Max Mara jeans dress worn as a jacket

Max Mara jeans dressA week ago I took the Friday off and Ron and I headed to Amsterdam. I wore my Max Mara jeans dress but this time as a jacket (versatile piece). It is always a pleasure to be in Amsterdam and this time it was especially nice as we visited the jeweller. Yay. While walking through the city we both took pictures. Me for this post and Ron for the site of his new enterprise: showing tourists Amsterdam from the water and teaching them how to navigate his boat. Read all about it on (I will do a post on such a tour when it is warm enough…).

A word about the top photo: Max Mara jeans dress worn as jacket. More photos and details below.

This is going to be a long post again, so I will limit my writing to the comments on the pictures.

Below: former warehouses at Spui which have been converted into appartments. Great place to live, especially when you don’t own a car (right in the centre of the old town). Amsterdam to the jewellers (107)Below: strange building style but I do like it. Also at Spui.Amsterdam to the jewellers (109)We walked to Rokin and crossed the bridge into a tiny street called Lange Brugsteeg. On the right corner at number 8, you will find a jeweller: Lyppens. Their site is not in English but the images say enough. Hit this link and watch their little video at the bottom of the page to feel the lovely, warm atmosphere. This jewellery shop is tiny, their stock immense, their specialties: antique jewellery and silverware. Their service: OUT OF THIS WORLD. I buy almost everything in this place. Or rather… Ron buys it for me. I went there for the first time when I was 28 with my old gold and silver pieces (worth absolutely nothing). They treated me like royalty, no… like a very dear friend. Took all the time and when I said I couldn’t decide, they told me to think it over and not to rush anything. They stole my heart. A lot of their staff works there for 25 or more years, which says it all. Anyway…Ron had bought me a bolsjewiek diamond (= old way of cutting) years ago. It looked antique and I now wanted the stone in a modern setting.

Below you see the result. Totally different from what it was. I am so happy with it. I photographed it on this mannequin as my old hands ruin the beauty of the ring.ringBelow: while walking on wings (well, me anyway) we went back to the Spui and took pictures at the Beguinage. It is useless for me to tell you all about it when I can link to some real info: Click to read about this beguinage.

Below: the entranceEntrance BeguinageBelow: the little church and the houses of the beguinage.

Beguinage with churchBelow: a decorated wall

Beguinage mural decorationsBelow: even though the sun came out, it  was still cold and I wore my Max Mara fuchsia coat with a blue/gold Anthropologie scarf, gift from my friend Sara. Told you I get lots of presents.Fuchsia Max Mara coatBelow: time to have a cappuccino on the terrace of Café De Zwart. And time to take blog pictures.Max Mara jeans dress with long top Eileen FisherWe met this very nice American couple while taking photos and I asked whether they would mind being on my blog. They didn’t. Bless them. We had such a laugh with them. Clearly demonstrated in the picture below. She was laughing her head off. He keeps a poker face.Max Mara jeans dress with long top Eileen FisherBelow: oufit details: jeans dress Max Mara (worn as dress here), long cream tunic by Eileen Fisher, skinny jeans Denham, golden boots Hoss Intropia, necklace with teal and golden links: Iceberg (in the sale).Max Mara jeans dress with long top Eileen FisherBelow: after the photo session we walked on to the Nine Streets, a very nice area of Amsterdam. We passed this bicycle, adorned with faux flowers and a nice plant at the front (a real plant). Looking at the flat tires, I think the person who lives there, rather has this bike in front of his house than somebody elses.Amsterdam and the jewellerBelow: encouraged by Ron (…..) I tried this long orange jacket at ML Collections. But it was really a bit too warm to wear it as a jacket indoors in spring and I didn’t want a coat as fitted as this. I do like the orange though.Orange jacket ML Collections

Now ….. for everyone not interested in Amsterdam pictures, please go right to the comments (if you want to leave any..).

Below: I love such pictures…. Amsterdam and the jewellerBelow: and such doors….Amsterdam and the jewellerBelow: little boats going through the canals….Amsterdam and the jewellerBelow: spring green trees…Amsterdam and the jewellerBelow: a shop with mostly bicycle bells (I bought one as mine was lousy)Amsterdam to the jewellers (73)Below: let me finish with tulips as that is what we Dutch are known for.tulips in a garden at Beguinage Amsterdam

Before I forget, I am going to a blogger meet-up in London, hosted by Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb, the First 30-40+ Blogger Meet in London, 16 May. Lots of women whose blog I have been following for years will be there and I will finally meet them in real life. Like Annette (Lady of Style) and of course Catherine herself. The event will be held at the fabulous The Imperial in Chelsea.

If you are interested, tickets (£ 45) are for sale on but there are only a few left and they sell fast!!


