Hello again

We have been a little bit more adventurous. You have to live and enjoy life so we visited our daughter on Sunday, and next Sunday we will be going to friends for a Sunday lunch. That will be quite daring for us and, gosh, am I looking forward to eating something that hasn’t been cooked by me! Don’t you just long to wander into a pub/restaurant/cafe for a meal without wondering if it would kill you! Apologies, if that sounds a bit over dramatic, especially as the news is that, overall, deaths are coming down, but I can see cases are rising where I live, and I wonder where this will go. I’m telling you I’m watching those local stats with a very beady eye!

But what’s the weather like where you are? I see it’s incredibly hot in the States, Caribbean and parts of Europe. I heard on the radio an American saying that while they have 3 months of summer you Brits have only 6 weeks. Well, not exactly. What we have is, a few days of hot weather, then it rains, or gets cloudy and grey. It could still be warm, or not. The thick pink cotton jacket featured in the last post was worn for several days when it was cool and breezy. And then it’ll get hot again.

So, as a nation in the summer we don’t live  in our shorts all the time, instead we have to mix it up with our clothes, and if any of us are going on a summer staycation in the UK, believe me, you take clothes for every type of weather!

Here’s what I’ve been wearing over the last few days.  This was an outfit for a hot day!

And what’s more they are both charity shop items – yay! The blue blouse was bought years ago and was worn for our first cruise in 2012. Thereafter, I kept it solely for cruises, but as this years cruise is cancelled I thought why not wear it. The blouse is really cool to wear in our hot and slightly (because it’s not like Singapore) humid weather.

Then there’s this one. I have an image of myself, as someone who wears edgy clothes, but the reality, especially now, is that I’ve been wearing my jeans a lot. This outfit below was me trying to not wear the jeans, but, instead I think I look a bit casual and crumpled!

The outfit has one charity shop item, the jacket, plus the new Mango paper-bag trousers teamed with a black tee. It was another cool, breezy day so I was hanging on to my hat, which, btw, was bought in Flam, Norway.

Then finally, on Sunday I wore a dress to my daughter’s, but what a mistake as it rained and we had to go inside (yikes) and what with the windows that were wide open, and the cold wind that blew into their sitting-room, I absolutely froze.

As soon as we got back to the flat I changed into these charity shop skinnies, plus two long sleeved tops, and had some hot soup to warm up!  This is summer in the UK!

You can just see a newspaper in the above photo. Below is one of those photos you take by mistake, but we had a lovely lazy afternoon reading a proper newspaper given to us by our daughter.

We read a newspaper every day but it’s been digitally on our iPad, as we took the decision in March to stop going into shops. It was such joy to touch and read a real newspaper.  Also you can see the weights out ready for me to use.  I’ve reduced the bulge on my tum a bit, yet put on a pound – think that might be muscle as I can see my upper arms beginning to get some definition.

That’s all for now. Hope you are all keeping well – take care.

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

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38 thoughts on “Summer clothes? We mix it up in the UK!

  • 22nd July 2020 at 7:54 am

    Hi Penny , lovely photos of Brighton sea front and you are looking young and marvellous ! An inspiration to see those weights , I was trying to do 8000 steps in the garden and house but have lapsed recently so will start up again .Thanks for the reminder !

    • 22nd July 2020 at 11:30 am

      What lovely photos on seafront – great hat too. I like your spectacle frames and side ponytail as well. I always take a cardigan and jacket whenever we go out as our weather is so unreliable.

      • 24th July 2020 at 10:28 am

        Hi Gill, the camera on my iPhone is so good. The specs are from a range of glasses that Prue Leith wears https://pruebyronitfurst.com

        Same here re: always taking a jacket or cardigan. It has to be really hot, with no hint of a change from sunny weather, for me to go out with bare arms!

    • 23rd July 2020 at 7:16 am

      Thank you Yok – the seafront is lovely but if it’s nice day the beach is now quite crowded. Hope you manage a walk out now and again as that bumps up the numbers significantly. Regards to your mother and take care both of you 🙂

  • 22nd July 2020 at 8:22 am

    Good morning Penny.
    Thanks for another interesting post. Your hair tied back and to one side looks great, likewise the hat.

