I expect you’re very busy. It’s just one week to Christmas and there’s much to do. We’re hosting the Christmas lunch and there’s all the food shopping to complete and orders to be put in. Btw, I don’t do ANY baking. Not now, not any more. I used to make everything including my own bread. Yes, stuffing, Christmas cake, mince pies, Christmas biscuits (cookies), savouries for people coming round (e.g. cheese straws) I made it all. Now I think life’s too short! And that, at my age, is actually true!  Instead I spend my time ordering in food (I cook the turkey with all the trimmings, of course) and getting things like my nails done. They’ll be a sparkling green and red, I think, and I’ll take a pic or two when they’re done for you to see.

Am I remembering things correctly but winters were colder, weren’t they? I know we had several snowy Christmases here in Brighton. I also know people prefer warm weather but I truly long for cold weather to go with the festive season. (I always sleep well when it’s cold!) Actually, there were a couple of days last week when the temperatures dipped a bit in the UK. Yet, I heard a lot of complaints about this, but people, it’s winter, it should be cold!  Me, I was delighted with the cold, as I got out a hat I’d bought last year but never worn. The hat was new I’m afraid, but bought in a rather dinky vintage shop in Lewes, Closet & Botts.

The green colour went well with the red Michael Kors puffer coat, which you might remember I bought for next to nothing at TKMaxx.

Yesterday the weather was a lot warmer so I wore my £5 yellow coat with the wonderful yellow pom-pom hat.

Here you can see that I completed the yellow look with a yellow scarf.

I mean if you like a colour just go for it!  Actually while I was out several people came up to me and mentioned the brightness of the yellow, which was in such contrast to the grey cloudy sky.  Always remember I’m telling you this to encourage the wearing of brighter clothes in winter and a move away from the ubiquitous black. And gosh do we need a bit of colour and gaiety here in the UK, for reasons I won’t go into on this blog!!!

And now for an update on the proposed makeup videos I’m going to do. There have been a couple of challenges to overcome. One was that I’ve had to update my phone as it didn’t have enough memory. I was half way through a video when the whole thing came to a stop. I thought that referred just to the videos and the next day I took some pics for this weeks blog but yesterday couldn’t find them anywhere – the entire phone memory was completely full. Now I’ve got one with over 200GB so it’s all systems go (the previous one had only 16GB – not enough). And here you can see me wrestling with a selfie-stick, which wasn’t tuned into the new phone! I mean for those of you who’ve been doing this for some time, you must think…..

But actually I do love having a project to deal with. I’ve done a couple of videos already, but I realise it’s not just the video it’s the editing and the overall ‘look’ of my YouTube link plus other minor things I have to do.  And all this while I’m writing on My Other Blog (nothing this week, but twice last week) and then it’s Christmas!!! Here’s an aside. Are you a quick writer of Christmas cards? I am not, but Mr F is. He just writes, ‘from’ and our names, while I like to write long notes inside my cards, and invariably there are one or two I just don’t get round to because I think I should be writing practically a letter inside the card. And no I don’t do that Round Robin letter – I think they’re awful  (I might tell you why I think that if you ask, but won’t say on the post!).

Anyway, although the YouTube thing is near to launch I won’t talk about it again until I am totally ready!  But thanks so much for your interest. Yes, it’s a challenge and a learning curve, but it’s also fun and it’ll be great to share this with you.

All the very best and good luck with the last minute Christmas chores!

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper 







38 thoughts on “On hats and coats and other things – like painting one’s nails instead of baking!

  • 18th December 2018 at 9:10 am

    Thank you Penny for your wonderful blogs. I look forward to reading them all. It is a pleasure to read your views. So similar to mine!
    Have a happy Christmas and lets hope we have a more settled and fruitful 2019
    Keep writing!
    Best wishes Jay

    • 20th December 2018 at 8:05 am

      Thank you so much for your feedback, Jay. And,I’ll definitely keep writing as it is what I like doing best. Happy Christmas to you too!

