Black IRO boots

Black IRO bootsOh I paid deerly for this shoot. In lots of ways. One, because these black IRO boots are too high for a person with a bad knee. Even for 15 minutes, which is how long the photo shoot lasted. Two, because it was very, very cold. And three, because I had sworn not to buy anything anymore and failed miserably.

I blame my colleague for the breaking of my promise (which is of course total bull as there is only one person responsible and that is me). I have been avoiding getting tempted for months now by not going into town and if I had to, by not going into shops. The thrift store was my little indulgence. My colleague (and friend) knew very well how much in love I was with her IRO boots (she had to prevent me from drooling all over them). And she knew my spending curfew. Nevertheless she sent me the link to the online store where they were 50% off. In one size only… my size. Of course it is the devil who raised the temptation. Whispering in my ear: “These were the boots you searched for so long and couldn’t find. Now they are heavily reduced and in size 39… that must be fate, a little angel is sending them your way.” No little angel at all, just the devil, testing me and I failed. I am still glad I bought them though (naughty).

Below: This is how cold it was. See my red nose?

Black IRO boots

Below: We started by testing the camera settings with my coat still on and my flat, comfy booties on.

Below: Now for a bit of truth. You will see two collages of the various stages of my peeling off layers and putting on the boots. This is how it really was, before the nice blog pictures. The raw reality of a bag lady.

Below: After all that, it took me a while to get my face in a smile….

Black IRO boots

Below: Ah.. found my smile. Been to the hair dresser this week after I let it grow a little longer.

Black IRO boots

Below: I tried sitting down as standing wasn’t that comfortable. The skirt is from the Max Mara outlet, shown before with my eye shirt.

Black IRO boots

Below: Ok, one more standing photo, as long as I can hold on to something. The top you have seen before on my orange leather pencil skirt and on my cream jeans. The green bag was in the first post I ever published on my blog.

Black IRO boots

Below: The details and the black IRO boots in full glory. They are suede, as you can see. The thick heringbone polka dot hold-ups (thigh highs) add some interest I think. They are the reason I didn’t put a necklace on.

Black IRO boots suede

Below: The green bag, bought in Rome years ago. Plus some Dutch tulips.

Green bag

Have to think of something for next week. Glad this time I put a skirt on. It is getting more difficult.


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  1. 11 February 2018 / 16:47

    I adore the shape of those boots, though! Maybe a cobbler could cut the heel down a little bit? They look great with the skirt and patterned tights.

    • Greetje
      11 February 2018 / 17:00

      Actually, these boots look high heeled but to me they are pretty comfortable. They are even half an inch lower than my blue suede pumps. I love it that the heel is round. Such an unusual feature.

  2. Mels
    11 February 2018 / 16:52

    That bag is divine. And the outfit is top notch, although please take care of your knee.

    • Greetje
      11 February 2018 / 17:04

      Thanks Mels. The knee is getting worse and worse. But a couple of minutes of careful standing on a high heel won’t hurt. I think there is a splinter moving around in the knee. But what do I know? It can be fixed, I am sure. Seeing the doctor tomorrow. It feels like surgery.

  3. Jean
    11 February 2018 / 16:58

    Orthotics might help with comfort in those nice boots. Seeing your green bag makes me regret not purchasing a cactus green one that I’d had my eye on. You look lovely, as always!

    • Greetje
      11 February 2018 / 19:47

      I think I might need surgery. It feels as if a splinter is moving around in my knee. We will see. I do have orthotics for flat shoes AND for high heels (😂) and they really help. Green is such a rare colour for a bag. I hope you will find another one.

  4. Gee
    11 February 2018 / 17:04

    As a fellow bag lady, I checked out your first-ever blog, Greetje, and while I wouldn’t dream of commenting on your outfits (much: soul of discretion me), I can certainly comment on that handbag: lovely! A real keeper.

    Now, back to today’s ensemble. Very, very nice, although I thought the polka dot thigh-highs were unflattering when you were sitting down. (What was that about being the soul of discretion?! Moi? Nah.) But they did look much better when you were standing up – blow the bad knee and high heels!

    But only thigh-highs? Ye Gods, woman, no wonder you had a red nose! Given the bitter Netherlands chill, I’d have been a tall block of ice long before it reached my nose. I’d have started freezing right from where the stockings stopped and then carried onwards and upwards, well past where the sun don’t shine, and then reached my nose! (Am writing this in front of a log fire while it snows/sleets/hails outside. No chilly noses here, says she smugly!)

