Thanks so much for your comments on Peaky Blinders. You convinced me! I’ve started watching it and I don’t know why I avoided this series all these years as I really like it.
I wore the spider brooch (see last post) last Saturday when I returned to my former dress-up place, the Hillcrest Centre in Newhaven and the monthly film, which this month was Woman at War, an Icelandic film that was excellent and one for those of you who like their women to be strong and formidable. Won’t give the plot away but the woman in question is an eco activist, and along with the serious points about activism and our planet there were some laugh-out-loud moments and also, I really, really covet her knitwear. As the review says in the link above, it’s a weirdly beautiful film.
Anyway, I thought I’d show you a favourite necklace of mine bought at the V&A museum and priced very much at the cheaper end.
Only once did I buy one of the V&A’s shop more expensive items, a necklace, but I wear this cheaper one far more. See below for how I wore it up to London last winter.
That jacket, I love it (bought new at a knockdown price at H&M), but note it’s a cropped jacket. Now did you know that jackets are to be the longer type this Autumn and Winter? Well, serve me right for getting rid of my longer jackets when they went out of fashion, because I’ve just trawled through my photo library and there are some lovely examples of longer jackets that I got rid of! As you know, I don’t keep things in my wardrobe just in case, or because they might come back in fashion, but in some instances I think I’m a bit too efficient in clearing out my closet. The thing is when items do return to favour there’s always a little tweak here and there, and actually the new look is just a little different. Hence I don’t like to wear the old jacket that’s been in the back of my wardrobe waiting. So I’ve been on the hunt and, yay, I found three jackets. And here’s the first one. Actually more of a coat than a jacket but I think it’s a winner.
I saw it and pounced! It cost £15.
It’s going to look good round the shops in the Kemptown area.
Snazzy jacket plus hat (£3) jeans (Galeries Lafayette) and studded boots (Sole Trader). This is my Brighton look, now, I think.
What is your favourite type of book? I say I don’t read much light literature, yet of course, I do, as I read a whole tranche of light detective/crime/thriller books throughout late summer and into September. While I was going through the stress of the move I felt I didn’t have the capacity to read a ‘good’ book.
Re: that term ‘good’. I follow the Martin Amis view (in his book, Experience) that all books are either ‘good’ or ‘bad’. I haven’t read the piece for a long time but the categorisations he set out stuck. Within those definitions there are good ‘good’ books (all classics and some modern authors at the Booker prize level) and bad ‘good’ books (unreadable, pretentious), equally with ‘bad’ books, there are some that are very good indeed. Having that definition in my head like an ear-worm I put all the Jack Reacher/Lee Child books in that category along with Lynda La Plante, although having said that about Lynda La Plante, I’ve read only three of her books, two of which were from the Anna Travis series, which I thought very good (but obvs they’re not in the ‘good’ category) then I picked up one of her Jane Tennison novels and felt quite grubby after reading it.
So I moved away from that genre and here are three books I’ve read recently. First is Warlight, by Michale Ondaatje which is beautifully written yet, I would admit, strange, plus it’s a depiction of appalling upper-class behaviour towards their children, as in, this is about two children and their abandonment. They survive – or do they? A haunting book. Then there is The Wall by John Lanchester. I really admire this author as he writes for the London Review of Books. Another of his books is Capital, which was televised a couple of years back. This is a dystopian view of a watery future and how our nation defends itself in that scenario. See where this is leading? Highly relevant to today, actually. I wondered whether it would be a hard read but actually found it quite a page-turner.
And finally, I re-read The Handmaid’s Tale. And here’s another confession I haven’t watched the TV series. But I thought, yes, I’d like to read Atwood’s follow-up, but what happened in the first book? I kind of knew but didn’t. Interestingly it’s deceptively easy to read. But ooof, it’s a world where women do very badly indeed. As in, some women perpetrate the wrong doing on women, and some are on the receiving end of the wrongs of this particular society. A chilling, but essential read, I think and like The Wall highly relevant. And all of three good ‘good’ books.
That’s all for now, but should I watch The Handmaid’s Tale????? Very happy watching Peaky Blinders btw 🙂
With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper