Black&white big sweater and skinnies

Black & white Perfectly Basics 4
Oh gosh, fall was here the day I took these pictures. Which meant: COLD and taking photos indoors. In my tiny house with no space and no light whatsoever in dark days. Being a bad photographer anyway, this is a real challenge. Looking at the pictures I can think of two solutions: 1) taking more lessons or 2) having more pictures taken by Alexandra, my “private” photographer LOL.

I must have taken 100 photos and deleted them nearly all as soon as they were uploaded. There are only 4 photos left to show you and even they are not what you call a sharp contrast. What a nightmare.
OK… let us put things into perspective now.

  1. Is it really a nightmare when your blogpost is not as nice as it could be?   No, it is not.
  2. Am I aiming to go professional with this blog?  No, I am not.
  3. Will you stop looking at my blog if I provide bad photos?   Hmm… you might do…

Well fooks, if you do stop coming to my blog, it will leave me with more time to visit yours AND read a book. (This is beginning to sound pretty good. LOL) All kidding aside, I will do my utmost to improve the pictures. 

Over to the outfit: the sweater is by Repeat, a brand known for their cashmere sweaters and scarves. They ship to quite a number of countries within Europe but apparently not to the US. Sorry.
The skinnies are by Max Mara. Oh how I love that brand. These skinnies are the most wonderful trousers I have ever had. I broke the vow I made to myself and spent money on more skinnies. You have seen the green coated ones last week and I have a similar pair in burgundy.

The booties are by Panara, an unexpected pleasure. I knew they were not bad and the price was steep, but boy are they worth it. You don’t even feel you are walking on high heels. Terrific. Dutch design, produced in Italy.

As for the necklace….. how many times have you seen this before? I like it so much I tried to buy it in red and green too. However the store is in Rome and they did not reply to my letter. Yes I wrote a l-e-t-t-e-r. They have no website and they do not answer the phone. I therefore wrote an old-fashioned letter. Alas. So if you are going to Rome ….???

Black & white Perfectly Basics 2

Black & white Perfectly Basics 1As you can see, the sweater is longer at the sides and has little zippers in the side seams. To no other purpose than to please the eye.Black & white Perfectly Basics 5
One consolation for me: vague photos don’t show wrinkles that much. LOL



  1. Elle
    15 December 2013 / 21:48


    Love this sweater! I can certainly see it well enough, so don’t be worried about the photos,although I am the same way. This swaeqtre very chic , and like something one of the fabulously expensively Japanese designers would do.
    I am so glad you got those coated jeans in Burgundy! You will not regret those!
    XX, Elle

  2. Elle
    15 December 2013 / 21:50

    Erg, I make so many typing mistakes on my Ipad. I meant your sweater!
    Enjoy the holiday season!
    XX , Elle

    • Greetje
      16 December 2013 / 21:13

      Thanks Elle for your lovely compliments. I have to visit your blog too. It has been weeks. I am so busy. Will do… promiss.

  3. 15 December 2013 / 22:10

    Another fantastic, conversation piece sweater! Love this on you Greetje…and might I add I’m jealous of your legs since mine are very short – barely a 28 inch inseam.

    • Greetje
      16 December 2013 / 21:15

      I agree I was lucky in that department. But we all have our strong points and so do you. So far I have always seen a very good looking woman on your blog.

  4. 16 December 2013 / 03:40

    Greetje, You could have a blog post without any pictures and I would still follow you, just your stories and a fun visit is worth you having a blog. You are definitely the most entertaining of us all. But seriously, these photo’s are not bad at all being that you took them indoors, which is extrememly tricky.
    Now for the outfit, I guess since Repeat does not ship to the U.S. it’s just another excuse for me to get over there. Beautiful sweater (is it cashmere?) If I looked as good as you do in skinnies, I would keep purchasing them also. But the splurge on your booties, well, you were right, well worth every penny. Those are absolutely gorgeous and will go with every item you own. Good choice, my friend.

    • Greetje
      16 December 2013 / 21:25

      You and me and shoes… haha. Please do come over next year. We will have a ball. And yes Repeat has cashmere in it. I don’t think it is completely cashmere, but it might be.
      Actually I know quite a few funny writing bloggers. Like Lisa from Respect the Shoes and Jan from Fort Smith Stylista and Catherine from Not Dressed as Lamb and Suzanne from Suzanne Carillo Style Files. And you have a good “pen” too. I have to write in a language which is not my own, which makes it harder.

  5. 16 December 2013 / 04:26

    First of all your photos are great! Love the curtain, the outfit, and the shoes! Everything, actually. And your writing is so charming you could show us nothing but blurry phone images and we’d still all read and love what you do!

  6. Ann
    16 December 2013 / 05:53

    I think these pictures are fine, I can see your outfit. Inside is hard especially in the winter with low light. You probably need some photo lights. It’s been so cold here too. So many of my pictures are taken where we can drive our car up and get back in to warm up. That last set we stepped in and out of a door to warm up. My up coming post I was so cold I had to go home and take a bath!

