Sequins at a farmers’ market

SequinsWhen I arranged to meet my friend Marjolein, I was in need of blog photos. Seems to be a recurring thing. This time the “theme” was sequins. She didn’t mind taking my pictures that afternoon. Great. Now…. would she know a good place to do the shoot? No wind, indoors with a lot of daylight, therefore huge windows? Her husband came up with Urban Farmers in The Hague. Fantastic place. The two top floors of a seven-storey building were converted into a greenhouse and farmers’ market. So nice and weird finding this in the middle of a city.

We met at Marjolein’s house for a chat and a drink. And she offered me two pairs of shoes she didn’t wear. One pair fitted and were right up my street. Yay. What a great friends I have! That day I was still wearing sneakers as my knee is not cooperating. I twisted it two weeks ago and have to walk very carefully and on flat shoes (the horror… ) since. It is slowly getting better, very slowly.

Below: Entering the market there was fresh food for sale.

Below: We started with photos of Marjolein. She is wearing a beautiful woolen coat made by a Dutch couturier (Edgar Vos). Vintage (obviously, as the man died in 2010) but such good design never goes out of style and the coat is in mint condition. If you like, you can play a little video of his AW collection 1968. Really, most of these designs I would gladly wear today.


Below: The head to toe shot of me wearing sequins during daytime. And why not? I think it looks nice and it would be a shame to leave this top in the closet till next Christmas (or date night). I did wear it at Christmas two years ago, on a skirt, with a blue belt (mainly to make the top shorter to be in better proportion with the skirt). But now I wear this top as in this post, to the office. No funny looks from my colleagues, only compliments.


Below: On the top floor there was a meeting of the city council going on and Marjolein went upstairs first to see whether we could photograph there or not. To save my poor knee. She came back with the announcement that the council was gathered at the right side and there was enough space on the left for us. So up we went. The heels, my dear readers, are just for show.


Below: Marjolein was wearing a figure hugging dress with two side stripes (green and red) and beautiful cowboy boots.


Below: Close-up of her boots.

Cowboy boots

Below: Close-up of her pendant, a female figure shopping. Foolishly enough she had put on her pretty pink woolen scarf for warmth, leaving little threads on her black dress. She won’t do that again.

Below: Killing myself laughing as I pointed out to Marjolein that all the women in the council gathering were paying more attention to us than to the speaker in front. My white Obag is adorned with black faux fur for winter.


Below: Then the council members got up and went on a tour through the Urban Farmers’ market. I quickly snapped the boots of this lady. NICE.

Below: A picture of the area where we were taking pictures on the top floor, with the greenhouse behind us.

Below: These cakes were abandoned by the council… We giggled whether we would help ourselves to a piece but decided to behave.

Below: Marjolein wanted to pose at one of the tables and realized too late this was the children’s corner. Snap.


Below: A shot of the bar on the top floor.

Below: These sneakers (brand Essentiel Antwerp, two years old) were what I really wore. The coated skinnies are by (Hugo) Boss Orange. Wore them before with a black sweater and black suede boots, with my white Marc Jacobs sweater and with my cream Acne tunic.

Below: Gold coloured necklace by &Other Stories. A couple of years old. They sell nice jewellery. There is pale blue enamel in the folds and “gold” on the outside.


Below: View from the inside out. The council members had left their coats and bags, going on their tour. We must have looked very honest and innocent.

Below: The Urban Farmers were growing things everywhere.

Below: Great view.

Below: Nearly forgot. My little yellow clutch (it came with a long strap and a wrist strap). Bought it in Maastricht. The bag is suede with a leather flap. I was eager to get a bright clutch after I saw the Over40Collective ladies with theirs.

Below: We went downstairs again, reading the slogan.

Below: We had coffee and cake (yes, we paid for it) in this little corner.

Below: One last look at the industrial part of the floor and we went home. Sorry guys, no idea what they are doing here. We weren’t on the tour. Rinsing the vegetables?

