And first of all, thanks so much for all your kind comments and good wishes on both my skin situation and the move. I would like to say that both are good, and fingers crossed….. Because, yes, I’ve been given the all-clear re: my skin, and the move is tantalisingly near. Today we should be ‘exchanging’ contracts – except we’re just waiting for that news – ahhhh!
Anyway, the weather’s gone a bit grey and wet here in the UK, but the temperatures are up and my summer clothes are out of storage and in my wardrobe. I continue, btw, to take sacks of stuff (not just clothes) to both the dump and to charity shops. And at the end of the week Age UK will be collecting a large load of furniture from us.
We have been very serious about this de-cluttering and are travelling light to our small flat. Am I a rolling stone that gathers no…? Do I discard things easily? Actually some decisions have been difficult, especially those re: my mother’s possessions. And this is not about hanging on to old and ugly furniture, which I can see that one or two of my friends still can’t quite get rid off, because why? Because they’re my parents things, they say. Gosh, I think, because in the past I got rid of some lovely antique furniture that just wasn’t me. But, actually, I’m just the same, as twenty years after her death I’ve been agonising about my mother’s framed embroidery and cross-stitch work. My children don’t want these items (there are 7 of them) and they so won’t go into our new abode. And as it’s very clear that my children don’t want these items on their walls, what to do? Well, after a long, hard and critical look I have decided to take three pieces of her work and re-frame them for the new flat. The other four will go in my daughter’s loft for her to look at when she begins to feel nostalgic for the past. I feel in this way I’ve both honoured my mother and been realistic about our new circumstances.
But some things (coughs and clears throat) have sneaked back in to my wardrobe. And here they are! We’re talking skirts as, until it’s boiling hot weather, I’m not really a dress kind of person. But I do love a bit of colour.
What a great skirt and can you see the sequins? The whole thing glitters as you walk – just lovely! And natch, cost not a lot, because it’s a charity shop find.
Note the colour co-ordination. On a hot day I wear matching sun-glasses.
Actually sometimes the de-cluttering goes too far. On a hot day last week I started looking for a black and white linen skirt I wore last year. Where was it? Oh blast, it’d gone into the charity shop sack and out of the door! So I went looking and found this.
That’s a skirt I’ll wear in Brighton – woo hoo! The very thought of that made me feel happy! Note the leggings. I do find it very difficult to go bare-legged, so unless it’s a very hot day, it’s leggings every time.
And also note the jacket. I’d been looking for a summer jacket for some time and then I found this. It’s a Hobbs jacket (which is a very good label) and cost all of £6.99.
You can also see how the hair is doing. It’s not been coloured since last October and because I’m growing it through this process rather than, as some do, cutting it short, it’ll take at least another year to get to my natural colour. But I’m absolutely OK about going grey – it seems appropriate and, even more important, I think it’ll look good!
Well, that’s all for now. I might post once more from my current abode, and then when we move we won’t have broadband for 3 days! How will we survive?! As a consequence there may be slightly fewer posts in June. We’ll see. Thanks again for your well wishes, I appreciate you all so much.
Penny, the frugalfashionshopper
P.S. And sharing with:
Patti of Not Dead Yet Style and her Visible Monday linkup
Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb for her iwillwearwhatilike session
Thanks to both for hosting their link-ups