I love old film cameras. There’s something so innocently wonderful about having a tangible and imperfect photograph to hold in your hand. In this hyper digital age, I think we’ve all been so quick to forget that unadulterated joy of taking your rolls of 35mm to the developers and waiting with baited breath to get the prints. They didn’t always turn out, but that was weirdly part of the appeal. When you did get that one perfect shot, without previews on the back of the camera or Photoshop wizardry to help, it was utterly magnificent.
I wish I took more photographs. But when you’re working at home most of the time, with your main entertainment being your cats or a weekly trip to the supermarket (oh the glamour) it can be difficult to see fun or beautiful things that you might want to capture. However, when I was in the US recently I decided to indulge my passion and have a little play around with some new toys.
Film might be amazing, but combine it with rainbows and you’ve got me. Bad.
People always ask me about my own wedding. Sometimes it makes me cringe. There are so many things we’d do differently, the elusive “Oh if we only knew then what we do now…” But there is one thing I’d never change.
Gareth is my world, my life, my favourite, my reason for being… He supports me more than any husband should. He tidies and cleans our house from top to bottom as I’m chained to my computer and saying “Hey baby, takeaway for tea?” with frightening regularity.
Without Gareth, Rock n Roll Bride would be nothing but a dream… in fact not even that, I simply wouldn’t have ever imagined it. Words can’t express how much he puts into this little business of ours. I may be the ‘front of house’ but without him I wouldn’t even have a house to stand in front of…
The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of workshops, fabulously cheap vintage shopping (Portland, I love you) delicious healthy eats (California does this right) and DISNEYLAND! The Haunted Mansion was as wonderful as expected and Captain EO was 80s flashback-tastic.
I’ve also been obsessing over rainbow instax, green juice (no, really!) and the Museum of Death which Gala & I wondered around one sunny afternoon. But more on all this when I’m back in the – I hear still snowy – UK. Today I’m just stopping by to say “YEEEY, it’s my birthday!”
I’m officially creeping too close to 30 for my liking, turning 29 today. But fret not, I’ve been celebrating in a characteristically immature fashion with the trip to the happiest place on Earth, a photo booth at The Blogcademy and… well we’ll let’s see what delights Gala & Shauna have planned I guess!
It’s weird spending your birthday away from home. I miss Gareth and my kitties terribly, but at least it means I get double celebrations when I return next week… right?! I head back to England on Tuesday. I’m sad to leave my girls and the sunshine of the west coast but can’t wait to hug my little family for about 25 minutes straight.
PS Thanks to the Made U Look babes for the epic photo shoot sneak peek. I literally can’t put into words how much I love the shots I’ve seen so far. We took photos around Shauna’s neighbourhood in Portland and the one at the top of this post was taken in front of Minnie Mouse’s house in Toon Town of course! More coming soon!
Bright and early tomorrow morning I’m grabbing my hot pink suitcases and hitting the road for the first stop on The Blogcademy World Tour. I’ve actually never flown long-haul solo before so I’m excited but also a little bit nervous about the whole thing. I have complete faith in Virgin Atlantic to get me there in one piece though, don’t let me down Richard!
Listening this LOUDLY today to get in the mood
But this ain’t no holiday – oh no siree bob! My first port of call is the live online Q&A which will be broadcast from Nubby Twiglet HQ on Wednesday 27th at 1pm PST / 4pm EST / 8PM GMT. If you’d like to be a part of it, it’s easy! Simply buy your ticket (for the utter bargain price of $7) right now and then either tune in live or watch the recording of the session at your leisure. The livestream is the perfect introduction to The Blogcademy and so if you’re not sure if the full workshop is for you, why not grill us first? The session will be 100% directed by YOU so don’t forget to ask us those blogging or business questions that have been plaguing you. You can do so by emailing them to email@example.com or tweeting us in advance.
I was so incredible honoured when blog reader Cécile sent me this drawing that she’d done of Gareth & me. As photographer Christine who took the original photograph said when I showed it to her, “It takes me straight back to that moment! It makes my heart smile so much! Wow such a talent that Cécile is”.
Thank you Cécile for the beautiful gift. You can see more of her gorgeous work via her own website La Belette Rose.
I’m sure most of you will already know this, but last Summer we published issue two of our print magazine. Since then, and every day with out fail, my poor suffering Gareth has been packing and shipping each copy that’s been ordered – by hand. There’s no fancy behind the scenes action in our operation believe you me. He’s become quite the regular feature in our local post office. I wonder if they take bets about what he’s sending out in those shiny pink envelopes with such regularity.
Other blogs may do online magazines, but we go at it proper old skool style. Sure, it’s more work (and a lot more expensive to produce) but even in this hyper-digital age, there’s something so special about getting a crisp print edition through your letterbox.