Turin and Daniela

Turin with Dan Oct 2015 (45)_LRWhat can I say? Visiting Dan in Turin is such a delight. The flight is only  1 1/2 hour, cost just over 100 euro (return flight) and takes me to a friend who is always so happy to see me. As I am so happy to see her. Amazing that such a deep friendship can come from just blogging. English is not our native language and expressing yourself is so important to get to know the real person. Nevertheless there is a soul connection which covers the blancs in our conversation.

OK that was enough mushy talk. Over to the pictures….

Above: taking photos of each other in one of those, oh so Italian, arcades. I was wearing a dress (Sportmax) as I know she likes me to wear more dresses. Even walked on high heels the whole day (until 4 p.m. when I caved). As I find the dress rather short, I elongated it with a black pencil skirt.

Below: Dan and I, having cappuccino in her favourite WiFi cafe. Mr Bangio (the dog) isn’t sad although he looks like that in the photo. He is just old. Dan is wearing a pretty black and white dress with a lace dress underneath it to elongate it. (Yes I learned that trick from her.)Turin with Dan Oct 2015 (40)_LRBelow: same arcade, trying to capture Dan, the dog and.. the decorations hanging from the ceiling.Turin with Dan Oct 2015 (43)_LRBelow: because I wore a blue and white skirt (!) outfit the day I arrived, I had decided to put my yellow coat on. Which turned out to be a bit much on this fire engine red dress. But I couldn’t very well go back and change coats.Turin with Dan Oct 2015 (44)_LRBelow: before we hit Turin we took Mr. Bangio to Dan’s mother. What a charming woman she is. At the age of 87 still looking stunning. And she wasn’t even prepared for visitors and photos being taken.Turin with Dan Oct 2015 (53)_LRBelow: Dan and her mother and her mother’s delightful communal garden. Italy has such style.garden Dans motherBelow: as I had twisted her arm to visit the Max Mara outlet the day I arrived, the shopping was out of the way. I was satisfied and skinned. Daniela is a very good stylist. She just picked the right things from the racks and I couldn’t resist anything. See our previous shopping spree at the outlet here.

Saturday, the second day. The day Dan decided to keep me away from shopping by showing me works of art in a courtyard route through Turin.

Below: I was convinced these people in the car were actors. I saw their faces move and I heard them talk. But no… see the photo bottom right? There is a map on the dashboard and underneath it is a projector… which projects images on mannequins. That is how it is done.Car artBelow: a very strange house in one of the courtyards.Turin with Dan Oct 2015 (72)_LRBelow: in the park there were steel (iron?) dogs (hyenas?).art dogs in parkBelow: and aliens…Turin with Dan Oct 2015 (78)_LRBelow: and Dan who always takes pictures with her tablet. Often her photos are better than mine. See those fabulous boots? I bought them too. As I have confessed before: I copy shamelessly.Turin with Dan Oct 2015 (81)_LRBelow: the park of course has old statues….statues in the parkBelow: …happily sharing their space with modern art.. This one might have been called “wine transport”.wine artBelow: in the courtyard were these “paper bags”. Photo moment!! Turin with Dan Oct 2015 (98)_LRBelow: more art. The left piece of art represents worldwar II, a tank.NH hotel artBelow: as we left the NH Hotel, Dan pointed out the glass lamp above the check-in counter… Beautiful.Turin with Dan Oct 2015 (95)_LRBelow: “Any place I hang my hat is home”Turin with Dan Oct 2015 (76)_LRBelow: across the park, a street view in Turin. I could have taken a million shots like these.Turin with Dan Oct 2015 (91)_LRBelow: then on the Sunday when we were sitting at the cafe (again), Dan’s mother passed us. Photo!! Daniela is wearing a daring combination. Her sweater is cream with a burgundy back and black rim. Cannot describe the colour of her trousers. Her boots are tan/brown and she wears raspberry socks in them. She puts that together without even thinking. And it all goes perfectly together.

