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    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 1st Jan 17, 8:31 AM
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    Frump to Fab 2017 - A Whole New World
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    • 1st Jan 17, 8:31 AM
    Frump to Fab 2017 - A Whole New World 1st Jan 17 at 8:31 AM
    Good Morning Lovely Ladies

    Welcome to the new Frump to Fab thread. A whole new world of frugal style and fabulousity. A place where we learn from each other how to be the best we can with the resources we have.

    Can you be both frugal and fabulous, I think so. You can be both skint and stylish. You can have your cake and eat it, you can "live it large" on a minuscule budget.

    So to all you newbies welcome. Join in the fun with the ladies in our fabulous online community. Here we discuss all things fabulous and we learn all about "fabbing".

    Yes I know it's a made up word but what does it mean.

    Well for us it means taking care of ourselves, our looks yes of course but it's more than "mere vanity".

    "FAbbing" also means looking after our health, our well being, our homes, our careers, our hobbies, our interests and past times and not forgetting our finances.

    ANd of course, it goes without saying, a verybig warm welcome to our regulars, returners, and lurkers.

    So dear newbies Join in the fun with the ladies in our fabulous online community

    Before we get started let me take this opportunity to wish you all A Very Happy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year.

    Today you may be busy with New Year's Day gatherings or you may Be feeling a little worse for wear after the New Years Eve Celebrations so for now we are going to be gentle.

    No fasting, no detox (unless of course you want to) but I would advocate that we ease ourselves gently into the New Year by remembering our first mantra.

    Step 1. Wear perfume. You should smell divine every day. Don't save your favourite fragrances "for best". Never again save anything for best. Don't we deserve to be the best we can be - every single day.

    Ah but what about the cost I hear you say. This is a Money saving website after all.......

    Well you don't have to douse yourself in your most expensive Dior or Chanel perfumes. A simple spray of cologne will still smell wonderful.

    And one of the nicest smells of all is a waft of fresh clean soap. So if you can't afford perfume then at least make sure you are freshly washed or showered and use a lovely soap or shower gel.

    So dig out some of those new smellies you got for Christmas and start using them.

    Today's tip.

    Got a perfume you don't like because it's too strong or heavy?? Dilute it.

    Don't throw it away or regift it. Add it to some simple cream or lotion or even some vegetable oil and make a luxurious moisturising body treatment. The height of luxury and decadence for mere pennies.

    I am still recovering from my chest infection.......feeling a lot better today but I'm still going to take it easy. So........I am going to spend some time today pondering on what I would like to achieve this year. I am not going to think in terms of New Years Resolutions it will be more a case of goal setting.

    As most of you will know Dad died on Friday so much of January will entail making his funeral arrangements and sorting out his estate.
    This means that, realistically, I am going to be busy for the next couple of weeks so I might have to catch up with my new plans.

    But.......just because I might not be posting everyday doesn't mean to
    Say that I won't be keeping a watchful eye on you. I shall be reading and observing!!!

    So please start the new fabbing year without me and I'll catch up with you all again just as soon as I can.

    Have a fabulous New Year's Day. See you all soon.

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    • Pinkpetal
    • By Pinkpetal 12th Mar 17, 9:26 PM
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    I tried posting this as my own thread but haven't had a reply. I know it's not fab related but I'm feeling really low now does anyone think I should do the tests earlier?
    Hello
    Can someone give me there opinion on my dilemma please. I have a chronic condition and I am due to see my consultant on April 5th. I need to have a blood test a few days before this appointment so the consultant can see my recent levels.
    In the last few months I have developed symptoms which my GP thinks is linked to my chronic condition and has asked for a lot of blood tests and a few xrays. Although I am grateful for the tests he has asked me to wait until the 1st April because of the financial year. In the mean time I am in considerable pain and have read that some of the blood tests I will have only give a positive result when inflammation is active. What happens if it has settled down by April ? The suspected condition comes and goes and when active is called a flare up. I have the forms in hand for these tests. Thanks.
    • DD265
    • By DD265 12th Mar 17, 9:34 PM
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    Happy birthday Maman, I hope you've had a great day.

