April, 2014

23 April
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Easter was the perfect family weekend – Freddie looked so cute trying to be a big boy!

Hi everyone,

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I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Easter and are not feeling too stuffed full of chocolate! I was lucky enough to have most of the bank holiday weekend off which was amazing and a real rarity with our schedule at Emmerdale and so I spent it having some quality time with my husband and family.

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Firstly James and I took ourselves off to the gorgeous Titanic Eco spa in Linthwaite in Huddersfield for the day which was lovely. When we arrived we had lunch and a glass of champagne before changing into the comfiest robes I have ever worn and slippers. I absolutely loved being able to wonder around in a dressing gown without anyone batting an eyelid as I spend so much time in Alicia’s tiny Lycra outfits, holding yourself in all day is a workout in itself!! We then enjoyed the Heat and Ice experience, which consists of visiting several different treatment rooms of varying temperatures one after the other, well I say enjoyed, standing in a freezing cold room and rubbing ice into your body most definitely wasn’t a highlight however was much needed after spending 10 mins in the steam room which felt as hot as Dubai. It’s fantastic for your circulation and getting all of the toxins out of your body apparently, I definitely felt better for it and was ready for our decleor hot stone massage. The massage was bliss!! Beginning with an aromatic exfoliation treatment and mask, the therapist then applied hot stones to my back and shoulders, which felt quite strange at first but then was amazing as the heat began to penetrate into my muscles. I really suffer with tension in my upper back and shoulders and so I can be quite sceptical with treatments as more often than not I find that although they can be lovely and relaxing they don’t tend to actually alleviate the tension, however this treatment definitely did as it was quite intense. Afterwards I was so relaxed I thought I was going to fall over! However we were then lead into a gorgeous chill out room with low lighting and huge bean bags where we preceded to fall asleep for AN HOUR!! An absolute luxury for any parent, is being able to have an hour’s sleep during the day. All in all we had a fantastic time and I would definitely recommend it to anyone in need of some chill out time!

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We then headed off to Whitby for the rest of the Easter break to spend time with our friends and family. It was fab!! All together there were about 10 of us there for the weekend, including my mum and her friends, our friends and us. It was so lovely as it reminded me of my own childhood holidays at the beach. My mum used to invent games for us to play when the weather was bad or she’d march us all down to the the beach armed with wind shields, towels, deck chairs and some form of bat and ball, ready to brave the English weather and make the most of our day by engaging in competitive sports and building sand castles. We’d then have a little picnic, which would always include sandwiches and biscuits and a huge hot flask of tea. We would eventually round of the day eating fish and chips out of paper bags before heading back home and falling fast asleep due to the amount of fresh sea air we’d had. Well we pretty much did all the same things except this time there was much more wine involved!! Freddie absolutely loved it!! He ran all over the beach, built sand castles and tried to join in with a very competitive game of French cricket! He’s becoming so independent he insisted on walking pretty much everywhere, up hills, along the sea front, around the marina. He looked so cute, bless him taking everything in and trying to be a big boy. It really was the perfect family weekend.

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Whilst we were there we also did a little Easter egg hunt for Freddie, which he enjoyed so much. The surprise on his face when he found each egg was priceless…”ooh there’s another one mummy!” “Basket please”. He did so well, he found every one! However now I’m stuck with about 10 Easter eggs!! Oh well. Yummy!!

Well as always I’ll say goodbye for now, I hope you had a lovely time time too!!

Love Natalie

14 April
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I’m really excited about my Emmerdale storyline that airs soon!

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As I said last week, I’ve been pretty busy filming at Emmerdale for a storyline that airs at the beginning of May. I’m really excited to see the finished product and how everything pieces together as we’ve all had so much fun working on it over the last month. Everyone at Emmerdale works incredibly hard and I would really love to see us recognised at this year’s British Soap Awards. We’ve had an amazing year and there’s been some fantastic performances/episodes from our actors and production team. The heartbreaking moment when Lesley Dunlop had her head shaved as part of Brenda’s brain tumour story, Charlie Hardwick and Chris Chittell’s emotional portrayal of Vals HIV discovery and of course the edge of your seat, high octane scenes between Charley Webb, Lucy Pargeter, Mark Charnock and Dominic Power during our epic Storm and Siege week in October are just a few examples of how incredible Emmerdale has been over the last 12 months.

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I know I’m biased and fiercely loyal but I really am keeping everything crossed that we pick something up this year as I feel we deserve it more than ever! If you feel the same then you can visit www.britishsoapawards.tv to vote for us. This year’s outfit choice however will hopefully be much less stressful as I will be wearing a dress from our new Enais Chapman collection, which is extremely exciting. The only trouble I am having is deciding which design I’d like to wear as I absolutely love them all… ah decisions, decisions!

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I’ve been on the go quite a lot recently and so I have absolutely loved having a gorgeous, chilled out weekend at home with James and Freddie. Well I say chilled out, Freddie had me in the garden chasing him around with a rugby ball before I made the mistake of doing a showy off cartwheel, which then resulted in me having to go on to perform 7 more in a row!!! This I could do quite easily 15 years ago when I was a cheerleader, however now I’m afraid it’s a huge task, that requires the energy of a sugar crazed 6 year old or 5 consecutive red bulls. Needless to say I’m not a 6 year old and I hate red bull and so by the end of the seventh cartwheel I thought I was going to be sick. Definitely a party trick that is going back into the box, not to be brought out for a VERY long time! We also took Freddie to a lovely little country pub near our house where you can watch the aeroplanes taking off from Leeds and Bradford airport. He absolutely loved it and got so excited whenever one set off he shouted “Goodbye aeroplane, see u soon!” which thankfully the other diners found endearingly amusing as opposed to incredibly annoying… well it seemed like they did anyway.

