Shopping in Amsterdam… at the Albert Cuyp market

Amsterdam Albert Cuyp 14Of course markets are alike all over the world. Still …shopping in Amsterdam at the Albert Cuyp market is a nice experience and worth reporting on.  Lots of food for very low prices. (I mean strawberries for € 1.50 in February? That is cheap.) Lots of flowers, fresh fish, olives, vegetables, cheese… you get the picture. View Post

Thierry Mugler black top and boyfriend jeans

This time my inspiration came from looking at another blogger Dixie Beauty. She looks fabulous in cropped boyfriend jeans.

The top by Thierry Mugler is a gift from my friend Marianne and so classy that it will never go out of fashion. It is slightly tight around the waist but not too bad.
As Dixie was wearing boyfriend jeans, I whipped out mine and tried to copy the look. As we say in advertising: “well copied is better than badly created” (literally translated from Dutch).

Let us say that it took me a while to get there. (Katty, if you read this:… it is quite clear that I do not know what a combination is going to look like when I start. Trial and error)
And again, the colours are black & white with a third colour. Am I boring you yet?

I will start with the combination I like best. With riding boots (sort of). They are very, very old but I have not been able to replace them with better ones.

Then you will see the top with red shoes, which I thought was ugly after I saw the photographs (perhaps because of the colour of my tights?). So I put on short booties with socks. It looked good on Dixie but I did not like it in my outfit. Why?? I have no clue. If I knew that I would probably be better at it.

Notice how perfect the neckline of the T-shirt is with the top? It took me 4 safety-pins to get that result…

If you think: “what are those white spots on her jeans?” … they are tears. Fashionable and you pay extra for them.

Below you will see the same top in a summer version. To me this is the best of them all.
The photo was taken by Anja as a reminder when we were trying out different combinations and not meant to be put on the blog. But it is so cold here that I did not want to go outside with bear legs.

Hope you enjoyed my journey.

Fashion failures with a big black sweater

Allright….. this post is for a good laugh.

Some people seem to think that I am really stylish. That I know how to put together the perfect combination.
That is not true. I struggle. I try. Sometimes I succeed but lots of times I fail miserably.

Up till now I have shown you mostly my successes. Some of the outfits were put together by friends who are better in styling than I am. Some of them were actually by me.

This time I will show you my struggle with a very old, comfortable black sweater. As big sweaters are in fashion again, I thought I could re-use it. I also still had the long yellow skirt which I bought together with the sweater. (I saw to my surprise it was by Rykiel. Never knew that. Bought it in a tiny shop in Nice.)
And as leather and big sweaters are also in fashion, I got my long leather skirt out too.

We can safely say that it is hard to re-use something twenty years later. I don’t mind sharing my failures with you. As the subtitle of this blog says: live, learn and laugh.

OK…. now for the laughs:

I have uploaded the above yellow skirt with a fiited jacket to the Forum of the site:
40plusstyle forum

And these were the best pictures of the series……

Lemon green jacket and D&G suit.. the sequel

To show you that I take you seriously, I have tried a couple of the things you advised me:

  1. paired my lemon green jacket with jeans
  2. pinned up the skirt of my D&G suit (you can see the pins in the photos.. hihi)
  3. tried my D&G suit with more colour at the top

The lemon green jacket with the jeans is no problem. I really like it. These jeans were inexpensive and from an unknown brand but they are even better than my 7For all mankind. Which is why I photographed my bum   so conspicuously.
I have also paired this jacket with my little black dress, which you will see another time.

I am not so sure about taking up the skirt, though. I think it makes the suit more ordinairy. The longer skirt gave it something special in my opinion. Or am I the only one who thinks this?

Colour at the top of the black suit is not simple as the buckle doesn’t sit in the middle Which makes a longer necklace a bit awkward. A short necklace will hardly be seen due to the lapels. Perhaps a simple short gold (= shiny) necklace? But will that match the new “buckle” of rhinestones?
The scarfs in the photos are not something I would wear. I think it makes me look old (-fashioned).
Darned, why did I lose that buckle (it was black)……

Well dears, have a go at it. I am anxious to hear your comments.





Sleep well or have a nice day.

Red sweater, cute belt, black trousers

This red sweater plus belt was a find in a lovely shop in Amsterdam, called Young Designers United (YDU).
As you can read on their website they are a shop where the collections of young and upcoming fashion designers are sold for affordable prizes. You get unique pieces at a really nice price.

Of course, like all fashion designers, they aim at the young and lovely. And I might convince myself I am the latter, but I certainly am not young. Still, I have found at least 5 pieces there which I wear regularly without thinking I am dressed too young. One of the pieces is a necklace and you cannot go wrong there haha.

The trousers are by La Dress  La Dress . Funny.. dress, trousers. They sell mainly dresses all over the world and they are very good. These trousers are called “Paris” (€ 76). Unfortunately they are not on their website anymore.

Let the photos do the rest of the talking.



The belt can be fastened at any width as it closes with press-studs all the way round. Drawback is that it is always skew.



I bought this bracelet in Milan, two years ago and do not wear it much. Usually there is already so much going on as in necklace or print or design that the bracelet becomes too much. With this sweater I think it is just right.

Till tomorrow.