Hello everyone

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

 

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58 thoughts on “What I’ve been wearing lately!

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    14th May 2020 at 7:36 am
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    Lovely to hear from you and your keeping well.I like your glasses I think they open up your face. We’ve been going out for walks finding footpaths we never knew existed. I think the biggest thing we miss is our grandchildren, this coronavirus has certainly made me reevaluate life. Take care of yourselves Margaret.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      15th May 2020 at 7:25 am
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      Thanks so much for the compliment about the glasses – the thing is you actually see better with contact lenses so I will go back to wearing them when, you know, it’s safer, but so glad I bought them as I know they are a statement pair.

      I also miss the one grandchild I have, and my son’s partner is pregnant and that will be heartbreaking if I can’t hold the baby. Yes, what is important is family. You take care too 🙂

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    14th May 2020 at 7:45 am
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    M&S is also rated ‘good’ by the Good on You website, that monitors ethical production of clothing.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      15th May 2020 at 7:25 am
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      Yes, I’ve noticed that the cotton items usually have a notice on being made with less water – that is so good.

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    14th May 2020 at 8:06 am
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    Lovely to see you again. As you illustrate so well, M&S can have surprising pockets of cool midst all the dowd. I can so relate to weight going on round middle. Particularly galling as my middle was concave in my 20’s. And I can also relate to your feelings about (not) lessening the lockdown. I’m as keen as the next healthy over-70year old to regain my life but I’ve also watched enough hospital telly programmes to want to avoid catching the virus at all costs. Mind you, the over-70’s and people with less extreme underlying health conditions were not mentioned at all in the government’s recent pronouncements and I had to visit Age UK’s website to get the current advice.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      15th May 2020 at 7:30 am
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      M&S has been a revelation to me. And I so agree that the instructions on how we relax the lockdown are so muddled. I absolutely get how you feel and had this pandemic come along before my illness I’d be so frustrated as I considered myself mega fit and active. Now I’m wary of any contact. I am so hoping that a vaccine is found and trying to be as positive about that as I can.

      Take care 🙂

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    14th May 2020 at 8:14 am
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    Welcome back. I too like your glasses. All the best. Mary

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      15th May 2020 at 7:36 am
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      Thanks Mary, the glasses were a good buy (same make as those worn by Prue Leith) but it’s a fact that you see better with the contacts so I will go back to them, when…..

      All the very best to you too Mary 🙂

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    14th May 2020 at 8:49 am
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    Going into lockdown was a whole lot easier than coming out of it will be! Whilst we bemoaned our loss of freedom, going out again is going to take us well out of our new comfort zone. I worry about too much, too soon but it must be a nightmare trying to work out what order in which to do things. Schools need to go back for parents to be able to work but how on earth do you do that? Your average primary school child is not known for their sense of social distancing! It is not safe yet in my opinion.
    I think we are all nodding our heads in agreement about that weight gain, and I bet it went on a lot quicker than we will be able to get it off 😉 I discovered a cut of M&S jean that I loved just before lockdown, the Harper Cigarette style and have them in two colours now. I love that dark coloured blouse you found, so versatile as you’ll be able to pair it with different coloured skirts/trousers.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      15th May 2020 at 7:40 am
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      Oh how I agree with you and I think as you do that it is too soon, you know, with our statistics being the worst in Europe. But some people, obviously, need to work, and then there are the key workers. I just don’t have confidence that our government will protect its citizens.

      M&S has been a revelation. Thanks for the tip about the Harper style. I also hear that M&S Magic jeans are good.

      Take care and stay safe 🙂

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    14th May 2020 at 8:52 am
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    Still watching The Great British Menu. Haha. Yes I agree with you on the vaccination. Rules are here very loose over sudden and people seem to forget there is a deadly virus hanging in the air! Oh well, what can you do. Just be careful! Love that bird drawing/painting!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      15th May 2020 at 7:43 am
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      I really recommend the Great British Sewing Bee, Nancy. I think we started watching a couple of years ago and the reason why Mr F likes it is that it’s quite a technical challenge. And it’s so enjoyable.

