Recently: In Palm Springs

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Alt Summit
From Instagram: La Saguaro

So last night I finished editing today’s Podcast episode–a Part 2 to last week’s episode on Airport Etiquette–only to have my computer crash on me this morning, before it went live. Good times. It happens periodically, which is why I am a huge supporter of cloud storage systems such as Dropbox, but I still need to re-record. So unfortunately, there will be no new episode of The Clean & Proper Podcast this week. But, while I get my computer back up and running it does give me a chance to share some of my favorite photos and stories from my recent trip to Palm Springs for the annual Altitude Design Summit.

Alt Summit
From Instagram

Considered to be the premiere conference for creative entrepreneurs and stylish social media influencers–their words, not mine–the Altitude Design Summit (or Alt Summit) offers a huge range of classes and workshops on everything from photography and design, to small business accounting and lessons on website analytics. Many of the workshops serve as a great skills-refresher for my design business, while many others I attended purely for Clean & Proper!

La Saguaro
From Instagram: La Saguaro

We attendees stayed at the super colorful and fun La Saguaro hotel in downtown Palm Springs. The food was simply delicious and the beverages too. My only complaint is that the setup of the hotel gave me college flashbacks from my days in the sorority house and less like of professional conference, but I still had an amazing time.

Palm Springs
From Instagram

I met some truly lovely new friends and businesses, all doing amazing work and with the purpose of giving back and supporting a variety of causes and/or local businesses. Stay tuned for more details and some collaborated posts. In the meantime, do check out Makers + Goods–a new favorite business of mine and owned by one awesome gal.

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Big thank you to David Coe for some great shots while on the West Coast!

Honestly, my favorite aspect of the conference–aside from being surrounded by beautiful colors and fabric patterns–were not just the women (and several gentleman) in attendance, but seeing how many women brought their young children. There weren’t that many kids running around, but I was pleasantly surprised at how many new moms brought along their itty-bitty babies. Most husbands of these women visited Palm Springs too, and in between workshops the babies would come out for feedings or to visit with mom.

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From Instagram: Paloma anyone?

Let’s face it, pumping enough milk for a week is a huge pain–but it was so nice to see how many husbands and children support our effort to effectively juggle motherhood and passion for our work. If The Beau and Baby Mae were not back in school, I know they both would have attended with me. Many families were there just for vacation-purposes, but most were there to help these women attend this amazing conference, while supporting their efforts to breastfeed or stay together as a family–especially for the tiny newborns who are not quite ready to be separated from their mammas even if bottle or formula-fed.

Palm Springs
From Instagram
Palm Springs
From Instagram: The infamous pink door
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From Instagram: My preferred front door for a dance party with new friends 🙂

I did also enjoy getting to see some of Palm Spring during a photography tour featuring the iconic doors of Palm Springs. They’re so colorful and beautiful–I wish I could have taken one home with me. But, that would mean unscrewing the door and stealing it, which is illegal. And thus, not Clean & Proper-approved.

Oh, and I did meet my all-time favorite designer, Todd Oldham. You may know him as the former fashion designer, but he’s also the creative behind Kid Made Modern at Nordstrom, and a whole host of books including my newest obsession Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life.

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From Instagram: With designer Todd Oldham
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A preview from Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life, by Todd Oldham

Anyways, it’s great to be home and Baby Mae was so excited to see me, which is always heart-warming. Despite breaking into a tantrum about a half-hour later. It’s good to be home 🙂

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