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Thursday Treats: Watch The Blogcademy Live from Vancouver!

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Greetings from Heathrow airport! Terminal 3 does feel like it’s become a home away from home for me recently. I actually quite like being here, especially as I have my airport routine down. I know which security line is likely to be the quickest (always wait with the single people with briefcases, even if the queue is slightly longer – never get stuck behind a family!) where to get the best deal on currency and who does the most delicious breakfasts (it’s Rhubarb by the way…)

I’m off to Canada for just over a week to teach two more Blogcademy workshops. The first is in Vancouver on 7th and 8th and the second in Calgary on 14th and 15th. We still have a few spaces left for both classes, so if you’d like to come along, we’d love you have you! (Just a gentle word of warning, this is likely to be the only time we ever teach in Canada, so miss out at your peril!)

Now when Gala, Shauna and I get together, most of our conversations inevitably revolve around our favourite subjects – business, blogging and the internet! Which is why we really love hosting our FREE livestreams and inviting you in on the discussion.

We will be broadcasting a LIVE Q&A session from our Vancouver apartment on Tuesday 10th at 11am PST (that’s 2pm EST and 7pm GMT). If you can’t tune in at the time, don’t worry, we’ll record it and put it online afterwards. If there’s something you’d like to know, go through to the event page and submit a question by clicking the Q&A button.

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Maybe you have some general questions about your blog or business that you’d like us to help with? Or you’ve been wondering something about Home School or our Mixer event? Maybe you just want to know what shampoo Gala uses to get her hair so damn shiny, who Shauna’s musical heroes are or why I’m so obsessed with tea!?

We’ll do our best to answer as many as physically possible in an hour, and we promise, nothing is off limits!

OK, that’s it from me for now. I’m off to catch my flight. Enjoy this week’s Thursday Treats and I’ll see you on the other side (of the pond!)

Weddings & Weddingy Things

Gorgeous boho Sydney wedding
This outfit!!
BHLDN inspired bridal shower
♥ Economical coastal wedding
♥ Travel inspired wedding

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Confetti Explosions at The Blogcademy, Chicago

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A little known fact about me is that I was a huge nerd at school. I think people assume that I must have been one of the rebellious ones, hanging out behind bike sheds and bunking off classes, but actually, I was super well behaved. It wasn’t until I hit 15, discovered rock music and boys that didn’t resemble pre-pubescent gremlins, that I became a bit more of a wild child!

Since then, I’ve pretty much exclusively attracted a more rebellious crowd, and that isn’t just limited to brides that read my wedding content. At The Blogcademy workshops, seemingly wherever we were in the world, the girls in attendance definitely err on the alternative and quirky side.

So you can imagine my surprise when, in Chicago, we were met with the most well behaved class we’ve ever experienced! They actually threw us off a bit at first. They were so quiet and polite I started to worry that they weren’t having a good time. But, after getting to know them all on a one-to-one basis throughout the weekend, I soon came to realise that they weren’t that different to our usual crowd. They were one of the sweetest, kindest bunch of babes we’ve ever had. In actual fact they were a lot more like me than I first realised: eager to learn and just wanting to soak up everything and anything that they could during our time together.

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Many, many, many notes were taken (SO STUDIOUS!)

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Presenting: The Blogcademy Home School

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The Blogcademy started as an in-person workshop. Bursting into the world in October 2012, we hosted our inaugural class in New York City. But when we flung open those metaphorical turquoise doors, we really had no idea if it would take off. We actually joked the day before that if no-one booked in we’d just have an elaborate sleepover in the space we’d hired and the internet would never know a thing about it. Luckily for us that didn’t happen! Sixteen classes later and we’ve now taught over 400 amazing people all over the world.

It’s been an incredible ride so far but you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

Ever since the launch we’ve been inundated with people asking if we would visit their town too… And as much as we would have loved to teach classes in every place that was requested, it is simply impossible. Each of us still have full-time careers, husbands, and demanding furry children to attend to! It also started to become very clear to us that not everyone who needed our help could afford to come to class, either because of the cost or they simply didn’t have the time.

And so came the idea for The Blogcademy Home School:

We wanted to create an online space that you could engage with any time, and keep learning from as often as you needed. We wanted to film videos so it felt like you were right there with us, and wouldn’t have to read a massive wall of text. We wanted to be able to update it regularly and add new content often. Most of all we wanted to make it accessible to everyone.

Home School is not simply an online version of the workshop, it is so much more than that. While the in-person class is an all-encompassing two-day blogging event, covering a massive range of subjects, Home School ‘Blog Boosters’ are bite-sized videos which cover one topic at a time. While some are taught in class, the majority are not!

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Big Blogcademy News..!

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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!

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!

And because nothing is ever perfect first time, presenting: the bloopers reel!

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The Blogcademy, San Francisco

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The night before our first Blogcademy workshop of the year I turned to Gala and squealed “I AM SO EXCITED!” It had been nearly six months since our last class in Auckland and I was dying to get cracking again.

… And I wasn’t disappointed. I think this actually might have been one of the best classes ever!!

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The reason being that every single gorgeous creature that came along was enthusastic, driven, with a unique story to tell. Esme was a writer with some damn good style, Mariah passionately ran her organic skin care spa line (and had treats for everyone!), Erin was a sewing champion and Hannah paints her face everyday and posts photos on her blog!

Paula holds the world record for drawing Fred Flintstone (!) and blogs about fashion for the over 40s and Angela is a pastry connoisseur. I mean, goodness, what a diverse bunch ‘o babes!

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Goodbye San Francisco, Hello Chicago!

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Hello beautiful! This update comes to you from a very chilly Chicago, where I’m sat in my Air B&B digs with Gala and Shauna, hiding from the weather and planning our adventures in this brand new city.

Last weekend we taught out first Blogcademy workshop of the year in San Francisco. We had such an awesome time and I loved every single one of these girls who came to spend their weekend with us. Full report heading your way soon of course!

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