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