What do you think of these python print boots with an oversized jumper? I saw in 2020 that it was trendy again to wear your knee-high boots over trousers. Why not use the python ones then? OK, it is 2021 so I am late to the party, but I always am. I am no trend setter I am afraid.
I had the boots and the trousers but not a jumper long enough to wear with them. I looked online for my favourite jumper brand (American Vintage, as they hardly itch) and found this cream one in the sale. It is a very snuggly jumper (or sweater as the Americans say). The collar does itch a bit though. I solved that by wrapping a silk scarf around my neck.
Below: When it was freezing and snowing, I wore it with suede leggings and big socks, curled up on the sofa. I did wear the French Kande necklaces and bracelet to add more interest. Even on the sofa I want to be stylish.
This past week it has been glorious weather in the Netherlands, very contrary to the previous two months. I had these photos still in stock, so no sunny springlike photos yet. On the upside, Kitty took the photos in a posh neighbourhood, which means great houses to see.
Below: Houses in an area in Haarlem we call Bosch en Vaartkwartier. We could have bought a big house in this area back in 1994 but we figured it would cost us too much to renovate and (also very important) to maintain. My dad always said: “Keep your recurring costs low. You never know what you are up against in the future.” I thought that was a sound advice.
Below: We started with my coat. It is the coat Marianne gave me and which I returned. Done up it didn’t look good on me, but it did when I wore it open. Do you ever wear your coat open in winter? I don’t. In this photo my hair is still behaving reasonably, which didn’t last very long in the damp and cold weather.
I took a closer look at the photos taken recently, and I noticed I am using too much blusher. I will have to be more modest with that brush.
Below: Anyway, new pose. The pewter bag is from Midlifechic.
Below: Silly face with heart on the wall.
Below: A very sharp photo, just the way I like it. Ron has pointed out to me that a sharp photo will emphasize my wrinkles. Never mind, it is what it is. I deserve these wrinkles from all the laughter. The green earrings are by Lara Design. Have you already grown tired of me mentioning this?
Below: Sidestep…. this is how mothers in the Netherlands, transport their children.
Below: There was this gorgeous tree in the neighbourhood. Just imagine how it will look in summer. I will return and take another photo in 4 months.
Below: Doing a “Princess Irene number”. The aunt of our present king is very fond of trees and tree hugging. She is quite sane and quite beautiful.
Below: Another pose (pity about the double chin).
Below: Two more beautiful houses.
Below: I love this corner house. So unique.
Below: An image of a VW-van on a garage door. Fun.
Below: A week later, on my cycling route, I found the real thing, just around the corner from the image.
Below: A jeep in green is perfect with my green coat and the green in my boots. (I had ‘fluffed up’ my hair.)
What do you think of the boots over the trousers? Something you like (on me)?
What happened in my life this week
Drove my mum for her second vaccination. Hurray. Less worry about her.
On Sunday Kitty and I did a photo shoot. The weather was fine and I like to take advantage of that.
Then Sylvia asked me whether I could help her with a little job in her Haarlem house, which of course I did. We had a couple of hours sorting things out through Facetime. That was fun and it is always nice when you can help a friend.
The week was rather uneventful. Things like walking the dog at the beach and picking up a stack of planks for Ron’s allotment garden aren’t exactly things you can call exciting. But it is what we did on our anniversary haha.
The weather had totally changed in the Netherlands and we have had a lovely week with nice temperatures, some sunshine and spring crocuses everywhere. I am not complaining.
Below: The few crocuses we put in our garden. Next post I will try and provide you with fields of crocuses. Not in our garden but I have already seen places.
I was supposed to meet a friend on Wednesday but she cancelled as she forgot it is spring holiday for the children. We rescheduled.
My walk this Sunday was also cancelled by another friend as she broke her toe. The fifth time she broke a toe, all different toes. What are the chances of that happening? Instead of meeting we had a telephone chat of an hour and a half.
Below: As I want you to kick off slowly, herewith my Tuesday outfit. I am not going to style this top in any other way as it is perfect like this, so no spoiler alert. Link to the original post on King’s Day.
The intake at the gynaecologist went well and we will make another appointment for her to ‘take a look inside’. Never something to look forward to, but what needs to be done, needs to be done.
