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The February Fabulizers - Where we turn chores into habits and accept compliments gracefully

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TrampyPants Fri 01-Feb-13 09:30:43

New thread for a new month! Everyone is doing so well, we are forming some great habits and, hopefully, feeling better for it.

some good links:

How To Be Groomed thread

Discount Make-up and Toiletries
Cheap Smells
Fragrance Direct
Xtras Online
Look Fantastic

Its also worth joining groups like wowcher and Groupon for discount manicures etc.

Baby steps are the way forward, and if you fall off the wagon and have a pj day (or week) its ok, just jump back on. We want to take more pride in our appearance, make an effort. As one poster said, "we think there's no point making an effort if we are just at home with our DP's and DC's, but they are the most important people in our lives - why not act like it?" I certainly feel better, my self-esteem is higher and I have more confidence.

All welcome.

Happy Fabulizing Dahhlinks

TrampyPants Fri 01-Feb-13 09:40:47

Ok, hope everyone is well this morning?

welcome to Gibbs Girl, la Redoute has some great jumper dresses, I have this and its so comfy and flattering.

cj, I have housework to do too, bloody ds and his bloody lego! I need some nice jersey separates that dont bag at the knee.

Twinkle, that sounds lovely! would a blazer work as an alternative if with jeans etc? and is this the type of boot you want? what about buckles?

today I am in ultra skinnies, blowfish wedge boots, a tan vest with a coral batwing top over and a cream fine knit cardy. I'm wearing a clarins lippy that I have fallen in love with, I love the colours and texture. my nails are in essie good as gold. overall, I feel pretty good!

GibbsGirl Fri 01-Feb-13 09:50:26

Thanks for the welcome Trampy, you are all a real style inspiration, and I love reading what you're all wearing. Makes me think about being a bit more daring smile Thanks for the link that's exactly what I'm looking for (love the stripes too). I have another dilemma (not usually this needy- honestly!) I work from home, but next month I have a face to face client meeting. These are very, very infrequent so I don't want to buy a suit or anything like that, but what do you wear to client meetings? (They are a retail co, but this is the techy side so a suit not needed anyway I don't think).

Feelingood Fri 01-Feb-13 09:58:38

Morning smile took that long to post on old thread.....thanks for new thread trampy

Feelingood Fri 01-Feb-13 10:03:44

What I posted online thread - love the title too

I haven't managed to be back on all week, tbh I've stayed away from my iPad full stop.

Wed - w/w have lost 3.5 lbs, wore grey wrap dress with pintuck pleating down from nipped in with belt, nude ish pink longline cardi, flouncy pink scarf draped, mid brown knee high boots. I had all make up done and ,et friend for coffee felt quite good.

Thurs - black skinnies black suede wedges with 3/4 berry fitted coat over the tops. I went to town to get grey cords, v tight, couldn't find any . But I got my top from mint velvet and some unexpected gorg ankle boots, Cuban heal, tan three buckles, leather m n s reduced to £39 of the moon.

I'm pretty skint now so no more purchases this month. I have got the beauty therapist booked for a back massage next Wednesday.

Diet going well (dreads summer if it does not go well) off to have a read of thread.

<waves morning>

GuyMartinsSideburns Fri 01-Feb-13 10:08:30

Yay new thread! Morning all grin

Today, for a change, Im in BLUE shock skinnies lol Long length long sleeve black top, and I was wearing a burgundy knitted cardy from topshop but was too hot doing the hoovering and then it was too much under my coat for taking the kids to school, so Ive swapped it for my big grey one Ive mentioned on here about a billion times blush

I'll look into new jumper dresses but theyve gotta be as cheap as poss, unfortunately. Im gutted about my grey and black one, it was perfect. Warm but not too much, good length, not too clingy, and not so thick you couldnt wear a cardy with it. And from Primark so cost naff all. My selection of boots should be arriving today so I'll be seeing how many ways I can wear them, if they dont go with much I wont bother.

Ive been low carbing too, my waist has lost an inch but its a pain when your thighs arent changing at the same speed - these skinnies arent snug enough around my waist, yet not very comfortable on my thighs. Really wish I was taller, I bet its great smile

Feelingood Fri 01-Feb-13 10:11:30

I've just been reading the how to be groomed thread. I've got to be honest Immin awe of some of those routines and mentions of some errr expensive products and ones I've never heard of, but I'm now in my late thirties and it's beginning to dawn on me just what is required. Thanks for link.

