Final Year Portfolio Item

Today instead of being in the sun, the Leeds Met media studio has got me imprisoned, or more specifically the university’s PhotoShop has got me hooked.

As I’m putting together my final year portfolio, I’m sharing just this one item, as the full 15 will be available on my accomplishment section once I’ve compiled all the best of my PR work over the last year.

Let me know what you think, the deadline is May 1, so plenty of time for improvements…

My new A3 portfolio has a arrived, so now its mouse clicking and paper gluing time!

The Magic Loungeabout

Set in the Skipton’s stunning Broughton Hall estate, The Magic Loungeabout delivered its ethos of a refined rewind to its growing popularity for a third year. As the sun shone over the most chilled out weekend (29,30 and 31 July). I had the opportunity to work with wedobars over the three day festival, helping them supply, manage and offer outstanding service expected of a fully stocked bar in the centre of a North Yorkshire field.

Broughton Hall Estate

I was surprised to find the camping facilities to be a great standard overlooking showground with hot running showers even by the third day, accommodating for its family friendly demographic. As the VIP tepee tents were providing “room service” not what I’m preparing for at next weekend’s V Festival the chance to do Glamping was evident.

Music Suitable For All Ages!

Being headlined on the Saturday and Sunday nights respectively by The Human League and Badly Drawn Out Boy. Visitors’ experience the beautiful surroundings amongst the 2,500 attendees having the ability to enjoying the wide range of acts on the main stage, speakers and try the quirky elements at each owns pace.

Camping in the Forest

I ❤ Ed Sherran

A huge highlight for me was seeing Ed Sheeran perform on the Sunday afternoon with an intimate audience. The up and coming local Suffolk star, has been playing across the UK over the festival season, with he’s latest “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” track sure to surpass his debut success.

The Magic Loungeabout when beyond expectations, working a festival is defiantly something I would love to do in the future. With a big thank you to my lovely group of friends that made it one not to forget and helping me survive my camping inexperience’s.

Photos from http://www.themagicloungeabout.net/gallery-2011/

Lounging About with James, Chris, Olly and Me!

I Propose

It’s the season for that bright warm wedding, but what season isn’t perfect for a wedding?

Working for the last year, to enable me to spend this summer (my last summer) to relax, enjoy, holiday and not lift a finger, has left me instead searching for something other then being a on-call taxi; I can’t stop myself finding little projects and work to kept me busy.

So I want to share a great wedding proposal , with one of my own!

Trying to get ahead before I start my final semesters of university, I’ve also been looking seriously on where I want to be in a years time. (Seeing many of my peers finding roles which allows them to continue the lifestyle they have come accustom to, without utilising their degree)

This brings me smoothly to a proposal and opportunity I will pursue…

I had a great time putting this pictorial covering letter together on Photoshop!

A week in the life of…

Being back to my adopted city of Leeds, for the awaited house move resulted in a week without access to the internet and my social media connections. So this post will include my daily diary, reviews and moments which describe how special my second home is to me.

Monday

Travelling to and from Leeds over the last three years always gives me time to read, draw and reflect on whether I’m travelling along the right track of life. Having spent the longest period away from the city in the last year my excited grew as I nearer the last stretch of the journey!

Although as I walked through the door of my home of two years I felt a sense of sadness, preparing for the goodbye of great friends and the walls which hold so many treasured memories was one I hadn’t fully prepared myself for.

Of course we Estcourt Ladies could only leave on a high of laughs, food and cocktails; walking the short distance we reached Citrus, Headingley. Although our previously high expectations were met with poor service, food and a clear lack of unmanaged staff, the French Martini at Trio soon picked up our spirits before the teary fair wells began as my gorgeous housemates parted, leaving only two!

Risotto or just boiled rice?

 

Tuesday

Finding the perfect 21st birthday present tends to be tricky especially when the best friend has no clue, but when your Sister’s birthday falls on the same day, it makes it all the more challenging. So supplies of paper, photos, and jewellery were purchase for more scrapbooking fun!

To reward the major new flat shopping, we had a trip to watch the new Transformers 3 film. If you’re a fan of the last three you won’t be disappointed. The 3D affects were fantastic  even with the 3 hours of bum numbing it was gripping, entertaining and featured the best bumblebee.

Wednesday

Spending months collecting and hoarding unnecessary but useful items, made it difficult to reduce my worldly processions into an amount which could be transported to the new pad. The obsessive cleaning reached a new level when the oven was dismantled (see the screwdriver is an essential, girls) oven pride is a strong recommendation to any student who hasn’t wiped the insides of the oven for two years.

