A couple of weeks ago I bought a top in the Martlets Hospice charity shop in Lewes. My word, it’s a keeper. I’ve worn it and worn it. Here it is.

It’s a Boden top and cost £5.99 – that’s about right for Lewes.

I’m wearing the top over a yellow polo neck, which I bought new from M&S, and love, as it’s i) thermal and so toasty, and ii) polo necks, apparently, are in!

Here I am out and about in Brighton, where I’m standing outside the Oxfam charity shop.

Over my top and jeans I’m wearing a heavy cotton grey coat bought last year at Urban Outfitters at £22 down from £95. Can you see my boots? Oh dear, another new item, but I was desperate as the old and very nice charity shop boots I’d been wearing were getting dangerous. I’d worn the soles down to a slippery glass. These new ones were half price though (£35) and are the type of bootees I love – just look at the studs! Underneath was my top!

And again. Another action shot!

Then last Sunday I wore it up to London and here I am, at the V&A, again! This time I’m wearing the top over a black M&S thermal polo.

I would have liked to have worn a bigger brimmed hat to London, but this woolly hat can cover all my hair – so necessary as we left for London in the pouring rain. Black scarf and little green cardi also charity shopped.

We saw two photography exhibitions whilst in London. The one at the V&A was so interesting and total fun. Here’s a couple of pix.

And then this.

The exhibition traced the origins of the V&A collection so it had a lot of depth and breadth but those two pix – they just caught my eye!

The following day we went to the Tate Britain for the Don McCullin exhibition. Go. Do go. I think, if you can, you have to go.  He’s a British photographer, but for starters he has taken some of the most iconic photos of the Vietnam war including the one of the soldier with ‘the 1000 yard stare’ – there were others just as devastating. But it was the ones of the Biafran war and famine…. Yes, McCullin does look at the worst of humanity, but he feels he has a duty to bear witness. Yet he also feels that his photographs have done little to end the suffering of the people they depict. He now lives in Somerset near the Somerset Levels and there were many beautiful photographs of the area. I warn you, you have to be in the right frame of mind to see this exhibition, but I do also feel we should open our eyes and really see the world for what it is. And he is one of the most important photographers of our time. There were moments when it felt it was a duty to look. But you also felt, despite his reservations, we were witnessing greatness, valour, devastation and life, as it is, for many.

Afterwards, I had a very large slice of a very creamy coffee cake and several cups of tea. And, on reflection, after seeing both that exhibition, and the one on the previous day, you felt grateful for the art of photography: you want to salute their eye, their judgement, their perceptions, and their skills. Yes, unusually, for such a large exhibition, McCullin had printed every one of those photographs himself. Amazing.

Well. Back to Brighton we went, with our heads kind of expanded and full of images, and of course, back to reality, which is mundane but also it’s about communicating with you! And I’m talking about at my latest YouTube creation, My Daytime Look No2 – do have a look!  Why? I’m so amazed! Daytime Look No1 has reached 1000 views! This time with the Daytime Look No2 I try to recreate my makeover from Shelly at Balm, Lewes. Do look and see if I can do it 🙂

And note I’m wearing the same top!

That’s all for now

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

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34 thoughts on “My new top – I wear it a lot!

  • 6th March 2019 at 11:06 am

    What a lovely top and it suits you so well. A great find.

    • 7th March 2019 at 4:01 pm

      Thank you Shirley, it is such a good find!

  • 6th March 2019 at 11:07 am

    Love your top and how you change the look with the lovely polos. And your hair is looking great.
    I’m a very happy bunny at the moment, i’ve Been wanting a nice red coat for Christmas time, and found a lovely one in the children’s society shop. Wool and cashmere with black velvet collar and buttons, for £12, a bargain. So that’s me sorted for next December. 😄👍

    • 7th March 2019 at 4:02 pm

      Hi Doris. Your wool and cashmere coat sounds excellent, and red and only £12! Win-win 🙂

  • 6th March 2019 at 11:13 am

    Great top – I love that colour combination of mustard yellow and black. Prints and polo necks are so now. Wish I could wear ‘em but they give me a double chin. Or enhance the one I’ve got. I saw the Don McCullin exhibition and agree with your comments. I also liked the pictures of the homeless guys on the streets of London.

    • 7th March 2019 at 4:13 pm

      I’ve got a thin neck but even so have the beginnings of many chins (!) and am finding a polo neck is quite good in hiding them!

      Re: McCullin – oh gosh, some of the effect of seeing that exhibition was quite physical, which is why I had the cake afterwards, felt drained. And the homeless then. So very different to the homeless now. I think they were taken in the 60s and 70s, which I think was when the ‘spikes’ were being closed down and, of course, the long-term hospitals which were sanctuaries for many vulnerable people. An exhibition I expect we won’t forget.

