Alt Summit has been a truly enlightening experience for Ms. Cheetah Pop. The women that I met were so humble even though they were doing amazing things. All blog topics range from designers, fashionistas, foodies, crafters, moms, writers, photographers, interior designers, developers.. you name it, they were there. A blog about lifestyle (which I think you call you blog when you write about all different topics and can’t narrow it down) is where I fit in. I tend to write about whatever I think of that day… if that’s okay with you!
I’m going to break this week down in a couple of posts so you aren’t scrolling for eternity. The first event was… I got sick.
YES! I haven’t been sick in like 3 years and then guess what- the week of, I’m coughing and sniffling all over the place. Besides the fact that you feel like a disgusting human being, I put on my cutest outfits and ate cough drops approx. every 5 minutes. That helped a lot. If you put yourself together, it at least makes you feel like you’re fooling everyone else!
I managed to get 4 days worth of clothing and warm jackets into a carry on and a bedazzled book bag. I was really proud of myself even if I was the only girl there with a book bag. It borderlined the feeling of ‘fannypack’ but in the end, I couldn’t have been more pleased to have my hand free rather than juggling all the books and trinkets they were handing out and then shaking hands with gals. so there.
My mom went with me as a Buddy Pass which was huge. Thank you so much for stepping up and going with me. I def needed a support buddy through this little venture and also the advice of.. Is it safe to drive on ice?? (no, it’s not) As a buddy, she could to with me to all the parties every night and even got a ticket to the Sundance Film Festival for Saturday. We got to SLC at 5:30 pm and I had a dinner at 6:30 pm to start out the conference. You can see my concern to freshen up my appearance from traveling for 10 hours AND still make it to the party on time. I left at 6 to go which gave me approx 30 minutes to drive around the city, call the restaurant for directions and still manage to get lost. I made it 5 minutes late and was slightly embarrassed since it was maybe a block away from my hotel. (only slightly b/c I’ve faced the fact that directions are never going to be a strong character trait of mine)
The dinner was at Faustina and it was sponsored by Windows 8 and the app, Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food. Windows 8 showed us their new technology which (Apple don’t hate me) is cooler than apple. They have touch computers that I would kind of rather prefer because I’m so used to Windows and I would rather rebel against Apple since it’s God’s gift to designers. I met Sarah Carey, the woman behind the cooking of Everyday Food. She was so interesting and I’m actually trying out a recipe with her tonight on the app. I left the dinner with 5 new Martha Stewart cookbooks! Who wants to be my friend, now?!
Dinner gals were cool and we even deemed ourselves as the Window Girls complete with ‘W’ handmotion swirl. Yes, I had already made friends and it was so easy. The next day was full on sorority rush status. I know most of you have gone through this- you pick out your favorite Lily dress (which I pretty much burned after Freshmen year), get up 30 minutes earlier and do your hair and make-up perfectly, and think of good and interesting conversation starters. What I didn’t expect was the intense delivery of business cards. (I think sorority girls should start this fad b/c it’s SO much easier to remember names than making up songs about then in your head when they leave.) The business cards are BEAUTIFUL and all handcrafted or designed. Alt Summit actually had a wall for you to pin your card. This was like gold. I even had a mini melt-down the first night when I discovered that someone had moved mine to the Gasp-Worthy spot. I felt so special.
The clothes were pretty spectacular to say the least. I tried not to go too Overboard with cheetah print so the first day I went with camel leather pants, funky animal necklace and fur jacket. Here is one of my cute new friends below and I just had to get a photo with her b/c of the cheetah.
The conference has a status of “blogger uniform” which I saw. This is basically, colored skinny jeans, chambray or striped shirt, top knot and glasses. I was REALLY surprised to see the glasses posers, too. I could stick my finger through some of that gal’s lenses. Some of the others trends this year were fur, lots of color, eclectic or handmade jewelry, and polka dots. Lots of girls were rocking the pixie hair cuts and ombre, as well.
The food was really yummy. The first day at lunch, Bing was the sponsor so we all headed into a bumping techno room with presents on the tables for us.
The meal was kind of daring serving soup, salad and sushi. A lot of the girls are vegans or gluten-free so I thought it was brave of them serving raw fish. (I stuck to the salad and soup lol)
Bing also had a lounge and my TIE CHAIRS were in there! I practically ran in there when I saw the room and got that gushy, aw shucks feeling when I saw them displayed in the middle of the room. I even had to get someone to take my picture with them like it was their first day of school or something.
The whole room was really creative with either a few projects from bloggers like mine or sayings that they printed and put on the walls. I believe they were even auctioning off some work in the room but with me sitting on my luggage to get it to shut, I thought I might need to take back only what I brought.
One thing that I found I need to improve upon is Twitter. Bloggers are OBSESSED with Twitter. They tweet and use hashtags like nobody’s business and half of them say that they get positions from job postings on Twitter- who would have thought? I’m going to step up my game and clean up all the Kim Kardashians on my feed that make me read it less and less. It is a really great way to connect with readers. Follow me at Bree_Moore if you haven’t already!
The sponsors at the conference were fabulous. They had the neatest booths and I discovered a lot of new companies I didn’t know before… including Jessica Alba’s!
A lot of famous bloggers were there, too.
The amount of famous bloggers there was incredible. It was all the gals you read about and love. I got to meet Say Yes to Hoboken and The Girls with Glasses and The Paper Mama and many more. Everyone was so friendly and willing to meet even a little blog like myself. I had a great time listening to Mara from A Blog About Love in one of the seminars. I’ll have to read her from now on!
The speakers were really great. I especially liked Stefan Sagmeister. He’s an Austrian graphic designer and is also the director of The Happy Film.
He actually went with us to Sundance which I’ll talk more about later.
A street artist also spoke to us and she is fantastic. Here is her work:
All in all, I learned a lot:
Be yourself and come up with your own ideas. I used to follow what other bloggers were doing but now I want to stand out and create fresh content others haven’t seen before and I’m going to work hard on that.
Be consistent on posting. Yes, I have a day every now and then where I just didn’t get to it. Having a full time job is hard, folks. In 2013, I’m hoping to get a post up every morning on my deadline- 7am.
Reach out to other bloggers around the community. Most of the bloggers live in cities where every other girl is a blogger and in the south, it’s harder to find someone that knows what a blog is. I’d love to connect with other people around me.. what do you say Passports and Pancakes??
The most that I got out of the conference is more ambition and motivation. I wrote about it today on Skirt (here) and feel I’m just really in a good place. We’re young and there’s so much we can do in the world. A trip really gives some great inspiration.
I missed you while I was away but I’m pumped to be back and more ready than ever. I’d totally recommend this conference to anyone who has a blog or is even interested in starting one. The location was very plush and the parties and speakers made it sparkle even more.
I’ll tell you all about the parties tomorrow!