June 11, 2017

Vacation in a bottle…Pretty summer fragrances

summer fragrances

Ah, like the Bananarama song goes…”It’s a cruel, cruel summer…” (I totally just dated myself, but I love the 80s!) Fortunately the latest round of summer fragrances are tropical enough to transport you from your non-air conditioned living room or stuffy cubicle into a breezy, tropical paradise. The kind of paradise where your only worries are whether you have enough SPF on and why there isn’t an umbrella in your drink….(probably because it’s 9am on a Monday and your boss or kids would judge you…weirdos.)

Anyhoo, I have rounded up my favorite beauty products to use in the summertime, including several perfumes, body lotions, and a wash/scrub combo. The items below may smell like an expensive island vacation, but they are much more affordably priced (at $25 or less) so you can put more money in your real vaca fund!

Pretty summer fragrances

summer fragrances

Product details clockwise from top right:  Ulta Aloha Pineapple Body Butter $8,  Crabtree & Evelyn Summer Hill Shower Gel $21,  Pink Fresh & Clean Vacay Body Mist $18,  Cliffside Coast Perfume Ocean Sea Salt $25, Me! Bath Summer Rain Shower Sherbet $19Watermelon Bath Bomb $4Pink Beach Flower Wash & Scrub $19,  Bath & Body Works Waikiki Beach Lotion $14, Bvlgari Aqua Marine Fragrance Spray $15.

June 21st marks the first day of summer but you don’t have to wait that long to slather yourself in the fresh, relaxing and tropical scents of summer. Mahalo!

xoxo,

Missy

 

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means I get a small percentage of each item sold- it does not change or increase the price of the product whatsoever. 

June 7, 2017

The patriotic outfit you can wear all summer!

I totally get the 4th of July themed tops and accessories for kids, and maybe even teens. But I have a hard time buying clothing that you can only wear once or twice per year. Not to mention, every time I see holiday themed garments I am reminded of my grandma (and now my mom) who, like most people over sixty, have at least three Christmas-themed sweaters that they did NOT buy in irony at GoodWill for an “Ugly Sweater” party.  I need a patriotic outfit I can not only wear for Memorial Day and the 4th of July but all summer long.

I figured out the perfect outfit combination for any patriotic celebration a few years ago, and the beauty of it is that you can also wear the same outfit all summer without looking like a walking American Flag. Or your grandma.

The perfect patriotic outfit you can wear all summer

patriotic outfit

Item details clockwise from top right: Dolce Vita Sleeveless Lace Back Top $52, Max Studio Ruffled Off Shoulder Blouse $37, Rosegal Scalloped Crochet Blouse $17, Joan Vass Split Neck Blouse $44, Lattice Bar Inset Crepe Tank $20, Rosegal Lace Trim Off Shoulder Blouse $17.

So you can probably tell by the image above the formula is this: white top + jean shorts + red bandana. Easy peasy. Even if you don’t have long hair you can wear a bandana, either on your head, or tied around a straw hat. You can also use a cheap red ribbon as a belt if you are truly anti hair accessory. The beauty of this formula is that you look patriotic on Memorial Day and the 4th of July, but no one is going to look sideways at you if you wear it any other day during the summer, especially if you wear a different colored bandana or change out the bandana for another accessory like a cute fedora or dangly tribal earrings. I’m so sure you can get amazing mileage (read: cost per wear) out of this outfit I went over my $50 limit (by $2) on one of my suggested picks above!

You can get a cheap bandana almost anywhere, but I got mine from Walmart. As for cute jean shorts, if you don’t already own a pair I’ve listed a few of my favorites below.

Cute jean shorts to complete your patriotic outfit

patriotic outfit

Item details from left to right: Jennifer Lopez Cuffed Boyfriend Short $33, Gap Factory Destructed Denim Short $17, Juicy Couture Bermuda Jean Short $33.

I love outfits that are cute and mom appropriate, and I love outfits that you can get a ton of wear out of, and this patriotic outfit formula is the perfect combo of both!

xoxo,

Missy

P.S. Rosegal has a sale on right now with $5-$15 off your purchase AND free shipping!