    Good to hear your’re getting out and about a bit. I agree with you on the weather – really difficult to gauge what to wear/take along ‘just in case’.

    After being home bound since March, we’ve started venturing out. We’ve eaten out twice – the food was great so too the social distancing and other precautions. Starting to invite and visit friends now. Masks, wraps and brollies at the ready.

    All the best, Mary

    • 23rd July 2020 at 7:19 am

      Yes, the going out to a friend for lunch will be a big adventure! We have decided to be a little less reclusive, but it’s still necessary to watch those stats. It will be wonderful to live the life without anxiety though – one day.

      All the best to you too 🙂

  • 22nd July 2020 at 8:29 am

    Hi Penny

    You style always looks edgy, often your style reminds me of Diane Keaton.
    I am going to Brighton at the weekend with a friend last trip away before going back on chemo. We will look out for you and your edgy style and say a social distance hello if we see you.

    • 24th July 2020 at 10:42 am

      Hi Lynn and thank you – what a nice thing say about my style! Oh my word, sorry about the situation re: your chemotherapy. Wishing you loads of luck, good health and healing light. Not going to be on the prom on Sunday (out to friends – yippee!) but will be walking on Saturday afternoon as per usual. May not wear the colourful hat, though, as it’s apparently going to be raining. Take care and have a lovely weekend in Brighton 🙂

  • 22nd July 2020 at 8:48 am

    Hi Penny. Good to hear your venturing back out into the world! We took our MG out yesterday with two other couples and drove to Chichester where we had our first meal out since lockdown. The staff wore masks, we ate outside, and everyone was well distanced, one way systems in operation and sanitiser everywhere. We did feel quite safe. It was so nice to be social and do something ‘normal’!

    • 23rd July 2020 at 7:21 am

      Oooh, bet you looked good in your MG! Yes, it’s time to do a bit more outside the home keeping safe at the same time – the new normal! Take care 🙂

  • 22nd July 2020 at 10:15 am

    How nice to visit your daughter! In Lewes? I like your one side ponytail!

    • 23rd July 2020 at 7:23 am

      Yes, in Lewes. And yes, have decided that the one-sided ponytail is best for me. Also found a good hair product in my bathroom and the hair is less ratty as result. Take care Nancy and have a good rest of the week 🙂

  • 22nd July 2020 at 11:51 am

    The first outfit is spectacular- I love the tie details on the cropped trousers and how your necklace has a little red, picked up in the shoes. The hat with the Mango trousers gives a quirky edgy look.
    I think our weather gets a bad rap which isn’t always fair. A US colleague once asked how I could bear to live in the UK with our terrible weather! I like the variety. After a really hot week and no air con, it’s quite nice when temperatures drop for a few days! Thanks for joining #WowOnWednesday Penny xx

    • 23rd July 2020 at 7:32 am

      Did you notice that the necklace is made from cotton-reels. I do love big jewellery and not wearing enough of that sitting at home with the walk on the prom. One day!

      Actually re: our weather I didn’t emphasise enough that I love the cool days best and would positively hate six weeks of hot weather. Nothing beats cold air blasting into one’s face! Love it! And it’s a pleasure to join your link-up xx

  • 22nd July 2020 at 1:23 pm

    We are going to the mountains next week and it is going to be 10 degrees (fahrenheit) cooler than where we live: we are excited even if the forecast shows some rain for everyday. It will just be nice to get away and not be so hot. We have at least one month and half left of hot humid weather.
    Love your cruise top!

    • 23rd July 2020 at 7:42 am

      Oh my, six more weeks of hot humid weather! I’ve just looked at your blog and it’s good you go hiking, the State parks look lovely with their trees and rivers, and it must be so good to hike in the mountains.

      That cruise top is a keeper!

