Blue and pink striped dress

Blue and pink striped summer dressHurray, a dress for a change! Bought this beauty a few months ago, even though it was blue. Again. Most of the dresses and tunics I bought in these past years were blue with white (and yellow). This is a blue and pink striped dress. Does that count as different? It is very lightweight and when I saw it on the hanger I was convinced it would look horrible on me. Jacky, the owner of the shop (Levv in Haarlem), convinced me to try it on and lo and behold, it looks good.

You hardly notice the pink in the dress, which is why I have no problem combining it with any colour I like. This is the first time in my life that I am wearing sneakers with a dress. It was always too sporty for my taste. Only when I saw Daphne of LAB Women’s Clothing wearing these sneakers underneath a cream Sportmax dress, I was in favour. Love them with this dress. Even more than with the high heels you are going to see below.

The brand of the dress is Dea Kudibal and for the most part “mulberry silk”. Never heard of either the brand or the material. I looked the brand up on Google and it is Danish. Very soft dress, like wearing a PJ. The sneakers by Vic Matié, were in my post of last week.

My neighbour from across the road, Loes, kindly took the photographs again. (Many thanks to her.)

Below: Loes.


She knew a restaurant with a beach in the north of Haarlem, Villa Westend, with trees surrounding it. It was completely new to me.

Below: How about this for a surprise? Five or ten minutes from our house, is the restaurant with a little private beach. When I spotted the boat house I knew it would give enough shade for decent photos. We had to look for shade as the sun was blasting, which is no good for photos. Unless you are a skilled photographer and we are not. The beach, although not big, was a small problem for me as my Knee (I am giving it a life of its own now; with a capital K), doesn’t like wobbly surfaces. Or wobbly heels.

Below: Giving you a 360 view (almost).

In between the photo above and below, you see high rise buildings across the little lake. I thought they spoiled the view, so I skipped them. That is making reality more pretty and less real. Like a travel guide.

Below: The interior wasn’t half bad either.

We had cappuccinos on the terrace and continued photographing.

Below: Many necklaces work with this dress, like the Isabel Marant necklace Ron bought me.

Blue and pink striped summer dress

Below: This is the necklace I am wearing in the top photo. My friend Ina made it and 14 other necklaces (all shown in the post called Chunky necklaces). Trouble is, it is “fighting” with the neckline. I would like the dress to be a little lower at the neck. Is it because my bosom makes the dress ride up? Would it help if I sew lead in the hem at the front? Like you do with curtains?

Blue and pink striped summer dress

Below: Outside the restaurant I had already taken a picture of Loes’ cute dress. Ideal for the hot weather.


Below: Close-up of her sandals and pretty toenails.

Sandals Loes

Below: Very carefully crossing the beach to the boat house where there was shade. Wearing the dress with red patent leather pumps and a red tassel necklace. The shoes are actually bright, fire engine red, like in this post, called Battle of the jeans.

Blue and pink striped summer dress

Below: Close-up of the tassle necklace, made for me by Suzanne Carillo . She makes them to order.

Blue and pink striped summer dress with red tassle necklace

Below: The dress with my “Paris Necklace” and silver slingbacks by Michael (Michael Kors). In this photo I am wearing the necklace long and loose.

Blue and pink striped summer dress

Below: Distracted by poor doggy who couldn’t get himself out of the water.

Below: His owner came to the rescue and helped him ashore as this was still too steep for him.

Below: Oh, darned, that wind was getting in the way!!!!

Blue and pink striped summer dress

Below: Here I am playing the famous scene from the Titanic. Very flattering.

Blue and pink striped summer dress

Below: The Paris necklace in a knot.

Blue and pink striped summer dress

Below: Close-up of the silver shoes. The shape of my legs is still good. The dark spots (sun bathing combined with getting older) are nicely in tune with the spots on the concrete.

Silver slingbacks

Below: That’s all fooks. Don’t be mislead by these pictures. My knee hurts as hell. Only had the shoes on for about 2 minutes. The knee is better than in February, but I think it will indeed take another half year. If it heals at all. So much for dresses with high heels.

Blue and pink striped summer dress

Next week… don’t know yet.


