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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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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 17th Jun 19, 12:17 PM
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    One of my fingernails has spilt so I just decided to do my nails myself. I bought a clear base coat to use and hopefully that will make them stronger. They break easily as I wash my hands so much during the day with my dogs and cats!

    I really like that new Skin Blossom cream, I think it's as good as the Skyn Iceland one but a fraction of the price.

    I have the hygienist tomorrow and then am going out to the cinema and a meal on Wednesday. I might wear my red dress as I haven't worn that outside the house yet.

    LL I have to declutter the whole house, before the refurb in Nov.I have so much stuff
    Originally posted by candygirl
    You should look on YouTube for Marie Kondo. She is a Japanese woman who specialises in decluttering. I read her book a few years ago.

    There is a whole thread on the Old Style section called KonMari 2018 & 2019 - The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
    Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.
    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 17th Jun 19, 2:38 PM
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    One of my fingernails has spilt so I just decided to do my nails myself. I bought a clear base coat to use and hopefully that will make them stronger. They break easily as I wash my hands so much during the day with my dogs and cats!

    I really like that new Skin Blossom cream, I think it's as good as the Skyn Iceland one but a fraction of the price.

    I have the hygienist tomorrow and then am going out to the cinema and a meal on Wednesday. I might wear my red dress as I haven't worn that outside the house yet.



    You should look on YouTube for Marie Kondo. She is a Japanese woman who specialises in decluttering. I read her book a few years ago.

    There is a whole thread on the Old Style section called KonMari 2018 & 2019 - The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    Omg I can't stand her She irritates the hell out of me, but thanks anyway hun
    What are you going to see at the cinema?
    "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf"

    (Kabat-Zinn 2004)
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 17th Jun 19, 3:46 PM
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    Omg I can't stand her She irritates the hell out of me, but thanks anyway hun
    What are you going to see at the cinema?
    Originally posted by candygirl
    I was going to see X-Men Dark Phoenix but have just read that it got bad reviews. Not sure what I'm going to do now!
    Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.
    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 17th Jun 19, 3:54 PM
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    I was going to see X-Men Dark Phoenix but have just read that it got bad reviews. Not sure what I'm going to do now!
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    Aww .I want to see Dev Patel's latest one, but can't remember the name of it
    "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf"

    (Kabat-Zinn 2004)
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 17th Jun 19, 9:01 PM
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    There's not much I fancy at the cinema at the moment, well not enough to pay the admission price.

    Pets 2 is supposed to be fun, and Aladdin is good apparently but I can wait until they are available on the likes of Sky or Netflix. The new Men in Black is out this week but Again I can wait.

    I enjoyed the Take That screening and there's a Westlife one on 6th July.....but I am undecided about that one. The film I really enjoyed recently was Rocketman (life story of Elton John). I thought it was superb.

    I am off to a comedy club tomorrow night with the Meet Up group. No idea what it will be like but it is something a bit different. All part of my master plan to try new things and get out and about.

    Kitchen floor nearly finished.....looking good. Need to ring the architect next, set up a meeting to discuss upgrading the original loft conversion so it complies with current regulations. Had a good chat with the builder today and picked his brains on possible layouts and rough costs. My sister used this architect for her kitchen extension and the builder is happy to work with him again, so I'll see what ideas he comes up with.

    I think that will be a project for next year....definitely not one I would want to tackle over the winter, especially if I have to live on site during the build, although I'm sure I could scrounge a bed at one of my sons houses if it gets really bad.

    I don't think I have time to get it done this summer because it's a big job and there's lots to organise and plan first. I am not going to rush it because on a job this big mistakes can be very expensive. I thought I could start planning it now with a view to starting the work next May, get all the messy nasty stuff out of the way whilst the weather is at least warm. I think I might get my summerhouse built in the garden first .....somewhere to escape the turmoil. Lol.

    Changed my plans today, didn't go shopping. It was a lovely warm afternoon so I got some gardening done instead - but apparently there's storms on the way - we are not done with the rain yet. .
    Last edited by lessonlearned; 17-06-2019 at 9:10 PM.
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 18th Jun 19, 11:01 AM
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    The hygienist said my teeth and gums are almost spotless. I was in the chair for less than 15 minutes today.

    I'm very impressed with the water flosser as that has only been one week of using it! It was only £30 on Amazon.

    I asked about teeth whitening and I might get that done next month.

    I think we are just going to go out for a meal and drinks locally tomorrow and probably also on Thursday as we couldn't think of what else to do instead of the cinema. I haven't ever been on the London Eye but it is meant to be rainy tomorrow.

    Not great for my diet but I want to do something as the dogs are at the vet for two days.

    I just went for a brisk 45 minute walk and it is really warm here. Feels like it might thunder.

    It just started raining here!
    Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 18th Jun 19, 12:58 PM
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    I'm shattered.....plumber here this morning so have been making endless cups of tea in between weeding the garden before it rains.

