Hello everyone

Here’s a pic of me on a sunny day on Brighton seafront and it’s relevant as I’ve just been nominated for a Sunshine Blogger Award – wow! Btw, note the guy in a t-shirt and then me wrapped up with the yellow coat and a bright scarf bought recently for a fiver, which is the same price as the coat! I was wrapped up, people, because there was a chilly wind!

Yes, Jodie, of Jodie’s Touch of Style, and one of my favourite bloggers, gave me this award and I am so surprised and honoured – thank you so much Jodie.

Here’s the thing – the Sunshine Blogger Award is given from bloggers to fellow bloggers who inspire creativity and positivity by bringing sunshine to the blogging community and to their readership alike. It is a way of encouraging one another as in saying ‘Hey, you are doing a great job and we can see it. Keep it up!!’

I’m getting a new icon for this, answering the questions Jodie put to me and, nominating four of my favourite bloggers for the Sunshine award – see below and check them out 🙂

Yes, the reason why Jodie is a favourite for me is because she has a unique take on her blog. Alongside her own fashion choices, she includes Charlotte, her mother, and Nancy, her step-mother, which means she features fashion for the 50s (Jodie), 70s (Nancy), and 80s (Charlotte)! I often like Charlotte’s outfits best i) because Charlotte has great looks, style and presence and ii) she makes about 90% of what she wears. Her skills in this area are amazing. What a role model for the 80s she is – none better in my view!  Do check this blog out.

And now here are the questions Jodie set me:

1. I’d love to know how your perception of blogging has changed since you started?

Well, in June it will be 6 years! And to this day it is not a chore. But looking back I remember I had some anxieties about whether I could write a few hundred words every single week. And the answer is, yes, I can!  So, I have more confidence about writing and blogging.  Also, I totally love the comments that come in and try to answer every single one – that’s so important.

Looking beyond my blog, I see that blogging is changing, and Instagram is becoming a favourite place to be. I think Insta is for people who love photography – me, not so much! Meanwhile, the writers of this world will never stop blogging!

And I still feel to this day so very strongly that older women can dress stylishly on very little money – hence the blog and the reason to focus on charity shop shopping/thrifting.

2. Tips!! I would love to know some of the tips and tricks that you have up your sleeve. The ones that have helped you blogging or even ones that help you balance blogging and your life.

I would say, always know why you’re writing the blog. For me it is the writing so very early on I decided that blogging was not going to be about selling. I can see that this is what a lot of bloggers do, but I am totally happy not to be doing that. But never say never and see No. 4 below.  Apart from that I don’t have any tips as such. I write once a week and I don’t I have a particular day when I post. It’s usually Monday, but not always. So, I’d say don’t be bound by deadlines or other considerations. Blog because you love to blog and love communicating with your followers.

And I never ever write in the evening – that’s my downtime

 3. I want to be nosy and ask about your childhood. Where were you born and what did you want to be when you grew up?

You might be surprised to know I wasn’t born in the UK, but in India! Can’t remember a thing about it though, as we left when I was 1-year-old.  My childhood in England was very conventional and conservative (small c and big) but after the 50s, the 60s were just the most mind-blowing experience. And in the late 60s and early 70s, much to my parent’s alarm, I was quite the hippy!

Before that, when I was a child, I wanted to be an officer in the navy. And, the reason for this must have been something to do with when we left India we travelled to England, via the Suez Canal, in a large ship. My parents tell me I was forever crawling near the rails so fascinated was I by the sea, which is probably why nowadays I love a cruise!!

4. What’s your favourite social media site and why?

Not sure about a favourite. I have a Facebook account, I am on Instagram, I have just re-activated Twitter, and recently I started a YouTube channel – woo hoo about that one!

What do I think of social media?  I blow hot and cold. I have a Facebook page for my blog, but I never put anything on it, although there is a link to get to the blog. My actual account is private and basically, it’s my space to rant about politics in the UK and elsewhere!

Instagram? My account is more connected to my blog and I do post pics on it. Mind you, I think it’s important, not to get obsessed about ‘likes’ so I stay away from it for days at a time. However, I do love my Instagram account because it’s full of lovely women interested in the same things as me, which is great. Maybe this is my favourite?

But I’ve gone back to Twitter to rant about a certain topic that begins with B and enjoying that!  And I’ve just started a YouTube channel. It’s at the moment primarily about makeup but I might well do other things on it. I’m really loving the challenge. However, on this bit of social media, if it developed and I got better at it (because there is soooo much to learn) then I wouldn’t mind earning a bit, or getting sent some makeup. That would be lovely, but how that happens I have no idea – early days, I’d say.

