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Frump to Fab 2019 - Here We Go Again

edited 3 April 2019 at 12:33PM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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  • LuxuryWomanLuxuryWoman Forumite
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    Moll, I lost 3 stone quite quickly years ago low carbing and kept it off for a long time, it is quite an expensive way to eat though, lots of cheese, steak etc. And we were broke for a while and had to live on pasta and cheaper foods for a long while.

    I don’t want to lose too much now I’m older as I don’t want my face looking gaunt so I’m just cutting back and upping veg. With my daughter having an eating disorder I have to be careful not to trigger her too.
  • 32b3in201332b3in2013 Forumite
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    Moll wrote: »

    32b sounds like you had a great time in New York . Id love to go there one day

    it was amazing. It sounds odd but i get such a sense of peace when i get on the plane (V odd considering how loud planes are :D) work phone stayed at home as I am not allowed to take it out of the country for security reasons and just a sense of joy at having nothing to do other than walk around and shop! I would definitely recommend it <3

    SPC9 #125 - £816.85
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    SPC 11 #7 - £968.46
    SPC 12 #7 - £2682.90
  • edited 1 March 2019 at 4:11PM
    32b3in201332b3in2013 Forumite
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    edited 1 March 2019 at 4:11PM
    chanie wrote: »
    Morning fabbers.

    Some of you may know that I have a big birthday coming up in autumn, the big 4-0. I have been putting money aside for a shopping spree, but in the meantime I have been researching products that I might like (and if they are discounted between now and my birthday, I will of course do the MSE thing and snap it up).

    One item I wanted was a nice bottle of perfume, but I wanted to try a specialist perfume house. I found a lovely scent in Miller Harris, which was £100 for 50ml. I found an unopened bottle on ebay for £65 and snapped it up. I am dubious about buying perfume from ebay, but its quite a niche brand. Anyway, the perfume arrived today and I'm pleased to say thaat everything looks in order. Sadly I now have to put it away until my birthday.

    Anyway, I would recommend trying a perfume house if you are looking for a new scent and want to try something a bit different. Although the perfumes are quite expensive, they do sell smaller handbag size bottles, which I think would make a nice little treat for yourself.

    Next on my list is a tote shopper bag to carry all my lovely purchases.

    chanie - the bags were on instagram. the seller is tillyanna. I have never bought from there, and have no reason for suggesting them, other than they look lovely. here is a link sorry is links are not allowed?

    edit - oh dear, I may have just bought myself a new bag :rotfl:
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    SPC 11 #7 - £968.46
    SPC 12 #7 - £2682.90
  • MollMoll Forumite
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    Moll, I lost 3 stone quite quickly years ago low carbing and kept it off for a long time, it is quite an expensive way to eat though, lots of cheese, steak etc. And we were broke for a while and had to live on pasta and cheaper foods for a long while.

    Luxury Woman
    Can you give me some tips as i thought you couldnt eat cheese if following low carbs . its all new to me , you lost a lot of weight , when you did it before , Thats amazing x
  • savingfortomorrowsavingfortomorrow Forumite
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    32b3in2013 → the perfume house sounds amazing and no doubt smells amazing.
    Maddiemay → hope RL has settled down and all went well with the SW at your mom’s residential facility. Your outfit sounded very determined and confident.
    Luxury→ buying a lipstick you love is always a good use of the vouchers. When I cut out carbohydrates totally, it really affected my heat tolerance and i never felt so bone cold before in all my life. The dietitian I visited would highly approve the limitation but not elimination.
    Maman → i agree with the navy and black. I have a dress in both and it is really classic. I agree with changing habits permanently. I tend to do great for ages and then fall off the wagon. I am a disaster.

    32b → new york sounded totally fabulous.

    I have been following but RL has decided to up a gear. I had last year so much stress from work and now it looks like family demands are going to be the focus of this year. After last year loosing myself in stress and overwhelming workload, I barely had time to brush my hair and my skin was so congested. I have a large amount of obligations now but applying make up is my moment, it is my antidepressant. I can put my best foot forward in fancy shoes and make the best of a situation.

