Hello everyone

I thought I’d give you some snippets about this and that and items that have interested me these past few days.

My eye is nearly back to normal.  Here I am once again in the gym getting ready for Pilates. Yup, I’ve got a hole in my tights!

I’ll be wearing my contacts by the end of the week, and although I got used to wearing the specs and even had a compliment or two about the style of the glasses, I still want my face to be fully in view. It’s a strange thing this health business, and as Judith Boyd the hat blogger said in a recent blog, things can turn on a dime (she broke her ankle just like that) so, take note of the logo on my tee ‘Live for the Moment’. I truly believe you should, but it’s harder to do this in actuality, nevertheless, that’s what I aim to do.

Apparently brown is going to be the colour for Autumn and Winter (says a fashion journalist – so really, who knows) But good, as I love brown, although I don’t have a single jacket, skirt, top or coat in that colour; it’s been difficult to find up up to now.  We’ll see if the high street stores stock it in any numbers.  I did see a lot of orange items in Urban Outfitters last week but can’t recall much brown.

It’s nearly time to get out those colder weather clothes, which I’ll love doing as skirts with tights or leggings are my favourite gear along with chunky ankle boots. I made a huge miscalculation on Monday though, with the outfit I wore to the Pilates class, as I thought now’s the time to put on a thin pair of tights. Oh no, it wasn’t, I was so hot!  We’ve just had a last flurry of high(ish) temps here in the UK, so I went home bare legged.

Unfortunately I’d also worn some really heavy black flats (one on the bench) so I might have looked a bit incongruous, but as people don’t really notice you as much as you think…. anyway, I was too hot to care.  That skirt is a thrifted find and cost nothing at all but it added to my body heat as it has a layer of tulle underneath to make it stick out – which is lovely but it needs a cooler temperature. I wore the tee off the shoulder all the way home.  But it’s so nice to think that once again I can start wearing my collection of thrifted skirts.

How old is your heart?  You might want to avoid this or not!  And please, don’t act on this paragraph if it’s going to upset you. But this is a bona fide survey from our NHS so it is properly researched and thought through, although note they don’t ask about exercise or alcohol intake, which I think a bit strange.  Anyway, Public Health England has a campaign for everyone in the UK to take this survey and some have had a shock. Pleased to say my heart age is 69 and as I’m 72 that’s OK, but I could get it one year younger if I reduced my BP a bit, as it’s kind of medium at 130/70 (and I have taken my BP at home 3 times several times!) so would like to get it down to 120 – along with lowering my pulse. Did you watch the Tour de France?  Apparently, Geraint Thomas’ resting pulse is 45!  Don’t think I’ll manage that, but always have an aim, and reduction is my aim but not to that number! And what is my nemesis? All the advice to reduce BP has been covered by me: weight, tick; alcohol, tic; exercise, tick; and so on. But salt. I do love salt including those naughty snacks, salted nuts. I probably add too much of it to everything. I will try and reduce what is nothing more than an addiction.

Do you feel ageless? I don’t. That is so unrealistic. Sometimes I feel good about myself and my body and my health, and other times not – see below. Anyway, yesterday I bought the magazine Women & Home (unfortunately the website is completely different to the magazine so not giving a link).  I don’t usually buy this mag, but thought I’d give it a try especially as Anna from Anna’s Island Style said she was featured in it. She is and she looks great! However, on the cover it said it was The Ageless Beauty Issue, which made me wince a bit. Why? Because here’s the thing, why do we have to be ageless as we age?  Think about it.  I mean the editor does say that we’ve all moved on from pushing anti-ageing products – well, that’s good. But. There’s an article about the lack of older faces generally in advertising beauty products.  It quotes the survey by Look Fabulous Forever finding that 98% of respondents wanted to see older models in these adverts, and 91% feeling ignored by advertisers.  However, the author’s argument is that older models are appearing in ads more and more and there’s a page devoted to these older women. And I don’t know about you but I’m getting a little tired of seeing Helen Mirren (73), Maye Musk (70), Isabella Rossellini (65) and Carmen Dell’Orifice (87) wheeled out as exemplars of older women. Because, these are what are known as outliers: exceptional women with money and status who are usually thin. They are not us. The nearest you get to someone who does look like an older woman is Glenda Jackson (82) who is also featured on the page wearing no makeup looking fierce and proud (just wow) who is much nearer to the look of older women of that age. So, I dare these advertising agencies to find real women in their 70s and 80s because only then will I believe that I can see myself in these ads.

Btw, a blog I admire that uses older women to feature clothes and fashion is Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style who uses her mother (80+) and step-mother (70+) as well as herself (50+).  Now they’re real women with a spread of ages and for that a big hurrah to Jodie!

