Cardigan by Max Mara with yellow shoes

Cardigan Max Mara and yellow sandals (7 van 12)-2Before summer is over you had to see this outfit. The cardigan by Max Mara is of course one of the items I bought at the Max Mara outlet in Turin. The bag as well. The top is by Zara, trousers are old; shoes by Michel Vivien, a Paris shoemaker (seen before here and here). The shoes were terribly expensive (fortunately a gift from husband Ron) but you can remove the flap leaving only straps, so you get two different pairs of shoes for the price of one (any excuse will do). 

Saturday two weeks ago, when these pictures were taken, I sent a text message to my friend Eefje at half past 11 (see her below; isn’t she gorgeous?)Cardigan Max Mara and yellow sandals (2 van 12)The message said: “how about coffee on a terrace at 3 o’clock?” She lives in a nearby village, 28 kilometers (17 miles) further north. Sure enough, Eefje got on the train. You see, there are no real distances in The Netherlands. Is is such a small country. Besides, her task of that day was to clean her house and my proposal sounded much better than household chores LOL. I know Eefje for nearly 30 years now (oh my word… that is so long… am I really getting this old?)

Below: I waited on a terrace overlooking the big square of Haarlem where the weekly market was going on.Cardigan Max Mara and yellow sandals (1 van 12)Below: the waitress was kind enough to take a picture of the both of us. Playing tourist in your own town. Cardigan Max Mara and yellow sandals (3 van 12)Below: of course I assigned her to take pictures of my outfit. Any opportunity to get blog photos must be seized immediately.Cardigan Max Mara and yellow sandals (6 van 12)Below: she got walking shots as well. See how high these heels are? I was by bike, so I didn’t need to walk too far too long.Cardigan Max Mara and yellow sandals (4 van 12)Below: the back. You can also tie the cardigan at the front. I like that less, but it does depend on the top underneath it. This top would be too high at the neck to fasten the cardigan.Cardigan Max Mara and yellow sandals (5 van 12)Below: close-up. I am wearing the wooden watch by Jord, won at Suzanne Carillo‘s blog.Cardigan Max Mara and yellow sandals (1 van 1)Below: across the street was a wine bar and everybody sitting outside was grinning (of course) and putting their thumbs up at our photo session. We had an audience haha. (I am sorry dear lady, I did not ask your permission to publish this photo, but it was such a happy photo, I couldn’t resist it.)Cardigan Max Mara and yellow sandals (8 van 12)Of course I got to chat and I gave her my blog card. You never know, I might gain another reader. Below: looking for my calling cards. Eefje was happily snapping away.Cardigan Max Mara and yellow sandals (9 van 12)Below: one last pose…Cardigan Max Mara and yellow sandals (11 van 12)Below: as we walked back, we went into a market where I discovered this lady. I had to take her picture. She was looking very good and the T-shirt is such fun. Wouldn’t mind it myself. I found out (yes, we chatted…..) she is a part-time yoga teacher. I was just about to join her classes when she confessed to be moving to the north of the country (Friesland). Now, this may be a small country, but that is going to be a 2 to 3 hours drive. So no yoga.Selfie (1 van 1)See you next week?


As by request, below are the shoes, with and without flap:



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  1. 30 August 2015 / 16:22

    Love those smiles! you just gave me some ideas…I have a long white cardigan like this!! Looks great!

    • Greetje
      30 August 2015 / 18:28

      I am all proud.. I have inspired somebody. Yeah.

  2. 30 August 2015 / 16:24

    Those yellow shoes are amazing! I really like them and I like how they picked up the yellow detail in your bag.

    • Greetje
      30 August 2015 / 18:28

      Ah.. carrying that bag was no coincidence….

  3. 30 August 2015 / 16:32

    Oooh…those shoes are lovely! Especially the colour. Lucky lady.

    Love the whole outfit. You can wear long sweaters, I don’t think I’m tall enough.

    Looks like a great day out with a gorgeous friend.

    I do love the last shot of that beautiful yoga instructor as well. Every time I see yoga instructors I think, “Damn! I need to be doing that!” They all look so fabulous. But then…I never do! LOL


    • Greetje
      30 August 2015 / 18:29

      I have the same with ballet dancers.such gracious figures.

  4. Katrien
    30 August 2015 / 16:46

    Oh, those shoes may have been expensive but they are worth it, gorgeous! And they match your bag perfectly. Once again a great outfit.

    • Greetje
      30 August 2015 / 18:30

      You know that carrying that bag was no coincidence. You know me well enough.

  5. Rebecca
    30 August 2015 / 17:19

    Love the outfit and the shoes are great. I work in a women’s clothing store and had the pleasure of chatting with a young woman from the Netherlands. We were talking about how lovely your country is. Someday I will get there and see for myself!

    • Greetje
      30 August 2015 / 18:34

      Ah.. You see, every country has something different to offer. I do love The Netherlands, but it is where my roots are, so that is logic. If you ever go to this neck of the woods, don’t miss Italy. Is even nicer.

