I’m still rearranging things in the new flat including my makeup drawers, which are now my costume jewellery drawers.
I am, btw, going to re-start the makeup videos, not immediately, but at some point. There’s a whole load of reasons why I stopped them and I’ll be writing about this shortly. I’m just sorting where my makeup should be put and where I’ll be filming.
All the necklaces are from charity shops apart from the red one from the V&A and the one made from cotton-reels, which I got for my birthday. In the other drawer are the more sparkly items – here’s one of them.
It was bought new some years ago and it comes out for lots of occasions. Here I am (apologies for the quality of the pic) wearing it at the launch of Tricia Cusden’s book, Living the Life More Fabulous, which I enjoyed as it has loads of good tips on the things one should do as you age. It really is a good read.
There are many books out there on ageing and other things like style and makeup and wellbeing. Some are better than others. Quite recently I linked up with someone I met on Twitter (@MaryEvansYoung) who has written a great book on Ageing With Attitude – a guide for baby boomers, and I’ve said before, the Age Well Project (both a book and a blog) by Annabel Streets and Susan Saunders is absolutely outstanding. Not all the books on these issues I rate are necessarily for older women as there’s the blogger Alyson Walsh’s book Style Forever – she really knows her stuff. Then there’s Pretty Honest by journalist Sali Hughes which is a really full-on book that has absolutely everything in it about beauty and your face and is a terrifically good read.
However (pause) there’s something that I have to admit, it’s like all self-help books, I read them and then what? Do I do all the things that are in these books – actually I don’t. Perhaps a little of this type of reading permeates into my life-style and that’s good and maybe that is exactly what the authors aim for. But do tell me what you think of this type of book – do you read them? I ask because every now and then I think should I write a book? But I don’t. And on reflection I think I am more of an essayist. Anyway, I’m interested in your thoughts on these books.
Actually, what I don’t see out there are many books about the 4th age, as I guess the books on ageing well and healthily are for the 3rd age as they usually have many illustrations and pix of the 50+ age group. This makes me think that there’s a big gap in the market. Let’s have more about living through a much, much older age. Would you read a book on that? I would. I’m interested, as that is my age group.
Here I am in some grey-weather, grey clothes at the gym with leggings peeping under the coat plus a woolly jumper.
The virus I had/have is so annoying as it is exceedingly minor but it comes and goes and then returns once again – it’s been over 3 weeks of this. Longing to get back the vitality that I know I have that lasts. Once that happens I’m aiming to volunteer a couple of sessions in a charity shop. More about that when I actually do this!
But really, life in Brighton-by-the-sea is great. Here’s a pic taken during a walk in the sun on Sunday – the sparkling sea is such a joy.
Went to Ikea yesterday. Huge crowds including many children accompanying their parents as it’s half-term. Wouldn’t have thought children would enjoy this as a day out, but there you are. Feeding the thousands there the ubiquitous meatballs with very little in the way of waiting time is a modern miracle of efficiency. Lovely staff serving as well. Applause and 5 stars out of 5 for service.
Finally, I’ve just read a really bonkers book. It’s the Booker prize-winning Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. I avoided it for ages as reviews said how unique it was (did that mean unreadable). But I saw it in a charity shop at £2 and thought, oh what the heck. And, my word, do not expect a conventional read, but I found it quite the page-turner. What was going to happen, I wondered? Absolutely original. It surprised me and so pleased to have read it. Now re-reading the Philip Pullman trilogy beginning with His Dark Materials ahead of the BBC series starting this Sunday.
That’s all for now. With love
Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper