Fun outfits, rings and miscellaneous

boyfriend jeans with white linen shirt and blush pink cross body bagAs it is holiday time, I decided not to do a complete shoot, but to show you outfits and rings which I have put on Instagram. Not everybody is on Instagram and those who are, don’t see everything. I also have a few new outfits to show, like the above one. I am in stitches here because husband Ron was trying to take the photo while fighting off mosquitos. Very funny sight. He was less amused.

I was so glad I could put on my boyfriend jeans. As this is a particularly good item for somebody wearing a knee brace haha. The temperatures were so high in The Netherlands this past month, we could only wear very flimsy fabric. We don’t know what to do with 38C = 100F. Last weekend temperatures dropped to normal 26C = 79F. Well, normal, that is actually pretty darned good for my country. It didn’t last though as it is hot again. The shoes were a lucky find when I was in Geneva two years ago (brand What for).

I will give you a couple of close-ups.

Below: The shoes, just in case you didn’t click through to the Geneva post.

Black and white block heel sandals

Below: The bag. Brand Sequoia Paris. Bought in the sale at Hudson’s Bay. I am not giving up trying to save this department store. It is sort of blush pink and goes with everything.

Sequoia cross body bag blush pink

Below: The necklace. Brand: Angela Caputi, one of my favourite necklace suppliers. The big black and white bracelet is from Little Mole Boutique. See my post about boyfriend jeans, lime duster coat and more of her bracelets. The smaller bracelet is from Bella’s Etsy shop: Citizen Rosebud.

Angela Caputi necklace black and white

Below: Next…. this pretty skirt is not in my possession. I ordered it in size 40 (EUR) and it fitted perfectly. After 5 minutes (I was trying out tops with the skirt), it started to hurt around waist and stomach. Strange. To be sure I ordered a larger size. Which was too large. I really liked the skirt but Ron said it made me look pretty big. Even when I wore my normal size. That ended the contemplation. A skirt that hurts for no reason which my husband doesn’t like, is no good. Returned both sizes. Pity though, I really liked it. Brand skirt: Marc Cain (in the sale). Orange T-shirt: Filippa K (a few years old).

Fun outfits Marc Cain skirt

Below: This summer dress from the Max Mara outlet, appeared before in this post, including the shoes with perspex heels. (Doing a strange thing here with my hand.) The little cross body bag you saw earlier in this post, is exactly the same blush pink colour as in the dress. Wearing an elastic tapered pencil skirt underneath the dress as it is just a little too short for my taste. Pencil skirt is by Bellamy Gallery.

Fun outfits: blue Max Mara dress with blush pink cross body bag

Below: Let’s talk accessories. Like five plastic rings and a brooch. (More outfits after that. Bear with me.) Photos are a little too close-up for a blog. Works better on Instagram.

lilac and cream plastic rose ring

mother of pearl ring

rosy red plastic ring

Black white and gold plastic ring

brown plastic ring

cross brooch

Below: I ordered this skirt from Kemi Telford. The print and the fabric is amazing. I am trying it on here straight from the box, creases and all.

wide red skirt with black top

Below: Tried it with a white top, black belt and black flat shoes. Ron liked it, but after wearing it a day, I decided this just isn’t me. Like Bohemian/Ibiza style is not me. I didn’t feel happy in it. Kemi Telford nor the skirt are to blame. Just a personal style preference. It is now in the capable sewing hands of a colleague, who is raving about the fabric. She is going to sew pleats in it and make a fitted waistband instead of an elastic one. I bet I want it back by then haha. (Joke, a gift is a gift.)

Fun outfits: wide red skirt with white top

Below: Did not buy this dress either. It was second hand by designer Claes Iversen. Again it wasn’t me and felt a little too tight.

Claes Iversen dress

Below: Before I show you some more nice outfits, let me show you a stupid thing I did. My friend Marianne wanted to know what the spray dye of L’Oreal Magic Colour did for me. So I took a photo before….

hair with outgrow

Below: …. and a photo after… Ta-da!

hair with outgrow died

Below: Unfortunaly… what NEVER happens… the dye came out in blotches. Normally I never wear clothes in the bathroom when I apply this. Only, because I had to send photos to Marianne, I had already put my white sweater on. I tried everything and in the end I had to throw it away. Need a replacement for winter. Cotton though, as I cannot stand wool. Too itchy.

ruined white sweater

Below: Went out for lunch with Sylvia of 40PlusStyle. Wearing a shirt by Marlene Birger, jogging trousers in a smooth material from Bellamy Gallery and blue espadrilles. Just as I was leaving the house, Ron called me back to warn me that my shirt was half tucked in. He shook his head when I told him that was trendy.

