Green midi skirt by Essentiel Antwerp

Green midi skirt Essentiel AntwerpWhat do you know?? I shopped my closet again! And found this green midi skirt by Essentiel Antwerp. You have seen it once before with a fuchsia top and black boots (photo at the bottom of this post). I like it with the fuchsia top but to me it is equally nice with the brown blouse. This is making more use of what you’ve got. Something most people do of course. I am just late to the party. Call me thick.

The knee is improving, but we are a long way away from being cured and wearing high heels I am afraid. Like at least a month? Then again, what is a month? Last Sunday when we took these photos, I only walked 100 meters (on flat shoes) and the whole shoot took 10 minutes. But boy oh boy, did that knee hurt in the evening. I was clearly too optimistic, thinking I was fine again …. 4 days after the injection… duh. What did I just say? Thick.

Ron kindly offered to take photos on that sunny day with little wind. Unfortunately, the spot he had chosen was blocked by a fence, so we went elsewhere and ended up in Zandvoort. Which is a very popular place by the sea. There are some streets with nice houses and little to no cars parked in the street, as they all have their own driveway (rare in The Netherlands). Posh area.

Below: At some point I saw this cute house.

Green midi skirt Essentiel Antwerp

Below: Ron tried to photograph me on those stairs but there was too much sunlight.

Green midi skirt Essentiel Antwerp

Below: To the other side of the street. Better, more shade. Found out my skirt was hanging lower at the front than at the back. “You have to pay attention to these things yourself”, my dear husband said. How can I? I cannot see myself, he can. Never mind, better luck with the next photo.

Below: Forgot to smile. I look a little sad. The cute brown mini bag makes its first appearance on the blog. The blouse is ancient, like 20 years old?

Green midi skirt Essentiel Antwerp

Below: Close-up of the brown bag. I bought it from a vendor at Etsy while ordering another mini bag. It is so cute and so totally useless. I can fit my credit card in there, my comb and my phone. But no lipstick and no contact lenses container. Using it as a clutch is an option but I prefer to use it as a shoulder bag.

Green midi skirt Essentiel Antwerp

Below: Here I am wearing it as a clutch. (It was sunny and there wasn’t much wind, but COLD! The cold makes my face age and my hair go funny. Tough titty.)

Green midi skirt Essentiel Antwerp

Below: The fabric of the skirt up close. It is rather thick (like me hahaha).

Green midi skirt Essentiel Antwerp

Below: By this time I just wanted to be in the car for warmth.

Green midi skirt Essentiel Antwerp

Below: Close-up of the peridot jewellery I was wearing: earrings, small necklace and ring. Isn’t this transparant deep green wonderful?

Peridot jewellery

Below: Close-up of the brown boots I bought at the Max Mara outlet a couple of years ago.

Brown boots Max Mara

Below: Let’s put that coat back on and go home. Tassels everywhere.

Green midi skirt Essentiel Antwerp

Below: This is the skirt with the fuchsia top. In case you forgot or didn’t see it.

Fuchsia top and green skirt by Essentiel

Next week I will give you a full report (lots of photos) of the goings-on behind a professional photo shoot.


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  1. Joke
    25 February 2018 / 19:12

    Hi Greetje- Once again, you’ve written a lovely post! They always tell such cute stories and I love how you are not afraid to post less than perfect pictures of yourself— it makes you more human!

    • Greetje
      25 February 2018 / 19:38

      Oh, I am very human haha. Frost really doesn’t make me pretty. And my hands! They are like sandpaper, my nails are breaking. I am very glad with your comment as I thought this was rather a bleh post. You set my mind at ease. Although I haven’t got a clue what is lovely about it haha. As my husband says: don’t ask why, just enjoy.

  2. 25 February 2018 / 19:15

    Hello Greetje, I really like your midi skirt, it is very elegant and feminine. And I like the combination of colors with your blouse, everything balanced and stylish. The fabric of the skirt is beautiful and has a wonderful fall. Great accessories and a wonderful coat.

