Hello everyone

I’m back house-sitting again in Lewes and have been there for a week now, and how nice it is to do a bit of gardening in that wild garden of my daughter’s and get that sense of satisfaction after a few hours work outside in good weather.  Also I managed to contact two dear friends who I hadn’t seen since pre-Covid times and met them face-to-face, what a joy it is to renew friendships and, really, just chat. Don’t you find that with that kind of friend it’s as though you met only last week instead of two years or so. They are precious those friends and it was so good to see them again.

Of course as per usual I didn’t pack what I should have, the all-seasons gear for the all-seasons weather we’re getting in the UK this month. Instead I’d packed for the week on a really cold day and had put loads of clothes for cool weather in my suitcase, and what do you know, it’s quite warm! I am so not one of those bloggers who can tell you about packing a capsule all-weather wardrobe, or capsule anything – nope, I almost always get it wrong!

Hence I went looking in the Lewes charity shops and this is what I found.

A really cool, cotton and viscose skirt that swishes as you walk – £7.

I then found another more formal thicker cotton skirt in black at £4.50.

I rather like the stitched motifs around the bottom of the skirt. Apologies for the shoes, but I’ve done a lot of walking this week and trainers are the only shoes possible for the 10,000+ daily steps I’ve been doing.

And look here’s a charity shop buy that I am in raptures about. I mean, just as I don’t really do shoes I also don’t do handbags, but this I had to have.

I bought this a week earlier in Emmaus, Brighton because the colour is so right for me.  And the cost – £5!

See how this bag just goes with the two skirts.

And with the black skirt.

As I said don’t look at the shoes, and my PersonalTrainer will take one look at the photo and say ‘your left shoulder!’  It’s up and you can see that from the list of the jacket!  I shall try to do better, but actually I am straighter and stronger because of the work I put in and the sessions I have with my PT and for that I am very grateful. She’s off on a holiday next week and I shall miss her but she so deserves to get away – enjoy!

I got several more charity shop items in Lewes including two Autumn/Winter skirts (both at £4.50) plus a vintage brown tweed suit, and I’m very glad to say the suit jacket is so fab it’s cured me of my longing for the Vivienne Westwood jacket. I think £20 for the entire suit is better than £984 for the VW jacket. You’ll see it soon. Oh, and a yellow (of course) Autumn/Fall longer jacket for light rain.  Light rain in this country, ha ha, if we’re lucky!  Which you’ll also see very soon. I also managed to find a charity shop that sold some very good baby clothes and bought three items for Oscar, so it was altogether a very successful charity shop shopping week.

That’s all for now, I’ll be back soon with my end of the month review.

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper


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35 thoughts on “I’m house-sitting again!

  • 27th August 2021 at 8:39 am

    Hi Penny, it sounds like you’re having a fabulous time in Lewes! I’m very jealous of your charity shop haul. It’s all great. I like the black skirt for Autumn and it looks good with the trainers – very in. Don’t apologise. The bag also looks really nice, but as I don’t drive any more, all my bags are crossbody, though I still have a hunched left shoulder! I know you’ve written about your personal trainer before. Has it made a lot of difference to your posture? The yellow jacket is perfect too. I like that yellow for autumn, and I love to dress in season appropriate colours. All in all, charity shopping at its best and when you need it! I’m looking forward to seeing the other items. Enjoy your break. Trish S

    • 28th August 2021 at 9:12 am

      I am having a fab time and it’s our last day! Yes, actually I usually use backpacks and gave up handbags and shoulder bags years ago, but I couldn’t resist the colour of the bag, so I think I’ll just be careful and not use it all the time.

      My personal trainer has made a huge difference to my health and life but the trick is to find the right one. She specialises in physical and medical problems and strengthening older clients through exercises appropriate for our age and stage, although she pushes you big time! And furthermore she is, and I know she won’t mind me saying this is only 10 years younger than me, so I don’t have a youngster telling me to go for it who doesn’t understand the older body. Here’s a link to her website to show you what to look for http://www.wellbeingexercise.co.uk/about_us.html

      I was getting quite crooked and stooped before I met her – so yes, she’s made a huge difference.

