The Ghost of Wasps Past

Hello again,

I can’t believe so much has happened in such a short week.

Monday morning I was on my way back to London after a wonderful weekend away in the country, and it was back to the office and piles of work to look over. I had a busy week of shoots and and other events ahead so I tried to get as much done as possible before I headed out to dinner with an agent friend of mine Jorg Betts. He took me to a fabulous restaurant called Bar Boloud which is downstairs at the Mandarin Oriental, it was my first time there and I can’t wait to go back it was simply delicious. As for the company it was a night of gossip gossip gossip, so thank you Jorg for such a wonderful evening, I must think of somewhere equally fabulous for next time.

I’ve been working on my facebook page, although I do find it somewhat strange asking people to ‘like’ me… Still I always love reading your comments and feedback on the things I post so please continue too, and even get your friends to ‘like’ me, if you like… http://on.fb.me/p93W0V

I have some really exciting news I can’t wait to share with you all, although for now it’s just as teaser as I can’t “reveal all yet”… Yes that was your clue!
Oh and if anyone hasn’t seen there are still some great deals in the summer sale from my Marisota range you can look at here http://bit.ly/olZcZN, Please do send me your comments about the clothes either via facebook or twitter as I want to make the new upcoming collection the best it can be, and hearing about the good and bad points from you, the women who wear it, means I really am designing it with you in mind.

Tuesday morning I was up and in hair and makeup at 7am for my 5 minute interview with the lovely Matt Stadlen, so look out for it on BBC entertainment news. Then it was off to a meeting about Midnight Tango, which I am thrilled to say is doing amazingly after the success of the cinema screening event. I am so excited it’s coming into the West End in January, you can keep up to date with all the news on the show from the website http://www.midnighttango.co.uk/

After my meeting I rushed back to North London for a shoot with Best Magazine, which was all about my QVC jewelry, I have to thank all the lovely people from Best who were there and made it such a great day – and if you missed any of the shows on QVC you can buy online at http://bit.ly/opyRX6,

Ghost the musical opening night was the final stop of the day. I thoroughly enjoyed the show, but the special effects and the lighting were outstanding. As usual it was a quick pop in to the party where I was delighted to catch up with Craig Revel Horwood, and then it was a quick dash home as I was absoultely exhausted and Wed was to be another long day.

I had some final filming to do for my upcoming book so early Wed it was hair and makeup again and off down to Central School of Speech and Drama which was out filming location for the day. All ran smoothly, and around 2pm it was a break for lunch. There’s a little cafe just downstairs by the entrance so off we went for a round of sandwiches, minus one Alana who wasn’t staying for lunch as she had some errands to run. We said our goodbyes, not more than 5 minutes later I saw her wander unsteadily back into the cafe, white as a sheet and she just looked at me and said “I’ve been stung in the eye by a wasp”. She has a nasty allergy to wasp stings, and as the day went on the sting got bigger and bigger until her whole face was completely blown up and her eye closed over, and I sent her off to A&E as no amount of antihisthimine was doing the trick. Several rounds of steroids and antibiotics later and as I write this a few day on, it’s finally back to normal, but oh I felt for her.

Thursday I was awake at the crack of dawn as I could hardly sleep with excitement, yes it was day Abi was coming back from her trip to the US. I was there to meet her at Gatwick, and I actually cried when I saw the plane land and knew she would be in my arms in a matter of minutes – yes I know I’m a soppy mother! We spent the rest of the day back at home catching up, eating takeout and having cuddles, it was a perfect day.

Friday was my partner’s birthday, so me and the girls took him to lunch at my current favourite restaurant Pollen St Social, where I had a great chat with the chef there Jason Atherton, who in my eyes is simply genius. The food as usual was exquisitely presented and a dream to taste. Presents and a little cake made the rest of the celebration, and then sadly it was back to work for all of us.

Saturday was a drive back up to the country, where I’m writing this from, and as I’m sure you all know by now despite it’s utter tranquility it really running the gauntlet of avoiding huge dinners! I’ll report on how many things I avoided next week…

Before I go here are all my upcoming book dates where I’ll be doing readings and Q&A session, and as always I really hope to see you all there! http://bit.ly/m1JGda I’ll also be at Edinburgh Festival 15th Aug buy tickets here http://bit.ly/im5iem, Henley 1st October http://bit.ly/pxS8iB, and Cheltenham Festival 15th October http://bit.ly/r6bZSB.

Until next week…
Love Arlene x

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