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February 25, 2014 / diannegray

Cairns Eye – Makeover

Last April when I was feverishly sanding windows and doors (and building up my flab muscles) I took a ten minute break to read the local newspaper (Cairns Post). An interesting competition caught my eye.

**Win a Makeover**

Hmmm – I needed that, so I entered and then promptly forgot about it when I got back into sanding again.

After returning in September after a week away to visit my mother I received a phone call. My entry stating why I needed a makeover had won!

I actually can’t remember what I wrote now but it went something along the lines of After all the work I’ve done on the RUC people are starting to mistake me for a tradie.

I spent a fantastic day being pampered. In the morning I went to Ipseity Beauty & Hair Studio where Kristie shaped my unruly locks and did my make-up. In the afternoon I went shopping with a fashion guru (Gerlinda) who told me I should wear a bra (dang it – I hate bras!)

Gerlinda was amazing – she would walk into a shop, pick several outfits that I wouldn’t think of wearing in a pink fit and ask me to try them on. I loved every one of them.

It’s odd how we think we know what styles and colours suit us until someone who actually knows what they’re talking about suggests otherwise. I love blue and wear it all the time.

Gerlinda’s first words to me were don’t wear blue it doesn’t suit your colouring. This statement hit me like a dead fish in the face. Don’t wear blue? Good grief – I LOVE blue, everything in my wardrobe is blue! I was even wearing a blue shirt at the time 😦

We would walk into a shop and I would veer for the first blue outfit I could see – she would head for the earthy colours.

Only wear colours you can find in a forest she would say. Greens, browns, oranges – yick! For some reason my eyes are not drawn to those colours – but they suited me!

After the outfits were chosen we went to the photographic studio for some pictures.

Work it – were the photographer’s words. I wasn’t sure how to work it.

Pull your stomach in, chest out, shoulders back – I don’t know about you, but I can’t do all those things at the same time.

Smile with your eyes – Oh dear, after a full week of bawling after seeing my mother, my eyes looked like a truck drivers gut.

But the photographer was great – he told some jokes and made me laugh and then I started to work it like the best of them.

This is a big thank you to the team at the Cairns Post (Cairns Eye) for giving me a great day!

Cairns Eye (2)Don’t you just love these colours?

Before this I would never have worn orange – go figure…

 

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  1. Harliqueen / Feb 25 2014 8:13 am

    Wow! Incredible, it must have been so amazing 😀

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    • diannegray / Feb 25 2014 8:23 am

      I had an absolute ball! It’s such a great idea for them to do this for people (like me) who would never think of just getting in there and doing it themselves 😉

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  2. El Guapo / Feb 25 2014 8:23 am

    You look stunning!
    Sounds like Gerlinda also went over philosophy, not just style.

    (For the record, I think you look good in the blue in the before picture too.)
    (But then, I’m also partial to that color.)

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    • diannegray / Feb 25 2014 8:36 am

      I just can’t help myself, Guapo! Even now when I walk into a shop I go for the blues (my favourite song is Blue Day and my kitchen is blue! – LOL)
      I see what she means, though – light blues aren’t really my colour so now I go for the darker blues and purples 😀

      Thank you so much for the lovely compliment, now I’m blushing 😳

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  3. Carrie Rubin / Feb 25 2014 8:26 am

    How fun! And you look amazing! I could certainly use something like that. I’ve been sporting long, straight hair forever, and I wear mostly black along with a few neutrals. Oh, they’d have a field day with me…

    Glad you won. I bet it was a nice treat after the busy year you’ve had. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Feb 25 2014 8:44 am

      It gave me a new lease on life, Carrie! I had such a great day (who doesn’t love all that spoilation?) 😀

      My hair was long and straight for years, but it goes frizzy in the tropical climate so I had it cut shorter (it’s too hot to use a straightner here) 😉

      If ever you see a competition like this – go for it! 😀

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      • Carrie Rubin / Feb 25 2014 8:48 am

        Of course, there’s that whole introvert thing. I still can’t even manage to go get a massage when I’d like nothing better in the world. 🙂

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      • diannegray / Feb 25 2014 9:04 am

