25 Jun Altitude Design Summit NYC 2013
Last week I was super excited to attend the Altitude Design Summit in NYC at the Martha Stewart Omnimedia Studios. It’s hard to believe my first time at Alt was exactly one year ago – how the time flies! However, it was nice to not have to escape to a bathroom every few hours for a discreet session with my breast pump like last year.
Of course, since I have attended Alt a couple of times now (I also went to the big event in January in Salt Lake), I definitely felt more confident and comfortable in general. Even though I felt calm, cool, and collected, there were a few things that made me get all fluttery and excited.
Hearing Grace Bonney, creator of Design Sponge, speak was just as you would imagine – exciting, inspiring, challenging…I was actually sad when her speech was over. I did get to talk with her for a few minutes and joked with her that “she brought the name Grace back”. She is the first Grace my age I have ever known, and we both related to the “Your name is Grace? My great-grandmother/great-aunt’s name was Grace” comment which we have both heard like a billion times. Nowadays, there are tons of little Grace’s running around – all because of Grace Bonney, of course. I like my name – thanks Mom and Dad.
I so wish we had gotten the chance to take a photo together because I could have tagged it “Giant Grace & Tiny Grace”. I had no idea how small she was until I stood next to her, peering down. She is teensy…and awesome. I really liked her. It’s interesting to be at these conferences because there are lots of “big names” in this world you get to meet. Some are nice to everyone, generally pleasant to be around, and don’t make you feel…well, beneath them. Grace is one of those people.
Without a doubt, everyone was anticipating Martha. Yes, THE Martha. Although we did not know when she would make her appearance, I was so happy I was sitting in the front row when she did. (I’m the blue, floral blur)
I would venture to say every creator in that room knows she deserves a lot of credit for paving the way, and in some aspects, giving validity to what we do.
It is surreal to be in the same room with her and hear her speak.
This is what the room looks like when Martha is around in case you were wondering.
And I am posting this photo solely because Miss Martha is 72 and has better legs than I do. This image hardly does them justice – they are long and toned and incredible.
Assuredly, hearing her speak is cool, but meeting her is pretty amazing and probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Only a handful of people got to have a conversation with her, and I was beyond excited that I was lucky enough to be one of them. And of course, I was thrilled to have a photo to document the experience. (Thanks Justin – happy to share it with you, Amy!)
In case you are wondering about my dress, it is vintage, and a $3 estate sale find. I love it, and felt beautiful in it. Sadly, it ripped from the underarm to the bust at the conference so I had to go back to my hotel to change before the after party. Someone commented that “showing your bra” is the style now, but I’m not a “show your bra” kind of girl. I changed.
So obviously, talking with Martha was a highlight of the trip, but I really loved getting to chat with some of my favorite friends from this little blogging world.
Like Jenny from Little Green Notebook. (she’s in the mint shirt and black pants) Love her, wish she lived closer.
And Mara from A Blog About Love, who is as dear in real life as she is in her writing.
I really, really enjoy talking with people and getting to know them. It is so inspiring to be in a room full of some of the most creative people in our country!
I stayed at the super chic and super cool Hotel Americano. The food was amazing (seriously, you should go eat there even if you’re not staying there – see my instagram @astoriedstyle for photos of their food, so delish!), and I really liked the decor. Can you find me?
The rooms are sparse, with concrete floors and just a pop of chartreuse yellow.
Alt Summit usually comes with some nice swag, but my fave this year was Martha Stewart’s new craft book for kids. It. is. beautiful. You should check it out for sure.
Paige Meredith of Approaching Joy shot this image of me taking a photo of Photographer Extraordinaire, Justin Hackworth, and his sweet wife, Amy. I love it – it’s nice to get an artsy photo of oneself. (thanks Paige!) Plus it made me happy that my five-second hairdo looked so nice from the side, ha.
I enjoy going to Alt – it is exciting, and I always come away feeling like I have learned so much, yet wondering how in the world I will find time to implement all I desire to. I fully realize many of the opportunities I have been given in my first year of blogging have come from the relationships I have made there.
However, even though I had a great time, I still changed my flight and came home a day early (I had planned on having a get-some-work-done/relax/play day). I just missed these little faces too much. And my husband’s, too.
And another special thanks to Kat Phillips of TheGrayAttic.com who designed my business cards everyone oohs and ahhs over.
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If you have any questions about Alt, I would love to answer them for you! Please feel free to leave them in the comments!