Slubby

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing George at ASDA textured chunky cardigan & Wonderfit skinny jeans, FAIIINT Splice tank top, Kurt Geiger Saturn boots & Balenciaga city bag. All black everything dark style casual outfit.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing George at ASDA textured chunky cardigan & wonderfit black skinny jeans.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Ottoman Hands Signs & Symbols labradorite gold ring & Phoebe Jewellery Moonstone Moon Necklace.

I think these ‘wonderfit’ jeans might be the comfiest pair I’ve ever owned & that’s coming from a bit of a skinny jeans fanatic, they certainly live up to their name, hugging every inch perfectly thanks to an impressive amount of stretch and they are so soft they feel more like I’m wearing a pair of leggings. Normally when I get home I can’t wait to take off my favourite pair of super skinnies and set my legs free, but I’ve been happily lounging around in these all day. I think that’s pretty impressive considering they’re only £20! This cardigan is also from George (much to a lot of peoples surprise who assumed it was much more expensive) they’ve got some lovely knitwear in at the moment and being the sucker for interesting textures that I am I couldn’t pass this up. Knitted from a chunky yarn with ribbon woven through it gives it this great slubby kind of texture, it’s super soft and cuddly and the fit is that perfect kind of oversized, I know I’ll be wearing this a tonne come autumn.

I seem to be getting a little collection of labradorite jewellery lately & this ring from Ottoman Hands is my latest addition. I love the raw, organic look of their pieces which are crafted using traditional Ottoman jewellery making techniques and the brand also works closely with local Turkish gem cutters and artisans when producing their collections. This is from their ‘Signs & Symbols’ collection, and I already have my eye on a few more pieces as I’ve barely stopped wearing this one.

Whilst I’m talking of things I can’t stop wearing, no, I don’t think I have taken these Kurt Geiger boots off since they arrived! I have to admit I brought them mainly because they were just too cheap to pass up & I’ll always have soft spot for lace up boots, but after trying them on they quickly became my new favourite pair. It might be a while before you see a different pair of shoes on my feet around here!

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Lush Cup O’ Coffee Mask & Ocean Salt Scrub

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As I mentioned in my post from the Lush Summer Sneak Peek evening earlier this week, I discovered a few new favourites to add to my skincare collection thanks to recommendations from the Lush girls & the generous selection of products in our goodie bags for us to try too. I don’t post an awful lot of beauty reviews here, but when I come across products I truly love & that do exactly what they claim like these, I do like to shout about them and share them with you guys.

I’m a bit of a face mask addict (and also a coffee one too!) so as soon as Becca introduced me to their new Cup O’ Coffee mask & the intoxicating coffee scent hit me, I knew I had to try it out. Clay masks are my favourite kind for my combination skin, and this one is packed with kaolin but also agave syrup and oils for added moisturising, so it’s not drying on my less oily areas like some masks can be. It’s pleasantly thick and the strong scent really lingers whilst it’s on, it’s enough alone to give you a wake up kick in the morning! After applying to skin and leaving for 5-10 minutes, you wet your hands and gently scrub before rinsing. The coffee grounds are quite a strong exfoliator, perfect if you like a real good scrub, but I already use AHA’s at night so I just gave it a light massage. Afterwards my skin was noticeably perkier, brighter and incredibly soft too. I guess caffeine is as good at waking up my skin as it is my brain! This comes in two sizes, I went with the smaller one to test it first, but with such instant results it has already become part of my weekly skincare routine and I will absolutely be going back for the full sized one soon so I can try it out on my body too.

The Ocean Salt Scrub I’ve been using mainly as a body scrub as it’s a little too gritty for me to want to use on my face along with my other exfoliators. A combination of sea salt, grapefruit, fresh limes steeped in vodka plus avocado butter, coconut oil and seaweed to condition and soften. This has been a real treat to use on dry areas like my shins, knees and elbows, leaving them soft and free of scaly, dry skin. I love the citrus scent of this in the mornings too, it’s fresh and invigorating and perfect for helping me to wake up on early mornings.

