Shopping in Haarlem

Anke, Greetje and SabineYes we did it again…. Shopping in Haarlem this time. At the end of one of these Saturdays our little group of friends can hardly wait for the next date. I think we could happily do this at least once a month. Alas, there is not enough money in the bank for that. We choose a different town each time. As you might have seen, we have been in Eindhoven, Antwerp, Utrecht, Amsterdam, again Amsterdam, and I probably forgot a few times.

Above: Anke, Greetje and Sabine (right), members of the group called Shopping Saturday.

We started in Heemstede, a small town adjacent to Haarlem. And for a particular reason…. to visit a shop called Joe & Brown (for the Dutch: Zandvoortselaan 8A). That shop was on my list for some time and as we met at 10 a.m. there was plenty of time to visit Haarlem too and I knew Anke and Sabine would also love this place. And we did! We did! We were not disappointed. Great brands and lots of them we didn’t know yet, lovely variety and an owner who was great. She helped us, gave us cappuccinos, was there when we needed another size and let us be when we just wanted to browse or take pictures. That is the way to do it. Needless to say we all found something.

Now what did we find????

Below: Sabine found this shirt which was out of her comfort zone as she hardly ever wears shirts. We thought it looked bloody good on her.


Below: she accidently put the shirt on inside out and we found out there was an inner pocket.


Below: here I am, still wearing my own clothes: boyfriend jeans and jeans jacket, both by G-Star, sneakers by Essentiel. T-shirt, designed and manufactured by my niece.

Jeans jacket and boyfriend jeans by G-Star, sneakers Essentiel

Below: Anke bought these tough black boots. I thought they were divine and as I am never shy of copying, I tried them on as well. We all thought they weren’t for me. At first I thought it was because of my age. Only that is a bit hard to maintain when you are wearing what I was haha. Not really your average gear for a 63 year old lady. I thought it was particularly nice that the shop owner totally agreed. No pushing the product, but an honest answer.

Anke however, looks so good in those boots. She was also wearing a perfect blue sweater. I tried to persuade her to sell it me haha (I know no shame), but of course she didn’t.


Below: the back of that lovely blue sweater.


Below: Sabine found this lovely soft cardigan. Alas it itched. Some people don’t feel anything when wearing wool, others feel the itch even looking at it. Sabine and I are with the itch team. Shame as it was so nice.


Below: Anke needed a coat and immediately found one. It was made for her.


Below: Anke. I liked this picture of her even though it is a bit blurry. She took many of the pictures in this post. And the camera behaved! Although we used it indoors, the pictures turned out fine.


Below: Sabine in green. A colour which suits her well so it came home with her.

Below: she didn’t buy this tunic/dress as she favoured the jeans shirt. It took me back to the seventies. When Ron saw this photo he thought it looked so good on her, he was convinced Sabine’s husband would draw his creditcard…..


Below: time to show you a close-up of the fab earrings Sabine was wearing.


Below: I did a “Sabine-trick”. I was trying on this summer dress but didn’t feel like taking off trousers and shoes until I was convinced the dress was worth the trouble. Many times did I photograph Sabine in this position. This time Anke caught me. The dress was nice but too short for me.

Shopping in Haarlem

Below: oh and did Anke catch me…. she made me promise I would publish this photo too. Wearing hold-ups.. and too late in covering them up.

Shopping in Haarlem

Below: talk, talk, talk. The words on my linen T-shirt are the first four words of fake text, used by art directors when they design things like advertisements or brochures. As I work in advertising, I think it is a fun shirt for me.

Shopping in Haarlem

Below: although I like stripes, this shirt was a bit too masculine for me (IMO). With apologies of the shop owner. This size came from the back and hadn’t been ironed yet.

Shopping Saturday in Haarlem

Below: YES.. this shirt was for me. By Ganni. I know, I know … I am not supposed to spend any money on anything and my cards are still in the freezer. But I had a way out of this predicament: I still had some cash money in my draw. The fact that this money wasn’t yet spent, is nothing less than a miracle. This Shopping Saturday I blew it all.

