Lime silk blouse DVF

Lime yellow blouse with B&W (122)_LRNow this is totally my kind of thing: black and white and a bold colour like lime. Perfect. Add to this lime silk blouse DVF (Diane von Furstenberg) and there is quality too. You may think: how many black and white items can you throw into one outfit? I can hear you all shouting: “modesty my dear… not too many”. But, that is not me. If I have it, I’ll flaunt it. 

The bracelet is vintage, bought for next to nothing from the Etsy shop of Bella, the Citizen Rosebud. You have seen it before here. The patent leather shoes are last year’s and also perfect with my black and white striped skirt. (What do you mean with “too much black and white?” There is no such thing.) The belt is the same one as Sylvia of 40+Style has. And I am still very pleased with it.

My husband and I went to the Lindengracht market in Amsterdam which is one of our favourite spots. We sit on a terrace overlooking the market, drink coffee, stroll round the market, take pictures of well-dressed women (see post Street Style) and just have a lovely time. This particular Saturday it was Gay Pride, which means the whole town is pink and everybody is celebrating the fact that homosexual people are not discriminated anymore. Well…. it is still not 100% accepted, alas, but it is a whole lot better than it used to be.

Below:  If you are not wearing any pink, you can buy items from this guy. However, most people do wear pink or they wear rainbow colours.Lime yellow blouse with B&W (111)_LRBelow: there are old fashioned music makers (only a few ones like these are left). That sign “compact disc” is spoiling the picture though.Lime yellow blouse with B&W (129)_LRBelow: the hight of the Gay Pride Saturday is the boat cruise through the canals. And people are waiting for this parade for hours on the bridges and on little boats.Lime yellow blouse with B&W (116)_LR

Boats are packed with gay people dancing. You will have to do without any pictures from me, but if you click through, you will see many jaw dropping photos.

Below: back to my outfit please… don’t get distracted. These two photos were taken behind the market stalls. Ron (my husband) thought it would make a nice contrasting background. Hmm… not sure, I am more of a tidy person.Lime yellow blouse with B&W (54)_LR

Lime yellow blouse with B&W (53)_LRBelow: I like pretty backgrounds, neat, lovely with flowers and such (I am a bit of a dingbat). Like here, next to the Noordermarkt.Beautiful Noordermarkt AmsterdamBelow: I am trying to cut down on the amount of pictures of the same outfit, but am not succeeding. As Suzanne pointed out to me: more than 4 pictures of the same outfit say you really love yourself. Sigh. Cannot help it. Over the years, so many bad pictures were taken of me, that I really relish these nice ones. Please forgive me this compensation.

Below: just one more beause it is such a nice picture of a house boat in Amsterdam too. Lime yellow blouse with B&W (119)_LRLife is a blast for me. I am really enjoying it.


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  1. 31 August 2014 / 23:40

    LOL you made me laugh : )

    I’ll forgive you for being a narcissist this time. The photos did turn out great.

    I’m kind of in love with chartreuse right now. It’s weird because it’s not a colour I’d wear, but I love decorating bits of my house in it.

    You can carry it off beautifully.

    The details on the blouse are wonderful.

    I bet you were the best dressed lady around that day.

    When we had gay pride they were totally lame this year. Not nearly as flashy as over there. Throughout the years it’s become more and more tame. I don’t know why. I much prefer the outlandish flashy style over there.

    I guess you are on your way to Italy soon! Or did you already go?

    Miss you gal!


    • Greetje
      1 September 2014 / 06:06

      If I made you laugh I have reached my goal. So I am very content.
      Yes I have just returned from Italy where I have single-handedly revived the economy LOL
      I had to borrow Dan’s suitcase to bring all the purchases back.

      • 2 September 2014 / 14:31

        Hahaha….and you had 10 kg spare space! Wow, can’t wait to find out what you bought!

