Orange patent leather ankle boots

Orange patent leather ankle bootsOrange patent leather ankle boots. An item not for the faint-hearted. Let me tell you, you get noticed when you walk into a room. Up till now the comments were very positive. Or people who don’t like them are scared of me and don’t dare say so 😂. These ankle boots will be great with my Diane von Fürstenberg tunic, but that outfit is for colder weather. Because the colour and shine of the boots leap out at you, I kept the rest of the outfit quiet. At first I was wearing my skinny jeans with the blouse. Changed it for these faux leather leggings, thinking you might be sick and tired of the jeans. (Although you will see them again next week.)

Georg (Ron’s friend) was kind enough to document this outfit for me. Although this kind of photography is not his cup of tea. Bless him. I wanted to stock up on photos as I have to work ahead for Selina to edit. His photos of the leopard print top last week turned out great, inspite of being indoors on a late and dark afternoon. The Wednesday we took these photos with the orange ankle boots, the weather was sunny. We didn’t have to go far as our friends’ garden is as lovely as their house.

Below: This is part of the garden. Isn’t it great? Imagine what it is like in spring and summer.

Below: We started at the left side of the garden, but the sun made my hair overexposed.

Orange patent leather ankle boots

Below: The other side of the garden was better. The orange of the boots is repeated in the sweater and necklace. Subtle I think. I know red and orange are very powerful colours.

Orange patent leather ankle boots

Below: Still working on my posing skills. Pretending to look for something in my bag.

Orange patent leather ankle boots

Below: I love that big tree in the middle of the garden. Perfect place to shine.

Orange patent leather ankle boots

Below: The idea behind it was “ta-dah” but it makes the blouse look like a tent. Wrong pose.

Orange patent leather ankle boots

Below: The sun was out but I did wear a coat. This is my “in-between-don’t-have-to-worry-about-anything coat”. It doesn’t crease, it doesn’t attract stains like an off-white trench coat would (wink …). Perfect. Found it in 2014 and showed it in this post about the Leidsestraat in Amsterdam. The brand is FoA (First of August) and to my surprise an Amsterdam design.

Orange patent leather ankle boots

Below: I was comparing the colour of the firethorn to the orange of my necklace. The firthorn was more red as you can see on the next photo.

Orange patent leather ankle boots

Below: Ah.. good shot Georg!

Below: Close-up of the boots.

Orange patent leather ankle boots

Below: Close-up of the necklace, brand Angela Caputi, sooo good.

Angela Caputi necklace


Navy blouse: Aspesi, orange T-shirt: Filippa K, coat: by FoA, blue bag: Marina Rinaldi, necklace: Angela Caputi, legging Anna, by Anna van Toor, a Dutch brand.

The legging is fabric but it looks like leather and is stretchy. I even had to add loops at the top so a belt could hold it up. With no hips and a stretchy legging you run the risk of finding them at your ankles. Bought them last year.

So much for the outfit.

Below: I made this photo of flowers in the window at Georg’s house. Thought it was rather nice.

What happened in my life this week.

Apart from work, work, work? Let me see….

Saturday was another fun morning with Kitty, who photographed next week’s outfit. We had a lot of fun together. And of course at night there was Marijke’s birthday party. Marijke is one of the 6 BVA girlfriends group. You have seen them many times on this blog. She turned 60 and it doesn’t show at all. It was a very lively party, with dancing (not me), singing and good food. Below a moodboard rather than a good photo. Marijke and her husband dancing (right in the middle) surrounded by friends.

We finished the weekend with a Sunday dinner at Loetje (famous restaurant in the Netherlands for its steaks) together with friends who live in our street. As usual there was lots of laughter.

Monday was a very special day, as I got a message that my dear stepdaughter and her boyfriend got engaged while on holiday on Bali. I didn’t expect that although I could have known. I really think she deserves it. He did it properly: months of planning ahead, dinner on the beach, candle lights, hearts, guys playing love songs on guitars, down on one knee, ring… the whole shebang. Sigh… fairy tale.

Tuesday I photographed my colleague Madelon at work as she wore such a cute sweater. She and I go back about 9 years now and we appreciate each other very much. She is skilled, sweet, clever, kind and often makes me laugh out loud with her unexpected remarks. We trust each other completely. Of course this iPhone photo taken at work doesn’t do her justice at all. And I had to “wipe” the board behind her. Cannot let out any office secrets now can I?

