Vendor Appreciation | Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream

Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream is another vendor that checks all the boxes when it comes to our sweet tooth! So much so, we had to give them “sweetest ever,” too! Owned by Kelly + Scott, Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream has made appearances at farmers markets, weddings, and even partnered with us for our big bridal show last year {we may have sneaked some samples during breaks ?}!

Wedding guests love this fun treat, and you can even visit them at their retail locations! Did we mention they have some of the best seasonal flavors {lemon cream pie and German chocolate cake are ?}!?

Inventory Spotlight | Calliope Day Bed

Calliope :: A boho inspired day bed for weddings and social events.

Calliope is one of the newest additions to our expanding RW Style inventory! She is a wonderfully unique day bed that encapsulates many styles. While she is inherently bohemian, she can also be styled in a classic, elegant, and neutral setting as well. 

Calliope :: A day bed for weddings and social events that pairs perfectly with boho or neutral color palettes.

What makes Calliope so special?  

  • She is a one of a kind piece; we only have one in our inventory! 
  • Her neutral coloring highlights current trends in both bridal and interior décor. 
  • The cane backing makes her ideal for bohemian settings, and areas that require an eclectic piece. 

What are some great ways to use her as a rental? 

  • Calliope is actually a day bed, making her the perfect dramatic statement in any lounge area! 
  • She would also make a wonderful addition to a photo backdrop. 
  • Have a spotlight area where you need to have someone shine? Then Calliope is your girl!
Calliope :: Featured at Cypress Grove Estate House with a neutral color palette social lounge.
Featured at Cypress Grove Estate House

If you would like to have Calliope for your special event, please let us know! You can also visit her in person by scheduling a warehouse tour with one of our rental specialists!

Xoxo,
Lacie

Spotlight // Vendor of the Month

| Casie Marie Photography |

Our team loves working with industry creatives who are just as fun and let’s be real, crazy as we are! Each month we plan to show a little extra appreciation to those that show us some love with our RW Events Vendor of the Month {aka you’re really awesome} Award.

Our first acknowledgement goes to Casie Willis of Casie Marie Photography! This Disney and doggo obsessed gal is sure to make your special day extra bright with her infectious (and often caffeine fueled) personality! Don’t believe me? Check out this awesome video from her page!

Isn’t her puppy, Rusty, adorable? Sorry, we’re dog people here ? Want to learn more about Casie? Check out our candid convo below!

Who inspires you as a photographer?

So many people! Joy Proctor, Flutter Magazine and Ansel Adams. He actually inspired me to begin! I started with landscapes, circa 2010 Casie.

How would you describe your editing style and photography approach?

A styled-candid approach. I like to let my couples fall into a romantic or fun moment. I am BIG on giggles! Film, without shooting film, light and airy without contrast.

What distinguishes your work from other photographers?

My personality and my attention to detail….all my personal option of course ?

How do you handle dilemmas on wedding days?

Calm, Cool and collected! I try to remove the bride or couple from the situation and remind them everything really will be okay. It really does happen at every wedding.

Where are some of your favorite moments to capture?

Tuscany, Santorini, Paris (I will never turn it down), Canon Beach, Hawaii (going this April!), Yosemite, Zion…the list could go on. I love shooting in National Parks. Visiting National Parks inspired me to shoot photography…there my jam! (Full disclosure, she asked we not write she said that). ?

What are some of your favorite moments to capture?

First looks! Whether staged or coming down the aisle. My favorite is watching the best man’s reaction to the groom when he sees his bride coming down the aisle. It’s the best!

What’s something everyone should know about you?

I love my dog more than anything, I spend any time off at Disney pin-trading,  I was a music education major, I am a Gilmore Girls junkie (down to loving my cup of coffee), and I can quote every line in Pride & Prejudice!

Thank you, Casie, for always delighting our couples and being so kind and fun to work with!

Xoxo,
Alecia

Dynasty Collection // Wedding Rentals

New Inventory Alert

First thing, first! Shout out to our girl – Marsha with Events by 7 for helping us name this collection. She shares in our corniness (and wit) when it comes to selecting the perfect names for rental inventory.

You’ve asked, we’ve listened! After having several couples visit our Orlando showroom in search of luxurious rentals in bold colors, we decided to expand our vintage rental inventory by adding a luxury line of sofas, settees, and chairs. During our search for the perfect pieces, we stumbled upon a company willing to design custom furniture – modern, tufted pieces with an eclectic vibe was the goal.

This collection is perfect for the discerning couple with an appreciation for craftsmanship and luxurious fabric. Our Dynasty Collection comes in 5 vibrant colors – navy, noir (black), emerald, blush, and sunflower. The luxurious velvet fabric was hand-selected by our team and will easily pair with most wedding color palettes.The blush and hunter are team favorites! Did you notice the Black settee pictured below? It comes in the same colors with chic tufted details and gold legs.

Details about this amazing collection:

  • Navy – 3 sofas/6 settees
  • Hunter – 3 sofas/6 settees
  • Blush – 2 sofas/4 settees
  • Black – 2 sofas/4 settees
  • Sunflower – 2 sofas/4 settees
  • Sofas + settees are oversized and plush
  • We have a large assortment of textiles to compliment this collection to include: pillows, rugs, and throws
  • We’re accepting new orders NOW
  • Sofas rent for $295 each
  • Settees rent for $225 each
  • Available for delivery throughout Central Florida and surrounding areas
  • The first 20 orders (for the Dynasty collection, only) will receive a 15% discount ***blackout dates and exclusions apply***

Be on the lookout for some new groupings styling this gorgeous collection! Be sure to drop us a line for availability or questions; we’re happy to help! hello@rwstyle.com

The Bride Series

The Bride Series helps couples have a better wedding planning experience with segments hosted by Unashamed Imaging featuring professionals within the Wedding industry. The Series features Presenters within the Wedding industry ranging from photographers, videographers, make-up artist, wedding planners, bridal gown boutique owners, and more! Our very own Tamuel Cowart is a featured speaker so be sure to sign up today!

RW Events :: behind the brand

When I started RW Events (many, many years ago) I wasn’t sure of the direction I’d take and never imagined my little company developing into the brand it is today.

We thought our target market would be corporate and social events. Three months after opening, our first client was an engaged couple with a complicated family life and limited budget. We worked our magic to make their wedding a huge success. The lessons I learned from this wedding:

  1. No matter the budget, every bride deserves HER dream wedding
  2. DIY is NOT for me
  3. Comfortable heels are not just for grannies, lol
  4. I didn’t charge enough for my time
  5. I needed a team

These lessons didn’t deter me, it fueled my drive. Following each event, I would make a list of things I did well and areas for improvement. By the time we hit our one-year anniversary, we had our first part-time employee… and the rest is history!

Our Creative Manager, Dede Cowart, wanted to show the growth of RW Events and worked closely with the talented Andi Mejia, to illustrate our story. And YES, we intentionally left out the failures, lol.

“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

Xoxo,

Tamuel

Holiday Wish List

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On the 5th day til Christmas RW Events offered me… the option of selecting my promotion. That’s right, you can select your savings through 12/24/17. We even have a little something special for our existing clients. Here’s the skinny:

Existing clients (with a secured rental order)

  • add two new items to your order at 30% off
  • add three new items to your order at 40% off

New clients (without a previously secured rental order)

  • pick 2 items to save 20%
  • pick 3 items to save 30%

Email us today (hello @ rwevents.com) to hear more about the promotion and fine print 🙂

The More the Merrier

On the 7th day til Christmas RW Events offered me… 10% off all feasting tables through 12/21. PLUS free delivery set and strike on orders of $1000 or more. Whether you’re looking for round tables, farmhouse tables, captain tables or an eclectic mix – our team is happy to help you create/design a layout for your rented tables.

