Monthly Archives: February 2015

London Edge 2015

FAIIINT fashion blogger meet up event at London Edge 2015 Olympia Exhibition Centre. Iron Fist clothing stall.

Iron Fist

FAIIINT fashion blogger meet up event at London Edge 2015 Olympia Exhibition Centre. Kat of Rock N Roll Bride giving a talk in the Press Area. FAIIINT fashion blogger meet up event at London Edge 2015 Olympia Exhibition Centre. Widow lace dress. FAIIINT fashion blogger meet up event at London Edge 2015 Olympia Exhibition Centre. Widow clothing stall, black & grey foil coated knits. FAIIINT fashion blogger meet up event at London Edge 2015 Olympia Exhibition Centre. Widow & Lip Service clothing stall.

Widow & Lip Service

FAIIINT fashion blogger meet up event at London Edge 2015 Olympia Exhibition Centre. Manic Panic bright coloured hair dye & makeup.

Manic Panic

FAIIINT fashion blogger meet up event at London Edge 2015 Olympia Exhibition Centre. Disturbia clothing witchy white collar velvet & plaid dress. FAIIINT fashion blogger meet up event at London Edge 2015 Olympia Exhibition Centre. Disturbia stall rucksack bag & jewellery.

Disturbia

FAIIINT fashion blogger meet up event at London Edge 2015 Olympia Exhibition Centre. Jawbreaker Clothing & Voodoo Vixen giving bloggers retro makeovers for the after party.

Jawbreaker & Voodoo Vixen Makeovers

FAIIINT fashion blogger meet up event at London Edge 2015 Olympia Exhibition Centre. RatBaby clothing stall, bloggers looking at Wednesday Addams dress.

RatBaby

FAIIINT fashion blogger meet up event at London Edge 2015 after party at Gem Bar Soho.

With the lovely Susan, Isabella, Sam, Hatti & Kent

Last year I had an absolute blast at the London Edge bloggers meet up, so when I had an email to say they were holding another this year I made sure I was free so that I could head down. Held in the West Hall of the Olympia Exhibition Centre, it was even bigger & better than last year.

As I arrived I grabbed a glass of bubbly & a bag of sweets, before we sat down for a talk and a little Q&A with Kat from Rock n Roll Bride. I always enjoy listening to other bloggers talk about why they started their blogs, their journeys with them and sharing their tips & advice too, especially when it’s someone who’s made such a success of it as Kat has. It’s super inspiring to hear how others have turned what was a hobby into a full time, successful career & it’s a great reminder of the power of blogs, and how the sky really is the limit with how far you can take it. The internet is a wonderful thing!

Afterwards we all had a chance to catch up & make our way around the stalls. It was so nice to see lots of the awesome guys & girls I met last year, and I finally met Faye too! We have chatted constantly on Twitter for close to 2 years, so it almost felt like I already knew her & she is just as lovely as I expected, we barely stopped talking all day! As we were browsing the stalls and chatting to their owners I fell in love with the beautiful lace trimmed dress from Widow, as well as their foil coated distressed knits. The sweaters are online now, but I can’t wait for the dress to become available, it’ll be perfect for warm summer days. I also loved the lace pieces, knits & glossy vinyl biker jackets from Lip Service, as well as Disturbia‘s collared dresses & jewellery. I’m not sure if the plaid one would make me look like I was trying to re-live my teenage years, but I couldn’t stop picking it up, I think it’s the muted colours of the checks & the lovely fabric – I don’t care, I need it!

At the end of the day we hopped onto an old school London bus to the after party where we were treated to live bands, burlesque, a magician & a free bar. I didn’t get any photos after this point, as free wine is both a great & terrible thing, so I borrowed a few from Rage Studio who were photographing the whole event, you can see more here. I’m so glad I was able to make the party this year, we had so much fun talking, meeting new people & dancing to the best mixture of music from the 60’s through to the early 00’s. I didn’t want to leave & I can’t wait for the next one to do it all again!

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Renee Ruin ‘ANTI’ Necklace Collection

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Renee Ruin recently launched her first collection of jewellery, aptly titled The ‘ANTI’ Necklace Collection, she describes the pieces as a cheeky feminist reinterpretation or piss take of the classic Carrie sweetheart style necklace. Made from solid sterling silver, the three style available ‘Not Yours’ ‘Nobody’s’ & ‘Nothing’ are full of sass and the perfect way to make a statement in a classy yet playful way.

