Lifestyle: Pushing my Boundaries & FILMING with Aldi

I’m not a vlogger. I don’t watch Youtube, I rarely even watch TV, and I certainly don’t film myself. Don’t get me wrong, I’m full of respect for those that do – it sounds horribly technical and I’ve seen evidence of comment-bitchiness that’s put me off it for life. It’s just not for me. I’m happy with my little blog and I can’t see that changing anytime soon.

 photo 2015-09-10 12.11.37_zpsk8fjasbx.jpg photo 2015-09-10 12.11.29_zps9gy4poue.jpgAnd realistically, my life is super boring right now. I’m sure no-one wants to watch blogs of drink tea, study, lectures, apply for jobs, eat, sleep, repeat. Anyone?! Thought not…

I’m also hugely self-conscious. It’s only recently I’ve really started sharing photos of me, including selfies on Instagram. In all honesty I really struggle to not hate how I look, let alone like it. When I hear it back my accent bugs me, I can pick up faults about myself absolutely no one else will have noticed. And that’s probably one of the biggest contributors to not vlogging. So when Aldi got in touch and asked me up to Manchester for a day of filming with them, my first reaction was “No!” and my second was to run and hide. Then I found myself on a Virgin train up North, wandering down a very dark country lane, and feeling really rather sick…

 photo 2015-09-10 12.09.51_zpscz3sx2w8.jpg photo 2015-09-10 12.10.48_zpske0sugkv.jpg photo 2015-09-09 22.46.27_zpsuwlwnevr.jpgI’m still not entirely sure why I agreed to go. I’ve spent the last year pushing myself to try new things, to improve my confidence and make the most of my life. So I did it. And the buzz I got afterwards was amazing.

It didn’t get off to the smoothest of starts. I nearly ended up with my suitcase full of clothes locked in the Natural History museum in London. I missed the off-peak trains so had to wait for a late one. I missed my connection at Stockport, couldn’t get hold of any cash and ended up having to walk down what seemed to be a country lane (with no street lights) in the pitch black to get to my hotel (room pictures above!) in the lovely Prestbury. I plonked myself into bed and lay there until finally falling asleep at 4am…

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7am saw me in a taxi on my way to the studio. Set in a gorgeous loft conversion, camera equipment work more than my annual salary and a hugely lust-worthy kitchen, plus the most lovely crew. The creative assistant and makeup artist put me at ease (even bringing me tea – major loves right there). I ended up with the most stunning makeup I think I’ve ever had. Up close you could see the layers of foundation necessary for filming, but I LOVED the brows and lip shade. If only I could remember the name of the MAC lipliner…

 photo 2015-09-10 12.10.03_zpsu9ggcabp.jpg photo 2015-09-10 12.11.42_zpstkle60ws.jpgI haven’t got any photos of the actual studio to show you, just the surrounding countryside and the gorgeous village I stayed in. But I do have this to show off…

Eeek, how scary!

No idea what’s with my sharp ‘hi’ at the start, but other than that it’s not actually too bad. I look exhausted (hello two hours sleep max!), my hair literally doesn’t move (yep, a whole can of hairspray!), but I feel so super proud of myself!

Blogging has opened up SO many opportunities for me, I’m constantly amazed at it. Yes there’s the ‘freebies’ and I’m so very grateful for that. But it’s also introduced me to some lovely, lovely friends, it’s allowed me to try new foods, it’s pushed me to do this filming with Aldi, it’s a huge bonus on my CV.

What opportunities has blogging given you? Have you ever pushed yourself to do something terrifying?

  • Siobhan Rothwell

    What an opportunity! This is so cool, well done you for having the courage to! I doubt I’d be able to do it


    • ninegrandstudent

      I was so terrified beforehand! x

  • You are SO adorable!!! <3 so so proud of you for doing this! You came across so well 😀 xxx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

    • ninegrandstudent

      Thank you so much my lovely! Hope the new job is going well! x

  • This was amazing go you!! Super proud blogger moment! Such an amazing opportunity! Xx

    • ninegrandstudent

      Thank you so much! x

  • Jennifer K

    Well done! I love presenting in real life, but hate the idea of being filmed for anything – so you did great! Also – I think you’re more natural on camera than the presenter! I hope this has given a huge confidence boost, because it’s amazing 🙂

    Jennifer x

    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

    • ninegrandstudent

      Thank you – it felt so great to have pushed myself to do it! x

  • Wow, this is a great opportunity. You look lovely, and you must feel amazing for conquering your fears and just going for it, it’s definitely paid off!

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    • ninegrandstudent

      Thank you so much! x

  • Well done lovely! This is such a cool opportunity and you should definitely be proud of yourself 🙂 xx


    • ninegrandstudent

      I am still so super proud of myself, aha! x