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    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 1st Jan 18, 11:51 AM
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    Frump to Fab 2018 - Fabulous Dahhhhlings
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    • 1st Jan 18, 11:51 AM
    Frump to Fab 2018 - Fabulous Dahhhhlings 1st Jan 18 at 11:51 AM
    Good Morning my Lovelies.

    And welcome to the new bright and shiny Frump to Fab Thread.

    First of all a very big hello and welcome to everyone, newbies, lurkers and returners....and those undecided.

    Second let me wish you all !!!8220;Happy New Year!!!8221;.

    Let!!!8217;s rock this one!!!!

    Well now where do we start this year. We have quite a history here now don!!!8217;t we. I was thinking this morning about how the thread has developed so for the newbies......a brief potted history.

    A few years ago my son took a photo of me. I was horrified. I burst into tears. I could hardly believe my eyes at the image before me. But.......as we know the camera doesn!!!8217;t lie and I couldn!!!8217;t argue with what That image revealed.

    I went upstairs and stood in front of a full mirror and allowed the awful truth to sink in........never mind frump, I looked like a bag lady.

    In my defence.......it was not down to laziness, far from it. I was caring for my semi Paralysed terminally ill husband. My days were full on with caring duties. I scarcely had a spare minute, it was all I could do to shower and brush my teeth sometimes.

    All very noble of course but I had completely neglected myself in the process. I had forgotten the simple golden rule........we cannot care for others if we don!!!8217;t care for ourselves. We cannot give love, if we don!!!8217;t treat ourselves with love.

    How many women forget this simple fact. In our busy lives as mothers, daughters, sisters how often to we put ourselves last on that never ending !!!8220;to do list!!!8221;.

    As I stood and looked in that mirror I realised the folly of my ways and I resolved to !!!8220;do something!!!8221;. I wasn!!!8217;t sure what exactly but I knew I had to make a start somewhere.

    So I started the first Frump to Fab Thread and, as they say, the rest is history. What started as a simple diary to help me make the necessary changes to get me out of !!!8220;Frumpdom!!!8221; has become a wonderful friendship group of likeminded women.

    Yes some of us are of a certain age but not all. Frumpdom is not the preserve of the middle aged woman who has !!!8220;let herself go!!!8221;. Becoming a frump can happen to anyone, young women, even teenagers.

    But here!!!8217;s the good news .......it!!!8217;s never too late to reverse the process, never too late to ditch the frump, never too late for the caterpillar to turn into a beautiful butterfly or for the ugly duckling to turn into a graceful and elegant swan.

    There are no rules to this thread except one.

    Kindness please........we don!!!8217;t judge anyone here, we don!!!8217;t get into futile pointless arguments, we don!!!8217;t make nasty comments, we don!!!8217;t indulge in sarcasm, we don!!!8217;t bully others, we don!!!8217;t play mind games and we don!!!8217;t try to score points by making others feel small.

    So all that being said .....if you are ready to change your stars and become that alluring goddess you always longed to be, if you want to reclaim the energy and vitality that was once yours but has somehow disappeared then this is place for you.

    Let!!!8217;s all get fabulous.

    Lesson no 1.

    Wear perfume, every day. Don!!!8217;t save it for best. Get out all those unused smellies lurking in the back of the bathroom cabinet or bedside drawer and start using them.

    Smell divine......and fabulousity will follow. That!!!8217;s a promise.

    A women who smells gorgeous is gorgeous. It!!!8217;s the first step on your journey.

    Right I!!!8217;m off to bathe in a sea of perfumed bubbles but first ..........

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    • chanie
    • By chanie 7th Feb 18, 3:54 PM
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    chanie I love the Where's Wally books too. I used to do them with my brother who is 8 years younger than me, then with my oldest nephew, they're great fun. I still can't buy stripey tops though after my mum started calling me that for wearing them too much.

