Right… this is what I call a magazine worthy photo. And one where you can actually see the outfit. OK, the shoes are a little hidden, but the main features are the white flared trousers and the bright blue jacket. The jacket is a couple of years old and I got the trousers in the sale late September 2017. Never wore the outfit as winter came after I bought the trousers and in 2018 my knee had no sympathy for these high heeled shoes. Perhaps this year I might? Of course I can have the hem of the trousers taken up and wear them with flat shoes. But I love wearing flared trousers with high heels. My already long legs seem endless. When you have an asset, capitalize on it.
Buttoning up the jacket was rather a problem last year. With my recent weight loss, that problem is solved.
Below: Kitty, my photographer, who once again took fab photos. Poor soul bruised a rib and will suffer for a couple of months because of it. Bruising always takes such a long time to heal.
Below: We started in Santpoort, a small town in the North of Holland. It was glorious weather. Wearing my blue/yellow/white shopper, which I found several years ago at the Max Mara outlet in Turin. It is by Marina Rinaldi.
Below: Checking to see whether the necklace was OK. Added the “Paris necklace” at the very last minute. In my blue/yellow/white shopper, I was carrying this green transparent bag (seen last week), a clutch and a mirror. When “doing a shoot on location” as we call it, you have to bring your own stuff.
Below: Lovely little white house behind me with a little lane.
Below: Little lanes are good backgrounds. The wind spoiled it a bit. Not easy walking on these heels. Trust me, I had my flat shoes with me, hoisting up my trousers as I wore them.
Below: A man with a dog turned up and the dog wanted to “nose-kiss” me haha. I laugh easily.
Below: Very flattering this pose (NOT). It is the mill behind me which deserves all the attention.
Below: With all the parked cars in front of it, Kitty decided to take a high shot of the mill.
Below: Kitty suggested a less windy location. On our way to it, we passed some very pretty houses. Posh area this is. They don’t look very expensive but believe me, in a country where land is scarce, especially in this wealthy part of the country, these houses are for rich people.
Below: We arrived at the estate Duin & Kruidberg. You really should click the link to their site. It is gorgeous.
Below: It is still spring and it is magnificent as background for my outfit, but to show you the full beauty of the estate, I nicked this photo from their site.
Below: You know when you have a lot of good photos and you have to choose, they call it “killing your darlings”? I couldn’t. They were all so good. The green bag is hard to see because of the bushes.
Below: On the stairs at the front entrance, wearing my ochre clutch which you saw before in this post.
Below: Showing some footwear.
Below: Up the apples and pears. If you are not British, you might not understand this haha. Not too difficult to figure out what this Cockney rhyming slang means.
Below: OK, still a bit nippy. Nose is getting a bit red. The buttons on this jacket (Karen Millen) aren’t original. They broke as they were very fragile and I had these buttons in my sewing box from an old Dolce & Gabbana suit. Works very well in my opinion. The white top is my heat-tech shirt by Uniqlo.
Below: Around the corner, Kitty put me on this bench. The estate is well kept as my white trousers were still white when I got up.
Below: My patent leather slingbacks. Cannot really walk on them yet, especially not because I was wearing hold-ups. They made me slither and slide in these shoes and that is bad for my knee. Once I can go bare-legged or better said, bare-foot, it might be better.
Below: Balcony scene. Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
Below: The trees weren’t green yet.
Below: Bikes to ride across the estate.
Below: Going home again.
Many thanks to the people of Duin and Kruidberg. Even though there was a private party going on, they were very helpful. We didn’t want to disturb anyone, so we only stayed for 15 minutes. I know from experience that the food there is excellent. One of the few places left where you can actually talk to each other during your meal. All other restaurants are so acoustically bad, you have to shout to hear one another. (This is NOT a sponsored post.)
What happened in my life this week
Celebrated both my birthday and Ron’s on Sunday with the family. Which meant shopping for food on Saturday, a task which is usually Ron’s. His task was minding dog Watson. Shopping for food, housework, cooking… I hate it all. If you want to entertain guests however, it is a must. We decided to have the gathering at Ron’s allotment, which is quite large and beautiful with a pond, (fruit)trees and plants. It was really nice. My mum didn’t feel up to a car drive of an hour and chose not to come. Bummer. She wasn’t feeling 100% either. So I visited her on Easter Monday.
I am only working (hard) Tuesday and Thursday this week. As I am spending a long weekend in England meeting Nikki of Midlifechic. Yay. We have met before in 2016 at the 30-40 Blogger meet in London and in 2017 at the UK Blog Award. I love her writing and her blog is like my weekly magazine.
More about this weekend next week.
Update puppy Watson
He now sleeps downstairs in his bench. Ron lets him out for a wee etc at half past 6 in the morning and puts him back in his bench for some more sleep while I get ready to go to work. So far so good. The wee accidents in the house are very little, so nearly housebroken. As for the jumping on the furniture, we now have chicken wire covering the seats of the couch and the chairs. Plus a can filled with a few little stones which we throw at him if he tries again. The biting isn’t over yet. We have high hopes of the change of teeth, starting in two weeks time.
Fabulous look and fabulous photos Greetje. You are really ‘selling’ The Netherlands here too 🙂
I knew the photos were going to be terrific even as we were shooting them. But I never imagined this outfit, this post to be so successful. Now that I found out you linked to it, I get it haha.
