I’ve taken some cracking photos for the next blog post, but I thought I’d just squeeze this in on the last day of October, as this post is about our last day at the film society, as organisers.   Because of course, we might very well come back just for a film and won’t that be lovely – to have no responsibility!!!!   And for those of you who are new, along with Mr Frugalfashionshopper, I’ve been running a film society for the last 5 years. And the last year was very much taken up with finding people to take it on, as we just wanted to stop.  Well, to cut a very long story short, because it was a challenge, new people came forward – phew!

We had an Annual General Meeting where we stepped down and then the film, which was Hidden Figures, which is the story of Katherine G. Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan three brilliant African-American women who battled both gender discrimination and racism to rise way, way above the expectations of their day to simply the very top of their professions. If you read the text in the link you’ll see in reality there was much more complexity to the story, nevertheless, Hidden Figures is a stunning, must-see film, and of the 44 people who handed in feedback slips 40 gave it Excellent and I think the score at 98% approval is one of the best ever.  People clapped at the end and one or two had a tear in their eye as it was altogether quite an emotional experience to watch.  But numbers were a little down and one or two comments made to me before and after by people who hadn’t seen it, made me think, gosh, I think people were just not aware of the really superb story-line and superior acting in it.  One said, was it about the Three Supremes – ummm, no! And another couple thought it would be too preachy.  Oh no again, no. But so important to see the simply ghastly racism of then, which one sincerely hopes is no longer, but you know…. AND ye gods, to see a woman like Katherine Johnson being told she couldn’t attend a committee because, well, no women ever did, was just jaw-dropping!   But not preachy!  It was exciting and uplifting – a really great film – go see it!

I wore my AGM dress. And people, I haven’t got any pics of it.  We were too fraught on the day to take any, either in my flat or during the AGM, but here I am wearing it two years ago!

There’s a small check motif running  through it and it’s actually got a fish-tail at the back with quirky pleats – apologies, no photo of that.

But I think it’s interesting to see what two years has done to my face and neck. Which I don’t mind one bit. Hey, the current me, is 71, what do you expect?  However, two things, first, I note that two years ago I was dyeing my eyebrows, and I haven’t ventured there again since I went slightly pink after a dyeing session about a year ago.  But I still haven’t found the ideal product to darken my eyebrows, which I regret.  You see, I don’t need to paint or shade them in with a powder or paint as they’re already present with, to be absolutely clear, thick and bristly hairs.  No, I need to darken the many white hairs and I have yet to find the right product to do that – anyone?

And second – my hair. Gosh, it’s a bit yellow! This old photo confirms to me that I like my transition to white (at the front) and grey (at the back). I think my natural colour will be a better look.

Anyway, that’s all for now.  Btw, I may, from time to time, write about films because I do watch a lot of films. Two recent ones, I highly recommend are, Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin and Sally Potter’s The Party. Both are ensemble pieces with high quality direction and acting. No banging and crashing and jumping around, just two intelligent films that you watch with absorption and delight.

With love

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

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20 thoughts on “Film night – October 2017

  • 31st October 2017 at 11:35 am

    Oh what a fantastic dress! I love a black outfit!

    • 2nd November 2017 at 8:13 am

      It’s a great dress, but quite formal. I’m not sure whether I keep it!

  • 31st October 2017 at 11:58 am

    Know what u mean re eyebrows – I’m always on the lookout for an improved product but meanwhile use Benefit product which is moderately successful..
    Th re heads up on film – will find out when it’s available in SW..
    Luv all ure articles – ure a gal after my own heart tho I have a few more years beneath my belt!! Incredibly lucky to have quite good health and get up n go which is helpful in my widowed situation

    • 2nd November 2017 at 8:16 am

      Hi Julia and good to hear from you! I’m going to investigate further about the eyebrows – thanks for the tip!

