Pink, black and white scarf in Haarlem

Pink, black and white scarf and a Marck&Co bagToday a simple outfit for a woman still wearing flat shoes/boots (me). The pink, black and white scarf is new to you. The bag you have seen before here. In reality the pink colour of the bag is much more like the pink in the scarf. I was having lunch that day with Misja, a female photographer who you have seen on my blog before. Misja asked me to take pictures of her while at work for her blog, and … could she take some pictures of me? Hah could she? Of course!! Free photos by a pro… what a fluke. And at the same time doing blogging work with a friend. Always so nice.

Let me first re-acquaint you with Misja. (This photo is taken by her fellow Street Style photographer Gaston Wals. Credits where credits are due.) Below: this is her.Misja Beijers photographyShe is a striking woman who has a blog called MisjaB. Her blog is about Street Style, women ánd men over 40. Such fun to see how many stylish people there are in The Netherlands. Never knew that.

Anyway…. we had lunch at Stempels in Haarlem, a beautiful old building (built in 1703), now a small hotel with several lunch and dinner areas (open to everybody), a bar and a large terrace outside.

Below: one of the lunch rooms with a view on the big church. Stempels lunchroomBelow: the entrance. Stempels entrance You will see more pictures of Stempels and the church in a minute. But first let’s go back to what we were there for: taking pictures!!!

Below: Misja at work. Misja Beijers photographyBelow: coming down the steps.Pink, black and white scarf and a Marck&Co bagBelow: having fun with Misja. “Here… why not take a picture of my “tooshie?”tooshie in jeansBelow: this is my favourite. With the church of Haarlem in the background (bokeh).Pink, black and white scarf and a Marck&Co bagBelow: details, it is all in the details… You can now even see my new wedding ring, with little black pearls. I got that from Ron last year on our 20th anniversary (I had said the original was a bit small haha). Pink, black and white scarf and a Marck&Co bagBelow: the boots. I call them my Hairy Harry’s.Hairy Harry'sBelow: this is really me. Misja captured me beautifully. You can see how much I have laughed in my life. Life is a ball for me.Pink, black and white scarfBelow: Misja uploaded the pictures to her iPad to get a better look at the quality.Misja Beijers photographyBelow: yep… good picture.Misja at work (1)-32Below:  we walked a 100 meters to the canal called Spaarne. Wearing my blue peacock coat (brand Gant).Navy blue peacock coatThe rest of the pictures are perhaps only of interest to people who want to see more of Haarlem.

Below: the little shops attached to the big church in the centre, St. Bavo church.under the church St Bavo in Haarlem-4Below: a lady who likes to take risks: wearing very high heels in Haarlem.. not easy.Main church of Haarlem St Bavo (4)-6Below: part of the church and one of the squares surrounding it. In summer this is a very good place with all the trees being green.Centre of Haarlem near the St Bavo church (1)-8Below: further down is a building called the Vleeshallen (Meat Hall). Vleeshal (meat hall) in Haarlem (2)-3Below: Stempels, the main restaurant (a small part of it).Stempels restaurantBelow: I was rather proud of myself taking that picture of the stairs in the mirror. Bottom right is the bar of Stempels. Top right you see Greet, a very nice women who works there and who is the best hostess anyone can desire for his business.Stempels bar and GreetBelow: the terrace outside Stempels.Terrace of Stempels (3)-7As you can see, I live in a very old, well preserved little town. Hope you liked it.


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  1. Marianne
    20 March 2016 / 17:53

    Yes I do like it. Very beautiful town with lots of old buildings. The shopping is great there. What a great bag it is, worth every penny. Like your scarf, I think with a great scarf you can upgrade your outfit. I agree with you very nice photo of you passing by the church.

    • Greetje
      20 March 2016 / 18:13

      I have to be very inventive now (finally) as I have to come up with new outfits wearable with flat shoes… Indeed a scarf is a great upgrader.

  2. 20 March 2016 / 18:05

    I love all the photos of Haarlem! Thanks for taking us along! And thanks for introducing me to Misja!

    You may know that I love scarves, and I LOVE yours! It’s one I would have a VERY hard time passing up if I saw it… Cute bag, too!

    I really like the photo on your walk along the Spaarne! You look so happy!

    • Greetje
      20 March 2016 / 18:16

      The scarf was even very affordable. As it isn’t smooth like silk, it stays put. Which makes a change. You cannot see it, but I used a little black pin to pin the scarf to my sweater. “There, this is the spot you have to stay.”

      • 20 March 2016 / 18:51

        I used to use the little pin trick years ago! I’ll have to remember to do this for scarves that don’t cooperate!