  • 18th December 2018 at 9:42 am

    I agree with you Penny re baking and making at Christmas! I used to religiously follow Delia and do stir up Sunday etc but like you the older I get I can’t be bothered with all the faff! Loving your colours and hats wish I could find hats to fit! Hope you and your husband have a wonderful Christmas.

    • 20th December 2018 at 8:08 am

      Thank you Margaret, and yes, baking is overrated, in my opinion 🙂 I mean if you enjoy it, by all means, but I just don’t seem to have the time!

      Wishing you a Happy Christmas

  • 18th December 2018 at 10:02 am

    Love reading your blogs Penny. This is the first time I am not hosting Christmas and we are going to my daughter (it will be her first time at hosting). It feels very strange not having to stock the cupboards with food!
    I hope you have a wonderful time and send you good wishes for the new year.

    • 20th December 2018 at 8:10 am

      It’ll be different, not cooking, but enjoy! Wishing you a Happy Christmas and all the best for an interesting 2019!

  • 18th December 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Isn’t it great that it’s almost Christmas. I’ll bet Brighton looks fabulous this time of the year! If you are visiting the center, I mean up above there where Urban Outfitters is, take a photo for me of how it looks like! Enjoy your Christmas days dear Penny!

    • 20th December 2018 at 8:13 am

      I’ve been on a bus so many times after sunset and seen the lights and not taken a pic! I will next time I’m there – promise! Have a lovely Christmas too xxx

  • 18th December 2018 at 5:29 pm

    I don’t bake anything either – just the turkey crown and trimmings! Have a fantastic Christmas Penny, and so looking forward to your videos. I used to have fun with a selfie stick until I bought a phone that’s really too big for them. Duh!

    • 20th December 2018 at 8:15 am

      This is now a no-baking household! Have a lovely Christmas, Gail and here’s to an interesting 2019!

  • 18th December 2018 at 5:37 pm

    I’m looking forward to seeing the nails. They sound very festive! I love the photo of you in the yellow coat. The colour really suits you. It is my other half who cooks (and shops) for the Christmas lunch. As my sons grew older, they have assisted more and more. My role is to drink our traditional Bucks Fizz… Happy Christmas!

    • 20th December 2018 at 8:16 am

      What a good other half! Happy Christmas June and all the best for 2019!

  • 18th December 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Loving that green hat! It goes really well with your red puffa jacket. I love the sound of your Christmas nails – you couldn’t get more festive if you tried…

    I’m the same, no baking at Christmas. I’ll make a trifle and I’ve only ever made mince pies once and they exploded in the oven! No one eats Christmas cake in our house except me so I’ve never even attempted to bake one.

    Hope you have a fabulous Christmas and I’ll see you in New Year.

    • 20th December 2018 at 8:18 am

      I have made a trifle for Christmas but this year have ordered a Taste the Difference bread and butter pudding! We find Christmas pudding just a bit much after the big plate of turkey and trimmings – I did make one once!

      Have a lovely Christmas and all the best for 2019 xxxx

  • 18th December 2018 at 8:20 pm

    Hi Penny
    You look fabulous in the yellow! Would love that coat when you`ve finished with it .ha ha.
    As for baking…No i won`t be.! Just the standard xmas roast, but will buy the desserts. Can`t be ar–d!
    Enjoy Christmas , looking forward to more blogs soon.

