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Anna Kennedy & Pineapple Performing Arts School Presents… Autism’s Got Talent

14 Mar

Anna Kennedy is an inspirational woman and those who don’t believe me can ask those at the Daily Mail what with her being awarded with the Daily Mail’s most inspirational woman award presented by Samantha Cameron. Anna is the mother of two boys both affected by autism and as well as being the founder of a number of schools, charities and centres for those on the autism spectrum (including the school that my own son attends) she’s also busy working on a number of campaigns, Act Now and the Anti Bullying campaign to name but a few!

So, it’s amazing how this busy mum can possibly fit anything else in!

Well, she has!

On Saturday 12th May at the Mermaid Theatre, London, Anna will be presenting with the help of Pineapple Studios Autism’s Got Talent’.
Anna is bringing together a diverse group of talented people all on the Autistic Spectrum, with the aim of showing the public just how talented they are!
Anna state on her site “All too often many people in society make the mistake of thinking that anyone with a disability is capable of very little……HOLD THE PRESS…….on this evening we will be showing everyone just what all these great people really are capable of and just how good they are at it!”

The night which has been rumoured as a red carpet event, with some well know faces planed to make an appearance , will showcase talent in many forms, ranging from performers with instruments to singers and dancers. Stars will be performing not only as soloists but some will also be coming together to perform in a group (something that many people on the autism spectrum are noted to have difficulty achieving).

Anna has also said that because talent stretches way beyond the field of performance, the night will also celebrate those fantastic people who have done other amazing things, showing great skills in areas such as writing, art and even extreme physical endurance.
Anna hopes it will be a night that will open the eyes of those who previously didn’t realise just what someone on the Autistic Spectrum is capable of.

 On the night of the performance, audience members will be able to to view a number of informative dipslays including some of the art work and creative writing done by some of the guest appearing during the course of the evening.

Doors to the event will be opening at 6pm so it is encouraged that people come along at that time as to take advantage of the displays in plenty of time before the grand performance starts.
Tickets are being sold for the low price of £10 and everyone is welcome.

Note: A theatre/audience situation is not suited to all on the spectrum but this will be a very understanding and Autism Aware Audience so we don’t want anyone to feel that they can’t come or that a parent should automatically think they can’t bring a child with them. It is hoped that this will be an audience that is mixed of those on the spectrum and those that aren’t.
Tickets are available now and can be purchased now by calling 01895 619734 or enquiries to lisa.robins@thevines.org.uk

Red Carpet Glam with Next

8 Feb

Now, I may be a mother to three children, one with additional needs, but I’m still a 29 year old woman with her own interest, memories and future dreams.

This week, I’ve been given an opportunity to relive some of those memories and here’s how!

Anybody who knows me, will know that I’m quite a girlie girl when it comes to fashion, I love high healed shoes and accessories are just as much my thing! As a small child, I’d love nothing more than pretending I was walking the catwalk, or even that of the red carpet! I’d slip on a pair of my mothers “10 sizes to big” stilettos and prance about practising my celeb walk and “Paps” smile. As I got that bit older, I’d find myself pouring over the latest magazines ticking the outfits I liked best! I guess I did my own type of “ Style diva Vs fashion disaster” thing, though I guess I still do this now! One of my all time favourite hobbies as a teenager was either drawing my own red carpet creations or creating my own from cutting taken from style magazines and catalogues!

So, when Next sent out an email, setting us bloggers a creative challenge to do just that (minus the cutting) I was totally gain!

You see, its February, a time for red carpet action! It may be somewhat freezing outside, yet this will not stop a host of celebs strutting their stuff on the red carpet when attending the famous Elle Style Awards next week and the fabulous UK retailer, ‘Next’ are the main sponsor’s for the event.

I love Next and as some of you already know, I’ve been helping them celebrate their new fitness range by the lovely Davina McCall, by sharing with readers, my journey to fitness. The new challenge set by Next was to create a look fit for this lavish red carpet event using items from within they’re clothing range… Oh yes… This was right up my street! Armed with a collection of images of some of last years stylish A listers, I was to recreate the look I loved most! This really was a blast back to my teenage years and I honestly had a ball pulling my chosen pieces together to create an outfit fit for the Elle Style Awards.

Ok, I’m no personal stylist by any means, but I do have a love of all things fashion and this would be something I’d totally enjoy so why not!

I quite honestly spent hours pouring over the next directory and that of the online site, there were so many pieces I loved, and I so wanted to add around 10 of my creations to this post. I finally narrowed it down and here’s what I came up with and why.

Wow, isn’t this a stunning look. It’s a beautiful dress and I love this fresh summers look that is also Red Carpet glam!

Here’s Mine

I actually didn’t know that Next were to create a range with Geri, I actually love the pieces in her collection, including this stunning Cream Floral Maxi dress £55, which I feel is beautiful for the day but equally dressed for the evening. I chose the following accessories to give this a red carpet edge: Geri Flower Feather Fascinator£26, Ivory Diamante embellished pashmina, Nude and rose gold plaited sandals £35

To give it something extra I chose…

Beautiful Geri gold plated and pink semi precious stone earrings £45, A stunning Silver Butterfly ring £35, & this bargain Butterfly Bangle pack  £12,

Now, yes, Celebs do spend thousands of pounds on their beauty regime, Next however have a range of fabulous items to help you “Fake It” plus this fab little clutch to carry the nights essentials.

Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Eue De Toilette 50ml £47, nude patent frame bag £12.50, Tweezerman mini Brow kit £24, Eylure Naturalite intense 140 lashes £5.00

Nip and Fab frown fix £10, Transformulas professional white teeth whitening £29, Makebelieve enhance radiant Illuminating concealer £15, Models own nail pastel pink £5

For the Guys…

Doesn’t he look a dish?

My recreation of the style can be seen below

Men’s silver piped slim fit suit jacket £75, Silver piped slim fit suit waistcoat £35, Silver piped slim fit suit trousers £35, White long sleeve shirt £22, Black Skinny tie £8

Click Here to view items on site

And these lovely smart grey formal slip on shoes below are just £25 (Bargain)!


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