RSVP Montgomery

Aug 01

Stars on the Riverfront

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

By: Anna Shay Wasden

Come out on July 30th and 31st at 7:30 p.m. for the annual show. The Alabama Dance Theatre will present “Stars on the Riverfront” at the Riverwalk Ampitheatre. The two performances are free and open to the public. Bring the entire family and join the dancers as the sun sets on one of Montgomery’s most beautiful venues. These eclectic performances are the culmination of ADT’s two-week Summer Dance Seminar and will feature over 50 dancers. Gates will open at 6 p.m. for picnicking.

A local favorite, the “Stars on the Riverfront” performance is looked forward to by every Montgomery resident. Both children and adults alike can find something to love in the performance. You don’t want to miss this!

Jul 31

Plan On It

Monday, July 31, 2017

By: Anna Shay Wasden

As July ends and August arrives, the school-year is quickly approaching. Everyone knows the best part of going back to school is buying those brand new, shiny school supplies. Even though glittered notebooks and light-up pencil sharpeners have been replaced by $100 textbooks and calculators smarter than my phone, there is still something exciting about that fresh feel of new supplies. One way to keep up with everything life throws at you this coming year is with a new daily planner. Studies show that writing something down exponentially increases your chances of remembering it. Here are a few of our favorite stylish planners to keep your life organized this school-year.

Emily Ley Simplified Planner- Online ($$$)

The Simplified Planner is for anyone whose life is anything but simple. Each day comes with its own page, listing out your to-dos as well as your hourly appointments. With an inspirational quote and mindful suggestions, this planner acts as both an organizer and inspiration.

Lilly Pulitzer Planner- Dillard’s ($$)

For the fun and easy-going girl, Lilly Pulitzer has a planner as bright as your life. The Lilly Planner breaks your month into a week-by-week spread. The planner is plastered with some of your favorite Pulitzer prints and comes with a page of stickers to decorate any boring day.

Ashley G Planner- Target ($)

If you only stick to planning for a month or two, opt for the less expensive planner like the Ashley G line at Target. Its cute cover and easy to follow inside make planning less of a chore. The small size and spiral bind makes for an easy throw-and-go kind of schedule. 

Jul 27

Extra Earrings

Thursday, July 27, 2017

By: Anna Shay Wasden

This summer, the must-have addition to your outfit is earrings. And the standout trends can be described in four words: the bigger, the better. For an accessory that will surely turn heads, read ahead. 

Tassel Trinity

Full of flair, these tassels come in all sorts of fun color combinations. Bloggers all over have taken to this trend, constantly introducing new ways to wear them.

How: Pull out one of the featured colors in your earrings by matching a simple romper with it. Skip any additional jewelry to avoid an overthought outfit.

Where: Wear them to any sort of casual party with friends. Whether it be a birthday, shower, or a simple celebration, you’ll be taking in compliments all night long.

Belle of the Ball

For a little more subtlety, get a pair of these striped ball earrings- or maybe a pair to match every outfit. The classic stripes give just the right amount of fun while keeping it sophisticated.  

How: Pair with a flirty dress and comfortable wedges. A few stacked bracelets will be fine, but avoid being “top-heavy” by skipping even the simplest of necklace.

Where: Wear them on a day exploring downtown Montgomery: shopping, sipping, and strolling. Making a streetwear statement will be easy in these duds.

Sequin Surprise

These earrings scream bright and bold. Ideal for the life of the party, their hint of shine is sure to add a little sparkle to every move you make. Their lightweight design allows for a maximum statement with minimum ear pain.

How: Let these tasseled beauties steal the show with a simple tee and white jeans. Their color combinations will be just enough to revive a basic pairing.

Where: Wear them to a night on the town. Hitting the dance floor will be the first thing you want to do in these fun floral-inspired designs. 

Each of the earrings come from Posh and P Boutique. Click here for their Instagram and information.

Jul 26

Girls Empowered Yoga and Mindfulness Camp

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

By: Anna Shay Wasden

From Monday July 31 to Thursday August 3, join Fly Aerial Studio for their first ever Girls Empowered Yoga Camp. This camp is designed to build confidence and self-awareness in girls ages 8-14. The camp will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day with a healthy snack provided. Both ground and aerial yoga will be taught to all attendees. Each day includes fun activities geared toward building self-esteem, body-image, and meditation to the young girls.

The camp will be taught by Amber Jernigan, a mother of two young girls herself. Kimberly Sabel and Megan Young will be teaching as well. The cost of the camp is $150 for early registration or $175 for the week of the camp. Sign your girls up for this unique experience!

Jul 25

Prevail Union Coffee Shop

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

By: Anna Shay Wasden

If you thrive on unique places with impeccable tastes, then Prevail Union Coffee Shop needs to be at the top of your list. Prevail makes you feel as if you are in Brooklyn, New York rather than a mile from the Montgomery Capitol building. Prevail roasts their own coffee and imports from providers in the Deep South. They pride themselves on their relations with local farmers and agree with William Faulkner’s quote, "man will not merely endure, he will prevail... because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion, sacrifice and endurance.” Prevail’s vibe is unlike anything else. With hip seating arrangements and a gift shop in-store, you might want to skip the to-go and settle down for a relaxing experience. Their menu has all your favorites including lattes, cappuccinos, tea, and hot cocoa.