Wednesday was a terrifically quiet day. Did all sorts of things, like reading and blogging. Ron picked up the black suede pumps which I had ordered in the right size to go with my red tiger suit. Lovely man. Saved me going up and down to Amsterdam.

Thursday was a grumpy day at the office. Things did not go as I wanted, which, combined with computer troubles made me grumpy. Poor colleagues. They tried to cheer me up but only succeeded a bit. At least I didn’t have a fit. Told you I have a temper. Even getting lots of compliments about my red tiger suit couldn’t cheer me up. Well …. a little. Met a woman at the office who was dressed in an excellent way. Like wow. You can understand I had to compliment her. Turned out to be a colleague who is also called Greetje. It’s in the name folks.

It was a good day for my mum though. Ron celebrated the fact that he sent the thousandth postcard to her. For two and a half years he has been sending her a postcard every day with a little funny text he makes up himself. He buys the cards second hand (not sent before). The picture doesn’t really matter but is often the cause of the funny message he writes on it. To commemorate the thousandth postcard, Ron drove to her house (an hour’s drive) with a cake that had a picture of him posting a card. See below.

cake, cards and celebration

Friday was a better day at the office. Very quiet as this is the day most colleagues are free or working from home. As the chimney sweeper was to come to my house between 2 and 4, I left the office a bit early (did enough overtime to do this without feeling guilty). Of course he arrived at a quarter to 4. Not much of a punishment as the sun was shining in our garden and I read a magazine, did some blogging… totally relaxed.


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  1. jodie filogomo
    7 October 2018 / 17:57

    That’s the sweetest thing Ron did for your mom!! I may have to copy that in some way, shape or form!!
    As for your booties?? Definitely a winner in my book! Life is too short to even consider boring shoes at this stage of the game!!

    • Greetje
      7 October 2018 / 20:25

      I think you are doing a great job with your mom. She is so involved in your blogging. Must be terrific. Ron likes writing, he is a good copywriter and he can come up with all sort of nonsense.
      I knew you would be pro the boots haha.

  2. 7 October 2018 / 18:26

    Wow Greetje, such thoughtful men in your life. What Ron has done for your mom is wonderful. Elderly people risk getting lonely and this is a way of being in touch every single day. Fantastic. And for the romantic son-in-law…what can one say? ! Dreamlike, fairy tale, pure romance…

    Back to you. I love your blue coat and your necklace to much. Stylish coat, fun necklace. As for the boots. I am one of those people who do not like them and dare writing that down! They do suit you though, so I can understand why you have bought them. I love your daring days such as these of the roaring tiger ones. Have a great week Greetje. The weather turns warm and sunny again, which is great, since I am almost on my way to Holland for a short visit to family and friends.

    Love, Lieske

    • Greetje
      7 October 2018 / 20:23

      I appreciate your honesty Lieske. No problem at all. I knew in advance those orange boots wouldn’t be everybody’s cup of tea. Apparently you don’t fear me haha. Because you dare say so.
      The weather might turn warm again, but there is a big chill underneath it. I will dress warmly. Besides the office is a freezer anyway. I think they have found out that people are more productive when the offices are cold.

  3. 7 October 2018 / 19:32

    Your booties in your Nation’s color are awesome. You have the most incredible shoes collection. You may count yourself lucky that I’m not your step daughter. If I were I would try to talk you into giving them to me. Great find! Love the outfit too. The cake is so funny. It’s amazing what they can do today.

    • Greetje
      7 October 2018 / 20:20

      My step daughter would gladly try and talk me into giving them to her. Only she has a different size from me. She does go home often with an item or two from my wardrobe. I can still remember how I loved that myself when I was younger. Only it wasn’t my mum but a friend with an extensive wardrobe at the time.

  4. BJ
    7 October 2018 / 19:35

    Three things: Ron is so sweet (now feel guilty about my elderly Dad).
    Those orange boots are so you!
    Please send me the navy coat immediately. (Really)

    • Greetje
      7 October 2018 / 20:18

      Hahaha, blue coat? Not on your nelly. Much too handy for me. And actually, you have to stand in line. There are many admirers of this coat. The orange boots though, are still for sale. Just saying.
      Ron is indeed sweet. He started sending those cards as he thought it would be nice to receive mail. Which it is, especially because he has such a good sense of humour.

  5. Anne Porter-Roth
    7 October 2018 / 20:42

    Thank you, Greetje, for your posts. They make my Sundays even better, and I look forward to reading them. It’s always fun to see your creative and colorful outfits, and I love the pictures of you and your friends.

