June, 2014

20 June
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I had the family holiday I’d always imagined…

Hello Everyone!!

 Hope you’re all well and enjoying the sunshine!!

Well following on from last week I managed the 7 hour flight to Dubai unscathed, I only wish I’d’ve been as chilled out as my son, who totally put me to shame as he lay in his PJs watching films before casually falling asleep, whilst I routinely sat with my hands gripped on the arm rests awaiting the slightest bump and so for me it was a VERY long flight. Oh to have no fear!!

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It was so hot this year and so I was very grateful that Freddie took swimming classes last year as thankfully he spent most of his time in the pool with us splashing about and marching up and down the shallow end singing ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’ at the top of his voice. Consequently I’m also very thankful for the invention of headphones as most of the other holidaymakers were oblivious to his very loud performances which varied between him singing lovely little songs and screeching like a banshee when he didn’t get his own way.

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We really had the most incredible time and there were moments when I felt a bit overwhelmed as I was having the family holiday I’d always imagined we’d have when James and I first got married. It was also really lovely as whilst we were there we celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary. We’d chosen to stay at the same hotel as where we’d honeymooned and so it brought back lots of very happy memories whilst creating new ones with Freddie.

He really came into his own whilst there, I felt like he turned into a proper little boy as I watched him chatting to people and playing games with James in the pool, in particular ‘let’s pretend to be crocodiles and get mummy’. I loved it!! Listening to his laughs and squeals as they got closer to me was so wonderful as I’m away at work so much I don’t get to hear them so often.

We also paid a visit to the Dubai Mall which was amazing as it hosts the largest indoor Aquarium. Freddie’s face was such a picture when he saw all the amazing creatures swimming around. All in all we had a really fabulous time, in fact I was quite sad when we came home. Oh well I’ll just have to book again for next year!
So no sooner had I unpacked my case from Dubai I had to pack again for a little trip to London with the Emmerdale gang as we were nominated for Best Soap at the Freesat Awards. Even though sadly we didn’t pick up the prize (that went to our Corrie cousins) it was a really fun night. As I’d been away it was lovely to catch up with people and see what everyone had been up to. Most people had taken part in a huge charity event in Aberdeen which takes place every year. This year was particularly successful as the Emmerdale team helped to raise over £100,000 pounds for the Funding Neuro charity. http://fundingneuro.com
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I’m really proud to be part of Emmerdale as I feel as a collective we try so hard to raise funding and awareness for so many different charities. We have a cycling time, a running team, a charity band, a football, cricket and netball team, everyone tries to get involved in whatever way they can.
I’m heading off to Royal Ascot this weekend, which I’m so excited about! I love having a little bet on the horses and Ive been quite inspired by my Ascot themed Hello shoot for my outfit choice. I normally choose monochrome but I’ve gone for quite a striking colour this year. No doubt I’ll post some pictures in next weeks blog and let you know if I had any big wins. Fingers Crossed!!
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Bye for now!
Love Natalie Xx
09 June
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Fun on BGT and my super glamorous HELLO! shoot

Hello Everyone!!

As always thank you so much for reading my blog and for leaving your comments.

It’s been a manic couple of weeks with a trip to Britain’s Got Talent, filming Emmerdale and a super glamorous HELLO! shoot, and that’s at the same time as trying to pack up my family for our holiday to Dubai!!

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Britain’s Got Talent was so much fun and I am so pleased that my favourites Collabro were the winners of the whole competition. I’ve championed them from the start as I thought the were all individually very talented but as a collective they were amazing!! Their vocals were beautiful and complemented each other wonderfully and I felt they were different to anyone else on the market as they were a musical theatre harmony group as opposed to opera or swing which we’ve already seen before. I think my opinion was also helped by the fact they chose songs from one of my favourite musicals ‘Les Miserables’. I went to watch the last semi-final with my lovely friend Nikki as I was appearing on Britain’s Got More Talent alongside the super gorgeous and glamorous Laura Whitmore and Jason Gardiner. It was a really fun show which saw me not only giving my opinions on the acts of the night but also dancing away to the Klaxons and playing ‘Give us a clue’ with its original host and legend Lionel Blair! I absolutely loved it and I think Stephen Mulhern was even more brilliant than normal, this years slightly different format really suited him. All in all Nikki and I had a brilliant night which ended with super late night food in soho and a rickshaw back to our hotel! Only the best for us!

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Last week I flew to London to do a gorgeous ‘what to wear for Ascot’ shoot for HELLO! I’ll actually be attending the meeting on the 21st of June so it was fantastic to get some tips and advice as the rules for the dress code can be really strict. It was a fabulous day albeit absolutely freezing! None of us could believe it. There we were shooting beautiful summer clothes and it felt about 2 degrees. Nevertheless it was still a really fun day and definitely one of the most glamorous shoots I’ve ever done. The team on the shoot were so lovely and really helped me feel at ease as obviously I’m not a model even though I do really enjoy dressing up. I loved how daring the stylists choices were as it made me feel even more distanced from myself, I felt like I was a 1950′s Parisian socialite in some of the outfits! I loved it! Diana, the photographer really helped me to get into character too as she has the most gorgeous Venezuelan accent that made me feel a million miles away from London and she was also really helpful at giving me lots of direction so I could get into character otherwise it’s very easy for me to become really self conscious as obviously I’m an actress and not a model. I can’t wait to see the final pictures, fingers crossed they look as glamorous as I felt doing them.

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After the Ascot shoot I hopped back on a flight to Leeds, which was actually quite a big deal for me as I absolutely hate flying and yet there I was on a 40 minute flight home all by myself!! I’ve found the best thing for me is to actually get a window seat so that I can see exactly what’s going on outside and almost convince myself that I’m flying the plane in a kind of Krypton Factor way, otherwise I get freaked out quite easily, the slightest bump has my heart beating ten to the dozen. The flight was also good practice for the 7 hour flight to Dubai I was about to embark on the following day. Eeeek!!!

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Anyway I can tell you all about that next week as I’ve probably waffled on as always, so I’ll say goodbye for now and speak very soon.

Lots of love

NatalieXx

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