Fashion Blogger in Paris

Fashion Blogger in Paris

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Today we set off in search of the best views of the Eiffel Tower! After an incredible breakfast at le 5 Codet, which I decided to cut short on the 3rd course, not because I was full but because by then I had started to hate myself… you know the standard pre-Christmas “large eyes small stomach” kind of phase… we set off to see some of Paris’s beautiful sites! Although I grew up in France, I haven’t been that often to Paris and so the first thing I wanted to see and take photos of was the iconic Eiffel Tower!

After seeing the incredible Les Invalides and the dome of it’s famous church where many war heroes are buried including Napoleon Bonaparte, we  took the route that we had walked the night before in the light rain, past beautiful Parisien cafes and through the Champs de Mars. I was so excited to see the Seine which we crossed before running up the steps towards La Place du Trocadéro a beautiful public park with fountains and statues which is one of the best places to see the Eiffel Tower from! I was so excited and I was so impressed with the views that I forgot to run right up to the top…Doh! Oh well, I will just have to save that for next time 😉

I felt like a little kid, like the first time I saw the Eiffel Tower, when I travelled to Paris with the Pyrenees Oriental tennis federation and some of my best friends when we won a trip in a big regional tournament to see the tennis at Paris Bercy & to visit the grounds of Roland Garros. If any of you go to Paris, then don’t miss the views from La Place du Trocadero! With so much happiness and joy pulsating through my body we pushed onwards, towards the boutiques and one of the most beautiful streets in Paris, Avenue Montaigne.

One of the reasons why we were in Paris was to attend some important meetings in preparation of next fashion season with some incredible designers some of which have their flagship stores in this incredible iconic street. Black iron bars, beautiful Christmas decorations and window displays, and small ornate front gardens, the boutiques were so stunning! We had the pleasure of seeing so many lovely collections and so many iconic fashion birthplaces, including 30 Avenue Montaigne where in 1946 Christian Dior presented his first collection, after deciding that it would be perfect location for his “Maison”. I completely fell in love with the Dior Cruise 2016 collection of leather bags, who’s graphic symbols and imaginary words embossed like street art celebrate this season’s free, insouciant spirit. I just can’t wait to share with you some of the beautiful creations. including  and also the great surprises that we have in stall for you very soon! 😀 After our meetings we had some lunch in a beautiful Parisien cafe and then took the metro to Pigalle where I got my first glimpse of the Moulin Rouge before we headed up to Montmatre…

For my meetings and first day in Paris I decided to wear one of my favourite winter purchases, my black faux fur coat with leather cuffs. It felt so warm and cosy and yet looked chic and stylish, so I thought that it would be the perfect coat to bring with me to Paris. I wore it with a pair of denim flairs that have a beautiful red detail on one of the back pockets and small suede ankle booties that are comfortable but that give me some added hight, something that I think is key when trying to rock flares!

Let me know what you think,

Abi xxx

WEARING

Faux Fur Coat – ZARA

Flared Jeans – VINTAGE

Suede Boots – JIGSAW

Quilted Clutch – ARMANI JEANS

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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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Wearing

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

 

 

London Look

London Look

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

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

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

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

Happy Tuesday everybody! Abi xxx

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Wearing

Glitter Creepers – LONDON REBEL

Black Jeans – COLLIER BRISTOW

Cashmere Black Roll-Neck – MASSIMO DUTTI

Red Jumper – ELEONORA SCARMUCCI

Christopher Raeburn London Fashion Week

Christopher Raeburn London Fashion Week

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Having started My Girls On Tour only a year and a half ago this was my first proper full time at London Fashion Week and boy, what an incredible and busy week it was! I see some of my favourite bloggers  go to New York, London, Milan and Paris and they make fashion season look so easy…but within a week of running between shows, talking to designers and PRs, making new friends and going for drinks, I had literally been brought to my knees. I must admit that I made a pretty rash decision by going swimming the weekend before , not drying my hair properly and then going out into the cold evening air so as to catch the nastiest of nasty colds ever, but I hadn’t imagined that by the last day I would have completely lost my voice, felt exhausted and that I would send quote so many dagger looks to the VIP Mercedes Benz chauffeur driven LFW cars that drove past me as I hobbled over the cobbled streets of Soho in my heels…But, even under those circumstances, my Fashion Week just kept getting better and better!

