Golden boots

golden boots nr 1 (1 van 1)You may think that taking pictures for a blog is easy…. well it is not. For one, you need skills…. Too bad I am lacking them. My husband is still learning as well. Which means we sometimes get into a tiff, to use a real English understatement. Like when we took these photos with my new golden boots. Ron doesn’t like the boots. At all. Neither does he like the top. Still, he was gracious enough to photograph them for the blog. Only, his heart wasn’t in it. And I started giving instructions…..

At one point (when I got quite cross) Ron said: “You should publish this photo. Then your readers can see what you are really like….” Needless to say, I didn’t do that.

This is how the shoot went:

Ron knew a nice bright yellow background for my (not very colourful) outfit. I asked: “Is it a windy place?” Ron replied: “Depends which direction the wind is coming from…” (smartass). Below: wearing my thick coat, thinking of Sue of A Colourful Canvas who posed in her party dress by the sea last week…..Golden boots with tunic-6884Below: I had to take the coat off….. Not a happy face.Golden boots with tunic-6890Below: FREEZING! Wind blowing…. What do mean “nice photos for an OOTD post”????FREEZINGBelow: so on we went to another spot where there was less wind. Pictures weren’t very sharp… And yellow stones behind yellow (sorry.. blond) hair.. not that good. But with some light editing not that bad either. And the upside: no wind.Golden boots (1 van 1)-3Below: a closer look at the sweater (brand: Munthe), which I bought at The Outside together with the golden boots. I have shown you this shop in my post Shopping in The Hague. They sell online too. (Not sure whether they ship abroad.)Golden boots (1 van 1)Below: a close-up of the golden boots, which I fell for immediately. A risky purchase. Are they edgy? Or rather common? I am afraid I love a bit of both, so they are perfect for me. They struck that little common streak in my character which I cannot suppress all the time. They are by Hoss (oh gosh, they sell silver ankle boots online….. oh dear… restrain yourself Greetje…. no .. too late.)Golden boots (1 van 1)-2Below: a last picture of the back with red scarf.Golden boots with tunic-6892To get a photo without a yellow stone background behind my blond hair, we took the first photo of this post afterwards. Looking at the pictures again, I say, the sweater needs a scarf, preferably this red one for some neck coverage and colour.

Tell me, would you wear this sweater with the red scarf? Or without? Or would you not dream of wearing this outfit at all? Please feel free to answer honestly.


No Fear of Fashion




  1. 4 January 2015 / 18:51

    Loved this post because I have faced the same challenges from locations, wind, and family photographers! My 22 year old son is the best photographer I have…though he is often not around.
    Your golden boots are fun! Have a great week ahead!

    • Greetje
      4 January 2015 / 19:37

      Thanks Pam. Yes life of a blogger is not easy LOL.

  2. 4 January 2015 / 18:54

    Ha ha! The problems of a blogger getting their photos. Thus why I take my own photos…no more fights. Well aside from me swearing at the tripod! ; P

    It is a shame about that bright yellow wall being too exposed because it is super cool.

    I agree that the sweater would have been nicer with the red scarf all along.

    I don’t know why but those boots are a bit too close to looking like what we’d call here, “snow boots”. The kind you wear when you’re a kid and want to go out and play in the snow. I think it is the shape. I’m so used to seeing you wear a heel or a tighter fitted boot this motorcycle style is taking a bit of getting used to.

    I think the sweater is great and I can see why you matched the gold boots with it.

    Would I wear this? Well no, because it’s not my style…it’s yours…which is what makes the world interesting : )


    • Greetje
      4 January 2015 / 19:41

      After I published those last two posts with my old outfits I now know for certain that you cannot please everyone. The comments (fortunately very honest) were contradicting one another. Because people have different tastes. As you say, it makes the world interesting. These golden boots will certainly not be everybody’s taste. And yes, they do resemble children’s boots and motorcycle boots. As I said, they appeal to that dead common streak in my character.LOL

  3. 4 January 2015 / 19:02

    I definitely love the scarf with the sweater!! I like the photos…you’re just keeping it real! And it’s always good to laugh at ourselves, don’t you think?

