Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Farewell, Adieu

Hey Guys!

Well, this is it guys my last day working backstage! I'm glad you've made it this far with me! Technically this isn't my last ever day at the theatre group, quite yet. I am going to be popping in on the first day of term at the weekend to hand over to my shiny, new replacement. I thought I was irreplaceable! HeHe!

I always like to wear a really nice outfit on the last show. Just to go out with a bang! Something uber pretty, and girly and just a touch smart. This dress is something I managed to pick up in the sales at New Look. You wanna keep watch here on What Row Chose... because you'll be seeing a couple of haul post showing off my sales bargains in the coming days. Although still £15, I was getting to the frustrated point when out shopping and just nothing takes your fancy. It was probably because I was just a bit too tired from working when I nipped out on my day off. The dress is from the Mela Loves London collection. Or what some would call the 'Pretty Dress section'. The red is so vivid. I like the texture of the dress and the way it compliments the aesthetic of the print upon the dress. Not that anyone would really notice, but I think the collar is actually a little squiffy. Did anyone else find this? No biggie, I chatter away so much nobody would notice a wonky collar underneath my chin.




Just in case any member of Maroon 5 ever finds himself stumbling upon the humble site that is What Row Chose... , I just want to make it totally clear that they can gatecrash my wedding whenever they fancy. This might see like a strange memo, but if you've seen the video to their latest single Sugar you'll understand what I'm saying. This is a funky little love song that really gives you a good practice of this high notes. The combination of deep guitar riffs and Adam Levine's warbling makes for a lovely lovy-dovy record, as Maroon 5 do only to well!


Oodles and Toodles
Row Bow
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Monday, 26 January 2015

Oh, Evil Queen

Hey Guys!

I feel like when I'm putting together looks for a whole week, there's always a dud day. This look from the Saturday performances was it this time, I feel. I still wanted to show you because it's a super casual look. Also it shows off the other Disney top that I got for Christmas. On the Saturday and Sunday of the week we have 2 shows per day, which is pretty intense! Defo not the time to get the Christian Louboutins and feather boa out!

I really wanted to wear my new Disney villains t-shirt, since the Frozen one went down so well yesterday. I was pretty surprised, but all the kids managed to recognise the evil queen from Snow White, which was the Pantomime we were putting on. The faded colours and Disney print makes this top the perfect tee for a true 90's kid. Now, if anyone knows where I can get a Beauty and the Beast top, that would literally make my year! I tried this top on with some baggy, floral trousers at first but it just was not doing anything for me. The patterns were way too different to contrast nicely. So I thought the obvious fail-safe was to put on a denim shirt instead. Upon rummaging in my wardrobe, I realised I had this pale denim dress. This is a great inclusion in your wardrobe for something a little different compared to throwing on a standard denim shirt. I'm not sure if you've noticed but I am totally besotted with my new trainers! I've worn them in three looks over the week. That's pretty impressive, I think. Some of the kids noticed the glasses on my head and asked if they were my real ones. Of course they aren't! My glasses are nowhere near as on trend as these tortoise shell, thick rimmed spectacles.






Rihanna debuted new music this morning, for the first time in 2 years! Has it really been that long? Yes it has, but boy was it worth the wait. Her new collab sees her teaming up with long time buddy Kanye West and new best friend Sir Paul McCartney. I love the raw and first cut appeal of the song. Sir Paul plays the guitar which is the sole instrument accompanying RiRi and Kanye's voices throughout.  The chorus is so simple but not annoying in the way some simply composed songs are. If your Monday wasn't so swell, you need to give Four Five Seconds a listen to.

Oodles and Toodles
Row Bow
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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Spring/Summer 2015 Beauty Wishlist

Hey Guys!

Today we're going to take a little break from the backstage theatre looks, as I fill you in on my Spring Summer 2015 Beauty Wishlist. I've chosen some of my favourite make-up looks that were on the S/S 15 catwalks, and searched high and low for products I think would be perfect to recreate the look at home.

Tanya Taylor
If you regularly check out What Row Chose... you'll know how much I love a bold lip. Bright Pink, Deep Red, Vampy Purple or Electric Orange. You name it, I'll probably wear it! I would say apart from green, but BarryM have their Genie lipstick which starts off green but warms up to a beautiful pink. Always good for a brave beginner in bold lipsticks. Or if you just want high gloss + high colour, Rimmel have you covered with their Vinyl Gloss. Flashmob go all out with their Electric Kisses set, including yellow and blue along with Row Bow favourites pink and purple.


Matthew Williamson
I love colourful eyeshadows, but since I've actually bothered to pay attention to the application of my eyeshadow, I haven't really experimented with colour. The rosy hues Matthew Williamson models wore for his S/S 15 show, stick to one main shade with a small use of a paler tone to highlight the inner corner. The spacious application is very 70's, but it's paired with subtle cheeks to keep the whole look still really fresh. Sleek, Flashmob and MUA have some great pallets with every colour under the rainbow inside!


Badgley Mischka
Have you see the photos from when I chalked my hair? I used regular chalk, since I didn't have hair chalk to hand. But I'm pretty sure that using actual hair chalk is much better than art chalk... Badgley Mischka used hair chalking subtly but effectively in their S/S 15 show. Models were adorned with eyebrows in tones of teal and violet, amongst other choices. Sections of models long locks were also coloured. Flashmob have a great hair chalking set, which comes in a compact set with the chalk on one side and a sponge on the other. The components work well together to give an even distribution. Genius! I like the colours from the Handpicked Collection. The pink is just so pretty! If you want to keep it simple, why not use good old temporary hair spray. I used to love wearing glitter hair sprays for EVERY SINGLE PARTY I went to as a kid. Claire's have a great range of choices, I think the pastel choices are very S/S 15.


Elie Saab
This is such a Row Bow circa. 2008/9 trend. I used to love wearing pretty blue eyeshadow, with matching aqua blue pencil liner and matching glitter liquid eyeliner and matching blue mascara. Considering my eyes are blue too, looking back now, it perhaps might have been a little over the top. I remember wearing this look for one of my SATs papers (which don't exist anymore, I'll add!) and pairing it with a deep red lipgloss. Man, I was one well made up Year 9! Complimenting Elie Saab's collection, models wore bold blue eyeliners down the runway. Although it is a very intense and colourful look, the trick is to not wear eyeshadow in addition to the liners. That's where Year 9 Row Bow went wrong! KIKO and Urban Decay have the most beautiful bold aqua pencil liners to try this look out at home with. Flashmob and BarryM's liquid liners would be perfect to create the sweep over the top eyelid. Flashmob's eyeliner set comes with pink, yellow and purple products which would look pretty amazing too!


Hope you like my wish list!
Which beauty products do you want to experiment with in 2015?

Oodles and Toodles
Row Bow
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Monday, 19 January 2015

Permanently Frozen

Hey Guys!

Basically living in the theatre and being surrounded by lots of small children, what do you think was the top Christmas present I was repeatedly told about? The answer is: anything Frozen related. Did I ever tire of it? Nope! Because I am totally obsessed with it too and think Frozen is almost the best thing since sliced bread (the creation of What Row Chose... is in between the two. HeHe!). What did I get for christmas? Far too many Disney Princess things including this beautifully childish Frozen t-shirt (No fear, the Frozen DVD also arrived under the tree for Row). So many questions, Row, let's just get onto the look!

I kept an icy blue theme to my look with the all-in-one denim piece. With my Frozen t-shirt just peeping through, it was enough to gain many repetitive questions from teenie-wees as I caked their faces in stage make-up. Still super cute though! My necklace co-ordinates well with its clear perspex and pastel pink and jewels. Typical Row Bow the fool! I totally forgot to get a close up of my hair which I think was pretty snazzy this particular day. I'd made two plaits and crossed them over the top of my head, commonly know as Heidi Braids. But I'd tied several colourful hair ties down the plaits so they appeared as little stripes across the finished Heidi Plaits.


You'd be right in thinking this is not Lily-Dog. But a friend, Marley-Dog. He was a bit too excited about being in the picture with me.




Slowly but surely, I'm seeing more and more snippets of songs from the new 50 Shades of Grey film soundtrack. One snippet I heard was on Conor Maynard's new cover where, amongst a little bit of a Craig David throwback, a little bit of Ellie Goulding was squeezed in. Love Me Like You Do makes great use of Ellie's beautiful high notes, giving the song an ethereal but anthemic feel. I love the big build-up just after the slowed down middle eight.


Oodles and Toodles
Row Bow
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Friday, 16 January 2015

Pink Reflection

Hey Guys!

So I've realised that apart from maybe a quick mention in my first work wear post back in 2012, I'm not sure I've ever really told you what I do for work. You guys must think I'm crazy in some of these looks, exhibit a // b  // c, so let's give it all some context. From the ages of 4-16 I performed as part of a children's theatre group. And after just less than a year off, I began working there during college. I tip up every Saturday and work with 6 classes of children ranging from ages 3-14 years old. It's like one big children's party as I sing, dance and play my way through the day. A real hoot! At Christmas we perform a Pantomine which we start work on in September. So these regular New Year posts are what I've been wearing when I work backstage at the theatre. It's like a second home to me now and I've never had a New Year without panto! Working at the theatre group was my first job. Now you're thinking that paper round of yours isn't so fly...! 

