10 February 2014, 11:11
I almost hate to say it — because I don’t want to rub it in while the rest of the country is suffering with such bad weather — but I’ve had an absolutely incredible week with Shauna and Kat in Palm Springs. It all flew by too quickly, of course. Today, Kat jets home to England, while Shauna and I go on to Los Angeles for a few days of fun.
During our time together, we’ve been hard at work cooking up some very exciting stuff for The Blogcademy. The video above is just a little tease… And we hope you enjoy it!
Love and badminton,
Film by FX Media.
8 February 2014, 13:45
Hey bunny! Greetings from glorious Palm Springs. As you have probably noticed from the proliferation of heart-shaped items in the shops, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Since this can be such a difficult day — for both singles and couples alike — I decided to come to you with a livestream full of ideas on how to kick Valentine’s Day blues to the curb.
Click on the play button and tune in below for a discussion of how we can kick Valentine’s Day’s ASS, and feel free to submit any questions you might like to have answered!
7 February 2014, 11:11
I can’t even begin to describe how thrilling it was to bring The Blogcademy to my homeland, New Zealand. I was beyond excited to show Shauna and Kat where I grew up, and introduce them to some rad Kiwis! Thankfully — but not surprisingly — our NZ blogcadettes were a damn good crop. They did me proud!
Class was held at the undeniably cool Generator, down near Britomart. I left Auckland in 2006, and it’s incredible to see how much the area has changed, developed and evolved in that time. What a cool little area!
I like to think we spoiled our blogcadettes rotten with our goodie bags. They were pretty cool…
And themed, of course…
We loved these postcards from Love Ideas Ink. A good life motto, I think!
Cocorrina sent us necklaces all the way from Greece. They’re so beautiful, and yes, made from concrete!
Fantail brooches from Native Creative. How Kiwi is that?!
One of our blogcadettes, Bec from Clouds of Colour, supplied art prints for every blogcadette.
Cute striped flags from Wink! They supplied us with all the decor, including our adorable BLOG LOVE banner!
I can never say no to a photobooth. The Amazing Travelling Photobooth was stationed at the venue, ready to capture every silly moment!
Of course, the photobooth was a huge hit.
I loved it too!
My parents came along to class, and it was great to have them there. I love this picture of Mama Darling in her Crown And Glory ears!
Toodles Noodles supplied everyone with a damn fine notebook.
We loved seeing these happy faces in our front row.
More photobooth antics. Oh, if that curtain could talk!
We were thrilled to have Leonie join us. What a sweetie!
Always… Be… Instagramming!
I was amazed when Nadine showed up with this tote bag! Blast from the PAST!
I bet these are already adorning someone’s fridge…
What an awesome group of women!
Get a behind the scenes peek here…
Our class in Auckland was such a raging success that we’re coming back in December! Be sure to grab your ticket if you want in!
5 February 2014, 11:11
Photo by Laura Burlton.
Oh, Mercury retrograde.
You are here, AGAIN. You have arrived on our collective doorsteps in all your messy glory. You are our dreaded but regular house-guest. You stagger in the door, kick over our furniture, leave crumbs all over the couch and hog the bathroom. Then, as quickly as you appeared, you disappear again, leaving us slightly stunned but much better equipped to continue with our own lives!
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here we go. The planets are swinging around at all times, and their movements affect us all in different ways. All planets go retrograde, but Mercury’s journey seems to impact people much more than any other. (Even people who “don’t believe in astrology” often “believe” in the crazy aftershocks of Mercury retrograde!)
Why is that? It’s because Mercury rules communication, clear thinking, truth and travel, so when the planet goes retrograde — which means that it looks like it’s going backwards in the sky — all those things go backwards. They start to get ugly and tangle up. Mercury isn’t really going backwards, it’s just hanging out by the sun, but from Earth, that makes it look like it’s in reverse. It typically runs for a couple of weeks, a few times a year.
Check out these dates below and put them in your calendar!
In 2014, Mercury is retrograde from…
February 6th to 28th
June 7th to July 2nd
October 4th to 25th
Note: We sometimes start to feel the effects of Mercury retrograde a few days early. It’s nice to give yourself a bit of leeway on either side of the prescribed dates!
What happens when Mercury goes retrograde?
All sorts of things! It’s like everyone you know has suddenly gone mad! You might find yourself getting into bizarre arguments about nothing at all, being unable to finish sentences or barely even able to form a coherent thought. Your computer and other electronic equipment is more likely to go on the fritz. You could experience travel delays, too. Double-check your flights and take a book with you to keep you occupied while you wait for the train! We don’t tend to get all the information we need at this time, so it can be hard to make big decisions and it’s not always the best time to sign a contract, either.
Expect to hear super-loud complaining from your friends who are Gemini or Virgo, since both are ruled by Mercury! Mercury also rules a lot of industries like publishing, writing, editing, advertising, sales, public relations and anything to do with transport, like airlines, the post office and cabs! This means it can be particularly rough for Gemini train conductors and Virgo magazine editors, so be kind to any you know!
