It’s taken me some time to learn how to blog – a confidence issue about the technical side, really.  But while I was learning I wrote a few pieces ready for the blog launch.   I’m aiming to react immediately to stuff I see in the media, but this piece is published weeks after I wrote it in reaction to a Guardian G2 article (17.04.13).  Apparently, at the age of 80 Joan Bakewell feels that ‘time is passing’.  Several writers then set out their thoughts on how old they are as opposed to how old they feel.  Well, I’m 67 but most days I feel 40.  This is because starting a blog feels to me like starting a new career, and I feel excited and hesitant at the same time.  I am passionate about the subject yet I lack confidence – this feels very much how I was when I was in my 40s.

Unlike so many women today I stopped working when I had my babes, and whilst at home I decided nursing was not for me, so I started an OU degree.  After a couple of years I switched to Sussex Uni and graduated with a degree in International Relations, but then what did I do? Because I had small children I spent the next two years working from home doing massage.   Yes, really.  Then, I took a job with Age Concern (as it was in those days) as a researcher and from then on worked in some way or another in health and social policy.  But although I was in my 40s and looked as though I was an experienced worker, in reality I was finding my way in my new career.

Now, as I start my blogging, I feel the same as that hesitant 40-year-old did.  Then I catch sight of myself in the mirror! Oh lordy, I’m not 40, I’m 67, and, oh boy, sometimes I look it!!

Ditchling in jacketBut as a 67-year-old I am passionate about sharing my views about fashion with other women and this is why I’m starting this blog.  I’ve looked around the blogosphere for blogs from women of a similar age, and there seems to be a lot about being 50 and feeling much younger, but there doesn’t seem to be very much for women nearing 70 who also want to look good but have no money, although I love Style Crone (stylecrone.com) what a role model she is and, of course, there is always the wonderful Advanced Style (advancedstyle.blogspot).

So bear with me while I learn the skills and techniques of blogging including adding links and a variety of media.  And I look forward to hearing from you when I blog about this and that, but mainly about the charity shop clothes I’ve bought over the past few years.

Next blog (in a couple of weeks time) is ‘how I shop’ accompanied by a great little film made by my friend Lorna Easterbrook.

With love

Penny

The frugal fashion shopper

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