    I love this sweater and your jeans look like beauties. I think it’s best, like you did, to buy the really good ones if you can because you wear them until they wear out. I also like bright yellow as an accent these days too. Really great boot, they would look good with many outfits. Interesting shape of this sweater, looks creative and handcrafted.

    blue hue wonderland

    • Greetje
      16 December 2013 / 21:31

      I have always been a fan of yellow with black (loved your bracelt).
      No, the sweater was not handcrafted. One of my colleagues complains she thinks I look all head and legs in this outfit. She prefers fitted clothes. I like both.
      And yes you are right. Photo lights would be great. I just have such a small house. Where will I put it?

  7. 16 December 2013 / 10:19

    Only recently I wrote about the challenge of taking photos in winter. Although we have snow, luckily we have very good weather with blue sky and lots of sunshine here in the mountains which makes it easy to take photos outside – even limited to certain hours per day.
    But don’t worry, I recently deleted a whole photoshoot because I didn’t like a single photo… and I don’t blame my photographer for that 😉

    Anyways, your sweater is great, I love the oversized look with skinnies.

    Have a good week,
    Annette | Lady of Style

    • Greetje
      16 December 2013 / 20:18

      This session I used the remote, so if I blame the photographer, I will be blaming myself haha. Glad you like the look.

  8. 16 December 2013 / 18:34

    I really like this sweater, I like the asymmetrical design and color scheme. Nice look, simple and elegant.

    • Greetje
      16 December 2013 / 20:16

      Thank Josep-Maria. One of my colleagues said she thought I was all head and legs. She prefers seeing me in fitted clothes. All different tastes.

  9. 16 December 2013 / 18:56

    Oh girls I feel for all of you having to take pictures in this cold and on such dark days. I was going to make an attempt today, but had to give up and just asked my son to take one indoors. I posted it on Facebook Greetje. I wore the purple version of the green dress with skinnies. You will be pleased. Other interesting fact: I brought 4 trousers with me, 3 are skinnies, 1 tapered…
    Of course your outfit is fab, as usual. See you Wednesday!

    • Greetje
      16 December 2013 / 20:12

      Aha, are you coming with us to the Chanel exhibition? Shall I pick you up at 9.15?

  10. 16 December 2013 / 22:22

    I agree, Greetje: taking photos is so difficult in winter! And I have the same problems ( poor light, tiny house…). I find your photos are fine, but I would enjoy your post in any case…
    Skinny pants and a large sweater are OK ! It’s your style and I find it so nice on you! And the necklace is perfect. ( I am wondering is similar ones are sold also in Torino )
    And talking about Max Mara…you will find something could interest you in my next post!

    • Greetje
      17 December 2013 / 05:53

      Are you trying to get me to Torino by saying they might have thta necklace haha. It was € 19,95… Just imagine that you would jump a plane for that! Of course the big bonus would be seeing you.

      • 17 December 2013 / 20:31

        …yes, I am trying to find good reasons for your coming…well, it would be a very expensive necklace!
        The second idea is to go and see I myself if anyone in Torino sells the necklace…( probably a better idea…)

        • Greetje
          17 December 2013 / 23:01

          A better idea haha. But yes I will come over to Torino next year. Promise.

  11. Sara
    17 December 2013 / 06:52

    Lovely outfit, I like the yellow neck lass with the black. I do not think there is any problem with your photos, there is enough light for us to notice your great legs! Sara

    • Greetje
      17 December 2013 / 23:02

      Thank you very much Sara. For the lovely compliment and for taking the time to comment.
      Hope I can entertain you more in future.

  12. popcosmo
    17 December 2013 / 18:50

    Ok, you, me & MaxMara. I wish I had your budget!! (Dying for the hot pink bolero they have!) I’d love to hear why these are the best skinnies – they sure do look great on you and obviously fit so well! Also, that necklace is the perfect accessory – LOVE it.
    I’m not sure why you say your photos are bad, but I totally feel your pain!! Chloe (my daughter/ co-blogger) and I had our worst fights about photos. She takes excellent photos, so mine looked great (YAY!) but I can’t take photos worth a darn and hers always looked awful. She would even stand in my spot and adjust the settings and they still looked bad. So now we have photographers: they are thrilled, and we are thrilled because we don’t fight anymore!!! But yours really are great – we can see the outfit, the true colors and that’s what matters. Plus your writing is so much fun!
    xo ~kim

    • Greetje
      17 December 2013 / 23:10

      OK I admit, I have a lovely budget (good job, long hours but paying well) and a generous husband. I am very privileged.
      Why the skinnies are so good? Because you don’t feel you are wearing them, they stay in place, meaning you don’t have to pull them up all the time. This is something that happens to me a lot because I hardly have a waist and no hips or bum. So trousers with elastic tend to go down a lot. LOL Not these. The look like trousers although they are really skinny and they are not too tight at the ankles. Oh yes and long enough, and not high enough at the top (not too high, not too low).
      The photos: I know you can see the clothes but there is still a lot wrong with the pictures. Fortunately I found a photographer too. Now I only have a logistic and timing problem. I am very pleased to have found her.
      It still surprises me when readers say that my writing makes them laugh or, like you say, is so much fun. I try to write to entertain but I often think I fail at that. And then I get a compliment like you gave me…. just makes my day. So thank you.

