Are you ready for London Fashion Week?!

Are you ready for London Fashion Week?!

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Wow! If you have been following on Instagram you will be well know that I have been to France, Madrid and Spain twice, have set up an online store which took us to Argentina. Not to mention a whole lot of amazing things have happened in between that I just can’t wait to share with you, but first I wanted to pick up our adventure at London Fashion Week!

The excitement started a few weeks ago when I received my official pass and pack from the British Fashion Council, because YES, My Girls On Tour was chosen as one of the accredited blogs of London Fashion Week! I couldn’t believe it and I was so so happy! I had been to some catwalk shows before but this time I got to go into the Designer Showrooms, backstage and see some of the most anticipated collections of spring/summer 16, an incredible experience that I just can’t wait to share with you!

I was quite relaxed in the lead up to London Fashion Week but then with one day to go, I realised that I hadn’t been to the hairdressers in about 5 months and I had nothing to wear…so the panic set in and the next days became a world wind rush!I went to Brick Lane to check out the vintage shops and boutiques to buy some fashionable things to wear. We arrived at 9am ready for some intense shopping, only to realise that as it was a week day we would have to wait till 11 to shop…11!!!!! Where are we? Cuba?

We had brunch, my favourite Eggs Benedict with Avocado and Cappuccino’s at a cafe opposite Khahaila (also an amazing place for cakes)¬† and waited for the shops to open… I wondered, “is this what addiction feels like”? I was supposed to buy 4 outfits but with only a couple of hours and a bit of a wondering mind it was obviously going to prove too much to pull off… My first purchase was a pair of vintage Levis high waisted hipster jeans from Rockit Vintage, a massive store filled with old vintage clothes and shoes. I loved them but I couldn’t find anything to go with them though… One store particularly stood out for me and that was the Laden Showroom full of amazing new emerging British Designers, such as Typical Freaks, Cami Cuckoo, and The Lazyones with incredibly beautiful pieces at great prices. I loved everything despite having a bit of wardrobe crisis inside the shop and after trying on about 50 things I couldn’t face asking the store manager to put any more things back…I did however buy my outfit that I wore on my first day which I can’t wait to share with you!

After the only semi successful shopping trip, I then got home and panic called Reids my favourite hairdressers and the conversation went something like this:

“What do you mean you have no space this afternoon?… Yes I know it is 3pm already…Ok, what about tomorrow morning?…What!? You only have time for half a head of highlights?!”….long pause… (an intense Dear Diary moment if ever there was one).. OK, I’LL TAKE IT! If anyone asks I’ll just have to say it’s a new type of ombre…SORTED! ūüėČ

Next Stop LONDON FASHION WEEK!

Wearing

Kingly Black Jeans – Collier Bristow

Suede Fringe Jacket – Forever 21

Faux Leather Sneakers – Zara

Black Lace Top – French Connection

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Chelsea Bohemian Glamour with Castellano Ethnic Origins

Chelsea Bohemian Glamour with Castellano Ethnic Origins

  So  I have been teasing you over social media about a really amazing project that I have been working on with one of my favorite new brands, Castellano Ethnic Origins. As most of you know already, one of my greatest inspirations for my looks and outfits comes from traveling, learning about new cultures and taking inspiration from the places that I go to, so to find a brand with such beautiful ethnic pieces like Castellano was incredibly special.

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I met Daniela the founder of Castellano, in Sloane Square, where I got to see her beautiful collection of uniquely woven bracelets and bags prior to their release. I was immediately struck by the beauty of the pieces. The bright colors and the abstract patterning was ethnic, but each piece sparkled and shimmered in the light thanks to the hundreds of colored Swarovski crystals that had been added to them, a beautiful touch of luxury. I hadn’t quite seen anything else like it. Indeed no Chelsea hipster’s style has ever been the same since their release into the boutiques of King’s Road. Simply effortless way to achieve the bohemian chic look!

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For me this is why Castellano is so special and why I am so proud that My Girls On Tour has been asked to work with them. Each beautiful bag and bracelet is one of a kind and each one has a story but Castellano is also unique in that they collaborate with the Indigenous Women’s Association and support the ethnic communities in Colombia who seek to preserve their¬†weaving¬†skills and¬†cultural heritage. There are brands who take inspiration from Columbian patterns and designs and make cheap replica copies, but never do these large companies recognize the human faces behind the creations or patterns. Daniela though felt that this needed to change. Castellano’s aim is to¬†help improve the living conditions of the traditional weavers, their families and the community, with an emphasis on clean water, electricity and education. With donations from every sale, Castellano support¬†social projects¬†in the community, and bring¬†employment to¬†the highly skilled weavers in the north of Colombia, enabling them to preserve their way of life and tell their story through the patterns and colors they weave, each mochila or bracelet unique in its own right.

