25 January 2011

party animal.

hello again! i'm home from summer camp ALT summit conference and have recaps galore to post. i met amazing people, mingled with favorite bloggers, took tips from the experts and wore glasses with the girls with glasses. and borrowed melanie's (from you are my fave) black banana republic dress for the occasion. how sweet is she?! it was such a refreshing crazy change from my routine-of-a-life. exactly the inspiration and insights i needed. (i have a notebook full of wild writing.) i expected all the awesome bloggers in one building. i did not expect them to be so approachable and friendly, open for conversation and hugs. i did not expect them to be so hilarious and simultaneously stylish, nor did i expect to convince a group of out-of-towners to come to Dee's Family Restaurant for a midnight hot cocoa and chit chat! thank you, ladies.

a favorite weekend ever. not to mention, a saturday luncheon (and thrifting) with my sisters, dinner with my bff, and a lot of hanging out with my cute mom. (in the meantime my better halves, dan and benji rocked a half marathon event. yay!) it was definitely a must-remember-all-of-this event. i have a bunch of new blogs to subscribe to, loads of laundry, unpacking and rifling through new business cards to do. plus milk and eggs to buy. stay tuned, recaps and more silly photos to come.

images via the photobooth at the ALT kate spade sponsor party
(and yes, we camped out to get kate spade shhwag.)


Unknown said...

Those photos are too cute! BTW, I got my first 'grown up' hair cut in a long time, and got some fun bangs, muchly inspired by you!

Glad you had fun M!

Unknown said...

i love how you described it as summer camp. that is spot on!

marta, i had so much fun hanging out with you. you really are the sweetest thing ever.

and, how much fun was that photo booth? my cheeks hurt from smiling.

can't wait to see the rest of your recap!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

That photo booth is to die for! Looks (and sounds) like you all had a blast. Looking forward to hearing and seeing more.

Erin {pughs' news} said...

Yay! You're back! Welcome home! So looking forward to hearing more stories from ALT. I love the photos, and I would have camped out to get the Kate Spade shhwag, too!

Padgett Hoke said...

You, Stephanie and Karey had the best panel by far. None of us who were there could stop talking about it. the energy surround the three of you was so infectious. I think we all walked away stunned and moved. So thank you for that!

Ahh, you are coming to Jackson!? How wonderful! There are so many things I would suggest doing, here is the long and the short of it! I can explain any/all further or join you too if you want to go for a walk or something...

1. Restaurants:
breakfast: the bunnery, nora's, pearl street bagels
lunch: betty rock, new york city sub shop, picas
apres ski: four seasons resort - yummy hot cocoa, mangy moose
dinner: rendevous bistro, osteria, snake river grill, brew pub

2. Activities:
downhill skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
crosscountry skiing in Grand Teton National Park
snowshoeing up to Phelps lake
taking a walk on the snake river dike via emily's pond
walking around the town square
going on a sleigh ride through the Elk refuge

3. favorite shops:
lily and co. - must see! (I used to work there!)
M.A.D.E - all things handmade
Workshop - maybe check the hours at this place
Goodie two shoes - cute boutique
Terra - another cute boutique
Overland - have the best cozy slippers ever!

Hotels (not sure if you need them but...)
Rustic inn - in town
The wort hotel - in town
the rusty parrot - in town
hotel terra - in village
snake river lodge and spa - in village
four seasons resort - in village

Ok, that should definitely get you started! Please let me know if you need any more info - or more direction! You can always call me to or shoot me emails - I have a very flexible schedule!

Kelly said...

You never cease to bring inspiration to my day!

Ginnie said...

so glad you're back! i've missed your posts :)

Kayla said...

Oh Marta, I believe we must be kindred spirits on at least some level, for midnight hot chocolate at Dee's is a MUST in my book as well. Glad you had fun at ALT!

Melissa said...

Can't wait to hear more! I'm so happy for you (and jealous too!). Saw you in a picture on Stephanie N's blog. Squee!

*Dream Weaver* said...

i heart Kate Spade and i love the photo booth!!! :)

Vanessa Rae said...

Just look at that smile beam! I'm so glad you had a good time. Looking forward to hearing all about your experience:)

Anonymous said...

hey marta! it's vivien, the girl you sat by during the social media talk (you need to get twitter!) and the girl who video recorded you sending a sweet hello to a friend and fan (i'm also in the photo booth with you holding the glass of gum balls). just wanted to say that i loooooved meeting you and you are just as genuine and amazing in person as you are in your blog.

Simply Mel {Reverie} said...

One of the highlights of my ALT experience was listening to the wise words of your panel ~ I'm a huge fan of all three of you ladies who shared your tips on personal stories! And you are so darn cute as pie in person!

summer said...

yaaaaaay! welcome home, mart!! i had prepared myself to be jealous of the alt awesomeness, but wow. i am overcome with envy.. it sounds so ridiculously dreamy!! how fabulous to meet all the girls behind the blogs, and find that they are real girls just like us:) that is the best feeling. i'm sure you were a superstar on your panel (ahhhh! i can't wait to hear more) and made lots of people's days just by smiling at them. in real life. oh to have been there!

Hil said...

you are adorable. SO glad you had such a good time! we missed you!

Anonymous said...

Glad you had a great time. You look so cute in the pictures. We missed seeing you and your little family!

Amanda said...

welcome home! am so glad to hear that it was so much fun and that you got to meet all those fabulous women who write the blogs we love!

can't wait to hear more about your fabulous time there!

Cassie said...

Fantastic to hear you had a great time, I loved looking at the photos on Flickr and had come across your ones here earlier today - what a brilliant photo booth. You never would have got me in the room though because I have a phobia of balloons (crazy I know) but I would have so desperately wanted the Kate Spade swag!

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