Creative Estates Outfit Pic and Advice

One thing that a few of us were looking forward to this past weekend at Creative Estates was the opportunity to take “outfit pictures” of each other in a different setting.  I know you’re all probably sick of seeing the area around my house with all the distracting street signs and cars in the background.  My husband is always such a great sport taking these photos for me but it was fun to have a different photographer this time, one that does outfit pics herself, the fashionista Much Love, Illy!

Cardigan: Forever 21 | Dress: Forever 21 | Tights: Target | Shoes: Target | Necklace: Forever 21 | Nail Polish: China Glaze – Re-fresh Mint

There’s a whole ton of things I love about this outfit.  Every piece of it was SUPER AFFORDABLE, I mean, everything was from Forever 21 or Target.  I love love love how colorful the bottom half of the dress is, I mean, you could pretty much pair any number of shoe, nail polish, necklace, cardigan colors with this dress and it would match.  And I’m not usually a nail polish girl, but felt like being on this weekend.  I got a ton of compliments on my fun nail polish color (it’s China Glaze – Re-fresh Mint) this weekend, so thanks Much Love, Illy for letting me use yours.

Over this next week I’ll be sharing tons more pictures from the conference and advice that really resonated with me as a blogger/shop owner.  Here are some that were tweeted/retweeted over the weekend (with #CreativeEstates), hope you are able to take this and use them as a daily reminder, I know that I am going to be referencing this list often, especially when I feel overwhelmed and exhausted.  Thanks to all the amazing speakers, such as SheyB, It’s A Tradition, Whippy Cake, Becky Higgins, Brassy Apple, Allison Waken, NoBiggie, Above All Fabric, House of Smiths, Crap I’ve Made, The Daily Blarg and more!

1. Don’t worry about competition in blogging. You are the only one who can be you.
2. Figure out your thing and do it well
3. Get down on your subjects level when taking pictures.
4. Celebrate all the little steps along the way to the end goal.
5. Plan rewards to stay motivated (like buying shoes for me).
6. Write things down in a centralized notebook so you can free up more space in your mind for creative ideas.
7. Choose between what is good, and what is BEST for you, fam & biz!
8. Spell out how you need support from family & friends!
9. Balancing life = keep ONE calendar for everything.
10. You need to achieve your own level of success. You are you.

More pictures to follow later this week… I just HAD to spread out my posts since I don’t want the energy of the weekend to end!  🙁

For all those that attended the Creative Estates conference or other blogging/handmade conferences, what was your favorite piece of advice?


  1. April 11, 2011 / 7:22 pm

    okay these are such adorable pictures!! I took none ;(

  2. April 11, 2011 / 7:22 pm

    That is such great advice Sandy and I am so happy you all had such a good time! Can’t wait for more pictures!

  3. April 11, 2011 / 7:31 pm

    I agree–great advice, especially number one!

    So funny, I don’t wear much nail polish either but yesterday, I decided to paint mine some sort of mint, like yours! (I don’t remember which nail polish I used though because it was my sister’s.) I love the exposed zipper of this dress.

  4. April 11, 2011 / 7:41 pm

    Thanks for the advice, Sandy! And your outfit is adorable!!! =)

  5. April 11, 2011 / 7:43 pm

    Love the advice, it’s all so true:-)

    Hope oyu guys are having fun, and I am in love with your dress!

  6. April 11, 2011 / 7:46 pm

    I also really love how bright this is on the bottom – it’s so perfect for the change in seasons…and the event sounds really neat and seems to have been full of good advice!

    xoxo ~ Courtney

  7. April 11, 2011 / 8:13 pm

    wonderful advice.. and girl, I am totally digging that dress! so cute.

  8. April 11, 2011 / 8:23 pm

    That is great advice! And, totally loving that outfit. It is so pretty. <3

  9. April 11, 2011 / 8:51 pm

    sandy you are the best! thanks for sharing what you’ve learned over the weekend for those of us who so wanted to be there but couldn’t. that’s what i heart about you! so kind and willing to share and help others.

    hope you had a lovelee monday friend!


  10. April 11, 2011 / 9:40 pm

    That outfit is so cute, and so are you!! Sad I missed CE, but it looks like you ladies had a blast! (and learned some good stuff)

  11. April 11, 2011 / 9:57 pm

    Wonderful advice! Your dress is super cute!

  12. April 11, 2011 / 10:05 pm

    i love your outfit!! the print is perfect for spring and i love the minty necklace too!

    cute & little

  13. April 11, 2011 / 10:17 pm

    Aw, Creative Estates sounds like it was so much fun! I totally agree to not worry about competition in blogging… there is room for everyone in the blog world 😀

  14. April 11, 2011 / 10:21 pm

    Cute exposed zipper!
    I also got a new photographer and locale this week. (My sister) It was fun so I know what you mean about some variation.

  15. April 11, 2011 / 10:38 pm

    I LOVE refresh mint..definitely one of my favorite shades! I just got those same wedges for my sister…so cute!

  16. April 11, 2011 / 10:44 pm

    Wow, the Creative Estates sounds like an amazing conference! There are so many great tips and it’s always a great reminder to support one another instead of competing. You are unique and you have your own vision, nobody can take that away! Btw, I love your dress, so cheery and spring-like! =)

  17. April 11, 2011 / 11:11 pm

    I think we met for about 2 seconds in a parking lot of something. My best piece of advice “You will never regret acting appropriately.” (in regards to posting, language and trolls) I think Char said that. I already believed it but she summed it up.

