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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

DJ Queens and girl squad dreams

It's been a very busy and hot hot hot few weeks in Bristol.

I got to guest DJ alongside a group of amazing females at the Frau DJs Unofficial Pride Party this weekend, Bristol was buzzing from Pride and everyone was covered in glitter and rainbows.

DJing at the Fraud DJ's Unofficial Pride party at Hy-Brasil in Bristol

I had the best time playing my set and felt really empowered DJing with lots of women who are so encouraging and supportive. Don't get me wrong I love DJing with my own DJ collective Bang too (consisting of my husband Phil and my brother Mike). I am very comfortable with them for obvious reasons, plus we've been DJing together for years. It's just a different dynamic with girls, like a girl gang or a squad, it's empowering!

The amaze Frau DJs Zoe and Katie



Everyone celebrates Pride now, it's like everyone wearing glitter at festivals, it's just what we do. It is really great that Pride is so inclusive, supported and loved but will it get so popular that the point is being missed? Primark are even selling Pride t-shirts, has Pride gone mainstream? Oh no that's just the corporate fat cats cashing in again!

I guess it's not for me to say as I am neither LGBTQ+ but as a feminist I believe in equality for everyone and I love rainbows. Oh fuck it! Let's all just celebrate Pride and not worry about it.

No Debutante's rainbow fueled Pride outfit


Another thing we do well here in Bristol is celebrate carnival, St Paul's Carnival to be precise, it's all bright colours, big outfits, even bigger sound-systems and of course rum. This year we celebrated it's 50th year as Bristol's Afro-Caribbean carnival!

Pre-party drinks in the sunshine in rainbow stripes, florals and leopard prints

Rum Cocks!

Carnival was the week before Pride and my two of my besties from my own girl squad 'The Rach(a)el's' where in town. Sadly, we had made other plans and only got a brief carnival tour this year, I managed to fill them up with rum and we then moved onwards for a great Bristol pub crawl.  The streets were rammed, England had just got into the semi finals of the World Cup (which is where we stayed unfortunately) and Bristol was buzzing! It got messy.....it always does.

The Rum Ba-Ba's girl squad

Caught by the fuzz at St Paul's Carnival in Bristol


Next weekend we celebrate the Harbour Festival and my band the Mono Dots will be playing on the Grain Barge boat on Saturday 21 July from 9.30pm. Come check us out if you are in the area. We kick ass! I look forward to a third weekend of partying! What you lot been up to?





All photography by No Debutante 


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ND xx

Friday, 6 July 2018

hello DODO crop top challenge

I was super stoked to have been chosen by the cute as kittens, hello DODO designers to rep their fun label. The challenge was to style up one of their cute printed crop tops No Debutante stylee in three different ways.

The hello DODO team of playful printmakers and designers are Jam and Ali from Worthing near Brighton. This creative duo are also married (how cute is this?) and with a mutual love of fun (and self-proclaimed silly) bold graphics, create bright and fun artwork to make people smile. Their products range from cards, pins, patches and of course t-shirts and come in a mix of bright colours and super cute prints (mainly cute animals) with a cheeky little message on each design.

I had no idea which print or colour I was going to get so it was a fun surprise when I landed their Keep on Raven design on a crisp white crop top.

The crop top is a perfect boxy fit and the length is just right too, showing off just enough flesh and is very flattering. It's also a great cut, which is a real important factor for me.  I wear my waists high so this tee pairs nicely with the shorts and trousers, that seem to be my current fashion faves at the mo. 

hello DODO are all about colour and fun so they were already right up my fashion street, so challenge accepted and here is what happened.....





Outfit 1 - Casual Cute

hello DODO crop top worn with abstract shapes print culottes from The White Pepper, white Adidas sports socks, Reebok Classics and earrings by Tezla Designs.





Outfit 2 - Culture Vulture

 hello DODO crop tee worn with Adidas joggers, double scarf head wrap-vintage, perspex & pom-pom earrings by Mango Tango Jewellery, socks as before and Adidas sliders. 




Outfit 3 - Street stylin'

hello DODO crop tee worn with shorts by Tail End X OTR, earrings, socks and sliders as before.






Outfit 4 - Polka-dots & Pink Jellies

hello DODO crop tee worn with polka-dot trousers by Monki, socks as before worn rolled down, pink jelly shoes by Sun Jellies, female symbol earrings by Zedhead Headwear.






Outfit 5 - Sheer Sports

hello DODO crop tee worn with sheer slip dress from Urban Outfitters, joggers,socks, sliders and earrings as before.





Outfit 6 - Summertime vibes

hello DODO crop tee worn with vintage Levis cut offs and sunnies from The White Pepper.




Well, that was fun! Let me know your favourite look!

Thanks so much to hello DODO for choosing me for their styling challenge! There will deffo be more where this comes from featuring the hello DODO t-shirt so watch this space! 