It was a fun afternoon. It always is when you spend it with a friend.


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  1. Dorothy
    28 January 2018 / 19:23

    I love your blog! Not only are the outfits fabulous, your friends are so chic, and you pick very interesting locations for the photos. Thanks so much!

    • Greetje
      28 January 2018 / 19:44

      Oh my dear, the pleasure is entirely mine. Thank you! for taking the time to leave me such a nice comment. It is very hard to find indoor locations with enough light in winter. Always a worry. And as I have limited time because of my full time job, the weather and the opportunity are also players in this field.

  2. 28 January 2018 / 20:37

    Hi Greetje, I do remember you writing about the clutches of the over40collective ladies at the award night last night. It made me think twice too and like you, I bought a bright yellow one! Such a great colour for the winter months as well, isn’t it? I really love how your necklace and clutch match and I adore your top. You are so right to wear it to the office in stead of keeping it at home, waiting for the ‘right’ occasion. As so often I like seeing and reading about your friends. You are a lucky woman (or most probably a great friend). Love, Lieske

    • Greetje
      29 January 2018 / 05:16

      I do cherish my friends. They bring me so much joy, so yes I am a lucky woman. In many ways.
      Glad you like the top. Had to laugh when I read you were also inspired to buy a bright coloured clutch. Blogs.. they are like window shopping all the time.

  3. 28 January 2018 / 22:23

    You really suit sequins so perfectly, Greetje. Why NOT wear them for daytime? Every day is worth celebrating, that is for SURE. This location and the story behind it is amazing; I just adore the slogan on the brick wall towards the end. I wish everyone was so enlightened!

    Thank you for taking us on another one of your adventures. I am warm and fuzzy that you’re sequinning in the daytime hours and at the office 🙂 xxx

    • Greetje
      29 January 2018 / 05:22

      Well dear, you taught me! Before I met you there wasn’t a sequined item in my house. Now there are several. Not anywhere near the amount of sequins in your wardrobe, but that is why your blog is called The Sequinist. You do inspire.

  4. Nancy
    28 January 2018 / 22:47

    I love your outfits but I looooove your obag! I am so sorry that I didn’t buy one at the train station in Venice. We don’t have them here in the States. Love reading your blog.

    • Greetje
      29 January 2018 / 05:25

      No problem Nancy… you can order them online. They deliver to 70 countries. Here is the link to their site:
      Now you can get “the choice stress” as it is hard to choose the items, so many options and all so nice.

  5. Pondside
    28 January 2018 / 23:13

    What a great afternoon you had with your friend! I enjoyed the views of the market and all the lovely photos of you two and your outfits. I especially enjoyed the narrative and the friendship it described. So refreshing in a fashion blog – it’s one of the reasons I like your blog so much.

    • Greetje
      29 January 2018 / 05:28

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I still don’t really know why I blog apart from the fact I like doing it. It is a combination of really liking writing, liking clothes, shoes etc A LOT and wanting to entertain. As I always have been a person who shares everything in her life, I suppose I do that on the blog as well.

  6. 29 January 2018 / 00:16

    Oh my gosh I love your friends embroidered motorcycle boots! Those are a rare find!

    What a fun place to visit. So delighted you were able to share it with us.

    I would have totally taken some of their leftover cake! But you know me ; )

    Once again your legs look a million miles long. You both look great!


    • Greetje
      29 January 2018 / 05:30

      Marjolein had her boots for three years now. They are by a well-known cowboy boots brand, but I forgot which one. And the cakes were with either tomato or eggplant. Which I thought would be salty, but no they were sweet and very nice.

      • marjolein bruens
        29 January 2018 / 19:10

        The brand of my boots is Tony Mora. Thank you lovely ladies for all the compliments. It was fun to do!

  7. 29 January 2018 / 00:32

    I’m so jealous of such a fabulous place to take photos that is inside with such great lighting!!!!
    And your perspective that we should wear our fun pieces instead of saving them is absolutely perfect!! Why not????
    Love it all!!!

