Hi everyone

And here we are, almost another month gone from this year. Are you finding that the weeks and months pass quickly? I am, and not sure why but the days do tend to blend in and merge together and there have been a couple of times when I have woken up on a Monday and wondered whether it was Tuesday! So if this totally s..t year is moving fast to its end – good.  But on t’other hand we don’t want to wish our lives away, do we, especially, people, when we are in our 70s. We need to live our lives and be fulfilled and happy. Now that last word must sound trite, so instead of being ‘happy’, I’d say what keeps you going, what keeps you motivated, what keeps you sane during this very, very odd and trying year?

As you know I’ve found that a good routine is helpful, plus having the live Zoom Pilates classes, these give structure to our day and the week. Then for me, it’s the writing (which I do in the morning) and the communication and connection, which I feel I have with all of you, and that includes those who do not comment, because that’s fine, I know you’re there.  And, of course there’s the connection with our children (in their 40s) and our friends. And although we’re sadly pulling back from seeing people in their gardens the emails/phone calls and the Zoom coffees can continue. And apologies if you’ve heard it all before, you know, a routine, Pilates and ya de ya de ya, but I do sometimes feel as though I’m living through a series of ground-hog days with no trips to London to report or holidays to go on! Never mind, fresh air and our daily walks by the sea are a lifeline.

However, I have some ideas and plans re: holidays for next year. Come what may, I will book a holiday in a cottage somewhere quiet, vaccine or not, as we simply must get away.  But only when there is, once again, a dip in the stats so that won’t happen until we’re well into 2021.

Yes, cases are going up in Brighton & Hove, so what keeps me sane and smiling? Only a couple of weeks ago I spoke about resilience and paying attention to the moment. But what I’m saying here, is what is it that will help you as we move into these winter months? For me it has to be the connection with family and friends, which is going to be mainly, now, via various IT methods. But I also get a smile on my face, through, and yes, I am that shallow, fashion, or if not exactly fashion, it is clothes, the ones in my wardrobe and the ones I find in the two charity shops I go into – they’re very safe with compulsory masks and only 2-4 people allowed in at a time. Yes, this keep me smiling.

Here are my two latest finds both found in the same small charity shop that is just around the corner from me.


What about that for a pop of red!

Here I am wearing it with a very old Peacock’s top.

And then I saw this.

Can you see the label, it’s a Jaeger jacket! Wow, what a find, it’s all wool and quite heavy with it. This jacket, I’d say is vintage and a bargain at £15. And hey, in this day and age, let’s be colourful!

I love skirts and am really excited to tell you that I’ve joined in with Gail of @is_this_mutton_ and the #7DaySkirtChallenge which she started on Instagram. This skirt will feature as #2/7. Are you on Instagram?  It’s a funny old place and I don’t take it seriously, but the thing about Instagram and any social media platform is that you make your space as safe and as nice as yourself and your friends. To do this I have made my account private and within that walled-off space I am surrounded by a great community of women who love their clothes, so actually I should go on there more often, and maybe I will now with this challenge because I am finding it such fun, and people, fun is what we need these days.

Last pic of the outfit below where you can see more clearly the necklace I found in a French bricolage shop and bought for 5€.

What have I been watching and reading?

We’ve watched 5 films this month, two of them, were the first and second Jason Bourne films. They were OK, there’s plenty of pace, and they’re efficient films, and you know what to expect. I kind of enjoyed them, but then again, they’re not exactly fun, in fact I thought Matt Damon rather soulless and wooden in his role. Funny how popular and successful actors can become, when really, are they that good?  I don’t recommend.

But there are 3 films I do recommend. The first was Get on Up (Netflix) starring Chadwick Boseman as the singer James Brown. Gosh, what a blow to have lost Boseman so early, I was so sad and shocked when I heard of his passing. He didn’t make all that many films, but they all showcase how good an actor he was – he simply lives the role of James Brown and I do recommend. Another great film which I highly recommend was The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix) which depicts the true story of how 7 (at first it was 8) activists including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin and Tom Hayden were charged with conspiracy and crossing state lines to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. I was vaguely aware of the trial and its result but did not know a great deal of the context. The film is intelligent and actually quite funny, and Sacha Baron Cohen steals the show as Hoffman – well worth watching. Another excellent film was an old one, it was A Bridge Too Far (Amazon Prime) and it tells the story of the 1944 failed invasion of the Netherlands by the Allies known as Market Garden.  I don’t know what you think of watching war films, but this one is good, very good in fact, and what’s more it is an ensemble piece with so many stars in it, too many to name, and all of course, looking so young as the film was made in 1977. Despite being that old the film’s production values are as good as todays and it holds the attention throughout – highly recommend.