AN RW FARM TABLE:
1. is handcrafted + designed in house
2. is finished with a custom stain
3. has interchangeable legs
4. comes in eight different sizes + shapes
5. complements banquet tables
6. looks amazing with foliage + blooms
7. can be purchased for your dining room

The new chic Sand Tables + Chairs 🙂

8 Days Til Christmas

On the 8th day til Christmas RW Events offered me… 20% off the featured Social Lounges below through December 20, 2017

I’m not sure about y’all, but we get extremely lazy around the holidays – enjoying shorter work days, holiday shopping, baking treats and lounging around with family and friends. This is one of the many reasons we enjoy weddings as much as we do. It’s not just about the love shared between the happily wedded couple but its a time for families to gather, have fun, and socialize.

Why not do it in style? RW Style, that is 🙂

Livingston Lounge

Lexington Lounge

Dorie Lounge

Sahara Lounge

Daisy Lounge

Vancouver Lounge

9 Days Til Christmas

On the 9th day til Christmas RW Events offered me… 15% off uplighting and market light packages!

All is Bright  – ambient lighting is so important for both outdoor and ballroom weddings and events – it can completely enhance, oftentimes, transform a space. We’ve teamed up with one of our vendor partners to offer you this amazing promotion on all orders through December 19th, 2017.

Check out these images from recent events:

10 Days Til Christmas :: Drink & Be Merry

On the 10th day til Christmas RW Events offered me… 10% off bars + beverage carts AND free delivery/set/strike on orders of $750+ {order must include a bar or beverage cart}!

*Sale ends December 18th at 5pm*

Here’s a few to choose from:

Hinge

Emmett

Montgomery

Jack

Jen

11 Days Til Christmas :: 10% Off

 

On the 11th day til Christmas RW Events offered me… 10% off everything gold!

Singing {all that glitters is gold} Select from :: Gold Louis Chairs, Candelabras, Gold Accented Furniture, Gold Belmont Chargers, Gold Rimmed Chargers to save 10%. Sale ends – December 17th at 4pm
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Free delivery, set, + strike on orders of $750 or more

12 Days Til Christmas :: Sweet Treats

On the 12th day til Christmas RW Events offered me… 12 cake table options with a complimentary dessert stand!

Sweet Treats – Free Cake Stand with the rental of a cake table featured below

Yes, that’s correct – reserve one of the featured cake tables below in the next 72 hours (ends – December 16th at 4pm) to receive a complimentary cake stand with your order. Contact us today for details and availability – hello@rwstyle.com or 407.374.2534 – Here are a few of our favorite stands (did you sing it like we did?) 😉

Merlot

Victoria

Thorton

Priscilla

Penelope

Elizabeth

Bennett

Augustus

Annabelle

Anastasia

Suzie

Kelly

 

Bridal Fashion | Understated Elegance

I adored the understated elegance of Ansley’s wedding gown. The illusion lace neckline added just the right amount of detail work, and it paired perfectly with her gorgeous, scalloped edge cathedral veil. She also added a dainty sash that was a fun little pop of color!n -Kim

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Photos: NIMA Photography

A Gallery Post

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Stay hungry, then eat!

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We’ve moved to a new office

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Spring is in the air

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Reason I love traveling

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Nuts. Walnuts

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Featured Inventory | Sadie

Little Miss Sadie is a gorgeous dark wood bench that we love for social lounges and as sweetheart table seating! By the way, we have two of these pretty benches, so if you just love her that much she can be used for two separate vignettes 😉

Sadie

A soundcloud post

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Calm over the horizon

Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.

First impressions.

Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.

They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I can’t imagine not having a case.

A perfect fit.

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.

Quality.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

It’s safe to say that because of my unique professional experiences, I’ve tested out a lot of headphones.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.

I would highly recommend these to any sound mixing specialist.

Inspired by clouds

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When it dies, swap them all.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row unlock_row_content=”yes” row_height_percent=”50″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”0″ top_padding=”0″ bottom_padding=”0″ back_color=”color-lxmt” overlay_alpha=”50″ equal_height=”yes” gutter_size=”0″ shift_y=”0″ row_height_use_pixel=””][vc_column column_width_percent=”70″ position_vertical=”middle” override_padding=”yes” column_padding=”5″ overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ zoom_width=”0″ zoom_height=”0″ width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text_size=”h1″ text_height=”fontheight-357766″ text_font=”font-202503″ sub_lead=”yes” sub_reduced=”yes” text_uppercase=”” subheading=”— Rabindranath Tagore

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For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row unlock_row_content=”yes” row_height_percent=”50″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”0″ top_padding=”0″ bottom_padding=”0″ back_color=”color-lxmt” overlay_alpha=”50″ equal_height=”yes” gutter_size=”0″ shift_y=”0″ row_height_use_pixel=””][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ override_padding=”yes” column_padding=”0″ back_color=”color-wayh” back_image=”23131″ back_position=”center top” parallax=”yes” overlay_alpha=”0″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ zoom_width=”0″ zoom_height=”0″ width=”1/2″][/vc_column][vc_column column_width_percent=”70″ position_vertical=”middle” override_padding=”yes” column_padding=”5″ overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ zoom_width=”0″ zoom_height=”0″ width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text_size=”h1″ text_height=”fontheight-357766″ text_font=”font-202503″ sub_lead=”yes” sub_reduced=”yes” text_uppercase=”” subheading=”— Christopher Morley

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For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever. I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300.

It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”65″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”2″ top_padding=”0″ bottom_padding=”0″ back_color=”color-wayh” back_image=”23132″ back_position=”center center” parallax=”yes” overlay_color=”color-wayh” overlay_alpha=”25″ gutter_size=”3″ shift_y=”0″ row_height_use_pixel=””][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ position_vertical=”middle” align_horizontal=”align_center” override_padding=”yes” column_padding=”2″ style=”dark” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ zoom_width=”0″ zoom_height=”0″ width=”1/1″][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h1″ text_size=”fontsize-155944″ text_height=”fontheight-357766″ text_font=”font-202503″ sub_lead=”yes” sub_reduced=”yes” text_uppercase=”” subheading=”— Gilbert K. Chesterton

“]There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.[/vc_custom_heading][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row unlock_row=”” row_height_percent=”0″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”2″ top_padding=”5″ bottom_padding=”5″ overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ shift_y=”0″ row_height_use_pixel=””][vc_column column_width_use_pixel=”yes” font_family=”font-134980″ overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ zoom_width=”0″ zoom_height=”0″ column_width_pixel=”800″][vc_custom_heading text_size=”h1″ text_font=”font-202503″ text_uppercase=””]Free your mind.[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text text_lead=”yes”]The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger. When it dies, swap them all.

I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300. It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever.

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Just the other day I happened to wake up early. That is unusual for an engineering student. After a long time I could witness the sunrise. I could feel the sun rays falling on my body. Usual morning is followed by hustle to make it to college on time. This morning was just another morning yet seemed different.

Witnessing calm and quiet atmosphere, clear and fresh air seemed like a miracle to me. I wanted this time to last longer since I was not sure if I would be able to witness it again, knowing my habit of succumbing to schedule. There was this unusual serenity that comforted my mind. It dawned on me, how distant I had been from nature. Standing near the compound’s gate, feeling the moistness that the air carried, I thought about my life so far.

