Monthly Archives: October 2013

Simplicity

FAIIINT Simplicty wishlist - Warehouse Cami, Choies clean slim coat, Kurt Geiger Boots, H&M drape cardigan, Teals Boutique leather laptop bag, Zara asymmetric skirt, Whistles ring, Maria Francesca Pepe spike bangle. All black, minimal, clean, sharp, simple.

Since clearing my wardrobe out recently I’ve been trying to make a real effort to only buy classic, staple pieces that I know I will still be wearing for years to come & it’s lead to me buying an awful lot of very minimal, simple items. Those type of pieces that never seem to date & always look so fresh and modern. I know I’m saying this a lot recently, but it’s true, the older I get the more I’m starting to favour a more paired back way of dressing. Practical items like this beautiful leather laptop bag & more comfortable shoes too, as I find myself buying ever more mid height heels, instead of the skyscrapers I spent my student loan on a few years ago. This pair from Kurt Geiger are my current obsession, they couldn’t be more perfect everyday boots – nice height, chunky heels, classic & with that lovely thick stitching & pull tab to the back.

I usually prefer coats with all kinds of buttons & zips, bikers & trenches, but this super clean one really caught my eye whilst I was browsing Choies. I’m not sure if it’s a little too severe for me, but I think it would be perfect with a drapey cardigan poking out underneath, or over a silk camisole or skirt to contrast against the starkness & make it a little softer.

Another thing I’ve been cutting back on is jewellery, I haven’t been wearing much at all recently, and haven’t brought any in the longest time either. Slowly I’m starting to covet a few select pieces again though. I love how the Whistles ring & Maria Francesca Pepe‘s bangle are dainty, unfussy & yet still interesting enough to make an impact.

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Pleated

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing minkpink wool biker jacket, Pussycat London pleated shirt dress, Topshop lace up boots, Balenciaga city bag. All black outfit, street style.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing minkpink wool biker jacket, Pussycat London pleated shirt dress, Balenciaga city bag. All black outfit, street style.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing minkpink wool biker jacket, Pussycat London pleated shirt dress.

It feels like it’s officially turned to winter, the clocks have gone back for daylight savings & it’s now pitch black by 5:30pm. A little depressing, but I actually love this time of year. Wrapping up, frosty mornings, hot comfort food & curling up by the fire. It’s definitely the worst time to be a fashion blogger though, when there are barely a few hours of daylight left at the end of the day to shoot in. Despite this, I love the way the lighting turned out in these photos, everything just looks so much nicer during the twilight hours.

My obsession for shirt dresses is showing no signs of disappearing just yet, and this newest addition to my collection from Pussycat has been worn to death already. I love messy, crinkly pleats like this and yet I don’t really own many pleated pieces at all, so I’ve been enjoying playing around with this new texture. Paired with my trusty Minkpink biker, I feel a little like a more grownup version of myself as a schoolgirl here, with my pleated skirt, shirt & heavy wool coat. All I’m missing is a thick, baggy jumper!

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Sharp

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Superdry x Timothy Everest Rock Rebel Blazer, Allsaints draped anglaise dress, Rick Owens wedges, Balenciaga city bag. All black outfit.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Superdry x Timothy Everest Rock Rebel Blazer, Allsaints draped anglaise dress. Tailoring, details.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Superdry x Timothy Everest Rock Rebel Blazer, Allsaints draped anglaise dress. Tailoring, details.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Superdry x Timothy Everest Rock Rebel Blazer, Allsaints draped anglaise dress, Rick Owens wedges, Balenciaga city bag. All black outfit.

Every girl needs a good classic blazer, one that works as effortlessly in the office as it does dressed up for a night out. They are a staple in my wardrobe & I have a lot of them hanging up, but this is the most classic looking of them all & a welcome addition. I feel like the older I get, the more I appreciate very classic, traditional cuts like this.

The relaxed, yet sharp fit & the little details are what make this one special; the satin lapels, pink lining & accent pocket, a baby blue velvet under collar & little concealed loops inside for threading headphone cables through. I plan on wearing it casually like this for day time & with the sleeves rolled up, flashing a little of the lining over a fitted dress for night. I have to admit, it’s not something I would have ever expected from Superdry, but it’s a beautiful jacket, as is the rest of this collaboration with acclaimed tailor Timothy Everest. I also have my eye on the ‘town coat‘, it has such a great rock’n’roll, teddy boy kind of vibe about it that’s hard to resist.

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Birds

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Barneys Originals drape leather jacket, Yumi midnight menagerie bird & floral print dress, Bracher Emden classic tote bag, Skin by Finsk lace up wedges, Catarzi fedora, all black outfit, gothic, street style.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Barneys Originals drape leather jacket, Yumi midnight menagerie bird & floral print dress, Bracher Emden classic tote bag, Skin by Finsk lace up wedges, Catarzi fedora, all black outfit, gothic, street style.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Skin by Finsk black lace up cut out wedge sandalsFashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Yumi midnight menagerie printed dress, black with bright birds, flowers, floral, dark mirror print.

