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Happy Valentines Day!

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Whether you’re spending it with your significant other or your very best friends, I hope you all have a beautiful day!


Eye these gorgeous shots of Peru — now and forever, the most romantic place in the world.

Buy one of these gorgeous, cozy scarves to keep warm in the cold.

Make a thoughtful surprise for your love (how amazing would it be to come home to one of these?).

Bake these tiny, heart-shaped hand pies for a special treat.


Are you as excited for the next season of Game of Thrones as I am?

This Jimmy Kimmel sketch is brilliant.

Seven simple ways to spruce up your brand this year.

These bacon roses are kind of amazing.

Best comeback ever.


Snow Day

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Don’t mind me — I’m just hanging out in two feet of snow! Hope you’re having fun and staying warm if you’re doing the same!


So what about the Alt Summit goals?

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// Engage more on social media.
And get on Google+. It’s one more account to think about, but I’m hoping to streamline some of my social media work by scheduling more posts and zoning out a little less. (Pinterest and Twitter can drag me in and consume me for hours if I let them.)

// Collaborate more.
I’d love to work on more collaborations with other creatives this year, and plan to get up the guts (one of these days) to reach out to some of the people I admire most.

// Submit more content to other blogs and publications.
If you want to get your work out there, you have to be proactive. I know I need to be more proactive.

// Look less, do more.
Like I said, Pinterest and Twitter can pull me in for hours if I let them. If I want to maximize the time I have, I have to minimize the time I let that happen.

// Schedule more, waste less time.
I’ll share my schedule as soon as I know I have it down, but I’m experimenting with scheduling a time for social media and email, and generally avoiding them the rest of the time. That leaves the open space available for work. Nothing else. And I’m telling you, I just started doing this yesterday and it’s already blowing my mind.

What are some of your blogging and business goals this year? Do we have any of the same?


Happy Friday!

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Thank you for all of your sweet words today — I hope you have an amazing weekend!


Eye this insane wallpaper.

Buy these cozy pants (I’m so crazy about the cozy pants lately… is it something about the cold?).

Make this awesome clock.

Bake these pretty jello shots for the Super Bowl.


Anna Kendrick is amazing.

It’s a weiner dog. (Gets me every time.)

You should also make this diy heart wreath.

… and these conversation heart donuts.



Initial Alt Summit reactions

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I’ve been mulling over my thoughts on Alt for a few days now — trying to decide where to begin.

It’s hard to write about insecurities. And for some reason, post-Alt, I seem to be full of them.

The thing is you guys… Alt was so good. It was amazing. I connected with folks I haven’t seen in months, and folks I’ve only ever seen online… not to mention a boatload of incredible, sweet, generous new friends. And all are the kind of people you’d be lucky to meet just a handful of in a lifetime.

I feel incredibly grateful for a week spent with such amazing people, and incredibly inspired by the smart, creative, straight badass speakers I had the honor to listen to and learn from.

I also feel grateful for my sponsor, Lenovo, who made it all happen and even made it possible for me to give a tablet away to the sweetest, most appreciative Instagrammer who made my heart burst with excitement for her when she wrote. I was lucky to have a sponsor, and securing sponsorship for Alt was one of my goals for the year I can now say I’ve achieved.

But if I’m really honest… the truth is that I left Alt feeling a little overwhelmed.

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My new cards (Because maybe you didn’t get one!)

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Hey, so you know what post I’ve had queued up and ready to go for a week, but haven’t gotten around to hitting publish? This one.

I know, I know… right now I’m supposed to be sharing other peoples’ cards, not my own. But I couldn’t leave them off entirely… they’re just too pretty, and Chris at Moxie Press deserves every scrap of credit I can send his way for the drop-dead beautiful job.

Not to mention lovely Moorea (who I finally had the chance to meet in person after all this time online!) for the beautiful logo that looks so great in letterpress.

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Alt summit love

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If you’re spending a lot of time on the blogs this week and not headed to SLC, you probably feel like punching me right now. I’m sorry… I know. It’s a lot this time of year. It’s a lot for us all…

Outfits, media kits, business cards, blog updates — bloggers think about this stuff all the time, but for some reason when it comes down to crunch time (conference time) suddenly none of it feels like enough.