This is what has happened to us. We want the things we have been doing forcefully to fail. And then maybe people around us would let us try something else or our dreams. We are accustomed to live by everyone else’s definition of success. We punish people for the things they are passionate about, just because we were unable to do the same at some point in our life.

I was good at academics, so decisions of my life had been pretty simple and straight. Being pretty confident I would make it to the best junior college of my town in the first round itself, never made me consider any other option. I loved psychology since childhood, but engineering was the safest option. Being born in a middle class family, thinking of risking your career to make it to medical field was not sane. I grew up hearing ‘Only doctor’s children can afford that field’ and finally ended up believing it. No one around me believed in taking risks. Everyone worshiped security. I grew up doing the same.

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‘Being in the top will only grant you a good life’ has been the mantra of my life. But at times, I wish I was an average student. I wish decisions would have not been so straightforward. Maybe I would have played cricket- the only thing I feel passionate about. Or maybe I would have studied literature (literature drives me crazy). Isn’t that disappointing- me wishing to be bad at academics. It’s like at times I hate myself for the stuff I am good at.

I feel like these concrete buildings have sucked our desires and our dreams. We are so used to comfort that compromise seems like a taboo. We have lost faith in ourselves. If we can make through it right now, we can do the same in the days to come. You only need a desire to survive and nothing more- not money or cars or designer clothes.

Staying locked up in four walls have restricted our thinking. I feel like our limited thinking echoes through this wall. We are so used to schedules and predictable life that we have successfully suppressed our creative side.

When you step out of these four walls on a peaceful morning, you realize how much nature has to offer to you. Its boundless. Your thoughts, worries, deadlines won’t resonate here. Everything will flow away along with the wind. And you will realize every answer you had been looking for, was always known to you.

It would mean a lot to me if you recommend this article and help me improve. I would love to know your thoughts!

When you are alone

You will remember the people more than the place.

When you are alone for days or weeks at a time, you eventually become drawn to people. Talking to randos is the norm. I’ll never forget the conversation with the aquarium fisherman, forest ranger, and women at the Thai market. It’s refreshing to compare notes on life with people from vastly different backgrounds.

When you meet fellow travelers, you’ll find they are also filled with a similar sense of adventure and curiosity about the world. Five days of friendship on the road is like five months of friendship at home. It’s the experiences that bond you together, not the place. A rule I followed that worked well: be the first to initiate conversation. I met some incredible people by simply being the first to talk.

Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.

Travel can be affordable.

Long term travel is different than a luxury vacation. The point is to see the world, not stay in a 5-star hotel. During the trip, I stayed on a strict budget. The goal was to spend no more than $33 per day on accommodations. After a year, I was able to spend only $26.15 per day by booking through HostelWorld and Airbnb. When I wanted to meet people, I’d stay in a shared room at a hostel. When I wanted to be alone, I’d book a private room with Airbnb.

Take the cost of your rent or mortgage + food per month and divide it by 30. This is how much it costs per day to live at home. You will find that it’s possible to travel the world for roughly the same amount. Or, if you live in an expensive city like San Francisco, far less.

English is a universal language.

I was surprised how many people spoke English (apparently 1.8 billion people worldwide). Places where English was less prevalent, I made an effort to learn a handful of words and phrases in the local language. Even though it’s passable, I do desire to learn another language fluently. You can only take the conversation so far when all you can say is: “¿Esto contiene gluten?”

It’s possible to communicate a lot without saying a word. For instance, I left my phone at a restaurant in Chile. I pointed at the table where I was sitting, put my hand to my ear like a phone, then shrugged — 2 minutes later, my phone had been retrieved.

Trust your intuition.

I learned to trust that tiny voice in my head a bit more. When you are alone in a foreign country and your phone is dead, you are forced to trust your intuition. Is this neighborhood safe to walk around? Is this person someone I should interact with? Am I heading the right direction? Intuition is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it becomes. It’s feels like a sixth sense when you’re able to read between the lines of a situation.

The world is endless. The world’s a tiny neighborhood. My fav people are the ones who can hold two impossible ideas in their heads.

Real time design tools

Just the other day I happened to wake up early. That is unusual for an engineering student. After a long time I could witness the sunrise. I could feel the sun rays falling on my body. Usual morning is followed by hustle to make it to college on time. This morning was just another morning yet seemed different.

Witnessing calm and quiet atmosphere, clear and fresh air seemed like a miracle to me. I wanted this time to last longer since I was not sure if I would be able to witness it again, knowing my habit of succumbing to schedule. There was this unusual serenity that comforted my mind. It dawned on me, how distant I had been from nature. Standing near the compound’s gate, feeling the moistness that the air carried, I thought about my life so far.

I was good at academics, so decisions of my life had been pretty simple and straight. Being pretty confident I would make it to the best junior college of my town in the first round itself, never made me consider any other option. I loved psychology since childhood, but engineering was the safest option. Being born in a middle class family, thinking of risking your career to make it to medical field was not sane. I grew up hearing ‘Only doctor’s children can afford that field’ and finally ended up believing it. No one around me believed in taking risks. Everyone worshiped security. I grew up doing the same.

This is what has happened to us. We want the things we have been doing forcefully to fail. And then maybe people around us would let us try something else or our dreams. We are accustomed to live by everyone else’s definition of success. We punish people for the things they are passionate about, just because we were unable to do the same at some point in our life.

I feel like these concrete buildings have sucked our desires and our dreams. We are so used to comfort that compromise seems like a taboo. We have lost faith in ourselves. If we can make through it right now, we can do the same in the days to come. You only need a desire to survive and nothing more- not money or cars or designer clothes.

Staying locked up in four walls have restricted our thinking. I feel like our limited thinking echoes through this wall. We are so used to schedules and predictable life that we have successfully suppressed our creative side.

When you step out of these four walls on a peaceful morning, you realize how much nature has to offer to you. Its boundless. Your thoughts, worries, deadlines won’t resonate here. Everything will flow away along with the wind. And you will realize every answer you had been looking for, was always known to you.

It would mean a lot to me if you recommend this article and help me improve. I would love to know your thoughts!

Tipping Guide

Tipping is something we’re all used to doing at restaurants, but when traveling for a wedding or honeymoon there are many more instances that you’ll want to keep in mind {like the hotel maid, tour guides, and even restroom attendants}. This quick and handy tipping guide is based on travel within the United States, and covers just about every hospitality service member you might encounter:

  • Bartender: $1-$5 per round of drink, depending on the number of drinks.
  • Bellhop – $1-$5 per bag, depending on the level of the hotel.
  • Hotel Concierge – $5 or more, if they perform a service for you.
  • Hotel Doorman – $1-$2 if they help you get a cab.
  • Hotel Maid – $1-$3 daily.
  • Hotel Room-Service Waiter – $1-$2 daily.
  • Porter at Airport or Train Station – $1 per bag.
  • Skycap at Airport – $1-$3 per checked bag.
  • Taxi – 15%-20%
  • Tour Guide – 10% of the tour cost.
  • Valet Parking Attendant – $1-$2, but only when you get your car.
  • Waiter – 15-20%
  • Restroom Attendants – $1 or small change in more expensive restaurants.
  • Coat-Check Personnel – $1-$2 per item checked unless there is a fee.
  • *Side note – make sure you tip your hotel maid daily instead of doing a lump sum at the end of your stay {they change shifts often and you may not have the same maid every day}.

