June 27, 2014

Popping tags…thrift shop all the way to the bank!

Okay, so I won’t be stealing your grandpa’s style, or even your grandma’s, but I have been scoring some amazing deals at my local thrift shop. What started as a volunteering position at my local thrift store, because I wanted to give back to my community, quickly became an avenue for discovering some smoking hot deals on clothing, kids’ toys, and home goods.  Now I love thrift shopping!

Now, I know what some of you may be thinking because I used to think it too. Clothes from a thrift shop? Yuck. The clothes are always out of style and they always look used. While that might be true for some of the clothing you get from many of the larger charitable organizations, most thrift shops are much pickier about what they take into their inventory. Even the larger charity organization stores like Arc and Goodwill, are getting better on what they will and will not resale.

Thrift Shop Tips

Interesting in getting into thrift shopping, but not sure where to start? Check out these awesome tips and tricks below!

Thrift shop 101: The complete guide

Thrift Store Tips for Vintage Crafters

Thrifting to make money

My recent Faking Fancy thrift shop finds
thrift shop

This preppy Ralph Lauren oxford shirt, which I plan to pair with some boyfriend jeans and a cheap (read knock-off) pair of Converse.

thrift shop

This Ann Taylor sweater will be a perfect “transition” sweater as Colorado is famous for its bipolar weather, where it’s hotter than Hades at noon, but cool enough to require a cover up at night.

thrift shop

This Apt 9 (I think that’s Target?) blouse. I LOVE this blouse. I probably wear it once a week. It is a great layering piece and goes with jeans, olive skinny pants, and black stretchy capris.

The best part? The price range for blouses and sweaters at my local thrift shop, Hangers, is between $3-$5 no matter WHAT designer or brand. I have purchased Banana Republic, Black House White Market and other name brand tops for $5 or less!! I know I sound like a TJ Maxx commercial, but even good ole TJ can’t compete with these prices.

I lied. (Sometimes I do that, don’t judge.) The best part is not the rock bottom price, it is when someone who is wearing an $88 Black House White Market sweater and $125 Hudson jeans compliments me on my outfit when it cost me (both top and bottom) about $40. IT’S. THE. BEST. Did you know that if you charge an $8 martini to a credit card because you spent so much money on your outfit that you have no cash left for a drink that that one drink can end up costing you over $25 with the compounding interest? Even worse, if you charged your $125 jeans and paid the minimum payment on your credit card for seven years, the actual cost of those jeans with compounding interest will end up being over $300?? Popping tags is looking pretty good now isn’t it?

The king of popping tags- Macklemore!

The king of popping tags- Macklemore!

So what are you waiting for ladies? Find your local thrift shop and channel your inner Macklemore!



June 27, 2014

This ain’t no kiddie slide…

I’m talking full grown adult slide. Noo, it’s not like the “adult swing”. Jeez people. I’m talking shoes. Men, click to another page, women, keep salivating…

Whether you call it a mule or a slide, this slightly elevated, open heeled shoe is my go-to footwear for summer. Seeing as how I walk like a duck in flats, flip-flops are not a staple in my wardrobe like almost everyone else this summer. Instead, I opt for the ease, comfort and style flexibility offered in the slide sandal (also called a mule or mule wedge depending on the brand).

Just like a flip-flop, and like the name implies, you simply slide your foot in and go. Because of the low-to-mid heel height they are super comfortable, and, if you get them in a neutral color, you can get away with only one pair for almost everything in your closet.

A little pricier than your average rubber flip-flop, slides offer loads more foot support and can easily work for with both daytime and fancier nighttime events. I have a hard time doing anything Fancy (like date-night) in flip-flops, although walking like a duck into a place that serves duck might be half of the problem.

Below are few pretty summer options for slides – all under $50:

If you are trying to stick to one pair for the summer, neutrals are a sure bet. This $34 pair of suede mules from Lulus is not only trendy and fashionable, but the beige color blends in with most skin tones so your legs look longer- a definitely plus for me! Another pretty neutral option is shown here.

For all you hip mommas with the color-of-the-moment in your closet, these adorable $23 mint green wedge mules with cut-out detailing completely fit the low-priced bill. This $30 pair from Dirty Laundry also fits that bill!

