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Rustic or Hipster Wedding?

Monday, August 29th, 2016

How to tell if you have been invited to a hipster wedding is one of those social survival skills that will keep you from looking like an idiot when you show up. This handy info graphic will lead you through the steps to tell if your wedding, or the wedding of a friend is headed to hipsterville. Of course not all rustic weddings are hipster inspired.

hipster wedding infographic

The original infographic is originally from refinery29.com but I couldn’t find the page.

Rustic Weddings Rule

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Ok, just forget the title for a second. I should actually start with some sort of explanation.

A couple of days ago I was browsing my girlfriend’s page on Pinterest and was swamped by a number of wedding invitations with this rustic look. I will be honest, it was a little surprising. Visions played in my head that she was either expecting me to pop the question or she was going to do it. This is the twenty-first century after all. And since we have been together for a couple of years I guess it wouldn’t be out of order.

The thing that made me the most curious though was that she had never expressed any interest. Not in the getting married part. We have discussed that. But rather the rustic wedding.

We’re your typical Seattle couple. Ok, that isn’t fair to say, if you would ask us we’re Seattle best couple. BUT, half of or friends would say that about themselves.

Rustic weddings? Yeah, we’ve been to one or two. They were nice, they were what the couple wanted, that is the point of a wedding after all, but that was about it. I never really imagined what my wedding would look like. I wouldn’t have said rustic or even country, even though I do own a couple of lumberjack shirts. Hey, if you live in Seattle they are almost mandatory. I’ve never worn the beard that is so popular right now. I am more the man bun type. Though I regress.

As I looked through the collection of invitations it became obvious that the whole rustic wedding was the focus here. There were all sorts of variations but the theme was clear. And honestly I am not sure how that made me feel. I had never really envisioned my wedding. But I guess I didn’t see it like this.

After my face regained a little color I decided that the best plan of action was to be honest, up front, and ask if we were planning our wedding.

I mean, I figured I had a right to know. Right?

That evening over supper I got up the courage and popped the question. Well, at least the question that was on my mind.

The look I got back was one that could only be described as a mixture of amusement and horror.

Now it isn’t like I was spying, I mean we talk all the time on Whatsapp and Snapchat so it shouldn’t have come as a surprise. Anyway, there we sat with this awkward silence in the air until we both broke out laughing. It was clear that the married part of the rustic wedding invitations wasn’t the focus of her collection.

Now I was curious.

As it turned out she was contemplating making them as a side thing. We both work random odd jobs for some extra cash. And the idea was to make her collection and sell that.

After a quick fact check. I learned that plenty of people actually create their own rustic country wedding invitations. Sites have contemplated the task and put together different thoughts on the subject. As you can imagine many are opinionated, and focused on the aspects that they like about the theme. But you can get a clearer idea if you look around and see what people actually like, that is where marketplaces like Amazon offer a place for handmade cards. So it wasn’t that outlandish. And it actually didn’t have to do with my rustic wedding. In the end sort of made sense again.

She had been looking through the popular options to see what they had in common. What worked for people and what didn’t. There are a lot of intricacies when it comes to creating handmade wedding invitations. This was all new to me.

What I realized after we got done talking about her idea to create her own line of wedding invitations was that she had put a lot of time and effort into getting things right.

Learning the right way to style them was important to her and I will say that it was really fascinating hearing her describe her plans.

We spent the rest of the evening looking at various pinterest.com boards, finding nice invitations.

I will be honest it was sort of romantic looking at the different wedding invitations. There are a lot of various styles of rustic. The vintage, antique, shabby and the chic.

What type of wedding will we have? I’m not quite sure, but after the binge session the other night I would probably say that rustic now has a potential to become an option.

After all I do look quite dashing in suspenders and a flatcap. So that aspect of the day is fine by me.

Do You Put the Hip in Ster?

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

You know you’ve made it mainstream when Wikihow writes about you. But is their diluted tutorial really all it takes to become a Seattle hipster?

Now you can find out exactly what type of Seattle Hipster you are with this handy quiz.

Tiny Fedoras for Hipster Man Buns

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Admit it, you thought you had seen everything didn’t you.

The emerging Capitol Hill fashion combo of the man bun hairstyle topped with a micro-fedora successfully unites the best of contemporary styles in hair and hats for young men. This autumn, expect to see the new look showing up in trendier spots all over the Hill.

Maybe my man bun needs some shade?

Yum Cha Where Were You All My Life?

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Alright, before you get the wrong idea about the title. I was introduced to yum cha by a friend. She and I decided to get something to eat between courses and ended up going to a teahouse she knew.

While she was quite familiar with yum cha, it was a new experience for me. Though I will admit that I am getting quite accustomed to it now.

Yum cha is sort of like tea time, at least that is how it was explained to me. But doing a little research on my own I learned that it came from the silk road. Travelers and those that worked the farms along it would go to teahouses for a break. Dim sum is a part of the experience which I am totally down with.

When we got a set served to our table I was a little weary. I’m not a food snob by any means and I will eat just about anything but the thing about the dim sum was, well, I wasn’t sure what to expect.

And that is probably why it blew my mind. Combine with the yum cha it made for the perfect experience.

You should give it a try.