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SHE is the pop princess and style icon with the golden touch and Pixie Lott is convinced her success story will continue when she transports her latest venture to the Dublin stage.

The 25-year-old who boasts a trio of UK No.1 singles in a career that has seen her shoot to fame with a winning combination of her vocal talents and her stunning looks is now set to turn her attention to a whole new challenge, as she makes her acting debut in the role of Holly Golightly in the stage adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

As Pixie sat down with the Sunday World (below) at a plush London hotel, her infectious enthusiasm for all aspects of her relentlessly scrutinised life shone through, as well as her sparkling beauty that was presented in a colourful dress that few could carry off with such grace.
You might expect the star who has been the focus of so many camera lenses down the years to have a modicum of nerves bubbling inside as she throws herself into a debut stage role, yet we found her bursting with enthusiasm to entertain an Irish audience in a week-long run at the Bord Gáis Theatre starting on June 13th.

“I don’t really see it as pressure trying to show what I can do as an actress because when I am me at one of my music shows, that is real pressure,” begins the former Strictly Come Dancing star, with her beaming smile confirming her contentment.

“In this role, I can get into the zone of being someone else, but I guess there will be more pressure when we are performing in front of the press or whatever is coming up ahead of these shows.

“I feel more excitement than nervousness right now as it is a great thrill to get this part. I am determined to make the most of it.

“One of the best parts of this for me is that we are taking the show to Dublin, which has always been one of my favourite cities.

“I have very fond memories of my trips over to Ireland. On my last trip there, I had a rare day when I wasn’t working and we could explore.

“We went up to the Guinness factory, which was great fun. Then we went to Johnnie Fox’s pub and they had some amazing Irish dancers up there. It was a great experience.

“Then we moved around a few different Irish pubs and in every corner, there were musicians singing songs and the atmosphere was so incredible. It is such a good vibe. I just love it.

“I don’t know why everyone seems to be a good singer in your country, but from my experience, everyone loves to get up and sing a song in a pub in Ireland and I just love that culture.”

Pixie’s adoration of all things Irish extends to some of our musical heroes, although she needed a little prompting when we asked her to pick out her favourite musicians from our shores.

“I don’t even know what bands are Irish, can you help me out here and give me a few,” she responded, as she scrambled uncomfortably to find an answer.

“Okay, U2 they are massive and amazing,” she then offered up, before stumbling across a nugget of information that has clearly slipped her mind.

“Oh hang on, I love The Script,” she interjected. “Breakeven is an amazing song. The lyrics are just fantastic.

“I supported them was I was 18 or whatever and they were really nice to me.”

This former X Factor guest judge has crammed so much into her short career and yet she is stepping out of her comfort zone to take on her new stage role.

Holly Golightly is the fictional and iconic American socialite in 1940s New York, with her willingness to befriend the richest men in the city ensuring she was showered with gifts and invitations to attend the most glamorous events in town.

After a successful run of Breakfast at Tiffaney’s in the UK, Lott hopes Irish audiences will enjoy the adaptation of Trueman Capote’s novel that has plenty of differences compares to the movie that featured Audrey Hepburn in the role she is now playing on stage.

“I read the book and tried to visualize how I saw Holly, to make her as real as possible” continues Pixie, who has learned to play the guitar for this role. “That’s when I quickly discovered am like her in so many ways

“Now before we go any further, let’s get one thing straight; I am not a good time girl who take men’s money or anything like that, but I can relate to Holly.

“The book says she is forgetful and short sighted, which I am. She lives at Flat No.2 and so do I. She has a Japanese next-door neighbour and so do I.

“She is free spirited a loves her brother so much, which are two aspects of her that as so closely related to me as well. I can associate with Holly in so many ways.

“Also, I’ve always wanted to do a play because I love acting. I went to theatre school as a kid, but singing was always my focus. Acting is something I thought I might have a go at one day if the right opportunity came along.

“Holly Golightly is an amazing role and that meant it just felt right. As I have started playing and got to know her insight out, I think she is like me in so many ways.”

Lott is already working on a new studio album and insists “music will always be No.1 for me”, but she is open to all ideas for the next chapter of her career, which may even include a more permanent return to the X Factor set-up.

“I love acting and dancing as well, obviously I am a massive fashion fan as well,” she says.

“Luckily in my life so far, a lot of different opportunities have come along and you never know what exciting opportunity will come up next.

“Might I be a judge on X Factor? I don’t know. I just go with the flow when offers of work come in and if it feels right, then go with it.”

When you look at Lott’s delicately petite appearance, it can only be assumed that she spends most of her spare time working hard in the gym, yet she has stated that she avoids the gym for the good of her career.

“My vocal coach told me that going to the gym too much can put a strain on your vocal chords, so that was good enough reason for me not to go,” she added with a smile, as she confirms that her model boyfriend Oliver Cheshire (below) spends plenty of hours working off the pounds on running machines.

This is a young lady who has grown up in the spotlight, with the paparazzi perched outside the hotel waiting where our interview took place in the hope of catching a glimpse of a girl who has got used to being the centre of attention serves as a reminder that this is one star camera lenses will never tire of seeing.