      • popcosmo
        18 December 2013 / 00:54

        You DO entertain! And thanks for the tip about the skinnies. I obviously pull mine up too much since my husband (who doesn’t comment much negative) has remarked that my daughter and I pull up our jeans the same way. Yep, skinnies falling down!

        • Greetje
          18 December 2013 / 07:33

          If they do fall down, I use a belt to stop that. Less comfortabel of course. Which is why I love the Max Mara ones, they don’t need that.

  13. 18 December 2013 / 03:49

    I take pretty much most of my photos indoors so I don’t have to go out to hunt down a background or deal with the weather (plus I can take my photos in the morning before I leave when I’m still looking “fresh”) so I definitely sacrifice quality of photo, but I figure the outfits are the most important thing, right?

    I think your pics look fine and I am loving that sweater!

    • Greetje
      18 December 2013 / 07:37

      Somehow Lisa, you managed to have the right amount of light indoors as your photos are always razor sharp. The clever thing with your method is that you only have to adjust the settings once. And indeed the outfits are the hero. That is what we want to see. Alas I don’t have a good spot in my house to copy this approach.

  14. 18 December 2013 / 07:35

    Oh Greetje, you look lovely in your photos. Your necklace is fantastic…a very good choice for your otherwise neutral palette.

    This is off topic, but your drapes looks fabulous!!! I love the stripes, and the colour, and the fullness of them!

    I still am not getting your posts showing up in my blog roll. I don’t know if I’ve done something wrong. Do other readers have the same issue?

  15. Marianne
    18 December 2013 / 17:41

    It is my kind of sweater. I like them big and with special effects and this one has all that. Doutze Kroes is the model for this brand, so you are in good company.

    • Greetje
      18 December 2013 / 18:12

      Yes I guessed you would like this sweater. And I love to be in good company LOL.

  16. Happiness at Mid Life
    19 December 2013 / 03:31

    I can’t imagine taking photos out in the cold where you live. I think these pictures are fine and as always, you look fab in your skinny jeans! And your story about the necklace is too funny – good luck finding it. Hopefully one of your readers is from the area and maybe can pick it up for your or maybe your hubby will surprise you with a weekend vacation to Rome.


    • Greetje
      19 December 2013 / 05:47

      My hubby surprises me a lot but not with a weekend Rome again. That was already his gift and the reason why I was in Rome. I am not worried. It will be nice to have more colours but I am not desperate.

  17. 20 December 2013 / 00:23

    Very sleek look again and I love the contrast with the oversized sweater. You look amazing wearing skinnies. And the boots…LOVE!

    Isn’t that the way? When you find something you just adore it is impossible to find another one, but it does make you appreciate the one you have all the more : )


    • Greetje
      20 December 2013 / 14:54

      I so agree. And I never know when I buy it, whether it is going to be a hit or not. It is like predicting whether a song is going to make it to number one. You have a hunch, but you can never really tell.

  18. 20 December 2013 / 00:27

    I just wanted to let you know that I “tried” to start following your blog via Bloglovin’ but for some reason your posts haven’t been coming up. I went into look via Bloglovin’ and the last post they had was in June of 2013. You might want to look into that. I don’t know what is wrong but obviously something is amiss.


    • Greetje
      20 December 2013 / 14:56

      I know there is something wrong with Bloglovin. Sue of A colourful Canvas also told me. I appreciate it very much that you give me this warning. I have asked my IT-guy to solve the problem (whatever it is) next week.

    • Greetje
      21 December 2013 / 13:11

      Thank you Pilar. Very kind of you to stop by and leave a comment. I hope I can entertain you more in future.

  19. 21 December 2013 / 16:11

    Do I love the booties? YES!
    Do I love the sweater? YES!
    Do I love the skinnie’s? YES!
    Do I love the necklace? YES!
    With that said there is only one thing left I can say
    Happy holidays to you and yours

    • Greetje
      21 December 2013 / 23:41

      Haha, funny comment Lenya. Merry Christmas to you too and a very happy 2014.

  20. Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
    21 December 2013 / 18:10

    Hahaha as usual I had a blast again reading this post Greet!! I love the shape of the poncho sweater & how fun is that yellow touch via the necklace!


    • Greetje
      21 December 2013 / 23:42

      I am glad I could amuse you. Though I always think it is not funny enough, my posts still seem to please. Fortunately.

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