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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Cocoon Luxe

Cocoon Luxe

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Since London Fashion Week things have been crazy! Last week we covered one of the coolest tennis tournaments ever, Tie Break Tens, where we got to interview Andy Murray and John McEnroe, drink champagne in the VIP area and even go courtside! I have posted some photos on my Instagram and I shared the whole day on my Snapchat (AbigailRoyston) but within the coming days I will share all my pics and videos with you here and on Youtube, so if you love tennis like I do, then stay tuned!

I have been going to lots of business and fashion industry meetings but with the cold weather and rain here in the London, looking fab and making a good first impression isn’t always easy. Its so cold outside so all I want to do is wrap up, but then as soon as I get inside and sit down, the temperature goes right up, so it’s a bit difficult working out how many layers to wear.

So I was super excited to discover an amazing brand called Cocoon Luxe, who I discovered when I went to meet Pop PR, just after London Fashion Week and just before their press day which was amazing and which I can’t wait to tell you about soon! Their collection of  vintage inspired versatile capes are made with cashmere and timeless tweed fabrics that literally cocoon your body, keeping you warm but super stylish.  They really do make the perfect staples for any wardrobe, creating a perfect A-line, with the heavy wool giving just enough structure to create a seamless shape. The style is perfect for layering and I loved the way that you could customise the designs with initials and mix your choice of fabric with the cut.

I really loved the rich greens and browns, especially as they offer a really classy alternative to the more traditional blacks and greys of winter collections. The hoods are perfect for looking good in rainy weather and the cut is really flattering, which I is always a bonus because in the lead up to Christmas I tend to stop eating when I hate myself and not when I am full – especially if my Mum’s mince pies are involved! So here I am rocking some of my favourite pieces from Cocoon Luxe‘s SS2016 collection, with my favourite look definitely being the Harris Tweed Collared Cape which is so chic!

Let me know what you think 🙂

Abi xxx

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Harris Tweed Collared Cape – COCOON LUXE

Harris Tweed Hooded Cape – COCOON LUXE

Vintage Ripped Jeans – LOIS

Gilli Shoes – ZARA

Ceramic Bracelet – IRIS SANDALS

Fun Facts 😛

  • Harris Tweed is the only fabric in the world governed by an Act of Parliament.
  • Harris Tweed must be made according to the 1993 Act: ‘With 100% pure virgin wool, dyed, spun and finished in the outer Hebrides and woven by hand by the islanders at their homes on the islands of Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra’
  • Every 50 meters of length of fabric is checked before being stamped by hand with the ORB which is found in every genuine Harris Tweed garment. No other fabric can call itself Harris Tweed.

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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Urban Jungle

Urban Jungle

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Two days ago I had the best day out at Winter Wonderland with Farfetch and met 5 super cool bloggers who all love fashion and who were so nice! The day was awesome, we went on the biggest fairest wheel, an ice kingdom, we drank hot chocolate and went ice skating. It was just so much fun, I can’t wait to introduce my new blogger friends to you and to share all our pictures and photos with you soon.

Meeting other bloggers is one of the things that I love most about blogging and I am forever grateful that I started My Girls On Tour and that I am now part of  such an awesome community. When I first started I had no idea that there were so many amazing blogs which are all so unique and really different, so it has been a real dream to getting to know the creators behind them, reading your comments and making friends with so many of you.

So here are some photos that I took when I was out with fellow fashion blogger Georgina, the founder of Georginahart.co.uk in Shoreditch, shortly after  I met her at London Fashion Week! It was quite cold so I decided to wear a camel coloured wool jacket  and leather trousers with detail on the knees. I thought that the leopard print shoes combined well with the faux-fur trim of the coat and gave off a jungle animal type of vibe, perfect for city life, because after all, what is the city if not one big concrete jungle.

Have you met anyone from the blogger community, perhaps one of your readers or someone who’s blog you love?

Let me know, Abi xxx

Wearing

Camel Coat – JIGSAW

Gold Top – FRENCH CONNECTION

Leather Trousers – ZARA

Leopard Shoes – RUSSELL & BROMLEY

Gold Necklace – VANILO

Gold Bracelets – IRIS SANDALS

Green Leather Purse – DOLLY RED

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Style Sportif Launch

Style Sportif Launch

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As some of you already know, I started My Girls On Tour to share my stories and experiences of life on the professional tennis tour…So I am super excited to have been invited to go this Saturday to Tie Break Tens held at the Royal Albert Hall- I won’t just get to see some of my favourite players play (some of whom have just won the Davis Cup this weekend), but I am also interviewing one of the world’s most famous players for My Girls On Tour! Eeek!

 I can’t wait to share it all with you soon 🙂 But before we get on to some serious tennis, I first wanted to talk about my time at the launch of the brand new fashion/fitness brand Style Sportif – an online market place that brings together some of the most famous names in sport fashion – to give us ladies some seriously stylish activewear, to not only feel good, but  to also look good whilst we are training! Or in my case, tree hugging, as I try to hold myself up after slowly dying from 5 minutes of slow running…

From super colourful leggings from Lexie Sport and Laurie Nouchka, to crazy sock designs from Move Active, chrome tops from SukiShufu and the bold very chic looks from Gymluxe, Style Sportif has a great range of stylish pieces that transition from sportswear to fashionable daywear.  At the launch, I loved looking at all the designs and I especially loved the London printed leggings and the street style pieces from Beth Richards!

The lauch was held at a very cool venue called Lights of Soho, which was just opposite where London Fashion Week had been held. The room was adorned with the coolest neon signs and riskee photographs, there was music, original cocktails on demand, Instaframs and goodie bags filled with all sorts of treats, from Coconut juice to Epoch pick me up scrub. A fashionista’s heaven!

