Hello everyone

Yes, London again! To the Tate Modern and the Picasso exhibition and lunch there with a friend I’ve known for over 50 years! For those of you who haven’t yet visited this is the view from the 5th floor.

It’s free to enter, btw, and plenty to see without paying a thing. There all sorts of wonderful permanent displays of artists – Bridget Riley, Rothko, Miro for a start, but really too many to name.  You want crazy modern? What about this one?

I love this!

But I’m sufficiently frivolous to have worried about what to wear as, although the UK has catapulted straight from winter to summer weather, the days are still not over-warm so I settled on a skirt with jacket and a couple of layers to discard if it warmed up, which of course it did. And here I am squinting in the sun!

Unlike some bloggers I don’t have a professional photographer so it’s either me taking selfies or Mr Frugalfashionshopper taking a quick outside shot, like this one.

That was such a posey shot, but it doesn’t quite work, with the wind catching my hair, and there it is, the only one we took.  Because no, we don’t take 50 shots to get the right one!  But you can see I wore my old charity shop jacket, ring and scarf, with a new Urban Outfitters top and a new skirt that actually wasn’t a charity shop find at all.  Instead, it’s designed by Natalie Vleeschouwer and was bought at a pop-up shop in Brighton run by the_bias_cut.com (a pro-age online fashion boutique) and a lovely hatter called Joanna. And no, that’s not the hat I bought from her (you’ll see that another time) the one I’m wearing is from Peacocks and was bought at a reduced price of £3.00. So, quite a mix of old, thrifted, very cheap and one new and quite expensive item.  Thing is, I buy new so rarely (and a designer piece maybe every other year) but sometimes a frock or a skirt just says to you, you have to get it – so I did!

But enough of the clothes, the Picasso 1932 exhibition was superb taking you through this one year of his life, and what a prolific year it was.  I loved the subtle colours of this one.

And this. Picasso had a new muse and although she never posed for him, she was the inspiration for many of the paintings done that year.

And a pic of one of the rooms

How many times have you seen the one on the left below?  It was the first time I’d seen it other than in books or magazines.

I love the vibrant colours.

There were 10 rooms full of his paintings done month by month.  I’ve only given you a glimpse of the exhibition – do go if you can.

We saw this exhibition before lunch.  After saying goodbye to our friends we thought we’d try another exhibition: Shape of Light. 100 years of Photography and Abstract Art. Here’s Mr Frugalfashionshopper looking at a very nice frame.

And here’s a Miro – I just love that painter.

The exhibition showed how both abstract artists and photographers have influenced each other.

It was great, but very soon, I felt exhibtioned-out and when I got to the last room, which had a moving abstract wall I felt quite faint and a bit woozy!

I recovered with a very large slice of cake and two cups of strong English Breakfast tea!

Off we went back home and with only one train cancelled we had a reasonable journey home although I have to say the new Thameslink trains have the least ergonomic seats I’ve ever sat on.  Are they trying to tell you not to sit on them? Or, that if you haven’t got a seat it really doesn’t matter because they’re so uncomfortable anyway?  Thing is we were not far from rush hour and by the time we got to half way home (East Croydon) the carriage was like a tin of sardines.  At that station, I’m very proud to tell you my 70-year-old husband gave up his seat to a heavily-pregnant woman.

That’s all for now

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

P.S. And sharing with:

Nancy at Nancy’s Fashion Style for Fancy Friday

Nicole of High Latitude Style for Top of the World Style link-up

Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb for her iwillwearwhatilike session

Judith of Style Crone and her #HatAttack

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22 thoughts on “Another visit to London!

  • 8th June 2018 at 8:06 am

    Love the shirt and the tshoes even more! Where were they from? Now I have knee problems I’m having to wear thick knee supports so I am wearing skirts again for the first time since my early thirties.

    • 9th June 2018 at 6:21 am

      Hi Umi. The top came from Urban Outfitters – the colour is definitely your kind of colour. The shoes are from that really interesting independent shoe shop in Lewes – at the top of the High Street opposite the war memorial. Shoes there are unlike any other chain store. All the best re: your knee – they’re tricky. Have you been given exercises to strengthen the muscles around the knee? Message me about this, if not.

  • 8th June 2018 at 8:25 am

    How I agree about the seats on Thameslink trains, I now take a cushion which is a nuisance carrying it around London. I leave Bedford feeling great by Luton I am just fidgeting around trying to get the blood flowing again.

    • 9th June 2018 at 6:24 am

      The way the seat gets you exactly where it shouldn’t and then doesn’t fit that particular curve in the lower back where a seat should. I mean it really does feel they’re like that on purpose! You couldn’t make it up – and there they are for real! Commiserations if you have to do that journey every day!

