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Thursday, 21 March 2019

Mother's Day Ideas + #chicandstylish #linkup



Good morning.
How are all you over fifty bloggers & everyone else for that matter.
After a week with Storm Gareth clearing out the cobwebs, it also bought a faulty phone line with it.  I spent half the week without any phone or internet - the phone line wasn't really a problem because I had my mobile, but no internet for nearly four days was pure hell!  Blogging, on-line shopping, searching and generally everything I wanted to do depended on the internet working, I wanted to pull my hair out!  I was a bit like when I was younger & lived out in the sticks - when we had a power cut I'd think of doing things like the ironing!! Come on own up, you used to do that too???

I'd wanted to check out some gift ideas for Mother's Day, both for my mum and for me ( you know I like to drop hints).  To be honest the best present you can give someone is your time.  I love having all the children around me on Mother's Day - heaven!  Although this year i'm going to a friend's wedding, so will spend time with the family on Saturday, hoping to take my mum out for lunch the following week - shushh don't tell her it's a surprise!

For Mother's Day last year the kids surprised me with some boots, not just any boots though, they happened to find just the boots I'd seen in Next and bought them for me!  Yes, you guessed they all have a sixth sense - not really I'd let slip numerous times the ones I wanted - lol.
Since getting my ivory ankle boots they've been the finishing touch to so many of outfits making them a valuable addition and worthwhile present. White boots have been in the limelight over the past year, and seem to be going from strength to strength.  Have you got yourself a pair?


To be honest the best present you can give someone is your time.

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Monday, 18 March 2019

Style Steal - White and Gold Re-Re-Created!


Morning lovelies.
How's over fifties blogging land today?
How can we be half way through March already?  Time seems to fly by so quickly doesn't it!
It's the 3rd Monday in the month so that means it's time for a Style Steal - a monthly post where I copy a bloggers outfit and try to re-create it either copying the outfit, the colours, the style or the idea ( I have been know to copy someone's blog title too!)
You'll remember this lady from last month, well she's done it again.
I fell for this one back at the beginning of February.  Just when I was sorting my copy for February, Andrea - Living on Cloud Nine went and threw this into the mix, I then had two fetching numbers to emulate - result. 😃


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Thursday, 14 March 2019

Cheeky Ski Weekend to Valmorel + #chicandstylish #linkup

 
Morning, how are you all?
I'm on a bit of a downer after having a smashing whirl-wind weekend away skiing.
Since our earlier ski trip to Tignes hubby and I had missed the slopes so much - sad that we'd have to wait another year until we'd be enjoying skiing again, so much to the kids disgust (they wanted to come too) we booked a cheeky weekend break to Valmorel in the French Alps.

Last Friday we drove down through France after an early (5.00am) Channel Tunnel crossing, arriving at the foot of the alp around 4pm.  We started our descent up the mountain, wary of the brown, bland scenery that definitely lacked any snow.  As we climbed the narrow road, we were eventually greeted by patchy snow that made way to full on snowy peaks, paths and roof tops.  We found the Hotel and parked the car, enchanted by the sight of the quaint little town.  It's central walk-way was covered in snow, and sparkly festive lights hung through the middle, I anticipated how pretty everything would look in the dark - it did, alas I didn't get any photos!  At the far end of the town were trampolines and a fun merry-go-round - all for families with kids to be entertained.  There were also plenty of ski hire outlets with everything you'd need for fun and safety on the slopes.  We hired skis for a reasonable price prior to leaving & also purchased our ski passes in advance - which came in the post some weeks ago!
Enticing shops and restaurants lined the side walks, I looked forward to musing the menus to find the best places to eat and peruse the little shops selling cheese, wine and saucisson to take home.



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Monday, 11 March 2019

Ted Baker in the Rain!