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The Tain bracelets have a beautiful gold coin at the clasp and come in three different models: The Wayuu, the Wayuu Chain and the Double Wayuu. The more I wore the better my outfit looked, so I chose the Double Wayuu and the Wayuu as my favourites. The Taratzu bag collection was so original and I loved the thick cross body strap. I chose the Tain which took 30-40 days to weave with just one strand of thread. Another one that caught my eye was the Wayuu Tote bag from the Isaschii collection. Carried in the city it would brighten up any everyday look, feel chic and authentic. It carries over the shoulder and would be perfect for my traveling adventures or for going to the beach with a luxury and hippie-chic feel! I particularly liked the bright blues, pinks and yellows of some of the bags which really brightened up the wintery London sky. What about you, which ones are your favorite?

So without further a due here are the pictures that we took of these wonderful fair trade creations, that I think would¬† really add a touch of colour and ethnicity to create the perfect glamorous bohemian chic look. What do you think? ūüėČ

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If you want to see more of these stunning individual creations, they are now on sale as of today on www.castellanoethnicorigins.com¬† Also don’t forget to show your support for such a worthwhile cause by giving Castellano a “Like” on Facebook and by Following them on Instagram and Twitter!

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WEARING

Tain Bracelets – CASTELLANOS ETHNIC ORIGINS

Wayuu Tot Bag – CASTELLANOS ETHNIC ORIGINS

Tarazu Luxury Mochilla Bag – CASTELLANOS ETHNIC ORIGINS

Ripped Customized Black Jeans – PRIMARK

Crimson Velvet Jacket – DOLCE & GABBANA

Blue Crepe Top – BERSHKA

Metal top slip-ons – STRADIVARIUS

Silver Ring Set – PRIMARK

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Embracing Gothic Chic

Embracing Gothic Chic

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It seems as if my parents constant health & safety concerns have now rubbed off on me and slowly but surely I am becoming the most scaredy-cat person in the world… I am not a complete freak, but I realized the other day when I tried to worm my way out of Christmas cheer ice skating for fear of loosing fingers and because “I was abroad and didn’t have my medical card”, that I was going to have to man up or risk missing out on some of life’s best adventures!So what better way to say goodbye to fear and comfort than to rock the gothic chic look! ūüôā

My outfit is one inspired by some of my biggest fears and phobias and provides an edgy twist on the traditional goth look. It is often said that bad things exist in the world to make us appreciate the good ones, so I wanted to emphasize the happiness, joy and power that comes in overcoming demons with the bright yellow blazer and pink shoes. The medallion belt that I wore as a bracelet gave me a touch of warrior power and provided me with a way of turning a chain or shackle into a powerful attitude. I decided to accessorize with lots of bling rings and Geisha Nails to continue the eye catching look.

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The only thing we have to fear is fear itself – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Since going on Tour I have proudly overcome my fear of flying and now I love it. I couldn’t even walk into a plane, so when I flew solo to China I really felt so proud of myself and elated ūüôā I still cross roads in an overly cautious manner, put my safety belt on in the car even when it isn’t moving, over cook chicken and walk home in the dark with the keys in my hands to slash my attacker in the face in case I get jumped… However I love climbing and don’t mind heights. I am not scarred of an adventure, foreign countries, crowds, going outside… So GO ME! What are your phobias and fears? How do you overcome them and what is your biggest achievement? Remember with phobias and fear, you are your worst enemy, you yourself are the one holding you back and if you put your mind to it, there is nothing that you can’t do or overcome¬† ūüôā

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WEARING

Yellow Blazer – PIERRE CARDEN

Mauve Stilettos – TOP SHOP

Gothic Dress – H&M

Silver Medallion Belt Bracelet – LA ROCA VILLAGE SPAIN

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The Morning of The Day After

The Morning of The Day After

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My last post featured our pictures from our most recent fashion event and boy did we have a good time! In fact, we had such a good Saturday night, that it would have been criminal for the universe not to counter balance this with a very very difficult day after. I’m someone who isn’t a massive fan of leaving the house late in the evening, but then when I do, I just want to stay out, and stay out, until the bar turns into the club and then the club turn into the after party. Do you get that too? I should probably learn to draw the line at that but then when I heard the gang like some party dictator, to a further destination, the 24 hour Chinese in Soho, how can I expect anything other than a very painful morning?

