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Rock n Roll Bride x Veronica Dearly New Pins & Greetings Cards!

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Congratulations on your Wedding Day

When we launched the Rock n Roll Bride pin collection in April, one of the things that was most requested was a Rock n Roll Husband version. Well, you asked so we had to deliver!

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Rock n Roll Husband pin

But we couldn’t very well do another drop with just one new product so we also came up with the idea of these engagement and wedding cards with pins attached to them. How cute!? I would have LOVED to have been given one of these when I got engaged!

There are currently four cards available, and each can be customised with whichever relevant pin combo you like (Bride & Groom, Bride & Bride, Groom & Groom, Husband & Wife, Wife & Wife, Husband & Husband.)

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Til Death Do Us Part

My not-so-secret favourite has to be the Unicorn Puke card though..!

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Unicorn Puke

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To My Husband on Our Anniversary

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To my computer game playing, gym going, kitty obsessing, sleepy head husband:
You are my rock, my biggest supporter and all of my happiest moments. I’m so proud to call you my husband.

When I try to think about what to write to you on our eight year wedding anniversary, I’m not ashamed to admit I’m a bit stumped. How can you adequately put into words a love that completely engulfs you, that makes you a better person, and that truly makes life worth living?

12th April 2008 feels like eight lifetimes ago, not just eight years. So much has changed, yet nothing has. On the outside our lives could not be more different, but inside everything is completely the same. I’m still insanely in love with you. I still get excited to see you every morning. I still want to cover you with kisses every night. You still drive me nuts with all of your ways. I still can’t load the dishwasher properly.

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Fuel Your Enamel Pin Obsession with the Rock n Roll Bride Pin Set!

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Like the rest of the internet, it would seem, I am obsessed with enamel pins. They’re cheap, they’re fun and add some much needed flair to any outfit. Of course they’ve been around for years, but in the last 12 months or so they’ve had a bit of a revival. Everyone seems to be getting in on the #pingame. You can now get everything from emojis, food, phrases, even celebrity portraits on pins which is one of the reasons they’re so popular – the creative possibilities are endless!

I currently have over 30 of them in my own collection. I wear them all over the lapels of my leather jacket, I have some attached to a pink tote bag I picked up in Japan, I even use them when I run out of thumb-tacks on the inspiration board above my desk.

One of my favourite pin designers is my BFF Veronica Dearly so when the idea came to me to create my own range she was the only person I wanted to work with. I was inspired by the girls in the Rock n Roll Wives Facebook group, which is an off-shoot of the official Rock n Roll Bride Facebook group. They were chatting about how awesome it would be to have a badge that had the group name on it so if they ever saw each other out and about in the real world (!) they could identify each other as a fellow member.

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I thought this was a genius idea, but that only making them available for one Facebook group would be super mean – everyone deserves pins in their lives! Then I realised if I was going to do a Rock n Roll Wife pin I’d have to do a Rock n Roll Bride one, a Rock n Roll Groom one, and (just for fun!) a Bridezilla one!

I hope you love them as much as I do. The Bride and Bridezilla ones have already been added to my permanent leather jacket collection. I’m so excited about the possibility of spotting someone out and about wearing one too!

They are available to buy via the Rock n Roll Bride shop and Veronica Dearly’s website. They cost £6 each or £20 for the full set. We ship worldwide and UK shipping is free.

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Why I’m Quitting Rock n Roll Bride

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When I started this blog I had no idea just how far it could take me. From quitting a well paid full time job to all expenses paid trips to Australia! I co-founded a workshop that taught over 1000 people all over the planet and launched a print magazine!! It really has been a wild ride and I wouldn’t change anything that’s happened for the world.

Over the past 8+ years I’ve woken up excited to turn on my computer and crack on with work (and that’s something I thought I’d never have in my life)… that is until it started to get too difficult. It stopped being fun. It started feeling like more of a chore than a labour or love. And if you don’t love something any more, why would you torture yourself? Life is just too short.

So I’ve come to a big decision. Its been really hard to make but I hope you’ll understand. I’m quitting Rock n Roll Bride. I’m not sure what I’m going to do next but I know it won’t be anything to do with weddings.

