Hello everyone, and a warm welcome to all, and especially those of you who dropped by and signed up after a mention on Tricia Cusden’s recent blog post on street style and her new hat.  Yes, I do love hats and no need to spend gazillions on them!  It’s great to meet you and feel free to comment.

OK, I’ve got several posts on the back-burner and one already half-written but I must give you my monthly film review before the end of January, and tell you about the outfit I wore.

The film was The Dressmaker starring Kate Winslet as Tilly Dunnage, and that dish Liam Hemsworth playing Teddy.  Have you read the book?  The film follows the story to the hilt so you’ll know that two-thirds the way through there’ll be a collective intake of breath.  I’m not going to give you a blow-by-blow account of the plot as it’ll be giving the game away, but (and this is a near plot-spoiler) you could see the film as a spaghetti Western with Winslett playing the Clint Eastwood character – (wo)man returns to town, wreaks revenge, and leaves.  But that’s way too simplistic.  For a start The Dressmaker is a sumptuous feast for the eyes and has numerous wacky, laugh-out-loud moments, but key to understanding this film is that it’s a very Australian film – so there’s an edge to it.  It must be something about the Australian landscape but there’s often a hint of danger and doom running through the DNA of Australian films (Picnic at Hanging Rock anyone?).  But hey, if you want a laugh Hugo Weaving (Matrix, Hobbit, Lord of the Rings amongst many other films) in his role as the town’s police sergeant kind of references his earlier role in Pricilla, Queen of the Desert.  He has the best part, I think, although Judy Davis (My Brilliant Career) is outstanding as Tilly’s mad mother Molly.  Is The Dressmaker a tad melodramatic?  Oh yes, to be sure.  But is it enjoyable and good fun – oh yes, absolutely!

There was a great atmosphere at film night, and we had the most people in the audience ever.  I wore this amazing skirt bought for £3.99 at my local charity shop along with a black T-shirt and my thin linen jacket, which is in the wash, which is why I’m wearing something  different here.

Honestly, I promise you I got out some heels to wear, but then I forgot to take the little bootees off.  Why?  Because they’re so comfortable and I always run around a lot. (For those of you new to the blog – those boots are worn again and again.)  They cost me all of £25 and that was at least 5 winters ago.

The skirt is embroidered back and front and is such a cheery item to wear in these dark nights.

My philosophy, btw, is always dress up if you can!

That’s all for now, new posts coming soon.

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

P.S. And Sharing with Catherine Summers and her weekly #iwillwearwhatilike session




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12 thoughts on “Film night – January 2017

  • 31st January 2017 at 3:21 pm

    What a fabulous skirt – I love it! We’re coming down to Hove for a week’s dog & house sitting, so I was wondering if I might be able to find some bargains?! Or is everything ‘vintage’ and, by default, more expensive?

    As for ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’, just typing those words sends shivers down my spine; one of those films that has stayed with me…

    • 1st February 2017 at 8:22 am

      Hi June, actually Hove has great charity shops (better than Brighton, I think). Start with George Street, Hove. This street has the most. Personally I wouldn’t bother with the vintage shops (mostly in Brighton) as they are extraordinarily expensive. You could take a gander at them though – just wander around the North Laines and see what you think.

      And that skirt – what a bargain. Btw, after I posted I looked again and wondered if I was wearing it the right way round. But yes, with the label at the back and the zip at the side it all points to wearing it exactly as I did!

      Some Australian films are amazingly good, aren’t they.

      • 3rd February 2017 at 5:20 pm

        Thank you, Penny. I’m sure I’ll have fun searching out some bargains!

    • 2nd February 2017 at 1:58 pm

      Shoreham has lots of charity shops also.

