Hello readers!

Hey there! If you’ve some how ended up on this wee blog of mine then its lovely to have you here, although you’ll no doubt quickly notice that I haven’t posted anything here at writerrebelle in aaagggeeess!!:(

This is because my attention has moved to blog number two – Whisky and Pearls. Here you’ll find out all about Scottish Fashion and my own general musings about fashion, life and whatever else pops into my head. Hopefully I’ll start back posting here eventually, but until then please stop by and have a look – there’s lots more lovely posts by yours truly for you to read.

So thanks for reading and as we sometimes say in Scotland, Slanj!! (cheers!)

love the Writer Rebelle x

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Rebelle meets Frederick Watson: fashion illustrator extraordinaire!

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted anything on fashion illustration so I thought it was about time I turn my attention once again to this fascinating and drop dead gorgeous art form! And I’m starting off with a blast from the past: behold the lovely work Frederick Watson, an illustrator based in Toronto who is certainly old hand fashion illustration. Frederick began drawing at the age of seven and turned his attention to the world of high fashion after a sneaking a peek at a mysterious women’s portfolio while working in a department store in his early twenties and has been producing fashion illustrations from the 60’s to this day.

Frederick was kind enough to share some samples of his work with me and some anecdotes of his years illustrating gorgeous clothes and the women who wear them and why he’d love to see the return of illustration to fashion magazines and advertising. His style is definitely old school but I think you’ll agree it’s still stunning!


 
“When I was a small boy many years ago at the age of about seven years I was drawing women’s faces. At the age of 20 years I got a job at the Robert Simpsons Dept Store in Toronto working as a check room clerk. One day a woman dressed in a black suit, bonnet and veil with a large red rose draped over it and came in carrying a large folio. She checked it in and it was partially open. In it were the most beautiful drawings of high fashion I’d ever seen. I was so excited. That’s when I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. When she returned I told her how wonderful her drawings were and that I would love to draw like that one day. We kept in touch and she helped me to develop my drawings; I learned so much from her!”

 
“There are many artists that I admire. In New York, I met Kenneth Paul Block. He invited me to his home on River Side Drive and we’ve been good friends ever since. Then I met Richard Ely, another fashion artist in New York. He showed his wonderful art and gave me some of his posters which I framed and still admire. Then there’s Richard Cray; I wish I had that much imagination! I’m also influenced by Rene Gruau who’s art work I spent much time studying.”

 
“I love to see very high fashion art of the past. Artist from the old school drew by hand and did not depend on the computer. I consider myself one of the last of the old school artist. There are a few good ones left like Richard Gray, David Downton, Green Hill, Jae Hyed Crawford.”

       
  
” I feel that fashion drawings convey much more imagination than photography. Every magazine has the same beautiful face of a woman on the cover, which I think becomes very repetitive I would like to see some fine illustrations on some of the covers, I sure miss them!”

 

“No newspapers have fashion illustrations any more. Perhaps that’s a sign that I should give up illustration, it’s certainly why I started to paint large fashion art on canvases instead. Glamour – when women wore fine hats, veils, furs, pearls isn’t seen today to the same degree. Jeans and T-shirts and flip-flop sandals are now the norm! I suppose women do not want to suffer for fashion.” (Not always the case Frederick – there are still many of us ladies who will suffer six-inch stiletto heels in the name of fashion, trust me!!)


 
“I do believe that some of the fashion illustration books being published around the world are inspiring young people to see some of the fine fashion illustrator’s drawings and recreate the art form for advertising purposes in magazines. I’m concerned that most fashion advertising is conveyed through photography not illustration, as it was in the past. Most of the fashion houses that I once worked for in Toronto are using photographs instead which I think is a great shame.”


 
“My last advertising commission was published in the 80s for one of the houses called The Irish Shop. These days I am only painting fashion art for a gallery at the David Leonard Gallery in Niagara Falls Casino Plaza. I’m having work published with www art.com and am very lucky to I have had many successful exhibitions here in Toronto!”

I’d like to say a big thank you to Frederick for sharing his work with me. Be sure to check out his Facebook page facebook.com/frederick.watson3 for more info!

