Wide black midi skirtThe day Kitty and I did this shoot was cold, which meant we needed an indoor place. The item I picked was this wide black midi skirt. Not really being able to style it properly for two years, I now found 9 ways to wear it. Just by shopping my own wardrobe and by putting my mind to it. I read in fashion magazines that cowboy boots are hot this year. As it so happened, my wardrobe contained these red cowboy boots. Another item I could never style. A gift from husband Ron. In 2013 he bought me a yellow summer dress and advised me to wear red boots with it. That is wrong to me. Boots are warm and for winter, while a breezy cotton summer dress is to keep you cool, ergo for summer. Although fashion magazines love to mix these things up, I can never wear them together.

The place we chose was Café Martinus, a very photogenic spot with lots of colour and quirkiness. Plus good food and cappuccinos. We weren’t sure whether they would allow us to photograph as it might annoy the other customers so Kitty did not bring her photo umbrella and extra light, which made the shoot rather challenging. What you always need for good photos is light. Still, Kitty managed quite well. And the staff didn’t mind us taking pictures at all. Quite the contrary, they were ever so sweet. We had a really nice day, Kitty and I.

Some nice pictures of the interior of Café Martinus. To give you an idea.

Below: On the left you can see a pink and purple area between the inner doors and the front doors.

Café Martinus Haarlem

Below: This is the purple and pink area near the front doors. In summer they open the doors to the street.

Café Martinus

Below: More interior photos. I have to show them to you. Their interior is just so nice.

Café Martinus

Café Martinus

Café Martinus

Quirky, right?

Below: The first outfit with the skirt was with my rose jumper. Here I am inviting other guests to enter the room up the stairs.

Wide black midi skirt

Below: I am becoming a bit pinky as well with all these rosy colours around me. The jumper is from the Max Mara outlet in Turin as is the skirt. The belt is new. Gift from my mum. Yes I know, so many people give me so many presents. I have no explanation for it.

Wide black midi skirt

Below: Had to take some pictures myself as well. Hair died here.

Wide black midi skirt

Below: The entrance of Café Martinus. Wearing a red turtleneck by Uniqlo (so soft and warm). Two belts and two chunky necklaces.

Wide black midi skirt

Below: The necklaces were made by a friend of mine.

Wide black midi skirt

Below: This outfit however, was meant to be with another chunky necklace. Alas it broke in the ladies room. The broken glass beads gave me a nasty cut as well. My friend Anja will try and rescue the necklace with new beads. Photo taken in my bedroom.

Below: Time for lunch. Delicious.

Café Martinus

Below: A few steps up is this beautiful room with a lot of light.

Café Martinus

Below: This photo gives you a good idea of the structure of the skirt. When I bought the skirt at the Max Mara outlet in Turin, this matching jacket also came home with me. The necklace is the third chunky necklace in this post, made by my friend Ina. I told her at the time I wanted a long necklace. “I don’t make long necklaces” she replied. As a favour she made me this one. The suit is perfect for such a bold item. As it is nearly Christmas, why not adorn myself with baubles?

Wide black midi skirt

Below: Trying to find new ways to pose.

Wide black midi skirt

Below: We went back to our table for coffee and a change of clothes.

Wide black midi skirt

Below: Caught by surprise: “WHAT??” The big bag is a recycled one. Made from uniforms of Ikea employees. Gift from Loes, my other photographer.

Wide black midi skirt

Below: Black turtle eck with cashmere. The belt is ancient and has little fake pockets. I like these necklaces better with this outfit.

Wide black midi skirt

Below: This gives you the impression I am a lady….right?

Wide black midi skirt

Below: A lady? This is reality: I was pulling my turtle neck while lifting the skirt. Caught in the act again.

Wide black midi skirt

Below: Posing with a bike belonging to the restaurant next door.

Wide black midi skirt

Below: Details: the cowboy boots by Sendra.

Red cowboy boots

What happened in my life this week

Last week I got a comment from a reader and from a colleague: “Shouldn’t it be wardrobe instead of closet?” Did some research and yes, if you want to speak British English (and I do, because that is what I learned), you should say wardrobe. Got in touch with Selina, my editor (sounds so chic, doesn’t it?) and asked her to screen my future posts for American English and change it to British English. My teacher always said: “It doesn’t matter what you choose, but stick to one, don’t mix them”.

The photo shoot on Saturday with Loes was fun and successful. You will see it next week.

Had dinner with our neighbours a few doors down. Very nice couple. We always laugh a lot with them. They had lovely snacks before dinner, so I was munching from 18.00 till 22.30. Something I won’t be able to do when I wear the braces. Had a last scan of my teeth this week and the braces are now being made in the USA. Didn’t know that. As I have to keep them in for at least 22 hours a day, there will be no such events as with our neighbours for a year. Oh my, will I lose weight.

On Sunday Ron and I visited my mum early afternoon and stayed for dinner (we brought food). Always nice to see mum and play a game of cards while eating popcorn or crisps. Knowing that I cannot eat much and will lose weight next year, brings out the worst in me. I am eating everything under the sun.

Got a lovely compliment from a colleague who is in another department and attends our team meeting fortnightly. She said she enjoys it so much because I always make jokes which make her laugh. Yay, another mission accomplished.

Knee is still improving by the way. We are certainly not there yet, not by a long shot, but it is getting better. So pleased with that.

My friend Marjolein had to cancel our get-together on Wednesday as she fell ill. We rescheduled and I used the time to set up the christmas tree. The photos aren’t very sharp but you get the idea.

Christmas tree

No more events this week, but sit by the fire and light candles. Dog at our feet, cat peeing against the red fabric of the christmas tree…. How cosy can it get… (I hate that cat for its nerdy defending of its territory. It is a female cat for Pete’s sake, not a male.) Anyway.. the spell was broken by this reality check.

Greetje

No Fear of Fashion