Hi everyone

This is my first of three planned trips to London. We had such a great day on Wednesday.

We went to the Victoria & Albert museum to see the exhibition, ‘Ocean Liners: Speed and Style‘ and what an unexpected delight it was too. It’s on only until 17th June – if you get the chance do go.  Btw, both the skirt and jacket are newly bought from a charity shop (combined price under £10).

This was a huge moving feature on the side of one wall.

The exhibition gave you a good sense of times past and how the rich and famous conducted their lives with style, and some fabulous dresses!

Here’s Marlene Dietrich’s suit worn on one trip across the Atlantic,

But not everyone on board was wealthy, as these ships carried emigrants to the New World, plus mail and goods. In the days before long-haul flights became almost common-place, it was the only way to travel across the Atlantic.  Here’s the menu for 3rd Class passengers.

And note they wanted you to eat well even though you were confined to the lower decks. There’s a lot of fish on the menu!  Here’s a link to the recipe for cabin biscuits, which were provided to help queasy stomachs – no travel sickness pills, poor things!

Meanwhile on the upper decks the rich wore gowns like this one.

She’s standing by a trunk that you stand on its end and open to many drawers – useful, the card said, for all your gloves and jewellery!

Another dress and below a tiara.

The living areas had the most amazing decor.  Here’s just one panel but there were many more on display.

One pic I regret I didn’t take was of the largest piece picked up after the sinking of the Titanic, which was replicated in the film as the piece of flotsam that the character played by Kate Winslet clung to. (Actually somewhat smaller than the size in the film) It was eerily lit and I lingered a while thinking of that night which was probably why I didn’t take a photo.

There’s a great place to eat if you’re a V&A member, which I am, as it’s just the best place to go, I think, for fashion and popular culture as well as ancient antiques.

Here’s a close up of my new hairstyle – I’ve bottled out of growing it long and had a trim

But we didn’t stop at just one exhibition. Mr Frugalfashionshopper wanted to see a room dedicated to 1930s graphic design and to get to it we walked for miles through 20th Century furniture and then costume and performance.  Here’s a couple of pics.

Those are costumes worn by two actors who played Cinderella’s Ugly Sisters for over 20 years. And this below, is a costume worn by the entertainer Danny Le Rue.

We ended up at an exhibition in great place downstairs called The Future Starts Here which was very much about this planet and its future.

A good question? I think so.

Here’s another.

There was a lot to think about. But I paused at the Pussy Hat which has become a global symbol of female solidarity.

I think that would be quite easy to make so I might just knit one for next winter.  In the meantime – respect to all women out there working towards equality – we need that female power – go women, go!

Finally, I stopped and  got quite a lump in my throat when I saw that a 13-year-old Syrian refugee had reproduced his city of Aleppo in cardboard.  But not as it was, or is (it’s reduced to rubble) but as sustainable and green.

How wonderful and  humbling that this 13-year-old had the vision and foresight to think so positively about a future – that could happen. Well, one can always hope.

That was a day to remember, and it wasn’t finished as after a very necessary cup of tea and large slice of cake, we travelled by bus back to Victoria station.  And because it is the week of Chelsea Flower Show, many shops had decorated their fronts with displays of flowers.

And here.

And finally.

These were taken from the bus so apologies for the slight blurring.

Gosh we were tired when we got home, but it was a great day.  I hope you enjoyed it too!

That’s not all though, as I must tell you that this blog has a Privacy Policy, which you can find at the top of the page and here.   I urge you to have a look as I aim to be compliant with the GDPR that has come into being this day, the 25th May 2018.  We do our best to look after both you and your data!

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With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

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32 thoughts on “Out and about in London – plus here’s that Privacy Policy!

  • 25th May 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing your day in London and the V&A exhibit which is facinating.
    Your new hairstyle is very becoming!

    • 26th May 2018 at 12:04 pm

      Sharon, thank you, it was a great day out!

  • 25th May 2018 at 12:54 pm

    The reason there was so much fish on the menu was that it was for a Friday…. In the ‘olden days’ it was the norm not to eat meat on a Friday..

    • 26th May 2018 at 12:05 pm

      I didn’t spot that it was a Friday until you pointed that out. Yes! Of course!

  • 25th May 2018 at 1:26 pm

    That looks like a really interesting exhibition, well worth seeing I would say.
    I love the new hairstyle, suits you nicely. I think I might just grow mine again and this time keep it long. I fancy putting it in an elegant ponytail in hot weather ?

    • 26th May 2018 at 12:09 pm

      Re: your hair, go for it, Sandy, always try things out, I say. And it was such a good day with 2 exhibitions and a walk to the 30s graphics area – there’s so much to see at the V&A

  • 25th May 2018 at 1:54 pm

    A very interesting post. I love the V&A but haven’t been up for a while.
    I particularly liked the pics of the floral decorations outsider shops, really stunning.

    • 26th May 2018 at 12:10 pm

      The V&A is amazing and so worth a visit – one of our national treasures, I think 🙂

  • 25th May 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Really interesting post and loving the trimmed hair.

    • 26th May 2018 at 12:12 pm

      Thank you Nicola, it was time to give the hair a trim as it was getting quite unruly and then it’d flop. I had to take some action! And the V&A is just so lovely.

  • 25th May 2018 at 3:23 pm

    You had the kind of day I love! Your mention of Marlene Dietrich made me think you might like Doppel Dietrich, a Brighton Fringe show at the New Steine Hotel.