    Seriously, loved your outfit. And your slightly longer hair. Lookimg good, kiddo! x

    • Greetje
      11 February 2018 / 17:31

      Oh you really gave me a good laugh. Thank you so much for that. Don’t ever be the soul of discretion with me dear. No need to, at all. To give you something to laugh about, read this blog article about Dutch directness.
      As for the thigh-highs… my bum is so used to it by now. I have been wearing them for 40 years, never wore tights. Only lately when I want specific tights and they are not available as thigh-highs I might buy them. Hahaha, you were very funny describing this.

  5. 11 February 2018 / 17:18

    I’ve been terrible with the no spending thing too…..why is it we have no restraint? And I already have so many fabulous things in my closet! Oh well, I always rationalize it’s better than drugs…..
    I absolutely love your tights Greetje!! They are the perfect way to add some fun to our winter outfits. And I know what you mean about “bag” lady—however, I just pile it all on my hubby—you should see him when he’s taking our photos. LOL. He’ll be holding purses, coats…it’s quite the look!!

    • Greetje
      11 February 2018 / 17:33

      WHY??? Because we are addicted. That’s why.
      I cannot pile it on Ron as he has to operate the camera and with his glasses he has great trouble focussing anyway, so he doesn’t want any distractions. I can picture Rob haha.

    • Greetje
      11 February 2018 / 19:48

      Great compliment coming from you. Thank you.

  6. 11 February 2018 / 19:16

    I say GOOD FOR YOU for treating yourself Greetje… I hear you denying yourself far too often!! The boots are glorious, they make you happy and your legs look even more fabulous – what more reason do you need?

    Love the leopard scarf with the black coat too – the shape of the coat is super flattering and glam.

    C xo

    • Greetje
      11 February 2018 / 19:51

      Oh hello Catherine. Thank you for the compliments. Actually that coat could be far more flattering. I now had to belt it over a big wide belt which I was wearing on my skirt. It made it look bulky but I needed warmth and comfort.
      The boots will be lovely…. next year. Don’t think I will be wearing them this winter. Sigh.

  7. 11 February 2018 / 19:28

    Great booties. I can imagine that you lost from the devil ! ( I always have to laugh on your posts!)
    And…. oo, those tulips! We want spring!!!

    • Greetje
      11 February 2018 / 19:52

      As long as I can make you laugh I am happy Claudia, so thank you for telling me. As for spring, hmm you probably can buy a lot of tulips before spring is actually here.

  8. 11 February 2018 / 19:36

    Ha ha! I don’t know what the heck Catherine is talking about. You are normally not one to deny yourself. She obviously hasn’t seen your closet. Maybe she is talking about your recent efforts to curb your enthusiastic spending habits?

    The boots are nice so I see why you were sucked into the vortex of needless spending. As a style blogger you should know by now that everyone here is just going to tell you to spend, spend, SPEND like there is no tomorrow! This is a community of enablers that are all suffering from the same illness.

    I don’t claim to be any better. Lately I’ve managed to be good because I simply don’t have the time to be bad as I’m preparing for my retail show. Keeping distracted with work is a good deterrent.

    Take care of your knee. You only have two : )

    • Greetje
      11 February 2018 / 19:58

      I talk a lot about not spending. And usually I do deny myself stuff in January, February and March. Then the urge comes back. At the moment my knee is getting worse (surgery ahead I think) so I am not going anywhere. Very good for my spending curfew. Although the boots were purchased online. You are right, we bloggers are surrounded by enablers and I do the same to others.
      I looked at your Etsy shop the other day. Very impressive what you have bought. It is a really good coherent shop, nicely priced too. I hope you have a lot of fun with R on the retail (vintage?) show.

    • Greetje
      11 February 2018 / 19:59

      Ah.. no tights but thigh-highs. I got a hilarious comment on that. The coat could be even nicer if there wasn’t a bulky big belt underneath it.

  9. 11 February 2018 / 19:43

    Dear Greetje. Fantastic boots and utterly beautiful bag. I had to grin while reading (like so often), first of all how you described the temptation and secondly because of the behind-the-scenes photos. I have posted a really lovely photo of myself in a charming dress while wearing very practical mountain boots, which I kept out of the picture…I think we are all guilty (lousy and unnecessary emotion by the way) of ‘faking’ a bit now and then and I just love it how you keep things into perspective, down-to-earth and funny in just a few pictures. Thanks for that. Have a great week and stay warm. Love, Lieske

    • Greetje
      11 February 2018 / 20:05

      I indeed show these “bag lady” type photos to put things in perspective. All these perfect pictures make you think you are inadequate if you are not the same. And it is just the picture. (I am guilty of that myself of course and yes guilt is an emotion which doesn’t do any good.) My mother used to tell me: you see a girl with fantastic hair in that ad, but what you don’t see is the guy behind her pushing her hair up with his hands. Hahaha.

