#MumChat : About being pregnant in Dubai...

Monday, 15 June 2015

Hi there lovelies,

So as you know in January I became a mummy and gave birth to Baby Lewis here in Dubai... 
(Photo by Chloe Lodge)

I blogged my way through pregnancy and Chris and I shared our journey with a  Weekly Pregnancy Vlog. 

Since having Baby Lewis I've had quite a few requests to do a video about what it's like to be pregnant in Dubai. Therefore I've filmed a #MumChat video talking through just this... 

In this video I discuss about health insurance, consultants, not having health insurance, the heat, eating out, doulas, etc. This is just a video sharing my personal experiences and what I've learnt from being pregnant in Dubai... remember to ask your healthcare provider for more in depth details etc. 

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Things I Love Thursday...

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Sometimes it's really easy to lose sight of what matters and who matters. It's easy to get dragged down by things that are thrown your way and sometimes its easy to forget too.
I'm not gonna lie this last week has been tough! 
I've had a little bit of back pain since having Baby Lewis and late last Thursday night my back gave way really badly. This week has seen me go back and forth to the doctors and have physio session after physio session and slowly I'm getting better, but it's going to take time. 
I saw this post by a fellow blogger called Gala Darling and thought. Yeah! That's an awesome thing to do... Let's focus on what we love, who we love and what makes us happy.

So today wherever you may be or what ever you are feeling like. Just take two... sit back and remember what counts and who counts and be thankful for all you have.


“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” William Arthur Ward

  • I love my little family. Chris, Baby Lewis and Monty the cat always make me smile.

         Baby Lewis turned 5 Months Old this week... WOW time flies... 

  • My mum is my rock. She's always been there for me and she's my best friend. I can't wait to see her soon when we visit the UK. She celebrated her Birthday this week. We sent her cards and pressies but I can't wait to go and have a good English Carvery Dinner with her in a couple of weeks time. 

  • I'm so thankful and grateful always and love each and everyone of you's. Thanks for  supporting my YouTube Channel. Thank you for subscribing and Thank you for watching.

  • I love the fact that I've managed to have a little read of Lucky Bitch  again whilst I've been laid up in bed with my bad back. Reading Denise's book and catching up on her blog posts have done me the world of good.

  • Being the stationary lover that I am I am super excited that the BRAND NEW Erin Condren Life Planners are available now to buy. I've used this paper based planner system for the last two years and I can tell you now it's worth every penny. This year they have even more sparkly options... this makes my heart happy :) 

  • Whilst I've been relaxing getting better I've also managed to put a wish list together of all the lovely clothes that I want from YOURS So many pretty bright colours... definitely have a little look if you're size 14+ there's some great items.

  • FINALLY I love the fact that I can now share with you the release date of my latest dance track... follow me on social media to be the first to hear the new song from me and a rather talented DJ... out on 29th June 2015 

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Why I'm a Crown and Glory Mummy!

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook you'll have seen plenty of photos of me with sparkly bows in my hair and pretty floral headbands. These are all from Crown and Glory a UK based independent online store run by a lady called Sophie King...
(Photo thanks to Sophie King - Copyright Sophie King)
I've followed Crown and Glory for a long while after finding out about the online store from Kat Williams of Rock N Roll Bride who in turn I found out about when I got married... yeah we wanted to be a little different.... 

(Clare & Chris Wedding - Copyright Clare Elise Sparkles)

Anyway back to why I'm a Crown And Glory Mummy...

Early in 2014 I found out that I was pregnant with Baby Lewis after being told not so long before hand that I might never get pregnant because I have PCOS. 
I totally remember the moment that the pregnancy test turned positive. Chris and I stood there staring at it for a few moments and then started to go through a whole array of emotions before hugging each other so tight and smiling our heads off.

