The 777 Tour with Rihanna: Toronto

The 777 Tour with Rihanna: Toronto

The second leg of the 777 Tour was Toronto and baggage claim at the airport was a fun way to start the day, Rihanna showed up and took pics with fans and hung out for a little bit. At this point it’s hard to believe we’re only on the second day as it feels like forever but there isn’t a boring moment in sight, everyone is super sociable ready to get the next gig rolling.

We headed to our hotel to freshen up before getting some food with the rest of the crew. We went to a great little place called The Globe for dinner, the  food was so good I literally ate it so fast that taking a picture didn’t cross my mind! After dinner we headed to The Music Hall and took our seats for the show. Her fans in Toronto are insane and were out in full force. Rihanna wore another laid back look for the gig she wore baggy pants (very Margiela) and a crop top.

It feels as though Toronto was a quick trip as we still haven’t spent the night in any of the cities yet but all will change when we head to Stockholm! When we boarded our flight around 2am Canada time, I was expecting everyone to be pretty run down but in actual fact the plane party was in full swing again with Tequila shots being passed around and super yummy food thanks to the amazing Delta hosties. The flight to Stockholm was around eight hours so I decided to get a little sleep and before I knew it we had arrived in Sweden in time for the sunset. Until next time! Stay tuned on Instagram and Twitter for live updates.

My Access All Areas pass which is kept close by at all times! 

Natalie and I looking particularly tired but happy, 

All images taken by Reem on a Fujifilm X10 and belong to Five Five Fabulous.

The 777 Tour with Rihanna: Mexico City

The 777 Tour with Rihanna: Mexico City

If you’re all following me on Twitter and Instagram, you’ll know that I’m currently on the 777 tour with Rihanna. This is probably the most exciting trips think I will ever experience. I’ve been updating you all periodically through social media (thank you for being so patient by the way, WiFi is hard to come by when you’re so frequently travelling) and I will be doing my best to give you a day by day experience of each leg of this incredible machine of a tour on the blog.

Day one for me started with leaving London and flying to LA to meet up with the Universal and Roc Nation team and jump on board the boeing 777 jet. The flight was delayed so in the end took about 13 hours and by the time we arrived at The Standard Hotel in West Hollywood there was only enough time for a bite to eat and then it was time for bed.

The next day I got up bright and early and met up with newly made friend and tour colleague Mark Ellen (who is covering the tour for Elle) and went for a little walk down Sunset, I was so excited to see a bit of LA before having to leave and Mark gave me a brief history of The House of Blues before we grabbed a coffee at Mel’s Drive In which was so authentic I fell in love!

LA at sunrise

The infamous House of Blues

Mels Drive In

After meeting up with the rest of the team which consists of Arieta and Lauren from River Island and Natalie Hartley from In Style as well as Mark from Elle, we grabbed some breakfast and hopped in a cab making our way to the private airport at LAX to embark on this inevitably crazy journey.

The 777 Tour schedule

Wearing Brat & Suzie tee, Warehouse Jacket, Zara skirt and Ash shoes. 

Five Five Fabulous x River Island – Rihanna 77 Tour Day 1 from FiveFiveFabulous.com on Vimeo.

When we boarded the flight everyone was in good spirits, we were met with 777 tour goody bags on our seats and mingled with everyone else on board before the lady herself jumped aboard and personally greeted everyone. Rihanna looks incredible in person, and she was so sweet and enthusiastic, wearing all back and a back pack she poured Ace of Spades champagne for everyone and made announcements over the tannoy welcoming us all to the tour of a lifetime! I have fallen in love with her Bajan accent and she makes cussing sounds so very cool!

On the fight to Mexico the plane was like one big party, everyone was up drinking, eating, having fun and getting to know each other. It was by far the most enjoyable plane ride ever and made for a great distraction to my fear of flying.

Arieta and Natalie with Ri Ri

Upon landing at Mexico City we headed (and endured ridiculous traffic) to the Plaza Condesa, where DJ Congo Rock (who is supporting Rihanna throughout the tour) was playing his set getting the whole place moving. I didn’t know what to expect when Rihanna came on stage as I’ve never seen her live but she was amazing. So energetic, ridiculously cool and an effortless performer. She wore boxer shorts, a bralet and oversized jersey. After apologising for being a little late, she kicked off the set with ‘Cockiness’ (instantly making me want to learn some dancehall moves after watching her on stage) and gradually made her way to the closing song ‘We Found Love’. Her fans went crazy and I’ve never seen a crowd so transfixed by someone before.

After Mexico City was done we were back in transit and made our way to the airport to jump back on board the jet and head on an overnight trip to Toronto, Canada. At this point I have had 5 hours sleep in about 62 hours and had travelled to three different cities. I’ll be filling you in on everything from Toronto tomorrow (or whenever I next get WiFi) as right now I’m currently in the hotel lobby waiting for the van to take us to her gig.

Make sure you stay up to date on Twitter and Instagram and don’t forget to enter the River Island competition to win tickets to the London leg of her tour!

[All images taken by Reem on a Fujifilm X10 and belong to Five Five Fabulous.]

Working with Innocent for The Big Knit

Working with Innocent for The Big Knit

When I got an email a couple of months ago about taking part in innocent’s ‘The Big Knit’ campaign, I could not resist. For the past nine years, innocent has been keeping the elderly warm and has raised over a million pounds for Age UK by placing little wooly hats on their innocent smoothies. Celebrities and designers alike are asked to design their own beanie hats to be placed on smoothie bottles up and down the country. It’s such a great initiative with each be-hatted bottle sold donating 25p to the charity.

For the Five Five Fabulous beanie hat, we called in the help of one of our favourite designers from Ego by Design, JC Adams to illustrate our ideas. We obviously kept our branding intact with the pink, white and grey colours but we also wanted a festive feel so added a cute snowflake on the front of the hat. I don’t know about you but I love anything mini so I’m just in love with my beanie and mini-me beanie, and it looks adorable propped on top of my favourite flavour smoothie, pomegranates, blueberries and acai.

Support the cause by buying the innocent smoothies with the wooly hats in Sainsbury’s stores across the land!

Me and my smoothie in our matching beanies. Reem Kanj for Innocent Smoothie

Innocent wearing the Five Five Five beanieFive Five Fabulous Innocent Smoothie

Innocent Smoothie The Big Knit

It’s so mini! Five Five Fabulous for Innocent Smoothie The Big Knit