Who knows where this versatile performer will pop up next, but Pixie Lott is here to stay.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s has a week-long run at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from 13 – 18 June.

Source: Sunday World

 




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The singer/songwriter and actress, currently playing Holly Golightly in the new UK touring production of play Breakfast at Tiffany’s, talks diamonds, hot showers and high heels.

Interview

Tell us about the new stage version of Breakfast at Tiffany’s…
It’s staying true to the original story that Truman Capote wrote, so it is set in the 1940s. The play still has all the amazing characters and stories from the film, the different characters that make up New York, but this isn’t the film brought to life on stage. The movie was set in the 60s, so the era alone makes it quite different. I haven’t actually watched the movie again since I knew I was doing the play because I didn’t want to get too caught up in it.

How does it feel to be playing such an iconic character as Holly Golightly?
I feel really lucky because it is such an amazing role to take on for my first play. I adore Holly. She is extremely free-spirited and has lots of energy, but when needs be, she is also very direct and can tell people how it is. She has a secret past, but she’s a survivor and she makes it through.

Do you feel the pressure is on because Holly is such a well-loved character?
To an extent, but because the play is based on the book and not a complete copy of the movie, the pressure is off slightly because I can’t be completely compared to Audrey Hepburn, who was obviously amazing. Hopefully people will see I’ve created my own interpretation and brought my own personality to the role.

Some might say this is quite a departure for you as you are best known for your music…
Well, I have always believed in being as rounded as a performer as possible. Music is my first love and passion, but I love acting as well. I think it’s really cool to go outside your comfort zone and push yourself as a performer. I did that when I took part in Strictly Come Dancing [in 2014] where I had to learn ballroom and Latin from scratch, which I really loved. I am continuing to write music at every opportunity I can – I will hopefully have my new record ready towards the end of the year, with maybe a little teaser in the summer – but this year it’s been really amazing to focus on acting. Beforehand, I had only done titbits here and there, but now I can focus on a proper, wonderful character whom I get to play every night.

Was there a tough audition process?
It was I guess, because it came a little bit of out of the blue and I had to quickly prepare and learn the script. But once I got in there [Nikolai Foster] the director made me feel really relaxed so I could get into the role easily. So I actually really enjoyed the audition.

Did you have the classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s Audrey poster when you were growing up?
[Laughs] I actually have it as a coaster for my cup of tea next to my bed. I’ve had it there for ages, long before I won the role. I only realised that the other day. It was obviously meant to be!

Did you know that Truman Capote originally wanted Marilyn Monroe for the role, but her agent advised her against playing ‘a lady of the evening’?
She’s an amazing character and I think Audrey was amazing for the role, very classy and stylish, but I think Marilyn would have been great as well. It would have been a very different kind of Holly. I didn’t have any reservations at all about taking the role because it’s all part of being an actress. Besides, Holly isn’t actually a [prostitute], Capote called Holly an ‘American geisha’. I think she’s an amazing character and once you watch her and get to know her in the play, you see all the different sides and how fabulous and endearing she is.

Are you like Holly in any way?
We’re both really forgetful, she lives at apartment number 2 and my flat is number 2, and we’re both short-sighted. She also likes fashion, I like fashion, and I’d say I’m pretty free-spirited and I love travelling as she does too. So there are a few things that make us quite similar.

Does it concern you that audiences will be making comparisons with Audrey, as that is the Holly they know best?
Like I said, I don’t think the play can be compared to the movie. It’s the same when I perform covers of songs by Kings of Leon or The Killers that I put up on YouTube. I always say I can never compete with the original because it’s always going to be the best. I always do my own interpretation and make it completely my own, and then it stands on its own rather than being compared. I feel like this is the same sort of thing.

The song Moon River is obviously hugely associated with the story – how does it feel to be performing such a classic song?
It’s a timeless song and a dream to sing. And I’m pleased that I get to sing a little in the show. There’s always pressure, but I’ve got to focus on enjoying myself. In previous experiences of performing, as long as I enjoy myself it helps the audience enjoy themselves, and that’s what it’s all about.

You learned to play guitar especially for the role – what was that like?
I’ve always wanted to learn to play the guitar, so really the play has given me the perfect excuse, and I can keep it up afterwards and use it to write songs. It’s hard though! The guitar’s really, really hard! But I’ve been practising a lot. It appears in an intimate moment for Holly, so I’m sort of playing it to myself, rather than turning into a big old musical song and dance. It sits well in the play.

There is music from the era and original music by Grand Olding – so do other songs feature in the play?
They do. There’s music playing throughout, and I also sing a little hillbilly ballad on the guitar, which helps illustrate some of Holly’s past, but apart from that all the music is from the 1940s or 1940s inspired.

This is your first major stage role since you were a child/teenager – why did you leave theatre for so long?
Because I wanted to get my songs out there. I started writing when I was 13 or 14 and I always wanted to be a recording artist and make my own albums. That was always the goal, and it just sort of took over because it came in first. Music is something I will always keep on doing and I am still recording alongside the play.

The chemistry between ‘Fred’ and Holly is intrinsic to the story – how do you get on with your co-star Matt Barber?
We did meet the week before rehearsals began to go through some lines, which I think was a really good idea. It was nice to go in on the first day of rehearsals already knowing each other. But yeah, we get on really well, which is lucky, as we’re going to be spending a lot of time together.

