I see I posted about hats twice in November, but didn’t acknowledge the subject so here in December is the post that says definitely this is about hats!  And a bit more – see below!

Yes, I’ve posted about hats 34 times. I have many hats. It was 27 at the last count. Half of these are berets and woolly hats and the rest are bigger brimmed affairs, which I do wear and it’s why I like the colder weather as that’s when you can wear them!  For instance, here is a big brimmed hat I wore last night (Saturday) on the way to a party. As you can see, we went to the party on the bus – we know how to live!!!

The hat below you’ve seen before, but not on my head.  The thing is, will I wear it out and about as it is one crazy hat!

Here it is worn with my favourite £5 yellow coat. Also note the scarf that I picked up in a charity shop for £12, which is the most expensive charity shop item I’m wearing as the hat was £7.99. However, I feel quite sad for the crafter of this scarf as on the reverse of the ticket was this price.

Phew – £95 is rather a high price, but I expect it’s the time it took to knit and the cost of the wool.  At least the scarf has found a good home and will be much loved.

Here I am practicing with my new selfie stick. Now I haven’t put it full size as there’s something that I’m going to say about things as they are.

OK. I started this blog as a fun thing to do to write and post pics of frugal fashion, but it was also always about women and ageing. And especially about my ageing. Yes, it was to take close look at the ageing process and be clear and upfront about older women. As you know I’m thinking, well more than thinking, I’m working towards doing makeup videos, and I’m doing this for several very important reasons.

To start with it’s going to be a huge learning  curve so I’ve been watching YouTube videos to see what’s what. And OMG!  Some of these videos are so hyperactive and jolly and gleeful and happy and over the top! Honestly I began to think there is no place for me here.  Because I am absolutely not going to prance around grinning at the camera all the time!

But no, there are makeup videos for the older and the ‘mature’ woman.  Tricia Cusden founder of Look Fabulous Forever’s video tutorials are absolutely up there as the best, and I actually want you to go over to her website and look at these – but there are others. And do you know what I’ve noticed. They hardly ever, EVER, mention the word 70! The euphemisms that are used! People say, ‘this is for you more mature ladies of 50, to 60 and beyond’, or ‘this for the 50s and 60s mature woman’, and so on and so on. But this is for a 70 year-old?  Hardly ever. Say the ruddy word people! Makes me want to spit tacks, this does! It’s ageist and assumes the 70+ are not interested in makeup!  Actually, I did find a video made by an over-70 woman but she was so unlined it was unreal.

The thing is for a long time I think I’ve got away with looking ever so slightly younger than I actually am.  But time is catching up on me – which is realistic people.  Take a good look at this.

No filters here and in natural light – this is a 70+ year old woman. And then below.

See, and perhaps I haven’t got the lighting quite right, but as I said we don’t do filters on this blog. This is how I look at 70+  

But instead of hiding away and trying my best to take pics in subdued lighting – like here!

Note the boots which were really comfortable to dance in, I am absolutely clear that women of my age should never hide away. So, I go out looking ever so slightly wacky in my outfits. And I put on the makeup.  And I have concluded and am absolutely resolved that what I’m going to do is to learn new make-up techniques and up my game. (Btw, the dress cost a fiver!)

So watch this space as very soon I will be starting a slow and calming makeup channel where I witter on about facing up to and looking closely at the 70+ face and doing the right thing, which is?  Get it out there, people, with of course, the right foundation, eye makeup, contouring (yes lots of that!) lippy (which I’m not doing at the moment, but want to) and lots, lots more.  Also I will be like most people using a mix of many products rather than focusing in on one make.

That’s all for now, but your thoughts on this will be so useful for this very amateur and slightly scared person about to launch herself on YouTube (actually I’m already on YouTube, but the one film there was done several years ago and the whole look is going to be updated).

And when I start the thing comments on how to improve, and above all – WHAT YOU WANT – will be listened to and much appreciated!