A Day in the Life of … MOLOTOV JUKEBOX

 a.k.a gyp-step shambolotov! Recorded by the fantabulous Natalia Tena


 
12pm:

Our guitarist Adam throws down £40 in my lap, (I’m wearing a one piece red panda outfit, he is wearing black) ‘I’ll give you £40 if you punch me in the face, go on!’ I spend the next hour trying to take a running jump into his face with my fist but can’t do it. We find this very funny as does Lauren, my flatmate grinning asleep on the sofa and Sam, who has entered in a full penguin outfit. Our manager Sirius arrives to get us all up and ready to move this undisciplined chaos on the road because ….

 
2pm:

WE HAVE GO TO WALESFOR A FESTIVAL!!! Sirius says he’ll drive. When we finally manage to get into the car, I sprawl in the back. We stop to get cider, hummus, Boursin and baguette (standard molotov snack) at Tesco, then I pass out.
 
6pm:

I wake up just as we arrive. Sirius informs us that we’re no longer staying in the promised country manor; we’re in tents … kill me now! This festival, ‘Landed’ is new this year and run by an amazing specimen of man, Aubrey (or Brie as I like to call him). He apologizes for this mishap but, luckily, the tents are BEAUTIFUL! Angus, Tom and Adam finally arrive and I throw at pot noodle at them to celebrate. We all settle in as Brie hands us the local cider, (actually) called orgasmic cider and we all look at the sheep, lambs and hills surrounding us, approve highly and continue drinking.


 
10pm:

It’s nearly time! I smoke and feel cold and tired, WHERE IS THE ADRENALINE?! Max eats half a burger and starts to feel terrible, but Sam devours the rest and says its fine. Tom is worried he’s completely out of tune and asks me obsessively for an A (everyone has to tune to me as my accordion is out of tune, not only with the world pitch, but itself!) We walk on stage and I start doing star jumps in order to be able to brave the chill while wearing a little red number. We do a line check which brings the crowd in. Suddenly … WHERE IS MAX!!?? The drum stool most definitely is not seating a Max…..THE BURGER!! I start telling the crowd that they have to dance or find the entrance of this festival immediately and f*** off, which strangely makes audiences warm to you! Tom wants yet again another A (IT’S FINE!!!) Sam is about to go look for Max when…. HE APPEARS! We can finally begin!

There is something to be learned about doing gigs at the end of your physical tether; you’re just trying to get through and you realise how much fun you’re having and how easy it is to talk to the crowd and make jokes when something goes tits up, (like when we threw in some chord clangers or Sam suddenly slipping out of tune he’s doing his violin solo!) and you realise that the audience can enjoy the show all the more for these little moments. Still …WE SMASHED IT!!! The tent was heaving by the second song and by the end all the boys’ shirts had sweated through. Sirius was joyful we had a new song ‘Don’t Panic’ which we dedicate to him trying to manage this band of individuals with a penchant for being unmanageable. Applause, encore, repeat.


 
Midnight:
We assemble to have our post drink/cigarette on a dishevelled quad bike. There is nothing like that moment of stopping after that gig, putting down the weight of the accordion and just breathing, not talking and sitting on anything. All step to campfire where I get so sleepy; my throat and limbs hurt but more smiling banter takes me into my dreams to the sound of Dub-Step, the festival season has started once again…!

Rebelle meets … Natalia Tena

Today, the final instalment of the Harry Potter saga hits UK cinemas. While it may be a sad day for Potter fans, out of the ashes of J.K Rowlings worldwide phenomemn rise a bundle of stars ready to light up British cinema. One of these is the awesome Natalia Tena!

And what’s not to love about Natalia? Enthusiastic, upbeat, quirky, witty, hilarious and bags of fun, the English actress has got quite a bit in common with her Harry Potter character and, much like Tonks, the hugely talented Tena has a few tricks up her sleeve! As well as acting, (this year she’s also starring in films ‘You Instead’, ‘Bel Ami’ and HBO’s fantasy-drama series ‘Game of Thrones’) she’s also got one hell of a voice and can bash out a tune on accordion with plenty of gusto, both of which she does frequently with her band ‘Molotov Jukebox’.

In an interview for NOIR magazine, I chatted to the lovely Natalia about Harry Potter, filming at festivals, the ideal recipe to a rocking Gyp-Step band and doing sex scenes with ‘Twilight’ hunk Robert Pattinson …

 

Hi Natalia! How did you find filming The Deathly Hallows: Part 2?

