A Little Custom Art For Darling HQ…

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Tiffany and I had only been at the Brooklyn Flea Market for half an hour when I spotted a tin sign of a heart with wings. It was unbelievably cute, but in its current state, it looked a bit too rustic for my tastes.

“Don’t worry!” Tiffany exclaimed. “I can Gala-ise that for you in no time.”

She’s a wonder, that one.

It didn’t take much: we made a quick trip to Michael’s for a can of pink tint spraypaint, some glitter, a couple of bags of multi-coloured gems, and some sparkly hot glue (this really exists!), and then Tiffany grabbed the sign and absconded. That night, an Instagram appeared which gave me heart palpitations… And the next day, she showed up at my apartment with her creation.

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DEAR GOD. If there was ever a thing that summed up radical self love, this is it. A heart covered in jewels, with pink glitter wings to propel itself through the universe… Yes, yes, yes. YES.

I mean, how could I not be inspired with this hanging on the wall beside me?

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I love it. It’s fantastic. It’s pink and sparkly and a little bit too much (just like me).

Amazing what a little glittery hot glue can do! Stay tuned for more of the quirky, weird and wonderful DIYs we’ll be whipping up to put the cherry on top of Darling HQ!

Meeeeeeow,

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House-Witchery: 13 Easy Ways To Infuse Your Home With Magic (And Attract More Of What You Want)

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As summer ebbs away, and fall flows towards us, we release the things we were holding onto, and make room for new opportunities. October is a special month. The Equinox marks the beginning of the rest of the year: three months to hunker down, focus on what you want to create, make and do, and start to see the results.

Maybe it’s the Virgo in me, but I like to do a so-called “spring” cleaning at the start of every season. Your home, after all, is the place where you spend the majority of your time: it’s where you create and dream. It makes sense to spend a day getting your home ready for the next few months.

Start by cleaning your home in the conventional sense: vacuum, dust, clean your mirrors, and do a couple of loads of laundry. Once you’ve cleared all the muck, emptied your garbage bins, and cleaned out your fridge, it’s time to move onto cleaning in a more metaphysical way. Here are some of my favourite ways to do that!

“I release the past with ease and trust in the process of life.” — Louise Hay

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DECORATE YOUR ALTAR
This is the perfect time to give your altar a super-clean, as well as a bit of a makeover. When you do this, it allows you to refocus on your dreams. Take everything off your altar, clean it up, and then be selective about what you put back. Choose candles which reflect your hopes and desires, burn some fresh incense, and place your favourite crystals just so. As we get closer to Dia De Los Muertos (November 1st to 2nd), it’s also a beautiful time to put out photos or mementos of those who have passed.

OPEN THE WINDOWS
It may be getting colder, but keeping the windows open — as well as turning on a fan or two — is a great way to keep the energy in your house nice and buoyant. Fresh air is refreshing and cleansing, and it gets the energy moving. If the air in your home is stagnant, that will affect how you feel.

GET A SALT LAMP
When Tiffany was in town, she introduced me to my new favourite store: HomeGoods. In the lighting aisle, she glanced at me and asked, “Do you have a salt lamp?” As soon as I said no, she thrust one into my arms. I’ve been using it every day since, and I absolutely love it. You can buy salt lamps on Amazon for under $20, and they’re wonderful. They purify the air, emit negative ions, and naturally clear the air of allergens, so they’re great for people with asthma or allergies. I’m obsessed with mine, plus, the glow is so soft and relaxing!

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BRING NATURE INDOORS
Few things will make you feel as good as walking into a house full of fresh flowers! They really brighten up a space, and if your budget can swing it, a fresh bunch of blooms every week is a fantastic gift to yourself. If arranging flowers isn’t your strongest area, Real Simple has got your back. Alternatively, you could buy some plants and station them all around your home. They increase the vibration of a space, and look beautiful, too.

USE A SPACE-CLEARING SPRAY
You can easily make your own (all you need is a selection of essential oils and a bottle of vodka!), or if you’d prefer, you can buy one. The Australian Bush Flower Essences Space Clearing Mist is super-potent, and it contains angelsword, boab, fringed violet, lichen, red lily, calendula, echinacea, chamomile, aloe, arnica, sandalwood, cedarwood, eucalyptus and lavender. Meow! Bad vibes begone!