    My go to in times of stress is to eat or no eat. I ate the junk food early today so that i can make better decisions later in the day. I bought good food, limited fat and sugar. Sometimes the guilt of eating rubbish makes me do better. Later in the evening I had a yougart one small slice of seeded brown gluten free bread and lowfat hummus. I was stuck in a traffic jam from hell and was so glad to have eaten rubbish as thankfully the bad lunch kept me motoring till late.

    Tomorrow I need to get more vegetables. Carrots and raspberries, all better to have good stuff in the house as it might stop me eating crap or forgetting to eat.
  • LuxuryWomanLuxuryWoman Forumite
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    Moll, cheese is perfect for low carbing. I realised my post made it look like I ata pasta, what I meant was we became pretty skint so I could no longer low carb and had to return to carbs as they’re cheaper.

    I’d eat things like an omelette for breakfast, lots of nuts instead of crisps, chicken wrapped in bacon with vegetables or salad. Just regular food really without rice or pasta or bread. You cut a lot of sugar by stealth as you don’t have cake or biscuits but dark chocolate is ok. I did get a bit too thin at one point, a bit gaunt. It does keep you full though, having a big cooked breakfast really keeps you going. This time I’m just going to decrease not cut. I can’t eat rice anyway it makes me ill. My skin was great probably due to all the olive oil.
  • edited 2 March 2019 at 10:01AM
    lessonlearnedlessonlearned Forumite
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    edited 2 March 2019 at 10:01AM
    Good morning lovely ladies........

    Some super chat on here the last few days. I have been reading although tbh life has been very hectic so not had time to post. So forgive me if I dont reply to you all individually.,

    Today is the big one. It would have been my husband's birthday but I have kept myself occupied so haven't had much time to dwell on it or wallow in self pity. I feel surprisingly perky today. A bit anxious, which manifests in a bit of chest pain (nothing serious, just costochondria). I'll be fine tomorrow.

    It's often the case that the actual red letter days aren't too bad when they arrive, it's the preceding days and the build up and anticipation that seems to hit me most. Anyway this time I tried to prepare and circumvent the blues before they could really hit. It seems to have worked. I have been gardening, had the builder in to work on the kitchen, have been out and about (mainly to escape the plaster dust:rotfl:).

    Today is clean up day (although to be honest he is a tidy worker and hasn't made much mess and he did clean up as we went along so its not too bad at all).

    Moll......whilst the kitchen was out of bounds I have been seeing friends, eating out a fair bit so I'm afraid the weight loss has stalled but hopefully back with the programme now. Falling behind schedule. :o. Hey ho. I just remind myself it's a marathon, not a sprint.

    I'm in this for the long haul, to improve health and well being, not just a quick fix to drop a couple of dress sizes. Although apparently my grandson is going to be christened sometime in June so I would like to drop a dress size by then if I can.

    After I have cleaned the kitchen I shall have a nice pamper, a soak in the bath, get dolled up and then go into the city to the cinema.

    Have a fab weekend.
  • Wednesday2000Wednesday2000 Forumite
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    I had a fun time last night. I also wore my new red scarf with my outfit. It's red with a black rose pattern on it. I thought it was a nice pop of colour.

    Someone guessed my age as 31, quite a compliment considering I am more than 10 years older than that.:cool:

    I think I will wear a new red dress today, it's only a charity shop Primark dress but it is in very good condition.

    My new boots didn't hurt at all, shockingly! so I will wear the red dress with my usual black leggings and a black cardigan.:) I will wear my sparkly black scarf this time.
  • sugarbaby125sugarbaby125 Forumite
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    Wednesday what a great compliment to receive. It sounds like you are going to be wearing another great outfit tonight. Enjoy your night out :D
  • teedy23teedy23 Forumite
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    Mortgage-free Glee!
    I dont and never have used shopping channels on tv but I have just discovered Goks closet on QVC. I still wont buy from tv but the ideas are fantastic with lots of great hints and tips. The models are not all stick thin either.
    :T:jDabbler in all things moneysaving.Master of none:o

    Well except mastered my mortgage 5 yrs early :T:j
    Street finds for 2018 £26:49.
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