I’m currently lying in bed in my East Village apartment (well, I wish it was mine!) with Nubby the day after the first ever Blogcademy. It’s 7am and we’re both bolt upright excitedly gabbing about the events of the past 48 hours. It was a weekend of magical, unexpected, positivity and excitable exhilaration. Loving, learning and inspiring each other – all in our own imitable fashion. I feel mentally exhausted and my feet hurt like hell but it’s oh such a good feeling. Our 30 attendees were just what we hoped & prayed for and more, and I honestly feel we’ve all made some new BFFs for life.
For the third and final setting of the Las Vegas Lovers shoot, Gala, Nubby & I wanted to get a little mean & moody…and that meant monochrome, silver and something a bit more dramatic! We moved from our beloved Ghost Town (Nubby & I have since decided we might take up residence there…just as long and someone can sort out some interwebz for us please…) and ambled towards a good-looking piece of desert.
With the light fading fast it was time to crack open our pièce de résistance… coloured smoke bombs!
There’s quite a story behind these beauties. Turns out Nevada state law is slightly cray cray about fireworks. In fact Lisa and Amy had to add an hour to their drive up from LA to visit a town called Pahrump - apparently one of the only towns in Southwest America where you can legally buy them! However I hope you’ll agree the trek was worth it.
After much coughing, spluttering and giggling we’d nailed the shots but we weren’t done just yet. As the day drew to a close, we simply had to get one final shot of us in front of that incredible view in the middle of the deserted highway. Looking at these photos I can’t believe I was actually there! It just looks like a dream.
♥ Charlotte Balbier ’Tutti Frutti’ gown custom made in black (I felt like an actual million dollars in this dress…it may well be my favourite dress ever ever ever!)
♥ Vivienne Westwood/Melissa Lady Dragon shoes in yellow & black
♥ Butler & Wilson pink crystal skull ring
After the fun we had frolicking around the RV Park, Gala, Nubby & I were super excited to see the second location that David had found – an abandoned ghost town! Located in Nelson, just under an hours drive from The Strip, we were keen to get there late afternoon to make the most of the incredible early evening light…and boy did we!
As we drove into the town we could hardly contain ourselves, letting out giddy squeals. I kid you not, this place was so incredibly cool. It almost looked like a movie set. There are abandoned or burnt out cars everywhere and even the old fire engine still sitting proudly by the the unused fueling station. The gold mines surrounding the town haven’t been ventured into since 1845!
With mountains all around the light was fading fast and so a quick change with no time for modesty was in order (I’ll never forget trying to help Nubby wriggle into her sequins whilst a half undressed Gala looked on in fits of giggles…)
I love how the colours of each of our outfits compliment each other so well – what a cool gaggle of bridesmaids we would be! If you’re getting married in Vegas I would 100% recommend going to Nelson for some portraits. The place just blew. me. away.
The next big girl band?
Finally it’s here, the shoot I’ve been mercilessly teasing you with!
When Gala & Nubby told me they were going to be in Las Vegas at the same time as David, Lisa & I, I just about jumped at the chance for us to all shoot together. Although this shoot wasn’t going to be at all wedding-related, I really couldn’t wait to get my pose on with these gorgeous girlies.
Organising photo shoots is hard work at best, but when you’re doing it with a team scattered all over the world it can be darn right stressful. But with emails flying back and forth between England, New York, Portland, Vegas and India (David was there for 2 months and only flew back to London the day before we left for Vegas!) I think we managed to pull something pretty awesome together.
We wanted three distinctive locations to show three different looks, and after having no luck securing the Neon Graveyard, Gala found this amazing RV park behind the Circus Circus hotel. The owners were so accommodating and sweet and really excited to have us there (Hi Bob!)
Who knew that posing on a golf cart could be so much fun!?
I also need to give an extra special shout out of love to Janine & LaVey of Your Beauty Call for our incredible hair & make up. Jeez Louise these girls know their stuff! With a client list boasting The Kardashians, Paris Hilton, The Pussycat Dolls, Kelly Osbourne…and now Rock n Roll Bride, Gala Darling & Nubby Twiglet of course ha…we were thrilled beyond belief when they agreed to work with us!
I don’t think any of us wanted to wash our make up off or take our hair down…like, ever.
Nubby, Kat & Gala – bringing the sparkle back to geek chic
If you’re getting married in Vegas I can not recommend Your Beauty Call enough. Seriously incredible. It was hot and we were shooting all day but our make up didn’t budge…even the lip stain (LaVey used this amazing product, Lip Sense, on us which blew my mind with it’s staying power!) We also slept in our hair and rocked the same styles the following day while out shopping! These girls are worth their weight in gold and I have so much love for them.
