Westfield Stratford Shopping

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My nearest shopping center is the Westfield in Stratford London, which was built as part of the Olympic renovation scheme. It is absolutely massive, there are so many beautiful shops both inside and out and although there is not the luxury department like there is at the Westfield in Shephard’s bush, they do have some great shops for buying small fun family Christmas presents, like H&M, Primark, Zara and TK Max.

As many of you have already guessed, I am a last minute person. I didn’t get my Halloween outfit sorted until after 4pm on the day, I realized I had my final law exam just two days before the exam was to take place and, despite every time saying that I have learnt my lesson, I obviously never do, because I left all my Christmas shopping until the very last minute. Indeed, by the time the 24th came, I was really dreading facing the big crowds knowing that I had such limited time I would probably end up going into endless shops not being able to find the right thing, sweating and more sweating and then buying way too many things for myself…

So I decided to go to the Westfield in Stratford to see what I could get in 4 hours for my parents, my brother & his girlfriend, my sister & her boyfriend and perhaps even a little something for grandma… I ended up doing quite well and I will be sharing with you my Christmas present gift guide (which will now all be in the SALE! Hurray!) and also sharing what I ended up buying 🙂

In the meantime here is the outfit that I wore to Stratford and the type of look that I like wearing when I have to do some power shopping – flat comfortable shoes (uggs or slip-ons), a big over sized coat or jumper, a light cross body purse, so that I don’t freak out every 2 seconds thinking I have lost/left/had stolen/abandoned my bag somewhere.

I hope that you are enjoying your Christmas!

Best wishes,

Abi xxx

Wearing

Leopard Shoes – DUNE

Black padded clutch – ARMANI JEANS (from FARFETCH)

Black Wool & Silk Coat – JOVIS

Ripped Jeans – VINTAGE

Chunky knit scarf – ASOS

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Tie Break Tens

Tie Break Tens

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These past few weeks have been amazing, we have been working really hard on some great collaborations that I can’t wait to share with you all. Tomorrow we are off to Paris to shoot some cool looks and to attend some meetings, because although I am still posting about this season’s fashion week, we are already preparing next year’s fashion season where we hope to travel to all 4 main fashion weeks in February.

So amongst all this work it was amazing to be invited last weekend to attend and cover Tie Break Tens, an awesome tennis tournament that was aired on Sky Sports. Some of you may not know this, but I used to play professional tennis and was on the WTA world tennis tour for 4 years and part of starting my blog was to share our travels and adventure of our life on tour. It must therefore come as no surprise that I am a real sports fan so it was really great seeing such an incredible line up of famous players play at one London’s most iconic venues the Royal Albert Hall.

Tie Break Tens is such a great concept that I truly believe it has revolutionised competitive tennis. The whole tournament was to take place on one day, each match would be just 10 points long and the winner would take all, the massive $250,000 dollar prize! I could see that with such high stakes and such a quick victory or defeat that the intensity and the wow factor of the game would be increased but I could never have imaged in my wildest dreams the awesome events that ensued…

The tennis was being played from 6pm until 9pm on the Saturday, which meant that people who work during the week or who can’t take a full day or week off for some serious tennis watching could go too. We arrived early at the beautiful Royal Albert Hall just after 3.30pm to attend Andy Murray, John McEnroe and Kyle Edmund’s pre-match Press conference. We walked down into a very sumptuous green room, filled with match score boards from the previous tournament, Champions Tennis, that saw great veterans compete, with the winner Xavier Malisse earning a wild-card entry into Tie Break Tens to compete for $250,000. There were news channels, other bloggers, massive video cameras and us and we were all invited to sit in the front rows to ask the our questions to the players, two of whom had just come back from Belgium having won the Davis Cup for Britain! I lived streamed some of the press conference on my Snapchat (AbigailRoyston), it was great to hear what the players had to say – Murray hadn’t hit a ball since his massive victory but he had swung a racket in his bedroom at home and Kyle, only 20 years old was still wearing a look of disbelief that he was now amongst the legends.  John McEnroe was as animated as ever, playing some serious phycological games on the young players, knowing that he now had a better advantage without the three long sets that he would otherwise have had to play in order to win.

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After taking some photos in the green room we were invited up to the top balcony, into the VIP area to watch the pre-match warm up and to have canapés and champagne. The Lanson Champagne from was to die for, the setting was sublime, giant photos of all the greats adorned the walls, white illuminated rackets and the most beautiful table settings ever with white ivory candelabras. It really felt so special to be able to enjoy tennis in such an elegant setting and the view over the whole hall and the court was fabulous.

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After two flutes of champagne and unlimited canapés, we were accompanied by the awesome Tie Break Tens team to our seats. One by one Annabella Croft announced the players, Tim Henman, Xavier Malisse, Andy Murray, John McEnroe, Kyle Edmund and David Ferrer…I couldn’t have been more excited about the line up and seeing so many great players, essentially playing 10 match points and all in one day! I was living any tennis fans dream and the matches hadn’t even begun!

The tournament was structure was the following, the players made up two groups, group A and B and each player in the group had to play the other two in his group, so the first phase was a round robin and then much like the football world cup, the winner of Group A would then qualify and play the runner up of Group B and then the winner of Group B would quality and play the runner up of Group A. The winners would then play for the massive prize and the other two would battle it out for 3rd and 4th place. The veterans were put into one group and so the first match of the day was Tim Henman vs. John McEnroe, a match that was an absolute joy to watch and which Tim, after much crowd pleasing by John McEnroe, ultimately won. The short points meant that every match was unpredictable, John McEnroe just missed out on a place in the semi’s after loosing a 7-1 lead against Xavier Malisse 7-10, and of course having lost in the first round against Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund then made his way into the final to face him again having beaten the winner of the veteran group. The players were on great form laughing and joking with the crowd despite the high stakes, which made the whole event so much fun!

In a massive twist of fate, Kyle Edmund having lost easily to Andy Murray in the first round, ended up playing amazingly well in the final and won, thus doubling the total of his career prize money in a day! We were called down to view the prize giving ceremony from the reporters box and then, after Kyle received his prize, we went on court with Londongramer to watch vloggers Oakelfish and George Benson try to return Andy Murray’s serves. And I did say try…

After the match we had drinks and ate some amazing food with the players. I was meant to interview Tim Henman but due to scheduling difficulties this was put on hold, but I did get a few cheeky  photos for Andy Murray, when we discussed our time at the Open in Barcelona and caught up on some of the good friends that we have in common. Peruvian Charles, you know who I am talking about 😉 Andy was so nice, incredibly gracious in defeat, an incredible star and great role model who has raised over $50,000 with Andy’s Aces to help children in danger.

So here are some of the photos and videos from this amazing day with the most amazing team from Tie Break Tens. It was truly a privilege to cover such an incredible event, especially as one of the reasons why I started My Girls On Tour was to share my travel adventures and stories from my time playing the world tennis tour – hence the name My Girls On Tour!

Hope you like the photos of Tie Break Tens and I wanted to ask all you tennis fans out there, if you could pick one player from the history of tennis to join Tie Break Tens who would you pick and why…Can you imagine Roger Federrer vs. Nadal with the winner playing DJokovic all in one day! Mind blowing I know!

Happy Monday everybody, below is my full video of the event! 🙂

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Winter Wonderland with Farfetch

Winter Wonderland with Farfetch

imageIt’s getting pretty cold over here in London and it still hasn’t snowed, but since the beginning of December things have started to feel and look super festive thanks to all the beautiful Christmas lights and  Christmas markets that have sprung up over town.

 I was really excited when Eleasha, a lovely new friend of mine and founder of Duchess of Fashion, invited me to join Farfetch and some of London’s coolest fashion bloggers at Winter Wonderland, a giant fair set up in Hyde Park with rides, the most amazing wooden winter villages, shops and of course mulled wine, waffles and hot chocolate stands.

