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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!   

Kinfolk Butcher Block Dinner Party

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Happy Monday everyone! For those following along to our November #bebrave challenge over on Instagram you'll know that we've been doing a lot of decluttering and focusing on productivity this month so that is exactly what I did this weekend. It's amazing what you can find when you start to clean up old files and folders on your desktop so even if you aren't taking part in the challenge I encourage you to do a bit of blog spring cleaning of your own - you'll feel SO much better, trust me.

What I did stumble upon was a long lost (and unpublished) blog post dating back to one of our first events, the Kinfolk Butcher Block dinner party held in Sydney and co-hosted by Lizzie Hewson, author of Moving Out, Eating In. It was a rainy, winter night where a group of strangers came together over incredible food, wine and a shared love of Kinfolk. It was a magical night that paved the way for many of our future events and it was a great trip down memory lane that I couldn't help but share with you today...

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Images by Emma Scamell

Kinfolk Sydney Wabi Sabi Dinner // A Messy Meal

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I've talked a lot here about my past experience working with Kinfolk and how grateful I am to be able to collaborate with such visually creative people. What never ceases to amaze me is that each event we team up on continually impresses me, pushes boundaries and creates a lasting vision in my mind.

Our most recent Wabi Sabi Messy Meal was no exception.

The latest Kinfolk gathering kicked off around the world on October 11 with Sydney being one of the first host countries and we happily embraced the unique theme of 'wabi sabi' - or the art of imperfection. We left behind the preconceived ideas of what a Kinfolk dinner should look like and created something unique and different on a beautiful Sydney afternoon with the most interesting group of strangers.

The sun was shinning on our private rooftop loft on the top floor of The Stables Retail Concept in Bourke Rd Surry Hills. Imagine exposed brick walls, aged timber beams, concrete floors and a rooftop garden. Combined with my hosting BFF's, food from Mario's Kitchen and wine from Cake Wines it was pretty much perfection.

But like all great things, there was a team involved that made it happen. My dream team and I'm eternally grateful for their support and hard work - for this event and always. Find the beauty in the imperfections, you may just be surprised at what you see...

A special thanks to our event partners:

HOST// Natalie Hayllar Eat Read Love / Jaclyn Carlson Blog Society / STYLING & BLOOMS // Lisa Madigan / FOOD // Marios Kitchen / VENUE // The Stables Retail Concept / PHOTOS // Rachel Kara / VIDEO // David Child Kat Parker / GIFTS // Aesop / WINE // Cake Wines TABLEWARE // Ode Ceramics

Images: Rachel Kara

Food & Travel // Summer Suppers In Malibu

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By Marita Karlson

Hello Blog Society! While Jaclyn is still getting over her jet lag I'm thrilled to be here guest posting from the other side of the world. I’m a Swede living in Venice Beach, California and since Jaclyn use to live here years ago, she asked me to share a bit of California beauty with you today so I've decided to show you what's cooking in Malibu from time to time, and what my idea of a fabulous dinner can look like.

I first heard about these "Farm dinners" from a friend of mine, actually the one who took all these beautiful shots. She told me about a Swedish chef who throws dinners out in the fields of local Malibu farms, which did sound like a pretty great concept to me. So I snagged a couple of these sought after tickets for her next event, which was held at a family strawberry farm.

Everything about it was adorable and I had to get my hands on the tickets for her next event as well. This time, One Gun Ranch was hosting - a ranch with a location to die for surrounded by spectacular mountains with gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean. The farm produces healthy foods with biodynamic principles and the whole ranch is a living organism, which means that everything living at the farm is being reused back to the land.

Let’s go back to the Swedish chef for a moment. Helene Henderson has been cooking for Malibu locals for years and since she moved her dinners outside they have become extremely popular around the L.A foodies.  A year ago she opened her own Farm Cafe at the end of the pier in Malibu,  so now everyone can taste her home cooked delicious meals. Malibu Farm is one of my go-to places when I want something organic, local and cooked with a little extra love.

A wild caught albino salmon anyone?  A delicious appetizer cooked over fire. Absolutely divine. I try to eat locally and in season as much as i can to support the farmers. The natural weather and climate conditions gives the foods much more flavor and nutritional value. I think it’s important to know where our food comes from.  

The night at One Gun Ranch was a unique outdoor dining experience in a way that dining with people should be – some familiar faces and meeting new people, a very social experience and fantastic food, picked and cooked right there outside. Great spirit. To sit at the ranch enjoying a long dinner together and being so in touch with the food and nature will forever be something special.

Marita Karlson lives in Venice Beach and studies raw nutrition. She has just released her first book and you can find her blogging about the healthier life at Vavavoom.com. or on instagram at @maritakarlson.

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A special thank you and shout out to our Blog Society partners this month who proudly support us: Babe Scrub, Farm & Pretty, Martine Gallery and Bloggers Bazaar

A Look Back // A Sydney Kinfolk Gathering

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There are some events that hold a special place in your heart. That stand out, forever etched in your memory and one such event was the Kinfolk Sydney Gathering that took place last year. I actually can't believe that I haven't posted about it before but stumpled upon the photos while cleaning out the laptop this weekend and had to share it with you here, it's too beautiful to keep to myself. 

As many of you know gatherings are a core part of what Blog Society is all about, I personally believe that face to face connection is the bond that ties us all together and I can't wait to expand upon that here in the coming weeks and bring you a variety of events from around the world that have caught my eye, brought people together and created some lasting memories for everyone involved.

For now sit back and enjoy the deliciousness that occurred at Glenmore House last November on a warm summer night. As the Kinfolk team so perfectly stated, "there was a contagious optimism floating around the well-connected Australian creative community, and rather than a generating a feeling of petty competitiveness, the scene here is all about collaboration." And I couldn't agree more. I remember sitting down to eat and looking around, emotionally moved at the energy you could feel and remembering why I had started Blog Society in the first place - to extend that energy and power of colloaboration to others. Our next Kinfolk event is coming soon, keep your eyes peeled...

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