Feeling positive. This is not always possible. I don’t know why but that bathroom refurb has taken the stuffing out of us (mind you we are into the 4th week and it’s not finished yet, and it is our only bathroom!) And, it’s not just me, as Mr Frugalfashionshopper also feels a bit shattered. Compounded by stress my gut has been behaving badly and I’m chronically tired, although my daughter tells me there’s a virus going round her office with everyone feeling like a zombie. Yup, I feel like a right crock, so maybe it’s a virus. But I am holding on to the fact that a month ago I couldn’t have felt fitter and more happy about my physical state, so onwards and upwards.  And normally, I am cup half full person so I will get back that positive energy and zest I did have – I absolutely will!!!!

That’s all for now

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

P.S. Forced myself out yesterday and found a gingery brown jacket in a charity shop, (£5) which I’ll feature next time 🙂


19 thoughts on “A little bit of this and that

  • 6th September 2018 at 10:39 am

    I also always have a hard time finding brown items, so I’m curious about your find. I hope top4 see it in real life d
    sooner then on the blog! See you on Sunday! I’m so looking forward to it!

    • 7th September 2018 at 9:23 am

      Yes, brown is such a good colour! See you soon!

  • 6th September 2018 at 3:00 pm

    What a wonderful surprise to see my name in your blog, Penny!! Thank you so much for that introduction….you just made my day!!
    As for brown, I’m actually a huge fan. Maybe because it’s a better color on my than black. And truly, I think it goes with almost everything.
    Wishing you speed in your bathroom refurb….we just finished a bunch of home projects, and it’s always more work than you think. But usually worth it afterwards!!!

    • 7th September 2018 at 9:15 am

      I love brown too, so will be pleased to see more brown clothes in the shops. But bathroom has been a nightmare!

      It was a pleasure to mention you and your blog as I think using your mum (we say mom that way!) and your step-mum in your blog is just wonderful and why not, and what’s more they look really good in their outfits. Actually, your mother is a great role model for an 80+ woman – total respect to her. Do tell her I think that. Have a lovely weekend x

  • 6th September 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Dear Penny…I am thankful to read that your eye is improving and that Pilates is still in your schedule. At our age, we must keep moving, if possible. My husband and I are right with you and salty snacks! Being Japanese-Americans, we’ve grown up with soy sauce on everything so withdrawing from salt intake is quite the challenge. Ha!
    I hope you are, otherwise, eating well. Summertime is always a great time for fresh produce flavors and I’ve tried to incorporate more of that in our daily meals.
    Do hang in there with the bathroom remodel. What an inconvenience! I hope that by sharing and expressing the frustrations here, you can have some relief of stress.
    I’ve got a burnt orange cardigan on my Fall Closet list so I’ll look at Urban Outfitters. Thank you for the tip!
    As always, thank you for sharing from your life!
    With affection from the other side of the pond…Charlene H

    • 7th September 2018 at 9:23 am

      I just love soy sauce – oh no, will I have to give that up! But I must be realistic and think about my future health. The BP is Ok(ish) now but if it continues to slowly rise, as it is doing now, I’ll be taking meds. If I can reduce it through diet then that has to be better.

      Yup that bathroom is nearly there, but boy has it been disruptive! And I am eating well, but will also be discussing the behaviour of my gut with my medical practitioner next week. On top of that there’s a virus going round Brighton and I must have got that – better now though 🙂

      You have a good weekend.

      • 7th September 2018 at 2:46 pm

        Just for the record, we use “less salt” soy sauce from Yamasa, not Kikkoman. We prefer the flavor.
        Yes, you have a good weekend, too! Actually, in retirement, every day is a “weekend” day!

  • 6th September 2018 at 4:56 pm

    That’s your BP without Meds? I ‘ve had to take blood pressure medicine for the last dozen years or so. I take mine regularly at home also and this morning it was 107/63 but that’s one hour after taking my medicine.

    I stopped cooking with salt when I had to worry about my heart ❤️ health. I still use it in baked goods because those kind of things do taste pretty aweful without salt. And nuts- I went to unsalted nuts in my 50s when it became obvious that I was going to need to worry about all of this-best of luck on that one. No salt is a tough one.

    It’s funny that you mentioned the cyclist’s heart rate being 45-I registered that with my checkup about a month ago and they had a fit, like I was going pass out cold on their floor; usually it is somewhere in the 50s.

    I knew about brown but I have tons so brown because I’ve just always worn brown whether it was in or not. I will admit after reading that it was going to be really popular this year, I made an offer on a brown leather skirt that I’ve had on my “like” list all summer. We’ll see if I hear back.

    I with you on seeing the same ladies over and over in ads. But, I admit, I never get tired of Helen Mirrin because I don’t think she has had plastic surgery. We just saw her and Donald Sutherland in the “Leisure Seeker”.