Oh yeah these girls too..!
Taking photo shoots seriously is totally over-rated
The view from Gala & Nubby’s suite at The Cosmpolitan. Not too shabby…
What time is it? What country am I in? How do I form sentences again…?
Greetings. This morning’s blog post comes from a head that still hasn’t quite got back on UK time. It may have been a week since I landed back at Heathrow, but I’m still finding it hard to get back on track! However waking up at 2pm and going to bed at 4am could work for me I reckon…
Those of you that follow me on Twitter or Facebook will have been lucky (or unlucky, whichever way you look at it!) to have been force-fed regular updates from my Las Vegas adventure over the past few weeks, but today I thought it necessary to put off getting back to work just a little while longer in order to share some of my favourite photos and fun times from Viva Las Vegas.
I’m sure some of you are sick to death of hearing all about it already…sorry about that…but for the rest of you I hope you enjoy this extra epic extra huge post dedicated to one of my new favourite places, the city they call Sin…
Glitter balls at Gallery Nightclub, Planet Hollywood
I visited Vegas primarily for WPPI with David & Lisa, however I was also lucky enough that my girls Gala & Nubby came into town at the same time so we were able to hang out and do fun girly things all week! Soooo what started as just another work trip was transformed into a magical holiday packed with full on adventure, sequins and giggles (oh so many giggles!)
Warning this is a really long and very image heavy post! I suggest a cup of tea and a hobnob or two while you have a nosy through…
Excited on the plane (please excuse crappy front-facing camera phone photo!)
David & I arrived early evening on Thursday. Feeling a little worse for wear jet-lag wise we kept our first night simple. We went for a wonder down The Strip from our hotel, The Stratosphere, and ended the night with a few drinks in the hotel bar. I’ll be straight up honest with you, I wasn’t too sure about our hotel before we got there. It pretty far up Las Vegas Boulevard, right at the north end and just before you hit the downtown area, and wasn’t anything like the fancy smancy themed ones that everyone else we knew seemed to be staying in! However it was way cheaper than a lot of the other hotels, since we hired a car it was easy to get into the hub of Vegas, just 5-10 minutes… plus parking in all the hotels is FREE. Amazing! Hiring a car was the best thing we did as although cabs are not too expensive (about $15 + tip from one end of The Strip to the other) they certainly do add up!
Oh, Hello there Kitty!
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas right?! After a day of wondering around and getting our bearings (and posing with the locals see above…) David & I decided a proper night out was in order. We started off by meeting Erin of Knot Couture who I’ve chatted to a lot online, before heading to see…The Chippendale’s!
It wasn’t grown up, clever or classy but oh boy was it funny! The girls who were called up on stage to do ‘tasks’ with them were seriously brave (or just very drunk!) If you’re in Vegas with some like-minded silly friends I’d totally recommend letting your inhibitions go and seeing them. Perfect for an unclassy hen do!
We ended the night by dancing to the wee hours at a 24 hour nightclub (yes, only in Vegas could a ‘day club’ be as popular as a night club!) We felt roughidy rough rough rough the next day but it was worth it!
Feeling slightly delicate, we took day 3 at a nice slow pace. We tried out the oxygen bar in our hotel which was surprisingly brilliant for our hangovers, followed by an IHOP breakfast.
Photography Credit: Devlin Photos
Well you know me, I couldn’t resist just one more sneak peek from my Vegas shoot with Gala & Nubby, this time from our second photographer Lisa Devlin. Jeez I literally can’t wait to share the rest! We will be doing so from next Monday so be sure to pop by to all our blogs because we’ll all have different shots to share!
I ain’t gonna lie – coming back from a trip to a Google Reader with over 1000 unread blog posts (and it actually only says 1000 because that’s the highest number the counter goes to… Christ knows how many were actually in there!) was a daunting prospect and a bit of a moutain to climb. BUT I promised you a damn good selection of Treats upon my return from Vegas didn’t I, so I hope these were worth the wait!
How the devil have you been by the way? Did you miss me? What you been up to? I demand that you tell me all!
♥ Confessions of a fan girl – so funny! come on, we’ve all been there!
♥ Super easy and super cute DIY skirt tutorial
♥ A Backyard Fiesta Wedding Celebration
♥ Kite themed wedding ideas
♥ Indiana Jones wedding inspo sounds strange but it totally works!
♥ Make your own sweet stationery set
♥ Chic St. Augustine Wedding - love the shots of them lying down on the gold sparkles!
♥ Victorian railroad museum wedding
♥ Handmade violet wedding
♥ Sweet Savannah wedding
Photography Credit: Our Labor Of Love