Monday, 12 January 2015

DIGITAL WORDS / Bonnie Parsons, SOS Fitness Founder, Interview

I got some  pointers on staying motivated from Seen On Screen Fitness founder and back-up dancer to the stars, Bonnie Parsons for My Flash Trash.

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Have you given up on your New Year’s resolution yet? Have you already cursed yourself for setting yourself an overly harsh goal and fitness regime? Same.

Well we’re getting back on the health horse this month by signing up to classes from the coolest, sassiest dance collective – Seen On Screen Fitness. SOS run a tireless schedule of all-levels dance classes that teach you the famous choreography of your favourite pop stars.

My Flash Trash caught up with Bonnie Parsons – founder and director of Seen On Screen Fitness – to talk all things health and dance…
Three top tips for getting and staying motivated to exercise…
1) Find a form of exercise you LOVE. You’ll never stick to something if you don’t enjoy it. 
2) Find a fitness option that fits in with your lifestyle. It really makes a difference when the studio is around the corner from your office, on the way home or close to your favourite shops/restaurants etc. Seen On Screen has eight venues in London and a new studio opening in Manchester so our students can choose the right location for them. 
3) Exercise with friends. Exercise should be fun so you can have a laugh with them and motivate each other.
What’s your favourite healthy snack?

Definitely a green smoothie. I make one before class if I need an energy boost. Check out Juice Generation for recipes and Imbibery for great juice/smoothies in London. Both fab!
What classes do you have coming up that you're most excited about?

I’m most excited about our Super Classes on January 31st. We have taken the music video experience to the next level by inventing the ‘Super Class’, a two hour workshop held at a professional rehearsal studio on Oxford Street complete with wind machines, smoke machines and spot lights (you will feel like Beyoncé herself!). The January theme is Girl Boss so we’ll be holding workshops to empowering female anthems – Fifth Harmony ‘Bo$$’ and Beyoncé ’Flawless’ and ‘Run The World (Girls)’. I 100% recommend, they’ll be EPIC! 
For girls who’d like to burn serious calories and dance non stop, I’d recommend our new 90s inspired workout series, running every Saturday. Each week you’ll get a dance and cardio work out to new themes including TLC, Salt-N-Pepa and Destiny’s Child. 
What song gets you pumped and ready to work out?
It’s too hard to choose one so here’s a mini playlist for you. All will be played in Seen On Screen classes or held as workshops in their own right! 
Beyoncé ft Nicki Minaj ‘Flawless’ 
Bruno Mars ‘Uptown Funk’
Beyoncé ’7/11′
Tinashe ’2 On’ 
Ester Dean ‘Drop It Low’ 
Danity Kane ‘All In A Days Work’ 
Major Lazor ‘Bumaye (Watch Out For This)’
David Guetta ft Nicki Minaj ‘Hey Muma’ 
If you could dance like anyone, who would it be?

What music video contains your favourite choreography?

It’s too hard to say one but here’s a short list of my favourites: 
Amerie ‘One Thing’
Beyonce ‘Crazy In Love ‘
Britney Spears ‘Slave 4 U’
JLo ‘Get Right’ 
Tinashe ’2 On’
Britney Spears ‘Overprotected (Dark Child Remix)’
Do you have any resolutions for 2015?

Just to have fun doing what I love, work hard and live life to the full!
Written for MY FLASH TRASH

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Friday, 2 January 2015

I Like... Remembering all the fun stuff I've done this year / Best of... 2014

Here is a summary timeline of my favourite articles of the past year:

Collage provided by Kawaii Hunny (click to enlarge) 

In January I read a very good but kinda controversial Michael Jackson biography…

February saw me having a chat with Karley Sciortino and worrying about Justin Bieber’s future (why did I bother? He clearly doesn’t care. Does he still have fans?)

By March I moved on to worrying about another pop star: Lady Gaga. I also got very excited about Pharrell Williams’ G I R L the best album of the year, of course!

May was a touch cooler. I boarded The Orwells’ tour bus for an interview with irrepressible front man Mario Cuomo, experienced Macaulay Culkin’s Pizza Underground at their debut UK gig (sadly,the majority of their subsequent shows were either cancelled or cut short), and I caught Carl Barat and his new band The Jackalsplay their first London gig.

In June I listened to (and loved) Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence (the second-best album of the year), and found a positive correlation between the success of pop stars and costumes designed by The Blonds.

July brought heartbreak as The Libertines played a substandard set at Hyde Park for the most poorly organised day festival I have ever had the misfortune of attending. Luckily, my faith was fully restored just months later when The Libertines pulled it out of the bag at Alexandra Palace and cemented their place in my heart even further when signing a new record contract alongside a sober-of-his-own-freewill Pete Doherty (keep going, Pete!)

In August I reviewed Michael Jackson’s Xscape album, and had the utter delight of seeing two of my favourite living pop stars live in Las Vegas: Britney Spears and Bruno Mars (more on the latter in a forthcoming article…)

September belonged to Kate Bush. Her Before The Dawn residency was a life changing experience. Nothing looked, sounded or felt the same afterwards. And *smug alert* I had the complete luck of seeing the show twice! As I work in Hammersmith, I found it strangely comforting to know that most days of the week, Kate Bush was living her life just around the corner. I couldn’t help myself but return to the Apollo and join the cancellation line. Despite being nowhere near the front of the queue, the kindness of a total stranger prevailed and I was offered a spare ticket (for one of the best seats in the house!) and even treated to a tour programme afterwards. Music promoter David Gentum/Gentim (sp?) if you’re out there – please get in touch!

My highlights of October and November were seeing two live pop spectaculars from Pharrell Williams and Lady Gaga. Two totally different types of show, but both equally fun and worthy of five-star ratings.

And December? Does it really count? The Mushpit returned to print and everyone stopped releasing music (unless you're Mark Ronson and are forced to...) so I switched off... 

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

I Like... Good pop music / Top Five Singles of 2014

No justification.

No arguing.

These are the best pop song's of the year (in no particular order):

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

DIGITAL WORDS / My Flash Trash Festivities

'Tis the season for Christmassy blog posts and branded content.

I've recently been asking cool girls in the know - like Victoria Higgs, Ekaterina Malysheva and Kylie Griffiths - what they'll be getting up to over the holidays.

I also rounded up the My Flash Trash team to talk all things festive (with added GIF art from Anne Horel

I've put together a gift guide that will save you money but impress your gift receiver... 

I have compiled an inspirational gallery of glitter makeup ideas

And as for non-Christmas content, I spoke to X Factor stylist Gemma Sheppard, got ear piercing envy from all of the famous babes who rock hoop earrings, put together a list of things that every girl is thankful for in 2014, and made a chart of Britney Spears' greatest stage costumes

So much stylish content. I'm spoiling you! 

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Thursday, 4 December 2014

PRINTED WORDS / Iconic Magazine #17 OUT NOW

The latest issue of Iconic magazine is out now.

The issue is inspired by the song 'They Don't Care About Us'. The Iconic team were on a mission to move away from lovey-dovey, softly-softly portrayals of Michael Jackson, so we got stuck into some nitty gritty topics.

The not-to-be-missed interview in the mag is with director Spike Lee. 

For my part, I wrote about Michael Jackson's speech at The Oxford Union and all of the hullabaloo that surrounded it... 

Order your copy HERE

Wednesday, 3 December 2014


The Mushpit is back.

It's only been a year... but the new issue is bigger and better than ever.

For my part, I've written about the covetable beauty looks of my favourite television career women: Karen Walker, Lilith Sternin, Amy Farrah Fowler and Mindy Lahiri.

Order yourself a copy HERE