detail on the sleeves? Don’t think it is very practical but it is different.

Off-white summer coat

Below: Near the rail track was a road with trees. Always nice. Most of the pictures were too blurry though. The one below is not too bad but misses my feet.

Green second-hand dress

Below: We had another option. A blue/green background. Blue is good!

Green second-hand dress

Below: Outfit details. The dress is second-hand from Today’s Vintage. I paid € 19. Three days later I saw exactly the same dress when shopping in Cornelis Schuytstraat, for € 119,-. Nice deal. The necklace is quite old and from Paris. The bracelets are all second-hand from various shops. Leopard shoes: old, by Panara.

Green second-hand dress

Below: Close-up of the shoes.

leopard pumps

Below: Close-up of the bracelets and the ring.

Below: One last shot of the outfit. Sorry I haven’t got more variation.

Green second-hand dress

What happened in my life this week

Work

I worked my ass off. Pardon my French but I really had a stressy week doing much overtime. The project that was stopped and then revitalized again, was even worse (planning wise), than when we first started. Plus Murphy and his law had to come in 36 hours before the final deadline. A lot of things which were already finished had to be done again because of various reasons. I HATE STRESS. How I ever got myself in a job which is ruled by deadlines (advertising) beats me. I love this type of work and I think I am not half bad at my job either (modesty is overrated I think). But deadlines? Stress? No thank you.

Which means I haven’t had much time to do anything or see anyone. Had a farewell lunch (sushi) together with my colleagues to say goodbye to the lovely account director of the advertising agency. She is leaving for South Africa with boyfriend and dog for an indefinite time. She was good, really good and has a lovely personality. We will miss her dearly. Didn’t take photos as people usually aren’t too keen on seeing themselves unedited on the internet. So no photos of the farewell drinks that same afternoon either (for another lovely person).

Present

My friend Marianne, one of the BVA girls, surprised me with a gift. A super duper gift. It is rather personal why she gave me this. Please don’t hold it against me if I don’t tell you. When it is just me, you are allowed to know nearly everything. But when other people are involved I want to protect their privacy. She bought me a Chloé mini crossbody bag, the Marcie. I had my eyes on that one for months. You will see it soon. It is on its way.

Old photos

I was going through some old photos and found a bunch of the celebration of my 50th birthday (14 and a half years ago). Oh gosh, they were sooo bad. I look like a right idiot. I decided to show you the two below.

Below: Short hair and lots of rouge is not a good look for me. Even in those days a cleavage was not a good idea. I think I should count myself lucky with all the wrinkles in that area. At least now I don’t ever expose myself like this anymore.

When I was 50

Below: Now do you get it when I say my figure is shaped like an inverted triangle? These clothes were not doing me any favours, to put it mildly. Know your figure, your strong points, emphasize them, and the bad ones, try and camouflage them. With these clothes I did exactly the opposite.

When I was 50

Street party

Saturday we had a street party. The only organization involved is announcing the date (many of the neighbours are in a Facebook group of our street), a month or so in advance. And on the day itself, around 4 p.m., all neighbours put chairs and tables outside. Some cook, some bring crisps or wine, whatever. And we chat. We have been doing this for a number of years now. Always so nice. The weather was cooperative (dry and sunny) although not too warm.

Below: This is what I was wearing when we started in the afternoon. I had worn my new orange ankle boots earlier but they are still in that stage of breaking in. Besides, sneakers are much handier at a street party. I managed to wear a scarf without looking as if I am strangling myself or am having a bad cold. I might get the hang of it after all.

Denim on denim

Below: Ron was wearing a leather apron. I blurred the faces of our neighbours. They might not want to be on the blog.

husband

Below: Ron was cooking lam stew in this pot, hanging on a tripod.

Below: When it cooled down, I changed into a thicker blue top with yellow/blue cardigan. My hair was not at its best anymore.

Me in yellow cardigan

Below: It was very lively. This is only a small part of the street and the neighbours. There were more tables and chairs and a bouncy castle for the little ones. Loads of food. People just bring stuff and there is always too much. Nice variety though.