    • Greetje
      25 February 2018 / 19:39

      The coat is by Marella, one of the Max Mara group members. Although I bought this one full retail price in France. I am glad I can show you some skirt photos lately. I know you prefer them.

  3. 25 February 2018 / 19:22

    You are so brave to wear brown and gray together. The gray coat looks great with the brown leopard scarf. I like the skirt with the fuchsia top too. I hope your knee gets better fast. Have a great week.

    • Greetje
      25 February 2018 / 19:41

      No no no darling. The coat is brown. Not grey. Although I would wear grey and brown together. In a second.
      Nothing wrong with that.
      I went back to the photo and now I see. Yes you could be mistaken and think that colour is grey. Ha. Another camera/photographing colours failure.

  4. 25 February 2018 / 19:35

    I’m loving your skirt, as it’s green (my favourite colour) and from Essentiel Antwerp, as Antwerp’s my hometown. It’s lovely with both the fuchsia blouse and the brown one! That house is super cute! Hope your knee gets better soon. I’m struggling with my knee as well, and it’s not fun at all. Hope the injections will do the trick! xxx

    • Greetje
      25 February 2018 / 19:45

      The knee is slowly getting better, but I still have a bit of nagging pain the whole day. Saturday I was pain free and tried to walk just two little streets.. and back to square one.
      Essentiel Antwerp has opened shop in my town (Haarlem) and if I walk to the centre (often, before my knee started playing up) I have to pass their shop. It is a financial death trap. Such lovely stuff.
      Been to Antwerp many times. I could easily live there. I was born 3 minutes cycling from the Belgian border in West ZeeuwsVlaanderen.

  5. 25 February 2018 / 19:51

    A professional photo shoot! How exciting!

    I LOVE this outfit you’ve created from your closet. You did a great job of putting this together.

    The skirt is a damask or tapestry fabric. Lovely.

    That size of handbag is close to the size I normally buy. I can’t manage much more than that for extended periods of time. I’ve narrowed my bag contents down to a comb, lip balm, my tiny wallet and my phone. Sometimes I can squeeze in lipstick if I pack it correctly.

    I’m sending you healing vibes for your knee.


    • Greetje
      25 February 2018 / 19:54

      Yes the skirt is woven like this, not a print.
      Oh forgot to say that my tiny wallet with just cards was in the bag. Lipstick might have fitted but I like it with the case which has a mirror and that was too bulky. But need the contact lenses container with me. Just in case I have to take them out.
      The photo shoot was indeed fun. You will enjoy it vicariously.

  6. 25 February 2018 / 20:06

    Great outfit Greetje and super cute mini bag (I am a huge fan of mini of course….). I have enjoyed the story as always, especially you wove the word ‘thick’ in it as creatively as you did. Love how you play with language as well as your wardrobe! I hope your knee will recover pretty soon. Looking forward to your next post: professional photoshoot: WOW. Love, Lieske

    • Greetje
      25 February 2018 / 22:21

      A compliment about my use of language. You are kidding me? From an English teacher? I would love to know what my three biggest mistakes are. Language wise that is. 😂 Like I am having trouble with “too, as well and also”, particularly the first two. When to use them? And do I make mistakes with words that do or do not end with “ly”.
      Just some language questions I am wrestling with. And then you give me this compliment. You made my day.

  7. Pauline
    25 February 2018 / 20:23

    Lovely photos I just love the peridot jewellery. Love the blog you make me laugh so much you have a great command of English language. By the way what is written on the house you pictured.

    • Greetje
      25 February 2018 / 22:25

      Two compliments in one post about my command of the English language! I cannot believe it. You made me so happy. I always think every post is full of language mistakes, grammar and other. You are so kind. (If I am making a lot of mistakes, but it is still pretty good for a foreigner, let me down gently 😂😂). At least I succeeded in my number one goal: making you laugh.
      The name of the house is: The Green Forrest.

    • Pauline
      26 February 2018 / 17:44

      You do very well far better than some English people.(it was the tough titty that amused me)

      • Greetje
        26 February 2018 / 19:46

        Ah yes, the saucy expressions were the first thing I learned haha.

