Music & Mummy!

Monday, 23 May 2016

Music and I have had a long relationship already. We got to know each other from an early age. My mum used to sing to me every night and I really do think that that was where my love of music came from. I'm doing the same with Baby Lewis and already he bops to jazz music whilst sitting in Starbucks or dances in his car seat when the radio's on, so I think his love of music is already there with him at the age of 16 months which makes me super happy.


(Little Lewis in Dad's Sunnies!)


By the age of 5, I was on stage singing in the Christmas Nativity and my Mum and Dad were proud as punch!


From the age of 7, I started singing classes with Mr Mold. He was the best teacher that one could ask for and taught me so much. Alongside this, I started singing in church, in a choir, at music festivals and I began taking my singing examinations. Music and Me got even closer.


In my teens pop music really started to get a hold of me. I used to love going to Woolworths with my Dad on a Saturday grabbing a bag of Pick and Mix and a cassette or two, In fact, my collection of probably around 200 cassettes or more lives in my mum's loft still. Even though I can't play them and probably will never play them again I can't actually bring myself to get rid of them!


I was 16 years old and a regular at the local karaoke singing songs by Whigfield and Alex Party. Then slowly I moved on to learn songs by Ace of Base and Oasis! Before I knew it I was 17 years old and Karaoke turned into Talent Competitions. My mini karaoke machine in the bedroom became a full-size PA system in the living room and no longer was I reading Just Seventeen instead I was spending money buying "The Stage" newspaper and NME and weekly sitting searching through the audition pages. 


By the age of 18/19, my love affair with music was in full bloom. I was gigging in bands, studying music at college, singing here and there as a soloist and applying for and going along to every audition I could do.



I auditioned for Pop Idol, Pop Stars, Michael Barrymore My Kind Of People, Jane McDonalds Talent Show.... the list goes on and on and on... 


After that, I toured for years, won the Trent FM Fame Game and won Make Me A Sheila Star and starred in the Sheilas Wheels TV advert. 

It's fair to say that Music and I really were truly in love.

(Clare Elise and the Sheilas)

In 2011, I played my last gig as a soloist in the clubs... It was time for a life change. I packed my suitcase and flew off to Dubai.

(Clare Elise on the beach in Dubai)

Don't get my wrong I still adored music with all my heart however in Dubai I didn't find the right places to gig and I decided to play the music I loved on radio in an 80's and 90's show and instead record dance tracks... so my relationship with music continued.

(Clare Elise presenting on Dubai 92)


However by 2014, our relationship was a little distant. Music and I still worked well together however other things started to come into play and by January 2015 things changed a lot as I became a MUM! 

(Little Lewis and Clare Elise)

Now as anyone who is a mummy will know when you have a little one all changes. Priorities change and that little person becomes your full focus and love. 

Gigging, Writing and playing music were all pushed aside and Lewis became my full focus from the day he was born. Don't get me wrong for the last year and a bit I've shared my love of music with him every day. Whether that's been singing him lullabies or silly songs that I make up whilst changing his nappy! As I said before Little Lewis proper loves music already which for me is amazing and exciting! 


If you follow me on social media you'll already know what I'm about to share. At the beginning of May, I stepped back into the recording studio for the first time in well over a year.

It was pretty nerve-wracking, to be honest. But as soon as I stood in front of the mic and began to sing it was as if we'd never been apart. Music and I were as close as ever. 

So what did I record? 


I recorded a new dance track! I personally really like it and think it's got so much to give. So fingers crossed that it gets signed up and released. 


Now I'm not gonna lie up until now gigging and touring has been put on the back burner so to speak. In Dubai, I didn't find the right places to gig (as I've mentioned before) and I think to a degree I've toured so much over the years and from an early age that part of me just needed to have a rest! 


HOWEVER... Two weeks ago I really started to fall back in love with the idea of being on stage again and getting into a new music project or band. I think it's because I feel now that Little Lewis is now a bit older and the timing just feels right.

So last week I auditioned to be the front person for a well-known rock band in the area. I loved how this audition challenged me and I enjoyed every minute in the rehearsal room. I guess what I'm saying to you is that music and I are still very much in love and you need to watch this space! ;) 

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Joe Browns Colourful Holiday Wardrobe & Clare Elise

Wednesday, 18 May 2016




Hi there lovelies,

As you know I'm a huge fan of colourful and sparkly clothing / accessories. My wardrobe is full of super bright all year round clothing and sequins a plenty!

