Shopping at the Max Mara outlet

SAMSUNG CSCHaving arrived at Turin on Thursday afternoon, there was Daniela to meet me at the airport. We stuffed all my suitcases in the back of her small car and went for our first cappuccino. And dinner at Eataly. It was so nice to meet one another again. Friendship through blogging.

Below: some shopping in the supermarket too. Daniela on high heels, of course.SAMSUNG CSCThe next day we went for a cappuccino first (we do that a lot) at the square near Daniela’s new appartment. See photo below and at the top of the post. SAMSUNG CSCIn the photo below you can see the differences between us haha. Me, being practical on flat shoes and my beloved skinnies. Daniela, walking elegantly on high heels. I still don’t know how she does it.

You have seen my outfit before in the post Shopping in Leidsestraat.SAMSUNG CSCAfter we had our coffee, we headed to Turin to start our shopping at the Max Mara outlet. I always go wild when I am there. No self control whatsoever. To give you a little idea see the picture below:Max Mara outlet TurinA big, big hall with nothing but clothes, bags and shoes. Fantastic brands for 1/3 or 1/4 of the price. Well, not all of it and not at the opening of the (outlet) season, but I am willing to overlook that…..

Below: trying on sandals. Didn’t buy these, but different ones instead. Even nicer. (When I saw this photo, I was so pleased that I had put nail polish on my toes before I came!)Trying shoes at Max Mara (2 van 2)Below: we both tried on this dress. Needless to say it looked much better on Daniela. My bosom didn’t fit in it so I had to try a bigger size which made it look like a tent. I call this picture “the terrible twins” haha.Trying clothes at Max Mara (1 van 2)Below: Daniela bought this beautiful dress at the outlet and had the perfect necklace in her jewellery box. (Well, box?… Boxes!) Made it herself. SAMSUNG CSCBelow: after all this shopping it was time for lunch in Turin. Which is a perfect town. Modern and old, high fashion, big stores, little stores. Below: a market in a square surrounded by buildings like this. SAMSUNG CSCBelow: a beautiful gallery.Galery TurinBelow: a view from our lunch tableSAMSUNG CSCBelow: and some more cappuccino in the sun. I changed my sneakers for ballerinas as the temperature was high. See? It wasn’t a bad idea to bring so many shoes. I needed them. The white/blue/yellow bag I am pointing at is by Marina Rinaldi (Max Mara group) and just bought at the outlet.SAMSUNG CSCWe did … uh …. go to another shop in Turin. Which sold the brand Marella (also Max Mara group, but no discount this time as it wasn’t an outlet). I still had no hold on myself. Even Dan was shocked (but helped a lot at the same time haha).

Below: amongst other things I bought this skirt and jumper at Marella, which I wore the second day. With modest heels I tried to blend in more with Dan’s elegance. SAMSUNG CSCBelow: in a perfect little shop we found loads of colourful jewellery. The gentleman in the shop made them from 1970 stuff, like earrings or hairclips (the yellow necklace). Very good designs. I bought a purple necklace to go with my black and white sweater. The shop is called Soy Sauce haha. It is in the Via Maria Vittoria (29b).SAMSUNG CSCHere is a link to the post Daniela made about my visit to her.


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PS Here is a link to a display of lovely shoes at the Shoe and Tell Fashion Link up.





  1. 26 April 2015 / 17:52

    You both are so cute and fun! How much fun it would be to shop in these beautiful locations with you both…loved the picture of you both in polka dot dresses!

    • Greetje
      26 April 2015 / 19:58

      You are always so quick to comment. Do you set an alarm? LOL
      And yes indeed, our get-together was a big success. Lots of laughs, coffee, sunshine, shopping and eating. What more can a woman want?

  2. 26 April 2015 / 18:54

    How fun!!! I was smiling the entire time I was reading this! (part of that could be the love of shopping..ha ha). I loved the black & white outfit from Marella. Do we get to see the sandals you ended up buying at Max Mara? jodie
    ps…the question is how many suitcases did you bring home?

    • Greetje
      26 April 2015 / 20:04

      You will get to see the pumps I bought at Max Mara. They are pinkish/cream leather, pointy toe, slingback and…. a square perspex heel. My husband commented: “But you can see that great big nail through the heel!” And I replied: “So? That is fun, isn’t it?”
      They are soft as butter.
      Suitcases… well… When I left for Turin I had suitcase number 1 filled with my stuff. Suitcase number 2 was filled with Dan’s suitcase and within her suitcase was also some of my stuff. Plus the big grey shopper for airplaine things and the leopard shoes + handbag.
      When I went back, I put my purchases and the cream handbag in suitcase number 2 as there was enough room now. In my grey shopper went the blue/white/yellow bag and travel stuff.
      Clever eh?

