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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 18th Oct 19, 12:17 PM
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    Good afternoon lovely ladies.

    Acupuncture this morning, arm and shoulder feel much better but now I have my customary post acupuncture blinding headache, never mind, I'll just take it easy. My handyman is popping round later to quote for the next round of jobs. Not sure when otherwise I would take myself off to bed and sleep it off.

    Maman sorry to hear about your IBS issues. Not nice. Hope it eases off soon. Do you take a probiotic, I find them very helpful.

    SFT. Go easy with your skin. Try not to do anything else to aggravate it and it should recover fairly quickly. Good you didn't hurt yourself when you stumbled, you are right, the ability to maintain our balance is really important as we get older. I have been pleasantly surprised at how well I have been able to balance on the step ladder. Although I admit I am very safety conscious, and do ensure that it is placed correctly and that I don't try to be clever and overstretch.

    Working for so long in the construction industry and being responsible for customer safety on site has made me risk averse. I don't take chances or short cuts with either equipment or materials.

    Asda have 25% of their Clothing so I picked up a couple of pairs of jeggings. Other than that not much happening today.
    • savingfortomorrow
    • By savingfortomorrow 18th Oct 19, 10:08 PM
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    sugar- i used to look a lot in the items misspelt items. I have used a few search engine for it. it allows a lot of interesting spelling to be overlooked.
    I used to set the limits on the price to under 50p and some items are great. I used to do a lot of ebay but the postage charges are too expensive.

    I scratched under the chin and looks like it is skined. If someone else did it I would wonder how they did it. Im convienced that the neck had less pain receptors and took me longer to realize I damaged skin.

    I think we all need to be careful as beauty can cause issues- shoes and waxing.

    lessons- Its a question of experience. Safety is so important when planning a job in the house. Just taking a moment to plan and take a second to look for pitfalls. It is better to take your time to plan than spend your time in accident and emergency if you fall. I don't like heights as I don't think you will find me on a ladder much.
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 19th Oct 19, 11:24 AM
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    I really enjoyed my night out in Camden the other night. The only thing is that it was raining and I wore my waterfall cardigan in the end and it wasn't warm enough. I don't think the denim jacket would have been any warmer either.

    I just ordered a black trench coat and a black faux leather biker jacket from M&S and George for the in between weather.

    I also got some black satin pyjamas and some black dotty pyjama bottoms.

    I've got three days out planned for November. My husband has two weeks of annual leave.

    I'm going out in London with my brother one night. I'm going to Leigh-on-sea for the day to look in the charity shops as I heard that they are meant to be good. I have Liam Gallagher tickets for the end of November as well.
    Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 19th Oct 19, 6:30 PM
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    Hello Ladies,

    Yesterday I got an email about the Elle Beauty Box I had ordered on Tuesday, informing me that they would not be able to fulfill my order as they had run out of stock. Ah well I cannot grab every bargain I see on the MSE newsletter.

    I am looking on eBay for alternative high end make up and make up brushes for my 18 year old granddaughter's Christmas presents now.
    • maman
    • By maman 19th Oct 19, 8:11 PM
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    That's a shame about the beauty box sugarbaby . Fortunately you've got plenty of time to find an alternative.

    Glad you enjoyed your night out Wednesday . You're right to plan for different seasons. I need something for the rain too. All I have that I like is my parka but that's too casual for some occasions. I have a mac but it's boring and old fashioned although it's waterproof. My problem is that my hair really reacts badly to rain which is why my parka with a big hood really works. Maybe I need one of those plastic rain hats!

    It's been a lovely day here. DH and I went into the old town today and had coffee with friends so it was good to get out. I'm getting a bit obsessed with leggings lately, they're just so comfortable. I wore them with my black biker type jacket and this time I wore a stripey Joules scarf for a bit of colour. Underneath I had a JW black top and grey cashmere cardigan so I looked decent in the coffee shop.

    Have made a hair appointment for highlights but not until next month.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 20th Oct 19, 7:49 AM
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    Plastic rain hats...... can you still get them.

    Good morning lovely ladies.

    Not much news here.

    Did go for a nice posh afternoon tea yesterday. Wore one of my new dresses - a black and white houndstooth check - a sort of tunic type, so teamed it with a black top underneath and black leggings, and ankle boots. It looked quite retro - with a passing nod to The Mary Quant designs of the 60s.