Morning my friends.
I'll be travelling home from my skiing weekend now, let's hope technology works and this post is published!
What have you all been up to?  I've been on the slopes and will fill you in on my little adventure in the next week or so.
Shooting photos in the rain, is there anything more disheartening?   Apologies in advance for the wet hair - (note to self take an umbrella next time I take shots in the rain). Lol



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Thursday, 7 March 2019

Third year of blogging! Zara Long Line Blouse + #chicandstylish #linkup

Hello my lovelies - how are you all?

Well there's no one more surprised than me that I've reached my third year of blogging, I popped back to view my first ever blog post - crikey how bad can one blog be???  It's awful, it's short, all over the show and very vague!  I'm proud to see I've come on leaps and bounds.  Please don't go visit, it really is s**t! Lol.
I made a point of planning this post way in advance because I managed to miss my 2nd blog-aversary so wanted to make darn sure I didn't miss this one!  I got so involved with blogging last year that I didn't notice what date it was (not that I knew when it was) so the anniversary came and went.  That's not happening this year - I've got flowers, the fizz and lots of fun ideas! 😂


Happy blog-aversary to me! Mummabstylish has been alive for THREE WHOLE YEARS!!!



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Monday, 4 March 2019

Negative Comments!

Morning, how are you all my lovelies?
After telling you all I've had some relaxing weeks my weekend has turned out to be rather busy.  Friday evening I went ballroom dancing - I have been learning the waltz.  It's very odd dancing alone (hubby's adamant he won't join me) so I either dance solo, with the teacher or his wife - it really makes a difference having a partner to dance with so will have to keep badgering hubby to come too! 
Saturday night, after a day working in the garden, we had dinner with friends, a fabulous evening made easier because we all took a course of food.  My choice of pate with a selection of anti pasti for starters went down well, but I kept picking which is a big downfall for my diet!   Sunday arrived way to early after a late night, getting up to bake cakes for the baby shower I attended.  This was for my daughter-in-law and went very well.  We answered questions about mummy-to-be, guessed her waist measurement with string, tried to work out who the baby pictures were and ate lots of party food.  Home to chill after the busy weekend!  What did you all get up to?


Red has a habit of cheering me up.  It's an emotionally charged colour as it's the colour of blood and life.  It's associated with power, passion, love and confidence.  Red will lift your emotions & is a good choice for instilling confidence - something that will give you the edge when you're lacking it.
I picked this red outfit after recently receiving a negative comment - it really was a pick-me-up shade and helped big-up my ego.


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Thursday, 28 February 2019

Lounging around in a Lounge suit - #chicandstylish #linkup

Morning all.
Everything going well in the land of Mummb blogging.  I've been having a lazy few days, which were much needed I must say.  The past few weeks have gradually slowed down and I've been able to concentrate a little more on blogging without feeling guilty that I should be doing something else.
I've been taking advantage of wearing this lounge suit to sit back and unwind in.

Now I have to hold my hands up to say I'm off skiing again for the weekend so this will come in handy for my Apres ski antics.  I'm off with hubby for a cheeky little jaunt to the ski resort of Valmorel to enjoy the slopes one more time this year - that's if the kids let us out the country! ha ha ha!



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Monday, 25 February 2019

Style not Age - Spring Green's from Next!

Welcome everyone - new & old I'm pleased you are all here.
Today being the last Monday of the month means it's the turn of the Style not Age ladies to take center stage.  This month's choice worked out to be mine.  I wanted a title that portrayed the new season so decided on this ....
Spring Green's
Now the title was set I started looking in the shops for something that I could use for the challenge as well as wear throughout Spring and Summer too!  Could I find anything in the shops? In a word NO - feeling fed up I trotted into Next and there it was staring at me - this pretty green dress with a flower pattern over it.  I picked up a 12 and a 14 and made a beeline for the changing room.  The 12 fitted superbly and I loved it the minute I slipped it over my head.  I didn't hesitate on putting the 14 back whilst heading for the till.  I knew I'd got plenty of boots & shoes that would complete my look, so after buying some cheap earrings in Primark my job was done!


