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Ultimate Tailgate Checklist

We are officially ONE week away from the first college game OF. THE. SEASON. Who’s excited?! (insert everyone raising their hand here) Don’t get me wrong, we all love watching our favorite team play. But, let’s be real here. What percentage of us ACTUALLY go to the game to WATCH the football game in it’s entirety? It’s ok, you don’t want to admit it. We’ll just say it for you. You go to the games for…. tailgating, socializing, the beer, the jello shots, the food, cute boys, people watching, hanging with your bestie, and please God let there be drunk dudes with chest painting. Please!

If you love tailgating just like us, you’ll really enjoy this. We’ve found some killer tailgating tips that we think will help make this years tailgating go over a smidge better than years past.

1 – Show up to the game 4 hours before the game actually starts. You’ll need time to set up + take everything down before the game starts.

2 – Bring a toolbox. I don’t NEED no man! (insert sassy independent woman here) Kidding. If you have a dude, bring him. Then you can sit back, and enjoy the view.

3 – Pack portable jello shots in your teams colors. We’re a HUGE fan of these Strawberries + Cream jello shots. It’s like… you don’t know it’s even happening…. and then you stand up.:/ #yolo #oops

4 – Bring extra fun accessories for friends. (face stickers…etc.)

5 – Build a tailgate beer pong table. Like, why would you not?

6 – Bring your most comfortable lounge chair.

7 – A blanket. For when you’ve have a little too much to drink, and need a little power nap before kick off.

8 – Get a cute snapback hat. And wear it backwards. It’s a thing now.

9 – Red solo cups. You COULD BE the next flip cup champion. AND, you’ll need these for your beer pong table.

10 –  Take lots of snaps using the bee filter. Dear Snapchat, please don’t EVER do away with the bee filter. {follow us on snapchat here}

11 – Last but not least, you’ll need a BA shirt from our Tailgate Collection.

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SUNDAY BRUNCH + SAINT ANEJO + SAMMY ARRIAGA

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(image stolen from his Instagram)

An artist by the name of Sammy Arriaga has stolen our hearts! This Sunday, we are spending brunch with him … or at least the soothing melody of his song “Margarita Talk”. It just so happens the setting of this song takes place at our very own Saint Anejo, where Sammy likes to go on Wednesdays with his friends. Three of these amigos are Van Hunt, Conor Matthews, and Lalo Guzman who helped to create this EP alongside our man Sammy. The vibe of Saint Anejo, a M Street favorite, can often transport us all to a more exotic, beach-y locale, and we are very glad it took these men there on the day they wrote “Margarita Talk”.

(If we keep drinking margaritas will we eventually write a hit too?)

Arriaga grew up in Miami, FL, which you can hear when you listen to the sounds of his country, meets latin “Acoustic Mixtape”, “Banjos and Bongos”. While he is very clearly country, the hint of latin gives it a sexuality and a soul that most typical “country boys” have yet to master. The sound of Sammy is more Enrique Iglesias hip movements, than dude on a tractor… and we are not complaining! With the success of “Banjos and Bongos” thus far, it is hard to believe his first release was in fact an “Acoustic Mixtape” rather than a first official album.

Sammy has already done it all; followed his dreams, moved 1,000 miles away from his home, signed with Latium Entertainment + Sony Records, played CMAfest, made it to Hollywood on season 10 of American Idol, essentially created his own style of music, opened for some of the top artists in the U.S, been selected for CMT’s “Artist Discovery” campaign 2016, and thats all BEFORE his first OFFICIAL album drops! To say this guy is a talent is an understatement. We haven’t even mentioned yet how adorable he is, or how sweet, or ….

Without further delay here is “Maragita Talk” by Sammy Arriaga

Look him up on FacebookInstagramYoutube (prepare to swoon), Spotify, and Twitter!

We know we can expect great things from Sammy Arriaga, and wish him luck on his road to complete music industry domination!

NOW HEAD OVER TO SAINT ANEJO AND GET YOURSELF A MARG, SOME SANGRIA, OR BOTH!

WELCOME TO OUR PALACE OF PARTYING… I MEAN LEARNING

We scoured Pinterest and found some AMAZING dorm inspiration that will fill your back-to-school hearts with jealousy… I mean these dorms are significantly nicer than our homes!

Here at The Rage we try and make our home away from home fit our needs both functionally and emotionally! Around our office you can find positive sayings and inspiring art work. Everything is SUPER clean and organized … It has to be because we’re not. (Artistic minds aren’t supposed to be organized! Right?!) Little blips of green have sprouted up in all corners, as we have baby cactuses and succulents hidden pretty much everywhere. Laci is a huge advocate of candles so it always smells wonderful! We feel the most important thing about a home, whether it be a dorm or an office, is creating the vibe you need to succeed and showcasing your personality!

