One of my readers commented last week that she was quite surprised when my site loaded with the monochrome cream outfit. She was expecting a colour bomb as usual. Today is “as usual” again haha. This neon yellow top proves to be ever so useful in creating outfits. The starting point of this outfit were the big colourful earrings. They are by Baublehause; the owner and creator of these polymer clay earrings is Anne, a charming, hardworking entrepreneur, but foremost designer.
Most of my recent earrings are by Lara Design and the older ones are gold, acquired during my life. Baublehaus has different earrings which also appeal to me. I already bought two pairs from her art deco collection (black ones and mint green ones). They are statement earrings and ever so light, especially if you consider the size.
Of course I can wear them with any plain colour, but for the first post I decided to go all out. The trousers are blue or purple, depending on the light and the lime yellow of the top and the orange of the boots are in the earrings as well. (Note: I insist that these patent leather booties are orange. Not red. Just so you know.)
Loes was my photographer this time for which I am grateful as I wanted a lot of photo shoots in stock for the weeks that I will be without make-up due to the eyelid lift. That operation by the way, has been postponed to next Thursday as I have a little infection at the bottom of one eyelid, ergo, no operation last week. Hopefully it will be gone by next week.
Below: The market square of Haarlem. I finally got a shot of the renovated town hall. If it had been up to me, I would have chased all these people away, out of my view but luckily I don’t have that power.
Below: This is nearly the same photo as the one at the top, only now the whole Saint Bavo church is in view. You have seen this location before in this post with the Vivienne Westwood blouse.
Below: I sat on this swing in that post. Now it was occupied by two girls, having fun.
Below: Again there was a cat. This rosé beauty must have had its tail between the door. There was a definite kink in its tail.
Below: Loes was quick enough to catch me stroking the sweetie. Seconds later he bolted.
Below: Passing a fun café.
Below: We ventured into a little courtyard, with keen gardeners. Someone had conveniently put a chair ready for me.
Below: Zooming out, you can see a sculpture on the edge of the wall.
Below: At the other end of the little courtyard Loes took a photo of the back. Hmmm… it still looks a bit odd.
Below: It does depend how you hold your arms. As you can see, the orange boots have a stiletto heel which is murder in Haarlem with all its cobble stones. I did damage one heel a little bit. My fantastic cobbler will fix that.
Below: Close-up of the fab earrings.
Below: As we were taking the close-up, I found out that Loes’ camera angle was wrong. I don’t like being photographed from below and Loes is much shorter than I am. So I squatted LOL. My fitness exercises came in handy.
Below: As you can see from the way I hold my head, I am walking towards Loes and I am looking down a little. So funny.
Below: But a straight shot is also possible.
Creating this post, I noticed that the bag strap was creasing my top. STYLIST!!! Where are you?
It was not easy finding a bag with this outfit. I have many bags (understatement of the year) but they were all wrong. This little blue camera bag was the best. It had to be inconspicuous as all the other outfit items are loud enough.
We had a coffee and tea with cake at a British restaurant, all quaint with British memorabilia. No photo of Loes this time. She had a bad hair day and refrained.
What happened in my life this week
Saturday Ron and I walked to the centre to enjoy cappuccino and cake (don’t talk about my weight). Strolling across the various food markets in the sunshine, buying big chunks of Dutch cheese, made for a very pleasant Saturday.
Sunday I let Ron rest from his busy work week and took mum to a shopping centre. It said on the website they were open on Sunday but that was not entirely true. Yes, they were open but only 4 chain stores were open. All the nice shops were closed. Fortunately quite a nice restaurant was open for business.
Below: Mum, indulging a gentleman who called out “SMILE” to her as I was taking the photo. We had a cheerful chat with the charming waitress, so it was still a nice change for her from being at home.
Monday my friend Marjolein took photos of another outfit for my blog post stock and we had a very nice day together. No photos, as they are reserved for the post.
Below: I found my cat sleeping like this, with her face pushed against the windowsill. Daft cat.
Tuesday I got my next Covid booster vaccination. There was time for that as my eyelid correction was postponed. In the evening our friends Georg and Marla came for a meal with mussels (scallops, clams). As we Dutch say, mussels are good when there is an R in the month, like OctobeR.
Wednesday I stopped my cycling when one of the old bridges pivoted and a large ship passed through. Always a lovely sight to see.
In the afternoon I collected my repaired shoes and boots from the cobbler and visited Marianne. As it was her PJ day, she wasn’t up for her photo being taken. Instead she took a photo of me, with my new reading glasses (below). For the Dutch: bought at Eye Wish Heemstede.
(Link to original post with this outfit.)
Thursday Loes and I had this photo shoot.
Friday I managed to create this blog post, do the laundry, do the shopping and supply the painters with coffee. They are doing the outside of our house. Very quiet day.
Not an awful lot happened this week. We will see what next week will bring.