After all that jumping about, I was definitely in the need for mummy’s treat time! This normally consists of a lovely relaxing candle lit bath with a glass of wine, followed by applying some gorgeous lotions and potions, (my faves being my Chanel Coco Noir perfume, Neostrata face wash and Elemis skin bliss capsules) then heading off to bed before 9.30pm… bliss!!

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This weekend also saw the return of Britain’s Got Talent, which I absolutely love! I’d even go as far as to say that it’s probably my favourite of all the talent shows as each year you just never know what you’re going to get. Last years winners Attraction, were absolutely incredible and had me in tears with their moving piece of shadow theatre and this years show opener definitely didn’t disappoint. Back were the fantastic four judges, Simon, David, Alesha and Amanda ( this is my favourite judging panel line up) alongside Saturday night faves Ant and Dec, who witnessed both the crazy and sublime from a vast array of auditionees. The acts ranged from the wonderful to the very weird and had me both crying and laughing in equal measure. My favourite acts from Saturday night were, gorgeous classical boy band Collabro who performed Stars from Les Miserable so beautifully, Soprano singer Lucy Kay and my absolute favourites Paddy and Nico, a 79 year old Latin dancing grandma and her somewhat younger dance partner. My eyes nearly fell out of my head, firstly at the unbelievable acrobatic moves they performed within their routines and secondly at how incredible Paddy’s legs were at 79 years old. She puts most 20 year olds to shame. She lost her husband when she was 70 and turned to dancing to fill the void. She is an absolute inspiration and a real testament to the fact that Britain really does have talent… of all ages!

Anyway I’m going to say goodbye for now and speak very soon.

Lots of love

Natalie Xx

07 April
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I’ve got a big story line on Emmerdale – stay tuned!

Hi everyone,

Thank you so much for reading my blog!! It’s been another busy couple of weeks with filming, developing the dress line and of course being a mummy, I feel like my head’s in a spin.

The highlight though was definitely Mother’s Day. Freddie woke me up with the words “Happy Mummy’s Day”, whilst holding (very carefully with both hands) a plate of toast and jam. He’d obviously been practising with his daddy and was so proud of himself that he’d got it right that he kept repeating it at the top of his voice. It absolutely melted my heart, to hear my little boy speak so clearly in his little voice was so lovely, it made me cry! I had such a gorgeous day.

After having breakfast in bed and opening my cards, my favourite being one that Freddie had made at Nursery, I came downstairs to find a present waiting in the kitchen. I opened it to find a gorgeous framed poster that had all my favourite things written on it. Old Hollywood films, roses, and Audrey Hepburn were just a few of the things featured in there. It was so personal to me and so thoughtful… I absolutely loved it! We then paid a visit to both my mum and James’ mum before heading off to one of our favourite restaurants in Ilkley, which again was another surprise. It was the perfect Mother’s Day, James definitely earned brownie points for his efforts this year ha ha!!

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I’ve also been very busy filming at Emmerdale over the last month as I’m part of quite a big storyline that airs in May. As always because we are filming quite a few weeks ahead I can’t give away too many details but I can say that’s its very funny which has been so lovely as the last year for my character Alicia has been very dramatic. I’ve also been working with my fantastic on-screen family, Roxy Shahidi, Joe Warren-Plant and Matthew Wolfenden, which to be honest doesn’t feel like work at all as we have so much fun together. We’ve also been filming quite a lot on location and thankfully the weather has been relatively good with even a few sunny spells. As the village at Emmerdale seems to be at a permanent 0 degrees, I can’t tell you how much of a blessing it is when the sun finally shines. Nevertheless I always love filming on location as quite often we have all the big filming rigs, lights and cranes and you’re really reminded of the fact that you are making a TV programme. It’s really easy to forget when you are in the studio a lot as everything is filmed so quickly and it runs like clockwork, there’s hardly any downtime. As I said the episodes we’ve been filming will air in May and I can’t wait to see how it all looks as we had so much fun filming everything.

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I’ve also been busy with our Enais Chapman dress line. Our first collection of dresses is currently in production and we are shooting the images for our first lookbook in May which is incredibly exciting. As all of our dresses are “made in Britain” by our team of seamstresses and pattern cutters it means myself and Kate have been able to oversee every step. I have absolutely loved the whole process so far, as dress design has always been a passion of mine. So much so that when I was 8 my mum bought my a mini singer sewing machine and gave me an old pair of net curtains with which I made wedding dresses for my Barbie dolls!!! It’s amazing to see the dresses come to life, from sketches to toiles and in a few weeks the final versions that will eventually go on sale in our online boutique….eek!!!

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Well anyway I’ll say bye bye for now and speak again very soon.

Love Natalie xxx

P.S. I still managed to find the time for the odd girls’ night and date night with the hubs!!! Well, work hard, play hard I say ha ha!! Xx

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