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    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 31st Dec 15, 6:16 PM
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    Frump to Fab 2016 - Lets make it AWESOME!!!
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    • 31st Dec 15, 6:16 PM
    Frump to Fab 2016 - Lets make it AWESOME!!! 31st Dec 15 at 6:16 PM
    Good afternoon and welcome to our bright shiny new thread full of hope and optimism and new beginnings.

    To the newbies, a big, friendly hello and welcome.

    To our returners - it's good to see you all again.

    To our lurkers - come on.....join in........you know you want to

    So for the newbies......

    What is this fabbing malarkey all about ........

    Well basically it's about turning our lives around, taking control of our destinies and making dreams come true. And it all starts with Fabbing.

    But why "Fabbing".

    What do we mean by that word. Yes I know it's a made up word but it encompasses everything we want to achieve.

    A new fabulous us for our new fabulous lives.

    I think that for many of us "fabbing" is where it starts because so many of us have, at some point, lost our way a bit.

    In a nutshell, somewhere along the way we allowed ourselves to become frumpy. Maybe we gained a bit too much weight, maybe we stopped looking in the mirror, maybe we just stopped caring about ourselves.

    But this new year is where all that stops.

    A New Year brings a clean slate, a fresh start.

    I want to take this opportunity of wishing you all a Very Happy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year. Tomorrow take time out to have some fun. Do something that gives you pleasure.

    We start in earnest on January 2nd.

    In the meantime, if you want to make a start then tomorrow take the first step on your journey to Fabdom.

    Step 1. Wear perfume.


    If you haven’t already, join the forum to reply!

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    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 18th Sep 16, 5:05 PM
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    Maybe but she has her own millions......she was never likely to be on the breadline.

    Sugarbaby.....TBH I don't know quite what's happened - maybe I have finally had my LBM but I am genuinely finding I don't need "willpower" this time. It's like a switch has gone on in my head.

    I think having a very definite goal helps. In my case it's getting those blood sugars down and halting my incipient diabetes in its tracks.

    I've seen it in action and it's horrible and if I can prevent it I will.

    My mum was in her early 50s when diagnosed. I'm 65 so I guess I'm lucky in that I am "winning the battle by almost 15 years" but given that my recent readings were not good I can't afford to be complacent.

    Plus of course a little vanity helps.......

    I am deliberately trying to cook really nice meals, trying out new recipes etc, using lots of herbs and spices and making my own healthy low calorie dressings and sauces rather than just grabbing a jar or a packet.

    My son is loving the new menus.

    It's costing a bit more, the grocery bills have risen, but if it means getting fit and healthy and sending the diabetes packing then it's worth it.
    • chanie
    • By chanie 18th Sep 16, 7:21 PM
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    sugar me and OH weren't impressed with Chinatown either. We had high hopes for some lovely food, thinking it would be lovely and chose a buffet restaurant. Like you, we prefer our local buffet, which is half the price and much nicer. I also go to the Chinese Supermarkets and try some random noodles and they've always,been lovely.

    ll trying new recipes is the only way to keep healthy eating interesting, otherwise, it gets,boring.
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    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 19th Sep 16, 8:41 AM
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    Good Morning lovely ladies

    Miserable day here. Was due a routine eye test at the hospital but have postponed it. Woke up with feeling tired with a splitting headache so don't fancy hanging around for hours and then being poked and prodded and having lights shone into my eyes.

    I think I was dehydrated so have just drank 3 glass of water and am feeling better. Must remember to keep up the water intake. Other than that feeling pretty good.

    Given the bad weather I think I will get down to some much needed house cleaning and maybe a bit Of domestic godessing.

    Hope you all have a good week.
    • maman
    • By maman 19th Sep 16, 11:57 AM
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    Grey and much cooler here today too.


    It might be an idea not to replace the batteries in your scales LL. We don't have scales at home (threw them out years ago because they were gathering dust as we were ignoring them). I weigh about once a month and in the meantime I know from my clothes how I'm doing. Many of my friends get obsessive and weigh every day or several times a day which then upsets them because of normal fluctuations they see as gains. Perhaps you could put the scales away somewhere inaccessible and get them out at a set time each week? Good idea to drink more water, it's easy to confuse thirst and hunger.


