Tuesday, 22 February 2011

company casting call.


Love how it says I'm 23 and from Exeter.. when I'm actually 22 and live in Torquay...! Silly.

So, as you probably know if you're a regular reader of my blog, I was shortlisted for the COMPANY Casting Call. Last Friday I got up just after 5AM to catch a train to London with all the businessmen, one of whom was listening to some incredible funky 80s music, VERY loudly. Once I got there I met up with one of the other girls, Sarah (who was one of the sweetest girls I've ever met, by the way) and we shared a chauffer-driven car to Company magazine headquarters.

There were lots of nerves in that lobby, but they were eased slightly once we all got chatting. We had our photos taken for their Office Style Spy (photos below) and met everyone in the office. They were all SO nice. Unfortunately I think my nerves got the better of me and I feel like I was too quiet and didn't really stand out. God damn anxiety.

Next we went off to a beautiful Moroccan restaurant (El Cantara in Soho) where there were juices, sparkling wine, Bourjois people and nail people all laid on for us. Obviously I took advantage of all of these things, I'm no fool! I felt like the Bourjois people were just putting lots of eyeshadow, blusher and lipstick on everyone without really considering their personal style/what they asked them to do. I asked to look quite natural as I don't really wear loads of make up, and the lady put SO much blusher on (you can probably tell in one of the photos below) but at least the Bourjois blusher smells absolutely yummy!

The nail girls used these Nailease products which were like stick on nailvarnish (I dunno) and at first I thought it was an amazing invention, but by the afternoon mine were totally ruined!! I don't know if anyone else's went like this, or if it was just a one-off, but I'm not very impressed and wouldn't use the product again.

Then it was time for lunch! The food was SO delicious! All sorts of different dishes and yes, more free wine. I love that there is photographic evidence of me taking full advantage of this. I'd like to point out I was not drunk, I only had 2 or 3....

(Most photos below from the Company magazine behind the scenes feature)








After lunch we were given goodie bags! I felt so special, I've never got so much free stuff in my entire life! In these goodie bags was £150 worth of River Island vouchers, which is where we spent the next 2 hours or so! Below are some photos of what I got.. I've seen the dress on a couple of other blogs, and looks way better on me than on the hanger. I'll get a photo of it in the next few days or so. The fit is amazing. And also, I'm in love with the bag.









Then when I was waiting for my train home I saw Katie-Jane meeting her boyfriend! It was such a cute moment that I didn't want to interrupt but I wish I could've said hello!

So yeah, it was an amazing day! Thank you to everybody who wished me luck etc, I'm pretty sure I didn't get through to the final 6 and won't be in the magazine, as I've spoken to some of the other girls and they've got emails saying they got through. Naturally, I'm a little disappointed, but I feel like I've had a massive prize as it is!!

Also, I am SO proud of myself for sucking it up and actually going. I've had major problems with anxiety over the past few years, and normally I would've chickened out of doing something like this. It was an amazing experience and I can't believe I was even shortlisted!

26 comments

  1. Aah Lyzi I'm so chuffed for you :) Sounds like a fantastic day, and even if you haven't got through like you say it's certainly a wonderful opportunity to remember - and the goodies!! Oh my..

    xxx

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  2. oh my gosh! soooo much free stuff! you have no idea how jealous i am of that blouse and the bag, sooo pretty. also, you look ridiculously stylish in those pictures, probably the 'stylishest' i reckon ;) congratulations on getting so far :)

    R xxx

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  3. Well done lovely! Honestly such an achievement being invited out to london, u should be so pleased with yourself :) And those goodie bags look amazing! Love what you bought.