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A Valentine’s Love Letter to Myself

A Valentine's Love Letter to Myself

Dear Kat

You’ve been thinking long and hard about what to publish today. As a blog dedicated to love and marriage there’s a certain amount of extra pressure on Valentine’s Day. There’s so much expectation about what you might write about. Do you share a Valentine’s themed photo shoot? Do you write a love letter to your husband (again!)? Do you publish one of the thousands of press releases you’ve been bombarded with from companies who want to sell your readers flowers and chocolates and extravagant gifts? Do you just skip it all together!?

You were lying in a rose-scented bath the other day, thinking about this and looking down at your squishy belly, simultaneously wishing your body looked different. You starting thinking “I wonder how much happier I’d be if I looked more like those #fitspo girls on Instagram?”

And then it hit you.

Valentine’s shouldn’t just be about expressing love for others, it needs to be about expressing some love for yourself as well.

You’ve struggled with loving yourself for as long as you can remember. You might be extroverted and seem confident about most things on the outside, but I know that internally you’re constantly criticising yourself. The way you look, the way you act, the things you say… not pretty enough, not thin enough, not smart enough, not cool enough…

Today I want to tell you to give yourself a break. You’re ROCKING this thing called life. Your business helps so many women realise their true beauty and how awesome they really are. You give them permission to embrace their weirdness and just be themselves. You tell them to never conform and to be happy with who they are. You need to do this for yourself too!

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A Day in the Life

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This week I was interviewed by two industry websites, Wedding Daily and The National Wedding Show. While the first asked me all about my 2015, and plans for this year, NWS asked me to write a “day in the life” type story. I laughed when I got this assignment because my working life is anything but glamorous or exciting… as you will see! 

I would imagine that when most people think of someone who runs their own blog and magazine, that they would presume that their working life would mostly consist of fancy offices, design meetings with their extensive employees, and cocktails at lunch. Well, I hate to burst the Amanda Priestly bubble, but my daily working life is literally nothing like that!

The full-time Rock n Roll Bride team is myself and my husband Gareth, and we work from our small, two bedroom house in Reading. We have a freelance design team, Shauna and Samantha of We Are Branch, based in Oregon, who do all the graphic design for the website and art direct the magazine… and we do everything over email!

Glamorous it is not, but it’s vital that we keep our businesses lean to make a profit, that means keeping our costs as low as possible. The biggest expenses for most small businesses tend to be extra full time employees and office space so we’ve chosen to work from home and keep our team as small as possible.

So what does a usual day look like for me? Well, if I’m in the office then it goes a little something like this:

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8-10am (depending on how I’m feeling, yes, being your own boss really is the best): Wake up and immediately pick up my phone and check social media before I get up. I then put on comfortable clothes (my daily uniform is sweatpants, a t-shirt and my alpaca fur slippers which were ridiculously expensive but are the softest and most amazing thing I’ve ever put on my feet) wash my face, clean my teeth and make a cup of tea the size of my head.

10 – 12pm Checking emails, replying to anything super-duper urgent, writing a couple of blog posts or magazine articles before lunch. I do my best writing before lunchtime or early afternoon so I try to do anything that really needs my brain to be at its best here.

12 – 1pm At some point I usually stop for something to eat and another cup of tea, maybe take ½ an hour away from my computer to have a cheeky lunchtime Netflix sesh. Why not hey?!

1 – 4pm For the rest of the day it usually is more of the same. Pulling together blog posts and magazine articles, replying to emails, chatting to my designer about the next issue… Gareth is a late riser (he works late into the night!) so when he gets up we usually have a quick chat about the day, what needs doing and where we both are.

We work in separate spaces so he then goes off to his office and cracks on with whatever he needs to do. Issue 6 just launched last week, so at the moment he’s spending a lot of time packing and shipping out the subscription and online orders. We’d had 750 to do this week so this is no mean feat!

4pm I usually stop for a proper shower or bath late afternoon. As I said I do my best work first thing, so I don’t really want to waste time bathing as soon as I get up. I suppose I could get up earlier to have a bath before I start work, but where’s the fun in that?! I prefer to use it as another excuse to get away from the computer and indulge in a Lush bath bomb without needing to rush back to work!

5 – 7pm Wrapping up anything that needs urgently doing that day. Compiling invoices, more emails… Go food shopping if the fridge is bare!

7pm I do all the cooking so come 7pm its dinner and wine time! I tend not to work after 7pm if I can help it.

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