At its heart, this is a love story, focusing on Holly’s self-discovery – would you agree?
I think everyone’s self-discovery. ‘Fred’ comes to New York to find himself, so does Holly. All these people in New York and their personalities and how they are finding themselves in the city.

Does your Holly have a cat?
I’m still getting used to the cat. I’m not really familiar with holding cats or being with cats. Thankfully, I’m not allergic, but I’ve got to get my cat acting up to scratch!

Can you remember the first time you became aware of Breakfast at Tiffany’s (the novel or the film)?
When I was younger we watched the movie – all the girls in my family loved it, But I didn’t read the book until I auditioned for this production. I think Breakfast at Tiffany’s is every girl’s favourite movie because it’s very stylish and classy, and you take a little bit of Holly away with you afterwards. There are some really good qualities in her.

Let’s talk about costumes as Holly’s look is so iconic – will you be wearing Givenchy like Audrey?
I don’t think so, that would have been amazing, but all of my costumes and accessories are genuine vintage pieces, which is wonderful. I love playing with the way I look, experimenting and trying different things so creating Holly’s style has been a dream. The styling for the play is totally 1940s, and I have lots of costume changes, so it is very different to my usual get-up.

Have you ever done the whole having a coffee and Danish pastry outside Tiffany’s thing?
I haven’t done that, but the last time I was in New York I did go and check out the store. I’ve always been a fan of Tiffany’s, and I like coffee and Danish, but I’d say I’m more of a tea and toast kind of girl!

The play is touring before it moves to the West End – you must have packing for the road down to perfection?
Unfortunately, I still haven’t learnt how to travel light. I just shove all I can fit into a case, and it’s always so heavy. I’m really excited about the tour though because it’s good to see the different audience reaction in each city. I guess Canterbury is closest to my family because it’s in Kent where I grew up. And, of course, I am super-excited to be performing at the Haymarket in London. This will be the longest I’ve been in each location, so I will have a little bit of time to explore them and get to know them a bit better.

What can we expect to find in your dressing room – will it be as chaotic as Holly’s apartment?
I’m a really messy person! I guess there’ll just be loads of make-up and maybe a candle and some pictures of the era to help me get into character. So it will probably be fairly chaotic. I’ll say it’s part of the character and blame it on Holly.

Has your boyfriend Oliver [Cheshire] been helping you with your lines?
Oliver was really excited for me, but I’ve been trying to get everything into my head myself. My mum and dad have helped me run some lines, but they’re really not very good actors. My mum’s American accent sounds like Mickey Mouse or something!

What will surprise audiences most about the play?
Probably that it is not exactly like the film, and it’s also quite a rollercoaster of emotions. Most of the time it’s very high-energy and then there are times when it can move you. It covers all areas. It’s surprising that even though it was written in the 40s, so long ago, Truman Capote’s story is still so relevant and ahead of its time. I guess that’s what makes it such a modern classic.

How would you sum the play up in a few words?
Exciting, moving…and fun!

 

Quickfire Questions

Danish pastries or croissants?
Croissants, if they’re warm, otherwise Danish.

Diamonds or Pearls?
I’m going to say diamonds, but Holly actually says diamonds are for older women.

Night in or Night out?
Night out.

Couture or High street?
Couture, all the way.

Acting or Singing?
This is a tough one, but I owe my life to singing.

Cats or Dogs?
Dogs

Baths or showers?
Hot showers

Champagne or Whisky?
Champagne, definitely.

Heels or flats?
Again I love both – so flats during the day, and heels at night.

 

By Jeremy Mark

Source: Whats On


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THERE aren’t many people who do Positive Mental Attitude better than Pixie Lott. She’s so relentlessly cheerful, so permanently bushy-tailed, that it’s difficult to imagine anything getting her down.

Take the disappointment of her eponymous third album – released in the summer of 2014 – failing to break into the Top 10, and the last couple of singles not faring particularly well either.

Bromley-born Pixie, 25, simply shrugs her shoulders. “I just keep on going,” she says on coping when music she’s poured her heart and soul into doesn’t, for whatever reason, quite cut the mustard in terms of chart performance.

 “I do stuff that I believe in myself. You can’t keep everybody happy all the time, so you need to keep doing what you enjoy and do what you think is right.

“When I stop enjoying myself, I’ll just pack it in! But I don’t think that’ll ever happen, because I have the bug to just keep going. I’ve been doing this for ages and the buzz is still the same as it was from the start.”

Nevertheless, she acknowledges that it’s important to diversify, which is why she’s put music on the back-burner in order to concentrate on adding strings to her bow – hence her upcoming lead role in a new stage version of Breakfast At Tiffany’s. She’s constantly writing new material, but admits it’s unlikely anything will be released until next year.

“Music has been and still is my number one, but there are other areas I want to focus on,” she says. “Doing Strictly [in 2014] was definitely branching out of my comfort zone, and I learned so much from that, and that’s what I’m hoping for from Breakfast At Tiffany’s.

“I remember going to see Chicago on Broadway when I was about 15 and Usher was performing as Billy Flynn, and I knew then not to be afraid to go into other areas and to be as rounded a performer as you can be.”

