Monthly Archives: February 2016

Cascade

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing MuuBaa leather biker jacket, SheIn draped waistcoat, ASOS dress, Elemental Luxury quartz necklace, Jones Bootmaker Yazmin biker boots, Balenciaga city bag. Casual all black everything street style outfit.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing MuuBaa leather biker jacket, SheIn draped waistcoat, ASOS dress, Elemental Luxury quartz necklace. Outfit details.

Sometimes the simplest pieces can be the best, this waistcoat is pretty much a rounded rectangle of felt with two holes cut in it for your arms to go through, but I’ve been layering it under and over all sorts of things for a little extra warmth and interest lately. It’s so easy, I feel like I’m going to have to make myself a few more variations on this.

I mentioned in my last post how I ended up blowing most of my cash at the Clothes Show almost straight away on two leather jackets. This is the second jacket and I knew I needed to buy this one as soon as I tried it on. I have been looking for a biker jacket like this for years now, you would think a standard leather biker would be an easy thing to replace, but it’s really not. I am kind of particular about pieces like this and until now I hadn’t come across a single one that quite measured up to my old one. There was always something not quite right about the others I’d come across that stopped me from buying and I was starting to feel like I was hunting for something that didn’t actually exist. I picked this one up from the rail trying not to get too excited, and quickly tried it on expecting to find something that would put me off, but I didn’t. It fit like a dream and it’s the most perfect washed leather, nicely aged so that it looks like an old favourite and just the right slouchy fit and cropped length. I’ve never brought something so quickly and with so little extra thought in my life!

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Pewter

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing MuuBaa metallic pewter silver leather drape jacket, H&M hoodie cardigan, FAIIINT splice dress, Hvnter Gvtherer lacustrine necklace, ASH poker boots, Balenciaga city bag. Dark style black layered street style outfit.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing MuuBaa metallic pewter silver leather drape jacket, H&M hoodie cardigan. Outfit details.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing MuuBaa metallic pewter silver leather drape jacket, H&M hoodie cardigan. Outfit details.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing MuuBaa metallic pewter silver leather drape jacket, H&M hoodie cardigan, FAIIINT splice dress, Hvnter Gvtherer lacustrine necklace, ASH poker boots, Balenciaga city bag. Dark style black layered street style outfit.

Within half an hour of being at The Clothes Show I’d brought two leather jackets. It’s an addiction and my friends are no use in helping me curb it either! I went down just before Christmas with one of my best friends Nat for a bit of a girly shopping day. We headed straight for the designer outlet section where I found a whole rail of sample sale priced leather goodness in my size from MuuBaa, pretty much my idea of heaven and I knew I wasn’t going to make it out of there with a healthy bank balance. As soon as I picked up this metallic jacket Nat squealed at me ‘it’s not black you have to get it!’ and so with that advice and the super discounted £99 price tag I couldn’t resist, I had to buy it. Obviously.

It’s so thrilling to make a truly impulse purchase like that isn’t it? Mine always end up being things that become instant favourites that I don’t know what I’d do without or total regrets, thankfully this is the former. The grungy pewter colour and slightly distressed finish make it as easy to throw on as any black jacket and I’ll forever be a sucker for a nice asymmetric draped front.

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For Strange Women

FAIIINT x For Strange Women natural botanical perfume oil sample vials coyote, fossil and astral projection in still life with coyote skull, faux fur and candle.FAIIINT x For Strange Women natural botanical perfume oil sample vials coyote, fossil and astral projection in still life with coyote skull, faux fur and candle.

Scent is something that I’ve been growing more and more obsessed with lately, from perfumes to candles and aromatherapy room fragrances. I’ve gone from having one real signature scent to a whole collection that I can choose from depending on my mood. As I’ve been growing my collection I also started to seek out more independents in these areas, and there are so many wonderful ones out there. I think especially with something as personal as this it’s nice to have something more unique and special, that you’ll find far less people wearing.

For Strange Women has been on my radar for a little while now, I’d been meaning to order some samples to test out for the longest time but the problem was every single one sounded so good that I just couldn’t decide which to choose! I eventually emailed creator Jill asking for her advice to help my indecisive mind. I told her the types of scents I love (gourmand, woody florals, spicy, warm and unisex) and those I dislike (overly citrusy or clean), and asked her if she could choose me a selection she thought I’d like. She was so helpful and got it absolutely spot on too, I loved them all and each one is gorgeous in its own right. All of For Strange Women’s perfumes are also handmade made from only natural ingredients, using the finest quality botanical essences, they are ethically sourced and cruelty free too.

The thing I love most about these perfumes is that they are so much more than just a fragrance. As I opened each one up they evoked memories of seaside walks, crunching through leaves in damp autumn forests and winters by the fire. Scent is such a powerful tool for unlocking past memories and with many of these I felt transported, as if I was right back there at an oddly specific point in my past for a brief instant. The sounds, the sights and the conversations had, like I could almost taste the piping hot tea I was sipping back then and feel the salty sea wind and raindrops on my skin.

I wanted to test each of these out a few times to really see which ones I enjoyed most. As with good perfumes, each melds with your own body chemistry and so evolves into a fragrance that is truly unique to you as you wear it. My initial favourites were Coyote, Fossil and Astral Projection (I’ve been using this one to help me fall asleep as it’s so incredibly relaxing and it seems to give me highly vivid dreams too) but as I’ve worn each, Winter Kitty and November In The Temperate Deciduous Forest have become firm favourites too. Jill does a wonderful job of describing the scent of each, much better than I ever could, so check them out if you’re curious. Now I just need to decide which of those to buy first.

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Enchant

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing H&M oversized fedora, Topshop suede cropped jacket, SheIn crochet lace dress, Boohoo maxi kimono, Kurt Geiger 'Saturn' lace up boots, Balenciaga city bag. All black everything dark street style outfit, goth witchy. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Topshop suede cropped jacket, SheIn black crochet lace dress. Outfit details. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Gemporia silver rings. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing H&M oversized wide brim fedora. All black everything outfit details, goth witchy.

With the weather slowly starting to warm up and a little sun finally giving us a break from the non-stop grey days I can’t help but start to dream about dressing a bit more summery. For now I’ll have to make do with a little lace detailing to give me warm weather vibes though, as it’s still far too cold to venture out in anything less.

This dress instantly put me in a bit of a witchy mood as soon as I put it on, the lace is beautifully heavy and it reminds me of stained glass windows on old gothic cathedrals, so of course the fedora had to come out. I had been looking for a new one with a wider, more statement brim for a while and this one from H&M perfectly fit the bill. I still remember how self conscious I used to feel every time I wore my smaller, more classic one out, but even still it became pretty much permanently attached to my head and all I could think about was getting an even bigger one – Saint Laurent’s sharp, super wide version is still top of my lust list, the bigger the better!

These beautiful rings were my secret santa present from Gemporia and it’s so nice to see that my buyer clearly paid a lot of attention to my blog when picking them out to make sure I got something I’d love.

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