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A Little Fairytale

A Liitle Fairytale


Funny, crazy creatures us women are. We consider “shopping” a sport, “challenge” a purchase at net-a-porter, chocolate cake a sin, and sometimes we confuse romance with a price tag attached to an over-expensive bag. Modern princesses we are, always on the hunt for something sweet to delight our day (less the fattening effect of course).

Happened just recently that I bumped into something very very sweet (nope, no calories involved!) which left me totally happy and high on adrenalin - and am sure you can see where this is “going”: shoes.

Just around the corner from Amsterdam's busy high street (aka the Kalverstraat), OPEN SHOP is tucked away from the obvious and offers exactly the opposite: hand picked lovely fashion, individual accessories, and (affordable) high heels which will raise your metabolism more than that spinning class you recently signed up for. A little fairytale!

Oh, you don’t believe in fairytales? Well, believe in the slogan of this small Amsterdam gem: “Your husband called, you can buy whatever you like”. Better than chocolate cake I’d say.


Today’s shoes are Salt & Pepper
via Open Shop

Holland’s got talent

Whenever in need of some inspiration, I head straight to the next shoe store.

It somehow soothes me to wander from shelf to shelf, touching delicious leather, petting tiny details, and putting objects of desire back with a deep sigh after having seen the price. Very humbling but inspirational indeed.

Often I find myself involved in emotional “heel” and design discussions with like-minded staff members -sometimes with unexpected results.
So it happened that - having had a fairly long inspirational relationship with Daniele Dentici - I just found out that lovely Marco also does the most delicate accessories.

To die for necklaces, brooches, hats and much more, all matching so well with the shoes and the bags in the store.

A lot of “OMGs” and (again) “sighs” are involved while twirling in front of the mirror with my (ergh…Marco’s) stunning necklace which is totally perfecting my outfit.

So ladies, if you are ready to make a statement, I’d recommend dropping by.
Or even better: explore Marco’s stunning designs online.
Meanwhile I will continue running around being flabbergasted by all the hidden talent Holland’s got to offer.


Today’s shoes are GREYMER