No sooner had we wrapped the first London Blogcademy, than Gala, Shauna & I were ferociously planning for the weekday instalment. We’re kicking off our second event today and we couldn’t be more excited! Reworking the presentation, tweaking our delivery and coming up with brand new ideas, we are adamant to make every session even better than the last. In fact we spent most of our ‘day off’ (i,e. day of shopping) stopping every five minutes to brainstorm. Gala scrawled musings on her Wagamama place mat and I sent Shauna more jam-packed emails full of notes than I think she really expected.
Even though I’ve been to London a squillion times, there’s something very different about being in the city with some friends who are seeing it all for the first time. Freaking out over old fashioned phone boxes, fumbling with our colourful currency and taking a trip to the shoe shopping mecca that is Selfridges. I also think Shauna nearly died and went to heaven walking into the Liberty stationery section.
The snow may be falling but we are so bloomin’ excited for the first London Blogcademy this weekend. We have our woolly hats packed and our (semi) sensible shoes ready to go! But we couldn’t forget about you, dear blog reader. Gala shot this footage on her phone as we set up at the studios yesterday. Isn’t the space beautiful?
I am SO EXCITED about 2013, like SO SERIOUSLY EXCITED (can’t you tell!?) and I’m starting 2013 as I mean to go on with new date announcements for The Blogcademy. Now I know we haven’t even done our London workshops yet but, basically, we just couldn’t wait any longer…
At the end of March we’re heading to Shauna’s home town (I think many of you will have guessed that one!) of Portland, Oregon and the week after we’re zipping down to LA. In fact we’ll be in LA for my birthday which I’m also rather enthused about. I’m going to demand the girls take me to In-N-Out Burger for it!
As usual, we have just 30 spaces available for each date – and yes, yet again we’re running an early bird special for the first 48 hours (after that it will be $750) and a scholarship for both. You can enter this as before - posting your creative links on our facebook page. You have one month from today and don’t forget to make a note in your post of which location you’d like to attend!
Why happy Sunday one and all. I trust you’ve had a fantastic weekend so far? I thought I’d just pop by this morning to give you a few Blogcademy updates because it’s all go go go over here!
After we wrapped NYC and got the photos, video and some pretty awesome testimonials from all of our lovely graduates (we love you!) Shauna felt that the website could do with a bit of an overhaul. I swear to God that woman doesn’t actually sleep. Ever. One morning I woke up to an email from the lady herself saying “So girls, I must be mad cos I completely redesigned the website over night!” Now, mad she may be, but oh so bloomin’ talented as well. We love you babe.
The new design isn’t a radical departure from the original but it’s been freshened, polished and new sections have been added. There’s new pages for testimonials, to announce new locations (seriously, watch this space eek!) and to invite sponsors to get on board. And talking of sponsors we’re still on the look out for goodie bag items for London so if you make something cute and you’d like to get it in front of 70 enthusiastic bloggers AND get it featured on all our blogs then get in touch!
Poor Gareth then had to code the whole thing in a weekend but needless to say he did an awesome job as ever. What a dream team!
I’ve held off blogging this gorgeous shoot from the last Photography Farm workshop for a while because we have a very special announcement to go alongside it. More about that at the bottom of this post!
At the last Photography Farm, which took place in September, Lisa & I decided that for our couple shoot we’d channel a bit of Americana, rockabilly and vintage Vegas inspiration! The first thing we did was decide on our models. The gorgeous flame haired Lisa Jane is a wedding photographer (and ex-Farmer) herself so when we asked if she and husband Alex would like to be our models, she didn’t hesitate. We sat down and discussed the theme with her and she loved it (these guys were actually married in Vegas). However the added genius came from Alex, who asked if he could wear his dinosaur onesie. Needless to say our answer was a resounding “Hell. Yes!”
Our next port of call was the amazing Jo from The Couture Company who said she had a dress that was perfect for our theme. ‘Steph’ is a grey, 3/4 length sleeved and 1950s inspired number made of stunning silk dupion. It worked perfectly with our kitsch theme! Lisa also wore Irregular Choice shoes (from my personal collection) a giant red bow from Crown and Glory, jewellery by Junk Jewels and EPIC bedazzled sunglasses by Rene Walrus! Believe me, it took all my strength to not run off with those babies!
Finally, and by a massive stroke of luck, the guys at The Photo Emporium just happened to get in touch with me just as we were pulling this all together to tell me about their latest and greatest photo booth idea – a photo booth in an actual vintage airstream! I die.
“Jeez, is she still banging on about The Blogcademy?” I hear you wail… Well yes actually because I. am. excited! It is by far one of the biggest and most rewarding projects I’ve been involved in and I just can’t stop smiling about the whole thing! And of course I don’t want you to miss it!
Tickets to our second (oh yes!) London date went on sale on Friday and are already selling quickly – we’re thrilled! But even more thrilling is hanging out in our secret graduate (and undergraduate) private forum – the excitement and anticipation in there in palpable. It’s so cute seeing all the newbies making friends with the New York gals, everyone asking and giving advice, people planning to meet up beforehand and others arranging to share hotel rooms. Now you know you wanna be a part of that!