How to be fabulous

Fabulous is probably my favourite word. When I was on the cusp of turning 50 I had really mixed feelings – do I duck it and pretend to be 49 for years, or do I embrace it. I decided to go with the latter and to be fabulous at 50 and beyond.

How to be fabulous

Words are very important to me. I am writing a book about how single words have changed my life, and the word Fabulous would have to be included. This time last year I had a breakdown – a hard-earned one, and I can honestly say that embracing the fabulous has been a huge part of my journey.

I have been through a lot. A broken marriage, depression and numerous health issues which are still ongoing. The one thing I have learned is that the only person you can be is you. And it is your obligation to be the best you that you can be.

My favourite quote is this one from Dr Seuss.

Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is youer than you.

When we are authentic we are fabulous.

So how do you embrace your Fabulousness.

There are 6 principles of fabulousness that I have figured out.

Positivity

Being positive is another of those skills that you have to practice. Like any form of exercise it can be hard and frustrating at first.

The first time on the treadmill is hard, the second is harder, you feel awful, sore and sweaty, but ultimately you get it and start to feel fantastic. I only started walking (as a form of exercise) in my late forties. The first walk was so short, but after a short while I was clocking up the miles and I felt better.

Positivity is like that. Tap into positivity. Find your self daily affirmations – I am fabulous – and spend time around positive people – both online and off-line.

Inspiration

Inspiration is a wonderful thing. We all aspire to be better than we are and tapping into inspiration stretches us and makes us want to put the effort in to be a better version of ourselves. I find inspiration in my daily life, I also find it online by following people who I admire.

How many ‘friends’ do you have on Facebook? How many people do you follow? Follow people who you admire, and aspire to be like. Read books, listen to the radio and podcasts, put yourself in a place where you are inspired. But remember what you goal is – to be the best version of yourself.

We have a wonderful group on Facebook called Fabulous Woman – I go into the group every day, and sometimes more than once a day and get inspired by ordinary woman who are aspiring to be fabulous.

Motivation

This is another biggie for me. Motivation. Where do you find the motivation to do what you do every day, and then where are you going to find the motivation to do even more?

Motivation is your reason for acting on something. Your reason for getting up and changing things. My motivation is simple – I never want to go back to being a quivering scared woman in a marriage that was hurting me. I want to be the best mom I can to my son and I want people to know that everyone deserves to be happy.

That is a big vision, I know. We also need to break it down and talk about daily motivations. Perhaps you need some incentives on a daily or monthly basis to do nice things for yourself. That sounds funny just saying it but woman generally put everyone first before they do something for themselves. Your motivation is to be the best you that you can be and I promise you this that everyone around you will benefit from you being fabulous.

So set yourself some goals and set up some treats and incentives.

Creativity

I believe that everyone is creative. Some people paint or draw, and others might be creative in the kitchen or through crafts. I have been teaching crafts for many years and I just love the light that comes on when people are being creative.

It is simply fuel for the soul. We spend so much of our lives giving to others but we need to refuel. Eating well, drinking water and exercise are all important but being creative is essential.

You don’t need a lot of money to get started. Simply start in your daily life. Rearrange furniture or ornaments, write in a journal, tap into your creative well.

Add it into your mix and you will become even more fabulous.

Networking

Networking is an essential pillar of fabulousness for me. When you say networking to some people, a switch goes off. They are not in business, don’t have a business card and are not interested in getting up at 6 in the morning for a meet-up where business cards are swapped.

Networking is simple and it has been done since the beginning of time. You know that person that is connected to everyone? You know if you call them they will know someone who can help. She is a supreme networker.

We network in our daily lives every day and through this we create our circle – our network.

The thing to remember about networking is that it is relational not transactional. Networking is not about making a sale or a deal, it is simply about getting to know more people.

I love meeting new people, and simply getting to know them. Conversation is a great way of building relationships.

When you meet someone – tell them about you – not about what you do. Tell them what makes your heart sing.

Talk to people everywhere and build your network – you will be remembered for who you are that real authentic you.

Am I that one on Facebook who wears a crown and always talks about being fabulous, or am I a personal branding specialist? You will probably remember the crown but then at some stage when someone needs a personal branding specialist you might tell them about me.

We can use networking to surround ourselves with positive people who will motivate us, inspire us and spark our creativity too.

Appearance

Now, I know that I like pretty party dresses. I feel great if my hair looks great and I do love make-up. But that is just me.

For many years I didn’t embrace this side of me. I suffered from depression and cried so much that there was little point in make-up. I felt really ugly and fat because I listened to the criticism around me.

One day I made the decision to be fabulous and I need to tell you that I had to fake it for a while. Every day I got up and got dressed. I did my hair and accessorised. I took a make-up lesson and made a commitment to wearing make-up most days.

I feel that this is me – at my best, my most fabulous.

When I was all ‘dolled-up’ I felt better. I felt like the best version of me possible.

I just want to make a point here, that if you feel the best that you can be wearing jeans and a check shirt, that is ok too. What you want to tap into is dressing as you, to feel like the best of version of you.

It is a funny thing because when you tap into your fabulousness, people notice what you are wearing less, they notice how you feel and the energy you are putting out.

Be fabulous online and offline

Facebook is now the largest ‘country’ in the world. Most of us are on Facebook and many of us are on other social media sites such as Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram. It is really important that when you are showing up – as the best you that you can be, you do this online as well as offline. These days the first connection with many people is not in person but online. Grow your network and show your positivity online.

This is an extract from a talk I recently presented at the Festive Ladies Afternoon Tea in Mayo.

Thank you for reading and please feel free to share.

Nicole Mynott

Oh My Disney Contributor

What can be said about Sharpay Evans? Four-time president of East High School’s Drama Club, resident Albuquerque fashionista, Broadway star in the making… the girl has big hair and even bigger dreams. As we got to know the whirlwind of fabulosity that is Sharpay Evans, we realized there’s a lot that can be learned from this diva-in-the-making. If your life needs a little fabulous (it’s really a simple request) here’s how to apply Sharpay’s expertise into your daily routine.

Lesson One: Make an Entrance

Whether it’s an interview or the first day of school, you’ve always been told to make a good first impression. Sharpay knows this fact all too well and uses it to her advantage. When Sharpay walks into the room, you know she’s arrived. Nothing says fabulous like a perfectly executed power walk.

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Lesson Two: Confidence is Key

We’ve all had moments of doubt in our life, but Sharpay knows that uncertainty is the enemy of fabulous. Sure, she indulges in the occasional freak out, but she always pulls it together. Sometimes you have to put your game face on and show the world who is fabulous (especially when executing an extravagant tropical song and dance).

Lesson Three: Personal Branding is Everything

What are some ways you describe Sharpay Evans? Pink, sparkles, her monogram, more pink… we think you get the idea. These signature staples are the foundation of Sharpay’s fabulous personal brand. Her trademarks might seem excessive to the average eye (really, who owns a pink convertible AND a pink baby grand piano?) but they all help to establish Sharpay’s over-the-top lifestyle. While you don’t need to make all your possessions pink, you can find ways to leave your own mark of fabulous.

Lesson Four: Think Bigger

Part of being fabulous is never resting on your laurels. Who wants to be mediocre when you can be fabulous? That’s why Sharpay always challenges herself and others, like her brother Ryan, to think bigger. Why win the part in the musical when you could become superstars? Why JUST have sold out shows, when you could be the one the Oscar goes to? As Sharpay so eloquently put it, “bigger is better, and better is bigger, a little bit is never enough.”

Lesson Five: Always Believe in Your Dreams

Sharpay is a girl who knows what she wants and goes after it. Her dedication to her dream never waivers despite what people may say. Whether she’s after the lead in the spring musical, Troy Bolton, or Broadway stardom, Sharpay steadfastly believes she can accomplish anything she sets her mind too. Even if she doesn’t, (*cough Troy loves Gabriella cough*) she never gives up and that tenacity can only be admired. And besides, who needs a man when you can be the star of your own broadway show, right?

Bonus Lesson: Always Stage a Fabulously Epic Dance Sequence By a Pool

This lesson in fabulosity has been approved by Ms. Evans herself.

