Hello everyone

And thank you for the comments re: MrF and the concern you showed.  His follow-up clinic was briskly reassuring and we move on from there.  Meanwhile, having at the time been Mrs Competence personified 24 hours later I crashed and didn’t sleep well for several days. I too have moved on!

Actually so has the weather here as it’s almost hot in the UK. Mind you, although I don’t like being hot, I never truly believe it’s going to be warm, so I often put on too many clothes. Like Saturday (the hottest day of the year in the UK) when in the bedroom I put on my white charity shop jacket over dark jeans to go out.

Note the white plimsols!  As you know I have impeccable and flawless taste re: shoes!  Anyway, here I am in my daughter’s garden – phew!

I do feel sheepish as I took a big bag of clothes to the charity shop including a rather dull grey hat (I rescued the green hat) and in the same shop I bought this red straw sun hat.  I really needed it to keep the sun off my face, or that’s what I’m telling myself!

The next day was cooler so I wore the hat I bought in Toulouse.

Those are charity shop red sunnies and that’s a charity shop dress, which is new, bought the day before at £1.99. As you know the hat was also bought new this year, but the H&M jacket was bought ages ago as were the sandals.

Here I am enjoying a joke with family at my birthday brunch. (Yes, another year – see the side for how old I am!)  Had a lovely time in the kind of place that’s heaving with Brightonians.

Definitely my kind of place.  And here below is one of my pressies (but whispers #Ididchooseit).

That’s a necklace made from cotton reels by my favourite maker Joy Fox and is exactly the type of jewellery I like to wear . Note the hat is off my head at that moment. One of last week’s commenters asked if hat wearing was a British thing or just a Penny thing.  So yes, although anything goes in Brighton, I was the only person wearing a hat! Btw, underneath the hat are several books on flower-pot and balcony gardening – my next project   🙂

That’s all for now.

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper



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28 thoughts on “That was a week that was – but moving on!

  • 3rd June 2019 at 9:49 am

    Penny, you look younger as you get older! I love that white jacket too. I wish our local charity shops had such treasures. X

    • 3rd June 2019 at 10:02 am

      Thank you so much Ellie! Yes, totally understand about your local charity shops. There are towns where they are good and then towns where they are not. Have a great week 🙂

  • 3rd June 2019 at 10:26 am

    Dear Penny, I love your blog which I have only recently discovered,I also live in Brighton , well Hove, actually, and spend my time in charity shops. It was my birthday yesterday although I,m a bit ( lot!) older than you ! My absolute favourite is the Martletts shop in Lewes! Hope to bump into you there one day! Best wishes Judy

    • 4th June 2019 at 3:14 pm

      Hello Judy – great to meet you! I too love the Martlets shop in Lewes which has some amazing clothes. Best wishes to you 🙂

  • 3rd June 2019 at 10:29 am

    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday and many of them. I’m a big fan of your blogs, both of them but don’t often get chance to read them at the moment. Glad to hear you husband’s health concerns are being addressed. All the best and keep writing – your positivity is addictive! Trish S

    • 4th June 2019 at 3:18 pm

      Hi Trish – well the ‘Other Blog’ has been quiet for a bit but I did manage to write an update last week on the farce that is our day-to-day politics. I’m usually positive but our current situation is such that most of the time I think, really? And ‘you couldn’t make it up’ is the phrase that comes to mind most often – hence, I love the reality (!) of fashion!

  • 3rd June 2019 at 11:46 am

    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Penny, love the necklace , very well chosen.
    Glad to hear all is well with your husband. This so often happens is stressful times, so good at the time, then a mess after.
    I really like the casual shot of you in the garden . The red Summer hat was a good buy and no doubt will come in handy over the next few months.

    • 3rd June 2019 at 1:44 pm

      Happy birthday Penny. Red sunhat is a great find. The necklace is super. Charity shops here are expensive and frumpy clothes. I have bought a few gorgeous necklaces to add to my collection. My main objection to the clothes is the fabric, it is often nylon or other manmade fibres, hideous especially in hot weather.

