Wednesday, 25 February 2015

BBC Shortform Vlogging Audition



BBC Shortform - What's it all about?

Hey guys!

Today I wanted to share with you an interesting thing I got to be a part of recently. I received an email a few weeks ago from one of the team at the BBC, asking if I wanted to take part in a vlogging audition for BBC Shortform.

They were basically looking for digital talent exclusively in the West Yorkshire area (which isn't something you get often wheyey for Leeds/Bradford!!), and wanted participants to create a short engaging video on an interesting subject. I said yes excitedly then started to think about how I'd never vlogged before in my entire life. AHHH. After a bit of worrying about how on earth I was going to pull this off with the very little camera action skills I had, I decided I had to ask my pal & fellow Yorkshire blogger Alex if she could help a girl out and join me! She said yes and then it was over to brainstorming for what we could do! 

What I Learnt From Vlogging


I have to say we had a pretty funny evening practising filming ourselves - lots of laughter fits, camera mishaps, and almost falling off our chairs. And although I can honestly say I'm no pro at this v-logging business - here are a couple of things I did learn from it.

1. A glass of water in the hand keeps dramatic hand gestures at bay! 

2. Try not to nod your head like the churchill dog (like I did!!) - instead try to relax and engage in the conversation naturally. 

3. Random leg/nose/eyebrow scratches don't look so good. And neither does overly playing with your hair! 

4. Remember to project your voice so you don't sound mumbly - a little louder than you would in a normal conversation but not so loud that you give the crazy vibes!

5. Actually remember to have fun with it! Being on camera is nerve racking but also, it is quite fun if you allow it to be!

An afternoon with the BBC

The big day finally arrived and I was a combination of excited and nervous as you can imagine. When we first arrived we were given a short presentation on how vlogging and youtube has gotten to be so big in the last few years, and how the BBC are interested in creating their own digital platform to showcase a variety of different vloggers with different skills and interests. There was even a mini video from Youtube's Jim Chapman on what makes great short video content, which I thought was really good! 

After that we were whisked off to our private room to start shooting our very own vlog! (Cue the quick selfie action!)


After a bit of thumbling with the camera we started on our vid, which was all about our top 4 tips for keeping a good online and offline life balance. Social media is pretty amazing, so it's easy to let it take over sometimes! But it's good to take a step back and think about how you can use your online time more wisely rather than spending a good chunk of your evening aimlessly scrolling through instagram pictures you've seen 10 times already (which I'm definitely guilty of!). 

Anyway, I think the video went okay (minus maybe a bit of nervous waffling and over excited giddiness haha!). After we were done we headed to a meeting room to have an interview with 2 guys from the BBC, which was pretty scary! I'm so bad at answering questions about myself - What makes you unique? Er...erm....er...waaaaaah! Ha, they were really nice though and it was all actually really good fun! We now have to wait a couple of weeks to find out if we got through to the next round, but whatever the outcome is it was a great experience and I'm so glad we got the opportunity to take part. :)

The Outfit

For the event I ended up wearing an outfit I'd gotten some snaps of from a recent Sunday strolling trip with the BF. I went for the pastel vibes in a floral Miss Selfridge playsuit, teamed with a pastel blue Asos coat, & a pink Miss Selfridge bag. 










Floral playsuit - £39 Miss Selfridge / Pink Bag - £35 Miss Selfridge / Pastel Blue Coat - Asos / Knee High Black Boots - £70 River Island / Wool Camel Beret - Accessorize (Now only £3.60!)

And that's it for todays post - thanks so much for reading and have a lovely week :) 

See you soon!

Gabby xo


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Sunday, 15 February 2015

#CurrysIntroJuicing Leeds Blogger Event



When I got an email from the Joe Blogs Network about attending a health event in Leeds it couldn't have been better timing. I'd been needing a kick up the bum with my health and diet for a while, so was excited at the prospect of learning some new tricks to help me out!

The event was held at the lovely Lamberts Yard in Leeds with around 50 other bloggers - it was great to get chatting with so many lovely girls, many of which were Leeds bloggers I'd never met before. We got split up into groups and then spent the afternoon at several different stations, which I'll explain more about now. :)

Nutrition Advice with Nutrishan's Shakela 


It's not every day that you get a nutrionalist on hand to ask questions too, so I was impressed when we had the chance to spend 30 minutes with Shakela from Nutrishan. She had a table full of bright fruit and vegetables - just looking at them made me feel healthier! We went through some information on how to make the healthiest smoothies and she made us one of her special radiance skin recipes to try. I've always thought vegetable smoothies would taste pretty rank, but this one was definitely drinkable - and if it's good for skin then even better! We even got to take some recipes home with us which was awesome :)



Mocktail Station (with a slight disaster!)

If you follow me on Twitter you might have seen that I love a good cocktail (in a non alcoholics anonymous kind of way!), so I was intrigued to try the alcohol free ones being offered up at the mocktail station. All in all I thought they were pretty nice, apart from one that had beetroot in aka my vegetable enemy. It's quite a strong flavour so I find no matter how much you put in of other vegetables, you can always taste it. 





They then offered the chance for a couple of us to go up and have a try at making our own. Somehow I ended up going up onto the station with Laura from Laura Cinnamon's blog - despite the fact I happen to be pretty disastrous in the kitchen. It was all going well and we started to get quite into it, with the rest of the girls guiding us on what to throw into our new exciting cocktail mix. Bit of cucumber here, some carrot there, a nice plum for good measure. Then all of a sudden there was a BANG, the juicing machine made a terrible screeching sound, smoke started coming out and I was just hoping for a hole to appear that I could dive into. It turns out I'd forgotten the little matter of the solid stone that appears inside a plum. Oops. 

Thankfully, the event organisers were nice about it and didn't throw me out for possibly breaking one of the expensive juicing machines! But hey, I feel like we all learned a valuable lesson about juicing that we'll never forget ;) 


Rocket Yoga with Amanda from Yoga Elementz 




I have to say I was a little scared at the sound of rocket yoga, I mean, I've never really done normal yoga so was sure I'd end up a twisted mess on the floor! However, surprisingly it wasn't too bad and for the majority of the work out I managed to keep up. Amanda did a great job of taking us through it all, and it's actually inspired me to give yoga a proper chance since even from the short 30 minute work out we did with her, my stomach muscles were aching days later. Success! 

Product Play Station 

After my little incident at the mocktail station I tried to take a step back from touching anything electrical, but we did end up getting to have another play around juicing up some more fruit and veg mixtures with the hugeee table of ingredients provided at the product play station. No smoke this time, phew! Here's Fran from A Style Creative blog making us up something tasty. :)


I have to say I found the whole afternoon really engaging from start to finish, which isn't something you always experience at these events, but it was organised so well I was really impressed and had a great time! Thank you so much to the lovely people at the Joe Blogs Network and Currys for putting on such a fab event! If you're interested in picking up a juicing machine check out their range here

Thanks for reading, and see you soon. :)

Gabby xo

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