Turin Style – part 2

Turin StyleAnd on with the second part of my trip to visit Daniela in Italy. Last week I called my post Fashion in Turin. And that didn’t really cover the subject. Therefore, I thought of Turin Style for this second post. Better?

Above: on Saturday Dan took me to a palace: La Reggia di Venaria. It was bloody hot that day, so I decided to join Dan in wearing a dress.

My dress is linen and I have to wear a little pencil skirt underneath it, otherwise it is really too short. It is a trick I picked up from Dan and it has made me buy a lot of dresses I otherwise would have had to leave behind. Actually in this picture the skirt has ridden up a bit (working on this..). It is blue and so is the belt. Dan was wearing heels as usual and I was still in flats.

Below: as you might have noticed, I am wearing a shopper in the picture above. You see a close-up below.


How come? Well Daniela was really pleased with her Obag and took me to the shop the previous afternoon. And the Italians know how to present their items.. so tempting.

Below: this was the shop window. But the inside had so many perfect examples, I wanted to buy them all (didn’t, dont worry). You start with choosing the rubber (or whatever it is) shape (about 6 different shapes), in the colour you want (many, many colours). Then the type of handles, the material, the colour of the handles, the inside, the collar etc etc. You can create your own. Whoever thought of this concept deserves to be filthy rich.

Shop with Obags

Below: we were not the only ones. When we were at the palace, we saw a Belgian lady with the bag on the right. She thought it was a scream to photograph the three of them.


Below: now for some pictures of La Reggia di Venaria. Those emperors sure knew how to live.

La Reggia di Venaria

La Reggia di Venaria

La Reggia di Venaria

La Reggia di Venaria

Above and below: in that pretty garden you see above there was a lovely restaurant where we had lunch (below):


Below: after lunch we went back to Turin and spotted some nice Italian ladies. The photos are bad (again) but I still want to show them to give an impression. After all, this post isn’t called Turin Style for nothing.

Turin Style

Turin Style

Below: Daniela showed me the inside of a church in the centre. Advice: always go and see the inside of Italian churches. They are sooo beautiful.



Below: outside the church was a nice spot in the shade to take blog photos. Dan had some pretty pictures on her blog (The Pretty Cute) too.

Turin Style

Below:… tarrah.. I am wearing heels.. Often when I am in Turin I wear (need) my flat shoes until I cannot bear to be beside such an elegant lady like Dan anymore. Then I buy high heels and join her.

Quite some years ago I wore this dress as a tunic with brown puffy trousers. I don’t think I have ever shown it to you. Sylvia of 40+Style featured me in that outfit.

Turin Style

Below: the heels are Bruschi shoes. All leather, butter soft and heavily reduced in the sale. I had a really good deal. (So nice when your feet are all puffy in the heat.. no wrinkles in sight.)

Turin Style

Below: and back to pick up Grillo at the house of Dan’s mum and dad. Couldn’t resist to take another picture of Dan’s mum.

Turin Style

The next morning we just had a lovely lazy time.

Below: drinking cappuccino on the square:

Turin Style

Below: walking around in those beautiful little streets:

Turin Style

Below: taking outfit pictures. I was wearing my low crotch trousers which you saw before here. Last time with black and white. Now with a man’s shirt (stole it from Ron). This style is actually a bit too masculin for my taste, but I did try it.

Turin Style

Below: one last picture of the both of us, just for the hell of it.

Turin Style

Below: and to end my Turin posts, a lovely photo of Grillo, Dan’s dog. Isn’t he perfect and cute?


Next week: a boat tour with Anne and Kirk.


PS Linking up with Jill and Adrienne who are featuring many women with yellow in their outfits. In the series How I wear my yellow. Here and here.

And linking up with Visible Monday, where Patti is hosting adventurous women.





  1. Marianne
    18 September 2016 / 17:37

    Lovely new shoes, Greetje. I find a sturdier heel more comfortable and I love wearing sling back heels as I think they look elegant.

    • Greetje
      18 September 2016 / 21:52

      I totally agree. These shoes were waiting for me. They are so soft and I can walk on them for a long time. Very good for the cobblestones in Turin and Haarlem.

