ALTitude Design Conference.

Lucky me…I got to go to the ALTitude Design conference again this year and as great as last year was… this was even better!

I started the conference with a blogger dinner put on by HP. It was in a long, cozy room that made for nice, intimate getting to know one another! The gal with the most perfect shade of long, red hair facing the camera is Kelly Beall from Design Crush who has guest judged a challenge for us.
And I have to admit that I felt a little weak in the knees when I was at the same table as Maggie of Mighty Girl–she has wit and intelligence in spades! She was talking about all of the awesome things she has been doing on her Life List… I also got to hear her at a panel later in the weekend. She told a story that is still blowing my mind… short version: although reluctant at first to work with McDonald’s, she’s now truly fallen for the people and nostalgia behind the brand, PLUS their new oatmeal.

The other super talented gal at our table was children book illustrator Sarah Jane and her exceptionally kind husband.

The dinner was sponsored by HP so they had their new “notebook clutches” out on tables.
The plaid one was my personal favorite. It reminded me of Oscar & Emma’s Hunt Club.
Here their head designer Stacy Wolf is holding one designed by Vivienne Tam. HP is a bit like Minted in that they have crowd sourced some of their designs.
And then at the official soiree the next evening I met some more incredibly talented bloggers and writers, including Crystal Gentilello, the Editor-in-Chief of Rue Magazine (at left). If you haven’t flipped through it’s lust-worthy digital pages, you seriously need to! And then a few more lovely blogers…

Caitlin of Sacramento Street, at far right, did a nice round-up of her notes. This was my “glitter shot.”

But honestly… the actual “conference” part was great, too. Every single panel I went to I not only learned something, but I also heard about so many new blogs to add to my reader.

One of my favorite parts was seeing THREE of our former wedding invitation judges at the same time… and then enjoying lunch with them, from left: the recently married Kathryn Storke of Snippet & Ink, Vane Broussard of Brooklyn Bride, and Amanda Nistor from Ruffled Blog.

The amount of real time tweeting going on was mind bowing! I think at any given time more than half of people were looking down at their devices… which made it feel like there were actually a lot more people there than there really was–pretty cool! I already can’t wait for next year, but in the meantime I can at least follow all of these amazing ladies.

Find more of Natasha on her blog.

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  2. Kelly

    it was lovely meeting you!