A red sweater and a green faux fur coat and Catherine

Red sweater and a green faux fur coatCatherine of Not Dressed as Lamb was in town. A blogger whom I have been following since 2012 and whom I met twice before. What to wear?? Would a red sweater and a green faux fur coat go together? These choices were practical. I needed something casual to go with sneakers as it was wet and very windy. I didn’t want to risk any of my lovely leather shoes in the rain. And the faux fur coat might not be an obvious choice (rain and hairy things??) but it has a hood. With the fierce wind an umbrella would be useless. That is how the outfit came together. 

It was my intention to only use the photos taken in Amsterdam with Catherine. However, the windblown hair, the sneakers and the fact I hadn’t given the red sweater any styling thoughts, were enough reasons to do another shoot. Ron was kind enough to do so on a sunny day.

Below: The top is by Vanilia and pretty wide with a drawstring at the back. The bag is Longchamps (I am starting to appreciate this bag now.). The black skinny jeans are Weekend Max Mara, the shooties Steffen Schraut (seen before here and here).

Red sweater and a green faux fur coat

Below: The necklace is one of my many chunky necklaces made by friend Ina. See all of them here. The neck felt a bit bare without a necklace.

Red sweater and a green faux fur coat

The hairdresser had cut my fringe too much. I hate a short fringe. It is a hang-up from when I was young and my father cut it till it was straight. To achieve that, he cut off so much I looked like a complete idiot. Child trauma.

Below: The green faux fur coat by Essentiel. I am not sure about it yet. When I bought it, I was over the moon. Only sometimes, looking in the mirror, I think I look like a big bear. The scarf is very old. Perhaps I should not leave it this long? Wrap it round again?

Red sweater and a green faux fur coat

Below: Looking at the coat from the back I like it. Even though I thought the hood would be a little childish.

Red sweater and a green faux fur coat

Below: In the street only two blocks from our house. Catherine taught me a thing or two about photographing. I am now shooting in Aperture. Yay.. bokeh photos.

Red sweater and a green faux fur coat

Below: The shoes by Steffen Schraut. Which need polishing. Ahem.

Steffen Schraut grey shooties

Now over to my day in Amsterdam with Catherine.

Below: Catherine arriving at Central Station. We put her suitcase in a locker and went into town. She managed to wear a dress with low heeled boots and look adorable. I have never pulled that off.

Below: Of course we had coffee first. Or in the case of Catherine: tea. I love how she wears hats.

Below: I wore a white necklace with the red top to bookend my white sneakers.

Below: Walking through the Nine Streets of Amsterdam I looked up and saw this man in his bathrobe, standing in the kitchen. Hah, got you! Paparazzo at work.

Below: This lovely cake and chocolate shop called Pompadour, also serves tea and coffee. The window display and the drizzle drove us in. The meringue was delicious as was the cake Catherine chose. (Huidenstraat 12).

Below: Next shop: jewellery. What a tempting shop !!! That necklace you see below with white, gold and green. Sooo me. But do I need another necklace? Don’t answer that.

Below: Catherine bought some earrings as souvenir. Not these ones, although they were also great looking on her.

Below: I tried the camera set on Aperture with this shot and got some more camera lessons. In between showers it was a lovely sunny day. We were very lucky.

Below: More lessons: when you shoot in direct sunlight, use P on your camera and flash. No shadows hiding her eyes. Brilliant. It worked.

Below: Funny sign in a shop window.

Below: Oh gosh, wind and rain were playing with my hair. This shot is reasonable.

Below: We visited Laura Dolls, a thrift shop selling very unusual stuff. And if you want an evening dress, you can find many in the cellar. Including matching shoes, clutch and gloves.

Below: This one looked lovely, but didn’t leave the shop.

After all the shopping, lunch, tea and coffee we finished the day with dinner at Loetje, my favourite place for an excellent steak. They have several restaurants, including one near our house. Catherine and I ate at their restaurant in Amsterdam, near Central Station, a very convenient location (see more pictures here).


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  1. 22 October 2017 / 19:56

    That must have been an awesome day. I love the photo taken in the street. Good tips you have gotten from Catherine and fantastic how you have put them into practice. Your necklace is very daring to my standards and looks absolutely great on you. Love, Lieske

    • Greetje
      22 October 2017 / 20:09

      Catherine already taught me a thing or two when I started blogging with her photo tips on her blog. And of course I followed lessons and even heard some of the things she taught me this day in Amsteram before. But now it sunk in. I got it! The lightbulb went on.
      My choice of necklaces is broad, but usually chunky ones win.

