It’s some time since I called a post ‘Hatwalk’. To those of you who are new to this blog, my Hatwalk posts are written because on the first of the month, Judith Boyd of Style Crone has a sharing session called Hat Attack, which I usually join (here’s the link) because, as I think you already know, I love my hats!  Do have a look, as Judith is a simply beautiful older woman, who not only loves hats, she is also someone who has educated my eye for clothes and hats.  She is, for me, an inspirational role model.

And here’s the hat I’m sharing with her.

However, before I show you any more pics, note that Judith is a little worried about the future of the Hat Attack sharing session, as more and more people are moving towards Instagram for both a version of blogging and just ‘looking’.

I’m interested.  Are you on Instagram? I would love to know how many of you reading this are also on the Instagram platform? That’s a big ask and I don’t expect everyone to answer this, btw!  But do you see blogging dying away and Instagram taking over?  Would love to know, because this has come up (that Instagram is taking over) on several blogs just in the past couple of weeks.

I mean can I say right here and now to followers of this blog, for me blogging is all about writing, so this blog will go on.  But on the other hand I don’t want to ignore trends or get stuck in a rut, so I’m always thinking about how to refresh and renew.  This is good practice and something I think about a lot.

But, yes, this is also a continuation of the theme, on which I’ve written before, on how we all ‘curate’ our lives. Instagram is fun but i) I ration my time on there because you really could get obsessed and ii) there’s a lot of pics being posted out there, which I just can’t be doing myself, mainly because I don’t take good selfies out and about.  And there’s a lot of curating the ‘look’.  Me, I just don’t look good all the time. I’m kind of normal looking, and I’ve taken selfies which are truly ghastly, so no, you won’t see a lot of pics of me on Instagram!  But it is fun, and you do either get to know new people or see old friends and fellow bloggers more often this way, which is great. I love the connectivity of Instagram.

So here’s another pic of the hat – posed and poised, I hope!

Btw, this is a real winter hat as it’s quite heavy and very, very warm to wear, which was essential last week. It’ll be kept for all those cold winter snaps which, apparently, are unusual, but let’s see.  If we keep getting these unusually cold and snowy weeks, which brings our little country to a standstill (and costs a whole bunch of money) then I think we’ll have to start investing in cold weather infrastructure.

And here more of a close-up.  You can see it’s a lovely brown colour which went very well with my faux fur coat.

And this one.  The hat will now be put away until next year, because it’s definitely one for below zero temperatures.

And one final thought, yes, we’ve just had an exceptionally cold snowy snap, which the media has gone totally nuts over.  It’s been on the news all the time with outside news broadcasters standing in the snow holding forth on the latest road and rail delays – and nearly all of them without a hat!  I’m afraid half the time I haven’t heard what they’re saying as I’ve been shouting at the television – put a hat on, you idiot! Apologies if I sound grumpy but some of them looked so cold with their hair covered in snow – I couldn’t stop myself thinking that they were being total idiots!

That’s all for now, but don’t forget I’m really interested in whether you think Instagram will take over from blogging.

With love

Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

And sharing with:

Judith of Style Crone for #Hat Attack

Patti of Not Dead Yet Style and Visible Monday

Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb and iwillwearwhatilike, and

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style and Fancy Friday

 

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79 thoughts on “Hatwalk 28 – March 2018

  • 5th March 2018 at 8:09 am
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    Oh no. Instagram’s so boring. Give me the printed word and a few pics and I’m a happy bunny. Its your thoughts and words I find interesting!

    • 5th March 2018 at 12:49 pm
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      I have never been on Instagram and really hope you will keep doing your blog as I find them really interesting and love to see your clothes and what you’re thinking. I couldn’t agree more with you on the overkill by the press on the weather and I too was yelling at the tv put a hat on!
      Jo

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      6th March 2018 at 8:20 am
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      Thank you so much Mary, I will continue with this blog, which I love doing anyway!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      8th March 2018 at 11:17 am
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      Thanks so much Mary, it’s great to have that feedback!

