My Little Black Book
On choosing your career path…“Do something that, when you wake up every day, makes you smile. Being happy is more important than anything else.” Alesha Dixon
Homeward Bound: I’m such a home body so normally it will be luncheon or a dinner party – something a bit more low key as I like to be in a intimate setting with friends. If I do go out to eat there is a pizza place in Archway called Papa Del’s. The best thing about London is they have all these tiny gems hidden away.
Gap Year: I’ve been travelling for three months through LA, NY, Houston, Atlanta and Washington DC singing in lots of different places. I performed at the R&B Spotlight which is quite a famous night, along with SOB in New York and in LA I sang at The House of Blues and I meet some great people like Ne-Yo.
To this day I still love Dubai, I went when I was 18 – I won a singing contest and took my family there and literally fell in love. I stayed at the La Meridian where we had lots of spa treatments and went shopping at the Gold Souk, which was incredible and showed me a new way of living.
Cosmetic Fairy: I’m a massive fan of M.A.C and Lancome – of late I swear by the SPF15 primer. It takes off the shine but gives you a kind of flawless look so even if I didn’t bring my foundation or mascara or anything I still can’t go wrong.
I’m originally from a small town outside of Birmingham so if I want to chill out and meet up with a few friends back home the spot is always The Mailbox. I love the food at Red Peppers – they have incredible crab cakes, the caesar salad is really hearty, you get massive chunks of grilled chicken, Parmesan cheese, ice berg lettuce and the cocktails are ridiculous.
Rhythm is a Dancer: I find if I go to the West End to see shows like The Lion King or Stomp, which are very, beats centric I tend to go home so musically inspired.
Retro Nights: If someone stops me in the street or a friend goes berserk over a jacket I’ve got it’s normally from a vintage store. I just came back from LA and they had so many dotted around, one was called Retro and another was Rewind. I got some really nice old school Chanel dresses and crazy fab leather jackets with an African print that they were selling for next to nothing!