I am super happy to be able to share with you my last and final day, which was my favourite out of all of them! I started off the day meeting one of my new friends Esohe, the Founder of Stylierge Style Consultancy, who invited me to go to the Christopher Raeburn Show held at the BFC Show Space, the main showspace of London Fashion Week at Brewer Street! In between Proudlock from Made in Chelsea going in and us going in, it started to rain so I shared my umbrella with some super fun crazy Italians who were Snapchatting the whole thing to their followers. The showspace was amazing! It was really modern with mirrors on the ceiling and orange and silver beams contrasting. The runway was really long so it meant that each look was really showcased and the ceilings were so high, I loved it. I couldn’t get over the crazy amount of photographers who were gathered at the end of the runway, it was like a massive sea of paparazzi, they had the most incredible cameras and when all the shutters went off it was like a lightning storm!

This season Raeburn’s collection entitled Sarawak, inspired by the Malaysian state, took us on a journey of discovery and adventure. The models walked down the long runway to the music from the rainforest and the flowing looks were truly ones that I would love to wear whilst out on an adventure. One of my favourite parts of the show were the kimonos and flowing dresses and I especially liked the use of the bright blue and khaki that I thought worked really well together (which I guess I would considering that I wore something pretty similar to the show as a total coincidence!) The textures were really interesting, with Raeburn using mesh, organza, chiffon, nylon to more heavy cottons as well as fabric recycled from parachutes to make his designs.

After the show, Esohe and Georgina took some street style pics for me of my look and I of theirs and then, after a late lunch I went to the final show of the week and that is when things truly started to get awesome! I can’t wait to tell you all it, in the meantime here are some of the pics from show and of my final LFW look.

Thank you for all your lovely comments,

Abi xxx

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WEARING

Blue Dress with Beaded Belt – TED BAKER

Green Khaki Coat – COAST

Green lace up heels – ZARA

Back in Black

Back in Black

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Hey guys! I am sorry for my absence but I have been in full throws of… wait for it….Fashion Week?…No…. something a bit more glamorous…yes, you guessed it…Law exams! So how have they gone? Well the first one I missed because I was very ill 😦 The second one that I had yesterday went really well! Hurray! and the third one I have in  a couple of days…

Although I couldn’t attend London Fashion Week because of my exams, I have some cool trips to see the Fashion Week’s of some more exotic places that I am in the throws of organizing…and after spending quite a few days indoors, nothing sounds better than some hot sun, crazy food, temple camera action and a crystal blue sea…oh and some fashion of course 😉 So I will be needing your help with a few travel arrangements and plans as soon as I am finished!

I haven’t had a lot of days off, but we did do a very fun interview with a really cool Blog which is based in Korea that showcases fashion bloggers and international fashion shows from around the world. They shot me wearing a similar look to the one that I am sharing with you today, so I guess this is a bit of a sneak peak preview 😉 I also got to go on a bit of a Valentine’s Day date with my girls at Bake A Boo in Hampstead, a really chic and quirky place for afternoon tea! I decided to wear an all black look, with a thick lamb’s wool coat, ripped jeans, wooly knit scarf and lace up heels, which I built around a really beautiful signature statement gold necklace from a stunning ethical Columbia based jewellery company based in London called Vanilo. The necklace is called Vanila and really sums up the beauty of their collection! Vanilo take an active role in supporting Colombian artisans and collaborate with female heads of families and filigree craftsmen. They support the preservation of traditional techniques whilst providing outlets for new design talents and creativity and as I love travel and cultural beauty, I am just in love with their philosophy!, which you can read here

Let me know what you think?

PS: Count-down until last exam now officially 3 days!!!!

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WEARING

 Vanila Necklace – VANILO

Vintage Wool and Faxu-Fur Coat

Black ripped jeans – PRIMARK

Green lace up heels – ZARA

Black Wool Scarf – H&M

Black Roll Neck – MASSIMO DUTTI

Vestidos de Fiesta

Black Hats and Voodoo Dolls

Black Hats and Voodoo Dolls

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The Sun has come out today here in London and I am actually contemplating taking off my second overcoat…#heatwave #quickgetthesuncreamout #isthiscalifornia ?? OK, maybe not quite California, but still Spring is definitely in the air and what with ending exams and some upcoming trips abroad that we have planned, I wanted to talk about one of my favorite winter fashion trends this year, the wide brimmed hats.