    Kind regards,

    • 20th December 2018 at 8:34 am

      Hello Karen and thanks so much – yellow is great, isn’t it! Wishing you a Happy Christmas and all the very best for 2019 x

  • 18th December 2018 at 8:20 pm

    Hi Penny
    I love the green hat and red jacket; such great colours together & SO Christmassy. I also love the vibrant yellow jacket and hat. In fact Penny, there is not one single thing you have worn in your blogs that I HAVEN’T loved!!! I adore reading your blogs each week, not least because I love your personality which comes across in each one. I am REALLY looking forward to viewing your make-up videos as I have been mega-interested in make-up since I was 15 years old (I am now 75). Please let us have a shot of your red & green nails.
    Penny, I hope you & your husband have a Happy Christmas. I am looking forward to all the interesting things in store for us in your 2019 blogs.
    Regards from Fran Whyte

    • 20th December 2018 at 8:36 am

      Thank you sooo much Fran, it’s lovely to get your feedback and hear that you enjoy the blogs. Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and all the best for 2019 xxx

  • 18th December 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Comfy, splendid coats – love that yellow beauty! Christmas food shopping to be done, along with a couple more presents! Nails already done by my daughter – lucky me. Looking forward t seeing your video too, Have a happy Christmas. x Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • 22nd December 2018 at 8:42 am

      Happy Christmas Jacqui – and here’s to an interesting 2019!

  • 19th December 2018 at 9:10 am

    You look very stylish x Merry Christmas to you! I’m having a trip to London before Christmas so I can’t get fully into the swing until I’m back – then it’s going to be all kinds of crazy haha

    • 22nd December 2018 at 8:43 am

      There’s so much to do! Wishing you a Happy Christmas!

  • 19th December 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Love your red coat Penny it looks so good on you.
    I enjoy your posts thank you and all the best to you
    For the coming year
    Vivien Farrer

    • 22nd December 2018 at 8:44 am

      Thank you Vivien – I’m so glad you like the blog. Wishing you all the best for Christmas and the New Year.

  • 19th December 2018 at 5:32 pm

    I love the green hat and think it suits you admirably.
    Have you considered wearing that darling yellow coat with an even wilder hat (scarf / gloves)? Maybe team up bright orange or lime green ( citrus colours!) or bright multicolors? The latter would be so much fun!

    • 22nd December 2018 at 8:46 am

      I do wear orange gloves with the yellow coat. You’re right, that coat can take a lot of different and bright colours. Thank you!

  • 19th December 2018 at 11:24 pm

    Dear Penny,
    Wearing color gives me exuberance. It is the gift that keeps giving all day. Your thrifted mellow yellow coat is so adorable. On a silver day, its warm intensity must have brought good cheer. Thanks for your insightful sharing and have a joyful Christmas. Judy @fancified.ca

    • 22nd December 2018 at 8:51 am

      Have a lovely Christmas, Judy and I look forward to seeing your posts next year 🙂

  • 20th December 2018 at 8:56 am

    I shall be dining out this year at a local restaurant wearing my new raspberry pink wool coat! Thanks for your blogs which I really enjoy as your style is similar to mine. I am still working full time at 64 but hoping to retire next year! So there will be a big wardrobe clear out ; bye bye work attire, hello colourful quirky items and more charity shopping!

    • 22nd December 2018 at 8:53 am

      Raspberry pink – lovely! Yes, retirement is such a great opportunity to experiment and find the you that was hidden because of work and other commitments – you’ll enjoy this so much. All the best for 2019!

  • 20th December 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Like you I used to make just about everything myself but no more. The last time I made pastry it was so bad I vowed never again! Usually go for red glitter nails for Xmas but may have iridescent purple instead this year, the glitter is so hard to get off ( I do my own nails still).
    I hope all contributors have a happy festive season, however they choose to celebrate – or not. I always look back at this time of year to see what I’ve done that’s new or different. Going on 2 singing weekends features and a lovely meal with my daughters at a posh hotel/restaurant in the summer. There must be more – I hope so anyway!