    PinkPetal - I was going to say that being asked to wait for healthcare because of the financial year is not something I'd be happy with and I'd probably make a complaint. I think it's different when you're booking an appointment and the next available one is so far in the future, e.g. for a specific doctor or procedure. Then I re-read and can see that you have an appointment with a consultant who wants to see recent results. If you were to go this week, would the results be recent enough? I think I'd ask to speak to the GP, and explain your concerns.
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    • Pinkpetal
    • By Pinkpetal 12th Mar 17, 10:59 PM
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    Happy birthday Maman, I hope you've had a great day.

    PinkPetal - I was going to say that being asked to wait for healthcare because of the financial year is not something I'd be happy with and I'd probably make a complaint. I think it's different when you're booking an appointment and the next available one is so far in the future, e.g. for a specific doctor or procedure. Then I re-read and can see that you have an appointment with a consultant who wants to see recent results. If you were to go this week, would the results be recent enough? I think I'd ask to speak to the GP, and explain your concerns.
    Originally posted by DD265
    Thank you, I don't think I have explained it very well.
    My appointment in April only needs one recent blood test to check the level of one thing.
    All the other tests are to see if I have an autoimmune disease which would be treated by a different consultant.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 13th Mar 17, 8:42 AM
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    Belated Happy Birthday MAman. So sorry I missed it yesterday. HAve a lovely time in Prague.

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    • LaineyT
    • By LaineyT 13th Mar 17, 8:51 AM
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    [QUOTE=maman;72239677]I know I took this the wrong way but it made me smile!

    would love to say that it's only my beauty products am avoiding alcohol in but due to weight loss programme haven't touched a drop for a few weeks.
    Belated Birthday wishes for yesterday Maman hope you had a fab day and lucky you with the trip to Prague.
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 13th Mar 17, 9:07 AM
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    Pinkpetal - if your GP had really wanted you to wait until after April 1st for the tests they could have asked you to come back then and pick up the forms (here we don't get forms, they just put the requests into the system for when you need them which helps with planning them for before hospital appointments etc). And anyway, the new financial year starts on April 5th, so there's clearly some confusion.

    TBH I'd just get the tests done whenever I could fit in going to the hospital and hanging around for ages. If they say they didn't want you do do them before April 1 say you 'forgot' and if that was the case they should have booked you another appointment to come back and pick up the forms.

    I'd also be inclined to look into this further and possibly complain to the practice manager. I'm pretty sure they're not supposed to use budgets as a reason to delay tests. Although it's perfectly possible to have a medical reason for delaying the tests (such as 'you need to wait a couple of weeks to ensure that you have had symptoms long enough for the tests to be effective - which I have with some of mine... it takes roughly a month after the systems start for the results of the problem to be evident in blood), they usually ask you to come back to the surgery so they can book it in.

    If you're not sure, ask for a telephone appointment to clarify what you were actually asked to do.
    • maman
    • By maman 13th Mar 17, 11:35 AM
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    Thanks for your good wishes everyone. I had a lovely day yesterday. We went to see Viceroy's House. I enjoyed it although the treatment is a bit 'Downton Abbey' but as I liked that programme I didn't mind.


    As you don't seem to fall into the category of needing to wait to see how symptoms develop then I'd certainly push to get your tests before you go to the consultant pinkpetal. It could be that in saving a little money on the tests they'll be wasting the consultant's (and your) time as he won't be able to give you an informed opinion on your condition.


    I treated myself to a few cheap bits and pieces at the weekend. I went into Primark as I'd seen a turquoise lace cover up that matches one of my bikinis. While I was there I saw a pale, jade blouse with fluted sleeves and a tie neckline. I've tried on both this morning and they're keepers. Delighted to report that the bikini fits perfectly. Not bad for March!


    I'm off to have my nails done shortly. Determined not to have more of the same (favourite deep maroon) so probably have a bright red instead.


    I've got a pretty good idea of what I'm taking to Prague and Budapest although I won't pack until tomorrow. I'm expecting temperatures to be similar to here (around 12 degrees) but colder at night. Wardrobe will be around coordinating layers so smart black jeans, long line tops in purple/maroon/black/red, thick cardigan and stripey scarf which has all the colours in. I still think my long coat is a better idea than a jacket and I'm just wearing a pair of flat boots and taking my Skechers as they're best for comfortable walking.


    Bright and sunny here. Hope you're all having a good Monday.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 13th Mar 17, 2:12 PM
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    Watched the film called Spies last night. Some of it was set in Budapest. It looks lovely.