    • Greetje
      29 January 2018 / 05:31

      It is so hard to find an indoor place with enough light so we can take photos. I am forever searching for them. I think that is the hardest part of blogging. Finding such a spot in winter.

  8. 29 January 2018 / 03:08

    I love Marjolein’s great dress, your red booties (they call my name so loudly I can here them over the pond and a continent), and your necklace. The photos are again incredibly great.

    • Greetje
      29 January 2018 / 05:33

      Thanks Nicole. The red boots aren’t mine. Unfortunately. I snapped a photo as the woman passed me. The necklace is a little treasure from &Other Stories. They do great jewellery for a low price.

  9. Marilee Gramith
    29 January 2018 / 06:32

    This farmer’s market and the building that encloses it is so unique!! I am really impressed with all the plants growing in every nook and cranny. What a wonderful idea to open this venue to the public for meetings, lunch and just a place to retreat in the winter. Once again you’ve educated me about your amazing country and also entertained me as you enjoy a day with Marjolein.
    You two classy lookin gals could distract the most entertaining speaker looking so stylish!! Your sequined and beaded top is stunning Greetje! The artistic patterning makes it really special. Marjolein’s biker boots are quite beautifully embroidered and I love the striped sides on her sporty dress.
    Could the water area in the farmers market be for growing hydroponic vegies??
    What a cool post Greetje!

    • Greetje
      29 January 2018 / 17:19

      I might have to back to Urban Farmers and book myself a tour. Their site is a nightmare. But… I came across photos by some photographers and they showed fish! That makes sense, doen’t it? If you can grow vegetables, why not fish as well?
      As for the hydroponic vegetables… Ron once put a plank in his pond with 4 holes in it and planted endive in it and called is something like “And-dive”. In Dutch it is funnier, but this is the best translation I can make to give you the idea. Just wanted to share it.

      • Marilee Gramith
        30 January 2018 / 05:58

        I love that Ron!!! I think I get the humor even though I’m only a tiny bit Dutch!

  10. Ceri
    29 January 2018 / 07:22

    I love your top and it’s great that you are bringing it out into the daylight, as it were, and not just keeping it for parties. Love Marjolein’s dress too. And I’d definitely have eaten the leftover cakes. Well, maybe just nibbled at a corner.

    • Greetje
      29 January 2018 / 17:23

      The cake was very tempting but we are good girls. Only naughty in our heads. And I think we were rewarded as the cake we chose downstairs was absolutely delicious. Made with eggplant. I expected it to be salty but it was really sweat.

  11. 29 January 2018 / 09:18

    Greetje, I love your jersei, I love the combination of colors and sequins. And I love your waxed pants and tight to your wonderful legs, to those jewels that you should ensure! (LOL) . I love the combination of colors of the look and your accessories. The pendant and the bag are two cute.

    • Greetje
      29 January 2018 / 17:24

      And this time I came up with this combination all by myself. Not that this outfit is rocket science, but still, I am improving in the styling area. Practice makes perfect. Well… in my case.. better.

  12. 29 January 2018 / 15:11

    I found a LONG LOST friend yesterday through INSTAGRAM!GUess where she lives?HOLLAND!
    I have asked her to contact you for a COFFEE!!!!!!
    Let’s see what happens……….Her name is CARIN!

    • Greetje
      29 January 2018 / 17:27

      Not Carin Toonen by any chance? No that would be too much of a coincidence. Plus, she would have told you she knows me. What nationality is your Carin? I will await her mail/ DM / whatever.

  13. 29 January 2018 / 18:48

    What a cool space! I actually like the outfit with sneakers best, to me they balance out the flashiness of the sequin top. I also love Marjolein’s coat and scarf!

    • Greetje
      29 January 2018 / 20:44

      I get what you mean, but I so love my high heels. They make my legs look a mile long. And as I know they are my assets, I want to emphasize them. (Big grin.)

