Hello everyone

Just look what I found in a nearby shop yesterday – a spider brooch which I shall wear and wear, I promise.

I’ve just bought it so no pix of me wearing it yet but here it is by my newly painted nails to get the size. As you know I’m a great admirer of Lady Hale and her collection of brooches, so, while I love necklaces and bracelets and have quite a collection, I’m now going to look in charity shops for outlandish and stunning brooches. The spider brooch, btw, was bought in a quirky shop in Kemptown, which hasn’t got a website but when it does, I’ll let you know.

And how is the change of season treating you?  I have to admit I’m still not 100% and have had and still have some minor ailments including a virus I can’t seem to shake, but cup half full, all of this I’ll get over. It’s annoying but the change of season has hit a lot of people of all ages. Anyway, I’m making some chicken soup tonight and hunkering down to watch some telly 🙂

Someone asked me to style that favourite skirt of mine, so here goes. Took the pix on a good day, btw!

So the charity shop skirt is topped with a yellow polo-neck (H&M and under a tenner) plus a yellow scarf from the V&A museum, which was, I think, about the same price as the studded boots (£30). Note I do acknowledge that the skirt is slightly too big for me.

Then there’s a charity shop black corduroy jacket, which has an M&S label and cost £10.

The days are getting cooler so this smurf-like wool beret is a hat I’ve been reaching for quite a lot lately. And finally…

I don’t have a thing about hand-bags, never have, as coats and jackets are my downfall. But I used to wear a shoulder-bag on the left shoulder and am sure that’s had quite an impact on my spine. So now I always wear a backpack. This yellow one was bought new at over £40 last year, but ever since I’ve worn it almost every single day. Hmm, might have to look for another as it’s beginning to be a bit grubby, but gosh, I might just get the same make and type – and colour! Or I could wash it. It’s so comfortable and all the weight is balanced.

That’s it about clothes. I’ve noticed that some bloggers set out what they’re watching and reading. Would you like me to do that?  I have some niche tastes though 🙂  What do you think? I’ll start with what I’m watching, which might give you a sense of my taste.

Anyway, just finished watching The Sopranos for the first time. If you don’t like violence then avoid, yet of course, this is about much more than that. It’s about family and Tony’s sense of guilt and well, it’s a whole universe. I am bereft.

However, maybe watching the Season 7 of Spiral will make up for some of my feelings of loss. This is a gritty French television series looking at the lives of Parisian police and their colleagues in the legal profession, which I find fascinating not only because of the fully-rounded characters within it, but also I love the spotlight on the French legal procedures after a crime – so very different from the UK system. Note the term ‘gritty’. Don’t watch if you don’t like violence, but as with The Sopranos, really it’s far more than the sum of the crimes, which are, I think, merely a platform for the story arc and character development.

As soon as it was available (last Friday) we watched El Camino. The Netflix follow-up to Breaking Bad. I enjoyed it but it was obviously not as good as Breaking Bad, which had the best story arc I’ve ever seen on television, bar none, in Walter White’s character development. The Breaking Bad series confirmed to me that although I love film it can never reach the heights that television can reach through the slow and steady elaboration of a character’s story over several series.  But whatever happened to Jesse Pinkman? Well watch El Camino to find out.  Don’t watch if….

By now you’ve gathered that I don’t like dressy-up series based on the antics of aristocrats. Nope, not my thing. But I haven’t watched Peaky Blinders – somehow missed it. Should I watch it?  Let me know.

That’s all for now. Keep well and warm  🙂

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper




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44 thoughts on “My latest find – and it’s something spidery that sparkles! Plus another view of my favourite skirt and what I’ve been watching!

  • 15th October 2019 at 9:09 am

    I did not watch Peaky Blinders when it was televised because I thought it was too violent for my taste but decided to give it a try on Netflix and became totally hooked with the well-drawn characters I think you will love it! Another one to catch up on BBCi is Fosse Vendonne- excellent! Love the brooch do you remember the leopards of the eighties as well as the spiders?

