Last month saw the union of two of my best friends in Holy Matrimony. That sounds mega posh.

THEY GOT HITCHED.

You may remember the Bride – Ellie – from my ‘How to organise an unforgettable Hen Party’ post. I can honestly say, she was the most calm, chilled and unflappable Bride I have EVER seen. Nothing phased her. I was doing a bit of nervous weeing and pacing about myself – and all I had to do was walk!

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Far away from downing multicoloured cocktails and shots in Portugal, the Bride and the Bridesmaids were transformed into beautiful, classy, ethereal ladies, floating down the aisle. No but seriously, look how hot we all looked:

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In fact, have some more pictures.

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The ceremony went beautifully, with Ellie gathering a massive audience of tourists and locals alike, outside the church. They even cheered when she got out of the car! There were a few happy tears when they said their vows – and all of a sudden they were man and wife.

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From the church it was on to Kingston Country Courtyard – an absolutely stunning venue. We’d spent the day before setting up, with plenty of fairy lights and birdcages covered in pretty flowers.

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The speeches from the Bride’s father, Best Man and Groom were all brilliant, each one having us all in stitches.

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After a delicious dinner it was time for a few drinks and a dance. And God, did we dance!

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I didn’t quite catch the bouquet – check out my reaction!

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It was an absolutely brilliant day and evening – although it took a few days to recover from! The Williams clan do not shirk on the booze. Nothing was overlooked – Ellie had even put a little survival kit together in the bathroom for the girls, with hairbrushes, hairsprays and plasters for those wedding shoe blisters.

I can’t wait for my own day, but I can only hope it lives up to this one.

Congratulations Ellie and Dan!

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Imagery courtesy of onethousandwords.co.uk

It’s always irritating when you break a nail, especially when the rest are all so lovely and uniform and you’re going to be left with a stubby one!

However, I learnt a little trick that I’ve been using for years, which means you don’t have to cut the nail off. I thought everyone knew before I mentioned it to a friend and blew her mind! It doesn’t fix the nail – more creates support so you can keep it for a while longer to let it grow a little before you have to do the inevitable and lop it off.

Here’s how you do it!

Have a broken nail (boo!).

Excuse my gross cuticles...

Excuse my gross cuticles…

Remove nail varnish and get yourself a tea bag and some clear nail varnish (I use a hardening one but it doesn’t make a diff really).

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Cut the teabag open and get rid of the tea (BLASPHEMY).

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Cut yourself a little piece of teabag from one of the sides. Just enough to cover the break plus a little more.

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Put one coat of clear nail varnish on your nail and with tweezers, lay the teabag piece over the break.

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Once happy with the position, add another coat of clear polish over the top of the fabric.

Et voilà! A lovely new base which is protected and won’t catch. Go for your life with new colours and keep the fabric on for as long as possible.

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Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 12.19.28Further to my fitness posts about the Withings Activité watch and Stacey Jackson’s fitness range, I was offered another brilliant opportunity to help me along with my fitness journey.

Get Fit with Davina is a complete health, fitness and weight-loss programme. It’s 100% customised for you to do at any time. It features personalised daily workout videos and a complete nutrition plan designed to help you get fit, lose weight and keep it off. Not only are the programmes totally customised to you, but they also keep track of how you’re doing and adapt to help you stay on track.

I’ve loved Davina for a really long time, and have always been stunned by how fit she looks and how motivated she seems – so if I could have even a little bit of that, I’m taking the opportunity!

I’ve tried a few celebrity workout before and  I am always tempted but often sceptical of new ones that come out. However, it’s obvious that a lot of thought and research has gone into creating Get Fit With Davina. The site creates a personalised plan for your fitness levels and goals. All of the exercises (and there are many) are tailored to you and can be done from the comfort of your living room. But trust me – there will be no couch potatos with Davina.

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The fitness programme was created by Davina’s fitness expert Ed Lumsden. The programme is designed to create the most effective session possible for people of any ability – rather than doing boring, repetitive exercises that just don’t get results. This means high intensity, varied, targeted workouts with taught techniques.  The programme keeps track of exactly what the you are doing and what you have done and can adapt to help you stay on track at a level that is right for you.