If you want to get your hands on some hello DODO cuteness get yourselves over to the hello DODO Etsy shop
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All photography by No Debutante 


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No Debutante promotes fashion independents, new designers & sustainable fashion. 

Check out my work with Bristol 24/7 magazine under my name 
Emma Gorton-Ellicott

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ND xx


Monday, 18 June 2018

Loves Saves The Day again!

As the festival season is in full flow, I would like to share the No Debutante moments from my fave festival,  Love Saves The Day in Bristol! 

There are many fantastic moments from this weekend back in May, from meeting so many festival fashionistas as I roamed around, looking for the best dressed and latest festival fashion trends for Bristol 24/7 Magazine. My LSTD partner in crime & bestie Rachael joined me, workin her head wrap, Gangster Wraps earrings, Tatty Devine tiger necklace, Monki shirt dress and sparkly leopard print leggings with me in my amaze new monochrome Manners jumpsuit, purchased at the That Thing festival fashion launch party, worn with monochrome Tezla earrings and a Butchi and GosMos bumbag! Yeeessss! 

Getting ready to go to Love Saves The Day at my house with my oldest friend Rachael

We loved hanging out with one of my oldest buddies Chris who was working backstage at LSTD.

SEQUINS SEQUINS SEQUINS at Kuccia as part of The Fashpack crew



We hung out with The Fashpack team who supply a fashion fest of glitter and sparkles from their treasure tent, as the place to go get your obligatory (and sustainable) glitter face paint did and all your fashion fixes from sequined kimonos and bodysuits from Kuccia, heart or daisy shaped sunnies and vintage gems from That Thing, feathered headdresses from Zedhead Headwear, jumpsuits and co-ords made from saris from Dulcie's Feathers and festival fashion galore!

Joh Rindom from The Fashpack doing my festival face paint 

Wearing daisy sunnies from That Thing at The Fashpack tent

The Fashpack fashionistas inc Dulcie's Feathers, Zedhead Headwear & DJ Steven Stone working the room (tent)

The only photo of my Saturday LSTD outfit taken by Rachael! 


The weather was scorchio after mad rain and thunder storms at the beginning of both days, which saw people cutting down their welly boots and stripped down to barely there outfits, it couldn't have been any better and the sunshine just added to the whole fun-filled vibe!

Kuccia Mama outside the Fashpack tent


Wearing florals and black  - Frau DJ Katie Dane in a Lazy Oaf dress & Joh Rindom from That Thing & The Fashpack

A few members of SisterWorks were representing female DJs over the weekend including Frau DJs, who I shall be collaborating with as a Bang DJ at this years Pride (more on this very soon) and Dutty Girl DJs DissMiss and SafeSoul who were killing it at the Cocktails and Dreams stage on the Sunday.

DJ DissMiss from Dutty Girl playing her set on the Cocktails & Dreams stage

SafeSoul from Dutty Girl

I arrived at the festival solo on the Sunday wearing a crop top and my Duvet Days striped trousers and silver Reebok trainers. I dropped in on the Dutty Girl set and found myself taking photos of their crowd of dancers and handing out SisterWorks stickers to everyone - SisterWorks is a Bristol based female empowerment collective that I am part of, for those who didn't know -  It was great to see lots of young men wearing our stickers, not for the eye candy you understand (LOLs) I'm not sure they completely got it but to have them promote SisterWorks whilst dancing to female DJs was empowering! Yeah, yeah, it is equality that we are looking for and it shouldn't matter whether the DJs were women or not but one step at a time, right?

Young men representing - wearing SisterWorks stickers

Loved these girls style twinning in fur hats, matching skirts and lace tights on such a boiling hot day! 

Rainbow Bright - No Debutante's best dressed award! 

The icing on the cake was bumping into Loyle Carner before he went on to perform! I was completely starstruck, I really like his music and love the style and tone of his vocals and yeah, he is  (too young for you.....Loyle Carner reference from Damnselfly) so sweet. I am sure that myself and fellow fashionista/mum, Zoe (from Zedhead Headwear) terrified poor Loyle Carner and Sampha (yes, two musicians in one swoop) as they finished their lunch, but Zoe insisted on meeting her music hero Sampha and I was not gonna stop her for a chance to meet Loyle!



Celebrity stalkin' No Debutante meets Loyle Carner


I managed to get myself right at the front of the Loyle Carner performance with my lovely new Lumix camera and got some great shots, considering I wasn't aloud over the barrier to take photos with the official photographers. Who needs access all areas eh?






There were so many moments and I had the best time at this brilliant Bristol festival, just 20 minutes walk from my house! If you would like to know more about the festival fashionistas, check out my article for Bristol 24/7 Love Saves The Day Festival Fashion special  


See you next year Love Saves The Day! Thanks for having me! 




All photography by No Debutante 


If you are having a fashion event, a new collection or fun event you would like No Debutante to promote please get in touch!

