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I’m always on the hunt of outfits I can create with different pieces of clothes I can find in my wardrobe. It’s really rare when I do a big shop of items because luckily enough, I do own a considerable amount of clothes. However, this doesn’t mean I don’t love shopping and getting new stuff in (we all do to be fair), but I’ve managed to find my balance. With that being said, today I’m going to create my own co-ord while exploring the beautiful streets of Bodreaux. Come join me in the most French town, outside Paris.

The first thing to consider when creating your co-ord is the fabric of the two pieces. Are they the same type? If they’re not, do they look amazing together? It’s really important that they create a stunning unit. Otherwise, your outfit will not look like a co-ord. Other than that, as a general ‘rule’ co-ords do have a specific detail – either on the sleeves or the pants, like shown in the pictures below.

For my outfit, I have chosen this a Zara blouse/jacket and a pair of black Calvin Klein  trousers made out of a less tick fabric and they blend with the top really well. Your next goal now is to look out for clothes that have some nice details – in my case, we have the beautiful embroidery on the top.

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These are the two simple ‘rules’ you need to follow when creating your own co-ord: matching fabrics and ensure you have some stunning details going on. This outfit is perfect for your city breaks this Spring. I’ve visited Bordeaux while wearing this outfit: it was so easy to walk around the city in it, but also my Instagram pictures turned out amazing! Make sure you follow me at @notagirlygal for updates on outfits, women empowerment posts & real life Insta stories (my absolute faves).

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My Top Three Things to Do in Bordeaux

Have your morning coffee and dessert at Boulangerie Hotel de Ville. 

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The Capuccino is spot on and the cakes are absolutely delicious! The decor inside is really traditional and it took me back to old France. You’ll love it there.

Visit Marche de Capucins (Food Market) and eat a Sea Food ‘Boat’

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This is a boat for one person – it includes oysters, shells, homar & shrimps. I loved this meal so much, I’m sure I’ll remember the experience I had while visiting the market. The place was clean and everything was beautifully decorated.

Take the train 50 min and visit Arcachon 

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Visit Arcachon, the Ocean resort next to Bordeaux. I went on a boat trip and it was so much fun (I should have brought a jacket because I caught a cold afterwards, but the views were worth it haha). Watch the sunset to end the day in the most beautiful way.

Where are you travelling to this summer and will you wear co-ords? 🙂

Lots of love,

NotAGirlyGal

 

 

 

As I was mentioning in my 2019 Peachy Spring Make-up, this Spring I’m not so into pastels. It feels too 2018 for me; you might not feel the same way and it’s really okay. I mean, we all wear whatever makes us feel awesome, but today I really want to show you ONE amazing trend that I absolutely love: MILITARY inspired clothing. Keep on reading and turn the runway into your own outfits! BE aware: this is not your usual Spring outfit.

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Alberta Ferretti, Fendi, Givenchy

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We can see beautiful textures, worn in different combinations for this Spring. Fashion Houses such as Alberta Ferretti, Fendi and Givenchy released their military inspired collections and all I have to say is that I’m deeply in love with the concept. That’s a proper Not A Girly staple: bold & fearless. Let’s break down this trend and adapt it to our own everyday looks, shall we? 💥

Add different textures to your outfit

One 2019 Spring Trend You Have to Try Now! NotAGirlyGal

I realised this quite recently actually, but adding different textures can take your outfits to the next level. In the military case, you’re looking for a dress or a co-ord that can be accessorised easily. By that I mean wear a belt or jacket on top that’s made out of a different fabric.

I chose a khaki safari dress (find similar here or here) that looks amazing on tanned olive skin. There are loads of options online, you can even type ‘utility dress’ and browse from different pieces. It’s definitely a must have for Spring-Summer!

 

One 2019 Spring Trend You Have to Try Now! NotAGirlyGal

Make your outfit RUNWAY READY

It’s time to make your outfit look a lot more stylish and turn it into a wearable runway outfit. The easiest way you can do that is to put a cool jacket on top of your dress! I browsed the online stores and found this jacket with pockets for you – it doesn’t have those crazy colours on the back as mine, but I’m sure it will look amazing regardless.

One 2019 Spring Trend You Have to Try Now! NotAGirlyGal

Last details

Add your last details to make your look pop! I’m in LOVE with stylish & high quality sunglasses – the type that makes your look really chic. This Weekend MVTM pair looks gorgeous in the Khaki combination, especially because their reflection turns dark green at times. Wear a watch that is neat and can easily compliment your outfit as you have a lot going on already. This unique design of the Jaded Rose MVTM watch is simply beautiful and it’s made it in my watch top already! This brand is so popular on Instagram and it’s gaining so much momentum because their products have such a good quality! Use the code NOTAGIRLYGAL15 for 15% off when you shop on the MVTM website.

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Embrace this trend and have a wonderful Spring, everyone ✨  Tag me on Instagram @notagirlygal while wearing this outfit – I would loveee to see you!

Check out my post on what to wear at work to feel more ready to be in control!

