For the imperfect Fashion lover.

Monday, 29 February 2016

The FAB 40's | Red and Pink & My Ugly Shoes.

The Fab 40's

Today is an exciting day for me!
I am honoured to be included in a group of international bloggers, called The fab 40's.

The purpose of the group is to show how different women interpret a specific 'theme' or style.
{There is a different theme every month}

This diverse group of fabulous women, highlight the joy of individuality.
Each lady is completely different from the next but they all prove how stylish 'real' older women can be.
40+ does not have to mean dowdy, frumpy, boring or forgettable.
I am thrilled to bits to have been invited along!

Fake Fabulous | Fab 40's: Red & Pink, Ugly shoes.

Red and Pink

This month the theme was wearing Red & Pink together.
I don't mind admitting that I was very pleased!
Pink and red (especially red) are colours that I love to wear, and I often reach for these bright hues in the depths of Winter.
Red certainly adds some light relief to a miserable day.

{If you look carefully, you can see the rain in my photographs}
Fake Fabulous | Fab 40's: Red & Pink, Ugly shoes.

Today's Pink and Red outfit came together with ease.

I chose to wear my tight pink dress again, which I wore in the post "How to be Braver".
It is double layered jersey and is meant to be worn either knee length and smoothed out, or ruched.

These ruched dresses are supposed to be super-flattering ...hmmmm.
I have to say that I find that they highlight lumps and bumps.
They even create lumps that I didn't know existed.
My 42 year old mother's midriff does not need any help in the lumps department!
For me, this dress was an expensive mistake.

So, to tackle this lumpy problem (and to stop this dress ending up in the donation bag) I always wear something over it.
I decided to wear a red shirt dress over the top today, keeping with the red and pink theme.

A chunky necklace added interest but also had the job of distracting the eye.
My red/orange coat seemed the obvious cover-up choice.

Fake Fabulous | Fab 40's: Red & Pink, Ugly shoes.
Fake Fabulous | Fab 40's: Red & Pink, Ugly shoes.

Let's talk about Ugly Shoes. 

Okay, let's talk about a favourite topic of mine...Shoes.

I have many pairs of shoes and boots.
They give me a lot of pleasure.
Some are practical, some a just beautiful and some are classic BUT, sometimes I just give in to an "ugly" shoe.
I can't help it!
Something draws me to the awkwardness of certain shoe styles.
Maybe it's the fabric? The colour? The cut? The geeky vibe?
Whatever it is, I just can't resist.

Classic pumps (or even an ankle boot) would have been more grown-up, and elegant, with this outfit.
I know that.
BUT, these wedge-heeled wallabees were calling my name!

They are cool, quirky and fun.
They may not be to everyone's' taste but I can't help it... I look down and I smile.

Fake Fabulous | Fab 40's: Red & Pink, Ugly shoes.

As soon as I popped them on, It felt right.
I looked at my golf-club-esque limbs and could not help but laugh.
Ugly shoes can be beautiful.

{Oh, and did I mention they are supremely comfortable AND I got them at a bargain-tastic 80% off!?}

I love that feeling.

Fake Fabulous | Fab 40's: Red & Pink, Ugly shoes.

Coat: Hearts and Hands (urban outfitters)...similar.
Dress: Baukjen
Shirt Dress: Yong Kim (from ebay)...similar.
Tights: Levante
Shoes: Clarks Originals
Bag: Primark
Necklace: Boden

Please share any Ugly shoes that you love....tweet me a picture!

Let me introduce...

Now it is time to introduce my fellow bloggers and their fabulous Pink and Red outfits.

Sheela from Sheela writes.

Sheela lives in Houston. She is an amazing writer as well as a fiercely stylish blogger.
Her accessorising is incredible (when you have a browse at her blog please check out some of her rings) and her shoe collection is eye-wateringly cool!
These red shoes are a personal favourite of mine.

Fake Fabulous | Fab 40's: Sheela Goh
Jacket: Vintage Ungaro
Turtleneck: Forever21
Capris: Herban Devi
Wristlet: Rebecca Minkoff
Shoes: JustFAB
Lipstick:Veronica by Anastasia Beverly Hills

Dawn is from California and she is someone who's wardrobe I would LOVE to have a rummage through!
Some of her pieces make me go a little crazy.
{Vintage Prada shoes, for example}
Her take on this theme is so cool.
Feminine, yet edgy.
She mixes vintage, designer and highstreet with effortless ease.

Fake Fabulous | Fab 40's: Dawn Lucy
Coat: vintage
Skirt and Bag: Boohoo
Jumper: Shein
Shoes: Vintage Prada

Mary from Curlybyrdie Chirps

Mary is a blogger from the Midwest who aims to be fashionable and fabulous, without spending a fortune. 
A woman after my own heart!
Her take on the theme is classy but uber-sexy.
She oozes femininity.
And, that clutch? I love it!

Fake Fabulous | Fab 40's: Mary
Skirt: Bisou Bisou
Coat: Worthington 
Boots: Nina
Clutch: Sam and Libby

Ann from Krembe de la Krembe

Ann is someone who I consider to be my blogging best friend.
She lives in Hong Kong and is a seasoned fashionista.
She has been blogging forever!
Her style is BOLD and I love her attitude.
Her pinks and reds are punchy and vibrant.
But, she grounds it all with the perfect shoe AND, that background?
Fake Fabulous | Fab 40's: Ann Krembs
Glasses, Dress and Trousers: Forever 21
Blazer and Clutch: H&M
Earrings and Shoes: Kate Spade

Conny from Conny doll lifestyle.

A fellow pixie, from Germany.
How cool and casual is this take on the theme?
I love the effortless feel of this look, with that bold lip.
I would happily steal this entire outfit and wear it tomorrow!

Fake Fabulous | Fab 40's: Conny
Blouse and Cardigan: Dorothee Schumacher
Trousers: Minimum
Shoes: Nike Air
Bag: DIY

Jennie from A pocketful of polka dots.

Jennie is a lover of colour, but that was not always the case!
She made a conscious effort to ditch the black and embrace the fact that she looks great in bright colours.
Her mantra of "Go fabulous or Go home" really makes me smile.
Her take on the red and pink theme has a slightly masculine feel, which I love.

Fake Fabulous | Fab 40's: Jennie
Jacket: Shein
Top: NY&Co.
Trousers: Worthington
Pumps: Y-Not?
Necklace: Charming Charlie
Bag: Kate Spade  

Diane from Fashion on the fourth floor.

Dianne is a natural athlete who loves to add a tomboy twist to her looks.
She is all for having fun with fashion!
I love the softer colour palette of her outfit and the fuss-free lines.
This jumpsuit is right up my style street...and those shoes?!

Fake Fabulous | The Fab40's: Diane
Turtleneck:  Uniqlo
Jumpsuit:  River Island
Heels:  Hinge
Ring:  Forever 21
Bracelets:  Forever 21, Charming Charlie, H&M

I hope you enjoyed this post.
Please check out the other blogger's blogs (if you don't know them already) for more inspiration.
Stay tuned at the end of March for more fab40's fun!

P.S If you like this Red and Pink post, why not take a look at these...

If in doubt, wear red!
Styling eveningwear during the day.
Layering Reds and Pinks.
Wearing OTK boots.

Inspired? Join in the RED and Pink fun!



  1. I truly enjoyed your take on this month's theme - your dress and coat look wonderful together! Also, I couldn't help but smile over your description of the ruching effect of your dress. It does look quite flattering on you, in my opinion. Thrilled to be part of The Fab 40's with you and look forward to what's ahead. :)

    1. Thank you Jennie. It is going to be lots of fun, that is for sure! XXX

  2. Samantha...I'm not sure that dress was a mistake. I think it looks fabulous on you, and as a devil's advocate, I want to know what's wrong with lumps & bumps! I will argue that they make us interesting and real!
    As for the shoes---here's where I'm in the other camp! I'm not a fan, no matter what the price...they give me willies and nightmares! I love your brogues and boots! I love me a cute shoe ANY DAY....but these remind me a little too much of old lady wear!
    But then again, it'd be so boring if we all dressed alike---besides the fact, I've learned never to say never!
    Thus I give you a thumbs up!! jodie

    1. Hahahaha....thank you for your honest opinion Jodie! I always value it.
      I would have actually paid the full price for these shoes, quite happily. I may even go back for another pair in a different colour! Yikes...I can feel you grimacing :oD
      I knew you would not be a fan, your love of feminine (and sexy) shoes is strong. These are certainly not a sexy shoe, although that is all in the attitude. Definate old lady shoes...Yes! Thank you. XXX

    2. I'm with you on this one, Jodie. We all know how I like mah shoes GRIN

    3. I guessed you might not approve, Sheela! XXX

    4. But we're still loving the dress Samantha...and you did make me laugh--so that counts for something!!

  3. You look fantastic Samantha - so incredibly happy and at ease with yourself; and the light! .. and the colours in the garden!! they set off the vibrancy of this combination to perfection.
    Baci Sallyxx

    1. Thank you Sally, there was a glimmer of sun through the rain... we even had a rainbow! XXX

  4. Gorgeous, all of you, in pink and red! And what a great theme, too. Thanks for sharing with visible Monday, xox


  5. I've absolutely no idea what bumps and lumps you're referring to, Samantha. If those are your lumps and bumps, can we swap with my bumps and lumps then?

    On another less lumpy and bumpy topic, YAY!!! Welcome to the Fab 40s!! It's always such a pleasure doing joint posts with you and now that things are official, I couldn't be more pleased. You know how much I adore you. Your bold spirit. Your tenacious use of colour!!

    1. Thank you so much Sheela! I am delighted to be part of the "new" group....I have the feeling we are going to be AWESOME!!! XXX

  6. I also do not see any bumps that you are talking about, except for the lady bumps, and those are good! LOL

    I really loved the whole outfit and then when I got to the shoes I figured you must have needed to walk extra far or something! Ha ha. Oops.

    Props for just being yourself and wearing what you like. You always make it work.


    1. Hahahaha...thank you for your honesty Suzanne!
      {and "lady bumps" made me grin}

      I Knew that a "sexy" shoe would have won the style vote BUT I could not help myself.
      Being myself.
      Yes, you nailed it on the head....thank you Suzanne.
      My Ugly shoes will be returning soon....maybe I could win you over?!?!?! XXXXXX

  7. So excited to have you as part of our Fab 40's team! Love your edgy cool-girl style, Samantha! Thanks so much for the sweet complments. You made my day.

    Dawn Lucy

  8. Fantastic outfit, you look stunning! All the ladies you featured here look gorgeous in red and pink!

  9. You are such a great bunch. I "know" nearly all of you and love you all for your different approach to fashion. As for pink with red (and/or orange... I am all for it. Lovely bright combination. And don't worry about your clingy dress... it only shoes a terrific figure.

  10. Great to see you in this lively line up Samantha. I love the eye-popping brights you've assembled on this winter day. That coat is a dream, and the dress is very sexy - that was the point, surely? And I'm with you all the way on the ugly shoes - they're divine!
    Anna x
    Anna's Island Style

    1. Yay!!! One vote for my ugly shoes...I suspect it might be the only one :oD. XXX

  11. Crikey woman, if you think you have lumps and bumps, then I'm a tub of lard! That dress is serious on you! It's so easy to only see or focus on what we see as negatives or maybe not even negatives just those parts of us we wish were better or different but in reality nobody else sees them. They just see a woman confidently playing with beautiful colours and having fun! And these colours are gorgeous on you Samantha.
    But I'm with Jodie and Sheela on the shoes - heck, if they make YOU smile that is the most important thing and more power to you!

    1. Thank you Jacqueline. I think these dresses can be really unflattering and I felt a little bump-tastic without my shirt dress over the top. Even my husband was not sure about the lumpage, and that is never a good sign. :oD XXX

  12. Hi Sam. Again no lumps and bumps, i do love the mix of that fabulous coat, the cool necklace and the dress, the shoes.. I had an exact pair except in tan years and years ago, you just made me remember! I love your confidence and smile as well
    Thanks for linking up to MRS!
    jess xx


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