  18. April 11, 2011 / 11:45 pm

    Love the greys with the florals!

    Monique xx

  19. April 11, 2011 / 11:45 pm

    The outfit is adorable, Sandy! I really love that dress. And what great advice you got at Creative Estates. I’m a big believer in keeping one calendar for everything. It’s the only thing that keeps me functioning.

  20. April 12, 2011 / 12:49 am

    Sandy, love your post! So fun to see all of the cute photos you took – I loved every little thing you wore!

    Enjoying all of the little tips you picked up and shared. Really loving that you had a great time!

    I hope you’ll join us again next year in Salt Lake City, April 19-21!

  21. April 12, 2011 / 1:59 am

    aww!!! i really love you outfit!!! it cute..:)

  22. April 12, 2011 / 2:34 am

    that dress is so so cute!! I like all the advice that you gathered – and you’re a rockstar for sharing it!

  23. April 12, 2011 / 3:27 am

    This is all such great advice. I love the thought about keeping one calendar. I have so many!

  24. April 12, 2011 / 3:41 am

    I seriously think you ladies are so amazing! I love your outfit! I want to wear so much colour whenever I see outfit posts.

    Such wonderful advice and I can almost ‘feel’ the energy pumping out of you 🙂

    Can’t wait to read more!!

  25. April 12, 2011 / 7:38 am

    Thanks for sharing what you learned, Sandy! I loved reading it and can’t wait to see more pics from CE 🙂

  26. April 12, 2011 / 7:43 am

    I loved these pictures! how fun! great advice! I enjoy learning in order to grow and develop my business more. Can’t wait to hear more about it!

  27. April 12, 2011 / 7:48 am

    Wonderful advice!!! I love reading about the conference and seeing all the lovely photos!!! I hope I can attend next year!! 🙂
    PS I love your outfit girl!! and I am wearing the same nail polish as you right now!! 😀
    HAve a wonderful week!!! xoxo

  28. April 12, 2011 / 8:13 am

    LOVE the polish and your yellow here….you look fabulous sweets!

  29. April 12, 2011 / 8:30 am

    Those shoes! I wanted them the other day…but now that I know how cute they look on….I might just haveta!

  30. April 12, 2011 / 8:46 am

    great advice… thanks for sharing with us what you learned over the weekend!

  31. April 12, 2011 / 8:49 am

    I really enjoyed this post! I love that you shared with us the ideas that you learned. Each one really does make an impact and I hope to exercise them. I can’t to read more about your trip to Creative Estates! Have a great day, Sandy. 🙂

  32. April 12, 2011 / 10:56 am

    I LOVE the outfit! Zipper detailing is fab!

  33. April 12, 2011 / 11:27 am

    Love this whole post Sandy. And you look great!

  34. April 12, 2011 / 12:27 pm

    I am in love with your tres adorable shoes lady! They are fantastic. Also, number 1 on your list is a great reminder and I kind of needed to see it today 🙂

  35. April 12, 2011 / 12:50 pm

    Awh these pix are great! You guys make a great team 🙂 And thanks for sharing all of the advice, sweetie! xoxo

  36. April 12, 2011 / 1:02 pm

    beautiful outfit…i love necklaces and print on the dress 🙂

  37. April 12, 2011 / 2:05 pm

    Great advice Sandy! And I’m loving that outfit! Especially the nail polish and the dress! Perfect together!

  38. April 12, 2011 / 2:19 pm

    I love the list of advice. For class I watched a video on goal-setting. I really liked the advice in there. For instance, be decisive, and after you decide then you can go back and correct. 🙂 🙂

    Have a good day!

  39. April 12, 2011 / 2:21 pm

    I have to agree with your love of the colourful half of that dress! This whole outfit has such a great springy colour palette though, super cute 🙂

  40. April 12, 2011 / 2:24 pm

    so cute!!


  41. April 12, 2011 / 3:21 pm

    That’s some sound advice! Glad to hear you had so much fun! I definitely need to attend a blogging conference one of these days!

  42. April 12, 2011 / 7:08 pm

    What great advice–I especially love the idea of celebrating small steps of progress and giving yourself rewards to stay motivated! And what a pretty spring dress, I love it!

  43. April 13, 2011 / 1:22 am

    Adorable outfit pics, especially when they’re taken by Ilene!

    Sounds like you absorbed a lot of info from the conference! Can’t wait to see how you apply it!

  44. April 13, 2011 / 11:43 am

    Buying shoes…a most excellent reward! Loving that polish color!

  45. April 13, 2011 / 3:43 pm

    gah, i can’t WAIT to see more pics!!

  46. April 13, 2011 / 7:37 pm

    Dearest sweet sandy, im loving your gorgeous outfit and those jeweries are sooo pretty! You are so beautiful sweet friend!
    And if you ever come around to malaysia, please let me know so i can take you around kuala lumpur…and we could visit pipit zakka store. 🙂
    Happy mid-week and love to you!

  47. April 14, 2011 / 9:48 pm

    This outfit is super adorable! I love, love it! 🙂 And this is such great advice. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  48. April 17, 2011 / 2:49 am

    Love your outfit here Sandy, so cute!

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