I promised I wouldn’t complain about the hot weather after our awful grey and damp winter.  And I’m not.  But Tuesday was the hottest day of the year topping 32C (89F) and I felt not far from heat stroke when I walked for a mile in the sun to fetch my grandson and then a mile back.  (I’ve been doing that every Tuesday for about 5 years now).

I guess we’re just not used to the heat here in the UK.  But the thing is it’s awfully humid heat so even the friends who holiday in Spain or Turkey (and would never dream of holidaying in the frozen north) thought Tuesday too hot. And honestly, it was like walking in hot soup.

To celebrate the heat I wore this cool, quite retro, cotton charity shop tie-dye dress bought, I think, last year.


I wore it with my new linen tie-dye hat bought in Norway.


But the lovely hat didn’t have a wide enough brim so I’ve burnt a bit on the back of my neck and shoulders.

I’m awfully pale skinned and even with suntan cream at factor 50 the slightest bit of sun on my skin and I burn.  Mind you, a friend has just advised me to change my sun tan cream – if I don’t burn wearing that brand I’ll let you know about it.

Yes, summer is lovely but I do find exposing my legs a bit of a trial.  Truly, they’re so white they’re almost blue.  But I’m going to experiment with, first of all, shop-bought fake sun tans, and then I’ll try a salon fake tan.  And I’ll keep you briefed on how this turns out.  Actually, the first shop bought tanning-cream I tried smelt so horrific I only put it on twice, but nevertheless, the legs aren’t as marble white as before.  Tonight I’ll be trying another fake tanning product – will let you know how it goes.

Here’s another lovely dress, which I spotted in a charity shop window.


I couldn’t pass by.  I went in and bought it!  And not a bad price at £6.99 and it’s a Jasper Conran dress so just move the decimal point to the right for it’s real value.  Why wouldn’t you go charity shop shopping?  It makes such sense.

Look at the asymmetric hemline, a feature I love.


I can see I’m lacking some nail varnish – a very bright pillar-box red is needed, don’t you think!

That’s all for now

With love

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

P.S. Sharing with Catherine Summers and her #iwillwearwhatilike session and Judith Boyd’s monthly hat attack session to show her the July tie-dye hat with a co-ordinating dress!

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12 thoughts on “We’ve had one very hot day here in the UK!

  • 21st July 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Love you red dress Penny!

    • 22nd July 2016 at 7:27 am

      Thank you so much, Katrina, yes, it is a lovely dress – was good to find it!

  • 21st July 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Hi Penny. In the first place, I love your cool dressing looks for hot humid days. Here, in the Northeast of the States, we are experiencing 90+ degree weather. Thankfully today isn’t that humid, but the humidity is supposed to hit with a bang over the weekend and into next week. For me, it is still better than freezing cold.
    About the fake tan. Do it girlfriend! My legs are that Irish-pasty-fish-belly-white-with-a-blue-hue. And I refuse to wear panty hose–panty hose + a petri dish for yeast infections. Can’t wait to hear how you fared with the fake tan my dear! XOXOXOXO!!!

    • 22nd July 2016 at 7:31 am

      Good luck with that humidity in the Northeast States! Well, what I’m going to do for the moment is buy that Rimmel stuff (see comment below) for now as I’m a bit broke this month. But at the end of August I’ll go to a salon and have a body scrub and a spray – how about that?!

      Meanwhile, back to politics – oh gosh, to us outside the States, Trump is sooooo terrifying, just heard bits of his acceptance speech – yikes, says a Brit!


  • 21st July 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Love the red dress, Penny and agree with you about red painted toenails, especially with red open-toe shoes. As to fake tan, I start using a moisturiser with a tanning ingredient from spring onwards, which gives my pale legs a bit of colour. When the weather warms up enough to go without tights, I go barelegged as much as possible. At the moment the moisturiser I’m using is by Garnier, and I have used one by Dove in the past.

    • 22nd July 2016 at 7:57 am

      Thanks so much. Yes, I’m usually barelegged although if there’s any hint of coolness I put short leggings on. Red nail varnish is on the toes now!

  • 21st July 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Those are two lovely dresses and so summery!

    Go for the fake tan – it improves white, pasty legs no end. I tried the gradual build up ones like Dove but found although it built up a nice colour, it was uneven and didn’t wash off evenly; leaving me with me patches; plus it came off on the towels. The fake tan doesn’t seem to do this but washes off easily in the shower.


    • 22nd July 2016 at 7:54 am

      Yes, I’ve used the Dove and it smells as well, got it on now, I agree it’s not brilliant. I’m going to find that cheaper Rimmel fake tan (see comment below) for now and then in a couple of weeks or so go to a salon for a body scrub and full spray – will be ready then for end of August and France and also it’ll be a practice run for the Caribbean in January 2017 (which I signed up for in a moment of weakness earlier this year!).

      Thanks so much, us with pasty faces (and leg)s have to stick together and it’s great to get tips from people who understand. I have a lot of friends who rush off to sunbathe the instant any sun comes out!

  • 21st July 2016 at 8:27 pm

    I have the very thing for you! I am fair with freckles, auburn hair, well auburn and grey!
    Rimmel Sun Shimmer Instant Tan (wash off) but water resistant, I buy the Light Matte, it cost £3.50-£3.99 .
    It washes off in the shower so you apply it every day you want to, if you are wearing long trousers, you don’t bother. It is so easy to apply and doesn’t have a smell.
    A two pence sized amount per leg, apply quickly and be sure to spread it evenly and right down to your toes and right to the bottom of your heel.
    Using ordinary soap, you need to wash your hands a few times to remove the stain but I use vegetable oil soap which removes it in an instant. You can buy it in art shops…for cleaning brushes ( I’m an painter ) costs £3.50 and lasts for ages.
    I can’t recommend this product enough

    • 22nd July 2016 at 7:32 am

      Margaret, you are a star, I’m definitely going to buy some of the Rimmel today – thank you so much x

  • 15th August 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Lovely dresses Penny. I use Garnier summer body, it’s a moisturising cream that builds to a light tan and I love the smell.

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