Definition of fabulous

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Other Words from fabulous

Synonyms for fabulous

  • fabled ,
  • legendary ,
  • mythical
  • ( or mythic )

Visit the Thesaurus for More

Choose the Right Synonym for fabulous

fictitious, fabulous, legendary, mythical, apocryphal mean having the nature of something imagined or invented. fictitious implies fabrication and suggests artificiality or contrivance more than deliberate falsification or deception. fictitious characters fabulous stresses the marvelous or incredible character of something without necessarily implying impossibility or actual nonexistence. a land of fabulous riches legendary suggests the elaboration of invented details and distortion of historical facts produced by popular tradition. the legendary exploits of Davy Crockett mythical implies a purely fanciful explanation of facts or the creation of beings and events out of the imagination. mythical creatures apocryphal implies an unknown or dubious source or origin or may imply that the thing itself is dubious or inaccurate. a book that repeats many apocryphal stories

The Meaning of Fabulous Before It Meant ‘Great’

Most of us use the word fabulous in an entirely positive sense, with the meaning “wonderful” or “marvelous.” This is an entirely acceptable way to use the word, but it is by no means the sense that fabulous had when it entered the English language: its original meaning was “characteristic of fables” (a fable is “an invented tale”). In that sense, “the fabulous legends of Arabia” refers to legends based upon fable rather than notably excellent legends. The semantic drift that fabulous has undergone is not at all uncommon in language, and we see comparable developments in words of similar in meaning. Fantastic previously meant “of, belonging to, or constituting fantasy”; awesome initially had the sole meaning “expressive of awe” (and many people wish that it still did); and terrific meant “terrible, terrifying” long before it meant “splendid.”

Examples of fabulous in a Sentence

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word ‘fabulous.’ Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of fabulous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fabulous

Middle English fabulous, fabulose “legendary, mythical,” borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French fabuleux, borrowed from Latin fābulōsus “celebrated in legend, resembling an invented story, mythical,” from fābula “talk, account, fable entry 1” + -ōsus -ous

How to be fabulous

By Judith Bowman, Next Avenue Contributor

(This article is adapted from the new book, How to Stand Apart @ Work by Judith Bowman.)

Most of us know how to behave in a way that is considered fine but very few know how to truly be fabulous. Employers, however, seek out and regularly hire those who have the “it” factor.

It’s the subtle, understated nuances that separate the fabulous job candidates from ones who are simply fine. Anything you can do to stand apart can help make you fabulous at your next job interview. Here are ways to do it:

Advance Preparation for the Interview

Making yourself fabulous for an interview starts before you arrive.

Research the firm and the individual/s with whom you are meeting (and learn proper name pronunciation). Visit the company’s website, and perhaps sites of its top competitors as well. Read recent news stories to be well informed regarding current activities pertaining to their business, the competition and industry trends.

Prepare questions to ask the interviewer, such as: What do you consider some of the firm’s greatest accomplishments, future challenges and direction? How long have you worked for the firm and why do you enjoy working there?

Remember, the interview is an opportunity for you to evaluate each other. Phrase your questions as if you are already their first choice for the job. Ask the interviewer how he or she views you and your expertise benefiting the company. Then bring this answer full circle in your closing remarks.

Arriving at Your Interview

Show up early for the interview, but no more than 15 minutes early. As soon as you arrive at your destination, cell phones and other devices: off. Stand “at the ready” and wait to confidently meet your host.

Your Interview Attitude

“Assume the Sale!” Act as if you already work there, with this person, in this building. Project positive energy, enthusiasm, sincerity and style; people are attracted to positive, upbeat people. Be well rested, well prepared, and well dressed to perform at your personal best.

Remember to Connect

Initiate small talk; anything visible in the office, or even outdoors, is fair game for conversation topics: photos, plaques, artwork, books, office décor and the like.

Share personal information, but not too much.

Decline Offers of Hospitality

Graciously decline offers of coffee and croissants. You don’t want to risk crumbs landing on your lapel, food getting stuck in your teeth or coffee breath. The “spillage factor” is real, and you do not want to be the person remembered for getting coffee on your résumé, your tie or dress or the interviewer’s desk.

There are exceptions, of course. If a porcelain or silver coffee or tea service appears, it would be rude to refuse such an offer.

Sitting and Seating

Think of sitting and seating as another opportunity to stand apart.

Always permit your host — the interviewer — to be seated first. If you have the option of sitting across the desk from, or angular to, your interviewer, choose angular. That way, you’ll eliminate the desk “barrier.” After all, you want nothing to interfere with the relationship you are endeavoring to forge.

Take Notes

It’s wise to take notes because this will help you remember what you hear and also show that you’re taking the interviewer seriously. But ask first. Asking shows that we assume nothing as we endeavor to build trust and grow the relationship.

Take personal notes about the interviewer and use this information in follow-up communication.

Attributes to Flaunt

You’ll also stand out by demonstrating how fabulous you are when it comes to your passion, adaptability and professionalism.

Be prepared to share how you feel your passion for what the interviewer wants could help make a difference in the company or even change the world, in some way.

Convince the interviewer that you are able to manage relationships and are a team player. Interviewers want to know if you are a “roll up the sleeves” type of individual and not a prima donna.

Possessing a professional presence is tantamount to making a positive first impression, but exhibiting overconfidence and self-importance can hurt you.

Make it clear that you are receptive to learning from (and working with) others and possess an element de humilité.

Compensation

What you’d be paid is clearly important, but it’s certainly a delicate topic.

Wait for the interviewer to initiate the topic. Then note your current salary or your desired salary or compensation package. Let the interviewer know that you are more interested in the opportunity to work with and learn from them than the pay and that you are confident the compensation will be fair.

If you receive an offer, advocate on your own behalf and negotiate. Interviewers usually have some financial leeway.

After the Interview

Send the interviewer a quick “thank you” email and then follow up with the timeless, traditional thank you note on your quality personal stationery. Since you will have taken notes during (or immediately following) the interview, mention something personal in your handwritten note.

So few people these days even bother to follow up with an email or call that anyone today who takes the time and goes to the trouble to send a handwritten personalized thank you note gets noticed, big time.

Judith Bowman is author of How To Stand Apart @ Work and an expert in business etiquette. She is founder of Protocol Consultants International and provides protocol certification training.

How to be fabulous

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How you look and feel in your fifties is usually the result of how you’ve been treating yourself since you were a young girl. I’ve committed my fair share of sins such as sunbathing without sunscreen (blisters on my shoulders and a peeled nose were to be expected every single summer as a kid), indulging in too much “Happy Hour” and extreme dieting, which led to an eating disorder I battled for years.

But, looking at my 52-year old self in the mirror today — age-related fine lines, wrinkles and gray hairs aside – I also see the results of good habits I picked up early in life. Fortunately they’re simple things that any young woman can do to reach midlife in half decent shape. If you’re 15, 20, 30 . don’t let anyone tell you it’s too early to start taking care of yourself. It’s never too soon! If you do as I say and as I did, one day, when you blow out your own 50 candles, you’ll thank me for this post!

How to be fabulous
© Lorraine C. Ladish (one month shy of 52)

Here are my 7 things you can do starting in your teens, to look and feel fabulous when you reach 50.

1. Moisturize your skin after every single shower or bath.
When you’re 50 and you’ve been using body lotion or baby oil on your skin after every.single.shower, well that’s a lot of body lotion, baby oil . and showers. It works. Your skin IS smoother than that of somebody who didn’t make applying body lotion a priority. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. What kind of lotion, you ask? A simple moisturizer you can afford and that makes you feel special when slathering it on.

2. Wash and hydrate your face morning and night.
Again, do this every single morning and every single night without fail. Even if you get home at dawn after a night of dancing. Even if you don’t feel like it. Even if you are sick with a cold or just gave birth to a baby. Been there, done that all. And yes, I’ve been washing my face and moisturizing at least twice a day, every.single.day, since I was 13. Use something affordable and for the age and condition of the skin you’re in.

3. Wear foundation or tinted moisturizer, even to the gym.
Makeup protects your complexion from the environment. I never leave the house without at least a BB or CC Cream. I started this habit at 15, 35 years ago. And, boy am I glad I did. Even when my skin is starting to show – gasp! – age spots, I like to see it glow with the help of a well-blended foundation that matches and enhances the tone of my skin. The secret is for it to look natural, not mask-like.