There is also a nutrition plan created with Davina’s nutritional Guru Max Tomlinson, which follows Davina’s philosophy of eating well and cutting out things like processed foods and sugar. I must admit, I didn’t use this feature as I am currently on a diet that suits me. However, it looked really interesting and easy to follow.

The workouts ranged in terms of type of exercise and intensity. Things like Box Fit were really cool – I’d never done that before and I threw myself into it. I ended the workout feeling like I’d not done much and wondered whether that was a decent exercise. Oh. Oh it was. My arms, back and waist told me so the next day. You should complete three workouts a day (at seven minutes each), more if you fancy. The time flies by, and Davina really helps you through with motivation and cracking jokes as the workout unfolds.

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I REALLY enjoyed the five weeks I spent working out with Davina. Not only that…it worked. I lost 5lb and there is certainly some more definition going on in places of my body I hadn’t seen for a while. This, combined with my running, will hopefully help me to reach my fitness goal.

Get Fit With Davina is free for the first four weeks and costs £9.99 every four weeks with no registration or cancellation fees. There is no minimum subscription purchase obligation, and users may cancel at any time.

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Impossible, the breath-taking magic spectacular thrilling audiences worldwide, is back by popular demand, returning to its home in the West End for a strictly limited season.

Featuring the world’s greatest illusionists live on stage in a daring, jaw-dropping display of magical artistry Impossible will electrify and amaze theatre-goers of all ages.

That’s not all! In an exclusive guest appearance, Britain’s Got Talent’s Richard Jones joins the show. I loved him on BGT (helps he is super good looking, too).

I caught up with Impossible’s Conjurer Sabine van Dieman and Grand Illusionist Josephine Lee to find out what it’s like to perform on the West End and how it feels to be representing women in the magic world – see their responses below.

Stay tuned for a review of the show when I check it out on 13th July!

How does it feel to be performing on the prestigious West End?

Sabine van Diemen – It’s amazing, literally a dream come true. Being from Holland and being able to perform on the prestigious West End is unbelievable. I love the idea that so many great theatre people performed there. Awesome I’m excited!

Josephine Lee – I am absolutely thrilled and very excited. This will be my third show in the West End but my first show as one of the leads and it’s always so exhilarating to be part of the West End community.

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When did you realise you wanted to be a magician? How did you get into it?

SD – When I was 18 I was dancing in the Holland Show Ballet and there was a magician doing a piece in between the two parts of the show. One of the assistants got injured on the day of opening night and they looked around the ballet and said: YOU! I had an hour to learn 6 tricks. I was so nervous but the show went very well and the adrenaline rush was indescribable. I was instantly hooked!

JL – I was working as a dancer in a magic show touring Europe for the world famous magician, Hans Klok. I finished the contract moved back to London and 6 months later I had a call from him saying a position had become available as his assistant and would I consider moving to Holland permanently to work for him. I thought to myself Ill just go for 3 months, came home 5 years later! An audience’s reaction is so unbelievably different to that of dancing that I just couldnt give up the thrill of it.  

The magic world is dominated by men and it’s rare to see female magicians. Are you treated any differently because of this?

SD – People are always very surprised when they hear what you do, but in a very good and positive way! They instantly think you are this strong, fearless power woman. Which we are obviously (hahaha). I don’t feel that we get treated very differently

JL – This is a great question and one that I feel I wish we were more often asked directly instead of assumptions being made on our behalf. I have read a lot on the views of feminism in magic and I must say I very rarely agree with any of them. The magic industry is heavily dominated by men, not because women are not given the opportunities men are but because there are not enough women taking that step and given it a go. I have had nothing but help, advice, encouragement and guidance from the magic community which is predominantly made up of men. If we are treated any differently its definitely in a positive way, theres a lot of enthusiasm towards female magicians taking to the stage.

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You are both trained dancers. Are you still dancing when not performing? If not, do you miss it?

SD – I’m still choreographing which I absolutely love. I’m not dancing so much anymore and that’s totally fine! I always liked magic way more!

JL – Dancing is slowly starting to take a back seat in my life and I find myself starting to pick and choose the jobs I take which I believe is quite possibly the beginning of transitioning into the next stage of my career. I dont believe its something I could ever give up though whilst my body still allows me, I think that would be a huge regret of mine in later life. I would like to hope Ill still be dancing in my 90s with my walking stick!

What do you get up to in your spare time when not performing magic?

