Last weekend was a weekend of firsts. Not only did I start a weekly gymnastics class that, in fit of enthusiasm, I signed up for, but I was on billboards big and small all over Westfield shopping centre! More about the gymnastics in a soon-to-come post so you can save your sniggering for then. Right now, I want to tell you how and why I was a billboard model for a day!!

You may have seen the new advertising campaign from Special K on your TVs and in your magazines. Unlike previous campaigns, the message is all about feeling positive and good about yourself and less about the pure weight loss. Makes perfect sense to me; there’s no point setting yourself up for failure with lofty resolutions and ideals about turning over a new leaf. Much better to promise to be good to yourself and do things that make you happier. Much like my New Year Non-Resolutions this year, which you can read about HERE.

So, to launch the campaign, Special K invited 10 lucky bloggers to Westfield for a day full of pampering, a modelling shoot with a celebrity photographer, lunch and a spot of shopping to round it all off. Sounds just like my kind of day, so of course I responded with an enthusiastic yes and found myself at the very glamourous Special K Lounge in Westfield last Saturday morning.

First off, I was treated to a fabulous makeover by the lovely Dulcie who, along with letting me on some make-up artist secrets, created a subtle smokey eye, flawless skin and a headful of wavy hair. I was then whisked over to meet celebrity photographer Joel Anderson. Now, he’s a man who’s worked with the likes of Cheryl Cole, Jamie Murray and Mylene Klass, so I can imagine I was something of a let-down, but he was brilliant at making me feel at ease. Et voila! Within minutes, there was my image, beaming down at shoppers from above the restaurants and all around the shopping centre. Now I know I’m constantly photographing myself for this blog, but it’s really something else to see yourself on a billboard! Is it really vain of me to say that I loved the feeling?

Hard at work on… it’s not all playtime, you know!

As the message from Special K is about what you want to gain (from life) when you lose (the weight), we were asked to think of an inspiring word that described which quality we wanted to gain in 2013. To tie in with my take on resolutions, I went for “sparkle” to “embrace life to the full”.

As part of the pampering session we had a mini-consultation with Colour Me Beautiful consultant Charlotte, who, with the aid of a couple of very attractive bibs, showed me very effectively which are my colours and which are most definitely not!

We were then treated to lovely lunch at Busaba Eathai, already one of my favourite restaurants for lunch, but in the spirit of the day, I chose something from the menu that I hadn’t tried before.

Ten very pampered ladies, ready for lunch!

And if all that wasn’t enough, the very lovely people from Special K gave us not only a huge bag full of Special K goodies, but ALSO, a voucher to go shopping in Westfield. So I teamed up with the beautiful Jayne, fellow beauty blogger, for some serious make-up shopping! Instead of spending it all in MAC (how easy that would be!), she veered me toward Inglot, a brand I’d heard so much good stuff about but never tried. So another first for me! I’ll be showing you my little purchases very soon 🙂

Oh, and if you’re wondering, I’m wearing Maje knitted dress and a pair of well-loved Dolce & Gabbana heels.

Photos of me and Dulcie, the make-up artist, by Simon Tang.



  1. 15 January 2013 / 11:39 pm

    Would love to see what you got from Inglot, I too have heard about them but I rarely purchase much makeup so I stick to what I know… MAC, lol.

    • 16 January 2013 / 12:09 am

      If it hadn’t been for Jayne, I probably would have stocked up in MAC too! I’ll make sure I write about my Inglot goodies soon!
      What did you buy?

  2. 16 January 2013 / 12:43 am

    You look amazing and it sounds like you had so much fun! Congrats! I love your dress and your makeup 🙂

    • 16 January 2013 / 10:15 am

      Thanks so much Martha – it was such an amazing day! All credit to Dulcie for the make-up!!!

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  4. 16 January 2013 / 12:50 am

    Aww you look gorgeous! Well done – this is fantastic 🙂

    • 16 January 2013 / 10:16 am

      Thank you!! Met some fabulous people, had great fun and some lovely shopping at the end of it all!

  5. 17 January 2013 / 12:33 pm

    You look absolutely beautiful, so glamorous.

    It was lovely to meet you, you are definitely one of those people who make a wonderful (and very warm) impression immediately XX

    • 17 January 2013 / 1:19 pm

      Thank you Simone, that is truly such a lovely thing to say! It was so lovely to meet you too; we all had such fun didn’t we! Have you managed to recreate that amazing eye make-up on yourself? You really must, it was gorgeous on you!
      I’m following your blog The Bottom of the Ironing Basket, as I love the way you write, and TO MY READERS – you should check out Simone’s blog too – it’s inspiring!
      lots of love

  6. 17 January 2013 / 1:57 pm

    It was a lot of fun, absolutely….and, like every event I go to, I learnt so much from the day.

    Thank you so much for your lovely comment too, take care XX

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