Husband cooking stew

Below: This is the lam stew.

Street party food

Below: There was a cake competition as well! Every year judged by the youngsters in our street who announce the winners and hand over the awards. Made a great dessert. Such a shame I cannot use one of the many photos of the little girl who was determined not to leave the cakes out of sight haha.

cakes

The quality of the food and the cakes was (again) excellent this year. But better yet was the chatting with our neighbours, the getting to know one another. I can recommend this initiative to everybody.

I got blog help.. hurrah!

At the street party, I was talking to Kitty, one of my neighbours who is a photographer. When I mentioned my blog (I bore most people with talk about my blog), she spontaneously said: “I would love to take the photos for your blog”. I mean… how lucky can I get? Now I have two photographers helping me: Loes and Kitty. Both living in my street. We had a little get-together about it. Very handy for me if one or the other has no time. You would think it doesn’t get much better, right? But it does.

Out of the blue, a reader emailed me, saying she read in a comment I was looking for a native speaker who would like to edit my posts for English mistakes. (For free of course, as this blog doesn’t earn me a penny.) She volunteered! Out of this world! Her name is Selina, she is from London and 30 years young. Not even my target group.

I have no words for all this kindness. I am very very grateful.

Kitty and I have already done a photoshoot today. You will see the result next week. I wore a highly visible trouser suit. Loes loved it. Hope you do too.

Greetje

No Fear of Fashion

 

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  1. Gee
    16 September 2018 / 17:44

    Hey, classy lady, that last photo of Ron’s is lovely! You look tres elegant. Of course, being me, it hurts to say that! (Kid-ing, X)

    I do like the idea of a street get-togther. We only seem to have them over here on special occasions like the Queen’s Jubilee and suchlike. Maye I’ll get one going to celebrate my next big birthday. Start saving!

    Hope the work stress is over. No one enjoys pressure surely? Just keep smiling while gritting your teeth! Have a better week this time round.

    • Greetje
      Author
      16 September 2018 / 18:18

      Thanks. I hope it will be better this week. We always organize the street party at the end of August. When the holidays are over but the weather is still nice. Although, we did have a few years with rain of course. This is The Netherlands. You can never be sure. But usually it is good weather.

  2. 16 September 2018 / 17:48

    Your street party looks like such fun! One of our neighbors used to organize one on the next street over every summer, but sadly he passed away and no one else has yet taken up the mantle. Our neighborhood is currently in a “turnover” stage…lots of younger families moving in, tearing down the mostly WWII era houses and putting up big modern ones.

    I’ve found that white or light colors can be VERY hard to photograph. A camera’s auto-focus often doesn’t “see” it unless there’s a contrasting necklace, jacket or such. But that white trench looks fabulous on you! I think it will also look smashing worn open with some of the bright colors you love to wear.

    Congratulations on adding to your stable of photographers! I need to find a new photographer soon…the young woman I’ve worked with for the last two years is moving away. 🙁

    • Greetje
      Author
      16 September 2018 / 18:22

      I still need an IT guy. I am getting desperate in this area. I am asking around but nothing so far. And yes the coat definitely has to be photographed again. These photos don’t do it justice.
      If there are so many new people moving into your street, just make a flyer on your computer, have it copied and pop it into their letter boxes. Party being, say in a month’s time? Or one and a half. I find that you always have to remind people about one or two weeks in advance. We do that by putting signs up in our window. As it is only a small street and no gardens in front or our houses.

  3. Mels
    16 September 2018 / 18:43

    Greetje! For some unknown but delightful reason, your current blog displayed today. I have not been able to read you for weeks! I am happy once again. And, I love the dress.

    • Greetje
      Author
      17 September 2018 / 08:50

      Oh how lovely!! I was wondering whether I had lost you forever as a reader. I hope you have time to catch up.