I reached for my ringing phone alarm and found a massive bag of prawn crackers instead. I still don’t quite understand how those things can go stale so quickly, but I obviously I hadn’t thought of that when I had removed them from the restaurant about 5 hours earlier…After shoehorning myself out of the soft rolls of duvet and duck down, I decided that only a Gingerbread Latte at Costa Coffee would help me get through the day and so we set off for Roman Road, an East London market street that is stumbling distance from my house. What do you normally do on a Sunday after a long night out? Any good hangover cures? I decided to wear my black studded boots with skinny jeans, a black top and a pin stripped grey denim jacket with some great tartan and multiple button details. Let me know what you think!? ūüėČ

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Abi xxx

WEARING

Blue Denim Skinny Jeans – GUESS

Pin Stripped Tartan Jacket – PEPE JEANS

Black Studded Boots – ALDO

Black tank top – H&M

And…Don’t forget you can now stay up to date with our adventures, travels and¬† outfits on social media ūüôā

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In My Mother’s Shoes

In My Mother’s Shoes

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I just love the images of little girls playing dress up, standing stock still in their mum’s oversize shoes. I can remember doing this when I was around 12 and thinking how cool my mum’s shoe selection was but then when she would wear her gold wedges to my school, I would cringe and think why couldn’t she just wear “normal clothes” like all the other mums. I stepped into my mother’s shoes but rarely would I see life from her point of view or take the time to think that things were not as easy as they seemed. So today when my sister brought back my mum’s old (but rarely worn ) red stilettos I decided to wear them with my outfit. They are slightly too small now and the red leather stained my feet but the feeling was the same as the one that I wore them behind closed doors all those years ago. I love my mum and realize as an adult what an inspirational women she is.

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There is nothing more elegant than a shirt and even though I like them on other people I always find that they look frumpy/school uniform on me. I often look longingly at Ralf Lauren shops and girls with white jeans only to try one on and look like a square. So, I thought I would  this traditional look a twist and wear not one but two together, one with polka dots and the other with stripes. I buttoned one up to the top as is trendy now in East London and wore the other one like a blazer. It was light so perfect for UK summer weather. If there are two collars just tuck one under the other. A person who wears a shirt radiates class and sophistication, so what better way than to look posh than to rock two stiff collars together?!

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Although in the UK it is not compulsory to carry around formal identification, I find myself now doing so because of the need to show my I.D (the worst time not being able to buy Shrek on DVD because I had forgotten it!). I carry my passport in a Union Jack cover and can put my cards and money in there too. A practical way to show support for the England team (who have now totally flopped out of the world cup).

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If you visit London a great day trip is to go to St Paul’s Cathedral, Cross over the Millennium Bridge. Visit and have tea/coffee/ in the Tate Modern. See the Globe and take a boat from outside the Tate Modern down the river passed the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament to the Tate Britain as the best way to see the Houses of Parliament is from the water. These pictures were taken in front of the Houses of Parliament. Sir Charles Barry’s plans were started in 1836 and took 20 years to complete. Inside Big Ben there is a hidden prison cell, whose last occupant in 1902 was Emmeline Pankhurst, a suffragette who protested vigorously for women’s right to vote. This is a great article on the history of British Democracy for those interested ūüôā

WEARING

Baby Amelie Super Skinny Jeans – RIVER ISLAND (sold out)

Vintage Red Stilettos – RAVEL

Polka Dot Shirt – ZARA

Stripped Shirt – ZARA

Leather Passport Holder – T K MAXX

Boyfriend Jeans and Snap Back – Just Keeping It Casual

Boyfriend Jeans and Snap Back – Just Keeping It Casual

As you know my final, final ever exams are coming up. I have my first one on Tuesday so it means that my days are really busy with last minute revision and the odd panic attack in between. My friends don’t have the same timetable as me, so they are either finished or have months until they start theirs, so today they had organized to meet up. At the last minute I decided to join them as I just couldn’t resist a trip out with the girls. I kept what I wore casual and added a snap back cap to save time in doing my hair. Let me know what you think of the look?