  2. 22 October 2017 / 19:57

    Love this shade of red on you Greetje! And speaking of love…I love your shoes, your bag and your furry coat especially. I do like it best without the scarf.

    Looks like you had a great visit with Catherine. You both look stylish and happy. {I know…your wearing sneakers and jeans, but they were both weather appropriate and you’ve pulled the look together with stylish accessories.}

    Yep…LOVE that coat!

    • Greetje
      22 October 2017 / 20:10

      Thank you Sue for your kind words. You get me and my worries. And I think you are absolutely right, the flower scarf is wrong for this kind of coat. Thanks again. Much appreciated as you know.

    • Joke
      24 October 2017 / 16:09


      • Greetje
        25 October 2017 / 08:32

        Big grin.. 😎.

  3. Karen
    22 October 2017 / 20:06

    I love your blog and ❤️ that green fur coat. You look amazing in red and your hair is so perky and pretty and young looking.

    • Greetje
      22 October 2017 / 20:13

      I have been specifically hunting for red items on top and green. Both colours suit me very well. If it is the right shade. Bright colours love me and I return that love. Your remark about my hair nearly made me choke on my coffee haha. If there is anything I am obsessive about it is my hair. Believe me… it costs me a lot of care and backcombing over and over again, to make it look like this.

  4. 22 October 2017 / 20:55

    The green fur coat is a winner; I love the style and the colour. Red is so gorgeous on you; I really like how you styled the top with a necklace and the sneakers. That is not easy! I totally couldn’t pull that off. I can pull off a sequin floor length skirt for daytime, but not that!

    The jewellery store window looks amazing. I can imagine you’ll be stopping in there next time you are in Amsterdam.

    I love seeing you having such a fun day with Catherine, although the two of you could have drained my bank account that day with all of your ridiculously perfect finds. xxx

    • Greetje
      22 October 2017 / 21:02

      Oh, I am sure that neighbourhood you are in now, can drain your bank account as well. I know it could do that to me. I saw a leather parka with furry lining on our way to meeting you. It was reduced from 1790 to 990 and could have lasted me for life. Alas… no money in the bank anymore.
      You liking my jeans with sneakers surprises me. I never feel comfortable being so underdressed. But thank you.

  5. 22 October 2017 / 21:09

    I’m the odd one out. I do think the green coat is rather “bear-ish”. I’m sure it is snuggly warm though.

    Although the scarf is beautiful I think it would be best wrapped around your neck three times and then left inside the coat so you just see it at your neck. I think the neckline of this coat and the hood it messing it up.

    I need some photography lessons from Catherine, the photos turned out amazing!

    You both look like you had a blast and were very stylin’ while doing it.


    • Greetje
      22 October 2017 / 22:18

      Thanks Suzanne. I can count on you to tell the truth. I think it depends how I wear the coat whether it looks bear-ish. But it is a borderline case. And I totally agree about the scarf. Sue said it as well. I better look through my draw for another one. Tucked inside.

  6. 22 October 2017 / 22:02

    What a fabulous time with another incredible blogger, Greetje!! And you even were able to get some photography lessons??? I’m so so jealous!!
    I think that green fur coat is the bomb! Besides when did looking like a teddy bear become a bad thing? When you’re a teddy bear, everyone loves you, so it’s all good!!!

    • Greetje
      22 October 2017 / 22:19

      Catherine is a professional photographer AND a teacher of photography. She gives amazing tips on her blog (in the top navigation). But of course lessons directly from the master… heaven.
      And I am awaiting many hugs with my coat. That’s always nice.

  7. 22 October 2017 / 22:50

    I love the necklace your friend Ina made, it’s beautiful! The green faux fur coat is fantastic and really suits you Greetje. That jewellery shop would definitely have tempted me, the window display is enough to make me drool!

    Emma xxx

    • Greetje
      23 October 2017 / 05:54

      Thanks Emma. Believe me, that jewellery shop tempted me in a big way. I concentrated on Catherine and talked to my weak spine. It doesn’t always work, but this time I survived.

