October 17, 2016

Blog Love: Curvy Girl Chic

Blog Love is a new category of posts where I highlight one of my favorite blogs for fashion, beauty, food or finance. I hope you enjoy this new post series- comment below if you have a favorite blog you’d like to see featured!

Real inspiration

I have been struggling with some confusing health issues in the past couple of years that have resulted in a 20lb weight gain.While I am still struggling to find out what the issue actually is (Low thyroid? Insulin resistance? Adrenal fatigue…?) I am also trying to find fashion inspiration for girls with ‘real’ bodies like mine.  The authors and subject models for a lot of fashion blogs are rail thin- no wonder everything looks good on them! I think true fashion genius is taking a plus-sized average-sized woman’s body and finding outfits that are stylish and flattering. Like Off Off Broadway -this is Off Off The Runway. Real fashion, real style…for real bodies. 

In my search for this ‘real’ inspiration, I stumbled upon the loveliest blog run by the loveliest girl- blogger Allison Teng and the Curvy Girl Chic blog. Allison founded CG about six years ago (I am quoting the actual site here) “as a creative outlet, hoping to connect with other plus size and curvy girls with a love for fashion and shopping. It has since grown into a destination for fashion lovers around the world looking for style inspiration, trends, and shopping spotlights, and the latest news on plus size fashion.”

Here are a few of Allison’s latest outfit posts. I’ll let you be the judge on whether she has knocked the style ball out of the fashion park, but if you don’t think so after viewing these outfits, you are a fashion moron need a little help in the taste department. Or we can just agree to disagree (weirdo).

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I mean, how freaking cute is she? I love her knack for layering pieces without looking bulky, as well as her ability to pair the unexpected, like a leather jacket and a ladylike dress, and end up with a flawlessly executed “I just threw this on and still managed to look completely put together” look that is so hard to achieve.

Stop by her site and browse through her outfit posts. Trust me, you WILL end up finding some amazing outfit inspiration, even if you are a size zero!



October 14, 2016

Copycat Style: Alessandra Ambrosia’s Plaid Shirtdress

Introducing my new blog series “Copycat Style“! Each week I will take celebrity outfits and find a much cheaper copycat version of either a key piece or the entire outfit.  This week we have the gorgeous Victoria Secret model Alessandra Ambrosia, who was spotted in a pumpkin patch earlier this month sporting an outfit that was equal parts effortless edge and casual chic. I mean, wearing a plaid shirtdress as a light overcoat? Genius.

plaid shirt

Photo courtesy of celebritystyleguide.com

While I cannot identify the exact brand of the shirtdress Alessandra is wearing, I found three very similar options – all for under$50!

plaid shirtdress

From left to right:  Trixie Juniors Plaid Shirtdress $11 amazon.com, Yesstyle Plaid Shirtdress $28 yesstyle.com, Lenox Simone Plaid Shirtdress $36 lastcall.com.

They say that copying someone is one of the most sincerest forms of flattery. Not that Alessandra doesn’t already get enough flattery on a daily basis (barf)…but minus the cut-off shorty shorts, this super cute fall outfit just begs to be copied. So click on one of the links above and copy the heck out of that brilliant ensemble. Copy it like a Xerox on steroids, copy it so hard it will forget it’s last name…(too much?)

Celebrity Style Dreamland! Do you have a style crush on Jessica Alba or Kate Hudson? The Celebrity Style Guide exhibits the recent fashions of almost a hundred of the most popular celebrities!  I personally worship the site’s founder, fashion guru Heather Campbell-Green.  She also has an Instagram account so you can stalk follow her flawless style on more than one platform!

Reader requests! Is there a certain celebrity outfit you would like to see copied? Comment below or email me at missyfakingfancy@gmail.com.  I will try to feature at least two reader requests going forward each month!



