Another post with too many photos. This week’s post features my orange jacket with white trousers. By accident I created this outfit with items that were already in my wardrobe. Usually the ‘by accident’ outfits are better than when I put my mind at work.
Ron was kind enough to do the photography job again (pour soul). I suggested Prinseneiland (Princes’ island) in Amsterdam as our location. This tiny island is very near the centre of Amsterdam, connected with the mainland by three bridges. When you cross one of the bridges you get the feeling you are in a quiet village. No cars, no trams, no shops, just houses, canals and people. You can read more about this island (and some others) here.
Below: As we arrived, Ron spotted a red-haired woman, swimming in the canal. The thing in the water to her right, is a gnome. No idea what that is doing there.
Below: Ron got a serious call just before we crossed the bridge.
Below: The jacket is part of a trouser suit (see original post), the trousers are Essentiel Antwerp, the blue camera bag LK Bennett and the espadrilles…no idea.
Below: I have tied the belt in a knot through the loops to keep it in place. Such a comfortable yet stylish (IMHO) outfit.
Below: On the island, ships were built and ships moored. The many warehouses stored herring, grain, tobacco, wine, salt, anchovies, cat skins, pitch and tar.
Below: These former warehouses are all houses now. It must be great to live in such a building.
Below: This is my favourite one (Vrede=Peace).
Below: We found a mural.
Below: I found a bench heh heh.
Below: We crossed one of the three bridges.
Below: View to the right.
Below: View to the left.
Below: View from another bridge.
Below: Ship’s cat. By the look of its coat, it is an old cat.
Below: Talking about cats, we saw this sign in Dutch and English on a fence. In Dutch they added: “He is now on a strict diet” haha. Poor cat.
Below: There are quite a few face bricks on the houses. This one is “Three herrings“, which is also the name of the bridge we crossed.
Below: See? It says “Drieharingenbrug” which means “Three herrings bridge“.
Below: Face brick “Red fox”. It is a shame they stopped this when the houses got numbers.
Below: Something weird happened to me as I stood on these stairs. I felt really funny in my stomach and my head, as if I were to fall in a second. Really queasy. Is this old age fright? Less balance? (Although I can stand on one leg for quite some time and practice this every day.)
Below: Serious face. The tote is my Obag. The weather was very cloudy which provided a sharp light. Excellent photography weather.
Below: Close-up of the ring I was wearing. Present from Ron a few years ago. It is by “De Ekster” and the designer (Joyce) still sells them in her Ocean collection.
Below: Close-up of the earrings. Not by Lara Design this time but Ador by Ayesha.
Below: As we walked back to the car, I saw this building and loved it.
It was a nice trip.
What happened in my life this week
Saturday. I am ashamed to say, but I went back to Voorburg where I had seen two jackets in a shop the day before. Couldn’t get them out of my head. My friend Peggy also returned to the shop that Saturday (she is as bad as I am).
I decided against a fantastic bright red blazer which fitted like a glove because I thought it had a corporate vibe. Had I still been working in an office, it would have come home with me. A lime green leather jacket made the cut though. You will see it in a couple of weeks.
Below: I could make up for my forgetfulness the day before and take a photo of Peggy as we had a quick coffee afterwards. Absolutely lovely girl. Hmmm…no, that doesn’t do her justice as she is also a very intelligent and strong woman. She had a present for me; a top by Essentiel which she didn’t like on herself. I am so pleased with it.
Sunday. No visit to mum this week as my niece visited her together with her husband and the three great grandchildren. I had to mind Watson as Ron was busy that day. Friend and neighbour Froukje came for a cup of coffee in the afternoon. Gorgeous weather to sit in the garden.
Monday I joined Ron to walk Watson at the beach, which always gives me a holiday feeling. It was also the day that a product (soup) which had been developed by a friend, became available at Albert Heijn, our biggest supermarket chain. The friend had asked Ron and a friend whether they would model for advertising material and as the photographer (Bob Huisman) was shooting them, eating the soup, he saw me and asked whether I wanted to join haha.
Below: The photo with Ron and me is taken through the kitchen window, but I think the photo of Ron with Watson takes the prize.
