Enchant

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing H&M oversized fedora, Topshop suede cropped jacket, SheIn crochet lace dress, Boohoo maxi kimono, Kurt Geiger 'Saturn' lace up boots, Balenciaga city bag. All black everything dark street style outfit, goth witchy. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Topshop suede cropped jacket, SheIn black crochet lace dress. Outfit details. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Gemporia silver rings. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing H&M oversized wide brim fedora. All black everything outfit details, goth witchy.

With the weather slowly starting to warm up and a little sun finally giving us a break from the non-stop grey days I can’t help but start to dream about dressing a bit more summery. For now I’ll have to make do with a little lace detailing to give me warm weather vibes though, as it’s still far too cold to venture out in anything less.

This dress instantly put me in a bit of a witchy mood as soon as I put it on, the lace is beautifully heavy and it reminds me of stained glass windows on old gothic cathedrals, so of course the fedora had to come out. I had been looking for a new one with a wider, more statement brim for a while and this one from H&M perfectly fit the bill. I still remember how self conscious I used to feel every time I wore my smaller, more classic one out, but even still it became pretty much permanently attached to my head and all I could think about was getting an even bigger one – Saint Laurent’s sharp, super wide version is still top of my lust list, the bigger the better!

These beautiful rings were my secret santa present from Gemporia and it’s so nice to see that my buyer clearly paid a lot of attention to my blog when picking them out to make sure I got something I’d love.

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Brag

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing ASOS scarf, Todd Lyn x Topshop tux jacket, River Island drape blouse, Brag Vintage leather pencil skirt, Young Hearts quartz necklace, Kurt Geiger lace up Saturn boots, Bracher Emden bag. All black everything dark street style outfit. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing ASOS scarf, Brag Vintage leather pencil skirt with asymmetric pocket. All black everything outfit details. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing ASOS scarf, Todd Lyn x Topshop tux jacket, River Island drape blouse, Young Hearts mystic raw black quartz necklace in gold brass circle. Outfit details. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing ASOS scarf, Todd Lynn x Topshop tux jacket, River Island drape blouse, Brag Vintage leather pencil skirt, Young Hearts quartz necklace, Kurt Geiger lace up Saturn boots, Bracher Emden bag. All black everything dark street style outfit.

I seem to be living in pencil skirts and this fine knit scarf/shawl lately. The scarf has been permanently attached to my neck mainly for practical reasons, it’s so easy to throw on and I love how it quickly adds a nice drapey element to any outfit, plus it’s surprisingly huge too. I always feel so smug when I unfurl it and lay it over myself like a blanket on the bus during cold mornings and evenings, much to the envy of everyone else, it’s the next best thing to getting to stay under the duvet for a little longer!

This beautiful black quartz pendant from Young Hearts has been getting so much love every time I’ve worn it out. Like all of their pieces it’s simple, but eye catching and really let’s the raw materials, here a magical rainbow black quartz, take centre stage and shine. Their gold dipped quartz necklace is still one of my most worn and favourite pieces of jewellery, and I think this one will quickly be catching up to it.

My latest pencil skirt addition is from Brag Vintage, a perfectly aged, buttery leather with a single asymmetric pocket that adds just the right amount of detail to this great staple piece. Unusually for a skirt, it fits me perfectly and I can see this getting an awful lot of wear over these cold few months. I don’t own many vintage pieces myself, I’m not the type of shopper who enjoys browsing through rails and rails of random pieces hoping I may find one thing I love, I’m not even really the kind of shopper who enjoys shopping in person that much any more either if I’m honest. I’m an online shopper, I like the convenience and being able to click filter by colour: black. So it’s nice to see more vintage stores popping up online, giving lazy shoppers like me the chance to find beautiful pieces like this.

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Hyper Japan Christmas Market 2015

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Back in November, before all the Christmas madness kicked off, I headed down to London with my cousin Demi to check out the Hyper Japan Christmas Market. I always enjoy their summer events, but I had never been to any of the Christmas ones before. When I saw this time they were holding it at the Tobacco Dock though, I knew I had to go along, I couldn’t think of a more perfect venue for a Christmas event than here and it definitely didn’t disappoint. It felt so festive with all of the lights and wood, and I loved the way it was laid out too. With all of the different buildings or ‘shops’ it felt more like a shopping mall filled with Japanese goodies and it just made it all seem that little bit more special.

The shopping was as good as ever, and as usual we both ended up buying quite a lot. I love to check out the independent stalls when I’m here, even though most are a little too cute for my personal style, it’s still nice to see what people are creating and talk to the designers. I couldn’t resist the incredibly intricate Nico a-like wolf necklaces from SSTUTTER and Little Moose had the cutest selection of Alice In Wonderland jewellery, I may be biased because he’s my favourite, but I loved the Cheshire Cat pieces. Towards the end of the day I always like to stop by Tofu Cute and Sushi Noms to pick up a selection of my favourite chocolates (strawberry KitKat’s are the dream!) and sweets, as well as making a point of buying a bunch of random things I’ve never tried before to take home to taste. I also got my green tea fix from Ippuku Tea, picked up a few of Beschle‘s award winning matcha chocolate bars and it took all of my willpower not to buy one of the husky or shiba inu plushes they had everywhere this year too!

