York Weekend : Day 1

FAIIINT York weekend break. Micklegate bar. FAIIINT York weekend break. Shambles market and high street. FAIIINT York weekend break with Travelodge. Breakfast boxes.

FAIIINT York weekend break with Travelodge. View from window of Castle Museum mill and river.
A couple of weeks ago we spent a long weekend exploring the beautiful city of York. I hate to admit it, but I’ve not done much travelling around the UK and our cities here are pretty low or non-existent on my bucket list of places to visit. When I think of travelling, I think of exotic, far-flung places and of different cultures and better weather, but this little break has made me realise what a great shame that is. We have so much history, culture & heritage right here, a train ride away and I’ve never even given it the slightest thought. I definitely aim to change that with more weekends away in the future!

We were invited by Travelodge to spend the weekend in their York Central hotel, conveniently located just a short walk outside of the city centre, it was the perfect base. The room was as you’d expect, a good size, clean & basic with everything you’d need, plus they’ve recently upgraded to new king size beds in all of their rooms, so we both had a great few nights sleep. When we first checked in we were really surprised to see such a lovely view out of our window, we’d expected a car park or brick wall as is usually the case, but instead we had a picturesque mill, plus views of Castle Museum & Clifford’s Tower just across the river running right by the side of the hotel.

We had two York Pass‘s kindly arranged for us so we could make the most of exploring the city and what it had to offer, so after a quick check of the room & dumping our suitcases we headed off out. I couldn’t recommend these more if you plan on doing a lot of sightseeing like we did, it was so handy. You purchase a 1, 2 or 3 days pass & this gets you free entry into all of their top attractions, plus free tours and discount vouchers for restaurants and shops too.

 

Clifford’s Tower

FAIIINT York weekend break. Clifford's Tower, ruins of York Castle. FAIIINT York weekend break. Looking over the walls of Clifford's Tower. FAIIINT York weekend break. Model of what once was Clifford's Tower & York Castle. FAIIINT York weekend break. Panoramic views of York city centre & York Minster from the top of Clifford's Tower. FAIIINT York weekend.

Clifford’s Tower is almost all that remains of York Castle, first built in 1068 by William the Conqueror as a means to dominate the former Viking city. It was burned to the ground twice before being rebuilt by Henry III in 1243, over the years it played a crucial role in controlling Northern England. Being huge Game of Thrones nerds, we couldn’t stop joking that it felt like we were at Castle Black as we walked around, up in the North with the famous walls circling the tower! The panoramic views of the city, and cathedral from the top are worth the visit alone.

 

Yorkshire Museum

FAIIINT York weekend break. Yorkshire Museum gardens & ruins of St. Mary's Abbey. FAIIINT York weekend break. Yorkshire Museum Moa skeleton & Giant Deer skull and antlers. FAIIINT York weekend break. Yorkshire Museum Scottish Wildcat & Bird of Paradise taxidermy displays. FAIIINT York weekend break. Yorkshire Museum Thylacine Tasmanian Tiger skull. FAIIINT York weekend break. Yorkshire museum giant fossilised ichthyosaur skeleton display. FAIIINT York weekend break. Yorkshire Museum eagle taxidermy. FAIIINT York weekend break. Yorkshire Museum Anglian Gilling Sword & fractured skull of local who fought the Roman Army in The Battle of Stanwick. FAIIINT York weekend break. Yorkshire Museum viking silver jewellery, heavy collar from the Bedale Hoard. FAIIINT York weekend break. Yorkshire Museum human skeleton. FAIIINT York weekend break. Yorkshire Museum botanical gardens & ruins of St. Mary's Abbey.

Yorkshire Museum sits in some of the most beautiful botanical gardens, scattered with the remains of a Roman fortress and the Medieval ruins of St Mary’s Abbey, we were pretty sad that it kept raining, so we had to quickly dash inside the museum instead of having a proper walk around. The museum itself houses a great & varied collection of pieces, with everything from Roman statues, mosaics and pottery to Medieval stained glass and swords, rare books, skulls of locals smashed to pieces by the invading Roman Army, Viking jewellery and numerous fossils including a giant ichthyosaur skeleton. We spent a good few hours looking around, and I could have happily spent many more here too.

They also hold a really nice selection of taxidermy & specimens, especially of recently extinct species, with an impressive Moa skeleton, Dodo and two Great Auks amongst them. I got a little over excited to see they had a real Thylacine skull in the cabinet! Anatomy and evolution are things that have always fascinated me, and this creature has always seemed extra special and intriguing. It looked and behaved just like a canine, but it had evolved these striking similarities completely independently, it was a carnivorous marsupial with tiger stripes and a jaw that could open 120 degrees. It makes it all the more poignant that this unique creature was hunted to extinction, like a lot of others in this collection, with the last confirmed live animal dying in the 1930’s. It would get my vote if we ever have the technology to bring extinct species back!

On our way back to the hotel we joined the Ghost Trail ghost walk, as we were told we needed to do at least one of these whilst we were here. Honestly, I don’t believe in this kind of thing at all, but our guide was a lot of fun and clearly enjoys his job! It’s a nice way to take a short tour around some of the most historic places in the city centre that you may otherwise miss and learn a little more about them, plus lots of interesting facts along the way.

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Minster

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Catarzi wide brim fedora, Hvnter Gvtherer Kindling & Lumen rings, Elemental Luxury Tibetan Black Phantom Quartz Ring, Allsaints shirt. All black everything outfit details. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Catarzi wide brim fedora, Allsaints shirt, FAIIINT draped jersey asymmetric skirt, Ash Poker lace up boots, Hvnter Gvtherer Lacustrine necklace & rings. All black everything dark style goth outfit. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Catarzi wide brim fedora, Hvnter Gvtherer Lacustrine Necklace, Kindling & Lumen rings, Elemental Luxury Tibetan Black Phantom Quartz Ring, Allsaints shirt. All black everything outfit details. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Catarzi wide brim fedora, Allsaints shirt, FAIIINT draped jersey asymmetric skirt, Ash Poker lace up boots, Hvnter Gvtherer Lacustrine necklace & rings. All black everything dark style goth outfit.

Last weekend we had a much needed mini break and spent it exploring beautiful York, I’ll be doing a proper photo heavy post (or two!) on it all next week, but for now my favourite outfit of the weekend, I couldn’t resist getting a few quick shots in front of their incredible cathedral.

I’ve had my eye on so many of Hvnter Gvtherer‘s beautiful pieces for such a long time now, I finally treated myself to a few of my favourites as a reward for reaching some personal goals & I have worn them almost every day since they arrived. With each piece crafted by hand they have this wonderful organic look, subtle little details and imperfections that makes each one unique and tells it’s own story. They are such effortless & easy pieces, it’s hard to not want to throw them on every day. Next on my hit list is the spiked sphinx claw ring & simple lux neck cuff.

I’m still living in these boots from Ash too, they’ve become my favourite everyday comfy boot, there’s not a thing they don’t work with & I could happily walk around in them all day, and I did all weekend!

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Hylamide SubQ

FAIIINT Deciem Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Advanced Serum & Eyes Advanced Serum.

A lot of my favourite buys, of both the fashion & beauty kind, are often brought on impulse as they catch my eye whilst I walk past on my way to buy other things and this was exactly the case with these Hylamide serums from Deciem. I’d only gone into Boots to buy shampoo, but their bright, clean, scientific looking box packaging boasting long lists of active ingredients drew me right in, and then I saw the prices £30 and £27! I’d expected them to be much more considering all the claims and quality ingredients, so I knew I had to try them out.

I don’t read an awful lot of beauty blogs, but I was surprised I hadn’t come across these sooner as I checked for reviews on my way home and saw how glowing and positive they all were, hyping them up as ‘game-changers’. I’m usually pretty sceptical when reading phrases like that, however after trying them out for a few weeks I can honestly say that I think both fully live up to their hype. Consider me highly impressed!

Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Advanced Serum:
“For multi-depth rehydration and visible reduction in lines and irregularities. A highly active concentrate of advanced hyaluronic complexes, next-generation peptides and biotechnological technologies to target rehydration on and below skin surface, while visibly improving lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and textural damage.”

This is a lightweight, clear and slightly gel like liquid, it sinks into the skin so quickly and immediately makes my skin look plumper and hydrated. I don’t think I’ve ever tried any other skincare that gave such an obvious effect this quickly – other than a facial! Thankfully this isn’t just a quick, temporary trick, I’ve definitely noticed an improvement in my skin since using it, my face looks glowy, smooth and well rested. It’s continued to improve my skins hydration and seems to have helped balance it out too, my t-zone is a little less oily and the dryness on my cheeks is completely gone.

Hylamide SubQ Eyes Advanced Serum:
“For immediate and longer-term visible correction of under-eye aging, puffiness and dark circles. High-strength serum concentrate uses a wide array of peptides, plant saccharides and active technologies to rehydrate the fragile eye area below and above the surface, while targeted technologies visibly improve fine lines, crow’s feet, puffiness and dark circles. Offers results immediately, within days and within weeks.”