    Supposed to be going out tonight so need to rest now and then a nice soak in the bath later. Need to try and rescue my nails after two days of gardening.

    Been a bit of struggle weight wise but I have managed to lose 1/2lb. I'm happy with that. I'm a bit of a tortoise but I'll get there.

    To get to my birthday target I need to lose 3.2lbs in 18 days.

    I'll give it my best shot.
    • silvasava
    • By silvasava 18th Jun 19, 4:29 PM
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    Wednesday - Opi do a 'Start to Finish' clear varnish that's a base coat, hardener and topcoat all in one. I've found it very good. I use it as a basecoat/hardener on its own or if (when) my nails are long enough to do a full manicure I use it as a topcoat as well. It makes your varnish last really well.
    Small victories - sometimes they are all you can hope for but sometimes they are all you need - be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle
    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 18th Jun 19, 10:11 PM
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    I'm shattered.....plumber here this morning so have been making endless cups of tea in between weeding the garden before it rains.

    Supposed to be going out tonight so need to rest now and then a nice soak in the bath later. Need to try and rescue my nails after two days of gardening.

    Been a bit of struggle weight wise but I have managed to lose 1/2lb. I'm happy with that. I'm a bit of a tortoise but I'll get there.

    To get to my birthday target I need to lose 3.2lbs in 18 days.

    I'll give it my best shot.
    Originally posted by lessonlearned
    You'll do it Helen Mirren My late Dad had a massive crush on her, after seeing her in a few RSC plays at Stratford
    Last edited by candygirl; 18-06-2019 at 10:36 PM.
    "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf"

    (Kabat-Zinn 2004)
    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 18th Jun 19, 10:38 PM
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    The hygienist said my teeth and gums are almost spotless. I was in the chair for less than 15 minutes today.

    I'm very impressed with the water flosser as that has only been one week of using it! It was only £30 on Amazon.

    I asked about teeth whitening and I might get that done next month.

    I think we are just going to go out for a meal and drinks locally tomorrow and probably also on Thursday as we couldn't think of what else to do instead of the cinema. I haven't ever been on the London Eye but it is meant to be rainy tomorrow.

    Not great for my diet but I want to do something as the dogs are at the vet for two days.

    I just went for a brisk 45 minute walk and it is really warm here. Feels like it might thunder.

    It just started raining here!
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    Why are the dogs at vets? Hope they're ok hun xx
    "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf"

    (Kabat-Zinn 2004)
    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 18th Jun 19, 11:11 PM
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    candygirl
    The hygienist said my teeth and gums are almost spotless. I was in the chair for less than 15 minutes today.

    I'm very impressed with the water flosser as that has only been one week of using it! It was only £30 on Amazon.

    I asked about teeth whitening and I might get that done next month.

    I think we are just going to go out for a meal and drinks locally tomorrow and probably also on Thursday as we couldn't think of what else to do instead of the cinema. I haven't ever been on the London Eye but it is meant to be rainy tomorrow.

    Not great for my diet but I want to do something as the dogs are at the vet for two days.

    I just went for a brisk 45 minute walk and it is really warm here. Feels like it might thunder.

    It just started raining here!
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    Why are the dogs at vets? Hope they're ok hun xx
    "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf"

    (Kabat-Zinn 2004)
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 19th Jun 19, 5:15 AM
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    Good morning Lovely Ladies

    I'm a bit cross with myself. Didn't manage to go out last evening......just too tired. Worked myself to a standstill. That wasnt very clever was it. . I must learn to work less and live more. Or at least pace myself better and reset my priorities.

    It's all very well having a good work ethic and being an achiever but all work and no play will make Jill a very dull girl. I really need to make sure I have some energy for fun instead of working all the time.

    Going to take it a bit more gently today......
    • sheilavw
    • By sheilavw 19th Jun 19, 5:37 AM
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    Well if the weathers like it is here LL you won't be doing much outside. Very wet this morning!
    Enjoy your Wednesday everyone
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 19th Jun 19, 8:45 AM
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    Candygirl - The dogs are just boarding at the vet as my dog needs to be injected with insulin for his diabetes so we leave them there if we want to go out.

    It looks like a soggy day out there. I might risk wearing my sandals though as I wore my new boots the other day and felt like I was on stilts as they feel high compared to my usual footwear.

    I'm going to wear my blue dress to go out today with my blue Autograph top over it with my new necklace and earrings.
    Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.
    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 19th Jun 19, 8:46 AM
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    Wednesday - Opi do a 'Start to Finish' clear varnish that's a base coat, hardener and topcoat all in one. I've found it very good. I use it as a basecoat/hardener on its own or if (when) my nails are long enough to do a full manicure I use it as a topcoat as well. It makes your varnish last really well.
    Originally posted by silvasava
    I will look it up, thanks.
    Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.
    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 19th Jun 19, 2:21 PM
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    Candygirl - The dogs are just boarding at the vet as my dog needs to be injected with insulin for his diabetes so we leave them there if we want to go out.

