Shopping in The Hague

Shopping in The Hague (2 van 27)Let me introduce you to Marjolein, my friend from when I was 20, so we go back 40 years (oh… God…). Last Wednesday I went shopping in The Hague with her (its her hometown). I used to live there for 7 years but preferred Amsterdam.

I work 36 hours per week (or more) in 4 (long) days and Wednesdays I have the day off to enjoy some social life. It is my girlfriend day.

Below: we met at a lovely coffee and lunch place on Korte Poten called Belmondo. Shopping in The Hague (5 van 27)Below: that cafe was a very good choice. They had perfect cappuccino, lovely sandwiches and a super friendly staff. One of them turned out to be quite a good photographer and made some pretty pictures, like the one at the top of this post. She also took the one below, which I thought was hilarious. I am 1m75 (5ft74), wearing high heels while Marjolein is much smaller and wearing flat boots: Shopping in The Hague (1 van 27)Below: we went outside to take a full length pictue. I am wearing a very old Sara Pacini sweater, a white shirt by Anne Fontaine, my black skinnies by J Brand and brown boots by Jan Jansen (a Dutch designer). This is my first attempt of wearing a shirt underneath a (shorter) sweater.Shopping in The Hague (3 van 27)Below: close-up of the boots, which you saw before in this post.Shopping in The Hague (4 van 27)Below: as we walked into Korte Poten, we passed this lovely shop called Vlinder (Butterfly), which had nice clothes, like the cardigan the woman on the right is wearing. Miraculously we didn’t buy anything. Shopping in The Hague (9 van 27)Below: this was the coat I was wearing with a purple faux fur scarf. Shown before here and here. Windy but sunny day.Shopping in The Hague (8 van 27)Below: next door is a beads and jewellery shop. I didn’t dare going in as I know they have so much good stuff (been there before) and I have enough necklaces now. (Did I really say that?)Shopping in The Hague (7 van 27)Below: whenever I am in The Hague I always stop at The Outside, a shop in Korte Houtstraat 9. Check out their online store. The owner stocks exactly those things I like.The OutsideBelow: the gold boots (right bottom) were the ones I was looking for. Not too yellow goldy and a bit tough looking. You will see them in a post soon. The boots above my golden ones (with the orange stripe) are by Chie Mihara. I had my eye on them from the start of the season. Only these were 1 size too small.The Outside 2Below: this time I photographed a couple of buildings as well. For the ambience… First a modern building (see the iron art at the top of the building?).Shopping in The Hague (6 van 27)Below: like Amsterdam and Haarlem, The Hague is a lovely old city. Shopping in The Hague (11 van 27)

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Shopping in The Hague (13 van 27)Below: Burger King seems so out of place.Shopping in The Hague (14 van 27)Below: Marjolein showed me the new Passage. Watch the two women in the front.Shopping in The Hague (15 van 27)Below: this new Passage is right across from the old one. I tried to take a picture of the Christmas tree and (softly) shooed at the people in front of my lens: go away, you are in the way.. shoo, shoo.Shopping in The Hague (16 van 27)Below: then when I was taking this picture of the tree in the middle of the shopping galery, the women whom you saw in picture of the new Passage, were behind me and shooed me haha. As they overheard me doing so earlier.Shopping in The Hague (17 van 27)Below: we had a nice conversation with this lady about our purple scarves and she showed us the purple cardigan she just bought.Shopping in The Hague (18 van 27)Below: on to my favourite department store The Bijenkorf (beehive) to check out their shoe department. First we saw mouth watering shoes and bags by Dune. Very good value for your money. Of course as we are both animal print lovers, we checked out the bags (right column). The top one is really for an evening out as it is small. The bottom one had two sides. One plain black and one animal print.Dune shoes and bagsBelow: Marjolein is demonstrating the two sides of the bag.Marjolein with Dune bagBelow: further down we saw the Chie Mihara boots again, slightly different from the ones in the shop The Outside, but in my size.Shopping in The Hague (21 van 27)Below: couldn’t resist trying them on. Very comfortable. Very nice. Very expensive.Shopping in The Hague (23 van 27)Below: Marjolein put them under the department Christmas tree and said “This might give Ron an idea for a Christmas present?” (Nonsense of course, it doesn’t work that way with my husband.)Shopping in The Hague (24 van 27)Below: downstairs we could not resist the sled. Corny, touristy, but still….Shopping in The Hague (25 van 27)Below: Marjolein thought the presents might be nice and said: “mine”.Shopping in The Hague (26 van 27)Below: one last picture of the huge Christmas tree in The Bijenkorf.Shopping in The Hague (27 van 27)Another week gone by and yet another purchase made. My savings have diminished to an alarming low. Must get a grip on my spendings. Any suggestions how?


