Windy photo shoot with a combination of items from my wardrobe. The wide black skirt and pale yellow jumper were the result of trying which skirt would create a flattering silhouette with the short jumper. As I had worn the jumper with black trousers, I took the easy route and chose black for the skirt as well. Luckily, I have a few black skirts. Not all of them gave the right proportions, but this one does.
The colour of the boots was another area of attention. If I chose black boots, the outfit was out of proportion and cream boots didn’t go well with the pale yellow. No problem though, I still have these fabulous snake print boots. They add interest because of the pattern and the colour is light enough to keep the proportions right. (Link to previous posts with these boots, here and in this post you can see the hint of green in the boots.)
Below: Loes and I started in this sheltered area with a lot of green.
Below: Can you see that the jumper is pale yellow and not white?
Below: The little black bag goes well with this outfit, I think. It is the Chloé Marcie mini crossbody bag, a bag I love to bits.
Below: We walked to the front of the building we had chosen for the photo shoot. This used to be a swimming pool, paid for by Adriaan Stoop. Wikipedia only gives you the story of his career which was impressive, but after he made his fortune, he decided to give something back to the community and among other things, he built a school and this swimming pool for everybody to use.
Below: This is the complex as seen from above. In 2003 this swimming pool was converted into very luxurious apartments.
We took a little peek inside the building. We pushed the front door and it was open!
Were we allowed to go inside? I have no idea, but with photography I hold to the view that it is better to ask forgiveness afterwards than permission beforehand.
Below: What an entrance… ever so chic.
Below: As you can see in the photo above, there was a plant arrangement in the left corner.
Below: In the entrance hall we found this little tile on the wall. It is a swimming certificate from 1960. So cute.
Below: Moving further into the building, we saw the big staircases. That is a WOW for me.
Below: Three photos which hung on the walls, showing what the swimming pool was like in the old days. They are very grainy, probably because a photo was taken of a photo and again, taken of a photo.
I loved it.
We went back outside and Loes took some more shots while I was hiding from the wind.
Below: Not bad, not bad. The first photo of this post is the best shot (and for that reason at the top of the post).
Below: Ah…the wind even found me in this sheltered corner.
Below: A nice shot of the green earrings by Lara Design.
Below: The front of the building in summer.
Below: At home Loes was checking the photos she took. I have to be more careful taking her photo. This one doesn’t do her justice, I think.
What happened in my life this week
Ron and I took my mother to the hearing aid shop again. She is experiencing trouble with her new hearing aid. So sad. We are trying to figure out what is going wrong but it is difficult. I didn’t take her photo as she was wearing the same jumper as on Christmas day.
Again, my blog experienced trouble with the email program. The email wasn’t sent this week as scheduled. So I employed the same lady again who helped me the last time and she is looking into it. In the meantime I could send it straight away instead of scheduling it.
Below: Ron and I had a lovely New Year’s day, letting Watson run at the beach. It was glorious weather although very windy. I hadn’t done my hair or make-up yet, so it was the perfect timing to join Ron. Nothing could be messed up. The beach restaurant was really busy; we weren’t the only ones with this idea of a beach walk. I had a very nice hot chocolate.
Below: This is the result after I had done my hair and make-up and got properly dressed. Unfortunately, Ron’s iPad didn’t take a sharp photo. (Link to original post which shows the outfit much better.)
My appointment on Monday with the plastic surgeon who did my eyelids, was cancelled as she was ill. It is now rescheduled for two weeks later. I really want to ask her a lot of questions. Although I am pretty pleased with my eyelids, I am also a bit disappointed as I expected a better result. Let’s wait what she has to say about it.
I saw Marijke and Marianne one afternoon and in ten minutes Marijke took some blog photos of my outfit. I always put my friends to work, especially when it is not raining.
Below: Marijke on the left and Marianne on the right. It is extremely hard to take a photo of Marijke. Her face is always moving and she tends to pull faces. Oh well, as long as you can see that they had fun.
Marcella came round for a cappuccino but I forgot to take a photo. She is well.
I met a former colleague of mine, Madelon. We had lunch near where she lives (in the east of the country) and it was lovely to catch up. We had such a terrific working relationship and could laugh so much with each other. The lunch lasted 4 hours. So much to catch up on.
Below: Madelon and me. She reserved a table at a restaurant which used to be a bank office (see the little vaults behind us?). As we had worked together in the communication department of a large bank, this choice of restaurant was very befitting. My hair looks yellow underneath a lamp. Madelon’s hair looked lovely; she suddenly developed wavy hair. Wouldn’t mind that happening to me too.
Link to original post with snake print boots. I really like the jumper but the collar is sooo itchy. I have to come up with a solution.
Loes and I had another photo shoot on Friday and it was lovely weather. Hurray.
In the afternoon my friend Anke (of the Shopping Saturday girls) dropped by. Forgot to take a photo. She (and her husband and kids) are going to move house in the summer and their new house is 10 minutes cycling from our house.
Had another conversation about the Wi-Fi (still not solved), tried to switch to another provider which has installed optical fibre (glass fibre) in our street, but they are not fully operational yet with that service. Also phoned the hospital for my mother who was still not seeing well after the injection of last Tuesday. The eye doctor wanted to see her before the weekend. As I live rather far away, I couldn’t get her there in time, but luckily her hairdresser was so kind to drive her to the appointment. That woman deserves a place in heaven.
So loads of long telephone conversations and holding the line for a long time. Not funny. Oh well, sometimes these things happen. Next week everything will hopefully be solved.
I loved this outfit. You nailed the proportions and the snake boots were a great choice. Getting the contrasts right makes a lot of difference.
It is always rather a search for me before I’ll get an outfit right. Lots of hits and misses. And sometimes I plainly fail. I don’t mind, it balances the times that I get it exactly right.
Lovely post again.
So annoying all these technical and time consuming issues that need to be solved!!
This is a look/outfit that i don’t like. In my opinion this sweater is way too pale and boring for you. Why wear bleh when you can do fun and fabulous?
To be honest i think about the same thing about the black skirt.
But hey, that’s just my opinion…
Sometimes we differ darling. You know that. But I can see why. It reminds you too much of the old days, right?
Hi Greetje, those snakey boots are so versatile and make an outfit modern. May I say I love the pic of you without make-up and your hair not ‘done’. You look so youthful, sometimes as we age less really is more.
Ah Lise, that is very kind of you, but you’ve got to remember, it is just a photo. A moment in time. I know for sure that in real life I just look tired with deep red circles around my eyes if I don’t wear any make-up. And I don’t use much, just a lot of concealer haha.
Happy New Year!!
I look forward to your posts whenever they arrive. You look fabulous in your outfits. I enjoy your weekly recaps and all the scenery. The building and pool featured in this post were stunning the architecture is timeless.
From Niagara Falls Canada
So many compliments…thank you. You are making me shy.
Happy New Year to you to and I hope I can keep you entertained for a long time.
The skirt and combinations are stunning. Thank you so much for your tours. I regret that I won’t be able to visit the Netherlands again (bad health), since it’s one of my favourite places. But I enjoy my vicarious visits. Happy New Year.
I never would have thought that our wet country would be someone’s favourite place (apart from the Dutch themselves). Sorry to hear that your health is bad. I will try my utmost to keep up showing you interesting bits of the Netherlands. Happy New Year to you too.
What a beautiful building! I loved the photos of when it was a swimming pool. It seems a shame that something that was given for the benefit of the community should now be turned into undoubtedly very profitable properties. I hope there is another swimming pool available nearby. The skirt is lovely with the jumper, very flattering, and boots are fabulous. I didn’t get an email at all, but I always look for your blog on Monday morning and always enjoy it very much.
Indeed very profitable properties. So expensive.
And yes, there are other, more modern swimming pools in the city, so it stands to reason, not to continue this outdated place. At least they didn’t knock it down to build something brand new.
The email service is driving me nuts. The email with this week’s post went out this afternoon. Don’t know why and how, but it went and I think it also included last week’s post (again). Sigh.
At least you know that I always publish on the same day, at the same time.
I received last week’s post in my email today! No problem, just went to your page!
Smart girl !!
Even if the email goes wrong, I always publish a new post on the same day (Sunday) at the same time (5.15 PM Amsterdam time). The email went out correctly (more or less) this afternoon but I don’t know why and how. Still working on it.
Like Bette, the email that I received today linked to last week’s post. Hopefully you can get the situation sorted out soon. Technology is wonderful when it works as it should, and such a pain when it doesn’t!
The outfit that you featured today is very flattering and I love the way you analyze it and explain why some things work better than others. I’m not really a fan of snake print, but the boots are perfect for that outfit.
Thank you for sneaking into the swimming pool/apartment building and sharing it with us! What a gorgeous interior. I can only imagine what the apartments must be like!
And a pain it is indeed. Fortunately, but quite unexpectedly, the email with this week’s post went out this afternoon. It seems that my internal MailChimp clock is out of order.
As creating an outfit is a struggle for me, I like to share it with my readers. You never know, somebody might benefit from it.
The apartments of the former swimming pool are very spacious and with lovely corners and windows. Very expensive of course. There was one for sale, so I had an online look, but I cannot copy those photos. Breach of copyright.
I think the boots are a great choice for the outfit! Just right to balance the top & bottom halves.
Hope you get the email problem sorted, & sorry I couldn’t be of more help. Technology can be a bear sometimes.
And I hope your Mum gets the hearing aid & eye problems worked out.
Glad you agree with me on the boots and the balance.
The email went out, quite unexpectedly, this afternoon. Now with two posts in it. Aagghhh.
Still trying to figure out what is wrong. At least this week my dear readers got the new post announcement too.
Again such an interesting venue for your photographs! I do hope your mom soon gets her issues sorted out. I remember my mom had trouble initially with her hearing aids but once they were adjusted they made a world of difference to her — and to us!
Believe me, we are constantly adjusting mum’s hearing aids.
The building me used this week for the post is more interesting than I thought. As I tried to get some background I discovered new things myself.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I rec’d last week’s post in today’s email. The problem is still not fixed.
On a positive note, I love the boots and think they really make the outfit.
Really like the sweater and skirt combo…not a fan of snake or leopard but they do look good with your outfit…personally I would have continued with maybe black suede boots but we are all different in choices. The scenery and architecture you provide in your photos is always so interesting and enjoyable..the former swim bldg is beautiful but I would hope they provide an elevator after seeing that fabulous staircase. Happy New Year and look forward to your future posts.
I don’t have black suede boots, only black leather boots and I tried that, but it didn’t work. The black bit was too big.
As for the swimming pool…yes, they do provide an elevator haha. I was looking for that as well.
Happy New Year to you too and glad you are one of my loyal readers.
I really don’t like snakes, but I must say those boots really make the outfit!
I also love the swimming pool/apartment building. You and your friends take us to such great places.
Have a good week.
Most people don’t like snakes and the boots are “snake print”. And I agree, they make the outfit.
Finding new places of interest to show you, isn’t easy and we won’t succeed all of the time. But we try.