Hello everyone

Writing this post was a bit of an effort this week as I’m feeling very sleep deprived – more about this below – but first what a contrast in the weather! Yesterday we had a storm off the Atlantic blowing its way across the nation. It wasn’t too bad where I live, but even so throughout the day and into the night we had a lot of very windy weather and lashings of rain. My balcony flowers are so battered this weekend I shall be changing the annuals and repotting for the winter. Elsewhere the wind to the west and the north was much stronger with gales that brought a lot of damage plus rain that resulted in flooding. The storm was brewing for a couple of days and here’s a photo of the rain out to sea that I took a couple of days ago.

It’s very in-between weather as far as clothes are concerned and I’m currently back to jeans and long-sleeved cotton tops, which are rather boring. I had wanted to show you two new summer dresses bought online in the sales, which are now totally unsuitable for the weather and the temperatures this week, so you’ll see them when we have the usual mini-heat wave in September. Otherwise they’ll be saved for next year.  I see other bloggers like Is This Mutton are beginning to talk about the change in the weather and Autumn/Fall clothing and I rather look forward to this gear change in clothing.

I used to love winter (rather dreading it now tbh) but I lov(ed) winter because, by far and away, my favourite clothes are winter clothes. In the winter I wear a lot of skirts with leggings, bootees, and wooly tops. I also love coats and have a huge collection of them now, so can’t wait to wear this type of clothing again. In fact I am determined to regain some of my edgy look (ha ha) with slightly unusual winter skirts, so I shall be on the lookout for those from both my little local charity shop, my nearby Emmaus and online.

But just to remind you of the way I like to look, and to continue the theme of dresses, which I thought I’d be writing about, here’s one of my favourite cruise dresses worn on ‘formal’ night, bought natch, from a charity shop.

And here’s another old dress and old photo to remind you of a dress I bought from a charity shop several years ago.

I wore this dress once this year. This was the one I wore when I froze in my daughter’s garden. I put on several layers for my next visit!

I notice a couple of things when I look at this photo. The blue nail varnish on my toes, actually every toe was a different colour! I do miss a good pedicure and paint from a beautician, but won’t go until, you know…. but I am thinking of going to the chiropodist. Will let you know what I decide.

No specs. Hmm, I wonder whether I’ll return to contacts? Because the glasses do tend to hide so much, especially the bags and wrinkles under the eyes, of which I have collected a few more over these past 2 weeks (!) so maybe I won’t. Not changing back at the moment because, as you know, I think they keep your hands away from your eyes – a good thing in the current situation.

Also my hair. In comparison to my current lockdown hair it seems almost short. I looked in my diary to see when I last went to the hairdressers – it was September 2019!  Yikes, It might well be a 2-year gap between visits as I have no intention of going to the hair dressers or cutting it myself.

Sorry about my mouth being open, I was talking at the time!

This photo looks a bit yellow, but it was another room and the hair in one light looks very white and other times the remnants of my old red blonde hair show up more.  Anyway, really long hair here we come! I haven’t forgotten, btw, that one day I’ll show you how I do my eye makeup, which I still wear. Also you could think I’ve overdone the tanned makeup, but my face and hands have been battered by the breezy seaside air every single day since August last year bar those 6 weeks in January and February so I have quite a bit of colour on my face particularly on my forehead – elsewhere is totally pale!

And the sleep deprivation? Do you remember that in my last post I told you I’d started an online sleep retraining programme (called Sleepstation) for my very poor sleep pattern? Well, well, well, I don’t think I realised exactly what I was signing up to do! Thought it might be just keeping a sleep diary and getting advice.  But no, no way, you have to change your behaviour and get right out of your comfort zone.  What happened was that after 10 days of doing a sleep diary I was told to go to bed at midnight and get up at 6.0am. This also meant no reading in bed beforehand, or anything else, and not getting a cup of tea in the morning to groggily awake for over an hour. It’s go to bed at 12 in a dark silent room and get up immediately and get out of that bedroom at 6.0am.

What a shock to my system, as I totally admit I was going to bed at a ridiculously early time, mainly to catch up on sleep I missed during the night but if it works……..  I’m on the 3rd week of this 8-week programme so I’ll let you know how it goes.

That’s all for now but thank you so much for your comments on sleeping last week. We all learn from each other and I really appreciated all your comments – thank you again 🙂

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper


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23 thoughts on “There’s a change in the weather – so do you need different clothes?

  • 26th August 2020 at 7:50 am

    Your hair is so long! Wow. Love those dresses especially the longer one. It must be fantastic to see the promenade in a storm. I’m dragging winter and fall. Because how will we be visiting family and friends then. Now we invited a lot in our garden. Oh well, we will see. Have a great day Penny!

    • 27th August 2020 at 8:29 am

      Hi Nancy, yup my hair is going be very very long!

