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Thursday, 28 December 2017

Why it's SO Important to Stay Young & How to Do it!

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We all know the famous George Bernard Shaw quote...

"Youth is wasted on the young."

It's a great phrase that always makes me laugh.

{If only we knew back then what we know now!}

As much as I'm more than happy to get older (I never thought I'd make it to 30 let alone 43!) some people get so annoyed and envious of young people.
I don't understand it.
Complaining about the youth of today and their pretty faces, perfect figures, glowing skin and boundless energy.

{Bitter and twisted much?? 😝}

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Youth is certainly a gift that many young people don't really appreciate until they become older, and boring things like responsibilities take over.

By the time you are in your 40's (and beyond) life is no longer the happy-go-lucky, seat-of-your-pants stuff of our youth.

Life should (and needs to be) taken more seriously.
Not always.

Of course, with age comes responsibility (and some seriousness) but that just makes us appreciate the fun and silliness all the more, doesn't it?

Yes, age brings wrinkles and saggy bits BUT, it also brings us the confidence not to give a toss about them!

Age certainly brings its fair share of sadness, ailments and tragedy BUT it makes us grab on to moments of joy with both hands.

Being older doesn't mean you have to be old though, does it?
You can have big scores on the doors and still be young at heart!

I MUST say at this point that staying young is NOT the same as looking young.
In fact, I'm not at all interested in looking young.
I don't give a toss whether people think I look younger or older than my age.
It's irrelevant and doesn't really affect how I feel about me anyway.

Blogger's favourite H&M Embroidered Jumper & Topshop Orson Jeans | Fake Fabulous

4 Ways to Stay Young Forever!

1. Be grateful.

Having gratitude for what you do have is far better for you than wishing for things you don't.

2. Don't compare.

Don't compare yourself to anyone.
Your life.
Your face.
Your figure.
Your family.
Your job.
Your bank account.

You are YOU.
Unique and brilliant.

{And don't forget, "Perfect" people tend to be full of it anyway!}

3. Keep up!

It's SO important to keep up with the times.
Whether that's watching the latest movies, listening to new music, reading the latest books.
Keep up with current affairs.
Keep up with new technology.
Keep up with the latest fashion!

Keeping up with the times keeps you young.

4. Never stop being you.

Never ever stop doing what you love.
Never stop loving what you do.

You're never too old for anything.
If it makes you feel good, do it!
Who cares if your the oldest person doing it?

Blogger's favourite H&M Embroidered Jumper & Topshop Orson Jeans | Fake Fabulous

Today's outfit is a perfect example of me being me, and not thinking of myself as over 40... or a mum of 4... or too old to do anything!

I'm wearing clothes from Topshop and H&M... notoriously 'young' shops.
But guess what?
I AM young 😃.

I'm still the same girl I was at 18.
Just a little longer in the tooth... not to mention wiser & more confident.
Being older has its benefits!

So, in the spirit of being young, I'm wearing my bold green fluffy jumper!
I love this cosy knit.
It's a very 'young' shape with oversized sleeves and a slightly cropped boxy shape.

I've teamed it with a pair of jeans in a trendy cut... tapered, slim-legged and cropped!

Lurex socks and chunky leopard patterned Chelsea boots finish this outfit off nicely!

Blogger's favourite H&M Embroidered Jumper & Topshop Orson Jeans | Fake Fabulous

JEANS: Topshop
JUMPER: H&M (sold out but you can get it HERE)
BAG: M&S... this one is cute!
SCARF: c/o Italy in Cashmere
BOOTS: c/o Lotus
SOCKS: I can't remember... these are gorgeous!

Are you young at heart?
Or, do you worry about being too old for certain things?

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments.
I'd love to hear your opinion on this subject!

I hope you had a lovely Christmas break, whatever you were up to!




  1. Everyone wants to stay younger forever. I think the secrets of staying young are hidden in this post.

  2. Love this post! Perfectly stated, Samantha! Thanks for sharing! Happy New Year!!!!

  3. I'm too old (or too wise?) for thong underwear, butt cheek revealing cut-offs, and stilettos. Everything else is fair game!
    Green is a fresh color and you look vibrant and fun in this outfit. The socks and shoes are funkily fun and look comfy too.
    You are delightfully articulate, frank and wise Samantha. It feels good, happy and hopeful to read your words. May we all grow young as we grow old.

    1. Thank you Judy.
      You're always so kind!
      I still love stilettos... although walking in them is no longer fun.
      As for butt cheek shorts.... hmmmm.... maybe on a beach somewhere?? :oP
      Happy New Year to you.

  4. I always say when people ask what my age is: I am 38........for 13 Years now!😂😂😂😂😂
    Enjoy life is in my eyes the best thing to do to stay Young, at heart!

    1. Young at heart....YES!
      I'm still 18 inside and happy to be 43.
      Each day is a new gift.
      Happy New Year to you Nancy!!!

  5. One more thing is keep yourself fit and strong and SUPPLE: if you MOVE like an old person, that ages you, whereas I know an 80-year-old who exercises every day of her life (and wears fashionable clothes and a youthful haircut etc) and she moves like a 18-year-old ballet dancer. It is very striking that the way she moves takes decades off how old she appears to be. And yes, definitely keep up with all the latest everything including technology. Vital! And keep your sense of FUN! Old people can look so drearily sad and serious. If you feel sadder and less alive and happy than you did in your youth, consider seeing a psychiatrist with a view to taking a low dose of an SSRI or something. Don't suffer! There's nothing virtuous about suffering. When I get old I shall be taking all sorta of medications to make me feel good if I don't! I'm not going to be like my parents going around looking oh-so-serious and world-weary and choosing to suffer rather than take an anti-depressant or pain killers or whatever.


    1. What a fantastic comment Wendy!
      Thank you so much.
      I agree about keeping fit and moving/stretching.
      I also believe that if you are physically active you are more likely to feel mentally balanced and happier.
      It's a roundabout that we have to jump on to keep ageing in a positive way.
      Being miserable is not an option for me... there is enough misery in the world.
      Thank you for taking the time to write this fab comment!!!
      Happy New Year to You.

    2. And to you too! Obviously I read your blog precisely because you have that youthful sense of playfulness I love.


  6. Sam, I am screaming YES to all of of this! Your tips for staying young and your amazing outfit! I agree with all of what you say and I want to wear all of what you are wearing...right here in my 43rd year as well! I never thought I would see 30 either and here I am looking forward to all the amazing things that I will be grateful for at 50. Thank you so much for another brilliant post and important message! I plan to stay young while being fabulously golden as well!

    Happy New Year!


    1. "Fabulously Golden" I love that Shelbee!
      Thank you for your lovely comment and may you have a very Happy 2018!!

    2. Sam, thanks so much for also joining my link up! I wish you a lovely weekend, my friend!


  7. Samantha, I am striving to be as positively youthful as you now and FOREVER. I especially love that you place being grateful in the number 1 spot. I do take it as a compliment when people say I look younger than my age though! (I'm 31 going on 32 but hoping this thing will continue happening.)

    By the way, I would absolutely wear this outfit head-to-toe - love a good sweater and jeans combo! If only I live somewhere a bit less hot right now...

    1. Ahhhh 31... you ARE young Liyana!!
      Enjoy it.
      Thank you so much for your kind words and positive vibes!

  8. I love the idea of this post, Samantha!!!
    There's a saying that it reminds me of---we laugh way more often when we are younger. Is that because we don't find things as funny anymore?? But we should--act and be young at heart!!
    Happy 2018

    1. Hahahaha... I try to be silly as much as I can Jodie!
      A miserable face adds years to us, doesn't it?
      Too many people are too serious too often.
      Life is tough as hell and there's no point in making it tougher by moaning and groaning.
      Keep laughing and smiling.... and using loads of exclamation marks :o) !!!!!!

  9. First time here and I love your attitude & style. "Never stop being YOU". . .so true. At 66 I still wear what I want and shop at H&M too. I will be back to read more. . .

    1. Thank you SO much for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.
      I hope to see you again!

  10. Don't compare and be yourself are, I believe the most important. #brillblogposts

    1. I'm glad you agree Edna.
      Comparing never leads to anything positive or good.
      We should be happy to be our (imperfect) selves.
      Thank you so much for leaving your comment!

  11. I agree! I just don't say 'I am too old to do this...." love the being grateful and appreciative.. I think we have to be happy with ourselves, and why compare? so true Sam. Love the message. That sweater is such a great color, and looks so cozy! Love the boots too .funky and fun!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

  12. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

  13. Hi Samantha, my first comment on your blog. Enjoying a read!

    Couldn't agree more. We must never compare ourselves to other negatively; there will always be someone better/slimmer/taller etc than us. It may be okay to compare ourselves if we're working on improving a skill, but only as a benchmark on where you can be if you work hard.

    I met up with an old schoolfriend many moons ago and on the way I thought I'd feel awful because she owned a house and was a barrister while I had a council flat and was an artist earning bits here and there. But I came away feeling much lighter because she was going through so much angst. Not saying everyone in her position are, but I felt somewhat relieved that my life was actually more straightforward.

    Good to "meet" another Scottish blogger :)

    1. Thank you so much Emerald!
      And welcome to my blog...I'm so happy you took the time to comment.
      Your story just proves that we should never judge a book by it's cover.
      Everyone's life has ups/downs/problems and anyone who pretends otherwise is kidding themselves on.
      I say we should embrace our imperfections and be grateful for all of the good things in our lives!!
      Thank you for leaving this fab comment.
      p.s I had a look at some of your work you are so talented... having an artistic gift is worth 10 law degrees (IMO)!!

  14. This post is so timely. I'll be 54 this year and it was starting to have me "in my feelings" as they say. But this post inspires me to live my life at 54 as best I can. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Beautiful post Samantha & all the more poignant after the tragic sudden death of the incredibly talented Dolores Riorden yesterday. xx


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