  • 6th March 2019 at 11:44 am

    Hello Penny
    I was interested to see your latest video, which has encouraged me to book a make-over or two! I always wear make-up, could not think of going out without it. My main problems are redness, no eyebrows now and blueness around the eyes, worse on the left eye. I find LFF primers very good, they make a huge difference to me. In particular I find that eyeliner stays on for much longer.
    I use the Rimmel eyebrow mascara but I use it after pencil and a tiny bit of very fine setting powder to keep the colour on. I generally go for light grey shades on the eyes with dark grey eyeliner which I draw from nose end of eye but I will now try starting at the other end to see if that works better. As a change I use a rose gold -a bit sparkly but not too much – and taupe. I think you have to be a bit careful about colour although I did use a greeny gold a while ago that I really liked and navy eyeliner does bring out the blue of my eyes. Anything pink/plum just makes my eyes look sore.
    I’m thinking about eyebrow and lash dyeing for the summer -it would be so good for holidays when putting the face on for breakfast is a real pain – I’m not at my best in the mornings!

    • 7th March 2019 at 4:19 pm

      As long as you do a patch test for the dye – I can’t use it any more because I’m sensitive to it.

      Rose gold sounds nice. Just as I got stuck with using brown I’m now repetitively using Shelly’s beige and taupe eyeshadow, plus the charcoal eyeliner, but I’m having a LFF makeover in early April which hopefully will get me out of this current rut!!!

  • 6th March 2019 at 12:53 pm

    I think that coat and those boots are fabulous! Wow, I really love them. Good on you on YouTube! Impressive Penny!

    • 7th March 2019 at 4:22 pm

      I’m so glad to get that feedback about the grey cotton coat as I wasn’t sure, but that pic made me think, oh, perhaps it is Ok. And thank you re: YouTube – early days, we’ll see where it leads to 🙂

  • 6th March 2019 at 3:03 pm

    In the 90’s while living in Surbiton, I took the train to Waterloo with my Time Out highlighted for gallery picks. Your outings always bring back those special memories. Graphic patterned and hot hued, your top will definitely stand the test of time. Thanks for sharing. Judy @fancified.ca

    • 7th March 2019 at 4:26 pm

      Oh wow Judy I hadn’t quite cottoned on to the fact that you had lived in Surbiton of all places. My childhood was spent inWoking so we passed through Surbiton many times on the way to London.

      And museums and galleries – can’t get enough of them. Thank you for your comment x

  • 6th March 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Nice top. Happy to have found your blog. I am also in my 70’s and far from ready to abandon trying to look stylish and using makeup to put my best self forward. I too made the decision several years ago to let my hair go gray. I get more complements now than I ever did in my years of dying and highlighting.

    • 7th March 2019 at 4:29 pm

      Hello Darby – it’s good to meet you!

      And looking back at the pix of me with dyed yellow hair I just wonder why I did. However, like you I’m getting more complements about the colour it is now, than I ever did during the yellow years!

      Thank you for commenting 🙂

    • 7th March 2019 at 4:30 pm

      It was a great find! Thank you x

  • 6th March 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Lovely top. I love it when you find something you love in a second-hand shop. Style and sustainability all in one!

    • 7th March 2019 at 4:32 pm

      I’ve found good things before in charity shop, but the top is a very good find! And yes, indeed, shopping in a charity shop is all about style plus an added bonus in re-using clothes that could have gone to landfill.

      Thank you for your comment – much appreciated

  • 6th March 2019 at 8:36 pm

    hello Penny. I have watched all your make-up videos, and really enjoyed them. I don’t wear make-up myself, as I feel my skin is too ‘lumpy’. I have these hard small white lumps under the skin, and because you have a very good knowledge of the skin, I was wondering if you might know what causes them, and is there anything I can do to get rid of them.? I really need to add some colour to my face, and would love to try out some of your video make-up ideas. This is the first time I have ventured to answer a blog. I really am a complete and utter beginner with blogging. Oh yes I really loved the mustard top on you, and look forward to receiving your blogs. My best wishes Patricia

    • 7th March 2019 at 5:13 pm

      Hello Patricia and it’s great to have your reading the blog and a big thank you for commenting. Because, yes, I do know what these little white lumps are. They are milia and I have them too! I have several on my forehead. Read all about them here https://www.allure.com/story/what-is-milia-causes-treatment

      The thing is they are not white heads and cannot be squeezed away. I once did and it went but the area bled – no and yuck. They are little bits of keratin and apparently look like a sesame seed.

      Ok. How to get rid of them. By yourself you can’t, but you could exfoliate a little with any good quality product and the whole area feels a bit smoother, but that’s all. Really, a dermatologist should be the answer but I haven’t asked my GP as the poor old NHS has enough to worry about let alone my little white bumps. So, I’d say you could either find a private skin clinic or a really expert and experienced beautician in a very well-run beauty salon. But only go where the operator would get rid of them gloved up with sterile gloves using a sterile needle in near hospital-like cleanliness. Because the way to get rid of them is to make a small hot-cross bun cut over the milia and lever the thing out with a sterile needle. This is not for the faint-hearted and not ever to be done by anyone who has just come out of a beauty school. This is a serious thing cutting the skin.

