Resolutions

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This post is in collaboration with New Look. The start of a new year always makes me want to re-evaluate my wardrobe, throw things out & make lists of items I’m missing or that would be a good addition. When New Look asked if I’d create a wishlist based on my fashion resolutions for this year, I thought it’d be a good excuse to get them written down, instead of just floating around in my head.

My main priority, after I’ve given my wardrobe it’s once a year major, ruthless clear out is always filling in the gaps of basic pieces that I don’t have or that need replacing. I’m obsessed with buying items that are basics with a little twist, these small details can make all the difference & this tee with crossover back is a perfect example, super plain from the front but then with that lovely wrap detail at the back, showing a little flash of skin through the split. I have plenty of these types of pieces already, but I don’t think you can ever have too many & I’m always looking to add more of them when I find them.

Something I said I wanted to do last year, but never really stuck to, was to introduce more burgundy pieces. I absolutely love this colour paired with black, and every time I put on one of the few pieces I do own in this shade I always think how much it suits me & that I need to get more. I’m now completely smitten with these jeans, such an effortless way to easily work more of it into my daytime wardrobe.

My last one is to buy more comfortable shoes, and get rid of at least some of the many pairs I own that I can barely stand to walk in. I’m a sucker for a super high heel, they look beautiful & when I’m wearing them they make me feel a hundred times more confident – well, for about an hour until I’m in agony & dying to sit down again! As I’ve got older I’ve shunned these spindly skyscrapers for more sensible block heels & medium heights, yet they still sit there on my shelves unworn & never likely to be again. There are some I know I’ll never part with, but for the rest of them I’m telling myself that every time I get rid of one pair of those, I’m allowed to treat myself to a more practical pair to replace them. If new shoes can’t persuade me to sell them or throw them out, nothing will!

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Crochet

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing ASOS snood, Todd Lynn x Topshop cropped jacket, Seafolly crochet daisy kaftan via Beach Cafe, Skin by Finsk wedges, tights, Balenciaga city bag. All black everything street style winter outfit.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Seafolly crochet daisy kaftan via Beach CafeFashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing ASOS snood, Todd Lynn x Topshop cropped jacket, Seafolly crochet daisy kaftan via Beach Cafe, Skin by Finsk wedges, tights, Balenciaga city bag. All black everything street style winter outfit.

I used to love the early nights of winter until I started blogging, I thought they were so cosy & I loved walking around town shopping as it got dark, but now all I want is from them to be over & find myself getting way too over excited when I realise it’s 4pm & it’s still light enough to shoot an outfit! Yes, I totally did a bit of a happy dance when we got into town yesterday, later than usual & it still looked like daytime! I think all of you who are also fashion bloggers can relate to this, we are slaves to the daylight & the unpredictable weather, and both have been very uncooperative lately! Hopefully now it’s gradually staying lighter for longer & we have more time to fit them in the posts around here wont be quite as sporadic.

Crochet always makes me think of summer & this Seafolly kaftan from Beach Cafe is technically beachwear, but I thought the chunky floral pattern was a nice way to add a bit of texture to one of my otherwise plain jersey dresses by layering it over the top. This old one from Vero Moda (one of my favourite brands for basic & super affordable jersey pieces) matches it perfectly in length, neckline & sleeves, it’s like they were meant to be! Of course it looks equally as nice worn as it’s meant to be, over a bikini & I can’t wait till I can lounge around in it on a beach or poolside somewhere. I love multitasking pieces like this!

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Summer Dreaming

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The weather’s been awful here lately, and as much as I love the colder months, when it feels like it’s non-stop rain & grey skies it definitely has me dreaming of warmer places. I’ve also not taken a proper holiday since Florida a few years ago, so I’ve promised myself that this year I’ll get away somewhere warm & I’ve been excitedly keeping my eye on the swimwear & summer clothing as it’s been trickling into the stores.