  2. 18 September 2016 / 18:05

    I love how you get other women to be part of your blog Greetje!! Like the lady adding her purse to your collection….what do you say to them? I’m assuming you ask the ones with their faces shown too?
    You must be the best stranger to get to know!!!
    And I bet wearing heels like Dan does, gets to be just like wearing flats….you get used to what you know. Of course your feet are tired at the end of a lot of walking, but mine are even when I wear flats—so what’s the difference, right?
    Did you both plan to wear yellow that day? You two look so great together!!
    I’m thinking you need to start a travel blog now too—you go adventuring almost as much as shopping!!

    • Greetje
      18 September 2016 / 21:57

      A travel blog would be no good. As I only travel a little. Yes visiting friends and shopping sprees. No problem. But a travel blog should entail more.
      When I ask people to pose for me, I explain why and give them my blog card. Most of them agree. I still have a few waiting until I have enough. The two ladies in Turin I didn’t ask. Too difficult to explain. But I don’t think they are going worldwide.
      I love chatting to people. I do that all the time. Perfect strangers too, so no problem in asking them anything. Just be respectful and polite and be gracious when they say no.
      As for the high heels… no I have more pain when I ware high heels. Although it does differ. Some high heels are so good. Like these ones.
      No, we did not plan to both wear yellow. Dan’s choice was a result of the heat and I had this with me for when it would be really hot and I wanted to wear a dress. Coincidence.

  3. 18 September 2016 / 18:25

    The Obags are beautiful! How fun that you can buy new accessories for your bag! Truly a genius business idea!

    And did I read this correctly, you don’t take any heels with you when you visit Dan, but then you buy some there?!? You are too funny! 🙂

    I tremendously enjoy your travel posts – you always show us such fun and interesting things!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Greetje
      18 September 2016 / 22:00

      Oh thank you Andrea. I always think my travel photos are rather boring as I shoot point blank. No creative angle or anything.
      Yes, I never take heels with me (or perhaps low ones) as I know we are going to walk all day and I cannot do that on heels. And then I pass a window with gorgeous heels (+ sale) and I am feeling less feminine.. the two combined and hop.. I am on heels again.

  4. Riley
    18 September 2016 / 19:05

    I followed the link in your post, and found a short video on Style after 40 blog, in which you were interviewed. Your English is excellent! How long have you studied, and been speaking, English? Also, could you share the correct pronunciation of your given name? I have always imagined it to be: Greet-yuh, but in the video it seemed to be pronounced much differently by the interviewer.

    I always look so forward to seeing a post from you. It make my day just that much brighter. Thank you for sharing with us.

    • Greetje
      18 September 2016 / 22:04

      Riley, how sweet of you to say these things. I am greatly flattered. Thank you.
      As for the video.. I hear all my language mistakes and my Dutch accent and I shudder. I learned English for 5 years in Secondary School. Then, when I was 22, I started working for an English company in The Hague. 8 hours a day. Nobody in the office spoke Dutch. You learn fast.
      If you want to hear how my name is pronounced, go to this next post. There is a 20 seconds video in it, where Sylvia says my name.

      • Riley
        18 September 2016 / 23:46

        Thank you for letting me hear your name properly pronounced. And as for your accent? I hear very little (some, yes, but not much) accent when you speak. I’m not surprised to hear that you had considerable exposure to native English speakers, as many of the words you say are very properly pronounced. Did your co-workers try to learn Dutch? Shame on them if they did not. What a wasted opportunity. 😉

        • Greetje
          19 September 2016 / 13:39

          No, my co-workers did not try to learn Dutch at all. For one it is a difficult language to learn and two: as soon as you try to speak Dutch, people will hear you are English and happily answer you in English. As nearly everybody speaks English here. Especially in the big cities in the west of the country. Very discouraging when you try to learn.

  5. 18 September 2016 / 19:06

    Those trousers are fantastic Greetje! They suit you very well. And that is a great tip to wear a pencilskirt onder a to short tunic or dress! I am glad you had a great time!

    • Greetje
      18 September 2016 / 22:08

      Thank you Nancy. The trousers are a bit of an acquired taste and I don’t really like them with this shirt. I thought the black silk shirt in the other post was much better. But hey, you try.
      The pencil skirt tip is terrific. I am wearing this one:
      Check them out. Also their philosophy. I am a big fan.

  6. 18 September 2016 / 19:13

    You both look lovely but don’t hate me when I say that Grillo steals the show! Cute animals are always the stars.

    I adore Dan’s yellow dress as well as your yellow dress. Smart idea to pair it with a pencil skirt although I image it is quite warm wearing it like that.