    Will visit your new diary.
    Originally posted by sashybo

    DS has thick glasses like Wally - I must buy him a stripey top!!!
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    • Skye17
    • By Skye17 7th Feb 18, 5:10 PM
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    Hello Ladies,

    Just been catching up with all your posts, I have not switched my laptop on in what seems like ages as I have the dreaded flu and not had the energy or motivation to do anything. Feeling much better now so mission fab is back on.
    Last edited by Skye17; 07-02-2018 at 5:52 PM.
    • chanie
    • By chanie 7th Feb 18, 5:17 PM
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    Hi Skye,


    Pleased you are feeling better. Everyone around me seems to be coming down with the flu, but hopefully, as spring is upon us, the sun will be out soon and the bugs banished for a few months!!!
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    • Butterfliesarepretty
    • By Butterfliesarepretty 7th Feb 18, 7:54 PM
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    Hello Ladies,

    Just been catching up with all your posts, I have not switched my laptop on in what seems like ages as I have the dreaded flu and not had the energy or motivation to do anything. Feeling much better now so mission fab is back on.
    Originally posted by Skye17
    Hi Skye17 I think everyone has had this, mine was three weeks ago and I coughed up some blood, today had a routine x ray, pretty sure it was just a burst blood vessel.

    So I had an interview yesterday at pendle mill, but it was rubbish really, lasted 15 minutes, they are not sure whether they want part time and dont even know what they will be paying!

    Got another interview for part time accounts and purchase ledger at a firm just off the m65 on friday morning. 20 hours sounds brilliant £9.00 an hour mon wed friday. Looking forward to it. After the xray went to h and m and bought a new blouse and black skirt to wear for the interview and Ill put my black smart jacket over it.

    I could also do with a complete new makeover (makeupwise) but not sure where to start. Have tried watching those tutorials but with my blue eyes wiry brows and fairish skin with colourless raised moles I find it difficult to achieve the flawless look.

    Once I get a job I can then treat myself to my long hair being highlighted back to warm golden blonde tones to stop fightiing the grey hairs. did the dry january and glad I did it as I now only have a wine once a weekend. Feel better for it.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 7th Feb 18, 8:54 PM
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    butterflies good luck with your next interview. It!!!8217;s a shame about the Pendle Mill interview. I always think it!!!8217;s bad form for an employer to treat perspective employees badly. Interviews are a two way street and they should remember that it!!!8217;s also the opportunity for employer to impress the potential employee.

    In terms of make up, try one of the beauty counters and see what they suggest. Maybe you are being a bit harsh on yourself when it comes to make up. Personally, I don!!!8217;t like the flawless look, as it sometimes doesn!!!8217;t look natural. Try going to a beauty counter as they could suggest something that could work with your skin, not against it.
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    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 7th Feb 18, 9:48 PM
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    Hi Ladies,

    Welcome back Skye 17

    Butterflies
    I wish you luck with your next interview. I hope you get the job.

    Can I just point out what the Doctors in my surgery have always said with regards to coughing up blood. If the blood is red, it usually means that the coughing has caused a little tear that will heal itself. If the blood is rusty colour or a dark red, it is blood that has begun to congeal before being expelled and will need further investigation.

    As I have had chest infections in the past, I usually find if I get a severe cold or the flu, that I will end up coughing up blood, but it does not cause me undue worry.

    I went to the local independent cinema in Peckham yesterday to watch Darkest Hour and I found it really compelling. Gary Oldman was a tour de force as Winston Churchill. I would give this film a 9/10.

    Today I went to my local Odeon in Streatham to watch Battle of the Sexes, which was a far more entertaining film than I was expecting. As it is about real life events, it was also educational and highlighted the battle that the top women's tennis players had to fight to get equality. I would give this film a 9.5/10
    • Floss
    • By Floss 8th Feb 18, 10:22 AM
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    Butterflies why not go to your nearest Bare Minerals counter for a trial? Xx
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 8th Feb 18, 1:01 PM
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    Hello Ladies,

    I am not feeling at my best, I think I have over stretched myself over the last couple of weeks. I am slowing down and taking it really easy for the rest of this week and next week, as I have a weekend in Birminghan planned from next Friday.

    3 of my sisters and I will be getting together for a weekend of fun and gossip. We rarely manage it, so I am really looking forward to it. The only shame is that my other sister will not be there, but the 4 of us getting together is better than none of us coming together
    • Butterfliesarepretty
    • By Butterfliesarepretty 8th Feb 18, 9:21 PM
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    Butterflies why not go to your nearest Bare Minerals counter for a trial? Xx
    Originally posted by Floss
    Hi thanks,

    I already have bare minerals powders. But I have bought some NYK neutrals palette today £16 but nice colours.
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    • Floss
    • By Floss 9th Feb 18, 7:21 AM
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    Hi thanks,

    I already have bare minerals powders. But I have bought some NYK neutrals palette today £16 but nice colours.
    Originally posted by Butterfliesarepretty
    They do a couple of light foundations that give good coverage withoit being too makeupy if you know what i mean
    • sukeyboo
    • By sukeyboo 9th Feb 18, 10:04 AM
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    Morning all

    Happy Fab Friday

    Floss - I keep looking at the Bare Minerals range as the salon I go to for my facials carries this range - as I am now a regular customer I might see if they have any samples I can try out . Really enjoyed my facial earlier in the week - it is so relaxing and I left there feeling completely de-stressed

    sugarbaby - hope you feel better soon.

