Husband Ron thinks this outfit with the cognac trousers is super, which surprised me. I thought it was all right, a bit masculine but I must have been wrong (as I am so often). You have seen the trousers in my post with the light blue shirt. The cream blouse was published before in the post with my green sleeveless suit. And the silver bag appeared in the post with my dropped crotch trousers. The silver belt is from 2019 and has also been featured previously. Shopping my wardrobe this time. The only new items are the silver shoes.
I met my Shopping Saturday friends, Anke and Sabine, one lovely sunny Wednesday. As we hadn’t seen each other for so long we decided not to shop (breaking news) but to use our time to sit in the sun and chat. Sabine took all my photos.
Below: Sabine. She was waiting for me at the Hotel Flora Batava where we agreed to meet. A lovely place.
Below: Anke arrived a little later as she had the wrong arrival time in her agenda haha.
Below: I brought my cream boots and silver pumps for Sabine to try on. My heart was bleeding as I love them both but they are now Sabine’s. It is nonsense to hang on to them as they are no longer part of my lifestyle.
Sabine always wears high heels and she has exactly the same shoe size as I do. I knew she would appreciate them which makes the hurting a little less.
Below: This is the sunroom where we started as it was raining a little bit as we arrived.
Below: Ah…the sun came out.
Below: From the sunroom, stairs lead to a big terrace.
Below: Part of the terrace, viewed from the sunroom. After lunch we sat here, taking in the sun.
Below: Lunch was delicious. (We Dutch tend to eat bread for our lunch.)
Below: In between all the chatting, Anke had to work for half an hour and chose a quiet spot.
In the meantime, Sabine took photos of my outfit.
Below: In the sunroom with all the lovely green around it. My silver shoes are the replacement for the ones I gave to Sabine. The heel is much lower and shaped like a diabolo. They are like tango shoes.
Below: Close-up of the shoes by Paul Noyen. The diabolo heel is shiny.
Below: With the wine racks as background. The trousers and the blouse are by kpa.haarlem, such a good shop. (The shoe shop Paul Noyen is next-door to her shop, very convenient.)
Below: A very strange man volunteered to be photographed with Sabine. He mumbled something like “beautiful women”. I think he was as high as a kite.
When we were outside, I took some head-to-toe shots and some close-ups.
Below: Close-up of Sabine’s mules. Dolce & Gabbana, a second-hand score.
Below: These earrings (Essentiel Antwerp) were also a gift from me, some time ago, as I find them too heavy. Again, Sabine is someone who knows how to appreciate them.
Below: Anke. (She crossed her right leg behind her left leg. Just saying this in case you think “what is going on with her feet?”)
Below: Anke’s earrings, a gift from her husband.
Below: I also took close-ups of the ladies’ bags. The red one is Anke’s and the blue one is Sabine’s (even though it sits on Anke’s lap and would suit her outfit equally as well as the red one).
Days like this get a golden star in my mind.
What happened in my life this week
Saturday was a happy day. We had a street party! This tradition started in 2004 and the party is held nearly every year. We asked council’s permission to close off the street, put tables and chairs in the middle of the street and everybody brought tables, chairs, food and drinks. We prayed for good weather and our prayers were granted, it was beautiful weather, not too hot and not too cold. There was a very good turn-out this year, probably because everybody wanted a party after the lockdowns. It started at 16.00 hrs and we put the tables and chairs on the pavement at 22.00 hrs, after which a lot of people went on to 11.45 hrs.
Were we careful? I like to think so.
Sunday and Monday the weather was blah with rain and I just read and practised Photoshop Editor. I am getting better.
Tuesday was mum’s birthday. YAY. 93 years old. My brother and sister-in-law and Ron and I visited her and because of the nice weather, we could sit in the garden.
Below: Only husband Ron isn’t in this terrible selfie. It is obvious that my family members are all thinking “Is this really necessary?” But I got their permission to publish (what good sports).
If you want to see the RIXO dress, click through to this post.
Wednesday I picked up my multicoloured shirt from the seamstress. She had taken some fabric from the front bottom of the shirt and replaced it with a bit of plain yellow fabric. I always tuck this shirt in at the front, so the yellow fabric is hidden. Then she used the gained fabric to repair the torn sleeve. Of course she mirrored the other sleeve. Because of the busy pattern, nobody will notice and my lovely shirt is saved. See below.
In the afternoon Marcella of Lara Design came and we created another Reel (little video) for Instagram. It is getting easier every time. Practise makes perfect. If you have Instagram and you want to see them, here is a link to the three reels we created together; in Dutch.
Thursday was another happy day. I met with my friend Marjolein, whom you have seen quite a few times on my blog. She had found a beautiful location for lunch and a photoshoot: a restaurant in a church. Next week you will see all the photos. We had a lot of fun together.