June 5, 2017

Father’s Day gifts for all kinds of dads!

Father’s Day is coming soon and if your dad is anything like my dad he is really hard to shop for. Most dads fall into one of two categories- there is the “I don’t need anything” dad or the “really, I don’t need anything” dad. But I know that even though he doesn’t need anything, he deserves a fun, unique and most of all useful Father’s Day gift – so I set out on a quest to find some cool gifts in a variety of themes. And in true Faking Fancy style, none of these gifts are over $50!

Cool Father’s Day gifts he’ll actually love!

Father's Day

For the sci-fi/techie dad: Asos Star Trek shirt $23, Casio Calculator Chronograph watch $16

For the car-loving dad: TeNeues Luxury Toys book $32, Lucky Brand Nascar shirt $18

For the carnivore dad: Socksmith Spam men’s sock $10, The Little Bacon cookbook $13

For the liquor connoisseur dad: Etched Globe Whiskey Decanter $18, Trouva Granite Whiskey Stones $19

My dad actually falls under a couple of these categories and he doesn’t really have many any hobbies, so I hope these gift ideas come in handy for you as well! Remember, when your dad says, “Really you shouldn’t have- I don’t need anything”, just hug him and make him open it anyway – he’ll love it just because it’s from you.:)

Still at a loss? Check out my post here for even more fun and affordable gift ideas for dads!

xoxo,

Missy

 

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June 2, 2017

Pom love! My favorite pom tassel trimmed fashion & decor

pom tassel
I don’t know what it is about poms that appeal to me so much. They are just so stinking cute. They have the ability to transform even the toughest, edgiest pieces of clothing into something more whimsical and fun. Below is a list of my favorite pom tassel fashion and accessories. As most of my loyal readers know, I try to keep the price point for any clothing or accessories I promote on this blog to $50 or less. But in this post, I managed to even outdo that and keep everything under $30! All that cuteness for under $30? You are welcome.

Pom tassel trimmed fashion for spring and summer

pom tassel

Details (clockwise from top right): Lulu’s Pina Colada Clutch $21, RoseGal Beach Tunic $9.99,  Shiraleah Ava Pouchette $25, Forever21 Striped  Pom Tassel Dress $28, Charlotte Russe Two-Piece Sandals $20, M. Haskell for Inc. Multicolor Necklace $26, DollSkill Sun Hat $14, WearAll Strappy Chiffon Tassel Tank $22.

Some fun pom DIY

pom tassel

I saw this wreath on Pinterest a few years ago and HAD to make it. It turned out gorgeous and I use it every Christmas as an indoor decor. You can vary the colors to match any holiday, like this Halloween wreath and this Patriotic themed wreath.

pom tassel

This pom garland would be so precious hung up in a nursery, or used as decor at a baby shower! Again by changing the colors, you can make it appropriate for so many other uses.  Try peach, aqua and gold for a little girl’s room or black and orange for a Halloween themed garland. The possibilities really are endless. I also looooove this pom rug! It looks so soft and comfy, perfect as a bathroom mat on cold tile floors.

So get your pom pom on girl! Pom trimmed clothing, accessories and decor are fun and appropriate no matter what your age, sex, income bracket, etc…They are universally cute!

xoxo,

Missy

May 19, 2017

Faking an endless summer wardrobe

How do you fake an endless summer wardrobe you ask? By renting it of course! If you missed my initial blog post announcing my love for Le Tote you can see it here. Basically, Le Tote is a clothing rental service that offers a variety of monthly subscription boxes, called “totes”. You fill out a brief style profile for the Le Tote stylists to work with when putting your tote together.  To ensure a tote of items you really love, you can also curate a wish list of specific pieces from their online catalog. Le Tote has a vast catalog of items to choose from, both clothing items and accessories like jewelry and handbags.

I will probably be getting a new tote each week, which means for $49 a month I will be wearing about $200 in clothing and accessories each week. The best part? I don’t have to worry about washing or storing these items after I wear them. I just place them in the prepaid return envelope, mail them, and wait for my new tote to arrive!

