Design Fixation

2/13/17

My Experience At Alt Summit In Palm Springs


My Experience At Alt Summit 2017 In Palm Springs /// By Faith Towers of Design Fixation
Photo: Alt Summit
Five years ago, I remember scrolling through my blogs on my Google Reader (RIP) and every winter all of my favorite bloggers would be raving about some event called "Altitude Summit." It was around that same time that I was getting more serious about Design fixation, so I became curious about this Alt Summit thing. It turns out that it's one of the biggest and best conferences for creative bloggers and entrepreneurs. So I become even more obsessed.

Ever since then, I've had blogger-conference-envy every time Alt Summit rolls around. So this year I finally decided to go. It was no easy feat - in addition to buying the conference ticket, it also included flying to Palm Springs, California from Boston, booking a hotel for four nights (not to mention five overnights for my pup Charlie), and buying all kinds of fun outfits :) But it was worth EVERY PENNY.

My Experience At Alt Summit 2017 In Palm Springs /// By Faith Towers of Design Fixation
Photo: Alt Summit
As my sign suggests, the conference was incredible. Although I didn't know a soul there, I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and met tons of people. Because almost everyone was there for the same reasons (networking, learning, meeting sponsors), people were generally super receptive to random conversations and business card trading. 

My Experience At Alt Summit 2017 In Palm Springs /// By Faith Towers of Design Fixation
Photo: Faith Towers
Here's the famous "business card wall" which grew larger and larger as the week went on. Rumor has it that 550 people attended... that's a lot of business cards! I came back with many dozens of cards which I've been working my way through.

My Experience At Alt Summit 2017 In Palm Springs /// By Faith Towers of Design Fixation
Photo: Faith Towers
The fact that Alt Summit was held in sunny Palm Springs, California this year definitely sweetened the pot. Those of you who know me personally probably know how much I abhor winter, so a week of sun and palm trees was heavenly. Many of the events were held in the colorful courtyard pool area at The Saguaro Hotel, shown above. 

My Experience At Alt Summit 2017 In Palm Springs /// By Faith Towers of Design Fixation
Photo: Alt Summit
It was possibly the perfect place to hold a conference filled with such colorful people. I mean, at what other conference are there pool floats in the shape of donuts, pizza and diamond rings?!  

Here are some of the most important things I learned about Alt if you're planning to go:
  • Bring lots of business cards (like at least 100), a notebook and a portable phone charger
  • Go to as many events as you can, even if you're tired. That's what coffee's for!
  • If you can't stay in the hotel that's hosting, stay within walking distance
  • Get to each session early to get a seat - some are more crowded than others
  • Don't be afraid to walk up to random people to say hi - people standing by themselves are usually the most receptive
  • Wear bright colors and patterns... they are great conversation starters
  • Bring your own snacks with you, especially if you have specific dietary needs
  • Bring an extra empty duffel bag for all the swag!

My Experience At Alt Summit 2017 In Palm Springs /// By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

Here I am posing in the Sherwin-Williams booth after a long day of classes... how cool is this booth?! 

My biggest advice is to be as actively involved as you can. Join the Alt attendee group on Facebook ahead of time. Write notes about each person on their business cards as you meet them, while they're fresh in your mind. Follow them on social media that night. And talk to every single sponsor that's there. Feel free to contact me with questions if you're thinking of going next year!

Check out more photos from Alt over at my Instagram page, and here's my post about the colorful city of Palm Springs.




2/9/17

The Colors of Palm Springs, California

The Colors of Palm Springs, California /// By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

When I saw that Alt Summit (one of the biggest and best blogger conferences) was being held in Palm Springs, California, I knew I had to go. See my post on Alt here. I hadn't been to Palm Springs, but I've never met a part of California I didn't like - so I figured I'd fall in love with Palm Springs just as much as I did San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Napa, Sonoma and San Francisco. Boy was I right! And it didn't hurt that I've been dreaming of attending Alt Summit for ages.  

The Colors of Palm Springs, California /// By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

As we flew into the Palm Springs airport, I could already tell that it was going to be a special place. Since it is desert land, I expected everything to look like the left side of the picture above. So I was pleasantly surprised to see all the variations in the landscape.

The Colors of Palm Springs, California /// By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

The conference was held at The Saguaro Hotel, possibly the most colorful hotel on earth. We stayed at La Maison across the street because The Saguaro was full, which turned out to be a happy accident. I would highly recommend La Maison, while most people who stayed at The Saguaro said the outside was way cooler than the rooms.

The Colors of Palm Springs, California /// By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

The outside is really. cool. Definitely the ideal spot for a conference filled with the most colorful bloggers - both figuratively and literally. My theory is that the landscape in Palm Springs lacks color, so the city makes up for it with architecture - I can't tell you how many colorful buildings and doors we saw. 

And yes, we saw that pink door which didn't disappoint.

The Colors of Palm Springs, California /// By Faith Towers of Design Fixation


The Colors of Palm Springs, California /// By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

There are succulents and cacti everywhere in Palm Springs, and I stopped to take a picture of practically every one. Mike loved it ;)

The Colors of Palm Springs, California /// By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

We visited The Parker as well, a personality-filled hotel situated on 13 acres of land which is famous for holding amazing weddings and events. This is definitely one of the coolest hotels I've ever stepped foot in. 

