HIGH 5 FOR FRIDAY // 02.01.13

TGIF - Friday

OKAY. I NEED TO CLEAR SOMETHING. I didn’t even want to do this post this week. On Tuesday I was thinking about it (let’s just pause on the fact that it was only Tuesday when I declared this) and I said to myself “This week sucks. I won’t have anything to put in my H5FF and I don’t even care. Humph.”

Is it clear where I was at?
It was a bad place.
I’m trying to portray it as best as possible.

And yes I realize I was basically manifesting the rest of my week to play out poorly but I didn’t care.

Now, to be fair, a lot of people I’ve talked to have been feeling this same sort of way. Grumpy for no reason and unable to pull themselves out of it. I’m blaming the full moon from Sunday which I think is somewhat legit because the full moon always makes shit crazy. Seriously.

So by the time Wednesday morning came around (I didn’t want to get out of bed, I was running late to work and nearly had to attend a 9AM meeting uncaffeinated…danger) I was seriously mad – but mostly at myself for not being able to just get over it. Then – as I stood on the street corner waiting for the bus, the coffee gods answered my prayers in the form of a beautiful Starbucks angel who was offering passerbys complimentary Tall Blondes (the coffee! Guys…). So I took my sweet java and I decided in that moment that it was time to turn this week around. And so I did.

But obviously this is about more than just coffee. It’s about being in choice (guess what – you choose your mood!). And it was a great reminder that it’s weeks like these that my H5FF post is the most important because it forces me to focus on the awesome stuff. So without further ado, here’s what made this week awesome – and yes the coffee definitely made the cut.

1. ALT was incredible but there’s nothing like coming home to your own bed. Know what I mean?

2. Finding this little gem on the world wide web. We made it our soul mission to hit every photobooth as a threesome and I think this shot is my fave.

3. I felt like I hadn’t seen/spoke to Tiff for 10 weeks so this catch up brunch was incredible. It helps that the food was awesome. (You ought to hit up Fable next time you’re in town!)

4. Free coffee – see above anecdote. It saved me.

5. Heather is here! Heather is here! ‘Nuff said.

Anyone else feel the effects of the full moon? (Do I sound like a total crazy person?) PS. Check out my first Vine Video!




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.