Hope trousers and a shoot gone wrong

Hope trousersCertainly a different pose, don’t you think? These black and white trousers were on the blog only one time before: when I went shopping with my friends in Antwerp. They are by Hope and the most comfortable trousers you can think of. Crotch hanging low, lots of room around tummy and hips, nice and warm. All lovely things, but one… these trousers are wool. And wool make me itch. Got that solved though.

My seamstress made a pair of trousers in a similar shape from black lining material, which I wear underneath. Smooth and you don’t feel it. Clever thing is, I can use the lining with other wool trousers as well. Not that I have other ones, but that might be different tomorrow.

Let me start telling you about a shoot gone wrong.

A roadbridge is being built 2 minutes down the road; lots of pipes and steel. A prefect background in the eyes of my dear husband. Such a site is closed off, only to enter during week days before 4 o’clock p.m. (otherwise the builders have gone home), if and I repeat, IF, you get permission.

With the real threat of me having to wear a steel cap in a fashion shoot, we entered the site, asked around, got offered coffee while waiting for the foreman to come out of a meeting. The meeting took a while and didn’t seem to end soon, so they told us. And advised us to come back another time. No background, no shoot, no photos. These backgrounds aren’t always easy, you know. We emailed later, but didn’t get permission. Safety rules. Too bad.

Below: these gentlemen, safe in their protective gear, didn’t mind posing for my blog. I say they are naturals.

On our way home (me being rather discouraged and sad as I had no material for today) we passed a building which used to be a swimming school, now converted into appartments. A beautiful building. We were in a hurry (dog had to be picked up), it was cold and the camera didn’t cooperate. All these things led to blurry, out of focus photos. Plus, while sorting the photos, I discovered I had put on the sweater the wrong way and had forgotten the belt.

Which is why this is not the best post, actually rather boring. Just think of it this way: no highs without lows. Today is your low giving you something to look forward to next week. I hope.

Below: new pose against a post. By the way the white stuff in the front is gravel not snow.

Hope trousers

Below: changing pose, adding bag. Told you it was boring. And blurry. You thought I was pulling your leg. Not so.

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Below: a closer look at the signs on the building. Tearoom.

Black and white trousers by Hope

Below: barber.

Below: that was a sweet shot.

Hope trousers

Below: this is the head-to-toe shot. Both sides of the sweater have a long “flap”. You cross them at the front and knot them at the back, as you can see above.

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Below: from the side

Hope trousers

Below: bracelet by Bella from her Etsy shop: Citizen Rosebud. Necklace is a present from Anja (Curly Traveler), which she brought from Asia.

Hope trousers

Below: a closer look at the necklace (I photographed this for a change). The two flowers at the end aren’t white but milky transparent. I think it is gorgeous. You have seen it before in this post with Sylvia (40+Style) and Anja, wearing my green silk kimono top.

White flower necklace

Below: this is how the outfit was supposed to look. With the sweater IN the trousers at the front. (I have already published this on Instagram.)

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Below: and the sweater out of the trousers at the back.

Hope trousers

Below: I have put both styles in one picture. And I bet you have a preference for the left photo. Now that I see all the photos I think the proportions on the left are better than on the right. Just goes to show.

Hope trousers


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  1. 12 March 2017 / 17:50

    Clever idea to have a lining for wool trousers! I’m very impressed at the lengths you go to to bring us interesting backgrounds. I’m planning to find some different locations too, as we head towards summer.

    • Greetje
      12 March 2017 / 20:17

      Oh yes, it is going to be so much easier to take photos in summer. Then at least I don’t have to freeze my butt off or shelter from the rain and wind.

  2. Carol
    12 March 2017 / 19:20

    In no way was this a boring post! I smiled the whole way through. The necklace is absolutely stunning. And the constructions workers weren’t too hard on the eyes either.

    Since I live just south of the Quebec, Canada border, I frequently wear lightweight pants liners in the winter, wool or not. I have the same reaction to wool as you. One issue I have is with a vintage cashmere turtleneck sweater. It is so soft to the touch, but I cannot wear it a full day or my neck itches and is inflamed by the time I take it off. So, I wear it for short bursts only. Sigh…

    • Greetje
      12 March 2017 / 20:20

      You smiled the whole way through? Gosh that is a relief. I never know what readers are going to think of it. So thanks for letting me know. I am always hoping for this really exciting hilarious photo to publish, but that doesn’t happen too many times. Like the one of my husband in pink shorts on clogs. That was a good one.
      On the matter of itch: I put my wool sweaters in the freezer for a night. Only to find out it isn’t true. It doesn’t help.

  3. Emily
    12 March 2017 / 21:52

    I always look forward to your posts. Your shoes this week look so cute with your outfit. What brand are they?

    • Greetje
      12 March 2017 / 22:03

      Sorry, I should have added that (and I am going to after this reply). The sneakers are by Ecco. Heaven to walk on. And I am very pleased I can entertain you.

  4. Wendy
    12 March 2017 / 22:02

    I do like your “sweet shot” (you glancing over your shoulder) and love the top!
    Also did not find this post boring at all.
    Always enjoy your photos and backgrounds, I love to see photos of Holland as my parents are from there!

    • Greetje
      12 March 2017 / 22:06

      Oh how nice. You like the post too. Apparently I am a bad judge of my own posts. Never mind, this is good news. More photos of Holland coming up next week.

  5. 13 March 2017 / 01:49

    I think it was a great post and what a cute pair of pants. Wool makes me itch too, so I think it is cool that you had someone make you a pair that you could wear inside to keep the itchy layer off your skin. I really like that top out. The flaps that you tie in the back give you a lovely shape and the flaps would hide all those bulges that I have! You look lovely and that necklace is gorgeous! – Amy

    • Greetje
      13 March 2017 / 06:29

      The shape of the top gives me more of an hourglass figure. The trousers help too. And indeed the sweater hides all the bulges, which is why I hope I can use it for a long time. It is already at least 5 years old. At least. The necklace is a work of art and a lovely present. I get lots of presents ???. So nice.

  6. Marilee Gramith
    13 March 2017 / 03:26

    This was a uniquely entertaining post Greetje. I enjoyed the story behind the search for a new and interesting photo back drop. I hope you and your artistic husband are enjoying these adventurous photo shoots as much as we are. Has it ever occurred to you that you’re spoiling us??
    This is a very chique outfit. The plaid in the pants is really cool. I actually like the shirt tucked and untucked!! That necklace is very special, SO PRETTY!!!
    This was a really fun post despite your concerns Greetje!

    • Greetje
      13 March 2017 / 06:34

      Hi Jude. So glad my concerns were not necessary. I never know in advance and I am rather tough on myself. I cannot spoil you as it is my hobby and I want to get better and better. This time Ron and I didn’t like this shoot much. Being turned down, having little time, cold and a camera that didn’t work properly… not the best circumstances.

  7. Ann
    13 March 2017 / 03:51

    The necklace is absolutely stunning and I like the top untucked… always enjoy your post.

    • Greetje
      13 March 2017 / 20:57

      I am so glad you enjoy my blog post. As long as I can entertain and make people smile I am happy. I agree about the necklace. Still very pleased with it.

  8. 13 March 2017 / 05:59

    Looks like you’re getting good use of your necklace! I have a similar one but hardly ever wear it… I’m not loving this top over your pants. The photo of the top tucked in is taken at close range so not a fair comparison, but I think I still prefer that.

    • Greetje
      13 March 2017 / 20:59

      I have to say that the trousers get more attention with the top tucked in. I think it works either way. You may be the judge of it when you come over at Christmas. Too hot to show it to you in summer.
      And if you want to flog your necklace… Michelle Tyler (Retro Chic Mama) and Lisa (The Sequinist) are fighting for it haha. Don’t know where you bought it nor the website of the creator, so I cannot help them.

      • 14 March 2017 / 13:14

        The necklace is by Philippino designer Ken Samudio, but I guess he has moved on to new designs and collections by now. Sylvia and I met him in Singapore.

        Both styles work, but I have a small reference for the top tucked in at the front.

        • Greetje
          23 March 2017 / 14:30

          I am using your comment to reply to… for a test. Have a nice day

  9. 13 March 2017 / 09:21

    I love the first picture! Wonderful, energizing! And ofcourse I also think the left outfit is better! And that necklace is just stunning! It looks like a perfect summer necklace, the one you can wear on all dresses!

    • Greetje
      13 March 2017 / 21:00

      I wore it on a silk summer tunic and on this winter version. But I am going to wear it a lot more. That necklace is so pretty.

  10. 13 March 2017 / 09:53

    There are times when things go wrong and you go home with photos which don’t satisfy…I generally took mine the day before posting … I can’t properly plan my life, I’m afraid!
    In any case, your post is not bad at all…a smart idea to share, a fantastic necklace and a great smile:is not so little, after all!!

    • Greetje
      13 March 2017 / 21:02

      I am a big planner. So much I should let go more often. That is better for my happiness. Thanks for the praise. Mwah.

  11. 13 March 2017 / 13:08

    Oh, Greetje. You are so adorable, whether you are blurry or windblown or perfectly coiffed. We ALL have shoots that go horribly wrong, or the weather doesn’t cooperate, or (my most recent post) where the dress is lovely in real life, but just photographs badly. Nothing to do about that! It is still fun that you take us on these adventures with you.

