Red cowboy boots with a red tassle necklace

Red cowboy boots (1 van 2)These red cowboy boots never get the attention from me they deserve. They were a present from my husband but I was too impatient when buying them. I wanted them less high. Perhaps if they had been mid calf, I might wear them more. They are pretty comfortable and the brand is Sendra (worn in winter here). The red is perfect to combine with my new tassle necklace, made by Suzanne Carillo. (If you like it, you can order one through her blog.)

I love tassles, I love red and I love a V-shape. This necklace was custom-made by Suzanne according to these wishes. I love it. I have already styled a couple of outfits with it and this one makes the blog as Ron had time to photograph.

“Let’s try the standard lens”, I said “…and do one of these photos with a vague background and me razor sharp in the middle”. As we had to figure out how to do that, we chose the “kitchen garden” where Ron has a plot (300 square meters). You will find hardly any vegetables* on his patch, but neither a nagging wife. Nobody who tells him to clean up or do little chores as I don’t often visit his garden. I bet that is the biggest attraction of that garden to him haha.

* Ron disagrees. LOL

Below: we tried this shot on the path. But the sun was a spoilsport. Far too bright in the middle of the day. Makes my face very harsh and with shadows. Only half an hour before it was nice and cloudy. Nice as in “nice for photographing”. The weather is still mostly cold here in The Netherlands. Bummer. No spring at all.Red cowboy boots (1 van 1)-2Below: still, the background is blurry and I am sharp. So that part was good.Red cowboy boots (2 van 2)Below: Ron knew a path with more shade. I say… not bad, not bad at all. Ron shot about 6 photos on this spot, one after another. Every photo was totally different as the light kept changing.Red cowboy boots (2 van 2)-2Ron had another idea: “Let’s go to the garden of Gerard and Anne. They have a lovely (huge) garden with lots of shade and interesting vintage stuff.” And indeed their garden was like the garden of Eden. Luscious,beautiful, big, green, colourful, flowers.

Below: here I am underneath an arch in their garden.Red cowboy boots (1 van 4)Below: in front of one of their two little wooden “houses”.Red cowboy boots (3 van 4)Below: Charlie, our dog who wants to be in the picture too. Isn’t she sweet? She always looks like this. Never smiles. Charlie is a “Korthals griffon”.Red cowboy boots (1 van 2)-2Below: this is the same outfit but without the scarf.Red cowboy boots (4 van 4)Below: the inside of the little house. Everything is decorated with vintage stuff. Like going back in time, especially with the bed in the alcove (where the lace curtains are).Garden A and G (11 van 21)Below: Gerard and Anne in front of their other “house” in the garden. (The man on the right is my husband Ron.)Garden A and G (8 van 21)Below: And this is their view from their “house”. Garden A and G (3 van 21)Below: apart from water lilies there are ducks…. can you spot mother duck and her two ducklins?Garden A and G (6 van 21)Below: three more pictures of their lovely garden. I can tell you, Ron has a very nice garden, but compared to this one, it pales.Garden A and G (12 van 21)

Garden A and G (14 van 21)

Garden A and G (18 van 21)Below: OK, now for the details of the outfit. Bag (brand Furla), boots, necklace.Cream Furla bag

Red cowboy boots (1 van 1)

Red necklace made by Suzanne (1 van 1)This was a photographing experience post. Not much to laugh over this time. Sorry.


Nice links:
As from June 3rd, there will be examples of spring jackets on the blogs of Jill (Everything Just So) and Adrienne (The Rich Life on a budget), in the posts How I Wear my Spring Jacket.

And fabulous shoes you can see at Style Nudge: Shoe and Tell.

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  1. 31 May 2015 / 18:40

    I like the height of the boots and the scarf with the blazer is spot on!!! Suzanne did a fantastic job on that necklace!! jodie
    ps…you and your neighbors have lovely gardens…we tried one last year, but it’s not our thing!!!

    • Greetje
      31 May 2015 / 20:10

      It isn’t my thing either, but Ron loves it. Probably because it is a garden just for himself, away from our home (where we have a garden too, although smaller).

