2015 Highlights

2015 Highlights

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Happy New Year everyone! It’s that time of the year again when we start choosing our New Year’s resolutions, dusting off the trainers and stocking the fridge up with salad and fruit! I would say that I don’t do resolutions, but let’s be honest OF COURSE I DO! Insert Awkward Monkey Emoji! In fact I love starting off the New Year in a super positive way. I always find that after a period of eating until I can no longer fit my trousers, January is always a good month to start a fitness regimes or diets and although I don’t tend to follow it through for the whole year, it feels good for the short time that I do do it! Better something than nothing right?! Do you have any 2016 resolutions and do you usually stick to them?

2015 has such an amazing year and I hope that 2016 will be even more exciting! In September I  finished my final law exams, the professional exams needed in order to be a fully qualified solicitor and Gustavo, my boyfriend and I, now live together 🙂 Finishing my exams gave me the freedom to dedicate more time on blogging and after a great summer travelling around Europe with Gustavo, My Girls On Tour was made an official blog of London Fashion Week by the British Fashion Council. One thing I would love for 2016 is to spend more time at home in France and also to see more of my friends! This past year I got to meet so many new friends, fellow bloggers and readers who share similar passions and interests and I hope to meet many more of you in 2016!

In this post I wanted to share some pictures of some of my 2015 highlights, from Christmas with my family and making new friends, to having over 100,000 of you sharing my dreams and adventures with me on social media and here on the blog. It has truly been a blessing attending so many amazing events and having the opportunity to work with so many great designers and some of my favourite brands. In fact I have been working really hard on some exciting new projects that I can’t wait to share with you in 2016! The blog that I started less than 2 years ago has completely changed my life and I can’t wait to continue this magical journey with you!

Happy New Year everybody! May 2016 bring you and your loved ones joy, happiness, success and may it be the year when all your dreams come true ❤

Love, Abi xxx

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

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Hello everyone! I hope that you have all had an incredible Christmas with your loved ones and that Santa brought you all that you could wish for 🙂

This year was one of my best Christmases ever…When I was young we used to have Christmas at my parent’s house in France which was always so much fun! My sister who always makes the festivities so special would come home along with a sack full of presents and some very special things that at the time we couldn’t buy in France – Brandston pickle, Twigglets, BirdsEye Custard, Jelly, Mango Chutney, Christmas crackers, Christmas pudding and of course our favourite Christmas CD with songs from the Slade and Band Aid. When she arrived it was when Christmas truly started so it was extra special when her and boyfriend Rod, invited me and the whole of the family to spend Christmas & Boxing Day with them at their beautiful house in Landemere, which was once inhabited by the famous artist Paolozzi.

Now that my Grandma is old she can no longer make the journeys and so for the last few years we have brought Christmas to her! Early Christmas morning, after wrapping up my presents (you may have seen my awful sleepy half awake face on Snapchat when I was trying to do this…) my Dad and I set off to see my Grandma. She is 96 years old on the 2nd of January of this year and lives in a beautiful old folks home just outside of London. We arrived to scenes of people unwrapping their presents, children visiting their grandparents and of course lots of chocolate eating! We helped Grandma to open her presents & cards and then spent the morning with her before she joined her friends at her Christmas lunch.

My Mum was ill that day and so couldn’t make it and so we drove back to London to see her and pick her up before driving the party bus/pasat car onwards to my sister’s. I hadn’t been to her house before, so I was overly excited. It was so lovely and in the most beautiful place, next to water and in the countryside. It was painted pink and had the most beautiful wreath on the door and inside the Christmas decorations were amazing. I felt like I was in an episode of Escape to the Country with it’s tiled entrance hall, a beautiful country kitchen dinner and massive cosy living room! The tree already had so many presents around it and we were greeted at the door by Pedro, their 12 year old little doggy. Awwwwwww….

The turkey was cooking away, there were bottles of Fizz being opened. We put the ice maker on and started opening the nibbles. My sister’s boyfriend Rod and his mum Olive were also there and soon there was a knock on the door followed by excited barking – my brother William and his girlfriend Myfanwy had arrived carrying gifts, cheeses, wine and their lovely young dog Beasley! One thing that never lacks at our Christmases is the food and my sister did my Mum proud by producing the most amazing Christmas meal: braised cabbage, sausages, bacon, turkey, two types of stuffing, vegetables, potatoes, sweet potato. After a short pause and some impressed gasps directed towards my brother when he finished his massive plate of turkey, we pushed on to the puddings! I don’t know about you but I love puddings and it really felt as if I had died and had gone to heaven: My Mum’s meringues, vanilla cheesecake, chocolate business cake, cream, custard, chocolate cake, my sister’s lemon tart, Christmas pudding, chocolates and Cava…HEAVEN! PS: The diet starts tomorrow…

