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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 14th Oct 16, 8:19 AM
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    Good morning lovely ladies

    Bed valances.......I don't like the frilly ones either. I have one that is very plain that just has a simple inverted pleat at each corner. I got it from Dunhelm but I just had a quick Google and I see that Amazon has quite a choice.

    You can actually make them - for example if you wanted to match curtains. To keep costs down I have made them with a plain bit of lining that covers the actual bed area, then made the skirt bit in the more expensive fabric to cover the base bit.

    Costco were selling them one year, so I just copied their idea. Not difficult but a bit time consuming.

    You can also get suede effect stretchy ones that just pull down over the base. I've only seen pictures but they might work. Not sure how they would pull down over drawers though.

    Apparently it's bad Feng Shuey to store stuff under the bed - but I must admit I am still quite limited with storage space so for the time being I do like the under bed drawers. I keep thinking I might buy a new bed. I have come down from a king size to a standard double but still feel a bit "lost" but don't fancy a single. I was thinking about a small 4ft double but as my bed is perfectly OK and very comfortable it seems like a waste of money.

    I like those tall headboards - very chic boutique hotel and yes I would think recovering them in the colour of your choice would be quite simple - especially if you can borrow a second pair of hands so that one of you pulls the fabric tight whilst the other one staples it down.

    There are lots of on line tutorials for a simple upholstery job or if you wanted to ring the changes then you could make a slip cover.

    DS2 has been off for a few days so we have been busy getting organised. He pulled out all the furniture downstairs to clean behind so it was a good opportunity for me to sort out the bookcases etc and have a bit of a cull. Looks a lot less cluttered now.

    Today he will be fitting some boards In the loft so we can store some stuff up there so I might do a bit of a bedroom sort out today and cull some of my unloved clothes. I need to buy some of those vacuum bags and then I can put the out of season things in the loft and gain some extra bedroom space.

    Although I am keen to embrace a minimalist lifestyle I don't really want to part with my favourite clothes.

    SUgarbaby - I also have a lot of clothes that are still a bit tight but I won't be parting with them because I really like them. However, I still have some bits that don't really flatter me so out they will go.

    Life is too short to wear something that makes me feel frumpy!!!

    I love those pleated skirts. My darling Aunty S had a collection of them and she always look so elegant in them. Unfortunately they don't suit me at all.

    No further weight loss this week. Hey ho, I'll keep at it.

    Dont forget....Fab Friday.......Enjoy.

    Ps. Didnt get the bungalow. Went to see a town house but it was a very big renovation job. The search continues......
    Last edited by lessonlearned; 14-10-2016 at 8:28 AM.
    • maman
    • By maman 14th Oct 16, 10:30 AM
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    Thanks so much for the info. on valances LL. I had no idea they made plain, tailored ones. As soon as we make a decision on the bed/bedroom I'll go to Dunelm or order from Amazon. I must have a proper look in my underbed drawers. I know one side has rolls of wrapping paper but can't remember what's the other side. If I can't remember then it can't be anything I really need!


    I think you and sugarbaby are wise to hang on to clothes you love and work until you fit into them. I'm so pleased I kept my silk shifts, my black velvet coat and the silky pleated skirt from years ago.


    I put on a couple of pounds this week. More accurately I've put them on since I last weighed 7 weeks ago. It's because of all the birthday meals and socialising that went on in September so it's not as if I don't know why. So this week I'm going to be very strict with myself and stick to healthy eating 100%.


    I had a make up session with Clarins yesterday. This was a follow up to the skincare one I had a month ago. Although I asked for a light make up I'm afraid it was still too heavy for my liking. I learned a lot about application but I think it's foundation I don't like. I'm happier with tinted moisturiser or a bit of bronzer to give me colour. I'm very happy using up the skin care products though and I bought (no pressure) a serum as well.