        • Greetje
          20 March 2016 / 21:10

          I suddenly remembered. I lied to you. I didn’t use a pin with this scarf. This one is quite obedient. It was a silk scarf on which I used it, being very afraid of damaging it. Which didn’t happen.

  3. Katie
    20 March 2016 / 19:14

    Lovely, lovely, lovely! And thank you for taking me along for the sightseeing!

    • Greetje
      20 March 2016 / 21:08

      My little blog is about outfits and laughs. But as there are so many women from abroad reading it, I like to show some local background too. Glad you liked it.

  4. 20 March 2016 / 19:18

    You know you made a good choice when the scarf makes the outfit…and that’s ok. Simple and the scarf makes such a good statement. I always enjoy your posts that give us a tour of your area.

    • Greetje
      20 March 2016 / 21:06

      I will show you some great bags from the bag museum in Amsterdam very soon. I know I did it before, but it is such a great place.

  5. 20 March 2016 / 20:44

    Great post Greetje, thank you so much for featuring me. Besides we had a lovely time at Stempels!

    • Greetje
      20 March 2016 / 21:05

      My pleasure entirely my dear. Really.

  6. Rachel
    20 March 2016 / 21:00

    Thanks to your great blog, my husband, friend and I have just spent a great day in Haarlem. Thank you very much for the introduction, because we thoroughly enjoyed this charming town and the contrast with Amsterdam. We started at Joppenkerk first (which was your post which gave me the idea), which was great!
    I always enjoy both your outfits and your writing – thanks!

    • Greetje
      20 March 2016 / 21:05

      Gosh Rachel, I am flabbergasted. I never realize my writing might actually influence anybody in any way. So glad you enjoyed Haarlem. I could have bumped into you! I will do my utmost to keep you entertained.

  7. 20 March 2016 / 22:55

    Love the scarf (where is it from? I’d like to find it next time I’m in Amsterdam!), how you’ve tied it, and your lovely town of Haarlem. Sometime when we stay longer than one jet-lagged shopping day in Amsterdam we’ve got to get together! Would love to see your beautiful town!

    • Greetje
      21 March 2016 / 21:09

      And I would love to show you around Anne. That is always a pleasure. I bought the scarf somewhere in Utrecht in a young shop with lots of casual wear. It was very inexpensive too. I have seen it several times on others. I will keep my eyes open and if I spot one I will tell you where to go. Or I can buy it and keep it safe.

  8. Sheela Goh
    20 March 2016 / 23:19

    What a charming, rustic place this is. It reminds me quite a bit of Victoria Market in Australia. So much to see if you but look closely enough.

    And as I said on Instagram, time and maturity bring about a beautiful expression on your face which nothing else can quite compare with, Greetje. Yes, there are lines and there are wrinkles but they only serve to illustrate a life well lived, well loved and well laughed.

    • Greetje
      21 March 2016 / 21:10

      You make a bitter fruit taste sweet. Thank you so much my dear. I will catch up with your blog later this week (I have a few days off).

  9. Jackie Harden
    20 March 2016 / 23:21

    Very good. Thank you for sharing the lovely photos.

    • Greetje
      21 March 2016 / 21:10

      No thank YOU, for letting me know you appreciate it. It is entirely my pleasure to put them out there.

  10. 21 March 2016 / 00:41

    This brings back so many memories of my vacation there and the wonderful spot you get to call home.

    Love the photo of your ass! LOL Hottie tottie!

    Your pea coat is great too. My husband is addicted to those.


    • Greetje
      21 March 2016 / 21:12

      Hahahaha… I put the one of my ass in at the last minute. Couldn’t resist it. Oh if it was only possible to pop over to each other’s country every two years… Wouldn’t that be great?

  11. 21 March 2016 / 00:43

    What a quaint area!! I’m such a sucker for areas where you can eat outside and people watch!!
    Your outfit is a perfect example of being an ageless everyday look—and it appears like you could walk for miles in those boots!!
    What you forgot to show us, is what you ate (food & shopping—my two essentials!!) jodie

    • Greetje
      21 March 2016 / 21:14

      Ah… I am not a foodie. I just ate a double sandwich with ham and cheese, melted. A tosti. A Croque Monsieur? Boring, but I love it. And I resisted shopping. For once.

  12. Happiness at Mid Life
    21 March 2016 / 05:59

    I always enjoy pictures of the city that you share. Great outfit that you are wearing (both very chic & comfy – a perfect combo!) and your friend is so stylish as well.


