Lemon yellow trousers on the Noordermarkt

Lemon yellow trousersOne of our favourite Saturday morning outings is going to the markets in the Amsterdam Jordaan. It was lovely weather, not too hot, not too cold. Perfect for my new lemon yellow trousers and white sneakers which I bought at LAB Women’s Clothing. When I tried these items on, I had just purchased the white asymmetric summer sweater at Levv. Remember I tried on a black sweater on red skinnies? That was the black version of this white one. It was in this post with the Shopping Saturday girls in Haarlem. That day ended abruptly with the broken finger of Sabine’s son (he is well again) and as the girls went home, I cycled to some other shops. What can I say? I am incorrigible.

Ron could park the car right in front of the market, which is quite rare in Amsterdam and very good for my knee. We started with cappuccino and a famous Dutch treat: apple cake.

Below: This cafe, called Winkel at the beginning of the Noordermarkt (Northern market), sells the best apple cake in Amsterdam. They bake the cakes in their cellar, one after another. Ron fetched some for us. See the smile on his face? That is a very content face. I forgave him for not having whipped cream on top.

Noordermarkt Amsterdam

Below: They are not stingy with the pieces.

Noordermarkt Amsterdam

Below: And on to the market. On Saturdays it is a market with farmers products and on Mondays (mornings) they sell fabrics. Wearing Nicolene’s earrings again. They go with a lot of clothes.

Noordermarkt Amsterdam

Below: It is a busy market with delicious fresh food, jewellery, brocante (vintage), clothes etc.

Lemon yellow trousers

Below: And cheese of course!! Loads of cheese.

Noordermarkt Amsterdam

Below: ALERT, I approached the jewellery section.

Lemon yellow trousers

Below: This friendly lady got chatty with me. Or I with her.

Noordermarkt Amsterdam

Below: Woops, sweater is riding up. Never mind, the picture is about the necklace I was trying on (too short for what I had in mind) and the bracelet. Smiling and talking to the “hat lady”.

Below: Is there a mirror somewhere? (Of course there is.)

Below: Yep, it is a sale. Both bracelet and necklace. They are 3D printed.

Lemon yellow trousers

Below: Onwards to the brocante/vintage section. Ron photographed this Burberry trenchcoat. Darned.. I missed that.

Noordermarkt Amsterdam

Below: Hmm.. no, I am not a hat person. Bought a few hats two years ago, but no, it isn’t me. I am more of a jeans “girl” than a lady. Not like Judith, the Style Crone, who looks so fabulous in all of her many hats.

Noordermarkt Amsterdam

Below: The colour of the jumpsuit and the Chanel bag caught my eye. I thought I recognized the woman but wasn’t sure. So I compared the earrings (grin) with other photos of her. And yes, this is the famous Dutch artist Ans Markus.

Ans Markus

Below: No wonder she caught my eye. She is a very good dresser. Even just visiting a market she looks good.

Ans Markus

Below: A bit of Amsterdam flavour.

Noordermarkt Amsterdam

Below: Ron shot these paintings. Different, quite like them.

Noordermarkt Amsterdam

Noordermarkt Amsterdam

Below: Here are the top of some houses in reality.

Noordermarkt Amsterdam

Below: Now this is the kind of photo that usually never makes it to the blog: hair all over the place, sunglasses competing with necklace, knees and feet in an O-shape. Thought I’d show it to you for a change. 60% of the photos taken don’t make it haha.

Lemon yellow trousers

Below: This photo is much better. Although I like the necklace, I think this outfit looks better without it. Strange thing to say for a necklace lover, but there you have it.

Lemon yellow trousers

Below: A bundle of clothes like this is too much for me. I cannot see the different pieces. Even on a rack in a shop I cannot tell what a garment will look like on me, let alone when I pull something from this pile.

Noordermarkt Amsterdam

Below: This child was so cute, too bad we didn’t get a better picture of his face with the red curls. Animals and children.. very hard to photograph. They move too much and too quickly. And no, he did not think I was the Messiah 😂.

Noordermarkt Amsterdam

Below: The Vic Matié sneakers. Ron doesn’t like them. Too bad, I love them. Let us say they are an acquired taste.

