Hi everyone

Hope you’re all well and safe and if you’re in the UK I hope you battened down the hatches on Friday, and enjoyed (if that’s the right word) Storm Eunice and the wind from indoors. We had an interesting few hours in our top floor flat – we actually had debris sailing past our windows! The roof tiles, I think, are still there.

For those of you who suffer extremes of weather (and I’m thinking mainly of the States and central Europe) we usually have a temperate climate in the UK, there’s nothing extreme about our weather, as our hot weather is not really hot as some know it.  We don’t, for instance, have air con in our homes. And we don’t have much in the way of low temperatures either, like some parts of the States, or Canada and the Baltic and Nordic countries have, although I will say that our damp cold is not the best kind of cold. And neither do we get hurricanes or tornadoes.  But we are a small island and when it gets windy, it’s windy and, so on Friday with gusts for several hours of over 80mph and in the Isle of Wight at 122mph, many of our trees, not being used to that level of wind, keeled over and a few people, sadly, got caught unawares.

And this, dear reader, may not be the one in a decade or so storm as these events are going to happen far more frequently, what with our climate going the way it is. Indeed with Storm Eunice now in Europe we have another couple of days of windy weather with yet another storm (Franklin) on our shores.

I continue to not buy anything this month and have weeded out several items from my winter wardrobe including a couple of jackets that I have never worn. Fortunately they were charity shop items so didn’t cost much at all. When I’m in charity shops I always have an irresistible urge to try on a good jacket and I’m often tempted to buy, but in reality jackets are strange items. Well, they are to me as I used to wear them a lot whilst at work. We were quite formal in those days. I worked in what was called the voluntary sector, which was in many respects another arm of social services, and it was always a skirt, silk or cotton shirt and jacket at our desks, meetings and when I went out and about meeting people. And I loved my jackets, and still do, but I DON’T WEAR THEM INDOORS NOW.  The caps are there because I’m shouting at myself to curb my enthusiasm for this type of clothing!  I have kept two for wearing with jeans outside when it’s warm enough to leave my long wool coats in the wardrobe.

But I have a dilemma – it’s over half way through the month and I have bought no clothes at all, but I have spotted a skirt that I really, really like. Do I need it? No, I don’t. But do I want it, oh dear, I’m only human, so it’s a Yes I Do!  The thing is, will it be useful? Will I wear it many times? And the answer to both is probably not, because it is a dressy-up skirt. So why do I want this special occasion, dress for the town type of skirt?

Well, there is also my image of myself, (which is often faulty I have to say) but I yearn to be a little bit more boho, a little bit more biker or rocker chic. The one phrase I cannot abide at my age (75) is ‘clothes for the older woman’, or ‘the retired woman’, or even the adjective ‘casual’. And what about comfortable? Even that last word, is like a red rag to me. Nooooo, I don’t want that, I want frilly and frivolous although sadly there’s been precious little of that over the last couple of years.

Furthermore, my attitude is that you do not take your age into consideration when you look at clothes – you wear what you want and you don’t listen to young journalists telling you what is suitable and appropriate to wear when you reach  a certain age – ya boo to that!

I’ve told you about this before, but this is my image of myself and what I aim for.

And this.

And don’t forget this skirt. It’s an old photo but I still have that skirt and the hat and both will be worn on my first trip up to London. And that’s a promise.

But my day-to-day reality is more like this.

And this.

So what is the skirt I’d like to buy? It’s a skirt from Hush.

Should I?  It’s pricey though – £99. Would you? I’m very tempted and I too would wear it with sneakers. And my studded boots and my leather jacket would go well with the skirt. It would be on a par with my khaki tulle skirt and I’d wear it up to London and also wear it during the day as much as possible for coffees and lunches out when the weather gets better, or dress it up a little more for evening events.

I’m halfway there, people, what do you think?

And that’s all for now, stay safe and warm.

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

P.S. Thank you for reading down to the end, apologies for the tardy nature of this blog, but I was busy last week writing for My Other Blog. It’s a piece on the situation in Ukraine and I’m hoping I don’t have to update it with bad news.

We live in, not just interesting but definitely, very dangerous times.


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75 thoughts on “This and that and a question – should I get this skirt?

  • 21st February 2022 at 8:29 am

    Buy it Penny, Think of the joy it will give you. Plus the pleasure of styling it casual boho rather than just posh party.

