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  3 tips for a great Alt Summit experience!

Hey Cleveland, happy Tuesday! A few of you have reached out to let me know that you too are attending Alt Summit; a creative conference for influencers, entrepreneurs and anyone who loves a good creative winter escape. I am so excited to have so many Clevelanders represented in Palm Springs, California. If you are attending, shoot me a note on Instagram, I’d love to meet up.

As someone who has attended this conference before, I thought it would be fun to put together 3 tips for first-time attendees. I hope they are helpful, enjoy!

Tip #1 : Fashion forward!
I don’t know about you, but I’ve pulled out my suitcase and am already planning my approach for packing. From the moment you hop off the plane in Palm Springs you will be smothered in bold hues and sunny skies, it truly is magical. Soak in every terra-cotta tone and Regency-styled pattern and plan to stretch your wild fashion styles in every best possible way. If you are a person who loves to wear dark colors, get uncomfortable and throw in a few bold scarfs or wraps for the nighttime; remember that once the sun sets behind the mountains the temp drops drastically.

The conference comes with many opportunities to stretch your body, mind and social skills. After reviewing the agenda I plan to try my best to hit up the daily yoga classes hosted by Alaska Airlines at The Parker. Nows the time to bust out all my wild patterned workout clothes that I typically would hesitate to wear to my local Y! Then it’s time to change for a day of talks, roundtables, and networking, think comfortable but fun. Dress in layers to stay warm in the AC conference rooms but remember there will be plenty of time to go outside and get your dose of vitamin D. I love a bright color romper or maxi sundress paired with a bedazzled cardigan for the daytime…so good. For the evening parties and events, it’s time to pull out your best vintage, bold and bright numbers.

If it is something you love but have never had the guts to wear at home, trust me, this is the place to bust out your caftans, muumuu’s, sequins and anything with bubbly sleeves and sparkly shine. If you have an inner fashionista just waiting to shine, now is her time, The brighter and bolder the better reigns true at Alt!

Tip #2 : Prep to mix & mingle
With over 2,000 attendees expected at this year’s conference, be prepared to meet some of the most creative, energized women of your life. Try not to be overwhelmed and intimidated when meeting the mega-influencers and keep your cool if you happen to run into Joanna Gaines or Joy Cho in the restroom…that was basically a reminder for me, ha! Honestly though, while at Alt everyone is there to have a good time, learn, make connections and even make a new friend or two.

Remember to bring plenty of contact cards, a few back up computer and phone chargers, a notebook and even a few snacks. While the conference provides many opportunities for dining and snacks, I always love to have some of my at-home staples (almonds, granola bars, etc) on hand. Remember this conference spans almost an entire week and if you are like me, you actually might get tired of eating out for every meal…hence the snacks.

When I attend a conference like this I honestly try to connect with 2 people each day. I mean really connect. Find out about them, what they do, what they are trying to do, etc. I realize that might sound like a lot of work, but give yourself a little pack on the back and know that it IS weird to walk up to a stranger and connect, but everyone is there to meet people, I promise. At the end of the week, if I have had meaningful connections with 8-10 new people, that makes me feel like the conference has really brought me a larger sense of joy. While I love all of the technical and inspirational learning I plan to get form the week, though the power of social media, these connections will last for years to come…and this is really cool.

Tip #3 : Make time to soak it in.
There will be programming literally offered from 6 am to midnight on most days. Make sure to set aside time for yourself to take a break and let your brain rest. I know we want to attend ALL the parties but perhaps set one night aside to stay in, add a good face mask and reflect on the days’ events. I like to journal, answer emails from back home and indulge in room service at least once during a conference of this length. Recharge! Go to bed at a decent hour…note I didn’t say early. Enjoy the quiet after a day of go, go go! I promise if you do this, you will start the new day rested and ready for the fun that lies ahead.

Until next week! Hope to see you in Palm Springs!
Let me know if you have any other questions and I am happy to help.

  CLE in Cali @ CAMP

Happy Friday everybody. Looks like it’s gonna be another wonderful weekend in Northeast Ohio. Lots of fun stuff to do around town, from those great (food themed) road races, to checking out the Cleveland flea, to perhaps some friend time and maybe even a bit of beach time depending if the weather warms up a bit.

