30 March


Styling, Spas and Easter fun!

Hello Everyone!

Thank you for reading my blog! It’s been a fun couple of weeks with filming, a spa visit and Easter. I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy both work and play alongside training for our forthcoming trek which has been challenging but again fun.

I’ve been covering the styling on This Morning’s Friday makeover item for a while now and I love it. It’s fantastic working with the team and creating a whole new look for the makeover nominee. I particularly enjoyed last week’s item as I was able to introduce separates into the feature. We were making over a 49 year old barmaid named Julie who’d over time stopped experimenting with style and had become dependent on black, practical pieces as the base for her everyday wardrobe. She’d told me at the beginning of the day that she’d like to be a little more daring with her style and introduce more colour, however wasn’t keen on pinks and pastels which made her feel washed out. I therefore opted for a bright acid green skirt with an oversized flower print from monsoon twinned with a delicate v neck top from Wallis. Julie had fabulous arms and so I wanted to show them off and so the capped sleeve on the top was perfect, however the look would still work with a 3/4 length sleeve if you wanted to cover your arms. The deep V was brilliant for accentuating Julie’s chest area. I would always say if you have a larger bust to stay away from round neck tops as they can make you look bigger than you are, whereas a v neck shows the décolletage and is much more flattering and slimming. In order to keep the look fresh I accessorised Julie’s outfit with a tangerine coloured court shoe and rose gold clutch bag.



Metallics are a huge trend for this season having been worn by the likes of Kendall Jenner, Vanessa Hugdens and Alexa Chung and so I wanted to incorporate a hint of it into Julie’s outfit.


Even though Julie had her reservations about the shoes clashing with the skirt I assured her that the vibrant brights would actually compliment each other as they’re both from a citrus family and so I was thrilled when upon her ‘reveal’ she said how much she actually loved them. It was a great makeover with both Bryony and Percy working their magic on Julie’s hair and makeup and personally I was really pleased with the styling. Its always a lovely moment when the nominee and their family finally get the opportunity to see themselves and Julie’s reaction was wonderful. She was really happy with the look we had created for her as were her family with her mum even having a tear in her eye. I really enjoyed it and am very much looking forward to creating something different for this week’s nominee.

Julie’s outfit.


Skirt Monsoon £69
Top Wallis £24
Shoes Topshop £59
Bag BHS £18

For my appearance I too opted for florals as it’s another huge trend for this season with Erdem, Stella McCartney and Dolce & Gabbana using floral prints in their collections. My dress however was from Oasis and is a great high street take on the trend. The black base colour allows the dress to be worn in both winter and summer and so it’s a really versatile buy that will take you through all seasons.


Dress Oasis £45
The weekend after filming I visited Oulton Hall hotel and spa for an overnight spa break with my friend Lisa who’s a script supervisor and who also has a 3 year old. It was a great trip and allowed Lisa and I to have a bit of downtime and a catch up as we’ve both been very busy with work recently. Whilst there, we both had some fabulous ESPA treatments including a back massage, facial and head massage. I loved the head massage and facial. As I said in my last post I’ve been really suffering with cold and sinusitis over the last few weeks which has made my face and head feel very sore due to pressure build up. The facial massage was brilliant at alleviating some of the pressure in my sinuses alongside hydrating my skin and scalp. Both mine and Lisa’s therapists used a blend of oils for our head massage that left our hair looking really shiny and healthy post treatment, which was perfect for our dinner at the hotel restaurant later on in the evening. We had a great time together and it was lovely to be able to relax and catch up on each other’s lives and children.



Whilst I’m on the subject of wellbeing I recently took part in the Neom happiness programme which has been great and very interesting! Neom worked with 100 people on the programme designed to decrease stress and anxiety and promote a healthier mental state using the power of aromatherapy combined with exercise and lifestyle tips. With the use of specifically designed products including the ‘Happiness’ home candle and ‘Great Day’ shower gel and on the go mood mist, I was able to create a sense of calm and well being throughout the 28 day programme thus leading to a more relaxed state of mind. This resulted in better concentration, quality of sleep and an elevated mood. I really enjoyed the programme and can definitely feel the positive effect it’s had on me. My favourite product has been the on the go mood spray which basically lets you create a home spa wherever you are. Using a blend of 8 essential oils including wild mint and mandarin it works with your senses to create a feeling of balance and happiness. As I’ve been travelling a lot for work recently I have absolutely loved this spray and can honestly say I’ve had some of the best nights sleep using it. Sleeping in hotels when working away can be difficult as there’s always something going on and you’re away from your family so I very rarely sleep well, however a couple of sprays of this stuff on my pillow and I’ve been out like a light and so felt much more focused at work. It’s brilliant, so much so that I’ve recommended it to all of my friends and family. I really enjoyed the programme and have definitely been able to incorporate aspects of it into my daily routine.


Alongside the happiness programme I’ve stepped up my gym training in preparation for the Trek I have coming up in June as part of Trekfest. I’m doing the 50km route which works out at roughly 31miles across the Brecon Beacons. Having previously hiked mount Snowden and Scafell Pike, I know I need to get increase my stamina and endurance and so am combining lots of cardio work with distance training. It’s challenging but I really enjoy it and it’s much easier when you have a goal to work towards. I’ve been doing lots of running to develop my cardio strength and have recently discovered a new womens sportswear brand called Adanola who do fantastic sports bras and leggings. It’s so important to have the right sports bra when training and I particularly love these ones as I feel everything is held in place due to the cross back straps and elasticated material. I also really like the sport leggings that create shape due to cleverly designed cutouts and panelling. If you haven’t got a bum like Kylie or the Kardashians these leggings will give the illusion that you have! I really love mine and they’re a great alternative to a lot of the colourful work out gear I have.


After training and work we celebrated Easter with some of our best friends. I’ve previously had to work most bank holidays and so it was lovely to be able to be with my family and friends over the 4 day weekend. On Easter Sunday itself we began the day with an egg hunt around the house as the weather was so awful, there was no way we could do it outside! Freddie was so excited, I really love seeing his imagination at work as he fathoms out ideas as to why the Easter bunny has put certain eggs in certain places. After our hunt we then had a full chocolate breakfast of chocolate milk and Nutella on toast. There’s only three days of the year where that’s allowed to happen, Christmas, Easter and his birthday! Later in the day we joined our best friends Donna, Danny and their 3 year old daughter Emily for an Easter soirée at their house. Donna is so good at providing entertainment for the children, she had a table full of Easter themed arts and crafts for them to play with which kept them occupied for the majority of the day. Fred particularly enjoyed painting polystyrene eggs and then displaying them in egg cups. It was a really lovely family filled day with lots of laughs and LOTS of chocolate!


Well I’m going to say goodbye for now as we are heading off on our travels again soon and so it’s back to packing. I’ve become a bit of an expert at it with me travelling so much recently. Anyway I shall speak to you again soon and keep you updated with my trek training. If anyone would like to donate to my Just Giving page then please feel free to visit here. Any help is greatly appreciated!

Love Natalie Xx

14 March


Fashion Week and the Marvellous Maldives

Hi Everyone

Thank you so much for reading my blog!!I’ve had another jam packed few weeks with London Fashion Week, filming, and another work trip to the Maldives it’s been pretty chaotic but also great fun! Although I’m paying for it now as I’ve now had the worst cold for well over a week!

As fashion month came to a close last week I was lucky enough to have attended London Fashion Week catching a number of shows including Jasper Conran, Zandra Rhodes and Julien Macdonald (which was incredible!)


Unfortunately I was only able to be in London for the first few days of presentations as I had other commitments later on in the week, but in true fashion week style it was as manic as ever.



My weekend began with a trip to the Clio Peppiat presentation whose designs I love as they’re so fun but this collection had a real element of sass and sexiness too. The collection named Motel Clio was inspired by the various characters that check in to a motel and the adventures that they lead. Mixing sequinned love hearts with sheer bodices and bunny eared mule shoes the collection retained Clios sense of humour whilst showing a more daring side of her creativity. Cocktails, canapés and a slice of Gloria Estefen were the order of the day at Clios Motel and I loved it!!

From the Peppiat presentation I then headed across to the Bora Aksu show although I got completely stuck in traffic and so only just managed to sneak in mid way through to catch the rest of it. Again it was a beautiful collection, set in St Andrews church and to the soundtrack of gothic church music it was much darker than his previous collection. Filled with berry, black and crimson tones the collection retained Boras use of lace appliqué and organza intricately cut to create movement alongside structure with the over all look accentuated by braided hair and dark eye make up. It was an extremely strong collection with many incredible pieces .

From the Bora Aksu show I then made my way across to Carlton House to catch the Ong Oaj Pairam show which again was beautiful. If you were a fan of Cheryl Fernandez Versini’s tailored jumpsuit on last years X Factor then I’m happy to tell you that Ong designed it as part of his SS16 collection. His designs tend to mix romanticism with structure and tailoring and this collection was very much of that ilk. It was an intimate setting that felt perfect for the decadence of the designs. Evening dresses featured swathes of material embellished with tiny cut out flowers and ombré tassels. Sheer sleeves combined with heavy velvet created a feeling of sumptuous luxury. I loved it and you could tell this collection had been a work of love as when the designer emerged to take his applause he appeared extremely emotional as his audience gave a rapturous applause. And well deserved it was!