    • 21st February 2022 at 10:45 am

      Go for it Penny.
      It’s gorgeous and looks like an elasticated waist. Win win situation. 😉
      Ellie. X

      • 21st February 2022 at 1:19 pm

        Thanks Ellie – yes, the elasticated waist is so essential these days! I bought it 😄

    • 21st February 2022 at 1:06 pm

      Yes, absolutely – it’s made for boho! Thanks Christine – have bought it 😄

  • 21st February 2022 at 8:30 am

    Buy the skirt. It’s gorgeous and you will be gorgeous in it.

    • 21st February 2022 at 9:09 am

      I would buy the skirt. You love it and this is a stage of our lives when if we have the means we should go for it. You have already recycled a couple of items so I think in terms of the environment that is a reasonable trade off.

      • 21st February 2022 at 1:09 pm

        Yes, I also put two skirts in the charity shop bag. I do like the look of it – hope it lives up to expectations! Anyway I’ve bought it!!!

    • 21st February 2022 at 1:07 pm

      Awww, Nicky, thank you! And I’ve bought it – all the comments helped 😀

      • 21st February 2022 at 1:24 pm

        Hooray! Well done.

  • 21st February 2022 at 8:38 am

    If you can afford it, buy it. It’s beautiful & you’ll feel so happy in it. I’d get it!! Your look is great Penny, do go for it.

    • 21st February 2022 at 8:47 am

      Buy it, Penny, you’ll look stunning in it.

      • 21st February 2022 at 1:13 pm

        Aww thanks Anne, and I have bought it 😄

    • 21st February 2022 at 12:57 pm

      Ohhh Penny. How wonderful. Both what you’ve just written and the skirt. I had to wear jackets, skirts and blouses in my corporate profession but deep down I much prefer rock chic and still wear midis, bikers, jeans – whatever I want. Wear what makes you happy. Go and get that skirt pronto! Can’t wait to see you wearing it. Xx

      • 21st February 2022 at 1:15 pm

        Thank you Christine. Yes we are quite formal in the voluntary sector then and even more so when I worked on a national project – that’s when I wore nothing but silk shirts!

        I bought it!

    • 21st February 2022 at 1:11 pm

      Thanks Monica I can just about afford it but don’t often buy at that price, maybe once a year. Funnily enough my last £99 buy was this time last year when I bought a wool coat from Hush – which is a very good ethical brand.

      And I’ve bought it 😀

  • 21st February 2022 at 8:46 am

    Of course, everyone’s going to Say BUY that fabulous skirt, Penny, but DO YOU REALLY NEED IT? Should you make a two-for-one clear out instead of the usual one-in-one-out formula? Lt’s face it, yes, you’re going to have it anyway. Who could resist? Best of luck, and thanks for cheery and interesting blogs. Nell.

    • 21st February 2022 at 1:25 pm

      Do I need it not really, but do I want it? Yay!

      Actually I’ve bought it! Thanks Nell 😊

      • 21st February 2022 at 1:47 pm

        Great! (Knew you would!)
        Regards, Fenella

  • 21st February 2022 at 8:54 am

    Buy, buy, buy. I’m close to you in age Penny and I have a similar dilemma, I have seen a lovely chair with a cushion😘 I don’t need a chair but I know every time I looked at it, it would bring me pleasure. Let’s face it, at our age not a lot of things really grab us but if they do, I think we should have them. I have been dithering over the week end and my 75th birthday is on 23rd, Wednesday, I think I am going to treat myself, it’s £75. We both know if we don’t buy these items we’ll be kicking ourselves later, let’s enjoy xx

    • 21st February 2022 at 1:27 pm

      Oh yes, do buy it Jo, the chair will be much loved by you. And I’ve gone ahead and bought the skirt – yay!

  • 21st February 2022 at 9:02 am

    Go for it, Penny-it’s totally you!!!

    • 21st February 2022 at 1:28 pm

      Thank you Mary – I have!!! 😄

  • 21st February 2022 at 9:12 am

    Have you ordered from Hush before? If not Penny then delivery is free over £50 and if you sign up to their newsletter I believe sometimes there is 10% off first orders – worth a try anyway and yes, as others have said it is very much your style so buy it! I too have a serious fetish for a nice jacket and I rarely wear any of them, what is it with jackets that seems so appealing and when I look in my wardrobe and try them on I always put them all back again in the mad belief they will be useful one day. If you go ahead make sure you show us some photos. Lynda x

    • 21st February 2022 at 1:38 pm

      I have bought from Hush before having discovered it last year. Actually the last time I spent £99 on a new item was for my blue plaid wool coat which I wear nearly every day – and it was from Hush! It’s a good brand.

