Part Two, The Second(ish) Part!

Hello again, twice in one week aren’t you lucky! Haha

 
I hope you all had a delicious Easter, mine was certainly filled to the brim with divine dinners, lunches filled with laughter, and of course some brilliant breakfasts. All of which might I add contained some form of chocolate… 
 
So as I mentioned last time, this post is all about, well, basically my two trips to the Royal Opera House in one week. The first being for the very prestigious Olivier Awards, that I was honoured to attend along with my Alana, who might I add made me feel totally fabulous. From the first steps on to the enormous red carpet, it was just overwhelming. People calling out, photographers flashing away, cameras rolling, I mean it was just immense. I managed to make it to the top without (I hope!) doing anything stupid for the world to see… and safely into my seat. Oh did I mention – my seat in the second row in front of no other than Dame Judy! The show was filled with music and dance, one of my favourite pieces being the excerpt from The Scottsboro Boys as I never got to see the production, but heard it was sensational. 
There was also so many dear friends, old and new I got to catch up with, the list is endless, but I did as always get some snaps I can’t wait to share with you. I think the highlight of the evening however was chatting with the Royal Ballet’s Ed Watson, who kindly invited me to watch him perform in The Winters Tale. Knowing it was Shakespeare’s most complicated play that has never before been turned into a ballet, I was dying to see just how they had achieved it. More about that in a minute, but first the pictures! 
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So, The Winters Tale. A story of love, jealousy, happiness and heartbreak, that I swear took you through every emotion alongside the dancers. I have never seen anything so powerful, and what choreographer Christopher Wheeldon has achieved in developing this balled is nothing short of genius. Also, to see Ed Watson dance is almost indescribable, how someone can be so fluid and delicate in their movement, and yet so intense and powerful is beyond belief, and I for one will remember it forever. The rest of the company as always were sheer perfection, and I can only say thank you to Ed for inviting me to share in such a magical experience. They are filming the production for a live cinema event on the 28th of April and all I can say is go! http://www.cineworld.co.uk/whatson/the-royal-ballet-the-winters-tale 
 
I’m mid week of my Live Below the Line challenge, and I have to say the cabbie soup is getting a little dull…It’s less about the hunger, more the variety of food, in particular fresh food that I’m missing. I’ve been tweeting lots of pics of my meals and how I’ve been getting on, and you can catch up on that by checking out my twitter here @arlenephillips
 
Next week I’ll be able to tell you just how much we raised, and how the rest of the week went, and did I stay sane! 
 
Much love till then,
Arlene x

A Few That I’ve Missed…

It would seem I’ve been a little hasty in the last couple of posts, I’ve forgotten to add in some of my recent pics and adventures! So here’s a few that I missed…

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With the gorgeous Mig Ayesa at the We Will Rock You 2 workshop

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At the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Premiere with John Partridge and Sam Bailey

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With the fabulous Nicky Clarke and Simon Cowell at the Shooting Stars Tea at the Dorchester 

Well that’s all for now,I think…! 

Love Arlene x 

Part One, The First Part

So as I seem to frequently say, It’s been a manically busy couple of weeks, hence the delayed posting of my blog! I’ve been going between Pythons and Brazil (the show obviously…!) literally in the same day as well as squishing in meetings at breakfast lunch and dinner, it’s been nothing short of madness. Of course as always I have filled my “free” time with fun and fabulous events, and here’s what’s been going on …
 
I was thrilled to watch tap god Savion Glover at Sadlers Wells, and with Abi as my date it would seem great minds think alike as sat right behind us was my dear friend flea (aka Mrs Rock God aka Mrs John Keeble drummer of Spandau Ballet!) and her daughter Jaime, who grew up with Abi as out families lived next door to each other for many years. The show was just as brilliant as I expected, and after a quick catch up with Flea and Jaime it was home James and don’t spare the horses!   
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I just have to say, as soooo many people keep asking me, re Bruce and Strictly, that he will always be the spirit of the show, and boy is he a hard act to follow, He has always supported me, and I for one will sorely miss him. I would also like to wish the best of luck to whoever will fill his dancing shoes, as I write this I know the rumours are flying, so I won’t say congratulations yet, but merely, Brucie Baby toe-tapping your way to the top, don’t ever stop.
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I’m sure you’ve seen all over twitter me and my poor eye – it’s been almost 3 weeks now and it’s still bad! I have been putting on every lotion and potion I can get my hands on, and the damn thing just won’t go. Thank goodness I have the best medication of all, Alana, who’s brilliant makeup coverage makes at least look like a human being on nights out and not a crazy one eyed cyborg! 
 
I had a lovely evening out with Pamela after Brazil rehearsals at Katya and Pacha”s evening of Ballroom. Not only was it wonderful to watch them dance, but to catch up with so many familiar old faces from the Strictly era, whom I get to see so little of these days being as wrapped up in the world of theatre as I am. 
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On another note about Brazil, I am thrilled to announce we have an official title… BraZouka! And here are the official details…The World Premiere of Braz Dos Santos’ extraordinary true story from the toughest streets of Brazil. Sixteen dazzling dancers take audiences on a breath-taking journey of intense passion, sizzling sensuality, pulsing music and explosive energy. This unique dance-drama is performed by Brazil’s most thrilling new troupe, who introduce the sensational dance language of Lambazouk and other authentic Afro-Brazilian dances in a stunning variety of styles that will have you on your feet, captivated by the intoxicating rhythms. Directed by Arlene Phillips. Produced by Pamela Stephenson Connolly and Burn the Floor’s founder Harley Medcalf.
http://bit.ly/1kPKPSN Exciting much?! 
 
Make sure you check out Part Two of this week’s blog, all about the Olivier Awards, and my night watching the divine Edward Watson in The Winters Tale at The Royal Opera House, a night that I will remember forever. You can also catch up on how I’m getting on living below the line…
 
I hope you are all having a lovely, chocolate filled Easter, I know I am!
 
Much love,
Arlene x

Less Python, More Pagodas

Hello again,

So this week for a change I have been busy buried in pre production meetings about Brazil – the fabulous show I mentioned that I am developing with Pamela Stephenson. No naughty Python business, just hot, sexy Brazilian rhythms! I’ve managed of course to still get out and about, and here’s what I’ve been up to…

I had a great evening at the Heston Blumethal Collection for Vision Express launch, where I not only caught up with the chef himself, but also bagged a pair of fabulous frames! The event was organised by the fabulous Halpern PR, who also look after a couple of my favourite makeup brands, Avon and Suqqu. Their foundations and lipsticks are some of my absolute favourites to date, and now absolute makeup “must haves”. I was also lucky enough to be one of the first to try the incredible new skincare line from top US dermatologist Dr Lancer. His three step skincare system is revolutionary, and if Victoria Beckham swears by it – then it’s good enough for me! I’ve just stared to use it, so I’ll be reporting back in the next month about how I’m getting on, and if it really is worthy the price tag that come with it…

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I also got to attend an evening of heavenly ballet, that I mentioned last week, at the Coliseum. The Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Prince of the Pagodas was just stunning, and I was very moved by it’s power and beauty.

I was thrilled to be invited to the reopening of Jersey Boys now at the Piccadilly Theatre, starring for 6 weeks only the extraordinarily talented John Lloyd Young, who was the original Frankie Valli on Broadway. He is like no talent I have seen for a long time, and I urge you to get there while you still can. He’s also just finished making the movie of the show, and I know it’s going to be a huge hit. I was lovely to catch up with my fellow dancing diva Angela Rippon at the party, I have to say she really is flying the flag for fabulous older women, she looks amazing!

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Can you believe last Friday was 30 years of starlight?! Everyone was posting the most fantastic pictures of the show from years gone by, and it brought tears to my eyes looking at all the memories.

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So Saturday arrived, along with the most horrendous eye infection! My eye was like a golf ball, not what you want when you have a glamorous party that evening and a big campaign shoot the following day. I sadly had to skip my Saturday night out on the town for my friend Jason Gale’s birthday party at the gorgeous Soho Sanctum Hotel, due to the fact I was getting pretty worried about the ever increasing size of my eye. I set my alarm to wake me up every couple of hours throughout the night to put my Goldeneye ointment on, to at least try and take the swelling down before my shoot the next morning – hey, It was either lack of sleep, or giant eye. Fortunately my plan worked, and although still red and slightly puffy, I could at least see! Thanks to Alana and her literally magic wand (makeup brushes!) I was looking photo ready and fabulous in no time, and the shoot went off without a hitch. It was a long day, but the reward was a wonderful Mothers Day meal with all my family at one of our favourite restaurants, Il Baretto in Marylebone. Stuffed and sleepy, I made my way home and straight into my bed, what a weekend!

After two days in “Brazil”, I managed to take a break to get to The Dorchester hotel for an amazing afternoon tea in aid of the Shooting Stars Children’s charity, supporting terminally ill children and their families. It was both wonderful and heartbreaking to meet some of the children and their families, and so inspiring to see the work that the charity does. I had a fabulous catch up with Mr Simon Cowell himself, having know each other for over 30 years (as he loves to remind me!) and heard all about baby Eric. I have to say as well how incredible Lauren looks, for someone that’s just given birth my goodness! I got to catch up as well with baking beauty Luisa Zissman, love her or loathe her, she really is making a name for herself and I’m always interested to see what she’ll do next.

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Last night I was at the premiere of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy, so make sure you check back next week to hear my review, and also please please if you haven’t already sponsor me and my team for our week of Live Below the Line. Living on just £1/day for five days to highlight global poverty and support Malaria No More. There’s also still time to get involved if you wish, you can get all the info here….

Much love
Arlene x

P.S. I have fallen in love with red lipstick, can you tell?! x