Photos by the wonderful Nuno Costa, London photographer.

Lots of love,

NotAGirlyGal

 

Hello girls,

You’re probably getting ready now for your next show or presentation, but before you head to the fancy venue, take a few moments to consider your brand objectives of the day. What do you want to achieve on the day that will help your personal brand grow? Watching the latest shows and getting inspiration from designers is always a great goal to have, but what about your brand goals? If you’re a pretty fresh blogger, you really want to get your name out there and make yourself known. If you’ve been blogging for a while, you want to strengthen your relationships with the organisers, PR agencies and people who invited you to the shows. There should be blogging goals for each of you, regardless of blogging expertise.

This is my first time attending London Fashion Week and I have to say, it’s an experience that you have to grab and make the most out of. You’ll meet all sort of people, from snobs that don’t reply to your hello, to the nicest bloggers who are really happy to share with you their blogging tips (you just have to ask). Don’t take any weird behaviour personally! This is how some people are but you just have to do your thing. In my first day, while doing the Claire Tagg show, I noticed that people in the room didn’t really talk to each other. I really wanted to meet new people and discuss about the collection, our newest blog posts and exchange business cards.  I didn’t sit there to wait for someone to approach me, I just went out there and introduced myself to people in the room. I talked about my blog’s purpose (which is to empower women to be bolder and wear more accessories) and I met an amazing designer from Lonseluet who offered me the opportunity to wear her label just in the next day! Went to her beautiful studio in London and we had the best time during the fitting. We talked about women empowerment and emerging brands that are here to support them, and Lonseluet is surely one of them. They’re launching the new collection called ‘Note to self’ and it will be amazing, created to make women love themselves, so keep an eye on their website.

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Here’s what you should do to kick start your collaborations:

Introduce yourself in a genuine way 

What I’ve noticed works best is to approach the person with a nice hello and quick introduction. Just say your name and that you’re a fashion blogger. Ask them to talk about themselves, what is it that they do? Why do they do it? Why are they passionate about it? The more you know about them, the better will be for breaking the ice.

Have your elevator pitch ready

When it’s your turn to talk about yourself, have your elevator pitch ready. An elevator pitch is a 30 second summary of your brand purpose. I said purpose here, because it’s important you state it while pitching. We all love fashion, but why do you blog? What do you want to achieve with your blog? Make it super interesting, so everyone will be curious to find out more. The pitch should represent you, so polish it until you’re happy with the result.

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 Make a connection with the person

The conversation will flow really nice after that, I guarantee you! Let yourself go with it, try to lead but in a way that the person feels really comfortable while talking to you. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind and discuss about different trends, previous shows you attended, some designers and brands you admire. I got asked quite a lot about my favourite designer and my opinion on trends. Thinking you already have an opinion on the above, just say the truth, but don’t be negative when critiquing some things. You don’t want the brand to think that they’re the next on your black list.

 Exchange business cards with brands 

Now, after you’ve had that great conversation, just after you say goodbye, it’s time to exchange business cards. Don’t be that person who hands in the business card in the first second. People will perceive you as a ‘gold digger’. And we all know that this is not the case! When designing your business card, make sure that yours will stand out 🙂

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 Be positive and don’t leave the room without talking to at least 5 people 

Network, network, network! Rock that room and approach people like you’ve known them for ages. Be polite and genuinely happy about meeting them all. After all, you’re there for having a great time and get to know interesting people. I feel like talking to at least 5 people will give you enough reason to be there and feel good about the event. When leaving one group of people or one person, just excuse yourself nicely, don’t leave without saying goodbye even though you’re not leaving for good.

  Be confident but don’t be arrogant

It’s so easy to start being arrogant, now that you’re sitting front row (I did that from my second day too) and that you’ve made it to Fashion Week. Be yourself, stay humble because sitting front row doesn’t make you any better than another person who is standing. Don’t take these benefits for granted.

Follow up brands with an e-mail 

If the conversation moved towards a potential collaboration, follow up with an e-mail saying that it was nice meeting the brand and that you have ideas on how to collaborate together. Don’t explain your ideas and don’t send prices now. You’ll lose the person if you try to close the deal from the first e-mail. This is a conversation to have afterwards.

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 Make sure you get papped during LFW!

Super important during LFW for your personal brand, and for future collaborations! You want to stand out and show on the street style section online. Getting snapped during Fashion Week will happen if you’re impeccably dressed or extravagant. I got papped while wearing Lonseluet, on Day 2 and it felt incredible! I couldn’t believe that at the first time I was attending the LFW, I got papped, but believing in yourself is really important when getting ready for these events.

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Thank you very much Pop PR for the invitation to the events, Lonseluet for the amazing outfit and Biblos Glasgow for the gorgeous earrings.

I really hope that my experience with brand collaborations during Fashion Week showed you a different way of approaching brands. Think of me when you’ll rock that room, making the most of your time at the Fashion Week and planning your amazing brand collaborations!

Love,

MISSANDRADA