Monthly Archives: August 2013

Swimwear Shopping

FAIIINT Bikini shopping round up, Seafolly Goddess draped grecian black bikini, with London Rebel Sandals, ASOS cat eye sunglasses & travelcard holders, Gorjana leather wrap bracelet. All black swimwear styling.

Seafolly ‘Goddess’ Bikini / London Rebel Sandals / ASOS Cateye Sunglasses / ASOS Passport & Travelcard Covers / Gorjana Leather Wrap Bracelet

FAIIINT swimwear shopping round up, Thapelo draped rouched Marie asymmetric black bandeau swimsuit, with chiffon sarong, GAP Sandals, ASOS kitten eye sunglasses. All black swimwear styling.

Thapelo ‘Marie’ Swimsuit / eBay Chiffon Headscarf / ASOS Kitten Eye Sunglasses / GAP Sandals

FAIIINT Bikini shopping round up, L Space Flutter Bye frill drape cut out laser cut black bikini, with ASOS Sandals, ASOS Cateye sunglasses, Daniel Wellington watch, Whistles & Links of London Bracelets. All black swimwear styling.

L★Space ‘Flutter Bye’ Bikini / ASOS Sandals / ASOS Cateye Sunglasses / Daniel Wellington Watch / Whistles & Links of London Bracelets

I’m sure I’m not the only girl to find bikini shopping the biggest nightmare, like finding the perfect pair of jeans, it can take weeks of searching & endless disappointments all to find the one. Beach Cafe kindly sent me a little package of black swimwear last week to try out & hopefully finally find that elusive perfect one.

I’m usually a bikini kinda girl, but the Thapelo one piece caught my eye as soon as I saw it. The sash across the top can be worn tied around the bust as a bandeau or across the shoulder as an asymmetric strap (like here). It’s a nice twist on a classic shape & I felt I’d have to style it a little bit 50s to play up it’s modern/retro look – with kitten eye sunglasses & a black chiffon headscarf. This would have been my pick if it wasn’t for my annoyingly long torso making it just a bit too short in the body for me. I loved that such a simple detail, tying the sash differently, can give it completely different look.

L★Space’s frilly, laser cut bikini was another one I really loved, it’s just so fun & the triangle ruffle gives it an optical slimming effect to the waist too. This one proves that black swimwear doesn’t have to mean plain & boring, and it’s the type of bikini I’d pack for a girls holiday to Ibiza or somewhere similar, paired with huge cat eyes & an armful of bracelets.

Those who follow me on Instagram will know already that fell in love with & ended up choosing the Seafolly Grecian style bikini, calling it my ‘bikini soul mate’. The twisted, wrapped strips of fabric are such a beautiful detail & it’s the only bikini that has ever made me look like I actually have boobs, thanks to it’s ingenious structure, padding & boning. Despite all of this going on underneath, it is super comfortable & the boning helps it to stay up & avoid embarrassing slips too. Always a good thing if you ask me, I’ve had enough unfortunate incidents with bikinis to last a lifetime! It’s simple, but with a twist & is a far cry from my usual plain, boring black triangle bikinis.

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East

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing French Connection Manhattan black wrap over dress, Bracher Emden classic tote bag, Rick Owens cut out wedges. Minimal, oriental, eastern, sci fi.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing French Connection Manhattan black wrap over dress. Minimal, oriental, eastern, sci fi.

You might remember a little while ago my wishlist of minimal oriental inspired pieces, I’m not usually one to follow trends, but I still can’t get enough of this one. I ended up buying the Topshop dress from the wishlist, but unfortunately it wasn’t a great fit, so I’ve been on the hunt for a replacement. As soon as I saw this ‘Manhattan’ dress on the French Connection website I knew my choice was made. The wrap over, triangular capped sleeves & the slight draping at the shoulders subtly hint at the oriental inspiration without it being over the top.

Also, can I just make a point of how awesome the fit is? For someone who has a rather boyish silhouette a dress that gives you an actual waist & the illusion of curves is kind of magic. This is going to be my go to dress when I need to feel a little extra confident, it’s impossible to slouch in & gives you a little wiggle to your walk.

The weather wasn’t playing along though, hence the tights & I think this was the only photo we got where my hair wasn’t completely covering my face thanks to the gale force winds! Seems that’s the end of our summer then!