White sneakers Vic Matié


  • The top photo was crudely photoshopped by me. There was a man walking behind me, ruining the picture. I got rid of him but you can see that there is something funny about the photo.
  • The knee is really getting better, but I did have to cancel my trip to Spain with my BVA girlfriends. Had it been a month later, I might have been fine. But now I know I would have overdone it, not wanting to be a sissy and with that probably causing a set-back in the healing process. I chose to put the healing of my knee first, but it was a decision made by the head, not the heart.


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  1. Ellen
    24 June 2018 / 17:46

    Absolutely love the sneakers! Did you by the bracelet too? Very nice!

    • Greetje
      24 June 2018 / 18:01

      I love the sneakers too. My husband made a very raunchy remark about them. You fill it in haha.
      And yes, I started with the bracelet and decided I wanted a necklace to go with it. They are easy peasy items, very lightweight.

  2. Ellen
    24 June 2018 / 18:14

    I am afraid that my raunchy side can actually fill it in. O dear! They stay fabulous!

  3. Jodie
    24 June 2018 / 19:05

    I just bought some sneakers kinda like those…not quite as raunchy, but somewhat the same!!
    You stand out fabulously on this outfit!! It’s so nice to see women take pride in their appearance when they go out in public! Don’t get me wrong —I just ran to the library on the way home from the gym but it’s not the usual!

    • Greetje
      24 June 2018 / 20:55

      We all have our bad days/times. I had to go to the weekend vet this morning (for the cat). No make-up and hair only combed. Not even lipstick. Not a pretty sight. And you know what? Nobody got scared.
      But it is indeed nice to make an effort.

  4. Marianne
    24 June 2018 / 19:09

    I love how your style is evolving Greetje – you rarely seem to say now, I’m not sure about this trouser/skirt/top, would it look better with a belt etc.

    As I’ve said before you look comfortable in your recent styling and I especially like how you always seem to have a quirky shoe/boot/piece of jewellery.

    • Greetje
      24 June 2018 / 20:56

      You must have been following my blog for quite some time then. Thank you for that.
      My style is indeed evolving. I am more sure but I also am more daring, less classic. Although there is a side of me that longs for simple chic.

  5. 24 June 2018 / 19:31

    Those sneakers are simply awesome Greetje. A super WOW factor. Thanks for “bringing” me to Amsterdam for a morning stroll in the Jordaan. Loved it! Lieske

    • Greetje
      24 June 2018 / 20:58

      It is such a happy place. We used to sit for hours on the terrace of café Daalder on the Lindengracht, watching all the people at the market (different market). Jan de Plantenman was our favourite. Alas, the café turned into a restaurant and the coffee terrace was closed. This is a good substitute.

  6. 24 June 2018 / 20:13

    I adore your sneakers! I would love to go to a market like that. And meet with Ans Markus! I airways love her looks, and make up!

    • Greetje
      24 June 2018 / 20:59

      I met Ans a couple of times in person at a book presentation and an art exhibition. She is a very nice woman. Not just looks. Character too.

  7. 24 June 2018 / 22:07

    Outstanding Photoshop skills, Greetje. I would not have known! I adore this outfit, top to bottom, including the shoes Ron doesn’t love – yet. Okay, you might not like this but the photo you would have taken out, with your hair blowing, is one of my favourites. It’s so casual, carefree, unaware. Aren’t you glad that I don’t get to choose all your photos? Hahaha!! Looks like a fun day out, especially with CAAAAAKE!!!! Sorry to hear about the trip but your head wins this time, good idea.

    • Greetje
      25 June 2018 / 21:06

      I am indeed glad you don’t get to choose my photos haha. But at the same time I realise that I am way too critical. I am in good company though. Most people whose photo is being taken hate the result.
      And it was indeed a fun day.

  8. Sheila (of Ephemera)
    24 June 2018 / 23:05

    I love the lemon yellow trousers, Greetje! The shoes…I am on the fence – I can see why you like them, but they just don’t ring my bell. What a lovely looking market – I would like that apple cake!

    • Greetje
      25 June 2018 / 21:10

      If there is anybody whom I thought would love these sneakers, it is you. Just goes to show: you never know what somebody else is thinking. We have a meeting stopword NIVEA, which are the first letters of five words saying: Don’t fill it in for somebody else. Gets a bit lost in translation but you get my drift I am sure. Nevertheless, keep being honest with me, it is highly appreciated. Really. Love you.

