Hope you’re continuing to be OK, safe and well. We’re fine and doing the same old stuff and just hanging in there until we get our vaccine, which in the UK seems to be a bit of a post-code lottery with some areas streets ahead in the numbers they’ve vaccinated. Indeed it’s been announced that these areas can now offer the vaccine to the over-70s. Hurrah, that’s my age group, but unfortunately, in our area vaccination has only just started. As in, no-one in this block of apartments has been vaccinated and there are several over-90s here who have heard nothing. Never mind, the process has begun, and that’s good. Btw, for those of you outside the UK, our vaccination programme follows strict guidelines from the government with the whole population categorised by age and vulnerability, and we wait our ‘turn’ as each category and age group is vaccinated. I think that’s very fair and I give huge thanks to our NHS for organising this.
Anyway, onwards and upwards, and here’s hoping for a slightly more normal life in a few weeks times, as I totally understand we can’t go charging off doing everything we ever did before. Apparently one should behave as though you haven’t been vaccinated, but at least I will feel more confident about going into our local shops (with a mask) and being slightly more sociable than before, which will be fab. And if I’ve told you for the umpteenth time that I am looking forward to going to places like the opticians (more Prue Leith type glasses, I think, yay), the beauticians, oh my word, am I in need of a few treatments (!) and the dentist, you’d be right, particularly about the latter, because I don’t mind admitting I shall just leap with joy when I get to the dentist for a clean (double yay) and then having that assessment for the serious dental work that I need. For those of you outside the UK, of course, we can do none of these things at the moment while we are in lockdown. And long may that continue as we need to drive those numbers down.
To be honest, I feel it’s like we’re all living through a ground-hog day sort of time, because despite my really good routine, the life I’m living is getting a tad boring. And yes, of course, I could change my routine and I do, as I don’t write every single morning as there’s always a twice-weekly live (via Zoom) Pilates session, which I look forward to. And I occasionally change the time of my walk. But last week I felt I really needed to do something different, so, people, I wore a slightly different look, which cheered me up a lot!
Here’s an example of the clothes and the look that I have worn through the past months.
The look has always included a skirt (usually wool but this is a heavy denim) then leggings, plus a wool sweater worn over a long sleeved cotton top, and of course, thick socks and boots worn indoors. There are several variations of that look, with different skirts (but not the quirky ones – they’re for going out and about in the city centre and London, and evenings out and, you know, all the things we can’t do) and of course, different wool sweaters. Anyway last week we had slightly warmer temperatures so as I hadn’t worn my jeans for some time I got them out and began to look at how I could wear them.
First of all, I tried the black wide-leg jeans I bought from Mango last year with a new M&S yellow top, the colour of which I think is really cheerful. I do love wearing yellow!
Here it is again with a charity shop cardigan bought from Emmaus just before Christmas.
The wide legs are fine, but actually they’ll be freezing to wear outside for my daily walk, so they’ll need a thin pair of tights underneath. The thing I don’t like about this pair of jeans is that the material is exactly the type that attracts every mote of dust and fluff you can imagine – not sure about them, tbh. And I have a confession, they were bought last year and I have never worn them, and will I? Really not sure – it’s the fluff and bits that get on them that’s so annoying.
Then there’s another Mango pair of jeans, which I am wearing right now as I write this post 🙂
I rather like the colour of them and they’re made from a lovely velvety corduroy, and I do like the combo of the yellow with the brown, so yes, these I will keep and wear albeit wearing tights underneath for a walk outside in the cold breezy sea air.
But you know, it’s skinny jeans I love best.
This is my very old pair of Peacock’s skinnies, which have some sequins studded throughout the legs, worn with an M&S cotton top and a newly bought hand-knit wool cross-over cardi, which has long tie-backs.
Gosh, I can see I’m a bit lopsided. There was a time that this tilt to the right was very, very noticeable and I was stuck in that crooked stance for a couple of hours every morning – mostly gone now with the help of Pilates. How I love this form of exercise, which helps the core to increase its strength and therefore – you stand up straight! Anyway, these jeans will be much warmer for the walk we take each day!
And shall I get my hair cut? Hmm, not been to the hairdresser for over a year. They’re all closed now, but when…. shall I? I haven’t made my mind up yet. The thing is I’m not all that good at putting it ‘up’ so I might have a couple of inches off just to make it more manageable.
And finally I found a photo of me wearing my very old cardigan at the time I bought it!
It’s still going strong 50 years later!
Thank you for all the lovely comments on my thoughts about my father’s writing and my parents’ wedding. I might do something like this every now and then – watch this space 🙂
That’s all for now, keep warm and well
With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper