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 🙂