        It took a lot of courage, Carrie. But sometimes moving out of that comfort zone can be a good thing. For a start – I normally hate having my photo taken and will treat a camera like its a loaded gun. I think the photographer knew that and worked extra hard with me on it 😉

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  4. bodhisattvaintraining / Feb 25 2014 8:37 am

    How gorgeous! Looks and sounds like you had so much fun 🙂

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    • diannegray / Feb 25 2014 8:45 am

      I did, Annie! And boy – did I need it at the time! 😀

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  5. EllaDee / Feb 25 2014 8:37 am

    You so deserved the makeover… there was no way they could choose any entry over that. I thought you looked fine to start with but after, well, wow. I think though it’s not just about how you look but how you feel – I know I get a little bounce in my step after a haircut or wear a new outfit… hhhmmm which reminds me, both of which I really need to attend to.

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    • diannegray / Feb 25 2014 8:50 am

      I can’t remember the last time I got new clothes and had my hair done on the same day (maybe my wedding 25 years ago!) 😉

      It came at exactly the right time for me. There was a lot going on and the stress was weighing me down big time. It was SO different than anything else I was doing and it gave me a day for ‘me’ which is always a good thing 😉

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  6. Polysyllabic Profundities / Feb 25 2014 8:39 am

    I’m with Guapo….you look stunning!! It’s amazing how your skin tone can change when accentuated by the right color palette. New photo shoot for the new book jackets!!! 😀

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    • diannegray / Feb 25 2014 8:53 am

      Hey – great idea about the book jackets. Now I just need to find a willing photographer…

      The skin tone thing is really important – some colours (like light blue) really give me that ‘washed out’ look and I’d never thought of it before.

      Thanks for agreeing with Guapo – more red cheeks for me 😳

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  7. Darla Welchel / Feb 25 2014 8:40 am

    Love it and congrats! You look great! I like the colors on you! Even the orange. Its a pretty orange!

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    • diannegray / Feb 25 2014 8:54 am

      I was surprised by the orange, Darla. I wouldn’t even look twice at something that colour before I did this, but now I think about it and try it on 😉

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      • Darla Welchel / Mar 17 2014 2:34 pm

        Well it works! I love the colors of fall!

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  8. davidprosser / Feb 25 2014 8:46 am

    You look a million dollars in the pictures.Time to lay off the blue if this is the end result.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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    • diannegray / Feb 25 2014 8:56 am

      Thanks so much, David. It was amazing spending that day with such talented people. I wonder if they’ll let me enter again… LOL 😀

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  9. Ruth Rainwater / Feb 25 2014 8:48 am

    Congratulations! And the new color palette does amazing things to your face and hair – you look fabulous!!

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    • diannegray / Feb 25 2014 8:58 am

      Thank you, Ruth! I just loved it – and spending time on me instead of all the other things that were going on at the time did me the world of good 😀

      Now – back to the sanding 😉

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  10. Colline / Feb 25 2014 8:52 am

    Sounds like a lot of fun.

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    • diannegray / Feb 25 2014 9:05 am

      It was fun, Colline! I don’t know how people do modelling for a living, but for one day it was great! 😀

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  11. Photos With Finesse / Feb 25 2014 9:06 am

    You sure worked it – and look fabulous! The outfits are great. You don’t have to completely stay away from the blues. Throw a teal in there – more green blue. Or a turquoise. About 30 – ok that’s not possible lol (it is really) – years ago, I had my colours done. At that time they broke them into seasons. I was a winter, but it sounds like you’re a true Autumn. I looked them up and amazingly enough, that method of doing colours hasn’t been archived in a museum somewhere. This site shows you some of the colours an autumn can wear. http://www.thechicfashionista.com/autumn-color-analysis.html – including bright yellow which makes a lot of us look completely jaundiced! Enjoy the change. Think how totally awesome you’re going to look at all those book signings. 😀

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    • diannegray / Feb 25 2014 9:40 am

      I had a look at that page, Suzan and it’s great! I think I must be a true Autumn 😉 The teal totally works and I’ve got a few outfits that colour in my wardrobe (phew!) 😀

      Having the colours done used to be very popular when I was younger (yes – 30 years ago!) but I never really thought of doing it back then and probably should have.

