You might think this jacket is blue but no, it is not; it is a purple velvet jacket, only the camera has problems with this colour. As a matter of fact, it is so very purple that when the sun hits the jacket it seems to glow purple. I wore this outfit when meeting my friends Marianne and Marijke. Our group of friends is larger but not everybody could make it, so we decided to postpone our get-together. Only Marianne always looks forward to this so much that Marijke and I decided we would pick her up and have a mini gathering.
Below: As always Marianne was dressed very stylish. Notice the details at the side of the jumper (sweater).
Below: To my surprise Marianne had redecorated her living room together with her daughter who is a professional stylist and a bloody good one too. Obviously got the talent from her mother.
Below: Here are some detail photos of her interior. Love it. If you are not interested, just scroll past them (there are 7 photos).
Below: Marijke arrived and of course I took her picture too. In Marianne’s garden. She is a very cheerful person but hard to photograph.
Below: In turn Marijke took this shot of me. The necklace is a gift from my friend Sylvia from 40PlusStyle. She is the one who introduced me to more modern accessories instead of classic jewellery. After she pointed me in this direction, I got the purple ring. Cream (summer) top: Max Mara (I am wearing a Uniqlo heat tech shirt underneath it), flared trousers: Paige (you have seen them many times before), boots: Fly London and bag: Obag.
Below: We started with coffee and lunch. A courteous guy offered to take a picture of the three of us. And this is what my hair looks like most of the time… The fluffed-up, back-combed version of my hair is the one I usually present to you.
And the shopping began…
We started at Passion Boutique in Amstelveen. The owner of the shop was very helpful (and no I did not get a discount for saying this; I still do not earn a penny with this blog and I like to keep it that way).
Below: Marijke trying on lovely trousers with top. We decided that the top put too much emphasis on the bosom. Great if you are not that well endowed but Marijke is.
Below: The jacket was better with the trousers.
Below: From the back. Marijke decided against the trousers as they were too small at the waist and she was looking for a different pair of trousers (slimmer at the ankle) to wear with her new boots. She brought one boot to try with possible trouser candidates. Marianne is sitting at the table (on the left) being our judge.
Below: My husband Ron loved this tunic on her when he saw the photo, I liked it, but Marijke’s daughter hated it and Marijke herself thought it just wasn’t her style. Different people, different tastes. She is wearing the one boot she is trying to find the right trousers for.
Below: This dress came home with her. So nice and looks very good with her boot(s).
Below: Different outfit when she wears this dress with a big sweater and belt. Very much on trend.
Below: Of course I tried on clothes as well (my favourite pastime) and this green blouse became mine.
Below: Just before paying the bill, I asked Marijke to take some outfit photos “head to toe”, for the blog. First we tried it indoors as it was cold.
Below: Then we went outside to get the purple colour right in daylight. The necklace and ring turned out purple but the jacket still looks blue (sigh). Showing the flare of the jeans here.
An inspection of two more shops followed, after which it was drinky-time. The bar Marianne guided us to, was really nice: a brewery in a church, turned into a bar, called Naeckte (=naked).
Below: The brewery part in the church.
Below: The stained glass is still stunning.
Below: A former colleague whom I met in the bar/church took this photo. The furniture was all second hand from a charity shop. Quirky is a nice term for this.
The end of another perfect day.
What happened in my life this week
Saturday: only what you have read above.
Sunday: photo shoot with Kitty at an estate in beautiful sunny weather, even though it was cold. In the evening we went to friends to eat green pea soup, a very Dutch winter dish. Followed by a gluten free clafoutis with mango. Delicious.
Monday: nothing special. Work and fitness.
Tuesday: another day of nothing special.
Wednesday: yet another day of nothing special. My life can be boring at times as well.
Thursday: theatre time. I managed to get tickets to a Dutch comedian (Jochem Myjer) who is brilliant and always sold out within an hour. Even if he has 53 dates on which he performs.
The purple velvet jacket is lovely – beautiful fit and colour! Speaking of colours, I love the ones that Marianne used in the redecoration of her living room. Shellet
Darling, you are “doing” one post after another (grin). Marianne and I are both lovers of vivid colours.
I totally love your purple velvet jacket, magnificent color and fab shape!, it fits you like a dream and looks so cool with the necklace and ring!. Looking fabulous!
Lovely to see you having fun with your (so stylish) friends!, they are so gorgeous!. Also lovely to have a look at your friend’s livingroom and have some inspiration, as its colors and details are stunning.
And I’ve never heard of a clafoutis of mango. I have to try this asap!!
I am very glad you enjoyed this post. Entertaining people is my main goal and it sounds as if I succeeded in that with you.
I had never had a clafoutis of mango before either. I didn’t even know what a clafoutis was (I am the opposite of a good expert, a food no-no).
Love the purple velvet jacket and it is not a colour that i would normally choose however, i do like nit when it shades to blue.
Regards – Jill
The purple jacket doesn’t really shades to blue. In reality (darned camera) it is really deep and bright purple. When the sun hits the jacket it glows.
Fabulous outfit Greetje. Great to see all these beautiful familiar pieces worn in a new way. You always look superb in each one of them. Those Paige jeans really are the best and mine also still look as new (granted I don’t wear them so often). Those booties always look so good too. As you say Marianne always looks amazing and I loved having a peak at her interior too. As you say, very nicely done.
Thanks so much for linking back to 40+Style. Great to see you’re still enjoying the necklace!
As you know I have many, many necklaces. They all serve another purpose. Fortunately I have a very good memory and I know all my pieces. Although it is also true that when you see them, you are reminded of them more often. Alas, no option in my small house.
My Paige jeans are actually getting a bit wider. Could also be because I dropped in weight of course.
I LOVE Marianne’s redecorated living room! Some really unique, quirky pieces and a great mix of colour.
The velvet blazer is gorgeous. This would be one of the very rare times I’d happily wear the same outfit as you…although I’d probably need a print blouse underneath.
WHHAAH.. you would wear the same outfit as I do??? That is a new one haha.
The blazer is very old, but so totally me and such good quality, that I cannot part with it. And why should I? It is timeless.
I love your purple velvet blazer, even if the colour didn’t come out right. The white boots are awesome and I love the flares! I enjoy seeing you and your friends and your adventures! Happy weekend to you and Ron and Watson.
Just as I always enjoy your adventures (you have a very full life) and that lovely cat of yours. I always forget his name… Vizzini?
What a beautiful velvet blazer. It is elegant and funky, just your style. I love. Velvet is impossible to photograph, as is hot pink, I have found. I don’t know why.
It was a treat seeing Marianne’s interior, I love all the colour she and her daughter chose. So cheerful.
I need a Watson photo soon 🙂 xxx
That blazer is so old but as you say, it is totally my style and it is good quality so I always hung on to it.
Watson photo is coming up. Your wish is my command.
Greetje, the jeans, velvet blazer, and white boots: spot on! The best look ever!
That is an unexpected compliment. I thought the outfit was OK but a bit simple. And here you are telling me it is the best look ever. So thank you very much.
First, Marianne’s living room looks amazing! I want to hire her daughter to come redecorate our house, haha!
Style-wise, we’re on the same wavelength, as I’ll be posting a velvet jacket tomorrow! Love yours and I understand how hard it can be to get the color to look right in photos. Always a challenge!
Wouldn’t mind a few tips to get a colour right in a photo. Let me know if you have found the solution. Marianne’s daughter is on fashion shoots abroad often, but I don’t know whether she is in America much.