Today's backstage look shows off my third and final purchase from Tesco. Although this time it's not from the Florence & Fres section, I ventured into the kid's isle. Whoopsie, but what'cha gon' do? I think think skirt is one of the prettiest things I've seen in my whole life. The pale pinks and golds create a really rich and luxurious feel. It's very baroque-like, if that's how you'd phrase it. I couldn't believe that I'd gone the whole term so far not wearing my cat ears once! They never fail to get attention just as much from the parents as well as the kids. Keeping with the rosy hues, a little rosy lippy was the finishing touch to my look.

If you aren't a theatre-pro like myself, here is a sneaky peeking into what the 'glamorous' dressing rooms are like backstage. 







I am super excited for the release of Fall Out Boy's new album, American Beauty/American Psycho in only a few days time. Irresistible is one song I do particularly like to get my jam on to. When I say jam, it's not the dancey-tune that connotes. There are trumpety trumpets, there are powerful drums, and of course there is Patrick Stumps voice singing about what turns out to be pretty toxic love. Then there's Immortals, which is unexpectedly a Disney film theme song. Who saw that coming? It's no Let It Go, but I'm glad Fall Out Boy were able to stick to their signature sound. Now, I totally get that Fall Out Boy mix with many high-fliers and celebrities but I just thought our friendship was pretty solid. They've only gone and got my name wrong on one of the tracks and called me Uma Thurman. Silly boys! HeHe!

Oodles and Toodles
Row Bow
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Monday, 12 January 2015

Perfect Purple Print

Hey Guys!

In my last post you got a sneak peek into the green room of the theatre. Today, you get a quick glimpse on stage. It would have been a greater glimpse if my 'photographer' had taken more than two non-blurry photo. But it is enough for you to see the see the outfit. As mentioned, also in my previous post, I managed a christmas sales trip to Florence & Fred at Tesco. This bold chiffon, palm tree print top was another purchase in the sale.

If you've have looked back on my posts from the early days, you have seen I was not a pattern person. But whey-hey, look at me now. Fearlessly clashing prints like no Row Bow has before! I chose the floral leggings because they share the same purple tones as the shirt. The purples on the trousers are muted compared to the top, so the print clash pairs more effectively. Even though the trainers sparkle silver studs, I've used gold jewellery to add warmth to the cool pallet. The large golden necklace have jewels which relict purple and blue tones which ties the whole look together nicely!



Ella Eyre and DJ Fresh have finally teamed up to create the anthemically-dancey Gravity. Personally, for me, the song was a bit of a grower. But I stuck with it purely to re-watch the beautiful Ella getting her Bonnie on, alongside DJ Fresh's Clyde. in the video. I am loving her new fringe. Obvz, she was inspired by me and my big-bouncy-locks-with-fringe combo. Beginning with piano twinkles, the song makes a quick turn into an deeper organ sound accompanying Ella's vocals. Then DJ Fresh does his things and gets all the 'boom-boom-chussssshhh' and 'woap-woap-woaps' going.

Oodles and Toodles
Row Bow
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Saturday, 10 January 2015

Dressing and Running

Hey Guys!

Frequent flyers of What Row Chose... will know that every New Year signifies theatrical experiences. If you haven't followed What Row Chose... over this theatrical week before, be prepared to delve into almost a week's worth of wonderful backstage looks. This first post marks the start of what you could call a mini-series by revealing my dress rehearsal look.

I suck at Boxing Day sales. I tried online this year, but I found it even herder than going into the actual shop. I much prefer going a week into the sales when everyone else has got their fix so I can go cray! In the few days between Christmas time and Show Time, I managed a quick trip to Tesco. I'll agree it doesn't sound like the most glamorous place to pick up your fashionable fix. But I did manage to pick up the fabulously fluffy, 3/4 length sleeves black top. I thought I would get super toasty running around backstage whilst in the super snug jumper, but it was not a problem at all. I kept the wintery dark colours by teaming it with a maroon skirt and black tights. I also bagged these new trainers in the sale at the Florence & Fred section of Tesco. All my trainers have developed a new ventilation system which allows water as well as air in (basically, they have started to disintegrate with lots of holes in- but I can never find the holes!). These navy and fluro-orange mix trainers remind me of the pretty Nike shoes that are pretty popular at the moment. And what do trainers mean? Little frilly socks of course! I kept jewellery out of this look, mainly because the neck of the top is so high it didn't need to be cluttered up. I foolishly attempted to wear my Nails Inc matte red polish again. Excuse the horrific outcome








When some of my favourite musicians tweet about their current favourite listenings, I usually click straight on though to their soundcloud. I am sooo annoyed at myself because I remember coming across James Bay's soundcloud page a few months ago, having seen a certain boy band member recommend it. Now look at him, being suggested as one of the hot new things for 2015 by several platforms. I am digging his 'Hold Back the River' song. Although it starts slow, man, I love to belt it out towards the end. The guitar led song shows off his folky-toned voice perfectly.

Oodles and Toodles
Row Bow
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