      I was a bit nervous about you seeing this page and wondering what you would think of the photography – so glad you came over and liked it! 😀

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      • Photos With Finesse / Feb 25 2014 10:52 am

        Photographer or not, I don’t (ok, try not to) judge! I just like it when people look their best – and you certainly do. 😀

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      • diannegray / Feb 25 2014 11:19 am

        Awww – thank you 😉

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  12. JackieP / Feb 25 2014 9:10 am

    Look at you! What a beauty! I love those bright colors on you! Fantastic Dianne! 🙂

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  13. ygm17 / Feb 25 2014 9:15 am

    You look fantastic Dianne! I must say I do like the pop of orange 🙂

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    • diannegray / Feb 25 2014 9:43 am

      Thank you so much – I’m blushing again 😳

      That orange is something I would avoid at all costs if I was shopping by myself – it came as a total surprise when I tried it on 😀

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  14. avwalters / Feb 25 2014 9:21 am

    What great fun! Congratulations. My favorite is Look 1–and I think it’s entirely because of the orange. ( A color I would never pick, either.) It makes you positively glow. And I’m all for spoiling (though spoilation doesn’t sound good.) After all your tradie efforts, a good pampering is completely in order. Now you can sit back down to writing with an entirely different perspective.

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    • diannegray / Feb 25 2014 9:50 am

      I was shocked by the orange at first – I would never pick that colour, it doesn’t seem ‘me’ but it just works 😉

      I think this experience has made a difference to my writing (and I hadn’t thought of that until this comment) because it has given me more ideas about the colour of the clothing my characters wear. It seems to add just another layer of depth to their personalities 😀

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  15. Maddie Cochere / Feb 25 2014 9:42 am

    How exciting! And you look fabulous! You certainly didn’t need a makeover, but you certainly deserved one. Love the colors. You should have insisted on a fifth picture – with your trademark towel on your head. 😉

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    • diannegray / Feb 25 2014 9:52 am

      LOL! Now why didn’t I think of that, Maddie! 😆

      Thank you so much for the lovely compliment. I’ll be smiling all day now 😀

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  16. Jill Weatherholt / Feb 25 2014 9:59 am

    You look incredible, Dianne! You look like a model, the human kind. 🙂 So were these photos printed in the local newspaper? This is just too cool! I’m so glad you won.

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    • diannegray / Feb 25 2014 10:19 am

      They were in the newspaper paper, Jill. I sent a copy to my mother and she was thrilled 😀

      Thank you so much for the lovely compliments – I was very nervous while the photos were being taken 😯 but they seemed to turn out okay 😉

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      • Jill Weatherholt / Feb 25 2014 10:24 am

        They turned out great! I would be very nervous, but you looked relaxed.
        I’m so happy your mother got to see the newspaper ad, that’s great!

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  17. ramblingsfromamum / Feb 25 2014 10:45 am

    Sexy Lady shazam girl looking good, NOT that you didn’t before. How exciting and how uplifting it is to have a make over. There is that whole keep with the colours that suit you thing.. if you are autumn etc and you are definitely autumn. All to do with skin tone ..what were we thinking?! lol Glad you won the comp and that you had such a fun experience. Nothing like a bit of pampering to start the day. Rockin’ it lady – my fave is Look 1 🙂 xxx

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    • diannegray / Feb 25 2014 11:18 am

      I like 1 as well. I had to turn to the front because standing side on to the camera was becoming a bit of a a disaster for me (chest out, stomach in, shoulders back) LOL

      It was so much fun, Jen. I loved it! 😀

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      • ramblingsfromamum / Feb 25 2014 11:22 am

        You weren’t signing up for the Army were you? 😉
        So glad you had fun through the process, so I do expect you to look like this when you are sanding, cutting cane, dealing with snakes, wasps, crawlies of any description, washing up, doing the laundry….
        😉 xx

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      • diannegray / Feb 25 2014 11:35 am

        Of course! You should see me now (actually, no) LOL 😀

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      • ramblingsfromamum / Feb 25 2014 11:36 am

        ha ha SPRUNG! lol 😀 x

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  18. Pagadan / Feb 25 2014 11:00 am

    Dianne, that was so cool! Congratulations.