    Pinkpetal...... I agree you need to find out if delaying the blood tests would impact on your consultants ability to help you.

    I know from my husband's illness that some of the blood tests are extremely expensive, many of his had to be sent to Oxford university, cultures grown etc. It can be a very costly business. Even so if you need them, then you need them.

    I think you need to dig a bit deeper and find out why he wants you to wait. If it's purely linked to his practice's finances then that's not really an acceptable delay.
    • Pinkpetal
    • By Pinkpetal 13th Mar 17, 4:44 PM
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    Just a quick post to thank everyone for the helpful replies. I spoke to the receptionist at the surgery and the delay was purely financial. I have now been given permission to go ahead earlier. I'm shocked and a little angry to be honest I bet there is a lot of people who wouldn't question this. Many thanks everyone.
    • indiepanda
    • By indiepanda 13th Mar 17, 5:24 PM
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    Just a quick post to thank everyone for the helpful replies. I spoke to the receptionist at the surgery and the delay was purely financial. I have now been given permission to go ahead earlier. I'm shocked and a little angry to be honest I bet there is a lot of people who wouldn't question this. Many thanks everyone.
    Originally posted by Pinkpetal
    Pleased to hear you stood up for yourself and got the right result.

    Well what a glorious day - feels like spring has properly sprung, daffs and crocuses in the park, sun in the sky and warm enough I've been out in a short sleeved top with just a lightweight cardi over the top.

    I was reflecting as I walked around earlier that at the start of the year I chose as my one word theme for the year "love" and just how right that feels now. Not that I have fallen in love with a man, no exciting announcements on that front. But I was walking around with a smile on my face and a feeling of happiness bubbling over that I can't remember feeling before, certainly not for a long while anyway.

    My trainer noticed today (and it's only two weeks since I last saw her) that I was looking trimmer and my face is looking slimmer and when I tried on some of my jeans earlier they have got too big (have some that were snugger that are still ok). Also found some hiking pants I bought a couple of seasons ago intending to slim into them and promptly put on weight, but they now fit. Also had a pair tucked away from before I moved to London that I hadn't been able to wear in all my time here that now fit. Good thing really as the trousers I wore on my last trip are too loose now.

    Been out to do a little bit of shopping, Got another pair of the trousers I bought in M&S yesterday, in tan this time. That should be enough with some skirts I've slimmed back into and a few new Kettlewell tops I've ordered to keep me going for a while, maybe get me through the summer anyway, am sure the weight loss will slow the less I have to lose. Bought a few new bits of make up - am finding myself feeling more inclined to wear it now. Also got a pair of navy shoes for work, going to try them on with a few things before I wear them out of the house but think they are going to work with both smart trousers as well as skirts/dresses. This is the ones I got - slightly vintagey which I like:-
    http://www.hotter.com/gb/en/viviene-heels?fit=Standard+Fit&colour=Navy?fit=Standard%20 Fit&colour=Navy

    Got a hectic week ahead, theatre on Wednesday, dinner with a friend Thursday, drinks on Friday, workshop Saturday and planning to go to an afternoon Ceroc freestyle on Sunday. Can't do my usual Wednesday Ceroc class so planning to go to a lesson tonight instead, debating whether to go to Pimlico or drive out to Hayes in Kent. The latter would be an easier journey but I am more likely to bump into someone I recognise from my usual class at the former so am leaning towards that.

    Been a bit lazy and bought some ready made soups and prepared salads from M&S so I don't have to stay home and cook tonight. I enjoy cooking (and I didn't think I'd ever hear myself say that) but I enjoy dancing more.
    • chanie
    • By chanie 13th Mar 17, 8:13 PM
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    I was reflecting as I walked around earlier that at the start of the year I chose as my one word theme for the year "love" and just how right that feels now. Not that I have fallen in love with a man, no exciting announcements on that front. But I was walking around with a smile on my face and a feeling of happiness bubbling over that I can't remember feeling before, certainly not for a long while anyway.
    Originally posted by indiepanda
    I love your story of happiness, it's so inspiring.
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    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 15th Mar 17, 12:06 PM
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    Hello Ladies,

    I made the effect and went to Karaoke last night and I had a good evening out. I was not able to dance really because my chest started to hurt me when I tried to dance. I was able to sing 4 songs.