    • Greetje
      25 June 2018 / 21:11

      You either hate them or love them. You are in the lovers camp. 🙃

  9. 24 June 2018 / 23:18

    That looks like a fun way to spend a day. Love your yellow pants and the sweater works well with them. I rather like the necklace with the outfit. Thanks for sharing all your fun pictures. – Amy

    • Greetje
      25 June 2018 / 21:14

      It was just the morning. After one little round along the stalls, my knee asked me to go home.
      But it was indeed fun. As always. I think the necklace does work with the outfit, but I still prefer it without. Odd but true.

  10. Dorothy
    24 June 2018 / 23:33

    Lovely post! I am very intrigued by the laser printed jewelry!

    • Greetje
      25 June 2018 / 21:15

      Since Iris van Herpen, Dutch fashion designer who prints her dresses in 3D, it is a fantastic new way of creating things.

  11. Geraldine
    25 June 2018 / 00:16

    We were recently in Amsterdam which we loved but only got to the Waterlooplein market. We did however have apple cake nearly everyday. Delicious!

    • Greetje
      25 June 2018 / 21:16

      Oh Geraldine..apple cake nearly every day? Your scale will have told you that was a bold move haha. Or are you one of those lucky women who don’t gain weight?

  12. Glenda
    25 June 2018 / 01:45

    Hi, I also love your shoes! You have great style and I love following your adventures with your friends.

    • Greetje
      25 June 2018 / 21:18

      Oh goodie. I love telling these stories. I love telling stories period. Which is why I love blogging. Thanks for reading my blog.

    • Greetje
      25 June 2018 / 21:18

      Ho knows? Summer has just begun.

  13. Mary
    25 June 2018 / 03:19

    I always look forward to your outings — you remind us how much we enjoyed our two visits to the Netherlands. And agree with Jodie and you that it’s gratifying to take some pride in appearance. As a designer friend says, “Good design is good manners.”

    • Greetje
      25 June 2018 / 21:20

      I hope you had nice weather on your visits to The Netherlands. Probably, because if not, visits don’t usually get “listed” as nice in your mind. The weather is always tricky here. If the sun is out, it is a lovely country.

  14. Marilee Gramith
    25 June 2018 / 07:41

    This yellow and white outfit is a joy to behold!!! I absolutely LOVE the ruffled sneakers! The zippers add a bit of an edge ,the ruffle is feminine and fun and they are perfect with your yellow pants. I also noticed that you’re wearing a yellow camisole beneath the sweater and it looks like a bit a sunshine peeking through a cloud. I think you look so cute in these photos Greetje! Also, it’s nice to see Ron again!
    I really look forward to “going somewhere” with you and enjoying a taste of another day in beautiful Amsterdam. I think you made a tough but wise decision to rest your knee a bit longer too. I think you’ve also made peace with a low heel for now!!

    • Greetje
      25 June 2018 / 21:26

      Funny thing is, I am allowed to walk on high heels. Doesn’t make a blind bit of difference, the specialists say. Some people can and others can’t. Some of my higher heels are comfortable to walk on, others aren’t. One day I am nearly there, the next day I am limping again. Oh well, on a whole it is getting better. Just takes far too long for an impatient person like me.
      The tank top is ancient. As long as they fit I never throw out tank tops, scarves and belts. One day they are the perfect item for an outfit. Like this yellow tank top with the yellow trousers. Because the sweater is partly see-though, it is nice to have a one-colour column underneath it.

  15. Nancy
    25 June 2018 / 12:25

    Was that on Obag? I love them and missed buying one in Venice! Not my style shoes but, one again, you put that outfit together perfectly!

    • Greetje
      25 June 2018 / 21:28

      The shop owner of LAB Women’s Clothing put that outfit together haha. I added the sweater, she pointed out that the sneakers and the trousers would be a good match.
      Indeed it is an Obag. Just google obag.com. You can buy them online and often in bigger cities in The Netherlands as well.

  16. 25 June 2018 / 12:41

    I love your sneakers! and it’s also an acquired taste for me, as I’m also in an ‘only sneakers’ season due to my ankle problems. So I’m becoming a huge fan of every sneaker which looks cool and edgy! Yours totally rock!
    And love the white and yellow ensemble, so fresh and summery, and also love your attitude enjoying the market!. Fabulousness!