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  1. 7 May 2016 / 23:19

    Can I say how impressed I am with Ron’s website? Fantastic!

    I always love seeing your photos of Holland.

    I adore how you’ve worn the dress as a jacket. I have one at BCBG that I’ve had my eyes on for months now that I want to buy just for this. I’m hoping the price comes down more.

    How wonderful you are going to the blogger meet-up! I imagine it will be very different from the last one you were at. Cannot wait to read and see your report about all the shenanigans afterwards : )


    • Greetje
      8 May 2016 / 21:21

      Especially the shenanigans… but… I am not sure I am allowed to talk about them, to reveil anything. Remember Vancouver? What happened in Vancouver stays in Vancouver.
      Your suede BCBG dress has a definite seventies vibe. It has gone down in price, who knows.. And I am glad you enjoy my reports. I always wonder about that. Thinking people open my post and go: “Oh no… not another one of these lenghty ones…

  2. 8 May 2016 / 00:24

    So, you had your old ring customised, or updated? Fabulous! I love this sort of personalised service. I had my grandmother’s old ring customised years ago, and it’s great to have something that is one-of-a-kind.
    I wish I could go to the blogger meet-up, but I’m returning to Finland tomorrow (writing this in London), for a really hectic schedule for the next couple of weeks. If only the meet-up was a week later… Oh well, another time. Have fun in London and say hello from me to everyone!

    • Greetje
      8 May 2016 / 21:22

      I will Tiina, but… you never know. Sometimes unexpected things happen….

  3. 8 May 2016 / 01:52

    Your adventures in Amsterdam are always a delight to read and see. Ron’s new enterprise looks fabulous, what a great idea! I absolutely love that apartment building you showed at the first, those outdoor shutters stole my heart.
    And that amazing store, was it ML collections, fabulous looking place, I would live to have that huge mirror in my living room! And the orange coat was nice but you were a smart shopper that day. Too many times we tend to purchase beautiful items that spend way too much time and space I. Our closets.
    Now, you denim dress, that’s a winner for sure! It’s perfect as a jacket.
    Have a wonderful wonderful time next week, post lots of instgram pictures so we can all pretend we’re there with you?

    • Greetje
      8 May 2016 / 21:24

      The Eileen Fisher top I am wearing underneath the jeans dress is the one I bought in Vancouver with you. I should have also bought that sleeveless jacket…. dang.

  4. 8 May 2016 / 03:34

    Love the dress worn as a coat! And those gold boots… 🙂 Amsterdam is such a beautiful city. We didn’t have nearly enough time there, will have to come back someday. That ring is gorgeous!! I’m so envious of all of you who can get together, would have loved to join you!

    • Greetje
      8 May 2016 / 21:25

      Well.. you get to see so many bloggers around the world and all one on one. So you can spend lots of time with them. That is another and also nice way. But I will admit, I am excited.

  5. 8 May 2016 / 14:28

    I look forward to your Amsterdam travelogue and pictures – what a truly beautiful place on earth. And I love, love that denim dress as a coat, looking very fashion-forward and smart. xox


    • Greetje
      8 May 2016 / 21:26

      I am getting better all the time. Although I am sure my Italian friend Daniela is very sad to see so few dresses and skirts. And she is right in that.

  6. 8 May 2016 / 17:01

    Oooohhh…I so wished I lived “across the pond” to be able to make it to the blogger Meet-up—I can’t wait to see all the pictures !!
    Doesn’t customer service mean the most? It makes one’s experience at a store so enjoyable. We used to visit a boutique in Mt. Kisco, NY, where the woman was a gem, so we went back every year we visited! There are some stores you walk into where you wonder if they even care! Your ring turned out lovely!!
    And the scenery around Amsterdam are a treasure—I loved the decorated bicycle especially. So does everyone use a bike? We ride very occasionally but I don’t have a bell for mine….do you actually use it or is it more for decoration?
    Now to the meat of the subject—-your dress!! It’s the perfect jacket (and tell me we aren’t one the same wavelength as you read my blog post on this coming up Tues—we did the same thing!!) I really think the necklace is the perfect one for that outfit, as it has the weight to hold up to the denim of the dress/jacket!!
    Thanks always for the interesting tours !!
    Happy Mother’s Day

    • Greetje
      8 May 2016 / 21:31

      Ah… that is why the necklace works… you just put the theory to the practise. I knew it worked, just didn’t know why. Another lesson learned: heavy with heavy.
      And I will read your blog post next Tuesday. I spend far too little time on your blog anyway. Sorry about that. I can hardly keep up.
      Your question about the bikes. Yes I think everyone uses a bike. At one stage or another. We learn to ride a bike when we grow up and at school. Now I love a car and go everywhere with the car. But I do have a bike. Just in case I want to go downtown in heels for instance. I would last walking around town with the heels but I would not be able to go home on them. That kind of work. Not much. And yes I do use the bell. To warn idiots who are in my way or don’t pay any attention.

