August, 2013

30 August
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“I’m definitely the stricter parent”

Hey everyone,

Thanks for reading my blog.

I tweeted earlier in the week about Aoife’s Irish/English accent. It’s so funny never really knowing how she’s going to say something. Ma-ma were the first syllables that she put together. They say a lot of children either say “mama” or “dada” first. “Duck”I’ was another of her first ones. “Doggy” and “no” and “what’s that” have been favourites from the beginning. “Mickey Mouse”, “ball” and “bobo”(her word for her milk bottle) are newer ones.

When she says the word ball, it sounds really British with a strong ‘o’ sound whereas in an Irish accent you pronounce your l’s. But when she’s saying no (which she does a lot at the moment!), she says it in a really strong Irish accent. It’ll be really interesting to see how her accent develops. It’s hard to tell what her accent will be like at the moment because she’s not speaking in sentences yet but I can hear Irish and English lilts in the words that she says now.

 

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She babbles away in her own language a lot, a lot like in the CBBC show In the Night Garden and I really haven’t got a clue what they’re saying but they speak a bit like she does and she babbles back.

Ben wasn’t offended that she said “mama” first  – she says “dada” enough now! Ben thinks Aoife’s more of a mummy’s girl than a daddy’s girl because I’ll leave the room to go off and do something like cook dinner and she’ll follow me, wrapping her arms around my legs in the kitchen while I’m trying to cook and I’m like “Ben, you said you’d look after her!” and he’s like “Well, she wants to be out there with you!”. I think she’s quite a girly girl but Ben does a lot of the playing and the swinging her around and that sort of thing and he’s very good. He loves taking her out and about and being really active with her.

 

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I’m definitely the stricter parent. My mum came to visit last week and Aoife’s like a different child when my mother’s around because she knows she can get away with things when Granny’s around! She wouldn’t go to bed until 11 o’clock and she wouldn’t eat her breakfast, she was being really quite bratty and she was always wanting to be picked up and to be held! Such a little diva! But as soon as my mother left, I put her to bed at her normal time and she slept through the night and we went back to normal feeding times. My mother does spoil her a bit, she can’t resist! Aoife would never get away with that with me, definitely not! Not in a bad way though, I just think it’s important to get routine into her life.

Speak soon.

Una xxx

29 August
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The Sats get on wonderfully well

Hi everyone,

Hope you’re having a good week and enjoyed the bank holiday weekend.

It’s amazing that Miley Cyrus’s VMA performance was still trending three days after she did it. She certainly got everyone talking and the viewing figures were apparently much higher this year, no doubt in part because of her performance.

Miley is going down a different road now that she’s a grown woman rather than a Disney teenager. Personally, I don’t see why she shouldn’t. She’s her own person and she should be free to express herself. Madonna was always controversial with her outfits and performances and of course Lady Gaga has shocked people in the past. I can see how it might offend some people but personally I really enjoyed it.

That track Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke really makes you want to get up and dance. It’s one of my favourite songs of this year, a real feel good tune. The only bad thing I have to say about it is that it didn’t win an award when it really should have!

 

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When you’re in the public eye, you do get used to things being written about you that aren’t necessarily true. Recently we saw a few stories about The Sats not getting on and although we don’t normally rise to rumours, this one just couldn’t be further from the truth. Our group get on wonderfully well and spent lots of time together at V Festival so I’m not sure where they came from.

After V, we had more shows in Scarborough and Liverpool. We love doing gigs up north and we often say that the further north you go, the louder, bigger and better the crowds are (not to say that they’re bad down south, we love our fans everywhere but there’s definitely a different vibe up north).

 

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One of my most memorable gigs ever was actually in Glasgow, the crowd were just buzzing. It was our first-ever headline show and there were around 3,500 people and I just remember being really taken aback by it all. Seeing all the faces in the crowd, the big screens and feeling the excitement, we all looked at each other at one point and we were like “I can’t believe this is happening!”.

Our Friday night gig was in Scarborough in a really cute and unique venue right next to the beach. It was outdoors and there was a little lake in front of the stage, we’d never played in a place like that before and it’s good to do something different.

