Shopping Saturday in Rotterdam

Distressed boyfriend jeans with a purple velvet jacketThe three of us finally got together again…: Anke, Sabine and me. We form a group called Shopping Saturday haha. This time we decided to go to Rotterdam, to the Markthal (Market Hall) as there is only food there and no clothes or shoes. The plan was NOT to shop. Hah… doomed from the start. It became a day for Shoes and Sunglasses.

Above you see me (sloughing…I am working on that) at the Market Hall, in my new distressed boyfriend jeans (G-Star). I never had really distressed jeans and last week I bought these. Because they are so comfortable. In March I can wear them with boots like these golden ones. In spring and summer I will wear them with pumps. Because I don’t want to look completely scruffy, I combined them with a fitted purple velvet jacket. The white T-shirt is to brighten up the outfit. The pink flamingos have golden lines, which combines with the golden boots. My niece printed this shirt.

Let’s start our day.

Below: my two terrible friends. Left Anke, right Sabine. We are on the first floor of the Market Hall having lunch, which was very good. The market is on the ground floor.Anke and Sabine

Below: a photo of the Market Hall, taken from the first floor.Rotterdam Shopping Saturday (126)

Below: the roof and the sides are magnificent. It really is like a giant tube.Rotterdam Market hall (3)

Below: the photo bottom right, taken on the ground floor, clearly shows the tube shape of the Market Hall.Markthal Rotterdam

Below: Sabine waiting for me to get down from the second floor.SabineTo be honest, we were not really very impressed. We much more prefer the atmosphere of the Food Halls in Amsterdam. Remember my post?

Below: we walked back into town, to the shopping area.. (I can hear you think.. and yes you are right.. no self control whatsoever). We started at Ace+Tate, a Dutch brand for (sun)glasses where Daniela and I bought our sunglasses in 2014 (see this post). Of course we all tried some on. Anke bought the ones top left. Anke, Sabine and Greetje

Below: another picture of Anke with her new glasses. I adored her jacket.Anke

Below: Sabine looks like a movie star hiding from the paparazzi.SabineWe went in and out of a couple of shops and forgot to take pictures. But in the first shoe shop I found the patent leather pumps with pointy nose I was after. I will admit that the ones I had tried on in Utrecht were hotter. But I couldn’t walk on those, and I can very comfortably walk on the ones below. By that time (only half an hour on our way) my hair looked like wire because of the fierce wind. (Note to self: don’t talk when your picture is taken 🙄 .)Distressed boyfriend jeans with a purple velvet jacket

Below: me looking dead serious while paying. Calculating in my head how much that is going to set me back….Purple velvet jacket with boyfriend jeans and golden boots (7)Below: boyfriend trousers from the back. Considering I have such a small bottom, these jeans don’t look bad, don’t you think? The bags you see on the left are Furla… I resisted them. Not easy for a Furla- and structured bags-lover.Distressed boyfriend jeans with a purple velvet jacket

Below: in the next shop Anke found this fun top. Still being very young, her arms are fine of course, and she can wear such a top. NICE.Anke trying on a top (5)

Below: time for a bit of rest in the sun. I told Anke she shouldn’t frown like that or she might have to start using botox in the future haha.Anke and Sabine

Below: we went for a drink to NRCafé at the Witte de Withstraat. Great terrace (sunny too), very good food.Rotterdam Shopping Saturday (51)

Below: Sabine grabbed the camera and noticed all sorts of interesting things in the street. Like below, which was just across the street. Art man and ladder

Below: table and lamp are different…art table with lamp

Below: some great murals as well.Rotterdam Street art (1)

Rotterdam Street art (3)Below: as we continued our shopping spree, the long handle of my bag got caught. In addition to a bag with shoes and camera, a heavy winter coat and my handbag, I now also had a branch to carry. Charming.Branche pulling 2 Below: we went passed the Koopgoot, an underground shopping area of Rotterdam, marked by that strange wing. This is a good picture of Rotterdam for you. After the severe bomming in Worldwar 2 they had to rebuild the town, which means a lot of high rise buildings, concreet, wide streets. Just not my cup of tea.Rotterdam Shopping Saturday (78)

