Hello again

And first of all, thanks so much for all your kind comments and good wishes on both my skin situation and the move.  I would like to say that both are good, and fingers crossed…..  Because, yes, I’ve been given the all-clear re: my skin, and the move is tantalisingly near.  Today we should be ‘exchanging’ contracts – except we’re just waiting for that news – ahhhh!

Anyway, the weather’s gone a bit grey and wet here in the UK, but the temperatures are up and my summer clothes are out of storage and in my wardrobe.  I continue, btw, to take sacks of stuff (not just clothes) to both the dump and to charity shops.  And at the end of the week Age UK will be collecting a large load of furniture from us.

We have been very serious about this de-cluttering and are travelling light to our small flat.  Am I a rolling stone that gathers no…?  Do I discard things easily?  Actually some decisions have been difficult, especially those re: my mother’s possessions.  And this is not about hanging on to old and ugly furniture, which I can see that one or two of my friends still can’t quite get rid off, because why?  Because they’re my parents things, they say.  Gosh, I think, because in the past I got rid of some lovely antique furniture that just wasn’t me.  But, actually, I’m just the same, as twenty years after her death I’ve been agonising about my mother’s framed embroidery and cross-stitch work. My children don’t want these items (there are 7 of them) and they so won’t go into our new abode.   And as it’s very clear that my children don’t want these items on their walls, what to do? Well, after a long, hard and critical look I have decided to take three pieces of her work and re-frame them for the new flat.  The other four will go in my daughter’s loft for her to look at when she begins to feel nostalgic for the past.  I feel in this way I’ve both honoured my mother and been realistic about our new circumstances.

But some things (coughs and clears throat) have sneaked back in to my wardrobe.  And here they are!  We’re talking skirts as, until it’s boiling hot weather, I’m not really a dress kind of person.  But I do love a bit of colour.

What a great skirt and can you see the sequins?  The whole thing glitters as you walk – just lovely!  And natch, cost not a lot, because it’s a charity shop find.

Note the colour co-ordination. On a hot day I wear matching sun-glasses.

Actually sometimes the de-cluttering goes too far.  On a hot day last week I started looking for a black and white linen skirt I wore last year.  Where was it?  Oh blast, it’d gone into the charity shop sack and out of the door!  So I went looking and found this.

That’s a skirt I’ll wear in Brighton – woo hoo! The very thought of that made me feel happy!  Note the leggings.  I do find it very difficult to go bare-legged, so unless it’s a very hot day, it’s leggings every time.

And also note the jacket. I’d been looking for a summer jacket for some time and then I found this.  It’s a Hobbs jacket (which is a very good label) and cost all of £6.99.

You can also see how the hair is doing. It’s not been coloured since last October and because I’m growing it through this process rather than, as some do, cutting it short, it’ll take at least another year to get to my natural colour.  But I’m absolutely OK about going grey – it seems appropriate and, even more important, I think it’ll look good!

Well, that’s all for now.  I might post once more from my current abode, and then when we move we won’t have broadband for 3 days!  How will we survive?!  As a consequence there may be slightly fewer posts in June.  We’ll see.  Thanks again for your well wishes, I appreciate you all so much.

With love

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

P.S. And sharing with:

Patti of Not Dead Yet Style and her Visible Monday linkup

Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb for her iwillwearwhatilike session

Thanks to both for hosting their link-ups


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27 thoughts on “My kind of summer wear

  • 30th May 2017 at 9:03 am

    I’m new to your blog and really enjoy reading about you. Your writing style is so friendly and your photos are a joy. You look great in your party colourful clothes and look even better because you are slim. Good wishes for the move.

    • 30th May 2017 at 10:11 am

      Thanks so much for your comment – it’s great to get feedback. Slim, well, I’ve got a good shape, but appearances are deceptive. I have thin legs and arms and no fat at all on my feet and hands and, really, these areas could do with a bit of fat to protect them. But I’ve been comfort eating (biscuits) and where has the weight gone? My waist and tum – sigh!

  • 30th May 2017 at 9:06 am

    Lovely outfits, esp the acid yellow with the black and white – btw where did you get those nice sandals?

    • 30th May 2017 at 10:16 am

      The red sandals came from a great little independent shoe shop in Lewes, East Sussex. The shoe label is Joseph Seibel and if you haven’t got a shop nearby that stocks these shoes, I think they ship abroad as well as to the UK. Here’s their website http://www.josefseibel.co.uk

  • 30th May 2017 at 9:53 am

    I love those kind of skirts. And to Brighton? Yeah! Brighton is fantastic. Just two weeks and I am going there too! Btw, your hair is great and I think it will grow out very naturally.

    • 30th May 2017 at 12:45 pm

      Hi Nancy
      Thanks so much for your comment. We’re having such a fraught day today as the ‘exchange’ of contracts seems to be grinding to a halt! We’re not sure what’s happening – so stressful. If I am moving I’ll contact you again 🙂

  • 30th May 2017 at 9:57 am

    Best wishes for the move, thank you for sharing your adventures ?

    • 30th May 2017 at 10:16 am

      Thank you!


  • 30th May 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Have fun with your exciting new move! I quit dyeing my hair seven years ago and no regrets. I know it ‘ages’ me, but if anything I encourage others to ditch the dye. It’s healthier for your scalp and those funds get spent for more fun endeavors. Now I get annoyed when others are pressured to ‘look younger’. Why shouldn’t we be free to embrace the age we are, and why not embrace EVERY life stage for the beauty unique to that stage? I love your progressive attitude!