My summer wardrobe picks from Le Tote

Below is a list of items I will be renting this summer from Le Tote:

summer wardrobe

Calvin Klein Bermuda Short (Retail $60)

summer wardrobe

Max Studio Halter Dress (Retail $128)

summer wardrobe

BCBGeneration Boho Dress (Retail $128)

summer wardrobe

Sanctuary Camo Short (Retail $79)

summer le tote

1 State Confetti Halter Top (Retail $79)

summer wardrobe

Jessica Simpson Striped Tank (Retail $30)

summer wardrobe

Ava Ruffle One Shoulder Top (Retail $58)

summer wardrobe

Eliza J Off Shoulder Dress (Retail $138)

SUMMER WARDROBE

Johanne Beck Cascade Dress (Retail $140)

summer wardrobe

Tart Sleeveless Printed Romper (Retail $128)

summer wardrobe

BCBGeneration Belted Knit Dress (Retail $98)

This list does not include the jewelry and handbags in my virtual Le Tote closet. But these Octavia & Co. earrings, Kate Spade bangle, and House of Harlow necklace are my most anticipated summer rentals.

Get $25 off your first tote!

Want to build a virtual closet and fake an endless summer wardrobe with Le Tote? It’s free to join and browse their catalog, just click here! If you sign up for one of Le Tote’s monthly subscriptions be sure to use this link to get a $25 credit off your first tote!

Looking for more chic summer fashion? Check out my post on gorgeous but affordable swimsuits and my post on the Holy Grail of summer shoes, the nude sandal.

xoxo,

Missy

May 12, 2017

Easy wedding hairstyles you can do yourself!

easy wedding hairstyles

Depending on the bride, hair and makeup can be even more important than finding the perfect dress. To make sure they look their best on their special day, most brides book experienced and oftentimes, very expensive hair and makeup artists.  I was lucky enough to have my cousin Kendy, a truly talented hair stylist, do my hair for my wedding day. Because we were on a strict budget for the wedding, had my cousin not been available, I most likely would have ended up doing my hair myself.  To help other brides on a budget who are not fortunate enough to be related to a professional hair stylist, I have compiled a list of gorgeous and easy wedding hairstyles, along with easy step-by-step tutorials that make doing your own bridal “do” a piece of cake!

Easy wedding hairstyles

Most of these hairstyles can be worn anytime, not just at a wedding or special event. The trick to transforming a regular hairstyle into “wedding hair” is the accessories. Be it a rhinestone headband, birdcage veil, or a floral halo, accessories are the key to making a pretty hairstyle special event worthy. Below are a few of my favorite bridal hair looks, followed by a couple of super easy hairstyle tutorials from hair guru and beauty blogger, Kate Bryan.

easy wedding hairstyles

I love the casual elegance of this low messy bun with a loose crown braid. Like I mentioned above, this could easily be an everyday hairstyle, but add some bling or a sprinkling of baby’s breath, et voila, gorgeous bridal hair.

easy wedding hairstyles

Half up hairstyles are a great option for girls who aren’t used to wearing their hair up, but still want a style that is fancier than their everyday hair down style.

easy wedding hairstyles

This last look is perfect for the Bohemian bride. It’s romantic and free-spirited style would fit in perfectly with an outdoor or garden-themed wedding. Flowers and/or ribbons are a must for making this casual style appropriate for a special event.

Tutorials for easy wedding hairstyles

I’ve showcased Kate’s hairstyle tutorials on this blog before, but only because they are seriously so easy to follow, and this is from a girl who is all thumbs when it comes to hair.

Kate has tutorials for almost every kind of hairstyle you’d need for a pretty wedding do. The bow style below is one of my favorites, and would be perfect with a dress that had a low cut back.

So if you don’t have the money to hire a professional stylist for your hair on your wedding day DON’T FRET! Simply pick an easy style from the options above (or another pretty style from Pinterest) and hit up Kate’s Youtube channel for a detailed video tutorial that virtually walks you through recreating the wedding hairstyle of your dreams.