  8. Marilee Gramith
    23 October 2017 / 04:22

    Wow Greetje! I noticed immediately that something about your photographs had changed. It wasn’t the artistry that was different but the quality of the detail in the pictures. Clearly our Catherine knows her stuff!
    Once again your pictures and writing style swept me up in the fun as if I were there with you two lovely ladies enjoying the sights, and ogglimg the jewelry. That necklace that struck uour fancy was my favorite as well! You look SO svelte in your trim navy pants and pretty red sweater Greetje. Also I don’t think that the fur makes you look like a bear. The hood is cute and where I live VERY useful. Also, I think Jodie makes an excellent point about the bulk of a fur being part of the cozy cuddly effect!! I couldn’t tell that the coat is green but I think that adds tremendously to its uniqueness. Do shorten up the scarf I think it will balance with the coat better.
    You two seem to have had an enviable day in good old Amsterdam!!

    • Greetje
      23 October 2017 / 05:57

      Yes, we did have a lovely day. And I was so pleased that the rain wasn’t severe, even the sun made an appearance, as the forecast was really bad. I will change the scarf for another one and tuck it in. That will be better indeed. And walk around, hoping to be cuddled many times haha.

  9. 23 October 2017 / 08:32

    Lots of great photos, Greetje. And I love the camera tips from Catherine. Bokeh!

    As for the faux fur and the scarf, really, I don’t see a problem. But I am never one to get too analytical. There’s definitely visual interest with both pieces and I don’t see them fighting it out. That’s just me. I’m glad that you and Carolyn got to spend some time together.

    • 23 October 2017 / 08:32

      You and CATHERINE, not Carolyn.

    • Greetje
      23 October 2017 / 20:07

      You know, blogger meet-ups are always the best. I think that the scarf is not good for the coat. This is hindsight of course, otherwise I wouldn’t have worn it in the photos. (Mental telling-off to myself: “you know you should always make a photo of an outfit first… to get a good view.. why don’t you do it then?”).

  10. Gee
    23 October 2017 / 12:44

    Greetje, Should that teddy bear coat ever need rehoming please think of me! You look good in it though, so hang onto it but yes, shorten/tuck in the scarf. And the very first picture of you is lovely.

    So glad younand Catherine had such a fun time. Her travel outfit looked so nice. I’d love to travel in such an outfit but I know me: I’d have to go to the Ladies. I’d have to throw that voluminous skirt over my head…and I’d knock my hat off and that would knock me off balance as I ‘hovered’ and the knock-on effect of that would probably be disastrous! So, no way, just jeans, as usual. L

    Now, your photo of ‘man in window’: as the late, great Btitish entertainer Max Bygraves used to say, “I wanna tell you a story.” … Many years ago my husband and I (apologies for sounding like the Queen!), were taking an early morning walk through Amsterdam, husband ahead of me because I was dawdling as usual – lots to look at…which turned out to be so true!

    Passing a house with a truly large, long ground-floor window the small movement of a man coming through a door to my right caught my eye. To my surprise, he walked towards this truly large, long ground floor-window and stood, close up, facing out, hands on hips. Stark naked!

    Well, I’m British, aren’t I?: stiff upper lip and all that. I managed to nod Good Morning before my specs misted over, and I walked on, grinning to myself. That young man had just made an old lady very happy!

    My advice? Keep an eye on that upper window!

    Have a nice day!

    • Greetje
      23 October 2017 / 20:09

      I had such a good laugh over your comment. Woman, you should write a book. I would buy it. Love your humour, it is so my humour. Or start a blog yourself. Please, please keep commenting or mailing me.

  11. 23 October 2017 / 16:20

    What a cool feather necklace!

    • Greetje
      23 October 2017 / 20:10

      Ina made me many cool necklaces. Every time I went to her house I saw another one I wanted to buy.

  12. Pondside
    23 October 2017 / 16:37

    I love the bearishly furry green coat and don’t find it at all childish. I believe I own only two coats without hoods……hoods are de rigeur in our wet winter. It’s the choice between damp, flat hair or a hood!

    • Greetje
      23 October 2017 / 20:11

      That was my idea too: rain, mist: hood. I will just pull a very grown up, sophisticated look and walk with a very straight back. That will do it, don’t you think?