    • Greetje
      21 March 2016 / 21:14

      Yes my outfit was casual but still done with care and very comfy. Misja always looks swell.

  13. 21 March 2016 / 09:13

    Love your outfit and the photos from you, you look always so happy, and that is life.
    Yes, I like your town is very beautiful with lots of old buildings.

    • Greetje
      21 March 2016 / 21:16

      I am nearly always happy. I lead a very fortunate and happy life for which I am deeply grateful. My town is still a shopping mekka, because there are lots of little shops and all these beautiful old buildings. I dread the day shopping malls take over.

  14. 21 March 2016 / 11:02

    You live in a delightful city! I remember it and … is Stempels the place where we had a cappuccino and took beautiful photos of some mirrors on a wall?
    Looking at this post, many memories go back in mind…I would love to visit you again in the future!
    A casual look and a very nice scarf for you today! I remember your beautiful friend from a previous post : she looks friendly! I should visit her blog too…

    • Greetje
      21 March 2016 / 21:17

      If you visit Misja’s blog you see loads of street style pictures. Always so nice to look at.
      And you know I just bought a new bed and matras for you…..

  15. 21 March 2016 / 11:52

    Lovely scarf…but your best accessory is your SMILE! You are radiant in this look!

    • Greetje
      21 March 2016 / 21:18

      Oh how sweet of you to say so. I felt very relaxed and happy. It shows. The scarf is very inexpensive but very lovely. Sometimes you are just lucky.

  16. Sheela Goh
    21 March 2016 / 12:05

    What Pam said 🙂

    • Greetje
      21 March 2016 / 21:19

      I should send you a photo of me with a big big smile to hang near your front door. So every time you walk out the door you start smiling hahaha.

  17. 21 March 2016 / 14:00

    oh yes, it’s a very beautiful city, I’m loving its particular charm and relaxed atmosphere. And I’m loving your pictures too, as your friend and you look gorgeous!, fabulous outfits and pretty smiles!

    • Greetje
      21 March 2016 / 21:20

      Thank you Senora Allnut.. my city has been elected “Best shopping town in The Netherlands” three times. Because of the atmosphere, the buildings and the great selection of little shops. Makes you smile instantly.

  18. 21 March 2016 / 21:17

    Greetje I love that photo of your tooshie! Sorry to blurt that out, but if you’re showing it off, you’re just asking for these kind of comments. Great to see you flaunting your ass(ets). I had a rear shot lined up for my blog this weekend then I got cold feet and cropped the photo to hide it. Perhaps if I’d had a girl friend to egg me on I might have.. Anyway, these hairy boots look so comfortable, yet really cute too. And I know we’ve seen that handbag before, but that doesn’t make it any less gorgeous – I do covet it. I think it’s good to have a feminine perspective on your photography giving us a different look around your neighbourhood. The buildings are quite beautiful with that old elegance that never ages. Lovely post x

    • Greetje
      21 March 2016 / 21:23

      Hahaha.. Anna.. no way you could ever say anything that would shock me. I am Dutch. We are the most direct (rude?) people on the planet. Honestly. I couldn’t resist to put that tooshie photo in. Taking pictures of surroundings is what I love to do. And from women in Street Style. But for the later it has to be a bit warmer, otherwise I only get coats.

  19. 22 March 2016 / 06:50

    I do love these posts Greetje!

    A lovely way to spend an afternoon…the restaurant, the street scenes, a like-minded friend with you!

    • Greetje
      23 March 2016 / 12:40

      Oh good. I always think you might get bored with yet another post like this. It was indeed a lovely afternoon. We are going to repeat it tomorrow in another town. I have six days off from work. Yay!

  20. Rebecca
    22 March 2016 / 15:01

    Oh yes the bag and the scarf are a match made in style heaven – and how it made the outfit pop! Thanks for sharing the gorgeous sights too Greet – Have a wonderful week!


    • Greetje
      23 March 2016 / 12:41

      Thank you very much Rebecca. You know I should thank you for reading and commenting. Not you for sharing the pictures haha. My pleasure entirely.

  21. 22 March 2016 / 19:29

    These are the posts that remind me I need to save up so I can make a trip to visit.
    I think you’ve done a fantastic job of coming up with outfit combinations with flats, in fact I’m really enjoying this trend. With your incredible legs I would probably give up heels for good, haha. Although I know you would never consider such a thing. Love that famous toushie of yours (lol). Great scarf, great look, excellent photos!

    • Greetje
      23 March 2016 / 12:43

      Wouldn’t that be nice, you visiting Amsterdam and Haarlem (in 2016?). How about a paper round to speed up the savings haha. You can combine it with your running.