 Well, it felt like part 1 and 2 were the same as the filming ran into each other. Overall, I spent all the times I wasn’t filming laughing at everything funny Lupin had to say and generally catching up with the banging Potter cast and crew!

 How did you feel about what happens to Tonks in the final film?

Obviously loved it, every actor likes the idea of a death scene! I like the fact she shoves into minimum time all the big phases of life – love, birth, death … done!

There’s a big battle scene at the end of the film, did you get to be part of the action?

The battle scene was epic due to the fact that such an integral set had been demolished like a titanic car crash; that was a bizarre sight! I wasn’t really part of the action this time, shame because I thoroughly enjoy prancing around shouting and imagining random things in front of a green neon screen!

What’s been the best thing about being part of the Harry Potter phenomenon?

Firstly, getting to meet its crème de la crème crew and cast. Secondly, owning a wand and shouting in Latin and getting paid for it, and thirdly, meeting kids that actually believe you have magic powers and threatening to turn them into frogs if they don’t do their homework!

You’re about to make lots of Robert Pattinson fans very jealous in the upcoming Bel Ami! What can you tell us about your role and getting ‘down and dirty’ with Rob?

Basically I play a syphilitic prostitute inParisat the turn of the century! Rob and I used to be good mates for a brief period before he shot to Vampire fame. I remember him taking me out for drinks before going toAmericato film it, saying “yeah, going to do some Vampire movie, see you when I get back.” Little did he know how huge it was going to be! Seeing him again was great and I always find sex scenes very funny! You’re there making sex noises, thinking about the fact that all the crew are respectfully trying to do their job delicately to not make it hard for you … it makes me want to crack up every time! It’s about as sexy as watching paint dry. The daunting bit; knowing that lots of people (including my Dad) are going to see it!

You also star as a rock chick in You Instead set at T in the Park, can you tell us about your character Morello?

Morello is the lead singer of a fem-rock band The Dirty Pinks and is feisty, cynical and funny yet vulnerable. She’s been working hard to make her band get somewhere and thinks very little of Adam Elva, the lead singer of a rival band, to whom she gets handcuffed in a strange twist of fate. But love can flourish between all sorts of unlikely people and they realise they have a connection that is above their antagonistic banter!

How did you find shooting over four days of intense guerrilla style filming?

Literally, it was exhilarating, exhausting, hilarious, adrenaline-fuelled madness! I reckon I can speak for everyone in saying that that Monday morning wrap held such HUGE sense of achievement, it felt monumental! More than anything, it had to do with the cast, crew and director we had. Every single person there made it possible and David MacKenzie is a relentless man! Extreme acting was very much the consensus of the project: there was lots of improvising, we had the script as our anchor but from there we messed around, seeing what each moment had to offer, and we had thousands of extras in festival party mode to play with!

Tell us about your own band, Molotov Jukebox. How would you describe your sound and how do find combining music and film?

Basically, it’s Gyp-Step; a well aimed throw by its individuals and their relative musical styles into a melting pot of chaos, stirred with love, garnished with loud shouting and strong looks, then served warm with massive smiles. Definitely 6 of your 5 a day, fantastic for every muscle used in contagious dancing! With regards to combining, one the best things in life is finding a synergy between the things you love in the hope that they can work together and bring out the best in each other, for your career and more importantly for you those you love.

 

NEXT … Natalia shares A DAY IN THE LIFE OF MOLOTOV JUKEBOX!

Gemma Cairney’s guide to Glastonbury and other festival faves

Although the British weather would often have us think otherwise, summer is  finally here! And it just isn’t summer without the inclusion of a music festival or two; standing in a muddy field listening to our favourite bands seems to have become part of the fabric of British summertime. When it comes to music, festivals, fashion and style, Radio 1Xtra presenter Gemma Cairneycertainly knows her stuff! As the BBC’s roving reporter for Glastonbury she has guided us through three years of the legendary festival and has also presented alongside the equally stylish Miss Chung on T4’s ‘Frock Me’. Outside the studio, she also works as a stylist and has performed her magic on Florence and the Machine and the Pigeon Detectives.

