Monthly Archives: October 2015

Fuzz

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing H&M faux fur cropped jacket, Selected Femme draped glitter dress, New Look stirrup ankle boots, Elemental Luxury necklace, Betty Jackson Black bag. All black everything dark street style outfit. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing H&M black purple faux fur jacket, Elemental Luxury titanium quartz raw crystal necklace, Bloody Mary Metal silver lonely bone and fire alchemy rings. Outfit details. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing New Look black leather stirrup ankle boots. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing H&M faux fur cropped jacket, Selected Femme draped glitter dress, New Look stirrup ankle boots, Elemental Luxury necklace, Betty Jackson Black bag. All black everything dark street style outfit. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing H&M black purple faux fur jacket, Elemental Luxury titanium quartz raw crystal necklace. Outfit details.

This fuzzy, scruffy jacket from H&M is still one of my favourite sale bargains and I can’t tell you how happy I am it’s cold enough to start wearing it again! I think a good (faux) fur jacket is as much of an essential as a good leather biker, they’re both perfect for throwing on over almost anything, they’ll add a kind of laid back cool to even the most boring outfits and they’re the best for dressing down a more polished outfit for super easy day to night dressing.

I hate to feel too ‘done’ when I’m going out, I have a habit of needing to slightly scruff up a nice dress or balance it out with a chunky pair of boots or that leather/faux jacket, I think it makes my inner tomboy a bit uncomfortable to be too dressed up or polished. So when New Look asked how I’d style a pair of boots for night wear whilst keeping nice and warm in the winter chill, I knew it had my name all over it, this is pretty much my go to look for evenings out. New Look have started stocking a lot more leather shoes lately and for very reasonably prices too, I’m a bit of a snob with footwear and I refuse to buy any that are not leather no matter how nice they are (they just don’t last and are never comfortable on my super wide feet) so I’m pretty excited to have another highstreet store making good pairs. It was love at first sight when I saw these ankle boots with their chunky platforms, removable stirrups and those interesting elasticated backs which add such a nice textural detail, plus they’re comfy as hell too. I’m looking forward to dancing all night in these babies!

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Burberry Beauty

FAIIINT Burberry Beauty. Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in No. 01 Nude Radiance, Fresh Glow B.B. Cream in No. 02 Medium, First Kiss Lip Gloss Balm in No. 01 Soft Peach, Kisses Sheer Lipstick in No. 201 Nude Beige, Effortless Kohl Eyeliner in No. 02 Chestnut Brown.FAIIINT Burberry Beauty. Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in No. 01 Nude Radiance, First Kiss Lip Gloss Balm in No. 01 Soft Peach, Kisses Sheer Lipstick in No. 201 Nude Beige swatches.

Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base Swatch / Kisses Sheer Lipstick in Nude Beige and First Kiss Lipgloss in Soft Peach Swatches

FAIIINT Burberry Beauty. Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in No. 01 Nude Radiance, Fresh Glow B.B. Cream in No. 02 Medium, First Kiss Lip Gloss Balm in No. 01 Soft Peach, Kisses Sheer Lipstick in No. 201 Nude Beige, Effortless Kohl Eyeliner in No. 02 Chestnut Brown.

A few weeks ago I was feeling completely run down, all curled up on the sofa feeling sorry for myself when this little package of goodies dropped through my letterbox and instantly brightened my day. I had never tried any of the Burberry beauty products until now, as I don’t have any stockists near me and I actually had no idea that they had such a large range of products either. I’ve discovered a few new favourites, and now I’ve seen the beautiful quality (and packaging!) I have a list of others I’m dying to try out next time I’m near a counter too.

The standout amongst these for me is the Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base. I’m a little obsessed with primers and especially ones that promise to give skin a radiant glow, as pale skin can often look dull and grey, and this has quickly replaced my old staple one as my new favourite. It gives an absolutely beautiful healthy golden sheen to the skin and the water based formula is instantly hydrating too, making skin look glowy, plump and well rested. It’s a subtle effect though, it’s not obvious or shimmery on the skin when blended out like some of these types of primers can be, it’s barely detectable but it gives this very soft, lit from within kind of look that makes people want to tell you that you ‘look well today’. I’ve become more drawn to a light, natural looking base lately and this is one of those products that is perfect for faking naturally great skin, especially when paired with a dewy BB cream like this Fresh Glow one which gives just the right amount of coverage to blend in minor imperfections and even skin tone for that no-makeup, my skin but better look. It’s a good multitasker too, I have been using this under makeup as a primer as well as dabbing lightly over makeup as a highlighter on cheekbones, brow bones and nose for extra glow.

Another close favourite is the Kisses Sheer Lipstick in Nude Beige. I’m not a big lipstick wearer normally, I tend to save it more for special occasions but I have really fallen in love with this fuss free formula for everyday wear. It’s a sheer, balmy lipstick that feels incredibly moisturising when applied and it’s just the most perfect peachy nude too, like a more flawless version of my natural lips. I’ve been enjoying layering it under the First Kiss Lip Gloss, which has a very slight tint (you can barely see it in the swatch above), when I want to feel a little more polished during the day.

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Fade

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Rick Owens leather jacket & peaked back wedge boots, Black.co.uk ombre fade cashmere scarf & cashmere knit wrist warmer gloves, H&M dress, Hvnter Gvtherer necklace, Balenciaga city bag. All black everything dark street style winter outfit.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Rick Owens leather jacket, Black.co.uk cashmere knit wrist warmer fingerless gloves. All black everything dark style winter outfit details.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Rick Owens leather jacket & peaked back wedge boots, Black.co.uk ombre fade cashmere scarf & cashmere knit wrist warmer gloves, H&M dress, Hvnter Gvtherer necklace, Balenciaga city bag. All black everything dark street style winter outfit.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Rick Owens leather jacket, Black.co.uk silk & cashmere black and white ombre fade scarf, Hvnter Gvtherer Lacustrine necklace. Details.

The weather is really starting to get chilly now and so finally I can dig out my knits, scarves, snoods, thick tights and warm boots. I live for dressing in this weather and feeling all wrapped up and cosy when I leave the house.

Two of my new favourite winter accessories came to me recently from Black.co.uk, these incredibly soft and snuggly cashmere blend wrist warmers (which will now be permanently attached to my mitts until it warms up again) and this beautiful silk and cashmere scarf. I love the occasional little flash of white against an all black outfit, and this scarf has the best of both worlds with the most perfect ombre fade from off-white to inky black. The material is just beautiful too, so soft and luxurious, it makes it super easy to throw on without much thought and it instantly adds a little extra drama, especially when the wind catches it and really shows it off.

I’m off to Glasgow this evening for the Scottish Style Awards with Tara, so expect lots of excited photos all over social media whilst I’m there and I’m sure I’ll have plenty to post about and fill you in on when I get back too!

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Faux

FAIIINT Topshop cami & patchwork faux fur jacket, Religion 'Power' cardiagan, Markus Lupfer fox face ear beanie hat, Warehouse snake textured skirt, Urbancode ponyhair clutch, Senso laced up 'sara' suede boots, & Other Stories rock ring, Aurélie Bidermann choker. All black everything goth winter wishlist.

The chill of Autumn is slowly starting to creep in after a super mild September, and now all I want to do is cocoon myself in layers of cuddly fabrics. I came across this incredible faux fur jacket as I walked past Topshop, and it’s even nicer in person, the mixture of long, short and curly furs all in glossy black is the perfect texture mix all in one piece. I love the faux fur jackets I already own for when it’s one of those dark, bitter winter mornings and I can just sit on the bus snuggled up into them (pretending I’m still under my duvet!) and I couldn’t resist quickly trying this one to see if it was as warm and snug as it looked, and it is. I promised myself no more jackets this year (because I seriously have a problem!) but I think I might need to go back for this one, it’s too good. This Religion cardigan is up there for the same reasons too, drapey, fuzzy and super strokeable, I’m already daydreaming about how nice this would be to curl up in on a cold day.

