New car, leopard top and purple coat

New car en leopard in outfit 9Well… that was rather a quick decision process. A new car. See the grin on my face? I could not stop smiling the whole day. It is an Italian car, an Alfa Romeo MiTo, off-white (creamy) with a black roof. Candy-like with a sporty / manly vibe.

Embarrassing….. but again it is a present from my husband. And I even asked for this present. (Now…, what did mummy taught us??? Never to ask or you will get nothing. Sorry mum, it worked this time.)

A few months ago the bottom of the treasure chest was in sight due to my excessive spending behaviour. I had not saved a penny to replace my car which was 6 years old. As my husband was earning his money quite easy (in my jealous view) I asked him whether he could provide me with a replacement should my car croak. (In my defense -although not really- this is the first time in 25 years I have asked for anything.)

He immediately said yes, and wanted to give one straight away. That was not necessary as my old car was still doing fine. Only, when he has this idea in his head……  It was either accepting a new car now, this year, or running the risk of no new car when I need one.

What would you have done? Right…. I did the same. I said “yes dear, thank you very much”. Which is why you see these photos of my leopard top etc. situated around my new car.  My nextdoor neighbour was kind enough to take the pictures.

As you will see later on, my pose on the hood failed miserably. I am not that kind of girl hahaha. New car en leopard in outfit 2Below: a clear shot of the car, dressed in my purple coat.New car en leopard in outfit 5Above and below: the sunglasses are for more Italian effect.New car en leopard in outfit 7Below: the boots are ancient. I cannot remember buying them. They are still so comfortable. Nice to walk on in the weekend (no high heels) going into town (which I did not… too much temptation as there are shops in town).New car en leopard in outfit 8Below: As you can see, enough room inside, black leather seats.New car en leopard in outfit 6Below:  posing on the hood as a pit stop babe, really failed, but the neighbours and me had a good laugh over it.On the carGreetje

PS if you want to see a whole lot of lovely shoes: have a look at Bella’s Shoe Shine post.
Or check out lots of women dressed in plaid at Mis Papelicos’ Share-in-Style.



  1. 18 November 2013 / 07:39

    Wow love the new car Greetje. Very stylish. Your outfit is great too and I think the ‘babe’ pose would have worked brilliantly if only you had stopped smiling and wet your lips a bit and looked to the camera like a secuder haha!

    • Greetje
      18 November 2013 / 09:02

      Hahaha, I tried that as well, but all the neighbours started laughing LOL.

  2. Happiness at Mid Life
    18 November 2013 / 07:43

    You do look so happy with your new ride! I would too if my hubby buys me a new car 🙂 Love this outfit and layering the shorter sleeve with the long sleeve 🙂 The purple and brown looks really good together.


    • Greetje
      18 November 2013 / 09:03

      Purple and brown was a new combination for me too. I just wanted to wear my new coat as I was getting chilly from taking the photographs. And again an outfit with short sleeves and long sleeves. I must have gotten used to it. LOL

  3. 18 November 2013 / 13:08

    Wow, Greetje!! My car just turned 7… means I should get a new one 😉

    And a matching, stylish outfit too! You know how much I love leo prints and everything wrapped – great with your trousers (which look like leather trousers) and boots.

    Great post and your neighbour is good at taking photos 🙂
    Have a great week and always drive safe…

    Annette | Lady of Style

    • Greetje
      18 November 2013 / 19:21

      My husband even had heating installed in the drivers’ seat haha. A warm bum in winter. Great. The trousers are not leather (alas..), but the boots are up to my knees and make up for that.
      And all the neighbours are nice in my street. Not nosy but terribly friendly.

  4. 18 November 2013 / 17:33

    Congrats on your new car! Alfa is a GREAT car, good choice. Me and husband are ‘lusting’ over the Giulietta among other cars but we promised ourselves to use our 9 year old Volvo to the ground 😉 Truly build to last. Anyway, you my dear are looking chic! This tapered look suits your lanky frame, how lucky!


    • Greetje
      18 November 2013 / 19:23

      Well, we all make the most of what we are given. Legs is my department..
      And I would have worn my old Alfa (a 147) to the ground as well (only 143.000 kilometers old) but this offer was too good to refuse haha.
      Love Volvo too.

