Red pumps

red black and white sequin top new_LRAfter carefully examining my bank accounts, I had to admit… the bottom of the treasure chest was clearly showing. Then I saw online the most divine pumps in one of my favourite stores (Calzature) in Utrecht, and said to husband Ron: “Just as I found the perfect red pumps, my size, 50% off, I haven’t got any money left. Otherwise I would have gone to Utrecht to pick them up”. To my surprise he replies: “Oh, when we go to Utrecht, we can have coffee with Nicky”. (Nicky is my stepdaughter). Don’t you think he is an enabler? I mean… as if I need any encouragement. 

So away we went. (Of course we went…, I just need a nudge, not a push). Taking the opportunity as it arises, I brought my camera, wore my new top (in the sale) and paired it with my Max Mara trousers Ron bought me two years ago. (Seen before here and here.) It is an asymmetrical top, with different fabrics: the red bit is knitted, the sleeves transparant. Love it especially because it is red, one of my favourite colours. (For the Dutch: bought this top at Lab Women in Haarlem.)red black and white sequin top (4)-2_LRWe picked up Nicky and took a few pictures near her house.

Below: Nicky, my beautiful stepdaughter. Nature was obviously kind to her. Nicky and me (4)-2_LRBelow: on our way to town we saw all these tourists (?) like ducks in a row. Very strange sight.tourists in UtrechtBelow: To show the sequins, a photo from the side, in front of an old building. Utrecht has many of them. (See my post about shopping in Utrecht)

Colours of this top are: blue, black, white and red. Shopper is by Karl Lagerfeld. Shoes by Tommy black and white sequin top (25)-2_LRBelow: and off to the store we went. The lady of the shop (top left) quickly brought them. She is a gem. Knows so much about shoes, how they should be made, what she has in stock. And she is very helpful and never a sour face if you don’t buy. The way customers love it. Our dog Charlie accompanied us. Trying on the red pumpsBelow: … then the terrible thing happened….. they were too high for me… I really tried to convince myself they were not but my calves told me differently (they said something like: “what the feck do you think you are doing to us???”). So I tried on burgundy pumps, much lower, very very comfortable but they were just not me. See for yourself belowtwo pairs of red pumpsBelow: in the meantime Nicky tried black pumps.trying on shoes at Calzature Utrecht (20)-2_LRBelow: and scored! Perfect black pumps. The ones she was after for two years.trying on shoes at Calzature Utrecht (19)-2_LRWhich made me think…. did I have good blue pumps for winter? No I didn’t. So I bought the same pumps as Nicky in blue suede with a patent leather heel and a small platform sole. Frailty, thy name is woman.

Below: me left in blue, Nicky right in black pumps.SAMSUNG CSCBelow: one last picture of Nicky and me. As you can see we did some shopping….Nicky and me (8)-2_LRMore about this day in the near future.


No Fear of Fashion

PS: Linking up again to High Latitude Style’s show of other bloggers.

PS2: linking up to Patti’s Visible Monday. Where women over 40 show they are not invisible and don’t want to be either.

PS3: linking up to Catherine’s I wear what I like. For casual outfits.



  1. 4 October 2015 / 17:47

    So much fun to shop with a friend or family member…both of you ladies are lovely! And who doesn’t love a shoe shopping adventure!

    • Greetje
      4 October 2015 / 19:18

      I am very much into shoes, shopping, friends and family. Together with lovely weather… great combination.

    • Greetje
      4 October 2015 / 19:19

      I am very pleased with this top myself. And yes, my stepdaughter is indeed beautiful.

  2. 4 October 2015 / 18:43

    Ron is the best husband! I also saw your IG…
    This outfit dazzles, Greetje. I already loved the top but then I saw the sequins… I didn’t know I could love it more. The stripes and all the bits fit together perfectly.
    It’s good you listened to your calves (sounds like a farm show out of context! heh) but I’m glad you got some shoes after all but. You certainly didn’t want to waste a trip to a favourite shoe store. You and Nicky look great together. Winner of a day!

    • Greetje
      4 October 2015 / 19:21

      Yes indeed, Ron is the best. So glad he took the pictures as well that day. And my favourite shoeshop had more great shoes… but as I said… the money bag is getting a bit empty.

