Two Seats Left For The Radical Self Love Salon This Sunday!

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Hi babes! This is just a quick note to let you know that I have two seats left for the Radical Self Love Salon this Sunday. We kick off at 1pm and go until 4pm. It’s going to be wonderful!

There will be magic-making, manifesting, releasing old fears, and many, many rose petals. Even better than that, you’ll walk away with some incredible new friends. (I’m so proud to say that I’m in love with everyone who has ever attended. Such beautiful people.) Now, if you’re a little nervous, and you’re not sure exactly what goes down at a Radical Self Love Salon, here are recaps from New York and London. It will be lovely, and after attending Spirit Junkie Masterclass this past weekend, I have a lot of new things I’m going to introduce to the group this weekend! YAY!

You can get your ticket here, and if you’ll be in town next month, there’s another Salon on Sunday the 19th of October. Once you buy your ticket, I’ll send you all the details you’ll need!

Big love,

Photo by Sassy of Assassynation.

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Dressin’ Up The iPhone 6!

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Are you as psyched about the iPhone 6 as I am? Oh man. I’m such a sucker for a new iPhone, especially one with a bigger screen (helloooooo iPhone 6 Plus) and a better camera.

Really, it is all about the camera for me. I have pretty much stopped taking photos with my iPhone 5, and now almost exclusively take pictures with my Samsung NX3000. It has wifi, so I take my camera everywhere, and just send the photos wirelessly. It’s pretty amazing, really… but I hope that the iPhone 6 will allow me to leave my camera at home!

The bad news is that I procrastinated on ordering, and now the wait is 3-4 weeks. Brutal! But that doesn’t mean I haven’t started shopping for my new phone in my mind. Because I have. Oh, you better believe I have.

The first step, of course, is a case. I headed over to Zazzle to see what they had on offer, and while some of their designs were really cute (and how Blogcademy is this?!), I was hit with a brainwave. What if I had Branch design me some cases that were on brand and representin’ the radical self love message?!

Of course, Shauna delivered! Just look at those case designs at the top of the post! They’re so cute I can’t stand it. I uploaded one of the designs to Zazzle’s super-simple system, and now I’m just waiting for it to arrive. Can you guess which one I picked?!

I’m not even done with dressing up my phone. Next step: a sparkly eyeball to adorn my home button, and probably a phone charm covered in sequins. Because that is just how I do!

So excited,

This post was a collaboration with Zazzle.

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Happy (Belated) Birthday To Me!

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Happy birthday to me! On Saturday, I turned 31 years old. I thought that after last year’s frivolity, 31 might be a bit of an anticlimax. But you know what? I had one of the most incredible weekends of my life.

On Friday night, and all day Saturday and Sunday, I attended Spirit Junkie Masterclass, a course about running a spiritual business, taught by Gabby Bernstein. It was absolutely out of this world. I spent the whole weekend meditating, crying, praying, tapping, healing, and learning so much. I met dozens of beautiful radical self love warriors, and even shared the stage and spoke a little bit about my book!

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(This tube of confetti didn’t really want to cooperate. I thought it was hilarious regardless!)

I usually never know what to ask for, but this year, I had it all figured out. My birthday wishes were pretty colourful: psychedelic sneakers and wonderful pillows (1, 2, 3, and 4) topped my list. But most importantly, I got clarity, some much-needed guidance, and a roadmap for where to go next. And that’s invaluable.

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Thank you all so much for your support and excitement about my book. I couldn’t ask for a more wonderful response. I love you, and can’t wait to share the next steps of the process!

xo,

Photos by the sweet and lovely Cheyenne Mojica.

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Announcing… My First Book!

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Where do I begin? As you may have guessed by the lack of posts, it has been a busy, busy week. I mentioned on Facebook that I had some big news to announce on Friday… And here it is.

This week I submitted my manuscript for my first book! Yes, it’s really happening! Cue loud screaming!

My diehard babes will remember Love & Sequins, a book I wrote and released in serial format. I’ve been asked for a physical copy of Love & Sequins for years, but it never felt like the right time. Well, to quote The Craft: now is the time, this is the hour, ours is the magic, ours is the power!

I’ve been whittling, refining, improving, and polishing for months, and with the help of Francesca Lia Block, who waved her magical wand and edited the whole thing, it is a totally new book. It has been mixed and matched, shaken and stirred, and it’s now the perfect introduction to radical self love.

To say I’m beside myself with excitement and anticipation is the understatement of the century! The book is glorious. I am so proud of it.

Now that the gruelling edits have been done, we’re moving onto the intoxicating task of making it look really pretty. I want to give you something gorgeous to hold, so of course I have retained the services of Branch. We have such special plans.

This is a thrilling process, and I’ll be sharing sneak peeks right here as Love & Sequins becomes a real, live book.

You have no idea how many tricks I have up my sleeve. I am going to spoil you rotten with this book release. Just you wait!

And of course, if you want to be the first to know when the book is released, just type your name right here!

I am so amped, and can’t wait to share this very special project with you!

Squeak!

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Cocktails, Canapes, And A Top Secret Club Of Blogger Babes!