      • 6th June 2019 at 10:17 am

        Thank you Carole – the red sunhat is lovely but looking for more sun as the weather seems to have turned again! I know what you mean about artificial fibres. Some artificial fibres, however, have a better carbon footprint than cotton. It certainly is a challenge to find ethically made and sustainable clothes these days. Will write about it again at some point. Thanks for the comment 🙂

    • 4th June 2019 at 3:20 pm

      Thank you Jill – that necklace is very unique and a great buy. Husband improving but not 100% – meds are being tweaked and once he’s settled into these I think he’ll improve and be really better. Thanks for your concern 🙂

  • 3rd June 2019 at 12:20 pm

    I’m glad you saved the green hat. It was a good color for you and something more unique!!
    And a very happy birthday. I love a woman who embraces each year with a smile.

    • 4th June 2019 at 3:22 pm

      Thank you Jodie – the green hat is safe and I now have two red hats 🙂 And I try to smile and be positive and succeed most of the time, but not all of the time. Think that’s OK 🙂

  • 3rd June 2019 at 4:25 pm

    Hello Penny,
    Gladly all is now well with you and your family.
    As a fellow hat wearer, I know that attitude is all that is required to pull it off.
    A whole lot of fun is the reward.
    Judy @fancified.ca

    • 4th June 2019 at 3:25 pm

      Hello hat lover – you are so right. I wear a hat because I can. I wear a hat so they can be revealed because hats are gorgeous. And I wear a hat because it’s actually good to be different. And I wear a hat because they’re fun 🙂

  • 3rd June 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Happy belated birthday! You look fabulous!

    I loved your white plimsolls and white jacket with the jeans – very ‘urban hipster’ look. I also loved your new GREEN dress – 1.99 you said – what a bargain! I also think wearing it with a red hat and red sandals was the perfect way to style it.

    I am in love with your necklace; how incredibly stylish it is and what a marvellous present.

    Hope you have a great (and cooler) week!

    • 6th June 2019 at 10:12 am

      It was an amazing bargain! Found on a ‘new’ rail with similar clothes and similar prices – very unusual for down south.

      The necklace is great isn’t it!

      Thank you – and have a good weekend 🙂

  • 3rd June 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Very happy birthday to you Penny. You seem to ageing backwards. I love the first picture with the white jacket and dark jeans. That could take you many places. Have fun with the pots and planters, that is what I will be doing this weekend as it has been abysmal here for weeks. I figure if I make the decks look cheerful that will help. Have a good week.

    • 6th June 2019 at 10:13 am

      Thank you Diane – yes, can’t wait to get out there with some pots – will write about this shortly 😉

  • 4th June 2019 at 6:57 am

    Olive and red is looking good on you, I fancy styling these colours together. Thanks for sharing you day. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • 6th June 2019 at 10:14 am

      Thank you all for hosting Jacqui and yes, very pleased with the dress 🙂

  • 4th June 2019 at 11:07 am

    Oh it was your birthday! Happy belated one Penny! Love that necklace! I was in Brighton the week before last week, we had a great time on the pier and on the beach!

    • 6th June 2019 at 10:19 am

      It’s turned chilly again here in Brighton with some rain but I think you might have had some good weather last week. So glad you had a good time. You deserve it my friend 🙂

  • 6th June 2019 at 9:01 am

    So pleased the follow up appointment for Mr F was reassuring – I think we’ve reached that age where we can’t take anything for granted!
    Happy belated birthday – your outfit is fab – green and red go so well together and they both really suit you.

    • 6th June 2019 at 10:21 am

      He’s a bit up and down – I think the thing is he needs to be settled on his new meds. But it’s a common occurrence apparently, ah, yes the vicissitudes of ageing!!!!

      Thank you re: the green dress – it was a great find!

  • 6th June 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Belated birthday greetings Penny! Loving your cotton reel necklace. I love quirky and distinctive pieces like that. The red and green combo is great – forget how good they look together. Thanks for joining #WowOnWednesday!

  • 16th June 2019 at 8:32 am

    I lived in deepest, darkest France for 20 years and finding clothes that I liked was difficult, no internet shopping then. Since we moved to a city I was shopping weekly for new clothes or charity shop clothes. After several years of that I am all shopped out I still spend a morning ‘shopping’ most weeks but mostly come home empty handed and so by default I am being more responsible.

  • 16th June 2019 at 8:34 am

    Oops I posted on the wrong article, sorry.

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