      • 9 May 2016 / 16:36

        I just had to comment back that your “warning idiots” had me laughing out loud!!
        As I’ve said before Greeje—you crack me up!

        • Greetje
          9 May 2016 / 20:59

          That makes making you laugh easy as I don’t even try to be funny. This is how I talk haha.

  7. Jane C
    8 May 2016 / 18:29

    Wow your pictures just make me want to visit Amsterdam again, thank you.

    • Greetje
      8 May 2016 / 21:31

      I think the city of Amsterdam should start paying me for all this promotion. Don’t you think? Haha.

  8. 8 May 2016 / 18:46

    I always love it when you take us along on an outing! Fabulous photos (really makes me want to visit Amsterdam…). I love Ron’s website! What a great way to explore the city!

    I love your reworked ring. I still have an old ring from my grandmother that I’ll have to have redone, but I haven’t found a jeweler yet that I trust (and I’ve had the ring for almost 20 years; it’s really a shame that I’m not wearing it…)…

    The dress is fabulous as a jacket – I love pieces that are versatile!

    I would love to attend the blogger meetup in London!!! Have a fabulous time!

    • Greetje
      8 May 2016 / 21:34

      The shop owner wouldn’t even sell the jeans dress to me if I wasn’t going to use it in more ways. She is good and honest.
      Yes a trusted jeweller is a rare find. But them being so friendly and warm too is really a bonus. I have been going there for 35 years now and I still see the same sales assistants who were there when I was young. So nice.

  9. 9 May 2016 / 01:01

    Greetje thank you SO much for the shout out for the blogger meet, I really appreciate it!! Can’t wait to finally meet you… It’s been a very long time coming 🙂

    Your photos around Amsterdam are always so wonderful – that shop sounds amazing and OMG I love that ring! Your gold boots are a favourite of mine and the dress-as-jacket is just inspired.

    See you a week tomorrow – so excited!!!!!!!!

    Catherine x

    • Greetje
      9 May 2016 / 07:35

      I even published a day earlier than usual haha. See you next week.

  10. 9 May 2016 / 05:09

    Such a pity that the bloggers meetup is one month too early. Otherwise I would surely have come. I did sign up to attend Social media Europe Fancy coming along? (I think you’re in Spain though).
    Lovely outfit and wonderful pictures of Amsterdam. I already told you how gorgeous that ring is!

    • Greetje
      9 May 2016 / 07:38

      Yep.. I am in Spain when you are in London in June. I am feeling quite the traveller this year and last year haha.

    • Greetje
      9 May 2016 / 07:39

      It was a very happy day.

  11. 9 May 2016 / 11:32

    I love the dress! I should consider to buy it …( next year at the outlet, of course! ) It’s smart of you to wear it also like a jacket!!
    Though I think you look great wearing jeans, you know that I love when you wear a dress or skirt…next time??! 🙂

    I didn’t know you must pay for a bloger meet-up!
    It will be a funny event in London! What a pity that May is a very busy month at work for me! I would love to come in the future!!

    • Greetje
      9 May 2016 / 21:21

      The payment for the blogger event is for the lunch, the drink, the rent of the venue etc. Otherwise Catherine would have to pay for all that herself. Wouldn’t be funny.
      Next weekend I will wear another (capri) trouser outfit, but I am planning on doing series of skirts and dresses after that. Promise. You have made me aware of this omission in my styling.
      I bought the jeans dress because I thought it would be completely sold out and never make it to the outlet. Keep an eye on it… It will be interesting to see whether that is true or not. Oh and perhaps also on the red dress I wore when I visited you last time. Remember you thought I was mad to pay full price?

      • 9 May 2016 / 22:23

        I have to confess that I don’t know how a blogger event precisely works … of course Caterine wouldn’t find it funny to pay for everything!!

        I remember your beautiful red dress and remember that it looked soooo nice on you! I am curious about the jeans dress too … I will surely keep an eye on it!
        went a few days ago to the MM outlet but only bought a dress. After all … I only went to check what was going on there!!

        • Greetje
          10 May 2016 / 06:04

          You always “only buy one thing”. Because, as you said, then you can come back the next week and buy anothespr “one thing” haha. Don’t go there too often on my account. Otherwise I might feel guilty.
          Blogger events can differ. Sometimes you get lectures on how to improve your blog technically and otherwise. With workshops and speeches. Sometimes it is more of a gathering of bloggers happily chatting away with one another. I usually go for the latter. ?

