For more than thirty years, I have had a home in Portugal in the Algarve. My beautiful and remote house is a real “hideaway” - an away-from-it-all haven of peace and tranquility on the top of a hill and looking directly out over rolling hillside down to the sea, with amazing sea views. The village is tiny and primitive - no hideous golfing sweaters, better still - no hideous golfers and definitely no smart cars or tourists! Yet, it is close enough to the beach to pop down in the afternoon for a stroll with my dog or a swim with my grandchildren and, perhaps, a lovely seafood supper with friends and then a quick drive back up into the hills, gazing down at the twinkling lights everywhere as I drive!
Not Strictly Ballet!
This week saw me once again at the ballet, this time it was as a VIP guest for the English National Ballet’s second-time-round presentation of Derek Deane’s Strictly Gershwin. Last summer the company performed this strangely gleeful “ballet” at The Albert Hall and the reviews were mixed. This time, back on home ground, safe on the stage of the delicious, ice- creamy coloured and beautifully restored Coliseum Theatre, the English National Ballet almost took a back seat at this burlesque all American “revue” show by Derek Deane. The music was sublime and the orchestra were brilliant - but this was not strictly ballet!
For a very long time my Press and PR gurus, my retail advisors, and my personal Press office have been urging me to start writing a blog. Although I have achieved a level of notoriety (my name is imprinted into every pair of shoes sold throughout the world under the French Sole label) and obviously after almost twenty five years I am a reasonably well known shoe designer, coupled with the fact that I have had much written about me by other people over the years, I have decided to start one! (although, I still couldn’t get why people would want to read it?!).
Today I took a party of 30 children and their families from my Starlight charity to see a performance by the English National Ballet of The Nutcracker - my second visit in a week and I am seeing it twice more before it finishes the run on December 30th - the day was perfect and magical.
Looking forward to Christmas? I absolutely love this time of year - here are a few of my favourite gift ideas and other ideas to make it a proper Winter Wonderland!
I always feel at home in Chelsea! As well as spending my youth hanging out there during the ‘swinging sixties’....until recently I lived there. I also have a store on the Kings Road - so popping back up there to a charity night for Starlight was a pleasure!
It just wouldn’t be Christmas without seeing a ballet and what better event to go to than the Gala First Night of the English National Ballet’s amazing production of The Nutcracker…
(Blonde) hair today - gone tomorrow! Being part of the fashion world can be quite a bit responsibility and a strain I have to keep on top of fashion and trends…or create my own! Well, I am now going to share with you my new look. I have discovered that feeling comfortable within is the best way forward! Too many women are under terrible strain to look beautiful and wrinkle free - I say the best way is to be natural and relieve yourself of all that awful high maintenance pressure - beauty comes from within (and a few carefully chosen beauty products!)
With Xmas around the corner I sometimes find it a little exhausting to try and arrange a birthday party as well so this year I headed to Richmond and invited my immediate family to join me at William Curley’s... what do you give the woman who has everything? Well chocolate - of course!