Shopping in Leidsestraat Amsterdam

Shopping Leidsestraat AmsterdamWhen you are really broke and addicted to buying clothes (as I am), the last thing you need is a day in Amsterdam with your two friends who love shopping just as much as you do. But, I was still on holiday (which means I am in a merry spirit), the date was set months ago and I also love to be with my friends. You will remember Anke and Sabine as you have seen them many times before, on our Shopping Saturday tours. This time we went shopping in Leidsestraat Amsterdam. We hadn’t been there yet. More about the outfit above at the end of the post.

Of course we started the day with cappuccino in a side street, at Sweet Cup, Lange Leidse Dwarsstraat 93.

Below: Anke on the left and Sabine on the right. The fuchsia poncho you see on the chair is mine. It was clever to bring it along as it turned out to be a cold day.Shopping Leidsestraat Amsterdam

Sabine took several street pictures of me, but we found out (afterwards) that the camera had moved to “manual focus”. Result: blurry photos. Only a couple were reasonable.

Below: this one is funny. It looks as if I was cut out another picture and photoshopped in this one (not).Shopping Leidsestraat Amsterdam

Below: Anke wore a blue and white long tunic, so I was glad I wasn’t wearing mine haha.Shopping in Leidsestraat Amsterdam

Below: looking serious. Wearing sensible flat shoes, a top which was meant for hot weather and capri trousers. Freezing. So nice I had my poncho. In this previous post you can see more of this outfit, also with high heels.Shopping Leidsestraat Amsterdam

Below: Sabine was dressed in more sensible clothes, like boots and a jacket. Plus a fun shirt.Shopping Leidsestraat Amsterdam

Below: cute bike.Shopping Leidsestraat Amsterdam

Below: At Goods (Leidsestraat 70) Anke spotted this perfect raincoat which still makes you look good. Not easy in rain clothes.  Shopping Leidsestraat Amsterdam

Below: also pretty good from the side.

Shopping Leidsestraat Amsterdam

Below: Anke tried on a raincoat in yellow too. BAD idea haha. She bought the green one.Shopping Leidsestraat Amsterdam

Below: Sabine spotted a perfect coat, also at Goods. I loved this one. So did she.Shopping Leidsestraat Amsterdam

Below: but first Sabine had to find out whether the coat was big enough to wear with something big underneath. How about this cardigan?Shopping Leidsestraat Amsterdam

Below: the coat fitted over the cardigan. Sussed that out. Now contemplating over the big slit in the back. Would that be a problem? They decided it wouldn’t and Sabine bought the coat.Shopping Leidsestraat Amsterdam

Below: in the meantime Anke had found this lovely kimono(type) top. She loves wearing it.Shopping Leidsestraat Amsterdam

Below: a good view of Sabine’s own printed top. Shopping in Leidsestraat Amsterdam (41)_LR

Below: right…. time for lunch. We lunched at Walem, Keizersgracht 449, which is just off Leidsestraat. Their terrace looked lovely but we thought it was much too cold and went inside. When we paid for our lunch we decided it wasn’t cheap but didn’t think anything of it and paid. Then the waiter came back and apologized profusely. They had charged us too much and he gave us back the money we paid too much (1/3 of the total amount). Very decent of the restaurant, very silly of us. Shopping in Leidsestraat Amsterdam (54)_LR

Below: they were in a shopping mood, my companions…. pfff. Nextdoor from our lunch restaurant is YDU (Keizersgracht 447). Which means Young Designers United. I have mentioned them before. This is such a good shop. As the name says, they sell stuff from young designers. Different, unique and affordable. Here is Sabine in a lovely pink shirt. She actually bought a smaller size, but this one looked just as nice.Shopping Leidsestraat Amsterdam

Below: big slit at the back of the shirt. Peekaboo. Just as Anke was doing.Shopping Leidsestraat Amsterdam

Below: Anke was really getting into this shopping. The shoes were from the store and too big, so don’t pay any attention to them. Pay attention to the shorts. Blue you might think….Shopping Leidsestraat Amsterdam

Below: not quite… The shorts had two sides.Shopping Leidsestraat Amsterdam

Below: and this is how it looks at the front. Funny, tempting, but Anke didn’t buy them. Instead she bought a long light coloured oversized silk shirt with yellow polka dots. You will have to use your imagination as I forgot to take a picture.Shopping Leidsestraat Amsterdam

Below: then Sabine found this ever so cute shirt with pussycats. Needless to say it came home with her.Shopping Leidsestraat Amsterdam

Below: I love these bags….. Shopping in Leidsestraat Amsterdam (85)_LR

Below: and that grey/green one in the middle.Shopping Leidsestraat Amsterdam

Below: Anke showing the grey/green bag.Shopping Leidsestraat Amsterdam

Below: over at Ted Baker, Leidsestraat 64, Anke tried on many lovely shoes. And walked away (pun intended) with nothing. The ones bottom right are not Ted Baker’s.Ted Baker Leidsestraat Amsterdam

I know you have been wondering for quite some time now, thinking “And where were you? What were you trying and buying?”

