There’s been a bit of an absence here. It was just a busy, sociable, meeting friends kind of week, plus I posted on My Other Blog. Stuff (otherwise known as Brexit) is happening, or not happening, people, so read all about it there.
I went to Pilates twice this week and feel all the better for it. But don’t think I find this exercise lark easy – it really has been two steps forward and one back. I had/have a locked stiff neck (think going to the dentist did that for me) which is better but everything has to go slower at the moment.
Yes, I had such a nice week meeting up with old friends and new. One was a friend from work not seen for many years, but when we met up it was as if we’d seen each other the previous week – do you get that same feeling with people? I think some friendships never die, however, you have to nurture friends and it was so good to reconnect with her. And then another friend from nursing – now that friendship goes back a very, very long time and it was also great to reconnect.
I met a newer friend for coffee. Our moving around had its downsides, but the upside is that I have good friends found in some of the places I’ve lived, and if I’d never moved I’d never have met them!
We met in an area local to me ( I can take a bus) that I hadn’t visited for years with, it seems, really good charity shops stocked with quality clothes at reasonable prices. Actually, the area has long been known as a great charity shop shopping experience so the fact that I hadn’t gone there was just tardiness on my part. I know, I know, I was going to cut down on this, but listen I bought 2 jackets and one of them I have already worn twice. No pics of that one as yet, as it’s black corduroy, and I couldn’t get the detail of it in the pic I took.
Anyway here is the second jacket. Look at the lovely lining. The cost? £7.99 and it’s in excellent almost unworn condition with a Per Una label.
Here it is worn with an old charity shop skirt and my favourite charity shop ankle boots. It’s little big but that means I can wear a big jumper under it when the weather gets colder. Can you see I had a trim and the hair is a bit shorter.
I also bought a beautiful boiled merino wool hat, handmade by someone called Susannah (said the label) again for the sum of £7.99
Thank you for making this hat Susannah – it will be much loved. Another find was a £3.99 Per Una linen skirt, which will be worn in the summer.
The pic above gives you some insight into how I arrange my clothes. I do have a purpose built wardrobe along one wall, which, I hasten to add, is shared with Mr F! And I was thinking of getting a white cupboard for all of the items you can see, but I had these shelves for books, and what with the downsizing and the clearing out they were going to be discarded. But no, I thought, reuse, recyIe, repurpose furniture as well as clothes, so I decided to use the shelves this way. You can see some hats (another shot of the shelves would reveal 3 hat boxes full of hats) and there’s some of my jumpers. Some of my jewellery is laid out on shoe box lids! Oh, and there’s my weights peeking out from behind the skirt.
And then there was this. I couldn’t resist it.
This has an old label, Consortium, and was the most expensive item at £9.99. Note, that I bought nothing in or around £5, which is my preferred spend – prices are going up. Btw, the dress has a fish tail that trails along the ground and is made with that glorious devore velvet in a beautiful green colour. Here’s a close-up of it.
The colour’s washed out a bit in this pic but you get the detail.
Well, that’s all for now. With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper
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P.P.S Re: the post on Brexit (ha) that’s up on My Other Blog. Only read on the understanding that I hold strong views on how negotiations are being conducted. However, while I absolutely welcome differences of opinion please respect these differences – thanks 🙂