    • 16th October 2019 at 7:11 am

      I do remember the leopards of the eighties – it’s nice that brooches are having their time again. We’ll definitely try Peaky Blinders – thanks 🙂

  • 15th October 2019 at 9:10 am

    Love the brooch – and Lady Hale. Also black, white and mustard combo. PS I have the same watching favourites as you though I don’t have Netflix. I got Breaking Bad on DVD. I enjoy all the Scandi-noirs and Belgian and Italian policiers. Just trying out Dublin Murders. I have to confess that Vera is my comfort watch.

    • 16th October 2019 at 7:16 am

      You can lose the will to live flicking through Netflix as the amount of dross on it is beyond satire, but there is good stuff there and every now and then you find a gem. I think the coming Philip Pullman Dark Materials on BBC will be a must-watch. We will try Peaky Blinders!

  • 15th October 2019 at 9:17 am

    Totally love your choice of viewing we’re so pleased to have Laure, Gilou and Monsieur Le Judge back with us again! As for Peaky Blinders, you’ll probably love the first few series, but the later ones not so much, the violence rule also apples here! I so admire your charity shop finds, Brighton must be a good source, North London is very poor! Keep up the blogs you are a great read!

    • 15th October 2019 at 1:06 pm

      Best things on tv – ever – have been the Sopranos, Breaking Bad, and Peaky Blinders. In PB the social history and context is fascinating – who knew what was happening in the Midlands between the wars?! The production values, acting, strong female characters, music, lighting, well you get the gist. And it’s British – I don’t mean that in a nationalistic way, but it’s about us.

    • 16th October 2019 at 7:22 am

      Ah Monsieur le judge – love him! Brighton is a good source of charity shop finds and so is Hove, and the Emmaus shop in nearby Portslade is amazing – must go again soon. And I hear that other towns are good too. It’s always a matter of chance though and the area. London chazzas, I don’t know at all. There’s a charity shop on the road going up to the V&A but not once have I found anything there. And another near Victoria Station has good stock but the prices would make you faint!

      We will try Peaky Blinders 🙂

  • 15th October 2019 at 9:27 am

    Watch Peaky Blinders! Brilliant. I love Spiral too, and as I also have a virus, laid on the sofa, and after Bolton on sky news I shall be catching up on Spiral. X

    • 16th October 2019 at 7:24 am

      With everyone saying how good Peaky Blinders is we will go for it! Ah Spiral – I love the characters in it so much. Get well soon x

  • 15th October 2019 at 9:32 am

    The brooch is fab
    Talking books would be great.

    • 16th October 2019 at 7:26 am

      Isn’t it just! I will do books 🙂

  • 15th October 2019 at 9:48 am

    LOVE your nail varnish colour. Please tell us what make and shade. x

    • 16th October 2019 at 7:36 am

      Well funny you mention the nail varnish as I bought this polish only recently from my chiropodist, Schuropody!!! It’s Dr’s Remedy Enriched Nail Polish and it’s vegan with some good ingredients like Tea Tree Oil. It’s an American product so I’ve got you a UK link here https://www.feetlife.co.uk/Dr-s-Remedy-Nail-Care But if you’re nearer the States here’s the US website https://www.remedynails.com

      The shade is Bountiful Blue and I really like how it went on – wasn’t thick and gloopy

      • 16th October 2019 at 12:37 pm

        Thank you so much Penny for the varnish tip!!
        You are a wonderful source of information on all topics!
        PS – have you read The Salt Path by Raynor Winn? Highly recommend an extraordinary book to you all. X

  • 15th October 2019 at 12:22 pm

    My girlfriend is a total fan of Peaky Blinders, I don’t watch that much telle so I wouldn’t know. I love the accessories! Hope you feel a 100% soon!

    • 16th October 2019 at 10:54 am

      Everyone has convinced me to try Peaky Blinders. I do watch a lot of telly but not in the traditional way, as in watching what’s on in real time. We stream stuff from Netflix and other platforms and even if it’s on the television like a BBC production we record it to watch as and when we want to watch. I feel better today – thank you 🙂

  • 15th October 2019 at 12:51 pm

    I too came late to Peaky Blinders thinking it would be too violent but have now caught up on BBC iplayer.
    The music !the clothes! Cillian Murphy!

