The beginning of the month and another hat. I see Judith Boyd has chosen a Spring hat for her #hat attack session, but mine is still very much a winter hat. It is harder, I think, to find spring and summer hats, apart, that is, from the ubiqutous floppy-brimmed sun hat, of which I did find one a week ago, which will feature later this year.
Anyway walking down my favourite High Street (not in Brighton or Lewes, or London, for that matter) I saw this hat in a charity shop window and just had to try it on.
Wow! What a brilliant colour and the price, £3.99!
What I notice though (which you may or may not) is how lined my face has become over this winter.
I mean who is this old lady in this photo? I don’t recognise this person. But, ‘stop there’, I said to myself, ‘it is you’. And what’s more, I started this blog for many reasons, one of which was to examine ageing including my ageing, and I will be 70 in June, so what do I expect? Even so I think this winter with the lack of sun and the cough and the virus has been quite hard on my system and my face. Never again will I say that my favourite season is winter!
Tricia Cusden in her latest blog talks about that dreadful phrase ‘anti-ageing’ and how at odds it is with reality, and how we should take the positive stance and counter all this anti-ageing tosh. And what do I want? Botoxed paralysed muscles or a flexible, animated face, which I think I have when I talk (I also wave and flap my arms around a lot!!!!).
And yes, I am out and proud and loud about my age – why wouldn’t you be? The whole point of this blog is that we shouldn’t hide away, we approaching 70 year-olds. This is 70 and, with or without a hat, we make a statement about our age.
And it’s not only a positive statement it’s a blast against ageism.
But it’s also a great hat!
Love Penny, the frugalfashionshopper
P.S. Do you remember I said that I was going to get a bespoke dress for my 70th from Masato Jones – had a fitting for it last Saturday. I had such a lovely time, thank you Masato. You’ll hear about it on the blog very soon!