I mentioned last week that I was out of town, doing a bit of traveling. I had a sweet Tuesday wedding in Massachusetts (seriously… I promise you’ll see a preview soon!!), spent Wednesday in Connecticut (at this darling coffee shop), and then Thursday and Friday in NYC for the Alt Design Summit, a bloggers conference. It wasn’t quite as mind-blowing as I expected in the ways that I expected (I guess I’m already fairly good at blogging??), but definitely challenged the way I think about connecting with people, targeting a specific audience (YOU!!), and gave me some good connections and sweet friendships.
And guys— IT WAS AT MARTHA STEWART’S HEADQUARTERS. I mean, seriously??!?!? You can’t go wrong with that.
Here’s a brief glimpse at my Thursday with Alt.
Hellllllooooooo, gorgeous workspaces!!!! I swooned just walking by these cubicles (can you even call them that??). I think my creativity would positively explode if I could work in a place like this, surrounded by other creative people, too!
Martha’s test kitchen!!
Step one of our day: crafting. I’m not a terribly big fan of crafting for crafting’s sake (though I did come away with a fun bracelet), so I took pictures of other peoples’ creativity instead. Jennifer, my web designer / graphic artist / type nerd friend came with me. SO MUCH FUN to spend time with her, and to bounce ideas off of her afterward. Besides, she’s just gorgeous, and so fun to photograph. (seriously, Jen. you make me jealous. stop it)I felt completely overwhelmed the entire day— being around so many beautiful, creative people all at once. I wanted to photography them ALL. Hands-down the best session of the day— Pilar Guzmán, Editor-in-Chief at Martha Stewart Living, Lucinda Scala Quinn of MADhungry, and Kevin Sharkey, Senior Vice President of Martha Stewart Living and author of Martha’s Home Design blog. SO AMAZING to listen to them. Jen again.… and then she made me get in front of the camera. (thanks, Jen!)
Shock of all shocks… MARTHA STEWART HERSELF!!!!! She wasn’t slated to come in, but she wanted to, and she is Martha Stewart afterall. SOOOOOO happy to hear from her!!
I was just slightly obsessed with this lovely old building. Martha’s Prop Shop! :: swoon ::Again, can you just imagine the amount of creativity that comes from working in such a place??!After the main events of the day were finished, we all convened on the rooftop for a casual cocktail party / networking time. The theme was “color pops,” and it was really fun to see so many people rocking neon. DIY business cards by Design Improvised. I felt a little (read: VERY) out of place… not only because I’m not the typical “blogger,” but also because I don’t really follow many blogs, so didn’t know who anyone was. There were lots of rather well-known, full-time bloggers there, and I was clueless. One person I did know of, though, is Darcy Miller, Editor-in-Chief of Martha Stewart Weddings. When I found out she was there, I couldn’t speak for a few minutes. (true story). “Oooooohhhh, I want to meet her,” I thought. Impossibly, my thoughts said back to me.
But look here? I GOT TO MEET DARCY MILLER. And not only that, she tweeted a picture of me. That might just be the biggest celebrity moment of my life. I’m half tempted to feel ashamed for being so excited about it, but not really. It was definitely the highlight of my entire week. (photo credit: Alt staff photographer. thanks, whoever you are.)
More talking, more networking, more enjoying the gorgeous light and view.I fiiiiiiiiinally got to meet Rebecca Beach of A Daily Something. Goodness. I want to put this darling girl in my pocket and keep her with me all the time. She is perfectly delightful, sweet, thoughtful, and imaginative. So excited for her, and all the sweet things in her life. The next morning Jennifer and I slept in a bit (a bit too long), and made our way to our respective buses to head back to DC. We stopped briefly for coffee (brief really does mean “brief”), which was perhaps a mistake, because we both ended up running the 20 blocks to our respective bus stops, lugging bags and suitcases (and coffee), in rush hour, terrified that we’d miss our departures. Turns out they were both late. Of course. Oh, well. Good exercise, right? Goodbye, NYC. I liked you the last time I visited. I loved you this time. Can’t wait for next time.