Fashion-mommy had a small taste of stardom today when she was featured on the ‘Mornings with Joanne Malin’ show on BBC Radio WM. This was during the style guide ‘Sex in the 2nd City’ slot. It was frankly one of the most exhilarating and nerve-wracking experiences of my whole life…and I would do it again like a shot!
The day didn’t bode well. Baba and I had slept at nanny and grandad’s house the night before so that Auntie Jodie could be babasitter extraordinaire whilst mommy talked fashion on the airwaves. Unfortunately, we had to sleep in a single bed, and nobody has yet explained to Baba about personal space. I was balanced precariously on the edge of a tiny bed for most of the night, whilst trying to avoid feet and elbows. Needless to say, by morning, I felt battered, bruised and in need of a good nights sleep!
BBC Radio WM is based in ‘The Mailbox’, one of Birmingham’s shopping hotspots. This is full of higher end stores like Harvey Nicholls and Jesire, and also home to the glorious Crabtree and Evelyn store. I travelled there by taxi, chatting incessantly to a lovely cabbie, who promised to tune in to listen to my slot. By the time I got to ‘The Mailbox’ my already frazzled nerves were totally on a knife’s edge. What if I couldn’t speak – if I opened my mouth but nothing came out? What if I got so tongue tied I couldn’t be understood? Two toilet trips did nothing to alleviate the nerves, and my fab Miu Miu heeled shoes, which had seemed a good idea when I was dressing this morning were now crippling beyond belief. And who the hell was going to see my feet on the radio anyway?
I got to the BBC public space and relaxed a little. Fashion-Mommy is never more relaxed than when she is in the presence of gorgeous clothing, and there, on display, were glorious costumes from Strictly Come Dancing. There was an amazing gold dress that was worn by Zoe Lucker, one of Tess Daley’s always amazing cocktail style dresses, and a fab tuxedo and stunning dress as worn by Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup when they had won the series in December 2008. I remembered that final very well as I had watched it from my hospital bed after the unexpected early arrival of Baba, who had made his appearance three days earlier.
A cup of strong coffee to smooth the nerves didn’t really work, so I tried to read the latest edition of Vanity Fair, the one with Marilyn Monroe on the cover. Didn’t actually read a word, but at least I looked calm to any passing onlooker. All the time I was sitting in the public space cafe I could hear links being made to my slot – ‘We’re going to be talking to a blogging mommy after the news…’Nooo! you’re not, she’s lost her ability to speak properly and can now only make sounds.
But the show producers proved to be friendly and complimentary. My blog was praised, and I was told that some time had been spent trying to track me down in order to appear on the show. This was a great boost to my ego, but rather than saying something sensible, I just grinned like a moron. And then I was taken through into the studio…
It was a small and cosy room, rather than a large busy place that I had imagined. Jo Malin is exactly how she sounds on the radio, friendly and chatty, like a new best friend. She immediately put me at ease and complimented my outfit (a Jaeger vintage dress from charity shop and pink m&s mac) and then played the new Take That song to lead into the news. I was on after the news…so this was it?
Radio is really funny. I was there to talk about my blog, and blogging in general, but you just sort of start talking. I chatted about Christmas shopping, internet safety, the recession, basically everything. The first time I had to speak I was so nervous that my eyes were darting everywhere. Jo noticed this and asked if I was nervous. I said yes, I felt a bit like a cornered animal and was searching for the escape route, but Jo said that I was fine – a natural, and was going to keep me on longer. She wasn’t joking either, I was still there at the end of the show, rabbiting on about god knows what!
I really enjoyed the experience and would love to be on the show again if the opportunity arises. I could talk about Christmas shopping in the Mailbox or bullring, or on a budget during the recession. Maybe I could chat about vintage shopping or charity shop shopping….who knows, we’ll have to wait and see!