alt. summit NY at Martha Stewart
Yes the image above is from one of the hallways from Martha Stewart's head-office in NY city and I was lucky to spend a morning there… not only in the hallway of course :)
During my my visit to NY I heard about the alt.summit having a conference on a Thursday the same day as I would head back home again … with some help from online friends and of course the very friendly Gabrielle from designmom I was able to come and visit on a very short notice.
Alt. summit is by far the best bloggers conference in the world and is normally held during wintertime in Utah. Unfortunately I had never been to any, too far away from KL, but the stories, the blogposts and the information that comes from these summits have helped the bloggers community grow so enormously over the last couple of years.
It was the first time for alt.summit to make a stop in NY and there was I together with Jurianne all dressed up in the morning and to be honest a bit tired after a very intense week at the NYIGF… but we wouldn't want to miss this for anything.
The morning started with a beautiful breakfast and crafting … I was a bit nervous knowing who else would be there … it was the first time for me meeting any other international blogger in person. I am going to introduce to you a few … the poeple who I have been in contact with over the last 4 years and who are truly special to me…………………. [READ MORE]
First Gabrielle aka designmom and founder of alt.summit. This remarkable women in the yellow pants runs designmom, has 6 six kids, lives in France, while being from the US and founded kirtsy and alt.summit. She is just as friendly and sincere as you will read on her blog. Everyting she does is so fully comitted and there must be a lot of discipline involved if you can do all this in one life-time.
Then Tina Roth Eisenbergh aka swiss-miss a real example for me! Wow this lady gave one hack of a speech … I was begeistert by her straight-forwardness, her energy and the way she believes in cooperating! You should listen to what she has to say in any of this youtube movie. Besides swiss-miss, Tina organizes a monthly breakfast lecture series called CreativeMornings, runs a simple browser-based to-do app called TeuxDeux and is the founder of Tattly, a designy temporary tattoo shop. ps. Tina once gave me this 'award' … big thing for me!
And then there she was the beautiful Rachel from Handmade Charlotte …a kids fashion designer and a mom to five kids. We started to know each other a long time ago when she became a sponsor of BKids with her beautiful collection for kids. She designed a collection for Anthropology and nowadays she writes for big names like Disney, Babble and of course for her own wonderful blog.
Standing next to Rachel is Emily Meyer from tea collection. We also met each other via BKids as tea has been a long time sponsor of my blogs .. yeahhh!! Emily is the founder of this very famous brand in the USA and she was speaker during that day talking about the influence of social media. Unfortunately I missed the talk like I missed the guest appaerance by miss Martha Stewart herself … Jurianne and I had a plane to catch … but I am ever so grateful to Gabrielle for letting us visit for a couple of hours. It was exttemely inspiring and I do hope bloggers events like these can take place in Asia too.
Two more people I need to talk about here are the lovely Lorena Simonovich from petit collage. She is fisrt of all a very talented creative lady but also a good and wise business women. I always enjoy seeing how she has grown her label over the past couple of years.
And last but not least I shook hands with Sweet Paul … you know the founder and author of food magazine Sweet Paul … I have written about him quite often here on Bloesem and was happy that we finally met. Can't wait to see his next issue, becasue I enjoyed the last issue very much… thanks Paul x
… and there was I sitting next to Jurianne … I hope I can go to another alt. summit in 2013!
about alt. summit: Combining the talents of sisters Sara Urquhart and Gabrielle Blair, joined by Kate Schoening, Alt has grown to be the premier business conference for pioneering bloggers and rookie bloggers alike. Alt is a place to connect. Connecting with peers, meeting new friends, brainstorming collaborative ideas and building relationships with brands are all important parts of Alt. These things can happen sitting across a table at dinner or can happen through an online class.