Gosh what a shock. Got home Friday evening after a very normal on-time flight (Toulouse to Gatwick) but I’m just not a good traveller. I know it’s a short flight as opposed to trans-atlantic flights but, although I don’t dislike flying I don’t like it either. And feeling too wired after the flight, I didn’t sleep well that night. Consequently, the next day felt a bit like a zombie. Anyway, over that, and it’s lovely to be back.
Here’s a couple of last minute pics taken in the lovely little town of Moissac.
This pic was taken from a restaurant where we were having a pizza. Great atmosphere and lovely ambience outside this beautiful abbey.
Don’t you love those umbrellas! They’re advertising a breast screening event. What a great way to alert people to this critically important business of looking after your breasts.
Here’s me at our table.
And here – hmm. Well the thing is I take a good photo some of the time. In this one I’m looking bit severe. And my hair? Actually it’s good shot of my hair transitioning to grey and white.
For those of you who have just joined the blog you should know that for years I advocated the rule, of ‘no rules’. And especially I fought against the rule that one really should go grey at some point. Whenever a blog post or article came out praising the virtue of going grey, I riposted, ‘Oh, no! No way are you going to tell me what to do with my hair. I shall dye my hair until I go to my grave or whenever.’ Because I truly felt that i) you don’t tell older women what to do and ii) for me colouring my hair was what I did – end of.
But I’ve changed my opinion. And it is now a full year since my hair was coloured. You can see from that pic that if I cut my hair short it would now be entirely ‘sans couleur’. It’ll take another year to be completely grey and white as I am also growing my hair longer.
Yes, it’s a long process. But I’m up for it! Here’s a few points on this:
1. Only go white or grey when you are absolutely ready to do this. Don’t listen to anyone’s advice – it’s your decision.
2. Be aware that it is a long process.
3. If you have dark hair then you might need help from your hairdresser to colour your hair lighter while you do this.
4. If you have light/blonde/pale brunette hair then there’s no need for highlights/tints/colour. See Alyson Walsh’s hair She’s got darker hair than me but has kept it the way it is – although I think she might have used a little bit of purple shampoo, which suits her. Also note the leopard print items – love them.
5. Keep your hair in tip top condition.
6. Think about the style. What suited you before might not once you’re grey.
7. Keep your eyebrows dark – and, if possible, dye them. I’ve had to stop dyeing my eyebrows (because of a slight allergy) and I truly regret I can’t dye them. Eyebrows are the framework for your face and they need to be prominent once you’re grey.
8. And wear makeup – because with our skin tone fading along with our hair we need that pop of colour!
That’s all for now, but what do you think about this perennial challenge that faces us all as we age?
Penny, the frugalfashionshopper
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