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    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 29th Dec 18, 7:41 AM
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    Frump to Fab 2019 - Here We Go Again
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    • 29th Dec 18, 7:41 AM
    Frump to Fab 2019 - Here We Go Again 29th Dec 18 at 7:41 AM
    Good Morning Lovely Ladies (And Gents - if are are reading along).

    Are you ready to start the New Year with a sparkle in your eye and a spring in your footsteps or are you feeling a little jaded, a little worse for wear, a tad sad and neglected.

    Do you feel invisible. Does the face that stares back at you from the mirror seem like a stranger to you.

    Just who is that tired old lady looking back out at you.

    In short, have you become a Frump!!!

    Well fret ye not, salvation is at hand.

    Join our merry gang and make this the year you transform yourself.

    Ditch the Frump and become the Fabulous Woman you know you can be.

    And have some fun along the way.

    The Story So Far.......

    I have been looking back and I was astonished to discover that the First Frump to Fab thread began in 2011. Wow.

    Tempus Fugit and all that.

    Am I fabulous yet. Almost.

    How did it all begin.

    Well one day my son took a photo of me in an unguarded moment. I took one look and burst into tears. Who was that old hag, that strange woman who looked like a bag lady. That couldn't be me. So I ran upstairs and took a good hard look in a full length mirror.

    Yes, dear reader, it was me.

    I stopped snivelling and faced the truth. I was a mess. I resolved then and there to do something about it. I didn't know what that something was because at the time I was caring for my terminally ill husband and staring bankruptcy in the face.

    I was exhausted, I looked terrible and if I'm honest, I felt desperate. I didn't know what I was going to do, or where to begin so I started the first Frump to Fab thread as a diary to spur me on and keep me motivated.

    And the rest is history.

    My life is truly unrecognisable from that day. And I am not the same woman.

    I look better, feel better, my finances are better. I AM better.

    Not quite Goddess standard yet but getting there and working towards being fabulous and having a fabulous life.

    So......if you want to "Change Your Stars" then join our merry gang.

    Let's make 2019 the best one yet.

    And......more Importantly, let's have some fun along the way.

    One Golden Rule Please.

    Be kind to one another.

    Please do not be harsh or judgemental to others. None of us is perfect. It doesn't matter how we became Frumps what matters is how we are going to reclaim our looks, our energy, our joire de vie.

    The past is the past and why we became Frumps is no longer relevant. It doesn't matter how we got here, what matters is how we move forward.

    We are all here because we want to make things better. We want to look attractive, some of us might want to improve our health and fitness. All of us on here aspire to being the best we can be. So let's support each other.

    For the Newbies, the Lurkers and as a refresher course for our regular members ......

    I have posted the new thread earlier this year to give us some time to reflect and decide exactly what we want to achieve next year. Time to set goals, time for some strategic planning.

    Over the next few days, in true MSE fashion, myself and our regulars will be talking about some simple easy and FREE steps you can make as you prepare to start as your journey to Fabdom.

    So Welcome Everyone.

    Let's get this show on the road.....

    Let's Rock!!!!

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    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 19th Aug 19, 10:37 AM
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    OMG. Not a book for young impressionable girls. Far too depressing.

    Surely they could have found something a bit more uplifting. It always astounds me the books they choose for English Lit courses. They are often so boring, enough to put younger students off reading for life. I was in my 40s so was already a firm lover of books so I could take their less than stellar offerings in my stride.

    We had DH Lawrence to plough through...... Definitely not one of my favourites. Another misogynist. Allegedly he was a premature ejaculator so of course he blamed women for his lack of sexual prowess, hence the anti women rants you get in so many of his books.

    Now as you know I'm a Derbyshire lass and Lawrence came from Eastwood (Notts of course but near enough to be a neighbour) He was very unpopular in Eastwood for a long time because a lot of the locals felt he painted them and the town in a very bad light. They have a point. Both Lawrence and his mother were pretentious snobs. She felt she had married beneath her.

    Sons And Lovers is largely autobiographical and it depicted the miners as brutes. The locals were upset and they retaliated by calling him a "mard@rse". A local insult for people who whinge and whine over nowt.

    I remember our lecturer was obsessed with the man and insisted we went on a field trip to Eastwood......god knows why, there wasn't much to see. Luckily it was a nice day so most of us wandered off for a nice walk in the lovely countryside.