  4. 16 September 2018 / 19:09

    Such a stylish coat Greetje! About the photos and the photographer thing…I think Ron does a fantastic job most of the time. You wouldn’t know from the photos he doesn’t like taking them. Still…good to have two back-ups. As far as your English goes: I love your way of writing and the beautiful phrases and words you often come up with. I have the feeling you are too strict. Keep the following in mind: perfection is the enemy of excellence. Very true and something perfectionists (are you one?) should take at heart. Love, Lieske

    • Louise Mills
      16 September 2018 / 21:03

      I agree…love your writing in English, so charming and humorous! Editing can sometimes change the writer’s voice! P.S. You look younger now than at 50!

      • Greetje
        Author
        17 September 2018 / 08:58

        Editing should never change my voice. I agree with you on that. We will start after the 25th of September. If you see any change then and think “What a pity”, please let me know. And I will keep your warning in mind.
        I know I look younger now. That is because I had a facelift to the lower part of my face and neck when I was 50. The photo you saw in this post was mild, but really I looked so sad and old at that age. Bag genes. I spilled the beans in this post:
        https://www.nofearoffashion.com/2012/11/29/how-do-i-keep-youthful-appearance-out-html/

      • Selina
        17 September 2018 / 12:33

        Louise, I make a promise that I will not be changing Greetje’s blog voice whatsoever, just running a quick eye over possible grammatical mistakes 😛

    • Greetje
      Author
      17 September 2018 / 08:53

      I would love you to send me two examples of “incorrect English” which you wouldn’t like to be edited. That helps me to asses. I have no intention of having posts be re-written by the editor. Poor thing, she would have to do far too much work. The only thing I would love to change is incorrect grammar for instance.

    • Greetje
      Author
      17 September 2018 / 08:54

      Oh and yes I am a perfectionist, but I have “worked” on that. I am better now haha.

  5. jodie filogomo
    16 September 2018 / 19:36

    I have to tell you how much I love my white coat. Actually i don’t have it anymore, but I had one for over 10 years and wore the heck out of it. It’s such a great and classy coat. Plus just think of how it will pop all of your colorful scarves!!
    What a wonderful surprise to find a photographer!! It’s nice to know there are such wonderful people out there!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Greetje
      Author
      17 September 2018 / 08:59

      I totally agree on the wonderful people bit Jodie. As for the coat, I still have to get over my fear of stains haha.

  6. Ann Spore
    16 September 2018 / 19:43

    Hi Greetje –
    Another wonderful post. I smile as I read about you each Sunday. 🙂
    I wish you would reconsider the need for exact translation into English. You are more than qualified, and the rare time a phrase or word isn’t what a native English speaker would say, it’s all the more charming, and a lovely reminder that I am fortunate to read about a lovely person in another country who shares so much of herself and has much in common with me.
    My best to you!
    Ann

    • Greetje
      Author
      17 September 2018 / 09:01

      I am surprised that so many of you say this about my writing. Let’s see what the editor can contribute. I will keep your warning in my mind. We will start after the 25th of September. If you see any negative change then, please tell me. I would greatly appreciate it.
      And I am so glad I can make you smile. My mission in life.

  7. 16 September 2018 / 19:44

    There are still really nice people out there who help each other. The soup looks delicious. Your arm party is stunning and your bag is so super cool. Great photos, nice story. Love your blog!

    • Greetje
      Author
      17 September 2018 / 09:02

      Big hug Nicole. And eh.. it wasn’t soup, it was a stew. Lovely.

  8. Rona
    16 September 2018 / 19:49

    Gosh, that white coat really worries me! If I had it I’d worry so much it wouldn’t be worth wearing. Your one brave lady – and you have the lifestyle to wear such an item. Love 💕 your green dress on you and how lovely to have a street party.
    I’m also married to a Ron that doesn’t like taking photos, it’s a divorce job for us when I get him snapping. But Ron’s pics aren’t bad.

    • Greetje
      Author
      17 September 2018 / 12:30

      Ron is very creative in his photography. Or I should say, Ron is very creative, full stop. It is not him, it is the camera and our camera skills. Best not do it anymore. Not worth a divorce.
      I am not such a brave lady. I left the coat in the shop for exactly that reason (worrying about stains). I have to get over that otherwise it would indeed not be worth it.