  • 5th March 2018 at 8:29 am
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    I agree! I have an Instagram account but hardly ever look at it. I love reading your blogs.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      6th March 2018 at 8:20 am
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      Thanks Linda, I appreciate the feedback x

    • 6th March 2018 at 10:26 pm
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      Ditto, likewise. Love this blog, keep writing and posting x

  • 5th March 2018 at 8:39 am
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    Nope – not on Instagram. Life’s too short.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      6th March 2018 at 8:21 am
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      Ha ha! Yes, absolutely with you there!

  • 5th March 2018 at 8:39 am
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    Dear Penny,
    I’m probably one of the few who have never been to Instagram, but then I’ve never been one to join the crowd.
    I’ve always resisted new technology, never wanted a computer or mobile phone, but they were both kind of forced upon me, and now, where would I be without them? And I must say I love being so connected to friends and family.
    So maybe one dayI might just take a peek inside Instagram, and probably find my granddaughters and others staring at me, but I’m in no hurry.
    Really enjoy your blog, so I’m happy to know you will continue to write.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      6th March 2018 at 8:22 am
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      I’ll definitely continue the blog, Pauline, thank you so much for your comment.

  • 5th March 2018 at 8:55 am
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    I also have an Instagram account, but have never posted and rarely go to the site, I prefer the blogs,
    I so enjoy reading your blog, so keep on writing.x

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      6th March 2018 at 8:22 am
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      I will keep on writing the blog Doris, thanks so much x

  • 5th March 2018 at 8:58 am
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    Penny I love your blog and Judiths. Sadly another of my favourite bloggers has embraced Instagram. So much is lost – too slick and souless. Please keep blogging!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      6th March 2018 at 8:24 am
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      Anna, I definitely will continue the blog, which is what I love anyway. And glad you love Judith’s as well. That’s such a lovely blog and an insight into an older woman’s fashionista life.

  • 5th March 2018 at 9:29 am
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    My sons partner is also a blogger and I follow her on Instagram, and now I follow you. But I never put anything on there myself. I agree with other comments, I prefer the written word, and enjoy reading the blogs.
    Absolutely love that hat btw. Very cosy!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      6th March 2018 at 8:25 am
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      Thank you Julie, I’ll definitely continue the blog which I love doing, also thanks again about the hat! It was cozy!

  • 5th March 2018 at 9:46 am
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    I am on Instagram but prefer the words and full-blown thoughts and expressions of a blog. Of course, I have my preferences and subscribe to a few which includes you, Penny. Thank you for sharing your time, honesty, fun, and zest for life!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      6th March 2018 at 8:26 am
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      Thank you so much, Charlene, it’s great to get your feedback.

  • 5th March 2018 at 9:52 am
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    I have an Instagram account but I rarely use it, it’s too ‘busy’.
    I 😂 at you shouting at the reporters to put on a hat because that is exactly what I do. Did you see the hatless one who said it was really important to wear a hat whilst out in the cold? On the subject, why do they need to be outside at all – we know it is cold and snowing – they could be inside in the warm reporting. I also kept shouting at them to stop telling people to travel only if essential when they were driving around the country just to tell us not too! I think I’m turning into a Grumpy Old Woman….oh dear.
    Love your blog

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      6th March 2018 at 8:29 am
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      Instagram is a busy little thing, isn’t it. Can’t really get into it. Just lately I’ve posted approx one photo about once a week. But on the whole there’s just too much there.

      So glad I’ve met another person who shouts at those outside reporters. Yes, why, WHY are they outside????

  • 5th March 2018 at 10:00 am
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    I always enjoy reading your blogs. Thought provoking which means I have to use my brain. Also it’s an interesting peek into somebody else’s life and the choices they make. Downsizing so sensible – we are going to face that decision in a few years.

    I tried Instagram, lasted a week! So many boring pictures.

    Don’t stop blogging.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      6th March 2018 at 8:33 am
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      Hi Sue, yes, Instagram is busy. I do post occasionally but nothing like the activity of the majority on there. Too frenetic for me. I love writing so definitely will continue the blog. Thanks so much for your feedback.

  • 5th March 2018 at 10:02 am
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    I, don’t have Instagram, am thinking of it, but nothing can replace the written word, I think.
    Like your hat, and don’t understand why people don’t wear them , also gloves, which really complete an outfit. I love hats, but don’t often wear them because they don’t really suit my long face . But I wore one last week !!
    Please don’t stop blogging ! Not now I’ve discovered you !

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      7th March 2018 at 8:23 am
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      I won’t stop blogging, Maisie, I promise. Yes last week was definitely the time to wear a hat!

  • 5th March 2018 at 10:03 am
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    I am not on instagram. I love your stories. Go on!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      7th March 2018 at 8:21 am
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      I won’t stop! I love writing the stories!

  • 5th March 2018 at 10:04 am
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    I’v just found your excellent blog a few weeks ago. I love blogs and don’t do Instagram at all. (My phone is just a basic one for texts and calls).

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      7th March 2018 at 8:22 am
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      I won’t stop blogging, I promise you, as writing is my first love. Thanks so much for your comment, Dee 🙂

  • 5th March 2018 at 11:42 am
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    I have an Instagram account but seldom look at it because I love to read what bloggers have to say. BTW, Here in cold and snowy upstate NY the newscasters do wear hats and scarves, but sometimes I yell at them to get inside. It’s worse when they’re driving and filming on snow covered roads just so we can see what snow covered roads look like. Idiots! Love your blog.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      7th March 2018 at 8:26 am
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      Yes, before the very cold weather (for the UK) we used to shout, ‘WHY are you outside?’ at the newscasters. There is this thing of always interviewing or just pontificating outside, often (because it’s the UK) in the pouring rain – why?!!!

  • 5th March 2018 at 11:58 am
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    Don’t have Instagram account and have never even seen it. Love reading your blog please don’t go to Instagram keep on writing.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      7th March 2018 at 8:29 am
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      No, won’t stop, really I won’t. But was just interested to know what others think as there’s been quite a debate about this on other blogging sites. Instagram is for ‘looking’ – it is very different. But thanks, it’s been good to hear from so many 🙂

  • 5th March 2018 at 12:08 pm
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    Please dont stop blogging! The reason I follow you, and the other bloggers I read, is because of the writing. I love you writing style both on this blog and your other blog. It’s articulate, informative and fun. Please, please carry on.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      7th March 2018 at 8:30 am
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      Thanks so much Kathy, it’s great to get your feedback.

  • 5th March 2018 at 12:13 pm
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    I have started using Instagram for a few friends’ pictures and my baby granddaughter has her own private site for family and friends. I love seeing her pictures. I also look at a couple of vintage dressers and Advanced Style. But while you could add Instagram pics to your media range, I still enjoy getting your blogs into my mail box and then reading the comments of the other readers. So please don’t stop the writing!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      7th March 2018 at 8:31 am
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      No, absolutely won’t stop the blog, because it is all about the writing. And I might make my Instagram private – thinking about that one.

  • 5th March 2018 at 12:24 pm
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    I used to dislike Instagram, but it has grown on me a bit this year. Lots of interesting and fun people to follow along with, some being quite entertaining….. I follow the movie star, Jennifer Garner…. she has what is referred to as a ‘pretend cooking show’, and she also reads from childrens’ books to her dog.

    I have a fur hat very similar to yours that I have had for nearly two decades. Warmest winter hat I own and will probably never give it up. I LOVE your hat too. xo

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      7th March 2018 at 8:35 am
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      Instagram is for me to be both entertaining and not quite as nice as it could be (see a response I made below to Nancy). So it’s a bit of a mixed bag, while the blog is just a delight, because i) I love writing and ii) because of you and all my other lovely followers who I appreciate greatly.

