Leather jogging trousersThese leather jogging trousers have been in my wardrobe for a few years now. I don’t wear them much, which is a shame really as they make quite an impact and are pretty cool (as long as I cover my butt). Wearing pumps with them creates the image I like most; see the styling with a yellow jumper. Although the styling with my white boots was nice as well. Today, a third take on them.

It was raining cats and dogs the day Loes and I did the shoot. Loes came up with the location: the OBA which stands for Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (Public Library Amsterdam). We figured there would be many high windows, which means a lot of natural light. However, we left home around 14.00 p.m. and started with coffee on arrival. By the time we were taking photos it was dark outside and the bad weather contributed to that. Luckily there was a lot of bright light in the building and we took LOADS of pictures. Hope you enjoy them.

Below: Loved these lamps in the café. Great installation. The library is very near Central Station.

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam OBA

Below: The other side of the café. Modern but still warm. You will see a few more photos with lamps. There were so many fantastic examples in this huge modern building.

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam OBA

Below: On the 7th floor, next to the big restaurant, we found an area with stools facing this wall of spice compartments. They weren’t completely filled, the spices just covered the glass of the compartments, a layer of about 1 cm. Made a really pretty wall.

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam OBA

Below: Of course we used the wall as background, although the light was quite terrible. We took this shot, which looks pretty good.

Leather jogging trousers

Below: … followed by an attack of laughter.

Leather jogging trousers

Below: As we left this floor, I noticed all the lit signs hanging from the ceiling. The Dutch one says: “Nice to meet you. What brings you here?”

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam OBA

Below: This neighbouring building also had lovely architecture and lights.

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam OBA

Below: Stairs! Both Loes and I love stairs, as you probably have gathered from our previous shoots  😆 The shirt is covering my bum which is good as in these leather trousers the bum part is a bit saggy. Mind you, not my bum but the trousers. You can see that the black and white stripes of the shirt are in the collar as well.

Leather jogging trousers

Below: Many, many books. No surprise when you visit a library. They have seats, cosy corners, internet connection and computers everywhere. There is a theatre. A really modern multi media library. Students of all countries come here, as well as locals. People who want to study or just sit and read. A lovely place.

Below: Trying to look intelligent.

Leather jogging trousers

Below: Ten minutes after I took this shot through the big windows, it got pitch black. A pity as I wanted a better photo with less reflection. The green “ship” you see is Nemo, the science museum. A fantastic museum and not only for children. So worth a visit.

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam OBA

Below: Same view from the window, but more to the right.

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam OBA

Below: We continued our tour along an exhibition. Loes is very in tune with the lady in the photo.

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Below: Behold, a chair.. different pose. By the way: the shirt is by Diane von Fürstenberg, pumps: Panara and trousers Tony Cohen. Plus extra warm heat tech basic shirt from Uniqlo.

Leather jogging trousers

Below: This was ten minutes after the photos above, taken through the windows. Construction work was going on downstairs and Loes spotted these “blob ducks” on the roof of the parking garage. Now watch this one and the next one… they change colour. Nice touch.

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam OBA

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam OBA

Below: I got a call from a colleague, who was ill and at home. He saw my email, sent earlier that day, expressing my surprise about a cost difference. He told me he had to call me right away to set things straight. “Before you start to believe I am up to mischief” haha. Nice guy.

Leather jogging trousers

Below: I changed into a skirt but this pose was a bit revealing.

Lime shirt with black and white A-line skirt

Below: Better.

Lime shirt with black and white A-line skirt

Below: Two more photos with light/lamps in this amazing building.

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam OBA

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam OBA

Below: Our last stop was the children’s department, on the -1 floor. Fantasy bird from a children’s book.

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam OBA

Below: Giant bear.

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam OBA

Below: We set out to photograph the skirt outfit. I forgot I had buttoned it up higher and by putting my hand in my pocket I pulled the shirt sideways. Not very pretty.

Lime shirt with black and white A-line skirt

Below: Better, much better.

Lime shirt with black and white A-line skirt

Below: The lamps behind me are in the shape of books.

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam OBA

Below: Even nicer like this. Innovative.

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam OBA

Below: The doll house, or better said, the mouse house, blew us away. Such detail! As you cannot see much of it, I have included some detail photos as well. Remember, the mouse house was behind glass (reflection) and the shots are taken indoors. Poor quality.

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam OBA

Below: A bag shop.

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam OBA

Below: A weaving mouse.

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam OBA

Below: Having dinner.

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam OBA

Below: On the stairs in front of (part of) the house.

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam OBA

As you can imagine, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves that day.

What happened in my life this week

Well…. I got invited to lunch on Sunday by friend and neighbour Froukje. Only because I shared a magazine with her a couple of times. Any excuse counts these days. It was pouring with rain that day as well…. really the whole day. Fortunately the restaurant (Fabels in a small town up north called Bergen) wasn’t far from the parking garage and they had lovely food and a homely atmosphere, really nice. After lunch we hit a shop Froukje wanted to visit. It is therefore not my fault I bought a long green skirt. 50% off and a bargain. You will see it soon.

On Monday Ron and I visited a furniture store, which is really corny as it is a favourite Christmas pastime in this country. We need new chairs and it is time to figure out which ones.

Then of course we had Christmas. Here are the characters of the first day.

Below: Future son-in-law…being ridiculous, which makes him an asset to the family.

Below: Pretty stepdaughter was keeping it stylish.

Below: Husband went really overboard, looking totally ridiculous. I have an agreement with him now that next year he won’t do this anymore. Not because I think it isn’t funny (I do), but it is NOT sustainable and reeks of children’s hard labour. My outfit was inspired by Susan (Une femme d’un certain age). I copied her as best as I could, up to the pearl necklace.

Wednesday, December 26 we went to mum’s house. This day is called second Christmas Day in the Netherlands. I don’t think that is common in all countries. We brought food as mum is 90 and it wouldn’t be fair to let her slave in the kitchen. Played games. I like playing games.

Thursday Loes and I went on a photo shoot, always nice.

Friday was stepdaughter’s birthday. She took us out to dinner. Needless to say that my weight is not what I want it to be. In January the braces will come on and I won’t be able to snack. That will soon take care of the extra kilos.

One last thing, I promised you more photos of the golden crossbody bag I showed you last week. Sorry… that will be next week. I got the posts mixed up.

Greetje

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