  3. 4 October 2015 / 19:12

    Great story Greetje, no red pumps, but a wonderful day for Nicky, Ron and yourself and wonderful memories.

    • Greetje
      4 October 2015 / 19:22

      It is always nice to spend time together. But taking pictures and buying shoes as well… that makes it a top day. LOL

  4. Katrien
    4 October 2015 / 20:02

    Love the linework in the top as well as in the pants. Very funky outfit. Don’t you have red shoes already, I know, never enough but how about those nice suede open red ones you had?

    • Greetje
      4 October 2015 / 20:15

      I have red suede pumps with a closed toe too and I think with this outfit a closed toe is better (and warmer as we are heading towards Autumn).
      But somehow, they aren’t funky enough for this outfit, so I will stick with the black ones.
      Just love high heeled patent leather red pumps. A bit you-know-what… but still.

    • Greetje
      4 October 2015 / 20:16

      Thanks Nancy, your comment really made my day. I suppose everybody who creates things, however humble, doubts himself (of herself). So do I. A compliment like yours gives me wings.

  5. 4 October 2015 / 20:17

    What a wonderful husband you have! Mine is the same, total enabler, I believe he does not know the phrase ‘don’t buy’… And you scored a good pair of shoes and got to see the stepdaughter, so it was a great trip.

    • Greetje
      4 October 2015 / 20:30

      And the blue pumps were not the only thing I scored… I also scored a pair of very, very tight trousers with a rather short sweater…. the kind of thing of which you would say: “Don’t do that!!!”
      But with a very appreciative husband who looks at you with “wow-eyes”, it is hard to say no. I do want to please him as often enough I buy things he doesn’t like at all.
      Although he is an enabler, I do buy all my clothes with my own money. Having said that… he gives me lots of presents too. The sweetheart. This trip his daughter got lucky. He paid for her shoes. Bless her. She needs it much more than I do.

  6. Charlene
    4 October 2015 / 20:41

    Your posts are always so fun. And my husband is a lot like your Ron, very generous and an enabler as well. We are both lucky ladies.
    You were smart to pass on the red pumps. My niece has become the recipient of several pairs of gorgeous shoes that I foolishly convinced myself I could wear. And your stepdaughter is indeed beautiful.
    And an update on Very Attractive Lady Wearing Gray Pants and White Top: 270 pins and 40 likes.

    • Greetje
      4 October 2015 / 20:53

      Whahahaha… 270 pins and 40 likes… who would ever have thought that!!??! It is a strange world.
      When I was trying to convince myself that the red pumps were really not that bad to walk on (….) I remembered that I did the same thing with perfect blue pumps last year… My neighbour got those in the end (after 3 times stretching at the cobblers). But still, when I see them again on the photo I want to go back. However, I have experienced with the cream booties how shoes can feel and walk as well…. And be ever so nice…. so I am opting for that. Finally knocking some sense in me.

  7. 4 October 2015 / 22:15

    Liebe Greetje,
    die roten Pumps sind ein Traum. Aber ich gebe dir recht, sie sind viiiiieeel zu hoch. Solche hohen Schuhe kann man nicht richtig genießen. Man schafft es vielleicht gerade mal vom Auto zum Restaurant.
    Mit der blauen Alternative hast du einen guten Kauf gemacht. Übrigens, dein Oberteil gefällt mir auch für.
    Gruß Cla

    • Greetje
      6 October 2015 / 20:48

      Well…. let me tell you this… I spilled hot coffee all over those blue suede shoes. Then held them under the cold water tap and…. they look fine but expanded two sizes. Cannot walk on them anymore. Luckily I paid them with my creditcard, so they are insured and I am getting the money back (minus € 25). So off tomorrow to see whether they have another pair. Bummer.

  8. 5 October 2015 / 00:05

    What a fun day! And all because of shoes! 😉

    How fun that Nicky & you ended up buying the same shoes in different colors. Dark blue is perfect for fall!

    • Greetje
      5 October 2015 / 06:05

      I would have loved to end up with different shoes (the red ones…) but as it is, these blue ones are a lot better to walk on.