We want everything to be just that much better… or that much more organized… or just that much more new. (What is it about new clothes that makes them so much better than the rest? Even cheap new clothes from H&M. They win every time.)

So there’s a lot of “new” going on right now — a lot of organizing, a lot of perfecting. Or at least trying to perfect. And on one hand it’s totally overwhelming… but on another, and I think this is why we all have so much love and admiration for events like this, it’s also really inspiring.

There are a lot of really really talented creatives out there. And this is one time when you get to see them shine just that much brighter.

Stepping up your game might be a little stressful, but it’s also a blessing. One of many reasons we all look forward to conferences like this — whether we’re on the outside or in — is because they light a fire under our ass. They inspire us to do more, to create more, to refresh and renew… much like the new year. And what do you know, when it comes to the Alt Summit, the two coincide.

So ya, I’m obsessing. But that’s not always such a bad thing to do. We all do this thing called blogging because it’s what we love. The pressure to do more just reminds us of how much.


Eye tons and tons of fantastic advice and information, including this outfit planner from Design Crush, to help you prepare.

Buy a pretty green dress for Thursday night’s green party.

Make some great business cards to show off to new friends.

Bake some tasty treats for the 4am trip to the airport.


You should also make both of these beautiful scrubs — speaking of talented creatives.


Amazing backstage Polaroids from the Golden Globes.

Kelly Oxford’s office.

These baked eggs look amazing.

In case you need a little extra encouragement from your desktop.


What are you reading?

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One of my goals this year is to read more — and lucky for me, I have a few plane rides coming up. Hopefully I can squeeze a little extra in.

So tell me, what are you reading and what have you read recently that blew your mind. I’d love to have your recommendations!

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We’re settling in for a little bit of red carpet-watching at the end of a weekend that’s gone by much too fast, but I wanted to check in for just a minute to say hello, and thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your sweet words of support on my tattoo reveal. It means so much to know I’m not alone. And as always, you guys are beyond the best.

I hope you’ve all had an amazing weekend!

Eye this amazing converted fisherman’s cottage.

Buy my dream hat.

Make a gorgeous shawl from Brooklyn Tweed.

Bake some homemade fritos.

Jenna Lyons’ cameo in the new season of Girls.

I want to want to juice too, Erin… and I love this.


Getting organized on the go

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With Alt coming up in just two weeks and a full plate right now, I’ve been thinking a lot about ways to get and stay organized on the go. Even though the conference will be a little bit of a vacation — I’m so excited to see everyone, attend some great parties, and learn a ton of new things — I’ll also be working hard to keep up with everything at home. Luckily, that’s something I’m used to. So I thought I’d share a few of the ways I prepare to stay organized on the go — both to remind myself, and to give you all some ideas if you happen to be looking!

// Decide which device(s) are best to take. Major project? Bring your laptop. Just keeping up & taking notes? Use a tablet with a keyboard (this is what I’ll be using at Alt thanks to Lenovo’s generous sponsorship). Do you need your Kindle or can your tablet do double duty with a Kindle app?

// Check for wi-fi on the plane, and prepare accordingly. If you don’t have it, it’s a good time to sit down and write or read that paper that’s been nagging you.

// Use a cloud. It’s the best way to keep all of your work in one place, and to access it on the go. Evernote, Dropbox, and Google Drive are great options that cost little to nothing.

// Make a list. Nobody wants to get to the airport and realize they’ve left their phone charger at home. And if you really hate packing (like me) try Packing Pro to make the lists for you!

// Make a folder. Organize all of your flight details, appointments, etc in an email or other folder on your device for easy access. TripIt is a great option for doing all of this on your device.

// Use your commuting time to work, but don’t overdo it. You still want some time to relax and take it all in. Even if it’s just a business trip, it’s an opportunity to travel. Try not to take it for granted.

// And speaking of a little bit of time to relax — download GateGuru to find the best food on your layovers. (You know I’m always thinking about the food.)

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