Slower Fashion

Sunday, 10 November 2019

What I Wore This Week | Real Life, Real Looks

What I Wore This Week | Real Outfits | Fake Fabulous

I'm thrilled to be back to share with you each (real!) outfit I wore last week.
It's been fun to take a cheeky selfie of each look as it was in action, even though I forgot a couple of times and had to improvise!

Here goes...


What I Wore This Week | Real Outfits | Fake Fabulous

Mondays can be tough, can't they?
The beginning of a new week.
Lots of opportunities, lots of new challenges... plenty of stress!

For me, Mondays are pretty busy.
I'm out for work (in the lab) at 8 and then back out again in the evening until 9.
It's a full and busy day but that's how I like it.

Red trousers were the order of the day.

The weather was being kind as well.
Not too many layers required.

p.s... look closely and you can see I've got a seed from my toast stuck in my tooth AND nobody told me ALL MORNING.
I looked at lunchtime and there it was, saying "Hi!".
Don't you just hate that?!

p.p.s... If we met and you had a little something going on, whether it was a seed in a tooth or lippy on your teeth or even a bat in the cave, I'd let you know.

COAT: Boden teen section (very old)
PINK JUMPER: Laura Ashley (Charity shopped and old)

{You can't see my shoes in this photo.
I'm wearing my black patent boots... see them HERE.}


What I Wore This Week | Real Outfits | Fake Fabulous

I was out in the BIG city on this day, having a great time.

Did you notice that I'd even made an effort with my makeup!?
Although my hair simply needed a hat plonked on it.

I'll be featuring this outfit in its own post very soon, but for now, all I need to tell you is how cosy and comfortable I was!

I'll share all the details later.

LEATHER JACKET: Vintage and charity shopped.
HAT: Older than a very old thing!


What I Wore This Week | Real Outfits | Fake Fabulous

This outfit was the first in my new "Outfit Thief" posts.
If you click HERE you can find out the story behind this look.

I featured it on Thursday ... see the full look HERE and find out how you can break down and recreate any look.

COAT: Asda (old)
HOODIE: So old...I'm not sure where it's from but it's been in my life for YEARS.


What I Wore This Week | Real Outfits | Fake Fabulous

More checks and more red!
This time a red jumper jeans instead of Monday's red trousers.
Another busy day at work.

WOOL JUMPER: Ted Baker (Charity shopped)
JEANS: Topshop (old)
BOOTS: Dr Martens
BAG: Charity shopped (same one as in friday's pink jumper outfit)
LEATHER GLOVES: charity shopped for a pound.


What I Wore This Week | Real Outfits | Fake Fabulous

On Friday I slept in (how does this happen over the age of 20?) and was rushing out of the door like a loon... coffee in hand.
Luckily I had an emergency outfit on my emergency hanger.

{Emergency Hanger? Eh?? Find out what I'm talking about HERE}

I had to take a quick snap outside of work to capture my outer-layers and then another at lunchtime to show you what I was wearing underneath.

COAT: Next (from last year or the year before?)
SCARF: Made by me about 10 years ago.
JEANS: Topshop (old)
TRAINERS: Puma (old and falling to bits)
JUMPER: Vintage... It's a belter! See more of it HERE.
BAG: Charity shopped.

What I Wore This Week | Real Outfits | Fake Fabulous

Then on Friday night, I headed off to a Bodycombat class at the gym in this garb.

(After the day I'd had I NEEDED it... BIG TIME!)

LEGGINGS: Sweaty Betty
TRAINERS: Nw Balance

What I Wore This Week | Real Outfits | Fake Fabulous


Proper Gym time, a great workout and a bit of social to boot!
I lazily spent most of the day looking like THIS...
(Plus the hoodie from the Friday evening outfit)

TOP: So old I can't remember.
LEGGINGS: Sweaty betty on eBay.
TRAINERS: New Balance

What I Wore This Week | Real Outfits | Fake Fabulous

At night it was a belated Halloween party and I transformed from bare-faced gym bunny to this...

ENTIRE OUTFIT: Charity shopped and sewn together!
FACE MAKEUP: Muckled together from various bits and bobs around the house.

{Fun Fact: The pigment I used dyed my eye sockets and I had blue rings for two days! Someone at work told me I was looking "a bit tired"... yep, blue rings around your already dark circles is not a good look!}

What I Wore This Week | Real Outfits | Fake Fabulous


Ahhhh lovely lazy Sundays!
No makeup.
Hair in a dodgy scrunchie thingy.

A cosy jumper, fleece-lined leggings and my decrepit old clogs.

JUMPER: COS (charity shopped and old)
POLO NECK: River Island
LEGGINGS: Old and the label has washed itself naked so I've no idea where they're from!

What I Wore This Week | Real Outfits | Fake Fabulous

How does your real week of outfits compare to mine?
I've spent most of my time in gym leggings and jeans! 
Not exactly uber-stylish, eh?

Tuesday was probably my most pulled-together day.
What day last week did you look YOUR most stylish?
What about your 'sloppiest' day?
I'd love to know!


Thursday, 7 November 2019

How to Copy an Outfit | No Shopping Needed

How to copy your favourite outfits, no shopping needed! Fake Fabulous

Let me introduce another NEW style of blogpost here at Fake Fabulous.
Following my new "Weekly OOTD Diary" post (See the first one HERE) I'm starting a new "OUTFIT Thief" series.  

Let me explain...

It's easy peasy really.
I'm picking an outfit to blatantly copy.
(No shame at all!)
It will either be a celebrity outfit or a blogger outfit.
Maybe a street-style look or even a runway ensemble.

Whatever the inspiration I'm going to break it down, pick it apart and recreate the look using pieces from my own wardrobe.
No shopping required!

Perhaps you have spotted an amazing outfit in the past.
Maybe on your favourite celebrity/on a Pinterest street-style image/on your favourite blogger or even a stylish friend and you're VERY tempted to google the pieces they're wearing (OR follow the links) in order to buy the gorgeous items.

The person you admire looks stunning.
Chic and cool.
You WANT a slice of that!
Maybe you feel the NEED to get that vibe and look as cool and beautiful as they do.

A few reality checks might be putting you off.

1. Physicality

You may be (physically) completely different from them.
You might have completely different colouring.
You might be half a foot taller, or shorter... or a whole foot!

You might be a completely different dress size.
You probably have different proportions... they could have pancake boobs and long legs.
You might have girls that need more room and legs that are a few inches away from leggy!
We're all different and we're all beautiful in our own way.

2. Lifestyle

Your climate might not allow bare flesh...unless you feel like losing a digit to a touch of frostbite!
Or, heavy coats might leave you sweltering.

You might have no practical need for a tulle maxi skirt... especially if you're dragging it through slushy puddles to the supermarket!

You might need to be more practical with your footwear because you're on your feet all day, or have a bunion, or live knee-deep in the snow?!

3. Money

You might not have the money to spend on the pieces featured.
They may be high-end and out of your budget OR you may have more important things to spend your hard-earned cash on ... like exotic holidays,  kids shoes or food and rent!

You might not WANT to spend your money on new clothes.
You may even be trying to buy less and style more, like me!

If any of this applies to you, you're in the right place.

Today I'm going to share a couple of styling secrets with you that will not only save you money but will help you look (and feel) more stylish!

Here's my style inspiration:


Let's take this outfit to pieces and make it our own!

There are 4 BASIC elements of any look:

1. The Feeling 

I've got a feeling...Oooo, Ooooo... (Thank you, Black-eyed Peas!)

By Feeling I mean the overall Vibe or Mood of a look.
What does the outfit say to you?
Do you feel a connection to the aesthetic?
Does it speak to you?

Some people think 'fashion' is shallow... others (who know the score) realise it's power and potential!

If a look appeals to you then chances are you can recreate it.

2. The Shape

Take a good look at the outfit.
What is the shape of the outfit?
What are the basic proportions?
Are any aspects slim-fitting or oversized?
A statement sleeve?
Wide-Legged trousers?
An oversized or tight-fitting jacket?

How do the proportions complement or contrast with each other?

What do you like about the proportions?
Do you love the drama or the simplicity?

3. The Colour Mood

This one is easy to figure out BUT can be the hardest to copy well.
What is the overall colour 'feeling'... warm or cool?
What are the predominant colours?

Any clashes or contrasts?
What about pattern play?
What subtleties are at work?
Look closely, sometimes the overall impression of a colour mood is misleading.

The colour mood is my favourite element of any outfit that inspires me.

4. The Styling Tweaks

Those subtle tweaks (or styling hacks) make ALL the difference when it comes to recreating a 'cool' look.
Pay close attention to little details like a cuffed hem or a half tuck.
Notice a pushed up sleeve, an exposed cuff, a lurex sock peeking out from the top of a boot.

It's the little things that make the BIGGEST difference.
How to copy your favourite outfits, no shopping needed! Fake Fabulous
What about the outfit I've chosen.
Simple right?

1. The vibe.

This look screams CASUAL with a Luxe edge.
"Sports luxe" would be the phrase I'd use to describe it.
Layered and cosy.
My kind of vibe.

Her hair is casual and loose but has certainly seen a flat iron that morning!
She's 'effortless' but very polished.

2. The proportions.

She's wearing classic proportions here.
A full length, slightly oversized coat and plain hoodie with a slim-legged trouser and super chunky shoes.
A cute mixture of baggy, oversized and fitted.

3. The colour Mood.

For this look, the colour mood is a simple one.
Black and grey... with a splash of a dark muted green.
Not my usual colour mood but a great one to copy!

The makeup is simple too.
She's fully made-up with a heavy brow and a nude lip.
A dark manicure finishes the look.

4. The Style Tweaks.

The first style tweak that shouts out to me is the bag being worn across the body.

What this does is give the outfit a casual effortless look but it works brilliantly to accentuate the shape of the body and give a baggy shapeless look more of a womanly curve.

She has the cuffs of her hoodie pulled down over her hands for a uber-effortless "Borrowed from my boyfriend" vibe.

She's wearing minimal jewellery for that thrown-on feeling.
She is also flashing her ankles which is a great leg-lengthening trick... even for you petite ladies out there!

How to copy your favourite outfits, no shopping needed! Fake Fabulous

How I made it my own:

BIG reality check here people!
I can't afford Prada handbags and Chanel trainers.

If you can, and want to spend the cash, then go for it.

However, If you're like me and a bit strapped then you can recreate the look with realistic pieces that are already in your wardrobe.

My coat isn't as long as hers but the overall feeling is the same.
You could wear any checked overcoat you own in whatever colour you like.
You could also wear a plain coloured long wool coat if you don't own a checked one.

I'm wearing a plain grey hooded top, it's my gym hoodie and I love wearing it.
It's comfortable and cosy.
Her hoodie is black but it hardly matters, does it?
I've also popped on a black polo neck... needs must!

The girl in the photo has vinyl trousers and I'm wearing my vinyl leggings as a great alternative.
I did consider wearing my leather trousers but they're not cropped, or croppable, so vinyl leggings won the vote.

My hair doesn't like straighteners so I left the flat-ironed look behind BUT I did pencil in my eyebrows and popped on a nude lip.
A nod to her makeup look (albeit 20 years older! hahaha).

I thought about painting my nails black and adding a few of my silver rings BUT the reality of the Scottish autumn is a pair of warm leather gloves.
The cosy (and lazy) option.

Of course, I DON'T own Chanel trainers but I'm wearing my plain black puma trainers instead.

They're not chunky and they're not black and white BUT they're close enough(ish)... 
Okay, they're not very close at all but they're the best I have!

{I was originally wearing the chunky platform boots in the first image on this post BUT I soon remembered why I'd given them to my youngest daughter. After about 10 minutes I was in agony. Ouch. Half a size too small.... boohoo!}

Bare ankles are NOT an option here in Scotland so I'm wearing some black and white fishnet socks over a pair of plain white ankle socks.
To recreate the black and white vibe and keep me warm.

I've also copied the cross-body bag using my reflective bag that shines with a greenish tinge.
No, it's not Prada (or velvet) but I'm over it!

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this new "Outfit Thief!" Formula.
Are there any looks you'd like me to dissect and attempt to recreate?
Have your say by leaving a comment or get in touch HERE.


Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Can Leopard EVER Look Chic? Fun Outfit Ideas, over 40

Layered Leopard Autumn Outfit | Fake Fabulous

Here's a question I'm often asked:

Is wearing Leopard print over 40 okay? 
Or, is it tacky and cheap-looking?


Friday, 1 November 2019

What I REALLY Wore This Week | 7 Genuine OOTDS!

This post is a little bit different!

After an email 'chat' with a lovely reader (plus a few comments here and there on other posts), I'm trying something new and I'd love to hear your opinion on it.

Let's cut to the chase shall we?...

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Satin Vintage Skirt & Teddy Coat | Autumn Outfit

Vintage 90s skirt, Teddy Coat and Cosy Layers | Autumn Outfit Inspiration

This outfit is perfect for a COLD Scottish autumn day... like today!
Loads of cosy layers and a really autumnal-feeling colour palette.

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Autumn Re-style! Satin Slip Dress for Fall

Autumn Outfit | Grey Slip Dress and Green Knit | Re-style | Fake Fabulous

Today I'm re-styling my summer slip dress into a cosy autumn outfit.

Slip dresses were HUGE this summer, weren't they?
Having just said that, I realise that didn't see many people wearing them IRL where I live, BUT they were all over the internet and I know they were popular with my eldest daughter and her friends (20-something city slickers!).

I love my slip dress and I wore it loads over the summer (despite those slip dress issues!) but it feels so much easier to wear with some autumn layers.
I thought so!

Layering up seems to make the dress more flattering and more comfortable to wear.

Autumn Outfit | Grey Slip Dress and Green Knit | Re-style | Fake Fabulous

I've popped a vintage knit over the dress today.
It's medium weight wool and feels like a very classic cut and colour.
Adding a studded belt gives the outfit some textural interest and helped give my body some shape and definition.

Simple opaques and patent chunky boots finished things off nicely.

Autumn Outfit | Grey Slip Dress and Green Knit | Re-style | Fake Fabulous

This slip dress/cosy jumper combination is my favourite outfit of the season so far!
So comfortable and practical but it still feels chic and modern.

As I've said before the great thing about adding a jumper over the slip dress is that it solves all those tricky SLIP DRESS PROBLEMS... find out more HERE.

Autumn Outfit | Grey Slip Dress and Green Knit | Re-style | Fake Fabulous

SATIN DRESS: Zara (charity shopped AND old!) See it Styled HERE and HERE.
LEATHER BOOTS: Vagabond (old)... See them HERE, HERE and HERE.
TIGHTS: Levante... old (these tights wash and wash... money well spent!)
WOOL JUMPER: Vintage (old and charity shopped!)
LEATHER BELT: River Island (old)... see it styled HEREHERE and HERE.
GREEN BAG: H&M... See it HERE.

Autumn Outfit | Grey Slip Dress and Green Knit | Re-style | Fake Fabulous


You can swap out the grey slip dress for any other colour (or pattern) of slip dress that you own.
You could also replace the dress with a satin skirt.

Any roll-neck, polo-neck or cowl-neck jumper will work too.

If it's too warm for chunky knits where you live try a textured cotton knit for the same layered look without the heat.
You can also ditch the tights and wear some open-toes booties if your climate allows.

You can also switch out the colours for ones you love.

All black looks chic.
All cream is even more elegant.
Any colour will work, as long as you love it!

Do you have a slip dress (or skirt) that you'll be restyling this autumn?
I'd love to hear how you'll be wearing yours?


Tuesday, 22 October 2019

I've Found My Classic Leather Trousers! Autumn Outfit

Black leather trousers over 40 | Fake Fabulous

I've been searching for a classic pair of leather trousers for a while now.
I wanted a pair with no trendy elements such as: paper bag waists, skinny legs, lacing, fancy buttons or other superfluous details.
Just a classic, straight-cut, mid-rise pair of leather trousers.
Easy right?
It's harder than you think to find something plain and classic these days.
Whether it's leather trousers or a plain black dress.
Everything seems to have a little something 'extra' attached to it.

Why are companies spending money on extra details when they should be concentrating (at least some of their efforts) on getting the quality basics right?
It's frustrating.

It took a while to find these trousers but here they are and I'm chuffed to bits!

Of course, these trousers were second hand.
You may be aware that I'm not shopping for anything new for 3 months, maybe longer if it works out.
It's for environmental and human rights issues that I'm doing it but other people seem to be doing it too.
I'm all for saving money and decreasing my impact on the environment.
If anyone wants to join me, whatever your motivation, then that's fantastic!

So, no new leather trousers for me...
Good job too as new leather trousers are incredibly expensive.
Luckily we have plenty of secondhand options open to us, don't we?

Black leather trousers over 40 | Fake Fabulous

I'm finding that almost everything I'm looking for can be bought secondhand or pre-loved.
With the exception of underwear and gym gear.

{I'm trying to avoid 'plastic' based (non-biodegradable) fabrics in favour of natural fibres but with some items, these technologies are almost impossible to avoid.}

Anything with a high lycra (or elastane) content tends to go baggy and saggy with use and age.
Baggy leggings and bras are not a great buy or a good look!

Having said that I'm finding a lot of people selling new, or 'worn once' items that would otherwise be going to waste.
So if I find those I snap them up!
You can also find new pieces in charity shops.
In fact, you can find ANYTHING if you put your mind to it... it just takes a little more effort to shop.

Back to these leather trousers and this outfit.

So, I've found my leather trousers.
Pre-loved and worn in.
Soft as butter.
Fully lined.
Comfortable and classic.
Oh, and did I mention they only cost me £15?
That's a price tag I can live with!

Black leather trousers over 40 | Fake Fabulous

I'm styling them simply today with a cream wool jumper and a pair of chunky patent boots.

It has come to my attention that leather trousers could pose a problem when it comes to shoe choices.
Picking a shoe to pair with a leather trouser can be tricky.
I've gone for patent leather and I think a contrast of some kind is a good idea.
Whether that contrast comes with the colour, pattern or texture.
Mixing up colours and textures will always look great.

I considered classic white trainers, which would look fresh and modern.
Patterned boots (like my leopard pair) could work well too.
I also have a pair of lace boots that might make a nice partner for these trousers.
Velvet would make a luxurious looking outfit.
There are so many options now I've thought about it!

Please let me know what shoes you would wear with these trousers.

(The obvious classic biker boots and stiletto pumps aside.)

Black leather trousers over 40 | Fake Fabulous

LEATHER TROUSERS: Second hand from eBay
LEATHER BOOTS: Vagabond (old)
WOOL JUMPER: Boden (past season... bought on sale)
BAG: A gift
LEATHER BELT: River Island (old)



Sunday, 20 October 2019

Blue Velvet as Daywear | Autumn Outfit

Blue Velvet Blazer as Daywear | Autumn Outfit | Fake Fabulous

Velvet is such a sumptuous fabric.
I love how it bounces light up onto the wearer's face, even in those darker autumn/winter shades.
It always looks luxurious.

Okay, not always!
Those cheap and nasty 'stingy' velvets that look a bit bald (even when new) are NOT luxurious or sumptuous.
Ditch the cheap and nasty and go hunting for some vintage gems or sale-time bargains.

Velvet does lend itself perfectly to evening wear.
Especially in the colder seasons.
I LOVE how it looks and how it feels at an event.
So sensual and sexy with that air of elegance.

Velvet can also be worn during the day.
All you need to do is tone it down a little with something casual.
Our old friend denim is perfect for this!

Adding denim to any outfit instantly makes it day-time-appropriate.
Don't you just love that?

In this outfit, I'm wearing a crushed velvet blazer and my trusty Levis.
What could be easier?

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Do you want Mustard with that? Autumn Outfit

Mustard shift dress, leopard boots & Checked coat | Autumn Outfit

Mustard (and other shades of yellow) are still big news this Autumn and into the Winter season.
Geat news for me as I have this mustard dress to restyle this season.

Perfect if you picked up some mustard pieces earlier in the year.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Autumn Restyle | Culottes when it's Cold

Autumn Outfit Ideas | Culottes in Fall | Fake Fabulous

Ahh culottes.
A bit like marmite.
You may love them.
You might hate them.

Either way, they don't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.
Culottes are still a 'thing' for AW2020.

This is great news if you already have a couple of pairs in your wardrobe.
No need to pack them away.
They can be easily restyled for autumn/winter.

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Styling a Midi Skirt in Autumn | Blue Green Outfit

Blues and greens | Autumn Outfit | Midi Skirt restyle | Fake Fabulous

I'm on a shopping fast this Autumn (no new clothes for 3 months) and I'm going to be re-styling and re-wearing the pieces in my wardrobe for the whole season!

Hopefully, you might find some inspiration to restyle your clothes, shop less, style more, save money and help do your little bit for the planet.

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Need New Undies? Playtex Review + a GIVEAWAY!

Need New Undies? Make better Choices. Playtex Review and GIVEAWAY

Today I'm thrilled to offer you a look at a redesigned line of underwear from a well-known brand that we've all heard of... Playtex.

Plus a little GIVEAWAY from me to you.
(Don't you just love a freebie?!)

Playtex is a brand that has been around since 1947 and it may conjure up a more traditional image in your mind's eye.
Old-fashioned even?
Maybe something your mum or nanna used to wear?
I know my Nan loved her cross-your-heart bras and, until last month, that was my only experience with the brand.
However, after a closer look, I was very pleasantly surprised to find some really pretty styles and beautiful colours on their website.

See more HERE.

It goes to prove that we should always keep open minds when it comes to shopping.
Having a look at different brands (old or new) every now and again is always a good idea.
I  love it when a brand surprises me and makes me re-think my shopping habits!

Need New Undies? Make better Choices. Playtex Review and GIVEAWAY

On the subject of SHOPPING...
It's now the beginning of October and therefore the start of my "Not buying anything NEW" 3-month challenge.

I'm trying to reduce my part in our current climate of maniacal consumerism.
Re-working and re-styling my clothes.
Being more creative with my outfits.
Loving my clothes.
{Saving some money is also a big bonus.}

It's an exciting time ahead... and a challenge!

For me, some things can't be bought secondhand.
Underwear is a perfect example.

So there lies a BIG problem.
How can we buy more conscientiously when we need our essentials?
How can we get the underwear we want without compromising on style and fit?

I certainly still want my undies to be pretty and supportive as well as functional.

It turns out to be easier than you think.
Simply buying quality, classic styles that are well made and built to last will make a BIG impact.
Not only will you look better but you will save money in the long run.

Forget about anything that is mega-trendy and sold for a few quid that you know will go all lumpy and/or baggy after one wash.

Remember to handwash you bras ladies!

Stick to those brands you trust to deliver, like Playtex.

Maybe owning just 3 great basic sets is better than a drawer full of not-quite-cutting-it sad separates?

I always try to buy undies that work hard for me and are likely to last for as long as possible.
I want them to be worn and worn until they give up the ghost... or the support!

Need New Undies? Make better Choices. Playtex Review and GIVEAWAY

Playtex is a brand that's been around for a long LONG time which proves that they must be doing something right!
They still make my nan's favourite (the cross-your-heart bra) and I chuckle when I remember her prudish attitude when it came to her underwear.
Everything had to be white.
Undies were never discussed and she used to hide her bras and briefs on a wooden clothes horse in her bedroom when they were drying.

Nowadays we have our smalls flying freely on the washing line.
Sometimes they're even part of our outfit.
Who else has gone out in a tailored jacket and a pretty bodysuit?

We're not afraid to wear (and share) all colours, all styles... anything goes!

Times do change and Playtex is moving with them.
They have recently redesigned their line of underwear called 'Invisible Elegance' making it perform exactly as the name suggests.
An elegant line/shape/design and invisible under your clothes.

I was delighted when they got in touch to ask if I would be happy to share the range with you.

The bras are lacey and feminine without the bulk of a 'normal' lacey bra.
No lumpy boobies under your t-shirt and other smooth tops.
A perfect pretty/practical compromise.

Need New Undies? Make better Choices. Playtex Review and GIVEAWAY

Here is a quick video that shows you some of the details of manufacture... it's so interesting to get a glimpse into the process and see the moulds used for the cups.
If only my "moulds" looked that perfect!

The set I chose is black (what would my Nan say!) but it also comes in a pretty off-white colour too.
Plus, there are two different bra styles to suit your preferences.
The bra gives an amazing shape and the non-lacey lace is a brilliant idea!

The best part of the set (for me) was the briefs that cover my rear end without wandering about.
I love a fuller brief in the colder months but hate it when they ride up and leave unsightly pant lines on my bum.
These briefs stay put.
Something to do with the little ruched area I think but who really cares as long as it works!

I love it when a brand surprises me and Playtex did just that!

Are you familiar with the Playtex Brand?
Do you shop there or have you avoided it because of its 'traditional' image?
Maybe it's time for another look?

{Pssst... there is a sale on their website just now so you could bag a bargain or two!}

Need New Undies? Make better Choices. Playtex Review and GIVEAWAY


I'm giving away a Playtex Invisible Elegance bodysuit in a size 34B.

This giveaway is not in conjunction with anyone else so it's not an email address gathering exercise it's simply ME sending YOU a gift!

If you are familiar with the Playtex sizing you will know if this bodysuit will fit your body... or that of a friend.
What a fab gift it would make.

The bodysuit offers a smooth line despite its lacey appearance which is perfect for the up-and-coming party season.
In fact, it's perfect for any occasion that requires a smooth line!

All you have to do is either leave a comment below saying:
"Hello, I'm the right size and I'd love to win!"

OR if you're comment-shy then get in touch directly HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: I only have ONE bodysuit in the size 34B so please don't ask for a different size.
Of course, I won't be offering a cash alternative.... duh! 😆
Don't worry, I also won't be passing your details on to anyone.

(I'll let you know in 14 days if you're the winner.)

Need New Undies? Make better Choices. Playtex Review and GIVEAWAY

We all know that bras are notoriously difficult to dispose of in a way that doesn't just add to our global landfill problem.
If you have any bras you no longer wear, for whatever reason, you can donate them. Try the following websites or your local charities...

Need New Undies? Make better Choices. Playtex Review and GIVEAWAY

BTW... in case you hadn't noticed only the last image of "woman in underwear" is me.
The other images are courtesy of Playtex and thank goodness for that!
I'll leave looking fabulous in a bra and pants to the professional models.

Thank you for visiting and have a great day!
Samantha at Fake Fabulous


Sunday, 29 September 2019

The Ordinary No Brainer Set... What's it all about? Is it for me?

The ordinary no brainer set... is it for me? Fake Fabulous

Today I'm doing an honest review of The Ordinary's "No Brainer" set.

The ordinary is a brand I've been using for a few years now.
I first heard about it because I follow a YouTuber called Wayne Goss.
He is a makeup artist and produces honest (quirky) content.

Here is one of the first videos he did about the ordinary:


Friday, 27 September 2019

Could YOU do it? No New Clothes for 3 Months

As the 'Second-hand September' initiative is coming to a close it seemed a great time to think about what's happening in the fashion world.
What is (realistically) out there for those of us who are getting a bit sick of fashion excess and crazy consumerism.