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Thursday, 21 February 2019

Playtex Lingerie - Did I Didn't I? #chicandstylish #linkup

Morning, how are we all doing?
A little nervous to share this post with you today.
You see for the very first time I'm styling lingerie, yes an over fifty year old styling lingerie!
I jumped in feet first without thinking of the consequences!  I'd been approached by Playtex Lingerie asking if I'd like to feature some underwear on the blog.  As I said I sent my affirmation without too much thought, once the pieces arrived and I started wondering just how I would style them, I know it's not hard - just put them on and take photos - right? wrong!  How shall I pose? How much do I show? What will people think of my body? Where shall we take the shots?  I have to say I had a few days worrying about it all!

Let's see did I or didn't I??

Items marked with * have been gifted to me, however these are 100% my own honest comments.


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Monday, 18 February 2019

Style Steal - 400th post!


Welcome to the 400th Mummabstylish blog post!  Quite a feat in my book. With many highs and lows, I'm actually rather proud of my little baby, my fashion from an over fifty point of view & even though there's been times I wondered why I'm bothering - I actually love what I'm doing, it's given me my identity back so for the foreseeable future I'm staying put!


I'm off shopping today, going to check out what's new and hot.  Will be posting on my IG stories so do take a look.  I need to find accessories for the green dress I've purchased for the wedding I'm attending next month.  I think I might go for nude, but will see what grabs my attention.
Another busy weekend working in the garden on Saturday, we're hosting our daughters wedding in May so the garden needs to be in tip top condition which means cutting and shaping the boundary hedges to a more manageable height, along with flattening more of the garden ready for grass seed.  We're having a marquee with all the trimmings, & since the new year it's becoming very real.  We will be celebrating a wedding and seeing our daughter move on - yikes!  I've got to fit in mother of the bride dress shopping, and I've not got an iota of what styles or colours I want so will be starting with a blank sheet!  You'll all be the first to know when I eventually do find 'the outfit'.

Today is also the Mummabstylish Style Steal.  With so much inspiration from your blogs it was hard to chose a candidate.  Who do you think I've copied this month?


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Thursday, 14 February 2019

Skiing, Ballet and Ballroom + #chicandstylish #linkup

Hi there - hope you over fifty fashion bloggers are well.
Happy Valentines day to you all too!
Not something I participate in as I feel I don't need a special day to celebrate my 'beau' but love hearing stories from people who do - so good luck and 'carry on valentine-ing' my friends. Mwahh 💋
What I do join in with is #linkup's and it just so happens my #Chicandstylish is live right now so do add a post of two.


This is what you might call a 'catch up post'.  With the busy times I've had since Christmas all these occasions have been on my blogging 'to do' list since then!

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Monday, 11 February 2019

Leopard and Leather, what better combination?

Hi there lovelies, how's it going in over fifties land?
Another busy weekend starting on Friday evening.  Did I tell you I've started Ballroom dancing?  So far I've been to three classes and absolutely love it.  Every year watching Strictly Come Dancing I really want to tread the boards and learn to ballroom, so when my best friend asked if I'd like to join her I though what the heck and just went for it!  Forty five minutes of learning basic steps, ending in dancing to music for about 5 mins at the end of the class, the teacher and his wife take turns in partnering the singletons which makes me feel like I'm actually dancing properly.  Watch out I might make SCD one day - well if a vlogger can compete there might be a chance for an enthusiastic blogger eh?

Saturday I had my third adult ballet exam!  It's only taken us about a year to learn an arm sequence, foot enchainement and a short dance - you'd have thought we'd had to learn a full on ballet!  Finally it all came together and the numerous "have you practised" "I've forgotten it" and "what do we do next" calls from the past weeks evaporated!  We all remember the steps and flew through the routines.  I'll keep you posted as to how I got on as soon as I find out. 🤞

With animal print still very much in the limelight, I bought this sassy little leopard print tee shirt from H & M before my recent skiing holiday.  Keeping it plain with black easy to wear pieces, and there's no better companion to leopard print than leather look accessories namely my new faux jacket.