  6. Marianne
    30 August 2015 / 17:45

    Great outfit. the top gives it an edgy touch. I think cardigans like this you can’t have enough off. They never go out of fashion, when the material is first class, and this one certainly is. Your shoes are one of a kind. I like the color yellow on you, like your yellow couch bag and coat. This bag is one of my favourites. It goes with everything, and I like handbags you can put a lot of stuff in. Fun report again.

    • Greetje
      30 August 2015 / 18:35

      And the bag is also very handy for carrying a camera!! Glad you like the outfit Marianne.

  7. 30 August 2015 / 19:12

    I love that your friend dropped everything to come for a day of spiritual refreshment with you. That’s awesome! Quick, reliable transit is priceless – as are good friends!
    I notice your smiles; no amount of fake smiling can achieve the positive energy of a true smile from laughing and chatting. And Eefje is a good photographer as well as friend, a true beauty. I enjoy the visual variety of movement and angles .
    And of course your outfit deserves praise. You must know I adore the considered pops of yellow. The piece overall looks really fun, perfect for a day hanging out with a friend.

    • Greetje
      30 August 2015 / 20:18

      As you say my dear, time spent with friends is precious. Today another friend texted me with a coffee invitation on the same square. It took me half an hour to realize that blogging is nice but friends in real life deserve priority. So I hopped on my bike and 5 minutes later I was chatting away with her. I told her about my dilemma (loving to blog, but finding little time for anything else. And the “else” being even more important). She reminded me of the blogging meet up and about making new friends like she did on holiday this summer. And we stated that a heart is big. It can love many friends and there is always room for more, without taking anything away from the others. Being phylosophical now.

  8. 30 August 2015 / 19:40

    What a wonderful day – and yes your friend is gorgeous and looks kind. Love your look, too – esp the yellow shoes. Old friends are such a treasure. xox

    • Greetje
      30 August 2015 / 20:21

      I am blessed with many “old” friends. And as I said in my comment to Melanie: there is so much room in your heart. New friends are so welcome too and their entering your life is not going to take away anything from your love for your old friends. Hearts are so clever.

    • Greetje
      30 August 2015 / 20:59

      Oh hi Nicole. The shoes are indeed comfy, but nevertheless bloody high LOL.

  9. 31 August 2015 / 14:39

    I like your cardigan, and I like your look with these playful yellow, to get the classic look into something more fun. I like your blouse, and printing so pretty. Your friend is really beautiful, together is a great pair of attractive and elegant women. Perfect for coffee with a friend instead. Holland is a wonderful country. The woman who discovered in the market is also beautiful, and his shirt asks a picture.

    • Greetje
      31 August 2015 / 17:47

      Sometimes I think I choose my friends because of their beauty haha (not true, but they are good looking)

  10. LoriM
    31 August 2015 / 17:03

    Did you really ride your bike in those shoes? Can we get a closer pic of the shoes, with and without flap? (Maybe that’s what you linked to…) Going to look again now…

    I was tickled to see the reference to Friesland, where my ancestors are from.

    • Greetje
      31 August 2015 / 18:18

      Yes, I really rode my bike in these shoes. No problem at all. You are sitting after all. And because you asked I have added the shoes with and without flap at the end of this post.
      Did you know that people in Friesland have their own language? Weird hah? But they do learn Dutch as well.

      • LoriM
        31 August 2015 / 20:03

        Thanks! I did not know that about Frieslanders (?) having their own language.

        • LoriM
          31 August 2015 / 20:05

          My mother’s father’s family was FRIESWYK.

      • 31 August 2015 / 20:13

        Cycling is in the DNA of the Dutch so I’m not surprised in the least that Greetje was able to cycle in those heels. I would love to see her in action but I can just imagine her gracefully gliding along the canals!

        • Greetje
          31 August 2015 / 20:56

          Actually I am not a very good bike rider. Rather insecure as I am much more of a car person. But the center of town is a 15 to 20 minute walk (on flat shoes). Or 5 minutes by bike. Very little parking space which also costs quite a lot… And you know, we Dutch have a reputation for being tight.

  11. elle
    31 August 2015 / 19:41

    I love this look! Those shoes are so beautiful and so very cool each way! Love the bag, too! What a striking outfit. Your beautiful friend did a great job with the photos!
    The shoes do look expensive, but worth it. Good hubby, Good!
    xx, elle

    • Greetje
      31 August 2015 / 20:58

      Yes, hubby is good. The other day he said to me at dinner, he could not think of anyone nicer to spend his life with…
      So nice.

    • Greetje
      31 August 2015 / 21:12

      The idea is great, but it is like with a dress maker. You are never sure until it is completely finished, whether it will suit you. And I am not creative at all. So I will pass up on this idea.

  12. 31 August 2015 / 20:16

    So, so, very much to fall in love with this outfit. And what a brilliant mind the designer had to make them so you can wear them differently. I love things like that. I love the hints of the yellows and blues with the white. Wonderful that you had time with your friend and quite right that coffee trumps housework! That’s the great thing about The Netherlands, so many places are really close. Not so easy in London where I have to allow at least an hour to get around.