Every time we’ve shot and interviewed Pixie for the cover of Fabulous, she’s been nothing less than completely charming. She’s unassuming, unstarry and undemanding, and so laid-back there can’t be much in life that ruffles her feathers.

Since she arrived on the music scene back in 2009 with the No.1 debut single Mama Do, Pixie – who was born Victoria but was given the nickname as a baby – has gone on to establish herself as one of the country’s most stylish celebs.

She rarely puts a fashion foot wrong and designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, who have become good friends, queue up to dress her. She’s never afraid to experiment, doesn’t ever take herself too seriously and switches easily between grunge, glam, classic cuts and more offbeat styles.

She makes flat shoes look sexy every time – nobody does a brogue quite like Pixie. And it all makes her the perfect choice to be our Style Issue cover star.

“I do love fashion,” she says. “I think my favourite era will always be the 1960s. It can be quirky, fun and sexy, but also classic and beautiful. I love Brigitte Bardot, Edie Sedgwick, Marilyn Monroe…I love Audrey Hepburn as well. So I like to keep it contemporary but inspired by different eras.”

The spare room of her east London flat sounds like a fashionista’s heaven. She describes vast piles of designer clothes, vintage handbags and “millions and millions” of shoes, which means her second bedroom is not fit for purpose and bursting at the seams.

Organised chaos?

“No, just chaos,” she says, holding her hands up. “Total chaos, like, everywhere. It’s so bad and I need to organise it because it’s crazy to live in. I’ve got too much stuff and I never put anything away.

“I’ve tried to do clear-outs, but there’s just so much of it, I wouldn’t know where to start. I get attached to things. I’m like: ‘Ooh, this could come in handy if I ever have to dress up as a policeman…’ Basically, I need a bigger place with more space.”

Which is why she’s spending more time on Rightmove than Net-A-Porter these days – not that there’s much space in the schedule for house-hunting, either. Pixie is in the middle of rehearsing six days a week for the iconic role of Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, which will tour the country between March and June before landing in London’s West End for a three-month run at Theatre Royal Haymarket.

She’s currently based in Leicester, where the cast are rehearsing for five weeks until the tour kicks off there. We meet at a cocktail bar in the East Midlands city, and Pixie – in typically upbeat spirits despite having just finished a full-on 10-hour rehearsal – arrives with her guitar slung on her back and orders a cup of tea.

She’s dressed down in a pair of J Brand skinnies, a Bella Freud jumper and the cutest pair of Minna Parikka bunny “sneaks” (complete with rabbit ears and fluffy tail), and is wrapped up against the February chill in a toasty parka by Ruby Sky London.

Pixie is in the enviable position of often being handed expensive freebies, which no doubt add to the disarray in that out-of-control spare bedroom.

“I know I’m lucky, whether things are gifted or even if I just borrow them for an event and then send them back. I still get excited. Dolce & Gabbana sent me and Oliver a Valentine’s his ‘n’ hers box. There was this amazing dress, purse and phone case, and I was all: ‘Oh my god.’”

Oliver is Oliver Cheshire, 27, Pixie’s live-in boyfriend and a male model with campaigns for the likes of D&G and Calvin Klein under his belt – and the sort of cheekbones that could slice metal.

She met him at a fashion show six years ago and the two of them quickly became friends. He came to watch her support Rihanna in London, and they later ended up in New York at the same time, where they went out with a group of friends. As they saw each other more, the friendship developed into romance.

“I always thought he was really nice because he seemed, like, really normal,” says Pixie. “I think that was it more than anything else, and I sort of got him straight away. In that showbizzy world, he was just like a person from back home. He was really easy to talk to.”

Does she ever worry that she met The One at the age of 19, before she’d experienced more of life?

“No,” she replies, very definitely. “I think every relationship is different and there are no real rules. Some of my friends have dated loads of people and others are still with the first person they started going out with, a bit like me. If it feels right, you just go with it.”

Both Pixie and Oliver’s schedules mean long spells apart. He’s been travelling to Leicester when work allows it, but Pixie admits there are stretches when, save for FaceTime, they barely see each other.

“Either I’m away or he’s away, and those times are hard. But we’re used to it because it’s been like that since the beginning. We have complete trust, and I think if we didn’t have that, it would be much more difficult than it is. I’d like to think we were heading that way [towards marriage], definitely.”

Aside from performing, Pixie also has a collection of hair products called Paint – which includes chalks, metallic sprays and wash-out colours – as well as her own eyelash range. There’s the possibility of a fashion line in the future, although it would be different from her collaboration with Lipsy a few years ago – an arrangement that produced four successful collections but that didn’t sit comfortably with Pixie.

“Some of the pieces – which had to be there because they were their bestsellers – were not things I would personally wear. I’d want to do it so every single piece was my own,” she says.

Pixie drains her teacup and happily poses for a selfie with an eagle-eyed fan who has spotted her huddled away in our low-lit corner.

As she leaves to head back to her temporary digs, she mentions a recent meeting in LA with the legendary producer Quincy Jones, who gave her some advice she now plans to live by: “He told me: ‘Have humility with your creativity and grace with your success,’” she says.