      I’ve gone ahead and bought it! 😄

  • 21st February 2022 at 9:38 am

    Penny If you like it, buy it.
    I learnt a lesson last Autumn when I was in TK………. I saw a lovely Aspinall bag in Raspberry leather , much reduced. I didn’t buy because I was being sensible. It was in my thoughts all the time so the next day I rushed in but alas no bag!!! As I stood there fuming I spotted a notice on the floor at my feet. It said’ here today, gone tomorrow’
    Thanks for you interesting blogs. I do enjoy them

    • 21st February 2022 at 2:04 pm

      Thank you Joanna – glad you like the blog and so sorry about the handbag – lesson well learnt and …. I’ve bought it 😄

  • 21st February 2022 at 9:40 am

    I have to agree with everyone else. If it isn’t going to break the bank, buy it! It is certainly your style and will be in use for years to come so the cost per wear is probably going to be low. Remember ‘cost per wear’ – an idea which came out in a book called Cheap Chic. I really loved that book. It was the early Boho bible of the 70s. Anyway I have just succumbed too, to a skirt which is probably not so sensible, but which I love. A Seasalt skirt in teals and rust reds and mustards, and a few more colours. Weirdly I saw it on a TV guy at the station and fell in love with it, though he was at least 6’2” and I’m only 5’2”. Why did I think it would suit me? I don’t know, but I did I. I tracked it down and have bought it, and it’s lovely! It gives me hope for the Spring and Summer. It’s keeping me going! So buy your skirt, and stick with your ethos( which I fully endorse- get thee behind me 30 year old reporter! Report on something you know about!). Best of luck. TS

    • 21st February 2022 at 2:26 pm

      Thank you Trish – it won’t break the bank but it’s unusual for me to spend at that level, but Hush is such a good brand and the last time I spent £99 on a new item was my blue plaid wool coat which I have worn and worn and it was from Hush!

      Love the story about your new skirt. Love the fact it gives you hope for the Spring and Summer – that’s so positive! All the comments helped and I bought the skirt 😄

      • 21st February 2022 at 3:33 pm

        Great news! 🥳

  • 21st February 2022 at 9:40 am

    If you want it, buy it! I agree with Jo’s earlier comment. Its lovely and it will bring you joy!
    Regarding jackets, I used to be a receptionist and always wore a jacket. I still have a wardrobe full of them. I love them all, but the opportunity to wear them is rare. I just can’t bring myself to get rid of them. I suppose even though I don’t wear them that often, they kind of bring me joy!

    • 21st February 2022 at 2:47 pm

      Oh yes, jackets, like you I had so many! However as I really didn’t wear them all that much I began to get rid of them. But I kind of regretted that, and always look for them in charity shops!

      I bought the skirt 😄

  • 21st February 2022 at 10:07 am

    If you can afford to buy it, do so, enjoy it and enhance this enjoyment by giving a matching amount of money to a good charity of your choice?

    • 22nd February 2022 at 8:29 am

      Thing is I have to be careful with my budget and this is quite pricey for me, but I have bought it and if it lives up to expectations I will enjoy it so much – thanks Jenny.

  • 21st February 2022 at 10:25 am

    Will you enjoy the skirt? YES
    Can you afford it? YES
    So why do you need ask?
    Buy it!

    • 21st February 2022 at 2:48 pm

      I did buy it! Thanks Nicola 😀

  • 21st February 2022 at 10:27 am

    The skirt is you buy it. Don’t wear it in high winds though :).

    • 22nd February 2022 at 8:31 am

      I did buy it! Did it get windy in Nice? I believe it did hit northern Europe though. Thanks Flora 😊

  • 21st February 2022 at 10:31 am

    Buy it. You can’t take it with you, the money that is, and if you don’t spend it the government will get it.

