Shopping in Eindhoven

Shopping in EindhovenWhen you know you will have your coat on most of the day, you’d better put on a nice one. This kimono coat was another purchase in that little boutique in Paris where I bought the sequined top. It is wool, nice and warm but still elegant. Perfect for shopping in Eindhoven, which was our destination, chosen by my Shopping Saturday friends Anke and Sabine. The Dutch Design Week was on, so we could combine creativeness with shopping.

Above: the leather messenger bag is a second hand one from a thrift shop. I really got lucky with that. It was a steal and belonged to a stylist. Of course! I felt like one, just carrying it.

Below: you can wear it cross body, over the shoulder or hold it in your hand. The scarf was another lucky find at the thrift shop (by Kenzo) and the gloves are from the Max Mara outlet.Shopping in Eindhoven

Below: Anke had the same idea about what to wear that day: a really good coat.


Below: and Sabine had her fab cowboy boots and leather jacket on. Plus a cute sweater and desirable Coach bag.


Below: close-up of Anke’s shoes. Aren’t they dandy?


Below: before we went off we took some shots in Sabine’s garden. She sat on this ceramic pig, forgetting it had rained haha. Which is why she is checking her wet trousers. Such a good shot with that pig looking up as if to say “oh dear..”.


We started in Eindhoven in the main building of the Dutch Design Week, Klokgebouw. There were many venues throughout the whole city.

Below: the Orime bag by Renate Nederpel. The inside is removable and has two inner sections. Water resistant. Read more here.bag

Below: another object by Renate Nederpel, bow ties.

Dutch Design Week

Circular economy (explanation here) was hot in this Dutch Design Week building.

Below: these spectacle frames were produced without oil by Crafting Plastics. Good for the environment. Dutch Design Week

Below: of course we had to try them on. The designs were fun.


Below: some pictures I took of (undoubtedly) very innovative objects. I tried harder this time to gather information, but failed with this boat.

Dutch Design Week

Below: I do know about this octopus cabinet. It is called Okto and made by Jasser Studio

Dutch Design Week

Below: a more stylish version of a rocker. By Maison Deux. It is rather pricey but it won’t leave streaks on your floor.

Dutch Design Week

We decided that our next stop would be the fashion section. After all…

Below: there were brand new Volvos serving as free shuttles between the venues. All taxis had design objects on their roof.

Dutch Design Week

Below: did you spot the golden rollator above? Below a close-up. I will keep this design in mind for when I need one.

Dutch Design Week

Below: as we arrived at the centre of town, we took a picture of Anke’s sweater which has wings on the back. Little angle.


Below: and a picture of my outfit underneath the coat. I prefer to wear it as I did here (with ankle boots, a golden necklace and no shirt). But high heels and a day of shopping: oh no. The necklace below is from &Other Stories, bought in Turin.


We headed to department store The Bijenkorf where, on the top floor, was an exhibition called Fashion Promise. Offering a platform for about 30 graduated and talented fashion designers.

Below: it was black and dark. A lot of the clothes were a bit too far out for a conservative person like me.

Dutch Design Week

Dutch Design Week


Dutch Design Week

Below: shiny


We were rather depressed and called the exhibition “after the nuclear war”. But that is probably because we didn’t understand. I mean, you don’t graduate in fashion and are considered a talent for nothing, right?

Below: lunch. Yes dears, this is how we stay slim. We don’t eat much.

Shopping in Eindhoven

Below: time for a welfie.


As we were in The Bijenkorf, the shopping could begin. Starting with the shoe department of course.

Below: while waiting for the shoes to arrive, Anke went samurai, nearly chopping Sabine’s head off.

Shopping in Eindhoven

Below: Sabine trying on these boots. Shame they weren’t nice enough inside as they did suit her. And ticked all the boxes.

Shopping in Eindhoven

Anke and I both went after a pair of silver pumps. And we have the same size. The store only had one pair. She let me have them. Bless her.

Below: this photo is rather awkward. It looks as if I have lost my right arm. My sweater being black and the sleeves being 3/4 had this effect. Wearing my new silver pumps.

Shopping in Eindhoven

Below: I am giggling and talking to a woman near us who confessed she did indeed think I had lost my arm.

Shopping in Eindhoven

Below: Sabine, catching me through the curtain of a dressing room.


Below: I got back at her as she was pulling her usual stunt (not taking her trousers off while trying on a skirt). She bought both the skirt and the top.


Below: faux fur got their love. But no, they didn’t buy.


Below: Sabine always looks good in a hat.


