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Alt Design Summit 2011 Recap

Monday, January 24th, 2011

From left: Melanie, Danni, Me and Vivien

Hello friends! I had such an amazing time at the Altitude Design Summit in Salt Lake City last week! The lovely Lisa of With Style & Grace and I roomed together and had a blast catching up, meeting so many amazing people and partying! I got to reconnect with some lovely acquaintances from last year like Danni of Oh Hello Friend, Nole of Oh So Beautiful Paper, Kirsten of Simply Grove, Chelsea of {frolic}, Vané of Brooklyn Bride, Stephanie of Steph Modo, Melissa of IS•LY, Kathryn of Snippet & Ink and Rachel of Black*Eiffel.

I also had the pleasure of finally meeting more of my personal favorites like Ez of Creature Comforts, Joy of Oh Joy!, Jordan of Oh Happy Day, Melanie of You Are My Fave and Megan of Not Martha – to name just a few! To top it all off, I met so many other amazing people that I can’t wait to follow on Twitter and online. My RSS reader may explode from all the brilliant new sites I have to read!

The two day conference was divided into 3 different sessions every hour and a half. Choosing between the panels was beyond difficult since each one showcased bloggers from all over the country that I was dying to see. I enjoyed all the panels I attended but my two favorites were the Faster, Smarter, Better Blogging and Taking it Offline – Events and Social Media. The Better Blogging session featured Megan Reardon, Erica Reitman, and Susan Brinson. The panel on events was hosted by Ashley Meaders, Brittany Egbert, Jordan Ferney, Victoria Hudgins. Both provided insight into each bloggers process and business goals. I think the tip I loved the most was “collaboration cultivates creativity”.

Some of the other highlights were chatting with Mondo of Project Runway for nearly a half hour and getting a hug from him afterwards. Plus, I got to hear the lovely Tina Roth Eisenberg of Swiss Miss. She gave the best keynote speech I’ve ever heard and meeting her afterwards was definitely a moment I will never forget!

Lastly, I took two classes (think summer camp), where I learned some great table top photography tips from Nicole of A Little Sussy and a silkscreening class by Andy Kane of Sparka. Both classes were fantastic and a new feature to the ALT summit that I hope they continue.

To complete the festivities, a series of mini parties were hosted at the hotel by the sponsors. I got to sample my first ever chocolate fountain in the HGTV room and received a party bag from Kate Spade with some thick black glasses thanks to the Girls with Glasses hosting the event. Oh yeah, did I mention that Brooke White of GWG was one of my all time favorites from American Idol??!!

All in all, it was a great time! I’m so glad I got to participate and share the experience with so many lovely and talented people. Saving up for next year already!

All images curtesy of ALT Design Summit 2011 and photo booth images by angela and ithyle

Alt Love No.1

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I attended the Altitude Design Summit in Salt Lake City last month. It was such an incredible experience and I am so happy that I could be there. Now, even four weeks later, I’m still trying to process everything I learned.  There have been many great recaps of the event already and I don’t think there is much that I could add. Instead, I thought it’s be fun to highlight some of the amazing people and their blogs that I had the pleasure of meeting. It’s a long list so I’ve decided to highlight some each week and make it a short run feature here on t&t. Hope you enjoy and perhaps find a few new sites to add to your blogroll!



First up is Chelsea, the talented stylist and blogger behind {frolic!}. Being a huge fan already, it was so exciting to get to meet her in person. Chelsea was speaking at the conference on the “Beyond Ad Networks” panel and it was great to hear some of her insights. {frolic!} is one of my favorite sources for general inspiration, fashion and the photos of Chelsea’s work are always a real treat to look at.


ISLY (I Still Love You)

Next is Melissa of I Still Love  You (IS•LY) which offers a ton for great tutorials and freebies. I especially like her sewing tutorials for both adults and kids, they seem to strike a good balance between chic and doable. Case in point: this shirt dress is freeeeking adorable, nuff said. Though I only met her breifly, Melissa, is a total sweetheart and had one of the coolest bussiness cards I saw!