This really was the best way to start off the Christmas period not least because I truly love Farfetch. All of you fashionistas definitely need to check them out if you haven’t done so already, because they are literally revolutionising the way people shop for designer items.  They bring together hundreds of the world’s best independent designer boutiques, so you can shop and fine some of the most beautiful pieces all in one place, making it so much easier to find great looks at the best prices. Sounds pretty good to me! 😉

The day was so much fun, I met some lovely lovely fashionistas who’s blog are absolutely amazing, including Vikki the founder of Style and Minimalism, Camila Carril, Ellie Adams who vblogs & blogs at TheEllenexdoor and Sarah Monaco from I Bleed Fashion. We had so much fun walking around, taking pictures of Minions, drinking hot chocolate, freezing our socks off in the beautiful Magic Ice Kingdom, getting a little freaked out in the giant fairest wheel when the carriage started swinging in the wind and of course skating and in my case evil laughing at the poor people crawling round, holding on to the side of the rink, trying not to fall over on the ice. Awesome times! And awesome squad gaols for that matter…*Taylor Swift you ain’t got nothing on us! HA!

For our day out I was pretty sure it was going to be cold so I wore a long khaki green coat, thick scarf and green lace up heels, that I have worn so many times they are now not only stylish but also comfortable, even though they didn’t look it. Eleasha made me laugh when she coined the phrase “fashion before reason” in reference to my look…Yes, that’s me haha fashion before reason! I wore my favourite Farfetch accessory, the Michael Kors  ‘Jet Set Traveller’ shoulder bag, that I chose because I thought that it would be perfect for winter, for chic little outings and for adding a little bit of colour to my winter outfits.

I shared a lot of my day on my Snapchat (Abigail Royston) but unfortunately because I didn’t save it (a lesson I never seem to learn), it has now gone, but I did do two video edits with the app Tipit and luckily I do have some awesome photos of our day taken by Preston Photography, that are way better anyway that the snaps that I took anyway 🙂 I loved seeing London in the glistening sun from high above in the fairest wheel with Vikki and Ellie and the magic ice kingdom was beautiful beyond words, with the most incredible ice statues carved into ogres, fairies, castle walls, thrones and wildlife. Stepping in was like going through the wardrobe in Narnia.  I never usually go on rides or go into fun houses when go to fairs because I am scarred of rollercoasters and I think that showing any interest in doing things will encourage people to push me onto one of those insane drop machines or those star shaped wheels that make people fly, so doing those fun things, off the beaten track and away from the churros and candy floss stands, made the day extra special.

I hope you are all having a wonderful week too, thank you for your lovely comments.

Abi xxx

Photos by Preston Photography

Wearing

Michael Kors ‘Jet Set Traveller’ should bag – FARFETCH

Khaki Wool Coat – COS

Green Lace up Heels – ZARA

Ripped Flares – LOIS

Green & Blue Scarf – ZARA

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London Look

London Look

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I absolutely love travelling and soon we will be jetting off to a super fabulous location, but as some of you have seen from my posts and Instagram, for the last couple of months I have spent a lot of my time in London working on lots of different collaborations, going to some super fun events and also going to lots of meetings! The weather is getting colder and all I can think about are bright green palm trees and beautiful beaches but things in London are so exciting and busy at the moment that I haven’t been able to leave the big smog.

So in homage to this super cool city, to the red phone boxes and the red buses, I decided to wear a fabulous black and red London Look to the Pop Pr Press day, that took place after London Fashion Week. The main focus of the look was a thick rib knit jumper with shoulder pads and gold buttons, that creates a really fierce Grace Jones 80’s style silhouette. I bought the jumper from a vintage store along Brick Lane and I am super pleased to have got it for just 20 pounds, especially as so many people have commented on it and have even thought it to be Versace. For me the piece created by the Italian designer Eleonora Scarmucci is so just special which is why I wore a black roll neck underneath and high waisted black jeans, to not only draw attention to it, but also to help with silhouette shape the top creates.

