Hi everyone

Do you see that title? Those you who live outside the UK I have to tell you we had a mini-heatwave last week, which was just wonderful and coincided with my stay at my daughter’s house in Lewes.  We had a fab time there

And we had many a wander around the quaint narrow streets of Lewes.

Here’s a well-known pub in Lewes!

Lewes is a very old town with its history dating back to the Domesday Book of 1086, and Roman times, and further back than that, but it is now perhaps most famous for its November 5th Bonfire Night, the largest in the country, held ostensibly to mark the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 but is primarily commemorating the seventeen Protestant martyrs burnt at the stake during the persecution of Protestants in the reign of Queen Mary (1553-1558). I haven’t been to many of these, but I distinctly remember my first visit when I was stunned by the marching of the 5000 members of the Bonfire Societies through Lewes with their beating drums and flaming torches. There are, btw, seven of these societies and each has a different route and a separate firework display. With up to 80,000 visitors, it is, as one source says, a mix of Halloween and Mardi Gras and what with the flaming torches carried by nearly every one of the 5000 Bonfire participants and the seventeen flaming crosses carried throughout the town representing the martyrs, it feels at times quite primeval. It’s amazing to witness but on my first visit not understanding the history of the town and the burning of Protestants I was shocked to see that effigies of various real people are burnt at each society’s firework display including the current Pope. Mind you, over the years effigies of most of our senior politicians have been burnt on these bonfires along with any other celebrity that has attracted the ire of each Lewes bonfire society.

Oh, and the actual firework displays? They’re simply astonishing and the noise…..even if you don’t go to one when I lived in Newhaven, which is about 9 miles from Lewes, it sounded like World War Three had broken out, while in Lewes the houses literally shake to their foundations. It is not a night for the fainthearted! Indeed, you might think this is not exactly a family occasion, but on the contrary Lewes is very proud of its traditions and Lewes children take all of this for granted. All Lewes schools close the next day as they expect that children will be going and that no-one has slept that night. My son-in-law describes the feel of the town on the day as ‘feral’, so just remember, as you look at the pretty pictures of a sweet little town which has, btw, a very liberal and Green inclined population, that there is a raw and bloody history behind it that has not been forgotten.

Here’s two more pix of Lewes – the backs of a row of houses

And the front of those houses.

And here’s the High Street.

It looks so quiet – I must have taken that photo on the rare occasion of no traffic as there’s usually a stream of cars going up and down this road. Sadly the charity shop I showed you in the last post has closed down – such a shame as it was the best charity shop in Lewes. Never mind, I found five items in the remaining charity shops.

Here’s one of them.  A great pair of Papaya cotton pants.

They go brilliantly with a jacket I bought as a present to myself.

Has anyone had their colours done? I haven’t and have no idea what season I am, all I do know is I suit a mustard yellow!

This outfit will be worn and worn!

Yes, it was my birthday last Wednesday (more about that birthday and the age I’ve become in my next post) and to celebrate we went to a really wonderful independent cinema in Lewes, the Depot. Oh my word, what an adventure it was as it is a beautiful place with three small and not so small screens, and a great area inside and outside for eating and socialising. We saw Nomadland, which was just the best kind of film to see on a large screen. Here I am waiting in the foyer before they let us in to the screening area.

I have to say it will be good to return to regular cinema going when the pandemic is truly over. I did feel safe at the Depot as everything was very Covid-aware and we were all distanced from each other while watching the film, but it was a hot day and we had to wear a mask throughout, which I totally agree with, but it was quite claustrophobic and, well, hot, and I can tell you that the glass of cold water was very much needed. It will be lovely to get rid of that slight feeling of anxiety that there is something lurking in the ether that is out to kill you – when that feeling’s gone I’ll be back at the flicks every single week, come rain or shine 🙂

Btw, you might wonder why there are no pix of the beautiful countryside around Lewes, it’s not that I don’t like the countryside but I am an urban girl at heart, and urban streets and houses delight me, and somehow we didn’t do any country walks, but nevertheless I managed to increase my daily steps to over 10,000 on several days because of the wandering walks we took through this lovely town. Here I am wearing last week’s charity shop finds with my old summer hat bought in Flam, Norway.

