Monthly Archives: February 2014

Coven

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Catarzi fedora, Fashion Union contrast white collar blouse shirt, French Connection Kelby lace skater skirt, Todd Lynn x Topshop Tux Jacket, Skin by Finsk Wedges, Bracher Emden Bag. All black outfit, goth, witch street style. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Fashion Union contrast white collar blouse shirt, French Connection Kelby lace skater skirt, Todd Lynn x Topshop Tux Jacket. All black outfit, goth, witch street style.

So, this outfit might be slightly influenced by my current withdrawals from American Horror Story: Coven… I just couldn’t help myself when this blouse arrived from Fashion Union though & felt like it was asking to be paired with my fedora & this lovely lace trimmed skirt for the full witchy effect!

I’ve resisted getting a white collared shirt for the longest time now, I always thought that they were a little bit cliche & very over done. I got sick of seeing them everywhere & then suddenly found myself ordering this one, for some unknown reason! Over the course of this blog though I’ve made a point of trying out new things, those things I thought I couldn’t pull off, or that I’d written off because they ‘weren’t me’ even though I liked them. Some were successful, others not so much. I’ve discovered new favourite pieces I would never have looked at before, and this is definitely one of them. I’m looking forward to wearing this in less obvious ways in the future!

This skirt from French Connection is another of those things. As you probably well know, I’m not usually a fan of anything overly girly, I’ve always been a tomboy at heart & so wearing anything frilly or cutesy makes me feel a little weird. I surprised even myself when I fell in love with it, with it’s full shape & the lace peeking out, it’s definitely not something I’d usually choose. Instead of fighting it & dressing it down I felt like I may as well run with it, and you know what? Even though this definitely has a slightly cutesy, schoolgirl like vibe about it, I actually really love it!

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Voucher Codes Swap Shop

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On Monday evening I went along with one of my oldest & best friends Jemma for a blogger Swap Shop party held by Voucher Codes. I missed the last one they held due to being ill & had heard so many good things about it afterwards, so I was pretty excited when I found out they were holding another!

The basic idea of it is that everyone takes 5 items of clothing they no longer wear or want & you are then given stamps according to the value of each of the 5 items. 1 stamp for Primark & cheaper stores, 2 stamps for Topshop & highstreet and 3 stamps for higher end items & designer. Once you’ve got your stamps you’re free to shop the rails of clothing & accessories everyone else has brought & exchange your stamps for the pieces you love.

I was worried there wouldn’t be anything I would want, being so picky & obviously only wearing black, but with over 70 bloggers that attended there was such a good variety of things & I think everyone came away with at least a couple of items they really loved. I ended up coming home with a beautiful black Herve Leger bandage dress, which I was extremely pleased with, a good basic maxi skirt from Dorothy Perkins, plus I also picked up a navy dress from Love for my Mum too. Jemma came away with even more pieces than she had taken (7 in total!), but all things she will get so much wear from. I’m sure you’ll be seeing my items in some outfit posts soon, I can’t wait to show you the dress!

Along with the shopping we were also treated to delicious food from Mother Clucker (genius name, right?!), cupcakes, cocktails & table of pick’n’mix too. Sometimes I kind of hate being vegetarian at these type of things, the fried chicken smelled soo good when they were passing it out & I so wished I could have had a bite! Luckily they also had an amazing jalapeño Mac & Cheese, which is one of my favourite foods, though I never thought to add chilies. It was so good I’m going to have to try making this myself at home! We also couldn’t leave without getting a balloon hat from the amazing Twistina & jumping in the photobooth with our new headgear for some snaps, before having to run for the bus!

It was lovely to catch up with everyone & the whole vibe was so fun & friendly, no elbows in sight! I even had quite a few people come up to me & point me in the direction of all the black things, which was hugely appreciated! It’s a brilliant idea & we both had such a lovely night, I’m keeping my fingers crossed there will be another one soon!

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London Fashion Weekend

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing George at asda black wool & twill biker jacket, basic bodycon dress, ASOS waterfall cardigan, Kurt Geiger wedge boots, Bracher Emden bag. London fashion weekend Somerset house.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing George at asda black wool & twill biker jacket, basic bodycon dress, ASOS waterfall cardigan, Kurt Geiger wedge boots, Bracher Emden bag. London fashion weekend Somerset house.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing George at asda black wool & twill biker jacket, basic bodycon dress & faux fur pom pom beanie.

Although I wasn’t able to do London Fashion Week last week due to being snowed under with work, I did manage to sneak in a trip to London Fashion Weekend on Saturday for a little retail therapy. I thought I deserved it as a small treat after working so hard lately!

For those of you who aren’t sure what London Fashion Weekend is, it’s basically a sort of shopping festival held at the home of LFW, Somerset House. There’s discounted designer shopping, pop up shops, hair & beauty rooms, catwalk shows, panels & talks from leading industry experts and even a little live music thrown in too.

I know a lot of people like to get dressed up for things like this, but for me when I know I’m going to be on my feet all day & pushing my way through crowds in tiny rooms, I’d much prefer to be comfortable. These Kurt Geiger wedges have become my go to comfy shoe lately, they go with everything & I can walk around all day in these without any discomfort at all. My new biker jacket from George was an obvious choice too, can you believe it was £30 (now £15 in the sale)?! It’s hard to see here, but the body is a twill weave & the collar/sleeves are brushed wool, this subtle attention to detail makes it look far more expensive than it’s tiny price tag & it falls perfectly between casual & smart too, I know I’m going to get a lot of wear from this.

The main draw of the event is of course the discounted shopping, but I didn’t actually come home with anything, despite being tempted by quite a few things & their discounts. I didn’t want to get caught up in the low prices & buy things that I didn’t love, purely for the sake of getting something at a good price. Isn’t that always the case though, when you set out for a day of shopping you can never find anything you actually want to buy! As soon as we arrived I made a beeline for the shoes, but I was sorely disappointed to find there was no Finsk stall this year, as I was hoping to score a discounted pair of their wedges. Miista & Atalanta Weller both had some beautiful pieces for sale however, and I’m a little bit annoyed Ollie managed to talk me out of buying those beautiful blackened silver boots! It was Tessa Metcalfe’s bird claw necklaces that totally stole the show for me though, I’m still daydreaming about them now!

I think Laura Welsh was probably the highlight of our day, performing live in the Levi’s Reveal Studio it was such a pleasure to hear her live in such a small space, her voice is so soulful & gave me literal goosebumps. I have a feeling that it won’t be long before you’re hearing a lot about her! We also went along to the Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! exhibition, though sadly no photography was allowed so I have nothing to actually show you from that, but there may be a few sneaky photos on my Instagram if you’re curious! I’ll just say that it was the other highlight of my day & is well worth visiting if you’re in London before it finishes, especially if you’re a fan of the woman herself, Alexander McQueen or Philip Treacy, there are some spectacular pieces on show!

 

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Lounging

FAIIINT UncommonGoods lounging around in bed with Sole Sox anatomy socks, The Rise & Fall Sleeping Fox Pillow, Kobo plant the packaging siam poppy candle, Totoro plush & books.FAIIINT UncommonGoods Sole Sox anatomy socks, bones, muscles, Kobo plant the packaging Siam Poppy soy candle

After our one day of sunshine this week it’s back to miserable weather again! Luckily I have nowhere to be today, so I’m spending the day lounging around, curled up indoors with Nico, our cuddly little friends and a few good books. I’m hoping to finally catch up on some blog reading too.

UncommonGoods kindly sent over a few things a couple of weeks ago that are just made for lazy days like this. Nico has fallen in love with the adorable sleeping fox pillow & he’s pretty much decided it’s his pillow now, how could I take it off him when they both look so cute in their identical sleeping positions though? My personal favourite thing is definitely the candle, not only does it smell wonderful, but the real treat is that the packaging is infused with seeds! Once you’ve finished with the box, soak it with water, bury it beneath a layer of soil & a few weeks later a patch of poppies will grow! I love the idea behind this type of recycling, it’s such a unique and brilliant concept, turning waste into something beautiful. Though they mostly sell homewear & quirky gifts, they also have a small selection of accessories like these awesome anatomy socks (how could I resist?!) & I have my eye on some of their beautiful rings & other jewelry too.

Based in Brooklyn, UncommonGoods strive to feature unique designs and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people. A dollar from every purchase is donated to the charity of your choice & they also own a variety of non-profit organizations helping to deal with issues from sexual violence to protecting & restoring forests worldwide, which are supported through this initiative, so you get to feel good about giving a little back whilst you shop.

If you’re looking for unique gifts for friends & family I couldn’t recommend them more. There are so many quirky items that would make for really unique presents, whether you need a gift for a special couple for weddings or anniversaries, personalised things for little ones for friends expecting babies, or just a little treat for yourself.

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Spring Cravings

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The start of this year has seemed to both drag with the never ending winter & rain, and fly by at the same time, can you believe it’s almost March already?! I am definitely looking forward to less of the cold & rain as Spring approaches, and I can’t wait to start wearing my loose tees with pretty bras peeking through, sunglasses, sandals & simple statement jewellery again. Warmer weather always makes me want to dress a little simpler & less fussy.

Classic pieces with interesting little details are always high on my wish list, and for the longest time now I’ve wanted a nice backpack. This one from Meli Melo is exactly what I’ve been searching for, I love the little tabs at the bottom & slouchy kind of structure it has. Another classic I can never say no to is a good cat eye & the guys behind Oliver Peoples definitely know how to create the perfect one. These ‘Jacey’ sunglasses are my newest obsession & I’ve still got my eye on their ‘Paris’ style from the SS13 Maison Kitsune collaboration too.

I’m feeling a slight tinge of tribal here from the sandals & the thick bone choker too, I can’t even begin to describe how much I want both of these things! They’re a nice subtle little nod to the ever popular during summer ‘traveler‘ type trend & just looking at them is filling me with wanderlust.

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