So here are some pictures that we shot of the look, close to my house in East London. I will be sharing some of my favourite designer’s from the Pop Pr Press Day tomorrow as well as some pics of the goodie bags and my amazing time with Revlon Professional, so make sure you stay tuned 🙂

In the meantime I wanted to ask, if you could create a London Look what would you wear? What city are you spending a lot of time in at the moment and what looks do you think represent that place? Let me know,

Happy Tuesday everybody! Abi xxx

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Glitter Creepers – LONDON REBEL

Black Jeans – COLLIER BRISTOW

Cashmere Black Roll-Neck – MASSIMO DUTTI

Red Jumper – ELEONORA SCARMUCCI

Valencia

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Christmas is coming and we are having such a fun time. On the first we set off to Ikea to buy our Christmas tree and then by the second we had found enough ball-balls and tinsel to decorate it. As I am writing our living room is filled with lights and Christmas cheer and as the days are getting shorter I am loving snuggling at home in the warm and watching films, going to winter markets and seeing all the beautiful lights in the center of London. Have you got your decorations up yet? What do you like to do in the build  up to Christmas?

We have been shooting, going to brand launches and store openings and tomorrow we have the most amazing event ever, Tie Break Tens, a day of tennis featuring some of the world’s top players. I have a massive surprise coming for all your tennis lovers and I can’t wait to reveal everything to you tomorrow!

But before I tell all, I first wanted to share some pictures from my last trip to Spain, one of the places where I played a lot of ITF and WTA tournaments when I was playing tennis on the world tour. My parents and I did a bit of a road trip through Spain and one of our final destinations was Valencia. Valencia is a beautiful city, filled with grand buildings, large squares and orange trees. It is not only the birthplace of Paella, but it is also home to the most amazing science park, the location for my outfit shoot. I have written about Valencia and the traditional festival Las Fallas, where massive caricature sculptures are burnt after weeks of fireworks, bangers and the beautiful flower procession – where women from all over Spain, dressed in traditional costumes, come to offer their flowers to the Virgin. It truly is a special place and the science park, designed in the shape of whales and fish bones is mesmerising!

Spain has so many beautiful cities, if you could visit one where would you go? If you have been, which one is your favourite?

Abi xxx

Wearing

White Crochet Dress- AX PARIS

Kimono – VINTAGE

Beaded Sandals – ACCESSORIZE

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Moda y Besos Shoot

Moda y Besos Shoot

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We have some amazing collaborations coming up soon but for now I am proud to announce that I have been collaborating with Moda y Besos to launch my own collection!

When I played tennis in Spain my friends and I would go shopping every Saturday for something to wear out in the evening and we always found it super difficult to find anything that was appropriate club wear. So with Moda y Besos, I wanted to reflect my personality in the designs and chose dresses that were feminine, elegant and that would be great for parties. I love lace so decided to feature it heavily in the designs but the accessories and the fashionable clothing that I went with was more bohemian, with ethnic necklaces, long chiffon skirts and ripped jeans.

It was amazing talking with the manufacturers and shooting the collection, something that I am sharing in this post! The collection was launched in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where we flew this summer with British Airways. Seeing such an incredible city was fascinating. We stayed in the Hotel Boca Junior, inspired by the football players and history of the Boca football team, one of the biggest teams in Argentina. We were close to the Casa Rosada and the Plaza de Mayo, so also had some time to explore some of the main sites of the city! I can’t wait to tell you all about it very soon but in the meantime here are my favourite pictures from the shoot that we did in Islantilla, Spain, of one of my favorite dresses from my collection, the Julia bohemian from Moda y Besos.

Let me know what you think, Abi xxx

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Juliana Bohemian White Dress – MODA Y BESOS

France with Collier Bristow

France with Collier Bristow

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Hello everybody! I hope that you have all had a great weekend!

As winter sets in, London is slowly but surely turning into 50 shades of grey and so I thought that today I would share my colorful pictures from my recent trip France!

We touched down at the tiny airport of Perpignan where we were greeted by the sun and beautiful palm trees. It felt so good going home after so long for a quick break, because I don’t know if you knew, but I grew up in a small village in France called Mosset, which is very close to Andorra and to Spain! I couldn’t wait to see the beautiful mountain, Canigou and the little red roofs of my village! This summer we went to so many places, but our week spent in the Pyrenean mountains was really special. We went for walks in the mountains, ate seafood by the sea and swam in the Med. My boyfriend Gustavo had never been to my home before, so we spent a lot of time visiting the sites, going shopping in the chic boutiques, going for meals and one day we even went to a spa!