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So the bad news is that the exams are coming up, but the good news is that they will soon be over…which means lots of travel and summer holidays! I hope you are looking forward to it as much as I am! ūüėČ xxx

Wearing

 Ripped Boyfriend Jeans РPULL  & BEAR

Black Snap Back cap – OAKLEY

Blazing Black Twisted Heel Court Shoe – DUNE

Kelby Short Sleeve V-Neck Top –¬† FRENCH CONNECTION

Heat Pendant Ring Necklace – SWAROVSKI

 

Matisse Collages and Cut Out Skirt

Matisse Collages and Cut Out Skirt

Yesterday I went to see the most beautiful, esthetically pleasing exhibition at the Tate Modern. An incredible display of Matisse cut outs, which he did towards the end of his life when he was too frail to paint. He could not leave the confines of his house and yet thanks to scissors and colored paper he produced colorful masterpieces which spanned the face of entire walls.¬† I really liked the way his shapes and figures flowed through the canvas. Gradually as you walk through the exhibition, Matisse’s work gets freer and more abstract and yet the positioning of the cut outs remain incredibly well constructed. Very beautiful and very feminine.

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I particularly liked the series of blue nudes and I thought that it was interesting that in the room behind where the figures were exhibited, Matisse had signed and framed the paper from which the figures had been cut. An empty blue hole from which his creation had been born out of.

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Here is my Matisse inspired look: a leather laser cut out skirt and french espadrilles. I love the way that the pattern at the bottom of the skirt is discreet and actually creates a darker pattern rather than it being shinny. I combined it with a light black top which I tucked into the top of the high waisted skirt and let it fall off of one shoulder. I added a gold and black Egyptian style necklace to add to the geometric patterns in the outfit. Finally I wore a short black sharply cut blazer over the top for when I had to brave the outdoor cold. I think the white and the black make for a striking contrast. Let me know what you think!

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PU Laser Cut Skirt – AX PARIS

Black Top  РPRIMARK (sold out)

Black and Gold Egyptian Style Necklace – PRIMARK (sold out)

Black Espadrilles – ZARA (sold out)

Black Blazer with Lace Sleeves  РZARA (sold out)

Le Pliage Bag – LONGCHAMPS

 

Pin Stripped Tartan Jacket for Golf

Pin Stripped Tartan Jacket for Golf

So my boyfriend is a great golf player and so when it was sunny the other day in London, I agreed (reluctantly) to accompany him to the golf club so that he could practice some shots at the driving range. Sitting there is never fun, so I had a quick go and actually was pretty fun. Tell me what you think of my new swing! Haha

It is quite funny how sports clubs can often be more strict on dress code than a Mayfair nightclub. Even at school we weren’t allowed on the tennis courts if we weren’t dresses head to toe in white. My uncle once got turned away because he was wearing white socks and was forced to buy a new pair with a “more suitable” color. This was the case even though he was the¬† golf club’s President! Another one of my friends had a to buy a whole new outfit for a date she was asked on to a golf course. So, it was naively that I went on to put on my pair of very smart grey Nike running track trousers and sneakers. Huge mistake. To a golf club, you never wear a tracksuit :/ , or shorts, or jeans – Jeans I understand, but the others…It just doesn’t really make any sense – I know golf is quite sedentary, but it is a sport right?! I started to re-think my decision to go…

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So having looked through all my things and having no Chinos (because really how many girls do!), I decided on my new baby blue trousers, which are jean (also forbidden), but don’t really look like jeans and a white crochet top, slip ons. Finally, as I wasn’t going to really be playing myself, I combined it with a grey pin stripped jean jacket, which is adorned inside with Tartan fabric. After all the Scots do have the most famous courses in the world right? What I love about the jacket is the detail in the buttons and I tend to refer to it as my “Michael Jackson jacket” with “all them zippers”. What do you think about sports and etiquette? Do you think it prevents a whole swathe of the population from participating? Do you think that these dress code rules are meant though for that? Or is it necessary in order to prevent people playing in the wrong kit, injuring themselves and damaging the greens?

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WEARING:

Blue Amelie Super skinny Jeans –¬† RIVER ISLAND

Printed Leather slip-ons with track sole – ZARA

Charm Bracelet – THOMAS SABO

Multi Button Pin Strip Jean Jacket with Tartan Lining – PEPE JEANS (Sold out)

Lace top  РH & M (sold out)

Diamond Bangle – MACY’S NEW YORK