Ganni shirt, G-Star boyfriend jeans, Essentiel sneakers

We had spent nearly 2 lovely hours in Joe & Brown. I will be back. Onwards to the centre of Haarlem.

Below: past noon. We did the easy thing and went for lunch at Stempels (next to the parking garage). Stempels is a lunchroom, tearoom, bar and hotel. It is situated in the building where, up to 1992, our Dutch money was printed. Read about the history of the beautiful building here.

Sabine and Anke

Below: next stop was Foof, a shoe shop in Kleine Houtstraat. There sister shop, selling clothes is next door. Now how about these shoes? Excellent to update a dress or skirt and make it modern. That’s what I am looking for. In the pocket and going home with Greetje. Money spent. That was me for the day (as far as shopping goes).

Shopping in Haarlem

Below: Sabine showed what the shoes would look like with bright socks in them. Although I am not a fan of socks or tights in peeptoe shoes, this does appeal to me. Especially since I saw Lisa, The Sequinist with awesome socks in her shoes. Admittedly, her shoes had no peeptoes but I bet that wouldn’t stop her. We’ll see how much courage I have.

Sabine in my shoe

Below: just around the corner from Foof is Meent, Anegang 27A. Where Sabine discovered high rise flared jeans.


Below: “Can you sit in them?” I asked. “Squat and try”…. No problem.


Below: those pink boots were so good with the jeans. And they went perfectly with her skinnies as well. I wanted them in blue.. but hey.. money finished.


Below: Anke watching patiently and giving advice. By this time the sun had come out to play. That jacket of hers is fantastic.


Below: I did try this top (money or no money) and I liked it but I think it is just a teeny weeny too short. Or I told myself so because I couldn’t buy it haha. Gosh with these jeans and sneakers everything looks good.

Shopping in Haarlem

Below: close-up of my bracelets and rings. Yes, hands give away your age.

Shopping in Haarlem

Below: the day was ending, the shops closing and we were in need of a drink. Several places in Zijlstraat were nice and we chose Vascobelo. We sat on the first floor near the windows overlooking the street.

Anke and Sabine

Below: a blurry photo but it is a happy one. The embodiment of the day.

Shopping in Haarlem

Another lovely Shopping Saturday.


No Fear of Fashion



  1. 26 February 2017 / 17:07

    What a fun post. Wish I could go shopping with you! Love your outfit with the words and the shoes look great with bright socks…the peeptoes make it even better!

    • Greetje
      26 February 2017 / 17:41

      Yes true… bright socks make it seem as if the peeptoes are deliberately used to show them off. I was never a fan of this look, but I might change my mind.

  2. 26 February 2017 / 17:33

    I love it when you take us along on your shopping trips! I like those shoes you chose, and the blouse too. They both suit you. I don’t think the striped top is too short, but you know your comfort zone. 😉

    • Greetje
      26 February 2017 / 17:43

      That striped top…. well apart from my comfort zone (the length might be exactly right), I am still on a strict no-shopping-budget haha. Doing pretty well though.

  3. Lorraine
    26 February 2017 / 17:41

    I’m so jealous! I want to come shopping with you and your fabulous friends! It looks so much fun!

    • Greetje
      26 February 2017 / 17:46

      It is the ease between us which makes it so much fun. We can talk about anything, we can laugh about a lot, we can be very honest to each other and we all love clothes. Indeed a pretty good formula though rather expensive haha.

  4. 26 February 2017 / 17:51

    You do a superb job of making us feel like we’re with you on your fun shopping expeditions, Greetje!!
    I think the advantage of going with friends, is that most likely, you’ll try on things that you wouldn’t normally!! And sometimes those pieces end up being favorites!
    Like those new booties—I think adding the fun colored socks give them so much flair and fun!! You HAVE to try that!! (i’m going to buy you until you do it!! )
    I laughed at your photo with the dress on and the jeans at your ankles!! So many comments (that could be very inappropriate but funny if I was there in person!!)
    I am going to copy your original outfit that you wore shopping. It’s such a classic, stylish look and truly quite ageless!!
    Happy Sunday!!

