ALT Summit 2017: A conference in review

A few weeks ago, I hopped on a plane and flew across the country from chilly Atlanta to sunny Palm Springs for a few days at the ALT Summit conference. The Palm Springs airport is stunning! A few weeks ago, I hopped on a plane and flew across the country from chilly Atlanta to sunny Palm Springs for a few days at the ALT Summit conference.

Hi Everyone! I’m Nicole, Annette’s blog manager, and today I’m sharing our awesome, whirlwind trip to ALT Summit. A few weeks ago, I hopped on a plane and flew across the country from chilly Atlanta to sunny Palm Springs to meet Annette for a few days at the conference.

You might remember that we attended last year, and after having a fantastic time and learning a ton, we knew we had to get back for the 2017 conference. This year’s ALT was held in Palm Springs at the Instagram-worthy Saguaro hotel. You’ve probably seen this hotel in photos; it’s an old motel that’s been modernized and painted punchy colors. While Annette and I both agreed that the hotel wasn’t really our style, it made for some gorgeous photos.

A few weeks ago, I hopped on a plane and flew across the country from chilly Atlanta to sunny Palm Springs for a few days at the ALT Summit conference.

The conference is attended by over 500 women from all over the world and features speakers from some of the best in the blog world. We rubbed shoulders with the likes of Darcy Miller (aka Martha’s wedding expert…yes, THE Martha), and heard from speakers like Jordan Ferney from Oh Happy Day, Susan Peterson from Freshly Picked, and the husband-wife duo behind Young House Love. Many of the speakers made a point to share and be vulnerable with their stories which was inspiring and interesting.

31930478174_f2bb695466_k 32771535115_7d3a662e17_k 32771364985_c8980764f6_k One of the best parts of ALT summit is being surrounded by like-minded women who focus on community over competition. We met some new friends and spent our days mingling with bloggers, photographers, stylists, and authors who are just as driven and business-minded as we are. It was such an empowering atmosphere!

Of course, we also did a little exploring around Palm Springs. It was such a funky town with a lot of visual interest, and the landscape was incredible.


We soaked up as much sun and knowledge as we could, and we’re both looking forward to implementing some of the things we learned at ALT summit here on the blog. If you’ve ever considered attending ALT, don’t hesitate to go. Tickets usually go on sale in the fall, and this year, it sold out in 24 hours!

If you were at ALT this year, we’d love for you to say hello, and if not, let us know if you have any questions about what we learned. We’d love to chat more!

xo, Nicole

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Color I’m Crushing On:: Buttercup


Whenever I see yellow appear in stores, I know spring is officially here. While yellow can be quite bright, it’s also incredibly cheery and manages to punch up a room or outfit easily. Yellow is one of those colors you can’t help but to smile at; it’s such a mood lifter. This season, it’s all about buttercup. 

Add yellow to your wardrobe and your kitchen with anything from a pair of sneakers to a set of linen napkins. Below are some of my buttercup picks:

  1. Linen Market Napkin – a subtle color for a garden party
  2. Lemon Juicer – for all of those lemon twists this summer
  3. Superga sneakers – this subtle yellow tone in these is so fun
  4. Beautiful Briny Sea – salt made locally
  5. Le Creuset Dutch Oven – I love the idea of using your dutch oven both to cook in and serve in
  6. Nail Polish – I’ve been known to rock a fun color on my nails
  7. Tory Burch cross body – You can’t beat a cross body for any travel you have planned
  8. Empire State Finery necklace – this duo from Atlanta has some of the most fun and funky pieces
  9. Capri Blue Candles – one of my favorite scents to light and a favorite gift to give

xx, Annette



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DIY Monday :: Neon Coil Baskets

theredthread_NeonCoilBowls_Main1 This weekend I purged my closet. Nothing like a great Spring cleaning, right? So instead of tossing my tee shirts, I found this really cool up-cycling project for my tees, I wanted to share with you. These sweet neon coil baskets are made from old t-shirts. What a great way to recycle your closet, right? Turn them into decorative and functional items for the home. I love the neon touches. Tell me about some of the DIYs you have in mind to brighten you home for spring.

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How cute are these?! I think the neon adds just the right trendy touch!

Happy Spring DYI-ing.

Check out instrucitons and the details here.

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Color Inspiration Yellow :: Pinterest Picks

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One of my favorite things to do on Pinterest is to put together boards inspired by a color.

great outfit Right now my color inspiration is yellow, probably because spring starts on Friday. From yellow books to yellow fashion to yellow flowers, I am really feeling the color recently. It’s just so vibrant and fun. What inspires you to create Pinterest boards? I would love to know! Please link me to your boards in the comments section because I would love to follow you. In the meantime follow my YELLOW BOARD here: “Call Me Mellow Yellow”


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Tim Walker



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