Fashion "It" Girl : Steph from FAIIINT

Steph, from the fashion blog FAIIINT is incredibly talented. She has a unique sense of style, and definitely stands out in the sea of fashion bloggers. 

I had the pleasure of interviewing her for my series of posts of influential fashion bloggers. 

You can find her blog HERE

Tell us about yourself, what you do and where you live,
I currently live in Leicester, a small city in England & currently I would say I am a fashion blogger/illustrator/barmaid!

How do you describe the fashion scene where you live in comparison to other fashion capitals? As an individual stylesetter, does your personal style get you recognized in your home town?
As Leicester is quite small, there isn’t really much of a fashion scene here. The majority of girls here are into fake hair, nails, tans, pink & anything overly girly, so yeah, I guess I do kinda stick out here with my pale skin & head to toe black outfits!

Tell us about your shoe/clothing/accessories collection.
Black, black & more black! My clothes mostly fall into 3 categories – draped, tight or tailored. Shoes have always been my weakness though & I’m pretty proud of my huge collection, I prefer chunky heels or wedges & have a massive variety of brands, from Topshop, ASOS & H&M to Finsk, Rick Owens, Marc Jacobs & Vivienne Westwood.

Tell us something most people don’t know about you.
I have brachydactyly type d or ‘clubbed thumbs’ – I used to be so embarrassed of them when I was younger & hid them all the time, but now I don’t mind them at all, they’re just another little quirk. I also recently found out that Megan Fox has them too, so it can’t be all bad!

If you could go back in time, to any date when/where would you go and why?
Probably the 60s, Andy Warhol is my idol & I would have loved to have hung around at The Factory with all the workers & superstars!

What is your go-to beauty regimen? What products do you use?
My skin is pretty bad if I don’t cleanse & tone properly, so I’m quite strict with my cleansing routine. I use Liz Earle’s cleanse & polish for removing my makeup, Clarins cleanser, toner & moisturiser for oily skin & various facemasks & exfoliators throughout the week too.
My look is the same whether I’m going shopping or on a night out, natural looking base, dark brows & lots of eyeliner!  I use NARS oil free primer, Chanel Aqua foundation, YSL Touche Eclat for highlighting, Chanel pressed powder, MAC brow pencil & blush, Rimmel eyeliner & MaxFactor masterpiece mascara.

A healthy lifestyle is very important. What do you do to stay healthy?
Honestly, this is my worst trait, I am so un-healthy! Being blessed with a really good metabolism has made me pretty lazy when it comes to exercise & healthy food. My main exercise is going for long walks & biking with my dog Nico. As for food, I’m vegetarian, but my favourite foods are junk like pasta & pizza!  I do love green tea though!

What is your next “must have” purchase?
I really want a nice, minimalist kimono inspired jacket, like the ones seen at Haider Ackermann & Dion Lee.

What is the ultimate showpiece in your closet?
Definitely my Bracher Emden clutch or belt, they’re like works of art & so unique. They always get stares or people wanting to know where they’re from when I wear them!

What’s on your playlist, bookshelf, and DVD player at the moment?
I’m currently reading ‘Evolution in Action’ by Jean-Baptiste de Panafieu, watching ‘Primer’ & listening to a lot of old favourites like The Pixies, Radiohead & Soundgarden.

How do you choose what to wear each day? 
I don’t really have much of a process. I usually have an idea in my head of a specific piece I want to wear that day, say shoes, a dress or a certain piece of jewelry & then I’ll just build the rest of the look around that. If it’s a special occasion though, I’ll spend ages trying on practically everything in my wardrobe, in lots of different combinations until I’m finally happy. Though, I think we all do that, don’t we?!

What can’t you live without?
My makeup bag, and my eyeliner in particular. I don’t feel myself without my face done & a heavy ring of kohl around my eyes!
Next place you want to travel to and why?
Without a doubt Japan, I’ve wanted to go since I was little. I’d like to do Tokyo of course, but also places like Hokkaido & Kyoto. The culture has always fascinated me and I am a little obsessed with Japanese fashion & movies, so I’d love to get to experience it all myself.

What would you say to someone seeking general fashion advice?
Wear what you feel good in, what makes you feel most ‘you’, regardless of if it’s ‘in fashion’ or not.  

What is your everyday routine?
No two days are really the same but in general it’s - Wake up, check emails & social media, blog, take Nico for a walk, lunch, shoot outfit post, relax, dinner, work & then bed!

What inspired you want to start a blog?
I’d lost my creativity & hunger after finishing my fashion degree, I’d always wanted to work in fashion but suddenly found myself feeling like I couldn't imagine anything worse! I knew I had to get my passion for it back & so I started the blog as a way to help me rediscover my love for it.

What colour best describes your personality and why?
I guess I’d have to say black. It’s dark, moody, intense, dramatic, and yet it’s quiet & blends in too. One of my favourite quotes by Yohji Yamamoto sums it up perfectly - “Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy - but mysterious. But above all black says this: "I don’t bother you - don’t bother me".”

What do you do in your spare time?
A lot of my spare time is now taken up with blogging, but I also love to do all the usual things like hang out with friends, watch movies, read a good book, draw & paint, travel & play with my puppy Nico.  

What’s your motto?
Treat others how you wish to be treated yourself.

If you had the chance, right now, to create a fashion collection; what would it look like? Who would be your muse?
I’d honestly have to say I’d just design it for myself, a whole collection of pieces I’d personally love to wear. So I’m sure you can imagine what it’d be like – lots of black, draping, tailoring, leathers, textures & killer black boots!

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