Sports Luxe

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing ASOS silky panelled cami, Mint Velvet silk rouched side zip pencil skirt, John Lewis leather classic tote bag, Skin by Finsk lace up wedges. All black sports luxe street style outfit.FAIIINT wearing Mint Velvet silk rouched side zip pencil skirt, John Lewis leather classic tote bag. All black sports luxe street style outfit.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing ASOS silky panelled cami, Mint Velvet silk rouched side zip pencil skirt, John Lewis leather classic tote bag, Skin by Finsk lace up wedges. All black sports luxe street style outfit.

Last week I was asked by John Lewis to style a few pieces from their Sports Luxe edit in my own way. I wouldn’t usually say sporty looks are my thing, but I love the challenge of mixing things up a little whilst still staying true to my own style, often finding new styles, shapes & pieces to love in the process. Besides, the edit is much more focused on the luxe side of things mixing relaxed, sports inspired silhouettes and details with beautiful fabrics & geometric paneling, and that is definitely my kinda thing!

I was immediately drawn to this gorgeous silk crepe skirt, the fitted shape & the stripe of a zip running all the way down give the slightest hint at the trend, without being too obvious and I knew it would work perfectly with this paneled cami that’s been sitting unworn in my wardrobe for weeks now.

I did consider a backpack or trainers to go with this, to make it a little more sporty, but decided that for me it would have been overkill & went with a more subtle take on it. I chose this buttery leather tote instead, a luxe take on a super practical item, it’s been getting a lot of use recently & to be honest, I’m not quite sure how I lived without it!

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Snake

Fashion Blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Todd Lynn for Topshop Cropped Tux Jacket, OASAP Asymmetric Dress, Topshop Snake Texture Skirt, Rick Owens Wedges, Cinderela B Necklace, Balenciaga City Bag. Street style, all black draped outfit.Fashion Blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Todd Lynn for Topshop Cropped Tux Jacket, OASAP Asymmetric Dress, Topshop Snake Texture Skirt, Cinderela B layered Necklace. Street style, all black draped outfit.

One downfall of having a wardrobe crammed with only black is that often pieces get kind of lost in there, all merging into one mass of black fabric. This Topshop skirt is a prime example, I brought it months ago & it’s only just seeing the light of day again now. It had been hiding, tags still attached until I went to get another skirt & it fell out of my wardrobe, leaving me perplexed as to how I’d forgotten about such a great piece. Texture is my go-to for keeping all black looks interesting & I also have a bit of a soft spot for scales, I couldn’t get this to the checkout fast enough with this, so I feel extra guilty for forgetting about it!

It’s been a while since I’ve worn so much jewellery in one go, but I’ve really been enjoying layering up necklaces recently, and this Cinderela B one I made myself at their workshop just before Christmas last year makes it super easy. I tend to go through phases with jewellery, not wanting to wear a single piece, to wearing sole delicate pieces & then buying lots and wanting to pile it all on at once. I feel like I’m getting to that point where you’ll see lots of new pieces popping up!

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Walking

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Belstaff waxed sammy miller jacket, Meltin Pot jeans, white leather Converse high tops, Knitted beanie to walk Nico the Siberian Husky dog in the park at sunset.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Belstaff waxed sammy miller jacket, Meltin Pot jeans, white leather Converse high tops, Knitted beanie to walk Nico the Siberian Husky dog.FAIIINT wearing white leather Converse mono high tops, Meltin Pot skinny jeans with Nico the Siberian Husky dog puppy on a walk in the park

I mentioned a week or so ago that Alex from Barkarama had asked if I would do a walking style post for her on what I wear to walk Nico, and how to stay stylish but comfortable whilst doing it. Of course I said yes, I love any excuse to get Nico in on outfit photos, or opportunity to talk about him & he loves getting involved too, because it means extra treats & fuss for sitting nicely for the photos!

This is a pretty standard dog walk outfit for me and of course comfort & practicality come first, there’s no point looking amazing if you’re sacrificing your enjoyment of the walk to do so. However, I’m not the type of person who would ever feel comfortable going out in something super casual, or scruffy looking, not even for a dog walk! I tend to stick to tried & tested favourites that combine both of these things with a little style too – skinny jeans, my trusty beaten up leather Converse & my favourite Belstaff jacket, which could give even the most boring outfit an air of cool. As I mentioned to Alex, I think my wardrobe of black really helps here too, because the monochrome palette gives everything, even very casual outfits a smarter, more put together fashion edge.

For more photos & to read the full post head over to Barkarama!

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REN Skincare

REN Skincare Marks and Spencer Beauty Discovery Event. Resurfacing AHA Concentrate, Invisible Pores Detox Mask & Discovery Kit.

