Spending Christmas in Australia and spending a day with the guide dogs charity

Coming up to Christmas and I think it’s a bit hectic for everyone… So much to do, so little time? I spent the majority of my weekend wrapping presents. I like to pretend I’m santa and go all out with the gifts. Nothing better than seeing the people you care about have wide grins spread across their faces with large sparkling eyes in excitement. I’m currently at the airport waiting to fly to Australia. I’m going with my mum and sister Tiffany, as we have family out there. I absolutely cannot wait. 2014 has been amazing but it’s been hard work and I’m really looking forward to a break.

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Last week I spent a day with the guide dogs charity ahead of their awards show. I got to meet a few of the gorgeous puppies in training. I wanted to get involved with this charity as I think it’s a great one that brings both people and animals together, showing how great the partnerships between species can be. Anyone that knows me will know that I am an animal lover and I think it’s amazing what these creatures can do to improve people’s lives when they have lost their sight in one way or another. Sight is something most of us are born with, and perhaps a lot of us take for granted. Surprisingly someone in the UK will lose their sight every hour. I know that if that was me I would want to have a guide dog by my side to not only provide me with constant company but to provide me with some form of vision.

 

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The guide dogs charity receives no funds from the government and therefore relies very heavily on donations from the public. Guide dogs do not come cheap and in their lifespan will cost around £50,000 for training, upkeep and vet bills etc. If you read this and would like to help, please check out their website www.guidedogs.org.uk/.

This week I discovered the new Hawaiian Tropic™ Silk Hydration Face SPF 30, Satin Protection Sun Lotion SPF 30 and the NARS Laguna Bronzer. I don’t wear make up when I am on holiday, and these are the perfect products.

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My find of the week is Abbott Lyon – an amazing watch brand I wore on my style take over for This Week I’m Wearing. I’m wearing the yellow one in the picture. All the styles are available at www.abboyttlyon.com

Have an amazing Christmas and New Year and Tweet me @imlucywatson with your holiday plans!

Dubai and France with MIC!

Last weekend I went to Dubai to visit my friend Carly who lives out there. I needed a bit of a break from this cold weather and I’ve never been to Dubai but have heard from Carly that it’s amazing. I ended up staying in the new Four Seasons hotel on the beach, which only opened a few weeks ago. It was beautiful and squeaky clean as you can imagine. The environment over there is so different, all the building are so tall and quite spaced out with a lot of glass, I felt like I had flown to a different planet! The weather was glorious though and I managed to lie out a bit while I was there.

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I didn’t get the chance to explore as much as I would have liked as I was only there for 3/4 days. Carly managed to organise the whole weekend for me and we went out on the Friday night for dinner and then on to Mahiki. On the Saturday night we went to the Atlantis spa and had massages… They were the dream and the spa there is huge! The only thing I didn’t like was the aquarium. It shocked me how many fish has been shoved into such a small space I mean they were all pretty much swimming on top of each other. As an animal lover I found this quite hard to see…. I understand why people have aquariums but that was too many fish. Maybe a quarter of the amount would be slightly more acceptable.

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I managed to go to one of the big malls there and there are so many rules! I tried to wear some shorts and a t shirt and Carly was like you cannot do that you’ll get kicked out. I learnt that you can’t kiss people in public either so it is a very strict environment! I can see the positive affects though. She said if you get caught with drugs out there you get sent straight to prison, which I think is great as it prevents people from using.

On Mondays episode of Made in Chelsea we all went to France! The chateau we were staying in was huge and lovely and I think we all felt extremely fortunate to be there.

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One of the main situations for me was Tiffany and Sam’s relationship or there lack of. When we spoke to Fran about what had happened I think we were both surprised to hear that he had in fact tried it on with her that night. Not only had he promised tiff that nothing had happened but Binky had also assured me. So it was a bit of a shock. Having said that it was good to know the truth, like with every situation, so you can know where you stand and who you are really dealing with. Tiff and I don’t appreciate being messed around by boys, and we don’t spend our time with people that are going to waste it. You’re only young once and you want to look back at your youth as time well spent being happy with your friends/family etc. Not look back and thing Jeez I spent a lot of my teenage years/20s being dicked around by boys and being sad. Some people didn’t really seem to agree with my methods and think I’m being harsh. However, it works for me and I’m not about to give up my single life for someone I’m unsure about and neither should Tiff. Although I do realise the Sam situation could have been a lot worse, I am very aware of that. I think it was the lying that threw me as if you are capable of that once you could do it again very easily. The actual situation itself wasn’t horrendous. From my experience if you feel unsure it’s best to leave it, but I know how much Tiff likes Sam and I appreciate that she is younger than me and needs to learn on her own. In the next ep you see me speaking to Sam and him, I guess, trying to win me over.

