Blue dress by Filippa K

Filippa K blue dress (1 van 6)This blue dress by Filippa K (a Swedish brand with lovely basics, using great fabrics) is a recent buy from when I went shopping with Daniela (The Pretty Cute) in Amsterdam. Daniela nudges me towards wearing more dresses and she is absolutely right. I love her elegant style and don’t mind shifting back from skinnies to dresses. Daniela found this blue one for me. Please ignore my cone shaped hair. Hair and me… a constant battle.

And by the way…. no, ladies, I am not going to excommunicate skinnies. I will remain who I am: loving colours and loving leggy things. 

As I was pressed for time and location, one of my neighbours photographed me (thank you Aeila). She took the pictures in her garden. Makes a change from mine.

The long necklace is a gift from Suzanne (Suzanne Carillo Style Files) when she visited The Netherlands last month. Combining this dress with fuchsia was my own styling for once (so proud of myself).Filippa K blue dress 10For a splash of colour, this shopper bag is perfect. Bought at the market together with Sylvia (40+Style). Actually she discovered these shoppers. While she was eyeing a green one, I snatched the bright fuchsia bag (I can be so mean!). The stitching on the sides and at the top is multi coloured, which is fun.Filippa K blue dress (1 van 6)-2Not a spectacular change but the dress also works well with this big gold plated perspex necklace (see below). The dress is an easy throw-on. You don’t feel you are wearing anything (which could be hazardous…,,.)Filippa K blue dress (4 van 6)

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Filippa K blue dress 1Looking at these pictures I have to acknowledge the fact that my shape is quite good, but my skin is definitely going (gone). Elegant and getting on a bit…. hmm…  Oh well …not that bad.

Ron (my husband) gave me this cartoon (below) the other day:cartoonI am choosing the attitude of the lady on the left.


PS if you want your husband to get some nice outfit ideas… tell him about a new blog for men. Catherine (Not Dressed as Lamb)’s husband started his own blog: Silver Londoner

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  1. 21 September 2014 / 19:00

    This is a great navy blue dress! I need to find something like this…and I love your choice of accessories! Thanks for reading my blog as well, Greetje…I love all of you comments! You commented on a red necklace I had on the blog…the designer lives in the countryside of Texas where snakes are known to dwell. Some of her creations, like the one you saw are made from snake vertebrae she finds in the area! It is a stunning necklace, but there is just something about putting snake vertebrae around my neck that is creepy!!
    I feel better with necklaces like the one you are wearing here!

    • Greetje
      21 September 2014 / 21:29

      Well…. It is bone, so not that bad is it? I think I would not have a problem with it. Looks too beautiful. But I am an extreme necklace lover.

  2. 21 September 2014 / 19:33

    Love the draped styled of the dress. It looks to be very comfortable. I great choice! And it looks great with the pops of bright pink. I agree with Daniela too 🙂

    • Greetje
      21 September 2014 / 21:30

      I know, I know. I told myself, if I wear high heels anyway (with skinnies) I can just as well wear dresses.

  3. Charlene
    21 September 2014 / 19:41

    I do love to see you in your skinnies, but I also love to see you in dresses. Dani is right. Am on a mission myself to bring dresses back into the mainstream. And funny, I was about to comment on your figure even before I read your comment. You do have a great figure, but your legs! omg, whatever do you do to have such well-developed legs?!! Do share.
    And I would also be interested in hearing about your food choices and diet. What do you eat, and what do you avoid? Many women your/our age have problems with added pounds, but you don’t seem to.

    • Greetje
      21 September 2014 / 21:50

      The fact I have so many clothes is the best motivation not to gain weight. Because I would be horrified not being able to wear something I like and own. So I keep my margin of gaining weight very small. As soon as I hit a figure more than 2/3 kilos over my ideal weight I start cutting down on cakes, sweets ets.
      I don’t drink alcohol (at all), just because I don’t like it. And that helps. I eat soya yoghurt with bran in the morning, a sandwich at 9, two sandwiches at 12, fruit at 17.00 and vegetables with a piece of meat or fish at night. Sometimes with rice, sometimes with some small potatoes. In between these meals I eat low calory things like small tomatoes, grapes etc.
      As you can see, this does not leave me hungry but it is not a feast either. Another fortunate thing: I am not a great food lover. My test is always the question: “what would you choose? A meal of your choice worth € 100? Or € 50 in cash?” I would choose the cash. This is how you separate the food lovers from the rest haha.
      As for the legs.. just genes. You cannot do anyting about it. You either have them or not. Which is why I feel a bit sad that my skin is getting wrinkly and the such. And which is why I like skinnies: they show the legs but not the skin. LOL