Below: we were wondering what these people were queuing up for…: Nike sneakers 50% off.Rotterdam Shopping Saturday (82)

Below: next stop.. a department store, The Bijenkorf. Sabine needed black high heels. Like these.Trying on shoes in Rotterdam (31)Below: so what did she buy and justified brilliantly (like any woman can)???? Red pumps with black spots! Completely ruining the sale bargain by also buying the matching clutch… Mind you… had the shoes been one size smaller, I would have taken these LK Bennett’s home. They are gorgeous.Red pumps with black spots

Below: these boots were fun and in the sale, but we thought they drew too much attention.bootsBelow: one last “shoe awe”.. I was trying on these cute summer LK Bennett pumps. And didn’t buy them. I can be strong (when I really hit rock bottom..).Trying on shoes in Rotterdam (1)You have had a lot of photos to go through these past weeks. I promise to do a much shorter post next week.


No Fear of Fashion

Linking to 40+Style, where Sylvia and other women are showing how to wear pastel colours.

Linking to Not dressed as Lamb where bloggers show a graphic T-shirt on I wear what I like.

Linking up to Not Dead Yet for Visible Monday, where bloggers show jeans.

Linking up to Cherie’s Shoe and Tell Fashion link-up.. As it says… it is all about shoes.






  1. 10 April 2016 / 17:45

    So much shopping fun!

    I adore your t-shirt and the blue/purple blazer is just wonderful.

    So much for *not* shopping. I find the only way I can avoid it is not to leave the house and never turn on my computer. Not terribly realistic though.


    • Greetje
      10 April 2016 / 19:02

      I know. Same here. No self control in this area. Lots of discipline in other areas though.

  2. 10 April 2016 / 18:40

    I’m not sure I’d have been able to resist those LK Bennett pumps—-I actually sighed when I saw them!!
    Now this is my idea of “not shopping”–ha ha!
    I wonder why we just love the idea of new things in our closet. I ponder this phenomenon almost daily—I have so many wonderful things already in my closet—I certainly don’t need more. But it is just so fun to go shopping!
    I do love those distressed jeans, because they are minimally distressed! And your jacket with the graphic tee—perfection!!
    It is good to have shopping friends (enablers)!!
    What a colorful town.
    And the branch in your purse makes an artistic statement (I’m not sure what that statement is though)
    Thanks for the fun! jodie

    • Greetje
      10 April 2016 / 19:05

      We are much alike it seems haha. To me these jeans are more distressed than any I own. I don’t want real holes in them.

  3. 10 April 2016 / 20:26

    Looks like a fun day! I think the boyfriend jeans look quite good on you, and can’t wait to see them styled with pumps. (The red ones, the red ones!) I like the flamingo shirt too, very cute design.

    • Greetje
      10 April 2016 / 21:12

      My niece has a small company with her boyfriend. They are both artists and they design the shirts themselves, but also print them (environmentally safe and all that) for whole salers. And me sometimes… haha.
      I will style the distressed boyfriend jeans with the red pumps first. Cause you asked for it (big smile).

  4. 10 April 2016 / 20:33

    Haha. If the three of you don’t want to buy anything, I think you’ll have to meet in the middle of a forest next time! 🙂 And even there, I’m not sure you wouldn’t figure out how to buy something…

    But seriously, I think you did well passing up those gorgeous Furla bags and the super cute LK Bennett pumps! I love them both!

    And I like how you styled the distressed boyfriend jeans! Looking forward to seeing them styled with pumps!

    • Greetje
      10 April 2016 / 21:15

      I will style them with the red pumps first Andrea. By special request from Susan (une femme d’un certain age). The LK Bennet flower pumps were really lovely with my flamingo T-shirt too.

    • 12 April 2016 / 09:52

      Andrea, it looks like they wouldn’t even be safe in the forest. Look, Greetje even has a branch in that photo! Hahaha!!

  5. 10 April 2016 / 21:21

    Greetje, this looks like true girlie fun! I like the distressed jeans on you – I haven’t ventured into these yet. Although my butt wouldn’t look as neat as yours! Thanks for sharing all of your shopping snaps. I love those LK Bennett pumps. You showed great resolve not crumbling and buying hem – they were sooooo pretty!
    Anna x

    • Greetje
      10 April 2016 / 21:38

      I know they are pretty, but I had already overspent with the red shoes. Didn’t want to get into trouble. And it was lovely girlie fun indeed. (Sabine just told me on Facebook, the black pumps had arrived as well haha).

