Do you mind standing out? I don’t.

bright pink sweaterThe Haarlem Bloggers got together one last time this summer and I decided to wear my bright pink sweater. I bought it from South of the River and I love the impact of the colour. Yes, it leaps out at you. Fine by me.

Sylvia of 40PlusStyle has left for New York, Anja (Curly Traveller) is nearly on her way to Singapore which leaves Misja (MisjaB) and me to roam around Haarlem. Therefore Sunday last week, one last lunch/coffee meeting.

We paid a visit to the restaurant of Dolhuys, the museum of the mind. More information if you click the link. We met here before in 2016 when Misja photographed me in my purple silk jacket. It is close for the four of us and provides a beautiful background.

Below: Sylvia and Anja

Below: Me and Misja.

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Below: I was not pleased with my hair in the above photo and tried to do something about it… Never do that when somebody is pointing a camera at you.

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Below: Sylvia giving advice no doubt. She is my mentor as she has already accomplished so much with her website 40PlusStyle. Sylvia has now also started a new blog, 40+Entrepreneur, where she shares lots of resources and training so you can become a successful entrepreneur yourself.

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Below: Before lunch I requested the photo shoot. Anja took this photo with the man “behind the window” looking at me. Funny!!

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Below: Wearing the hot pink sweater (as South of the River calls it), which is a summer quality. A leopard belt from Etsy, a pair of second-hand jeans (Citizens of Humanity), a fuchsia bracelet (gifted by Strawberry). Never thought I would wear this bracelet so much but I do. Probably because I don’t feel I am wearing it.

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Below: Close-up of the shoes which you saw in June as The Haarlem Bloggers got together. 

sandals with leopard print

Below: Showing the back of the sweater.

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Below: Anja made me laugh.

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Below: Anja photographing my shoes. (Photo taken by Sylvia.)

Below: At the side of the restaurant I took this shot of Sylvia, Misja and Anja. We were fine, but Anja was a little cold as she is so accustomed to Singapore temperatures. The minute temperatures drop to normal Dutch level, she is wearing a cardigan and coat. Loved her T-shirt.

Sulvia, Misja and Anja

Below: Close-up of Anja and her T-shirt.

Below: Back outside. Misja photographing Sylvia wearing another good outfit. Misja does know how to style herself.

Misja of MisjaB

Below: Sylvia had graffiti as background again, wearing the right clothes for it. Very arty and modern.

Sylvia of 40plusstyle

Below: Misja took a photo of all my accessories together. She is so good in fashion photography. Really pays attention to the little details that matter. (Remember last time I told you, you can book her? This is the link to her fees and information in English, and this is the link in Dutch.)

The bag was a sale score at Essentiel Antwerp. I went to the hair dresser on my bike to have my fringe cut. Just as I was going to cycle home again, I thought: “Why not cross the road and take a peek at the Essentiel shop?” Dangerous thought.

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Below: Photo by Misja. These jeans are a bit too low for the sweater. If I want to tuck it in at the front (and I do), the sweater pulls too much instead of generously hanging over the belt. And we don’t want that in the tummy area, now do we? It is much better with my boyfriend jeans but I don’t want to bore you with those every week 😊.

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Below: I don’t know what crazy photo we were looking at, but it might not have made it to this blog post haha. (Photo taken by Sylvia.)

Below: Sylvia, Misja and me. Photo by Anja. See that crease just above my belt? That is where my top ended. In other words: top is too short. Will wear another top next time. The things you have to take into account… pfff … tiring.

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Next week a dress again.


No Fear of Fashion







  1. 19 August 2018 / 18:43

    Such a colourful outfit Greetje, despite the large amount of white you are wearing. The sweater just attracts all the attention and it’s such a hot colour pink. Top! Although all good things come to an end, I am sure you will miss the live company of half the Haarlem bloggers. I for one have enjoyed your blogpost about your gatherings. Love, Lieske

    • Greetje
      19 August 2018 / 20:32

      Oh good… my mother commented tonight: “But I have already seen this post, haven’t I?” I told her to pay more attention to what we are wearing haha. She countered that with: “You have so much, I don’t know whether it is old or new”.

  2. Karen Persson
    19 August 2018 / 18:53

    Great blog as usual and you answered my question from Instagram about the brands. I love the pink and white on you. The purse is adorable! Glad you did go to the Essentiel shop!

    The sandals are also perfect with the outfit. Nice and casual.

    Love it…. also very cool ladies you were with!

    • Greetje
      19 August 2018 / 20:34

      Online the bag is on sale in baby blue. I think. They had them in three colours and if any is sold out online, they might still have them. I use my white one nearly every day now. Didn’t know I missed a little white bag till I got one.
      Thank you for your kind words.

      • Karen Persson
        26 August 2018 / 23:32

        Great idea to look for the bag online. Yes, a white bag is a great accessory!