Here are some great examples of college students creating a “vibe for success”: dorm x 1dorm x 3 (1)dorm x 2

A SNEAK PEAK of our new home:

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FROM OUR HOME TO YOURS

XOXO

THE RAGE LANDS IN THE TOP 30% OF ALL PRIVATELY OWNED COMPANIES

 

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Every year, Inc. ranks the nation’s fastest-growing, privately-owned companies. This year, we landed ourselves a spot in the top 30%! As number 1578 on the list, we were able to beat out 3,422 other privately-owned companies. This list is made up of the real hard workers, the up-and-comers of America’s economy. Many in the business industry believe this list holds the names of the superheroes that are going to bring the American economy back! Companies whose expertise include 3D-printing, virtual reality, and, energy efficiencies, are creating tomorrow today. Many companies such as Microsoft, Dell, and Dominos Pizza got their first national exposure on this very list.

To be awarded 1578 is in many ways an astonishing achievement, but can also be logically measured with all the hard work, and determination Laci and the entire staff at The Rage has contributed.  Many of you have followed Laci on her journey from day one and understand how proud we are to have climbed our way to such a success. To even make the list is a high honor, but to land at number fourteen amongst Nashville companies, and number twenty-two for the entire state of Tennessee brings us a sense of pride that can not be described. As you all know, The Rage isn’t only her only baby. She’s responsible for Revv in Nashville, TN. More recently, she launched her own line called The Nash Collection! To find out more about her other two children check out Revv and The Nash Collection on Instagram!

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Link to the List

A History of #1578:

2012: The Answer2 received the honor of sitting at spot 1578. This company was the highest grossing revenue company to be placed at #1578 in the history or the Inc. 5000 list. As a telecommunications company they are able to provide insight into technologies that make the lives of their customers astoundingly easy!

2013: Sunplay, an online pool and outdoor living supply company was able to go where no pool supply company had gone before, the internet. With a 251% growth rate we know their generous customer base had a great, and well stocked summer!

2014: Graphics and More were more than happy to be number 1578. This 2.1  million dollar revenue team makes thousands of unique items that their customers use to express themselves, whatever their interests may be.

2015: Last year Proforma, a progressive marketing company, kept our seat warm.This company used franchising to spread their knowledge on professional commercial printing, promotional products, business forms, e-commerce and other branding solutions. Their ability to franchise allowed them to have an amazing growth rate of 258% in just three years.

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A Look at the TOP THREE:

  1. Coming in at number 1 is Loot Crate a consumer products & services company out of Los Angeles. They are simply the Simone Biles of the bunch. Their growth rate of 66,789% nearly doubles that of the number two spot, and their revenue MORE THAN doubles that of the closest inferior contender. What is their consumer product? A geek box … no really. Loot Crate, “delivers the best in geek + gaming gear”, including clothing, collectables, and art on a monthly basis.
  2. To find number two you must cross the country and bring cold weather clothes because we are going to Boston, where we will find Paint Nite. Founders Daniel Hermann and buddy Sen McGrail combined their love of nightlife and art to create an event service which does just that. Paint Nite works with over 250 creatives to host painting parties across the U.S. In just three years time they have grown by about 36,555%, hosting more than 200,000 individuals every month.
  3. Rounding up the top three are the scientists. CalCom Solar, whose business is also out of California, specialize in energy. Their mission is to make solar energy both easily understood and easily accessible. They focus on educating people on the long-term cost solar energy provides to people. Behind the commercialization of the solar energy they also have some real brainiacs working to dramatically advance the technology of their field (for example they are now able to connect multiple meters to a single solar power system).With a great marketing focus and a product that betters the world, they are one of our favorites on the list!

In previous years number 1578 has focused on marketing, telecommunications, government services and fun in the sun, but we are proud to be representing FASHION! As Inc. Media was awarded the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012 and has customer base of over 15 MILLION, we hold their opinion of our business in the highest regard. The list alone has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success, with every major company in America receiving a nod from the list-makers at one time or another.

In October Laci will join representatives from the 4,999 other top companies in San Antonio, Texas for the Inc. 5000 Conference Gala. Here, she will here from speakers like Julie Rice and Elizabeth Cutler of SOULCYCLE, Tony Robbins, Weili Dai, Kim Jordan, and CEO of The Inc. CEO Project, Jim Schlecker. There will also be a black tie gala to wrap up the conference. We are pretty eager to see those photos!

