red pencil skirtRon and I went to the Jopenkerk in Haarlem which is a grand café / restaurant located in, what used to be, a church.  At this place they also brew a beer called Jopen, thus restoring the age-old Haarlem brewing tradition. It makes  a lovely background for pictures. Our goal for the morning was to learn how to take pictures indoors where it is dark. Seizing the opportunity to shoot outfit photos of my red pencil skirt for today’s post. View Post

long black circle skirt by Max Mara with yellow jumper (Zara), red suede shoes and a black belt also by Max MaraThis long black circle skirt by Max Mara is not easy to style. At least not for me. I tried it before (here with a green leather jacket) and I did not really like it that much. Perhaps because the colours were too somber together? Anyway, I hung the skirt in my closet. Together with the matching jacket. When I bought this skirt suit two years ago at the Max Mara outlet I combined it with a lime yellow shirt (as seen here). I thought it was a terrific 1940/1950 style. My husband Ron thinks the suit looks like I am dressed for a funeral. Hence this cheerful yellow jumper from Zara. At the end of this post you will see another combination. No… don’t jump right to the bottom… I am not putting effort into writing this post for you to skip it. Right, you are back. View Post

long red tunic sweater with white skinnies, little red bag and leopard pumps at FoodhallsThe Foodhallen (Foodhalls) in Amsterdam West. The place which Ron (husband) chose to photograph my red tunic sweater. For a long time not the best area of Amsterdam. As it often happens, this area is now up and coming. Which is why a daring project developer decided to transform the old City Tram Depot into a highbrow place where you can shop, eat, go to the cinema etc. All indoors. Like a small mall with a lot of style.  View Post

Flower skirt MM & blue sweater (39)_LRThis Max Mara flower skirt is the last skirt I bought at the outlet in Turin. I brought back half a suitcase full of good stuff. While trying everything on in Turin, Daniela handed me three boxy sweaters to go with the skirts and I thought they looked terrific. Trying them on again at home I chickened out. I only use one of them on an A-line skirt (still to show on the blog) and the rest on pencil skirts. We didn’t select a top for the skirt which you see today. I think that this blue sweater (brand Vanilia, seen before here) is nice with it as the grey in the skirt is a bit bluish. The belt is ancient. (Remember I said I never throw out belts or scarves?) The colour brown of the belt is exactly the same as the boots. (After seeing these photos I knew I should have kept the belt just a little bit lower….) View Post

Shopping Saturday 9 streets (3)_LRHi!!! Here we are again, three colleagues and friends who just love shopping. As soon as one shopping spree is over, we plan another one through our text message group called “Shopping Saturday”. See our previous “adventures” here, herehere and here. December 12, we decided to go shopping in the Nine Streets of Amsterdam. A beautiful neighbourhood with little shops, cafes, canals, old buildings and above all…. the best atmosphere. I have shown you the neighbourhood before (here and here). I had warned the girls that I was on a financial diet and had already broken my vow with buying “the bag“. The lesson I learned (well… already knew): don’t bring me into temptation. I cannot resist. View Post