    • Greetje
      26 February 2017 / 17:57

      I know… the situation of having a dress on and the jeans on your ankles is too much to resist. I can fill in the very inappropriate remarks haha. My kind of humour.
      When I bought the jeans jacket, it was intended to go with these boyfriend jeans. I still think this is the best outfit with that jacket. The sneakers, the belt and the T-shirt.. were my lucky finds. Or… I might have learned a thing or two about styling in these last four years. YAY.
      And you are going to bug me to try bright socks in peeptoe shoes? Hmmm yes I should, shouldn’t I. Nice to shock my colleagues at the bank with that.

  5. 26 February 2017 / 17:55

    Such fun! What a wonderful post. I can’t wait until they build a bridge across the Atlantic Ocean so I can ride my motorcycle over to join you in this type of activity. The picture of you with your pants down made me spit out my coffee!

    • Greetje
      26 February 2017 / 18:00

      Oh that is good… spitting out your coffee because of laughter is the ultimate reward for me. Making people laugh is such a lovely thing to do. As far as the bridge is concerned… I am afraid you have to take the plane in our lifetime. You don’t need your motorcycle in this country as it is very very small and public transport gets you anywhere. From north to south, from the west borders to the east borders in only a couple of hours.

  6. Carol
    26 February 2017 / 19:07

    Thank you for that lovely escape. I am on a temporary spending freeze (until Friday when I visit my daughter, who works in a clothing store) so it was fun to go shopping with you and your friends. Life is so tense in the US right now, I found myself completely relaxing as I looked at the photos of you and your dear friends. I must say I also took a sneak peek out the windows as well. I so want to go abroad, but I am afraid of flying and traveling as a US citizen right now. Sigh.

    • Greetje
      26 February 2017 / 19:40

      Yes, these are troubled times for US citizens. I can understand if you are one of (all) these groups Trump is discriminating and trying to ban from entering the USA even if they have lived there all their lives. If you are afraid of terrorist attacks, hmm well, don’t let that stop you. I have been to Paris in September and December and that city is very on guard for terrorist attacks (they have had several severe ones). But I decided that the chance I get killed by a terrorist action is so much less than the chance of being hit by a car or a bus. I refuse to stop living my life because of that.
      But that is me, I cannot speak for others.
      I am glad I could entertain you with my report of the fun shopping day. Fortunately your freeze ends Friday. Mine ends at the end of April…

  7. elizaduckie
    26 February 2017 / 19:13

    Pardon me for saying it but with wonderful legs like that you have no worries about what you wear at any age! In the US we call those stockings “thigh highs”. Assuming they stop where we see them and are elasticized at the top of each stocking. Looks like a lot of fun, with stylish ladies.

    • Greetje
      26 February 2017 / 19:47

      Yes, your assessment of the stockings is correct. i love wearing these. No pulling in the crotch and soooo much more sexy than tights. And more economic too. With two pairs you really get three pairs. If you have a run in one leg, you still have one good one left. If you want to do that with tights you have to cut off one leg and wear two top parts… not nice.
      And thank you very much for your compliments. My legs are my assets, even though they are starting to get very blotchy with vains and old age spots.. have to have that looked at this winter. Such a shame,

    • Greetje
      26 February 2017 / 19:47

      Glad you did Pam. You know how much I love making these reports.

  8. 26 February 2017 / 19:34

    I have so much to say! Anke s coat is fabulous, your shoes are to die for, Sabine s flared jeans look amazing, and her earrings too and your hold ups are very sexy??? There is also a little shop around the corner of the van der Vinnestraat, such a gem! These are such fantastic days, spending time with friends shopping! We used to do that year’s ago, I loved it!

    • Greetje
      26 February 2017 / 19:49

      Spending time with friends is sooo good. Chatting and drinking coffee. But spending time with friends and shopping at the same time is the cherry on the cake.

  9. 26 February 2017 / 19:52

    I love the shoes and shirt you got. They are so Greetje! Too bad that one can’t go shopping clothes in Fairbanks anymore! 🙁 You gals seemed to have had great fun!