    • Greetje
      31 August 2015 / 21:23

      You are right Jacqueline, I love The Netherlands for this, for everything so close. Bu I do love Great Britain as well. Such a beautiful and diverse country. And London is still better than the States where they have lots of space but everything is even further away.

  13. 1 September 2015 / 01:48

    Greetje I’ve swooned over the yellow shoes once before and I shall swoon again. So clever they are. I love the picture of you checking your phone. The unaware pictures always seem to be the best. Max Mara is a good brand for you. Your country is beautiful and so is your friend.

    • Greetje
      2 September 2015 / 09:17

      I can tell you Glenda, not many unaware pictures of me are good. My face moves too much haha.

  14. 2 September 2015 / 16:48

    You riding a bike wearing heels? Tre’s chic, my dear…this is class!! 🙂
    You shoud consider to make a post!

    Wonderful sandals! I remember them from a previous post. Wonderful with or without the flap

    • Greetje
      2 September 2015 / 20:48

      It is easy to ride a bike wearing heels. As a matter of fact, if I am wearing heels and I want to go into town, I choose to go by bike because my feet won’t blister on a bike.

  15. 2 September 2015 / 21:10

    How did I miss this post? It’s wonderful on every level. The styling and fashion sense is right on the money. You sure look fashionable and chic for a Leisurely Saturday afternoon. I really love that about you, always looking stylish. Wonderful also with the girlfriend time. That was time well spent, much much better than house work. I still get a kick out of how outgoing you are when it comes to blogging photos. I just can’t get myself to take photos with a lot of people around, but then you are right, it’s a great conversation opportunity. I might have to give it a go some day.
    Still loving those (expensive sandals) and the bag!

    • Greetje
      2 September 2015 / 23:00

      Most people are nice about the photography and curious. They want to know how and what and why. And I don’t mind telling them, you know how much I love talking LOL. And eh… I am not always stylishly dressed on a leisurely Saturday, oh no.

  16. Happiness at Mid Life
    3 September 2015 / 07:04

    I always love seeing these pretty yellow sandals on you. Looks like a fun day spend with a great friend!


    Would love for you to stop by & join TBT Fashion link up.

    • Greetje
      3 September 2015 / 20:30

      I am trying to wear them a bit more. Make them worth their money.

    • Greetje
      3 September 2015 / 22:31

      Thanks Gaby. And this time I have styled it myself. Maybe I am learning haha.

  17. 4 September 2015 / 03:48

    The yellow shoes are fantastic! And you’re right, two for the price of one! Ron is a dear for making sure that you have them in your shoe collection!

    Thank you so much for the sweet comments that you leave on Style Crone. They always elevate my day!

    • Greetje
      4 September 2015 / 16:53

      Dearest Judith, as you probably know by now, my comments are never flattery. They are sincere and honest. That is my character and my Dutch nature. So if they please you, it might even please you more to know that I have never exaggerated.

  18. 5 September 2015 / 04:33

    Oh, you rocked that outfit. The yellow sandals are the perfect pop of color.

    • Greetje
      5 September 2015 / 08:58

      And this time I came up with this outfit myself. (Being so proud of that haha.)

  19. 5 September 2015 / 10:11

    The pop of yellow makes the whole outfit come alive. You do it so well, dear Greetje.

    • Greetje
      6 September 2015 / 20:13

      That is the one thing I do know well indeed Sacramento: how to let one colour pop. So I did learn something in all these years.

  20. 6 September 2015 / 07:33

    Late to your post this week Greetje! I’m glad I didn’t miss it altogether because the shoes are killer! I love the colour and how they mimic oxford shoes, but in a totally fun way!

    Both your friend and the yoga instructor are gorgeous! Of course, you are gorgeous inside and out my friend!

    • Greetje
      6 September 2015 / 20:12

      You make me sound like a saint Sue. Believe me I AM NOT.

    • Greetje
      10 September 2015 / 05:56

      And I don’t even wear them enough, but I do like them a lot as well.

  21. 17 September 2015 / 14:03

    Those shoes! Greetje! Those shoes!!

    And your friend is so sweet. And the new friend you made too. What a fun day! You are good friend to many. It’s inspirational.

    And those shoes! Op, I already said that!!


    Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

    • Greetje
      17 September 2015 / 19:40

      Yep, those yellow shoes are quite the eye catchers. I love that of my husband. Just when I think “this is far too expensive”, he pulls his credit card and buys it for me. He buys me lots of presents. So nice. I never expect him to and I don’t count on it either. But when I started to blog it struck me that I had to say many times “gift from my husband”. Sweet guy. No push-over though.

  22. 4 October 2015 / 15:24

    Love those shoes. Always have. With and without flaps;-).

    • Greetje
      4 October 2015 / 20:08

      I did wear them more often this year, These yellow shoes deserve it. With and without flaps.

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