We totally forgot how much fun it is, shopping in Amsterdam Utrechtsestraat. We imagined to “do” the street in no time. After all what is one street? “We” in this case are my friends and colleagues Anke, Sabine and myself. We did not make it to all the shops. There were so many places of interest.
Let us start with a little map again. As you can see below, it is not a very long street and it shows you lots of canals (which I did not photograph this time).
Sabine had to take her little boy to a party first so she arrived later. Below: Anke and I started with coffee at Rembrandtplein (Rembrandt square).Below: across the Rembrandt square is a lovely art deco café (probably fake but looking nice), called L’Opéra, where we had our coffee. Below: Anke wore a beautiful brown leather jacket and complained about a flopping lapel. Haha… to the rescue with needle and thread. Two little stitches and the problem was solved. Hurray for old fashioned skills.Below: Anke and I started the shopping at Centre Neuf, Utrechtsestraat number 139. My goodness, that was one shop after my heart…. I could lose my salary in there. Just bought two tops which were very reasonably priced. One of them was the blue top I wore at Kings day. In the first photo of this post I am holding a pretty blouse of this shop Centre Neuf, I think by Kenzo. Didn’t buy that but was thinking about it….. hard..Below: time for another coffee (and for Sabine to join us) at “De Koffiesalon”(the coffee salon), across the road at number 130. A beautiful place where the coffee is magnificent. Below: time for Sabine to arrive. You see her vaguely in the doorway. I took the photo from upstairs.Below: And then… surprise…. they bought me a present for my birthday !!! Yeah. A beautiful scarf. Sorry about the vague pictures. I am just learning how to take better photos indoors. Sabine is teaching me how to fold the scarf.Below: and on we went, next door as it started to rain slowly. Into Angel Basics at number 132. Another shop to fall in love with. And guess what? I found a necklace similar to my yellow one. This time in orange. Just think.. I sent Aileen on a search party in Rome for such a necklace and now I found out that Angel Basics sold them in all colours….. last year.
Trying on a white jacket but realized in time I have such a jacket in my closet.Below: Anke bought something too, but I cannot remember what it was. I bought the orange necklace and a yellow plastic bracelet. The girl in the shop was so gorgeous, unbelievable (and nice).Below: not only is their shop window fantastic by itself, their decoration it beautiful as well.Below: a little bit further down the road at number 120, we found Marc by Marc Jacobs. And Anke found her perfect light blue skinny jeans. Here she is, thrusting out her butt to the camera. Below: lots of temptations here as well. Sabine looked at new covers for her iPhone and iPad. Or perhaps a little purse? Below: again, just popping next door to number 118: Maison NL, a lovely shop. Below: horsing around with a candle holder …. but they found some nice tank tops too.Below: shoe shopping at Zwartjes (number 123), quite a famous Amsterdam address for good shoes. Anke was trying these booties on first, to go with a dress she had yet to find. So she decided not to take the risk and find the dress first. I thought they were great and bought them. But as we all have the same size I did offer the girls they could borrow them any time.Below: lunchtime… my friends giggled I always find a “brown café” as we call them. Never a normal lunch place. We do have modern places too haha, but I was hungry and this was the first place I saw: Onder de Ooievaar at number 119. Translation: underneath the stork… (I did not make that up). Below: again rather vague, but I was there. Below: more shoes and bags at Daniel Dentici, number 103. It looks really expensive, but it wasn’t. The bags were great. OK.. the shoes too. We resisted this time.Below: … mind your posture Greetje!!! I am holding up a tempting dress, well ….tempting for me, the girls didn’t think much of it. Didn’t buy it on account of the very few times I could wear a summer dress in The Netherlands. We only have two months of really warm weather. The shop, called Look out at number 91, is full of beautiful clothes. Expensive, but nice. If you are wondering what that ladder is doing in the shop, it is for taking down clothes that hang up high on a rail as the shop is small with very high ceilings.Below: at number 74 we found Jan, a shop selling all sort of goodies, like sun glasses, jewellery, bags, crockery etc. The first photo of Anke in this post, was taken there as well.
Gosh these girls do know how to shop. We should not be allowed to all go together. LOLBelow: on to Bellerose at number 70-72. They also sell children’s clothes, so Sabine’s kids were pleasantly surprised when she got home. Below: A shop called We are Labels at number 68. Anke bought a cute blue top (not on record) and we all tried different things. Below: Sabine does look good in hats. I still have not found my ideal hat yet. Below: a group selfie… Below: and a few drinks in the pub to mark the end of a perfect day. And text home that we won’t be long…Every woman needs girlfriends. The more the better. Not only for shopping, but for sharing, understanding, supporting and much, much laughter.
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