  14. 29 January 2018 / 19:54

    Marjolein’s figure is a revelation when she takes off her bulky coat!
    You go to all the cool places Greetje. I like the sofa a lot & of course the concept. Apparantly there’s a farmers market on top of a building in NYC that I’m keen to find. Not that I’ll be able to do my weekly shop there but I do appreciate the effort 😉
    p.s. nice clutch xx

    • Greetje
      29 January 2018 / 20:47

      Ah, that clutch.. copied you. Mine is not as nice as yours, but hey, there must be some difference right? And Marjolein’s coat isn’t really bulky. When she has it fastened you can clearly see that there is a slim person underneath it. I knew you would like the concept.

  15. Rebecca
    30 January 2018 / 23:22

    What a trooper you are – bad knee and all (I really feel for you having had a knee replacement myself). The photos are a delight and you are right – you have wonderful friends. The cowboy boots are fabulous and I also loved the red boots you took a picture of. As always, you look stunning and full of joie de vivre!

    • Greetje
      31 January 2018 / 07:52

      Thank you for your lovely comment. As you can guess, the joie de vivre is taking a beating with the knee. But, although I am getting better at a far too slow pace, I am getting a little better every day. I long for the days of high heels. And dread the moment when a doctor tells me they are out of bounds. It is things like this that feed the spending devil in me, whispering: “Why not spend? You don’t know how long is will last that you are healthy and can enjoy it. It could all be over tomorrow”. I am resisting this voice now. 😊

  16. 2 February 2018 / 00:53

    What gorgeous clothing you are both wearing – I absolutely love the sequin top (I recently bought a sequin jacket that I am very in love with, it has appeared on the blog but no further as yet – the other half is away so I trudge to work, buy food, come home, tidy up after the 22yr old daughter, go to work…). The gifted shoes are really lovely too – very simple and elegant but I have to admit I love the flats, I am very fond of all my flats – basically I am a Doc Marten woman if possible – once broken in they are indestructable and very good for those who like a grungey look :). That venue looks amazing – it is on my list of wonderful places to explore

    • Greetje
      3 February 2018 / 17:41

      I bet there will be more than one Urban Farmers markets. The blue high heeled shoes are my own, they were not the gifted ones by Marjolein. You will see those (soft orange Mary Janes) tomorrow on the blog. And may I friendly nudge you towards no more tidying up after your 22 year old daughter. Tell her it is now her turn to look after you.

  17. 3 February 2018 / 02:59

    Yes to wearing sequins during the day and having a fabulous for trimmed bag!! I love your friends’s Gucci inspired dress , it has just the right touch of athletic chic. Your necklace, also, is outstanding.
    I have also made that very same mistake – getting threads all over an outfit because of a furry scarf.
    What a great and original location for a photo shoot!

    • Greetje
      3 February 2018 / 17:42

      We did well, didn’t we?

  18. 4 February 2018 / 19:53

    You and Marjolein look smashing! I laughed when you said all the women council members were watching you two – of course they were! -wishing they could join you. The boots are gorgeous. What a clever city to have such a getaway. There is a new cafe downtown here with indoor greenery and high glass like a greenhouse. It’s a start. I hope your knee heals RIGHT AWAY!! (I’m slowing commenting so maybe it’s okay now.)

    • Greetje
      5 February 2018 / 05:52

      No, unfortunately my knee is still a long way from being healthy gain. Getting a little better every day though, so there is progress. I can just look at my high heels and sigh.

  19. 16 February 2018 / 03:06

    There’s no reason why you shouldn’t sparkle and shine at any time of day! What a great location for a photo shoot – lots of space and nice lighting. I love that pair of red ankle boots with the silver metal embellishment.

    • Greetje
      17 February 2018 / 17:53

      Oh I love those red boots too !! They were marvellous. There was no time to ask her where she bought them…

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