  • 31st October 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Hello Penny! I love all your clothes tips. You look terrific.
    I use ‘Coloursport 30 day brow tint’ from Boots for my eyebrows. You cannot let such a lovely asset go! Dark brown for 3 minutes is all it takes. Longer time and you go Spanish black! That is not a good look for the over 70 ladies!
    Thank you for film suggestions too. I love the late night ones on BBC.

    • 2nd November 2017 at 8:19 am

      I’m going to do some investigating about the eyebrows and do a blog post about this as yes, I agree with you, eyebrows are so important – thanks so much for the suggestion.

  • 31st October 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Your blog is so refreshing – it’s about ‘life’ and not just ‘how do I look?’.

    Eyebrows – I get mine threaded and trimmed (£5) about every two weeks, then I use Benefit Light Browzings. You put the waxy bit on first then the lighter shade in powder. No one has ever noticed I ‘do’ my eyebrows as it looks natural.

    I do remove the ‘devil’s hairs’ (the wiry white ones) that grow in my brows. My eyebrows are now as lush as Audrey Hepburn (well, I can but wish….)

    • 2nd November 2017 at 8:20 am

      That product sounds really interesting – will try it – thanks!

    • 2nd November 2017 at 8:21 am

      And thanks so much for your feedback on the blog – much appreciated!

  • 31st October 2017 at 7:38 pm

    The black dress really suits you,and looks good with your ankle boots.Re eyebrows…..just count yourself lucky that you have some…..I plucked mine badly many many years ago,and they did,`t grow back.Well not in the right places! When you get to a certain age ,facial hair seems to pop up in all the wrong places ! Happy Halloween.

    • 2nd November 2017 at 8:25 am

      Hi Karen, yes, I am lucky about the thickness of my eyebrows because I also plucked my eyebrows to oblivion, but I stopped and phew, they grew back! But I am a hairy person – get hair everywhere so I completely understand what you’re saying!!!

  • 1st November 2017 at 2:38 am

    We haven’t seen Hidden Figures yet but have always meant to. I will have check if it’s on Netflix. I have the same problem with my eyebrows and the white hairs. I just fill in a little bit with a pencil and hope for the best. I’ve never thought about dying them and it just seems to much trouble. And such a wonderful dress.

    • 2nd November 2017 at 8:27 am

      Yes, do check that film out – it’s really good. Dyeing eyebrows is really good and I loved having it done, but I won’t do it again after my slight allergic response. so I’m going to make a real effort to find a good product.

  • 1st November 2017 at 5:02 pm

    I had tweezed out so many eyebrows that some years ago I had them tattooed. Expensive but it works. However after about 18 months needed re-doing.

    Look in Feel Fabulous Forever and get her eyebrown ‘wand’. I use her charcoal eye shadow with her fab eyebrow brush. Either work really well.

    Good luck

    Jan (74) Portslade

    • 2nd November 2017 at 8:32 am

      Tattooing – wow. That seems quite brave and interesting that it faded. The thing with the LFF product is that it is great if you haven’t got any eyebrows, but I have lots of eyebrow hair and they’re also already a good shape. I get them professionally trimmed as otherwise I’d look like Dennis Healey! What I really need is a mascara for eyebrows – I need the actual hairs to change colour – so I’m going to experiment! Thanks for the tip – much appreciated!

  • 2nd November 2017 at 7:27 am

    A Film you may enjoy
    The Zookeepers Wife
    Based on a true story

    • 2nd November 2017 at 8:33 am

      Ooh, thanks for that – will look for it x

  • 3rd November 2017 at 3:37 am

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Great look in this LBD.

  • 5th November 2017 at 5:36 am

    Hidden Figures sounds a fascinating film, must keep a lookout to see if it comes here.
    You do look rather glam in your LBD . It is interesting the difference a couple of years make , I use a Benefit product on my brows, they are quite fair and sparse. My hair is probably quite similar to your colour then , maybe a touch too yellow but I was determined not to be beige. I am in the process of deciding to go natural.

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