Here’s a tip for anybody planning to attend Alt Summit or a big networking conference: Carry a small pouch* inside your tote bag or purse filled with the essentials you’ll want to find quickly and frequently. I’m talking about a small notebook and a pen to jot down reminders, lip gloss and a small mirror, mints, and your business cards.
When choosing a daytime bag, I’d recommend something large but structured. I alternated between two canvas totes that were big but seemingly bottomless, making it awkward and challenging for me find anything not secured in my smaller pouch.
There were some unbelievably creative business cards at Alt. To see what I mean, check out the round-up posts on A Ruffled Life, Donuts Dresses and Dirt, Ciera Design, and Creature Comforts. My two-sided business cards were designed by the always awesome Joy Laforme and featured a photograph of Levi and me taken by Alyson Sword. I had the cards printed by Moo and was thrilled by their high quality, thick card stock, and smooth finish. The thing I regret was waiting too long to order my business cards and paying extra for faster shipping.
PS: The photos on Bunny & Dolly’s About, As Seen On, and Sponsor pages were also taken by Alyson. We won a free session with Alyson, a fellow military spouse, at JB’s squadron holiday party last year and sat down for family photos in early December.
*You win bonus points if your daytime pouch can double as a night time clutch! I actually packed two small bags for Alt Summit’s evening parties that I never ended up using. Silly, PJ.
So, you wanna know what was in my bag?
Marc Jacobs pouch in Rose Gold | pen | C. Wonder ikat notebook (similar — on sale!) | J.Crew magic wallet (My pink one was circa 2001) | Muji plastic card case (similar) | business cards | NARS lip gloss in Easy Lover | Altoids Smalls | pocket mirror | not picture: my iPhone (oops!)