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  1. 14 December 2014 / 18:57

    Hi Greetje! Clearly you and Marjolein had a wonderful day together! I’ve enjoyed it too, thank you! I had to google Holland because I wanted to get a better understanding of exactly where these marvelous cities are in relation to each other. By Canadian standards, all of the cities are quite close to each other, but they seem to have their own unique personalities. Both Amsterdam and The Hague seem to have a lot of very high quality shops! I could window shop for hours on end, especially at this time of year when the stores are decorated so beautifully!

    Your yellow coat and blue scarf are brilliant! Glorious for these early darkness days!

    Your close friendship with Marjolein is evident in these photos! You both look beautiful; vibrant, interested, interesting, and happy!

    • Greetje
      14 December 2014 / 21:45

      Wow Sue, that is a lot, but yes, it does sum up our friendship. We know each other. Very well.
      As for distances, I think everything is quite close to one another in The Netherlands. We are a very small country. Which is probably why we are the only ones who have the word “gezellig”. It cannot be translated. It is: nice, cosy, warm, friendship, loved ones, wood fire, laughter…. all in one word. It is easy to visit each other.
      And eh… that blue scarf is purple.

      • 15 December 2014 / 01:36

        I LOVE that word gezellig! And yes, I can see that the scarf could be purple…it’s almost a lapis azuli on my monitor…

  2. Ceri
    14 December 2014 / 20:35

    I love those boots – maybe they will be in the sale in a couple of weeks.

    Had to tell you that I am just back from a wonderful couple of days in Amsterdam and when I found myself outside Zsiska I just had to go in for their pretty necklaces which I saw on your friend in your blog piece and admired. But I came out with a ring, ear rings and one of the bright silk skirts which you featured in your photograph… (I don’t think that they have sold well as they are now 40% off and are not going to be restocked, but that made it a perfect buy for me.)

    And I loved the Amsterdam (and Utrecht) shops. I mostly window shopped but the range of lovely clothes for ladies over 25 was amazing. Lucky you having so much choice

    • Greetje
      14 December 2014 / 21:54

      It is a blessing and a curse Ceri. Lots of things to choose from but it also means you are broke all the time haha.
      Nice that my little blog inspired you to step inside Zsiska. They are worth a visit. Lucky you found such great items at 40% discount. That’s the way to go. Congratulations.

  3. 14 December 2014 / 21:11

    What a fantastic day. It’s great to have a friend from back when. I love the photo of Marjolein at the tree with your boots as a hint to Ron. Ha! I’ve always liked the shirt-hanging-down look and then the bright yellow and purple on top is popping with fun. The architecture, again, takes my breath away. Poor Little Burger King, trying so hard to fit in…

    • Greetje
      14 December 2014 / 21:56

      If the architecture takes your breath away, it is time to come to Europe my friend. There is so much of it here.
      And yes, it is great to have a friend from back when. She knows me through and through.

  4. 14 December 2014 / 21:27

    I hope it does work with Ron. You need those boots! They are absolutely beautiful. The structures in that part of the world are so beautiful. Most of the architecture in California is new and modern. On occasion you’ll run into a landmark. Then they are usually Spanish styled – which is still very pretty.

    • Greetje
      14 December 2014 / 21:57

      I always enjoy shopping in old cities. And we have a lot of them. It is my fear that shops won’t last and that we will end up with malls outside the cities as well.

      • Ceri
        17 December 2014 / 10:21

        I so hope that you hang on to your individual shops for a bit longer (the malls are probably inevitable I fear) for that is what made my trip to Amsterdam so special. In the UK most of our city centres are full of the chains that you find all over the world and the individual shops, where they exist, tend to be pricey.

        And I have a way of looking but not buying in the face of all this temptation – carry on baggage only… Thanks to easyjet’s tiny allowance there’s not a lot of room for shopping even if you do only take little more than a toothbrush and a few changes of essentials…

        • Greetje
          17 December 2014 / 22:16

          I have overcome these Easyjet restrictions haha: I just spend money on luggage space with them. The good thing about your system (just looking, not buying) is that you can look at things which are very expensive. The price of the items doesn’t matter.

  5. 14 December 2014 / 22:29

    Loved so much about this post…but had to tell you that you must get those booties…I want someone I know to own them…they are fabulous! Looks like you guys had tons of fun!