If you are in the market for some affordable but glamorous hair accessories check out these beauties below!

easy wedding hairstyles

Flower rhinestone bridal hair comb, $5.99

easy wedding hairstyles

David Tutera Birdcage veil, $13.84

easy wedding hairstyle

Peach rose crown halo, $8.99 (Tip: add in real flowers between the fake ones for a gorgeous floral halo at half the cost!)

xoxo,

Missy

April 26, 2017

Pretty spring makeup- a bright lip is it!

bright lip

Bright lipstick is my Holy Grail beauty product. When I’m in a hurry and I don’t have much time to do my makeup, I put on a bright lip color. Add some tinted CC cream and a swipe of mascara and BAM, I’m done! Ha-ha, just kidding… Like I would ever leave the house without concealer. My neighbors would think I inhaled bath salts and zombie-fide myself. But I digress… If you want to look polished, but don’t have time to painstakingly follow the twenty-something steps in your average Jaclyn Hill makeup tutorial, just throw on a bright lip. Of course, if you do have the time then, by all means, hit up Youtube and watch y’all some Jaclyn, she’s insanely gorgeous and her tutorials are the bomb.

So many women are afraid they cannot pull off a bright lipstick. They think it will draw too much attention to any flaws in their complexion or facial features. But while a bright lip certainly draws attention, it mostly does so to your mouth alone, which means it can actually help detract from a multitude of other sins. Keeping the rest of your makeup fairly simple means you can wear it during the day, even running errands or the office. Just add some winged eyeliner and you’re ready for a hot date, fundraising gala, red carpet event…

My bright lip picks

Below are the lipstick and lip glosses I use when creating a fab bright lip. All of them can be found at your local drugstore for under $10:

bright lip

I actually have this $5.99 Whipped Lip and Cheek Souffle from NYX in both Pink Lace (above) and Pink Cloud, a pretty pale pink color. I use the Pink Cloud as a blush – it’s  a perfect dupe of the $40 YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush in Frivole Rose. That’s a $34 savings- insert virtual mic drop here.

bright lipThis gorgeous hot pink from L.A. Girl is called Bliss and reminds me a lot of the $17 MAC lipstick Fusion Pink, only it’s a much cheaper $3.99.

This glamorous red from the Rimmel Provocalips line has the greatest name, “Kiss Me You Fool”. Ah, if I had a nickel…It looks like the lip color Sienna Miller is wearing in the collage above. Bonus- it’s long wearing and only $6.99.

bright lip

I think this bright pink lip stain from J. Cat is pretty close to the bombshell shade Emma Stone is wearing here. Only I doubt she is wearing a $5.00 lipstick. Welllll, she could be…she seems like the kind of girl who wouldn’t poo-poo drugstore items. Unless of course she swallowed one. (Yeah, I went there…)

bright lip

This beautiful fuschia-red from Fiona Stiles is normally $16, but right now it’s on sale at Ulta for only $8.00. Most of the other lipsticks shown here are matte, but this Hydrashine lip color is creamier and glossier, while still delivering a brightly pigmented look.


I’d be remiss if I did not include the iconic Fire & Ice lip color from Revlon for $8.49. This orange-based red that first made its appearance in 1952 looks like it might make your teeth appear more yellow, but it doesn’t seem to do that to my less than snow-white teeth, and it is flattering on a variety of skin tones.

bright lip

And last but certainly not least, is this $7.99 Electric Pink from Maybelline New York’s Color Sensational line. Despite its name, it’s one of the most wearable brights in my makeup bag. Because it is a matte shade, the color is a muted bright making it appropriate for everyday wear. And, take it from a consummate lip licker (uh, my own, jeez), it lasts much longer than most long-wearing lipsticks out there.

So the next time you’re out of time, or the next time you need a pop of color to brighten up your makeup look, try one of these super affordable bright lipsticks above!

xoxo,

Missy

 

 

April 17, 2017

Pretty nude sandals to kick off Spring!

I have at least 3 pairs of nude sandals in the warmer months. Flat ones, a wedge heel, and a strappy pair. Why? I can wear one of those 3 pairs with every outfit in my closet all spring and summer long. Of course, when I find a great deal on a trendy pair in the current color of the year I nab them. But the nude sandals will be included in my warmer weather wardrobe (say that ten times fast…just for fun) for as many seasons as they’ll last. Bonus: Nude sandals not only go with everything, they also make your legs look miles longer!

