Hello everyone

How are you all?  Well, I hope and, if you live in England, coping with the lockdown Version 2.0, which doesn’t feel as severe as last time. It was so quiet though March, April and May, but looking out from our apartment the traffic seems to be about the same as ever and we have a school opposite us, and what with all the delivering and collecting of children there doesn’t seem to be much evidence of a lockdown in that area. It’s when you walk past all the closed up retail and coffee shops that it becomes more real. I do hope this ends soon for those enduring furlough, and worse, losing their jobs. But hey, we have good news with two vaccines doing well and deemed over 90% effective in the 3rd Phase of their trials – hats off and well done to all scientists out there. We owe you, big time!

Anyway, what with the charity shops shut, I have gone back to those bad old days and ways and bought a couple of new items of clothing online. I know many of you do this all the time, but through lockdown Version 1.0 it was a new thing for me, and tbh, it is a bad habit as I can’t afford to keep doing this especially around Christmas. However, I’m always on the lookout for a bargain.

My first item, I thought good value. It’s a pair of leisure/workout leggings from Marks & Spencer’s.

They cost £25 and having looked at several sites including Sweaty Betty, which has some really amazing leggings at, sadly, rather eye-watering prices, I thought £25 was quite a bargain.

They fit beautifully with no wrinkling or bagging at the knees.

They’ve been great to wear for my twice-weekly Pilates and it’s nice to ring the changes as my selection of leggings has been reduced somewhat as black and dark coloured workout leggings (of which I have two pairs) don’t show up sufficiently when you’re Zooming. A white t-shirt and a lighter coloured lower half, as above, is the best option for these classes.

And then a skirt I’d been looking at longingly, but had decided I wouldn’t get because of its price, went into a sale.  I pounced and here it is.

The skirt is from Mango and was nearly 50% off its original price! Which I thought quite a bargain. Ignore the shoes! They’re my indoor shoes and rather scruffy too!

And here is the skirt with my very old charity shop pleather jacket undone. And below with hands in the pockets with the jacket done up. I’m really pleased with the quality of this skirt as there’s a lot of material in it, and it won’t crease either being made of sustainable viscose. I think the skirt can be dressed up for city living but it’s also really useful for me to wear during lockdown and the days I spend sitting at my laptop.

If I was dressing it up I’d wear this piece of costume jewellery with it.

I bought this piece ?3 Christmases ago, from someone who goes to the same Pilates class as me who was having a Christmas sale. It was what I consider quite a sum but a whole lot cheaper than when bought new as it’s a designer brand but can’t remember the name!

On the days I spend writing at my laptop I’m very aware you have to get up and walk around every 20 minutes. It’s so important to keep moving, all the time. And, of course, no matter what the weather brings we go out every day and walk along the seafront or on the beach. How I love this walk because the sea is forever changing and the weather! We can have four seasons in one week with last week bringing particularly dramatic clouds and buckets of rain.

And then you get the rays of sunshine on the sea.

That’s all for now, but so glad for humanity that it’s been a good news week what with the vaccines and the results of the election over the pond!!!! And my golden-haired grandson is now just over 2 weeks old. What joy! There is so much to look forward to.

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

P.S. I have been busy writing these past few days, and have posted a piece on My Other Blog. It’s highly topical as the news of the waste of public money spent on contracts for PPE and so on, seems to have hit the mainstream media. But having left you on an up here, only read the post on My Other Blog if you’re prepared to lie down in a darkened room afterwards! Seriously, there are some strong views within the post – just saying    🙂

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27 thoughts on “Here I go again!

  • 18th November 2020 at 10:33 am

    Hello Penny
    I love both your blogs. Your analysis on the other blog is brilliant but inevitably rather bleak at present. So I am delighted to read this morning’s piece full of hope and optimism, beautiful jewelry, great leggings and, best of all, a new grandson! Thanks for a great start to the day

    • 19th November 2020 at 8:30 am

      Hi Val, and thank you for those kind words. Yes, the other blog piece is a bit bleak but when I started writing it the subject matter wasn’t in the mainstream media so it’s great to see it picked up by all and sundry. The good news week continues!

  • 18th November 2020 at 10:50 am

    Hi Penny. How do I find your other blog please?
    Kind regards

    • 18th November 2020 at 12:18 pm

      Hi Lesley, look for the icon for My Other Blog and click on it. It’s either on the side quite near to the top of this post if looking at it on a PC or Mac or at the end of this post (keep scrolling!) if reading this on the phone. Usual warnings about it. I do believe in looking closely at things like that. And I try to keep my views off this blog!

      Thanks for your interest 🙂

  • 18th November 2020 at 10:51 am

    Ha ha, you made me laugh for the first time today. Those leggings look very good! Here in the Netherlands they eased the rules yesterday….. What. nothing changed!! Stupid government. Just shut the hole country for a few weeks please, I’m so tired of this shit. Can you feel the mood I’m in Penny, lol. Sorry.