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SummerDine at Highcross

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Last week I was invited along with a small group of other local bloggers to sample some of the best places to eat at Highcross to celebrate the launch of the Highcross PLUS App. It’s free to download and has lots of exclusive offers and discounts across many of Highcross’s stores and restaurants, with a special focus on dining throughout August. I love that Leicester is starting to become a more foodie kind of city, with new places from independents to much loved chains seeming to be popping up constantly over the past few months and the vast majority of these are situated around the outdoor food court area of Highcross.

I headed over to Bill’s for starters, where I met up with the lovely Gabby who’d invited us, plus Nancy, Sophia, Emma & Hareem. I’ve always loved eating at Bill’s when I’ve been to one elsewhere in the UK, so I was really excited when I first heard we were getting one here too and it’s quickly become one of my new favourite places for lunch. The menu is nice and varied, with plenty of great vegetarian options so I don’t find myself constantly ordering the same thing and getting bored and the food is all really hearty and delicious. We were treated to a selection of starters and to share, which was perfect as we all got to try out a lot of things we hadn’t had the chance to try before. Favourites for me were the Crispy Crumbed Halloumi, Bill’s Cheese on Toast and the Spiced Tortilla Chips. Though not something we had this time, I highly recommend the halloumi veggie burger too! I might have filled myself up a little bit too early considering there were two more courses to go, but I just couldn’t stop eating the halloumi, Grille Piadina bread and tortilla chips, they were soo good!

After Bill’s we made our way over to Handmade Burger Co for mains. I’m already a big fan of theirs and I love that they have a selection of veggie burgers and allow you to mix and match everything too so I actually have a choice, instead of just the usual lone veggie burger on the menu to keep us happy! This time I went for the Goats Cheese Veggie Stack which is made up of some of my favourite things – chargrilled mixed peppers, juicy mushroom, goats’ cheese, caramelised red onion relish & watercress. My eyes lit up when it came out and I saw that it had a really nice thick slice of goats’ cheese, the more cheese the better as far as I’m concerned! It’s definitely something I’ll be ordering again. We also got some sides, and I think all of us ended up ordering a portion of sweet potato fries with rosemary salt, those went down really well. Of course I couldn’t not try the Oreo Shake, I love a good shake and it was even more sickly and amazing than it looks!

Service here is usually self-serve but we were given table service and our waiters Paddy and Sam were super friendly and accommodating, they did a brilliant job of explaining everything to us, recommending dishes and seemed genuinely interested in making sure we had a great meal. Most of our table mixed and matched their burgers and added extras but Lerelle, Eddie, Johnny and Blake in the kitchen did a great job of making sure we got everything quickly and all together. I was a little jealous of some of the girls meaty burgers, the ‘Slow N Low’ pulled pork one looked and smelled incredible and I do wish I could have had a little bite, burgers and bacon are my vegetarian weakness!

The plan was to visit Patisserie Valerie for dessert, but as we all got chatting we lost track of time and realised too late that it would be closing too soon to go. It was a shame as I do love their cakes, but thankfully Handmade Burger Co also do ridiculously good sundaes, so we decided to each get one of the flavours and share so we could try them all! If I had to pick a favourite it would have to be between the Banoffee Pie and the Brownie & Waffle, but honestly they were all very good.

We left ready to burst with a takeaway shake in hand (highly recommend the butterscotch!) which I curled up on the sofa with as soon as I got home, the perfect end to a really lovely night. It was so nice to see Nancy & Hareem again, and meet Gabby, Sophia and Emma too, the 6 of us was the perfect number of people and we were all talking each other to death before we knew it! Thanks so much to Gabby for the invite.

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Lush Leicester Summer Sneak Peek

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Last week I had a nice little group of blog events all right here in Leicester. It’s rare to have even a single event here, so to have a bunch all together like this and not have to travel anywhere to get to them made for such a lovely week. Thursday was the Lush Summer Sneak Peek, a preview evening celebrating the launch of their latest ranges, we got to check them all out and splurge our cash on the pre-release products before they went on sale to the public.