    It looks like a soggy day out there. I might risk wearing my sandals though as I wore my new boots the other day and felt like I was on stilts as they feel high compared to my usual footwear.

    I'm going to wear my blue dress to go out today with my blue Autograph top over it with my new necklace and earrings.
    Originally posted by Wednesday2000
    Phew!! I'm so glad they're not poorly
    "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf"

    (Kabat-Zinn 2004)
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 20th Jun 19, 7:39 AM
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    Good morning lovely ladies.

    My hands too a hammering after my gardening marathon so I have been giving them lots of TLC. Weight loss plan still on track, planning my meals and tracking my points. People are really starting to notice now and I have to say it's nice to receive the compliments.

    Deciding what to wear each day is now a pleasure, I have a whole "new" wardrobe. Just a pity I'm not getting much of a chance to wear nice summer clothes. Still at least it's finally getting a bit warmer now even if it's not that sunny. We have been lucky, we didn't get the forecast storms.

    Kitchen floor now finished, he's done a good job. Just need to address a damp wall in the dining area and then I can then finally start painting.

    Have a great day y'all.
    • LuxuryWoman
    • By LuxuryWoman 20th Jun 19, 9:39 AM
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    Hello fabbers,

    Not been around for a while as d has been unwell again and itís taken a lot out of me, menopause seems to have really kicked in too, Iím horribly hot and full of rage, unusual for me as Iím an even tempered sort. Iíve only skim read back.

    I saw the Take That screening too, very enjoyable indeed, such a great entertaining show.

    I actually got a compliment on my skin from a couple of old friends last week, both of whom have regular Botox, I think the home dermaplaning really helps and keeps of top of my middle aged chin bristles too

    Weirdly despite eating loads to encourage d I seem to be losing a little weight, most odd, not a dramatic loss but still...

    Itís so hard to dress right now due to the weather, I went through my shoes and have a ton of sandals but wellies are more appropriate right now. Had another clothes cull too.
    Iím after a tan bag for a wedding Iím going to soon but canít find what I want, must be leather and preferably not a shoulder bag, any ideas?

    I also need a fan. Like a lady from the 1800ís , I could look all mysterious fanning myself
    • sugarbaby125
    • By sugarbaby125 20th Jun 19, 10:18 AM
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    Life is a Rollercoaster
    Hello Ladies,

    It turns out that I am NOT a Great Grandmother after all. The lovely little boy that my grandson was convinced was his son has been proven through a DNA test to have been fathered by another young man. My grandson is absolutely devastated. I am only marginally less upset and my daughter is also upset to find that she is not a grandmother. Life has to go on when you get major disappointments. So I have no choice but to move on with my life.

    I never received the £385.40 Council Tax refund and after almost 2 months of waiting for it to be paid to me. I received a letter yesterday from Lambeth Council Tax saying that the refund due to me was only 84p. I was flabbergasted. Anyway I spoke to Lambeth Council Tax and Lambeth Benefits this morning and apparently my Council Tax Support was revised on 16th May and that revision wiped out all but 84p of the £385.40. Yet no one had put anything in writing to me to explain why they had revised the amount of Council Tax Support I was entitled to. They have promised to put the decision in writing. Nothing I can do except suck it up. Good job, I never count money as mine until it is safely in my bank account.

    I went to see the film Late Night yesterday at Odeon Covent Garden and I found the whole film laugh out loud funny and it gave me time just to forget my worries and concentrate on having fun.

    My right arm, is almost back to normal. Hopefully by Sunday I will be fully recovered.
    • lessonlearned
    • By lessonlearned 20th Jun 19, 10:33 AM
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    Hello LW. Lovey to see you back. I have often wondered how you are. I do love your name......

    Sorry to hear are struggling with health issues. Hope you start to feel better soon. Fabbing will help. Honest.

    SUgarbaby. Shame about not being a get grandmother. One day maybe.

    Also Sorry to hear your financial woes.....you do get messed about, but that's what's happens with the likes of councils and anything to do with benefits. When my husband was sick having to deal with all that almost made me demented.....as if I hadn't enough to deal with.

    Glad your shoulder and arm are improving, mine are still playing up. Mind I don't help myself, I really ought to do some yoga or something. My builder told me off yesterday for kneeling on the damp whilst gardening. He's right it doesn't help my knee.

    Just had a trying in session in my wardrobe. Lovely to be able to sip into a size 14. Just had a little mini purge too, another bag for the chazzer. Getting rid of anything I no longer like or don't feel comfortable in or that doesn't flatter me.

    Life's too short to wear ugly clothes......
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