    Well done again!
    Mwah! xxx

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  4. The dress with the lace trim.. is the lace on yours cream? Mine had like dirty pink trim so I sent it back because it wasn't what I dreamed it would be :( now you're making me wish I kept it though! Looks like you had a lovely time, I'm a little bit jealous x

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  5. How amazing that you were shortlisted! You should feel really proud :)
    Looks like you had a wicked day, must have been so much fun! Your River Island stuff is gorge too - the lace trim dress is super pretty! xxx

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  6. If you get through or not it looks like you had an amazing day! :) xx

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  7. That sounds so amazing. JEL of your freebies!!
    Congratulations on getting this far, darling. Whatever happens, you should be really proud of yourself :)
    <3

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  8. This looks like so much fun! I think it was a really brave thing for you to do in the first place, so like you said as far as you got was even a prize! Congrats you really deserved it, don't be disheartened just see it as a confidence boost to try more things like this in the future! xx

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  9. Oh wow what an amazing day! I absolutely adore what you bought, so pretty and the bag is gorgeous. Shame the nail things didn't last, they look fab! Wine, food and freebies, not a bad day eh! It doesn't matter if you didn't get through, you beat thousands and will always be beautiful. Xxx

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  10. Yay well done you! That looks like such a great day :D You must be so proud for getting so far, and free gifts are always a bonus ;) xxx

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  11. congrats on being short listed again you deserve it! I think you were brave for going, esp because you didnt know anyone I would find that really daunting :)Looks like an amazing day out and a fantastic experience, and all your free things are gorgeous, soooo jealous! he he :) x x

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  12. Wow, looks like they spoilt you rotten! Looks like you had an amazing day, and well done for getting short-listed. I love the pretty blouse and the dress looks really cool :)

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  13. The food looks amazing! Hats off to you for going, I suffer with the olde xiety so probably wouldve chickened out! Such impressive prizes too!

    xxxx

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  14. Congrats on being shortlisted, your so pretty though so im not surprised. Its such a great innitiative and looks like you had a wonderful day! I'm slightly jealous :o) xx

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  15. wow wow, it looks like you had such a good day! grats on being short listed as well. i love that blouse, especially <3

    x

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  16. Wow, looks like you had an amazing day. Those goodies look fab and even being shortlisted is amazing! x

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  17. You did so well, you lucky thing. You had a lovely day and got great freebies, what a winner! I've been eyeing up that top with the feather doily Peter Pan collar so even if that was all you got I would still have been jealous.

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  18. aw well done, you're definitely the loveliest girl there & you definitely should have won! I know what it's like when you're nervous and shy and it all the other girls really want it! i was like this in my benefit audition, all the other girls were so keen and chatty and i was just like uhh... i want the job but im shy! ha.
    you're a lucky girl though, glad you had a good time. xo
    gh0stparties.blogspot.com

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  19. That's so awesome. Like everyone says well done on getting that far, I saw your tweet it's a shame you didn't get any further. It seems like such a scary thing to do, I suffer really badly with my nerves and find it a struggle to do things like that so you should be really proud. Also you look lovely in that outfit and i'm sure the dress looks amazing on you! xo

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  20. wow, what a fab day out. Now you have a little more experience with these things you might be a little less shy next time. All the girls look fab and your goodie bag is amazing!
    The River Island blouse is adorable
    x

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  21. I think you are a mega-babe and they're silly if they don't pick you! I also wanted to say that I hope you are really, truly proud of yourself, because as a fellow anxiety sufferer, I can only imagine how hard this must have been! x

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  22. Congratulations! That sounds like an incredible experience. Especially since you were able to conquer your anxiety (personal growth is always an added plus!). I'm the same way with things like that. I hate to have all eyes on me and would have been a worry wart all the way there. It always helps to have wonderful people there to ease your nerves, and it sounds like you made some great new friends. Also I LOVE the dress!

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  23. Congrats, congrats! How exciting, the whole things sounds great. What happens next?

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  24. Awww. It's great to hear that you've done something that you wouldn't have had the courage to do before. Even though you didn't get through, I bet you're still chuffed with all those goodies! The dress you bought is just beautiful. x

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  25. Aaaawesome freebies! and what a wonderful day! I am so glad you plucked up the courage to go do this, you look so cute in the pictures, definately the most pretty and quirky girl there :) fingers crossed you win xx

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