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people will be grateful to have what you write, I know I was beyond grateful when I first looked at my father’s unpublished hand-written memoir, it was a very precious gift, which I treasure to this day.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