Thursday, January 31, 2013

What I Wore to Alt 2013

By Ethan Lucas | At 3:00 AM | Label : , | 0 Comments
I had quite a few emails yesterday about some of the pieces I wore to Alt so I thought I'd write up a little post about each outfit. 

*Disclaimer :: You probably have never known anyone that feels as awkward as I do posing for pictures. I hate it. These are pretty much as good as it gets as far as my modeling career is concerned. 



Shirt: Target || Skirt: J.C. Penny - from a few years ago 

Target is seriously like the only store I shop at these days. It's not easy going to the mall with two kids let me tell you that. Luckily Target has an amazing selection of clothes. This floral shirt is my new favorite shirt. It goes with almost anything! 

Shirt: Anthropologie || Green Skinnies: Target || Shoes: Soel Boutique 

I got this shirt at Anthropologie on sale after Christmas. It's super comfortable and oh so silky. 


Dress, Jacket & Shoes: F21 || Necklace: Bijou Market || Earrings: Anthropologie 

The Clue party outfit was really difficult for me to pull together. I finally, in a last ditch effort, took a trip to Forever 21 two days before Alt. I found my whole outfit there on sale. The shoes, jacket and dress together cost me less than $30! 


Blazer: F21 || Blue Shirt: F21 || Black Skinnies: Target || Boots:  Target 

In case you don't believe how awkward I am at taking pictures of myself feast your eyes on these outtakes. 


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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

My Experience at Alt 2013

By Ethan Lucas | At 3:00 AM | Label : , | 0 Comments
Can you believe this was my THIRD year attending Alt? As bad as it sounds I feel like it took going three years for me to finally figure it out and enjoy myself. The first year I had NO idea what I was doing. I floated from thing to thing with absolutely no goal or purpose in mind. And then last year I felt deathly ill with morning sickness. I didn't go to any of the after parties or really talk to many people. 

Here are the reasons this year was the BEST EVER year for me at Alt. 

 1. I was excited.

I laugh when I look at this picture Justin took of me on the first day. But I swear my face probably looked like this the majority of the time. The first year I went I was excited but mostly anxious and last year I was so yucky and sick. This year I was super excited. From sun up to sun down I was loving life during Alt this year. 


2. I actually went to the Wednesday night dinner. 

Believe it or not the last two years I have skipped out on the dinner. It's hard for me to leave my kiddos for two full days of Alt so I never make the wednesday night sponsor dinners a priority. This year I went to the Minted dinner and had a blast. 



I got to sit next to Natasha from Minted during dinner and it was amazing. 

 photo by Justin Hackworth 

Minted has always been so good to me and great to work with. Natasha is so sweet and the whole  night we talked about her cute new baby and her adventures living in Hong Kong. 


The thing I loved most about attending the Minted dinner was getting a chance to talk to bloggers in a more intimate environment. I made friends that I was able to connect with all throughout the conference. Which leads me to my next point...


3. I made LOTS of new friends. 

One of my very favorite things to do in the world is to meet people face to face that I've known through blogging. You get that opportunity all the time at Alt. I've been reading Courtney's blog, A Thoughtful Place, for years now and we've emailed back and forth a few times but it was SO cool to get to meet her in person. She is super sweet and I so wish I had gotten to chat with her more. 


We love each other so much we even decided to match on Friday! 

 photo by Justin Hackworth 

 I partied hard with Alycia and Diana at the Clue party. I even crashed their hotel room to get ready for it. 

I feel like every spare second that I had I used to talk with people and get to know them better. My FAVORITE thing about Alt are the people that attend. There are so so so so many talented people that inspire me in so many ways. I probably chatted a few people's ears off (sorry Tauni) but I feel like I could talk to fellow bloggers forever. 

4. I got to chat with old friends.

I love this picture of me talking to Amanda. She has been to every year of Alt with me and I feel like Alt wouldn't be the same without her. She lives in Southern Utah so I don't get to see her very often. 


Did you know that I have known the amazing Emily Frame for years?  She has always been gracious and stylish and beautiful. I loved getting to chat with her and other bloggy friends all during Alt. 

 photo by Justin Hackworth 

I think this picture is THE BEST because Amy and Melanie are two of the nicest people in the world (cant' you just see it in their smiles?) Melanie is one of my favorite blogging friends that I've known for awhile and Amy is a brand new blogging friend that I got to meet during the summit. 

 photo by Justin Hackworth 

5. I ate lots of yummy food

Since I was so sick last year I hardly got to enjoy all of the yummy treats. The food at Alt ROCKS! Don't tell anyone but I stuffed like 10 of these truffles in my purse and took them home with me. They were amazing. 

 photo by Justin Hackworth 
6. I networked. 

This is a picture of me at the Better Homes & Gardens Roundtable on Friday morning. I really put myself out there this year in terms of networking which is something I have never done in previous  years. I came prepared with ideas and I came away with a newfound determination to find ways to work with brands I love. I am determined to connect more with brands this upcoming year. 


 photo by Justin Hackworth 


7. I spoke! 

The only reason I even got to go to Alt this year was because I was asked to be a speaker. The summit sold out so fast there is no way I would have been able to go otherwise. I had the most amazing time speaking with my fellow panel members. I'm not gonna lie I was pretty nervous about it but it went great! I'm saving more info on the experience and what we talked about for a separate post. (get excited) 

All in all it was an AMAZING few days. I hope you are not sick of hearing about Alt yet because I'll be posting more of what I learned later! 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Etsy Business Card Roundup + My Favorite Cards From Alt

By Ethan Lucas | At 3:00 AM | Label : , , | 0 Comments

One of my favorite parts of Alt is coming home with a slew of amazing business cards. When you are attending a conference full of creatives you better believe people are going to pull out all the stops.



Jane of the blog See Jane Blog included her business card with an adorable mini pom-pom garland kit. She's going to be opening up a pom pom party hat shop soon and this little kit was the perfect way to get us excited!


I loved the idea that Nicole Hill Gerulat  had of giving out a little envelope full of photography and design tips from her classes.


I think this accordion style card from the weddingpartyapp.com is really creative!


My favorite card was this little mending kit in the cutest bag made by Miranda the blogger behind One Little Minute.

I believe a business card can say a lot about a person which is why I've curated a roundup of my favorite business cards found on Etsy for you today.


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Saturday, January 26, 2013

A Curated Collection for Joss & Main by Me and Other GREAT Bloggers

By Ethan Lucas | At 3:28 PM | Label : | 0 Comments
You may remember that I put together a curated collection for Joss & Main a few months ago. Well they asked me and several other Alt attendees to do a curated collection together of all our best sellers. 


Make sure you check out the collection to get a chance to snag some amazing designer pieces at a discounted price! The collection was curated by Meg Biram of The Edit, Chassity Evans from Look Linger Love and Grace Mitchell from  A Storied Style

My Alt recap is coming next week! It was A M A Z I N G. 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Feature Friday: A Blog About Love & My Fellow Alt Speakers

By Ethan Lucas | At 3:00 AM | Label : | 0 Comments

Today is the day! The day I present at Alt with my fabulous panel. I have SO enjoyed getting to know these talented ladies over the last couple of months. We have connected through many emails and long video chats. 


If you don't already follow their blogs you need to! Steph writes the blog Modern Parents Messy Kids where she shares tips on how to have fun with your kids and maintain an organized lifestyle.   Mara writes the blog A Blog About Love and writes about her journey of finding and sustaining a healthy marriage and the ups and downs of infertility. Erin's blog, My Thirty Spot, is a blog for the thirty-something girl and she shares tips on things such as parenting, beauty, fashion, health etc. 

For my Feature Friday today I'm sharing Mara's cool home NYC home with you. Enjoy! 












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I can't wait to share ALL the things I learned at Alt with you. I've been having a fantastic time! 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Welcome to the New Blog!

By Ethan Lucas | At 7:23 AM | Label : | 0 Comments
As you may have noticed my blog has had a little facelift courtesy of Kelly from Fabulous K.  I have been wanting a much cleaner and fresher look and she gave me exactly that! She was so great to work with.  I'm going to be spending the day getting everything properly linked and set up so bear with me. But in the meantime feel free to poke around. 

You can find my favorite thing on my blog by clicking on my picture... I had a video made by the amazing Haugen Creative.  By watching the video you can get a small peek into my life and hear a little of my story. 

As always, thank you to all of my amazing readers! This blog would not be possible without you! 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Etsy Triangle Roundup

By Ethan Lucas | At 3:00 AM | Label : | 0 Comments

I'm thinking triangle patterns might be the new chevron. This little geometric shape is popping up everywhere! Here area a few of my favorite Etsy products sporting this popular shape. 


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Friday, January 18, 2013

Feature Friday: Beau Lifestyle

By Ethan Lucas | At 3:00 AM | Label : | 0 Comments

Today I am featuring the home of Chantal from the blog Beau Lifestyle. I asked her what she loves about her home and this is what she said,

"Sitting in my armchair, that was bought in a thriftshop, I look around in my house and I feel so proud to have been able to see the beauty in many of our pieces that I gave a second oportunity.
Our home surrounds me with all things I love, and most of them are DIY projects. For me the importance is in the details."

Enjoy! 

















Thanks Chantal! Make sure you check out her blog here
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