  22. 23 March 2016 / 01:20

    Great boots and scarf. Love the pictures of your beautiful town. I’d like to visit it someday.

    • Greetje
      23 March 2016 / 12:44

      We have a lot of nice historic cities so you would love it. Mind you I have to say that Italy is even better. Reluctantly I say this, but it is true. Of course if you do come over we will have lunch and I can show you the sights.

  23. 23 March 2016 / 01:50

    Nice butt shot Greetje! I follow Misja on Instagram, and am a big fan of her style, and she has the most wonderful eyeglasses. Haarlem looks like a very entertaining neighbourhood to explore – thank you for showing us around.

    • Greetje
      23 March 2016 / 12:46

      Could not resist to put in the butt shot haha. Misja and I are going to explore another old town in the east of the country tomorrow. She is a fab photographer. And I am glad you enjoyed the pictures of Haarlem. I am always afraid I might bore you to death with them.

  24. 23 March 2016 / 12:48

    i like your old and well preserved town of haarlem! 🙂
    the lunch and shooting with misja sounds gorgeous – have to check her blog! and i looove your hairy boots – very stylish and comfy looking!
    want to say “thanx” for your comment on my yellow skirt post – your take with the rembrandt in the background is one of my favs!!!!

    • Greetje
      23 March 2016 / 13:58

      ohh.. that is nice of you to say about my take with the Rembrandt. When I received the skirt I looked at the creations of Shelley (Forest City Fashonista) and Anne Bray (Spygirl) and felt really inadequate. But they set me at ease by saying “YOU should style it according how YOU style your clothes”. I thought I would never live up to Shelley’s and Anne’s creativeness. Anyhow.. everybody loves to receive the skirt and be a part of the chain.

      • 24 March 2016 / 11:00

        not nice – i mean it! 🙂
        your photo brings out the baroque-esk bold & proud femininity of that what the skirt is standing for!
        (i wish my english were better for explaining this…)

    • Greetje
      25 March 2016 / 07:06

      I understand you perfectly. Probably because English is not my native language either haha.

  25. 23 March 2016 / 14:52

    Gorgeous photos of you and Misja (who I follow on Instagram). Looks like you had so much fun (you have a PhD in that). I always love seeing photos of Haarlem and I hope to visit one day. It’s on my list!!!

    • Greetje
      25 March 2016 / 07:08

      Misja and I went “on an expedition” again yesterday and talked about you. About how beautiful you are, about your incredible hats and how much we would love to greet you in Haarlem. For sure Misja will be photographing you.

  26. 23 March 2016 / 15:20

    I hope a visit to Haarlem is on the top if your list, I’m looking forward to meet and of course to take some pictures of you!

  27. 23 March 2016 / 16:18

    Love that purse to begin with! Thank you for the photos of Haarlem. Fran’s Hal’s is one of my favorite painters and Haarlem always comes up with anything about him. I am now following Misja on IG-Have a wonderful day☀️

  28. 26 March 2016 / 03:39

    Beautiful photos of you, Misja and Haarlem. Can’t wait to be back in June!

    • Greetje
      26 March 2016 / 07:43

      I was planning to be away most of June, but I think I might only be gone a week. Wouldn’t like to miss you.

  29. 26 March 2016 / 17:40

    Love your scarf and how it livened up your outfit! I enjoyed looking at the photos of your beautiful Haarlem.

    • Greetje
      26 March 2016 / 21:30

      Thanks Emmalyn. I much appreciate your compliments. That is what keeps us bloggers happy, true or not?

  30. CJ
    27 March 2016 / 05:19

    Great views of your delightful city! I always enjoy your pictures, both of your styling and of the street scenes.
    Instead of pins,I use a couple of small magnets to hold my scarves in place. Hide one on the outside among the folds and secure it with another small one on the inside of your top. Sometimes, I use just one magnet and put something that will attract the magnet on the other side.
    By the way, I think that you are a real tribute to graceful ageing! I like your style in so many, many ways!
    As always, thank you for sharing!

    • Greetje
      27 March 2016 / 09:52

      Double thank you. One thank you for leaving such a lovely comment. It is comments like this which keep me blogging. And one thank you for the great idea of the magnets. I have several small square magnets in different colours, so this idea is very easy to implement for me. Why didn’t I think of that? Anyway I am glad you like my posts. It is the only creativity I possess and “a creator” needs public and appreciation haha.

  31. 28 March 2016 / 12:32

    I love the scarf, and the bag is cute. My God, my dear Greetje, which means that picture of your ass? Which, it is said, it has always seemed nice. LOL.

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