Travel clothes

SAMSUNG CSCYep… I can hear you think….. “Travel clothes…. in high heels… Never”. And I so agree with you.

Last week I visited Dan (Daniela) of The Pretty Cute in Italy. Thanks to Transavia the price for a return flight is very reasonable. Dan and I have become really good friends. Which is one of the beautiful things that come from blogging. Last year you could read on my blog about our first encouter (and the second day and my return visit last year). Even though English is not our native language, we understand one another very well, even without words.

Let’s go back to my departure day. Ron offered to drive me to the airport (Schiphol) and suggested we go a bit earlier, so he could take some pictures for my blog. YES PLEASE.

Below: this is what I was actually wearing as it was still quite cold in The Netherlands and I knew it was going to get quite warm in Italy. A long coat to go with a skirt (I had one with me) but also with trousers. This coat is lightweight and doesn’t wrinkle! You can fold it and push it in a locker, it comes out looking ironed. Perfect for traveling.SAMSUNG CSCBelow: this is what I was wearing underneath the coat. A jacket with two layers of white tops underneath it (removable when it is getting warmer), a jacket that (again) doesn’t crease and you don’t feel you are wearing it. Like a second skin. Flat boots with support soles (for walking long distances) and white skinnies. Well I thought they were skinnies until I saw these photos and realised they have gone a bit wide… Need new ones.SAMSUNG CSCBelow: I have only added this picture because this is how I want to look. Which doesn’t happen that often.SAMSUNG CSCBelow: our national beer brand.SAMSUNG CSCBelow: walking underneath this beer sign from the car park to the airport. You might wonder why I have so many suitcases with me for only 4 days. Yes, you read that correctly, 4 days. Well… one of these suitcases holds the suitcase of Daniela. The one I had to borrow the previous time I visited her.Why did I have to borrow her suitcase? Because I took more clothes home with me than I brought.

Now I was returning her suitcase but thought it would be a good idea to have my own extra suitcase with me. Just in case……. I wasn’t planning any shopping though…. Perhaps just a little bit.SAMSUNG CSCBelow: just for fun: this is what Daniela had with her as a “suitcase” when she visited me last year. OK it was summer then but still…: one pair of shoes (the ones she was wearing), toiletries, sleepwear, three dresses… all in that one beautiful pink handbag you see standing in the middle. If I recall correctly it was an Armani.Travel clothes (1 van 1)-2I am the opposite. I need many, many shoes with me. To begin with, it was 6 degrees Celcius in the morning and 21 degrees in the afternoon. I wear different shoes with tights than with bare legs. Which meant double the numbers of shoes. I needed flat shoes to get me through a day (you are not alone Suzanne). Unlike Dan who walks on high heels on cobblestones for 10 hours at a stretch. I always feel like the ugly ducklin next to her and try to walk on heels too (you will see my attempt in a next post).

Below: I wanted to change shoes for the post pictures and had to look for an empty bench. The man in the picture asked whether he needed to be in the picture too. The conversation between the three of us got rather jolly with talks about photoshopping etc.SAMSUNG CSCBelow: changing my sensible travel boots for my new leopard suede shoes. I still needed to break them in… Can you see me trying to put a little piece of a sock around my toes? I “create” these pieces by cutting off the toe bit from old socks. It is to protect my toes from blisters.SAMSUNG CSCBelow: which is why the photo at the top of the blog is showing you my outfit with heels… simple as that.SAMSUNG CSCBelow: close-up of the shoes. I bought them because I think they are so nice, have a comfortable heel (for me) and are suede. Problem is always that my right foot is bigger than my left foot. When can we buy a shoe per foot? Like a separate bikini top from bottom?SAMSUNG CSCBelow: May I remind everybody that all the pretty flowers are at the Keukenhof until May 17?SAMSUNG CSCBelow: checking the flight.SAMSUNG CSCBelow: and changing back into boots.SAMSUNG CSCNext weeks I will tell you about our get-together in Italy.


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  1. 19 April 2015 / 18:01

    You prove how great a jacket can look when it buttons…plus I want this color of jacket!! You look amazing and the picture with you and Dan is beautiful. Enjoyed this post alot!