Reading: I finished JG Farrell,’s The Singapore Grip which I thought excellent. It is a far more subtle and a far deeper exploration of war and Empire attempted by the recent televised version. And then I’ve read one book (Patchett’s Commonwealth) and am halfway through another (Jessie Burton’s The Confession), and I’m sorry to say despite being very well written I find/found them a bit frustrating. I don’t know why, because as I said they are well written – so don’t be put off. Is it because I just cannot be doing with domestic life and marriages that go awry?  I guess I like larger themes; of war, and Empire, yes, that’s more my kind of book. Give me a Hillary Mantel or JG Farrell any day, basically I think it’s because I just can’t do light literature – and apologies to all who do but hey let’s embrace our differences!

Watching on TV: Finished watching The David Hare series Roadkill starring Hugh Laurie (BBC iPlayer) It was good up to a point, but predictable, and have started The Undoing (Now tv) with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, which is worth watching for Hugh Grant alone, what an actor, he’s like a maturing very good wine.  We continue to watch Life (iPlayer) but am finding it a bit miz, again, there’s rather too much domestic angst in it for me.  To brighten our lives we watch anything with Michael Palin, sorry overseas readers if you can’t find it as it’s on BBC iPlayer, but there’s always, Schitts Creek, on Netflix. Oh what a delight this is. For a long time we avoided it as it sounded, to a Brit’s ears, as rather too much for us. I mean why would a very rich American family on their uppers be any good? Yet why was it always winning awards? Well, give it a try, it is just wonderful. Funny, witty, and in a way, totally innocent and a breath of fresh air. We are still on the 1st season and have several seasons more to keep us going – exactly what we need for the coming months!

That’s all for now, but do share how you keep a smile on your face in winter, so interesting to hear how others lead their lives.

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper





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53 thoughts on “Lockdown diaries – 28th October 2020. What keeps you smiling?

  • 28th October 2020 at 11:08 am

    I love the skirt and the jacket. I once had a jacket very like that one.
    You do cheer me up, you always seem to be so upbeat.
    Keep it up Penny, we all need a bit of sunshine in our lives.

    • 29th October 2020 at 8:08 am

      Thank you Wendy, That jacket! I realised what a bargain it was when I saw the label! And thanks for the kind words 🙂

  • 28th October 2020 at 11:43 am

    That is a wonderful skirt for a tall person like you! Love the colour and texture. I like the jacket too.
    I had a Jaeger suit bought in the 90’s, very reduced of course. It was lightweight with a pleated skirt in light sage green with pastel flowers on. I have a photo of me wearing it but it went out years ago, those padded shoulders make pieces from that era difficult to wear. I still have a fine tweed suit in burgundy with a little green fleck & a half velvet collar by Viyella. I think it would be too small now but it was so smart! I’ve realised now that it was not a great colour for me and one I would not now wear. I’ve been thinking about wearing skirts again as I’ve got a few winter ones but I really prefer dresses.
    As you say, somehow the days pass quite quickly although it just feels like treading water – surviving but going nowhere. We don’t do any social media or subscription channels but Him Indoors has given me access to Zoom stuff without downloading the app. There really is no such thing as privacy on the internet but it’s a risk/benefit analysis that you have to do for yourself, which is how I’m commenting here & using e-bay. ( Vronni had a very unpleasant comment on her blog yesterday ). Unfortunately most people have no idea how much information about them is being stored and used. Surely the ads that pop up are a clue? If it were only for commercial purposes I’d be less concerned but there is a lot of dark stuff going on that threatens democracy. Unless of course it’s too late anyway………….rant over!
    I want to read Singapore Grip so have avoided the dramatisation. I’m reading a Mavis Cheek at the moment, huge fun which is what I need, a laugh on every page. I’ve just read Transcription by Kate Atkinson, an unusual WW2 spy story. I think she is a great writer. We’ve just started watching DNA & The Same Sky which have sub-titles, Danish (?) & German. I think Life is so well acted, I’ve been mesmerised by Belle. It must be so demanding to play a part like that because you have to live it emotionally and physically ; Victoria Hamilton is brilliant. We enjoyed the simple nostalgic predictability of the James Heriott stories – I think I’m more drawn to the ‘cosy’ drama now than before. Perhaps it’s a need for reassurance about the real life that was and we hope can be again.
    We watched The Book Thief the other day & seeing the devastating effects of WW2 bombing I thought that you could not equate this pandemic with the horror of those days. Then it struck me that even in those terrible times people were not cut off from each other like we are. They went to the cinema, dancing, parties etc amongst the, admittedly much greater, tragedy. If only there were a ‘covid alert’ so we all take cover then come out on the all clear & act normally!