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Thursday, 7 February 2019

Paisley Blouse with Grey Trousers + #Chicandstylish #linkup

Morning, hope your weather is playing fair.  It seems we have one awful day with wind and rain beating down on us and then another day that's sunny but chilly.  I always seem to pick the first one to take photos on!
I had a super day on Monday taking photos with Esther Ruby, alas the weather was a pain so we shot them indoors!  Looking forward to seeing them as I ventured into the lingerie world eekk!  Sharing a set that was gifted to me from Playtex.  I'll be bravely sharing this post in the next week or so once they've been studied, checked and certified in detail! Lol.
Today I was left to my own devices as all the children were out at work so I've been shopping for a few new bits - shush don't tell the family as I've just had a wardrobe cull!!  Mind you I haven't actually parted with anything yet, it's still all in a pile.  I might just be pulling some bits back again as I've seen some similar tops in the shops today - well they might just come in handy again one day!

Here's part of the outfit I wore - well just the blouse really.  I picked it up in H & M just before departing for my skiing break, I think It will go well with jeans which is just what I wore it with all day.  Anyway that's an outfit for sharing another day.  Here's what I will be wearing when the weather gets a tad a lot hotter.


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Monday, 4 February 2019

The Sunshine Blogger Award.

Hi there lovelies - thanks for stopping by my over fifties blog today.
Not much to report since last week really.  Saturday I popped to my local T K Maxx for a browse, but couldn't find ANYTHING I liked - yes hard to believe.  I searched all the departments and came up with zilch - not even a bag caught my eye!  Maybe it's because I had money to spend - does that ever happen to you.  Money in your pocket = can't find a thing, no money = plenty I see, plenty I want and more!  Sunday afternoon I was invited to a Baby Shower.  Have you ever been to one?
I might feature it in more detail in a future post, but here's what I wore to an event I'm proud to say two of my daughters planned, bought for, made for & organised.  It was a brilliant success with mum-to-be and guests thoroughly enjoying themselves.



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Thursday, 31 January 2019

Vionic Josie Courts + Lace Bonmarche Dress #chicandstylish #linkup

Hi there - thanks for stopping by my over fifties fashion blog today.
The weeks seem to have flown by since Christmas with the safe arrival of my grandson, school run duties and a skiing trip to France I seem to have been on the go for weeks.  It's nice to now sit back and collect my thoughts.
I'm still having doubts about my blog though.  Am I the only one to question myself?  Am I doing the right thing, is my blog working, is it interesting enough?  Then there's the comparing, comparing my content, my style & my photography (when I take photos myself).  Shall I give up?  Shall I carry on? Should I change things? If so what should I change?  Gosh it makes me dizzy thinking about it all.  In truth I have to brush it off and give myself a good talking to.  I'm writing this blog for me, and if anyone joins me along the way then that's a bonus - right?  So that being said I'd like to say a big "Thank You" to all who do follow along and support Mummabstylish - I really do appreciate it. 💗
How do you tackle your uncertainty?

One thing I am 100% sure on are these Vionic court shoes.  I'd been ogling them on the website for months, and finally got my own pair a few weeks ago!

Items marked with * have been gifted to me, however these are 100% my own honest comments.

Let me tell you a few details about Vionic footwear.
Vionic merge fashion with their trusted biomechanics resulting in not only elegant and stylish footwear but shoes giving maximum comfort too (a very soft, but supportive insole). The secret being a footbed which is injected with a breathable man-made & microfibre sock - do pop over and check out all the detailed information providing help for heel pain such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.
See my first pair of Vionic espadrilles that I wore nearly all the summer.

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Monday, 28 January 2019

Style Not Age - Our January Jumpers!

Morning - just in time for the new challenge of the year from the ladies of the Style Not Age collective.
Having literally just returned from skiing in The Alpes I have to say I'm finding it hard to get back into blogging mode right now.  Last week on the slopes the temperature reach -14 at times (yes bloody cold) although the skiing conditions of bright blue skies & brilliant sunshine somewhat made up for it.  I thought I was fairly fit, but have really felt my age over the past few days with plenty of aches and pains in all sorts of places!  Back to normality now, so I'm feeling suitably miserable to be back home, back to reality with a mountain of housework and washing to contend with - the only upside is seeing the kids, grandkids, my family oh & my little dog Roxy. 💗

My blogging friend & challenge setter Anna has been a busy bee recently as have Emma & Hilda, but we've all managed to pull it out the bag for this months challenge -
Our January Jumpers.
I just had to style this vibrant knitted piece, my ideal winter jumper.  You see it's cashmere and my first ever at that.




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Thursday, 24 January 2019

Can a girl ever have enough handbags? #chicandstylish #linkup

Morning lovelies.
How you doing?
I'm still enjoying the slopes as we speak, and have a few days left to relish.
Today being Thursday it's the #chicandstylish #linkup, so do read on through and join in!
Looking through my handbags I realised I didn't have a grey crossover bag, so after dropping a couple of hints (big ones) to the family prior to Christmas, this one landed under my tree.  I've enjoyed using it quite a few times already, so it's been a good addition.  See it last week with floral & frills also with these wide leg trousers.

I got to thinking about all my other bags - some bought myself, others presents - and here they are!


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Monday, 21 January 2019

Style Steal - Snakeskin with a side of Mustard!

Good morning, how's it going?
As we speak I'll be elegantly gliding down the blue runs of Tignes in the French Alpes, smoothly sliding into the mountain restaurants for a warming hot chocolate or vin chaud and practising my French for "where's the Apres Ski" ha ha!  I love skiing and can complete a red run without too much resting on my bum!  I hate leaving the slopes early and quite often look for a party member who's up for another jaunt down the slopes before stealing an hour's nap.  The evening meal is always eagerly awaited by everyone, ravenous after using so much energy on the mountain.  The wine goes down really well too! Look out for the post in the next few weeks.

It's the monthly Style Steal today, I missed out December's because it fell right in the middle of Christmas.  It's been hovering on my 'to do' list for a while, but have only just managed to get the photos done - thanks to Esther Ruby. X

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Thursday, 17 January 2019

TK Maxx Floral Trousers with Feminine Frills & Ivory boots #chicandstylish #linkup

Morning lovelies, how are you all doing?
I'm starting to pack for the holiday now, I've been getting everything in order since the beginning of this week & buying the last few bits I need.  Going through my clothes I toyed with taking this with me, ending up omitting it.  Well I think it might be that bit too dressy for the apres-ski bars in Tignes, not that I've been there before, but all venues are more or less the same.  So it will be a couple of pairs of jeans along with a few pretty tops being packed.  Surprisingly the hotels, bars and restaurants all tend to be really warm, so I won't be taking loads of jumpers with me & alas this pretty fancy will have to remain at home!
Thought you might like to see it anyway …  what do you think?  It has to be one of my favourite casual, daytime looks.

How feminine is this pretty blue jumper - I adore the fluted sleeves and frilly stand up collar.
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Monday, 14 January 2019

Adrianna Papell Dress and Bolero Jacket.


Hi there, hope you over fifty bloggers are doing well.
I'm busy packing and getting the house in order for my week away.  In case you've not seen I'm off to the French Alpes for a weeks skiing, the snow's been falling hard and heavy, so I'm expecting excellent skiing conditions with blue sky's and sunshine!  I can't wait to hear the distant chatter of  people enjoying the snow, or smell the coal smoke that wafts about. The idea of  apres-ski and afternoon tea is floating about in my head too - I cant wait!  Are you a fan of skiing or do you cringe at the thought?