SD – A lot! I still do a lot of modelling gigs as well as choreographing and producing shows for a big events company back in Amsterdam! Other than that I do kickboxing multiple times a week. Love to travel, shop (I need to stop that) go out with friends, cook, I’m an obsessive house cleaner haha and I just wander around Amsterdam!

JL – I do a lot of Yoga, I would say its more of an obsession than a hobby! I also love to read and my true passion is for travel so Im always planning my next adventure. Im not very good at relaxing so if im not working Im working on what ever Im working on next!

What’s next for you both? Do you have any more career goals for the future?

SD – You must have career goals! Or at least goals in life! That’s the fun part to see how far you can go! As far as the West End I feel totally blessed and I would love to tour the world with the Impossible cast and crew! Who knows? Anything is possible! Let’s go Vegas, Broadway, a big Asian tour? As long as we can keep doing what we love and bring the magic to the people!

I’m very happy to be working with Jo (Josephine Lee) and bring the audience some girl power!

JL – I believe its so important to keep yourself creatively stimulated so I never stop working on reaching the next goal. Im currently working on a very exciting project. My aim is to create a very unique act and intertwining all my skills into one. Theres so much magic in the public eye now and its becoming more and more popular with all these talent shows. Its truly so wonderful because it pushes us to step it up a notch and dig deep to create pieces no one else is doing, at a time like this you have to be unique. Its such an exciting time for magic!

Impossible runs from 8th July to 27th August at the Nöel Coward Theatre – tickets can be bought here.

 

I’ve been lucky enough to try out some StaeFit gym kit from Stacey Jackson over the last couple of months.

For those who don’t know, Stacey is a is a Canadian-American singer, Executive Producer at 3B1G Records and founder of StaeFit workout apparel. A proper doer. She’s also really hot too. Seriously. Have a look!

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For years, I’ve worked out in old t-shirts and Primark shorts, the only ‘must-have’ in my kit being a decent sports bra so I don’t bonk myself in the face. I didn’t really care what I wore. Until StaeFit. Here’s what the brand says:

“StaeFit is a stylish solution to an embarrassing complaint suffered by women all over the world, coined by Stacey as BRASH: an irritating and persistent breast rash often felt by women who wear sports bras. Jackson’s StaeFit range of tops and gym pants uses ultra – absorbent materials, designed to draw away trapped moisture from the body post gym-workouts (hence less sweat is trapped near the skin). The unique Silver antibacterial treatment, which absorbs odour, is ideal for those who keep their gym kit on post workout. The supportive built-in bra in the tops are the only front fastening active wear tops on the market, making sweaty encounters, wrestling sports bras over your head a thing of the past.”

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So does it work?
It absolutely does. When I first set eyes on the kit, I was slightly dubious because the pieces were just so damn fashionable. The high-waisted leggings are a dream to slide on. Not as unforgiving as pure Lycra but tight enough to show off your shape and make you look toned. I also love the fun stars on the side panels (which also use compression tech to pull you in). The pink-piped zip-up top cinches you in at the waist, showing off an hour-glass figure, whilst the black mesh at the back shows a demure bit of skin. The whole outfit left me feeling, dare I say it…sexy.

 Sexy whilst working out? UNHEARD OF
I know, right? But I swear it’s true. I even put a little bit of powder and waterproof mascara on AND fishtail-plaited my hair for a 5K as I felt my face didn’t match my body. I felt a world away from a bare face, messy bun and Primark shorts. The kit keeps you warm but not too warm. Of course there is sweat, but the kit doesn’t leave you feeling uncomfortable or sticky at all. It’s a YES from me, StaeFit.

What about support?
I’m SO paranoid that my ta-tas will go saggy whilst I’m running and bouncing around, hence why a good sports bra is an absolute must. I’ve been blessed with some on-the-larger-side jugs so, when using Stacey’s gym top, I was a bit loathe to use it without a bra – how could this top keep all my bits and pieces in one place? But using the front clasp immediately winches everything into place – and trust me, I need some winching in that area. You end up feeling all tucked in whilst also feeling the bomb. Win-win.

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The ‘Pink Piping’ and ‘Star Crazy’ kit I tried is available here.

As an extra bonus, Stacey has released an absolutely pumping workout track ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ for when you’re concentrating on not dying during your workout. Have a listen – it works!