    • 29th October 2020 at 8:26 am

      The suits you describe sound so lovely but padded shoulders are such a no-no now! I wonder when they’ll come back in fashion!

      I get your reluctance re: social media and subscription platforms but have weighed this up against how much social media connects me with other people and the connection won. Nevertheless we should all be aware that everything that isn’t from an actual real friend has bias of some kind. For me it is sufficient to aim to be vigilant and rigorous in verifying everything. Btw, I saw that comment – and really why put a comment like that on Vronni’s blog of all places??? To do that you have to be a very unpleasant person in the first place.

      Have DNA and SameSky on my list to watch. And I do like Life especially the acting and agree with you about Victoria Hamilton and yet it leaves me feeling a bit down in the dumps as it’s too near a middle class reality for me. I think that’s why I enjoy the Nordic Noir series and I’ll enjoy The Undoing more as it has an unreal element to it being set amongst the very wealthy types of New York!

      Oh indeed, to do normal things once again – it will be so lovely.

  • 28th October 2020 at 11:50 am

    I think you look really good in glasses they suit you so much better and you have some great frames. Lovely outfit I rally like the red skirt
    If I want cheering up I always watch Gavin and Stacey

    • 29th October 2020 at 8:29 am

      I am in agreement with you re: the glasses – never thought I’d say that! Thanks re: the red skirt which is amazing – what a find.

      Here’s an admission I have never watched Gavin and Stacey. I shall have to start watching it!

  • 28th October 2020 at 11:53 am

    Hi Penny, Just a few thoughts on your lovely post today. Husband and I are also amazed at how quickly these months are passing. It feels as if it’s still July, but Christmas is just round the corner! I think it’s because each day is nearly the same as the one before so they all run in together. We try to do something even slightly different each day. Swop places at the dining table ,walk round a different route to our local shops, or pop into a different place for coffee. Just little changes to alter the boring routine.
    Thankyou for the film and book recommendations. Have you read The Glass Palace by Amitrav Ghosh? It starts in Burma about 1900 and moves through Malaya and India following a family,s fortunes. It’s fascinating .
    I love your red skirt ,I haven’t had much luck with our local charity shops lately but that’s probably because I,m a bit bigger than you! All the goodies seem to be size 10 and 12 not my 16! But I don’t give up ! Best wishes
    Judy S

    • 29th October 2020 at 8:41 am

      Yes, ringing the changes helps and seeing family is a highlight. I hope we can continue to do this, but I wonder…..

      I have read The Glass Palace and it has extra significance to me (as did reading The Singapore Grip) as my father served as an officer in the pre-war Indian Army and was in Burma during the war. He actually wasn’t in Singapore at the time of its fall, but his battalion was and sadly was pretty much decimated in the fighting, so as you can imagine The Singapore Grip was also very pertinent and reminded me of my research I did when I edited his memoir. Despite my father not being there I became fascinated by the fall of Singapore and put some of my research into an appendix – the televised version of The Singapore Grip, didn’t get the half of it.

      That skirt was such a find. Thanks for the comment Judy and best wishes to you too.

