The purple blue trousers, the brightly coloured jumper and the golden boots create what I call, a smashing outfit. Perhaps it is too colourful for you, but this is sooo me.
I found the trousers as I was shopping in Amsterdam with my friends Sabine and Anke (the Shopping Saturday girls). It was far too tight in the waist, but I noticed that there were two darts at the back and that the lining of the pockets was the same fabric. It made me confident that my seamstress would be able to fix it, just like she did with my leopard print trousers in November. And indeed, she fixed it.
These trousers are the same fit and style as the leopard print trousers, which made the choice to wear them with the champagne-coloured boots (EIJK Amsterdam) an easy one; a combination tried and tested. How did I ever manage without these boots?
Ron and I ventured out with my new camera to document it all. He had seen a yellow container by the side of a road and thought it would make a good background. I sincerely doubted that but I have learned not to argue about creativity with my photographer. After all, I know I don’t have ‘the eye’, so I’d better accept that others know better. As I said in a previous post, the camera performed beautifully. The only difficulty we have is the colour of the trousers. It comes up bright blue in all photos except for the first one. That first photo reflects the true colour: purple blue. When I adjusted the colours of the other photos in Photoshop Elements, my hair turned orange and that is not nice, so I left the trousers bright blue.
Below: Ron startled me by saying: “There is a stain there”. Me going: “Where? Where?” Joker. Not a stain in sight.
Below: Standing in the grass or in the mud or in the sand, is never ‘my thing’. Unfortunately it is something that Ron usually does not take into account.
Below: The green earrings by Lara Design are great with this outfit and they photographed well enough. Further below you will see a portrait with yellow earrings which was less successful.
Below: Across the road was a field. Ron took this pretty picture of …no idea of what but talk about bokeh!
Below: This is my Christmas Day outfit. We were at my mum’s house and the temperature in her living room is quite high. A transparent blouse is no problem there. At my age I wear a tank top underneath. The days of wearing a see-through blouse with a pretty bra underneath, are over. I even wore that to the office in the old days. Mind you, I was 28 and working in an advertising agency, where any kind of clothing was acceptable.
I told Ron I didn’t want him to take the photos of this outfit against the same yellow container and he came up with this field. I do love this new camera.
Below: A relaxed pose, having fun.
Below: The trousers from behind. OK, it is still a small arse, but I think it doesn’t look too bad. See the perfect heels of the boots?
Below: I cannot remember what Ron said to me but I bet it was cheeky. The golden bag is a present from my friend Marianne.
Below: And here is where we have to adjust the camera focus. My face is sharp (perhaps even a bit too sharp haha) and the Lara Design earrings are blurry. As you have seen them a couple of times before, I didn’t bother taking another photo later on.
Below: The light was fading, the shoot had been successful, so home we went.
What happened in my life this week
I cannot remember a thing about Saturday; I really should ‘document my activities’. On Sunday Ron and I both visited my mum and we stayed for dinner (which we brought with us). Below: mum and I played a game of cards; usually she wins, but this time I crushed her. LOL
Different colour top, different setting (not the sofa). She should be content.
As we arrived at mum’s house, I suddenly started sneezing etc. which worried me no end. A Covid test came up negative, but that is not conclusive. Monday I got up, still sneezing and with a runny nose, so I cancelled my appointments with Marcella and with the physiotherapist. As soon as I had done that, the sneezing stopped and my nose was dry again. The end of the cold. So weird.
We took down all the Christmas decorations. Ron helped a lot as I couldn’t climb ladders.
No appointments meant I had enough time to do my French Duo Lingo lessons. My knee was progressing so Paris was getting more and more feasible. Tuesday I even tried going up the stairs again the way a normal person does instead of like a crab with legs spread wide as not to bend the knee. It went fine the first time. The second time went fine as well until I was at the top of the stairs. SNAP…the knee said. HELL…I yelled in pain and I was back on square one, being very angry.
Tuesday night wasn’t funny, a lot of pain and anger but Wednesday morning things were getting better fast. So I held off ringing my doctor asking to refer me to an orthopaedic surgeon. Marcella (of Lara Design) came round, we did a video, talked about some ‘work’ for me and I got another pair of earrings. Sooo nice.
