Circus Life, Under The Big Top World*

I didn’t grow up in the circus. I spent my childhood doing gymnastics in a leisure centre (like a local Y). From the ages of four to sixteen, I practiced running through the reception area to get to the vault and to land every dismount while attempting to avoid hitting a cinder block wall.  I was a gymnast with a giant smile, long hair and unpointed toes.

Giving up gymnastics was not easy. I tried briefly to get into trampolining. Turns out trampolining is much harder than you’d think.

I did eventually leave the sport, went to university, and came away with a Law degree and a Masters in Sociology.  I returned to my home town and started a business with my family.  Other than yoga, I had not been doing any sports or challenging physical activity for a number of years.  I’d started to miss it.  On a whim, I signed up for an adult flying trapeze class at the local circus school.  And I was hooked.

Over the next few years I completely immersed myself in the world of circus.  Soon, I was lucky enough to be asked to join a circus company where I tried out everything I could: flying trapeze, swinging trapeze, rope, silks, hoop, acrobalance. I started to book gigs and was even earning a little money from it. I had discovered an entire world and I was lost to it.

I started to get more and more work and was lucky enough to do a series of corporate jobs, a tour of the UK and even a few big commercials.  Meanwhile, unbeknownst to me, my mother had posted a video of mine on YouTube [there you go, Mum… debt acknowledged].

Cirque du Soleil contacted me shortly thereafter about a job, and within two weeks of that phone call, I was in Las Vegas on contract with The Beatles’ LOVE at the Mirage Hotel and Casino.  What was supposed to be four months became four fantastic years.  I am still in Vegas and now performing in Le Reve at the Wynn Hotel.

I have a dog and a husband and a closet full of clothes, all of which are important to me in varying degrees (seriously… I have an amazing dog). So that’s me in a nutshell.

A post on stylish nutshells coming soon.

Here’s a pictorial throwback to some gigs and shows along the way:

(I’m holding Garfield in the middle)

You can click here to see a tv commerical I did (note: we were paid to miss the trick).

*Yes… this is a reference to a Journey song.







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Fashionably Breaking and Entering

My photographer and I fondly refer to this series of pictures as ‘Breaking and Entering’, mainly on account of the fact that we may have had to do some trespassing to get to this amazing background.  For those of you who have never been to Vegas, a festival called ‘Life is Beautiful’ takes place once a year downtown. It’s a three-day event devoted to music, food, art and ideas.  Luckily for those of us who live here, some of the art gets left behind (and enclosed behind wire fences that may be totally ineffective against acrobats).

As I mentioned in a previous post, I wanted to bring you more outfits devoted to the recent Kenzo x H&M collaboration.  As a devotee of Kenzo’s vibrant style, I was over the moon to find some beautiful new pieces that are quintessentially Kenzo AND H&M affordable.  The collection is a pattern-heavy delight, with a dizzying array of neon stripes, tiger emblems and floral prints layered into bright sweaters, fluffy bomber jackets and structured, Kimono style dresses.

I fell in love with this quilted pinafore dress that’s at once understated and dramatic.  The full skirt gives it a seriously grown-up feel and the pinafore styling means that any top you put under it will give it a whole new look each time.   I went for a cocktail dress feel with a Sonia Rykiel striped turtleneck and red heels.  When you wear something this fun and creative and you feel this good in it, you don’t need a wall to tell you that life really is beautiful.

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