Slower Fashion & Honest Beauty

Saturday, 25 July 2020

Jeans and Sequins • Daytime Sparkle

Jeans and Sequins • Daytime Sparkle • Fake Fabulous

Today I'm in the mood for a little daytime sparkle.
Sparkles?
Yes!
BUT....
I don't want to be lit up like a Christmas tree.

I want a look that feels casual enough for everyday wear.
AND...
Special enough to be..... 
Erm, special? 
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Monday, 20 July 2020

Honest Beauty Review • ARK Advanced Action Plumping Lip Cream

Honest Beauty Review • ARK Advanced Action Plumping Lip Cream

I'm really liking the British beauty brand, ARK Skincare.
I have a few of their products now and they perform well on my 46 year old fizzogg!
See more about my thoughts on some other products HERE.

{Oh, by the way, Fizzogg = Face}

My skin can be reactive and I'm always happy to find something that doesn't make my face turn into a purple radiator.
Clinique, Clarins and Neal's yard are big offenders for me.
My skin says...

"NO!!"
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Thursday, 16 July 2020

Simple Summer Style • Grey Tank & Green Paper Bag Joggers

Grey tank, green joggers, black mules • Fake Fabulous

90s style tank tops are back and, despite wearing them the first time around, I'm straight back on the bare shoulder trend with gusto!
I just love the shape and the look.

The cold shoulder styles from a couple of years ago left me a little ...erm...how can I put it? ... COLD? 

{Especially those bizarre incarnations of random items with holes cut in the tops of the arms, like jumpers? Erm... what?}

Cut away shoulders, on the other hand, feel much cooler... more chic, and they make me very happy!

I love the look of these little tops, especially with baggy jeans, full skirts or denim shorts.
The high-cut style appeals to me.

I know this look is not for everyone.
Big boobs become scary in high necked tops and many people don't like the tops of their arms.
I never used to like mine.

However, I'm now happy to show my arms as I work pretty hard to keep them from dangling down like curtains TOO much. 😂

{Yes, I know that my 46 year old arms don't look as good as a 26 year old's BUT I'm happy enough, and that's all that matters!}

Grey tank, green joggers, black mules • Fake Fabulous

Today, I'm wearing a simple grey vest top with a pair of green joggers and black mules.
For me, it's a classic (but modern) casual look.
Not to mention EASY peasy to put together.

So easy that it feels like PJs.
I'm all about COMFORT these days.

If you're wondering about the bra situation here, I simply pulled the straps together at the top back with one of those bra-clips. 
I don't usually wear underwired bras so my underwear is soft enough to move easily.
I'm not sure if a more structured bra would work as well?
Please let me know if you've tried it.
I do know that many bra straps can cross over at the back to change the look (and for more support).
You could also use a safety pin or even tie a ribbon around the straps to achieve the same shape.

How do you feel about these high-cut vest tops (and their bodysuit sisters)?
I'd love to know!

Grey tank, green joggers, black mules • Fake Fabulous

VEST TOP: Old, not sure where from!
TROUSERS: Zara (old)
LEATHER SHOES and BAG: Topshop (eBay and old!)
NECKLACE: A gift from a friend.

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Tuesday, 14 July 2020

White Denim Shorts • Over 40 Casual Summer Style

White denim Shorts • Over 40 • Fake Fabulous

Today I'm wearing pair of white cut-off denim shorts.
Some may say I'm too old.
Not only shorts but definitely DIY cut-offs... AND especially white ones!
Some may tell me to cover up my decrepit knees.
I say... 
"No thanks!... I'm not dead yet, thank you very much."

I'm 46 and my legs are coming out without apology.
End of.

White denim Shorts • Over 40 • Fake Fabulous

MAKE THIS LOOK YOURS:

It's easy as pie to make a look as individual as you are.

{Even if we both wore EXACTLY the same items we would look completely different, wouldn't we?}

EASY SWAPS

Shoe swaps:
Not everyone likes (or suits) an espadrille.
Why not try swapping them out for...
  • Open Sandals (heeled or flat, whichever you prefer)
  • Mules or clogs
  • Good old trainers!
Bottom Half swaps can make outfits more wearable:

White Denim Cut offs are not for everyone.
More wearable swaps might include...
  • White Jeans
  • White tailored shorts
  • White Bermuda shorts (on trend)
  • White wide trousers
  • White capris
  • Even a long white skirt would work beautifully!
Top half swaps are easy too:
  • Any layered waistcoat over any vest top or camisole would work (pick a neckline that suits your body)
  • If you don't like the top of your arms adding a sleeved (long or short) shirt over your vest top would look lovely.
Maybe it's too warm for a jacket where you are?
(Lucky you!)
  • Ditch the jacket and add a khaki linen shirt or even a lightweight cotton/linen cardigan.
Every look can be tweaked to suit YOUR body and YOUR personal style.

DENIM SHORTS: Very Old and turning a bit yellow around the edges now!
SHOES: Lunar
BAG: Handmade by Me!
LINEN TOP: H&M
COTTON VEST: Weekday
JACKET: Gap
HAIRBAND: Made from a scarf

White denim Shorts • Over 40 • Fake Fabulous
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Saturday, 11 July 2020

Summer Shorts Outfit, over 40

Patterned shorts and Army jacket, over 40.

Another day... another pair of shorts.
It's summer after all, isn't it?

Sometimes It's think summer has abandoned us.
If the truth be told, I'm wearing a thermal base layer under here (you can see the sleeves).
It's chilly!
However, I'm also determined to tough it out in the leg department.

{It's July for goodness sake!}

I'm refusing to put the heating on (despite the chill) AND also flatly refusing to put my legs away.
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Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Can I wear shorts over 40? • Beige, Black and Brown Summer Outfit

Shorts over 40 • Beige Black Brown • Fake Fabulous

Can you wear shorts over 40?
Hmmm....
I'll let you decide that one!

I've been having a look online to see what the fashion world is saying about shorts "at a certain age".

{Ugh...That phrase makes me shudder!}

There are many short-wearing recommendations out there.
Loads on Pinterest.
Plenty of blogposts.
Even great YouTube videos.

Some I admire.
Some not so much.

I've notice one thing that is a little annoying.
Many of the "Tips and Tricks" for over-40 styling seem completely age-irrelevant.

Surely it's how you feel about your legs... or more importantly the back of your thighs!... that matters most?
This is just as important at 16 as it is at 60.

I want to share a secret with you...
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Sunday, 5 July 2020

AGELESS Style? You decide! • Cream Jeans, Blue Shirt, Black Biker

AGELESS Style? You decide!  • Cream Jeans, Blue Shirt, Black Biker


I wore this outfit to work.
Minimal(ish) style.

These photos were taken after I'd been in these clothes for 10 hours... so, it's a genuine "lived in" look 😂.
I'm just astonished that I made it to the end of the day without slittering my coffee or my lunch down myself!
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Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Making Black Leggings into an outfit!

Black Leggings Outfit • Lockdown Style • Fake Fabulous

Classic Black leggings.
Hmmm....
Not usually associated with a stylish outfit are they?

In fact, black leggings are normally best worn by the under 12s ... or at the gym.

However, today I'm wearing black leggings as part of a 'proper' outfit.
An outfit I could pop out in or even go to work.

I'm still going to my work as normal... are you?
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