I didn’t notice as immediate of an effect with this as I did the facial serum, however I do think that it’s had a bit of an impact on my dark circles over the past few weeks, they seem lighter and I think I look less tired as a result too. This is a creamier, thicker liquid than the serum, and it tingles quite a bit when you apply it! I was unsure if this was my eyes being sensitive to it at first, but it doesn’t seem to be irritating them at all & from other reviews it’s something a lot of others have mentioned also. I’m just going to assume it means something is working! The best thing about this one for me is that it absorbs nice and quickly and leaves no greasy residue behind, it’s perfect for under makeup (no smeared eyeliner!) and I don’t wake up with puffy eyes when using it at night, as is often the case with other eye creams that feel this nourishing.

I have to admit, I can’t really comment on how well either performs in the claims about wrinkles or sagging skin, as I don’t really have those worries just yet. I’m a big believer in prevention being better than cure though, so I take care of my skin as much as possible, avoid too much sun & hope that products like this, packed full with beneficial ingredients, are helping to keep those inevitable things at bay for a little while longer.

I’m now eagerly awaiting the launch of their Booster Series, which includes serums targeted at improving problems such as radiance and sensitivity, plus the seriously intriguing sounding ‘transparent foundation’. I’m all about a light base recently, so I’m dying to find out what exactly that is!

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Carefree

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing ASOS cateye sunglasses, Topshop textured skater dress, Nica Venice crossbody bag, Skin by Finsk wedges, Skin by Nair. Casual summer all black street style outfit. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Topshop textured skater dress, Nica Venice black crossbody bag. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing ASOS cateye sunglasses, Topshop textured skater dress, Nica Venice crossbody bag, Skin by Finsk wedges, Skin by Nair. Casual summer all black street style outfit. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Topshop textured skater dress, Nica Venice crossbody bag, Skin by Finsk wedges, Skin by Nair. Casual summer all black street style outfit.

It’s officially summer & it’s the first day of the year warm enough for me to get my pasty white legs out. This type of weather instantly puts me in the best kind of mood, there really is nothing nicer than being able to just throw on a dress, a few simple pieces of jewellery, shades & you’re out the door. No fussiness, no unnecessary layers, just the absolute basics.

The foundation for getting ready this quickly & effortlessly does require a little prep though, especially this time of year. For me the key to feeling confident and carefree, when going bare-legged, is super smooth pins and being naturally very dark haired shaving just doesn’t cut it in the summer – it’s time consuming and lasts barely a day. I have been using Nair’s wax strips and hair removal creams for years now, because I’m lazy & I hate going to the salon (unless it’s for delicate areas I’d never dare try to DIY!) and why would I when I can do just as good of a job at home? The recently launched Argan Oil range contains Argan & Jojoba oils to give an extra moisturising boost, leaving skin even softer & silkier, which is perfect if you have dry skin like mine.

I’ve been testing the wax strips out over the last week, and I’m not going to lie, I haven’t been able to stop stroking my legs… And getting other people to stroke them! I just don’t think you can beat that freshly waxed feeling, it’s an instant confidence boost & feels so nice against clothes, and climbing under the sheets too. It’s the little things. Now all they need is a little bit of sun so they’re not quite so glow in the dark!

Learn more about the range here & join in using the hashtag #SkinByNair.

 
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Laid Back

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I’ve been feeling pretty casual & laid back recently with the warmer days creeping in, sticking to easy dresses, old favourite jeans and comfy shoes. These skinny jeans from Label Lab are the most perfectly faded black, they look like my favourite love-worn pairs, except without the actual wear & fear of them biting the dust at any moment! I’m a little gutted that they’re not quite high waisted enough on me to wear with little cropped tops without my stomach being out (damn my long torso!) but they’ve now set me off searching for a super high waisted pair to do just that with.

This beautiful grey clutch is from British brand Makki, who’s focus is on responsible luxury & creating pieces which are ethical without sacrificing style. I have a black zip wallet from the brand already, and it’s one of the most hard wearing purses I’ve ever owned. Despite getting beaten up in my bag on a regular basis it still looks brand new, thanks to the super soft & durable eel skin all of Makki’s bags and purses are made from, which is sourced as a by-product of the wider food industry. The Nuevo Disco style clutch was one of their first products & is still one of their best sellers too, it’s perfectly classic & unfussy, giving center stage to the unusual material. I love how this elephant grey colour really highlights all the subtle different tones of grey, so beautifully showing off the texture & unique markings of the eel skin.

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