    I will admit I’m not a fan of your low crotch pants. Too much “business” going on down there. I do like Ron’s shirt however.


    • Riley
      18 September 2016 / 20:26

      I agree about the trousers, although I almost think I would like them if it weren’t for the dangling belt?

      • Greetje
        18 September 2016 / 22:11

        I will take up the dangling belt next time hahaha.

    • Greetje
      18 September 2016 / 22:11

      Of course Grillo steals the show. And I don’t mind at all. Yes the skirt makes it a little warmer, but not much. It is very lightweight.
      The trousers are a bit of an acquired taste and I don’t really like them with this shirt. I thought the black silk shirt in the other post was much better. But hey, you try.

  7. 18 September 2016 / 23:28

    So much to enjoy in this post, Greetje. Lovely seeing you with Dan again and you are a most delightful pair of yellow dressed twins!
    And the photo of the 3 bags is a hoot! Had me chuckling at that one. And Dan’s mum as always is so adorable you want to hug her along with Grillo.
    And I LOVE you in Ron’s shirt with the white trousers! Oh my, the colour of the shirt is fabulous with the trousers.
    I so want to go to Turin. A client went a few weeks ago and said it was a beautiful city to visit and your photos make me want to go even more.


    • Greetje
      19 September 2016 / 12:41

      Thank you Jacquline. That is a lot of compliments. I don’t particularly like these trousers with that shirt. Too masculin. But I too the advice of the shop when I asked them how to style it differently from my black silk top. And I have to admit that sometimes I look in the mirror at that low hanging crotch and think.. bahaha.. this looks terrible. But then I “regroup” my thoughts and say to myself: this is arty hahaha.
      I can certainly understand you want to go to Turin. It is a perfect town. I even prefer it over Milan.

  8. 19 September 2016 / 01:27

    I am so glad this is Part 2. I am hoping for a mini series. I love Turin! So rich and lovely and picturesque! I love the white trousers on you with the crisp peach blouse, and also your pretty heels! Great that they are comfy
    I love Dans’ mix of stripes and florals, the canine friend, and all of the photos with you two smiling! Why not! You both look great in yellow and Grillo, what a cute face!
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      19 September 2016 / 12:42

      The dog steals the show, doesn’t he? I am actually not such a fan of the trouser outfit, but I thought I’d try something different.

  9. 19 September 2016 / 04:52

    I love this entire post! Starting with the first photo of you two gorgeous women (in yellow). Excellent travel attire, my friend and I’ve copied you several times with that trick of pairing a shorter dress over a pencil skirt, works like a jewel.
    And those Obags . . . YES brilliant idea and I suspect the inventor is rich by now. I want one or two or three, haha.
    I’m laughing quite a bit at your shoe story, knowing this happens every time you visit Dan. I think you do it on purpose just knowing its a great excuse to buy a new pair of heels, right???
    And lastly, your travel post are never ever boring, I love being able to visit on a virtual tour, especially to this lovely place.

    • Greetje
      19 September 2016 / 12:58

      No, I don’t do this shoe buying thing on purpose haha. And if I hadn’t seen these beauties in the window for 1/4th of the original price, I would have come home without any. They are a perfect buy. So comfortable.
      In Turin I have seen many women with Obags. Really hot. Although I keep finding it strange that I have a closet full of lovely leather bags while walking around with a rubber (plastic?) one all the time. Funny.

  10. Marilee Gramith
    19 September 2016 / 08:28

    I’m assuming that Italian women are very particular about carrying a shopping bag that is chique and thus, the obag is a great success? What a wonderful “design your own” concept.
    I love the skirt under the short dress/tunic look. Genius way to stretch your wardrobe!!
    How lovely that you and Daniela have become good friends and can extend your hopitality to each other! You’ve both extended your shopping domain(s) as well!

    • Greetje
      19 September 2016 / 13:01

      Well to tell you the truth, I usually go to Turin. Dan has stayed with me for a couple of days too in 2014, but we don’t have those lovely outlets here. Things are more expensive here anyway and the weather isn’t as good as in Italy. So, it makes more sense for me to go there, then the other way around. But Dan is of course more than welcome to stay.

