Moss green dress by Bellamy Gallery

Moss green dressThat was a close call. These photos of my moss green dress were taken yesterday. I nearly had nothing to post. Luckily Ron was prepared to take the pictures and the weather wasn’t bad. Ron found a good spot where I would be protected from rain and wind: a small gazebo at the Elswout Estate in Overveen (adjacent to Haarlem). We will definitely go back there for more photos as they have phenomenal sites and buildings. In summer, when it is nice and green.

When we arrived the path to the gazebo was roped off. After completely ignoring this and two more rope blockings, we arrived at the gazebo and saw that the windows had been smashed. I looked it up: young drunks in the middle of the night. They were caught. Of course we didn’t damage anything while photographing.

Below: the photo on the left shows the gazebo in its full glory. On the right just after the crime. The window at the top right was smashed, one window right from the entrance and all windows at the left. Luckily they didn’t touch the round window at the side.

Gazebo Elswout

Top photo: as if they knew I was going to wear green, they had put a red (complementary colour) bench in the gazebo.

Below: “not that cold” is still cold enough to start testing the camera with the coat on. My hair was headstrong (pun intended). The air was still damp from the rain which is devastating for my hair. Every four photos I rushed to mirror and comb. Don’t for a minute think my lovely hair always looks lovely. Hard work.

Moss green dress

Below: the dress is by Bellamy Gallery, a brand I want to praise endlessly. Because they make do with little profit, provide sustainable clothes with a great fit, easy to wash, most things you don’t have to iron. And, important.. their prices are low. Advice for my Dutch readers: please check out their story and their webshop. They deserve our support. I bought a pair of blue easy trousers and a shirt from them. The white shirt underneath the dress is also by Bellamy Gallery (trying to let a little white sleeve peep from under the green).

Moss green dress

Below: the boots are old (6 years? 10 years?) and by Santoni. They were horribly expensive but they do last forever and are easy to walk on. OK, they are not completely modern, so the dress has to update the boots. As I was wearing a statement necklace I wore only little stud earrings and no bracelet (easy on the focus points).

Moss green dress

Below: Ron had crept through the bushes and was taking arty pictures through the window. Look… I am green because of the stained glass.

Moss green dress

Below: I quite like this one.

Below: in the meantime I had changed boots. Ron likes these over the knee boots best with the dress. I prefer the tan ones.

Moss green dress

Below: I explained to Ron that I am trying to find new poses. So he ordered me up on the bench and I started with the “hands on the hips” pose.

Moss green dress

Below: pose number 2. Hmmm…

Moss green dress

Below: pose number 3. After this one Ron refused to take another picture. He thought it was silly. There is no evidence of that, but by the look of pose number 3, he might be right…

Moss green dress

Below: his refusal made me laugh of course

Moss green dress

Below: another full length shot outside. I have to find a way to stop this dress from sliding to the back. Oh I know!! Dress tape of course!! The sticky straps used by movie stars to avoid undesirable exposure. Those straps are in my closet, totally forgotten.

Moss green dress

Below: we went to a picturesque bridge. The leopard scarf is thick and has beautiful tassles. It is ancient, about 25 years old. It was expensive, just like the tan boots, but price per wear makes it very cost efficient. Such a pity you never know this when you buy the item. Expensive isn’t always a good indicator.

Black Max Mara coat

Below: two close-ups of the necklace. Ron prefers the first because it is arty. I agree with him, but I also like the second one because it is so sharp. I love sharp photos.

The necklace is from Bella (Etsy shop of Citizen Rosebud). She does great vintage stuff.

Vintage necklace by Citizen Rosebud

Vintage necklace by Citizen Rosebud

Below: close-up of the bag by Ellen Verbeek. I only know her bags, but she sells shoes too.

tan bag by Ellen Verbeek

I really should treat this bag better. Leather needs TLC from time to time. Not with shoe polish, but with special leather treatment stuff (need to buy that). And while I am at it, why not treat those tan boots too….. Just found a tutorial for this on Wikihow. You’ve got to love internet. How did we manage in the old days? Oh yes, I remember, these handy tips were given from granny to mum to you.