I'm a big fan of Joe Browns. All their clothing and accessories are beautifully designed and the attention to detail is what really makes their clothing that little bit special.



In these pictures, I'm wearing Joe Browns Irresistible T-Shirt in Size 16. As you can see the t-shirt has a lovely, vibrant floral design (florals are really in this Summer) and it has a few sparkly sequins on there too.



I totally love how bright and bold the floral design is and how the sequins beautifully catch the light. Perfect for the Summer. I teamed up this Joe Browns t-shirt with some skinny jeans to make a perfect casual Summer's Day outfit. However, this could so easily be also worn in the evening alongside a pair or smart black trousers and heels. Therefore, a great item to take on your holiday as it can be worn both day and night! Perfect for saving space in the suitcase! 

What do you think? Pretty huh?

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#SummerOfMatcha with EatClean Tea..

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Ooooh How Exciting...


Welcome along to an extra sparkly, extra special blog post.

Today I've teamed up with EATCLEAN TEA for their #SummerOfMatcha Competition / Challenge.

The challenge is to make this wonderful stuff.... EATCLEAN TEA Matcha & Ginger into a super fantastic Summer drink. 

(#TEAMMATCHA Eatclean tea)
Now I'm not gonna lie I'm not a whizz in the kitchen. If you've followed me on Facebook for a little while you'll know that I can even burn instant noodles! However you'll also know that I'm a huge tea fan and a lover of Matcha, therefore, I figured making up a funky cool healthy summer drink can't be that hard. Can it? 


(Clare Elise & EatClean Matcha Tea)


HA, HA, HA... 


So I went shopping this evening and I grabbed a few key ingredients to add to my EatClean Matcha & Ginger  and tonight I made my super awesome drink which I've decided to call Sparkly Cranberry, Cherry, Ginger Matcha Surprise.... WOOHOO! 



INGREDIENTS


  • Light Cranberry Juice (100ml for this size glass)
  • Cherries (I used 5)
  • EatClean Tea Ginger & Matcha (2 Scoops mixed / whisked with a little water)
  • Fresh Ginger ( 2 thin slices / a little to add taste) You don't have to add this
  • Mini marshmallows to decorate / 1 cherry for the glass

Step 1:



Pour 100ml of Light Cranberry juice into a jug to measure. Use more cranberry juice if needed this is for a small cocktail glass as you can see in the picture.

Step 2:



Take 5 Cherries (again depends on how much of this drink you are making) take out the stones, cut and then add them to the cranberry juice in the jug.



Step 3:



This bit is to personal taste. You don't have to add extra ginger as the matcha powder is mixed with ginger... However if you want to add an extra kick to this drink add a thin slice or two to the cranberry and cherry mixture.

Step 4:



Measure two scoops of your matcha & ginger EatClean Tea (the little scoop comes in the pack) add these two scoops of EatClean Tea to a little water and then whisk until frothy, and then pour into the cranberry, cherry mixture.


Step 5: 




Put the mixture into a blender and blend for a couple of minutes.

Step 6:



Pour into a cute and fabulous glass and for fun sprinkle a few mini marshmallows on top! 


YOUR DRINK IS COMPLETE! 



There you have it your very own Sparkly Cranberry, Cherry, Ginger & Matcha Surprise! 
If it's a warm evening you might want to pour over ice to make this even more refreshing.


So why should you add EatClean Tea Matcha & Ginger to your drink????


Matcha & Ginger are two mighty fine antioxidants. they will help boost your metabolism, increase your energy, aid muscle soreness & help to detoxify and boost your immunity.
Also personally I think matcha or any kind whether mixed with another ingredient like this or alone adds a beautiful velvety taste to your drink. It's hard to explain.. however just try matcha and you'll see what I mean! 

Thanks for reading today's post. If you try out my little sparkly drink do let me know in the comments below. Also are you a fan of matcha? Have you tried it before? 









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I'm losing weight again... This time with Weight Watchers!

Monday, 16 May 2016

Hi there lovelies,

Welcome along to a post all about weight loss... AGAIN!
Those of you who've followed me for a little while will know that I've struggled with my weight for a long time. I suffer from a thing called Polycystic Ovary Syndrome this makes it quite tough for me to manage my weight!