  9. 5 October 2015 / 02:46

    This is a great outfit. Contemporary and totally you! And a lovely read of a cosy day.

    • Greetje
      5 October 2015 / 06:05

      Thank you darling. Your approval means a lot to me.

  10. 5 October 2015 / 03:19

    Hey…if your husband says “let’s go shopping”…then by all means you should go shopping!! I get my husband to go by promising food or ice cream! Now by my perspective, those blue pumps do not look much lower than those red pumps…give me the inside scoop!! (They are beautiful!!)

    • Greetje
      5 October 2015 / 06:07

      They are lower, because of a little platform underneath the front of the shoe. And they are made differently (read more comfortable). I also think they are about 1 or half a centimeter lower. Which does the trick. I can walk on fairly high heels, but the red ones tipped me over.

  11. Donna
    5 October 2015 / 03:27

    I love everything about this post! Charlie in the shop with you to help, to your gorgeous new purchases. I showed my Ron this post to point out how he should be more like your Ron…..keep posted and I will let you know how I go 🙂
    Love it all Greetje, as always wish we were there
    Donna and Ron

    • Greetje
      5 October 2015 / 06:12

      Oh hi Donna. Don’t get me wrong. Ron came along because it was a good chance to visit his daughter. And because he could make photos. That last bit (taking photos) is of course also a very nice gesture on his side. I need those photos for the blog and I am very grateful that he wants to help. But just shopping? No, he would not be up for that. I paid for the shoes myself. Nevertheless truth to be told I get a lot of presents from him, this time Nicky got lucky, he bought her the shoes. She can use such a present more than I haha.

  12. Happiness at Mid Life
    5 October 2015 / 05:38

    Ron is such a sweetheart! What a bummer the red heels didn’t work out, they look great on you. But your new blue heels are just as fab and you and a great day with family which is always a plus.


    • Greetje
      5 October 2015 / 07:15

      Indeed Alice, let’s never forget that family and friends are far more importantt than shoes.

  13. 5 October 2015 / 07:01

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. You find always the most awesome clothes and shoes!. I want the patent red pumps and the red and black ones! They scream my name. I heard it! LOL.

    • Greetje
      5 October 2015 / 07:16

      I am still in awe over a couple of your shoes too, remember? And a certain blue bag…

  14. 5 October 2015 / 15:27

    Oh no, I hate it what that happens. When something you’ve been coveting for like forever, doesn’t quite turn out the way you thought it would in real life. It’s happened to me several times, Greetje, and to say I felt crushed would be an understatement. But then again, finding another gem is always the perfect balm for one’s wound. I must confess to preferring the Blue Suede pair over the Reds. I’ve never been a fan of shiny shoes. Or of shiny leather in general. I am, however, a huge fan of your top. It’s really quite lovely, and presents so many unique details all concentrated in one piece 🙂

    • Greetje
      5 October 2015 / 20:35

      I am a huge fan of patent leather shoes (it takes all kinds eh? haha).
      The top caught my eye and because of the red I bought it. It was in the sale and the dear lady of the shop took even more of the price. For me. Nice.

  15. 5 October 2015 / 15:36

    Your husband is a doll! Looks like a wonderful day out – with some treasures to take home. Come share your great outfit at Vis Monday if you get a chance. xox


    • Greetje
      5 October 2015 / 20:53

      I did join you Patti. Our days of publishing differ which is a shame. But I am linking to your blog on mine.

  16. Marianne
    5 October 2015 / 15:49

    Oh dear another time my kind of sweater. You know I like these models, perfect for my sitting silhouette. This is the second time you tried on red pumps which are too high. I think this has to do with the fact that red screams sexy. But the blue ones are very beautiful too. What a nice family outing. The only thing I miss in this picture is you all having a capuccino.

    • Greetje
      5 October 2015 / 20:57

      There was a picture of us having cappuccino (well I was). But from that photo I only showed a close-up of Nicky. And I will keep on searching for those red sexy heels. The top has a little red dot with your name…but you will have to wait quite a while.

      • Marianne
        6 October 2015 / 14:03

        Believe me I can be very very patient.