    • Greetje
      25 June 2018 / 21:30

      Great praise, my dear lady. Thank you. I am blushing.
      I am allowed to walk on high heels now, and some do me fine and others not at all. It is a weird thing. The knee is not there yet, unfortunately. Hope your ankle will soon be healed.

  17. 25 June 2018 / 14:17

    Ha ha! I totally know what Ron was thinking about with the sneakers. ; P

    Your outfit is very chic.

    I remember this market. {sigh}

    Glad you are looking after you knee although it is a drag for your annual trip. I’m sure they will miss you.


    • Greetje
      25 June 2018 / 21:32

      My friends are back already and yes they missed me and I missed them. But they had lots of fun nevertheless. I will email you Ron’s thoughts about the sneakers. See whether you were thinking this 😂.

  18. 25 June 2018 / 15:21

    Wait what did you say about missing the Burberry Trench? Wahhhh! How fabulous in white! ;-(

    • Greetje
      25 June 2018 / 21:35

      Ron told me afterwards I didn’t miss it, but I dismissed it, because it was short and not very nice. Which makes you wonder whether that label was the real thing. In the meantime, low and behold, I found a creamy white Burberry trenchcoat, long, my size. Price: a steal. Yes, you guessed it: second hand and now happily living in my wardrobe.

  19. 25 June 2018 / 15:52

    Thanks for sharing your photos and thoughts on your trip to the outdoor market. It looked like a fun place although I think Fun is your middle name! Ha! By he way, the shoes look cute on you.

    • Greetje
      25 June 2018 / 21:38

      Having fun is my biggest goal. And of course that cannot be achieved every day, every moment. Like this weekend I administered my poor cat, the flea preventing stuff for the dog… big mistake, nearly poisened her. Emergency weekend vet, and on Monday another vet visit. Guilt, guilt, guilt. Remorse, pity, little sleep and no fun at all. Just as all other people experience.

  20. elizaduckie
    25 June 2018 / 18:21

    This was fun! I enjoyed following along with your wonderful pictures. You looked so interesting in your outfit. Not that t matters but I liked the shorter necklace. : ) No, I hadn’t noticed anything amiss with the first picture. And…wow!! Those sneakers are fabulous!! I watched them in every picture! So much lovely and interesting footwear doesn’t come in a “wide” and I miss out. Although internet shopping has widened the number of fish in the sea, significantly! Still, the shoes I tend to like are often not available in my width. I’ve found that some countries shoes tend to, normally, be made wider. Some european sizing works for me, without a separate “wide” designation. Still, I enjoy seeing your choices, even if I am a little green with envy!

    • Greetje
      25 June 2018 / 21:41

      Yes, that would be a problem, if you need wide shoes. We have a couple of shops that make shoes to measure. Needless to say, that is expensive. And you tend to go for not too fashionable. So I bet your envy. I would have that too. Keep searching the internet my dear. You might just find the right supplier.

    • Greetje
      26 June 2018 / 21:30

      I just learned from another reader that shoes made in Turkey are generally wider. Thought I’d pass this information on to you.

  21. 26 June 2018 / 04:08

    I’m sorry you had to cancel your trip to Spain, but it’s better to let your knee heal completely before doing a lot of walking. The apple cake looks delicious! The photos of you at the jewellery booth are wonderful – you look so happy, probably because you are surrounded by your favourite things 😉

    • Greetje
      26 June 2018 / 07:18

      You are right, happy because there were so many things to be happy about. Of course not everything is bliss in my life. Like this weekend when I accidently poisened my sweet cat by administering her flea killing stuff.. for the dog! That is deadly. When I discovered it, there were two trips to vets, washing her, trying to make things comfortable for her and guilt, guilt, guilt. She is fine now. But what a stress. Stupid me.

  22. 26 June 2018 / 08:34

    So sweet sweater! Love this white asymmetric knitwear teamed with yellow cropped pants and cool sneakers.

    • Greetje
      27 June 2018 / 16:41

      Thank you Linda. I think it is my most trendiest outfit.

  23. Karen
    26 June 2018 / 12:36

    Hi Greetje,

    Nice outfit, though I am not sure about the footwear – that is perhaps as I am very safe with mine ( well boring actually !!!)
    Your buildings always look wonderful and quaint, I love to see your shots of your country combined with the fabulous clothes you have.

