For those of you reading this outside the UK the weather here is not too cold yet but it’s a grey day with lots of wind and the rain is lashing down.  So, one way not to sink into a mood that echoes the grey gloom of the English countryside is to look forward to the next few months.  I mean I like winter but this weather……

This is my 21st blog or, if you like, the 1st in the New Year – and a very Happy New Year to you, by the way!  Looking back to when I started the blog in June last year I know I felt some trepidationwho would read it – well, it’s just wonderful to know there is an audience out there.  I take you, the reader, very seriously and am content to write in response to what you want, so keep those comments coming in.  But I also like to react to current trends and issues.  I think it’s good to know what’s going on in the fashion industry, if only to say, up yours, we wear what we like!

I’d like to reaffirm that the blog’s raison d’etre is how older women (actually women of any age) can look really great without spending humungous amounts of money and I’ll continue to feature the bargains I find.

As I’ve said before never ever use, or allow anyone else to use, the term ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ – so ageist.  I’ll also continue to draw attention to the lack of older women in the high-end fashion media – there has to be another way……  so, I’ll be writing more on that topic in the future.

Blogs in the pipeline will include a piece on grey hair – there’s quite a debate out there at the moment and I have a lot to say about the subject.    I’ll also do more on ‘how to shop in charity shops’.  Several people have said to me – ‘I don’t know what to look for in a charity shop’ or ‘I never find anything’.  But there are ways of very quickly sussing out whether there is anything good/useful/outstanding on the racks, which I shall share with you soon.

And I’ll be blogging about cruise wear.   Oh, I do love a good cruise – well, actually only been on one (to Norway) but it was such a tremendous experience we’ve resolved to go on one every other year.  I’ll be explaining why I find a cruise such fun and featuring the fabulous frocks I have picked up in charity shops at seriously low prices.


Here’s a taster  – recently I found this gorgeous two-piece for only £10.00 in the town near to where I live, which really is the best place for charity shops I’ve found so far!  Not saying exactly where it is!  The photo doesn’t do justice to its glittering sequins, and the skirt is kind of see-through, so with a short petticoat (which makes that part opaque)  the see-through bit looks really on-trend.

Anyway this lovely outfit was in a Sale and it was buy-one-get-one-free, so I got another great outfit for nothing – can you beat that!

That’s all for now

With love and best wishes for 2014


The frugal fashion shopper

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