July, 2014

25 July
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My lovely summer: Work trips, filming and family time!

Hello Everyone!!

I hope you’re all enjoying this amazing weather we are having!

What a gorgeous couple of weeks I’ve had!! I feel like for the first time in a very long time I’ve achieved the famous but almost unattainable work/life balance. A few work trips to London combined with a spot of filming and lots of family time has equalled the most lovely summer.

First and foremost when we last spoke I was heading off to see Keith Lemon as I was due to film an upcoming episode of ITV’s Through the Keyhole, which I did and absolutely loved!! I was always a fan of the original series as I’m a bit of a nosey parker, but I have to say I think the new version is even better as it combines an insight into people’s homes with lots more laughs. If you’re a fan of ITV’s Celebrity Juice then I’m sure you’re already well aware of Keith’s humour and hosting skills and so I was indeed subjected to much mickey taking and innuendo, although I have to say Keith was actually pretty tame, almost gentlemanly on this occasion compared to Jimmy Carr, my fellow panelist along with the lovely Dave Berry, I could hardly breathe for laughing at some of the jokes he aimed me, in fact between keith and all the guests involved I laughed so much my eyes hardly stopped watering throughout the whole 2 1/2 hour shoot. As with all of these things unfortunately I can’t tell you which celebrities were brave enough to let Keith wander freely around their homes but I can say its definitely worth tuning into when it does air mid August, in fact it’s almost educational viewing thanks to one of the fantastic guests. I for one can’t wait to see it!!

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I decided to wear a customised version a little red dress from my own collection for filming Through the Keyhole, I feel incredibly lucky to be able to wear my own designs as it means I always feel comfortable, which is such a big thing when your being filmed or photographed.

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So that was a bit of work and now onto a bit of life. Whilst sitting in the Emmerdale Village green room a couple of weeks ago, I randomly decided to book a log cabin in the Lake District for the following weekend. I called my best friend Donna to see if her and her husband and their one year old daughter Emily were free to join us and as luck would have it, they were. It turned out to be such a fantastic weekend and our first (hopefully of many) holidays as families. As I’ve mentioned before I’ve been best friends with Donna since we were at school and so it was really special for both of us to be living out one of the little daydreams we used to have whilst sitting in registration about what we’d do when we grew up (I use that term very loosely). We went for long walks with the kids, had bbqs, went on a boat on lake Windermere and sat up until the early hours having wine and chats. It was lovely! I think one of the best things was that we had very little phone service and so I personally felt really relaxed as my phone is normally attached to my hand ready for me to receive emails, texts and phone calls and that’s before we even get to the social media side of things. Prior to our little break I’d become a little bit addicted to twitter and Instagram and found myself checking it constantly, and so loosing the ability to access both apps was actually quite freeing and something I’m trying to keep up to, albeit the said nosey parker in me can’t help but sometimes have a sneaky peak, mainly to see what Kim Kardashians been upto this week! Ah we all have our guilty pleasures.

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Freddie loved his little trip, and whilst we were there he decided to what has now become the norm, march up and down the lodge decking singing the Grand Old Duke of York as loudly as he possibly could. I think he believed he was defending us from the lions and tigers and bears that were obviously hiding in the woods!

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After our lovely little break I headed back to London to do some pick up filming for the episode of Tricked I did with Matthew Wolfenden and to attend the ITV summer party, which was so much fun. It was a beautifully warm night which was fantastic as the event was held outside and it was a great opportunity to catch up with lots of people you meet throughout the year but don’t necessarily get to socialise with. For instance I met the super gorgeous Claire Richards at another event recently and so it was lovely to spend some time with her, especially as we both have young children and so we had lots of mummy talk. Also this time last year we were right in the middle of filming Your Face Sounds Familiar, so it was really nice to see both Matt Johnson and Paddy Mcguiness at the party as we reminisced about the previous year and how much fun we’d had working on the show. I can’t believe its a year ago!! Time goes so fast these days. All in all it was a really fun evening with gorgeous food, drinks and company.

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Speaking of time I can’t believe Prince George celebrated his 1st birthday this week! In my mind he was still only a few months old. I feel the same about Freddie as he will be 2 next week. I can’t believe my little baby is nearly 2 already. I’m currently making arrangements for his party, which I’m really looking forward to as I’m hoping my children’s party skills have vastly improved since last year, where I basically ran around like a headless chicken trying to make up for the fact that I’d catered really well for the adults but terribly for the children (how was I to know that children under three don’t like pepperoni pizza, it HAS to be margherita!) Anyway as always ill let you know how I get on.

Speak Soon

Love Natalie

07 July
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Ascot, Emmerdale cricket, BBQs, fittings and Le Tour!!

Hi Everyone,

Thank you so much for reading my blog. It’s so lovely to hear your thoughts.

What a super busy couple of weeks!! Ascot, Emmerdale cricket, BBQs, fittings and Le Tour!!

Our trip to Ascot this year was absolutely fantastic! We always have a great time but this year was just brilliant as the sun was shining brightly and to top it off I had a winner in each race! I absolutely loved my outfit, the dress was a new design from our Enais Chapman label. I had some amazing comments from people and was interviewed by Martha Ward (Stylist and contributing editor for Vogue) on Ascot TV about it, who said I was “one of the best dressed of the whole week”. Needless to say I was absolutely thrilled as Kate and I had designed it as part of a new line we are developing and so I felt very proud.

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Apart from its legendary glamour and style one of the other reasons I love Royal Ascot is that members of the Royal family attend the meeting throughout the week. Now anyone that knows me will tell you I’m a huge fan of our monarchy and in particular The Queen and so you can imagine how excited I was to see her look DIRECTLY at me as she made her way to the Royal box, only for Prince Philip to do exactly the same.

And just to show you I’m not making it up I have photographic evidence. Now yes I appreciate from my pictures it could be perhaps argued that although she is definitely looking in my direction, her gaze may not be solely upon me, however until the day I actually get to meet her properly I will continue to insist that she is indeed looking DIRECTLY at me. It turned out to be an extremely lucky day for me as I also managed to have a winner in every race! This may sound quite funny but I always bet by my grandmas rules. She is of Irish Liverpudlian descent and it’s fair to say she knows a thing or two about horse racing, so much so that by the end of the day our other friends were asking me who I was backing as I kept winning. It’s a very simple method…..choose the Irish jockey with a blue jersey! Well it definitely always works for me.

 

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Next stop for me was the Emmerdale charity cricket match in Northwich in aid of St Luke’s hospice, The Joshua Tree and Halton Haven hospice. It was an absolutely fantastic day and again topped off by the fact the sun was shining. There’s obviously a running theme here, the quality of my days out seem to be determined by the appearance of the sun! Now normally I would say that I’m absolutely dreadful at cricket and am probably more of a joke addition as apposed to an actual valued member of the team, however on this occasion I didn’t do half bad. Ok my bowling was abysmal but I’d say my fielding (or catch, as I frequently refer to it) has definitely got better and as for my batting, well I even surprised myself. I managed to hit the ball a number of times and even scored quite a few runs, eventually retiring myself!! Now that is a first! I suppose it helped that I was playing opposite my husband and so the (very) competitive edge came out in me as I wasn’t about to let him mock me all the way home for playing as terrible as I normally do. In fact I got quite serious and even ended up wearing the full kit, of pads, helmet and gloves, which made me look a bit scary. It was lovely to have a day out with other members of the cast away from work. Chris Chittell, Bhasker Patel, Matthew Wolfenden and Joe-Warren Plant who plays my on screen son Jacob were also in attendance and so it made for a fun filled day. The crowd in Northwich were so lovely and supportive and so I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved for making it so wonderful day which raised over £5000 for the charities.

 

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Obviously this weekend Yorkshire was in the spotlight as we hosted the Tour de France, Grand Depart. What a weekend it was! The atmosphere in my home county was just amazing and I felt incredibly proud to be a Yorkshire girl. The tour started on the Harewood estate which also houses the Emmerdale village and then went on to Otley and Ilkley which are just on my doorstep, before heading off to Harrogate and York. I have to say even after 8 years as a cheerleader I don’t think I’ve ever seen as much lycra in my life. Cycling fever had completely taken over, fans, media, cyclists and members of the Royal family had all descended on Yorkshire.

 

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I know I’m biased but I think that the coverage of the race really showed how amazingly beautiful our county is AND yes the sun was even shining again as if to show us off in all our full glory! Nicola Wheeler (Nicola King in Emmerdale) was quite heavily involved with the lead up, taking part in the ITV Corrie to Emmerdale bike ride and attending the pre event dinner. We designed Nicolas outfit and I took all of her fittings on my own, which I was quite proud of as obviously I’m still learning about that side of the design process. Thankfully she was really happy with the dress and so consequently I was too….phew!!

 

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Anyways Its going to be a super busy week with a trip to the Lake District and filming for Through The Keyhole with Keith Lemon….eek!! I’m sure that will be fun and games. I’ll make sure to tell you all about it, next time.

Bye for now,

Love Natalie Xx

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