From the Ong show I then met up with one of my best friends Lauren to attend both the David Ferreira and Pam Hogg shows both held at the Freemasons hall. I said this last season but what I really love about fashion week is the eclectic mix of collections, no two designers are the same and it’s fascinating to see how their ideas manifest into 3D pieces. For example David Ferreiras collection felt as though it had been inspired by the sea whilst Pam Hoggs retained the essence of punk glamour that she’s renown for. Both used clever engineering in their designs and yet the collections were extremely different with David’s having a soft almost ethereal feel whilst Pam’s was tough yet fun.

As is always the case with Fashion Week you need an array of outfits to attend the shows, however I kept my changes to a minimum this time changing three times on day 1 (I know that’s still quite a lot!) and only 2 on day two.

My day 1 outfits were:


Outfit 1
Jumper by Geneviee Sweeny,
Leather skirt, Vintage
Patent boots by Ego


Outfit 2
Jumpsuit by Asos,
Shoes by Jimmy Choo
Coat by Zara


Outfit 3
Dress by Elizabeth and James
Shoes by Jimmy Choo

Lauren and I finished our day by attending the Cambridge Satchel Company garden party in Covent Garden which was a really lovely event showcasing their latest pieces. I love the their bags! They’re such good quality and the cross body ones are so practical when you have a little one as you can make sure you’ve always go both hands free!

My second day was just as jam packed as the first as I sat front row on Jasper Conran, Julien Macdonald and Ashley Isham before then heading to the Zandra Rhodes presentation followed by the Barrus X Rolls Royce party in Berkley square. Alongside the excitement of the shows it was also a fabulous day as I got to catch up with my other best friend Sharon who joined me in the afternoon.

However I started my day by heading off to the BFC show space at the brewer St car park and just like last season I had to battle the rain, it is quite unfortunate that both our fashion weeks tend to be right in the middle of our rainy seasons (although to be honest we get so much rain all year round I actually don’t think it would matter when they were held!) anyway needless to say I was more than a little annoyed as the damp gave me limp hair for the Jasper Conran show (thankfully I was later rescued by the lovely team at Paul Edmonds salon in Knightsbride). I was lucky enough to be sat front row at the show and so got to see every detail of the collection and a fabulous one it was too! Jasper’s designs were sleek and sophisticated combining geometric motifs, stripes and beautiful tailored outerwear. For me there was a strong sixties influence with block heels, tights and round hats, however I felt it was a modern take on the era as skirts fell below the knee and knitwear was oversized. It was a gorgeous collection, I wanted to wear every piece, especially the coats which were exquisitely tailored.


After the show I made my way across to Knightsbridge to see the lovely guys at Paul Edmonds salon for a bit of a hair makeover as I’d got sodden earlier! My fabulous stylist Lamia decided to do a loosely curled half up half down style with an intricate knot at the back. I loved it and it really showed off the neckline of my dress. From the salon I then jumped in a cab and scooted across to no 1 Mayfair to watch the hotly anticipated Julien Macdonald show. It was a bit of a frenzy outside as the paparazzi captured pictures of the likes of Amber and Yasmin le Bon, Kelly Hoppen and Ella Eyre who all made their way to the front row once in the building. I too was sitting on the front row for the show and so once again was able to admire the detail and engineering of every single piece. The venue was absolutely stunning with huge blooms and cocktails and canapés being served in the lobby area. Julien created a brilliant atmosphere before the show had even begun with an amazing soundtrack of 70’s/80s disco beats, perfect for the glamour of the collection. I’ve always been a fan of Julien and love how feminine and fierce his designs are, they’re perfect for those occasions when you want to make a statement and as a performer the theatrical nature of his pieces has always caught my eye. I personally feel that this particular collection though is one of his very best. The intricate beading and embellishments which adorned the majority of the designs were a real labour of love. This was highly apparent as the models made their way down the runway, each jewel reflecting fractures of light like lasers. It was amazing! The choreography of the show was also fantastic as no sooner had one design past you another would be making its way in a different direction towards you to enable 360 viewing. The audience gasped, sighed and applauded at each design as the models made their way around the sumptuous surroundings. It was an amazing show and it was lovely to see Julien take his bow to a well deserved applause at its finale. For me it was one of the highlights of what had been a frantic but fun couple of days.




My Day 2 outfits were:


Outfit 1

Dress by Asos,

Shoes by Kurt Geiger


Outfit 2

Bralet and Trousers by Zara

Shoes by Asos

The following week after fashion week I headed back to the Maldives to work on a piece for This Morning on the worlds best spas. My location for the film was the incredible Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi resort and spa. Now I’ve been fortunate enough to have visited the Maldives numerous times both for work and pleasure and I have to say I think Huvafen is perhaps the most beautiful island I’ve visited so far.


With fabulous stretches of pure white sand, crystal clear turquoise waters and lush tropical gardens it really is paradise. We stayed in a beautiful villa called The Cube which housed its own entertainment area, luxury kitchen, private pool and stunning beachfront location. It was gorgeous! As was pretty much everything else at the resort. The incredible infinity pool with its far reaching views of the Indian Ocean was the perfect place for letting your cares slip away (which I was able to do at the very end of that shoot as we’d had an awful lot to cover in the previous day’s filming.) The food was also stunning, ranging from tasty vegan treats at the overwater restaurant RAW to the impressive evening buffet which catered to all tastes, even having its own sushi bar and lobster station. The Lime spa, the subject matter for our piece was incredible. Set beneath the ocean, it was the Maldives first underwater spa and looks out over the beautiful coral reef that supports the island. Whilst having a variety of different treatments including the aptly named ‘pulp friction’ (an exfoliation treatment that uses the pulp of coconuts grown on the island) you can watch a plethora of sea life including clown fish, Jack fish and sea amole, It’s truly mesmerising and so relaxing. Whilst on the island we were also treated to an intimate concert by Grammy award winning songstress Joss Stone who was performing at the resort as part of her Water for the Soul world tour. It was a fantastic night and actually quite surreal as just over a hundred of us were treated to classics such as ‘Fell in love with a boy’ out in the middle of the Indian Ocean. It was also the perfect finale to our whirlwind trip as the next day we headed back home. I completely fell in love with the island and so hope to return in the near future for a holiday so that I can continue my island adventure there.






As we were filming away and in the heat I made sure I packed a few of my favourite beauty essentials for the trip including my trusty Urban Decay eye shadows which are so perfect for highlighting as well as creating a soft golden look that’s perfect for the beach! My favourite colour is sin which has a hint of pink, it’s brilliant at highlighting your cheek and brow bones as well as being an eye shadow. I also took along my GHD split end therapy serum, which uses heat to protect your hair from further damage and my Kerstin Florian eye rescue eye masks which are fantastic at rejuvenating tired eyes. These were particularly handy as we began shooting immediately after we landed on our 13 hour flight. The Neroli water used in conjunction with these masks smells amazing, creating a home spa wherever you are!



Anyway I’m going to say goodbye for now as I’m feeling quite sorry for myself and need to get my head over a Vicks steam bath! But just to say I will be joining the lovely Cath Tyldsley and on this years trek fest in the Brecon Beacons on June 4th/5th. James will also be doing the 50km route with me and we have chosen to raise funds for Bliss. If you would like anymore information or would like to donate then please visit https://www.justgiving.com/Natalie-Anderson-shepherd/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=20160314_58137

Any support is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!

Speak again very soon,

Lots of Love,

Natalie Xx

09 February


Filming, family time and a romantic weekend away

Hello Everyone!

Thank you for reading my blog! It’s been such a busy few weeks filming various pieces for This Morning, Red carpet events, a family trip to the theatre and finally a romantic weekend in the lakes! I can’t believe it’s February already!

I have to say I’ve really enjoyed the start of 2016 as so far it’s been a lot of fun with one particular occasion being the National Television Awards held at the O2 in London. It’s one of my most favourite awards ceremonies as not only do you get to catch up with a lot of people you haven’t seen for a while it’s also very grand and so everyone really makes an effort with their outfit choices. This year was no exception! As awards season is in full swing having recently had the Golden Globes, Critics Choice and SAG awards I think many attendees of the National TV Awards took inspiration from the red carpets of Hollywood with their outfit choices.


A few of my favourites from the evening were, the stunning Kara Tointon who wore a beautiful, ethereal gown by Nevena Couture worn with a modern take on the classic chignon. Also wearing white, Holly Willoughby looked incredible in a stunning custom made Suzanne Neville dress that perfectly hugged her curves. I also loved that she kept her hair relaxed, choosing soft waves to avoid the overall look becoming too structured. My third favourite of the evening was Amanda Holden who I thought looked amazing in a dress by Jessica Choay whose signature style mixes elements of lingerie with evening wear. Amanda’s gown was just that as it encompassed a sheer bodice adorned with delicate lace pieces combined with a floor length skirt with a side split highlighting Amanda’s fabulous figure. I loved that her look was strong and fierce as she kept her makeup dark and sultry which emphasised its overall sexiness. It was very Parisian and therefore I loved it!


For myself I decided to opt for a bit of colour and chose a design by Elizabeth and James which was simple in its silhouette yet bold in its coral colour. I absolutely loved wearing it as it was quite a different style for me. I accessorised it with my beautiful gold Casedai shoes, (which I adore as they make me feel like Cinderella given the fact they are embellished with Swarovski crystals) my trusty Oasis clutch bag and jewels from Swarovski Atelier and Kate Spade. To complete my look I had my own glam squad which included Head make up artist at Benefit cosmetics Lisa Potter-Dixon and James O Neill from Paul Edmondson Salon in Knightsbridge. As I’d gone for a strong colour with my dress I wanted to keep everything else quite soft and so Lisa created a gorgeous bronzed look with my make up using products from Benefit and Urban Decay whilst James teased my hair into a low ponytail accentuated with delicate waves around my face. I loved the whole look and felt amazing on the night!!