  • 28th October 2020 at 11:58 am

    Living the new jkt, Penny – n it’s just great when old n new (to us!), blend as well as ure ‘old ‘ necklace – look so very good together.
    I take on board all that u say, n agree with much of it, but I also think that, sooner or later, we shall have to learn to live with this virus AND its consequences, unfortunately. Just the way of it – could rant on but won’t!!
    Living your posts – always a ray of sunshine 🌞🌞 – keep up the good work!!

    • 29th October 2020 at 8:44 am

      Thank you Julia and I do agree that we have to live with this blooming virus, and indeed I was just getting my confidence back to do more when the rise in cases began. And here we are back to square one! Hmm.

      The jacket was such a good find – the search for great finds keeps me going!

  • 28th October 2020 at 1:08 pm

    The skirt looks even more stunning in this close up! So glad you’re enjoying the skirt challenge. Perhaps we can look at another type of challenge in a few weeks.
    I haven’t, shamefully, seen any of those films. But did enjoy The Undoing and loving Michael Palin. What a special gift he has. We still haven’t tried Schitt’ s Creek.
    Thanks for linking at #WowOnWednesday Penny x

    • 29th October 2020 at 8:47 am

      We are almost what you might call film buffs, and went to the cinema once a week if we could. So we continue to watch a film a week.

      Michael Palin is a national treasure, but do try Schitts Creek especially if you need cheering up, I love the characters now so I am totally hooked!

      Yes, let’s do another of these challenges in a few weeks – they’re fun x

  • 28th October 2020 at 1:12 pm

    Ooooo what a gorgeous find. That skirt looks fantastic on you, and the jacket as well. The blazer style always looks so good on you. I popped into a thrift store last week while dropping off, and found a beautiful mid calf length charcoal grey wool blend sweater. It has knitted lapels and 3 buttons at the chest. This feels like a big warm hug, and with a colourful scarf and gloves, I think it will work right up until the snow flies. It was a brand I would not have paid full price for and that makes it all the better find. Such fun. I think, as well, that fashion can be a great diversion in a stressful time and have been mixing up a few things that were not worn. As for Schitts Creek, glad you are able to get it, as it has been a fun watch for a few years, and now sadly wrapped up and missed. By the way, that necklace is stunning and may prompt me to wear a similar style to a distanced coffee group in the park this week. Probably our last unless the weather holds longer. Thanks for being there Penny.

    • 29th October 2020 at 8:53 am

      Yes, fashion is a great diversion and gosh don’t we just need a few diversions these days! The charcoal grey sweater sounds lovely. And thanks re: the necklace I must get my costume jewellery out and wear them more often.

      And maybe that’s why I love the character of the mother in Schitts Creek – her neck pieces are just divine and totally over the top. Yes, so pleased to have found this series – it’s a gem! And do wear that necklace!

      Thanks Diane and you take care 🙂

  • 28th October 2020 at 1:52 pm

    Yes! Before I finished your piece I was thinking “Schitt’s Creek”! It’s our little dose of escapism at the end of the day. I’d like to see “The Undoing” but I’m not sure if we can get NowTV. Agree with comment from Lynda above, Life was great and like her I thought Victoria Hamilton was outstanding. I’d never seen her in Doctor Foster and was amazed when I googled her and found she’d played the Queen Mother in the early series of The Crown. Which brings me to another Autumnal pleasure, though I haven’t liked the newest series as much and wasn’t convinced by Olivia Coleman, though she is a great actress. I like “casting in my head” and came up with Katherine Parkinson instead.
    Love the asymmetric red kilt. I don’t wear skirts at the moment as I’ve let my waistline go, but that’s only my “to do” list. I like frocks and look forward to cold but dry days when I can wear my favourite orange/red wool coat.
    Do stay well and get away somewhere when you can. I’ve missed my trips to the sun this year but have had mini breaks to Edinburgh and Islay. Plus I’m lucky to live in a beautiful spot.
    I admire your discipline towards daily writing, I’m trying to get back into that habit too. Caroline aka Marina S xx

    • 29th October 2020 at 9:06 am

      Hi Caroline (Marina S) great to hear from you on the blog – thanks! And how interesting you didn’t find Olivia Coleman convincing as I didn’t either. It wasn’t just the change of actor, Coleman was just far too wooden and glum, nearly all the time, and apparently (I mean how would I know but apparently) the Queen has a great sense of humour. Will still watch the new series though, which is coming soon – yay!

