The concept behind this photoshoot was good: let’s go to the garden behind the Ripperda kazerne (kazerne = barracks) and shoot an outfit with these python print boots. In reality, not such a good idea. The garden wasn’t very nice (it is winter… duh) and the barracks were too impressive to use as background.
Below: The Ripperda kazerne (barracks). Very impressive but I would be the size of a match if I were in this picture. The barracks have been converted into apartments. Must be very nice.
Below: A closer look. I would have loved to stand in front of that red door with my (fake) blonde hair but oh my, the wind was blowing fiercely. It would not have been a photo I’d use.
We looked for some shelter and found it between two more modern apartment blocks. Husband Ron took the photos with a camera that wasn’t willing to work that day, just as it had been playing up when Loes took the photos of last week. In the past this could lead to a domestic squabble but lately we can suppress our displeasure. Ron has adopted Loes’ strategy: “just take a lot of photos, there are bound to be a few good ones amongst them”. A very good strategy heh heh.
Below: Wearing the same faux fur coat as I did last week. Normally I don’t like a coat to be shorter than the skirt or dress, unless it is a really short one that ends at the waist. I know I am old-fashioned in this, most women don’t care a bit and neither does fashion. Some things from your childhood are very hard to shake and this is one of them. But fur coats were always allowed to be shorter.
Below: Close-up of the python boots. As you can see, there is green in them. I should wear them more often and perhaps more prominently, like over trousers. I will browse around Pinterest to get some ideas.
Below: When you walked through the covered corridor to the gate on the other side, you had a view of some more old buildings belonging to the barracks. Trying to take a photo against the light was rather challenging. In this photo though you can see the real colour of the jacket. It is green. Not grey, not charcoal, not black but green.
Below: The brooch I am wearing in the above photo is dark green. Got it from the Max Mara outlet in Turin. I wear it often on my white dress.
Below: Of course I used the opportunity to sit on a bench. I may get a reputation this way: “That blogger who always insists on sitting on a bench”. By this time I was feeling really, really cold and we packed it in.
Below: Close-up of the brown necklace I am wearing in the above photo. It’s a very old one.
Below: Before I forget, there was a tiny band playing on the grass in front of the barracks. The occasion was a lady who had become 50 or celebrated her 50th anniversary (if they married young). Perhaps she is a band member? Because of Covid, the band had to stay at a distance. Nice of them to organise a serenade.
Today’s outfit is not one of my best outfits, I think. It does look rather like the outfit in this post (same skirt, same python print boots, different top). Still, I have reused things I already have in my wardrobe and created a different look. Something which I want to do more and more.
What happened in my life this week
Isn’t it wonderful that I still have things to tell in this section? I am amazed myself as life is pretty boring and dull.
Of course we had Saturday the 26th of December, traditionally the “second Christmas Day” in the Netherlands. Also a day to visit relatives. But mum had my brother and sister-in-law visiting her on the 25th of December and wanted a day of rest before we came. So we visited her on the Sunday, bringing food. My sister-in-law had made mum a lovely Christmas package which we admired. Ron had sent her a Christmas bouquet the week before and chocolate as well. Her grandchildren phoned and Skyped so she was in the picture at Christmas.
I wore my new polka dot blouse and skirt, therefore no photos yet until I can do a proper photo shoot. As the fabric is thin, even transparent, I am dreading the day I have to stand in the cold for that.
On Monday my stepdaughter (Ron’s daughter) had her birthday, so of course we visited with a present. Always rather difficult I think, when you have your birthday around such prominent public holidays. Still, it can be worse, you could be born on Christmas Day. Who would come to your birthday party then?
On the Friday before, I had told her that if she ever saw clothes on me that she liked, she should tell me and I would put a red dot on it with her name. (For those who don’t know this: at an art exhibition, the seller puts a red dot on the price tag next to the object, i.e. a painting to indicate that the object is sold.)
She got all enthusiastic, went to my Outfit Gallery and sent me quite a few items that she liked haha. I told her that the new things might take a while but I was able to give her a couple of things anyway. Amongst others, the top in the photo below. I wore it to her birthday for the last time, as a sort of fare-well (I am weird, I know). Replaced it with another jumper and left it with her. (Link to original post.)
As sitting all day starts to hurt my behind (I have a very bony behind), I decided to join Ron and Watson for their walk on a day when the temperatures were agreeable, the sun was out and there was no wind. I was so ecstatic that I drank a cappuccino and ate a brownie at a stand on the parking lot as we returned to the car. Both are a sin. The brownie because my scales told me that it was time to dismiss all sweets and such. The cappuccino because I am testing whether I get my migraine from coffee. And I have the distinct impression I do. Anyway, it was a perfect cappuccino and a wonderful brownie. Worth to sin for.
Below: Wore this outfit the day I joined Ron and Watson, but of course I changed boots and put on a warm parka. (Link to original post.)
Wednesday was a busy day. Yep, having busy days as well. Of course my fitness and cycling came first. Then I picked up Sylvia (40+Style) with my car as it rained a lot and we drove to Misja’s house (MisjaB) for a coffee and a chat. Or in my case, lots of water and a chat.