Greetje, I am IN LOVE with the colours of your outfit. I’ve alsways adored lime green, and when it’s teamed with that shade of blue / purple, it’s just divine! You look fab. And I love the locations as usual. I chuckled at your cat’s sleeping position on the windowsill, and even more so when you called him (her?) ‘daft cat’/ It’s so British lol!!!
Your mum looks great, by the way! Oh and I love your new reading glasses.
When I am dressed in this outfit I will definitely be noticed. It is an outfit for an extreme extravert like me haha.
I worked with British people for 2 1/2 years and I had British friends (mostly Scottish) so I talk about wardrobe and not closet and about jumper and not sweater. I can indeed speak Queen’s English.
My new reading glasses are like this outfit: out there LOL.
I absolutely LOVE all the bright colours in this outfit, Greetje! And I agree, the booties are orange. I would wear this whole look in a heartbeat.
Lovely to see your mum (nice red sweater) and your cat is so funny sleeping on the sill like that.
We both love our bright colours, right? Although we actually love a lot of colours and things. I always say that my style is all over the place.
Such nice photos! I enjoyed them so much. It delights me that your Mom is getting out and about. Yes to that. My cat has the tortoiseshell fur too.
My cat used to hit and bit me. Since I leave her alone most of the times and only stroke her head when she askes me too, our relationship has gotten better.
Best of luck with your surgery!
I admire your vibrant style but I could never pull it off without feeling self conscious. Perhaps that’s why I enjoy your blog so much. And of course there is your good humor, the beautiful scenery, and tales of Ron.
Great to see that your mum is getting out and about.
And I do love those glasses!
Thanks Sarah. I hardly ever feel self conscious; probably because I am an extreme extravert. Which is also why I often speak before I think, especially when there is a chance to crack a joke. It has gotten me into trouble a couple of times, but more times there is laughter.
I love this color blocked outfit and its colors! You look stunning! Regarding the cinnamon tiger cat, you are probably right. My calico cat also has a broken tail just at the start of the tail. She probably broke it as a little kitten as she had it already when we adopted her. Your cat is so cute. It’s amazing in which funny position cats work on sleeping 16 hours a day.
I followed the colours of the earrings, so all the credits go to Anne of Baublehaus. I just happened (… huh huh) to have items in these colours in my wardrobe.
And I love cats.
THE OUTFIT IS FANTASTIC!
Thank you very much Elizabeth. I am quite chuffed myself.
So funny that the Dutch have the R month saying for eating mussels. We have the same saying for oysters in the state of Virginia in the US. I wonder if it came over to the US with the English/Dutch Puritans.
Oh funny, I didn’t know that. I searched through Google to see why the R has to be in the month. Apparently that was because it was difficult in the old days to keep mussels (and oysters?) fresh in transport. Now that all transport can be cooled, there aren’t such restrictions anymore. But they do procreate in April and May and they get stronger again in June. How about that for some mussel knowledge?
Beautiful combi,the colours are very nice together!
I just copied what the designer of the earrings created. As I like all these colours, I did have items in my wardrobe to create an outfit with. But I would never have come up with the combination myself I think. The yellow/lime with the blue/purple yes, but adding the orange, no.
A fabulous outfit that I admired from all sides, no matter how you held your arms! Good look with the eye surgery. So nice your Mom could be out and about again.
Glad you like the outfit. I think it is rather an acquired taste, but perhaps by now, you readers are used to that haha.
Thank you for the good wishes. Mum is certainly feeling much better.
Good luck with the eye surgery. It was splendid to see your Mother out and about again after the long foot woes, Keep on being your joyful, colorful self.
Thanks for the good wishes Sharon. And I will keep on being joyful and colourful. I wouldn’t know how not to LOL.
Ohh, too much color for me. lol. There is a long list of colors I do not wear and that chartreuse color is one of them! I absolutely have fear of fashion! ha ha But you look very nice in everything you wear! What about a clutch handbag instead of a crossbody? You must have something!!
I knew this ostentatious outfit wouldn’t be everybody’s cup of tea. And that is fine. You can be honest with me, it doesn’t hurt my feelings. This colour is yellow/lime to me but perhaps chartreuse is a better description; no idea. Of course it has to be a colour that suits you. I think it suits me, as long as it is bright (saturated?).
A clutch is a bit of a nuisance to me. I do have them, but I’d rather have my hands free. Because of all those bright colours in the outfit I wanted an inconspicuous bag. The small dark blue one was best (IMHO).
What a great outfit. I love all the colour, including the orange boots! Your mother looks lovely in red — how wonderful that she can get out and about.
Forgot to say best of luck with your surgery!
Mum doesn’t move fast but at least she is moving again. And she is in no pain anymore from the wound on her heel. That is completely healed. Yay.
Mum and I both look good in red. It makes us shine.
Thanks for the compliments and for the good wishes (in your follow-up comment).
What an extremely flattering outfit both in terms of color and figure. Makes your legs look long and waist, tiny.
Good luck with your surgery.
