Black & white for the 4th & 5th of May

Dress: H&M, Sunglasses: Cerjo

After last week’s King’s Day it’s another special day in The Netherlands today, Remembrance Day, hence the little black dress on my blog this week. As you can see I have chosen a beautiful white background for my photos. That is because tomorrow is Liberation Day in The Netherlands. Since blossoming trees are associated with new beginnings, I thought this black and white combination very apt to illustrate this week’s blog post…

My little black dress

Let’s start with the dress. Although I bought it for Christmas (imagine how practical the shape is for enjoying a lavish Christmas dinner), it’s a little black dress you can wear all year round, though not in the classroom of course. The lace and ruffles make the simple shape of the dress more playful and romantic. It is wrinkle friendly and you will know by now how much I appreciate that. A perfect dress to pack when you’re planning a romantic weekend à deux I’d say.

Let your past be a springboard for your future

A little black dress is also a good choice for Remembrance Day. Let me tell you a bit more about the history of this day and how we can take lessons from it for our daily lives.

At the end of WWII the Dutch decided to remember those who had died during the war with a ceremony, including 2 minutes silence, at 8 pm the evening before they’d celebrate their liberation, which was on the 5th of May 1945. Directly after the war there were 2 committees, one for the 4th of May and one for the 5th of May, because the general opinion was that you couldn’t and shouldn’t combine remembering and celebrating.

Over time though, this attitude has changed and in 1987 it was decided to combine the two, stating that it was only possible to celebrate freedom because of the lives fellow citizens had given for it. On the 4th of May we remember those who have made it possible to live in a country that values freedom, a democracy and human rights.

So let’s remember the past and above all, decide which positive learnings from the past we want to take with us for the future. Let’s make sure the past is seen as a springboard for the future, like is beautifully done every 4th and 5th of May. Let your past be a springboard for your future!*



*In case your past isn’t a springboard for your future yet, you may be happy to read that in the online-course “Create the life you want in 7 effective steps” (a training I have co-developed) cleaning up your past is a central part. You will get rid of limiting decisions and anxieties in this training and by doing so you make sure that your past works for you in a positive way. When you’re interested, make sure to use the following discount code for a 200 Euro discount: ctlintro200. This code is valid till the 1st of June 2018.

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    1. Thanks Nancy, I will. I am in Holland and we are having the most gorgeous weather! Wishing you a happy weekend too. Love, Lieske

  1. This is a beautiful lace embellished dress. Certainly not your ordinary little black dress. I really love it and the beautiful background that you chose for this. Very interesting, that course that you share. I will have to look into that. Although I must admit that my life is pretty good and in nice balance considering my illness.

    1. Thanks Elle, for your compliments on the dress and congrats on you having found the right balance in your life. That is just the best feeling and worth striving for! Happy Sunday. Love, Lieske

    1. Thank you for your compliment Kat. I feel chic indeed when wearing it! The good thing is that this dress is both chic and comfortable, so I am so happy I bought it. Love, Lieske

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