The night itself was great fun, especially as I got to spend it with a lot of my friends from Emmerdale including Fiona Wade and Gemma Atkinson. It was also really lovely as Gemma was nominated for best newcomer at the ceremony and had asked me to design her gown for the evening which was a huge privilege. Gemma has got an amazing body and so I worked with her to design a dress that we both felt would accentuate that. The dress was in a shade of dark emerald and consisted of a high necked bodice with a full cut out back and full skirt with a thigh high split and train. She loved it and so obviously I did too. Its such an amazing feeling to see someone wearing your design, particularly if it’s bespoke as you’ve taken it from sketch, to fitting to reality and so you feel a real sense of pride when it’s completed especially when it’s worn to such a huge event as the National Television Awards. I was also thrilled as Gemma was on quite a few of the post ceremony best dressed lists too! It was a great night, especially in terms of fashion, I now can’t wait to see what the Oscars, Baftas and Brits bring!!


After the excitement of the NTA’s I went back to work for This Morning covering several fashion items in the studio and couple of features elsewhere, in particular Manchester where I presented a piece on the only northern state school which teaches the famous Montessori method. The method is currently seeing a rise in popularity in this country as Prince George recently started at a Montessori nursery school. As Freddie starts school in September it was a really interesting feature for me to present as I was able to see for myself how the method is applied to teaching and how the children respond to it and I have to say for the most part I as pretty amazed as I witnessed children who were excited and happy to be at school and who seemed to thrive in the atmosphere. It’s definitely given me a lot to think about with regards to how we teach Fred at home.

It was also quite handy that I was filming in Manchester as Mary Poppins was on tour there and so we all went to watch the show after I wrapped filming. I’m so glad we got the opportunity to see it as it was absolutely incredible I’d even go as far as to say it was one of the best musicals I’ve ever seen and given that I have a musical theatre background that’s really saying something. Zizi Strallen one of the younger Strallen sisters (the nieces of Bonnie Langford and highly acclaimed musical theatre actresses) was absolutely outstanding as Mary, literally ‘practically perfect in every way’. It’s such a hard role to take on as Julie Andrews was just beautiful and iconic as the original Mary, however Zizi really does and incredible job, I sincerely hope she is being considered for the rumoured remake of the original film.

Her performance totally exudes the grace, elegance and precision of the entertainers of a bygone era, I honestly felt like I was watching a modern day Ginger Rogers. Although for me Zizi was the star of the show the other cast members were also fabulous, particularly the children playing Jane and Michael banks, they were so accomplished despite being so young. I loved the production as a whole with one of my favourite numbers being the Chim Chiminee tap routine which was just incredible as was ‘Supercaligfragalisticexpealidodious’ (that’s so hard to spell, nevermind say!) we all had the most wonderful evening, with Freddie trying his best to sing all of the songs the following day! As its a touring production it’s covering the majority of the country and so would highly recommend going to see it if it comes to a theatre near you.



Whilst I was in Manchester I got completely soaked with this never ending rain and so managed to quickly pop into a little place called Kara’s blow dry in the hope I could have my hair rescued and avoid looking like a drowned rat on our night out at the theatre. Thankfully my lovely stylist Chloe managed to rescue me and gave me a gorgeous bouncy blow dry that I absolutely loved!


I’ve since been able to recreate the look at home after I got a few new hair tools due to the fact that my hairdryer pretty much died on me after such repetitive use! I’ve now replaced it with the Ghd air hairdryer which is fantastic and saved me literally from the worst hair days as having naturally curly hair I’m extremely prone to the dreaded frizz! Again not helped by this incessant rain! However this hairdryer uses heat technology to dry the hair from the root downwards and so it dries sleek and shiny, it’s absolutely brilliant and has halved the time in which it used to take to dry my hair. In order to re create the bouncy look from my blow dry at Kara’s I use the Ghd curve to curl the ends, before brushing it out and spraying with Loreal Infinity hairspray. I’ve always been an Elnette girl but I find the Infinity actually keeps the curl just that little bit longer. I love that I’ve found a way to create this style at home and in such a short space of time as it creates a very polished overall look which is perfect for filming on location or if your going anyway nice.



After filming and theatre madness, James and I headed to the lakes for a post Christmas/pre Valentines weekend away (our Christmas present to each other) and it was gorgeous! We stayed at a beautiful hotel called Brimstone which is part of the Langdale Estate and situated near the Langdale pikes. If anyone is wanting a last minute trip away for Valentines, again I would highly recommend you check this place out as its fantastic. James and I stayed here 3 years ago when Freddie was very little as I didn’t want to be too far away from him on our first trip away without him and we absolutely loved it and our second visit was just as good! Built in the style of an alpine lodge, Brimstone exudes relaxed luxury. From the moment you park the car in an under ground bunker and are then escorted directly to your room (no checking in here) via a gorgeous entrance lobby complete with exposed slate and a roaring wood burning fire you feel like you’ve stepped into a secret hideaway.


The rooms at Brimstone are beautifully decorated in muted colours of green, grey and copper accentuating the natural surrounds of the hotel. Each room houses a huge ‘in room’ bath from where you can watch TV or listen to your own personal playlist on the apple docking station whilst bathing in Orla Keily products. Signature rooms offer wood burning fires and mezzanine levels, with all guests benefiting from the gorgeous reading room where you can sample afternoon tea and a selection of fine wines, beers and coffees. It makes for a super relaxed stay!



One of my favourite things about Brimstone is the Wainwrights Inn which is a little pub at the end of the main hotel complex which serves traditional gastro pub food and drink however there’s no need for messing around with bills and money as you can just charge everything back to your room. The atmosphere at Wainwrights is great as there’s a real mix of honeymooners, families, walkers and locals and even the odd dog or two who tend to take residence in front of one of the gorgeous roaring fires. I love it! As its part of the Langdale Estate Brimstone also benefits from the use of the spa facilities at the main hotel building which can be so nice after a long day out walking, which James and I did despite the fact we got hailed on, rained on and nearly blown away! Another nice little perk of the hotel is the use of its Berghaus room which houses walking boots, coats, waterproofs, rucksacks and torches all for loan (free of charge) to its guests. It’s such a great addition to the hotel as you know you can pack lightly given that you can borrow all of your walking gear when you get there. All in all I absolutely love this hotel and we had the most lovely relaxing time together without having to travel to far from home. It’s definitely a must for anyone planning a romantic mini break.

Speaking of romance as we near Valentine’s Day I wore a valentine inspired outfit to present a makeover feature on This Morning just recently. The dress is from Karen Millen and is a couple of years old but it just shows you that a staple little red dress is always current! I’ve put together a little edit of my favourite Valentine inspired pieces which are perfect for celebrating the day itself.



From Left to right clockwise
Beaded bag £11 Accessorize
Red Heart Dress £930 Christopher Kane
Heart Bag £110 Marc Jacobs
Black dress with mini hearts £125 Essential Antwerp
Shoes £110 Vivienne Westwood
Heart watch £40 Oasis
Gold heart bag £18 Simply Be
Heart Earrings £65 John Lewis
Heart Shoes £445 Charlotte Olympia
Dress £200 By Sun

Well I’m going to say goodbye for now as I’m filming a few new pieces for This Morning alongside looking forward to London Fashion Week in the next couple of weeks. I’m so excited! I can’t wait to see the new collections for AW/16.

Anyway lots of love and speak soon,

Natalie Xx

05 January


Hello Everyone and a huge Happy New Year!!

I hope you all had a wonderful time over the Christmas period. Ours was really lovely with our family and friends coming and going throughout and then we spent the New Year in beautiful Whitby on the Yorkshire coast.

image1_1As much as I love Christmas I do also like to start the New Year. I think I must be one of the only people who actually looks forward to January and getting back to order. Like most people I tend to over indulge at Christmas and so look forward to putting my mind and body back together at the start of the year.

image9Now I never really tend to be one of those people who makes drastic New Years resolutions as I often feel it puts too much pressure on me and so I always end up breaking them, however James and I have made a pact that we are going to try doing dry January this year in order to give our bodies a detox.

I’ll let you know if we succeed!! Last year I spent the first part of January on the 5 day juicemaster juice plan which was fantastic and made feel great with the most notable benefit for me being mental alertness. Although I’m not sticking to a 5 day plan this year, I am incorporating fresh juices into my everyday diet as I love how clean and healthy they make me feel. Jason Vale (the juicemaster) has some fantastic recipes if you’d like to try them for yourself. www.juicemaster.com.

image8 Alongside detoxing my body during the first part of the year I also like to get back to keeping in shape. It can be so hard to keep up to it over Christmas as there’s so many parties, gatherings, Christmas shopping and last minute wrapping to do that the time seems to run away with you and so I know it’s a bit of a cliche but I like to set my goal for jan to start looking after myself again.

I’ve actually done very well this year though as I gently started back in the week between Christmas and New Year as I knew we were spending New Year by the sea which would be perfect for a couple of long walks in the fresh air, the best way to get back into the swing of things. I also took a couple of yoga classes at the gym in preparation for this week when I will be back to working out 3/4 times a week. The other thing I like to do to motivate me over Christmas is to buy some new work out wear. Now as a huge Victoria’s Secret fan I bought quite a few bits from there whilst in New York just before Christmas but I’ve also got some new pieces from online fitness retailer Zaazee.

