Hello again

We’re still working on the new GDPR Privacy Policy, but it should be in place early next week. You’d think I’d be saying what a lot of nonsense, and why include a fashion blogger that doesn’t sell anything in what looks like a lot of red-tape and bureaucracy. But I think organisations and corporations (and don’t forget the banks) have been very lax with our data, so I agree that things should be tightened up. I am OK with this regulation and will be mentioning it again (hopefully for the last time) in the next post.

Anyway, I thought I’d show you a slice of Brighton life. We’re right in the middle of Brighton Festival where we have a few wonderful weeks of every kind of culture you can think of from music, dance, theatre, talks, film and exhibitions to street activities and actually loads of fun.

Here I am waiting for the bus to take us into town for a guided walk around the London Road area.

We’ve had some really hot weather, but this was back to being a bit chilly (yes, it’s nearly June) so I have my charity shop beret, plus a thrifted scarf, skirt and denim jacket. The shoes are sensible trainers and very comfortable as we’re going to be walking around for two hours.

London Road is the cheap and cheerful end of Brighton with lots of charity shops and places to have a coffee. But we were taken around the back streets, some of which were surprisingly lovely.

Do you see the ripple effect in the walls of those houses? These are stones taken from Brighton beach, which were chosen for their similar size and placed by hand into the wall as it was built.

And here is what was a warehouse.

That could still be an industrial workplace on the ground floor, but most of these warehouses are now very bijou properties housing yoga studios and alternative health clinics. There has been a tremendous amount of gentrification around here.

But there’s still some great street art to be found – I just love that kind of thing.

The week before, when it was quite warm, I spotted this delightful person wearing a stunningly co-ordinated outfit in azure blue, including hat. She told me she wasn’t doing anything special just walking around Brighton.

I was going to the cinema (to see Avengers: Infinity War – such fun) and was wearing jeans and no hat (I was thinking of the people sitting behind me) but honestly, I felt really under-dressed!

I thought she was stunning (apologies if she’s reading this as I didn’t ask her name). And look at the great co-ordination of colours of both these women – respect!

And finally, we’re still organising our flat and putting up our pictures.  Part of my de-cluttering was to look very hard at all the ‘art’ I’d acquired over the years. We decided that stuff had to blend with the look and the size of our much smaller living space, so we gave away several pieces before we moved. Once we’d moved, if we could see a print wasn’t appropriate for the flat that would also be given away. Above all, our ‘art’ had to ‘go’ with the colour of the walls. Our yellow wall, for instance, has been bare since it was painted as I just didn’t have the right thing for it until, that is, last Saturday when I spotted an unframed print in a great shop and studio space just off London Road called Atlier 51. Reader, I bought it and had the exact size frame waiting for me at home.

I’m so happy with the yellow, pink, blue and green of the parrots. It’ll go up on the wall very soon. So, it’s not just clothes that can be colour co-ordinated it’s walls, and cushions and prints as well!

That’s all for now

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

And sharing with the usual lovely people – icons on the side or at the bottom if reading on a phone.


27 thoughts on “Out and about in Brighton

  • 17th May 2018 at 7:59 am

    Love the print 🙂

    • 18th May 2018 at 7:45 am

      Yes, isn’t it great!

  • 17th May 2018 at 8:17 am

    Love the cushions! Where did you get them please?

    • 18th May 2018 at 7:53 am

      The middle cushion came from made.com and the outer ones came from the Futon Company.

      Here’s the link for Made https://www.made.com We bought the cushion from their showroom in Charing Cross Road, London. They have other sites in France, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland but not I think in the States. It has lovely stuff. I looked at cushions but it doesn’t have this particular one anymore – still some great cushions there though.

  • 17th May 2018 at 1:55 pm

    A bird print-how perfect! When I was in middle school, I thought I would become a world famous Ornithologist-oh well, I still feed a lot of birds.

    I enjoyed your tour of Brighton.

    • 18th May 2018 at 7:54 am

      It’s a lovely print 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the walk!

    • 18th May 2018 at 8:02 am

      Actually, it’s interesting that you said ‘bird print’ as I think I was attracted by the colours and the ‘look’ of the print, and actually didn’t see all the birds and I note I only mentioned parrots in the post. I didn’t appreciate the different types of birds there. I used to be a gardener (not any more) but I never actually knew all the Latin names of the plants and sometimes not even the common ones, it was always about the contours and colours and feel of the garden that counted for me. We’re all so different which is good 🙂

    • 18th May 2018 at 7:54 am

      I know – such a great place 🙂

  • 17th May 2018 at 7:10 pm

    Penny, I have worked on our GDPR policy at work and I don’t believe that any blogger using their blog for purely recreational purposes is affected. The ISO have a self assessment tool you can utilise.