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  1. Liz
    8 July 2018 / 17:25

    I love the dress with sneakers and the Isabel Marant necklace. Very stylish!

    • Greetje
      8 July 2018 / 18:06

      I was very surprised I could style it so many ways. Although the overall appearance doesn’t really change much. Thanks for the compliment.

  2. Valerie Baker
    8 July 2018 / 17:59

    I love the dress with the silver shoes and Paris necklace. But really it looks good with everything. Also, your hair is looking great. I’ve been catching up on some of your old blogs and the blond is definitely more flattering. Plus the length is just perfect for your face shape.

    • Greetje
      8 July 2018 / 19:41

      That is always fun, going back in time haha. I think I preferred myself as a brunette, but my husband said the blond made me softer. And it is him I like to please most. What started as “you don’t see the outgrow as much with blond” is now a preference.

  3. Lise
    8 July 2018 / 18:29

    This dress really suits you! I love it with your funky sneakers, and the Tassle necklace best. Lise

    • Greetje
      8 July 2018 / 19:38

      Thanks Lise. I like the sneakers best as well. As for the necklace… I love them all. But it is nice to have choice so I am not complaining.

  4. Jodie
    8 July 2018 / 19:20

    I always love that you still enjoy wearing dresses, Greetje!! And it’s fun to add the sneakers to it—very modern and hip!!
    I’m glad the knee is on the mend, but it does take awhile, doesn’t it!!

    • Greetje
      8 July 2018 / 19:39

      This is my first attempt of a dress with a sneaker. And I actually prefer this look over the high heels. Surprise surprise. Mind you, those sneakers are a lot warmer to wear than open toe shoes. The Knee and I do not agree. I am a very impatient person.

  5. 8 July 2018 / 19:26

    I think I like the dress best with the sneakers! Though the Paris Necklace always looks nice. 😉

    • Greetje
      8 July 2018 / 19:37

      I agree, I like it best with the sneakers too. Which surprises me no end. That Paris Necklace turns out to be quite versatile. Fortunately haha.

  6. Channa
    8 July 2018 / 19:26

    Hello Greetje,
    I like to read your newsletter and especially look at the photos. The only thing I find so unfortunate is that the text is above your photos. It is so much nicer to see the photo first and then the text below it, that connects a lot more, you know about which garment it is.
    For the rest, very nice that you blog and show that we really do not have to be dressed boringly if we are no longer ‘spring chicken’.

    • Greetje
      8 July 2018 / 19:36

      Hi Channa, I took the liberty of translating your comment to English so everybody can read it. Hope you don’t mind. I will give your suggestion about the text and the photos a long and good thought. When I decided to do it this way there was a good reason for it. But perhaps only in my mind. Thanks for the compliments and the honesty.

      • Karen Persson
        9 July 2018 / 19:04

        I’m the same with viewing the photos. I guess it’s what I’m used to, first the photo and then the text underneath.

        Love your post! Great seeing the different jewellery and shoes with the dress. Love it with the sneakers and Parisian necklace. The red necklace that hits the neck of the dress also looks fantastic with it.

        Great blog!


        • Greetje
          9 July 2018 / 20:12

          Thanks Karen, as an advertising manager, I want to conduct a survey. In order to get a significant amount of opinions haha. Don’t know whether I will do that or not. Haven’t decided yet. I am very pleased with your comment!

          • Lise
            10 July 2018 / 11:16

            I prefer the text first – then the photo gets my full attention. Lise

            • Greetje
              11 July 2018 / 16:42

              I am going to ask my readers this question next Sunday. So far I have two against my “method” and one (you) in favour haha.

  7. Kathleen
    8 July 2018 / 19:32

    Great to see you in a dress! Love it and the many ways you styled it. I too have spotted legs and hate the way they look without stockings. You’ve inspired me to wear dresses and skirts anyway with abandon! Much cooler too here in the Deep South USA.

    • Greetje
      8 July 2018 / 19:43

      I was very bothered about the spots and was actually thinking of having them removed, softened… whatever a dermatologist could do for me. But I am passed it now. A Dutch saying is: “it is like mopping with the tap still running” haha. Literally translated. Too many spots. Who cares anyway. I am getting older. I can live with it and everybody else doesn’t really care.