I have to say I absolutely love the Zaazee Capri pants as they give fantastic support whilst you’re working out and they’re fun and feminine in their design. I’m actually really looking forward to getting back to the gym and to see if I can shake up my workout plan this year with a few new classes/ideas.

If you’re looking for some inspiration for your work out wear, I’ve put together a little edit of my fave pieces available to buy now.

Clockwise from left to right:
Nike Bra Top £41
Adidas sweatshirt £49
Dorothy Perkins vest top £8.15
New look leggings £18
Adidas by Stella McCartney top £35
Nike Leggings £50

Trainers centre top to bottom
Nike trainers £48
Puma trainers £41
Reebok reflex trainers £44

As I mentioned earlier our Christmas was rather hectic as we had so many things to attend and then had friends and family over for the most part. Although I say it was hectic if I’m honest I wouldn’t want it any other way. One of the best compliments I had was “this is like being in home alone”. Now as Home Alone is one of my absolute favourite Christmas films, probably because at the time of it’s release I was the same age as Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) but also because I fell in love with the idea of huge family Christmases after watching it, I was absolutely thrilled that my family had likened our gathering to that of the McCallisters, although all of our members were accounted for!

Christmas morning itself was wonderful as James and I watched Freddie open his presents with absolute delight, it was amazing to see how much he’d changed since last year when he was only just beginning to understand the concept of Santa Claus. This year he kept shouting at our security alarms “thank you Santa, I’ve tried to be a good boy” as the red dot appeared in the corner (come on we’ve all done the Santa’s watching trick with the sensor on the alarm). His belief was magical to watch and it really made Christmas all the more special to see it through his eyes.


Following on from Christmas we then made our way up to Whitby to see in the New Year with our friends who have a beautiful holiday home there. It’s becoming a bit of a tradition as we were also there last year. We had such a fantastic time and got to have a gorgeous new year walk on the cliff tops, which was so refreshing and started the year off perfectly getting the good old sea air into our lungs.

Whilst in Whitby I also managed to purchase a gorgeous new blanket coat which I totally fell in love with from a little shop on the harbour. I’m a bit of a collector of these coats as they are perfect for early mornings on filming locations and also for travelling as they double up as a blanket for transit and stylish coat for when you arrive. Needless to say I was thrilled with this one!

image6If you’d like something similar here’s a few I’ve found on the high street.


Clockwise from left to right:
Joseph cost £745
Paul and Joe Black tote £250
Liberty coat £500
Warehouse £70
Over knee boots Kurt Geiger £115
Oasis Grey faux fur collar coat £35
New Look coat £35

Now I wrote in my last blog that just prior to Christmas I had two back to back filming trips with This Morning. Well the second of those trips was for a competition piece which is now being aired everyday on both This Morning and Loose Women. We filmed on location in the Maldives at the 5 star Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef resort and had the most fantastic time.

image3I absolutely love the Maldives, I think it’s perhaps my most favourite place in the world having firstly spent our honeymoon there in 2008. We’ve been back many times for anniversaries and birthdays and so have many special memories of the beautiful islands. I therefore felt incredibly lucky to have the opportunity of working out there.

Set in its own coral reef the Vivanta by Taj is quite a small island that you can walk around within 10 minutes. It houses beautiful beach villas on one side and over water villas on the other. I stayed in a gorgeous over water villa that had direct access to the lagoon and fabulous far reaching views of the ocean.

The hotel has 3 fantastic restaurants that serve the most wonderful food with my favourite being The Grill which is situated on stilts over the lagoon and has a starlight floor which mirrors the incredible views in the skies if you get a clear night.

The crew and I loved trying to work out which constellations we could see. It was such a fantastic trip that really pushed me out of my comfort zone as normally I’m a real scaredy cat and tend to always be very cautious however for our filming I tried snorkelling, travelling at high speed on a speedboat, venturing out over choppy waters on a dhoni (traditional Maldivian boat) and feeding stingrays on the shore.

image4I was so pleased that I tried everything as I now have some great memories. For filming I wore a variety of kaftans and cover ups alongside pretty beach dresses and wedges. My favourites however were my multi coloured floral kaftan and crocheted coral cover up both from accessorise. The colours work so well both on camera and against the backdrop of the white sand and turquoise sea, perfect for a bit of winter sun!


Well I’m going to say goodbye for now. The awards season is upon us and so I will be scouring my eye over the best looks and gowns over the coming weeks. I wish you all a fantastic start to the New Year and speak
again very soon.

Lots of love

Natalie Xx

16 December


A trip to New York, The X Factor and getting ready for Christmas!

Hello Everyone,

I hope you’re well, thank you so much for reading my blog. It’s been an even busier than usual few weeks with back to back work trips for This Morning, a visit to the X Factor and a Bliss charity event.

Firstly though I’ll start with my amazing trip to New York with the team at This Morning. It was such a fantastic experience as New York is one of my most favourite places having visited many times before, including a trip on  my 30th birthday and so it was a real luxury to have it as our chosen filming location. We worked with an American crew which was very interesting as I got to see both the differences and similarities in the approach to filming.

For the most part it was pretty much the same as working in the UK although there was perhaps a little bit more emphasis on making everything look picture perfect which was great for me as it meant we got to film a lot of pieces using a ring light. A ring light is an expensive piece of equipment that is often used in photography to create a bright effect and can light the face really well, which is very helpful when travelling across time zones as it helps you look less tired…hurray! It was a really jam packed schedule as we had so many locations to cover in a very short space of time, including Rockerfeller Centre, Greenwich Village, Times Square and Central Park, however because of the pace it was also really exciting.NatalieAnderson-a

Whilst we were in New York we stayed at the very beautiful Knickerbocker hotel which is situated just off Times Square. I absolutely fell in love with this hotel and would highly recommend it to anyone travelling to the city in the future. With its relaxing, spacious rooms featuring  walk in showers and huge beds, two gorgeous eateries and an incredible rooftop bar it’s an absolutely fantastic place to stay to discover all of the sights and sounds of the city.


As I mentioned earlier we had several locations to film at throughout our stay although I particularly enjoyed filming in Greenwich Village as we managed to do a few pieces outside of the house used as Carrie Bradshaw’s house in Sex and the City and at the famous Magnolia Bakery where during our break we sampled its famous fayre (well it would’ve been rude not too!). We also went skating at the Rockerfeller centre and took a horse drawn carriage ride around Central Park which was lovely although super cold as it was a really beautiful sunny day.


Another highlight of the trip was our wrap dinner at Beauty and Essex in downtown New York. Again I can not recommend this place highly enough, beginning with its intrigue as you enter a tiny working vintage shop, selling antique jewellery, musical instruments and other such items, you are then escorted through a secret door into a large and very beautiful dimly lit dining room full of fresh flowers and with its own DJ playing both old and new r&b tracks. It’s feels very New York cool. Although it’s quite a laid back place the menu is very sophisticated offering delicacies such as crab ragoon and lobster tacos, which were delicious! We had such a brilliant time there as it combined all the atmosphere of a happening New York club with the dining experience of a Michelin starred restaurant. I will definitely be visiting again in the future.NatalieAnderson2-a

Although we were extremely busy with our schedule we still managed to do a very quick bit of shopping in our last few hours in the city. Although we now have it here I still paid a visit to Victoria’s Secret to pick up a couple of cosy track suits… I love a good bit of lounge wear, it’s so nice if you’re spending a day at home or need something to chill out in after a long day at work that’s not quite pjs. It’s also great for the plane if you’re travelling on a long haul flight, which we indeed had back to the UK and so I was suitably attired changing very quickly into my new purchases as we took off. It was a fantastic trip where I learnt an awful lot and managed to find a few new places to visit again in the future.


For the trip I took several outfits for filming with my favourite being my blue Abercrombie and Fitch jeans, Daniel fringed suede boots, black polo neck and Zara faux fur coat. I wore this outfit when we were filming in Greenwich Village, the home of Carrie Bradshaw and Times Square and so felt I could be a little more daring than my normal classic go to look. I also wore my hair in a messy top knot to give the look a relaxed feel. It was quite nice to be able to experiment a bit. I think that’s the refreshing thing about New York, in terms of style anything goes.

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Prior to our New York trip I made a quick visit to the X Factor as I was appearing on The Xtra Factor panel. It was such a good night and great to see the final acts of the competition perform live. Obviously we now know that Louisa Johnson became the winner of the competition and so I was feeling very smug this weekend as I’d predicted her to win during my appearance on the show a few weeks before. Having seen her perform live I can honestly say she really is star! For a 17 year old her composure, talent and confidence on stage is staggering and yet she seems like a very lovely, humble girl who just really wants to follow her dream. I’m sure she has an incredibly bright future ahead of her and can’t wait to hear what kind of album she makes. Good luck Louisa!


To attend the show I wore my new Lavish Alice playsuit. I really love this outfit as its so comfy and yet very festive due to its bright red colour. You can find it here. http://www.lavishalice.com/new-in-c20/red-open-sleeve-structured-playsuit-p1928


If you’d like to go for something more classic than a playsuit then I’ve put together an edit of 5 of my favourite little red dresses available to buy now for the Christmas season. Pair with metallic accessories for a truly festive feel.