Here’s hoping you’re getting good weather too. Actually the weather in the UK broke with buckets of rain last Friday and in Brighton we’ve woken to a thick and prolonged mist for three days now! But it is warmer – I’ve actually changed my duvet to the summer one, about time too as I don’t think I’ve ever changed it so late in the year. And, of course, you will get more pix of my charity shop finds in the coming weeks, but that’s all for now.

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

 

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39 thoughts on “Suddenly it was summer! And I was in Lewes through all the sunshine!

  • 8th June 2021 at 7:42 am
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    Hi Penny, interesting as always to follow your footsteps!

    You asked if any of us have had our colours analysed – I have, and it’s the best money I’ve ever spent. From wearing muted, washed out colours (what I call Sea Salt and White Stuff colours) I now wear warm and bright ‘spring’ colours which suit me so much more, and get me many compliments from strangers in the street or shops. It’s actually a great investment as, with a bit of practice, you learn which colours enhance your face, make your skin glow and your eyes show in their best colours. And once you know what your colours are, all of the colours in your ‘season’ go with all other colours, which makes the mythical ‘capsule wardrobe’ much more attainable – not that I have got there yet!! Style class is a great idea too, as it gives you a framework to understand what type of clothes, what neckline/length/shape enhance your body architecture and again makes it easy to spot the right pieces for you. No, it’s not what I do for a living, nor do I have any financial interest in House of Colour, but the awareness, knowledge and joy that these classes bring are all huge.

    Massive thunderstorms and tropical downpours here in Lincolnshire yesterday by the way…

    Gill x

    • 10th June 2021 at 7:03 am
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      Thanks Gill, I shall follow this up and above all look at the cost. The thing is I do know what colours to avoid – navy for a start! And as ever it’s mustard and yellow that are my favourites. Actually my skin has many yellow freckles just lying there under the skin so I guess the yellow colours are reflecting what my skin tone is?

      Strange weather continues – it was lovely yesterday with not a cloud in the sky but there was a deceptive cold wind!

      Thanks again

  • 8th June 2021 at 8:10 am
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    I too have had my colours done. Three times! The first time was wrong and I struggled with my new colour palette – which was “spring”. The second time was better. I was told I was a “winter” and to wear pink. Well yes I do of varying hues but not all the time! ( I struggle to channel my inner Barbara Cartland!)
    Finally I went to HOC and was described as a “burnished winter”. Deep and dark. I feel fine here and it is useful to know what colours really suit. And yes you do get complements when wearing the right colours. It has been good value for money. (I know I look dreadful in mustard!)
    Some people get very “born again/ evangelical about colour analysis. There are a couple of groups on FB that I peep into. My goodness do people spend some money, buying new season all the time. Frightening. It is astonishing what people have in their wardrobes. I belong to both but keep a very low profile, and I am thinking of disengaging.
    It is expensive to have ones “style” done. I can see that if I was still working and in a high profile job it would be worth the money but not now I am retired. I think I know what suits me – most of the time – and I am usually happy with my “look”. I get complements which is gratifying – so I must be doing something right!

    • 8th June 2021 at 8:18 am
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      Totally agree about the HoC FB groups, have de-alerted myself from them all as they are too obsessive for me.