    I can laugh at it all (and did then) but it didn't make me very popular with the lecturer.......he always marked down my essays because I dared to critique his hero. .
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    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 19th Aug 19, 10:47 AM
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    Hello Ladies,

    LL
    I love watching The Handmaid's Tale. I record it every week and watch it when I want to. I am also recording and watching Poldark. I record many programmes and watch lots of programmes on Catch Up TV.

    I binge watched all 6 episodes of Deep Water with my daughter the other day and we both loved it. It has a lot of twists in the plot, but essentially it is a tale of human frailty, love and personal relationships.

    I had a full on weekend as I went dancing both Saturday and Sunday night. It was such a fun filled weekend for me. It also means that I get some much needed exercise while I am having fun. It benefits my Arthritis as well, as it helps to stop my joints from locking.

    I have gained a few pounds in weight, but I am not letting it get me down. I am just getting on with enjoying my life and making the best of my life regardless of my current weight.

    I am doing lots of reading at the moment. I am very thankful for the proliferation of Poundland shops in London as that is where I purchase all of my books. I like owning over an hundred books at any given time, as it shows my adult children, my grandchildren and other family that learning is not something that should stop once we have finished formal education.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 19th Aug 19, 12:48 PM
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    Definitely, I too believe we shouldcarry on learning and growing.

    Just back from my massage.....my neck and back feel much better. Except I hurt my foot this morning, something fell and landed on it......whacking great bruise now, it's swelling and it hursts like crazy after walking there and back from the salon. I am bruising so easily these days. I must buy some arnica, I have ran out.

    So that puts paid to my going out tonight. I'll just strap it up and elevate it. Can't remember where I put the stretchy support bandages......lol.

    I think you are right through about needing to keep moving for arthritis. It does seem to help. It's a balancing act between rest and movement. That's why dancing is so good. You move the whole body and because it's fun it doesn't seem such a chore as "having to exercise".

    Don't worry about gaining a few lbs. hopefully now that you are in less pain and moving a bit more it should drop off again.
    • chanie
    • By chanie 19th Aug 19, 1:39 PM
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    .

    I am doing lots of reading at the moment. I am very thankful for the proliferation of Poundland shops in London as that is where I purchase all of my books. I like owning over an hundred books at any given time, as it shows my adult children, my grandchildren and other family that learning is not something that should stop once we have finished formal education.
    Originally posted by sugarbaby125




    I love learning too. There are so many skills I'd love to learn, places to visit and foods to try. Its difficult for me to fit it all in, with a busy family life, so I do lots of reading, which keeps my mind active.


    Yes, I did pop to the Sainsbury's TU clothing sale!!! I bought DD a couple of bits and pieces, but there wasn't anything I saw for myself.
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    • maman
    • By maman 19th Aug 19, 1:41 PM
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    Sorry to hear about your foot LL. Hope it feels better soon.

    It's good to know your social life is back on track sugarbaby. I know we can't magic away aches and pains but it does help to take your mind off things.

    I had to read the novel at sixth form, I remember it being very depressing so I haven't watched the show!
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    The Handmaids Tale really doesn't appeal to me either. I don't favour sad tales at all. I've got 3 episodes of Keeping Faith recorded. I watched the first series and was keen to see this one but the first episode was so complex that I'm waiting until I can concentrate before watching them if I ever feel like it. I tend to watch television in the late evening so usually feeling sleepy.

    Strangely enough I've enjoyed reading DH Lawrence. The GCSE courses were totally changed when Mr Gove turned the clock back on the school curriculum. My girls really enjoyed Steinbeck, for example, but that's all gone now. The syllabus for English Literature is largely Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel as it was when I was at school. Sadly it's switching young people off English and those that go on to further study are getting fewer.

    I couldn't agree more about having books in the house sugarbaby . We have hundreds although mostly we keep reference books and recycle novels. We've decided to get rid of our travel books though as these days we tend to Google 'Things to Do' before we visit places and maybe print off an itinerary for city breaks. DH has just taken a few more bags of stuff to the CS including those books.