Clockwise from left to right:
Lace dress £56 True Decadence
Shoe string strap £315 Zimmerman
Lace/satin prom dress £85 Karen Millen
Cutout mini £85 Elizabeth and James
Red lipstick £20 Estée Lipstick
Gold Sandals £165 Via Spiga
Gold Clutch £125 BCBG Max Azria
Red Hydrangea dress £640 Parlor

After the madness of X Factor and New York it was really lovely to be closer to home this weekend as I was asked to open the ‘Wall of Hope’ at Harrogate Hospital Special Care baby unit. The wall features photographs of grown children who were born prematurely either on their own or alongside their parents. I love the idea of the wall as I think it gives parents whose babies have arrived prematurely a sense of hope as they can see the development of other children born in a similar situation. It was such a lovely day and I got to meet some incredible children and their families and also got to chat to the fantastic staff on the unit, who were all so welcoming and kind.


As its Christmas Freddie and I got into the spirit of it by making mince pies which was so lovely. Now I’m not the best of cooks so you can imagine I was thrilled to bits when they turned out to actually be quite nice. I will admit I did cheat a bit buying a jar of mincemeat to fill the pies with as opposed to making my own, but I didn’t want them to be inedible so I say it’s the thought that counts. We had such a nice time rolling out the pastry together and then cutting them into discs ready to be filled. Freddie decided he wanted to decorate a few of them and so he made a few little pastry shapes to go on top alongside an F so that we didn’t forget that one was his. It was so lovely, made even better by the fact they actually tasted good.


Well I shall say goodbye for now as I’ve still got quite a bit to do for Christmas, every year I say I’ll be more organised but I never am! I hope you all have a really wonderful Christmas and speak soon.

Lots of Love,

Natalie Xx

17 November


Barbados, Text Santa and Little Black Dresses…

Hi everyone,

Thank you so much for reading my blog! As usual it’s been a pretty hectic few weeks as I had the most lovely birthday followed by an amazing trip back to Barbados with James and Freddie which was just fantastic. I also filmed several pieces for This Morning, including a very special item for Text Santa that will be aired on the show in December. It was such a wonderful piece to be part of and I can’t wait to see the final edit.

I’m one of those really annoying people that celebrates their birthday for as long as they possibly can! And so the festivities began with a little catch up with a couple of the Emmerdale girls; before having friends over to stay for my actual birthday; a family party the following day; and then leaving for Barbados the day after that. It was a bit of a party marathon and I was definitely ready for the rest I can tell you.


We flew to Barbados with Virgin Atlantic who I’ve never flown with before but had heard great things about. As a nervous flyer I can tell you the experience was fantastic! Not only because Freddie was an absolute dream for the whole nine hour flight (he fell asleep for just over an hour and then watched movies and played with his trains for the remainder) but because the staff were brilliant and the aircraft felt really spacious, which allowed you to actually relax.

The experience was the same on our return journey, flying on the A380 airbus I actually enjoyed the flight which really says something coming from me. The staff were so accommodating, the food was great and the selection of in-flight entertainment had me laughing my head off as I chose to watch Spy starring Melissa McCarthy (anyone who’s a fan of Bridesmaids will love this film!) I would definitely choose to fly with Virgin again and can completely understand why I’d heard such great things in the first place.

It was amazing to be back in Barbados as I’d had such a brilliant time with the team at This Morning back in August, however this trip was even better as I had my family with me. I couldn’t wait to show James and Freddie all the great things about the island.


Whilst in Barbados we stayed at the Tamarind by Elegant Hotels which was gorgeous. Situated on one of the most beautiful bays in Barbados, the Tamarind benefits from stunning white beaches which fall into turquoise waters, incredible views and in particular some of the most gorgeous sunsets I have ever witnessed in my life! Paynes Bay also houses Number 1 Sandy Lane, an exclusive property that is frequently inhabited by Rihanna. The hotel itself is relatively intimate having two pools each with their own bar and three restaurants which serve from an all-day menu.

The food was fantastic! One of my favourite things about Barbados is the food, I love eating fresh shrimp with rice and peas or blackened fish with caesar salad which you can pretty much get at most eateries as the fish, shrimp and lobster are freshly caught every day. The hotel has a really relaxed vibe and is fantastic for families – one of the reasons we chose it in the first place.

Pretty much all of the staff knew Freddie’s name by the end of our trip and even made sure he was never parted from his new BFF Woody (from Toy Story) who was nearly left behind several times after finishing up meals. It would have been an absolute disaster given that they are almost inseparable! Woody even made it onto the beautiful catamaran we took around the island.


Speaking of sailing around the island we had the most incredible time aboard the Cool Runnings luxury catamaran. With its private chef and fantastic crew, it’s definitely a treat I would highly recommend to anyone visiting the island. The crew – in particular chef Mariel – were amazing with Freddie, allowing him to steer the boat, draw pictures in the beautiful air conditioned cabin and finally introducing him to the wonderful sea turtles….he absolutely loved it, as did we! We sailed back to our hotel just as the sun was lowering in the sky which created a beautiful backdrop to what had been an amazing day that I felt incredibly grateful and thankful for.

It was an absolutely fantastic holiday which ended with a cocktail party and BBQ held by the Tamarinds management and included live music, stilt walkers and a little audience participation during the limbo act…yes I did partake in a little limbo action. It was also a trip where Freddie really progressed with his swimming, spending pretty much all of his time in the pool and finally conquering the doggie paddle…hurray! We had such a great time and a really unforgettable holiday.


Prior to going away I attended the RSPCA Animal Heroes awards in London with one of my best friends, Sharon, which was a fantastic event.

I had been asked to present an award alongside Danny-Boy Hatchard from Eastenders, who brought his beautiful dog along. There were many animals at the ceremony which was really lovely to see and it was amazing to hear their stories, from abandonment, to bravery, to intelligence and companionship, these animals were truly remarkable.


Hosted by Amanda Holden, there were many other famous faces also in attendance, including Ricky Gervais and Brian May who were both awarded with accolades for their campaign efforts of animal rights and welfare.

Although difficult at times due to the video montages and stories of horrendous animal cruelty, it was primarily a night of celebration and recognition for our beautiful animals and their amazing owners. We had a wonderful evening and it was lovely to spend some quality time with Sharon as she has been on tour with Love Me Tender the Musical.


To attend the event I wore a black midi dress with sheer panelling from BCBG Max Azria and my trusty Asos stilettos.

I’m a real fan of the little black dress as I think that it’s a real investment piece that can live in your wardrobe and be recycled year after year. It’s also a great piece for the festive season as you can use accessories to either add some sparkle or keep it cool and classic. Below is an edit of my fave LBD’s which are available to buy now ranging from high fashion to high street.


Clockwise left to right:
Bandeau Prom: River Island £86
Clutch Bag: Coast £49
Belted Mini Dress: Balmain £2305
Sheer Panelled: TFNC £23
Shoes: Kurt Geiger £120
Feather and beaded mini: £490 BCBG
Feather dress central: Alice and Olivia £655


As I said at the beginning, no sooner had I got back from Barbados I was straight back to work for This Morning on a special piece that will be shown as part of a series for ITV’s Text Santa Appeal. It involved me heading up to Edinburgh to meet with the wonderful Neilson family. This years’ Text Santa’s chosen charities are, the Make A Wish Foundation, Macmillan and Save the Children.

We were there to witness a very special wish granted by the Make A Wish foundation to the Neilson family and in particular their nine-year-old daughter Morgan. I don’t want to spoil the surprise so I won’t go into any more detail. Hopefully you’ll be able to catch the piece when it airs, but it’s safe to say it was a huge honour and privilege for me to witness it and I really had a job keeping my emotions in check.


As we’re nearing Christmas I’ve been keeping a look out for some of the best festive make-up lines, and coming in at the top spot is Chanel’s new take on their old classic rouge noir nail polish, Le top coat lame.

Originally made globally famous for being the stand out beauty look of Uma Thurman’s Mrs Mia Wallace in cult classic, Pulp Fiction, the line has been given a festive update with the addition of gold lame.

Now as far as I’m concerned every lady needs a bit of Chanel in her life and at £18 for the polish it’s the best place to start. I indeed did that very same thing at the tender age of 15 and it has been my go-to shade of cool ever since. I’ve also put together some other festive beauty buys that would either make a lovely gift for someone else or indeed a luxurious treat for yourself.

natalie-anderson4Clockwise left to right:
YSL Touch Éclat Christmas set £25
Bobbie Brown Bellini mini lip and eye palette £26.50
Lancôme Vernis in love 555 £13.50
Chanel Camelia de Plumes £42.30
Burberry Lip Mist in Oxblood £22.50


Well I shall say goodbye for now as I’ll be heading off to London later this week to present a Christmas item on This Morning followed by a quick stop at the X Factor studios. I’m very excited as I feel the competition is really hotting up now, anyway I’ll let you know how I get on and as always if you need any more information on anything I’ve posted please just let me know.

Love Natalie Anderson

20 October


Halloween fun, Disney on Ice and Beauty Buys

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Thank you so much for reading my blog. After a quick visit to This Morning to talk all things Halloween and an evening at Disney on Ice in Manchester I managed to spend the back end of the week at home in Yorkshire which meant lovely long walks and nice roast dinners! Yummy!