      Yes, I love writing and if it’s not a formal piece you’ll always find me emailing a friend or something – they say try 300 words.

      I have many plans for holidays and will definitely get away in the Spring and yesterday I booked a cruise – in 2022!!! Actually one on my bucket list is to come up to Edinburgh by train and stay for a week over the Festival. A few years back we did 2 days and nights there via a cruise – the shows we went to were the highlight of our trip. The rest of the passengers to a person went to the Tattoo, but rude comics were more our thing! Actually one show was John Lloyd (producer of so many shows) what a polymath and not rude, just brilliant. Ooh just writing about the whole experience tells me this is a must!

      Thanks again for the comment xx

  • 28th October 2020 at 2:08 pm

    Very chic and inspirational for keeping up standards. I am in scruffs and covered in mud, but will buck up when I go out

    • 29th October 2020 at 9:13 am

      What a hoot Julia, but tbh, I don’t wear my fab skirts sitting around the flat! That’s one of the many sad things about this blasted virus, that we are not getting out and about into the city or London, but gosh as soon as we can I shall be off dressed up to the nines, as they say!

      Thanks Julia – take care 🙂

  • 28th October 2020 at 2:39 pm

    What a great outfit, the skirt has just an interesting hemline and I love that clasp on the front. The jacket looks fabulous with it – you have an eye for a bargain and a way of putting clothes together to make a fun and flattering outfit.
    We had a 5 day break in Chichester in September and it was really lovely. We did Airbnb and felt very safe while we were down there. One benefit of restrictions was that we had to pre-book wherever we went which meant no queues to get in, and not many people in and around places of interest at the same time as us! It really did us good to have a break away from home so I do hope you find somewhere to go in 2021.

    • 29th October 2020 at 12:34 pm

      Thanks Deb, yes, the skirt and jacket were just the most amazing finds!

      We will definitely go away in the Spring – will book without hesitation when the stats go back to normal, as in, a few cases because this virus is here to stay, but not the many that we have now. I have in mind Rye and/or Dungeness, by the beach, or possibly Suffolk but that’s a much longer drive. And yesterday I booked a cruise – in 2022!

    • 30th October 2020 at 8:58 am

      Yes, I’m glad I found you on Insta! It is such a fun challenge. Have a lovely weekend 🙂

  • 28th October 2020 at 4:17 pm

    What a great combination I hope you get some sunny and cool days to wear it. We’ve been trawling through the library DVDs for some great vintage stuff. Michael Powell and lots of American classics, of course we’ve already seen them all but that doesn’t matter. I expect the library will be closed again soon as Pres Macron is expected to announce another lockdown tonight. I’m not a fan of Netflix we join for a couple of months then cancel, they are always begging us to return. I’m reading Philip Roth and Somerset Maugham. Stay safe 😷

    • 30th October 2020 at 9:02 am

      With the colder weather I shall wear jackets for Zoom coffees/meet-ups with friends and on a particularly cold day the Jaeger jacket will be good as it’s so warm and toasty.

      Ah yes, the Powell/Pressburger films are some of the best classics ever and so are those authors you mention. I envy you having Macron as your leader.

      Take care and have a lovely weekend – it’ll be raining here!

  • 28th October 2020 at 5:04 pm

    I love the skirt and jacket, Penny. Great finds. I agree re: marriage angst books too. Someone gave me Sue Miller’s ‘Monogamy’ for my birthday and I got ‘Dragman’ from another friend, so clearly people feel I need educating about sexuality. I loved ‘Dragman’ – it’s a graphic novel about a Drag Queen superhero, but ‘Monogamy’, although well written, left me cold. I think I’ve read too many novels in my life about middle-class marital problems (classic Updike territory) and, like you, would rather read books with a larger canvas or something that throws light on other cultures. Two books I can heartily recommend are Obioma’s ‘The Fishermen’ and Deepa Anappara’s ‘Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line’. But I did enjoy Sue Miller’s ‘The Weekend’ about the ups and downs in the friendship between three ageing women. Good to see you;re both settled and happy. Love to Mr FFS (funny acronym now I think of it).

