Fashion Weekend in Canary Wharf

Fashion Weekend in Canary Wharf

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It’s passed midnight here in London and my car hasn’t turned into a pumpkin and my dress hasn’t disappeared into a puff of fairy dust, but… some magic has been happening here these last few hours… in that my very own YouTube Channel is now finally up and running!!!

I am super excited to show you my very first video, one that we shot last weekend when we were staying in the heart of Canary Wharf, one of the most important financial districts in the world, courtesy of Rated Apartments!I am going to try to post more high quality videos of my travels and my outfits on my channel as per today, so make sure you subscribe or check it out, because I really think that that way I will be able to share my trips and adventures with you in a more personal and fun way!  ❤

You can subscribe here: MY GIRLS ON TOUR YOUTUBE

Last weekend was really busy as we were filming a secret fashion project in the capital.  I hope to be able to tell you about soon, but at the moment I can’t, so I thought that it would be nice to share with you some of my outfits for the shoot and a bit about our time in this super luxurious apartment in this amazing district of London!

We arrived with all our bags full of outfits and accessories, cameras and make-up bags. We were greeted by the concierge in a beautiful lobby, which had such a beautiful Christmas tree and our reception, thanks to Rated Apartments, was just so easy and hassle free. When we entered out flat it was just amazing, we had a beautiful bedroom which was really nicely decorated, a balcony with views and a kitchen/living room with plasma TV and everything we could need…and all for us!!! I couldn’t believe it! There were shops just next to our apartment, so on our first evening we cooked dinner and just relaxed, ready for the busy day which we had ahead of us.

We had a great time walking around Canary Wharf, going shopping in the many boutiques in the mall, eating in Carluccio’s and thinking about the fashion project that we were doing the following day. So here are just a few photos of when we arrived, but I am afraid that the rest of the guided tour and sneak peak into my mini-hotel wardrobe is in the video 😉

I would definitely consider RatedApartments a reliable accommodation provider around the globe and stay with them when I go abroad, to places that I am less familiar with. They bring travelers and accommodation providers together and as they have over 3,000 listings all over the world, including Paris, New York and London, I would definitely love to stay with them again.  Really I can not recommend them enough, they have the perfect apartments for if you are intending on staying in London for either a holiday or a business trip.

I hope you will enjoy our first video and stay tuned…We have more magic to come 😉

Abi xxx

To book the Apartment where we stayed click RatedApartments

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Wearing

Cream Coat – ZARA

Over-sized Sweater – H&M

Black Glitter Shoes – LONDON REBEL

Black Ripped Jeans – PRIMARK

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5* Islantilla Golf Resort & Mirador del Golf

5* Islantilla Golf Resort & Mirador del Golf

At only a 70km drive from Faro airport,the stylish resort of Islantilla can be found on Spain’s ‘Coast of Light’, often referred to as the ‘Spanish Algarve’ or ‘Spain’s Best Kept Secret’. Its beautiful sandy beaches stretch for miles and its lack of over-development means that it has retained its natural beauty with its backdrop of sand-dunes and pine trees between the sea and the promenade.We found beautiful star fish and walked past a lagoon to a deserted beach.

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I particularly liked the small fisherman’s village with its little white chapel. At night after a hearty meal we would walk about along the promenade and see their little lights bobbing out at sea. In the morning we went and bought fresh fish straight from their nets and saw how they pulled their boats in and mended their nets. Islantilla is the perfect place to relax, enjoy a lovely scenery in a very stylish and beautiful Spanish town. There are many shops and restaurants, some cocktails bars but no night clubs. In the summer half of Madrid and Sevilla escape the hot sun and come down for a couple of weeks to play golf, tennis and eat some of Spain’s best sea food. Make sure you can speak Spanish or don’t mind giving it a go, as there are not many foreign tourists here and lots of people can’t speak English.

Here are my recommendations of where to stay in Islantilla:

www.miradordelgolf.co.uk

A lovely two bedroom house in one of the most exclusive urbanisations of Islantilla, ‘Mirador del Golf’, 5 minutes walk from Islantilla Golf Club- rated Top 100 Best Courses in Europe by Golf Digest, and 8 minutes from the beach. It is a peaceful & securely gated complex with a stunning pool, sea views and own parking. It was really clean and had been newly refurbished to a great standard. The pool was beautiful and the kitchen was really well equipped. We enjoyed using the DVD player and watching the wide screen TV. This is a really cheap but good quality alternative to a hotel as prices start at £350 per week and the house sleeps 6!

Another wonderful place that I have stayed in is the 5* Islantilla Golf Resort, which is 3 minute walk from the house Mirador del Golf. It is very large and its grounds are really impressive. With both indoor and outdoor pool, a beautiful and world famous golf course right in front, this is the place to go for all golf lovers. It is around 10 minutes from the beach, but a little train goes passed every half and hour and it is free for guests. An additional perk of staying here is the ability to use the Beach Club which is a luxurious pool and lounge area right on the sea front reserved for members and guests of the hotel. The golf coaches are great and when we went they offered a free lesson to anyone who came every Saturday morning. The rooms were large and had great views. The only slight downside would be that it was a little empty and thus the services normally on offer at a 5* resort were slightly absent.

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4* Hotel Bolivar Rome

4* Hotel Bolivar Rome

The first thing which was incredible about this boutique 4* hotel was its location. We emerged at the Colosseum metro stop and walked up the boulevard. Before we had even got to our hotel, we were gasping in awe at all the roman relics. Our hotel was a five minute walk from the Victor Emmanuelle II monument. Absolutely breathtaking.

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The rooms were large and sumptuous. I loved the yellow curtains and wall color. It made it really light and airy yet majestic. A large oil painting hung above our bed. The road on which the hotel is situated is little and so the rooms were quite.

The views from the breakfast room were wonderful, although the coffee a bit too rough and the pastries a bit stale.  One of the highlights of our stay were the restaurant recommendations which we were given by the receptionist. Rome is notorious for its tourist traps and thanks to him we were able to find a couple lovely restaurant which were inexpensive and did amazing food. It was a wonderful few days here and I would definitely come back.

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A cheaper alternative, where we also stayed for a few nights is the 3* Hotel Colosseum found on Via Sforza (10). The rooms were not as memorable and the location not as great (between Termini station and the Colosseum). However, what I loved about Hotel Colosseum was the massive roof terrace which has beautiful vistas over Rome. One night we bought our own food and sat up there and ate under the stars. The breakfast room is darker and ordained with thick wood. The quality of the food was better than Hotel Bolivar, but all in all if you can afford the price Bolivar would be my personal favorite.

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