Pixie already has both those things in spades.

Source: Fabulous Magazine


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NOTION: Did you and Oliver have a great Christmas and New Year?

PIXIE: I had a great Christmas and New Year with my family and Oliver in Verbier, Switzerland. Oliver arrived on Boxing Day and we skied most days ❄?

NOTION: 25 is a big year. What are you most excited about this year?

PIXIE: I feel like it’s a bit of a turning point – new year, turning 25, new music, first lead acting role – so much to look forward to in 2016. I am especially excited for everyone to hear my new music. Music is my passion but I’m also excited to play Holly Golighty in Breakfast At Tiffany’s. It’s such an iconic role and a dream role for me – she’s amazing! I have not performed on a West End stage since I was 12 and performed in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang while studying at Italia Conti. It’s going to be nerve wracking but I can’t wait.

NOTION: Birthdays are also a time of reflection of past years. What has been the most important lesson you have learned so far?

PIXIE: I love celebrating my birthday big with family and friends.  I think I have learnt to take everything with a pinch of salt and do what makes you happy!

NOTION: Let’s talk about your new track with Akelle! It’s a fantastic track and your voices complement each other perfectly. Did you enjoy working with him?

PIXIE: Yes, he is so talented and easy to work with! I can’t wait to do more.  I’m so excited for everyone to hear what we did. I wanted to premiere it on my birthday to give my fans a little treat from me – I hope they like it as much as I do!

NOTION: How did you come to work together?

PIXIE: It was great writing and being in the studio with him, and the producer PRGRSHN.  We just went into the studio for literally a couple of hours and sang lyrics and melodies and it just came out so easy! They’re such talented people and lovely to be around. I love WSTRN’s music – ‘In2’ is such a great track and was one of my favourite tunes of last year.

NOTION: Your fans will be dying to know what other new music you have lined up. Can you reveal anything?

PIXIE: I’m so excited for my fans to hear what I have been working on in LA! I spent lots of time there last year and have written tons of new tracks.

NOTION: Lastly, how will you be celebrating today?

PIXIE: I have been celebrating with my friends over the weekend in Verbier and I fly back at lunchtime today! I’m having a cartoon character themed party in London – you have to go for it when it’s your birthday.. I love celebrating woo!!

Source: Notion Magazine



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Which beauty products do you swear by?

A good moisturiser is an essential. I moisturise morning and evening and I love La Roche-Posay and Vichy.

What are your essential cosmetics?   

It’s important to have a good mascara – a favourite is Max Factor Masterpiece. I use Benefit Watt’s Up face highlighter for a dewy glow.

If people get cosmetic surgery and it helps boost their confidence, I don’t see any problem with that

What are your Christmas party make-up essentials? Smoky eyes are fun for a Christmas party and you can glam it up with lipstick.Do you have any top beauty tips? Use a cleanser and moisturiser that suit your skin type and invest in a foundation that’s the perfect colour, even if you have to mix two or three together.

Tell us about your new haircare range…I’m so excited to have my own hair products. I have loved trying them out. The range is called Paint by Pixie Lott and includes hair dyes, chalks, sprays and pens in some of my favourite colours.What has been your favourite hair look?I dyed my hair for the launch of the range – it was sorbet pink – and I loved it.

Do you diet? 

No, I love food too much to diet. I think everything in moderation, and you have to treat yourself sometimes.

What part of your body would you change?

I always think it’s good to feel comfortable with who you are. Imperfections are what make you unique.

Would you ever consider cosmetic surgery? 

At the moment I don’t think I would, but never say never. If people get cosmetic surgery and it helps boost their confidence, I don’t see any problem with that.

Which other women do you think are beautiful? Brigitte Bardot and Edie Sedgwick. Jennifer Lawrence is beautiful, and seems like she’d be lovely, too.What is your signature fragrance? Chanel No 5. It’s a classic.

How do you pamper yourself? 

I treat myself to a manicure and pedicure with my friends.

Describe your style… 

Sometimes classic, sometimes quirky and fun.

Do you have a favourite shop or designer? 

Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino, and Chanel. My favourite high street stores are Topshop and American Apparel.

Have you suffered any fashion disasters? 

I’ve had lots of malfunctions. My dress unzipped during Leeds Festival and the show had to go on. Also, camera flashes make things see through and you don’t realise until it’s too late…

What will you be wearing on Christmas Day? 

I love a good set of pyjamas, and will probably spend most of the day in those. I love being cosy at Christmas.

Paint by Pixie Lott is available exclusively from Superdrug stores and superdrug.com. The range starts from £2.99 for a highlighting pen.

Source: Express

 


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Life is pretty good for singer and model Pixie Lott. The former Strictly star has been in LA recording her new album and recently announced she is launching her own range of hair chalks, sprays and wash-in colours with Superdrug.But being busier than ever hasn’t stopped the 24 year old getting excited about Christmas. She says, “I love Christmas. Me and my sister and brother have our stockings on our heads and we dance to Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by Bruce Springsteen. That’s like a tradition!”

The pint-sized pop star lives with her model boyfriend, Oliver Cheshire, in London but she has always been close to her family who live in Brentwood, Essex.