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We came up with the idea for a mixer while sitting around the dinner table at my parents’ house in New Zealand. One of the things that is so miraculous to us about The Blogcademy is the mini-economy which has sprung up around it. Put a few blogcadettes into a room, and almost immediately they’re plotting ways to work together or help one another out. We wondered, what if we did that on a grander scale? What if we threw 60 ambitious geniuses into a room and watched what happened?

It was a quick conversation, but it stuck in our minds. By the time we were reunited in Palm Springs a couple of months later, we were convinced that it was worth going ahead with. We let people know we were looking for an events coordinator, and almost immediately heard from Jade, a badass Aussie who had assisted us in Melbourne. We knew she was the dame for the job… And so started a few months of plotting, planning, and of course, emails!

All of a sudden, the Mixer was upon us. Jade, bless her heart, had organised everything, so that literally all we needed to do was show up. On one balmy Thursday night, coiffed and excited, we walked into The Roost… And the party began.

This video very vividly captures what it was like at our party. If it looks like a good time, that’s because it was!

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If there are no sweets, it’s just not a party. Thankfully, Plumb And Rabbitts provided us with beautiful pastel macarons and pencil-shaped cookies. Adorable and delightful!

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I’m not a big drinker, but even I couldn’t resist these toothsome cocktails by Pigs Bladder And Petticoat. You could take your pick between a Rhubarb & Rosemary Fizz (rosemary-infused vodka, homemade rhubarb syrup and lemon juice, topped with sparkling water and garnished with a sprig of rosemary), and Pear & Cardamon Twist (gin, homemade pear syrup, lemon juice and crushed cardamon, topped with ginger ale)… And they were both out of this world.

London Velvet hooked us up with beer, and VitaCoco provided us with gallons of coconut water. Glug glug glug!

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Don’t they look so cute in their ears? D’awwwwww!

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Of course, the photobooth — supplied by Fishee Designs — was a MASSIVE hit. How can you not like a booth with a sequinned silver backdrop, flattering light, and a super-quick printer?! I couldn’t resist jumping in with anyone who asked! By the way, my dress is from Miss Selfridge, and it was only $68!

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We have to give SUCH huge props to the purple-haired babeling in the middle of this photo, the incomparable Sophie from Crown & Glory. (You know, they do the ears and flowers crowns that we are always wearing!) She stayed with us and helped out during both London classes, supplied about a trillion pairs of sparkly ears for this European trip alone, and — most amazingly — flew to Amsterdam (even though she had never flown alone before!) to help us when our assistant said she could no longer pitch in!

Sophie, you’re the tits. We love you!

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We were grooving all night long, thanks to The Wedding Smashers. Our DJ even treated us to our newest obsession, Rebbie Jackson’s Centipede! What are the odds?!

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We met a lot of new faces at our Mixer, but it was so wonderful to see plenty of familiar ones, too. These two blogcadettes, Shannon and Georgina, weren’t even in the same class, but got connected, and are now working together as Ruby And Stardust on all kinds of brilliant projects (some of which include taking photographs of shirtless men in the woods)! Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about! Look at their site: they are doing seriously beautiful things!

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The (total) babe on the left is Emily Fisher of Fishee Designs, aka a complete photobooth genius! She worked her arse off to customise this booth for us, and we appreciated it so much. A sweeter, kinder, more bubbly and energetic person you’ll seldom meet. She also has a new blog, Mermaid Gossip, and — obviously — you should check it out! And yes, Sophie is clearly a unicorn.

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The Costa Sisters working their magic. Such, such lovely women, and so bloody talented, too! Check out their video at the top of the post if you don’t believe me (and then hire them!).

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Absolute Taste kept our bellies full and our tongues happy. I went crazy for their little chicken spring rolls! So delicious.

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So stylish. I love it!

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Three lovely ladies! Grace, in the middle, is total magic, and she made the trek from Wales to be with us! She also — months ago – did a ritual to help my husband and I find a new house. Suffice to say, it worked! Grace is incredible. Don’t sleep on her radness!
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Halfway through the evening, we all adjourned to another room to answer some questions and talk about our favourite subject, blogging! We planned to do around 45 minutes of Q&A but it quickly ballooned to almost an hour and a half. The questions were great: intelligent, complex, and thoughtful. We hoped that everyone in attendance would walk away feeling empowered and ready to jump into their next challenge with both feet!

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Before we knew it, it was time to wrap up the party, and we were left asking each other, “Where did the time go?!” We gave copious hugs and kisses, and sashayed out of the venue feeling high on life. Such a fun night. How is this “work”?!

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We’ve gotta say a huge thank you to the fabulous companies who stuffed our Arnis Purple goodie bags: Crown and Glory for sparkly ears, Cheap Frills for cute jewels,  Abigail Warner for fun cards, Berin Made for Jump For Joy prints, and Peach Blossom for the honeycomb balls. You made our attendees very happy!

Never-ending love to Jade (our hero!), Eliska who helped with sourcing and gave support, Charlotte Bailey who assisted on the night, Lisa Jayne who took all these great photos, and the Costa Sisters for their slam-dunk video!

What a wonderful night. Thanks for coming out and making it so special!

Dreaming of sequins,

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