December, 2013

30 December
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What an amazing year for the Saturdays – bring on 2014!

Hi everyone

Hope you had a really wonderful Christmas and are getting ready to party all the way into 2014. I hope my Irish fans managed to see Una’s Dream Ticket over Christmas. I’d love to know what you think about the show.

My highlight with the band this year was us getting our number one with What About Us in back in March and I think the girls would all agree. We’d waited so long to get a single to the top of the charts so it meant the world to us.

Ben and I have had a great year as parents too. Seeing Aoife Belle growing up and changing all the time is truly amazing.

 

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I’m not really one for New Year’s resolutions because I find them very hard to stick to but I do have plans to have more structure in my life in 2014. The band’s schedule changes a lot, every week is different which is most ways is brilliant. It does mean that it’s hard to stick to a routine sometimes though and it’s easy to let your healthy eating routine or your exercise plan slip. Like a lot of people I’d just like to be a little healthier and get into good habits again in the New Year, nothing drastic or unrealistic though.

When I was shooting my Reebok campaign for the Spring/Summer collection I was very fit because I’d been doing a lot for the DVDs so I’d like to get back to that level again. I don’t follow a specific diet or do any juicing. That kind of thing doesn’t work for me and I think it makes nutrition more complicated than it needs to be. I tend to eat a lot of Mediterranean food and follow their principles like cooking with olive oil. That kind of thing gets me looking and feeling my best. Anyway, that can all wait until 1st January!

I hope you all have a very Happy New Year – thanks for reading my blog this year, it’s been great having you on board.

With lots of love and luck for 2014

Una xxxx

22 December
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Having children brings back the magic of Christmas

Hi everyone

 

Have you got your Christmas shopping done? I was pretty well prepared this year and am enjoying not rushing around trying to get it all done.

Aoife’s got a massive stocking from us this year. There are loads of toys, some cute clothes and a few surprises in there for her. She’s still loving Mickey Mouse so there’s a few related bits and bobs in there for her.

Having children brings back the magic of Christmas – it’s all the excitement, the waking up early and the sound of them playing with their new toys. As much as I love receiving gifts, I really like to give them to people too. I put lots of thought into what I buy my friends and family so I love giving the presents out and seeing their reactions.

 

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Ben and I are like big kids at Christmas. We do a stocking for each other full of fun, silly things and we both love opening all the little surprises. Neither of us are particularly extravagant though – we both think that lavish gifts aren’t the way to show each other you love each other. Ben did treat me to a gorgeous eternity ring last Christmas though. That was a wonderful surprise but obviously it’s a once in a lifetime kind of gift so I’m really not expecting him to top that this year.

This is my last blog post before Christmas so I’d just like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas – hope you have a really lovely break.

Lots of love from Una xxxx

21 December
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I’m so excited to be taking part in Splash – but I’ve got a slight fear of heights!

Hey everyone

I’m really excited to announce that I’ll be taking part in Tom Daley’s diving show Splash! It’s been tough so far but I’m loving the experience.

Although I used to swim a lot when I was a child, diving is totally new to me so I’m really looking forward to gaining a new skill.

Swimming and diving couldn’t be more different. In a racing dive, you have to push off and propel yourself as far as possible, but in diving you need to learn the actual dive.

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You’re going vertically down rather than pushing out which is very challenging. I’m not scared of water but I have a slight fear of heights which doesn’t bode very well but so far I’ve managed to keep it in check.

It’s been great working with Tom – he’s very professional and there’s so much we can learn from him. Tom himself has written on his Twitter profile that he’s a diver, not a swimmer – I’m totally the opposite, I think I should change my Twitter!

I started swimming when I was four or five years old and being back in the pool brings back so many memories – I even love the smell of chlorine!

There’s a real shortage of proper diving facilities here in the UK so there aren’t many opportunities for children to learn. It’s a real shame because it’s a brilliant sport so hopefully the show will encourage more children to take it up and more clubs will get the facilities.

The second series starts on 4 January 2014 so you can catch me diving then!

Love Una xx

21 December
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The Saturdays’ Christmas party

Hello everyone

We all had a really great evening on Wednesday for the Sats’ Christmas party. We went for a very unChristmassy Japanese meal at Nobu – we thought with all the Christmas food we’d be eating over the next couple of weeks it’d be better to switch it up a bit – and it was absolutely delicious.

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It’s tradition for Rochelle, Vanessa, Mollie, Frankie and I to get together with our management team for a festive gathering. It’s nice to catch up outside of work and reflect on the year. 2013 has been a great one for the band – we scored our first number one with What About Us in March and of course Frankie and Rochelle have both become mums.

I’m so looking forward to a bit of Christmas indulgence. I normally end up eating twice as much as I normally do at this time of year but it wouldn’t be Christmas if I didn’t do that. I won’t be in Ireland for Christmas this year and I’ll be missing garlic crab claws like mad. They’re my dad’s signature dish and the best way to kick off the celebrations. I have to save myself for dinner though because I really love to tuck in and pile my plate high.

 

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A typical Christmas for my family involves turkey, ham, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, carrots, sprouts, pigs in blankets. I can’t normally face dessert so just go for an Irish coffee instead. My dad makes them really well with the cream perfectly sat on top and a dash of whiskey. After coffee come the chocolates… Celebrations, Quality Street, Miniature Heroes – the whole lot! The purple Quality Street with hazelnut is my absolute favourite – everyone knows to leave it for me otherwise there’s trouble!

 

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Then the board games begin – Scrabble, Bananagrams, Monopoly, Pictionary and charades are our favourites. When we were little my big sister and our big cousins would always have singing competitions too (the kind where everyone was a winner!). I still get really competitive over Christmas board games, it’s more fun with some friendly rivalry.

I’m starting to wind down for Christmas now. I’ve got all my shopping done and just a bit of wrapping left to do. Hope you’re all set too.

Love Una xxx

20 December
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Aoife will be a little Queen Bee at the dinner table this Christmas

Hello lovely readers

How are you all doing? I’m so ready for Christmas now. I was just listening to The Pogues’ Fairytale of New York – that’s hands down my favourite Christmas song.

Aoife was too young to really enjoy last Christmas properly, I think this year will be a little different though. She’s been enjoying her advent calendar although I’m not keen on her having lots of chocolate so she’s got a tiny one. She’s actually got quite a sophisticated palette already. She loves her greens (broccoli is a current favourite) and she’s mad about avocados and even olives.

 

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She’ll be sat at the head of the table for Christmas dinner, a little queen bee. Last year we were over in Ireland and we didn’t have her highchair so she sat in her stroller for lunch but this year it’ll be different. Aoife will be in the thick of the action with her cracker hat on and loving her lunch no doubt.

This year we’re spending Christmas with Ben’s family and some of our friends, I think there will be about 15 of us in total. Everyone will much in with the cooking – I’m planning to do a baked camembert and cranberry dish. She’ll be really spoilt by everyone and totally doted on on the 25th because she’ll be the only child there. Her big cousins are coming over on Boxing Day though so it won’t be just adult company though. On the 27th I’ll be flying with Aoife to Ireland to spend New Year with my family. Ben has got to go back to training though so unfortunately he won’t be able to join us.

Speak soon.

Love Una xxx

18 December
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X Factor’s Sam Bailey is outstanding – she gave Ben and I goosebumps when she sang

Hey everyone

Who watched the X Factor final? Sam really was outstanding, she’s a very worthy winner. Ben and I both had goosebumps when she sang – her voice is that good. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anybody sing so powerfully live in an arena. Nicholas was amazing too but when you’re up against a voice like hers, it’s very hard to compete. He’s a lovely little lad too and I think he’s got a really good future ahead of him.

 

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It’s not always about winning these shows – JLS and One Direction are living proof of that. The atmosphere there was incredible and we had a great view of the stage. We caught up with Niall from One Direction just before they went on stage and he was on really good form as usual.

 

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Ben and I are going to JLS’ last concert with Rochelle and hopefully the other girls can join us too. I’m so sad to see JLS go but what’s really lovely is that it’s not the end of them as friends, it’s just the end of them as a band. Rochelle’s been supporting Marvin at all the shows and she finds them really emotional. She said she cried at one of them – there’s a song they sing towards the end of the set that just really moves her.

 

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I’m hoping I’ll be able to watch the Strictly final on Saturday night. I’m definitely team Abby. I’ve met her a few times, she’s absolutely lovely.

I can’t wait to share my Christmas plans with you soon.

Love from Una x  xxx

12 December
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My mum is my number one fan

Hey everyone,

Who’s feeling Christmassy? I definitely am! I’ve almost finished my Christmas shopping, I’ve got just a couple more bits to get which I’m hoping I can do at the airport when the Sats fly up to Glasgow for a gig at the weekend.

 

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It was so lovely to have Frankie back with us to perform the Top of the Pops Christmas special. I chose a eye-popping pink dress for that, quite a fun and festive look. We also all got together to perform on Strictly last weekend. We went for a sophisticated black and gold look. I really loved the black Hervé Léger bandage dress I wore for that.

 

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You’ll be seeing a lot of the Saturdays on TV on Christmas day – in Ireland you’ll be able to watch the first of the Una’s Dream Ticket series, Rochelle will be performing on the Strictly Christmas special and the five of us will be on TOTP.

 

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I’m not really one for watching myself on TV – I’ve already done the filming and I’m happy with how it went so that’s enough for me. I’m spending Christmas with Ben’s family and some of our friends so if they want to watch it then I won’t stop them. I know my mother will definitely be tuning in – she always does, she’s my number one fan!

Speak to you all soon.

Love from Una xxxx

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09 December
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The Sats had a brilliant time trading stocks and shares for charity

Hey everyone

Hope you’ve had a good weekend. Last week was a busy one for The Saturdays but one of my highlights has to be the ICAP charity trading day we took part in on Tuesday. Getting involved with good causes is one of the many things I love about my job. The ICAP charity day is a brilliant event where the company donates 100% of their revenues and their brokers’ commissions direct to charity for the full day.

 

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The Duchess of Cornwall, Spencer from Made in Chelsea, Brian McFadden and his wife Vogue and Barbara Windsor were all there at the same time as us and Cheryl Cole came in just after we left.

it was so manic with all the phones going and people shouting across at each other but there was a great atmosphere. That kind of environment is totally alien to me and I saw what an incredibly high pressured job it is to be a stock-broker.

 

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Our aim was to raise money for the JLS foundation which is supporting Cancer Research UK at the moment. Lots of different celebrities went in for different charities and I know that last year they raised millions so hopefully we’ll have topped that this year.

The traders really got into the spirit of things wearing fancy dress for the day – we got our photos taken with a few of them. They don’t get paid for the day and they don’t make any profit either. ICAP companies from all over the world took part for 24 hours so there’s lots of potential to raise money.

 

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Poor Ben is recovering from his nasty injury at the moment. We were relieved that he doesn’t have to have surgery but he’s quite uncomfortable a lot of the time and has to sleep with a brace on his leg at the moment.

He’s actually spending more hours training now than he was when he wasn’t injured. He’s going in extra early to see the physiotherapist and continues with all of the training and weights, then goes back to the physiotherapist in the evening. Then he goes to the ‘chirochambers’ which are freezing cold to help reduce the swelling.

It’s all going well though and he’s feeling positive that he’ll be back playing in the New Year. He’s already two weeks through and they said it would be up to three months. Luckily he’s quite a quick healer. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

Speak soon

With love, Una xxx

05 December
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My top tips for healthy nails

Hey everyone

How are you? Thanks for checking out my blog.

Frankie, Mollie, Vanessa, Rochelle and I have been rehearsing for a couple of Christmas TV appearances we’ve got coming up and we’re all very excited to be back together again.

I’ve just put Aoife down for a nap, given myself a manicure so now I’ve got time to catch up on my blog while I wait for my nails to dry – I’m all about the multi-tasking today. Aoife’s so hands on that it’s the only time I get to do it, I’m just hoping they’ll be dry by the time she wakes up.

I’ve done my toes with a very festive red glittery polish but I fancied something a bit more neutral on my fingers so I’ve chosen a nude, mushroomy shade by Mavala which is a brand I’ve never tried before.

I’ve got a massive box full of different brands of nail varnish. I find it’s trial and error with nail polishes and sometimes the cheaper ones actually last longer. I like the Kate Moss Rimmel ones and I’m a fan of Orly’s ‘Crawford Wine’ shade. I love the O.P.I. ones too – they’re good quality and the names are great too.

 

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I love getting Shellac done on my toes in the summer because my feet are out all the time but I don’t tend to bother in the winter and just do them myself.

My top tip for keeping your nails healthy and looking good is to use a good cuticle oil. I’ve recently started using Essie’s apricot cuticle oil every night and it’s made a real difference to the overall condition of my nails.

It’s also very important to use a good base coat especially if you’re wearing dark colours or red because they’ll stain your nails yellow.

I know people say to use a base coat and top coat but sometimes I find that a top coat makes the colour chip really easily because it becomes so hard.

I’ve got to dash – Mummy duties call!

Love Una xxx

 

04 December
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You’ll see all five Saturdays back together before the end of the year

Hi everyone

How are you? Ben and I took Aoife to the UGG grotto last week and we couldn’t help but get in the mood for all things Christmassy. I’m really in the mood for Christmas now and am pleased to say that I’m quite ahead with my shopping too. I know what I want to get everyone but it’s just a question of going out and getting it or ordering it now. I’m not too stressed about it though, it’s all under control!

 

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I can’t wait to see Rochelle perform on the Strictly Christmas special. She’s a great dancer and she’s up for the challenge. She’s expecting it to be quite intense and knows that the routines are a very high standard but I know she’s more than capable and I know she’s going to be great.

We rehearse our routines quite a bit but always make sure they’re within all our abilities. All the girls are brilliant dancers but if I had to pick, I’d say Frankie is truly exceptional. We really like the fact that our fans can pick them up at home too, plus we’re very much about our singing too so we don’t want to be out of breath. We’re very lucky to have great dancers who often perform with us – they’re amazing so we leave the really technical stuff to them.

Speaking of our dancing queen Frankie, we saw her last week. She’s on such great form and we’re so glad she wants to get back to work. Parker is really well too, such a cutie. I’ve bought him a super cosy Ralph Lauren Christmas jumper which I can’t wait to see him wearing.

You’ll see us back together as a five-piece before the end of the year because we’ve got a couple of Christmas specials coming up so keep your peepers peeled!

Speak soon.

Love Una xxx

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