Isabel Marant necklaceThere it is, my Isabel Marant necklace, present from Ron when we were in Maastricht. It is such an unusual thing. The cream leather strings can move up and down and by doing so, the golden part in the middle will sit lower or higher on your body. I fell in love with it. As the jeweller (Clio) gave details about the necklace, in my mind I could see the price going up and up. Turned out it was affordable. I was ready to purchase when Ron beat me to it. View Post

Diane von Fürstenberg colour block tunicWhat are the odds of finding a Diane von Fürstenberg colour block tunic when you are looking for it at a second hand sale? Not too great I would say. Nevertheless I did. One of my friends whom I hadn’t seen for a year (terrible), got in touch and we decided to go to the Designer-Vintage Sale at the Amstel Hotel. Don’t think “ ah bargains” as the stuff might be second hand, but it still is designer stuff. I oogled the price tag of a pretty black bag: € 4.000, Chanel. I mean… really? Fortunately there were less dramatic prices too.  View Post

Red sweater and a green faux fur coatCatherine of Not Dressed as Lamb was in town. A blogger whom I have been following since 2012 and whom I met twice before. What to wear?? Would a red sweater and a green faux fur coat go together? These choices were practical. I needed something casual to go with sneakers as it was wet and very windy. I didn’t want to risk any of my lovely leather shoes in the rain. And the faux fur coat might not be an obvious choice (rain and hairy things??) but it has a hood. With the fierce wind an umbrella would be useless. That is how the outfit came together.  View Post

Citytrip to MaastrichtPart two of our citytrip to Maastricht will show you more pictures of the beautiful historic town. Narrow streets, castle, big stone bridge, lovely little shops, good food, lots of trees … what is not to love about Maastricht. Oh, I forgot the friendly people. Of course most tourists only see Amsterdam, which has my big love too, but I could easily live in Maastricht as well. Although I wouldn’t be able to understand them. Their speech is very different from standard Dutch. View Post

Citytrip to MaastrichtWe were supposed to go to Paris in September for a couple of days. Dog sitter was arranged, the invitation to the big brocante market Chatou had arrived (remember last year?)… and Ron got a kidney stone. Very painful for a couple of days, hospital etc. but fortunately in 5 days he was back on his feet. Only the kidney stone is still there and will be removed in October. You can imagine that he doesn’t really want to go too far away in case the darned stone decides to descend again. Instead of Paris we opted for a 2 days citytrip to Maastricht. This is a magnificent old town in the deep south of our country, 2 1/2 hours drive from where we live (that is far for us Dutch). View Post