With Sylvia of 40PlusStyle in Haarlem

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.  View Post

Monochrome grey

Monochrome greyIt is very rare for me to wear anything monochrome. It is also rare for me to wear grey. And yet, here I am, wearing monochrome grey. When I saw this opening photo, I could only think “Oh good heavens, the “girls” are definitely taking centre stage. Chances are, I won’t be wearing this outfit much. I had taken iPhone photos which were apparently not that good or I would have seen this. On the other hand, they are there, why hide them? Or should the answer be: ‘buy turtlenecks that fit better”? View Post

Behind the scenes of a photo shoot

Behind the scenes of a photo shootOh guys, this was fun !!! Not only did I get the chance to take pictures behind the scenes of a photo shoot, I was in the photo shoot myself. I love these kind of things but I was never asked as a model. Probably because I haven’t got a face or body according to the golden ratio. Great joy when in December I found the invitation in my mail: “Would you like to participate in a photo shoot for spring fashion in a women’s magazine?” (For the Dutch: the magazine is Margriet.) Of course I would! No problem, just say where and when. The stylist (Inge Holkenborg) who arranged this (in the orange cardigan photo above), had no idea who suggested me to the magazine. When I received all the details I was pleasantly surprised to see that my friend Misja was one of the other models (see Misja’s street style blog). I assumed she had put my name forward but no, she didn’t even know I was going to be there. View Post

Au secours…. a sequined T-shirt

Au secours.. a sequined T-shirtThis sequined T-shirt was displayed in the window of the Essentiel shop (Belgian brand). That shop is located right between my house and the centre of town. Whenever I go to town, which is often, I pass it. It is clearly there to test my willpower. I kid myself I was only taking a picture of this shirt to send to Lisa (The Sequinist) to drool over. Of course it was necessary to go inside and take a closer look at the shirt. You can fill in the rest. View Post

Brocante market in Haarlem with Sylvia

Brocante market in HaarlemHere you see the whole outfit with the bright blue top which I wore in last week’s post. I wore it again to the brocante market in Haarlem with Sylvia of 40+Style. It is an easy outfit. As I get older, I appreciate ease and comfort more and more. Still wearing the high heels and tighter dresses, but I am getting better in saying no to uncomfortable clothes and shoes. View Post