  11. 19 September 2016 / 08:38

    That wonderful two post with Dan! Sorry I do not visit regularly, I’m renovating my house and I live almost borrowed. I do not have much time for my laptop. The photos are beautiful and Dan, with its elegant and simple dresses, is fantastic. I encant atu yellow dress, you already know that, right? The photo in which you are both dressed in yellow is gorgeous. A great friendship, two wonderful women, a relationship that benefits us all fashionistas.

    • Greetje
      19 September 2016 / 13:03

      And as you know, she influences me enormously. Because of her I am wearing dresses and skirts again.
      I know you are busy (grandfather!!), so am I.
      I am grateful if you visit and comment and if you don’t, I fully understand why.

  12. 19 September 2016 / 09:33

    What a pleasure for me to see the post! We always spend perfect days together … I remember well that you can’t resist to buy ( at least ) one pair of high heeled shoes when in Turin! I bet that you would be wearing them very often if you lived here!!
    Your O’BAG is sooooo nice! I am planning to buy one in white…in the meantime…I have recently discovered that they opened an O’Bag outlet shop in Serravalle…

    • Greetje
      19 September 2016 / 13:31

      Perhaps we should “do” Serravalle again as well? The two of us?
      One of my readers (Marilee) commented on our “extended shopping domains”. But I explained to her that although you are more than welcome to come to The Netherlands, the weather isn’t as good here as in Italy, the fashion isn’t as good, the prices are higher, the weather is not as mild/sunny and we don’t have these beautiful outlets. Which is the reason I usually visit you and not the other way around haha.
      But again, you are more than welcome.
      I am planning on buying a faux fur for my white Obag too. With white handles. Next week you will see my Obag with the red handles and without the collar.

  13. Katrien
    19 September 2016 / 10:47

    Good thing I don’t live in Turin, does bags are too tempting. Wouldn’t be able to leave it at 1 combination. Love your trick with the yellow dress, nice belt also.

    • Greetje
      19 September 2016 / 13:32

      Belt was a steal in Javea (holiday there June this year). And the Obags are available on line haha.

  14. 19 September 2016 / 11:41

    Lovely article and gorgeous pictures. You both look stunning. Good thing you found another way to wear your tunic as you look magnificent in it. Dan looks beautiful and so chic (as she always does) and it’s clear to see where she gets it from. Her mother looks gorgeous! I must add that I disagree with Suzanne. The women are the stars of this post. I prefer beautiful people (inside and out) to dogs any day!

    • Greetje
      19 September 2016 / 13:35

      Hahaha… well, I do think that picture of Grillo is adorable. He was really lovely.
      I am glad Dan keeps me elegant with dresses and skirts. It is a side of me which I love but has been neglected because I had no idea how to style skirts/dresses in a modern way. I now have enough shoes and boots to tackle that issue. Skinnies were always so much easier for me.

  15. 19 September 2016 / 11:50

    Lovely post Greetje, your Yellow tunic is my favorite. Turin seems to be the right place to shop.

    • Greetje
      19 September 2016 / 13:36

      It is, it is. But I have to admit… there are many, many right places for me to shop haha.

  16. 19 September 2016 / 15:26

    Wonderful post and pics. I love the idea of “design your bag”! You and Dan are both gorgeous in your dresses, and staying so cool. Thanks for linking, xo


    • Greetje
      20 September 2016 / 05:59

      Thank you for the compliments and for hosting. It is very nice to have a platform which shows the world that women over 40 still enjoy clothes and colour.

  17. 21 September 2016 / 14:37

    Those O bags are a super idea. I really like how you’ve styled your yellow top with the belt and pencil skirt. As always, you look super chic. I even like the masculine outfit on you; it comes across as very FASHION and cool. Thanks for giving another look into Turin! xx

    • Greetje
      21 September 2016 / 18:25

      When I put on those white trousers with the crotch hanging between my knees, I look in the mirror, take a deep breath and say to myself: “this is arty and modern; throw away your old-fashioned ideas and go”. But I will admit, even though they look fashion and cool to me too, I don’t think it is flattering haha. But sometimes you are in the mood for it.

  18. 23 September 2016 / 03:20

    Dan’s mom is just so regal and elegant. I love her je ne sais quoi. Your time with Dan looks very special…a time of food, fashion, history…just perfect. The rubber bags look real cool.

    • Greetje
      23 September 2016 / 07:47

      These rubber bags are a hit with every woman. The fact that you can choose every part of the bag in different textures and colours makes it a desirable item.

