A blue sweater as a background for a pink scarf

SAMSUNG CSCIt was a very cold and grey day, last Wednesday, when I agreed to meet my friend Ineke at Elsa’s for lunch. Elsa’s is a nice café for drinks, lunch and dinner on the east side of Amsterdam. Ever so friendly people serving and if you rise to it, lots of Amsterdam tongue-in-cheek, which I absolutely adore. The one draw-back of living in Haarlem… having to miss this humor. I wore a blue sweater as a background for a pink scarf.

I used my new camera that day which added another difficulty to the already challenging circumstances of dark skies and indoor photos. Needless to say I did not really rise to this challenge… bad photos. I have not had any lessons yet. They are scheduled though.

Let me take you through the day. You seem to like such posts and I aim to please.

Below: Elsa’s. Since we cannot smoke inside anymore, the outside of bars, restaurants and cafés have become really cosy. With heating, plaids, tables and chairs. All for the needy person who wants to smoke. In the meantime this creates a much nicer and inviting picture. A bit more Mediterranean. Don’t be fooled though… the temperatures are nowhere near Mediterranean… remember what I said? Heating and plaids.SAMSUNG CSCBelow: I met Ineke around 12 o’clock. She is a friend from way back, when I first came to live in Amsterdam, say 1981? We don’t see enough of each other, but do keep in touch. I am quite a direct person, even by Dutch standards. And Ineke is even more direct haha. We get along fine.

As indicated by the stamp in the right corner of my photos, my camera is a Samsung Galaxy NX. I need to go back to the shop and ask how to get rid of this. Or perhaps I should look it up in Google first, before the man thinks RTFM.SAMSUNG CSCBelow: below you see the true colours of this scarf (very bright), which I tied like a bib. Totally wrong. Today (Sunday) I have tied it properly, but it is pouring down with rain. So you will have to take my word for it, the scarf looks very nice when done properly as I am not stepping outside to take a picture. It was a  present from Sabine and Anke when we went shopping in Utrechtsestraat. The brand name is Pom, a Dutch brand.SAMSUNG CSCBelow: the pink scarf called for the pink shopper to come out to play. You have seen it featured before in my post about a blue summer dress.SAMSUNG CSCBelow: after our lunch we went to Ineke’s house. She has a degree in Art History and her husband is an artist. Their house is full of art. Everywhere. So nice. Art made by friends, or bought or, as in the case of the painting above the mantelpiece, made by Ineke’s husband.SAMSUNG CSCBelow: this is a close-up of the painting featuring Ineke. Her husband painted it before they were a couple (quite some time ago).SAMSUNG CSCBelow: here are some more pictures of art pieces I thought were really nice (very subjective of course). All of them totally different.SAMSUNG CSC


SAMSUNG CSCBelow: and here is Ineke, being casual, with fabulous blue leather sneakers. It is a coincidence that she is also wearing a blue sweater. The vest is for outdoors.SAMSUNG CSCBelow: although Ineke is not an artist herself, she made these lovely sculptures when attending a workshop of an artist/friend. SAMSUNG CSCBelow: after lots of chats and laughs, I went on my way and stopped at Anja, my friend and neighbour who is back in Haarlem again. Trying to see as much of her as possible. Being used to the heat of Singapore, you can imagine she has difficulty to adapt to the Dutch cold again. Here she is, wearing a big sweater, undoubtedly with lots of layers underneath it. We were trying to find a good spot to photograph indoors, but everywhere it was too dark. Did my best to upgrade the quality of this photo in Lightroom (looks a bit funny now).SAMSUNG CSCBelow: a shot of me in Anja’s garden. It was a quarter past four and already too dark for a decent photo. My face looks very odd (I mean more than usual LOL).SAMSUNG CSCBelow: there is a tuxedo stripe along the sides of the trousers (brand NYDJ, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans).SAMSUNG CSCWell dears that’s it for today. Not very adventurous, but for me, meeting friends is the best time spent.


No Fear of Fashion




    • Greetje
      7 December 2014 / 18:48

      I call these skinnies trousers as I don’t want to be seen dead in leggings. At least not without something very long (to the knee) on top of it. Whether there is so much difference between skinnies and leggings…. humor me LOL.

  1. Marianne
    7 December 2014 / 18:34

    The scarf looks warm, so that is a total plus for me., I like the colour of your sweater I call it kingsblue. Love houses with art , like your hall and livingroom. I have paintings as well, but I can not say that it is art, but it will do. I like Anja’s boots, give her my love. And of course I like your trousers.

    • Greetje
      7 December 2014 / 18:49

      Thanks Marianne. Always glad you still follow my blog. I will say hello to Anja for you.

  2. 7 December 2014 / 20:53

    Wow…you friend has some spectacular art. I am noticing that the Dutch seem to have a great appreciation for art. It is wonderful to live a life surrounded by beauty.

    It is funny you said you tied the scarf like a bib because that is what I thought immediately! LOL Glad you got some help with that. I do love the pom-pom trim on it and the bold contrast with the sweater.

