As some of you know,  the beautiful Janet's been on Vancouver Island for a photography trip, and having met her once in Boston a decade ago, I couldn't give up the chance of meeting her again. But it almost didn't happen, because I've been sick with some dread virus since we came home from the UK. Today, her last day in the area, is the first day I felt confident I wouldn't be contagious. So we got together for a lovely breakfast and a fast catch-up! 

Of course, we were both wearing our blues. :)  Please forgive my helmet hair (came on the bike) and shirt in disarray and wonky background. It wasn't the most selfie-friendly spot but it was a great place to sit and talk. 

Janet, thanks for making the time and safe travels home. I can't wait to see your photos! 

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  • Angie replied 3 weeks ago

    GLAD the KILLER blue Fabbers could meet up after all :)

    The shoes in #1 are very wearer-distinctive!

    Suz, thankfully you're on the mend, and take care!

    Janet, glad you're having a productive and wonderful trip! 

  • JAileen replied 3 weeks ago

    Fabulous! I love these meetups, and the shoe and bag shots.  

  • Mirjana replied 3 weeks ago

    Fabulous! So nice to meetup lovely Ladies.

  • Janet replied 3 weeks ago

    What a lovely opportunity to meet up after so many years, Suz! Thanks for cycling into the city to join me. Truly a perfect way to end my visit to Vancouver Island! XO

  • Dee replied 3 weeks ago

    Oh isn’t that wonderful that you both could meet up again. Fun that you both were wearing your blues for this too.

  • Roberta replied 3 weeks ago

    So fun and I am envious! What a great photo of you both!

  • Sal replied 3 weeks ago

    How cool - love to see those beautiful smiles and happy faces.

    Sorry to hear you have been sick Suz.

  • Jenni NZ replied 3 weeks ago

    Oh fantastic! Glad you are feeling better Suz. Lovely to see the two of you having a nice time. Looks like good weather.

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  • Joy replied 3 weeks ago

    Vancover island is a special place and beautiful. I am glad that you could meet up again. I hope that Janet got photos of the beautiful plants and gardens.

  • Bonnie replied 3 weeks ago

    Nice photo of the two of you and so glad you got to meet up. 

  • Suz replied 3 weeks ago

    It was so nice to see each other in person! Janet’s hair is even better IRLthan in photos.

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  • Jaime replied 3 weeks ago

    How wonderful! What a great selfie! 

  • Kate replied 3 weeks ago

    So nice that you two could meet up! Wonderful selfie!

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  • Lynette replied 3 weeks ago

    I'm jealous! I would love to meet either or both of you some day! So glad you were able to make it happen!

  • Eliza replied 3 weeks ago

    Thanks for sharing the fun. Glad it worked out. You both have me wanting to go to Vancouver Island. Looks like a wonderful visit.

  • Suz replied 3 weeks ago

    Real Life Fabber meetups are special! We used to do them fairly often in Toronto and we had a few mini-meetups in Kingston and near Kingston, too. I met some Fabbers in New York City (that was great!). Plus the big events in Boston (one of which I got to) and Seattle (none of which I made it to, but there's always next year, right???) and California (sadly, I didn't make those ones, either.) People have met up in various parts of Europe, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and I don't even know where else! The tradition really fell off during Covid, for obvious reasons. But maybe we. need to start it up again. 

  • MsMaven replied 3 weeks ago

    Yay! Love the photo of you together. Suz, Glad you are feeling better. 

  • Sal replied 3 weeks ago

    I have met four YLF people in meetups!!

    Brooklyn in Sydney, Sisi in Milan, Astrid in NZ and Coco in the Gold Coast.  Crazily I have not met JenniNZ in NZ.....

  • pirouette replied 3 weeks ago

    Lovely photo it must be great to meet up in real life. You both look great.

  • April replied 3 weeks ago

    Envy. And don't y'all LF.

    Many of the YLFers I've met at meetups or my one clothing swap are no longer on the forum but our Tanya, Bella, Shana,Debora, and of course our Angie remain stalwarts. (I'm certain I've left someone out, please chime in and remind me!)

  • Chris987 replied 3 weeks ago

    How lovely !! YLF meetups are the best!