Dan’s mom wears a scarf, crocheted by Dan. This woman is multi talented.  Turin with Dan Oct 2015 (30)_LRBelow: finally a photo of the both of us. My hair had given up, going straight down. And Dan was moving her hand which gives a strange effect. Still…. it is a photo of us two together.Turin with Dan Oct 2015 (35)_LRDo you want to see what Dan has published about our get-together on her blog? See The Pretty Cute.


No Fear of Fashion



  1. 1 November 2015 / 17:35

    You both look great! I love these colors on you. Looks like great fun.

    • Greetje
      1 November 2015 / 17:59

      I love red and I believe red loves me too. However, if that colour is not in fashion, it is hard to come by. This season my two favourite colours are in the shops: bottle green and red.

  2. 1 November 2015 / 18:38

    Two beautiful, fashionable, international women. Dan’s mother is positively stunning. Dan’s boots look like Victoria Beckham. I wonder…
    The image projection in the vehicle looks so creepy.

    • Greetje
      1 November 2015 / 19:58

      That image projection looks creepy but wasn’t. Dan’s boots looked so wonderful to me…. ……I bought them too. I will be known in blogger’s world as “copy cat’. For once the distance between all of us is a lucky thing.

  3. 1 November 2015 / 19:29

    Turin looks like an amazing place! I love the pictures of Daniela’s mother, what a lovely woman. And the two of you together…two stylish very women! Love those boots too.

    • Greetje
      1 November 2015 / 20:00

      I loved those boots too. And they still had them in my size…. Fortunately Dan didn’t object. Hard to find better ones.
      Indeed Turin is lovely. If you do another Europe tour, don’t miss it.

  4. 1 November 2015 / 19:32

    great to have a (blogger) friend in Turin. And what a charming mother she has!

    • Greetje
      1 November 2015 / 20:01

      That was my first thought too: “what a charming mother Dan has”. And yes it is great to have a friend in Turin.

  5. Josephine
    1 November 2015 / 20:08

    I love the way you two have fun together. You two are perfect friends! And elegant too!

    • Greetje
      1 November 2015 / 20:15

      Dan keeps me elegant Josephine. Thanks for stopping by. Much appreciated.

  6. 1 November 2015 / 21:18

    The days with you are always so special ! A little precious present of life …

    Walking, chatting doing shopping together is very nice and I love sharing my beloved Turin …
    Your words are those of a dear friend and I thank you for them …
    I hope you felt at ease in my ( sometimes ) uncomfortable life …

    • Greetje
      1 November 2015 / 21:48

      I felt very much at ease Dan. Your hospitality makes me both grateful and a bit shy. Being Dutch and used to splitting everything 50/50, I sometimes feel uneasy as you are so spoiling me. We Dutch have a lot to learn about hospitality, I can tell you.
      And you are the best stylist. I am having such fun taking all my new clothes to the next level. I feel as if I am finally starting to learn how to do it. So far I have styled two skirts “my way” and am very pleased about it.

  7. 1 November 2015 / 21:22

    I forget … the paper bags are marble !

    • Greetje
      1 November 2015 / 21:48

      Ah I didn’t know. Thanks

  8. 1 November 2015 / 22:18

    What a lovely snapshot of your friendship. You both look lovely and I particularly like the yellow coat over your dress even though you thought it didn’t work. You look as elegant as ever.
    Anna x

    • Greetje
      2 November 2015 / 18:17

      I felt rather bright and conspicuous next to Dan. But thank you for the reassurance.

  9. 1 November 2015 / 22:31

    What a fun trip! You are so lucky that it is quite inexpensive to visit her! I’m sure you make up for that with shopping though.

    How great you got to meet Dan’s Mom! Those Italians age well. Europeans in general I find.

    Italians are so fashionable.

    Dan is often seen wearing neutrals which I found is very popular in Italy.

    I love the bright colours you chose to wear on your trip and your patterned scarf. You look wonderful in red.

    I loved that art exhibit with the people in the car. Very cool.


    • Greetje
      2 November 2015 / 21:23

      You are right, Italian women love neutrals and indeed Dan too. It is rubbing off a bit on me, but I don’t have her olive skin, so I improvise.
      The good thing about Europe I find, are the distances or rather the lack of it. You are in a totally different culture and language within an hour. And with all the discount I get at the outlet, the flight pays itself.