  9. Marjolein
    16 September 2018 / 19:50

    Dear Greetje, on holiday I couldn’t waite to read your blog. What a nice one it is again and what a happy person you are with all the goods comes your way. Love the street party pics, shows what a nice neighborhood you are living in. About the comment from Ron on the white coat, him… I can see what he means. Lucky you with the nice bag score!! Till next time.

    • Greetje
      Author
      17 September 2018 / 12:33

      I am always sooo grateful for comments like yours. Women (or perhaps also men) who are looking forward to me publishing a post. It is a blogger’s dream. So thank you for taking the time to let me know.
      The coat might look different with a nice scarf added. I have a ton of them in a drawer. Also, the photo doesn’t do the coat justice. And I need higher heels or jeans with it. Might sound strange. I think it is because of the length.

  10. Glenda Kociolek
    16 September 2018 / 20:18

    I have the same inverted triangle shape with ample frontage as well. I have just started having longer hair on the past few years. I still have some issues picking the right shape clothes for my shape! What’s the secret? You look absolutely wonderful in your photos and I enjoy hearing about your week. It makes you into a real perkn if that makes sense

    • Greetje
      Author
      17 September 2018 / 12:38

      Hahaha, you mean a real person? That is what I want to convey. I don’t like fake. Like any woman I want to present the best possible picture of myself but at the same time I don’t want to contribute to the distored view on women these days. So I throw in a couple of bloopers for balance.
      The secret to dressing for my shape is to find balance. I often wear fitted jackets which hide my hips and bum and create an hourglass figure. Or flared trousers with tops that suggest there is a waist underneath it. (Harder one, as flared trousers usually need a tight top.) Wider skirts although pencil skirts with a tapered shape are good as well. No frills on the bosom. Just to mention a few things. Have you ever looked on the site 40plusstyle of my friend Sylvia? She offers loads of suggestions for any shape. Just type in “inverted triangle” in the search box.

  11. Kell
    16 September 2018 / 20:55

    You’re so funny! Fellow idiot here. Heh. I need to start my own second hand shop.

    • Greetje
      Author
      17 September 2018 / 12:40

      The thing is.. I think I am so blessed with my life and means that I do not dare selling my stuff. I give everything away because a) I don’t want to be jinxed and b) it is so grateful to give, I sometimes wonder who benefits most. Only the other day I put one jacket into a second hand shop as there was nobody in my circle of friends who would fit or like it. And it was a beautiful jacket, just not the right shape for me.

  12. Mary
    16 September 2018 / 23:14

    Who doesn’t need two white coats, after all? Congratulations on finding a second photographer right on your street! We look forward to the new collaborations.

    • Greetje
      Author
      17 September 2018 / 12:42

      Exactly, who doesn’t need two white coats hahaha. As for the photographer: you will be amazed next week. I was over the moon with the result.

  13. Sheila (of Ephemera)
    16 September 2018 / 23:15

    I love that off-white coat! I use a really good stain remover called Folex – it removes everything but hair dye and nail polish. Sorry to hear about your work stress – I’m not good at that either. I have to keep reminding myself, “Let it go!” Your block party looks like fun – Ron’s stew and apron made me laugh! So happy to hear about your new photographer and editor (although your slightly off English has never been a bother – I have always understood you, and it sounds like your voice).

    I always love seeing old pictures – you’ve just gotten better-looking and more “you”, Greetje!

    • Greetje
      Author
      17 September 2018 / 12:46

      Oh yes hair dye and nail polish are stains you never get out. I had to throw out a beautiful cotton sweater because of dye. I tried everything.
      I don’t know Folex and I don’t know whether it is available in The Netherlands. Also, I am a bit scared removing it myself. The dry cleaners always say: we can get any stain out as long as you don’t touch it. Thank you for the compliments on my English. I will try and preserve the tone of voice but avoid unnecessary grammar mistakes.

  14. Jeanette Juraschka
    17 September 2018 / 00:48

    I love your green dress and the way you styled it! It looks great on you. I like white jackets too. They take a bit more care but they add the freshness I want in a look.