Below: if there is anything I was craving for, it was the sausage of the HEMA. Famous in The Netherlands. Hadn’t eaten it for years. Not good for my figure but I reckoned I had some calories left to eat as lunch had been just sushi.

Of course a lady never, ever eats in the street. I am not a lady. Tell me something new.eating-food-in-the-street

After me eating this sausage (they didn’t), both the girls managed to buy a pair of ankle boots each, which I totally forgot to photograph.

Below: they had the bags to prove it.


Below: we went back to where we started that day and had a lovely dinner together before heading back. (Sorry Anke, you were at the back.)

Shopping in Einhoven


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  1. 6 November 2016 / 17:56

    What a fun shopping outing! I can see and feel how much fun the three of you had! (And I can also sense that you might be a dangerous influence on each other…). The three of you are so stylish! I love your coat – a warm, stylish coat is indeed a must for winter & yours is fabulous!

    And I love the silver shoes! Did I miss what else you bought? Or are you going to show us later? 😉

    • Greetje
      6 November 2016 / 20:09

      Oh yes, we do have a very dangerous influence on each other. Enablers, that’s what we are. But no, I didn’t buy anything else but the shoes and they were very reasonable. Actually, I had to stop now. It is getting out of hand.

  2. Rachel
    6 November 2016 / 18:15

    There’s nothing quite like a fun day with friends, and this one looks like it was a blast!

    • Greetje
      6 November 2016 / 20:10

      It always is Rachel. Just warm, cosy, lots of laughs. Not a wrong word. Haven’t got time for that anyway as the shopping is taken very serious haha.

  3. 6 November 2016 / 18:51

    This looks lke a great day out. You all look fabulous, and what a great find that bag was Greetje. The Dutch design show looks really interesting too!

    • Greetje
      6 November 2016 / 20:12

      The Dutch Design Week is very well-known and appreciated. If you want to see everything, it will take you a week. Wouldn’t mind staying in Eindhoven for a week and “do” everything. The bag is my personal treasure. I saw it in the thrift shop for € 39,-. Real leather, from Florence. Now I use it every day to go to work. And for more occasions.

  4. jayne
    6 November 2016 / 19:15

    Love the silver pumps ????

    • Greetje
      6 November 2016 / 20:14

      I like all silver pumps and I was trying to find some closed pumps for ages. It was so good of Anke to let me have them and not draw straws or something (which would have been very reasonable). Only my right big toe (of my slightly bigger foot) needs to create some space for himself haha.

  5. Margot Priest
    6 November 2016 / 19:23

    I love everyone’s clothes and especially your grey coat and your friend’s yellow coat. In Canada, we can justify owning several coats since that’s what people see you in first for a large portion of the year! My front closet is full! But I’m not too sure about the octopus…you shouldn’t have to worry about being impaled if you fall on your furniture.

    As a side note, you obviously have some very nice friends and it’s good to see you all having fun.

    • Greetje
      6 November 2016 / 20:19

      I very much agree with you on the octopus. It seems rather hard to get anything in and out of it as well. But perhaps we assume the worst and it is all very easy and safe.
      Thanks to Sylvia of 40+Style I own several coats now as well. She encouraged me. I now accumulated an oranje coat, a fuchsia and a purple coat, two black long ones, a brown long one and a black parka. Oh and a blue peacock and a red with black short coat. My my.. I have done well over the years.
      And yes I have lovely friends. They are the salt of the earth. It always amazes me how you can have more friends and love them all without any love being taken away from the friends you already had. Your heart just grows bigger.

      • Margot Priest
        7 November 2016 / 00:59

        Oh, you’re doing very well with the coats–you could handle Canada any day!

        • Greetje
          7 November 2016 / 06:02

          For Canada I think I need one of these… how do you call them? Puffer coats?

  6. 6 November 2016 / 20:28

    I have that same theory—might as well wear a great coat if you’re going to have it on all day!!
    The silver pumps are quite functional I think! They have a great walking heel and considering how much I’ve worn my silver sneakers—I bet you’ll be wearing them tons!!
    It’s always so enjoyable to see your outings Greetje! I have to admit, if I were with you guys, I’d probably blow my budget in less than an hour!!

    • Greetje
      6 November 2016 / 20:38

      I only bought the silver shoes, which were very reasonable too. Which was just as well, with the way I had been spending money. There is a time to stop. Oh, that was last month? Missed that.
      My right big toe is having a bit of trouble fitting in the silver shoes, which are indeed very comfortable apart from this fact. Might have to put that bit on a stretcher at the cobler.
      Next week’s post is going to be much simpler as the advertentures are over for a while.