  4. 21 September 2014 / 20:07

    WOW! Chic, elegant, comfort, a splash of colour! You look great Greetje! A dress one day, skinnies another…they both showcase your fabulous lean legs! I’m not usually big on the batwing style of sleeve, but this fabric has such a lovely, soft drape to it, that I have to say I really quite love it!

    • Greetje
      21 September 2014 / 21:53

      I love batwing sleeves Sue, so you will see them regularly. And please feel free to loath them hahaha. It does not offend me at all. Everybody her own taste.

  5. 21 September 2014 / 23:19

    I love the dress and the added pink colour, Greetje – also on your lips! And I am a fan of 3/4 sleeves, even for the colder season.
    Both necklaces look good but I really love the short golden one.

    Love the cartoon but thought I should go for the attitude of the lady on the right 😉

    Annette | Lady of Style

    • Greetje
      22 September 2014 / 06:29

      Well Annette, perhaps I will go for the attitude of the lady on the right AND the one on the left haha.

  6. 22 September 2014 / 03:21

    Great dress, Greetje. You are so right, they feel like you have nothing on! One thing and you’re almost ready to go. This fits you perfectly. Fuchsia is the perfect complement. You always have the best necklaces too. Suzanne’s gift to you is beautiful. And the cartoon made me laugh.

    Yes, just because you’re adding something to your wardrobe doesn’t mean you have to take something away, speaking of your skinnies, which look fantastic on you.

    • Greetje
      22 September 2014 / 06:31

      Thanks for all these compliments Melanie. Sometimes I think I need to look for one style, one that suits me best, but I am afraid I am a person of many styles. So be it.

  7. 22 September 2014 / 05:44

    Love the dress and this look on you Greetje! Suzanne’s necklace is perfect with it (my preferred option) but your other necklace is gorgeous. Great that you have found an other photographer. She did a great job!

    • Greetje
      22 September 2014 / 06:32

      And I will go to my brother-in-law for some Lightroom lessons as there is still a lot to learn.

      • 22 September 2014 / 06:56

        ‘gorgeous too’ is what I meant to say in my comment… As for learning, there is always more to learn. So much to learn! There are never enough hours in a day… I still have that brilliant Creative Live course that I need to get through!

  8. Happiness at Mid Life
    22 September 2014 / 06:17

    A nice change to see you in a pretty dress. I think you look great in both dresses and skinny jeans! Though this dress is very simple – there’s some great subtle details like with the kimono like sleeves. Really like it paired with the bright tote and heels.


    • Greetje
      22 September 2014 / 06:32

      Didn’t I style well this time Alice? I was quite proud of myself. LOL

  9. 22 September 2014 / 07:30

    Yes, you did an amazing styling job! I just can’t believe you don’t wear dresses more often. I mean with legs like yours, seriously, I would be showing them off daily. This dress was a perfect buy, what a great style on you. The best part about this dress and style is that you made it look so effortless to look incredibly stylish.
    By the way, you live a very healthy diet, my friend. No wonder you look so amazing.

    • Greetje
      22 September 2014 / 21:53

      Haha you read my diet? Yes, it takes some effort to remain the same weight. Like staying away from cakes and sweets and crisps. (Not all the time fortunately.) And go to fitness twice a week (which I hate, unlike you).
      Talking about legs… You have nothing to complain about. Yours are just as nice as mine. I will admit, my legs are the one part of my body I have always felt confident about (over?).
      The dress is very easy and you know how to exaggerate haha. It was not such an amazing styling job haha. But I am pleased.

  10. myemptybag
    22 September 2014 / 10:13

    like how work these colors together and I really love your bag! You are so pretty in dress Gretje!


    • Greetje
      22 September 2014 / 21:53

      I am going to wear more dresses and skirts in future. Becoming more elegant haha. The bag was a steal at € 35.

