Pink coat in Paris

Pink coat by Filippa KGoing back in time, but not much. This photo was taken at the end of September 2016 when Ron and I spent 4 fabulous days in Paris. Of course I have already reported about that trip (striped dress, white dress, sequined top, blue top and trousers). After publishing these four posts it was the end of October and the weather had turned cold. Not a good idea to show you a pink coat. As spring has arrived in The Netherlands it is time to show you this beauty.

Above: on the bank of the Seine.

At the end of summer last year I went to a department store in Amsterdam with Sylvia of 40+Style, who had come over for a couple of weeks. I had just put myself on a strict budget when we came across this coat by Filippa K. Half price in the sale and in my size. Love at first sight. For half a year I had been searching for a spring coat to replace my white leather one which had become far too tight. (Amazing how leather shrinks over time.) Couldn’t find anyting I liked and then, when the money was gone, there it was… the coat. Of course.

I was strong and didn’t buy it. Told Ron about it as I was rather proud of my self control, although also a bit sad. He grabbed his iPad and ordered it online for me as a present. I know you already think the world of him, but he is even more lovable. To honour him, here is a photo of Ron and dog Charlie. Charlie is the love of his life haha. She just had major surgery and is recovering fine. Which means Ron is singing again.

Ron and Charlie

Below: back to Paris. This was my view from the bench at the bank of the river Seine. There is a dinosaur skeleton on top of a boat. No idea why.

Seine in Paris

Below: it wasn’t as bright and sunny as it had been, but still the light was strong enough to wear sunglasses. The white Obag you have seen before, bought it in Turin. The black bag was very cheap, is very lightweight, very handy and could carry all the treasures I found in Paris back home. That one will come with me on future trips.

Pink coat by Filippa K

Below: now for a full view of the coat. I have been delaying the head-to-toe picture long enough. Tada…. the colour is pastel pink, slightly on the lavender side. The scarf is one I bought in Paris a couple of years ago. I have various scarves which are good with this coat. I think this one is a bit formal.

Pink coat in Paris

Below: as you know I love to show you all sides…

Below: it is the kind of coat you can wear with a dress but also on jeans (as demonstrated). Jeans are Denham and sneakers Ecco. We took these pictures near the Seine where this strange conservatory was.

Below: with a view…

Pink coat by Filippa K

Below: more of the view… Strange, that is definitely a boat in the background, but what are these pipes doing there? And what is the function of those rope “hammocks”? (After note: at the bottom of this post you will find out as one of my dear readers explained it.)

at the bank of the Seine

Below: checking the pictures Ron took. Usually to see whether my hair looks alright in the photos haha.

Pink coat by Filippa K

After this photoshoot and having visited the sewers of Paris (gross!) we headed back to town. And yes, I went down the sewers in my new pink coat …

I found a MAC store and remembered they had a terrific fuchsia lipstick I wanted to stock. Not knowing that Ron was playing paparazzo again.

Below: going in the store, you can just see my head.

Sequined top in Paris

Below: wearing my sequined top from Paris. Bent over to see the colours.

Sequined top in Paris

Below: “Excusez-moi… Qu’est que vous dites??” (I speak a tiny bit of French)

Sequined top in Paris

Below: inspecting the colour in natural light. Funny!

Sequined top in Paris

Below: in the pocket

Sequined top in Paris

Below: nearly there, crossing the street. Doesn’t it look like a paparazzo photo shoot?

Sequined top in Paris

Explanation of the “hammocks” and the conservatory:

“These are the “floating gardens” which is a temporary park with different features for public enjoyment: some educational (like the conservatory you showed – I think), and some for relaxing (hammocks and different types of seating), while others can be rented (tipis and conference rooms).”

Next week another skirt.


No Fear of Fashion




  1. 26 March 2017 / 17:54

    That’s a great coat, Greetje! I’m glad Ron came to the rescue!

    And I love the Paparazzo photos! So fun!

