Having fun with my friend Lia at a Food Truck Market

black and white leopard jacketMy biggest joy in life is spending time with friends, which always means laughing a lot. As I cannot walk very far yet, my friend Lia came to me. It was lovely weather, not too hot, not too cold, although Lia was doubting her choice of knee-high trousers and sandals. I had my black and white leopard jacket on, perfect for the weather. We started with coffee in our garden. As long as we were at home I could wear my new green high heels. Actually I can walk pretty well on them even with the Knee, high heeled or not. But it is never wise to go distances on high heels. Pretty for the pictures but I changed to sneakers as soon as we drove to town.

Below: Lia, with her hair still wet. It takes a while to dry. Believe it or not, but she will become 64 as well in a few days and her hair is still her own colour. No grey hair. Unbelievable.

Below: Ron was taking artistic photos of us, like with a blurry flower half through the image.

black and white leopard jacket

Below: I asked him to take a photo of the sun shades which give the back of the house a lovely look. But I forgot that one of them was hanging crooked and was going to be fixed a few days later. Which left me no choice than to crop the photo. Too bad.

black and white leopard jacket

Below: This was our view of the garden. Really a bit of a wilderness as we didn’t do a thing to the garden this summer. Too lazy. No, that is not true, we had the big tree at the back trimmed because our neighbours were not getting any sunshine in the afternoon. Always make sure you keep your neighbours’ interest at heart. Makes living together so much nicer.

Below: Our cat Sophie was showing herself. She is named after Sophie Tucker. a vaudeville artist who performed at the beginning of the last century. She was hilarious and Bette Middler was the one who introduced me to her.

Below: If you want to know what I meant by Bettle Midler doing Sophie Tucker, click on the link below. Warning, if you are a respectable person who doesn’t like dirty jokes, don’t click.

Below: Lia took some “head to toe” photos as Ron was already fed up with it. I liked the one below.

Black and white leopard jacket

Below: Lia prefers this one. I think I have done the “hair-do” trick once too many. The jacket is a great second-hand find at Kat & Ko, where I find many pre-loved items. This jacket is particularly nice because it stretches in all ways but doesn’t show all the lumps and bumps, it is long enough for me and my bosom fits in it. As the price was very good too (€ 40), I was very quick to snap it up. The green top underneath is ancient.

Black and white leopard jacket

Below: The earrings: smoke with soft orange. An inexpensive find in a shop at the side of the big church in Haarlem.

black and white leopard jacket

Below: The shoes. They have an ankle strap and are by Marks and Spencer. I saw them on Midlife Chic, worn by Nikki and “got inspired”. Just happened to be the exact colour of the top. Never throw out tops when they still fit. They always come in handy.

Green high heels Marks and Spencer

After this photo business we got in the car to go down town. We passed Kenau Park where a Food Truck Market was going on. Much nicer than eating in town as that is not going anywhere. I was lucky to park the car very near.

Below: Baking (or burning) your own croissant.

Below: As it was afternoon, the park was packed with parents and children. Facial painting.

Below: For some reason I like this photo and I haven’t got the faintest idea what it is about.

Below: Our first stop wasn’t exactly lunch. It was sweets. Had to take a photo of the couple selling the goodies. Such fun sweaters with pictures of macarons and chocolate.

Below: We chose a “cake” with pecan nuts and ??? forgot. Boy oh boy, did that taste good! The company’s name is Waldo. Only the Dutch benefit from the link as the shop is in Amsterdam, Elandsgracht. If they ever branch out to Haarlem I will be their customer and grow fat.

Below: It was so rich, we ate half and brought the rest home (finished it). The bag you see here is also second-hand and also from Kat & Ko. I am doing great in the second-hand department.

black and white leopard jacket

Below: Lia pointed this sign out haha. “Poffertjes” are sort of little pancakes.

Below: As we walked further there was an awesome singer performing. She was really good.

