Hello everyone

Over 15 million people are now vaccinated in the UK, apparently that’s 86% of all the over-70s. The 15 million are the people in the four top priority groups and the vaccination programme has now moved on to people aged 65 to 69.  More about all of that shortly in My Other Blog – hopefully by the end of the week.

I say ‘shortly’ and ‘hopefully’ as the whole groundhog day feeling of this stage of the pandemic has shot my concentration and every single day, over and over again, I’ve procrastinated when it comes to saying to myself, I must get down to writing the Other Blog post. However, one thing I did do last week was book an appointment with the opticians where I shall not only have a sight check but I’ll also look at getting some more specs. How the pandemic has changed us, as we’re incredibly excited to have two appointments in our diaries; one for the opticians and one for the dentist, both in mid-March, of course, when we expect the vaccine to have kicked in.

Last week was quite a cold one for us throughout the UK even down south where we are, while in Scotland we had all-time record breaking -23C which is very, very cold even for Scotland. Mostly down south in Brighton it was below 0C during the day and lower at night, brrrrrr!

We continued our walks. During that week nearly every day there were a couple of swimmers – amazing!  But none the day of this pic which was particularly clear and cold.

I wore the faux fur every day but didn’t take a photo of it – it was too cold to stand around for long. However, I’ve found one of the coat from two years ago when we lived the other side of Brighton. It was a leafy green part of Brighton but I do prefer being near the seafront.

Last week I said I hadn’t bought anything online, well that wasn’t exactly true. For someone who professes to buy clothing frugally and ethically I have to admit that I’ve been scrolling through the online traders.  And people, pretty much 99% of the clothing I bought has been sent back.  How I long to go into an actual shop to feel the quality of the material, and maybe even try an article of clothing on as the majority of items were either shoddy, far too large despite saying it was a small size and just nothing like the photo on the website.

But at last I hit the jackpot!  Here I am delighted at the first sight of the garment.

Yes, it’s a mustard colour furry coat from Mango.

Here I am in the bedroom trying it on, sorry for the state of the bed behind me, it was change the sheets day!

I was worried that it might have to be sent back as it was size Large, and Mango Large can be enormous. But no it was OK.

I have leggings under those black trousers, which is why I’m wearing the baggier ones that day.

And here I am outside with an old hat that seems made to go with the coat.

If you think the coat looks a bit bulky, I had a thick woolie underneath and the scarf is massive and tucked in, and oh my word, was it necessary as the wind was like knives. The small amount of flesh exposed felt as though it was undergoing derma-abrasion, truly the wind was that cold. To be absolutely honest, on days like that the new coat is not quite as warm as the faux fur but it’ll be brilliant in ordinary UK winter weather.

But it’s a keeper. And the price?  Oh boy, it was £35.99 down from £119.99! Not bad and in fact quite a bargain – yay! There must be a few more of those left at size L – here’s the link.

That’s all for now but have you found a bargain in the sales recently?

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper


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36 thoughts on “Another coat? Yes, and it’s colour? Yellow or maybe mustard!

  • 15th February 2021 at 10:01 am

    That is a gorgeous coat! And the color is great! That will keep you warm. Next weekend it will be 15 degrees here, so they say, 25 degrees warmer as last weekend! And finally the snow will disappear tomorrow I think, boy I hate it! We were in 2019 5 days in Rye in Februari, because we wanted to be in the UK in winter for a change. And those 5 days it was sunny and 20 degrees! Haha, but we enjoyed it! Keep those photos coming of Brighton!

    • 15th February 2021 at 4:00 pm

      Isn’t it an amazing coat!

      Oh wow, what a change in your weather, it’s almost the same here. I went out today and could actually relax as I walked as opposed to all the muscles tensed and one’s back hunched and bent as we walked into the wind! And fancy that, you were in the UK in 2019! You will be in Rye again soon I’m sure.

      Take care x

  • 15th February 2021 at 10:07 am

    This coat really suits you especially the colour. 🙂 and a fantastic bargain.

    • 15th February 2021 at 4:02 pm

      I know, that price cut was astonishing. I had looked at the coat before and thought no way, but at that price…… I love it, although the faux fur coat is warmer, but last week was exceptional and it’ll be fine when it’s just ordinary cold weather.

