On the heels of an incredibly overwhelming (in the very best of ways) experience at Alt Summit, I thought it an appropriate time to share the name of my shop. After much internal debate and weighing of pros and cons, I settled upon something that suits the concept.
Might I introduce the soon to be launched, Life Styled, curated items for your life & home. Plus, it's official, as I'm the proud owner of the domain Life Styled Shop, currently in the "coming soon" stage. Next steps; logo design, branding, web design, and then hopefully in the not too distant future, the debut of the shop in its online form.
Over the next few weeks I'll share snippets, quotes, impressions, takeaways, and photographs of my time at Alt. As sleep deprived and and socially exhausted I felt while at Alt, the number of connections made and information gleaned made it all worth while. I didn't want it to end and I can't wait for next year. How's that for a back handed rave?
Even though I'm not from the south, I spent a number of years in Savannah and came to wish I had some roots in the southern region of the country. The culture, the music, the food, the fashion, the manners, the literature, the sweet tea alone will make you wish you came from south of the Mason Dixon.
While at Sundance one of the films I'm most eager to view is Muscle Shoals. "In the crook of the foothills of the Cumberland Plateau, up in northwest Alabama, the land rolls out like a quilt unfurled, a patchwork of farms and small towns pieced together with barbed wire and kudzu. Here, the cities of Florence and Muscle Shoals ﬂank opposite sides of the Tennessee River just before it jackknifes back up into the state from whence it came. Roots run deep here, where families are neighbors and neighbors often seem like family. It’s like so many other rural pockets of the south—except this one also happened to produce some of the most important American music of the past 50 years."
Currently producing music in Muscle Shoals is a sisterly duo that goes by the name of The Secret Sisters. "The sisters perform sweet, shufﬂing old-time country as The Secret Sisters, their sound an homage to some gauzy, gingham-checked past. Appearing onstage in crinoline-lifted dresses and bright red lipstick, the sisters seem plucked straight out of the 1950s. Their music is like a time capsule, which seems appropriate: Life in their “itty-bitty sweet hometown” can resemble one too." Not to mention the other Alabama resident, John Paul White, who has found recent fame and like The Secret Sisters, his band, The Civil Wars, made it onto the Hunger Games soundtrack.
Inspired by Jamie Beck's photograph of what she can't live without when she travels (specifically within her Jason Wu designed bag for St. Regis Hotels), I created of homage to her photograph. I posted my picture on Instagram (@HissAndTell) and it ended up on the St. Regis website.
As I'm currently packing for my upcoming trip to Salt Lake City I'm always pondering and editing the items I must have with me en route to somewhere else. For this particular trip I've had to exceed the limit I place on myself to fly with carry on only. The extra cold weather gear I'm transporting in addition to some takeaways from Alt Summit make a checked bag a necessity.
Can't leave home without...
I'm currently reading The Hobbit for my Book Club, so this small paperback makes the cut when space is to a premium.
I usually splurge on a few magazines when I fly. Usually more gossip and shelter oriented magazines make it into my travel bag.
I'm downloading the first season of Girls to watch on my iPad if the particular Delta flight I'm on doesn't (boo!) have seat back tvs.
Evian spray, L'Occitane lip balm, and lotion. Keeping my skin hydrated while on a flight is of the utmost importance.
Gluten free granola bars (Lara specifically) are a must for any flight. Along with a few other sans gluten snacks like string cheese and granola.
Comfortable shoes that are easy to slip off when going through security and soft warm socks are a must. No barefeet on the airport floor for me.
I might be a tad too excited for my own good about the prequel to Sex and the City, The Carrie Diaries. But it's the little things, right? It's Carrie Bradshaw's back-story and it's available on basic cable, premiering on the CW January 14th. In case you, like me, were curious, it looks like Eric Daman is the new Patricia Fields this go round.