    • 16th October 2019 at 10:55 am

      Yes, thankfully it’s on iPlayer – actually might watch a couple of episodes tonight!

  • 15th October 2019 at 1:48 pm

    Spiral and The Sopranos are two of my all time favourite tv series. Others are The West Wing, Oz and Rome. I’ve never watched Peaky Blinders because, and I know this sounds odd, I can’t stand the sight of Cillian Murphy. I’ve seen him in a few films, and every time, I shudder when he’s on screen. I have no idea why I feel like this, I cannot think of another actor who has ever affected me in the same way (thankfully). The sad thing is, I’m sure I would enjoy PB for the same reasons that others have said they do.
    That’s a great outfit from top to bottom, I’m not a yellow/mustard fan but you really suit them. Could the skirt not be taken in slightly down each seam (if there is a seam at each side)?
    I’m looking forward to reading about your reading choices.

    • 16th October 2019 at 11:19 am

      We thought we’d like to watch West Wing (never seen) but found that we’d have to pay for every episode so Mr F went on eBay and found a good deal for the first 3 series, which I believe are the best 3 anyway – looking forward to that.

      I used to do so much sewing (made clothes) but don’t have a sewing machine anymore. I can just about get away with the skirt being a bit big so leaving it.

      Will do the books soon 🙂

  • 15th October 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Hi Penny, love the yellow and black on you. I loved The Sopranos, my all-time favourite TV series. I still can’t deal with the ending! We watched Breaking Bad over one Christmas, pretty much every season during the week between Christmas Day and New Year. Yet to see the follow up. Have you seen The Wire? Another fab series. The spider brooch is gorgeous. Just how brilliant and dignified is Lady Hale. All good wishes, Carole.Car

    • 16th October 2019 at 11:23 am

      Thank you Carole and yes, I have seen The Wire which was amazing. But do you remember Hill Street Blues which I think was the forerunner of all these very good series that come out of the States. When they get it right these series are so very good. Have you watched Better Call Saul, the spinoff from Breaking Bad? That’s quality television and brilliant acting.

      I will wear the spider brooch with pride!

  • 15th October 2019 at 3:04 pm

    I do hope you feel better shortly Penny. Thank you for a very full blog and for the ‘fashion parade’. The yellow/mustard colour really suits you. Congratulations on your new brooch. I too like Lady Hale – and brooches. They seem to have all but disappeared – I’m hoping they’ll come back in vogue. Talking telly: I don’t follow any other bloggers so had no idea many of them write about what they are watching. But your viewing choices and comments engaged me. Series and films are pretty much all I watch these days – not a fan of Bake Off, Strictly and Love Island et al. I loved The Sopranos and Breaking Bad. I too watched El Camino on Friday and I agree with your verdict. I’m also a fan of another BB offshoot: Better Call Saul – and am waiting for the next series to be released – but was disappointed to hear that there are no plans for more Sneaky Pete. (Bryan Cranston seems to be a very busy man – he was involved in that too.) If you haven’t watched it yet, Orange is the New Black is fantastic. To my mind, Peaky Blinders started off well but this last series was too over the top for me. If you haven’t seen The Marvelous Mrs Maisel I can highly recommend; good storyline and fabulous 50s clothes. Finally, my all-time fav is The West Wing. (But then, I am very politically minded.) Having said that, the dialogue and storylines are excellent as is the acting, and I always notice new stuff. If I feel in the mood for comedy, sad case that I am, I’m very happy to watch repeats of 2012 or W1A or Two Doors Down. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched them, and still, I laugh. Thanks again.

    • 16th October 2019 at 11:38 am

      Thank you Mary I am feeling better today and trust that it will continue as this virus has come and gone a bit too often but actually it started two Wednesdays ago so maybe this time….

      The Wire was wonderful but do you remember Hill Street Blues, which was the forerunner of all of these wonderful series. We also very much admire Better Call Saul and think the development and story arc of that character is so very very good. Marvellous Mrs Maisel was brilliant although we thought there was a little dip in the middle of the second season – actually I have fantasies of re-writing the script slightly as I’d like the heroine to share a flat with her manager. And the great mystery is who looks after the children????