  2. 31 May 2015 / 18:41

    Wonderful boots. I love red boots; I haven´t seen many around. You may start a trend.
    Looking fabulous, dear Greetje

    • Greetje
      31 May 2015 / 20:11

      That will be the day Sacramento…. me starting a trend haha.

    • Greetje
      31 May 2015 / 20:11

      Yep, Suzanne did a great job with that necklace.

  3. 31 May 2015 / 19:45

    Wow! What beautiful photos! Congratulate Ron for me. The ones of the garden are especially stunning.

    Yay! So happy to see you wearing the necklace : ) and it looks lovely.

    I like the whole outfit. That blazer is very swishy. It almost looks like a tux jacket.

    I’ve been searching for years and years for cowboy boots in this colour. They are gorgeous! They do look tall though. On me I’m sure they’d be above my knees. They are beautiful.

    That little house and the whole spot looks rather idyllic. Like some little Hobbits or a Prince and Princess should live there. The gardens are lush and remind me of English gardens. I want to be there!


    • Greetje
      31 May 2015 / 20:14

      Actually, the lapels of the jacket are shiny, like a tux jacket. I love the fit.
      And the photos of the garden… I took them haha, so thanks for the appreciation. They really have a garden of Eden.
      At the time when I bought these boots (with Ron’s money) I also thought it would not be easy to find red cowboy boots, so I settled for these tall ones.

  4. 31 May 2015 / 19:48

    You and Ron have created such fantastic photos here. I love a blurry background too.
    Charlie is adorable. And Gerard and Anne’s place looks is idyllic. The city noise gets unbearable and I can imagine how peaceful it would be to wake up and have a view of a pond with ducks and ducklings.
    Finally, you look smashing in this outfit. The boots and the necklace are gorgeous pops of red. Suzanne is so talented.

    • Greetje
      31 May 2015 / 20:16

      Ah… yes it would be peaceful to wake up with ducks… Alas you are not allowed to sleep in your little wooden house on these “vegetable” gardens.
      Did your ears bleep today? Susan (of Une femme d’un certain age) and me talked about you. She was over in Amsterdam and we spent the afternoon together.
      Thanks for the compliments by the way.

  5. Marianne
    31 May 2015 / 19:59

    A rather classic top part. Jacket, white blouse, paisley scarf . The red necklace to give it the final touch, and then the bottom styled a little like a cowboyscene, I think that is because of the red boots. Hit them on, move them out. Well done. The photo’s of the gardens are wonderful, like palacegardens. Great report. Compliments to Ron, but my favourite model still is Charlie, sorry.

    • Greetje
      31 May 2015 / 20:18

      Rawhide hah? Yep that is what you get with cowboy boots. I like contrasts, you know that.
      Glad you liked the photos. And I don’t mind sharing the glamour with Charlie. I have to share Ron with her as well.

  6. 31 May 2015 / 20:31

    Oooh, some lovely bokeh in your photos Greetje! They got better and better as I scrolled down. The garden settings are inviting…I so want to be in your friends’ garden, relaxing, enjoying the pond, the ducks, those gorgeous roses!

    Your look is very Euro casual chic. Like you actually own horses and a stable, but have ‘others’ do the mucky work. The pops of red sing! Red cowboy boots are a forever item. Not to be worn everyday, but always something to wear when you want to be noticed…in a good way! You’ve got the long, lean legs for the higher boot, just sayin’.

    • Greetje
      31 May 2015 / 21:00

      Thank you Sue… for just sayin’. Makes me feel better over the tallness of these boots. I have bokeh in my photos? Oh you mean blurry background and such? Experimenting. Learned it from Catherine (Not dressed as lamb).

  7. Katrien
    31 May 2015 / 21:15

    Those red boots have always been one of my favorites. If you ever get tired of them you know where to send them. Love the pictures at the bottom with just legs and boots visible. Great outfit!

    • Greetje
      31 May 2015 / 21:37

      Thank you. Do we have the same size? I just find it difficult to style them. I need professional help.

  8. 1 June 2015 / 01:00

    I love how your red cowboy boots attract attention to the rest of your fabulous outfit … well done!

    • Greetje
      1 June 2015 / 05:44

      Thank you Stacey. Now I have to think of a few other outfits with these boots. So far I draw a blanc.

  9. 1 June 2015 / 01:42

    I would never leave their lovely garden. So picture perfect and inviting. Our patient husbands. Sometimes my husband has to dash off to work and he barely have enough time to take really good shots. On those occasions, I say very little and just go with what we have. When the bright California son is directly over-head, my face is barely visible. Oh well. I’m just thankful he’s willing to do the job.

    On to the outfit, I like the look with the scarf tied on your purse. By doing this, it really pushed the necklace forward, which caused the boots to shine as well. I like this classic look on you very much.

    • Greetje
      1 June 2015 / 05:47

      I added the scarf for more interest but wasn’t quite sure. So I get your point. Thanks for your (very valued) opinion. Nice to have a stylist opinion.

    • Greetje
      1 June 2015 / 05:48

      Thank you Nicole. Red is my favourite colour and still I don’t own that many red things. Strange.

  10. 1 June 2015 / 06:11

    Oh my, this outfit is so stylish, classy, and so well put together. Smart styling decision adding that wonderful scarf, just the right added touch to bring the entire outfit to the next level. As for your amazing red boots, well I personally think the height looks perfect with you tall legs. Absolutely love that necklace Suzanne made, she is one creative, talented lady, and you did a wonderful job of styling it.
    As for the garden, well you know me, I would be spending hours on end in that sanctuary, just heavenly.
    Great photos, great outfit, just a great post all around!

    • Greetje
      1 June 2015 / 21:10

      That garden is quite a santuary, isn’t it? I call it the garden of Eden, it is so pretty. The boots are lovely, but I don’t really know what to do with them apart from combining them with jeans. They are very dominant.

  11. 1 June 2015 / 06:36

    Greetje, I actually like the cowboy boots taller like this rather than shorter. They are less literal “yee ha Cowboy” and more modern. You mentioned the necklace and it’s really pretty, so nice against the white shirt too.

    It’s true, light is everything. 🙂 Where we live, late afternoon/early evening is the best time for photos.

    The gardens are stunning. What a nice place to hang out!

    Thank you again for a wonderful time yesterday. It was so much fun and nice to meet you.

    • Greetje
      1 June 2015 / 21:14

      Getting my husband to take photos and getting a window in the day, when it does not rain…. mean you have to seize the moment. Even if it is in the middle of the day.
      I would have been so happy if we could have taken you around Amsterdam by boat, but alas… Dutch weather. And today it is pretty good. But it did give us lots of time to get to know one another. I have really enjoyed it a lot. It was a happy day after all.

  12. 1 June 2015 / 07:51

    Superb photos Greetje and Ron and how wonderful is that garden and that little house! Wow!

    I think you did a great job styling the boots even though I personally like this outfit better with shoes. To me too much attention goes to your bottom half now and I want to focus on your face! But this is not new to you. I will never really love the boots over pants look, certainly not when it is a very different color from the pants.

    Suzanne’s necklace is fabulous and perfect with this outfit. For me that necklace is enough and I prefer the look without the scarf.

    Just read that you could not do the boat trip with Susan. What a pity but so great that you 2 met! Still have SUCH fond memories of that special day in Amsterdam one year ago.

    • Greetje
      1 June 2015 / 21:18

      Yes, that one day, a year ago, when it was nice weather…. I remember it well haha. It was indeed a lovely day.
      Your suggestion that the boots draw the attention, away from my face.. I don’t mind. But I agree they are very dominant. Which is why I cannot style them very well and I end up wearing them with jeans and something black. I like the outfit with an without scarf. Either way.

  13. Happiness at Mid Life
    1 June 2015 / 07:57

    Ron did a great job on the photos and you did on the outfit. I have a pair of cowboy boots in brown that I can’t remember the last time i”ve worn them. I think it’s time I bring them out for a spin.


    • Greetje
      1 June 2015 / 21:19

      Wait until the weather is colder. I suppose. Can you wear boots in summer where you live?

