Last weekend I went to the inaugural Blogtacular conference and wow, what an experience!
There was so much great insights and learnings over the weekend that I’m still digesting some of the information, even after a week! A round-up of a few of my favourite quotes/soundbites from the speakers are below. Because I’m a typography nerd, I thought it would be more fun to design typographic mini-posters than just list them all out!
For those curious about the context of the words above, a quick rundown about the speeches by the people quoted above:
Joy Cho‘s opening keynote speech was about her journey as a designer/ blogger/ entrepreneur starting from when she was a teen until today where she is now an incredibly successful designer / blogger / all-round-creative. She talked about learning to overcome her fear of change, and doing things that scares her that ultimately led her to greater heights in her career and life. I was also lucky to have a private chat with Joy when she was wandering around the conference – it was great to hear her honest insight on what it was like going for a career in the creative space which is rarely encouraged in the Asian community/family. Meeting and speaking to Joy was a real highlight of the weekend and it’s certainly driving me to fuel my passion in design and photography (and blogging, of course!)
An interview with Will Taylor‘s was broadcast via recorded video as he was away in the US on a book tour. Having met Will twice now, his interview was just as expected – inspiring, down-to-earth, and very colourful! Will talked about integrity in blogging/writing and finding his niche and sticking to it even when it was considerably different from what was ‘normal’ in the industry. Will is an interiors blogger, freelance journalist, and author.
Anne Ditmeyer‘s talk was full of rapid-fire zingers about valuing yourself as a creative (be it as a blogger, designer, etc). and to never work for free. Anne really hammered in the message that those in the creative profession must not be afraid to ask to be paid for work. There were so many funny quotes from Anne I couldn’t physically write them all down from laughing so much! Anne is a designer / blogger / editor / travel guide – how amazing is that?
Isa Seminiga‘s talk was about design principles and blog design. Her words “simplicity shows confidence” really resonates with me. My design aesthetic has always been about simplicity and it’s heartening to know a good designer like Isa championing the message that simplicity does not equal boring design; rather it shows a confidence and understanding of restraint in good design. Isa is a designer and brand strategist.
The closing keynote speech was delivered by Natalie Lue delivered with a huge dose of humour and a lot of great quotes. Like Joy, her speech was about her journey as a blogger and entrepreneur. She also spoke about creativity as a habit – the need to cultivate our creativity and to practice it everyday in some form. Natalie is a an author, blogger, dating & relationship guru and even has a tv/movie script in the works.
There is no way you can walk away from the conference not feeling inspired by these speakers – notice that all of them juggle multiple careers as well – it’s insanely motivating.
I had a been a little apprehensive about attending Blogtacular partly because I’m not fond of networking in a big crowd, but I’m so glad I took the plunge. The amazing speaker line-up was a key driver, especially designer-blogger extraordinaire Joy Cho who flew in from LA to give her keynote speech. I may have been a little starstruck (ha) when I spoke to Joy last Saturday.
Inspiring speeches and workshops aside, it was a such wonderful experience to spend 1.5 days with a creative and talented community of people who weren’t just bloggers – many were designers, artists, makers, writers, photographers and all-round-creative-geniuses! Working in a corporate IT environment (my day job) daily means I hardly have the opportunity to mingle with creative folk so I really enjoyed connecting with people who just radiated creativity!
Some of my iPhone shots on the day:
This is possibly my longest entry in this blog yet and it’s a testament to how great the conference was! If you’re sad you missed out on this event, don’t be, you can purchase the virtual conference where the recorded talks will be available.
I hope you enjoyed getting a peek into the conference. If you were there and we didn’t get a chance to chat, do say hi!
There are so many great craft and DIY tutorials out there that I’ve decided to start curating a selection that I’d like to try. These are some recent finds that are relatively easy to do and are really pretty additions to the home.
1. Air Dry Clay Jewellery Bowls : Really love this idea for arranging my collection of rings. I wasn’t aware til now that air dry clay exists for easy projects like this without the mess of pottery.
2. Matchbox Favour Templates: How sweet are these printable matchbox designs? They’ll look lovely next to a scented candle.
3. Dipped Wooden Utensils: A fun project to refresh plain wooden utensils with bright colours. Perfect for spring!
4. Gilded Pattern Votive Holders: This is a simple but tasteful way to dress up plain tealight/votive holders with patterns. Great as a little vase as well.
I had a lovely late brunch at Duck & Waffle on Saturday afternoon. We were sat down by the windows with so much natural light, I couldn’t help taking a few quick shots of the food. I didn’t have my proper camera with me so these were taken with my iPhone.
Our food choices: We both ordered the signature dish which was their namesake – the duck and waffle. It’s an unusual combination of crispy duck leg confit, duck egg, waffles and mustard maple syrup, but a surprisingly delicious melange of flavours. Desserts were a steamed orange pudding with crème caramel ice cream, and tiramisu.
Great food and lovely company – certainly the best way to spend the weekend.
Photography-wise, in hindsight, I’m noticing some composition issues with these shots but it’s always a challenge to achieve that fine balance of taking photos discreetly in a public place and getting a good shot.
It’s interesting how my taste in jewellery has shifted over the years – it’s probably a sign of getting older! ;) In the past year, I’ve been favouring delicate gold pieces that are minimal and elegant.
I rarely wear fine jewellery though – I stick to well-designed costume pieces due to my tendency to accidentally damage expensive ones. These dainty and beautiful rings and bracelets/bangles are on my wish list for when I’m less accident-prone!
01 : Sarah Chloe Hearbeat Bangle / 02 : Elizabeth and James Vogel Cuff / 03 : Gorjana Buckley Cuff / 04 : Kate Spade Saturday Skinny Rectangle Bracelet / 05 : Jacquie Aiche Kitty Ear Ring / 06 : Stephanie Sheehan Open Ring / 07 : Still House House Ring / 08 : Leo Rolph Princess Ring / 09 : Still House Linya Ring
Wonderful discovery this week which I spotted in a magazine: the humble ruler has never looked this good! I’ve always been obsessed with stationery and I have fond memories of collecting all sorts of pencils, pens and rulers that I deemed “pretty” since I was a child.
This collection of wooden rulers from Hay is the best I’ve seen in a long time. They are so cheerful and perfect for Spring – each ruler is screen printed in bright, stripy colours and has a contrasting coloured end. Functional and pretty!
I’m debating if I should pick one or just buy them all. Also, who knew Hay designs stationery? I thought they only produce furniture and home accessories!
Love this? Which is your favourite?
I’ve been on the hunt for a coffee table for a few months now, and part of the exercise of looking for the right table includes exploring ideas on how I would style it. Some of beautiful styling work on coffee/side tables I’ve discovered while gathering inspiration:
I love the feminine touches on these two above. The first one is so delicate and pretty! I’m not too sure about the rather tall flowers in the second one, but the gold and pink tones are a great combination, and it looks lovely overall.
Great mix of geometric shapes with the books, vases, and bowls on the upper photo. I really like the neutral tones as well. Love the minty green tones and succulent in the last photo and how the the “table” is really just a makeshift tray + leg combo.
Which one do you like most?