One of my favorite parts of our Utah trip were the couple days we spent exploring the San Rafael Swell with my sister Katrina. This area is full of natural slot canyons, ancient pictographs, and incredible rock formations. And only 2 hours south of Salt Lake (um…should this be an Alt Summit tour next year?). It’s kind of freaky that it’s very close to the area where Aron Ralston lost his arm, which was made into the movie 127 hours. Yikes! Wellll, I’ll keep you all in suspense no more: we made it out with all our limbs intact. Phew! I was so proud of Henry, he hiked all day long. Yeah for 4 yr olds!
More photos and a fancy new wordpress plugin after the jump!
Who wouldn’t love to be given this gigantic paper flower on Valentine’s Day this year? It’s incredible! Find the full tutorial here on Green Wedding Shoes.
(images by Studio Castillero)
A few other flower themed craft tutorials seen around the web:
I feel like I’ve been out of the loop a bit with the redesign and the two weeks we were away.
Any brilliant tutorials/craft projects out there I missed? I’d love to hear your favorites!
Ahh, it’s so good to be home! I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed with work and catchup, but invigorated and excited about so many things coming down the pipeline. Eek! I’ll share them with you as soon as I can. This weekend I’m looking forward to relaxing with my family and enjoy this unusually beautiful weather here in San Francisco! Above’s a picture from our trip right before Alt Summit exploring the slot canyons 2 hours south of Salt Lake City. It was incredible, more photos next week!
Here are some links to explore:
This kickstarter for a documentary film about cassette tapes looks amazing!
This is a wardrobe essential I’ve yet to get
Popovers with kids! (I finally met Jennifer in person at Alt, she’s so sweet!)
Melanie’s confetti business cards are so cheery!
More Alt love:
Details about the Alt Summit Thrift Tour I led, it was so fun with so many stylish ladies!
Plus, Alix and Dottie’s recap of Alt is definitely worth the read
Gorgeous business cards from Alt
Oh! Also, many of you have asked about my blog design, it was by Christine of Darling Design and I highly recommend her if you’re in the market!
Before Alt Summit started I was lucky enough to have my favorite hair stylist in town, Christie Somers. She’s a good friend of mine I met in Manhattan where she worked at a fancy salon on Park Ave, and she now takes clients in both Utah and NYC. She gave my hair a little upgrade color and cut, which it desperately needed. A photographer friend of mine who specializes in headshots, Alisia Packard, tagged along to document the process and make diet coke runs. Afterwards, they even let me raid their closets to pull together a few more outfits for the conference! So, it was a good day for old Liz.
So. Are you ready for the before/after pics?? (drum roll please…)
When I started scrolling through the Alt Summit photos I was inspired by all the beautiful messy (and not so messy) buns attendees were sporting! I even spied a few socks buns! Here are a few of my favorites:
Keep reading to see more!
I write daily at Babble’s Family Style blog about favorite stylish products for the family and home. Here are my posts from this week you may have missed:
12 of my Favorite Stylish T-Shirt Styles for spring
Adorable new line of kids birthday cards.
These beautiful tags are printable and free! (image above)
Finally these amazing shoes are on sale. Woo hoo!
The prettiest party backdrop (in rainbow too!)
According to Random.Org, a big congrats to the winner of the Huge Launch Giveaway (drum roll please…)
Thanks to everyone who participated, the kind words about the site re-design, and the almost 3,000 entries! You guys are the best.
My head is still buzzing from all the inspiring and talented women I met at Alt Summit this past week. It was incredible and I had a crazy fun time. Some of my closest friends have come from this community of bloggers and I count myself lucky to have such a supportive and creative group to call my peers (and family). I felt a little spoiled with all the wonderful details of the conference from the thoughtful gifts to the inspiring speakers and panels. We even had a team of fabulous stylists doing hair on the day of our panel! I have to be honest, I’m a little sad to be heading back home tomorrow. My real life of bills, routines, freelance deadlines, dirty dishes and mismatched socks doesn’t seem nearly as enjoyable. Kind of wishing Alt was my real life. We need to do this more often, ladies. Once a year isn’t nearly enough. I’ll be back to normal posting later this week with pictures from a fabulous Alt makeover session and check back later today with the winner of the huge launch giveaway !
A few more instagram (I’m @liz_stan) Alt photos:
When I was packing for Alt Summit I had this shocking realization as I was folding clothes into my suitcase that polka dots were the predominant pattern in my closet. I didn’t even realize I was collecting so many! Move over stripes! I remember taking a similar picture last year headed to Alt of a sea of stripes in my suitcase. Are you loving polka dots too? I’m wondering, like I do with many trends, if I’ll start to think they look hokey in a few months. Will I look back on 2012 and be a little embarrassed at all the high-waisted pants and polka dots I was wearing on a regular basis? I’m curious if you all opened up your closets what the predominant pattern is in your wardrobe, and if you think it’ll stand the test of time?
PS Don’t you love how played down that polka dot pencil skirt is above paired with a tee, brown belt, and flats? So cute!
Would you like to see what my suitcase looks like this year all polka dotted out?
I had a grand old time experimenting with dip dying last week. T-shirts, stationery, old kitchen rags. Virtually everything looked better with a little ombre dye. I had to stop myself before the drapes ended up in the dye bin. Have you ever experimented with fabric dye? I’ve always wanted to try dyeing with kool-aid, anyone have success with that?
Find the full tutorial here, plus my tip to avoid those harsh lines in the left tag pictured below.
PS Don’t forget to enter the huge launch giveaway by this Sunday night!
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Hi there! I'm Liz Stanley. Born and raised a New Yorker I now live in the fairytale city of San Francisco with my husband, son, and baby girl. This lifestyle site is a collection of pretty, creative, and budget-friendly ideas to Say Yes to a more crafty, stylish, and family-focused life. MORE >>>