You’d be amazed at how many outfits you can pair with multicolored shoes. As long as your top or pants aren’t a really busy pattern, these $30 striped mules from Chinese Laundry can be worn with any color in the striping. Click here for another colorful, but highly wearable option.

So the next time yourself shuffling around with a sore between your toes and an aching arch, simply ease your weary, flip-flop bedraggled tootsies into some comfy, chic slides and keep on keepin’ on. Because my Fancy friends, slides aren’t just pretty and affordable- these shoes were made for walkin, and that’s just what they’ll do…



May 30, 2014

Girl Porn…gorgeous accessories to drool over

“Ohh baby, I want you soo bad.” Have you ever said this to your iPad while drooling over a pair of shoes, pretty accessories or cute top that you found online and just HAVE to have? Then you glance over and find your man staring at you with googly cartoon eyes and his mouth wide open? Yeah, me too. All the time. So often that now when I do it my honey just sighs and says, “Are you looking at girl porn again?” Girl Porn. What a scandalous name for online shopping. I love it!! It’s so fetch! I think Girl Porn is gonna totally be the new “it” phrase! Of course, fetch never was…but Girl Porn will be. Totally.

My particular style of Girl Porn is cute accessories, earrings in particular. No matter what I weigh they always fit! I know a lot of girls are hooked on shoe porn, but earrings are soo much more affordable. And if you live in a part of the country with different seasons/weather like I do, you can wear the same pair of earrings all year round, whereas I only wear my riding boots in the winter and my wedge sandals in the summer. Those cute turquoise drop earrings? Adorbs in February AND July.

What is your favorite kind of Girl Porn? Do you own fifty pairs of jeans? Tons of little black dresses? Feel free to share your fashion fetish in the comments below!

Cute Accessories

Below are a few of my favorite affordable girl porn items and where to find them.



Target has had the best accessories these past few years! I love the pink Cluster and multi-colored Druzy Drop earrings from Sugar Rush for Bauble Bar above, both are only $12.99.



This Floral Crystal necklace looks very J. Crew but it’s only $21.99. I am also digging this purple Gentribe cuff bracelet and this cubic zirconia bar bracelet.


We just got a local Charming Charlie about a year ago and I was so excited!  They specialize in accessories, so their selection is huge, and everything is super affordable. These delicate Cabo Pear Drop Hoops above are only $8.00.


I LOVE these Bar Threader earrings from Charming Charlie as well. Their unique design would dress up even a plain tee- just be sure to wear your hair up so these dainty beauties truly stand out!



Forever21 is another of my favorite places to shop for beautiful and inexpensive jewelry. I saw these Pink Pom Pom Duster earrings and had to have them. The style is a cross between Mrs. Roper from Three’s Company and Ariana Grande, so they average out totally age appropriate for me.:)  I would wear the earrings in the stud set above with a ponytail and turtleneck, and at $7 for the set each pair is less than $2!

For the most part, Girl Porn is a lot like guy porn, most of it is just about LOOKING. I spend hours online “window shopping” without ever buying a single thing. My honey will often ask me what’s the point? Don’t I get frustrated? Um, we could ask men the same thing about the other kind of porn and it would be the exact same answer. The point is visual stimulation. To get motivated. For inspiration.

As the fat little cousin of Jerry mouse would say, “Touché pussycat.”



May 21, 2014

Faking a Fancy Spa Pedicure…Easy DIY!

There are certain things I allow myself to splurge on, like my monthly massage subscription (at $40 a month it’s well worth the health and wellness benefits).  Even as affordable as the massages are, I wanted to save money in other areas to compensate, so I gave up my monthly spa pedicures. That said, I do not want to end up with Boomerang toes. (Netflix the movie if you don’t know what I am talking about, it’s a CLASSIC.) So, instead of salon pedi’s, I now do my pedicures at home. At first, I thought that I would totally miss the pampering of a spa pedicure. I mean, giving myself a pedicure could not be as relaxing as someone else giving me a pedicure, can it?

A Luxurious Spa Pedicure- At home!

