Monday, April 28, 2014

Me, On Being An Event Planner Part II... Inspiration Flashback

Posted By: Leah
Remember my post last year about how I became a global event planner? Thanks to Netflix, I remembered some more to that post that I left out!

I get asked sooo often about where I learned about corporate and social events, etiquette, style, etc. I mentioned that the movie Pretty Woman inspired me (no, not the hooker part, the fancy Beverly Hills Regency Beverly Wilsire part). This weekend I just happened to be re-watching some of my old favorite shows on Netflix and I found two more inspirations I wanted to share! I bet these will be flashbacks for you too.

The first is Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. That show is fabulous! (Fab 5!) The episodes were made in 2002 or something and they still hold up. From the decor to the fashion, it's truly a timeless show. And I'm SO PROUD of the Fab 5, they have each gone on to do amazing things. ANyhow, in watching the reruns I relived how fantastically hilarious show is, and I have learned so much!

When you're at a restaurant and are eating, how do you let the waiter know you are finished with your meal (other than making eye contact and giving him the 'get over here' face)? The official way to let the waiter know you're finished is to place your silverware in the 4 o'clock position. The resting position means you're still eating. Thanks Ted!

And another thing, that I remembered learning is how to style guy's hair. Back in 2002, I was 3 years away from being pregnant with Gav. But once he was born, I instinctively knew so much about boys, even how to style his hair. You work the product from the back to the front. Thanks Kyan!

Regarding event planning, what this show taught me is that it is all about the details. That the smallest things are what people notice. From how to engage people in conversation and remembering their name (just repeat their name as much as possible and it'll stick! Thanks Jai) to the importance of candles and truly PLANNING AHEAD. The Fab 5 were my mentors!

Another show that inspired me was off of the Style Network (is that even a channel still?) is Whose Wedding is it Anyway. There are several wedding planners on the show, but my absolute favorite was Mary Dann. I completely forgot about the show and Mary. I am so excited to have found it and watch the re-runs. A lot of the issues/problems/solutions, things that are common for events... are experienced on the show. Little things like how to handle running late to an appointment with a vendor, to huge things like a no show photographer... I see the way the issues were solved on the show and think omg this is how I knew what to do in that EXACT situation when it happened to me! And yes, this show was back from around 2003 as well. 

Example: How to handle when a wedding was taking place at a property directly next to MY event.  
(It all turned out perfectly, but I was nervous for a moment... AND the wedding left all their florals and I was able to incorporate them into my conference over the next few days. Bonus!)

What shows from way back have inspired you in your life or career or both? I am so grateful for Netflix and whoever chooses the programming. I haven't had cable for 5 months and have not missed it for a second! (Thanks BF who shares his Netflix acct with Gav and I!)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Need your help please! Warby Parker Glasses

Posted By: Leah
I don't know if you know this about me or not... but I wear glasses. From the months of February to May every year I wear glasses because without them I would itch my eyes out due to seasonal allergies North Carolina pollen.

I got my last glasses from Warby Parker. I love that site. They have designer glasses for $95 including lenses, shipping and 5 pairs to try at home. Don't get excited... this isn't a promo post, I genuinely need your help with picking out my next pair of glasses.

Current Glasses- Langston in Whiskey Tortoise Matte, by Warby Parker

I love my old glasses... I really do. But they are 2 years old. I think it's time for an update. Not necessarily even for work. I was some fun glasses for me. Cute glasses...

 I want some geeky chic, cool, nerdy, you know the style...

So here's what I ordered in my free 5 pair at-home trial from Warby Parker

1) Chamberlain in Whiskey Tortoise
2) Fitz in Whiskey Tortoise
3) Baxter in Pinot Noir
4) Linwood in Revolver Black
5) Seymour in Whiskey Tortoise

*Sorry for the weird faces! It's impossible for me not to make them in selfies.
Which pair of Warby Parker glasses look best on me?
1 - Chamberlain in Whiskey Tortoise
2 - Fitz in Whiskey Tortoise
3 - Baxter in Pinot Noir
4 - Linwood in Revolver Black
5 - Seymour in Whiskey Tortoise
6 - Keep your old ones!
Poll Maker

Oh wait... you aren't familiar with Warby Parker? Just like companies including TOMS, Warby Parker donates a pair (of glasses not shoes) each time a pair of glasses is ordered to someone in need. Warby Parker has boutique glasses styles and the highest quality frames and glair free lenses. They even offer a free 5 pair at-home try-on. They just call your eye dr. and make sure the prescription is less than a year old and you're set. Did I mention they are only $95? And if you don't like any from the at home try-on that's cool too. You don't pay until you order the actual glasses you want. It's awesome. You can keep sending them back and have all the at-home tryons you want with all the styles in colors. They make sunglasses too... and... wait for it.. they even sell a monocle.

Again, like I said... no referral or codes or me getting any kickback from Warby Parker. It's truly an awesome company and I have nothing but amazing things to say about them.

So back to the question at hand... which of the 5 glasses are your favorite? (or did you like my old ones and think I should stick with those??)

PS - Thanks to everybody who has already voted on Instagram (which has taken over blogging, duh). The results so far (according to Instagram only) are 3, 4, 5 and sticking with my current pair.
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