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I’m just back from Austin where I attended the Interactive portion of SxSW. I picked up a few tips and learned a few things during this first attempt at the conference.
1) Smart footwear
Do not ignore when people say “wear comfortable shoes”. Thankfully I paid attention; it was surprising how much I walked!
2) Device charging strategy
Don’t forget to charge your phone/iPad/laptop each night. Also – if you can buy a battery pack or other wireless charger that doesn’t need to plug into the wall you’ll be set. The conference hosts lots of opportunities for free charging, but that takes time (30 mins for the secure locker ATT version) or hanging in the sponsored charging lounges – which have comfy couches and where I was able to meet new people, but “wasted time” away from the conference and/or working on my trend hunting project (#styleinthewild on twitter). The best bang for the buck charging + networking was the Samsung Blogger Lounge – lots of spacious tables, TONS of plugs, a fridge full of ________ (namebrandsponsoredsoda). and lovely sxsw-ers to connect with.
3) Plan, but be flexible
I could have read the schedule a little more closely. I did get to attend a ton of great panels, and caught a bunch of fun parties/networking Happy Hours, but still missed a few things here and there that I regret. Keep in mind that now there are multiple venues hosting panels – so you’ll need to prepare to catch shuttles between venues, and allow for that transition time.
4) RSVP to everything
If nothing else, just to keep track. Use apps/sites like foursquare & Plancast to keep tabs on what’s happening. I recommend using Foursquare, because checking in to a panel won me tickets to see an amazing free concert. Also before you go search the web to find other non-sponsored sites that are tracking cool events or find apps that give insight to ‘hotspots’ throughout the event.
5) Introduce yourself freely
Where ever you are that you see strangers – if circumstances allow, introduce yourself, pass your card (tactfully). Many many times I was near interesting and relevant people by chance and unknowingly introduced myself to very cool people who I’m now connected with. If you have a project or product that you’re interested in talking about – have a practiced ‘elevator speech’ ready. You care much more about your ‘thing’ than the other person. Having a digital networking strategy also could help – the Hashable app was helpful this year for those using Twitter.
Carry chapstick and water. You will become dehydrated, it’s uncomfortable. Also, invest in EmergenC packets – you’ll be surprised how a packet or two a day will change your experience.
7) Heed the ‘don’t drink too much’ warnings – but apply the advise appropriately
You won’t pay for many (if any) drinks at SxSW (if you’re doing it right), however, that is easy to ‘take advantage of’ so be sure that on the nights you want to do so, you’re not thinking of pitching or connecting with important new people, or attempting to do serious business. #commonsense
8 ) Go with the flow
You’ll find yourself in the oddest combination of business & social interactions throughout the week, so while you’re still figuring it all out – go along with what the most senior/influential/mentor-worthy person is doing and hope for the best.
9) Be stylish
Remember that your outfit is your ‘landing page’ and if you look like you just rolled out of a friends hotel room in the start-up tee and jeans from the night before, you aren’t making the first impression you want.
10) Bring snacks and have a food strategy
There is a LOT going on – so having a protein bar in your bag isn’t a bad idea. Also – BBQ is great, but the easier (and more regretful) thing will be an expensive ‘Bacon Cone’ or a grilled cheese sandwich from the conference offerings. So, mapping a few good healthy restaurants or a place where you can at least know a salad exists is not a bad plan. Remember, Whole Foods is HQ’d in Austin and depending on where you hang – the Fifth street store isn’t all that far. You don’t want to forget to eat or all those free drinks will take you straight to trouble-land.
Taxi service pretty much sucks in Austin – esp. if you’re coming from SF (where they must pick you up by law). Leave bars before 1:30a.m. and understand which direction is south-north because taxis are fussy about which way they travel at late hours. Buses are $1 each way or $2 for a 24 hour day pass and run past midnight (score!). Your Google maps app on your smart-phone will help you find buses easily – it was my saving grace.
12) Support local business
This stems from basic karma. Don’t ‘check in’ at Starbucks if there is an amazing café near your home base. The citizens of Austin love/hate SxSWers but appreciates that you support Local while you’re there. Also remember, the citizens, wait staff or hotel staff appreciate what SxSW does for the economy, but not so much that they’ll love tolerating douchy behavior. Respect, and have love for these folks who are working twice as hard to accommodate the masses who takeover the city for the conference. You are owed nothing – be gracious.
13) Follow up
For all those fun amazing people you met, the effort is worthless if all they represent is a pile of business cards on your desk. If possible do some #FollowFridays on Twitter while at the conference, when you return maybe connect via LinkedIn and then the Monday following email your new-found connections mid-day to solidify that introduction in Austin.
SxSW is most-likely going to be fun no matter how you attack it, however, there is a way to do it with comfort, style and grace – hopefully, you will benefit from some of these ideas and have a fabulous time! See you in 2012!
I forget how much I love award shows until I start watching. Each year the Golden Globes serves as a great reminder of all the movies I still need to see before the Oscars and usually quite the gown-fest. Which, when it gets down to it, is really the sole reason I watch these type of shows…
The colors this year were stunning – lots of jewel tones – and blush/nude tones. Emerald green was a newcomer as well as a lot of red, which I find odd, since most of the shots of any award show happen on the red carpet (clash much?). In addition to new color trends, sleeved and one-shoulder gowns were all over. Here are some of my favorite gowns of the night.