    • Greetje
      4 January 2015 / 19:44

      I agree Jodie, I will wear the scarf with it (as I did last Saturday). And the day you cannot laugh at yourself anymore, is the day you should pay a visit to a psychologist.
      Just had a look at your blog and saw “closet organizing”. I quickly went away again. I am still in denial….

  4. Marianne
    4 January 2015 / 19:54

    Didn’t you see the sign behind you saying NP, meaning No Posts. What a windy and cold weather, you are my hero, going out in these circumstances. I like your boots and sweater very much, I think they are great., the red scarf is a good idea , especially in this time of the year. This is what I mean with edgy, it is no fun to go all the time for a save[dull] outfit.

    • Greetje
      4 January 2015 / 20:27

      Hurray…. a fan. Didn’t think I would meet one. Thanks Marianne. And I agree that the red scarf is better than just the “naked” neck.

  5. 4 January 2015 / 19:55

    Oh my gosh, I had a little chuckle over how the photo shoot went! Both a temperamental model and photographer…{wink}…a good day will be very, very grand; but a bad day, not so good at all. I’m known to be quite bossy too, but fortunately my husband is getting much better himself. Anyways, you’ve braved what look to be absolutely freezing elements, all for us! Thank you both! I love the red scarf for a pop of colour, but I’m sure that does not surprise you! And I love the gold boots too! I think they’re fun, and they look so comfortable. Thanks so much for the mention Greetje!

    • Greetje
      4 January 2015 / 20:35

      Yes, the red scarf will stay. I wore the outfit like that last Saturday. The boots are indeed very comfortable. I am sure a lot of people will hate them, but that cannot be helped. This is me.

      I just saw the post by Annette (Lady of Style) with a silver jacket/coat. She loves silver and gold just as much as I do, but she incorporates it so much more elegantly…. Wish I could be more like her.

  6. 4 January 2015 / 20:46

    Your photo challenges come across as funny because you wrote about them so well – was it Woody Allen who said distance, time and tragedy creates comedy? But yes, I can relate to the photo shoot frustrations. I laughed because the letters on the yellow background look like the word NO! Although it is NP and not NO, it seems to sum up the mood. (Marianne said NP means No Posts, which is even more apt.)

    I like the yellowy brick backdrop photo the best, you seem relaxed, natural, and caught in mid-stride.
    The red scarf? I like the outfit with and without. If it’s cold, definitely WITH. The top and boots were definitely worth going through the trouble. They are gorgeous. And a big thanks to Ron as well.

    • Greetje
      4 January 2015 / 21:17

      Oh goodie… another fan of my questionable outfit. I could have known you would be fan. Man… when I see these pictures I can see that old age (with saggy skin) is definitely hitting me. Ach.. it had to happen when day. Better accept it and forget about it eh?
      I am relaxed in the photos with the yellowy brick backdrop because it wasn’t so cold and windy LOL.

  7. 4 January 2015 / 21:32

    It happens to the best of us, Greetje. My husband and I have also had not-so-good days. I happen to love the boots. I don’t think men understand fashion the way we do. I have purchased things that my husband didn’t get, but after he saw me style them, he changed his mind.

    • Greetje
      4 January 2015 / 22:11

      Ron is ever so sweet with photographing again. We went out today and did a shoot for two outfits. One outfit I really like (the photos too). One outfit I should have thought through a bit better…. After he saw a shoot of me and the tripod he offered to redo the post. Love the man.

  8. 4 January 2015 / 22:22

    I’m being honest when I say I love the boots because I’m waiting for some (that are near identical) to turn up from La Redoute. Main thing is that you like them, Greetje… and life would be boring without metallic boots, wouldn’t it?! Plus that top is the flippin bees knees – snakes AND embroidery AND tie-dye – too much for me to cope with!! Safe to say I love the outfit from head to toe!