  12. Katrien
    9 May 2016 / 12:12

    Love what you did to the ring! And how exciting to go that Blogger’s event in London, enjoy! Once again great pictures by Ron of beautiful Amsterdam. I will be in Amsterdam May 28th for breakfast, then on the run constantly and flying back June 6th. No time to meet up I am afraid this time…..

    • Greetje
      9 May 2016 / 21:23

      What a pity I won’t meet you but I understand. I do have hope you will return permanently.. soon.. And eh.. the pictures taken of me are by Ron, the rest (of beautiful Amsterdam) is my work.

  13. 9 May 2016 / 12:49

    I love your jacket, it’s cute. And I love urban photos are beautiful.

    • Greetje
      9 May 2016 / 21:24

      As Dan pointed out in her comment, it is about time for me to show some skirts and dresses again. And she is right. It will take a couple of weeks, but I am planning it. Glad you like my jeans outfit too.

  14. 9 May 2016 / 20:23

    First of all, I’m going to throw a tantrum because the meet-up is an entire continent away and I’ll be missing out on meeting (and partying) with loads of ladies I’ve come to admire/respect so much. Sigh.

    I’ll try to set my envy aside, Greetje, and tell you how I honestly adore your coat. What a wealth of versatility lies in that piece!! And also to tell you I honestly adore Amsterdam. Such a picturesque city. So many visual stories all around. If only the streets of Houston were a modicum of that, sigh, sadly culture and the arts and artistic living aren’t quite as predominant here.

    p/s do come and link-up if you have time, my friend, you know you’re always welcomed xoxo

    • Greetje
      9 May 2016 / 21:30

      As I know you aren’t coming to Amsterdam in the next couple of years (unless you win the lottery..) I will provide pictures. And yes I am fortunate to be able to visit blogger events, whether hey are in Canada or London. One of the perks of being childless and a career woman. But then again, I do not experience the incredible love between mother and child. It is an art to focus on the advantages of your situation (any sitution) and downplay the disadvantages. Makes you far more happy than the other way around.

  15. 10 May 2016 / 22:48

    Another beautiful raft of photos of your capital – thank you. I love to see all these buildings and just to get an insight into others and they way they live is always so interesting. But most importantly I’m pleased to see your in those fab gold boots again. I think your dress as a coat is lovely as well as being versatile. I’m sorry I won’t be able to attend the meet up event. Our cruise holiday seemed to suck up all of our reserves (work is very busy too) Also, I’m of the other camp – a working mum who constantly sends a stream of cash to her (grown-up) children, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. The bond you get to experience as a mother is worth missing out on some things. And yes, we must always look to the positive, I totally agree. Perhaps I will be a bit richer by the time the next meet-up comes along? Have a lovely week x

    • Greetje
      13 May 2016 / 18:31

      Your comment stuck a cord with me. As I learned this morning that a neighbouring couple have to sell their house. They have lived here for 47 years (!!). Why? Because they kept “sponsoring” their children and now they haven’t got enough money left to live of in their retirement. It really breaks my heart. They are such good and lovely people. It makes me weep for them. I am not saying you will go to this extend, but I was surprised they had let it go this far too. Anyway.. just a coincidence… your comment and this sad message.

  16. 13 May 2016 / 15:43

    I have been traveling, so very behind on comments. Very happy to see you in your versatile jean dress as jacket and the boots are fabulous.

    I always enjoy your photos and as I’ve mentioned before, you are tempting me to travel to your beautiful spot on the planet.

    • Greetje
      13 May 2016 / 18:31

      One day Judith… one day. And I will be waiting with coffee and lunch.

  17. 15 May 2016 / 04:16

    Amsterdam seems like such a pretty place. I would love to live in one of those apartments in the first photo! Your ring is beautiful, and the story of your history with that jewelry store is delightful.
    Have fun at the UK blogger meetup!

    • Greetje
      15 May 2016 / 08:57

      Thank you Shelley. I would love to live in one of those appartments too. I love Amsterdam. The feeling of freedom it gives me and the sense of humour. Amsterdam people have a special kind of humor, my kind of humour. They talk to anybody, give witty comments on everything. I always laugh so much there. Alas, it is an expensive city to buy a house and keep a car.

  18. 21 May 2016 / 15:29

    I love your outfit, especially the boots! If it wasn’t already in the 90s here, I’d have to go find some similar ones. Maybe once fall gets here. The photos of Amsterdam are beautiful. I’d love to see it some day.

    • Greetje
      22 May 2016 / 08:50

      That day it was still rather cold and I could wear them. I love them because they are both very comfortable and very modern/stylish. And indeed Amsterdam is a lovely town.

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