Monthly Archives: November 2015

Stella

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Stella McCartney felt kimono jacket, H&M knot belt, Weekday maxi skirt, Jessica Flinn stars necklace, Skin by Finsk wedges. All black everything dark style elegant goth outfit.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Stella McCartney felt kimono jacket, Jessica Flinn silver stars token necklace. Outfit details.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Stella McCartney felt kimono jacket, H&M knot belt, Jessica Flinn silver stars necklace. All black everything dark style outfit details.

I’ve had this Stella McCartney jacket in my wardrobe since last year, I snagged it at the last Voucher Codes Swap Shop and I’ve just realised it’s still yet to be featured here. It’s not something I wear very often, as I find it’s not such an easy piece to just throw on, it needs a little thought and I always think it looks nicest when styled super simply like it is here. It’s a thick heavy felted wool and the kimono like shape makes it feel so nice and cosy on cold days, like I’m wrapped up in my robe, which makes me wish I could just throw it on over everything. My favourite part though is the unique, sculptural draped sleeves, they’re such a great focal point that they really don’t need any extra fuss going on, they make an outfit special all by themselves.

This beautiful necklace from Jessica Flinn was my first secret santa present of the year. Organised by the lovely Bethanie we were each given a £30 budget to spend on jewellery at House of Fraser for our giftee, once we’d stalked our bloggers social channels and blog to get a good idea of what we thought they would like, we sent our choices over and they did the rest sending everyone their presents. I was so excited yet nervous to see what mine would be, as I am quite picky with jewellery, and I couldn’t have opened it any quicker once it arrived! My girl did better than good though, it was the most perfect piece – picking up on my love of young designers and starry skies. I truly love it and it’s definitely something I would have chosen myself and can see getting a lot of wear, I actually had my eye on it when I was searching for my girls present!

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Fluke

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing OASAP Beanie, ASOS faux fur and leather biker jacket, H&M draped maxi cardigan, Vila dress, ASH Poker boots, Balenciaga city bag. All black everything dark street style casual goth outfit.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing ASOS faux fur and leather biker jacket, H&M draped maxi cardigan, Hvnter Gvtherer Lacustrine necklace. All black outfit details.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing ASOS faux fur and leather biker jacket, H&M draped maxi cardigan, ASH Poker boots, Balenciaga city bag. Outfit details.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing OASAP Beanie, ASOS faux fur and leather biker jacket, H&M draped maxi cardigan, Vila dress, ASH Poker boots, Balenciaga city bag. All black everything dark street style casual goth outfit.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing OASAP Beanie, ASOS faux fur and leather biker jacket, H&M draped maxi cardigan with hood. All black outfit details.

Don’t you love it when you just throw something together without much thought and it’s unintentionally great? That’s what happened with this outfit. In a rush I haphazardly grabbed these pieces with my main thoughts being on warmth and comfort, and as a quick casual outfit I really didn’t care how it looked, I just needed to get out of the door on time. As I looked through these photos when I got home though, I realised how much I liked it, how it all just worked somehow and I think that will always be one of my favourite things about an all black wardrobe, that I can chuck almost anything on when I’m short on time and it’ll still look put together and like I’ve made an effort, even when I’ve not.

Having a good collection of staples is also the key to this I think, I don’t know what I’d do without all the plainer pieces in my wardrobe and my go to is often H&M for these kinds of things, but Vila is another firm favourite for good, well priced basics. I live in this gathered jersey dress of theirs, they do basics with a little extra so well, and M and M Direct currently have lots for an absolute steal, including my favourite t-dress the ‘Asti’ tunic, I’ve just brought a back up!

Also, what is it about hoodies (or just anything with a hood) poking out the back of a leather jacket that I love so much? Why does it just look so right? I think this will forever be my favourite casual combo, it’s like they were made for each other.

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Laboratory Perfumes ‘Tonka’

Laboratory Perfumes limited edition Tonka fragrance Eau De Toilette from Tessuti. Laboratory Perfumes limited edition Tonka fragrance Eau De Toilette from Tessuti. Laboratory Perfumes limited edition Tonka fragrance Eau De Toilette from Tessuti.

I’ve become really fond of unisex scents recently, there’s just something a little more intriguing and unusual about them. They’re the ones that have people stopping me in the street asking to know what I’m wearing and the wonderful mixes of masculine and feminine notes are definitely something which appeals and I feel fits me quite well.

Laboratory Perfumes craft unique, unisex fragrances, scientifically formulated to react to the wearer and evolve over the day. Inspired by the flora of the British coasts and countryside these fragrances aim to conjure up a strong sense of place, whilst acknowledging traditional perfumery techniques, echoed in their glass bottles etched with measures recalling the origins of the traditional perfumier’s laboratory.

Tonka is their first scent which draws it’s inspirations from a little further afield – pink peppercorns, mandarin, woodland aromatics and tonka bean are blended together creating a distinctive and exotic fragrance. It’s a beautiful scent, complexly layered, clean and elegant at first, with a hint of spice and becoming warmer, richer and more earthy. Most fragrances do smell slightly differently on different people, thanks to everyones unique body chemistry, but I wanted to test out the claims of reacting to the wearer so I asked my family to test it out too. On me I noticed the citrus notes most clearly, it smelt fresh and a little peppery, on my Mum it smelled similar but with a stronger floral hit, but on my Dad it smelled much spicier, with more depth and warmth and I think it actually suited him the best. Tonka is limited to a 1000 bottles, each hand numbered, thankfully it’s a very generous size but I shall still be using it sparingly to make sure it lasts me a good while yet.