    • Greetje
      26 March 2017 / 18:18

      I am dying to start wearing it. Apart from this one day in Paris, I haven’t been able to yet. But the weather is gorgeous now and apparently will even be better next week. YAY.

  2. 26 March 2017 / 18:12

    You are lucky you have a loving paparazzi to stalk, I mean shoot you! Ha!

    What a great photo of Ron and Charlie. I’m glad to hear her surgery went well. It is tough when our furry kids aren’t feeling well and can’t speak up for themselves.

    I’m always amazed at people that can wear light coloured coats and manage to keep them clean.

    I like the way you’ve added the scarf to add some colour next to your face.

    And yes…like everyone else I’m jealous of your amazing long legs.


    • Greetje
      26 March 2017 / 18:20

      Ah.. that one feature I do have.. long legs.. I will make the most of it, you bet!
      I wanted a light coloured coat for spring and pink (lavender) is a happy spring colour which will go with everything. Cream would have been good too. And indeed I solve the light colour near my face (not good) with a scarf.

  3. 26 March 2017 / 18:17

    You’re a Street Style Star! Seriously though, that coat is fabulous, and I love the harmonizing but brighter colors in the scarf. Ron is a very good photographer, and so cute with Charlie.

    • Greetje
      26 March 2017 / 18:22

      He loves that dog to death. And if he had had my camera with the long lens, the paparazzo photos could have been better. On the other hand… this adds to the paparazzo feel haha.

  4. 26 March 2017 / 18:19

    What a fabulous husband, Greetje to get you that coat!! (and what restraint on your part!!) I do love a great colored coat instead of the predictable black & tan ones!! And I have to say that this scarf is ideal with it!! You may consider it formal, but I love the silk of the scarf with the wool of the coat! And the colors? Perfecto!!
    And now you know what it feels like to have a stalker, right? At least you don’t have to worry about this one!
    And look—there are those sneakers again!! I am wearing my black ones today, but I have a feeling there will be a pair of white ones in my closet before the summer is over–my restraint is not as good as yours–ha ha!

    • Greetje
      26 March 2017 / 18:25

      My “debts”(to my own saving accounts) are now paid. I have been a very good girl for 3 1/2 months. And I volunteered for one more month of restraint to get some money in the bank. I am afraid that once you let me loose again…. I will fly off the handle.
      As for the coat, I wanted a light colour for spring and pink goes with everything. Cream would have been good too. Both colours do nothing for me, but that is where the scarf comes in. To the rescue.
      If I see you wearing white sneakers I will giggle.

  5. Bette
    26 March 2017 / 19:20

    Love, LOVE this coat! And it just goes to show, husbands should definitely carry iPads wherever they go. What a sweetheart!

    • Greetje
      26 March 2017 / 20:11

      Hahaha Bette, that is a good one “Husbands should definitely carry iPads wherever they go”. I would say a creditcard will do fine outdoors. He is a sweetheart.

  6. 26 March 2017 / 19:46

    What a stylish coat. And very versatile. Your hubby looks kind and loving. Lucky you!

    • Greetje
      26 March 2017 / 20:13

      Yes I “waited” pretty long before picking this one. By the time I was 34 I knew exactly what to look for haha. Nonsense of course. Love happens or it doesn’t. Not much you can do to influence that. Maintaining, yes that is something you can influence.

  7. Rachel
    26 March 2017 / 19:51

    Great coat and gorgeous model. I love the paparazzi footage 🙂 Ron sounds a very smart and lovely companion

    • Greetje
      26 March 2017 / 20:15

      Yes Ron is one to keep. Which is what I am doing for 28 years or so. What makes him even more desirable is that he makes me laugh so many times. He is no saint and we have words too, but compared to the big picture, that is minor stuff.

  8. Wendy
    26 March 2017 / 22:49

    Love your coat and paparazzi pictures.
    I am also lucky to be with someone who makes me laugh as well!
    Thank you for sharing the picture of Ron and Charlie!