      A really excellent series running at the moment is Frayed which is set in Australia and stars an Australian comedian. It’s well-written and has genuinely laugh-out-loud moments with no violence whatsoever and therefore a total delight to watch when you feel a trifle frayed at the edges from our dire political situation. And as for The West Wing (never seen) we await the arrival of a 3-series box set bought on eBay as we found that we’d have to pay for every episode.

      Another fun TV series is The Good Place, which has to be watched – but is difficult to explain as it sounds dire – no, it’s very clever and fun, although I think like the MMM had a little dip in the later seasons as it’s hard to carry on the plot arc, which I shan’t give away as would be so easy to reveal a crucial plot spoiler! The thing to do is to watch Season 1 to the very last episode 😉

  • 15th October 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Hi Penny,
    Yes, please tell us what you’re reading. It’s good to know what others find interesting and that we might not know about. Peaky Blinders – yes, watch it – but be prepared to flinch – it is violent! I couldn’t get in to the early series, because of the violence. But I watched the last one, every episode. I was born in North Birmingham, so a lot of places (and names) were familiar. I am planning to read ‘The Real Peaky Blinders’ by brummie historian Carl Chinn, has anyone read this? Also watching Spiral, and find the ‘legal procedures’ interesting. Having lived in France for 15 years I have been back in UK for 2 years and find my French is no longer as ‘sharp’! I find subtitles distracting, but now necessary!! You are so lucky to have such fab charity shops, We have a lot of charity shops in Herefordshire but it’s hard to find anything really interesting. I found a fab Vera Moda black and white dress in the summer – looked new – sadly, too far above my knees to look good!! Love the blog, views and info always welcome. Thank you for taking the time to write it. Best regards.

    • 16th October 2019 at 12:49 pm

      We’ll start watching Peaky Blinders tonight! Spiral is excellent and has never once gone ‘off’ like so many good TV series that cannot keep up to the high standards they begin with. The different between the French and the British legal system is so interesting.

      Thank you so much for your feedback on the blog – much appreciated 🙂

  • 15th October 2019 at 3:33 pm

    I, too, admired Lady Hale’s spider brooch, a real portender of the judges verdict!
    Coincidentally, I’ve just been watching the first 3 episodes of Breaking Bad this afternoon to distract me from a rotten cold. With Netflix there are so many good things to watch.
    Thanks for your excellent blog. You have a tremendous source of charity shops in Brighton. It’s always interesting to see what you’ve put together.

    • 16th October 2019 at 12:51 pm

      Yes, Lady Hale’s performance when she read out the verdict was up there with the best. What a role model for the 70+ woman! The brooch was a good find. The shop has some really quirky jewellery and the spider brooch is so sparkly 🙂

  • 15th October 2019 at 6:59 pm

    I’m so glad to see you embracing new brooches. I know many of my friends consider them old ladyish, but I just love them. Especially on my jackets at this time of year.

    • 16th October 2019 at 12:54 pm

      I too think some brooches are a little dated, but as you probably know wearing a spider brooch is a code for disliking our Boris. It signals the fact that you know what Lady Hale (the President of our Supreme Court) wore at a certain time reading out a certain verdict. I shall wear it with pride!!!


  • 15th October 2019 at 7:18 pm

    You know how I like my jewellery, Penny, and I’m a big fan of brooches, too. I love your spider brooch! I spent 5.00 in a charity shop about two years ago on a beautiful (real) silver spider brooch which had a sort of amber coloured middle. I was so eager to wear it I pinned it to my jacket straight away and by the time I’d got home the bloody thing had fallen off…I went back and retraced my steps but it was gone – never to be seen again!

    Hope you have a great week.

    • 16th October 2019 at 12:56 pm

      Oh my goodness, Veronica, what a sad tale!!

      I actually feel better today – thanks 🙂 You have a great week too!

  • 15th October 2019 at 10:41 pm

    You might enjoy reading this post from Vix-
    I told her, it must the first time in history that our Midland accent has become popular!
    Also, I smiled at your yellow and black clothes combinations as they remind me of the Wolves colours ( came from the city motto- “Out of darkness cometh light”.