  6. 10 April 2016 / 21:51

    It’s awful all that shopping that we don’t want to do! Ha ha.I recognize it, whenever my girlfriend and I say we only go for lunch and end up with bags full of stuff! Ah well, as long as it is fun! And it looks like you had a lot of it 🙂

    • Greetje
      11 April 2016 / 17:57

      It was fun indeed Nancy. As always.

  7. 11 April 2016 / 02:43

    You always have so much fun with these girls! Good to see that you did not overspend; I think those red pumps will be a very useful wardrobe asset. As for the outfit, love the blazer with that t-shirt. I would prefer the jeans with shoes but I’m sure that’s no surprise to you coming from me 🙂

    • Greetje
      11 April 2016 / 17:59

      I think most people do. Perhaps the jacket wasn’t the best combination with the boots and the boyfriend. But I thought the boots and the jeans went well together. Didn’t really think it through, I will admit. And yes I will wear them with pumps too.

  8. 11 April 2016 / 05:09

    Great post. Shopping with girlfriends is one of life’s sweetest joys. Especially when they wear motorcycle-inspired leather jackets!

    • Greetje
      11 April 2016 / 18:00

      Yes, funny how they both have motorcycle-inspired leather jackets on, but very different from one another. I felt stupid in my warm winter parka.

  9. Selina
    11 April 2016 / 11:54

    I’ve been to Rotterdam and I remember the food hall. I admit that I like pretty surroundings and Rotterdam is too stark for me

    • Greetje
      11 April 2016 / 18:01

      We missed shopping at the Binnenweg, we should have done that too. On the other hand… I might have ended up completely pennyless.

  10. 11 April 2016 / 13:50

    Amsterdam seems a wonderful place, I must visit soon. I like your look, especially the shirt. A superb collection of shoes.

    • Greetje
      11 April 2016 / 18:02

      No, no no Josep-Maria. This was not Amsterdam. This was Rotterdam. Totally different town. Much more modern and high rise buildings. Amsterdam is all about canals and old buildings.

  11. kim
    11 April 2016 / 16:16

    i love the t shirt-does your niece sell them online?

    • Greetje
      11 April 2016 / 18:02

      I have asked her. As soon as I know the answer, I will let you know.

    • Greetje
      11 April 2016 / 19:47

      My nice sold them to shops in The Netherlands. So unless you live here, I cannot help you.

      • kim
        12 April 2016 / 00:23

        o well. its a fabulous t shirt! i live in seoul south korea so it wont work. thanks anyway! love your blog& sense of humor!

        • Greetje
          12 April 2016 / 06:01

          I am very flattered by your words. It keeps surprising me that women on the other side of the world actually follow my blog and like what I write.

  12. 11 April 2016 / 19:32

    So much fun! I think you look fabulous in these jeans, including your enviably tiny bottom. And what a great setting for shopping and socializing. xox


    • Greetje
      11 April 2016 / 19:41

      My enviably tiny bottom hahaha. Nice one.

  13. 12 April 2016 / 09:51

    Oh, you naughty, naughty woman! That’s what you get for hanging out with your “terrible friends.” Hahaha!! I’m sure it couldn’t have been more fun. So glad you had this day out and found some treasure for your feet. It’s so funny that you say that market hall isn’t as good as the other one – I’d faint to have something like that here!!
    I love the shirt your niece printed and the whole outfit together. Of course your hair will get mangled when you’re doing SERIOUS shopping!

    • Greetje
      12 April 2016 / 20:16

      Oh thanks Melanie. I got so little comments on IG on the outfit I was beginning to think it wasn’t good. At least you like it. My hair got mangled by the wind. I didn’t try anything that had to go over my head.

  14. 12 April 2016 / 14:14

    Fun, friends and beautiful shoes, how fantastic.

    • Greetje
      12 April 2016 / 20:17

      I know. It doesn’t get much better, does it?