Stumbled the concept

If you’re not sure how much time you are actually spending on various tasks, use a tool like Rescue Time (their free version is excellent!) which runs in the background and tracks where your time is being spent. It can even send you weekly reports so you know exactly how much time you wasted on Facebook, or spent in your email inbox! You can assign different websites or programs/applications on a scale of very distracting to very productive, so you can see at a glance things like: which days of the week you’re most productive, which times of the day you’re most productive, and the sites on which you’re spending the most distracting time. I stumbled upon the concept of margin while reading a post by Michael Hyatt, which led me to design my ideal week.

Richard Swenson, M.D. (who wrote the book: Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives) describes margin like this:

Last year I wrote about why booking too far in advance can be dangerous for your business, and this concept of margin so eloquently captures what I had recognized had been my problem: I was so booked up with clients that I wasn’t leaving any margin for error, growth, planning, or reflection. I wasn’t really growing my business in a sustainable way; I was just booking one client after the next. At the time this seemed like a good thing: doesn’t growing my business mean getting more clients?

What if instead of booking up to 100% capacity (which more often than not ends up being closer to 120%), we only booked up to an 80% capacity?

What if we left more room for growth (personal or professional) and stopped being one with “busy-ness”?
I spent nearly a year turning down every new project (and even getting rid of old ones) so that I could reduce my workload, build in more margin, and create what is now Digital Strategy School. It takes time to build margin into your schedule.

What could you accomplish with 20% more time?

Write a book. Create a program. Update your contracts and proposals (which has been on your to-do list for how long..?) Spend more time with your family. Go above and beyond for a client. Learn something new. Actually follow through on the things that have been nagging at you for a long time.

When you design your ideal week, you start to see that the time you think you have is often not in alignment with how much time you actually have.

After designing my ideal week, I had a much clearer idea of how to create a framework for my week that would empower me to feel more focused by theming days of the week, and even parts of the day. SO simple, I know. Some of you have been doing this for ages and you’re already a pro, and some of you who saw my schedule said “woah, that’s so rigid, I need more flexibility!”

Structure enables flexibility.

If you’re not sure how much time you are actually spending on various tasks, use a tool like Rescue Time (their free version is excellent!) which runs in the background and tracks where your time is being spent. It can even send you weekly reports so you know exactly how much time you wasted on Facebook, or spent in your email inbox! You can assign different websites or programs/applications on a scale of very distracting to very productive, so you can see at a glance things like: which days of the week you’re most productive, which times of the day you’re most productive, and the sites on which you’re spending the most distracting time. Turns out I’m consistently “in the zone” around 3pm in the afternoon; so instead of trying to tackle highly creative work first thing in the morning (when my brain is barely functioning), I handle it in the afternoon, when I know I’m at my peak!

Creating more margin has been game-changing for my business.
What would be possible for yours?

Time is passing by

CSS selectors all exist within the same global scope. Anyone who has worked with CSS long enough has had to come to terms with its aggressively global nature — a model clearly designed in the age of documents, now struggling to offer a sane working environment for today’s modern web applications. Every selector has the potential to have unintended side effects by targeting unwanted elements or clashing with other selectors. More surprisingly, our selectors may even lose out in the global specificity war, ultimately having little or no effect on the page at all.

Any time we make a change to a CSS file, we need to carefully consider the global environment in which our styles will sit. No other front end technology requires so much discipline just to keep the code at a minimum level of maintainability. But it doesn’t have to be this way. It’s time to leave the era of global style sheets behind.

It’s time for local CSS.

In other languages, it’s accepted that modifying the global environment is something to be done rarely, if ever.

In the JavaScript community, thanks to tools like Browserify, Webpack and JSPM, it’s now expected that our code will consist of small modules, each encapsulating their explicit dependencies, exporting a minimal API.

Yet, somehow, CSS still seems to be getting a free pass.

Many of us — myself included, until recently — have been working with CSS so long that we don’t see the lack of local scope as a problem that we can solve without significant help from browser vendors. Even then, we’d still need to wait for the majority of our users to be using a browser with proper Shadow DOM support.

We’ve worked around the issues of global scope with a series of naming conventions like OOCSS, SMACSS, BEM and SUIT, each providing a way for us to avoid naming collisions and emulate sane scoping rules.

We no longer need to add lengthy prefixes to all of our selectors to simulate scoping. More components could define their own foo and bar identifiers which — unlike the traditional global selector model—wouldn’t produce any naming collisions.

import styles from './MyComponent.css';
import React, { Component } from 'react';
export default class MyComponent extends Component {
 render() {
    return (
      <div>
        <div className={styles.foo}>Foo</div>
        <div className={styles.bar}>Bar</div>
      </div>
    );
  }

The benefits of global CSS — style re-use between components via utility classes, etc. — are still achievable with this model. The key difference is that, just like when we work in other technologies, we need to explicitly import the classes that we depend on. Our code can’t make many, if any, assumptions about the global environment.

Writing maintainable CSS is now encouraged, not by careful adherence to a naming convention, but by style encapsulation during development.

Once you’ve tried working with local CSS, there’s really no going back. Experiencing true local scope in our style sheets — in a way that works across all browsers— is not something to be easily ignored.

Introducing local scope has had a significant ripple effect on how we approach our CSS. Naming conventions, patterns of re-use, and the potential extraction of styles into separate packages are all directly affected by this shift, and we’re only at the beginning of this new era of local CSS.

process.env.NODE_ENV === 'development' ?
    '[name]__[local]___[hash:base64:5]' :
    '[hash:base64:5]'
)

Understanding the ramifications of this shift is something that we’re still working through. With your valuable input and experimentation, I’m hoping that this is a conversation we can have together as a larger community.

Note: Automatically optimising style re-use between components would be an amazing step forward, but it definitely requires help from people a lot smarter than me.

Southern Fried Paper

Have you ever heard of Southern Fried Paper? They have some of the cutest {and super festive} wedding stationery, little details {like laser-cut swizzle sticks}, and they’ll even do custom design work! There is just too much perfection to share in a post, so make sure you check our more of their custom work on Instagram!

Happiest Day Ever Sign

This art print would be perfect on a welcome table {just add a pretty frame}!

Gold Foil Beverage NapkinsGold and White Confetti Save the DateLaser Cut Swizzle Sticks

Renniger’s

Guess where we went yesterday!? The styling team was on the hunt for some {amazing} new inventory at Renniger’s {a vintage + antique market}. There’s was SO much to rummage through, and we can’t wait to start showcasing some of the new pieces we found! Here’s a peek at some of the vintage books we found {Pride & Prejudice was the find of the day!}.

Vintage Books

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Hey DJ play that song

Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.

Keep me dancing.

Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.

They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I can’t imagine not having a case.

All night long…

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.

Play me something for me and my darling, want you to make everything.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.

Me Myself and I

Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.

First impressions.

Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.
They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I can’t imagine not having a case.

A perfect fit.

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.

It’s safe to say that because of my unique professional experiences, I’ve tested out a lot of headphones.

Quality.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.

I would highly recommend these to any sound mixing specialist.

My tech travel setup

MacBook Pro

Robert Capa, a famous photojournalist once said, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” It’s not just about zooming in with your lens, either. It’s about getting physically closer to people and getting to know them better. It’s also about spending a little time with a stranger before taking their photo. That helps build the trust and comfort that’ll come through in your pictures. Walk up to your subject with a simple wave and a smile to help communicate that you mean no harm.

