Sunday, 31 July 2016

OOTD | Summer Wedding


I've not been to a wedding for years; last week I attended my auntie's wedding to her lovely fiancé. Everything from the dress to the venue and decor were picturesque, the whole day was beautiful. It was lovely to spend time with my family and I was so happy to be a part of Emma and Junior's day. Even the sun came out to join the celebrations! I thought I would share what outfit I wore for the special occasion.

After spending hours searching the internet through what seemed like thousands of dresses, I finally decided on and fell in love with this Orangey/Red Floral Overlay Dress from Topshop. I feel that florals are always a winner for weddings; this dress is flattering with its flowy overlay and silhouette and I particularly like the strappy detailing at the top. It's a perfect choice with its bold print reimagining the classic wedding look.


As I had foot surgery the day before, I opted for sandals rather than heels as none of my shoes fit over my bandages! I went for the Poppy Petal sandals from Accessorize. They were so comfy and I feel that I may be wearing these 24/7 until my feet are healed...!

I didn't accessorise the outfit as I felt that the dress was a statement piece in itself and so it would be too much to add anything else. I felt so happy and comfortable in my dress and sandals and I think the outfit worked well with the summery weather we were blessed with.


Let me know what you think of my summer wedding outfit in the comments. What is your go to wedding outfit? Thank you for reading,

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Tour


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a show that I have grown up with; it was the first musical I ever saw, back in 2003 at the London Palladium. I remember being mesmerised by the magic of the show, it kick-started my love of musical theatre and showed me that it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life!

So when it was announced that the show was touring the UK, I definitely had to get tickets. The tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang features a cast full of celebrities (which I'll talk more about later) and I rushed to buy my tickets to see the flying car in action again and hear the much-loved songs by the Sherman Brothers. Therefore, on the 16th of July my mum and I travelled up north to Sheffield to see the show.


It stars former Joseph and His Technicolor Dreamcoat actor Lee Mead. His performance of Caracatus Potts was genuinely from the heart and it was touching to watch him portray the single-father of Jeremy and Jemima. His voice was perfect for the part played by Dick Van Dyck in the original 1968 film. I especially loved his 'Hushabye Mountain' which was emotional and thought his dancing was surprisingly good in 'Me 'Ol Bamboo.'

I've been a fan ever since seeing Carrie Hope Fletcher in Les Misérables and she too was perfect for the role of Truly Scrumptious. Her vocals throughout the show were incredible and I particularly enjoyed her version of 'Doll On A Music Box/Truly Scrumptious.'

This pair really had the voices and the on-stage chemistry to pull of the character of Caracatus and Truly. I also thought his clown to Carrie's doll was another highlight of the show.


The Childcatcher is definitely a character that scared me growing up. Even my sister, seeing Wayne Sleep play him in the 2003 production had her hiding under her seat in fear! Matt Gillett played the character well from his creepy laugh to his grimacing smile and scary movement floating around the stage; leaving a chill down my spine. 


On the other hand playing Goran and Boris, the hilarious spies, were portrayed by Scott Paige and Sam Harrison. They had perfect comedic timing throughout the show and their one liners provided so many humorous moments.

Last but not least are two ex-Eastenders: Michelle Collins and Shaun Williamson playing Baroness and Baron Bomburst. They worked together so well strutting around the stage as if they owned it, really getting into their parts! Their signature song 'Chu-Chi Face' put a smile on my face.


The set design was so clever but simple, fitting every scene perfectly (such as using wooden backdrops for the Potts' home). But my favourite part of the creative was the effective use of light projections. Also used for the Grand Prix race and moving landscapes for the car, my favourite was definitely the creepy silhouettes of the Childcatcher, especially the one he was introduced with (I won't spoil it for you!). 

I was slightly gutted that Chitty didn't fly into the audience like she did in the 2003 production.. But, it was understandable with the amount of theatres it was touring to with difference spaces; I did think that the simulation to show the car's movement was clever.


I'd definitely recommend seeing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on tour if you get the chance. Let me know if you've seen it, or anything else on tour! Thanks for reading,

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Sunday, 24 July 2016

5 Days in Camden and seeing Woman in Black


On the 9th and 10th of July I had my end of year show as a part of Tiffany Theatre College; part of that was spending five days with my friends sharing an apartment in London. After lots of research months in advance, we found the perfect apartment right in the centre of Camden, literally opposite Camden Town Tube Station.


As soon as we arrived at our apartment we dropped off our bags and immediately headed out the door. I had never been to Camden before and so I was very excited to walk around and explore the culture and diversity of Camden Town. It was so much fun, the place is so colourful compared to the majority of London and was literally buzzing with interesting people. It was lovely to walk around and feel the vibe of the crowds and get lost in thought for a couple of hours. After exploring we bought pizza and freshly squeezed orange juice from the unique market and settled down in a local park for lunch.


After spending most part of the day wondering round the markets of Camden we decided (as we each had day travel cards) to venture into Leicester Square and Covent Garden to do some shopping. While walking past a ticket booth we decided to buy last minute tickets to see the play: The Woman in Black! I had seen it previously as a part of a school trip, but none of my friends had. We were lucky enough on arrival to the Fortune theatre to find out our cheap tickets had been upgraded from the back row of the upper circle, to right at the front of the dress circle, what a bargain!


The Fortune Theatre is small in comparison to other West End theatres (seating 432) which works in the plays' favour; it's the perfect intimate venue for a terrifying Victorian-style ghost story. The play within a play using minimalistic set and two highly skilled actors was just as brilliant this time. It's great that you don't need a huge stage and lots of effects to create unsettling suspense and terrorise the audience. It was complete with a rocking chair moving alone in an abandoned nursery, to the classic music box and exploring the house in torchlight. I was able to see more of the little detail second time around and I loved seeing the reactions of my friends and the audience around me this time. 

I thoroughly enjoyed my five days in London leading up to my end of year show with Tiffany Theatre College. It was so fun to explore Camden as well as get to see another show in the West End! Let me know if you've explored Camden (and what you thought) or if you too have seen the Woman in Black. Thank you for reading,

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Monday, 18 July 2016

Return to Blogging!

Hi there, do you still remember me? Don't worry if you don't, I've been away from this blog for a while due to various life circumstances (mainly from my training at Tiffany Theatre College keeping me busy). I really didn't plan for this to happen at all, I've had lists of ideas to write about but every time I sat down to write, I ran out of time!

I've really missed my little blog and thought that the summer holiday was the perfect time for me to have a fresh start and return to blogging.

So what have I been up to? I'll try to update you the best I can...

At the end of April I had a dance injury (tenosynovitis in my right foot) which kept me off dance and training properly for eleven weeks! It was completely gutting to not be able to train properly but I tried to keep as optimistic about the situation as I was still able to dance in my end of year show.


We had our end of year Prom in June which was really great evening with some of my favourite people. It was nice to have an evening to relax, drink and dance; I'll leave some photos below.


Lastly rehearsals for our end of year show 'Watch This Space' kept me most busy the last few months; it was worth it as the show was so fun. It was performed on the 9th and 10th of July at the Shaw Theatre, two minutes walk from Kings Cross! I spent five days sharing an apartment in Camden with my friends leading up to the show. A week of fun!


If you're a long term reader then I welcome you back or if you're new to this blog then I promise I'll have some more interesting posts soon.

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