This is a bit last week but there’s been quite a lot in the media about Renee Zellweger and her face. I’m not going to add to the comments that have been made below-the-line on various websites and in social media, although I’ll admit that she does look different to the twinkly-eyed, round-faced younger Renee Zellweger.   And that added fat she had on her face was not just for Bridget Jones. Did anyone see her in Jerry Maguire? She had that baby-face look then, but hey, that was 1996 when she was only 26. She’s 45 now and her face looks thinner and quite polished. I guess she must have had something done to her previously quite hooded eyes (which come from her Sami inheritance) and maybe some botox.

But that’s where I’m going to stop apart from saying I trust she’s OK, as she’s obviously lost a lot of weight (but she says she’s well and happy). So, really, I think the phrase is i) get a life as there’s a lot of other stuff we should engage with, and ii) if you must comment then don’t comment negatively, please, about someone growing older.

Because, as I know all too well, when you age the shape of your face changes and that fuller baby-face goes.  Here’s how I’ve aged over the years.  I’ve never been particularly round faced but the outcome of this exercise is that I’m laughing my head off at how Mr & Mrs Frugal Fashion Shopper have changed over the years.




First of all, here we are channelling our Grease look. I made that dress myself, btw.


Looking quite glam here two years ago, but the hair has changed from its natural russet red to a right badger’s mix of dull gun-metal grey and red (which clashes) plus white hair in the front. So there’s no going grey for me, instead, I’ll have a blonde rinse that I’ll, maybe, review when I reach 80.



And here’s another photo taken this year. I’ve got thinner all over (that’s a digestive thing I have) but I’m afraid Mr Frugal Fashion Shopper is a bit bigger!

Finally, here’s a link celebrating Catherine Deneuve’s 71st birthday. She is a role model for us all. Note that in the film Potiche, which I highly recommend, she carries a bit of extra weight and looks all the better for it.

That’s all for now but do let me know what you think about anything (!) but particularly about your ageing.

With love

Penny, The Frugal Fashion Shopper

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12 thoughts on “We all age and our faces change – that’s not news!

  • 27th October 2014 at 9:26 am

    Well said…you and the mister look fantastic, engaging, full of life and energy in all the photos. That’s beauty! Enduring love of life. Thanks for adding a positive zip to my Monday morning.

    • 27th October 2014 at 11:26 am

      Thank you so much. Yes, most days I do have that zip, but basically my message is that you can grow old stylishly and there’s no need to spend a fortune on either your clothes or surgical ‘work’ on your face. Glad to have made a positive contribution to that debate – and your morning! 😉

  • 27th October 2014 at 11:09 am

    Love the timeline photos Penny! You and your OH are forever fabulous…. I agree about the Renee Zellweger debate (better things to concern us) but if we take it for granted that someone can suddenly look almost unrecognisable at 45 for whatever reason then that becomes the norm. It’s the effect of that normalisation on younger women that bothers me. Also – hate to pour cold water – but Catherine Deneuve is well known in France for all the ‘work’ she’s had done on her beautiful face.

    • 27th October 2014 at 11:22 am

      Thanks so much, Tricia. And yes, actually the work done on Renee – gosh, it’s a challenge to comment positively about it – the pics of her show her looking so wary, unsurprising that. I suppose my message in this post is to all those who haven’t had work done. And it’s, you age and your face changes but nevertheless, you can look stylish and fab with good makeup and clothes that don’t cost the earth. Both outfits, in the latter two pics, are from charity shops.

      And OK, didn’t know about CD but she looks good in the film Potiche carrying a bit of weight. x

  • 27th October 2014 at 1:04 pm

    My fabulous mother, who was often the most stylish woman in the room, even into her eighties and in spite of being short and a bit plump, used to say -you have to choose between your face or your figure as you age. True really, a bit of extra weight keeps ones face fuller. But a lot more is down to attitude and not getting stuck in a rut with clothes, hair and make up. Love your photos Penny. Judy

    • 28th October 2014 at 8:24 am

      Yes, I so agree that some extra pounds make all the difference to your face, albeit just as long as you don’t go overboard and damage knees with too much weight. And the main thing is not to get stuck in a certain style which is why I think you have to know what’s on-trend and then you adapt it for age, height, weight and so on. Great to hear you had a fabulous mother!

  • 27th October 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Love the photos Penny! Keep it up the pair of you, ageing gracefully and full of life!! – Margaret

    • 28th October 2014 at 8:32 am

      Why, thank you Margaret! But I bet we’ve all got those iconic 60s and 70s photos of us with early boyfriends and/or our current partners and we’re looking cool in winkle pickers or short skirts and our body size a tad different!!! They’re all there waiting to be looked at again and shown to the youngsters! 🙂

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