Packing for Alt Summit. The Good. The Bad. The Ugly.

Hello!  And WELCOME to my very first blog post!  Ever.  In my whole life!  I'm leaving for Alt Summit in about 8 hours, and since I'm going to the BIGGEST BLOGGING CONFERENCE IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD, I figured it was high time I had a blog.  :) Screen Shot 2014-06-16 at 9.29.23 PMAnd it seems only appropriate, as a Style Blogger, to talk about WHAT I'M WEARING TO ALT.  But in truth, what I'm wearing isn't nearly as important as WHY I'm wearing what I'm wearing.  And how I went about choosing, prepping and packing.

Usually when I travel, I throw a bunch of stuff into a suitcase - a few nice shirts, my favorite skirts, a couple pairs of shoes - and hope to hell that they go together.  I NEVER create actual outfits before I travel.  And I usually end up in tears because I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR.  I've been burned too many times, so this time I took a different approach.  I created an OUTFIT ITINERARY!  That's right.  A map.  An outline.  A stress-free plan (or so I thought).

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1. I created a list, breaking down the various venues, and counting how many outfits I was going to need:  Tuesday day (flight) / Tuesday night (sponsor dinner) / Wednesday day (conference) / Wednesday night (food truck dinner party) / Thursday day (conference) / Thursday night (garden party) / Friday (saying goodbye + exploring the city) / Saturday (flight).  That's 8 outfits.

2. Then, I decided how I wanted to FEEL at each venue.  For example, I want to feel differently on my flight than I do at the sponsor dinner, where my nerves will be a little bit shaky and my insecurities will undoubtedly kick in.  Comfortable, chic & funky works for an airplane, but for my first night at Alt - I want to feel confident, bold, bright and just plain happy!

3.  Once I decided how I wanted to feel, I hit the closet and started creating outfits, using those words to inform my outfit creations.  And I tried everything on.  EVERYTHING.  Doing that now will prevent any wardrobe malfunctions later (like the dress that can only be worn with a nude bra because it's a wee bit sheer).   And then I wrote it all down.  And even took a pic.  Here are a few outfits that I picked out:

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photo credit to my photographer + daughter, Raisa.  she's 7.  she tells me how to pose.

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But it wasn't long before things started to fall apart.  I found some gems, certainly.  But then as I started trying on more of my cute summer things (which I haven't done much of here in Vermont... it's been COLD), nothing fit me.  I've lost some weight and everything is way too big.  My jeans are saggy.  My darts are empty.  My dresses are gapping under the pits.  And to top it all off, I thrifted a brand new (with tags!) fancy-pants pink taffeta dress last week (LOVE!), brought it to the seamstress, and I FORGOT TO PICK IT UP tonight!!  So here I am... leaving in about 8 hours, and I'm not done packing.  And I'm feeling stressed about it.

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WHY?  Because Alt is a big deal.  Fashion is HUGE at Alt, and those little voices inside my head have crept in and told me that my second-hand-vermont-girl wares are not good enough.  What I need to do is listen to my BIG GIRL voice - my SOUL'S voice, that KNOWS I'm perfectly suited to be there, in my second-hand-vermont-girl-too-big-jeans. I've momentarily lost my footing.  I've forgotten about inside-out congruency, and have gone into the comparison game... me versus others.  And no good can come from that.

I swore I wasn't going to stress.  I was going to dress my essence - rock the ole' inside-out congruency and stand tall with my suitcase of second-hand-clothes.  And I still will.  Little hurdle here that I need to navigate.  But that's what life's all about, isn't it?  Navigating the hurdles.  Pressing through.  Finding your trueness.

Despite the hurdles, I'm still loving my wardrobe itinerary.  So if you'll excuse me, the itinerary has three blank spots, which means I have 3 more outfits to pack!

To INSIDE-OUT CONGRUENCY. xo Stasia