I headed down to the store to meet up with our small gang of local bloggers – Nancy, Hollie, Kirstie, Steph, Laura & Emma. I’d met some of the girls before at other events and the others when we recently organised a bit of a meet up – if you’re a local blogger too go join our group as we’re hoping to make the meet ups a regular thing. It’s so nice to finally know some other bloggers here, I’ve become good friends with people from all over the country through blogging but I’d never really met any other bloggers from my home town, I was beginning to think it was just me!

I grabbed one of the delicious vegan cupcakes as soon as I arrived and was immediately drawn over to the super bright display of new bath products. I must admit, I’m more of a shower girl really and I never feel like I have the time to have a real soak in the bath, so when I do it’s nice to make it a little more luxurious and the new Intergalactic bath bomb and Sunnyside & Karma bubble bars had my name all over them. Their skincare is my favourite thing though and I could easily have spent a fortune picking up new cleansers and masks, but I behaved and just picked up the Cup O’ Coffee mask, clay based masks are my favourite for my combination skin and I couldn’t say no to that smell!

We also had a little workshop upstairs where we could make our own The Comforter bar or Butterball bomb, it was really fun to get hands on and be able to take home something you’d made yourself. I made myself a Butterball after hearing such great things about it from the other girls. I guess because it’s quite plain looking I’d never picked it up or tried it before, but after trying it for myself I have to agree, it’s really wonderful and leaves your skin amazingly soft.

We all had such a nice time and left with the most generous goodie bags, I seriously had to resist the urge to jump into the bath and try everything out all at once as soon as I got home! I’ll be doing a little review on some new favourites I’ve discovered soon. Thanks again to the girls at Lush for the invite and for organising a really lovely evening!

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Weathered

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Todd Lynn x Topshop tux jacket, AllSaints Agena draped dress, Mulberry Mabel bag large, A Weathered Penny Geo necklace and ring, Kurt Geiger Saturn boots. All black everything goth dark street style outfit. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing A Weathered Penny gold geometric necklace and brass arrow ring. Details.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Todd Lynn x Topshop tux jacket, AllSaints Agena draped dress, Mulberry Mabel large black handbag. All black everything goth dark street style outfit. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Todd Lynn x Topshop tux jacket, AllSaints Agena draped dress, Mulberry Mabel bag large, A Weathered Penny Geo necklace and ring, Kurt Geiger Saturn boots. All black everything goth dark street style outfit.

I’m desperately hoping that this gloomy weather isn’t the start of the end of our summer, it seems like we had a week or two of blazing sunshine and now already it’s starting to get miserable again! The past week has been constant rain, hence the lack of new outfit posts, and it looks like next week is going to be pretty similar. I keep saying I’d like to move somewhere where the weather is a bit nicer, or at least more predictable and less rainy but I think in stereotypical Brit fashion I’d secretly miss being able to moan about it!

I mentioned indie jewellery boutique A Weathered Penny in my last post, I’ve been wearing at least one piece from their brass ring set constantly these past few weeks, and I think this arrow one is my favourite, it’s generously adjustable so it can be worn as a normal ring or a midi ring too. The beautiful geometric necklace is also from , I love pieces like this that are simple yet unique enough to get people asking where it’s from. You can still get 20% off the entire store with the code FAIIINT too – but hurry!

I found this old AllSaints dress at the back of my wardrobe a few weeks ago and it set me off on a bit of an eBay spree buying up loads of their other dresses from around this time. Well, I say this is a dress, I don’t know if it’s just me getting old but I would never dare wear it out of the house without a little skirt on underneath now, it’s so short! I ended up getting quite a few that I remember wanting and not being able to afford at the time for about £10 each, so I’m excited from them all to arrive now.

It’s also your last day to order a Slash dress from my store and take advantage of the 10% off + free worldwide shipping offer with the code ‘SLASH10‘!

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