    We're having a workman free day today. So cross with the water board as they're messing us around. We're having the pipe to the meter replaced as it was old and corroded and we have to wait for them to connect the foot or so from our boundary. Until that's done we're on the old water supply. The bathroom's looking good with all the walls and flooring done before he fits the new suite. Even when it's done we'd be foolish to connect to old pipe as the bits of sediment could get into new shower pipes and wreck it.

    I had my hair done this morning. I've kept some of the length at the front but had the back cut back into my neck. I'm pleased with it. Hairdresser agreed with me that I don't need highlights yet. I've got a dancing event in late September so I might get them done then. I always try to go to the hairdresser when I'm going somewhere to take advantage of paying for the blow dry.

    I'm going dancing tonight and then tomorrow we're out for the day with DD2 and DGD2. She'll want to go shopping but it'll be good to see her anyway. She lives 30 miles away so we don't see them very often.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 19th Aug 19, 1:59 PM
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    I have just slathered my foot in tiger balm, and taken some paracetamol. Struggling to weight bear so that's todays plans cancelled. Won't be able to drive either,

    So I'll just rest on the sofa and hope it sorts itself out. Don't think anything is broken but there are so many tiny bones in the feet it's hard to tell.

    Recently my chiropodist asked me what I'd done to my little toe. I said I didn't know. She told me it was broken in two places. It did hurt but I had just put it down to arthritis but thinking about it I remembered I had stubbed it on a coffee table leg. No wonder it hurt.

    I was going to go to a pub quizz tonight but I'll give it a miss because driving will be a problem.

    Never mind, I've got plenty to keep me amused.
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 19th Aug 19, 4:46 PM
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    I have just slathered my foot in tiger balm, and taken some paracetamol. Struggling to weight bear so that's todays plans cancelled. Won't be able to drive either,

    So I'll just rest on the sofa and hope it sorts itself out. Don't think anything is broken but there are so many tiny bones in the feet it's hard to tell.

    Recently my chiropodist asked me what I'd done to my little toe. I said I didn't know. She told me it was broken in two places. It did hurt but I had just put it down to arthritis but thinking about it I remembered I had stubbed it on a coffee table leg. No wonder it hurt.

    I was going to go to a pub quizz tonight but I'll give it a miss because driving will be a problem.

    Never mind, I've got plenty to keep me amused.
    Originally posted by lessonlearned
    LL I am sorry to hear of your suffering. I hope the tiger balm and the paracetamol have brought the pain in your foot down to a manageable level. Enjoy your quieter evening at home and rest your foot as much as possible
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 20th Aug 19, 8:38 AM
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    I've now got two days out planned for September as well as the concert with my husband. I'm going to a trendy cafe in east London to meet one old friend and then meeting her and another person a week later. I'm not sure where we are going.

    I don't really like that Clarins cream! I won't be buying that again.

    I have some sugar in my cupboard that I have had for ages as I stopped drinking tea and coffee earlier in the year. I'm going to make a sugar body scrub to use in the shower as I have some scented oils.


    The Handmaids Tale really doesn't appeal to me either. I don't favour sad tales at all.
    Originally posted by maman
    I don't watch sad things either. I used to when I was younger for some reason.
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    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 20th Aug 19, 9:48 AM
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    Good morning lovely ladies

    Thankfully the foot is a little easier. I have been invited out for coffee this afternoon but it was in the city centre and would have meant a fair bit of walking.

    I am cooking a feast for 11 tomorrow, so what with shopping today and cooking tomorrow I will be on my feet quite a bit anyway. So as boring as it may sound I have decided it better to decline. Just need to take it steady for few days.

    I've got a rough menu in mind. Just need to go shopping this morning and I'm going to try and cook some dishes in advance this afternoon so as to take the pressure off a bit tomorrow.

    I'm going to keep it simple and may even cheat a little with some pre prepared bung in the oven bits and bobs.

    No point in being a martyr.....

    The house is clean and presentable and the front garden looks nice, so not much to do on that score.

    The back garden is no longer flooded but some of the shrubs are looking a bit worse for wear. I think I'm going to have to do a rescue mission, put some of them in pots with fresh compost. Then move them to a drier spot if they recover. I'll do that in a couple of days.