Well, as I said, I was (am) broke. So I just sat there and took pictures wanting to buy everything. Yep… you cannot go on forever. I did try some awesome stuff which was also in the sale. Like the lime yellow coat from Karen Millen (below). I love it…Shopping in Leidsestraat Amsterdam (95)_LR

Below: flipping hxll, it does look good. As I was making this post and saw the photos, I nearly bought the last one online from Selfridges England, reduced twice. But first I checked my bankaccount. And closed the site without buying.Shopping Leidsestraat Amsterdam

Below: Gsus, Koningsplein 8 which is at the end of Leidsestraat. Here I tried this top and this skirt. They were a steal in the sale and still, I left them there. Shopping Leidsestraat Amsterdam

Below: the back. Shopping Leidsestraat Amsterdam

Shopping without buying. Don’t for a minute, think this was easy for me. Temptation is ripping my soul apart. But in August I am going to visit Daniela in Turin (Italy), which means shopping in the Max Mara outlet. I don’t even have money for that at the moment, so I really need to slow down.


No Fear of Fashion

Linking up with Not dressed as Lamb, who is featuring I will wear what I want. This time pattern mixing, starting with black and white.

Also linking up with Not Dead Yet Style, featuring Visible Monday. This week: dresses!

And linking up to The rich Life in Wine country, featuring How I wear my tunic. You guessed it: many great examples of tunics.

Her friend Jill of Everything Just so, is co-host of How I wear my tunic and showing other tunics.





  1. 17 July 2016 / 17:33

    Wow…now that’s restraint Greetje! Although it also shows what a smart woman you are! Buying clothes is a fun experience and you wear them well…but in the end, they are only things, right? It’s more the experience of being with your friends and having fun!!
    And sometimes, I start to look at the items at the store and think I already have that and that and that!! (must say something about my closet,huh?)
    At least you didn’t get booted out of the store for taking pictures…ha ha!!
    Thanks for letting us join in on your fun day!

    • Greetje
      17 July 2016 / 17:51

      Yep that was a change, not getting booted out for taking pictures. Luckily I know what is in my closet (must say something about my memory huh? hahaha) so I hardly ever buy similar things.. Well not really. OK sometimes, like with black shoes.
      I am still contemplating on that Karen Millen coat. I am so bad.

  2. Margot Priest
    17 July 2016 / 19:42

    Darn–that white top and pencil skirt looked so elegant on you. Too bad about having to leave them behind. At 180 cm tall, I LOVE shopping in Amsterdam. I dream about getting back. Enjoy your holidays. Cheers, Margot

    • Greetje
      17 July 2016 / 19:48

      Yes, we are a tall bunch here, aren’t we? There are a lot of cities where I love to shop: Turin, Rome, Milan, Paris, Barcelona, London haha. But I will say that sizewise the southern European countries sometimes prove to be challenging (I am 1.75).

    • Greetje
      18 July 2016 / 06:08

      Well…. here is my confession. The lime coat looked so good on the photo, that I ordered it from Selfridges as I was making this post. So much for discipline.

  3. 18 July 2016 / 00:03

    I bow down to you, my hero : ) I think it is brilliant, just brilliant you didn’t buy anything with all those temptations.

    As Jodi pointed out, they are only things, experiences are much more important in life.

    That said, I find it VERY hard to shop and not want to buy. That is why I have stopped shopping. The only thing I haven’t given up is thrifting, which is so much easier on the bank account. Here I can come back with two quality leather skirts, a silk dress and leather boots and spend only $25. I also still visit my consignment store, but then I never paid a dime as I have a credit from pieces they have sold of mine.

    BTW…I’m planning to make a tidy little profit on that silk dress I took in there last week. I can actually make money like that, I *bought* Anthro pants, never been worn and a designer jean jacket and came out with an extra cheque for $90 in my hands. Such a shame you don’t have thrift stores out your way. It’s like taking methadone for shopping addictions.


    • Greetje
      18 July 2016 / 06:11

      You are so right about everything. I need such methadone as I succumbed writing this post and ordered the lime coat… Our hero just dropped from her stand. Not shopping is the only way I stop buying. Terrible.

  4. 18 July 2016 / 01:57

    Go shopping and only take photos is hard but you have been a very good girl! 🙂
    You tried a beautiful lime yellow coat (I am a fan of yellow at the moment ) . I also like the white sweater which really suits you.
    Seeing and trying clothes is a pleasure itself as well as spending a day with friends so, never mind if ( now and again ) happens to go back home without anything new … I think I should be your “guardian angel” in August!!

