The Blogcademy Down Under: Melbourne

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When we launched our 2013 Blogcademy world tour last March, we were blown away by how quickly the tickets started to sell, but no city was as fast as Melbourne. Within only a few days the class had sold out and so we made the executive decision to extend our trip down under and add a second date to the mix – and I’m so glad we did, Melbourne was one of my favourite cities to teach in all year!

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The classes were held at the beautiful Lightdrop Studios. Alex and Bernice who own it were a dream to work with and made our time with them stress-free, nothing was too much trouble. And when, a few days before the class, we were contacted by ABC News wanting to interview us (you can watch it online here!) Bernice, a trained make up artist, even offered to do our faces – what a babe!

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“Everything you’ve ever read about The Blogcademy is true. It does change your life. You do walk away feeling overwhelmed with excitement and inspiration. It is totally fucking fabulous. Gala, Kat and Shauna are just as magical as you think they are. And they have the capability and drive to match the exceedingly gorgeous sparkle that seems to trail behind them wherever they go.” MJ Valentine 

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Etsy Christmas Gift Guide: All That Glitters…

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Gold sequin party dress by Ouma

Can you believe that it’s December on Sunday!? While I love Christmas day itself, I rarely get excited about it until a few hours before (and then I can’t sleep all night!) The circus that is gift buying, mince pie munching and carol slaughtering can sometimes just get a bit too much. Gareth, on the other hand, gets SUPER excited as soon as December 1st rolls around. I fully expect him to want to go tree shopping this weekend in fact!

This year I am determined to get into the spirit as early as possible. I even have grand plans of buying my gifts before Christmas Eve (hey, stranger things have happened!) As you well know, there is nothing worse than trawling around the shops in the freezing cold with every other Last Minute Larry desperately trying to find decent presents from the tat that’s left over.

Which is why, when Etsy got in touch with me asking if I’ll pull together some gift guides on their behalf I was thrilled to say yes, yes, yes!

Over the next four weeks we’ll be procrastinating visiting Etsy on a Friday and swooning over some awesome gift ideas for your loved ones… and ahem… maybe you could bookmark a few things for yourself too!? First up, my most favourite of things – glitter!

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1. Oui brooch in gold glitter 2. Faux resin deer head with glitter antlers 3. Silver oval druzy gold ring 4. Glitter envelope clutch 5. Gold sequin party dress 6. Gold glitter LOVE script cake topper 7. Glitter iPhone case 8. Ombre gold heart necklace 9. Gold bunny ears ring

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Thursday Treats: My Delirium

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Photography: Corey Sleap

One of the coolest shops I visited during my time in Australia was My Delirium in Melbourne. A visual onslaught in its OTT décor, it is a treasure trove of vintage sequins, fur and psychedelic prints laid across two sprawling floors. Although I left empty handed it was certainly worth a visit just to gawp alone. If you’re in Melbourne any time soon you definitely have to check it out!

This week has been completely uneventful and all about getting back to work. I’ve also spent a disproportionate amount of time in my unicorn onesie getting over that inevitable post-travel bug. It’s been a harsh bump back down to reality for sure.

Oh and Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends and readers!

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Photography: Corey Sleap

Weddings & Weddingy Things

Spanish multi colour wedding
Vegas elopement in Polaroids
♥ Loved reading this snapshot of marriage, five years on
Gorgeous real elopement
INCREDIBLE warehouse wedding

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Photography: Dan O’Day

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Eco and Natural Forest Wedding: Abigail & Lisa

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Abigail and Lisa’s wedding was eco, natural and laid back. Held at Wise Wedding Venue in Kent they did the majority of the décor themselves, or at the very least put their own personal spin on everything. Both girls opted for non-traditional wedding day outfits, and wore two suits each throughout the celebrations. To fit with the natural and eco wedding idea they had wooden rings made from paddock wood by Simply Wood Rings based in Chicago.

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The theme continued with their tree stump cake (made by a friend), their hand picked flowers and the DIY hand stitched invitations. “All the reception décor inside the marquee was made from old books, these included heart bunting and flowers”, explained Abigail. “The tables had log style birch candle holders, paper flowers and personalised homemade matches. Outside the marquee, on the field, we had a homemade sweet stall and a seafood stall also made by us and my super mum. My mum also made a Moroccan-looking area out of two gazebos, which was a chilled out shisha pipe area. We wanted a Moroccan corner as I proposed to Lisa while we were there. We even had a snuff bar which went down a storm!”

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Having a Festival Or Concert Wedding? Check out Wedfest Stationery!

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Festival weddings were big in 2012, huge in fact. Then 2013 rolled around and the idea exploded with more tents, tipis and rock concert weddings filling my inbox than ever before. And from the comments and emails that I still get from you guys on a daily basis, I think it’s safe for me to say that this idea really isn’t going anywhere for 2014 brides and grooms. It seems that more of you than ever are channelling your inner festival-goer and planning a wedding to reflect that.

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Which is why I was thrilled to recently discover Wedfest. Specialising in festival, boho and Rock n Roll inspired stationery, they are the guys to check out if you’re looking for concert ticket or festival inspired invites. They do say that your invitations are the first things to really set the tone of your wedding with your guests, so what could be better than sending them a gig ticket invite to your Rock n Roll wedding!?

Wedfest offer a wide range of designs and styles throughout their extensive website. Starting with save the dates, going all the way through to table plans and thank you cards, they have something to fit in with whatever you could possibly dream up. I particularly love the idea of sending your guests lanyards and wristbands for them to wear on the day!

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Vintage Village Hall Wedding: Ian & Jacqui

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Ian and Jacqui were married in a 150 year old chapel called The Chantry, located between the south downs and High Weald in East Sussex. Right from the start of their planning they knew they wanted a village hall for their reception and chose Alciston and Selmeston Village Hall. They wanted a blank canvas that they could put their own stamp on.

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Jacqui wore a vintage dress from Elizabeth Avey with vintage shoes, jewellery and a veil. “I knew I would choose a vintage wedding dress but I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted”, she explained. “All I had in mind was that I wanted a full length gown and probably in lace. I went along to Elizabeth Avey in North London and they had lots of beautiful vintage gowns to choose from. After trying a few I actually ended up buying the first one I had put on, a beautiful 1950s lace dress with a tiered train. The dress fitted perfectly apart from the sleeves which were a little (well a lot actually) on the tight side so my friend recommended Lindsay who specialises in vintage alterations and she did an amazing job of making them a perfect fit.”

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