Hi everyone

First of all, thank you so much for all the lovely responses to my last blog post – they were so interesting to read.  What I’d like to say is I hope you are writing down those memories of your mother and descriptions of your family life. And don’t say, oh no, I can’t write, or I haven’t got the time, you can, because all the comments were lovely and thought-provoking, and really, I’d say, do try as much, much later, when we are all long gone, your words will be so relevant to your descendants. Anyway, thank you as your response has made me pick up those abandoned attempts I’ve made at writing about my family – yup, I’m going to make another attempt at that memoir.

Btw, you know the difference between an autobiography and a memoir? So, an autobiography is usually a blow-by-blow, linear account of your life, something that celebs do a lot, meanwhile a memoir might be fragments of memory, or thoughts about part of a life rather than anything linear, or a particular take on something that happened.  I think my new attempt is going to be about my mother’s life and lineage with particular reference to class as her paternal and maternal lineage were so different. There are other aspects of my mother’s life I might pick up on as I think it’s time her story was told. The thing is whatever you write about, it has to grip your imagination, you have to want to write.  Good luck if you do start something, as I know the feeling of staring at the empty page, but always remember, people will be grateful to have what you write, I know I was beyond grateful when I first looked at my father’s unpublished hand-written memoir, it was a very precious gift, which I treasure to this day.

And back to clothes!  A few weeks ago I think I might have said that I hadn’t bought anything during this lockdown, well, of course, I have bought a few things, mostly from the post-Christmas sales. Furthermore, the colour that dominates is green.

Before I let my hair go grey, green was my favourite colour, but that, as you very well know (!) has changed and my most favoured shade is now a mustard yellow, meaning not that searingly bright citrus colour but a deeper yellow that just brings out a sunny feeling whenever I wear anything in that colour range. And yet I do still like green, and these latest buys have been in various shades of green.

However, I began with black skinny jeans bought from Mango. And seeing this pic afresh I can see my boots need polishing!

And here’s a sage green sweater I bought with it.

The colour is a bit odd in the photo as it looks faded lower down, but it’s not in RL. I’ve worn it quite a lot since I bought it. And the cost of the  sweater?  £9.99 in the Mango sale.

This Mango purchase also included a mask (£5.99) that is exactly the same colour as the sweater.

Then there’s this lovely cardi from M&S, I think I’d call it an aquamarine green or maybe not!  Is this more of a blue colour?  Not sure, anyway here it is worn with an old Peacock’s top and a charity shop skirt.

And finally, the cardi with a sale skirt (£15.99) from Mango.

This skirt is a tricky one to style.  Here I am wearing it with a colour that lifts the green but I have worn it with a black top and a long cardigan and consequently thought, oh no, this is rather boring. The thing is looking at the photographs that display this skirt, the very young model is obviously wearing the skirt as near vintage, and what with its pleats and length, it does look on her as if it comes from another age. That’s the trouble with that kind ‘vintage’ look on an older person like me, as it can look as though it’s been at the back of one’s wardrobe and is something old and comfortable that you’ve picked to wear – not a good look, I’d say for my age group. So I shall style it carefully and when I start going out and about more, I shall pair those studded boots with a black leather jacket and backpack, and that will jazz it up a bit.

The skirt is a good bargain though as it was much more expensive, and is beautifully made with an abundance of material making up those pleats – it’s also very comfortable to wear!

And I promise I’ll polish those black boots 🙂

That’s all for now, but here’s wishing you a happy St Patrick’s Day. Also when I wrote last week’s post I had forgotten it was Mother’s Day on the Sunday in the UK.  I think this day has got rather over-commercialised and of course, it’s origin is Mothering Sunday, which was always about visiting your mother church where incidentally you might see your mother. I wonder how many know of this now? Anyway, I had two lovely conversations with my kids via FaceTime – I am so looking forward to seeing them in their respective gardens, which is soon, people, soon! But here’s to all mothers and all women everywhere, and especially those who stand up against violence.  And sad to say this, but here’s to our safety both indoors and outside in the streets #solidarity