I absolutely love this time of year, I think the autumn colours make everything look so pretty. The yellow and red leaves and rich brown textures create such a warm feeling, twinned with the drawing in of the evenings it’s no wonder we all begin to hibernate a little bit. It’s the perfect time to bring out the candles and cosy blankets and watch your favourite films, which is exactly what we did this weekend, after screaming at the X Factor 6 chair challenge that is. The X Factor has become so brutal you have to have nerves of steel just to watch it never mind go on the show and next week seems to be even worse as the judges houses results take place live!! I don’t think I’ll be able to stand it, but nevertheless will probably still end up watching even if it is through my fingers.

The other thing I love about this time of year is Halloween. As my birthday falls just a week before it, I’ve had many Halloween themed birthday parties over the years with one of my favourites being my 13th with my best friend Mariesa whose birthday is exactly a week before. We regularly celebrate our birthdays together as that way we get to see all our friends at once as its often so hard to get them all together due to the fact they all live in different parts of the country.


Anyway as someone who enjoys the fun side of Halloween it was great to present an item on This Morning covering it. I love working on This Morning as its so energetic. As it’s a live show there’s always an element of anything could happen and I think that’s quite exciting. I was presenting the item with the very gorgeous make up designer Bryony Blake who is just so lovely. We were creating a variety of looks with my favourite being the plastic toy soldiers from Toy Story, it was quite funny though as the green make up reminded me so much of my time at Wicked as you’d forever be seeing make up artists with green hands. I really liked that we presented costumes that weren’t necessarily scary as I think its a great way of introducing younger children into the spirit of the festivities without them getting scared. I did laugh to myself quite a bit though as whilst I was waiting for Holly and Phil to finish their link I had to wait holding a little dog called Ladybug who was dressed as a pumpkin. Now anyone who knows me will tell you that I really love animals but am perhaps not the best at handling them so the idea of me holding a dog no matter how small, live on national television had real potential for disaster. However Ladybug was gorgeous and really well behaved in fact it was me that was a bit naughty as I was giggling to myself at the idea of what could go wrong but thankfully we were all fine and the piece went really well. Did I mention there were also children in the item….and they say never work with children or animals!

As we were covering Halloween I decided to pay a little tribute to Wednesday Adams and wear a shirt dress with ankle boots. To complete the look the lovely Michelle at This Morning created a deep smoky eye and teamed it with a dark burgundy lip colour. A vampy lip is perfect for this season: Here’s a few of my faves!






Clockwise from left to right

Nyx Simply Vamp lip cream £4.50
LA Splash Lip Couture £9.05
Tom Ford Lip Colour £38
Laura Mercier Creme Smooth lip colour £17

After the fun at This Morning, a day or so later we headed across to the MEN in Manchester to watch Disney on Ice and I don’t know who enjoyed it more….Freddie or Me! I do have a tendency to embarrass my family at these things as I insist on singing all of the songs in my best musical theatre voice…poor Freddie and James! It was such a good evening and really nice to see a few other people there too, particularly the gorgeous Cath Tyldsley who attended with her friend’s twin girls, perfectly dressed as mini Elsa’s from Frozen. Freddie absolutely loved it, especially the Toy Story and The Little Mermaid sections or as he described it “the bit with the Nemo’s mummy!”. I found myself taking more pictures of Freddie watching the show than pictures of the show itself as it was such a lovely experience to see his face light up at each new part of the performance. You could see his little imagination really working overtime and when his new favourite person ‘Woody’ skated onto the ice he was overjoyed…it was magical! I personally loved the Frozen section, most probably because I think I know every word to every song in the film (I don’t!) and that I can sing every single note (I can’t), but also because the ice setting really suited the film’s content and so it felt perfect. There are so many other amazing parts to the show and I would definitely recommend it to other parents, especially at this time of year as we move towards christmas, it’s a really special treat!




As I said at the beginning I spent the rest of the last week having a bit of downtime at home in Yorkshire which I absolutely loved. I feel so lucky as there’s so many incredibly beautiful places on our doorstop such as Harrogate, Otley and my favourite Ilkley. Ilkley moor in particular is such an amazing place to walk, hike or just sit and take in the views. You can visit in any weather and it still maintains its magic. Being a proud Yorkshire girl it’s really important to me to get Freddie out and about in our local area and so over the last few weeks we’ve spent weekends walking up on the moor and having little adventures with him before heading home to a lovely roast dinner. I’m very passionate about children getting out in the open and learning about nature and thankfully Freddie really enjoys it. He’s got a very vivid imagination and so the more we make an adventure out of it the more he wants to do it which is really great.


Obviously for walking up in the hills you need to be suitably attired and I have absolutely fallen in love with my new Old Harry sweater. It is so cosy and warm and I love that it’s oversized, it almost looks like I’ve stolen it from James which creates a really relaxed look. Depending on the weather I’ll either wear it with jeans and wellies (footwear I was once completely averse to until I had Freddie!) or if it’s dry and sunny my gorgeous new Carvela over knee boots. I love these boots so much. Because they’re flat they’re really practical but the soft leather and over the knee length gives them a sophisticated modern edge. They’re great for taking you from the outdoors to a country gastro pub.





Before I say goodbye this week I just have to tell you about a gorgeous new skincare product that I’ve found.


Left to right

Time Bomb complexion cocktail £24
Elemis Quiet Mind Temple Balm £17.50

I’ve been using the complexion cocktails from Time Bomb for a couple of weeks now and absolutely love the results! The products are part of a range from Time Bomb that aim to combat ageing and as I turn 34 at the end of this week I’m very much open to trying new products. These skin cocktails are fantastic. My favourite however is the one with a shot of H2 Omega for parched, dehydrated skin. It also includes coconut and chia oils in its ingredients which release essential fatty acids and water soluble hydrators into the skin resulting in a soft and supple complexion over night. I loved the idea of the cocktails but wondered if it was just very clever marketing however I can honestly say I really love them and even James has commented on how much brighter my skin looks. I’m definitely going to have a look at the other products in the range as I’ve been so impressed with these.


Another quick find I’d like to mention for anyone who struggles to get off to sleep is the Elemis ‘Quiet Mind’ temple balm. My husband James really struggles with his sleep sometimes but this tiny little blue bottle has really helped him over the last few weeks. It has essential aromatherapy oils that work with your senses to ease you into a lovely deep relaxing sleep. He has definitely benefited so much from using it as have I. You only need a tiny bit across your forehead and you sleep like a baby. For anyone who has a particularly busy mind that you’d like to switch off at bed time this really is amazing!!


Anyway I’ll say goodbye for now as I look forward to a week of celebrations and getting ready for my birthday trip away.

Speak very soon

Love Natalie Xx

Ps As always if you need any more info on any of the things I’ve talked about in this weeks post please leave me a message in the comments box and I’ll answer as soon as I can.

12 October


My 5km survival race, This Morning and fittings with Gemma Atkinson

Hi Everyone,
Thank you for reading my blog! So yet again this last week was a bit crazy with 3 trips to London, a 5k obstacle course, filming for This Morning and fittings with the gorgeous Gemma Atkinson for her Inside Soap Awards outfit.

In my last blog I told you how I was going to be taking part in the first ever Bear Grylls 5k survival race as part of a team for This Morning and last weekend we actually set out on completing the challenge. Although I was extremely nervous due to the fact that for four days after the initial training session with the Marines I could hardly walk, I did actually end up having an absolutely amazing time.


The 5k was one of a series of events that took place at North London’s Trent Park as part of an endurance festival headed up by survival expert Bear Grylls, with other challenges including a 10K and 30K race. The day began with our team consisting of Jeff Brazier, Sarah Howell, Anthony Brown and myself being briefed by Bear himself before taking part in the warm up. He’s an extremely good motivator and as someone who’s a bit a fan I was a bit over excited about meeting him particularly as James and I have watched numerous of his survival documentaries and so as he declared “remember heroes are made not born” I let out a very over zealous Ramboesque Yeah!! in agreement. Needless to say it was a little embarrassing! Nevertheless we were all raring to go and so as Bear declared the race open we all set off with the hundreds of others taking part. Our team split into two groups with a boys division and a girls one, each with our own cameraman and sound engineer. Our crew were amazing as they were doing the course carrying heavy equipment and so even though they weren’t actually taking part in the obstacles they still had a really tough job.


Sarah and I started out at a really steady pace accompanied by our lovely Marine Aaron. I say lovely now however there were moments on the course were I was secretly cursing him for pushing us to our limits! We ran for a little while before beginning the obstacles which totalled 20 altogether and included climbing ropes, monkey bars, parallel bars and huge climbing frames. Although some of them were really difficult I really enjoyed doing them and I felt they broke up the journey as I’m rubbish with just straight running.

I also loved the outdoor element of the race as we were led through woods and fields and even into muddy rivers. Sarah and I were doing really well for time with me even completing a full set of monkey bars. I was so pleased with myself, I’ve never done it before and so felt a little bit like Lara Croft, although Lara Croft would never be so uncool as to whoop and shout ‘yeay I did it, I’m so chuffed!’. My Lara Croft moment was short lived though as with about half a kilometre left to complete the race I was taking part in the parallel bars challenge and I twisted my shoulder, aggravating an old injury. It was so painful and made me feel quite sick, however Aaron encouraged me to carry on and I didn’t want to let the team down so I tried my best to keep going. I did find it incredibly difficult though as we still had 3 obstacles left, all which required upper body strength and so as I completed each challenge I could feel my energy draining. With the finish line in sight and Jeff, Anthony and the other crew cheering for us to finish I pushed through with Sarah to cross it, only to immediately lie down on the ground with relief (and to stop myself being sick!).


