Start As You Mean To Go On

Another year has been and gone, and already so has the first week of 2013!  How was everyone’s New Year? I had a lovely dinner at home with my family, watched the fireworks on TV, and started the year as I mean to go on… restfully!

 I’ve spent this past week having a major clear out in the office, it’s been all hands on deck sorting, filing, shredding, posting, you name it we’ve done it. I want this year to be the best yet, and if my space is clear, my mind is clear and I can focus focus focus. 

Has anyone tried any of my Twit tips of the day yet? I love your comments and experiences so please do keep them coming, and if you have any inspirational advice or tips for me tweet me @arlenephillips, and the ones I love will most definitely get a follow back and a retweet.

There’s been quite a few fun events happen this week in between my crazy clear out, the first being a reunion dinner for all my Wizard of Oz Toronto gang.  They all came over for a glass of champagne and a light dinner, and we laughed till we cried over stories from the past few months, and reminisced about just what an amazing experience it was, and how lucky we were to have such a wonderful team. 

Coincidentally, my dear friend Tim Spain who lives in Toronto (whom you may remember I went to the ballet with while I was there), happened to be in London that week also, so he popped over for afternoon tea and we discussed all things dance for as long as we could.

I finally managed to fit in an appointment with the eyebrow goddess Karen Betts, and I’m thrilled to say I now have the most beautiful brows! When you hear the words ‘eyebrow tattoo” I know it does conjure up some scary images, but as the leading expert in her field, Karen creates the most subtle and realistic brows I have ever seen, and the difference it has made in framing my face is just remarkable. Have a look at my pics below from last night, and you’ll see what I mean!

 On Saturday I had the most wonderful day out with my parter Angus – the two of us being out together is such a rarity in itself due to crazy schedules – starting with lunch at Dean Street Townhouse, which was absolutely delicious, followed by watching a stunning production of A Clockwork Orange at the Soho Theatre.  The show was just so clever, so innovative, and so moving as it’s also a piece that I’m very close to after choreographing a production of it for the RSC with Phil Daniels many years ago. 

I also managed to fit in a lunch at the Wolsey with one of my oldest friends Linda Mevorach, who not only have I know since way back in the 70’s, but who gave me my first every commercial to choreograph for Lions Maid ice cream, directed by Ridley Scott, featuring a milkmaid and dancing cow!  We haven’t seen each other for at least 10 years, as she lives in New York, but as with all good friends, it’s like it was yesterday since we hung out.


 Of course we fitted in a quick trip to Selfridges, and no sooner was I home I was getting ready to head out again to the premiere of the new Cirque du Soleil show Kooza, at the Royal Albert Hall. I had a bit of a mishap walking down the red carpet when the button on my beautiful Victoria Beckham shirtdress came undone, and Alana had to jump in and do me up!


The show featured some of the most incredible Cirque acts I have ever, ever seen, and I was quite literally on the edge of my seat clutching at the nearest hand!  It was as always a star studded event, and I had a wonderful catch ups with Darcey Bussell, Carol Vorderman and Gethin Jones. Sat to the right of me (although we didn’t actually speak!) was Sir Ben Kingsley, and boy was I starstruck!  It was a lovely evening, and overall a fantastic start to the year


 So a great first week, and as they say, “things can only get better”, well they surely can as I’m of to Barbados! More from me next week on my trip to paradise, but I’ll be checking all the goss on twitter so keep me up to date!

Until then, much love

Arlene x



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