Gosh, I’ve been feeling a bit stressed. I’ve been sleeping badly and my IBS has returned.  It’s the move, which is going a bit wobbly.  It could get resolved fairly soon, but at the moment I don’t know where we’ll be living, and we could cancel the whole thing.   And yes, I have been taking deep breaths and trying to chill. I have done some meditation. And it works, mostly.

But one day last week when I was feeling particularly down when a flat/apartment we thought we might be going for disappeared (owner changed their mind)  I cheered myself up by buying a hat!   And what a hat!  As soon as I saw it I thought this is definitely one for Judith Boyd’s #hatattack session!

Just look at it!  Will I wear it out and about?  I’ve no idea, but the colour, the felted flowers and the whole look of the hat made me laugh!

I mean, it’s completely nuts!   It’s a charity shop hat, of course, and cost only £4.99.  The boots, navy cardigan and scarf are also charity shop bargains and the jeans and striped top are from Primark.  So that’s a whole outfit at well under £50

Personally, I think it’s a happy hat!  And yes, I’ve been so good with the de-cluttering, which has included getting rid of nearly 50% of my hats. But this one is a keeper.

Here I am wearing it in my garden.  I really must get up the courage to wear it in town!  For the moment, though, just looking at the hat makes me feel good.

This is part of the joy of charity shop shopping.  You’re helping a charity and, it’s often a fun thing to do. But if the item in question also makes you laugh – you’re on to a winner!

With love

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

P.S Sharing with: Catherine Summers of Not Dressed as Lamb and her #iwillwearwhatilike weekly session. Also Patti of Not Dead yet Style and her Visible Monday and, of course, Judith Boyd and her March #hatattack

P.P.S I wrote this post yesterday early in the morning, and by the end of the day we were back on track for a move – phew!


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35 thoughts on “Hatwalk 22 – March 2017

  • 14th March 2017 at 8:02 am

    Such a fabulous outfit Penny. Wear it in town!

    • 15th March 2017 at 10:45 am

      Thanks Linda, I will!

  • 14th March 2017 at 8:38 am

    Lovely hat Penny, certainly wear it, it looks fabulous!!

    • 15th March 2017 at 10:46 am

      Thanks Lillian. I saw it in the shop and couldn’t walk past it! I will wear it out and about!

  • 14th March 2017 at 8:57 am

    Well if that’s not an Easter bonnet I don’t know what is.

    • 15th March 2017 at 10:46 am

      I know – what a hat!

  • 14th March 2017 at 9:04 am

    Penny of course you should wear it into town. If it makes you smile (me too by the way) then why not share the joy and give everyone who sees you the chance of a smile – it might be their only one that day ??

    • 15th March 2017 at 10:48 am

      Thanks Karen, I will wear it. It is such a cheerful hat – so many hats are black, so it’s great to be colourful. And it’ll be OK to wear it in Brighton I’m sure.

  • 14th March 2017 at 9:22 am

    It is a happy hat! It looks great on you and you must wear it out and about. It’s fun, and we all need a bit of that!

    • 15th March 2017 at 10:49 am

      We certainly do need some fun these days! I will wear it – everyone has been so encouraging! Thanks so much!

  • 14th March 2017 at 9:37 am

    HAPPY HAT – for sure ……. question is: to wear when you ARE happy or when hoping to be made happy?? You might risk becoming a bit manic, worrying about your move (sorry to hear that) while wearing a happy batty hat!! It is after all not a MAGIC hat. Or is it??

    • 15th March 2017 at 10:52 am

      Well it might be a magic hat – it certainly brought a smile to my face when I bought it! Things have straightened out re: the move btw, so we’re both feeling a lot better about things. Anyway, the hat will not look out of place in Brighton – so I’ll definitely wear it there.

  • 14th March 2017 at 9:41 am

    As a long time sufferer of IBS you have my sympathy. However I have had great success following the FODMAP diet which was devised at MONASH university in Australia. Kings Hospital in London also have dieticians who can help with following the diet and there is a great MONASH app.

    Hope you feel better soon and love the hat!

    • 15th March 2017 at 11:04 am

      Funnily enough I heard something about the FODMAP diet on Radio 4 last evening. Sounds a very good, well researched approach to those who have an intractable condition. My IBS during my working life was definitely stress related and not really about food and resolved once I’d stopped working. Then a few years ago I had almost intractable diarrhoea for several weeks and lost a lot of weight (I’m slim partly due to never regaining all my weight). The GP sent me for all sorts of tests and of course I have a perfect gut! The whole episode was entirely due to antibiotics but I had to go to a private nutritionist (also a medical doctor) who sorted me out. Several years later the antibiotic driven overgrowth of the wrong bacteria still has consequences for me, but it’s not a huge problem, just something I live with and which occasionally when stressed or eating something that’s off (I just don’t have the right bacteria) I relapse into IBS.

      Things re: the move have resolved somewhat and we are back on track so we both feel better – but I sure won’t move again!!!!!

  • 14th March 2017 at 10:03 am

    Lovely bright and cheerful hat Penny – you look wonderful and so glad property back on track. I have posted this on our Facebook page – so expect some visitors! Tx

    • 15th March 2017 at 11:07 am

      The situation has resolved and we are back on track, but I definitely do not want to do this again – ever! And the hat is wonderful – thanks so much for putting the post on Facebook. I have had a lot of views which has been great!