  2. myemptybag
    1 September 2014 / 10:55

    you are right Gretje black & white with lime color works pefect!


    • Greetje
      1 September 2014 / 17:58

      With many thanks to Diane von Furstenberg who designed the shirt.

  3. Happiness at Mid Life
    1 September 2014 / 17:05

    I think your hints of black & white in this outfit is perfect. Love that it’s even in seen on your top. Looks a fun day out and people watch. As for number of pictures, I think as long as it’s a different background or focus of the outfit than you are good. I do think some bloggers go overboard with 20 different pictures of the same outfit.


    • Greetje
      1 September 2014 / 18:01

      I will constrain myself in the future with the number of outfit photos. Promis.

  4. 1 September 2014 / 19:02

    I love the colour of that blouse, and so few people can carry it off. It looks wonderful with the black and white, so by all means, show it off 😉

    Now, THAT is a Gay Pride Parade! As Suzanne mentioned, ours have become so tame over here with more floats featuring politicians and financial institutions than drag queens. I miss the over-the-top fabulousness of the parades of previous years.

    • Greetje
      2 September 2014 / 06:05

      Mind you Shelley, I did not see the parade myself this year. Although I am sure that over-the-top is still applicable LOL.
      Thanks for the compliment on the blouse. I can pull off bright colours far better than beige.

  5. Elaine
    1 September 2014 / 21:21

    What a wonderful outfit! I am also a fan of lime and have a few tops that I wear with black and white depending on the season. Black and white together with lime is really great though. I think I need to up my game and try it. Sometimes I wear lime with turquoise accents or with a dark brown. Surprising but it looks good. I love your photos. Keep them coming.

    • Greetje
      2 September 2014 / 06:07

      Thanks for the inspiration Elaine. Turquoise and brown are colours I have not thought about. I just discovered last night that lime and fuchsia is also a great combination.

      • Elaine
        4 September 2014 / 16:52

        Thanks! Would love to see pictures.

        • Greetje
          4 September 2014 / 21:55

          I have other pictures with fuchsia coming up next Sunday.

  6. Elle
    2 September 2014 / 00:15

    On so many counts, dear Greetje, I agree!
    You can not do too much black and white, and that a simple backround- a pretty one- won’t take away from your outfit. That said, i do like the shot of you in front of all those colorful boxes. My fav is of the one where you are walking…I do not know why. Love his outfit, the punch of lime is sublime.
    see, now I am a poet!
    XX, Elle

    • Greetje
      2 September 2014 / 06:09

      The punch of lime is sublime….. I will use that rhyme. Or will you chargie me copyright? LOL

    • Pam
      2 September 2014 / 18:10

      I also like the picture where you are walking the most. You look like a lady who has somewhere to be!

      • Elle
        2 September 2014 / 23:57

        Unfortunately …. I do….
        Next week will be better.
        Here’s to keeping it moving !
        XX, Elle

  7. Elle
    2 September 2014 / 06:31

    No, it is yours , inspired by your ensemble.. 😉
    XX, Elle

  8. 2 September 2014 / 14:33

    You know I am not a fan of B&W myself. But the way you styled and combined it here, with that flashy color, is fantastic. Love it! It looks fab on you: stylish and modern.

    The pics are great too and no, you can easily get away with more then 4 pictures of one outfit!

    • Greetje
      3 September 2014 / 08:32

      Thank you very much dear. Quite a compliment from you!

  9. 3 September 2014 / 00:05

    Totally agree, there is no such thing as too much black and white, and I can’t think of anyone better to flaunt this combination than you.

    Absolutely in love with the lime blouse, it adds just the perfect amount of attitude and style, especially for this time of year. I’m also loving the little pink guy, haha.

    Now, I’m so looking forward to seeing what went into Dan’s suitcase from your Italy trip, sounds like you had a most productive (shopping time).