I don’t think I even need to explain how much I need this little fox beanie, isn’t it just one of the cutest things you’ve ever seen? I’ve always been tempted by the more novelty ones of these that were around a lot on the highstreet last year just for fun, but this one being all black and with the sequin embellishment just looks so much chicer, and is something I’d happily wear everyday. Sadly the price doesn’t agree with me, so it looks like I’ll be keeping a close eye on this until the sales!

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‘Fine Dine On A Diet’ At The White Peacock

Fine Dine on a Diet at The White Peacock in Leicester. Red pepper pannacotta with grilled asparagus, courgette, cherry tomato sala and micro cress. Fine Dine on a Diet at The White Peacock in Leicester. Eating prawns. Fine Dine on a Diet at The White Peacock in Leicester. Trio of Bloody Mary with beetroot carpaccio, sorbet, jelly and goats cheese. Fine Dine on a Diet at The White Peacock in Leicester. Shallot, carrot and artichoke tarte tatin with olive mash, lentil and sweet chilli veloute. Fine Dine on a Diet at The White Peacock in Leicester. Coconut and lemongrass pannacotta with compressed cherries, apple sorbet, tuile. The White Peacock in Leicester

Last month I was invited along to sample a specially created 7-course tasting menu at one of Leicester’s most renowned independent restaurants, The White Peacock for their ‘Fine Dine on a Diet’ evening in collaboration with U Fit Studio. The idea being to showcase that dining out can be healthy, nutritious and also guilt free, showing us options which are delicious but wholesome and not just packed full of empty calories.

Now if you know me even slightly, you’ll know that to me diet is a bit of a dirty word. I’m probably the worlds most unhealthy vegetarian, and thanks to being blessed with a high metabolism I’ve never really had any need to watch what I eat – yet! I’ve been vegetarian for over 10 years now and I must admit that often I’m a little disappointed in what my choices are when eating out, it feels like it’s the same few dishes recycled over and over no matter where you go, like it’s more of an afterthought, so as soon as I saw the menu for this evening I was intrigued.

We all mingled in the bar with lavender gin cocktails before being shown to our places in the dining room. I’d made a point of not eating any lunch so I wouldn’t spoil my appetite, so I couldn’t wait for the first course to come out and it didn’t disappoint. A ‘Trio of Bloody Mary’ with beetroot carpaccio, sorbet, jelly and goats cheese, it was heavenly! I always forget how much I like beetroot and I loved all the different textures here. Next up was the ‘Pea and spring onion risotto’, followed by a ‘Red pepper pannacotta with grilled asparagus, courgette, cherry tomato sala and micro cress’. I love pannacotta, but I have never tasted a savoury one and this was really special, it was so light but packed full of flavour and was easily one of my favourite courses. After this we all had an ‘Avocado, lime and grapefruit sorbet’ palate cleanser before our main dishes came out, mine was a ‘Shallot, carrot and artichoke tarte tatin with olive mash, lentil and sweet chilli veloute’, after all of the light courses before it this was much heartier and I was actually quite surprised that the previous courses had managed to fill me up so much that I could only manage about half of this, despite it being delicious. I was glad to have saved just enough room for pudding though, I have such a sweet tooth and the ‘Coconut and lemongrass pannacotta with compressed cherries, apple sorbet, tuile‘ was completely perfect and really finished the whole thing off on a high. It was such a treat to sit down to a vegetarian menu that felt like it’d had as much effort and thought put into it as the non-vegetarian courses, some of the dishes were really innovative and I got to try a lot of new things that I had no idea I’d enjoy so much.

One of the nicest things about evenings like this though is meeting new people, I was pleased to be sat next to the lovely Laura (check out her review of the non-vegetarian menu here) who I already knew, but I didn’t know anyone else I was sat near by and it was lovely to have the opportunity to talk to people I would probably never have gotten the chance to if I’d just chosen to sit with my friends instead. The evening was also in aid of Alex’s Wish a wonderful charity set up by Alex’s Mum to raise awareness and money to help improve treatments and lifespans for children and adults affected by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. They have lots of events coming up, including a ‘Mad Hatters Tea Party’ at the end of October which sounds like such fun and a great way to support such an important cause, check out their events page for more details.

The next ‘Dine on a Diet’ event is being held at North Bar & Kitchen in November and tickets are available here.

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