    • 30th October 2020 at 9:11 am

      I finished Burton’s The Confession last night – not that good a book. I agree I’m sick of middle class relationship angst. Feeling that I absolutely had to read something with more depth I ordered The Fishermen, which should come today. Thanks so much for the recommendations – I shall come back to you for more! I also aim to re-read Vassily Grossman’s Life and Fate. Now that’s what I call a book!

      We do love it here, Kemptown is just the business, and in more normal times we would have invited you over long ago. One day…. Take care and have a good weekend x

    • 30th October 2020 at 9:12 am

      It is a great skirt – thank you!

  • 28th October 2020 at 7:25 pm

    I love the style of the skirt, Penny! The jacket from Jaeger will look great with jeans if/when you return to wearing them. I think the #7daySkirtChallenge is brilliant although I won’t be participating as I’m stuck in wet weather dog walking clothes, at the moment. I have my own ‘FancyingFrance’ account on Instagram and I run Zeph’s as well. He has significantly more followers than I do, mostly Border collies, of course! Apart from family and friends, Zeph always makes me smile.

    • 30th October 2020 at 9:15 am

      No I agree, I shall wear the jacket with jeans, although I always think there’s a very small window for wearing jackets outdoors, as the winds coming from the sea (or the north) can feel really cold on the legs in their uncovered jeans. That’s why I like long coats. But indoors we do have a flat that’s quite difficult to keep warm so I shall wear the Jaeger jacket for Zoom/WhatsApp phone calls!

      I love looking at Zeph’s Instagram account! Have a great weekend 🙂

  • 28th October 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Love your blog. I wait for it each week. The skirt is luscious. One of our hospitals here in the states has a Nearly New sale twice a year. It lasts for two weeks and such fun. This year they had to cancel the spring sale, but the fall sale was by appointment only. Yes we both went. Got some wonderful things, not so wonderful as your two purchases though. What great finds both of them are!

    Thanks for the list of good things to watch and to read as well. I just finished watching the series, The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix. It is fabulous.

    Well, we must carry on to get to the end of this! Take care from the other side of the ocean!

    • 30th October 2020 at 9:37 am

      Thank you so much! The skirt was a great find. We have decided to watch The Queen’s Gambit. You’ve recommended it and Stephen King has just recommended it on Twitter – it has to be good!

      And I agree we must carry on regardless – take care over there and have a lovely weekend 🙂

  • 28th October 2020 at 9:22 pm

    I loved Schitts Creek, on Netflix but my Handsome was luke warm. By the way, the clothes are real designer garments. Some were even purchased from Ebay. I love that skirt! Thanks for generous sharing from you and your followers. Judy

    • 30th October 2020 at 9:40 am

      Her clothes – I swoon! Those neck pieces are just divine. I didn’t realise but of course they must be designer, and purchased on eBay! Wow! Have a great weekend

  • 29th October 2020 at 8:40 am

    Love your skirt and jacket. Just like you I wake up and have to ask myself which day is it?

    • 30th October 2020 at 10:40 am

      I know, I know, I did that this week! Thanks re: the skirt! Have a great weekend 🙂

  • 29th October 2020 at 9:14 am

    Hello Penny…I’m a little late to the party but wanted to drop by and, as usual, say I love your joie de vivre, your writing, and your latest finds! Husband and I are, right now, this moment, in the California Sierra Nevada mountains with our son, dil, and four grandchildren. This is our escape from the growing CoVid cases of our country PLUS the ugly things happening with the November 3rd election. We’ve all voted and are leaving the results in the hands of the Almighty. So thankful to be walking, fishing, and just playing in the beauty of this quiet resort town. The large Creek Fire which changed our plans at the beginning of October, is still burning on the other side of the crest but the Autumn weather patterns have shifted to take the winds and smoke in another direction.
    Thank you for this thoughtful reminder to make efforts to keep our spirits up. Upon our return, I intend to take back our grocery shopping from our caring dil and carefully step out a bit more. Yes, I’m registered with an online jazzercise class, walk, and work on maintaining my physical health, too. But, I do need to engage again. Husband’s health keeps me alert as to what I might bring home. I am thankful that he finds much to keep him puttering around the house but his TV news consumption must reduce! This mountain getaway has taken away that ease of just turning on the TV. We are both so thankful to be able to be with family in this beautiful area.
    One last comment that I wanted to make from your last post on your hair. It looks beautiful!!! I use the same P. Mitchell products minus the serum. I need to find something more as our move to a small coastal town with very hard water has frazzled my heavy Asian hair. Next project!!
    Do take care and THANK YOU for allowing this extra long comment!
    Charlene H