      And during this storm (and for a number of reasons Mr F couldn’t come out with me for my walk so I had no-one to cling on to) I could not get down to the seafront as it was so very very windy. And walking along the street which is parallel to the prom the noise of the sea was ferocious and looking down to the sea, oh my word, white waves as far as the eye could see! You’d have loved it. One day Nancy, one day……

      Take care xxxxx

  • 26th August 2020 at 9:48 am

    You hair is in great condition. Long hair on us oldies can be poor, as you know. A funny story, when I got married, in 1970, I had waist length hair. My mil was always saying long hair is very aging as we get older. Every time I saw her she remarked. Being dim I went to Vidal Sassoon and had a short cut called ‘layered Isadora’ !! Mil said that’s so much better, long hair is so aging. I was 23. Of course it’s been long over the years but I’ve cut it myself for nearly 30 and I prefer it shortish. I hope the weather picks up and you get to wear your frocks. Personally I’m looking forward to my Autumn clothes.

    • 27th August 2020 at 11:22 am

      I remember those really posh hairdressers like Vidal Sassoon, but needing look younger at 23!!! Oh no!!! Yes, like you I think it will be great to wear those Autumn clothes 🙂

  • 26th August 2020 at 10:11 am

    Thanks for this posting Penny. Your hair looks fabulous – and gives you so many style options.

    It certainly was mad weather yesterday – and ‘your’ sky a couple days ago was awesome – in new and traditional meaning of the word.

    I hope the sleep course works for you; I shall be interested to read your progress. Talking of weather and sleep this morning we woke up to a tree split in half in the park behind our home. Didn’t hear a thing – so must have been asleep!

    I look forward to your make-up film.

    All the very best, Mary

    • 27th August 2020 at 11:24 am

      That sleep course was tough but actually, amazingly, it seems to be working! I’ll write more on this anon, especially when I’ve finished it.

      Have a great rest of the week and all the very best to you too, Mary

  • 26th August 2020 at 11:35 am

    Interesting to hear about your sleep course. Those were roughly my hours when I was commuting! Are they suggesting that you only need 6 hours sleep? I thought that 7 was the general recommendation, but they do say you need less as you get older! Since lockdown both bedtime and breakfast have got later and later, i regularly go to bed at 2-2.30am because I dont get up til 8.30 or 9am now I work from home. I’ve always been an owl though, even as a child. I am definitely not a mornings person lol

    • 27th August 2020 at 11:35 am

      I am such a lark Alison and do all my writing in the morning the earlier the better! But I got into a very bad habit of going to bed ridiculously early to catch up on sleep, consequently was always waking in the middle of the night – this was getting worse and worse. Actually I should really be on a much more restricted sleep programme (5 1/2 hrs) but told them I just couldn’t because I can get migraines when my sleep pattern is disturbed and boy was I headachy and feeling rough to begin with so am now on a consolidated sleep programme. Amazingly I can now stay up to midnight and am waking only once – wow!

      See link for references to the research behind this https://www.sleepstation.org.uk/articles/sleep-science/sleep-restriction-therapy/

  • 26th August 2020 at 12:23 pm

    The sleep program sounds really interesting – I would struggle to stay up until midnight! I’m usually really tired by 9pm and after reading for a short while go to sleep at 9.30 and wake up around 5.30.

    I can’t tell you how much I love the first cruise dress – it’s wonderful.

    Your hair suits you long and looks lush and a good colour. Lucky you!

    • 27th August 2020 at 11:39 am

      The sleep programme is really good and amazingly seems to be working! I too was going to bed at around 9.0pm but I always woke 2-3-4 times a night and then approx a month ago (and before the heatwave) had 2 weeks of not getting back to sleep at all. That was ghastly, hence trawling the ‘net for a remedy and coming across this https://www.sleepstation.org.uk/articles/sleep-science/sleep-restriction-therapy/

      That cruise dress – one day I shall wear it again, one day…….

    • 28th August 2020 at 1:02 pm

      Penny, I’ve signed up to Sleepstation. I’m doing it through NHS so I have to wait while they contact my GP. I am totally fed up with not sleeping properly. I wear a Fitbit tracker and my average sleep is 4.5 hours a night. Not good. Like you I was going to bed around 10pm too sleepy to read but then waking up at 2am. I’ve tried yoga, meditation, mindfulness…..you name it, so thanks for the sleepstation prompt.
      Your hair looks lovely btw. I’m growing out the grey since last October. Mine has been quite white/grey for years now. I wish it was the same shade all over but it’s white at the front and still quite grey at the back. Perseverance is the name of the game. X

      • 28th August 2020 at 1:56 pm

        Oh gosh, here’s wishing you all the best with it. Like you I’d tried everything but always woke up 2-3 times a night. Three weeks into the programme I’m now waking up once which is such a breakthrough. But it is very, very hard and challenging during the first week or so. I stuck with it because I didn’t want to waste the NHS’s money. I expect you’ll feel the same way.

