Some people may think this cream top is silly, hiding the shape of my figure, but I find it artsy. The patterned trousers are great to wear because of the elastic waistband and I think they look more modern combined with this top.
The photos are all taken by my friend Marjolein whom I met at Café Loft in The Hague a couple of weeks ago. The weather was sort of OK that day, but not really warm. Usually Café Loft has a lot of seats on their terrace, but not this day. We got to take photos in peace and quiet.
Below: Marjolein. We didn’t agree to wear the same sort of outfit LOL; Marjolein just happened to be dressed in patterned trousers and a cream jacket. For shoes she chose her red sneakers. It gives a nice pop to the outfit but was also necessary as she broke her toe (again).
Below: Café Loft is situated in an old church and has all sorts of creative nooks and crannies.
After a very nice lunch and frothy cappuccinos we went upstairs to the mezzanine.
Below: Lovely view from up there.
Below: They have left the organ intact.
Below: Marjolein started to take photos of my outfit. I am wearing the perforated EIJK boots with this outfit.
Below: Soon we were goofing around. It is not easy keeping a laughing face for a long time, so this is me giving up on that.
Below: Marjolein joined in being silly as she was going down the stairs again.
Below: This is a more charming photo.
Below: And another nice photo of her.
Below: Close-up of my bag from kpa.haarlem.
Below: We continued our photo shoot outside and I changed the boots for blue fabric espadrilles.
Below: Lovely photo. You can see that the shoes are wedged and that I definitely need to wear something underneath this cream top.
Below: Close-up of the Lara Design earrings. Golden button on my earlobe, a brown square underneath the button and a lime-coloured stingray leather drop (made from left-over material).
Below: This thin light green hoodie coat is second-hand.
Below: The coat is just a bit too short for this top. Who cares?
Below: I changed the blue fabric shoes for blue patent leather pumps, which I bought in Turin years ago. They are very comfortable to wear, only the stiletto heel is murder on uneven surface.
Below: The surroundings of Café Loft are nice and green.
A heck of a lot of photos of an outfit which is basically the same. My apologies if I have bored you. For Marjolein and me, this was fun.
I think all three shoes/boots are good with this outfit, it just depends on the occasion and the temperature.
What happened in my life this week
Saturday I facetimed with Lisa in London to see whether we could meet Susan of Une femme d’un certain âge at the end of October. The three of us met previously in London in 2019 (see this post) but this time it was harder to arrange (Covid, timing etc). We decided to leave it until spring.
Sunday my sister-in-law Anke celebrated her birthday. I thought I wouldn’t be able to make it as the Grand Prix was held in Zandvoort which is very near Haarlem. We expected traffic to be crazy with no possibility to leave or enter Haarlem. But it was so well organized that it was absolutely no problem.
Below: A strange, flared photo of Anke and me but a happy one. Anke joked that with my cream dress and her holding a bouquet, it was as if we were getting married haha.
Below: The weather was beautiful so the whole family sat in the garden. This is part of the family in a typical Dutch birthday circle.
Below: As the Grand Prix race was about to finish, a few of us went inside to see who won. And it was the Dutch Max Verstappen. Everybody happy.
Monday Ron and I visited mum. Below: Mum and me.
Below: I was wearing this dress for the last time as it only comes out once a year and it is rather tight across the bosom. It is going to a new home. The colour of the dots varies depending on the light in the photograph.
Tuesday Marcella of Lara Design came over and we created the weekly video for her Instagram. I fell in love with her earrings and bought them. Call me nuts, I don’t care.
In the afternoon Kitty and I did a photo shoot and it was boiling hot. Ridiculous country, ridiculous weather. And I had to wear a jacket and boots…pffff…the life of a model isn’t easy. I immediately wore the new white earrings. They went so well with my outfit.
Wednesday I drove to my mum again. A welfare lady came to talk with mum about several entertaining possibilities and whether she wants to move or not. Anyway, it was a good talk and things are in the research phase.
Thursday I spent researching stuff for Karlijn’s shop kpa.haarlem. I have time enough, the subject is fashion and if I can help a nice person I am completely happy.
Friday Loes came round for a cup of coffee and to tell me all about her cruise in Norway. Loes loves traveling as much as I love clothes. The rest of the day was just running errands, getting new flowers and reading a magazine. Chill.
Below: The flowers I bought for the house. Easy peasy flower arrangement; just two types of flowers cut in different lengths.
And another week is gone. How time flies.
Fun photos as always. The Cafe Loft looked interesting.
Hope there weren’t too many photos. The Café Loft was quirky and had nice food. There was also a chocolatier who made the most delicious bonbons (I had two of them and was holding myself back).
That is a very unusual top, Greetje. I like it on you but I doubt I would like it on me (but then, you never know when you try something on, right?!)
It sounds like you had a really enjoyable week. How lovely that you got to spend some time with your family for your sister-in-law’s birthday. And even more lovely that the Dutchman won the Grand Prix yay!!
I hope this week is even more fabulous for you!
P.S you mentioned in a comment about my foot – I think I broke the little toe three times in three weeks! It was very, very painful!
Thanks Suzy, I like unusual clothes.
You broke your little toe three times in three weeks? How on earth is that possible!?! I can imagine it was very, very painful.
Interesting top. Perfect for tall women. And looks great with your jacket. Boots and espadrilles are a smart choice.