I have gladly promoted this Soupalicious soup as it is delicious. I am not saying this because it is from a friend’s business. It is REALLY good. And the best part is, that when you buy a pot of soup, they give a pot of soup to the food bank. Their site is not completely finished yet and in Dutch, but here is a link to their Instagram account, where they added English translations. I bought two pots myself to judge the quality and this soup was better than I have ever tasted before. You know I do not engage in anything commercial, so you can take my word for it. Let’s hope they will go international.
Tuesday I selected quite a few coats and clothes to give away and make room for the new stuff. I always get such a good feeling of seeing how glad women are with my give-away clothes that I often wonder who is doing who a favour.
As there was room again in my wardrobe (grin), I went to a second-hand store of high-end brands to try on a Dries van Noten jumper but decided against it. However, I did score a beautiful black coat by Salvatore Ferragamo. Such good quality for such a bargain price. I am really pleased with it. I haven’t bought a new winter coat for at least 5 years as the ones that I have are excellent quality. But the longer ones are quite fitted; nice with a dress but not that suitable for my new life style. The Ferragamo coat is wider.
I wore a top that day of which I wasn’t so sure anymore. And when I looked in the mirror in the second-hand shop, I knew it had to go. To quote Marie Kondo: “It didn’t spark joy”. The funny thing was that when I arrived back in my street, one of my neighbours said: “What a great top you are wearing“. I sure hope she was telling the truth, as I took it off there and then (I was wearing a tank top underneath, don’t worry) and gave it to her. You should have seen the look of perplexity on her face haha. I am very much in the mood of clearing out my wardrobe and it is way overdue.
Wednesday my friend Jeanne was on my agenda. She and I go way back; we know each other from when we were 16 and sat next to each other in class. That is a whopping 51 years of friendship. She lives in a small town and gave me a (historical) tour through town while taking outfit photos for my blog. Lovely to catch up as I hadn’t seen her for half a year or even longer. Photos you will see in a future post.
Thursday was a morning with Marcella, creating another video for her Instagram account and discussing several things, earrings concerned. Always fun.
Below: Marcella wore a cute blouse and thought the flowers complemented the blouse haha.
Friday. Hurray, my friend Anja is in the Netherlands, over from Spain where she lives nowadays. Of course I drove up to the town where she is staying. It was so good to see her again in reality and not through Facetime, although that is a wonderful way to keep in touch. The afternoon flew by.
Below: Anja, lovely as ever. You will see more photos in a couple of weeks as she was prepared to take blog photos, like most of my friends are. I am blessed.
I would agree with Sheila in that it does sound like you had a bit of vertigo. I like the combination of the orange and white. Orange and blue also looks good together so you could wear that jacket with a pair of jeans.
I wish your friend success with their soup business. It’s always hard to start your own business.
I would love to live in one of those converted warehouses.
I will ask my GP whether I can get cured from vertigo. I have worn the orange jacket with jeans a couple of years ago. Coincidently with the same orange shoes. Well…if you have orange shoes, it isn’t coincidentally, is it haha?
Our friends have started the soup business years ago and it is running well. But expanding your distribution to a major supermarket is a big step.
Like you, I would also love to live in one of those converted warehouses. Alas…that is very expensive.
Shoot, thought I’d posted a comment last week, but apparently it didn’t “take.” I just love the orange on you and I like the relaxed feel of this outfit.
Always fun to see what your friends are wearing…they are a stylish bunch!
These things happen in the wonderful world called internet. The outfit is indeed very relaxed. “Comfortable” is my new motto these days. I am getting old.
This was a very good edition on your blog. I really like the orange jacket with white. Excellent idea to use the jacket in a new way. Double duty! The building photos on the island were terrific. My favorite was the one with the red shutters. How cool is the fox over the door! As for Soupilicious, I would buy some solely based on the photo of Ron and Watson. Ha!
So nice to hear that you enjoyed this post. The building with the red shutters is my favourite as well. That photo of Ron and Watson is fun right? The photographer did a very good job, capturing them in this moment.
This is a cute casual outfit, Greetje – I love the orange pieces. Lovely pictures of the canals and buildings, as always. We have a local street with cats, and their owners have also put up “don’t feed them!” signs.
It sounds like you had a small spell of vertigo – something in your inner ear just making you feel dizzy/off balance.
