The Biggest Blogcademy Birthday Sale EVER!

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Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy birthday dear Kathryn, happy birthday to me!

I don’t usually plan anything too extravagant to mark getting a year older any more. Although I love the idea of taking an exotic trip somewhere, or having a huge party, I always leave things until the last minute and end up doing something really low key – which actually suits me perfectly. Sweatpants and wine party for the win!

Today though, I’m going on an adventure. Gareth is away snowboarding right now, so my babe Sophie has planned a day of fun in London! I have no idea what she’s got store and I’m pretty excited I have to say. Love you Soph!

I wanted to celebrate my birthday with you guys too so my Blogcademy babes and I have decided that for today only, we’re giving you the gift of The Blogcademy Online for just $200! That’s nearly 60% off the usual price! This is the biggest discount deal we’ve EVER DONE on this course so if you’ve been aching to take your blogging up a gear, then listen up!

For those of you not in the know, The Blogcademy is a blogging and business workshop that I co-founded with Gala Darling and Shauna Haider in 2012. After teaching in-person classes for three years solid, in early 2015 we decided to take the course and create an online version. The idea was that if someone couldn’t travel to an in-person class, or just preferred to learn at their own pace, at home, then we could still help them. While we don’t have any plans for any more in-person classes right now, the online class is still going strong and we’d love for you to take part. You can read all about that topics that we cover on our dedicated website.

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Honeymoon Travel Guide: Tokyo

The movie Bright Lights, Big City may be about New York, but I think the concept is much more suited to Tokyo. I’ve been very lucky to have travelled a lot over the past few years, every time falling in love with new places, but nowhere has my heart quite like Japan’s capital.

I am 100% a city girl. I love the hustle and bustle, that fact that everything’s open super late, and that you never know who you might meet or what whirlwind adventure you might end up on next. However Tokyo is unlike any other city I’ve ever been because of one major thing – the people.

I don’t think I can adequately express just how much I adore the Japanese. Although Tokyo is one of the busiest places on the planet (with a population of THIRTEEN MILLION), unlike other big cities, it never feels rushed. People just don’t hurry like they do in New York, they’re not rude like they can be in London, and they don’t push and shove you as they cram onto the subway (and we went on it during rush hour! There were white-gloved attendants stuffing people on to the train and everything!) Yes, its hectic, but I never felt uncomfortably claustrophobic like I can do in London… maybe it’s because I’m easily a foot taller than everyone else there? HA!

People say “please”, “thank you very much” and “excuse me” all the time. They smile, they nod, they offer to help you with your bags down the steps. Even at Shibuya Crossing, the busiest cross-walk on the planet, the sea of people felt almost calming, not intimidating. I really don’t think I can explain how much I love this place to you properly unless you just go! I really hope you will too because there is literally no place else like it.

OK, OK, enough gushing! What I really want to share with you today is some fun things to do in Tokyo. As I mentioned in last week’s post, we were only there for two days this time (sob) and we’d been there before so we did most of the major touristy things that time. You definitely have to visit Odaiba Island, Tsukiji fish market, Tokyo Tower, the Imperial Palace, the ancient Sensō-ji Temple and Ueno Park. You should also try to take part in a traditional tea ceremony or a cooking or origami class if you can. But if you’re looking for some more out-of-the-box ideas for your visit, then this is the article for you!

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Priscilla Presley meets Downton Abbey

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Alex and Brandi were married Historic Chelsea Train Depot in  Michigan. Their wedding took place in October and had a rustic, Autumnal vibe.

“Our official wedding theme was ‘Priscilla Presley meets Downton Abbey'”, said the bride. “Were both pretty goofy people and our life together is light-hearted, relaxed and easy going. We’re not party animals, and we prefer an intimate night at the pub over a raging house party, so right away we knew we wanted our guests to feel that. Something with laser lights, crystals, and traditions was not going to work for us.”

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“We wanted our wedding space to feel warm, cosy, relaxed, simple, and tasteful. We equate cosy with old and dusty so when I found the train depot and saw original wood floors, train ticket windows, and twinkling Christmas lights, I was in love. We kept a neutral colour theme because we are not really ‘bright pops of colour’ people. The one colour we both love is duck egg blue, so that was really the only brighter colour we used.”

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A Real Life Don’t Tell The Bride Wedding

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Inspired by the TV show Don’t Tell the Bride, Michelle and Jamie’s wedding was organised as a complete surprise for them by the bride’s employers, Cosatto, who make brightly patterned pushchairs. Inspired by their products, and the bride’s own colourful aesthetic, the team pulled together a truly one-of-a-kind wedding!

“Every year our fantastic CEO gives one lucky member of the team £10,000 to do something they wouldn’t necessarily be able to do otherwise”, bride Michelle explained. “I thought it was a fantastic opportunity to have a wedding with a difference and do it it Don’t Tell the Bride style. My colleagues planned the whole wedding for us and we knew nothing about what it was going to be like until the day! It was great fun but very hard at times wondering if they would get things like the dress to my taste but they did absolutely amazing!”

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“On the day I was a rollercoaster of emotions – one minute a nervous wreck, the next dancing around on cloud 9 with excitement! I was also a social outcast at work for the past few months with all of the whispering and little meetings they had. No one would talk to me for months in case they spilt the beans!”

The bridesmaids were dressed as clockwork dolls in black tutus with pink cheeks, tea cup hats and keys on their backs. The homemade cake was flamingos and they served Afternoon Tea. The entertainment was mime artists, stilt walkers and fire eaters, The bride arrived by unicorn!

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Vintage Nautical & Cat Themed Wedding

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Emily and Steve wanted to incorporate lots of things they both love into their wedding. The day ended up being vintage-inspired, nautical, nerdy, cat themed!

“I saw a picture of Steve on a popular website about a year before we met. It was a funny photo of him pretending to cook a ginger cat in a frying pan and, as a fan of cute men and ginger cats, I saved the image to my hard drive”, Emily explained. “About a year later I was browsing a dating website and saw the same image as a profile picture of a young man that lived in the same city a couple of suburbs over. We started chatting and eventually met up at a small local craft beer bar and I guess we really hit it off because here we are.”

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The bride made her own blue wedding dress which she wore with family heirloom earnings. “We’re pretty frugal, low-key people and wanted this reflected in the kind of wedding we chose”, she continued. “I kind of wanted an Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face vibe with my bridal look. I looked at so many pictures of vintage wedding gowns before I came up with a design I liked. We had been to lots of weddings during our engagement and we were always picking up ideas and tips. And I got a lot of inspiration from Rock n Roll Bride too!”

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Gamer Geek and Steampunk Wedding

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Megan and Brendan had a steampunk inspired wedding with touches of gamer geek. It perfectly reflected them both!

“Okay, so both of us are humongous geeks”, Megan began. “I’m a  consummate bookworm and I was practically raised on early Sci-Fi and fantasy by my father. Both of us grew up playing video games and tabletop games like D&D, Star Wars, and Savage Worlds. My degree is in writing and literature and Brendan is currently studying to be a game designer. So we decided to make the theme for the wedding everything that we think is cool about gaming and geek culture. It was a bit of a floating theme, and incorporated a lot of different things, but it meant that we had a lot of  fun things to chose from.”

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“A lot of our friends are nerds and geeks too so when we gave them permission to come to the wedding dressed up in theme… a lot of them did! It was great! My boss came dressed up as one of the Dr. Who’s companions and gave us a sonic screwdriver. Some of Brendan’s friends came dressed as Star Trek ensigns. My aunt and cousins dressed up as video game characters, and basically everyone else added a touch of steampunk to their outfits. It was amazing!”

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