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After asking everyone to submit how you live the fancy life every day, I realized that there is no right or wrong way to do it. There is no best way and there is no way to have a “winner!” All of the submissions I received were inspiring.

I picked six for you to vote on between now and Wednesday, December 16 at 5 p.m. Please vote for who you want to read about most. The winner will be featured here in the coming weeks and will win a $20 Patina gift card. All of these women have a great story and will make a very fancy feature.

Amy—finding fancy looks on the cheap.
I live the fancy life by finding cheaper versions of the looks I love from boutiques and fashion magazines. Getting compliments is wonderful, but it’s even better to be able to tell someone what a great steal my purchase was! Looking good AND getting a great deal—that’s what makes me feel fancy.

Lisa—midweek girlfriend gatherings.
Having a midweek impromptu get together with my girlfriends at one of our houses is a perfect way to break up the week. It is a great way to catch up and release stress. I love that it is easy, casual, and comfortable! It’s all about the little details! It makes me feel FANCY. Apps (homemade or store bought), wine and/or champagne, and girlfriends are all it takes to set the scene for good convo, lots of laughs, and priceless fab time with genuine friends…and as an added bonus—it doesn’t break the bank!

Erin—fancy dinners at home.
Having a three year old terrorizing the house leaves little room for fancy things, but we’ve been teaching our son the art of setting the table. We have plenty of colors of plates and cups and he sets them up in prep for dinner every night. Sometimes he sets places for his favorite bears and stuffed animals, so we move to our big dining table. We light candles in the center and use all our serving ware and make a fancy meal whenever we can!

Gina—inexpensive and fancy happy hour.
One of my favorite things that makes me feel fancy is going to Kincaids at taking advantage of the happy hour or late night happy hour specials. I get the mojitos for only $3 and half off all their amazing and super fancy apps. Like Brie and Lobster. YUM!

Erin R.—travel is fancy.
I feel fancy when I travel, whether to somewhere I’ve been or somewhere I’ve always wanted to go. A big city or a small town, it doesn’t matter. I’m not big on tourist attractions like museums and monuments – while those kinds of things are important and fun to visit, I think the best way to get to know a city is to get lost in it.  I love to wander and explore, to sit at a coffee shop and people-watch, to window shop (okay, and sometimes to really shop) and to talk to the people I meet.  And that’s what makes me feel the fanciest!

Andrea—the click of high heels.
I live fancy when I put on my favorite pair of boots with a pair of jeans and a cute top. Can’t help but feel fancy when I hear the click of my heels.