Bloggers get-together in Haarlem

Bloggers get-together in HaarlemIt doesn’t happen often, but we were able to arrange a mini bloggers get-together in Haarlem. Misja (MisjaB), Anja (Curly Traveller) and I live in Haarlem and Sylvia (40+Style), although Singapore based, almost always spends some time in Haarlem in the summer. We all know each other and we all have a blog (well.. Sylvia’s blog is a website to be honest). It is not all about fashion and outfits in our conversations but as you can understand the subject does come up.

The rest of the conversation is about our lives, our loves and our challenges. We try to minimize the subject health. As you grow older, your body starts to disfunction more easily and before you know it, it is all you talk about.

We decided to get together for.. (you guessed it) .. lunch. This time in “Papa’s Beach House” in Hoofddorp, a place near Haarlem as Misja wanted to make a few photos of a second hand shop in Hoofddorp. “What was that? Second hand shop??? Sounds lovely. Why don’t we accompany you Misja?”

Below: Papa’s Beach House, we really liked the decoration of the place. I will show you some more photos later on.

Bloggers get-together in Haarlem

Below: Here we go: Sylvia and Misja.

Sylvia and Misja

Below: And Anja and me.

Greetje and Anja

Below: The restaurant has a terrace overlooking a small lake. That little round wicker bag on the table is Misja’s. Very fashionable.

Bloggers get-together in Haarlem

Below: I started taking some pictures of the restaurant.

Bloggers get-together in Haarlem

Bloggers get-together in Haarlem

Below: See the moose? I hate hunting and stuffed animals, but will admit it looks impressive. Mixed feelings.

Bloggers get-together in Haarlem

Of course, soon enough we started taking blog pictures of outfits. That’s what we do.

Below: Anja, always colourful.


Below: Me, wearing all black but lightweight clothes as it was hot. The sandals are a couple of years old but I hardly wear them. Silk top: Theory. 7/8 cigarette trousers: Marella. Sandals: Dune. Necklace: &OtherStories.

Bloggers get-together in Haarlem

Below: My black outfit was a nice canvas for Misja’s colourful outfit. She is good at combining many different colours and prints. She inspires me. My 4 colours in 1 outfit of last week came about because I looked at Misja’s outfits.

Greetje and Misja

Below: Misja’s shoes in close-up. They are by Jan Janssen, a famous Dutch shoe designer.

Bloggers get-together in Haarlem

Below: One last shot of Anja before we left the restaurant to take pictures outside.


We found a “parked” bike. Misja and Sylvia decided it was the perfect prop.

Below: A good shot of Sylvia and what she was wearing. Of course very well styled.

Bloggers get-together in Haarlem

Below: Shot of the back. Notice the cute Hester van Eeghen bag she is wearing. She bought it last year when we were shopping in the 9 Streets of Amsterdam.

Bloggers get-together in Haarlem

Below: I was equally proud of this shot of Misja.

Bloggers get-together in Haarlem

Below: A few photos of Sylvia teaching me a thing or two.

Bloggers get-together in Haarlem

Below: She must have been talking about angles or so..

Bloggers get-together in Haarlem

Below: You can see by my face I am not very confident that I can bring the learned lessons into practice. Sylvia looks doubtful as well 😂.

Bloggers get-together in Haarlem

Below: Here we go. If you think why is she squinting her eyes like that? That is because I have contact lenses with a reading section at the bottom. I have to look through the bottom part of my lenses if I want to see up close.

Looking at this photo I remember the reason why I don’t like to wear the sandals: they make my feet long, like the snout of Alf (remember this TV character?) I know, I know, it is all just in my head.

Bloggers get-together in Haarlem

Below: Then they decided to photograph my shoes. Simultaneously. Misja told me to lift the back of one foot (more elegant).

Bloggers get-together in Haarlem

Below: I was being funny here.. “Yay baby, bring it on. I am the queen” hahaha. I felt very in demand with two people at my feet. Misja looks as if to say: “Cool it!”

Bloggers get-together in Haarlem

Below: The result: a close-up of my sandals.  No too “snouty”.

Leopard and pink sandals

Below: With the blog photos done, we went on to the second hand shop: Today’s Vintage. Really nice second hand, high end stuff. I loved a green top with a high collar and large sequinces, but the sleeves were too short to hide my wrinkled arms. Such a shame.

Bloggers get-together in Haarlem

Below: Misja with one of the owners. Who is not going to love me for taking this picture of her while she was pulling a face (sorry Gaby).

Bloggers get-together in Haarlem

Below: Sylvia saw a nice top which was way too big for her. Would have fitted me, only the sleeves and colours were wrong for me.

