Laid Back

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing MuuBaa leather biker jacket, River Island drape top, ASOS mini skirt, Daniel Footwear Marvelous biker boots, Hvnter Gvtherer lacustrine necklace, Balenciaga city bag. Casual all black everything dark street style outfit. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing MuuBaa leather biker jacket, River Island drape top, Hvnter Gvtherer silver lacustrine necklace. All black everything outfit details. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Daniel Footwear Marvelous black biker strap buckle boots. Outfit details. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing MuuBaa leather biker jacket, River Island drape top, ASOS mini skirt, Hvnter Gvtherer lacustrine necklace. Casual all black everything dark street style outfit details.

I’ve gone from having no flat boots to becoming a little addicted to them. Like with most things that you didn’t realise you were missing out on, I really have no idea why I stubbornly shunned them for so long. I guess maybe I just never came across the right pairs, until now. My newest additions are from Daniel, made from a wonderfully soft and perfectly distressed looking leather they are quickly starting to rival my beloved hi tops for my most worn super casual shoes. As I get older comfort is becoming increasingly more important to me, I just can’t be bothered to be on my feet all day in uncomfortable shoes no matter how good they look, but these hit that perfect mix between the two.

Talking of perfect, I still haven’t got over how much I love this biker, I think I’ve worn it almost every day for the past few months and I still feel a little smug every time I put it on. Sometimes it really does pays to wait for the perfect piece to come along. The Outnet has a really nice selection of MuuBaa jackets in at the moment, sadly not this one itself, but I did notice they have a few that were also on the rails when I brought it, so maybe it may come up for sale. I’ll keep my eyes peeled and give you all a heads up if I spot it anywhere, I really couldn’t recommend it highly enough.

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Sale Picks

FAIIINT Wishlist, Topshop unique Mayall velvet dress, & other stories triangle bra, French Connection faux leather and fur jacket, Reiss Dunaway suede boots, French Connection Mona dress, Liebeskind bag, Estelle Deve rings, Boohoo knot detail belt, River Island fringed ankle boots.

Why is it that when sale season rolls around and you have spare cash there’s nothing you really want to spend it on, but as soon as you’re trying to save money, suddenly everything in the sale is something you need? This time is definitely the latter for me. I’ve treated myself to a few pieces lately but I just can’t seem to stop window shopping and tormenting myself with all the great things I really shouldn’t be spending money on, even if they are ridiculously discounted.

I think it may be about time I actually brought this French Connection draped dress though, I’ve just noticed as I was typing this up that this is the second time it’s appeared on a wishlist now. I figure that’s a pretty fair justification!

I have to admit, if this faux leather and fur biker jacket was real leather I’d definitely have already brought it. I just can’t see faux leather as an investment piece though, and so it doesn’t meet my self imposed buying rules for new jackets. I have far too many as it is, so any I add to the collection have to be wear forever pieces. I keep seeing this a lot lately, really beautifully designed jackets and shoes that I would love to buy, until I see that despite the fairly high price they’re faux. Maybe I’m just being a snob about it?

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Soft

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Warehouse wide brim hat, Barney's Originals draped leather jacket, Vero Moda tee dress, Pieces leather wrap belt, Kurt Geiger Saturn lace up boots, Balenciaga city bag. All black everything casual dark street style outfit. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Vero Moda tee dress, Pieces leather wrap belt. All black everything casual dark street style outfit details. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Warehouse wide brim hat, Barney's Originals draped leather jacket, Vero Moda tee dress, Pieces leather wrap belt. All black everything casual dark street style outfit.

Last month House of Fraser challenged me to take part in their #mystylemydress campaign and show how I’d style this Vero Moda tee dress. The same dress has also been sent out to a group of other bloggers and the aim is to see how differently everyone styles the same piece. I always enjoy these kinds of challenges as it’s so interesting to see just how diverse and personal all of the looks are, plus it’s great for picking up styling ideas that you’d never have considered too. I’m really looking forward to seeing the other girls posts, and you can check the hashtag to find them too. Each of us was also sent a surprise accessory to go along with the dress, and mine was this hat, which I got a little over excited about when I saw! It’s nice that there was clearly time put into choosing a piece I’d really love and you can never have too many good hats.

The dress itself is a great basic, so it’s perfect for something like this as the options for styling it really are endless. Made from soft viscose, the little details like the longline shape, boat neck and slightly flared raglan sleeves help elevate it to something a bit more interesting than just another tee dress. It’s a piece that could easily be dressed up or down, but for this I decided to go for a fairly casual look, belting it to give it a little more shape but still keeping it nice and slouchy with my draped jacket thrown over. I always feel like simply putting my fedora and these lace up boots on can make even the most casual outfits seem more put together anyway.

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Coral

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Catarzi wide brim fedora hat, Topshop cropped suede jacket, Reiss Coral overlay shift dress, Kurt Geiger Saturn boots. All black everything dark street style outfit. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Topshop cropped suede jacket, Bloody Mary Metal Lovehunters Arrow silver necklace. All black everything outfit details. FAIIINT Kurt Geiger black suede 'Saturn' lace up boots. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Topshop cropped suede jacket, Reiss Coral overlay textured shift dress. All black everything dark street style outfit details.

I’m such a fan of Reiss, but like with most of the other high end high street brands, the only time I ever pick anything up is during the sales. I can never really justify it otherwise, but when the sales finally do come around I tend to go a little nuts! I came across this dress whilst browsing through Love The Sales, a site that gathers all of the best sale pieces from your favourite brands and stores in one place, making them easily searchable all at once. It’s a little addictive, and just a bit dangerous for your bank account.

Clearly there was no way I was ever going to be able to resist the beautiful black on black texture and layered detailing of this shift dress. The coral patterned heavy lace is such an interesting fabric, it’s woven with subtle metallic yarns which softly twinkle in the light and it gives a really nice graphic look. I’m always going on about mixing textures to keep all black interesting and I just love pieces which already do this for me by incorporating different fabrics and details into the one piece. It makes it so easy to simply throw on a jacket and still have a visually interesting outfit, or really pile on extra textures for something a bit more complex.

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Winter Walks

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT with husky dog Nico wearing OASAP pom pom beanie, The North Face Evolution TriClimate 3 in 1 jacket, H&M asymmetric jumper, Hunter wellington boots, Topshop faux fur handwarmers. All black everything dark style winter dog walking outfit. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT with husky dog Nico wearing OASAP pom pom beanie, The North Face Evolution TriClimate 3 in 1 jacket, H&M asymmetric jumper, Hunter wellington boots, Topshop faux fur handwarmers. All black everything dark style winter dog walking outfit. FAIIINT Siberian Husky dog Nico. FAIIINT Siberian Husky dog Nico, standing up and playing. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT with husky dog Nico wearing OASAP pom pom beanie, The North Face Evolution TriClimate 3 in 1 jacket. Dog kissing licking face. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing The North Face Evolution TriClimate 3 in 1 HyVent jacket. All black everything dark style winter dog walking outfit details. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT with husky dog Nico wearing OASAP pom pom beanie, The North Face Evolution TriClimate 3 in 1 jacket, H&M asymmetric jumper, Hunter wellington boots, Topshop faux fur handwarmers. All black everything dark style winter dog walking outfit. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT with husky dog Nico wearing OASAP pom pom beanie, The North Face Evolution TriClimate 3 in 1 jacket. Outfit details.

It’s finally drawing to the end of winter, the days are getting longer and the chill in the air is slowly disappearing, which means me and Nico can at last get in some proper daylight walks again. I always enjoy when it first starts to get dark early and we can walk around the eerily quiet streets and by the park looking at the stars, but as winter drags on, walking in the pitch black, unless it’s a weekend, quickly gets a little depressing. Especially when all you want to do is curl up inside and hide from the cold.

I’m not quite sure how I managed to survive the last few freezing months of dog walks without this The North Face jacket from Blacks. It’s one of those things that I never really knew I needed, but now I have it, I don’t know how I ever did without it. I can’t bear the thought of ever going back to piling on jumpers under my old coat and battling with an umbrella to keep myself warm and dry – and usually still ending up freezing and soggy regardless! Those are the kinds of things that really take the enjoyment out of going for a walk, and when you have a high energy dog who needs his walk no matter what the weather is doing, it’s pretty important that you enjoy going. I think Nico can kind of sense when I’m in a mood and don’t really want to be outside too, we definitely both have a nicer time when I’m not cold, wet and annoyed!

With an innovative 3 in 1 design, the jacket has a fleece inner which cleverly zips in to the outer shell, meaning they can be worn together for added warmth on cold days or worn individually too. The Polartec fleece is deceptively lightweight for something that is this good at retaining body heat, it’s kept me so toasty when I’m all zipped up that I haven’t even bothered to put a jumper underneath it recently. It’s a highly functional jacket and the HyVent outer shell has lots of nice built in features, like underarm ventilation, a storable hood and a double layer storm flap, making it a pretty unbeatable wet weather companion and super versatile too. I feel like it’s got me covered, whatever this unpredictable British weather (or Nico ‘look how muddy I am, lets hug!’) throws at me.

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