  • 14th March 2017 at 10:37 am

    Great hat, Penny, it’s made me smile and I’m not feeling great today. I’ve picked up a nasty cold only a few weeks after getting over a chest infection so n to best pleased. sorry to hear your moving plans are not straightforward, let’s hope they get sorted out. We have been fairly frequent movers and it seems as if it’s always stressful at some point, so good luck.

    • 15th March 2017 at 11:21 am

      Oh no so sorry to hear this. There have been some really nasty viruses around. It sounds as if your immune system is down. One of the reasons the cruise wasn’t quite as enjoyable as it could have been was that someone had brought the Queen’s cough on board ship and when we arrived some of the passengers (who were doing back-to-back cruises) were quite ill with that chesty cough. It got worse through the 2 weeks – everyone seemed to be ill. And the flight back was a nightmare with every aisle full of people with hacking chesty coughs. We had been fine and avoided it during the cruise but Bill succumbed 2 days later and really it’s a 4-week cough. He’s recovered but it was very debilitating for him. Won’t ever do a long haul charter flight again and the lack of sleep….. Both of us felt worse for the cruise rather than healthier!!!!!!!! Btw, don’t let that put you off your cruise – yours is a lovely way to start off cruising. Just don’t do long-haul or go in the winter when people get bugs.

      The move is back on track, but having the buyer’s mortgage survey right now. Fingers crossed!

  • 14th March 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Meg is so right: that is one helluva happy hat! WEAR IT! You already feel good in it and folks will feel good seeing it. And that whole outfit looks good too. Sorted!
    Fingers crossed you’re feeling better soon and that all the crinkles in your moving plan are now smooth.

    • 15th March 2017 at 11:24 am

      Yes, we are back on track now and I feel better about the timetable and situation. And I will wear the hat and definitely will wear it in Brighton, as it’s just the kind of hat that will go almost unnoticed there!!!

    • 15th March 2017 at 11:28 am

      Thanks Patti! Yes, here in the UK charity shops are like little boutiques and it can be a pleasure to shop in them. And there are some great quality clothes to be found. Glad I found you and Visible Monday, Patti x

  • 14th March 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Moving can be one of the stressful times in our lives! I think that’s why so many people remain in homes that no longer fit them. You’re on the right path Penny, and it will all work out in the end. So glad to hear meditation helps, I keep meaning to start that up myself.
    I love your mix of patterns in your outfits! I meant to say that after your last post with the leggings…love animal prints with floral, and plaid, and stripe and leopard print with just about anything! You take risks and you are creative, it works.

    • 15th March 2017 at 11:42 am

      Moving is stressful and people have been quite interesting in their response to our move to a ‘retirement’ flat, saying ‘well, I was thinking I might do that later’ or ‘I’ll do that when I’m 80+. Probably.’ Hmm, I don’t think they will. Or if they do, it’ll be with a great deal of help from their children, which is exactly why we’re doing it now. Anyway the acute situation has resolved and we’re back on track and it will work out well.

      And yes, I like taking risks and being creative. But I think up to a point everyone can be creative with their life and that’s what I like to encourage with this blog. Thanks so much for your comment x

  • 14th March 2017 at 2:37 pm

    What a cheeky hat – you wear it well Penny! I’m pleased to hear the move is still happening. I sympathise, we found it very stressful when we did it 18 months ago. It’ll come out right in the end I’m sure.

    • 15th March 2017 at 11:46 am

      Thanks for the sympathy which we certainly needed after hearing that our flat was unavailable (owner changed her mind and wasn’t moving after all) and then the silence in response to our offer on another flat. All resolved now – phew!

      I will wear the hat!

  • 14th March 2017 at 3:07 pm

    That hat is fabulous- I would have snatched it up myself had I had the chance and anything which makes you feel cheery is important these days!
    Wear it and see the smiles , hear the happy comments of other people and enjoy every moment!

    • 15th March 2017 at 11:50 am

      I saw the hat and couldn’t walk past it! I will wear it – thanks so much x

  • 14th March 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Hi, Penny
    That hat yells SPRING and a lot of people will be prompted to joint that season’s welcoming style.
    And Penny, stay strong re: the move, however it goes.

    • 15th March 2017 at 11:51 am

      The move hiccup has resolved – it will be OK. Just had our buyer’s mortgage survey – fingers crossed.

      And I will wear that hat – thanks, Margaret x

  • 15th March 2017 at 7:11 am

    Your hat is lovely – you look great. Moving house is such a stressful time – you have my sympathies – hang on in there. I love your blogs and really look forward to teceiving them.
    Best Wishes

    • 15th March 2017 at 11:53 am

      Thank you so much, Angela. I will stay strong – the hitch has resolved and we are on track. Just had the buyer’s mortgage survey – that’s always a bit of a worry. But onwards and upwards! And I will wear the hat, I promise!

  • 16th March 2017 at 6:33 pm

    What a happy hat! And yes, you must wear it out and about! You will not only feel happy wearing it, you’ll spread the happiness of that wonderful cheerful hat to others (and help the charity with the purchase)! That’s a lot to receive from a hat! It makes me smile to see it so thank you very much for sharing with Hat Attack!

  • 18th March 2017 at 1:19 pm

    The totally perfect hat for wearing in Brighton and Hove; no one will bat an eye – except to think how fab you look!

  • 20th March 2017 at 9:01 am

    What a jolly hat…I hope you do wear it in town, you’ll bring a smile to some faces, in a good way!

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