  • 31st January 2017 at 6:49 pm

    What gives me a jolt are your words to take every opportunity to dress up. As well, Penny, your Charity Shops must be the recipients of very classy wardrobes…Your taste, however, always makes a difference. As always, you look very stylish…and you give me a lift whenever I open your posts. BTW, I agree with your comments re: cruising. There must be some very fine ones, but my maiden cruise, Vancouver to Hawaii last year, was an eye opener. GREAT FOOD, LODGING AND STAFF…but the passengers, mostly US, …had one topic: cruising. How many, how often, how they smuggled their own liquor on board to avoid costs, and how they refused to tip…first stop, one of the small islands, took 2 hours to load paasengers onto busses to get to…Wallmart! Happy 2017!

    • 1st February 2017 at 8:35 am

      Yes, cruising! I’ll give it a break for several years – won’t say I’ll never cruise again but for now I want to sleep in a bedroom and that doesn’t rock around and tilt at awkward angles, ditto eating in the restaurant, and wander around places – at my own pace, on my own!!!!

      Actually charity shops in the UK vary a great deal (will be writing about this shortly) and some areas and towns will have utter rubbish in their charity shops with mainly shabby, cheap clothes. You have to find the areas that have the wealthier residents who chuck out hardly worn high-end High Street and designer clothes, and oh my word – they do!

      As for the dressing up – hardly anyone does it any more. Even on cruises, as there’s a big debate as to whether cruise ships should continue their ‘formal’ nights’. For the moment they are but when the pre-war clientele fades away this might become increasingly rare. The film society I run is just the one place I can dress up once a month and as we’re looking to move on from that….. But the move to Brighton is a good one as it’s a really stylish place and I won’t look odd wearing a big floppy hat, so onwards and upwards, I say, and always be yourself. Lovely to hear from you Margaret – all the very best.

  • 1st February 2017 at 12:47 am

    You are looking mighty fine there Penny! Are you losing weight? I’ve wanted to see The Dressmaker. It’s on my list. But to tell you the truth, I haven’t seen any good movies here in the States for a long. Long. Long time!!!!!

    • 1st February 2017 at 8:43 am

      Thank you Catherine, but no not losing weight (I think some clothes make you look slimmer) actually I’m really stable. I put on a couple of pounds, I lose a couple of pounds, I put on and then lose and so it goes.

      And really the looking good is because I seem to be able to take very flattering pics in that mirror. In actuality I don’t always look like that – just go to the last post where on holiday my eyelid condition flared up and I wasn’t able to wear eye makeup and contacts – oh my word, do I look different! Anyway back to normal wearing the contacts and eye-makeup again, but really annoying to have that flare-up during the cruise. Not that I think cruising is all that healthy. I booked our cruise early last year after feeling a bit low from a winter virus only to find that the cruise was full of people coughing and spluttering with winter viruses – hmm, something to avoid in future!!!!!

      Definitely rent The Dressmaker – it’s a great film!


  • 2nd February 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Your skirt is gorgeous… what a find. I don’t think I’ve seen a bad Aussie film yet.

  • 6th February 2017 at 3:12 pm

    I love your skirt-and also love shopping at thrift and consignment shops. I need to check out The Dressmaker-Kate W is one of my favorite actresses. Your boots sure make a statement too-gives the whole thing a little cutting edge, I think. Take care, Terri (an American who has never been on a cruise).

    • 7th February 2017 at 8:56 am

      Hi Terri – great to meet you! I’ve just been on your blog – look forward to reading more. Actually re: cruises – if you’re interested be really careful about your choice. The ships can be like blocks of flats on a pontoon and very crowded. I’ve decided to give them a miss for many reasons, one of which is I always forget that these holidays are all about moving around quickly from port to port and it’s not much fun when the seas are rough!!!!!

      The Dressmaker is a simply wonderful film that you’ll love. Oh btw, I’ve been notified you’ve become a follower (thank you so much) but it’s for my old blog!! I don’t know what happens. I think it’s a WordPress thing and will have to take it up with them. On some blogs I go on I make a comment and then find that WordPress has reverted me back to my old blog that I left about 18 months ago. I now write exclusively on this self-hosting one that you’re on here. To follow my current weekly posts the sign-up thing is here on this side-bar (if on a PC or Mac) or at the end if on a phone. So sorry for the mix-up. It’s very much something I must take up with WordPress. You take care as well x

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