So true to form, I didn’t stop eating when I was full, but instead I stopped eating when I truly hated myself…and when everyone else had finished and similarly hated themselves, we waddled in to the living room to open our presents! By this time it was 9pm but we with so many big kids in the room we weren’t going to leave the present opening until the next day… I received some beautiful gifts and if you want to see some of the things that I gave my family or things that I think would have made great gifts then check out my post 20 Great Christmas Present Ideas 🙂

The next morning we had my favourite, croissants, coffee and let’s not forget the mini boxes of cereal that used to be my Christmas highlight because I could choose any flavour I wanted! Now that I am older I would say that the cereal pleasure has probably been overtaken by Cava & Chocolate pleasure but it’s still SO EXCITING :D…We all then went out for a walk around the surrounding countryside. My brother and I found some old flints in the ploughed up field by the house and it was so much fun being outside with the dogs. My sister and Rod took us to the most beautiful old boat graveyard and jetty, to see where Marigold swims with her wetsuit and where they sometimes go sailing.

It was quite cold so I decided to wear my white ripped jeans that I wore on Christmas day with a white cotton and chiffon long sleeve blouse and my faux fur shaggy green and black coat that I bought a few days before in Paris. Last but by no means least I wore my fluffy pompom hat all from H&M, which I love because it is so cute and also keeps me warm 🙂

What did you get up to? Who did you spend it with? Do you have any Christmas traditions that you do every year that make Christmas special for you and which wouldn’t be the same otherwise?

Wishing you all the best for the holiday season !

Merry Christmas,

Abi xxx

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20 Great Christmas Present Ideas

20 Great Christmas Present Ideas

GreenChanelBagWe are almost at the end of the year and so I have decided to share some of my favorite fashion & travel blog moments on my Instagram! I will be sharing these with you in more detail tomorrow, but first I wanted to share with you some of the things that I bought my family for Christmas and also a few Christmas present ideas! I had to buy presents for so many people this year, of all different ages. From my older brother, to my sister’s boyfriend’s mum, sometimes you can find just the right thing, but then other times it can become a nightmare…especially if like me you only have 4 hours to do it in!

So here is a list of things that would be perfect for both special and token presents and although you may have already given your Christmas presents, lots of these things will now be in the sale…so this is for you, the elusive relative that you have yet to see but when you do in a few days time, you will have found the perfect thing for them!

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1 LUXURY BELGIAN CHOCOLATES: If you are looking for something special for someone special, someone from the office, or even a good neighbor, this is the present for you. Godiva has an incredible range of chocolates are not only exquisite but their texture and taste is so rich you can’t help but notice the incredible quality, even if you have never heard of Godiva, which let’s face it everyone has! A perfect touch to a romantic gift are undoubtedly their beautiful strawberries dipped in belgian chocolate and now for all tennis lovers like myself, they Godiva even have limited edition Davis Cup chocolates. Christmas Gold Collection Box of 24 Chocolates www.godivachocolates.co.uk – £25

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2 SCENTED MY JOLIE CANDLE:  This is a scented candle that smells so good and contains a very special jewel – you can buy them online containing either a bracelet, a ring or a necklace (up to 100 models) that are made with beautiful Swarovski crystals and is revealed as the candle is burnt. It is really good value and the presentation of the present is great, with the candle coming with a bag of colored french nougat and bright coloring crayons. To make a special present even more special, in your candle you could find a piece made from gold and diamonds worth up to £5,000. Prices start from £19.90 – www.myjoliecandle.co.uk

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3 GLASS CANDLE DOME: I bought this for my sister who has just moved into a beautiful house. I thought that it was really sophisticated and would be a perfect ornament and addition to any stylish home. John Lewis Basic Glass Dome – £15 

4 GLASS BOTTLE ORNAMENT: I bought this or my brother but I think it could be the perfect present for any wine lover. This giant bottle with Saint Emilion is a great rustic house ornament but a cool vibe as Saint Emilion is one of France’s most famous vineyard. I bought it from TK Maxx which also has a great selection of wine coolers. For beautiful whisky or wine glasses head to John Lewis!

image5 FRAGRANT DIFFUSER: This is another great present to buy someone who loves their home and loves style. There are some great scent sticks and diffusers, they look great in bathrooms, smell amazing and are very fashionable. I bought one of these Ralph Lauren diffuser’s for my brother’s girlfriend who is very chic and who I thought would love the design – Ralph Lauren Citrus Bouquet Fragrant Diffuser – £25 from TK Maxx

6 SUNGLASSES: For the man or woman who has everything, because even if you have a pair that you love to wear, you can really never have enough. Oversized black Chanel, Round Metal Chanel, Leopard Jimmy Choo, Ray Ban Aviators, Custom Sporty Oakley‘s for him! Nothing says style and I love you more than designer glasses.