At first I couldn’t quite get my head around the large black brimmed hats that so many of Chelsea’s elite were wearing around town because they reminded me too much of Salem Witch Trial, Pilgrim father headpieces and although rocking something that dates back to the 1600s could most probably be the ultimate retro revival, the square tops and the floppy brims were just not doing it for me…

BUT out of the fire came the phoenix and as a result of their popularity, other types of large brimmed hats started appearing in the shops and those on the other hand I LOVE! A straighter edge, less flop, a more rounded top, different colours…so much choice and not a voodoo doll, pumpkin pie or black cat in sight 🙂 So here I am wearing my two favorite types of winter wide brim – A mauve version of the Pilgrim father hat and a black stiff brim round top black hat. Let me know what you think? Which ones are your favorite hats this season?

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WEARING

Outfit 1:

Mauve Brimmed Hat – TK MAX

White Cotton Top – BLANC DU NIL

Brown Flairs – LOIS

Silver Glitter Tattoos – GLITTER & GOLD

Green Knit Cardigan – BERSHKA

Outfit 2:

Black brimmed hat – PRIMARK

Mint Green Top – FINDER KEEPERS

Lace Dark Green Top – LABEL

Black Lond Cardigan – MISS SELFRIDGES

Ripped Jeans – PRIMARK

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#MGT Valentine’s Day Tips

#MGT Valentine’s Day Tips

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So Valentine’s Day and Friday the 13th are going hand in hand this year…coincidence? I don’t think so! Now in true horror story fashion, I will start off the awkward Valentine’s Day conversation by asking the question that all couples and singletons face each year  with dread- Do YOU have any nice plans for Valentine’s Day?*

*Wait for the screams/ tears/smug smile/ silence filled with utter desperation

And then after the confessions, excuses and overly detailed explanation of Gondola Rides and Afternoon Tea at the Ritz, that will make anyone in earshot super jealous, it is now my turn to answer the question.  I now must admit that I actually don’t have any Valentine’s Day plans… even though I do have a boyfriend, which come to think of it, could be the ultimate all time low. BUT, Do I have an excuse? Of course I do! Will you believe me? Probably not…

So tomorrow instead of going for a romantic meal, I am going for afternoon tea with the girlies and then I’ll be celebrating one of lovely friend’s Birthdays…it is coincidence that her party is held on Valentine’s Day and this pretty much leads me into the first of my Valentine’s Day Dos and Dont’s…

DON’T THROW A PARTY ON VALENTINES DAY!!!!

(unless it is a F*** Valentines Day party…when I guess it would make sense to throw the party on Valentine’s Day. If it isn’t a F*** Valentine’s Day party but is held ON Valentine’s Day, then it pretty much has the same effect, just saying Kinga lol :P)

DO MAKE AN EFFORT

Although there is no obligation on you to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the person you love by buying them a gift, doing something nice for someone, be they a friend, a spouse or a partner, is always lovely. So rather than seeing Valentine’s Day as another way of reminding you that you are single or simply a marketing scam that you can’t stop pointing out to your significant other, just embrace it as another day to show those special people around you just how special they are. If for you every day is one in which you do something nice for your partner, then it shouldn’t be a problem doing something nice on Valentine’ Day. It actually becomes quite fun looking for gifts with other people’s smiles in mind and planning surprises for loved ones, and trust me, all your effort will definitely not go unnoticed! 😉

DON’T GET A LOVE  TATTOO

A guy I once knew cheated on his girlfriend and when she found out, he decided to get a massive tattoo of her name across his stomach to show to her how much he loved her. Needless to say she wasn’t impressed and the last I heard of it he was in his 2nd tattoo laser removal session… So this tip isn’t just for Valentine’s Day but really it is for life in general: you could fall out of love with your Valentine through no fault of your own and end up having the name of your ex- on your arm. Also such a huge commitment could really creep the other person out…So if you are thinking about getting a V Day tattoo, I would recommend getting a “Love” removal non-permanent glitter tattoo instead like the ones I am wearing, that way you can convey your message across and look great without any of the bad consequences!

DON’T BUY A PRACTICAL GIFT:

You don’t have to spend the big bucks to show someone that you love them, but if you are intending on buying a gift, especially if your buying for a women, as general advice, stay clear of practical gifts because they tend to be totally un-sexy and un-romantic. It is no secret that most women love flowers, jewellery, chocolates, romantic getaway and dinners and it probably isn’t a coincidence that those things are all things which they wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves or which wouldn’t be any fun doing on their own. So with this in mind, I can’t say I was particularly pleased when my boyfriend told me that he was going to buy me a camera flash for Valentine’s Day because even though it was something that I actually could of really done with, there is something special about receiving a gift which you like but which you would never have bought for yourself.

