Olympic Moments That Change History with Michael Phelps

Over the course of the last thirty years there have been many athletes who have changed the course of Olympic history. Heroes who inspire and leave deep impressions of embodied memories for years to come. Blood, sweat and tears don’t even come close.

Rarely seen are the mental anguish and internal battles these athletes endure. How they overcome them is the journey that truly inspires. This week Olympic swimmer Alison Schmitt opened up about her fight with depression on the Today Show. Schmitt divulged how depression had paralyzed her and how seeking professional help and sharing her vulnerabilities with friends like Michael Phelps put her back on track for the Gold. Phelps often refers to Schmitt as a sister from another mother. They have trained together for over a decade.  It takes a village to raise a champion and Schmitt has taken a personal stance to help others with their plight.

Schmitt along with the rest of her team mates are “paying it forward” with VIP Survivor’s Olympian Leather Cuff. The entire Team USA swim team received the emblazoned “Olympian” gold cuffs and have been wearing them in Rio. When they return to the USA, they will autograph the back of each cuff and give it to someone they feel possesses Olympian traits. Commemorating this journey and inspiring greatness in others is the goal.

Olympic Cuff

VIP Olympic CuffVIP Survivor founder Leigh Ann Barnes and Dana Jo from Fulfillment Merch teamed up to design these custom Olympian bracelets. “Designing a special cuff for Team USA  was an awesome endeavor. We are so excited they’re wearing them and look forward to collaborating with Allison Schmitt on her own line of inspirational cuffs,” said Leigh Ann Barnes.  “Our VIP Survivor cuffs are pretty special because they’re handmade in the USA by some Very Important People, survivors of domestic violence.” VIP Survivor creates products using the leather remnants and gives women jobs here in the U.S., especially ones who are trying to rebuild their lives.

Partnering with domestic violence shelters across the country, VIP Survivor hires women residing in the shelters’ transitional housing and offers them an opportunity to earn money while in a safe haven environment. It’s a triple win –  a product that is creating new jobs here in America from a new employee pool by reclaiming exquisite leather remnants and scraps.



10 Things We’re Loving in August

10 things we're loving in august

From enjoying local outdoor activities to the summer Olympics, here are 10 things we’re loving in August:

  1. TED X Wilmington takes place on Wednesday, August 24th with a great list of speakers. Our client, Karissa Thacker will discussing topics from her latest book The Art of Authenticity including authentic leadership, transforming your career and more.
  2. The countdown to this summer’s Olympics is on! The opening ceremonies begin on August 5th and our client, Jill Martin will be there covering all the major moments. Plus, our intern Jordan Sawyer travels abroad in Rio de Janeiro with the University of Delaware. They’ll both be tweeting and posting during their adventures.
  3. New fall fashion begin to hit stores with fresh arrivals. Expect to see major trends like reconstructed denim, cut out shoulders, and dressed up bohemian.
  4. We’re huge Lauren Conrad fans so it’s no surprise that we’re excited for The Hills special on MTV premiering August 2nd.
  5. Third Thursdays in Kennett Square has become one of our favorite summer activities. On August 18th, leisurely stroll through town and enjoy the extended shopping hours at both Houppette and No. 109 Shop.
  6. Nightscape returns to Longwood Gardens from August 3rd to October 29th. Walk the grounds to see new exhibits, hear original music, and more.
  7. If you’re heading to the Delaware beaches be sure to check out Rehoboth’s Beachside Bar and Grill for delicious drinks, dishes, and daily specials. We’re obsessed with their calamari!
  8. On Sunday, August 7th, Philly’s Northern Liberties hosts the 2nd Street Festival to celebrate craft beer, local food vendors, and live music.
  9. Hagley Museum teams up with Dogfish Head and Belin Organic Cafe sliders for a fun summer night of great dining. You can also bike and hike the 3 mile loop around the property, which is usually closed to visitors.
  10. Penns Woods Winery hosts yoga in the vineyard on select Fridays and Sundays now through October. The 60 minute gentle yoga class takes place in the heart of their vineyard followed by a wine tasting and local light bites.