“I love food too much to diet”

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The loved-up pair, who have been dating for five years, are keeping quiet about any potential plans to wed. “I love small weddings in a different country, but I like massive ones in England, so maybe I’ll have two,” she has cheekily said. “And it’s one of my ambitions to visit Hawaii. Maybe I’ll save that one for my honeymoon.”

With three number one singles under her belt, Pixie recently revealed that she plans to try her hand at acting after being cast as Holly Golightly in the West End play Breakfast At Tiffany’s.

“I totally love Holly’s style and free spirit; she’s always been an icon to me,” she said. The play will tour the UK and Ireland before a 12-week run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London next summer.

But music fans don’t need to worry – the pop world isn’t losing one of its brightest stars just yet. “Music is still my first love,” she says. “In fact, the new album will be finished by Christmas and I will start releasing singles next year.”

Here, Pixie shares her excitement about the new hair range, recording new material and her party beauty secrets with TV Extra. You’re known for rocking some fab hairstyles – tell us about the new colour range. I’m so excited to have my own haircare range, and have loved trying them all out and experimenting with the colours, chalks and sprays.The range is called PAINT by Pixie Lott, and includes hair dyes, chalks, sprays and pens in some of my favourite colours. It’s really affordable. Prices start from £2.99, so anyone can try experimenting.What’s been your favourite hair look?

I loved the sorbet pink shade I used on my hair for the launch of the range. I loved it so much that I kept it in when I went to LA. For Halloween, I used violet and hints of sorbet and used it to complete my mermaid Halloween costume.

Any beauty products you swear by?

It’s important to have good mascara – a particular favourite of mine is MaxFactor Masterpiece. I swear by a good moisturiser and I always take good care of my skin. I use La Roche-Posay or Vichy and I moisturise morning and night.

I also love a highlighter to give a gorgeous dewy glow, and mostly use Benefit’s Watt’s Up Face Highlighter. I like my face to look natural, so I apply a Charlotte Tilbury pressed powder to my T-zone. I really like my freckles and sometimes at this time of year I pencil them in.

What are your top fashion and beauty party tips for this Christmas? Rainbow hair, of course! I think beauty starts from the inside out. If you are feeling good on the inside and you give out love and kindness, then it does show. It makes you look and feel more beautiful.Make sure you keep it simple – use a good cleanser and a moisturiser that suits your skin. And invest in a foundation that’s the perfect colour, even if you have to mix them up a little. I like to treat myself to a mani and pedi with my friends – then we can all have a gossip and get a little pampering in.

If an outfit doesn’t quite work out quite as planned, then you can still work it and have a fabulous time. nI have a passion for fashion, make-up and costume and it’s fun that I get to combine it all.

If I could raid anyone’s wardrobe, it would probably be Alexa Chung’s– she always looks so cool. Fashion is for the person who is wearing it, so wear whatever you want – be unique and be happy.

Do you diet?

I try to eat healthily, and drink lots of water. I love food too much to diet. I reckon you should have everything in moderation – you have to treat yourself sometimes. It’s good to feel comfortable for who you are. Imperfections are what make you unique!

Who are your celeb beauty idols?

I think Brigitte Bardot and Edie Sedgwick are gorgeous, and they are complete style icons of mine. I also think Jennifer Lawrence is so beautiful, plus she seems like she would be a lovely person too.

How would you describe your style?

I will always have a love for the 1960s, but like to mix it up with a contemporary style. Sometimes classic and sometimes quirky and fun. I love Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino, and Chanel! My fave high street stores are Topshop and American Apparel. And I love Browns department store.

Have you had any fashion disasters?I have lots of malfunctions! My dress unzipped during my performance at Leeds Festival and the show had to go on.What will you wear on Christmas Day?

I love Christmas jumpers. I was trying some on the other day and they’re so snuggly and warm, I’ll be trying to get some for myself this Christmas. I love a good set of pyjamas, too, and will probably spend most of the day in those. I just love being cosy at Christmas!

Do you usually do any special post-festive season diets?

I won’t be detoxing, as I find it impossible to maintain in the long-term. I’d rather just eat a little healthier and make sure I drink more water after all the cocktail temptations over Christmas.

What is your fitness regime?I don’t hit the gym at all; I find it boring. But I love dancing. This summer I toured with Trent Whiddon, my Strictly dance partner. Dancing is a great all-over body workout, but you really enjoy it so it doesn’t feel like exercise I’ve been in Los Angeles writing songs for my next album and I did this incredible workout called Pure Barre mornings and evenings. It’s dance and ballet based and I really enjoyed it.How do you spend your down time?

Mostly chilling out with my boyfriend or friends. I call them “in days”. I’ll stay at home, watch loads of movies, stroll out to the shops for a takeaway, then come back home and watch TV or listen to music and read magazines. I like getting outside and embracing the outdoors. I just love winter; one of my favourite winter getaways is the Cotswolds. I’ve had a couple of short breaks there and it’s just so beautiful. The English countryside is so lovely.

Do you think you will be making any new year resolutions?

Every year, my resolution is always to learn how to drive! Also, to get better at doing the things I want to do.

Paint by Pixie Lott is available exclusively in Superdrug stores and Superdrug.com. The range includes sprays, chalks and wash out hair colour and starts from just £2.99 for a highlighting pen.