Your days full of friendships sound so lovely – what gems our friends are. I am like you – when I am done with something, I’ll take it off and give it to the person who likes it! I swear, I get more enjoyment out of others wearing my clothes!
You are right (about the clothes to others) and don’t I know it. I am keeping your black top with the colourful neck safe until the weather calls for it.
The spell of vertigo sounds logic. I have had problems with dizziness and my ear in the past, but that went on for days, not just until I was back on the ground. I’ll live.
After reading the comments, I want to say to just keep doing what you already are – to me that is mixing it up. Some posts are more clothing focused and some the setting takes front and center. And sometimes it’s your activities of the week. For me it is like a surprise package when I open your blog – never knowing quite what you are sending. I love it all
Ahhh…that’s is so lovely to hear. Thanks for the feed-back. I will continue.
I like orange with white, it is a delicious combination. Your orange wedge shoes are very pretty, the whole look seems sober and pretty to me. I always love to see the photos of your precious country. Today it seems that Ron takes center stage in your post, great. It had been a long time since I saw Anja, her hair has always caught my attention.
And an outfit created with items already in my wardrobe… that is a good one too. It is also a very comfortable outfit to wear.
I think I have made a shift in my blog mission. It has always been about outfits and laughter, but lately I get so many comments on the backgrounds, the scenery of my country, that I wonder whether my mission is different now.
Ron at centre stage is always good, the darling.
I envy Anja for her hair, it is so beautiful.
I love the orange and white outfit. It looks so fresh and appealing. The photo of Ron and Watson is perfect! Take that dizziness seriously. Talk to your Doctor. Could be nothing but again could be something. I’m at the age now when my Dr. grills me about dizziness and possible falls. Ah, the joys of aging!
Thank you for your concern. I don’t think there is anything really wrong with my brain (yet) as this only happens when I am standing on something high, like a little wall or on these small stairs. It doesn’t happen when I am on a ladder. I think it is my fear causing this, knowing I cannot jump anymore.
But I will keep a close eye on it.
Love all your pictures – you can’t have too many as far as I am concerned! Am always sorry when you say you forgot to get a pic when with friends etc.
I am trying to do better in taking photos with friends haha. Good to know I haven’t overdone it (yet) with the amount of photos. I cannot promise every post will have such an abundance though.
What an amazing array of architectural wonderfulness! The Vrede house with the red shutters is just breathtaking. You look great in orange; it really makes you shine. Like Anne, I’m a cool colour person so steer clear of orange but like to see it on other people. Love the photo of Ron with his soup and Watson! Have a great week!
Very gratifying to read your comment. I love it when I succeed in entertaining people. I think I am the opposite of a cool colour person. Saturated jewel colours work best on me.
So many things to love about this post! I love your orange and white outfit, the many beautiful photos, the glimpses into your day to day life, and the knowledge that you shop second hand. I’m also delighted by your generosity and would love to have seen your neighbour’s face when you took off your top and gave it to her!
Sometimes I wonder what life my readers have. As my Sunday post is so elaborate, you will have to find the time to read it. Not everybody has that time or wants to spend so much time on it.
Wow – not too many photos at all! One of the many things I enjoy about your blog is that I get to learn about a part of the world that I’ve never been to in addition to admiring all of your fashion, friends, relatives, and dogs.
Not a fan of orange (or any earth tones) for myself, but you look fantastic in it.
Hope your spell of dizziness went away. Those kinds of unexpected things are scary.
Have a great week.
I wonder whether my blog is still about outfits and laughter or whether the scenery photos have taken over?? Hmmm…dilemma.
The dizziness went away as soon as I was on the ground again. Perhaps it is just fear, because I know I cannot jump anymore?
I actually really like the combination of fashion and scenery / history. Some clothing blogs get boring because they’re just about fashion. Yours takes advantage of the fascinating part of the world where you live and incorporates that with fashion. I love it – please keep doing it if it makes you happy. Nothing has to be all one way or the other. I’ve noticed that, along with my hair, things become more gray as I get older (70) rather than black and white.
Haha, that’s a good one Anne: “things become more gray rather than black and white”. I agree, although I was always the person, even when I was young, who saw grey, the one side but also the other side.