4. Get regular facials and massages.
I was treated to my first facial and full body massage at 19. It was a birthday present from a woman 30 years my elder with perfect skin. In Europe women get facials monthly and, over time, it makes a difference. If you can’t afford to do it professionally, learn to give yourself a facial at home. A massage helps you de-stress but also honor your body the way it’s meant to be honored and taken care of. It’s not a luxury. Even if you can only massage your feet at night, do it. Better than naught.

5. Exercise at least half an hour three times a week.
This may not sound like much, but considering that I took up running and yoga at 12 (I know, I was a bit freakish already) and that I’ve swam, danced, practiced yoga, hiked, rock-climbed, walked, pushed strollers, lifted weights, stretched, played racquetball – that is, done some form of exercise for an average of three times a week for 38 eight years, not counting the sports I did at school as a kid – that pretty much means I’ve exercised regularly my whole life. If you get into the habit of practicing a sport from an early age, your body will beg you to keep it up – it will start hurting, aching, gaining weight, if you stop. Start young. Start now.

6. Don’t go on crazy diets.
As a recovering bulimic, I know firsthand the potential hazards of any unnatural and extreme diet. It’s ok to eat a few potato chips. It’s not healthy to have them as your main diet staple. Eat three to five times a day in moderation, stop eating before you’re full and enjoy a bit of everything. Life is short. Don’t deprive yourself. Enjoy the pleasures of the Mediterranean diet. My abuelita is a good healthy 98 thanks to that, I’m sure.

7. Sleep as much as you need to.
Yeah, yeah, the early bird gets the worm and all that. Well, I don’t like worms and I can’t stomach getting up early. Of course if you’re a night owl like me and you have a day job or kids in school as I do, then you’re going to have to find a way to haul yourself out of bed early. But don’t cheat yourself out of sleep. I need eight or nine hours of shuteye to function the next day. You may only need six. Whatever it is, pay attention to your body. By the time you’re 50, often the solution for looking wide-eyed and refreshed doesn’t come in a jar . It’s the result of a good night’s sleep. Do whatever it takes (within reason) to get it!

These habits won’t make you look 30 at 50, but they will make you look and feel splendorous at midlife. The best possible you, physically and mentally. Coming up soon, habits that will keep you joyful and brimming with passion and a sense of purpose!

How to be fabulous

By Judith Bowman, Next Avenue Contributor

(This article is adapted from the new book, How to Stand Apart @ Work by Judith Bowman.)

Most of us know how to behave in a way that is considered fine but very few know how to truly be fabulous. Employers, however, seek out and regularly hire those who have the “it” factor.

It’s the subtle, understated nuances that separate the fabulous job candidates from ones who are simply fine. Anything you can do to stand apart can help make you fabulous at your next job interview. Here are ways to do it:

Advance Preparation for the Interview

Making yourself fabulous for an interview starts before you arrive.

Research the firm and the individual/s with whom you are meeting (and learn proper name pronunciation). Visit the company’s website, and perhaps sites of its top competitors as well. Read recent news stories to be well informed regarding current activities pertaining to their business, the competition and industry trends.

Prepare questions to ask the interviewer, such as: What do you consider some of the firm’s greatest accomplishments, future challenges and direction? How long have you worked for the firm and why do you enjoy working there?

Remember, the interview is an opportunity for you to evaluate each other. Phrase your questions as if you are already their first choice for the job. Ask the interviewer how he or she views you and your expertise benefiting the company. Then bring this answer full circle in your closing remarks.

Arriving at Your Interview

Show up early for the interview, but no more than 15 minutes early. As soon as you arrive at your destination, cell phones and other devices: off. Stand “at the ready” and wait to confidently meet your host.

Your Interview Attitude

“Assume the Sale!” Act as if you already work there, with this person, in this building. Project positive energy, enthusiasm, sincerity and style; people are attracted to positive, upbeat people. Be well rested, well prepared, and well dressed to perform at your personal best.

Remember to Connect

Initiate small talk; anything visible in the office, or even outdoors, is fair game for conversation topics: photos, plaques, artwork, books, office décor and the like.

Share personal information, but not too much.

Decline Offers of Hospitality

Graciously decline offers of coffee and croissants. You don’t want to risk crumbs landing on your lapel, food getting stuck in your teeth or coffee breath. The “spillage factor” is real, and you do not want to be the person remembered for getting coffee on your résumé, your tie or dress or the interviewer’s desk.