We know making this list and hearing from these truly inspirational minds will light an even more vigorous fire in Laci’s heart! This is just the beginning for The Rage. We  are very excited to see where the future takes us!

Last words from Laci – “If you want to live a life you’ve never lived, you have to do things you’ve never done.” ~Quote by Jen Sincero

Don’t Fail: Get These Back-To-School Essentials

This school year, some may say it’s about how hard you study, or over achieving with extra circulars, but here at The Rage we know the truth. Your future all depends the

Collection One: The Parisian Study Abroad

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Collection Two: The Classic IMG_0073collection 2 (1)File Folders, Large Agenda, Striped Thermal Mug,

Collection Three: The Girls Night OutIMG_0112collection 3File Folders, Coaster Set, “Hopes and Dreams” Coaster Set,

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Sticky Note Set,

These back-to-school supply collections will not only keep you organized, and help you make the grade. They will also help to express your personality, keep you feeling inspired during class, and attract some new friends with fantastic taste!

 

Steal Simone + Gabby’s Gold W.O Getting Into Trouble : here’s how

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Their FASHION GOLD THAT IS!

With both women already receiving gold medals in the team competition finals, we know neither is probably leaving Rio with a singular gold medal. It is MOST likely they will each need to purchase addition luggage for all the extra neck-wear they will be returning with! Besides their slightly freakish athletic abilities in the gymnastics world, both Gabby and Simone have taken another world by storm as well … THE FASHION WORLD!

Gabby and Simone both graced the cover of Teen Vogue this year to discuss how they really are able to do it all; gymnastics, international spokesmen, models, commercial brand representatives, great friends, stellar students, etc… After studying, creeping and investigating we believe we have cracked the code to each girl’s gold medal level style!

We also have some suggested pieces to make sure it’s clear which team you’re cheating for in Rio!

Gabby: Gabby is pretty much all about the athleisure wear! She has a fresh face, and loves a good red-velvet colored lipstick/gloss. This allows her to still look glamorous when she needs to be comfortable. HOWEVER we at The Rage have found that when she does dress  up, she goes all out by styling a dress with heels! Last she told Teen Vogue her drink of choice at night is hot coco. She likes to drink it with marshmallows and a notepad in hand to plan all her traveling adventures! (because obviously Rio & London weren’t exotic enough)

Simone: Simone has classic yet girly taste. She too loves the comfort of a sweatshirt, and leggings but also can be found rocking her go-to denim shorts and a t-shirt. To dress up, Simone usually resorts to white jeans (duh with her awesome bod!) and a patterned top! Stripes seem to be her calling, which considering the flag she is often flaunting, makes sense!

USA- Red, White, and Blue. Stars and Stripes.

WE ABSOLUTELY ADORE THESE GIRLS + ARE SO PROUD THEY WERE ABLE TO REPRESENT THE USA IN RIO – Congrats girls, on both your (tbd # of) gold medals and your fabulous sense of style!

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Attention: College Girls — WE WANT TO MAKE ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE!

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… We want to, but we can’t. HOWEVER we are looking for college reps for The Rage! We’re looking to spread our brand and vision, as well as our upcoming Tailgate Collection to the collegiate world! If you have great style, know the current trends, are outgoing, love being involved, and would represent The Rage in an all-around admirable way…we want you!

Representatives will be required to:

  • Remain a member of the program from the first game-day until the last.
  • Reps will not be required to attend away games, but that would be an awesome bonus!
  • SPREAD OUR VISION!
  • Pass out The Rage koozies.
  • Coordinate and manage a game-day raffle.
  • Inform people of both our store location, social media outlets, and any new milestones in The Rage world.
  • Communicate with our team to make this experience as effective and fun as it can be!
  • Participate in a Snapchat takeover one weekend during the football season.
  • Take fun, “Rage-appropriate”photos to be used for social media, the online store, and/or marketing tools!

Each representative will get:

  • A free t-shirt from our new tailgating line to wear as a rep on game-days
  • A swag bag
  • 20% off at The Rage, and Revv throughout your school’s football season
  • Koozies to pass out
  • The chance to win the ultimate brand rep prize — a $500 shopping spree at The Rage! WOO!

If you think you would be a great fit and are interested in being one of our college reps, please email our Representative Team at Kelsey@shoptherage.com. Your email should include a brief bio about you and your style, what school you attend, name, age, hobbies, and social media handles. Please also include why you love The Rage and want to be a representative for us!

We are so excited to add college representatives to The Rage team and can’t wait to hear from you!

xoxo,
Laci, Ally, Lori, Gabi, Krystal, Kelsey and the whole Rage gang

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