TWO DAYS OF BLOGGING WORKSHOPS WITH DELL

Guys. I need a new laptop.

I’m writing this from my local Starbucks, on my iPad and teeny tiny accompanying keyboard.

This is for two reasons.

Firstly: Sky have (oh so very kindly…) disconnected our wifi at the flat, a week earlier than agreed, to “save us some money”.

Thank you so much for that Sky. You’re a real babe. (If you really want to save money, you could offer to pay for my coffees today as well but y’know… You do you.)

And secondly: I currently don’t have a laptop. At home I’ve been working off of two of Gary’s old laptops. One won’t recognise my camera’s SD card and the other one’s USB ports have all died. Both are huge and clunky and not really made for trotting around London in search of “free” wifi…

So yeah. I’m on the hunt for a new laptop.

I’ve had my eye on a MacBook for a while… But now I’m not so sure.

See, last week I was invited down to an event with the lovely team from Dell, to spend two days eating all the delicious nibbles at Bourne and Hollingsworth, soaking up blogger/influencer knowledge from some of the top names in the biz, and, of course, testing out Dell’s brand spanking new laptop: the Dell XPS.

Dell XPS laptop

Fruit for breakfast

Avocado and tomato on English muffin

Taxes

We started our fab two days with the most delicious breakfast buffet. I adore Bourne and Hollingsworth’s bottomless brunch menu and this was a lovely paired-down version of that, with options including fruit with granola and yoghurt, toast with whipped butter and jams, and the most YUM avocado on English muffin, topped with slow-roasted tomato.

After stuffing our faces, we headed in to our first influencer session: a fab talk on taxes and self-employment. We learned a lot in two hours, but I think the most important note I came away with was to not bury my head in the sand over tax stuff! Always, ALWAYS contact HMRC and ask questions if you’re not sure or think something has gone wrong.

We breaked for a deeeelicious lunch and then had the chance to properly test out the Dell XPS. I transferred some of the photos over from my Olympus PEN camera to it and had a little play with editing, as well as working on some emails, admin and social media stuff and I was SERIOUSLY impressed.

The 13 inch one, especially, is sooo tiny and light, but really functional as well. I found it really easy to get to grips with and the image quality of the UltraSharp QHD screen is absolutely fantastic. My photos were stupidly sharp and vibrant!

Also, it fitted perfectly into my handbag AND I could close the zip.

What else do you need in life?

Dell XPS laptop

Crab salad

Influencers

The afternoon masterclass was hosted by the fabulous Shini of Park & Cube. She taught us how to use our smartphones and the Dell XPS to create handwritten graphics to add to our photos.

You know the kind of thing that Wish Wish Wish uses sometimes in her images? Yeah, that sort of thing.

It was a really, really good class, and some of the other bloggers created some awesome stuff… It’s just a shame that my handwriting is so atrocious! (Why is it so hard to make the word “Katy” look pretty?)

After the class we had a few more hours to play around with the Dell laptops and take a bazillion photos of the venue (#interiorgoals) before it was time to relax and chat over pretty canapés, colourful cocktails and a delicious dinner.

It was lovely to catch up with ladies I already knew (Claire and Laura!) as well as meeting bloggers of all genres that I’d never met before, including the lovely Gemma of Retro Chick, whose blog I’ve been reading for years!

There was everything from foodie/lifestyle blogs like mine to high-fashion male bloggers, luxury travel bloggers and everything in between.

It was such a lovely evening and I laughed til my sides hurt. Yay for diversity on the Internet!

Canapés

Bourne and Hollingsworth

Monochrome outfit

The next day dawned bright and early with more yummy avocado and tomatoes, LOTS of coffee and a couple of outfit shots courtesy of the lovely Claire.

I also managed to nick one of the Dell XPS laptops again to answer some emails. You can just call me Productive Penelope yeah?

We then took part in a fantastic two-hour panel discussion hosted by the lovely CEO from The Apartment, who introduced us to Caroline Duong, the founder of Zine (which I’ll rave about some more in my next Happy Monday cos OMG it’s my new favourite blog thing); Nick Bain, a blogger and Head of Social at Bacchus; and Danielle Brown, one of the top PRs at Iris Worldwide.

It was a really interesting two hours, full of insight into working with PRs, how to approach them, how to pitch ideas and what they expect on the professional side of things from influencers.