  10. Kate
    11 February 2018 / 19:59

    The arrival photo in the black wrap coat and red booties and green bag is great. Perfect. Those black booties with the round heel are sensational and the right height, and I am glad you decided they were as well. Your polka dotted legs add the “fab” to complete the outfit.

    • Greetje
      11 February 2018 / 20:09

      Thank you Kate, I am very pleased with your compliments. I thought of this outfit myself for a change. The arrival photo might be great as a photo but as an outfit it was terrible. Too much go8ng on: red, black, grey, green, polka dots, leopard print.. a bit much. But it gives a good laugh. You get the attraction of the boots. Especially those round heels.

  11. 11 February 2018 / 22:47

    Love the outfit – and buying those boots was surely meant to happen (I also love your flats – they look fabulous too). Good luck with your knee at the Drs – hope it is fixed asap

    • Greetje
      12 February 2018 / 07:30

      The red flat booties were an emergency purchase in Paris: €29 and plastic haha. I am very pleased with the black boots but I think it will be next winter before I can wear them. Oh well..

  12. 11 February 2018 / 23:37

    Dear Greetje,
    Believe me, you did the right thing. I know you are in a period of austerity but these boots are worth it. Capital W. Budget yourself in other ways, but be glad that you purchased these stunning boots. You will love them for many, many years.
    Fabulous outfit, and there was one particular photograph that made me laugh out loud. Boy I needed that! Much love from New York!

    • Greetje
      12 February 2018 / 19:52

      You forgot to tell me which photo made you laugh out loud.

  13. Gitte
    12 February 2018 / 02:20

    Hi Greetje, although I enjoyed all the pictures, my favorite it the one with your coat, leopard scarf and red booties. Loved this look. You look beautiful and very natural. Look forward to seeing your blog every Sunday.

    All the best, Gitte

    • Greetje
      12 February 2018 / 19:55

      You liked the “look” with the coat? But I have a coat on which doesn’t fit quite right because of the bulky belt underneath it! And there are too many colours in the coat outfit: black, grey, red, green, brown. And two prints: leopard and polka dots. I thought it was terrible. But you are the second reader commenting on liking it.
      See? I don’t really get it haha. What do I know about styling?

  14. 12 February 2018 / 03:50

    The boots are fabulous!!! And so what if they are “mainly sitting boots?!!” 😉 I love the entire outfit! And the behind-the-scenes photos are so much fun. Thanks for sharing!

    Have a great week!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Greetje
      12 February 2018 / 07:52

      Actually, these boots are quite comfortable. Only the knee needs toget better. I was pretty pleased with myself over this outfit as I created it myself for a change. Not a friend, not the shop assistant but me. You think I am learning 😊🙃?

  15. 12 February 2018 / 05:35

    The black boots look very nice. Your blog is always so much fun to read.

    • Greetje
      12 February 2018 / 19:57

      I am glad you said that Linda. Hope I can make you laugh every week. And I am glad I bought the boots, no matter what the consequences. Well not really any consequences. Just takes me a little longer to pay back into my savings account.

  16. 12 February 2018 / 07:30

    Is your credit card still frozen in a block of ice? That’s what I really wanna know.

    I love the boots…but the recovery of your knee is most important! Take good care of it and yourself!

    Have to say…there are some really fun comments today.

    • Greetje
      12 February 2018 / 08:58

      Figuratively speaking is my credit card frozen in a block of ice. But my company is paying all of us a small amount in February (negotiations of the union) which I immediately allocated to the boots and not to the humongous debt to my saving account 😎.
      I agree with you about the comments haha. And I am seeing an orthopedist in two days. It is probably a splinter in my knee. Rats… that means operating.

  17. Marilee Gramith
    12 February 2018 / 08:15

    I love the flat red booties you were wearing before you put on your extremely chic,
    new black boots. You look so wonderful in both versions Greetje! Those black boots are a “forever” style and scream quality , so I’m sure they’ll be worth the slip up in the long run.
    I haven’t been able to wear a heel like the one on your new booties for a long time. For me it’s my feet that can’t bear the pain. I have 3 friends who have had knee surgery recently and are so happy with their improved mobility.
    I love seeing a white skirt at this time of hear too!