Below: I was wearing this that day. See the original post with cream boots.
My knee got better much quicker than last week and on Thursday I had another session with the physiotherapist. She was quite pleased with the way my knee is developing, even though I wasn’t. Fingers crossed. Didn’t do anything else that day apart from Duo Lingo French and this blog post. Boring days. I did come up with a ‘new’ skirt outfit, taking clothes from my own wardrobe. Not spectacular but I will show you next week the differences between three outfits with the same skirt.
Friday was another boring day with little to do. But as I cycled (for health and knee), I passed kpa.haarlem, the shop of Karlijn, who just happened to have this pair of excellent black trousers…(to be continued).
Now these are looks and silhouettes to my liking! Indeed very you.
I hope your knee is still improving.
My knee is almost completely better, thank you.
And I agree, I like this look best as well. But I don’t always hit the jackpot.
Those trousers are gorgeous, and I love the purple colour (even though most photos show them as blue, they would be nice in blue too lol)! I’m sorry your poor knee keeps giving you pain. If the physio is happy with your progress, then things must be improving!
Have a fabulous week, Greetje!
The knee is hugely improving so I am happy. I am deeply in love with these two outfits created with the purple blue trousers.
Hello Greetje. Your bright colors are always so refreshing–all I see is snow and brown tree limbs from my window.
I sympathize with your knee problems. I spent most of my summer doing physical therapy for my knee–had to force myself to do the exercises at home!
Perhaps your physiotherapist could recommend orthotics for your higher heels, or recommend a orthopedist or podiatrist (don’t know the term in Dutch) who could measure for prescription orthotics to help?
Yes, I do love bright colours. They suit me and give a happy vibe.
My knee is getting better and I am doing the execises at home (forcing myself like you do) because I know they help.
Orthotics are not for me. The knee problem (arthrosis) was inflicted by wearing the wrong orthotics for my left foot. I only had them to prevent problems in the future and instead they gave me problems. So no orthotics for me anymore.
High heels aren’t bad for my knee though, however strange it might sound. And I do try not to go higher than 6 cm.
Dear Greetje, I read your blog regularly and enjoy it so much. I’m a silent follower and not commenting because English is not my mother language. But this time, I feel the need to comment because of your sore knee. I too suffer from it. But as soon as I started taking the curcumin supplement, the situation improved. And I can not sit here in Haifa quietly, knowing that such a little thing can improve the situation, and you will not have to postpone your Paris plans.
As you are, so I am impressed, a very thorough person, you would surely do your own research before taking the supplement.
Wishing you all the best, Judith
Thank you very much Judith. I am looking into curcumin as I write this. I will certainly investigate thoroughly. I don;t know whether it also helps with arthrosis or more with inflammation. I will ask around. Very nice of you to send me this comment. I hope I can keep you amused with my posts for a long time.
Oh, that is the exact purple blue of a leather skirt I have! What a great colour – bummer that it didn’t quite turn out right in the other pics, but they are still good. I like Ron’s choice of backgrounds, very creative.
So nice to see your mum – I lol’ed at you crushing her at cards. My mom and I used to play cards all the time, and we were cut-throat!
I hope your knee behaves! And can’t wait to see the new black trousers???
I always say to mum that I respect her too much to let her win. She still has all her marbles, so why would I? And noe she knows that if she beats me it is a true victory.
The knee is getting better, but slowly. The black trousers need a visit to the seamstress to let out the hem of one trouser leg. (I know, I know, I should be able to do that myself.)
The outfit is really not boring! LOL The explosion of colors is great, especially in the sweater, which is very cute. I love your earrings and also your transparent polka dot blouse, it looks very pretty, with or without a shirt, because you can wear it however you want. And how beautiful the fuscia coat, I love it.
These were outfits to your liking then. Good. Thank you for all the compliments.
Sparkling outfit. Not crazy about the polka dot top. It blunts the color of the pant. the green earrings are a “knock-out”. Mom is lovely in the purple top, perfect with her silvery hair and her skin tone. she has beautiful hands!..