    • 22nd February 2022 at 8:33 am

      Oh indeed and if it’s not the government it’ll be the care home, I’ll be so annoyed if the nursing home gets it all! So I did buy it 😄

  • 21st February 2022 at 11:00 am

    ‘One in- one out’ is my rule- so which skirt will get rid of to buy this skirt?
    Penny I am geting the feeling that shopping in a charity shop is an excuse for buying more clothes than you need.
    Yes, I buy from charity shops. Charity shops would become part of the problem of consumerism, if they just provided an outlet for over production or for people to absolve their guilt from buying new, wearing once, and passing to a charity shop.
    Bit like recycling, there is no environmental benefit about buying a product and putting the packaging waste in a different coloured dustbin. There is a huge benefit to the exchequor though – if a person beleives that they can ‘save the world’ but putting packaging in a different coloured dustbin. They keep buying and sales rise and more money for the exchequor.
    Have you ever asked yourself ‘What percentage of material recoved for recycling is actually made into a marketable secondary product?’ Well, I do not know as that info in not available – the only thing I do know is the percentage diverted from landfill – no info exists on what happened to ‘recyclables’.

    • 22nd February 2022 at 8:50 am

      Recycling, buying from charity shops, the environment? Ah yes, the environment, that. I often question the entire situation that we are in (not the current one of Ukraine and our awful PM) but of the way we are snared by capitalism and particularly growth. Actually if we want our planet to survive we must curb growth, and of course that includes the fashion industry which is a huge huge culprit, but it seems growth is the be-all and end-all of discussion. And yes it needs radical thought but there is no-one able enough amongst our leaders to take this on. So where does this lead us – we can take better choices, we all could, and my buying from charity shops is really a little past-time of mine that could change. I’m very near to the decision of buying one item from Hush every other month (I really do have a crap pension so frugal buying is actually a necessity) rather than charity shop shopping which does encourage you to buy more than you need. Hush is an ethical brand and my last buy at £99 exactly a year ago (my coat) was from Hush. On the other hand my Toast coat at £35 was such an extraordinarily good bargain I think I’ll still have to look but be a lot more discerning.

      As for putting the wrapping into a different bin – that’s a tiny weeny sticking plaster that makes us all feel a tiny weeny bit better! As long as we don’t enquire too deeply – because where does it all go???

      That was such an interesting comment – I do like a good discussion first thing in the morning (I’m a lark) so a big thank you!

  • 21st February 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Penny, its Fab U Lous, you must buy it ❤

    • 22nd February 2022 at 8:34 am

      I have! 😄

  • 21st February 2022 at 12:08 pm

    First, your style is wonderful in your first three photos. It’s also wonderful in the next two photos of your more recent day-to-day style. What a dilemma! I can hear the stress of it in your words.
    Gee whiz…why does the question even arise? Could the co$$t be put to good use elsewhere? Will the Hush skirt go on sale? Trying to think about a similar situation in my own life. Usually, if I’m so perplexed, I try to give it some time. Then there was the time, I bought a very expen$$$ive pair of shoes. Had them in my possession for a few days and then returned them after the reality of actually possessing them brought me to my senses. Seeing them in my closet did not bring the satisfaction I thought. Thankful that I could return them, minus a fee. It was a good lesson for me.
    That’s all I got for you, Penny! Thanks for even asking your blog community! We will love you either way you chose!
    Hang on in your extreme weather! Take care, Penny!

    • 22nd February 2022 at 8:59 am

      Thank you Charlene, I decided to buy the skirt and only if it lives up to expectations will I keep it. It’s good that I can send it back.

      Actually I saw the skirt last year on the Hush site and waited for the sale and when the sale came along, my size was out of stock!!! So buying it now is the right thing to do.

      Over the last few days we’ve had three storms one after the other. Some towns and villages further north are now flooded as rivers are very swollen now what with the rain and snow, of course, in Scotland. It was unusual for it to be so windy and stormy in the south of England, but it was mainly trees down. However, I expect these storms will become the new normal now – more’s the pity.

      Thank you so much Charlene for your kind words and good advice 😊

  • 21st February 2022 at 12:23 pm

    Well, Sarah makes a very valid point albeit a depressing one with which to start the week! So, moving on…

    Of course you’re going to buy the skirt! You knew that the moment you saw it and we knew that the moment WE saw it! It wouldn’t suit me but it would, nay, WILL look fabulous on you. Just think how amazing you’ll feel waltzing around the French markets when you next visit your friend. Not sure about the trainers though, comfy as they would be. How about your biker boots instead? Add that neat grey jacket, an ‘at if it’s not too windy and a bright scarf and you’d be La Belle d’Ball!

    Have a good week and stay safe

    Zepherine x

    PS And Jo, got and get that chair!

