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26 Jun

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If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that last week I was back in NYC for a few days checking things off my bucket list right and left. For starters, I was one lucky duck who attended Alt Summit NYC!

I'm still walking on sunshine just thinking about the all of the fabulousness those 48 hours contained??!

Alt NYC was held at the offices of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. I have to admit I had butterflies heading down West 26th Street dreaming what would be waiting behind the doors of what a few of us kindly referred to as "Martha's House."

Confirmed. It is the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory of crafting and inspiration. Crisp white everything. Crafting gurus to your right and your left. Beautiful food and pastries lining the entry. Amazing energy and passion oozing from everyone bustling and chatting throughout this magical place.

Martha Stewart and Alt are a match made in heaven as both always pull out all of the stops. So I wanted to give you a glimpse into my day at an event that continues to prove life-changing with relentless support, creativity, inspiration and new friendships.

Welcome to Alt and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia!

Never lacking in smiles and welcome swag...

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Finding my new favorite friends from the de-lish dinner sponsored by Flipboard at Fig and Olive the night before. Meet Jamie of 128 John St. and Nina of Life in Pictures 2013.

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Let the crafting begin...

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Hands down, one of the most impressive things about Alt is the quality of the speakers.

The advice and insight in regards to the dynamics and world of blogging is second to none. While often starstruck by the uber talented, creative, innovative and even ballsy speakers, I am most in awe of their candor, generosity and vulnerability as they are even more impactful when it comes to sharing their gems of genius on life.

9123295060_d02a282836_z.jpgGrace Bonney, Design Sponge

 Blaze your own version of a path.

Surround yourself with positive people and people who welcome change.

Silence = a soft pat on the back. 

We were honored to have THE Martha Stewart stop by and share a few good things. (She is as undeniably poised, stunning and brilliant with a presence as magical as you would imagine! And she even appeared from a little door like Alice in Wonderland...wow!)

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In the words of Martha Stewart...

Bloggers. Curators. Educators. Tastemakers.

You get Martha Stewart Living. 

A huge fan of Martha Stewart's American Made program...we had the chance to hear directly from some amazing makers.

9123308776_1100b33e7d_z.jpgPilar Guzman, Editor in Chief, Martha Stewart Living | Kathleen King, Tate's Bake Shop | Bob McClure, McClure's Pickles | Stephanie Housley, Coral & Tusk 

Turn things that are less than awesome into learning opportunities.

Remember to love. Experience life. Be present.

If you are afraid, you will stay exactly where you are.

It's just cookies.

altnycspeakers.jpg Isabel Kallman, AlphaMom | Jen Koss, BRIKA | Valentine Freeman, Ace Hotel 

Superwoman died of exhaustion.

Creating a life you love with style, grace and fiery spirit.

Believe in your secret sauce.

Pick your spot. Put your flag down. Speak loudly. 

Always time for coffee, snacks, chatting, charging and of course, the infamous business card exchange.

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And one of the speakers I was waiting for all day was Garance Dore. I have long been a fan of her fashion illustration and blog. She has an amazing sense of style, grace and humor. And she was every bit delightful and cool in person.

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It's important to observe and not always react.

Branch out (but stay on the same tree).

Prove yourself everyday...for the rest of your life.

What you say NO to is as important as what you say YES to. It defines you. 

Nothing like capping off this fantastic day with a rooftop cocktail party, good looking servers (you know Martha had cast), party decor only Martha and her team could coordinate...and a candy bar and sweets presented with perfection.

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No Alt is complete without a couple visits to the Smilebooth!

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Looking forward to more inspiration and Alt-goodness next month when I head west to San Francisco...

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Cheers!

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Photos courtesty of Justin Hackworth

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