I haven’t bought any clothes these last couple of weeks and, what with the drop in temperatures here in the UK, haven’t worn much other than my two new pairs of jeans with a variety of tops, so I thought that this post might look at what this blog stands for and what I aim to write about in the future.
But first here’s some nice pix of my little balcony.
The French Beans, which you can just see on the right, and the nasturtiums on the left of the table were grown from seed.
The balcony is west facing so gets the sun from midday onwards, but it can get very hot (for the UK!) so I choose not to sit on it but use it as a space to grow plants. Actually I have a vision of more permanent planting with larger/longer permanent tubs and pots with just the occasional annual to add as and when. I’d also like to use colours more subtly (there’ll be a lot of colour soon) and have plants mainly in the white and green range.
Back to the blog. It was so interesting to see your comments after my last but one post, where I castigated the UK government for its incompetence. Most of you agreed with my views but not all, and note I allowed every comment be published. However, one commenter said I should keep my opinions to myself. Well, no, this is a blog and blogs are all about the personal opinions of the blogger. But most of the people who disagreed with the post felt that my political views were not what they signed up for. So let me be absolutely clear what this blog is about.
As you must have noticed I am 74 years old now and retired, so the blog is not about getting you to buy clothes direct from the blog and/or creating a new career, it is about writing. But about what? First of all, I truly am passionate about older women wearing what they damn well please, albeit, I admit, with boundaries. And what do I mean by that? Actually I think that there is a certain snobbery around the notion of style. We’re meant to revere ‘style and ‘find our style’ and ‘wear our style’, meanwhile we are meant to abhor fashion for being fast and frivolous and for the young. Well, I don’t believe that. What I believe is that we should be aware of fashion and then adapt it to our purse, our shape and our needs. I really like to know what the fashion of the day is so I can search out similar items in charity shops. I admit, I know the style I aim for – it’s quirky and, when I get it right, a bit biker chic, so I also search for those items as well. Here’s an aside. What am I searching online for now? Items with elasticated waists. Oh my word, what have I come to!!!
So yes, the blog is about clothes and fashion, but it is also definitely a bit political. Yes, political, in that I believe that everything is political from the air we breathe (we have EU regulations for that, oh…), the water we drink (see anything about Flint, Michigan) and the food we eat (look at what the UK government is doing now, chlorinated chicken here we come). Every. Single. Thing. Is. Political.
Consequently this blog has tackled issues such as fashion and ethics. One reason to buy from Marks & Spencers is that it is trying to reduce the environmental impact of cotton production and states it uses less water to produce its cotton and denim. Good, as shed loads of water is needed just for one pair of jeans. I shall tackle this subject again, I’m sure.
And ageism, I am also a passionate anti-ageist, and if ever there was a virus that is ageist it is Covid-19 in that the highest number deaths occur in the over-70s. But there is also a sense that policies to combat Covid have been ageist, so one day I will definitely tackle the scandal of how it was policy to discharge older patients from hospital back to nursing homes without a clear indication that they were Covid free. And maybe that post will be on My Other Blog but maybe it won’t. Because do fashionistas have views above and beyond fashion? Yes they do!
They also read books, eat food, watch films, take note of the news and current affairs here and around the world, and generally feel some angst that life is not normal at all. I am working on my mental health, but I think it is entirely rational to feel a little anxious one day and a bit low another. The world is in the grip of a very serious situation. It is therefore OK to admit that this pandemic is a life-changing and frightening event. Do, if you feel like this, give yourself a hug and take time out to treat yourself with whatever. Personally, I find that taking a walk, Zoom Pilates classes, reading and watching television (2 hours only in the evening) are good distractions.
I also look outside from my window a lot. Here’s a pic of the sky.
You may think, oh, no, she hasn’t got a garden and/or isn’t that rather too urban to be ‘nice’? People, I don’t want a garden and I simply love that view from our balcony. Our dining table is positioned right by the balcony doors and it is where I write my blogs, emails, texts, and so I turn my head and what do I see?
A view that is full of life and buses, and people and incidents, it’s a never ending saga of distraction and interest. A rural view is lovely once in a while. ‘That’s nice’ I say, but my view of the road, the bingo sign and a bus is the one for me!
And finally, if you’ve read down to this point, I’d like to emphasise that the whole point of this blog is to communicate with you. I write not in a vacuum as this blog feels to me like a chat with you all, which is why I respond to nearly every comment. So thank you so much for reading the blog, you are all very much appreciated.
That’s all for now, but do tell me how you’re getting on, it’s interesting to hear how people are coping with the ‘situation’.
With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper