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I Love Fake Stuff

Kathleen Thometz

Posted on January 12, 2019 20:30

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Imitations are great because they give the illusion of the real thing but are cheaper, easier, and sometimes healthier to use.

Stormy and Sunny are sitting in front of a gas fireplace, with fake garland, and battery-operated candles.

I was at my book club last month, when in walked one of our former members looking like a rock star. We couldn’t stop drooling over how great she looked, especially her fabulous hair.

She’d been living in Nashville and confessed to having gone “southern.” We had no idea what that meant until she unclipped a hair piece from the top of her head. She went back to looking like the fiftyish woman she is, then she popped the thing back on and, voila, the rock star was back.

While I’ve no desire for one of these pricey hair pieces, I can totally see how it would be life changing for women who feel they need a little lift and length, and I’m all about fake stuff that creates illusions that make life a little bit nicer.

For instance, my closet is full of fake furs, full length, mid-thigh, and short—which happen to double as summer furs—warm little jackets that I wear to cold, summer restaurants. Although faux furs are not very warm on a wintry day, they look great, and I get lots of compliments, and that warms my heart.

As far as my home goes, I’m infatuated with the middle ages, so I had no problem dropping $250 on a case of Texens LED Flame Effect light bulbs. When I return to my “castle” in the evening, it looks like something out of a medieval romance.

Inside, my Inglow Flameless battery-operated candles are flickering in each room and I complete the effect when I put on my fake fur robe and turn on my gas fireplace. While it doesn’t throw much heat, it’s no work and has real flames, and that’s plenty real for me.

In the summer, I light my gas fire pit and enjoy the evening without breathing in smoke or risking burning down my neighbor’s house. There's an added benefit—I don’t have any messy, rodent-infested cords of wood leaning up against my garage.

What are some of the other fakes I enjoy? Christmas trees, I have three; plants in hard to reach places, and my dogs. One is a Great Pyrenees poodle mix and the other a Newfoundland poodle mix. Because of their ever-growing fur, they give the illusion of being big dogs without the hip problems and the drool.

On a more personal level, I can no longer handle caffeine but I still want to have coffee in the morning, so I brew up a pot of decaf. It gives me the same satisfaction as having the real deal but without the shakes or anxiety. I don’t drink alcohol anymore but still like to have a cocktail, so I pour mineral water into a wine glass, pop in a twist of lime and I’m good to go. If I can only find as satisfying an imitation of dessert…

Kathleen Thometz

Posted on January 12, 2019 20:30

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