      I’m retired too, have been for 6 years, so we’re probably in the same ‘tribe’! I would still advocate style class as I’ve found it makes a huge difference, and I know now (for example) that no matter how much I love the look of certain clothes – big, bold patterns for example – that I would never wear them as they are not right for me. In that way I’ve found that style class was a good investment, as I no longer have clothes that I don’t wear. Like you, though, I do wonder at how some people seem to spend an awful lot of time, as well as money. on their wardrobe – but again, that’s maybe because my dominant style personality is natural, And like Penny, the vast majority of my clothes are from charity shops, dress agencies or online buy/sell sites. I couldn’t live with my conscience if I spent masses of money on clothes…

    • 10th June 2021 at 7:06 am
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      I have noticed that ‘enthusiasm’, and I’d have to watch the cost. Thing is I do know what suits me and what to avoid, so I’m not sure I really want to pay out to be told what I already know. It’s interesting though and I haven’t dismissed the idea altogether.

      Navy is the one colour I avoid!

      Thanks Marion

  • 8th June 2021 at 8:49 am
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    Hello Penny. What an interesting place Lewes is ;another one for the ever expanding list of places to visit! I once went to a group colour analysis session when I was picked out to be a ‘model’. I was wearing a blue and white dress and they told me it was a good colour for me. I think I was Spring but there have been a lot of different classifications since then. Warm and Cool are the ones LFF uses but I think I’m more neutral. Can’t wear orange mustard brown/maroon. I think you know when you’ve got the right colours when you try things on and go ‘Yesssssss..I like that!’ I think you look really great in the mustard ensemble which I prefer to the pink. I’m looking forward to the cinema too -it’s one of our winter afternoon activities. I’ve booked to go on a singing weekend next month – we’ll be mostly outside – and my local choir starts again today which is wonderful. I’ve missed it so much. Still hopeful for the cruise in late Aug/Sept!

    • 10th June 2021 at 7:20 am
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      Lewes is great as there are so many independent small shops and it never seems as crowded as Brighton can get so, at the moment, it’s a favourite place to shop or for an amble around the streets. Apparently, my daughter says, it has wonderful walks in the countryside, which I will get to at some point!

      I certainly seemed to have sparked some comments on colours and I think it’s something that people get very enthusiastic about, but I’d have to justify the cost as I do know what suits me and what doesn’t, navy for a start! Lovely to hear about your singing as I know it means a great deal to you – enjoy 🙂

      Not sure about returning to the cinema while we have to wear masks, which is shame, as i) of course I believe we do have to wear masks and ii) going to the cinema was a large part of my life.

      I will be so interested in any feedback if you manage a cruise this year. Ours is booked for next year – fingers crossed!!!

  • 8th June 2021 at 8:52 am
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    Dear Penny, I’m so glad the warm weather has coincided with your stay in Lewes. It’s so nice to be warm and wear cooler clothes again. I’m really appreciating it. Lewes is a fascinating place. I never made it to the Bonfire night celebrations though I was told they can be a bit scary, but fun too. I did go to the Burning of the Clocks with my daughter in December in Brighton and that was really lovely. I loved the white paper lanterns. Some were huge! The children were having such a good time too with their ‘clocks’ and battery operated tea lights. I love the yellow outfit on you. What a perfect match. Glad you’re getting round some new charity shops. I wish I could. Enjoy your break. Trish S.

    • 10th June 2021 at 7:26 am
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      It’s a grey start to the day today, hopefully we’ll get some sun but I agree it’s so good to feel warm again, although yesterday was a bit disappointing as I’d dressed in the flat for the cloudless blue sky and sun and yet outside there was a cold wind and I froze once out!

      Lewes is trying to restrict the numbers coming to Bonfire Night, as it did get very overcrowded. And I confess that despite living in or near Brighton I’ve never done the Burning of the Clocks – aiming to go this year.