    I'll be doing Fab Friday. We're off to a local theatre tonight. I'll probably wear the straight black trousers with a bright top and maybe heels as I won't need to walk any distance. And I'll do my version of light make up! And I've resolved no wine or ice cream in the interval.
    • Ellsbel
    • By Ellsbel 14th Oct 16, 10:50 AM
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    Morning ladies.
    One of the reasons we've not got round to tackling our bedroom redecorating yet is due the "problem" of what to do about the bed. We have a divan, with a big, decorative surround but I want to change for something more simple. I no longer use a valance but don't like the look of the bed without one; I'd like underbed space to store things in my own, pretty storage boxes that can be tucked under and kept out of sight.
    The problem is, the current bed is so big and heavy - especially the mattress, that I don't know how we'll manage to haul it out and dispose of it!
    Sorry about the bungalow, LL; keep looking - there's a place out there somewhere with your name on it.
    I went to SW yesterday after weighing myself this week for the first time in ages and getting an horrific shock - I'm keeping off the sugar but I need to follow a plan and stop making excuses; I'm quite angry with myself actually but there we go.
    I feel a bit bad about it, but now I've got the books I'll probably follow the plan at home as I found the meeting a little shambolic; not the leaders' fault - the group was absolutely huge and so everything overran and there were lots of individual chats going on whilst she went around the group discussing the losses and gains.
    But I will keep to it - I honestly never want to see that number on the scale again
    Fab Friday will be spent ferrying DS2 to and from school as he has only has one lesson today, grocery shopping and ironing - but I will be doing it in smart jeans and jumper, make up and scent

    ETA - we cross posted, Maman, but that gain is not bad going over that period of time, and I really admire your control; I'm very much a comfort eater and I do find it hard to exercise discipline at times, unfortunately. Enjoy the theatre
    Last edited by Ellsbel; 14-10-2016 at 10:54 AM.
    • maman
    • By maman 14th Oct 16, 11:13 AM
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    Thanks ellsbel.

    I try not to go on too much about SW on here but unfortunately your experience of a SW group is very common. The consultants just follow a sort of script and often don't have the skills to manage the group and it's incredibly formulaic.


    It's very possible to do it on your own at home using the books and Google for recipes. The only thing you won't have is access to the website.


    You'd be very welcome to join the SW thread or just lurk if you prefer. Plenty of support on there, ask any questions you like and they're a very friendly group.

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?p=71451859&posted=1#post71451859
    • Ellsbel
    • By Ellsbel 14th Oct 16, 8:15 PM
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    Thanks maman; have subscribed to the thread and will pop in and introduce myself soon - have picked up some ideas for daily menus from some of the posts, which is really useful
    • chanie
    • By chanie 14th Oct 16, 8:49 PM
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    happy Fab Friday

    ellsbel I didn't like SW purely because of the meetings. The Leader just read everyone's losses from a handheld devise and then it was over!!!

    maman it's so annoying when make up staff in shops plaster on the make up. Still, at least you learned some good techniques.

    ll I saw those valences with the pleats online and thought they looked quite nice and I may consider getting one when we buy our new bed.

    I had a fab Friday today, as I was visiting a work colleague was is on maternity leave. I wore skinny blue jeans, a black linen top, tan ankle boots and my new grey quilted jacket. My colleague said I looked nice, which is a great compliment as she is very much into fabbing. I was thinking of wearing my denim dress, but it's a good thing I didn't as my colleague was wearing a similar one!!!!