Below: We bought a sgroppino (sorbet ice, vodka, Prosecco), which was delicious. I stayed behind on a bench and Lia explored all the food possibilities, while drinking her sgroppino. Can you spot her in the 4 pictures below?

Below: Yes, she is also in this photo. The Spanish/Venezuelan truck on the right in the photo below, got our business.

Below:  Tapas food made in a fire fighting truck.

Below: Here she is back and the sgroppino is finished.

Below: Drinks, food, sunshine, puppies, kids and happy people. Although it was only afternoon and not very busy yet, there was a very relaxed atmosphere.

Below: Kind of reminds me of the hippie times in the seventies.

Below: Did you recognized this park? It is the same one where the King’s Day celebrations were. Majestic trees and mansions. The lady in the wheel chair front right, was wearing cute sandals.

Below: Aren’t they fun?

Below: Totally forgot to wear the green plastic ring which I thought was brilliant with the outfit. I still had the picture. When I have styled something, I take an iPhone picture and store it in an album “Outfits still to do”.

Black and white leopard jacket

What happened in my life this week?

For starters, I went to the hair dresser. It is a little shorter as you can see in the above pictures and the outgrow is taken care of. When the weather is nice, I take my bike to get there, but it was raining off and on. We call that kind of weather: John is laughing, John is crying. (I love to literally translate sayings haha). So I took the car and tried not to think of the parking fee.

Again, when I was really on my way to the car to go home, I decided to pay another visit to the shop of Essentiel Antwerp. That shop is going to be my financial death. At the hair dressers I had seen in the fashion magazines that colour was huge this autumn/winter and I spotted a tunic, very similar to the one by Diane von Fürstenberg, I bought second-hand (yay) last year. I never wore it much as the high heels I combined it with, were not comfortable. And I started thinking back of those wonderful orange boots I did NOT buy last year for lack of money and which looked so nice with the tunic. If you click through to the post with the DvF tunic, you will see them. Of course they are now sold out. So I started to trawl the internet. As one does in search of orange ankle boots. Nothing came even close. Until… I walked into the shop of Essentiel Antwerp. There they were: orange ankle boots with a low heel. Completely different from what I had in mind, but good! Shiny. Look:

Orange ankle boots Essentiel Antwerp

My project which kept me so busy in the office? It fell through. All of a sudden I had the opportunity to take a couple of days off. YAY. Monday was my last day at work this week, apart from some calls about stuff that couldn’t wait.

In this mini holiday I saw a friend who emigrated 33 years ago to the USA. Never heard of him anymore because of a misunderstanding. I traced him two years ago when I thought “what has become of him?”, as one does when one gets older …… He was in The Netherlands and we met for lunch. That was so nice! He absolutely hates the tiniest footprint on the internet so no photos. A shame really, as he was just as good looking as way back then. I used to call him “my young blond god” haha. He doesn’t see himself like that at all which makes him even nicer. He found his true love in the States and as you know I found my true love here. So no worries, even though he did not change a single bit (bizar) and is still just as handsome, it is pure friendship. If we had ever wanted to get together as a couple we would have done so when we were both single. Plenty of opportunity and it never crossed our minds. We were and still are friends. Lovely to see him again.

I had some more nice things going on, but I will have to save that for next week as I only have half an hour left for this post to edit. As next week will be far less eventful, it means I have nice things to share with you in stock.

One last thing: I am trying to comply with the new GDPR rules, so I installed a cookie consent button (yes I know, I should have had that a long time ago) and a Privacy Note. All a load of legal mumbo jumbo as basically I don’t do anything with your personal (email) details. You can subscribe to my email and get every new post in your inbox when it is published and that is about it. However, I do use so-called plug-ins like Google Analytics which gives me insight in statistics like which country most of my readers are from and how many visitors I get each month (at the moment an all time high of 8.000 unique visitors). Also the comment box wasn’t to my liking anymore. My IT guy and I are trying to find the best one, one that doesn’t only show my reply to your comment on the blog, but also sends it to your email address. That way you don’t have to come back to read it. Work in progress people. If you see something funny or different happening, please let me know. (And if you know a Dutch guy whom I can hire for the maintenance of my WordPress blog, please let me know. My current guy has to leave me  😥 ).

