Spring is the best season to me. I love the new green leaves and I love the time when the fruit trees blossom. To photograph my yellow blazer with a striped top, Loes and I chose this spot near a park with that gorgeous tree in full bloom.
Below: Isn’t it a sight for sore eyes? The blossom looks like candy floss.
Below: It made a fantastic background. The black and white striped top is new by Mads Nørgaard and from kpa.haarlem. The jacket and the silver belt are from Essentiel Antwerp (2020) and you have seen them several times. The dark jeans are Denham and frayed at the bottom, but I cuffed them.
Below: Another good reason to like spring are the tulips. The Netherlands is renowned for tulips. They grow everywhere, in parks and in most gardens. A bunch of tulips to put in a vase is cheap, like 50 tulips for max 15 euros.
Below: We were at the back of ‘Dolhuys‘ (Museum of the Mind) in Haarlem. To quote from their website: “Museum of the Mind | Dolhuys is situated in a unique medieval building: the former lepers-, plague and madhouse. For years the building lay outside the city walls of Haarlem, sheltering the ‘insane’ and people with contagious diseases such as plague and leprosy.”
Below: Sitting on a bench overlooking the park across the water with the restaurant of the ‘Dolhuys’ behind me. I published two posts on this location one in 2015 and one in 2018, both with Misja, Sylvia and Anja.
Below: Loes and I are always interested in cats and dogs walking by. I am wearing my Converse trainers as they go so well with the striped top.
Below: Earrings by Lara Design.
After the photo shoot, we didn’t have our coffee in the restaurant of the ‘Dolhuys’ but headed back to our own neighbourhood restaurant.
What happened in my life this week
Visited mum again after 7 weeks. We both were very pleased to see each other again after such a long time. As it was sunny, I took her out for an ice cream at the village square.
Below: Mum imitating Roy Orbison LOL.
Then on Sunday evening I got terrible throat ache. I had to cancel all my lovely dates with friends for the whole week. Tried to shake off this pain and cold by keeping really quiet, not speaking and staying indoors. But it lasted until Friday afternoon.
Below: After walking around in bathrobe and slippers for three days, I thought it was time to, at least, look good although I didn’t feel good. I chose a pair of trousers I didn’t feel (elastic waist band) and something wide on top so I wouldn’t have to wear a body shaper. I was not in the mood. (Link to original post from 2017 with high heels.) Just goes to show you should never trust a photo to tell the truth as I look a hell of a lot better than I felt.
Darling husband had bronchitis and had to take codeine to survive. Luckily this helps very much. Like me, he took it very easy in order to get better soon, but he had one appointment in Amsterdam, he didn’t want to miss. On his way to the appointment, he stopped to take back the jeans I had bought with him two weeks before as, in hindsight, I didn’t like them. He got my money back. So nice of him. You may think this is nerdy, but it weighs on me, having items in the house that need to go back to the shop. I worry about it. Don’t ask me why.
Below: Here is an outfit from a few days before my operation. I forgot about it and decided to include it in this week’s post to have at least something for this section.
Friday I woke up feeling pretty poorly but I got up and got dressed. Then, all of a sudden, around 11 o’clock I felt a lot better. The throat ache had gone, I was hardly using any handkerchieves. How is that possible? Then again, we have a Dutch expression that says: “Don’t ask how this could happen, just enjoy it.” (In Dutch in rhymes.) So, I took the car and visited Marianne as I couldn’t do that on the Monday we had arranged to meet. She was one of the many people I had to cancel. Even Sara, my friend who lives in America and who was over to meet her family. She wanted to spend Tuesday morning with me. Now I have to wait another year. And the photo shoot with Marjolein went down the drain as well. Of course it was gorgeous weather that day, making it all the more painful.
Below: Anyway…to end the week on a cheerful note, here is a bad selfie of Marianne and me. I tried to keep my distance although I don’t know whether I was still contagious. But she wanted me to take off a bracelet from her arm, which was damaged, but the lock needed work. So I was close to her anyway.