    I love brooches and have inherited quite a few. I have tried pinning some of them just under where a plain chain falls. They look like necklaces and you would be truly shocked at how many more people notice them and admire them that way! I am lucky enough to have one from my great grandmother, born in 1856. I knew her because she lived until 1952 when I was 7!

    • 18th October 2019 at 2:16 pm

      Thanks for the blog link I read it all and have signed up to follow Vix! Started watching Peaky Blinders and can’t think why I didn’t watch it at the time as we enjoyed the first two episodes and my word the acting – Helen McCrory for starters – love her!

      Interesting about brooches as I don’t usually wear them preferring bold necklaces but I will now!

      • 21st October 2019 at 6:01 pm

        Hi Penny! Thanks for the follow. Delighted to find a fellow left-leaning, anti-Brexit, fabulously individual charity shopper. Like you I adore Spiral and I’m happy to see that you’ve started to watch Peaky Blinders. I’m not one for posh period dramas either. x

    • 18th October 2019 at 2:17 pm

      Thank you so much Mireille – I love your name btw!

  • 16th October 2019 at 5:08 pm

    I’m also a great fan of Lady Hale and her brooches! I was searching for her spider brooch but didn’t see it anywhere. Yours is a beaut. Yes please to reading and TV recommendations! Mr Mutton has just added Netflix at last!

    • 18th October 2019 at 2:19 pm

      Ah ha Netflix! There are times when I wonder why we have it as there is so much rubbish on it and then you find the gems – they are there!

      The brooch was a good find and the beginning of another collection! See, I’m not all that minimalist in my habits! Have a lovely weekend xxx

  • 17th October 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Broaches seemed to be out of fashion for along time. I have a few but think sadly of those I got rid of years ago. Time to re-invest, I think, I love the black/grey/mustard look. I recently acquired a bag and scarf in mustard and have added the M&S leather gloves to my Christmas list. It goes with so much – black, grey, navy, almost any dark colour in fact.
    Sorry to hear that you’ve not been in great form. I hope you’re fully recovered soon. X

    • 18th October 2019 at 2:22 pm

      This has been a surprisingly odd little virus as in it’s not at all serious, but it’s just hung around making you feel s..t if you do too much. I have put on weight as I’m not exercising as I should – it’s passing though, thank goodness.

      And rather like you I’ve let go a lot of jewellery but I’m up for collecting brooches again, especially now with Lady Hale’s influence. Have a lovely weekend, Eloise.

  • 18th October 2019 at 6:47 pm

    I too have a spider brooch it has a blue body and sparkly legs, I think it was from an old company called Cabuchion,, but unfortunately not diamonds, but of cause not everyone likes spiders and one lady accually shuddered when I wore mine near her.

  • 18th October 2019 at 10:29 pm

    Just been watching the latest series of Spiral, I love it, also the Wire and the West Wing. Did you ever watch Treme (also by the Wire writer, David Simon and starring a few of the wire characters) about New Orleans after the hurricane, again an excellent watch. I am also enjoying Frayed, its a hoot, and can’t wait for His Dark Materials – loved the books.
    I started watching Breaking Bad but lost track along the way so never saw the end (but quite pleased as it sounded as though it was getting very bleak) ditto with Peaky Blinders, saw the first 2 series then lost track, but again its very violent. Loved the spider brooch, and the black white and mustard look on you but Mustard and me don’t mix – something to do with my skin tone. I am feeling very down in the dumps with a nasty cough/cold virus that just doesn’t seem to want to go. Its been 3 weeks now…so its off to the Dr on Monday if its still like this. I still like a brooch if I am wearing a suit jacket and have still got a few, some quirky some less so. One of my favourites is a woolly sheep and another is a viking ship !

  • 21st October 2019 at 12:29 am

    Your new brooch is just marvelous! I wrote a blog post over the summer all about different ways to wear a brooch, but keep forgetting to grab mine. I simply must put them on a tray on my dresser to keep them front of mind. Fascinating about the spider and Boris… So much I miss now that we moved back across the pond.

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