A blue pencil skirt for lunch with Carin and Sylvia

Blue pencil skirtOh yes, talking, talking, talking. I am famous for talking. People sometimes avoid me because I talk so much. Anyway, last Wednesday I met Sylvia of 40+Style and Carin (follow her on Instagram: @catoinamsterdam). Of course it was hell to select an outfit, knowing you meet two fashion belles. I also wanted to twist Sylvia’s arm for taking blogpost photos. As I have been showing a lot of trousers lately, I decided on this blue pencil skirt. Rather formal, but I know I look good in a pencil skirt, so who cares.

We met for lunch at the Volkshotel in Amsterdam. A quaint place with a lovely roof terrace.

Below: 2 photos taken from the roof terrace. Of course it was cloudy and rainy weather. Bummer.view from Volkshotel Amsterdam

view from Volkshotel Amsterdam

We decided to have a drink downstairs first as that had a cosier atmosphere than the roof terrace without sunshine.

Below: OK the photo is too dark. I know. I forgot everything I had learned about photography and just pressed the button.Volkshotel Amsterdam

Even worse when we decided to photograph each other at this dark spot. Will I ever learn?

Below: Sylvia (left) and Carin (right):Sylvia and Carin

Below: Carin is famous for her poses and I mirrored her haha. You can clearly see who is more experienced.Carin and me

Below: lots of people working here with their laptop.Volkshotel Amsterdam

Below: Sylvia and Carin waving at me. It is a good thing we don’t care what other people think.Sylvia and Carin

Below: then I dragged Sylvia to a brighter spot and asked her to be my stand-in, so I could set the camera properly. She looked cool in her new skirt.Sylvia of 40plusstyle

Below: and off she went, clicking away. Thank you Sylvia for taking these nice photographs.Blue pencil skirt

Below: being a matchy matchy person, I made sure my earrings were red, like my shoes.

Blue pencil skirt

Below: close-up of the belt. Sylvia knows me and reminded me I needed close-ups, when I wanted to run away. This metal belt is ancient. 30 years old. metal belt with red dots

Below: trying to climb on the piano, confident it could hold my weight. I am a positive thinker haha (not): Blue pencil skirt

Below: no … I am not going to make it.Blue pencil skirt

Below: close-up of the shoes. OK, I admit, I did a little smoothing over. My old feet so close up really need that.Red patent leather slingbacks

Below: I was wearing the white one of these rings below. They were a present from Tiffany, a fellow instagrammer (follow her @livinartfully). We exchanged only a couple of comments on each others pictures. I liked her rings and she just asked me for my address and sent them. Deeds like this so restore my faith in humanity. rings

We decided the menu wasn’t good enough downstairs, so after drinks we went back to the roof terrace.

Below: Sylvia and Carin sitting with the window and light behind them. For a less skilled photographer like me, a challenge (hate that word “challenge”. Just a word to cover up “problem”). Sylvia and Carin

Below: Sylvia.Sylvia of 40plusstyle

Below: Carin.Carin

Below: me. Sylvia thought it would be a good idea to make shots while I wasn’t posing.Blue pencil skirt Carin and Sylvia (45)_LR

It was lovely to chat with these women, so the lunch lasted hours.


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  1. 30 July 2016 / 19:39

    I know you love talking ! And everyone loves when you are talking!! Because you have so much joy in yourself ( bad English, I know! But you probably understand what I mean … ) and joy is catching…
    You look lovely and sweet!!

    • Greetje
      31 July 2016 / 08:10

      You do know that me being in a skirt is your doing, don’t you? I kept thinking “oh dear, all trousers and jeans, I can hear Dan complain”, haha. You are wrong though in thinking everybody loves me talking. There are people who find me rather annoying or tiresome. Oh well… I cannot please everbody.

  2. 30 July 2016 / 19:49

    These types of posts always make me smile. Carin and her bubbly personality, and you with your quirkiness – I love it. Is Sylvia the more serious one of you three? She seems to be. You all look great!

    • Greetje
      31 July 2016 / 08:13

      Yes, Sylvia is the most serious one of us three, but she can let her hair hang down and go wild too. In Vancouver at the blogger meet last year, she danced the night away. Carin is bubbly but also calm. It was lovely to meet up.