    • 31st May 2017 at 7:45 am

      I’ve just read an article (in the Guardian) that says perhaps 70-80 yr-olds should be called active adults and that the word and usage of ‘old’ shouldn’t start until you’re frail. Well yes, I kind of agree because as you know I can’t stand that lumping us all together in one homogenous 65+ grouping. But also I think it’s good to embrace one’s age. We are what we are. And we are older than a lot of people!

      And yes, indeed, re: the hair. I was spending quite a bit on the dyeing and it’s great not to do that! I bet your hair doesn’t age you. The thing is, I think, to attempt to keep it in tip-top condition x

  • 30th May 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Penny, hello again and good luck with your move. It sounds as if you have tackled the downsizing far more effectively than we have, it’s a big step, isn’t it? One thing I hadn’t been expecting is that even one’s catering habits have to downsize, with a smaller fridge, smaller dishwasher etc. As for looking for previously given away articles, we keep doing that. One should write a list, in theory. We did actually manage to buy some curtains back from the charity shop we had taken them to!

    • 30th May 2017 at 12:59 pm

      Hello Marion! We have been very good re: the de-cluttering and in fact I was going to put a comment on your blog today, but at the moment I’m feeling a trifle fraught. The ‘exchange’ should be happening today ( I hoped this morning) but apparently nothing is happening at the lower end of the chain. As there are only 3 in this chain, with us in the middle, it’s all a bit alarming! Will post a comment on your blog if all goes well, or not. But do you remember that day?!

      • 30th May 2017 at 1:20 pm

        Penny, I remember that day with horror. We didn’t have a problem with a chain or a delay, as our buyers were cash buyers, and very very anxious to move in as quickly as possible. They were meant to pick up the keys at 2 on D Day. We still had several frantic hours of packing up to do, at 11 they turned up with several removal vans parked in the drive, waiting, it seemed to us menacingly. Our excited buyers moved into to the kitchen (it was still ours technically) and made themselves at home while we desperately packed and packed feeling unable even to make ourselves a coffee! I’m sure you’ll arrange your moving day better. Good luck. I do hope the exchanging contracts goes all right after all. These chains are a serious pain.

  • 30th May 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I love your outfits. I am a fan of leggings. They are so versatile and functional, as well. I stick to black leggings. Our hair is very similar and it took less than year for my natural color to come through and I have no regrets. I just kept trimming the ends, until the old color was gone.

    • 31st May 2017 at 7:51 am

      Oh yes, like you I love the leggings look and will wear them unless and until it get really hot. And I’m looking forward to seeing my hair as it should be!

  • 30th May 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Love that black and white skirt! I am addicted to charity shops and often come home excited with the treasure I have found. I probably buy more stuff for the house and garden than clothes etc. Grey hair is such a great trend at the moment. I salute your style, it inspires me to be confident in my own choices.

    • 31st May 2017 at 7:52 am

      Thank you so much, Elaine! It’s great to meet another charity shop enthusiast!

  • 31st May 2017 at 8:42 am

    I decided to grow my hair colour out about a year ago. It is quite short anyway but longer on top. Now it seems to be all different greys. I’m very happy with it. I’m 73. And I don’t have to sit for hours at the hairdressers. So all good. Thanks for your blog.

    • 11th June 2017 at 9:14 am

      Hi Kay, and like you I’m enjoying going grey. I didn’t think I would, but what has clinched it for me is that I’m going to be mostly white haired rather than grey. Also I don’t have to spend so much money at the hairdressers! Thank you for reading the blog – you’re much appreciated!

  • 31st May 2017 at 9:33 am

    Thank you Penny for your kind comment on my blog, I hope all is well with your contracts and your move progresses as planned. I have just read some of your previous posts and hold so many similar views on embracing and accepting the age we are. I totally agree that everyone is so different and should not be lumped together, there is no one size fits all.
    Enjoy your Summer days in those great skirts . Cheers, Jill.

    • 11th June 2017 at 9:10 am

      Thanks Jill, yes, I always look at your blog. And it’s great to meet another who thinks along the same lines 🙂

      Move is exhausting – we’re partly moved in. A lot to do and get used to! But pleased to have done it, nonetheless!

  • 6th June 2017 at 3:41 am

    Love the skirts-both! My hair has been completely gown out for the last 10 months. I made the decision in January ’16 and am glad zi finally took the step but I was just so tir d of coloring. It’s always a surprise because you really don’t know what it looks like for a while. Good luck with the move-sounds like you are we’ll organized.

    • 11th June 2017 at 8:58 am

      Thanks Terri! And while I might sound organised I’m actually a bit overwhelmed by what we have to do! It’ll all come good though, I’m sure. Blog will get back to normal soon – thanks again for good wishes.

  • 10th June 2017 at 11:25 am

    Good luck on the move (having just done it…) !!!

    • 11th June 2017 at 9:00 am

      And so you must know how exhausting it all is! We’re completely shattered. Furniture, goods and chattels are delivered tomorrow – looking forward to getting back to normal but not to the immediate chaos! Thanks for the good wishes.

  • 10th June 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Love the Hobbs jacket and it looks so good with the necklace! Good luck with the move, and the broadband!

    • 11th June 2017 at 8:56 am

      Thank you so much, Gail. We sort of moved in on Tuesday without furniture (and most of my clothes) and are doing lots to it before this coming Monday when it arrives. Already been told to be quiet, but tbh, MOH was banging a hammer making up an Ikea piece on a Sunday morning! Justified I think! But so much to do. Blog will get back to normal by end of week I hope. Thanks again for good wishes.

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