DO ROMANTIC COMEDIES & TEAR JERKERS

A great thing to do, which doesn’t cost a lot of money, is to stay home and watch a soppy romantic comedy. Rather than scrolling through vomit inducing Facebook status updates and photo posts or crying yourself to sleep, why not watch Bridge Jones Diary, Pretty Woman,  Notting Hill, Mama Mia, The Proposal, Hitch, The Holiday, How to Loose a Guy in 10 Days, 27 Dresses, Maid in Manhattan? Sounds better, right?! Want to let the tears out, then how about The Great Gatsby, Titanic, Out of Africa, The Notebook, Moulin Rouge or Marley & Me. Fancy something a bit steamy for your and your boyfriend? I hear 50 Shades of Grey is in the cinema…or else opt for the equally bad but sexy Friends with Benefits.

DON’T GET YOUR HOPES UP

Valentine’s Day is after all just another day. It’s nice to hope that you partner will do something nice for the both of you to enjoy a romantic moment together but don’t expect too much – there is nothing worse than tossing gifts aside or not appreciating effort, after all the day isn’t just about you, it is also about the the other person.

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Can’t decided on flowers or chocolates? Just go for both with Red Geranium Chocolate Bouquet a stunning and brightly colored tissue of paper rose bouquet studded with 26 Ferrero Rocher & 12 milk chocolates. Buy or make your own Cupcake Bouquet or a bouquet of white stem milk chocolate roses from rose di Cioccolato. Show your loved one you care not with a real tattoo but with “Love Gold Glitter Tatts from Glitter & Gold Tatts or if you are looking for some stunning jewellery then makes sure you check out the ethical Vanila necklace from Vanilo, which is simply stunning and perfect for a romantic night out or in! Looking for “after dinner plans?” then look no further than luxurious Zumrunduanka lingerie. For fashion must haves for her, Valentino rockstuds and Fluffy accessories, like the Bon-Bon fluffy clutch or scarves from Charlotte Simone.

PRESENT IDEAS – HIM

Leather travel bags such as this one from Aspinal of London (or cheaper version) are great statement pieces that will make any man feel like he is James Bond/ Indiana Jones on a mission. If you are looking for the male equivalent to chocolate then look no further than some malt whiskey such as The Balvenie Double Wood 12 Year Old. Sunglasses such as Ray-Ban Aviators or perhaps the Clubmaster Classic more hipster option is a great way to say I love a man who looks cool. Looking for something fun but inexpensive then how about toilet golf or else a M&S romantic meal at home/ Chinese take-away which he, for once, gets to choose.

So to all of you my lovelies,

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

Love, Abi xxx

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WEARING

Glitter Gold Tatts – GLITTER & GOLD

Lace Dress – AX PARIS

Gold Stack Rings – PRIMARKModaybesosbanner1

Fashion Misappropriation

Fashion Misappropriation

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Hello lovelies, I hope that you have had a great start to your week? These last few days I have been working away and studying for my law exams. So to try to maximize my time and improve my concentration I have been trying to stay at home, in my room, focusing on the task at hand! So apart from the work and dreaming about my next holiday destination, I have been spending a couple of days lounging round drinking coffee and sitting in my PJs and it’s quite unbelievable how quickly I have gotten used to “slouching”.

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So when my friends asked me to meet them in town, the thought of leaving my snuggly PJs behind and squeezing into some stone cold jeans just seemed too much to bear (plus I was a bit late)…so I committed the ultimate Fashion sin and wore something in a way which it wasn’t intended to be used…I decided to go into central in my Tartan PJs. I guess the secret of my “Free the Pajama” look was making sure no one doubted for a second that they were not proper trousers. So I decided to wear them with black heels, a blue denim shirt and a jacket to really make the trousers more formal. The bold tartan pattern and colors really gave my outfit an original twist and it was great being able to find some original trousers that my friends hadn’t seen before from the bottom of my draw.

Let me know what you think and also if you have ever worn your pajamas out of the house/to work/to see friends! If not pajamas, then have you ever fashion misappropriated another household item,  say like a blanket or a curtain? ❤ Abi xxx

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WEARING

Tartan Trousers – PRIMARK

Couture Jacket – CHRISTIAN LACROIX

Black Heels – MISS SELFRIDGE

Vintage Denim Jacket