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Blog Boss: The Business of Blogging e-course

October 2, 2014

So, with all of the blog burn out and stories of slowing down out there, are you ready to get pumped again about blogging, to get serious and to move full stream ahead? Because now is the time plus I want to announce my two co-teachers who are all set and ready to teach alongside of me for Blog Boss: the Business of Blogging that starts online October 10th. First up is Nichole Robertson from Obvious State (formerly known as Little Brown Pen) and Fiona Humberstone from The Brand Stylist.

Blog Boss: The Business of Blogging e-course

Blog Boss: The Business of Blogging e-course
Blog Boss: The Business of Blogging e-course
Blog Boss: The Business of Blogging e-course

Both bring years of expertise and wisdom not only on small business and blogging but on the topics they’ll teach which are outlined above – I can’t wait to learn all of the fun color psychology for branding personally… Just look at some of the examples of what Fiona will teach above – I love the idea that we each have a very distinct seasonal personality. I’m also very interested in what Nichole has to say about storytelling as she does that so perfectly on her blog and in her books.

Nichole Robertson is an American writer, photographer and bestselling author of Paris in Color, The Paris Journal and Paris In Love (now ready for pre-order). She also co-runs Obvious State, a multi-disciplinary creative studio. Prior to Obvious State, Nichole spent ten years as a New York-based freelance writer, working with brands, magazines and ad agencies.

Nichole will teachStorytelling for Bloggers, How to monetize your blog without ads, and The power of a mailing list (which is now more than ever quite important!).

Fiona Humberstone is a self-published author, speaker, Creative Director and blogger at The Brand Stylist. Based outside of  London, she has worked with small businesses for fifteen years: styling brands, running workshops and has owned, run, grown and sold franchises as well as founding, building and selling her own company, Flourish Studios. There is nothing she loves more than working with small business owners (and bloggers!) to capture the essence of what makes their brand unique and to help them communicate that powerfully.

Fiona will teachBranding — The absolute essentials of color psychology, Making design decisions that reflect your style, and Using color psychology to influence your editorial decisions (so that you communicate with authenticity and consistency).

And of course, I’ll teach through written lessons and podcasts (my topics are here) so you’ll be inspired, focused and ready to go out there and get to work on your blog viewing it as your business – I’ll fire up your engines for sure because blogging is something I’ve found a lot of success with and I want to share my secrets with you. I have so many.

To enroll, you can click here. If you’ve taken Blog Boss before please note this is a totally different curriculum so materials are not recycled. You only have a few days until we close registration and this class will never be taught again – so if you want in, this is your last chance. Class begins October 10th!

Enroll Today – Don’t miss the boat!

(images: fiona humberstone)

Events + Markets

Blog Boss: Blogging + Social Media Online e-course

September 10, 2014

I’m seriously SO happy that I’m back in the saddle after having a baby and ready to rock and roll my next e-course, Blog Boss! If you took the last one then this is NOT the same content and if you’ve never taken this course, then you are in for SUCH a treat. I’m covering the best and most timely blogger topics trending at the moment and I can’t wait to tell you who my co-teacher/s will be. This will be a totally bang-up awesome class, I’m buzzing with pride because I am totally feeling this class like crazy and know that whoever takes it WILL walk away smarter, happier, knowing what you want to do with your blog and you will definitely feel invigorated and ready to get to work on making your blog and social media time spent online the best and most productive it’s ever been.

Blog Boss: Blogging + Social Media Online e-course

All of my insider tips and blogging/social media secrets, the secrets of my co-teachers and how they got their mojo AND 24/7 access to so many great students that you can network with (you can access the class site the moment you sign up so you can get networking TODAY) is a mere $149 (or if you took the last two classes you are a BYW Member so it’s $129 for you. Bam!). WHAT A DEAL! Blog Boss runs online from October 10 – November 10 and it’s a class that you can login ANYTIME day or night to see what’s new, listen to podcasts, watch our videos, etc. We have a private student forum where you can chat with others from around the world and ask questions and best of all, get the best answers.

