Another busy week has gone by, so much for my attempt at a quiet start to the year! Wednesday was full of email catch ups, phone call catch ups, and a fantastic interview with the Manchester Evening news all about my Marisota Lingerie collection I’m really proud of it, and hope you all love it as much as I do. I ended the day with a very exciting and very secret meeting… Yes hopefully all will be revealed soon!
Thursday morning was nonstop radio interviews again all about the lingerie, I’d love to hear your views, you can always tweet me @arlenephillips or write on my facebook wall, as I love to get feedback on how I can make things the best they can be.
Friday was more meetings and a lovely chat with the powers that be at Magic FM, then off I went to Pineapple Studios to cast our final cast member for Starlight 2012. The rest of the afternoon was spent in the office with Coco and Tully, as is all my spare time when I’m not off lunching and gossiping! (Well, working really but that always sounds more fun!).
Saturday another great nephew was born, so I had all the Leeds contingency of the family staying to welcome the little one, and it was just wonderful. The devastating news about Whitney Houston that came later that day was very sad as I had worked with her in the 80’s when I choreographed her first videos, including How Will I Know and I Wanna Dance With Somebody. It’s tragic loss, and she will be remembered always as a true music icon with the voice of an angel.
Sunday morning was a flurry of activity with cooking and children and all sorts of things going on in the house with so many people staying. And suddenly, it was time to wave goodbye, pack up the leftovers from our giant Sunday roast (and try not to scoff the roast potatoes), and then it was once again getting ready time. That evening I’d been invited to watch Beneath the Dress starring my dear friend Frances Rufelle at the Menier Chocolate Factory, and to say she was phenomenal is an understatement, what a performance, and she even brought her daughter on stage, Eliza Doolittle and it was joy to watch.
Monday I made a donation to UNICEF and now own my own colour! Of course it’s a bright pink, my favourite, and I’ve called it Hot Gossip Pink…! You can own a colour too check it out here: http://www.ownacolour.com
A very nasty trip to the dentist – poor me – followed by a trip to meet Andrew Lloyd Webber – lucky me- and a trip to an interview about some amazing Sports Relief Socks and to discuss the Sports Relief Mile – and let’s hope I don’t trip!! http://bit.ly/zau6Iw. As if that wasn’t enough for one day, I joined Nicky Clarke, the ultimate in hairdressing as a judge of the Outstanding Apprentice in Hair Design Award. Not only did they have to design hair, but make up, costume, mood boards and give a speech. All I can say is, the future lies in the hands of the eight outstanding apprentices, and it was hard to pick first second and third. Some of the contestants had only just turned 16. Astonishing! Such fun working with Nicky and his team.
Tuesday I was up bright and early to head to the STATE OF THE ARTS conference in Manchester (read more on the discussion here http://bit.ly/yRqdWf) to discuss”The TV trade off – does television do great art?” with BBC Arts Editor, Will Gompertz. It was nerve wracking speaking in front of the great and good of the Arts World but no sooner had I started it seemed to go by in a blur, and the next thing I knew I was on the train back to London to get ready for The Prince’s Trust Valentines Ball. My Valentine date was Abi my youngest daughter and I was delighted that there were many other young people such as Aston and Marvin from JLS, the young and vibrant entrepreneur, Dominic Mcvey, James and Ola, the fascinating, but not young Duncan Bannatyne and the lovely Debbie Moore.
Until next time,
Love Arlene x