I often find that Mercury retrograde makes me want to go into hermit mode. I feel like half my brain is missing so I’m really not that interested in interacting with anyone, plus every conversation seems to go in an unusual, confusing direction. I feel much more irritable and frustrated and things just don’t seem to go how I want them to.
So that’s the bad news. Mercury retrograde can be a total kick in the teeth for those of us who normally pride ourselves on having our karmic shit together! The GOOD news is that Mercury retrograde provides us with lots of beautiful opportunities if we can just tilt our head and squint.
Mercury retrograde wants us to move back spiritually. It is providing us with a chance to re-examine various areas of our life which may need a little more work, so that we can move forward to a bright new dawn. Now, more than ever, the time is right to look at things with clear eyes. Delicious, fresh perspectives are revealed. We often have major breakthroughs — intellectual, emotional or spiritual — during this time.
It’s also a terrific period in which to tie up loose ends. So many of us have unfinished projects… Maybe that door just needs another lick of paint, or you’ll decide to put away your ex-boyfriend’s love letters once and for all. Having said that, this is also a time where it’s very common for old lovers, friends and acquaintances to get in touch! If you hear from someone from your past, get together with them and see what eventuates!
One of the best ways to cope with it — as with anything, really — is to just “go with the flow”. When you fight Mercury retrograde, that’s when life gets really ugly. Just take some time, go slowly, be careful, don’t freak yourself out by expecting to be uber-productive-perfect right now. Be good to yourself and the people around you, now more than ever!
surviving Mercury retrograde!
(Print it off and stick it in your diary or on your wall!)
Be sure not to take things too personally. People will often say offensive things they didn’t mean around this time, because their thinking is clouded and their communication skills are on pause! If your best friend suddenly became the most insensitive person in the world, give her the benefit of the doubt.
Back up your data!
Don’t purchase any big ticket items, because they will often have flaws or issues that you weren’t aware of! Of course, life doesn’t stop just because of wacky planetary movement, so if you absolutely have to get that car, computer or iPhone, TRIPLE-check all the paperwork, and make sure you have a warranty!
Take things with a grain of salt. Everyone is a bit confused, and people are much more inclined to change their mind once Mercury goes direct. Mercury can be a bit of a trickster — could it be that the next few weeks are a big karmic joke?!
Read the small print on any contracts. Ask lots of questions. Again, you can’t put your life on hold just because of some silly planet, but adapt your lifestyle a bit so that things run more smoothly. Communication can be a mess right now, but do your best to get as much information as you can.
Finish things you started a while ago. Home improvement projects? Wardrobe re-organisations? Short stories? Love affairs?! This is an excellent time to tie up loose ends and file things away forever.
Get together with old friends, reminisce and laugh!
Double-check any information you’re given, especially as relates to travel arrangements! During one particularly formidable Mercury retrograde, I actually caught a cab to the wrong airport! Check times, delays, baggage allowances, reservations… everything!
Allow Mercury to nudge you in unusual directions. If you seem to find yourself “back to the future”, don’t just try to wriggle out of it — look at what the universe is trying to show you. What can you learn from this situation? This is a fantastic time to re-examine, accept and move on.
Use the things you’ve discovered in the past to create a dazzling new vision so that you’re ready to blast ahead when Mercury goes direct!
If you want more tips, read 10 Magical Ways To Make The Most Of Mercury Retrograde!
Fingers crossed for the next few weeks, and best of luck to you!
Love and sanity,
3 February 2014, 11:11
Valentine’s Day is complete bullshit, and yet, for some reason, it’s hard not to buy into it.
Even the most hardcore babe can sometimes feel a little down on herself on the 14th of February. It doesn’t matter whether you’re single or boo-booed up; if the object of your affection doesn’t show up in your driveway with a marching band to proclaim his or her undying devotion, Valentine’s Day can feel like a letdown.
Join me in trouncing the madness!
Last month’s livestream, Making Magic In 2014, was such a raging success — and was so much fun! — that I’ve decided to do it all over again.
This weekend, I’ll be broadcasting live from Palm Springs (and our temporary Blogcademy HQ), giving you a fistful of ideas to smash the suckiness, as well as delivering a mighty Valentine’s Day smackdown!
No moping, no loneliness, no tears allowed! Let’s make this the best Valentine’s Day EVER, no matter what your relationship status.
Click here to RSVP!
(Hint: it’s FREE!)
I’m going live at 11am in California, 2pm in New York City, 7pm in London, and 8am (on Sunday) in New Zealand. The livestream will be available right here on Saturday, and the livestream will be recorded so you can view it whenever you like!
If you click through to RSVP, you can submit questions in advance, too!
Can’t wait to chat and answer your questions! And maybe I will even do a cannonball into the pool at the end. You’ll only know if you tune in!
P.S. If you can’t get enough of the livestream fun, at the very same time on Sunday, Shauna, Kat and I will be doing our Palm Springs Blowout! We’ll be chit-chattin’ about blogging, teasing out some of our plans for 2014, and answering any questions you might have about kicking your blog’s butt. Click here to RSVP and submit questions in advance! See you then!