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    • diannegray / Feb 25 2014 11:19 am

      Thank you so much – I had a great time! 😉

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  19. Amy Reese / Feb 25 2014 11:06 am

    How fun, Dianne! Good for you. You look gorgeous and those colors are nice on you. I’m wondering now if I’m wearing the wrong colors. Probably.

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    • diannegray / Feb 25 2014 11:21 am

      Awww – thank you so much, Amy 😀

      It’s hard to tell what colours we should be. All I know is that I love blue and it attracts my attention every time I go clothes shopping. Now I just have to retrain myself 😉

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  20. DaydreamsInWonderland / Feb 25 2014 11:24 am

    You are so darn cute! I love these pictures. Makeovers can be fun stuff. Did you feel lighter and happier afterward like people describe?

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    • diannegray / Feb 25 2014 11:37 am

      Absolutely – I felt wonderful! It was great being spoiled all day and then coming home to a nice glass of wine and dinner on the table – ahhhh. Do you think they’d mind if I entered again? 😉

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  21. nrhatch / Feb 25 2014 1:19 pm

    1. Yay! You won!!!
    2. Yay! You look FAB!
    3. My fave . . . Look #1.
    4. Great hairstyle.
    5. Yay! Enjoy your new looks!

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  22. ParentingIsFunny / Feb 25 2014 3:11 pm

    Sounds like so much fun! Congrats to you! What a neat experience. 🙂

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  23. bulldog / Feb 25 2014 4:04 pm

    Wow what a make over, you look young enough to be my daughter… I read one of the comments saying “How exciting and how uplifting it is to have a make over” was she referring to wearing a bra?
    Hate those damn things as well… they always seemed to get in the way when I was younger…
    You look stunning Dianne and deserved to win… what really interests me is what Hubby had to say when you got home… Gob smacked I bet…

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    • diannegray / Feb 25 2014 4:52 pm

      Hubby WAS gob smacked, Rob. He just kept staring at me and saying ‘wow…! you… look… different…’ (I’m pretty sure that was a compliment) LOL 😉

      I’m glad you’re a bra hating buddy – worst invention ever 😀

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      • bulldog / Feb 25 2014 5:07 pm

        From an Oz I’m sure it was a complement… they, like us never know the right way to put things… whats the saying, “you can take the man out of the bush, but you can’t take the bush out of a man” so to him I say “good on you mate… “

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      • diannegray / Feb 26 2014 5:33 am

        Haaaaa! He totally understands that language. I’m sure you and he would get along famously! 😀

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  24. danpentagram / Feb 25 2014 4:59 pm

    Well done, Dianne! You look great! Embrace the feeling it gave you and work it 😉

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  25. 4amWriter / Feb 25 2014 9:58 pm

    You look awesome, Dianne! Those forest colors really do suit you. I’m drawn to blues, too, because it’s a safe color. I can’t think of a shade of blue that is unflattering (well, perhaps royal blue can be troublesome). I think oranges, reds, and greens can be risky depending on the shade. However, I have a wide range of browns in my wardrobe, because I love the warmth of brown even though a lot of people find it drab.

    Do you think you’ll stick to these new colors or go back to your blues? It’s hard to retrain ourselves in this regard, I think. It also means buying a whole new wardrobe. That’s either fun or annoying, depending on if you like shopping!

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    • diannegray / Feb 26 2014 5:51 am

      I looked at your picture when I started reading this to see you’re wearing a blue shirt – I love it 😉 Then I looked at me and I’m wearing blue pajamas 😉 LOL

      I haven’t thrown any clothes out and have only bought one dress (green) since I had the make-over. I love walking through the shops but rarely buy anything unless it really jumps out and grabs me. I don’t think I’m rich enough to buy a whole new wardrobe, but would love to be able to one day 😉

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  26. Shakti Ghosal / Feb 25 2014 11:14 pm

    Lucky you and congratulations! So as you think back to what you wrote, what would you say was the reason for you to win?