  19. 23 September 2016 / 21:49

    It’s so lovely to read of your travels, but even more so when you include your friends. Dan seems to be a very happy natured person – just the perfect kind of woman anyone would be pleased to spend time with. Italian churches are a wonder aren’t they? I’ve been in a few in Venice and they were amazing. I like the photo of you both in yellow as it suits the sunny nature of your meeting. But I do know exactly what you mean about the low slung trousers. I think we have a standard view of ourselves so this new look might just take a while to adapt to. Maybe a more fitted top would work better? I really don’t know as it’s a look I haven’t tried myself. Thanks for another diverse post.
    Anna x

    • Greetje
      24 September 2016 / 15:59

      Actually, these dropped crotch trousers are perfect with a fitted tank top. Unfortunately my arms do not allow me to wear that anymore. Well.. I could of course, nobody is going to lock me up if I do, but it will age me with 10 years. I am just a little bit too vain for that.

  20. 25 September 2016 / 15:40

    I’m loving your outfits Greetje – looks like you had an awesome time!

    xx Yvonne

    • Greetje
      25 September 2016 / 17:55

      Thanks Yvonne. We did. There is already a new post about a boat tour through Amsterdam live. Also very enjoyable. (Well at least it was for us.)

  21. 25 September 2016 / 15:48

    Very fun post to read this Sunday morning with my coffee! I love the mix of travel, fashion and friends. Everyone before has said what I would say so I’ll just say it was very enjoyable to read.


    • Greetje
      25 September 2016 / 17:56

      Well Julia, this is your lucky day. Another post about a boat tour through Amsterdam with friends is already live. Have another coffee…

  22. 25 September 2016 / 17:39

    I love the dress over skirt look. So chic. Great idea. Thanks for all the nice Turin photos. I haven’t been there since the 80s. I also always enjoy the nice photos of Harleem.

    • Greetje
      25 September 2016 / 17:58

      Did you see the new post of today about the boat tour through Amsterdam? Lots of photos of Amsterdam and Haarlem. And an outfit of course.

  23. 25 September 2016 / 19:07

    YOUR ENGLISH is SO FUN…….YOU are SO UP TO SPEED with the LINGO!!!!
    LOVE THE BAGS………..did you give a link?I need to go back and LOOK or RATHER I NEED TO GET ON AN AIRPLANE PRONTO!
    Never been to TURIN…………..looks LOVELY!
    YOU LOOK SMASHING IN ALL………love the skirt with the dress!!

    • Greetje
      25 September 2016 / 19:38

      I wished my English was perfect. Alas. I’ll settle for fun though.
      Yes there is a link in my post to the O’bag (obagonline.com).
      Turin is a beautiful city. I even prefer it to Milan. And you are going to see a lot of dresses with that little pencil skirt (I have three of them now). As they provide the necessary length I prefer. Those Italian women are shorter than I am, and Max Mara makes them for their length. Mind you.. found one in the regular shop here in The Netherlands (Sportmax) which is exactly right. Full retail price for that brand is a bit ouch..
      Did you also see today’s post about the boat tour through Amsterdam? That will surely bring you to The Netherlands. Better in spring or summer though.

  24. Sheila (of Ephemera)
    25 September 2016 / 20:16

    I really enjoyed this post – so many lovely pictures. I love the idea of the pencil skirt under the tunic-length dress to give it some decency! So clever. Wonderful idea for bags – all customized, so smart. Although you said “too masculine” I really REALLY like the look with the trousers. You look so chic and gorgeous, Greetje!

    • Greetje
      25 September 2016 / 22:02

      Ah Sheila, you are a dear. Thank you very much for your compliments. Today I have also published a post about a boat tour through Amsterdam. You might like that too.

  25. 1 October 2016 / 20:10

    The first time we visited Italy, both my husband and I completely forgot about the no baring of arms or wearing of shorts when visiting a church. So, before we could even get into the Duomo, a little shopping expedition was called for. Fortunately, there was a mall just across from the Duomo, and we had some fun buying pieces for cathedral touring (and then some)!!

    p/s I love your popsical yellow dress!! I would look ghastly and deathly ill should I even attempt that shade.

    • Greetje
      2 October 2016 / 14:57

      Yellow used to agree with me so well when I was a brunette. I am quite surprised I can still wear it now that I am blond. It is not as nice, but I can get away with it.
      And I know the mall across from the Duomo. I am worse than you… just saw the mall and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuel and looked at the Duomo from the outside only…

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