    • Greetje
      Author
      17 September 2018 / 12:47

      When I put the coat on in the shop I went: “Ooohhh MY WORD, how lovely”. So I just have to be careful, period.
      The green dress can by styled in more ways I think. I love to style it with tights and my leopard ankle boots.

  15. Marilee J. Gramith
    17 September 2018 / 05:58

    So much life packed into one blog post!
    Your new white trench is classically beautiful and because the trench style never goes out of style you probably NEED two of them!! I look forward to seeing the Burberry trench soon!
    Work stress related to deadlines is the worst! There’s no leeway and no flexibility and those conditions are like a pressure cooker!
    Your neighborhood party looks like a perfect way to relieve stress and I’m so happy that you came away with new coworkers that will help to make your blog even better. Good karma brought you just what you needed!
    The pictures of Ron in his leather apron cooking up that delicious looking stew capture the fun of the event really well.

    • Greetje
      Author
      17 September 2018 / 12:52

      As long as Ron is in control, as long as he has a task and is in the lead, he is fine with social gatherings. If these conditions aren’t met, better not bring him. You won’t do him or others a favour. (All birds sing a different song, to mutilate a Dutch saying.)
      The party was indeed a very big stress reliever. I had a lovely weekend. Kitty and I had a photo shoot the next morning and the photos are lovely. You will see them next week.
      The classic shape of the white coat is what I used as one of the arguments to convince myself I was not an idiot buying it.

  16. 17 September 2018 / 07:34

    Sorry to hear you had a less-than-happy photo shoot with Ron. You must have mended the relationship because he has a great smile at the street party, as do you. What a good way to get to know your neighbours and eat cake!

    I am so impressed by all your second-hand finds lately too! Woo hoo! Two off-white trench coats. Hahaha. Oh well. I really love that first coat. And now you have a couple of photographers and a proofreader – I’m grinning about that. Next will be the tech person.

    Thanks for the great read and photos during this little break from my own work.

    • Greetje
      Author
      17 September 2018 / 13:36

      The tech person is really getting worrisome. Oh well, he or she will eventually be found as well. Of the two off-white trench coats the one in this post is new, not second hand. But I did buy a lot more second hand. And yes everything is hunky dory between Ron and me again.

  17. Karen
    17 September 2018 / 12:34

    Brilliant post again Greetje, so look forward to them !
    That green dress looks stunning on you, quite jealous !!
    I had to smile at your picture taken on your birthday, I too had a similar moment …..I am in my mid 50’s and had a couple of photo’s taken on the 40th birthday. Oh dear, I too had shorter hair + horrible unflattering shade of brown ( had just started to have my hair dyed – what was the hairdresser or myself for that matter thinking ha ha !!)
    That street party looked fun, the last time I remember something like that was as a child and we lived out in a village in Northumberland. We had fabulous Guy Fawkes/Bonfire night parties.
    Happy to hear you have a little ‘team’ in place to assist with your blog, grammar and spelling isn’t my strong point, thank goodness for spell checker !
    Hope you have a good week and work is calming down a bit.

    • Greetje
      Author
      17 September 2018 / 13:40

      The green dress is still available in the shops. Just saying.
      I have never dared dying my own hair. I saw a terrible outcome on the head of the girl next door when I was still young. She was bright orange, like a clown from doing it herself.
      I am very lucky with all these lovely people offering me their assistance. Just need a tech guy now. Whom I will pay. € 30 an hour? Otherwise I will never find anybody. I need some IT guy or girl who knows WordPress and knows something about blogging.

  18. Selina
    17 September 2018 / 12:36

    I’m the same with things like yellow jumpers and dresses. A girl can never have too many of those I think, if the girl is me. But white/cream coats are my worst nightmare. I wore a frilly white shirt when going out yesterday. And then tried to eat spaghetti bolognese. Utter fail of course. You can imagine what atrocities a white coat would go through with me. Possible to dye one of the coats in a pastel colour?

    • Greetje
      Author
      17 September 2018 / 13:46

      Although the coats are both off-white, they have a totally different vibe. This one is very elegant and the Burberry one is more down to earth (they’d kill me at Burberry if they would read this).
      The good thing with coats is, you take them off when you eat haha.