    • Greetje
      3 September 2014 / 08:35

      I was like a kid in a candy store Trina. Like a soccer player scoring against a bad opponent… time after time after time. It will take me a while to show everything and most of it is winter stuff so you have to be patient. LOL

  10. 3 September 2014 / 01:15

    Greetje, this lime color looks splendid on you. It just pops in such an exciting way.

    • Greetje
      3 September 2014 / 08:36

      It is amazing how bright, shiny colours look so good on me. But put me in camel or beige and I am a total wash-out.

  11. 3 September 2014 / 13:21

    Colours are very nice on you and high heels as well! I love your black and white slingbacks and your look is wonderful…the gay pride is a very special event that fills Amsterdam of colour!
    Very beautiful photos…

    • Greetje
      3 September 2014 / 21:00

      Getting better all the time… Just finished adding a colourful “slice” underneath my dress. That was not as easy as I thought…….

      • 3 September 2014 / 21:09

        That makes me very curious!
        Just eaten a liquorice…

  12. 4 September 2014 / 21:10

    Oh, HEY, Greetje, darling! The black and white patterns are perfect with it. They’re varied just enough, and I love it. What would a lime shirt be without your styling? It’s certainly a pretty lime shirt, but better with you in it and your b & w!
    I have so much on the little plate right now, so am dashing. Love to you, and thank your so much for the summer travel photos again. Almost feel like I went somewhere!

    • Greetje
      4 September 2014 / 21:53

      Next Sunday I will take you to Italy, where I went last week to see blogger Daniela.
      Glad you could visit my blog, although I know you are very busy.

  13. 5 September 2014 / 08:02

    Hey Greetje…I’m behind with my visiting. Blame it on the holiday weekend, and desperate wish to make the most of the last days of summer!

    Okay! Your gay pride parade tops Vancouver’s!

    Now You, and your vibrant outfit! This look is signature Greetje! One of your best looks!! Clean, crisp, and bold colour! And always…the touch of black and white really brings up the chic! I don’t think you have too many photos on your blog posts…and you always mix it up with scenic shots as well.

    And! Last, but not least…I love your last line…that life is a blast for you and that you are enjoying it! That is JUST how it should be!

    • Greetje
      5 September 2014 / 18:09

      I feel very fortunate. Perhaps a bit busy with all these blogger meetings. Been to Italy last week to see Daniela and will be reporting on that on Sunday.
      Also, life is very hectic at the office. Plus lots of meetings with friends in the evening. Hectic, but so good!

  14. Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
    5 September 2014 / 15:54

    Yes lime can be your next (to yellow!) signature color…. Love the mix with clean whites! Missing you btw at my blog! 🙂


    • Greetje
      5 September 2014 / 18:06

      You are so right Rebecca about missing me at your blog. I am touched that you have noticed I wasn’t there. Life has been so hectic, both at work and private. It is a mad house. Soon everything will become better and I will be there as always.

  15. Ann
    7 September 2014 / 07:28

    Whenever I see this green when I’m shopping I think of you! It suits you beautifully and so wish I could wear it. I like how it pops with black and white. Great look and like hearing how much you are enjoying life! This is showing in your pictures.

    blue hue wonderland

    • Greetje
      7 September 2014 / 08:02

      Hi dear Ann,
      we all have our pros and cons in colours and shapes. You probably look good in pink, which I cannot wear. Mind you, now that I am blond I might have to reconsider some colours. But I admit, I get a lot of compliments wearing this colour.
      (I bet you are going to like today’s post too, but for totally different reasons.)

  16. Mrs C
    10 September 2014 / 11:17

    Nothing could distract me from the gorgeous top, not even the guy in pink hat and fur! I’m sure that shirt looked even better in person.. you do color really well Greetje

    • Greetje
      10 September 2014 / 19:24

      I know Mrs. C, I know. Colour and me are a good team. You should see me in camel or beige… or rather… you would not be able to distinguish me from my clothes.. one blur.
      Glad you like my outfit.

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