Marlene Birger shirt with blue jogging trousers

Below: The little bag is vintage from second hand shop Kat & Ko. And the necklace was made by Suzanne Carillo.

Marlene Birger shirt with blue jogging trousers 2

Below: As you cannot see the shirt very well, I dug up this photo, which shows you the fine line through the blue.

Marlene Birger shirt

Below: This outfit was on my blog in 2015. I wore it to a fair. Imagine white trousers at a fair.

Black and white trouser outfit

Below: My signature style: jeans with heels (pink suede with high block heels), a fun top and a terrific jacket. All old and still very much loved. Only the sandals by Vince Camuto are new. Purchased at Hudson’s Bay  😆

jeans outfit with white tuxedo jacket

All in all there was a lot to see in this blog post. Hope I kept you entertained.


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  1. Lise
    5 August 2018 / 18:19

    Hi Greetje, you sure did – great post! Ha-ha, my husband has the same bewilderment about the half tuck 🙂 Lise

    • Kari
      5 August 2018 / 18:35

      Did you try hairspray on the sweater?

      • Greetje
        5 August 2018 / 20:41

        I tried Vanish Oxy action, Biotex, etc etc. Even bleach. the blotches faded but remained. So I threw it out.

    • Greetje
      5 August 2018 / 18:43

      You should have seen his face haha. Well, you did.. on your own husband’s face.

  2. 5 August 2018 / 19:07

    Hey! I remember taking that photo of you : P

    Your signature style suits you so very well. If it ain’t broke…

    That is really too bad about your sweater. It’s funny the dye looked so dark on your sweater compared to on your head.

    That is the problem with buying items online sometimes, you just never know if they will work for you or not. At least someone got a nice gift out of it.


    • Greetje
      5 August 2018 / 20:39

      I saw the skirt she sewed from it. It is indeed better. Less puffy. But still, I think, a bit too much for me. And you were right, you did take that picture of me. It was in the little pedestrian area where we ran into that French speaking guy.

  3. 5 August 2018 / 20:45

    Such bad things always happen when one is in a hurry. Too bad as it was a nice sweater. On the positive side, the spray seems to work really well and seems to stay even when you wash the hair. I mean the color didn’t get out of your sweater. You probably can stretch the times between root touch ups two weeks. The gained time is money and you save some money on your colorist (unless you spill a sweater each time). The lesson learned is to invest in a plastic cover up or do the spraying when you are still in your birth suit. Thanks for sharing. BTW, I love your withe sandals and the black and white booties. You always have the most amazing and coolest shoes!

    • Greetje
      5 August 2018 / 20:50

      No, as soon as you wash your hair, the dye will have to be applied again. It remained much better on the sweater. Alas. When I am in my birthday suit, I can wash if off, but this has never happened before the day I wore the sweater and not afterwards either. Thank you for the shoe collection compliment. I always think the same of other bloggers, never of myself, although over these past 5 years I have gained quite a few lovely pairs. My closets are too full, but what’s new?

  4. 5 August 2018 / 21:12

    Love the shoes in the first pictures. They look trendy and comfortable. Comfort has to come top of my list when looking for shoes.

    • Greetje
      6 August 2018 / 09:25

      Oh I agree. I am now finally at that stage that I leave beautiful shoes in the shop when they don’t feel right.

  5. Marilee Gramith
    5 August 2018 / 22:27

    Oh my Greetje, those white and black sandals that you bought in Geneva are SO cute!!! It also looks as though the heels are a height you may be able to tolerate comfortably (?) I really like the boyfriend jeans and white linen(?) blouse too!

    What a fun post with all the cool modern styled rings! You’ve always said that you enjoy modern jewelry and I get that better now.

    Poor Ron, you really can’t blame him for not being aware of some of the more quirky fashion trends eh? I have to admit to missing your Ron stories too!

    OK my dear Greetje, you sort of skipped over any explanation of your “knee brace”… or did I miss the fact that you’ve been wearing one for quite awhile now?

    • Greetje
      6 August 2018 / 21:15

      The heels are perfect for my knee. I am not going to give the knee much attention on the blog anymore, but I am still healing. I hope.
      The rings are fun, I am not much into antique gold and diamond jewellery anymore.
      Rest assured that the “Ron stories” still happen haha. I should write them down for the blog.

  6. Claudia
    5 August 2018 / 22:35

    Wonderfull accessories Greetje.
    Here in the east of the Netherlands it was 102 F
    I have never in my 67 th years life experienced that.
    So hot that I could not wear any rings or necklaces , not to mention a boyfriends jean.

    Have fun!


