Railway station of Haarlem

Yellow Kenzo sweater black leather trousers (15 van 20)Last week’s blogpost got quite a good review. A hard act to follow. You do understand, I cannot always deliver such posts, don’t you? LOL… Why not? Well…because of the factors time (or rather the lack of it, due to a full-time job), availability (of husband with camera, time and willingness), good light and nice weather (usually bad in The Netherlands in winter). Fortunately my dear Ron asked me once again whether I wanted anything photographed for my blog and suggested the railway station of Haarlem as a setting. Beautiful old station, which meant Dark! And the day was Grey. And it Rained.

It didn’t strike me as the most logical place. Especially not because both our skills for indoor and bad-light photography are very poor. But…. you don’t argue too much when the services rendered are for free. Beggers can’t be choosers. And off we went.

Below: oh.. there is a booth with a mirror… quickly check my hair (extremely necessary with my hair).

I am wearing my purple Max Mara coat from last year, a black and white scarf (gift from Anja, the Curly Traveller), a black and white bracelet, bought for next to nothing in Bella’s Etsy shop, new leather jogging trousers, bought last week when I went shopping at the Lab (remember? at the end of the post Market in Haarlem), and my Tommy Hilfiger pumps. Pfff… quite a list.Yellow Kenzo sweater black leather trousers (1 van 20)Below: this is Haarlem station. Old and beautiful but not light and bright….Yellow Kenzo sweater black leather trousers (9 van 20)Below: …. which meant dark and vague pictures.

I did my best to upgrade them in a programme called Lightroom. Sylvia of 40+Style recommended it to me and my brother-in-law taught me last Wednesday how to fully use the programme. So nice of him. Lightroom really helps, especially when you shoot your photos in RAW and not in JPG … which I did…(originally I had set the camera to RAW but somebody had changed that and I never checked). So this picture (and a lot more) does not really show what you can achieve in Lightroom, but believe me, it is a whole lot better than it was before.

The sweater is Kenzo (this year) and the necklace is a gift from Suzanne Carillo. She made it herself and I get lots of compliments over it. Yellow Kenzo sweater black leather trousers (2 van 20)Below: from the side. You can see why I tucked the sweater in at the front. don’t you? Do I need to elaborate on that? No, I didn’t think so.Yellow Kenzo sweater black leather trousers (4 van 20)Below: the platform. The archway on the right leads to the waiting room (first class as you had different classes in the old days) Yellow Kenzo sweater black leather trousers (13 van 20)Below: this is me in the waiting room. Having a red nose from the cold.Yellow Kenzo sweater black leather trousers (6 van 20)Below: beautiful decorations with tiles in this station which was built between 1899 and 1908. Lots of Art Nouveau decorationsYellow Kenzo sweater black leather trousers (8 van 20)Below: going outside to get some more light… adjusting, adjusting, adjusting…. the bag is by Longchamps by the wayAdjusting Yellow Kenzo sweaterBelow: we got on the train to Amsterdam (station Sloterdijk) to see whether the light was better there. It was, but it is a very modern stationYellow Kenzo sweater black leather trousers (14 van 20)Below: it was still cold.. so I pulled one of my faces. You might not know this but I pull strange faces all the timeYellow Kenzo sweater black leather trousers (16 van 20)Below: boring station, so we had one coffee and decided to go right backYellow Kenzo sweater black leather trousers (17 van 20)Below: one last picture… See what a difference a bit of good light makes?Yellow Kenzo sweater black leather trousers (18 van 20)Below: the conductor looked at Ron’s camera in astonishment. As if to say “Why would you want to photograph this???”Yellow Kenzo sweater black leather trousers (19 van 20)Below: back home, smiling at the conductor who warmed up to usYellow Kenzo sweater black leather trousers (20 van 20)You see, not as thrilling and good as last week’s post, but hey…. you cannot win them all.


PS: Linking up and joining so many other bloggers at Patti’s Visible Monday. Go and see.

No Fear of Fashion



  1. 23 November 2014 / 19:50

    Love this outfit onYou. That necklace is to die for and those pants are a must have.

    • Greetje
      23 November 2014 / 20:54

      Thanks Neti. For visiting and for your kind comment. I thought the same thing when I saw them. I wanted them ever since I saw them on Nicole (of High Latitude).