  3. 26 April 2015 / 21:29

    Your right, what more can women want other than lots of laughter, sunshine, shopping, and eating (since I’m not a coffee drinker). It did my heart good to see you two ladies having so much fun together. Loved the terrible twins photo, that is something my girlfriends and I would do. Next time we need to remember to take a photo.
    I’m also with you when it comes to a day of shopping and venturing around town, I always wear flats. I can’t believe how natural Dan goes about in her heels all day, every day.
    You were quite terrible, no, that’s not the correct word, you were a wonderful shopper on this trip, that bag alone speaks for that!

    • Greetje
      27 April 2015 / 11:14

      Hahaha….. I think “terrible” was the correct word. Once I showed Ron an outfit I had just bought and he said: “Yes it is very nice but why did you buy it?” My answer: “Because it looked so good on me.” Which made him sigh: “Gosh, there will be loads of things which look good on you. There is no end to that.” LOL

  4. 26 April 2015 / 21:36

    What a fun big spending day! I’m surprised you have any $ left to come and visit Canada. I guess we will only be visiting thrift shops when you come : )

    I LOVE that outfit you picked up in black and white. You must have fit right in with all those well dresses Italian ladies.

    That jewellery shop looks interesting too.

    I really like the pink and beige colour blocked dress of Daniela’s. She does have a very classic style.

    Looks like a fun trip. And great photos too!

    PS…I shipped out your necklace a couple of days ago.


    • Greetje
      27 April 2015 / 11:18

      Thrift shops sounds fine. Although Anthropologie…..
      And you know what? Even in the black and white (well.. cream) outfit, I didn’t feel elegant. It must be in my mind, definitely. The jewellery shop was great, the man had such a fantasy. I feel aweful losing his card (it was a tiny one, which is not very handy).
      I thought the pink and beige colour blocked dress was not so much classic (or perhaps it is) as contemporary and elegant.
      Oh… and thanks for shipping the necklace.

  5. 26 April 2015 / 23:22

    Those have been fantastic days!! And also the weather has been perfect!
    I have smiled while seeing your photos…and they have reminded me every moment of your staying here…
    You looked beautiful either in skinnies or skirt, and, if I remember well, you also had an extra pair of very cute flat shoes!!
    And, after your mega shopping…you have everything you need to be fabulous and chic until Autumn!!!

    • Greetje
      27 April 2015 / 11:19

      Ah… do I hear you say “no more purchases”? I should indeed not buy anything anymore as I have to go to Spain for a weeks holiday in June and to Vancouver in July. That costs money too.

  6. carmen
    27 April 2015 / 03:18

    Fabulous photos of a fantastic visit with Dan! You both look so beautiful and happy! I smiled seeing the two of you in polka dots! Cute twins!! I love your jacket and always think a blazer makes jeans look dressy!

    Friends are treasures!!!
    ♥ carmen

    • Greetje
      27 April 2015 / 11:21

      Hi Carmen, nice of you to pay me a visit again. I saw the post of Josep-Maria featuring you. Indeed friendship is so precious.

  7. Diane brown
    27 April 2015 / 05:45

    Hi Greetje found your blog a few weeks ago and love it.I have never written to anyone on line before but had to let you know how much pleasure you give me spent time going through the years of your blog.Such fun u r very candid!good luck and Best wishes from AustraliaDiane

    • Greetje
      27 April 2015 / 11:22

      Wow…. comments like yours really make my day (week? month?). I often think “why do I do this? Shall I stop?” But comments like yours fuel me for at least another year. LOL
      I hope I can keep you amused.

  8. Happiness at Mid Life
    27 April 2015 / 07:49

    What a great post and it looks like such a wonderful time. I don’t think I would survive in Europe, I can’t drink any coffee drink because it upsets my stomach and makes me so jittery. I am impressed that that Daniela is able to walk in heels with cobblestones, I can’t do that even though I wear heels almost daily.


    • Greetje
      27 April 2015 / 11:26

      I wear heels nearly every day in the office too. But I walk to the office in flats (learned that from the women in New York). In the office the surface is flat, even and carpeted, which makes walking in heels much, much easier.
      You don’t have to drink coffee, you can drink tea instead. Or wine (which I don’t drink and which is awkward in the southern European countries). But you wouldn’t survive financially with all these cute shops haha. I know you, you are as bad as I am.

  9. myemptybag
    27 April 2015 / 09:45

    so nice pics and post, the best for me is the picture of you both in polka dot dresses! hahahaha

    My Fashion Blog

    • Greetje
      27 April 2015 / 11:27

      That “terrible twin” picture is nice, isn’t it? Glad you liked the post.

  10. 27 April 2015 / 16:25

    Great post Greetje and lovely that you got to go back to Torino again. I so love Italy! You look lovely and elegant in the combination you bought. I’m amazed by Dan too. How can she walk on those street stones with those heels? But she DOES look oh so stylish and elegant. That dress she bought just looks amazing!

    • Greetje
      27 April 2015 / 18:49

      She picked out that dress while I was trying on shoes. She put it on and then walked to me. My jaw dropped and I said : “Oh how stylish is that!!! Beautiful.” She is such a good stylist. She can pick out stuff (also for me) from a hanger and know how it will look on your body. When she came up with a blue dress for me I thought I would look like my grandmother in it. But of course I tried it on and it looked fabulous (bought it). I followed all her moves like a puppy.