Pretty Nude Sandals

The following nude sandals are my favorite picks to kick off spring in style (and they are all under $50!):

nude sandals

Details (starting clockwise, middle pair last):  Charlotte Russe nude wedge $39, Buckle DayTrip Selena sandal $33, ZooShoe Breckelle sandal $28, Pretty Little Things Olivia sandal $33, Lulus Nahele suede sandal $36, Elegant Footwear Hazel Platform sandal $37, and the NewLook Cutout Peep Toe sandal $35.

Update: It has come to my attention since publishing this article (about ten minutes ago) that a lot of the sandals featured above are already sold out. As a fashion and lifestyle blogger, I don’t want to publish posts where half of the items I feature are no longer available, so I looked for a few more options which I listed below.
nude sandals

These Pom Pom Tie-Up Espadrilles from Nastygal for $40.  I also love these gold-trimmed rope lace-ups from Charlotte Russe for $20.

nude sandals

 

These Two-Piece Wedge Espadrilles from Charlotte Russe for $33 look high but easy to walk in.

nude sandals

And my most favoritist (not a word, well, it is now) nude sandal to date? These gorgeous clear-strap Dory sandals on Zulily. Your legs will look especially long with the invisible upper straps, and the colorful beads in the heel make these sandals quite the statement piece!

xoxo,

Missy

March 26, 2017

Outfit inspiration using 2017 Spring Pantone Colors!

Did you know the 2017 Spring fashion color report from Pantone is based on the colors used on the runway in New York Fashion week?

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, explains the connection between the chosen colors  and the feelings they evoke, “Reminiscent of the hues that surround us in nature, our Spring 2017 Fashion Color Report evokes a spectrum of emotion and feeling…designers applied color in playful, yet thoughtful and precise combinations to fully capture the promises, hope and transformation that we yearn for each Spring.”

I compiled some bright & pretty outfit inspiration using three colors from the 2017 Pantone Spring fashion palette. All items shown below are under $50- for details on each item (brand, price, where to buy) click the link under each color set.

Outfit inspiration: Pink Yarrow 

outfit inspiration

 

I love pink in any shade, so I adore Pink Yarrow! Even if you add this color into your accessories and keep the rest of the outfit neutral- this punchy pink has great color payoff and can liven up even the most basic look.  For outfit details and prices click here.

Outfit inspiration: Primrose yellow

outfit inspiration

Nothing says Sping more than yellow! It’s such a happy color, if you ever have the” blues” throw something yellow on and watch your mood become instantly sunnier! For outfit details and prices click here.

Outfit inspiration: Greenery

outfit inspiration

This color was in the overall Pantone color palette for 2017 and is a very popular color for weddings this year. It is such a versatile color- blending beautifully into a preppy, romantic or bohemian theme. For outfit details and prices click here.

It is snowing right now in Colorado, but that only makes me want to incorporate these bright and cheerful Spring colors into my wardrobe even more! Instead of dressing for the job I want, I like to dress for the season I wish it was (in layers of course!). The resulting positive mojo puts a spring in my step and brightens my mood- no matter what the weather is outside!

xoxo,

Missy

March 23, 2017

Hate the way you look? Watch this popular beauty blogger’s video!

popular beauty

I came across the video below on the YouTube channel of Stephanie Lange, a popular beauty blogger. I started watching her videos because she has terrible skin and hooded eyes and does some of the most amazing makeup tutorials to address these issues. I don’t have any alerts or notifications set for her channel, but the minute I saw the title of this particular video I had to watch it.

Stephanie wears a bit more makeup than I personally prefer, but I still think she is just gorgeous. This video showed me how beautiful (and wise!) she is on the inside as well. If you have ever woke up thinking you hate the way you look or ended up thinking that way after comparing yourself to others (people you know, social media influencers,  celebrities, etc…) then this video is for you!

Isn’t she great? And don’t you feel better after watching this? Yes and yes, right?! Be sure to share this post with any girlfriends or female family members you feel need a boost. #truebeauty #girlpower #momboss #sherules

xoxo,

Missy

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