Eijk flat shoes and a red mini bag

Eijk flat shoes and a red mini bagA simple outfit, with Eijk flat shoes being the starting point. They are called Molly loafers and are super soft. No stitches, nothing to give me blisters. As the jeans are like PJ’s and the shirt is not restricting either, this is an outfit for casual days, feeling fine, looking good.

Well… looking good….nothing exceptional, nothing fancy, but not frumpy either.

We went to the old town of Velsen, a neighboring village of Haarlem. It it tiny and well preserved.

Below: get the idea of old and well preserved?

Velsen, The Netherlands

Below: green is always a good background colour. There must be a dog in that house the way Charlie is acting.

Eijk flat shoes and a red mini bag

After I saw the above photo I realised the shirt was too tight. How could that happen? I checked the label and for sure it said M. I am not a medium, sometimes I am not even an L. I have to go back to the shop and discuss my options.

Below: another beautiful house with a magnificent door. And again, there must have been a dog in the house.

Eijk flat shoes and a red mini bag

Below: arty picture by Ron of the restaurant sign Het Roode Hert (the red deer), where we had dinner once.

Velsen, The Netherlands

Below: pictoresque street. The jeans are by J Brand. The white bag is the Obag I brought back from Turin.

Eijk flat shoes and a red mini bag

Below: church

Velsen, The Netherlands

Below: church door. Any door will do for a photo, although this colour is bad for a blond.

Eijk flat shoes and a red mini bag

Below: details: necklace is several years old. Red mini bag is by Zara. Bracelet antique jet.

Mini red bag Zara

Below: close-up of the Eijk flat shoes.

Eijk flat shoes

Below: this peaceful scene came to a sudden end….

Eijk flat shoes and a red mini bag

Below: “WHAT was that? Why is my bum wet???!!??”

Eijk flat shoes and a red mini bag

Below: even though I sat next to this little puddle, the pressure of sitting down caused the water to run my way… Result: wet bum.

Below: Eureka.. I went back to the store where I bought the shirt (Bellamy Gallery), explained what happened (long story) and asked whether I could exchange the shirt for a bigger size. The answer was yes. I needed an XL, not an M. The motto of the shop is: “We want our customers to be satisfied with their purchases and wearing our clothes with joy. If you are not satisfied, we will solve it.” How great is that? On top of that they are sustainable and show exactly how the price of a garment is composed (specified cost of design, material, work, VAT and margin). Very transparent. And… very inexpensive.

I scrunched the sleeves up higher which I think is better. It is a high/low shirt. The trousers in this photo are a little more “exciting” than the blue jeans. (Although the shoes really need more of a “rock” oufit, don’t you agree?) The tassle necklace is by Suzanne Carillo. The earrings are rolls of corrugated cardboard, made by Dorisse who has a shop on Etsy with the name PaperStatement.

Bellamy Gallery shirt and Eijk flat shoes

Below: different things Dorisse makes. I am wearing the red earrings, slightly adjusted for me as I want to wear them with studs instead of a hook.

PaperStatement on Etsy

Below: after taking the pictures, we stopped at a nearby park to let Charlie run free. I adore the green of leaves in spring. It is such a beautiful colour and everything is still so fragile.

Below: how about this for a picture. Another green love of mine: tree tops that meet each other over a path.

Below: Charlie having a great time

Below: Ron having a great time. Ron photographs love messages carved in trees. Two years ago he had a two page article in the regional newspaper with these photos, subject: Valentine’s Day. What are the odds to find a tree with RON carved in it? I swear, we didn’t do that. It was just there.

Below: a 40 seconds video of Charlie trying to dig out mice. We always walk on before she gets to them. Promise: I won’t use Charlie in the next posts. There is such a thing as overkill.

To tell you the truth, I am not impressed by the outfits I showed you in this post. The items are terrific building blocks. They just need to be in a different building. To be continued….


PS I am joining fabulous women gathering on Catherine’s blog Not Dressed as Lamb at I will wear what I like and at Saturday Share Link-up.

No Fear of Fashion



  1. Rebecca
    21 May 2017 / 17:35

    You may not love the outfit you wore here but I found it attractive. My favorite part, though, is the wonderful photos and video of Charlie with the tree stump. The town looks like a perfect place to spend the day. I thought the red necklace was a really fun and useful accessory so I will look into the talented Susan Carillo’s shop. Thanks for taking me out of NYC for a delightful trip to Velsen. P.S. The blouse looks so much nicer in its correct size. Also, that was such a funny shot of Ron near a tree with his name on it!