    • Greetje
      15 December 2014 / 13:06

      Those boots are nearly sold out. So I would have to trace my size. It will mean they won’t go in the sale. And I think they are too pricey. As they are very outspoken they are not that easy to wear often. And not that easy to combine.
      Hard to laugh over you wanting to know someone to own them hahaha. One of the best reasons for me to buy them. But no. LOL

  6. 14 December 2014 / 23:01

    Friendships such an important part of our lives, you can tell this one is special, you have such fun together. The Christmas decorations add such a pretty touch to the already beautiful buildings.
    I found your comments about shops disappearing interesting as I feel the same way, it would be so sad and it is a worldwide trend I fear.Love your outfit, I am a Sarah Paccini fan. I do hope the stunning boots are yours, you wore them so well.

    • Greetje
      15 December 2014 / 13:07

      The brown boots are mine. The black and white ones with the orange stripe are not. Too expensive. And yes friendships are very important to me. Friends are the salt of the earth.

  7. 14 December 2014 / 23:10

    Friendship is very important! Spending time with friends always makes me feel better.
    Amazing post…you have a great sense of style..and that yellow coat is to die for!

    • Greetje
      15 December 2014 / 13:08

      Thank you Ivana. I feel the same. And thanks for the compliments.

  8. 15 December 2014 / 07:45

    Thank you for including us on your Wednesday outing, these wonderful shopping days are so delightful. And the best part, I feel as if I’m shopping with you but totally unable to purchase, therefore I just keep saving. If I had actually been there, I would have left a lot less cash in hand but a beautiful pair of shoes or booties from one of those stores, talk about shoe Heaven!
    I totally agree, you do need those boots, but I’m looking forward to seeing the gold in your post.
    Also makes me happy to see women spending their free time enjoying their frienship. I’m definitely adopting your “Danish” word gezEllie.

  9. 15 December 2014 / 07:47

    Dang, spell check, (gezellig)

    • Greetje
      15 December 2014 / 18:10

      Dutch word, Trina, “gezellig” is a Dutch word, pronounced with a definite grrrrrr.
      Danish is Denmark. Totally different country. Gold boots you will see next week.

  10. MyEmptyBag
    15 December 2014 / 12:52

    such a nice christmas photos Gretje! you are relly lucky to have a free day in the middle of the week! I really like your boots and your friend’s coat! hehehehe



    • Greetje
      15 December 2014 / 18:12

      Leopard is always nice, isn’t it? And I would not want to miss that day off in the middle of the week anymore. It is so nice.

  11. 15 December 2014 / 15:46

    You have a lot of lovely friends Greetje and it’s great to meet them all. Looks like you are giving every major city in Europe a visit at the moment! I love how you are playing with layers in this outfit and those boots are fab!

    • Greetje
      15 December 2014 / 18:13

      My first playing with layers. I am so proud of my “baby”. LOL

  12. 15 December 2014 / 23:04

    The city looks very nice and Marjolein so friendly! So I think there are all the ingredients for a pleasant day … if you add some cappuccinos, then it becomes perfect!

    Your lovable yellow coat suits you … like a glove! ( both in shape and in colour )
    My suggestion about how reduce spendings is … stay away from any kind of shop! And go out only to take nice photos for the blog! 🙂

    • Greetje
      16 December 2014 / 21:09

      You are so right… don’t let me anywhere near a shop. That is the only way to prevent me from spending anything. (But ……there is also internet…). And we did have a very good cappuccino.

  13. 16 December 2014 / 03:52

    How fun to spend time with a friend of many years, exploring in gorgeous surroundings. Your outfit is fabulous; every piece and detail!

    I’m lusting over the Chie Mihara boots! It must have been difficult to leave them behind.

    • Greetje
      16 December 2014 / 21:10

      Yes it was difficult to leave those boots behind, but apparently I still have some of my senses. Thanks for the compliments.

  14. Happiness at Mid Life
    16 December 2014 / 07:34

    Another great post! You two looked like you had such a fun day spending time together. Most of my dear friends are friends that I’ve been with 20+ years as well. When you find the secret to not spending $$, please do share because I have zero control.


    • Greetje
      16 December 2014 / 21:11

      I am like you Alice, zero control over my spendings. What is to become of us?

  15. 16 December 2014 / 14:43

    What a fabulous day out! Thanks for sharing all of the sights and photos of a beautiful city. Those boots are awesome! I would have had a hard time leaving them behind too. I like the short-sweater-long-blouse look and have been experimenting with that shape myself too.

    • Greetje
      16 December 2014 / 21:13

      This was my first experiment. I am still pleased with myself for coming up with this combination. Thank you for your compliments.