    • Greetje
      6 August 2018 / 21:25

      I could only wear those jeans on one weekend when it was a little cooler. Didn’t last more than a few days. It has, I will admit, been cooler at the west coast. When the temperatures went up again, I minimalized the accessories as well.

  7. Glenda Kociolek
    6 August 2018 / 00:12

    Hi Greetje.
    I love your blog so much. I am a sixty something Canadian women still working and with no reason to not work! Your style is so relatable. We of course have the Hudsons Bay here! We just refer to it as the Bay. I also shop there but don’t get the great brands you do. If I ever come to your neck of the woods I would love to meet you! I especially love your bright and quirky jewelry. Have a great summer!

    • Greetje
      7 August 2018 / 06:54

      What a lovely commnt Glenda. Makes a blogger’s heart sing. I still work full time and I think I will keep on working for a long time, perhaps a little less. Don’t know yet.
      I know the Bay is not as high end as it is here, for which I am glad. They have a lot of stores in buildings which used to belong to a big Dutch chain of department stores which went bankrupt. They sold the stuff which the Bay sells in Canada I gathered.
      If you are ever in The Netherlands, let me know and we will have coffee. Or tea or wine 😉.)

  8. 6 August 2018 / 02:43

    So much fun style! I think you wear boyfriend jeans really well. And I like those white sandals in the top photo.

    What a shame about your sweater! 😫

    • Greetje
      7 August 2018 / 06:57

      Yes, the sweater getting ruined was bad. Now I have to search for another one. As I cannot wear wool (too itchy) it is never easy finding a sweater in winter. The sandals I managed to “save”. They were a bit too tight, but the cobbler fixed it. Yay.

  9. Donna
    6 August 2018 / 02:53

    Hi Greetje,

    I have done exactly the same thing with that hair colour spray, not once but twice 🙁 both times on white shirts. They were smaller dots but still never came out, you would have thought I would have learnt the first time!
    love those boyfriend jeans.

    • Greetje
      7 August 2018 / 07:00

      Isn’t it strange how that dye comes out immediately when you wash your hair, but sticks to fabric like a monkey child to its mother? It never happened to me but the one time I was wearing clothes. You will have to change your routine Donna. First do the hair and the dye when you are still in your birthday suit and then put your clothes on 😉.

  10. elizaduckie
    6 August 2018 / 05:10

    Great outfits, totally fun jewelry, and I just bought a blush pink bag myself. Have to admit I love that color! It’s a good ‘neutral’ for summer. I was especially impressed with the large black and white jewelry pieces. They looked amazing on you! I’m sorry to have missed all these on’s just that I look at too much as it is, I prefer blog subscriptions in my email. I keep Instagram to as few people as I can.

    • Greetje
      7 August 2018 / 07:04

      You are so right to minimalize the social media, it just takes up too much valuable real time. For my blog I want to “advertise” and for that I use the various social media, but I have to cut back on that. I don’t get anything done. I prefer to read blog posts (of others) as well. More in-depth. So I am glad you have this attitude as I am first and foremost a blogger.

  11. 6 August 2018 / 08:11

    I follow a sewist on IG that lives in the Netherlands. She has shown photos of the extreme dryness due to the HOT weather. Hope you are coping okay!

    I really love the white sandals and the easy way you’ve styled your outfit in the first photo.

    I also really like the pale blue striped (half tucked) shirt.

    • Greetje
      7 August 2018 / 07:07

      Only one day to go and the temperatures will go back to normal. We are coping but this is very strnge for us. It has been sunshine and hot from April onwards. Insane. We aleays get cold and rain which is why this country is so green. Climate changes!
      The white sandals were always a bit too tight, but the cobbler put them on a stretch machine and they are my best shoes now. Very good for the Knee.
      The blue striped shirt is one of those items you will never part with until it falls apart.

  12. 6 August 2018 / 14:51

    A great selection of outfits Greetje and above all: a super shape! You are either lucky with your genes or do a lot of exercises (or both of course). Love, Lieske

    • Greetje
      7 August 2018 / 07:11

      I do gave good genes, well.. as far as weight control that is. Skinwise I am in the dog house.
      But I do have to watch my food intake very carefully as I am adding a kilo every year with getting older. I have recently dropped 3 kilos again. My wardrobe and my insane love for clothes keeps my weight the same. I cannot afford a bigger size and leave all those lovely clothes just hanging there. Besides I don’t have room for various sizes.
      I exercise twice a week since I hit 50. My body really needed it, wich a car and a sitting job.