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Lace

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Catarzi fedora, Todd Lynn x Topshop cropped jacket, H&M draped waterfall cardigan, SheIn lace dress, Kurt Geiger saturn lace up boots. All black everything dark street style outfit. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Catarzi fedora, Todd Lynn x Topshop cropped jacket, SheIn black lace dress, Ottoman Hands circle labradorite ring, Young Hearts gold dipped quartz necklace. Outfit details. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Ottoman Hands circle labradorite gold ring. Outfit details. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing H&M draped waterfall cardigan, SheIn lace dress, Kurt Geiger saturn lace up boots. All black everything dark street style outfit.

It’s getting to that time of the year again where it’s almost dark by 3:30pm, it’s either raining, gale force winds or both and it’s getting increasingly more difficult to shoot outfit posts in these dull British daytimes. I really do envy bloggers in sunnier countries, where even when it starts getting dark early, the hours of daylight are at least bright and photo worthy, and there’s less chance of the weather ruining outfit shooting plans for weeks straight. I’ve been trying to think of posts that I can do when I’m not able to go out to shoot an outfit, I want to start doing the inspiration posts featuring artists and designers again, and I’ve enjoyed shooting some beauty ones recently too. What do you guys most like to read or see other than outfit posts? Would you prefer beauty posts, wishlists, artist features, new in posts, lifestyle or something else?

The good side of this very autumnal weather is digging out the chunky knitwear, I couldn’t resist layering this cardigan over this super delicate lace dress and making it a little more cold weather friendly. Wrapping up in a nice blankety waterfall cardigan when it’s cold is one of my favourite things, I’ll throw one over pretty much anything and H&M have so many good ones in at the moment that I brought three – They’re all different technically, but if I showed them to most people they’d say I’d brought three of the same thing! I always think it’s worthwhile stocking up on staple pieces like this though, especially when they’re this nice, and really inexpensive too.

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Citizen M Glasgow

Citizen M Hotel Glasgow Room with iPad control. Citizen M Hotel Glasgow Room and Sink Citizen M Hotel Glasgow Room with Rainfall Shower. Citizen M Hotel Glasgow room Citizen M Hotel Glasgow Canteen Citizen M Hotel Glasgow Canteen Breakfast Citizen M Hotel Glasgow Canteen hot breakfast food Citizen M Hotel Glasgow Canteen Breakfast Citizen M Hotel Glasgow Canteen Breakfast Citizen M Hotel Glasgow Citizen M Hotel Glasgow lounge area seating Citizen M Hotel Glasgow lounge area chairs Citizen M Hotel Glasgow lounge lobby room Citizen M Hotel Glasgow lounge area Citizen M Hotel Glasgow lobby display Citizen M Hotel Glasgow room at night with mood lighting iPad control Citizen M Hotel Glasgow room at night with mood lighting

As part of our stay in Glasgow we were put up in the wonderfully quirky Citizen M hotel, and as soon as me and Tara walked through the doors we knew that this place would need it’s own post. Every corner is full of interesting little features and design details, with sprawling open lounge areas instead of a lobby and ultramodern pod-like rooms, it’s definitely not like any budget hotel I’ve ever stayed in before.

All of the rooms at Citizen M are identical, with a huge super comfy king sized bed, wall to wall window with blackout blinds, rain shower pod and a large TV with free movies and WiFi. They are clean, compact and basic, but with plenty of unique little touches. My favourite thing was the iPad control, which controlled everything in the room from the temperature, to the blinds, lighting, TV, alarm and the colour of the mood lighting. We didn’t arrive until late in the evening, but I spent about an hour gleefully playing with all the controls before I could go to sleep! It was such a fun little novelty and really added to the futuristic feel of the capsule-like room. The one thing missing though was a kettle, the first thing me and Tara said to each other after checking out our rooms was “Where’s the kettle?!” – a big deal for tea addicts like us! Thankfully the canteen is open 24 hours, so we were able to go down to get ourselves a cuppa whenever, but I still would have prefered the convenience of just being able to make myself one in my room.

Throughout the ground and first floors are the coolest open plan lounge areas, designed to feel like an inviting and homely living room instead of a lobby, so you don’t feel like you have to spend all your down time in your room. They are so beautifully designed and filled with interesting furniture and decorations, perfect for relaxing, working or grabbing a bite to eat. The canteen on the first floor is fully stocked with drinks and snacks 24 hours, so you can pop down to grab something at any hour, plus there’s fresh and hot food for breakfast, lunch and dinner and a bar open until 2am. We were only around in the mornings for breakfast, but if breakfast was anything to go by, I’m pretty sad we didn’t get to try lunch or dinner. We had freshly brewed tea and coffee with hot Scottish breakfast (scrambled eggs, potato scone, tomatoes and toast for me) followed by warm flaky pastries, toasted waffles with jam, honey and Nutella, porridge and fresh juice. I’m glad Tara’s also a big breakfast person, on both mornings we got up early and gave ourselves a good hour to fully enjoy everything (stuff ourselves!) before we had to meet the others, and it was so worth it.

As we were leaving we both said how much we enjoyed our stay here, the rooms were comfortable and quirky, the staff were all super friendly and helpful, we slept well, were fed well and had everything we could need, plus it was so nice to stay somewhere that was a little more than just somewhere to rest your head. I would highly recommend Citizen M if you’re planning a stay in Glasgow and I would love to try out some of their other locations too. Prices start at £69 for a room, which I think is incredibly reasonable and if you sign up to become a ‘Citizen’ you’ll always get the best rate plus some nice little extras too.

I was a guest of Citizen M for this stay. As always, all opinions are honest and my own.

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