The Paris Necklace


Paris necklaceAnd here it is…. The Paris Necklace. With three capitals. The one I told you about in my post about Paris with Susan. The one which caused my credit and debit cards to be (literally) in the freezer. Just as the gloves it came from Alexandra Sojfer, 218, Boulevard Saint Germain. Mind you, I am beginning to see the beauty of this necklace. I have worn it several times now and it really draws positive attention. Much more than any necklace ever has.

Could it be possible I struck gold? My Paris necklace is guilded (I think, I am not sure as I couldn’t think straight while that sales associate was talking and talking to me). It comes with a life long guarantee and it is pretty heavy. It is a long strand (is that what you call it?) which you can wear long, in a high knot or in a low knot. Once, twice or three times around your neck. Or as a belt. Or as a bracelet. Needless to say the sales associate showed us ALL these possibilities.

It sits beautifully on your body. I am becoming a real fan of this necklace. Today you see it combined with boyfriend jeans and golden booties. To make a nice contrast.

Below: we started with some photos to check the light. I was still in my coat (brand Annette Görtz) as it was FREEZING. The blue hairy bag by Marina Rinaldi you have seen so often.

Annette Görtz anorak

Below: but the coat had to come off to show you lovely readers what the outfit of the day was like. The golden boots by Hoss Intropia you saw here, here, here, here and here. I can recommend any silver or golden shoes or boots. They are so versatile and instantly give a modern vibe to an outfit.

Paris necklace

Below: from the side.. I tucked my sweater in at the front and covered my bum. Making it a lovely slouchy look. You have seen this sweater once before here. I like it more in today’s outfit.

Paris necklace

Below: close-up of the necklace: black and gold with chrystal beads.

Paris necklace

Below: and the last picture (similar to the first photo)… one of Ron’s very arty shots. If he continues like this, I will become magazine worthy haha.

Paris necklace

One last, completely different thing.

Remember I told you I started eating gluten free bread? Turns out I’d also better stay away from sugar (always a good idea), chocolate and liquorice. The good thing about it is I keep my weight without much effort and there are lots of subsitutes for gluten products which are really nice. Bread was a problem though. And Ron solved that by baking me gluten free bread. He also found out that when you take slices from the freezer and put them directly in the microwave, the bread is still very nice after a couple of days. And most importantly: I got rid of my headaches after 27 years. YAY.

Below: preparing bags with slices to go into the freezer. We bought a bread baking machine and an electric knife.

Glutenfree bread home-made


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  1. 29 January 2017 / 15:46

    your Parisian necklace is beautiful…I also really like this casual styling of yours. Fabulous boots.

    • Greetje
      29 January 2017 / 18:46

      Thank you very much. I have to say I am rather smitten by it myself ??.

  2. 29 January 2017 / 16:05

    Yippee about the headaches, Greetje!! It’s funny how one element in our diet can make such a difference.
    It is quite a stunning necklace! I love that it’s so long so that you can wear it so many ways. I have one this long and love tying a knot in it like this too!!
    This is one of those realistic, perfect outfits! I always seem to be evaluating outfits based on whether my mom (the 70’s model on the blog) & stepmom (the 60’s model) would wear it also! And this is definitely an ageless look!! I do think the metallic boots are fun!!

    • Greetje
      29 January 2017 / 17:28

      Those boots have given me so much more pleasure than I ever anticipated. It is a shame we cannot tell when we buy something how it is going to be: the best thing ever bought or not really holding up to its promise.
      And the necklace is (fortunately) also a very pleasant surprise. I think I am not going to regret buying it.

      • 29 January 2017 / 17:40

        OMG—you took that thought out of my head, Greetje!! I can’t tell you the times I think, gosh I’m so glad I bought this when I wasn’t sure at the time. That’s why I’m glad I don’t subscribe to that theory of sticking with “my style” or what I know works—because then I’d never venture out into the funner things!!

        • Greetje
          29 January 2017 / 18:50

          Indeed. Couldn’t agree more. Risky way of conduct, but nothing ventured…

    • Greetje
      29 January 2017 / 17:29

      And (to my surprise) the necklace is stunning and very versatile.

  3. 29 January 2017 / 16:39

    That necklace is very eye-catching. I haven’t tried gold or silver shoes yet, though I’m thinking about them. I’m trying to be disciplined about shopping this winter though with all the bad news in the world, it’s hard to give up retail therapy! Perhaps I should freeze my credit cards in water too! That was such a funny story and a real insight into marriage. Keep warm Greetje! Julia

    • Greetje
      29 January 2017 / 17:33

      Well, I did ask Ron to help me with not spending more money. He reluctantly agreed as he doesn’t like to “monitor” me. But that is all the self discipline I can muster as far as shopping is concerned: going cold turkey knowing I am being checked. I have fantastic self discipline. Just not with shopping.
      And I can highly recommend silver or golden shoes. They go with everything.

  4. 29 January 2017 / 17:08

    The necklace looks fabulous with the green top! I’m so glad you’re getting a lot of wear from it.

    And I’ve been cutting back on the gluten too. We’ll see if it helps those pesky pounds take a hike…

    • Greetje
      29 January 2017 / 17:34

      As long as you don’t compensate the gluten with sugary things haha. I am very curious to see how you styled your necklace.

  5. Rebecca
    29 January 2017 / 18:58

    Gorgeous necklace. I was waiting with baited breathe to see it and it was worth the weight and the price as you have indicated. It will be fun to see the different ways you style it. I can live vicariously!

    • Greetje
      29 January 2017 / 21:30

      Oh yes, you are going to see this necklace many more times. Glad you like it.

  6. Cynthia Porter Ryan
    29 January 2017 / 19:19

    Love that sweater- the green is so vibrant! The boots are awesome as well…love metallics! Off topic…could I get the recipe for the GF bread? Been searching for a bread machine recipe and yours looks yummy!

    • Greetje
      29 January 2017 / 21:32

      Oh gosh, I will have to ask my husband and then translate it. And convert the measurements haha. To USA or UK measurements?

      • Cynthia Porter Ryan
        29 January 2017 / 23:43

        US would be awesome….thanks so much!

        • Greetje
          30 January 2017 / 18:27

          I sent you an email.

  7. 29 January 2017 / 19:41

    The necklace is lovely, I bet you’ll get a lot of wear from it. I’m a big fan of silver and gold footwear – metallics go with everything. I do love Paris, even though it is expensive. My husband would love to monitor my spending but there’s no way I’m telling him what I spend on clothes and other frivolities!

    Emma xxx

    • Greetje
      29 January 2017 / 21:36

      Oh I don’t tell my husband either. He doesn’t know what the gloves or the necklace have cost and he is so discrete not to ask either. This is a situation I chose. I asked him to monitor my spendings to check that I am not spending anything on clothes, shoes, bags etc. So the only things he sees are very normal things like coffee and public transport. When I get my cards back, the monitoring stops. Of course haha.

  8. 29 January 2017 / 20:59

    Your (very) long necklace is gorgeous! The green top is a perfect backdrop . I also love how you styled the big scarf…

    It’s cute of Ron to make gluten-free bread for you, it sounds like a lot of job! Of course if it means no headache it is worth it!!!

    • Greetje
      29 January 2017 / 21:38

      You know what our men are like. Fortunately now that Ron knows how to make bread it is not such a big task anymore. Finding out how was more of a task. The slicing and putting in bags is my job. And yes it is certainly worth the work.

  9. Marilee Gramith
    29 January 2017 / 23:36

    I can’t tell you how impressed I am that your man Ron is such a multi talented and nurturing husband. Good grief Greetje , you have snatched up one of the finest men on the planet!! =-)
    Also it is a really BIG DEAL that your gluten free diet has erased your 27 year problem with headaches! That is wonderful news and I’m so happy for you!!! Have you noticed any other dramatic changes in health issues that you can attribute to this dietary change?
    I really like the first picture in this posting. Ron took a uniquely artistic photo and you look really great in that shade of green my dear!! Perhaps when your credit cards are ready to come off the ice you can warm them up with some shopping for more items in that shade of green!!

    • Greetje
      30 January 2017 / 06:14

      I think I have indeed snatched up a terrific man and I tell him that every day. In between my moaning and nagging haha. Poor soul. And no, only the headaches are the result of no gluten (and less sugar and no chocolate or liquorice). No other effects, but for me that is more than enough result.
      I am always so pleased when Ron agrees to shoot my pictures. They are the best.
      And what I am trying NOT to do, is spend a lot of money as soon as I have my cards again. Otherwise the whole exercise was in vain. But you are right about green, it looks good on me. And red and fuchsia. As long as it is bright.

    • Marilee Gramith
      30 January 2017 / 06:17

      You are in luck because Panton (the color Guru people have declared green the color of the year!.