Which boots do you prefer with this dress? The tan boots or the black OTK boots?

Greetje

Linking up with:

Patti of Not Dead Yet Style who prevents women of becoming invisible.

Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb who makes sure we can wear what we like.

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  1. 5 March 2017 / 17:13

    What a fabulous backdrop for your photos, Greetje!! I used to think that the location wasn’t important—I wanted to showcase the clothing. But I’ve definitely found that going different places can make the process so much more fun! Now if I could only do the same for mom & Nancy’s photos??? I’ll have to ponder that one!
    So I looked back at the outfits with the two different boots. And in my personal opinion, I think they both work. I like the brown because you see your legs more between dress & boots. And brown & olive green seem so complimentary.
    But then I like the black too! Because we know that black goes with everything. And I bet these boots are warmer for the colder days!!
    So see—really you have 2 easy, peasy outfits here!!
    And I use that dress tape occasionally. Maybe what i have is old, because it doesn’t seem to work that well all the time. I suppose another option could be to pin a scarf in place so that it’s pinned through the white shirt, dress & scarf—to keep it anchored??
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • 5 March 2017 / 18:04

      My dress tape works really well. It is by Magic Body Fashion: adhesive straps. I don’t want to work with scarves. I fight with them all the time. And often I think they make an outfit look old fashioned. Maybe it is because I buy the wrong scarves or cannot really handle them.
      I have to say that I appreciate the OTK boots too. At first I thought it was too muck of a solid block, because there was no skin in between. Then I saw the photos and they convinced me it looked good. As you say brown and olive green are very good together. I don

  2. Katrien
    5 March 2017 / 17:22

    The tan boots get my vote. Colors complement each other beautifully and I like that I can still see your legs. Gorgeous dress and love the necklace.

    • 5 March 2017 / 18:06

      And for such a low price. If you are over here, I will drag you to the shop. I have stopped now, but I was in and out of that shop for weeks: pencil skirts, tops, trousers, shirt, dress. It is all so inexpensive and so easy. Really good quality too.

  3. 5 March 2017 / 17:37

    Love the dress and the color is good for you. I also like the tan boots better, especially with the bag. Very cool necklace!!

    • 5 March 2017 / 18:07

      And I only bought the necklace so Bella could go to the vet with her cat. Haha. I browsed through her Etsy shop and found both this necklace and a white flower brooch. All of the stuff I bought at her vintage shop, gets much use.

  4. Rebecca
    5 March 2017 / 17:46

    First of all, I love the photos. Ron is very creative with the shots and you look great! This is an outfit I would wear today (if it weren’t below freezing in NYC!). The dress looks terrific with either boot but being a matchy matchy kind of girl, I do like the brown ones a bit more. The necklace is fun and adds a lot of interest to the outfit.

    • 5 March 2017 / 18:09

      With the over the knee boots I wore a legging underneath the dress. Add a heattech shirt and you could wear it below freezing. Very versatile. I will pass the compliments on to Ron. Thanks.

  5. Marianne
    5 March 2017 / 17:53

    I prefer the tan boots with that gorgeous olive dress, although the black works too. The tan seems to lift the whole outfit. I like the sharper photo of your white necklace too.

    • 5 March 2017 / 18:10

      It is a close call, both the two boots and the two pictures of the necklace. They are all nice. Glad you agree.

  6. shelagh
    5 March 2017 / 17:57

    I rarely wear green although I have green eyes… Love the olive green dress and I think both colours of boots work – makes two completely different outfits. I love your blog Greetje, always look forward to the next one! Shelagh

    • 5 March 2017 / 18:12

      Ah.. you just made my day Shelagh. It is so unreal to think there are so many women out there who really like my blog and I don’t even know them. Well… I am still enjoying creating the posts, so I hope to entertain you for a long, long time.

