So another week has gone by in a blur, and I hope you don’t get as exhausted reading this as I was living it!
Thursday started with an early morning catch up with Coco, until it was time for hair and makeup with Alana to get ready for quick day trip to Falkirk in Scotland! The first drama ensued when my cab didn’t turn up to take me to the airport, so I had to dive in the car to Paddington Station where I managed to leap on the Heathrow Express and just make it with a few minute to spare, sadly didn’t even have time for duty free shopping…
From landing onwards the day went brilliantly. I was visiting the amazing National Theatre of Scotland who are a theatre without walls to visit their ‘Reasons to Dance’ project. They have created a production in which the whole town can get involved by giving their reasons to dance. You cans see it tonight on BBC2 at 7pm. It was such a truly wonderful and inspiring day.
I just managed to catch the last flight back to London, and finally arrived home sometime around 11:30, and with an early call time the next morning for my Marisota shoot I fell into bed and had barely closed my eyes when the alarm went off.
Friday and Saturday was the shoot for my amazing new collection, and with a crack team of hair and makeup around me, all signs of tiredness vanished! I had hairdresser to the stars Jon Chapman who gave me an incredible mane of thick wavy hair, using some fabulous clip in hair pieces a mountain of Philip Kingsly hairspray! I’m passing you briefly now over to Alana who’s going to tell you about how I got my look for the shoot…
Hi all! As the new collection is lots of bold, structured pieces, I wanted to give Mum a look the reflected that, with dark eyes and strong lips. I used MAC Mineralize Charged Water first on the skin, a moisturiser infused with diamond dust to really hydrate the skin and give it a glow. Lancome’s new Teint Idole 24hr foundation is one of Arlene’s favourites, as it doesn’t move, and gives a flawless, dewy coverage that only needs the lightest dusting of translucent powder to blot the t-zone. I used the Urban Decay Naked palette to blend dark grey over the eyelids, then YSL Shocking liquid eyeliner and mascara to define the eyes. A smudge of black kohl pencil inside the eye and a set of fabulous lashes by We Are Faux finished the eyes. I defined the brows with a MAC eyebrow pencil, shaded cheeks with St Tropez bronzer, and then dusted a peachy Armani blusher over the apples of the cheeks for a subtle glow. Lips were primed with a dab of 8 Hour Cream, and YSL Rouge Per glossy lip stain in 3 (plum) and 6 (peach) were blended to create a glossy pout in the perfect colour. I hope you like the pictures, and if you have any questions about Arlene’s beauty regime please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Love Alana x
I’m back, although not for long… Sunday was another jam packed day, starting with the Move It exhibition, where I was interviewed on the Big Dance sofa, and had a book signing at the INC Dance stand. It was amazing to be surrounded by so much dance, and of course I wanted to stay all day but it off to the next event by midday, and here’s Abi to tell you all about it…
It’s me Abigail again! Mummy has asked me to be her roving reporter on the Tesco Mum Of The Year Awards, what an honour. Let me begin by saying the day started off a little scary, red carpet and paparazzi, three words that don’t bode well with me. Mum can flaunt it like a pro with her champion smile and winning poses, but then again she is a professional in everything she does from working the red carpet to interviews with the press and presenting awards. Drinks, food and celebrities, a chance for all to mingle and chatter while I run off to find where the canapés are coming from, I’m joking, maybe. Of course I stay by Mum’s side and greet everyone she introduces me to with a smile. Mum is such a social bunny, and knew practically everyone there from athletes to singers, presenters to reality stars, Denise Lewis, Pixie Lott, Gaby Logan and Amy Childs to name a few.
Of course he day wasn’t only about the celebrities who were there, it was about these courageous and brave woman who are overall outstanding mothers. On our table was Sharon Sambrook, who’s son had developed an adult brain tumour at the age of ten, rare in children, then Sharon found out that only 3% of Cancer Research goes towards brain tumours so from there went on to raise 90, 000 pounds towards Brain Tumour Cancer Research, just incredible. Sharon won the award for Charitable Mum Of The Year presented by my Mummy, who looked absolutely stunning and spoke such kind words as she expressed her affection and awe at Sharon’s achievement. The other mums who had done such extraordinary acts of kindness after being met with such challenging situations they were all presented awards and every time I looked behind me, yes, Mummy was in tears.
The Celebrity Mum Of The Year was Gaby Logan, who was there with her hubby Kenny, whom Mum knew from the Strictly days, and although Gaby being a better dancer, Kenny stayed in much longer despite my darling mothers hilarious put downs. How Gaby finds time to fit in all her charity work with her busy life, makes us think she’s a bit of a Supermum and I’ll let you in on a secret, Mummy is too. No really, she has super powers – how she finds time to give to charity, choreograph musicals, present radio and television programmes, go to meeting after meeting, design her own clothes and undies and still manage to always be there for her two daughters whenever they need, makes her a supernatural being
From the opening of the awards by the big voice that is none other than Tesco Mary from The X Factor to the wonderful hosting by Fiona Phillips, the afternoon ended with an outstanding performance from the beautiful Dionne Bromfield who got everyone up and dancing. This is when me and Mummy wished that John Partridge was on our table so that the Queen of Dance could have a boogie with her King. After we were all danced out we said our goodbyes and left with bags full of goodies, so thank you Mummy, thank you Tesco, thank you readers and I’ll see you in a few, love always, Abi xx
And I’m back again! Monday and Tuesday sort of blended into one, with meetings, paperwork, a trip to the dentist, and a catch up with my longtime friend the wonderful Richard Stilgoe who wrote the words and lyrics for Starlight Express. I also went to a meeting at Magic FM to talk about my guest appearance. Make sure you tune in 10am-2pm this Sunday on Mother’s day!
Wed was a hilarious morning, running the Westminster Sport Relief mile with about 30 MP’s, and Abi! The two of us headed down to St James Park in our running gear, only to be almost trampled at the start! I’m ashamed to say I couldn’t run the whole way due to my bad knee, but walk the rest I did and Abi who shot off at the start again went whizzing past me on the way back as I slowly limped past the finish line. It was great to meet so many MP’s and participate in such a fantastic cause, I hope you’ll all be watching on the 25th to see me attempt it again!
So until next week,
Love Arlene x