  2. 23 November 2014 / 20:18

    Hehe, Ron better watch out. It looks like that conductor might follow you right aboard the train, even though it’s his job… The architecture of the old station is stunning! But I think the photos of you I like best are the last three or so. You are so lucky to have a willing photographer. I think it’s a lovely way to spend a day, whether I’m the one snapping or the one posing, and, yes, the one pulling faces. I do that too all the time. Your pants are great. I never thought I’d like leather jogging pants – I’m glad my thinking was corrected.

    • Greetje
      23 November 2014 / 21:09

      If anyone had said leather jogging trousers (I always use the English word) to me last year, I would have declined as well. Until I saw them on Nicole of High Latitude. Ever since I want them.
      Any reason why you like the last three photos better? Just asking as I like to improve my blog.

  3. 23 November 2014 / 20:52

    Love these pants and purple coat and all the fun you are having, Greetje!

    • Greetje
      23 November 2014 / 21:10

      Thanks Pam. I feel I am rocking haha. The older the madder…

  4. 24 November 2014 / 06:43

    Greetje, Let’s just face it, your posts are the entertainment for the week. I’m pretty certain every reader would agree that not only do you look wonderful and stylish each week but you add such a spunk of energy and laughter that it’s absolutely a joy to read.
    This particular outfit, well . . . in my opinion, it is one of the best I’ve seen. First, those leather jogger are to die for, second, the combo of black and yellow with just a hint of fun graphic with your scarf (not to mnetion your unique necklace. And then when you threw in the purple coat, magnificent. I Love This!

    • Greetje
      24 November 2014 / 17:43

      Ooohhh.. I am so pleased with your compliments. Thank you. It is going to be so hard to keep this up haha. I first saw black leather jogging trousers on the blog of Nicole (High Latitude Style). And ever since that time I wanted them.

  5. 24 November 2014 / 08:23

    Stunning. You wear and mix colours so well! And those leather joggers are to die for. Great post, loving your photos.

    • Greetje
      24 November 2014 / 17:44

      Oh Deborah… You are following my blog. How nice. Must be strange to see winter photos when you are in summer now. Thanks for the compliments.

  6. 24 November 2014 / 09:58

    Just what a rainy day requires: colour… And your top actually matches some of the Art Nouveau decor and the trains, fabulous!

    • Greetje
      24 November 2014 / 17:46

      My husband has the eye for backgrounds and pictures. I try to do my utmost with the outfit. And I love lots of bright colours.. so… black and yellow. To cheer us up when it is dark outside. You are right in that.

  7. 24 November 2014 / 12:05

    Well Greetje. You did fulfil one of your main purposes with this post which is to make me lol at your funny comments and pictures. I especially like that picture with the grumpy man just behind you. That expression on his face!
    This too is a great post. Lovely story, beautiful pictures and great outfit. The purple with yellow black and white and black looks so perfect. Love your leather jogging pants. The yellow still looks great with your blond hair too!

    • Greetje
      24 November 2014 / 17:47

      Oh good, I am so worried about blond with yellow and lime. Glad you approve of this post as well. Thanks very much.

  8. 24 November 2014 / 12:13

    By the way Greetje, since you mentioned Lightroom, are you using the highlight and shadows sliders? The shadow slider especially is useful for quickly adding more fill light to dark images.

    • Greetje
      24 November 2014 / 17:48

      Oh yes, I am using everything. Sharp, blurring, shadows, dark, light, luminance… The lot.

  9. Marianne
    24 November 2014 / 14:07

    First of all it is a post full of humor , so there you can not go wrong. I like your new leather trousers , besides being very fashionable, they must be comfy too. Bright colours suit you very well, and I envy the reason why you tuck your blouse in your trousers, a pity that sharing is not an option. I am still a fan of your purple coat. The combination of everything together is done very well. Thumbs up.

    • Greetje
      24 November 2014 / 17:50

      Thanks Marianne, high praise. And if I could share I would be more than willing to do so. More than willing. Believe me. See you next Saturday.