    All my best,
    Mill Valley, California

    • Greetje
      7 October 2018 / 21:36

      Dearest Anne, the pleasure is entirely mine. I love the whole process of creating a blog post. The cream on this cake is being read and appreciated. So thank you for taking the time to comment.

  6. Karen
    7 October 2018 / 21:35

    Ah, how lovely is Ron ?! I think its wonderful he has such a relationship with your mum.
    Do like your outfit, I bought a similar top a few weeks ago though its a sort of grey marl colour – I too will have to layer it soon as its turning really cooler here now in the North of England.
    You look full of mischief in a couple of those photo’s, you can tell you enjoy what you are wearing and most importantly sharing it with us all.
    A family wedding in the future, that’ll be something to look forward to and of course plan an outfit for !!! Not that you need any excuse Greetje to go shopping ha ha !
    Hope you have a good week.

    • Greetje
      7 October 2018 / 21:40

      No idea when that wedding will be and how they want it to be. But I bet I already have a dress in my wardrobe. No, haha, you are right, I will definitely buy a new one. Unless they decide to marry without guests. You never know.
      I always layer such blouses with tight tops underneath.

  7. Selina
    7 October 2018 / 21:44

    What a sweetheart Ron is. And what a marvellous colour in boots. I do like a combination of orange and blue. As always, you’ve put together a standout outfit

    • Greetje
      7 October 2018 / 21:48

      It sure stands out all right 😂😂. Those boots are the first thing people notice when I walk into a room. They remind me of the days I wore a bright (and I mean bright!) yellow tunic. Man, that had people go: WOW.

  8. 7 October 2018 / 22:04

    Isn’t Ron a sweetheart with your Mom? What a cool idea!

    The whole outfit is wonderful and the pops of orange really add some spice.

    That necklace is super! I bet it cost a pretty penny.


    • Greetje
      8 October 2018 / 20:51

      Ehh… yep, the necklace cost a pretty penny. Cannot remember how much but it was probably between EUR 150 and 195. Something like that. Strange thing is, I cannot remember where or when I bought it. Usually I am very good at these things. But I know what the price range of those necklaces are. I just love their designs. And they lift any outfit instantly, so a good investment.
      And yes, Ron is sweet with my mum. You should see that things he writes on those cards, he is such a comedian.

  9. 7 October 2018 / 22:49

    Love the orange boots. Looking at the picture of your friends birthday party, where they are dancing, there is a lady to the right of their clasped hands at the back, with short dark hair, she resembles me so much (hair a bit darker), perhaps I have an unknown sister.

    • Greetje
      8 October 2018 / 20:53

      You know everybody has a twin somewhere in the world, don’t you? There is a photographer who specializes in this. He has made photos of two people, complete strangers for one another, who could be twins. How on earth he finds them, beats me.

  10. Marilee J. Gramith
    8 October 2018 / 00:05

    This is an outfit worn by a woman with a dynamic, fun loving, and confident personality. YOU my dear Greetje! Those boots and the bit of red-orange in that artful necklace are the pizazz that make this look so appealing. I also love that beautiful flowing navy coat. That’s a coat that will be on trend forever!!

    As for your thoughtful and caring husband Ron… He’s definitely another bright spot in your life. That cake is SO perfect for this commemorative personal delivery! I hope your mom’s health is good Greetje. How far does she live from you and Ron?

    • Greetje
      8 October 2018 / 20:58

      Keep those compliments coming Jude hahaha. You know you will make me vain, don’t you? My mom lives an hour’s drive away. By car of course. Not the end of the world, but according to Dutch standards pretty far. We make sure we fetch her for a day every month. Doesn’t sound like much, but with the cards and my phone calls (I call her every day for half an hour), she isn’t lonely. She has friends and neighbours to liven up her life as well. And she still likes to dress nicely. Keeps on ordering clothes. Genes.. you see? I cannot help myself.

  11. 8 October 2018 / 00:05

    Great color combination ! Love the navy and orange.
    Congrats on you step- daughter-in-law!
    Good job Georg and Greetje!
    xo, Elle

    • Greetje
      8 October 2018 / 20:58

      Thanks Elle. Navy and orange, a classic combination, always good.

  12. 8 October 2018 / 00:53

    That’s so sweet that Ron sends your mother postcards! And the cake is too cute. Congratulations to your stepdaughter and her fiancé! He certainly did make it very special.