  • 27th August 2021 at 9:34 am

    Hi Penny – loving your haul and the positivity (sounds like pure joy?) in your blog this week. Also thinking the trainers look fab with the skirt, function and fashion!

    • 27th August 2021 at 5:56 pm

      I think the trainers look good Penny, I particularly like the black skirt and the black/grey trainers.
      The bag is a lovely colour just what I like too.

      • 28th August 2021 at 10:49 am

        Hi Vivien and yes, the black skirt will be worn a lot in the Autumn and into the winter. As for the bag I know, it’s great colour! Thanks 🙂

    • 28th August 2021 at 9:14 am

      Thank you so much, and I agree function and fashion is such a good combination!

  • 27th August 2021 at 9:44 am

    A very good charity shop haul indeed! I like the black skirt, very stylish on you contrasted with the mustard which suits you so well. I think I’ve given up on skirts because I don’t like the feeling of a waistband & a dress is so much easier, simply pick a toning cardigan to wear with it. I know what you mean about ‘old’ friends. One of mine lives near Manchester and I’m in the south so we don’t often meet, even in a ‘normal’ year but when we do , or talk on the ‘phone, we just pick up where we left off with complete understanding. We are actually going on a cruise very soon (!) so busy doing the washing and getting stuff together. I will be wearing a fully sequinned hot pink number for one of the formal nights with pink heeled shoes and bag. Crazy really but it does have long sleeves so not much flesh on show. Although my upper arms now have something resembling definition there does not seem to be much you can do about the floppy bit underneath. Sleeves are a must, or at least the chiffon cape effect that I have on a couple of cocktail dresses. I’m a bit uncertain about how the cruise will be with mandatory medical grade masks etc but could not refuse chance to get away in case everything goes bad again the autumn/winter. We will see. I’m hoping to get to see my daughter ‘up north’ when we get back, not seen her since December 2019. I’m reading Failures of State at last and it is a very enlightening, if blood-boilingly horrific, to see exactly how much the Govt. lied and kept the truth hidden. More escapist fiction will be going with me on the cruise!

    • 28th August 2021 at 9:20 am

      Yes the Lewes charity shops have been extra good this week. And despite the slightly warmer weather it was good to see some items for Autumn on the racks.

      Oh Lynda, I shall be so interested in your cruise experience as I am on the verge of cancelling my 2022 cruise – I am so not sure I want to mix with so many people on board ship, which is really what a cruise entails. I mean I loved the cruise life before, but now? Do let me know. In the meantime, don’t listen to me, pack all your wonderful dresses and truly enjoy 🙂

      I am in despair with the daily news from Afghanistan and it doesn’t help that we have a woefully inadequate government. So I am totally with you on immersing oneself in escapist cultural activities. Bring on the fiction!!!!

  • 27th August 2021 at 9:53 am

    What a lovely selection of Charity Shop clothes you found and I really love the bag! Orange is my favourite colour for accessories , and I believe it’s “in “ for autumn. As if being “ in” bothered us elegant senior charity shoppers! We just wear what suits us don’t we? Have a great Bank Holiday weekend, let’s hope the sun shines. Best wishes Judy Sparks

    • 28th August 2021 at 10:43 am

      Oh it was so good to shop in Lewes! The charity shops were amazing – that doesn’t always happen, but this week I managed to find a very good haul!

      The bag bought the previous week is a lovely colour – I couldn’t resist it!

      Best wishes to you Judy 🙂

  • 27th August 2021 at 9:59 am

    Love both your outfits and what a lucky find with that gorgeous bag. I’ve hardly worn any of my sandals as the weather has been so unpredictable. I have practically lived in my plimsolls which are so comfortable. Don’t know whether I’ll be able to walk in heels again! We’ve spent a lot more time in our garden and the birds on the feeders give us a show every day!

    • 28th August 2021 at 10:44 am

      The weather has been so odd – it’s reasonably warm now but quite humid with it. Actually trainers are my go-to shoe and like you I’ve hardly worn my sandals this year.