    • Greetje
      21 May 2017 / 18:38

      Your comment makes me think this post is better quality than I originally thought. So thank you for that.
      Suzanne still makes these necklaces even though at the momen she is concentrating on buying and selling vintage clothe. If you send her an email through her contact button (top of navigation) she will come back to you. As for Velsen… you don’t need a day to see that village. An hour is enough haha. Beautiful but tiny.

  2. 21 May 2017 / 19:24

    What glorious colours you have in these photos!

    LOVE the shot of the tree lined path. I need that blown up huge on my living room wall. It’s very calming. A great place to meditate no doubt.

    Charlie is having a blast! So cute.

    I quite liked both outfits. Smart casual. I really like the red accessories. I find blonds always look good in red.

    I ended up putting my jewellery/card Etsy shop on hold for the moment because I can’t seem to make a go of it. Funny how people always ask about the jewellery on your blog and yet I can’t seem to sell it.


    • Greetje
      21 May 2017 / 20:04

      Well Rebecca (the woman who commented before you) asked after the necklace. Perhaps she will see it through. You don’t know.
      If you ever want the picture of the tree lined path in high res, just give me a shout and I’ll send it.
      I have put together another outfit with these shoes which I think are more modern, better for the style of the shoes. In one or two weeks on the blog.

  3. Bette
    21 May 2017 / 19:27

    Ooh, I love the splashes of red! Gorgeous!

    And — living in the USA, I find it almost unbelievable that a store would exchange a blouse that had been worn (with photographic evidence, no less) for another size! Now THAT is customer service.

    • elizaduckie
      21 May 2017 / 19:44

      It depend on the US store. Nordstrom’s would certainly do it.

    • Greetje
      21 May 2017 / 20:10

      It is a long story Bette and this service might not be given in all cases. But they do try and make the customer happy. I suppose when you buy something on Friday and bring it back without labels, clearly worn and smelly on a Tuesday… hmmm, if I were them I wouldn’t take it back. But that it me. No idea how the owners of Bellamy Gallery deal with such things.
      As for the splashes of red… that was easy styling. I had to do it in a hurry. I think the shoes deserve a more modern, rocking outfit. Which you will see in one or two weeks.

  4. elizaduckie
    21 May 2017 / 19:42

    Have to say I thought it was a pretty perfect outfit. The high contrast of the white top against the dark bottoms, along with absolutely perfect accessories (love the bright red!) made these basics sing!

    • Greetje
      21 May 2017 / 20:12

      Well, what do you know!! Here I am thinking it was it bit blehh. I have put together another outfit with the shoes which I think is more modern, more rocking. In one or two weeks on the blog. But I am glad you like this styling too.

  5. Kathy
    21 May 2017 / 20:03

    I loved both outfits and the red accents were perfect. Love the shoes and comfort is key!

    • Greetje
      21 May 2017 / 20:15

      Ohh…. these shoes are sooo comfortable. Unbelievable. Soft as a baby kitten. Finally no blisters in summer.

  6. Isa
    21 May 2017 / 20:13

    Greetje, great post as always, I look forward to reading on a Sunday evening. You seemed a bit underwhelmed by your outfits but I thought you looked great. And no, there was not too much dog !

    • Greetje
      22 May 2017 / 21:45

      See?? I never know whether an outfit is good or bad for my readers. Sometimes I think I have really come up with something special and it just doesn’t fly. And with the outfits of this post I get good reviews. Well I have more rock and roll outfits coming up with these shoes. Stay tuned on Sunday evenings. It might take a week (or two).

  7. 21 May 2017 / 21:34

    The town looks SO picturesque! What a great backdrop. And I like the outfit… all the red accents and the chic shoes. It all looks pretty fabulous to me, including Charlie and those magnificent tree photos! xx

    • Greetje
      22 May 2017 / 21:48

      Hmmm… don’t know about your comment. For some reason I don’t think this is your kind of outfit haha. Are you pleasing me woman?? (I am looking forward to your reply… that is what you get when you associate with a bold Dutch woman… she just comes right out and says it like she thinks.)

      • 22 May 2017 / 23:19

        I’d wear the whole outfit! I have shoes almost exactly like that, and I WISH I had a necklace like that (but with my boobs, I don’t wear long necklaces, EVER). All of the red touches keep it super stylish and not just chic… chic can be a little boring for me. xxx

        • Greetje
          23 May 2017 / 07:01

          It surprises me, but thanks. In one or two weeks I will show another outfit with those flats which is more modern in my eyes. And the shirt is nicer on my frame with a belt. Had to “create” this outfit in a hurry.

  8. 21 May 2017 / 22:02

    I think both outfits look good actually for casual days. You look put-together and the red bag is a nice accent. Simple chic. That town is lovely, so picturesque and Charlie is so funny!