    • 22nd February 2022 at 10:38 am

      Hello Zepherine and yes, you’re so right I did buy the skirt. It’s from Hush and the last £99 buy(exactly last year) for something new (my blue plaid coat) was also from Hush so I know it’s good brand and I will treasure if, and it is an if, it comes up to my expectations. I’ll keep it. And too right I shall have great fun styling it!

      Thanks and see my response to Sarah above!

  • 21st February 2022 at 12:25 pm

    Morning Penny
    Fun post!
    I find when something is calling me the way this skirt is calling you, if I don’t get it I beat myself up – “You should’ve … wish you had … why didn’t you?”
    So it’s a big YES from me.
    When it arrives if your heart doesn’t sing (it can happens) – return it.

    • 22nd February 2022 at 11:01 am

      Hi Mary, yes I did buy it and all the comments, including yours, really helped. I was dithering but very near to buying it anyway. Actually it was available from Hush last year and I waited for the sale by which time my size was out of stock and I regretted that, so I feel good to have bought it. And quite right if it doesn’t live up to expectations I shall send it back.

      Thanks Mary 😄

  • 21st February 2022 at 12:35 pm

    I agree with the comments saying that if you want it buy it. We’re all at an age where if we can afford something (within reason) we should indulge ourselves. I wish I’d taken my own advice over a vintage pearl and garnet pendant but I hesitated too long and it got sold! I also agree that I buy far more clothes when they are second-hand and cheap than I would otherwise. I used to make a lot of my own, and the family’s, clothes and always bought in sales in the past. I do have some garments that I bought many years ago that I still wear & I sew up holes in tights and repair things regularly. A lot of clothing goes to the 3rd world where it can help poor people make a living but also has an affect on the indigenous clothing trade. Whenever we find a solution to any problem we seem to create another one! I do find that more parcels are being sent in paper and cardboard packaging now, which is good. Like you I always wore jackets and skirts/dresses to work and this is way I prefer to dress when the occasion demands, although mostly cardigans over dresses these days. I still haven’t worn a beautiful teal suede jacket I bought 2nd hand at least 10 years ago but can’t give it away, it’s so lovely. The weather never seems to be quite right for jacket but I’m going to make more effort with them this year. My proposed move is on hold because I’m having surgery for melanoma next month and it will be another 4 weeks before I know the prognosis – so frustrating – but at least I don’t have to continue ruthless downsizing for now!

    • 22nd February 2022 at 10:58 am

      Yes, I have bought the skirt, and yes, you’re right that buying in a charity shop encourages you to buy perhaps more than you need. I do love the brand Hush and maybe if I didn’t buy so much from charity shops I could afford more than a once a year purchase from Hush or other similar outlets. Indeed, the massive movement of second-hand clothes to African countries ruins their local industries and I know charity shop shopping is not the solution at all. Our consumption is the problem as is the over-production of well, everything. The fashion industry is a huge culprit and we all participate in this merry-go-round – it’s a dilemma. I’m having quite a clear out and thinking – why? Why did I buy this?

      Btw, I know what you mean about jackets and the weather. Now I don’t wear them indoors the weather outside is never quite right for a jacket as it’s aways too cold and then all of a sudden it’s too hot!

      Lynda keep me posted on your op and prognosis. You’ve alerted me once again to the fact that I haven’t had my skin checked for over two years now – it’s time to do it.

  • 21st February 2022 at 12:56 pm

    Hi Penny,
    I agree with other readers – if you love it buy it. It is beautiful! But, if you are concerned about the cost they have similar, much cheaper, versions at https://www.lightinthebox.com/en/p/women-s-daily-wear-basic-a-line-skirts-solid-colored-tulle-blushing-pink-black-beige-one-size_p7957359.html?prm=
    Tried to paste in an image, but failed! The quality may not be as fine, but for occasional use it may be acceptable.
    I enjoy reading your blog(s). Thank you.

    • 22nd February 2022 at 11:05 am

      OMG – it’s an exact replica at such a reduced price. I’m hoping it’s a copy as I note that it’s only one size and Hush does every size from 8-18. And I went ahead with the Hush purchase. However, thanks for the link as in the future I might buy fewer items from charity shops and the skirts look really nice and quite boho too, which is what I always aim for but don’t always achieve.