    Plus I love your outtakes… they look all-too familiar 😉

    Catherine x

    • Greetje
      5 January 2015 / 05:53

      He Catherine, what a surprise. Love to hear from you and thanks for this comment. I did not expect much approval (which hadn’t stopped me haha). But so far the overall sentiment is not too bad. Surprise surprise.
      I hope your boots wil arrive soon. I have already found out they also look very good with just jeans and a fitted black jacket.

  9. Emily
    5 January 2015 / 01:22

    Although I personally would shy away from something with such a bold design, I love the silhouette and overall look of this outfit. I think it is enough on its own without the scarf (this from a person who absolutely cannot resist buying scarves). Your purse is perfect with this look! And thank you for being so honest about your “discussion” with your husband. I have been happily married for almost 38 years, and we have such “discussions,” too.

    • Greetje
      5 January 2015 / 05:56

      Hi Emily, thanks for your comment. Ron and I have been together for 26 years (married 20 years) and we now only have tiffs. No real rows anymore. And it is never bad. One of those perks of being together for a long time.

  10. 5 January 2015 / 03:37

    Well, despite it all you still came up with some great pictures! I so recognise this sentiment which is one of the reasons my husband is not interested in taking pictures and I find it easier to use a tripod..
    Very nice sweater. As you know I have a poison eye for booties that are shaped this way but I absolutely love the color. Enjoy them!

    • Greetje
      5 January 2015 / 06:00

      I know dear. You and I have very different tastes when it comes to shoes and boots. Which is fine by us. Glad you like the post and the sweater. Ron has already done another photoshoot with me yesterday and has offered to do the pictures for another post (which is already finished) as he doesn’t like the ones I have (neither do I). So all is well that ends well.

  11. Happiness at Mid Life
    5 January 2015 / 07:10

    I love the bantering between you & Ron. My hubby & I are the same way. He thinks that since I takes my photos he can also critique my outfits as well.

    I love this top – it’s very different from what I see you wear. I don’t think I could pull off gold boots but as long as you love them that’s all it matters. So did you purchase them in silver as well?


    • Greetje
      5 January 2015 / 21:46

      Of course I purchased the silver ones as well. I am just as terrible as you are hahaha.
      And yes the golden boots are not everybody’s taste but indeed mine.
      I probably look like an old lady trying to look young. So be it. LOL

  12. 5 January 2015 / 11:49

    This is a sparkling post which shows the cheerful side of your personality! I love everything of it , including your cool top! ( and your braveness to face the cold January’s wind! )
    It is not my style and I would feel terribly uneasy in it, but lovable on you! As you know I really like differences, which make the world more interesting …

    • Greetje
      5 January 2015 / 21:52

      I know this is totally not your style. I laughed when I posted it because I thought of you and that story of the child’s remark when you wore the cool trouser outfit (remember?).
      As a matter of fact I thought you would tell me off for buying this. LOL

      To tell you the truth this might be a bit “too young looking”. So I think I will split these items. Wear the sweater with normal jeans instead of skinnies and with normal black boots. And wear the boots with more chic items on top. (I will post such an outfit later this month.)
      That balances it better I think. Kiss.

      • 6 January 2015 / 11:09

        Oh, no I didn’t think to tell you off! On the contrary I think there is something really cute and sweet in you wearing boyish ( I hope I am using the correct translation for the Italian word giovanile ! ) clothes…those photos show you are so confident with yourself, and that is precisely why you are lovely!

        I can remember very well the words of that child… children’s comments can be so sharp! And probably my job influences my style … 🙂

  13. Elle
    5 January 2015 / 22:39

    predictably, I do LOVE everything about this outfit, except seeing you cold, now that bugs me.
    I love the top, it looks very NOW, and it would be something I would be tempted to buy as a wardrobe update. It is fun and edgy, with a very cool vibe. Love how you layered it.
    Love the red scarf, but do not love that you need it for warmth.
    and the metallic boots are a thumps up as well.

    all this to say, that , you should trust your instincts.
    I am actually looking for a top like this, a la stella M…
    but now is will say a la Greetje, trendsetter.

