Coffee in Haarlem with MisjaAnything to do with friends is high on my list. Having coffee in Haarlem with Misja on a Saturday morning is just my cup of tea (pun intended). You have seen Misja on my blog several times (like here). She is a photographer who has a Street Style blog about people over 50. Beautiful pictures and a real tribute to men and women over 50. Her blog is : (my link will get you to her English version). She blogs both in Dutch and English. Would be too much hard work for me.

I have to limit my computer time anyway as I am suffering from RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) on both my arms. Not something to be taken lightly as ignoring it may very easily lead to disability. Even permanently. I have a friend who, unfortunately, proved that. I am not saying this to get your sympathy or advice. I know exactly what I have to do and not do and it is getting better.

I am just saying this to balance things a little. You might have gotten the impression that my life is all party party. And yes, I do lead a lovely life, but it is not as rosy as my blogposts let you believe haha. I work full time, have arguments with my husband, feel insecure at times and treated wrongly (usually that is not the case but I often take things too personal). In other words, a normal person leading a normal life. On the blog I am just showing you the best side of it. 

Misja and I tried to meet each other and we both had a “window in our agendas” last Saturday to meet for coffee. My friend Anja had written about a nice new coffee and lunch place in Haarlem (Native) which I decided to test. (See Anja’s post on Native here.) As the weather was gorgeous, we sat outside.

Below: Misja on the terrace of Native. See that colourful necklace she is wearing? That was co-designed by somebody you will see later on in the post. Misja is being highly entertained…


Below: …  as across the (small) street is a florist. The owner was watering his plants when a little girl on her bike challenged him. “Can you spray some water on me too?” Which he carefully did. Lots of giggles of course (mum was there too). And highly amusing for all the people on the terrace.

Below: For being such a good sport, he offered her a beautiful pink flower. Her sister got one too.

We chatted, drank coffee and took photos. My fault this time as I brought a camera. Shouldn’t do that every time we meet as I don’t want Misja to think I only meet up with her because of photo opportunities. I really like her as a friend.

Below: But as I did have my camera with me and Misja looked ravishing, I had to take a couple of pictures of her. Look at this stunning colour combination. The plants outside the flower shop were a great background.



Misja was kind enough to take pictures of me as well. Bear in mind we were only 1 meter (about 3 feet) removed from all the people on the terrace. Who were having a great time watching us and giving comments. All kind ones. I love these unexpected interactions with people.

Below: See me laughing? That is because of a funny remark of one of the customers. The little red bag is one I have had for a couple of years. I don’t often use it but today it was the perfect colour, reflected in the top.

Coffee in Haarlem

Below: Outfit details. The skirt is Marella. Bought in Turin. See here two other outfits with this skirt. The boots are Fly London (to my big surprise). I adore white (cream) boots. Always have. Perhaps that dates back to the boots on a Barbie doll? Or the white boots of the mini skirt girls in the sixties/seventies? Don’t know, but when I saw these with the little black pearls at the top, I fell in love. That they are comfortable is a big bonus. So for the first time I am wearing boots when it is warm.

Coffee in Haarlem

Below: Close-up of the boots: Fly London.

Boots Fly London

Below: Misja’s shot of my top. A fifties print but newly made by Vintage Curators.

Below: This is the owner of the shop Vintage Curators: Marije Cnossen. She sells second hand stuff but also makes clothes herself if she can lay her hands on nice fabric, like the fabric of my top. To the left of her you can see my top in the window as Marije made two of them. That one is sold now as well. I have also seen a beautiful long oversized jacket she created with fabric of Dries van Noten (Misja loves Dries van Noten).

For the Dutch: Misja wrote a lovely review about this shop. She didn’t translate this post which is understandable as only the Dutch can benefit from this Haarlem shop.

Vintage Curators in Haarlem

Below: Another shot of Marije. Remember when I talked about Misja’s lovely colourful necklace? Marije co-designed it about 15 years ago when she was working for the brand Vanilia. Isn’t that funny? The necklace is a favourite of Misja and I can fully understand this.

Vintage Curators in Haarlem

Below: Walking back home I passed my hair dresser Rob Peetoom and saw the back of my hair dresser Inge. What was she wearing? Interesting!!

Inge of Rob Peetoom Haarlem

Below: She was happy to pose for me. She is a fashionista. And a very good looking woman.

Inge of Rob Peetoom Haarlem

Below: One last event before I was home. My neighbours across the street had found a bird (macpie?) that couldn’t fly anymore and were waiting for the animal ambulance. I love it that there is such a thing as an animal ambulance.

And that was my lovely Saturday in Haarlem.


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