Below: I wore my cream jumper with buttons. And boyfriend jeans again. I wanted to be comfortable and wear my parka with hood against the rain. My boyfriend jeans with a jumper is the obvious choice when these are the requirements. (Link to original post.)
Below: Misja, looking fantastic again with her Marni shoes (and the rest). She always inspires me. Misja is wearing new (pink) glasses.
Below: Sylvia. She will only be here for another week after which she will return to the warmer climate of Portugal.
Below: Me. We all sat at the appropriate distance.
New Year’s Eve was just plain boring. Due to Covid safety, we didn’t visit our friends Georg and Marla, with whom we always spend this evening. Georg did however fry oliebollen (deep-fried doughnuts), a Dutch treat on New Year’s Eve. Marla texted me “Want some?” Oh yes we did. Ron picked up a couple of them and by the end of the evening they were all eaten.
Below: Georg frying oliebollen the traditional way.
By 23.15 we were in bed but couldn’t get to sleep until 12.45 because of the fireworks. Fireworks were forbidden this year as the government didn’t want to burden the hospital staff even further with blown-off hands, damaged faces and lost eyesight. Although not everybody obeyed, there were only 1/10th of the injuries compared to last year. I say, we keep this ban. Pets and children will be better off as well. Alternatively, we could have one big gathering (after Covid) with really pretty fireworks.
Below: On New Year’s Day I dressed to the nines, wanting to start the year in the right, fashionable way. Red and pink earrings, red and pink bag, red belt, black turtleneck and black palazzo trousers plus boots with pointy toes and high heels.
Sylvia was uncluttering her house and she had three stacks of books for me. Books about style, fashion and about poses and photography. I know what I will be doing the coming months.
Wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2021.
Beautiful outfits! Love the green snakeskin boots! You look fab!
Thank you my dear. In my eyes this wasn’t my best outfit, but it got some good reviews. Just goes to show how little I know. Or I have very friendly readers haha.
Happy New Year, Greetje! Sounds like you had a great time – I’m very envious of all your friend contact you’ve had in person, as we are not permitted to socialize. Sigh. I miss my friends so much.
Moving on to important things, like clothes! I ADORE these green snakeskin boots and I’d be wearing them with pretty much everything! They are FABULOUS. Sorry for shouting, but you get the picture. 🙂 I love the all-green outfit, and thank you for the close-ups of the jewelry. I agree with your faux fur length discussions – this length is good with the long skirt.
Those Marni shoes are so fun! I love seeing your stylish friends. I’d love to poke through Sylvia’s fashion book collection – she knows so much.
Love that red/pink outfit – such great colours on you!
This week I had no friend contact, apart from 1 hour with Sylvia and it is driving me nuts. We are neither permitted to socialize but… if we only see one person and keep the appropriate distance it is OK. I so understand how you miss your friends. You have so many and you saw them so often.
The python print boots are lovely and I should really use them more often. You know I don’t like creating new outfits from my wardrobe (odd for a style blogger, I know) but you are right, they are too good to keep in the closet.
Sylvia’s fashion book collection is so vast (and now occupying half my dining table) that it nearly paralizes me. Don’t know what red/pink outfit you mean or do you mean the all black outfit with the red/pink accessories?
The green jacket with black pleated skirt and python boots is a very nice look. I think your hair complements it nicely. New Year’s doughnuts sound delish.
I was sorting out my boxes with pre digital photos and came to the conclusion that brown hair (my natural colour) suits me better than blonde. Only the brown dye wasn’t always that nice, not to mention the grey outgrow being very apparent. So blonde it is, but I pine for my brown hair. Reading your comment that my hair complements my outfit is soothing haha.
I love this elegant look. I love the color, the blazer, the pleated midi skirt, spectacular and very feminine. The boots and coat are also spectacular. I love your jewelry, always chosen wisely. Some photos, in general, very beautiful. A great post and some very nice complementary looks.
This is a lot flattering than I expected. Thank you. I wasn’t very happy with the outfit. I thought it was OK but not more than that. Apparently my readers (including you) think otherwise. Just goes to show how little I know haha.
Those Boots are a wonderful statement. I think you are right that they will look fabulous with skinny jeans and a plain jumper Happy New Year!
Thanks Lise. I got a tip from a friend to try the boots with leggings and a long jumper. And I have those in my wardrobe. The jumper is plain black. Not my best colour but I will make up for it in earrings (I hope).
Happy New Year to you too.
Such a lovely post once again.
Wishing you a wonderful 2021 Greetje.
Can’t wait to see the tips you learn from all your fashion books.
When this Covid stuff is all over we should meet together!
That pile of books Sylvia gave me is really high. It will take me months if not a year to go through them all. I started in a book about photography and poses: fascinating.
Thanks for the compliment about my post and I agree when Covid is over, we should meet.
Those snake print boots are fabulous! I’d love to see how you style them over pants.
