Hello again

For me, this post is a distraction from events in the UK (not saying anything about it here!) and a follow-up to the post about ‘looks’, and that photo of me looking a bit dishevelled.  Yes, that one, where I didn’t wear a hat, wore my scruffy and quite old green parka in a town, didn’t put my scarf on properly and wore glasses with very little makeup!

Well, the thing is to learn from this.  (And it’s not that I was that bothered about how I looked.) I just decided i) wear a hat, ii) never wear glasses out and about if I can possibly help it, and iii) make a little more effort, which I usually do anyway!  And here’s the proof. Here I am in a well-known cafe in Brighton – don’t you love the bus!

We are so well served by our buses in Brighton.  Every part of town gets a bus nearly every 5 minutes! And for those of you across the pond, who are not at all that sure about the socialist nature of the UK – well, these buses are free to older people. What’s not to like!

I love towns and cities.  You won’t find me swooning over the countryside (nice to look at but….).  No, give me a bit of urban scruffiness any day.  Like this!

And the look?  I’m wearing a great hat, bought from Peacock’s in a sale for just £2.50.  Everything else, including the coat, is from a charity shop.

And it’s altogether a better look.  My scarf is tied properly, the hat covers up the multi-coloured hair, and the coat goes over a short colourful skirt worn with black tights and boots, which are, sadly, going the way of the short little bootees that had to go last week.  The boots I’m wearing here (which you can see in the pic above this one) are really old, but so comfortable, I’ll miss them.

My next post will be about my latest charity shop finds, but that’s all for now.

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

P.S. And as I’m wearing a hat I’ll share this with Judith Boyd at StyleCrone and her March hatattack session

Also sharing with Nicole at High Latitude Style and her Top of the World link-up where the weather looks to be a bit colder than here in the UK!




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14 thoughts on “Out & about in Brighton – a follow-up to the looks that I liked & didn’t!

  • 31st March 2017 at 7:45 am

    Hi Penny

    Enjoyed reading your new post love your Blog!

    Like you I love shopping in Charity Shops they are little treasure troves – and you never know what gems you will find.

    I’m guessing many of your visitors are like myself ladies who live to see how stylish they can look wearing Charity Shop finds.

    So how about inviting your visitors to send in pictures if them wearing there latest finds and featuring them on your blog?

    Best Wishes
    Lynn Culver
    Over 60 Charity Shopper

    • 31st March 2017 at 7:56 am

      Thanks so much for your comment, Lynn. And yes, I have thought about setting up a Link event. It’ll probably happen in a couple of months and more likely mid-summer as i) I’m in the throws of moving – phew, so stressful and so much to do (both before and after) and ii) I know of another US blogger who is going to do exactly that (set up a link event for thrifters) so I thought I’d let that happen first and then set mine up or maybe (you’ve set me thinking!!) maybe there’s more options there. The move comes first though – we’re down-sizing big-time to a small flat and I’m in the middle of de-cluttering so much stuff. Thanks so much for the comment though – you’ve really set me thinking!!!!

      • 31st March 2017 at 8:21 am

        Glad I have set you thinking!

        Good Luck with the move

        • 31st March 2017 at 8:23 am

          Thanks x

  • 31st March 2017 at 8:25 am

    Hi Penny
    It’s great to see your photos of Brighton . A few years ago I did a graffiti walk organised by Brighton Health walks run by council . Just seeing your great photo reminded me and perhaps you would pose more infront of the many in Brighton as very artistic !

    • 3rd April 2017 at 7:13 am

      I love the graffiti in Brighton – I’ve taken other photos (last summer) of this Brighton phenomena and think this might have had something to do with our decision to move back!

  • 31st March 2017 at 9:19 pm

    I love how you look with that. Your last post resonated with me, out went a baggy shapeless linen jacket, it did nothing for me.
    I have tried the charity shops, but around here they are grim. I think it’s linked to the economic situation. I’m trying to up my game! At almost 57 I’m done with starving my body, it’s not perfect but it’s mine!
    Something very therapeutic about having a good clear out.
    We are lucky and have a holiday booked. I have treated myself, and asked a local dress maker to make an evening dress for me. It’s something very new to me, and I am enjoying the process. Everything in the shops was either way too short, or had become old lady. I’m not ready for those just yet. Keep up the good work Penny, the blog is always a treat.

    • 3rd April 2017 at 7:21 am

      Hi Morag
      Yes, the baggy stuff, I’ve chucked that grey woollen mid-length skirt (too boring!) but that’s OK it was an experiment and you can do that on charity shop prices. And yes, embrace your shape and dress accordingly – so good to hear.
      And re: the charity shops in your area – definitely there are towns that don’t have good shops and towns that do. I’m moving to Brighton and while charity shops there are OK, I’ll have to keep returning to a town that’ll now be at the end of a short (half an hour) train trip as for me that is the best place for these shops. Also Hove and George Street is a great place to go shopping in charity shops. The thing is always be prepared to walk out and not buy – I don’t find things every time. Thanks so much for your comment.

  • 1st April 2017 at 7:48 pm

    I love your corduroy maxi coat, Penny and what a great bargain you’re hat was!

    • 3rd April 2017 at 7:24 am

      That hat was and is amazing – and at such a price. I think, tbh, it wasn’t selling, but that was great, to find it so reduced!

  • 3rd April 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Yes, you look lovely! And are an inspiration to me. Just because I’m retired and at home most days, there’s no need to look frumpy! Now that I’ve lost some weight, it’s time to hit those resale stores for more fashionable clothes that fit properly!

    • 4th April 2017 at 7:45 am

      Absolutely Adebra! I’m sure you can find reasonably priced clothes that don’t cost the earth that will not only suit and fit you but make you feel good! Go for it!

  • 7th April 2017 at 10:53 pm

    What a fabulous day it looks like you had. I love the hat (and the price), the color pop of the scarf, your coat, and the bit of skirt I can see peeking from underneath! Brighton has such character; that graffiti is wonderful. Thank you for sharing with Hat Attack!

    • 8th April 2017 at 7:48 am

      I have a lovely black fedora bought in France made with high quality materials that cost quite a bit. The tan colour fedora was astonishingly cheap but still seems to be a good quality hat. I guess, if I really thought about it (and actually I think I should) the people that made the cheap hat might be very low paid and that’s a pity. But I couldn’t walk away from it – and I do love it. Instead I think what we have to do is campaign and be on the look-out for good quality clothes produced by people who are paid fair wages. Thrifting and shopping in charity shops is such a good and sustainable way of buying clothes and that’s really what I like to do as it is so ethical. Thanks so much for commenting x

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