Battle of the jeans

Battle of the jeans GreetjeThe title for this post, battle of the jeans, was Sylvia’s idea. Sylvia (40+Style) and Anja (Curly Traveller) are both back in Haarlem and we are spending some time together. We know each other for quite a few years now and have lots of laughs together. We share the serious stuff too as that is what friends do. Only I don’t spill any (serious) beans on this blog. Not somebody else’s beans in any case.

Below: left Sylvia and right AnjaSylvia and AnjaBelow: we were having lunch in Vogelenzang in a lovely place called Buitenplaats Plantage. They serve organic, biological food from a local farm. When I saw the menu I was a bit apprehensive but no need for that: the food was delicious and beautifully served. It is a big restaurant with a terrific atmosphere, lots of light (good for the photo shoot!) and terraces for sitting outside. Buitenplaats Plantage Vogelenzang

Buitenplaats Plantage Vogelenzang

Buitenplaats Plantage VogelenzangYou are now going to see the three of us all with different type of jeans on. Hence the title “battle of the jeans”. Of course they are all good. Just depends on your taste or mood.

Below: me wearing my boyfriend jeans (the ones you saw last week), high heels so my sprained ankle gets a little nudge that this will be the future again (you saw these heels before with skinny jeans), white shirt and a necklace my mum gave me for my birthday a while back.Battle of the jeans GreetjeBelow: Sylvia was wearing her Paige flared jeans with a blue jacket and a fun shirt. Hating the fact that her higher heels were still back in Singapore.Battle of the jeans SylviaBelow: Anja wore skinny jeans and a Chanel-type jacket.Battle of the jeans AnjaWe were goofing around. Luckily the other people who were also having lunch, were amused about the photo shoot and not irritated.

Below: I was trying to point out that I was taller than Sylvia.Battle of the jeans Greetje and Sylvia

Below: “no, you’re not”, she replied. Let’s call it a draw haha. My deep brown tan is the result of that holiday week in Spain.Battle of the jeans Greetje and SylviaBelow: a picture of Anja without her jacket, in her blue / purple shirt. She has purple rings on nearly every finger as she is a “more is more” woman.Battle of the jeans Anja

Below: trying to take some more pictures and Sylvia wanted to break with the static poses haha.Battle of the jeans Greetje and Sylvia

Below: this last one made some women two tables back, laugh. So I hope it will make you laugh as well.Battle of the jeans Greetje and Sylvia

Below: my beautiful birthday present from my mother. A necklace of murano glass beads. Like a rainbow. Sylvia, Anja and me in Vogelenzang June 24 2016 (28)_LRBelow: we asked the waitress to take a few pictures of the three of us and I set the camera with Anja and Sylvia as target. You can see where this is heading: trouble. As Anja got hold of two pens in the shape of a piece of bark.Sylvia and Anja

Below: they tried to use them on me…. My face is clearly showing what I thought of that: yikes, yuck.Anja, Sylvia and Greetje

Below: time to go home girls….Anja, Sylvia and Greetje

Details of what I am wearing: boyfriend jeans: G-Star, white shirt: Marina Rinaldi, red patent leather peeptoe shoes: Unisa.

Next week I will show you some (outfit) pictures from my holiday in Spain with 5 girlfriends.


No Fear of Fashion

Have a look at Catherine’s I will wear what I like, where you can see lots of examples of using a pop of colour in an outfit. Or in this week’s I will wear what I like, showing summer dresses. Catherine has a blog called Not Dressed as Lamb.

Examples of how to wear print, you will find at 40+Style, run by Sylvia.



  1. 26 June 2016 / 15:03

    Looks like you are having a wonderful time! And everyone looks great in their jeans!

    • Greetje
      26 June 2016 / 15:12

      We Dutch wear jeans all the time. In the old days we used to look at China and their Mao uniforms. But we are no better haha.

  2. 26 June 2016 / 15:46

    Looks like you had fun! I love the different types of jeans – everyone looks great!

    And I remember the necklace – it’s so beautiful! Glad you are wearing it! I remember that you like it with a white shirt and didn’t think it worked with many other of your clothes… Well, it’s PERFECT with a white shirt! And the heels are gorgeous, too! What did your ankle say at the end of the day?