      Take care 🙂

  • 22nd July 2020 at 1:42 pm

    Love that blue top Penny, though I would never wear white trousers, they would be stained within minutes! Also love the glasses and side pony. Agree with you re ythe weather, though I’m pretty hardy and have gone without coats and jackets at all over the last fortnight – but I do have a lot more ‘insulation’ than you! I’ve been meeting up for a weekly lunchtime picnic at Newhaven fort with friends, there are some great sitting areas outside, ideal for social distancing and it’s been lovely to catch up with people in person. I’ve also met up with others down at the beach for fish and chips…as you say, nice to eat something I haven’t prepared, though I have had 2 takeaway deliveries this month.
    Re the paper, I suppose you could always get one delivered…local jobs etc

    • 24th July 2020 at 9:06 am

      I find that the white coloured items are good to wear when not using public transport. For the walks they’re fine, but I know what you mean. If I don’t go back to the contacts – maybe next year – I shall buy another pair of specs that are similar. They are the type of glasses worn by Prue Leith https://pruebyronitfurst.com

      I shall have to come over to Newhaven for fish and chips. We’re so pleased we moved to this flat as I have to have sight of the sea. I remember fondly how I walked my dog every day past the harbour and up onto the cliffs – happy days. We tried to get a paper delivered but no-one was doing that through lockdown. Good to hear of your outings 🙂

  • 22nd July 2020 at 1:46 pm

    Hi Penny,

    Love the side pony tail, it really suits you, I’m hoping my hair will get long enough to do that. Here in Canada, we are experiencing a hot humid summer, there are some days when the temperature is 42 with the humidity. We tend to spend the winter inside because it’s too cold, and the summer inside (for me anyway) because it’s too hot. I’d much rather have the weather in England!
    I’m having great fun with my wardrobe, I’m sticking really well to my commitment not to buy any clothes, but utilize what I have, I’m mixing and matching and have managed to creat some great new looks. My husband keeps asking me if ‘that’s new’ just because he doesn’t recognize the ‘look’ I’m really having fun, and it has convinced me that I shouldn’t throw anything out. I’ve bought a ton of those bags that you can shrink down, using the vacuum cleaner, so for the sake of storage, will put all these bags under the bed each season which will give me more wardrobe space.
    Lovely to see you in my email box today, have a great week.

    • 24th July 2020 at 9:14 am

      Thanks re: the side pony tail, I shall wear my hair like that more often!

      Wow, 42 with humidity! That’s awful – I just couldn’t…. I didn’t actually say that I simply love the cool breezes and showers we get, interspersed with a bit of sun every now and then. I know a lot of Brits yearn for ‘better’ weather, but for me the cool days are the best kind of weather.

      I have bought rather too much online since lockdown, feels a bit naughty! But this week went to a vintage/second hand place, which I’ll feature on the blog shortly. I realise that I have been paying far too much for new clothes. I truly salute your commitment to not buying new. Have a great weekend 🙂

  • 22nd July 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Yep, we are broiling out here in Northern California!
    oh how I wish for a day that was even 26.7C—that would be a winter day for us!
    penny, you always are the cutest and spunkiest thing ever!
    xo eva

    • 24th July 2020 at 10:16 am

      Yes, our summer! The sun is out and the room I’m in is currently at 23.8C and climbing and a bit sticky with the humidity, but at the same time you wonder whether to put on a long-sleeved top as there’s also a cool breeze coming in through the window! I just couldn’t hack the temperatures in the States though!

      Oh Eva – you say the nicest things. Take care xxx

  • 22nd July 2020 at 7:00 pm

    You asked what everybody’s weather is like, so, please forgive me for complaining, but ours is miserable. High 90s, low 100s, nighttime temps high 80s. The humidity is high all year round here, makes for nice green trees and plants, but being outside now for a few minutes means your skin has perspiration running down. I shower when I get up, before going to bed, and if I get too steamy during the day. This is the eastern US coastal area. We get almost no snow, but lots of rain (except now when the dry ground is thirsty for it). Our winters are sunny and considered mild, usually 40s, but with the high humidity and rain, it can feel really cold. Although it rains often, we hardly ever have an entire day of cloudy sky and rain. While I’m typing I have a fan blowing on me and my top hitched up to my bra. I love the weather in England when we’ve gone to trips there. The cooler mornings and nights are great, and the dramatic cloudy skies stay in my mind all year. We’ve been told that we were there in a rare sunny spell several times, which worked out well for our hikes and sightseeing. But I’d love England along with its rain. I know rain and enjoy it. This continuous heat and steaminess I can’t make sense of. And I know it’s nothing compared to the heat in many parts of the world. Still, it’s all relative. Our granddaughter’s boyfriend is replacing the boards on our deck. He said he’d do it this week, that the heat didn’t bother him. So he and my husband are out there working in the sun (102 today), perspiration pouring down their bodies, drinking ice water, doing alright. I’ll like it when I have on tights, 3 top layers, jeans/pants, jacket and hat. A nice long walk with the sharp breeze blowing. Maybe one reason I feel so gripey about the heat is the restriction on activities. Just general grumpiness – I need to do something about that. I am glad, though, that we have the restrictions and careful reopenings, it seems an intelligent way to go about it to me. Take care, everyone!