    I am in California, I should walk down the pier and look for one!
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      6 January 2015 / 05:34

      Still in hindsight Elle, I think I will wear the sweater with normal jeans and black boots instead of with skinnies and the golden boots. And the golden boots with a classic nice jacket for instance. Tone both items down a bit. I think it is a bit too much (too youngish) together.

  14. 6 January 2015 / 21:20

    Ok, so Ron and I would not be able to go shopping together, as I love the sssssnake ssssssweater, and the boots, and would likely wear that outfit only I would probably switch the jeans for a pair of skinny black pants. I like the pop of red of the scarf near your face but it also looks nice without it. I like metallic footwear and wear my silver doc marten boots often.

    My favourite photo is the one of you in mid-stride, against the pale gold wall. Your smile looks relaxed and natural. I don’t think this outfit looks too “youngish” but you have to go with what makes you feel good, and I wear some pretty crazy stuff some days!

    • Greetje
      6 January 2015 / 21:59

      Well, my jeans skinnies used to be black, even coated. I was careful and even took them to the dry cleaners the first time they needed a wash…… They came out grey and uncoated. So difficult to keep black cotton really black. I am glad you don’t find it is too young but I think I will wear the sweater and the boots separately in future.

  15. Mrs C
    6 January 2015 / 22:17

    Photo session is not something I look forward to myself, especially when all my photographers (the boys and husband) are just the point and shoot type! At least Ron is creative enough to suggest a nice background which actually contrasting your outfit pretty well 🙂 On to the outfit, the embroidery work on the top is fantastic! Ron, take a closer look, please 😉

    • Greetje
      6 January 2015 / 22:43

      Hahaha Mrs C.
      I had Ron sitting beside me and read him your comment LOL
      He can see the humour in that. Glad you liked the sweater. I will wear it with normal jeans and black boots in future. I think. Everything together might have been a bit too much.

  16. 7 January 2015 / 07:39

    I think we’ve all been in this situation, bless their living hearts (husbands), but you just made it absolutely hilarious. I just shared this with my husband and he’s still laughing. He said, he and Ron would get along quite well together.
    Photo’s aside, the outfit choice (as I said on Facebook) is awesome. I love the practicality of it and the playfulness as well, and yet it’s still complete with style. Those gold boots, well I’m dying over them. Seriously that color will go with everything and you know me, I would be pairing them with my skirts as well. Your sweatshirt is also amazing, love how you threw it on with you skinnies and keeping casual. I think it looks just fine without a scarf but adding the red scarf is the perfect way to accessorize it.
    Hope next week goes a little better with the two of you.

    • Greetje
      7 January 2015 / 07:57

      We already had a lovely photo shoot together. And when Ron saw the post I made with tripod photos he said we were going to redo that, shoot the outfit properly. Together. As ai have a certain standard to keep up hahahahaha.NOT
      As to this outfit… I think it might be better to separate the items. And skinnies, and golden boots and a statement sweater… maybe that is a bit too much (at least for me). You will see the boots again with a more classic outfit which I really like. Later this month.

  17. 7 January 2015 / 19:03

    I really enjoyed this post, you are so funny and honest about the trials of taking a blog photo with your husband as artistic director. The yellow background is great. I am afraid I would not wear the top as I am completely phobic about snakes. But you are right, it looks great with the red scarf. I LOVE the boots, they are fab, I used to have a bronze pair and always got lots of compliments on them – from women. Maybe they scare men? Perhaps they think we will turn into Wonder Woman?

    • Greetje
      8 January 2015 / 05:49

      Thank you Blighty. Such comments always make me proud. I read it at the start of my day, so you made my day. I think my husband will like the boots in the end. Perhaps it takes a bit of getting used to? Wonder Woman I am not (yet).

  18. 8 January 2015 / 15:51

    As usual, your writing has me laughing. I find your honesty very appealing! I happen to adore this ensemble. The sweater and the golden boots are in harmony with one another, as though they tell a story.