        Very best of luck with it – fingers and toes crossed x

  • 26th August 2020 at 1:09 pm

    I’m more an early bird than a night owl so I’m not sure how I’d cope with your sleep programme. Do keep us informed how you get on.
    I know what you mean about quite looking forward to getting the winter clothes back out, there’s a part of me that feels the same but you can never quite be sure what September may throw at us, the warmer weather may make a return for a short encore!

    • 27th August 2020 at 11:44 am

      I too am an early bird and the first week of staying up was torture, But, I’d read some of their reasoning and also knew that I absolutely must not waste the NHS money so I’ve stuck it out and I can now stay up no problem, but oh yes, at first it was ghastly and I thought the cure was worse than the problem!

      Yes, agree, there’s always mini-heatwave in September so I haven’t as yet got out any of my September/Autumn/Fall clothes. Like you waiting to see what the weather brings, For the moment long sleeve tops are the answer I think!

  • 26th August 2020 at 1:14 pm

    I will be interested in seeing what you learn from your sleep study. I love your view of the sea! My friend in France send me some pictures of the sea and I was feeling a little jealous! But we will have our turn as we have booked a week at the beach in Florida for Thanksgiving. I do love your cruise dress and I am ready myself to put away some of my shorts and brights skirts for some fall clothes.

    • 27th August 2020 at 11:48 am

      I’m so glad you’ve got a week at the beach, that will be such fun for you boys. The cruise dress is such a favourite and I’m longing to wear it again – maybe next year.

      The sleep programme is so interesting – I’d got into a really bad habit of going to bed very early. here’s the reasoning behind it all

  • 26th August 2020 at 7:51 pm

    Would be interested to know how the sleep thing continues. I’ve noticed as I’ve gotten much older, that my sleep is not so good. Maybe it is an age thing; maybe it’s something else. Your hair looks amazing. Beautiful condition, so thick, and very flattering. I was wondering if you could do a hair post to let us in on your secrets. Is it DNA? Diet? Products? (I want what she’s having, as the saying goes)

    • 27th August 2020 at 11:56 am

      Well, amazingly the sleep programmes has begun to work and here’s the reasoning behind it with references to the research https://www.sleepstation.org.uk/articles/sleep-science/sleep-restriction-therapy/

      Thanks you re: my hair. I will do a post but it really is all down to my mother (!) and her Scottish genes. It’s in my DNA to have thick hair which once was red(ish) so not only do I have a lot of hair, the hair shaft is thick as well. I am lucky but I tell you something, the consequence of this DNA is that I have hair everywhere else!!! And what my chin is going to look like from not having my regular electrolysis for maybe well over a year, I dread to think! But not to worry I can live with it and manage it. But yes, thanks for the suggestion, as I will write a post because I do use very good hair products as well. Take care 🙂

  • 28th August 2020 at 12:12 am

    Hello Penny,
    Hopefully your sleep routine is dreamy! Summer in Vancouver is still hot without the heavy, but fall clothes are definitely entering my mind. Everyone, take good care. Cheers, Judy @fancified.ca

    • 28th August 2020 at 1:58 pm

      Thank you for your good wishes, Judy! It’s not quite hot enough for summer clothes, but it’s not cold enough for Fall/Winter clothes as yet – it’s very in-between weather! You take care too 🙂

  • 28th August 2020 at 1:58 pm

    Hi Penny
    I really have to improve my sleep routine. Over the last couple of years I have gotten into terrible habits. I will fall asleep not intending to do so, without taking off my makeup or taking my evening meds and eyedrops . I will then awaken hours later and by the time I do my routine I can’t get back to sleep. I will start to watch TV, often political which only makes things worse. I know how destructive this is, for heavens sake I am a psychologist and used to help people who had sleep issues but can’t seem to follow my own prescription. On a more cheerful note. Your dresses are lovely and I always admire how you style them. I love the look of a dress and sometimes am tempted to purchase one then find I rarely wear it. anyway, stay well, til next time,

    • 2nd September 2020 at 8:25 am

      Hi Darby. I see I haven’t replied – apologies. Yes, sleep! I too got into a bad habit of going to bed far too early (to catch up on sleep) and then woke several times in the night. I tried everything, well nearly everything, as I hadn’t tried this https://www.sleepstation.org.uk/articles/sleep-science/sleep-restriction-therapy/

      Have a look at the link. It’s a very tough and strict re-training programme which was torture at first, because I had to stay up to midnight, which is something I avoided and very rarely did. It’s a restricted sleep programme and I stuck with it as I knew the NHS was paying for it and didn’t want to waste their time and money. And blow me down, it’s working! The programme is 8-weeks long and I’m nearly half way through. But amazing as I’m not even getting up at night now for a trip to the loo, wow, what a breakthrough! Can you find something like this in the States? Mind you the one I’m doing is online so technically you could do this programme????

      Stay well, too

  • 2nd September 2020 at 9:13 pm

    Your dresses are mighty fine, love the first one. Thanks for sharing on #Chicandstylish Jacqui x

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