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The Blogcademy Down Under: Brisbane

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With winter just beginning to rear its ugly head over the Northern Hemisphere I was pleased as punch to be heading to the other side of the planet to teach our final four Blogcademy classes of the year, our first of which took place in sunny Brisbane.

Australia welcomed us with open arms and as soon as we landed we were told that we’d been featured in Sunday Style magazine which is distributed all over the country. With temperatures in Queensland topping out at 32 degrees some days that was a doubly warm welcome!

Our first class was held at Bleeding Heart Gallery, right in the middle of Brisbane’s CBD (central business district). The high ceilings and all-white walls were right up our alley.

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Put simply, the workshop was a game changer for me and it cannot be summed up in one post! I learnt so much; not just about blogging but about myself and where I truly see myself going with regards to my creative pursuits: it wasn’t just a two-day workshop on blogging but a weekend of empowerment. Laura – The Cup Thief

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The Blogcademy World Tour 2014!

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I think I can safely speak for my fellow headmistresses when I say that this year has been a non-stop whirlwind of epic proportions! Since last October we’ve taught ten classes, with three still to come before the year is out. When we launched The Blogcademy in August last year we didn’t know if anyone would actually want to come, so the fact that today we’re announcing our SECOND world tour is pretty damn exciting indeed!

If you have no idea what I’m harping on about, here’s a little reminder. The Blogcademy is a two-day workshop for bloggers and small business owners that I host with the amazing Gala Darling and supremely talented Shauna Haider. Hop over to theblogcademy.com where you can find out all about our curriculum and what we teach, get answers to your frequently asked questions and read some testimonials.

THE TOUR

The wait is over and here we have it, our workshop locations and dates for the whole of 2014 are… (deep breath)

San Francisco
May 10th & 11th
Makeshift Society

Chicago
May 17th & 18th
We are the Barkers

Vancouver
June 7th & 8th
Soundhouse Studios

Calgary
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June 14th & 15th
Hotel Le Germain

London
July 22nd & 23rd
Curtain Road Studios

Berlin
July 26th & 27th
Agora Collective

Amsterdam
August 2nd & 3rd
The Thinking Hut

New York
September 27th & 28th
Venue TBC

Miami
October 5th & 6th
Venue TBC

Sydney
November 29th & 30th
Studio 2204

Melbourne
December 3rd & 4th
The Establishment Studios

Auckland
December 6th & 7th
Venue TBC

OMG.

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Sixty Students, Four Days & Three Very Tired But Happy Headmistresses Later…

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It’s hard to believe that in just under a year The Blogcademy has taught over 300 women (and a few token men!) about blogging and how they can conquer their corner of the internet. When we first launched the workshop we thought we’d meet some people, teach them some stuff and that would be about it. Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine just what an impact attending this two day class would have on the attendees lives… and ours!

“I had spoken to past attendees who raved about it BUT nothing quite prepared me how amazing the classes would be, the epic people I would meet, the rush of euphoria I would feel afterwards (it’s still going) and the self-belief it would instil in me that ANYTHING is possible!!!” Helen, Gwen’s Bridal Bazaar

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It sounds cheesy as hell but I mean it when I say The Blogcademy is so much more than just a workshop. We spend two days together, laughing and learning as we go, but it’s what happens after class that is really amazing. Bursting out of each class comes an army of passionate, driven bloggers who help and support each other way past those two short days. The secret graduates forum is something we created just in case students would like to connect with each other outside the classroom, but’s it’s become a life unto itself – a bustling place of love, support, advice and sharing. Many of our students continue to meet up with each other regularly and it’s so thrilling to see what they’re all achieving – together.

“Hanging out with so many other creative women in a positive and encouraging environment was really inspiring. I wish I could bottle the feeling and open whenever I need a boost – it was magic. That feeling is probably one of the main things I will take away from The Blogcademy. One of the quotes that I noted at the time was ‘surround yourself with talented people you trust’ – and it still stands out to me as one of the most valuable snippets from the event and very reflective of The Blogcademy in general.” Lynsay, Miss West End Girl

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Thursday Treats: Silliness in Santorini, Madness in Mykonos, Loonies in London!