  10. 24 November 2014 / 15:00

    The yellow and purple are fabulous together! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, you look stylish and happy. xox

    • Greetje
      24 November 2014 / 17:51

      I am happy and I will take your word for it that I also look stylish haha. Always a pleasure to join your Visible Monday Patti.

  11. MyEmptyBag
    24 November 2014 / 15:34

    I really like the mix of colors on you and I love and I want those pants!!!!


    • Greetje
      24 November 2014 / 17:51

      I knew you would love those trousers!! Right up your alley. LOL

  12. Katrien
    24 November 2014 / 21:19

    Great color combinations and love the funky pants! When you wrote you bought leather jogging trousers I thought ‘oke…….’ but I should have known they would be stylish and funky like you. And I agree with your other fans, as long as you keep the humor in and make us smile every time again, all your posts are a success.

    • Greetje
      24 November 2014 / 21:54

      I will do my utmost to keep the laugh in all my posts. And glad the jogging trousers don’t repel you. Many times I say to myself…you should become more elegant, less youthful… what are you thinking? But I cannot help myself.
      I can trust you to always be honest with me can’t I? Tell me off if I go too far.

      • Katrien
        25 November 2014 / 11:39

        You know you can trust me to be honest. You are the living proof that one can combine youthful with elegance successfully. I don’t think you are even able to not look elegant.

  13. Elle
    25 November 2014 / 03:29

    actually, Greetje,

    More thrilling! This is why: you managed to look as bright as a Marigold, a true feat on a dull day. I LOVE the purple coat, especially paired with the yellow,
    and I love, that face you pulled,
    You see, i got a chance to laugh, and that counts, too.
    Well done, even the conductor approves!
    XX, Elle

    • Greetje
      25 November 2014 / 05:50

      If I can make you laugh, I have achieved my goal. As that is what I always aim for: making people laugh.

  14. 25 November 2014 / 08:55

    Hi, dear Greetje! I am back on your blog at last! I couldn’t read the whole text because I find it a bit difficoult to concentrate my attention on words at the moment, but I really enjoyed the photos! You are a beauty !

    • Greetje
      25 November 2014 / 18:53

      You poor thing. You should definitely NOT be at work!
      (Keeping the number of words down.)

  15. Helga van Leipsig
    25 November 2014 / 14:52

    Again a wonderful read. I like how you mix some cultural information in the post (beside the humor). Art Noveau is one of my favorite art styles so I always happy to see new examples. ps Great necklace!

    • Greetje
      25 November 2014 / 18:54

      Art Nouveau has my big love too. Humor is more important to me as cultural information. After all.. the subline of my blog is: live, learn and laugh.

  16. 25 November 2014 / 15:59

    Yellow and purple with polka dots! Great combination. The railway station was the perfect background and loved exploring it with you and Ron. And I lust after your shoes!

    • Greetje
      25 November 2014 / 18:55

      And those shoes are so comfortable too! A great find.

  17. 25 November 2014 / 16:33

    First off my compliments to Ron again and his brilliant photography. That guy is such a sweetie offering! I love the fact that you took the train in just to get some shots! Dedicated!!

    I LOVE the outfit. Especially when paired with that purple coat. I think this is one of my all time favourites of yours. It is a mix of classic and unexpected.

    That one shot of you with the light blue wall behind you is fantastic. The colour composition and overall composition is first class.

    The photo of the conductor’s face is hilarious! LOL

    I’m so glad you are getting so much use out of my necklace. I warms my heart knowing I made some decent gift choices for both you and Sylvia. I should never have given Anja jewellery!


    • Greetje
      25 November 2014 / 18:59

      Thanks ever so much for all these kind words. I will pass the compliments on to Ron. And I disagree on your remark about Anja and jewellery. She stills buys jewellery as well. She loves new pieces and she really likes yours, So I think she is happy with your gift. The fact you already own a lot or make them yourself doesn’t mean you never crave for yet another new one haha.

  18. 25 November 2014 / 17:13

    Pretty thrilling for a train lover who never gets to ride them anymore! You look marvelous in your yellow and black again. … I want a pair of those track pants SO MUCH, but know I couldn’t pull them off like you, or maybe at all. I shall find some and try them on. The fit on you is perfect, so I know how they should look! What a great color coat with all, these contrasting color blocks are so easy-looking and sophisticated … great styling, of course, with the necklace, shoes and all!
    I think Ron is getting into his photographer role!
    Grand blog again, and as always. Really, we just like to see your face … and all the faces you pull! Excellent. Don’t fret too much … it’s your journey, and we’ll travel with you as long as you want!