Even though that last kilometre was hard, I absolutely loved the experience and definitely want to do it again next year, albeit with much more training. It was such a great atmosphere after the events too as they had a huge stage with various live acts, bbqs and other activities for both children and adults including zorbing, bungee jumps and rope climbing for the little ones. I’m hoping next year we will do it as a family as they also have a Cubs race for very little ones. Although I was primarily taking part in the challenge for This Morning I was also able to do it for charity and so I chose to run for Bliss baby charity whom I’ve worked with for a very long time. The charity provides essential care for babies born too sick, too soon and too small and also provides support and assistance to families. It’s an amazing charity and so I was happy to have raised some more money for them. If you’d like anymore information on the charity please visit www.bliss.org.

A couple of days later our team then visited Philip and Amanda to let them know how we’d got on. It was lovely to see everyone, especially as we were all clean and shiny and not full of mud and sweat as we had been after the challenge. It really was a brilliant experience and one that I felt very lucky to take part in with such a lovely group of people.


No sooner had I finished on the This Morning sofa I then had to quickly fly across London to meet the gorgeous Gemma Atkinson as I’d designed her outfit for this year’s Inside Soap awards. When we were at the TV choice awards a couple of weeks earlier she’d commented on how much she’d liked my red jumpsuit and so I’d said I can design one for her. About a week later she called and we got designing.

Gemma has got the most incredible body as she works out a lot, however as with most women their were certain parts she wanted to cover and others she wanted to flatter and so I designed a jumpsuit that I felt would do both. I suggested to Gemma that we expose her back for a very sexy yet sophisticated look but that would also mean your attention would be drawn to her amazing bottom. I would then tailor the trousers to create shape at the back whilst keeping a sleek silhouette at the front. I suggested to her a dark navy material as I felt it would make both her eye and hair colour pop and was also a move away from conventional black. She loved all of my ideas and so we began with our fittings. I absolutely loved the finished product and thankfully so did she. On the night itself she looked incredible and also made many of the best dressed lists which as you can imagine for me as the designer was amazing. It’s definitely one of my most favourite pieces to date.


I was unable to attend the awards this year as I was working but it was incredible to see that Emmerdale won 8 awards including best soap and the lovely Michael Parr who plays Ross Barton picked up four including best actor. I’m sure everyone celebrated and had an amazing night and I felt incredibly proud and thankful that the whole team back in Yorkshire had been recognised for all the hard work they put in to make it. Well done Emmerdale!

I was working on another item for This Morning last week and was reunited with the crew from Barbados which was fantastic as we’d not seen each other for a month or so. It was so lovely to catch up with them all and find out what everyone has been up to as well as reminisce about our amazing time out there. I’m actually going back to Barbados in a couple of weeks with James and Freddie as its my birthday. I’m really looking forward to it as I can’t wait to show them all the fantastic places out there and amazing things to do, in particular I can’t wait to introduce Freddie to Bob the turtle!


After filming for This Morning I then made my way to a private performance by Ellie Goulding at Kellogg’s Chime for Change event at the Hospital Club in Soho. The event was fantastic with Ellie giving an incredible acoustic performance of her greatest hits to an intimate audience.


The event hosted by Rachel Riley took place in aid of Kellogg’s Bring Colour Back campaign which encourages people to take black and white selfies and place them on social media with the hashtag #bringcolourback. The campaign as part of Guccis ‘Chime for change’ aims to raise awareness of the plight of women and girls across the world who have been denied education, health and justice. It was an absolutely fantastic event and a real privilege to be there.


Here’s my black and white selfie with the lovely ladies from Kellogg’s!



As I’ve been dashing about a lot over the last few months this weekend I was able to have a really relaxing time at home and so I was also able to finally open my new treats from Neom. I’d seen the products when we were at Ribby Hall and as I wanted to create a spa like atmosphere at home I got quite a few products from the range. I love the range as they are created using gorgeous aromatherapy oils that help you relax including lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood. With a lovely hot bath and a glass of wine they’re perfect for creating a home spa. I particularly love the candles and diffuser as the smell creates layers of relaxing fragrance throughout the house. I also love the the hair, face and skin oil which is perfect to use at night as the lavender promotes a healthy sleep.


If you’re looking to purchase some treats for yourself of for someone else this month remember it’s breast cancer awareness month and many companies have included special lines in their ranges with a percentage of sales going to breast cancer care. A few of my favourite products are Crabtree and Evelyn’s Eveleyn Rose line, Elemis limited edition Illuminating flash balm, Jo Malone red roses cologne and GHD limited edition pink straighteners.


Clockwise from left to right:

Crabtree and Evelyn body cream £28

Elemis Pro-radiance Illuminating flash balm £33

Jo Malone red roses cologne £89

GHD straighteners in pink platinum £165

I particularly love the Crabtree and Evelyn products as they are so luxurious and so even if you don’t want to splash out on yourself they would make a stunning gift for someone else with a sizeable percentage of the sale going to help people going through cancer treatment. The rose cologne in its gold ornate bottle looks beautiful and twinned with the delicately fragranced rose body cream you could make someone feel really special.


Rose Eau de Parfum £45

I also really love the Elemis illuminating flash balm as its great to use under your make up to help lift tired skin.

Anyway I’m going to say goodbye now as I’ve another busy week ahead but as always if you’d like any more information on anything I’ve posted please just let me know in the comments box.

Speak Soon,

Love Natalie Xx


It was Paris Fashion Week last week but as I was working for This Morning I was unable to attend despite being invited to quite a few shows. As you can imagine I was a bit gutted however you can’t have it all as I love working with This Morning. Thankfully though with social media now you get to see the show reports very quickly. I love Paris Fashion Week as a lot of my favourite designers show there, including Chanel, Balmain and Valentino, and as ever I wasn’t disappointed. I loved how Chanel dressed their set as an airport, it’s so artistic and clever and really sets the scene for the presentation. Here are my favourite picks from my favourite SS16 PFW collections.


30 September


Short Breaks, Pride of Britain and Best Beauty buys!!

It’s been a pretty chaotic few weeks with me reporting on London Fashion Week exclusively for Hello! last week, attending various awards ceremonies and presenting fashion on This Morning! I was therefore thrilled to have some down time with my amazing family and friends this weekend which was fantastic.

Myself, James and Freddie along with my best friends and their children stayed at the gorgeous Ribby Hall holiday village near Preston and had the most wonderful time. There’s so much to do there for both adults and kids alike including family swimming with water slides, pony trekking, boating, nature trails and a 5 star spa which the girls and I totally took advantage of!


Not only is there plenty to do activity wise there’s also so many lovely places to eat too such as a pretty little tea room serving speciality breakfasts and the most wonderful cakes and buns, Freddie in particular did a pretty good job of devouring a chocolate cupcake before having a bit of a sugar melt down that turned into tears and tantrums resulting in no further park action with the other kids! However he did eventually calm down once the sugar had worn off ready for us to enjoy dinner at the Tapas Bar which with the weather as gorgeous as it was this weekend felt like we’d gone away to Spain. The music, decor and food were all really authentic, we really enjoyed ourselves.

The following day we took the children swimming and to the soft play area followed by a nice long walk on the nature trail. I loved the nature trail as firstly it was outdoors and I love being outside as a family, camping is one of my favourite things to do with children and secondly the management had designed the trail to be really interactive. Wooden carvings of animals were cleverly positioned throughout the trail with the children given the task of tying to spot them, you are then encouraged to explain what the animals are and they’re surrounds with the help of information given in your welcome pack. Freddie loved spotting the huge carved owls and woodpeckers hidden in the trees.NatalieAnderson1-a

In the evening we then visited the Karaoke which was amazing, we had so much fun. The girls and I went to performing arts school together and have been friends for over 20 years, we spent the majority of our adolescent years singing together in choirs or shows and so it was lovely to have the opportunity to sing with them again albeit Karaoke style, by the end of the evening we had all the ladies up singing Never Ever by the All Saints a standard girl band song of our generation, it was brilliant, the experience that is not perhaps the singing. The following day whilst the children spent some time with the dads of the group we visited the beautiful spa.




I have to say I’ve been fortunate enough to visit many lovely spas across the world and this was one of my favourites, the Aqua Thermal journey is a must! You can visit the rustic outdoor sauna, hot tub, thermal indoor jacuzzi, followed by the ice experience, I particularly enjoyed the rustic sauna as again it was outdoors and had gorgeous views. We were all then treated to our individual treatments which after the madness I had at Fashion Week earlier in the week was so needed and relaxing. To end our trip we all had a lovely dinner at The Restaurant followed by an early night in our beautiful cottage. It was fantastic, so much so that we are looking into going again in the winter as we had the best time together!

No sooner had we got back from our trip, James and I then headed to London for the Pride of Britain awards, which again was such an amazing event. I absolutely love going to this awards ceremony as its so lovely to have the opportunity to celebrate some of the bravest most incredible people in our country. It was such an emotional evening as one by one the fantastic Carol Vorderman introduced the winners of various accolades such as Young Fundraiser of the year, Outstanding Bravery and Child of Courage, each having their own remarkable story to tell. I have to say I think I spent the majority of the evening in floods of tears particularly when children or parents took to the stage.

