Hi Everyone

Just squeezing this post in before I go. Here’s the outfit I wore at our May film screening.



Note that I wear quite utilitarian skirts and tops as there’s work to be done and I need to look business-like.  The top is an old one and that’s an M&S Per Una skirt at £2.99 from my local charity shop.   The skirt may look at first glance to be a bit tame, but actually it fits very well and has a hint of my pash, Claire Underwood, I think.



Hey, do you see I’m not wearing the boots! Instead, right at the back of my wardrobe (where I’d been rummaging for my cruise decks) I found these quite formal shoes with kitten heels that I wore for work.  I hadn’t thrown them out as I thought I might one day wear them again, and I have!

Our film was Hannah Arendt, which showed to slightly less people than usual (55) but had a good feedback rating of 84%.  Some people had commitments elsewhere, but I know others were put off by the subject matter.  Because Hannah Arendt is the philosopher who covered the Eichmann trial for the New Yorker, and it is her analysis of Eichmann that is controversial – to this day!  It was an interesting and challenging film.  It didn’t over-dwell on the trial it was more about her thought processes and lord, did she smoke a lot while she was thinking.

But very timely, I thought.  The film showed Arendt questioning the nature of evil: could it be just a function of thoughtlessness rather than outright ‘radical evil’?  Arendt’s emphasis is that we all need to be critical thinkers: to question and think for ourselves otherwise we allow the politicians, the naysayers, the downright fudgers and liars who use their way with words to turn facts upside down.  And if we don’t check and restrain the untruths, the nearly truths, if we don’t take stock of what is happening all around us, then we lose both our humanity and our ability to see the humanity in others.  And it is this lack of critical thinking that allows the denial of humanity to a class, a race, a people.  But above all, she would not say that Eichmann was a monster; instead, she argued, he was banal, he was a nobody, and it was this which so shocked people at the time.  He was not a dark Satanic force; he was an everyman.  It is a timely film because it is still necessary to be on the watch for those who dehumanise the poor, the vulnerable, the disadvantaged, because that banal evil is still there today.  What a film – proud to show it.

Well, gosh, off I go to finish my packing.  And here’s something to end this rather sombre piece (not sorry to say all the above, though).  It’s a little look at one of my dresses bought for £5.99 just yesterday.


Thank you so much for your good wishes for the cruise.   But also can I say a very big thank you to all of you for sticking with me and reading this blog week after week – I appreciate you so much.

Anyway, I have one pre-prepared post for the June hat session, but I probably won’t be able to post anything else whilst away.  I will take lots of pics though, and keep a bit of a diary so I can tell you all about my travels when I get back.

Very best wishes to you all

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper



8 thoughts on “Film night outfit – May 2016

  • 26th May 2016 at 8:26 am

    LOVE the dress, lucky you to be able to pick up such bargains. Interesting film and your analysis of it. I have learned not to judge anybody. Life is made up of good and bad (yin and Yan) and all experiences are lessons for us. Most people have good moral attitudes and behaviours, but if circumstances are extreme who knows how we’d behave?! Like most people I abhor cruelty to animals or children and find that very hard to forgive and understand, but even endeavouring to is a good exercise for the soul. We should just try to be as kind and peaceful as we can to send goodness in to the world to counteract the evil. Bon Voyage….xxx

  • 26th May 2016 at 9:03 am

    Hi Penny another great blog, thank you. I particularly liked your take on Arendents views…..” we all need to be critical thinkers: to question and think for ourselves otherwise we allow the politicians, the naysayers………who use their way with words to turn facts upside down”. So hugely important in today’s world.
    (Think the dress is gorgeous by the way.)
    Have a fantastic time on the cruise.

  • 26th May 2016 at 9:23 am

    Hi Penny,
    Have a great time on your cruise. Thank you for sharing so much with us all. Look forward to your return & hearing about your adventures!

  • 26th May 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Have a great time on your cruise. Love your new dress. Enjoy wearing it. Love the blog.

  • 26th May 2016 at 4:46 pm

    VERY Claire Underwood! Hope you have a wonderful trip, and so look forward to reading all about it.

  • 27th May 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Love reading your blog and seeing the fantastic outfits you create.

  • 28th May 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Interesting to read about Arendt I had never heard of her before and your précis is very apt, its a view I would agree with but had been unable to put into words before now. I’m a new reader to your blog and enjoy your posts as I’m an avid charity shop shopper! Enjoy your trip with your lovely outfits.

  • 28th May 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Enjoying your blog, charity shop bargains are fantastic value. Also appreciated the introduction to Arendts views and your précis, its what I’ve personally thought about people who commit atrocious acts that they are ‘nothing’. Thanks for the intellectual stimulation.

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