      I did enjoy Lewes it was good to get away! You will do the same one day 🙂

  • 8th June 2021 at 11:25 am
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    Hello Penny! I love reading this post, seeing your photos, and hearing your news of visiting family. I’m glad to see that life is opening up and that you are out and about in a very interesting town! Our weather has also changed to a June Gloom as the locals call it. Lots of gray skies, fog, and we even had some kind of misting that left everything damp but not enough to call it rain. So different from the hot San Fernando Valley we moved from back in 2019. I’m learning new ways to grow a small vegetable garden here.
    I love your mustard outfit! Yes, that golden mustard suits you…MORE than suits you! The color, the cut of the jacket, and the mix of pattern with black is perfect! Balanced and coordinated on your slender figure. Love it! Don’t you love it when the pieces just come together as they do in this outfit?!
    The architecture, the age, and the history of Lewes is so interesting. Sigh…I’ve made a couple of trips to Europe focusing on France and Italy. I purposely set England aside, hoping to return and do it properly. For now, my husband’s health is keeping us quite close to home. But I can travel vicariously through blogs like yours…and shop, too! ;).
    Today, I had a chance to actually shop for makeup! The task of finding a tinted moisturizer was quite challenging while wearing a mask! Cleverly, the store associate held up color samples on a clear acrylic palette against what she could see of my complexion plus I tried swatches on the back of my hand. Came home quite satisfied. Online complexion matching
    is difficult at best!
    So fun to hear your news! Thankful for health, family, and for communities to open a bit more! As always, thanks for sharing! Stay well…Charlene H

    • 10th June 2021 at 2:58 pm
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      Hi Charlene, yes it was great to see part of my family and stay in Lewes in the warm weather. But like you, our weather has returned to being a bit gloomy. We’ve had thick mists rolling off the sea (called sea frets) and today the sun at nearly 16.00 hours has not got through the grey clouds – boo! It’s still reasonably warm but not quite as warm as it was.

      It was amazing to find those pants and match them with my new jacket – I so know that mustard is my colour!!!

      Glad to hear you managed to get to shop for makeup. We have a large chemist shop called Boots which specialises in makeup and other cosmetic and medical goods. Still not got to the main store in Brighton to have a look at what’s available.

      Thanks for your kind words and thank you for reading 🙂

  • 8th June 2021 at 11:35 am
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    Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday Penny. Good to see that you were able to get something for yourself that you have not been able to do for some time. The break in Lewes in itself is a nice break as well. I have heard of bonfire nights, but thank you for the history and reasoning for it. Sorry to hear that the charity shop you were looking forward to checking out is no longer open. I am sure that will happen to many things as we open up. Actually, we are going to be able to get out a bit as of Friday here, and outdoor eating with 4 people will be back and stores with very limited numbers, but it is a start isn’t it. As for the colour thing, it is amazing to me how you can look great in such polar opposites of colours such as the pink then the mustard. It would be interesting to see what you actually are, but then again it may be frustrating at the start for you. I have had mind done 4 times over the past 40 years and not all were the same. The last one 3 years ago was done with style session as well and seems to be the most ‘me’ at this stage of my life. It is difficult to settle on a company that you feel comfortable with in the beginning. Good luck to you if you do go down that road, it is fun. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your charity shop finds.

    • 10th June 2021 at 3:05 pm
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      Thanks for the birthday wishes and yes, it was great to stay in Lewes, a place we really love as it’s quirky and interesting with lots of small independent shops.

      And very glad to hear you have some relaxation of your pandemic restrictions. We may yet go back to being restricted again as the Delta variant is currently rampaging around the UK. Everyone is waiting to see whether the vaccination programme prevents hospitalisation – fingers crossed on that.

      Well, the thing is I have many yellow freckles just underneath the surface of my skin so that has to be why the spectrum of yellow is good on me. I’m not dismissing getting my colours ‘done’ but as I aim to be careful with my money (don’t always achieve that aim!) I’d have to be sure of value for money.

      Oh yes, I got some really good items, which you’ll see soon.

