Wow, it was hot on Saturday. Over several days we’ve finally had quite warm (for the UK) temperatures. So I got out my summer dresses and actually wore them. And believe me, it has to be warm for me to bare my arms and go around without a cardi!  There are two dresses and a skirt that I’ve favoured over others.

This is a pic taken some weeks ago but it does show how the (charity shop) skirt keeps one cool in the heat of the summer sun.

Then I’ve also worn this lovely green dress bought new two years ago. And that’s me two years ago as well. Note the one third white and two thirds dyed hair.

I stopped dyeing the hair in October of 2016 and it took a long time to get that length all white and grey but I did it.  And now I ask myself why oh why did I dye for so long?  I’ll do an update on the products I use in another post.

But here is my latest buy.  Now I had said to myself that for several weeks I was not to buy a thing after my rather expensive foray to that lovely shop at Emmaus, which I don’t regret at all as it will become an heirloom to be passed on 🙂  However, this just couldn’t not be bought!!! I spotted it in a charity shop and pounced.

It’s such a lovely happy dress!

It’s 100% cotton and cost £8.49

Worn with the red (charity shop) sun hat and red sandals bought several years ago this dress just shouts ‘go to the beach’ which is what I’m going to do next week when we take a short break to Woodbridge, a town on the East coast of England. I have to say that some of its attraction is that this coast always has a cool to cold offshore breeze. And that’s what I totally love!

I know, I know, there are so many places that we ought to go to.  I have a long list of cities in Europe that need to be visited but because my parents lived in Suffolk and we visited that area so many times we feel at ease and relaxed revisiting old haunts. I shall do lots of reading and just chill.

Do you have a favourite place to escape to?

That’s all for now, with love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

P.S. Last week in Sainsbury’s supermarket amongst the veg I bought were two items wrapped in plastic. After I paid for them I unwrapped them and left the plastic behind on the counter.  I was absolutely polite and smiling, but said to the assistant I’m not accepting this.  Her response also was polite. That’s fine, she said and took it away. Now I don’t know how they’ll recycle the two bits of plastic, but if everyone did this……


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33 thoughts on “Finally, it’s summer!

  • 1st July 2019 at 8:37 am

    You are an inspiration! Love the summer dress. As you say, a happy dress!
    Well done ditching the plastic. The other day I plonked 5 onions at the cash out till – and apologised!!!!!! It was a bit messy but hey ho we MUST do it, all of us. P.

    • 2nd July 2019 at 10:52 am

      The dress just makes me smile! The more we reject unnecessary plastic wrapping in supermarkets the better – well done you with your onions 🙂

  • 1st July 2019 at 8:53 am

    Fabulous dress and hat, You look amazing

    • 2nd July 2019 at 10:52 am

      Thank you so much Catherine, it is a fab dress!

  • 1st July 2019 at 9:03 am

    Love the green dress.
    I just take my own bags for fruit and veg, some I kept from more careless days. They are getting a bit tatty though, one day soon I may also have onions rolling around all over the place!
    I am having a kitchen refit soon (last one 1982!) and am trying to reuse as much as possible – cupboard shelves (and maybe actual cupboards) will be reused in the shed, door handles will be salvaged and either re-used or taken to a reclaims centre, appliances will be sold on, but there will be a lot of stuff headed for landfill. When I had the bathroom done a couple of years ago the workmen though I was nuts as I scavenged all the bubble wrap, cardboard and plastic bags and saved them for use or recycling.

    • 2nd July 2019 at 10:57 am

      I’m going to get the see-through veg bags for buying loose veg in supermarkets. But I think it makes a statement if one takes off the plastic from the majority of veg that is, sadly, still wrapped.

      Well done you for your recycling habits re: the kitchen and bathroom 🙂

  • 1st July 2019 at 9:24 am

    Fabulous striped dress and hat Penny. You really do look so great and have me rethinking about adding some vibrancy into my clothing. Cheers, Doreen

    • 2nd July 2019 at 11:00 am

      Thank you Doreen – just looking at the bright colours in the dress makes me smile – go for it 🙂

  • 1st July 2019 at 10:09 am

    Lovely stripey dress, Penny! Very hot here in Greece also, only to be expected of course,but doesn’t make it any less tiring. We are not on holiday ! Have just started going to the beach and am disappointed to see that they are still using plastic straws and cups, in spite if a lot of stuff on TV about how we shouldn’t. Maybe other beach cafes will turn out to be more enlightened. Isn’t the EU supposed to be proposing a ban on one- use plastics ? If so, it can’t come too soon. Forgot to say, on a lighter note, that I always realise at this time of year that I don’t have enough cool summer dresses. Wish we had charity shops here !

