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.
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 ;)
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!
It’s my first time heading to Alt Summit so I’ve been devouring everyone’s packing list and first-timer tips, like Making It Lovely and Yuppie Love, and don’t forget Design Crush’s packing planner template.
My usual travel-light-or-bust concept is out the window for this style-focused trip. However, I must contain my excitement to two carry-on sized suitcases. One will be checked (thanks Delta medallion status) and the Orla will come with me.
These are just a few things I’ll be tucking into my bag – what am I forgetting? More importantly – what are YOU bringing and can we swap?
business cards • statement jewelry • suitcase • iPad 2 • fun heels • day dress
Why are each of these so critical to conference success? I do travel a lot and have figured out through trial and error, mostly painful error, a few things.
1) Cards are still critical. Especially in a design focused sphere. Everyone loves paper, to see the personality expressed through stock, color, size, shape and embellishment choices.
2) Jewelry. It’s far easier to pack 5 necklaces and 2 basics than it is to pack 3 dresses, 2 shirts and so on. A statement necklace or earrings can change the most basic dress or sweater into something special.
3) Light luggage. Regardless of how much volume you think you need, remember you have to lug that damn (excuse) thing around. Not only is this roller from Orla Kiely cute enough to cheer up any flight delay, it’s light as a feather compared to my last roller. Makes a much faster “grunt and shove” into an overhead bin, pleasing everyone with your grace and efficiency.
4) Lighten your tech too. iPad, iPhone, camera, MacAir, plus all the cords… shall I go on? Packing a bluetooth keyboard that connects wirelessly to your smart phone makes long emails (or posts) a breeze and will make you question why you lug that brick of a laptop anywhere at all.
5) Small shoes. Comfy shoes are the key to a good trip – anywhere. I pack patent flats and then a cute pair of heels that compress easily into a big bag. Wedges and platforms are comfy but they add weight to your carry on, and to your day bag, when you’re out racking up experiences.
6) Neutral day dress. Getting dressed with one piece of clothing, rather than five (think: cami, button down, cardi, belt, skirt) lowers stress, no more forgotten pieces and less laundry when you get home. Just drop off all your dresses at the dry cleaner and throw the tights/leggings into a delicates bag. Poof you’re done!
Would welcome other light traveling tips – what have you vowed to never repeat?
On a recent trek north to Milwaukee I was able to sneak away from the pack gathered for a baby shower and do a bit of shopping in the Historic Third Ward district.
It seems most all of my travels in 2011 have been by air, so I rarely get to bring home something that would likely be destroyed by our lovely friends, the airlines. I knew this was my chance, so I proudly plucked this driftwood deer off the wall of a fantastic shop, Embelezar—formerly located in Bucktown (Chicago), and couldn’t tuck it into my trunk fast enough. PS) They had three sizes, this one is the mid-range.
I knew the decor possibilities with this would be wide open, here are a few fun holiday ways of working with him (name still TBD, suggestions welcome).
1) Au naturel.
2) Cozy’d up with a scarf. This one happens to be made of men’s ties from the ’50s. My mother would be SO embarrassed to be mentioned here, but yes, that is her handiwork.
3) Frazzled festive! Just glommed on ribbon of the curling variety for a fun energetic look.
4) Simple and easy, small sparkly balls of any color would do. Match to your other decor.
Whatever will become of him in the off-season? I intend to leave him up year-round.