Saturday, January 31, 2015

found & foraged link party: penultimate episode

hello, happy saturday, and welcome to found & foraged! if you haven't been here before, hi! found & foraged is a weekly design challenge that i've been hosting with my buddies kyla and grace that gives us an opportunity to meet and celebrate other bloggers and creatives in our community. 

this will be the second to last time that grace and i will be hosting! (no panic, kyla is going to carry the mantle and continue to host what i like to think of as "round two" so you'll still have a chance to keep showing off what you got). we are SO glad you're here! 

this link-up has been great fun and i have met so many new bloggers and made awesome connections through it. it's been a privilege to be able to share your talented projects with a new audience, and i thank you for letting me do that. so, since this week will be my final time judging features, let's see 'em! i can't wait to see what the last round holds...if i know you guys by now, your A game is ready. next week i'll feature favorites from what you share below, and i'll also have a little round-up of some of the best new (to me) blogs i've found through this party. i can't wait!

(oh, and again, no panicking. all three of us will continue to host our hashtag challenge on instagram and regram our favorites on saturdays. tag any of your pictures #foundforaged to be featured!) 

ok, ready to party one more time!?

F O L L O W  U S   A T

THE BIG REVEAL blog | facebook | instagram | pinterest | twitter | bloglovin

AVERY STREET DESIGN blog | instagram | pinterest | twitter | bloglovin

HOUSE OF HIPSTERS blog | facebook | instagram | pinterest | twitter | bloglovin


dude, i am jumping up and down over this one. isn't it incredible?! and you HAVE to go see her post to peek at the original piece. the transformation is so rad.

admittedly, this DIY is more ryan's skill level than mine, but i can't even believe how cute this bottle holder is. i am so going to pass along this tutorial to my current clients who are going for a cottage-industrial look in their living room & kitchen. this would be perfect.

isn't this space the sweetest?! heather's post will show you the "before" of this dreamy attic space, and you'll be amazed at the transformation. warning: the previous wall color might make your eyes bleed. it's akin to a color my good friend holly once painted her bathroom. what looked like the perfect inky navy on a small paint chip was, in reality, a cobalt so bright that all my friend travis could exclaim upon seeing it was, "hot crap that's blue!!!"

from that moment on, any such blue has been dubbed "hot crap that's blue" in our circle of friends. i'm not sure why benjamin moore didn't return our phone calls when we pitched the concept for their new spring paint line.

this one was really interesting. you can see how aimee took a plain jane wood table and gave it a total makeover with white paint and concrete. in a million years, i never would have thought such a thing was possible.

by now you're aware of kyla's, grace's and my weakness for cocktail styling, which is kind of odd given the fact that the three of us really don't drink much! at alt i hopped in line for a salted caramel martini (i saw the words salted and caramel and didn't even think beyond that) and had to ditch that thing after three glorious sips. woo! even though i am a total wuss when it comes to libations, i can't help but love gazing at a perfectly styled cocktail. and those mugs tho. i'd order a drink just for one of those.

L A U R A ' S  P I C K S

i think this project organizer project would be great in my son's room, and it has so many versatile applications. you could really make it your own in a lot of different ways. love it, shonee!

and hey, can i just go on a tangent for a second? this party IS all about you guys and not what i'm doing, but i have written two posts recently that may be of particular interest to bloggers, and i thought since the majority of visitors to this party are bloggers, you all might find them helpful. 

first, for anyone thinking of going to the altitude summit blogging conference, here is a round-up of my pictures from the trip that will give you a good idea of what you're getting into. i'd highly recommend the conference. 

second, for my fellow instagram nerds, i wrote a post about hashtag challenges that you might find helpful. these are a great way to make connections on instagram. if you have some of your own or that you love to use, let's help each other out! please share them with everyone in the comments.

that post is actually kicking off a series i'll be writing the first half of this year with more tips and help on how you can have a great instagram feed and grow your reach there. i've put in a huge amount of time on instagram and was honored to be named by instagram to their suggested user list. i'm excited to organize my tips and share my knowledge with you guys about this community that's dear to my heart. you can sign up for my email list on the right sidebar to make sure you don't miss those!

alright blog friends, it's your turn! link up using the blue button below. it is a treat to see what you are working on & thank you for sharing it at found & foraged. i'll see you back here next week for my last time hosting and then i'll commit you into kyla's capable hands after that. i have loved getting to know you! 

{be sure to stop by house of hipsters and the big reveal to see what they're featuring this week, and don't forget to find me on instagram for more #foundforaged fun. see you there!}

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

alt summit in pictures

oh you guys! i'm back from alt summit and had the most amazing time. by now you know me well enough to know that sometimes, post-event, my brain just can't recover quickly enough to write a proper post. sometimes i have to let the pictures do the talking. this is definitely one of those times. but as you'll see, alt was incredible! beautiful, inspiring, helpful, and oh. my. goodness. that. hotel. i felt like a princess or a celebrity or something. it was awesome.

and pictures from alt. all 6,072 of them. (sorry about the load speed, travis).

 reading trouve at the airport
 entertaining myself with bathroom selfies while waiting for a delayed flight

finally up in the air!

 lobby of the grand america hotel

the hotel bakery. so fancy!

mirror selfie day one

 opening keynote by lisa congdon

 every sponsor had a decked out conference room at the hotel. west elm hosted a styling challenge.

photo backdrop in the sherwin williams lounge

air bnb created a really cool spot to hang out

 the famed alt business card wall (there's mine at the top near the "a" on the yellow circle!)

the business cards there were a paper nerd's dream

valentine crafts at the minted booth

bridgewater candles made the place smell awesome

the hotel courtyard at night

time to get pretty in our marble bathroom

downton abbey party!

literally no good pictures of me in my party outfit exist, so i had to take an elevator selfie to make good on my promises to you. you are welcome.

laughing with my roomie grace from the big reveal blog

that dress tho! grace was a stunner.

sunrise view from our balcony on day two

room service coffee and breakfast in bed in the wee hours of the morning. 

8:30 am hair "fluff" at the freshly picked lounge

 day 2 conference look

see how official i am with my badge? i definitely felt like i was impersonating a grown-up for large portions of this trip. laura casey calls that a #fraudulentadult.

hotel courtyard at day break

 dance party and panel with jessie artigue and hilary rushford

 keynote lunch & prettiness

the super-awesome cyndie spiegel caught this pic of me in the overstock lounge

 flowers flowers everywhere

 another corner of the overstock lounge

it's party time again! here's how my rach parcell-inspired outfit came together

 the hive mini party

 with kim of design life kids (left) and andrea of legal miss sunshine (right) at their cactus mini party

 photobooth fun with kyla of house of hipsters (left) and grace of the big reveal (middle) 

 craziness with kyla (bottom) and alex evjen of ave styles (top) at the lindt chocolate party

 backdrop at the watercolor mini party

 balloons and chandeliers at a marching band-themed mini party

 the bubble bath bash

backdrop at the "pop alt" mini party

was that enough pictures? i promise i tried to edit! it was a great time and i've probably never lived the glamorous life quite like that before. and that's just the first half of my trip! from there i was off to speak at a women's retreat for a church in san diego. but that's a post for another day. for now, i'm home and loving snuggling my hubby and my babies. and finally getting some sleep!

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