Though rain stopped play for much of the Saturday afternoon, this year’s Brunswick Festival proved, as ever, to be a fine hunting-ground for bargains. I went out with some specific aims in mind: a denim jacket, a denim shirt, and a pleated skirt – all of which were duly fulfilled by the intrepid stallholders braving the galeforce winds and sudden downpours. ’70s jacket (‘Wildcat’ label), £5; Gap spotted shirt, £3; Monsoon navy-blue skirt £3; and Esprit denim skirt (pleated at the front, flared effect all-round), £2. Ask, and the Usual Shop will provide. Last year’s Brunswick Festival finds – Marni skirt and Cos dress – proved successful, by the way. They will indeed form part of the Smarter Grown-Up Me New Look Wardrobe (more on this theme to follow, no doubt) for when I finally manage to move back to London and start taking my so-called career a bit more seriously (yeah, right). In the meantime, I’m sitting here wearing the below Esprit skirt, but with an ancient holey pair of Converse, a Dries Van Noten vest I bought at a ‘rummage sale’ (jumble sale equivalent) in Santa Monica about 10 years ago, and a very vintage (well, 1980s) French Connection checked shirt which also pre-dates this blog.