The last time I attended this event I was a new mum with Freddie only being a few months old and so was only just aware of the profound effect being a parent has on you, now that Freddie is 3 and has his own personality if at all possible my heart seemed to break even more as I listened to the strength of people who had overcome such adversity. I also had the privilege of meeting a few of the winners including Joanne and Dan Thompson who sadly lost their daughter Millie as her nursery school were unable to revive her following a choking incident at her nursery. After this tragic event the brave couple set up Millie’s Trust (www.milliestrust.com) which raises awareness in paediatric first aid.
I also met 3 of the young people who lost limbs in the horrific accident at Alton Towers, Joe Pugh, Leah Washington and Vicky Balch and was completely blown away by their maturity and strength, they are an absolute credit to their families. I met many more people who were all so inspiring, it made me feel very proud to be British and to have the opportunity to recognise them publicly for their achievements. It was a wonderful evening with lots of famous faces in the audience including the X Factor and BGT judges, Sir Ian Mckellen, David Beckham and the mayor of London Boris Johnson who in true Johnson style turned up on his bike. As it was such a special occasion it was really nice to see everyone attend the event wearing beautiful gowns and suits, I particularly loved Cheryl Fernandez-Versini’s blue velvet Victoria Beckham dress with back full zip detail.

Another favourite of mine was Suranne Jones’ Emerald green gown with its midi front and full train

and also Alesha Dixon’s backless embellished black outfit.

I wore a dress from BCBG Max Azria which had three tiers of pleated chiffon, it’s a dress that is very special to me as I purchased it in New York on my 30th birthday trip in a very pretty woman style shopping spree in the Max Azria boutique, but I have had hardly any opportunity to wear it and so the Pride of Britain was the perfect event.


As is quite a staple with me I chose to keep my hair and make up quite natural with the dress being so big in order to keep my look classic and not too over the top.


I’ve just recently got a new eyebrow kit from benefit called Brows a-go-go which I absolutely love, the powders are fantastic and are not too heavy and so blend perfectly!
It also comes with tweezers and blending brushes which is perfect for keeping everything together and not having to root around in your handbag as I’m sure we all do! The other thing I love is its inclusion of a mini kohl eyeliner as I’m forever losing mine which is so annoying as along with my mascara I think a kohl eyeliner is perfect for taking you from day to night if you’re going from work to drinks. I also used my new Benefit That Gal primer which is fantastic for creating a really healthy dewy glow and keeping your foundation in place all night.


I then used my boi ing concealer to cover up any dark circles or blemishes. It’s such a great concealer, I was introduced to it by one of the lovely make up team at Emmerdale and I was so impressed with how it doesn’t crease and how it blends so well.

I kept everything very clean and so finished my look with lashes from Ardell and a nude pink lip balm from Rimmel which has a really lovely minty smell and taste to it. At the end of the evening when id taken all of my make up off I then used my new favourite wonder product from Pai skincare which is their rose hip oil with added omegas 3,6,7&9. I was introduced to this product at a beauty event and wondered if at £22 it was too good to be true but I have to say it’s incredible at reviving your skin if it’s fatigued, allowing you to wake up with soft, supple and bright skin, it has now very quickly become part of my beauty regime. I love it!


After a pretty mad few months I’ve now got a bit of down time coming up which is lovely but not before taking part in the Bear Grylls endurance challenge this weekend which I’m taking part in for This Morning. I’m sure its going to be very tough nevertheless I aim to do my best and push myself as much as I can and after the incredible stories I’ve heard this week at the Pride of Britain I have absolutely no excuse!

Anyway I’ll let you know next week how I get on and keep you posted with my weekly beauty finds!

Speak Soon

Love Natalie

PS if you missed my exclusive London Fashion Week Hello! Diary you can catch up here.

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11 September


Marines, make-up and Meryl Streep!

Hello Everyone!

It has been such a jam packed week, but incredibly fun too! I’ve had film screenings, awards ceremonies, training with the Royal Marines and a little trip to see the lovely Lorraine Kelly.

Firstly I was invited to a gala screening of Meryl Streep’s new film Ricki and the Flash, which was brilliant. It was such a fun night as firstly I thought the film was great and secondly I got to spend it with my best friend Lauren. I have to say I don’t think there’s a single role that Meryl Streep can’t play! Now I know Im little bit biased as she is literally my favourite actress, but I think the variety of roles she’s played and played superbly well just proves my point. For example 15 mins into the film, I turned to my friend and said that’s Margaret Thatcher rocking out and singing like she smokes 40 cigarettes a day! Meryl literally transforms and not just with clever prosthetics but with just fantastic acting technique! For the part of Ricki she lowered her voice and created a sultry rasp when she sang and in her physicality she created a really sexy laid back swagger highly suggestive of a rock n roll lifestyle. This transformation was a million miles away from the portrayal she did of our former prime minister! The film itself is fun, basically depicting the return of an estranged wannabe rock star mother to her grown up family as a result of her daughters tragic marriage break down. It has lots of laughs, a few tears and tackles various issues such as the politics of parent vs step parent. All in all id highly recommend it for a fun, light night out with friends or family. The dress I wore to the event was by Latvian designer Katya Sheurina. I love her designs, my dress was from her latest collection, Venice. The gold and black lace works really well for this transeasonal time of year and will also work well for Christmas. To avoid looking over dressed for the event I kept my hair and make up quite minimal and opted for a black cropped leather jacket to toughen up the look.


There’s lots of lace around for AW15, I’ve put together an edit of my favourite 5 dresses ranging from designer to high street.


Clockwise from left
Self Portrait red lace £250
Elie Saab Purple £5,175
Topshop £68
Monique Lhuillier £2,265
Topshop £85

Next up was a training session with the Royal Marines for a piece I’m doing for This Morning, alongside Jeff Brazier and Sharon Marshall. The training session was to prepare us for the Bear Grylls Endurance Challenge which takes place on the 3rd-4th Oct. There’s a series of challenges across several assault courses that are meant to test your strength and Endurance.


I am taking part in the 5k event. The training session was so unbelievably hard! I thought I was relatively fit as I go to the gym and do at home workouts, how wrong was I! I’ll admit I did really struggle, especially with the strength tests which included sprinting 5 laps with a 20KG weight on your shoulders, in the end I had to share my pack with the personal trainer Freya in order to complete my set, nevertheless I wasn’t willing to give up. I think that’s also how I’ll approach the event itself. I know it’s going to be tough but once I’ve completed it I know I’ll feel like I’ve really achieved something….wish me luck.

On the same evening as the training day I then attended the TV choice awards…feeling a little stiff and sore I can tell you. It was such a lovely night and so much fun as I got to catch up with some of my Emmerdale colleagues. Lenny Henry was the compare for the night and literally had me in stitches all the way through.


To attend the event I wore a new design from our Enais Chapman range the Penelope Jumpsuit. I absolutely loved it as it was so comfortable. The jumpsuit has a real 70’s vibe as it has a matching skinny neck tie, a staple piece you’ll find in most AW collections this seasons. For myself to allow the jumpsuit to be the standout element of my look I kept my makeup very minimal and chose a messy side plait. There were some gorgeous outfits on the red carpet, but I think my top 3 stand out looks were Sair Khan (coronation street) for her super polished yet sexy look. The khaki green dress accentuated her figure perfectly and the colour worked beautifully with her skin. Brooke Vincent looked uber cool with super sleek hair and a standout lip colour that matched her cut out dress to perfection. Finally I absolutely loved Amanda Byrams plunging Pat Bo mini dress for it’s highly embellished detail and sense of fun.


It was such a lovely night topped off by the fact that the gorgeous Danny Miller, Emmerdales Aaron Livesy, took home the prize for best soap actor….congratulations Danny!

To end my mad week I then paid a visit to ITV to see the lovely Lorraine Kelly to chat about my Emmerdale exit. I love going in to see Lorraine as she always makes you feel so comfortable.


I chose to wear an oversized white shirt and cigarette pants with my new favourite purchase, my Carvela @Kurt Geiger shoes. I absolutely love them and I got some lovely comments on them on the day too. Shoes with ties and laces are another big trend for AW15.


In and amongst all my travelling I also got to try out a few new products. The cream contour palette from Contour cosmetics and the O from Cloud 9 hair. I have to say as a bit of a novice to contouring I thought the palette was amazing. Personally I prefer my make up to look quite fresh and natural and so I’ve always been a bit wary of the contouring trend however I found this kit to be brilliant at letting you create the look that’s right for you. The creams blend so easily that you can define your features whilst still remaining very fresh faced. I loved the final result and have definitely added the palette to my core make up kit.



I then tried out the O by cloud Nine Hair volume creating kit, which I thought was wonderful. Now I’ve had the O Velcro rollers used on my hair before by various make up artists and really loved the bouncy, blow dried look it creates, however I wanted to see how easy it was to do for myself and I have to say the answer was very! Unlike the old heated rollers that you had to wait quite a long time for to warm up and then you couldn’t get them in your hair without burning your fingers, the O heats the roller in seconds and alerts you that it’s ready by a red dot appearing on top of the roller, much like when a ceramic pan when it has reached the optimum temperature. You then roll it into your hair and secure with easy to use clips, that again don’t burn your head. You then repeat the process until all of your hair has been put in and then wait until the red dots on all of the rollers have turned back to black before taking them out again. All in all it took roughly 20 mins to create a really volumous look without the need for blowdrying. I loved it and can’t wait to use it for my next event!



Well I’m going to say goodbye for now, but as always if you have any questions or want any more information then please just leave a message in the comments box and I’ll get back to you.

Lots of Love,

Natalie. Xx

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