    • 24th July 2020 at 10:23 am

      OMG, your description, the heat!!! I just couldn’t….. But it’s so interesting to read this as I’d never thought of the Eastern coastal area being that hot. Over here we always think of California and the Mid West having the heat, but, of course, that’s not so. You’re practically tropical.

      While the sun is out today rain is forecast for tomorrow. I’m glad to hear the different states taking control of restrictions and re-openings. Yes, take care everyone. Thanks so much for your really interesting comment 🙂

  • 22nd July 2020 at 7:29 pm

    That’s just what I’ve been wearing too! Shorts and tee’s then jeans and jumpers!! So annoying isn’t it. You looked fab anyway and it;s nice to hear you had some fun times with your family too. Jacqui x

    • 24th July 2020 at 7:20 am

      It really is a mix-it up summer!!! Thank you Jacqui and thanks so much for commenting x

  • 22nd July 2020 at 7:29 pm

    Hi Penny
    You are looking really well. Here in the New York metro area it has been really hot. I try to take my walks in the morning when it is not quite so warm. the pool in our complex has now opened, with restrictions of course, but it does help to cool one off. last week we did get together as a family to celebrate my daughters birthday, we were given our own small room and had to wear our masks upon entering. I did get to wear a dress I had purchased on sale at the end of last Summer, a pretty cotton blue and green floral. My daughter commented that she liked it, otherwise clothing has been an afterthought in this heat. right now I am planning my vacation. the family has decided to go ahead with this trip even though given the rise in Covid cases in the states in which we are traveling we will have to quarantine for two weeks upon our return. Tomorrow I will stock up on non-perishables and frozen foods to have available on my return. We leave on Saturday. Each day seems to bring a new challenge. Always nice to see a post from you.

    • 24th July 2020 at 7:19 am

      I remember how hot it was when I went to the States (in 1999) in the month of June and that the coolest items of clothing were long loose flappy dresses that created a breeze as you walked! I bought two of those in Charleston. We were travelling by train from Palm Beach Florida (stayed with a friend) to Philadelphia (same) breaking our journey twice, once at Charleston and again at Washington. Going by train is a great way to see a country and was quite an adventure.

      It will be so nice to go on vacation with your family – enjoy! The quarantine will be worth it. Stay safe though and take care 🙂

  • 22nd July 2020 at 8:46 pm

    Great to be going out and about again however gingerly. I’d love to see my family. We are digital readers of newspapers too. After a lifetime as a Guardian reader I found it so disappointing, and boring, during lockdown I now subscribe to the Washington Post, good old fashioned journalism, I’m not naive enough to think publishers really care,and they are all billionaires, but I do trust some journos to slip in the odd fact.

    • 24th July 2020 at 7:12 am

      Yes, it’s good to read newspapers other than the one you love, which in my case is the Guardian! Mr F reads the NewYork Times and I read the London Review of Books, which has some great articles on current affairs, culture, politics and of course, literature. The articles are very in depth, which is my one criticism of newspapers, that they are superficial.

