Thursday, September 22, 2016

#ThankfulThursday - Edition #7: Natalie Holbrook

#ThankfulThursday: Giving thanks for the past, present and future in a  series of weekly shout outs to those who have and continue to support VoliteINC.

DISCLAIMER: These #ThankfulThursday posts are in no way, shape or form ranked or prioritized, so if you're not featured here right away, that doesn't mean that you're not important. I've got a lot of gratitude to give, so please stay patient and your time to shine will come :) If there's something special you'd like to say about VoliteINC and/or if you'd specifically like to be featured, please let me know

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#ThankfulThursday - Edition #7: Natalie Holbrook


This week for Thankful Thursday I'm taking it back to the origins of the guitar pick belt and dedicating to Natalie Holbrook. Natalie and I went to high school together and instantly bonded over music. She and I loved the same bands and went to shows together all the time at so many different venues in San Francisco (i.e. Slims, Bottom of the Hill, The Fillmore, etc. etc.) We always had so much fun and I loved hanging out with Natalie because she has so much energy and passion for life and music. She is not afraid to act silly, spark up a conversation with anyone and go out of her way to have a good time. 

One day when we were hanging out I came up with an idea to make a guitar pick belt, so we went to the local music store in San Mateo (B Street Music) and I picked up some guitar picks. We went back to Natalie's house in Foster City and I made the belt because we were heading to a show that night, but I was too afraid to wear the belt because I thought it might fall apart. I ended up wearing that belt for the first time at Warped Tour that summer. Out of a crowd of thousands, a bunch of people kept coming up to me to compliment me on my belt and ask me where I got it. I was impressed that people noticed and liked it so much, so when I got home I told my Mom about it and we started the process of patenting the belt and incorporating what became Volite, INC. That's how it all began...back in 2004! 

Monday, September 19, 2016

#MusicMonday - DOUBLE DOSE: Mae & Mae Robertson

#MusicMonday this week is a DOUBLE DOSE!

So awhile ago I was trying to look up a band that I love called Mae and stumbled across an artist named Mae Robertson. I checked out her music and absolutely loved it! They are very different, yet both soothing to listen to with beautiful piano, overall great musicianship and lyrical talent. Check them out!

The band Mae:
The artist Mae Robertson:

Thursday, September 15, 2016

#ThankfulThursday - Edition #6: Heather Wallace

#ThankfulThursday: Giving thanks for the past, present and future in a  series of weekly shout outs to those who have and continue to support VoliteINC.

DISCLAIMER: These #ThankfulThursday posts are in no way, shape or form ranked or prioritized, so if you're not featured here right away, that doesn't mean that you're not important. I've got a lot of gratitude to give, so please stay patient and your time to shine will come :) If there's something special you'd like to say about VoliteINC and/or if you'd specifically like to be featured, please let me know

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#ThankfulThursday - Edition #6: Heather Wallace aka BIF

Heather Wallace is my Best International Friend aka my BIF! She and I made that up years ago as a special title for our friendship. Heather and I both love music, which is what originally brought our friendship together many moons ago. Our friendship spreads over the entire span of North America, uniting the United States and Canada between friends ;) She is one of my few true best friends, a friend that I love dearly and someone who can always make me laugh. We often have what we call HLAs, which are laugh attacks based on inside jokes and new jokes that we randomly make up on the fly. Heather is a sweet, caring, goofy, honest, giving, loving friend and I wish that we lived closer so that we could spend more time together. We have so many great memories from our various visits and adventures in Canada and the United States! Her family and friends have always welcomed me with open arms and I consider them a 2nd family to me. I am so grateful for all of the good times we have shared and can't wait to give Heather a BIG hug the next time I see her. I miss you, Heather! xoxo

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Support Local Surf in Santa Cruz, CA!

Support local surf in Santa Cruz, CA!
The photos above are pictures I took of the pictures that are posted locally in honor of Jack O'Neill. 