P.S. I love the “Please don’t stand on the pumpkins” sign in the background of the photo. You KNOW that’s sign is only there because some unsupervised brat drunk teenager kid climbed on one and then got a Tom’s slip-on full of pumpkin guts. Oh the humanity…


October 14, 2016

Booties and boots to fall for…

Ahh, fall. The leaves are changing, the air is cooler, the Hallmark Channel has a whole new set of fabulously cheesy rom-coms…but the biggest reason I love this season is the clothes!  My fall uniform is a super comfy sweater, even comfier leggings, an infinity scarf, and a stylish-yet-cozy pair of booties or boots.

Both boots and booties pair well with boyfriend jeans, skinny jeans, leggings, maxi dresses, mini dresses and more -making them a super versatile staple and key layering piece in your fall & winter wardrobe. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite boots and booties for fall.  And, true to my Faking Fancy paradigm that fancy does not have to be expensive, all of the boots and booties below are $50 or under:


Top row starting left: LC Lauren Conrad Studded Booties $50 kohls.com, Just Fab Genisis Bootie $40  justfab.com, Lulus Suede Heeled Bootie $38 lulus.com, Beacon Laura Bootie $40 shoemall.com. Bottom row starting left: Vince Camuto Phillie Riding Boot $50 vincecamuto.com, Beston Forest Boot $47 shoebuy.com, Rachel Shoes Odessa Boot (note: this only comes in youth sizes, so you need to wear a size 6 women’s , to fit into the youth size 4) $40 shoebuy.com, Aerosoles Ride Through Boot $36 6pm.com.

For some great outfit ideas with boots and booties check out the fall Look Books at Just Fab, Nordstrom, and Evereve. I also love GoChicOrGoHome for outfit inspiration.

So my Faking Fancy lovelies, you have my complete permission to give your summer shoes the boot (bad pun intended)  and add a pair of boots or booties like the ones above to your cold-weather wardrobe.  At these prices, you might be able to buy more than one pair! Or, you can buy a pair of these Frye “Melissa Button” boots  at around $300 and eat ramen for seven years…(Actually, have you read the sodium count in ramen? After a week you’d be so bloated from salt overload your calves wouldn’t fit in your expensive boots.  The irony...)



August 16, 2016

Mom Style: Back to school fashion with moto jackets!

Back-to-school means many things to many people. When I was younger it meant new school clothes, which the junior fashionista in me found thrilling. As a grown-up, the only back-to-school clothes we tend to buy are for our kids. After the clothes and school supplies and athletic fees and lunch card money, we are usually wondering how we can possibly afford to augment our own wardrobe with the pennies we have left. A few readers have asked me for the best and most affordable way to stretch their fashion dollars during the back to school season. My answer? Moto jackets!

Take almost any outfit you have been wearing during the summer, add a moto jacket and POOF – instant new fall outfit! I am so loving moto jackets right now- they add a structured edginess to even the sweetest of outfits, while still incorporating an element of casual chic. Below are a few of my favorite moto jackets for fall- all under $50 of course!

fall fashion moto jackets

Clockwise from top right: Members only high/low moto $50 urbanoutfitters.com, AE Factory Fleece $25 ae.com, Dollhouse cotton twill $33 6pm.com, Miss Selfridge Ruby Biker $26 missselfridge.com 

Once school starts you have to wake up an hour (or two) earlier than normal to make heat up breakfast and ensure everyone is out the door on time. The fact that you could pull on a pair of jeans, ANY t-shirt, and a moto jacket and leave the house looking way more pulled together than you feel, that my Faking Fancy friends, is wardrobe magic. And Lord knows most of us over forty can use a lot of concealer  a little magic in order to look semi-decent that early in the morning!

So the next time you are in the school drop off line and you have to jump out of the car to help little Stevie carry his 30lb science project to the curb, you can do so knowing you look hot, and not a hot mess.

moto jacket

You may not every get on anywhere near a motorcycle, but you can ratchet up your mom style with a cool moto jacket nonetheless.  Rock on my Faking Fancy readers, rock on!



July 21, 2016

Genius makeup dupes with NYX products!