5. Tell me your opinions on the best part of blogging and the worst part of blogging?

Best – is the community of women reading my blog and commenting. I value and appreciate them all. Also, I simply love getting to know other bloggers. Worst – no worsts! But the photography is always a challenge. Really, I would like to do more outside action shots. Mr F is so helpful, but he likes the editing, making little films side of it all. An actual personal photographer would be my greatest wish.

6. How do you save money with blogging and clothes?

I definitely don’t spend a lot of money because the blog is about charity shop shopping and the clothes that can be found in these shops.  But prices around the UK differ a lot. Where I live the prices are relatively high, not so for one of my nominees below (Vronni!) who regularly seems to find great clothes and jewellery for around £1!



And here you lovely people are my questions:

  1. Why did you begin blogging?
  2. Has your blog changed since you started it?
  3. Blogging is time-consuming – what are the challenges you face in finding the time?
  4. When do you write a post – the morning or the evening?
  5. What is your favourite topic?
  6. What’s the thing you love most about blogging?
  7. What’s the thing you like least?
  8. Where do you see yourself and your blog in five years time?

The rules for this award are as follows:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the questions given by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate other blogs and give questions for them to answer.
  4. Notify your nominees through social media or by commenting on their blog.
  5. List the rules and display a Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.

Thank you again, Jodie and, like you, I’m looking forward to seeing what my nominees say when they respond to this award!

Normal service will be resumed this coming Monday – I have lots of topics I want to share with you including ‘maintenance’ (!) and ‘loving my white hair’.

And one with my hat on.

With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper


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28 thoughts on “The Sunshine Blogger Award for Frugal Fashion Shopper!

  • 23rd February 2019 at 1:13 pm

    An interesting post as usual – thanks! I had a look at the blogs you have nominated and the main thing that struck me was the number of adverts! I would not follow any for that reason alone; I’m very suspicious of this stuff which can just be data mining.
    Although I try to keep an open mind I find myself resistant to the idea of being told how to ‘style’ outfits by anyone. Perhaps this means I’m going to get stuck in a rut but so be it. Also noted how one of the bloggers is very interested in anti-aging and what’s this ad encouraging readers to find out ‘How do you match up against Hollywood Icons’?? Zero interest in that!
    I think I’ll stick to you and Tricia as although I’m interested in clothes and make-up (still need a better foundation and a hair re-style is coming up!) I’m interested in a lot of other things too and there’s only so much time……..

    • 26th February 2019 at 8:16 am

      Hello Lynda – well, yes, tbh, I’m also wary of all this selling, but it’s very widespread. And as you know I do believe we should wear exactly what we want!!! Note that Vronni is very very similar to me. I totally recommend her blog for being a no advert space.

      But it’s interesting to get your view and realise you think the same 🙂

  • 23rd February 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Congratulations Penny! You certainly do bring sunshine to my day when I see a post from you in the in box. Thanks to Jodie for the nomination. I had never read Veronica before, but just took a look and she is fun as well. You look like me, when the weather starts to warm and there are people in short sleeves there is me in a jacket and gloves with a head covering of some kind. Really don’t like the cold winds. Looking forward to Monday blog.

    • 26th February 2019 at 8:17 am

      Thank you Diane! And yes, Veronica’s blog is so good. Her photos are lovely – the light seems to be just right!

  • 23rd February 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Congratulations, Penny! Well deserved! You do spread sunshine as well as information and inspiration!
    Charlene H

    • 26th February 2019 at 8:18 am

      Oh Charlene, thank you so much x

  • 23rd February 2019 at 5:09 pm

    Congratulations! That’s awesome. I am so happy for you and your success. Your winning the award also means that people resonnace with frugal fashion and thrifting. That’s so cool!

    • 26th February 2019 at 8:20 am

      Woo hoo Nicole – thank you! And yes, the world is ready to buy less and re-use fashion that would end up in landfill or sent in vast quantities to the African continent where it ruins indigenous industries. We really should buy pre-loved/second-hand. It is cool to thrift!

  • 23rd February 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Congratulations! And you sure bring sunshine in my life with that lovely photo of beautiful Brighton! Just another night away! And thank you very much for nominating me! I feel honored and grateful!