    • Greetje
      12 February 2018 / 20:01

      Those black boots were really too good to pass up. And I am glad I did buy them. It will probably be next winter before I can wear them as I am seeing a surgeon on Wednesday. I don’t think I can escape an operation. Apparently there is a splinter on the loose in my knee. The heels of the black boots look very high but in fact they are lower than my blue suede pumps and I can walk pretty darned good on them. Well, if my knee were to cooperate. Sorry to hear you cannot wear high heels anymore. On the other hand, you walk a lot nicer, quicker and less dangerously. Plus it is better for knees and back.

  18. 12 February 2018 / 08:43

    I love the hole look! I like the colors very much but I really like that sweater! Gorgeous colour!

    • Greetje
      12 February 2018 / 20:02

      The sweater was a find in YDU (Young Designers United) on Keizersgracht in Amsterdam. If you are ever on Leidsestraat, walk a couple of meters into Keizersgracht and visit their shop.. So nice.

  19. 12 February 2018 / 13:47

    Ohhhh, you had to get those boots!!! they are beautiful on you. I would not have passed them up if I could/need boots. Living here in hot sunny Florida, I never need boots!!! lol. I do love the knee-his with the boots. Adds some interest and makes the boots more casual in these pics. The boots are VERY ELEGANT. I love reading your blog and seeing how you put items together. Lin

    • Greetje
      12 February 2018 / 20:07

      Thanks Lin. I was never any good at putting items together. Most of my outfits were put together by the shop assistant or by my friends. Just occasionally I came up with an outfit myself. Nowadays, after 5 years of blogging, I am getting a bit better. Still not much of a stylist as I am playing it far too safe. If you look closely you will see that most of my outfits are black and white with a pop of colour or a variations of it. Never mind, I will go on. A girl has to have a hobby and I have searched for a hobby for so long. Until I started to blog.

  20. Elaine
    12 February 2018 / 15:01

    Bravo for braving the cold in order to entertain and instruct us! I love the outfit, especially the white skirt, green bag and, of course, the fabulous boots. Your styling is so polished and modern .I really appreciate the hardships you endure as a blogger! Wishing hard for spring to arrive and save us all.

    • Greetje
      12 February 2018 / 20:10

      I am very committed and disciplined… well, disciplined in nearly everything except for not buying clothes and such. The one area where I fail.
      Glad you like the outfit. I am slowly getting a bit better at styling myself. Still not a really good one, but baby steps. Not having money to go shopping, forces me to look into my closets and find a new outfit there. Which is really much better.

    • Greetje
      12 February 2018 / 20:11

      Thank you my dearest. I take a bow.

  21. 13 February 2018 / 02:40

    Suzanne is right, if you’re looking for encouragement to acquire something new and fabulous, the blogging community is here to provide it! I spent a sizeable chunk of money in the fall on a few new pieces of clothing, so I am restricting myself to thrift shopping for the next few months. Those boots are beautiful though, and the round heel is so cool! As someone who can not wear heels, I really like the look of your red flat boots.

    • Greetje
      15 February 2018 / 20:14

      Ah those red flat boots are plastic. Nasty for your feet as they get hot and smelly, but they are very comfortable to walk on. Bought them for € 29 in Paris when I needed flat shoes quickly. They do me fine in winter when I go to the gym or running errands.

  22. Karen Ball
    14 February 2018 / 12:43

    Hi Greetje,

    As a newbie to your blogs, I must say I really enjoy them and find there is a warmth and honesty about them that is hard to find these days. Of course there is the glamour and fun thrown in for good measure. Seriously though, hope your consultation for your knee goes well and you can get it fixed so you can continue to perch on your heels !!!

    • Greetje
      15 February 2018 / 20:22

      Hi Karen, I am very pleased you found my blog and that you like it. Thanks for the kind words. It is the hobby of my life. Took me forever to find a hobby. Blogging brings a lot together: clothes and shoes (and the rest), which have always had my biggest interest, writing, photographing (something new to me which I love doing) and putting everything together. The nicest aspect though is entertaining. I just love to entertain. Which is probably why you feel the honesty. I am a very honest person. I never lie (except for a little fib when I don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings). Honesty and entertaining together means that a photo of me looking dreadful but very funny will always make it to the blog. Laughter over vanity. I hope I can keep you entertained for a long time. (Knee is on the mend.)

      • Karen B
        15 February 2018 / 22:34

        Oh I love that ‘ Laughter over vanity’ . Keep the entertainment rolling !!!! I am all aboard ! Glad your knee is on the mend

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