What a magnificent setting up for this blue and white ensemble. I am glad it is still spring there. I do feel you and agree about high heels. They look so elegant on, but can be painful to wear.
Oh, poor Kitty, that sounds like a serious injury and a lot of pain. However this photo shoot did come out so professionally.
My knee is still not healed and I am starting to doubt whether it ever will. Progress of the past three months was minor. Oh well, I can walk, I can even wear high heels, just not very long.
I have to try and find out why I keep having to approve your comments. After one initial approval, that should happen automatically.
You look stunning. Great photos. The Dutch brickstone houses are so nice. Pretty country.
Pretty houses in a pretty (expensive) area. Even though I live here myself (or rather WE live here, as Ron would point out), we only life in a small terraced (row) house.
SMASHING MODEL and the photographer gets A TEN!!!!!!!
HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!Glad you have STOPPED losing WEIGHT!I was on medications that made me lose 20 pounds!OFF of THAT NOW as it made me VERY SICK AS WELL…..
HOP over to see AGELESS STYLE POST TODAY!Will you be one of my VICTIMS for summer?
I would LOVE THAT!
Gosh I hope that the need to be on medications has stopped as well. That is a lot of weight to lose. Is 2 sizes down. I will hop over to your blog to see what you are on about.
I would be honoured to be featured on your blog.
woww, what a lovely outfit and fabulous pictures!, I love to see ‘behind the scenes’ photos, the wind, the dog kissing your nose and all the Real Experience, mwhaha!.
And I totally agree that your legs look neverending in these flares with heels!, really elegant and cool!, and lovely colors too. That Green bag is absolutely Fab!
Happy Birthday to you and Ron!
Thank you for the good wishes. I have known since a long time that I should emphasize my legs and (if possible) try and create an hourglass figure by wearing a fitted jacket. This one is perfect. In length, in cut and in colour.
Keeping it real is something I try to achieve as much as possible. Of course everybody knows I threw out 100 photos which were not good enough.
What a fabulous look!!! Yes! Those “gams” are 90 miles long and I love you in bright blue!! You look just as great in this blue as in your signature greens!!
In your balcony moment…you wondered where Romeo was? I think he’s back home taking care of Watson!! I’m so happy for you two that Watson is learning to be a well behaved pooch.
The blue of the jacket is bright, as the greens were. Although marine and dark green are good colours too.
Indeed, you are right, my Romeo was at home. Wouldn’t want another man.
As I am typing this Watson is sleeping on the floor. Sssttt. let’s not wake him up.
I love to wear flared trousers for my shot legs for the same reason. That really is a magazine worthy shot Greetje! And a stunning outfit xx
Actually Laurie, the photo I like best, is the one where I am climbing the stairs. Love that shot. Oh and the last photo where I walk away. The light is superb in that photo.
Now all I have to do is find a magazine that likes to publish photos of older women haha.
That is such an elegant look. Happy to see the “Paris necklace” getting an outing! 😉
The Paris necklace doesn’t get enough outings to brings the price down to an acceptable level per wear. On the other hand, it will last me a lifetime. Let’s hope that is still a long time.
Wowza, Greetje! You look incredible. Those legs are some of the best in the Blogosphere, I am sure. This whole blazer and flares combo suits you so beautifully; so elegant!!
Happy birthday to you and Ron; I hope you really enjoyed your celebration. I’m pleased Watson is showing some good progress… only a few more months to go and he’ll be settled down nicely 🙂 xx
Thank you for the good wishes. We didn’t really celebrate but did have a cosy time with the family. You probably remember that Dutch word for it: gezellig.
Watson… hmmm somehow I don’t think he will settle down that quickly but hope keeps me alive haha.
Totally magazine worthy Greetje! I’m with you on wearing heels with flares too, love how it makes me feel sexy.
This outfit style of blazer and flares is one of my favourite easy looks that I turn to when I don’t know what to wear. It never fails to look fabulous and you’ve absolutely nailed it here! I love the fresh combination of blue and white, it’s sharp as a tack. And the view from behind is perfection, shows how a well cut blazer will accentuate your waist and balance the flares for an hourglass figure to die for 😉
It just shows perfectly what clothes can do for you. (The wrong clothes can ruin your look equally.) The cut of this jacket is one that really suits me. It creates the waist and hips which I do not really have. I am not complaining as my figure is the kind of figure which is easy to “correct”.
So many magazine-worthy shots here! The outfit is smashing and Kitty did a great job of capturing you in it. And of course I love the candid ones of you with the dog and the mirror, keeping it real. That’s great news about Watson. Chicken wire on the furniture, it sounds like they are art pieces now. Hahaha! Hugs.
Our furniture are definitely no art pieces with the chicken wire. I could of course try and “sell” it like this, but you are about the only one they would believe. You have the attitude haha. We are now trying to teach him not to get on the couch or the chairs by throwing a can at him with small stones in it. Makes a lot of noise, hurts little, startles him a lot.
What a stunning outfit, Greetje! I love reading your posts, as I am so fond of not only your great style but also love the background photos. Glad to hear Watson is being a better puppy 🙂
Thanks Cynthia. I cannot always find good backgrounds for photos but I do make an effort. Makes creating a blogpost more fun as well. Especially in winter it is difficult as photos taken indoors are always bad. Well, without any extra light they are.