Bloggers get-together in Haarlem

Below: Misja with the other shop owner Anouk, deliberating over a jacket. Misja came away with a fantastic brown dress and several great necklaces. Don’t know how she does it, but she always finds the best stuff in second hand stores.

Bloggers get-together in Haarlem

Below: I resisted these Dolce & Gabbana shoes because I know they will be hard to combine for me. But they were lovely and my size. In the end I bought a pair of black leather sneakers with cut out flowers on them. You will see them as soon as the temperatures drop again. Which, I hope, will not be soon.

Dolce & Gabbana

Below: And to the pay desk.

Bloggers get-together in Haarlem

Yet another wonderful day in the life of style bloggers. Strictly speaking, Anja is a travel blogger, but she has a high interest in clothes. There are little photos of her that day as she was not feeling 100% and kept in the background.


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  1. 17 June 2018 / 17:31

    Nice post about a fun bloggers get together. Papa’s Beach House was a great spot to discover! Loved the ambiance and the location.

    • Greetje
      17 June 2018 / 18:44

      Just too bad they didn’t have freshly squeezed orange juice. Which is the standard these days in a good restaurant.

  2. Jodie
    17 June 2018 / 17:48

    Yep…it’s totally all in your head about those sandals. They are incredible!!
    I’d just like to say, EVEN if they did make your feel look long (which they don’t, but I just want to make a point), do you ever not like fabulous shoes on others because of the length of their feet??? I’m just always elated when people take pride in their shoes and have fun with them!!!
    But if you don’t believe me, I bet you would have 100 people who would take them off your hands…haha!!

    • Greetje
      17 June 2018 / 18:48

      I agree Jodie. I should just wear them and stop whining about things nobody sees. You are a,so right about not liking somebody elses shoes because it made her feet big. I would have said: what nonsense, those shoes are fab on you. And what is good for the goose, is good for the gander.

  3. 17 June 2018 / 19:18

    Great sandals, my eye honed in on them right away. Not a bit snouty.

    • Greetje
      17 June 2018 / 19:19

      I will have to wear them more often then. When I saw them in the shop two years ago, my eye honed in on them as well.

  4. 17 June 2018 / 19:27

    I love seeing how each of you has her own unique style. And I don’t think the sandals are “snouty” at all, rather they are very cute! Love everyone’s pictures with the bike too, always a great prop.

    • Greetje
      17 June 2018 / 20:22

      As far as I am concerned, all bikes should be removed from my photo views haha. But I will admit, this was a nice one. I will start wearing the sandals then.

  5. 17 June 2018 / 19:40

    Adore Sylvi’s outfit in this post, I saw this shot of her on Instagram last week. You did a lovely job Mrs photographer 😉
    I like the large scale decor & architecture of the restaurant but as you say the stuffed wildlife is a bit of a strange one. Is that moose real? I mean it’s bloody enormous! Not that I’ve ever seen one in real life.

    • Greetje
      17 June 2018 / 20:25

      You are right, Sylvia’s outfit was really good. (Ah… the times when I could wear sleeveless… sigh).
      I found out that a feature I was using on my camera, did exactly the opposite of what it was supposed to be doing: focussing. For these pictures from when we left the restaurant, I didn’t use it anymore… bingo: sharp photos.
      I have no idea whether the moose is real. It certainly looks very real.

  6. 17 June 2018 / 20:03

    Dear Greetje. What a great blogpost again. Loved the photos of the restaurant and also many items that you ladies showed us: Sylvia’s top is awesome as are Misja’s shoes and your necklace. You ladies really rock and as a group even more so. Hope Anja is feeling better. Happy sunny week! Lieske

    • Greetje
      17 June 2018 / 20:26

      Anja is indeed feeling better. It was a fun day and a lovely job making this blogpost.

  7. 17 June 2018 / 20:23

    How fun you were all able to get together. You took some great shots.

    That one photo of Sylvia looking a bit doubtful is dead on! Ha ha!

    Everyone’s outfits look wonderful. Shame Anja wasn’t feeling well. She has been so busy lately I’m sure she feels like she needs some time to recoup.

    I’m delighted that you were again in a secondhand shop. “How do people find all that great stuff in secondhand shops?” Easy! They look! ; P


    • Greetje
      17 June 2018 / 20:32

      You know what Sylvia is like when I start muttering “I don’t know if…” haha. No seriously, she is absolutely good to me. Has taught me so many things and I can laugh with her. She is and has a good soul.
      Anja is feeling better again but you are right, she had a lot on her plate lately.
      As for good finds in second hand shops? It helps when the second hand shop is good and you have a small size. Often when I read Judith’s estate sale stories (and yours) I wish they would have them here as well. It is a small country and this kind of thing just does not exist.