      Thank you Carla for those kind words about the blog 😊

  • 21st February 2022 at 1:06 pm

    Oh buy it Penny! I want to see you wear it with sneakers, the next tine we meet in Brighton! (this year?) You would look amazing in it and you deserve it!

    • 22nd February 2022 at 11:08 am

      I did buy it Nancy and I will wear it when we meet in Brighton!!!!!

  • 21st February 2022 at 1:27 pm

    I agree with the majority opinion. That is a gorgeous colour as well as the style, so if it makes you smile to look at it, then go for it. There has been more than one occasion where I have held off on something, thought about it for a day or so, then found it was no longer available when I went back for it. Of course, the worst is when you are on vacation and cannot go back for the item and it haunts your thoughts, then try to replicate it to not so great results. So, what I am saying is, buy it, love it and wear it when you need a pick me up. For those who say you must get rid of one first, that is a choice for later, not in the moment, which I have regretted as well.

    • 22nd February 2022 at 12:44 pm

      Thank you Diane! I went ahead and bought it and because it’s online I shall try it on and see if it lives up to expectations. If I keep it I shall really enjoy styling it!

      Actually it was available on Hush last year and I waited for the sale and it was out of stock by then, so its right to buy now. All the comments helped including yours – thanks again 😊

  • 21st February 2022 at 3:33 pm

    I was going to echo everyone else’s comments and say ‘buy it’. I’m delighted to read that you have! Can’t wait to see a future post showing the different ways you are going to style this fabulous skirt!
    Like you, I favour a bit of boho, plus rock chick, mixed in with a bit of stylish glamour 😂😘.
    On a more serious note, I do worry about recycling/landfill issue, especially after seeing a rather concerning documentary where it was discovered that a significant amount of our ‘recycled’ items are sent abroad…

    • 22nd February 2022 at 12:55 pm

      I will do a post on the skirt, possibly the next one, as I will have to try it on and see if it suits me – hopefully it does as I’ve been looking at this skirt on the Hush website for a long time.

      And yes, the whole thing about recycling is quite dodgy as do we really know where our councils send the recycling? Actually I don’t know what Sussex or Brighton & Hove does and perhaps I should. And of course recycling makes us all feel better and as though we are doing our bit, but in actuality it’s the whole capitalist system that is driving this planet to its destruction. The overconsumption and growth that we are all locked into is a challenge that our grandchildren will have to face for sure. End of lecture/rant!!!!! Sorry, meanwhile I am really looking forward to getting the skirt!

    • 22nd February 2022 at 12:45 pm

      Oh yes, I think I remember a photo of you in a similar skirt. Hoping it lives up to expectations as I’ve bought it.

      Thanks Nicole 😊

    • 21st February 2022 at 7:55 pm

      It’s a beautiful skirt, go for it, Penny. You will feel wonderful in it. Love your style, it works so well.
      Loved the Russian article in your other blog – must go back and leave a positive comment as found it hugely helpful as all your research provided a much needed context to make sense of what is happening now.

      • 22nd February 2022 at 12:49 pm

        Thanks Sue, I’ve gone ahead and bought it and as it’s online I shall try it on and keep it if it suits. I really want to look a bit more boho!

        And thanks about the post on My Other Blog – sadly, think it needs an update. Will wait a couple of days to see how things go, but so far that’s the Minsk agreement in the bin.

    • 22nd February 2022 at 12:46 pm

      I have!!!! Thanks 😄

  • 21st February 2022 at 9:31 pm

    I was glad to hear that you have escaped the worst with the recent storm. I had heard about it and was wondering if it would impact you. I would say that you ought to buy that skirt. It isn’t going to break the bank and it is really your style. I suppose you have not tried it on. sometimes we see an item which looks perfect but when it comes down to wearing it it doesn’t really work. If that is the case I imagine you could return it, with no regrets. I remarked on another blog a while ago how I fell in love with a moto jacket which I had seen online. I was going to treat myself after a morning of root canal. There was a shop which carried the item where I could try it on first. If I were to purchase it it would have been a bit of an investment. It just did nothing for me, the proportions were all wrong. I hope the skirt looks wonderful on you and you get to enjoy it on many upcoming occasions. While reading you post I realized my biggest temptation is probably shoes and boots. I will have intention of purchasing but than see something I must have. I have a collection built up over years. Nothing really crazy, but things like an ankle boot in a snake pattern or cowboy boots. Since I am small statured this is how I add interest to my outfits without looking like I am wearing a costume. The truth is, I rarely wear my black and beige pumps. Those studded boots of yours are great!
    I remember experiencing the weather in your lovely country back in 2011. I had packed sweaters and a trench coat. London was mild and sunny. but when I got up into the Highlands of Scotland I was looking to buy a parka. It was a great trip anyway and I hope to make it back some day.
    Take care Penny