    Hope your cat is back to itself now, you can tell when a cat is well as they are naughty !! – love them

    • Greetje
      26 June 2018 / 20:58

      Oh yes, the cat is back to normal, which means she bites and scratches me. These past days she was clingy, affectionate, in other words, not herself. 😂.
      I can totally understand you don’t like my sneakers (or are not sure about them). They are the kind of thing you either love or hate. You gotta love differences. Would be so boring if we all liked the same things.

  24. Lise
    26 June 2018 / 17:05

    I usually don’t like ruffles of any sort but I love your sneakers! As one reader mentioned, Ron just does not like them YET 🙂 Talking about wider shoes – I live in Bulgaria now and find that shoes made in Turkey generally seem to be wider. You look very fresh in the lemon yellow. Love your outfit! Lise

    • Greetje
      26 June 2018 / 21:29

      Oh that is new to me, Turkey’s shoes! I shall inform reader Eliza. Nice that you like my outfit and sneakers. I don’t know whether Ron will ever come round. He has on certain items I bought which he didn’t like at first but not on all 😎.

  25. Marjolein
    26 June 2018 / 19:02

    Loved the outfit without the necklace more too Greetje. Markets in Amsterdam are always a joy to visit. Good taste for paintings Ron, loved the bright colours.

    • Greetje
      26 June 2018 / 21:33

      I know you have really nice markets in The Hague as well. Even a very big one.

  26. 26 June 2018 / 21:34

    Aw…sorry to hear you couldn’t make the annual trip. I think we’ll all miss the blog post that we’ve come to love. But…very happy to hear that your knee is continuing to heal!!!

    My favourite thing about this ensemble is the hint of yellow showing through the sweater. The entire outfit sings! It really does. Yellow…this shade in particular….is so happy!

    • Greetje
      27 June 2018 / 08:46

      Any bright colour is good for me. This happy (indeed) yellow called me when I saw it on the mannequin in the window. The shop owner gifted me a white tank top (so nice) to go under the half see-through sweater. But when I got home, I dived into my pile with tops and found exactly this colour yellow. I never throw any tops outwhen they still fit. There comes a day.. I never throw scarves or belts out either.

  27. 27 June 2018 / 20:25

    Incorrigible, indeed! I love your sunny yellow trousers and those fabulous sneakers. This looks like such a fun afternoon. I didn’t know there was 3-D printed jewelry . But it makes sense now that you mention it. I am surprised that you left that Berberry jacket get away from you once Ron located it. But it looks like you did well here anyway !
    How cool is it that you ran into a famous Dutch artist!

    • Greetje
      27 June 2018 / 21:20

      Since the Dutch clothes designer/artist Iris van Herpen is printing her dresses in 3D, it is hot. Especially for small jewellery this is easy and widely used.
      The Burberry jacket on the market wasn’t nice. I suspect it was a knock-off. Luck will have it that I found a long cream/white Burberry trenchcoat a few days laterin a second hand store. It came home with me.

  28. 29 June 2018 / 04:33

    You look so fabulous in yellow and yellow and white is really a great combo for you. I like the sneakers too. Now you’re making me want to come back to Amsterdam! We never did get to try the apple cake when we were there.

    • Greetje
      29 June 2018 / 13:28

      Of course you need to come back. You never had that boat cruise with picknick either. Nor Amsterdam in the sunshine. Hard to plan though… nice weather in The Netherlands. We are havind an extremely warm and sunny spring and sumnet this year.

  29. 1 July 2018 / 13:39

    I love those white sneakers, and they look fabulous with the lemon trousers. What a shame you have to miss the trip – I hope your knee is better very soon.

    Emma xxx

    • Greetje
      1 July 2018 / 19:17

      Oh so do I Emma, so do I. I have the feeling there is still a long road ahead..

  30. 6 July 2018 / 17:21

    Love your outfit, and the interesting blog, but sorry am with Ron about the sneakers!!.

    • Greetje
      6 July 2018 / 22:30

      Hahaha…. it is your right to disagree Pauline. Or rather to agree with Ron. I know these sneakers will not be loved by everyone, but I can handle it. You will see them again next week and with a dress (even worse I bet 😉), but you will see the dress with pumps as well.

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