    • 26th February 2019 at 8:21 am

      Thank you so much and so very pleased to nominate you 🙂

  • 24th February 2019 at 9:09 am

    Congratulations Penny and well deserved too, You do look so good in your sunny yellow coat. I did smile at the young man in his tee shirt, reminds me of my sons , me rugged up and they wearing shorts and tee shirts.
    I found it interesting you were born in India , have you ever travelled back. I feel the same about no advertising . Pity we are so far away from each other , photography is my thing and would so enjoy playing personal photographer.

    • 26th February 2019 at 8:31 am

      Yes, the t-shirt and the wool coat side-by-side! But the weather’s turned warmer this week and it’s actually too warm for February. 20C in Wales yesterday and expected to be even warmer today – that’s not right.

      Well I have a lot of back history with my father and rebelling against his views on Empire (resolved before he died and I edited his memoir and learnt a lot) I never returned to India. Instead I was determined to love Europe and feel quite sad at the moment for reasons I don’t need to explain really!!! However (and I’ll try and keep this short) his India was actually pre-war and all around the Khyber Pass and the North West Frontier and that’s all Pakistan now. I missed a window of opportunity when I should have followed the ‘hippy trail’ But he went deep into areas that now I could never ever visit, but I follow the situation there, and if ever…..

      However, your last point made me say to MOH before we get too decrepit we really should travel a bit more, so maybe 😉

  • 24th February 2019 at 10:10 am

    Congratulations, Penny! A very well deserved award and you certainly look the epitome of a sunshine blogger in your yellow coat. We were in Brighton, a couple of weeks ago, on a dog/house sitting assignment. The weather was dreadful but we still had a fabulous time, especially when it came to eating out. I was inspired to blog about five of the places we liked the most. I’m off to have a look at Jodie’s blog. I like the sound of her ‘models’!

    • 26th February 2019 at 8:40 am

      Thank you June – and I did read your blog post and it inspired me to try out new places! Do also look at Vronni’s blog as she’s very similar to me 🙂

    • 26th February 2019 at 8:40 am

      Oh Eloise – thank you so much 🙂

  • 24th February 2019 at 1:22 pm

    So lovely to hear more about you Penny, i too have received this award and enjoyed answering my questions. What a wonderful idea, we must all help each other like this and hope this carries on. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • 26th February 2019 at 8:43 am

      Thank you Jacqui – was very surprised as I don’t take myself too seriously or blog as often as some – it’s very much about being your own woman (and that includes me) no matter what age you are 🙂

  • 24th February 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Penny, we still have snow here on Vancouver Island, and there you are, in your bright coat, scarf and gloves. What a mood elevator. Thank you very much. It’s a lovely outfit. And I will check out those blogs you gave us contacts to.

    • 26th February 2019 at 8:49 am

      But it’s actually too warm which is a bit alarming. 20C in Wales yesterday and expected to be warmer today. Having it sunny is nice but this temperature – that’s not right for this time of year. Hmm. But the yellow coat is very cheerful to wear!

  • 25th February 2019 at 12:32 am

    I loved learning more about you Penny!! And my mom will just love hearing what you had to say about her!! She is an amazing seamstress and I have been so blessed to have her in my life!
    I had to laugh about your photo too. That’s how it is around here a lot…guys in shorts and the three of us are all bundled up!!

    • 26th February 2019 at 8:49 am

      Yes, truly, your mother is a great role model for us all – do tell her 🙂

  • 25th February 2019 at 9:06 pm

    Penny, congratulations on your Sunshine Award! Thoroughly deserved and what a lovely surprise for you. Love your sunny yellow coat and hat and of course lovely sunny Brighton!

    Talking of surprises; I was astonished and very proud to be nominated by you! Thank you, so much. I hope I’ve understood what you wanted us nominees to do so I’ve done my best to answer your questions below:

    1) I began blogging in November 2015. Through Pinterest I had discovered blogs for older women – what a revelation! I then realised that a lot of blogs, though both inspiring and often full of very good advice, featured a lot of clothes and accessories that were beyond my budget. I’ve shopped in charity shops since the mid 1980s and knew you could find lovely things; especially clothes at prices most ordinary people could afford. I often got complimented on my outfits and my style and I thought I could share what I found in charity shops with other older women and encourage them to shop secondhand and look great, too. The other thing about writing a blog for me is it acts as a sort of diary/journal with photographs and as a record of my life at a certain time. I’d never managed to keep writing a diary or journal before.

    2) I don’t think my blog has changed a huge amount since I first started it. Like you, I wasn’t and am still not interested in selling anything and I won’t change that. I never wanted to give anyone ‘style advice’ and I still don’t. I think I take more photos. I have added a ‘Books Read’ page as I am avid reader and reading is a very important part of my life. I also blog less frequently and have longer posts.