There are exceptions, of course. If a porcelain or silver coffee or tea service appears, it would be rude to refuse such an offer.

Sitting and Seating

Think of sitting and seating as another opportunity to stand apart.

Always permit your host — the interviewer — to be seated first. If you have the option of sitting across the desk from, or angular to, your interviewer, choose angular. That way, you’ll eliminate the desk “barrier.” After all, you want nothing to interfere with the relationship you are endeavoring to forge.

Take Notes

It’s wise to take notes because this will help you remember what you hear and also show that you’re taking the interviewer seriously. But ask first. Asking shows that we assume nothing as we endeavor to build trust and grow the relationship.

Take personal notes about the interviewer and use this information in follow-up communication.

Attributes to Flaunt

You’ll also stand out by demonstrating how fabulous you are when it comes to your passion, adaptability and professionalism.

Be prepared to share how you feel your passion for what the interviewer wants could help make a difference in the company or even change the world, in some way.

Convince the interviewer that you are able to manage relationships and are a team player. Interviewers want to know if you are a “roll up the sleeves” type of individual and not a prima donna.

Possessing a professional presence is tantamount to making a positive first impression, but exhibiting overconfidence and self-importance can hurt you.

Make it clear that you are receptive to learning from (and working with) others and possess an element de humilité.

Compensation

What you’d be paid is clearly important, but it’s certainly a delicate topic.

Wait for the interviewer to initiate the topic. Then note your current salary or your desired salary or compensation package. Let the interviewer know that you are more interested in the opportunity to work with and learn from them than the pay and that you are confident the compensation will be fair.

If you receive an offer, advocate on your own behalf and negotiate. Interviewers usually have some financial leeway.

After the Interview

Send the interviewer a quick “thank you” email and then follow up with the timeless, traditional thank you note on your quality personal stationery. Since you will have taken notes during (or immediately following) the interview, mention something personal in your handwritten note.

So few people these days even bother to follow up with an email or call that anyone today who takes the time and goes to the trouble to send a handwritten personalized thank you note gets noticed, big time.

Judith Bowman is author of How To Stand Apart @ Work and an expert in business etiquette. She is founder of Protocol Consultants International and provides protocol certification training.

How to be fabulous

Next Avenue is public media’s first and only national journalism service for America’s booming older population. Our daily content delivers vital ideas, context and

Next Avenue is public media’s first and only national journalism service for America’s booming older population. Our daily content delivers vital ideas, context and perspectives on issues that matter most as we age.

Definition of fabulous

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from fabulous

Synonyms for fabulous

  • fabled ,
  • legendary ,
  • mythical
  • ( or mythic )

Visit the Thesaurus for More

Choose the Right Synonym for fabulous

fictitious, fabulous, legendary, mythical, apocryphal mean having the nature of something imagined or invented. fictitious implies fabrication and suggests artificiality or contrivance more than deliberate falsification or deception. fictitious characters fabulous stresses the marvelous or incredible character of something without necessarily implying impossibility or actual nonexistence. a land of fabulous riches legendary suggests the elaboration of invented details and distortion of historical facts produced by popular tradition. the legendary exploits of Davy Crockett mythical implies a purely fanciful explanation of facts or the creation of beings and events out of the imagination. mythical creatures apocryphal implies an unknown or dubious source or origin or may imply that the thing itself is dubious or inaccurate. a book that repeats many apocryphal stories

The Meaning of Fabulous Before It Meant ‘Great’

Most of us use the word fabulous in an entirely positive sense, with the meaning “wonderful” or “marvelous.” This is an entirely acceptable way to use the word, but it is by no means the sense that fabulous had when it entered the English language: its original meaning was “characteristic of fables” (a fable is “an invented tale”). In that sense, “the fabulous legends of Arabia” refers to legends based upon fable rather than notably excellent legends. The semantic drift that fabulous has undergone is not at all uncommon in language, and we see comparable developments in words of similar in meaning. Fantastic previously meant “of, belonging to, or constituting fantasy”; awesome initially had the sole meaning “expressive of awe” (and many people wish that it still did); and terrific meant “terrible, terrifying” long before it meant “splendid.”

