Hello again!

I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t live a quiet life in the country.  I tried it once. No, it’s not where I like living!  More than anything else what bothered me was the getting into a car for everything.  I like the  proximity of the city and taking the bus to do this and that. I also want to be near a really big city like London for the buzz and the exhibitions.

But before I tell you about the exhibition we went to last weekend, here are couple more pics of Tricia’s book launch taken by the official photographer.

Not an old bag!  Ha, ha! Well. I am the age I am.  For instance, just look at those old-lady hands.  But what to do?  Wear gloves?  Hell, no, I wear bright nail varnish – see below!

The following day we went to The Photographer’s Gallery for Instant Stories: Wim Wenders Polaroids.  I was really blown away by them, and the whole concept. Around two rooms were all these tiny polaroids that you had to look at closely to get any sense of what was what. In fact, my other half found them quite difficult to see as the light was dim (to protect the photographs) and yes, they were so small.  But I like working hard to understand what’s in the mind’s eye of an artist.  I don’t want it on a plate.  I don’t want it easy.

You had to really look.

And the thing is why were these polaroids even considered art, or artistic, or whatever? It made you think. I mean there was something about these tiny polaroids, that got to you. They were spare and minimal. And I loved that thing of having to peer closer and closer.  What was he seeing?  Because, of course this was the wonderful German director, who amongst many films (Paris Texas, Buena Vista Social Club and so on, and so on) made the truly inspirational The Salt of the Earth, which examined the work of the photographer Sebastiao Salgado.

That’s him as a young man. He has an ‘eye’.

Loved the whole experience.

Btw, I was taking pics with my phone and wasn’t on it to the exclusion of everything else!!!

That’s all for now, but thank you again for your kind thoughts about anxiety and over-worrying about really trivial things.  We shouldn’t but we do. We are only human after all.

With love

Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper




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14 thoughts on “A trip to London gets you thinking!

  • 16th February 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Go for the brightest hands, show them off – they’ve done a lot! What a wonderful sounding collection of photos, my god-daughter took some for me for a blog, and they are fabulous – B & W basic, but capture lots. Thanks for sharing. Jacqui

    • 20th February 2018 at 7:44 am

      Yes, thanks Jacqui, I love bright nail varnish! And it was great exhibition – now finished sadly.

  • 16th February 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Loved your outfit! Loved your nail polish!….I bet those pictures were very interesting,but i`m afraid i would have had to use a magnifying glass……
    Keep on with the blogs,i love them.
    Kind Regards

    • 20th February 2018 at 7:46 am

      Thanks Karen. Yes, my other half found the polaroids quite difficult to see. I’ve got bad eyesight but with my reading glasses on I could see them. Love exhibitions like that though, you had to work at it and really look to understand them.

  • 17th February 2018 at 3:08 am

    thinking of a one stop trip in the UK.
    Would Brighton be a good one?
    We have friends and relatives from all over who might stop by.

    • 20th February 2018 at 7:49 am

      Brighton is a great city, which, of course, is by the sea so you can walk along the seafront as well as go to various places in and around. Still think London has everything you could ever want, and is a great place to visit.

  • 17th February 2018 at 8:16 am

    That looks like a fantastic event. If I would live in the UK I would want to live between Brighton and Hastings!

    • 20th February 2018 at 7:49 am

      The book launch was great, Nancy!

  • 18th February 2018 at 10:45 am

    I grew up in a village but moved to London, as a student, aged eighteen. I never went back! When we had our sons , we found ourselves back in a village, although purportedly the largest village in England! Now we’re retired and contemplating downsizing, top of the list is Brighton and Hove. I feel I need the ‘buzz’ of being near a city with all those opportunities of things to see and do. Although, of course that wouldn’t suit everyone!
    The book launch event looks amazing. I’ve been a lurker on Trish’s blog for some time. I haven’t tried any of her products yet but I definitely will. I’d love to have a make over by one of her team. I’m stuck in a make up rut! The exhibition looks very interesting.

    • 20th February 2018 at 7:57 am

      I think as you retire and downsize, it’s not absolutely necessary to live in a big city, but you do need to be able to get to things. So either be in a smaller place with great public transport or be in a bigger place that has all the facilities and so on that you want to go to. So in my place, I can walk to my doctor, pharmacist and some small shops, and even a small supermarket, and then there’s the bus every 5 minutes for the dentist, train station and other shops. It’s the proximity to things that matters more than anything.

      I don’t buy everything from Tricia but her best and #1product of all is the prime that goes under your foundation. The mascara is also good and I always put on her eye prime before eye makeup. I like her bronzer and all her brushes as well. Have you looked at her videos? They could get you out of that rut!!! Grab a coffee and watch!

  • 18th February 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Hi Penny,
    So glad to hear your city visit was a success. I have to say a word on behalf of the country dwellers …. I lived in town until I was 33 when we moved to a small village, 31 years later we live in an even smaller village, a hamlet really. I love it! Couldn’t begin to think about moving into town and in fact can’t wait to get back home when we visit a town or city. It would be so boring if we all wanted the same life but this one suits me fine.
    Loved the photos, you look fab!

    • 20th February 2018 at 8:04 am

      Absolutely Chrissie, I know that so many people love the countryside and wouldn’t live anywhere else, it has so many positives, and I promise I do love visiting it!! But during my working life I worked for older people and for carers, and I know that there are downsides, especially as one ages. It’s when you can’t use the car, that things become difficult. I mean by that time it might be difficult in a town, but proximity to things and people are then key to remaining in one’s own home. I wrote a long piece for Tricia Cusden on why we moved where we did – here’s the link https://www.lookfabulousforever.com/uk/blog/family/deciding-downsize-70

      But on the other hand – follow your heart! And it’s so good to hear of you love for the place you live in. Very best x

  • 18th February 2018 at 10:42 pm

    My daughter lives in an old village close to a large town. Ideal, I reckon. I need to be near to a decent sized town too. I live in Worcestershire and love the city of Worcester. I’ve only been to Brighton once and it seems like a vibrant and interesting place.

    • 20th February 2018 at 8:07 am

      I agree, yes, your daughter has the best of both worlds – for me, my key criteria was can we access things without a car. And as I can walk to a great little independent cinema I’m happy!!!

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