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02 July
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Glastonbury 2014: My top 5 moments

Well it’s over for another year… But Glastonbury sure was fun! Let’s reminisce…

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My top 5

5. Chvrches…This Glaswegian band brought out one of my favourite albums of the year and ‘recover’ is a massive, clever tune. They had a full tent and the atmosphere was buzzing.

4. Kodaline on the Other Stage. All the four seasons seemed to come at once during this set. Their instrumental interlude of ‘dirty old town’ was a big hit with the crowd too, as was ‘high hopes’.

3. Kasabian headlining and closing the weekend. I remember seeing these guys right years ago play the paradise club in Boston. A small but really cool little venue. But they more than owned the pyramid stage. Their cover of Fat Boy Slim’s ‘praise you’ was a nice touch too. As was Tom’s white tux!

Read my top 5 moments

Read my top 5 moments

2. Festival Fashion: despite the weather you have to embrace the fun you can have dressing up at a festival… Appropriate footwear is important but play around with accessories. Stacking rings from Accessorize and a cute bum-bag (see pic) is a must (or as our American counterparts say Fanny pack)

1. Dolly Parton… and the random man with-the spray painted silver face who put me on his shoulders during her set. Dolly is Queen and her newly created song just for Glasto aptly named ‘mud mud mud’ is our anthem for the weekend.

31 March
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2014 is all about the return of some very missed musicians…

Hi everyone,

Hope you had a lovely weekend!

So 2014 is all about the return of some very missed musicians.. Foo Fighters, Coldplay and Klaxons, to name but a few, will all bring out new albums this year. Where have you been guys?!!! And as I’m extremely excited about all the above (the former particularly) there’s one little lady (literally she’s very little) who’s a personal guilty pleasure I’m happy is returning to the charts. Ok so it’s not that guilty.. EVERYONE loves Kylie!

Kylie is back after 4 years since the release of Aphrodite back in 2010. When I was three years old my Dad brought me to see the Miss Minogue at the Point Depot in Dublin. I still clearly remember sitting on his shoulders with an ‘enjoy yourself yourself’ red and white scarf draped around me like a shawl, singing ‘I should be so lucky, lucky lucky lucky….’.. Eh you know how it goes.

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So when I got to sit down for a proper chin wag with the lady herself recently about ‘Kiss Me Once’ her brand new and tenth, yes TENTH studio album, I thought I was going to pee in my pants. Thankfully I managed to restrain from soiling myself. I did manage to get her to teach me the ‘can’t get you out of my head’ dance. There’s a life goal made!
Lx

26 February
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‘Behind the scenes at the Brits’

One of my personal highlights on the music calendar is always The Brits. It’s an institute, something I grew up watching religiously as a kid, crossed-legged glaring, goggle-eyed, at the TV screen.
So to actually attend and be part of the proceedings is pretty darn surreal.

It’s my third year hosting the live red carpet and backstage show and without a doubt, this was my favourite year. Arctic Monkeys opened the show explosively… Quite literally.

I was sandwiched in between two legends Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams at one point. I had bumped into Nile earlier on in the day backstage. I was running through rehearsals with our backstage crew and blocking out my interview with the guys, when who should wander through but Nile! Just by himself having a little nosey around and taking pictures on his personal camera of all the behind the scenes shenanigans. What a dude!
He even took my picture before I told him I was actually rehearsing an interview… With him! So he decided to watch. Which put A LOT of pressure on the camera man who was pretending to be him.

Pharrell is an absolute gent. So polite and well spoken.. And when I said this to him, he thanked his southern upbringing. He was definitely raised well! And that guy doesn’t seem to age does he?! I need some of whatever he’s taking.

 

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Bastille took home ‘British Breakthrough Awards’ and well deservedly… What a year it’s been for them. They are unbelievable live and their performance on the night with Rudimental and Ella Eyre was bloody good. Did you hear their mash up they did in the live lounge, as an ode to the Brits, of Michael Jackson V Pulp?! It’s so good! Check it out..

Also I’ve been raving about Haim for a loooong time and finally I got to meet the girls in person. They are the coolest chicks ever! They even took the Rizzlekicks boys’ naughty joke of them being a male version of them well. They said they’d just add ‘-men’ to the end of Haim… I’ll let you work that one out for yourself.

It was a long night, and the best thing about the Brits was the party didn’t end when the cameras stopped rolling. There was many a record label afterparty to get to and let’s say it was quite a late one…

11 February
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‘Food for the soul’

Travel broadens the mind. It also broadens my waistband. I love experiencing different cultures and the best way to truly experience a culture is by eating their food.

NOT a thai green curry from your local take away but the REAL stuff. Fresh ingredients, traditional methods of preparation, authentic cooking.