  8. Evaline
    17 June 2018 / 20:28

    What a wonderful day. The restaurant looks like it is set in the Canadian Rockies!

    • Greetje
      17 June 2018 / 20:35

      The decor of the restaurant was fab. And the place, overlooking the lake as well. But when I ordered a freshly squeezed orange juice, they didn’t have that. So strange. An omission.
      For the Canadian Rockies vibe, we need mountains. No mountain to be found anywhere in The Netherlands haha.

  9. Claudia Roskam
    17 June 2018 / 20:47

    Love your sandals!
    Greet Sylvia from me. Maybe I will meet Misja in Arnhem next Friday at the Arhemse Stockdagen.

    • Greetje
      18 June 2018 / 09:06

      Oh the Arnhemse Stockdagen…. so tempting. But I have already spent too much money (again). You won’t see me. I think. Haha.
      I will greet Sylvia from you when she is back from holiday in July.

  10. AndreaR
    17 June 2018 / 20:55

    My husband and I were visiting Amsterdam from America recently and had a wonderful time. While wandering the 9 Streets, we came across both Hester van Eeghen shops, one for beautiful shoes and the other for unique handbags. I almost bought that exact hand bag that Sylvia has , but decided on a handbag by Mirjam Zwolsman at Young Designers United on Kezergracht.

    I love your sandals, Greetje and that vintage shop beckons to me. I guess we’ll have to return to Netherlands.

    • Greetje
      18 June 2018 / 09:12

      You did all the right things in Amsterdam!! When I saw your name I thought you were Dutch. Your husband perhaps? Love your bag! I have been looking at that one myself as I am in Young Designers United often (too often really). I wondered how you found it, but I read in my mail that the designer directed you to the shop. You did well!

  11. Sheila (of Ephemera)
    18 June 2018 / 02:05

    I love these pictures – the Beach House looks amazing. All of you have great outfits – Sylvia’s is really fun (nice to see her again). I love those D&G shoes! I would wear those!

    • Greetje
      18 June 2018 / 12:37

      I would wear those D&G shoes as well. It is just that I always buy clothes that draw attention to themselves. Which means I end op with a wardrobe that combines badly. Everything is screaming for attention. And if I would have shoes doing this as well… Would be too much.
      Mind you, I just ordered a hot pink (fuchsia) sweater with a white vertical stripe at the back and white stripes at the end of the sleeves. I bet those D&G shoes would look very good with it..

  12. Mary
    18 June 2018 / 02:54

    Thanks for making us all feel part of the fun!

    • Greetje
      18 June 2018 / 12:39

      Thank YOU very much for paying me this compliment. It is such a joy creating these posts and very rewarding when they are appreciated.

  13. 18 June 2018 / 08:33

    It sounds like an interesting day! The second hand shop sells very good items. Unfortunately in Italy we haven’t. Second hand shops look so miserable here!!
    ( of course many other chances are at handy…)
    Lovely Silvia’s outfit…

    Have a nice day , darling!

    • Greetje
      18 June 2018 / 12:40

      Most of our second hand shops are also miserable. Old and smelly stuff. This one in Hoofddorp was a very good exception to the rule. And yes, many other opportunities in Italy haha.

  14. Selina
    18 June 2018 / 10:16

    I have a friend that lives in Hoofddorp. I guess next time I visit her, I’ll go and visit that interesting looking place

    • Greetje
      18 June 2018 / 12:43

      Right you are. If your friend has a car that would make things easier as they are absolutely not in the center. More of an industrial area.

  15. Karen
    18 June 2018 / 12:14

    Hi Greetje,

    Great fun post again !
    Must say how you suit black, its not a colour everyone can carry off and you do.
    Really liked Sylvia’s hair too, it almost makes me want to get my hair cut…though not quite !!!- My hair is about your length and as I have just grown the layers out it behaves much better – my hair is thick and temperamental around moisture in the air !
    That clothes shop looked very upmarket for second hand, wish there was something like that were I live. We have lots of ‘charity’ type shops in the UK, I often visit them for books as you can get some good ones and then after they have been read I pop them back into them to resell ! The clothes though are not really worth browsing through, though I often read of people bagging good stuff in them.

