frugal fashion shopper

Is age just another number?

Physical fitness and me!

There are times, you know, when I do more exercise in my head than in actuality. If you asked me a couple of weeks ago how much exercise I did, I’d be saying ‘oh, I go to seniors gym and do a yoga session once a week’.

But do I? Actually, I’d been missing the odd gym session and then last week, for a variety of reasons, I missed my yoga session. Next day, when I was dressing, I twizzled round to get something (as one does) and ooops, my back twanged and I just knew something had happened. It manifested in my right hip giving way every now and then, and being unable to walk at more than a snail’s pace.  Has that happened to any of you? It felt as though I’d dislocated my hip – not a pleasant sensation. As I was going up to London to see the Alexander McQueen exhibition Savage Beauty at the end of the week I was somewhat in panic mode.

To cut a long story short, I saw a physiotherapist, and it wasn’t my hip it was my back, and the answer was doing some exercises very similar to yoga positions. Anyway, I managed to get to London, but as I never, ever want to feel like that again I’m going to follow the physio’s advice and not miss my weekly exercise sessions. Moreover, I’m doing yoga every morning. And you may well say either, ‘that’s not for me’, or, ‘oh yes, and how long will she keep that up?!’  But do you remember the documentary Fabulous Fashionistas? I know that at least two of them (the wonderful model Daphne Selfe for one) did their exercises every day. So I am absolutely determined to do the yoga every morning.  I am approaching my 70th year after all, so I feel that exercise and, especially, focused exercise is something that one has to do to keep well and, above all, supple.

Once up in London I went to the Mole Clinic for my annual skin and mole check – important for someone like me with a history of sunbathing (only in my teens and 20s but sufficient to cause damage).

We stayed overnight in Pimlico – what a great area, loved it. Instead of rushing off to see an exhibition as we’d planned we mooched around getting the feel of the place.


And joy of joys, the area had 6 charity shops where I found two items at a very reasonable price. I didn’t take all that many pics, just went around absorbing the atmosphere and then #SavageBeauty the next morning – wonderful. Went with my very good friend Tricia Cusden of LookFabulousForever fame. And here’s a pic of me on the train on our way back home.

IMG_0682 I wore that hat throughout my visit to the V&A.

That’s all for now but do tell me about what you do to keep yourself fit and healthy.

With love

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper


Out and about with my yellow hat!

This is just a quick post to show you that I really do wear my hats out and about!  The photos were taken on Sunday in Brighton outside a pub where I had a typical English Sunday lunch of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding!  And yes, I’m definitely over 25!


More like nearly 69!


There was a chilly wind so I put (my non-charity shop) tweed jacket back on.


As I don’t drink these pics are a good advertisement for a well-known American beverage.


I love the hat’s rakish angle – it certainly makes a statement, I think!

But that really is all for now

With love

Penny, the (not always) frugalfashionshopper

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Style over fashion

While I was away I wrote a guest blog for the wonderful Tricia of LookFabulousForever makeup –do have a look.  Through this post I got several new followers, so a big welcome to you and thank you for the follow – I appreciate my readers immensely.

Anyway a few of days ago I watched Helen Mirren being interviewed about her most recent film, and sat mesmerised by her lovely shoes – which were brown in contrast to what looks like a little black dress.  She was horrified when she was told that many think her sexy.  ‘Oh, no’, she said, ‘liberate us [me] from that’.  But she’s definitely attractive and very stylish.  And she’s 70 in July this year so she’s certainly a style role model for me.

Yes, it’s style rather than fashion that matters – to me, anyway. And I’m going to quote Lauren Hutton from Alyson Walsh’s book (I’m sure she won’t mind) because this sums up the key difference between the two.

“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.”

So yes, I like to be aware of what is fashionable and on-trend, because, hey, a particular fashion might suit me very well, so why not go for it. But I think we should, or could, aspire to be stylish rather than fashionable, and particularly so as we age. No torn jeans for me, because any fraying that looks cute on a younger woman can look down-at-heel and shabby.   Nor do I want an 80s vintage dress because while that style might look good on a younger woman, on me it might just be an old dress that’s been in my wardrobe for years! And as for ‘age appropriate’ clothes or even ‘comfortable clothes’ – nope, that’s not for me either!

There shouldn’t really be any rules about what we wear, but I have to admit I do like a list! So, like Alyson Walsh I’m putting out my list of style basics, which are:

  1. Experiment and find out what style suits you – because you can change your style as you age. And you know where to do it for next to nothing, don’t you, in the charity shops!
  2. Get a great haircut – nothing beats feeling good about your hair
  3. Find comfortable but stylish shoes – I shall be devastated when my chunky boots finally fall to pieces, they really are my statement and signature shoes.  And they are very comfortable.
  4. Talking about making a statement. We all want to be warm in winter but don’t fade into the background.  Instead, why not find and wear a statement coat that’s not necessarily black. Doesn’t have to be break the bank because, you know…..
  5. Ditto jackets

My final word is be bold with clothes, and move out of your comfort zone. And never say, never. I’d said to myself that I wasn’t going to wear green quite so much. But I went shopping with my great friend Lorna (who made that lovely film about me that’s uploaded on YouTube) and what did I see, a green dress!

green-graphic-dress-webPicture this in the summer when I shall be wearing it with my red sandals, red handbag and bright red sunglasses.

The dress is handmade and the material is amazing with hairdryers, radios and brushes and combs on it.

Green-graphic-dress-detail-web2I think, maybe it’s been made out of curtain material.   And very reminiscent of The Great Sewing Bee, the material is upside down – I can just hear one of the judges saying ‘yes, it’s a nice dress, but why is it upside down?!’  Oh, and it cost all of £3.00.

That’s all for now, but do tell me about your latest bargain and/or eye-catching find!

With love

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper


Hatwalk 3 – April 2015

Greetings to everyone in the hat loving community. Here’s a hat with attitude to join Judith Boyd’s monthly Hat Attack!  And while it’s not exactly an Easter bonnet – the colour is near enough to that daffodil yellow that signifies the coming of Spring.


I bought the hat in Brighton earlier this year at a great little shop called Mad Hatter in the North Laines.  And I’ve worn it several times already!


I simply adore the colour as it’s has a hint of that bright canary yellow that goes with my other in-your-face yellow clothes!



Isn’t it great to see the sun these days and to feel that Spring really is on it’s way.  Mind you, I’ve been away (to Wales) and it was beautiful but quite cold.  And it’s still a bit cold where I live – we had a frost last night and I’m wearing some thick socks while I post this blog.

Hope you’re all keeping well.  It’s good to be back, see you later.

That’s all for now.

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper





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