When I walked into the Bing It To Life Lounge at Alt Summit the LAST thing I expected to see was my travel map pin board, but there it was, and it was huge! Bing took submissions of writing, creations and ideas to showcase and my DIY creation was chosen to come to life! While my original project was to record travels of my boyfriend and I, it was really special to see bloggers from all over interacting with my idea and pinning their business cards to the map! It was so surreal to see it all over Instagram and it was such a cool way to see where everyone was from. I was surprised to see that I was the only Louisiana blogger there. Louisiana bloggers, where y’at??
I’ll admit, I was pretty nervous to attend Alt. I’m shy and I was not going to know anyone! Sure, I had a few online buddies, but I didn’t have any real life friends that would be there. I was not sure what to expect, but I knew I had to break out of my comfort zone and go for it! The first night Kristiina (Salt Lake City local) was nice enough to pick me up for our dinner with Honest. This was a huge relief since I hadn’t figured out the SLC Trax system quite yet (and cabs were near impossible to come by). The girls from Honest and everyone at the dinner were SO nice, I was already feeling more comfortable on the West coast! Since I got my ticket pretty late, Mariah invited me to stay in her room. It was really great to have a buddy to walk in with on the first day because the Grand America is pretty intimidating. It is the nicest place I have ever stepped foot into. After finding my way around and talking to a few people during the first session, I was again, amazed at how nice and welcoming everyone was! Whether they were a speaker, a blogger with a huge following, had been attending Alt since the beginning or this was their first year, everyone was nice! I met a ton of awesome people, I learned a lot from the panels and design camps, the sponsor lounges and parties were magical, Stefan Sagmeister‘s keynote, wow! It was overwhelming, exhausting and amazing all at the same time and I’m still not sure I can find the words to do this experience justice!
I also want to take a minute to give a HUGE thanks to everyone who helped to make my first trip to Alt Summit possible! Bing, Passionfruit Ads, Ashley Duffy, Barbara Dallen, Bridgette Rutz, Chelsea Commander, Gabrielle Cyr, Jason Graham, Kara DeMichele, Karl Holzenthal, Katie Pendergrass, Linda Kocher, Mary Ann Cardinale, Megan Pendergrass, Mindy, Rachael Dauro and Robyn. Also, my boyfriend who had to deal with me being a total stress ball for the month before, my sister for dealing with me asking her one million times “what should I wear” and my parents for helping me with my business cards the morning of my flight (the ones I ordered never arrived)! And thanks to everyone at Alt for being so nice!
Since one of my favorite parts of Alt was meeting new people, and they had photobooths galore, I’m going to share some fun photos with new friends! I can call Stefan Sagmeister a friend now, right?!
Hi y’all! I’m back from Alt Summit and trying to get back into the swing of normal life. It was the best, most exhausting four days of my life! While I’m still processing all of the information I took in, I decided to share some of my favorite business cards from the awesome bloggers and brands I met while in Salt Lake City. Since Alt is a conference for creative people, the business card exchange has become a beautiful and fun tradition, now in it’s fourth year. I have linked to all of their blogs so click around if you are looking for some awesome new people to follow, I still have some exploring to do myself!
Lexy from The Proper Pinwheel and Melisa from LuLu the Baker really blew me away with the time spent on their cards. I mean, Lexy stitched together glitter garland for everyone!
Alt set up these boards in the hallway for everyone to stick their cards too, so fun! I was seriously amazed by all of the creativity!
Do you have a favorite card here? Or were you at Alt and receive a super special one? I’ll be recapping different aspects of Alt Summit next week, so stay tuned! I’ll also be sharing the cards that I brought to hand out!
On my Maine road trip back in June, we received a tip to check out Gull Rock Pottery. It was well off the beaten path and totally out of our way but I’m so glad we took the trek. It’s a remote in-home pottery studio surrounded by an amazing sculpture garden on the water’s edge. It was really cool to wander through the property and in and out of the juts of land that held the sculptures.
Jasper Beach was quite a site. Billions of stones rubbed smooth by the sea and piled high the entire length of the beach. Toward the top, the stones are large but by the time you reach the waters edge they are the size of fine gravel. Walking down the dune of stones is a beautiful site but the real beauty comes out when the stones are wet with seawater, which brings out their vibrancy.
We spent some time admiring the stones smoothness, marveling at their designs, building rock towers and laying down on the warm stones. You could spend weeks examining them because every stone is different and beautiful.
I know it’s taking me a while to wrap up this Maine road trip but I have so many photos to share! Now that my move is done and I’m settling into my new workspace I’m chugging along and getting the final photos edited! Check out all of the photos from my Maine road trip!
As you are reading this, Zander and I will be heading out on the road from Maine to New Orleans! When my parents were up visiting we took a trip to The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. I had been once before but my dad is a plant lover so I waned him to check it out.
Sadly, this will wrap up my Boston Photo Tour. It was such a great way to explore my new city while I was living in Boston, but now I am SO excited to start sharing my beloved New Orleans with y’all!
This weekend is the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society Fair, I have been the past two years and love it! This year I won’t be able to make it since I’m in Boston getting packed up to head home. These are some photos that I took at the fair last year and never posted.
I’m participating in the August Break again this year! Just to have a little break from the pressures and expectations of regular blogging. Read more about it on Susannah Conway’s site.
Check out all of the photos from my Maine Road trip! I’m participating in the August Break again this year! Just to have a little break from the pressures and expectations of regular blogging. Read more about it on Susannah Conway’s site.