Beach Cafe helped me out last time finding the perfect black bikini & so of course I’ve been stalking their website again, they specialise in designer swim & beachwear, but also stock a range of accessories, plus dresses & kaftans that would look equally at home on the streets as on the beach. Like this top from Vitamin A, it’s technically a rashguard, but I’d happily wear it casually as a tee. When choosing bikinis I usually go for bandeau or triangle styles, but the graphic black on black jacquard print & sporty shape of this one from Mara Hoffman has me head over heels, and is high on my wishlist.

I recently came across the jewellery of Danish brand Bukkehave through the newly launched The Many Sides, which focuses on stocking fresh, independent designers from all over the world. You know I’m a big fan of supporting independents, so I was glad to have another store to add to my radar & be introduced to some new labels too. Bukkehave’s seaside inspired necklaces really grabbed my attention, I love the beach & swimming and I’m now daydreaming about that beautiful little fishtail necklace, the perfect trinket for wearing on long summer days.

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Frosty

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing ASOS oversized scarf, Todd Lynn x Topshop Tux Jacket, State of Being cross over maxi skirt, Nica Venice small crossbody bag, Phoebe Jewellery moonstone moon & star double ring, Rick Owens wedge sandals. All black street style gothic draped outfit.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing State of Being cross over maxi skirt, Nica Venice small crossbody bag, Phoebe Jewellery moonstone moon & star double ring and star stacking ring.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing ASOS oversized knit scarf, Phoebe Jewellery gold & silver moonstone moon & star double ring and star stacking ring.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing ASOS oversized scarf, Todd Lynn x Topshop Tux Jacket, State of Being cross over maxi skirt, Nica Venice small crossbody bag, Phoebe Jewellery moonstone moon & star double ring, Rick Owens wedge sandals. All black street style gothic draped outfit.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing ASOS oversized scarf, Todd Lynn x Topshop Tux Jacket, State of Being cross over maxi skirt, Nica Venice small crossbody bag, Phoebe Jewellery moonstone moon & star double ring. All black street style gothic draped outfit.

The park always looks so pretty when it’s frosty out, all the paths & plants tipped with silver, I love this time of year & wrapping up for it. This scarf from ASOS has been one of my best buys this winter despite it’s plain appearance, I brought it on a whim, but I’ve worn it so much. It’s huge when it’s unfolded, meaning it can be worn multiple ways, it’s a scarf, snood, shawl all in one and it’s so warm & snug, I’ve even used it as a blanket whilst sitting on the bus! I wish I could knit, because I would make myself so many drapey scarves & cardigans like this.

When we visited Nica for their press day late last year, I fell in love with the little Venice crossbody. I loved the small boxy shape & the mixture of textures with the snake flap, but obviously my favourite part was the Nico look-a-like badge! Technically it’s a cat, but I can pretend, it’s got the pointy ears & fluffy tail down to a T! It’s the perfect size for when you don’t need to carry much, I’m usually an everything but the kitchen sink kind of girl, but it’s quite liberating to just throw in your phone, keys, purse & eyeliner and go.

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Niki English

Niki English Vertigo handbags photographed by Ashley Joncas. Black & white futuristic rebel sci-fi lookbook editorial.Niki English Vertigo handbags photographed by Ashley Joncas. Black & white futuristic rebel sci-fi lookbook editorial.Niki English Vertigo handbags photographed by Ashley Joncas. Black & white futuristic rebel sci-fi lookbook editorial.

I’m probably not allowed to say that I’m ‘not a handbag person’ any more, now that I own a fair few, but it’s still true that I very rarely find myself getting all squealy & excited over one, like I do (constantly!) with shoes. So when I fall head over heels for a bag, you know it’s the real deal & New York based Niki English‘s ‘Vertigo’ collection is my newest crush.

With their sharp geometric panels, heavy textured leather & rigid shape, they have that kind of high fashion sci-fi feel that I’m such a sucker for. I can never resist accessories that make me feel like I’m some kick ass heroine that could take on the world when I put them on & I think everyone should have a few of these type of pieces in their wardrobes. These are exactly that, strong, stand out pieces, but without sacrificing usability as is all too often the case, a perfect blend of form & function, with multiple pockets & removable straps. Ashley Joncas‘s striking B&W photography for the lookbook & the great styling echo this feel too, tough & rebellious, yet undeniably classic & elegant too.

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