  8. 25 February 2018 / 20:26

    Fabulous skirt! I love the colour!

    • Greetje
      25 February 2018 / 22:26

      It is indeed a nice skirt. The pattern is woven not printed. And green is so nice. Mind you, there are many colours I like.

  9. 25 February 2018 / 21:19

    A temporarily bum knee and cold weather – and you’ve still managed a stellar post, Greetje! When we check our photos taken outdoors, funnily, the bad ones always look better so we are done, especially if there is a warm cafe or car we can run into and forget about photography. You still look wonderful! I love the tapestry feeling of this skirt, with a brown blouse and with fuchsia. And I’m glad you have clothes at home to play with until your knee and bank account repair themselves. Big hugs. I hope your knee is better BEFORE May.

    • Greetje
      25 February 2018 / 22:31

      Oh I hope so too Melanie (the knee being fine by May). The knee is a bit better, but the slow recovery leaves me worried, anxious. What if it doesn’t heal for a long time? The fear in one’s mind gives a person more worries than the actual thing happening. I know.
      It will pass, it will pass. I just have no patience. At all.

  10. isa
    25 February 2018 / 22:19

    Hi Greetje, hope your knee is feeling better. tanks for the enjoyable post – as always, I look forward to it on a Sunday evening. As other people have said I love the background info to the post and the clothes. love the skirt with both the tops, and particularly like the jewellery this week. thank you for taking all those photos without your coat on – brrr!

    • Greetje
      25 February 2018 / 22:36

      As the French say: nobless oblige (translates roughly as: nobility obliges). I am a very disciplined person. So if I say I will post every Sunday, then I will. Hearing you say you are looking forward to my posts, makes me very happy. Thanks for that.

  11. Marilee Gramith
    26 February 2018 / 05:35

    Greetje, you are NOT thick. I think you’re hopeful. And human!

    That brocade skirt is quite lovely. For some reason , at this moment, I’m liking the fuchsia blouse better (perhaps because we’re coming up on Spring?) . I’m sure a good tailor can remedy that little dip of the fabric in the front.
    I’m feeling sorry for your knee anxieties but I think the feelings you’re having are pretty normal. Aging “issues” like aches in your joints are tough to cope with and pain just saps energy to endure. We want things to be back to normal fast , the way it happened when we were young.
    I’m sending good karma Greetje.

    • Greetje
      26 February 2018 / 07:55

      Thank you Jude. Sending good karma is always good. The reason why the skirt was slightly longer at the front is because it is a little bit larger in the waist than normal. And then it sometimes sags. I think my normal size must have been too tight and I chose one size up. At the moment a relief as I am gaining weight by sitting on my bum all day. A “lovely” side effect of the knee. Oh well, we will deal with that when I can go back to the gym.
      I agree with you on the fuchsia as that cheers me up as well, but the brown is a good alternative.

  12. 26 February 2018 / 13:39

    Hi there. I love the skirt with the fuschia top. The color of fuschia just livens up the skirt don’t you think? I love your posts. you are so funny!!! I hope sincerely that your knee gets better, try not to walk so much and rest it.

    • Greetje
      26 February 2018 / 16:51

      I really like the fuschia top with this skirt as well, but it is nice to have more options.
      Every time somebody comments that I am so funny, I get shy and proud. At the same time. I love to entertain, and it is so nice to hear that people are enjoying what you do. So thank you. I am resting the knee. For sure.

