Alt Summit - SLC - 2013 - Recap

AT ALT SUMMIT you aren’t judged for taking photos of every single thing (food, feet and selfies included). No, no one looks at you like you’re crazy because they’re too busy snapping the perfect shot of their own. Alt Summit is an Instagrammer‘s dream as surely you can see, every last detail is accounted for. I swear I could have attended this conference with earplugs in and still walked away totally inspired from the visual beauty of it all. I took advantage of the judgement-free zone and click, click, clicked my way through 300 photos documenting everything. And here you thought this round-up was a lot of photos – cutting it down to a somewhat appropriate number to share on here nearly killed me. I honestly don’t think there was anything I didn’t take a picture of  (hold it – I did refrain from snapping a stalker picture of Jessica Alba because for some reason that’s where I drew the line).

You can read all about the things I learned from attending the conference here and here – but now I want to share with you my top 10 moments from the summit – you know, the really fun stuff.

1. First and foremost a shout out to Patti, Laura and Sharon. The whole experience wouldn’t have been the same without these 3 new friends by my side.

2. The lavender hot chocolate in the Bing Lounge – thankfully (or not) I only discovered it on the second day so I wasn’t totally tempted by it for 72 hours. That said, I’m left with a crazy craving for it so I’ll probably have to figure out how to recreate it at home.

3. Chatting with Katie and Megan (the masterminds behind this). They are probably the coolest people I’ve ever met and totally celebrity status in my eyes.

4. The fact that the entire summit from the name tags to the dinners were designed with intention. The team managed to transform a hotel conference area into a Pinterest board. I’m coming home full of inspiration from simply that.

5. So much swag. So so so much swag. I’m particularly thankful to Miss Laurie from The Land Of Nod for gifting me this incredible grey blanket. It goes unbelievably well with the other 2 grey blankets I have layered on my bed. I’m now 0.06% of the way to 50 shades of grey.

6. Stefan Sagmeister gave an unbelievable Keynote Speech. You should watch his TED talk and check out The Happy Film once it’s released. We got a sneak peek and it’s gunna be gooooood.

7. I now have an insane girl crush on Darcy Miller (editorial director for Martha Stewart Mag). She was cute, sweet, brilliant, talented and humble and she gifted us a custom chocolate bar. If Darcy asked me to be her personal assistant for no money tomorrow I’d do it. I have also since decided that becoming a party stylist is in my 5-10 year goals. So, incredibly rad parties coming to a T&A chateau near you.

8. My, Patti and Laura’s quest to hit up every photobooth at the summit. There were probably 10.

9. Going to see Afternoon Delight at the Sundance Film Festival. I mean, when else in my life will I ever get to see a movie at Sundance again? Salt Lake, you were lovely but I can’t say you’re at the top of my travel list.

10. Collecting all the crazy creative business cards that everyone did up. Seriously – these are business cards like you’ve never seen before!



Alt Summit Recap - 2013

AS I WRITE this I’m totally buzzing (and I promise you it’s not from the booze since I’m still in prohibition January… poor planning on my part BTW.)

With the summit pretty much over I’m left here looking over my extensive notes (dork alert) and sifting through the trillions of business cards I collected (I almost wish this was an exaggeration) trying to comprehend the whirlwind that was the last 48 hours of my life. These nuggets, above, in my day two recap (here’s day one if you missed it) are what I know. They are the cold hard facts and quotes and #truthbombs that I managed to scribble down or tweet throughout the conference. The things that, for one reason or another, hit home with me. The slivers that I felt like capturing and serving back out to the world.

The rest of it (and believe you me there’s more)… it’s all still percolating.

I will say that I’m inspired. And that I have a serious girl crush on Darcy Miller. But for the rest of my Alt Summit Highlights – you’ll have to wait on those. This girl’s got to get some beauty sleep.



1. HOORAY for work beers, new teams and new jobs!

2. Our gallery wall has finally got its winter coat on and sporting a much more seasonal look. Stay tuned for details on the contents of our frames! HINT 2nd row third picture is this golden nugget.

3. For someone with a keen eye for design, I cannot for the life of me commit to a business card design. Thanks to and Alt Summit, I had a $30 credit so I ordered these little cuties for the time being. Highly recommended if you’re in a pinch for calling cards!

4. This epic cheese display brought to you by Tiffany and yours truly. Our holiday open house was such a fun time – and the cheese was a real hit!

5. Good girlfriends + bad wine + an impromptu Thursday night = the best time ever.

ps. I go home in one week! EEP!