Not only can a home pedicure be as relaxing as a spa one, it can be even Fancier! DIY home pedicures have one HUGE advantage over salon pedicures, beyond the obvious price difference- and that is complete customization.

spa pedicure

If you want everything to smell like your favorite Bath & Body Works scent, like Japanese Cherry Blossoms, Vanilla Creamsicle or my fav Paris scent above, buy all of the products in that scent and have at it. BBW usually has buy three or $15 anyway, which works out to about $.10 cents per use if you break it down per bottle. At a salon, they just slap whatever they have on you and if you don’t like the smell of Minty Mango or Cyprus Pine, then too bad.

Also,  you can listen to or watch whatever you want during the pedicure at home. Half the time I walk into my local mani/pedi place they have the news on TV or some teeth-grindingly bad, slow jazz muzak playing. During my at-home “spa pedicure”, I like to set the lights in my bathroom on low, light some scented candles and play some relaxing spa music on Pandora. It’s like I’m at a high-end spa without the high-end price tag!

You know when you go to get a pedicure at a salon and they ask if you want to add a mask, a scrub, an exfoliating treatment to the soles of your feet, etc..? And of course, these are usually $5-10 each, over the original price, so in the end, your $26 pedicure is now costing upwards of about $40 plus tip. At home, I can go crazy and do ALL of the “extras”- cash and guilt free! One of my favorite parts of my home pedicure is when I put a  mask on my legs and wrap them in a warm towel.
spa pedicure

There are foot masks available now that come with thin plastic foot socks. My favorite is the Lavender Foot Mask from Sephora. Sometimes I add a few drops of soothing essential oils to the warm towel…like Lavender or Peace & Calming. If my honey is around I break out my printed foot reflexology map and ask him for a customized foot rub, and, perfect man that he is he almost always complies. You can do this yourself if you don’t have anyone else nearby to do it for you, add some essential oils or lotion and go to town…ahhhh, heaven.

Spa pedicure

Hit the right spot using this handy chart!

The final step? I put on my fluffy bathrobe (or linen robe in the summer) and pour myself a glass of wine (or two or four).

spa pedicure

I LOVE pink wine. Call it “Blush” or “Rose”, heck call it whatever you want. It’s light on the palate and it’s PINK. There isn’t a girlier wine on the planet and it’s perfect to sip during a spa treatment.  My favorite is the Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato above. It’s sooo pretty and only $10 a bottle.  The Sophia Blanc de Blancs is a sparkling white, but it comes in pretty little pink cans. Individual portions make it easy when it’s just you and you don’t want to open an entire bottle. Easy on the vino or your polish job will turn out like crap into a sloppy mess.

spa pedicure

My favorite polishes are by Zoya because they go easy on the nasty chemicals that are in most nail polishes. Click here for a fantastic step-by-step video that shows how to give yourself an amazing spa pedicure at home.

Pampering yourself does not have to cost a fortune. Simply don a soft robe, grab your glass of sparkling pink wine, lower the lights, and get ready to romance your toes with a Faking Fancy spa pedicure!



May 21, 2014

Super cute inspiration for a summer wardrobe

Ahh, warm weather is upon us ladies, which means I recently headed off to my storage unit and unpacked my tubs marked “summer staples”. After unpacking, I sorted through what I had before compiling my summer wish list to make sure I didn’t end up with duplicates of any items, a girl on a budget’s worst nightmare. Below is my wish list for faking a fancy wardrobe all summer long:

Gladiator sandals

I love these! I would like to go on the record that I find flat Gladiator sandals too um, gladiator looking. I do not want to actually look like I’m from Sparta circa 400 A.D., and, as I am not the tallest girl on the block that is exactly what I look like when I wear them. So the fact that these have a little heel, but are not sky high wedges, means that they will be comfortable enough to wear all day, several times a week. I’m all about cost per wear people. If I can’t find the Payless shoes (their inventory can go quick) I might try these saucy Six Straps and UR Out booties from Go Jane.

Gauzy Long Sleeve Blouse

This kind of top never goes out of style and it fits all kinds of occasions. It looks just as good at your vacation on the beach as it does a Fourth of July picnic with the fam. And because it is sheer, you can add different colored tanks underneath it to make a plethora of outfits (do I get a bonus for using an SAT word?). From a beige lace number for date night, to a bright neon yellow tank for a fun day with the kids, layering this top will be one of my ‘go to’ outfits this summer.

