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Belinda Chapple – Gorgeous, talented and successful.

April 27th, 2010

Belinda Chapple, one of the five stunning girls who made up the band Bardot has remained in the public eye for many years after the split of the band.

Launching her successful solo career in 2004, having worked with the fabulous Darren Mapes and she also had “Move Together” peak at number 26 on the Aria singles charts in 2005.

Belinda isn’t a stranger to modeling, magazine shoots and dancing, but having given all that up for a while, she has decided to make a huge life change and discover herself artistically. But I will let her tell you all about it, and get to know her up close and personal!

This is the absolutely gorgeous Belinda Chapple

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

I am giving myself a break from performing at the moment, sometimes you need to do this to refresh yourself artistically. I am currently living in Singapore working for Universal Studios as Company Manager, behind the scenes for a change!

Who or what influences you most in Fashion and home décor?

Travel, art, photography and Mr Karl Lagerfield.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

My Favorite piece of clothing at present would have to be my recently purchased Black and White silk Chanel dress!

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

My Dali etching!

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

Martinis, Sushi and can’t go past a banana smoothie with honey.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Clothes and handbags… I can never get enough!

Greatest lesson learnt?

Trust few!

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

Get ready for a long hard road. You HAVE to be so committed and resilient but if you have some success you will be in for a wonderful adventure.

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

My home life has become more important to me these last few years. I seem to manage a good balance between both but you have to make a conscious effort.

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

Kate Moss, I love everything she wears.

How did you get into doing what you do?

My parents had no choice but to send me off to dancing school. As when I was 5 years old that was all I did at home. Dance and watch music videos, I was obsessed from a very early age.

What is your one design rule you like to stick to around the home?

Mix old and new together the perfect infusion.

My Mother/Father always told me…

To respect others and to be kind and thoughtful.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?

Nielson Park.

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

I eat out a lot! But I also try to cook at home at least 3 nights a week. I love to cook.

Signature dish?

Scallop and pea risotto, one of my best friends gave me the recipe, YUM!

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

My lipgloss.

What frustrates you most about Sydney?

It’s a very small town and sometimes it can seem a little shallow.

If you were Clover Moore, what would be the first thing you’d inject money into fixing?

Litter and garbage, after living in Singapore this year we could defiantly clean up our city a ittle.

Favourite beach in Sydney and why?

Palm beach as I have many great childhood memories there. I also love Nielson Park when its not so crowded.

If you could be a fly on the wall of any celebrity home, who’s wall would you like to sit on?

Madonna’s!

Three pet hates?

1. Racisim

2. Judgemental people

3. War over religon

Fashion and home must-have’s?

A fabulous Handbag and some hot artwork for your walls.

What is your one diva demand?

I don’t have any! But always like things to be organised and professional

A Woman Of Many Talents – Katie Underwood

April 12th, 2010

Ten years ago, Katie Underwood was a household name after winning a place in the all girl band Bardot.

After an extremely successful run in the band, it dissolved and all the band members went their own ways.

Melbourne girl Katie, perused her successful solo career, in both Australia and the UK, having hits played nationally and internationally on commercial radio, as well as reaching the top 50 in the Aria charts. She took the dance and club avenue, becoming well known in the club scene for her high energy music and collaborations with other well known artists and DJ’s like Disco Montego.

She has made a mark for herself in the entertainment industry, and continues to do so. She has her finger in every pie – theatre, television, music and radio.

She is a down-to-earth and unaffected women, with a unique sense of style and popular sound.

Her life journey took a different avenue, now performing jazz music around Melbourne… But I’ll let Katie tell you what she’s up to at the moment… (P.S. – You must hear her version of the amazing song Hallelujah on her website)

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

I have recently been performing with my jazz band around Melbourne, but hoping to tour regionally and around Australia later this year. I have also been spending some time writing and collaborating with a few DJ/Producers with the aim of releasing another dance track in the future.

Who or what influences you most in Fashion and home décor?

I prefer my surroundings to be calm and somewhat ‘Zen’, so I guess the Japanese style of decor is most prevalent. My favourite piece of furniture at home is a Japanese circular display unit.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

I’m really getting into white these days so anything white, pants, tops, bags I’m enjoying, especially in warmer weather. Favourite accessory would be a steel Owl pendant.

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

A huge painting of a Bird Of Paradise plant.

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

Favourite new cocktail is the Aviation – making a comeback in a few of the cocktail bars around Melbourne.

What is your greatest extravagance?

My fondness for Veuve Clicquot and Billecart-Salmon Champagne

Greatest lesson learnt?

Success is about feeling happy with what you do, not what you’ve achieved in the eyes of others.

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

Think very carefully about what you want to achieve and learn before you begin because once you’re in it, it’s often hard to see clearly and remember what you really want.

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

I currently work from home so I’m not sure I do have them balanced! I am conscious of taking a break to catch up with good friends regularly. They keep me grounded and sane.

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

I honestly don’t pay much attention to main stream fashion so I wouldn’t know where to begin!

How did you get into doing what you do?

My first major break came through Popstars (Australia’s first reality TV talent show) but the path that lead me to that point was quite diverse. I had been singing and also recorded a dance track with a guy in the UK. I guess I was started to gain confidence and experience in the music industry and Popstars came along at the right time.

What is your one design rule you like to stick to around the home?

Less is more.

My Mother/Father always told me…

It doesn’t matter what you do but how you do it. Take pride in your work, whatever it is and strive to be the best you can be.

Where is your favourite place to relax when you’re in Sydney?

Relax in Sydney? I didn’t know that was even possible….

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

Not as often as I would like! I live on Fitzroy St so there’s so much good food literally on my doorstep it’s hard not to take advantage and eat out quite a bit.

Signature dish?

Vegetarian Noodles with Fresh Coriander. Simple but effective.

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

My iPhone. I finally converted.

Being a Melbourne girl, but having spent alot of time in Sydney, what frustrates you most about Sydney?

That I don’t get to travel there as much as I used to!

When you come to Sydney, what is your favourite beach and why?

I’m not a huge beach lover but I always enjoyed Bronte beach because it’s quaint and quiet.

Three pet hates?

1. Superficiality.

2. Intolerance.

3. Judgement.

Fashion and home must-have’s?

A nice set of cocktail glasses and a shaker.

What is your one diva demand?

I’ve never had one. I might ask for a pineapple juice or something, maybe some Champagne (if it’s a club gig) but I won’t cry if I don’t get it. Life’s too short to be THAT kind of Diva.

Be sure to visit her website for more information: www.KatieUnderwood.tv