    • 30th October 2020 at 10:46 am

      No don’t worry about this being a long comment – it’s so interesting to hear how others are living their lives in this challenging year.

      We’ve been following the news of the wildfires in California. Hope they end soon and good to hear you got away for a vacation with your family. One day we will do the same but cases are rising here a lot, so that will be next year.

      Paul Mitchell products are really high quality aren’t they. Have a good rest while you are away, and take care over there 🙂

  • 29th October 2020 at 10:51 am

    I am glad you are able to get out from time to time. And what a fabulous skirt you found! Stay safe my friend!

    • 30th October 2020 at 10:48 am

      I mean what a great find that skirt was, Nancy, plus the jacket! You stay safe too, Nancy, and one day…..

  • 29th October 2020 at 11:56 am

    Your skirt is simply fabulous! I love the style and colour. I am beginning to buy more colourful clothes. I wore only black for so many years. Mustard us my new favourite colour.
    Have you seen Succession? It is simply brilliant. I bought Series One on eBay, loved it. I then paid full price for Series 2 – it is that good.
    I have avoided Schitt’s Creek, will have to give it a go.
    It was very sad that Chadwick Boseman passed much too soon. I read yesterday that Denzil Washington sponsored him to go to drama school, plus other young black actors. So nice to read positive stories about older, established actors.
    Stay well, sane and fabulous!

    • 30th October 2020 at 10:53 am

      Yes, mustard is a great colour. I haven’t tried Succession, but will put that on our list of must-sees.

      The thing with Schitts Creek is that i) it’s Canadian, not American, my mistake, everyone in it is Canadian, I think and it is filmed in Canada, but it is the writing that is so good. The episodes are short, sharp and funny and just the ticket if you need cheering up. I love the characters and as you can see I am thoroughly hooked!

      Oh Chadwick Boseman – so sad.

      You stay well too!

  • 29th October 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Hi Penny
    I too have been surprised at how quickly the months have slipped by even with relatively little going on. Things here in New York have been easing up a bit, as I have mentioned my lecture series has gone partially in person and that is a great pleasure. I am now on the last book the ones I ordered a while back and tomorrow I am planning to go to the local library where they are once again allowing in person visits. limited of course and masked but the thought of this brings joy. With the rises in Covid cases one does wonder if more restrictions are coming. Our family is planning to get together for our Thanksgiving at a restaurant in Manhattan. We shall see if we can do this when the time comes.
    I really like the new skirt. I just looked at my wardrobe and realized I have only 3 skirts, two summery and one for Winter. I purchased the Winter one about two years ago when I saw it on TV on a shopping channel I tuned into late one night when I could not sleep. Not at all sure it suits me, a large floral while I am quite petite. also the fabric is a bit flimsy. lesson learned.
    And of course for me there is the election, just days away now, maybe when I write again it will be over, though not according to many, it could be very contentions and drawn out. so much anxiety! I am afraid I insulted one of your readers on your other blog. I am sorry if she took offense, my feelings are running quite high these days.
    All the best, Darby

    • 30th October 2020 at 10:35 am

      Darby, Darby
      If you’re referring to me (on Penny’s other blog) I promise you I did not take offence; I just had never thought of myself as being on the dark side of society, that’s all!
      I do hope New York gets back to normal soon. I/we should be over that side of the pond right now, doing NY and then taking our usual long jaunt across country on the black tops and back roads, missing as many Interstates as possible. Ah well, one day…
      I hope you get your trip to the library!
      Take care

    • 30th October 2020 at 11:14 am

      Yes, I mean I am surprised at how the days and weeks are disappearing, which is good in one sense but not in another as one really doesn’t want life to just slip away, living like this. I think like you I would much prefer to have far more going on.