We didn’t even stay up as late as you on New Year’s Eve. We were asleep by 10:30, I think. Woke up for a few minutes at midnight due to a few fireworks going off, but that was it. Fortunately our new dog doesn’t seem to be disturbed by them.
I just got a styling tip from Lisa the Sequinist. She suggests: leggings with a long sweater, which coincides with my idea. I will try it and if it is good, you will see it in a post.
Whether we stay up or not, the new year starts anyway, right? Watson wasn’t bothered by the fireworks either. Ron had trained him when he was still in his first 12 weeks. Only our neighbours came out into the street and started talking in front of our window. That got him barking. He is a good watch dog. I went downstairs, calmed him and drew the curtains.
Happy New Year Greetje. I have so enjoyed your blog this past year. I wish you a fabulous 2021
Thank you for your good wishes and of course I wish you and your loved ones an equally Happy New Year. Glad you enjoy my blog. As it is my hobby, it is not hard work and I will continue publishing posts in 2021.
I love that color of green on you! It is definitely your color! My hair is the same color as Misja’s. Love her haircut. I so enjoy your blog
Yes, green is a good colour on me, you are right. It does depend on how much yellow is in the green though. A colour like teal has too much blue in it and that doesn’t suit me. Misja’s hair is now grey with streaks. I fully agree that her haircut is great. Glad you are enjoying my blog. I will keep those posts coming.
Great snake boots!! Not too enthusiastic about the green blazer as i feel it does not fit you well. It seems too small and cramped. The styling is good but needs a better fit!
both your friends, Misja and Sylvia look great and chic. Your all black outfit with red accroutements looks effortless and elegant. Salivating over the fried doughnuts!! Not necessarily healthy, but, Oh, Boy! I want them, I need them. congrats to the chef!!
Still at my mountain cabin in Bear Valley, a ski resort area in the Sierra Nevada mountains, here in California where we ordered take out great food for New Year’s Eve and watched from our place way up on the hill, a great display of fire works!! They do this every year, the snow around it keeps it from getting out of hand.
Wishing you a great and creative New Year, 2021!!
Thanks Daniella, wishing you the same splendid new year of course.I don’t know why you think the green blaser is ill-fitted as it fits perfectly. It is my size, but it is not a structured jacket; no lining either. Well, never mind, we beg to differ more often haha.
Happy New Year Greetje and thank you for taking the time to blog
A very Happy New Year to you too. And you don’t have to thank me for blogging. It is my hobby and a labout of love. I so enjoy doing it. Reading such lovely comments is a very sweet part of it.
I have an orange top and perfectly matching orange palazzo pants and I am STEALING the idea to wear them together from that last black outfit of yours! I even have a green belt so I can do the contrasting belt like you did! Well now I am so excited to try it out!
I had to look up my last outfit as I couldn’t remember what it was. The black outfit with red accessories! Aha. Glad I inspired you. You are not stealing the idea, you got inspired.
As I am replying to your comment, I am dressed in the gold with black jacket on skinny jeans with the golden boots. I will post the outfit next week in the section “What happened in my life this week”. I am still not sure, but it is very comfortable, which is a big plus.
Those green snakeskin boots are fab. I’d wear them casually as well, with leggings and a very long jumper/tunic/cardigan. I think they’re fab with your faux fur coat, a super mix of textures there. Misja’s Marni shoes are just divine.
Thank you very much. High praise coming from you. Mixing textures is something I never understood, so the coat with the skirt…? Pure luck.
You have given me an idea for the boots. I have a very long black turtleneck sweater and grey suede leggings. Would that be a good mix? Of course black leggings are in my wardrobe as well.
Misja’s shoes are indeed a work of art and they are by Marni.
That first outfit!! My style completely. Love the Green jacket and of course, the Boots. Stunning on you Greetje and I love, love, love Misja’s look: head to toe. She has amazing style including the cool sox. Wonderful post to read today. You always amaze me with your posts. Thank you for taking the time and thank Ron for taking amazing photos.
Well, that were a lot of compliments. Thank you, you made me shy. I wasn’t too impressed with the outfit, more of an “all right”. Just goes to show I don’t really know haha. You don’t have to thank me for creating blog posts though, it is my hobby, so a labour of love. I very much agree with you on Misja’s style; she has the gift of styling.
All these outfits are lovely on you, but the fur coat with your long shirt and snake boots is elegant. The lengths of the coat and skirt are in perfect proportion. Happy New Year.
Your blog is fun and inspiring. Thank you so much.
I agree with you about the fur coat being the right length for this skirt. When I looked in the mirror, I thought: “Yes, this will do nicely” haha.
Thanks for the nice compliments. Always a treat to read.
Would love to see this outfit with soft white trousers instead of the black skirt….I think it would be yummy.
OK Sharon, but how would the boots then show? They will be covered by the trouser legs. Although I do have one pair which is cream and 7/8 with turned-up legs. That could be nice although it might also make my legs look short. Another thing is “how to cover my tummy?” With the skirt that was easy. With trousers it is often tricky, especially with the cream ones. Have to wait trying that anyway as I gained two kilos which means I cannot fit into those very tight trousers…