  19. josep-maria
    17 September 2018 / 12:58

    I love your coat, or trench coat, it is very beautiful and very elegant. The dress is a real cute one, I love this basic and simple design, with this wonderful fall. The accessories are perfect for the outfit, all of great beauty and quality.

    • Greetje
      Author
      17 September 2018 / 13:47

      You know I do these dresses, this elegance style, solely for you, don’t you haha?

  20. 17 September 2018 / 17:00

    I wish I had your luck with neighbours wanting to take my photo!

    We don’t have block parties. We did at one time have a neighbour that organized Canada Day parties. I think they moved away. Now there are a bunch of new families with kids.

    I found that pot with the stew and the fire beneath absolutely charming! Like we’ve stepped back in time. Also Ron’s apron is pretty cool.

    I’m glad you didn’t take the Burberry back to the secondhand store!

    I find white and black very difficult to photograph.

    Your outfit is lovely and feminine. I do hope this means your knee is feeling better.

    It’s been a very lucky week for you. Can’t wait to see your new handbag.

    Suzanne
    http://www.suzannecarillo.com

    • Greetje
      Author
      18 September 2018 / 20:40

      Ron is a male witch. A sorcerer, a druide haha. You are right about photographing white and black. The coat deserves another go. I saw the photos Kitty made of me and my red tiger suit last Sunday. Excellent. I bet she won’t have problems with black and white.
      My knee is improving but it will still take a long time before it is healed again. If ever. Hope is my friend.
      It has indeed been a lovely end of the week.

  21. Pauline starsmore
    17 September 2018 / 18:10

    Just love your blog, always leave it until last to read, I love the olive green dress, sorry not so keen on the white coat. Your street party looks really good.

    • Greetje
      Author
      18 September 2018 / 21:02

      I can understand you are not too keen on the white coat. It doesn’t look as good as in reality. Or it is just not your thing. I am all right with that. And I love that you leave my blog last to read. Like the best bite of your food. I do that too. Thank you very much for telling me.

  22. 17 September 2018 / 18:25

    Geez I love this bag Greetje, it is gorgeous! The shape, colour and the handle insitu is perfect. It’s interesting you saw your secondhand dress for sale at full price. I was thinking I should’ve mentioned in my blog post how that happens a lot these days. I don’t think people realise how quick the turnaround can often be.
    Ron is quite a dab hand at many things isn’t he? Street chef now! Looks a fun turn out and lots of yummy food is always a good idea xx

    • Greetje
      Author
      18 September 2018 / 22:15

      I never thought this bag would fetch so much praise. One never can tell 😊.
      I have been doing a lot of second hand shopping lately. And some new to be fair. But no fast fashion. And I am broke again. Happens every year. This year I won’t let it go as far as last years. Gradually over the years I might learn how to stop even sooner.
      Ronhas indeed developed his cooking skills. A lot. There was so much food at the partyand indeed all good. I stuffed myself and am now back on water and lettuce again.

  23. 17 September 2018 / 21:57

    That cream coat is a knockout. I have an equally stupid but beautiful one, it is a white leather trench coat. I mean, how impractical is THAT? Still, you look gorgeous, like a very very very rich and elegant woman!

    How lucky you are to have such kindness and good luck heaped upon you after a stressful week. That is what you deserve.

    • Greetje
      Author
      18 September 2018 / 22:18

      I used to have a white leather trench coat for years. Not stupid at all. You can WIPE it. Which is something you cannot do with cotton. But I will just get used to it. Like I got used to cream boots. They survived for years. Still have them. Perhaps this coat will as well. It does look rich, doesn’t it 😎.
      As you say all the good furtune at the end of the week made up for the stress. Now all I need is a tech guy to support my WordPress/blog.

  24. Suzanne Svadjian
    20 September 2018 / 03:36

    Greetje,
    I hope your new editor will not edit too much. I enjoy your occasional unique English. It gives your blog a distinctive voice.
    Suzanne

    • Greetje
      Author
      20 September 2018 / 23:03

      Hi Suzanne. I am surprised that so many people warn me not to edit too much. I thought my English mistakes would be annoying. I am meeting the editor the day after tomorrow and will tell her to be careful haha. It will probably make her work easier. “Just edit the most obvious mistakes”.
      All kidding aside, I will make sure to keep my tone of voice. Sweet of you to tell me.

