The opulent surroundings of The Walled Garden at Orchardleigh House will play host to a charity spring ball featuring Strictly Come Dancing stars Kevin and Karen Clifton on Saturday, May 14.
Kevin and Karen are now established as one of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing most popular dance couples. Karen has appeared in two series of TV’s most watched programme, partnering Nicky Byrne from Westlife in her first year and in 2013 dancing with Hairy Biker Dave Myers, reaching week seven. Kevin Clifton made a spectacular debut reaching the final with celebrity partner and Breakfast News presenter Susanna Reid*.
The event is a fundraiser in aid of the Merlin Theatre and Papyrus – the prevention of young suicide charity.
Tickets cost £600 for a table of eight. Single tickets cost £85.
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Source: Frome Standard
One night I’m sleeping in my bed, the next night I’m sleeping on a boat. Ha! Life.. I must say the best sleep I’ve ever had definitely would have to be on a boat. I could easily sleep all day. The rocking and swaying makes me feel like I’m back in my mom’s womb. No wonder babies like being rocked.
Recently, Kevin and I have made a big change in our sleeping habits. We are now making sure that we get 8 full hours of sleep every night. As oppose to our 4-5 hours a night. We are trying to be in bed by 11pm and up and about by 7am unless we’ve had a show the night before and need to rest up a bit more. I also never leave home without my monkey bear whose name is “fidget”. Can’t go to bed without him. Kevin gave him to me when we started dating and he has not left my bedside ever since. I’m still a kid at heart.
With enough rest and having my monkey bear with me, I can feel the change in my body, skin and have the ability to feel more productive and aware throughout the day.
A cup of coffee makes it all better as well first thing in the morning ..
Now that we are up and about so early in the morning I like to do a couple of stretches to get my muscles loose and kick off the day feeling limber and not achey. It was a bit chilly out so I wore my favourite bright top by Lululemon and my stretchy , comfy quick step dance pants by Sweaty Betty. Can’t forget my odd socks!!!
Stretching my sides, hamstrings/lower back and glutes always helps me release tension and keeps injuries at bay. It also gives you a little bit of time to focus and centre yourself. Remember that you don’t need a lot of space or time to give your body some needed TLC.
For a little bit of extra help I use the ultimate survival kit by Scentered. It was recommended to me by my friend, super talented dancer and life coach Camilla Dallerup. They are therapy balms which I apply on my pulse points and then inhale them deeply. It works wonders. My favourite is “Stress Less”. It helps me get through the day with its beautiful ‘feel good’ scent. There’s also “Sleep Well”, “Escape”, “Focus” and “Love” which I simply can’t get enough of.
And off the boat we went to the beautiful city of Valletta, Malta which is located in the central-eastern portion of the island.
It was such a beautiful morning. Kevin and I walked through the gorgeous streets of Valletta who’s nickname is “Superbissima” – meaning “Most Proud”.
We took a couple of selfies!!
And one more with a Cheeky kiss!!
The views were absolutely breathtaking and since it was very early in the morning everything was calm and the temperature was just right!
Kevin giving me his best profile and that jaw line!! Whoop!
It’s not often that we get to go to a city that has so much history. Loved the elements of Mannerist, Neo-classical and modern architecture in some areas though WWII left the city with some scars. But what I found even more intriguing was the Cat Cafe. It was a cat feeding station that also provides shelter for stray cats. There was a small hill full of little boxes with food in them just for the little furry animals. This was absolutely wonderful to see.
I spotted a couple of the cats and started following them around. I don’t think they liked me very much but I still tried. Hehe.
After a couple of hours of wandering around this beautiful city it was time to say goodbye.
I was feeling very grateful to get opportunities like these to travel to beautiful cities and do what I love especially with my hubby.
Start your day with positivity and a little stretch. Let your body warm up before taking on the day. Rain or shine make sure that you find joy in the small things.
Source: Hello! Magazine Blogs
They are the much-loved professional dancers from Strictly Come Dancing and recently got married last year, so who better to share their first dance wedding tips than Karen and Kevin Clifton? The couple have released a new video in which they teach brides and grooms-to-be how to perfect their first dance.
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Karen and Kevin, who were filming from the Maldives, have also listed their top tips below…
1. Find the perfect song that you both absolutely love.
2. Decide what style of wedding dance you would want to do. Do you want a romantic dance or a fun/quirky dance?
3. Make a note of what style of dress the bride is going to be wearing while doing the first dance. The choreography should compliment your dress and it should be effortless to dance in.
4. Keep it simple. Don’t over complicate yourselves with choreography.
5. Give yourselves at least two months to learn and practice your dance. You want it to be in your muscle memory so that you can fully enjoy it and not feel under pressure.
6. Practice makes perfect. Take a couple of minutes every day to rehearse your dance even if it’s in your living room.
7. Enjoy yourselves! Don’t be nervous. You will remember this moment for the rest of your life and it will be recorded! So enjoy it, smile and remember that you have both taken your first dance steps together as husband and wife.
The couple married last July in a wedding covered by HELLO! magazine.
Karen and Kevin, both 33, said “I do” at One Great George Street in Westminster with their Strictly co-stars and celebrity contestants, such as Good Morning Britainpresenter Susanna Reid and The Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge, in attendance.
Speaking of his blushing bride, Kevin said: “I’ve never seen anything more beautiful in my life. Karen looked absolutely stunning.”
Source: Hello! Magazine