    • 22nd December 2018 at 8:56 am

      The singing weekends sound interesting. I love singing and must find a choir but there are so many in Brighton, which to chose is what I’m wrestling with. Have a great Christmas Lynda and thank you so much for all the comments you made throughout the year – much appreciated 🙂

  • 20th December 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Hi Penny,
    Yes I was just like you – made the cake, the puddings, the mincemeat, the ice cream, the bread (on Christmas Day because I’d read that it had special qualities if you made it then) while working full time and not getting off until Christmas Eve to give the people with children the advantage. This was after cleaning the house from top to bottom and making sure all the washing and ironing was done because my mother always said that if the house wasn’t clean Father Christmas wouldn’t come. NO MORE!!!!! We have 3 Christmas Puddings in the cupboard which we bought over the past three years and can’t face, I’ve bought the cake and when we have our family Christmas party on the 28th everything will be provided by our local butcher and Mr. Tesco. Still it’s stressful because, although my husband is wonderful he thinks Christmas is all done by the Christmas Fairy, and, like you I want to write a little personal note in the cards. Then he says “Did we send a card to Geoff and Fran?”
    That’s my Christmas rant. The wonderful thing is that 2 years after we had to lose our beautiful Dachsund, Oscar, in horrible circumstances we now have a beautiful Cavalier puppy, Lizzie, who has made our house come alive again, so Christmas will be fun once more.
    I wish you and Mr. Frugalfashionshopper a very happy and healthy Christmas. I have so enjoyed your blogs over the last year and the feeling that women of our age have very similar views on so many issues.
    Have a fab time, you will look terrific throughout, I look forward to your videos in the new year.
    Happy, happy Christmas
    Love Chrissie x

    • 22nd December 2018 at 9:00 am

      Hello Chrissie and thank you for the comment – your sentiments so echo mine. How I used to toil at the stove top and oven, and clean, and all whilst working full time and coping with teenagers!!!!! Not any more! So pleased to hear about the new dog. Have a lovely Christmas and here’s to an interesting 2019 x

  • 20th December 2018 at 8:30 pm

    How wonderful that you will be on youtube, I look forward to seeing you there. When I was a young mum (very young) I decided that I did not want to be known for my baking when I die, so I have only ever once done any baking at Christmas. But truly, it will be quite hot here in New Zealand, at Christmas, so barbeques and salads are more popular these days. And pavlova, of course, which is actually an NZ original recipe, not Australian.

    • 22nd December 2018 at 9:02 am

      The videos have been put on the back-burner through all the Christmas preparations e.g. spent hours yesterday wrapping presents – gosh, that took a lot of time!

      And enjoy the barbecues – sounds amazing. And pavlova – yum! Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

  • 21st December 2018 at 12:40 am

    Hi, Penny
    It was a pleasure to read your post. I actually read it a couple of days ago but hung up and couldn’t leave a note to you. I’ve had and have some yellow coats in my closet so you can guess which one is my fav. Yes, it’s the yellow one.
    Now, as far as baking, cooking or whatever you want to call it for Christmas. When the girls were little and I was teaching full time, I was just too harried to do to much for Christmas. Now, we pretty much have a culinary-palozza. The girls and I go a little crazy for Thanksgiving, Christmas, 4th of July and what we call “Spring Fling”. We even have a secret Facebook group so we can just plan what we are going to do. We each have our strengths and tend to let one do what they are comfortable creating. But, I would never be responsible for everything-that would never go over-it’s a family thing.

    Well, wishing the best for the season for you and your family. And have a great time getting your nails done!

    xoxo Terri

    • 22nd December 2018 at 9:10 am

      Thank you Terri. It’s funny but I did far more baking whilst working! Now there are so many products out there to buy – and I do! Both my kids have stressful jobs and I’m pleased to cook for them this year, but maybe next year one of them will host the Christmas lunch (which is always turkey here in the UK). We’ve been taking it in turns and if someone else is hosting then we always bring a dish. And one year we even cooked the turkey, wrapped it up, put it into our car and drove to our daughter’s who was cooking everything else. Tbh, I prefer the following day (Boxing Day) which as you probably know has nothing to do with boxing, it was when the tradesmen came to the door for their Christmas ‘box’. I always relax on that day, enjoy a long walk, eat cold turkey which is so delicious and maybe read a book given as a present. But it will be lovely to have the family around the table. Have a great Christmas Terri and all the very best for 2019.


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