I had to share this ALT video from Tiger in a Jar. What Alt Summit feels like! It gave me goose bumps...and yes, that's me in the video with my friend Diana of May, June and July posing with this season's winner of Project Runway, Anya Ayoung-Chee! Again, I can't say enough about @Altsummit. It's definitely opening up doors that I only dreamed about.
Seriously, I am still in a ALT Summit comma! I've been extremely busy with work, preschool enrollment, and a fun couple of features that I can't wait to tell you about, and yet my mind is still consumed with my Alt excitement and my eagerness to introduce you to my new friends. Oh, and I think I've recruited 9 new attendees for next year. I'm not kidding. ;) Again, who doesn't want to party like this?!
So here they are...Drum Roll please! Just in time for some weekend fun. There were so many great people @Alt it's hard not to list them all, but a few gals I truly connected with instantaneously, a unique connection, like I've known them my entire life. And because I found them all so inspiring, I think you all should get to know them too. ;)
Brittany Sage: @2littlebirds - hair stylist, make up artist, fashionista & founder of lipstickandleopardprint, a blog about her life’s adventure, passion and inspiration. I absolutely adore her style. I only wish I could pull off her fashion sense.
Cariann Burger: @cargoh - Founder, Creative Director & Idea Maker of Cargoh, a curatedmarketplace for artists & designers. This girl and I speak the same language. Fly fisherman-fly tying fathers, childhood target practice with a bow and arrow, and both are interior designers who love anything design related. She's awesome and so is her husband, Paul. ;)
Christine Harmel: @christineharmel - founder and strategy consultant at The interactive Resource, Inc. Christine has lived all over the world, but currently resides in Austin. Yippee!
Diana Taylor: @mayjunejuly - A recent move from Barcelona, Spain to SF leaves her blogging about living in a new city, taking care of a new baby, and whatever it takes. Founder of mayjuneandjuly Super sad I just missed her
Erica Dublin: @seejanefly - founder & CEO of the travel blog: See Jane Fly and Director of Content Strategy for Federated Media. This girl has an amazing background. A country girl at heart, she and I share the same asthetic style, and we both love the smell of leather and horses. Both Equestrian riders as children, we both still dream of owning a horse one day.
Hillary Schuster: @hillaryschu - Information designer, pop culture obsessed, scatterbrain, coffee drinker, nerd, recovering engineer, party planner, fashion lover, cat owner, wife and founder of hillaryschuster.com. This chic is smart and hilarious.
Maggie Hannon: @maggiemight - Content producer for a cool techie company, founder of margaretedith.com, and just plain hilarious. Everyone needs a Maggie in their lives.
Rebecca Miel: @quickbrownfox - Graphic designer for Burt's Bees and now founder of quickbrownfox, she combined her last name and husband's last name to create Miel. She is also due with twins in June. Fate brought us together. We were roommates at Alt!
And these guys I shared only a brief moment, but wish I would have had a few more days.
AlixBannon: Cuteanddelicious.com | a blog of vegan treats and crafty fun. So sweet and awesome glasses.
Camille Styles: Camillestyles.com | Creatve Parties::Inspired Entertaining. Shared a plane to Alt Summit.
James Roche: Owner and founder of BO.LT | former architect now tech entrepreneur.
KaitKucy: yuppielove.org- marriage, crafternoons, and other stories.
Mara Kofoed: ablogaboutlove.com- Wife, want-to-be-Mother, New Yorker of 12 years, and Former Entrepreneur (Harvey Faircloth) Such a sweetie and always so elegantly stylish.
Melissa: melissaesplin.com - I Still Love You. Had a great discussion about buying original art, and enjoyed sharing stories about our kids.
Mike Loveland: Mikeloveland.com We had a great chat waiting in line to be interviewed by Maxwell of Apartment Therapy. He runs Ollibird and just a super nice guy. Want to learn Photoshop, Indesign or Illustrator? Check out his site and his wife's site almaloveland.com. Amazing peeps.
Tara Wilson: Tarawilson.com - Event Designer and Entertaining Expert | Fort Worth, Texas. We need to have coffee soon!
Krista Jonas: Blue Eyed Yonder - vintage rental company out of Georgia. So glad we shared a taxi!
Now you can see why my head is spinning. I met so many amazing and uber talented people, all doing what they love and successful. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! Next week I have a very special introduction. Come back soon!
I still am recovering from the high I am on after attending Alt Summit! Wow, what an amazing experience. Thanks to Gigi, Nana K and my husband for watching the kids so I could go off and party like a rock star! No really, this conference has literally rocked my world, in a GRAND way.
I made so many new friends and hung out with my pal Sarah with Modern Kids, who really made me miss SF. Anyone looking for a commercial kid photographer? She will knock your socks off!
Needless to say, you’ll be seeing a lot more of me here. New segments and features including: Where to shop in Austin, Today I want to be a ____, Designer Tools, and SavingFrazier, our home remodel project. OK, on to the good stuff.
I won’t bother to write too much today on what I learned, since so many others did such a great job already, (check them out here and here), but rather on the underlying concept of what I truly grasped from this conference: A SENSE of COMMUNITY and understanding how little ole’ me and you can impact our world by empowering or building platforms for these communities. I heart social media.
Community: [kuh-myoo-ni-tee] a group of men or women leading a common life according to a rule.
ALT Goer's Community: Do what you LOVE and LOVE what you do.
I’ve never been around so many like-minded and inspiring people in my life. I’m not kidding. :] I’ll be introducing you to some of my new friends over the next couple of months. You all are in for a treat! For those of you who want to make an impact on our world, but aren’t sure how, start a blog or be a part of a blog community. Empowering communities via social media is changing lives. GET YOUR BLOG ON…be a part of the movement, and your parties can look like this.
Bottom photo: Smilebooth @altdesign mini parties.
Packaging designed and made by Cargoh. Fun and AMAZING peeps. Check back next week for a more in depth recap of what I learned at ALT Design Summit.
Have a great weekend!
I leave for ALT Design Summit tomorrow!! I can't tell you how excited I am to attend this year. I was super bummed last year that I couldn't make it. My kids were just too little. Now, a year later (where does the time go?), here I am packing my bags. Yippee!! I can't wait to share with you everything I learn.
I'm in LOVE with my new letterpress business cards! Thanks again Sarah! She designed and printed them just in time for ALT. She's amazing!
Come back soon (next week). I promise you are in for a treat!
I've got new business cards being made by Sarah over at Studio SloMo for the conference!! Can't wait to see how they turn out. Will share soon. I'm also looking forward to handing them out to my new potential client's here in Austin!
After Alt, I will be heading over to Sarah's place for some design, home decor tips. Can't wait to get started Sarah!! If anyone is looking for letterpress design, she's your gal! She's an amazing designer, but also a sweet, sweet girl, and a native Austinite! Speaking of Austinites, are any of you attending ALT? If so, let's get together!