7 FAUX FUR POM POMS: I am loving th faux-fur revolution that is going on at the moment and there is no other statement accessory that the statement furry Pom Poms made popular by celebs who have been sporting Fendi bag charms. Some of my favorite are the Cucaoo Bag Bugs starting at£700 and the Charm Packpack by Fendi. Cheaper yet very stylish alternatives are the bag pompons by Yves Salomon sold by Farfetch £45 – and the furry charms sold in many colours from Accessorize –£7

Screen Shot 2015-12-31 at 20.33.048 FAUX FUR SCARF – The must have accessory for any fashionista this winter season is undoubtedly the faux fur snuggle scarves from Charlotte Simone. Some of my favorites include the Big Daddy – £495 and the very cute pompom peak Sass Caps – £125For a cheaper alternative head to high street store Dorothy Perkins who have done a beautifully shaped faux fur scarf in wine color –£ 10
Other hats that I love are the pale beige wide brimmed hat from Banana Republic and the Peak Cap from Farfetch.

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9 CAPES – Nothing says luxurious present and style better than a winter cape. This is a great alternative to the more traditional winter coat that most people already have plenty of and is a great way to express your fashion sense. Some of my favorites include the Harris Tweed capes from Cocoon Luxe, with my favorite being the Sienna Cape – £ 220  or this beautiful checked cape with faux fur collar from Zara’s now £59.99

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10 STYLISH ACTIVE WEAR: For the fashionista who has everything, fashionable sports wear is a great alternative, especially if you are scarred of giving something that you think might not be quite right or if you don’t want to double up. Fashionable athletics wear is great for those who love to keep fit, have an active lifestyle and also like to look and feel great. I bought my sister some Reebok green turquoise patterns leggins – £16.99 and a bright pink ” Eat Clean Train Mean” top from Elle Sports range – £9.99, both from TK Maxx. Another great store that stocks lots of brands of stylish sports wear is Style Sportif.

image 11 SNEAKERS: Sneakers are a fun present, which is useful and can be really fashionable. I bought a pair of Calvin Klein white lace up pumps, but there are so many nice models out there. I love bright Nikes, like these Zoom Winflo 2 £85 that look great with jeans and also lace up Superstar white Addidas sneakers £65. For him, there are some great choices, especially from leather specialists Filling Pieces.

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 12 SLIPPERS: I love snugly slippers and so does everyone else! this a is a great present for both him & her and is perfect for those of us living in cold countries! My favorites are the UGG slippers –£62.50 that are just so cosy. I bought three pairs, one for my Dad, my brother and my sister’s boyfriend so I decided to opt for the cheaper alternative but also very cozy, the beautiful cosy slippers from Primark –£10 Women’s that I bought in size S for myself and size L for the boys. Another store than do a beautiful range in original and very delicate fashionable felt sippers is Isolyn.

image13 WOOL SCARVES: I bought a two scarves, one for my Dad and the other for my Mum. I love Zara’s wool scarves, their quality is great and the designs are often bold and their colors are rich. I bought my Mum a brown patterned large blanket scarf and my Dad a green moss colored scarf.

  1. image14 CLUTCH PURSES & TRAVEL BAGS: I love clutch purses and as I am sure all of you have seen by following your favorite bloggers, you won’t catch fashionistas without one. Here are some of my favorites which would make any woman’s day that much more special. The first bags that I love are the Yves Saint Laurent classic monogram clutches with or without tassels, that come in a range of colors. Chanel clutches are so elegant, from the Green Boy Flap Bag £2,470 to the more traditional Chanel Vintage Quilted Bag £3,536, this is the ultimate luxurious gift. For a perfect travel bag, I would recommend the beautiful Eva Tote from Gym Tote – £125.