      Books are so essential and good to hear that your library is open once more. They are open here too, but I wonder for how long as cases are rising big time.

      And I follow your election avidly but try and avoid those documentaries that ‘explain’ Trump, I think I know what he is like already. Although if you look back on My Other Blog I did write a post when he first got in, along the lines of perhaps give him a chance. I based this on my understanding that the Democrats had lost their way somewhat. I do find the question of what that party stands for quite fascinating as there are so many similarities with our politics. (Of course there are huge differences as well, the Electoral College for one, which I find very difficult to get my head around).

      Basically our left-wing party (Labour) will emphasise that it stands for the working man and woman, but the reality is that it is often the more metropolitan city type that votes Labour, while a whole tranche of working class voters feel that Labour is not for them, and indeed in the last election voted for the Conservatives, who never say they are for the working poor, and are definitely are now so right-wing that I fear for the future of this country.

      And you can see from the comment under this that Zepherine was not insulted. This is exactly what I set out for that blog, that it should be a place for discussion and airing of views. it is so important that we listen to each other. The thing is we are unlikely to change minds, instead we learn why people feel they way they do and where they’re coming from. So important in this day and age.

      You take care and I shall be thinking of you on the 3rd!!!!!

  • 30th October 2020 at 10:36 am

    What fabulous finds! When it was on the hanger I thought the skirt was a cape at first glance. It fits you perfectly. Thanks for the movie suggestions; I’m always looking for new things to watch.

    • 30th October 2020 at 11:16 am

      Hi Joanne and thank you so much for the comment. Yes, that skirt was such a great find – when I saw it I pounced! You take care and thanks again 🙂

  • 1st November 2020 at 5:10 pm

    That red skirt looks amazing! I’ve inherited a camel Jaeger jacket from my mum, I need to get it tailored to sort the shoulders out but it is fabulous! Michelle x

    • 3rd November 2020 at 9:05 am

      Thank you Michelle. Oh a camel Jaeger jacket – yes it will be well worth getting it tailored . You take care x

  • 1st November 2020 at 6:37 pm

    I loved office-wear when I worked full time and always followed the maxim ‘dress for the job you want, not the one you’ve got’. Nowadays I work for a company which is more down to earth and casual dress is the norm. Even so, I go for smart casual and despair of those who think ripped jeans are suitable work attire. My suits were good Makes but I only ever had one Jaeger one. It cost a lot even in a sale but when I sold all my office clothes on eBay (when I became a full time student) I could not believe the bidding…it went up and up and up. After 3 years of wear, I only lost about £20 on it! The jacket is lovely and won’t date.

    • 3rd November 2020 at 9:00 am

      Yes, with you on this, even though I was working within the voluntary sector I often worked in an office and always dressed for an office – and then when I worked on a national project I really dressed up for it. I love ‘smart’ clothes. That Jaeger jacket is a keeper for sure! And so warm – our flat is not the warmest and for now I shall do Zoom calls wearing it, so yes, it will be useful as well as being a thing of beauty!

  • 2nd November 2020 at 5:07 pm

    Gah!!! Another lockdown since you wrote this, Penny!

    Loved the skirt and Jaeger jacket is fab – they looked great together I must say. I’m doing the dskirt challenge but have cheated a little bit as I’ve only very recently worn 2 skirts and the rest are from earlier in the year.

    I have Ann Patchett’s ‘State of Wonder’ as the next to be read on my to be read pile; I’ve recently discovered her writing and love it/ I loved the sound of ‘The Schitts’ and will be checking it out.

    Stay safe and take care of yourself over the next four weeks – thank God for Blogland!

    • 3rd November 2020 at 9:04 am

      I know, these times are so challenging, yes, indeed, really, thank goodness for Blogland and other bloggers! It is so good to connect with people.

      You will love Schitt’s Creek. We are at the end of Season 1 and I have heard that people cry when they get to the last season. We shall take it slowly, but you do come to love them all (apart from the mayor – but he is a parody figure of fun). Moira Rose and her clothes, jewellery and wigs! I live to see each outfit!

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