Strictly Come Dancing is Back!

One of my most treasured television treats twisted, tangoed and shimmied it’s way back onto our screens last night. Strictly Come Dancing is back, and the new series already looks like being an absolute corker.

The first episode gave us the serious chemistry of Pasha and the gorgeous Caroline Flack, the swinging sixties appeal of Pixie Lott and lookalike partner Trent Whiddon, and the seriously impressive tango from Eastenders Max Branning, aka actor Jake Wood. We also had Tim Wonnacott who was adorable and hilarious, and could be this year’s John Sargeant. It was a seriously entertaining start to the new series, and with the judges on fine form too, this is the perfect lead up to Christmas.

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I’m looking forward to seeing Mark Wright perform, and will certainly be cheering on Birmingham’s very own Alison Hammond, who I met a couple of years ago and just loved. Friendly, funny and sassy, she is sure to light up the screen.

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I have to say that I had a serious style crush on the black Temperley London jumpsuit that the always impeccable Tess Daly wore. It was a very grown up, glamorous look. There was a lot of love for the outfit on Twitter, I was definitely not alone in thinking she looked great.

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 £895.00 click to visit Temperley London


£895.00 click to visit Temperley London

Of course, as well as the television series, we also have the live shows, which are always the perfect start to the new year. This year will be the eighth of the touring show, which is always expertly directed by the acerbic, but undoubtedly hilariously Craig Revel Horward. This year the live tour begins in Birmingham, arriving at the NIA on January 16th for a three day stay, before moving onto a series of dates around the country.

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I go to the live shows every year and have to say they are just so entertaining. The final line up is not yet announced, but you can expect to see the best dancers there, as well as at least one of the comedy also rans. The setting of a large auditorium, the glamour and glitter, and, of course, the chance to vote on your phones for your choice of winner, all adds up to an unforgettable experience for Strictly fans.

Tickets for STRICTLY COME DANCING THE LIVE TOUR 2015 will be on sale from 29 September 2014.

Ticket Information

16 – 18 January                Birmingham: The NIA                    0844 338 8000

(Friday 16th at 7.30pm, Saturday 17th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 18th at 1.30pm & 6.30pm)

20 – 21 January                Nottingham: The Capital FM Arena            0843 373 3000

(Tuesday 20th at 7.30pm, Wednesday 21st at 2.30pm & 7.30pm)

22 – 23 January                Leeds: First Direct Arena                0844 248 1585

(Thursday 22nd at 7.30pm, Friday 23rd at 7.30pm)

24 – 25 January                Manchester: Phones 4u Arena                0844 847 8000

(Saturday 24th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 25th at 1.30pm & 6.30pm)

27 January                Sheffield: Motorpoint Arena                0114 256 5656

(Tuesday 27th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm)

28 – 29 January                Newcastle: Metro Radio Arena                0844 493 6666

(Wednesday 28th at 7.30pm, Thursday 29th at 2:30pm & 7.30pm)

 30 January – 1 February        Glasgow: The SSE Hydro                0844 395 4000

(Friday 30th at 7.30pm, Saturday 31st at 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 1st at 1.30pm)

3 – 4 February                Liverpool: Echo Arena                    0844 8000 400

(Thursday 3rd at 7.30pm, Friday 4th at 7.30pm)

5 – 6 February                London: The SSE Arena, Wembley            0844 815 0815

(Thursday 5th at 7.30pm, Friday 6th at 7.30pm)

7 – 8 February                London: The O2                     0844 856 0202

(Saturday 7th at 2.30pm and 7.30pm, and Sunday 8th at 1.30pm and 6.30pm)

Tickets costs: £35 – £65 (bands venue dependent)

The O2 prices are £36 – £66 (Inclusive of a £1 per ticket venue facility fee)

All ticket prices are subject to a booking fee

To book tickets please contact the venue or call 0844 875 8758

For online bookings please visit www.ticketzone.co.uk or for more information please visit www.strictlycomedancinglive.com

Tess Daly stylish spots from my-wardrobe

Whilst Tulisa and Nicole Scherzinger are having a fashion battle-royale on Saturday nights, there is another beautiful lady who is quietly stealing both their thunder, and their ratings. Tess Daly rarely puts a fashionable foot wrong, always looking the epitome of cool and elegant style. She has an eye for new labels, and has the sort of understated, immaculate look that reminds me of Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett.

One dress that Tess has worn recently which shows why she is becoming such an icon is the Phillip Lim  long sleeved shadow dress. This dress, on paper, shouldn’t work – too much white, long sleeves and high neck, and very slinky, almost bordering on bodycon. But this dress is a revelation when Tess wears it -the black paneling works like an illusion dress, making this dress both flattering, and very, very sexy. This dress is now available at my-wardrobe and is a definite investment buy – you will wear it forever.

3.1 Phillip Lim Long Sleeved Shadow Dress £485.00 click to visit my-wardrobe

One of the most beautiful dresses Tess has worn on the current series of Strictly has been the Catherine Deane Megan dress in emerald green. This was a beautiful goddess-like dress that also had accents of leather and a leather cumberland style belt. My-wardrobe has the Megan dress in a short version which is just the ultimate cocktail hour dress. It also has another amazing Catherine Deane dress which would also be perfect for Tess, the beautiful Mecury dress in both blue and beige.

Catherine Deane Megan Pleated Leather Trim Belted Dress £777.00 click to visit my-wardrobe

Catherine Deane Beige Mercury Long Pleated Tulle And Lace Gown £1,336.00 click to visit my-wardrobe

Catherine Deane Blue Mercury Long Pleated Tulle And Lace Gown £1,336.00 click to visit my-wardrobe