    • 19th November 2020 at 8:36 am

      Oh exactly Nancy, I do get quite anxious and down about the continuing rise in our cases. I can’t really see any difference in the stats, definitely not enough to warrant coming out of Lockdown 2 in early December. So I do feel that actually we have to wait for a vaccine to get back some kind of normality – and that means rather a different Christmas to the one everyone wants. Boo – but things are going to be better in 2021, let’s look forward to that!!! Stay safe Nancy and have a good weekend xxx

  • 18th November 2020 at 11:14 am

    I do like your leggings Penny but I won’t spend much on exercise gear. I have an old T-shirt and some black leggings (2 pairs £15 M&S ‘cos they do short ones) for my Skype/ live sessions. When I do my routines on my own I just wear my pyjamas with a bra underneath! I’m not tempted to buy new clothes as there isn’t much I like in the shops -real or virtual. You look good in the pleated skirt but I think you need to be tall and slim for that style. I do buy cardigans new but I’ve got several and just bought a new Woolovers bolero with a bit of sparkle in it on ebay for about a third of original cost. I have been buying a lot of costume jewellery for my collection but I think I may be nearing the end of that particular obsession. I’ve really enjoyed getting the parcels, particularly this year, but I have a couple of hundred pieces now! Maybe time to start investing in good pieces now as I can see a time coming when I won’t want the stress of deciding between so many items. The same will happen with clothes I think but perhaps not yet< it's too much fun!
    I will be responding to your Other Blog but I need to get my thoughts together. Will be watching 2 more talks from Denman online this week, one about the Regents Canal & one about the Rise of the Detective Novel. They are great value at £5 each. Got out this morning, luckily before the rain started – the air was lovely!

    • 19th November 2020 at 8:44 am

      I know, those parcels! Sigh! But actually I think I have fewer items including obviously jewellery than you. Yesterday I was looking back at some of the photos for past blog posts, and I was amazed at what I had and got rid of. Kept saying, oh no, no, not that one! I was far too enthusiastically putting things into the charity shop bag when we moved! So will still be looking for new items which have to be bargains of course!

      I’ll be doing the monthly review of books and films at the end of the month but have been watching some great documentaries including the one about the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral – that’s amazing and I thoroughly recommend that.

      The daily walks are essential. Thanks as ever for your comment Lynda 🙂

  • 18th November 2020 at 11:37 am

    Hi Penny
    Sorry to be pedantic but it’s only England which is in lockdown 2. We in Wales have just finished our two week firebreak lockdown. The results of which remain to be seen. I do think in a pandemic that the same rules should apply throughout the four home nations. It makes things a whole lot clearer.

    • 18th November 2020 at 12:19 pm

      Oh yes, of course, what was I thinking, so sorry Victoria, will amend and thanks for pointing that out.

    • 18th November 2020 at 3:37 pm

      Yes Victoria – you are right. We should have all the country following the same rules in a ‘Lockdown’ period. It must be very difficult and frustrating for those people who live close to the borders and need to cross – – both ways — for normal living. We are a small (landmass) area after all, it shouldn’t be too difficult to co-ordinate a complete lockdown, when the stakes are so high for all of us. P.

  • 18th November 2020 at 12:59 pm

    Don’t feel guilty about spending on new clothes, Penny; you deserve them and one was from the sale! I loved your leggings and I have a similar red camouflage pair which I must wear again soon. I loved the new skirt and think it looked fab with your pleather jacket. I’m quite partial to a pleated skirt, too!

    It is good news about the vaccines but I won’t be rushing to have it any time soon; I’d like to wait and see and do my research before I have it.

    Take care

    • 19th November 2020 at 12:23 pm

      Hi Veronica! I was so pleased when I saw the skirt was on sale – it’s very good quality and has such a lot of material to it. But as you know second hand is really the best and charity shops are so good for my budget! Will be so nice when they open again.

      I’m currently thinking about booking holidays in 2021 as I shall accept a vaccine as soon as possible. They’ll all be in the UK as of course the whole world needs to be vaccinated for this to go away, if it ever does. So foreign travel will have to wait until 2022. You take care too xxx

  • 18th November 2020 at 1:31 pm

    You’re so right about moving every 20 minutes Penny. I read an alarming report which said that even if we do a run or walk every day, we’re still losing muscle mass because we tend to sit down for the rest of the day and we’re not doing the normal day-to-day things we would do outside a lockdown. It was food for thought for me, so now I don’t ignore the Fitbit when it tells me to get up and walk, because I have a tendency to stay seated in my home office all day otherwise (except for making meals).
    The leggings look great- I’ve never looked at them in M&S before., The necklace is a stunner and will look very lux with that Mango skirt. xx

    • 19th November 2020 at 12:27 pm

      Yes, normal day-to-day things were for us, always getting on the bus and going into the centre of Brighton – haven’t been on a bus since before Christmas! Other normal things include going up to London by train for exhibitions. One day Gail, one day, and just maybe in 2021, we’ll meet up there again!