    I am back at work even though I have not fully recovered, so the work is more arduous at the moment, but I hope to be fully recovered by next week.

    My grandson has been staying with us for just over a week. He is in Local Authority Care. He was asked to leave his supported housing because he smashed up furniture in a room and threatened members of staff with violence. Life is certainly different with him living with us temporarily. It means a lot more washing and drying for one. He eats quite a lot as well. We do like him being here though, because he is very talkative with us and he has a great sense of humour and a loud, infectious laugh, that soon gets you smiling or laughing aloud with him.
    • chanie
    • By chanie 15th Mar 17, 8:18 PM
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    sugar I hope you feel better soon. You always have a positive outlook, that must be where your grandson gets his sense of humour from.

    I've had a really buy few weeks at work, which is why I haven't posted much. We have booked our summer holiday to Greece. We also painted the kitchen at the weekend - it's great to see the progress we are making on our home.
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    • sukeyboo
    • By sukeyboo 16th Mar 17, 1:56 PM
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    Hello Ladies

    Indie your post has made me feel so much positive about life in general - various things have been getting me down lately and reading through your post has made me realise that most of the things that are affecting me are all within my grasp to change. I have to say your social life leaves me in a bit of whirl - how do you find time to fit it all in?

    Hope your tests all go OK PinkPetal.

    I have been using my Clinique Sonic brush for almost a week now and the change in my skin is amazing - it feels so much softer and the marks/small scars that I had on my jawline from months & months of repeated spot outbreaks are starting to fade - also I have only had one spot since using it and it went away before it developed into one of the usual large bumps under the skin - result
    • indiepanda
    • By indiepanda 16th Mar 17, 11:20 PM
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    Indie your post has made me feel so much positive about life in general - various things have been getting me down lately and reading through your post has made me realise that most of the things that are affecting me are all within my grasp to change. I have to say your social life leaves me in a bit of whirl - how do you find time to fit it all in?
    Originally posted by sukeyboo
    Well, I have no children or husband to run around after, pay a cleaner to come in once a week and get the ironing done by someone else too and chose to work 4 days a week instead of 5 (i.e. took a 20% pay cut to do so), so I have the luxury of quite a bit of spare time (and I guess reading that back, am fortunate in as much as my job is well enough paid to allow me to cut hours and outsource chores)

    But having said that, all of the above has been true for years and I've only really started socialising quite as much as this during this year - the change in diet I have mentioned has really boosted my energy levels so I don't seem to need to have so many nights flopped on the sofa watching TV feeling exhausted. I also think not drinking alcohol is making a difference - not that I was drinking ridiculous amounts, probably within the recommended weekly maximum, but now I am not drinking it's noticeable how energy sapping even a mild hangover can be. I can plan energetic things for Sundays now even if I am out late Saturday.

    Although having said all that, after being out almost every night for the last fortnight I am quite glad I can work from home tomorrow, thereby being able to have a little lie in because I won't need to do the hour plus journey to the office.

    Dreamgirls last night was pretty good, Amber Riley has a hell of a voice. Not quite enough solo parts for her for my liking, but when she was allowed to let rip she blew the roof off the place - got a standing ovation during the show rather than having to wait till the end.

    Got a night at the pub with friends tomorrow - band playing for St Patrick's night, then the workshop about finding your dream man on Saturday with a night out after to put skills into practice, then a Ceroc freestyle on Sunday afternoon and we're planning to do a pub quiz on Sunday night. So another quiet weekend ahead...

    Only got plans for three out of the five weeknights next week so far... but wouldn't be surprised if that changes!
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 17th Mar 17, 8:55 AM
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    Indie.... I am another one quite dazzled by your social whirl.....you go girl!!! I am hoping that will be me one of these days. I do love reading your posts and I really enjoyed the one about "happiness".

    SUkey....sorry you have been feeling down, me too if I'm honest. But like you I find coming on here helps lift my spirits.

    I have been a bit down in the dumps recently. I have one more hurdle to overcome tomorrow - scattering dad's ashes and then hopefully my mood will lift. In itself it's not the scattering of the ashes but it's the fact this will be the first time I will be in the presence of my sister since dad's funeral. I'm actually a tad nervous (yes, very silly I know but it's how I feel). I will be glad when it's over. At least the boys will be with me so there should be no "embarrassing silences".

