Last Wednesday we celebrated our 42nd wedding anniversary (yes, been married that long) and we did what we love best, which was to visit an exhibition.  But as our trains to London are so bad (long story, don’t ask) we decided to wander around Brighton and visit an exhibition in Brighton museum.

It was a lovely relaxing day as we went by bus to Brighton – free for us oldies – and then a coffee in the grounds of Brighton Pavilion.



If you think the building looks daftly exotic you’d be right, as it was built in the Indo-Saracenic style (around 1787) for George, Prince of Wales to live in – just imagine – and if you think that’s exotic, the inside of the building is totally over the top. The domes and minaret, btw, are the work of architect John Nash who extended the building in 1815.

I must say Mr Frugalfashionshopper also never says never as the exhibition we saw was Fashion Cities Africa, but he was up for it, and we didn’t regret going as, seriously, if you live near Brighton, I highly recommend it (and I speak as someone who visits the V&A often, and has seen Alexander McQueen’s, Savage Beauty twice).  The exhibition is not only gorgeous to look at, it gives you great insight into African fashion and style in four cities – Casablanca in Morocco, Lagos in Nigeria, Nairobi in Kenya and Johannesburg in South Africa.


Those dresses were sumptuous. I’d be very happy to wear the one on the right.


The exhibition emphasised that Africa is a continent so, consequently, the fashion will be different in each country within this vast area.


I loved the positivity of the exhibition as well as the glorious clothes.


We saw fashion for men as well.


And let me wear that pink dress, please!


There was also mention of the vast industry in second-hand clothes sent to Africa and a chance to dress up!


Was the dressing up just for children?  No it wasn’t!  Here’s me wearing a sparkly black jacket and an amazing hat, which I wish I could have taken away with me!


Btw, I’m wearing that slightly too big dress I bought recently and I have to say, it was really comfy and cool on hot and very humid day.


I’ve put the jacket back but the hat was lovely and hard to take off!

And here’s another look at some Brighton graffiti taken when I was in Brighton again on Saturday visiting a swishing event held for Calais Action, a charity helping to feed the people stuck in Calais.


As I’d read that there’s some compassion fatigue and people are going hungry in the camp I just had to go, and I’ll feature the 3 items I found at the event in a post shortly.


As opposed to many people I don’t like the countryside (nice to look at and all that, but…) instead I so love the vibrant urban buzz you get in cities. My new linen skirt, btw, was from my local charity shop and had the usual low price of £2.50.

That’s all for now.

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

P.S. And sharing as per usual with Catherine Summers and her #iwillwearwhatilike weekly session and also with Judith Boyd and her monthly #hatattack

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11 thoughts on “Out and about in Brighton

  • 5th September 2016 at 4:43 pm

    That looks like a fun day out! May I ask about those black sandals, are they orthotic? I have arthritis in one foot ( I am 71 going on 17!) and looking into different brands. Hotter sent me an e mail but I don’t like the looks of those and have bought one pair of Vionic. We are in the U.S. but my school friend still in the U.K. suggested those. Jan

    • 6th September 2016 at 7:16 am

      Hi Jan, and yes, it was a fun day. Sadly the weather has changed now to grey cloud still warm though, so we were very lucky to have a lovely day. Re: the sandals. They’re not orthotic but nearly, as they’re very comfortable with a slightly spongy inner lining and they feel like I’m walking in my slippers! In fact there’s a pic of them in this blog

      They’re Clarks shoes – link here If they’re not sold in the States I see from the website you could get delivery to the US – good luck!

  • 5th September 2016 at 4:51 pm

    That looks like a fabulous exhibition and I love the prints on some of the clothes featured as well as the wonderful clothes.

    Well done, Penny, organising a fund raiser and for such a good cause, too. I hope you managed to raise a decent sum. Why not add a link on your page so people can make a donation to it if they want?

    The hat looked great with your jean jacket and dress and what a bargain you got with the linen skirt!

    Have a lovely week


    • 6th September 2016 at 7:25 am

      Hi Veronica
      Yes, that was two great outings in one week. But I didn’t organise anything just went to a swishing event – which was good, but of course, it does nothing about the real problem, which is twofold, I think. i) the problem of course resides in the wars and poverty elsewhere and ii) Calais is an absolute mess with both countries France and Britain failing to deal with it in any other way than making everyone involved feel like criminals. Above all, the people there should be processed – those who really do have contacts and relatives in the UK should come in and sadly those that don’t should abide by the rules and claim asylum in the first country they came to. The children with relatives in the UK should be the first priority, but even when these links and relatives are known the processes grind so slowly that they remain in the camps for months and months on end – a total disgrace.

  • 6th September 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Happy 42nd Anniversary and wishing you many more. I enjoyed the African fashion and your photos of Brighton. And of course that glorious hat. Thank you so much for sharing with Hat Attack!

    • 10th September 2016 at 9:12 am

      Well, you know me, Judith, I couldn’t resist trying on that wonderful hat!

      And it was a great exhibition as amongst other things you went away with a really positive sense of Africa – and that really is important as usually there’s a lot of negative news around the continent. But not this exhibition, so it was good learning experience.

  • 6th September 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Lovely photos of the clothes and the pavilion gardens have a real vibe about them. Alison

    • 10th September 2016 at 9:14 am

      Thanks Alison. It was great that they let me take photos – but it makes sense as I’m advertising it on the blog! Worth going to for the experience of seeing Africa in a positive light alone, but there were some great frocks as well!

  • 8th September 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Penny , wow what a colourful and interesting post .

    Please can you give more details as to how you put together your last look ( linen skirt one ) it looks amazing .

    • 10th September 2016 at 9:09 am

      Hi Joan. Thanks so much – it was a great exhibition and told you more than the usual stuff you get in the media about Africa, which is usually really negative – it was all so positive and colourful. And yes, I will tell you about the skirt and the whole outfit as yesterday I wore it up to London – more about that in my next post!

  • 14th September 2016 at 7:02 pm

    I love Brighton – my brother lived there for many years – and I love your photos and the sparkly jacket! The last exhibition, I went to in Brighton, was ‘Biba and Beyond: Barbara Hulanicki’. I thought it was brilliant, especially as I worked in the Biba Department Store, as a student. Happy Days!

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