    • Greetje
      26 February 2017 / 19:58

      I am an old school shopper. I love browsing in shops, trying on, drinking coffee in between. So much nicer than sending boxes back. But I know I am privileged living here.

  10. 26 February 2017 / 20:03

    Another fun post! I’m THRILLED you got those shoes, I did do a GASP when I saw them. And with socks?? Genius. I’d love them with coloured socks, of course 🙂

    I really really like you in that black and white striped top as well. Maybe when your credit card thaws you might have to have that. It would be so nice with bright colours.

    I think all the purchases were great! The only thing I didn’t like was that dress you tried on.. don’t like the fit or the print, but thankfully you left that at the shop!

    • Greetje
      26 February 2017 / 21:04

      I don’t think I did that dress any justice. With my trousers round my ankles, photo being taken from an odd angle, winter white instead of tanned.. Anyway, it was too short. Period.
      And I knew you would like those orange socks. Now I have to go out and really wear it like that… Peeptoes and socks… who would ever have thought I would even consider wearing that.
      Not sure whether the stripes on that top are black and white or blue and white, but either way it is really nice. Thaw is still a few months away I am afraid.

  11. Suzanne
    26 February 2017 / 22:07

    Love your posts, Greetje. How nice to have such good friends to shop with you. And how smart of you to save your Christmas money for a good splurge! I’d love to have been there.

    • Greetje
      27 February 2017 / 06:05

      Being with friends is always a lovely thing, but shopping with friends brings another dimensions to it for me. Saving my Christmas money was a sheer miracle. Usually knowing I have money in my pocket is enough to send me downtown ?.

  12. 26 February 2017 / 22:37

    Oh you guys always look like you have so much fun on these shopping adventures.

    I was wondering how you got around your shopping diet. Good thing your Mom came to the rescue!


    • Greetje
      27 February 2017 / 06:06

      Just another month and I am off my financial diet, but then I have to start saving for New York. We must Skype about that.

  13. Marilee Gramith
    26 February 2017 / 23:40

    That was such a satisfying shopping trip, and I didn’t spend a Euro! It’s easy to see how much you, Sabine and Anke love each other and truly enjoy being together. It’s funny how shopping with friends gives everyone a little more confidence to try new things. Sometimes we need to look at ourselves through the eyes of friends who love us in order to have a more open mind! I think there’s no question that we bring out the “rascal” in each other! Would you ever drop your to users under a dress, in the middle of a shoppe if you were all by yourself??? We give each other the courage to do things that are (in this case) very practical even if they’re also a little wild!!! I’ve done that same maneuver but only with friends who could laugh along!
    Everyone scooped up some great fashions! Anke’s new boots will be versatile and even look cool with dresses. Sabine got a great classic denim shirt. DID she get the jeans as well? Your new print top and amazing pumps will be fun to see in some upcoming posts and Greetje!!! have you considered what fun you’re going to have “sock shopping”????? With your great sense of style these shoes can be made classic, sexy, funky, sophisticated, and humorous!!! What’s not to love??? I have to admit to enjoying some wild and crazy socks. I think it’s fun to sit down and as your pant leg rises you reveal…….an unexpected delight in the print/color of your sock!

    Thanks for another fun shopping adventure Greetje, Anke and Sabine!

    • Greetje
      27 February 2017 / 06:11

      You are right, when you are with friends you try new things. Mind you, danger is that you come home with things which you are never going to wear as it is not really your taste. Luckily I have not experienced that yet. And yes Sabine bought the jeans and the pink boots.
      Now sock shopping… no favourite tights and sock shop will help me out here. Whether I have the courage to wear them with peeptoe shoes.. we will see. I am going to try it. I think. Haha.

  14. Wendy
    27 February 2017 / 00:28

    Always enjoy your shopping trips, thank you! Had to ‘pin’ your new shirt and shoes as I love them!

    • Greetje
      27 February 2017 / 06:13

      A while ago I had seen similar shoes (without a peeptoe) on another blogger (Cla of Glam up Your Lifestyle) and I loved them. She didn’t and was selling them. Unfortunately we didn’t have the same size. Now I have them ?.