    3) Blogging is incredibly time consuming. As it’s a two way communication process it requires a lot of reading of other people’s blogs and commenting. I have had to limit the amount of blogs I follow and comment on because it was taking up so much time. It also takes a lot of time to produce the blog. The photography, the writing, the thinking about what to write etc. In order to manage the time required for blogging I write longer posts and blog fortnightly rather than weekly. I spend two days (a few hours each day) in the week where I read and comment on other people’s blogs. I try to stick to this but sometimes get tempted if I’m on my laptop and wander over to someone’s blog to see if they’ve posted anything new…When I’m away in Ireland I don’t have internet connection and can neither write my blog nor follow other blogs and I miss it!

    4) I write my blog constantly. As soon as I’ve posted one post I start on another. Usually it starts with just a photo but that requires some context and content. I write almost every day and I write at any time of the day or evening: rarely after 9 pm though.

    5) I don’t have a favourite topic but I suppose if I was to quantify the content of what I blog about it would be my charity shop finds and what I’ve been wearing.

    6) The thing I love most about blogging is the comments I receive. People are so generous, kind and supportive. I also love finding out about other people’s lives and the interesting things they get up to.

    7) The thing I like least about blogging is that I sometimes worry that people will get bored reading about the same things I get up to. I have actually asked people about this and the overwhelming response was – no, people like it!

    8) I don’t know if I will still be blogging in five years time. I hope so, because I enjoy it. If I didn’t get comments I think that would stop me blogging. Until that happens, I’ll keep on!

    If I’ve got this wrong please delete and let me know!

    I was pretty horrified to read in the first of the comments on your blog about adverts on the nominated blogs. As I never get to see what my blog looks like to other people, I had no idea there were adverts on it! Did she mean pop ups, I wonder, or adverts agreed with by the blogger and company? I would not agree to any company advertising on my blog and if they are I would like to remove them ASAP. Any advice you can offer here, please? Thank you.

    Have a great week – the weather has been amazing hasn’t it!

    • 26th February 2019 at 9:05 am

      Hi Vronni – first things first, I do apologise as I should have come on to your blog and told you about the award. So sorry you just found it out. Whoops that’s me not following the rules!!!

      Second is, no worries, you, like me, have an advert free blog. Selling is pretty much what a huge number of fashion blogs want to do, and the ads are there for a purpose. On some blogs like WordPress.com ads just appear because the platform is ‘free’, and that’s what I started with, but I didn’t like that and so now I have a self-hosted WordPress platform where I can put what I like on it. I put up icons to link to other blogs – but no ads, though, no, never that. Like you, it’s the writing and communicating with others that I love and will continue to do. I agree it’s very time-consuming – how people manage to put up several per week, I really don’t know, I simply don’t have the time!

      And we will never ever get bored with what you have to say or wear! You are so good at finding and putting together amazing outfits. Actually I think you have and wear more outfits than I do!! As for your jewellery – just lovely!

      Don’t forget to grab sunny icon and put it on you blog – if you can that is – hope you can. But remember if you can’t (and not sure about this with Blogger) if you ever changed then you’d still be able to grab it and put it up. Let me know if you can ‘grab’ the icon (sorry about the jargon) I mean put that icon up on your blog.

      Lots of love and have a great week xxx

  • 26th February 2019 at 2:54 am

    Congrats Penny! You on Brighton Beach – a fab sight to behold. Judy @fancified.ca

    • 26th February 2019 at 9:07 am

      Thank you so much Judy. I think you are a true role model though, Judy, and I aim to be a little bit more like you – adventurous x

  • 3rd March 2019 at 4:22 pm

    I’m so behind with my blog reading that I only just saw this and it made my day! I’ll be happy to answer the Qs in a post later this week. I’m with you on wishing I had a personal photographer- my husband won’t do it so I rely on a tripod, and it stops me from going to lovely places on my own because I’m too embarrassed to be seen taking selfies!

  • 7th March 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Well Done on winning your award! I must say that your yellow coat is lovely and Ive been mooching around the charity shops to see if I could get one.No luck so far but I did manage to get a yellow felt type scarf for £1 so that is being worn quite alot and looks good with burgundy too!.That picture of you on the seafront is great..you must have been stood not far from Morroccos,the Italian resturant that sell the best ice cream!.I always have to have one when I am in Brighton.Me and my sister are back down next week,Friday March 15th just until the Monday and I am so looking forward to it! xx

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