    • Greetje
      27 March 2017 / 15:25

      It was my pleasure entirely Wendy. Thanks for your comment. Always lovely to hear what readers think.

  9. 27 March 2017 / 01:49

    Beautiful coat and beautiful lady! I loved this little tour of Paris and so funny to see your husband has just as much a sense of humor as you do! So glad your dog is on the mend! Julia

    • Greetje
      27 March 2017 / 15:27

      I think my husband is way funnier than I am. He is born and bread Amsterdam-person. And they are all hilarious. When I can make him laugh I feel such a triumph: “yes, I made the master in fun laugh”.

  10. Janet M Higgs
    27 March 2017 / 04:44

    I just love reading your posts.

    • Greetje
      27 March 2017 / 15:28

      And I love readers who take the time to tell me this. Thank you very much. I hope I can keep you entertained for a long time.

  11. Linda Henderson
    27 March 2017 / 05:21

    The pink coat in Paris post–loved it. What a lovely coat and you wear it well. And I enjoyed the photo of Ron and Charlie.
    p.s. Your haircut is wonderful.

    • Greetje
      27 March 2017 / 16:06

      My hairdresser is the best. My hair is thin and there is little of it. So my hairdresser is a miracle worker. And I hope I can keep you entertained for many more years.

  12. 27 March 2017 / 05:37

    You look great in that sequin sweater. I love the idea of paparazzi tailing you.

    • Greetje
      27 March 2017 / 16:07

      Not in real life Nicole haha. Wouldn’t like that either.

  13. Marilee Gramith
    27 March 2017 / 06:23

    I love your tribute picture of Ron and his beloved Charlie. The are both great guys. I cant decide which one is the cutest.
    The story of Ron getting you the coat is just the best!! What a sweet guy to spoil you a little after you showed such restraint. A pink coat strikes me as a very special thing. I love that you wore it right into the sewers of Paris. Yikes! That coat has a great history already!!
    I also think that the paparazzi photos of you are completely wonderful. Shows what a creative character your Ron is and once again made for another unique post.
    ( Ron seems determined to catch you in a new pose even if he has to sneak up on you to accomplish it!! =-)
    Good grief you look good in those jeans Greetje! Not only are your legs long but they’re shapely! You are holding your own girl!!! Another great post.

    • Greetje
      27 March 2017 / 16:08

      Ah.. Charlie is a girl. And Ron is the best, I agree. My legs are my assets and I make the most of them. Which is why I am horrified when I hear that skinnies are on their way out. Mini skirts are no longer for me and skinnies give me the opportunity to show off my legs.

      • 28 March 2017 / 09:31

        Luckily it’s not relevant at all whether things are ‘out’ or not. Stock up on good skinnies then, now that you can still find them in the stores, and happily keep wearing them!

        • Greetje
          28 March 2017 / 19:57

          I don’t necessarily need to follow fashion. You know I am not after the latest trends. But I don’t want to look outdated either. And if nobody wears them anymore, I won’t either. Like those huge shoulder paddings from the 80ies, nobody wears those anymore either.

  14. 27 March 2017 / 08:01

    Wow Greetje, loving that coat and the story about Ron buying it for you is the best!!!

    xo Yvonne

    • Greetje
      27 March 2017 / 17:41

      You have a pink coat and so do I ??. And Ron is so good to me. I am a very lucky woman.

  15. josep-maria
    27 March 2017 / 08:37

    Paris, pink coat, and Greetje, a wonderful combination. I love the coat, it’s cute, and I love your scarf of colors, it’s beautiful. The collection of stolen photos, with you dressed in your jeans, the emblem of Greetje, are fantastic. The most authentic Greetje!

    • Greetje
      27 March 2017 / 17:43

      If I am anything, yes, it is authentic. What you see is what you get.
      I am always very pleased if you can find the time to comment. Thank you.