Topics we’ll cover include:

* Blog burn out? Turn blogging into something you love again

* The good, the bad and the ugly: working from home and how to find balance

* Goal setting + ideas: How to choose and follow through

* How to know which ideas to pursue and which ones to shelf for later

* Planning and prioritizing your blog posts the easy way

* Teaming up with other bloggers – things to do, things to avoid

* New, smart ways to make money as a blogger

* Do not work for free or “exposure”, Here’s why!

* What’s trending with blogs

* Social media tips + tricks for Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram

And 10+ more lessons!

So, that’s my sales pitch. Are you in? OF COURSE YOU ARE! See you in class, you crazy blog boss, you!

More info here and you can REGISTER HERE.

(image: holly becker)

 

Events + Markets

My Joss & Main Sale July 17-22

July 17, 2014

Hello everyone! Do you remember when I told you that I was collecting my inspirations together on Pinterest for my Joss & Main sale July 8-15? Well, they switched the dates in case you’ve wondered what happened so the sale day is actually kicking off right now and will continue on their site until July 22. It’s hard to find it on their main page (it’s mentioned along the bottom) so here’s a direct link. Their buyers looked at my Pinterest board along with my favorites page on their site where I collected some of my favorite things and from that, they pulled together a selection of items for my sale that have been greatly reduced and some of them, wow, are really beautiful. A few of my favorites are shown below, I pulled together a little natural glam mood board and a coastal chic one – all things I’d definitely own and use in my home.

My Joss & Main Sale July 17-22

 

They’ve also interviewed me on their  beautiful site and asked me questions like how I got started and what my dreams are someday for my business. You can read the interview here – a glimpse below…

My Joss & Main Sale July 17-22

To shop my Joss & Main sale, please visit this page until July 22 9 pm EST. Hurry, all items are sold in very limited quantities so once they sell out, that’s it! Don’t you just LOVE the giant indoor teepee above for the little ones? It’s right on trend with this post, too! I want this so bad for Aidan! See how good it looks in a home?

My Joss & Main Sale July 17-22

 

Here’s my coastal chic mood board using things from my Joss & Main sale…

My Joss & Main Sale July 17-22

Have fun shopping my sale!

(images: joss+main, bottom photo by Rolinda Windhors)

Events + Markets

Germany: World Cup 2014 Winners!

July 14, 2014

I don’t typically discuss sports here or get into anything potentially heated like breastfeeding (!), sleep training, religion or politics but c’mon, let’s talk about that World Cup 2014 finale last night? Was that great or was that great? Before the game began I predicted on Instagram that it would be a close match and that Argentina would play strong. And during the game on Twitter I openly confessed that though I’m a fan of the German team, whoever ended up winning the point last night deserved the world cup because that was a battle to the finish. Both teams were strong but you have to give credit to Germany because at one point they only had 10 players on the field, one of their star players, Sami Khedira, couldn’t even play because he injured himself 15 minutes before the game in warm-ups, and Argentina had a red card that wasn’t even held against them (that was such an unfair call)… Yet they still won (read more here for a play by play recap).

Germany: World Cup 2014 Winners! Germany: World Cup 2014 Winners!

And how brilliant was coach Joachim Löw in the end to pull out their big star Miroslav Klose (who received a standing ovation as he left the field) and replace with glorious #19, Mario Goetze, who scored the goal that won them the World Cup? And to top that off, the strategy (in my opinion) to pull out Mesut Özil and replace with Per Mertesacker in the final minute by Löw to eat up time on the clock was equally brilliant. You have to give Germany a huge high five for winning the World Cup, Manuel Neuer was aces and that was the best played game between two strong teams that I’ve ever seen in all of my years of watching sports teams battle it out for the World Series, NFL, etc. I’m really proud to wake up in Germany today and the spirits here are so high, I thought the fireworks and car horns were going to go one for hours last night. So exhilarating. I jumped with Aidan in my arms and we all cheered and then Aidan got fed and very milk drunk and passed out until 8am this morning. Babies. His first world cup! Hurrah!

