I can’t believe it – this is the 5th season of our film society.  We showed a wonderful French film, La famile Belier, which is set in a village not far from Paris and is about a French farming family whose members are profoundly deaf, apart from their one daughter.  She finds that she can sing and the film is ostensibly about how she manages to move on from being her parent’s interpreter and get to a music school in Paris.  But there’s so much more to it than that.  It’s very funny with many hilarious misinterpretations between those who hear and the deaf parents. Yes, you laugh, but you’ll also cry as it’s quite poignant in places.  You’ll love it, well our audience did, as they gave it a long round of applause and a 95% approval rating.

I wore a skirt I’ve had for years bought in a sale for a ridiculously low price (which I can’t quite remember, but it was under £10)  plus an old, no-sleeve top as I was so hot from all the things we had to do.  Yes, it was our Annual General Meeting before the film and phew we were so busy with that.  Look closely, because, out came those black boots (£25) now also into their 5th season!


As you can see I’ve gone back to my usual fish-white colour. I’ll have to sort that out for my January holiday!

The skirt is asymmetric with a tail and some lovely detail at the back.


The most expensive item I was wearing, at £30, was that wonderful sparkling glass necklace – my mantra is be bold when wearing accessories.


And I’m now going to say something about retirement!

Look, it took me ages to adjust to not working when I ‘retired’ at 60 (yes, I could do that, just, and no I don’t have a large pension) because I was so not ready for ‘retirement’.  What was I going to do?  I was not ever going to be like those retired types who go on holiday all the time.  How boring, I thought.

To cut quite a long story out about that adjustment, Mr Frugalfashionshopper and I didn’t retire. I shocked one of my friends when she said I must be doing a lot of gardening now.  No, I said, I garden only on a Sunday.  But why ever not, these friends chorused, you’re retired? But actually we’ve never stopped ‘working’ albeit in a predominantly unpaid capacity. I sit at my desk and if I’m not working on film society stuff, I’m writing, or reading and researching my political posts, or doing some other kind of work related (officy-type) work.  I don’t know how to not work, and neither does Mr Frugalfashionshopper who himself does even more of this unpaid work and sitting at his desk than I do.  But you know what – funnily enough I am now ready to spend more time on holiday!

Actually, I won’t stop the writing (ever) as that’s not work to me. I’m rather of the Alan Bennett persuasion that writers never retire, but I definitely want to stop the stuff that comes with loads of responsibility.  Because, dear readers, I want more time to rant on both blogs about the NHS and the paucity of radical thinking within it, plus the ghastliness of Brexit with our know-nothing politicians who are so not in charge (on My Other Blog) and on this blog I want to continue to be as frivolous and frugal as I can be whilst still being stylish into my 80s and 90s.

But yes, now I’m 70, I’m ready to retire!

And finally! One commenter on my Toulouse hat post said our friend Chris looked a little like Jack Nicolson.  Actually, when he was younger he was a dead ringer for Mick Jagger.   Can you spot both Chris and Mr Frugalfashionshopper in this pic below?


With love

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

P.S. And sharing as per usual with Catherine Summers and her #iwillwearwhatilike session



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7 thoughts on “Film night outfit – October 2016

  • 20th October 2016 at 8:14 am

    So nice to hear that you weren’t ready for retirement I was the same couldn’t wait as I loved gardening , cooking and reading a real home bird
    took the plunge at sixty and was bored stiff. I still miss the routine of work but 6 years on I’m much happier I volunteer in a charity shop two afternoons a week which I love , joined the WI and am now on the committee. My husband and I enjoy more breaks away and more trips to the theatre and cinema . Younger friends were amazed that I wasn’t instantly thrilled with retirement those that have retired since now understand those still in work have yet to find out. If your brain is still active you have to do more than just potter around. Enjoy your posts and your other blog

    • 21st October 2016 at 7:25 am

      Wow, yes, great that you felt the same way! The routine of work gives structure to one’s day and I’ve definitely re-created that structure around the weekdays to stave off any boredom. However, we’re both keen to give up our ‘work’ that is getting somewhat onerous, but we won’t actually stop that work ethic we both seem to possess. We’ll still sit at our desks. But on the other hand I look forward to more trips up to London for exhibitions, more visits (if that’s possible!) to the cinema and more trips to France. Good aims I think!

      Thanks so much for your feedback!

  • 20th October 2016 at 3:16 pm

    64 and still working…but we still have school-age kids at home…I complain about the crazy intense schedule but I am OK and the schedule forces me to do all that I love at night and weekends….Love your film outfit – quite chic!

    • 21st October 2016 at 7:29 am

      Of course, I was lucky to get the State pension on the dot of my 60th birthday. I’ve got friends who’ll have to work to 67 for that. Yes, it’s good to have an intense schedule and we have loved working hard, especially within our community. But, it is time for a new direction – which I see as really positive. We’re aiming just to be a bit different in our outlook and attitude as we move into our 70s and that’s no bad thing x

  • 20th October 2016 at 3:25 pm

    I like your outfit and your necklace is gorgeous. Redundancy and retirement both happened in the same year for me, but I got a two year contract shortly after. When that ended I was at a loss, I didn’t know what to do, I tried to get a part time job but then suddenly thought “I like this retirement lark, not having to get up to the sound of an alarm clock” I now fill my time with voluntary work and lots of hobbies.

    • 21st October 2016 at 7:32 am

      Thanks so much for your comment, Polly. Yes that necklace was quite a find and made me re-evaluate all my other (quite small) beady necklaces – I think I like them big from now on!

      Yes, I love the fact that I can get up early but don’t have to dress at the crack of dawn as I used to when I commuted to London. The freedom to make your life as you wish is the biggest most positive thing about ‘retirement’. And you can change direction which is what we’re aiming to do at the moment.

  • 30th October 2016 at 12:13 pm

    I watched that film recently and I loved it! Great that you show French and other international films at your film society. Great outfit and photos – as usual!

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