Real Heroes and bagging a treat
This week has been another busy one! I went to Ireland at the weekend and then on the Sunday I flew home VERY early to get to the christening for baby Ruby, my dear friend Robyn’s little girl. It was so lovely to catch up with my girlfriends and have some cake.
I decided to wear this sophisticated and comfortable jump suit by Lipsy. I love the nude colour, this is something I can wear again and again, in fact – I ended up driving down to Essex afterwards and having an impromptu night out still in the same jumpsuit, it’s definitely a fab day-to-night piece of clothing – you can get it here (http://www.lipsy.co.uk/store/kardashian/kardashian-v-neck-belted-jumpsuit/product-is-DR07333_041).
Here I am with my future husband and sister in law :-)
On Sunday I was on a PA in Peterborough and then had to hop on a train to London for my first appearance on Lorraine for the High Street Fashion Awards 2014.
I haven’t really done much presenting before, and it does feel a bit alien to me sometimes to talk into cameras, when I have been avoiding looking anywhere near them for 6 years, but I do enjoy it and Lorraine and Mark Heyes are so nice to work with.
Lorraine did a cracking leaving message on a video for me, which was a surprise at my leaving party, I forgot to say this on Tuesday – but thank you so much Lorraine!!!
When I left ITV Southbank I got caught by a gust of wind and my skirt blew up when I was getting into my car, Thankfully the photographers who were waiting outside didn’t see anything they shouldn’t! It could have been quite embarrassing otherwise…
Straight after Lorraine I went with my publicist to Tedworth in Wiltshire to meet some real heroes at Tedworth House.
Tedworth House aims to inspire the wounded, injured and sick and returning veterans to lead active, independent and fulfilling lives, which will enable them to reach their full potential and to support them and their families’ for life.
It is the most amazing place, with top care and support, full of opportunities providing education, training, sport and adventure in a relaxed, understanding and caring environment.
I sat down with residents to find out more about their experiences and the ways in which Help for Heroes run Recovery Centres have supported their families.
I also popped into an art class and toured the Phoenix Centre – an adaptive sports facility which was recently visited by HRH Prince Harry to mark the start of the Invictus Games selection process. It has tennis courts, a state of the art gym, pool and even a ski slope!
You can see exactly where all the fund-raising money goes, right there, helping ill and injured service men and women get better, and find ways to adapt to life. It was a truly inspiring visit and I can’t wait to get more involved with Help for Heroes charity.
To find out more about this wonderful charity, the people it helps and to do your bit – go to http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk
We left around 4pm to head back to London, caught our train and I took advantage of the down time by perusing some bridal magazines, yes – I’m starting to look for ‘THE Dress’
I know what I want, but I can’t say otherwise it will spoil the surprise!
I also checked out all the dresses from the Met Gala 2014 for some inspiration, I loved Victoria Beckham, Sarah Jessica Parker in De La Renta and her up ‘do with the flowers in her hair (very Carrie!), Rachel McAdams’ in that elegant understated pink dress, Blake Lively also in a nudey pink dress but with the sweeping cape at the back and Charlize Theron’s monochrome gown with the tux jacket over her shoulders was SOOOOOooooo stylish and cool!
I have to say I wasn’t sure about the cut or style of Kim K’s dress as it didn’t really enhance her fab curves, but I did like the deep blue on her. I also wasn’t too sure about Zoe Saldana’s dress with the big poufy lampshade style skirt. It looked a bit odd!
The following day was another early start with the High Street Fashion Awards live links in Manchester. I really enjoyed filming in the Arndale (where I actually do a lot of my shopping!).
Here’s some snaps on set – my peachy dress is River Island and my leather and pearl bracelet is by www.pearlescence.co.uk the other outfit – the white top is Zara and the skirt I think is Mango.
After filming I had about 30 mins to kill so I popped in to Chanel to lust over their handbags. I have ALWAYS wanted a Chanel bag and THIS would be the day that I finally got one!
I was given a Selfridges voucher from the cast of Coronation Street as one of my leaving presents and put this towards – THIS BEAUT!
Honestly I was having butterflies when I went to the counter, I did look at others but I figured this one would be the most practical as black goes with everything, I can fit loads in it like a make-up bag, scripts, diary and plenty more (erm, Chanel purse maybe pahahaha!), plus it’s sturdy and I can wear it over my shoulder. This was THE BEST end to a great week! THANK YOU to my friends in Weatherfield for helping me get this beautiful bag.
Lots of love