I asked the lovely Miss Cairnet to share her finest festival moments and her top survival tips!

You’ve been the BBC’s roving reporter at Glastonbury for the past few years; what’s it been like working at Glastonbury?

Mind-blowing! Glastonbury is the father of British festivals and you can feel that in its air. You feel free to do whatever you please and no one will judge you. Nowhere else in the world does it feel so good to be so dirty (in the muddy sense of course). To be asked to illustrate this magic via the TV is a true honour and the only telly job I’ve felt truly represents everything about my real personality. There, I’ve talked fashion, walked a tight rope, screamed, danced hard with the joker and kissed Florence Welch on the lips all with a camera in my face!

What’s been you’re most memorable festival experience?

Well, all of the above were pretty poignant but I think being unofficially recruited (or so I thought) to be my friend’s backing dancer on the Pyramid stage – one of the main stages – one year at Glastonbury in exchange for a ticket. When she asked me, I really thought she meant just ‘sort of’ jump around in the background whilst she sang. But before I knew it, in the lead up to the festival I was attending dance rehearsals and getting fitted for a skeleton outfit! I am no trained dancer, but I learned my steps in time. It involved a lot of shuffling and my body shaking with laughter. That was during my many years of ‘The Blag’!

Who has been the best live act you’ve seen perform, and who are your festival favourites?

I feel guilty to keep referring to Glasto because many other festivals are dear to my heart, but my favourite is Jay Z, who left me a startled, awe ridden, hip hop obsessive when he performed – amongst the controversy – in 2008. You could feel the crowd’s anticipation: ‘Will it work? Won’t it?’ and despite his presence when you saw his face for the first time on stage you could feel his nerves. He aced it and the excitement was INCREDIBLE!

Other festival favourites include Vampire Weekend (my friend cut her lip open last year at Latitude because we were dancing so hard).Florenceand the Machine is just illuminating every single time. (I think it’s because she’s an actual mythical fairy that lives in a tree). Oh and I had the most amazing summer in 2006 where I saw the Strokes three times at three different festivals and fell utterly in love. Oh and that same year I saw Regina Spektor and found her wonderful too … this is a dangerous question; I could go on FOREVER!

Do you have any advice for our readers when it comes to surviving a weekend at a music festival – what are your Do’s and Don’ts?

DON’T wear anything to tight and constricting – you’ll want to roll around.

DO seek out the alternatives to the headliners that persuaded you to get tickets in the first place. There is a lot to be found in comedy/poetry tents.

DON’T believe you’ve fallen in love in two days; it’s likely the ‘free love’ has taken over.

DO meet some of your best friends of the future.

DON’T shoot your load and get too trashed the first night, I know it’s hard, but the hangover WILL leave you feeling guilty.

DO eat some good food. Festivals aren’t talked about because of food, but I’ve got amazing memories of oysters in the woods, amazing Thali, and ostrich burger.

Gemma Cairney will be bringing us all the inside action and gossip from Glasto when she reports live from festival for the BBC this summer and you can catch her show on Radio 1Xtra weekdays from 1-4pm!

Rebelle loves … Street Art: the world is a canvas

Whoever said art should be confined to galleries and exhibitions?

“Some people become cops because they want to make the world a better place. Some people become vandals because they want to make the world a better looking place.”
— Banksy (Wall and Piece)

There’s grafitti, then there’s street art, and I love street art! Whether its making a social/political statement or making us smile, its bringing art to the masses and, as you’ll see from the selection here, it can be beautiful, thought-provoking, cheeky and downright hilarious. Check out more at www.streetartutopia.com

 

“Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they’re having a piss.”
— Banksy (Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall)

SS11 Fashion trend: White

WHITE HOT!!

Monsoon's high street take on romantic white - dress £95

The colour white has long been a key player in our summer wardrobes and on the SS11 catwalks proved no different as we saw designers like Versace, Calvin Klein, Narciso Rodriguez, Nicole Farhi, Yves Saint Laurent and Stella McCartney using dazzling white as a stark contrast to bright colours and bold prints.

We were given plenty of ways to wear the trend too, from crisp, sleek and tailored favoured by Stella McCartney; relaxed, casual and loose-fitting at Calvin Klein or lacy, romantic and boho which we saw at Erdem, Chloe and Emilion Pucci respectively.

                

Romantic vs Minimalist

From Chloe, to Erdem to Dianne Von Frustenberg, designers had us falling hard for the romantic and sexy allure of white, mixing it up with lace, crochet, embroidery, ruffles and sheer, floaty layers. 70’s influences were rife on the SS11 catwalks and when it came to the white, romantic vibe we saw cool, hippy and bohemian girls in white maxi dresses and skirts, embroidered waistcoats, delicately ruffled tops and lace work peasant tunics.

 

Personally, I fell in love with the soft, relaxed and boho looks put together by Alberta Ferretti and Emilio Pucci – the layering, details and movement of garments were gorgeous! The most striking interpretation of the trend was at Dolce and Gabbana, whose beautiful all-white collection was filled with lace and broidery Anglaise. You can get the look for less on the high street at New Look, River Island, Miss Selfridge and Next. Accessorise with stacks of bold silver bangles and necklaces and team white trousers with an embroidered waistcoat and tan wedges.

In contrast to this soft, romantic feeling, we were also given a new take on white in crisp, tailored and minimalist styles. Chic, sleek and seductive with a nod to the glamour of the sexy 70’s, the white trouser suit is this years sleek alternative to a party dress, with the white blazer promising to be a key investment for your summer wardrobe!  

For the Calvin Klein Collection, Francisco Costa embraced minimalism like no other this season with long dresses and wide-legged trouser suits sashaying down the catwalk. Stella McCartney also gave us the ultimate chic summer statement with covetable tailored suits and waistcoats in luxurious silks, long jackets and flattering high-waisted, tapered trousers. The look is relaxed, cool and seriously sexy – the best places to find fairly affordable high street versions of this trend would be Zara and Warehouse.

How to wear the look

The easiest way is to invest in a white blazer and maxi dress or skirt; pair white trousers (if your lucky enough to have the pins to pull them off!) with a crochet/lace waistcoat and opt for plenty of accessories in silver or earthy tones. To really embrace the trend wear head-to-toe white, like below!

Warehouse sleek white Jacket £85 Trousers £55 Hat £16

Some usefull Dukan Diet recipes!

If, like me, you’ve started on the Dukan Diet and are finding it a wee bit tricky to create decent meals that will allow you to stick to the diet and tickle your taste buds at the same time, here’s some of my favourite tried and tested recipes.

*suitable for Pure Protein days*

THAI SALMON FISHCAKES

Ingredients

  • 200g Salmon
  • 1 red chilli, sliced
  • 4 spring onions
  • Handful fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped lemongrass
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil

Method

  1. Put everything but salmon in the blender until finely chopped
  2. add salmon, salt and pepper to taste, and blend again until similar to mince (it will be quite sloppy)
  3. spray some oil in hot frying pan
  4. Spoon tablespoons of the mixture into pan.  If it starts to spit, turn the heat down
  5. Let one side really seal before trying to turn over (like an omelette)
  6. When firm and golden brown, they are ready
  7. To make a nice dip mix 1 tbsp of greek yoghurt with 1 tsp Philledelphia and 1 tsp parsley and dollop on top
  8. On P/V days serve on a bed of rocket

STUFFED CHICKEN BREAST

Ingredients

  • 2 large or 3 small Chicken Breasts
  • Ham (I used 12 small slices for 3 small Chicken Breasts)
  • 3 big spoonfuls of Cottage Cheese
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • about 1 tsp Ground Sage Leaves
  • Olive Oil spray

Method

  1. 1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees. Lightly spray a small oven dish with Olive Oil, gently wipe away excess oil with paper towel.
  2. 2. In a small bowl mix together the Cottage Cheese, Black Pepper & Ground Sage
  3. 3. With a sharp knife cut a pocket into the side of each Chicken Breast, being careful not to cut the whole way through the Chicken.
  4. 4. Spoon the Cottage Cheese mixture into the Chicken Breast pockets. Try and close the Chicken Breast back together if you can by pinching the chicken with your fingers.
  5. 5. Wrap the Chicken Breast with the slices of Ham, covering the opening first.
  6. 6. Place the Chicken Breasts in the oven dish, evenly spaced apart.
  7. 7. Bake for approximately 40-45 minutes. I had to cover my dish with foil after 15 minutes as the Ham was starting to brown very quickly.