  17. 5 October 2015 / 17:06

    Beautiful pumps! And, to an extra pair , in blue was impossible to say no!!
    I have been looking for blue shoes last year but I couldn’t find … what a pity!
    Great outfit! Modern, comfortable and elegant…I love it and is perfect on you!!

    I definitely will keep you away from temptations!!

    • Greetje
      5 October 2015 / 20:59

      Oh what a shame Dan. I hoped you had forgotten my request to keep me away from shops haha. I didn’t buy the red shoes you know! Still looking for a pair.

  18. 5 October 2015 / 17:28

    How many colors in this top! It’s preppy or Tommy, or as they call it. I like, I like, is very … Greetje. I like the design, large with flight. I am fan of the oversize. And the pants? You know they are not my favorite, right? But with the top they fit, a balanced look. I would use other shoes in this look more casual, but if you use heels, be brave and get red. L O L.

    • Greetje
      5 October 2015 / 21:01

      With these trousers I can only wear high heels otherwise the trousers look ridiculous.
      I also wear this top with flared jeans and my black and white boots from Vancouver. You would probably prefer that.

  19. Elle
    6 October 2015 / 06:43

    You did some shoe shopping? I am shocked by that.!! I just love the result both you and your beautiful Nicky bought gorgeous shoes ,
    I had so much fun seeing the pictures of you in the store. i am loving this outfit on you, and I love the mix of color ps and stripe, you pull it off like the fashionista you are, I see your style changing and it is so much fun to see ,
    Confession: I do like the burgundy shoes , can see it with , well something , in that vast closet of yours !
    Xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      6 October 2015 / 20:38

      Well, I have to go back to the shoe shop tomorrow as I just ruined the blue ones today by pouring hot coffee all over them. I held them under the cold water tap and they just expanded two sizes…… Bummer.
      And you are right, my style is changing and I am gradually beginning to get a bit better at styling myself (hurray). Not just leaving it all up to the shop assistent or my friends haha.
      And yes the burgundy shoes could go very well with a lot of trousers, you are right, but we have to choose sometimes. LOL

  20. 6 October 2015 / 18:54

    what a lovely outfit, Greetje! vibrant and bold, and oh so sophisticated.

    • Greetje
      6 October 2015 / 20:39

      I wear the top with flared blue jeans and black and white booties, but together with these trousers is something I thought of myself (so proud of that haha).

  21. 6 October 2015 / 21:26

    What an adventure…Yes! Shoe shopping is always so very fun. You two both scored. Your outfit reminds me of Stella McCartney newest collection for spring 2016 – very sporty.

    • Greetje
      6 October 2015 / 21:53

      Oh… Stella spring 2016?? Am I a trend setter? LOL

  22. 7 October 2015 / 04:03

    Your hubby sounds like mine…only worse.

    I love the whole outfit on you. Very chic.

    It is so fun that they don’t mind your dog in the store. I love that.

    Surprising given they seemed so strict about so many other things.


    • Greetje
      7 October 2015 / 10:41

      Oh yes absolutely. Lots of rules and regulations in this small country. We always say that corruption starts at the border with Belgium haha. Other countries are far less strict. Perhaps Germany is strict too. Don’t know.
      I have already ruined the blue suede shoes by spilling a cup of hot coffee on them and then puttng them under the cold water tap. Visa is willing to compensate me. Long live the Visa insurance.

  23. 7 October 2015 / 23:21

    Greetje, what a fabulous outfit this is, and yes wouldn’t it have been amazing with those red shoes. But sometimes you have to be practical too. Shame about the blue ones though! The chance for another shopping trip perhaps?

    • Greetje
      9 October 2015 / 07:58

      No, I just ordered the same blue suede shoes by post order. They have just arrived. No harm done.

    • Greetje
      9 October 2015 / 07:59

      Yes, we did. Always nice to spend time with family and friends. Especially when shopping is involved hahaha.