    I'm going to get my sons friend who is a landscape Gardner to come and take a look and see what we can do. Improve the drainage and perhaps install some sort of balancing pond. I want to remove the pathetic excuse of a lawn anyway. I might just bite the bullet and go for a Japanese style gravel garden which is what I wanted anyway.

    Although realistically I think that will be a job for next year. He's always booked up months in advance.

    It will probably mean I might have to forego any fancy cruises next year.

    I don't mind.
    • SSDD23
    • By SSDD23 20th Aug 19, 9:57 AM
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    Glad your foot is feeling better LL!

    Thankfully, I think my skin is starting to come down now. Had two positively horrific things on my face, and a third one was brewing but appears to actually be going away now, so taking that a positive sign!

    I bought a "petite" maxi dress the other day, not because I am normally the right size for petite clothing, but because whenever I seem to buy maxi dresses, they have always been dragging on the floor. I put it on and went downstairs, didn't even get to look at it in the mirror as OH turned his nose up and said "it's too long". I didn't know what to say other than "It's supposed to be long, it's a maxi dress" I will try it on again later and decide for myself whether it looks ok, I don't trust his opinion if his opinion contradicts the actual style of the dress
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    • By crazy_cat_lady 20th Aug 19, 5:44 PM
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    Glad that your foot is feeling better today LL - hope that it's all good by tomorrow and the big feast.
    I had my brow and lash tint today. It was lots less stressful than I was expecting and the lady was lovely. I think I quite like it - it'll take a bit of getting used to the darker brows but it's a definite improvement. My dd had her nails done and she's thrilled to bits with them, although it's a good excuse for her not to do anything because she is a bit incapacitated while she gets used to having them.
    It has given me the motivation to keep going. I'm absolutely exhausted but still look ok rather than all washed out...
    And I had to read Thomas Hardy at school - not the best. I read The Handmaid's Tale a few years ago and have quite enjoyed watching it on tv.
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    • maman
    • By maman 20th Aug 19, 7:49 PM
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    Glad you like your eyebrows cat. I enjoy having it done.

    I love Thomas Hardy. He's one of the few authors DH and I both enjoy. I picked up Jude the Obscure after DH had finished it and loved it. Maybe it made a difference that I did it from choice with no exam at the end. I've read many of his books since. A couple of years ago we had an American visitor who'd done her PhD on Hardy. We had a lovely day visiting all the sites in Dorset.

    Is that a family do you're catering for LL? I've not done a big family party for years but when I did I always played it simple with trays of lasagne or a boeuf bourginon or curry. Then plenty of bread and salad and cheeses. My 'go to' pudding is a DIY Eton mess where I just put out meringues and berries and cream and leave them to it.

    We've had a good day out with DD2 today. As expected we went shopping and for lunch. I was very restrained and spent 2.50
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 21st Aug 19, 8:26 AM
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    Good morning lovely ladies.

    Yes it's a big family "do". I cooked a chilli yesterday for the main event. There's also a lamb tagine which I cooked and froze last week which is less spicy and moderately spiced chicken drumsticks. So hopefully something for everybody.

    Then as you say, before that it will be waves of starter type things, a sort of cross between Tapas and a Greek Mezze.

    They all love their grub and love nothing more than tucking in to an array of different things. For saying they are all slim they can't half eat......so I need to ensure there is plenty.

    Traditionally Venezuelan food is surprisingly bland although the younger generation seem to have developed a liking for more spicy foods. I also like to throw in some traditional British dishes for them to try.

    It will be an unholy mix of mini pork pies, mini BBQ sausages, mushroom vol au vonts, falafels, couscous, garlic roasted potatoes, garlic bread, assorted salads and dips etc. For desserts there will tarte citron, chocolate, ice cream, cheese.

    As you say, keeping it simple and I'm going to cheat and use paper plates and napkins.

    I have two of those restaurant type hot plates with candles and also a mini hostess type tray so that I can keep things warm. And they are all very good at mucking in......they will probably bring some extra food and drink too.

    DS2 and his girl are arriving first (to fix my lawnmower) and they will help me set up.

    It will be like something from the film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding".

    Last time I saw them the FIL beamed and said "we are eating with you next week", then turned to the Boyfriend and said "very good, she is a very good cook, you will be very happy".

    Praise indeed......just hope I don't disappoint.