Maybe it was the girl-crush I got after watching Black Swan, or it could be my anti-Angelina bend, but my favorite of the handful of emerald-green gowns last night was Mila’s. Other contenders were Elizabeth Moss and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Since it’s early yet in 2011 – and I’ve already broke my 30 days of Tracy Anderson resolution, I cannot express how excited I am to see more cocktail dresses with sleeves. I’m also really loving this amber color. This sleek gown and wavy hair evoke a Veronica Lake 40′s screen-siren feeling.
While we’re talking sleeves, ScarJo really looked sweet in her angel wing sleeved gown. The color looked so great on her – sophisticated and elegant but didn’t age her or make her look like a little girl playing dress up.
Just because you’ve seen one market, don’t think you’ve seen them all… And just because you’re in London it doesn’t mean you can’t soothe the Nihonphile inside you, or well, me. ^_^
While on vacation in London, worried about missing interesting things of a more current or artistic variety than the London Tower or Big Ben, we spent a bunch of time indulging in the free museums around town. We also worked hard to tear ourselves away from all the amazing art to take walks around town, see other sights, and do some shopping and pub-crawling to round out our experience.
One day, I realized that I’d been ignoring a scrap of paper passed on to me by the god-daughter in Amsterdam which noted in barely legible teenage script – Dover Street Market. Not having been in town over a weekend where we could take advantage of some of the more popular and well documented markets – I initially hadn’t paid much attention… Lucky me I noticed it just in time to do some research and make a plan to get to DSM before we had to make our way to LHR!
is my fashion dream come true. 4+ floors of Comme des Garcons & inspired amazingness!!! and my beloved MM, Annie D., and newly discovered and now highly coveted Paul Harnden Shoemakers.
The clothes were monochromatic navy, black, deep gray with lots of seaming detail and heavy interesting fabrics. The main interest for me was his sense of texture – in the shoe leather, in the crumpled boiled wool contrasted against silky linings. Gorgeous wabi sabi things, and apparently incredibly hard to find in the states.
The other dreamy thing that we came across while in London, thanks to a wandering discussion over dinner at scarf designer Pazuki’s home one evening, was that there was a show at the Barbicon exhibiting 30 years of Japanese design. We hightailed it there the next day! HEAVEN… tons and tons of Yoji, Rei, Issey and the gang – videos, runway shows, case after case of every fashion week invited ever sent… amazing. SO inspiring – I sketched, and dreamed and felt really creative for the first time in maybe years. I wanted to, as I told MB to come home and sew some shit… If you’re in London – no excuses. you.must. go.
The Steampunk trend is hardly new, but I haven’t been inspired by as much as I was recently while spending time with friends who are in an art collective in Oakland, California that created a Gothic Rocketship and a Steampunk Treehouse. These are folks who embrace all that is Steampunk. Handlebar mustaches (on the men), hats, long skirts, corsets, spats, and pocket-watches are all found in their bag of tricks – of course I’m inspired! I can’t help but wonder if their art projects really double as time machines…
There’s something very romantic about this look – a sense of nostalgia for the Victorian era expressed in a really modern, some say post-apocalyptic way. The best of old and new, with a bit of theatre thrown in. This look isn’t for anyone or for any occasion, but when done right – you might think you’re caught in a wrinkle in time.
Here’s more about the sub-culture: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk
and my Steampunk inspired set featuring John Fleuvog shoes on Polyvore.com
The word on the street as of a few days ago is that Sofia Coppola is the director for a new Dior commercial (according to Luxuo). That article linked to a gorgeous ad she had previously done for Miss Dior Cherie, which just makes me want to run off to Paris… stat! There is almost no place more perfect and inspiring for fashion and beauty!
The ad takes you through this sweet girl’s pastel filled, gorgeously lit day roaming around The City of Lights. I really enjoy joining her on her adventures du jour: picking out flowers, riding her bike, shopping (at Dior, of course), walking around town, crisscrossing the river, eating beautiful pastries, trying on sunglasses, stopping in at her perfect Parisian apartment, all the way up to grabbing a too large bouquet of balloons that sweeps her up into the perfectly clouded Parisian sky! Enjoy while we await the next gem of brilliance from Sofia Coppola & The City of Lights.
The Gregory Brothers (which includes a girl) are doing great things on the web. They are comedy, current events, and music all rolled up into one: ATTN http://www.youtube.com/user/schmoyoho
Personally, I’m rather cynical about the news – since it comes across to me as a whole lotta hype. So I find this a very fun and easy way to get in my news without taking it to seriously…
Here’s a favorite:
No, no… Dan Humphrey isn’t actually included – but wouldn’t that have been great if he was!?!? Now, I don’t think I’m making it up – I’m pretty sure in some episode of GG Dan was getting published in an issue with the very same name… At the time, I assumed that the 20 under 40 was an annual issue of the New Yorker – much like the Food Issue, the Travel Issue, or the Cartoon Issue – but in reading about the ‘making of the issue’, I’m learning it’s not an annual? How is that so? Either I have an AMAZING imagination, or I’m psychic! Back after more research on the Gossip Girl connection. Either way – here’s a sample of some real-world 40 under 20 Summer Fiction.
ok – ok – It’s a little embarrassing how obsessed I am (with both GG and being right…) – but here it is – in the last 30 or so seconds of this clip (amazon.com sample clip) Dan is getting published in the “Summer Fiction Issue: 20 under 20″. What up New Yorker? In their q&a about the real-world issue published on June 14, 2010, they mention that they haven’t done anything similar in the magazine since 1999 named “The Future of American Fiction”. So I wonder if anyone other than me cares about both Gossip Girl and The New Yorker that also believes that these are not two great tastes that taste great together… I want my peanut butter and my chocolate very separate in this case.