      Thanks Anna – stay warm and well 🙂

  • 15th February 2021 at 10:45 am

    Your new coat is gorgeous Penny. I wish I could wear that colour but it washes me out. You bagged yourself a bargain there. Well done. 😘 I also love your faux fur. I have one that I bought in NY five years ago and I’ve just pulled it out of the wardrobe again.

    • 15th February 2021 at 4:04 pm

      The coat was available in other colours but I think not any more. I know, such a bargain!

      Oooh NY – faux furs really came into their own last week.

      Thanks Ellie – take care 🙂

  • 15th February 2021 at 10:46 am

    I love that coat. On elf my favourite colours but it doesn’t suit me. I’ve got a bright orange/red coat which I wear on particularly grey going into town to do the shopping days. Makes it an event.
    Marina !

    • 15th February 2021 at 4:07 pm

      A shopping trip or an appointment at the dentist is a big thing nowadays! Love the sound of an orange/red coat – let’s be colourful on these grey days.

      Take care and stay warm up there 🙂

  • 15th February 2021 at 10:47 am

    Or even “one of” nothing to do with elves

    • 15th February 2021 at 4:07 pm

      Predictive text is so annoying – the things that come up!!!

  • 15th February 2021 at 12:42 pm

    It’s a terrific coat and something to lift the spirits. I do like it, almost as much as your other furry coat ( which I secretly lust after 😁). Just had my vaccination and I’m in the 65-69 group. I thought it was very efficiently done. I’m looking forward to your Other Blog as, when I was trying to add some more on about this, I realised what a conundrum it is.

    • 15th February 2021 at 4:12 pm

      Yes, a walk is about the only thing I do outside these days so my coats are quite an important part of my life! Great to hear you’ve had your vaccination – roll on 3 weeks 🙂

      I’m aiming to get the post for My Other Blog done this week, but I said that last week….. No I will really I will 🙂

      Thanks Trish stay warm and well

  • 15th February 2021 at 2:04 pm

    Early Good Morning, Penny…your photos of your new coat brings a smile to my face. The color is fabulous on you and the way you added different shades of it plus a plaid is marvelous!! Bravo!
    Yes, I’m in sunny Southern California. We moved here in 2019 very near the infamous Thomas Fire site of 2017 when the flames jumped the famous Pacific Coast Highway and burned foliage near the coastline. Recently, we had an intentional 24 hr. power outage by our utility company during powerful high winds. Out geography is such that the foothill canyons act as funnels to increase all that velocity. So power is shut off so that no sparks are ignited by wind-tossed electric cables/wires. We are to expect this new policy moving forward.
    My insomnia paid off last week as I was able to book vaccine appointments at a local retail pharmacy for my husband and I during the wee hours of the morning. Evidently, many others were awake as most locations and time slots filled up in a snap! I was online for 48 hours, constantly refreshing to see if more time slots were available. We are now set for our 1st and 2nd shots of the Moderna vaccine. We are most fortunate that the location is 5 minutes away. Currently, our county is ranked highest in the state for new CoVid cases. California is not doing well. But, thankfully, we are fine. My husband’s first shot had no side effects despite his less-then-robust health.
    Like you, I have shopped online and returned 95%. However, I am in the midst of hemming 2 pairs of old jeans that will change their style and appearance to the shorter ankle length. Another is the old trouser style currently called wide leg. Ha! The style finally came round again! I am looking forward to this like new clothes. I’ve done this before, transitioning from work to retirement, shortening khaki work pants to Bermuda shorts.
    Well…enough here. I look forward to your posts. Like you, I get up and dress to face the day! Thank you for the opportunity to chat…

    • 16th February 2021 at 8:54 am

      Thank you so much Charlene, it’s an amazing bargain of a coat.

      And I’m absolutely delighted you’ve got your 1st and 2nd vaccines booked. How wonderful as I know it’s been challenging to get those appointments. Phew what a relief for you. And booking in the wee small hours – I shall recommend that to Darby in New York. Yes, both the UK and the USA have not done very well with the number of Covid cases – more about that at some point on My Other Blog.