  10. Wendy
    30 January 2017 / 03:54

    Love the green on you also, and the tucked in look.
    Curious about others ways to wear your necklace, as the saleslady showed you.
    Bought silver shoes when in Uden this past summer visiting relatives …. cannot wear now because of the weather, so maybe I should look for boots!

    • Greetje
      30 January 2017 / 06:15

      I have these flat golden boots and silver/golden high heel boots and they are great with so many outfits. But you can also wait a bit until the weather is getting better haha. Thanks for the compliments.

  11. josep-maria
    30 January 2017 / 09:26

    The necklace is cute, and you wear it with style! I love your scarf, which you wear with style too! The green blus is beautiful and brightens your face in a wonderful way. I’m not used to seeing jean ovesize on your legs, I like it a lot more when they fit your endless legs.

    • Greetje
      31 January 2017 / 06:08

      Ah Josep-Maria, boyfriend jeans… I have so many sides to my character which expresses in my style, my clothes. I tried to find a signature style for myself, like Ines de la Fressange, but that doesn’t satisfy me enough. I like dresses, skinnies, boyfiend jeans and skirts. Wide and tight. That is me.

  12. 30 January 2017 / 09:31

    Nice pictures Greetje!

    • Greetje
      31 January 2017 / 06:09

      Nice photographer ??

  13. 30 January 2017 / 09:51

    such a cool necklace, it looks amazing and enhances everything!, and I love your Green top and fabulous boots. You look comfy&cool, gorgeous!

    • Greetje
      31 January 2017 / 06:09

      Thank you, nice compliments. I am rather smitten with this outfit myself.

  14. 30 January 2017 / 10:35

    Gluten free is no fun. Try carob as a substitute for chocolate

    • Greetje
      31 January 2017 / 06:10

      I have never heard of that. I am going to look into it. Thanks.

  15. 30 January 2017 / 15:13

    The Paris Necklace screams class, quality and luxury…no wonder the Jedi Sales Associate’s sales pitch was so full-on. It really looks lovely and as she showed you, versatile too, so you’ll get loads of use from it for years to come. Love those gold boots, I have a rarely worn similar pair in black, must dig them out. You are so organized, bagging up your bread, I freeze mine too but just break a couple of slices off direct from the freezer! Mario Testino had better watch out, Ron’s shots are so fabulous Dutch Vogue will be on the phone before long.

    • Greetje
      31 January 2017 / 06:14

      Hahaha, I will tell Ron. The reason why I slice it in such an organized manner is because Ron found out they stay nice when you get them straight from the freezer into the microwave. In order to do that (in the early morning) the bread needs to be sliced, which it isn’t as it is just baked. So if I slice it anyay, no big deal to put two slices in little bags. Makes it easier for me in the morning. And thanks for the compliments. I agree that the necklace will probably prove its worth.

  16. 30 January 2017 / 17:08

    YOU LOOK RADIANT in these photos………LOVE THE NECKLACE!!!
    SENDING this POST to my GIRLFRIEND PAT she is coming to HOLLAND this SPRING I want the two of YOU TO MEET UP will YOU DO THAT for ME?

    • Greetje
      31 January 2017 / 19:16

      Of course, let her email me.
      And no, not just the bread gave me headaches. Gluten does. So I removed them from my breakfast, from lunch (bread), try and avoid them as much as possible, like no cakes, no liquorice. And I am also allergic to nickle, which is also in our food. So no chocolate, no soya etc.
      It keeps my figure nice and slim. But believe me, there are still enough things I can indulge in haha.
      And the necklace is becoming a dear friend.

  17. 30 January 2017 / 21:59

    Fabulous, casual styling!! You look wonderful…but then you never seem to miss the perfect combination of style, appropriateness, comfort, and elegance. Another winner!!

    • Greetje
      31 January 2017 / 19:19

      You are very kind with your comments. Believe me, I do have my bad outfits too. But having learned what suits me these past 4 years of blogging, makes sure these mistakes become less and less. And of course not everybody will like everything. I can live with that ?.

  18. 30 January 2017 / 22:41

    Wow, Greetje. Love the boots, love the necklace, and love Ron’s photography. As always, I also love reading your version of how everything happened to make the post come together…. such a pleasure to read your blog. xx

    • Greetje
      31 January 2017 / 19:21

      And there wasn’t that much laughter in the post this time. If nothing really funny happened, I cannot make it up, can I? So I am glad you still found it a pleasure to read. I so love such comments ?.

  19. Ann
    31 January 2017 / 01:19

    I also like your necklace. And I loved reading about your visit to Paris in December with Susan. Also happy to hear your headaches are going away. Congrats on that, too. Really appreciate your blog.

