13 September 2013, 15:26
Leaving Santorini was heartbreaking, but we were ready for a change of pace. We found it in Mykonos.
An island full of jetsetting party girls, tanned twenty-somethings and drunken antics laid in wait… Or so we thought. We considered going to all night beach parties, but decided that lying beside the pool in our sublime digs — Hotel Grace Mykonos — sounded more appealing.
So that’s what we did. And it was fabulous.
Of course, that’s not all we did. We also danced around the hotel, wandered around Mykonos town, drank champagne for breakfast and watched men in teeny-tiny swimsuits play ping-pong!
It was so wonderful. My full write-up of our Greek Islands experience to come soon!
13 September 2013, 12:11
Photos by the always wonderful David McNeil.
I almost can’t believe it. This morning, I woke up, and I was 30 years old. Thirty! How did this happen?!
It’s true that time flies when you’re having fun… And my life, from age 23, has been a complete blast. If you had told me, as a miserable 21 year old, that I would be celebrating my 30th birthday in New York City, with my husband and our dogs, I wouldn’t have believed you. And why would I? At the time, I was intent on creating chaos for myself, for dancing down a path of self-destruction and misery.
Of course, it sucked at the time. I wallowed in my misery and believed that I was going to be depressed forever. But I am so grateful for having gone through those times, because they gave me perspective. I know how dark things can get, and I also know that I have the strength, and more importantly, the tools, to pull through it.
That knowledge means more to me than any possession or achievement ever could.
And for the record, 30 doesn’t feel scary or “old” or bad in any way. Instead, I feel more like myself than ever… Which is pretty goddamn fabulous!
Birthday girl bisoux,
12 September 2013, 12:11
First things first: today is Chocolate Milkshake Day, and of course I would be remiss if I failed to mention this extremely important day of honour. I don’t know about you, but I plan on celebrating with a scrumptious vegan version. Sounds about perfect!
Phew. It feels weird to be back in my office, working. I could have happily remained in Greece, splashing around in the pool and being a lady of leisure for much longer!
No matter where you live, it’s so great to leave your street, your neighbourhood, your city, your state, or your country. Get out of your usual groove and see what else is out there.
So many of our blogcadettes told me that our trip to the Greek Islands looked amazing, and I always replied that it was, and mostly because it was just so different to everything we’d ever experienced.
In London, after four days of teaching class back-to-back — a pretty massive triumph for us — I looked across the dinner table at Shauna and Kat, and was filled with an overwhelming sense of love, appreciation and adoration. I am crazy about them, and I am so thankful to have them in my life in this way. I don’t say this to brag or boast, but simply to show you — in case you doubt it — that this kind of friendship exists, is real, and is possible. Begin to expect the best for yourself and you will inevitably get it!
My insane crop top is from Topshop, my ears are the Liberace from the Crown and Glory x Rock N Roll Bride collaboration, and my skirt is Tibi.
J’adore… Getting to sleep in a little bit on Monday morning! Dancing around with bunny masks (a gift from adorable blogcadette Fifi Scarlett) Crazed late-night shopping missions which result in white sequin motorcycle jackets and discoball tank tops Discovering Itsu in Shoreditch (so amazing!) Climbing up a ricketty ladder to take photos on a precarious rooftop Blogcadette paparazzi! Sophie and Gareth from Crown And Glory who saved our collective tooshes a million times over — THANK YOU SO MUCH! Sleeping like a log The inimitable Shell De Mar who documented our Grecian adventures (and made us look so gorgeous!) The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (still funny, even on the third viewing) Major brainstorming sessions with Shauna Running into Molly Crabapple at Heathrow Inhaling helium and talking in a silly voice Birthday boots! Pod toilets and rainbow ceilings at Sketch The way Shauna eats hard-boiled eggs Magical light streaming through windows Celebrating the end of class with party poppers Lip-synching to Club Tropicana New music Flat Out Fabulous matte lipstick by MAC (hello, winter lip!) Tom Ford’s fragrances (but oh, the expense!!!) Wearing false eyelashes every day Cotton candy pink skies from airplane windows Selfridges’ candy department Sesame Chicken wraps at Pret-A-Manger… Can we also bring those to the USA?! Seeing my aunt and cousin for coffee and howling with laughter Already researching for our next grand trip… New York City: today, tomorrow, forever
We love party poppers! This was the perfect way to end our Thursday/Friday class. (My dress is by Awear.)
Your gratitude prompt: A few people have sung, “You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.” What’s something you have greater appreciation for today than you did this time last year?
I love you,
11 September 2013, 12:20
Last month, I fired up Skype and sat down for a little chat with Srinivas Rao of BlogcastFM. It was very informal, but we began circling around a few topics and going pretty deep. Srinivas ended up giving our discussion the title of ‘Developing a Bold and Authentic Brand’. We had a great and very real chat about what it means to live online.
Some of the highlights include…
My mission to live out loud and have a great time on the planet
Looking at early online journalling platforms
Rediscovering the freedom to be your weird self
How to figure out when and where you can cross the line
Finding a unique angle on a generic topic like fashion
Why pushing the boundaries of what you post raises confidence
The importance of having a bold point of view
Why you must incorporate lessons into provocative content
How to uncover your branding and messaging
The power of writing to the younger version of yourself
The business fundamentals that are important to your success
A look at how the Blogcademy was created from nothing
The role that consistency plays in your success
It’s a goodie, especially for anyone who has a blog or would like to get into blogging.
Wanna tweet it out? Just click the pink bird!
There’s a fine line between being a car crash blogger and being vulnerable from time to time
The only way to cultivate a strong voice is to practice it
After a certain point, perfection is procrastination
Mad love (!) to Srinivas for having me on the show, and of course, for being so rad in general. Check out BlogcastFM for regular, badass interviews with the most interesting people in the blogosphere.
Photo by Made U Look Photography.
6 September 2013, 12:29
I think it’s fair to say that the three of us — Shauna, Kat and myself — had the time of our lives in Santorini. It is, without question, the most beautiful place I have ever clapped eyes on, and a few days relaxing were just what the doctor ordered.
Even before we landed, I decided that I was going to make a little “home movie” of our experiences in the Greek Islands… And this is part one of what we came up with…
Santorini was absolutely gorgeous… But Mykonos was brilliant. Our video featuring some of the highlights is comin’ at you next Friday!
Love and feta,
P.S. The song is Lorde’s Million Dollar Bills!