Hope everyone is enjoying their week and if you get a chance, pop down to winter wonderland! It truly is a fun day out. X

‘There’s lots more to come from Made In Chelsea’

I’ve had a busy couple of weeks!

I went to the TV Choice Awards and got to dress up in a black gown which was great fun. It’s always nice to go to those sorts of events with the production and people behind Made in Chelsea, as it’s an important night for them. My dress was from Forever Unique. The dress was backless so luckily I had my new Invisibra to save the day! It’s a clever product and means that I can now wear a whole range of differently cut dresses without having to worry about my bra showing!

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I had a great time at the Pup Aid event on Primrose Hill. It’s a fantastic cause, and I’m really excited to be included in the cause.

I’ve got my best pal Stephanie back in the UK. It was great to watch her on Big Brother, although I could see she was struggling as she HATES germs, and that house looked pretty dirty.

I’ve been working out loads recently, mainly at Heartcore in Chelsea. The Pilates studio is super intense, and I do one hour sessions. It’s a great way of building strength and generally improving your fitness and stamina. After my work out, I’ve been drinking the Mango and Orange But the Cow drink. It’s a great way of making sure you don’t have an energy dip after your work out.

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I’m really pleased everyone enjoyed the season finale of Made in Chelsea. Filming in New York was an incredible experience and such a fun thing to have done. As you can see from the teaser at the end of the series, there is so much more to come!

As my brand Creature is growing, I love going to fashion parties. Everyone is so friendly and it’s nice to be able to chat about why I started the brand and what new products I have coming out.

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Make sure you have a read next week, as I will be showing you exclusive pictures of the new addition to the Watson clan.. A pal for Digby (who is currently cross because I gave him a haircut).

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I could tell Stevie and Billie would make a great couple…

Hello everyone,

The past week has been a very busy one for me, filming the 8th series, working on Creature and various other things. That said no matter how busy I am I always try and make times for my friends and evenings out.
Earlier in the week I went for dinner with one of my oldest friends, Hannah, at a restaurant in Sloane Square. We were having a lovely evening but couldn’t help but notice that a couple of men (many years our senior) were ogling us in a very unsubtle way throughout the night. When the people sitting next to us paid their bill and left, the two men took their seats and continued with their stares (whilst sitting next to us this was uncomfortable and difficult to ignore). They even tried to join in our conversation at one point! When it came to paying our bill the waitress whispered “these lovely gentlemen beside you have paid it” with a wide grin on her face. No. I asked if we could cancel and pay our own bill but she said it had already gone through. This infuriated me slightly. It’s the standard situation of a man thinking he can buy his way to a woman’s attention and it is not one that impresses me. Anyway we left, we were polite and said thank you but it all felt very forced. I would love to hear your thoughts on situations such as these. Is it flattering? Or just a sexist act of thinking every woman can be bought no matter who you are.
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Other than that I have been trying to focus on getting fit and losing the weight I put on in New york. I am not keen on changing my diet as I love food so the only option for me really is exercise. I tried pilates for the first time and have to say I am really impressed. Not only does it challenge your body but it also challenges your mind as you really have to think sometimes about the exercises you are doing and how to breathe etc. I like a challenge and really felt great when I left. The next morning was a different story as I felt like all my muscles had been ripped up, but I do recommend it and I’m going for another session later today. If you are not sure where to go I went to heartcore just off the Kings Road.
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MICNYC has started and I’m glad to see that everyone seems to be enjoying this series. We saw Binky standing up to Alex and Jamie being let down by him. He is definitely not a popular person atm and it was shame to see Jamie that upset.
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There were some happier times in the ep with Billie hanging out with Stevie. I could tell they would like each other and think they would make a great couple, however I think it is a shame she is dating one of his best friends, Spencer. It does leave Stevie in a tricky situation and I know he’s not as forward as Spencer. Anyway, I know who I’m rooting for but we’ll have to just wait and see what happens next week.
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Take care and wrap up warm, Lucy x

