The last six months of 2019 I didn’t buy anything except for few replacements. I stopped using Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration and didn’t check any online stores. A good thing, right? It also means that I neglected this blog but I do have some future posts in mind so hopefully that will make up for it. Removing myself from all online style and/or outfit inspiration also means that I missed out on a few items that, in hindsight, I actually would have wanted to buy.

While I was making this list, I realised that most of the things on it aren’t considered timeless but rather trendy. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while now, I’m sure you know that I’ve talked about ‘classic’ and ‘timeless’ pieces over and over again. But let’s face it, sometimes you’re just attracted to a particular trend. With a basic wardrobe such as mine, it’s easy to incorporate trends but should it be something that I want to do? I honestly don’t know. Although I feel that fashion should be fun and something to enjoy, there’s also that feeling of guilt when I no longer like a piece of clothing that I kind of knew wouldn’t withstand the test of time. But let’s get to the list:

  1. I gave up on Isabel Marant years ago. Too expensive, the quality was no longer the same etc. But a short visit to the Isabel Marant store a few weeks ago instantly rekindled a long lost love affair. Mind you, I still find most of the clothes and accessories too expensive. I don’t mind paying for quality, but within reason. I’m not going to shill out €1000 for a coat. But instead, I will consider something if it goes on sale. In this case I was looking for the Gabrion coat that I first spotted in Karen’s video or the shorter version, the Gaston coat. Well, long story short, they’re both sold out everywhere and quite frankly, I cannot justify another coat. Instead I found this Mango jacket that’s very reminiscent of that collection and could work as a more casual jacket for indoors. Naturally, it’s also sold out.
  2. The same goes for this particular beanie. Also sold out and nowhere to be found. So I might go for Dutch brand Le Bonnet which sells beanies in a wide range of colours. I could opt for black, beige or another subdued colour but I’m actually contemplating maybe a bright orange or red. But I need to consider; am I going to invest in a bright coloured wool beanie that may only be fun for this season or do I stick with safe, classic neutrals?
  3. Yes, I can most definitely buy a random €15 hair brush. And it will probably do the job but I’m stubborn and want to find out for myself if this classic Mason Pearson hair brush is everything everyone is raving about on the internet and in real life.
  4. I tried on a similar wool-blend hat in the Isabel Marant store and low and behold, it actually looked really good. Don’t you hate it when that happens? I may consider it with further price reductions. But as I only saw it for the first time three weeks ago, I’m going to need a little more time to see if it really sticks with me. Is it too trendy, I don’t know.
  5. Arket does pretty bags from time to time. But again, just another thing I don’t really need. It isn’t even that practical. It’s small and I prefer cross body bags.
  6. Oh this will definitely be a future purchase. It’s a shame that I’m not wearing my favourite red lipstick right now because I still need to buy a lip liner. It needs to match Chanel’s Pirate but I think they no longer sell that Rouge Profond lip pencil that was a good match. Hopefully this one works as well.
  7. Another Isabel Marant inspired item; the Regina slouchy jeans. Do these even look good on anyone except models? I need to know so I tried to order them two times now and for some reason they keep sending me the wrong size. Zalando, the last time I wore a size 34, I must have been 16. Come on now.

So there you have it, a list of things that are sold out, I don’t need or I can’t seem to order in the right size LOL. My apologies, it’s probably not that interesting to read. But writing things down sometimes helps to get them out of my head. And I also like to use this blog as a way to document my style over the years. Although it doesn’t seem to have changed that much.

As for balancing trends and classics, I don’t have a clear answer. I will probably always find myself drawn to certain trends. Some I ignore. Some become staples in my wardrobe long after the hype is gone but I also own a few things that I won’t wear for years to come. Right now, I try to maintain a balance of 85-15% between more timeless pieces and things that will spice up my wardrobe for as long as they last.

What are your thoughts on trends and a timeless wardrobe? Is that something that you strive for?

Long term wishlist Chanel two-tone ballet flats

Because, don’t we all have one? A list of covetable pieces for which you have an inexplicable desire. Quite often well out of our range, price wise. For now, or maybe forever. Or perhaps they are within range but you’re just not ready to bite the bullet because you know they are ridiculously expensive and how the hell are you going to justify the purchase. Or am I just projecting, LOL. Anyway, a girl can dream right? These are the 5 items that have long graced my long term wishlist.

Chanel two-tone ballet flats

It doesn’t get more classic than this. I first saw these flats at around 2009, I think. The French / minimalist style blogs were on the rise and I spotted this one image of a girl with black skinny jeans, an Isabel Marant like coat and a pair of creme/black Chanel flats. She looked so effortlessly chic. The image should be somewhere on my computer or external disk but sadly, I couldn’t find it. But you get the idea from the image below.

I tried these flats on once, in Antwerp, about 8 years ago. They looked and felt amazing but at the time I wasn’t in the position to spend that much money on a pair of flats. I still somewhat regret it as the price has increased a lot since then. Honestly, I don’t know if they’re worth the price anymore. Let me know if you have any experience with these shoes. For now, I will stick to my Repetto flats.

