Film night – December 2016

Hi everyone!

Did you have a good Christmas Day?  Sadly, I was a bit under the weather, as we say here.  A combination of too much to do and a virus caught up with me.  Reader, I ate nothing that day!  But making up for it now, plus, as it’s lovely weather here with sun and a blue, cloudless sky, we’ll go for a walk on the cliffs today.

Two Saturdays ago it was another film night at our community cinema.  We showed Gemma Bovery starring the gorgeous Gemma Arterton, which is, as you might guess, a take on the classic novel, Emma Bovery (although it is an exact interpretation of the graphic novel by Posy Simmonds).  It’s a light, frothy, funny (some of the time) film and because of the French connection, is partly in French and partly in English.  It went down well with our audience although it wasn’t as popular as our two previous films, but there was a lovely atmosphere as we put out tables and chairs in cabaret style and gave everyone a mince pie and glass of wine.

I wore my lovely charity shop but new (still had the label attached) green dress bought for £3.99 in the summer.

Btw, someone asked me if this dress was a designer dress and the answer is no, it’s originally from Peacock’s (!) so despite its intriguing hemline and the cut of the back it would have been cheap anyway!


I should have given you the review of Arrival today rather than last month.  We watch a lot of films, partly for ourselves but also to research suitable films for our film society, and Arrival is still my film of the year.

Do not be put off by the fact that it’s a science fiction film.  It is an intriguing, cerebral, transcendent film about communication, language and what it is to be human.  I thought about it for days afterwards and still do.  Furthermore, I can’t wait to watch it again, and, in so doing, it will be a different film because now, I know.  Actually, I was going to give you a link to an Arrival review but there was a key plot spoiler in it.  I’m telling you now, you do not want to know where the plot will take you when you first watch this film; the less you know, the better.

I’ll be writing about my New Year’s resolutions soon, but until then, wishing you all a very Happy New Year, and a very much better 2017!

With love

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

P.S. Sharing as per usual with Catherine Summers and her #iwillwearwhatilike session.




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9 thoughts on “Film night – December 2016

  • 27th December 2016 at 3:21 pm

    The dress is lovely on you, Penny and I shall look out for that film; it sounds intriguing!

    • 30th December 2016 at 8:12 am

      Yes, that dress is going to be a favourite one! All the best for 2017!

  • 27th December 2016 at 3:52 pm

    We saw Arrival a few weeks ago and agree that it was a most thoughtful and moving film. Really enjoyed seeing a sci fi story that offered an alternative scenario than the usual paranoia. Sorry to hear you weren’t feeling top notch on Christmas Day. We are loving being with my daughter and her partner in their first proper home. They have moved from London to Ramsgate and it’s just great here by the sea! A very Happy New Year to all.

    • 30th December 2016 at 8:14 am

      It’s really good to read someone else’s thoughts on Arrival as I don’t know anyone else who’s seen it! All the very best for 2017!

  • 28th December 2016 at 3:08 am

    Wishing you and Mr Frugal Fashion Shopper all the best. Many thanks for your blog which always gives me a lift as well as a slice of English life.
    Margaret …love the dress….

    • 30th December 2016 at 8:15 am

      Hi Margaret and thank you so much for your feedback. Wishing you all the very best for 2017!

  • 28th December 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Sorry to hear Christmas Day was a bit of a write-off. But on the plus side, there’s a reason why we only have turkey and Christmas pudding on one day of the year (unless you’re a fan…..).

    The dress is gorgeous, such elegant drapery – it does indeed look designer.

    • 30th December 2016 at 8:17 am

      Yes, that dress. I think that occasionally you can get really decent clothes from the cheaper end of the High Street. Much better now, btw, and all the very best for 2017!

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