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‘Great Gatsby’ inspired outfit planning and Freddie’s first holiday

Hello everyone,

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It’s been a bag of pick and mix this week!

Illness, sunshine, filming, photoshoots and the return of….RAIN!! I have never felt more ready for a holiday. Thankfully we will be heading off to the Maldives and Dubai for our first family holiday with Freddie very soon. I am so excited although a little overwhelmed as to what to take.


If I had my way there would be no luggage allowance and I could take my whole kitchen and Freddie’s bedroom to be sure I have everything I need for him, but alas this is not the case and I MUST stick to the airline restrictions! I’ve almost mastered the art of travelling light so fingers crossed I will be able to do the same for Freddie.

When he was born very dear friends of ours bought Freddie his first passport holder, it is so cute and I can’t wait to put his passport in it. I have to say getting the picture for his passport was an experience in itself! Trying to get an 8-month-old little boy to sit still and look straight at the camera with a blank expression is the hardest thing in the world and it took a ridiculous amount of attempts, which created quite a scene in our local post office. In the end we went to a photographer who literally got it in one shot. I definitely recommend others do the same to save yourselves from feeling like the most inept parent in the world, whilst people queue for foreign exchange and stamps!

I’m so excited for our trip because juggling the Emmerdale filming schedule, Freddie, home improvements and a new project I’m working on has definitely taken its toll this week and left me with the worst cold! I have been walking around the studios stinking of Olbas oil and carrying a handbag that could put Boots out of business with its contents!


Thankfully the beginning of the week was so lovely and sunny and we were filming outside, so I was able to get some much needed Vitamin D in between takes. The Emmerdale village is such a beautiful place to work when it’s sunny (but horrendous when it’s cold and it is mostly cold) it puts everyone in a great mood! We were slapping on the sun cream because it was so hot. I always laugh at our crew when they get really bad t-shirt tans.

I also managed to do a lovely photoshoot this week with Fiona Wade (who plays Priya) and Matthew Wolfenden this week, which was great fun because it was inspired by the release of Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of  F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Now we all know I love a bit of old fashioned glamour so you can imagine I was completely in my element with all of the clothes and head pieces, not to mention the jewellery! They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, well I definitely made friends with an amazing pair of earrings!



It’s the British Soap Awards next week and i’m thinking of taking a little bit of inspiration from the shoot for my hair and makeup. Dark eyes and softly curled hair will hopefully work with the dress I’ve chosen. I’m so excited to see the film as I’m a huge fan of both Baz Luhrmann and Leonardo DiCaprio, and of course the era in which the film is set.

James and I also went to our friend’s birthday party, which was really lovely. It was so nice to spend some time together and with our friends. I did a bit of recycling with my outfit as I’d worn the dress the previous week to the ‘Wreck my dress’ experience. I’m so terrible for wearing things to death. Once I find an outfit I love I tend to wear it to everything. I’m a great believer in good value for money!


Well it’s going to be a very busy week next week because it’s my friend Donna’s baby shower, The British Soap Awards and I’m taking a little trip to see Phil and Holly at This Morning. I will definitely get pictures of that to share with you all.

Have a lovely weekend — let me know what you get up to!

Love Natalie xx

1 Discussion on “‘Great Gatsby’ inspired outfit planning and Freddie’s first holiday”
  • Hi Natalie,
    Congratulations on your blog. My advice for your holiday is just take minimum clothes you can but washing tablets aswell, babies are so messy anyway, so clean the clothes overnight in the hotel room, as long as you have plenty of babywipes and nappies, and creams he needs you should be fine.
    Well done on Emmerdale, Alicia is one of my all time favourites.

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