Hello everyone

Did you all have a good Christmas?  We did and are still Covid free despite meeting up with our son and daughter and their respective families. Phew! But we all did our Lateral Flow tests beforehand and with everyone being negative we got together and it was just delightful. Hopefully this pandemic is on the wane what with early reports that Omicron is so much milder than other variants – good!

What a year though starting in the UK with that long lockdown at the beginning of the year, which I think affected us all as it was so strict and so dreary with everything, shops, pubs, cafes, restaurants, art galleries, cinemas, theatres, you name it, closed, and no meeting up with friends or family either.  But then the vaccines came along – ours were in February and April – and finally in the summer we began to behave more normally – yay!

But moving on….! As this blog purports to be a fashion blog, let’s see what you liked best during this very peculiar year.

And it seems that you liked me writing about ageing as the post, ‘Ageing Well and then again not so well‘ was up there at the top. Apart from me writing about my significant birthday, and my inability to get out of a bath unaided, was it the sparkly dress I wore on my 50th and again on my 75th birthday that got the post into the top position?

Yes, don’t ever read one of those articles that tells over 70s to wear floral dresses and a cardi. What about a hoodie and studded boots (which you can’t see here) plus a sparkly mini dress – yay, go for it!

Second most popular post was ‘Style? And how to get it sorted.’  I rather like two of the pix in this post. Because this is how I think I am in my head, and actually was when I went to London art galleries.

But this is how I really look when I am out and about in Brighton

The third most popular blog was ‘Distractions, brain fog and ways to be positive’ which was written in the middle of May when we were just beginning to get out of post-lockdown blues. I see that I managed to buy my two favourite summer jackets for the princely sum of £9. Here’s the pale pink one.

And here’s the in-your-face pink one!

I love those charity shop pink pants as well. And my final best post was ‘My first charity shop buys since December’, written in April of this year, and here they are.

Love that dress.

Which goes with this jacket.

Yes, it was a charity shop buy but was it…?


Finally, I think I must give you my charity shop buy of the year, which has to be the Toast coat.

When I saw it I didn’t immediately say, oh I must have it, as the price tag was £35 but I tried it on and thought, hmmm, it’s probably going to be at least £150 new, so I did buy it.

Well, I went on the Toast website and, oh my word, the prices of their coats! There’s one for nearly £600, and another around the £400 mark.

I think this has to be the bargain of the year and already I wear it a lot.

That’s all for now but thank you so very much for all your kind comments after my Christmas wishes to you in my last post, which are unusually for me, unanswered as I have been so very happily busy with Christmas and meeting up with family. I appreciate every one of those wishes.

And I truly appreciate you all, dear readers, thank you for continuing to read this blog throughout the year. Here’s wishing you all a very Happy New Year and a much better 2022!

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

P.S. Gail of Is This Mutton is organising another #7DaySkirtChallenge on Instagram from Monday 3 Jan. I can’t wait to participate as I have so many skirts – a lot of them unworn. You’ll see all of my skirts in my next post but one. But if you’d like to take part do contact Gail on Instagram @is_this_mutton_

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21 thoughts on “The end of the year blog reviews – 2021!

  • 29th December 2021 at 10:05 am

    Seasons greetings to you and all my fellow blog-followers. Thank you for the fashion show, the tips, the reading and watching recommendations, and your travels – restricted though they be – with the fabulous imagery you share with us.

    More power to your elbow lady, here’s to 2022 and beyond

    • 30th December 2021 at 9:49 am

      Thank you so much Paulette and what a lovely name! And thank you for those kind words too! All the best for 2022!

  • 29th December 2021 at 10:13 am

    I echo Paulette’s comments. It is always a pleasure to open one of your posts and thank you for continuing with them. It does finally look as if we might be coming out of the Covid nightmare (everything possible crossed!) so I’m trying to be positive and look forward.
    Best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year!

    • 30th December 2021 at 9:50 am

      Thank you so much Lynda, with always such great comments, which I always love reading – wishing you all the best for a hopefully better 2022!