  7. mieke
    5 March 2017 / 18:26

    Of course I love this dress-I am an easy sell with olive green as I have olive green eyes. I prefer the color of the brown boots with the dress-not that I don’t love black. I love the necklace on you & will look at her Etsy shop.I wish this brand were in the US, I would love to check it out (& I just started a course on sustainable design, btw).

    • 5 March 2017 / 19:13

      Well, if that brand continues to grow, they might ship abroad as well. I mean, they have an awesome product for a ridiculously low price. What’s not to love? The only worry I have for their business is that their margin is so small, they might not survice because of that. We’ll see.

  8. Bette
    5 March 2017 / 19:15

    The necklace is so perfect with the neckline of the dress — I love it! I also had to smile about your hair and its lack of good behavior. I thought I was the only one!

    • 5 March 2017 / 20:22

      My hair is my Achilles’ heel, which is why I fuss over it so much. When the weather is damp (most of the times in The Netherlands) it goes straight down, flat against my skull… Not a pretty sight.

  9. 5 March 2017 / 20:00

    To be completely honest; I like the dress with both the dark OTK boots and the lighter brown ones. Usually I am drawn to one look over the other, but this dress is a chameleon and adapts well to different looks. That being said, the brown boots do ‘lighten’ up the overall image and I love that!

    Again…great setting…I agree that the bench was painted just for you, :). Really too bad about the vandalism. But a blessing there wasn’t more damage.

    • 5 March 2017 / 20:26

      I was convinced the tan boots were better. Until I saw the photos. I thought the dress with the OTK boots would make it a solid block. But actually it is rather modern. Now I cannot choose. Spoiled for choice I think the expression is.

  10. 5 March 2017 / 21:24

    Nice outfit, good photos. I may be old fashioned but I like clothes that last. Quality pays for itself over time. The tan boots are terrific and will always flatter you.

    • 5 March 2017 / 21:54

      Ally, I totally agree with you.

  11. 5 March 2017 / 21:43

    I love how Ron goes the extra mile to protect his model and get great shots. You’d wonder what anyone passing by would think seeing him peeking in the windows with a camera. And perhaps some laughter coming from inside. Hahaha! (But you were in luck having the area roped off.)

    And great modeling! My favourite shot is when you started to laugh after you gave up the posing. You truly get fantastic candid shots when you have someone else taking your photos. The human interaction loosens everything up naturally.

    Well, I can see that both boots work. The tan pair, oo-la-la, veeeery nice. But I prefer the black ones, they make the outfit more solid and modern to my eye, which is merely a personal preference. And I like the black boots with the tan bag, shaking it up a bit. Of course that piece from Bella is fantastic.

    • 5 March 2017 / 21:59

      Most votes go to the tan boots but I like them both. And I agree with you that the black boots outfit looks more modern. At first I thought it would be a solid block as no flesh was showing between dress and boots. Then I saw the photos and changed my mind.
      My niece who is a photographer told me years ago about your smile being more real with a person behind the camera. I am lucky that Ron wants to take the pictures.
      As for people passing… lots of them were.. all happily ignoring several rope blocks haha. They could see what was going on, so no strange thoughts. And if they had, they didn’t bother me in the least.

  12. Marilee Gramith
    5 March 2017 / 22:04

    Ooooo!!! This loden green is a great color on you Greetje! Ron found a faboo new photo site!! You both took wonderful advantage of all it had to offer too! The shots of you standing on the bench are really fun. I agree with Melanie that the last one where you weren’t posing was rhe best!!
    The shots of your necklace in the tree and your bag resting on the ground are terrific!!! Nice yummy texture!
    I. like both pair of boots equally. A black brooch or necklace would compliment the black boots perfectly!
    One of my favorite posts! !

    • 6 March 2017 / 17:18

      One of your favourite posts.. Oh that is a good score!!!
      I beg to differ though about the black brooch with the black boots. I feel I need the light arty necklace. Thanks for the compliments.

  13. 5 March 2017 / 22:06

    I do love those arty photos that Ron creates. He is a bit of a blog photographer super hero!

    I really like this outfit. Olive and caramel are gorgeous together.