    • Greetje
      26 June 2016 / 17:37

      My ankle gave me the silent treatment haha. Which is fine by me. Honesty requires me to say I took them off at 4 o’clock.
      And you saw this ensemble as a selfie on IG. Hadn’t made it to the blog yet.

      • 26 June 2016 / 22:04

        I’m glad you made it until 4, and that your ankle was silent! 🙂 I have a permanently injured ankle and can’t wear heels, but I love seeing others in fabulous shoes!

  3. 26 June 2016 / 16:14

    I love everything about this post, but most of all much fun you all are having! It put a big smile on my face. That necklace is gorgeous, and so much in tune with your style! Love the boyfriend jeans (have been living in mine lately) and Anja’s fab blue boots.

    • Greetje
      26 June 2016 / 17:38

      I am quite pleased with my boyfriend jeans as well. They turn out to be much more versatile than I expected. Glad I was able to put a smile on your face with this blogpost. My quest in life.

  4. 26 June 2016 / 16:50

    Ah…I wish I had been there! It’s supposed to be the four musketeers!

    Looks like fun and a great place I would have loved.

    Each of you looks fab.


    • Greetje
      26 June 2016 / 17:40

      Perhaps next year? And I know… we were missing D’Artagnan…

  5. 26 June 2016 / 18:10

    What great times and laughs—even for us not present!!
    And I think I would absolutely love the restaurant—-my husband and I are foodies and love to try interesting food & restaurants (that is the reason for living—he’s Italian, so that says it all!!)
    I think your “battle of the jeans” is a perfect example of why it’s good to have variety in your closet—all three styles look great—and why not mix it up occasionally??
    Kudos to your mum—what a wonderful necklace!!

    • Greetje
      26 June 2016 / 23:19

      My birthday gifts from my mum are always jewellery. That way I remember it every time I put a piece on.

  6. 26 June 2016 / 22:27

    The farm fresh restaurant trend is going strong here in California. I absolutely love the food. My favorite is a place called The Butcher’s Daughter in Venice Beach. You look like you’re having so much fun. I love the pictures. It’s as if I can hear the laughter. I would imagine I come up to you ladies waist lines in height 🙂

    • Greetje
      26 June 2016 / 23:20

      I am 5ft 74. The Dutch are tall people haha.

  7. 26 June 2016 / 23:47

    You turned this into a great post Greetje. A fantastic memory of our great time together. I’m glad I will return to Holland again to see you both soon!

    • Greetje
      27 June 2016 / 07:39

      Thank you dear. You helped to create this post. Have a lovely time. See you in July.

    • Greetje
      27 June 2016 / 07:41

      When girlfriends are together it is always a fun time. At least to me these are one of the best things in life.

  8. 27 June 2016 / 09:15

    Whenever you visit wonderful places, your life is really interesting. It’s nice to see your friend Anja, is a wonderful woman. Your romance with jeans continues …

    • Greetje
      27 June 2016 / 10:07

      Yep, I am a jeans girl, no doubt about it. As for my “interesting life” haha, I am not showing you any boring hours in the office (full time job). So the impression of an interesting life is rather untrue. I always think the same when I read Sheila’s blog (Ephemera).

  9. Marjolein. Bruens
    27 June 2016 / 09:30

    Nice pictures and a lotttt offff funnn in it!!

    • Greetje
      27 June 2016 / 10:08

      Trying to keep you entertained my dear friend. Glad I am succeeding.

  10. Tracey
    27 June 2016 / 12:41

    Your necklace is beautiful !!! and you ladies look lovely in your jeans. I don’t know what I would do with out jeans.

    • Greetje
      27 June 2016 / 13:39

      Neither would I Tracey. The Dutch wear jeans an aweful lot.

  11. Marianne van den Berg
    27 June 2016 / 13:33

    You look all wonderful in jeans. you can wear all three types, which is a big advantage. This is the first time I see your mothers necklace, what a great piece. I like your performance of the dying swan. Your laughter and fun is showing in the photo’s. What would the world be without friends.

    • Greetje
      27 June 2016 / 13:39

      Without friends this world would be a sad sad place.