    • Greetje
      22 May 2017 / 21:50

      I think Charlie is like Wolf, the Muppet dog in this video. We always make sure she never catches the poor mice. Hope they don’t die from a heart attack. And Velsen isn’t actually a town… it is a village. And a small one too.

  9. Marilee Gramith
    21 May 2017 / 22:05

    I think an outfit that is fun, colorful, beautifully accessorized and intended for just a lovely spring walk in a quaint, tiny town SHOULD be featured and praised!! You look happy and content with Ron and Charlie at your side and you’ve once again taken me along for the day (I feel included!).
    I LOVE seeing Charlie! An American writer, John Steinbeck wrote a novel about his journey across America with his standard (large) Poodle called ” Travels With Charlie” Perhaps you should rename your blog? Just kidding Greetje. I like everything just the way you have it now.
    Great post!

    • Greetje
      22 May 2017 / 22:00

      As a kid I read a book by Sheila Burnford called The incredible journey. I saw that Disney made a film called Homeward Bound and replaced the old bull terrier with a bulldog puppy. And I developed a love for bull terriers because of this story. They aren’t mean at all. It is just that their jaws lock when they are attacked. And that is further bread by mean people and other mean people buy such dogs and give them a bad name.
      Anyway I am ranting. I am glad you liked the outfits, but I have other plans with the shoes.

  10. Wendy
    21 May 2017 / 22:56

    I agree that I like the way you accessorized your classic white shirt and jeans with the red.
    Plus you can never have too many pictures of Charlie. And I also love the pictures of the tree lined streets!

    • Greetje
      22 May 2017 / 22:02

      Still Wendy, in a week (or two) I will present you another outfit with the shoes which I think is more rock and roll haha. Probably nobody will like that.
      And the shirt is also better with a belt. All in the nearby future.

  11. 22 May 2017 / 01:35

    I like the outfit and the shoes! You always take us on a journey I enjoy!

    • Greetje
      22 May 2017 / 22:03

      I am glad I am able to do that Pam. It is something which comes natural. I see the pictures and the story is there. Well…not that difficult haha. You just describe what happened that day.

  12. Donna
    22 May 2017 / 04:10

    No such thing as Charlie overkill 🙂
    I really liked the first outfit, like you said looks really comfortable whilst being smart.

    • Greetje
      22 May 2017 / 22:04

      I find that comfort is getting more important as I get older. Although, having said that, I was walking on sky high heels today… Balans is important haha. A bit of flat shoes and a bit of high heels.

  13. Carol
    22 May 2017 / 04:51

    When I saw the first photo I thought you looked so young and slim in that outfit. That shirt really suits you with those accessories. I tend to like very classic, casual looks just like this, I have to be honest, I didn’t like the bigger shirt as much. Keep on modelling with the beautiful Charlie, too much is never enough!!!!! Love armchair travelling with you.
    Warm wishes Carol xx

    • Greetje
      22 May 2017 / 22:06

      The bigger shirt is lovely when you belt it. Which was the intention. The smaller size couldn’t really hold my bosom. It was pulling in that area. Which I think is not nice. Wearing sunglasses and hiding your upper arms (in my case) are great ways to looking young haha.

  14. Linda
    22 May 2017 / 07:30

    This outfit is one I would like to wear. The red accents are quite appealing and I love jeans with a white top. The photos are so nice and Charlie is always a great addition.

    • Greetje
      22 May 2017 / 22:07

      White shirts are a classic. I like this shirt more with a belt. I have that outfit lined up as well as another outfit with the shoes.

  15. Marjolein Bruens
    22 May 2017 / 08:48

    Nothing wrong with the outfit, seems to me the perfect one for a perfect day.What a lovely pictures from Velsen and the beautyful trees !
    Was that the crispy cotton blouse Greetje? It really is a great service to change it for an other size after being used. For me there is never an overkill for animals in pics.

    • Greetje
      22 May 2017 / 22:09

      I didn’t know that the old village of Velsen was so lovely either. Ron always gets to places with Charlie, so he knows these things. It is a very small village though. And yes, this is the crispy cotton blouse. I thought it was a great service too. I did wash and ironed it and I do a good job. The story is longer, but I’ll tell you that personally.

  16. 22 May 2017 / 09:26

    A nice day out with your family in a delightful little city sounds a good alternative to shopping…now and then! 🙂

    Your outfit looks comfortable as well as your new shoes though, as you can easily guess … I would have matched a long skirt to the shirt!!

    It’s a perfect shop if it’s motto is ” satisfied customers”!!