  13. Karen Ball
    26 February 2018 / 18:10

    Hi Greetje,
    I so look forward to your posts and think your command of the English Language is excellent- as another reader has said you could put a few English folk to shame ! I love the background story to each blog and it always looks like you are having a bit of fun too. Great stuff shopping your closet, I really need to do that more. You have inspired me to have a bit of a fashion show with my wardrobe and get a few outfit ideas together ( and perhaps gather the casualties for a charity bag!! )

    • Greetje
      26 February 2018 / 19:44

      Oh good, I inspired you to shop your closet. I will be honest with you: I always rather go shopping for something new. As I find it hard work to come up with a new (good) outfit with stuff I already have. But I have to admit, I did surprise myself a couple of times. The mess though in the bedroom afterwards!!
      Casualties for a charity bag don’t exist with me anymore as I have to weed my closet from time to time anyway. And I rather get rid of something quickly when I decided it was a wrong purchase than wait until it has gone out of style and nobody wants it anymore. My friends and neighbours benefit haha.
      Thank you so much for the compliments about my command of the English language. I am so thrilled to hear such things. Although I KNOW I cannot express myself in English as I can in Dutch which grieves me but cannot be helped.

  14. 26 February 2018 / 21:05

    I must have missed this skirt the first time around, but to be perfectly honest, I do prefer it with the brown shirt. I love your collection of Peridot jewellery – a great match for this outfit. Well done you with your success in shopping your closet – I try very hard to do that but seem to give in to temptation before I realise. I rarely allow any non-smiling photos to appear on my blog as I see my smile as diy scaffolding without which you and all my readers would be very shocked to see how terrible I look. I don’t mind my wrinkles but hate my newly formed jowls as they’re so ageing! Thank you for all your lovely comments on my blog recently x

    • Greetje
      27 February 2018 / 07:38

      I was sure you would prefer the green skirt with the fuchsia top as you love colour so much. Surprise, surprise, you like the brown shirt best.
      I do agree with you about the smiling: it is the best facelift there is. There was just not much material to choose from and I liked the outfit in that non smiling photo. This isn’t even too bad for my non smiling face, I have much worse pictures haha.

  15. 28 February 2018 / 10:48

    I love that you share all those ‘real life’ details of your photoshoot, mwhaha. Lovely!
    And your skirt is really fab, what a beautiful texture and color, and it looks cool with brown color! and I love all the cute accessories!

    • Greetje
      28 February 2018 / 18:33

      I think the skirt is good because the pattern is woven in the fabric, not printed, don’t you think?
      Sharing all the shenanigans of a shoot, gives me the opportunity to entertain and that is what I love most. Glad you liked all my stuff 😊.

  16. 2 March 2018 / 00:04

    Dear Greetje,
    I love that green skirt. The fabrication is absolutely exquisite. I love it with the brown shirt and also the pink blouse. The pop a vivid color against the muted green is an interesting combination .
    I love the little brown bag. But if I can’t take a lipstick then I am not taking the bag. !!
    I hope you’re having a wonderful week. I am on vacation but seem to be trapped in paradise. We are supposed to go home tomorrow and a big storm is also supposed to occur. Eek, change of plans.

    • Greetje
      2 March 2018 / 08:06

      It always sounds nice when you have to stay in paradise longer, but it can mess up your plans. But, safety first! And I know the bag is nonsense. I could squeeze the lipstick in but not the case with the little mirror.

  17. Trish
    2 March 2018 / 12:18

    Hi Greetje. Sorry to hear about the bad knee. These things do seem to take too long to heal – my foot got damaged last year and it took ages…won’t tell you how long. But we are not old yet are we! These things shouldn’t happen to young oldies like us!😁 Anyway on to the outfits. I prefer your fuchsia top with the green skirt. Much more you and cheery too. Maybe I’m influenced by the weather in your outdoor photos. It looks cold! It’s freezing cold here too. I’m getting rather tired of the cold! I love your coat though. Looks so warm and cosy. Very best wishes to your knee – get well soon. It will sort itself out, just give it some time.

    • Greetje
      2 March 2018 / 17:06

      I can play young and innocent Trish… an inflammation in your knee can happen to young people as well (grin). I like both outfits, as well with the brown shirt as with the fuchsia top. But I grant you that the fuchsia is more me and cheery.
      The cold will be less in The Netherlands next week. Haven’t left the house for a week because of my knee, and it was freezing this week. Silver lining. And eh.. foot problem? Had that two years ago. Lasted a year before it was really healed.

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