How are you? Have you recovered from the holidays? I’m over that cold, but it sure hung around! Anyway, what to write about? Well, I think it’s high time to look upwards and onwards to the new year and everything that it might bring, including a two-week cruise starting mid-March, which goes around Spain, no less! I am looking forward to that, for the sun and the colours of Spain more than anything else, and I’ve added some new charity shop dresses to my wardrobe, which you’ll be seeing soon.
I’ll also be writing more seriously about ageing and how we get to grips with it, and by ageing I don’t mean the cruising, golfing, developing our hobbies and interests time of retirement, which we all love to think is what the rest of our life will be. Well, it might, but plan, people, for when you can’t do those lovely things – this is a subject I shall return to I promise. Btw, today BBC Women’s Hour will be featuring Margareta Magnusson, the writer of ‘The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning – yes, you read that right – death cleaning. I’ll probably not report on the radio programme, but will write about the book, which I got for Christmas.
And then there’s fitness, which I won’t start writing about until I’ve begun the programme I mean to go on with. At the moment my fitness is rock bottom from the cold and the not-going to a class for nearly a year. And yes I did start a running programme, and no, I didn’t complete it – and I don’t run! Yet! I so feel what the absence of doing more than just walking has wreaked on my body. I walk a lot with the Fitbit I wear monitoring my steps – that’s great but it’s not sufficient. Anyway, I’ve chosen the class and I’ll report back to you in a few weeks time.
Yesterday, I read two blog posts on a subject that’s dear to my heart – ethical clothes shopping. Susan from High Heels in the Wilderness wonders whether it’s possible to be an ethical shopper and Catherine of Atypical60 discusses the alternatives on offer, which are often clothes that are way too expensive for my pocket, and a lot of other people too. We all seem to agree that it’s a difficult and challenging to be seriously ethical in one’s shopping. The way to go, it appears, is de-clutter so you know what’s in your wardrobe and, as far as you can, purchase wisely. As you know, I see thrifting and shopping in charity shops as the solution. You really are saving the item you bought from landfill, and giving it a second chance to be loved and worn again.
But let’s not fret. I’ve got a new charity shop dress I’m going to wear for an event, and here’s the thing, I tried it on and decided the jacket that came with it didn’t look good. Here’s a tip – always walk around with a new outfit trying it in different ways. This helps to allay that panic when you put on something on the actual day and realise it’s no good! So I got out a couple of jackets I had in my wardrobe – I think this is called, shopping my closet!
So here’s the outfit with its matching jacket.
Actually, the jacket isn’t totally matching the dress and the overall look is a bit samey. I don’t like it that much. But the dress has an intriguing asymmetrical hem-line and an interesting gather at the sides.
I teamed it with 5 charity shop bracelets and a lovely necklace from the V&A shop.
But on reflection, I’ve decided that I really must wear something other than those boots. I do find it a challenge to wear dainty shoes, but I will look for something other than those boots to go with this outfit.
Anyway, I tried the dress with my very old faux leather jacket.
That’s fine, but won’t do for the indoor event I’m going to, so I tried another jacket.
That’s it, that’s the one! This is my French jacket bought in September in a brocante shop for just 5 Euros. So, apart from the shoes – the outfit is good to go!
That’s all for now.
With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper
And sharing with:
Patti from Not Dead Yet Style
Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb
Nicole of High Latitude Style and
Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style
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