Kitty and I went for a second photo shoot as she had time and I thought it would be warm on Thursday. It wasn’t. I was actually colder than during the shoot in the snow. As my hair has given up completely I am dreading to see the photos. They will have to do. On the bright side: hairdressers will reopen next week and I have an appointment on the 5th of March. Oh heaven.
Marcella of Lara Design popped by again at the end of the week for a chat and a lunch. These little visits make lock-down so much easier.
I helped my next-door neighbour choosing a dress for her wedding (which is in a fortnight). The poor dear didn’t know what she unleashed. She is a no-nonsense and practical woman. I am all about clothes and adorning. I had to really talk to myself and hold back. After all it isn’t my wedding. It was still fun though.
Until next week.
How cool, that van in a painting and IRL!! Love it!
Nice sweater and you made a nice look with it.
Must be unique to break five different toes on different occasions.
Nice that you’re able to help our friends. That’s one of the advantages of being retired.
Finding extra things on a photo shoot, like the van, is great as it makes the blog post livelier.
Helping people always makes you feel good yourself.
Love all the photos, we are moving house in just under a week so all my “adornments” are packed and I just have to admire on everyone else. I love the pale jumper on you, I have basically white hair and never thought of a white jumper but now I see how good it looks on light coloured hair, quite fabulous. As for tree hugging, why not!!! Trees dont seem to mind being hugged – at least they never run away
Haha, trees never run away. A lot of research has been done on the effect of loving care of plants, trees, a bottle of water. And apparently it does make a significent difference. I believe it.
Whether a pale jumper suits you with white hair depends a lot on your skin and the kind of pale colour. You will have to find out by trying.
Gorgeous pictures and a great look! Even though I know Haarlem quite well I always discover a different side through you…
Thank you very much for the compliments. It is getting harder and harder finding new backgrounds for blog photos. A I cycle for my health, I get to see new places and that helps.
Love the green jacket. I have one but mine is a lighter green. Not had much chance to wear it but I will hopefully get a chance. You have such long legs, I am a mere 5ft 4. Love skinny jeans and I can never see me going back to flares ever. Great posts, missing my Dutch breaks but at least I have a taste with your lovely photos. Thank you and stay safe. x
Tallness (I am 5ft74) and great legs are indeed very nice assets. I do appreciate both. I should stop complaining about my hair. We all have good points and less points. Being perfect isn’t everything either.
I am missing my breaks to blogger friends in other countries, but it will all end. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
Slim pants in tall boots is such a classic look and perfect for someone with a figure like yours. I love the tunic sweater and the lovely red sweater with bows. The homes in your photos are exquisite, but the tree picture is my favorite. I have a great love for trees and live in a very wooded area. I feel very exposed when I’m not around lots of my “tall, green friends”. They soothe me. I appreciate your surprising us with a second outfit – withdrawal is not easy for a “more is more” person. I laughed at your final paragraph – that is me to a t. I have no restraint when it comes to all manner of adornment – I’m like a 5-year-old.
Haha, no restraint with manners of adornment…that is probably why you follow my blog. I am terrible. The whole street knows about my addiction. In the office some colleagues called me The Queen of Fashion, which is not true. There were a lot of colleagues equally well dressed, just more quiet about it.
I agree with your love of trees. I think a city without trees is a city I wouldn’t want to live in. I was once in Dallas and saw only concrete buildings and wide streets but no trees. It felt so alien, so unkind.
You look fabulous, Greetje. The print of the boots isn’t my cup of tea but I love the shape of them! I would definitely wear them with the same trousers. The only time I don’t like to see boots over trousers is when the trousers are too baggy, but yours are perfect. I love the sweater, and I love that you want to be stylish even when lazing on the sofa! I am the opposite — to be completely comfortable, I have to take everything off lol. Off with the bra, off with the necklaces, off with the watch, the shoes, the rings (apart from my wedding and engagement rings, of course)!!
That neighbourhood looks gorgeous, there are some beautiful houses (and trees) there. I shall look forward to seeing that big tree in all its glory in a few months!
OMG your poor friend breaking another toe! Does she have osteoporosis?
I wish you had taken a video helping your friend buying an outfit for her wedding. I bet that would be so entertaining!!
Huge hugs, Greetje
Funny that you say sweater, being British. I have always learned that jumper is the English word and sweater is American.
I do have to say that in the evening I also like to take everything off (I leave the bra on): jewellery, tight skinnies and such. But when I dress to be comfortable all Sunday, I try a little harder.
