I had a short break from blogging for a variety of reasons, but how are you all these days? We continue to self-isolate, and apart from taking a short walk for fresh air we’re not interested in any lessening of the lockdown. Personally won’t feel safe until I’m vaccinated. I mean the virus hasn’t gone away, so to tell people you can now do this and that, and go back to work, is madness in my view. Also, we haven’t got clear instructions….
Anyway, although I could say a lot more, enough of that. Gosh, I don’t know about you but I’ve put on a bit of weight (3lbs) and that has to be because of the huge reduction in my exercise regime, especially walking. This reduction began in January, of course, not two months ago. And where has the weight gone? On my face? Or where I really could do with more flesh, my bony hands and legs? Nope, it’s gone round my middle.
As I’ve said before my wardrobe is full of unsuitable skirts to be worn out and about in the city. I have virtually no indoor and leisure wear. And I possessed nothing with an elasticated waist, so I searched online and found a pale blue, one size larger (UK14) pair of M&S jeans that fitted me and, oh joy, is made from a stretchy material. In fact I liked the jeans so much I bought a grey pair (see here below) and am currently waiting for the delivery of a darker blue pair as well. These 3 pairs will see me through the summer. I’ve given you the link to the jeans as M&S seem to be surviving the lockdown and the paucity of sales, which has led to the demise of Warehouse and Oasis here in the UK, and I hear that over the pond JCrew is going down as well. Such a shame and I feel for so many losing their jobs.
But these jeans are the business because of the way they stretch! They are so comfortable.
And along with the jeans I bought a blouse. I’m not really a blouse kind of person but a couple of weeks ago it was really warm in the UK so I went looking for something cool to wear with the jeans and pounced on this loose black cotton blouse also to be found on the M&S website.
The looseness of the fitting will be great further into the summer. But it became so warm that day I actually went around the flat in my summer vest!
Note the eyebrows. Now I’m wearing glasses my eyebrows are the priority and I pencil them in every morning.
Here’s another blouse worn with the new grey jeans. This was bought last year in a charity shop – sigh – so looking forward to normality and shopping in a shop.
It’s a linen blouse so will be great in hot weather and funnily enough it has an M&S label. Before the pandemic I would never think of going into M&S to shop for clothes, but never say never as I have been quite impressed by the speed of their online deliveries and the quality of their clothes. The jeans, btw, cost £19.50 so I’m still being frugal!
Things I am watching and reading.
I’m currently watching State of Happiness on BBC4. It’s filmed in Stavanger in Norway, which is just my favourite country in the world, and sets out how the discovery of oil changed lives. This TV series is excellent and not as noirish as the usual Saturday series on that channel, which makes a refreshing change. But I admit to have watched Gangs of London (Nowtv) and enjoying it up to a point as it is excessively violent. I am quite blasé about a little bit of violence but Gangs of London makes Peaky Blinders look a vicars’ tea-party. In fact I watched it with my jaw dropping, consequently I do not recommend it to anyone with a sensitive nature! You might ask why on earth would I watch something like that, but boy does it distract from the current situation. However, the Great British Sewing Bee continues to delight and will soothe any anxious brow. Incidentally it is not a programme solely for women. Mr F looks forward to watching the GBSB as much as I do.
Watched the film Misbehaviour on Amazon Prime, which is about the 1970 Miss World contest when protesters interrupted proceedings. Quite good and entertaining.
Have moved on from my rather alpha, slightly damaged, male detective/crime books and am now reading Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. I got this recommendation from That’s Not My Age where in one of her posts she has 25 books for us to get through the coronavirus angst – do have a look.
That’s all for now. Keep safe and well 🙂
With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper