Believe you are!

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Man Repelling Outfit | All-Green Summer Outfit

All green man-repelling summer outfit | Fake Fabulous

Today's outfit is a real man-repeller!
I'm mixing a whole host of dubious designs together and it's certainly not to everyone's taste.

Some will find this outfit fun. can I put this?...
Ugly even?

Boring Disclaimer: 
Obviously, this post is supposed to be a bit of fun and not meant to be taken seriously.
I'm not saying ALL men hate the colour green, or chunky platform shoes, or baggy ruffles etc. etc. etc.
Bottom line is: If you're easily offended you'd better read something else.

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Summer OOTD | Shorts over 40 | Ugly Knees

Blue blazer, white slogan tee and beige shorts | Over 40 OOTD

Knees are ugly.
There, I've said it!

I know, I know.... we're all meant to be on the body positivity train...

Even the loveliest of legs and the prettiest of knees are still, well.... knees!

And that's just the young and beautiful people!

Then we hit forty and...

Oh Lordy Lord... what just happened?


Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Last minute outfit | Summer Style

Long Khaki Culottes |Summer Outfit | Fake Fabulous

This outfit was a last-second-throw-on look for an impromptu afternoon/evening out.
I was going out for a mixture of (minimal) shopping AND lots of nonsense.
(One or two dirty martinis may have been involved.)

Needless to say, I had a great time!

This outfit was a last-minute throw on and, much like my emergency I've-slept-in outfit, needed minimal thought!

{Read more about an emergency outfit HERE}

All I did was grab a selection of pieces that I love and have never let me down.


Sunday, 7 July 2019

Forget the Zara spotty IT dress! | Unique style |1980's Vibes

Forget the IT dress | 80s style | Summer Outfit | Fake Fabulous

What a fun look this is!
A nod to the '80s but easy to wear and super-comfortable.
Perfect for a casual evening out.

This Jacket was originally a dress that I found in a charity shop.
A sad looking dress with a broken full-length zip and a saggy bum.
Out came the scissors and 'Voila!' a  unique denim jacket with oodles of personality.

Wearing unique clothing is very important to me.
The thought of having the same look as everyone else fills me with dread.

Take the latest IT dresses... like that spotty one from Zara.
If you live in the UK you probably know which dress I'm talking about.
You might even have it hanging in your wardrobe!

This spotty dress...

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Vintage 1950s dress | Summer Outfit

Vintage 1950s Summer Dress Outfit | Fake Fabulous

This dress is definitely a little bit cutesy and twee.
Oh-so-twee and oh-so-sweet.
Oh, how I LOVE IT!

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Boyfriend Jeans & Light Mac | Cool Summer Outfit

Pale blue boyfriend jeans and a lightweight trench | Fake Fabulous

After 4 years of blogging, we're finally going on location!
We went on a reccy (reconnaissance mission) to a local beauty/tourist spot to find out if it could be a practical venue for us to take some outfit shots in the future.

I thought I'd share the outfit I wore, not because it's particularly 'wow' but it is a great comfortable and casual look.

{Although thong sandals are NOT great on hilly cobbled streets.
My feet were slipping around and it wasn't pretty...ouch!}

This outfit may not be the prettiest, granted, but it was practical for this cool summer day in Scotland!

Monday, 24 June 2019

Pale Grey Jumpsuit & Tan | Summer Work Outfit

Pale grey jumpsuit, tan necklace and sandals | Fake Fabulous | Summer outfit

I love mixing warm and cool tones together.
They make both feel more wearable and modern.

Today I'm wearing a pale grey jumpsuit with tan shoes and a chunky necklace.
A tan bag would feel a little too matchy-matchy for my liking.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Vintage Dotty Dress and a Summer Trilby

Trilby Hat | Vintage Summer Polka Dots | Summer Outfit | Fake Fabulous

Do you wear hats in summer?
I'm wearing one of my favourites today.
A compact summer trilby.

This particular one is a gent's hat.
I need to buy my hats from the men's department because ladies hats are always too small.
They perch on top of my head in a comedic style.

It can be annoying, especially when the gent's hats are mostly sombre and the ladies versions have much more colour!

Having said that, gent's hats are often better quality.

Why is that?
I'm not sure.
I think it's often true with gent's clothes too.
Maybe the men in our lives don't accept poor quality and therefore it doesn't sell?

I'd love to know your thoughts on that!

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Red Lips and Dark Lipstick | Makeup fun over 40!

Dark lipstick and red lippy over 40 | Fake Fabulous

Today I'm doing something a little different!
A couple of cheeky time-lapse videos of me applying dark lipstick and a bright red lippy too.
Both colours are quite tricky to wear with a 45-year-old asymmetric face!

However, as I was saying to a friend the other day, if we don't start experimenting with brighter and bolder lipsticks NOW when are we going to get round to it?

When we are pushing up the daisies??
The time is now people.
Seize the day.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Yellow, Peach and White | Sustainable Fashion

Layered Summer Outfit | Peach, White & Yellow | Fake Fabulous

We don't always get the weather we want, do we?
It may be summer but it's COLD!

The Scottish summer is predictably unpredictable.

Today I'm layering up but keeping things soft and summery.

I'm also keeping my whole look as ethical as possible.
I'm wearing the most sustainable fashion ever.
And you can too...

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Goodbye Spring, Hello Summer! 7 Favourite SPRING outfits

7 favourite spring outfits | Fake Fabulous
It's time to say goodbye to spring and hello to the Scottish summer.
Cheerio to thermal baselayers.
Hello to bare ankles and maybe even a spot of suncream!

Here is a round-up of my favourite spring outfits.
Which is your favourite?

1. Vintage spots and OTK boots.

7 favourite spring outfits | Fake Fabulous

This look is my favourite!
I love this (maybe) vintage dress, the boots and the layers.
Pop over to the original post... Vintage dress outfit... and find out the story behind it.

2. Tartan and Denim.

7 favourite spring outfits | Fake Fabulous

This multicoloured Tartan dress was a gift from a friend.
Isn't it great when a dress fits perfectly?

Not just on your body but into your life!

This dress seems to go with anything and fit in anywhere.
Don't you just love that?

3. Hero Cardigan.

7 favourite spring outfits | Fake Fabulous

This outfit is all about My ugly cardigan.
One of my favourite pieces of clothing, and it only cost me £1!
It's certainly a marmite item (love it or hate it, no middle ground).
I love it but it's hardly 'fashionable'.
Or is it?

Imagine how delighted I was to find a recent article in Vogue all about the ugly, chunky 'HERO' cardigan making a comeback.
The uglier the better!

4. Matchy Matchy...

7 favourite spring outfits | Fake Fabulous

I love this casual matched up look.
So simple and comfortable.
The post is all about matching accessories without looking twee.
Read 4 ways to match your accessories HERE.

5. Cold spring pastels.

7 favourite spring outfits | Fake Fabulous

I wore this Pastel Outfit when I wanted to lighten things up a little but it was far too cold to take off the layers.
I'm layered up to the max here, nice and cosy.

6. Bold Red Trousers.

7 favourite spring outfits | Fake Fabulous

I love this Red trouser outfit.
Red trousers are so easy to mix and match with different pieces to create completely different looks.
A classic in any wardrobe!

7. Purple and Pink statement knit.

7 favourite spring outfits | Fake Fabulous

It's another statement knit.
(There seems to be a theme here!)
Bold and brash.
This time my statement knit is a jumper that is perfect for lazy day outfits.
A jumper that does all of the work for you... what's not to love?!


Sunday, 9 June 2019

I'll be the Judge of that! | #fakeituntilyoumakeit LINK UP

How many times have you heard the phrase:

"You shouldn't Judge!"

Or listened to some self-righteous person telling you:

"I never judge people, it's just wrong!"

They're kidding themselves on.

The fact that they feel the need to boast about their lack of judgemental behaviour means they're judging you, and your intelligence!

Making judgements is a normal part of life.
Human nature.
An essential tool for survival.

We judge situations.
We constantly risk assess.
We judge people that we meet.
Are they trustworthy?

Think about the importance of first impressions.

Not judging (or making the wrong judgement) can be a dangerous business.
Sometimes serious.

It's important to make our normal-human-nature judgements then be sufficiently open-minded to be flexible.

Flexible judgements are the only way!

A first impression might leave you thinking someone is horribly rude but you may later discover that person has autism and their perceived rudeness was just them being literal.

You might think someone else is arrogant only to find out they were nervous and full of self-doubt.

You might make a judgement about someone's appearance:

"Look at that fat person, they must be so lazy!" 
"Get off your bum, put down that pizza and go for a walk!"


"Look at that skinny person, I bet they never eat!" 
"Step off that treadmill and go and eat a pie for goodness sake!"

Judging happens, but it can be unfair.
Those people will have a story.
A whole host of background issues.
Inflexible judging is as dangerous as not judging at all.

Let me tell you a funny(ish) story...

I was at the gym the other day (surprise!) standing outside a class talking to an instructor, my good friend and two other regulars.
The instructor was looking for suggestions so we were all discussing tracks we loved and disliked.

The topic of lunges came up.
{Cue a collective groan!}
Then I pipe up:

"Oh, I LOVE lunges!"

My friend laughs:

"You're just weird!"

The other women laughed too.
Then one of the women says to me... with her lip slightly curled and her tone serious:

"Of course, it's alright for you...your legs are too skinny." 
"Lunging is easy when you're so skinny!"

{"Too skinny"?!
Ouch... that took me back to hurtful comments like "knotty cottons" and "Chicken legs" from my childhood.}

I laughed.
Not because it was funny.
But because I'm used to these kinds of comments and can't be bothered getting defensive about them.
What's the point?

Even though comments like these are not okay.
I still accept them.

I'm sure she didn't mean to be so venomous.
I bet she was even joking (a little).
Maybe she thought it was some kind of compliment to be called skinny?

I realise that her comment is not really anything to do with me.
It's more about her and her relationship with her own body.

But these comments DO still hurt.

The most surprising part of it all was that my friend was very offended on my behalf and got VERY angry.
She rightly pointed out that the woman had no right to judge me.

I might have a background story.
What if I had a medical condition or was recovering from an eating disorder.
Or have other phycological issues that nasty comments about my physicality might push me into an unhealthy place.

{I HAVE been in an unhealthy place and it's not pretty... it's also a waste of time.}

What if you'd said to her:

"No wonder you hate lunges, your legs are too fat!" 
"You weigh too much!"

Everyone would have been up in arms!
You'd have been thrown out of the gym, barred.
Put in the stocks and pelted with rotten eggs
BUT it's okay to call you skinny?!
I'm so annoyed!

I must tell you that I felt very grateful for her protective anger.
What a fab friend.

And she's spot on!
I shouldn't have to accept comments like that.
No one should.

Why do some women think it's okay to tear each other down?

Are you a flexible judger?
Have you been on the receiving end of body shaming comments?
Or, have you ever skinny-shamed someone without realising it could hurt them?
I'd love to know!

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Saturday, 8 June 2019

A Dress You'll Wear to Death | Leopard & Zebra

Leopard midi dress, zebra belt and tan sandals | Fake Fabulous

This wrap dress has been worn SO many times I was convinced you'd be sick of the sight of it here at Fake Fabulous.

When I was wearing it again today (yawn) and decided to take photographs I thought Id better check to see how many times it had been on the blog.

I didn't want to bore you to death with outfits on repeat.

Imagine my surprise to see that it had only been featured once in this winter outfit.

Blimey.... it feels like I've not had it off my back.

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

How to wear White Bermuda Shorts | Real life Outfits

White Bermuda shorts outfit, over 40 | Fake Fabulous

I have bought a pair of smart white Bermuda shorts.

I can't believe I just said that!
What have I done?

Even the sentence makes me shudder a little.πŸ˜‰
Contained within that first statement are combinations of words that fill me with fear...
  • Smart shorts
  • Bermuda shorts
  • White shorts
Is there such a thing as truly smart pair of shorts?
Should shorts EVER be white... I mean E.V.E.R?
Are Bermuda shorts THE most unflattering garment in the history of unflattering garments?!

(They're a contender for sure! Along with bias-cut slip dresses.)

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Sunday Introspective | #fakeituntilyoumakeit LINK UP!

Last week the #fakeituntilyoumakeit link up returned to the sound of rapturous applause...
The internet went into meltdown.
People took to the streets!

Okay, you've got me.
The rapturous applause was me having a mini-celebration that I'd managed to sort it all out and go live before I was due to go out.
The internet meltdown was the broadband on a go-slow.
The 'people' taking to the streets was my husband and I heading outside for a cheeky cold beer and some salt and vinegar crisps.

{I might have slightly over-egged that pudding πŸ˜€}

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!}

Saturday, 25 May 2019

The #fakeituntilyoumakeit LINK UP is BACK!

The Fake it Until you Make it LINK UP is back in business.
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.

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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}

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'.

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.
Effortless shouldn't mean drab and boring.
An effortless outfit can also be bold and impactful.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Green Jumpsuit and a Trilby | Spring outfit

Summer Trilby and Green Jumpsuit | Fake Fabulous

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!

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 25ΒΊc.
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...


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


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


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


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


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.

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...


Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Trends to Try | Super 'Hero' Cardigans | Spring Outfit

Culottes, white trainers, neon and a statement knit | Fake Fabulous

I started flicking through a glossy magazine today...

The imagery was beautiful but the outfits were eye-wateringly expensive and sometimes simply UGLY (and not in a good way).
Then I turned the page...

Suddenly I felt a warm and fuzzy fashion-loving feeling.
A trend I could embrace wholeheartedly.

The SUPER cardigan.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Blue Midi Skirt and Pink Basket Bag | Easy Spring Outfit

Blue midi-skirt, Turquoise jumper and Pink Basket Bag | Fake Fabulous

I love the colour blue in all its guises!
It's such a pretty and positive colour.
Calm and tranquil.
Cool and soothing.
The perfect colour for our busy modern lives.

I especially love the fact that there is a shade of blue to suit everyone and it seems to be universally adored by men and women alike!
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