On Sunday we had a radio gig with Juice FM in Liverpool which was really fun. As we drove through Liverpool we all said how lovely it was, the buildings were really beautiful. Apparently the shopping is amazing too but unfortunately we didn’t have time to put it to the test.

I love how the Liverpool girls really make an effort for their nights out. That’s often the best part of the night, the getting ready with your friends, trying on different outfits, doing your hair and makeup and catching up with everyone.

Speak to you soon!

Love Una xxxx

 

24 August
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I’m thrilled that Michelle Heaton is expecting her second baby

Hello everyone,

It’s been a busy week for the Sats. After our performances at V, our new single Disco Love premiered on the radio. We spoke to Capital Radio and went along to Radio One for Scott Mills’ show to introduce it to listeners on Monday.

We think it’s a really fun track and can’t wait for you to see the video. It was great fun to shoot and there were lots of outfit changes – but that’s all I can say for now, you’ll have to wait until you see the video when it comes out next week… The cover might be a bit of a giveaway but I can confirm that the Sats do go to a roller disco in the video. My laces are the blue ones on the cover photo – I’ve got a bit of an Irish theme going on with the socks there.

 

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We’ve had some fantastic feedback so far on the new single so we’ve got really high hopes for it. I’d love to know what you think of it.

I’m hoping to catch up with my good friend Michelle Heaton next week. She announced on Monday that she’s expecting her second baby and I’m absolutely thrilled for her and her husband Hugh. Their daughter Faith was born a couple of months before Aoife so it’s always lovely to see them together when we have our playdates. Michelle and I got to know each other through a mutual friend Tara a couple of years ago. Our friendship really grew when we were both pregnant. That’s often the way because you bond over sharing the experience.

 

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The Sats have got shows on Friday and Saturday in Scarborough so lots to look forward to – hope to see some of you there.

Speak soon.

Love Una xxx

 

21 August
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Getting ready with the Sats at V

Hi everyone,

Thanks for reading my blog, I hope you’re enjoying it. Lots of fans were asking about our V Festival outfits and hair and make-up so I thought I’d tell you about my festival look.

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It takes us a while to get glammed up before we go on stage – probably a couple of hours in total. In terms of our outfits, we really wanted to go for something bright and colourful given that V is a summer festival. My fringed skirt was so much fun to wear – it was handmade and it was inspired by a Kenzo skirt that I’d worn previously. My boots were from Dune. Our outfits were designed by our stylist and there were a few bits of high street stuff in there from Topshop and Missguided.

Our stylist Frank Strachan has an idea of what he’d like us to look like and we try out a few different combinations before deciding what to wear. He knows us well now and knows what we like and don’t like.

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I felt that because we were at a festival, I could be a bit experimental so I went for something a bit different with my hair. I had one plait on the side on Saturday and then I had two plaits with a quiff in the middle yesterday. I didn’t do anything too crazy with my makeup, I kept it pretty simple and let the outfit and my hair do the talking.

When we’re performing we like to have extensions in because they give your hair lots more body and length which means it’s fun to swish around. It saves your own hair too. Nick, our hairdresser, uses a lot of heat in our hair to style it so it’s better to put that through the extensions and not sacrifice your own!

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I tend to go easy on the jewellery for performances because we’re moving around a lot. I steer clear of necklaces but make up for it with some bangles and big earrings which are a lot more practical when you’re on stage.

While I was backstage and in the Louder Lounge, I wore Guess outfits on both days – a playsuit on Saturday and a dress on Sunday. I teamed my playsuit with a red leather jacket from Oasis and a pair of Steve Maden boots and I wore the dress with Isabel Marant boots.

Did any of you see us at V? Hope you enjoyed the show.

Speak soon.

Love Una xxx

21 August
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Niall from One Direction is such a lovely lad

Hi everyone,

The Sats are still buzzing from V Festival – it was an amazing weekend, we loved every minute – both on stage and off stage.