  3. Karen
    19 August 2018 / 19:15

    Looks like you had a good time out with your friends, I love to see you all laughing and generally enjoying life….that’s what its all about isn’t it ?!!

    • Greetje
      19 August 2018 / 20:35

      Oh yes, I try to laugh as much as I can. And to make other people laugh. Last night I had a waitress in stitches by telling her a joke my husband made years ago. Seeing her laugh out loud just makes my day.

  4. 19 August 2018 / 19:45

    Your sandals are so cool! You always have the most amazing shoes! BTW, I like the photo where you try to get your hair in order. You laugh so nicely in the photo!

    • Greetje
      19 August 2018 / 20:37

      Haha… I always say that to other bloggers “you have the most amazing shoes”. Never thought I would be similar, but thank you. My favourite picture of this shoot is where Misja and I are laughing because of what is on the camera. So spontaneous.

  5. Cynthia
    19 August 2018 / 19:47

    I love reading your blog. Great style, great friendships, great locales = great read. That hot pink is lovely on you!

    • Greetje
      19 August 2018 / 20:38

      Cynthia, you made my day. Thank you for all these lovely compliments. I am going to try and add more words (stories) to my posts. English not being my native language, is rather a challenge.

  6. 19 August 2018 / 22:23

    As for your comment to Cynthia, I love your long posts. It is so nice to be served up a nice big slice of your life and humour! The pink sweater, of course I adore. I have one this same colour which says ATOMIC in sparkly letters, hahaha! All of you ladies look so fabulous and so friendly. xxx

    • Greetje
      20 August 2018 / 06:36

      Thank you very much Lisa. Everybody who creates is uncertain about their creations. I know that from my experience with art directors at advertising agencies. Even the best ones. It is so nice to read that you appreciate my posts, my “creations”.

  7. Marilee J. Gramith
    20 August 2018 / 05:46

    Greetje, you are beautiful in pink!! So… if this top is too short, you need to replace it with a couple more (THRIFTED) in this same flattering shade! I do love the white touches on this top.; especially the stripe down the back!!
    I love to laugh as much as possible. Your friends appear to love it too!

    • Greetje
      20 August 2018 / 06:40

      No, the top is not too short, only tricky with these low rise jeans. With other jeans it is fine. But it is the type of colour which jumps at me immediately in a shop. My eye is trained to spot it.
      My friends laugh a lot like I do and are direct as I am (not all of them but most of them). I suppose like-minded people find each other.

  8. Elaine
    20 August 2018 / 06:46

    Hot Pink made famous by Elsa Schiaperili is my favourite colour but because I’m currently a redhead I can’t really wear it anymore but it looks fabulous on you with your blonde Bob.

    • Greetje
      20 August 2018 / 21:05

      Oh, I think hot pink will look great on a red head. That’s what I call colour blocking. The old “rules” don’t count anymore. Black and blue together? Fine. Brown and black together? Great combination. Red heads wearing bright red? Glorious. Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb talked about this subject not too long ago. She has red hair too and wears any colour under the sun, while looking fab.

  9. 20 August 2018 / 08:54

    Nothing better than a blogger meet up! Lovely photos of you all Greetje xx

    • Greetje
      20 August 2018 / 21:06

      I agree, I love blogger meet-ups. The last one was already one and a half year ago in London. And of course my own little group here in Haarlem.

  10. 20 August 2018 / 10:24

    lovely pink sweater and it looks fab with white pants (even if it was not comfortable to wear it with low waisted pants!) and your cute bag!
    And I love to see you, ladies, so stylish and cool! Love that you meet regularly for a chat and some pictures! having those ladies nearby is fabulous!!

    • Greetje
      20 August 2018 / 21:07

      The sweater was comfortable with the low waisted trousers all right, just less flattering haha.
      Two of the ladies are already gone again. But.. they will return.

  11. Selina
    20 August 2018 / 11:02

    I don’t mind standing out. I get so bored of fashion/style bloggers who wear neutrals all the time and say that they’re scared of colour and bright lipstick. Then why are you a fashion/style blogger? Yellow is a big thing this summer but I’ve been wearing it all year round for a few years now and it’s really not that scary to wear. I’ll be wearing bright colours until the end of time. I do like your colour choices

    Btw I’ll be in the Netherlands at the end of September. I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for you in Haarlem 😛

    • Greetje
      20 August 2018 / 21:11

      I totally agree with you. Although I do not know of any fashion or style bloggers who are scared of colour. Probably just always dismissed them at first sight. Yellow has been a favourite colour of mine as well. Since 1995. Scared of colour I have never been. Why would I? Does it give you a rash? haha.
      If you are in The Netherlands, let me know. You can email me. My mail address is in the Contact tab at the top.