Ask permission to take a photo if they speak the same language as you. If you don’t share a language, try learning some basic phrases ahead of time, gesture at your camera and ask through expression. Of course if someone doesn’t want their picture taken, it’s imperative to respect their wishes and move on — people are always more important than photographs. National Geographic writes that “making great pictures is primarily a mental process.” What makes you want to photograph the person or place? How might you describe it to a friend, and what adjectives would you use? Are there details you can focus on that tell a story?

iPad/iPhone

Maybe it’s a dry, arid desert, captured by focusing on the patterns of cracked earth. Or a prairie that’s photographed with the horizon at the bottom of the frame, to help create a sense of the open sky and tranquility. Or maybe it’s the story of a deft artisan, fingernails covered in wet clay as she molds a pot. When you’re on the road it can be tough to eat right and make sure you get all the right nutrients. I started taking daily supplements of Multi-Vitamin, Fish Oil capsules and Vitamin D and it helps a lot. Especially the Vitamin D since I don’t get to see the sun a lot during the winter in Sweden.

Sennheiser HD-25 Headphones

It’s difficult to recreate the grandeur of a vast landscape in the confines of a picture frame. But one way to add a sense of depth to your photos is to compose them with objects in the foreground that support the scene. It can be as simple as a winding road through a national park, or some rocks to show off the local geology.

If you’re taking photos of people during normal daylight hours, a quick way to get more flattering light is to move the person out of direct sunlight. The light is much “softer” and doesn’t cast stark, unflattering shadows across their facial features. Even better, have someone stand next to an open door or window as the single source of light.

Learn the rules first

I was recently quoted as saying, “I don’t give a shit” if Instagram has more users than Twitter. If you read the article you’ll note there’s a big “if” before my not giving of said shit.
Of course, I am trivializing what Instagram is to many people. It’s a beautifully executed app that enables the creation and enjoyment of art, as well as human connection, which is often a good thing. But my rant had very little to do with it (or with Twitter). My rant was the result of increasing frustration with the one-dimensionality that those who report on, invest in, and build consumer Internet services talk about success.
Numbers are important. Number of users is important. So are lots of other things. Different services create value in different ways. Trust your gut as much (or more) than the numbers. Figure out what matters and build something good.

The new brand identity

I stumbled upon the concept of margin while reading a post by Michael Hyatt, which led me to design my ideal week. Richard Swenson, M.D. (who wrote the book: Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives) describes margin like this:

Margin is the space between our load and our limits. It is the amount allowed beyond that which is needed. It is something held in reserve for contingencies or unanticipated situations. Margin is the gap between rest and exhaustion, the space between breathing freely and suffocating.

Last year I wrote about why booking too far in advance can be dangerous for your business, and this concept of margin so eloquently captures what I had recognized had been my problem: I was so booked up with clients that I wasn’t leaving any margin for error, growth, planning, or reflection. I wasn’t really growing my business in a sustainable way; I was just booking one client after the next. At the time this seemed like a good thing: doesn’t growing my business mean getting more clients?

A long redesign.

What if instead of booking up to 100% capacity (which more often than not ends up being closer to 120%), we only booked up to an 80% capacity?
What if we left more room for growth (personal or professional) and stopped being one with “busy-ness”?
I spent nearly a year turning down every new project (and even getting rid of old ones) so that I could reduce my workload, build in more margin, and create what is now Digital Strategy School. It takes time to build margin into your schedule.Write a book. Create a program. Update your contracts and proposals (which has been on your to-do list for how long..?) Spend more time with your family. Go above and beyond for a client. Learn something new. Actually follow through on the things that have been nagging at you for a long time.

When you design your ideal week, you start to see that the time you think you have is often not in alignment with how much time you actually have.

After designing my ideal week, I had a much clearer idea of how to create a framework for my week that would empower me to feel more focused by theming days of the week, and even parts of the day. SO simple, I know. Some of you have been doing this for ages and you’re already a pro, and some of you who saw my schedule said “woah, that’s so rigid, I need more flexibility!”

Structure enables flexibility.

If you’re not sure how much time you are actually spending on various tasks, use a tool like Rescue Time (their free version is excellent!) which runs in the background and tracks where your time is being spent. It can even send you weekly reports so you know exactly how much time you wasted on Facebook, or spent in your email inbox! You can assign different websites or programs/applications on a scale of very distracting to very productive, so you can see at a glance things like: which days of the week you’re most productive, which times of the day you’re most productive, and the sites on which you’re spending the most distracting time. Turns out I’m consistently “in the zone” around 3pm in the afternoon; so instead of trying to tackle highly creative work first thing in the morning (when my brain is barely functioning), I handle it in the afternoon, when I know I’m at my peak!

Creating more margin has been game-changing for my business.
What would be possible for yours?

Sounds from the streets

Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.

It’s safe to say that because of my unique professional experiences, I’ve tested out a lot of headphones.

First impressions.

Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.

They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I can’t imagine not having a case.

A perfect fit.

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.

Quality.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.

I would highly recommend these to any sound mixing specialist.

A day alone at the sea

Just the other day I happened to wake up early. That is unusual for an engineering student. After a long time I could witness the sunrise. I could feel the sun rays falling on my body. Usual morning is followed by hustle to make it to college on time. This morning was just another morning yet seemed different.

Witnessing calm and quiet atmosphere, clear and fresh air seemed like a miracle to me. I wanted this time to last longer since I was not sure if I would be able to witness it again, knowing my habit of succumbing to schedule. There was this unusual serenity that comforted my mind. It dawned on me, how distant I had been from nature. Standing near the compound’s gate, feeling the moistness that the air carried, I thought about my life so far.

I was good at academics, so decisions of my life had been pretty simple and straight. Being pretty confident I would make it to the best junior college of my town in the first round itself, never made me consider any other option. I loved psychology since childhood, but engineering was the safest option. Being born in a middle class family, thinking of risking your career to make it to medical field was not sane. I grew up hearing ‘Only doctor’s children can afford that field’ and finally ended up believing it. No one around me believed in taking risks. Everyone worshiped security. I grew up doing the same.

‘Being in the top will only grant you a good life’ has been the mantra of my life. But at times, I wish I was an average student. I wish decisions would have not been so straightforward. Maybe I would have played cricket- the only thing I feel passionate about. Or maybe I would have studied literature (literature drives me crazy). Isn’t that disappointing- me wishing to be bad at academics. It’s like at times I hate myself for the stuff I am good at.

This is what has happened to us. We want the things we have been doing forcefully to fail. And then maybe people around us would let us try something else or our dreams. We are accustomed to live by everyone else’s definition of success. We punish people for the things they are passionate about, just because we were unable to do the same at some point in our life.

I feel like these concrete buildings have sucked our desires and our dreams. We are so used to comfort that compromise seems like a taboo. We have lost faith in ourselves. If we can make through it right now, we can do the same in the days to come. You only need a desire to survive and nothing more- not money or cars or designer clothes.

Staying locked up in four walls have restricted our thinking. I feel like our limited thinking echoes through this wall. We are so used to schedules and predictable life that we have successfully suppressed our creative side.

When you step out of these four walls on a peaceful morning, you realize how much nature has to offer to you. Its boundless. Your thoughts, worries, deadlines won’t resonate here. Everything will flow away along with the wind. And you will realize every answer you had been looking for, was always known to you.

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Some amazing buildings

Minimalism and geometric.

When you are alone for days or weeks at a time, you eventually become drawn to people. Talking to randos is the norm. I’ll never forget the conversation with the aquarium fisherman, forest ranger, and women at the Thai market. It’s refreshing to compare notes on life with people from vastly different backgrounds.

