The Blogcademy 2014 – Lessons Learnt Pt 2

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The Blogcademy 2014 - Auckland

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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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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Instagram Roundup IV

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I am excited to be playing along this month in Gala Darling’s Lovetober Instagram Challenge – it has been fun so far so follow me on Instagram here or check out the ins and out over here if you are keen to get involved.

Here are a few pictures I loved lately – Pretty flowers I saw while in Queenstown // A snippet from my latest art print //Sneak peek at my new custom baby stationery line // Unicorn leggings – say no more! // More pretty florals in front of my map to keep me dreaming


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Further to my post about the always awesome experience of being involved with the amazing ladies of The Blogcademy in Chicago earlier this year, here are the lovely nice things that Gala, Kat and Shauna had to say about my sparkle card.

I loved that Gala called it “the best sentiment” – my thoughts exactly!

See Kat’s roundup here // See Gala’s roundup here // See Shauna’s roundup here

Buy the Sparkle card here.

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Radical Self Love – art print download

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I love the words of Gala Darling, especially around self love which I think we could all do with a little bit more of. Gala recently created a new manifesto about Radical Self Love which has many inspiring words in it and I recommend you check it out. I loved the words so much I thought I’d make a new art print for y’all. Simply click to download, print and feel the self love!

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Art prints are for personal use only! If sharing please credit back to Love Ideas Ink or A Little Bright and you must link back to the download link on this page. Thanks!

Image from Death to the Stock Photo.

The Blogcademy & Wink – Pt III

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As everyone who is anyone knows, the best bit about being involved – in any way – with The Blogcademy is the amazing Headmistresses. I wanted to share with you what Kat, Gala and Shauna had to say about Wink because it really was the icing on the cake for me. I had the most fantastic time and getting these kind words was just fantastic.

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See Kat’s full roundup on the Blogcademy Auckland here.

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See Gala’s full roundup on the Blogcademy Auckland here.

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See Shauna’s full roundup of the Blogcademy Auckland here.

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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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