Tie Dye Dress

Tie-dye is HUGE right now, but like camouflage, tie-dye is a trend I feel the over-forty crowd needs to be very careful with. You don’t want to look like you are wearing your teenage daughter’s clothes, or even worse, trying to be her. To tone down the cutesiness of this dress I’d belt it with a braided leather belt and top it with a white oxford or chambray shirt.

Open-back Cami

Like Taylor from It’s the Little Things blog (she is HILARIOUS btw) I’m a sucker for anything with an open back. It is soo sexy without trying too hard or showing too much. I mean, it’s still a whole lot of flesh, but no one is going to say, “Did you see Missy flaunting her shoulder blades at the park yesterday? I mean our children were right there! Danny Jr. is NOT having a playdate at that flashy whore’s tart’s house.” Ha-ha..hmm…nahhh.

Are these the only things I am lusting after? Nooo, but I have learned to focus on a few key pieces and use accessories to stretch my wardrobe dollar even further. Faking Fancy is about looking your best while spending as little as possible. No one needs to know you are wearing last year’s sandals and shorts from four years ago (but if they still fit, cheers to you sister!!).

Here’s to looking good, navigating trends, balancing our checkbooks and Faking Fancy!



May 19, 2014

Easiest BBQ chicken casserole ever…

casseroleMy ongoing dinner dilemma that consists of a small food budget, picky eaters and trying to avoid fast food.  I also don’t want to be eating the same five meals over and over. Recently I had this dinner dilemma happen on a snow day when I didn’t want to be driving to the store and my cupboards were pretty bare. All I had was some leftover rotisserie chicken, some shredded cheese and a bag of frozen potatoes. So I dumped those things with some BBQ sauce in a casserole dish and one of our family’s favorite casseroles was born!
Casseroles have been a favorite in the kitchen for decades. They are easy to make, they can disguise leftovers, and they are often made with five ingredients or less, making them very wallet-friendly. As is par for the course with most casseroles, this recipe is lacking in green any veggies, so if you can, be sure to add a veggie side dish or a salad for a more well-rounded meal.


BBQ chicken casserole
2 cups shredded chicken (I often use leftover rotisserie chicken)
1 bottle BBQ sauce
1 package frozen potatoes (I like Alexa’s organic criss-cut fries)
¾ cup shredded cheese (I shred block cheese, as pre-shredded cheese contains all kinds of nasty, non-cheese items- read the label!)

Mix all of the ingredients together in a casserole dish (I used 9×9) and bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes. Enjoy the smiles and slurping and groans of pleasure and occasional burp (man I miss eating by myself, it was so quiet…) but most of all, enjoy that manicure you get to go have because you saved so much money avoiding a $30 takeout bill!

Do you have an amazing casserole recipe with five or fewer ingredients that is kid friendly? Email me at missfakefancy@gmail.com – I will include one reader recipe along with my own over the next few months!



May 14, 2014

Faking Fancy fashion trends

I love (read: get highly annoyed) when fashion magazines have a “Splurge versus Steal” page and their “steal” options are things like a necklace for $47, or a skirt for $88. They are so proud of themselves for displaying a piece that is under $100, although frankly, with everything else they publish costing between $200 and $2000 you really can’t blame them. What I want to know is – who is buying the $325 blouses and $450 shoes that makes the $47 necklace such a huge bargain? To me, $47 on a necklace is a total splurge, I mean, it’s an accessory, it’s not even a main article of clothing, and there are certainly more affordable necklaces out there.

P.S. The gorgeous Paul Andrews floral pumps above can be yours for a mere $595 on Lyst.com


I realize there is a league of women, especially in the more metropolitan areas like New York City, where a $450 pair of shoes is not even an annual splurge but a monthly purchase, or (gasp) even more frequent. But hedge fund managers, models and plastic surgeons aside, the rest of us need to figure out how to get the “look” shown in fashion magazines without being shown any actual pieces of affordable fashion, or told where to buy them.

I’ve decided to take on some of the trends in the fashion mags and see if I can copy the look for a price that my friends and I can pay. If colbalt is the color of the moment there is no reason why we need to look at page after page of Jimmy Choo heels and Kate Spade dresses as our only examples of said trend and think that yet again another trend is beyond our reach. With exactly $32 in our fashion budget for the month we run off to Old Navy hoping they have something in colbalt not realizing there are SO many other options out there!

This month’s trend I am choosing to focus on is the May 2014 InStyle trend of “Modern Florals” (can’t you just hear Miranda Priestly from the movie, “The Devil Wears Prada” rolling her eyes and saying, “Florals for Spring? How utterly original!”)

But florals for spring are a recurring trend for a reason. After wearing the darker, more somber colors of winter, floral patterns always seem to pick us up and lift us out of any wardrobe funk we may be suffering from. Below are a few ideas of how to get the Modern Floral look, Faking Fancy style:

How saucy are these floral pumps from Payless? I love ankle straps on pumps because they keep them from slipping off my feet. And they are only $26.99!

I am one of those people who think wearing crop tops after you turn 30 is a no-no, but I’ve found that layering a cute tank top underneath not only makes a crop top acceptable for us “mature” ladies, it can also turn one top into several outfits depending on the color of tank or cami you use as a bottom layer. This bright, floral crop top from Target gives me plenty of colors options to use for a layering tank, I could go light or dark depending on my mood, and it is only $17.99.

It’s hard to wear a dress in a floral print without looking like you recycled some curtains. Your best bet is to pair a strapless or sleeveless floral dress with a chambray shirt or solid blouse -the solid color tones down the sweetness of the floral pattern so people don’t get cavities looking at you. However, this $24.80 floral peasant dress from Forever 21 just needs a pair of gladiator heels or open-toed booties to toughen it up and keep the Tooth Fairy at bay…

Showing up in the latest trends does NOT have to cost you an arm and a leg, or force you to feed your family nothing but ramen noodles for a month. So get out there and add a little bloom to your wardrobe without the guilt, I won’t tell anyone you are Faking all that Fancy if you don’t!



May 5, 2014

Steel Magnolias Monday: accessories of the moment

One of the many priceless lines in the movie Steel Magnolias is when Dolly Parton’s character Truvy says, “The only difference between us and animals is our ability to accessorize!” Accessories are the great transformers of any tired wardrobe. You can take something as basic as a plain white tee and boyfriend jeans and turn it into a hundred different outfits depending on the accessories you add.

Feeling a little rock and roll? Throw on a pair of leopard print booties and a cargo jacket.

via www.lovethewritersinkblogspot.com
How about preppy? Maybe a shrunken pinstriped blazer and some Converse.

Via www.lillystyle.com/
Heading to date night at a jazz festival? Throw on a fedora and some neon pumps.

via www.thestylespy.com

When it comes to Faking Fancy with an outfit, accessories are an easy way to go. I mean, we all know there are purse snobs out there, and even shoe snobs. But for the most part, as far as costume jewelry goes, no one usually cares what brand of bangles those are on your arm. Accessories are the great equalizer in an outfit. No one is going to call you out for having a Forever 21 fedora on your head versus a hat from Nordstrom’s. Should they have the balls nerve to do so you should ask them why they are the only vegetarian wearing a leather belt and driving a Tahoe…(Just kidding. Let it go and be proud of your Forever 21 bracelets – they are cute!) Below is a list of some of my favorite places to find super cute and affordable accessories:

Forever 21


Old Navy (in certain stores only)


Charming Charlie

Charlotte Russe

The next time you find yourself with nothing to wear (that’s every other day if you are like me) and not enough money to buy a new outfit, try adding a cheap– affordable-but-snazzy new pair of earrings or necklace to something you already own – you may see that tired old blouse or dress you’ve worn a million times in a whole new light without spending a fancy fortune!



April 30, 2014

Lips like sugar, sugar kisses…lipstick to love!