    I got loads of compliments ........even my eldest son who is completely disinterested in clothes commented that I was wearing dresses more often these days.

    It's true.....for years I just felt uncomfortable wearing skirts and dresses. I wore trousers as camoflage. it was my default mode, trying to look slimmer than I was. Not any more.........now that I have lost weight it's lovely to have so much choice.

    For those of you struggling......keep going.

    The road to fabdom may not always be easy but it's worth it in the end. Remember the mantra.

    'Persistence Pays Off".

    Keep smiling, be happy and keep your eyes on the prize.

    Got a busy week planned. A nice mix of work and pleasure. Well now that the ceiling is finished the work is also pleasure.

    Time to start the day.....nice to see the sunshine again this morning.

    Have a great week y'all.

    Keeeeep fabbing.
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 20th Oct 19, 10:30 AM
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    My trench coat and pyjamas are arriving early this afternoon.

    I will stay in for the delivery and then go out for a walk as it is sunny again. I wore my sandals when I went out yesterday but I don't think it is sandal weather anymore!

    I'm wearing one of my navy short dresses with a short navy cardigan and black tights and my black and white skechers today.

    I stepped on the scales today and I have gained a couple pounds back. I have had two takeaways and eaten out in a restaurant this week so it isn't exactly a surprise!

    Back on the straight and narrow today. I'm having some Linda McC sausages with grilled tomatoes and baked beans for breakfast.

    I'm making veggie tortilla wraps for lunch and will make a big batch of carrot and red lentil soup for dinner.


    Yesterday I got an email about the Elle Beauty Box I had ordered on Tuesday, informing me that they would not be able to fulfill my order as they had run out of stock. Ah well I cannot grab every bargain I see on the MSE newsletter.
    Originally posted by sugarbaby125
    Aw, that is a shame.


    Glad you enjoyed your night out Wednesday . You're right to plan for different seasons. I need something for the rain too. All I have that I like is my parka but that's too casual for some occasions. I have a mac but it's boring and old fashioned although it's waterproof. My problem is that my hair really reacts badly to rain which is why my parka with a big hood really works. Maybe I need one of those plastic rain hats!
    Originally posted by maman
    Yeah, I'm the same as my hair is wavy anyway, but the rain makes it puff up more.

    Not much news here.

    Did go for a nice posh afternoon tea yesterday. Wore one of my new dresses - a black and white houndstooth check - a sort of tunic type, so teamed it with a black top underneath and black leggings, and ankle boots. It looked quite retro - with a passing nod to The Mary Quant designs of the 60s.

    I got loads of compliments ........even my eldest son who is completely disinterested in clothes commented that I was wearing dresses more often these days.

    It's true.....for years I just felt uncomfortable wearing skirts and dresses. I wore trousers as camoflage. it was my default mode, trying to look slimmer than I was. Not any more.........now that I have lost weight it's lovely to have so much choice.
    Originally posted by lessonlearned
    Sounds like a nice outfit.
    Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.
    • maman
    • By maman 20th Oct 19, 12:09 PM
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    Plastic rain hats...... can you still get them.
    Originally posted by lessonlearned
    Oh yes you can!

    W0AAOSwH-daPPfu">https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LARGE-PATTERNED-RAIN-HAT-Ladies-Polkadot-Hair-Protector-Hood-Bonnet-Neck-Tie/192740519996?hash=item2ce03af03c:gW0AAOSwH-daPPfu

    It's bright and sunny here too. DH decided to do some painting (just a window sill that was looking a bit untidy) and he wants to do a second coat later so it's unlikely I'll be able to drag him out in his DIY clothes. My exercise might be a walk to the little Co-op for some milk!

    Hope you're happy with the delivery when it arrives Wednesday. I think that Mary Quant look is coming back LL. That's one of the things about leggings and opaque tights, they look good with shorter skirts. I've noticed a number of cord pinafores and skirts around that would look good that way including in Sainsbury's.

    I'm having a day out in London later in the week with a friend so that's something nice to look forward to. I hope the weather is OK or I might need my rain hood!
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 20th Oct 19, 1:14 PM
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    I had a great night out
    Hello Ladies,

    I had a really great evening out last night of dancing in the pub.