When you meet fellow travelers, you’ll find they are also filled with a similar sense of adventure and curiosity about the world. Five days of friendship on the road is like five months of friendship at home. It’s the experiences that bond you together, not the place. A rule I followed that worked well: be the first to initiate conversation. I met some incredible people by simply being the first to talk.

Long term travel is different than a luxury vacation. The point is to see the world, not stay in a 5-star hotel. During the trip, I stayed on a strict budget. The goal was to spend no more than $33 per day on accommodations. After a year, I was able to spend only $26.15 per day by booking through HostelWorld and Airbnb. When I wanted to meet people, I’d stay in a shared room at a hostel. When I wanted to be alone, I’d book a private room with Airbnb.

Take the cost of your rent or mortgage + food per month and divide it by 30. This is how much it costs per day to live at home. You will find that it’s possible to travel the world for roughly the same amount. Or, if you live in an expensive city like San Francisco, far less.

An universal language.

I was surprised how many people spoke English (apparently 1.8 billion people worldwide). Places where English was less prevalent, I made an effort to learn a handful of words and phrases in the local language. Even though it’s passable, I do desire to learn another language fluently. You can only take the conversation so far when all you can say is: “¿Esto contiene gluten?”

It’s possible to communicate a lot without saying a word. For instance, I left my phone at a restaurant in Chile. I pointed at the table where I was sitting, put my hand to my ear like a phone, then shrugged — 2 minutes later, my phone had been retrieved.

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Working from your home?

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01. Wake up at the same time every day.

Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.

They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I can’t imagine not having a case.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row unlock_row=”yes” unlock_row_content=”” row_height_use_pixel=”” row_height_percent=”50″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”2″ top_padding=”0″ bottom_padding=”0″ back_image=”23197″ parallax=”yes” overlay_alpha=”70″ equal_height=”” gutter_size=”3″ shift_y=”0″ overlay_color=”color-wayh” back_position=”center top” back_color=”color-wayh”][vc_column column_width_use_pixel=”” column_width_percent=”100″ position_horizontal=”center” position_vertical=”middle” align_horizontal=”align_center” expand_height=”” override_padding=”yes” column_padding=”2″ style=”dark” parallax=”” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ desktop_visibility=”” mobile_visibility=”” zoom_width=”0″ zoom_height=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ width=”1/1″][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h6″ text_size=”h1″ text_font=”font-134980″ text_uppercase=”” text_italic=”” separator=”” separator_color=”” separator_double=”” sub_lead=”yes” sub_reduced=”yes” text_weight=”300″ text_height=”fontheight-357766″ subheading=”Joelle Steiniger”]It’s funny — the thing I feared would take away my “freedom” is the one thing that has allowed me to have it.[/vc_custom_heading][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row unlock_row=”” unlock_row_content=”yes” row_height_use_pixel=”” row_height_percent=”0″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”2″ top_padding=”3″ bottom_padding=”3″ parallax=”” overlay_alpha=”100″ equal_height=”” gutter_size=”3″ shift_y=”0″][vc_column column_width_use_pixel=”yes” column_width_percent=”100″ position_horizontal=”center” position_vertical=”top” align_horizontal=”align_left” expand_height=”” override_padding=”” column_padding=”2″ style=”” font_family=”” back_image=”” back_repeat=”” back_attachment=”” back_position=”” parallax=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ desktop_visibility=”” mobile_visibility=”” zoom_width=”0″ zoom_height=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ css_animation=”” animation_speed=”” animation_delay=”” column_width_pixel=”800″][vc_column_text text_lead=””]

02. Have a routine when you wake up.

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable. In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row unlock_row=”” unlock_row_content=”yes” row_height_use_pixel=”” row_height_percent=”0″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”2″ top_padding=”0″ bottom_padding=”0″ parallax=”” overlay_alpha=”100″ equal_height=”” gutter_size=”3″ shift_y=”0″][vc_column column_width_use_pixel=”yes” column_width_percent=”100″ position_horizontal=”center” position_vertical=”top” align_horizontal=”align_left” expand_height=”” override_padding=”” column_padding=”2″ style=”” font_family=”” back_image=”” back_repeat=”” back_attachment=”” back_position=”” parallax=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ desktop_visibility=”” mobile_visibility=”” zoom_width=”0″ zoom_height=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ css_animation=”” animation_speed=”” animation_delay=”” width=”5/6″][vc_single_image media=”23200″ caption=”” media_lightbox=”” media_width_use_pixel=”” media_width_percent=”100″ media_ratio=”three-two” border=”” shadow=”” advanced=”” media_items=”media” media_text=”overlay” media_style=”light” media_overlay_opacity=”50″ media_text_visible=”no” media_text_anim=”yes” media_overlay_visible=”no” media_overlay_anim=”yes” media_image_anim=”yes” media_h_align=”left” media_h_position=”left” media_padding=”2″ media_text_reduced=”” media_elements_click=”” media_title_uppercase=”” lbox_title=”” lbox_caption=”” lbox_social=”” lbox_deep=”” lbox_no_tmb=”” lbox_no_arrows=””][/vc_column][vc_column column_width_use_pixel=”” column_width_percent=”100″ position_horizontal=”center” position_vertical=”top” align_horizontal=”align_left” expand_height=”” override_padding=”” column_padding=”2″ style=”” font_family=”” back_image=”” back_repeat=”” back_attachment=”” back_position=”” parallax=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ desktop_visibility=”” mobile_visibility=”” zoom_width=”0″ zoom_height=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ css_animation=”” animation_speed=”” animation_delay=”” width=”1/6″][vc_column_text text_lead=””]I’d start my day by checking email, Twitter, Facebook. Reading the “news”. I’d look at my to-do list and start working on something.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row unlock_row=”” unlock_row_content=”yes” row_height_use_pixel=”” row_height_percent=”0″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”2″ top_padding=”3″ bottom_padding=”3″ back_color=”” back_image=”” back_repeat=”” back_attachment=”” back_position=”” parallax=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_alpha=”100″ equal_height=”” gutter_size=”3″ shift_y=”0″][vc_column column_width_use_pixel=”yes” column_width_percent=”100″ position_horizontal=”center” position_vertical=”top” align_horizontal=”align_left” expand_height=”” override_padding=”” column_padding=”2″ style=”” font_family=”” back_image=”” back_repeat=”” back_attachment=”” back_position=”” parallax=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ desktop_visibility=”” mobile_visibility=”” zoom_width=”0″ zoom_height=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ css_animation=”” animation_speed=”” animation_delay=”” column_width_pixel=”800″][vc_column_text text_lead=””]