    • Greetje
      2 November 2015 / 21:25

      Great compliment. Thank you Andrea. We did try our best, knowing these pitures would end up on our blogs haha.

  10. 2 November 2015 / 03:27

    What a lovely friendship between you two! Beautifully styled outfits on you both and Dan your mother is adorable. So fun to see the pictures of your trip and the world where Dan lives!

    • Greetje
      2 November 2015 / 21:29

      I could easily live in Dan’s world. When we talk, we think a happy medium between our country’s cultures would be perfect. Not as loose as in Italy and not as regulated as in The Netherlands. Never mind, we have our friendship and that is all that matters. It is amazing how big a heart is. It can hold so many friendships.

  11. Marjolein Bruens
    2 November 2015 / 10:22

    it looks like you had a great weekend together.What a beauty’s mother and daughter!!

    • Greetje
      2 November 2015 / 21:31

      It was fun and lovely and warm and… everything you’d would want such a weekend to be. And indeed Dan and her mother are beautiful women.

  12. Marianne
    2 November 2015 / 17:13

    It is always so much more fun to visit and shop in another country. Italy breathes elegance in their fashion and architecture. Look at Dan’s mom ..she is still a beauty. I can see that you had another great weekend and you are art minded. It is fun looking at art outdoors. They do that in Amsterdam in the the Apollolaan too. I think much more people can enjoy it that way. And your boots are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do. One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you. {Nancy Sinatra}

    • Greetje
      2 November 2015 / 21:37

      I love shopping abroad (as you well know haha). And Italy is really the center of design and elegance. Love Italy. Combine it with low prices (the outlet) and a lovely friendship and you have all the ingredients for a fantastic weekend.

  13. 2 November 2015 / 18:37

    What a fun trip!!! I think you looked absolutely fantastic with the red & yellow combined (it’s one of my fave combos)! And Dan’s mother…what a great example of how we can age and still look great! Love those purplish jeans in the last photo!! jodie

    • Greetje
      2 November 2015 / 21:46

      The weekend was indeed a lot of fun and Dan’s mom is an inspiration. My coated jeans are by Boss Orange. I have them in green too as I liked them so much. They keep themselves very well in the wash too. If you type in the search box: coated skinnies, you will see my previous posts with them.

  14. Elle
    2 November 2015 / 19:21

    ok, lets discuss. this outfit— WOW !!
    Love the red tunic over the pencil skirt, and the yellow coat, dot tights,
    my heavens lady,
    you are rocking it!
    Traveling is obviously good for you!

    Dan and her mom look lovely too! Her mother is so elegant in that coat and lacey scarf!
    and those projected images in the car… interesting…creepy?
    Fabulous post! a delight to read!
    xx, Elle
    ps.yes off to Max Mara on the first day– giggle !

    • Greetje
      2 November 2015 / 21:50

      Even worse Elle….. not only “yes, off to Max Mara on the first day”, …we were coming straight from the airport, suitcase still in the car. And… I had said I had no money and couldn’t go shopping… Too hard too resist. But we got that “out of the way” and didn’t shop any more. Dan had a non-shopping programme for me.
      Glad you liked my outfit. I think the yellow coat is a bit too much on this dress, I would normally wear it with black.

  15. 2 November 2015 / 23:35

    I love how you wore so much color and Dan was in her neutrals. Perfect for both of you. Two super stylish women. And Dan’s mom! What is it about those Italian’s. I love that her mom is wearing sensible shoes and sox and a very stylish coat together and it all just looks right. I may have to steal that look. You’re right. Those boots! What a nice trip this was for all of us!

    • Greetje
      4 November 2015 / 08:12

      What a nice comment Connie. Much appreciated you passing by and taking the time. Yes it was a lovely long weekend and I am glad you enjoyed “my report”. Being so colourful wa not really my intention (the yellow coat on the red dress is a bit much, even for me), but Dan is indeed a great lover of neutrals as I love colour. Dan’s mom was a (very pleasant) surprise to me too.

