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Witchcraft and Wizardry Afternoon Tea at Fawsley Hall


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Today we made a trip to the stunning Fawsley Hall Hotel and Spa for a Harry Potter inspired Afternoon Tea! Dressed for the theme, we entered the jaw-dropping hall, which was the perfect setting for our spellbinding lunch.

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After a glass of Butterbeer, we were treated to fresh loose-leaf tea and 3 tiers of sandwiches, scones and cakes. The sandwiches were cheese and pickle, ham and mustard, cucumber and cream cheese, egg and little brioche buns with salmon mousse. On to the scones and I was very relieved to see that they were freshly made and not frozen ones! The pots contained strawberry jam and a very generous helping of clotted cream (the first time I haven’t had to ask for extra!).

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As you can see by my photos, the cakes and tarts were certainly Honeydukes worthy and brought a smile to all of our faces. I enjoyed the chocolate cauldron, filled with mousse, but there was an awful lot of chocolate on the plate so I had to be careful (migraines). It would’ve been nice to have a fresh fruit tart to bring a little tartness to all the sweet flavours and balance the palette, but it was still I wonderful spectacle and experience.

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Half way through, one of the waitresses brought out a few broomsticks and Betsy enjoyed zooming up and down the room with hers. She has yet to get into Harry Potter, but I dressed her as Hermione Granger in the hopes that some spark would stick!

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It was lovely to see Mr Mew dressed up and he may as well have been wearing an invisibility cloak when sat on the sofas! Almost identical patterning on his outfit as the upholstery! Ha ha ha!

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My lovely friend Charlotte came with us. With a spidery headdress and flashes of red from her crinoline, it gave her a Merry Widow air! I decided on loosely basing my outfit on a young Professor McGonagall, with tartan skirt and matching ribbon in my shoes.

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All in all a magical afternoon was had by all and we look forward to hearing of other themed teas and dinners to get involved in!

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Halloween Photoshoot with Charlotte Doran Davies


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It was an utter pleasure to shoot with photographer Charlotte Doran Davies a couple of weeks back at the incredible Pumpkins R Us!

Situated in Kenilworth, this wonderful location offers a mind-boggling array of pumpkins and Halloween decor! I enjoyed it so much last year that we went 4 times, and this year Ive been twice already.

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I had created a black and white outfit for myself and Betsy Rose that were meant to be worn at Crich Steampunk Event. My skirt was repurposed from a ballgown I used to sing in (but never fit very well). I cut out all the underskirts and re-draped the top layers; adding contrasting trim in orange and teal green. I created a bustle pillow for underneath and wore butterfly tights to compliment Betsy’s wings!

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I also had a wonderful black coat that didn’t make it into any of my chosen photographs. I have to work on the shape as it made me look bulky with my bustle. It was a long one I bought second hand off of Ebay that I cut and reshaped. The long coat had faux fur trim all around the bottom and up the front, so I reused this once I had cut it into shape. Its a pity it didn’t look right, but I will get it sorted!

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The hat I made from hessian, EVA foam, part of a wooden boat, pillow stuffing and Fimo, with some trim, ribbon and battery LEDs to finish it off. It is in homage to Travella; a character from Boodle – A Steampunk Story, by Tilly Copperplate.

Now onto Betsy’s outfit! The skirt was repurposed from a beautiful Laura Ashley one I have had knocking around for 10 years. It no longer fit me and was such a great fabric. I cut it down, took in the waist and used the trimmed fabric and netting to create a bustle effect. Trimmed with pom poms in the same colours as mine, it matched really well, without looking too ‘Mommy Dearest.’ The pierrot clown hat was made from EVA foam, with teal green pom poms, pleated fabric trim from her skirt and laser cut cogs. The back has a leather buckle piece to bring in more of the steampunk element.

The orange of the pumpkins worked so well with the boldness of the outfits. I wanted to create a slightly Gothic, Tim Burton-esque Steampunk feel and the balance was pretty tricky. The colourful trim helped with this I think and Charlotte did an wonderful job capturing our day.

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Thank you so much to Pumpkins R Us for letting us into their marquee and their fields before they were open to the public. Hopefully you will see some of our images gracing their website page next year!

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First World War Commemorative Day at Leamington FC

First World War Commemorative Day at Leamington FC

Thank you to all who attended and supported! I had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed listening to the ukulele group and performing for you. It made my day being part of the grand procession on to the football pitch and singing God Save the Queen before the match!