    The largest party I ever cooked for was when my husband and I got married. We moved to Cheltenham a week after our small wedding which was just a party of 13. The following week we threw a big wedding/leaving party. I did the catering myself because we were pretty skint at the time. I catered for 150 guests.It was like a military operation.

    Well I'd better get started......wish me luck.

    Need to give myself time to glam up.......
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    • maman
    • By maman 21st Aug 19, 8:54 AM
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    I'm sure it will be a very happy event LL. How lovely to have that compliment from the FIL. Interesting what you said about the Venezuelan changing tastes. It's been my experience with the French too. Our French friends love nothing more than being taken to an Indian curry house and the love horseradish or mint sauce with a roast. When you think about it, British tastes have changed massively over the years too probably because of migration and travel.

    It's a lovely day here and promises to get warmer towards the weekend. That's unusual for a BH!

    I've promised to go to Ikea with DD1 today. My car is larger than hers (I've got a sort of SUV) so it's easier to get stuff into it for transport. We've got a local branch and she knows what she wants so shouldn't take too long.

    The bathroom is starting to look great. Yesterday he put in the basin and cupboards and shower screen. Also we're having two shower heads: a large overhead one and another removeable one on the wall with a slider. The second one is for when you want a shower but not a hair wash and also for cleaning purposes. The plumber tells me it's a woman thing!

    I had a quick glance at the fashion pages in the paper this morning. Apparently, 'twench' coats are a thing for autumn. That's trench coats with a twist like reversible or made of a fabric other than the usual khaki. It's something I need to buy but I was hoping for timeless. Isn't that the point?

    All my fabbing has been very basic and rudimentary recently. While I can access all my products it's been easier to keep a limited number to hand. It's certainly concentrated the mind as to what I find essential.
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    • By lessonlearned 21st Aug 19, 9:25 AM
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    Ooh so I'm ahead of the game with my Twench......

    I have a traditional Burberry type - I think it's a Dannimac. Unfortunately I've lost the warm zip in lining so it's not really warm enough for winter now. It also buries me so I need to think about a replacement. (There's a special reason for this but more in a minute).

    I also indulged and splashed out on a micro pore trench The stuff that looks like suede so probably not terribly rain proof, like a proper "Mac". So maybe that qualifies as a Twench. its a gorgeous coffee/cinnamon colour. Very glam.

    The reason for needing a proper warm waterproof trench this winter.?. I might be going back to work, selling new builds.

    I had a telephone "interview" yesterday with an agency who supplies cover for developers. More of an informal chat really because I have worked with them before. Anyway I'm meeting with them next week.

    I have been out of the industry for over 13 years now so It will mean some retraining both online and attending a course which I will need to self fund but I am happy to do that. I consider it investing in personal development.

    I am ready......

    I have been thinking about getting a job or starting up a business for some time now and this should fit the bill nicely because it is so flexible. I can work as little or as often as I like. I get all the advantages (apart from the mega salary of course) but none of the real responsibility and stress. Being just a casual is really just a form of site babysitting.

    Time was when the control freak in me would not have been happy with that because I did like to run the show but now I think I would be quite happy to just lock up at the end of the day and walk away.

    I would be happy with an average of a couple of days a week, although it won't work like that. I might have to do a full week to provide holiday cover or maybe even longer if it's sickness cover. But the beauty is.....I can say no.

    I could even still have time to run a therapy business as well if I really wanted to. But I might not bother with that if the site work goes well. That will probably be more than enough, both timewise and in monetary terms.

    Anyway I'm running ahead with myself. I'll meet up with them next week and take it from there. I'm seeing them next Wednesday.

    Right that's breakfast and coffee done. A naughty cheese stuffed croissant. Not exactly diet friendly but delicious.
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 21st Aug 19, 9:25 AM
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    I did a hair treatment and used my homemade sugar scrub in the shower this morning.

    I'm wearing my new dark grey maxi Tu dress (this is the right length) and my sparkly blue stone necklace.

    I bought a "petite" maxi dress the other day, not because I am normally the right size for petite clothing, but because whenever I seem to buy maxi dresses, they have always been dragging on the floor. I put it on and went downstairs, didn't even get to look at it in the mirror as OH turned his nose up and said "it's too long". I didn't know what to say other than "It's supposed to be long, it's a maxi dress" I will try it on again later and decide for myself whether it looks ok, I don't trust his opinion if his opinion contradicts the actual style of the dress
    Originally posted by SSDD23
    I find I have the same problem although I'm not that short, 5 foot 6.

