Monthly Archives: June 2013

Unexpected

Fashion blogger stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Belstaff waxed cotton sammy miller biker jacket, ASOS tank top & hightwaisted jeans, red & white polkadot spotty Keds, Balenciaga city bag, Allsaints cateye sunglasses OutfitFashion blogger stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Belstaff waxed cotton sammy miller biker jacket, ASOS tank top & hightwaisted jeansFashion blogger stephanie of FAIIINT wearing red & white polkadot, spotty, spotted, Keds sneakers shoes.

One problem with having such a strict wardrobe in terms of colour and style, is that very occasionally I find myself wanting something that just doesn’t fit, that is so not me.

That’s exactly what happened with these Keds. I could have picked a plain black pair, or even the black & white polkadot pair (which are marginally more me, at least they’re black) but I just couldn’t get these red ones out of my head, no matter how many times I told myself I really, really shouldn’t like them. I couldn’t help it, something about them made me smile. I mean just look at them, they’re bloody adorable – not a word I ever thought I’d use to describe something in my own wardrobe but sometimes it’s nice to try something unexpected. These are currently available at Schuh.

Also, being known for wearing almost exclusively black means that anytime I do get something that’s not black, or is quite unexpected of me, it’s made out to be a much bigger deal that it actually is by my friends/family. Lots of sarcastic questions of ‘are you alright?!’, ‘who are you & what have you done with Steph?!’ & Ollie practically fell over in shock when I showed him these. Talk about over-dramatic!

Of course, I knew I would have to toughen them up to make them wearable for me & my Belstaff is my go to jacket for times like this, perfect classic biker shape & in beautiful, crunchy waxed cotton it’s a nice lightweight alternative to leather now it’s finally getting a little warmer. Paired with my new highwaisted jeans from ASOS I love the slight 50s rockabilly vibe this outfit has. It’s a classic outfit & one I wear a lot, but made that little bit more fun with the addition of the Keds.

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Selfridges Festival Box

FAIIINT Selfridges Festival Beauty Box : Topshop lip crayon in Powder Room - Sol de Janeiro Coconut Water Cooling Mist - Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Navy - Coloursmash Hair Shadow in Je Ne Sais Quoi - Violent Lips Lip Appliques in Warm Rainbow - Illamasqua Liquid Metal in Surge - Azature nail polish in Champagne - Cowshed anti-bacterial hand gel - NPW mini scented hand & face wet wipes - NPW chubby glitter stick in PinkFAIIINT Selfridges Festival Beauty Box : Topshop lip crayon in Powder Room - Sol de Janeiro Coconut Water Cooling Mist - Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Navy - Coloursmash Hair Shadow in Je Ne Sais Quoi - Violent Lips Lip Appliques in Warm Rainbow - Illamasqua Liquid Metal in Surge - Azature nail polish in Champagne - Cowshed anti-bacterial hand gel - NPW mini scented hand & face wet wipes - NPW chubby glitter stick in Pink

Due to being rather ill over the past few weeks I’ve had to miss out on all of the festivals I had planned to go along to with Ollie. Most people will know that festivals are one of my favourite things to do & it doesn’t feel like a proper summer to me without going to at least one, so obviously I was pretty upset to be missing out.

This little package from Selfridges really cheered me up though, crammed full of a mixture of necessities, staples & a couple of really fun products too, it’s the ultimate girly festival kit & I’ve loved playing around with & testing them all out whilst stuck at home. The boxes are super limited edition & have a total product value of £110, but Selfridges are selling them for a tiny £25! Get one here before they sell out!

Despite most of these products being things I wouldn’t usually choose, as they’re not my usual ‘look’, I’ve found some new favourites amongst them. The Illamasqua liquid metal is beautiful used subtly as a highlighter for cheek & brow bones, the golden tinged pewter colour makes it super flattering & it has just the right amount of shimmer too. I really want to try it as a base for a nighttime smokey eye also, with lots of black shadow layered over the top. The Azature nail polish is possibly my favourite thing in the box, a lovely golden nude, I love that the colour is so subtle & neutral, yet it has the most over the top shimmer when the light hits it. I’ve been wearing it since it arrived & the magpie in me is making it impossible to stop staring at my nails! The Eyeko eyeliner is another stand out – obviously I love eyeliner, but it’s always been black for me, so who knew I would find this navy one so appealing. It is an almost black-ish blue, so very wearable, but that hint of colour makes it seem really modern & a nice alternative to the usual black.

I’ve also had more fun than I probably should have giving myself a faux pink ombre with the Coloursmash hair shadow. I’ve had the spray versions of this in goodie bags before, but they never show up on my almost-black hair, this one however is super bright (though more purple on my dark hair) & washed out effortlessly too.

PS: Sorry for the lack of outfit posts this week, I’ve barely left my house with this awful week long migraine & lack of sleep. Things will be back to normal next week!

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On My Mind

FAIIINT Wishlist Shopping StylistPick Knotted Dress, Etsy Pendant, McQ mesh & jersey paneled dress, Tosphop Strappy Dress, Theyskens Theory Ombre Oxblood & black wedges, H&M Bra, Kurt Geiger Studded Ankle Boots & Cross Body Satchel Bag

There are too many things on this list that I am longing for & yet are unfortunately sold out in my size. I keep obsessively checking back, every time I have a spare moment hoping that someone might have returned one, or that they might come back in stock. Now that I can’t have them, it’s only making me want them all the more…

The strappy Topshop dress is the main one, it’s so beautifully minimal, but with a sort of elegant, sporty edge. I love the asymmetric detailing & those skinny straps, plus it looks much more expensive than the tiny £42 price tag. I’m really hoping that as it’s a new piece they’ll be restocked. I’m not holding out much hope that someone will return a pair of the ombre Theyskens Theory wedges in a 40 though. This is the problem with The Outnet, I hesitated for just a moment about purchasing them & now I’m kicking myself as someone beat me to them. I’m not sure why my usual justification of ‘but they’re not black!’ didn’t persuade me that little bit sooner.

The studded boots & cross body bag from Kurt Geiger are another story though. I’m usually pretty lucky with their sale, in that at final reductions there is usually still a lot of my sizes left. They’re currently at 30% & 50% off, but do I wait a little longer, knowing they will get further discounted or buy them now to save possible disappointment? Getting something for a huge steal is without a doubt one of the best feelings, but I don’t want to end up kicking myself again if they do sell out.

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Bracher Emden ‘Classic’

Bracher Emden Classic Collection Structured Tote. FAIIINT, Black on Black, Texture, Leather, Bag, Handbag, Designer.Bracher Emden Classic Collection Structured Tote. FAIIINT, Black on Black, Texture, Leather, Bag, Handbag, Designer.

It’s been a while since I last did a ‘new in’ post, but I am so smitten with this bag I just had to give it a feature on it’s own, before you see it appearing in many, many outfit posts! Since it arrived it has had pride of place in my wardrobe, I’ve stroked it more times than I care to admit, pranced around with it in front of my mirror, showed it off to anyone who would listen and I’ve pretty much abandoned my poor, loyal Balenciaga for it too. Usually this level of excitement is reserved solely for new shoes!

You all know of my love for Bracher Emden, they are the brand that turned me from a one bag kinda girl into one that would gladly splurge her savings to add another of their incredible bags to my (growing) collection. It’s rare that you come across a brand that feels as though it was designed specifically for you, where every piece induces such lust & desire to own it, even the ones you wouldn’t usually consider – Yes, I now crave a lime green bag! Their unique, structural designs, distinctive brand signatures and that subtle sci-fi edge that makes my inner nerd squeal are just a few of the reasons I love them.

The classic collection is the perfect baby sister to the mainline, retaining the same impeccable quality, craftsmanship & beautiful, unique designs, but at a lower price point & with a cleaner, more pared back look. Made from a mixture of textured Italian lamb leather & smooth cowhide, it’s no surprise I’ve fallen so hard in love – black on black texture mixing with simple, geometric lines, the whole 7 piece collection is total perfection. The prices are ridiculously reasonable for this kind of quality too, starting at £70 & going upto £250 for this structured tote.

Shop the classic collection – here! Oh, and you may spot a familiar face on the product pages!

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Casual

Fashion blogger Stephanie Brown FAIIINT wearing Staple the label wrapped cardigan, Full Circle Dress, StylistPick Avery studded sneakers trainers, Le Specs 'Revolver' Sunglasses from Sunglasses Shop, Balenciaga City bag. Casual all black, dark style outfit.Fashion blogger Stephanie Brown FAIIINT wearing Le Specs 'Revolver' Sunglasses from Sunglasses ShopFashion blogger Stephanie Brown FAIIINT wearing Staple the label wrapped cardigan, Full Circle Dress, StylistPick Avery studded sneakers trainers, Le Specs 'Revolver' Sunglasses from Sunglasses Shop, Balenciaga City bag. Casual all black, dark style outfit.Fashion blogger Stephanie Brown FAIIINT wearing StylistPick Avery black, white & silver studded sneakers trainers

If you’d have told me a few years ago that I’d be wearing comfortable shoes out of the house as much as (if not more than) my heels, I’d have laughed in your face. There was a time when I never left the house in less than a 4 inch heel, and flats were reserved solely for exercise, not that I did much of that.

Over the last year though I’ve been finding myself reaching more & more for the comfortable pairs, the ones I can run around all day in, the Rick Owens wedges, the battered Topshop boots, the various pairs of Finsk’s & my sneakers. I guess I must be getting old, but suddenly the thought of getting achy feet after a few hours in some of my higher pairs just doesn’t appeal anymore. The comfortable ones might not be quite as showstopping as the more painful pairs, but that’s not to say they’re boring either. I’ve been wearing these sneakers from StylistPick to death lately & they always have people asking where I got them.

Although it looks kinda summery in these photos, don’t let that fool you, it’s still not warm enough to abandon the tights or a few extra layers just yet! Yes, I know it’s supposed to be June! The sun is finally out though, which means I can at last get some wear from my new sunglasses after a rather dull & miserable spring. I never usually stray too far from my favourite cateye shape, but this pair from Le Specs have quickly become a new favourite, the shape is much more flattering on my square face than I expected & I just love the textured front that makes the colour shift between black & silvery grey depending on the light & angle.

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