    I agree! Taking photos can be challenging. Finding the right location, background, poses, lighting. It’s a process and there’s always new learning. At my age I believe it to be good for my brain!

    • Greetje
      8 January 2015 / 19:30

      Blogging is indeed about learning a lot of new things. Which (I agree with you on this) is indeed good for the brain.
      And I am glad I could make you laugh. You know that is my first goal for a post. Thanks for letting me know.

  19. 9 January 2015 / 20:19

    I’m not doing one more thing this weekend before work until I catch up with my favorite Dutch Fashionista!
    Photo sessions when it’s cold and nasty are awful … poor Ron, poor you … but lucky us! You’re so cute! I love this outfit! There’s just this very cool, blonde ninja thing going here, and I love your hissing snakes! Frankly, I couldn’t imagine liking these boots as much with any other outfit. They work very well, in a very fashion forward way, and that’s what you do best, dear Greetje!
    Love it all.
    Now, go get warm, both of you!

    • Greetje
      10 January 2015 / 08:31

      The boots work very well with a more classic casual outfit too. Which you will see in a couple of weeks. I am quite surprised that so many people like the outfit (boots and sweater). I am still thinking “hmmm a bit too you g for you dear”. Women eh? They are their own worst critics.

  20. 9 January 2015 / 22:26

    Greetje, your story is so funny and I can totally relate. Very familar exchanges between me and my husband 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to stop by earlier! I used to work in Amsterdam and have been to Texel which I love even took Dutch at university which got the better of me…Sabina @Oceanblue Style

    • Greetje
      10 January 2015 / 08:35

      Haha Sabine I can totally understand that learning Dutch wasn’t easy. I believe the language is called a throat disease by the English. Husband and I are good again and did two more photo shoots. In harmony. LOL

  21. lorna mai
    10 January 2015 / 00:46

    your metallic boots are such fun, I love them. Your sweater is so unusual and makes for an excellent talking point. Love the red scarf too. You look great!

    • Greetje
      10 January 2015 / 08:37

      Thank you Lorna, I am glad you like it. I never expected so many people to like the outfit as I thought it was more of an acquired taste. Unless everybody is trying to flatter me, which I hope nobody does.

  22. 10 January 2015 / 19:38

    Hah! Sounds like most of the photo sessions I’ve tried to do with a spousal photographer. 😉 That’s why I bought a remote and now do photo sessions myself.

    LOVE the gold boots, they really are cute.

    • Greetje
      10 January 2015 / 20:19

      I am not giving my husband enough credit actually… He is usually very good and willing to help me. He also has a very artistic eye, which is nice of course. And I am not an easy pussycat either…. Glad you like the boots. They get more cheers than I ever expected.

  23. 11 January 2015 / 12:25

    I love your boots, your gorgeousness and sence of homour and honesty
    Thank you, sooooooo much your comments, ahhhhhhhh
    You make me feel good, lol
    Tins of loveeeeeee
    You cannot miss next Share-in-Style: Scarfs on the 19th.
    Fingers crossed Victor will be on his way to his operation.
    I shall let you know when candles are needed.
    Tons of love

    • Greetje
      11 January 2015 / 16:09

      oh yes please do let me know. Although it never hurts to start lighting those candles already, which I will.
      And I will make a note of the 19th.

  24. 23 January 2015 / 13:49

    Haha Greetje, You and Ron sound a lot like my husband and I. The other day we went out to do a photo shoot he took out the camera set it to continuous shoot did five clicks and said here you go all done perfect.(how cheeky of him). I love the gold boots, I think they are super edgy and you have styled it beautifully. I will totally rock it with that red scarf as the blouse has touches of red in the embroidery. xo

  25. 5 February 2015 / 16:14

    Whatever the result, your photoshoot-adventures are always entertaining. This look is not gonna be my favorite, but it’s not bad either. It’s fun and contemporary.

    • Greetje
      6 February 2015 / 17:37

      You have been a busy commenting girl. I am quite surprised this outfit gets any points with you haha.

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