  16. 2 November 2015 / 23:44

    Oh Greetje, the yellow coat looks wonderful over the red fire engine dress – seriously, it’s so elegant on you and I love the spotty tights with it too. It’s so lovely you have this friendship across the two countries. And I love the photos of Dan and her Mum.


    • Greetje
      3 November 2015 / 05:49

      It is a great friendship. Blogging brought me a lot of things. As for the yellow coat on the red dress… Hmmm I think I would prefer to wear a black one. It is a bit much.

  17. 3 November 2015 / 01:06

    I would like to visit Turin after seeing all the wonderful public art installations in this post. How wonderful to have made a blogging friend that lives in such an interesting place, and is so easy to get to.

    Daniela and her mother are both very handsome women with striking bone structure. I like the shape you created by layering the loose red dress over the fitted skirt, and I think the yellow coat looks great over the red.

    • Greetje
      3 November 2015 / 05:52

      I think the yellow coat is a bit too bright with the fire engine red, but at least it didn’t clash. If you browse through the posts of Daniela you will find many photos of Turin. It is a beautiful town, well worth visiting.

  18. Happiness at Mid Life
    3 November 2015 / 07:06

    So nice to see your friendship blossom beyond the blog. Looks like a very nice trip spending time with a good friend!


    Hope to see your Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

    • Greetje
      3 November 2015 / 23:08

      Oh yes Alice, we had a wonderful time. You have had some blogger meet-ups as well haven’t you? I am sure you enjoyed it too.

  19. 3 November 2015 / 08:39

    It looks like so much fun! And the outlet must be fabulous, looking forward to seeing the results of your shopping spree on the blog…

    • Greetje
      3 November 2015 / 23:09

      The outlet?? I was like a child in a candy store!!!
      I could have bought so much more… Lack of time and money prevented that.

  20. nancy
    3 November 2015 / 14:25

    Well there is a saying in Dutch about knicking…….but i don’t know it al pfff. But how acceptional to meet an other bloggingfriend in Turin. I will cheque her blog too. Very nice pictures.

    • Greetje
      3 November 2015 / 23:11

      I think the expression is: beter goed gejat dan slecht bedacht. LOL
      Blogging has brought me a lot, but the friendship with fellow bloggers is the best.

  21. 3 November 2015 / 15:08

    I never would of thought of wearing a skirt or a dress under another dress to elongate it. What a brilliant idea!

    • Greetje
      3 November 2015 / 23:12

      I have Dan to thank for the idea of elongating a dress.

  22. Katie
    4 November 2015 / 01:26

    Just love the idea of wearing a skirt/dress under another dress to elongate it….brilliant! Dan’s mother looks like a real peach!

    • Greetje
      4 November 2015 / 08:15

      Elongating a short dress is Dan’s idea. This red dress of mine looks very nice with a big black belt, a black top and this black pencil skirt. You get a sort of repeating black bit.

  23. 4 November 2015 / 18:22

    Wait, did you really make another trip to Italy? And another shopping trip? You are one fun gal! Wish I lived that close to Turin, it has so much beauty to take in. Love the friendship that has developed between the two of you. Your red dress elongated with your black pencil skirt (I love this trick and will definitely be copying it) is fantastic. Most definitely an Italian look, especially for a woman’s day out for shopping. And you seriously wore those heels all day? Wow, they must be some comfy heels. Love the garden pictures as well. And Dan’s adorable mother is a prime example of one gorgeous Italian woman with that flaless skin. Grandma Grandinetti as well as my Aunt Kathy from the Grandinetti side both have that skin.

    • Greetje
      4 November 2015 / 20:03

      Italian skin? Indeed it ages elegantly. And yes I went back again. I wanted to spend more time with Dan. I warned her I couldn’t spend any money. Then just before I left something happened (long story) and I tought to myself “I could be dead tomorrow, live it up girl, live life to the fullest”. So as we drove to Dan’s house, we passed the Max Mara outlet and I asked her to stop haha.
      The elongating dress trick is by Dan. I wore those heels from 9 to 16.00 hours. Then I switched to flat (just) over the knee boots. They are Tommy Hilfiger and indeed very comfortable. Still… heels..