      Take care, Diane 🙂

  • 8th June 2021 at 12:49 pm
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    Hello Penny, it’s always such a pleasure to find a blogpost from you in my inbox. Lewes is a cool town, just my sort of place, close enough to the sea for outings but with all the facilities required for day to day living. We tried to buy a house there when my husband was working at Brighton hospital and weekly commuting back to south Wiltshire. At the time we couldn’t find anything suitable at the right price. We were fortunate he was living in a hospital flat overlooking the sea in Kemp Town for his 4 years there, so I had somewhere to stay for visits.
    I had my colours ‘done’ with friends back in the 1990s and was Summer, which was just as well as those were the colours I felt suited me anyway. Now though, with long grey hair and a more faded complexion I think the stronger Winter colours suit me better, and black has always suited me. I think, if you were ‘done’ you’d probably be Autumn. You really suit those deep yellows! That said, I think we should wear what we like and avoid being pigeonholed in a way that makes us feel we need to slavishly follow someone else’s ideas on what we should or shouldn’t wear. I have my own style that has evolved over the years – definitely not ‘tailored’. Keep the posts and photos coming Penny. They’re a joy to read.

    • 10th June 2021 at 7:33 am
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      Hi Jane and thank you for those kind words. Lewes is great but it is getting expensive and prices are getting nearer to Brighton house prices what with the DFLs (Down from London!). So now I believe people are looking at Worthing. Mind you a flat in Kemptown overlooking the sea sounds amazing. If I stand on my balcony and lean over and look to the side I can just about see the sea!

      You’re probably right about me being Autumn and I’m not 100% sure I can commit to doing my colours when I know what suits me. Actually like you, I think it’s good to experiment with colour and style and not be in a ‘box’ of what suits and what doesn’t. Thanks again Jane 🙂

  • 8th June 2021 at 1:49 pm
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    Happy belated Birthday!! Looking forward to read your post about it. We are hoping to see the Bonfire in Rye one day, well perhaps this year! I received a color analysis from Pamela at Style Yourself Confidant. I can recomend it. I wrote a post about it, search for color analyses.

    • 10th June 2021 at 7:28 am
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      I will look into colour analysis Nancy, but not 100% sure I’ll do it as I’ll have to justify the cost but I haven’t dismissed the idea either. I’ll do a little more research first. Thanks for the birthday wishes 🙂

  • 8th June 2021 at 2:34 pm
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    Lovely history lesson and the celebrations sound great fun. Every village in France has a firework display and often a lantern procession for 14th July. Fireworks displays are magical.

    Love your jacket I’ve been looking for a jacket in what my husband calls ‘your industrial style’ for ages. I only see them in the men’s departments. Those trousers make a great outfit with the jacket. Best wishes for your birthday.

    • 10th June 2021 at 4:14 pm
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      Thanks re: the Lewes history lessons – it’s a really quirky little town with lots of independent shops, I love it.

      I remember very well camping on the outskirts of a small town in France on 17th July ad not being able to sleep because of the raucous celebrations – we should have joined in!

      Here’s link to the jacket – https://www.closetandbotts.com/collections/womens-clothing/products/work-jacket-mustard I bought the Medium size but could have gone up one, but quite happy to have a closer fitting than all the charity shop jackets I’ve bought this year.

      Thanks re; the birthday wishes 🙂

  • 8th June 2021 at 3:54 pm
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    Happy birthday Penny! I have never had my colors done but I did read the ‘Color Me Beautiful” book years ago. I have always assumed I am a Winter and have preferred the colors recommended for us. You look great in the mustard jacket but I would not chose it for me. I do love you in the bright pink though, which is something I would absolutely wear. Lewes is indeed a very interesting village. there are so many places to see in this world, so little time. Not to mention the restrictions. Anyway, thanks for sharing this charming spot. I think that when I have ben able to travel it is these small towns and villages I am most drawn to.
    After some unusually cold days last week here in the New York area we are now have full on Summer heat! Glad you were able to enjoy your special day with family
    Darby

    • 12th June 2021 at 7:36 am
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      I shall take many photos of the towns I visit in Suffolk when I go off on another vacation at the end of this coming week. There are some lovely spots in Suffolk and I’m hoping that it won’t be as busy as some places people are staying at for their staycations in the UK, like Cornwall, for example, which is really having its moment what with the G7 there. Mind you, people can’t visit that area at all because of the security issues and the Cornwall hospitality sector is up in arms about this!! Can’t satisfy everyone can you! I do hope they come to some agreements about climate change – despite the pandemic being ghastly that is the biggest issue for us all.