    • Greetje
      18 June 2018 / 12:50

      I am not good at spotting gems in second hand stores either with the odd exception once in a while.
      Usually second hand shops in The Netherlands have very old and sometimes smelly stuff. Not my cup of tea.
      So this was a very good exception to the rule. Of course prices are higher as well, but still very reasonable.
      I am always jealous of people in the USA with their estate sales. Would love to visit those. And Canadian second hand stores are good too. Oh plus the second hand stores in New York. Elle (of The Elle Diaries) comes up with such steals. But, no use crying over spilled milk eh?
      As for the hair: mine is thin and there is little of it. So moisture in the air is as devastating to my hair as it is to yours.

      • Karen
        18 June 2018 / 17:02

        Your hair always looks lovely ! Its funny we are never happy with what we have !!
        Yes, you are right the second hand shops do have a musty aroma …..I dive in and grab my books…taking a cursory glance at the garments…though never really pausing !!

  16. 21 June 2018 / 04:07

    I wish I could pop over there and spend some time with you and your stylish group! All of you look so chic, and who doesn’t enjoy a nice lunch, a photo session and a bit of shopping? I love the top that Sylvia is wearing.

    We do have some good secondhand clothing stores here in Canada. I have good luck in the chain of stores called Talize, where I find most of my thrifted treasures. The stores are clean, with no musty smell, and the selection is large and varied.

    • Greetje
      21 June 2018 / 18:06

      Everytime I see your photos of thrift shop expeditions or vintage events I sigh in envy. Suzanne and Melanie contribute to that feeling as well. Been in two thrift shops in Vancouver when I was over there for the bloggers meet-up. And it was lovely!

  17. Marilee Gramith
    23 June 2018 / 00:47

    It’s so good to know that with a little help from your friends you’ve found some second hand shops that reflect your taste. You look SO thin in this all black outfit Greetje! Are you losing weight? Yikes!! You certainly can’t afford too!
    Thankyou for another fine day of shopping with your best mates in Haarlem!

    • Greetje
      23 June 2018 / 08:47

      Losing weight ?? Whahaha… not at all. Gaining weight. Kilos which are determined to stay. I am not really thin, I just give that impression. All shop assistants get my size wrong. I am an L, a Large, a size 40 in NL and Germany. Bra size 36D. No idea what my size is in UK or USA, because there are different numbers at various size guides but it is not small and not medium, I can tell you. Another example of “looks can be deceiving”.

  18. 24 June 2018 / 05:53

    Dear Queen Greetje, I bow to your ability to make me laugh. Heh. What a fun day. You really conveyed your time together so well. I did laugh seeing how everyone is so serious about getting the photos right. I often wish I had others here to give me tips too – it’s so time-consuming to do it all by trial and ERROR. And such a great-looking bunch you made. Wow. Hugs to you and all.

    • Greetje
      24 June 2018 / 12:10

      There is still a lot of trial and error on my side as well. But it is nice to see the improvements when you go back to see posts of a couple of years ago.

  19. 26 June 2018 / 21:43

    I mentioned above that I too see a Canadian vibe to this restaurant. I know you’re a style blogger but it was a wee disappointment not to see what you had for lunch. {I know it may not be of interest to some, but it’s like the apple cake in your market post….I love that kind of local information on blogs}

    So. Where to start? I love your sandals and your feet look absolutely fine. Love the D & G shoes as well but I agree….very specific and potentially difficult to style…..oh, but jeans and a white shirt and those shoes would be on my feet all day every day. Too bad not my size, eh.

    Everyone is dressed in that effortlessly chic look…pretty typical of you and your friends!

    • Greetje
      27 June 2018 / 21:24

      Well thank you, dear lady. Effortlessly chic, typical for me and my friends.. wow, that is quite a compliment.
      The food… well, the food was all right. I had a salad. But it was not very special. Actually the food and the fact they didn’t serve fresh orange juice in such a nice place, was a bit of a let-down. The ambiance suggests the opposite.

  20. 27 June 2018 / 20:33

    Another fabulous shopping expedition with these fabulous bloggers. It looks like so much. Sylvia certainly look wonderful in her trousers and I’m glad you learned a photography tip or two. Misja looks wonderful in her pink trousers.
    Please go back and find those Dolce and Gabbana shoes. I promise you you will find a use for them. Plus your feet look totally fine in these fabulous sandals.
    Thanks for sharing this feast of shopping and friendship!

    • Greetje
      27 June 2018 / 21:28

      No, I won’t buy the D&G shoes. I know I want colour near my face. I would combine them with jeans and a white shirt. And that is not my finest outfit. Perhaps with red high heels this combination is nice but with flat shoes?? Nope. Not enough use for them.

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