    Shakti

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    • diannegray / Feb 26 2014 6:10 am

      I had a word limit (it may have been 50) and I said that my father-in-law had suffered a stroke and I was building a house next door so hubby and I could take care of him. I was working very hard and didn’t feel like I looked like a woman anymore – so I’d say it was probably the ‘caring’ part they took notice of first and then and the fact that they could get me back to looking like a woman 😀

      Most of these 50 words or less or 25 words or less competitions usually like something funny or something compassionate.

      Thanks for asking, Shakti 😀

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  27. Tiffany / Feb 26 2014 12:00 am

    Dianne, you look amazing! You were definitely working it and orange really does look amazing on you!

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    • diannegray / Feb 26 2014 6:12 am

      Thanks so much, Tiffany 😀

      This is the first time in my life I’ve worn orange. I’ve seen orange clothes in the shops before and often though ‘who’d wear that!?’ LOL

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      • Tiffany / Feb 26 2014 10:03 am

        Lmao… It’s true I’ve has the same experience with the color but then I see it on you and it looks like it was made for you. You look beautiful…

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      • diannegray / Feb 26 2014 4:09 pm

        Awww – thank you! 😳

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  28. dearanonymousfriend / Feb 26 2014 12:50 am

    how fun! I always thought it would be great fun to win one of those…. sounds like you had a wonderful adventure. You are gorgeous! Love the pictures… thanks for sharing this with us…

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    • diannegray / Feb 26 2014 6:54 am

      Thank you so much my dear 😀

      It was great fun – I was very excited. When I found out I ran down the stairs and bashed my forehead on a piece of steel. Luckily it didn’t bruise badly and was not noticeable in the pics! LOL I’m so clumsy 😉

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  29. Lynda / Feb 26 2014 1:53 am

    OK, I have been thinking for a while now that I needed a makeover. Seeing your lovely results has convinced me…

    that at age 60 I need to turn in my blue jeans, henlys and hiking boots! (Seriously!) But they are so danged comfortable.

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    • diannegray / Feb 26 2014 6:56 am

      Never turn those in! I still wear my purple gum boots every day when I take the dogs for a walk to the creek 😀

      I say go for it. If you see any competitions like this just put your hand up – you never know! 😉

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  30. amb / Feb 26 2014 2:24 am

    You look wonderful Dianne! I’m so glad you got an afternoon of pampering, you deserve it!

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    • diannegray / Feb 26 2014 6:57 am

      Awww – thank you, Amb! Now I’m blushing 😳

      It was SO much fun 😀

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  31. jannatwrites / Feb 26 2014 2:39 am

    Oh goodness, the headline. “Tradie to Lady” about cracked me up! That’s so cool that you won the pampering – you DO deserve it. Of the looks they pictured, I would say #1 is my favorite, but you look spectacular in all of the looks 🙂 Wouldn’t it be cool to have a personal wardrobe consultant?

    And mercy, if I had a makeover and they told me not to wear pink or purple, I’d be in big trouble! (I found out in high school that teal brings out the dark circles under my eyes. I discovered this when looking at my senior picture proofs. I looked like I’d been rode hard and put away wet! My retakes in purple looked much better.)

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    • diannegray / Feb 26 2014 7:09 am

      I didn’t know they were going to put Tradie to Lady and when I saw it I laughed a lot! I like number 1 as well because I’m facing the camera – I found it hard to stand sideways pulling my stomach in, shoulders back and chest out (LOL)

      Shopping with Gerlinda was a real experience – she ‘ran’ from shop to shop choosing clothes like it was a business (and I guess it is). She picked for my shape and colour and all the opposite things that I would pick for – a personal wardrobe consultant would be amazing! 😀

      I still wear blue because I can’t afford to buy a new wardrobe – maybe one day 😉

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  32. Roy McCarthy / Feb 26 2014 5:10 am

    I love the way you were SO not making an effort in the ‘Before’ shot 🙂 Don’t forget to change back into the overalls before recommending sanding.

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    • diannegray / Feb 26 2014 7:11 am

      I’m sure they used the worst shot for the ‘before’ shot, Roy (they caught me off guard!) LOL 😀

      I was back into sanding the next morning and felt like my time as Cinderella was all a dream 😉

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  33. Roy McCarthy / Feb 26 2014 5:11 am

    *recommencing*

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  34. Zen A. / Feb 26 2014 5:33 am

    That sounds like so much fun! Cool things always seem to happen to you, Dianne, haha – absolutely well-deserved of course! You look amazing! It’s funny how things we usually don’t go for end up looking so good. =D

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    • diannegray / Feb 26 2014 8:41 am

      I seem to attract things (and some of them aren’t so cool!) LOL 😉 But this was just fantastic, Zen. I had a ball, even though I was a bit hesitant at first. I’m so glad you like the pics 😀

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  35. char / Feb 26 2014 5:58 am

    Wow! That’s so cool. Congratulations. I love your makeover pictures. What a great model you make. This was well deserved!

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    • diannegray / Feb 26 2014 8:42 am

      I was a very ‘stiff’ model, Char lol 😉 but I seemed to loosen up after a while …

      It was just fantastic and I want to do it again now! 😀

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  36. Sheila / Feb 26 2014 6:16 am

    You look great and happy! The “work it” thing made me laugh. It really is hard to do all those things at the same time. The creatures aren’t going to recognize you now.

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    • diannegray / Feb 26 2014 8:44 am

      The ‘work it’ thing had my friends in stitches as well (particularly when I do the moves in the kitchen!) lol 😀

      The creatures returned when I washed off the make-up. I think they were relieved 😉

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  37. Jacqui Murray / Feb 26 2014 10:49 am

    Tradie to Lady–that’s perfect. I love the new looks, but I must say–that blue you had on Before The Makeover–was delightful. Of course, I’m also partial to the cool, calmness of blue.

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    • diannegray / Feb 26 2014 4:08 pm

      I just loved the Tradie to Lady line – it was exactly how I felt.

      So glad I have a blue supporter – my new kitchen is blue! (although it does have some green so I’m saved) 😉

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  38. Kozo Hattori / Feb 26 2014 2:28 pm

    Wow, Dianne, you look so beautiful-inside and out. I love the orange. I also love the before photo. 🙂 But most of all, I love the dead fish in the face and truck driver’s gut metaphors. You are one lovely lady. {{{Hugs}}} Kozo

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    • diannegray / Feb 26 2014 4:06 pm

      LOL! Thank you Kozo – I just live for my metaphors 😀

      Big {{{hugs}}} to you and now I’m blushing at your beautiful compliments 😳

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  39. Gerlinda Aras / Feb 26 2014 2:28 pm

    Hi Dianne,

    Thank you so much for your wonderful blog about your makeover experience. I have shared this on my Facebook business page, I hope this helps you get a few more followers.

    How have you found shopping since our trip?

    Kindest Regards,

    Gerlinda Aras Stylist/Image Consultant 0410 477 367 FB http://www.mirrorimageconsultations.com

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    • diannegray / Feb 26 2014 4:04 pm

      Gerlinda! I was going to text you and let you know I put this up yesterday. So lovely to see you here 😀 Thanks so much for putting this in FB.

      I’ve only bought one dress – a lovely green one that looks absolutely beautiful (I’ve had a lot of very nice comments) 😉

      I seriously had such a great time with you and you taught me a lot – thank you!

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  40. Inion N. Mathair / Feb 26 2014 6:48 pm

    Work it girl! Luv this post luv your sense of humor!! And we know exactly what you mean. It’s hard for me to get Inion to dress young! Which is why I call her my “old soul”. She dresses like a ninety year old librarian. And she’s such a beautiful girl & young. So I often have to treat her like a kid I’m teaching to swim. I take her by the hand and lead her towards colorful clothes. Come on…you can do it….just one step at a time….come on let’s go deeper. hold your breath.. trust mama!! lmao~ But hopefully she’ll be swimming like a champ before long. As for you, YOU look terrific, so go with it!! Nothing better than letting yourself be spoiled. Least that’s my verdict!! Loved the post and sharing now!! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Feb 27 2014 7:09 am

      Awww – thank you so much! I’m really glad you enjoyed this post and you’re very much like my daughter who loves it when I get my ‘old lady clothes’ off to don a cute little outfit! Keep on at Inion – she looks very young and beautiful in your avatar pic! 😀

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  41. the eternal traveller / Feb 26 2014 9:38 pm

    What a lovely treat, and you look fabulous. Well done.

