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.