Style: Classic and Comfy: What I Wore to Alt Summit

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I can’t believe it’s been a week since Alt Summit.  Only a week ago I was sitting in classes surrounded by talented and creative people trying to learn how to create more fun and inspiring content for y’all here on the blog.  It was inspiring, overwhelming and physically exhausting!  As ridiculous as this probably sounds, one of the things I was most worried about as I prepared to go, was what to wear!  I’m a mom and a blogger, not a corporate professional with a wardrobe full of work wear.  I’m also SUPER low key when it comes to getting dressed.  I appreciate great style and know how to put a cute outfit together, (I mean, I have way too much fun dressing Ash) but prepping for this was stressing me out! 😉  I wanted to look cute and professional, but also be comfortable.  I knew, that this jeans, t-shirt and flip flop loving girl, who was already feeling a bit out her element traveling alone, would have to have a comfortable wardrobe to keep me from totally freaking out. 😉  After I had been there for a few hours, I realized that I could relax and enjoy.  That while I had brought 3 times as much luggage as a I probably needed, I could wear the outfits that I really liked and not feel under-dressed.  In hopes of helping any of you who may find yourselves in a similar situation, I thought I’d give you a few inspiration outfits, an idea of what I wore. (plus, I think they’re just cute outfits for any time!) 😉

Day One:

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I am much more comfortable as a “behind the scenes” girl wherever I am. You probably won’t catch me wearing hot pink (even though I love it). I prefer to dress in more muted tones and add pops of color in my shoes, jewelry and bag. I loved that it was cold in SLC so I could get away with wearing my Calvin Klein Puffer Coat.  This thing is SO cozy.  I have owned it for a few years now and I take it everywhere with me.  The best part is that it packs down into this teeny little drawstring bag.  I can literally fit it in some of my purses it’s so small.  Perfect for travel!

This top was the perfect weight, and was a dressier fabric, so when paired with some cute flats (I’m pretty tall, so I usually wear flats) it dressed up my skinny jeans and was totally appropriate for any occasion.

I topped things off with a few bracelets, a red necklace to tie in the shoes, silver hoops (which are my go-to always) and my favorite Kate Spade bag.  I get compliments on the color of this bag ALL the time.  I love it.  Love that it’s cross body, love that it fits all my stuff, including my favorite on the go camera, I take it EVERYWHERE, especially when I travel.  This was my souvenir last time I was in New York because it was the perfect “canvas the city” bag.

Day 2:

I knew I was going to be sitting in classes most of the day, so I went for cute comfort.

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I am totally a black and white girl, so I felt most comfortable in this outfit. I wanted to feel like myself when I was reaching out and meeting lots of new friends.  I am always comfy in my oversized black sweater, so that was a must.  I layered a couple of silver arrow necklaces, and rocked my favorite pair of fake diamond studs.   My 12 year old has an obsession with stance socks.  Well, I hate to admit it, but I’ve jumped on the bandwagon.  It drives John nuts. 😉  But, the fun colors and patterns make me feel like I’m wearing party socks, and it’s a little bit of a secret. 😉  I bought this pair before I left.  The watermelon bag.  This is another favorite.  This one is slightly different that the one I have, since I bought mine a few years ago, but that should give you confidence to buy one…you know the popularity of that color is going to stick around. 🙂  I break mine out every spring.

Day 3:

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Can you tell I have a thing for long sweaters?  It’s not too often that I get to wear them here in Southern California, so I was taking full advantage of the cold weather. (Even though I didn’t set foot out of the hotel for almost 72 hours) 😉  The picture doesn’t show it, but I actually bought this one in a pretty khaki and white stripe and it’s a total steal at only $24.  It’s super light weight, so it will carry me through spring and even into summer nights around here no problem.  These shoes!  I have a slightly different pair, but again, I have had them for quite some time, so I had to find you a similar style.  I needed a utilitarian bag that could lug around all of my business cards, notebooks, camera, phone, etc.  I bought this reversible pink and camel one because it was huge, cute, and I loved that I could get more than just one look out of it.  Bonus…it comes with a wristlet!  I layered a couple of cute necklaces, a long one similar to this one and this cute shorter bar pendant.

I’m sure many of you have similar items in your own closets, so hopefully you’re feeling inspired to pull together some new looks with your favorite, comfortable pieces and add a few new ones in to freshen them up!

Happy Shopping!


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Creative Director at Pink Peppermint Design
Tammy Mitchell is the founder and creative director of lifestyle blog Along with being a homeschooling mom of two kiddos, she is also an in-demand prop and event stylist, photographer, interior and graphic designer. On Pink Peppermint Design, she shares creative DIY projects, easy entertaining and gift ideas, inspiring interiors and events. She lives in Southern California, with her husband and two children.

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