      And shopping online is so convenient and accessible and perhaps the only way to shop at the moment, but it’s no comparison to looking at real clothes in a real shop. I love it that you are sewing to get the shorter ankle length.

      And thank you again for reading the blog. I enjoy your comments – take care 🙂

      • 16th February 2021 at 1:01 pm

        Penny…our vaccine appointments are booked with the CVS retail pharmacy chain. They are based on the East Coast, thus, the “wee morning hours” for me on the West Coast allowed for the three hour difference.
        Just checked and, yes, CVS is offering vaccines in the state of New York. Best of luck to Darby.

  • 15th February 2021 at 2:18 pm

    Fabulous coat, Penny! The colour really suits you. I was recently ‘seduced’ into buying a waxed coat from M&S, reduced from £89 to £19. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a piece of tat! and has had to be returned. C’est la vie!

    • 16th February 2021 at 8:57 am

      I sympathise, been there! I’ve got quite good at sending clothes back because honestly the photos are not always the best indicator of the quality of the garment. Mind you I’m looking at a pair of jeans I bought recently from M&S and thinking now, why didn’t I…….

      Thanks June 🙂

  • 15th February 2021 at 2:38 pm

    Good for you Penny for braving those cold temps! I have to admit that there have been a few days where I chickened out because of the weather. You inspire me to do better. That coat really suits you. my outer wear are mostly in very neutral colors, and I will be on the lookout for more color there in the future. I have not purchased much these last months but I did buy a fuzzy looking sweater that is made out of recycled plastic bottles. it’s from Everlane, a company which prides itself in responsible environmental and humanitarian practices. the garment is a soft kind of sea glass green, at least from the photos, I have not received it yet but I was tired of my few pieces of wearing around the house things. I hope it feels as soft as it looks, my skin has become more sensitive as I get older.
    And still no luck on finding a vaccination. even as the list expands as to who is elegible. I continue to go on line and I did go in person to two pharmacies which had doses but told I could not make appointments in person. also that they no longer had any more doses anyway. Today’s exciting news is that later today I will have my teeth cleaned, postponed from two weeks ago because of a snow storm. I was disappointed in the outcome of the impeachment. So tired of that awful man having so much influence in what happens in the country. I say I want things to return to normal here, it’s been so long since there was not all this cause for anxiety on so many fronts, I wonder if I can remember what that feels like. trying to see the good things, like the afore mentioned dental appointment and beautiful cardinals at my bird feeder. and a happy belated Valentines day to you and Mr. FFF and your family.

    • 16th February 2021 at 9:16 am

      I think your cold weather beats ours hands down! We heard about the snowstorm which sounded epic. And today on the UK news we’re hearing about snow in Texas. To the politics – oh my word, but inevitable as the Senate Republicans can be relied upon to back Trump – geeez! Thing is the social media and the lack of verifiable news which means that so many accept as gospel the lies that are peddled around. And not just Trump as our leader is a prime example of how lies trip off his tongue with no come-back whatsoever and with his popularity in the polls rising – yikes! How does one get over that? However, Biden will be a very steady hand – good luck to him.

      Did you see the comment from Charlene above. She managed to book her vaccines in the middle of the night (or as she says, the wee small hours). Our programme is not prefect and people are being missed but the success of the UK and Israel vaccine programmes is down to a very strong primary care/community approach to health. More about that in My Other Blog when I finish the piece, when….!

      I was actually told to stay away for the duration by my dentist who incidentally isn’t NHS but private. People could get an appointment in 2020 but it was usually for an emergency as dentists here have been, and still are, very cautious. It is enormously exciting to be going to the dentist and opticians and I see it as a first step to a new normality as we won’t get the old normality back for a few years I’d say. But not being negative – science will beat this in the end.