  15. 12 April 2016 / 17:05

    A shopping Saturday with friends is fun and your words are hilarious!
    Your today’s post also shares beautiful murales and details of the city that I always appreciate … I remember the Ace tate shop where we bought a pair of sunglasses together : a so North Europe style shop with a beautiful garden ( not very sure the garden I have in mind was there )
    Those last pumps are great and they haven’t got a too high heel, they look quite comfortable, so, I am surprised to read that you didn’t buy them … of course … sometime it happens to go out of a shop without a new bag!!

    • Greetje
      12 April 2016 / 20:19

      No no no… I did buy the red shoes. And yes they are very comfortable. I just didn’t buy the Furla bag. I am saving that for you and I in Italy hahaha. And yes the garden you have in mind, is the garden which was behind the shop where Ace+ Tate sold their glasses. I can vividly remember you saying to me: “We need this”. hahaha

  16. Marianne
    12 April 2016 / 18:20

    I am glad you found your red pumps. One more thing you can delete from your fashion bucketlist. I like your jeans they are comfortable but still tight around your enviably tiny bottom. It was fun again watching you shopping with your friends. The only tip I can give about not spending money is leave your creditcard at home. But that is so not funny. So darling enjoy spending your money on great stuff.

    • Greetje
      12 April 2016 / 20:21

      Thank you my dear friend. Isn’t that expression beautiful: enviably tiny bottom? hahaha.
      How about if I offer to go shopping with you some day in the next month? I bet you would like that. I will take you anywhere you want. Give me an email.

  17. 12 April 2016 / 20:19

    I wish I could wear pretty “girl shoes” like those red pumps but my feet are all the wrong shape for pointy toed heels. I have a small butt like you and struggle to find pants that fit my waist but aren’t droopy in the arse.

    I find that I’m less inclined to shop if I’m out with friends than if I’m by myself. Possibly because the stuff I’m interested in is not their style. It looks like you had a fun day together, and I agree that Anke’s jacket is gorgeous – definitely my idea of a perfect black leather jacket!

    • Greetje
      12 April 2016 / 20:26

      Somehow I managed to gather friends with similar styles. Not all of them though. I agree, if I am with a friend with a totally different style, I don’t buy anything (or far less) as well. That might be a remedy for my spendings… finding friends with a totally different taste.
      I am sorry to hear you cannot wear “girl shoes”. After being on flat shoes for 10 weeks I now know I love my heels even more than I already knew. I missed them terribly. So I feel for you. A lot of my more comfortable trousers (read crutch down on my knees), like boyfriend trousers don’t look too good in the bottom department, so I was very pleased with these. I agree you have to be lucky to find the right pair. Which is a lot easier with the means I have, I admit.

  18. Happiness at Mid Life
    13 April 2016 / 07:04

    You ladies always seem to have a blast shopping. I am not sure I could’ve resisted those floral heels, they are beautiful!!


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

    • Greetje
      13 April 2016 / 20:45

      There are loads of things I do not resist Alice. But that day, after the red shoes… I could. It will be an exception though haha.

    • Greetje
      16 April 2016 / 12:32

      Oh yes, no self control whatsoever. I would have loved those red and black heels myself. I even searched for them on the internet. But no luck.

  19. 16 April 2016 / 21:30

    Oh, the shoes you didn’t buy!!! I love them…but I find that silhouette never stays on my feet very well.

    Ah…such a great day with obviously great finds! Thanks for sharing!

    Oh….are you wearing those boyfriend jeans a lot? Beyond comfortable looking and very much on trend still, but a departure from your usual style maybe?

    • Greetje
      17 April 2016 / 11:07

      Yes I wear the jeans a lot. I wore boyfriend trousers before but I always needed a long jacket to hide the saggy bottom. With these I have more options. Besides I am getting scruffy in my old age haha.
      The shoes are pretty but as I usually go for attention drawing pieces in clothing, they might get a bit too much. If I slip out of such shoes I take a heel piece and cut off a bit to put that in the heel. I will put photos of this “operation” on my blog within short.

  20. 19 April 2016 / 10:57

    lovely cool&comfy outfit, love your jacket and t-shirt!
    And also loving all those shoes and accessories, wouu, all of them look really appealing!

    • Greetje
      20 April 2016 / 14:04

      I feel quite proud I limited myself to one pair haha.

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