Thursday Treats: Two Blogcademy Workshops, A Mixer & A Whirlwind Week in London!

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Greetings and salutations from our AirB&B digs in North London. This week has been crazy… in the best possible way! Over the weekend Gala, Shauna and I taught our first London Blogcademy workshop, which was of course fabulous (the London babes always BRING IT!) followed by our second packed class on Tuesday and Wednesday. We had a photo booth, delicious cupcakes and treats, and near tropical temperatures!

Goodness, the UK really is not set to deal with unseasonably warm temperatures (even though it is Summer, 30+°C is extra HOT for England!) We sweated as we spoke about all things blogging and business for two days straight, but I almost didn’t notice because I was having such an awesome time. On Friday we jet off to Berlin for our next class and I genuinely can not wait to do it all over again!

But that’s not all, today is our first ever Blogcademy mixer party! It’s something we’ve never done before, and I’m not going to lie, keeping the organisational wheels in motion while there’s been so much else going on has a LITTLE on the stressful side. But it will all be worth it when we’re meeting our party-goers, sipping ice cold cocktails from Pig’s Bladder and Petticoat and using and abusing our Fishee Designs photo booth.

Now excuse me, I must dash, it’s time for me to go and panic over my outfit!

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Weddings & Weddingy Things

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Downtown LA wedding at The Ace
♥ An adult Santa’s grotto woodland wedding

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Epic Shabby Chic Wedding in Brazil: Danilo & Mônica

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This is shabby chic, but not as you know it! When it came to styling their wedding at Casa de Festas Largo do Arruda in Brazil, Danilo and Mônica spared no expense!

“We believe every wedding is unique”, wrote the bride. “When planning our wedding we quickly found on Pinterest and Rock n Roll Bride, which helped us a lot. We looked at other weddings we liked, but  instead of copying things, mashed them with things that we felt were very ‘us’.”

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“We did some DIY and some things we nearly forgot about, like having tags on the invitations. We had to do it by ourselves because we were late with their delivery. It took several hours cutting paper, writing and making a tiny heart shaped hole in each tag. The same thing happened with the rice packs that we used instead of confetti.”

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Stress Free Wedding in the Forest: Michaela & Aviad

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Michaela and Aviad were wed in the Ben Shemen forest, Israel. They wanted a relaxed wedding, just like they are in their every day lives! “We met while working together at the same bar”, began the bride. Nothing happened between us for a long time until we were both invited to a friend’s wedding. Maybe it was the magic air of a Jewish wedding, but I started to see something between us. Before we knew it we were on a date in a Greek restaurant in Jaffa!”

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“The wedding atmosphere was of course MAGICAL”, she continued, “I bet everyone says that, but everything really worked for us that day. The sunset between the trees, the dust on our shoes, the wind in our hair. It was perfect.”

“We wanted our wedding to feel really natural, like a school trip to the forest. We just wanted to hang around and having fun, with no stress.”

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Dreaming of Flawless Skin? These Are My Current Skincare Essentials

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I love nothing more than a trip to Boots. It’s my idea of heaven. All those tempting lotions and potions, beautifully packaged, promising to transform our skin to its baby soft and blemish free best. It’s no wonder the average woman allegedly spends £100,000 on cosmetics in her lifetime!

I’ve been experimenting with my skincare routine a lot lately. I used to be very much a face wipe and whatever moisturiser I happened to grab at the supermarket kinda gal, but since hitting the big 3-0 I started to notice that my skin wasn’t looking its best. It was a bit dull, a bit flaky and prone to breakouts. In short, it was very unloved and completely neglected. So I made a promise to myself to do something about it.

Of course, these products might not be right for you. For the record I have normal to dry skin, and I’m super duper pale. Although I don’t really get that many spots, I occasionally have the odd break out, time of the month depending. My goal with my skin is to keep it as hydrated and luminous as possible. Since starting all this experimentation I’ve discovered that the more hydrated my skin is, the better my make up goes on and the longer it stays put – win win!

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Mariah, founder of organic skincare company Acquacures, came to The Blogcademy in San Francisco. At the end of day one, she came up to me and handed me a box of her products as a gift. Now that’s my idea of a good student!

I’ve been using the sulphate free gel cleanser almost exclusively since and I love it. It’s gentle and smells naturally delicious. I also keep my bottle of seawater cooling mist next to me on my desk. It’s perfect for a mid-afternoon refresh and lovely and cooling to boot which is an added bonus in this sweltering weather!

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Sequins and Strippers – An Intimate Las Vegas Wedding: Beth & Ryan

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Ryan always wanted to get married in Vegas and luckily for him, when he ran it by his fiancé Beth she was up for it too! They travelled from New Zealand with 20 of their closest friends and family – 8 of them even went with them on the honeymoon to Hawaii!

“Beth is a full time burlesque entertainer and lounge singer and my background is in theatre too, although I’m now mainly a web designer”, explained the groom. “I really wanted to get married in Las Vegas, so Beth chose the date to fall on her 25th birthday, I think so I couldn’t possibly forget either event ever.”

“We had about 20 people at the wedding in total, and 8 of them travelled with us the whole way, including coming to Hawaii for the honeymoon. The dress code was sequins because Beth is practically a magpie. Everyone wore a sequin dress or white, and the girls all put bright colour in their hair to complement her bright pink hair. Even my mother in law coloured her hair bright purple.”

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Beth wore a stunning sequinned dress from Jovani. “My favourite part of the whole experience was my beautiful bride”, he continued. “I could have cared less about anything else that happened that day as soon as I realised she was mine forever. I think Beth would say the same about me. Our biggest expense was our photographer, of course, because having beautiful images was our number one priority. The dress(es) ended up costing more than we anticipated too because Beth had had a champagne gold sequin dress made in NZ, but the day before the wedding (literally) in Vegas she was shopping for wedding shoes, and I got a phone call from her in tears because she’d walked past a shop full of sequins and realised that there was a dress inside which she absolutely had to wear or the world would end. So I did what any smart man would do and told her to just buy it. So each of those dresses cost around $1500 NZD, but that’s a lot cheaper than the alternative…the wrath of your wife!”

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Warm and Summery Bohemian Wedding: Rachel & David

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Summer brides take note! You are going to looooove Rachel and David’s amazing wedding which took place this May. They went down the DIY route for nearly everything and added personal touches wherever they could.

“Taking on a lot of DIY for your wedding can seem daunting and time consuming”, explained Rachel. “It also might end up stressing you out a little bit, but you should DEFINITELY try and get some bits in there that you have done yourself. You will feel so proud when you see everything set up with all those personal touches you spent time on,  and people DO notice. We had so many compliments on some of the little touches we put in on the day with our table numbers, cards and wishing tree.”

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“We started off our planning by both knowing very specifically what we wanted with individual aspects”, she continued. “For example, I knew I wanted Sassy to photograph our day, and I knew I wanted to design my own dress. For David the most important thing was giving everyone a good meal.”

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