Leopard print top with cream pleated skirtThis leopard print top is exactly right for the fall weather. Not too warm and not too cold. Usually in the Netherlands, this in-between-weather lasts for about a week, almost 2 weeks. Then we plunge into the cold. There are many in-between-clothes in my wardrobe and I never get the chance to wear them. Last Sunday when these pictures were taken was a horrible day; wind and rain and hail storms. My new photographer Kitty didn’t have time until a week later, my photographer Loes is on holiday and my husband Ron as photographer is out of the question. What to do?

Ron suggested to ask his friend Georg (pronounced as George) as he has a new camera. If that camera was to take better pictures, I could buy one too and our troubles would be over. Over dinner Friday night at our house (sea mussels with garlic sauce), Georg agreed to do a shoot in the lovely Teyler’s Museum at my request so we would be protected from wind and rain.

As I was driving to his house that Sunday, I realised it was madness. Why drag this poor man from his warm home into the cold, with the big risk of the photos being too dark (museum and dark weather) and/or bad hair photos due to the rain. I cancelled at the last minute. We had however also arranged to eat at their house with the “left-overs” from Friday and some more delicious fish. As I was already on my way and had all the food with me, I drove on, dropped the goods off and headed back home. Later when we arrived for dinner it was still early and Georg took some shots anyway despite all the bad circumstances. They turned out pretty good. A little bit grainy which is to be expected.

Below: Of course this is not a photo I would normally show as it failed. But Marla (Georg’s wife) and I laughed so loud when we saw it, I hope it makes you laugh as well. Dopey.

Leopard print top with cream pleated skirt

Below: To make up for the strange face above, here is a better one. Marla kept saying: “eyes open!” and I kept replying: “can’t do that when I am laughing”.

Leopard print top

Below: Now, what was I doing in the above pictures? I pretended to wind this old clock. With emphasis on the pretend. (I also crudely photoshopped a stack of magazines from the photo. We didn’t shove them aside enough.)

Leopard print top with cream pleated skirt

Below: Python print shoes. By Fred de la Bretonniere. A Dutch shoe and bag designer. The strange thing is, Knee is fine with these heels, even though Knee is far from healed. Odd.

Python print pumps

Below: Marla suggested a photo with the mirror. Nice! A free stylist as well. The skirt is from the Max Mara outlet and you saw it before with a brown top and brown boots. The top is by Marc Cain, which is, despite the name, a German brand.

Leopard print top with cream pleated skirt

Below: Close-up of the belt. Bought this beautiful belt second hand, never worn, at Today’s Vintage. Remember I told you I got away with a couple of belts in my post a few weeks back? The hem of my top was turning up a bit. It does that all the time with this skirt. Annoying.

Cream belt

Below: Our friends have a lovely home and the fire was too good to pass up as a photo opportunity.

Leopard print top with cream pleated skirt

Below: I was drinking Baileys Irish Cream. And not because it coordinated nicely with my outfit. The diamond ring is antique and a present from Ron.

Leopard print top with cream pleated skirt

Below: I had to cut off the shoes in this picture as the soles were very much in sight. Kitty had taught me only the other week, never to show the soles of your shoes. Of course, dog Charlie was with us. She is a good dog who knows how to behave. That is, when she doesn’t let one fly (excuse me… too much information?).

Leopard print top with cream pleated skirt

Below: Picking wine from the wine cabinet. Just for the photo as I don’t know the first thing about wines. Neither do I drink wine. Sometimes a bit of champagne but no red or white wine. Just don’t like it. Coffee liqueur is my thing.

Leopard print top with cream pleated skirt

Wide tops are not that fashionable anymore, but they do cover a multitude of sins. Nevertheless I am longing for more fitted tops again and the fashion runways agree. This leopard print top is not the best colour near my face, but rules are to be broken. I really like it and it is very much on trend. I think the skirt had to be midi or maxi. Tough luck, this will have to do.

What happened in my life this week?

The weekend was filled with 2 dinners with friends Georg and Marla as you read above. On the Saturday I met Selina, “my” editor, for a coffee. She was over from London for the wedding of a (Dutch) friend. Such a lovely girl (Selina I mean). Rushed off as that afternoon we went boating with our friends Maurits and Marcel. I wasn’t too keen as the weather wasn’t nice. Nevertheless, we had a jolly good day. What can go wrong when you are with friends, right?

Below: The houses in Amsterdam were leaning on each other as if they were drunk. Grey weather.

Below: Lovely food for lunch on the boat, courtesy of our friends. Strange looking (red) house across the canal.

Let me see, what happened next? Oh, I wore the leopard print top outfit at the beginning of the week to the office and saw two colleagues with leopard print.

Below: “Did you also get the memo?”

Leopard print top with cream pleated skirt

Wednesday was a busy day with another photo shoot by Georg (poor soul). I told him I wouldn’t bother him with more sessions, because like Ron, he is not that keen on this type of photography. But he is very kind. Photos of that session will be on the blog next week. Went to the mesologist for my headache problem. She is solving it bit by bit. And I bought pretty flowers.

Rest of the week, work, work, work.

I am talking about my week from Saturday up to and including Friday. That way Selina has some time to edit my post. Which means that Marijke’s 60th birthday party on Saturday will be in my next week’s blog post.


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