  11. 27 April 2015 / 20:27

    This post makes me smile. Your friendship is beautiful.

    • Greetje
      28 April 2015 / 06:52

      Thanks Glenda. I aim to amuse people. And with this report that was an easy “task”.

  12. 27 April 2015 / 21:27

    Evidently you had a great trip to Italy Greetje – sun, shopping and sipping cappuccino, who needs more?

    The picture from Max Mara is very “inspiring”, I could really use one of the red bags! Your colour blocked is gorgeous too! It looks like it’s lined in all yellow? Very stylish!

    The Evil twin picture is just hilarious 🙂 Except you look too sweet to ever be seen as evil! Anyway, you’re both such elegant ladies, I love that dress Dan got, and the skirt you’re wearing on the second day is fabulous! I’m looking forward to see that again! I’m certainly going to check out the Marella brand now, as well as Marina Renaldi 🙂

    • Greetje
      28 April 2015 / 07:02

      Marina Rinaldi is more for women with a larger bosom, but I like them for their bags. And indeed my new shopper is lined yellow.

  13. 29 April 2015 / 06:38

    You two let loose in the stores…watch out! You and Dan always seem to get some serious shopping done while staying light. It’s not always easy to shop with someone else. I laughed at your evil twin photo. It’s so annoying when one part fits and the other part doesn’t. But I guess you managed to fill up your empty suitcase. If I were to go to Amsterdam or Turin, I think I might just get stuck at the outdoor cafe ogling all the breathtaking architecture. Don’t worry – there’s nothing like that in Vancouver to slow you down. Heh.
    Yes, there is an Anthropologie store somewhere in town for you and Suzanne.

    • Greetje
      29 April 2015 / 16:19

      I probably won’t have a penny left Melanie haha. Which means I can thrift shop, drink coffee and talk for three days. No shopping necessary. Actually what Suzanne was iver in Amsterdam, we did not shop that much either. And eh… Dan is much better at shopping than I am. She restricts herself to buying one item per shopping day (As she has to work as well, not every day is a shopping day… Just saying as I could hear you think.)
      Also, she can look at all those clothes on a hanger and pick out that one special item, knowing how it will look on your body. I absolutely cannot. I just buy randomly.

  14. elle
    2 May 2015 / 19:39

    I am so sorry I am late with my response, I felt sure I had commented on it! I have read it a few times!
    First off, if I have not said this it is time: I love the new header. it is fun and true to you blog; it feels happy.
    I love this post of you two shopping. Starting with caffeine seems vital! I love what you bought from
    Marella, a company I have not heard of but is so classic, with a great updated twist . That bag is gorgeous, love the tri color and hotels style ( you will need it with your purchases!
    Loved the shot of you two in twin dots!
    You look so casually chic in your new cream skirt and jumper, I love the belt detail.
    I am so glad you had this quality time with Dan.
    I want to see you in the blue dress that Dan found for you!
    It is great to shop with a friend who can pick out things and say, this is perfect for you, and they are right!!

    Now rest your wallet for a time!
    loved this post!
    xx, Elle!

    • Greetje
      2 May 2015 / 20:12

      What a wise advise… rest your wallet for a time. There are lots of people who agree with you LOL.
      And yes it was a lovely time in Turin. We were also lucky with the weather, getting warmer and warmer. In The Netherlands today is the first day it starts getting warmer, besides an odd day or two.
      My bag is already a star now. I wear it a lot.

  15. Elle
    2 May 2015 / 22:15

    Oh dear I meant tote style !
    Xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      3 May 2015 / 11:44

      I got your drift and indeed it is very handy for shopping. But also as a handbag with my camera in it. Fits perfectly.

  16. 7 May 2015 / 03:24

    There goes that bag again. I love it. I too am a Max Mara fan. We’ve got an outlets here in the USA. Those sandals are so cute, and they go perfectly well with your outfit…xo

    • Greetje
      7 May 2015 / 05:50

      Never knew Max Mara was available in the USA, let alone have an outlet there. And… I did not buy those sandals. I bought pumps in the same shade with a thick perspex heel.

  17. 17 May 2015 / 09:22

    Greetje, Greetje, you have some dangerous girlfriends, both locally as internationally! Wallet-wise it would be so much safer to go shopping with Sylvia and even better: with me! Hahaha…
    But that would be a shame, because all of your spending gal friends seem like such fun people.

    It’s fantastic to see you making so many new friends and enjoying long-time friendships as well!

    • Greetje
      17 May 2015 / 11:36

      It does seem I have picked most of my friends with a preference for shopping. Didn’t happen in the old days.

  18. 2 November 2015 / 03:29

    I had to click over from your recent post to see your previous adventures in Turin!

    Looks & sounds like you guys always have a fabulous time together!

    • Greetje
      2 November 2015 / 18:19

      We do, but even Dan is quite struck by my shopping behaviour. Although she understands. She can (and does) go there every week. I cannot.

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