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Tuesday, 28 May 2019

The Problem with a Slip Dress in real life.

Styling a slip dress over 40 | Fake Fabulous | Real life outfit!

Slip dresses are a BIG trend for SS19.
Undeniably cool, effortless and beautiful.

Slip dresses are a gorgeous 90s throwback... sexy retro chic!
Slip dresses are romantic and deliciously feminine.
Slip dresses CAN look stunning.

Unfortunately, on many women, slip dresses can also look like a sack of spuds!

{Translation: A large bag of potatoes... aka, not a look we're hoping for!}
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Saturday, 25 May 2019

The #fakeituntilyoumakeit LINK UP is BACK!


The Fake it Until you Make it LINK UP is back in business.
Welcome!
It's been a while.

Check out the last link up party HERE.

You can read all about why I STOPPED hosting a weekly link up HERE.

I still stand by my thoughts in that post.
In fact, when I read it over I had a wobble and thought...

"Is this really the right thing to do?"

If I'm honest the main reason I'm starting the link up again is that I'm (selfishly) hoping to discover some new blogs and make more connections.
I'm also looking forward to getting reacquainted with some old favourites.

If you're keen to share your work with other like-minded people then let's get connected.
I'm looking forward to checking out your posts.

Anyway, without further ado...
Let's get linking!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter
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Thursday, 23 May 2019

Summer Shoe Basics | Josef Seibel Moccasins

Josef Seibel Elina White Moccasin Loafers | Blue Spring Outfit | Fake Fabulous

I'm an unashamed shoe lover, and collector.
Some people collect teapots (random pick there!).
I collect shoes.
It may seem shallow but I'm not sorry.
A good shoe can make your feet very happy.
A bad shoe can ruin your day.

{Find out if loving shoes makes me shallow HERE}
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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Lilac, White and Soft Khaki | Basics | Spring Outfit

Lilac, white and soft khaki | Alternative Basics | Fake Fabulous

Do you have any tops in your wardrobe that you don't wear enough because they only really work with one specific colour?

Maybe you're tired of wearing a certain top with blue jeans, black trousers or white shorts?
You might be looking for a different way to wear your top without looking too colour-crazy or deliberately 'clashy'.
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Sunday, 19 May 2019

Casual and Bold | Spring Outfit Ideas | Red Trousers

Red Trousers, Chambray Shirt | Spring Outfit | Fake Fabulous

My favourite outfits usually involve minimal thought and next-to-no effort.

When I say effortless I really mean it.
BUT...
Effortless shouldn't mean drab and boring.
An effortless outfit can also be bold and impactful.
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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Green Jumpsuit and a Trilby | Spring outfit

Summer Trilby and Green Jumpsuit | Fake Fabulous

Hurray!
It's warm in Scotland.
The sun is shining.
The mercury has risen enough for vest tops to be comfortable and white wine spritzers to taste GOOD.
My thermals are still in the drawer.
My legs are bare.

It feels fabulous!
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Thursday, 9 May 2019

Finding the PERFECT Leather Jacket | HidePark

Finding the Perfect Leather Jacket | Fake Fabulous

This post is all about a quest to find that perfect spring/summer (and autumn!) leather jacket.

I know that for some of you summer means HOT weather.
The only fabrics that probably spring into your mind are:

  • Linen.
  • Cotton.
  • Anything light and breezy!

The thought of a leather jacket might bring you out in a (literal) hot sweat and I understand.

(I also envy you a little TBH.)

However, anyone who lives in the UK will know that Scotland never really gets HOT.

Of course, we do get the odd scorcher now and again.
It does occasionally warm up.

The odd day might be over 25Âșc.
We have even been known to get a run of warm days.
We once had a HOT week!

BUT, for the most part, summer is changeable.
It can be cold and rainy at the drop of a hat.
Our lightweight jackets are never too far away.

Leather jackets can be worn all year round and this year I'm on a mission to find another great leather jacket to add to my collection.

I wear a leather jacket at least once a week.
They work beautifully day and night over both smart and casual outfits, including evening wear.
Popping on a leather jacket adds an edge to any look.

Today I'm trying some new styles (and colours) and will hopefully find a new favourite.
I hope some of these jackets might help you to find the perfect jacket that fits into your own wardrobe too.

Finding the Perfect Leather Jacket | Fake Fabulous

Leather jackets are a great investment.
A great leather jacket is a classic piece, that never dates, and lasts for years.

The brand I want to share with you today is called Hidepark.
I've had one of their pieces for a few years now and I always get compliments on it.
You can see me wearing it HERE.

{This is a paid collaboration but I must tell you that I would NOT be recommending them if I didn't believe that you'd be delighted with anything you bought!}

They sell the most beautiful quality coats and jackets that are made to last.
I'm always blown away by the price tags too.
They just don't seem to match the quality of the jackets compared to what I've seen elsewhere.

{Nothing here costs more than £175 which is amazing really isn't?}

Looking at the prices of the HidePark jackets I wonder what kind of HUGE mark-ups some of the big high street shops burden us with?!
I refuse to pay more than I have to for anything and object to being ripped off.

Let's take a look at a few affordable options...

1. CLASSIC BIKER BLACK

Finding the Perfect Leather Jacket | Fake Fabulous

Who doesn't love a classic biker?
This one has a tough look and is butter soft to boot!

This classic black jacket won the majority vote in my house.
I got a thumbs up from my husband...

"Ooooo, that looks really nice. Very Edgy and Sexy looking... Hmmm"

Praise indeed!

The jacket also got a bigger thumbs up from one of my girls.
A teen's approval is hard to get!

(I think she might secretly have her eye on it though.)

I was my favourite style too BUT much as I love the tough black vibes, it doesn't love me back.

I just don't suit black.... meh!

Whenever I wear black I need more makeup than normal to look half-alive... and that's never good, is it?

The high contrast between the black leather and the silver hardware looks SO cool and would look great on anyone with higher contrast in their colouring.

Finding the Perfect Leather Jacket | Fake Fabulous

Finding the Perfect Leather Jacket | Fake Fabulous


2. FEMININE and FLATTERING PINK

Finding the Perfect Leather Jacket | Fake Fabulous

This pink jacket is bloomin' gorgeous and would work with LOADS of different outfits.
I love the uneven, aged effect of the leather and the simple cut.
It's a cracker!

However, I already own a nude jacket and I'm not doubling up on styles.
The whole point in my new jacket is to fill a hole in my jacket wardrobe.

This style comes in loads of different colours if you're not a fan of pink.

Finding the Perfect Leather Jacket | Fake Fabulous

Finding the Perfect Leather Jacket | Fake Fabulous

3. FIREY RED 

Finding the Perfect Leather Jacket | Fake Fabulous

I LOVE this jacket too.

Blimey, it's SO hard to choose just one!
However, I felt it was a little big on my frame.
The red is so versatile and would work throughout the year.
I love the simple design and feminine feel.
It's a gorgeous jacket that came a close second in the family vote.
No wonder.

My youngest put it perfectly...

"Brown and black jackets are everywhere, in every shop. They're boring. You never see a jacket like that one, do you? It's cool!"

Cool indeed.
Plus, it comes in a few other great colours.

Finding the Perfect Leather Jacket | Fake Fabulous

Finding the Perfect Leather Jacket | Fake Fabulous

4. DENIM JACKET STYLE

Finding the Perfect Leather Jacket | Fake Fabulous

This jacket is so different and interesting!
Copying the design of a classic denim jacket.
How clever!
I love the cut.
The leather is so soft and lovely.

I can imagine this jacket looking amazing with so many different pieces.
It could be thrown on over as many outfits as a denim style could be worn.
So that means it would work with almost everything!
A classic with a twist.

(Alas, a little roomy for me... sigh...)

Finding the Perfect Leather Jacket | Fake Fabulous

5. TRUE BLUE baby, I Love you!

Finding the Perfect Leather Jacket | Fake Fabulous

This last jacket is my favourite.
Not only do I love the soft (but also rich) blue colour slightly BUT the leather is a delight.
The fit is great and the feel is even better!

This one is cut a little neater and fits my body more comfortably.
There is still room for my ever-present layers but it's neat enough to go over a plain t-shirt, as I've done here.

I love everything about this jacket and know I'll be wearing it forever.

As my Nan used to say...

"This will see me out."

Thanks Nan!

Finding the Perfect Leather Jacket | Fake Fabulous

Finding the Perfect Leather Jacket | Fake Fabulous

I'd LOVE to know which of these jackets you would choose for yourself?
Or, what other styles and colours you would pick?

Do you prefer classic colours and shapes?
Or, do you like to be a little bit different...Red? Bright blue? Cream? Embroidered details?

BLACK JACKET: Wendy (available in BURGUNDY too!)
PINK JACKET: Trudy (also comes in LIGHT BLUE, NAVY, GREEN and BLACK)
RED JACKET: Cayla (also available in BLACK, GREY, TAN, BURGUNDY and GREEN)
NAVY DENIM-STYLE: Tilly (also in black)
BLUE JACKET: Elsie (also available in BLACK and TAN)

I thought I'd leave you with my favourite scruffy photobomber in action!

Finding the Perfect Leather Jacket | Fake Fabulous

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Monday, 6 May 2019

Minimal Effort Outfit | Statement Knits

BOLD statement knit | White jeans | Silver backless mules | Fake Fabulous


"Stand aside Sam, I've got this!"

That's my jumper doing the talking today.
It's SO bossy!

This bright and bold vintage knit is the star of an otherwise plain show.

Don't you just love a bold piece that starts and finishes an outfit?

No need for jewellery.
Just a simple pair of white jeans, silver backless loafers and a pink bag.
Done.
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Saturday, 4 May 2019

Wearable Spring Trends | Animal Print Co-Ord | Work Outfit

Animal co-ord, Zebra and blue Spring Work Outfit | Fake Fabulous

Today I'm taking a few Spring Trends and making them my own.

I'm trying to buy less and re-work existing pieces to create 'new' outfits.
I believe that we all need to do our bit by re-wearing and re-working existing items in our wardrobes to create outfits that make us feel good.

I still love to shop and won't be giving up on fashion anytime soon!
BUT, I am trying to shop less and only buy pieces that are missing from my wardrobe or replace those that are worn out.
No more aimless wandering and browsing.

I only ever shop with a PLAN now and it feels great.

Today's outfit involved ZERO shopping.
No cash was splashed.
It feels pretty good!

If you're interested in spending less, but having more fun doing it, check out these posts...

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