    • 18th May 2018 at 8:12 am

      Bill, MOH has been on many sites including ICO. Thing is I’m a self-hosted (wordpress.org) which gives greater autonomy, but with that comes responsibilities. I can see you are WordPress.com and WordPress will probably have an umbrella policy for all .coms. But being self-hosted I have data which is stored by me. First the signed-up followers who unlike recipients of an emailed newsletter, do not need to be asked for their permission for storage as they have opted to be followers. However, I have to demonstrate that these are stored properly etc. Amongst many things all commenters are meant to be asked about storage, yes indeed, so that is one of the things we have to create, a new sign-in for commenters. To cut a long story short (of our quite steep learning curve) there are things we have to do to comply.

  • 17th May 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Sorry, ICO.

    • 18th May 2018 at 8:21 am

      🙂 But thanks, Eloise, it’s necessary, but causing a bit of work. But all right and proper.

      • 19th May 2018 at 7:51 pm

        I didn’t realise that you use a self hosted platform, Penny. I hope you sort it all out soon. It’s been a bit of a pain for a lot of companies and I’ve been inundated with post at home.

  • 17th May 2018 at 8:53 pm

    That’s a beautiful bird print! Is the festival still there next week Penny?

    • 17th May 2018 at 8:55 pm

      Yes, it’s on until the end of the month ?

  • 17th May 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Penny I have been looking for months for a denim jacket like that …. on ebay, local shops, local buy and sells, etc etc. Want to sell it?? (ha ha) Ann Lee S, Vancouver Island, BC Canada

    • 18th May 2018 at 8:18 am

      Yes, that jacket! It came from a very rare thing in France, an actual charity shop. Rare, because they simply don’t have them, but my friend who lives out there helps run one for stray cats. Anyway, last year, when I dropped in, there it was, an outsize denim jacket on the men’s rack (not outsize for a man, I guess). I pounced!!!

      Yes, all women’s denim jackets, even the larger ones (which seems strange) are skimpy. So pleased with it – good luck with your search!

      • 18th May 2018 at 10:24 pm

        I will expand my search to include Mens! I like the longer length, and no waist band on it.
        ann lee s

  • 20th May 2018 at 6:36 am

    Love your parrots – so cheerful! I haven’t been to Brighton for many years but it’s a fascinating, eclectic place. I believe I am sorted on the GDPR front, Blogger/Google already has a cookies pop up and I now have a privacy statement at the top of the blog. I’m liking the way that most companies are asking me to opt-in because it gives me the chance to opt out – some of them had never emailed me before!

    • 24th May 2018 at 7:49 am

      Yes, this is a chance to opt-out is it not! So many emails, but for us bloggers it’s the ones with a Mailchimp email list that have to do the re-asking. My Privacy Policy goes up on a new Page this afternoon – it has meant some hours work though. But quite necessary, I think, you just have to look at how the banks have been with our data.

  • 22nd May 2018 at 6:38 pm

    I don’t know Brighton very well but I love the Lanes. I very much enjoyed your mini tour in pictures and absolutely loved the rock studded walls. You look very chic in your tour outfit.

    There are so many stylish men and women around; it’s great to acknowledge them and take their photos so we can all share in their stylishness!

    I loved your bird print and how fab it looks with your walls and colourful cushions!

  • 23rd May 2018 at 4:48 pm

    I love your parrot print, it looks perfect on the yellow wall, love your cushions too. Jeremy Vine was talking about the GDPR regulations on his show, I think it only applies to businesses though, I hope you’re not making a lot of work for yourself 🙂

    • 24th May 2018 at 7:58 am

      I’m a self-hosted blogger, Polly, and I do collect data (email addresses) so with the greater autonomy comes greater responsibilities. I don’t have to ask people to re-confirm (because people/followers have opted in) but I do have to demonstrate I’m storing it properly, hence my Privacy Policy goes up this afternoon. There are several things we’ve had to learn pretty sharpish and there are things that WordPress only released a couple of days ago (!) like plug-ins for data accessing and deletion that we trawled through the net to learn how to do!!!! So it has been some hours work. Actually it’s a wake up call and puts a stop to those who accumulate mailing lists through various means. But very small societies are caught up in this – I heard how a little gardening society with 14 people on their email list had to comply!

      And as for all the emails coming through now – what an opportunity to unsubscribe from clutter in the email in-tray!!!!

    • 24th May 2018 at 10:14 am

      Hi again, Polly!
      Actually, MOH says everyone who collects data, and that includes us bloggers, is affected by GDPR. My Privacy Policy (got from a plug-in) is up and running. Here’s the link https://frugalfashionshopper.co.uk/privacy-policy/

      Yes, the people who monitor this are only interested in the big companies and large businesses, but I want to be compliant. And honestly, don’t take my word for it, not an authority on this at all. All these businesses and large corporations will have huge back offices working on compliance – as for us bloggers, it’s just us!

      • 25th May 2018 at 12:43 pm

        Thanks Penny, I think I’m ok because Blogger has had a notice in place for a while now.

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