Style File – My Alt Wardrobe

You guys asked, so today I’m going to show you what I wore to Alt. I did not ask people to take pictures of my outfits during the conference, so I had to recreate these at home during the weekend.

I tried to bring basics and footwear that would work in multiple outfits in order to save space. Nonetheless, my suitcase was maxed out.

On Wednesday, I wore the above outfit while traveling and to the Friday night dinner. The black Atwell top has sheer, chiffon sleeves, which I find rather clever. I also wore a pair of Citizens of Humanity almost black Arley jeans. While traveling, I wore rainboots, but for dinner I changed into black Nine West pumps. My gold scale necklace by Laura Lombardi finished it off.

For the sessions on Thursday morning and afternoon, I layered a black tank top from Target under a navy silk blouse from Banana Republic. On the bottom I wore an Elmidae patterned, origami-like skirt, Calvin Klein black nylons, and the black Nine West pumps.

The Clue-theme party was Thursday night, and everyone was supposed to choose a color — white, mustard, scarlet, plum, green, or peacock. Originally I aimed for peacock. But when I got dressed at Alt, everyone told me I was wearing green, not “peacock”/teal. I’m still confused because this outfit reads teal to me, but my husband also thinks it’s green. Oh well.

The ruffle bottom dress in “viper snake” is by Aqua. I kept on my black Calvin Klein nylons and changed into Asos high heels. I accessorized with a spike and beaded bracelet by Spike of Creativity and a Cole Haan wristlet.

Friday, I wore a look you may have seen me in on the blog before — my deconstructed Abigail Glaum-Lathbury jacket over the black tank top from Target. On bottom I wore a rose-colored skirt I thrifted. I finished the outfit off with my new Pour la Victore Adeanna black flats and a clean pair of Calvin Klein black nylons.

The mini parties on Friday called for something festive, so I decided to wear the fascinator I wore to high tea during my bachelorette party. The red silk tee is from Club Monaco and the vintage 1940s skirt came from one of my favorite Etsy sellers. I also wore the black Nine West pumps. For accessories, I found a 1940s matching set — star necklace and star clip-on earrings.

I went for something more comfortable for Saturday’s workshops. I wore my abstract cloud-print blouse from Calvin Klein over the black tank top from Target. I rewore the Citizens of Humanity Arley jeans and Loeffler Randall mini lynx rain boots.

Also, I wanted to show you guys my business cards. If you haven’t heard, business cards are a big deal at Alt. Some people really pull out all the stops. My husband Travis and I designed the cards, and I had them printed by Moo on their luxe card stock. I really love how thick they are, and I’m smitten with the design. I have to give Travis credit for the back of the card — the reverse color and blown-up corset was all his idea.

An Agenda for Dreaming and Living

I would be lost without a planner. I’m old fashioned too — I like having a physical planner, rather than something on a computer or my devices. Anyone who prefers paper probably agrees that the step of crossing something out is so much more satisfying by hand than highlighting text and striking it out on a screen.

Also there’s something to be said for mapping out projects on paper. At the beginning of this year I found the perfect agenda book to do that. You can see my 2012 one above. Laurel Denise’s yearly planner with weekly and monthly views allows one to chart monthly projects, breaking them down by week and date.

I bought my new planner a few months ago when they were available for preorder. If you need an agenda book for next year, they are available now in Laurel Denise’s shop.

This planner is brilliantly designed with super smart layouts. I love how each spread shows the full month’s calendar, monthly notes, and to dos. Then the weekly pages are narrow, allowing space for one’s daily schedule, daily to dos, and weekly to dos all side by side.

Then there are a lot of pages for planning, plotting, goal setting, and note taking. The first page has a place for a year’s worth of monthly goals. The back pages consist of a spread of lists (for books I’d like to read, places to eat, quotes that keep me going, gift ideas, songs to download, websites to visit, goals for the year), an area for notes on the following year broken down by month, and then many empty lined pages for whatever details or messages I want to record for myself.

The front and back covers aren’t quite as sturdy as I wish they could be, the color selection could be a bit better, and the monthly tabs do get bent and dirty after a few months of use, but it’s a good planner.

It’s organized to help you breakdown projects and goals — not just keep track of where you have to be and when. And it encourages me to lay out my plans and goals in the provided spaces. Instead of taking notes in a variety of notebooks that get misplaced, this book allows me to keep that stuff in one place.

It might sound a bit lofty, but this planner actually helps me dream better dreams and then map them out so that their realization is possible and practical. If that sounds like something useful for yourself, I highly recommend it.

all photos by jacqueline

Holiday Minted Review

A few weeks ago, Minted sent samples of some of their Christmas cards to me. I’ve always been curious about the quality of the paper products themselves, having admired many of the designs online.

I like Minted’s business model. It is an online store that sells the work of independent graphic designers all over the world. Designers receive cash prizes when they win submission contests and a commission on all sales of their designs.

I am impressed by the quality of the card stock. It isn’t flimsy, and the print quality is nice as well. The designs sent to me are cute — my favorite being the Overflowing Joy Holiday Photo card. Its simplicity is elegant.

My only disappointment is with the back of the cards. The design on the back is cute, but the placement of the Minted logo seems like an ill-placed afterthought.

If you are still in need of holiday cards, Minted seems like a good way to go if want something personalized. But you may need to get rush shipping at this point.

This is not a sponsored post. I did not receive money or products for personal use for this review.