Friday I did my exercises in the afternoon so I could go to the beach with Ron and Watson in the morning. It was nice weather but the wind was fierce. When we sat down for a cappuccino on the Beach Inn terrace, I posted the two photos below as a collage on Instagram. I don’t know yet how to create a collage in Photoshop Elements, so you are getting the full pictures. The first one is when I arrived with wind-blown hair and the second one is after I ‘fixed’ it and had put some lipstick on.
That concludes this week. See you next week.
You all looked gorgeous and I love the look of that fabulous hotel! I sometimes get sad at giving some of my clothing away too, but if I’m not going to wear it any more, it makes sense to give to friends who appreciate it, and I think your friend certainly will!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you mum!
Thanks Suzy. I agree with you. Sometimes it hurts to part with a piece of clothing when there is nothing wrong with it and it suits you perfectly. But when you wear it only once a year, somebody else will benefit more from it.
Happy birthday to your mum, all the outfits are super – so nice and pretty. The hotel looks fabulous for a meet up – lovely post
I agree with Ron. This is a fabulous outfit. Your friends look fabulous too!
Thank you, also on behalf of my friends.
Cognac trousers and white shirt… best outfit yet. Ron has great taste.
Actually, the blouse is cream, not white, but it might be hard to see. Thanks for the compliment and I will tell Ron he has great taste haha.
I just bought a pair of pants in that beautiful cognac colour! They are definitely winter weight though, so much too warm to wear right now. I can’t wait to put them on when the weather is a bit cooler and I will try them with a cream blouse that is a bit like yours.
And put a top underneath that blouse for warmth. A cream jumper (sweater) would also be an option. Or anything in blue or green. Perhaps chocolate? When you go ton-sur-ton.
Those are great suggestions, Greetje. Thank you!
You are welcome.
Ron is correct, that outfit is super! It’s the cut and colour of the trousers that appeal to me as both are so flattering on you. I don’t see the outfit as masculine at all.
I love Sabine’s trousers! That sun room is a beautiful place to get together.
I hope your Mom had a nice Birthday.
Mum indeed had a nice birthday. Thanks for all the lovely compliments. Joseph-Maria commented that he thought that I was a little musketeer. That is probably what I must have been thinking as well. Ergo.. masculine.
But I gladly accept other’s opinion for the truth haha.
I also think that outfit is lovely, your hubby is right. You lot are indeed beautiful women and it is so lovely being around friends. Have you thought about a slightly longer fringe, perhaps side swept, as looking at you windswept, it may really suit you. Still enjoying your posts, congrats to your mum too, she looks smashing.
Thanks Irene, for all the compliments. Must tell my friends to check the comments of my post haha.
I will pass the birthday wishes on to mum.
A side swept fringe is not really that nice on me as my hairline withdraws from my forehead, on the left and right side. As I also have a high forehead, I have always opted for a fringe. I did have a side swept fringe for a year when I was young but looking at the photos now, it doesn’t appeal to me.
Love those trousers, what a beautiful fall color! Ron (and everyone else) is right about that classy outfit. Happy birthday to your mum!🎂
Thanks for the compliments Sarah and I will pass the birthday wishes on to mum.
At first I thought “What an odd colour trousers. What on earth am I going to wear with them?” That turned out to be soooo easy. There are a lot of colours that go with it.
Your husband is absolutely right. The cognac pants and feminine blouse is very sleep and stylish. I don’t think it is masculine at all. Those silver shoes are wonderful and really add to the outfit. Love your small bag too. As always, your friends look beautiful as well. How fun that you can meet up and enjoy each other’s company. Have a great day, Greetje! – Amy
That was supposed to say “sleek” and stylish, not “sleep”. ha, ha.
Thanks Amy, ‘sleek and stylish’ are beautiful compliments. Not at all what I expected to hear about this outfit.
Silver shoes are a neutral to me and go with a lot of things.
I love your cognac pants, the color is beautiful and they look beautiful on you too. I also love your blouse, a little musketeer. And your silver shoes make the outfi gorgeous. I do not see those male pants, on the contrary, they highlight your beautiful legs and that is very feminine. How beautiful your hair looks in the photo in which you are sitting before a delicious plate of food. I love that photo with your tousled hair, you look very pretty and not as formal as always.
Ahh… you hit a nerve here. The reason why I thought the outfit was masculine, might have been because I had the same thought: a little musketeer!
As for the hair… I don’t mind it windblown, it doesn’t have to be formal all the time, but I do mind it when it looks stringy and flat instead of having a lot of volume. My thin hair is my Achilles’heel.
Like everyone else, I really love the outfit. Sabine’s trousers are also fantastic. She has a look of stoicism in the photo with the strange man. The hotel you chose to meet in looks a perfect venue for a gathering of friends. Have a lovely week!
Thanks for the compliments. I agree that Sabine’s trousers are fantastic. Wouldn’t have minded them myself but they are not in the shop anymore. The hotel is a great place to spend a weekend and walk along the river Vecht. Very idyllic.
Husband Ron is right. The outfit is super. I love it. I would not have thought to put silver with the cream and cinnamon yet it looks so good. The lunch restaurant looks lovely. Glad you had a good time.