I’ve been travelling around Thailand for the last two weeks and while staying in Ao Nang in the south of the island, I partook in a cookery class under the instruction of a Thai chef called ‘Yolk’ (‘as in egg-yolk’ was her suggestion to help our pronunciation).

 

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I find living in London, everyone is always racing around so when I do cook, it’s for practicality rather than enjoyment. Three important points to take into consideration are: 1) what’s gonna be the quickest 2) what’s gonna fill me up the most and 3) what the hell can I make using the ingredients in my fridge (this proves to be the most challenging)?

So it was a welcome change to spend a long time understanding the ingredients, smelling the fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables, crushing them and releasing the flavours.

Now by no means am I Nigella Lawson, I don’t have the cleavage for a start (best not mention anything else) but do you know what?! I’m not that bad.

I whipped up a pretty mean Tom Yum soup and papaya salad with mango and sticky rice for dessert. I also made my very own Thai green curry from my own homemade curry paste that would give my local Thai restaurant a run for their money. I decided to take a bag of the green curry paste with me as so much love and work went into it and it supposedly lasts for a few weeks. I had visions of London dinner parties showing off my cooking skills. Then I realised travelling around Thailand with a little plastic bag with dark green dried curry paste was probably not a smart move.

I’ll just have to get the mortar and pestle out when I’m home and start from scratch… Let’s hope I remember.

27 January
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My night at the NTAs

I don’t know what’s more exciting… I’m a Celebrity winning best entertainment show, or being on the same stage as Michael bloody Bolton at the National Television Awards!!

It was great to catch up with the whole gang from Australia and the show scooping a NTA award sealed the deal for a great night.

The real stars were Ant and Dec who picked up another lifetime achievement award… 25 years in the business! And they’re still only young fellas really!

 

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Dermot O’Leary was as always the perfect host.

Fashion Fix:
I’m a massive fan of LaMania, a Polish label that stylist Angie Smith introduced me too a while ago. I wore this skirt and top from their new collection. I have to say, I felt pretty cool having a train behind me attached to my skirt… Even if about 10 people stood on it over the night… The perils of fashion!

My make up artist Justine Jenkins did a simple up style with fresh make up with a pop of red lippy from urban decay, brow shading using smashbox pencil and Lancôme skin base.

Lx

23 January
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‘Feel the burn!’

I don’t do sport. My greatest sporting achievement is winning ‘Most improved Table tennis player’ at school… only because ANYTHING would have been an improvement.

I like to think the workout of shaking my ass on a dance floor on a Friday night burns off as many calories as any professional athlete burns in a workout session.  Of course I KNOW this isn’t true… especially with a glass of Pinot Grigio in my right hand. But it makes me feel better.

This month I’ve started working out in an actual gym, as opposed to just under the disco ball of my local bar. I find it hard to motivate myself. I think most people feel the same. So I’ve been working out with some girlfriends with Russell from SBC (the Skinny Bitch Collective). Nothing motivates you like your mate shouting ‘Come on Laura, move your arse!’

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It’s a LOT of fun, exercise SHOULD be fun. It’s not only brilliant physically but also mentally. My regime includes running upside down against a wall and lunges while having my mate Jade on my back… I’m not going to lie it’s as hard as it sounds. The day after, everything hurt but it is a great way to get fit AND have a laugh.

This week also saw me play a REAL sport I’d never played before on a team with Jamie Redknapp and Freddie Flintoff… at WEMBLEY! No, it’s not the apocalypse, the world hasn’t gone completely mad. I was recording a piece for A League of Their Own which will be aired in a few weeks. It was incredibly intimidating to say the least, and not even that ‘Most improved tennis player’ award gave me confidence. I was the only girl on the team and had to share the dressing rooms with the boys.. not a bad situation.

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What I’m listening to this week: Whinnie Willams’s Mix Tape Vol 1. Love this girl’s style and sound. Think Lily Allen mixed with Carla Bruni.

14 January
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A Brit of all right

Hi guys!

I popped along to the Brit nominations at ITV studios this week to catch up with some of the artists up for a gong. It’s all about La La La singer Sam Smith who was one of the sweetest guys to grace the red carpet… His loveliness may also have something to do with the fact he was firmly holding on to the Critics Choice award! Previous award winners include Ellie Goulding and Adele (yeah those guys have done all right for themselves! So it’s a pretty good indicator of what’s to come!).

Bastille and Arctic Monkeys are up for quite a few awards, including Best Album which I’m very happy about. Both two albums I’ve had on repeat on my iPod.

I got to catch up with lovely Ellie Goulding too who hinted she’d love a Rudimental collaboration.. How awesome would that be! Also can we speak about the hugely talented Ella Eyre… And how amazing her hair is. I just wanted to caress it but felt it would probably be inappropriate and not very professional… At all.