      I shall be careful and avoid contact with people for a very long time to come. Have a lovely weekend, stay safe 🙂

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    14th May 2020 at 9:27 am
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    Just bought 2 pairs, blue/black – £9 in the sale! even with delivery a bargain

    thanks for the tip

    glad you’re sharing pics again

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      15th May 2020 at 7:47 am
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      I hear that there is going to be quite a sale from now on – I shall take a look today!!!

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    14th May 2020 at 10:08 am
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    Good to hear from you! Husband and I are being very cautious here in Ventura in So. California though others are eager for the shelter-in-place to end. I am thankful for hobbies and home projects that keep us busy. I am with you on weight gain and found my favorite exercise group gathering together online live. I hear you about conditions needing a vaccine, too. I don’t think things will be returning to “normal” anytime soon.
    Do take care and stay safe. Charlene H

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      15th May 2020 at 9:44 am
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      Oh Charlene – it’s so nice to hear from you and that you are being cautious. We both live in countries where the stats are high. It’s just sensible. Glad you’ve got projects and hobbies – same here.

      You take care too 🙂

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    14th May 2020 at 10:49 am
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    We’re enjoying “State of Happiness” too. I would recommend “A Very Scandi Scandal” it’s on All4, Walter Presents. Scandi crime but not noir.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      15th May 2020 at 9:46 am
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      Walter Presents is brilliant – so much good stuff there. Thanks for heads up on ‘A very Scandi Scandal’. Take care 🙂

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    14th May 2020 at 11:05 am
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    So pleased you are okay and that you are back. Like you, I can’t wait for charity shops to open again.
    A recommended read is JP Delaney A Perfect Wife, absolutely gripping.
    As you say, we won’t be safe until there is a vaccine.
    As I am new to your blog, I am enjoying reading past posts, so agree with you on almost everything.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      15th May 2020 at 9:49 am
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      Hi Lisa, so nice to meet you and thanks so much for the recommended read – I really have had enough of the detective/crime novels. Take care 🙂

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    14th May 2020 at 11:21 am
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    Great to hear/see you again Penny. I like you in the blouses too, particularly the black one. I’m not succumbing to ‘home clothes’ because I find them depressing after a couple of days. I’ve got several ‘new to me’ dresses so I’m getting them on. Back in tights today as although it’s lovely 7 sunny the breeze is icy. Seems like it could be months before hairdressers are open again and I’m desperate for a cut. I keep my hair quite short and I always think it’s a cheap version of a face lift! I said to my stylist not long ago that at least he is safe from the internet, obviously not having an inkling about the current nightmare. We had a VE day tea party with our neighbours on the driveway; lots of prosecco was also drunk! I’ve got little incentive to go out until the shops, cafes group meetings are back. My book group is meeting on uber conferance but it really isn’t the same.
    I think it’s time for the experiment of loosening restrictions because we are in danger of the solution being worse than the cure. Protecting the old at the expense of the young is also an issue & as the crisis has been badly mismanaged they are going to be in difficulties for a long while yet. Apparently the first case was diagnosed here on 31st January & the Observer said that 18 million people came into the UK in the first 3 months of the year with no testing whatsoever. I do not understand why it was not obvious that the testing should go to people, not expecting them to drive to testing centres. We could have used the blood, breast-screening and retinal screening mobile units.
    It’s interesting to consider how different the lockdown experience has been for introverts and extroverts. We are basically extrovert people, me more social than him indoors (where he stays when he’s not gardening or doing outside jobs). Being retired and living minutes walk from countryside means we are very lucky indeed. I’m missing my singing dancing and meeting friends but otherwise behaving just the same. No learning to juggle or speak serbo-croat for me! I resit attempts to improve myself other than extra exercises – PT does Skype although screen connection keeps being lost – and I’m now doing an extra session per week myself. I put on music so it’s not quite so boring. Also losing a bit of weight as feeling very tubby around the middle. I’m petite so can’t afford to get too heavy.
    I keep telling people about Mr Winner on BBC. The short series has finished now but available on player. He’s a modern Frank Spencer who means well but everything keeps going wrong for him. Lots of family-friendly slapstick and no swearing. I’ve just got onto The Customer is Always Right where people test out inventions at home; I’m liking it a lot. Thanks for posting again, best wishes for keeping well