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Singer, songwriter, dancer and actress – Pixie Lott can now add something new to her long list of accomplishments, following the launch of her range of temporary hair colours. HELLO! Beauty editor Nadine Baggott chats to the chart-topper and finds there is Lotts more to come.

Think of Pixie Lott and what springs to mind? The successful pop star with three UK No. 1s to her credit? The songwriter who has collaborated with Stevie Wonder and John Legend? Or the Strictly Come Dancing star who last year wowed both public and judges with her high scores? At 24, Pixie has already accomplished plenty, yet it seems she is only just getting started. Next year will see her star in a theatre production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which will tour the UK and Ireland before a 12-week West End run. This month she has sprinkled her Pixie dust over the beauty business with the launch of her collection of hair chalks, sprays and wash-in colours for Superdrug. Here she reveals her aim to chalk up yet more success – in beauty, on stage and in the studio.

Pixie, tell us about your first beauty range…

“What girl doesn’t want to create her own beauty range? I wanted to team with Superdrug in the long term and I will eventually have lots of different lines – from hair to make-up to body products. I started with hair because the colours are fun and a great way to mix up your look. I’ve been blonde all my life, but I get bored and these pastel chalks, sprays and washes are a great way to change your look without making any permanent moves. You don’t need to be scared, as you can wash them out and they are easy to do at home. Today I’m blue, but I also love the violet and pink sorbet shades. They are all pretty pastels.”

Do they work on all hair colours?

“The wash-in colours work best on blondes, but the chalks work well on wet dark hair and the sprays do work on darker hair. I’ve been wearing them myself but until now they have been a secret; now I can finally tell everyone how I got my look.”

Who is responsible for your hair colour and cut?

“Holly, she is part of my team and is amazing; she cuts and colours my hair. I used to have bleach but it was really damaging. Now I have an all-over tint, then a toner left on to take the yellow out. My hair feels in much better condition.”

Can you style it yourself?

“Yes, I love to braid my own hair; I used to do all of my friends’ at school. I can do corn rows, ponytails… but I’m rubbish at blow drying my hair as it is really curly.”

How would you describe your beauty style?

“I like to follow the catwalk trends from London Fashion Week and I always look at Instagram for inspiration. My icons are Brigitte Bardot and Edie Sedgwick, so lots of blonde hair plus a smoky eye and a nude lip. But I’m not afraid to try different looks; make-up and hair are fun and temporary to me.”

What has been your biggest style mistake?

“I can’t think of any beauty ones. But trust me, there have been loads of times when I’ve had wardrobe malfunctions on stage – zips that come undone, tops I didn’t realise were see-through…”

What are your make-up essentials?

“MAC lipstick in Pure Zen – it’s my favourite nude lip. For my face I like to look natural and glowy, so I apply a Charlotte Tilbury pressed powder to my T-zone, use a Sleek palette to contour under my cheekbones, then MAC highlighter on top. It fives a really three-dimensional, glowing look. I like my freckles and sometimes at this time of year I pencil them in. On my eyes, I use the same Sleek bronzer underneath and in the crease, then I love MAC in Extreme Dimension 3D, or Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara if you’re on a budget.”

Talking of lashes, yours are great. What’s your secret?

“This brilliant lash growth serum called M2. It’s a clear serum that you put on like eyeliner at night before you sleep. It makes your lashes super long and thick.”

What about your eyebrows – who looks after them?

“No one; I have never plucked them and like them to be fluffy – but groomed – as possible. I use MAC clear Brow Set gel to make them look fuller, but natural.”

Do you have a signature scent?

“My all-time favourite is Chanel No5, but this summer I wore Gucci Floral because it’s lighter and pretty.”

Pixie has launched a range of hair chalks

Do you work out, or does performing keep you fit?

“I don’t hit the gym at all; I find it so boring. But I love, love dancing and this summer I toured with Trent Whiddon, my Strictly dance partner. Dancing is a great all-over body workout, but you really enjoy it so it doesn’t feel like exercise.”

Were you in the best shape of your life when you did Strictly?

“No. I was the fittest I have ever been, but the BBC catering is just too tempting and you get hungry when you dance all day long. This summer I was in much better shape because I was in Los Angeles writing songs for my next album and I did this incredible workout called Pure Barre mornings and evenings. It’s dance and ballet based and I really enjoyed it.”

Pixie has been showing off her striking range on Instagram

How excited are you about Breakfast at Tiffany’s?

“So excited. It’s my dream role. Audrey Hepburn is one of my idols, so how could I say no?”

You are no stranger to the West End, but this is your first play, isn’t it?

“Oh yes. This is not a musical, it’s acting – there is just one song to sing, Moon River – and it’s a real challenge for me.”

When can we expect your new album?

“Music is still my first love. The new album will be finished by Christmas and I will start releasing singles next year. Next year is all about acting and singing.”

