You know it's ALT NYC when...

altnyccollage.jpg see some amazing shoes.


...everyone attending took the time to get a pedicure.

martha.jpg not only get to see Martha, but...

altnycfood.JPG get to eat food prepared by Martha's personal chef.

jensandragabby.jpg geek out meeting some of your idols WITHOUT being too stalkerish.

giuliaaltnyc.jpg meet bloggers that you follow online in real life for the first time (hi Giulia!).

...and you get to learn all sorts of new things. Inspiring things. Incredible things. Things like these:

  •  "collaborating is good for the soul, only good will come from it" - Tina Roth-Eisenberg of Swiss Miss
  • "it's about having a point of view" - Pilar Guzman of MSLO
  • "participatory art is the new cupcake" - David Koren of Figment

 And my favourite from Kevin Sharkey, Martha's right hand guy, when talking about how the looseness of bloggers has inspired him at Martha Stewart Living Magazine: 

"don't be sloppy for sloppy's sake".

You wanna be loose but not TOO loose, right?

It was fun and inspiring and tiring too as I was on west coast time - think about it people, I was up at 3am in MY time zone to get ready to zoom down to MSLO headquarters. By the end of the day at the rooftop deck party, I was wiped. 

But it was worth it for the learning and the networking and the crafting and the chatting and the good food and Martha. It's always worth it.

[photos of Martha and Gabby and Kevin by Justin Hackworth

More Alt

Again with the Alt??!! Yup, more about Alt Design Summit. A little more. 

When you go to Alt it is IMPOSSIBLE to forget that you are with almost 500 other creative people. From the fab clothes and the stylish hair (the messy bun was THE "do") to the incredible business cards, it is a constant stream of inspiration. I am STILL digesting how much fun it was to be with a huge group of people who love stylish things and spaces, for whom blogging is not a four letter word!

Here are some beautiful cards that I collected from a roundtable that I attended on the second day. For one hour on Friday right after breakfast we had a choice of 17, yes seventeen roundtables. I chose to go to "Bit Bloggers: The Why's and How's of Small Blogs" hosted by the lovely Margot Harrington of Pitch Design Unionand Kate Singleton of Art Hound. They run a site called Bit Bloggers that is all about being a little-engine-that-could blogger delivering quality content.

Being a roundtable, we went round.the.table and each blogger talked about their challenges. Together we brainstormed. Don't you find better solutions when collaborating?

Here are links to the roundtable attendees. Each unique and creative. Each living an interesting life with passion. Check them out. I know that I will.


Shayna Kulik

Joy of All Crafts


Soda Pop Girl

Margaret Edith

The Blog Fairy

My Hyggelig

A Lifestyle Craving

Hello Moxie

Buckets and Bunches