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I am really looking forward to this event! A commemorative day looking back on the First World War, there will be plenty to entertain and inform audiences young and old. I will be singing some 1940’s numbers (I know!), but there will be a couple of WW1 classics in there too.

So come along to Leamington Football Club’s WW1 Commemorative Day this Sunday!

Welshpool 40’s Weekend 2018

Welshpool 40’s Weekend 2018

This wonderful event is back for another year! Entertainment, vintage stalls, reenactors, vehicles and more throughout the weekend (29th and 30th September).

I will be singing in the town hall at 11.30am and 2.30pm on Saturday only. I will also be hosting a vintage stall, selling off some of my own personal collection of 1940’s clothing in the hall too!

Looking forward to seeing everyone again!

Southam Retro Revival 2018

Southam Retro Revival 2018

This coming Sunday (23rd September) I will be singing and hosting a stall at Southam Retro Revival!

With entertainment, vintage vehicles, stalls and more, it sounds like this will be a yearly spectacle that will get bigger and bigger!

I’m looking forward to seeing the lovely Betsy Harmony again and all the other acts I haven’t watched yet!

I love the fact that there are dedicated children’s activities, really making this a wonderful family event.

Goodwood Revival 2018


So Goodwood Revival was (yet again) epic. It isn’t just an amazing event because of the classic racing cars. Although in jaw-dropping outfits, the event isn’t even about the wonderful public for me personally. For those who have been to Revival, you would’ve seen the Glam Cab Girls, lindy hop dancers in the champagne marquee, the parading singing trios, the Goodwood Chars, Garland Girls on the Grid, Forge Formby, the meticulously themed areas, St. Trinians girls and sooooooooo many other roaming acts. Rain or shine they will be full of smiles, full of character and ready to entertain. It could be heatwave, it could be freezing, they are there (bar the child actors) from 7.30am until 5.30pm every day of the event. So now who looks after those entertainers? The Goodwood Actors Guild, hair and makeup artists (from beehives to fake moustaches and prosthetics), the costume department (mending, making, creating and organising). Most of these people are actually at the event from around 5am til very late, making sure everything is as good as they can, whilst preparing for the next day. Lets not forget the security teams, chaperones, first aiders and everyone else that helps make Goodwood run so beautifully. I was proud to be part of this hard working team…right until I got a crippling migraine on Sunday, which floored me for the rest of the show.

This year I was lucky enough to be a character host with Graeme (Forge Formby) at the Duke of Richmond’s Ball! It was a Steampunk themed affair, so I am being rather modest when I say I NEARLY FLIPPING WET MYSELF AT THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THIS. Dressed in my Mary Coggins outfit (huzzah! I remembered the rocket pack!), Graeme became my Burt and we welcomed the guests, along with a gaggle of exquisitely dressed actors that set the scene. Even the waiting staff were dressed in Steampunk outfits.

So here are a few photos of what I got up to. Apologies for the lack of racing cars, I had plans for Sunday but those were scuppered due to my eyeballs being kickboxed by my brain.

 

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Assisting a photographer, whilst he fished around in his bag for a photo he took of me a few years back!

 

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With the hilarious Dolly and Gracie

 

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Singing in The Mess after the champagne toast at 11.30am

 

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A quick cheeky selfie on the Saturday morning.

 

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Helping raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund by warbling a few 1940’s songs outside

 

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What Katie Did…Saving Kitten von Mew‘s bacon at Goodwood since 2009! Another ladder, another gorgeous pair of seamed tights. I’m loving the red contrast seams!

 

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Tractor totty! Who said pinups are just for aircraft!

 

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Chatting to Derek Bell outside the Driver’s Club

 

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The Driver’s Club theme this year was a farm. Complete with sheep, chickens and these gorgeous piggies! I could just eat them!

 

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Posing with the actual motorbike Steve McQueen rode in The Great Escape!

 

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Kitten von Mew and Forge Formby having a giggle in the Drivers Club

 

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My wonderful Saturday chaperones!

 

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Being interviewed for a European classic car magazine.

 

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Posing in front of a WWII Mustang aircraft. Absolutely amazing warbird!

 

 

 

 

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One of my steampunk hat creations being worn for the Goodwood Ball!

 

 

 

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Simon, the chap on the far right is also incredibly talented. He created his own costume AND made the Duke’s using Sue’s design!

 

 

 

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Mary Coggins and Sue, the amazing lady who runs the GAG department, designed the waiting staff costumes AND the Duke of Richmond’s Steampunk outfit. Insanely talented, plus she was kind enough to put me up when I had the migraine.