  13. 24 October 2017 / 08:46

    Greetje what a wonderful post about a wonderful day!!!!! Thank you SO much for showing me the sights (and taking me to the best shops and cafes…) – you may be surprised to learn I was super worried about what to wear, I didn’t want to show you up because you always look so stylish. Me, not always, especially if a lot of travelling is involved: my outfit had to be comfy for the plane trip home as well. I think I did okay. I adored your teddy bear coat, though it’s a shame about the green bear that gave his life for your warmth. Poor thing.

    I’m so glad you liked the photography tips, and the flash in direct sunlight photo came out really well! No dark shadows on my face, hurrah!! 😉

    Thank you again, let’s do it again sometime…!!

    C x

    • Greetje
      25 October 2017 / 08:28

      I find that so amusing that you were worried about what to wear as well haha. Wouldn’t have thought that. It was indeed a fun day. Glad you arranged it after your presentation and not before. Now you were relaxed and content. Thanks again for those most helpful tips.

  14. 25 October 2017 / 00:43

    I just love your photo for in that stunning shade of olive green. That scarf is gorgeous, and I like it long, as it is. It would look wonderful wrapped around again, but would not stay, so I would also wear it this way. Catherine is lovely in her fabulous floral dress. That dotted scarf is a fabulous accent. Another fun post, I can clearly see you two are enjoying!
    Those skinny jeans; those gams of yours, enough said !! ❤️❤️


    • Greetje
      25 October 2017 / 08:31

      I think the coat looks better with a short scarf, tucked in, as Suzanne suggests. But the scarf itself is very nice, so I should find some use for it with another coat. I don’t mind your typos as I make them myself all the time.

      • 4 November 2017 / 04:36

        When I am wearing a really beautiful scarf, I like to wear it as you did. I love the way the edges or fringes dance in the wind and make the scarf even lovelier.
        Loved the quote about the world being a few drinks behind! Cheers!

  15. 25 October 2017 / 00:45

    I meant faux fur. Forgive me with that typo. And I also wanted to chuckle since we both wore faux fur this week, great minds!

  16. 27 October 2017 / 19:13

    I loved everything about this post. Your necklace had me at Hello. So incredibly cool! The man in the bathrobe…yummy. Catherine is such a beautiful lady, and yes, she wears hats well. Your post images are always beautiful.

    • Greetje
      28 October 2017 / 09:19

      Thank you Glenda. I never know whether a post is going to be “a hit” or just average. I have been wrong in predicting this many times. the one thing I know is: skirts and dresses do better. And I usually wear trousers….

  17. 29 October 2017 / 12:53

    How nice to spend a day with Catherine in Amsterdam Greetje. The shops you went to and restaurant sound fabulous, makes me want to come and visit too – hehe!!!

    xoxo Yvonne

    • Greetje
      29 October 2017 / 16:48

      You know there would be no problem in you visiting Amsterdam. As long as you let me be your guide.

  18. drk
    29 October 2017 / 16:40

    I had too-short bangs (fringe) in my younger days as well. One way to rethink it is that we were avant guard–think Hepburn, Tautou, or Michelle Williams. Heh heh.

    I like the fuzzy coat better without the scarf, which is beautiful, by the way. The red shirt on you looks off to me–a little short and wide for your lovely tall figure. You are beautiful in red. Love the boots and your slouchy bags. I want the black and white dress (and the man in the window). We’ll make that man a meme!

    • Greetje
      29 October 2017 / 16:47

      You got a point there with the red shirt. I don’t really think it is too short but perhaps not rightly balanced with the skinny jeans and high shooties. I think it is better balanced with the sneakers, although I am not too fond of them. I will try some more trouser widths. Thanks for being honest.
      And I agree the scarf, lovely as it might be, has to go on this green furry coat. You taught me another word: meme. Hadn’t heard it before. Now I know!

  19. 31 October 2017 / 23:11

    How nice that you were able to spend some time with Catherine! I would agree with Suzanne to wrap the scarf around your neck a few more times so that there is not so much hanging outside the coat. I don’t think the coat looks too “bearish” – it looks warm and snuggly! I have a black faur fur one that is probably at least one size too large on me, but I wear it anyway.

    • Greetje
      1 November 2017 / 07:53

      Bearish is in fashion, so I will just go with the flow. It is heaven to wear. And I agree with you girl that the scarf should be different. I think I will change it for another one all together.

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