I’m going to Palm Springs and need your help!

Palm Springs Photo by Jose Villa

Sooo excited! Me and my two best friends are taking a vacation to Palm Springs in 3 weeks!!! We all went to high school and college together but don’t live in the same city any more, so a girls trip, is LONG overdue! I have only been to California once and I really don’t have a clue what to do in Palm Springs, so I’m looking at you! If you have ever been to Palm Springs or live in the area… I want to know what your favorite spots are. We want to find art, amazing food, relaxing spots, fancy drinks, something unique, sunshine, spas, we are open to all suggestions. Oh yea, and we have not booked a room yet, so we also need a place to stay! Any ideas, I want to hear about it all! Just click the image below to email me, or leave a comment below! Thanks for the help, love y’all!

Send Palm Springs Suggestions

Photos by Jose Villa, designs by me.

Satsuma Cafe: Out & About New Orleans

Satsuma Cafe Maple Street New Orleans: Out & About

I’ve missed sharing some of my local favorites ever since my Boston Photo Tour was retired – so I’m starting a new column called Out & About! Sometimes I take New Orleans for granted, so I want to embrace it and share my favorite spots with you! I’m starting out with one of my neighborhood favorites, Satsuma Cafe. They specialize in breakfast and lunch and are so good at what they do. They have the BEST juice, awesome sandwiches, pastries and coffee! I would get juice from there everyday if I could! It is such a cute little spot with a few outdoor tables. I go to the Maple Street location, but they also have one on Dauphine Street. It’s in walking distance from my house, which is great for a nice day. You know, I think I am going to head there right now!

Satsuma Cafe Maple Street New Orleans: Out & About

Satsuma Cafe Maple Street New Orleans: Out & About

Satsuma Cafe Maple Street New Orleans: Out & About

Satsuma Cafe Maple Street New Orleans: Out & About

Satsuma Cafe Maple Street New Orleans: Out & About

Bing It To Life at Alt Summit

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?? 

Alt SLC 2013 - Thursday Morning

CieraHolzenthalMap-Alt-SLC-2013-by-Justin-Hackworth

Alt SLC 2013 - Friday Morning

Alt Summit Business Card Cork Map Design Camp

Alt Summit Business Card Cork Map

Alt SLC 2013 - Friday Morning

Alt-Summit-Business-Card-Map-Instagram-Round-Up

You can check out some of the other awesome projects from Bing It To Life on Bing’s Facebook page and Alt Summit’s Flickr page.

Photos by Brooke Dennis + Justin Hackworth + Ciera Holzenthal. Instagrams from @agoldenafternoon, @passionfruitads, @armelle_blog, @traceytee27, @macyrobison, @brianna_land, @armelle_blog, @littlelessy, @pencilshavings, @promisetangeman, @jelliottblake, @bunnyanddolly, @artifactuprising, @jeannepmeyer, @prettypleaseus, @linneapaulina, @lindseybuck, @cieraholzenthal, @beckykimball, @momathonblog, @littlelessy, @liagriffith, @caytlynchilelli, @ccpaper, @lauratrevey, @teambing, @darlingstudio, @melbuswell, @pencilshavings, @glitterinclexi, @jennysolar, @theresagonzalezsf, @hilarycarpenter, @squirrellyminds, @stylizedex

My First Alt Summit

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?!

Alt Summit Friends

Photos: The Great Gatsby Lawn Party sponsored by Hayneedle, Clue Party photo by Brooke Dennis sponsored by Joss & Main, Mariah and I in The Land of Nod lounge, Blurb Class Reunion photo by by McKenzie Thompson, Stefan Sagmeister and I talking, Melissa and I, Caytlyn and I in the Method Home, The Girls With Glasses party Smilebooth