    We're having a busy time at the moment with family birthdays and football and other things. Ended up at an American diner for DGD's birthday lunch (her choice) and it was very good. The staff were amazing and the food (I had a Chicken Caesar salad) was good too. I must give them a positive review on Trip Adviser.


    I've had Chinese food in Hong Kong and China and it's nothing at all like we have here so maybe that was the problem with Chinatown although I have had nice meals there myself. There's a saying that the Chinese will eat anything with legs as long as it's not a chair or a table! I found the 'real' Chinese food bland and the meat poor quality.


    Thanks for the heads up on Sainsbury's and Matalan. Now the weather's on the turn I might start browsing.


    Being out and about a lot has given lots of people watching opportunities. In the main, I look at women around my own age and measure myself up against them. Great fun! That was an awkward situation you were put in LL with your friend and the skirt and strange that she found a tailored dress frumpy. Maybe it wasn't for the sort of occasion she had in mind. I've got a formal business meeting coming up later in the week, the first for this school term and I'm thinking hard what to wear. It's mainly because as it's colder I might have to wear tights again.


    I've been fabbing earlier this morning, written a few emails, made some calls and will be doing a few chores before going out dancing later. Have a good Monday all.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 20th Sep 16, 9:13 AM
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    Morning fabbers.


    Just to let you know that Sainsburys 25% off has started in case any of you are wanting to get anything. I've been eyeing up the children's PJ's as they both need some.


    I've seen somewhere that there will be two further 25% off events this year - end of October and the end of November, in case you miss this one.
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    • maman
    • By maman 20th Sep 16, 11:23 AM
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    Morning fabbers.


    Just to let you know that Sainsburys 25% off has started in case any of you are wanting to get anything. I've been eyeing up the children's PJ's as they both need some.


    I've seen somewhere that there will be two further 25% off events this year - end of October and the end of November, in case you miss this one.
    Originally posted by chanie

    Thanks chanie. If you have any influence over when the 25% off wine is, please let me know.


    I might go over to the very large Sainsbury's a few miles away and take in the large Tesco's at the same time later in the week. A few weeks back there were some really nice bits featured in a newspaper article but I've not seen any of them in my local branch.


    We're off to the local theatre tonight. I plan to walk so I can have a drink so that'll mean ballet pumps rather than heels. I'll probably wear black jeans with my dark green chiffon blouse. A cardi in my bag should be enough as forecast is OK at the moment. It'll be interesting to do a bit more people watching as like ellsbel said last week there are big changes in what people wear to the theatre.


    I'm keeping up with the fabbing and even creamed my feet this morning.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 20th Sep 16, 11:49 AM
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    Good morning lovely ladies.

    A wee bit brighter here today. A nice gentle autumn day. I have Physio later so I was up earlier and have got cracking. A nice healthy stew in the SC for tonight.

    I love people watching too, but oh my don't you see some sights. The recent spell of hot weather really brought them out.....yes big bellies and all.......

    I know this might sound a bit snobby but when did so many people stop caring what they look like or maybe they all suffer from "mirror blindness". Or maybe they see what they want to see (like my friend and the skirt - she just looked tarty but couldn't see it).

    I can remember my Mother's generation would get "dressed for town". When they went into the city they made an occasion of it, getting dressed up, applying make up, styling their hair.

    Don't get me wrong I am all for relaxed dressing but why do so many Brits get smart casual so wrong.

    As you know I went to cinema on Friday night and then on to Nando's.. My companions were my DIL and her friend, both came straight from work.

    Both wore dark jackets and trousers with a shirt. Fairly standard office attire. But the difference between them was astonishing. Both are pretty girls but whereas DIL looked stylish adding make up, bright red lippy, a nice bag and some jewellery and had swept her hair into a simple updo her friend looked pale, nondescript and dowdy. No make up, a cheap fabric bag the sort a student would carry, her hair which needed styling just hanging around her pale face.

    DIL looked stunning and yet the shift from office daywear to evening glamour probably took less then 10 minutes. She really turned heads.

    Same with people going shopping. How long does it take a man to put a shirt or a tee shirt on........ do they really have to go out in what looks like their vests. Ok for a fit bodied 20 year old but not quite the same for a middle aged man with flabby arms and a huge beer belly.

    Mind some of the women don't look any better......

    Which brings us back to the core of this thread. It's not just vanity, it's also about pride and self respect.