      That’s the second pair of workout leggings I’ve bought from M&S – they’re good value. Take care xx

  • 18th November 2020 at 1:48 pm

    Hi Penny I bought those leggings from M and S with a gift voucher from my children. They are great and I wear for my zoom fitness classes. They are FLexercise classes, which I have been doing since May 3 times a week. I am 67 and the lady usually does these classes in a local community hall, when Covid wasn’t around. She does a variety of aerobic, toning with weights and salsa style dance moves. She also takes people Nordic walking. Which I have taken up with her yet. She encourages movement and I do feel fitter and have less aches and pains. Her classes certainly suit me now that I’m retired and adds structure to my days .

    • 19th November 2020 at 12:30 pm

      Isn’t it great to have these Zoom classes – they certainly structure our week – and gosh how stiff I’d be if I wasn’t doing Pilates. Your classes sound really good. And amazing to hear you bought the exact same leggings – I think they’re great value. Take care 🙂

  • 18th November 2020 at 5:26 pm

    Hi Penny
    I do need to get new leggings but I can get by on what I have until actual in person classes resume. I do like your new ones. I did purchase two joggers recently to replace really worn out yoga pants and holey sweats, even though no one sees them but me. trying to wear what I have in creative ways for the rare time I go out. yesterday I even got a complement about how well I put colors together. wore an outfit of purple and gold colors, the pieces being 5-20 years old. Even my boots were purple. ordinarily I would have never bought them. however, they had been a gift for my granddaughter when she was nine. it was on her wish list. there was a mixup and her mom ended up giving her the same boots. I was going to return them but tried them on and they fit, so 9 years later they are still in my wardrobe. not worn often but they do make a statement. I have become lazy lately and need to up my activity. seeing your photo of the sea made me think I should go to the nearby beach and take a walk now that the Summer crowds have gone. today I have made an appointment to go to the library, as we now must, for books, I have read all my current stash. I will certainly read your other blog, perhaps comment. certainly I am happy about the outcome of our election but I will say lots of anxiety remains, at least for me. Darby

    • 19th November 2020 at 12:36 pm

      Ah yes, the election! I think the whole world will sigh with relief when we hear Trump has conceded, which he’ll have to one day soon, what with all the lawsuits being thrown out by State judges. It must be such an anxious time for you all.

      I do love a seaside walk – and good to know you’ve got one near you. That outfit, btw, sounds so good, love the idea of purple and gold. You take care 🙂

  • 18th November 2020 at 8:55 pm

    Those leggings are happy leggings! I definitely shopped way too much this year but I don’t really regret any of my buys. I will be sharing my charity shops finds in a couple of weeks. I found 4 things shopping with my mom. I love your views of the sea!

    • 19th November 2020 at 12:37 pm

      The leggings are great and such good value, they fit well too. I shall look out for that post on thrifting. I think it’s such fun and look forward to when they open again. You take care 🙂

  • 19th November 2020 at 4:31 pm

    The news does seem to see-saw at the moment doesn’t it? I’m going to concentrate on the positive bits for a day or two, then will pop over to read the other blog (which I know will have me nodding my head in agreement!)
    Those leggings are fab – I have a pair of M&S patterned leggings and they have washed and worn brilliantly. But I’m looking at yours and wonder if I ‘need’ another pair 😉

    • 30th November 2020 at 4:56 pm

      Oh my word, the news…. And what a hoot, the needing an item of clothing, yup, it’s a good question!

  • 23rd November 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Hello, Penny
    It’s been so long. We need more lock-down here (in Missouri) than we have, quite honestly. I live in one of those “denial” states so Michael and I have had to always do our own lock-down and we are still in the minority in wearing masks in our small town. I will admit, that as we get closer to the city (Kansas City), we feel safer because folks up that way take it serious.

    Well, about leggings-I now pretty much live in leggings. I don’t really go anywhere, so why not? Love yours from M&S. Most of mine are black and grey too.

    I have been sewing and knitting like a fiend because we will eventually get to get back to a normal life someday. There’s a good feeling about completing projects.
    Take care,

    • 30th November 2020 at 5:06 pm

      Hi Terri,
      What a year. Here we do take it seriously and we don’t. Our leader is supposedly guided by the scientists but isn’t. Basically we are coming out of Lockdown Version 2 far too early (tomorrow in fact) and there will be lots of visiting over Christmas – I don’t think many people in my age group are happy about this.

      I always read your blog by the way and have just commented on the one you posted today with the amazing knitting, but not sure if they’ve landed. Wow, you are one amazing knitter! I have just completed a tiny garter stitch cardi – quite pleased as it’s the first piece of knitting I’ve done for 15 years!

      You stay safe too 🙂

  • 24th November 2020 at 8:10 am

    Just a pretty simple outfit but you make it look so classy on you!

    • 30th November 2020 at 5:06 pm

      Thank you so much Shauna

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