When I sat down to think about my gift guide for the year, I realized how important small businesses and indie brands are to How to be Fancy. Without so many of these makers and creators taking a chance on me – a slightly bookish girl with brightly colored hair – I wouldn’t have the ability to create some of my favorite looks or videos to share with you. They are special – not just because of the things they create or source, but because of the heart that goes into each and every aspect of their work.

So this year I’m taking a break from the mainstream and throwing a big party in celebration of the women who run stuff. They are my heroes and you are going to LOVE them!


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Fall Retro Lookbook

This week, I’m sharing a few of my favorite California does fall outfits from our recent trip to the golden state. Stay tuned next week for the beginning of Christmas at How to be Fancy (Hint: Gift Guide Goodness) and maybe even a little vlog of my very first trip to Disneyland!

Check the video description box for links to everything I wore!



Look One Details: Jessica Simpson Ballet Flats

retro pinup style

Vintage pins make everything feel a bit special


A quick color change and flipping my hair on the busy streets of San Diego. PROFESSIONAL 😜

Rockabilly style

vintage travel fashion

Cute but comfy travel style.

vintage bangles

Bangles – noisy but worth it!

vintage travel fashion

Love vintage inspired handbags that go with everything


Simple Summertime

Some of my favorite pieces to wear over the past month have been simple, flowy statement pieces. The kind that don’t take a lot of accessorizing – because heat and loads of jewelry don’t always play well together in my world.

off the shoulder casual top

she inside sandals

she inside ruffle top

she inside red sandal

Shoes and Top: She In | Ankle Jeans, Asos | Bag, Vintage


Ten Minutes to Brunch

Ah Sunday! The day when every good girl and boy must drag themselves from the blanket abyss because – brunch. If you need the easiest hairstyle ever, watch this week’s simple 1940’s hair tutorial. It’s inspired by the working girl’s pageboy, Lauren Bacall’s sexy deep part, and my sheer laziness.

I even made you a swingin’ playlist to get you out of bed and in the mood (sorry, Sunday Punday).

Here’s a list of the things I used to get this look:

Pin Curl Clips:
Big Sexy Hair Spray:
t3 Curling Iron:
Denman Styling Brush:
The Red House Pomade:

Big thanks to Heather at Belle Blossoms for sending over her glorious blooms – more to come on those very soon!



I’m wrapping up the green beauty giveaway tomorrow (haven’t entered?! Check out the video here!) and thought I would share a few items I’ve got my eye on from Nuciya Beauty. If you’re looking for another stop in finding natural, organic, and green beauty products, add them to your list!

nuciya natural cosmetics

Takesumi Detox Deodorant; Vapour Instant Skin Perfector; Caru Cucumber + Lime Toner; Treat Collection Nail Polishes; Josh Rosebrook Balance Shampoo;  Karen Murell Lipsticks; Battington Silk Lashes; Apoterra Lavender + Green Clay Soap




This top, you guys. It’s like the MVP of my closet right now, for reals. When I got it in the mail, I wasn’t sure how much wear I could get out of a simple black crop top. I sorely underestimated it’s ability to go with anything and everything high waisted.

TOBI black top - How to be fancyCROP TOP: C/O TOBI
TOBI black top - How to be fancy

On this particular day, I paired the wrap-style sheer top with my high waisted flare jeans. I love how it hits at just the right spot so there’s no need to tuck it in.

TOBI black top - How to be fancyTOBI black top - How to be fancyThe open back is just enough to show off a pretty bra but not over the top at all. This is definitely one of those staple pieces I can see myself reaching for during the hot and hazy days of summer!

TOBI black top - How to be fancy

I’m already making plans to wear some big silver boho earrings, comfy printed pants and maybe some cute booties with this top in the very near future. Make sure you check out Tobi and get 50% off your first order!



SIZZLER SUNDAY | Third Time’s a Charm

Okay, not sure how much longer I can keep up the cute numeric titles, but I’ve got a few adorable yet handy things to share with you today!

beauty and jewelry how to be fancy

My faves this week all unintentionally match!

Tony Moly Banana Peeling CreamI snagged this in the Tony Moly store a few months ago and have just now given it a try. If you’re not into more serious peels, I would highly recommend this one! It’s super gentle and smells amazing!

The Wreckerd Mill Shell NecklaceI fell in love with pretty much everything from Wreckerd Mill during Nashville Boogie. This gorgeous necklace is made out of recycled records. My only regret is not running back into grab one of the insane sculptured hair flowers he makes!

Apothic & Co. ToothpastePlease tell me I’m not the only one who swoons over weird stuff like toothpaste. Please?? I snagged a few tubes of this beauty on clearance at Anthropologie last weekend (totally reasonable, right?). It’s sold out online but you may be able to grab it in store!

Earthbound Trading Co. Ring. I kind of can’t get enough of the jewelry at Earthbound right now. Actually, I would take all of their furniture, too, if I thought I could get away with it.

Meow Meow Tweet Relief Balm. This stuff is great for a multitude of things, but recently I’ve been using it on my tattoos to soothe and brighten them. It smells great and works magic – it’s also good for headaches and general aches and pains!

I’m off to a three year old’s birthday party now – wish me luck!!!


YouTube Files #2

Does anyone else feel like they’ve lost all sense of date/time? This 3 day weekend threw me for a loop and I totally spaced on filming everything I needed for Tuesday’s Fancy in Four video. In the spirit of not being to hard on myself (practice what you preach, lady), I opted to share it with you guys next week. I’m hoping it will be super fun (and I’m sure 90% of you didn’t even notice, tbh)!

I DID get a new Petit Vour box and it had some pretty great stuff inside, so make sure you take a peek before you head off into your weekend adventures!

Happy Friday my dears – let me know what you get up to this weekend over on Snapchat or Instagram!



madam glam nail polish

Over the past few months I’ve developed quite the addiction to gel nail polishes. For a time, I was really struggling to get normal polish to dry – for some reason it felt the need to stay tacky. I mean that in all the literal ways possible.

I jumped at the chance to try the Madam Glam gel polishes when they were kind enough to offer. After the first try lasted on my nails for over two weeks, I was hooked. You can check out my first impressions and full review video here. I went on to purchase several other shades and am currently making a list for others (I really DO need more brights for summer, I swear!).

madam glam gel polish

From Lower Left: Rosy Nude, Light Ruby, Brick, Sexy Purple, Sangria, Love for Lilac, Pure Cloud, and My Bestie and Me (this one is color changing)

I’ve swatched my current collection of gel nail polishes from Madam Glam for you because who doesn’t want to see all the pretty colors?? Each swatch is only two coats of polish with no top coat – it’s super shiny on it’s own but looks even better when you top it off with the clear top coat! As long as you CAREFULLY remove the polish, I’ve not experienced too much damage to my natural nail (I’ve got a video on how to safely remove gel polishes right here). The only other down side is that you can’t change polish colors quickly, but I’ve found I haven’t wanted to since the colors wear so nicely for so long!

Thanks to Madam Glam for letting me share a 30% off code if you’d like to try out the system as well! Use code: HHDTBF30 to get the discount! Happy Polishing! 


*This post is not sponsored, however, Madam Glam graciously sent their LED Gel Nail system. As always, I only review products I absolutely love – it’s just how I roll! 😉



I had so much fun with last week’s Sizzler Sunday post I’ve decided to go back for seconds.

weekly favorites

These Sunglasses from Firmoo. Firmoo is a relatively new brand to me. I tried out an order in April and so far have been LOVING the quality of the designs they produce. Plus, you can get your prescription placed in most of their glasses and sunnies. I’m working on a full review video of all my Firmoo frames (plus a pretty great surprise for you guys) so keep your eyes on my YouTube channel for more soon!

This Wild + Free Read. The subtitle of this book alone totally spoke to my heart. If you are someone who has ever felt like you’re too much or not enough, PLEASE grab a copy of this book. Jess and Haley voice so clearly the truth of what it really means to be a woman!

This Smelly-Goodness. Flowerbomb by Victor and Rolf has long been on my want-to-own-it list, so imagine the happy dance I did when Influenster sent me this glorious surprise. This was the first time I’ve tried a fragrance oil and it is both delightful and lasts forever. It is a bit on the strong side so use caution if you’re super sensitive to scent!! If I’m honest, the pretty packaging does as much for me as the fragrance – I never knew a pink glass grenade could give me heart eyes!

I’d love to know what things you’ve fallen for this week!!