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15 FAUX FUR COATS: This season it is all about the faux fur coats and there are a number of great online stores that sell some beautiful ones. I bought one for myself in the pre-Christmas sale whilst in Paris from H&M in Green, which I think they have now sold out of. But here are some good alternatives 🙂 Jacket in Faux Fur H&M – £49.99 for a more traditional look, a mac with an electric blue hood from Pretty Little Thing –£ 60

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16 VICTORIA SECRET PAJAMAS: Nothing says luxury and comfort more than a set of Victoria’s Secret satin Pajamas. I particularly like the pink & white stripped set of the Afterhours Satin Pajamas – £34.71 I would have loved to have got this for Christmas as they would have been perfect for traveling and also for being cozy at home…maybe I will buy them now as they are in the sale 😉

victoriasecretwestfieldstratford17 WHITTARD HOT CHOCOLATE GIFT SET: We were given from our cousins the most amazing selection of hot chocolates from our cousins from Whittard – Cocoa Creations Hot Chocolate Gift Set £20. I like hot chocolate but this made this drink extra special, with crispy caramel, white chocolate, orange, rich chocolate and mint all flavors in the set. It was great because we each got to take away one or two types, it was a beautiful present, perfect for a family.

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18 FESTIVE DRINKS: A nice thing to buy is a nice bottle of drink to take round to someone’s house, or even to give to a family or colleague as a special gift. We received a Baileys Chocolate Luxe as part of a Christmas Hamper  which was very special. I would also recommend Lanson Champagne or a bottle of Sipsmith Gin

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19 TRIANGL BIKINI: For those of you jetting off in the New Year, Triangl bikinis are a perfect gift. Seen on celebs and top models a like, these colorful black lined sets are setting Instagram ablaze. I received one for Christmas from the Triangl team and I absolutely loved mine, even the packaging was super stylish! Any girl would love this, guaranteed!

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20 SHOES: Shoes can be a beautiful gift. I gave my Mum a set of Christmas booties and my Dad some slip-ons from Zara’s. Here are some of my favorites: Valentino Garavani studded boots 741, Casadei thigh high stiletto boots 825 and the Chloe Susanna boots 763

 

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Happy Shopping Everybody!

Abi xxx

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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Banana Republic

Banana Republic

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I am starting to feel the impending doom of Christmas looming on the horizon. I have been having too much fun and so I still haven’t started my Christmas shopping yet! The feeling can only be described as that of pre-exam nervousness, knowing that you only have a day to finish half the syllabus* Shudder! :/

My plan is to cram my shopping into the last 48 hours that I have left…so tomorrow want to catch me tomorrow, I will be panicking and panic buying, braving the crowds and Oxford Street/ Regent Street madness, on Christmas Eve! Am I mad? … OK, actually let’s not answering that question…

One of the stores that I will be hitting as a top priority is Banana Republic who recently made me one of their VIP shoppers and invited me to celebrate with them at  their brand new store opening in Kensington. The store was in such a beautiful location and the space was great! The holiday collection being showcased was very chic and sophisticated, with bright pops of color dotting the store and catching my eye: lime green, pink, oranges, the perfect looks for bold fashionistas, fashion bloggers and anyone wishing to brighten up the dreary London sky.

There was a DJ, a nail bar and we a lucky dip where we won discounts and gift vouchers to shop in the store. Gustavo ended up winning the gift voucher, which set him off on a mad shopping spree round the store, he really couldn’t get enough of the rich green jumpers, the thick knits and of course the stylish socks that no entrepreneur can go without. There were so many cocktails, amazing food and after taking photos and giving an interview for Banana Republic UK, we got to relax with the awesome Banana Republic Team!

I will be including some of my favorite pieces in my Christmas Shopping list that I will be posting today and then updating tomorrow depending on my different finds, but in the meantime here are the photos of this special night. I wore a long camel waistcoat- jacket with a black lace up body, black jeans, a wide brimmed hat and black sneakers. I loved the length of the coat and thought that the body and the hat really added a hipster vibe to the whole outfit.

Let me know what you think 🙂 Also, I am shopping tomorrow, so if you have any great present suggestions please don’t forget to send them to me or suggest them to me in the comments, I really need your help!

Love, Abi xxx

Wearing

Camel Coat – MISSGUIDED

Lace up body – MISSGUIDED

Eva Clutch – LOUIS VUITTON

Ceramic Bracelet – IRIS SANDALS

Sneakers – STRADIVARIUS

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Office to Festive

Office to Festive

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I hope that you have all been having a great building up to Christmas! As some of you know from my Instagram & Twitter, I am writing this from Paris. I can’t wait to share the pics and the stories from our trip, but first I wanted to share one of my best style type for vamping up a classic outfit.

When I was doing my live stream interview for Passion4Fashion, I was picture from one of my readers of their office outfit and was asked by one them to share my thoughts as to how I could make it more fashionable, turning it into an evening or festive city style. I thought that the question was quite a good one as turning a plain look into something more special without going over the top is something that I myself have struggled with in the past.