    OK, I need to stop talking. Take care, Penny. As usual, another thoughtful post. I need to go clean my bathroom 😉


    • 7th September 2018 at 8:18 am

      Yes, that’s my BP with no meds. The only meds I take are calcium, extra vitamin D and some probiotics. The salted nuts will have to stop and I will aim to cook some food items without salt and only add after and reverse that for other foods. I’ve really got to tackle the BP as I’m not happy with this increase (despite it being OKish) as it used to be so much lower. But will discuss this with my medical practitioner.

      I agree that it’s OK to see Helen Mirren in ads as I love her crinkly eyes but even so it’s always the same elite type of older woman used again and again. Let’s see some different faces once in a while.

      Bathroom 90% finished. To be fair to these bathroom fitters it is a small and awkward space but even so, we’ve done up many houses in our time, but this length of time to fit out a bathroom???? And why did we choose them? The fitter was the 9th one we contacted (recommended by someone in the same block). Of the others, at least half that number saw what the job would entail, scuttled off pretty quick and were never heard from again!! Still it is the last thing we have to do – apartment is all finished after this – phew!

  • 6th September 2018 at 7:09 pm

    I hope you start feeling more like your old self soon, Penny.

    I know exactly how you feel about your bathroom. I was the same with my kitchen. The guy, a family member, came late in the day stayed late and had the back door open all the time, so it was freezing. I hated the disruption and the mess and felt exhausted the whole time. But it does stop – eventually!

    I like brown and have a few brown pieces in my wardrobe so I might be on trend for once!

    Hope you have a good weekend.

    • 7th September 2018 at 8:52 am

      Hello and lovely to see you again! The bathroom has been so disruptive and it’s surprising as we’ve done many renovations before, but it has been – and there are still issues to resolve! But once it’s done the flat will be finished – phew, what a relief!

      I think I had the virus that’s going round Brighton and I am on the mend – thanks so much for the good wishes. You have a good weekend too xxx

  • 6th September 2018 at 8:37 pm

    It is exasperating that the older women models or examples are usually the ones that you mentioned. It is great when ever we see “proper” women, who look great, and who are ordinary people (I actually don’t think that anyone is just ordinary), but you know what I mean….

    • 7th September 2018 at 9:18 am

      I agree. And know what you mean 🙂

  • 8th September 2018 at 7:08 am

    Hello Penny, so pleased to hear that the eye is nearly back to normal. I know full well how frustrating it is to feel out of sorts but with no real explanation , hope you will back to 100% soon.
    I fully agree on the issue of those albeit rather glam models featured as women of a certain age, they do not represent reality for most us.
    Interesting that brown is making a comeback after many years of being considered plain and boring but then fashion is so fickle.
    Have a good week and I hope the bathroom reno is finally finished.

    • 10th September 2018 at 4:26 pm

      Hello Jill – bathroom is now 98% finished – there are issues still to resolve – that’s into the 5th week!!!!!

      Although black suits you so well I liked the brown outfit you wore in a recent post – but haven’t seen much of that colour in our shops yet.

      You have a good week too x

  • 8th September 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Thank you for giving the link to the heart-age survey. I’m disappointed to find that my heart rate is 9 years older than my actual age, and that if I lose weight it will reduce by ……one year! I don’t have high blood pressure and I don’t smoke. My cholesterol is within the limits considered normal but – and here’s the reason for the unwelcome count – my father did have heart disease; he died at 49 from a heart attack. I’m going to add the link for the survey to my blog is you don’t mind.
    I don’t crave ‘ageless beauty’ since it’s an impossible achievement, but I do my best to diminish the ravages of time. I think that what most of us want is to look good at our age rather than to look 25 years old again.

  • 10th September 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Oh yes, the relative thing, I’m with you there. Another version of this, actually the tests we had when we joined the GP practice a year ago put me down as being at risk because both my grandfathers had died of a stroke. But Eloise these grandfathers died so long ago, one in 1946 three weeks before I was born (at 80) and another in 1950. I said to the nurse, hang on, one died before the NHS came into being, and another before any of this testing for heart disease. Nope didn’t make a difference – which I thought a bit silly, tbh, as in, computer said this so that’s how it is! Please do add the link – if just one person does something to improve their situation it’ll be worth it. Have a good week 🙂

  • 10th September 2018 at 7:44 pm

    I’m quite liking the fact that brown might be a contender for Autumn, I’ve not worn it in ages and think it might be a real change. Thanks for sharing. Jacqui Mummabstylish

  • 14th September 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Your circle skirt looks very stylish with the black top. Your specs really suit you! I also prefer my contacts to my specs, but seriously yours enhance your features – I really like. Lise

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