Pixie’s Picks:

1. Chanel No5 Eau de Parfum, £68, from Boots.
2. M2 Beauté Eyelash Activating Serum, £125, from Harrods. 3. Sleek MakeUp Face Form, £9.99, from Boots.
4. Pixie Lott Paint Spray on Colour, £3.99, in Gold or Silver, exclusive to Superdrug.
5. Pixie Lott Paint 6 x Hair Colour Chalks, £4.99.
6. Pixie Lott Paint Wash Out Hair Colour, £5.99, in four shades, including Violet.
7. Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Micro-Powder, £33; visit charlottetilbury.com.
8. Pixie Lott Paint Wash Out Hair Colour, £5.99 (Hawaii shade pictured).
9. Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara in Black, £10.99, from Boots.
10. MAC Strobe cream, £24.50; visit maccosmetics.co.uk.
11. MAC Lipstick in Pure Zen, £15.50.

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As she prepares to star in Breakfast At Tiffany’s at Theatre Royal Plymouth next year, Pixie Lott talks about living in the moment, not growing up too soon and why family comes first…

Pixie Lott is all set to make her stage debut next year, playing Holly Golightly in an adaptation of Breakfast At Tiffany’s – and she clearly can’t wait.

“It’s very exciting, it’s my dream role. I love the movie and to have that as my first play is amazing,” she exclaims.

“I love Holly Golightly and everything about her; her style, her fashion, and that she’s such a strong woman and vulnerable as well. She’s got all those sides to her personality…

 “I want to bring myself to the character as much as possible,” Lott continues. “I think most people have different sides to them, and I’m definitely going to draw on that.”

And having different sides is no doubt something she relates to.

Singer, songwriter, actress – at 24, Lott has three albums and six top 10 singles under her belt, and has spent almost half her life pursuing her showbiz dreams.

Yet she still hangs out with her old school friends, and happily admits she’s “such a family girl” – two things she says are key to keeping her feet planted firmly on the ground.

“I’m with them [my family] a lot, so I think no matter what, I would have my feet on the ground because of them. I love my family and friends and I’m very loyal, and would do absolutely anything for them.”

There’s also her boyfriend of five years, fashion model Oliver Cheshire, who thankfully has the Lott family seal of approval. “We go on holiday with my family and they all love him. He has a quirky character and he’s handsome!”

She sounds utterly smitten, but listening to her talk about their relationship, the word “fun” crops up a lot – “I love Oliver… We have the same interests, we like doing the same things and it’s fun, we laugh at the same things and he’s really fun to be around” – just as things should be in your early 20s.

In fact, when asked whether she’s thinking about marriage and kids, Lott replies: “Eventually, definitely… We haven’t decided anything at the moment because I’m still only 24 and there’s so much we both want to do, we’re happy having fun how it is.”

Perhaps it’s this calm confidence and wisdom that’s helped Lott find steady showbiz success, without falling prey to the drama, Twitter storms and gossip column inches that can plague so many young celebs.

Passion for her work has always been her focus, she says, and right now, putting the finishing touches on her fourth album – due out next year – has been taking centre stage. “I’ve been working on it all year and I’m going to LA at the end of the month and New York to finish it off,” the Bromley-born singer explains.

She describes recently singing one of the new tracks from the album with a live orchestra on Radio 2 as “amazing and incredible”. The song, called High Hopes, was originally a poem Lott penned: “It’s just about having high hopes and no matter what you’ve been through, to have that hope in your heart and still carry on.”

It’s a philosophy she tries to stick to, and Lott says she’s “written every day” since she started writing her first album, at 14. She notes that the process has “progressed loads” over the years though and her songs are now “much more mature, which hopefully people can relate to” – and it’s not just on the music front that she’s matured.

“When I was 14, I was very naive, but now I’m not as naive and I know exactly what I want, and I’ll say what I think and stand by what I want to do more,” she reveals. “There’s always a little something in me that will never want to lose that childlike innocence. That’s what I like in the world, I don’t want to have a mean outlook on things; I want to always have that. I don’t want to be cynical…”

Embracing opportunities is part and parcel of keeping meanness and cynicism at bay, like taking part in last year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

“I was sad when I got eliminated,” admits the star, who was voted off during the quarter-finals in week 11, “because I really wanted to learn the Argentine tango and the finale dance! I was so looking forward to it because I was loving the whole experience.”

What was it she loved so much?

“I have like a performer rush – I love the ‘after’ feeling, as I was so nervous before, trying not to do a step out of place, and then when it went well, that feeling was amazing.

“After the shows, I was always the first one going out to celebrate. I’d go round rounding up the troops and getting everyone out! That was part of the whole fun of the show for me.”

She says her advice for this year’s celebrity contestants would be to “just enjoy it – don’t get too caught up in the tension because it goes by so quickly, just enjoy yourself and take it as one of the greatest experiences you’ll have”, adding that she’s still “really good friends” with her partner on the show, Trent Whiddon, and his wife Gordana.

As fun as these sidelines are, music and performing will always be number one.

“Growing up, when I was at school doing my exams, my dad always taught me, ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’, and I always try to live by that,” says Lott.

“But my main philosophy at the moment is to enjoy the moments so you don’t race through everything, and instead of worrying about what’s going to happen, it’s about enjoying now and living now, because life is too short to waste.”

Pixie Lott stars in Breakfast At Tiffany’s at Theatre Royal Plymouth from June 20 to 25, 2016

Source: The Herald