Carry On // the perfect bag for every ALT SLC moment


There are a lot of great lists on what to wear to ALTsummit, how to stay warm in the expansive ballrooms and ideas to make the most of those business cards you stressed over. Now that all of that is sorted, oh wait, what oh-so-styling accompaniment will you use to carry all your brilliance around? Here are some suggestions of the perfect bag for each major moment.

1) At sponsor dinners
Something small is all you’ll need. A punch of color + fun tassel? What’s not to love! Perfect size for biz card swapping and stashing, smartphone and a bit o’ cash.

2) In sessions, for the lug-it-all lady
Enough room for everything and everything else you’ll pick up along the way. A memorable shape and details will help others recognize you day-to-day.

3) In sessions, for the minimalist chick
When something digital and a few cards is enough, go with a pretty sleeve in a fabric that says something about your style. For me, being in Portland it’s all about wool and leather.

4) For the green party
No green dress? (insert Barenaked Ladies song reference here) No worries! Bring a green accessory instead of killing yourself in some vintage shop the day before your flight leaves.

5) All around the mini parties
This might sound counter-intuitive, but a thin and lightweight leather tote will be hands-free and perfect for all the swag that you’re likely to find yourself lining up early to snag.

New bags or vintage, one bag or five, your accessories say a lot about your personal style. And, at a place like ALT, can help others remember who you are and recognize you from across the room. See you there!

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Pantone Perfect

In NYC this week I was lucky enough to have spare time to poke my head into Purl Soho, you know, those brilliant knitters who share their ideas and gorgeous yarn on

I picked up some of their Super Soft Merino in Ballet Pink (ahem, Pantone 9241) which should make the prettiest cable knit scarf.

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Make the most of it: Blogs for Business


Many of you have heard me gush about the amazing and transformative experience I had last year at the Altitude Design Summit (Alt for short) in Salt Lake City. Well due to the move, and all associated chaos, I lost track of the ticket on-sale date for the 2013 event. (boo! hiss!)

That doesn’t mean that many of you weren’t savvy enough to snap up a ticket or two, so for those of you who did, or even those who are attending other conferences (design/blog focused or otherwise), I wanted to share this simple and sweet post by the folks at Alt as it was featured on their new blog. And of course, for blogging inspiration and business advice check out the new Alt blog.

Three goals for a blogging conference.

Another fave of mine for all things business do/don’t may not come as a surprise to many. It’s the Design Sponge series, Biz Ladies and you can find it here.

Both of these sites are packed with actionable tips that can remind you of something you’ve buried in your to-do list, or leaving you feeling energized and inspired to tackle something new.

Head West!

This extended hiatus brought to you by my move to sunny Portland, OR, on three weeks notice no less!

Of course I’ll share snip-its from the trip. Huz and I will be driving out in a big yella Penske truck + our vehicle and pets beginning Tuesday. Here’s hoping for a quick trip or maybe a slow one filled with unexpected celebrations along the way. I think we’ll be taking the northern route, looping us through eight states and numerous state and national parks. Really excited to see much of this for the first time, as I’ve only made this trip via air previously.

Mass cuteness abounds in the city that puts a bird on everything. Get more familiar with my new city via Portlandia. It’s all really quite accurate ;)

They say… “It’s the company you keep”

Rumor is, one of the best things about attending Alt Summit in Salt Lake City, UT is how open everyone is and how easily connections are formed.
As a first-timer I thought I’d know nobody when I registered. I was totally nervous but elated by the opportunity to force time into my schedule to do nothing but bliss out with other like-minded creatives.
As someone who registered a bit late, and with the Sundance Film Festival happening at the same time, I found myself in need of a bunkmate, or three as it turned out. Via Twitter, of all things, I’ve connected with three amazingly creative women who were generous enough to let me be their fourth.
Big thanks to Jess/IROCKSOWHAT, Robin/It’s Robin With an i and Chelsey/The Paper Mama for taking me in.
Hopeful that you’ll find their blogs as inspiring, comforting and energizing as I do. Looking forward to a great week!

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