(Chloe Lodge Photography)

As we started counting down to the birth of Baby Lewis we started to get organised and by that I mean we spent most of our days either online buying Baby things or shopping in Baby Shop for everything. Believe me it's very easy to spend all your money on baby stuff it's just so cute! 
However I decided that there and then I wanted to invest in something that would make me feel good coz I knew that as I got heavier and heavier I'd feel maybe a little less vibrant and of course in the first few months of motherhood with the lack of sleep I figured that I may feel a little less sparklier than normal. 
So this was when I decided to invest in the Crown and Glory Glitterati Box Subscription. Here's the deal... you subscribe to the box subscription service on Crown and Glory's website and then each month you get sent a selection of gorgeous Crown and Glory goodies in a little brown box sealed with sparkly tape.

Subscribing to the Glitterati Box subscription by Crown and Glory has really helped keep me feeling sparkly and bright even on the mornings where I've felt half awake and been reaching for an extra large latte as a new mum. There really is something about putting on that sparkly headband  or clipping into your hair a little flower or bow, it always puts a smile on my face and brightens up my day. 
This is why I'm a Crown and Glory Mummy and I'm so happy that I am.

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Tess Holliday and Me

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Over the last few weeks Tess Holliday has been introduced to a worldwide audience after she got signed up to a large modelling agency in London and appeared on a Channel 4 TV show. Tess Holliday is a plus size model; 29 years old, 5 ft three and half inches tall and weighs 280lbs.
(Photo thanks to Tess Holliday's Instagram find her account HERE)

Go to Google snd search for Tess Holliday and you will see page after page with her name on it. In fact only just last week she appeared in the People magazine in the UK. Right now Tess Holliday is being talked about all over the world. 

I wanted to get involved in this worldwide debate that seems to be going on right now... See some people see Tess Holliday as a gorgeous plus size model... others however see her as promoting that it's ok to be fat and unhealthy.

Here's what I think...

When you look at me now you hopefully see a happy, content and sparkly lady... 
(Copyright Clare Elise)


During my school years I got bullied..A LOT! It was a vicious cycle, the more I got bullied the more I reached for the chocolate and the more I gained weight - the more that I gained weight the more I got bullied. Add to that hyper-mobility and dislocating knees and by the time I was age 15 / 16 because I couldn't do much sport, I piled on the weight and began hiding myself underneath baggy shirts and jeans because I was now wearing a UK size 18.

(Copyright Clare Elise, Clare Elise Teenager)

It's sad to say this but I really hate looking at that photo. 

At the age of 16 I started getting on stage and singing pop songs at charity shows.  I remember my Aunty and Mum took me shopping for stage wear and tried to convince me to buy something a little glam and sleek, after all it was all about the glitz and glam on stage, however this didn't happen and that night I went on stage with a long sleeved turquoise shirt and big black trousers and platform shoes - to me it was all about covering up. 

I started out singing on stage in the nineties and at the same time as doing the odd gig I started going along to auditions for girl groups etc. Girl groups were springing up everywhere as The Spice Girls were BIG NEWS. I went along to audition after audition and always got great feedback about my voice, however I'm pretty sure that I got turned away plenty of times because I didn't have "the look" - by that I mean I wasn't a size 8! 
Plenty of nineties popstars have now years on expressed how much image was a HUGE thing in the popworld back then and how much pressure they were under to stay thin. Just look at Claire Richards (STEPS) and all that she's gone through - bless her.

So how does this all relate back to Tess Holliday?

Well here's the thing: I think that if back in the nineties there had been a "Tess Holliday figure" who people respected and accepted because she was a plus size model my life as a teen wouldn't have been so miserable! 

Crazy to think huh?!
But I genuinely think this. 

I think Tess Holliday is helping make the lives of curvy teenage girls everywhere a hell of a lot easier. Good on her for standing up and saying LOVE yourself and your body for what it is. It is about time that things changed and women weren't made to feel bad because they were to fat or to thin. Let's face it in the music world things changed when the curvaceous Adele walked on to the stage and into the spotlight.

I don't normally write long pieces like this on my sparkly blog and I don't always share to much about me, however on this occasion I wanted to share and I wanted to say just how much I respect and admire Tess Holliday. She's curvaceous, ambitious, strong and focused and us women whether a size 20 or a size 0 should be inspired by her enthusiasm and charm.

Thanks Tess Holliday for getting out there and showing the world that curves are just fine! 

Find Tess Holliday here: http://tessmunster.com/

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