April 27, 2014

Pretty bright heels to light up your winter wardrobe!

Have you ever seen a pair of heels and thought, “If I owned those shoes, my life would be perfect. It would never rain. I would never get sick in these shoes. Happiness would follow me everywhere…” That is how I felt when I first laid eyes upon this pair of Kate Spade neon pink pumps.

Ohhhh baby, come to mama! It’s the ultimate girlie color in a very sexy, womanly shoe. These pink beauties would be such a fun, easy way to brighten up anyone’s winter wardrobe- or any season for that matter. The price however, is far, far beyond my budget. Like four flights, a train ride, a bus ride (where you sit next to a chicken), another bus ride, and then a seven-mile hike…-like that far beyond.

I knew I needed to find some similar but much more affordable options. I listed my favorite finds for gorgeously bright heels below- all under $50!

Pretty Bright Heels

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(Um, hello perfect copycat!) Women’s Pleaser, Shoebuy.com, $48.95

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Cupid Trench, jcpenney.com, $39.44

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Fabulicious Lumina, shoebuy.com, $49

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Michael Antonio Lamiss, heels.com, $46

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FedraPump, justfab.com, $40

Ohhh yeah, this saucy stepmom is totally gonna be rocking the bright pink pair at next school play! What? I’ll pair it with some tasteful boyfriend jeans and a pink plaid shirt to keep it appropriately saucy.  In fact, wearing bright pumps is actually super easy even in everyday life. Just pair them neutral basics et voila…instant glam!

Outfit Inspo with Bright Heels

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Jessica Alba adds a pop of edgy chic to her outfit with these neon yellow pumps.


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I LOVE this outfit! The pink really makes the whole outfit pop. Notice how she keeps the pink from seeming too random by adding a small, matching accessory.


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Again, neutral basics + bright pumps = easy, casual glam!



April 21, 2014

Non-toxic cleaning products on a budget

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“It ain’t easy being green.” Boy, Kermit was not exaggerating when he first sang that song back in 1970. And although he was not talking about being ecologically friendly or environmentally safe, I am sure that both he and Jim Henson would be horrified at exactly how hard it is to be “green” in society today. Although using non-toxic cleaning products is much more chic than it was back then, or even ten years ago, the price of being green has not changed that much, leaving us Faking Fancy types struggling to find ways to live a non-toxic lifestyle in a world where a lot of our food, cleaning products, and other household items have been sprayed, painted or doused in a toxic chemical of some sort.

My “going green” story

I had a boyfriend die of stomach cancer about eight years ago, my dad is in remission from lymphoma, and I recently had a scary mammogram incident where an “unidentified mass” caused enough alarm to do a same-day ultrasound – it turned out to be just a swollen lymph node, but that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. After reading several books by Kris Carr, Suzanne Somers, and Rory Freedman, I became convinced that cancer can be prevented by eating right, exercising and getting rid of toxic chemicals throughout your household.

Non-toxic cleaning products


I didn’t have to look far when deciding to convert to non-toxic cleaners.  I had just moved in with my boyfriend (now husband), and he as already a devout user of Shaklee cleaning products which just happen to be non-toxic. Apparently, he was introduced to them by his ex-wife who was a distributor. Why he still used them and even purchased them through her was a tribute to how well they worked! I don’t know many divorced people who fork over cash to an ex-spouse for something unless they are ordered to, so the fact that Shaklee is the only kind of cleaning products he uses is really a testament to how well it works.

A few years ago I burned my hand on a hot cookie sheet. Like the movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” my husband walked over and put a few drops of the Basic H cleaner on my hand. “Soothes burns too,” he said. I stared at him and then down at the glossy drops of Basic H pooling out over the burn…and you know what? It did feel better. It also took red wine juice out of an expensive white, wool pillow.  I was so excited I wanted to tell everyone about this product!


Most non-toxic cleaners are way more expensive than their chemical-laden counterparts, but the Basic H2 cleaner is concentrated, so one $13 bottle cleaned my whole house for a year.  Are all of the products non-toxic and paraben-free? Yep! Do I buy every single one of their products? Nope. I definitely have my favorites, like the Scour Off paste that smells like bubblegum and cleans gunky shower scum super easy. And the Nature Bright Laundry booster which, mixed in a spray bottle with water is what made the red wine stain on my “dry clean only” pillow disappear.

If you visit my Shaklee website and click on the “About me” page you’ll see a few more products I love. That’s right, now I am a distributor and a proud user of some of the most amazing green products in the world. At least in my opinion. And Oprah’s. And Lara Spencer from Good Morning America…

It ain’t easy being green, but every baby step you take towards leading a healthy, non-toxic lifestyle can add years of love, laughter and lots of future adventures for you and your family!



*Picture courtesy of Jim Henson Productions.

April 16, 2014

Beauty school drop out…luxurious facials on a budget

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Photo courtesy of fanpop.com

Actually, I am a beauty school drop IN. I used to get relaxing pedicures twice monthly and luxurious facials about once a month. I LOVE getting facials. Not just for the benefits to my skin, but to me, they are just as relaxing as a full-body massage. And the price? While I used to pay about $60 for a facial at my local salon (a pretty good price considering most salons charge $75 and up) my local beauty school in Colorado Springs charges…drumroll please….(are you rolling your tongue or tapping on your desk? It’s worth it I swear…) $17.00 for an hour-long facial. Bananas! And every month the school runs specials on services, like a $15 pumpkin facial in October (it was Chocolate in February!).

That’s right folks, I can get an hour-long facial for less than half the national average, and you can too if you have a beauty school that offers client services in your area! My local beauty school performs their facials in private, individual rooms, so it really is like a real, honest-to-goodness, fancy salon facial. I have been to beauty schools where they perform the facial in a large room with a lot of beds, so if grandma falls asleep next to you, you have to listen to her snoring. But if I only have to spend about $25 on a $100 facial I will take some snoring – even better, bring your iPod with some downloaded spa music…ahhhh.

Not sure if your town/city has a beauty school that offers fabulously discounted services? Try this link HERE or google beauty schools in your city and click on the “salon services” link on their site.

Fancy facials a thing of the past? I don’t think so ladies!! Now get out there and glow!



P.S. If you like this post you’ll love my post, Drugstore Dupes of Expensive of Fancy Makeup!

April 7, 2014

A fancy fairy tale gets real…..

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About Me

In my former life, I was a single girl making great money and spending my disposable income freely on facials, clothes and whatever snazzy home décor item came my way. Then I met my prince charming and his three amazing kids…fast forward three years later and I am part of this wonderful family – only now, instead of being one girl with an income that only needed to provide for me; I am part of a five-person, two income household. Even with prince charming making good money as well, the math does not work out to the same as it did in my former life. With hockey league fees, school clothes, three stockings under the tree, dance recital costumes… I soon realized there is not a lot of money left for the facials; clothes and the snazzy home décor that I used to be able to afford …or is there?

While I LOVE my new life, this blog is a result of my wanting to not give up any of the fancy things I used to be able to afford before I had a family. I see so many moms, real, step or otherwise, give up a sense of their former “fancy” selves in order to provide for their kids and their family. Ladies- you CAN live a fabulously fancy life with less time and money than you ever thought possible- and Faking Fancy is here to help!

We all know the term “faking it” is normally used in a negative way, but with Faking Fancy you’ll learn that “faking it” is a good thing! Living a fancy life on a budget with less time and effort- what’s not to love? So thanks for stopping by. If you have any topics you’d like to see in the future on this site please send me an email at MissFakeFancy@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

Fancy air kisses,



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