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    • diannegray / Feb 27 2014 7:10 am

      Thank you so much – I had an absolute ball! 😀

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  42. mcwoman / Feb 27 2014 3:11 am

    Diane — Love Picture #1. You look like a teenager ready for a day at the shopping centre! What a terrific experience. I often wonder how they would make me “over.”

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    • diannegray / Feb 27 2014 7:11 am

      I guess it takes a load of make-up and fashion knowledge to get me looking good! But I had a great time and would do it again in an instant 😀

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  43. billyraychitwood1 / Feb 27 2014 6:58 am

    Loved all the ‘earthy’ colors on you! AND, blue is my favorite as well… So glad you had a break-away day from the work and the writing. You’re a fabulous lady!

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    • diannegray / Feb 27 2014 7:12 am

      Thanks, Billy Ray – I hate to admit it, but I really needed it at the time! It was wonderful 😀

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  44. Janna G. Noelle / Feb 27 2014 8:13 am

    Dianne, this is great! All those outfits are so eye-catching (I love prints, and orange is one of my favourite fashion colours), your haircut is smashing, and I the headline (Tradie to Lady) is the best. What a fun reward for you after all your manual labour on the house. 🙂

    And that instruction from the photog to “smile with your eyes” is so true. I’ve done photo shoots before (my old roommate is a photographer) and you can really see the difference. Another strange instruction she once gave me: “stick your chin out like you’re going to rest it on someone’s shoulder”. This really helps accentuate the shape and definition of one’s face.

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  45. midlifetraveller / Feb 27 2014 9:01 pm

    Oh, that’s fantastic for you, and you look wonderful. Very happy for you, it’s nice to hear when someone wins something!

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    • diannegray / Feb 28 2014 6:59 am

      It was a great experience – I learned a lot about myself (and colours). I’d love to do it again 😀

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  46. jmmcdowell / Feb 28 2014 5:08 am

    What a great day that must have been, and the photos are fantastic! Maybe it’s time to let a sales person help me choose some outfits again. That did help me get out of my basic black rut a few years ago. 😉 Cutting my hair, though. Oh boy, I don’t know if I could do that!

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    • diannegray / Feb 28 2014 7:01 am

      My hair was driving me crazy at the time, JM. It was SO hot here I just needed a change. Luckily (or unluckily for me) my hair grows very fast and I’ve had it cut another three times since 😯

      I’m glad you liked the photos – I think he must have taken about 100 to get one of each outfit that was nice 😉

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  47. cestlavie22 / Feb 28 2014 5:39 am

    Wow that is awesome! I never win anything nevermind something so fun! And you do look great in orange. I hope you added lots of orange to your wardrobe after this experience!

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    • diannegray / Feb 28 2014 7:02 am

      I still haven’t actually purchased anything orange (but I’ve been thinking about it) LOL 😉

      It was great ti win this – it couldn’t have come at a better time 😀

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  48. Audiophile Paradise / Feb 28 2014 10:06 pm

    Wow! Winning a lucky draw competition! The only thing I won from a lucky draw was a movie ticket to an overrated movie (which I promptly gave to my eager younger sister). The excitement which surges through you when your name is announced is a different kind of high altogether. What did you feel when you read your name in the paper, and found out that you won? 😀

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    • diannegray / Mar 1 2014 8:00 am

      I actually got a phone call so I didn’t have that ‘wow’ moment – but having said that I did win a writing competition where I read in the paper that I won first place and I thought for about half an hour that it was a mistake! That was an amazing experience 😀

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  49. Britt Skrabanek / Mar 1 2014 2:36 am

    “Tradie to Lady”…I love it! I’ve been into forest colors for some time, but orange doesn’t really work for me, even though I adore it. I especially love Look 1 on you. Look out, hot writer alert!