This threads safe!

Feelingood Fri 01-Feb-13 10:16:44

<looks forward to guy martin boots arriving too>

I've not tried 'low carbing' as such but it's an element of weight watchers that carbs are reduced. I always find two meals with small carbs portions normally breakfast and lunch or dinner (preferably,lunch) means I have good days. With the old pro points.

I think I need to just get myself seem routines for grooming, housekeeping and cooking <wistful look> if it wasn't for them pesky kids!

Lakota Fri 01-Feb-13 10:17:20

Hi everyone! Thanks for the new thread and continuing inspiration Trampy. As of this morning I hit a pound under my goal weight so am pretty thrilled about that. I should have done this ages ago - I feel back to myself again at last.

I now need to concentrate on keeping up with the gym and trying to build a bit of muscle tone. For the Summer, I would like for once to be comfortable with getting my legs out - they are quite slim and long but am pale, and usually conscious of marks, bruises, dry patches, ingrowns, thread veins etc etc. Maybe I will actually have to bite the bullet and attempt a salon spray tan. The whole idea scares me - I don't want to be orange and streaky as well! Am getting better at remembering body lotion though so MAYBE it will be worth having another go with fake tan at home? Or does anyone have any other suggestions?

Have been sorting out wardrobe and attempting to ditch old/holey/wrong size/just fed up with clothes.

Feelingood Fri 01-Feb-13 10:25:00

Wooohhhaaaaa, thanks for links trampy I'm loving the look fantastic site with its elemis products, I'm dying to spend £100 and set a side to have a pamper day - in bedroom with door shut and all the bottles and some sluttly tv like housewives or kardasians (guilty pleasures). Oooooo, I'm tempted <rifles cards in purse>

Feelingood Fri 01-Feb-13 10:28:58

well done Lakota thanks I'm still struggling to get to 10% blush trying to be kind to myself in process other than with food. Welcome, you deserves a little spoiling in celebration.

Lakota Fri 01-Feb-13 10:50:55

Thanks. Ahem, well eating about 3 times the amount 'recommended serving size' of crunchy nut cornflakes this morning probably wasn't the best way to celebrate but it WAS the end of the box and it IS Friday!

Keep it up, and beauty/style treats are an excellent substitute and impetus to carry on I found.

Engelsemama Fri 01-Feb-13 11:14:25

Morning all (actually, afternoon here!).

Thanks for the new thread trampy. Will check out the links later.

Today (shopping and errands day with DS - 15mo - in tow) am fairly casual but not sloppy like I would usually be!

Dark blue jeans, 3/4 white top with long blue cardi (as opposed to hoodie that I would normally grab), brown lace up shoes - though raining hard now, so may put on my brown lace up boots instead (these ). Also have amber necklace on and clinique chubby stick! (this is another leap forward for me!).

GuyMartinsSideburns Fri 01-Feb-13 11:16:13

Well the boots arrived, I like all of them blush Tho actually, a pair are just converse hi top things, I had a red pair yonks ago and lived in them when it was spring/summer so thought Id grab a pair to try.

The leather knee length ones arent as 'stiff' as I thought theyd be, very comfy but Im not sure if theyll slouch at the ankle after a while. The soles arent as thick as Im used to, I can see on them that you can get the heel resoled when you need to which is fine, but the bottom of the rest of the boot doesnt have this 'rubber' bit to it, so Im wondering if you couldnt get them resoled? I do a lot of walking, but dont think Id wear these ALL the time, just when the weathers a bit too crappy for others. Hmm. I like them, Im just not used to wearing this kind of style. Like they almost feel too grown up for me even though Im 31 this year

Anyone else feel too young inside sometimes?! Like cos Im not a career woman, or all glam and gorge that actually, maybe I'll stick to ugg-type instead..... Would I look like I did when I was little and dressing up in my mums stuff? grin

The suede clarks ones are gorge but Id hope they didnt get relocated to the wardrobe with my other suede loveliness blush

The black worker style ones are lovely, feel really sturdy and I know I'll get a lot of wear out of them. When I was younger Id wear dm's and shorts.... I reckon Id do the same with these.....

