ALT Summit: Things I’m Not Worried About

January 21, 2014

Photo credit: Alt Summit. Legs/Feet: Mine.

I just boarded the plane to this year’s Alt Summit, and started seeing a number of blog posts about how to prepare for Alt Summit. And man there are a lot of them. I’m already in the air and on my way, so there’s no preparing for me, but I thought, since this is my (I think) fifth year to attend the event, it would be interesting to read these ‘how to prepare’ and/or ‘what to expect’ posts.

And honestly, they totally stressed me out.

They were beautiful, for sure. And comprehensive, I’m sure. But the pin-able detail into which the vision boards, animated gifs and 100-thing packing lists went into…well, I’m just not feeling it. And it’s never been my experience. So here are a few things that have worked for me and/or mostly, here are the things I’m so not stressing about at Alt Summit:

1. Business Cards. The business cards at Alt are works of art. I’m in awe of Jordan Ferney.  And Laurie Smithwick does a whole class on them beforehand. But don’t stress about business cards. Hell, I don’t even have business cards. I don’t think I really have in a very long time, and no one has kicked me out of anything yet. I find it fun to collect everyone else’s business cards (because they are awesome) but if you need my information, I will write it down for you on something. And that seems to work too.


2. What to Wear. In year’s past (see top photo) I’ve connected with my inner designer and worn coolweird things that my dad wouldn’t let me wear in eighth grade. And that was awesome. But this year, I think I’m mainly wearing jeans. And possibly yoga pants. But with decent boots that my coolweird eight grade self would dig. 

3. The Green Party. On Friday night, there’s a party where one wears green. I’ve recently only been focusing on the theming of green shown above here and don’t have anything all that awesome and green to wear, so I just pulled everything green out of my closet and am going to wear it all, in all shades, at one time (a la Joey on Friends). It will be ridiculous. You will not see it on Pinterest.

Last year I actually dressed up with this rich 80s Lady.  This year I will look like a hobo. A green hobo.

 5. All the Parties and all the Things. This will be the first year (I think) that I’m not in charge of or doing a party at Alt. I’m just attending. And I am very happy to be attending. I can’t wait to see what everyone does and eat everyone’s food. Find me, we will compare notes. (Pro tip: Find the room with the fancy mac and cheese. It’s always the best.) Also, I’m really looking forward to watching Susan Petersen be on Shark Tank on Friday night. So I’ll be finding the party that’s showing that in the back or whatever and watching that with Susan. Go Susan.

6. The Sessions. There is nothing to worry about in the sessions. Like, don’t get a paper cut. That’s your biggest threat. The sessions are all great and I want to go to all of them. I’m speaking on Wednesday at 4:30 pm (with Krista Blair of Nate Berkus) so I will be free to enjoy the rest of them the rest of the time.

7. The Celebrities. You need not be scared of the famous people. They are scared of us. Just look at darling Jessica Alba of The Honest Company here. She can not stretch herself far enough away from me in this photo. And yet, she survived the moment. And so will you.

8. A Camera/Taking Photos. I did not bring my camera this year. There are photo booths everywhere. And Justin Hackworth. Also, 700 stylish people with smart phones. There will be many photos.

So in summary. If you are heading to Alt this week, do not worry for there is nothing to worry about here. You only have a few things to do, really. Things like, um, show up. Brush your teeth everyday. Pay attention. And find the good people of Alt Summit (Including Sara Urquhart and Gabrielle Blair) and tell them how awesome the event is…because it always is. No matter if you had time to make a vision board or not.

(And if you see me running around in yoga pants, say hi.)


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  • Reply Karen from Chookooloonks January 21, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Totally wish I was coming, man. Have a great time. xo


  • Reply Justin Hackworth January 21, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I’ll be there! And I’ll take a smashing photo of you. I can’t wait to see you again.

  • Reply Gabrielle - Design Mom January 21, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    I can’t imagine an Alt Summit without you! So glad you’re here.

  • Reply Roxanna (miguelina) January 22, 2014 at 7:43 am

    This was lovely!

  • Reply barchbo January 22, 2014 at 10:22 am

    When you get dressed for the green party imagine me standing there saying, “Could you BE wearing any more green?”

    I am wearing that outfit today except my blanket sweater is green and so is my bag. I am now pretending that I am blogging from the lobby of the Grand America instead of composing an email to a nun. (Source on the boots, please. Mine are cognac by Frye. I like yours better.)

    Have fun! 🙂

  • Reply Stacey January 22, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    are those socks you have on if the first pic?

  • Reply Christina Honkonen January 26, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Oh man, this makes me want to go to ALT! 😉

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