      We are having such strange weather, we’ve had a few warm days and then thick mists have been rolling in that reduce the temperature right down again. Think this weekend will be good though 🙂

      Thanks so much for the birthday wishes, you take care 🙂

  • 8th June 2021 at 6:35 pm
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    Well, Penny it sounds as if life is slowly getting back to normal for you. I’m so pleased for you and so glad you were able to spend time with your family.

    What fab finds; the trousers and jacket were made for each other. It’s such a shame your favourite charity shop closed down; unfortunately a lot of them have gone thanks to Covid and I’m sure someone will write about it very soon and give us the facts and figures. We lost 2 in Bedford but one (YMCA) reopened on different premises (our old River Island ) and does more clothing than it did before.

    Take care
    xxx

    • 12th June 2021 at 7:28 am
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      Yes, there are a lot of empty shops in both Brighton and Lewes. We’re off to Suffolk at the end of next week and I shall see what’s occurring there.

      It’s lovely to get back to a little more normality and yet, it’s not quite…. Still it’s lovely to see family and friends again .

      You take care too xxx

  • 8th June 2021 at 7:20 pm
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    Hello Penny,
    Your Lewes vacation sounded perfectly wonderful! Urban streets are for me too.
    In Vancouver 12blueprints, spent an hour analyzing me as true summer. Also, on a free online course @dressingyourtruth, I learned about my energy, a subtle type 2. In spite of a lifetime of art training in colour, I was struggling with my personal style until finding these aids a few years ago. You are so right about rocking mustard yellow!

    • 12th June 2021 at 7:26 am
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      Oh yes, like you urban streets are my thing! I’ll take lots of pix of the places I visit in Suffolk in a couple of weeks time.

      Oooh, thanks for the tip about a free online course as actually the prices I have come across make my eyes water. I mean no way can I afford these now, but I have signed up for a newsletter and blog of one guru, and now you’ve given me that link, I shall see what I can do – thanks 🙂

  • 8th June 2021 at 7:55 pm
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    It’s so wonderful to finally be out in the world again. I have yet to take in a movie, but dinners with friends have been bliss. As others have said, you must be an autumn if mustard is your pal! It’s a tough one for most of us to wear even though it’s really popular right now. I had my colors done by Your Color Guru several years ago and oh my, it was money well spent. Thoroughly enjoyed the process and it was validation to learn I’d been on the right track. Even so, having a color card with ‘my’ colors to refer to is way more helpful than I would have imagined. Her blog offers a good bit of info and tips: https://yourcolorguru.com/color-theory/

    • 12th June 2021 at 7:22 am
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      Going to see a film was something I’d been yearning for, but the reality was that the film was that while the film was amazing (love Frances McDormand) and it reminded me how seeing films on the big screen is the best option, the sitting there in the heat wearing a mask was quite uncomfortable. Won’t do it again for some time and that’s such a shame as it was the thing I did more than anything else. Will have to reconcile myself to seeing films on our telly 🙂

      Thanks for the link, I have signed up for her newsletter and blog. I did take a peek at the prices and thought hmm. I would have done it if I was working, but can’t justify the cost now. However, I shall get her newsletter and read her blog and I’m really grateful to you for telling me about this colour guru – thanks again 🙂

  • 8th June 2021 at 9:13 pm
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    How wonderful to get away and visit your daughter!!
    I do love the mustard color on you Penny and that bright pink too. I’m with you about being an urban girl. Sure, I like the countryside, but there’s no shopping there, LOL!!
    XOOX
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • 12th June 2021 at 7:13 am
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      Yes, both my son and daughter live quite near to me (very near really) but it was nice to hang out with her in her own home.