I know exactly what dh will say "but where are you going to keep them?" lol

GuyMartinsSideburns Fri 01-Feb-13 11:18:41

Engels they are lovely boots. Similar style to the ones Ive just bought except mine are black, Id have liked brown though. Your outfit sounds good, and practical for the weather. I need to take a leaf out of your book because I go uber scruffy in wet weather grin

Do tell me about clinique chubby stick! Im gonna have to go google!

Lakota Fri 01-Feb-13 11:31:32

How exciting about all the boots! And converse, love them. I have loads of pairs of boots but to be honest I should probably get rid of some of the heeled long ones. A lot of them seem dated, seems to be all about ankle boots or flat long boots these days. Do you reckon they will make a revival or will something always seem subtly wrong - toe shape, heel shape etc?

TrampyPants Fri 01-Feb-13 11:57:15

Gibbs, would a simple shift work? sort of 50's/60's style? like this or this? both are gorgeous!

Feeling, commiserations on the skintedness, outfits sound awesome though, well done on your weightloss. you are doing brilliantly, I am gobsmacked at some routines too, I thought I was doing well. and thank you!

Guy, that sounds lovely, I shall hunt for jumper dresses for you, what size are you? and score on the boots!! I love the worker boots/shorts look. I have a pair of tweedy shorts that rock with my bikers and opaques.

Lakota, well done on your weight loss, you sound so chirpy about it! I use a cheap firming lotion, that seems to help along with walking, etc. spray tans are much better now, you can have a light one that just brightens you, or start using those lotions with a hint of self tan.

Engels, those boots are ace! and well done on building up. I always feel "done" with a necklace etc on.

TrampyPants Fri 01-Feb-13 11:58:11

Lakota, I think converse are pretty timeless, tbh. grunge is a big trend this season, and converse is a part of that.

Lakota Fri 01-Feb-13 12:02:46

Oh sorry, didn't mean converse - agree they're not going anywhere! My extensive boot collection though

TrampyPants Fri 01-Feb-13 12:05:46

ah, no it was me being a numpty.

I dont know, tbh. i think they are pretty classic.

lemonmuffin Fri 01-Feb-13 12:25:43

What a lovely thread. I am putting it on my watch list for inspiration.

GuyMartinsSideburns Fri 01-Feb-13 12:49:02

Trampy Im a size 10. I had a pair of tweedy shorts which I loved but had to get rid of when they got too big sad I love shorts and tights, maybe replacement shorts is my task this wknd? I do have a pair of suede shorts that I havent worn yet but think theyd be too dressy.

Lakota well Im awful and Id keep everything... Seems like things come round again, but also I find it difficult to get rid of things. Im amazed I got rid of so many items from my wardrobe recently, I'll be honest some items had never been worn at all, and some not for years so it was time they went. I got rid of a pair of knee high black leather boots with a thick heel too, so comfy but I never felt 'right' in them and think I wore them no more than 2 times blush

My converse are a tan colour, still think thatd work? I thought they looked good with my blue skinnies but tbh Id prob wear them with long skirts too. Hey you know what I need - a plaid shirt grin god I lived in mine years back.

Well I just went upstairs to brush my teeth (not long had a coffee) and ended up washing my hair (curly girl method - my hairs wavy, just past shoulders), redoing my makeup and painting my nails (nails inc Basil Street) grin So feeling better for that. Waiting for my hair to dry and then I'll do a messy ponytail I think.

I see so many people looking fab, but think 'oh I dont think I could pull that off' sad

TrampyPants Fri 01-Feb-13 13:07:42

Guy, this is lovely this may be a bit short but grey and black cable knit good selection here ph, how I wish they had this in my size

TrampyPants Fri 01-Feb-13 13:10:29

sorry, that looks like one long link here




and here

Engelsemama Fri 01-Feb-13 13:13:01

I never wear lipstick guy and lip gloss (a la juicy tubes) always just sticks my hair to my lips blush so chubby stick is a good inbetween - bit of colour, bit of balm. Though still felt self conscious with more than just vaseline on!

Just back from changing my belt in town. Am going out tomorrow to a sushu night at my friend's house so am going to try out my bright new clothes ina safe environment before I go public.

PS forgot to say the biggest compliment I got yesterday was from DH. When I walked in the door from work in my boots/dress/made up face he said "Wow! You look nice!" (he was asleep when I left) so making an effort is doing its job!

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