Below: Marianne. Don’t think she dressed up to meet me. She is in comfortable clothes to go swimming with her son. No make-up. And still she manages to look gorgeous. She is naturally stylish.
I look forward to a far better week. Hope you will have a lovely week too.
Sorry that you’ve been poorly, Greetje. The last day or two I keep getting a little tingle in my throat but I’m hoping it’s just my allergies and not a cold or anything like that!
I love this outfit…it’s very young and fun! The yellow jacket is stunning!
And who wouldn’t want to look young and fun haha. The cold got really bad with me this week. But fortunately I am on the mend again. Hope you won’t suffer from it as well.
I always like to see you casual with your jeans. The yellow blazer is very pretty and the striped sweater, sailor type, is very cute. A very informal but balanced look.
Thank you very much. I really value your opinion. You have a good eye for nice outfits and you are honest.
You are a spring flower, Greetje! You know how I adore bold citrus colours and I love how you are unafraid to wear them.
And it’s great to see the familiar faces of your groovy Mum (love those shades! and that DRINK!) and Marianne and Loes. You have created a real family here!
“You are a spring flower” reminds me very much of “I am a delicate fucking flower” LOL. Remember Sheila back in 2014?
And bold colours are nothing to be afraid of. They give you pizzazz.
I have many friends and I love them all. As I love my family.
Love the combination in the first photo and didn’t realize till later when you mentioned you wore the Converse shoes to tie in with the top. Brilliant! I would not have thought of that.
What kind of a tree is it that has those gorgeous pink blossoms?
Those Converse shoes were staring at me from the shelf as I was getting dressed. Right in front of my eyes. Made it easy to come up with it. The pink blossom is from the Japanese cherry blossom tree, so Google Lens says (handy app).
I am sorry you haven’t felt well. The jeans top and hightops look cute. Happy you got to see your Mom.
I am rather fed up with going from one thing (operation recovery) to another thing (flue/cold). I long for being without anything, although my knee will always be bothering me (for the time-being). Sorry, I shouldn’t be so negative; that is not helping anyone. Just needed to let some steam off.
That outfit is just perfect for you, the contrast of the deep yellow with
the stark white and black is striking. Your earrings suit the outfit so well.
I guess Spring is just one of those times when this type of illness can
sneak up and strike. Perhaps the rapidly changing weather is to blame.
Thanks for the spring blossoms and the vibrant tulips.
I always blame the changing weather for a cold but they say that temperatures aren’t the cause. I have no idea.
At least spring seems to start. This week with rain, rain and again rain.
You look great in the yellow blazer/striped shirt, and the blossoms are stunning. I do love the outfit with the pink top — so pretty! It’s great to see a photo of your mom — I missed seeing her.
You mean the pink and orange tunic dress? That was a DvF second-hand find a couple of years ago.
Mum and I missed each other too. From now on I will resume the usual photo.
I love yellow and black in spring! You looked so chic! The tree blossoms were wonderful! I missed the tree blossoms here when I stayed home with my sprained ankle.
I also loved your “stay at home” outfit! Loved the scarf!
Do you pin your scarves? I can never keep scarves from moving!
I would never guess you wear a shaper. You always look wonderful.
The field of flowers was so pretty! I can’t grow flowers with all of these trees. Flowers need sunlight to develop color.
So very wonderful to see your lovely mother. Ice cream was a wonderful outing!
I can never keep scarves from moving either. This time I had 2 magnets to keep the scarf in place. A tip from a fellow blogger. Lost one the same day. Fortunately in the home of my friend Marianne who found it and kept it safe for me to collect.
I don’t think I could live in an environment with just big trees. Also because there will be quite some spiders and they are not my favourite animal to use an understatement.
I love your outfit with the yellow blazer – so springy and sporty! It goes perfectly with the tulips and blossoming trees.
I also love Loes’ bird sweater!
I hope your throat is continuing to feel better. Have a good week.
Thanks. Today I am finally feeling really better and my throat is OK. Took a whole week.
Loes’ bird sweater is fun, isn’t it?
I will continue with the spring outfits.