  • 8th June 2018 at 8:32 am

    Well done Mr Frugal. A proper gent

    • 9th June 2018 at 6:26 am

      I passed the compliment on – and he blushed. Thing is I don’t blame anyone for not giving up their seat because if you’ve paid an enormous sum to commute, then I would grab a seat and jolly well sit on it. I used to love train travel – not so much anymore.

  • 8th June 2018 at 10:09 am

    The skirt is gorgeous – I thought I had seen it before, and on the Bias-Cut website! They have some amazing stuff. Thanks for the insights into the exhibition. I wasn’t grabbed about going, but you’ve made it look so interesting I think I will! Haven’t been to Tate Mod for several years.

    Well done on hubby giving up his seat. A young man gave up his seat for me the other day, and I was very perturbed. I’m obviously too old to be pregnant but I was in agonies afterwards wondering if he thought I looked like an old dear who needed a sit down! I like to stand on most underground trains.

    • 9th June 2018 at 6:32 am

      The exhibition is excellent – particularly as it focuses in on one year which is a revelation. Doing two exhibitions though was a bit much!!!

      RE: your seat giver – you have to say – what a polite young man, but I bet he wasn’t a long term commuter!! RE: the trains near us – I’ve just discovered why trains to Victoria in the morning (even the 10.00 something) come in to Preston Park (first stop after Brighton) rammed with standing room only – they come from Littlehampton, so of course they’re full to bursting!!! Trains from Brighton aren’t stopping – honestly this is awful!!! Feel so sorry for people who do it every day.

  • 8th June 2018 at 11:51 am

    Ah , Miro! Love it. And your skirt! Fabulous colours!

    • 9th June 2018 at 6:32 am

      Yes, just one Miro there, but so good!

  • 8th June 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Modern art doesn’t do anything for me, what on earth was photo number 2 about? I love your outfit and the photo of you with windswept hair is terrific! 🙂

    • 9th June 2018 at 6:37 am

      Well the thing is exhibits like that always cheer me up – there’s something anarchic and daft about them, so I do love them. I had a great conversation with a young nephew once about why a piece of paper stuck on a wall (at the Tate again) was ‘art’. Actually don’t like the classic kind of art – they blur into one homogenous ‘painting’ of a certain kind. But so good, Polly that we’re all different and see with different eyes. Museums like these are such a blessing in these days of austerity – long may they continue to be free to enter.

  • 8th June 2018 at 2:00 pm

    I agree- the windswept hair photo is great! It doesn’t look posed or perfect-it looks natural and interesting. Your outfit is perfect for a big city day out walking a lot. Comfortable shoes, hat, scarf, all favorites for me when in the city. AND the tearoom with cake!

    • 9th June 2018 at 6:45 am

      Thank you so much Lorraine – I had thought that the pic was a failure, and almost discarded it! Your feedback made me look at it again – thanks! And it was a great slice of cake!

  • 8th June 2018 at 6:43 pm

    You look great in this outfit of pieces from here and there. Very appropriate for a visit to the Tate Modern with all the walking involved.

    • 9th June 2018 at 6:47 am

      Yes, it was incredibly important to have good shoes – did 12,000 steps in them and no red areas – yet wore some sandals yesterday and my feet were so sore afterwards!

  • 8th June 2018 at 7:48 pm

    A free musrum visit reminded me of my student- nurse days in London 50 years ago .There were many such free things on my agenda.What did I wear? Anything warm and comfortable.What would I wear now? Probably the same for my style has not changed.Comfortable is still the operative word. Gotta say though those bright colors were not London pre- Carnaby St.

    • 9th June 2018 at 6:50 am

      The free museums are such a good thing to have. But my word the special exhibition tickets have gone up in price a lot. So we worked it out that paying a membership fee was best value – you get into those free if you go up to London for an exhibition 4 times. Well that’s a good excuse to get out more, I think!!! Weather was warm (for the UK so, not hot) and there was a cool breeze, my favourite weather really!!!

  • 10th June 2018 at 6:28 pm

    I’ve not been to The Tate since my 40th birthday…a visit is long overdue. We rarely go to London but the last couple of times were for the Manolo Bhlanik exhibition at The Design Museum. an the Art Deco one at the V&A. I can’t think how many years they would be – at least seven, I would think. You are lucky to live so close.
    Love the green shoes.

  • 13th June 2018 at 7:10 pm

    What a lovely outfit you’re wearing!

    I must go and see this exhibition I just don’t know if I have time before I go to Ireland….

  • 14th June 2018 at 12:13 am

    Penny, this is a great outfit , that skirt is wonderful I can see why you splurged , it will go with so many colours. The exhibitions look so interesting, I do enjoy modern art , always so though provoking . Tate Modern is on my wish list if I ever am fortunate to get to London again.

  • 26th June 2018 at 10:11 pm

    What a fun day and great exhibits. Your earth tones are lovely and your hat is a favorite. Thank you for sharing your style art, and Picasso, with Hat Attack!

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