France is always a pretty chic place so I was super happy to be able to travel with Collier Bristow’s very sophisticated designs, which are definitely on my must have “traveling fashionista” essentials list. They have just opened their flagship store on the King’s Road and they are a new brand of clothing which reflects the heart and soul of Britain’s famous cosmopolitan city. One of my favorite pieces from their collection is their white blouse that has a black line running down the middle, that I wore on arrival with heels with their Redchurch Faux Leather Jeans. The blouse is just so soft and sophisticated, I loved traveling in it and I have worn it since so many times with heels and with sneakers for a more relaxed vibe. Being at home I loved wearing their pink Westerbourne jumper, which was super cosy and perfect for my time spent chilling on our big white sofas and of course I couldn’t go to France without a cute tight denim long sleeve top, that looked great with black skinny jeans, for a more casual relaxed look.

Thank all so much for the comments, I hope you like my chic London looks in France!

Abi xxx

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White Blouse – COLLIER BRISTOW

Redchurch Faux Leather Jeans- COLLIER BRISTOW

Westbourne Jumper – COLLIER BRISTOW

Sequin Creepers – LONDON  REBEL

Denum Over-Sized Shirt – COLLIER BRISTOW

Monochrome Eva Clutch – LOUIS VUITTON

Green halter-neck top – H&M

High Top Sneakers – VANS

Black Heels – DUNE

Alice’s Pig

Alice’s Pig

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Happy Monday everybody! The mist here in London has been rolling in, turning this weekend into the perfect creepy Halloween! This time of year, with all the pumpkins, sweets and costumes really make me feel like a like a kid, and soon it will be Christmas…OUUUU the excitement (yes it is almost too much to bear!).  So, with that in mind, I thought that it would be the perfect occasion to talk about one of my Alice in Wonderland moments that I had in Avila this summer and one of my favourite original new brands, Alice’s Pig, inspired by vintage style and one of the best Walt Disney films ever, Alice in Wonderland!

Ever since I was a kid I was obsessed with the cartoon – I loved the flamingo croquet, the bread and butter butterflies, the “Eat Me” sweets and of course Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee… Probably living close to the Alice Bar, a pub that is entirely themed, when I was at uni, didn’t help with my obsession, but it’s hard for anyone to shake off the impact of such a fun, brightly coloured film about a white rabbit in a waist coat, a stoned Caterpillar and painted red roses.

When I went to Avila this summer, I had my own Alice moment when I walked through the massive gates of the incredible walled fortifications of the city and there, right in front of us were these huge giant papier mâché figurines, looming above us, twirling around people, tall and bright against the sandstone walls of the castle. I really felt as if I had taken a sip from Alice’s magic shrinking potion, it was such a magical feeling, the whole city was just incredible, with beautiful Cathedrals and lovely old streets, they all dwarfed me. We ate traditional “llemas de Santa Teresa” made with egg yolks and sugar, we had the most incredible food with Gustavo’s and his family in a restaurant opposite the wall and walks around, gazing upwards for hours. It was crazy, but it was normal.

Crazy but Normal, that is what is great about Alice’s Pig‘s vintage style that is so perfect for London life right now. The name of course really drew me to this brand, reminding whoever should choose to venture down the rabbit hole that colliding styles and cultures can produce something interesting and that there can be beauty and surprise in anything; even in a pig. So this summer, right after coming back from the incredible UNESCO world heritage city of Avila, I decided to style one of their original gridded skirt and crop top with an orchid printed scarf and long flowy blouse. Alice’s Pig’s designs are so bright and funky, with stripes, stars, floral patterns and feminine cuts, they are the perfect pieces for a cool street style look or for a more elegant, 60’s retro look.

Have you had any Alice in Wonderland moments recently?

Abi xxx

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Two piece combination of a pleated maxi skirt and a cute top – GINA’S GRID by ALICE”S PIG

Orchid Print Neck Scarf- SILKANDY

White Chiffon Blouse – Stradivarius

Glasses – Stradivarius