Styling a rather classic skirt, like this flared black midi skirt, isn’t easy for me. I tend to make it look frumpy, old-fashioned. I will show you a couple of previous styling to prove my point.
Below: I will start with the most unflattering styling of all. This is the skirt with the matching jacket. I bought both at the Max Mara outlet in Turin. Especially the shoes make this suit look very old-fashioned. I have always had a problem with modern shoes.
Below: Again the shoes are too old-fashioned and the belt sits far too high in my waist, making my short torso even shorter.
Below: The boots made it better but the turtleneck made my breasts look even bigger than they are. No turtlenecks for me. (I had to let these boots go because they were too wide which hurt my knee. Such a shame.) You can see the structure of the skirt fabric very well in this photo.
Below: We are moving on. This styling isn’t too bad, although still rather classic.
Below: I like this styling with the red cowboy boots and the oversized necklace. The jacket is back but this isn’t an old-fashioned look.
Below: And this is how I styled it this week. With a sweater and my combat boots. I really like this now.
Loes took the photos with the new camera. We tried a couple of camera features which didn’t really work out. But no biggie. The photos turned out very nice.
Below: Loes in a perfect bokeh photo.
Below: With all that red in the outfit, I had to wear my red earrings by Lara Design. That was a no-brainer. (The tip of my nose is red too.)
Remember that my niece saved this sweater by printing a few rose petals on the 4 stains? It looks as if they have always been there. The red belt is Max Mara and a birthday present from my mum a few years ago.
Below: Trying a pose which didn’t work out that well haha. “Here’s looking at you, babe”.
Below: We were in a park with beautiful houses, called Kenaupark. As soon as Loes saw the bench, she directed me to it. She knows me well LOL.
Below: Bright sunshine is just as bad for photography as taking photos inside. Well, not really, I should have used my flash but that is still in its package. I never used a flash before that you had to mount on to your camera. Anyway the tree is nice.
Below: In the old days rich people had houses around this park, often as their summer residence.
Below: One of the statues in the park is of Hannie Schaft, a famous Haarlem girl who did excellent work in the resistance during World War 2.
Below: There were other people in the park but not many. Monday afternoon everybody is at work.
Below: And it was COOOOLLLLDD.
Below: Loes, back at my place to warm up.
What happened in my life this week
Saturday went by without me doing anything. The shops were open again, but the restaurants and terraces were still closed. Only that Saturday there was a ‘demonstration’. Meaning the terraces were full with people drinking from 12 till 5 p.m. Oh well.
Sunday I visited mum. She was all dressed in black, which is highly unusual for her.
Below: I told her I would take the photo from a low point of view to make her look taller haha. She is tiny (5ft1 / 1m54).
I found some old photos. Below: Mum and my brother. Wasn’t she a beauty? 19 years old.
Below: And this is my dad at the age of 30. He was very debonair, a great dancer and always beautifully dressed. He swept my young mother off her feet.
Monday Loes and I took the photos for this post and the only exciting thing that happened on the Tuesday was my trip to the cobbler. Luckily I had a Facetime conversation with Susan of Une femme d’un certain âge in the evening. Always great to talk to her.
Wednesday was dull with just a visit to the physiotherapist…Really, if I have to fill this section of the post with drivel like this, I’d better stop writing. Of course every day we have French conversation lessons and French lesson on the app. Baby steps…
Thursday was a better day. Marcella came and we created a little video. We now have to see how we can edit it. In the afternoon I went to the cobbler to pick up Marianne’s boots which had to be widened. We both shouted ‘hurray’ when I was able to get them on her feet in a few seconds instead of the 25 minutes it took before. Below: Marianne.
Friday was a wet day. I bought Smart LED light bulbs that work with an app. You can change the colour of the bulb from very white to yellow to almost orange with the app. Plus switch the light(s) on and off. A new innovation in our home. There will come a time we will operate everything with an app on our phone. Some of our friends are ‘tech savvy’ and already operate their television, the lights, the front door and their music system like that, but we are late adaptors.
So all in all, rather an uneventful week. On the bright side: my knee is improving a lot.
Saying goodbye this week with a photo that promises spring.