Thanks for the compliments and the good wishes. My legs are, as a matter of fact, quite long but my waist is far from tiny haha. If that trend of tucking your top in at the front and letting it hang loose at the back, goes out of fashion, I am toast.
Love all the color – you look fantastic!
That photo of your cat is hilarious. Cats are so weird, but I still love them (and dogs too).
Sending good thoughts your way for your eyelid lift. I have a personal interest because I have very similar eyelids, so I’m curious how it will look!
Have a great week.
Bright colours are so good on me. I do love a neutral outfit too but have to be careful with that. No beige or camel. Cream is sort of all right, but I usually add bright earrings.
There is still a little “thingy” hanging on the bottom of one upper eyelid, so I have to see whether the surgeon will go ahead with the operation next Thursday. We will see. (A Dutch saying which is appropriate here, translates literally to: what is in the barrel does not sour haha.)
Well I loved your neutral look last week but… the colours this week look amazing on you! So.. you are the lucky lady who can do neutral and very colourful. I loved both looks and your reading glasses are very chic too. Love seeing your mum, glad she is getting out and about with you!
Neutrals are far more risky with my skin tone. Cream (with a bit of yellow in it) isn’t too bad, but for instance beige or camel makes me look sick. Baby blue in winter time is also a very bad idea. That is why I usually opt for bright colourful earrings or necklace to add the necessary colour to my face. A scarf (near my face) can do the same.
My old tortoise pair of reading glasses have been updated with a new glass so now I have two beautiful reading glasses.
Definitely lots of colour going on there..Actually love the top and pants together..only thing I would change is the “orange boot”with it! I am also admiring your jacket in last pictures.. Colour must be a “Dutch” thing as your queen wears them well but I was attributing that to her SA roots! but hey maybe it is a Dutch thing! Overall another eye catching outfit and I love it…
I was not that sure about the boots either (a bit much?) but as I said to Gee, I didn’t know what other shoes or boots to use and I couldn’t resist the fact they matched the orange dot in the earrings.
No, colour is definitely not a Dutch thing. Here, the streets are filled with black, brown and blue. Colour is for the outgoing people, for the extraverts and I am 100% extravert. (Besides, a colour session showed me what colour does to my appearance. Sometimes I just don’t care and wear cream or soft green or so, but usually I add colourful earrings or a necklace to compensate.
Haha, when the first photo came up I thought: “right, business as usual!”. And then saw that you’d mentioned my comment in your intro. You look great, love the trousers especially.
Your mum also looks good with the red top and earrings and red beads in the necklace.
I think the photo of the Haarlem market square with all the people is really nice, makes it look more lively than just empty. Your new glasses really suit you – they make a strong statement!
You made me change the order of publishing the posts. I had a much more demure outfit all ready to post when I read your comment and decided to alternate. Had to do this colourful post in one day.
Mum and I are both necklace lovers and we both look good in red.
When I had bought the glasses, the optician took a photo to show at home. That photo was so awful that husband and I both went back the next day to check whether I had made the right choice. It was just a bad photo; the glasses are good. I have another pair (tortoise) which I have had for years. The optician changed one glass in them (very carefully). So now I have two beautiful reading glasses YAY.
The earrings are so fun and really complement the top. One guide for wearing color I came across recently says “one, ton, or none.” You’ve got “ton” going on here so it works!
I hate it when I get all of the photos and something’s askew. Or a tree is growing right out of my head. Sometimes I cheat and just edit it. 😉
Your Mum looks really lovely in red!
Best of luck with the surgery, hope it all goes smoothly.
Gosh, I had to do some research and thinking before I grasped the “one, ton, or none”.
When Kitty takes my photos she always makes sure there isn’t a tree or a lamppost growing out of my head.
I sometimes edit such things as well. After all, if I had been standing just a little to the right or the left, the photo would have been like the edited version. Not the kind of editing I mind.
Red is a good colour for both mum and me.
I certainly hope everything goes smootly too. That thingy on my eyelid is still not gone.
I’ve been told that after my cataracts have been given the heave-ho I’ll be very surprised at how vivid bright colours will be. If that is true, then I’m almost glad that I haven’t had the op yet (not really) if this week’s outfit is an example! Wow! Like it, although not sure about the shoes, especially the backs. Er, are you really sure they’re not red?
Please tell Mama she’s looking good. So glad she’s getting out and about with you. As for the cats: cute! I love moggies.
Have a good week, and good luck with the eyelid lift. x
People told me the same thing about vivid bright colours. It wasn’t true in my case. There is not a lot of difference in colour before and after. Perhaps the colours are a bit more intense.
I have been hesitating about the boots too. It is quite a lot together, but as I didn’t have another pair of shoes or boots to go with this outfit. Also the fact that the boots matched that orange dot in the earrings was too hard to resist.
My mum reads my blog posts and the comments, so she will read your compliments.
I had to look up the word moggies. Learned a new word.
Thanks for the compliments and the good wishes.