The Fly Girl Guide to London & Paris

 

I’m fresh off the plane from my super lit trip to London and Paris! I was a media partner for Africa Fashion Week London where I saw some great emerging designers coming from the African diaspora. Peep my recap of Africa Fashion Week London here.

I came back home refocused and inspired. It was a fabulous trip. I shared the tea behind my trip on my latest podcast and here, I wanted to give you  another look at how I leveled up. 

I've realized I need to get my money up because although my plane ticket was cheap, I am not about this long layover time or long flight time. I flew from Dulles International Airport to Istanbul, Turkey which was a ten-hour flight. I then flew from Istanbul to London which was another four hours. Dis Tew Much.

 

Flight Essentials.


A sleep mask is essential. I can no longer sleep without one. Here’s my fave.

Lather’s Clear Head Balancing Balm is a game changer. It’s seriously my new favorite beauty ting. It’s an aromatherapy balm made with lavender, peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils. Throughout my flight and even after my travels, I dab a little to my temple and my back of neck or anywhere I feel tension. I then breathe deeply to promote a sense of balance and well being. Game changer.


The Girl on the Train - If you’re a fan of Gone Girl, then you need to add The Girl on the Train. I was definitely engrossed in this story. You cannot trust a drunk. That’s all I’mma say.

 

So I’m on the plane forever (shoutout to Turkish Airlines for having decent food) and I wasn’t trying to be all dolled up but bare faced to me means no foundation but lipstick. I love NXY’s Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick. It goes go creamy and then dries to a matte without being drying and it lasts! Oh, Put It On is my shade. Hello fall signature lippie. #thankmenow

 

What I Was Listening to. 

Luckily, Fabolous’ Summertime Shootout 2 dropped which provided my tunes for most of the trip.

I also had Jeremih’s Late Night:Europe on rotation.

 

Where I Shopped.

Oxford Street was my jam. If you’re in London, hit up Oxford to shop River Island, New Look and Miss Selfridge IRL. And the biggest Lush is on Oxford. I could have spent way more time on this strip.

I keep talking about this dope coat I found at a flea market in Paris.  A few blocks from the Notre-Dame de Paris, on Sundays, there is a flea market that happens. Laced with french books, vintage teapots, used shoes and clothing. And because, I know how to shop, I spotted this long dark green, Austrian wool coat for 7 euro. It is everything.  

Where I ate.  

I live for charcuterie and cheese. Before heading to a tour of the Eiffel Tower, I grabbed a quick bite at Le Garde Robe. It's a classic Paris wine bar with a great selection of charcuterie. 

 I had dinner at Le George V Alama.   I ordered more charcuterie! SMH.  Along with a veggie trio (salad, roasted veggies and gazpacho) and a bomb creme brulee.

Fly Girl Travel Tips.

  • Purchase a SIM card before your travels. Don't try to keep your phone in airplane mode or solely rely on Wi-Fi. Find a European carrier on Amazon and make sure your phone is unlocked before you travel.  Having access to emails, family and friends is much easier and cost-efficient when you use a local phone plan.  #thankmenow
  • Buy an European socket adapter before your travels. I'm trying to set you for success! Your plane and or the airport may not have an American socket.  
  • Inform your bank about your travels and talk to them about the fees that are associated with international spending. 

 

The London Eye

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Notre-Dame de Paris

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Notre-Dame de Paris

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Notre-Dame de Paris

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Notre-Dame de Paris

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Notre-Dame de Paris

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Tip-toeing in the Notre-Dame de Paris 

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Notre-Dame de Paris

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The Louvre

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View from the Eiffel Tower 

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Eiffel Tower

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Eiffel Tower

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Eiffel Tower

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In front of the Louvre

The Fly Girl Guide to Africa Fashion Week London

"I mean what else are we gonna do but level up?" - Fabolous

I am writing to you from my hotel room in London where I am covering Africa Fashion Week London. I'm too hype. I literally just leveled up. My life, my mindset, and my happiness are just on a new level. Welcome, to The Fly Girl Guide: The Level Up.

Why did I travel to London to cover Africa Fashion Week London? Because I want to see what's good with fashion from the African Diaspora. I'm so over New York Fashion Week. I don't care what Kendall or Gigi is wearing. The coverage of NYFW is so saturated and unoriginal. What's good with the other models like, Maria Borges, Grace Mahary, Leomie Anderson, and Diandra Forrest? And I will never forget when Who What Wear snapped the worst snapchat story talking about, "look at the Black model and she closed the show." I wrote about that horrible white privilege fiasco here

I'm just over it. I want to know what real dope fashionistas are wearing and what inspires them. It seems to be a gap within the African fashion market. African style can influence but it doesn't cross over.  Currently, you can find dashiki shirts in most stores, I saw them in Rainbow for $14.99 USD but they aren't authentic and African styles don't seem to have a place in the Ready To Wear sector. There must be a way to bridge the gap. 

From yesterday's show, I saw designs that one could wear for work, special occasions and chilling.  Stranger Things and chill in Emporium Line's sweat suits with Ankara print. Laura Jane served neoprene peplum skirts and capes along with men's bomber jackets and sweatshirts in neoprene fabric. McStell Fashion Gallery for Daviva showcased a stunning printed co-coordinated halter top with wide-legged pants. Nipo Skin for Daviva presented a menswear line that included everything for every man. With precise cuts and the use of leather and cords, the line is well tailored. 

Nnooll was my favorite line. It's a brand I can truly see crossover. The line was playful, yet sophisticated. Each garment is ethically handmade in The Gambia.  

African fashion is on the come up. There's more to African fashion than a dashiki shirt made popular by Dime Piece clothing brand and Rihanna. I'm seeing a direct need to bridge the gap. I look forward to today's shows before I head to Paris!

 

Emporium Line. Taking Netflix and chill to the next level.  

Emporium Line. Taking Netflix and chill to the next level.  

McStell Fashion Gallery for Daviva

McStell Fashion Gallery for Daviva

Laura Jane

Laura Jane

Laura Jane

Laura Jane

Laura Jane

Laura Jane

Nnooll

Nnooll

Nnooll

Nnooll

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