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper


17 thoughts on “Wearing green to celebrate the Spring and St Patrick’s Day

  • 15th March 2021 at 11:26 am

    Oh, Penny…you look wonderful in these outfits! The colors and the way you put tops, bottoms, and shoes together is so clever! Your hair styling is also so complimentary from your sleek style to loose braids! Perfect!
    My style, something like your 1st two photos, runs a bit more tailored/simple while pretty casual in Southern California. During these cooler months, I love jeans, sweaters, crew-neck tee shirts, and over-sized, crisp button downs with a sharp collar. Sneakers, loafers or a bootie finish up my look.
    One of my very first comments on a post of yours, years ago, was to ask about a darling, oversized denim jacket you were wearing. Oh, I loved that look! Afterwards, in my own search, I found an oversized, not-fully denim jacket. By that I mean the sleeves and hood are a very thick, gray, sweatshirt fabric. It looks like I’ve got a denim vest over an oversized gray hoodie. Very cozy, and warm. My mother, who was with me, commented, “That is so you.” A kind of “tomboy” look. I found it in a second-hand store for $12US. I absolutely love it and grab it frequently. I thank Frugal Fashion Shopper for that piece!
    On another note, I’m to receive my 2nd Moderna vaccination this afternoon. Keeping fingers crossed, drinking lots of water, and arm movements going, hopefully, for minimal side effects. Husband did well with his second shot and his health is not 100%.
    As always, love hearing from you and, thank you, for indulging me “across the pond”, with my long comments. With appreciation…
    P/S. Intrigued by your renewed inspiration to write about the topic of “class” in your mother’s family! I’ll buy a copy of that book!

    • 16th March 2021 at 8:31 am

      Thank you, Charlene, yes, I’ve started plaiting my hair and once we can get back to the hairdresser (mid-April) I’d like to learn about more hairstyles for long hair as I won’t be cutting it.

      It sounds as though you really know your style which is great, I swerve from thinking I’d like to be a little bit goth and steam punk back to tomboy jeans and various tops. Actually I’m longing to dress up a bit more, something that has just not been possible with our one hour walk a day and no socialisation for months on end. We’re just about to loosen some of the nation-wide restrictions as numbers of cases are reducing – three cheers to that.

      Thank you again Charlene, I love hearing from you. Take care 🙂

  • 15th March 2021 at 1:07 pm

    After black, green is my favorite color! Especially olive. I love that checked skirt and those fabulous ankle boots of course! Have a great start of the week!

    • 16th March 2021 at 8:07 am

      Those ankle boots that need polishing! Thank you, Nancy and yes, green is a lovely colour to wear. Here’s wishing you having a great rest of the week x

  • 15th March 2021 at 5:17 pm

    Yes, let’s talk about clothes! And green, since it is St Patrick’s Day and I am myself am half Irish. But actually green has never been a color I have worn much. I have an Irish knit cardigan in a soft Spring green which was gifted to me several years ago. Also, a deep green velvet shirt which is I would guess is about 20 years old. I wear it a lot around the holidays. I have yet to tire of it. I also just bought a sweatshirt in a light sage green. This is not a color I would usually wear but it’s to wear in the house to replace the ones with the holes and tatty sleeves. Also it is made of a recycled material that comes from old plastic water bottles, so good for the planet, right? I am hoping that Wednesday, St Patrick’s day will not be as cold as today , which is frigid. Our complex has plans to stage it’s own St. Paddy’s parade led by Ellie, our resident piper. My plan is to wear the cardigan.
    I love how you pair dresses and skirts with the moto boots. Edgy but still classy. I actually have a pair of suede moto boots but since I am short statured and small boned, I look a bit clownish when I try this look. My attempts at being edgy are wearing a pair of snake ankle boots, they were really a bit of a splurge last year but I do get complements. Now I am thinking about wearing them with a solid dress in my closet to give it a fresh look.
    You have me committed to continuing to do my scribbling in my journal . There is a literary journal to which I subscribe and they encourage readers to write short pieces on given topics. These topics are quite broad and fairly universal. Selected submissions are published each month. I did try a few years ago and did not make the cut, but I think I will try again.
    Sending love from New York

    • 16th March 2021 at 8:18 am

      In the UK we don’t have the kind of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations you have in the US and especially I think in New York – it must be so exciting. The cardigan sounds lovely.

      I am not a woman who buys lots of shoes so I wore my one pair of knee-length boots through the very cold weather and those studded bootees will do for the rest of winter. And they’ll be worn with everything! Hats are my thing – I have nearly 30 hats some of which I really haven’t worn a lot, but as soon as life gets back to some kind of normality I shall start wearing the wider brimmed ones.

      So glad to hear you’re going to put forward some writing for the literary journal – that’s more than I’ve done!

      Thank you Darby and here’s wishing you the very best from Brighton x

  • 15th March 2021 at 8:46 pm

    What good choices you made in the sales and elsewhere. Everything looked great on you and the cardigan is pretty and sparkly. I do love green; it’s always been my favourite colour but I am in love with mustard as well. My eye is instantly drawn to anything in that shade and I am building up a collection of mustard coloured clothing…

    Only two weeks to go to the 29th…..!!