    This is really one of my favourites of yours. Both for the entire outfit and the photos.

    Great job!

    bisous
    Suzanne

    • 6 March 2017 / 17:39

      This will please Ron no end. Thank you. I have passed your compliments on to him. Just yesterday he told me how much he specifically appreciates your opinion. Because he knows you and he knows you won’t flatter him but be honest. And there you are.
      The outfit is really a surprise to me to. Took me quite a while to style it. Boots and necklace were the key elements.

  14. Paula
    5 March 2017 / 22:23

    The moss green dress is a super color on you Greetje! My vote is for the brown boots
    with the dress as it shows a wee bit of leg.
    Another fun Sunday blog!

    • 6 March 2017 / 17:41

      I am for both pair of boots, but as most of you voted for the tan, I wore the outfit to the office today with the tan boots. No use asking for opinions and then ignoring them right? The black boots are a great option for cold weather though.

  15. 5 March 2017 / 23:07

    Oh, Greetje, I giggle my way through your posts. As a fellow blogger, I go through many of the same trial and error things in ‘posing’. And I always feel like such an idiot when I do the poses my husband asks me to do. I always tell him I feel like a tourist, not a blogger if I do what he wants.

    Anyway! On to your outfit. I prefer the brown boots because I love how beautifully they tie in with the bag and the scarf, and they add a little shine to the ensemble. The other boots are gorgeous, but a little too dark and matte with a dark matte dress. I love the necklace, of course, and as always, I appreciate Ron’s artistic eye in the photos. I appreciate your honesty about hair issues. That’s why I wore mine up in a bun for my last post… too much stress with the wind!

    Wishing you a lovely week! xx

    • 6 March 2017 / 17:43

      You and I are lucky with our photographing husbands ! My hair up in a bun is no option. I have a very small head then, resting on broad shoulders. Not a good option.
      Glad I made you giggle again. And I will pass the compliments on to Ron.
      Also appreciate your rationalisation of why not the black boots. I think you are right, but I keep them on the back burner for when it is really cold.

  16. 5 March 2017 / 23:13

    BEAUTIFUL YOU!YOU had me laughing when you were STANDING on the BENCH!

    • 6 March 2017 / 21:01

      My goal is achieved yet another time: I got you laughing. YAY

  17. Wendy
    5 March 2017 / 23:42

    I also look forward to reading your latests posts. I am also torn about the boots …. I persoanlly always love black but find the tan a nice compliment to your dress. I do enjoy reading about your adventures as you and Ron take your pictures …..

    • 6 March 2017 / 21:05

      I try to add something to just showing the outfit. But I am not as eloquent in English as I am in Dutch, which is a bit of a pity. I made the choice to publish in English as I thought my audience would be wider. Which it defnitely is. I decided to wear the tan boots with the dress, unless it is really cold. Then the over the knee boots are great. I quite like them with the dress for their modern vibe.

  18. Donna
    6 March 2017 / 00:53

    Greetje, I love this look… Dress, necklace and tan boots!

    • 6 March 2017 / 21:06

      And to think that dress and necklace were really inexpensive. It doesn’t have to cost much money to look good.

  19. Linda Henderson
    6 March 2017 / 01:14

    Always so fun and fashionable! Your blog arrives in my email box on Sundays and I always enjoy reading it. On the boots question, I prefer the tan boots but the above the knee boots look just fine too. You wear them well!

    • 6 March 2017 / 21:07

      I have a choice now. So I decided I would mainly wear the tan boots but if it is really cold I can wear the OTK boots as I like their modern vibe with the dress.

  20. 6 March 2017 / 08:38

    What a shame of the gazebo!
    I like the outfit best with the tan boots, the color of the dress is really nice. I like colors like that. And the necklace is beautiful!

    • 6 March 2017 / 21:08

      Green is good on me, just like red. I like both pair of boots but will probably wear the tan most of the time. The black ones are more for cold weather.

  21. Marjolein Bruens
    6 March 2017 / 09:31

    Love the green on you,i remember you had -back in the early days- always that colour eye-shadow.And when your colour was sold out…..hide yourself!! The boots….no question the tan ones looks the best!!