Recently I was listening to a friend's concerns about her teenage daughter's addiction to shopping.
She's not getting into debt or buying above her means (many people are though!) BUT she does NEED a new dress/outfit for every event she attends.
She enjoys buying new clothes and buys cheap and poorly made items to wear once then toss.
Not an expensive hobby in monetary terms but the environmental impact is certainly pricey.
As is feeling the emotional 'need' for something new every time you go anywhere.


Saturday, 21 September 2019

Transitioning a Summer Slip Dress | Autumn Layered Outfit

Layering a Summer Dress | Autumn Transitional Outfit | Fake Fabulous

Here is a quick and easy way to transition almost any summer dress into those cooler months.
With the addition of some clever layers.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Am I too old for HIIT training & Les Mills Grit? Over 40 Fitness

Am I too old for HIIT | Les Mills GRIT over 40 | Fake Fabulous

So there I was...
A 40-something mother heading into my first Les Mills Grit class.

How was I feeling?

Well, If I'm being perfectly honest I was something-that-rhymes-with-grit-ing myself!

A strangely addictive mixture of terror and excitement.
What was in store for me?
Could my 45-year-old puny body handle it?
Would I make it to the end without having to cry, pass out or vomit?

A class like GRIT has a bit of a scarey reputation.
The uber-fit, beautiful (and young) people seem to love it.
Was it for me?
Am I too-old for Les Mills GRIT?

Would I make a right GRIT of myself?

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn | 7 Favourite Summer Looks

7 Favourite Scottish Summer Outfits | Over 40 style and fashion | Fake Fabulous

It feels VERY Autumnal here in Scotland.
Okay, it's not officially Autumn until the 23rd of September BUT Scotland has been given an advance on that date!
I think of it as a payday loan... it comes a little earlier, but we pay the price later.
(In thermals!)

Don't get me wrong here folks...I LOVE autumn.
It's my favourite season.

I love its changeability.
Its unpredictability.
Its riot of delicious colour.
The wild wind, the cold mornings... even the rain.
Rain and sunshine at the same moment means a beautiful rainbow!

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Green Sleeves and a Leather skirt | Autumn Outfit

Green Blouse and a Leather Skirt | Autumn Style | Fake Fabulous

Today I'm styling a classic vintage leather skirt with an interesting blouse.
What I love about this particular blouse are the neat little collar and the puffy sleeve.
I also appreciate the fact that this sleeve is practical and wearable.
There is no drooping in the washing up or trailing through my dinner.

{It's a full sleeve with a 'proper' cuff that can be rolled up or pushed up... something I love to do.}

More structural sleeves than this are more fun to wear, but not if you can't live your life in them!

Green Blouse and a Leather Skirt | Autumn Style | Fake Fabulous

I also LOVE this shade of green.
That perfect golden undertone.
Very autumny.

I know I've talked about the problem with green before (read that post HERE) but that doesn't stop me loving it.
(Even more so in autumn)

Another autumn must-have (for me) is a little leopard print.
Just a touch today.

These boots are always perfect!

Green Blouse and a Leather Skirt | Autumn Style | Fake Fabulous

Adding a black bag finished things off nicely.

I'm holding this bag like a clutch here but I actually wore it across my body with its long chain.
I'm only holding it here because I took off my coat.
Bags over soft fabrics always makes for a crumpled mess and I don't need any help with that.
I'm pretty good at ending up a crumpled mess all by myself!

Green Blouse and a Leather Skirt | Autumn Style | Fake Fabulous


This outfit is easy to create using items you already own and love.
Everyone has a shirt lurking in their wardrobe.
Try rolling the sleeves and tucking it in.
You could even unbutton it low and pull the shirt off your shoulders for a unique look.

Swapping out this leather skirt for leather trousers or culottes would be perfect too.

Any leather (or leather-look) items would look amazing.
If you have the pins why not try leather shorts?

SKIRT: Vintage (similar)
SHIRT: Mango (old)
BOOTS: older than an old thing.
BAG: A gift


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