    • 2nd July 2019 at 11:08 am

      The dress is amazing – I saw it and pounced! A single-use plastic so ubiquitous, so part of the world we live in, it’s like putting the genie back into the bottle. But we must!

      Thanks so much for your comment, Maisie 🙂

  • 1st July 2019 at 10:49 am

    Striped dress very cheery and the pineapple print good fun too!
    Whenever the sun shines I think of being on the Norfolk broads and I like going back to the Isle of Wight every few years. I went on a singing holiday there in April – lovely.
    In the supermarket we weigh and scan loose fruit and veg as we go but so many products are only available in plastic tubs or wrapping. Watching Hugh and Anita trying to get manufacturers to take responsibility for the packaging they use was inspiring but it’s going to be a hard struggle.
    I’m now super sensitive to plastic. On a station recently there were no cold drinks available other than in plastic – the tins were alcohol or fizzy. I had a plastic cup with me – used over and over – so I got water from the ladies’. It’s my birthday soon so I’m hoping for an aluminium water bottle and/or a folding cup.
    We also used our old kitchen (1980’s) in the garage but there was still waste. My daughter has sold 2 kitchens on e-bay so at least some of it will be used again. She also sold her range cooker which was only a few years old. We’ve sold/given away through Gumtree. Good for larger or delicate items. I really hate waste; our generation was brought up with parents who could not afford to waste things & I’m lucky that my husband can fix almost anything but those skilss are going to have to be learned again in the future as resources dry up.

    • 2nd July 2019 at 11:24 am

      It’s a fab dress!

      I’ve got a great water bottle now from Simple Modern link here

      Agree, I’m hyper aware of plastic now and won’t just buy the unwrapped veg, as I think it makes a statement if you unwrap the plastic wrapped veg in the supermarket. I’m going to do that from now on 🙂

  • 1st July 2019 at 11:42 am

    Lovely dress Penny, the,,new,, one! And that yellow skirt is also one that I love! We also would like to visit some east places like Margate, but I can’t bare not being in Sussex!

    • 2nd July 2019 at 11:25 am

      Ah, yes, Suffolk is very lovely but I would say that it has a different vibe to Sussex. It’s different which is why it’s nice to experience this on a short break – but I do understand your love for Sussex 🙂

  • 1st July 2019 at 12:35 pm

    That dress is the epitome of summer. We finally have warmer temperature. We were just saying we couldn’t believe it was July because it’s been so cold. Finally I can bare my arms and legs and not freeze!!
    You are so good to think about the packaging. I’m terrible about that, but maybe after reading your post, I’ll start thinking about it more. We need to do something, that’s for sure.

    • 2nd July 2019 at 11:17 am

      The dress is fab and one of the best I’ve ever bought from a charity shop as it’s pristine and perfect for summer 🙂

      The thing about plastic here in the UK is that we have had soooo much discussion, debate and information about plastic that we are pretty much, as in the whole population, very aware of what an awful product it is. As well as the sainted Sir David Attenborough showing us the plastic that is now found throughout the oceans of this world, we have had other programmes on plastic on the mainstream TV that have been very popular. We are aware. It’s the supermarkets and manufacturers who are being slow, so there’s a lot of activism here – which is so good. Also we do know that other countries and those that are poorer and have a very small infrastructure to deal with recycling have to be helped and encouraged to deal with this dreadful waste that’s polluting our earth. I’m so into this, Jodie. We all have to become activists now. End of rant of the day 🙂

    • 2nd July 2019 at 11:27 am

      Thank you so much – and thanks for reminding me that the pineapple dress is good as the striped one is my current favourite!

  • 1st July 2019 at 7:14 pm

    That colourful dress is perfect for sunny days, and you can make it look different every time by picking out a different colour for accessories.
    I’ve been trying to avoid plastic wrapped fruit and veg as much as possible but the supermarkets don’t make it easy do they? Our local Waitrose and Sainsbury’s will let you bring your own containers for the deli/meat/fish counters but there is still too much packaging going on elsewhere.

    • 1st July 2019 at 8:10 pm

      Morrisons encourage the use of the customers’ own containers for meat and fish, but they do this buy having a great display of plastic boxes to buy, next to the meat and fish counters. Missing the point somewhat?!

    • 2nd July 2019 at 11:30 am

      I love the vibrancy of the stripes and the wholesome cotton feel to it.

