Alt Summit Recap (and Outfits!)

January 29, 2013

So I am back from Alt, I actually came back Saturday but have been relaxing a bit and celebrating my birthday (I turned 27 yesterday), so sorry for just now getting around to posting a recap!

I learned a bit, networked a lot, and enjoyed spending time with like-minded people over the last few days (Hi to JessGaby, Chassity, Courtney, and Amanda!  Also enjoyed chatting with Molly & Sally, Mackenzie, and Bailey! And a hi to my roomies Jeran and Hollee).  I won’t lie, it was totally mentally draining, not to mention a bit physically exhausting (blisters on feet, headaches) experience, but overall I left feeling like it was worth it.  Not sure I will go back, but I enjoyed the experience for what it was.

From a personal and professional standpoint, I have some reflections for you, based on what I experienced from Wednesday to Saturday:

You really can find common ground with anyone if you try hard enough.  No, we’re not all going to be fast friends and want to connect after the conference, but a conversation can be made much more enjoyable if you really try to connect and find commonality somewhere.  Try this in your daily life, even in conversations with complete strangers.

Continual learning is really so important.  I, for one, do not want to stagnate… which is half the reason I wanted to attend Alt.  I want to keep growing and learning and filling my brain with what anyone else wants to teach me.  What boring people we become if we stop learning.  So I urge you to try to learn something new.  Whether you want to take a cooking class, sign up for a class at the local community college, teach yourself something from online tutorials — whatever it may be, I urge you to continue to learn.

Bloggers are a mixture of really good and really bad dressers.  Seriously, it’s true.  I should say something cliche here like, “All that matters is that each of these woman had their own individual sense of style.”  But I don’t really subscribe to that school of thought.  If you look like a wack-a-doodle, people will peg you as one.  Creativity in dressing is a great thing, and I admire it and strive to have creativity in my own wardrobe.  But looking like you got dressed in the dark is another thing.

Iphones, Instagram, Twitter, etc. are not conducive to retaining information.  To the girl who played on her phone for 1 hour during what I thought was a particularly interesting panel, and then said afterwards, “That was so interesting!”  I’m not buyin’ it.  Attention and focus is really needed to get everything out of an opportunity like this.  Sure, I checked my Instagram feed when something wasn’t particularly “speaking” to me, but I was appalled when I saw so many people on their phones during (what I thought were) interesting panels!

Lastly, one Alt focused point:  the Alt Summit survival list that EZ from Creature Comforts created was really spot-on.  If I were to add to that list, I would say bring Emergen-C Immune Support and chug one every morning (before you brush your teeth), Ibuprofen for your pounding head, and these blister band aids because they are AMAZINGGGGGG!

I also wanted to share what I wore.  I definitely kicked it up a bit in the color department and was so happy that I did.  I think my closet is making a shift,  and I am excited to share where that leads!

Top left:  BCBG Dress (only $80 – I got an XXS) and BCBG Shoes // Top Right:  H&M Pants and Ann Taylor Blouse

Bottom Left:  J Crew Sweater and Madewell blouse (old) and BDG Jeans // Bottom Right:  J Crew Blouse (sold out)

Top image by Justin Hackworth, edited by me

  • babs

    Loving the color!

    I really like your note on finding common ground. This should be daily homework for all. It really helps understand those around us.

    • http://stylizedexistence.com/blog Lauren Corso

      Thanks Babs! I agree – it is important that we maintain the ability to connect with others (and feel empathy!)

  • http://twitter.com/CeeBeeLA Callie

    Hi Lauren, great recap!! Hoping I fell in the good dressers category, haha! And happy belated birthday :)

    • http://stylizedexistence.com/blog Lauren Corso

      Thanks Callie!

  • Laura Podlich

    great post lady!
    1. love the color and outfits – dressed impeccably, per usual
    2. love that you admit that while you liked it, you’re not sure if you’d necessarily go again- i feel like instagram and twitter updates i got from people made it seem like Alt is mecca! Haha!
    3. Great points to recap. Amen on finding common ground.
    4. Moleskin is the amazing for blisters too! :)

    • http://stylizedexistence.com/blog Lauren Corso

      Thanks Laura! Yeah, just trying to be upfront. I don’t think it’s worth it to mislead my readers and pretend it was a life-changing, over the top amazing experience. It was good, though. And thanks for telling me about Moleskin, I have never even heard of it!

  • val smith

    I thought the same thing about the instagramming/tweeting/facebooking during panels! I’d be lying if I said I didn’t check in from time to time with a social network or two… But I paid way too much money for that conference to check out like that!

    It was very nice to get to meet you, and I really enjoy all your fun outfits!

    • http://stylizedexistence.com/blog Lauren Corso

      Thanks Val! Nice to meet you too!

  • http://www.puttingmetogether.com Audrey @ Putting Me Together

    I’m glad you enjoyed your time there! You looked fabulous, of course. The colors all look amazing on you. And happy birthday!

    • http://stylizedexistence.com/blog Lauren Corso

      Thank you sweet Audrey!

  • Sarah

    I’m glad you had a good time and shared the good and the bad! Love that BCBG dress!

    • http://stylizedexistence.com/blog Lauren Corso

      Thanks Sarah! Get it girl, only $79!

  • Missy

    You look great as usual..I must say I LOVE that BCBG dress !! Looks awesome, great color too ! Glad you went and glad you had fun !!

    • http://stylizedexistence.com/blog Lauren Corso

      Thank you!! It’s hard to tell, but it’s a vibrant, bright orange!

  • Gaby

    You looked amazing in all your outfits and I’m so so happy that we finally met, I really consider you a real friend!

    • http://stylizedexistence.com/blog Lauren Corso

      Awww my sweet friend Gaby! Thanks, I also consider you a real friend. It was so nice to hang out with you.

  • http://twitter.com/SquirrellyMinds Tan

    lol I completely lol’d at “Bloggers are a mixture of really good and really bad dressers.” Surprisingly true isn’t it?

    • http://stylizedexistence.com/blog Lauren Corso

      hahahaha yes. SO TRUE!

  • quietgirl

    Glad you were learning and growing.
    Happy Birthday!

    • http://stylizedexistence.com/blog Lauren Corso

      Thank you quietgirl! Learning and growing is good for us all.

  • Crystalin

    Love the red dress and love this honest write-up. I’ve definitely seen the “bloggers are a mixture of really good and really bad dressers.” haha

    • http://stylizedexistence.com/blog Lauren Corso

      Thanks Crystalin!! I prefer to tell the truth 😉

  • Shannan

    Happy Birthday, Lauren! I new there was a reason I liked you; my birthday was Sunday.:)

  • http://thejessjournals.blogspot.com/ Jess | the Jess Journals

    I am dying to go to Alt Summit! Maybe next year… I love all your outfits from it though! :)

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