Your polka dot dress does you justice. It’s easy, it’s simple. “less” is always “more”!
Thanks Daniella. I wasn’t sure whether you would approve of the top. I am 5ft74 so usually people call that tall.
The polka dot dress will hopefully, have found a new home by now. It is from a different phase in my life (office life).
The cream top is, how much less, original in its design and I really like the oversize one. I might have chosen other pants for such a modern garment, maybe I would put your jeans or a beautiful long skirt, but I am very classic, you already know that well. With what I like about you, Greetje, don’t put those pictures of me making weird faces, please! LOL
I love your white dress with purple polka dots!
I deliberately choose these patterened pants as they can be a bit too classic for me. I wanted to give them a modern boost. But I agree, the top will look very good on jeans too. You are the second reader to suggest a long skirt, which I dismissed immediately. I am afraid I will look massive as it would be wide over wide. Unless of course the skirt is a long pencil skirt (which I haven’t got).
You don’t want to see pictures of me making weird faces? Is that what you are saying? Or are you only joking?
The dress with the purple polka dots is indeed beautiful but from another life, a life at the office.
Well, I’ll be the fly in the ointment here, but I’m not a fan of the top. I could see it with some dark, long, loose pants and a bold statement necklace. How about a long skirt? I definitely think the top needs a bold necklace otherwise my eye skips your face and goes right down to the pleats. A necklace would keep the focus near your face. Oh well, everyone has an opinion, just offering a different perspective. I love your blog and look forward to it each Sunday.
Hahaha, you can be the fly in the ointment (thanks for teaching me another expression). I love to hear honest opinions. And your criticism is very constructive.
I fear that a long skirt will be too much wide over wide, making me massive. The same with loose pants.
The bold statement necklace is a good option which I will certainly try.
Don’t worry about the eye of people going straight to the pleats…that mouth of me will certainly send them back to my face hahaha. I have a big mouth.
Never be afraid to tell me your opinion. You are doing it in a very kind way, and it makes me think of different ways.
That is such an unusual top – you have the height to carry it off (I would look like Friar Tuck from Robin Hood in that!). I like it with all of the shoes – it really is a very architectural piece. I like the jacket over it – the length doesn’t bother me – and that is a lovely bag.
Beautiful dress for visiting Mum – many of my dresses are snug in the chest (SIGH). Your flower arrangement is so pretty!
You did give me a good laugh with your Friar Tuck…I immediately saw you as Friar Tuck haha.
That top is probably going to appear more on the blog. It is an unusual choice for me, but a good one I think.
When visiting Mum, I can put on high heeled shoes as I don’t have to walk far. And my mother prefers dresses and nice shoes over sneakers and jeans, so why not please her.
The flower arrangement was dead easy: 2 types of flowers cut in different lengths. Done.
Always a treat to travel to your neighbourhood each Sunday. Great outfit. I love your sense of colour and am trying to be more creative in my own outfits.
My husband and I watch F1 all the time and Max Verstappen is our favourite driver. It was so much fun seeing all the Dutch fans cheering him on.
You know I have no idea about my sense of colour? I still think it isn’t easy. Proportions is another tricky area.
As for the Dutch cheering Max on… they did go a bit wild, didn’t they?
Love the jacket with the outfit; the shot on the brick walk is my favorite.
It was hard to choose from all the photos.”Kill your darlings” they call that. I am afraid I haven’t killed enough of them.
The photo on the brick walk (with the boots on? The first photo?) is my favourite which is why it is at the top of my post. The one where I am sitting on the fence with my espadrilles is a favourite one too.
The cream top is a very different look for you, and it looks great. You can really carry it off. I really like it with the patterned pants and the the jacket. Keep up the good work!
It is indeed a very different look for me. It is more Sylvia’s thing (of 40+Style), but I do like it. Sometimes you have to try something new.
I love the pants. I agree with Susan the jacket is not too short for the top. Oh and I know it is gone but I do love the dress with mauve dots.
And those trousers are also so very comfortable. A big plus in my retirement book haha.
The dress with the mauve dots is a beauty but when you hardly ever wear it, it should go to someone who will.
Really like the jacket – it gives the whole look a sporty vibe and the colour really suits you. Can you divulge the brand of your patterned trousers?
Your family party looks like great fun!
Our family parties are a bit like you see in the Italian movies…very loud and all talking at the same time haha. Indeed great fun.
The brand of the patterned trousers is one that I have never heard of: Herzen’s Angelegenheit (from Bremen, Germany). I have even found the trousers: https://www.herzensangelegenheit.com/produkt/hose/25212-6509/
But they haven’t got many sizes left.
Thanks Greetje – the sizes left are too big and they don’t deliver to France anyway. But I’ll look for something similar – you’ve inspired me! Herzensangelegenheit (it’s all one word) in German means affair of the heart or dear to one’s heart, but I’m sure you know that already!
They actually write it as Herzen’s Angelegenheit and yes I do know what it means. I had to learn three languages at secondary school: English, French and German. I cannot really talk, read or write in French but I am a bit better at German although full of mistakes.
Good luck hunting.
I like the outfit with both the boots and espadrilles. I don’t think the top is too long for the jacket; it’s a layered look.
That’s the spirit…it is a layered look. I can live with that haha.