  7. 6 November 2016 / 20:48

    Love the look with the silver shoes!

    • Greetje
      6 November 2016 / 21:11

      Silver shoes make anything look good, don’t they? They can go with almost anything. I am very pleased with them.

  8. 6 November 2016 / 21:29

    What a fun girlfriend day!

    I did also think you’d lost your arm. I do like the cape you worn though. You all looked quite chic.

    I didn’t find that fashion exhibit very good either. I don’t think anyone would want to wear those clothes.

    I don’t think I’d like going out with you three though, people that don’t eat lunch aren’t the kind I like to hang out with. ; P


    • Greetje
      6 November 2016 / 21:43

      Hahaha, well it just depends on the day. And they had eaten a lovely sandwich an hour earlier. But I am off bread for a while (headache /gluten?) and I didn’t fancy the salads. So don’t you worry. This was just a moment. Missing the cakes but dropping weight is a nice compensation.

  9. 6 November 2016 / 21:46

    What a fun post! Fashion, travel and whimsy. Content like this is very entertaining to read and look at. Thanks!

    • Greetje
      7 November 2016 / 07:35

      Unfortunately my adventures are over for a while. There will be more just outfit posts coming up. But as soon as I can I will go back in “reporter mode”.

      • 7 November 2016 / 20:50

        I’m not sure you know how much we enjoy living vicariously through you. Your travel and other adventures are very enjoyable to read. Many of us (including myself) can’t go to the various European destinations you visit. Maybe someday… You give me hope!

        • Greetje
          7 November 2016 / 21:01

          You make me so happy with this comment. After all, you didn’t have to come back for a second commen but you did. So I can assume you mean it. Always so rewarding. Funny thing this human need for appreciatiation. Everybody needs it, but it is a funny thing.

          • 7 November 2016 / 21:07

            Yes, I mean it. And, being also human, I know what you mean about appreciation. I savor every comment I get on my blog.

  10. 6 November 2016 / 22:39

    Hey isn’t it Borstplaats time yet in the Netherlands?? That is what I always eat at Hema. Not SAUSAGE! I used to spend many weekends strolling around the Bijenkorf, so the photos of that really made me smile. OH! And I love both of those faux fur coats, I was hoping one of you was going to buy one of those.

    Your escapades are always so entertaining to read, Greetje! xx

    • Greetje
      7 November 2016 / 07:41

      Borstplaat (hello calories) is difficult to make so I buy only the really good stuff from a baker. They are the tastiest, made with cream I think. And yes it is borstplaat time. Sint Nicolaas on the 5th of December. How do you know all these Dutch things? Did you live here?
      And the faux fur coats.. we all already had too many coats.

      • 7 November 2016 / 12:14

        Oh, didn’t I tell you that before? I lived in Amsterdam for two years and one of my very best friends since University is Dutch (from Alkmaar!). I’m mad for borstplaats, and I’m glad they’re NOT available year round!

        I too have too many coats, but I have such a hard time resisting them. xx

        • Greetje
          7 November 2016 / 13:30

          Oh fun. One of my two best friends is Scottish, now living in Switserland. Tip: leave the “s”off borstplaat for the right spelling.

  11. 6 November 2016 / 23:13

    What a fun day! Love you gray and brown – classy!

    • Greetje
      7 November 2016 / 07:43

      I though those two colours together were a faux pas. Then I realized: “who says so and what is it to me anyway?” Very liberating.

  12. Marilee Gramith
    7 November 2016 / 00:50

    I felt like I was tucked neatly into your message bag and got to enjoy all the fun with you three stylish ladies of Amsterdam.
    Your oufit was my favorite Greetje. Your leggings and sneakers are darling and look comfy for some black belt shopping! Your cape an accessories are also really classy.
    I also love Anke’s pretty yellow coat and cute shoes.
    And Sabine and I would get along well shopping for cowboy boots!!#
    The image of you munching your sausage made me love the way you always share all the “real” moments of a day we’ll lived. Great posting Greetje#

    • Greetje
      7 November 2016 / 07:46

      That is why that bag was so heavy! You were in it. ? I am always so pleased over comments like yours. It means I have achieved what I wanted. By the way, the kimono coat is not a cape, it is a wrap jacket with 3/4 bell sleeves.

  13. Christine
    7 November 2016 / 04:55

    The three of you are beautiful and stylish. I love your kimono coat. I live in sunny California where we rarely have the opportunity to wear winter clothes. And I love sweaters and coats. The silver pumps are beautiful. I have been searching everywhere for perfect silver pumps, but the heels are too high or too thin. I like yours because of the chunkier heel. They will jazz up any outfit. I bought silver penny loafers this year and they bring a smile to my face every time I wear them.