    • 6 March 2017 / 21:10

      Ah yes, my temper… Ssstt don’t tell, my readers don’t know about my bad temper haha. They think I always laugh and smile. Actually I still use this colour as eye shadow. Different brand, same colour. I am really boring when it comes to make-up.

  22. josep-maria
    6 March 2017 / 11:00

    What can I say about this dress? I’m sure you know my opinion perfectly, do not you? I like to see you in dresses, and you know that I love simple, basic dresses and simple elegance. I can say that the pendant is beautiful and that, perhaps, I prefer the outfit with the camel boots, matching the bag. You know that I’m a conservative classic … Precious photos (how much has your blog improved since I met you!).

    • 6 March 2017 / 21:13

      Oh yes, my blog has come a long way and will develop further as time will pass. Thank you very much for these compliments. You know more than anybody how I started haha. It looks easy but I really had a hard time styling this dress. I was wearing shoes with it and didn’t like it. Once I replaced them with knee boots: bingo. I tried ankle boots too but wasn’t impressed. The necklace is a bit of luck. I wanted more light at the top.

  23. 6 March 2017 / 12:18

    This is a great look on you and perfectly accessoried. My vote is for the brown boots as it goes so well with the green and it’s nice to get a glimpse at you sexy legs!

    • 6 March 2017 / 21:15

      I will wear this dress with the tan boots. Unless it is very cold. Then the OTK boots are great. Black legging and a heattech shirt and you have a warm dress outfit. Thank you for the compliments. It took me a while to style the dress. Didn’t like it with shoes or ankle boots. Suddenly it hit me: knee boots. Rest was easy.

  24. 6 March 2017 / 17:30

    This green frock suits you so well Greetje and Ron picked the perfect situation with the red bench which makes a super contrast. Oh bloody yobbos, they are everywhere, high on booze or drugs I suppose. I cannot understand what satisfaction they get from smashing something so senselessly. I love your statement necklace and I’d say I prefer the tan boots. My hair is just like yours, when people complain that their hair goes frizzy in the rain, I just wish it was a problem I’d have! Mine just goes flat….oh well, there are worse problems to have I suppose.

    • 6 March 2017 / 21:18

      Somebody who understands the hair problem. Glad to make your acquaintance haha. Yes mine goed flat too, giving me a little head on broad shoulders. Thanks for your opinion: the tan boots “won the competition by miles”. The black boots are good for cold weather and I like them too.

  25. 6 March 2017 / 21:41

    Greetje,
    Love this fabulous dress, and I am pleased you are supporting a very good company by purchasing it. That is so important ! It is fabulous on you, the color suits you well as does the length. I love the cognac boots, they are my favorite with this outfit, and I adore the artistic necklace too, just the right piece for a simple dress.
    Ron outdid himself. Love the red bench, and the shots off you through the shaded glass! Those lovely Gazebos, what a shame !
    xx, Elle
    http://www.theellediaries.com/blog/

    • 6 March 2017 / 22:16

      Since Ron started to take my pictures, the posts are getting better and better. I am very thankful for that.
      And yes, once I knew I had to style the dress with high boots instead of shoes, I was on the right track. Took me a while though. Bella’s necklace is a gem.

  26. 6 March 2017 / 23:51

    What a great dress, and photo shoot (so angry at those boys who vandalized the gazebo!) I always think your hair looks lovely – you make it look easy. I vote for the brown boots for the color, but no bad choices here. thanks for linking up, xo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

    • 7 March 2017 / 20:17

      I makeit look so easy to have my hair nice… yes that is the world of make-belief. I back comb my hair (really old fashioned) and I choose the best pictures. That is where I cheat a little with reality. But I do not photoshop my wrinkles. The tan boots have the most votes from everybody.

  27. 7 March 2017 / 00:45

    Like Melanie, I really like the photo of you where you gave up posing and started to laugh! The Gazebo is so pretty. It’s such a shame that there are people out there with no respect for other people’s property and would destroy something for no reason.

