A month or so ago I received an exciting phone call during a regular Friday morning commute to work. It was Polly and Grant from The Hits radio station phoning to let me know that they had nominated me to be fast tracked to the final of the Specsavers Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition. I’m one of six finalists to be flown to Auckland for a photoshoot modelling Specsavers latest range of designer glasses and be wined, dined and entertained by Jeremy Corbett.
It’s Monday morning after the weekend spent in Auckland and as I am flicking back through the photos from the weekend I can’t help but smile.
After a wee bit of a travel inconvenience I arrived into Auckland on Saturday afternoon quite a bit later than expected but I was so excited to be there that any earlier feelings of frustration at a certain airline quickly faded away. I was introduced to Simone, an amazing Auckland based make up artist and hair stylist and she worked her magic on me. Before and After photos below.
After hair and makeup I got to choose from the gorgeous range of Specsavers designer specs. I ended up going with a pink pair by designer Collette Dinnigan 😍
The photo shoot was fun a and a whole lot less intimidating than I imagined, although we were short on time, the environment was cool, calm and collected. Big thanks goes to the team from Mango Communications, Eleisha and Sean who kept it that way.
After the photoshoot I made my way down the road to the hotel, got changed into something a bit more relaxed for dinner and enjoyed an amazing Teppanyaki experience at Katsura restaurant at the Rendezvous Hotel.
After dinner we went to the Classic Comedy club to see a line up of up and coming stand up comedians. I was pleasantly suprised to see the sister of a friend on stage, I knew she was into stand up but had no idea how good she really was. It was awesome to see someone going against the mould a little and absolutely killing it. I was sure to snap a selfie with Jeremy Corbett before the night was done.
All in all it was an awesome experience, I am grateful to The Hits for giving me the opportunity and Specsavers NZ and Mango for putting on an awesome event. The professional images will be released in the next couple of days and we should know who has won the grand prize to LA before the week is out. I had a once in a lifetime experience, can tick ‘be a model for a day’ off of my Wanderlust List and I made some lovely new friends on this trip so whatever happens, I feel like a winner already.