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      15th May 2020 at 9:57 am
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      I agree with you that the solution of a long lockdown is bad in so many ways and that we should try some loosening of it. But while there is slightly less pressure on the NHS the virus has not gone away, it’s still there and the people who will get it are the manual labourers and all the people who have to go to work via public transport. I really think that the wobbly reassurances we get and the mixed messages have confused rather than informed. It is such a serious illness, and not just for the old.

      Good to hear you’re wearing your dresses. I know the jeans are a bit utilitarian but I’m really enjoying going on the M&S website – little things please…..! Actually this week I got out my skirts and made a YouTube video which I’ll talk about next post. They’re too frilly and frivolous to wear around the flat but it was nice to remind myself of the way I like to look – which I certainly don’t achieve all the time! Take care 🙂

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    14th May 2020 at 11:22 am
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    Correction to my comment – husband and I are Introverts!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      15th May 2020 at 9:59 am
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      I get that – same here! Both of us. In some way I’m enjoying the staying in but then it just catches you out and you think, no, this is so abnormal. Longing for the vaccine and trying to stay positive that we will get one eventually.

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    14th May 2020 at 12:22 pm
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    We are loving State of Happiness too. My husband was sent to the Ocean Viking oil rig within six weeks of the first discovery of oil and was the first to log the great quantities of oil in the third well. Ocean Viking was shiny and new though, not rusty at all. He worked around the world, and says that there were many accidents such as the one involving the divers, so that is pretty authentic. Ten years later, as newly-weds, we moved to Stavanger and have been thrilled to see the authentic settings which we knew so well. They have even managed to make the Esso Motor Hotel look like it did forty years ago.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      15th May 2020 at 10:17 am
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      Oh wow! Fancy hearing from someone who actually knows about the Norwegian oil industry and the town of Stavanger. We visited it in 2016 on a cruise ship so it was a fleeting visit but I remember wandering around and buying a coffee and admiring the way the houses looked. I just love Norway and while I won’t go cruising for some time, I will, when I am completely recovered and this awful Covid is just a memory try the Hurtigruten up and down trip – in the summer mind you, I don’t think I could cope with the cold in the winter!

      Yes, I wonder why they made the rig rusty – maybe it was all about depicting Norway as run-down and poor relatively speaking of course. Thanks so much for your comment 🙂

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    14th May 2020 at 1:12 pm
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    I must be one of the few people who hasn’t put on weight at this time. I’ve been so busy gardening, spring cleaning etc, but if I slow down the comfort eating will go straight to my waist, like you, Penny !
    M&S jeans really are a great find. I have two pairs of their “Magic jeans “, ( the bum lift ones ) and they are great. They actually look like expensive jeans, I think,but the best thing is the fit. I am also skinny of leg, and these are the only ones that fit really well in the thigh area, no spare material flapping around. They also have a high, comfortable waist. The sizing is not too reliable, though, in the straight leg I got a 12 but in the bootcut I needed a 14.So maybe an issue when buying online.
    It will be nice when we can feel free to go clothes shopping again ! So far I’m finding lockdown quite bearable, as a homebody, but feel more anxious about the future, until ( and if ) there’s a vaccine.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      15th May 2020 at 10:21 am
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      I feel exactly the same, I am both anxious for the future but also kind of enjoying the enforced staying in until, that is, you think, oh I wish I could…. usually it’s I wish I could see the children and the grandchild, but there’s other things like the hairdresser, dentist etc.

      M&S has been a revelation and I’ve heard about the Magic jeans – the ones I’ve got are Sienna Straight. Take care 🙂

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    14th May 2020 at 2:24 pm
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    We’re in the very same place in lock down. Michael and I won’t emerge until we really feel safe and it is not now, with all these Republican states ( one of which I reside) trying to just go back to some normal.

    Yes, staying at home does call for a very different type of attire. I was pretty well set up, since living in a rural area, we do spend days where we didn’t go anywhere, anyway.

    It’s nice to see you again. I’ve been back for about a couple of months after being about 1 1/2 years away. Take care, Terri

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      16th May 2020 at 8:17 am
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      It’s lovely to hear from you and great to know you’re blogging again. We both live in countries with governments that are not putting their people first – so sad

      Take care and stay safe 🙂

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    14th May 2020 at 2:24 pm
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    Just read Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad. Excellent! Now ploughing through The Mirror and The Light Hilary Mantel – all 700 + pages of it! Well, if not now, when?

    Unfortunately I have had very disappointing results trying to order from M and S online so gave up!
    Keep blogging Penny 😀

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      16th May 2020 at 8:20 am
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      I have the Mantel on my shelves and I’m near to reading it. I’m in preparation for it with the better quality books I’m reading now! I noted that Jennifer Egan had written that book and will read it soon.

      Sorry to hear about your M&S experiences – so far it’s been a good experience getting items online from them. Take care 🙂

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    14th May 2020 at 2:35 pm
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    As you know, I wrote about M&S jeans yesterday. Mine were a bit dearer but that must be because they’re “magic” jeans. M&S have a very strong jeans game, they last for years.

    We’re really enjoying State of Happiness. The hubster has started some Viking saga on Netflix but it’s not floating my (long) boat! When he watches it, I watch progs like the Sewing Bee which he doesn’t like.

    Stay safe xx

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      16th May 2020 at 8:30 am
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      Buying from M&S has been such a good experience. And although it’s pricier than a charity shop (!) I’ve been pleasantly surprised at both the quality of the clothes and their low prices. The jeans have been excellent including the length. As you know I’d rather turn the legs up rather than have too short a jean.

      Mr F and me started watching the GBSB when a retired army colonel was one of the contestants. We were amazed to see men competing as equals to the women, but why wouldn’t they? The army colonel apparently made most of his wife’s clothes! Mr F really enjoys watching the technical challenges the contestants face. And then they are all so nice to each other. A better programme you could not find! Have a lovely weekend 🙂

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    14th May 2020 at 3:11 pm
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    No more charity shop clothes for me, not that where I live in France there are many but I do buy nearly all my books in a charity shop. I’ve heard, and I hope it’s true, the virus doesn’t last on paper and we always wipe them with alcohol when we get home anyway. The libraries are opening soon thankfully. Your jeans look great a good idea to buy more pairs when you find a good fit. I never think to look at M&S but I will now.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      16th May 2020 at 8:33 am
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      All charity shops closed here as are other ‘non-essential’ shops, although I wonder if France will opening up sooner than the UK? Do have a look at M&S – I’ve been pleasantly surprised by it.

      Take care 🙂

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    14th May 2020 at 3:41 pm
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    Your hair is so pretty Penny and I love the two tops and the jeans, particularly in grey.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      17th May 2020 at 10:08 am
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      Thanks you so much Lise – you take care 🙂

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    14th May 2020 at 5:01 pm
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    i’ve put on weight too : ( but way more than you!
    ps i am not going anywhere until i feel safe…it’s just our reality and how we feel…it’s so odd…but i just want to be around a little longer…
    at least you look lovely isolating! i’m still in a bad habit of not putting effort into what i wear…
    xo Eva

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      16th May 2020 at 8:35 am
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      Hi Eva – oh my word the weight gain! Must be the lack of exercise in not being able to go out and about as much as we used to.

      I find that having a Zoom or FaceTime chat is a good excuse to dress up and put that little bit more makeup on 🙂

      Take care and stay safe

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      16th May 2020 at 8:37 am
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      Thank you so much Mireille – I will go back to contacts though as actually you see better with them. Have a good weekend and take care 🙂

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    14th May 2020 at 8:03 pm
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    Oh, jeans – they must be the hardest things to find. Gail of ‘Is this Mutton’ has also been singing the praises of M&S jeans; hers were called ‘magic jeans’ – I wonder if you are both recommending the same ones? They do look good on you and I loved the blouses.