    ALSO. That necklace. It is breathtakingly beautiful and should Anja ever find herself in Asia again where she bought it, I’d like to officially place my order now. 😀


    • Greetje
      13 March 2017 / 21:05

      I am trying to persuade Sylvia (40+Style) to sell hers to either you or Michelle as she has a very similar one and says she never uses it. Also.. Sylvia probably know the creator and his website. So if you are serious, contact her. And I am pleasantly surprised I can still entertain you. I have seen your post, just didn’t comment. Very little time. Dog is very ill. Big worries in our house.

  12. josep-maria
    13 March 2017 / 13:27

    Greetje, I like the look of your two friends, it’s very authentic! LOL. It costs me a little to understand how you wear these pants, you take others under to avoid itching? Anyway, they look very comfortable, the print is beautiful, and you look informal and fun, in an elegant sense, with them. I like the combination of white and black, and your way of blending into an outfit the elegance and informality. I like your pendant, it’s beautiful. The photo of the sweet shot is very pretty, you look really beautiful.

    • Greetje
      13 March 2017 / 21:08

      Yes, I am wearing other trousers (very thin trousers) underneath my woolen pair. Indeed to avoid itching. You understood quite well. I think the necklace lifts the outfit from casual to elegantly casual.
      As always you are very charming and flattering. Thank you very much for that. I am smiling while typing this.

  13. 13 March 2017 / 14:49

    I don’t think you could ever be described as boring Greetje, I think you are a hoot. What a pain in the arse all these Health & Safety regulations are….I once tried to take photos at our local refuse tip, blimey you’d think I’d caused a major security breach…the fuss they made! Anyway, it’s appreciated that you try to find new locations for your blog shoots, Ron has some great ideas! Love that shot of you looking over your shoulder and I think I prefer your top tucked in, but it’s a great outfit all together. What a stunning necklace!

    • Greetje
      13 March 2017 / 21:12

      I am quite tough on myself and it is difficult to judge your own creation. Sometimes when I have a really funny photo, I know I am going to amuse everybody. With this post I thought everybody would be disappointed. And if you all are not just a bunch of flatterers, I think I was wrong.
      I can understand though that there are safety regulations on these sites. Perhaps if we had spoken to the foreman when we were there and he was in a good mood, he might have bent the rules a little. Now I had to ask permission by email. No chance in hell of course.
      As for the sweater tucked in or not… I am not sure yet myself. I think I like both. Next winter I will make up my mind. I don’t think I am going to wear it again before that time as the temperatures are really rising here.

  14. 13 March 2017 / 14:52

    I think it looks good both ways. I love the print on those trousers, very different and interesting. I’m glad you found a way to wear them without itching! The necklace is gorgeous, truly a one-of-a-kind piece!

    • Greetje
      13 March 2017 / 21:14

      I never take a chance with an itching sweater as you can never cover all the hemlines with something underneath it. But with these trousers that was possible.
      As for the necklace… yes it is gorgeous. I own quite a lot of necklaces (… no further comment on this subject haha…), but this one is rather special.

  15. 13 March 2017 / 20:28

    Oh Greetje!!! I love this so much!!!! You’re a breath of fresh air. I think it looks good both ways too but I do think the one on the left is perhaps better after all. What a brilliant idea too to have your seamstress make lining pants too! Love Lizzy xxx

    • Greetje
      13 March 2017 / 21:19

      Well thank you Lizzy…thank you very much. Although I keep thinking: “why??” Why am I a breath of fresh air?” But then I think of what Ron always says: “Don’t question how, just enjoy” (it rhymes in Dutch and it translates pretty badly). As for the seamstress.. hah she is brilliant. I also have an exellent plumber, an excellent electrician, two very clever IT-helpers, a brilliant cobbler etc. If there is one talent I have, it is the ability to find the good people.

  16. 14 March 2017 / 20:35

    Oh I like the idea of lining for wool trousers – the make me itch too. Such a shame you could not get the background you wanted, but it made for a good story.
    Bye the way, that necklace is divine!
    Michelle xx

    • Greetje
      15 March 2017 / 20:15

      Thanks Michelle. Lovely that you stopped by. I always try to get a smile on people’s face with a post. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn’t.

  17. Linda Henderson
    14 March 2017 / 20:56

    Always fun and interesting and never boring!

    • Greetje
      15 March 2017 / 20:16

      That is very nice of you to say. I will revel in the compliments.

