TSC Summit 2019 Recap: Day 1

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to attend my 3rd TSC Summit at Sea Island, and it was nothing short of amazing! I shared on my blog several months ago why this conference means so much to me (read here), and this year’s conference exceeded my expectations in every way. Today I am recapping day one of the conference (my outfits, speakers, and events), and tomorrow I will be sharing a recap of day two!





The Outfits: For day one of TSC Summit, I wore this little white dress and this pretty blue crossbody bag from Draper James’s new spring collection (c/o) with my go-to espadrille wedges. The first full day of the conference is a busy one, so this fit and flare dress was perfect for staying comfortable but still feeling a little dressed up from 10am-5pm. Draper James has just released more adorable dresses from their spring collection, and I have my eye on this one, this one, and this one.

For night time, I switched into a pink shift dress (unfortunately this dress is a couple years old and no longer available) and a pair of tan platform sandals. If you are ever looking for heels to stay comfortable in all night long, I highly recommend purchasing platform sandals/heels. The little bit of platform makes the biggest difference in comfort and takes so much pressure off the ball of your foot! These are a similar style for less.

Registration & Swag Market: The first official conference event is the “Swag Market,” which is such a fun way to chat and mingle with friends and other attendees while shopping “trick or treat style”. Walking around to different sponsors’ booths and talking to so many different creators/ entrepreneurs about their unique products/ designs was such a fun way to kick off the big day. This year it was especially fun getting to see so many familiar faces from the past couple years- it felt like one big creative reunion!

Lunch: After the Swag Market Erica, Lauren, and I headed over to The River Bar (temporarily located in the gorgeous Georgian Room) for a bite to eat before the speaker sessions. Erica and Lauren are two sweet blog readers/ Instagram friends turned real life friends, and it was such a treat to catch up with them over a delicious meal.

The Speakers: Right around 1pm, the speaker sessions kicked off in the Cloister Ballroom, and it was a packed afternoon hearing from so many incredible people. My favorite session of the day was hearing Lydia Mansel and Elizabeth Mayhew of Draper James talk about growing an audience on social media. Lydia and Elizabeth are two incredible women that I have been honored to get to know and work with over the past couple years through my partnerships with Draper James. It was so fun hearing more about the BTS of Draper James and all that has gone into building the brand. We also got to hear from Sean Low, Betsy Cribb, and Ellen McGauley- all shared lots of wisdom and applicable advice!

Mentor Session: One of the most special parts of attending TSC Summit is getting to meet and learn from so many incredibly talented, accomplished, successful, passionate, and kind people. The mentor sessions are always one of my most favorite parts of the conference- getting to sit around a table and hear about others’ creatives journeys, share my own, and gain so much wisdom from our group’s mentor. This year I was lucky to have Hanna Seabrook (founder of Gadabout) as my mentor, and I took away so much from our short time together. I have always admired her beautiful graphic design/ web design work, and it was so inspiring to hear more about her creative process and how she works with each of her clients to define and build their brands.

The Summit Soiree: The day definitely didn’t stop after the speaker sessions were over. I quickly headed back to my room to change in time to catch the buses over to The Greenhouse SSI for a “Boho Bash”! Upon walking in, we were greeted with a marching band (such a fun way to kick things off), delicious cocktails, and lots of yummy food. A few of my favorite parts : catching up with friends from past Summits, meeting lots of new faces, live painting by Hannah Betzel and Sallie Strickland, and taking a few too many boomerangs in the hilariously fun photo booth Libbie Summers (founder of Yum Yum Smile Shop) created for the event!

See my Insta Story Highlight here with more BTS from TSC Summit!

*All photos: Abby Murphy Photo | Shop her beautiful prints here!