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Photography: Shell De Mar Photography

Oh my God, I’m BACK! I know it’s a terrible cliché but these past two weeks have been a whirlwind of epic proportions. From Reading to Santorini to Mykonos to London (where we taught two back-to-back workshops no less, what were we thinking?!) Gala, Shauna and I haven’t had much time to rest, but we’ve had the time of our lives in the process.

It already feels like a million years ago but on the flight to Greece Gala informed us that she wanted to make some home videos to commemorate our trip (yey!) What ensued was a mix of stupidity, sailing and a mammoth sunglasses trying on session…

Enjoy!

After three days in Oia (the most beautiful place I’ve ever visited – by far!) we hopped on a ferry to Mykonos for some much needed R&R. We stayed at the utterly beautiful Grace Hotel (AKA paradise) and believe me when I say I don’t think I’ve ever stayed in a hotel so fabulous. The pool alone made it worth the terrible (and rocky) four hour boat trip!

Most of our fellow hotel guests were honeymooners. If you fancy the Greek Islands for your honeymoon you have to stay here, just tell them the girl with the pink hair sent you. I do wonder what the staff and other guests made of us though. The three excitable girls who rocked up all sequins and tattoos certainly made an impression!

We also had an unexplainable obsession with Club Tropicana during this part of the holiday, hence why it ended up being the song in this video. Warning: it will be in your head all day after watching this. Sorry in advance…

But on to the real reason why you popped by today – Thursday Treats. Prepare yourself for a bumper edition…! I mean, I did promise you one didn’t I?!

So, did you miss me?

Weddings & Weddingy Things

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Confetti-filled Cali wedding
Superhero inspired engagement ring
Black and white Italian wedding
Handmade Californian ranch wedding

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Photography: Matthew Morgan Photography

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Who the Hell Goes to Austin in August? The Blogcademy of Course!

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When I suggested the idea of doing a Blogcademy in Austin in August Gala and Shauna looked at me like I’d gone totally mad. ” You know it will be utterly boiling down there then? It’s practically on the Equator!” they replied. “Ahh ya wimps, how hot can it really be?” I responded. Well more fool me because when we stepped off the plane last week and were greeted with 40°C+ temperatures, I’m finally understood what living on the sun must feel like.

OK, so I’m exaggerating… but give me a break, I define porcelain. I’m so pale my skin is practically see-through and I wear factor 50 when there’s even a hint of sunshine! The intense heat was totally worth it though, and I would have stayed all summer long to spend more time with the amazing girls (and token dude) who came to the workshop last weekend. Is it bad to have favourites? Maybe… but this class was totally up there as one of the most enjoyable so far. As our last US date for 2013 we certainly went out with a bang!

The workshop was held at VUKA, a giant co-working space near where we were staying. Although there was no natural light inside (something I wish we’d known before but oh well!) and the service from the staff was less than wonderful, the food trucks over the road and juice bar two blocks away made it the perfect spot for us. It was also huge and it was really great to have the option of using tables this time too – like a proper classroom!

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As usual, the custom city totes that each Blogcadette received were packed with useful and glittery things! We like to go from the sublime to the ridiculous with our goodie bag gifts, I mean who doesn’t need a glittery pineapple to wear in their hair? This also might be my favourite tote design so far. What do you think?

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Bouquets of Balloons on a Brooklyn Rooftop: A Bushwick Fairytale with Rent Patina {Part Three}

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The view from Rent Patina‘s rooftop was incredible. The Manhattan skyline stretched before us looking just as inviting as ever. When ever I arrive in New York, no matter how exhausted I am from the flight, I get a whole new wave of excited energy as soon as I see that view – the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, the Chrysler Building… what’s not to love?

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It’s cheesy as hell but it’s true what Alicia Keys said you know, “In New York, Concrete jungle where dreams are made of, There’s nothing you can’t do, Now you’re in New York, These streets will make you feel brand new, Big lights will inspire you…”

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