  5. Marianne
    18 November 2013 / 19:08

    WOW I LIKE your new friend Romeo. Did you put this outfit on just to match your car, because it works. And I will be the lucky one to be your co-pilot on our ladies day. Lucky me.

    • Greetje
      18 November 2013 / 19:26

      No, I did not put this outfit on to match the car haha. I needed flat boots to drive and I have two pair which look nice. The brown one pair being one of them.
      When choosing the car, I did bear in mind that I needed enough room in the boot to transport your wheels. Let’s test it next Saturday.

  6. 18 November 2013 / 20:49

    The car is really wonderful Greetje, and you deserves it! Have you ever thought how lucky is your husband to have a smiling woman as you, beside?
    You are the most cute pit stop babe I have ever seen!
    Very beautiful coat. ( I have probably already said it last week ) Its bright colour really suits you!

    • Greetje
      18 November 2013 / 23:01

      If I tell Ron he has to be thankful and think himself lucky for having me, a woman who smiles a lot,…. Oh my… he would have so many (funny) things to say to that. Hahaha.
      I won’t give him the chance to joke about it. I would have to listen to it for years. (The easiest one is: “so you think your smile can earn you a car hmmm? Well well…” but then funnier, as he is funnier than I am.)

  7. Rosemary
    18 November 2013 / 21:27

    The purple coat is lovely, and those boots! They are divine. Absolutely perfectly, quietly divine. Perfect colour, fit and comfort.

    Glad you like the car. I don’t have any love affair with cars. Just want them to work. But I’m glad that you were a good girl and learned at your mother’s knee to ask for what you want. Surprisingly, so many people don’t do that, and then complain that no one understands them. Ridiculous!

    Much love from England, your pal,
    Rosemary from

    • Greetje
      18 November 2013 / 22:57

      No no, my mother taught me NOT to ask for presents. But I am a bold girl (after 25 years of marriage and knowing what a generous man my husband is).
      And I don’t blame you for not loving cars. Glad you like my boots.

  8. 18 November 2013 / 21:58

    Oh my goodness, Greetje, this post made my day. How fun! I love your hood poses. I see modeling in your future 🙂
    Yes, the car is a big hit, but the BOOTS…OMG!!!!
    Is it pathetic that I notice fashion more than vehicles? :/

    • Greetje
      18 November 2013 / 22:51

      No is it not pathetic… I would do exactly the same. Only today I am more focussed on the car. LOL
      And modeling in the future?? hahaha that will be the day.

  9. 18 November 2013 / 22:40

    Congratulations on the new car Greetje!!!!! It’s amazing!!!!
    Also your outfit is related to the car 😉 Amazing and stylish!!!
    I love your funny poses, you look young and happy.

    All the best, my dear

    • Greetje
      18 November 2013 / 22:50

      Truth is… I am middle aged and happy. LOL

  10. 18 November 2013 / 23:59

    Beautiful car and beautiful girl, appears an advertisement in a magazine 🙂 Seriously, the car is great and you’re beautiful with your car, and your look 🙂 I love the sweater and pants, is a gorgeous look. Your boots are great, and everything is great with the purple coat. Your husband is unique, right? Lucky you! Although he also has a great chance to have you by his side.

    • Greetje
      19 November 2013 / 19:59

      Haha Josep-Maria, Dan said something similar about my husband. I passed it on to him last night. That was fun. “Well”, he said “isn’t that reversing things a bit?” Haha. He thinks I smile so much BECAUSE he treats me so well.

  11. 19 November 2013 / 05:59

    So glad you didn’t listen to mummy this time, otherwise we wouldn’t have this blog post to enjoy and give us all a laugh for the day. I simply love how exciting you make life and every moment in it appear as if it’s the best moment ever. You most definitely have a wonderful man in your life and you truly know how to talk the talk.
    I’m thinking these photo’s need to be sent in to Alfa Romeo Mito’s head quarters. I mean come on, they are some wonderful advertising photo’s.

    • Greetje
      19 November 2013 / 20:00

      Hahahahaha… You got me in stitches now…. Hahahaha.

  12. Heather
    19 November 2013 / 15:18

    Oh Greetje,
    You look absolutely fabulous (as always, of course !) draped across the car like that ! I am so envious …… enjoy it and your wonderful clothes. Next time we are in Europe I will persuade my husband to have a couple of days in Amsterdam so I can shop with you – I need a lot of help shopping, and all the little shops you showed on your post about the 9 streets are lovely. I will start saving so I can splurge …..

