Friday, 29 August 2014

My belated end of year show...in Ballet and Belly Dancing!

Hello my lovely darlings! Its been so excitingly busy lately…but I have certainly missed you and can't wait till I can tell you darlings more about my new venture. I have just returned jetlagged from Seattle and have a few travel posts as well as Cheongsam (Qipao) reviews in the pipe-line....and not to forget the impending 'Shine Walk' on a September Saturday night still to do. Though for now I thought it might be nice to do a little feature of my very belated end of year show; which includers those of summer 2013 to the more recent summer 2014. Some of you darlings might know that I have been taking a beginner’s ballet class for a while now and an intermediate belly dancing class too. So at the end of year show at Brady Arts Centre, a community theatre where family and friends of the dance students are invited to watch the little performance, I participated in both ballet and belly dancing. So let's start by catching up with the year before....

From summer 2013......

Before the performance.....2013....


Performance of 2013.....
Now fast forward to summer 2014....can you spot any difference? Perhaps not visible to the naked eye but I did somehow feel an improvement and even enjoyed performing our humorous routine! I must say this year’s show has been the trickiest, as not only the ballet routine was much harder in focusing on individual technique without the help of a steady barre bar, I also had to remember a rather hard belly dancing routine with a mini solo section! Of course I wobble a little when doing the battement developpe like an utter novice (who has not taken several terms of beginner's ballet classes), but I did overcome the internal shakiness which is something in itself. In loving support, my wonderful girlies decided to come for the show and we went for a fun dinner at an American vintage inspired bowl place in Brick Lane afterwards. To me, having them there just for the show already meant a lot and I was so happy to see them…so it was a fabulous summer dream weekend indeed!

To this year's backstage preparation......summer 2014!

On stage for our ballet performance....this summer 2014....can you spot me?

Then a quick change to prepare for the next performance with my intermediate belly dancing classmates.....

Slightly blurry.....but belly dancing ready (2014)!

Doing my shimmy solo bit on stage.....intermediate belly dancing 2014!
Must confess this post should have been published much much sooner and perhaps I have missed dancing through a busy past few months more than I realised. As things lay excitingly uncertain I am unsure if I will be able to join the coming term's dance classes, though I certainly do miss them, but I hope it will be a temporary sacrifice that will bring an even better tomorrow for me as well as others. Enough rambling for now, more excitement is to come as next week I shall reveal the brilliant Qipao Lover number 2.....who will be Miss September I hear you roar? Well...stay tuned till then, in the meantime if I should see you at the special '100 Dresses' Collectif evening next Sunday, please do stop me for a chat. With sunshine wishes I hope you will have an absolutely fabulous weekend my darlings!


Until the next time,
May xx


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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

London Hot-Spot: Loving tulips...at the beautiful Chelsea Flower Show 2014!

Reaching for the floral stars!
Thank you darlings for the warm welcome to the new 'Qipao LoveR' series; which I hope will empower ladies to wear the Qipao (Cheongsam) they love without fear...and of course celebrate the beauty of this wonderful garment that has sailed through the decades. After all true love should always be celebrated! One of the lovely treats I received for my birthday back in May, and indeed another love to be admired, was some special tickets to the gorgeous and sought after event of the year in London.....Chelsea Flower Show 2014! Excited, as I had never been before but always wanted to go, I dashed over to the Chelsea Royal Hospital grounds after work. It was early summer, the weather improved with sunshine through the late afternoon and it was warm enough to wander around the floral wonderland without a jacket....in other words it was the best time to go flower watching! Dressed in a simple cotton lilac shift dress from Asos, pretty blue Clarks brogues fit for the office and cute monochrome Fiorelli grab bag I was ready for tea, cake and flowers. So this is what I discovered.....

High flower five!

Floral display by the Thai Embassy....

Floral umbrellas...

Pretty pastels in bloom.....
The Chelsea Flower Show 2014
It was really an event for flower and creative lovers alike....almost like spinning pieces of art through living flowers, and in a concrete jungle world it is a breath of beautiful fresh air literally recycling up our CO2. Tea and cake happened to be higher in price than most, which would be ok had the quality been better, nevertheless it was about the flowers rather than the food. I never knew there were so many varieties of tulips and peonies, then the colourful rainbow of hyacinths made me smile and even the orchids made me think of my lovely grandmother. Interesting how flowers were capable of evoking so much emotion, perhaps this is why I have so many floral printed dresses and skirts in my wardrobe. Packed with a sea of people it was at times hard to see certain displays and we needed to dodge the several photo spot hoggers, but it was definitely a worthwhile afternoon of creativity and inspiration. A show I would be happy to return to next year!
In the English rose garden....

My favourite....tulips!

Love, love, love tulips!

A little bit of history at the Chelsea Flower Show 2014, London.
I'm wearing a flower hat! :)

From fun amongst the flowers to memories held by flowers, it was a lovely Birthday girft indeed. On that lovely note, I would like to Thank You again for the continued support you have shown by donating to my "Shine Walk" fundraiser to fight breast cancer with W-N....I have now received my very first bid (donation) from a Cheongsam shop! If you happen to have a Cheongsam or Qipao shop, grab your chance to have your design featured on 'Walking in May' and have assurance through the ultimate quality test....as I will be wearing ONE single Cheongsam (Qipao) during the whole 21km "SHINE Walk" from the highest bidding donation. Bid on my Just Giving page (button below) by leaving a donation and the name of your shop:
JustGiving - Sponsor me now!
I can't wait for the beginning of next month when I can reveal a special Miss September of the 'Qipao LoveR' series....there shall be many fabulously inspirational ladies to follow that I am sure you darlings will love, and perhaps even a Giveaway  in the coming months. Exciting times ahead....have a positively fabulous mid-week my darlings!



Until the next time,
May xx
PS: Do stop by at Caroline's blog to catch up on our photoshoot by London Southbank in the 'Elegente' tailor made Qipao (Cheongsam)!

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