My friend with the broken toe does not have osteoporis. She just bumps into things (very hard) haha.
Helping my friend and neighbour choosing her wedding dress was quite simple. She had ordered two of them and I had to choose one. Not worth making a video about.
Now I am over to your blog as that is long overdue.
I love your sweater and your spectacular boots. And I love urban photos, they are very beautiful. Beautiful the foreground with your beautiful earrings. I knew the hugs to the trees, but not the kisses! LOL . Your figure in the photo where you are leaning against the tree looks beautiful.
Thank you very much for the compliments Josep-Maria. Now that you mention it, I am not so sure people kiss trees. Perhaps they do only hug haha. Oh well, I bet the tree didn’t mind.
The pose of me leaning against the tree only needs a little bit more work on the double chin.
The sweater and jeans with animal skin boots look great. Have a good week. And thanks for sharing.
Now that you say ‘animal skin’ boots, I hesitate (again). Are they python print? Of is it another snake? I will ask my friend Lisa again. She knows.
You look wonderful with those long legs and python boots. Lucky you. I learn from and enjoy your thought process in putting your best step forward.
I am hoping you will have good results from your OBGYN. Most important thing is you are taking care of your self inside and out.
Love the outfit with the boots over the trousers. You look fab!
Thanks Susan. I only came up with this outfit because friends and readers said I should make the most of these boots and preferably wear them every day haha. And my London friend Lisa gave me the hint of wearing them over trousers.
Thanks. I know, I am very lucky with my legs and I am making the most of them. Emphasizing your best features is the trick in styling.
The process of creating a new outfit with stuff that I already have, is still a difficult one for me. But I am getting better. I guess practice does make perfect.
And I think the gynaecologist will take good care of me.
I was never aware that jeans or tights in boots went out of or came back into fashion. I love the look and I dress quite often like that, with boots over or to the knee. One pair made in Italy has beautiful embroidery that i absolutely love and so do a lot of other people when I wear them.
You look absolutely splendid with this look, chic and simple. Great with your greenish coat. I have almost an identical one also which i took to a consignment shop recently. i think that I’m going to get it back, though its never too cold here in SF area to wear. I was in Philadelphia a million years ago and was freezing and ended buying an expensive coat and matching hat to wear. Still like the look of it!
Love the beautiful houses, the VW bus is so ‘catchy”, all the old hippies still dream of it. There’s an “American Pickers” TV show here on the History channel and they go nuts finding and restoring all the old VW buses.
Love your red sweater, you glow in it!!
We took the second shot and hope that soon things will somewhat return to normal, whatever that is now. One thing for sure, people must take responsibility for their well being, eating reasonably, and exercising !!! Can’t be 500 pounds with a ton of associated problems and expect the government to make you whole!!!!! Lots of obesity here that affected negatively lots of people in the pandemic. Quite sad!!
looking forward to the little package to arrive sometime next week!! Will keep you posted.
have a wonderful week!!
You are so right. Whether something is in or out of fashion, as long as it suits you and you feel happy in it, go for it. Although I do try not to look outdated. Like for instance with those extreme eighties shoulders. Wouldn’t wear them unless they are fashionable again.
Thank you for the compliments. An expensive warm coat with matching hat might come in handy when we are allowed to travel again. We are still waiting for our turn to be vaccinated. I think it will be April or May…if they have enough vaccine. The supply seems to be a problem.
Oh my gosh, those boots! Be still, my heart! If we were the same size (Eur 40), I’d steal them from you, Greetje! I love this fun look with the oversized jumper, and the fluffy coat, but I also never wear my coat open unless I’ve accidentally overdressed for the weather. Never for style, ha ha!
Great photos of all the interesting houses! I love that VW van! We had one like that when I was a kid.
Happy week ahead to you, Greetje!
You wouldn’t have to steal the boots Sheila. I would put a sticker on it with your name and when I would be fed up with them, I would send them to you. Alas.
To think you had a VW van! I never knew they were bought across the ocean. I thought it was strictly a European thing.
Volkswagen vans are popular in Canada, especially the camper style Westfalias. In 1983, my parents ordered one from the factory in Germany. They picked it up there and lived in it for over a year while they traveled around Europe and the Middle East before having it shipped back to Canada. Now it is my son’s prize possession! He and his family still camp in it every summer.