  15. 27 February 2017 / 01:09

    Looks like another wonderful shopping trip! You all got great things! And I agree with Ron, Sabine needs to get that tunic/dress! It’s so nice, and she looks amazing in it!

    Thanks for sharing another fun outing!

    • Greetje
      27 February 2017 / 06:14

      You are most welcome Andrea. I think Sabine is hoping her husband agrees with Ron’s suggestion haha (ain’t gonna happen).

  16. josep-maria
    27 February 2017 / 12:03

    I love your photo with the dress and the jeans on your feet! It’s the most scary and funny Greetje! And with the dress rolled up … is the most seductive Greetje! Anyway … let’s be serious, I love all those casual looks, it’s a modern and informal Greetje. A Greetje that proves it can be stylish even with the most basic, jeans and shirts. I really like the shirt with thin blue stripes, and your look with the jacket and the shirt. By the way, the dress is cute, although it’s a bit difficult to look at it, seeing your joke and your thighs.

    • Greetje
      27 February 2017 / 20:39

      I will do a lot for a laugh. Besides, the girls insisted I would publish it. As I have taken many compromising photos of them too, I had to go along. I like this relaxed look a lot myself but I still love dresses as well.

  17. 27 February 2017 / 13:38

    What a fabulous day out with great company, it looks like you had so much fun.

    your boyfriend jeans
    Tye die shirt that Sabine tried on, why did she not buy it also??…it looks fantastic
    Sabine’s earrings
    Anke’s jacket
    Your new shoes!

    I laughed at the shot of you in your hold ups and also the name of the shoe shop… Foof means something quite different here.

    • Greetje
      27 February 2017 / 20:44

      Whahaha… I looked it up. What a joke. It is even worse than a popular brand here of the eighties called Naf naf. My Scottish friend couldn’t get over that one.
      Thanks for all the compliments and I think we all agree in the tye die tunic but her money is spent.

  18. 27 February 2017 / 15:57

    Friends and shopping make such a heady mix Greetje! The day looked like wonderful fun, although yes, I was suprised to see this on Instagram what with your confession to cards being in the freezer. However, all is explained and lucky you to have some real money to spend on that pretty shirt – perfect fit for you. But let’s just rewind so that I can say how much I love this casual look of boyfriend jeans and those sneakers on you. It’s a fabulous, youthful look and one that suits you so well.
    Perhaps next year when I’m 60 we need to instigate a new group called the Sizzling 60’s!hahaha x

    • Greetje
      27 February 2017 / 20:48

      Ha ha I am all for such a group, Sizzling 60’s. Sounds very good and will keep us on our toes, on our peeptoes with bright tights. Just another month and the cards come out of the freezer. Will they still work is the big question. Thanks doe the compliments, I am very pleased with this boyfriend jeans outfit too.

  19. 27 February 2017 / 21:25

    I feel like I was there- almost. The fun was palpable, I love these posts, I loved so many things that were tried on, the checked jacket, and black shoes with the red socks were fun. Love the tee your niece made, am looking for one like it. Four words of fake text, how funny, who would know! Adore those pink boots, too.
    Love the Ganni shirt on you! Not as fond of the printed dress, but boy did I have a happy chuckle with your jeans at your feet!
    Great, fun post Greetje!
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      28 February 2017 / 19:36

      As long as I was able to make you smile (or chuckle..) I am happy.

  20. Jeanne
    28 February 2017 / 12:18

    So nice to have shopping time with good friends. You look great as usual Greetje!

    • Greetje
      28 February 2017 / 19:37

      Thanks Jeanne, that is very sweet of you to say. And indeed shopping with friends is at the top of my list.

  21. Ann
    28 February 2017 / 19:39

    Greetje, you must be the happiest person in all the Netherlands. You seem to ALWAYS have a good time. Thanks for sharing your happiness with us.

    • Greetje
      28 February 2017 / 21:20

      Ann, I think I truly am. Of course things on a blog are usually not that deep or sad. But then again, I am quite honest and indeed there is nothing bad in my life happening. I am so lucky and thankful for it.