    It sounds funny that you are trying raincoats in July! Of course I guess that you are having chilly temperatures if you have your fucshia poncho with you …

    • Greetje
      18 July 2016 / 06:13

      The weather can be fickle here in The Netherlands and raincoats are things everybody has here. I have to confess that while writing this post I thought the lime coat was so lovely that I ordered it anyway. I am bad!

  5. 18 July 2016 / 03:40

    Still, even without spending you look super stylish in everything you wore- or tired on – love the yellow coat!
    Sabine and Anke, too, I loved the shorts she did not buy, but I understand they are a bit whimsical.
    This is a fun post to follow, you are a champion shopper and showed great discipline too!
    Lets see how you do with Dan!

    Glad you brought the pretty poncho!
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      18 July 2016 / 06:15

      Oh I am not going to do too well in the “not shopping department” when I am with Dan, I can tell you. And here is a confession…. I am a bad girl and ordered the lime coat when I was making this blogpost. I succumbed.

    • Greetje
      18 July 2016 / 17:37

      I caved Alice, I succumbed. When I made the blogpost I saw that picture with the lime coat and couldn’t resist it any longer. I ordered it. So much for self control.

  6. 18 July 2016 / 12:26

    Some nice pictures and very attractive friends. You can already imagine, I love your look with the gray skirt and white jersey, is very elegant and classic, even though the design is modern.

    • Greetje
      18 July 2016 / 17:38

      I know Josep-Maria and I agree. It hurt me that I had to leave it behind.

  7. 18 July 2016 / 14:36

    Like Suzanne, I find it incredibly hard to shop and not buy, so I try to stay in thrift-stores where the damage isn’t bad. Then again, shopping with girlfriends is a joy I wish I could have more often. I love your chic outfits, both the first and last. Elegant and stylish. You have an instinct for that.

    • Greetje
      18 July 2016 / 17:41

      I don’t think I have the instinct but slowly I am developing a preference for a style. More clean lines, sophisticated, modern. I am changing. And I caved, succumbed when I was making this post and ordered the lime coat. So much for self control…

  8. Sharon Daly
    18 July 2016 / 15:52

    This post is a wonderful antidote to the horrendous news of the past weeks. Your adventures with friends remind us that that we must continue to enjoy life and not be buried by fear and anguish.

    I admire your self control–how did you resist that grey skirt/white top combination? Perfect proportions!

    • Greetje
      18 July 2016 / 17:47

      Well, stop admiring. I ordered the lime coat after all. So much for discipline haha. The grey and white combination is real nice too. Every time I see the photo I regret leaving both behind as they were really inexpensive too because of the sale.
      As for the bad news … I don’t comment on that on my blog. I cannot change it and I don’t need to tell anyone how I feel about it, as we all feel the same. So yes, this is my antidote. However, it does make me realize once again how short life can be. My reaction to that is, buy more clothes haha.

  9. 18 July 2016 / 16:14

    DO you have room in your closet?That is the question I ask myself these days…………….HA ALWAYS NO!

    • Greetje
      18 July 2016 / 17:49

      I am selecting clothes to give away as, indeed, there is no room in my closets left. Really there is not. All the hangers are so tight together it creases the clothes. It is more a case of the money isn’t there anymore. It is getting dangerous. On the other hand, I have become 62 without ever getting into money problems, so I suppose it is not too bad with me.

  10. Marianne
    18 July 2016 / 21:02

    The yellow coat coat looked wonderful Greetje, I don’t blame you for being naughty and ordering it.

    • Greetje
      18 July 2016 / 21:54

      I abandoned that site twice, no three times. Then I heard the news about Nice and Turkey and I thought: “I could be dead tomorrow, what the heck. Why hold back? I may never live long enough to enjoy my savings”. I often think such things. Very bad for my savings haha.

    • Greetje
      19 July 2016 / 06:25

      Thank you Elisa. For the compliment and for taking the time to comment.

  11. 19 July 2016 / 00:25

    I feel your pain Greetje! I probably would have broken down and bought something even though I had no money. The only way I can be responsible with my money is not go out to look at things; if I don’t see it, then I’m fine (which is why I don’t shop online), but if I see something I love and looks great on me, then it is sooo hard to leave it at the store. Bravo to you for your restraint!

    The yellow/green coat looks very nice on you, and I like the coats that your friends bought as well. I see from a later comment that you broke down and bought the coat 😉 I really like the white top you are wearing in the last photo – the boxy shape looks good with a fitted skirt.

    • Greetje
      19 July 2016 / 06:28

      I am like you, the only way I can make sure I don’t buy anything is not to go shopping. Unfortunately (well…not really) 80% of my friends love shopping. I suppose it is like an alcoholic, who also makes sure his or her friends drink haha.