      That hat was essential last week!

  • 5th March 2018 at 1:04 pm
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    Love reading your blog, I’m not an Instagram user, so would dearly miss your interesting writings. I don’t follow many blogs and only discovered yours when reading Tricia’s of LFF – love it.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      7th March 2018 at 8:38 am
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      Thank you so much Janet, I will definitely be continuing the blog.

  • 5th March 2018 at 1:37 pm
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    Oh Penny, please please, don’t give up your blog, I find Instagram way too boring, it’s such a waste of time scrolling through pictures, of people and things that I don’t really care about. I am always excited when your posts pop up in my inbox.
    Poor you with this cold snap, Britain is not equipped to deal with such weather. Our winters here in Canada are always very cold and we get snow dumped on us all the time, we just clear it, salt it and get on with life.
    Love the hat, you look marvellous in it,

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      8th March 2018 at 11:22 am
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      Hi Geri, and no won’t stop writing as i) I love writing and ii) totally appreciate all the lovely followers here.

      Honestly we make such a fuss about our snow, which yes, was slightly worse than usual, but it’s a distant memory now, apart that is from one or two high and isolated parts of the UK. Yes, a week of snow and now it’s dry and sunny. Rain tomorrow though!

  • 5th March 2018 at 3:09 pm
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    I never use Instagram and much prefer to read your writings. I’m wary of posting personal pictures on Instagram, or other social media – who owns the images, and can you really be sure they would never be shared without permission.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      7th March 2018 at 8:43 am
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      Thanks for your comment Lesley, I’m also getting just a bit wary of Instagram, but as I post rather unposed selfies, I will never get those enormous numbers of followers which I think are what a lot of people are after. Not interested in that at all!

  • 5th March 2018 at 3:19 pm
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    I like Instagram. It’s better than looking at a magazine because I can choose the sites I want to follow. I have a combination of style, food, and decor. I like being able to “fine tune” my list. Plus, there’s always a link to the blog. One site I especially like doesn’t have a blog but a very long comment which reads like a blog. Thanks for being on Instagram.

  • 5th March 2018 at 3:30 pm
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    I don’t use Instagram or Facebook, mainly ‘cos my IT professional husband doesn’t think they are safe and that they are really all about data mining. For once I will defer to his specialist knowledge!
    You do miss out on family stuff though as people seem to take the view that they don’t have time to send you anything personal so if you don’t ‘keep up’ with technology that’s your loss
    Love the hat, really suits you. I’m a great hat person too, I have several mostly of the cloche type. I am just about to buy a cobolt blue sequinned beret & I have a deep pink wool one with woodcock feathers around the brim which I bought in Italy many years ago. Only later did someone tell me the feathers were from a wild bird ; I don’t think I’d buy it now! Have you seen seen Josephine’s (chicatanyage) lovely grey beret with pearl beads on it? I’m going to get a plain one and put the beads on myself.
    I know hats tend to flatten your hair but when it’s cold or wet who cares!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      7th March 2018 at 8:47 am
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      It probably is about data mining, which doesn’t horrify me as much as some as I see this as the way of the world now. For me Facebook is totally private and walled off, and I’m thinking about making my Instagram account private now, which might change the situation described in my reply to Nancy. I mean, what!!!

      I love that you are a hat person, it’s so good to meet someone with similar views on hats 🙂

  • 5th March 2018 at 3:37 pm
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    Not on Instagram, and have no intention of using it. Like the others above, I much prefer something to read, along with a few photos. So please continue your blog just as it is, I always enjoy your posts.
    But talking of photos, I’ve just been looking at this years’ Oscar outfits. Good grief, how can so many get it so wrong? With so much money and fame to make designers, jewellers, shoes, etc available to them. I appreciate that some will be doing it simply to be talked about, but others? As my late granny used to say, ” a tha’ money, an’ they still look like a bag o’ rags”.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      8th March 2018 at 11:24 am
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      Some frocks are fine and Ok, but it is rare to think, ‘wow, that dress you’re wearing is just beautiful’. Yes, money doesn’t necessarily buy a good ‘look’.