  19. 26 November 2014 / 02:32

    This is a smashing outfit – I LOVE the leather jogging pants and had seen a pair advertised on a website but they didn’t look anywhere near as good as yours do with the yellow top and the funky necklace. The purple of the coat is fab over the yellow – you look just great!!

    • Greetje
      26 November 2014 / 06:57

      Actually, the purple of the coat was not so much a conscious choice. I just have the coat and it is the right shape for these trousers, hence I took it from the closet and thought “hey, thisi is not bad”.
      I have learned (two years ago LOL) that purple and yellow are a good match. Blogging does educate me.

  20. Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
    26 November 2014 / 07:13

    Ron has a good eye – the railway station is a great backdrop. Yellow is really your color Greet!


    • Greetje
      26 November 2014 / 16:49

      The top is at the seamstress now…. hole in it…bummer.

  21. 1 December 2014 / 16:09

    A great post, dear.

    I love Holland’s eldest railway station; it’s gorgeous in all it’s Art Nouveau glory! But I get that the light is not optimal, to say the least.

    Your outfit is lovely. I even like the pants, hahaha, really! This style (contemporary, bright) is my favorite on you.

    Man, it looks SO cold, judging from your red nose. And now I’m here too, in this cold country. Brrrr….

    • Greetje
      1 December 2014 / 18:19

      And it is even colder than that day…. a lot colder, you poor thing.

    • Greetje
      4 December 2014 / 22:12

      Now that I have changed hair colour from brown to blond I am not so sure I can still wear yellow either. LOL

  22. Happiness at Mid Life
    6 December 2014 / 08:12

    I think this is one of my favorite outfit of yours. The vibrant yellow top with the purple coat is just perfect! And leather joggers…I want them. I have been wanting a pair of joggers but every time I try a pair on, I just look sloppy. You look so put together and and on trend here.


    • Greetje
      6 December 2014 / 22:17

      Thanks Alice. If I am put together and on trend, then this occasion has to make up for those moments when I missed that all together. That happens a lot, but I don’t always ( never) put it on the blog.

  23. 19 January 2015 / 04:40

    This outfit looks great on you but here is what I want to say. I like images so before reading I often scroll through and look at all images first. When I do that here I get the key image to your different posts and in scrolling down what struck me was that you look better than any street style star.

    • Greetje
      19 January 2015 / 12:27

      Ohhh… what a nice compliment! That really warms my heart. Not bad for someone my age.
      Now don’t make the wrong assumption that I can style too. I usually get a lot of help from shop assistents and friends. I know how to do black with a vivid colour. And black and white with a colour. But I suck at proportions and skirt styling. No idea how to incorporate tights etc.
      Because I have rather a large budget (or better said, I spend more than I earn… LOL) I keep on buying new stuff. And that has got to stop. The bottom of my saving trunk is in sight.

  24. 16 November 2015 / 23:42

    Greetje I love the story of your day that’s been told in these pictures… Considering the problems you had with lighting I’d say you’ve done brilliantly! The outfit is FANTASTIC – those leather jogging pants are just the coolest, and they look good with yellow and of course all your accessorisation.

    Thanks so much for linking up to #iwillwearwhatilike and rocking that leather!!!!

    Catherine x

    • Greetje
      17 November 2015 / 08:19

      I love to tell stories. And make people laugh. Those are by-products of my outfit showings LOL.
      You do know that I always link back to iwearwhatilike in my latest post, don’t you? And this one (leather jogging trousers) was not my latest.

  25. 19 December 2017 / 12:10

    Aha I thought I recognised these trousers but the yellow jumper must have distracted my memory! 😉 They are pretty amazing for restyling & look super comfy. Excellent buy by all accounts x

    • Greetje
      20 December 2017 / 20:46

      Actually, I am not very good at styling these leather jogging trousers. At all. Just the yellow jumper and the white sweater with the scarf. That is it.

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