Rochelle and I had our husbands watching from the side of the stage which was wonderful and Niall from One Direction was there with them too.

 

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Niall is really close to Marvin and Rochelle and of course the One Direction boys were at their wedding last year. Niall is such a lovely lad, they all are. Lots of people were asking Niall and I to get together for a photo while we were at the festival so we did – and Twitter went crazy for it! We talked about all things Irish as you can imagine. Laura Whitmore was there too and everyone was joking saying “oh all the Irish are here, watch out, we’ve got an Irish invasion on our hands!”

 

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The Sats saw Beyoncé and thought she was absolutely brilliant. She puts on a great show – the dancers, her band and of course Bey herself. I have to say though that I was a little bit disappointed not to hear more of her classic songs, there was lots of new material that I wasn’t so familiar with but that didn’t stop me enjoying it at all. Rochelle is a huge Beyoncé fan so knew every word!

 

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I loved Beyoncé’s new hair, I wasn’t so keen on the pixie crop but I think the new bob suits her perfectly. We were lucky to get right up to the side of the stage to see her and we were joined by Danny from the Script, Katy B, Alexandra Burke and Tulisa.

In my next post I’ll be telling you all about my festival fashion, hair and makeup looks so stay tuned!

Love from Una xxxx

17 August
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My festival fashion and beauty essentials

Hi everyone,

The Saturdays are performing at the V Festival today and tomorrow – very exciting! We travelled up here last night and stayed in a hotel and there are just a few hours to go until we open the main stage!

Despite having performing at lots of festivals, I have to admit I’ve never properly camped at one. I slept in my car at Oxygen festival a few years ago – that’s an experience I never want to repeat! I’d love to go to one but now that I’m a Saturday, I don’t think it’d be the same experience. I think it’d be hard to stay incognito which might ruin it a bit.

Here are a couple of photos from the Sats’ performances at V in 2009 and 2011.

 

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The weather forecast isn’t looking too bad so there might not be any need for wellies. But whether it’s muddy or not, I think wellies are a good bet for a festival plus they can look pretty cool too with a little dress or pair of denim shorts.

 

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My favourite festival fashion accessories are those dainty floral hair garlands – they’re absolutely gorgeous. I wore one backstage at the Hyde Park concert we did and thought it was the perfect boho chic summery touch.

 

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These are my recommendations for what to pack in terms of beauty products for a festival. Obviously you’re not going to spend hours doing your makeup but there are a few key items that will keep you feeling fresh and looking good!

 

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Sun cream – an absolute must! You’re so exposed when you’re at a festival and even if it’s not roasting hot, it’s still very easy to get burnt – which would make sleeping in a tent a more uncomfortable experience than it needs to be! I recommend Garnier Ambre Solaire sun cream. I used it while I was on holiday in Portugal and loved it. I stick to higher factors these days and make a big effort to keep my face out of the sun.

Face wipes – don’t leave for the festival without them. My favourite brand is Simple. I find them really soothing on my skin but they’re still tough enough to remove eye makeup etc.

BB cream – this multitasking, heaven-sent product is a great idea for a festival. It really perks you up which is just what you need if you’re planning to spend a couple of days partying in a field. I used the Garnier Perfect Blur one on my holidays too but most brands do them so try a couple out to find out which ones works for you best.

Dry shampoo – Batiste is a really popular brand and it’s always worked really well for me. I love the tropical one – it smells like summer!

Lip balm – easily forgotten but very important. I’d take a trusty Chap Stick to keep my lips soft – a pot probably isn’t very hygienic for muddy fingers!

I’ll be sharing lots of photos from backstage at the festival so look out for my blog next week.

Love from Una xxx

15 August
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Ben and I are very tactile and love a snuggle on the sofa

Hi everyone,

The Sats were at the We’re The Millers premiere last night – we had a great time and loved the film – can’t wait to tell you more about that next week. We were been busy rehearsing for V Festival yesterday too. We can’t wait to get there and open the main stage. We’ve played the arenas before but never the main stage, it’s amazing to think how far the Sats have come.