      I hope I don’t sound too stern and forbidding, but this is just me saying – they’re things that need taking out by a professional. And funnily enough I am inching myself towards getting rid of a couple and might be writing about this shortly.

      For makeup, if you are interested in getting some foundation do go on to Tricia Cusden’s Look Fabulous Forever’s website for tips and tutorials – she is so good. And they even have people who can answer queries on the phone about what colour and type of makeup you should use. If you live anywhere near Wimbledon (actually you might be outside the UK) but if you’re near Wimbledon she has a pop-up shop where you can get a makeover. But be wary of those big store makeup areas – they’re just full of bright lights and young assistants – and I don’t find them conducive to making good decisions!

      Thank you again for your comment and your enquiry – hope this helps 🙂

      • 7th March 2019 at 7:45 pm

        Hello Penny. Thankyou so much for your reply to my question about milia. I will look up the information that you sent to me. I have found LFF, and have bought some of the make-up, but so far have not felt confident wearing it. I must try again!!!!! You really are a special person to go to the trouble that you have to answer my question. Kind regards Patricia

      • 11th March 2019 at 2:53 pm

        Patricia, In the past I had a few milia removed at a salon. It cost £35 for up to 5 of them. Definitely needs to be done by someone experienced.

  • 7th March 2019 at 8:35 am

    You wear that top so well, Penny! In fact, the whole outfit with the coat and boots is fab; great layering. My olive complexion can look sallow when wearing yellow, perhaps I’ll try experimenting with some yellow accessories if I can find the right shade.

    • 7th March 2019 at 4:34 pm

      If it’s your gut feeling that yellow wouldn’t suit then go with that, but you could try a scarf – that wouldn’t then be too much of a mistake if it turns out it doesn’t go with your complexion. Let me know!

  • 7th March 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Hello Penny,I dont know if you remember but I said hello to you in Brighton,in the street last year because I recognised you from your great blog that you do here!.I mentioned that I didnt know how to comment on your post..but I think that Ive worked out what to do…so this is a testing..testing..testing,lolxx

    • 12th March 2019 at 1:36 pm

      Hello Debi! I do remember you! And thank you for commenting – you got through 🙂

  • 9th March 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Isn’t it great when we find a top we love? I’m sure you’ll get lots of wear from the new boots too. Thanks for the heads up on the Tate exhibition. I like photography exhibitions. It sounds interesting.

    • 12th March 2019 at 1:38 pm

      Both exhibitions were good but the Tate Britain one featuring Don McCullin’s photographs, that was superb, but a hard watch. Can’t say enjoy but do go, so worth it

    • 12th March 2019 at 1:39 pm

      It was a great find, Eloise 🙂

  • 11th March 2019 at 7:13 pm

    I would have paid 5.99 for that top. It’s lovely and it’s by Joules…

    The photography exhibition sounds fabulous. I’m determined to get to London more frequently and I now have a National Trust pass to use so I’d better getting cracking!

    Love your Urban Outfitters coat and your new boots – fabulous! I’ll be checking the new make up video out too. So glad you’re getting lots of views.

    Hope the week goes well for you,

    • 12th March 2019 at 1:41 pm

      Thank you Vronni. Which do you prefer? Vronni or Veronica? You have a great week too 🙂

  • 12th March 2019 at 1:04 pm

    First I’m bummed because I signed up for your emails, yet I never got this one. Would it be possible to see if it really got signed up or if you could add it? I’m pretty sure I used my personal email: robjodiefilogomo@msn.com
    And what a fabulous accomplishment on your video!! Obviously it’s something that’s needed and I’m glad you’re continuing it!!
    Of course I adore the shirt because it’s my favorite color, and a great deal!!!

    • 12th March 2019 at 2:00 pm

      Oh so very very sorry, because I’ve looked and can’t see your email – looked back a month. Did you btw, get the email in your home email inbox, that said you are subscribed, but activate your subscription by clicking here? If you didn’t then that email to you has gone somewhere. This happened to a cousin of mine who wanted to subscribe but never got that activation email – when she came round we found several of those emails in junk.

      Thing is I have no way of adding you as the WordPress system only works when someone activates from their own email. If I put in your email you’d still have to activate and I don’t have any way to do that.

      If you did click the activation email then it is something happening at my end or WordPress’s end really, and I would then contact them and say what’s going on. Or it could be that you are activated yet the WordPress email with my posts is going to junk.

      I am getting subscribers every day but Geez – technology!! Let me know what you think 🙂

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