After the talk, Claire and I grabbed some lunch and settled into a booth in the restaurant for the afternoon, with (more) coffees and a Dell XPS laptop each.

I picked up the 15 inch this time, just to compare the two, and can confirm it’s just as fantastic (if not better!) than the 13 inch.

The bigger screen is stupidly clear and defined, and makes editing photos an absolute dream. It’s still light and portable though, and I think that, if I had to choose one, I’d probably go for the 15 inch (despite the fact it doesn’t quite fit into my handbag…)

Just imagine watching Netflix on that bad boy though!

Bourne and Hollingsworth

Dell XPS laptop

I’m still trying to decide what laptop I’ll buy (once I get paid next week and y’know, aren’t funemployed anymore…) but I’m honestly leaning towards the Dell XPS at the moment.

The fact that it’s so light and the HD screen is so stupidly beautiful is making it really hard to resist (even though it’s sliiiightly pricier than the MacBook).

Either way, thank you to the lovely team at Dell for letting me have a play on your beautiful computers, thank you to The Apartment for pulling together such fantastically educational talks, and thank you to the super friendly staff at Bourne & Hollingsworth for keeping my belly so happy and my Instagram full of pretty photos.

May the free wifi be with you all.

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  • Such a fun post and such a super event. Loved those little beauties of laptops – so much quicker than my current computer, which I think is powered by gerbil….

  • 13-inch laptops are LIFE!
    Currently checking my options as well as my laptop is coming to the end of its teeny hardware life I’m afraid to say… My old laptop’s a Dell as well, and it’s been good to me, so this might be one to consider!

    Sandra | Cake + Whisky

  • My heart goes out to you with your lack of wifi.

    Also…is there a reason why you are changing from Sky? If so, who are you going with? I’m currently with Sky now and thinking about leaving their asses high and dry! x

  • My heart goes out to you with your lack of wifi.

    Also…is there a reason why you are changing from Sky? If so, who are you going with? I’m currently with Sky now and thinking about leaving their asses high and dry! x

  • Stephanie Hartley

    I’ve been catching up with all of this (even your Sky drama) on Snapchat and I’ve been LOVING all the little updates you’ve been giving us! My laptop is veering on the edge of death and I’m currently basically saying daily prayers that it doesn’t die, so I feel your pain! The Dell event looks amazing though – so much blogger envy over here right now.

    Steph – http://www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

  • Sam

    Not gonna lie, I do love my macbook but this sounds like a great alternative! This event looks so much fun as well, good food, company an amazing outfit – what more could you want?! ;) xx

    Sam // What I Know Now

  • OH GOD I COULDN’T GO WITHOUT WIFI. NOPE. YOU BRAVE SOUL.

    Ooooh, it sounds and looks really good! Although I am forever glad I got my MacBook thanks to my disabilities, when at uni! (Only good thing to come out of having Fibromyalgia and Dyslexia tbh).

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

  • Love the outfit you wore! I enjoyed watching the day unfold on snapchat- v jealous of the food!
    I’m still not one for Dells, I had 1 at uni and it didn’t last very long! But I do think it’s the windows OS not the laptop that breaks these things (I hate windows w/ a passion!). My current Macbook is 5 years old and still works as if it were new, although I think I’d move to an Air next if I were to buy myself a new laptop. The Pro was great for using at uni, but maybe not so much for carrying around!
    I love the idea of putting your hand writing on to images! I have a graphics tablet for the Mac and I really must use it more- thanks for the inspo! :)

  • Sounds so useful, and the laptop super swish. ALSO, love that skirt, where is it from?!

    Sophie xx

  • I absolutely loved following your Snaps at this event, it looked so useful and what a a beautiful working environment. I am 100% an Apple girl but you have to go for what tech works for you.

    Emma Inks

  • Charlie Elliott

    I’m so jealous of this event, I demand a Katy/Claire tutorial session when I’m back!

  • Jessica Friend

    Katy! This post came just at the right time – I’m using my brother’s old laptop which is a beast to say the least. At something like 20 inches there’s no way it’s fitting in to my handbag. I’ll be taking a look at Dell’s offering…

  • Oh it really is the perfect size and looks so lightweight! CUUUUTE!

    T x