      Will definitely continue the blog – thanks so much for your feedback on this.

  • 5th March 2018 at 3:50 pm
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    I signed up for IG but don’t use it, there are some nice images but far too much “Look at me, isn’t my life wonderful”. I use my blog as a cyberspace diary, I like to look back on my posts now and again.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      7th March 2018 at 8:39 am
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      Instagram is a mixed bag which I mostly like but not totally (see reply to Nancy) while the blog is just a total delight which I will never give up. Thanks Polly!

  • 5th March 2018 at 5:39 pm
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    I have an Instagram account for my art activities, and use it daily; however, I never post selfies and don’t follow others who do. Instagram is really just pictures with a few words, and what I value about your blogs is that they are once a week or so, and are mostly brilliantly written and considered pieces. Instagram isn’t for writing really, and they make it very hard to do from a computer, as it’s set up for a phone. This is fine, but horses for courses! please don’t move from a blog! I’d say the same to Judith Boyd too….

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      8th March 2018 at 11:26 am
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      Thanks so much Rebecca, I definitely won’t change the blog and will continue it for a long time! Yes, horses for courses, you’re absolutely right.

  • 5th March 2018 at 5:53 pm
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    Hi Penny,
    In common with most of the comments I don’t do instagram and don’t want to start, Facebook is bad enough. I’m thinking of closing my account which I only started because people kept saying to me “didn’t you see it on Facebook?” I realise now it’s mostly things I don’t need to know and I do wonder about the wisdom of all this personal information being out in the ether. I really enjoy your blog, I like the fashion aspect and also the various discussions that are prompted by some postings, I like to read everyone’s comments which often reveal that a lot of women of our age have a very similar outlook on life.
    Jacqui’s comment about what her Granny would have said about the Oscar outfits made me smile, my mother would have said “who got her ready?”
    Chrissie

    • 5th March 2018 at 8:19 pm
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      And don’t forget “Fur coat and no knickers!”

      As for your blog, Penny, please don’t give up! It’s a lovely blend of fashion, comment and humour, greatly enjoyed by what appears to be a diverse, far-spread readership. Like others, I have no truck with Facebook or any other communication channel through which I can tell the world ‘I’m in the lift/on the train/waiting for a root canal.’ Who cares? I certainly don’t. But what I do appreciate is the opportunity a blog such as this one gives me to interact with people I would otherwise never meet. So good on you, Penny, and thank you for both your blogs. Keep up the good work!

      • the frugal fashion shopper
        8th March 2018 at 11:34 am
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        Thank you so much Zepherine, I will continue both blogs as, like most serious bloggers, we just love the act of writing, so I will keep them up. Thank you again!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      8th March 2018 at 11:33 am
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      It’s been so interesting getting people’s comments on this. I wall Facebook off, which makes it totally private and that works for me. Instagram is very different and about ‘looking’ which could be a bit of a time waster. Well it would be for me, but obviously some people want to earn from their IG account and/or blog so, for them, IG is useful.

      I love your mother’s comment about the Oscars, because those dresses are a bit ‘hit and miss’. As I’ve said elsewhere, money really doesn’t buy a good ‘look’ – and you can definitely do it for next to nothing.

      Thanks so much for your feedback, Chrissie.

  • 5th March 2018 at 7:03 pm
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    Penny – forgot to say, I love the hat, you really suit it. I’ve got quite a few cosy cold weather hats, but actually prefer a woolen one nowadays, can just shove it into my bag if (when)I get too hot.

    Chrissie W – another of her sayings in the same vein was “hiv these fowk no’ go’ a lookin’ gless?”

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      Oh I like that one Jacque, I must remember it.
      Chrissie

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        Sorry, Jacqui!!!!