Did you watch the game? What did you think?

(images: hugo boss/GQ magazine)

Events + Markets

Gorgeous Event By Bash Speciality + Rock Paper Square

July 10, 2014

I found out about Bash Speciality a few days ago when I received a comment from them on one of my posts, so I had to click on their link to check them out since the name Bash just sounded so fun and party-like – and I was right. Bash Speciality is a rental company specializing in supplying furnishings and more for weddings, events, staging and photo shoots in Victoria, BC and recently they worked with Rock Paper Square and photographer Lillie Louise on this lovely modern (elopement) wedding party. You can see all of the photos on 100 Layer Cake and at Bash Speciality, but here’s a few of my favorites below with a focus on the stunning florals done up by Rook & Rose and the fabby color scheme and decorating. Tres cool!

Gorgeous Event By Bash Speciality + Rock Paper Square

About their inspiration Rock Paper Square comments, “The inspiration behind this shoot was to combine our love of home decor with our love of weddings! Bright, modern + architectural elements such as custom built furniture paired perfectly with designer furniture, colorful florals, and original artwork were a nod to this real-life couple’s playful personality.” They nailed it!

Gorgeous Event By Bash Speciality + Rock Paper Square

Gorgeous Event By Bash Speciality + Rock Paper Square

Gorgeous Event By Bash Speciality + Rock Paper Square

Gorgeous Event By Bash Speciality + Rock Paper Square

Gorgeous Event By Bash Speciality + Rock Paper Square

Don’t you just adore the happy brights?! Isn’t this seriously SO cool?

(photographer Lillie Louise)

Books + Magazines, Events + Markets

Our Book Party Photos From Vancouver

May 12, 2014

Hello everyone! I’m just thrilled to share our book party photos from our first book party for Our Book Party Photos From Vancouver

All of these photos were shot by Vancouver-based photographer Janis Nicolay? She photographed most of the Canadian interiors in our book. Naturally, she had to be at the book party to share in the fun of the evening. We were so thrilled when she offered to take some photos to capture the spirit of the event. I wish we could have her travel with us and shoot all of our events – she is one of the best photographers out there – I love her eye and style.

Our Book Party Photos From Vancouver

The lady in the middle has her home in our book, her name is Kate Horsman. The stunning woman to her right is her mom and to her left, her equally beautiful sister. What a gorgeous group. Thank you Kate for lending us your home to shoot in – we loved styling one of our entertainment shots in your dining room with your incredible white piano!

Our Book Party Photos From Vancouver

Our Book Party Photos From Vancouver

This is Leslie with Megan Close (The Media Relations Manager for The Cross) and Stephanie Vogler (owner of The Cross). These ladies went above and beyond for our book and for this event – we are honored! Thank you so much.

Our Book Party Photos From Vancouver

Our Book Party Photos From Vancouver

Our Book Party Photos From Vancouver

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Our Book Party Photos From Vancouver

Our Book Party Photos From Vancouver

Leslie with one of the professional photographers who helped shoot Decorate With Flowers, the talented Janis Nicolay, who also writes Pinecone Camp. We love you Janis!

Our Book Party Photos From Vancouver

Leslie shown above with some of our guests, fans who love Decorate With Flowers and Leslie’s blog. I wish I could have been there but soon when my baby Aidan is older, I can start traveling to some of the upcoming events we have in the pipeline. Thank you again to The Cross for this beyond beautiful event that you hosted for us and for selling out of all of our books! Yay!

Our next flower party is in the plans in North America and also in the UK and Europe, but we still need to finalize everything. When we do, I’ll post our events on decor8 so you possibly may join us. To learn more about our new book, please visit our Decorate With Flowers website which is loaded with gorgeous photos for you to use on your blog and to pin to your Pinterest page.

(photography: janis nicolay)

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