    Thanks for the Sainsbury's tip.
    • chanie
    • By chanie 20th Sep 16, 12:21 PM
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    Thanks chanie. If you have any influence over when the 25% off wine is, please let me know.
    Originally posted by maman


    You are so naughty!!!!!!
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    • Floss
    • By Floss 20th Sep 16, 7:52 PM
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    Morning fabbers.


    Just to let you know that Sainsburys 25% off has started in case any of you are wanting to get anything...
    Originally posted by chanie
    Thanks Chanie - I got my skirt & a couple of tops but am not sure about the shape of one of them. I also picked up the boucle skirt i wanted from Mataland and this weekend will get my wintery stuff from the attic & will be creating outfits with all my clothes - and taking photos - hopefully I don't identify any gaps

    I don't need any knee boots, having got some bargains from Shoeaholics in April, and picked up some western-style ankle boots from Asd@, so with my Converse & pink wellies my feet are sorted
    • maman
    • By maman 21st Sep 16, 12:07 AM
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    Well done floss . You're getting organised with your winter wardrobe.
    Had a good night at the theatre. I wore narrow black trousers with my chiffon blouse rather than jeans and it was just right. I took a black cardi in my bag but only needed it to walk home as it was a warm evening. Looking around, most women were wearing trousers and a shirt or jacket. Those who wore dresses seemed to have gone straight into opaques although it didn't look right to me on such a nice evening.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 21st Sep 16, 8:44 AM
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    Good morning all

    Well I was going to make today a I fasting but as I woke early and have already had to eat I don't think I'll manage it. Never mind I'll just make it a healthy eating day instead.

    I think even on my non fasting days I am managing to restrict my calorie intake from its previous level. I am not actually calorie counting but let's face it you tend to know if you've eaten too much , even if you are not weighing and counting.

    Grey and quite chilly here this morning. Autumn is definitely in the air. Still we are approaching We approaching the equinox so hardly surprising.

    But yes definitely time to start sorting out those winter woollies.
    • maman
    • By maman 21st Sep 16, 11:40 AM
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    It's strange LL but when you're mindful of what you're eating then it becomes easier to make wise choices. It's a bit like keeping a spending diary for money saving or doing MK. With SW, high calorie and carby treats are called syns and they are limited. I find myself being very choosy as to what I consider a worthwhile treat just like I think hard about wants and needs/do I love it before buying things.


    I've been very good at my fabbing routine again today. All defuzzed and creamed including feet again. I need to make a hair appointment but my stylist has moved salons. I know where she's gone but not the hours she's working so need to fit that into diary.


    Football tonight so, while I'll be careful with smart casual, the weather is the biggest consideration. Dry and about 17 degrees is forecast so I may be wearing a coat and socks for the first time in months.


    Another sign that the season is changing is that I needed a bit of bronzer last night when I was doing my make up. Can't complain though as summer really has been extended this year.


    Have a good day all.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 21st Sep 16, 12:30 PM
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    Yes I've got socks on today too. The sun is trying to come out buts it's a very half hearted attempt.

    I'm starting to look a bit peaky already so I am wearing bronzer too. I'm not sure about it though. I think now my hair is white it doesn't look quite right. I think I need a rose coloured blusher. I need to experiment.

    This morning I have been playing with some new make up I bought last week. We now have a KIKO store. I bought some primer. It's called Skin Trainer CC Blur. I like it, it completely covers my cancer scar and does a great job of minimising the pores on my nose and chin and it really does blur the fine surface lines, although of course not the deeper ones. I need pollyfilla for those.

    I need to try the foundation next. And I also need to get some touch! eclat or something similar. I do look rather tired and dark round the eyes at times.

    I watched the film Carol last night, with Cate Blanchette. Now I know a lot of it is lighting but her make up is always flawless. She always has a "dewy" almost translucent look. I am guessing she uses a lot of illuminating products. I need to do some research......

    Does anyone here use them.

    Anyway she looked stunningly beautiful - as always.