    Those orange boots look great and are so you. I like the little pops of orange in your outfit.

    • Greetje
      8 October 2018 / 20:59

      And guess what? I styled it myself this time. I am proud! I will pass the compliments and congratulations on.

  13. Nicole K
    8 October 2018 / 01:36

    Love the orange boots and your styling of them is very sophisticated. I love orange with navy! The necklace is really perfect also.

    I just noticed one of your other fans commented from Mill Valley, CA. I am in San Rafael, CA about 10 miles north of her. Who knew there was a Greetje Fan Club right here in Marin County, CA. 😉

    Have a great week and thanks for bringing us such joy!

    • Greetje
      8 October 2018 / 21:02

      I have a fan club !! YAY… You two should get together haha. I am looking into a new comment system which not only shows my replies on the blog but also sends them by email to the person who commented. If that is installed, you can comment on her comment. Is this getting complicated?

  14. Wendy
    8 October 2018 / 02:00

    I have to agree …. lovely idea of sending postcards everyday! Also love the orange boots, wish I had the confidence to wear something like that!

    • Greetje
      8 October 2018 / 21:09

      Wendy, confidence can be easy: just decide you have it and be done with it. Fake it till you make it. And it will come. What can happen to me while wearing orange boots? Will I go to jail? Will my health be destroyed? Will I lose my job? None of these things. Somebody might not like them and say so. No big deal. I cannot please everybody. There are bound to be people who don’t like what you wear. And if they tell you that in an unpleasant way, they are not nice people. Which means they will not have sincere friends. In my book that is punishment enough.

  15. Jeanette Juraschka
    8 October 2018 / 07:13

    That was so sweet of Ron to treat his mother in that special way. I always look forward to your posts. They are so bright and cheery. Curious though, how do you pronounce your name? I’m thinking (greet-g). Is that right? Thanks!

    • Greetje
      8 October 2018 / 21:11

      Yes Ron is sweet. He really helps my mom a lot. And because he likes to, not because he must.
      Glad to hear you look forward to my posts. That is something that excites me so much. How you pronounce my name? Like great, but the g is totally different. A bit more like growling, a very hard, sharp g. They say Dutch is not a language, it is a throat disease.

  16. josep-maria
    8 October 2018 / 08:20

    I really like this outfit, I love the coat, the design and the color. Actually, I love the combination of colors you have chosen and, of course, that focus of light and color in your boots. The booties are beautiful and very original and colorful. The blouse is cute and the orange touch below it is super balanced chromatically. A beautiful proposal in which the pendant also plays a wonderful role.

    • Greetje
      8 October 2018 / 21:12

      And guess what? I styled it myself. I am finally learning. Took me a few years haha.

  17. 8 October 2018 / 08:47

    I am sorry, I know this is about the booties. But what a sweet kind social husband Ron is! What an unbelievable kind act to send your mothers a card every day! I applaud him!

    But then the shoes! I love them, I am a patent shoe fan from when I was a child! Fantastic!

    • Greetje
      8 October 2018 / 21:14

      As I said on IG, I have many patent leather shoes, so I share your love. And indeed Ron is very sweet. He helps my mom where and when he can. Not out of duty, but because he wants to.

  18. 8 October 2018 / 11:10

    It isn’t possible for me to love the boots more. They are so you (and me!). I tell you what, the photo of you with the whole outfit (including the long coat) knocks me out. Somehow, the coat makes it all even better and more badass. I love. I can never wear those long necklaces, but this one is perfect with the coat and the boots. Fabulous look. I love the news from the rest of your life too. Ron is such a dear to do that for your Mum; his stock price just went up in my book. I hope work is starting to calm down a little for you this week. xxx

    • Greetje
      8 October 2018 / 21:18

      I wasn’t looking for such bright boots. I had a more subdued colour in mind. Then when I saw them, I thought “Why not? They will spice up a lot of outfits.” And they do.
      Funny that so many people like that coat so much. I always thought it was handy but making me a bit long and droopy. But I always get compliments, so I suppose I am wrong.
      I will tell Ron his stock price went up. If anybody can rate a value, it is you haha.

  19. Jill Z
    8 October 2018 / 17:07

    What a great way to style those fabulous boots. I love the outfit, great too for short people like me. Super top.
    Unfortunately the one photo at the beginning was the only photo that could be seen. What’s up?
    I want to see more of your creative photography, you vary your backgrounds and they are beautiful.
    The postcard love affair is beautiful, so sweet and loving. That is one focused man. Don’t let him go.

