Category Archives: Business Bites

Business Bites: Making Your Dreams a Reality

one pot spagetti

Image: Apron Strings

I’m not the best housewife but I made this for dinner on Monday night and it was flipping delicious and SO EASY. It look a whole ten minutes. I actually added some chopped up sausages to it after it was cooked too, Gareth is a hardcore carnivore and a veggie dish for dinner probably wouldn’t have gone down that well. Oh yeah, I’ll be winning that wife of the year award in no time!

But onto much more exciting things, lovely business learning clicky links:

How to make a good first impression
♥ 6 tips for managing multi-author blogs without losing your mind
♥ If you’re looking for a new WordPress theme for your blog or website, Shauna has laid out some of the best places to get ’em.
♥ Stuck on what to blog about? Use these awesome prompts (88 of ’em!)
 Darren Rowse of ProBlogger spoke at World Domination Summit all about dreams and how to make them your reality. It was great. Do yourself a favour and take a 40 minute break to check it out…

Continue reading

Business Bites: Sweet Teeth & Party Time

caaaaaaaake

Photography: Amelia

Considering I don’t have a sweet tooth at all, I sure do pin a lot of pretty sweet treats… hum, I wonder what that says about my psyche? I hope you’ve all had a brilliant and productive week. I’m really looking forward to this weekend because I’m going out – not once but twice! Sheesh, what a party animal. Now excuse me I better go and grab a quick disco nap before the chaos commences. I’ll see you on the other side!

How to make your website credible
♥ My to do list is a little wolf spider
♥ Is community college the right choice for you?
♥ Strategic plan: doing things

“The day when artists could build platforms for themselves simply by being on social media has turned into myth. And the glut of “social media experts” and “content experts” who offer proven strategies for building a tribe is growing tired.

So how do you build a base for your work? Kevin Kelley once proclaimed the principle of “1,000 true fans,” where he stated that only 1,000 customers were needed to build a sustainable career. In this new “maker society” where your livelihood comes from your followership, how do you stand out in the long tail?”

Continue reading

Business Bites: Ryan Gosling & New Blogger Business Advice

edible flowers

Photography: Marla Meridith Photography

This week has been busy but delightful. I signed off on my two big projects (one of them will be hitting the blog on Monday – watch this very excited space!) and spent an evening with Gareth at a spa (yes, it was just as wonderful as it sounds). Then today I’ve hotfooted it to London to speak at the fabulous Papergirls Paperfest conference followed by one to many cocktails with Debs, Lucy and Abbey. Despite speaking to them all pretty much every day I haven’t seen them in forever and it’s just beyond magnificent to catch up in person.

Also Gala kindly just reminded me that we have less than two weeks until we fly out to Austin for the final US Blogcademy of 2013! Waaaah, I have so much to do before then! Can’t stop to chat, I’ve got too much blogging to do…

So you want to write a book?
♥ Best blog series ever: Business tips with Ryan Gosling
♥ The 36 rules of social media
Seven minutes with The Sartorialist

WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE TO ANYONE STARTING OUT IN BLOGGING NOW?
“Have a point of view. That’s the hardest thing. Most people don’t have a point of view. They’re not willing to say what they believe and I guess they want to do it for different reasons than I did. They want to make money. They want to get famous. They want to sit in the front row. I didn’t think any of that stuff when I started the blog. I just wanted to communicate and talk about fashion and the way that I love it.”

Continue reading

Business Bites: Contagion and Controversy

Vincent Sandoval-1279024

Photography: Vincent Sandoval

Oh hello there friend, how the devil are you? As usual I’ve been a busy bee this week. Apart from the obvious admin and writing that comes with this lil job of mine, I’ve been furiously putting very nearly final touches to two big projects that I’ve been working on for the past 6 months or so.

The first is issue 3 of the print magazine which is due out in August. It’s been SUCH a mammoth project as unlike the previous two issues it is filled with 100% brand new and exclusive content. I call it a magazine but it’s basically been like writing a damn book! There’s new real weddings, unseen DIY tutorials and a bunch of advice articles I’ve penned just for the mag. I’ve also organised two massive photo shoots for it. The first was an editorial shoot with proper models and some proper gorgeous wedding inspiration which I’m not afraid to tell you I’m super duper proud of. I can’t wait for you guys to see it!

The second was the cover shoot. With all the content now being previously unseen I figured I should also come up with a brand new cover shoot concept to tie it all together. Those of you that follow me on Instagram might have seen a couple. of. hints as to what it’s going to look like already…and yes, that gold dress was just as glorious in real life (thank you Fur Coat No Knickers!)

The second project is a collaboration that I’m also super excited about. I don’t think I want to tell you exactly what it is yet (such a tease!) but it involved sparkly pretty things that you’ll be able to buy.

Oh and in other news (phew!) I had an article published by Cosmopolitan Magazine featuring my top 10 weddings. Did your favourite make the list?

EXCITING TIMES AHOY!

Six steps to making your content contagious (this is really, really brilliant by the way!)
How to stay productive while flying
♥ More people are doing marketing badly than any other profession I can imagine
How to deal with controversy

“A good controversy demands that we draw a line in the sand and dare others to cross it. If you’ve got a topic so heartfelt and genuine that you just have to share it – do it. One post that’s near and dear to you will be worth more to your readers than ten “safe” posts.”

Continue reading

Business Bites: Powering Through

typography-cake

Photography: A Subtle Revelry

It’s been one of those treadmill weeks. I feel like I’ve been pounding one for 8 hours a day, just trying to keep up. If only my story was more literal than metaphorical, I’d be fit as a fiddle! Weeks like this one can feel like they’re sent to test us, but really, it’s just all part of the ebb and flow of running your own business. Sometimes it’s fun and frolics for days, and other times it’s all about getting your head down, powering through and doing the very best you can.

4 ways to deal with criticism 
7 mistakes every photographer makes
Stop glorifying hard work and long hours

“No one should glorify working long and hard hours. Working hard does not mean you are working smart or even getting more done. It might even mean you can’t figure out how to focus on the important stuff.”

Continue reading

Business Bites: Working Like a Machine…

CoconutIcePops1

Photography: Kitchen Konfidence

My feet have not touched the ground since I got home on Wednesday night… I literally feel like an old machine cranking back up to full speed… I’ll get there but it might take me a few days! I’m not going to lie though, I’m feeling quite overwhelmed and a little stressed out about everything I have on right now, but it’s all good, I’m just taking each day hour at a time! Sheesh maybe I need to write a blog post titled ‘How to get shit done in no time at all…’

5 ways to prepare your blog for affiliate selling
7 mistakes every photographer makes
Thinking about money

“Many marketers work overtime to confuse us about money. They take advantage of our misunderstanding of the time value of money, of our aversion to reading the fine print, of our childish need for instant gratification and most of all, our conflicted emotional connection to money,” Seth Godin

Continue reading