Hasta la vista,


No Fear of Fashion










  1. 2 September 2018 / 18:56

    Wow! Your friend’s hair sure is long! My goodness!

    I agree…one of the true joys in life is laughing with friends.

    I love food fairs like that although I do tend to overeat and overspend.

    I’m so happy that you are finally shopping secondhand regularly. You scored some great pieces. Bravo!

    I guess you needed more than just me telling you all the benefits of shopping secondhand to finally convince you. ; ) I don’t care how it finally came about, I’m just happy it did.


    • Greetje
      2 September 2018 / 19:21

      Hahaha, don’t forget I start the second-hand chain as well with good pieces, no fast fashion. Somebody has got to do it. Might as well be me. But I scored very good again at second-hand yesterday: sweater, belt and purse.

  2. jodie filogomo
    2 September 2018 / 19:14

    What a fun and enjoyable week, Greetje!! And look!! I was able to come to your blog, no problem. It’s so interesting how technology can change from one week to another….
    I love these green shoes of yours. In fact, i was searching for a pair earlier this year. I’ve since given up, but you may have me on the hunt again!!

    • Greetje
      2 September 2018 / 19:25

      These green ones of mine don’t show up on the website of Marks and Spencer, so I guess they are finished. Good luck hunting. And I am very glad you can comment again. If you get a reply of me or the system in your email about whether you want to continue to receive replies, would you please say yes? And let me know whether that works?

  3. 2 September 2018 / 19:45

    You look stunning in this outfit. Green and snow leopard, great idea. Love Sophie and your awesome shoes. You always have the most incredible shoes! Great photos from the area.

    • Greetje
      2 September 2018 / 20:30

      I do have quite a collection of shoes trying to find a place in my closets.. haha. It is getting ridiculous and I have such a small house. Only 110 square meters. I once saw a lady wearing forrest green underneath a brown leopard summer coat (the one I had on a couple of weeks ago) and I loved it. Works equally well with snow leopard (never knew it was called snow leopard).

    • Greetje
      2 September 2018 / 20:28

      Oh lovely, you visited my blog as well. NICE. Thank you.

    • Greetje
      2 September 2018 / 20:31

      Thanks Anne. It was something I saw on a lady who wore a brown leopard coat (the one I had on a couple of weeks ago on the blog). Loved it and it works just as well with black and white.

  4. 2 September 2018 / 20:32

    64? Wow! What a fantastic genes.
    I love food truck festivals! Fabulous! And those sweaters! Ha ha ha. That is a very beautiful shade of green and I love that ring. I just got home from shopping in Arnhem, discovered a Syrish restaurant, and bought red ankle boots! Enjoy your evening!

    • Greetje
      3 September 2018 / 17:37

      Ah .. Arnhem, THE fashion city of The Netherlands. Bet you scored really well.

  5. 2 September 2018 / 20:33

    Oh, btw, I loved that video of Beth Midler!!! Fantastic woman!

    • Greetje
      3 September 2018 / 17:38

      Isn’t it funny she was wearing black and white leopard as well? Man what a figure she had in those days! I never looked like that at any age.

  6. Karen Persson
    2 September 2018 / 21:07

    Love it all! Ohhhh…. and the orange boots! What a great find!


    • Greetje
      3 September 2018 / 17:39

      That is what I thought. I walked into the shop, saw the orange boots and thought “Destiny”. This had to be. These are meant for me.

      • Karen Persson
        3 September 2018 / 20:15


  7. claudia
    2 September 2018 / 23:19

    Great outfit Greetje! And those shoes!…. The colour!
    I suddenly see that you are so slender! Wow!

    • Greetje
      3 September 2018 / 17:40

      Slender? Me? Hmm.. great jacket, right? Haha. I have broad shoulders, quite a bosom, broad waist, no hips and no bum. But I do have legs. They make everything good.