  16. 27 March 2017 / 09:19

    That is a BEAUTIFUL pink coat. I love the very modern tiny stand-up lapel… to me, that absolutely makes it a WOW. The colour is lovely of course… I am coming around to pink, sloooooooooooooowly. This bare petal pink is beautiful. And the scarf you’re wearing looks like a serious find as well.

    SO NICE to see Ron, and the furry love of his life. Gorgeous photos, and I’m STILL adoring that sequin top on you. Divine.

    • Greetje
      27 March 2017 / 17:45

      Thanks Lisa. All lovely words. And I take it you mean it ?. Pink is not my colour either but it is a very easy colour to combine with other colours. I use a scarf to add colour.

  17. 27 March 2017 / 09:52

    Love the pink coat and the way you have styled it with white sneakers.

    • Greetje
      27 March 2017 / 20:42

      I like the contrast between elegant/chic and tough/casual. But I bet this coat will be equally nice with a dress.

  18. Trish (was treecycler)
    27 March 2017 / 19:54

    A pink coat for Spring – perfetto! And the lovely scarf – parfait! I love the paparazzo photo shoot too! If my husband is photographing anything, it’s the local architecture- I’m only an incidental….. or for scale !? Did you ever find out what the hammocks were for – perhaps to throw yourself on after a heavy day’s sightseeing….. or to inspect the grass….. what an odd idea ?

    • Greetje
      27 March 2017 / 20:47

      Never found out what the hammocks were for. It remains a mystery. Ron photographs me because he wants me to have nice pictures for my blog. The sweetheart. Glad you like my coat. I thought it was a great find.

  19. 27 March 2017 / 23:50

    Good old Ron rides to the rescue again – give that man a medal! What a lovely thing to do and what a buy. I love the style, cut and fit of the coat. Very flattering on you Greetje. And good to hear Charlie is on the mend too.
    That shot of you checking your lippy, popping your head out is hilarious! Ron always gets the best ones.

    • Greetje
      28 March 2017 / 06:35

      Oh hi Jacqueline. How nice of you to stop by. Yes Ron is a gem and his pictures make this blog a lot more fun. Hope you are doing well and that the fun in your life is returning.

  20. 28 March 2017 / 15:26

    The pink coat is beautiful and Ron has just become even more amazing in my eyes with his kind and generous gift. I also love your sequined top! I am in love with the photo of you crossing the street. It looks like you had a spectacular trip to Paris!

    • Greetje
      28 March 2017 / 20:00

      Paris is always a good idea (quote Audrey Hepburn). And it was ever so nice as my four posts of October tell you. And I am very lucky to have found Ron.

  21. 28 March 2017 / 18:32

    I can’t believe you wore that beautiful coat down the Parisian sewers! Lovely to see your Paris pics and of course Ron and Charlie. What a great snap of you checking out your lipstick. I like your sneakers, absolutely perfect for sightseeing and I’m now turning up my skinnies like you!
    Have a good week.

    • Greetje
      28 March 2017 / 20:03

      I expected those sewers to be clean and just big cavelike tunnels, nicely cleaned up, with pictures how it was… but no… they were the actual sewers. Had I known I don’t think I would have gone. But it was quite an experience haha. Glad I didn’t miss it.
      I bought these skinnies being p very long and I love them turned up. It suits me so well.

  22. 28 March 2017 / 21:28

    Hello Greetje!
    What a fabulous coat! I love the pale pink and the way you added some punch with the silk scarf! How sweet, ( and nice looking) Ron is. What a lovely gesture and surprise!
    I am also drooling over that sweater, who made it if you do not mind if I ask!
    Glad you stocked up on lipstick,
    Lovely photos, loved you hidden in the bright green leaves!
    wish the light was better when you crossed the street in that sequined top, you look like a celeb!
    the skinnies, the excellent posture !
    happy week !
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      29 March 2017 / 08:57

      Well, the excellent posture… hmmm.. not really, there is some work to be done there. I am actually trying to stand more straight for at least 15 years now and haven’t mastered it yet (see the pictures in the MAC store). And will continue to improve on that. It makes such a difference.
      The label in the sequined sweater says: maraislise. I bought it in a little shop in Paris where they sell stuff made by young designers. The shop is called Addicted.

