Monthly Archives: March 2014

Disheveled

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Allsaints draped embroidery anglaise dress, Barneys Originals leather jacket, Kurt Geiger buckled wedges, Balenciaga city bag, claw & obsidian arrowhead necklaces. All black outfit street style.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Allsaints draped embroidery anglaise dress, Barneys Originals leather jacket, Kurt Geiger buckled wedges, Balenciaga city bag, claw & obsidian arrowhead necklaces. All black outfit street style.

This AllSaints dress must be around 6 years old by now, and it’s a great example of a garment that actually gets better with age. It’s fading in places, some of the stitching is becoming loose, hems falling down, all signs it’s been worn & loved for many years. I could fix those things, but it doesn’t bother me & I think adds to it’s kind of disheveled charm.

It’s one of the only things I have from then that I still own & love to wear, the rest has long since fallen apart, as is usually the case when you stuff your wardrobe full of cheaply made pieces. There’s nothing worse than having to throw favourite pieces out because they’re ruined, especially when they have a lot of memories attached. Though, I admit, I am guilty of keeping a few things I’ll never wear again purely because of the special memories they hold for me. These days I pay much more attention to not only buying pieces I love, but that are well made & made to last too, so hopefully in another 6 years I’ll have a wardrobe filled with many old favourites that I can still enjoy wearing.

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Next New In

Next New In ss14 fashion blogger party press day party eventNext New In ss14 fashion blogger party press day party eventNext New In ss14 fashion blogger party press day party event. Lace & glitter sparkly trainers sneakers & taupe cross body bag.Next New In ss14 fashion blogger party press day party event. Nautical inspired sandals shoes, bags & straw hat.Next New In ss14 fashion blogger party press day party event Soho Hotel London afternoon tea with cakes, pastries, sandwiches & scones.Next New In ss14 fashion blogger party press day party event Soho Hotel London cocktailsNext New In ss14 fashion blogger party press day party event manicureNext New In ss14 fashion blogger party press day party event. Kylie of Memoir Mode & Stephanie of FAIIINT waterfall braid hairstyling by Blow Ltd LondonNext New In ss14 fashion blogger party press day party event. Tara of The Style Rawr halo braid hairstyling by Blow Ltd LondonNext New In ss14 fashion blogger party press day party event. Kylie of Memoir Mode, Tara of The Style Rawr & Stephanie of FAIIINT Soho Hotel London

On Wednesday I met up with Tara & Kylie to head down to Next’s ‘New In’ event held at The Soho Hotel in their Terrace Suite. It’s been ages since all three of us were together, so it was lovely to spend a whole day with both of them & catch up with all the other girls, without feeling like we had to rush off too soon. We had planned to do a few other things & get dinner as well, but we were having such a nice, relaxed time that we ended up staying for almost the entire day and eating way too many cakes & scones in the process!

The new collection, which hits stores in May, is a mixture of soft pastels & floral prints, nautical inspired accessories & bright summery pieces with a world traveler kind of vibe. There were lots of great pieces, however not so much black for me this time around! I do have my eye on the ponyhair cross over sandals though & I’m even tempted by some of the faded chambray shirts & the dark floral prints too.

As always with Next, they definitely know how to spoil us and along with afternoon tea there were a constant stream of yummy cocktails, teas & champagne, plus manicures from Bianca’s Nail Secrets & I Made It Myself inspired by the new collection & the girls from Blow Ltd on hand to fix our hair too.

I never usually do anything with my hair, so I decided to get a simple waterfall braid & completely fell in love with it, it’s such a pretty little detail. I felt like an extra from Game of Thrones or Lord Of The Rings for the entire rest of the day, which is a huge yes in my book! I’ve been practicing trying to do it on myself, but it’s harder than it looks. Tara went for a halo braid, and I just couldn’t stop staring at the back, the way the two plaits intertwine & wrap around the head, doesn’t it look beautiful?

Of course, we had to take advantage of the ginormous bathroom in the suite for some selfies before we headed home & ended up climbing in the massive bath for some group photos too! Huge thanks to the awesome girls at Next for having us, it’s always fun!

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Casual

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A few weeks ago Alex from Barkarama asked me to take part in her Walking Style series showing what I wear when taking Nico for a walk (outfit photos of this very soon!) & it got me thinking a lot about my casual wardrobe & making mental wishlists of what pieces I’m missing from it. Though this is not exactly a dog walk friendly outfit, it’s more off duty items, because I got a little carried away!

Whenever I go over to Ollie’s I always end up borrowing his Mum’s quilted Barbour jackets for dog walks across their fields & I’ve been meaning to get one of my own for a while. I have to admit I’m not the biggest fan of the more classic versions & couldn’t justify the price for one, but this one is another story, the biker style, jersey lining & the little details like the buckle at the neck make it the perfect blend of comfort, practicality & style.

My quest for the perfect flat boots is still on going, the last pair I ordered were not quite right & so were returned like all the previous pairs. My next pair to try, once I have some spare cash, will be these Cinzia Araia ones, I love how worn & broken in they look, plus the minimal, fuss-free details make them a true classic. I hadn’t heard of this brand before until Jenny posted about them, and I fell in love with pretty much every pair. I’m also still obsessed with any headgear with ears, so obviously I have my eye on this adorable Eugenia Kim ‘Felix’ hat too!

