The Blogcademy 2014 – Lessons Learnt Pt 2

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The Blogcademy Auckland 2014

As you know I attended (and styled) The Blogcademy in Auckland at the end of last year and it was really an amazing couple of days for me. I had wanted to attend the first time round but had some prior commitments so when I heard the team were coming back I blocked out my calendar so I could head along and soak up the inspiration.

Here are my top three takeaways from the course.

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The Blogcademy Auckland 2014

As well as getting amazing content, inspiration and tips and tricks, one of the best things about The Blogcademy is getting to mingle and chat with the other attendees. The odds are these guys are very similiar to you – whether they have a blog, are new to blogging and want to be inspired or are old hands at the practice. The thing you will find you have in common is a passion for creativity, a desire to fill yourself with knowledge and a yearning to be your own boss and do something great. Now a room full of these locals makes for an awe inspiring two days – you can imagine!

This is why getting out and networking is such a great takeaway. Being behind a computer is all very well but getting out into the real world and chatting and plotting/planning/dreaming with other people just like you is such a great thing and should be on everyone’s to do list for the year.

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The Blogcademy Auckland 2014

A great takeaway from all three headmistresses is that you have to do the work to get to where you want to be. All three started in a place where the gift they wanted to share with the world was coming from a place of love and passion. It seems really easy to start something big or momentous when you are really excited about what you are talking about – think about writing the first chapter of that book, making the first DIY for your upcoming wedding or the first blog post. But beyond that you have to push through, you have to consistently publish and research and write or design or create – and do the work.

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The Blogcademy Auckland 2014

My final – and favourite – takeaway from The Blogcademy is simply to be yourself and tell your story. The headmistresses really emphasised that they are where they are today because of their unique point of view. They didn’t try to be someone else, to promote things they weren’t passionate about or didn’t care for – they were strictly on point with who they were and what they wanted to say. You are the only you there is and your angle or your take on the world is something people might be interested in – so give it a go and let your personality and weirdness shine through!

PS you can take The Blogcademy online now so no excuses not to go!

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The Blogcademy 2014 – Wink Styles Pt 1

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One of the things I was most grateful for in 2014 was Wink getting the opportunity to style such amazing events as The Blogcademy. The three headmistresses Gala Darling, Kat Williams and Shauna Haider were so supportive and kind in letting me go mad and decorate up the space at Biz Dojo in Auckland Central.

In addition to that – I went to the Blogcademy too!! I couldn’t attend last year as I had another event pre-arranged and I was so sad. This year I blocked out the weekend on my calendar. I’ll be doing a full roundup of things I learned shortly – it was so inspirational.

I wanted to show you some of the items I created and customised for The Blogcademy Auckland 2014 and these beautiful photos from Steph at Bubblerock make it so easy.

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Wink styles the Blogcademy Auckland 2014 - Photo Bubblerock

Wink styles the Blogcademy Auckland 2014 - Photo Bubblerock

I created a custom backdrop for all the fun photos from the weekend, tassles for the chairs, a couple of banners plus the very cute Polaroid banner with Mini Mylar balloons. I had such fun making this all – it was a joy to make and create and I was so happy to be there to see the class see it all for the first time too.

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The Blogcademy & Wink


I am so excited to share this with you today! I was so thrilled to hear that the headmistresses of The Blogcademy were bringing their blog workshop to Auckland in November this year. My party decor and custom styling business Wink styled their location at the Generator for the two day workshop. I designed the custom decor to make sure that the Blogcademy colours and style aesthetic really shone through – and I think it looked fantastic.

The girls Gala Darling (Gala Darling), Kat Williams (Rock n Roll Bride) and Shauna Haider (Nubby Twiglet) were so lovely to meet and even though I couldn’t attend the workshop I came away inspired and feeling like this is where I should be!

All these amazing images are by Jel Photography who was a superstar and took some great shots of the event. I’m going to divide the post up into three sections – today I’m going to show you the walls (which were amazing by themselves! – the rugged concrete was a fabulous backdrop to my banners) including the custom blog banners, the custom monogram initials and the decorations for the pillars that I designed.

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