  • 6th March 2018 at 6:55 am
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    I so agree with you on the absurdity of not wearing of hats in the freezing cold weather!! I can only think that it interferes with sound or acoustics because I can’t believe that so many interviewers and commentators are not wearing hats, even in a blizzard!! I am also more concentrating on their lack of head covering and am shouting at the screen. I can’t believe how much warmer one is with the head covered, even if I am only wearing a beret. Are these people vain or stupid!! Hats are enhancing!

    You wear hats so well!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      8th March 2018 at 11:12 am
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      I often wonder why they’re outside anyway! I think that, quite often, it looks stupid having reporters standing outside Parliament or where ever in the pouring rain and/or cold weather. They should be in the studio! Also thanks so much for your comment about the hat. It was so necessary last week, but too hot now – good!

  • 6th March 2018 at 9:48 am
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    Not interested in Instagram, really enjoy your blog! Lise

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      7th March 2018 at 8:21 am
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      Thank you, Lise!

  • 6th March 2018 at 10:15 am
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    Penny that chocolate brown hat really suits you. I have followed and enjoyed Judith’s blog for many years , both for her style and love of hats and her thoughts on the joys of ageing.
    I have been reading the replies to the Instagram/Blogging question, your readers certainly prefer your blog. I enjoy both for different purposes . I so enjoy your writing style and seeing your thrift shop bargains. I take inspiration from fellow bloggers from around the world and enjoy the friendship .

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      7th March 2018 at 8:19 am
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      Thank you Jill, yes, I love the community of women out there in the blogging world and, also on Instagram. Both these platforms, in their own way, are interesting. But I will always love blogging and finding people like you and, of course, Judith, who is such a role model for us all. I mean, I see her and aspire but could never actually live up to her standards. But isn’t it great to have a standard bearer like Judith though!

  • 6th March 2018 at 11:39 am
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    I am on Instagram but I don t like it at all! There are a hole lot of just stupid photos and……..men who think you like to wake up with a photo of his Willie. Damn, what a awfull start of the day!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      7th March 2018 at 8:04 am
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      Hi Nancy – I’ve just started my early morning blog session answering comments and I had to get to you first. Because this thing about unknown men following me is beginning to make me think twice about Instagram. In its best sense Instagram is a community of women with the same outlook on life, style, fashion and fun. I love this connectivity with similar thinking women. But then you get followed by a man, and then another, and another, and another. And some of them comment and I think, ‘Look, you’re 30 years younger than me! I’m 71 ffs!!!!’ About a year ago I saw one Instagrammer make a whole post about this. And hundreds of women came on and said they didn’t like these unknown men. I might do that you know, thinking about it. What I won’t do is stop using Instagram, because, see my take on this on My Other Blog, http://myotherblog.bn9.co.uk/the-silence-around-weinstein-et-al-what-to-do/

      It’s up to men to change their behaviour, not women. Yours, militantly, Penny xxx

  • 6th March 2018 at 1:14 pm
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    Hi Penny! Another gorgeous hat from your collection. I have recently started with Instagram but purely as a way to challenge myself in my quest to try new things! I’m certainly not a slave to it. I still prefer writing my blog which gives me considerable pleasure. x

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      7th March 2018 at 8:07 am
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      I agree totally June, I also wanted to learn something new and try it out, but I’ll always prefer writing, and just love communicating stuff on the blog. With you all the way on this x

  • 7th March 2018 at 1:44 am
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    Hi Penny, I look forward to both your blogs. I think the difference between instagram and good blogs like yours is akin to the difference between a comic and a really good book. I have culled so many of my blogs lately, I am totally uninterested in ‘influencers’ blogs so full of promotions and adverts., AND ‘ I’ve been given this but the opinion is all my own ‘ posts! There were a couple I really used to love but they have now just become promos for their money making efforts, the quality has dropped off drastically. Everyone is entitled to do whatever they want of course but I no longer enjoy or look forward to them. I love the honesty, and uncurated words and pictures from a few very select ones now and I thoroughly enjoy them. Each to his or her own. Keep up the good work Penny it’s really appreciated.
    Carol, sweltering in the heat in Qld., ( sorrry I just had to add that, I just want it to be cool, although not as cool as you are…in both senses)

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      7th March 2018 at 8:16 am
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      Yes, that’s so apt, it is the difference between a comic and a good book.