    • Greetje
      22 May 2017 / 22:12

      I keep going back to that shop and buy more things. I really love their stuff. I will show another outfit with the shoes in one or two weeks and I also have another outfit with the shirt PLUS belt to photograph. And I would NEVER match this shirt with a long skirt. Or perhaps with the shirt inside the skirt. That I can handle.

  17. Christine
    22 May 2017 / 18:39

    I like these outfits on you. They are rather classic. Perhaps you are not so fond of them because your most successful outfits have an unexpected component, either in the cut or color of the garment or the use of an accessory. These are not so daring, but you look great and very classy. The necklaces are both fabulous as are the photographs. This post was a visual treat.

    • Greetje
      22 May 2017 / 22:16

      Christine, that is a very nice compliment: “a visual treat”. Thank you. Who would have thought that 4 years ago when I first picked up a camera. You should see the photos of 2012. They are a scream. Oh well, you live and learn. You are right in your assessment of the outfits, they are too classic, too simple to my (new found) taste. Too easy. But for a lazy Sunday? Why not.

  18. josep-maria
    23 May 2017 / 09:28

    Your photos are a wonderful claim to feel like visiting Holland. And their looks … too! You know perfectly well that I love to see you in jeans, I always say it’s a garment that seems created for you. And I love seeing jeans in white shirts, I find the casual look more elegant. The red bag and the pendant are beautiful, I like these accessories. The Greetje more casual, but always always so stylish!

    • Greetje
      23 May 2017 / 21:06

      Indeed, jeans are my trademark. But… I am trying to do trousers one week and skirt/dress the other week. So far I am almost always doing that. Just bought an orange leather pencil skirt. You are going to love it.

  19. 23 May 2017 / 10:54

    I really like both outfits. The shirt is a classic item that you’ll get loads of wear from. How lovely that the shop exchanged it for a bigger size even though you’d worn it. Those loafers are fabulous. Bizarrely I often have problems with flats giving me blisters. Charlie is a very curious fellow, the video of him frantically digging is hilarious!

    Emma xxx

    • Greetje
      23 May 2017 / 21:08

      We always make sure Charlie never actually catches those poor mice.
      I get blisters from all summer shoes. It is really difficult. Plasters everywhere.

  20. 24 May 2017 / 12:55

    Both great casual looks and perfect for a relaxed day like this. I don’t think I’ve ever been to Velzen. Must visit it some time…

    • Greetje
      24 May 2017 / 18:41

      Could be soon. The old village where we were, is tiny but great background for photos.

  21. 25 May 2017 / 02:41

    I’m so impressed by the store that allowed you to return the shirt and exchange it for a larger size – that is excellent customer service. A simple white shirt and dark jeans is an excellent foundation for a good outfit – add jewellery, a jacket, etc. The red necklace and bag just pop against the white.

    Charlie was certainly hell-bent on getting those mousies! The forest photos are so pretty; love the bright green of the leaves.

    • Greetje
      26 May 2017 / 07:14

      Yes, exchanging the shirt was indeed excellent service. The owners of this brand have a different take on things. Very refreshing and I bet an approach which will succeed.
      As for Charlie, we make sure she never catches anything but the ball or a stick.

  22. 25 May 2017 / 19:44

    Oh dear, my comment did not post, I am glad I came back. I will try again.
    Love both outfits, very good. but i always prefer you in your skinnies. Love Suzanne’s tassel necklace and the cool red earring made of cardboard!
    Fabulous photos by Ron, who meet with good karma when he found his name in the treee!
    Love your furry friend!
    xx, Elle

    • Greetje
      26 May 2017 / 07:18

      Don’t you hate that? When you have made a comment and it is gone? I certainly do.
      Thanks for coming back and taking the time to write another one. The woman who designed these shoes also thinks that skinnies are the best trousers for these shoes. I put these outfits together in a hurry. Better ones will follow.

  23. 28 May 2017 / 07:12

    I love this outfit Greetje, it looks super cute on you. Great about the shop exchanging the shirt so easily. I still can’t believe the tree trunk story – amazing, maybe the tree did it – hahaha!
    Such a super cute village too. I remember once visiting friends in Heeze – must be close I think? We had the best party ever, ending up with dancing on the pool table!!!

    xoxo Yvonne

    • Greetje
      28 May 2017 / 14:29

      Oh no, Heeze is far away from Velsen. About one and a half hours drive. Probably not that far when you lived in New Sealand haha. But remember, you can cross through our country in two to (at the most) four hours. In two weeks I will show you these flat shoes with a better outfit than this one. Still working on photos with the white shirt. Apart from the shirt, the shop sold me a pair of trousers, a belt and sandals to go with the shirt. No need for me to think how the outfit is going to look haha. Only need to take photos.

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