Examples of fabulous in a Sentence

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word ‘fabulous.’ Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of fabulous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fabulous

Middle English fabulous, fabulose “legendary, mythical,” borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French fabuleux, borrowed from Latin fābulōsus “celebrated in legend, resembling an invented story, mythical,” from fābula “talk, account, fable entry 1” + -ōsus -ous

They’ve been married for 15 years.

How to be fabulous

How to be fabulous

This story was originally published 11/20/2020. It has been updated to reflect new information.

Fixer to Fabulous is one of our favorite shows on HGTV. The series, which just wrapped its second season, follows Bentonville, Arkansas, husband-and-wife Jenny and Dave Marrs as they overhaul old homes in Northwest Arkansas— all while raising five young children and running their own blueberry farm.

With Jenny’s eye for design, and Dave’s handy craftsmanship and general contracting background, the couple has restored over 300 homes in their area. But besides their work on the show and through their local business Marrs Developing, Jenny and Dave are passionate about numerous causes around the globe including community transformation, family preservation, and orphan care. Their hearts are truly present in everything they do. Here are 13 things you might not know about HGTV’s Fixer to Fabulous couple Dave and Jenny Marrs.

They watch every episode with their fans

Following the season two finale of Fixer to Fabulous, Jenny penned a sweet note to fans on Instagram thanking them for tuning in each week. She also revealed that she and Dave watch each episode for the first time right when fans do. “We don’t get to see them before they air and it’s kind of like walking down memory lane as we watch,” she wrote. She went on to explain that it can be “nerve-wracking” at times “because we have no control over how the work will be received.”

Despite her and Dave’s qualms, they’re grateful for the feedback they receive. “You all allow us the great privilege of joining you in your living rooms on Tuesday nights and you send Dave and I the kindest words of encouragement and tell us how we made you laugh or how we inspired you to take a risk and paint a wall or try a project you’ve been putting off for years,” she noted.

She also praised fans for their charitable efforts. “You blow us away and show up for families across the globe with immense generosity,” she wrote, grateful for a fanbase that is receptive to the causes so near and dear to her and Dave. Just recently, they hosted a ticketed sweepstakes where all proceeds went to Help One Now — an effort that wouldn’t have been worthwhile without a supportive fanbase.

“Thank you for cheering us on and for watching this fun little show of ours. We don’t take the privilege lightly and we pray that this season was a bright spot in the world,” Jenny wrote at the end of her post.

They met in 2002 at work

After graduating college in 2002, Dave was offered a job at Newell Brands’ Rubbermaid, as he told About You. It’s through this role at Newell Brands that he met Jenny, who worked in a different department. The two quickly became close; however, Dave’s job profile required him to relocate and travel frequently. The couple dated long distance for a while until they decided to take the next step.

In 2004, Dave left his job at the company and decided to move to Arkansas to pursue building and construction — which held a special place in his heart as he had grown up building log cabins in Colorado with his dad. “So, I did the corporate world for two years, which was enough. It allowed me to meet Jenny… but I just got sick of it,” he told the outlet. “When I said I [was] going to start building again, Jenny took a big leap of faith and said we’ll try Arkansas for a couple of years,” he recalled.

Fast forward sixteen years later and Dave, a Colorado native, and Jenny, who hails from Florida, never left Arkansas. “I think, like a lot of people do here, we came for a stint and realized how great a place it is, Jenny said. “This is home.”

Jenny was Dave’s “sugar mama” for a while

After the couple moved to Arkansas in 2004, Dave started his own construction company, Marrs Developing. At the time, Jenny was still pursuing a career in marketing and sales. However, she pitched in as much as she could on the design end. While she had no official background in design (as she had studied marketing and public relations in college), she always loved getting in touch with her creative side.

“We were broke, and I had a real job. He was just starting, so I was the ‘sugar mama,'” Jenny jokingly said in 2018. She revealed that in 2012, eight years after Marrs Developing had launched, she officially left her corporate and joined Dave full-time at the company.

They’ve been married for 15 years

Jenny and Dave got married on April 2nd, 2005. “Thanks for being my main squeeze forever and ever, Mr. Marrs. I’m sure glad I snagged you,” she wrote on Instagram in 2017 for their 12 year wedding anniversary.