  13. Karen
    6 August 2018 / 16:53

    Hi Greetje,
    What a great post again, you certainly packed lots into this one, I had to read over it twice to make sure I didn’t miss anything !
    As usual I will say how fabulous you look in jeans, these boyfriend ones are no exception. A white or pale blue shirt always looks so good with jeans – but there again lots of things go with jeans ( no wonder they are a universal fashion item )
    That Kemi Telford skirt is really pretty, I have sort of given up on skirts at the moment as I have started to carry a bit more weight on my middle and getting a top to balance out with a skirt is tricky business !!
    What a fun brooch it touches on a Medieval vibe !!!
    Hope you have a good week x

    • Greetje
      7 August 2018 / 07:17

      You are right about the brooch Karen. It is a replica of something old. I have the description of it somewhere (🙄😬).
      The top and skirt dilemma… been there, done that, haven’t solved it yet. I find it really tricky. Especially with a bit wider skirt, you want the top more fitted, but you don’t want to show all the lumps ad bumps. Slowly I am finding solutions, but I am not wearing as many skirts as I used to for exactly that reason. Oh and because I haven’t got a clue what kind of shoes to wear with them. I still love high heels (my old mind), but with my old head at the top of the outfit I have to really watch that or I look old fashioned.
      I am now getting tops which are fitted but still loose if you get my drift.

  14. Sheila (of Ephemera)
    6 August 2018 / 21:42

    What a fun bunch of outfits! I admire your resolve in not keeping items that just don’t work for you, for whatever reason. I remember those black and white shoes!

    • Greetje
      7 August 2018 / 07:21

      Good memory Sheila. Those black and white shoes have not been on the blog that many times. They were a little too tight. Glad I had them stretched. They are my go-to shoes now.
      And I am not always that good in getting rid of things that don’t work for me, but because of lack of space, I am forced to. I have to get rid of a lovely boxy blue Kenzo jacket. Wide and boxy jackets make me look like a man. But it was expensive and what’s more, a present from Ron… difficult.

  15. 7 August 2018 / 07:59

    How many beautiful things in this post, how many things to comment! The summary is that my friend Greetje is an absolutely versatile, elegant and modern woman. What comment? That my friend, with jeans, looks beautiful? That with its dresses and skirts attracts all my attention? That your jewelry always seems great? Or that the dye looks great? Today it is really difficult to make a summary critique. Anyway, I’m staying with Greetje, she’s a sensational woman.

    • Greetje
      8 August 2018 / 07:57

      Aren’t you sweet? Thank you so much for all these compliments. I really value your friendship.

  16. 7 August 2018 / 08:42

    I love this idea of a round up feature! Casual dressing always looks cool on you – even jeans with that clever haf tuck, which by the way looks dreadful on me. I adore those Perspex bangles and fancy I may need something like them to add a bit of style to my accessories. And oh, how great to see those black and white bootees again. Fab post and lovely to catch up with you again Greetje!
    Anna x

    • Greetje
      8 August 2018 / 08:01

      Your comment brings shame to me for not visiting your blog for such a long time. At the office I am on overtime again and life is just hectic anyway. You know what I mean for sure.
      My husband thought this was a dull post but I said: I don’t think so, I would like to read such a post. It is a bit like a reality soap but then for real instead of staged.
      He likes slick posts with lots of good photos. That is also nice, but I go for engagement.

  17. 10 August 2018 / 00:24

    I found your site via Style Crone and just love your sense of color and style. I need to add more color to my wardrobe so I’m trying on that. Especially love your red skirt. I’m in Texas, so I know what you mean when you talk about the heat. It’s everywhere this year! Brenda

    • Greetje
      10 August 2018 / 08:15

      Hi Brenda, welcome and thank you for commenting. It is always so nice to get feedback from readers. And who doesn’t like compliments? Adding colour to your wardrobe is easy. Start with a scarfor a bag or a T-shirt. Buy them second-hand so you won’t break the bank with the trying and errors. Sylvia of 40PlusStyle provides really useful and practical advise on style, colour and proportion. I learned a lot in the last 5 years and sometimes ignore everything haha. I cannot stand heat and find it really difficult to dress for this kind of weather.

  18. 13 August 2018 / 20:54

    I so enjoyed this compilation of wonderful photos. I appreciate the great variety of styling. I’m particularly impressed with how well you photograph. Poor Ron having to deal with those mosquitoes. ..

    My favorite photo of you is the close-up of you wearing your denim jeans and that very crisp, striped blouse.

    And oh, and those gorgeous rings. This is such a wonderfully curated collection.

    • Greetje
      14 August 2018 / 09:13

      Actually the ring collection is not at all curated. I bought the whole bunch in one go thanks to somebody I met on Instagram. A surprise box with dead stock. Such a lovely buy.
      The photograph with the blue pinstriped shirt was taken by Suzanne Carillo when she was in The Netherlands a couple of years ago. She did well. And so did Ron with the first photo, in spite of the mosquitoes.

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