There’s a post on climate change that I’ve been writing on and off for several weeks, but it’s not ready and maybe never will. It’s quite long but just doesn’t read right. Several things prompted my attempt. First, it was Sir David Attenborough’s documentary, Climate Change: The Facts, which was excellent and not, as you might think, totally depressing, with much to say about what could be done. And second, there is the growing protest movement, which my daughter and her family participate in. I was quite radical in my time, so I’m pleased I’ve passed on the baton. And don’t forget the school strikes, which began in Sweden with the wonderful Greta Thunberg and are now world-wide occurrences. Yay, and big cheer to the younger generation. Then there are the reports (for example, on the threat to human life from species extinction) that keep on acoming.
Btw, is there anyone out there who doesn’t believe that our planet is in for a bad time, if not in my lifespan, certainly in my grandson’s? I mean, how could you not accept all that scientific evidence and, increasingly, the evidence before your eyes? Just read stuff, please.
But here’s a couple of things. As you know I have the slowest YouTube channel ever, which is now deliberately slow. I did begin to buy makeup products to test them out for YouTube. And then I thought, what am I doing? How wasteful to buy products when you haven’t finished what you’re currently using. So I have stopped all that. I will do a video about once every 4-8 weeks depending on my circumstances. And here’s the thing. I commit to not replacing any of my cosmetic products until I have finished them all up. Also I would like to ask manufacturers to stop putting their cosmetics in plastic pots and then putting them in a cardboard box – just don’t! I’m asking politely now but I might be less polite as time goes by. Actually here’s what I’m going to do. Having tried a variety of beauty products over the years I now buy Boots No 7, Clarins and Look Fabulous Forever products. So, when I buy a product in a shop I’m going to take the product out of its cardboard container and leave it on the counter. I will email LFF and see what they say about this double packaging. It’s not just about the recycling problem it’s the carbon footprint of the product that needs to be reduced. What do you think about this?
Then there’s the fashion industry. There’s a great article here saying ‘Don’t feed the monster’. Because that’s what it is. And let’s not get too enamoured with buying ‘natural’ materials as cotton has an appalling carbon footprint. While bras and pants are impossible to buy thrifted or in a charity shop, and I wouldn’t want to, but everything else? Yes. We have to buy 2nd hand. And that includes shoes. So, I commit to not buying new, apart from underwear, and to buying only 1 pair of new shoes a year. As you know I’d like some red Doc Martens and I’ll make them last into my mid to late 80s – all other shoes will be 2ndhand.
And buying 2nd hand can be fun, and these days, quite up-market. Gone are the scruffy and rather dirty charity shops of yesteryear, as they’re all little boutiques now with great bargains. But the bar keeps going up as last week I got to an opening event of a really wonderful way to shop for 2nd-hand, designer, and vintage clothes. And as you know I don’t usually like anything of the vintage variety as i) they don’t suit and ii) I see these vintage shops as an excuse to put a nought onto the price of their goods, which are often pretty average. But this was different.
The event was the opening of a superb venue at Emmaus which is based in Portslade (near Brighton). Emmaus has a wonderful ethos of helping the less fortunate in our society. They do that through lots of business ventures, including recycling furniture – and clothes. And their latest venture is Outfit at Emmaus, which is set in a chapel in their lovely grounds and is absolutely amazing.
The chapel interior has been transformed with quirky, but substantial, chipboard cupboards, tables and clothes racks.
And there are some fab clothes.
Despite my love of red (!) I bought, surprise, surprise, a ‘vintage’ dress. It’s made by hand and slightly fragile, but the cut is lovely. Here I am in the changing room. Btw, I wore my red hat – you can just see it.
Look at the sheen on that dress. And here it is below at home.
The dress was found in the vintage area and cost £10, which is very reasonable for a vintage dress, I’d say. I now need an occasion to wear it! Excuse the hair – I’d just washed it.
And now for something even better – or maybe just different. I found this in the designer area. It’s a Karen Millen and here it is in the changing room.
It’s not black but that deep mauve colour, which I usually think doesn’t suit, but this, perhaps, does. It cost £25, which is a bit steep for me. But here it is at home and taking everything into consideration I think it’s worth the price.
Yes, I know – shoes! Those are my indoor shoes and not for best.
So all in all, buying 2nd hand can be great fun. It’s also about sustainability, and, you are helping a charity. Really, as I’ve said before, it’s a win-win situation. If you get the chance and manage to get to Brighton, Outfit at Emmaus can be reached from the centre of Brighton by catching the No1 bus. Why not give it a try 🙂
That’s all for now
With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper