Hello dear friends and thank you so much for your good wishes and thoughts about the anxiety I had (which I think a lot of us suffer from) before travelling. Because, of course, on the actual day I was fine, and I had a great time in London.

And where did I go?  I went up to London for Tricia Cusden’s book launch of Living the Life More Fabulous. Beauty, Style & Empowerment for Older Women.

Tricia Cusden, is of course, the founder of Look Fabulous Forever, a simply great makeup range for older women. If you haven’t done before, do have a look at her how-to-put-your-makeup-on video tutorials on YouTube, which you can access on her website here.

Here’s a quick summary of this excellent book.  This is far more than just a handbook on style and makeup, as it’s actually also about feeling great. Yes, there are chapters on makeup, style, hair, fitness and health, and very good they are too, especially the one on fitness which I learnt a lot from, because, as you know, I have to catch up on fitness after not taking a class for a year.  But for me the key chapters are about feeling confident and living the life more fabulous. Here’s one quote out of many I could give you that strikes a very pertinent chord with me. Tricia notes that by living the life more fabulous, “In this philosophy, we take full responsibility for our own wellbeing in our lifestyle choices and are still open to learning, growth and whatever opportunities come our way, because we love life and want to live it  to the full.”

Oh yes, I’m with Tricia on this all the way. You can buy the book from Look Fabulous Forever by clicking here.

And here are a few pics of my trip to London.

All packed and ready to go. Yes, that’s all I took, except that the red skirt and black top were carried separately on their respective hangers in a plastic clothes cover. I needed the umbrella as the weather was typically wet, plus there was that bitingly, damp cold that we get here in the UK.

I wore my big hat and hid under it, as I wasn’t wearing any makeup going up to town!

Here I am in the hotel bedroom wearing the red outfit.  Now which shoes did I wear?

Yup, it was the boots! Look, I just don’t do dainty shoes. And also can you see that a lot of other people were wearing their boots too!  It was a very cold evening, and people were walking in from the freezing cold into the venue with their boots, so I didn’t feel at all odd wearing them.

I met some great people. Gosh, I do like her bag, and will look out for one just like that, as my quite nice, but larger, bag crashed into some glasses on the bar – didn’t break any though – but my bag could have been smaller!

And there were some people who looked outstanding – I so liked this look!

We listened to Tricia and her publisher speak about the book.  Btw, I got a really lovely mention in her speech, and there’s a page in the book on the joys of shopping frugally in charity shops!  And then we heard a heart-rending and heart-warming presentation of the charity Unique, which fund raises and supports children with very rare chromosome disorders.  I’m pleased to say the event had a fab raffle and that raised a lot of money for the charity.

A great time was had by all. Btw, apologies for the slightly odd colouring to the pics – the lighting had a blue tint to it, and all these were taken on my and Mr Frugalfashionshopper’s phone.

More to come in my next post about the next day’s outing.

Until then, with love

Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

And sharing with:

Patti and Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style

Catherine and iwillwearwhatilike at Not Dressed as Lamb

Nancy’s Fancy Friday at Nancy’s Fashion Style





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9 thoughts on “Living the Life More Fabulous!

  • 13th February 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Lovely outfit – and very well balanced with the boots, so much nicer than the little shoes.
    Oooohhhhh! If only we had charity shops here in Spain…….
    Love your blog and the way it has encouraged me to really look into my wardrobe and invent different outfits without buying anything new. Except some beautiful R & B boots in the sale at Christmas, they were such a bargain at half price!!!!!

    • 14th February 2018 at 9:35 am

      Thank you for your comment and observation about the boots! The thing is, to do dainty you have to have everything else absolutely right. But the skirt was a bit out there, so really I had to have quite strong shoes to, as you said, balance the look, which I think the boots did. Anyway I love them AND they’re comfortable!
      Yes, shame about the lack of charity shops in Spain as they are so good for fund-raising. Has anyone from the expat community thought of starting one up?

  • 13th February 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Penny, I’m late to the party (again!) but here’s my fourpennyworth regarding anxiety. Like many others daughters, I too, was affected by my mother’s fretful ways: she once told me she reckoned she’d actually been born worrying. No way was I going down that road so I told myself Sod It! and from then on absolutely refused to whittle the small stuff. And it works. (Mostly – we all know about Sod’s Law.) So look at you: all that angst yet your trip turned out fine and you really enjoyed yourself, we can all see that. And look at the lady on your left in the photo showing your back view: It’s my guess she’s admiring your chutzpah – and very deserving it is too! See? Nothing bad happened; in fact, the reverse.

    Sorry to bang on, but have you tried checking each reason for a particular anxiety and planning how to maybe put it right beforehand? Breaking down concerns into small units can often lead to finding a way round a problem. The time to worry is when something does happen, then deal with it. All bleeding obvious, I know, but sometimes the b. obvious needs stating to get acted upon. In the meantime, you go girl! Get out there and dazzle!

    And if all this sounds a bit pi, then please forgive. I don’t mean to preach, it’s just that having seen how my mother’s anxiety affected my growing years, I don’t like knowing about others’ suffering and not sticking my oar in. Sorry!

    And finally, I was a-mazed (sic) at how absolutely lovely you and your outfit, boots an’ all, looked when all put together. So, stop whittling and keeeep dazzling! (And no, I don’t watch Strictly!) 🙂

    • 14th February 2018 at 9:41 am

      Really, thanks, Zepherine, totally appreciated, as it’s been so good to know others have been or are in the same situation. I mostly don’t get worried too much, it’s travel mainly, but I do know that I haven’t inherited the ‘depression’ gene from her, which I’m really grateful for, as I’m a cup half-full kind of person. I have been to a hypnotherapist who has given me some really good techniques, and actually on the day I was fine!!!! And thanks re: the outfit. That entire outfit (skirt, top and belt) was bought in one shop for the grand total of £20 – what a find!

  • 13th February 2018 at 5:43 pm

    What did Tricia say about you in her speech?

  • 13th February 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Good for you! That book sounds very interesting!

    • 14th February 2018 at 9:41 am

      Thank you Nancy! See you over at your blog!

  • 13th February 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Of course you had a fabulous day!

    The outfit looked great with the boots and at least you were warm and comfortable as well as stylish!

    So glad to see the author of the book wasn’t all botoxed and surgically enhanced…


    • 14th February 2018 at 9:49 am

      Thanks Veronica! That outfit – what a find it was!

      And as for Tricia, I met her on Twitter some four or more years ago! And we think alike on faces and ageing. No way would either of us do any botoxing or surgery. We think – here’s our face, we live with it as it ages, but we do enhance it with fab makeup. RE: Tricia’s makeup – she’d probably have a fit if she reads this (!) but I don’t buy every one of her products, but her under makeup prime is absolutely outstanding – haven’t found anything else like it. Also the mascara – that’s good. And I always put on the eye prime. Where she truly stands out is in her attitude towards ageing and her tutorials on how to put on makeup using only her face or older models. If only other companies would do the same as there’s a huge market out there, but good for Tricia as she’s there.

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