I love that it’s only obvious what they say once you get close, and the idea of people assuming it’s your name thanks to the ubiquity of the Carrie necklaces, only to read it and see ‘Not Yours’ hanging from your neck instead! I think my personal favourite is ‘Nobody’s’ but it’s hard to choose, as they are all equally as brilliant.

Shop the necklaces and Renee’s wonderful writings & prose through her store here.

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Burgundy Fur

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Warehouse faux leather jacket with burgundy fur trim, FAIIINT clothing asymmetric tank top, H&M Skirt, Mulberry Mabel bag, F&F Tesco Leather Boots. All black causal goth street style outfit.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Warehouse faux leather jacket with burgundy fur trim, Mulberry 'Mabel' black & gold handbag. Outfit details.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing F&F at Tesco black leather zip ankle boots.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Warehouse faux leather jacket with burgundy fur trim, FAIIINT clothing asymmetric tank top, H&M Skirt, Mulberry Mabel bag, F&F Tesco Leather Boots. All black causal goth street style outfit.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Warehouse faux leather jacket with burgundy fur trim. Outfit details.

This is the first time we’ve used my camera for an outfit post, I don’t know why but I’ve always been worried the photos wouldn’t be as nice as they are with the main camera. It’s silly, because it’s not like my camera is rubbish or cheap, and it’s so much smaller & lighter to carry around too, I think we’ll definitely start using it more. Ollie wasn’t free, so I roped my Grom into taking these and I think they turned out pretty well, considering it was her first time too! She’s now making me call her Mavis ‘David’ Bailey though!

I’m staying true to my word & introducing little bits of burgundy into my wardrobe, as I said I finally would in my fashion resolutions post and the detachable fur collar on this Warehouse jacket was the perfect start. I was surprised to find this jacket is actually faux leather, I’m usually a bit of a snob about faux, but this is supple yet heavy & with a wonderful pebbled texture. It looks expensive, and pretty realistic too. All of the nice little details like the quilted sleeve cuffs, heavy zippers & chunky stitching, really help elevate it above the usual offerings on the high street too, especially for this kind of price.

Another thing that’s surprised me this week is these ankle boots from F&F at Tesco. I’ve been looking for a good basic, comfy pair of ankle boots that will go with everything for ages now, so when I saw these in a nice thick real leather for £45 I ordered them immediately, but half expected for them to arrive & not be as nice as I’d hoped, the price seemed too good to be true. When they did arrive, they were perfect! The best part, unlike the many more expensive versions of this type of boot I’ve tried on in the past, these have a very generous wide fit and so even with my big wide feet there’s not even a little pinching making them the comfiest I’ve tried. I can’t wait to break them in & scuff them up a bit, I always think boots like this look better a little worn & loved.

PS: You have until Sunday to enter the Instagram giveaway to win one of my Swathe Skirts!

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FAIIINT Jersey

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The first jersey pieces finally hit the store this morning! This has been a long time coming, you’ll probably remember me saying that these were supposed to be in the store before the end of last year & honestly, if I believed in those kind of things I’d say someone up there is testing me after all the bad luck we’ve had recently. But I don’t, life happens & things don’t always run smoothly & sometimes you just have to give yourself a break.

My aim with these, as with the pieces beforehand, was to create a little capsule collection of the kind of basic, seasonless pieces I wished I could find in stores myself. They’re not super basic, but they’re basic for me in terms of them all being pieces I’d get an awful lot of wear out of & that are hard-working, being able to be paired with almost anything & dressed up or down. You probably know I’m picky about fabrics too, so I hunted down a nice soft, hard wearing & easy to care for viscose jersey with a little elastane for added stretch for all of the pieces.

I’ll be adding more, including some tees once I get the hang of screen printing (sorry, I’m a perfectionist & this may take a while!) over the next months. I’d like to build up a small collection of basics that will be permanently available in the store, and then release larger seasonal collections each year, the first one being this year. I’ll of course keep you guys updated when new items are released, but follow me on Twitter & Instagram if you want little sneak peaks into what’s coming & giveaways, there might even be one on Instagram later today!

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