Blue cardigan jacketRight.. 2018.. first blogpost. Back to normal. I wore this blue cardigan jacket with the striped leggings when visiting Marianna. She is one of the members of the BVA friends group which you have seen many times. Marianna decided to move to the east of the country, which is a two hours drive. As we Dutch are used to everything and everybody being very nearby, a two hours drive means very far away. It is worse for her as she will have to drive the distance 5 times when the others are host of the day. Nice thing for her is that she has family and friends living near.

Let’s start by introducing my friends once more. Unfortunately I have no pictures of Marianna as she did not want that. And I have to respect that, right?

Below: Marijke in a grey trouser ensemble. Only she can pull this off. Such a good photo of her. I was very pleased with it.

Marijke

Below: Claudia. Her necklace was nicely bookending her boots. Wait till you see her tights!

Claudia

Below: Close-up of Claudia’s tights and boots. NICE.

Below: Jilske. Good shot.

Jilske

Below: Marianne. Always fashionable, always looking fantastic. Her MS disease and wheelchair don’t stop her from looking fabulous. Hats off to her.

Marianne

Now that you are re-aquainted with my girlfriends, let me tell you about our day in the east of the country. The weather gods were kind to us. It was supposed to be icey but for us the sun came out. We always have coffee and cakes when we arrive at 11 o’clock. The host (in this case Marianna) provides food all day.

Below: Marianne’s new kitchen is spacious and sunny and the cakes were very fresh and yummy, yay.

Marijke and Claudia

Below: View from Marianna’s window and garden at the back of the house. Not bad, right? This is not her garden. That is the beauty of it. It is their view without having to maintain it. Ideal.

Below: Jilske posing for me.

Jilske

Below: We did another one without the wrap.

Jilske

Below: The suit is grey. Really. My photo makes it look blue.

Marijke

Below: Details: the blue boots Marijke found. Remember she was looking for blue boots in this previous post?

Below: Marianne, snuggling in her pockets.

Marianne

Below: Details of Marianne’s silver bag and shoes. The bag was not quite what she was looking for, so I said that if she found the right one, I would buy this one from her.

Below: Details of the snuggle sweater.

Below: OK, my turn. Claudia is operating the camera.

Blue cardigan jacket is by Anna Blue (Anna van Toor), the leggings with silver side stripe are by Sylver. Sorry dear overseas readers. All Dutch brands.

Blue cardigan jacket

Below: The leggings are slightly pinstriped. The silver shoes are by Dune (last year’s).

Blue cardigan jacket

Below: The bag. Ah… the bag. I got it as a present from Marianne that very morning. She has all sort of excuses why she thinks it is necessary to give me presents. Really none of them are valid in my eyes. But it is so sweet and I love this fuchsia mini bag. Doesn’t it look great with my outfit? Brand: Alain Manoukian.

Below: Ahhh…..No Kidding???!! No idea what Claudia was showing me on her smartphone.

Blue cardigan jacket

Right! Marianne provided lunch and we were ready to go and explore the small town shops in the rural east. Our expectations were low. Biased city girls.

We had to admit our biased thoughts were wrong. There were lovely shops with excellent staff in the east of the country.

Below: Jilske bought this top. Needs a bit of ironing. Not Jilske’s favourite job.

Jilske

Below: Marianne and Marijke goofing around with the faux fur hats.

Marianne and Marijke

Below: Marianne looks very chic with this hat. She bought it. The scarf stayed in the shop as she already has a similar one at home. She looks as if she is playing in a movie.

Marianne

Below: No, Marijke didn’t buy this.

Marijke

Below: No, she didn’t buy this either. It was itching.

Marijke

Below: And no, she didn’t buy this. Too similar to what she had on.

Marijke

Below: OK, she did buy this set: leggings and dress. She could wear it with the suit she already had. I tried this set on as well, in another size. Whaha, it looked like shxt on me. Couldn’t get it off fast enough.

Marijke

Below: Yay, another one caught with her trousers down.

Marijke

Below:  This had us in stitches. Claudia tried on Jilske’s (own) coat to see how it would look on her. The sales assistent wasn’t aware of that and started praising the coat (nice and warm, pockets, slits each side, handy for cycling etc.) When Claudia took it off, the assistent said: “Oh just give it to me, I will hang it back for you”. When I revealed the truth, she was a very good sport and laughed with us.

Claudia

Below: No, Jilske didn’t buy this one, but a very similar one at a lower price.

Jilske

Below: She asked for it…. don’t get near my camera looking like a dork, or you will be on my blog hahaha.

Marianne

Below: I was tempted to buy this leather flower (not too expensive, my budget curfew would allow it), but decided it wasn’t abstract enough.

How about that? Shopping with girlfriends and not buying anything. Which is a bit of a lie. I bought that horrible Christmas sweater for €8 you saw last week. And the black turtleneck sweater you saw last week as well. Reduced to €15. Oh and a grey turtleneck for €5. Total damage: €28. You can hardly have lunch for that. It is tough though, not buying nice things anymore. I feel like a junky who needs a fix. Which is why I now frequent the second hand shops. So far I have been lucky twice. Four more months to go. Yes… it is that bad.

Greetje

No Fear of Fashion