    • 16th March 2021 at 8:23 am

      Oooh mustard is such a great colour! I know, I know, can’t wait for the 29th – this lockdown has been so tedious and throughout I’ve been so cautious, but still this time I’m like the rest of the population longing for normality. But it will happen and the 29th is the first step. Take care xxx

  • 15th March 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Army, olive, dusty like green is so good on you. Mustard is the icing on your cake. I love St. Patrick’s Day and will be drinking Irish whiskey at 10 am in the morning at our local pub! Woohoo from Vancouver! Judy

    • 16th March 2021 at 8:24 am

      Thank you Judy, exactly so, that army/khaki colour is great. I shall wear that top to the opticians today.

      Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day, it always sounds such a joyous occasion x

  • 16th March 2021 at 10:09 am

    I used to love a sunray pleated skirt but not for me now. I’m short so they add too much width and as you say can look like you’ve had them forever. Someone once said that if you wore it the first time give it a miss next time! Long frilly small print dresses seem to be back ; been there done that.
    Really off separates as I don’t like anything tight around the middle now. Thanks goodness for second-hand or I would have nothing ‘new’ as I don’t like current fashion at all. I wore some opaque purple tights and my grandaughter said she has not seen coloured tights before. I have teal, pink and purple which I’ve had for several years. I still ‘dress up’ every day however I feel & recently that’s not been great (family problems). I thought I was the only person who polished boots and shoes these days! Looking forward to getting my hair done again – what is it about our relationship with our hair? Every few years I do to an expensive salon in the (vain) hope that I will come out transformed. It’s the ultimate triumph of hope over experience (someone said that about marriage but can’t remember who). A dear departed friend always said that wherever she went to get her hair done and whatever she said her hair always looked like a nazi helmet!

    • 16th March 2021 at 11:37 am

      Oh Lynda I wish I dressed up every day but I don’t! However, I shall wear my smartest gear today as I’m going to the opticians this afternoon – the excitement! As well as the usual test I shall choose some new glasses – the expense!

      I agree these pleated skirts are tricky to style and yes, this one would be hugely too long for you, I’m 5’8″ and it’s long on me! I’m off to polish my boots before I go out!

      I have just cut my husband’s hair and done a really good job, he will go back to the barbers, but I will be saving loads of money not going to the hairdressers. Hair is a trial for us all. I don’t really know how to put my hair up so that’s something I’ll be tackling shortly. My effort today on Mr F was very much like a pudding basin cut but when I finished and combed it out it looked good.

      Have a good week 🙂

  • 17th March 2021 at 6:14 pm

    I particularly like the third photo. The mask, necklace, jumper combo work so well together.
    The colour I’ve been drawn to recently is teal. I don’t have any clothes in this colour and I haven’t purchased anything for ages!
    The post you wrote about your mother was wonderful. I was very close to my mother but I still left home at eighteen because my father was very strict; in my opinion, anyway. My father was an Anglo Indian immigrant, who came here in 1947 (partition). My parents married in the early fifties and I’m sure it wasn’t easy for them. My sister and I have done lots of research into our father’s side which has proved fascinating…

    • 18th March 2021 at 12:51 pm

      How totally fascinating to hear of your father. 1947, that was another life, another era and getting their stories down especially that of your father’s is so interesting. So many people know nothing about that pre-war life in India or why Anglo-Indians decided to come here. Glad you’ve done that research. Meanwhile I’m staring at the empty page!

      Thanks 🙂

  • 18th March 2021 at 4:30 am

    Hello Penny, you do wear green beautifully . I am a big fan of chartreuse green but it is tricky to find. I agree the pleated skirt will look good with stronger elements added , if you know what I mean , they will take away the granny look. I find pleated skirts tricky, too many school uniform memories.
    You really should write that family memoir , not only is it an interesting story but you are a talented writer.

    • 18th March 2021 at 12:54 pm

      Yes, with regard to that pleated skirt, it was a bargain as it’s beautiful made but it’s tricky to style and exactly so, I shall wear it with an edgy jacket and bold accessories.

      And thanks so much Jill, what a nice thing to say re: my writing, but I’ve been staring at the empty page this week…..

  • 19th March 2021 at 7:13 am

    You look great in all black! And love the Mango dark green. Very classy. You’re already rocking that pleated skirt and giving it a contemporary edge. Re Mother’s Day – a friend told me that when girls were in service they would save the ingredients for a Simnel cake and give the cake to their mothers when they saw them in church. The cake later became appropriated for Easter xx

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