      Thanks so much for your comment Gill 🙂

  • 27th August 2021 at 10:22 am

    You got so lucky to score at the charity shops! that bag is a great find and I love that bright tee with the printed skirt 🙂 Sounds like you have been having a lovely time too!

    Hope your week is going well 🙂

    • 28th August 2021 at 10:46 am

      I have had a great time in Lewes which is a lovely little town with many independent shops in the High Street of every variety.

      Thank you and you have a great weekend 🙂

  • 27th August 2021 at 11:21 am

    Well done with your charity shop finds and the lovely bag pulls all the colours together beautifully. I’ve had my daughter’s Cockerpoo dog staying this week and so I’ve been out walking a lot too. Unfortunately, she doesn’t like my husband, we still don’t know why as she’s 3 now so should have got used to him by now, so all the walking and ball throwing in the garden has had to be done by me so hopefully I may have lost a pound or two 🤣

    • 28th August 2021 at 10:53 am

      The bag was such a good find and the colour is great! How lovely to have a dog to walk, but it’s nice to have one on loan, so to speak, rather like grandchildren you can hand them over at the end of the day or in your case at the end of a week 😉

      Have a great weekend 🙂

  • 27th August 2021 at 12:22 pm

    So glad to read of your good time in Leeds with your daughter, Penny! Gardening, shopping, and meeting/renewing friendships sounds absolutely ideal!! Once again, you’ve found styles that works for you and you carry it off so well. And that bag, drool-worthy in styling and color! Unfortunately, I’ve had to give up the shoulder style years ago and have enjoyed an assortment of leather backpacks. I even have a rattan one for summer! After watching my MIL fade away after a fall, I’ve strived to keep my balance and two hands free when I’m out and about. And I’m careful about the security of the bag, too.
    I’m thankful to be busy here. A baby shower for a favorite young couple last weekend was a rare social outing. Trying to inch our way back out socially but with the Delta variant surge, we’re looking at being cautious again. Thank goodness, the event was outdoors. I’m fine with the grocery shopping and errand running. It’s the prolonged chatting and interaction with people whose vaccinated status is unknown that makes me cautious. Especially now that “breakthrough” CoVid illnesses are happening amongst the vaccinated.. My husband’s respiratory system is weak and we need to be cautious.
    And so continues the ongoing, politicized, polarizing, maddening pandemic situation in the U.S. Never a dull moment!!!
    Take care, Penny! How I enjoy reading your posts and having a chat with you! Thank you!
    Charlene H

    • 29th August 2021 at 10:36 am

      Well, just like you I gave up shoulder bags long ago and have backpacks – so essential for the back – but I couldn’t resist the colour and will aim to use it sparingly, for the colour more than anything else!

      And just like you we are being very cautious and all our social encounters are outside. Not sure what I’ll do in the winter as really the Delta cases are so high in the Uk and especially where we are in Brighton which is a holiday hotspot with absolutely no-one doing any social distancing. It’s not a happy picture in our country either Charlene! So that is why it is so nice to chat to people virtually across the pond! You take care too, Charlene and thank you for your comment 🙂

  • 27th August 2021 at 12:28 pm

    Just a few lines today Penny. I’m off to my wardrobe to decide which dress to wear to a friend’s rather smart wedding next week. I expect I’ll have to wear smart shoes too, rather than the trainers I’ve lived in since having my dodgy knees replaced over the last 18 months (and for quite a while before). I love the black skirt and orange bag, a fabulous pop of colour for those darker months. It’s lovely you’re able to get your garden fix by looking after you daughter’s in her absence. Enjoy! Jane.

    • 29th August 2021 at 10:45 am

      I know – my daughter’s garden helps so much with the yearning to be outside in greenery. However, I have returned to the flat aching all over! I think I need to rest now!

      And it’ll be so nice to dress up for an occasion – although like you I would find the shoe part of any outfit a bit of a challenge. Winter I can do as I wear smart boots, both long and short, but in the summer it’s trainers all the time now. Good luck with your hunt and enjoy!

  • 27th August 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Oh you can always work in my garden Penny!! Love the black skirt and the accessories you are wearing!