      You will see your family one day, perhaps not immediately, but the day will come. Take care 🙂

  • 22nd July 2020 at 9:02 pm

    Hello Penny – nice photos and glad you have had some “proper” company. I have met up a couple of times to meet socially distanced friends. It was lovely to see people but it was also tiring! I felt very down both evenings and I think it’s because I miss proper company so much.
    We are having a few days away next week and meeting up with our daughter and the “littles” (5 and 3) at a holiday house. I feel positively excited as I haven’t seen them since February.
    I have been in lockdown longer than most. I had a very badly broken leg in December and spent Christmas and New Year in hospital in London. I came home here to Hereford in February and lockdown was soon after. I was lucky to keep my leg it was so badly shattered but I am fit and well and fully mobile again and wanting to get going properly again.
    I am 71 now, am lucky to have very good skin. I am a bit heavier than I want to be but feel it’s a small price to pay for all my other good luck.
    Like you I enjoy my jeans but have also found that Debenhams Maine chinos fit me well. I have maroon, teal, grey, navy and purple ones and a nice range of long or short sleeved t-shirts that mix and match with them all and they are generally smart/casual enough to get me through my week. A couple of cotton skirts/dresses mid calf length gives me enough changes to meet any more formal occasions.
    Usually we jive at least once a week. It’s good fun and great exercise but currently I am afraid to go to local pubs/clubs to dance. We hope things improve.

    Love your blog Penny – thanks.

    • 23rd July 2020 at 11:41 am

      Oh gosh, how awful re: your leg. But thank goodness it was saved. You’ve had a similar experience to me then, as I was in a kind of lockdown from early January. Had to cancel lots of plans to entertain and meet up with people. And then the Covid. I agree that when you see people, in my case, popping in to see my children who both live nearby, it feels very odd to not give them a hug. As humans touch is so important, and to not touch loved ones – ooof, I get you feeling that way.

      Wow! Jiving! I never quite got the hang of it but do love a good disco dance. When this is all over I simply have to have a party with dancing!!!!

      It will be wonderful to meet up with your daughter and the grandchildren. Enjoy 🙂

  • 22nd July 2020 at 11:19 pm

    I love how you said that Penny. Because life keeps clicking on no matter what. And it’s really short when we get down to it. So I hate to lose anymore time . I just read a quote: “May you live all the days of your life” by Jonathan Swift. And that’s what I’ve decided to do.
    If you miss the summer at all, you would love it here. It’s over 100 degree daily. EVERY DAY!! But I love it. It’s nice not to be cold.

    • 23rd July 2020 at 7:48 am

      Oh no, Jodie, I perhaps didn’t emphasise that I absolutely hate hot weather! The best weather for me is cold air blowing on my face which is why I love cruises and especially when the wind is blowing! So I love the variety of the UK weather with a little bit of sun, and then a little bit of rain on alternate days. Not keen though on too many grey cloudy days, but even then, a brisk cold wind on my face and I’m off enjoying a fast paced walk, which is impossible in hot weather.

      And yes, I agree, live well in the moment, which is harder to do in practice, but it’s a good thing to aim for. Take care, Jodie and have a good rest of the week 🙂

  • 24th July 2020 at 5:16 am

    So good to be getting out and about! Exciting!! I also would be counting your daily walks by the beach as getting out. When we were allowed to move about, here in New Zealand, I was paranoid – and we had such a safe country during you-know-what. Now I want to be at home more after spending so much time alone.

    • 24th July 2020 at 10:45 am

      I think I’ve been really quite paranoid about getting out and about a bit more. But it is based on rationality as the numbers of cases in Brighton are going up.

      Stay safe but there’s really no need to say that living as you do in your lovely country with your fab and efficient and effective leader!

  • 24th July 2020 at 11:56 am

    Love the blue top and the paper-bag trousers really suit you! I quite like the vagaries of the British weather and count on layers to cover for every eventuality. I met up with a friend, this week, for an 8 mile walk, alongside the River Wey. There is a convenient Boathouse half way, where we sat outside in the sun, sampling delicious homemade cakes with our coffee. What a treat and a delightful touch of ‘normality’!

  • 25th July 2020 at 10:34 am

    We too have been reading the newspaper online – I miss the real thing but it comes under the list of non-essential so far as we are concerned.
    The weather has been wonderful in parts, but unexpected rain at times. Earlier this morning it was perfectly pleasant until out of nowhere there was a massive hailstorm (soaked the washing on the line)!
    I’ve been consciously trying to wear clothes rather than save them over the past year but during the pandemic have lived in the same few outfits .

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