New York was incredible

I’m back in the UK! I drove straight down to Devon to pick up Digby as I was missing him so much. He was so excited to see me as it’s been 2 months. He has settled in really well back in London, and his behaviour has calmed down a lot — he doesn’t bark at or chase joggers anymore, thanks Mum! That being said, he did run away from me today… We were walking through Battersea park and we came round the corner and bumped into five Battersea Dogs Home dogs that were walking together. Digby is generally scared of other dogs as he is so small but these were five big ones (all on leads). I knew he would be scared so I turned around to get him and he was gone. It was really scary and 40 minutes later I still hadn’t found him. By this point I was hysterical and only thinking the worst but I soon discovered that he had trotted all the way home and was patiently waiting for me outside the flat… Thank the Lord. 

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It’s been amazing weather since I have been back, and I’ve been enjoying having a little break, and readjusting to living in London again. The whole experience of New York was incredible, but totally different to London, so it’s a bit of a culture adjustment. I’ve already been to Devon and I spent the weekend in Surrey, as well as spending some time with my sister.
I’ve been really pleased to see lots of great feedback for my book, The Dating Game. The sales have been huge and I’m so happy that it seems to be helping people with their relationship woes. I’ve even had friends referring back to it and using it to help them make dating decisions. All I wanted was for girls to feel empowered to make the right decisions for them and not let guys treat them badly so I’m so happy with the results :).
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I’m excited to be back and working closely on Creature. I have some new designs for later in the year, I’m loving 90s style and grungy jewellery so that’s going to be my inspiration for my next collection. I’m going to visit the Jewellery Fair at Earl’s Court as it’s a great playground for inspiration and meeting buyers.
I’ve also had a few exciting and different photo shoots recently so look out for them and I will of course keep everyone updated with pics on my twitter and instagram.
The New York series of Made in Chelsea starts on Sunday the 10th of August at 9pm (new day and time) and I’m really excited for you guys to see what we got up to and how much fun we had! We start filming for series 8 soon so it’s all go go go.
Have a good week and enjoy the sun while it lasts, we all know it won’t be around for long.
Lucy XoXo (trying to be Gossip Girl)

 

I feel I was very harsh on Riley…

I have been shopping… A LOT. I never really have time to shop in London and my schedule is a lot less hectic here which is nice. Bloomingdales is my favourite and there’s this really great sunglasses shop nearby (can’t remember the name) where I bought three new amazing pairs. I think sunglasses are a really great way of tying up am outfit or making a plain one more appealing. You can never have enough. Here’s a picture of the ones I bought:

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The top ones are from Wildfox and the bottom two are from Illesteva. Also, I am loving my rings from Pandora and Hemmings and Co, here’s a picture of them: 

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I am obviously missing Digby lots, and was sad to discover the lack of laws there are in the US about buying animals, particularly dogs. There is a pet shop near my apartment, and you can literally just walk in and buy a dog over the counter. They are all in cages and it concerned me to think what happens to them once they aren’t puppies anymore, if no one has bought any of them. It’s a difficult topic, because whilst I think that there should be regulations and laws around buying animals, there is nothing to stop people illegally trading animals, and I’m not sure that it fundamentally stops the problem of people abusing them. I am involved with dogs charities, as well as PETA, and it is something I feel strongly about. Although people know from watching the show that I bought Digby from Harrods (which makes me seem like a massive hypocrite) he had been there for four months and I kept seeing him there. No one wanted him and I felt bad he had been behind that glass window for such a long time. So in my eyes – I rescued him.

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I hope everyone enjoyed the show on Monday, I know a lot of my friends and family liked the fact that it was on earlier as sometimes people want to get an early night on a Monday.

I didn’t like to watch the jealous side of me, I feel I was very harsh on Riley and that’s not the person I am. Only when I realised that Jamie may have been playing her did I snap back to my usual girl power Lucy. As angry as I was with her I felt slightly protective at the same time. She is younger than me and although it may not come across this way on screen, I sometimes see her as a younger sister. Jamie is the last guy I cared about and although he is my friend you don’t really stop caring about that person until you find someone else. And I haven’t yet.

Anyway I hope England is fun, I hear the weather is great so enjoy it while you can x

I’m writing my first post from New York City!