    • Greetje
      19 April 2015 / 20:38

      I adore this kind of green as well. So hard to get. My apologies for commenting so little on your blog. As you know I have been away and when I got back I caught a bad cold plus it was my husband’s and my birthday. Busy days.

  2. 19 April 2015 / 18:32

    Ok…those shoes are to die for!! The sock thing around your toes—does it go around all your toes or just one? And does it work? I really need to know more about this, please!!!! jodie
    ps…I think those white jeans fit you quite well!!!

    • Greetje
      19 April 2015 / 20:56

      I wrote you two long replies and they disappeared… Rats.
      The trousers don’t show the wideness at the crotch area as I carefully selected the photos haha.
      The pieces go around all the toes. It is the cut-off toe bit of old socks or tights. Usually i cut the top bit a little bit in a half moon shape. Some smaller, some pieces bigger. Depending on how much the shoe reveals or not. What still amazes me is the fact the cut-off material doesn’t ladder. Strange but true. And yes it works very good.

      • 19 April 2015 / 23:45

        Thanks for that tip!! I’m totally going to try it!

  3. 19 April 2015 / 18:54

    I can hear you two ladies laughing and chatting; just enjoying each others company. It’s so good to have girlfriends/shopping buddies.

    • Greetje
      19 April 2015 / 20:57

      I might even have too many of them haha. Just kidding. You can never have too many friends.

    • Greetje
      19 April 2015 / 20:57

      Too cold Nicole. Really! How you survive amazes me.

  4. 19 April 2015 / 19:06

    I’m glad that you and Ron are a happy photo duo once again! Haha. The photos at the airport are really beautiful – you look like a stylish world traveller. I love your idea about changing shoes, but having such lovely footwear helps. And yes, my first thought was, wow, Greetje really packs a LOT of clothes! I look forward to photos of your visit.

    • Greetje
      19 April 2015 / 20:58

      Just wait until I arrive in Vancouver… I might need a trunk.LOL

  5. Ann
    19 April 2015 / 19:34

    Hi there! Looks like fun for you two. Lovely outfit dear and what a good idea to bring that extra suitcase!

    • Greetje
      19 April 2015 / 21:00

      Well… that extra suitcase sort of opened the door to spending… So whether it was a good idea depends how you approach the fact LOL.

  6. Marianne
    19 April 2015 / 20:06

    Oh dear I think you are going to need your empty suitcase. Last time you came back with such a wonderfull pieces from Max Mara. So it will be hard to resist to buy some new pieces. Girl go for it. Love your new shoes. And what a practical and very nice clothes you are wearing. Not only for traveling. But it is such a great advantage to get out of a plane and not to be totally wrinkled.

    • Greetje
      19 April 2015 / 21:01

      I carefully thought this through. And admittedly, I have a lot to choose from.

  7. 19 April 2015 / 21:35

    Oh, my friend, you are seriously too funny. I cannot believe you took two suitcases and for how long? Remember I traveled through England for 27 days with a 22″ carry on. But, if this makes your traveling more enjoyable and comfortable, I say go for it! I just figure if I end up shopping and it won’t fit into my bag, I’ll just buy a cheap bag to take it home in. Can’t wait to see you recent purchases.
    Now for your traveling attire, I would wear this entire outfit head to toe, love every single item. But your new suede shoes are making it to my want list. They look so good with your jeans and I know they will look splendid with skirts as well.
    Van couver is getting closer and closer, are you seriously bringing two suitcases?

    • Greetje
      19 April 2015 / 22:00

      I am thinking about a trunk really. LOL No, I will come with one (big) suitcase. OK? And I will adopt your strategy and buy a cheap bag to take any extra home in. Although that is not going to happen. I am skinned, broke, etc. Spent all me money. Bad girl.

      • 19 April 2015 / 22:08

        We don’t need to shop while we’re in Vancouver, it’s all about meeting one another and just having some fun time laughing.

  8. 19 April 2015 / 21:49

    Oh what fun! I love that you took extra shoes just for your blog photos. LOL You and I are so alike it is scary. I am not a light packer either…as you may remember.

    And those shoes are FABULOUS!