No Debutante promotes fashion independents, new designers & sustainable fashion. 

Check out my work with Bristol 24/7 magazine under my name 
Emma Gorton-Ellicott

If you are interested in collaborating with No Debutante or getting featured on the No Debutante blog please contact me nodebutanteblog@gmail.com

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Thanks for checking in Fashionistas
ND xx



Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Upcycling old t shirts fashion vlog (no sewing needed)

Hey Fashionistas!

Sorry for the lack of posts of late, I have been spending much deserved time with my lil' family on a camping trip and attending my fave Bristol festival Love Saves The Day (watch this space for more on all that very soon). 

I filmed this vlog the same day as I wrote my last blog post Stripe it up and have seriously only just found the time to edit the vid. 

Did you know No Debutante aka Emma Gorton-Ellicott has a YouTube channel

It's been a VERY slow burner but what's the rush? I'm just sharing content when I can and I hope you enjoy my  lil' vids. 

This fashion tutorial takes a quick look at how to style up and upcycle old t-shirts No Debutante style,  I was inspired to do this vid after seeing those upcycled t-shirts at Urban Outfitters (featured in the last blog post) and just wanted to let you lot know that you can recreate those t-shirts for free! 

To link up with the last blog post, I have focused on retro striped t-shirts this time but it's all about the creativity and sustainability at the end of the day. Watch the vid and give it a go!







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No Debutante promotes fashion independents, new designers & sustainable fashion. 

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Emma Gorton-Ellicott

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ND xx

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Stripe it up

There is no doubt that this seasons favourite print is polka-dots but coming up close behind all the dotty fun are the stripes. Candy colours, rainbow stripes, glam stripes and monochromes are all big this season.

The super-sassy stripes are appearing on everything from jackets, sportswear, t-shirts, jumpsuits and co-ords. New shapes for this years stripes include tapered or flared trousers and maxi shirt dresses, wear yours with a matching co-ord or clash the stripes up with those polka-dots that we can't get enough of. 

Remember horizontal stripes are best left with t-shirts, it's time for flattering, vertical stripes all the way this year so go get your stripes fix for the summer! 

Monki really are on it for stripes this year but why not check out your local independent designers too?  Two of my Bristol faves are working the stripes; Neat Frontage, make amazing rainbow stripe co-ords and super cute pastel crop sweatshirts & Duvet Days source amazing retro prints (upcycled from duvet covers)& create the comfiest trousers ever, you can even get a matching top too! Yeeeesss!

Charity shops (and even your own wardrobe) can be great for breathing new life into retro style stripes. Urban Outfitters are currently selling 90s inspired striped crop tops for well over £30. Consider upcycling and charity shops before blowing your money, you'll also be the only person with your new upcycled stripe tee. 

TIP ALERT!!! Find an old striped t-shirt (look in any male person in your lifes wardrobe, you'll find loads of them) and either crop the t-shirt off or knot it up at the front or the back and you have a perfect nineties inspired t-shirt, which can be worn as a crop top or a nipped in at the waist oversized tee. Boom! 


Candy Stripes at Angus Chiang and Fila

Handprinted stripes at Typical Freaks. Where your candy stripes with socks and sandals/ sliders to make a statement this summer. 

Monki's amazing stripes come in lots of colourways in relaxed wide leg trousers and oversized shirt dresses



Stripes for the boys too featuring Kenzo ss18 (left image)

Wide stripes in monchrome jumpsuits and colourful co-ords featuring Mara Hoffman (right)

The stripe crop top from Urban Outfitters (centre) just waiting for you to recreate it with an old stripe tee.
Bowiesque stripe jumpsuit by Topman Design (right)

Supercute pastels and rainbow stripes by Bristol designers Neat Frontage (above & below)


Glittery rainbow stripes at Roberta Einer (left) aand who could resist these vintage rainbow stripes from a 90s Versace ad? 

No Debutante wearing candy cane stripes from Monki and upcycled 90s stripes from Bristol designers Duvet Days.

In one quick hoard I found 5 striped t-shirts in my husbands wardrobe!
Keep an eye on my youtube channel to  find out how I restyled up these retro beauties.




Image credits. Vogue, Typical Freaks Urban Outfitters Monki Graphic Tide Topman Neat Frontage

If you are having a fashion event, a new collection or fun event you would like No Debutante to promote please get in touch!

No Debutante promotes fashion independents, new designers & sustainable fashion. 

Check out my work with Bristol 24/7 magazine under my name 
Emma Gorton-Ellicott

If you are interested in collaborating with No Debutante or getting featured on the No Debutante blog please contact me nodebutanteblog@gmail.com

Keep up with No Debutantes OOTD posts, collabs and current fashion obsessions posted daily on all of the following. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest all under the #nodebutante name. 

Thanks for checking in Fashionistas
ND xx
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