    • Greetje
      19 November 2013 / 20:02

      I would be glad to show you around and help you shop. What do you think? Would you be in Amsterdam on May 8-11, when there will be more readers (two so far). Or would you be here on another date?

  13. Heather
    19 November 2013 / 20:20

    Thanks Greetje. No, next May we are already committed to a trip later in the month which can’t be moved. Maybe in the fall, depending on how much time we have. So annoying to have to live with full time work – cuts into my vacation plans ha ha !

    • Greetje
      19 November 2013 / 22:13

      I know what you mean.LOL. Perhaps the beginning of September? We will see.

  14. 19 November 2013 / 22:40

    Wahoo…that is a sexy looking car! What fun for you. I’m glad you shared the failed attempts at modeling as a pit-stop babe. So cute! Those boots are definitely a pair to hang on to for a long time. They’re so unique with the ties. Awesome!

    • Greetje
      20 November 2013 / 17:18

      I think I already have those boots for 7years or so.
      And I like to share photos which make you laugh.

  15. Elle
    20 November 2013 / 00:53

    Wow, Greetje,
    I love your new car and love the way your have outfitted yourself to match the glamour and luxury of this new purchase. Vroom…!
    XX, Elle

    • Greetje
      20 November 2013 / 17:18

      Hahaha. Thank you Elle.

  16. Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
    21 November 2013 / 15:27

    Hahaha you are the perfect car model Greet……I can’t measure how wide is that mischievous grin on your face!!!!


    • Greetje
      21 November 2013 / 17:57

      It could have been wider hadn’t I such a small mouth haha.

  17. 22 November 2013 / 03:22

    Yay, congrats on the new car! And I love those last pics of you – you look like you’re having so much fun!

    • Greetje
      22 November 2013 / 06:16

      Yes I was and yes I am. Those pictures were meant to make you smile. So I hope that is what they did.

  18. 22 November 2013 / 16:04

    How exciting! Wearing leopard print with your new care is perfection. An Alfa Romeo was the dream car that my husband always wanted. Though that did not happen, when I see you enjoying your gorgeous ‘ride,’ I was especially happy for you.

    Your poses are not a ‘fail,’ but the expression of a woman who loves life and isn’t afraid to show it! Congratulations on your new car and on the loving relationship that you and your husband portray.

    • Greetje
      22 November 2013 / 19:24

      Thank you Judith. That is so sweet of you. It might have been bitter-sweet to you. Shame Nelson never had “his” car. I had no idea that Americans even considered small cars. I thought you all drove around in great big cars. Parking space enough.

    • Greetje
      23 November 2013 / 08:51

      Isn’t it just? I am a very happy girl (well…. middle aged woman feeling like a girl).

    23 November 2013 / 00:01

    great pics and awesome outfits

    • Greetje
      23 November 2013 / 08:51

      Much praise Marla. Thank you.

  20. Ann
    23 November 2013 / 04:09

    Hello–I finally got the page to load!!!!!

    Now we are talking here! What a fine car indeed. You are looking all sassy in your purple coat along side this sexy ride. Super cute in the olive pant and top not to mention the cool boot. Old or new these are winners. I do enjoy your posts. This one is so fun and entertaining!

    blue hue wonderland

    • Greetje
      23 November 2013 / 08:53

      My main goal Ann… entertaining people and especially my blog visitors.
      I am so glad you got through. I am still negotiating with my server host. Not knowing what the problem is of not loading my blog, makes it so difficult.
      And I am glad you liked the outfits.

  21. 23 November 2013 / 18:44

    Your boots, your belt, wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
    Really edgy ensemble, my dear Greetje, yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Love your new car ( I don´t distiguish one car from another. I am car blind, lol)
    Just back still smelling of baby´s new life aroma.
    Love and sunshine weekend, my friend

    • Greetje
      23 November 2013 / 20:21

      Again congratulations with your grandchild. Is everything well with mother and child?
      I can imagine you’ve had a lovely time.

  22. 24 November 2013 / 15:57

    love the animal print, so fun!!

    • Greetje
      24 November 2013 / 18:09

      Thank you for the compliment. At the moment I am very into animal print. Even though my husband really dislikes it haha.

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