  11. 22 September 2014 / 11:11

    You look fabulous in dresses, my dear Greetje.
    I love the pop of pink so much
    Happy Monday, my friend

    • Greetje
      22 September 2014 / 21:55

      Thank you Sacramento. I am slowly coming up with ideas for styling. Baby steps, but stilll… Improving.

  12. 23 September 2014 / 09:12

    You look great with that dress! As soon as I noticed in the shop, I thought it would have been perfect on you…the 3/4 sleeves are soooo feminine! , I like it with fuchsia accessories! I very often match blue to yellow, but I think the dress would be beautiful with ( almost ) every bright colour!

    • Greetje
      23 September 2014 / 21:33

      I agree. I often combine blue with yellow too. Also green or lime would be nice. And white or cream of course. Or orange.
      Come to think of it, blue is quite a versatile colour. Thanks again for finding it for me.

  13. 23 September 2014 / 16:07

    I love this on you! The navy is so warm and fresh. I used to wear black all the time, but I’m fair like you, and I found it was too harsh as I got older. Navy is my new favorite dark neutral. It’s elegant like black, but softer. Cheers! Deborah

    • Greetje
      23 September 2014 / 21:36

      Well..Deborah… Truth be told, I just recently turned fair haired. I am a brunette but my hair dresser thought my grey hair would show less with blond hair.
      I think you are right in your observations on blue. It is also a very versatile colour. You can combine it with green, yellow, white, red, orange, fuchsia, lime. Probably forgot a few colours too.

  14. 24 September 2014 / 18:22

    Greetje – thank you for the shout out for Silver Londoner! I’m overwhelmed by everyone’s support, I really appreciate it :))

    And secondly – WOW to the blue and pink, lady!! Best colour combo I’ve seen today. You’re right to show off those legs, the dress is a winner…!

    Catherine x

    • Greetje
      24 September 2014 / 19:28

      Thanks Catherine. I do like this, but I am more the person of the tunic in the post of last week.

    • Greetje
      24 September 2014 / 19:27

      Oh rats…. what a missed opportunity. I am always so careful in checking my links. This time I was in a hurry and copied the wrong one. So sorry Catherine.
      I have corrected it, but….well you know what…

  15. Elle
    26 September 2014 / 03:51

    Love the teal dress o you Greetje!
    ( we both wore teal !) You have an excellent figure for skinnies and dresses, and I love the
    cut and drape of this one. The pink shoes are a masterful addition, and I am wild for that shopper!
    We are all getting on.. thank heavens! Even as our skin sags, isn”t it nice to be in our well loved, lived in skin? I would not go back in time, so i don’t mind some sags and wrinkles ( much)

    Also loved both necklaces: I love the longer pendant with the dress, on a mannequin I would choose it first, but the shorter one lit up your face better, with that lovely golden shade, which suits perfectly.
    xx, elle

    • Greetje
      26 September 2014 / 05:55

      You got the two necklaces analyzed just right. I find their pros and cons the same.
      As for saggy skin: cannot be helped so better not worry about it. Everything that is outside your circle of influence …..don’t worry about it. It doesn’t help and will only make you miserable.

  16. 1 October 2014 / 18:58

    LOL that cartoon is hilarious.

    Of course I prefer MY necklace ; ) Plus I like to see you wearing a longer style for a change.

    The dress is killer. Especially with the bright pink.


    • Greetje
      1 October 2014 / 21:41

      Your necklace gets lots of compliments, you know.

  17. 7 October 2014 / 15:54

    I want that bag. It’s lovely. Where did you get it? And the blue blends perfectly. Love. Love.

    • Greetje
      8 October 2014 / 08:02

      I got this “faux leather” bag at the market. I did see a similar one this season by DKNY.

  18. 9 October 2014 / 20:54

    Yes, madam, your legs and the rest of your sleek figure really deserves the attention you get in dresses. Very cool dress, and very pretty color combination. I can imagine it with so many colors, but I know you’ve already considered that, smarty-pants! Clever girl.
    Thanks for the note on Silver Londoner … my Dan will get a kick out of that. He needs a guy-site to read regularly!

    • Greetje
      10 October 2014 / 23:07

      Oh great. I thought it was rather unusual, a regular straight guy starting a blog about outfits. But his wife is very much into that, so apparently it rubs off.
      And no, I have not considered all sorts of colours with the blue dress. I am quite pleased with myself if I come up with one or two.

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