  18. 15 March 2017 / 11:13

    Greetje, I love your writing style…like having a chat and a laugh!
    I would have worn this half tucked like you did on the right…. don ‘t know why, maybe it looks more deliberate?
    Anyway, your outfit looks great and your failed location story is fun to read….and is it just me or did you manage to find the only two men on the planet that look cute in a hard hat and high viz jacket??? :oP

    • Greetje
      15 March 2017 / 20:20

      I am glad you like my writing style as I wouldn’t know how to do it any other way. My flatmate (back in the old days) used to say to me she could hear me speak when she read a note I left her. Perhaps that is my talent?
      The two men? I know, they look cute, don’t they? Very manly. Perhaps that is why I asked them whether I could take their picture for my blog. Might not have done that if they looked horrible.

  19. 16 March 2017 / 00:22

    Only you would get a photo of the construction guys, Greetje!! And I bet you money that if you’d been with your girlfriends, there would have been some shirts coming off for these photos—ha ha!!
    I’m starting to think that there is not always a right and wrong way when we style our outfits. I certainly like both ways to wear that sweater. However—-that necklace takes the cake! It’s such a piece of art, that it’s hard to even think about sweater length and all that stuff!
    But I will be extremely honest, and ask about the tennies?? I know you have some fabulous shoes in that closet—what made you wear those sneakers? I guess I’m having a hard time with the white sneakers (and yes, I’ve seen them on other bloggers) because they remind me of the “american tourist outfits”

    • Greetje
      16 March 2017 / 06:09

      Ah Jodie, I get your point about the sneakers. My association with white sneakers is different. White sneakers are in fashion here (I will check whether this is true haha; I am not too sure) and they are so good to walk on. I am not a sneaker woman, not at all, but they do feel terrific. This outfit is a relaxed outfit. For a change flat shoes look good (in my eyes). I wanted this look. If you click through to the post where I wore this outfit in Antwerp, you will see me wearing black patent leather sneakers with it. Would that be more flattering to your eyes?

  20. 16 March 2017 / 23:45

    Another great great outfit Greetje. Black and white always looks so classy on you, even with this casual spin. I love the photo you took of this beautiful necklace. And regarding the right or left shot, well yes I do prefer the left. I understand why you styled it that way in the right version, but it somehow makes your long lean legs look as short as mine! As a friend I know I can say that, hahaha x

    • Greetje
      17 March 2017 / 19:44

      Anna, you can say anything to me. I appreciate honesty very much and I know you would never say anything to hurt me. If you ever think “My God, what was she thinking? This looks horrible on her”, don’t hesitate to tell me. I find that difficult myself to do with anybody who hasn’t invited me to do so, but if they do, I will.

  21. 17 March 2017 / 02:26

    I really like those pants, and I think it was very clever to have a removable “Lining” made for them. Wool makes me itch too! I do think that wearing the sweater over the pants does provide a better proportion.

    I admire your variety of backgrounds for your photos – I tend to use the same two or three because it’s hard to find someone to take photos of me, so I don’t want to spend a lot of time looking for different places to shoot. The “sweet shot” is a lovely photo of you – the light is very flattering.

    • Greetje
      17 March 2017 / 19:49

      Something went wrong in sending you my reply. I deleted it, but perhaps you already got the mail. Again..
      Believe me, finding these backgrounds, making and cropping pictures etc… pff it does take a lot of time. Sometimes I wonder whether it is worth it. I certainly do not gain many more readers. But it is my personal satisfaction to see my blog improve. I am probably more of a streber than I care to admit.

  22. 22 March 2017 / 18:01

    You certainly go to great lengths to bring us fun photos, I seriously walk outside, turn the corner and shoot or the camera goes with us in the car and if we happen to pass a fun spot, well pull over . . . most of my photo’s are totally unplanned (but then I’m that kind of spontaneous, or unorganized kind of gal).
    That’s probably the reason your blog is so well liked and popular.
    Brilliant idea about your lining for your pants, are they way warm? It’s also fun to see you in a fun relaxed outfit.

    • Greetje
      23 March 2017 / 06:56

      The lining trousers aren’t particularly warm, it is just lining, although thick material. I am afraid I have to be organized otherwise I would just have no photos at all. I am either at work or it rains cats and dogs or it is too dark or only my boring garden and street. So I have to put effort in it. Would love to ease a bit more here, but alas.

  23. 27 March 2017 / 02:27

    Beautiful necklace. When you said you had worn the sweater the wrong way, I couldn’t figure out how. Seeing the “correct” way I can see how it can be worn both ways. I’ve had photo shoots like that. I get an idea in my head and when it doesn’t work out it can suck the fun out. However, I’ve also found some pictures turn out better than you thought while doing them, so you never know. Julia

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