  • 29th December 2021 at 12:05 pm

    Happy New Year and keep on blogging – let’s home 2022 is better for all of us. Alison xxx

    • 30th December 2021 at 9:51 am

      Thanks Alison! Here’s to hopefully a better 2022! xxx

  • 29th December 2021 at 1:59 pm

    Happy new year Penny and all who read your blog – probably like me – as soon as it pops into my inbox. Because I know it’s going to be enjoyable, intelligent, funny and totally relatable (is that a real word?) Thank you for keeping us going through these odd times. Every best wish to you and your family for 2022

    • 30th December 2021 at 9:53 am

      Thanks so much Kathy, I always aim to be as truthful as possible about life, meaning, the universe and clothes! So glad to hear you like what you read.

      Wishing you and your family all the best for 2022!

  • 29th December 2021 at 3:31 pm

    What a lovely throwback. I’m glad this year is almost over, but that’s only because it means that spring is on his way! And Gerben and I have said to each other that no matter what happens, we are going to the UK next year!

    Have a great New Year’s Eve!

    • 30th December 2021 at 10:04 am

      Oh Nancy it will be so nice to get back to normal, but meanwhile avoid Brighton for the moment as it’s a got a huge number of cases. But hopefully in the summer it’ll be different.

      You have a great New Year’s Eve too!


  • 29th December 2021 at 6:52 pm

    Fab buys in the chazzas and I agree the Toast coat was the bargain of the year! Well done, you. I’m off to an exhibition of Evelyn Dunbar’s work in Milton Keynes sometime in January and very much looking forward – as long as there are no further restrictions!

    Happy New Year to you and Mr. FFS.

    • 30th December 2021 at 10:05 am

      Thank you so much Veronica – they were great buys, weren’t they!

      Enjoy the exhibition – hopefully in the latter part of Spring we’ll get up to London.

      Happy New Year to you and your family too!


  • 30th December 2021 at 2:11 am

    Thank you for this Summation of your 2021 blogs. I so enjoyed it all!
    May we all have a Happy, Healthy New Year!

    • 30th December 2021 at 10:02 am

      Thank you so much Charlene and here’s wishing you a very Happy New Year and a much better 2022!

  • 30th December 2021 at 6:46 am

    It’s always really interesting to see which were the most popular posts of the year. I can’t bear those click bait articles telling older women what they shouldn’t wear! You are the perfect antidote to that, proving there’s no reason why a vibrant woman over 70 can’t wear fashion and sparkles. Happy New Year Penny and can’t wait to see your skirts next week x

    • 30th December 2021 at 10:01 am

      Thanks Gail, yes those articles are just ghastly and usually written by younger journalists who have no idea, or on the other hand have an image of what 70-yr-olds should look like and it’s usually nothing like the image I have of myself. Mind you the reality of ageing is a challenge, but Pilates and walking is my way to challenge the challenge!

      Looking forward to the skirt week – there will be some old favourites and some new skirts as well x

  • 30th December 2021 at 9:12 am

    I always enjoy reading your posts. Personally I will be glad to see the back of 2021, have had some bad health problems and now we are having to leave our beloved Nice and return to Dublin. More stress as we are selling our apartment. Nevertheless we are still vertical what more can you ask. Wishing you and your family all the best for 2022.

    • 30th December 2021 at 9:58 am

      Oh Flora – so sorry to hear about your health situation. I remember you were saying something about wanting to move earlier this year or certainly thinking about it. Do hope the circs are not too challenging! But Dublin is I believe lovely and hope that compensates a bit. I simply will have to visit it one day as have to admit we’ve not visited the city. It’s a bucket list for sure.

      And actually – this moving lark…….😉…….will say no more……..!

  • 30th December 2021 at 9:31 pm

    Your posts are always such a bright spot in my day. I have been invited to a wedding towards the end of January in Boston, Massachusetts. I was hesitating to go but have decided, unless things change drastically, to go ahead with the trip. my family will be there. I even have the perfect dress. I purchased it several years ago for another wedding so will have a chance to wear something with a bit of bling. You and your family have safe and happy 2022! Darby

    • 31st December 2021 at 8:52 am

      Thank you so much for those kind words about the blog.

      Happy New Year and stay safe and enjoy every moment of 2022 😊

  • 13th January 2022 at 12:48 pm

    You have an enviable talent for finding the best stuff at thrift shops. Love these fun and bold looks!

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