Hi guys,

I’m writing my first blog post from New York City!!

I can’t tell you much about what I’m up to, but I’ll be out here for the next couple of months filming some exciting new additions to Made in Chelsea. So far I’ve managed to go to Bloomingdales, Central Park, Macy’s and Victoria’s Secret. Not really into the touristy things… more the shopping! But I do plan on visiting Ground Zero with Stevie at some point.

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New York is great, very similar to London, just more hectic. I keep eating bagels and it’s a serious problem for me. Someone told me the other day that they are equivalent to half a loaf of bread… Awk.

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This week, I was really proud to be unveiled as the face (or legs) of the new Wilkinson Sword campaign. We shot a TV advert, which was a super long day, but it was an amazing team of people. I love being on set, and I think it really shows when you actually enjoy the work. I’m excited to see my face on all the packaging in stores across the UK, so make sure you look out for me. “You don’t need boys to have fun” haha.

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I also did a photo shoot for my jewellery brand Creature, this week. I styled the shoot a little darker than any looks I’ve done before, as I really wanted to embody the freaky, more animalistic side of the brand. They will be up on the Creature website soon, so keep your eyes peeled! I’m really proud of the jewellery and the designs so I hope you guys like them.

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Although the show isn’t airing here ATM I have been keeping up to date with the episodes. In the last one I was having a bit of a shitty week! I’m a very passionate person and I wear my heart on my sleeve so if I’m upset by something I can’t really hide it. I may have been slightly harsh on Riley… But when you’re working in an office with the last guy you were seeing and he starts dating your intern it is quite awkward.

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You start to see my friendship with Binky crumbling, which is hard to watch back. I guess in my argument I had with her I was scared that she was going to stop hanging out with me now that she is back with Alex. She got defensive about this and stormed out which I wasn’t expecting. This reaction was hard to see and kind of showed me how things are just different now. While growing up I’ve learnt that the experiences we go through define us and sometimes relationships grow apart in the process.

Lucy x

‘Dating is a minefield’

I’ve had a hectic couple of weeks! I went to Greece for a couple of days. It was a really last minute holiday, but I was lucky enough to have a few days off over the weekend, so I thought I should make the most of it. I also got to try out my new Figleaves swimwear. I went away with Stephanie, and we have a great couple of days, topping up our tans and relaxing on the beach. Even if it did rain most mornings…

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I am going away over the summer, so I have had to leave Digby with my mum. I hate leaving him, but obviously he can’t travel with me. He has been enjoying his gifts from Precious Pets, so he is happy. My mum lives in the south of England and has dogs herself so he gets to play with them. Last time I went away, I tried to Skype him, but he got so confused and just ran upstairs, so I don’t think I’ll be doing that again!

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I had the press day for the collection from Lipsy that I have modeled for this year. It was a great day at The Sanderson hotel, but I was so exhausted at the end of it. I went straight from there to the BT Sports Industry Awards in Battersea Park, as I was presenting an award with Vernon Kay. I was a little nervous beforehand, as I’ve never actually presented an award before, and I was scared that I might trip over on the stage. The room was full of some of the most incredible athletes, and at the beginning of the event, they showed a montage of the highlights from the past year. It showed some incredible talent in the British sporting world.

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This week is very exciting for me as it marks the launch of my new book on the 22nd of May. I really wanted to create a handbook style book, that explains some of the difficult situations I have had to deal with navigating my way through the minefield of dating.  I didn’t want to preach about what I have learnt, but I wanted to put something together that allowed girls to relate, and hopefully if they can read it and learn from the mistakes I have made, then that’s a bonus! We have also included Snaptag videos. You can scan them with your smartphone and it takes you to a video of me giving make up and dating tips. I also explain some of the photos from each chapter.

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Keep posted for next week, as I have some exciting news!