  3. Robyn
    31 July 2016 / 00:26

    I love your posts, I get to see stylish women, hear about life in another part of the world and I so enjoy your sense of fun and humour

    • Greetje
      31 July 2016 / 08:14

      Thank you Robyn. Sometimes I think my readers might get tired of these stories, but so far everybody seems to still appreciate them. As I love making them, you can expect more to come.

  4. 31 July 2016 / 00:56

    That last photo of you is BRILLIANT!!! It captures all your beauty and humour. I love it!

    Looks like a fun time : )


    • Greetje
      31 July 2016 / 08:16

      I wouldn’t say that last picture captures my beauty but I knew it would make you laugh.
      And yes, it was a lovely, long lunch.

  5. 31 July 2016 / 06:13

    I agree both with Dan and Suzanne, we do love to hear you talk (because you’re hilarious, smart, and interesting all at the same time) and that last photo says so much about you, the Greetje we all love! What a fun fun afternoon with those two lovely ladies. And your outfit of choice was absolutely perfect!!!!

    • Greetje
      31 July 2016 / 08:18

      I kept thinking of Dan’s words a couple of years ago. She started following my blog because of my dresses and skirts. And all I seem to show these days are trousers. I never knew but indeed I am more of a trouser girl. Even though I do love skirts and dresses. So this one was for her.

    • Greetje
      31 July 2016 / 08:19

      Just the skirt and blouse with f.i. blue shoes would have been boring. I did learn a thing or two while blogging. You do these things naturally.

    • Greetje
      31 July 2016 / 19:21

      Arnhem is a very dangerous place. It is THE town for fashion. It would be the death of my savings account if I go to Arnhem haha.

  6. 31 July 2016 / 09:32

    Great photos. It seems like you gals had fun. Good for you. I like the closeup of your eyes. It looks like you have the same color as I have.

    • Greetje
      31 July 2016 / 19:22

      My eyes are hazelbrown with a big green rim around the brown and specs of yellow. Rather nice eyes if I say so myself. And yes we had fun.

  7. 31 July 2016 / 14:54

    It’s clear from the pictures you’re having fun. And being matchy-matchy is fine, I’d rather call it sophistication. That belt is amazing, and just a bit boho, making the pencil skirt look very cool and modern.

    • Greetje
      31 July 2016 / 19:24

      Because the pencil skirt is so high, really a bit above my waist, I can lead the eye down with the belt and break it a bit. Also I thought it was a rather boring outfit, so I needed something to jazz it up. The belt has been in my bedroom forever.

  8. 31 July 2016 / 15:58

    LOVE THE PHOTOS and the rings………who needs CAPUTI when you have these ACCESSORIES!!!!!!!!!

    • Greetje
      31 July 2016 / 19:24

      Thank you, but I need Angela Caputi. I love the rings and they match Angela’s necklaces perfectly haha.

  9. 31 July 2016 / 17:26

    These pictures show the delight and camaraderie —it emanates from all of you! And that, my dear, is truly priceless!! It makes our lives so meaningful and brings such joy. (Even to us, that are only experiencing it through you from afar)!
    I laughed when you said you forgot all the photography rules. Because as much fun as it is to look back at the pictures, it’s also good to enjoy the time together, and say heck with the perfect lighting, right?
    I think having the belt, shoes & earrings be the same color is more of a tie together instead of matching thing (maybe I rationalize that because that’s what I like to do!!) I’d argue that matching would mean you’d have on blue shoes, etc!!
    As for your talking—people that don’t like it should go elsewhere! So there!!

    • Greetje
      31 July 2016 / 19:27

      Hahaha… I will tell them in future: go elsewhere. No really, I try to be less overbearing or dominant. Gosh if this mouth opens… But mostly I am known for my laughter. I laugh a lot and loud. Thank you for leading me away from being matchy matchy. (Blue shoes would have been a bit boring I think. Depending on the shoe of course.)

  10. Riley
    31 July 2016 / 18:00

    I love to read your blog! I always feel like I’ve been to a party. The final photo in today’s post is my favorite photo of you, ever. Hands down (for those of you who have English as a second language, “hands down” means: without question; for certain).