    Not sure where my sister and I go from here, I would imagine a cool distance rather than a complete estrangement but I doubt our relationship will ever recover. I have had several weeks now to mull things over and oddly enough I have not really missed her nearly as much as I thought I would.

    Well yesterday I put myself in the scales and I was horrified to see I had put weight on. I am the highest non pregnant weight I have ever been. I am also very unfit and constantly shattered.

    Reading Indies post about "love" reminded me that my word is "vitality", something which I am sadly lacking. So after weighing myself I thought right this is it........I need to "DO SOMETHING"!!!!!

    So I have joined a gym hopefully I will have my induction next week but if not I can at least start swimming and see about joining a Pilates or yoga class. They throw in a couple of free sessions with a personal trainer so I'll see how It goes.

    I don't wish to sound melodramatic but I really feel this is my last chance to reclaim my fitness and health. I am not getting any younger. It's now or never.

    Time for some serious "self love".

    Sugarbaby - hope you feel better soon.

    FAb Friday...........dont forget.

    Have a great weekend.
    Last edited by lessonlearned; 17-03-2017 at 9:00 AM.
    • Pinkpetal
    • By Pinkpetal 17th Mar 17, 12:18 PM
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    Hello Ladies

    Indie your post has made me feel so much positive about life in general - various things have been getting me down lately and reading through your post has made me realise that most of the things that are affecting me are all within my grasp to change. I have to say your social life leaves me in a bit of whirl - how do you find time to fit it all in?

    Hope your tests all go OK PinkPetal.

    I have been using my Clinique Sonic brush for almost a week now and the change in my skin is amazing - it feels so much softer and the marks/small scars that I had on my jawline from months & months of repeated spot outbreaks are starting to fade - also I have only had one spot since using it and it went away before it developed into one of the usual large bumps under the skin - result
    Originally posted by sukeyboo
    Thanks sukeyboo the results are in I have a b12 deficiency which when after looking it up explains a lot, so hopefully in a few weeks I should have some energy my mojo may even return. Rheumatoid arthritis also confirmed so I already have an appointment for that booked in May. I must admit my skin is in a terrible state so I have treated myself to some Elemis products, I have started to drink more water but it is a struggle. I have also started to use a hair mousse on my roots because its so flat and have really noticed a difference in volume. Hoping for a bit of sun soon I am so pale I could be mistaken for a zombie. Still I'm feeling pretty positive I'll soon be looking fab. Hope everyone enjoys the weekend.
    Special hugs to LessonLearned x
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 17th Mar 17, 12:51 PM
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    Hi Petal. Glad you got some answers. At least you know now and can get the right treatments.

    I popped into town, on impulse I walked into a hairdressers and got my hair cut. Looks a lot better. I must try some styling mousse, my hair is baby fine and can look very flat.

    Bought some trainers for the gym and went to Kiko armed with my list of products I thought I might try. The girls were really helpful and their prices are very reasonable so I don't mind taking a bit of a chance. I just told them nothing with retinol because unfortunately although it works wonders my skin can't take it.

    My sister has just cancelled tomorrow and then rescheduled for next week without consulting me. Little madam, just typical - expecting me to simply slot in ......

    Drizzling now so going to crack on with painting the door frames.
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 18th Mar 17, 10:03 AM
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    Hello Ladies,

    My Grandson's social worker and personal adviser worked really hard and found him somewhere to live in a shared house in London, so he left here and moved into his new home on Wednesday. We were pleased for him, as we all had thought it would take weeks if not months.

    LL, I am sorry your sister is still being very high handed with you. I am feeling better than at the beginning of the week, but my chest is still tight and my throat still a bit sore.

    My oldest daughter rendered me speechless yesterday by telling me from her hospital bed over the phone that she had had a respiratory attack and 'died' for 2 minutes, but they had brought her back. The worry never ends no matter how old your children are. She is disabled and she cannot walk as well as has other physical problems and mental health issues as well.
    • sukeyboo
    • By sukeyboo 18th Mar 17, 8:36 PM
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    Feeling very sad tonight - you may remember a while ago my cat was poorly and wasn't expected to last very long. Well he rallied round and recovered somewhat but we finally lost him today - he went peacefully at home while we were holding his paws ❤
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