03. Plan your workout time — stick to it.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row unlock_row=”” unlock_row_content=”yes” row_height_use_pixel=”” row_height_percent=”0″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”2″ top_padding=”0″ bottom_padding=”0″ back_color=”” back_image=”” back_repeat=”” back_attachment=”” back_position=”” parallax=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_alpha=”100″ equal_height=”” gutter_size=”3″ shift_y=”0″][vc_column column_width_use_pixel=”” column_width_percent=”100″ position_horizontal=”center” position_vertical=”top” align_horizontal=”align_left” expand_height=”” override_padding=”” column_padding=”2″ style=”” font_family=”” back_image=”” back_repeat=”” back_attachment=”” back_position=”” parallax=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ desktop_visibility=”” mobile_visibility=”” zoom_width=”0″ zoom_height=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ css_animation=”” animation_speed=”” animation_delay=”” width=”1/6″][vc_column_text text_lead=””]Distractions aside, there was no real rhyme or reason to my workflow. The not-so-fun (but necessary) stuff kept getting neglected.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column column_width_use_pixel=”yes” column_width_percent=”100″ position_horizontal=”center” position_vertical=”top” align_horizontal=”align_left” expand_height=”” override_padding=”” column_padding=”2″ style=”” font_family=”” back_image=”” back_repeat=”” back_attachment=”” back_position=”” parallax=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ desktop_visibility=”” mobile_visibility=”” zoom_width=”0″ zoom_height=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ css_animation=”” animation_speed=”” animation_delay=”” width=”5/6″][vc_single_image media=”23198″ caption=”” media_lightbox=”” media_width_use_pixel=”” media_width_percent=”100″ media_ratio=”three-two” border=”” shadow=”” advanced=”” media_items=”media” media_text=”overlay” media_style=”light” media_overlay_opacity=”50″ media_text_visible=”no” media_text_anim=”yes” media_overlay_visible=”no” media_overlay_anim=”yes” media_image_anim=”yes” media_h_align=”left” media_h_position=”left” media_padding=”2″ media_text_reduced=”” media_elements_click=”” media_title_uppercase=”” lbox_title=”” lbox_caption=”” lbox_social=”” lbox_deep=”” lbox_no_tmb=”” lbox_no_arrows=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row unlock_row=”” unlock_row_content=”yes” row_height_use_pixel=”” row_height_percent=”0″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”2″ top_padding=”3″ bottom_padding=”3″ back_color=”” back_image=”” back_repeat=”” back_attachment=”” back_position=”” parallax=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_alpha=”100″ equal_height=”” gutter_size=”3″ shift_y=”0″][vc_column column_width_use_pixel=”yes” column_width_percent=”100″ position_horizontal=”center” position_vertical=”top” align_horizontal=”align_left” expand_height=”” override_padding=”” column_padding=”2″ style=”” font_family=”” back_image=”” back_repeat=”” back_attachment=”” back_position=”” parallax=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ desktop_visibility=”” mobile_visibility=”” zoom_width=”0″ zoom_height=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ css_animation=”” animation_speed=”” animation_delay=”” column_width_pixel=”800″][vc_column_text text_lead=””]

04. Call it a night.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row unlock_row=”” unlock_row_content=”yes” row_height_use_pixel=”” row_height_percent=”0″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”2″ top_padding=”0″ bottom_padding=”4″ parallax=”” overlay_alpha=”100″ equal_height=”” gutter_size=”3″ shift_y=”0″][vc_column column_width_use_pixel=”yes” column_width_percent=”100″ position_horizontal=”center” position_vertical=”top” align_horizontal=”align_left” expand_height=”” override_padding=”” column_padding=”2″ parallax=”” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ desktop_visibility=”” mobile_visibility=”” zoom_width=”0″ zoom_height=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ column_width_pixel=”800″][vc_single_image media=”23199″ caption=”” media_lightbox=”” media_width_use_pixel=”” media_width_percent=”100″ media_ratio=”three-two” border=”” shadow=”” advanced=”” media_items=”media” media_text=”overlay” media_style=”light” media_overlay_opacity=”50″ media_text_visible=”no” media_text_anim=”yes” media_overlay_visible=”no” media_overlay_anim=”yes” media_image_anim=”yes” media_h_align=”left” media_h_position=”left” media_padding=”2″ media_text_reduced=”” media_elements_click=”” media_title_uppercase=”” lbox_title=”” lbox_caption=”” lbox_social=”” lbox_deep=”” lbox_no_tmb=”” lbox_no_arrows=””][/vc_column][/vc_row]

RW Events | Look Book Sneak Peek

2015 is off to a fabulous start for the RW ladies! We’ve already styled weddings and worked with some super sweet clients, and we’ve finally gotten our hands on the new RW Events look book! We can’t wait to start handing out these beauties – check out a sneak peek below! The look book features tidbits about RW Events, the packages we offer, our team members, and a few weddings we designed last year.

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Awwwards best websites

I was recently quoted as saying, “I don’t give a shit” if Instagram has more users than Twitter. If you read the article you’ll note there’s a big “if” before my not giving of said shit.
Of course, I am trivializing what Instagram is to many people. It’s a beautifully executed app that enables the creation and enjoyment of art, as well as human connection, which is often a good thing. But my rant had very little to do with it (or with Twitter). My rant was the result of increasing frustration with the one-dimensionality that those who report on, invest in, and build consumer Internet services talk about success.

Numbers are important. Number of users is important. So are lots of other things. Different services create value in different ways. Trust your gut as much (or more) than the numbers. Figure out what matters and build something good.

Trust in your intuitions

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Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable. Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.

If no one hates you, no one is paying attention. If attention is what you want for vanity, confidence, or, hell — to make a decent living — then know that it’s not instantaneous. Every single person that you’re currently paying attention to, at some point in their lives, was in your exact position.

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Just like every other human on the planet, I have epically awesome days and days when life just shits on my face. And while I can’t stand most self-help (see: tired quotes over stock photography on Instagram), sometimes I need a little pick-me-up. And most of the time, in order to get out of a slump (because my brain leans more into math/science than anything else), I need to drop a logic bomb on my ass.

Yes, this is a long article. But here’s the thing — if you’re reading this in your inbox and are already like, “fuck this!” delete it. No hard feelings. If you’re reading this in a browser on a website, and you see how tiny the scroll-bar is because of how far you still have to scroll to get to the bottom, close this tab and go back to 140-character tidbits of advice. Still with me? Phew. Just had to weed out all the folks from points: #1, #4 and #8. Welcome friends, onward we go.

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If no one hates you, no one is paying attention. If attention is what you want for vanity, confidence, or, hell — to make a decent living — then know that it’s not instantaneous. Every single person that you’re currently paying attention to, at some point in their lives, was in your exact position. They kept at it and worked enough so that others started listening. Also know that if no one is watching, you can experience true freedom. Dance in your underwear. Write entirely for yourself. Swear like there’s a going-out-of-business sale on “fucks” and “shits.” Find yourself — not in some coming-of-age hippie way involving pasta and ashrams— but in a way that helps you draw your own line in the sand for what matters and what doesn’t. Do what you want to do, just because you want to do that thing. This will build confidence that will come in handy later.

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Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable. Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.

If no one hates you, no one is paying attention. If attention is what you want for vanity, confidence, or, hell — to make a decent living — then know that it’s not instantaneous. Every single person that you’re currently paying attention to, at some point in their lives, was in your exact position. They kept at it and worked enough so that others started listening. Also know that if no one is watching, you can experience true freedom. Dance in your underwear. Write entirely for yourself. Swear like there’s a going-out-of-business sale on “fucks” and “shits.” Find yourself — not in some coming-of-age hippie way involving pasta and ashrams— but in a way that helps you draw your own line in the sand for what matters and what doesn’t. Do what you want to do, just because you want to do that thing. This will build confidence that will come in handy later.

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Top Deejay Headphones

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First impressions.

Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed. Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.

Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.

