Greetje and Karen This is a special post, one by request. About meeting Karen (above) in The Hague. Karen and I would never have met if it wasn’t for Elizabeth and her Instagram account: the Antique Goddess. Elizabeth also has a blog called: The Vintage Contessa. I first “found” her on Instagram and started following her, reading her blogpost off and on. We commented on each other’s blog and Instagram photos. And Karen, born in California and living in The Hague (The Netherlands), did the same. Karen’s Instagram account is Karen Persson.

Elizabeth “knowing” the both of us, insisted we’d meet and that we would send her a photo of the two of us as proof. For her birthday, which is today. We thought it was a charming idea. So one Friday morning when I had the day off, I drove to The Hague which is only 45 minutes by car, door to door. Everything is close by in The Netherlands.

Above: here we are… Karen and me. Me in a red and white outfit, she in a blue and white outfit. As if we deliberately choose the colours of The Netherlands and the USA haha. We did not. Pure coincidence.

We agreed to meet in a coffee shop: Vascobello. This is the link to Vascobello with nice photos of the place. A Belgian chain in The Netherlands. Really good coffee and perfect chocolate.

Below: Karen walking into the coffee shop wearing a cute jeans jacket by Sandro Paris with a collar full of pearls, very nice. Top: Max Mara Weekend, sunglasses: Chanel. This woman appreciates the good stuff.

Karen

Below: We immediately asked the waiter to take our picture on the stairs for Elizabeth. He did an exellent job, even though we look a bit dopy in the picture below.

Greetje and Karen

Below: I took pictures of Karen who is very good at posing. I could learn a thing or two from her.

Karen

Karen

Below: Of course she took pictures of me too. The white top with the bow at the bottom you have seen in this post with my lemon yellow trousers. The red skinnies were in this post, Shopping Saturday in Haarlem. I bought both items at Levv in Haarlem. The off white patent leather wedgies are very old. The brooch is a very special birthday present from my mother and husband last year. It is paint and made by Xenia Walschikow.

red and white outfit

Below: With my bag I added another red. A bit of orangy-red as is in the brooch. The fuchsia pink of the brooch is also in the bracelet (Klára –Strawberry bags).

red and white outfit

Below: Didn’t pull my top down properly, but it is a good close-up of the brooch.

red and white outfit

Below: Close-up of the bag. Brand Marck & Mo.

Below: And a close-up of Karen’s hand painted Golden Goose Designer Brand sneakers. Aren’t they lovely?

When we finally sat down for coffee it was so easy to talk to each other. Elizabeth was right, we got on really well. Karen is a fine artist specializing in portraits, landscapes and illustrations, mostly in commission. This is her Facebook page: Karen Persson Art.

I admire artists and envy them for their creativity. Never been very good in that department. We did have common ground as she also has a very big interest in clothes and such. That’s me. And of course we exchanged stuff about our lives. Which I will keep private.

We didn’t have much time that morning because Karen had two other appointments on her agenda, plus work. Busy lady.

Before she went off to her next appointments, we shot these photos below with beautiful The Hague in the background. I thought her seemingly casual outfit was gorgeous. Loved all the items with which she created this outfit. Wearing an expensive Coach bag (cute!!) is always a good idea. Hat: Peter Grimm, jeans: 7 for all Mankind, belt: Bands of LA.

Karen

Below: Yes, they have canals in The Hague as well. Not as many as in Amsterdam, but still they have them.

Below: She does know how to pose…

Karen

Below: Two shots of The Hague from the bridge where we were taking our photos.

Below: Then I got home and decided I really didn’t like the combination of the top with those red trousers. Changed into my favourite skinny jeans, put on my red high heels and peeked into my street to see whether anybody was there. Sure enough, a girl who lives accross the road just arrived, and she took some quick pictures. Such good neighbours in my street.

red and white outfit

Below: I tied the ends of the top in a proper bow just above the belt. I think this outfit looks much better.

red and white outfit

Below: As this is a post about Karen and me, I like to end it with two selfies of us. Happy Birthday Elizabeth.

Karen and Greetje

Karen and Greetje

I love all the unexpected interactions through blogging. The lovely people I meet. It is a great hobby.

Greetje

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