    One of the regular women from the Karaoke circuit was celebrating her birthday and had paid for lots of lovely Caribbean food for us all. I had 2 small pieces of fried fish with sliced fried onions and peppers, curry goat (it's actually mutton), a jerk chicken drumstick with rice & peas (red kidney beans) with gravy. As she had mentioned there would be food provided for everyone, I did not bother to eat dinner at home before I went out for the evening. The food was absolutely delicious.

    I wore my navy blue Kaleidoscope velvet and silk sleeveless top, with my navy blue Joanna Hope chiffon skirt with godets, and my Kaleidoscope chiffon cardigan with lots of beading and embellishment with my navy blue and white with navy buttons raincoat. I wore my navy blue Van Dal matt and patent leather sling backs and I was carrying a navy blue with silver handles evening bag. I wore an 18ct gold chain and a 9ct gold pear shaped diamonique pendant, a 18ct gold bracelet and and an iolite and 9ct gold ring and a a 9ct gold marquise cut diamonique ring with my gold plated Tissot watch.

    I layered my Elizabeth Arden Red Door perfume with the matching shower gel, body lotion and body powder. I painted my fingernails with a clear nail polish. I did not bother to wear any make up.

    I did a lot of my dancing sitting on a chair, because despite painkillers my Arthritis was giving me pain in various parts of my body. I did not let the pain stop me from having a great night though and I got up and danced when I could.

    I also got a container of jerk pork, curry goat and steamed vegetables to bring home at the end of the night, as the woman celebrating her birthday was happy to give anyone who wanted some of the leftover food a container full of food. I enjoyed the food with some pilau rice and extra gravy today for my lunch.

    I am going to the same pub again tonight for Karaoke.
    • maman
    • By maman 21st Oct 19, 10:53 AM
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    That sounds like one fabulous evening at the Caribbean themed party sugarbaby. Your outfit sounds so glamorous too, even coordinated with your raincoat!

    I decided to take some time with pampering this morning as my shower was less rushed than some other days. One job was to take the nail polish off my toes ready for my podiatrist appointment on Wednesday. It's proving very difficult. It's just normal polish (from the nail bar) not shellac but it's really difficult to get off. I'm so pleased I didn't leave it until Wednesday. I've got most off but will return to it later.

    I've sorted out my train ticket for Thursday so looking forward to meeting up with my friend. At the moment, we're planning the pre-Raphaelite women exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery followed by a matinee somewhere. Whatever we do we'll have a good time.

    I did manage a short walk yesterday. I had a letter to post so walked a bit further round the block to a more distant post box.

    I have a meeting later so will get fabbed up. It's dull here but dry at the moment so I need to think of what suits. It's too easy to just wear leggings and something.

    Sorry this post has been a bit me, me, me. Hope everyone is OK.
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 21st Oct 19, 2:39 PM
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    Thank you Maman,

    I went to Karaoke last night and I had a really fun evening.

    There were plenty of singers, so I sang Hurt So Good, Make You Feel My Love, Lean On Me and I also sang Never Ever by All Saints for the 1st time in public. I was fine until the last few lines of Never, Ever, when I realised I had no idea of how those last few lines were meant to be sung. I had fun though even if it was not perfect. I shall continue to try new songs.

    so I have had a really good weekend and I only spent 3.60 for 2 bottles of water on Saturday, 1.50 for bus fares on Saturday, 1.80 for a bottle of water on Sunday and 1.50 for bus fares on Sunday, so my social life for the whole weekend was also very MSE
    • chanie
    • By chanie 22nd Oct 19, 8:15 AM
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    Sugar Never Ever is one of my favourite songs. I bet you did brilliantly singing it.


    Maman I hope your trip to London goes well. I do love a trip out to somewhere exciting.


    Wednesday your healthy eating sounds like it is going well. Keep up the good work.


    Lessons pleased all of your hard work fabbing is paying off. What a great incentive.


    I have got a new job!!!


    I was on a contact for my current role and although I had a few months left, I was contacted about another contract role and got offered the job. Am pleased, as it gives me some breathing space for a couple more months.


    The Sainsburys 25% off clothing event has started today. I was up early to order some boots for me and DD, before the stocks went.


    I also ordered a Fat Face dress from ebay which recently arrived. It was brand new with tags and was 20. I'm really pleased, as it was a great bargain (would have been double the price from Fat Face). I think I will wear it when I start my new job (along with the boots I have ordered from Sainsburys!!!).
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