For me, I am currently in Big Bear CA attending a creative conference/CAMP experience. My Seattle-sister and I thought this years annual meet-up needed a bit more than cocktails and shopping (gasp!) so we decided to gain some business and social media insight with a touch of archery, tie-dyeing and camp dances.

The theme for the long weekend is “Cultivate Ambition, Map Possibilities,” I can’t wait to come back to CLE with all sorts of ideas of how to enhance our design client project work, give back creative ideas to my community, perhaps have a few new camp pals on my twitter feed (including photographer & camp workshop instructor Bonnie Tsang nd textile designer, Erin Dollar also a camp instructor) and maybe even perfect my rope climbing skills.

While I am sleeping in a cabin, parent trap-style I hope everyone has a wonderful June weekend. Looking forward to connecting next week as for now I have NO cell reception…dying slightly inside but trying to find the beauty in the quiet!

XO from CLE in Cali, peace

  Tremont by way of NYC

Hello and happy friday people of the CLE. Such an exciting weekend upon us…if you are looking for something to do this weekend, get yourselves downtown and grab a cocktail at the Ritz Hotel Lobby Bar…perhaps you can snag a sighting of one of the Rock Hall Inductee’s? Downtown is gonna be a madhouse, super fun party zone with amazing buzz. Put on a pair of party pants and get down there!

Now…onto a very different party zone, but a fabulous one nonetheless.

Last weekend I spent the holiday weekend hopping about Manhattan like any good Easter bunny should. For dinner on Good Friday I hippitty hoppitty made my way down to the West Village to find the most recent foodie hot spot founded by three, you guessed it Northeast Ohioans…

Tremont (the restaurant) was filled with first dates, with friendly reunions, with holiday gatherings, with creative hipsters…it truly felt like I was nestled somewhere between Literary and Starkweather in the actual Cleveland neighborhood of Tremont. There was a warm buzz of conversation with one of my oldest friends, a great bottle of Malbec, a beet salad, some scallops and a small slice of carrot cake involved, which made this close-to-home experience over-the-top spectacular.

From what I know about this place, it was founded by three friends who knew each other while living in the CLE. They all moved to “the city,” fell in love with the corner, window-lined restaurant and the rest is history. So next time you visit NYC, know that great things are happening there by way of our amazing creative minds, entrepreneurial thinking and big dreamers in Cleveland!

Put it on your to-do list, and make sure to tell them Cleveland sent ya, the midwestern welcome will include a hug and a pat on the back! Seriously, I was super proud of them and I don’t even know them!

While it isn’t 100% Cleveland news…it is just another example why I am such a proud Clevelander through and through. Check it out!

  Blog on a Road Trip

So over Labor Day weekend I met these two brothers going cross country in their Airstream Trailer. After spending the weekend they had so many nice things to say about Cleveland, our sense of creativity and passion for the area…I just had to share.

“The Million Dollar Road Trip is a yearlong mobile marketing business. Until July 4, 2011 my brother, Walter, and I are traveling 48 states in order to promote American small businesses and to find people who are taking risks to pursue their passions. We want to tell these stories in an effort to inspire others to take a chance and create something. We came in search of passion and creativity in Cleveland. Honestly, we were taken by surprise.

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  Hop around the City (09/11)

Sparx City Hop is a free all day event that celebrates the visual, culinary and performing arts of Cleveland’s most central and metropolitan neighborhoods. Free trolley service by Lolly the Trolley allows individuals and families to “hop” through the neighborhoods of Downtown (Historic Gateway Neighborhood, Historic Warehouse District, PlayhouseSquare and the Campus District) plus the districts the connect directly to Downtown (Tremont, Ohio City, MidTown, AsiaTown and St. Clair Superior).

The trolley routes connect people to over 70 galleries & artist studios, over 100 restaurants, several markets and dozens of specialty retail shops. In addition, Sparx City Hop connects participants to a variety of sidewalk concerts, main stage performances, special gallery and studio events, the Terminal Tower observation deck (see details below), the Tower City Street Fair, the Sparx Classic Car Show, a variety of merchant specials and so much more.

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