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

P.S. And sharing with the usual people including the lovely Judith Boyd of Style Crone who is my 70+ role model.





49 thoughts on “Hatwalk 34 – December 2018. Plus some other stuff so don’t be put off if you don’t like hats!!!

  • 9th December 2018 at 11:30 am

    I’m not 70 (a mere 16 years younger) but may I say what a gorgeous woman you are, 70 or otherwise! I have a friend at the gym who is about to turn 70 and wow what an inspiration she is! Absolutely loving your green hat and scarf, the colours really suit you and also loving the skirt and boot look. I’ve never been great at throwing things together but I’m always watching and learning…. hopefully.

    Best wishes,

    • 10th December 2018 at 8:48 am

      Thank you so much Karen. Yes, the hat and scarf were bought at different times in different shops but I knew they’d go well together. Re: the boots worn for the party, I noticed that as the hours went by a lot of women took their high-heeled shoes off. Me and one other woman who was wearing genuine Doc Martins, we were comfortable all the time. And how we danced! It was great to do that!

  • 9th December 2018 at 12:22 pm

    I couldn’t agree more, why isn’t every generation celebrated? Each and every age has it’s own challenges and rewards, deserves the same attention as any other generation!

    • 11th December 2018 at 9:02 am

      I totally agree with you Arlene!

  • 9th December 2018 at 12:23 pm

    That hat is outrageous Penny, but looks absolutely wonderful with your
    choice of scarf & coat. I love it. I am a hat lover too, with lots of berets &
    woolen cloches, but being only 5ft tall steer clear of wide brimmed hats.
    Bring on the makeup videos on Utube , yes please. Heading ever so closer
    to 79 , I need any tips you may have gleaned, to enhance this aging face.
    Best wishes

    • 11th December 2018 at 9:05 am

      Thank you Anne and I’ll wear the hat when it’s really cold as being made of felted wool it is very warm to wear.

      And you’re exactly the kind of person I’m aiming at and I so look forward to connecting with you on YouTube. And working towards launching this shortly 🙂

  • 9th December 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Can’t wait to see your channel Penny. Long overdue! The yellow and green combo is beautiful, as is the mohair scarf. You really rock hats, I haven’t seen a bad hat on you yet!

    • 11th December 2018 at 9:09 am

      The thing with the hats is that I do look a bit wacky in some of them. But on the whole in the cold weather standing at the bus stop, gosh, why wouldn’t you wear a hat. Also being Brighton you can wear anything – for that I’m grateful!

      Launching very soon – things are still being edited and updated but it is definitely happening 🙂

  • 9th December 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Love your blog, looking forward to the makeup info and love your choice of colours. I am 70 shortly. I wear what I am comfortable in – I love colour and sometimes wear ott stuff but I usually get a good response from younger people and especially my daughters. I have a highly prized orange boiled wool jacket with black buttons all down it. When I wore it with an elegant black cloche hat and black trousers I was stopped by a complete stranger man and complimented on how nice I looked. I felt v proud.

    When I see well dressed or lovely makeup on others I give compliments. It was my New Years resolution last year which I will repeat again next year – if we were all kinder to each other the world might become a kinder place.

    • 11th December 2018 at 9:14 am

      I love the sound of that orange boiled wool jacket – bet you look great in it! And you were stopped in the street – wow! So good!

      And I agree, I also like to stop and say to a woman you’re looking great – people are surprised and pleased and I also agree it helps the world become a kinder place – so needed!

  • 9th December 2018 at 1:14 pm

    You go girl. I am really looking forward to the makeup tutorials. I have pretty much nonexistent lips, and hooded eyes. I have been hearing that we should not line the lower lids, but I wear rather strong glasses, and I think liner helps. My eyes look half the size with glasses on. I like your scarf and hat combo. Don’t you just love it when the original price is so much above what you would spend.
    Keep up the great work Penny. Your posts always cheer me when I see them in my inbox.

    • 11th December 2018 at 9:28 am

      The makeup tutorials are going to be here very soon – just not quite ready. We have to update things and still slightly editing something. Btw, I think a lower lid eyeliner blended and not too harsh a line is fine – and you’ll see me do that again and again!!! And with glasses definitely, yes. There’s an Instagrammer who wears glasses and a lot of makeup including lower lid eye makeup. She’s @lovinglifeat61

  • 9th December 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Penny, you yellow and green outfit is wonderful, like a daffodil. Who could not feel happy as they see you? My tip to my daughter was ‘forget fashion, buy clothes with style. They willlast longer’. Penny , your clothes are so stylish! Looking forward to your make up videos.

    • 11th December 2018 at 9:29 am

      Thank you! Someone else (on FB) wanted me to be their Christmas Tree! Makeup videos coming soon!

  • 9th December 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Love your outlook on the world and about keeping young at heart. I don’t bother about age as its how you feel. Looking forward to your take on make up tutorials as I look forward every week to your blog.

    • 11th December 2018 at 9:30 am

      Thank you Karin – I appreciate your feedback so much 🙂

  • 9th December 2018 at 2:13 pm

    You certainly rock all kinds of hats, Penny! I can’t wait to see the videos. I think it’s so important to challenge ourselves and to learn new skills. Must keep the brain active! Without sounding too sycophantic, I hope, you are my 70+ role model!

    • 11th December 2018 at 9:31 am

      Oh wow June – thanks! Videos starting up soon 🙂

  • 9th December 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Looking forward to seeing you on YouTube. I, too, am 70+ and like fashion and use make-up! Imagine my grandmothers saying that.
    I think you would enjoy “atypical 60”. She does YouTube and a blog. She loves makeup and wigs and is brutally honest.

    • 11th December 2018 at 9:33 am

      Hi Carol – yes, I know and love Catherine of Atypical60 – she’s so good and I love her honesty, her wigs (such a role model) and her overall attitude to life.

  • 9th December 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Love your green hat with the yellow coat and green scarf. Such a lovely cheerful outfit and what a contrast to all the black and grey we see at this time of year. As to your forthcoming YouTube channel I cannot wait. Totally agree with all you have said about people on the net seeming to avoid words like 70, 80 etc as if we don’t exist nor have any interest in fashion and makeup. I know there are a few out there but we definitely need more to make our presence felt.

    • 12th December 2018 at 3:45 pm

      Thanks so much Christine, and yes, it is as though we don’t exist or, which I think is even worse, it’s that we are lumped together in one great swathe of ages from 65-100+!!! The videos will be coming soon!

  • 9th December 2018 at 6:15 pm

    You know that my opinion is that in real life you are even more beautiful! Can’t wait to see your makeup videos!

    • 12th December 2018 at 3:46 pm

      Ah, thank you Nancy! Videos coming soon 🙂

  • 9th December 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Great outfits as usual. The coat at the bus stop is so stylish.
    The scarf and hat combo really suit you and are quality. The scarf would be worth the original price as it is a work of art, bargain.
    Look forward to your ideas on makeup.

    • 12th December 2018 at 4:03 pm

      Thank you! The coat at the bus stop is amazing and very beautiful – I usually wear in London, but it worked well on that Saturday night!

  • 9th December 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Thanks for saying the seventy word, I agree there seems to be a void. And thank you for making me think more confidently about wearing what I like, including, maybe … hats! I keep an eye out for them now, love thrift shopping, and you are the inspiration! Looking forward to your YT channel!

    • 12th December 2018 at 4:04 pm

      I’m so pleased Jeanne, but thank you for reading the blog – I do appreciate your feedback 🙂

  • 9th December 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Wow, you look fabulous! I always wished I could wear hats but they don’t look good on me. You look awesome. The black outfit is very elegant and the green / yellow is drop dead gorgeous and fun. I do hope you decide to wear the green hat as it suits your colouring so well. I am 51 and if I look even a little bit as good as you do in 20 years time, I will cound myself very lucky. You really are an inspiration. So looking forward to your makeup tutorials.

  • 9th December 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Looking forward too seeing you on YouTube Penny! Your black party outfit is really elegant! Keep up the good work for us 70 year olds. Cheers, Doreen

    • 12th December 2018 at 4:08 pm

      That dress! It’s the first time I’ve worn it and I’m very pleased I kept it out and away from the decluttering charity shop bag!

  • 9th December 2018 at 9:37 pm

    You look fabulous Penny and I’m looking forward to the make-up sessions.
    I am 70 and I think nowadays we can keep our straight hair if we want to-no old lady short curly perms for us!
    Also I wish researchers etc would realise that “over 80” is very different from “over 60” when talking about older people.

    • 12th December 2018 at 4:10 pm

      Yes, if I see a survey that has a box for the over 65s AND NOTHING BEYOND I see red. Honestly it is such a huge age range and there are differences – well we know that, but some market researchers don’t!

  • 9th December 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Like you, I am in the ‘and over’ age bracket, and like you it makes me mad. No one says 70, let alone 80! Looking forward to the makeup thingy, it sounds interesting! Love the blog!

    • 12th December 2018 at 4:11 pm

      We need to say it out loud – we’re 70 and this is who we are! Videos coming soon!

  • 10th December 2018 at 2:47 am

    You look absolutely marvellous, I love the green yellow combination, and your makeup is lovely. I adore make up, use it everyday, and love the way it makes me feel. I am using Charlotte Tilbury make up, it is quite expensive, so don’t buy everything she offers, but her primer, magic foundation and powder make my skin feel and look smooth and silky. Really looking forward to your make up tutorials. You are just rocking the 70’s age group, I’ve 3 years to go, but hope I’ll be rocking it like you do. I wish I had the guts to wear your black boots, but I think they might make my legs look like tree stumps! Have an awesome December!

    • 12th December 2018 at 4:15 pm

      I haven’t tried Charlotte Tilbury yet – but will soon. Thanks so much for saying I’m rocking the 70s age group – but I think that’s what we will all do that as the baby boomers are post-war and there was that energy and belief that we were all going forward to new horizons – ah well, say no more!

      You have an awesome December too!

  • 10th December 2018 at 8:22 am

    I do so like that green felted number , not at all wacky in my book but then we are both on the same page on that score. The scarf was a great buy , I know something hand dyed and crafted would fetch a high price here and the colour is so good on you. Good for you , embracing your own style , age really should not determine the way we dress or wear makeup . I must admit to playing more as the years pass.
    All the best with the make up video, I am quite sure it will inspire , particularly using a mix of products on a natural face not one unnaturally smooth , thanks to fillers and surgery.

    • 12th December 2018 at 4:18 pm

      That green hat is lovely and ever so slightly wacky. But it’s very warm, as is the scarf, so I’ll wait for the really cold weather before I wear them. Videos are coming but there’s quite a learning curve and a lot of fiddling around with updating the YouTube thing I’ve got already. Yes, big learning curve indeed!

  • 10th December 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Hello, you 70 year old woman you!

    I think you look fabulous and I love that you shop second hand and look so good. As for the make up videos I am very excited too. I know what you mean about the grinning and prancing about; I find it quite off putting. Calm sounds good to me…

    I loved your 5.00 yellow coat – what an absolute bargain and as for that beautiful green, felted (?) beret it’s absolutely beautiful. And the black coat was gorgeous – did you buy that in a charity shop as well?

    I am not surprised at the cost of the scarf (beautiful, btw) and as you say it is handmade. I bought a scarf for a 1.00 in a charity shop in Kilburn last year, It had a label on it and when I looked the label up the scarves retailed at 75.00 and 100+! I just cannot imagine spending that amount of money ona= an accessory!

    Good luck with the videos’ I’ll bet you get thousands of grateful followers!

    • 12th December 2018 at 4:23 pm

      The black coat was much more expensive (£25) I think and I dithered a bit before I bought it, but yes, it was a charity shop buy, and it looks good for London, which is where I usually wear it. But it worked well last Saturday night.

      Ohh I hope I do get some followers on YouTube – got 10 at the moment – and I’ll be very bumbling and a bit slow in comparison to most vloggers out there. There’s a big learning curve too, so it’s soon, maybe next week or the week after. But definitely coming 🙂

      Have a great rest of the week – which is turning out to be quite interesting………!

  • 11th December 2018 at 3:01 am

    Your beautiful hand made thrift shop finds are so inspiring.

    Being a southerner, I have always worn sun hat protection. Now I wear them all the time. Each up cycled “friend” is a wardrobe rock star! Attitude is the requirement.

    As a 70 year old, I am frustrated how any one older than 50 is put the same boat by youngsters. My energy level is not the same as my 90 year old woman friend.

    Make up tutorials sound like a fab idea. Thanks for generous upbeat sharing. Judy @fancified.ca

    • 12th December 2018 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you Judy for reading my blog – I find yours so inspirational. Yes, the age range that some researchers put us into is vast – 65 & onwards could mean to over 100 years! That’s 35 years!

      I wouldn’t call the videos I’m going to do tutorials exactly but it will be nice to share my love of makeup with others and encourage older women (in the onwards and beyond range!) to wear makeup.

      I do appreciate your feedback – thanks again 🙂

  • 11th December 2018 at 10:17 am

    I love the green hat. It would have been made by a process of felting wool fibres of different colours. Not sure exactly how it’s done but I think it is very time consuming. I have a scarf made by this method that I bought at a craft stall for £45.
    As someone else says the combination of yellow and green looks really fresh and ‘happy’. I like to wear a lot of colour because I think it cheers others up as well as me! I always give compliments and like receiving them too.
    Perhaps the lack of being specific about older ages is because a lot of us dread it so. If only it was just a number as some people say! I really don’t like what time is doing to my face and body but I have to accept it. I am a vain person although I don’t have much to be vain about! On a recent cruise I realised how kind low lighting can be but then the horrible truth is revealed next day. I will be interested to see your make-up videos.
    I’m sticking to my no more clothes policy at the moment but still collecting jewellery. I need to get selling because I’ve got far too much

    • 12th December 2018 at 4:36 pm

      I simply love felted wool and the hat is very very warm, so I’ll wait for some below freezing weather which hasn’t arrived yet. I do appreciate both crafters/makers and feel grateful that in both cases they donated their unsold work to a charity shop.

      Yes, the reality of ageing is challenging. Lighting that blurs the lines is so nice but I’ve recently changed where I do my makeup from an enclosed and dark bathroom to a table by the window – oooh, OMG etc, etc., the shock of it!!!! But this also is what has inspired me to do the videos. Thank you for commenting – I appreciate your views 🙂

  • 11th December 2018 at 12:14 pm

    I’m very excited about your make-up videos. You truly are an inspiration. I love your outlook. I’ll be 64 next week and never, ever felt my age until recently. Not physically thankfully – I’m still as active as ever – but I’m going through a hard phase psychologically. I absolutely love both your blogs. Keep up the good work xx

    • 12th December 2018 at 4:39 pm

      Thank you Christine – and you take care re: your situation. Life can be such a challenge at times.

      Thank you again for your feedback which is much appreciated.

  • 13th December 2018 at 8:04 pm

    That green hat is amazing. I would have picked it up too.
    As a knitter, I know all the work and effort that goes into those creations, and that’s why I only knit for people I love. It’s hard for other’s to appreciate it otherwise when you can get almost the same thing at Target for a pittance!!

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