Can you believe my last post was from November? Just before Black Friday? Yikes! I lost track of my blog. Traveling to work every day (my commute is at least 1,5 hours, so a total of 3 hours) and those dark, short days, really got to me. Thankfully longer and brighter days are upon us. Crazy how much that can do for your mood and physical wellbeing. Anyway, how are you guys? I see I still have followers on Bloglovin’ so hopefully some of you stuck around. For the new readers, I would love to know how you found my blog!

I contemplated doing an overview of my purchases of 2018 but are those still a thing? Is blogging? LOL. I mean, I would gladly take you through a year of incredible failure regarding wardrobe building but I’ve done so many overviews already so I kind of presume you’ll be bored. And if you have been reading this blog for a while, you’ve seen most of it, to be honest. Let me know if I should do one anyway. I can promise you this; it will make you feel better about your own spending.

I absolutely loathe that ‘new year, new me’ talk so it’s only logical to use it as a title for this post, right? Except for the fact that there is no new me. I’m still happy with my wardrobe and the things I purchased last year, which were mostly summer clothes. My loafers, trousers and t-shirts have been calling my name for weeks. It’s nice to look into your closet and to see so many things from a year ago (or longer) that you can’t wait to wear again. None of them have gone out of style. So I like to believe I have a good eye for that.

One thing that slightly changed over the course of last year is that I no longer feel the need to fit a certain style. I had that short Parisian chic moment but I’m not cut out for it. And it’s fine. I’m back to wearing what suits my body best and not looking at pictures of women and style that aren’t even in the slightest bit attainable (you shouldn’t either).

So what else can I share in this update… I bought most of the things I talked about in my Black Friday post. Except for the sweater and the blazer. The blazer didn’t suit my skin tone and the sweater seemed a little too boring. The Dr. Martens came in very handy during a few winter days which is why I bought them in the first place. Oh and I finally got my hands on Santal 33 by Le Labo at Liberty in London in January. Ridiculously expensive but such a wonderful scent.

I’ll leave it at that for now and will get on with writing a few new blog posts that I have in mind. By the way, you can find a sneak peak of my latest purchase in the picture above. You’re not allowed to guess if you follow me on Instagram though 😉

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday are upon us and I am feeling the pressure to indulge. You probably know that I am a big fan of creating lists whether it be a simple grocery shopping list or a list to keep my purchases in check. In this case we’re dealing with the latter. This list should keep me focussed when every website screams: BUY ME! on Friday. If I would be able to buy all of these on sale, that would be great but I wouldn’t mind paying full price for them either in the near future. Some have been on my wish list for quite some time, others are needed to get me through this winter.

  1. I have a few knitted sweaters that I love and will surely wear again this winter. The only downside is, they’re all extremely warm. Much too warm for the office. I’ve been keeping track of this sustainable Dutch brand ever since they launched their first item, the classic parka. I have yet to buy something from them but this crewneck sweater ticks all the boxes and is high on my wish list, on sale or not.
  2. While The Ordinary has been dealing with some controversy, I was very happy with my Buffet serum. I bought it in May and ran out of it no too long ago. I was waiting for their store to open in Amsterdam to check out the other products as well. Beautybay had it on sale last week but I forgot to check out and alas, everything was sold out.
  3. Le Labo’s Santal 33, an absolute classic scent. And an extremely expensive one at that. I got a few samples earlier this year and have been using them sparingly. I dread the day I will run out of them and will have to buy an actual bottle. Of course I don’t have to but the scent is just too good.
  4. Blazers have become my wardrobe staples for the office. Do I need another one? Probably not. Especially since corduroy is all the rage at the moment and I’m not sure it will stand the test of time. Can I still wear this next year? This blazer would look pretty amazing with a white t-shirt, dark blue jeans and black boots though. Hmm…
  5. Okay, so remember this post from last year? A black pair of boots have been on my mind for over a year and I still didn’t bite the bullet. However, these Dr. Martens boots were on sale yesterday with a early Black Friday 20% discount so I decided to go for it. Everyone tells me these will last me many years, once broken in (not looking forward to that).
  6. I doubt Uniqlo takes part in Black Friday but I’ll purchase two of these Heat tech long sleeves anyway, before temperatures drop below zero. I’ve also bought a few organic cotton long sleeves from Dutch brand HEMA as I needed to replace my old ones. I should have waited a week though because there’s a 20% discount at the moment for every three items. Don’t you hate it when that happens?
  7. And last but not least, I’m hoping for a nice H&M discount so I can finally score this flannel duvet cover. Gotta stay warm this winter!