After missing a lot of the live acts and showcases last year due to a bit of a confusing layout at the o2, we wanted to make sure we caught them all properly this time around. The fashion show was first up, and as always I was seriously impressed with the level of creativity and variety on show. It makes me so happy to see people really go all out on their look, I definitely believe if you’re going to do a style like this you need to go hard or go home, and it’s so nice to see people walking around so proud to show their style and hard work off. Shironuri artist Minori was a special guest, one of only a handful of times she’s been here in the UK and she closed the show in awesome head to toe black. We went off for a little more shopping before coming back to the stage for the Cosparade, this is always such fun and just like the fashion show it’s clear to see the amount of hard work, time and creativity that has gone in to each and every outfit, there are no half-hearted costumes here!

We also were pretty excited to catch kawaii-core band LadyBaby, who were possibly one of the most weirdly enjoyable things I have ever seen in my life! A mixture of metal and cutesy pop, from a team of adorable Japanese teens and a bearded, pigtailed Australian in the most kawaii dresses, it shouldn’t work but it weirdly does and it was just so much fun. I don’t think a single person came away without a smile after their performance. Afterwards we stuck around for rock-opera group Lacroix Despheres, I didn’t know anything about these guys beforehand, so they were a really nice surprise – breathtaking vocals and so enjoyable to watch too, they put on a real show and were the perfect way to end the day.

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Wrap

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing H&M fedora, Todd Lynn x Topshop cropped jacket, Rita and Phill custom fit Elaine skirt in snake, Skin by Finsk lace up wedges, ASOS draped scarf, Bracher Emden bag. All black everything dark style goth street style winter outfit. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Rita and Phill custom fit Elaine skirt in snake, ASOS draped scarf. Outfit details. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Rita and Phill custom fit Elaine skirt in snake, ASOS draped scarf. Outfit details. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Ottoman Hands gold and Lapis Lazuli triangle and arrow open ring. Outfit details. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing H&M fedora, Todd Lynn x Topshop cropped jacket, Rita and Phill custom fit Elaine skirt in snake, Skin by Finsk lace up wedges, ASOS draped scarf, Bracher Emden bag. All black everything dark style goth street style winter outfit.

I feel like I’ve had a never ending cold since Christmas, I’ve felt so run down lately and the weather really hasn’t been playing nicely with all the rain either, but I finally managed to get outside and get a new outfit shot. I made the fatal mistake here of seeing that it was sunny outside and thinking it must be warm, it wasn’t and I thought my feet might fall off. Don’t wear open toe shoes in January!

This skirt came from the wonderful Rita And Phill, who focus on creating custom fit clothing at a really affordable, but fair, price. They’re starting off with skirts, because who has ever brought a skirt off the rack that’s actually fitted them properly? I always find myself taking them in whenever I buy any tailored ones, especially at the waist where they’re always too loose on me. Each of Rita and Phill’s skirts are custom made for your body and shape to ensure the perfect fit, you simply send them your height, waist, hip and thigh measurements, choose your fabric and they do the rest. I was so impressed with their service, which was quick and straight forward, and when my skirt arrived I couldn’t wait to try it on. It is the most perfect fit, comfortably hugging my shape all the way down and so beautifully made and finished too. Hopefully those shots of my bum up there show just how good the fit is! I’d highly recommend them and I’ll definitely be making another order myself soon.

I’m growing a little collection of Ottoman Hands pieces and this ring is the latest addition, I love the mixture of geometrical shapes with a very organic look. I’ve now become a bit obsessed with glittering Lapis Lazuli too.

PS: You can get 30% off a Rita And Phill skirt with the code ‘CustomSkirt552‘ until February 15th!

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Best Of 2015

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT all black everything best of 2015 dark goth street style outfits compilation.

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful start to 2016 and a lovely festive break. As has become a bit of a tradition, I wanted to start this year off on the blog with a round up of my favourite outfits from the last year. As I always say, this has proved to be a great tool in helping me develop my style by looking back over what I particularly liked, what didn’t work as well as I thought it did when I threw it on and what I just flat out didn’t like as well.

Looking back over this year, I think I have mostly focused on further refining my style and I’m pleasantly surprised by how many pieces have featured in almost all of the years I’ve done these. I’m a big believer in buying forever pieces, and it’s nice to see old favourites consistently reappearing each year. Comparing this to the first year or two, there is definitely not as dramatic of a development between this year and the last, but I think that’s a good thing as it shows I’m really starting to feel much more comfortable in my choices and look, it’s becoming a lot more consistent. There has been a little experimenting too though, I particularly loved the metallic pieces I wore this year, including that spotty skirt, and 2015 has definitely been the year of faux fur. I’ve acquired quite a few pieces that I’ve worn to death over the year and I totally blame my fave The Style Rawr girls for getting me hooked!

Another thing I’m obviously still hooked on is headwear, which is still going strong with a few new additions plus all my old favourites getting heaps of wear too. I also pretty much lived in my ASH and Kurt Geiger lace up boots, and I really need to finally get my Rick Owens sandals re-soled so I can start wearing them again, they’ve been out of action since the summer!

You can see the past few years round ups here – 2014, 2013 and 2012. Do you guys have any favourites?

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