Hi there

It’s the beginning of March and time for a post about the hat I’m sharing with the lovely Judith Boyd and her #hatattack session!

Well, I’ve fallen off my perch (or whatever the phrase is) as one of my New Year resolutions was that I wasn’t going to buy any new clothes, just get them from charity shops.  Oh dearie me!  I was in Alfriston, a lovely little village near where I live, and caught sight of this hat in a shop called The Apiary.  They have some great hats and other stuff there, plus you can get tea and cake!


I had to have it.  Basically, you should never buy anything unless it shouts out to you – buy it.  This hat did that!   And it’s already paying its way as I’ve worn it several times.  It’s the only new thing I’ve bought since Christmas so not doing too badly.



One of the reasons I started this blog was to examine the ageing process. I want to examine this in depth and use my critical faculties to question, explore and I guess, sometimes, rage at the way society looks at and treats age.  I was an activist when I was in my 30s (held hands round the base at Greenham against cruise missiles, marched, leafleted – been there, done that) and I aim to be an activist of some sort or other until I die.

And what is age, after all?  Is it about physical ageing, or a feeling, a viewpoint, an attitude?  There are days when I feel as young as a teenager, or certainly someone in their 30s, and then there are other days when I feel much, much older.  For instance, I look at the lines in my face in this photo – they’re not bad but they’re there.  I’m not dismayed though.  Instead, I embrace the photos I take of myself, which are, for me, an insight to my own ageing.

But today I feel a bit under par, which manifests in a kind of post-viral fatigue thing (feel pale and yucky).  This is the season of viruses.  My other half has been coughing and spluttering for over a week now and me, I feel low, which I put down to the weather as much as anything.

So, what to do?  OK i) I acknowledge how I feel, and then ii) I grit my teeth, put on my best clothes and makeup and get on with it, and iii) I write my blog and take the pics.  Here’s another one.


It’s a brilliant hat.


It goes well with black.

That’s all for now, and apologies for being not quite as frivolous and, hopefully, humorous as usual.  I’m not always gung-ho and strident.  This is me, a bit pale and pasty, signing off from a grey, cold and wet UK.  Actually, I admit, today is sunny, woo hoo!  But sooooo looking forward to the Spring and Summer.

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

P.S. I wrote this two days ago, and feel a different woman because i) I booked a cruise to the Caribbean in early 2017 – that cheered me up a lot! And ii) yesterday was also a sunny day so I spent some time in the garden.  The trouble is we’re starved of sun here in the UK, and it was just great to be outside and turn one’s head to the sun and feel a little warmth, and gardening is such a healing thing to do.


9 thoughts on “Hatwalk 14 – March 2016

  • 4th March 2016 at 8:34 am

    Glad you feel a bit better, Penny. That hat is beautiful! No wonder it shouted at you – it looks really elegant and will also serve a useful purpose protecting you from the wind in the Newhaven/Seaford area. I agree with you with regard to not being dismayed by wrinkles – we’ve earned them and should be proud of them.
    Take care,

    • 5th March 2016 at 11:55 am

      Hi Caryll and thank you for your comment. I think I’ll be wearing the hat up to London as I believe there’s going to be a cold wind over the next few days. And yes, be proud of the wrinkles – we certainly have earned them!

  • 4th March 2016 at 9:09 am

    It is a brilliant hat & I feel a visit to Afriston coming on. It was one of my favourite places for Sunday walks when my children were small & we lived in Brighton. Spring is particularly lovely there.
    Personally I love my wrinkles – I smile a lot & have lived a lot – not all good times – but that is reflected in how I look at 69. I now make up for lack of sunshine by taking Vit D daily
    (soft gel capsules by Solgar) & am positively bouncing around – much to Mr C’s annoyance. I read an article in GH about low levels of Vit D in women & all my friends got a bottle for Xmas in 2014!
    A lovely sunny day down here in West Sx. So glad you have perked up. I always need something to look forward to & the cruise sounds good.

    • 5th March 2016 at 11:59 am

      Hi there Jacqueline.
      Yes, Alfriston is lovely, but I’ve lived in a beautiful village (Ditchling) and I actually prefer the urban scruffiness of where I live!!

      And I take Vitamin D in addition to my calcium supplement, which has Vit D in it as well. It was just a virus that’s gone now, thank goodness.

  • 4th March 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Hi Penny – just been into Boots and had my eyes made up with new fresh colour for the spring PLUS a glorious fushia lipstick.Then I bought 2 new sweaters in the sale so not charity shop buys but way below normal prices – one shocking pink and black stripes (sounds horrid but isn’t) and the other lime green and grey – made me feel that winter may be on the way out – we can but hope. Mary

    • 5th March 2016 at 12:01 pm

      Hello, Mary and great to hear from you – when the weather is better we’ll invite ourselves over to yours. Will be good to catch up – we’ve left it too long! Like the sound of the makeup!


  • 9th March 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Hi Penny
    My name is Elene aka Preloved Chica. I’d love to interview you about your fabulous style on my YouTube Channel. How can I get in touch with you? Here’s the link to my channel http://bit.ly/PrelovedPlaylist
    Thanks – I love what you’re doing

  • 10th March 2016 at 2:29 pm

    I love your photos! As Sarah Jane Adams states, “Our wrinkles are our stripes.” I too am joining the ranks of activism around changing how older people are perceived in our culture.

    Your hat is marvelous. Thank you for sharing with Hat Attack!

    • 11th March 2016 at 8:36 am

      Thank you so much, Judith. You are my role model, though, and inspiration! Now, I look at a hat and i) say does it suit me and ii) is it a hat for #hat attack !!!

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