    Butterflies - how did your interview go - it was today wasn't it?

    misstara & maman - I am a stripey top fanatic too - mainly for the Spring/Summer as well - I think I have 5 or 6, mainly navy blue/white & black/white but in different stripe widths

    Welcome back skye17 - glad to hear you are finally recovering from the flu - there has been so much of it around but I have been lucky so far (touch-wood!) and haven't even had a cold this winter. I must say I am very lucky with my health and I haven't had a day off sick from work in over 15 years

    Speaking of health - I had some blood tests done to at the GP so that they can confirm there is no other underlying cause for my menopausal 'symptoms' - the results should come back next week.

    Have a great weekend everyone
    • maman
    • By maman 9th Feb 18, 12:07 PM
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    Hope this morning's interview goes well butterfly.


    Hope the poorlies are soon feeling better.


    Just caught up with the posts as I've had a busy few days. Lots of it was fabbing related though. I seem to have spent an awful lot on make up. I regularly go to the Benefit counter to see which products I might use. They're more than happy to demonstrate. This week they were launching a new mascara so I arranged to go along.


    I decided to buy a number of the things I've been promising myself: eyebrow powder, eyebrow brush, highlighter brow pencil and mascara. I've been using the Rimmel kit for months to get me used to doing my eyebrows. It's only about a fiver and very good for the price.


    I haven't bought mascara since last June when I got them on offer at Gatwick and I still have a new pack unopened.


    On the same trip I bought some of my favourite Clarins serum, again on offer and I'm just getting to the end of the second bottle. This time of the year (for Mothers' Day), Clarins often have gift packs which have travel size packs in with them. They had the serum with a the products for the same price as the original. They also had my favourite Eau Dynamissante with a 'free' handbag size spray.


    All my beauty purchases were from Boots and they had brilliant offers on their Vantage card. I had £20 bonus points yesterday for buying the Clarins along with the points for the actual purchase.


    I've also bought myself a new dress and a jumper this week. Both sale buys so not too expensive.


    Glad you enjoyed the Darkest Hour sugaraby. Although not regular cinemagoers we've seen 3 films lately including that. yesterday we went to see Journeys End about WW1. It was brilliantly done and really brought out the futility of it all. It made me think that this week isn't just about the centenary of votes for (some) women but for the working man too. To think that hundreds and thousands went to war without even a vote.


    Definitely doing Fab Friday here. We're off to the theatre. I'm thinking I might wear my purple velvet coat but with a stripey, wool scarf to dress it down a bit. Not sure whether I'll wear black jeans underneath or a dress with long boots. It'll depend how cold it is!


    Sorry this has been all about my fabbing purchases. have a good weekend all!
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 9th Feb 18, 5:37 PM
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    Maman I really liked hearing all about your fabbing purchases

    Your outfit for your theatre visit definitely sounds fab, I hope you enjoy the play

    I have already seen Journey's End. I saw the preview at Vue Piccadilly on 22nd January, but I was not allowed to talk about the film until it was released. For me it was a 10/10 film. It really captured the futile waste of life that was World War 1, also the team work, the bravery and courage of men that can see the inevitably of their own death
    • misstara
    • By misstara 9th Feb 18, 5:39 PM
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    Looks like we all love stripes here . Yesterday was a stripey cardigan, today a green and black stripey dress (nicer than it sounds) with leggings and boots. Next week I shall try a few days without stripes

    Today I made the effort to dry and straighten my hair and put on a bit more makeup. It really did make me feel fab and I got a few nice comments at work which is always nice. I even got IDed buying alcohol in the supermarket on the way home, that hasn't happened for quite a while

    maman Loving all your fabbing purchases . I really need to get a new eyebrow kit, the usual one I get is from benefit but can't really afford it at the mo so think I'll give the rimmel one a go.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 9th Feb 18, 8:37 PM
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    maman you are really tempting me with all of your make up purchases. It!!!8217;s great that you also got £20 worth of points. That always handy. Enjoy your trip to the theatre.