Long term wishlist Chanel two-tone ballet flats Max Mara coat

Max Mara 10801 Icon coat

Another classic. I’ve had a penchant for long camel coloured coats for ages. I bought my first one 10 years ago at H&M when I had finally gathered enough confidence to wear it. Anyway, the 10801 Icon coat is THE coat of al camel coloured dream coats. God, I’m such a sucker for oversized coats… I could see myself wearing this for the rest of my life. 30 degrees celsius? Whatever, hold on, let me grab my cashmere Max Mara coat.

Firstly introduced in 1981, it remains a timeless piece that exudes simplicity and elegance. It doesn’t matter if you are 25 or 75 years old, it’s suitable for all ages. Of course it would look brilliant with a pair of leather boots or flats but I can see myself wearing it with a pair of sneakers as well. To be honest, this coat will never be in my possession unless I win a lottery but if I ever get the chance to try it on, I’ll make sure to have my diva moment.

Cartier Tank Française watch

I don’t know how many times one can use the term ‘classic’ but I’m afraid this post mostly contains items that have withstood the test of time and are just as popular now as when they first made their appearance. The Tank Française was released in 1996 as a sportier version of the Tank Américaine and has graced the wrists of stylish, influential women such as Princess Diana en Michelle Obama.

While I like the Tank Solo which comes with a leather strap, this watch looks slightly more simple and sleek and a bit more modern. My colour of preference would be silver as I don’t wear gold jewellery. And also a smaller model than the one pictured below. I know owning a watch seems redundant nowadays but I don’t consider it very different from a bracelet. I just see it as an accessory and I like the thought of not needing my phone to tell the time. Which was incredibly helpful during my days as a museum guide.

Long term wishlist Céline box bag Cartier tank watch

Céline Box bag

The Box bag is still relatively new ‘on the scene’ compared to these other items. For a short time it wasn’t known if this bag would still be produced under Heidi Slimane when Phoebe Philo left Céline. So far, so good but I wouldn’t be surprised if it slowly disappears at some point. I’ve made my peace with it. However beautiful it may be, it’s not very practical for my lifestyle.

Burberry trench coat

I’ve been working on a post about trench coats so I’ll keep this part short. A trench coat will never go out of style. That is, if you opt for one of the more classic styles. So Burberry is the only logical choice here. I have to admit, they have so many different options that, at this point, I can’t narrow it down to just one design. Just from looking at the website, my first choice would be the Relaxed Fit Tropical Gabardine Trench Coat or maybe the Westminster.

Well, that’s it! If you managed to read this entire post, respect to you. I know a long term wishlist isn’t necessarily the correct term here because I won’t be buying most of these items (if any at all). Not now, not in the future. But no harm in dreaming, I suppose.

It’s funny that now that I’ve reached the end of this post, I realize that most of the things listed are accessories or coats. I suppose it’s somewhere in the back of my mind that clothing isn’t a great investment. Especially as you grow older and your weight fluctuates over time. Nobody needs to dress head to toe in designer clothing/accessories to look stylish. Imagine those Chanel flats with a pair of black jeans and a simple white blouse. They don’t have to be expensive to make you look put together. Just one simple statement piece goes a long way.

Do you have a long term or an in-case-I-win-a-lottery wishlist?

In case you are wondering, no, you are not looking at two identical pictures. This is me, being extremely particular. Remember when I mentioned that I have a small wish list for 2019 purchases? A pair of black jeans is number one on that list. A little over two years ago I bought two pairs of black straight washed jeans from Topshop. They’re getting thinner by the wear and I dread the day that one of them will finally rip. Let’s hope not at the behind haha.

Anyway, so for a couple of years now I have been switching between Topshop jeans and Levi’s jeans. The Topshop ones are super comfortable and durable enough for the price. But nothing beats those Levi’s wedgie jeans that I bought a few years ago. In my opinion, the less stretchy material, the better. I know that usually means they will stretch with wear so you need to size down a little but that’s okay.

So now here we are. I did my research (basically going through pages and pages of black jeans) and was happy to be able to narrow it down to two options. I have had really good experiences with Levi’s in the past and I prefer to stick with brands that work for me. However, I can’t decide. The jeans on the left are the Wedgie Fit straight jeans. Slightly high waisted with a straight leg. Unless you are a little wider around the hips, then they will fit more tapered. The jeans on the right, the Ribcage straight ankle jeans. Very high waisted (hence the name) and a wider straight leg.

The Wedgie jeans are a length 26 (yes, I’m short) and hit just above the ankle. The Ribcage ones are a bit longer but will still look very nice with sneakers and loafers in the summer. The Ribcage jeans are maybe a bit more of a chic fit? If that makes any sense. They almost resemble a pair of trousers which is neither a pro or con. Honestly, the more I look at them and try them on, the more difficult it gets. It’s not very often that I find several perfect options to choose from. They both fit extremely well, 1% stretch, very comfortable. It’s just a matter of design really.

I would love to hear your opinions!


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!