    • Greetje
      7 November 2016 / 07:48

      I love silver shoes. I have slingbacks for summer but with a slim and very high heel and they pinch my toes. These are much better. I don’t suppose they sell Dune in California?

  14. 7 November 2016 / 15:59

    GREAT PHOTOS GREAT FUN looks like you ALL HAD!

    • Greetje
      7 November 2016 / 20:15

      We sure did. This was, again, a lovely day with laughter, shopping and just hanging out together.

  15. 7 November 2016 / 17:27

    It looks like a great Girls’ Day Out! I really like the wide-sleeved coat, and I totally agree, if you have to wear a coat, it must be a good one (which is why I have about a dozen). Anke’s yellow one is so cool.
    I like the chunky heel on the silver shoes.

    I don’t see anything in that fashion exhibit I would want to wear either, and my taste is not conservative by any means.

    • Greetje
      7 November 2016 / 20:21

      Oh no, your taste is absolutely not conservative. But I think that these designs are meant to be inspirational and that the commercial versions of ot would be totallt different. I just haven’t got the brain to “translate” this. The clothes I showed you, were the ones of which I could vaguely imagine that they could work with some (a lot) of adjustments.
      Glad you agreed with my purchases. I am very pleased with them. Only i am teaching my big right toe to settle for a little less space in the silver shoe. Or I have to take the shoes for a stretch to the cobler. Strange. Never expected that.

  16. 8 November 2016 / 03:31

    Elegant and casual, as always…LOVE the coat, even though I could not wear it (at least, I don’t think I could). Dutch Design Week appears to be a lot like MAGIC (twice per year in Las Vegas).. looking forward to your next post…

    • Greetje
      8 November 2016 / 05:51

      I am tall with small hips and bum and I found out that the kimono shape is perfect for me. So I have a lot of tops like that and now also a coat. Knowing what is flattering for my figure has helped me a lot in finding the right pieces.

  17. 8 November 2016 / 05:22

    Looks like another fun day with the girls Greetje. You all looked fabulous.

    • Greetje
      8 November 2016 / 05:53

      Yes indeed it was a fun day. Spending time with friends is the best. Salt of the earth.

  18. 8 November 2016 / 09:50

    The Dutch design week sounds interesting and matches perfectly to a day of shopping! ! 🙂
    Another special day with your beautiful friends.

    You are wearing a wonderful coat ! ( It would probably also be great with a pair of cropped trousers and boots )
    Anke’s coat is lovely too …

    • Greetje
      8 November 2016 / 18:34

      Cropped trousers… hmm, you probably don’t mean the tapered ones I always wear. You probably mean the kind of trousers you wear (remember our debate about the shape of the black trousers when we were at Marella’s?). I am still not sure about them but they are high fashion.

  19. 8 November 2016 / 09:52

    P. S.
    Since temperatures are getting lower, I think that I will wear my gloves before long!!!

    • Greetje
      8 November 2016 / 18:36

      Can you see that they are a bit big on me?

      • 9 November 2016 / 22:45

        They are fine. And have a lovable colour! I can’t wait to wear mine ….

  20. 8 November 2016 / 20:16

    Super cute post Greetje – made me want to visit Eindhoven again but this time with you girls 😉

    I had such an awesome time last time we went – ended up dancing on the pool table (hehe).

    Looking forward to your next fun post!
    xx Yvonne

    • Greetje
      8 November 2016 / 21:51

      Eindhoven has so much more to offer. Not that I know. Really. Just seen the inside of shops. But my friend Anja (Curly Traveller) did some serious research and made two or three blog posts about Eindhoven. Did I look through them again before I went? No, I did not. What am I? …. Right!
      By the way, ending up on the pool table sounds good.

  21. 9 November 2016 / 01:36

    Love that coat, and what a fab find on that bag! So gorgeous, and it suits you. Also love Anke’s yellow coat. The fashion exhibition was cool, in an avant garde sort of way. Would love to visit Eindhoven, yet another lovely destination! …one day.! I admire that you travel so often and so we well, by that I mean you really seem to enjoy all of the sites and flavors of a new place and take pleasure in sharing them! And you look chic in every outfit!

    • Greetje
      9 November 2016 / 07:40

      Being a blogger of fashion or better, of outfits, I do choose my clothes with great care when I visit a city and know that photos will be taken to publish. What do you think haha. Visiting cities is lovely. And Eindhoven has so much to offer. My friend Anja made two or three blog posts about Eindhoven, after discovering so many lovely places. It is not the prettiest city in The Netherlands but it has a lot to offer.

