Hello again

I’m always on the lookout for skirts, which I prefer to jeans, pants and trousers.  I have two pairs of black skinny jeans one of which has sparkles on it and which I wear with a top in the evening, and I’ll wear that pair when we go up to London next week, with boots and a long coat as rain is forecast. And blue jeans? I have one good pair, and one other for housework, and there isn’t much of that in a small flat – one of the many bonuses of our move from a house! So that’s 4 pairs, while skirts, oh my goodness, I’ve just counted them, I have far too many including what I’d call quite fancy frilly skirts worn for evening events, and do you remember, the monthly film society evening which we no longer attend so regularly, and then I haven’t counted the summer skirts that are packed away….

Nevertheless when I saw this long dark denim skirt I pounced.

The skirt had a bib top, which I had taken off. It cost £7 plus the alteration cost of £10.

You can see that there’s a lot of lovely heavy material in the skirt, so it’s a great winter skirt. Btw, below see the other half of the table.

The table and chair by the window is where I write. You can see I love the colours red and yellow!

And now for Hair Part II although note my nails. I’ve just begin their winter coverup that I need for my nails to get through the cold weather. Yes, this is a gel nail varnish, which will last for over 2 weeks. Before using gel, in the winter months, no matter what treatment I had, my nails deteriorated badly, so much so that they got down to the quick, which was horrible.  Btw, gel doesn’t work for everyone but having a regular nail gel varnish plus a manicure works for me and I couldn’t do without it.  I also enjoy putting on a variety of colours – this is quite tame!

Here’s a pic that went wrong but it shows you a close-up of my multi-coloured hair. No dye or colouring has touched my hair since October 2016 and it is now streaked with white hair at the front, grey at the back and white, red and gold in between.  And I do regret just a little that I covered this all up for years, with what, in actuality, was a blanket yellow custard colour! What’s more I was so militantly against people telling me to go au natural – how dare they, I thought. However while in some respects they were right, even so, only you will know when to stop the dye or the streaks or whatever you do to colour your hair. So, I write this to encourage people to stand up for what they feel is best for them, but I also want to say that going grey is great. And also note that I stopped the colouring when I reached the age of 70 but there are many much younger people who are going grey and love it just as much as me – see Alyson Wash of That’s Not My Age blog for starters.

Btw, I use White Hot Hair products which I find really excellent for my hair.

That’s all  for now, but what do you think about going grey? It is a big decision.

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

P.S. Posting this early as away in London overnight on Monday 🙂


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17 thoughts on “A new skirt and Hair Part II

  • 24th November 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Hi Penny I’ve been reading through your blogs and have come across one that mentions your blephritis. I was wondering what product you are u sing for it?
    I am 66 years old trying to keep young, I go to Yoga twice a week and Tai chi once. During the summer months, I love to do aqua aerobics, but in the Winter, hate coming out into the cold air afterwards. I love walking my black Labrador. I am interested in craft workshops and since I’ve retired I’ve tried out all types of craft. I’ve tried bead making, sewing cushions , Christmas stockings and wreaths. I try to keep busy. I’ve been reading your blogs for a while and I have tried the Forever Fabulous make up, but these days I rarely use more than a BB cream, a bit of lipstick and blusher.
    fabulous make up. I’m still dying my hair, but may stop when I reach my 70s.

    • 24th November 2019 at 3:31 pm

      First, a note to Liz about blephritis. My ophthalmologist suggested that I thoroughly rinse my eyelids with a dab of dandruff shampoo every day. I do this daily in my morning shower.

      I recently stopped colouring my hair, at 74 1/2. I have mixed feelings about it at the moment. Of my two closest friends here one still colours her hair and the other does not. I look at photos taken a year or so again and wonder if I look much older with the greying hair. Mine is short so it did not take very long to grow out the colour.
      I think yours looks great!

      Maybe sometime you could do a post about bras for women our age, I have a dreadful time finding the right ones!