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I went to watch the new horror film The Conjuring with Ben last week. I have to admit that I screamed! It was quite embarrassing because I think I was the only one that did. It’s based on a true story which made it all the more haunting – it was a really jumpy one. Despite the fact that I was terrified, I still enjoyed it and thought it was a well-written film and the acting was incredible. Ben held my hand for the whole thing but that’s not unusual for us. We’re a very tactile couple and love a snuggle on the sofa in front of the TV.

 

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I’ve watched a fair few horror films. My favourites are The Ring and the Hitchcock’s Psycho – the remake has nothing on the original!

I started watching horror films at far too young an age (about seven or eight) – I really wouldn’t recommend that though! Not sure whether I should admit to this but I used to get my older cousins to go and rent them from the shop because I was underage.

We used to make our own horror movies. I was always the baddie and I’d do something horrible to my twin cousins – we always used the Prodigy as our soundtrack and filmed it on one of those old school camcorders. I loved playing the evil one – if I ever got the chance to film in a horror I’d want to play that role. I think it’s easier being the powerful, scary one rather than the vulnerable one – I’m not sure I’d do that very well. There was one that was particularly gory where we got quite serious and used props. My cousin wore a bandana on her head and we pretended to chop her head off by seamlessly putting the bandana on a football – you would never have known!

 

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It reminded me of a programme that the Sats did a few years ago called Ghosthunting with The Saturdays. I ended up sitting in a room with a ghost in a really old nursing home in Wales and she threw marbles at me. The weird thing was that the marbles weren’t real – they were ghost marbles! I’m quite a spiritual person – I believe in an after lifes and ghost – and I guess if you’re open to that kind of thing and you believe it, you’re more likely to experience it.

I wouldn’t rule out acting in the future. I used to enjoy acting when I was at school and a lot of what we do when we are performing and putting on a show actually overlaps with acting.

I’ve actually got my first major solo presenting job in Ireland coming up at Christmas. It’s called Una’s Dream Ticket and it will be on everyday over Christmas on RTE which is Ireland’s national TV station, a bit like the BBC over here. The idea is that children send in their fantasies and I meet them and help make them come true. I think it’ll be a really lovely feel good show, perfect for the festive period.

I’d love to hear your film recommendations – leave a comment and I’ll make sure I read them.

Speak soon!

Love Una xxxx

14 August
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The Sats can’t wait to see Beyoncé at V Festival!

Hi everyone,

Thanks to those of you who came along to our Bluewater gig last Saturday. Our last few performances have been at festivals and racecourses so it was fun to be doing shows again. We love our own shows – seeing our fantastic fans out there in the crowd and singing along to our songs is a great feeling that’s really hard to beat.

 

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Frankie announced that she’s taking a break from shows until she’s had her baby boy. Our routines are always quite physical so it’s better that to take things easy when you’re pregnant – the worst thing you can do is put your health at risk.

 

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We helped one of our band members celebrate his birthday!

 

We’re really looking forward to performing at V Festival this weekend. It’s our third time performing there and this year we’ve got the honour of opening the main stages. It’s very exciting to think that we’re going to be performing on the same stage as the Kings of Leon and Beyoncé.

 

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We love a good festival – the fun party atmosphere is really infectious. The V festival line up this year is a real corker. The Sats girls are getting there early so that we can see Beyoncé. I’ve never seen her live before – if her TV performances and reputation are anything to go by, she’s going to be amazing! Crazy in Love is the track I can’t wait to hear. I loved Destiny’s Child back in the day too – Say My Name and Survivor are classics.

I’m hoping to get to see the Script and Jason Mraz too – I’m a big fans of both of them. Those two would definitely feature in my fantasy festival line up – alongside my all-time favourite musician Sheryl Crow of course. It’s possibly not what you’d expect from a Sats girl but I have a singer-songwriter background and love a bit of chilled and country music.

Look out for my next post – I’ll be sharing my festival beauty and fashion must haves with you.

Speak soon.