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Sharp

FAIIINT new in, current favourite things ASOS cateye sunglasses, Belle's Bejewelled perspex geometric diamond necklace, Evolution in action by Jean-Baptiste de Panafieu & Patrick Gries, The better angles of our nature by Steven PinkerFAIIINT new in, current favourite things Belle's Bejewelled perspex geometric diamond necklace, Evolution in action by Jean-Baptiste de Panafieu & Patrick Gries, The better angles of our nature by Steven PinkerFAIIINT new in, current favourite things Evolution in action by Jean-Baptiste de Panafieu & Patrick Gries

Ollie has had a lot going on recently & we are unable to shoot any outfits until next week, so I’m afraid you’re going to have to put up with my attempts at photographing a few of my current favourite things instead. To be honest, I’m actually quite pleased with how these turned out, maybe I’m not as terrible at it as I thought…

These sunglasses from ASOS have been firmly at the top of my wishlist since I saw them a few months ago, I fell in love with the super sharp cateye shape & the thick, glossy frames. Unsurprisingly, they sold out pretty quickly & I have been stalking ASOS since, hoping for a pair to come back in stock. A lone pair appeared on Monday, so of course I snapped them up immediately. I’m so glad I did, the plastic is thick & weighty and they look much more expensive than the £12 they cost. Definitely my new favourites. I’ve also fallen in love with this geometric diamond necklace from Belle’s Bejewelled. Ollie thinks it looks like an artifact from Tomb Raider, and I kinda have to agree. Are you noticing a theme around here? I’m a little obsessed with wearable objects that remind me of my favourite movies, video games & books.

I know books aren’t really fashion but I enjoyed these two so much I just had to feature them. ‘Evolution in Action‘ is one of the most beautiful looking books I’ve come across in a long time. Patrick Gries‘ black & white photos of the bones & skeletons of all manner of species are breathtaking & beautifully illustrate the key themes in the text, which is completely engrossing & full of interesting facts. I could not put this down once I started. Evolution, and anatomy especially, have always been subjects that have fascinated & inspired me, and I know this is a book I’ll be picking up again & again.

The Better Angels of Our Nature‘ by Steven Pinker is another book I’ve been finding really hard to put down. Do you ever find yourself enjoying a book so much, that as you get closer & closer to the end you start reading just a few pages at a time, because you really don’t want to finish it? Well, that’s what I’ve been doing with this one. If you’re the type of person that thinks the world is going to shit, and that humankind is racing towards exterminating itself with it’s seemingly endless inhumanity, I highly suggest giving this a read. It charts the dramatic decline in violence over the course of history & proves without a doubt that we are currently living in the most peaceful time in human history. Shocking right? Especially when all the awful news stories would have you believe we are at our worst. It’s totally changed the way I see the world, for the better, and is a truly fascinating, mind altering read.

PS: Would you guys like to see more non-fashion things around here? Like books, movies, beauty or more general lifestyle posts? Or do you prefer just fashion & outfits? I’ve been curious about this for a while…

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Demobaza AW13

Demobaza AW13 collection, draped, grunge, gothic, dark styleDemobaza AW13 collection, draped, grunge, gothic, dark style

We are only just getting a little summer here, but Demobaza’s AW13 collection is having me dreaming of cooler days and wrapping up under layers of moth eaten, deconstructed jerseys & knits. These are the type of clothes I’d want to be wearing, should I find myself in some desolate, post-apocalyptic wasteland. They instantly conjure in my mind images straight out of The Road, with a good hint of scifi thrown in, of solitary nomads wandering across vast barren landscapes.

Based out of Bulgaria, Demo and Tono the brains behind the brand describe it as ‘Statement designs with minimal and futuristic looks, expressed in cool sporty shapes. A Uniform built of trashy and deconstructed looking elements’.

You can buy the pieces directly from their store, or they are also stocked at Luisaviaroma, and surprisingly the prices are very reasonable, the coats being the most expensive at around £360. The knits & wraps are what I have my eye on though, and their awesome neoprene leggings too, I don’t know how anyone could put a pair of those on & not feel like a total badass.

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Taupe

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Cheap Monday taupe draped dress from Surfdome, Braza bandeau bra, Topshop black gladiator buckled wedges, Lion claw pendant, Balenciaga city bag. Casual dark style, street style.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Cheap Monday taupe draped dress from Surfdome, Braza bandeau bra, Topshop black gladiator buckled wedgesFashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Topshop black suede gladiator buckled wedges heels shoesFashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Cheap Monday taupe draped dress from Surfdome, Braza bandeau bra, Topshop black gladiator buckled wedges, Lion claw pendant, Balenciaga city bag. Casual dark style, street style.

The past few days have been hot, sticky & gross, so I’ve been turning to looser, less fussy things & dresses in particular in an effort to keep from melting. I think I may be subconsciously turning to lighter colours too, this Cheap Monday dress has barely left my back since it arrived, just in time for the heatwave. It’s loose, low cut armholes and the beautiful draping to the back make it one of those great elevated basics, plus how beautiful is the taupe colour? I think I need more of this shade in my wardrobe immediately.

This is actually the first outing of these shoes on the blog since I dyed them way back last year from a chocolaty brown to this distressed black. When I first dyed them they came out a perfect, jet black & they seemed a little too pristine for this style of shoe, so out came my trusty wire brush. I gave them a good buff with that wearing away the top layers of black, revealing a hint of the brown underneath & giving them this much more aged black colour, whilst transforming the fluffy suede into more of a flat nubuck texture too. I’ve worn them so much more since dying them, to be honest I’m not sure who I was kidding thinking I would get much wear from chocolate brown shoes!

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