After a solo long haul flight, an epic Q&A livestream and a whistle stop tour around Portland’s least reputable establishments, I barely had time to catch my breath and it was time for the next leg of The Blogcademy World Tour. Portland is a weird little town, but one I felt an instant affinity with. I loved all the independent stores selling all manner of crazy creations, and the candy-coloured houses and walls obviously made my little heart sing!
Over Easter weekend Gala, Shauna and I descended on The Ace Hotel, in the downtown area of the city. With our photography BFFs and Auntie Nubs (Shauna’s Aunt and our trusty assistant for the weekend) in tow, we were ready to meet a new crop of Blogcadettes and to teach up a storm.
I’m always nervous before a workshop, but as usual the babes that attended were nothing but sweet, inspiring and amazing. Within minutes of meeting them all my wobbles subsided and we were laughing, getting to know all about each other and quickly becoming instant best friends. We were blessed with students who had travelled far and wide to attend, but extra special props must go to our scholarship winner, Jessica, who came all the way from Arkensas on her own. She’d never even been on an areoplane before and she came all that way – what a babe!
I love this photo because it totally looks like I’m thinking “damn I hate these bitches!” but really, that’s just my “I’m literally the best dancer ever” face!
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Booking a hotel as your wedding venue is no longer the number one choice for engaged couples. The bland conference-style rooms, the package deals and the dodgy carpet have fallen out of favour, and somewhere with more personality, where they can really put their own stamp on their day, has taken it’s place. In many instances this bad rep is understandable. I’ve visited more soulless and lacklustre hotel wedding venues charging extortionate rates than I’d care to admit. Luckily these days, brides & grooms seem to be quickly realising that they don’t have to go with a traditional wedding venue, and smaller spaces like studios, pubs, restaurants and galleries are getting more of a look in.
In saying all that, I’m always happy to be proven wrong, and in this debate the Ace Hotel was the place to do it.
We’d booked The Ace’s event space, The Cleaners, for the Portland leg of The Blogcademy. In fact as soon as we’d decided that our next destination was to be Shauna’s home town she insisted that we used them – and only them – as our venue! And after spending the weekend there, I can see why.
The Ace has a cool, laid back vibe. The décor is quirky and industrial but the rooms are cosy and comfortable. There’s a vintage photo booth in the lobby and the famous Stumptown Coffee is right next door. As you can imagine we used and abused both these facilities mercilessly!
The Blogcademy online Q&A session is starting at 1pm PST / 4pm EST / 8pm GMT today. Sign up below for the bargain price of $7 to watch and participate in the action. If you can’t tune in live, don’t worry, your ticket will give you access to a recording of the action forever. Signing up is easy – just press the orange button!
However I do have to warn you, I only got into Portland late last night so I’m pretty darn jet-lagged… it may not be a pretty sight but maybe seeing that is worth the $7 in itself!? Thank God I have Gala & Shauna to keep me awake and excited. See you there my pretties, and don’t forget – this is your chance to grill us and to ask us all those difficult questions! Either pipe up during the livestream or tweet them to us in advance.
EDIT: The livestream has now taken place but you can still sign up and watch a recording of our shenanigans below!
Next week, on Wednesday 27th March, The Blogcademy headmistresses are having a digital party… and you’re invited! This live online Q&A is your chance to get the inside track on The Blogcademy and to ask us any of your burning blogging or business questions.
♥ Are you stuck with how to take your blog to the next level?
♥ Do you want to know how to get in with big brands?
♥ Are you in desperate need of some social media tips?
♥ Do you want to know how to best use a blog to support another business?
♥ Do you have aspirations of publishing a book or creating digital product but don’t know where to start?
♥ Have you been finding things rough and are just in need of some sparkle, silliness and inspiration in your life?
Sometimes you have a little crazy idea but you just know you have to run with it. The butterflies in your tummy tell you that you’re onto something exciting and pretty darn life changing. That’s just how I felt when we came up with the The Blogcademy, and its exactly how I’m feeling today as I’m here to tell you that we’re announcing a world friggin’ tour and an online Q&A livestream!
The flights have been booked, the giant ‘B’ balloons ordered and over the next 12 months the turquoise tornado™ is ready to hit… (deep breath)
March 30th & 31st
The Cleaners at The Ace Hotel
(a limited number of spaces still available)
April 6th & 7th
(a limited number of spaces still available)
June 22nd & 23rd
June 29th & 30th
September 7th & 8th
Curtain Road Studios
Proudly presented by Tourism & Events Queensland!
November 2nd & 3rd
Bleeding Heart Gallery
November 6th & 7th
November 9th & 10th
Photography: Assassynation, Dresses: The Couture Company & Rawhide Corsets
Dear internet, there are a lot of wedding fairs in 2013. A LOT. There’s also a rather disproportionate amount of them claiming to be of the ‘alternative’ persuasion. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever heard a word over-used so much to describe something wedding-related since the dreaded ‘vintage’ invasion of 2011. Whether this is a good or bad thing is still very much up for debate, but here on this little alternative wedding blog (ahem) I pride myself in only showcasing the very best and most exciting wedding fairs in all the land.
Photography: Toast of Leeds, Cake: Black Cherry Cake Company
Alternative, vintage, festival, quirky, eclectic… quite frankly all these buzz words can make your head spin, but rest assured dear reader, the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza is going to be one of the few wedding fairs not to miss. I promise. In fact I am so certain of this that I’m making the trip up to Birmingham on 24th March myself despite the fact that I’m due to fly to The States two days after. Living on the edge people, living on the edge…
I mean any wedding fair that showcases a Back to the Future cake, Batman shoes and a variety of corseted, tattoo motif embellished, coloured and gothic wedding dresses in the same room is surely got to be worth a visit right?
Photography: Toast of Leeds, Shoes: Revive Me Boutique