Last weekend I attended Texas Style Council CAMP, where over a hundred bloggers and brands got together right outside of Austin at a Girl Scout Camp to hangout, listen to some inspiring speakers, learn from discussion groups, and have a little fun in the mud.
Friday afternoon my designer and blogger friend, Joanna Hawley, flew into Austin, and we met for the first time in real life after being internet friends for months. I was able to show her around Austin a bit despite the SXSW traffic, and get her some tacos and queso before heading out to camp. It was her first time in Texas, so we had some priorities (queso was number one).
As soon as we arrived and found our cabins, we heard our first speaker then headed to a night full of crafting and learning about some of the sponsors and brands represented over the weekend.
I woke up extra early to sip some Tom’s Roasting Co. coffee, and then learn from many wonderful speakers and discussion leaders including: photographer Shalyn Nelson, Bethany Joy Clark of Tom’s, Carli of Inked Fingers, Tieka of Selective Potential, Becky Murphy of Chipper Things, Indiana Adams the fearless Camp leader, Jess Lively of The Lively Show podcast, and Caroline Rector of Un-fancy.
After dinner, we got into our ‘khaki cool’ attire for a jamboree! (My only khaki was a pair of shorts, so I decided to stay warm in my jeans instead.)
There was A LOT of photo-booth fun. Each sponsor had more crafts, temporary tattoos, and desserts tables too! In the photos above, you’ll find my OKC friend Kelly Beall of Design Crush, Chloe Mitchell, a representative of Hello Society, and my new friend Ana, who blogs at The Iron Pearl!
By the end of the evening, putting my tired Converse up in this Kammok was necessary! These Converse were the best shoe options I packed with me for Camp so I wore these all weekend through the rain and mud, and the sunshine that came out Sunday morning.
We enjoyed all of the sun we could Sunday morning after out last speaker and goodbyes. It was nice to spend some extra time chatting with Randle Browning of Week of Plenty, my kindhearted friend from Waco, TX! This girl’s recipes are beautiful looking; I cannot wait to start trying each one.
OH! and I can’t forget to say how much fun it was to make a cool necklace with Hello Society. So much fun that I won this amazing Lomography camera! I’m so excited to buy some film and capture some amazing days coming up.
Most of all, I came back to Austin with a head full of new ideas and fresh passion for my work. I feel refreshed to be vulnerable and authentic, and hoping work on some fun collaborations with my new Camp friends.