I use silver shoes when I have no clue what shoes to add to an outfit. To me they are a neutral. And to tell you the truth, this outfit just happened. I just happened to have this blouse on when I tried the trousers (or the other way around). And the shoes were new, so why not give them a go.
The first outfit is too masculine??? Not at all; Ron is right; it is lovely! Happy birthday to your mom — I always love seeing her — and your friends — in your posts. And your new silver shoes are gorgeous.
I thought it was too masculine because of broad shoulders and narrow hips. But that is what I see and clearly it is not what others see. I have mentioned it often before: what you see in the mirror is your perception, not your reflection.
Happy Birthday to your mum, Greetje! My family members put up with my photos too, ha ha!
I LOVE your main outfit here – wow, those trousers look fantastic on you. I would steal your new silver shoes in a heartbeat! They are amazing and in my opinion, a much more interesting silver shoe than the pair you gave up. I enjoy giving away my shoes and seeing them on my friends – it reminds me how much they hurt my feet, ha!
Lovely pictures, as always!
I have always been so in love with high heels and still am, that it hurts to get rid of them. I thought the two pair I passed on to Sabine were very sexy, especially the silver ones. My new silver ones are quaint, comfortable and I can use them a lot, but I don’t think they are sexy.
Why do I want to be sexy at 67, you might ask. Good point.
I absolutely like your trousers with this top and think, as Liz noted, they highlight the length of your legs. Also like your silver shoes, though I’ve never figured out how anyone can wear pointy toe shoes. Maybe I need to try on a pair, likely in a larger size than my normal one?
Just wanted to chime in that I have found pointy toe shoes very comfortable, and I have pernickety feet, especially toes. One’s toes do not actually go in the point. No need to buy a larger size. Great outfit Greetje, love the ‘wind-swept’ hair pic. Interesting mix of cinnamon and silver, very nice.
Thanks Lise. I will email your comment to Laurie as I am not sure whether she will return to my blog to look at the comments.
Loe the word pernickety.
The wind-swept hair would have been even better if I had had thick hair instead of thin. Oh well, we have to make do.
Silver shoes are a neutral to me. They go with nearly everything.
Hi Lise, my feet are wide at the toes, though it sounds like the right designer might make a pair of pointy shoes that had a wide toe bed. Right now I’m mostly wearing sneakers because of all the walking I do, but maybe one day pointy shoes will make it to my closet! Thanks for chiming in!
I don’t know. If you wear a larger size, you will probably slip out of them. I have narrow feet and can fit into any shoe, pump or boot. Also because I have a low instep and flat feet.
Whether you can wear pointy toe shoes depends on two things (I think). One: do you have very broad feet? That might prove to be a problem. Two: how are the shoes made by the manufacturer. Some shoes are a bit longer with the point and they have allowed enough space for the part where your foot is widest.
So try, try again?
Thanks for the additional info! I have a wide toe bed, and that likely explains why pointy toed shoes never interested me. Ah well, I enjoy appreciating them on others!
Mr Ron is right about your outfit and the wind blown photo of you is beautiful
I like it when husband dear is pleased with an outfit of mine. He doesn’t always agree.
Wind-blown hair is not something I hate, but I do hate stringy and flat hair. Oh well. I thought I’d throw in a bit of reality haha.
Your current outfit is most likely the best so far!! it beats anything else you featured in the past. Yes, it is classic, elegant, it fits well, and its well accessorized. Also a great color. A winner! Don’t underestimate it!! Often, the classic with a twist is the most successful.
Your friends look lovely, and so does the interior/exterior of the restaurant.
Many Happy returns, for your mother!
Thank you very much. I am surprised. I knew it wasn’t a bad outfit, but never thought it would get so much applause.
I will pass on your birthday wishes to mum.
The trousers really show off your long legs and the bag and shoes give the whole outfit bit of a kick (ha!). Sabine’s trousers are divine and look great with the earrings. Like her clogs too although I don’t generally go for things with logos on. The hotel surroundings look lovely; will make a note of it for my next trip to NL.
I am quite pleased with the creation of this outfit myself. I think I created it by accident or I was trying out every top with these trousers.
The hotel is indeed a lovely place, in the middle of the Netherlands.
I just love the color of those pants! I think the softer, drapey top provides a nice “yin/yang” balance with the trousers. The shape of that heel is divine.
We are still trying to figure out whether we’ll be traveling to UK/Europe this fall. At the moment, it doesn’t look promising, but we should know more this week.
And to think I was able to buy those trousers marked down considerably. They are so soft, so nice to wear.
Well, I’ll be hearing you about Europe. As you know, we are not travelling to Paris either because of the Covid threat.
LOVE those new silver shoes! Perfect heel height for me as well. Alas, I’m in Canada.
Btw, I agree with Ron. Great outfit.
The shoe shop Paul Noyen does ship internationally although you have to send them an email first, so they can open the site for international.
But it is always a high risk, ordering shoes online and from so far away can become very costly.
Thanks for the compliment.