  22. 9 November 2016 / 13:53

    how lovely!!<3
    you and your friends are a stylish and funny bunch! love both coats and that you combine gray with brown! the silver pumps look very chic.
    that fashion exhibit seem typical – young people have a hang to apocalyptic themes….

    • Greetje
      9 November 2016 / 17:44

      I would never have combined grey with brown if it wasn’t for the sleeves and gloves. I had bought the gloves thinking I might bump into one of these 3/4 sleeved short coats. And I did. Only it was charcoal grey. In “the old days” one would never combine these colours. Nowadays such “rules” are regarded as idiotic. So I adapted to modern times ???.

  23. 9 November 2016 / 17:39

    Oh goodness, what fun! Please tell me you got the silver pumps?!

    • Greetje
      10 November 2016 / 07:31

      Yes I did get the silver pumps. The right shoe is at the cobler at the moment. Put on a stretcher to give my right big toe a bit more space. Strange as they are so comfortable. Just that one big toe space.

  24. 10 November 2016 / 09:06

    wonderful look! I totally adore the coat here – so chic!

    • Greetje
      10 November 2016 / 18:28

      Thanks for the compliment. I like the word chic. I thought the same when I saw it hanging up that wall in the shop. But also unique and modern. Sold!

  25. 12 November 2016 / 03:49

    Oh, the spotty coat that got away. I love that coat so much! But…I know you ladies are very good shoppers and to say No frees up valuable money and closet space for another treasure that speaks to you. I always say this….but you three musketeers always have so much fun shopping and eating and laughing together.

    I’m with you….the ‘costumes’ are indeed avant garde. Not too wearable looking…I guess it’s about pushing creative boundaries? I don’t know…

    • Greetje
      13 November 2016 / 14:21

      I agree with you Sue, the “costumes” are supposed to push creative boundaries. Which is why we mere mortals, don’t understand it. I am sure something significant for fashion will come from it.
      We all three have a pretty good number of coats, so temptation is tempered. Although… remember the lime summer duster coat? Did I “need” that? No, but love was stronger.

  26. 13 November 2016 / 08:58

    Dearest Greetje, this is my favourite kind of post – friends, food and fashion all topped off with a good dollop of fun! The graduate fashion show is great to see, but too way out for most of us to wear, unless your name is Melanie of course – I could see her romping around the alleyways in some of these crazy garbs. I love your posh coat which as you say is de rigeur on a day like this. Anke’s yellow coat was rather fab too and just that pop of colour that I love. I’m keen to see the silver pumps all styled up. Did I see them on instagram with all of the fancy tights recently?
    Have a great week x

    • Greetje
      13 November 2016 / 14:26

      Yes dear Anna, you did see them on Instagram, but I am not wearing them with the sequinned top. Black opaque tights and black high heeled boots won the competition. (I know… boring. But comfortable for me haha.) The silver pumps I use with sheer tights and skirts/dresses (haven’t yet, but I will) and with skinny trousers. As you saw in this post, they were perfect with those legging trousers (I keep calling them trousers as I am too embarrassed to admit I am walking around in leggings with just a not-so-long sweater on top.)
      I am rather jealous of Sabine’s perfect leather jacket as well. But because she is wearing all black and brown, it doesn’t stand out.

  27. 17 November 2016 / 15:58

    Oh my goodness, Greetje, I think I would have an absolute blast of a time shopping with you, and I hate to shop. In real life, that is. Online shopping, now that’s another tale for another day. But yes, you make everything seem so much fun and exciting. Honestly, I was going to say I love your bag. Then I spied the kimono jacket. And then the tuxedo stripes of your pants won. Hands down. Or up, depending on the pig’s perspective.

    On the blog today, I’m talking about the hush-hush topic of self-love. Yup. Me, myself and I. I’d love for you to come over and weigh in, and share your thoughts (particularly as you’re always so vocal and honest). It’s interesting to note that despite it being the 21st century, and we’re preaching confidence and empowerment, the subject still remains somewhat risque.

    p/s I always eat with a fork and knife, yes, even when it comes to a burger or crepe or wrap or sushi, or a spoon for my ice cream (always a cup, never a cone) BUT I will not turn down a sausage on the street if it’s half as good as anyone says!!

    • Greetje
      18 November 2016 / 22:56

      It would be so much fun to meet in person and hang out. I am an old school shopper. I love shopping in little towns with little boutiques and hardly buy anything online. Usually get disappointed when the delivery arrives. Now I am over like a shot to your blog.

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