      I won’t ever sell out, because for me it’s all about writing and communicating with people. And yes, it’s easy to spot the ones selling and/or promoting items. Some blogs even, sadly, come over as a bit needy, ‘I’d be so grateful if you…..’ I instantly say to myself, ‘no, actually I won’t!’ But you’re right, everyone is different, each to his or her own.

      And what? Sweltering, sigh! It’s grey and raining and a bit cold here, but not as cold as last week, thank goodness for that!

  • 7th March 2018 at 8:51 am
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    Super hat – looks cosy as well as stylish! I love Judith’s style and would be very sad to see the end of Hat Attack. I like to enter but to be honest I don’t wear hats very often and if I do, in the winter they’re fairly unstylish beanies!

    I do use Instagram but I prefer to write and I’m happiest blogging. To succeed on Instagram you need amazing photography and I get bored with some of the “carefully curated” timelines. The over 45s community on Instagram is a vibrant and “authentic” group of women, very worth following.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      8th March 2018 at 10:51 am
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      Judith’s style is amazing and gosh, yes, I’d be sad to see Hat Attack end too, hope it doesn’t.

      And Instagram! I have very mixed feelings about it, as I just love the community of women on it, but I can’t be doing the ‘posing’ as I just haven’t got the skills to do those very posed photos. I do prefer the women who are more natural. I’ll still be ‘looking’ though, but writing is the best thing about blogging and it seems that others feel the same way. It’s been so interesting reading comments here and seeing how people think.

  • 7th March 2018 at 7:33 pm
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    What a lovely hat and you do look good in a hat, Penny!

    I’m very interested in the IG vs blogging discussion. Susanne Carillo wrote really good piece about it on her blog. I think you hit the nail on the head. People who blog seem to enjoy the writing aspect whereas IG seems to be just about the photos. I get the feeling it’s very posed. I would guess that if you enjoy writing you’ll stick with blogging and if you don’t then IG will be the one you choose.
    I don’t post on IG and only use it to look at family and friend’s photos. I don’t use Twitter either and don’t use FB much.

    I do like Pinterest though and I spend time just looking at all the lovely things!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      8th March 2018 at 10:58 am
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      It’s been so very interesting to see people’s responses to the question of Instagram. But writing is what I enjoy most so I’ll always do the blog.

      My FB is totally walled off, which I feel is best for me. IG is for fun, and ‘looking’, but I don’t do Pinterest at all, although you’d think I would be interested. But for me it’s the written word that I prefer. I’ve got a friend who’s got such eye for making those lovely Pinterest boards that I think (last time I looked) she had tens of thousands of followers!

      Aren’t you glad the snow’s gone!

  • 9th March 2018 at 5:47 pm
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    Well Penny I think you look fab in that hat. It suits you so much. You know I’m on IG but I hadn’t heard of the idea it’s taking over. I do both buy think of IG supporting my blog not replacing it. To be frank it would be easier but I like to add links in my blog to wear to buy etc.
    Have a good weekend. At least it’s warmer now.

    http://www.muttonstyle.com

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      12th March 2018 at 11:05 am
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      Hello Anna and thanks for your comment about the hat. It was a great find and so warm, but no longer needed, thank goodness! Yes, I’ve read about Instagram taking over on a couple of blogs now, especially Judith Boyd’s blog. I’d so miss her if she stopped her blog, so I’m hoping it was just a worry and she’s not acting on it. I kind of like Instagram, then again, don’t. I think for me it’s better to look rather than be active – horses for courses as someone said – and just looking can be quite fun!

      Have a good week!

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