      • Kathleen
        8 July 2018 / 23:26

        This gave me a good laugh. I love your attitude and sense of humor. You’re right…no one else cares. I’m 70 and look pretty good yet, embrace it girl!!!

  8. 8 July 2018 / 20:26

    I really adore those sneakers! And I’m not even a sneaker kind a girl!

    • Greetje
      8 July 2018 / 21:29

      Same here. Not a sneaker girl at all and certainly not with a dress. But with this dress it is my preferred look.

  9. 8 July 2018 / 21:14

    Love the fun post again, hope the doggie got out ok. I love the bit about the spotty legs I have the spotty legs and hands to match. By the way what make is your watch, as it looks a bit similar to one of mine.

    • Greetje
      8 July 2018 / 21:32

      The doggy got out OK, but I was clinching my fists in stress. The spotty legs… I got over it. It is what it is and I am not going to fret about it anymore.
      My watch is a Cartier Tank (men’s model), which I bougjt second hand for a very sweet price at a fair (had it checked immediately by a jeweller). I am wearing my wedding ring on the strap of the watch.

  10. Dorothy
    8 July 2018 / 21:27

    Those are the sexiest sneakers I have ever seen! They are fabulous with the dress.

    • Greetje
      8 July 2018 / 21:34

      Aren’t they just? Love these sneakers. Only one drawback.. they are pretty hot to wear with a summer dress. I am lucky (or unlucky, depending which way you look at it) as the office where I work is always pretty cold. So I can wear this combination to work.

  11. 8 July 2018 / 21:31

    Ha! I’m totally stealing that Dutch expression. So true!

    I need to take a look at the necklace I gave you. It looks like it needs setting straight as it looked a bit wonky. Sometimes the wires get hooked together. It just needs to be fiddled with a bit.

    I really liked it with the red but if you can wear sneakers and still look that good go for it! Saves your knee too.

    Aren’t you lucky to have a neighbour that can take your photos for you? I’d really be known as the freak in the neighbourhood (more so!) if I asked one of mine.

    You’re looking happy. I’m sure the good weather had something to do with it.


    • Greetje
      8 July 2018 / 21:38

      Yes, the incredibly good weather has a positive effect on everybody. Apart from the plants, the farmers and the hedgehogs. They suffer. Never had such a good spring and summer. It is like France here. I even went to the beach! Hadn’t done that for years.
      I will take your necklace to Anja, she will know how to get the wonkyness out of it.
      My neighbours are so used to seeing me in the street with my tripod (in the old days). They all know about my blog, many even read my posts. No awkwardness here at all. Perhaps you should just try. They might surprise you.

  12. Sheila (of Ephemera)
    8 July 2018 / 23:22

    Great dress, Greetje! I call dresses like this “jammy dresses” as they are just like wearing pajamas (jammies). Just throw ’em on and you’re good to go! I am coming around to the look of sneakers and dresses/skirts, and I do like the first look a lot. How lovely that beach is!

    • Greetje
      9 July 2018 / 10:48

      It took me a long, long time to like dresses/skirts with sneakers. And there are still sneaker types which I will never wear with a dress. Those bulky, sporty ones. But what am I saying? Never say never…
      The beach is indeed lovely but we are spoiled as we live very close to the sea: 10 minutes by car.

  13. Wendy
    8 July 2018 / 23:47

    Agree with many comments …… Like the dress with the sneakers. This is something I have not tried myself yet.
    Love your humour regarding the spots on your kegs……
    Also love the idea of wearing a ring on the band of your watch ……

    • Greetje
      9 July 2018 / 10:54

      I have accepted the spots on my legs now. There are too many to worry about it any longer.
      A goldsmith told me she could make a little bar/rod in the middle of the ring so you can pull the strap through it. Idea?

