My only memory of my grandfather is a brief video clip - Robert Blair Rinnier caddying for Arnold Palmer on ESPN Classics. Never having met him in person, I’ve always been curious to learn more about him. Strange to know that he and someone as famous as Arnold Palmer were so close.
Coincidentally, about a year and a half ago, a huge Arnold Palmer fan who would later become my boyfriend (we didn't know each other at the time) wrote a letter to Arnold Palmer, expressing his honest admiration and gratitude for the king of golf. Not expecting anything in return, Michael was beyond excited to receive a note back from Mr. Palmer along with a signed autograph.
A week or two later Michael and I ventured out on our first date, and Michael used his Arnold Palmer story as an easy icebreaker. Needless to say, it didn't take much to win Michael over after sharing my own personal connection to Mr. Palmer. A year flew by, and without my knowing, Michael decided to write Mr. Palmer another letter to share the news that he was now dating his caddy's granddaughter. Within a week, Mr. Palmer had invited us to come to visit him at his home in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Giddy as we'll ever be, we road tripped to Latrobe, ecstatic and eager to meet the living legend.
Upon our arrival, we were greeted and made to feel right at home, as if we were the Palmer grandchildren. It was fascinating to see, touch, and ask questions about the countless golf and historical memorabilia that adorns the walls of Mr. Palmer's office, home, and golf club. Mr. Palmer shared many stories of my grandfather with me and even had a huge picture of the two of them on his wall. We laughed together when I learned that my grandfather had actually rigged the caddy pairing system to become Mr. Palmer's caddy in the first place but that they went on to win many tournaments together, including the U.S. Open. The day unfolded with Mr. Palmer and his wife, Kit, giving us a tour of their home, treating us to a delightful lunch at the club, and even taking us for a 9-hole spin around on their golf cart.
Sophie's Croatia Itinerary
1. A few days in a tiny town on the coast called Drasnice. We enjoyed the white pebble beaches and lack of other tourists. Most visitors to the town were Croatians who grew up going to Drasnice with their families for the summer.
2. A day in Dubrovnik. This ancient walled city has marble sidewalks and is perched on a gorgeous cliff on the coast.
3. A couple days in Hvar. Croatia has many beautiful islands that are scattered across its coastline. We went to Hvar and its eponymous main city for some great meals and cool oceanside hangouts.
4. A few days on the island Vis. This tiny island was closed off to tourists as a military base until the 1990s. The island is still relatively undiscovered and maintains its old-world charm. There are two ancient industries there: wine and fishing, so needless to say the dining experience was amazing! This is where Adam proposed, but it would have been my favorite place we visited either way.
1. Have a planning session with yourself (and team if you have one) each month and each week so you can get all of your projects in order.
2. Pick the most important task you need to do each day, and do it first — before you check your email!
3. My email trick I learned from Suzanne — touch it once. Meaning if you don't have time to respond or deal with an email, don't even open it, wait until you DO have time to deal with it, and THEN open it. This way you only touch it once.
4. If possible, keep your Mondays clear. This I learned from Mandy. Basically, don't schedule any meetings, lunches or project deadlines for Monday. Keep it clear, so you can dive into projects, check things off your list, and get everything together for the week without distractions. This makes Sunday evenings so much less stressful!
5. Use my GSD notepads collection of course!
" The older I get the more I want to continue creating a more thoughtful wardrobe. My style is mostly neutral — lots of black and white — but with a few crazy patterns and colors just to keep things interesting. Even though I prefer neutrals, I like them to have a little edge and personality. I also like items that make a statement and are comfortable. Living in DC I wear a lot less heels and a lot more flats! "
On a recent field trip to their studio to hand pick our selection of paper goods, we were instantly overwhelmed by how cheery and welcoming their work space is. From colorful ribbons and specialty papers,to sophisticated accessories and heavy machinery (fun fact: the letterpress machine weighs 1 ton ), their studio is truly a creative individual's mecca. What's also hard to miss is their team's passion and dedication to their work, which is apparent in the quality of letter press printing and fine paper goods they produce.
Browse our collection of Haute Papier goods here.
Manual Camera: Both experienced photographers and first timers can rejoice over this one. A powerful, yet wonderfully simple, app that allows the user to control every setting or leave it to the phone when taking a photo. If you want a photo brighter, you can switch the phone into full Manual and set your settings as you'd like. For myself, used to shooting with my DSLR, I feel at home. But this is especially amazing for anyone looking to learn the basics of photography. The app isn't free - but for $1.99 you can unlock the full potential of that stellar camera you've got (Available for Android as well).
VSCOcam: A free app with some lovely editing treats hidden inside. Looking to craft that nostalgic feeling from the photos on your phone, like looking through boxes of your Grandparent's old photo albums? This is the app for you. Chalk full of filters to play with, and extras that can be purchased in-app, you can stamp the feel you're looking for on your images and fine tune them to your liking. Big recommend on this one!
Armed with your phone and some trusty apps anything is possible. Here's to all the memories you'll save & share!
Pictured Above: Co-Founders Jeff and Ajay, along with Head of Customer Happiness (and flower designer), Lissa, in their sunny office at the Wonderbread Factory.