    This was such a fun photo pictorial. I felt like I was with you. So glad your handy husband was able to take the photos. I cannot wait to see what you bought. I hope you saved some $ for Vancouver! Everything here will be less expensive. Too late, I know. LOL


    • Greetje
      19 April 2015 / 22:03

      Indeed too late. I am pennyless, skinned, broke. But… who knows what fortune may come my way? Glad you enjoyed my little story. And I am glad Ron just kept on shooting photos while I was changing shoes. In hindsight a hilarious sight. Talking about “what people may think” haha. I am still breaking in the shoes. Well, the right one. The left one is fine.

  9. 19 April 2015 / 23:09

    There is something in which we are very different : the luggage!! Extra large for you and very small for me…I remember when you send me the email to know if my car could carry your suitcases…so funny!
    Now I can’t wait to see the second post !!

    • Greetje
      20 April 2015 / 05:48

      It was funny for you, but I was serious LOL.

  10. Katrien
    19 April 2015 / 23:12

    Glad you solved the riddle of the 2 suitcases, already scrolled up to see whether I missed you mentioning Ron coming with. Love the travel outfit, beautiful jacket and loving the shoes.

    • Greetje
      20 April 2015 / 05:50

      The check-in stewardess at Turin couldn’t believe it either… She asked me “Are there two people flying?”
      Me: “No, just me”
      Her: “And you have two suitcases?”
      Me: “Yes”

  11. elle
    20 April 2015 / 02:44

    Love the white skinnies on you Greetje! The jacket is paired perfectly , and i like both the long coat and the idea of it. amazed it does not wrinkle! What is it made of?
    Amazed that dan has only one bag… one pair of shoes, and three dresses,

    I pack more like you, for every eventuality..changing weather, etc.
    When I travel I send a box by fed ex instead of taking it on the place, right to the hotel.
    Simple for me that way..
    My right foot is bigger too, i think most of us who are right handed have bigger right feet. That is why leather is so important, it stretches.
    Love the leopard pumps!
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      20 April 2015 / 05:52

      It takes a lot of time before it stretches though Elle. I get very tired of my right shoes and their pinching.

  12. myempotybag
    20 April 2015 / 09:44

    hahhah I love your posts Gretje because makes me laught a lot! Your outfit it’s so nice also when you are in those white boots I thins both options are perfect.

    My Fashion Blog

    • Greetje
      20 April 2015 / 15:11

      And you make me so glad with such a comment. The white boots are not everybody’s taste, but so good for me in Spring to go shopping or walking.

  13. 20 April 2015 / 15:01

    Perfect travel outfit Greetje and great outfit too. Love the shoes. By the way those pants fit you well. A relaxed fit is a lot more fashionable right now than super tight skinnies!

    • Greetje
      20 April 2015 / 15:13

      You know I love super skinny haha. I know these look good too but they have two rather silly folds in the crotch area. Perhaps the seamstress can help. It doesn’t show in these photos but I did select them with that criterium in mind LOL

  14. Happiness at Mid Life
    21 April 2015 / 07:48

    I am impressed that you travel with technically 3 suitcases for 4 days…wow! I knew I love you for a reason 🙂

    I love these heels, perfect leopard print. Can’t wait to see more about your trip to Italy.


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

    • Greetje
      21 April 2015 / 22:11

      I know I am bad aren’t I? Sorry I have visited your blog so little lately. What with the trip and a bad cold afterwards, I have had so little time. I will try and catch up.

  15. 21 April 2015 / 15:26

    Greetje, you’re such a stylish traveller! your grey jacket has the best grey colour I’ve seen in a long time, and just the shade I’m searching for for myself (I only have an old t-shirt in that colour).

    Your new shoes are lovely and a great mix with your cool white jeans.

    How funny that you bring so many suitcases for 4 days 🙂 I hope you found lots of treasures to fill them all (even though one wasn’t going back with you). But I guess you tell in the next post?

    You hair really looks so great, like you’ve just come out of the hairdresser’s 🙂

    • Greetje
      21 April 2015 / 22:17

      What can I say? The grey of the jacket is actually green. Moss green. The long coat is blue.

