When faking it is okay

November 5, 2002

We?ve all seen it. We can spot it a mile away because we know the look when we see it? and let?s face it, we?ve all been guilty of making that mistake ? and that?s what it is..a major fashion boo boo. We?re talking fake Gucci sunnies, fake Louis Vuitton hand luggage, fake Dolce and Gabbana jacket, fake Prada wallet, fake diamond jewellery on her right hand with a fake ruby necklace around her neck. In fact, we?re talking fake everything -the whole kit and kaboodle. This is not the way to do fake.If all of the above were authentic, we would be talking somewhere in the $20,000 mark on accessories alone. This is where you?ve got to be really careful with your choice of fake. One piece will do the trick just nicely. If you are lucky enough to have a real pair of Gucci sunglasses, then it?s okay to mix up the look with a fake hand-bag and wallet. No one will know any better. The key with fakes is that if you throw one in with a really strong look, no one will doubt the authenticity. The thing you don?t want to hear is ?Where did you get that fake Prada?? but you do want to hear, ?Hey, I love your Prada.?

Don?t wear them all at once and don?t make a point of telling, (or go out of your way to tell anyone) that your necklace is not real. What they don?t know won?t hurt them and remember that a little mystery is a beautiful thing. We say go fake, but do it with style. Less is definitely more. Choose your fakes with precision. Don?t pick up something that is going to look like you just robbed a bank to get hold of it. Get something in line with your current style and pair it with your old favourite jeans. You want the look to be believable. You also don?t want people counting the amount of fake in your wardrobe, but rather, you want them to admire you for your financial savvy in being able to save up to buy the original Gucci saddle bag. And how great would that look, by the way with your old faded jeans, white t-shirt, cowboy boots teamed with your fake Gucci sunnies. That, sister, is what we call doing fake in style.

And the winner is…

Australia! With an overload of beauty products coming into Australia from all parts of the globe, (and don?t we love them?) it?s easy to get really, really confused and to forget about supporting this big and expansive country of ours. There?s no need to shop further than Australian when it comes to beauty products that do the job and have also been designed to suit our particular climate – and at the moment it is very, very dry. We?ve had a bit of a look around and come up with 6 of our top pics. We say spend on Australian product and please? may it rain!


  • Think gold, with MIKI Jungle Juice Safari Suit Skin Shimmer.

    A great trick to re-enforce positive thought is to think that everything around you is gold?that you are literally surrounded by it. The hands-on approach exists in a little cute as a button tube. Whether you?re the sun drenched surfie girl type or the click glamour type, you?ll love this product.

  • Aesop Rind Aromatique Body Balm. (approx $28)

    Aromatic and heavenly, Aesop has become internationally known for its handmade preparations jam-packed with botanical extracts. Our favourite is Bitter orange, grapefruit seed and lemon peel for the ultimate in hydration. It?s worth every cent.

  • Bod Body Cleansing Bars. (approx $9)

    This range is all herbal princess with its combination of Eastern philosophy and modern therapy. These skin bars are not tested on animals and they are also vegan. Try Sandal Wood. It?s the kind of scent you?ve always searched for.

  • Beauty and The Beeswax Lip Balms.

    All organic and made in Tasmania, this product understands the climate control the average Aussie girl needs to be aware of. This balm moisturises and protects at the same time and tastes pretty good too?leatherwood honey and olive oil. Need we say more?

  • The Natural Source Hi-Shine Haircare Shampoo and Conditioner.

    Made from micro brewed beer, which gives shine and promotes gloss. The Natural Source is Australia?s top naturopathic range – so good, it probably makes you feel better on the inside too.

  • Becca Tinted Glow Enhancer

    Hot, new Australian cosmetics line specialising in the kinds of make-up that is just right for girls like us. Glow Enhancer is cheating, but we love it. Gives you the warmest honey glow for summer. 

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