      Thank you so much for the good wishes, Derby, you take care and stay warm and well 🙂

  • 15th February 2021 at 2:49 pm

    You look fabulous in your new coat, even if the icy fingers of wind sneak through. How wonderful that you already had the hat and scarf that match so well. It really is the wind that makes it so bad when the temps drop like that. Our -20ish temps are going to get a break next week when they tell us it will warm up to -4 or -5 and that makes me a bit happier. We are getting out of total lockdown tomorrow, but still in the red zone, but still, I am dropping off a few boxes to thrift (charity) store to get them out of the house. Been collecting for 2 months now. Of course if the lines are not to bad to get into the store, maybe I will have to have a look around. After all it has been 4 months since I was in a store. So much excitement…haha. Take care Penny, and stay warm.

    • 16th February 2021 at 9:24 am

      Yes, it was the wind that was the thing to watch out for. It could look lovely out, but a couple of times during last week, we found the wind so bitterly cold, all we did was scuttle around the block and get back in no time at all!

      Oh gosh lucky you with the getting out of the lockdown. Ours may be relaxed a little in March. I now have a large sack ready for the charity shop, but when these shops open is another matter – I think maybe April?

      I get it – so much excitement – that’s the way I feel about the dentist and opticians!!!

      You take care too Diane 🙂

  • 15th February 2021 at 7:58 pm

    Wow! What a bargain and it’s fabulous! It looks so warm and cozy and you look wonderful in it. I’ve had my vaccine, too!

    Take care

    • 16th February 2021 at 9:00 am

      I know, I mean like you I’m longing for the charity shops to open again, but there are times when you can find bargains online and that was one of them!

      Great to hear about your vaccine – you take care too xxx

    • 16th February 2021 at 8:58 am

      I know I just love mustard and yellow. I think your must colours are blue and purple 🙂

  • 15th February 2021 at 9:55 pm

    This is a wonderful buy Penny….it looks like a ray of sunshine for a chilly day!! I always like my coats a bit bulkier so I can wear layers underneath!!!

    • 16th February 2021 at 8:57 am

      Oh and the layers are so very necessary in the UK – or they certainly were last week!

      Thanks Jodie xxx

  • 16th February 2021 at 5:47 pm

    Loving the new coat.

    Looks so snuggily. Just right for keeping that sea breeze at bay,

    • 18th February 2021 at 8:06 am

      Thank you Nicola, it really is. What a bargain it was!

    • 18th February 2021 at 8:08 am

      Thank you Anna, the colour on the website had far more green in it, so it was so good to see that it was actually a mustard colour. But definitely the faux fur is the warmest coat – thanks again 🙂

  • 17th February 2021 at 2:50 pm

    You do look very cozy in your new coat. I just purchased a mustard denim jacket and hopefully it is the right size as I had to pay for shipping and I hate paying for shipping. I am not doing so well with curbing my shopping either. Am returning something on Amazon today, I never have found a dress I liked on there. They never fit right.

    • 18th February 2021 at 8:10 am

      Interesting to hear about your experience of buying online – I’ve yet to buy any clothing on Amazon. Once our lockdown is eased I shall return to thrift shopping as you can find pretty much everything you want there. Thanks Mireille 🙂

  • 17th February 2021 at 3:08 pm

    You did so well with that mustard coat Penny, looks so snug and stylish, and a good price. I still swoon over your faux fur, it looks so classy. I don’t have a faux fur coat in my repertoire as I vowed not to buy any more coats. I don’t have many but they take up so much room!
    I’ve bought a few things online but mostly accessories to encourage me to wear certain pieces more often: two belts, a couple of scarves and a couple of simple tops. Even I am looking forward to browsing the rails, and I hardly ever used to do that! Have a good rest of week x

    • 18th February 2021 at 8:13 am

      I am so relieved it’s a mustard colour as the photo on the website is far more limey. Thankfully, it has a little green in it but not that much, phew!

      Oh to just walk around Zara, for example. Take care x

  • 20th February 2021 at 7:17 pm

    That coat is beautiful!!.Just my sort of thing and it looks amazing on you.I dont always comment but I do love your blog and photos of your walks along Brighton seafront.I spoke to you,in Brighton a few years back now because I thought….that is Penny!!,I had my jab 3 weeks ago.Im 65 and hubby had his 5 weeks ago because he is nearly 72.All good,no side effects.Although I was very nervous,,,ok I admit I started crying!.But all is good now and just hoping that we can get back to normal one day soon.I am missing my holidays in Brighton so much!Take care,xx

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