I believe in a book called The Secret. And basically it’s a book about how a thought process which works alongside the universe can attract things into your life by just the things you think of – ‘thoughts become things‘. At the start of this year, I thought about some of the goals, achievements, experiences and things I wanted to bring into my life and then I wrote them down in a book. They say the more you read over these things and physically believe them to be true, the universe will somehow bring that experience, item or person into your life just by the positive thought chain of you thinking it. This is how I believe I ended up on Dress to impress!
Bucket list; Be on TV, tick!
Q1. What made you apply for the show, ‘Dress to impress’?
I actually didn’t apply! I received a phone call from the team at ITV and they told me all about this new show and about the concept and asked if it was something I’d be interested in. I thought it sounded like fun and not too serious so I agreed.
Q2. What was the audition process like?
They asked me to send a 5 minute video clip of myself (filmed with my iphone) including the answers to the 5 questions they’d ask me and within a few hours they secured my filming dates!
Q3. What made you think ‘this is a good idea’?
Nothing ever good came from comfort zones and at the beginning of the year I accepted the challenge of ‘do something that scares you everyday’ to try and widen my experiences so I guess giving away my control on dating/clothes sounded like great blogging material! I mean it’s a show about clothes and the concept is hilarious plus who wouldn’t want to be roasted by Matt Edmondson?
Q4. Did you have any doubts about doing it and if you did what reassured you to just go for it?
Yeah of course I had doubts, I was thinking what the hell are they gonna edit me like and it freaked me out a bit, but then after sending my friends 327222 voicenotes they reassured me that everything was gonna be fine. You get one life, you’ll be more regretful of the things you didn’t do rather than the ones you did, so I thought fuck it. It’s a one hour show, with 3 other people, so cut that down to 45 mins and then divide it by 4 which is roughly 11 and then I thought, 11 mins on TV is not something to regret, yoloooo. – Yes this is how my mind works. LOL.
Q5. How did you prepare for filming was you nervous?
At first I was like yes, get me a glam squad, but when filming came around it really didn’t faze me about having them, I thought I was gonna be super insecure and constantly worrying about what I looked like but in my head I thought if I’m gonna get a date out of this then this is how I walk about in my everyday life so this is what you’re dealing with kinda thing, if my eyebrows ain’t as fleeky as a professional, thats fine, I’m human, I kinda wanted to be relatable if that makes any sense.
Q6. What was the process like?
It’s a lot less scary than you think. The first day of filming I was in the home comforts of my friends shop @epiphanyclothing_ which made filming far less daunting because I was in my own territory. Plus the two filming huns made me feel so relaxed and at ease, it kinda just felt like I was just in a room with two of my friends.
Q7. Who were your three potential dates?
Q7. And what did they choose you to wear?
Q8. What were your thoughts at this point?
To be honest, I didn’t realise shoes or items of clothing could be that funny, but it was more about me wearing them rather than the items themselves, as I’m pretty sure if any of my friends dressed like this I wouldn’t laugh in their face…ok. I’m lying..maybe I would have laughed at the shoes in pic number 1 but the others weren’t too bad.
Q9. The bandage dress scene felt so awkward, why?
The scene where I put that on, oh god, it was so uncomfortable to watch. If you know me you’d know I don’t usually opt for tight dresses so that was all of my insecurities put into that scene and then the fact it was being televised was making me even more conscious and insecure. Plus we’d been filming for about 12 hours in total with huge bright lights and a lot of redbull, it was a mixture of everything. My makeup was sweating off, my hair was a total mess and I was completely out of my comfort zone, I’m used to being behind the camera, not in-front of it, so it was just a combination of everything that made me the devil. Sorry Syd!
Q10. Has being out of your comfort zone changed your views or not?
This whole process has made me think differently about EVERYTHING. It’s mental. I feel like I now don’t mind a dress, and a few guys have mentioned my style has changed slightly – wearing more fitted outfits. I guess the show gave me confidence in an area I never thought I needed it. I have now relaxed a lot more over what everyone thinks of me and I’ve got my head around not being so hard on myself. You don’t have to be perfect 247.
Q11. What were your first thoughts on Simon, the guy whose outfit you chose?
I loved his energy and the fact he was a vlogger and I loved his accent (the northern part lol!!) but then throughout the date (wasn’t shown) the fact we had so much in common job wise killed the spark for me.
Check out his youtube channel, he managed to blag his way into the Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather fight in Vegas! – CLICK HERE
Q12. You seem very particular with your type, do you actually have a checklist?
No. I think people think I’m the devil maybe because of all these blogs and the fact I’ve been single for so long but I just know what I like and I don’t need to jump from relationship to relationship to pass the time. Honestly, personality is huge for me, I say I care about all these things but really, if they can make me laugh and I feel that chemistry, doesn’t matter what they wear, look like or do for a living.
‘If a guy can make you laugh, he can make her do anything’
Q13. Were you looking to find love from this experience?
To be really honest, I kinda forgot I was even on a dating show as most of the filming days I was on my own so it never actually clicked until the last four hours of filming where I got to meet the two guys is when it became real. I think if it was a programme solely based on finding a date I wouldn’t have done it, I just thought the concept was funny and it was all light-hearted!
Q14. Personality or looks?
I never initially go off looks, whenever I’ve felt that really strong connection and sexual chemistry it’s always over someones personality which in result makes them a 10/10 in my eyes. It’s weird. There’s so many guys I’ve been interested in where my friends will be like what. the. fuck. But because I know them and we get on, I see them as best thing since sliced bread, it’s muuuuad.
Q15. So what is exactly your type as you said ‘I’m as picky with my clothes as well as my men‘..?
To be fair, we had to say something along those lines as it was a dating show about guys choosing clothes for us so I wouldn’t usually describe myself as that picky. I always go for a guy who has a lot of personality, really funny, tall, sparkly smile and a really sexy voice.
Q16. How did you think you was going to be viewed on TV?
I was slightly worried, what if this, what if that. But that’s just a small snippet of me and mostly filmed for entertainment so I was pretty happy with the outcome. In the scene where I’m giving Syd daggers in the dress, would be a totally different scene if it was filmed now so it shows how much my thought process has changed. Life is way to short to worry about if your bum looks flat in a dress or if it clings to your tummy area – it’s made me feel way more accepting of my insecurities and has made me realise that they’re not as bad as you make them out in your head to be.
Q17. Did you enjoy the experience and would you do it again?
I thought the experience was absolutely hysterical. Like the scene where I wore that peach dress, I was crying for about 20 minutes because I found it so hilarious. And watching it after was also funny because I hadn’t seen any of the guy parts of the show so that made it exciting as a viewer. I have been approached for programmes before and none of them felt right so if it feels right then yeah I’d definitely go for it again.
Q18. Have you learnt anything from this experience?
- You are your own worst enemy and you are your worst critic
- Don’t believe everything you think
- Not everyone will like you
- It’s ok to dress sexy rather than cute sometimes
- It’s ok to play around with your style
- Wales is in fact a language