Striped cashmere jumperMy BVA friends and I were to meet last weekend but poor Marianne was in bed with a lot of back pain, so we had to postpone. Which also meant: no blog pictures. RON TO THE RESCUE (can you imagine him with a cape, flying through the sky  😆 ?). His offer came the evening before and I had no clue what to wear. What new combination could I think of that hadn’t been on the blog already? Luck was with me as that same day my new striped cashmere jumper had arrived. Remember I told you last week I had fallen for another jumper by REPEAT Cashmere while I was getting the link to their website for you (yes, it is your fault). That evening I tried this striped one on to check whether it didn’t itch. Lo and behold, it was delightful! No itching, very light, very soft. The promise of quality cashmere. I was so pleased. 

Styling the jumper with a skirt

The challenge was to style it with a skirt, as jeans were too easy. I already had so many alternatives. When I tried it on this pink Max Mara skirt (from the Turin outlet, bought a couple of years ago) I thought the colours worked really well, only I didn’t like the jumper over the skirt. Tucked in the skirt was better but being short waisted, it didn’t do me any favours either. Belt ! Right, a belt. Blue was one of the colours in the jumper and I had shoes to match. We were getting somewhere. Tights were the biggest problem until I found these bright pink ones at the back of the wardrobe. Great. With a colour like that I could subvert the classic vibe of the outfit. As I am not the classic type.

Early Saturday morning Ron and I went to Amsterdam, to the Grand Café (French prononciation) and restaurant Plantage. It is next to the Amsterdam Zoo, called Artis.

Below: Restaurant Plantage at the back. The front is grand, but we forgot to take a picture (…). It is such a beautiful building. When you click on their link you will see a photo where this conservatory is lit at night. In summer when the trees are green it is wonderful to eat outside.

Plantage Amsterdam

Below: We had Charlie with us and “tied” to the table while we took pictures in this big place.

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Below: At some point, Ron hurried back to the table because a young couple had come in with triplets, toddlers, about 1,5 years (?). They had just learned how to walk and boy, were they fast. Of course each one off in a different direction, so the parents weren’t exactly having a relaxed cup of coffee. One of the toddlers was heading towards Charlie, which is why Ron hurried back. He explained to the parents that it wasn’t because Charlie is a mean dog, but you never know what will happen if a child tries to scratch the dog’s eye out. She might bite out of pain. As it is our responsibility, we watched the dog thereafter.

Ron and Charlie

Below: The entrance at the front. At the left you can vaguely (unrecognizably) see the father with one of the triplets. I deliberately didn’t ask whether I could put a photo of the children on my blog as I wanted to respect their privacy. There must be so many people asking to take a photograph and they were obviously enjoying some peace and quiet. Sort of.

Plantage Amsterdam

Below: Here are a few photos of the interior of Plantage. I had many more but limited the amount at Ron’s request. I love it. We deliberately came at 10 o’clock Saturday morning, knowing there wouldn’t be many people. In the evening it is packed.

Plantage Amsterdam

Plantage Amsterdam

Below: Oh a lamp again. You know how much I love lamps, so here is a close-up.

Plantage Amsterdam

Below: Let’s return to the outfit. There were big vases with flowers, combining nicely with the jumper.

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Below: At first Ron focussed on the flowers….

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Below: Then he remembered his mission. Note: the black blotches on my arm are caused by shadow.

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Below: I liked this photo as well. (Ron said I was repeating too much.)

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Below: The window behind me is of the section microbes of the Artis Zoo. I will come back to that.

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Below: The triplets were giving me a laughter attack. They were so cute.

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Below: OK … more normal this time.

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Below: Close-up. The much loved fuchsia bracelet gifted by Klára of Strawberrybags. Blue obi belt bought some years ago in Spain. And a blue crossbody bag which I bought but never really liked. Still searching for another (good) one.

Below: Close-up of the lapis lazuli earrings. And… my braces, the Invisaligns. Do you see the tiny stripe across my front teeth? That is all you can see. Brilliant. Drawback is that I can only take them out for 2 hours a day: half an hour breakfast, half an hour lunch and one hour dinner. That’s it. I am going to be soooo thin when this year is over.

Long blue earrings

Below: Fantastic plant in the middle of the building.

Plantage Amsterdam

Below: To the right of the beautiful big plant, something caught my eye. What was that green thing?

Below: Oh my God, aliens are invading!

Below: I got a bit closer and found out I was looking through a window into the space of the neighbouring Artis Micropia, an incredible world and part of Artis Zoo displaying all sorts of interesting things. And they project microbes on a wall, which is what I saw.

Below: A bit later we walked around the Plantage building and looked at the entrance of Micropia. At first I thought this was a bear. Not so haha. Really, they shouldn’t enlarge these things. In spite of the non teddy monstrosity, I think I will go back one day for a proper visit.

Artis zoo

Below: Man and dog. When I showed this picture to Ron he used my phrases: “Oh no, I am slouching and my hair looks a mess”. Teaser.

Ron and Charlie

Below: Lots of birds inside the “arch” behind the Plantage conservatory. Probably part of the zoo next door.

Plantage Amsterdam

Below: Further down there were flamingos. Not a common sight in The Netherlands. Oh dear, those tights do stand out haha.

Black Max Mara coat and bright pink tights

Below: We left the premises through the gates of Artis, the zoo. Nice gate.

Artis zoo

Artis zoo

Below: This is the jumper styled with jeans and over-the-knee boots. Necklace is a gift from Sylvia of 40PlusStyle.

Striped cashmere jumper on jeans

What happened in my life this week

Not a lot. Actualy nothing at all. Just work and blogging. As I said at the beginning of this post our girlfriend get-together last Saturday fell through, which is a shame. I was a little relieved as well as I had the orthodontist the day before. My braces were fitted and they would abrade a little bit of a few teeth to make room. The abrading took three quarters of an hour and only left the girl who did it, exhausted but with no result. My teeth are so tight together that she couldn’t get between them. They gave me my braces with instructions and told me to come back in a fortnight for the abrading (6 or 8 spaces need to be created….). The dreaded pain, headache, lisp and generally feeling miserable, failed to occur. YAY. I had and have absolutely no problems with the braces.

Coffee dates with neighbour and friend Anja.

A sudden eating out with Ron on Sunday evening. He didn’t feel like cooking (yes, he does the cooking since he is retired) and said: “Let’s go out for a steak at Loetje.” Sooo nice. They have the best steaks. Well, to my taste. As their service is very quick, I could do the taking out and putting back in of the braces within the scheduled hour. Learning curve here.

Greetje

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