I am back from RV camping in California’s Gold Country (a region I sometimes feel like everyone forgot), digging around in history, and seeing Yosemite. We knew RV camping was going to be an interesting experience, but what we didn’t realize is how many more permanent residents live in RV resorts. We ended up spending the week living next to retired seniors (some of whom have some seriously rockstar RVs) and migrant farm workers. It was interesting and complicated (we, after all, were choosing to do this for vacation), and I’m still thinking about all of it.
Our own Alt Summit! (Online!)
In more exciting news, I was asked by Alt Summit to curate an online Alt Conference with my dream lineup of speakers. I’m super proud of what we came up with: Making Money in a Changing Media Landscape. In short, I called up everyone I wanted to learn from, and signed them up. I can’t wait to take every class I’m not teaching. If you are in any way involved in building a brand online, from selling a product you make by hand to editing a website, you should sign up for this conference. We’re talking about it all—what’s happening online right now, pitching to brands, Instagram, Pinterest, affiliate programs. Hell, we even cold called the ladies at Man Repeller and convinced them to speak. Sign up, tell your friends, we’ll see you there.
Oh and Also…
And with that, I give you our open thread… and a note to tune into our Instagram feed this weekend. I’ve been asked to go to one of the coolest events of my online career on Monday, and I’m hitting the road. Stay tuned.
Highlights of APW This Week
How to ask for help and how to move forward when a family member is struggling with addiction.
A gold dress, a strong beat, and a solid horn line.
What to include in your wedding website. Hint: it’s everything you don’t want to get asked on the day of the wedding.
In which intern Kelsey enters the home stretch of wedding planning.
Wedges! Because stilettos and grass don’t mix.
Twelve hours with APW’s Editor-in-Chief.
How to make a Bee’s Knees cocktail that is, actually, the bee’s knees.
“Now, I knew I left that sense of adventure around here somewhere.”
In case you missed our Facebook announcement, the Gemvara winner has been selected! Suzy designed this black onyx Acadia ring, and was randomly selected to win $1,000 from Gemvara. Congrats Suzy!
Our takeaway from this article: Tavi Gevinson is a nice person, not just a smart and successful one. We’re not surprised. But it’s depressing to realize people assume that successful women must be real bitches.
We all prefer foul-mouthed Hillary. The funniest political article we’ve read in… a while.
We’re kind of digging Lena Dunham’s new bowl cut.
“Gay Pakistan: Lesbians’ lives on the line.”
“Eight life hacks every woman needs.”
Speaking of plus sizes, Target has been a disappointment. Maddie nailed it with her thoughts on the matter, “You know what the problem with Target is? They have a plus-size selection, but they assume that if you’re plus sized, you probably dress like Mrs. Doubtfire.”
We’d just like to note here that Nicki Minaj is the artist to watch in 2015.
If you love games, you should refuse to call yourself a “gamer.”
Things to throw money at: this Kickstarter for a women’s writing conference in NYC this fall.
Bigger wedding, happier marriage?
Jesse Williams and John Legend, killing it with their Ferguson commentary. We knew we liked these guys for a reason.
The essential ladies’ guide to gaining confidence from construction workers.
“Thirteen-year-old Mo’Ne Davis is on the cover of Sports Illustrated.” Hell yeah!
We knew the tech world could ruin the Bay Area. We didn’t know they could take Burning man down with them.
Our own Rachel rocked BuzzFeed’s homepage this week with “18 Stunning Photos of Black Women At Work In WWII.” Cheers!
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