Inspired by my own posts on floral tights, I dug out my green fantasy tights, which I first wore with a white dress from the Max Mara outlet. Hadn’t worn that outfit for a year due to Knee (+ high heels). As I am on the mend, I could wear it for Christmas at my mum’s house. And then it was time to create another outfit with these fun tights. My styling abilities are rather limited and I could only think of a green top and black pumps + black skirt, as you see in above picture. Really have to try harder. The only third colour in this outfit is gold.
Below: This is how I styled the green fantasy tights the first time. With green boots and a green brooch (also from the Max Mara outlet in Turin). Bad iPhone photo taken in the office. Immediately as I arrived at the office, I had to order the tights for two colleagues who loved them. Of course my usual tights shop, Stemm Voetiek, provided them.
Loes was my photographer this day. We didn’t have much time and chose to go to the Vleeshal (Meat hall) and the Vishal (Fish hall) in Haarlem. Both are right in the centre of Haarlem, both are old buildings with art expositions. The Vleeshal has an alliance with the Frans Hals Museum and both are to be found on the same website.
In the Vleeshal was an exhibition of “artists working in the same fashion as Frans Hals used to work”. It might not be the correct description, so here is a link to more explanation and the names of the artists. To be clear, the paintings are by various artists, not by Frans Hals himself.
Below: Nice high ceilings in this old building. Wearing a green summer jumper by Sportmax. Quite a few years old. I tied the strings at the bottom of the jumper really tight which made it shorter. See how I normally wear it with trousers in this post. The belt has a little fake purse clasp and is about 25 years old. It was an expensive one, but boy did I get my money’s worth. (I had to move up a few holes over the years…)
Below: I chose to wear a black shirt underneath my jumper for warmth, worn back to front. That way both necklines are the same at the front and at the back the shirt has a deep plunge although not as deep as the jumper. To ensure everything stayed put, I used some fashion tape on the shoulders, between jumper and shirt. This fashion tape is brilliant. Much better than the safety pins with which I used to stick everything together. Because the pencil skirt is rather long (which is fine by me), I chose classic pumps over boots to show more of the tights. A rather classic look to match that side of me.
Below: Four paintings in this room.
Below: Photographed Loes who wore a beautiful scarf. She is holding my extra lens as a little handbag.
Below: Upstairs was this wall, but before you say “Oh how lovely”, these are just 4 the same posters. The copper gate is more impressive.
Below: I had to have my picture taken, going through this copper gate. Don’t you think I look like a little angel hahaha? The lace collar of the figure behind me gives me wings.
Below: There was a little bridge to walk across to the other building. Beats me why there were roofs here. It was still indoors.
Below: Looking through a (fake) window.
Below: We found a very curious exhibition of modern art. With walls covered in wonky mirrors and a video projection of a drawn person talking to us. His lips moved.
Below: Although grainy (it was very dark in the room), I like how this photo of Loes with the mirrors turned out.
Moving on from the Vleeshal to the Vishal.
Below: Two photos of the top of the St. Bavo church through the glass roof of the Vishal.
Because of the glass roof, I had thought we’d have enough daylight to get sharp photos. Alas, no such thing.
Below: When I saw this photo I remembered one of Kitty (my other photographer)’s instructions: “Never show the soles of your shoes”. Hmm… I see what she means. Odd sight.
Below: In the Vishal was another exposition. Here is a link to more information about Kees Visser and his work. Even though in Dutch (use Google translate?) it is interesting as there is a little video on this page with the artist at work. His work is all about colour.
Below: Hi Loes…
Below: More photos of the artist’s work.
Below: Detail of the above work.
Our last stop was a restaurant/café behind the big church St. Bavo, called Van Beinum, Klokhuisplein 3. A nice place but too dark to photograph.
Below: Loes went upstairs to see whether the room on the first floor was interesting and had more light, but no. Just this view through the window. As it was a grey winter day, it is not as nice a picture as it could be.
Below: A picture of Loes and me in Van Beinum. Very dark.
Below: Outside picture to show the jewellery. When I saw all these wrinkles I wondered why I always want my pictures to be sharp haha. No, just kidding, I am alive, have a great life, who cares about the wrinkles?
What happened in my life this week
A fare-well lunch with Sylvia of 40PlusStyle. (Did you see her free Style Challenge, starting January 14? If not, here is the link again.) She is now back in Singapore. I hope to see her again this summer.
Below: Looking lovely as always.
The week started with a cabaret on Monday night. This cabaret is a yearly event for all colleagues performed by colleagues. They rehearse like mad before, during and after the Christmas period. Lots of singing and dancing and there are many sketches about very recognizable work situations which are always funny and with a sting. Cabaret always has stingy lines and this one is no different. There is no censorship, there are no repercussions. Very good. We have thousands of employees and amongst them are really talented people. This year the cabaret was great again. I lost my gold bracelet that evening, but they are an honest bunch, these colleagues, I got it back at the “lost and found” counter.
Below: Two photos of the cabaret bunch. Their beautiful fantasy costumes were black and white with a touch of red (one blue exception).
The rest of the week??? Sorry.. dog walking, blog work, reading, exercising, office, the usual. I am sure you can identify when you read it isn’t always glamour and parties in my world. In whose world is it, right?
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