Visit Prevail Union Coffee at One Court Square in downtown Montgomery. For a complete menu visit their website

Jul 20

RSVP’s Summer Playlist

Thursday, July 20, 2017

By: Anna Shay Wasden

Who doesn’t love a good song playing on the radio as you drive with the windows down? Take some inspiration from us here at RSVP and see what we have playing on repeat all summer long!

Kim- Malibu by Miley Cyrus

Peyton- Body Like a Backroad by Sam Hunt

Anna Shay- All the Pretty Girls by Kenny Chesney

Charley- Meet Me in the Hallway by Harry Styles

Angela- Walking on the Sun by Smashmouth

So, turn up those tunes and soak up the rays!

Do you have a favorite song this summer? Leave us a comment and let us know.

Jul 19

A Trip to Cherry Tree Lane

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

By: Anna Shay Wasden

Mary Poppins is playing at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival until August 5th. Take it from us here at RSVP, it is “practically perfect in every way!” A flick for children and adults alike, every age group can find magic in the beloved story of Mary Poppins. Whether you grew up watching the movie or have never seen it, ASF’s version of Mary Poppins will entertain you for the entire duration. Watch as the magical nanny, Mary Poppins, works to mend the Banks family’s fractured relationship. The plot is truly supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and the acting is an equal match. A live orchestra manages to keep the perfect beat, ideal for a musical like this.

Longtime director Geoffrey Sherman says his farewell with the final close of the curtain on Mary Poppins. Read more about his journey in our latest issue.

Come out and enjoy this beloved classic as it takes place on Montgomery’s very own Alabama Shakespeare Festival stage. We can promise there is an “element of fun” in every scene!

Jul 18

RSVP Takes the Skies

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

By: Anna Shay Wasden

A recent List patron, Erik Box, gave the RSVP team a once in a lifetime opportunity this morning. Through his company, Box Aviation, Erik offered to take us on an aerial tour of our very own home city. And let us tell you, Montgomery is even more beautiful from 1000 feet above.

After a short drive to the bunker just past the Montgomery Airport, we took a quick tour of the on-site planes. Both privately-owned and Box Aviation planes filled the bunker. We went straight into the Box Aviation office where we were greeted by Erik and his staff. We got a quick run-down of plane procedures, strapped on our seatbelts, put on our headphones, and off we went. We toured the entire city of Montgomery: from downtown, all the way to Hampstead Living. The views of the Capital City were unparalleled; an experience we will not soon forget!

Box Aviation offers services spanning the entire aircraft-needs span. Flight Training, Aerial Photography, Discovery Flights, and Aircraft Management are a few of their most popular services. For more information visit their website.

We at RSVP want to thank Box Aviation for this truly elevated experience! Happy Flying!

Jul 13

Soaking Up the Last Few Weeks of Summer

Thursday, July 13, 2017

By: Anna Shay Wasden

As the month of July winds down and August quickly approaches, it can be easy to see your summer as almost done. But, don’t let yourself waste away the days in sadness. Instead get out there and savor those last days. Make memories, meet someone new, and do not be afraid to change your course. Mark Twain once said “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” What better mantra to remind yourself to experience everything you possible can?

Here are a few of our favorite ways to experience life to its fullest in the coming weeks:

  1. Explore your city.
  2. Learn five phrases in another language.
  3. Plant a new flower in your garden.
  4. Send a card to a friend.
  5. Plan a day trip to somewhere you have never been.
  6. Try out a new form of exercise.
  7. Try eating somewhere alone.
  8. Find a mentor.
  9. Learn to cook a new meal.
  10. Volunteer at a local nonprofit.

Jul 12

Must-Have Montgomery Gear

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

By: Anna Shay Wasden

We live in such a great city filled with history, character, and southern hospitality, so why not represent in proudly? We have rounded up a few of our favorite ways to represent our Capital City all while keeping it fashion-forward.

1. Montgomery Parties Harder Graphic Tee

Get it online here

Cloverdale’s younger audience has taken a liking to the catchphrase, Montgomery Parties Harder. The popular hashtag is now available on a t-shirt. Featuring a simplistic design and super soft fabric, this tee will be your go-to for any occasion.

2. MGM Aviate Hat

Kinnucan's and online here.

We have the fashionable fix to any bad hair day! Aviate’s three letter design spans throughout the United States. While they offer t-shirt options as well, Aviate’s hats are the real shining stars. Available in black, navy, and grey, Montgomery is represented in the design by a simple MGM. Other state favorites like Tuscaloosa, Auburn, and Birmingham are also available.

3. Alabama Outline Tee

Goat Hill Gift Shop

Goat Hill, located across form Alabama’s State Capitol in Downton Montgomery, offers a wide section of handmade gifts and knick-knacks made right here in Alabama. Their state outline t-shirt names all the main cities we love in our great state. Available in a peachy hue, it is guaranteed to stand out in any crowd.