    • 28th August 2021 at 2:16 am

      Oh Penny, I envy you, with your cooler weather, we are having an awfully hot and very humid August, which has just sent me for a loop. Within ten minutes of being outside, one’s clothes are damp, and it’s impossible wearing make up, it just drips off. I love your latest shopping finds, and never apologize for your trainers, I’ve worn my cream coloured plimsolls with all my outfits this summer, and felt very trendy, and of course comfortable. I see that there are so many great flat shoe styles around now, that most women I think, will continue wearing flats even when life gets back to normal. Although heaven knows when that will be. Our Covid numbers in Toronto are beginning to rise again, and will no doubt creep up even more when schools and universities start up again. I am fearful for my grandchildren now, so my husband and I will not being seeing anyone, so that we can safely spend time with our grandkids. Longing for cooler weather and fall clothes, your orange bag is adorable, will be a bright addition to any winter outfit, I absolutely love it, orange is my favourite colour, I wear it with shocking pink and clashing colours in the summer, and it brightens up the greys and browns of winter.
      Keep posting, always a bright day when you pop into my inbox. xx

      • 29th August 2021 at 11:03 am

        The thing is it’s been very odd weather here, like last week in Lewes when it was quite warm, so you took some layers off, but then it got cool when the sun went in so you’d add them back and then it would get quite sweaty, so yes, we have the humidity too. But this morning it’s quite Autumnal and very cool and not at all like August should be. It’s weird!

        Yes, I wear flats all the time now but think I look smarter in the winter with my boots, both long and short. And yes, here in the UK the Delta cases are sky-rocketing and I also worry about my 15-yr-old unvaccinated grandson. The Uk is now rather behind some other countries who are vaccinating the over-12s. We won’t socialise with friends indoors come the winter, for that reason, I want to to continue seeing my grandchildren. Hmm challenging times, Geri! But I do love communicating with people like you in Canada and the States and elsewhere, it does make up for the times we live in!

        Also I do like the idea of orange and shocking pink together!

    • 29th August 2021 at 10:47 am

      Ah yes, the gardening! I’ve come back to my flat aching all over, I need to rest now!

      Thanks re: the skirt, it was a good find, but wait until you see my vintage suit which is so good!

      Have a lovely Sunday x

  • 27th August 2021 at 2:58 pm

    The skirts are great finds Penny. The ones in our area all seem to have closed. And that bag is a real gem. I have been craving a new one myself. I do not have many, and some are quality but they are looking their age, worn spots and fraying in places. I actually like the trainers with the skirts. Good you are getting in your steps, exercise is so important as we get older but for anyone really. I do need a new pair myself. I have been wearing the same pair of trainers for quite some time, even took them on recent trips, and this Summer to the beach. I have gone back to my volunteer activity which I did pre pandemic, which is walking the dogs at an animal shelter. sometimes I wonder how I ended up doing this, just the thing for a PhD but there you are. When I retired I kind of fell into this as it was needed, and I often miss having a dog of my own. And of course it is a great way to get my exercise. How great you were able to see your friends! It has been lovely for the past weeks of this Summer to get together almost weekly with 4 or 5 of my friends, We can have dinner outdoors while the weather is still warm enough. Each of picks a restaurant in turn, going in alphabetical order.

    This week is my turn. We met a few years ago, through the local library. We are of course older, single either through widowhood or divorce, all grandparents as well, so much to share. Nice you are enjoying your daughter’s garden. My small back patio is rather a disaster this year. weeds seem to have taken over and bees have settled in the thyme. The one bright event was a brief visit from a hummingbird, the first ever, the basil has been prolific but I have probably harvested the last of it for a pesto. I have taken advantage of the farm down the road, about 5 miles, even in this suburban setting. It is a source of fresh eggs and all kinds of local fruits and vegetables. One last thing I am enjoying is the pool in my complex, especially when my daughter can come after work or on the rarer occasion when my son and family can join me. So much bleak news this week but also much to feel grateful about.
    With love from New York,

    • 29th August 2021 at 11:24 am

      I agree that there is some really awful news to digest these days, in the UK we have not only the hugely rising Delta cases and the ghastly sight of the plight of the Afghans in Kabul but we also have our Brexit woes – so it is good to steep oneself in culture and to meet up with old friends as much as possible during the summer months, as I think we shall be back to being cautious and not going indoors anywhere in the winter. We’ll see how things pan out.

