With Sylvia of 40+Style in HaarlemLast week I spent an afternoon with Sylvia of 40+Style in Haarlem as she is back in the country! What a joy. She is a friend and my blog mentor. She kicks my butt when I am lazy. Naturally I reserve time to meet her in the weeks she is here. This day we had lovely sunshine and we went for lunch, like we often do. We have to eat, right? So why not do it together. The weather has been so good here in The Netherlands, really warm (29º C/84ºF) with rainstorms because of the same warmth. Not too bad in this west part of the country but causing floods in the south. Back to my Wesnesday with Sylvia. 

As the food is so nice at restaurant Meneer Frans, where the Shopping Saturday girls and I went last week, Sylvia was keen on trying the restaurant as well. We sat in the front part of the restaurant with a view on the little alley.

Below: Sylvia, wearing a lovely jacket/blouse/tunic.

With Sylvia of 40+Style in Haarlem

Below: She has had another haircut and although I was a fan of her longer hair, I have to admit I really like this.

Sylvia of 40+Style in Haarlem

Below: A head to toe shot of Sylvia, showing her hairstyle from another angle. Taken in the alley of the restaurant.

With Sylvia of 40+Style in Haarlem

Below: We walked on. You see, I am covering all angles of her haircut and outfit.

With Sylvia of 40+Style in Haarlem

Below: As Haarlem is an old town, many spots serve as a great background for photographs.

With Sylvia of 40+Style in Haarlem

Below: My turn. I was wearing a G Star Raw jeans jacket with J Brand dark blue jeans (fantastic jeans by the way). The boots are by Fly London and you have seen them many times before. These heels were actually quite comfortable for my knee. (Knee is on the mend but will take at least another 2 months to fully recover I reckon. Definitely better though.)

With Sylvia of 40+Style in Haarlem

Below: Red mini bag Zara. Not difficult to spot which knee is on the blink.

With Sylvia of 40+Style in Haarlem

Below: T-shirt by Paala and designed by my niece or somebody from her company. The brooch is from Bella’s Etsy shop Citizen Rosebud.

Paala T-shirt

Below: Our walk led us to Kat & Co, the vintage shop where I have found a few nice things, like this green leopard dress and orange bag.

With Sylvia of 40+Style in Haarlem

Below: I had to take a picture of that left coat I saw in the street. It reminded me of the parka husband Ron pushed me to buy (which I didn’t) when we were in Paris.

With Sylvia of 40+Style in Haarlem

Below: Every time you want to take a picturesque photo, there are bicycles in your view. Always bicycles, everywhere.

With Sylvia of 40+Style in Haarlem

Below: Sylvia wanted some new sneakers and we visited Lab Women. A great place with high end clothes. This is Daphne, the owner. She is very good at styling and always honest (at least to me). She gently nudges me to be more daring, especially in shoes and I need and want that. But she never pushes a sale. She values a long term relationship, not a quick sale.

With Sylvia of 40+Style in Haarlem

Below: She hates being photographed but still gave permission to use the photos I took. Mwah. Loved her outfit. Talking about daring. Fantastic. And see those yellow trousers in the window on her right? Bought those… heh heh.

With Sylvia of 40+Style in Haarlem

To end the afternoon we had tea and coffee on the roof terrace of the new department store in Haarlem: Hudson’s Bay. Yes the Canadian one. It is much more upmarket here in The Netherlands but the word is that they want out again because nobody buys anything from them. Such a shame. I really like their shop.

Below: It was a bit windy for a roof terrace that day so we sat inside but I took a couple of (lousy) photos for you to see the view from up there.

Haarlem

Haarlem

Haarlem

Haarlem

See you next week.

Greetje

No Fear of Fashion