Every time I put on my Fresh Sugar lip treatment I get Echo and the Bunnymen stuck in my head…but that is just showing my age so I’ll segway into my topic- paraben free lip products. Although the decade-old myth that we ingest about 7lbs of lipstick in our lifetime has been debunked; being an avid lip biter I know I am probably eating more of it than I should, so I’ve been trying to use all natural lip products for years, like Burt’s Bees Lip Shine in Blush and Lip Shimmer in Strawberry. Recently I’ve become more of a lipstick girl so I hunted around for some paraben-free lipsticks and found a few gorgeous options which I’ve listed below. The price range of these lipsticks is around $17-$25, so if someone knows of a paraben free brand with lower, more drugstore-ish prices, feel free to comment below!

My latest paraben free lipstick obsessions!

Bright: Tarte Amazonian Lip Butter in Watermelon


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Nude: Nars Lip Pencil in Belle Du Jour


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Rose: theBalm Girls Lipstick in Ima Goodkisser


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xoxo, (those are paraben-free kisses too!)


April 30, 2014

Trends I refuse to bury

I was browsing through some old posts on one of my favorite blogs the other day, The Stylish Housewife, when I stumbled upon her January 28, 2014, post that that featured the Who What Wear (WWW) article titled, “18 trends we’re totally over”. Now, I normally do not buy into most trends, so I am not THAT worried about what I will need to give up from my closet after reading this. I am not model tall nor stick thin, so sticking to the classics works best for me when it comes to most of the pieces in my closet. Buying the classics over trendy pieces also works for my wallet as well.


Trends I refuse to bury

Photo courtesy of mopasa.com

As I click through trends listed in the WWW article I am horrified to discover that ballerina buns are over. What the??? To be fair, the article actually said that “sock buns” are over. Apparently, some contributor at WWW decided that now that you can use a sock to create what used to take a visit to a salon, it is no longer a chic, classic hairstyle. I mean, we are not talking about a high side pony or Dutch braided hairbands for Pete’s sake, the sock bun is a BALLERINA BUN. Are you telling me that if some girl walks down the street with one of these perfectly coifed buns I am supposed to look down my nose and say, “Oh that is soo last year’s bun.” I don’t think so.  I still think they look beautiful. And I am keeping my sock.

Photo courtesy of nordstrom.com

The next supposedly dead trend that made my heart sink is the “bubble necklace”. To be fair, the bubble necklace that the WWW article showed really was too big, it took over this poor woman’s entire shirt. But they do not discriminate between small, medium, or big bubbles when they say that these “maddeningly cutesy necklaces are done”. Dang.  I have about five of these bubble necklaces and they totally add polish whenever I wear them. Now I have to stop wearing them because someone deemed them untrendy? Call me a fashion rebel but I’m not buying it. Or not not buying it...you know what I mean.


Photo courtesy of charlotterusse.com

Next up on my “what the?” list from the WWW article is infinity scarfs. Infinity scarves?? I have at least ten of them. WWW’s reasoning? They just don’t get them. Well, now I am just embarrassed for them, because I am pretty sure infinity scarves were invented to help people who did not “get” how to wrap a regular scarf.  (One of those people being me.) Infinity scarves came out and I heard angels singing. So my question to the article author, is this- if the ends of your scarf are hanging out then you are cool, but if you wear an infinity scarf or tuck the ends of your scarf in, then you are like, soo last season? There are so many reasons this rule is ridiculous, I mean I could go on and on…forever…I’d never stop….(kudos if you are getting me right now…)

The rest of the tired trends that WWW listed are not so bad. I get the reasoning behind the wedge tennis shoes, the cut-out shoulder blouses, the graphic printed leggings (even though they JUST came out in stores around here), and the cat print items (which doesn’t look good on anyone over twelve). But as for the rest, I feel like they were just pulling random clothing items just to bulk up the list or to make sure only certain people are able to afford true fashion- maybe making something too easy or accessible makes it unfashionable? After reading a lot of the readers’ comments on the article, as well as comments from the very stylish Stylish Housewife, I felt much better. Almost everyone else agreed with my opinions on the above items. Phew….

My bottom line is actually in my first paragraph of this post. Stick with the classics and you cannot go wrong. If you do buy a few items from the latest trends make sure they are at a lower price point- that way if they are “out” five minutes after you bought them you are not both broke and bitter.

To infinity scarves and beyond!!


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