  12. 27 June 2016 / 15:55

    Lovely post of you three girls having fun together!
    Casual outfits today! For some unexplicable reason I am wearing something similar this week…

    • Greetje
      27 June 2016 / 20:16

      You are not!!! I cannot believe that. I bet you don’t even own one pair of jeans.

      • 27 June 2016 / 20:35

        Never say no … in my new post …

        • Greetje
          28 June 2016 / 07:31

          I saw it and was amazed haha

  13. 28 June 2016 / 02:50

    The restaurant is a beautiful setting for a photo shoot – I would have been laughing at your poses too, especially the one with you “dipping” Sylvia! Out of the three styles of jeans, the boyfriend ones you’re wearing are the style I would most likely wear.

    The necklace from your Mom is lovely!

    • Greetje
      28 June 2016 / 07:22

      I am a true jeans girl so I have a lot of (different type of) jeans). A go-to uniform really.

  14. 29 June 2016 / 16:01

    The three of you are the perfect example of friendship. The photos do the talking. So much fun and joy here.

    I love the variety of jeans, which you all wear beautifully. Your red heels and necklace accessorize your boyfriend jeans to perfection.

    Thank you so much for the kind comments that you write on my blog, Greetje. I appreciate every word.

    • Greetje
      29 June 2016 / 18:46

      And you know I don’t “do” flattery. I mean every word. You are an example to me. One who I cannot follow but who I can appreciate and adore. You have the golden ratio and the style to let that shine.

  15. 30 June 2016 / 07:59

    LOLOLOLOL. The three of you gals are having a right grand time and it’s so uplifting to see it and to be able to be a part of it Greetje! You all look pretty fantastic if you ask me!

    The restaurant looks amazing…more like a living space than a dining space. I know what you mean about hesitation after looking at some organic menus…but can they cook, we wonder? Happy to hear it turned out well!

    • Greetje
      30 June 2016 / 09:32

      Most of the items in the food I didn’t even know. I was afraid of a very seedy (as in “seeds”) meal, but it was really wonderful. And so fresh. Presented like a perfect paining. It is nice to be pleasantly surprised.
      I thought you would like this post as you know Sylvia too. Next Sunday you will see a post of me and my friends on holiday. All different styles of dressing as well.

      • 30 June 2016 / 19:26

        Yep…chia, flax or who knows what seeds, LOL.

        Looking forward to your holiday pics! I remember past ones and you had such a wonderful time with your friends.

    • Greetje
      1 July 2016 / 09:50

      Not always that easy to walk on, but heels often do lift my outfits to a next level. I am a high heel lover.

  16. 1 July 2016 / 00:11

    Honestly you all look like girls in these clothes, and I mean that as a compliment. Greetje, please watch those heels, ankles need to be happy, or we do not walk well!
    Love these funny, and candid shots! I also love that necklace!
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      1 July 2016 / 09:51

      My ankle is recovering nicely. Thank goodness. And yes high heels aren’t the most comfortable things in life, but I so love them.

  17. 1 July 2016 / 09:48

    What a fun post dear Greetje! Looks like you girls are having a good time! I just heard your voice on Instagram with Sylvia the other day for the first time! I love your British accent and you have such a great sense of humour. As for blue jeans, I only have one pair (I don’t wear them much because I prefer printed jeans and white jeans) but you three look fantastic! So youthful and full of life! Your red shoes worn with jeans really makes this outfit fabulous!

    I’ll be back next week to see what you were up to with 5 friends in Spain.

    Happy summer!

    • Greetje
      1 July 2016 / 09:54

      Oh hi Carmen, how lovely of you to visit and comment. Lost track of you. (Sorry.)
      When I was 23 I worked in The Netherlands with a British company for 2 years and nobody spoke Dutch. That really improved my English and hence the accent.
      I have rather a high pitched voice, but cannot change that. It is what it is.
      As for blue jeans: I adore them.

  18. Average Woman
    1 July 2016 / 13:12

    I love how stylish, modern, and hip you all look; and the red and blue shoes are inspiring. Have you ever considered letting your hair grow gorgeously gray? That would be the icing on the cake!

    • Greetje
      1 July 2016 / 18:11

      I have considered letting my hair grow grey, but for now decided against it. Thanks for the compliments.