    • Greetje
      31 January 2017 / 19:23

      I am so glad with such a comment Ann. When you create something, even if it is a silly little blog like mine, you are hoping that people will like it. Or perhaps I am just vain haha. Getting rid of my headaches after so long is amazing. And such a simple thing too.

  20. Christine Garcia-Sen
    31 January 2017 / 05:32

    You look terrific. This outfit is very “you”. You look so confident. Love it!

    • Greetje
      31 January 2017 / 19:25

      Thank you Christine. I have to say I am not sure myself what is “me”. As I love dresses as much as skinnies. And boyfriend jeans as much as pencil skirts. I call my style “all over the place”.

  21. 1 February 2017 / 00:39

    Ok, I am thinking it should be a crime for a woman your age to look so darn hot in blue jeans. I think I am going to have to call for an international composium on said topic. The penalty would be free dollars for denim anywhere in the world.

    Love the necklace. It almost look like a lariat but it just a simple knotted long necklace, and it is GORGEOUS.
    Love the metallic boots, a perfect outfit.

    Gluten free brea is best home made, pancakes too. ( add bananas)

    See you in August.
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      1 February 2017 / 07:53

      I was grinning when I read your comment. Yes, things are changing in the world. Grannies look very different these days. Thanks for the banana tip.

  22. 1 February 2017 / 13:44

    Wonderful outfit and necklace Greetje and great to see you managed to persuade Ron to take pictures. Who knows, one day he may actually enjoy it!

    • Greetje
      1 February 2017 / 20:04

      I do hope Ron will enjoy it one day. But I doubt it. Glad you like my casual outfit.

  23. 1 February 2017 / 15:27

    Hi Greetje, I can see why you bought this eye catching necklace! The shimmering quality and beading is equisite! I love the green on you, fabulous color, you don’t see enough of! Those are some fancy boots as well., I have a few metallic pairs, but do like gold and rose gold
    Have a great week!
    jess xx

    • Greetje
      1 February 2017 / 20:11

      Thanks Jess. The necklace is growing on me. It is probably worth it after all. And yes green is a good colour for, just like red and fuchsia. Hope your week is good too.

  24. 2 February 2017 / 02:44

    Brilliant styling…you’ve let that gorgeous necklace be the schtar! I still chuckle thinking about your cards in the freezer.

    I’m curious if Ron would be willing to share the GF bread recipe? From time to time, I eliminate gluten and would be interested in giving homemade GF bread a go.

    • Greetje
      2 February 2017 / 21:41

      I will send you the recipe by email, but the ingredients and measurements are Dutch. Not easy to copy, but who knows. I wonder whether the cards will still work when they are released from the freezer in April. I will let them defrost slowly.

    • Greetje
      4 February 2017 / 10:05

      Recipe is in your mail.

  25. 3 February 2017 / 19:33

    That is great news about finding the cause of the headaches. So many people are not able to eat products containing gluten, and I would likely do well to avoid it too, but I do love a good crusty, chewy bread.

    These are lovely photos of you (kudos, Ron!) and the necklace is a gorgeous piece that will likely go with almost anything in your wardrobe. That shade of green looks great on you.

    • Greetje
      4 February 2017 / 08:45

      I don’t think that gluten are always the cause of things. My search for the cause of my headaches is going on for 27 years until I thought: “let’s try and avoid this and see what it brings”. Bingo.
      I will tell Ron about your compliments, he will appreciate that.

  26. 11 February 2017 / 06:14

    Yes! You struck gold with the necklace, even if it put the cards in the freezer (they’ll eventually thaw). And the colors in that necklace will go with everything, not to mention how versatile it is.
    And you’re right, that artsy photo is model worthy!!!
    How did I miss the info about you being gluten free? I’ve been fighting symptoms for quite some time and finally gave in last month to give it a try and see if things improved. And almost immediately! Even with my headaches as well. Now I just wish I had a Ron who would bake me some gluten free bread.

    • Greetje
      11 February 2017 / 20:18

      You are a kitchen princess, you don’t need a husband to bake your bread. You will love doing it yourself.
      Isn’t it strange how something so simple can have such an influence. I found out that I am also allergic to nickle. I knew I couldn’t wear nickle jewellery but apparently nickle is also in a lot of food and you also have skin on your inside. I have stopped eating a lot of chocolate (none anymore really), nor liquorice, very little sugar and no soya. It is different for everybody of course, but this helps me a lot. Added bonus: I keep my ideal weight.

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