events for bloggers

Event // An Abundant Life Book Launch

So often we are stuck behind our screens creating digital magic that we neglect the true magic that comes from face to face connections. I got a great reminder of this recently when I headed out to the 'An Abundant Life' book tour hosted by Soul Sister Circle in Sydney.

It was a beautiful event, the kind that immediately calms away the stresses of the day and makes you focus inward, realising yet again how importance self-care - or soul care - really is. Ezzie Spencer's new book, An Abundant Life is all about embracing the lunar cycle, something that I admittedly knew little about but I left intrigued and absolutely spellbound at the undeniable lunar energy that not only radiated from the room but from Ezzie herself.

We've just welcomed a brand New Moon so it's time to give yourself permission to really dream and feel into your intention for this upcoming cycle. Commit to your intention by vocalising or writing it down, and make a firm commitment to sit with your intention throughout the entire lunar cycle. 

For a bit of guidance on what intention to set at the upcoming New Moon, listen to Ezzie's most recent Podcast or to track the moon through all of it's phases during the lunar cycle, download Ezzie's free 2017 Moon Phases Planner.

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Photo credits: Sol + Co

March into Merivale 2016 // Guilty Pleasures

March Into Merivale
March Into Merivale
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This year is all about nourishment for me – including nourishment of the senses and continued inspiration. Many of you know that I’m a die-hard events fan and absolutely love to host events that bring people together. But I also love getting glimpses into other blogging events from around the world and will be committed to sharing more of these this year – in fact I have a TON of events to report on from last year that we hosted that I’ll be sharing soon – stay tuned!

In the meantime I wanted to share some information on March into Merivale, the annual five-week food and wine festival taking Sydney by storm every year. Now in its eighth year, the event is surely the most anticipated on Sydney’s culinary calendar. With over 50 restaurants and bars ready to showcase the food and chefs who make Merivale venues the best in town. This year March into Merivale is your excuse to just go for it! To yield to your guiltiest pleasures… and then some, with first-class food, desserts of the highest sin, and cheeky drinks to keep the party rolling. March into Merivale kicked off in style on Feb 10, and for the next five weeks will be showcasing the best of Merivale with events at Mr Wong, The Paddington, Felix, Ms.G’s, sushi e and many more. Choose from luxurious Champagne tasting evenings, desserts dripping in chocolate, beachside carnivals, shameless dance parties and once-in-a-lifetime dinners.

Last week I was luckily enough to join Natalie from Eat Read Love and 20 of Sydney’s best food and lifestyle bloggers at the March Into Merivale exclusive preview launch dinner. Hosted by Rebecca Gibbs, we indulged in chef David Lovett’s Ultimate Guilty Pleasures Menu overlooking the Ivy Pool Bar from Uccello. It was a decadent dinner, held poolside and with the theme of ‘guilty pleasures’ – pure heaven on a beautiful Sydney summer evening.

March into Merivale runs from Feb 15- 20th March. For all of the details and bookings head to www.marchintomerivale.com.au

Link Love // The Friday Files

Happy Friday folks! Hope you’ve had a wonderful week. We’ve celebrated some big moments these past few days, taking our company to new heights and planning two big events this weekend. I’m running on a bit of caffeine and adrenaline but event weeks are always good for the soul – I love getting to spend my days with such fun people face to face and of course working with cool local brands like these guys here and here.

Can’t wait to be back next Friday with a wrap up report but keep your eyes peeled on Instagram as I’ll no doubt be snapping away. In the meantime here is your weekly dose of link love to sink your teeth into…

  •  This big launch is kicking off Monday and we can wait!
  • Love these tips for getting organised
  • This is on my must try list for our next dinner party
  • Self-employed? You’ll want to read this
  • Good news for women led start ups
  • Freebie alert! Did you grab your free stock images?

Link Love // The Friday Files

What a whirlwind week and judging by the emails that have landed in my inbox you guys are feeling it too. Ideas are hatching, time is flying and it all feels a bit crazy doesn't it? For me and the team we've been busy launching new events out into the world (yay!), writing a new e-book (shhh more on that later!) and catching up over wine with some of my students from our Digital Bravery course.  

It's been an emotional and creatively exhausting week but I feel good and ready to soak up this weekend with friends and some exciting biz happenings & events. What's on your agenda this weekend? Share below and grab a cup of tea and enjoy the link love below....

  • This is launching in June and it's going to transform the direction of your business.
  • Loved seeing one of my fav people getting some recognition for her photography
  • This post had me speechless. What would you tell your younger self?
  • Did you hear the news? We're hitting the road.
  • Oh my love of events (and cacti) grows after seeing this stunning display 
  • Take a deep breathe - just the post I need to read this week
  • Need help with Instagram? My LA gal pal has you sorted

Christmas In July Luxury Country Workshop Announced // Event

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More exciting news to announce today! I'm teaming up again with good friend, Eat Read Love as she hosts a beautiful 'Christmas in July' Styling and Photography Workshop at Royalla Luxury Farmstay this Winter.

You are invited to join me and a very special team for this Full Day Workshop in the Country on July 4 and limited TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW 

I'll be joined by some of my favourite team of experts for an inspiring day in the country where you will learn the art of collaboration, hands on experience styling a beautiful space and table, sharing a Christmas in July feast and then spending the afternoon learning to photograph your food and surrounding areas. At the end of the workshop you will walk away with some styling techniques, manual digital photography skills and have a wonderful time connecting with fellow bloggers, and creative souls over a delicious French style lunch in the country. It will be only a small group of people so you have plenty of time for one on one chats with our expert group sessions and with fellow guests. 

WORKSHOP OVERVIEW

The workshop includes the following topics:

*How to Host a Soulful Gathering, with Eat Read Love & Blog Society
Nat and I will spend the morning talking with you about the art of collaborating, tips and tricks for hosting your own intimate gathering or special event, social media hints and tips and more. This will be an open session where you can ask questions and enjoy an interactive discussion with our hosts and guests. 

*Styling your Table, with Lisa Madigan
Lisa Madigan, artist and stylist will be sharing some wonderful tips on styling your own beautiful space and table. More than just making things look beautiful, it's about threading a story throughout your environment & really bringing a space to life. A little hands on floristry & foraging, the art of editing & collating props & pieces & of course polishing up the end result. Together with Lisa you will help bring our magical Christmas in July table setting to fruition as well as gather a few home styling tips in and around the grounds of the stunning Royalla property.

*Noël en Juillet Christmas in July Feast

*Food Photography Workshop, by Luisa Brimble 
Marios Kitchen will prepare a beautiful French Style "Noël en Juillet" Wintery feast by the fire. Here you will work together with photographer Luisa Brimble to learn the art of food photography, mastering the ariel shot, getting a great instagram photograph, using your manual settings to get the best shot and more. We will then enjoy a long table French inspired long Christmas lunch prepared by Mario together as a group. 

*Landscape/Interiors Photography Workshop, by Luisa Brimble
Luisa Brimble, acclaimed event photographer and instagram legend will continue her hands on photography workshop, walking around the farm cottage, teaching you the art of photographing food, gardens, interiors and landscapes with different manual camera settings to suit indoor and outdoor shooting. You might collect fresh eggs, visit a vegetable garden, wander down the paddock to a wombat hole, and share an afternoon tea picnic by a blissful weir before taking in the beautiful views across the valley. 

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Then we will then gather around the campfire as the sun sets to enjoy some toasted marhsmallows and red wine by the fire, learning to take photos on manual in low light while we share our highlights from the day before we say goodbye.

Hope you can join us!