I adore these red cowboy boots. My husband bought them for me. Really to go with a lime yellow dress he also bought me, but that is another story.

This weekend I was photographing outfits like crazy as you never know in Holland when the light will disappear again. So I was in and out of the house in between showers. (It rained a lot.) Also in and out of clothes, and when I came into the living room half dressed, half naked, my husband stuck his thumb up and said:”Great hobby”. LOL

These photos however were made a while ago, when I just came home from the office. No time to do my hair (…. bad mistake..)

Hope you like this outfit as well. The top is by Sarah Pacini, the bag by VOI, the boots by Sendra.
The pendant is a Victorian wax stamp. Also a present from my husband. He is very good to me.

Till tomorrow. (I have to find a better and more original way of ending my articles.)
Greetje

To show you that I take you seriously, I have tried a couple of the things you advised me:

  1. paired my lemon green jacket with jeans
  2. pinned up the skirt of my D&G suit (you can see the pins in the photos.. hihi)
  3. tried my D&G suit with more colour at the top

The lemon green jacket with the jeans is no problem. I really like it. These jeans were inexpensive and from an unknown brand but they are even better than my 7For all mankind. Which is why I photographed my bum   so conspicuously.
I have also paired this jacket with my little black dress, which you will see another time.

I am not so sure about taking up the skirt, though. I think it makes the suit more ordinairy. The longer skirt gave it something special in my opinion. Or am I the only one who thinks this?

Colour at the top of the black suit is not simple as the buckle doesn’t sit in the middle Which makes a longer necklace a bit awkward. A short necklace will hardly be seen due to the lapels. Perhaps a simple short gold (= shiny) necklace? But will that match the new “buckle” of rhinestones?
The scarfs in the photos are not something I would wear. I think it makes me look old (-fashioned).
Darned, why did I lose that buckle (it was black)……

Well dears, have a go at it. I am anxious to hear your comments.

 

 

 

 

Sleep well or have a nice day.
Greetje

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 beauty. Because, 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