* Suitable for Protein/Veg days*

STUFFED PEPPERS (seriously tasty!)

Ingredients

  • 1 large Onion
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • Olive Oil Spray
  • 1 tin Chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 tsp Chicken Stock Powder
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 200g Turkey Mince
  • 2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • Freshly cracked Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Philadelphia Extra Light

Method

  1. Pre-heat your oven to gas mark 5.
  2. Finely chop the Onion and Garlic.
  3. Spray a non-stick frying pan with Olive Oil, wipe excess away.
  4. Saute Onions and Garlic until translucent.  
  5.  Add Mince to the pan and brown.
  6. Stir in the tin of Tomatoes, Soy Sauce, Chicken Stock and Water. Allow to simmer until some of the liquid has evaporated.
  7. Wash and cut the tops off the peppers.Using a teaspoon, remove the membrane and seeds inside the capsicum. If there are some seeds stuck a quick rinse will do the trick.
  8.  Once filling is ready, fill the Capsicums with the mixture using a teaspoon and firmly pack it in. Top with the Philadelphia and sprinkle with some parsley or oregano.
  9. Place the peppers in a baking dish filled with about 3 tablespoons of water and bake for 30 minutes.

(please note image is stock image – can’t use rice or parmesan for this recipe!)

MEAT AND VEG STIR FRY

Ingredients

  • 100g pork
  • 100g turkey breast
  • 75g king prawns
  • 1 onion
  • 1 leek
  • 1 pepper
  • 1 green chilli
  • handful button mushrooms
  • 1 tsp chinese five spice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (reduced salt)
  • handful cherry tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove

Method

  1. Thinly slice all veg and meat.
  2. Fry onion and garlic in oil on a high heat.
  3. Coat meat and prawns in chinese five spice then add meat to the pan and quickly brown.
  4. Throw in the leeks, mushrooms and peppers and toss.
  5. Add prawns, soy sauce and cherry tomatoes and cook through.

My Dukan Diet CRUISE Stage: Day 6 Green Tea rocks and Davina’s DVD kicks ass (as in mine, literally!)

Current Weight: 9 st 1 = Total Loss: 5 lb … YALDI!! 🙂

Water: 1.5 litres plus 3 cups of green tea   Excercise: 30 mins of Davina DVD “Pump” ouch!

What I ate today …

Breakfast: 250 ml Onekin’s fat-free vanilla yoghurt

Lunch: 2 stuffed chicken breasts

Dinner: chicken and ham omelette

Snack: another 250 mls yoghurt and cup of hot chocolate made with skimmed milk and sweetened with Canderelle

Total calories: 1100 (ish)

How I’m getting on …

Hello lovelys! That’s me now into my third week on the Dukan diet and I’ve lost an impressive 5 lb and am beginning to see a slight difference around my waistline – about 1/2 inch lost around both my waist and hips. I’m finally starting to get used to the diet and finding it easier to alternate pure protein and protein and veg days with just a few little slip ups (mainly consuming 500 calories worth of cranberry juice and buying full fat instead of low-fat greek yoghurt on monday and having some forbidden carbs on sunday in the form of rice with my 5bean chilli – bad Laura!)

Despite that I’ve still managed to lose 1 lb and I think drinking green tea has helped a lot – I’m currently knocking back 3-4 cups a day after replacing my beloved Tetleys with Twinings pure green tea. Green tea is rich in catechin polyphenols (powerful antioxidants) which benefit health, lower cholesterol and speed up your metabolism, hence why it’s so popular with dieters. Green tea wont dissolve fat on its own, but drank along with a healthy eating plan or diet like DD it can be a really useful weapon in a dieters arsenal! The taste takes a little getting used to (it’s no Tetleys!) but I’ve been drinking it for quite a while now and I really love it!

