10 February 2014, 10:11
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.
7 February 2014, 10:11
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!
24 January 2014, 13:19
I always knew Melbourne would be an incredible class, but I could never have anticipated just how incredible. Let me tell you: two sold-out classes worth of incredible!
A whole lot of magical stuff happened in the lead-up. For example, ABC News showed up to interview us for a segment on blogging! (You can watch it right here.)
Since we were making our Australian television debut, we decided a little time spent with a make-up artist would pay dividends… And we were right!
We got to Lightdrop Studios super-early so that Bernice Mansfield could make us beautiful. And did she ever! (We adore and recommend her!)
Chit-chattin’ with Jacqui of ABC News. (She has been reading my site for years, isn’t that nice?!)
Look, if you’re going to be on the telly, you might as well do it in ears.
ABC not-so-discreetly perched in the back row!
Kat and a very giggly bunch.
Shauna laying the branding SMACKDOWN!
It’s always a treat to be given gifts. Arienne Gorlach made us personalised Filfofaxes, filled with customised inserts. So in love!
I love this notebook. How true!
Soon, it was time for lunch. 99designs hooked everyone up with a delicious lunchbox from Goldilocks!
Caught in the (selfie) act!
After lunch, it was time for a surprise: Deanne Love showed up with a hula hoop for everyone! We shimmied and shook to Deanne’s block-rocking beats.
You simply cannot fake that kind of enthusiasm!
Even us headmistresses had a go….
Some of our blogcadettes turned out to be secret hooping goddesses!
It was so cool to finally meet Deanne. We have been talking online since I started my blog way, way back in 2006!
Seren is such a joy.
Takin’ notes and kicking ass.
One of the most valuable parts of the day is when our babes sit with us one-on-one as we give them feedback on their blogs. Here I am, clearly taking it very seriously!
Kat and Jade, who helped us out and saved our asses!
All our girls got a pair of gorgeous earrings from NAJO.
...And a Headfull of Feathers necklace.
We were all sweetly-scented after using our Sacred Self essential oils!
And well-organised after being spoiled with a selection of Mi Goals notebooks!
What’s a Blogcademy class without Crown And Glory ears?!
Boothalicious provided us with a photobooth — aka, blogger catnip — for both classes. Look at these cuties!
Party horns from Hello Happy Day gave us a thrill!
Now that’s a class!
What fun is a class without prizes? This was our prize selection in Melbourne. (Very colour coordinated.)
Look at them, getting all silly!
They were just as silly as the first class!
Melbourne was absolutely a highlight of the year. Both classes were teeming with enthusiasm and excitement: what a stupendous babe cluster! We can’t wait to come back in December.
What’s it like to be in a Blogcademy class? This video will give you some idea…
We go back on the road in May… Wanna join us?!
Hula-hooping in my mind,
18 January 2014, 10:11
Calling all party people! Got an eye for detail? A flair for the dramatic? A yearning to put the “arty” in party? The Blogcademy needs you!
The Blogcademy is growing, and we’re looking for someone to help ensure our events are fun, beautiful, and run seamlessly. We’re on the search for an Events Coordinator!
(This is a virtual position, but if you’re based in the USA, we’d love to work with you in person.)
You will be responsible for…
+ Researching and securing a great venue
+ Managing and liaising with sponsors and vendors
+ Coming up with a vision for how the event should look and feel
+ Sourcing any decor items
+ Coordinating with florists, caterers, etc.
In a perfect world, you…
+ Are familiar with The Blogcademy and what we do
+ Have drop-dead style
+ Hold yourself to exceptionally high standards
+ Are a quick and efficient communicator
+ Have events experience (not essential, but preferred)
Right now, we’re looking for someone to help us plan one event. Let’s see how it pans out from there! Pay is commensurate with experience.
To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org with an introduction and your résumé. What do you think you can bring to our team? We are less interested in what you have done than what you envision doing for us. Dazzle us with your creative vision!
The deadline for applications is 1st February 2014, and you can click here to download a PDF about the role.
10 January 2014, 10:11
After a particularly wonderful week in Queensland, it felt like a bit of a shock to wriggle back into teacher mode. Shauna, Kat and I kept looking at each other, exclaiming, “I can’t believe we’re teaching tomorrow!”
But as soon as we pulled up at Bleeding Heart, we were excited to get going. A massive art gallery in Brisbane’s CBD, strung with fairy lights, it was the perfect place to settle in for a couple of days.
But enough of that. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are several thousand words…
Bleeding Heart is a huge, gorgeous space. This is a visual depiction of “the calm before the storm”!
Before long, the space was filled with colourful, enthusiastic cuties.
Who, me, animated?!
Our Brisbane blogcadettes got a kangaroo on their goodie bags. Pretty damn CUTE!
Our scholarship winner, Gabriella, thumbing through her workbook.
It’s pretty glorious… If we do so say ourselves!
We were lucky to receive a couple of boxes of Blogcademy-branded cupcakes from Bite Me. This is what bloggers do before they eat: they Instagram!
They were very Instagrammable, though.
Jane sketched this illustration of me while I was talking. Her whole business revolves around using the internet to teach people how to draw! So awesome.
Shauna and Che, deep in thought!
Doing my rounds during activity time.
Celeste killed it in a pair of Crown And Glory ears.
No one can resist cuddling up to our iconic B balloon…
My dress is Nanette Lepore. I picked it up at Buffalo Exchange for about $20!
Selfie madness with Jane!
Everybody say “Blogcademy!”
We had wicked sponsors for Blogcademy Brisbane. Art School Dropout had everyone decked out in cool necklaces. Bite Me provided the mid-afternoon sugar-rush. Crown And Glory bestowed a pair of sparkly ears upon every attendee. Imogen Wilson gave everyone a pair of Blogcademy blue origami earrings. Mi Goals supplied notebooks to help us all get organised once and for all. Sacred Self contributed bottles of oil for a self-love ritual! And Tourism And Events Queensland gave everyone a pair of fuzzy koala ears from Dreamworld! Oh, the cuteness!
Want an inside peek of the class? Peep the video…
Film by Andrew Watt.
If you’re itching to join us Down Under, never fear! We’re bringing the party back to Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland in November/December of this year. Tickets have sold quickly, so don’t put it off forever!
Photos by Janneke Storm... And kisses to Tourism And Events Queensland for bringing us over in the first place!
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