A few weeks ago I was asked by Yumi if I’d like to take part in their blogger style off. I’m never one to turn down a challenge, and so of course I accepted. There was a lovely black anglaise shirt dress that I had my eye on, but in the spirit of it being a challenge, I thought it would be more fun to choose something I wouldn’t usually pick.

I went for this beautiful bird print dress, I’m not usually a fan of colour or prints, as I’m sure you know, but this really stood out to me. I love that despite there being a few bright colours in the print, it still feels quite dark, muted & melancholy, it fits in effortlessly with my style & doesn’t look out of place on me at all, like I feared it might. I think between this & my galaxy print leggings I’m now convinced that the right kind of print can actually be a nice addition to my wardrobe, and something I shouldn’t be so quick to shy away from in the future. I’ve always had a thing for birds anyway, but I think the print on this is just gorgeous with their outstretched wings, hovering above tropical flowers.

If you guys could go over to their Facebook page & give my outfit a like, it would be much appreciated! The girl with the most likes will win & get a voucher for Yumi, which I would like to giveaway to one of you, if I win! So you could choose this dress, or any of their other lovely pieces for yourself.

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Skincare Saviours

FAIIINT Skincare for acne prone oily skin. Vichy Idealia Life Serum & Smoothing & illuminating day cream, Philips Visapure facial cleansing brush, Clarins exfoliator brightening toner.

I’m sure those of you that have me on Twitter have seen me moaning about how awful my skin has been over the last couple of months. To cut a long story short, I had been on the contraceptive pill for over 10 years, then suddenly my doctor recommended that I stop using it due to my constant migraines. The migraines went away, but within a few weeks my skin looked like it had reverted back to being 14 again & with that, the same self consciousness & insecurities too.

I stuck it out for 3 months, hoping it would settle down once my body had adjusted, but if anything it just got worse as my jaw and forehead became covered in painful cystic acne. It sounds shallow, but I couldn’t deal with it & decided I would rather have the migraines than terrible skin (and awful mood swings too). Bad skin can have such a massive impact on your confidence, especially if like me you were teased quite relentlessly about it as a teen. I hoped that once I started taking the pill again my skin would improve, but it didn’t. So, I started researching for products to help get it back on track. I know a few of you were having similar skin issues, so I thought I’d share the products that have made the biggest difference for me so far. My skin’s still not perfect, but it’s so much better than it was.

Philips Visapure Facial Cleansing Brush :
This is basically Philips version of the Clarisonic, an electronic facial brush. I chose this over the Clarins version mainly because I liked the smaller brush & it felt more ergonomic to use, but also because it was cheaper & it looks nicer too! When I first brought this I used it twice a day for about a week & then got so frustrated I considered taking it back, my skin looked worse than ever! After doing a little research though, I discovered that it was my skin purging, bringing all the gross stuff to the surface to get rid of it. I was skeptical, but I persevered. After about a week or two it started to slowly improve, and it’s been getting better & better ever since. It leaves my face feeling so deeply cleansed & smooth and the buffing action gives you a gentle exfoliation too, my muslin cloth just isn’t cutting it after using this. I’ve been using the sensitive brush head on mine with my usual cleanser, as the normal one seemed a bit too rough for using twice a day, especially as I have a separate exfoliator. I think this is the product that has made the most dramatic difference for me. The purging stage is pretty awful & it’s quite an expensive purchase, but the difference it’s made makes it more than worth it in my opinion & it definitely lives up to the hype.

Vichy Idealia Life Serum & Smoothing and Illuminating Cream :
I started using serums & anti-aging moisturizers when I hit 21, and I’ve tried so many different kinds over the years since then. I’m a big fan of Vichys other products, so I was keen to try these out as soon as they launched. They are light, easily absorbed & give a velvety finish to the skin, leaving it feeling plump, hydrated & glowy. The serum has a tiny, barely noticeable amount of shimmer in too, and used under a light foundation gives a similar glowy sheen to YSL’s Touche Eclat foundation. It’s a really pretty finish & instantly gives a nice radiance to dull skin, whilst helping to camouflage spots & scarring too. The best part though, unexpectedly, is that they’ve made a huge difference to my acne too! I’m not sure why, as they aren’t marketed for this problem, but they are so soothing & seem to do a great job at reducing redness & inflammation too. Maybe it’s because they are made with sensitive skin in mind? Whatever it is, I think I’ve found my holy grail of moisturizers & I shall definitely be repurchasing once these run out.

Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner :
This is my little secret weapon. It’s a super gentle chemical exfoliator that dissolves the dull top layers of skin to revel brighter, fresher looking skin underneath. It sounds scary, but it’s so much gentler than a harsh scrub & is the best for getting rid of the dry, flakey skin I usually get on my cheeks & around dried out blemishes. This does state to use only twice a week, but when my skin is really bad I use it on that area every day & it really helps it to heal up much faster, without any averse effects like drying my skin out as most spot treatments do.

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