    I’m with you on the Mark’s thing; I wouldn’t go into their shops to buy clothes; but probably 30 to 40% of my secondhand wardrobe is from M&S; even though I never see anything I like if I look in there!

    Let’s hope they find a vaccine soon.
    Take care
    xxx

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      16th May 2020 at 8:42 am
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      They are different jeans at different prices, mine are Sienna Straight at £19.50 and Magic Jeans are I think £39.50. At the very least I feel as though I’m still being frugal!!!! The thing is I was so strict with my one-in-one-out policy and with the big clear-outs because of last year’s move, I actually only had party and ‘out in the city’ clothes. I’m quite enjoying the online search for more relaxed clothing.

      And yes, with you on that last sentiment – here’s to living in hope

      You take care too xxx

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    14th May 2020 at 8:50 pm
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    Nice outfit and cute glasses – hope you are staying safe and well. Jacqui x

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      16th May 2020 at 8:45 am
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      Thank you Jacqui – we’re staying safe as possible and definitely not relaxing our quite stringent self-isolation, and won’t until vaccinated.

      The glasses are great but I’ll be pleased to wear the contacts again. You take care too and have a lovely weekend x

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    14th May 2020 at 10:55 pm
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    I’ve been online shopping quite a bit too Penny. Yet, I am still dressing as normal most days. I always say I have cute clothes, so I might as well wear them, LOL!!
    XOOX
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      17th May 2020 at 10:12 am
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      Jodie, I have never shopped so much before online. I had tried it and in the past I usually found I had to send most of the items back. That was the case with Warehouse – I kept some clothes but sent others back. But in a way I’m glad to stop buying from Warehouse as I don’t want to go into the Post Office anymore. Anyway M&S has been ace and I haven’t sent a single item back because I’ve loved all of the clothes.

      Good to hear you’re wearing your glad rags! Have a lovely Sunday xxx

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    15th May 2020 at 1:06 pm
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    Hi Penny! The first thing I noticed was your hair; it’s really grown and I think it’s fab. Do you ever wear it up? That’s what I do with mine, especially when it’s hot. I love the blouse which is maybe more of a top – hahaha! I’ve never been a blouse wearer, they can border on frumpy territory but the one you’re wearing reminds me, in a good way, of the hippy tops I used to wear in the 70s, as a student. I still love those slightly boho tops one can still buy now. This comment has turned into a bit of a waffle – sorry!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      17th May 2020 at 10:22 am
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      Thank you June! I’m not very good at putting my hair up but in the hot weather I’ll be putting it into a pony tail and then catching the bulk of the hair in the scrunchy so that it’s off my neck. It’s going to get really long…

      Oh yes, in so much agreement about blouses – I also see them as frumpy! This one though seemed different.

      Have a lovely Sunday x

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    15th May 2020 at 3:21 pm
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    Hi Penny
    I like your new tops. I have not purchased any clothing since we went into lockdown. as I live alone no one sees me anyway. I do make an effort when I go out , even for the groceries. I wish my hair was long. I have been getting regular cuts, have short hair, kind of a bob but it’s grown out getting messy and scraggly. this ought to be my biggest problem. if it were long I could pull it back. My biggest purchase was a painting. I am familiar with the artist and have been to her gallery while on vacation. I have always admired her style and the subject was one close to my heart. So since I am not spending money on a lot of things these days I treated myself. such uncertainty here in the US, angry people protesting , with guns no less to be allowed to do as they please. to me the lack of leadership is frightening. I am glad I can take my walks, see a bit of nature. It is really is beautiful here this Spring in spite of all the craziness. Be well
    Darby

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      17th May 2020 at 10:29 am
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      I know it seems frivolous to be buying clothes but I really didn’t have anything suitable for the ‘staying in’ that we’re doing. Hair is always an issue but it must be challenging if you have short hair.

      It’s so good to know you treated yourself and bought a painting – the beauty of art sustains us all. And to have it on our walls is a joy.