    We don't have any plans for this weekend, but we are thinking of having a wander to Buckingham Palace. DS keeps talking about The Queen and I thought it would be nice to show him where she lives, although I think hes expecting her to come out and talk to him.
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    • Ellsbel
    • By Ellsbel 15th Oct 16, 3:20 PM
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    The outfit you wore yesterday sounds very chic and "on point" as they say, Chanie Hope you enjoy your trip to Buck House and that DS isn't too disappointed if the Queen doesn't invite you in for a cuppa!
    I'm afraid I'm having a PJ day today I'm full of cold and was awake for most of the night - DS1, who is 20, was out clubbing and I can't sleep until everyone's safely in!! - which in this case was at 4.30 am - The joys of having adult children
    The three guys have gone off to footie and I've had a bath, put on clean PJs, and am curled up on the sofa with the dog, a book, and one eye on the football scores
    I'm keeping to the weight loss plan though and despite the cold I'm avoiding my usual "comfort" treats; I know it's only a couple of days in but I'm finding it quite easy to follow and to fit around the family.
    I need a new mascara so might have a browse online for one in a bit, also I'm thinking of trying a bb cream; I've not bothered with foundation for a while now - I'm another who can't seem to get on with it - but I need a bit of a boost in the colder weather, and tinted moisturiser always feels a bit sticky on my skin for some reason.
    Have a good weekend everyone.
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 15th Oct 16, 4:34 PM
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    The outfit you wore yesterday sounds very chic and "on point" as they say, Chanie Hope you enjoy your trip to Buck House and that DS isn't too disappointed if the Queen doesn't invite you in for a cuppa!
    I'm afraid I'm having a PJ day today I'm full of cold and was awake for most of the night - DS1, who is 20, was out clubbing and I can't sleep until everyone's safely in!! - which in this case was at 4.30 am - The joys of having adult children
    The three guys have gone off to footie and I've had a bath, put on clean PJs, and am curled up on the sofa with the dog, a book, and one eye on the football scores
    I'm keeping to the weight loss plan though and despite the cold I'm avoiding my usual "comfort" treats; I know it's only a couple of days in but I'm finding it quite easy to follow and to fit around the family.
    I need a new mascara so might have a browse online for one in a bit, also I'm thinking of trying a bb cream; I've not bothered with foundation for a while now - I'm another who can't seem to get on with it - but I need a bit of a boost in the colder weather, and tinted moisturiser always feels a bit sticky on my skin for some reason.
    Have a good weekend everyone.
    Originally posted by Ellsbel
    Another one having PJ days because of a cold, a day and a half in fact, but this afternoon felt a little brighter so a cake is in the oven and everything weighed out for a batch of muffins. A quick raid of T3sco for some fresh food and a ready made pizza for tea.

    I have watched a couple of presentations of the QVC Tarte tsv, I love their eyeshadow palettes, but managed to talk myself out of it. I probably need to buy a new food processor and the tsv with postage would have been about 1/5th of the amount I need to spend, and let's face it I don't NEED anything in there

    Love reading about everyone's redecoration, choice of outfits and weight loss. OH and I have been away from home a lot and access to the internet has been dire, pretty much caught up at last now.
    • fred246
    • By fred246 15th Oct 16, 5:07 PM
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    Cake is in oven
    Batch of muffins
    Pizza for tea
    Love reading about everyone's weight loss?
    • squishylove1989
    • By squishylove1989 15th Oct 16, 7:07 PM
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    What a FABULOUS thread I have stumbled upon. Please tell me this is another yearly one so I can join in 2017??
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 15th Oct 16, 7:31 PM
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    Cake is in oven
    Batch of muffins
    Pizza for tea
    Love reading about everyone's weight loss?
    Originally posted by fred246
    I do like supporting my fellows on this thread in their weight loss, even when I am currently ill, verging on being underweight and struggling to keep any weight gained on!!!!!

    Yummy pizza served with a mountain of healthy mixed salad. The baking will be portioned and frozen as calorie replacement and a treat for my fit and healthy mid 70's OH who cycles 3 times a week and clocks up minimum of 5,000 miles per year
    Last edited by maddiemay; 15-10-2016 at 8:27 PM.
    • chanie
    • By chanie 15th Oct 16, 7:31 PM
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    elsbell and maddie I hope you are feeling better now that you've had some rest. Now is the season for all those bugs!!!