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I looooovvve shopping for makeup.  Love, love, love it. Makeup stores are to me what New Year’s Eve is to most other people. A new start. A fresh beginning. The hope for something better..or at least the hope of finding the perfect nude lipliner… Places like Ulta and Sephora are just heaven for me. The bright colors, the pretty smells…and that’s just the sales people…

The downside to loving makeup for a frugal shopper such as myself is that you can spend $100 at most department stores or specialized makeup stores and STILL walk out with the teeniest, tiniest, ittiest, bittiest bag.  A bag that looks more at home on the arm of your daughter’s American Girl doll than in your hand.

drugstore makeup duplicates

I mean…jeez.

A few years ago I came across the NYX Cosmetics counter, and I have been obsessed with this high-quality, affordably priced makeup line ever since. Below are my top five NYX products and their (more expensive) product counterparts. I dare you to make the switch if you are using one of the costlier products listed- and prepare to be amazed!


nyx dupes

Clockwise from top left:

  1. NYX Mood Lip Gloss $4.50 – duplicate of Smashbox O intuitive lipgloss $24.00
  2. NYX HD foundation $13.00 – duplicate of Makeup Forever Ultra HD foundation $43.00
  3. NYX matte lipcream in Stockholm $5.99 – duplicate of MAC “Kinda Sexy” lipstick $17.00
  4. NYX Eyebrow Marker $9.99- duplicate of Anastasia Brow Pen $21.00
  5. NYX Photo-Loving Primer $14.99 – duplicate of Smashbox Photo Finish Primer $36.00

The difference in the totals for the products above is $48.47 for the NYX, and $92.53 for the other brands. So let’s say you just replaced these five products with the NYX version, and that you had to repurchase them about every three months…you’d save $370.00 a year and look JUST as good!  Now, you will still probably end up with a tiny bag to bring these products home in, but now that small bag represents the much smaller price you paid for the same amount of products that do the same thing, and look the same on. And that my Faking Fancy friends, is a beautiful thing.

drugstore makeup dupes

Amen Calvin, amen.




*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post- all opinions are based on personal experience.

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July 20, 2016

Gorgeous flat sandals for summer!

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I’ve finally succumbed to the flat sandal craze. Being a “heels always” kind of girl for the past twenty years, I normally do not wear flats unless I’m working out in sneakers, or..well, that was about it. But lately I have been seeing so many gorgeous flat sandals in my favorite fashion blogs that I could not help but lust after a few! I found that short-legged lovelies like myself are better off wearing nude-colored flats because brightly colored ones tend to cut us off at the ankle, especially if they are the lace up or wrap around style. Below are five of my favorite neutral-colored flat sandal finds- all under $50 of course!

cute flat sandals

Center: $33 T-bar studded sandal yoins.com. Clockwise from top right:$35 Isobel plaited cuff sandal boohoo.com, $25 Beaded strappy sandal Maykool.com, $49 Baha pom-pom flats lordandtaylor.com, $40 Kyrie sandal justfab.com.

The lure of these pretty sandals is so strong it has me completely ignoring the fact that I walk like a duck in flats. I just have to think taller, elongate my spine, stand proud, and try my best not to waddle…

Remember, the higher the hair the closer to God, the higher the sole the closer to the emergency room.” – My Nana



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June 8, 2016

Poolside chic! Sexy, classy swimsuits under $50

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When I turned forty I drank an entire bottle of Fireball and hid in my closet to cry decided that my body, as much as I love it, is no longer able to support my desire to wear a two piece bathing suit. However, when I went swimsuit shopping (which is the worst, am I right?) for a couple of sexy, classy swimsuits, I could not find anything for under $100 period.  Sure, stores like Nordstrom and Everything but Water, and The Orchid Boutique had some beautiful one piece swimsuits, but the prices ranged from $100-300. Ummm, no.