LIGHT CANDLES
As soon as I wake up in the morning, I light the candles on my altar, meditate, and then start working. The simple act of lighting a match and sparking a candle reminds me of my intentions for the day, and sets an atmosphere of happiness and calm. You can use any kind of candle you like, from devotional to Diptyque, but I recommend choosing a candle in a colour (or scent) that reminds you of your intentions. If you want to stick with the cleansing theme, this clearing candle made by Magic Hour is beautiful as well as effective, and poured around a citrine crystal.

PUT DOWN THE SEAT!
Men are notorious for leaving the toilet seat up, but in Feng Shui it’s believed that if you don’t close the lid of the loo as well, you’re flushing away all the good energy. The same concept applies to dripping or leaky taps: always make sure they’re fixed or turned off, because a dripping faucet signifies financial drain, or that your money is literally running out!

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VISUALISE YOUR HOME FILLED WITH LIGHT
Ideally, we would all live in light, bright, beautiful spaces with huge windows, but this is unfortunately not reality. While you may not have sunshine streaming into your home, you can easily fill your home with divine white light by simply visualising it. It’s easy: see your home filling up with a bright white light, expanding and filling every corner, every dark space. When your home is saturated with this divine light, it will provide energetic healing for everything and everyone who enters. Another beautiful option is to literally bring more light into your home by hanging rainbow makers or prisms in your windows. They cast beautiful rainbows on the wall, floor, ceiling… Such a treat.

CHANGE UP YOUR ART
When you look at the photos, paintings and objects hung on your wall, ask yourself: does this make me feel good or bad? Is it enhancing my energy or draining it? Surround yourself with positive artwork, and be ruthless!

CLEAN YOUR FRONT DOOR
If your front door is looking grubby or missing its number, do something about it! For easy house-witchery, make sure your entrance-way is clean and clear. Wipe down your door, including the number, the bell, and the door-handle. This isn’t just about being hygienic (although, of course, it’s a nice bonus!): when your door is clean and clear, love, money, and other good things will be able to find their way to you.

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MAKE NOISE!
In ritual, sound — whether it be chanting, the ringing of bells, or the beating of drums — is used to clear and change the energy of a space. You can do this in your home, too, by clapping your hands. All you need to do is walk around the house, clap, and listen to how it sounds. If a clap sounds heavy or flat, the energy in that area is stagnant and stuck, but if it sounds crisp and clear, this indicates that the energy is flowing well. In the area where a clap sounds heavy, stay in that spot a little longer, and keep clapping until the sound becomes clear. You can do the same thing with bells, singing bowls, drums, or even a tambourine, if the mood strikes!

SAGE, BABY, SAGE
Burning sage in your home is a fantastic way to clear out stale energy. You can buy sage sticks all over the place, but I recommend using Etsy and supporting an independent business owner! Another great option is to burn Palo Santo, which smells amazing. (I’m a little in love with this Palo Santo burner, too.)

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TAKE A SALT BATH
Your house might be clean, but that doesn’t mean much if you’re frazzled on the inside! One of my favourite ways to relax and change my energy is to have an Epsom salt bath. You absorb the salt through your skin, increasing your levels of magnesium (which calms you down, increases your energy, reduces irritability, and even aids concentration and sleep). It’s marvellous stuff. I buy huge bags of lavender Epsom salts and pour ample amounts into the tub every week, and it really helps make me feel happy again. P.S. If you don’t have a tub, I love these tips for turning your shower into a sanctuary.

I hope these tips help you to transform your home into an enchanting and wonderful place.

Magical blessings,

Title image by Tommaso Nervegna. Altar photo from the studio space of Ax + Apple. Crystals and roses photo from Erin Fetherston’s Tribeca loft. Window photo by Theo Gosselin. Bell image from Ironaworks. Bathtub photo by Ciara Richardson.

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Get Your Radical Self Love On In NYC!

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There are a couple of seats left in October’s Radical Self Love Salon! We’re meeting up this Sunday the 19th at 1pm, and our session will go until around 4pm. So, what can you expect?

We’ll talk about what radical self love means to you personally, and come up with ways to show yourself more love, appreciation, and forgiveness every day. We’ll be discussing the stuff that’s going on in your life right now, and create real solutions that you can actually use. We’ll talk about what we want to release, and what we want to bring into our lives… And we’ll do some magic to help it along. Plus, rose petals!