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Fashion Fix

You just can’t beat a jumpsuit. Especially when it’s from uber cool fashion house The Kooples. Their white blazer is a favourite piece of mine too. I wore a pair of Australian designer Nicholas court shoes which I picked up over in Oz before Christmas. And this Kate Spade ‘book bag’ is very cute and the perfect size for my interview cards.

Lx

03 January
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My advice on New Year’s Resolutions

Back to the Future… well 2014!

Firstly… Happy New Year to you all! Secondly…How the hell is it 2014 already?!! Is it just me, or do you too feel like time is going by too fast? I watched the film Back to the Future over Christmas, along with a whole host of seasonal favourites including Elf, Home Alone 1 AND 2 (not 3 obviously), Bad Santa, It’s A Wonderful Life. and it just hit me that when Michael J Fox goes into the future, it’s 2015. That’s next year!!!

I feel old.

Yes maybe 2014 doesn’t have flying cars but here we are in the New Year, a brand spanking new beginning, and a fresh start…

 

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Well we have at least 3 more days of this mentality before most of us slip back into our old ways. I think our biggest failure is sometimes attempting to make too many resolutions. The best advice I was ever given when it came to resolutions were these two words … ‘Be Happy’. And that’s all we can strive to be.

Yes I will attempt the detox, to not drink so much, stop eating as much chocolate, do more exercise, work harder… BUT to appreciate ‘what’ we have, and ‘who’ we have in our lives, while still striving for our goals, is all we really need to do.

I rang in the New Year on a stage in Dublin screaming ‘5,4,3,2,1…” into a microphone with Suggs from Madness with my family and friends all there watching. It was a brilliant night. For one thing we were in Ireland and it DIDN’T rain (this is a VERY rare occurrence).  But to be able to have good people and friends around, even though I was working, was really special.

I was hosting the Countdown Concert in Central Dublin that saw music from the like of Walking On Cars, the original Sugababes ‘MKS’, Irish trad band Seo Linn, Ryan Sheridan and my personal favourite rock n’ rollers The Strypes.

Madness were the headliners. And we danced and sang our way into 2014. No better way to do it.

Lx
31 December
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My Christmas indulgence

Hi guys,

 

As I write this, I’m currently in the midst of a food coma and lodged in the corner of a sofa with no plan to move anytime soon. I have a feeling I’m not alone.

 


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Why do we do it to ourselves?! Every festive season I promise myself to not over indulge, to show some sort of self-control,  a hint of willpower… but alas that goes out the window as soon as I hear the Pringles lid pop and the tempting rattle of the Quality Street tin. My brother’s girlfriend baked the above cupcakes and my weakness is baked camembert (I’ve been known to eat a whole one in just one sitting).

 

Next week, I’ll be seeking aid from Soulmate Food who do a brilliant 3 day juicing plan and Honestly Healthy run by my friend Natasha who creates delicious AND healthy meals. In Ireland I’m going to try out ‘Pure Green Juice’… BUT that’s NEXT week. For now, I’m taking every opportunity to get into the spirit of Christmas and eating until it hurts.

 

I’ve been lucky that the bad weather didn’t affect my travels home too much and reveling in wrapping up in layers of coats, scarfs and earmuffs.

 

Fashion File:

At the moment my current must haves are this Military Long Coat with leather sleeves from Maje, Ash biker boots and my favourite earmuffs from Topshop.

 

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Keep Warm

Lx

23 December
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ITV party and my guilty pleasure…

After two months of travelling and a stint in the jungle, it’s been an unexpectedly welcome relief to be back in chilly London. Yes, the weather may not compete with the Gold Coast sunshine and the hustle and bustle of London is a stark contrast to the serene carefree surroundings of life down under when the closest thing we have to the Bondi Beach surf are a few ripples in a not-so-fresh looking Thames. But you just can’t beat London at Christmas. Everywhere I go the shops are blasting festive tunes and our electricity bills have sky rocketed with every plug socket stuffed with some sort of lighting paraphernalia. I love it!

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Last week, as well as trying to squeeze in some Christmas shopping and two long-haul flights, I also guest-edited a new music-sharing site called Deezer. You can’t turn on the telly at the moment without someone trying to flog a new album or a Christmas compilation being waved frantically in our face at the checkout. Beyoncé kind of blew everyone out of the water with her new album (where the hell did she get time to do that, the woman can’t be human) If you can hold out until the new year James Vincent McMorrow’s new album Post Tropical is out mid-January and is bloody brilliant. Also check out my MTV co-presenter Bluey Robinson who has an unbelievable voice.I’m expecting big things from him in 2014. My guilty pleasure is Little Mix’s album at the moment and when I played their new tune Move during my dj set at the ITV Christmas Party on Tuesday, there were some pretty awesome shapes thrown on the dance floor by the guests. Not all elegant shapes but impressive ‘moves’ nonetheless.

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Wishing you all a very merry Christmas!

Love
Laura xx

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