    I have one maxi dress that I can only wear with higher heeled boots.
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    • By Wednesday2000 21st Aug 19, 9:28 AM
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    I had a quick glance at the fashion pages in the paper this morning. Apparently, 'twench' coats are a thing for autumn. That's trench coats with a twist like reversible or made of a fabric other than the usual khaki. It's something I need to buy but I was hoping for timeless. Isn't that the point?
    Originally posted by maman
    I never did get around to buying a trench coat this year as the weather warmed up too quickly. I need to look for one.
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    • SSDD23
    • By SSDD23 21st Aug 19, 9:51 AM
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    I find I have the same problem although I'm not that short, 5 foot 6.

    I have one maxi dress that I can only wear with higher heeled boots.
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    Same size as me then
    Heels will be an option at some point in the future when someone finally works out what is wrong with my left foot, but for now they're a no-go.

    My skin is definitely calming down again now, thank god, Everything is clearing up slowly but surely and no new occurrences seem to be creeping up on me. I do need some more of my face stuff but hoping Boots will put it back on their 3 for 2 offer sometime soon as it is not cheap!
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    • By sugarbaby125 21st Aug 19, 1:20 PM
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    Hello Ladies,

    Yesterday afternoon I went to watch the film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood which proved to be a total waste of time and money.

    I went to Karaoke in the evening and had a fun time. I sang 3 of my usual songs and I left early at 10.50pm ( rather than 12 midnight when it finishes). My bus home was suddenly on diversion at Brixton with no warning, so I had to walk the rest of the way home, which took me 30 minutes. Oh well at least I gave my body some exercise.

    I have at least 10 full length dresses and none of them need especially high heels to stop them dragging on the floor. They are all evening or ball gowns so I do wear heels with them but only up to 2.5 inches or lower. I am also 5 feet 6 inches in height.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 21st Aug 19, 3:21 PM
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    Everything prepped, just having 5 minutes before I get glammed up.

    I think I'm about 5'6" now too. The beauty of long gowns is that you don't always need very high heels unlike cocktail dresses which I think really need a good heel height. I sometimes even wear my long gowns with sparkly ballet flats on cruises, safer when there is a bit of a swell and the ship is rocking. tottering about on high heels can be quite dangerous on board.

    I went to a shop recently that sell a lot of dance and evening shoes and they even recommend "cruise height" heels, usually no more than 2" with a fairly chunky heel.

    Personally I do like the hem of the gown to cover my shoes and just sort of brush the floor iyswim but that's just me. I feel that I just look odd with "ankle graze" dresses. I'm a bit self conscious of my size 7 feet. Not exactly small and dainty.

    Think I'll wear one of my swirly skirts tonight.

    Thanks for the tip about Once upon a time in Hollywood - read your review on the Champagne thread. I did wonder about it. , I am supposed to be going on Tuesday, but having read your review I might not bother.

    I trust your reviews

    Shame because I normally like Leo De Caprio.....he's not just a pretty face. I think the man is a fine actor and now he's older and a bit more "craggy and interesting" rather than simply handsome, he's moving away from romantic leading man roles and he now normally chooses good meaty parts in interesting films. He's also very good at comedy.

    I personally don't particularly rate Tarantino, I think his films are now lazy, formulaic and somewhat overrated. A bit like Guy Ritchie. They both made one good film and then just seem to have rested on their laurels ever since. Greedy, lazy with an over reliance on strong language and gratuitous sex and violence. No real witty dialogue any more.

    Overgrown schoolboys trying to shock.....

    I do sound like a prude but I can assure you I'm no such thing. I genuinely don't mind strong language, sex and violence but it has to be narrative driven, not just tagged on for effect and shock value.

    One of my favourite de Caprio films is Wolf of Wall Street. Leo is outrageous in it. Sex and foul language notwithstanding it is achingly funny. Again he pairs up with Margot Robbie and the two of them together are just hilarious. If you are not easily offended I can thoroughly recommend it.
    Last edited by lessonlearned; 21-08-2019 at 3:29 PM.
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