They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I can’t imagine not having a case.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row unlock_row=”yes” unlock_row_content=”” row_height_use_pixel=”” row_height_percent=”50″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”2″ top_padding=”0″ bottom_padding=”0″ back_image=”18258″ parallax=”yes” overlay_alpha=”60″ equal_height=”” gutter_size=”3″ shift_y=”0″ overlay_color=”color-wayh” back_position=”center top” back_color=”color-wayh”][vc_column column_width_use_pixel=”” column_width_percent=”100″ position_horizontal=”center” position_vertical=”middle” align_horizontal=”align_center” expand_height=”” override_padding=”yes” column_padding=”2″ style=”dark” parallax=”” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ desktop_visibility=”” mobile_visibility=”” zoom_width=”0″ zoom_height=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ width=”1/1″][vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h6″ text_size=”h1″ text_font=”font-134980″ text_uppercase=”” text_italic=”” separator=”” separator_color=”” separator_double=”” sub_lead=”yes” sub_reduced=”yes” text_weight=”300″ text_height=”fontheight-357766″ subheading=”John Williams”]It’s safe to say that because of my unique professional experiences, I’ve tested out a lot of headphones.[/vc_custom_heading][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row unlock_row=”” unlock_row_content=”yes” row_height_use_pixel=”” row_height_percent=”0″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”2″ top_padding=”3″ bottom_padding=”2″ parallax=”” overlay_alpha=”100″ equal_height=”” gutter_size=”3″ shift_y=”0″][vc_column column_width_use_pixel=”yes” column_width_percent=”100″ position_horizontal=”center” position_vertical=”top” align_horizontal=”align_left” expand_height=”” override_padding=”” column_padding=”2″ style=”” font_family=”” back_image=”” back_repeat=”” back_attachment=”” back_position=”” parallax=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ desktop_visibility=”” mobile_visibility=”” zoom_width=”0″ zoom_height=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ css_animation=”” animation_speed=”” animation_delay=”” column_width_pixel=”800″][vc_column_text text_lead=””]

A perfect fit.

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable. In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.

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Quality.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row unlock_row=”” unlock_row_content=”yes” row_height_use_pixel=”” row_height_percent=”0″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”2″ top_padding=”0″ bottom_padding=”3″ parallax=”” overlay_alpha=”100″ equal_height=”” gutter_size=”3″ shift_y=”0″][vc_column column_width_use_pixel=”yes” column_width_percent=”100″ position_horizontal=”center” position_vertical=”top” align_horizontal=”align_left” expand_height=”” override_padding=”” column_padding=”2″ parallax=”” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ desktop_visibility=”” mobile_visibility=”” zoom_width=”0″ zoom_height=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″][vc_single_image media=”23384″ caption=”” media_lightbox=”” media_width_use_pixel=”yes” media_width_percent=”100″ border=”” shadow=”” advanced=”” media_items=”media” media_text=”overlay” media_style=”light” media_overlay_opacity=”50″ media_text_visible=”no” media_text_anim=”yes” media_overlay_visible=”no” media_overlay_anim=”yes” media_image_anim=”yes” media_h_align=”left” media_h_position=”left” media_padding=”2″ media_text_reduced=”” media_elements_click=”” media_title_uppercase=”” lbox_title=”” lbox_caption=”” lbox_social=”” lbox_deep=”” lbox_no_tmb=”” lbox_no_arrows=”” media_width_pixel=”800″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Happy {Almost} Thanksgiving!

It’s almost our second favorite holiday {Thanksgiving is a close second behind Christmas}, and it’s the 1st anniversary week for our sweet planning clients Haleigh + Jacob! So, today we’re wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday with lots of fun and yummy food {you know that’s the best part ;-)}, and many years of wedded bliss to this beautiful bride + groom!

Bride and Groom Portrait

Photo: KT Crabb Photography

Love Is All We Need

Today we’re taking a break from all the wedding goodness we’ve been sharing to talk about what we love most. And do you know what that is? L-O-V-E, love! Couples that are completely smitten with each other make our hearts swoon, and that’s why we do what we do. Our team is so passionate about helping each of our brides and grooms make their wedding day one to remember, and it’s a pretty easy job when you’re working with couples who are just, well, so in love!

Bride and Groom Portrait

Photo: Amalie Orrange Photography

Venue Spotlight | The Acre

We like finding hidden gems. We LOVE finding hidden gems in Central Florida offering the perfect setting for vintage, rustic, or eclectic inspired weddings. Located in Orlando’s historic College Park neighborhood, The Acre Orlando boasts of such character!

Their website describes the location as… “Not just tin-roofed barns and tropical gardens, The Acre is the perfect combination of outdoor rustic charm and Orlando whimsy. The Acre is, in the words of Orlando Weekly, “the best event space you never knew existed,” because there truly is nothing else like it in all of Florida.

The Acre features outdoor amenities and five unique buildings on one beautiful acre of land, just minutes from downtown Orlando. We were lucky enough to style the interior for a product shoot featuring some of our boldly rustic farm tables, tufted chairs, and gold accents.

Special thanks to Kristen Weaver Photography for the images!

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Orlando Wedding Planner + Vintage Rentals

Well hello, August! What’s ahead for the fabulous wedding planners and stylists at RW Events? We’re delighted that you’ve asked… Our month is filled with product shoots to showcase our new vintage rentals, lots of networking with some amazing Orlando wedding vendors, and styling a few weddings around Central Florida. We’re grateful for our amazing clients that placed their trust in us month after month!

We’d love for you to keep up with the ‘goings on’. Follow yo’ girls 🙂

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Invitation Etiquette

Coming up with the perfecting wording for invites is no small task. And one of the trickiest parts is deciding how to let people know what the dress code is. So here are a few quick tips on wording that important side note:

  • Black Tie: this is the most formal dress code. Specifying “Black Tie” implies that men should wear a tux and women should wear a floor length gown.
  • Black Tie Invited: this still implies that the even is upscale, and the majority of guests will in fact don their best outfits!
  • Elegant Attire or Formal Attire: gentlemen will usually opt for a nice suit + tie, and women will wear a long, formal dress.
  • Cocktail Attire or Cocktail Chic: this calls for dress slacks + button down shirts for men, and shorter {but not too short} cocktail dresses for ladies.
  • Casual Attire – this is common for garden and beach weddings. Most guys will don a pair of khakis and the ladies may wear a pretty sun dress.

Santa Rosa Beach | Team Vacation

The RW Events gals are very much a family… I mean, why else would we go on vacation together?! 🙂

In January, we packed up the truck and took a 6 hour road trip. We took take a break from work, did a little antique shopping, cooked some amazing meals, and explored this cute little beach town. {The weather was perfect!}

Santa Rosa Beach meet RW Events’ Gals

Random awesomeness: we walked into a cute little clothing boutique and fell in love with the Mason jar chandelier.

Nothing like finding some vintage rentals for our amazing clients. This warehouse was full of mismatched china, chairs, chandeliers, and chippy buffets. {LOVELINESS}

 

Saving Plan

When it comes to paying for all the various items that go into weddings, there may or may not be a number of players. Tradition says that the bride’s family takes care of the wedding expenses, but nowadays it’s common to see the groom’s family chipping in, and many times even the bride and groom themselves! Regardless of who is paying for the wedding, it’s always a good idea to start saving early. And if for whatever reason you don’t end up needing those savings for a wedding, you can always use it for a new home or {fabulous} vacation!

Giveaway Alert!!!

Hi, faithful readers! Our {amazing} photographer friends at ArtPhotoSoul are hosting a fabulous giveaway on their blog this week! They’re giving away FREE wedding photography to one lucky couple, so make sure you check it out! The contest ends on January 10th, so head over to their blog {here} for more info =)

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Today we’re taking a break from all things “weddings” to celebrate thanksgiving with friends & family =) Our team can’t wait to gobble up some turkey + cherry cobbler! We hope you & your beau will take this day to relax and enjoy being engaged!

Happy Thanksgiving