    I forgot to mention some good news - DS has been discharged from the hospital. He is long sighted (poor close vision) and he had a really high prescription. Due to his age, he has been under the care of the hospital, for them to monitor how his eyes are developing. Other than being really long sighted, his vision is otherwise good and so the hospital are discharging him back to the care of the optician. I am so thankful for the NHS.
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    • Carmen
    • By Carmen 17th Oct 16, 3:31 AM
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    Good morning ladies,
    Another sleepless night and Stephan King is scaring me, so here I am, hey ho

    Ells and Maddie I hope you are feeling better?
    Ells, I started to use a BB cream last winter and was amazed at the coverage.I stopped wearing foundation many years ago, it was very heavy in those days and my skin suffered.I only use the BB cream if I am going somewhere that requires full war paint

    Welcome Squishy, this great thread is on the Solstice's loop someone is always here, enjoy.

    Twinnie, sorry about the bungalow and town house your 'new' home is out there just waiting for you.

    Maman, good result today

    Sugar and chanie

    I hope you all have a good Monday.

    Carmen xx
    • maman
    • By maman 17th Oct 16, 10:31 AM
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    Hope you managed to get some sleep eventually Carmen. I really don't think reading Stephen King was a good idea.


    Good news about your DS chanie and lovely to see you posting Maddie.


    Hope you're feeling a bit better ellsbel. I've yet to buy a BB cream but I was impressed with the Clarins one on my first visit. I expect it's very expensive to experiment with though so maybe others could recommend a cheaper brand. My favourite mascara is Benefit They're Real. Unfortunately it's a bu**er to take off though and also expensive. In the past I've been perfectly happy with Maybelline. I really would recommend asking for demonstrations at beauty counters before you buy if you live near enough to big stores.


    I'm going to put a ban on myself buying any more products until I've used up what I've got. I'll replace anything I absolutely run out of but otherwise no more spending. I'm going to have a sort out of the bathroom cupboards too as I think I'm losing track of which toiletries I have.


    I'm feeling very unfab this morning. I've had my shower and creamed myself but not washed my hair so it feels yuk! I've got a hair appointment later for cut, blow dry and highlights and my hair really doesn't benefit from too much washing so I've left it. I'll take my stylist's advice but I think maybe a half head to do the roots and put some caramel colours in might be enough as there's plenty of white blonde in the ends from the summer sun.


    It's still 16 degrees with some sunshine here so jeans and my red Reiss long sleeved top will be fine for the hairdressers. Dancing tonight and I think it's still not wintry enough for woollen skirts. I have a dark green, heavy cotton White Stuff skirt that might be OK. It's my reluctance to wear thick tights and dislike of thin ones that's a dilemma.


    Hope everyone has a good day.
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 17th Oct 16, 2:09 PM
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    Hello Ladies,

    I went for a night of dancing in the pub last night and was so disappointed. The DJ was not terrible, but there was hardly anyone in the pub, so I ended up talking to Wayne and that just made me feel irritated and in the end , I was so bored, I went home very early. Wayne did buy my drinks, so I actually had a completely free night out.

    I wore a black pull on skirt, my red vest top with very wide straps and a column of large button decoration on the front of the top. I wore my black Kaleidoscope cardigan with the satin rose and my black patent leather Van Dal sling back shoes. I was carrying my Osprey red patent leather handbag. I wore solid gold earrings, chain and cross, bracelet, Diamonique solitaire ring and a Diamonique eternity ring. No make up, but I layered my perfume with body lotion and body powder.

    I had my first G5 Anti cellulite massage today on my thighs. It was via a machine and it was quite a weird feeling of pressure being applied to my thighs, but I hope it did them some good. I did find it relaxing even though I was not expecting the machine. I am looking forward to my 2nd one on Friday and my 3rd one next Monday. I thought it was best to book them while I am not working.

    I wore a black pull on skirt and a red sleeveless v neck top. I wore my black Kaleidoscope cardigan with the satin rose and my black patent leather Van Dal sling back shoes. I was carrying my Osprey red patent leather handbag. I wore solid gold earrings, chain and diamond cross and my diamonique solitaire ring. I wore perfume, but no make up.
    • chanie
    • By chanie 18th Oct 16, 5:21 PM
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    Sugar I've heard good things about the G5 treatment, let us know how you get on with it. Was it a Groupon deal (I know you make the most of them!!!).