      I’m so with you about the countryside, Jodie. We think alike!!!

      Take care x

  • 9th June 2021 at 1:43 am
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    I love seeing the pictures of the town: I do miss the architecture of Europe! There are very few places here that remind me of the towns I grew up in and I do really miss it at times. I am very grateful though for all of our trips back in the last 10 years.
    You have a wonderful pair of pants in those papaya cotton pants: they will match many different tops and the print and cut is really becoming.
    http://www.chezmireillefashiontravelmom.com

    • 12th June 2021 at 7:11 am
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      So glad you liked the photos – when I go on vacation next week I’ll do a post with lots of photos of Suffolk, which I think you’ll enjoy. When we were in the States (like years ago) I remember that Charleston was rather lovely with several streets with many old interesting houses. I was really impressed.

      Yes, those pants were such a good find and they match my new jacket!

  • 9th June 2021 at 3:02 am
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    I had my colors done the year I retired. I JUST wanted to look consistently FAB without too much effort!
    MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
    I am a BRIGHT WINTER!

    • 12th June 2021 at 7:08 am
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      Hi Mildred – I’m still undecided about getting my colours ‘done’ as I do know what suits me and what doesn’t. But it’s obviously worth it if you get the right company/franchise – will think about it.

      Thanks for commenting 🙂

  • 9th June 2021 at 9:21 pm
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    Love the photos, especially the first one! Your ‘new’ purchases really suit you, Penny. I have never had my colours done but I feel confident that I am a ‘clear winter’!
    I have never visited Lewes but it certainly merits a trip. Hope you enjoyed the change of scene. We’re off to Penzance in a couple of weeks for a short break. We’re going with our eldest son and his girlfriend who organised the self-catering accommodation for us. Zeph will be coming too and I can’t wait.

    • 12th June 2021 at 7:05 am
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      Thank you June, the purchases were really good in Lewes. And you won’t be disappointed with Lewes – there’s plenty to see including a castle! But the shops are so interesting and there are so many independent shops.

      We’re off to Suffolk this time next week! Our first holiday since August 2019! Enjoy Penzance 🙂

  • 11th June 2021 at 1:18 pm
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    Wow. Who knew about Lewes. Very interesting! Have never been there. They also have (or used to have) extravagant firework night displays in Ottery St Mary in Devon. Villagers would carry flaming barrels through the streets. I’m not sure if health and safety have put an end to that!

    I’ve had my colours done – three times, although the results were all complimentary as it turned out – and I’m a bit obsessed with finding the right colours. It can be quite depressing because this summer none of the colours which suit me are anywhere to be found.

    We are out in London on Monday night to celebrate our wedding anniversary – the first time we’ve eaten out since the latest lockdown ended x

    • 12th June 2021 at 7:02 am
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      I believe that one Lewes bonfire society does a flaming tar barrel – it’s an exciting night!

      I’m still dithering about the idea of getting my colours done. Maybe next birthday.

      Oh wow, enjoy your evening out. We aim to eat out in August for our wedding anniversary – fingers crossed that cases stay reasonable. Look forward to seeing your outfit x

  • 12th June 2021 at 8:07 am
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    Hello Penny and a belated Happy Birthday. Lewes looks an interesting town , with its narrow streets and interesting buildings. I am like you , and enjoy an urban landscape . You have found some interesting items in the charity shops. Yes , mustard is certainly your colour. I had my colours done years ago and was told to never wear black , well you know me and my love of black. Maybe , having your colours done is good for those that are unsure of what suits them but as you are confident in that area I wouldn,t really bother .
    Hope those warmer Summer days continue.

    • 14th June 2021 at 12:55 pm
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      Yes, I think I’m in agreement with you Jill as I certainly know what suits me and there are reports of an analysis not being quite right. And then you being told not to wear black?!

      The weather is quite hot for the UK at the moment but there are thunderstorms forecast for Wednesday! Overall though it is warmer, thank goodness.

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