Monthly Archives: September 2017

Beguile

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The start of autumn always has me reaching for my witchiest pieces. Long layers, floaty sleeves and airy fabrics just feel so right at this time of year. This romper dress from Tobi arrived a week or so ago and I’ve been patiently waiting for that first hit of crisp autumn air to give it its first outing. I’m not usually a fan of playsuits, their impracticalness means they’ll never see the light of day from my wardrobe, and that’s if I’m lucky enough to find one that actually fits my long body. How could I possibly resist this one though, with its deep slashed front, pretty cut out back and swishy maxi skirt layer?

Of course I had to pair it with my wide brim hat, for the full effect and to give it a more casual edge. I’m looking forward to styling this up for more formal occasions too though with a killer pair of heels, bare legs and a nice updo to really show the back off.

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Slick

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing H&M black coated skinny jeans and tank top, ASH poker lace up ankle boots, Balenciaga city bag. All black simple dark street style outfit. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Toilworn jewellery large silver skull ring, mini skull ring and luna landing moon necklace. Goth outfit details. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Toilworn jewellery large silver skull ring and mini skull ring. Goth outfit details. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Toilworn jewellery large silver skull ring and mini skull ring. Outfit details. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Toilworn jewellery large silver skull ring and mini skull ring and luna landing moon necklace. Outfit details.

Sometimes the simplest outfits are my favourites. I think outfits like this really highlight why it’s important to seek out nice basic pieces. They’re the foundation of your wardrobe, and having a collection of great basics means that even the simplest of outfits, no matter how thrown together, feel a little more considered. And nice doesn’t have to mean expensive either, most of this outfit is from H&M, but the pieces are cut well and made from good quality materials. It can take some searching to find items which are both inexpensive and great quality, but it’s so worth it when you do. I think H&M have been particularly good for this lately, so I’ve been stocking up.

Jewellery will always be one of my favourite ways to add interest to an easy look. I’ve already spoken about my love for Toilworn, and these pieces are the perfect pairing with an outfit like this. They’re unusual and attention grabbing, but in a more understated way, giving them an air of effortlessness, like something you’ve just casually thrown on. Adding a few pieces instantly elevates an outfit and takes it from being simple in a kind of boring way, to a simple outfit you feel like you could take on the world in.

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Ta Prohm

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Out of all the temples we visited whilst we were in Siem Reap, Ta Prohm was my favourite. Nestled amongst the ancient trees, this magnificent structure rises up. Abandoned and left to ruin by those who built it, its crumbling frame now becoming steadily reclaimed by the jungle surrounding it. Heavy, twisted tree roots creep down the moss covered walls as if melting in the heat of the sun, and tendrils spill over doorways and snake around pillars, smothering its remains.

Whilst walking around Angkor Wat filled me with an open-mouthed sense of awe, Ta Prohm left me feeling completely enchanted. Inside the temple complex it feels as if you’ve stumbled into a place where time has stood still, where each corridor, doorway and fallen brick seem to tease the possibility of discovery. I can only imagine what it must have felt like for those explorers who first uncovered it, but here you’re given that rare opportunity to get a small glimpse into that feeling of wonder for yourself. As it featured prominently in the first Tomb Raider film, it’s often referred to as the ‘Tomb Raider Temple’ by both locals and tourists alike. I must admit, being a huge fan of the games as a teen, I definitely felt like I was getting to live out all of my Lara Croft tomb raiding fantasies here!

Many of the rooms and passages through the temple are now impassible, blocked by jumbled piles of stone and the remains of long-dead trees. Wandering down a dark hallway and emerging into a small courtyard to find all other routes blocked, really adds to the sense of adventure and discovery, especially when there are no crowds to follow. We reached Ta Prohm around mid-afternoon, and this seemed like an ideal time. It was quiet and peaceful, with small groups spread out across the large site, a world away from the bustling crowds we found at the other temples we visited that day. This was a happy accident for us, but if you can, I’d reccomend trying to time your visit to arrive during the least busy times of the day. It’s so worth the extra planning to experience the site at a slower, more relaxed pace.

If you’re only in Siem Reap for a short while, Ta Prohm and Angkor Wat should be at the top of your list. Both are unmissable and extraordinary in their own unique ways and you should allow yourself plenty of time to get lost amongst the walls of each.

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