    MissTara well done on fab Friday. It!!!8217;s nice to get compliments when you!!!8217;ve made the effort.

    I bought some slides for the summer recently, which I know is a rather random purchase at this time of year. I came across a pair I liked but they only had my size left, so i thought I!!!8217;d better grab them before they sold out. I also picked up a top in Lidl for work, reduced from £5 to £3.50. I don!!!8217;t like spending too much money on work clothes, so this was a good bargain.
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    • chanie
    • By chanie 9th Feb 18, 9:22 PM
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    Just a quick reminder that sainsburys 25% off shopping normally conincides with half term which is next week.

    Personally, I think that sainsburys has the best clothing of all the supermarkets so I do stock up when they have the 25% off.
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    • LuxuryWoman
    • By LuxuryWoman 10th Feb 18, 11:24 AM
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    I agree about their clothes Chanie although I wasn't massively impressed the last few months, I did get a pair of leather knee boots for £20 (used points for the remainder) and they are really fine, I've had some nice 'coatigans' and a couple of jackets but the style for flounced up jumpers everywhere leaves me cold.

    I'm hoping they'll have some nice spring bits in before too long, I need some dressier tops and I love the Sainsbury shell/layering tops for around £10, so easy to dress up or down.

    Morning everyone else
    • maman
    • By maman 10th Feb 18, 12:37 PM
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    Just a quick reminder that sainsburys 25% off shopping normally conincides with half term which is next week.
    Originally posted by chanie

    Thanks for that. It often coincides with 25% off wine too!


    I think it's very sensible buying sandals in the sale. I did the same. I was so pleased with my bronze fit flop slides last summer that when I saw a black pair in the sale I snapped them up.

    I agree about their clothes Chanie although I wasn't massively impressed the last few months, I did get a pair of leather knee boots for £20 (used points for the remainder) and they are really fine, I've had some nice 'coatigans' and a couple of jackets but the style for flounced up jumpers everywhere leaves me cold.
    Originally posted by LuxuryWoman

    I think you're right about some of the women's clothing going a bit strange lately. They've had racks and racks of reduced stuff lately that just isn't selling. They usually mean mistakes.


    I bought what could just be described as a flounced up jumper! It was from Red Herring at Debenhams and fortunately very cheap. It's beautifully soft and I know the burgundy colour suits me but I intend to get rid of the bows on the cuffs.
    http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_103030160756_-1



    Nothing much happening here today. If we're not doing much on Saturdays I tend to do a bit of batch cooking. The weather is damp and grey so no incentive to go out other than for food shopping.
    • sashybo
    • By sashybo 10th Feb 18, 1:14 PM
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    Hi all,

    No real fabbing for me, just trying to maintain as DS is teething & very clingy at the moment.

    Does planting tomato, pepper, chilli & sweet pea seeds with DS & my twin nieces count as fabbing? We had fun anyway as it was sunny although cold yesterday & the girls took turns pushing DS round the garden, well up & down the path as the grass is like a bog.

    Also have potatoes chitting on the windowsill in the spare room, coming along nicely.

    Maman let us know how you get on with the Benefit eyebrow products. I've been using this one from sleek & quite like it, it's lasted ages too.
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    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 10th Feb 18, 10:00 PM
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    Hello Ladies

    Today started on a negative note, as my central heating and hot water had not come on at 5.30am, so when I went to run myself a bath, the water was cold. I had to boil the kettle and settle for a stand up wash, as my Housing Association could not send an engineer to fix it before I had to leave home at 8am to get my train. I knew from the fault code, that the condenser boiler had low water pressure, but I could not work out how to get it up and running again. We have an electric heater we could use in the Living room to keep warm. The engineer is booked for tomorrow, so we will not have to suffer for too long.

    The rest of today was great, as I went to Andover to spend time with my elder son and his 2 daughters. My son paid for everything for me including my train fare. My 2 granddaughters were taking part in a dance show. They both go to the same dance school once a week.

    I was able to do a very short visit t the hospital to see my daughter and her husband, before my son drove me to the train station to get my train back to London Waterloo.

    I actually painted my finger nails a lovely shade of cerise pink to match the long sleeved t-shirt and jumper I was wearing today. I layered my perfume with the matching body lotion.
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