Are you looking forward to Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday or are you going to ignore it as much as you can? If you are looking forward to it, I would love to know what’s on your wish list!

Summer roundup: outfits

Only two more days until it’s officially fall. From now on, temperatures will only continue to drop. We certainly can’t complain as it was a terrific summer. Far from usual, here in the Netherlands. Although, taking global warming into account, I’m sure our summers will get progressively warmer and longer. All weather conditions aside though, I thought I’d do a roundup of summer outfits now that I’ve finally decided that mirror shots are acceptable.

I’ve been wearing different variations of the outfits above and below all through summer. That’s definitely a perk of buying clothing in neutral colours; everything can easily be combined. Someone commented that I always manage to look put together and that, even if she were to wear the same kind of clothes, she would never look the same. Obviously I disagreed and told her it’s all about materials and fit. For instance, I could’ve bought any random white tanktop but opted for this one instead. It looks more expensive than it actually is. Which is, according to my friend Nicky, one of my talents; to find reasonably priced stuff that could easily be mistaken for a more expensive brand.

D. rarely comments on my outfits although I always make him share his thoughts on any new purchases. An extra voice of reason, you could say. So imagine my surprise when I heard him say: “I can definitely tell that you are finally easing into summer clothing.” I didn’t even notice it myself at first but he was right. This was the first time that I wasn’t complaining about my wardrobe and was even excited about getting dressed in the morning. There wasn’t a single piece of summer clothing in my closet that I wasn’t happy with and didn’t get worn. So wardrobe-wise, this was a good summer!

Final summer (wardrobe) thoughts

  • Wide-legged trousers are an excellent alternative for skirts and dresses.
  • Linen, silk and cotton are your friends. Skip any synthetic materials.
  • When buying new clothes, keep in mind that they will need to be washed more regularly than fall/winter clothes.
  • Get a pedicure every once in a while. I never understood why people would spend money on them until I tried it myself for the first time this summer.
  • Dark blue or navy over black. Looks a little less harsh and also goes with anything in my closet.

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I just noticed how most of the items I photographed for this particular subject were bought around 2010. That was about the time I started with the 5 Piece French Wardrobe and decided to invest in quality clothing and accessories. Surprisingly enough though, this blazer isn’t from some fancy, expensive designer brand but from good old H&M. I don’t buy a lot of stuff at H&M, for obvious reasons. The only exception is the Trend collection, recognizable by its pink label. Like the name suggests, it’s more trend driven but also made from higher quality materials (think silk, cashmere etc.) and usually has a much nicer fit. If you’re lucky, you’ll find the occassional timeless piece of clothing there as well.

What attracted me to this blazer were the long narrow lapels and the skinny sleeves. I’m sure we all know that I can be extremely picky so it will come as no surprise that wide sleeves are a deal breaker for me. I don’t know, it instantly ruins the whole look. But anyway, this blazer is awesome. For the past 8 years people have come up to me to ask me where it’s from. Clearly, you can still stand out with a simple black blazer if the design and fit are just right.

The only downside to this blazer? It’s 8 years old and I wear it too often. Not that I mind, on the contrary, but any garment will only last so long when worn on a regular basis. I don’t want to start looking for a replacement just yet but I definitely need one when the time comes to say goodbye (the drama, LOL). For me, it is one of my most important and most worn wardrobe staples. I even considered bringing it to a tailor and ask them if it’s possible to replicate it but I fear it just won’t be the same. Does anyone have any experiences with such a request?

For now, I will enjoy it as much as I can. The cost per wear must be down to 5 cents per wear or maybe even less. Without a doubt one of my best purchases of the last 10 years.


To read more about my old and well-loved wardrobe staples:
Oldies but Goodies Part I