These vans were and are mighty popular, aren’t they? Volkswagen created a hit with this design. And your son is very lucky to get one from the first owners haha.
I really like how the texture of the sweater “calls back” to the boots. It ties the look together quite nicely!
The houses there are so interesting. And the crocuses are pretty. Here everything’s still dried out as we’ve had almost no rain this season. The garden is NOT happy.
Thanks. I never noticed that the texture of the jumper ‘calls back’ to the boots. I am not very good with texture things.
Rain is something we have a lot of as you well know. I presume you water the garden.
Here on the Canadian prairie, boots over jeans have been popular for a long time probably because it’s practical when you have as much snow as we do most winters. This year has been very different though as we’ve had very little snow. Not good for the farmers, so hopefully we get some good rains when spring finally comes. Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed your photos. The houses are gorgeous and the VW ones made me chuckle. 🙂
Ooo, this was an extra good post! You look great with the boots worn that way. It makes your legs look a mile long. The houses are so unique and charming. I can’t even imagine what it would cost to properly maintain such a home. Fun to look, though.
I chuckled at your father’s advice, because I remember my own father telling me the same thing! I wonder if it was a depression era thing…my father was born in 1925.
Thanks for brightening my Sunday yet again.
It is indeed costly to maintain such houses, which is why we decided back in 1995 to buy a small house (two floors, 110 square metres). Of course I often miss space, especially for storing clothes and shoes haha. But it allows me to still buy shoes instead of paying for a paint job of something like that.
My father was born in 1916 and his family wasn’t rich (to say the least). And you are very welcome.
Hello, I like your boots , your trousers, your wrinkles and the beautyfull netherlands houses.Very nice pictures, thank you!♡
Ah what a sweet comment. Thank YOU. It is nice to know that people appreciate my posts.
The boots over jeans look gorgeous on you! Thanks for another interesting backdrop of gorgeous houses.
I love those boots! They look fab over the trousers. Gorgeous sweater too. We’ve had some mild weather too and today was gloriously sunny. Looking forward to the flowers appearing and lighter evenings.
Thanks Emma. And I agree, I cannot wait for better weather so we can enjoy our take-away cappuccinos in the sun instead of in the rain haha.
I am so hoping we will have less restrictions come summer.
I liked the look of this jumper over my trousers (they aren’t jeans but I forgot to mention that), but still wasn’t that sure about it.
Finding good backdrops is getting harder and harder but I will keep on trying.
Love this look on you – the boots are amazing and you look great in slim jeans with those long legs. I can’t really do that look as I’m short and the boots sort of cut off the legs halfway up so they look even shorter. Amazing houses again, thank you for picking such excellent backdrops. The jumper looks very comfy – does it have an asymmetric hem or did you do a half tuck? Hope all goes well with the gynae.
Thanks for all the compliments. Finding nice backdrops is getting harder and harder, but I will keep trying.
The jumper is very comfy (as long as I wear the silk scarf with it). It is not asymmetric, I did a half tuck. Gosh, I didn’t give much information.
The boots over jeans with the white sweater look perfect on you. Great outfit! I always love seeing the photos of your town. You live in a beautiful place.
The trousers aren’t jeans, they are just normal trousers but I forgot to say that. And I agree that I do live in a beautiful town.
I love the boots in jeans. The sweater is great with the sox (we in the US call them muk-luks.) You are so fun and adorable you worry too much about your appearance which always looks great. I invite you to check out Celeste Barber on instagram. @celestebarber. She is an Australian comedienne and is absolute hilarious when she makes fun of the unrealistic Kardashian etc. photos that appear on instagram. She calls it “challenge accepted”. Her authenticity is charming and much needed in this world.
Muk-luks haha, I like the sound of that. And Celeste Barber? I follow her too on IG and she is soooo funny.
I know I fuss about hair and such but I don’t suffer from it. Yesterday I walked around all day with no make-up and very greasy, straight hair. I didn’t feel wonderful, but it doesn’t stop me from showing myself in public.
You are looking really beautiful, retirement suits you.
Thanks. I was very much afraid I would miss the banter with my colleagues and I do. But luckily I have a husband who makes me laugh every day. He has so many funny remarks.
I love the jeans in boots look. I wear it too.
I corrected your comment. It is now ‘jeans in boots’. Although that isn’t quite correct either as these trousers are not jeans. But who minds, right?