Springing into 2017 with no New Year’s resolutions actually makes me feel all brand spanking new in itself. I always used to try and make a few secret promises to myself until one of my friends said that I should just “get stuff done” and get on with it. With only 8% of us keeping New Years resolutions, I guess it is probably easier to just get up and DO IT. So that’s what I am doing!
If things were more black and white – wouldn’t they be easier?! Politics, relationships, all the second-guessing, to-ing and fro-ing to try and find the right answer, the right solution is often staring you right there in the face. Most of the time, you know it as well. I started this year with no intentions of broken promises and no real goals and yet I am faced with big changes both in my music and my own personal life. I will have less time but more reward, new creative opportunities as well as being booked up musically until summer already! Lots to think about – who needs resolutions?!
Hello Peaches! Something new to kick off 2017 but as always – from my heart! As many of you will know, nine months ago I became a first time mum to a little bundle of sunshine. Flashback to December 2015 and I was not looking forward to the festive season but rather hiding away in fluffy maternity jumpers and the thickets leggings you ever did see. I suffered with terrible SPD (also known as pelvic girdle pain), which meant that I had terrible pains constantly around my pelvis. I had remained fairly active throughout early pregnancy and was still deadlifting barbells and lifting weights at 20 weeks! However, after suffering with SPD, I had to rest and take it easy until my little one was born.
I have been “training” and a lover of weight lifting, cross fit and HIT intervals for the last 4 years now and I was eager to get back into the driving seat after my little girl was born. For me, working out is how I find my peace again. The idea of absolutely exhausting yourself and sweating out all our troubles may seem horrendous to most, but for me – it is how I stay sane. I don’t work out to be “the skinniest” and I don’t lift weights to be the strongest, fastest or the most impressive. I stay healthy so that I can live longer and enjoy life for as many years as possible. I believe that everything must have balance and as a huge lover of cake, a bit of moderation here and there agrees with me nicely.
One thing I find extremely difficult is that by day – I adore brightly coloured clothes and styles but by night (or whenever I visit a gym!) I struggle to find affordable active wear! WELL – look no further than these fun-loving fancies.
Well it is almost the end of 2016 and what better way to see it out than in a glamorous dress and a good old recap of the most amazing year to date……. View Post
A few weeks back I had the pleasure of performing at Atomic Amber’s event – “I’m Dreaming Of A Tiki Christmas” in London’s Tiki Paradise – Kanaloa Club. Meeting so many lovely ladies (and gents!) from the vintage loving community and having a good old jive was totally fabulous and I cannot wait for the summer “Picnic In The Park” event already!
With singing and performing as my true loves, Christmas time can often be spent from venue to venue and I usually miss out on the traditional “office party” being self employed. However, being able to attend this event was like my own private Christmas do with many dazzling and glamorous people dancing their socks off! It didn’t really feel like I was performing either, more like just having a good little boogie with my besties. Although I had travelled from up north, it never really feels like work when you are twirling about dressed up in pretties and enjoying your favourite music hey!
“Tis the season to be jolly fa la la la la la la la”
For those of you who regularly follow my blog, you will know that I have recently started writing for the ever-fabulous Vintage Life Magazine. Yep, a published writer – not just a blogger who rambles a few times a week about all sorts. My first ever shiney article was published in the November episode of Vintage Life Mag – Issue number 71 – (back issues are available here)
I wrote about bringing a bit of “Joy To Your World” – a subject close to my own heart. This time of the year can be oh so stressful and it creeps up on you without you even realising. There are so many presents to buy and so many people to try and organise visiting to, tinsel to put up and parties to fit in. Before you know it, you find yourself wishing that the silly season is over for another year, and nobody should get to this point. Christmas time for me means relaxing with those that you love and enjoying the time off that you have together. Life is too precious to waste it being in a tizzwhoz.
“ Pearl’s a singer,
She stands up, when she plays, the piano.
In a nightclub…. “
Always one to open a new post with a song – the above comes from the fabulous Elkie Brooks and just so happens to be the name of this Christmas beauty from Voodoo Vixen. As precious as a pearl, wearing this makes me feel like Christmas is literally around the corner. Are you ready? – I’ve been ready since August!
Getting prepped for the festive season is something I like to do early. Yep, I am one of those eager beavers who is all bought and wrapped up by the end of September, sorry! Being a performer, Christmas is my busiest time so if I didn’t get everything ready right as people are just about packing their bikinis away, I would blink and Christmas would be over. This year, it is my little girls first Christmas and although she will only be 9 months and perhaps a little young to understand, I wanted to go all out and celebrate. Everything is sparkly, my tree has been up since the middle of November and we are all just waiting for Santa now!