  14. Donna
    9 July 2018 / 02:41

    I love the sneaker look and I have really embraced it big time too! I wear my white leather ones with ribbon laces that I got in Hong Kong with everything. The spots on the legs matching the concrete nearly made me spit out my coffee with laughter – great work as usual 🙂

    • Greetje
      9 July 2018 / 18:21

      Thank you for telling me you spit out your coffee with laughter. That is so rewarding for me. I always hope I can make people laugh.
      Sneakers with ribbon laces sound very nice, feminine and tough at the same time.

  15. Marilee Gramith
    9 July 2018 / 06:08

    Having a neighbor who enjoys doing your photos and can suggest fun new locations to take them in is so nice!! You look comfy, relaxed and happy in this dress Greetje and I’m thinkin that those cute ruffled shoes are going to look good with many of your casual skirts and dresses. Does this sneaker style come in other colors?? Go snap them up!! You look great in them!
    It was fun go see all the different jewelry you tried with this cute blue (and pink?) dress. That necklace from Ron is really so modern and interesting. I’d love to see you style it with a solid top or dress and let that striking modern art creation be the center piece.
    I’m really thrilled that your knee is slowly improving Greetje. I know that it’s been painful for you physically and stressful as well. The age spots, achy joints, wrinkles and all the ways we see ourselves change can be unsettling. Seeing you stay positive and adapt your fashion to put your health first is uplifting and hopeful and something many of your followers applaud.

    • Greetje
      9 July 2018 / 18:26

      It is a very comfy dress indeed. Easy to feel relaxed in. The sneakers don’t come in other colours. I think. Haven’t seen any others.
      The Isabel Marant necklace on a solid colour… ?? If you go to my blogpost, just above the picture of this necklace is a link to a previous post with a solid fuchsia top.
      Me, staying positive? Hmmm… not all the time dear. I moan a lot, sometimes am miserable. But that never makes it to a blogpost 😇😎.

  16. 9 July 2018 / 07:47

    I am loving the dress with the sneakers they are so unusual. As always you look great. Hope you are enjoying the summer as much as I am. At present we are on Jilly’s Jaunts 😎 and loving it.

    • Greetje
      9 July 2018 / 18:28

      Thanks Jill. Your compliments are so nice. Indeed am I enjoying this summer. I cannot remember the times spring and summer were so good in this country. It is like a permanent holiday.

  17. 9 July 2018 / 07:49

    Love the sneakers, trendy lady. You look fabulous. Hope you are enjoying summer as much as we are on Jilly’s Jaunts. Have a fab time and I love reading your posts.

    • Greetje
      9 July 2018 / 18:30

      You commented twice. 😉😊 This time you added you love reading my posts. NICE 👍

  18. 9 July 2018 / 08:33

    I’m in favour of the sneakers with dresses trend right now. And your sneakers are dressier than most…they look fab with your shift dress.

    Beautiful setting. I love Loes’ tunic dress too and it looks like it was a nice outing for both of you.

    • Greetje
      9 July 2018 / 18:31

      I never thought I would ever warm up to this trend, but there you go. Never say never. Perhaps it is indeed because these sneakers are dressy (and weird haha). Loes’ tunic is indeed a little gem.

  19. Marjolein
    9 July 2018 / 08:38

    Hi dear, what a nice gift is the surprise beach place!! Love the dress, suits you perfectly. My 👌goes to the sneakers and the silver pumps, these are so pretty on your still beautiful legs. I think you could try to put clips with some weight on the bottom of the dress to see how that works. See you soon.

    • Greetje
      9 July 2018 / 18:34

      I cannot help thinking of an outdoors table cloth with little weights hanging on the hem. And I see myself in a similar way with this dress haha. That would be fun.

  20. 9 July 2018 / 13:07

    what a lovely dress and it looks fabulous with sneakers too!, and I’m glad that your first time wearing sneakers with a dress was so successful!, You Look Gorgeous!
    (I’ve also recently realized that sneakers don’t look so bad than I used to think! or this is what I say to myself!)
    I love your necklaces, all of them! but I think that my favorite is the Isabel Marant’s, so cool!

    • Greetje
      9 July 2018 / 18:36

      If there is anything that defines my style, it is my use of necklaces. I have so many and I am still tempted to buy yet another one. Haven’t got the time to wear them all. Lucky me. The sneaker and dress trend was going to pass me by, I was sure of that. Had to eat my words.