  23. Lollo
    29 March 2017 / 02:17

    I loved seeing your pictures of Paris and I always enjoy reading your vivid stories and descriptions, so full of life. I was lucky to live in Paris for two months in Spring 2015 and spent quite a bit of time walking, biking, and sketching along the Seine and all over Paris. So in case you didn’t know, the “floating gardens” where you took a few of these photos, is a temporary park with different features for public enjoyment: some educational (like the conservatory you showed – I think), and some for relaxing (hammocks and different types of seating), while others can be rented (tipis and conference rooms).

    Seeing your post makes me realize that I didn’t buy nearly enough clothes during my time in Paris, but I bought four pairs of shoes!

    • Greetje
      29 March 2017 / 10:26

      Oh how wonderful… you solved the mystery. Thank you very much. I will add your explanation to my post.
      If you ever go back to Paris, be sure to stop by at Addicted in Le Marais. It is a small shop where I bought the sequined sweater and a woolen kimono jacket. They sell stuff made by young designers. Nice! Have you seen my other posts on Paris? I put links to them in this post.

  24. 29 March 2017 / 07:42

    It’s a lovely coat, perfect for spring. Men know how to make women happy! Ron surely deserved a photo!! 🙂
    Pale pink is a neutral colour easy to match and very fashionable this year…(seen on many magazines)

    I know how strong the love between a human being and a dog can be…I am glad to read that Charlie is fine again!

    • Greetje
      29 March 2017 / 10:33

      I knew you would appove of this coat ??. Pink being one of the fashion colours this year is sheer luck.
      As for Charlie, she is nearly her old self again. They took out her spleen because she had a tumor in it, the size of half a soccer ball! Isn’t it scary that a dog doesn’t indicate there is something wrong? And the vet couldn’t really feel it either. The CT scan showed it. Needless to say that this cost a lot of money. But hey.. anything for yout pet, right? Ron would have mortgaged the house to save Charlie haha.

  25. 2 April 2017 / 05:42

    You wore that pristine, pure, practically-virginal pink coat down into the sewers… Hahaha!! If I had done that I’m afraid I would have come out brown. Of course I wouldn’t expect a REAL sewer either. What a shock it must have been.

    I adore your coat. It brings to mind springtime and Easter eggs, maybe because of the pastel colour. It looks fantastic on you.

    And Ron, what a man, getting you that coat. Gaaa. And man and his dog are forever friends, clearly. And his candid photos of you are outstanding. I especially love the one of you crossing the street. That shot would look at home in any magazine.

    • Greetje
      2 April 2017 / 08:39

      That shot would only end up in a magazine if I were famous. Which I am not. Thank God. Must be aweful to be recognised everywhere and people taking pictures, wanting to take selfies with you. Not my cup of tea. It would totally destroy my freedom and that is something I need like I need air. Thanks for the lovely compliments. The sewer, by the way, was clean (I think) where you walked, but there were puddles on the floor and drops falling down from the pipes (….???…). I went through there nearly running. You had to follow a route, like in Ikea haha.

  26. 3 April 2017 / 00:22

    The lines of the coat are so crisp and elegant, and it’s a lovely colour – no wonder you fell in love with it! Ron is definitely a “keeper”! I’m glad to hear his dog’s surgery went well – we do love our pets and worry so when they’re sick.

    Ron definitely has potential to be hired for “photo stalking” celebrities!

    • Greetje
      3 April 2017 / 08:18

      He might actually like that.. “photo stalking” celebrities haha. No just kidding. Too much intrusion into someone’s life.

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