Top COS, trousers Corel, sneakers EssentielAs you can understand, when Sylvia of 40+Style is in The Netherlands we try to see as much of each other as we can (and my job allows). We like talking (a lot), taking pictures, shopping and visiting nice towns. Last Wednesday Sylvia and I went shopping in Alkmaar. An old town in the North-West part of Holland. And it did not disappoint. The gorgeous weather was a bonus.

But first let me tell you what went on the week before: our parquet floor got varnished. Which meant EVERYTHING had to be removed from the living room (into the shed and upstairs rooms). And that was a lot of hard work! As we couldn’t be in the living room for four days, we decided to bring the dog to a “dog sitter” she loves, put the cat in a pension (which she hated and where she hardly ate, poor thing) and pack ourselves off to the south of France. I will report on the holiday (outfits) next week as that takes some sorting out. This week is so hectic with putting everything back in its place that I only have time to make a simple blog post. These shopping days with friends are more straight forward so holiday pictures give way to shopping in Alkmaar with Sylvia.

Below: we started with coffee, tea and lunch in this place (Heeren van Sonoy).

Shopping in Alkmaar with Sylvia

Below: you have seen this COS top before in the London post. The trousers are by Corel and a terrific find at a second hand shop. The bag is my precious Italian bag, bought in Rome years ago.

Top COS, trousers Corel, sneakers Essentiel

Below: and you are probably wondering about the sneakers…

Top COS, trousers Corel, sneakers Essentiel

Below: close-up of the sneakers. By Essentiel. These sneakers hold a secret: you can wear them in two ways. The top picture shows you the way I wore them in Alkmaar. A bit silver/yellow coloured. But… if you brush the nap the other way, the sequins create a golden bling. When I discovered that, it was a done deal. And like the black Essentiel sneakers I bought (see this post) they are very comfortable.

Sneakers Essentiel

It is going to be tough on my self-control as Essentiel opened a shop in the street between my home and the centre of town. So I will always pass it. This is going to be so difficult as I love about everything they sell…

Below: nice picture of Sylvia, in a lovely blue and white summer outfit with red details. I swear, we didn’t know we would both be wearing these colours.

Alkmaar with Sylvia

Below: of course we kindly asked somebody to take a picture of the both of us.

Shopping in Alkmaar with Sylvia

Below: as I said, Alkmaar is a lovely old town with lots of beautiful buildings.

Shopping in Alkmaar with Sylvia

Below: Sylvia started taking photos of me on the above bridge: “I still don’t know what to do with my hands!!!?!”

Top COS, trousers Corel, sneakers Essentiel

Below: I quite liked this one.

Top COS, trousers Corel, sneakers Essentiel

Below: now watch the little boat in the water. And more specific, the half naked guy in it. He roused my interest…

Top COS, trousers Corel, sneakers Essentiel

Below: what makes me laugh, is the expression on my face a few seconds later: “WELL ….what do you know?”

Top COS, trousers Corel, sneakers Essentiel

Below: back to posing

Top COS, trousers Corel, sneakers Essentiel

Below: as we hit the little streets with so many nice little shops, I saw this lady and asked whether I could photograph her and put her on my blog. She laughed and said: “Can’t wait to get home and tell my sons this. They always question my styling haha. That will show them!”

Shopping in Alkmaar with Sylvia

Below: cute!!! elephant and bunnies.

Shopping in Alkmaar with Sylvia

Below: I will end this post with three more picturesque photos of Alkmaar.

Shopping in Alkmaar with Sylvia

Shopping in Alkmaar with Sylvia

Below: notice the little statue of a man on the chimney, far right in the photo?

Shopping in Alkmaar with Sylvia

Did we shop? Oh yes we did. Sylvia bought a great dress and a lot of shoes. But I leave it up to her to show them to you on her own 40+Style. And no, I didn’t buy anything. The sneakers were enough spending.

Below: OK one last happy picture before I leave you.

Greetje

No Fear of Fashion