Autumn Days

Stephanie Brown of FAIIINT wearing Topshop wool trench coat, ASOS draped chunky cardigan, Hunter wellies wellingtons, all black casual dog walk outfit with Nico siberian husky. Autumn in the park forest leaves on floor, beautiful nature. FAIIINT Autumn dog walk through the park and forest with Nico siberian husky. Fallen leaves everywhere, beautiful nature. FAIIINT Autumn dog walk through the park and forest with Nico siberian husky, puppy kisssing owner. Fallen leaves everywhere, beautiful nature. FAIIINT wearing Hunter wellies wellingtons with Nico siberian husky. Autumn in the park forest leaves on floor, beautiful nature. FAIIINT Autumn dog walk through the park and forest with Nico siberian husky. Fallen leaves everywhere, beautiful nature. FAIIINT Autumn dog walk through the park and forest with Nico siberian husky, digging in the leaves smelling for treats. Fallen leaves everywhere, beautiful nature. FAIIINT Autumn dog walk through the park and forest with Nico siberian husky. Fallen leaves everywhere, beautiful nature. FAIIINT Autumn dog walk through the park and forest with Nico siberian husky kissing owner. Fallen leaves everywhere, beautiful nature. FAIIINT Autumn dog walk through the park and forest with Nico siberian husky. Fallen leaves everywhere, beautiful nature. FAIIINT Autumn dog walk through the park and forest with Nico siberian husky. Fallen leaves everywhere, beautiful nature. FAIIINT Autumn dog walk through the park and forest with Nico siberian husky. Fallen leaves everywhere, beautiful nature. FAIIINT Autumn dog walk through the park and forest with Nico siberian husky. Fallen leaves everywhere, beautiful nature. FAIIINT Autumn dog walk through the park and forest with Nico siberian husky. Fallen leaves everywhere, beautiful nature.

Forest Holidays got in touch recently to ask if I’d like to contribute to their 30 Days Of Autumn project. They’ve rounded up 10 bloggers from all different types of blogs & asked them for their 3 favourite things to do in the forest or outdoors in the Autumn, with mine specifically focusing on things to do with your dog. You know I can never resist an opportunity to include Nico in my posts, and I thought it’d make for some nice images too, so of course I agreed!

We decided to bring the camera along on one of our usual walks & do a little photo diary of our adventures. Sorry for the overload of pictures, but I am incredibly lucky to live next to such a beautiful park & little woodland, and with all the autumn colours, fallen leaves & Nico’s photogenic little face it was super hard to narrow them down!

Exploring :
Going for a walk is the first thing you think of doing with a dog outdoors, and for good reason, exploring our local parks & outdoor spaces is one of Nico’s most favourite things. We like to keep things interesting for us both by often making our own route instead of following the main paths, or I let Nico decide where we’re going instead & follow him. We’ve ended up getting a bit lost, stuck at dead ends & finding secret little places we had no idea about, and it’s much more fun this way.

‘Find It’ :
I love this game for adding a little extra fun to our walks & for giving Nico a good brain work out too, getting him to use all his super dog senses & keep them sharp. The idea is to take a small bag of strong smelling treats with you, ask your dog to sit & then hide a treat around the area before shouting ‘Find it!’ at which your dog should then start hunting for it with his nose. Nico will do anything for cheese, so I like to use little cubes of mature cheddar.

In the beginning you’ll want to make it super easy, place the treats very near by & give clues if he needs them so that your dog understands the idea, plus plenty of praise when they do find it. Once he’s got the hang of it you can make it much harder by hiding them further away, under things or making the pieces smaller. Nico is never off-lead, as he has the notorious husky trait of ‘selective hearing‘ (bad recall!) so if I’m by myself with him I’ll ask him to sit facing away & then throw a piece as far as I can. You’ll be surprised by how much more tired your dog is after doing a few games of this on one of your walks, it’s a great mental workout for them!

Biking :
I recently brought a Trixie Biker attachment for my bike, it clips onto Nico’s harness so that he can run alongside me without the danger of pulling me off or getting too close to my wheels & it’s one of my favourite things I’ve brought for him. I was sceptical if it’d work, as Nico is a real puller & I pictured it ending in me with broken bones, but thankfully it works a treat! I’d highly recommend it to anyone who has a dog with a lot of excess energy to burn, it really knackers him out & it’s a nice way to mix things up so you’re not just going for a standard walk every day. I love to go biking myself, I much prefer it to walks or running & it’s great to be able to bring him along too, especially when it’s through such pretty scenery.

Forest Holidays are also currently offering you guys 5% off a Forest Holiday, at any of their 9 gorgeous locations across the UK if you book before the 31st December 2014 with the code VWAUTUMN !

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True Religion

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True Religion was founded in 2002 by Jeffrey Lubell with the intention of redefining premium denim jeans through an emphasis on fit, quality and style. The brand is a pioneer in the premium denim market, with products that are engineered to be not only fashionable but durable as well and producing modern, distinctive designs with an exceptional fit & unique styling details.

As a company True Religion pride themselves on superior-fitting denim and their skinny jeans for women are renowned for both their comfort & fit. I’ve always liked mine super skinny & these are exactly that, they’re tight in all the right places but still comfortable, like a second skin. They also use their signature premium denim to produce beautiful, soft shirts, shorts, skirts & classic jackets. I’ve had my eye on the denim moto jacket for a while now, a classic biker style but made from heavy denim with chunky silver zips & coated to give it a leather like sheen. I always love a little twist on a classic like this & as a company they do this very well.

This season their women’s jeans come in an array of interesting finishes from coated prints to ombre waxed & subtle patterns. The ‘Halle’ jeans in oxblood really caught my eye with their distressed black overdyed finish, there’s something about this time of year that makes me crave some of that deep burgundy in my wardrobe & I’ve been hunting for a nice pair of jeans in this colour forever. Typically though, I’ve fallen completely in love with their glossy snake print ‘Casey’ jeans, they’re like a less subtle version of my beloved Topshop pair, that are now dangerously close to being worn out, so I know exactly where I’ll be heading to replace those when they finally bite the dust! I also love the ‘Arya’ jeans / sweatpant hybrid style, my sweatpants are strictly for home wear & I’d never been seen out of the house in them, but this pair have such a flattering silhouette & a smarter edge thanks to the classic jean styling & fabric choice, they’re really winning me over.

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Knotted

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing ASOS Knitted snood, Barneys Originals draped leather jacket, H&M knot twist dress, Giles Deacon Libertine thorn gold ring, Ash Poker lace up boots, Balenciaga city bag. All black everything street style outfit.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing ASOS Knitted snood, Libertine by Giles Deacon gold thorn spike ring. Outfit details.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Ash Poker lace up leather chunky boots from Daniel Footwear.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing ASOS Knitted snood, Barneys Originals draped leather jacket, H&M knot twist dress, Giles Deacon Libertine thorn gold ring, Ash Poker lace up boots, Balenciaga city bag. All black everything street style outfit.

I have always stuck by the idea that I wanted to present the real outfits that I actually wear here on this blog, and not things I’ve put together specifically for the purpose of taking outfit photos, only to then go home & get changed again. I’m still feeling under the weather with an annoying cold & stuffed up sinuses hence all the most recent outfit posts being comfy & fairly causal, maybe even a little boring, but I’d rather it be real & lets face it, when you feel crap no one has the energy for getting dressed up in the mornings!

Thankfully, my wardrobe has a lot of jersey pieces like this H&M dress that are both super comfortable & have nice little details that stop it from being too plain & add a little interest. These are perfect for throwing on when you can’t be bothered, and where a really good jacket or pair of boots come in handy too. I’ve had this draped Barney’s Originals jacket for about 4 years now, and it is still one of my favourite buys. It fits like a glove, it’s both casual & smart, beautiful quality and the draped front is an unusual enough detail that I could wear it with a plain black dress & a boring pair of shoes and it would still be a nice outfit. Virtually no effort required, all thanks to a good jacket.

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Sanctus ‘Water’ SS15

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Launched in November 2012 by designer Lucinda Sinclair, Sanctus focuses on producing quality, handmade pieces in super limited edition runs. Every piece is handmade from start to finish by Lucinda in her London studio, with no more than 50 being made of each design, giving the pieces a real sense of luxurious rarity in todays crowded, mass produced market. These are pieces to be treasured, knowing that you own something special.

The latest SS15 collection draws inspiration from ancient Greek legends of Poseidon & the fabled lost city of Atlantis, translating this into beautifully organic silhouettes. Softly draped dresses in fluid silks hang effortlessly from the body amongst sporty leggings and braletts spliced with mesh, all adorned in Lucinda’s ethereal, inky undersea illustrations in aqueous blues & greens paired against crisp black & white. It feels both whimsical & fresh all at once.

The water collection is available now exclusively from the Sanctus store.

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Chill

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing FAIIINT faux fur snood, Belstaff Sammy Miller waxed jacket, H&M asymmetric jersey maxi skirt, Kurt Geiger wedge boots, Balenciaga city bag. All black street style outfit.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing FAIIINT faux fur snood, Belstaff Sammy Miller waxed jacket. All black street style outfit details.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Balenciaga city bag, Belstaff Sammy Miller waxed jacket. All black street style outfit details.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing FAIIINT faux fur snood, Belstaff Sammy Miller waxed jacket, H&M asymmetric jersey maxi skirt, Kurt Geiger wedge boots, Balenciaga city bag. All black street style outfit.

Finally there’s a proper Autumn chill in the air & I can dig out my favourite jackets, coats & winter accessories again. It’s been a super mild Autumn until now & though of course I enjoy the weather more when it’s warmer, I feel completely in my element when dressing for the colder months & look forward to it every year, bring on the layering!

I brought so many great basics from H&M when I had my little online haul last month & this skirt is one of them. In the past I’ve thought the fabric choices have reflected the cheap prices, and I wasn’t a huge fan, however every piece I brought this time around has been really nice quality, this skirt is a very satisfyingly heavy viscose and the other pieces have been light cotton jerseys & modal. I hope this is a permanent change & not just luck, I will happily place a few more orders despite their atrocious delivery service if it is!

To celebrate the fact it’s finally cold enough to wear my beloved snoods again, there will be free shipping (international too!) on all snood orders through the store until the end of the month! All you have to do is enter the code ‘WINTER’ at the checkout. I’ve just added the beautiful grey as a permanent colour too, as it proved to be so popular, along with my favourite black. Go visit the store here.

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