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    • diannegray / Mar 1 2014 8:54 am

      LOL! Hot writer for ten seconds alert 😉

      The forest colours are beautiful and I find when I wear them I always get compliments (you’d think I would have realised that they were my colours 20 years ago – I’m a slow learner 😀

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  50. Letizia / Mar 1 2014 7:57 am

    You look wonderful (I think you look good even in blue to tell you the truth….). What a fun day you must have had. “Pull your stomach in, chest out, shoulders back” – I just tried to do this and, you’re right, it IS hard to do at the same time, haha!

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    • diannegray / Mar 1 2014 8:56 am

      I could do one at a time, but then relax and I was back to my old ‘brickies labourer’ stance 😀

      Thank you for the lovely compliments, Letizia 😉

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  51. tw / Mar 1 2014 9:11 am

    You’re lovely ‘before’ and ‘after’ Dianne, nothing (even months of sanding and painting) diminishes your inner beauty. A free make over to feel good outside as well as inside and get a well-earned pampering is definitely deserved after all the work you’ve been doing

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    • diannegray / Mar 2 2014 5:36 am

      Thank you so much for the beautiful compliments my friend 😀

      It is good to get a pampering for free. One reason why I don’t normally go to the hairdresser is the cost (yikes – it’s really that much just for a haircut??) If I’m spending it’s always on the house and one day I’ll have to get out of that habit 😉

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  52. restlessjo / Mar 2 2014 7:08 am

    Love the new you! (I had quite a fondness for the old one too 🙂 )
    Look no.1 is my favourite, but svelte no.3 is good too. What am I saying? They’re all great. It’s you!

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    • diannegray / Mar 2 2014 12:17 pm

      Thank you, Jo 🙂 I like look no. 1 as well because I didn’t want to stand side on to the camera and pull in stomach, put shoulders back and chest out LOL 😉

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  53. Kourtney Heintz / Mar 2 2014 7:09 am

    Congrats on the makeover. You look amazing! I love you in look 1–that orangey red just pops on you!

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    • diannegray / Mar 2 2014 12:18 pm

      Thanks Kourtney – I had an absolute ball (and I’d love to do it all over again) 😉

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  54. Hazy Shades of Me / Mar 2 2014 10:55 am

    Wow – you look adorable and utterly fantastic! I’d say that was just what you needed after a tough week prior. What a nice treat and you are very deserving! :0)

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    • diannegray / Mar 2 2014 12:22 pm

      It was such a welcome relief 😀 Given the chance I’d do it all again! xxx

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  55. bluebee / Mar 2 2014 1:47 pm

    Fabulous! And orange definitely suits you. Coincidentally, I am having a colour consultation tomorrow, a 50th present from 2 girlfriends. The consultant told me not to wear any make-up – hope she doesn’t run screaming when I open the front door, lol.

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2014 6:01 am

      That’s fantastic! I’d love to know how you go 😀

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  56. ocdreader / Mar 2 2014 1:50 pm

    how cool is that!? congratulations, you deserved it after all that work on the RUC. And you look fabulous 🙂

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2014 6:03 am

      Thanks so much, Elisa. I had an absolute ball! 😉

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  57. anotherday2paradise / Mar 3 2014 6:28 am

    Wow! You look absolutely stunning. Congrats on winning the makeover. It must have been such an exciting and enjoyable experience. 🙂 Did you get to keep all the outfits? I hope so. Hugs to you and your mom. xx

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    • diannegray / Mar 3 2014 11:25 am

      Hello my dear – are you back home now? 😉

      I didn’t get to keep the outfits, but I did win some gift vouchers to buy some of my own (which I haven’t spent yet because I’ve been too busy working on the house) 😀

      It was very exciting and enjoyable and I’d just love to do it again! 😉

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  58. Piper George / Mar 6 2014 1:41 am

    Whit woo – check you young lady! Looking good.
    I really wish someone would tell me what I should wear – and buy it for me at the same time.

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    • diannegray / Mar 6 2014 7:36 am

      LOL! We’d all love that! I think I need a personal fashion guru every day of the week 😀

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  59. Carol Bryant / Mar 28 2016 8:19 am

    It takes courage to put yourself out there. You look great!

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