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04 March
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Aoife has started getting into fancy dress…

Hi everyone,

 

Hope you are well and enjoying the few bursts of lovely weather!

 

Last week I went for lunch with Anna and Pollyanna, who were also on Splash. We’ve become good friends which is really nice, we’ll definitely meet up again. The restaurant was American-style, and the cocktails were amazing. I love going for food – it’s nice to chat over dinner and properly catch up.

 

I love Fashion Week, but I didn’t get a chance to go to any shows this season as we were working. I always love Julien Macdonald’s shows, they’re always amazing – we went last year and it was so much fun. I love his clothes, and wear a lot of his stuff. He does beautiful dresses.

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Burberry is another label I love – I think their clothes are a great staple to have in your wardrobe. Their coats are so beautiful and timeless, you just can’t go wrong with a good Burberry coat. I have a duffel-type one from there which is so cosy, and I also have a slightly more fitted coat when I want to be a bit more dressed up.

 

For shoes, I love that French, edgy kind of look. Saint Laurent does amazing boots, I actually just bought a pair from there the other day. Isabel Marant is really cool as well, the shoes are amazing.

 

When I buy clothes for Aoife, I usually go to Monsoon. I’ve been buying her clothes there since she was born – Monsoon Baby caters for all ages from 0-12, I think they’re brilliant. There’s so many colours, Aoife loves her dresses from there. I also dress her in a lot of Baby Boden, I think the clothes they do are adorable.

 

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She’s started getting into fancy dress now – she’s at the stage where she wants to be a fairy, or a princess. She loves Disney’s Sofia the First, but she’s also got a little Minnie Mouse outfit I’ll definitely be dressing her up in! I’d love to take her to Disneyland, I think she’d love it – her first birthday was Disney themed.

 

Speak soon,

Love from Una xxx

19 February
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We’re so excited to have released our latest video…

This week’s been really good – we released the video on VEVO for our single ‘Not Giving Up’ on Wednesday morning which is really exciting!

 

We’re so pleased because fans have been sending us really lovely messages, they’re receiving it really well. I think the video really suits the song – we didn’t want this video to have a particular storyline. The song itself is more about a feeling rather than a story. I really love it, I think it’s a fun dance track!

 

The video is quite edgy for us. We’re all wearing black and silver, with fabrics like PVC and leather. Vanessa and Rochelle had these pencil skirts which weren’t very easy to dance in, but the rest of us were in leggings so it was easy to dance.

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I was quite proud as I danced in the highest heels I’ve ever danced in – I did have to take some painkillers to combat my broken toe (it’s still a bit sore). I think heels were necessary because the video is very glamorous, I especially liked the effect from all the wind machines.

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In the video I’m on a turntable, which was surprisingly easy to keep my balance. It actually helped that I’d been on Splash recently as I felt quite fearless stepping onto the platform – the only thing that slightly threw me is that it was turning anticlockwise.

 

Originally, Mollie was supposed to be on the table, but my car got stuck in traffic, and I was 3 hours late, so they switched us around! I think these things happen for a reason though, because we’re both so happy with how it all turned out. We can’t imagine doing the video any other way now.

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The light tubes were really cool, but we have no idea where they got them from. Frankie thinks she overheard someone saying they were bought in a farm shop! Some people have been saying it makes them think of Darth Vader and Star Wars.

 

We’re all really pleased with how it turned out, hope you love it too!

 

Speak soon,

 

Love from Una xxx

03 February
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It’s a great start to the year for the Saturdays!

Hi everyone,

 

Hope you are all well! The past few weeks have been so busy with all the training for Splash, and then the Saturdays have been filming our 17th music video which was so exciting. It’s been quite easy getting back into the swing of things because I’ve been so busy, so I feel like I haven’t really stopped.

 

We’re getting really excited for our new single, ‘Not Giving Up’, the fourth release off our current album. I’m particularly excited because it’s my favourite song from the album. We all really love it, because it’s our style.

 

Shooting the video was a lot of fun, but I didn’t watch the footage back so it will be a surprise to see the finished product. It’s actually the first video we’ve shot for a while where nobody was pregnant. Frankie was so excited to be back, and she brought Parker with her to the video. He was so cute! I didn’t bring Aoife this time but I have taken her on set before. She gets really excited – she’s at the age where she wants to try everything on, especially all the jewellery and shoes. She likes to cause a bit of chaos!

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I think it’s the most relaxed video we’ve ever shot  – everything went like clockwork. It’s a great start to the year for the Saturdays!

 

I also just wanted to say thank you for all your kind tweets and messages of support for Splash, it’s been really lovely. It also helped to calm my nerves before the show! I’m sad it’s all over as I was really getting into it, but it has got me back into swimming which is great. There’s a bit after-party after the final, so I’m really looking forward to catching up with everyone again then. For those still in, I wish them all the best of luck: I think they’re all capable of winning it. Thanks to everyone who voted, because of your votes I got to go back and do the Splash-off. The support I received was amazing!

 

Speak soon,

 

Love from Una xxx

21 January
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I’m a bit worried I’ll get nervous on Splash…

Hi everyone,

 

Hope you are all well! I’m getting really excited for Splash, but I got nervous watching the others. I’ve seen them training so I know how hard they’ve been working. It’s been nerve-wracking watching them, especially as I don’t know how I will feel when I’m up there! All it takes is last-minute nerves to kick in and make you mess up.

 

Seeing the others do their best did encourage me though. I want to do as well as I can, so that if I don’t make it through I know I tried as hard as I could. I feel ready for it, although I do think my last few training sessions will really help to make me confident to do the dive. There’s a lot of pressure because it’s live, and they play dramatic music as you approach the end of the board!

 

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I’m a bit worried I’ll get nervous, but nerves can be a good thing, and luckily being on stage has taught me to get control of them. Plus, I used to swim a lot when I was young, so I already know the feeling of being by a pool before a competition.

 

Ben, my parents and the band will be there to support me, so it’ll be nice to have them there, especially if I don’t get through. Aoife is a bit too young to come which is a shame, but it’s also probably for the best because I worry she would call out ‘Mummy!’ and distract me.

 

Speak soon!

 

Love from Una xxx

17 January
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I’ve been on a bit of a health kick for Splash…

Hi everyone,

 

Hope you are all well and avoiding the January blues. I’ve been on a bit of a health kick this week because Splash is coming up and I’ve got only got a few training sessions left, so I need to stay in shape. I love swimming so I always try to go for a bit of a swim just before training.

 

When I feel peckish I try to eat fruits, especially blueberries. Aoife loves them and thinks they’re sweets, which is great because it makes it easy for me to make sure she’s eating healthy snacks.

 

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I like to stick to simple food when I’m being healthy, like steamed vegetables or boiled potatoes. Ben loves my cooking. He can eat what he wants because he works it off, so last night I made him a meatball pasta bake which he loves. He’s been recovering from his knee injury so he’s been working on his upper body a lot, but hopefully he’ll be playing again in a few weeks!

 

I’ve been trying to do a few fitness DVDs, but I’ve had to stop because of my toe – it broke two months ago but it’s still very tender! One DVD I find really motivating is Jillian Michaels’ Shred workout. They’re only 30 minutes long and they don’t require too much space, so they’re very easy to do. Otherwise I try to work on my abs because you can do exercises just for five minutes which is easy to fit into a busy schedule.

 

Although I’ve been very healthy, I do treat myself occasionally, for example a glass of wine with dinner. I did have a takeaway the other day, but it was so salty I ended up feeling quite sick, so I don’t think I’ll be having one for a while!

 

Speak soon,

 

Love from Una xxx

10 January
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I’m aching and bruised from training for Splash but i’m loving every second

Hey everyone

 

Hope you all had a great holiday. I had a really wonderful break, it was great to catch up with friends and family especially after such a busy year.

 

I feel really refreshed after two weeks off and I’m glad to be back at work. Yesterday was my first day back training and filming for Splash. I injured my toe before Christmas so it was a good job we didn’t have any training for a while. It’s still swollen and quite tender but I’m getting on with it.

 

Minus the injury I’m loving taking part in Splash. It’s a real challenge – there’s an awful lot to remember, but they start you off with the basics, then you move on to the 1m board and then 5m, 7.5m and 10m. I haven’t been doing very much off the high boards because I’m a bit scared of heights, plus I’m a perfectionist so I want to master whatever I’m doing before I go up there. I don’t want to be belly flopping down!

 

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I’m in one of the later heats – if you tune in this Saturday night you’ll find out when you’ll be seeing me dive. Two people from each heat go through to the semi-final and then from that to the final. I’m just going to do my best, I’m not going to think about making it through. If I do my best then I’ll go away feeling like I’ve achieved something and I’ve learnt a skill. I’ve had a really good laugh and enjoyed the experience.

 

There’s a mixture of people who’ve never done it, some are scared of water and need to overcome that fear and some are scared of heights. Then you’ve got daredevils who go straight off the 10m without even thinking about it. That’s what makes it entertaining: we’re all different.

 

Tom Daley has been great to work with. He’s wonderfully talented and very encouraging – we’re learning from the best in the business. The day that I injured my toe I was meant to have my mentor session with him. He came over to have a chat with me and I decided that the show had to go on so he brought me up to the 3m board and did a few dives with me.

 

If you don’t get the dive right it can be very painful. I’ve got rather a lot of aches and bruises at the moment. When you dive off of one of the top boards you slap the water at about 30mph – if you mess it up you really know about it! The best way is just to push on though, I haven’t been put off yet.

 

Speak soon

 

Love Una xxxx

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