    As I commented on your IG, I do prefer the tan boots with the dress – they are both earthy colours that look very good with your blonde hair. The black ones are nice, but still my second choice. I agree with Ron about the photo of the necklace – even though some of the first photo is blurry, there is a section of the necklace that is sharp and in focus (selective focus) – nice work Ron!

    • 7 March 2017 / 20:19

      I think it is so nice of you to frequent my blog as much as you do. I always feel ashamed that I am not returning this gesture. I would love to do it more but I just don’t seem to have enough time. Thanks for your lovely comment.

  28. 7 March 2017 / 09:40

    Everything in your outfit is very my taste and those Santoni boots are fantastic! Their colour is my favourite for boots. I am not surprised that, despite the age they look good. Someone says that a good-quality leather item shows its best sides after ten years of life…
    Perfect necklace for the green dress!

    • 7 March 2017 / 20:20

      See what you have accomplished by pointing out that I didn’t wear any dresses anymore? I am back on track and loving it.

  29. 8 March 2017 / 16:22

    Great photos, as always. I always look forward to the communication that you describe between you and Ron during photo shoots.

    I like both pairs of boots with your dress, but the tan boots are my favorite. I like the contrast with your moss green dress. I found a moss green trench coat at an estate sale recently, and I think I will try my tan boots with it. Thanks for the idea!

    • 8 March 2017 / 19:23

      That is what we bloggers do, if we do it right: we inspire. Although that is not the purpose of MY blog. Mine is to entertain, to make you smile or laugh. Using outfits, clothes, shoes and shopping as a vehicle.

  30. 9 March 2017 / 00:46

    I just browsed the Bellany Gallery site, and now I wish I could be a Dutch woman for a while, beautiful site. And this dress is absolutely stunning and so flattering. I would wear this a lot! I prefer the tan boots as well although your darker OTK boots look really nice too, so there you go . . . you have a very versatile dress.
    Another beautiful background the two of you found, love the photos of you on standing on the red bench (crazy lady). I was wanting to grab that beautiful leather purse right off your arm, WOW, that leather looks so soft and priceless.
    I say this to my kids all the time, what did we do without the internet, it’s total instant gratification and instant knowledge. But I’m also grateful I grew up with that hand-me-down form of knowledge as well.

    • 9 March 2017 / 20:17

      I agree Trina, we probably had the best of both worlds. For us everything went upwards. As far as Bellamy Gallery is concerned: I will let you know if they start shipping to the USA.

  31. 9 March 2017 / 07:25

    Loving this look Greetje – but I’m with Ron;-) I love the black over the knee boots with the dress – prob even nicer with a black or green bag 😉

    Super cute pictures. I’m in a picture strife right now as need ones of a special topic but can’t get any pics taken until the weekend – argh…fortunately I have Fashion Week material to post up over my ears – hehe!

    XOXO Yvonne
    http://www.funkyforty.com

    • 9 March 2017 / 20:18

      Haha, yes it is a hobby to me, this blog, but I still feel commited to all the women who follow me, to deliver every week. And sometimes that is a struggle with my real full time job. Oh and although everybody loves the tan boots, I haven’t ruled out the black ones. I will wear the black ones when it is colder.

  32. 9 March 2017 / 18:07

    I love this green color myself and it look fabulous on you. I have to agree with you that I prefer it with the tan boots. The olive green and the tan are such great mixes. Love your necklace too.
    Nora

    • 9 March 2017 / 20:20

      Yes the tan and green certainly is a good combination. But the black has a modern vibe. Doesn’t really matter does it? So I have two pairs to choose from. What is the downside of that? None.

  33. 15 March 2017 / 21:01

    Kudos to Ron for selecting this location and he has such a Fabulous model to work with too. . .
    I have not been here in awhile and missed reading your blog. Now blogging at Madam Too Much.

    • 15 March 2017 / 21:53

      Thank you dear. Good of you to drop by again. Hope you enjoyed yourself. I will pass the compliments on to Ron.

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