You will definitely laugh, and you might just cry. You’ll leave feeling more like yourself than you have in a long time. And best of all, you’ll meet some incredible women who have your back 100%. The feeling of love and support at these Salons is out of this world — you have to experience it to believe it!

Tickets are $199. This will be my last Radical Self Love Salon of the year, and I’d love to see you there.

“I always leave your events leaving refreshed and inspired, and this was absolutely no different — when I walked out of that door, I felt like I could conquer all the obstacles that had felt so insurmountable before. Perfectionism, self-deprecation, comparison, all the icky feelings that keep me down seemed to melt away. Whether it was a wave of the rose quartz wand, the energy grounding, or just the fabulous energy of the ladies in that room, who knows? But it truly was magic!” — Luna

“Gala’s Radical Self Love Salon was life altering. Expect huge mind shifts, camaraderie, inspiration plus lots of practical techniques to incorporate more self love into your life. This is an area that every single woman can afford to improve upon. I left feeling totally relieved of my burdens, injected with love and with an arsenal of exciting techniques to love myself more. Plus, Gala is an absolute delight to be around! Definitely jump on this opportunity to learn how to love yourself more.” — Rachel


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Radical Self Love 101 is a four-week in-person workshop in NYC. We’ll be meeting every Tuesday (October 28th, November 4th, November 11th, November 18th) in Manhattan, starting at 7pm. If you’ve been to a Radical Self Love Salon, this is similar, except it happens every week, giving us the chance to go deeper and get closer.

As I was walking home from my last Salon, it dawned on me: we should do this every week for a month. I wanted us to have more time to connect, to discuss what we’re going through, to get support from one another. I wanted us to help each other with our goals, to make magic, and teach each other amazing things. There is such a big space in my life for that, and I think there is space in yours too.

There are only 4 spaces left, and the other women in the group are wonderful. You’ll be so glad you met them! This is going to be a fantastic introduction to winter: we’ll be making each other smile and laugh, and motivating one another to make our lives super-magical.

101 is $350 for 4 weeks. Reserve your seat here. If you have any questions, email me — I’m always happy to help!

 

With love,

Title photo by Emily Faulstich.

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The Blogcademy 2015 Dates, And Introducing Level 2!

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It has been a great year for The Blogcademy, with sold-out classes all over the globe. People keep asking us when we’ll be announcing dates for 2015, and you’re in luck, because today is that day!

Another thing people always ask us — inevitably at the end of a weekend spent learning the ins and outs of blogging — is, “When can I come to a follow-up class?” Again, it’s your lucky day: because today we’re launching LEVEL 2!

We’ve taught Level 1 — our standard class — to well over 600 women by now, which absolutely blows my mind. It’s a fantastic introduction to setting up your blog, getting it on its feet, and learning how to use a blog to supplement your business. But Level 2 is the step beyond that: it’s about legitimately turning your blog into a business.

Level 2 is all about the nitty-gritty. Wanna know how to set up your blog legally, deal with your inbox with grace, and not cry over your bundles of receipts? We got you, girl. Need to know how to hire a great assistant, learn to delegate, and figure out what to outsource? It’s covered. Tearing your hair out, trying to figure out what kinds of products will actually sell? No worries, babe. We address all of this and more.

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Level 2 is a serious step up, and it is not a class for beginners. Taking Level 1 is not a requirement, but it is strongly recommended, as you’ll need a really solid foundation of knowledge before we crack into Level 2.

In Level 2, we deep-dive and take a close-up look at all the things you need to know to make a profit. We’ll show you how to work with designers and developers (and find great people), solidify your brand and attract your dream client, how to handle the day-to-day (like outsourcing, administration, accounting, and the dreaded inbox), how to create and sell product (both physical and digital), and everything we know about self-publishing. There’s also a big chunk of free time for you to brainstorm with us, network with other blogcadettes, or get some one-on-one feedback.

It’s going to be amazing. This is exactly what our blogcadettes have been asking us for… And we cannot WAIT to be reunited!

We’re bringing Level 2 to a handful of cities in 2015. (All other dates listed are for Level 1.) As with all our classes, if you’d like to come, we recommend booking now, as they fill up quickly!

2015 DATES

Los Angeles
February 25th & 26th

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February 28th & 29th

Austin
March 7th & 8th

London
June 13th & 14th

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June 17th & 18th

San Francisco
September 15th & 16th

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September 19th & 20th

New York
September 22nd & 23rd

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September 26th & 27th

Melbourne
December 1st & 2nd

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December 5th & 6th

Sydney
December 9th & 10th

Not sure which class is for you? Check out our chart below… And there’s more information on our new curriculum, pricing, payment options, and much, much more in our FAQ.