      As above, I’m not going to totally avoid the plastic wrapped veg as after I’ve paid for it I’ll take off the wrapping. But thanks so much – we’re all in this together 🙂

      • 2nd July 2019 at 11:30 am

        Oh yes!

        • 2nd July 2019 at 12:00 pm

          What shall I ask the ladies to wrap their lovely home made cakes for the village Fete in?

          • 2nd July 2019 at 12:21 pm

            That is such an interesting question. I’m sure when I was a child (in the early 50s – born 1946 )we didn’t have plastic wrapping and all we had were cake tins. We also had greaseproof paper. As I don’t bake anymore I googled cake containers and cake wrapping and was sorry to see that it was predominantly plastic. However, Jamie Oliver has a big cake tin made from steel, with a plate at the bottom and a large, what seems to be quite high, container with a handle on top. So they’d put the cake on the plate, put the lid which is the main container on top of the cake and then whip it off when it’s displayed on the table. If that’s too exposed I think those lovely net covers that are like umbrellas could be used to keep flies off.

            We are so used to plastic, but once upon time, we didn’t have it!

  • 2nd July 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Oh my goodness your latest acquisition is just fabulous. It’s the perfect summer dress and looks lovely on you with your red sunhat and sandals. What a great find!

    I also loved your yellow summer skirt and the green pineapple(?) dress is gorgeous! What a fab shade of green.

    Good for you leaving the plastic behind! I fear it would take just as long to unwrap all the plastic from my shopping as it does to unload my shopping from the trolley and pack it into my bags, but I will have a go. I have taken items out of their packaging and left them behind in places like Argos. I tried to do it in JD Sports once with new trainers for my son; but they said I would be unable to exchange them or get a refund if they weren’t in the box! Have you ever heard anything so daft?

    Hope you have a lovely break; it’s a lovely part of the country.

  • 2nd July 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Dear Penny, many of my friends are also shopping second hand, here on Canada’s west Coast. Big stores such as Wall Mart sell attractive, inexpensive but shoddily made items which encourages a throw away attitude, so it’s mostly older women who see the sense in recycling clothes, and who have the skills to alter them for a better fit.
    Gradually, many are moving to bringing our own reusable grocery shopping bags, and use those net bags for fruit and vegetables. Canada is an enormous country, but I see a real effort across it to cut back on single use plastics. Some shops already have introduced degradable bags which makes it easier to refuse a bag if it isn’t biodegradable. I Million Women (facebook) out of Australia have a huge following and constantly provide suggestions for plastic-less lives and innovative recycling.
    Love the cool summer dresses.

  • 2nd July 2019 at 5:32 pm

    So pleased you deposited the plastic. I said to hubs the other day that we should leave the supermarket with their ‘rubbish’. I think we need to all not accept Brazilian meet after the destruction of the rain forest.

  • 3rd July 2019 at 8:49 am

    Good for you Penny leaving the plastic behind. We should all do this. It’s astonishing how much plastic fruit and veg is still wrapped in.
    I just love that happy stripey dress. It looks fabulous and so summery. I’ve realised that I generally find summer clothes a bit dull (I never thought I would be ever hanker after winter!!) but that dress is a tonic.
    My escape place is Plymouth, where my mum lives – and where I grew up, Also Skiathos, “our” lovely Greek island. We didn’t go there this year but I have now booked for next June!

  • 3rd July 2019 at 10:47 am

    Glad to hear Summer has finally made an appearance in the UK. Your new stripe dress just shouts Summer and the beach. Enjoy your mini break.
    Plastics are such a problem here too , some change is afoot be nowhere near enough. I try to buy my fruit & veg at our local Farmers Market , not only is the produce fresher but no packaging is involved. All the best, Jill.

  • 6th July 2019 at 8:44 pm

    That’s a dress that shouts ‘sunshine’! Looking lovely as always, Penny. Somewhere by the sea is my place to escape to….always the sea. Living in Brighton, you will of course be able to do this rather more often than I, but I’ve plans for 3 times this year.

  • 9th July 2019 at 8:55 am

    What a fabulous dress! It looks so cool and fresh that it makes me think of a delicious stick of rock – in the best possible way.
    Re: plastic. Have you ever noticed how three tins of sweetcorn etc when sold together, at a ‘more reasonable price’ are wrapped in plastic? Why? Except to make it easier for the warehouse etc.

  • 10th July 2019 at 4:04 am

    Loving you in this striped dress! I’m really curious about letting my hair go grey once the grey starts showing up instead of continuing to add color. Thanks for linking up with Ageless Style!

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