As for today, I’ve had a bizarre lack of success when it came to eggs! Overcooked my microwave eggs this morning to the point where I’d invented egg chewing gum – they were so rubbery they were inedible (luckily I had some yoghurt in the fridge as a backup), then managed to burn my omelette dinner so only ended up eating half of it 😦

Exercise over the past few days hasn’t been great – due to the lovely Scottish weather (turns out all that talk of summer being here was just a rumour and we’re back to our usual down pour and gale force winds that no brolly can withstand!) I didn’t manage to get my 30 min walk in until last night but today I did 30 mins of Davina’s Pump workout. Basically ita a gruelling half hour of squats and lunches with weights broken up by minute long stings of star jumps!!! It’s tough but brilliant and even though I’m probably not going to be able to walk tomorrow, if I do this once a week I’ll have buns of steel before I know it!!

Oh I came across this the other day on Flikr, as a calorie counter it made me smile – stress is a massive cause of illness in the UK, so maybe its best to ignore those traffic light pie charts now and again … why they put them on calorific deserts is beyond me – the whole point of indulgence is to make you happy, not freak you out even more through the knowledge that you’ve just consumed half your calorie intake for the day!  Minus my previous toad in the hole/rice incidents I’m doing ok at avoiding carbs although I’m seriously craving cupcakes! may try to make some with oatbran if I ever find the bloody stuff – if anyone knows where to but some in glasgow please let me know! x

Rebelle meets … Oliver Phelps a.k.a George Weasley!

This summer, the Harry Potter films come to a gripping finale in the biggest film event of the year – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two. And so, after ten years, we say goodbye to some much love characters, including my personal favourites, the Weasley twins.

I caught up with one half of the mischievous duo, Oliver Phelps, and aked him to share 20 things we didn’t know about filming The Deathly Hallows, playing George, the battle of Hogwarts, loosing an ear, being part of the Harry Potter phenomenon and why Nana knows best when it comes to sports!

Here’s what he had to say …

“My favourite experience working on The Deathly Hallows was going to Emma Watson’s place in London with James, Dan, Rupert, Mat Lewis, Alfie Enoch, Bonnie and Evana, and reminiscing over the last ten years.

On my last ever day filming it was actually quite emotional – to see the bulldozers outside waiting out side to tear down half the studios!

My favourite scene in the final film is when Voldemort addresses all the Hogwarts students in the courtyard. 

Filming the Battle of Hogwarts was epic! There’s so much action and fighting going on. Most of the recognisable parts of the school look like they’ve been in a bombing raid.

The most difficult scene to shoot was reacting to something happening to Fred.

The best thing about playing George was you could for the most part have a laugh and smile and not look out of place.

I’m a little bit like my character because I think by playing a joking, happy-go-lucky character for most of my adolescence, some things took root: I do like a joke, but I think I know where to draw the line where as George wouldn’t. James and I were very much jokers on set … Rupert too for that matter!

What I remember most about my very first day on set is that we were filming the very last shot in the film.

 The atmosphere on a Harry Potter set is very friendly and humorous.

The coolest thing I got to do during filming was punching a stunt guy through a table in HP4!

My most embarrassing moment on set was when running in my Quidditch gear, tripping on my broom and falling over!

It’s a bit strange looking back on the  films and seeing yourself grow up on screen. The worst thing is that it’s very easy for my friends to see how much of a high voice I had!

In all the movies I always wanted a war wound, and I guess they don’t come much better than losing an ear! Spending all day with a prosthetic piece stuck to the side of my head took some getting used to but the effects team were great fun to work with.

Out of the entire cast I really loved working with Rupert Grint.

I first realised how big the Harry Potter films had become when I was in Cancun,  Mexico in 2002 and all the Americans there recognised me!

 

I’ve worked with quite a few directors during the Potter series but I really don’t have a favourite – they all had different styles and ideas, and it was great to learn from their direction. David Yates got me to try and relate what was happening to my character to something from my own life, and that made it more real. Mike Newel really got my sense on humour and let me bring it out in the character. Alfonso Cuarón got me and James to overlap sentences, which worked really well and without Chris Columbus I wouldn’t have been part of this great journey … considering we were all kids at the time, his patience was amazing! 

My biggest obsession is playing golf.

One thing you don’t know about me is I love watching sports with my Nan. She knows more about it than most of my friends!

Harry Potter fans are everywhere you turn, it’s fantastic!

I can’t wait for the premiere of The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 because it’s going to be the biggest premiere London has ever seen … and I get a new suit!”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is released 15th July … can’t wait!!!