So I did what I always do in a situation like this- I powered on my iPad and cruised over to Polyvore. I LOVE the Polyvore app for its ability to filter and find exactly what you are looking for. Because you know if you are looking for something specific, like  a pair of pink lace shorts, you can go into 100 stores and never find them, right? What is that? With Polyvore (and no this is not  sponsored post) you can type in “pink lace shorts” and then filter it down by brand, price and more! It has seriously saved me so much money in terms of time and gas I cannot even tell you. Except I just kind of did…moving on…

Below are four of the most gorgeous one piece swimsuits. AND, not only are all of these suits under $100, they are all under $50!! Sexy, classy, and super affordable. What’s not to love?!

sexy, classy swimsuits


From left to right: Choies.com $19,  Zaful.com $30, HouseofFrazier.com $44, Weekday.com $32

So as the weather heats up and the kids start begging you to hit the local community pool, there is no need to pack a flask in your summer tote to make parading around in a bathing suit in a public place actually bearable (I mean, you can still pack one, I won’t judge).  Strut your stuff in one of these beautiful, saucy suits and set your iPod to “Stacy’s mom has got it going on“…because whether you have a daughter named Stacy (odds are no), in one of these swimsuits, you WILL have it going on!




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April 30, 2016

Affordable black wedge sandals: A Faking Fancy Reader Challenge

affordable black wedge sandals

Recently, I was asked to find a pair of affordable black wedge sandals for a Faking Fancy reader who needed to replace her current pair before they fell apart. She told me she had shopped around a bit, but was having trouble finding anything for less than $200…Was I up to the challenge? Heck to the yes! I LOVE this kind of thing. Seriously, my cheeks became flushed and I got all buzzy with excitement (yes, I’m a weirdo).  I immediately hit my favorite fashion search engine Polyvore to start my style vision quest.

While not all of the sandals I found are a cloth/canvas material like my reader’s original pair, I think I did a pretty good job finding some very similar options for waaaay less than $200. In fact, most are less than a quarter of that! (Mic drop here…) 

This is for you Mary Susan, I hope you are able to replace your “go-to” summer shoe using my resources below! 

affordable black wedge sandals

Clockwise from top left: 1. Easy Street Monica slingback, Kohls $50 2. New Look black canvas slingback $21

 3. Refresh Bypasss-01 Espadrille slingback $31  4.  Charles & Keith Espadrille $49



April 22, 2016

Six pretty camisoles to wear year round!

I love camisoles for two very basic, but significant reasons. The first one is how they stretch my wardrobe dollars. Depending on what I pair it with, I can create at least eight different outfits with one camisole. The second reason is you can wear them year round.   Even the lightest, sheerest camisole can be worn year-round, depending on whether you layer it or not.

For colder days, pair a camisole with jeans, blazer and a scarf. Is it hotter than Hades? Pair it with some flirty shorts and wedge sandals. Even better, most camisoles are wash and wear (versus dry clean only or wash & iron) so they make it even easier to throw together a last minute, but completely put-together outfit!

Given the endless ways you can wear a camisole, I don’t balk if they are over my normal budget guidelines. However, this blog is not called “Sometimes Faking Fancy and Sometimes Kinda Expensive”, so all of the pretty camisoles you see below are under $50!

pretty camisoles

Clockwise from top right: Black floral camisole, navy & white stripe tank, coral camisole, blue ruffle camisole,  aqua layered camisole, white lace camisole.

Once you break out of your “camisoles are for summer only” mold, you will be AMAZED at how many outfit variations you can create with this brilliant layering piece. Need some retail therapy? Go ahead and purchase one of the camisoles above (or one from your favorite store) with the number of new outfits you will be able to create from this one piece, why it’s the perfect, almost guilt-free purchase!



April 14, 2016

Five pretty sandals you need for Spring!

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pretty sandals

Put a spring in your step with five of the prettiest and most affordable sandals for Spring! I’ve covered all of the latest trends and threw in a sweet pair of nude wedges (remember, nude shoes make your legs look way looooonger) . Not only are these shoes all gorgeous, they are also all under $50.00! Floral, Strappy Flat, Color of Spring, Pop of Pink, Nude Wedge.



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