    I was on a training course today and took detour back to work, via some local shops. My course was in the City and it was quite nice to be amongst the hustle and bustle of the corporate world, as my organisation is more casual.


    I tested some perfume and put on some lip gloss, so I came back to work smelling nice. I got to try on a couple of items that I've been eyeing up online and there's one item im interested in.
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    • maman
    • By maman 18th Oct 16, 6:26 PM
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    Strange why the pub was so empty on Sunday sugar. Maybe people are watching the pennies.


    The stylist made an excellent job of my hair yesterday and I got compliments when I went dancing last night. The cut is good but having the caramel bits in the highlights makes it look much more natural. It had a decidedly bleachy look after the summer.


    I did the promised MK in the bathroom cupboard and it looks much better. It was built specially into a corner, narrow and tall with just enough room for a basket on each shelf. 6 shelves altogether. First aid and cleaning materials on two of them and the rest for me. I've sorted them into one for nail things, one for hair and teeth stuff, one for skincare and brushes and the last for make up. Now I need to use them more often. I don't have excessive amounts but I am aware that I have a number of lip colours that I rarely use, too easy to just go for my old favourite.


    I love the buzz of the City too chanie. It's about my only regret in life that I didn't either study or work in London. I had three aunts living there when I was a child so I visited quite often. Now I'm barely an hour away though so I visit as often as I can especially when they do offers on the trains.
    • Carmen
    • By Carmen 18th Oct 16, 6:52 PM
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    Good evening ladies,
    Ells, I forgot to mention the BB creams is Garnier Skin Naturals.
    I chose this brand because of the good reviews, I was too busy to go and ask advice and it was on offer at the time.Having said that, I feel I would benefit from a darker shade for the Winter.I would use the lighter shade in the Spring, before I get my Summer glow

    Sugar, sorry your dance evening did not go well, always nicer to have someone to dance with....unless like me only dance when I've had a drink
    How does the G5 treatment work, are pads applied to the area's?

    Chanie, good to hear your DS is on the mend

    Maman, how did your highlights turn out, are you happy with them?

    Another glorious day again, but the temp is starting to drop now.
    Red sky at night

    Carmen x
    • chanie
    • By chanie 18th Oct 16, 8:44 PM
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    It's about my only regret in life that I didn't either study or work in London.
    Originally posted by maman

    It's funny you think that, maman As a Londoner born and bred, I don't see living in London as anything to envy. Don't get me wrong, I love having London on my door step and its where my roots are, but there is so much I dislike:

    Commuting to London everyday is stressful and I have to squeeze myself onto train where I can hardly breathe.

    House prices.

    Living in such a highly densely populated area.

    It can be lonely - the population is so transient that it can be difficult to meet people and people often keep to themselves.

    The mess and pollution. Even those super mansions look grotty.
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    • Ellsbel
    • By Ellsbel 19th Oct 16, 2:12 PM
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    Hi ladies
    I feel a bit of a fraud for posting when I'm feeling and looking so unfab but I'm currently sat in the car in a car park waiting for DS2 who's having an interview for a weekend job, so I thought I'd pop in and say hello.
    Welcome squishy - join in anytime
    Maddie I too love to read and support everyone on here - it's why I like the thread so much; we're all genuinely interested in each other. The bakes sound great
    Chanie, great news about DS you must be so relieved.
    Carmen and Maman thanks for your thoughts on the BB cream and mascara. I haven't worn any makeup at all this week to be honest as I feel so grotty, but I've got to pop into town tomorrow so I'm going to pick up the garnier cream and either a maybelline or a bourjois mascara.
    Sugar I hope you get to have a good dance this weekend to make up for Sunday's disappointing evening.
    Hope you're all well.
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