      Great to hear about your life and the farm near you in New York, amazing, also you meeting up with your friends, sounds such a good and positive thing to do.

      Recently someone showed me round his refurbished flat in this block and oh my word, he opened a cupboard and there were over a 100 pairs of trainers, with their boxes of course! But why I am surprised, it’s obviously his hobby, like mine is finding charity shop bargains, and I do have 27 hats!

      It’s great you have an outside space, Derby, I do miss having that, although there is a patio here but I don’t go out all that often as it’s (coughs and puts hand over mouth) a bit territorial and gossipy and not my scene at all). Anyway I get my fix at my daughter’s and have returned aching all over from all the gardening and walking I did!!! I need a bit of a rest, and will do some writing this week.

      You take care – and love from Brighton 🙂

  • 27th August 2021 at 6:20 pm

    It sounds as if the charity shops in Lewes are very good! It also sounds as if you had a great time gardening and walking as well.

    I love the blue/turquoise skirt – what a fab pattern and the black skirt is also lovely. The pattern around the bottom makes a plain skirt stand out. I look forward to seeing your other charity shop buys.

    Have a fab weekend,

    • 29th August 2021 at 11:10 am

      You’ll love that vintage suit I’ve bought, and yes, the charity shops were so good during that week. I think it’s because they’re just beginning to put out some clothes for the Autumn, it’s nice to have rummage and think now what could I wear in the winter.

      I’ve both come back aching from the all the effort I put into the walking and gardening – I need a rest now!!!

      Thank you and you have a great Sunday too xxx

  • 27th August 2021 at 6:59 pm

    I just adore that blue/green print skirt Penny. AND the fact that you wore it with yellow!!! So fabulous!!
    I was laughing the other day about how I’ve decided to stop being sorry for overpacking. I’ll never be a minimalist in clothing whether that’s at home or traveling. Besides, if you take the wrong things, it’s a good excuse to buy new things, haha!! (my hubby thinks I do that on purpose, but I don’t. It just happens, haha0

    • 29th August 2021 at 11:07 am

      The thing is we stayed for a week at my daughter’s and I thought I’d taken enough of the right type of clothes, because we certainly took enough other stuff as we were catering and brought all our teas and coffees and well, almost the kitchen sink. But I got the clothes wrong again!!!!!

      Take care Jodie xxx

  • 28th August 2021 at 7:07 am

    Happy to read that you had a great time with your daughter, Penny. I don’t think you need to worry about your sneaker, it’s a footwear de-jour. Love the details of the black skirt, it goes so well with the jacket and a hangbag

    • 29th August 2021 at 11:05 am

      Yes, the bag was a great find as was the black skirt. But wait until you see the vintage suit which I shall feature later this year. Was so pleased to find it.

      And you’re right, flats and trainers are the thing to wear!

      Take care and thank you so much for your comment 🙂

  • 28th August 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Some fabulous purchases, Penny! My favourite one has to be the bag. As I tend to wear quite a lot of dark clothes, I like to brighten my outfits with colourful accessories. Have a wonderful break, I’m currently in Belfast, so strange to travel after all this time.

    • 29th August 2021 at 10:49 am

      Oh wow, enjoy Belfast. I do think it’ll be holidays in the UK for us for some time to come now, I hope you get to France at some point.

      The bag is such an amazing colour – I pounced when I saw it and only £5!

  • 30th August 2021 at 6:41 am

    Some great finds in Lewes as always. I’m also a chronically bad packer for holidays, always misjudging the weather, and remember buying an “emergency” anorak in the Co-Op where my mum lives because it was so cold and I didn’t have a jacket! (It was a Dorothy Perkins and only £10 in the sale – and I’ve worn it for several years).
    Well done on the 10k steps a day, I find I am becoming a bit too obsessed with walking. I tend to prioritise a walk over a workout or yoga, and here I am on a bank holiday, still sticking to the routine of being out by 8am when really I could cut myself some slack!

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