With a new year comes new occasions, new babies (two in my family) two weddings, one in my family & the other my friends daughter.  I have been looking for a dress to wear to her wedding that's in March & have just recently bought a gorgeous green lace version.  I'm keeping that under wraps until nearer the time, so thought I'd share a dress and bolero I wore to my nephews a couple of years ago.



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Thursday, 10 January 2019

M & S wide leg trousers - #chicandstylish #linkup


Good morning from a chilly Mummab!  Isn't the weather freezing (in the UK) - well not literally, but cold enough to just want to stay indoors drinking hot chocolate and watch films in front of a flicking fire.  Shame I can't do that as there's work to be done!
With my skiing holiday just over a week away I'm in the throes of sorting my skiing gear - well I say "in the throes of" but really I'm just thinking about getting in the loft and sorting through.  I bought new salopettes last year & need to check they still fit me.  Things may need another wash, but all in all I'm positive everything will glide along nicely. 😉
Blogging has been slightly neglected for the past few days, I've been taking my princess to school as my daughter only recently gave birth to my grandson.  The walk to school has been lovely, trying to catch up with a speedy 4 year old on a scooter was probably a funny sight - had me running after her nearly all the way, at least it will help with my skiing next week!  It's been some years since I had to do this, and was somewhat weird to drop her to the same school her mum went to!  Can I really be that old?

Today's outfit is based around these wide leg trousers.  One of my all time favourite styles to wear and when I spotted these in the M & S outlet last week I just had to buy them, especially when they turned out to be £10!



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Monday, 7 January 2019

Loving these Lotus knee length boots.


Hi there 👋 how's January going?
Settling in nicely to the slower pace now, but hating the dark and dreary days!  One o'clock felt like 5 today it was so dull - what's the best thing to do when the weather is horrible?  Book a holiday - more importantly a skiing holiday.  So yours truly is off to Tignes in the French Alps in two weeks times!  The sad thing is there's only 5 going this year quite different from the 25 a few years ago!  Fortunately we did manage to get a great last minute deal so every cloud has a silver lining.

Dressing for cold damp days calls for a nice pair of long boots, so these from Lotus shoes were a welcomed addition a few weeks ago.  They look fabulous with black tights & my short tunic dress, but look even better with the pleated skirt & chunky jumper I wore yesterday.

Items marked with * have been gifted to me, however these are 100% my own honest comments. 


I've wanted some knee high boots for years, so when I saw these Janessa Leather boots* on the website I really wanted to try them.  I have wide calves so struggle to find boots to fit.  I ordered them in a seven, which fitted pretty well with thick ankle socks.  I have to admit they zipped up to a very snug fit, but felt okay.  Having worn them a few times already they're shaping up very well.


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Thursday, 3 January 2019

Best nine of 2018! #chicandstylish #linkup


Happy New year!

Welcome to my over fifty fashion blog.
If you follow me on IG you may have seen Mummab is on cloud nine, you see my daughter gave birth to my grandson on New Year's Eve - a beautiful baby boy.  He came three days early and really lifted my spirits after losing my beloved Mother-in-law back in August.
So into 2019 with one new arrival under my belt I'm patiently waiting for another due in April, then onto May when my second eldest daughter gets married, I'm going to be one busy lady for sure.

I hope you caught my recent post sharing what the ladies from Style not Age presented.  Our tag 'Sequin in the New Year' was a winner,  I love all the outfits and would wear any of them in a heartbeat as sequins never really go out of fashion.  Having seen Kellyann from This Blonde's Shopping Bag wearing them with jeans that's just what I intend to do on a future night out! 😊

I'm sure you have all been busy over the past few weeks just like me and my goddaughter, so unfortunately I've not got any suitable outfit shots to share with you, so I was thinking what about re-visiting my most favoured blog posts of the year?
Without further ado here they are:

When I finally found this Michaela Louisa two piece on ebay I was itching to wear it to my nieces' wedding.  I paired it with silver sandals and a sparkly clutch bag, and after loosing a few inches a couple of months into my diet I felt a million dollars - especially having my make-up professionally applied!



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