Cleaning madness

 

Last sleep at Estcourt Avenue

Thursday

The morning of the move, included some very strange looks as we turned up to hire the van for the day! Asking the question: “Who’s driving?” and me raise my hand, made the entire hire company gather on the pavement to watch me pull away!

Leeds Car Rentals

 

And what fun I had, even making a trip into the centre of Leeds (Not normally something I would have done in my normal car) as apparently word got out I would generously move everyone’s sofas, fridges and boxes around, before getting new keys of our own!

We were shocked at the great condition our Victoria Court Mews flat was in when we opened the door for the first time, unloading the van of mountains of bags and boxes for the turn to the anxious van mans.

Only way to celebrate, Champaign, Chinese and tequila…

Friday

Its unbelievable how quickly a house becomes a home and with the first full day finished, here is the postcard for the last remaining element… one more flatmate! (No ideas which sofa she’ll sit on as the other two have been taken!)

Saturday

With the flat to myself I began three canvases for the main living room wall, I might show you when they are completed.

Wow it really was a week of firsts, watching the boxing match, Haye v Klitschko the number of men watching the big fight was amazing and me and my friend watched the guys instead of the two in the ring unable to swing that all important knock out!

Sunday

My favourite time of year: Wimbledon final, Pimms in hand and beautiful sun shining down on centre court. In Leeds saw the last day of the Leeds Love Food festival, I was delighted to see so many of Leeds cafes, restaurants and local suppliers were offering the best dishes and drinks. Even if Millennium Squares big screen was showing live cooking demonstrations, instead of the great Djokovic win against Nadal! I just love seeing that pineapple on top of the Wimbledon trophy!

Monday

With my week coming to an end cheeky last bit of Leeds shopping was on the cards. After months and months of passing the Appy feet, in The Light I decided to finally get my feet nibbled. It wasn’t at all what I had expected, feeling like power jets on your skin the fish socks isn’t an experience I want to do again. (Feet did feel super smooth though)

Finally I enjoyed a Zizzi meal with my lovely flatmate; we just can’t get another of those tomato mussels. And as always a bottle of wine to finish the night and the week!

Until next time x

The Need For Speed…

Shortly after getting my driving license, my parents decided that it was time to trade in the Ford Puma, for something a little more suitable and practical…

This isn’t what I expected to be in the drive, I’m sure they could have found a subtler way to tell me to get my own car!

Four years on, and finally I get the chance to experience the full power of the Lotus Elise S111 from behind the wheel. Wow I can’t believe I hadn’t persuaded them sooner.

Driving a sports car is so unlike my little Peugeot, and Ruby red glint from the bonnet is something I could easily get used to. Having Dad shouting instructions made me  hardly glimpse at the speedometer as I sped down the airfield. Feeling the bite in the turn before accelerating down the straight was heightened by Dad’s calls to ‘Go Faster’ I can ensure you it is normally the reverse.

Watching my Dad’s passion for cars whilst growing up I don’t think I have ever really appreciated the thrill from the smell of the exhaust, the buzz of the engine and the hours spent walking around car museums in France. The weight your body feels and the heavy drumming of your heart when you turn off the engine is an experience I’m not going to forget in a hurry!

Maybe next time can I have the roof off….. PLEASE!

Different PR

Think different… Be Different!

Well here marks the end of my block placement year at Different PR.

Experiencing a regional public relations agency in the heart of North Yorkshire, Different’s Harrogate office operates with instead of for its clients and its family approach is one which has been a real pleasure to be apart of.

Thanks to Directors’ David Simister and Richard Chew, I’ve gained invaluable knowledge, growing my ability and confidence which I will apply in my last academic year at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Having huge responsibility I’ve been involved with all its activity throughout the diverse industries and sectors it services. This has given me a well rounded platform to begin the next stage of my progression.

I can’t speak more highly of Different PR and feel honored to have spelt my year (feels like 5 minutes) with them.

It’s what makes us Different… makes us stand out!

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened!

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

Over the last three years I have made such a beautiful group of friends, a mismatched family brought together from all walks of life with a shared experience, that is finally coming to an end!

University was one of the best decisions for me to grow, stretch my wings and dip my toe in the pond of life. Saying goodbye was one I hadn’t quite grasped seeing as I have another full year of study, but the time has come to wish farewell to those that have recently graduated.

With this also marking my last week at Different PR, I can’t imagine that my body clock won’t wake me bright and early every morning throughout the summer.

I wanted to post a quick and simple Thank You to all those special people in both work and play-that have shaped my time. I couldn’t have done it with out you all, and will treasure all the memories you have given me along the way.

If you blinked, you missed it!