    • 22nd February 2022 at 3:12 pm

      Hi Darby and thank you for asking about the storm. We’ve actually had three storms one after the other which is unusual in itself. Scotland and the north of England get many storms but it is unusual to have such windy weather in the south – to see debris (small branches, leaves and small bits of rubbish sailing past our window was quite an experience! That doesn’t happen normally! But really we had nothing in comparison to some people further north who are now flooded out of their homes as all the rivers are very swollen and bursting their banks.

      I have gone ahead and bought the skirt and I shall keep it if it fits and looks Ok. yes, sometimes expectations are not lived up to! If it is a good fit and look I shall really enjoy styling it. it’s good to have something frilly and frivolous to deal with during these challenging times both locally within the UK and internationally.

      Thanks again 😊

  • 21st February 2022 at 11:27 pm

    I may not be the right person to ask because I’m all about frilly and frivolous!! Buy the skirt for sure, and I appreciate that there are other women who forgo those silly rules!! I swear I see way too many women in my retirement community who are SO plain Jane.
    BTW, I’m glad you are safe after those winds. How interesting you don’t have AC. I might enjoy that, but not the damp cold, haha.

    • 22nd February 2022 at 9:07 am

      I had to reply to you quite quickly Jodie as I am so totally with you and agree with you wholeheartedly. There is a kind uniform for some retirees – I see it a lot myself. And it’s so very DULL!!!!

      We’re usually have such a temperate climate especially in the south, but the north and Scotland has storms a plenty, it was unusual however to be so windy in the south of the UK – the new normal I guess. As for AC it’s almost unheard of in the UK, we open windows for fresh air or shut blinds in the summer to keep out the sun. However, we Brits do love the sun to pour into our homes and very often seen in Estate Agent blurbs is that this property has ‘a sunny aspect’. Not something that I think will continue as global warming continues!!!!

      I bought the skirt!!!!!

  • 22nd February 2022 at 4:58 am

    Oh, please do buy it! And, then give us a blog post about it! I can see you wearing it on a lovely evening stroll along the beach (but not too near)! It’s perfectly lovely!

    I was actually watching videos of jets landing (I think at Heathrow, but maybe it was Gatwick) during the storm. Oh, I felt for those pilots and the passengers! I love flying, but turbulence gives me panic attacks!


    • 22nd February 2022 at 10:45 am

      Oh yes, I watched those videos too (by Big Jet on YouTube). Phew they were a bit scary!

      I have been in one aborted landing when we were coming in to the airport which was reached over a harbour right next to it (in Greece). In a very, very British accent the pilot said, ‘oh frightfully sorry (you half expected him to say, old bean) but the ferry was coming in to the harbour at the same time, so we had to avoid it, no worries, we’ll do it next time round’. And we did! Also had a very bumpy side to side landing in Alicante – when we got out of the plane we could hardly stand up in the wind!

      I did buy the skirt and will take some pix immediately and do a post on it – thanks Marsha 😄

  • 22nd February 2022 at 5:14 pm

    In the old South we have a saying. Her figure is so cute, she would look great in a potato sack.
    That is you my dear however that skirt is spectacular! Judy

    • 23rd February 2022 at 4:00 pm

      Awww! Thank you Judy, skirt is arriving soon!

  • 24th February 2022 at 2:39 pm

    I am the same way as you with jackets and have a hard time to adding one to my closet but I sure have more than enough. I am taking a 5 week break from shopping as I bought a few more things that I planned this month, all great finds (all but 2 were thrifted from Poshmark) and items I have already worn and am loving. So I am going to have fun being creative with giving myself little outfit themes each week: print mixing, joggers, scarves, skirts… That skirst is glorious: if you buy it, we will just have to wear it around the house! I do love the ones you shared: fun and special.

  • 27th February 2022 at 5:08 pm

    Wow, that’s one fantastic skirt! I think you deserve to indulge yourself Penny – you’re so good at shopping at charity shops, and it’s been a gloomy couple of years. It’s a real show stopper! x

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