    • 26th May 2018 at 12:18 pm

      It is absolutely my kind of day!!! I’ve just looked up Doppel Dietrich – can’t go this year – but will look out for her and bookmark her website, thanks for the tip.

  • 25th May 2018 at 3:49 pm

    I love going to the V&A and I hope to go and see this exhibition. Thanks for sharing your photos – looks as though you had a great day. Your hair looks lovely and suits you better. Gill

    • 26th May 2018 at 12:20 pm

      Isn’t the V&A absolutely the business – there’s so much going on in a beautiful setting. Thanks for the feedback on the hair – it needed to get back to some semblance of a sharper style – it became too unruly!

  • 25th May 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Thank you for sharing your day, I am so envious , just my kind of thing. Would pop to England to see it if I could. Your hair looks very chic, I think this is your length. I have my grey hair long like yours was, am having a rethink. After all it will soon grow again !

    • 26th May 2018 at 12:23 pm

      Exactly, hair will always grow and like you I can grow it again. But yes, I think that’s the length to keep it at. Well if you ever do get to England there are some amazing museums in London that are free to enter, and although the exhibitions are ticketed, there’s loads to see for free.

  • 25th May 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Thank you for sharing your day up in London.I love your new haircut really suits you and the outfit was amazing value,which charity shop did you manage to find them in?

    • 26th May 2018 at 12:24 pm

      I went back to my favourite haunt which is Seaford! That little town has such good charity shops. Found both of these items in the Scope charity shop.

  • 25th May 2018 at 5:50 pm

    That exhibition looks very tempting and I just love all the costumes! Your outfit is very chic; what good buys those were. Love the hair. I was so touched by the recreation of Aleppo – how wonderful it was to see such hope arising out of such destruction.

    Have a great weekend.

    • 29th May 2018 at 7:42 am

      Thanks so much, the exhibition was so very good. And I see it’s moving to the new V&A in Dundee after it closes in London.

  • 25th May 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Love this post! Keep on keeping on (and please will you start sourcing clothes for me – jacket and skirt both fab).

    • 29th May 2018 at 7:51 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post! I had a lot of pics from the trip to London and I’ll be doing something like this again soon. Both items of clothing were bought in the Sense charity shop, Seaford, which has the best charity shops. I know that there are other good places for charity shops outside but in this area, there’s something about Seaford. Mind you I looked in 5 other shops and couldn’t find anything – you have to be prepared to walk away with nothing.

      As for sourcing and style. I wore jeans for several years after I retired and then slowly, over time, gathered together a sense of style that wasn’t work orientated (mainly suits) nor w/e relaxation and leisure (jeans). My style is built around skirts. And that’s what I hunt for, plus if possible finding the right tops and jackets. I definitely don’t aways get it right, hence my feeling that if the outfit cost under £10 then a mistake doesn’t matter as much as if it cost just under £100. Will post about this, I think, thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  • 25th May 2018 at 8:20 pm

    Love Love Love your hair, it really suits you, it is very youthful. I’m in York right now visiting my Mum, but am heading straight to the hairdresser as soon as I get back to Canada. I ❤️ this blog!

    • 29th May 2018 at 7:54 am

      Thank you so much Geri! Hair is so important, isn’t it, I think the thing is to always try. I attempted the long hair look and actually it wasn’t that great, so I’m back to having a stylish trim every 2 months or so. Good luck with yours!

  • 25th May 2018 at 8:24 pm

    I think you’re hair looks fantastic. Sounds like a great day. Our holiday is almost over, tomorrow we well drive back??? but in August/September we will be back and then we can have tea together????

    • 29th May 2018 at 7:55 am

      Thank you Nancy, and yes, will look for some tea-rooms 🙂 Glad you enjoyed your holiday x

  • 26th May 2018 at 1:56 pm

    You are rocking the monochrome look! The V & A is my favourite museum if I had to choose one.

    • 29th May 2018 at 7:57 am

      The V&A is amazing and after being a member for, I think, 3 years now I still have barely scratched the surface of it all. There’s so much to see, and then there are the big exhibitions. Can’t wait for the Frida Kahlo – I’ve booked a date to see that in June 🙂

  • 27th May 2018 at 10:34 am

    Thanks for sharing your visit to London and the exhibits at the V&A. Looks like an interesting exhibit. I had never realised that those ships were multi-functional, pity the poor souls below in rough seas. The costume exhibits were just up my alley, I can see why you had that lump in your throat, I do hope that young mans vision comes to fruition and the horror ends soon.
    On another note , you look very smart in your black and white , I do like your shorter hairstyle.

    • 29th May 2018 at 8:01 am

      Of course, you know what they say about ships and cruising? The more you pay the more you sway! So being down low in the ships might have been the best place to be – there were no stabilisers in those days!

      Yes, that’s a great outfit and I spotted the two items in the same charity shop. And thanks, and yes, that hair style will be one I’ll be sticking with. But on the other hand I do tend to vary my hairstyles – so we’ll see 😉

  • 28th May 2018 at 7:25 am

    Your hair looks lovely Penny! A trip to the V&A is always a treat – I hadn’t heard about this exhibition, sounds good. Interesting how healthy the 3rd class menu is, although I will pass on the gruel!

    • 29th May 2018 at 8:03 am

      Thanks Gail, will probably be sticking with that style for a bit. Ha, yes, the gruel, what on earth was it like? A thin soup? The V&A I love it so, and going again very soon for the Frida Kahlo.

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