  • ChristelJ replied 3 weeks ago

    So glad the meetup worked out! You both look beautiful.

  • Debora replied 3 weeks ago

    You both look fab! So happy you were able to meet up. YLF meet ups are the best! Waving at Angie, April, Janet and Laurie!

  • Janet replied 3 weeks ago

    Meetups are the best! I’ve been lucky enough to join quite a few of them — in SoCal, Seattle, Boston, NY, and some mini meetups at home in DC and Baltimore. Too many lovely members to name here!

    One of the most amazing things to come from the community Angie and Greg and Inge built here is the bond of friendship. I’m truly grateful. ❤️

  • Cee replied 3 weeks ago

    I trust shenanigans were afoot  !

  • Angie replied 3 weeks ago

    *happy sigh*


    I've met MANY of you, and across the globe!! Sooo grateful! On this thread of the people who have been mentioned - I'm waving at:

    Inge, Suz, Janet, Tanya, April, Debra, Lynette, Jaime, Carla, Laurie and JAileen


  • Laurie replied 3 weeks ago

    This is so heartwarming, and you both are just lovely.

    (Debora hello!!! Debora and I met 10 years ago, on the campus of the College of William & Mary, where our sons were both students.)

  • MsMary replied 3 weeks ago

    Oh, this makes me so happy!! Waving at you from So Cal!!

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 3 weeks ago

    How exciting! You both look super fab. It's so fun to meet in person. Glad it worked out!

  • Helena replied 3 weeks ago

    How I would have loved to join this meet-up! Two of the best. So gorgeous and so glad it worked out! xx

  • kkards replied 3 weeks ago

    So good!  How wonderful that you both were able to make this happen!  

  • slim cat replied 3 weeks ago

    So wonderful - fabulous together !

  • Suntiger replied 3 weeks ago

    Glad you're feeling better Suz, and looks like a great little cafe!
    I've just had 2 meetups, with Janet and Toban, but would love to do more!

  • Kathie replied 3 weeks ago

    I love all the meet-up posts! So glad you were able to make this one happen.

  • Style Fan replied 3 weeks ago

    I love YLF meetups!  I agree that one of the best things about the forum is the friendships that develop here.
    You both look lovely.

  • Mary replied 3 weeks ago

    I know that cafe! Great place for a meet up!

    A a stripeaholic I have to ask about your gorgeous shirt! 

    Seems so many are getting sick after travel. Glad you are on the mend.

    And it looks like we are finally going to get some warm weather!

  • Suz replied 3 weeks ago

    Mary, this is the shirt. And yes -- some warm weather on its way, at long last! 

  • rachylou replied 3 weeks ago

    Oh wow! Janet, you’re doing the grand tour! Double lucky, hanging with Suz too!

    Too much fun, Suz! :D

  • Karie replied 3 weeks ago

    That’s awesome! I’m so glad you got the chance to see each other again. You both look amazing.

  • Mary replied 3 weeks ago

    Thanks for the shirt info!

  • BlueJay replied 3 weeks ago

    That's so great you were able to meet up! SO fantastic! Lovely smiles!

  • LaPed replied 3 weeks ago

    Go Team Blues!! What a fun meetup. Super curious to know what you both ordered — that cafe looks fantastic. :)

  • Zaeobi replied 3 weeks ago

    How lovely to meet up in-person - team YLF blue hard at work here! Glad to hear you're on the mend, Suz.

    I think I might be too far away to meet up with most Fabbers lol, but maybe once I'm back in the UK... unless Angie makes it back over to HK before then? :)

  • Suz replied 3 weeks ago

    Zaeobi, you just never know where a meet-up might happen. 

    La Ped, we had pancakes with blueberries and whipped cream! And I ate the whole thing. Janet was more moderate. My mother used to call me the "stevedore" for my appetite. What can I say. 

  • Janet replied 3 weeks ago

    LOL! Suz had ridden her bike a half hour to meet me so she earned those pancakes I walked two blocks. :-D

    It was such a nice meetup! I’m back at home in the steam bath that is the mid-Atlantic, but I have great memories from the PNW!

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