REN is a brand I’ve wanted to try for a really long time. I love that all their products are clean, using natural active ingredients & without harsh chemicals, irritants & parabens. The brand is also against animal testing & as far as I can tell all the products are vegan too, a huge plus as far as I’m concerned. I hear a lot of their products, the masks in particular, raved about constantly but I like to buy new beauty products in person (is this just me? Am I weird?) & I didn’t think anywhere here carried the brand. Then I saw it was stocked at my local Marks and Spencer, I feel this could be quite dangerous as I’m really impressed with the products I’ve tried so far! They are currently holding a Beauty Discovery event too, where purchasing 2 or more products from their many brands earns you a free gift. Each brand has a different offer on, so do check, the REN offer is this Discovery Kit full of generous sized samples of some of their best sellers.

Resurfacing AHA Concentrate :
I have been wanting to try this out for ages, especially after having my enzyme facial peel & seeing what a difference a good chemical exfoliation made to my skin. I will definitely be going back for another peel as soon as I can, but the idea of an at home treatment to use in between to keep the results up is appealing. I did want to try out the Alpha-H Liquid Gold, but honestly, it scares me a little & this is often mentioned as a gentler alternative. I was skeptical of it at first, I tried the mask out before this & the results of that were instant, so I expected something similar & was a bit disappointed when it didn’t really seem to be doing anything. I went to bed without adding any moisturiser over the top & woke up to bright, healthy looking skin. This is supposed to be used over the course of a week, every night & then stopped for 2 weeks before repeating, so I’m hopeful that after the first week the results should speak for themselves.

Invisible Pores Detox Mask :
I’m a sucker for a good mask, and I often end up leaving the beauty hall with an armful of new ones to try that I’ve heard others rave about. Usually I find myself a little disappointed with the results, but not with this one, it fully lives up to the reviews for me. I think it may have even have overtaken my favourite The Body Shop seaweed mask as my number one clay mask too, though maybe it’s too early to say just yet. I did find it a little hard to spread onto my face, it’s creamy but dries very quickly to a chalky finish & the herb-like smell is not my favourite. However, within minutes I could see oily spots dotted all over my t-zone where it’s drawn out the gunk from my pores, yuck! Once dry, you then buff it off with your finger tips for a little gentle exfoliation & wash the remainder off. It left my skin feeling thoroughly clean & fresh, and the areas of my face that are prone to blackheads, like my nose which other masks make no difference to, looked noticeably clearer & that really surprised me.

Discovery Kit :
I always love little kits like this, they are the perfect way to test out a couple of products without splurging on the full sizes before you’ve properly tried them out. This kit contains 6 of REN’s best sellers & they are all really good, generous sizes, I managed around 5+ uses out of most of them, which is plenty to decide if you think a full size is worth it.
The product here that really stood out, and I will absolutely be buying a full sized version of is the Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask, both myself & my Mum were massively impressed with it, and she is hard to please when it comes to skincare. It’s a sticky, orange fragranced gel that applies so easily you only need a small amount & immediately after wiping it off our skins were left fresher, glowier & feeling like velvet. Seriously, my face was so soft, I found myself absent mindedly stroking it for hours after!
I was also impressed with the cleanser which foams up really well & leaves skin feeling squeaky clean without any tightness & the eye gel too, though I don’t imagine this does anything long term like a targeted cream would, it’s seriously great at de-puffing in the mornings & feels nicely refreshing on tired eyes.

Marks and Spencer‘s Beauty Discovery Event is on until April 16th – Purchase 2 products from any of their brands including REN, Nuxe, Bliss & St. Tropez, amongst many others & receive a free product or gift!

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Floaty

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Todd Lynn for Topshop tux jacket, Reiss tank top, FAIIINT cotton lawn full maxi skirt, RockLove sacred geo collar necklace, Balenciaga city bag. All black floaty gothic outfit.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Todd Lynn for Topshop tux jacket, Reiss tank top, FAIIINT cotton lawn full maxi skirt.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Todd Lynn for Topshop tux jacket, Reiss tank top, FAIIINT cotton lawn full maxi skirt, RockLove sacred geo collar necklace.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Todd Lynn for Topshop tux jacket, Reiss tank top, FAIIINT cotton lawn full maxi skirt, RockLove sacred geo collar necklace, Balenciaga city bag. All black floaty pretty gothic outfit.

The weather can’t make it’s mind up recently, one day it’s blazing sunshine & sticky heat, the next it’s grey, windy & hailing! I’ve been trying to make the most of the nice days by wearing those items I’ve been waiting all winter to finally dig out again & this skirt I made myself a while back is one of them. It’s a bit too light for winter, and there’s nothing worse than walking around in a maxi skirt with a soggy hem from rain soaked pavements. A couple of people told me it needed a good iron, but I love the crinkly, creased texture of it, especially against the sharpness of the jacket.

One of the great things about fashion blogging & photographing my outfits is that I often notice small little details I never spotted before when looking back through the photos, like the diagonal side seam on this jacket. I can’t stop looking at it now, it’s a really subtle but beautiful little detail. I think it can help give you a new perspective & appreciation for the clothes you’re wearing, and sometimes old pieces like this can surprise you.

Posting on here may be a little sporadic over the next few weeks whilst I finish everything up ready for my project launch, so please bear with me! I’ll try to keep the outfits coming as long as the weather behaves though & I’m still reading all your blogs over my lunch breaks, though I may not have time to leave comments until it’s all finished.

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