Love from Una xxxxx

09 August
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The maxi dress: my summer fashion staple

Hello everyone,

Welcome to my blog. I wanted to share one of my summer fashion favourites with you today: the maxi dress!

There is so much to love about maxi dresses and that’s why they’re often my ‘go to’ outfit. They’re incredibly easy to wear and a really good day to night choice too.

They suit all shapes and sizes and while they do keep you quite covered up, they can be really sexy too.

 

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The more casual ones are great for daytime wear but my favourites are the more dressy styles. I’m 5’7″ so I think I can get away with not wearing heels with them which suits me perfectly as I do struggle with heels!

You can really go to town with accessories with a maxi dress too – I always go for lots of bangles.

I love internet shopping – it’s very rare that I’ll actually go into a shop these days – it’s so convenient to click away at home. ASOS is my absolute favourite. I love the way they’ve got so many brands. Although it takes a while to trawl through their stuff, it’s like having lots of different shops under one roof and that suits me perfectly.

 

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Of course my wedding dress is my favourite of all time but in terms of red carpet dresses, I really loved the ones I’ve worn to the Glamour Awards. This year it was a full-length sequined dress by Amen Couture and the year before I wore a strapless red floor length gown that I thought was really fun – a little bit Jessica Rabbit! Dressing for the red carpet is a dream come true. Our stylist gets sent rails of clothes from different designers and we borrow them for the night – it can be quite hard to give them back sometimes!

I wore this floral maxi number to a wedding with Ben recently – maxi dresses are great for taking you from day to night too.

 

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Can’t wait to share more of my fashion favourites and tips with you!

Have a great weekend,

Love from Una xxx

07 August
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Kate Middleton inspired my polo fashion choices!

Hi everyone,

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Ben and I went to the polo at Ascot on Sunday which was really good fun. We don’t get the chance to go out as a couple very often so it was lovely to have a trip out with just the two of us.

 

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We had a brush with royalty too! Prince Harry was playing and scored a hat rick – very impressive! We had a fantastic view of the pitch so we got to catch all the action. I’d not really watched polo properly before – it’s a very fast paced game, loads going on and you’ve got to concentrate to keep up. There are four chukkas and little breaks in between to swap ponies but that’s about it. When your team scores a goal, your goal is then at the opposite end so there’s lots of galloping going on and quick changes – great fun to watch, I’ll definitely be going again.

 

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There was a fantastic cocktail bar there too. I enjoyed a couple of lychee mojitos – they’re the perfect summer tipple!

I checked out the dress code for polo beforehand – and looked to Kate Middleton to check out polo fashion protocol! I wasn’t sure whether or not to wear a hat but as Kate doesn’t wear one when she goes to watch the polo, I knew it wasn’t the done thing.

 

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My dress was a lovely floaty number that was perfect for the occasion because it was really comfortable and not too short – a really good daytime dress. I’d had it in my wardrobe for a while but hadn’t had the opportunity to wear it. It was by a label called Milly by Michelle Smith. Rochelle, Vanessa, Mollie, Frankie and I sat in the front row of the spring/summer 2013 show in New York last year and loved the designs. We were very kindly sent a couple of dresses each and it turns out I wore them both this weekend!

My polo dress was quite simple with just some monochrome stripe detailing so I had the perfect opportunity to use the bright orange bag that Ben had won for me the night before in a charity auction. We were at the gala dinner for the charity of which Ben is a patron, Niamh’s Next Step, on Saturday night and he bid for it for me. It’s a Michael Kors bag and I love it!

 

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At the charity dinner on Saturday night I wore my other Milly dress which was more suited to an evening event. It was a peplum dress made from really soft silky cotton. The vibrant colours were great for a balmy summer’s night and the bright lemon yellow and violet print really set off my tan.

I wore Jimmy Choos on Saturday night and some Ted Baker heels on Sunday – I can’t handle towering heels but these worked for me just fine – and I accessorised with some glittering Swarovski jewels on both occasions.

I’d love to know what you thought of my outfits – I always read your comments and tweets and it’s always great to hear from fans.

Love from Una xxxx

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