  12. 19 July 2016 / 13:58

    it’s really daring to go window shopping with friends and don’t buy anything!! Particularly if you’ve so much fun!!, glad to see you enjoying your shopping!
    I think that saving for that max mara outlet is a good idea, it sounds really tempting!

    • Greetje
      19 July 2016 / 21:09

      That outlet of Max Mara makes me go crazy. I have so many terrific pieces from them at such bargain prices. Love it. Oh and did I tell you that I ordered that lime coat after all? Bad bad girl. The only solution is not to go near any shops if I cannot buy anything. No willpower in this area.

  13. Marianne van den Berg
    19 July 2016 / 17:57

    I have been thinking about you being broke problem. And I came up with some solutions. First of all change your hobby, pick another one like knitting or painting or swimming. Or start writing a novel, I’ll bet it will be a bestseller. Or even better and much easier change your circle of friends: instead of female friends start looking for male friends. The only thing you have to do is start drinking, and you already started slowly with cocktails and Wiekse rosé-beer. And pretend to like soccer or any sport for that matter. Your laugh is ever so contagious so you are one of the boys without any problem. And they hate shopping of any kind. Problem solved.

    • Greetje
      19 July 2016 / 21:14

      Whahahahaha…. I am horrible at knitting, I suck at painting (tried that). You know how I think about swimming and how bad I am at it. Writing a novel is a nice idea.
      Changing friends? No way. I’d rather be broke.

  14. 20 July 2016 / 07:19

    As stunning as the yellow coat is on you…I applaud you for your will power. And the main thing was you got to be out enjoying the day with good friends, good food…and meh…not so great weather. Vancouver’s been the same…quite cool and sometimes rainy.

    Your white top makes me want to make another tee like I have on my blog, but with the 3/4 length sleeves that this one has. It’s very chic…maybe not for summer, but definitely for the fall!

    • Greetje
      20 July 2016 / 14:39

      Well dear, your applause was not deserved as I ordered the lime coat anyway. It should be arriving this evening. I have no willpower when it comes to clothes, shoes, bags, jewellery.. oh anything to adorn me haha. The only remedy is not to go near shops. Fortunately I have nothing planned in August. And it is bloody hot here today: 34 degrees Celcius.

      • 20 July 2016 / 17:34

        LOLOLOLOLOL…..well now I can really wax poetic about that coat. It is GORGEOUS! Pure delicious luxury! I’m truly excited for you!

        And the weather….what is it with the weather? I imagine you’ll be staying cool in your office indoors…

        • Greetje
          20 July 2016 / 20:09

          I got it and it is size EUR 42. But EUR in Italy is three sizes smaller than EUR Germany or The Netherlands. I am now in doubt whether it is the right size. As I have a size 40 in The Netherlands. You know how you get? when you think it might be too big, it looks too big in the mirror. I am not sure. Bummer as it is the last one. Have to decide Saturday as ít is far too hot to put it back on… Pfffff

  15. 20 July 2016 / 16:21

    So many wonderful pieces to admire! And unique. I always enjoy your posts as you shop with friends.

    Showing restraint is good discipline. I’m impressed with how you were able to enjoy the purchases made by friends, but stick to your resolve to look but not buy. I look forward to your trip to Italy in August!

    • Greetje
      20 July 2016 / 20:11

      Well Judith, I do not deserve you respect as I ordered the lime coat after all. It was just deli ered and I am now contemplating whether it is the right size…. Pfff I am hopeless.

  16. 21 July 2016 / 07:41

    Heck, Greetje, you did show great restraint. I loved both the yellow/lime green 3/4 jacket on you – it looked so smart – and also the grey skirt with that white top really suited your body shape too. However, that gingham check shirt is really sweet and looks fab with the crop trousers. I hate being short of cash when I’m out shopping. It all seems so annoying and pointless to be there, but at least your friends were snapping up some lovely things. Sounds like you need to get saving in time for Turin next!
    Anna x

    • Greetje
      21 July 2016 / 19:19

      Hmmm… well… what can I say? I have no restraint as I ordered the lime coat anyway. Bad girl. I know. Not going near a shop is the only remedy.

  17. Trish
    22 July 2016 / 12:21

    It was a lovely Mac! I was surprised when you said you didn’t get it, even on your shopping ‘fast’. But how useful for summer….. I can’t say I’m surprised you succumbed ? I love your gingham top too, in the top photos. I was planning on making such a top. Now I definitely will. I hope you manage to save for your lovely break with Daniela.

    • Greetje
      22 July 2016 / 23:50

      No idea whether I can save but I will manage somebow. Getting the lime duster coat proved to. be harder than I thought. First the size I ordered turned out to be too big. And then I had to chase half the world to get my size. I now have the last available one in my size in The Netherlands haha. For a bargain price as they started to further reduce today. Yay!

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