      • 25th November 2019 at 8:16 am

        HI Jan and thank you so much – I will do bras!

        Thing with the greying hair is to make it shine and have a great cut. And then with the short hair you could have amazing earrings as well. It’s a journey!!!!! So trite a saying but true 🙂

    • 25th November 2019 at 8:03 am

      Hi Liz – you will know when it’s right for you to stop the dye because all of a sudden you’ll feel comfortable about it.

      RE: the blepharitis for the first time in many years I seem to have it under control even through the long mild virus I had which was always a trigger for a flare up before. I use Blephasol which is a liquid and I don’t exactly put it on as I take a cotton bud and clean the lids near the eye line quite vigorously. But this is just part of what I do. First it’s a really rigorous removal of all my eye makeup, (plus removal of the face makeup) then, when that’s done, I wash my face with a very mild soap using my fingers to go over the eyelids and only then do I use the Blephasol to continue the removal of eye makeup and also get really down to the eyelid clean. By then I really need serum and moisturiser as my face is a somewhat dry after all that cleaning! This seems to work now for me. When I have a flareup I use a hot mask. And when it was always kind of near a flare-up I use to put a clean hot face cloth (hotted up from the hot water tap) on my face and then I’d massage the eyes.

      I take forever getting to bed and the blepharitis prevention is the main reason why!!! Link here https://www.superdrug.com/Health/Eye-Care/Blepharitis-Treatment/Blephasol-Preservative-Free-Eye-Lid-Cleansing-Lotion/p/751530

  • 24th November 2019 at 4:17 pm

    I’ve been letting my hair go without color since I retired. I think it’s absolutely wonderful that we have the choice to do as we wish. While I see the argument that letting the grey come in and age you…I really think it’s SO much more than the color of our hair. Besides, I love the age I’m in. Who wants to hide that??
    As for skirt…I think they are a wonderful item because they have more forgiveness for fit than pants do. I was just sitting in church noticing how saggy so many women wear their pants/jeans. And you don’t get that with skirts!! Now there’s a rationalization to buy more…ha ha.

    • 25th November 2019 at 8:05 am

      Skirts are so kind to ones figure and actually in a hot state I’d think they were the only thing you could wear, although maybe a floaty dress……?

      Have a lovely week x

  • 25th November 2019 at 12:52 am

    Hi Penny from New Zealand.So excited to see your long denim skirt as I pick one up last week for $3.It was in six gores and too big for me so I removed one gore restitched and wear with the zip at the back.I am a sewer and work in an Anglican Op shop like your charity shops.Hardly ever buy new clothes.I tell every one we are not selling second hand clothes we are recycling and saving the planet.Love reading your blog.Regards Katrina

    • 25th November 2019 at 8:07 am

      I use to make so many of my clothes and the kids too, but that all stopped when I started work, and now I don’t have the sewing machine. It’s so good to hear of your views and ethos – so important. Have a lovely week x

  • 25th November 2019 at 2:22 am

    I still colour my hair. Only because I want to. I may change at some stage, and probably will, but for now, I like my dyed hair colour. One of my younger friends stopped blonde-ing her hair, a sort of yellow colour, and let the grey grow. She looks fantastic now!!!

    • 25th November 2019 at 8:11 am

      You’ll know when the time is right. There are so many options for hair which we can continue for as long as we like but you can hang on to the fact that grey and white hair can look amazing. Have a great week 🙂

  • 25th November 2019 at 2:44 am


    I love skirts! Don’t ask me how many I own!

    Grey hair has been such a joy but I have a 98 year old friend who still enjoys having her hair dyed brown.

