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_