‘I have Binky’s back’

Hi guys!
Now that Made in Chelsea is back on air twitter has been going cray and I’m so happy that all the fans are loving the new series. We have been filming for a couple of months and it’s always exciting to see it on television. Sometimes we forget exactly what was said, so it can be fun to watch it back. We usually all get together on a Monday night as it’s a nice experience to share with the rest of the cast. This time Stevie came over and we watched it together. I enjoyed rinsing him about his poem but secretly I did think it was quite good. It’s hard to watch one of my best friends getting upset and what she is going through hits home with me and experiences from my past (before the show). It’s a tricky situation and although I like Alex, I have Binky’s back always.
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This week, I made the announcement that I will be releasing a book – The Dating Game. I wanted to write the book as an offering to my 15 year old self. I have been through a lot and had many different experiences, which have led me to where I am today, and due to what I have gone through I like to think of myself as a strong individual. I felt that there was a lack of material available to young girls written from a really bold and honest perspective. I didn’t want to preach in the book, rather, offer a chance for people to hopefully relate to the situations that I have been in, and prevent them from making the same mistakes, or at the very least, understand that these mistakes are normal. I hope the book can provide people with a better understanding of why I am the way I am, but also I would like it to empower girls to have the confidence to make decisions based on what is going to make them happy. It is available for pre order on Amazon now! I truly am proud of it so I hope everyone likes it.
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On Monday I shot the new campaign for Lipsy. It was an amazing shoot in Surrey at a beautiful polo stud. I grew up with horses, and my dad lives quite close to where we were shooting, so it was nice to spend the day there. The weather was amazing and it was fun shooting outside. We were shooting the VIP collection which will be available in June! There were some amazing behind the scenes images – have a look on my instagram (imLucyWatson) and let me know what you think.
I am obsessed with Manuka honey. I have unfortunately been getting really run down and unwell recently, and I find that the honey makes me feel so much better. It’s also great for a sore throat. My mum preached to me about it for years and for some reason when someone really wants me to do something it makes me really not want to do it. So I never used it. I spent basically every other week with a cold/flu so was desperate for an antidote. Turns out mum was right! I have also discovered the dr.organic Manuka Honey foot scrub – it’s amazing!
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I am looking forward to seeing the film The Other Woman. Unfortunately I couldn’t go to the premiere as I had filming commitments, but I can’t wait to see it in the cinema! Girls ganging up on a douchey guy… Sounds like my kinda film.
I get a couple of days off this week for the Easter break and I’m really looking forward to spending a couple of days at home with my family and Digby. I hardly ever get days off back to back, so it’s a great chance to recooperate! And my mum misses me. I hope everyone has a great Easter, enjoy the eggs, I know I will.
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Lucy x

 

‘I’m so excited for the new series of MIC!’

Hello everyone!

This week I got my hair done again at Michael Van Clarke. Because of my hair extensions I have to be careful about which products I use so that I don’t make the roots of my hair too oily. I really wanted to perfect a dark ombré look so the Michael Van Clarke salon team has been helping to darken my roots. I love my new hair!

 

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Recently I went for dinner with Jamie. He’s such a good friend of mine that its always really fun when we hang out. We love spending time together, but you’ll have to see how things turn out in this series of the show!

Last week I went to Andy’s Launch for his new clothing range Jam. It was really exciting seeing him launch the brand at Broadway in Fulham. He’s been working on it for such a long time and I’m really proud of him. Andy is such a good singer and performer, and with his tour coming up this summer he’s going to be really busy. If you haven’t got tickets to see him yet, make sure you do!

 

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This has been an exciting week as I’ve made my debut as cover girl for FHM! I had such a great day shooting and the team were amazing. I was allowed to have loads of input into the style and theme of the shoot which was great, and I deliberately chose to go down a sporty route but I want to focus on being healthy and fit. When you read the interview, make sure u take it with a pinch of salt as sometimes sarcasm doesn’t travel. I think it’s okay to talk about ways you experimented, especially if you’re an adult in a committed relationship.

On Thursday night I went to Bounce launch. Bounce is a new mini cab app in London. The fares are super cheap and it’s so easy to use! I’ve been whizzing around London, and the cars always arrive super quickly. If you download the app, you get a free £10 credit, and everyone you refer using your code, both of you get another £10!

 

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My product of the week is the Red Carpet Manicure Starter Kit. It’s an amazing gel polish kit that lets you do your nails at home with a professional result. It’s amazing for when you’re travelling and it’s so easy to top up. You can have perfect nails in less than 20 minutes! The starter kit is £65.95 and gel polishes are £12.95 each. You can get the kit and polishes at redcarpetmanicure.co.uk.

 

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I’m super excited about the new series of Made In Chelsea on Monday night! I hope you have all seen the trailer? Make sure you tweet me and let me know what you think @ImLucyWatson.

Until next week!

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