      And yes I did find lots of treasures. They came back with me in my second suitcase (which, on the flight to Italy, was holding my friend’s suitcase. And was then filled with some of my shoes…).
      My hair only looks good when I have just combed and backcombed it. Which I did. Otherwise it just sticks flat to my face. Don’t be deceived by pretty pictures… they are a delusion.

  16. 22 April 2015 / 16:11

    Great photos and how fun that you have developed a warm relationship with Dan. Only through blogging!

    I love your leopard print shoes! They will add the perfect touch to many an ensemble. I understand the need to pack several pairs of shoes and for me, a number of hats. I’ve been known to send a package to a friend ahead of my arrival if I need a special hat which can’t be packed due to its fragility!

    • Greetje
      23 April 2015 / 05:32

      I am glad you understand me and my shoe need LOL. Indeed with hats it is even more of a problem. And always the fear they might get lost (for me the luggage, for you the shipment).

    • Greetje
      23 April 2015 / 05:36

      The big temperature differences in the morning and the afternoon “forced” me to bring a lot of layers. Thanks for visiting and commenting Nora.

  17. 24 April 2015 / 03:58

    I’m so glad you explained about the suitcases! I don’t travel as minimally as Dan, however, two suitcases, and a large carry-on looked like a LOT of luggage, LOL! Not that I’m judging, ;)…take as much or as little as you are comfortable with, I say. And I agree, it’s the footwear that totally takes up the bulk of the suitcase…sigh.

    You look fabulous! Heels or boots…you look chic and Euro and first class all the way! I always admire those that look well put together when traveling, and I, for the last couple of years, have attempted to look better when I travel. It’s a challenge though…swelling feet, bloated tummy, cramped quarters…I usually manage to look pretty disheveled by the time I reach my destination!

    So lovely that you and Dan got to spend time together again!

    • Greetje
      24 April 2015 / 06:28

      Europee is small compared to the USA. A flight from Amsterdam to Turin takes 1 hour and 45 minutes. Plus of course the time to drop of luggage (in my case haha) and going through customs etc. That takes up about two hours but is filled with lunch, coffee, walking and buying a magazine. No too bad. Which leaves you in a better state than long flights with cramped quarters.

  18. 25 April 2015 / 20:28

    I can’t think of two more amazing women to get together this way! What interesting conversations you must have … what fantastic shopping and dining and sightseeing! That’s my idea of a perfect mini-vacation!
    You both look lovely, and Greetje, you travel the way a woman absolutely should. It’s been a long time since I traveled by air, but when I was little, women used to dress up to fly. So causal, it seems now.
    Great elegant-but-no-fuss outfit, Greetje. Classy, just like you. Love your new shoes even if I’m not a fan of leopard. The cut and shape is so sleek that they are real beauties, and you work them like a champ.
    Good for you … so glad you traveled back and forth safely!

    • Greetje
      26 April 2015 / 10:46

      I love leopard but I am careful with the amount of it in an outfit and what I wear with it. Meaning, if I am wearing an item bordering “rather common” (which I sometimes do), I won’t add leopard. And if I am wearing a leopard jacket, I won’t add any other leopard items. But that is me. There are women who put together a whole outfit of almost everything leopard and get away with it. I suppose it is a matter of pulling the right face. A face that says “aren’t I looking fabulous, or what?”

  19. Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
    26 April 2015 / 06:51

    Wow travelling in style indeed – thanks for sharing the adventure! Love the animal print shoes so much!


    • Greetje
      26 April 2015 / 10:47

      Thanks Rebecca. It took me quite some thinking to come up with this.

  20. Annette
    30 April 2015 / 11:50

    Love your idea about the cut off socks to protect your toes. Must rescue the socks with hole in heel from bin, to do that.

    And your outfits are fab.

    • Greetje
      30 April 2015 / 15:26

      Thanks Annette For your kind comment. I hope I can continue to amuse you.

  21. 17 May 2015 / 09:27

    Like many people, and like you, my right foot is half a size larger then my left foot. Very annoying. That’s why pumps are difficult for me (one will slip off my foot all the time) and why pumps with an ankle-strap are a good solution for me.

    Very entertaining post again. Tx!

    • Greetje
      17 May 2015 / 11:38

      We should form a group with pairs of “larger right foot” and “larger left foot”, then select by taste and all go shopping together haha.

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