    I definitely need to put some work in on my skin. It is a far way from looking "dewy".
    • maman
    • By maman 22nd Sep 16, 5:59 PM
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    Kiko hasn't come to us yet LL but I'll look out for it when I'm in neighbouring cities. I have a Benefit product called Porefessional that's good for hiding large pores. The only highlighter I use is Benefit High beam. Lately I've been putting a fine line just under my eyebrows. When I'm a bit more made up I like Benefit Lemon Aid which is a sort of pale eye shadow but I find it brightens the eye area. Obviously I'm a but obsessed with their products. I'd suggest you go to the make up counters of big stores and ask for demonstrations. I'm going back to Clarins in October to have a make up demonstration. They did the skincare one for me a couple of weeks ago.


    There's no obligation to buy. One of the things I do is when I'm planning to buy a product I need I always get them to demonstrate something else as well.


    I'm feeling good about myself today. I was at a formal meeting this afternoon, one of three women and I know I was the smartest there. One looked so pale she definitely needed a bit of colour on her face, the other had a big cardi that looked far too 'comfy' IYKWIM. I wore the narrow black trousers from the other night with a charcoal jacket and then my bright red Reiss top to set it off. I'm still in light make up but just the lippy alone made me look more alert. This fabbing lark is definitely paying off.


    It's been bright and warm for most of the day. I'm still wearing my Raybans. I'll miss them when summer finally ends.
    • chanie
    • By chanie 23rd Sep 16, 10:36 AM
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    I've heard good things about kiko too, although the store near me is so busy that it puts me off going in.

    Today is week two of no children. DS has got a tummy bug and has been sick. He seemed fine this morning, so I took him in and asked the Deputy Head whether he should stay. She said they'd call me if necessary. So far, so good. This morning, I've been to the laundrette to wash a duvet, which is currently drying outside. Whilst it was washing, I took a quick detour to Sainsburys to check out the clothing. I'd seen a few things online, but wasn't impressed when I saw them in store.

    LL remember we were talking about those fruit infuser water bottles? I needed a new water bottle for work and I found one with a sieve on top, so I won't need to buy two water bottles.
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    • maman
    • By maman 23rd Sep 16, 5:05 PM
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    I went over to the big Sainsbury's today but didn't buy anything either chanie. I saw a couple of chunky jumpers that I fancied but decided they were wants rather than needs so they stayed there.


    I'd kept the article from the paper about supermarket fashion so I took it with me and showed it to someone from the clothing department. The two blouses and the denim skirt I'd fancied aren't in yet. Surprise! Surprise! They'll be in when the 25% is over.


    I've joined in Fab Friday with dark denim jeans and my navy and white Breton top. It's been bright and sunny so my silver ballet pumps got an outing. It could be their last.
    • Carmen
    • By Carmen 23rd Sep 16, 8:43 PM
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    Good evening ladies,
    I seem to have been Awol fo so long
    On my return from a manic week away at a funeral, I went down with a ghastly virus I am just starting to feel better although the violent coughing is still reluctant to leave me, thank goodness for Tena lady The Eurostar was bursting at the seams with some people coughing and spluttering, a haven for germs and no where to run
    I hope you are all keeping well, welcome to any newbies and hugs to all that need them.
    Take care
    Carmen xx
    • maman
    • By maman 23rd Sep 16, 9:37 PM
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    Poor you Carmen
    I know exactly how you feel with that cough. Pleasingly today is the best I've felt for almost 3 months!
    Good to see you posting again.
    • Carmen
    • By Carmen 23rd Sep 16, 11:29 PM
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    Just finished reading the backlog of posts, nice to see so many positive actions.......but, a car accident, burgalary and Waynegate Twinnie sending hugs, Sugar, good for you
    Always look on the bright side of life de dum de dum de dum de dum
    Thank you Maman, it is the cough that is the worse part. I'm pleased you are now fully recovered.
    Goodnight
    Carmen xx
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 24th Sep 16, 5:51 PM
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    Lunch at Pizza Express
    Hello Ladies,

    My daughter, son and I went to Pizza Express for lunch. I used a Nectar Summer Rewards Voucher and my last Pizza Express gift card to make the meal a lot more money saving. We all enjoyed our food even though we had a bit of a wait because the restaurant was busy.

    I wore a black scoop neck sleeveless top, a purple pull on skirt, my black Van Dal patent leather sling back shoes with the gold cutouts. I had on perfume, but no make up or nail polish. I was carrying my black leather Osprey handbag. I wore solid gold jewellery.

    The sun was shining here in London, so it was lovely to get out of the house for an indulgent lunch with my children.
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