  12. Lise
    20 August 2018 / 13:22

    You look very pretty in pink and white. I also really like the white stripe down the back. The pops of leopard go so well with the pink – I am going to try that. I don’t mind standing out either, although I never really do it on purpose. Just if I love a piece and it is a bit of a ‘look at me’ piece I definitely will wear it without a worry. Lise

    • Greetje
      20 August 2018 / 21:13

      I don’t know what came over me, using the leopard belt instead of a white or black belt. I must be getting better at styling haha. And I agree Lise, I never purposely buy something because I want to stand out. It just happens naturally because of the things I like. Don’t even think about it. It just hit me when I saw the photos and that pink jumper was so dominant.

  13. 20 August 2018 / 21:06

    You got more great photos of you all. Looks like a blast : )

    I love you in bold colour. You look very happy.

    I’m missing the colour on Sylvia now that she has returned to her standard black and white.

    Anja never disappoints. Too funny she was cold already.


    • Greetje
      20 August 2018 / 21:16

      I don’t know whether Sylvia has returned to black and white. Her jewellery and shoes were great with that black and white canvas. She bought a very pretty flower skirt with a lot of colour while she was here. So I think it is not a consious decision.
      Anja thinks I am a sissy when I complain about the heat and the sweat and I think she is a sissy when she arrives in cardigan and coat haha.

  14. 20 August 2018 / 23:33

    This swearter is in a very nice shade of pink wich goes perfectly with white!
    I like your bag too

    • Greetje
      21 August 2018 / 18:22

      Cute little bag right? Fuchsia is a shade of pink which I like very much.

  15. 21 August 2018 / 00:56

    I love your pink sweater! And I love it paired with white jeans. White jeans are such a great summer look (and other times of the year, too).

    How fun that the four of you got to hang out one last time!

    • Greetje
      21 August 2018 / 18:43

      And we will hang out again. Hopefully next year, maybe sooner, maybe later. But we will definitely. Glad you like my outfit.

  16. josep-maria
    21 August 2018 / 09:24

    Although it is neither a skirt nor a dress … I love your look! I really like the color of the jersey, and I really like mixing with white. A delicate and soft, and even elegant look. I love the informal and casual way you wear the sweater, and also your sandals. The sweater, from behind, is cute. And your smile! Makes anything beautiful!

    • Greetje
      21 August 2018 / 18:46

      You know, Josep-Maria, you could or should be a poet. Is it your southern background which makes your comments so sweet and poetic? Thank you so much for your compliments. They are in my heart. (Now I am getting mushy haha.)

  17. Channa
    21 August 2018 / 10:41

    Leuke foto’s, spontaan, vooral die waar je je haren in de lucht hebt. Leuk om de andere bloggers ook te ‘ontmoeten’.

    • Greetje
      21 August 2018 / 18:50

      Dank je wel Channa. Ik probeer altijd alles op mijn blog in het Engels te houden, ook de comments, om interactie voor iedereen mogelijk te maken. Maar ik snap dat het raar is om als Nederlandse Engels tegen een Nederlandse te “praten” 😊.

  18. Jodje
    21 August 2018 / 19:09

    Oh, I’ve missed you so much!! I’m in the car and could finally get to the blog. So now my hubby is going to check our router to see what’s going on! Thanks for the suggestion!!

    • Greetje
      22 August 2018 / 07:26

      YAY…👏. So glad to see you back. Thank you for keep on trying! And for the Disqus link. I will look further into that today. Working very hard at the office, haven’t got much time.

  19. sivet
    25 August 2018 / 22:36

    Very nice juvenile outfit! You are a very charming and inspiring lady.:))

    • Greetje
      26 August 2018 / 17:49

      Thank you very much Sivet. If you come closer, you will see the wrinkles of my age haha. But laughing a lot is the best remedy for staying young (at heart).

  20. 26 August 2018 / 02:04

    These are wonderful photos of you and your stylish friends. I love the one of you and Misja laughing. The hot pink is such a great colour on you, and you are obviously feeling good in your outfit.

    • Greetje
      26 August 2018 / 17:50

      That is my favourite picture too Shelley. A bit of a shame it was taken with an iPhone as they are never sharp enough. But better to have snapped this moment than not having this picture at all.

  21. 4 September 2018 / 07:54

    Pink and white never fails to please me and this look is just so pretty and youthful on you Greetje. I have little faith in keeping white trousers clean and yet you seem so relaxed and even give us a rear view as if to show that you manage to keep that pristine look all day. You girlfriends all look fab in their own styles, especially Misja in those striped trousers – how funky are they!

    Have a great week!
    Anna x

    • Greetje
      4 September 2018 / 19:50

      We are all tarred with the same brush, all interested in outfits. I make stains on tops very quickly but somehow I keep white trousers pretty clean. Strange right? And I keep buying dresses, coats and tops which are one solid colour, preferably silk (!!). You only have to look at them and the stain is there.

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