This red sweater plus belt was a find in a lovely shop in Amsterdam, called Young Designers United (YDU).
As you can read on their website they are a shop where the collections of young and upcoming fashion designers are sold for affordable prizes. You get unique pieces at a really nice price.

Of course, like all fashion designers, they aim at the young and lovely. And I might convince myself I am the latter, but I certainly am not young. Still, I have found at least 5 pieces there which I wear regularly without thinking I am dressed too young. One of the pieces is a necklace and you cannot go wrong there haha.

The trousers are by La Dress  La Dress . Funny.. dress, trousers. They sell mainly dresses all over the world and they are very good. These trousers are called “Paris” (€ 76). Unfortunately they are not on their website anymore.

Let the photos do the rest of the talking.

 

 

The belt can be fastened at any width as it closes with press-studs all the way round. Drawback is that it is always skew.

 

 

I bought this bracelet in Milan, two years ago and do not wear it much. Usually there is already so much going on as in necklace or print or design that the bracelet becomes too much. With this sweater I think it is just right.

Till tomorrow.
Greetje

A ladylike outfit today. A black D & G suit. It used to have a normal buckle, but I lost that somewhere.
Dry cleaners perhaps? Or just in the street? You would expect more quality from a brand like this.
Never mind. I put a rhinestone brooch in its place and added some more brooches. Three in the first photo and 2 in the second.
Perhaps I should have worn 4 brooches plus the buckle brooch.

The skirt was taken in by a guy in the D & G shop who had absolutely no idea of tailoring. Why do they put such bad staff in such expensive stores? The two 18-year old shop assistants looked at me when I walked out, as if I was dirt under their shoes. I had to have the suit, which I loved, but will never buy there again.
I want to feel loved as a customer when I part with my money.

The bag is another story. I was tempted by a bag article on 40plusstyle blog and found out I cannot buy this brand in The Netherlands (Coach). It took me several emails and phonecalls, and in the end it was shipped off.
Conveniently I forgot customs. I always do. A friendly note from DHL explaining the costs was enough never to order in the USA again. Fortunately I love the bag. It is really nice. Hopefully I will feel this way for life at this price.

(I feel a bit like Dita von Teese in this suit. Wishful thinking.)

 

Until tomorrow. Hope you will visit me then as well.
Greetje

As the title explains, I am going out on a limb here. Because I am going to tell you all my secrets on how I keep my youthful appearance.
Photos
Don’t be deceived by pretty photographs: … for every published photo I discarded 30 photos because they made me look terrible.

Hair
My hair is awful. It is thin and I don’t have much of it. The trick is a good hair dresser. I go there every 6 week to have my hair dyed and cut. And in between those visits, my neighbour dyes my roots. I wash it twice a week and use all sorts of products to give it volume. Every day I brush and back-comb my hair.

Face
OK, I know I have wrinkles, but for age 58, almost 59 I am not doing bad, am I? There are reasons for that. Some people have good genes, but I have not. When I was 40 my eye-lids were sagging. They were leaning on my eyelashes. People inquired whether I was feeling allright. When I answered “Yes I am, thank you”, they replied: “Well, you don’t look like it. You look tired”.
I took a good look at my father and saw my future….. it was going to get a lot worse.
Plastic surgery solved the problem: big eyes again.
Ten years later, same sort of thing happened: I got a very sad and tired face. My skin was hanging below my jaws as if it was going to fall off. And my neck… like a turkey! (Thanks daddy, for those genes.)
Plastic surgery solved that problem too: half a facelift performed on the lower part of my face.

Figure
I never had a waist but last year that part of my body was bulging out instead of going in. Age thingy.
Plastic surgeon liposucked my waist and took off 7,5 cm.
Even after getting the waist I never had, I usually wear bodyshapers as they keep everything so nicely in its place. Nothing to worry about when you buy a tight, stretchy dress or jacket. I do pay attention to my lingery though. The whole picture has to look appetizing to my husband, bodyshapers or not.
And of course I am careful with food. I eat: healthy, home-cooked, very little sugar, no cookies (besides on festive occasions) etc. so I don’t gain weight. I have a whole wardrobe as incentive to keep the same size.

Suppleness
For 6 years I was doing tummy excersizes (620 to be precise) every day at 5.15 AM. Now I am down to 3 x a week (350),still at 5.15 AM.
I am doing fitness at the fitness school for the past 8 years, twice a week, an hour each time.Those are my secrets. I am very curious to know how you are going to react on this.Herewith a film of the brand Dove about models and photoshopping. Film (1 minute 14 s):       Our distorted view on beautyBecause, believe it or not…. although I have done all of the above en although making myself more beautiful is my passion, I know, really I know, that the most important thing in my life is love. Call me sentimental.

Me in 2008. A happy rubber ball with short hair. Bad photography can also make you look younger.

Greetje

When I saw this jacket on the sales assistant I thought it was sóó cute. Of course it was.
She was 5 ft 4 (1 meter 65) and I am 5 ft 74 (1 meter 75). Oversized stuff always looks cute on small girls.
So why didn’t I realize that it would not necessarily look good on me?
I have no idea. Total blanc, I suppose.
Apart from that, she wore the jacket in black and I decided to go “for something different” and chose grey.

Grey is not my colour. Not at all.
Boxy, wide, long jackets are not flattering for my figure.

I have bought so many things to make this jacket work, it would have been a lot cheaper if I had thrown in the towel immediately and gave it to my niece. I am sure she agrees as she loves this jacket.

Here we go…. (they are photos from some time ago, so some of them are not the best).

The above combination was not half bad in my opinion.
To me, you can wear anything with jeans. Combined with high heeled grey boots and the blouse, I felt I did well. The comments were contradictory. Some thought the world of it, some thought it was wrong to add such a feminine blouse or to wear it with jeans. I wasn’t sure.

The grey boyfriend jacket outfit with the hat is my favourite combination. But not everybody likes (off)white boots over trousers with mature woman. It this too much cheergirl-style? Could be. What do you think?
I love the hat, but you don’t always wear it, especially not indoors. I did once and had such a laugh with one of my colleagues. She had the funniest break-down speech ever and ended by saying: “Never mind dear, you know what they say, it is the inner you that counts”. By that time my tummy was aching from laughing.

What can I say of the above? I tried to add a colour that did suit me. But I don’t like this combination, although I have no idea what is wrong with it.

You will see more of my trials with this jacket in the near future.

Sleep well or have a nice day.
Greetje

I know I should have resisted buying this jacket, but I am weak.
Saturday I was in Amsterdam with a friend, “doing” the shopping area called “the nine streets”. This is one of the nicest shopping areas you can image. We only covered three streets from 11 to 15.00 hours. Of course we went for coffees and lunch as well, but every shop, one after another is só nice, you cannot pass it.

We were talking about our pitfalls and I told her that my biggest pitfall is always falling for clothes that really stand out, that draw attention. Buying such items gives me a wardrobe full of pieces which cannot be combined as they compete with oneanother. I need basics and the creativity to make good combinations and add a twist. (I am bad at that, really bad.)
I had just finished telling her this, when I saw the jacket in the window, went in and bought it.

Arguments against:
Is this jacket basic? No.
Is this jacket easy to combine with other clothes? No.
Can I wear it much without the risk of people saying “here she is again with her lemon green jacket”? No.

Arguments in favour:
Do I love this jacket? Yes.
Is this colour a right colour for me? Yes.
Is this shape, the right shape for me? Yes.
Do I “need” another top to fully use these trousers? Yes.

4 Argument in favour and 3 against. Case closed.

 

 

 

Till tomorrow.
Greetje