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Astray

Fashion Blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing all black outfit MinkPink wool biker jacket, Sammy Dress Tunic, Topshop Unique coated jeans, Topshop Boutique lace up boots, Balenciaga City bag, Next rose gold rings.FAIIINT outfit details Minkpink wool biker jacket, Next rose gold stacking ringsFashion Blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing all black outfit MinkPink wool biker jacket, Sammy Dress Tunic, Topshop Unique coated jeans, Topshop Boutique lace up boots, Balenciaga City bag, Next rose gold rings.

So much for being optimistic & positive about the weather, we are now predicted snow & though out of the window it looks gloriously sunny, it’s actually bloody freezing! Nico seems pretty happy about it all though!

I haven’t worn these leggings in the longest time, they’re a weird cross between jeans & leggings making them too thick & bulky to wear with a dress, but they have no pockets or waistband & I don’t really like wearing them as jeans either. When this tunic from Sammy Dress arrived though, I knew they would be perfect with it. It is supposed to be a dress, but on someone of my height there is no chance I would go out in it without some kind of trousers underneath! I love the little layered chiffon hem, simple details like this can make all the difference to a plain, casual outfit like this one.

I also wanted to apologize for being so absent recently, I have just been so incredibly busy. Those who have me on Instagram will know what it is that I’m working on, and there are so many little things I still need to do that I’d never even considered or set aside time for. Piles of paperwork to fill out, things to put in place, orders to be made, I’m learning as I go along, so it’s been taking up a lot of my time recently to get it to the point of launching. I’m hoping that it’ll be there soon, and I’m hoping to finally catch up with everyone’s blogs this week too!

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Skincare Saviours #2

FAIIINT Beauty blog Sanctuary Spa Fresh Faced Purifying Wash & Therapists Secret Facial Oil, Rodial Glamtox Cleansing Balm, The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask. Acne prone oily skin routine.

In my never ending quest to keep my problem skin under control I am constantly trying new products in an attempt to find ones that actually work for my skin. I mentioned last time that I’d found my perfect moisturiser & serum, but I still needed to find a really great cleanser & a night cream. These are a couple of products I’ve been enjoying using recently that are totally worth raving about.

The Body Shop Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask :
This is not a new find, but it’s probably one of my favourite masks & I’ve been using it for years. I find clay masks work really well with my oily skin, and I’ve tried all manner of them over the years from super cheap to extortionately priced & I still think this is the best. It does such a good job at mopping up excess oils & really deep cleansing, but never makes my skin feel dried out no matter how long I leave it on & it leaves my skin looking clean & refined.

Sanctuary Spa Fresh Faced Purifying Wash :
Sanctuary was never a brand I payed much attention to until a few years ago when I brought my Mum some of their products for her birthday & she raved about how great they were. I’ve tried lots of their products since then & have actually been pretty impressed with all of them. This is a standout for me though, because it delivers squeaky clean skin but it feels gentle too, without that familiar tight, dry feeling on your face afterwards.

Sanctuary Spa Therapists Secret Facial Oil :
After trying out a heaps of night creams I’ve decided my skin just doesn’t really like them, they’re too thick & rich and always leave my skin greasy in the mornings. Instead I’ve started using this oil layered under my usual Vichy moisturiser for added nourishment. Previously I was using the Clarins Lotus Oil, but I honestly think this one is better & it’s less than half the price too. It sinks in almost immediately & leaves my skin plump, soft & feeling really nourished when I wake up, without any greasy residue like the Clarins version left behind. I think the combination of this & the Rodial cleansing balm are also helping to control my oilyness, as my skin has been noticeably less oily since I’ve been using them. Both this & the face wash are currently 1/3 off at Boots too, making them even better value.

Rodial Glamtox Cleansing Balm :
I had a very generous sample of this in a goodie bag at the end of last year, it sat in my drawer for ages unused because I feared that it would break me out. The consistency is odd, like an oil in gel form that melts into a creamy oil when massaged into your skin. I finally tested it a few months ago & completely fell in love. Pretty much from the first use I knew I’d have to buy the full size, it removed every last scrap of makeup without the need to double cleanse and left my skin bright & glowy too, thanks to the amino acids. For years I had been using harsh soapy cleansers assuming that’s what my skin needed to battle the oilyness, but this has worked better than any of them ever did. Maybe my skin was just crying out for a more gentle cleansing routine & a little moisture? Currently I use this as my night time cleanser & the Sancturary one in the mornings, the improvement in my skin has been really quite amazing, all the clogged pores & little bumps along my forehead & jaw have gone, as well as most of the stubborn blackheads on my nose too! The one thing I don’t love is the price tag, though for me personally it’s 100% worth it for the results, I honestly could not recommend this enough. I did recently come across it on AllBeauty at almost half price, though I’m not sure if this is a permanent discount or a special offer, so I’ve ordered a replacement just incase!

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