  22. Lollo
    28 February 2017 / 20:49

    I loved reading this and seeing the pictures. I love how you’re not vain at all about showing photos with jeans that pool around your ankles – you’re real. It’s wonderful to see how much you and your friends enjoy each other. Even though I hardly ever go clothes shopping with friends, I much prefer to go by myself and at my own pace. But I like to have a gallery walk with friends, or a walk outdoors, or a visit to a bar or coffee shop, and then we chat. Great post!

    • Greetje
      28 February 2017 / 21:24

      Whether you shop together or walk together or sit together, it doesn’t matter. Being with friends is what counts. I just happen to love clothes and shopping so maybe this was common ground for our friendship to start. And I am glad you enjoyed this post. Entertaining is what I love most (close after shopping haha).

  23. 1 March 2017 / 16:30

    How much fun can three women possible have???? You radiate from my screen! I gasped at the shoes that you chose and I love the bright socks as accessory. I might just try that, thanks to you.

    • Greetje
      2 March 2017 / 05:56

      Well, thanks to Sabine really. She wanted to try those shoes on too and was wearing bright socks. Idea born.

  24. 1 March 2017 / 16:59

    HOLD UPS!THose must be similar to our SPANX but MUCH PRETTIER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I think I am a bit jealous of ALL the FUN you are HAVING………………
    I think I NEED TO COME visit my dear friend SALLY in ANTWERP and HOP ACROSS THE BORDER!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Greetje
      2 March 2017 / 06:00

      Antwerp.. good idea, that is pretty close to Amsterdam, less than 2 hours on the train. I would welcome you of course. Or I could come to Antwerp. Either way.
      And hold ups are called thigh highs, I learned from another reader. Spanx is a brand I only know from body shapers.

  25. 2 March 2017 / 07:24

    Funny shopping post with beautiful friends!
    I am surprised to hear that you saved the money from Christmas, are you becoming a good girl?? 🙂
    Those shoes seem to be a great purchase. I am curious to see them with a dress or skirt …

    • Greetje
      2 March 2017 / 19:08

      Moi? Becoming a good girl ? Never haha. But, since I am without cards, I don’t go into town anymore as I know I cannot control myself. And I didn’t want to deliberately spend my mother’s Christmas money as I knew there would be temptation times enough to come. Like on this shopping day.

  26. Trish
    3 March 2017 / 11:09

    Wow, looks like you all had a wonderful time, and came home with wonderful buys. I love your tee shirt. I get the publishing layout reference too – very suitable if you’re in advertising. The shirt you bought is really lovely, and also such interesting shoes. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like them. Hey, they look great with red socks. You’ve got to try that, or maybe stripy? May you have many more wonderful shopping trips (so that I can read about them 🙂

    • Greetje
      4 March 2017 / 07:52

      Thank you Trish. It was a great day. Now I have to restore my bank account first before I can do this again.???

  27. Ann
    3 March 2017 / 23:48

    Love the black heels! Your girlfriend shopping sprees are such fun to read. Makes me a bit jealous I can’t tag along. ?

    • Greetje
      4 March 2017 / 07:53

      I often feel the same when I read similar stories of blogging friends of mine who are all over the world. It always looks and is so much fun. Girlfriends are the best.

  28. Jill
    5 March 2017 / 13:36

    How fun. What is “hands give away age.” You are a beautiful woman. Beauty has no age. Those hands have done wonderful things, I am sure…..

    • Greetje
      5 March 2017 / 14:31

      Did I not translate it correctly? Should it have been “hands tell your age”? I know I shouldn’t be bothered by that. Nobody can help or stop aging, so we’d better accept it. My age just became more apparent when I saw that picture. Don’t worry, I am a happy person.

  29. 6 March 2017 / 00:43

    I so enjoy your “Saturday Shopping” posts with your friends. Everything does look good with the jeans and shoes you were wearing; I’m sorry you had to leave the striped top behind. The shoes you purchased are wonderful! I love the curved, high sides on them. I would definitely try them with a colourful pair of socks.

    I have done the “pants around the ankles” look when trying on dresses too! It would be so much fun to go shopping with the three of you.

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