  16. Rebecca
    16 December 2014 / 18:19

    Delightful post. The shops are to die for. I live in the heart of NYC and find the small boutiques are fading into the past and leaving only the chains stores with the same basic merchandise. Thank you for bringing the beauty of Amsterdam to the rest of us. Some day, I’d love to visit there.

    • Greetje
      16 December 2014 / 21:19

      Rebecca, you are not reading my posts are you? hahaha, I found you out.. this was the beauty of The Hague not Amsterdam. It is a good thing you weren’t taken an exam.

      • Rebecca
        16 December 2014 / 23:16

        So sorry! As soon as I hit the send button, I realized my mistake. Please forgive!!!

        • Greetje
          17 December 2014 / 08:19

          hahaha… there is nothing to forgive. I just thought it was funny.

  17. 16 December 2014 / 20:59

    Where are you at Visible Monday? … Couldn’t find you! So glad you’re on my sidebar and inbox!
    That sweater is a gorgeous color and texture! You look dandy wearing it with your white shirt … great look for your elegant shape! And your very romantic looking, taupe-y boots. They’re really wonderful! So happy you got to see your darling friend and let us all go shopping with you! Very chic, all the shops, and the decorations are lovely. Subtle, sedate and LARGE!!! Everything here looks so tacky next to the cities … I’m having a bit of a bad day, longing to be back in the city. But … I get to shop with you, so not so bad.
    Lovely clothes … those boots were so gorgeous. You NEED them for the pop of orange to go with your blue jeans! I’m always frustrated that all the best things are out this time of year, and I’m not supposed to be thinking of buying for myself. Dan’s gift is all set, and just the right thing, so maybe I’ll do some secret shopping on Wednesday …
    Thank you again for the tour!

    • Greetje
      16 December 2014 / 21:24

      It is indeed so difficult to restrain yourself. In the old days (1960), we lived in villages, and there wasn’t even neon advertising (The Netherlands were far behind in their development LOL). And you didn’t know what was for sale. Everybody was a little poor, with less temptation. Although this is a child’s view on things. I suppose if I had been a grown-up in 1960 (AND living in a city), there would have been enough temptation.
      And no I am not going to buy those boots. They are too outspoken for that price.
      Thanks so much for leaving your comment.

  18. marjolein
    17 December 2014 / 10:24

    Dear ladys,
    I almost never post some reaction on this blog,but this time i just have to do it.Just reading all the comments, i realize how special the friendship is between Greetje and me….We are very different on the in-side as well on the out-side,but our friendship is holding on for so many years since we where 18/19 years….no not telling you how long ago that is….It is Always fun to meet!! Greetje’s outfit is always up to date and the dares to experiment with it,even do she can be insecure.And that is what i like in here character…hard on the outside and, oh yes, soft on the inside.
    Hope you will injoy this blog for many more years.

    • Greetje
      17 December 2014 / 22:18

      You are spilling the beans my dear LOL. Telling them my little secrets. Just kidding. Love you.

  19. Marianne
    17 December 2014 / 17:51

    I like your Sarah Pacini sweater and even the fact that it is old like you say that doesn’t show. , Ones you buy a good product it never goes out of fashion. I like your blouse beneath it, otherwise your legs would seem too long. And the Chie Mihara boots I saw on line for sale in the Bijenkorf. But I must say the boots you are wearing are very special and ellegant too.

    • Greetje
      17 December 2014 / 22:19

      And I cannot keep on spending, now can I? Besides, they are very outspoken.

  20. Elle
    19 December 2014 / 07:21

    This is unlike any other Christmas post I have seen, and I mean that in a good way. It looks like you and your friend are having such a great time especially in the mall. Those gorgeous shoes do belong under your tree and I hope that it works.
    Your layering with the beautiful white shirt and sweater is perfect. I love Anne Fontaine and think she makes a very high quality shirt.
    You got a good laugh out of me when I saw you sitting in the sled. Happy holidays kisses, Elle

    • Greetje
      19 December 2014 / 08:19

      I never set out to make this post a Christmas post, it just turned out this way. But in hindsight, it is good. Because this is what Christmas should be about, shouldn’t it? Love and friendship.

  21. CJ
    21 December 2015 / 20:45

    Thank you for sharing all the lovely pictures of the architecture there in The Hague! Friends from our youth are a joy to us as we get older.

    • Greetje
      22 December 2015 / 16:27

      Entertaining my readers is what I love to do, so showing you these pictures is no touble at all. And you are right, friends from our youth are very precious.

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