Now don't get me wrong. I'm happy and I'm a very positive person no matter what, and over the years I've learned to embrace my curves. However, everybody has their happy weight where they feel most confident and that's where I'm aiming to be in the next couple of months.

MY WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY SO FAR... 

(FROM #VLOGFIT)


Before I got pregnant with Baby Lewis I lost a lot of weight doing a thing called #VLOGFIT. At the end of 2013, I looked at myself in the mirror and realised that I was not in great shape and that I was really bloated, unfit and not feeling so great. At this point, I was living in Dubai and as anyone who lives there or who has visited the city will know, food options are a plenty and most of the food isn't low in calories, therefore, gaining weight is a very easy thing to do. Also, when a basket of food at Spinney's can easily cost you around 100.00 AED for a few items (around 20.00 GBP) ordering in or going out for meals becomes a very easy option simply because it's a heck of a lot cheaper and convenient.

I loved doing VLOGFIT. It was a very positive thing for me as it taught me a lot about my body. It taught me how to eat better and how to look after myself. Along the way, I met some very special people who also gave me confidence and support and for this, I will be forever thankful. VLOGFIT also proved that even if you have PCOS and struggle with your weight / weight loss. Weight loss CAN be achieved and you CAN get pregnant! Focus is the key!


SO I HAD A BABY...


As you know Baby Lewis was born 7th January 2015. He is our little miracle! In January 2014 I was told quite bluntly by a gynaecologist that I probably wouldn't ever have a little one due to my PCOS... HA, HA, HA, I proved you wrong lady! ! ! (Enough said about that...)
Baby Lewis is amazing. I truly love being a mummy and it's amazing how he's learning new stuff every day and turning into a proper little man already.

After having Baby Lewis my body was all out of shape (as it is for any lady after giving birth.) I was left with that little bump of a belly that you're left with after giving birth, I felt bloated and nowhere near like myself. HOWEVER, I didn't really let this get me down I chose to embrace my body, find clothes that fit me and to focus on being Mum!

It was so strange it was all of a sudden like something changed inside. In November, I was out and about shopping with my hubby and felt bloated, tired and in need of a boost. I was at that point... Lewis was getting nearer to one and I felt I needed to get myself back to feeling like me.
I did a little Google Search and found a local Weight Watcher's group. So then and there I planned it into the diary and told Chris to make sure I went along.
It was Wednesday 11th November. I popped on my coat jumped in the car and headed off to my local Weight Watchers meeting.
WOW! What a lovely group of people. I was welcomed with open arms. I stood on the scales for the first time in months and weighed in, WOW... I couldn't believe what I weighed. I sat myself down and eagerly waited for the meeting to begin and felt even more focused to get my goal weight.

The meeting ended and I walked out of the church hall with a focus and a determined look on my face and after putting the little one to bed I downloaded the Weight Watchers app on my phone ready to kick off my new weight loss journey.

That was then, and this is now, 6 nearly 7 months on I'm at a happy weight. I've lost over a stone and I feel so much more confident in myself. It's awesome to slip on an old top and it fit or to be able to pull on a pair of jeans without opening the button simply because I've lost that weight. 

I'm not going to lie. I'm not exactly where I would like to be just yet. I've got a little way to go. I'd like to lose about half a stone more and then I think that I would feel 110% like me again.

I have kinda been struggling with my weight loss these last few weeks. I think it's because I've hit a plateau stage, and I think it's because I'm at a weight where my body is happy at so pushing to loose that little bit more is going to be tough. I'm determined to do it, though.
Another thing... I've changed meetings... and being honest I'm not really getting on with it right now. It's a new and different group of people who are lovely but somehow aren't motivating me how I need. 

My plan moving forward... 

I plan to either move Weight Watcher Meetings or just be an online member so that I can use the Weight Watcher's app etc. 

I plan to keep walking more. I've been using my Fitbit again and I've found it's really been helping to get me moving and I'm now aiming at 10 thousand steps a day! 

I plan on keeping low-fat treats in the cupboard. This helps to keep my chocolate cravings under control.

I plan on losing that last bit of weight on my hips and getting back into a Size 14! 


I Can and Will Do this! 





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