My first big tip to to take your outfit our of the office is to add a statement necklace. There are some great pieces around in a range of prices and every type of necklace can really alter a plain top and in such a different way that people will actually think you are wearing a completely different outfit. I have been loving silver chain Dylanlex statement pieces and the cheaper alternative from stores such as ModayBesos and boho coin necklaces that you can find from most online retailers such as H&M.

My second tip is instead of buying a plain t-shirt, top or blouse, buy one that has some neck detailing, such as beads, a collar with detail or studs. One of my favorite pieces this winter has been a plain black Missguided body that has a beautiful lace-up design up the front. It goes with everything, isn’t too flamboyant but is a great and easy piece to wear to get an eye catching fashionable look.

Finally ripped jeans really add a fashionable touch to any look. I would either get an old pair of jeans and distress them or I would buy a cheap pair and experiment with them. It’s as easy as adding one cut over each knee and then giving the cut a quick rip.

So with some ripped jeans, a plain top with some neck detailing or statement necklace and a black leather jacket, you can easily go from office drap to Christmas fab! 😉

Happy styling everybody!

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Sunglasses – TRUSSARDI

Black Leather Jacket – ZARA

Black Blazer – ZARA

Metal Heel Heels – DUNE

Black Top – TOPSHOP

Statement Necklace with Crystals – MODA Y BESOS

Coin Necklace – Vintage

Lace-up Black Body – MISSGUIDED

 

 

Walking Wounded

Walking Wounded

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It was a few days ago in Paris when I was taking a video selfie for Snapchat in front of Laduree that two giggling girls came up behind me and followed me around totally photobombing me on purpose for like 5 minutes. It was when I turned in a circle to try to get a better face angle, * Stop judging me, I know you do it too* and could still somehow see them in my rear view of my front mirror, that I realized that I was being Selfie Punked…OH the SHAME! O MON DIEU! 😥

I shook off the massive sense of insecurity as they ran away arm in arm laughing, died a little bit inside and then flipped the camera back to selfie mode to keep on filming…Nothing can ruin a good selfie…NOTHING, you hear meaah, NOTHING! ;P

Being a fashion blogger and pretty active on social media, this isn’t the first time I have been judged for taking selfies in the street (First World problems I know…) but whenever it happens I do always laugh, because despite all the selfies I don’t actually take myself too seriously… So this is why I agreed to appear in Walking Wounded‘s latest music video entitled “Selfie“, which talks about narcissistic boys & girls who travel the globe only for their focus to be on selfies with famous monuments and site and not, on the sites themselves…

Sound familiar? no, No, NO , she denies forcefully… *

*Quick Camera Roll scroll and then turn and simply ignore the accusatory looks*

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So why did I agree to play the role of the narcissistic girl? Because Walking Wounded literally rock! Some of their tunes, The Devil Went to Tesco, Home Sweet Hackney,  are some of my favorite and their albums are perfect for trips to far off nomadic lands whether in person or imaginary, nights by the camp fire and for chilled out sessions full of authentically cool vibes. They are  a 5-piece band from pre-Hipster Hackney – before the East London borough was a inundated with  bijou cafe´s – playing cutting edge original material in a myriad of styles: from Punk to Arabic to Balkan, Celtic to Reggae, Ska to Rock, featuring  featuring Christine Taylor on accordion, Jonny Owen on harmonica, Hugh Poulton on vocals and guitar, Adrian Teasdale on bass, and Arnold Lane on percussion. They are every city hipster’s unattainable dream – their style and their sound is effortless, real and edgy in the true sense of the word. I really couldn’t listen to them enough!

I had never been in a music video before so I was excited when I was asked and boy, it the whole day was so much fun! I turned up at a big house in North East London with some of my boho clothes that I was asked to wear. There was a green screen and black screen in front of which the band played, lots of sound equipment and big cameras. The band had to repeat their pieces a number of times to get them right during which time we had to run on and storm the stage to obscure the real stars, to take selfies of ourselves with them, or simply of ourselves! The day was fueled with coffee and then in true rock in roll style the band went to the pub after finishing the first part of the recording! Sid Vicious and Gigi Hadid eat your heart out…

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So if you are fed up with people taking selfies all the time, or sick of forests of selfie sticks despoiling beautiful places…Then this video is for you!

Happy Monday everybody 🙂

Abi xxx

Don’t forget to check out all their awesome songs on the Cloud and subscribe to the Walking Wounded Youtube Channel! – Some of my favorites are and you can be sure that when I am out on one of my adventures I will be listening to them: Fallen Angel, Thunder at Sundown, Sahara Blues & California.

 

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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