The yellow container is a fabulous background for your outfit. Some sections could be displayed at MOMA in NY city as Dutch “Abstract expressionism”..some crazy American millennial would buy it for $$$$$$$$$$$ to display in his/her 50 mill home. And so it goes….. i could serve as the “go in between here…….Just a thought!
I agree with you that the polka dot top blunts the colour of the trousers, but I still like it. It is different than with the jumper but still good.
Glad you like my earrings so much (as I do too).
My mum never sunbathed, which is why her skin is in much better condition than mine. Mind you, I also have my father’s genes and that is not good for my skin either.
Had to laugh over your remark about the container. Art is always a difficult subject. We Dutch say when we talk about value: “It is worth what a fool wants to pay for it.”
The purple blue slacks fit you so nicely. Very striking color and looks good with the sheer blouse too. Interesting. Your Mother is looking lovely too.
A good seamstress is key when you don’t have the figure of a top model (and even they probably use them as well).
I was thinking what colours would go with purple/blue and yellow was the first colour that sprung to mind. Ergo, the sheer blouse.
Mum reads the comments, so she will see your compliment to her.
I love these colorful outfits! You look fab in bright colors and I find them very cheery. I need all the “cheery” I can get these days, so thank you.
Lots of people appreciate other people wearing colourful outfits but usually do not dare wearing them themselves. I always hear: “You are so daring, wearing that”. And I always wonder what’s to dare? Nobody is going to shoot me for it. Nobody ever said: “Please don’t wear such bright colours anymore, you look like a clown”. Honestly nobody ever said that.
As you said it cheers people up. So thank you for the compliment.
The photo of your mum is lovely! She looks so elegant.
I will tell her, although I am pretty sure she reads the comments haha.
Not too colorful at all! I love how you use and reuse your pieces making them good investments. Classic pieces but never boring!
I could use and reuse my pieces a lot more Bella. Working on my sustainability level though.
Photos I especially love…the first one, the red coat, and the last one. Nice job, Ron. I just love your mom; seeing her makes me miss mine.
I will pass the compliment on to Ron. Funny that you should say you love seeing my mum if it makes you miss yours. I am all for avoiding sad thoughts.
The last photo of me in the mirror is to your liking too? Never would have imagined that.
I love that colourful outfit so much! You are right; it is you. Those trousers are a gorgeous colour and fit you beautifully. Your mother has such a lovely smile; I look forward to seeing both of you each week.
That is very good to hear. Both mum and I are wondering whether she doesn’t appear on the blog too much.
The trousers were calling me in the shop, where most of the clothes were black, grey, beige and brown.
Smashing colors are your best friends! Just love it and the boots are the best. Keep up smiling dear. 😎
I am very pleased with these two outfits. They have exactly that vibe I would like to have with all my clothes (but failing at that haha).
No problem to keep up the smiling.
I wonder if you would humor me by not wearing heels for two weeks? I avoided knee surgery by switching to flats. I hated it, and I still do, but it was worth it to not have the surgery.
Actually I am wearing flat shoes now for a week as I do find that my knee hurts less if I do that. So I think I can “humor you” haha.
Now that you have avoided knee surgery, are you allowed to back to high heels? Or is it over for ever?
Wow, the photos with your new camera are really good! That sweater is so fun and looks great with the purple pants. The gold boots are 11/10.
The photos are really good, aren’t they. I was so pleased !
The sweater only went with one pair of spring/summer trousers; I just couldn’t combine it with anything else. Until now!! YAY
And those boots… oh I so hope she will make them in silver as well.
Wow – very bright and colorful, but you can definitely carry it off!
Love Ron’s photo.
Have a good week.
I so like colourful clothes, especially near my face. Brightens up my day and/or my face. I will pass the compliment on to Ron.
Hey- the more casual posing turned out great- that hands in pockets pose looks awesome. And I love that pink jacket look- changing my boring top out right now as I have a similar jacket in yellow you inspired me to wear!
I should try more casual posing, as I like it as well. How nice that I have inspired you to change jackets. I feel flattered. Nice to hear from you again.