The Colors of Palm Springs, California /// By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

Above is another example of the colorful architecture. You can also see a bit of fun typography, which was a common theme all over the city. And while I would consider this more Art Deco style typography, there were signs of all styles... particularly mid-century modern. Actually, the majority of the city has a mid-century modern vibe going on. 

The Colors of Palm Springs, California /// By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

We also took a ride out to Joshua Tree National Park, and man am I glad we did. What an incredible place! The landscape was like nothing I've ever seen before, with those Dr. Seuss-like Joshua trees (you can see a few in the background of the photo above) and the humungous rock formations. I loved how blue the sky looked in contrast to the bleached look of the land.

The Colors of Palm Springs, California /// By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

A random Gerber daisy that somebody left behind at The Saguaro even looked pretty against the colorful outdoor bar.

The Colors of Palm Springs, California /// By Faith Towers of Design Fixation

Check out some more pics from the week over on my Instagram account, and head over here to my post about the Alt Summit conference itself. Until next time Palm Springs!!

All images by yours truly (Faith Towers)




1/30/17

Wedding DIY /// Watercolor Bunting Cake Topper



In case you're new here, I'm getting married in a few months and I've taken it upon myself to make practically all the decor for the wedding. Not really, but I have most likely bitten off more than I can chew. So we'll see how that turns out ;) 

I recently made a cake topper and documented the process for you guys and I'm sharing it today. It's made with adorable little watercolor bunting flags and a gold paint pen. And it's really quite easy to make! So let's get started. 


Here's what you'll need for this project:



Begin by painting rectangles with the watercolor in a variety of different shades within the color scheme for your wedding or party. Do quite a few, so you can pick the ones that came out the best (and in case you mess up on any letters later). 


Next, once the watercolor is dry, cut them into rectangles and then trim triangular shapes from the bottoms to turn them into bunting flags.


Now draw your initials on the flags (or a name or phrase if it's for a party). If you're not a pro when it comes to hand-lettering, pull up a favorite font on the computer and copy it onto the flag with a pencil and then go over it with ink. 


Now flip the flags over, making sure they are in the opposite order that you want them to appear. Put a line of hot glue along the top edge and place the bakers twine into the glue. Let it dry for a few seconds, then do the same with the rest of the flags. There should be about 3/8" of space between each flag.


Last, tie the twine to the tops of the skewers. You may want to use a dab of super glue on the back to make sure nothing moves. A small dab of hot glue would work too, if you don't have super glue. Trim the ends, and you're finished!


This is a great way to add a custom feel to your cake, rather than just popping on a generic store-bought cake topper. Not only can you control the colors, but the monograms add an extra special touch.


You could also make smaller flags if you want more of them, but just make sure that they are still easily legible from afar. 


Feel free to post any questions you may have in the comments section. And do post photos of your version of this project on Instagram and tag it with #mydesignfixation if you get a chance. Happy bunting-making friends!




1/25/17

10 Gorgeous DIY Tassel Projects

10 Gorgeous DIY Tassel Projects /// Design Fixation
DIY Tassel Throw Pillow by See Kate Sew
It's official... my tassel obsession has gotten out of control. They are slowly quickly taking over the house just as much as they are taking over my Pinterest boards. So in case you share my affinity for the humble tassel, I'm sharing ten great DIY projects in which they are the star of the show. Click the captions underneath each image for the link to the tutorial.

10 Gorgeous DIY Tassel Projects /// Design Fixation
Tassel Curtain Tie Backs by Design*Sponge

10 Gorgeous DIY Tassel Projects /// Design Fixation
Tassel Wine Charms by Yours Truly ;)
  
10 Gorgeous DIY Tassel Projects /// Design Fixation
Tassel Garland by Bloesem Design

10 Gorgeous DIY Tassel Projects /// Design Fixation
Tassel Earrings by Hello Glow

10 Gorgeous DIY Tassel Projects /// Design Fixation
Tassel Tote by Honestly WTF

10 Gorgeous DIY Tassel Projects /// Design Fixation
Tassel Keychain Embellishments by Common Thread
  
10 Gorgeous DIY Tassel Projects /// Design Fixation
Tassel Faux Fur Blanket by moi for Curbly

10 Gorgeous DIY Tassel Projects /// Design Fixation
Tassel Wall Hanging by Brit + Co.

10 Gorgeous DIY Tassel Projects /// Design Fixation
DIY Tassel Bookmarks by Pottery Barn Blog
In case you're in the mood for even more tassel inspiration (I mean... why not?) then head over here to check out tons of posts that involve these charming little accessories.



1/16/17

10 Incredibly Unique Wedding Invitations


Since I'm in the process of designing wedding invitations for our wedding that's coming up in July, I've had invites on the brain. I think that the correspondence before the wedding sets the tone for the event itself, so it's important to give it the right vibe. So consequently, I've been spending a lot of time trying to decide on the direction. Maybe too much :)

But anyhoo, here are some unique invitations that have been inspiring me lately. Hope they get your creative juices flowing too!











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