  24. 6 November 2015 / 15:15

    You and Dan look amazing. How lovely to meet another blogger. I have never met another blogger but I am only new to this so I believe I will eventually meet up with a blogger friend in the future. Love the photos of the aliens.

    • Greetje
      6 November 2015 / 19:27

      Thank you Elsie. The praise is much appreciated. As for meeting fellow bloggers…well, in Australia lives Deborah of the blog Stylish Murmurs. Australia is a big, big place, but you never know, she might live near you.

  25. 7 November 2015 / 00:20

    Looks like a wonderful time Greetje. You both look so stylish together. I have to say I love her boots. I find the Italians, especially the Northern Italians, even more fashionable than the French. I visited my daughter in Parma not too long ago and was awestruck at how fashionable they ALL were. Great post!


    • Greetje
      7 November 2015 / 09:41

      Hi Cherie, I was amazed by their style as well. I saw one particular girl that made my jaw drop. Of course I couldn’t take a photo at that moment….. I do have a few good looking Turin women on photo, but not many (I was too busy chatting to Dan). I might do a Street Style post, even though I haven’t many to show. As for Dan’s boots, I totally agree, so I copied her and have them myself now ?. I am a copy cat.?

  26. 7 November 2015 / 02:52

    Wonderful article Greetje and you both look so good! How I would love to join you on your visits one day. I so love Italy and Dan oozes italian style!

    • Greetje
      7 November 2015 / 09:43

      Dan has indeed a lot of style. She pulls me back from the edge of looking too young. Very handy to have her with me when we go to the Max Mara outlet. ?

  27. 8 November 2015 / 22:16

    Aahh dir hast Dan aus Turin getroffen. Den Blog von Dan kenne ich auch, ich mag ihren Stil, sie erinnert mich etwas an Audry Herpburn.
    Die Fotos sprechen für sich, Ihr hättet sicher eine schöne Zeit.mist es nicht unglaublich welche
    tollen Freundschaften durch das Bloggen entstehen! Auch ich habe schon viele fantatische Bloggerinnen persönlich kennengelernt. Vielleicht Reise ich mal nach Niederlande. 😉
    Gruß Cla

    • Greetje
      9 November 2015 / 08:32

      Oder ich nach Deutschland….

  28. 10 November 2015 / 23:40

    You and Dan took Turin by storm! Yes, it does seem like a whirlwind. And so much art – I love the visual variety. Speaking of which, you and Dan look fantastic together, and Dan’s mother is beautiful with understated elegance. Clearly those boots were begging to be twinned on your feet. I get a mod vibe from them. The car projection – hahaha. Maybe they were secretly filming people’s reactions as well.

    • Greetje
      16 November 2015 / 14:03

      Don’t scare me… secretly filming people’s reations… I must have seemed so stupid.
      You would love Turin. And Amsterdam. For sure. And yes, Dan and I had a great time. Isn’t the blogging world wonderful? You can just make more and more friends. Our heart is big enough.

  29. 16 November 2015 / 04:30

    Wow, all the outfits shows in this post, of you, Dan and of her mum are just fab! I love how her mum wears ankle socks in boot-like shoes. So contemporary and modern!

    It’s wonderful how you and Dan met and developed such a good friendship!

    • Greetje
      16 November 2015 / 14:04

      But isn’t it funny how Dan is all in neutral colours and me in loud screaming colours? As for friendship, yes it is wonderful. I said it to Melanie and repeat it: it is so nice that your heart is always big enough to hold more friendships.

    • Greetje
      17 November 2015 / 08:28

      Hi Jeanine, thanks for stopping by and giving such nice compliments. I had a look around your blog too. But at the moment I am suffering from RSI in my shoulder so I cannot work on a computer too much (and it also my job…). Which is why I am holding back on the comments. As for making friends…. I have already met a lot of fellow bloggers in real life. So nice.

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