  21. 9 July 2018 / 15:06

    Ooh, what a pretty dress! Its color and print match a men’s shirt I bought on Saturday while in Montreal. Which means you have good taste!

    • Greetje
      9 July 2018 / 18:38

      Hahaha, totally agree. We have good taste. If you want it as a dress, I think thy sell online! Although I only saw a grey version when I glanced at their site.

  22. 9 July 2018 / 15:07

    Gosh no you really don’t see that pink is pink at all. It must be very soft but that’s good for you if you’re not a fan. I saw this dress on your Instagram and absolutely love it with the booties!

    • Greetje
      9 July 2018 / 20:59

      You only see the pink when you come very close. It is not that I am against the pink in it, far from it. It is just that I like more colour combination options. A brighter pink might have gotten in the way. The combination with the sneakers (what do you mean, woman, booties??) is my favourite as well.

  23. 9 July 2018 / 16:06

    Fabulous dress Greetje and that lunch place looks very promising…

    • Greetje
      9 July 2018 / 21:00

      Ha, when are we going to try the place? Have you returned yet? Give me a sign.

  24. Karen B
    9 July 2018 / 23:12

    Lovely post and great location for a photo shoot. I liked the dress and sneaker combo, very on trend from what I have seen & read and you pulled it off brilliantly. I had to laugh at your comment about your legs, it’s the best way to be about things you don’t like. Your legs are in excellent shape so go girl go !!!! I have knees like a rugby player ( well nearly like one !) and always cover them up…..however after getting a little sun on them from the garden they look easier on the eye ! Pleased to hear your knee is slowly but surely improving.

    • Greetje
      10 July 2018 / 06:08

      There has been a time Karen, that I wanted to get all those spots removed from my legs by a dermatologist. Now I wouldn’t know where to begin, so I decided to accept it. I am getting older and it really starts to show. Big deal. I am just happy that I am healthy, Knee problems aside.

  25. jacqui berry
    10 July 2018 / 00:00

    I love the dress and all your necklaces too. That’s a really unusual cream and gold one, lovely. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • Greetje
      10 July 2018 / 06:05

      Thank you. You mean the Isabel Marrant necklace? I walked past the jeweller’s window, saw the necklace and was sold immediately. Went in to buy it and then my husband gave ot to me asa present. So lovely memories came with it as well.

  26. 11 July 2018 / 14:52

    The place looks like a quiet paradise !
    The dress you are wearing suits you and matches perfectly to every kind of shoes. Sneakers often add a modern touch to classic outfits…I like them with maxi skirts too

    • Greetje
      11 July 2018 / 16:40

      As I will probably have to wear my brace (a support piece over my knee) again, maxi skirts and dresses might be the rescue for me this summer. I think it is easier to wear flat shoes with long skirts than with classic dresses, although these sneakers are an exception to the rule.

  27. 13 July 2018 / 12:58

    Hi Greetje. Fantastic how these different shoes and necklaces create new looks with the same dress. Like you, I am still cautious about wearing sneakers with dresses. I kind of only do it when on holidays and spending hours walking around pretty cities. Slowly I am getting used to the sight and with such beautiful sneakers as the ones you are wearing I get a push into the “right” direction. Have a great weekend Greetje! Love, Lieske

    • Greetje
      14 July 2018 / 09:29

      I still am not OK with big bulky sport trainers combined with a dress. But who knows? The Knee helps me to embrace the sneaker/dress trend. Knee is making itself useful haha.

  28. 14 July 2018 / 21:21

    How wonderful that you have a private beach with such a lovely restaurant so near to where you live. This is a wonderful spot. I love your dress and did not realize that there was any pink in it. I love each pair of shoes that you choose also. I can’t seem to pick a favorite.
    Take care of the Knee ! NO Titanic moves!

    • Greetje
      15 July 2018 / 13:34

      I am taking care of the Knee. The pink in the dress is ever so soft. And although this beach is lovely, I have the sea with the beach at a distance of 10 minutes by car and 50 minutes by bike. Even better.

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