    Thanks for all of your sharing. Judy @fancified.ca

    • 25th November 2019 at 8:13 am

      Oooh, I bet you have some wonderful skirts because you have such an eye for beauty and that slight oddity which is amazing. Thank you so much Judy for reading the blog and commenting. Have a great week 🙂

  • 25th November 2019 at 9:05 am

    Morning Penny. Nice skirt! Hair: I agree with you, a good cut is essential. Like my grandmother, I developed a silver/grey streak at the front in my 20s and always liked it. Now 73, I’m silver/grey all over. I like the colour but there is a downside – my hair has changed texture – it’s finer – and it has thinned. So, at the suggestion of my hairdresser, I have highlights a couple or three times a year to give it body – it works.

  • 26th November 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Penny, I’m a bit late with response but have recently started growing out my colour (aged 74) following many examples including yourself and Alyson Walsh. However, and it’s a big however, all the women who look great with grey hair, and who advocate it, have – like you and Alyson – very thick hair. I have very fine, thin hair, and have therefore always worn it quite short, but it’s getting even thinner and receding at the front so where the grey/silver is growing through at the hairline it really looks as though I have no hair at all! It was bad enough when I coloured it but now it’s like baby hair. I still want to try growing out the colour – for financial reasons if no other – but am not very confident about the results. I started colouring because my natural colour was a fairly uninspiring mouse and highlights and a slightly warmer shade suited my skin tone much better. I’m worried about looking washed out – but will just have to wait and see! May well follow the example above and have highlights 2 or 3 times a year as a compromise.
    By the way, my mother was also Scottish, but unfortunately didn’t possess the ‘thick hair’ gene to pass on!
    Skirts re trousers – trousers win every time! So much easier, don’t have to bother with tights, even in summer I find it more comfortable to wear loose or cropped versions or for evening to wear silk or velvet. Haven’t possessed a skirt for about 10 years!

    • 27th November 2019 at 12:03 pm

      Hello Eileen, I get that about going grey with thick hair – what used to annoy me beyond all measure was the proselytising of grey/white hair with models in their 40s and 50s who had tanned unlined skin. Geez I thought. You just have to look around at people, as in normal people and grey/white hair is predominantly worn by the 70+ who have very pale lined skin. There’s tendency also for cosmetic companies to push makeup and moisturisers for older women to advertise either the same old, same old elite and actor types or use rather Instagrammed and glossy blonde 50-60 year-olds. I used to get so cross with the journalists who wrote those articles.

      I haven’t truly researched this but it seems to me that wigs are worn far more in the States than here mainly because they are very natural looking and inexpensive. I wouldn’t know if there’s any statistics out there but from reading several American based bloggers I know that wigs are worn not only because the hair is thin but just for fun. Shame that doesn’t happen here.

      It was smart black jeans yesterday and the day before for a rainy London but a skirt today and tomorrow in Brighton – I have so many I must give them some wear!!!

  • 26th November 2019 at 5:38 pm

    I stopped dyeing my hair 19 years ago aged 48 having started to go grey in my ‘twenties – as did my younger daughter. She’s stopped dyeing now at 39; her hair is fine, long and curly and she often wears it up. As an academic she doesn’t have to try to look ‘young’ although being very slim helps.
    I had the colour stripped out leaving a pale blonde which gradually grew out. I’ve been white with a bit more grey in the back for years now and get a lot of compliments on it. Pity it is thinning so much!
    I prefer dresses to skirts but occasionally wear a panelled longer one with boots and I have a couple of fitted knee-length skirts with fullness near the hem.

  • 27th November 2019 at 12:51 pm

    I have been thinking for a while about going grey but after speaking to my hairdresser he says I have hardly any at the back, so wouldn’t recommend it for a while. I do get bored with the maintenance of highligthts and “t-section” though. In reality, I probably wouldn’t want to go grey while I’m still working – I’m already the oldest one by decades in an office full of millennials. My mum stopped dyeing when she was 52 – the chemicals were giving her an allergic reaction. She was lucky that her hair went pure white, and looks very striking with the bright colours she wears. You also have a lovely tone to your hair.
    I love skirts too! Much prefer them to trousers and jeans. Your denim skirt is a great purchase! Rare to see a lovely long one.

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