You can find these photos and visit this location by clicking on the map below. 
Look for the *STAR* at the roundabout of Beach St. & the Municipal Wharf. 
Map c/o Google Maps

Did you know that the O'Neill surf brand is originally a Californian surf wear and surfboard brand that started in 1952 by Jack O'Neill and moved down the coast from San Fransisco to Santa Cruz?

In 1996 O'Neill set up the O'Neill Sea Odyssey, a free, ocean-based program to educate young people about the marine environment. Some 75,000 kids have participated in this program. O'Neill is involved in various other causes to help support the environment.

Full credit for the info above and to find out more, visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O%27Neill_(brand)

More information and links:

SUPPORT LOCAL SURF!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

#ThankfulThursday - Edition #5: Lauren Johnston

#ThankfulThursday: Giving thanks for the past, present and future in a  series of weekly shout outs to those who have and continue to support VoliteINC.

DISCLAIMER: These #ThankfulThursday posts are in no way, shape or form ranked or prioritized, so if you're not featured here right away, that doesn't mean that you're not important. I've got a lot of gratitude to give, so please stay patient and your time to shine will come :) If there's something special you'd like to say about VoliteINC and/or if you'd specifically like to be featured, please let me know

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#ThankfulThursday - Edition #5: Lauren Johnston aka Johnsteez

Lauren is hands down my most loyal friend, who is always up for a good time and will never let you down. She comes from a great family and her Mom, Dad and Sisters are some of the most genuine, good natured and caring people I've met. She is reliable, dependable, organized, spontaneous, creative and an all around down ass chick! She and I have a lot of great memories from our time together at Chico State and she helped create the first business cards I ever had for my company as a school project, back when it was originally called Truestar. She is always there to lend a helping hand or a shoulder to lean on and I am so grateful for our many years of friendship. Lauren is the unofficial, official photographer everywhere we go and she is always capturing candid and posed photos of everyone's good times! Thank you for always being you, Lauren and for showing me what true friendship is all about! <3

Original business cards that Lauren designed for Truestar:


Monday, September 5, 2016

#MusicMonday: Go-go from Washington D.C. c/o James Moran

#MusicMonday this week is dedicated to Go-go, which is a popular music subgenre associated with funk that originated in the Washington, D.C., area during the mid-1960s to late-1970s.

For more information, check out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go-go

Video c/o James Moran. Thank you for sharing, James!
SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

#ThankfulThursday - Edition #4: James Philipps

#ThankfulThursday: Giving thanks for the past, present and future in a  series of weekly shout outs to those who have and continue to support VoliteINC.

DISCLAIMER: These #ThankfulThursday posts are in no way, shape or form ranked or prioritized, so if you're not featured here right away, that doesn't mean that you're not important. I've got a lot of gratitude to give, so please stay patient and your time to shine will come :) If there's something special you'd like to say about VoliteINC and/or if you'd specifically like to be featured, please let me know

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#ThankfulThursday - Edition #4: James Philipps

James is an amazingly talented Graphic Designer and family friend who helped develop and create all of the original Volite, INC. logos. He is very patient and spent many hours meeting with me to turn my visual ideas, concepts and drawings into classic, cleanly outlined formal designs. He truly understands the vision for Volite, INC. and was able to run with many ideas completely on his own. He was integral in creating the standard Volite logo, which has been used for all of the official branding and is both simple and sleek. He was also responsible for building all of the visual concepts and graphic designs for the original website launch back in 2007. This included all product images, banners, fonts, logos and visuals. One of the logos that he created appears on the back of each of the plain black and white leather belts that were originally purchased for the company and are customizable to specific pick color patterns and designs. 

Thank you SO much for helping these visions come to life, James!

ORIGINAL LOGO DRAWINGS (by me):




OFFICIAL LOGO DESIGNS (by James):



ORIGINAL WEBSITE DRAWING (by me):
OFFICIAL GRAPHIC DESIGNS FOR WEBSITE (by James):