It was in the evening and so I decided to wear black Guess Jeans, black heels and a backless sequin top from All Saints, that is perfect for events. It makes jeans look more formal and also swishes around as I walk, so it makes me feel like Cinderella – without the fear of tripping over my long ball gown.

Before Style Sportif I used to wear an oversized t-shirt and baggy sweats to do fitness in, but after seeing so many cool activewear designs I am starting to seriously re-think my poor training fashion choices…How about you, what do you guys like to wear when you work out?

So here are some pics and videos from the event.

Happy Monday everybody!

Abi xxx

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HALLOWEEN!

HALLOWEEN!

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Eeeek, it’s Halloween and double Eeeek because I left it until the last minute to go to buy a costume! (AGAIN!) At around 2pm today I decided that it was time to go off in search of something to wear tonight…Every year I vow to be more organised and to take things more seriously but it just never happens. I was naively optimistic that I would be able to find something, something that would look good, perhaps maybe some black cat ears so that I could dress up as Catwoman or a set off face paints with a cool wig… I was so, SO wrong!

I went first to my local Tesco’s, who’s Halloween section was so small it took me about 10 minutes to find it. They had lots of Haribo and witches hats but nothing much better than that…I should have know when I passed their empty pumpkin section that things were going to be tough. I left and headed to Poundland, who were bound to have something, rIght?! I fought my way through the crowds towards their Halloween aisle! It was massive, probably the biggest area of a shop solely dedicated to Halloween that I had ever seen… I couldn’t believe it, I would definitely be able to  find something here! Well, that’s what I thought, until I looked closer and saw that the whole aisle (and I am talking section and sections here)… was completely EMPTY! There wasn’t a single thing left, not a spider, not a cobweb, just a few orange napkins, some plastic feet and an empty wig packet…A few straggly desperate shoppers were slowly rummaging through the left overs,  their expressions stony and desperate…it was like something from the Walking Dead…I didn’t have much of a choice but to go home.

I almost gave up on Halloween, but as I was walking home I suddenly had a brain wave… I didn’t have any face paint, but I did have some white and black eye shadow and a black eye liner pencil, which would be enough…I used a make-up brush to cover my face in white powder and then once that was done, I added the black detail: A line through the mouth, check hollows, black eye rings and a black nose…There wasn’t a costume, so I made myself into a SKELETON! It was really simple and the best thing about it I already had all the things at home!  I really would recommend it if you don’t know what to go as or if you have left things to the last minute like me 🙂 The main focus of my Halloween outfit was my face, so it meant I could wear an all black look with ripped frayed jeans, black leather boots, leather jacket and silver chain bracelet and ethnic necklace.

 You may have been a bit more organised than me and are going for something a bit more than just face-paints, if so, the gothic haute-couture looks then Marko Mitanovski are the perfect choice for you! I had the pleasure of seeing his SS16 collection at the amazing POP PR Press Day and it was amazing! Marko’s S/S 2016 collection is inspired by the amorphous forms found in nature, and contemplates the phenomena of pain and fear. Focusing on the visualisation of cathartic pain release, expressionist artist Munch’s ‘The Scream’ and Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ and ‘Psycho’, helped build the collections dramatic and organic form and texture, which is dominated by leather and latex. Now that is some scary fashion!

Are you doing anything special this Halloween? What are you going as?

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, ABI xxx

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Suede Boots – RUSSEL & BROMLEY

Black Cashemere Roll-Neck – MASSIMO DUTTI

Black Leather Jacket – ZARA

Leather Coin Belt worn as Bracelet

Ehtnic Necklace – ACCESORIZE

Summer with Smorodina Fashion

Summer with Smorodina Fashion

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I always love discovering a city’s culture and taking in the sites, but in true fashionista spirit, on our third day after a lunch of prawns, calamari and beers, we hit the beautiful boutiques and designer stores along Calle Serano, for some serious retail therapy.  Everyone here looked very stylish and it is a great place for fashion inspiration and chic looks. Some of my favourite stores included Caramelo and Loewe one of Spain’s best-known labels, which dominated the street with two boutiques, including one on the corner of Calle Goya. The stores boasted ready-to-wear pieces from Paris Fashion Week and pop-up exhibitions, so Loewe enthusiasts like myself were really spoilt for choice. I also really enjoyed Agatha Ruiz de la Prada as it ‘s colourful collections, which had incredible energy, with vibrant patterns and eclectic accessories. Of course I also stocked up on some incredibly stylish pieces from Zara and Massimo Dutti and had to hit Bershka and Stradivarius for some great street style looks.

We decided to go drinks with our friends in the evening to the Roof at ME at Plaza de Santa Ana, on one of Madrid’s most beautiful squares, opposite the Teatro Real. The lighting there was amazing and so were the cocktails! The American Diner that we went to the day before really inspired today’s Grease Lightning outfit. I wore a bright yellow 1970’s style skirt by Russian Fashion House Smorodina Fashion that I have recently discovered, with a green halter neck top, high heeled black shoes from Dune and a black leather jacket from Zara, for a relaxed yet chic look.

Smorodina Fashion have the most incredible, unique skirts, which are really high up on my MUST HAVE LIST not only for this summer but for Fall. Each skirt is made out of incredible material, I particularly loved the mesh texture of this one  and the shape of it really made it look like an haute couture design. I wore it a number of times over this summer including to Islantilla. It was really easy to style and it looked great both dressed up with heels or dressed down with flats. The yellow was really perfect for an eye-catching chic look that was appropriate for so many occasions!

Let me know what you think!

Abi xxx

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Yellow Mesh Skirt – SMORODINA FASHION

Black HIgh Heels Shoes – DUNE

Leather Jacket – ZARAS