  25. LJ
    21 September 2018 / 06:51

    Reading these comments makes me feel as though I have been invited to an exclusive and yet, inclusive women’s club! Which is a delight, so thank you! I just got home after a lightening quick business trip and wanted to read something other than the depressing news of global politics and so thought I’d peruse some of my favorite blogs… I found yours via Midlife Chic and want to thank you for sharing! I live in Mexico City although I am from the US and reading about your stressful week (I can relate!), the double white/cream coat conundrum and your block party made my night! For what it’s worth and quoting my very elegant grandmother, you can never have too many coats! Good night from Mexico!

    • Greetje
      Author
      21 September 2018 / 12:41

      What a delightful comment. You made me very proud. A reader of Nikki’s superb blog, likes mine as well. YAY. Thank you very much. I hope you will return. I always publish on a Sunday at the same time. Depends of course where you are in the world, but in Mexico City it would be in the morning: 10.15 a.m.
      I am pretty reliable.
      Oh and I do agree with your elegant grandmother.

  26. 21 September 2018 / 22:02

    The white coat is elegant beyond words Greetje. Well done on the styling of this too. Did I read this correctly that you now have two of these? I wish I were as tall as you and then I’d offer to buy one from you, but we both know I’d be totally drowned.
    I somehow thought that Ron enjoyed taking your photos – I know he’s such an expert that I had presumed he like it. Anyway, what a happy resolution to your problem! It seems that sometimes the Universe just lines up to deliver exactly what you need. You must have been very good of late to deserve your turn of good things.
    Finally, if you pop over to my blog I’ve got the new TV advert posted on this extra special edition today.

    Love
    Anna x

    • Greetje
      Author
      22 September 2018 / 18:29

      Oh goodie.. I will pop over to your blog immediately. To see you as a star.
      And yes I now have two off-white trench coats. Silly me. I think this coat is even better with a good scarf and jeans underneath it. Plus higher heels. And no, Ron is very creative but he does not like taking my pictures. He only did it to help me.

  27. 22 September 2018 / 03:03

    I’ve always the thought that block parties were American. So nice to see you and your neighbours being social with each. AND THE FOOD looks fantastic! Hubs is a pro setting up the cauldron and fire right in the street. AND…you can’t wrong with that loaded booze table and a cake contest! Same time next year???

    The blue wall is indeed a winner! I hear your pain on photographing for the blog, but you always come through with lots of variety and interesting pics!

    And now you have another photographer. It just keeps getting better and better chez No Fear of Fashion.

    • Greetje
      Author
      22 September 2018 / 18:31

      And if all photographers fail I have to be even more creative in my solutions. But a blog post has to be delivered on Sunday. No matter what.
      The food on the block party was indeed fabulous. I stuffed myself with sooo much.

  28. 24 September 2018 / 20:08

    I have never had a problem understanding what you are saying in your blog, and I so enjoy your sense of humour and that you speak your mind. I am glad to hear you have found some extra photographers. I wish I could find someone who knows what they are doing with a camera that is available on weekends!

    I have given away any white or cream coat I’ve every purchased. They seemed like a good idea at the time, but my lifestyle is just not a good one for wearing white. The green dress was a good purchase; the shape and the colour suit you, and it looks great with leopard heels.

    • Greetje
      Author
      26 September 2018 / 08:02

      My lifestyle at the moment still justifies an off-white coat. But I will have to keep on working in an office to get enough miles put of these coats haha. Nothing wrong with that. I only want to change the time when I have to get up (5.20 a.m.).

  29. 25 September 2018 / 16:14

    I needed a little pick me up this morning and I knew right where to find it! Your blog always puts a smile on my face! Thanks! Julia

    • Greetje
      Author
      26 September 2018 / 07:58

      Ah Julia, that is the sweetest thing you can say to me. I am chuffed. This is why I have a blog. To entertain.

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