This is a short blog post (but sweet, I hope) as I’m busy packing for the cruise.  I won’t go into the details of the actual pack, which, while it’s not exactly a military operation, is certainly one that takes a bit of time and thought (I have a dedicated notebook *sighs at self*).

So enough of that.  Anyway, did you know that the Met Gala has just happened?  This is the annual fundraising thing for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. It’s one of New York’s most exclusive high society events with all sorts of clebs and stars attending, and, as per usual, it results in the predictable analysis in various mags and newspapers on who dressed well and who didn’t make the cut.

I did think, for a moment, that this event is so far outside my life experience, why even bother to give it the time of day.  But no: this is about looking at the photos of those beautiful women and their gorgeous dresses, noting what they wear, adapting a look that catches my eye, and then checking that I’ve got something in my wardrobe that fits that look or finding something similar in my local charity shop. And I’m pleased to say that I’m taking three long frocks and four shorter dresses, all fabulous in their own way, and all (save one) bought for under £10.00.

purple-cruise-dressI promise you that I’ll get a photo of me actually wearing each and every outfit!  But here’s one long frock I’m taking with me.

And don’t forget I have the tux to go with a pair of black evening trousers and the mid-length skirt I showed you last week. That may sound a lot but I have been ruthless and rejected several frocks. So, hmm, yes, probably, I have enough evening dresses for a 21-day cruise!

But remember, I’ve been able to build up this wardrobe because all my shopping (for the glamorous frocks, that is) has been done in my local charity shops – an ethical and cost effective way to feeling fabulous!

That’s all for now

With love, Penny

The Frugal Fashion Shopper

P.S. I wasn’t able to get to the premiere of Advanced Style The Documentary attended by Ari Seth Cohen and the New York fashionistas but I hear it went very well. Afterwards Invisible Woman hosted the Q&A and I’m sorry to have missed seeing her in her wonderful red Prada shoes – read all about it here.



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