It’s so good to be home! Of course I’ve come back to a messy house, a terrifyingly long to do list, and a huge pile of dirty laundry, but it feels GOOD. My trip to Canada was amazing, we had a blast, but is sure is nice to be back in familiar surroundings. AND THOSE KITTIES OF MINE, oh I swear they got even more gorgeous while I was away.
Before we move on I just have to show you the silliness that we got up to in Vancouver and Calgary. From games of Jenga over dinner, to dancing on the rainbow crosswalk and making new doggie best friends, Canada sure did show us a damn good time.
Aww! I always miss Gala and Shauna so much when we’re ripped apart. I don’t have very long to wait to see them again though because our next Blogcademy workshops are in Europe! We’re doing two classes in London in July, one in Berlin and another in Amsterdam! AND, don’t forget, we have our mixer event in London on July 24th. I’d love to see you there!
Wait a sec, still have some more to share with you (goodness, it never ends!) I’ll be at BritMums this weekend speaking about working with Etsy. Collaborating with them is something I’ve only recently started to do, but it’s been going so well. I’ll be speaking about exactly what it entails, sharing how it’s increased my income and letting you in on some ways that you can do the same. My slot is on Saturday at 11.30am.
If you’re not a mummy blogger and Britmums doesn’t appeal to you (yes, I find it weirdly ironic that I’ve been asked to speak there too!), then I’m also going to be on the panel at the Cosmopolitan Superblogger Masterclass on Monday June 23rd. Tickets are just £30 and a little birdy tells me there are a few still available. I spoke at the Masterclass last year too and it was one of my 2013 highlights. It’s such a fun event and I can’t wait to do it again!
OK, (finally) on to the real reason you’re here – Thursday Treats yo!
Weddings & Weddingy Things
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♥ Play Pinterest wedding bingo!
♥ Rustic Melbourne wedding
♥ Artful wedding inspo
♥ Gorgeous Brisbane wedding at home
The Itchy Eyes
This morning I hosted an hour long Q&A livestream with my Blogcademy babes from our Vancouver apartment. We recorded the whole thing, so if you want to re-watch it in your own time, or you weren’t able to tune in live, you can right now!
If you’ve ever wondered how to grow your blog readership, what our favourite Photoshop tools are, or what the best ways to keep your social media active are, then press play on the video below. We answered all these questions – and way more!
There’s nothing quite like a beautiful retro wedding, and Marta and Bartosz’s big day, sent to me all the way from Poland, is one of the most gorgeous I’ve seen in ages! They were married in October.
“We wanted something different for our wedding”, wrote Marta. “A lot of couples these days (especially in Poland) seem to go for very typical weddings but we wanted something more. My dress was a subtle yellow colour and we got really creative with our portraits. The vintage American airstream stands in the middle of Częstochowa (our home town) and sells the best hamburgers in the city!”
I think a lot of you will know Sassy already. She is an amazing wedding photographer and I’m really lucky because I get to share her incredible weddings all the time. A few years ago she also wrote an article for me about her own wedding photography experience which went kinda viral (read: it was one of my most popular articles of all time!)
So, when she told me that she and her gorgeous husband, Ian, were renewing their vows in Thailand I was really, really excited. Excited for them because they’d finally have the epic photographs they deserved, but extra excited for me and you because I knew she’d let me blog it!
Not only are these photos (by Emma Lucy and Neil Douglas), and the accompanying video (Chris Koch), some of the most incredible I’ve seen in a long time, but the love, emotion and THAT RAINBOW DRESS by The Couture Company (who else?) have completely blown me away!
“I’m not going to dwell on the reason we first considered a vow renewal on our 5th wedding anniversary”, began Sassy. “Yes, people did raise an eyebrow as if to say ‘It’s only 5 years!!’ but hell, you know what, why shouldn’t we celebrate every year!?”
“We decide to renew our vows at the one place we both love equally. Ian and I are quite different people (as chalk and cheese!) and don’t often have the same opinions on anything, so when we both totally fell for Chieow Laan lake and Koh Sok national park I knew this was the perfect place for the renewal… after all it’s paradise! It’s hard to explain how this place gets in to your soul but when I haven’t been in a while I start feeling homesick. Its special and magical!”
It wasn’t all sun loungers and cocktails while I was in Palm Springs at the beginning of the year. While my fellow headmistresses and I may have pretended we were just there on an extravagant jolly, we actually went with a seriously big agenda… the results of which are (finally!) being launched tomorrow!!
The Blogcademy website has been given a facelift (pop by tomorrow to see it!) and we have some new and very, very exciting new offerings. By now I think most of you have probably guessed what kind of format it will take (the camera in the photo at the top of this post kinda gives it away right?) but nonetheless, The Blogcademy: Home School will be winging it’s way to a computer near you TOMORROW! To be the first to know as soon as we flip the switch, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!
And because nothing is ever perfect first time, presenting: the bloopers reel!
I don’t often feature straight up inspiration styled wedding shoots as I prefer to show you guys real couples doing real things for their real weddings… But this shoot sent over by wedding photographer Laura Babb was so packed full of cute ideas, many of which I’d never seen before (multi-faceted gem covered wedding cake, hello!) that I couldn’t resist posting them.
“I put this shoot together with Alex from The Bijou Bride“, Laura told me. “We basically wanted to play around with sparkly things and confetti canons in a cool warehouse location for the day. We wanted to bring together two big trends in weddings this year; geometrics and mixed metals and to work with a mixture of textures to create something contemporary, stylish but also fun.”