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We’re absolutely beside ourselves to be hitting up some of our favourite cities in 2015… And to bring brand new information to you, because you asked for it!

Turquoise love,

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#Lovetober: Week One Favourites (And Winners!)

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Imagine my joy: with over 9,000 posts on the #lovetober hashtag, you have clearly taken to this challenge like ducks to water! I love seeing what you’ve created, reading your soulful captions, and watching you all connect with one another. That, to me, is the best part of these Instagram challenges: bringing the community together. It truly lights up my heart.

Now it’s time to share with you a few of my favourite images from the past 10 days. In a lot of ways, it pains to me to choose these, because there are simply SO MANY great, funny, thoughtful images. If you haven’t had a browse through the hashtag, you are seriously missing out. Go find some new Insta-favourites!

October 1: Flower power

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What a beautiful way to start the challenge: nothing could be better than a hashtag full of flowers! Thank you to Megan, Melissa, Alethiea, Xandra, Teri, Sarah, Marissa, Ashley, and another Sarah for these glorious images.

October 2: Nostalgia

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Looking back can be lovely. I adore these photos of Caitlin lounging in Bali, JRDC remembering My Little Ponies, Monica looking back at her bachelerotte party, and Sara honouring the memories of her family on a hot pink gallery wall. Love it.

October 3: Photobooth Friday

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This day’s photos ran the gamut from old school black and white scanned-in photobooth strips to liberal application of the Party Party app! Katryna roped her cat into it, Jamie shared her babygoth roots, Felecia got romantic at a corporate Christmas party, and Korrina shared a shot from when she and her boyfriend started dating. Aw!

October 4: Made me laugh

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I loved this prompt. I ended up posting a video from New Girl“I’m gonna split you like a log!” — which took several attempts to record because I was cackling so hard! These pictures were awesome (and I was secretly delighted to see so many references to The I.T. Crowd). Ahhh, so good. Anyway, let’s just say that alloverthrift, Heather, Sarah and Rachelle have my sense of humour!

October 5: Daily mantra

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My mantra? Anything is possible. It was great to see what keeps you motivated and ticking along, especially these gems from Christen, Anastasia, Mel, Jenny, Sarah, Ivania, and Alana.

October 6: Your bookshelf

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The book I saw most featured on this day was definitely Not That Kind Of Girl, followed closely by #GIRLBOSS! It was great seeing what you’re all reading, and it made me think of this wonderful quote…

“We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t fuck them.” — John Waters

Chrissy and Kamilla had two of the brightest bookshelves I saw!

October 7: Thankfulness

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Marguerite and Jaylyn get special mentions for October 7th, because they made a list of all the things they were thankful for, and then climbed to the top of the COP tower and screamed “THANK YOU” at the top of their lungs. Typing that gave me goosebumps! I love it!

October 8: Street art

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Beauty is everywhere, and you certainly see it. These were a few of my favourite photos, although so many of the street art photos tickled my fancy. I chose these shots by Megan, Lyndsay, Kimiko, Elaine, Chilere11, and Eleanor because I loved the colours and sentiment.

October 9: Favourite colour

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Joselyn and Evelyn both said that pink, purple and turquoise were all equal in their eyes! Ashlee and Erika love purple, Mary is a yellow gal, and Marijojara is all about pink.

October 10: Your inspiration

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Your inspirations were wonderfully varied, from celebrities to family members, from darlings of history to devoted friends. I love the way that we are all united in our quest for radical self love, and yet our imaginations are sparked by such different things. For example, Kamilla is inspired by Carine Roitfeld, while Charlotte chose Sylvia Plath (“She wrote through love and pain and taught me that a woman’s experience is a valid and necessary story to share”). Righteous.

AND NOW, THE PRIZES!
Every week, there will be four winners chosen from the images posted here. This week, each winner will be able to take her pick from the Rock N Roll Bride for Crown & Glory collaboration! Will you choose glorious Liberace ears, a beautiful crown, or a Woohoo headband? It’s up to you!

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Were you a winner? Send me an email, and I will forward your details to Crown & Glory. Hooray!

Can’t wait for next week… And next week’s prizes! (They’re good, I promise.) Stay tuned, babes!

Kisses,

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