      We both live in countries that have mismanaged the situation from the start. We are beginning to have protests here in the UK, with people mouthing off about civil liberties and 5G – yikes. Well it’s their funeral…..! I’m much more concerned about the poorer section of society that have to work and have to use public transport. Our class divide is never more apparent with the government urging state schools to open while the private schools will remain closed until September.

      I look at the sea and love the sparkling blueness – so glad you have your walks 🙂

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    16th May 2020 at 7:57 pm
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    Great to see you back, Penny. Like you, we are self-isolating. I had very bad flu leading to pneumonia around 15 years ago and the memory of that, plus heart issues, diabetes and other ‘stuff’ has made me determined to remain at home until there’s a vaccine. I think when you’ve looked death in the face your priorities change. I enjoyed seeing the reading list. Just today my sister (who lives in South Africa) and I were discussing books to read. In my reading group we recently read A Gentleman in Moscow and were unanimous in our enjoyment, a rare occurrence as usually we have some healthy disagreement. During lockdown I’ve been reading the ‘Shardlake’ series of novels by C J Sansom, set in the time of HenryVIII, and for light reading between I’ve been rereading Mary Wesley. I agree with you about State of Happiness. We love the Saturday night BBC4 series and this is one of the best so far. Love your new clothes and glasses! Looking forward to you next post. Stay well and safe.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      17th May 2020 at 10:32 am
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      A virus can be vicious at any time – like you I learned that the hard way. I shall look out for A Gentleman in Moscow – thanks for the tip. I agree with you, State of Happiness is such a good series.

      You take care too 🙂

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    17th May 2020 at 9:00 pm
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    Love your outfit, it all looks so funky. Very stylish. Yes, the lockdown situation is difficult. I’ve started to go out and about more but with great caution and social distancing. Everything gets sanitised too. I do try to be positive and personally feel everyone is doing their best. We are lucky though and have great countryside in my area. Our family have certainly been at one with nature again. Both my grown up children have started running and I may start again as well. Need to get rid of some weight and good for the old lungs too. Best wishes to you. Andrea x

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      19th May 2020 at 11:45 am
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      Thank you Andrea, for saying the outfit is funky – always aiming to be like that!

      The lockdown is almost non-existent in Brighton with a lot of people out on the beach especially near the centre. It’s better where we are slightly outside the centre in Kemptown. I keep well away from crowds and shops, and am mostly reconciled.

      Best wishes to you too x

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    18th May 2020 at 6:58 pm
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    Love that M&S blouse, looks great on you….just wondering if it will be a good shape for me. I suppose it could be also worn open with a vest top under, may need to investigate. I am currently moving about 2/3lbs a month of weight, its very slow progress and I have about a stone to go !!! Like others I think you look fabulous in your glasses, I have worn contacts for about 40 years and now have found after wearing glasses continually for a few months my vision is just as good in glasses. I admit that if they slide gently down my nose it does knock the prescription out of kilter somewhat ! I put my lens in briefly to colour my roots a couple of weeks ago and actually felt I look older without my glasses. Like you I did get some modern frames. I am missing charity shopping, especially for all the books I buy from them.We are lucky to live semi rural and have lots of nice walks on the doorstep…note to have a longer walk tomorrow as I succumbed to a tray of ‘rock bun’s earlier ( I have been resisting the urge to bake until 5 hours ago !!!) Stay safe and well x

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      19th May 2020 at 11:53 am
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      Yes, both blouses can be worn with a vest top and/or a t-shirt. Good to hear about your continuing move to lose weight – it’s healthy. I shall be doing that soon! In the meantime I made a Bara brith as a way to make the snacking urge a more healthy experience!

      Thanks for the thoughts about glasses v contacts. I too have worn contacts for 40 years and this is the longest time I’ve worn glasses. I like the glasses a lot but still feel I see better with the contacts. I guess I’ll try them when it’s all over and see what I look like. Until then it’s partly the lack of energy which keeps me wearing them and partly to keep my eyes protected when I go out.

      You stay safe and well too x

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