    • Greetje
      3 September 2018 / 17:41

      Did well this time right? The styling of this outfit wasn’t too difficult of course: black, white, jeans and a pop of colour. My usual styling. Adding the orange is a step forward for me.

  8. Sheila (of Ephemera)
    2 September 2018 / 23:29

    I love your green shoes, Greetje, and I agree on keeping simple colourful tops that fit well – I have a drawer full of them! I laughed at you wrangling your boobs into your blazer (I have similar issues), but it looks lovely on you – love the pops of orange in this outfit too. And oh, I am in LOVE with your orange boots! So fabulous! I’m excited to get my Essential Antwerp dress out of fall/winter storage soon.

    What a fun day – we have lots of food trucks around here, and it’s a fun way to try a lot of different foods (and get fat on pancakes!). Pretty Sophie kitty!

    Glad you had a fun day catching up with your old flame. I ran into my ex (together for 5 years, pre-L) not long ago, and he was just the same (with less hair, ha ha, I’m so mean). Have a wonderful week!

    • Greetje
      3 September 2018 / 17:45

      My friend still had all his hair and it was still blond. Parted exactly the way as before. It was like a time warp.
      I hope my orange boots will last. They are patent leather and that tends to fold (too much) as it gets older. Well, no need to worry before it happens.
      Note: it is Essentiel, not Essential. I keep typing it wrong as well. Just saying, in case you want to google it.

      • Roz
        8 September 2018 / 20:15

        I haven’t tried it for years (no patent shoes or boots) but an old trick was to rub in Vick – you know, the ointment you use when you have a bad cold. Might be worth a try to stop your Orange patent boots splitting?

        • Greetje
          9 September 2018 / 16:29

          Good tip Roz, thanks. I know the ointment and will try it out on some older patent leather pumps. see what it does. I remember a Valentines’ ad in the paper saying: “You can rub my chest with Vicks anytime”.

  9. Wendy
    3 September 2018 / 01:26

    Also love the orange boots ….. I should add something like that, to my boring black and white wardrobe.
    The food trucks look like fun and I ate a lot of poffertjes when in Holland with my Mom ….. so I would probably be ‘safe’.

    • Greetje
      3 September 2018 / 17:47

      Adding a pop of colour to a black and white wardrobe is soooo easy: tops, scarves, necklaces and to book-end it: shoes, boots!! Apparently I have quite a collection of shoes and boots. Never really noticed, but some readers remind me of it haha.
      Glad you are “safe”. I will take the risk….

  10. 3 September 2018 / 12:27

    I love reading your posts, Greetje. They always make me laugh – I just adore your sense of humour!
    It sounds like you had a wonderful week.
    Suzy xx

    • Greetje
      3 September 2018 / 17:49

      I do lead a pretty good life. But like everybody there are ups and downs and I will not keep the downs away from you. Only the first down I couldn’t share as there were too many other people involved.
      Thank you for complementing me on a sense of humour. I never think things that I write are so humourous, but I get the remark more often. Maybe I can be a stand-up comedian when I am retired??? New career? Too far fetched?

  11. 3 September 2018 / 16:47

    Perfect outfit! Leopard print and some bright pops of color, so “Greetje.” 🙂

    Great tee shirts on the dessert people. I should get the chocolate one for Doug! (Kidding, he’d be amused but would never wear it.)

    The orange boots you bought are spectacular! Can’t wait to see them styled with the top.

    • Greetje
      3 September 2018 / 21:06

      Yes, this is rather my signature style, isn’t it? Jeans, black and white and a pop of colour. So dead easy to do.
      I don’t know whether I will show the orange boots with the tunic again on the blog. You get the drift I think. But maybe on IG.

  12. Karen Persson
    3 September 2018 / 20:13

    I posted a comment but it didn’t get posted…. don’t know what happened to it.

    I love the post and your outfit, of course. Your friend’s hair is amazing!

    Those orange boots are to die for!


    • Karen Persson
      3 September 2018 / 20:14

      Oh…. now I see it up there!

      • Greetje
        3 September 2018 / 21:07

        Whahaha… you need new glasses.

  13. 4 September 2018 / 16:44

    Hi Greetje. Such beautiful shoes. I love the colour, the heel, the shape and what they do to a simple pairs of jeans. Your jacket falls into the same category for me. Both winners to do lots of good for your existing wardrobe pieces.

    Love, Lieske

    PS: I know I am in real danger of being kidnapped, so will bake some “poffertjes” tonight to stay safe. My teens do not always love to be pampered too much, but today they just seem to love how well I take care of their safety too…

    • Greetje
      4 September 2018 / 19:56

      Hahaha, I bet your kids love this kind of pampering. I saw a similar sign outside Brandmeesters with the text: Sex Sells. Unfortunately we sell coffee. haha. On the other side of the sign was an owl with a mug of coffee saying: I’m up… I’m up!. Don’t know about awake… but I’m up!

  14. Marilee J. Gramith
    5 September 2018 / 01:16

    What a newsy post Greetje! It’s fun to meet Lia and to ponder her long, healthy, not grey hair at the age of 64. Great genetics there! Your stop at the food fair looked like great fun and I loved the way you tracked Lia’s movement, drink in hand, through the many food offerings. An unexpected fun lunch opportunity for you two!
    Your green pumps are delishes!! It’s good to know your limits and behave accordingly and I hope your knee continues to heal well. You’ve earned some “heal time”!! 🙂
    I’m also very impressed with your enjoyment of thrift shopping Greetje. Finding a few real treasures for reasonable prices can be such fun!!

    • Greetje
      5 September 2018 / 18:52

      The Kneeis getting better, but oh so slowly. It might take another half year or perhaps more. That is, if the healing continues and doesn’t stop. I am positive and indeed very careful. I can do most things like riding a bike and a car. Just walking more that 5 minutes/500 meters is a no go.
      The second hand shopping is going great. Have scored multiple items recently.

  15. 6 September 2018 / 02:56

    This post really made me giggle. First I feel your joy when sharing precious time with a friend. Your friend Lia is remarkable. No gray hair at 64? I wonder what her secret is?
    Lia took the best photos of you. I adore those green suede heels, but I do agree you should be very careful right now.
    Protect this knees!
    I love the leopard jacket on you and I never knew about the hair pose!
    That skinny girl sign, lol.

    • Greetje
      6 September 2018 / 18:46

      For you the hair pose is new then! Lovely.
      Glad I have been able to amuse you again.

  16. 6 September 2018 / 02:59

    That sandwich board sign…skinny people are easier to kidnap….is hilarious! I love it. I was all prepared to comment how I dislike food trucks because I am so spilly, LOL. And I see you had seating so you could sit down. That makes it all so much better. I do generally love the foods they offer, but I really like a nice sit-down when I eat.

    Okay…you did buy those gorgeous boots, yes? Can’t wait to see them styled.

    • Greetje
      6 September 2018 / 18:48

      I totally agree with you, when eating I want to sit down. I get enough stains on my clothes sitting down at the table. Standing and eating would be a disaster stainwise.
      Yes, I did buy those orange boots. Couldn’t resist them.

  17. 12 September 2018 / 02:32

    Those green shoes are fabulous – I wish I could wear shoes like that (I don’t have knee problems, but can’t wear heels anyway). I love eating at Food Trucks and I wish my city had more of them. I would love to try one of those brownies, and the sgroppino (which sounds like the perfect treat for the hot weather we’ve had).

    • Greetje
      12 September 2018 / 17:22

      Those sgroppinos… I could have drank the jug. In one go… so nice. Haarlem has lots of nice events like this like Haarlem Culinair (3 days of restaurants all on the big market square), Jazz Festival etc.
      The heels.. hmm I can never walk long or far on them of course. In the office it is no problem (if my heel has healed). Which is why I need my job: to buy the stuff and to showcase them haha.

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