  19. 1 July 2016 / 16:35

    Your necklace really is fabulous. This is such a clean, modern yet classic look. And it looks like you’re having a lot of fun.

    • Greetje
      1 July 2016 / 18:12

      The clean, modern yet classic look is what I am after, so I am very pleased with your comment. Clean lines is what I want, but oh dear I deviate from that path so many times.

  20. 4 July 2016 / 22:48

    As you know, I ADORE this necklace! What fun to read this and see all of you together. I like that you’re still basically acting like children! xxx

    • Greetje
      5 July 2016 / 06:25

      Never lose the child within you ????

  21. Isa
    7 July 2016 / 12:05

    Great post as always, and as usual you look like you are having fun, so thank you for saying that most of the time you are in an office (though it is hard to imagine that side of you), which is my reality. I need to focus more on fun!

    • Greetje
      7 July 2016 / 17:06

      Isa, writing about my office “adventures” would be soooo boring. I stick with my spare time fun. As a fulltime job is the reality I can only post once a week. Sometimes I post an outfit photo taken in the office on Instagram. Like today my kimono (haori). Oh no, I was at a training in a hotel.

  22. 7 July 2016 / 16:16

    Love how much fun you’re having in the photos and the outfit is ??. Those shoes ? #iwillwearwhatilike

    Kat x

    • Greetje
      7 July 2016 / 17:08

      Yes the shoes do the trick. I love such “sexy” shoes. But I also love the modern sandals in the next post.

  23. 8 July 2016 / 03:41

    How did I miss this? I must be spending way too much time with my two girls now that they’re home (haha). It’s a perfect title! I love all three of the looks but you know me and a pair of boyfriend jeans with heels (love this). I seem to remember the two of us helping Sylvia decide on those Page jeans, right? I still love how they look on her. Looks like you three were quite enjoying yourselves, as it should be.

    • Greetje
      8 July 2016 / 06:12

      Those Paige jeans are equally good for Sylvia and myself. I can wear and combine them much more than I anticipated.
      And don’t worry about missing a post or skipping the comment. Real life is much more important. I am strugglimg with all the blogging myself. So I have decided to comment on other blogs less. It is either that or stop blogging all together. I decided to handle it this way, even though it hurts.
      So you miss a couple of my posts, I’ll miss a couple of yours and we both can enjoy real life more.

  24. 8 July 2016 / 19:14

    Hahahaha!! More fun with girlfriends!

    I love the concept of this post – battle of the jeans. You each look AMAZEBALLS in your outfits, but the only thing that’s the same among your jeans looks seems to be the denim fabric. It’s also hard to notice the outfits when you are laughing all the time.

    I love the dip photo with Syliva (of course) and Anja, wow, striking!!

    About commenting, yes, I too, you may have noticed, am not getting out as much. I think IG cuts into my time now when I was already struggling with blogging. But you know when I get here I LOVE it and I feel the same when you visit. It’s life. Beh. Hugs!!!

    • Greetje
      9 July 2016 / 09:41

      To me jeans are more or less always the same denim fabric. Otherwise I wouldn’t call it jeans but trousers. I love your comments and I love your blog. But I know that we need to live the real life first and foremost. So don’t feel guilty if you skip a few of mine. Just makes me feel less guilty haha. As I cannot keep up with everything either.

  25. 9 July 2016 / 00:52

    What a wonderful blog!! I love your sense of style and look forward to seeing more of it.

    • Greetje
      9 July 2016 / 09:51

      Lovely compliments like yours (thank you!!) always amaze me. Having me thinking: “Who? Me??” But as a fellow blogger (Melanie of bag and a beret) said: comparison is a thief of joy. So I will gracefully accept your compliment and hopefully continue keeping you entertained.

  26. 9 July 2016 / 22:16

    How lovely to see you relaxing with your friends. I loved seeing you all in different styles of jeans and must admit that the skinny ones with those awesome blue cowboy boots win hands down as far as I’m concerned. What a fun post!
    Anna x

    • Greetje
      10 July 2016 / 09:10

      I am a big, big fan of skinnies too. But a girl needs variation, right? ?

    • Greetje
      10 July 2016 / 09:12

      Nothing beats laughing with friends in my book. We Dutch are really jeans people. They are everywhere, like a uniform haha.

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