    Those pants are wonderful. But really you should have been a trouser model. They all look good on you.

    It is hard to fix photos in poor lighting without making it look super saturated. I don’t know Lightroom at all but in Photoshop I used Shadows and Highlights which does a really decent job.

    Nice that Anja is back and you guys can spend some time together. I guess it won’t be long and Sylvia will also be there. Miss you guys!


    • Greetje
      7 December 2014 / 21:21

      Yes, the 17th all three of us will be together.
      Lightroom is a sort of a “ligt” version of Photoshop. Of course Photoshop is much better but too advanced for me. And if the starting material is really bad nothing helps. Which is the case here haha.

  3. Nicolette
    7 December 2014 / 21:53

    Love the house with all the art. I bet you had a lovely time. Love Reading your blog

    • Greetje
      8 December 2014 / 05:34

      Ah thanks Nicolette.. Comments like this are so nice for a blogger. Much appreciated.

  4. 8 December 2014 / 00:38

    Lovely outfit and lovely friends! Those trousers are so perfect for you! (wouldn’t mind them myself….) Great scarf too!

    • Greetje
      8 December 2014 / 05:35

      The trousers were a bit wider. I had them taken in by my seamstress. You know how I love skinnies. As they are high rise, they are very comfortable.

  5. 8 December 2014 / 20:21

    A cold day spent with two nice friends seems to be a very special day!
    The photos are not bad … and you will be a great photographer with your new camera, before long! For me it is very difficult to take good photos in these grey days!!

    Nice scarf, perfect on blue…

    • Greetje
      8 December 2014 / 21:59

      Thank you Dan. Yes it is not easy to get material for a good post. Struggling through winter.

  6. 9 December 2014 / 00:47

    I see a Greetje who looks positively sexy in these slim-cut pants. Legs galore. I’m envious. The touches of hot pink…yes please!

    • Greetje
      9 December 2014 / 05:41

      Emphasizing the best parts of my body Glenda. Which is why I adore skinnies.

  7. Mrs C
    9 December 2014 / 07:37

    You definitely know your colors, Greetje! Beautiful combo here 🙂

    • Greetje
      9 December 2014 / 14:42

      My face likes all bright colours. Fortunately my mind too.

  8. 9 December 2014 / 22:42

    Your pink and blue combination looks great on you. And I love the tuxedo stripe on your jeans. It’s all about the details.

    Sharing your adventures and your friends always pleases me, Greetje. Friends and health are intertwined, I think.

    • Greetje
      11 December 2014 / 06:01

      Friends are a life necessity for me, that is for sure. I love seeing friends.

  9. MyEmptyBag
    11 December 2014 / 11:13

    nice pics I like your scarf and your amazing bag!


    • Greetje
      11 December 2014 / 21:42

      Your comments are always short…. but sweet.

  10. 11 December 2014 / 21:37

    Hi Greetje, I’m catching up on some blog reading, and your pink scarf caught my eye! The bobbles are a fun touch, and as mentioned above, the bright colours are so flattering to you! I love the tote too! Now that we are all carrying our reusable shopping bags around, totes like this one are indispensable!

    • Greetje
      11 December 2014 / 21:43

      And so much nicer than the plastic bag from the old (irresponsible) days….

  11. 11 December 2014 / 22:27

    Hi Greetje,
    What a great combination. Fashion and Art!
    The scarf suits well with the tone of your skin.
    Trendy trousers.
    Love your wrinting style.


    • Greetje
      12 December 2014 / 05:45

      I always get a kick out of reading things like “love your writing style”. So many thanks!

    • Greetje
      12 December 2014 / 20:36

      And all my good wishes to you my dear. Having combined something to “unexpectedly awesome” is a new high in my blogging career LOL. Thanks

  12. Elle
    12 December 2014 / 19:55

    Love the marine blue sweater, it is the perfect color to accent the gorgeous scarf, which i love both
    ways. The bag is perfect with it and a funny match to your friends sneakers! I love seeing interiors , and this did not disappoint, loved the portrait, most of all!

    OH, to have outdoor seating with heats and comfy chairs…
    Wish i could say more, but I am in Mexico, and the signal is awful!
    sending hugs!
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      12 December 2014 / 20:37

      Well Elle seems you are in a good place and need no outdoor seating with heat at all. Or is it only in my imagination that Mexico is nice and warm? Happy Holidays.

  13. 13 December 2014 / 01:25

    You looked great styling and profiling at the place where you went for this post … keep it up!

    • Greetje
      13 December 2014 / 07:22

      Just meeting a friend and taking advantage of her (for making outfit photos). With little time I sometimes combine the two.

  14. 1 January 2015 / 16:26

    Blue and pink combination happen to be a favorite of mine. You brought them together nicely. Love, love the pink and blue bag…Dixie

    • Greetje
      2 January 2015 / 08:22

      Thanks Dixie. I am still learning about colour combinations and proportions. Things that other people already know for years….

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