    • Greetje
      31 July 2016 / 19:28

      I hope you had a good laugh over that last photo. I look like an idiot, but it made me laugh as well. And I so appreciate your compliments. Thank you!

  11. Kathy
    31 July 2016 / 20:23

    You seem like such a wonderful, fun loving person, I’m envious of all the people who have posted who know you personally! I love your blog and all your pictures. My only complaint is that you only post once a week! And you have great legs that I envy also!

    • Greetje
      31 July 2016 / 20:36

      Hahaha Kathy, don’t forget you fill in the blancs (of my personality) with all the positive things you hope I have. I am just as average and normal as your nextdoor neighbour. I just laugh a lot and I love making other people laugh. Perhaps I’ll be a stand-up comedian when I am retired. Who knows. I will admit I have great legs. It is the one thing I have always been certain of. Strange that I wear so little dresses and skirts. And I cannot post more than once a week as I have a more than fultime job. It is quite an effort to get this post done. But I do love blogging. I hope I can keep you entertained.

  12. 31 July 2016 / 20:40

    Hahahaha! – that last photo of you, BEST ever. It shows your beauty and your sense of humour all in one.

    What a fun get together it must have been. I think when bloggers get together we really throw our cares to the wind and have fun with photography if the chance comes up. Carin’s poses are contagious! Hahaha.

    You do look fab in pencil skirts. Each of you has such a unique and wonderful style.

  13. 1 August 2016 / 21:29


    I am so impressed with your site; you really understand the concept of looking fabulous “effortlessly”!! Of course, we all know “effortlessly” takes some serious thought. I am so pleased with your ensembles that I am now saving most of them to Pinterest for my own inspiration. You also appear to really “Rock your Age”, and have a lot of fun.

    • Greetje
      2 August 2016 / 07:34

      Trust me, when I started this blog I never, ever expected to get such a lovely compliment like yours. Thank you very much. It is indeed not without a lot of effort to get a good outfit. I suppose looking at other blogs for a long time and just doing it (with passion I will add), pays off. ?

  14. 2 August 2016 / 21:44

    Love this pencil skirt – always fabulous on you- and the belt! That really adds alot to the look!
    Love the shots of Sylvia and Carin, even if the lighting was not optimal, sometimes you have to go for the shot, anyway!
    Love the rooftop shots too, wish there was a pretty sky, but oh well, these are quite nice as they are!
    I love the big and modern rings, too!
    Great work, you 3 looks fabulous!
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      3 August 2016 / 08:11

      It became a long lunch. We left at teatime haha.

    • Greetje
      3 August 2016 / 18:19

      I am always so flattered when you say such things. As you are a professional stylist and I am an amateur. A very keen amateur, but still.

  15. 4 August 2016 / 23:54

    Looks like such a good time with friends! I love those silly times with friends where you can let your more “wild” side out! Every grown woman should have a friend or two where she can be inappropriate and feel like a naughty kid again!

    • Greetje
      5 August 2016 / 10:19

      I have many such friends haha. Laughter is what I am after.

  16. 5 August 2016 / 18:22

    How much fun is this post. I can tell that you enjoyed every minute with Sylvia and Carin. And I enjoyed the moments too. You all look fabulous.

    In answer to your questions on Hat Attack, the headpiece that I purchased from Diane Harty was not expensive, relatively speaking. I consider it a piece of art! Also, the headpiece is secured with an elastic which is attached to the hat and goes behind my head and then covered with hair. Thanks for your ongoing support.

    • Greetje
      6 August 2016 / 17:42

      If I were to have an elastic band at the back of my head, my hair might stand up and look really funny haha. You have cut your hair to suit a hat. Very wise and very doable with such a beautiful classic face.

  17. 6 August 2016 / 07:32

    I think it’s a wise move to post only once a week. You keep us all waiting for the next fun installments in your life. Your blog content is always top notch Greetje. Thanks for sharing your get together with these wonderful bloggers – what fun you had! A pencil skirt really suits those LONG lean legs of yours. I too love the last photo of you – what a great expression!

    • Greetje
      6 August 2016 / 17:43

      That is the expression of a dum struck rabbit haha. And I cannot post more than once a week. Really no time for more.

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