  24. 8 October 2015 / 20:50

    Can you believe it took me this long to finally reply, I just couldn’t get that smart phone to cooperate on my trip and I didn’t take my lap top with me. Good choice, passing up the red, I can’t count the times I wasn’t smart enough to listen to my calves and the beautiful shoes sit sadly in the closet. I didn’t care for the burgandy ones either, but the blue, YES! The blue are absolutely perfect. Your Ron is one fantastic man, such a perfect guy for you. But for some reason, your money chest seems to always expand, you are never one to pass up a shopping trip. In fact I do believe you get the prize for the best blogger shopper! And what a beauty Nikki is, seriously, as you said, nature was very good to her.

    • Greetje
      9 October 2015 / 08:01

      Yey, one beautiful girl. And her size is smaller than mine. So when I burst out of a garment, she is happy to receive it haha.
      The blue suede shoes got ruined on their second outing because of a mug coffee spilled on them. But Visa pays and I have already got the same pair (post order). So that is solved too.

  25. 10 October 2015 / 08:14

    Oooh…Ron does know how lucky he is, yes? Not one, but two attractive ladies. 😉 You and Nicky are both gorgeous Greetje!

    Whew! Such a relief to hear that your shoes are insured and being replaced. As soon as I saw the, I loved them. A simple, but very chic profile, they are. I think everyone should have blue suede footwear…I think I must try and find some for myself.

    • Greetje
      11 October 2015 / 10:51

      Yes Sue, Ron knows how lucky he is haha. He tells me that a lot (so nice).
      As for suede pumps…. I have gone off them a bit as they tend to widen easily which means I cannot keep them on my feet as I have no grip at the back. This happens quite quickly, after about half a year. Putting a grip strip at the back of the shoes is terrible and doesn’t help. Putting a front gelly pad in, might make your toes hurt at the top. Difficult, difficult.
      The accident with the coffee (how did you know? Did you read the comments as well?).. accelerated this process and added to it.

  26. 11 October 2015 / 07:01

    Your husband is a gem and what a beautiful step daughter! Looks although you both had some shopping fun with the great shoes. Gosh the slim pants and fluid top works beautifully on you. This outfit is a winning combination. You are a good story teller, making your posts a delight to read.

    • Greetje
      11 October 2015 / 10:55

      This is so good to hear Ann. I am more an entertainer at heart than anything else. I use my other passions (fashion, dressing up, witing and putting a post together) to achieve that one goal: entertain people and making them laugh if possible. So your compliment means a lot.

  27. 18 October 2015 / 18:32

    So did you get another pair of blue shoes? I’m sure you were wearing them in more recent photos, ’cause I thought how beautiful they were. Suede protector! Cheap insurance!
    Love the red shoes … so you.
    Your stepdaughter is a beauty! She looks like a great, enabling shopping buddy. Kudos to Ron on that, as well.
    As much as I admire your shopping trips in lovely Amsterdam, I REALLY am glad to see the ability to take your dog with you! People here faint at the idea of a dog in a shop. Our little restaurant faces onto a very pretty park, but there’s a city ordinance banning all dogs from the park. Makes me crazy. Small town Arkansas.

    • Greetje
      18 October 2015 / 19:55

      Oh dogs are welcome in Amsterdam shops as well. Or let’s say, staff of the posh shops will probably make a face, but you are not sent away. In restaurants you better ask in advance. When your dog is rather small, like ours, and it stays calmly under the table there is not a big problem. But some restaurants do refuse up front. I cannot blame them. As for parks, it depends. Usually you can go in with your dog on the leash, but not everywhere running lose.
      And yes, Nicky is a good shopper. We have our annual department store day.
      The shoes will be refunded (with a small deduction of 25 euro) by Visa and I did buy the same pair which you have seen. I do have problems with the new ones too. Cannot keep them on my feet as I keep slipping out of the heel. I am coming up with different solutions. Haven’t nailed it yet.

  28. 23 February 2016 / 03:38

    I do adore your story telling. It’s as if I’m right there with you! Too bad about those red pumps–they were gorgeous on you, but I’m happy about the navy suede with patent heel. Amazing. And talk about amazing!! That top! I really like it.

    You’ve got great style Greetje.

    Love, Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

    • Greetje
      23 February 2016 / 07:49

      Well.. I am developing style. I have to say that these four blogging years have taught me a lot. And cost me a lot haha. I highly appreciate your compliments. ??

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