  14. 1 June 2015 / 11:18

    It looks a nice peaceful place where to relax ! Lovely pond with ducks and water vegetation …lovely garden as well…the perfect place to save money as there are no shopping facilities around!! 🙂
    Your outfit is perfect for the place! Beautiful red accessories …
    Sometimes it is difficult to find the right light for shooting but Ron had done a good job!
    Kisses to you both …

    • Greetje
      1 June 2015 / 21:22

      I am being a good girl. On money and food.
      No money spent on clothes and the such for a month now. And I haven’t eaten any cakes, chocolate or other extra’s. I am actually losing weight now. Finally. Everything was getting so tight.
      (The pond is a small river…)

  15. 2 June 2015 / 17:33

    YOU look FABULOUS…………LOved the garden tour as well………….
    I know Cherie and Adrienne…………this blogging stuff is a small WORLD!

    • Greetje
      2 June 2015 / 22:51

      Isn’t it just? I love meeting felllow bloggers in real life too. So much fun.

    • Greetje
      3 June 2015 / 07:45

      My pleasure entirely of course. After all, you were the inspiration, so it is nice to show you the result of it.

  16. Mrs C
    3 June 2015 / 15:16

    In love with this look! Everything of it – boots, color mix, the beautiful scarf and Suzanne’s necklace (I’m going to order one!!) I love this look (I’m saying it again) and you look super! Love the shots of the beautiful serene place too.. lovely.

    • Greetje
      3 June 2015 / 17:08

      Wow, didn’t think anybody would be sooo enthousiastic. Thank you. Glad you like it.

  17. 4 June 2015 / 11:51

    For a garden lover, the garden of Gerard and Anne is heaven! So many lovely flowers and plants, beautiful views, and that amazing cottage! I’d pay a nice entrance fee to visit 🙂

    How cute is your dog! I’m between dogs at the moment, so I have a super soft spot for other’s, and Charlie is so lovely! I’ve never met a Korthals Griffon – but from her eyes I can tell she’s a good dog.

    Those red cowboy boots are amazing – super stylish and full of personality! They can really make an outfit, and with your lovely necklace and very beautiful scarf, you’ve taken an otherwise simple outfit the greatness! Very clever styling indeed Greetje! Thanks to Ron for all the lovely photos 😀

    • Greetje
      4 June 2015 / 14:04

      The boots have a downside too… they are very dominant, so I don’t know how to style them differently other than this outfit.
      The garden photos only show a small part of their garden. They have 900 square meters and a river as their view at the back.
      About dogs: a Korthals Griffon is not a very wellknown breed. The people we have met who have or had such a dog are all raving about the breed. Very friendly. And they hardly shed hair. They have to be trimmed (plucked really) twice a year, preferably by a professional if you love your dog. They are hunting dogs, so they need a lot of exercise. If you have little time, don’t do it. A dog that doesn’t get enough exercise will get restless indoors….

  18. Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
    4 June 2015 / 16:00

    Great photos you and Ron created here Greet – also the match of the red tassel necklace & the boots is such a cool style idea!


    • Greetje
      4 June 2015 / 21:41

      Thank you Rebecca. I am afraid I am heading into another direction (fashionwise) than you are. But being different is what makes the world interesting.

  19. elle
    8 June 2015 / 01:31

    How wonderful is this outfit! I adore the jacket, scarf , necklace- yay Suzanne!- and of course the stunning red boots. You always look your best in skinny jeans and a jacket, IMHO, although I do love the recent addition of dresses, too, this seems to be a natural style for you, so that it comes off so flawless,
    Again, your photos just keep getting better and better.
    I also love tassels, this is the season for them !
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      9 June 2015 / 10:19

      I was looking at photos of last year… boy oh boy… Some of the photos were green, or distorted (with very short legs because of the use of the wrong lens). Luckily I am improving, for which I am thankful.
      And yes I will not abandon my skinnies but I like it that Dan has pushed me to a better balance.

  20. 21 June 2015 / 04:13

    Love it. You always put the perfect combinations together. I’ve got a thing for red boots, and you mad this so effortless and stylish. Great outfit….xoxo

    • Greetje
      21 June 2015 / 08:10

      That is funny… that is what I think of you. Putting perfect combinations together. LOL

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