    • Greetje
      8 October 2018 / 21:21

      My photography isn’t very creative, but the people who help me are. Fortunately. The blouse is quite old, I think 6 years? Never use it much. Came in handy for this outfit. I styled it myself YAY. Slowly getting better. The post card thing is so funny. You should what he writes on them, he is such a comedian. Gives my mom a good laugh.

  20. Jill Z
    8 October 2018 / 17:10

    I finally got the photos. Wonderful as ever.

    • Greetje
      8 October 2018 / 21:21

      No idea what happened? Power cut? (haha)

  21. 8 October 2018 / 17:40

    That is the most wonderful thing that Ron does for your Mum – he is a very thoughtful person! Your stepdaughter’s proposal was also well done. It’s nice to see men that make lovely gestures like that for people they care about.

    Those are definitely statement boots, and they will be the star of any outfit. They look great with the dark blue and white and I’m sure you will find several other outfits to pair them with.

    • Greetje
      8 October 2018 / 21:26

      Yes there is a lot of romance and love going on in the family, thank God. I remember one day when Ron and I were staying at my parent’s house and we got into a fight. Not wanting to disturb them, we decided to go out for a ride and have it out. Of course my mom knew right away what was going on. As we headed for the door, she hissed in my ear: “He is a very sensitive boy, you know”. I hissed back: “Whose side are you on?” Of course this was solved within the hour, but ever since when I am not nice to Ron he says: “Remember what your mother said… I am a very sensitive boy”haha.

  22. 8 October 2018 / 20:11

    Funnest boots around and a fantastic outfit. You did great posing with Georg, a new photographer, but you always are a pro at that (even though you might argue). You manage to look relaxed, which is not always easy. I think your sense of humour helps. The portrait is gorgeous.

    And the sensitive, romantic men in your life – wow! Ron with his thoughtful postcards and humour, and your future son-in-law with that amazing proposal. I’m glad she said yes, what a lot of effort if it were a no! Very happy for them both.

    Looks like a really fun birthday bash! Happy Birthday to Marijke!

    • Greetje
      8 October 2018 / 21:27

      Yes things are going smoothly at this end. You never know when it will stop, so I am enjoying it as much as I can. I agree with everything you said although yes, I argue haha.

  23. Sheila (of Ephemera)
    8 October 2018 / 23:30

    Ron sounds like such a sweetheart, first picking up your shoes for you and then also for 1000 postcards?? Wow, that’s dedication.

    Love your look with the faux leather pants, and I adore those orange booties – what a fabulous colour, and that heel looks very manageable. Lovely pictures, Greetje! How funny to meet another Greetje who is also a great dresser! Definitely in the name.

    Happy week, my dear!

    • Greetje
      9 October 2018 / 18:02

      The heels of the orange boots are indeed very comfortable. Only in the historic centre of Haarlem they are a crime because of the cobblestones. But there are plenty of better paved areas. Ron is indeed a sweetheart. After he retired he told me that his main mission in live from then on would be to make my life as pleasant as possible. It is hard to top that right?

  24. Dee
    11 October 2018 / 17:27

    I just want to clone this outfit and take it with me. And look as great in it as you do.

    And I agree with all the comments about your husband. He’s awesome.

    • Greetje
      12 October 2018 / 07:57

      I often have that with other bloggers too. You see an outfit snd think “Oh gosh, wrap it up and send it to me”. To tell you the truth I wasn’t very convinced this outfit was good. All the lovely compliments surprise me. I gladly accept them though 😊. As lovely husband always says: “Don’t ask how this was done, just enjoy it”. (It is better in Dutch as it rhymes.)

  25. 12 October 2018 / 23:01

    I can only say that you surround yourself with very thoughtful men. Your future son-in-law is truly a romantic and I’m a little over-awed at the beach scene. Magical.

    And Ron! Sending a postcard a day to your Mum says all the right things about him.

    Your outfit is colourful, bold, dramatic and fun all at the same time. Wear it with joy!

    • Greetje
      13 October 2018 / 18:18

      This outfit got a lot of compliments, which surprised me. I wasn’t that certain it was really nice. Just goes to show how much I know about styling haha.
      Yes indeed there is a lot of love going on in my life. I got very lucky with Ron (and my mum and dad as well). I think Nicky will be equally happy with her guy. He is really nice.

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