As promised: Winner of “The best drink we had in Vegas!” and ALSO “The only good drink we had in Vegas!” — our favorite and also HIGHLY Instagram-friendly spot on the Strip... Bardot Brasserie / @bardot_lv ! 🏆 ⠀ ⠀ If you’re at #WPPI2019 and in need of sophisticated and-a-little-sexy spot to wind down for the night (with a really solid old fashioned), head over to a surprisingly quiet corner of the Aria for an experience + aesthetic far more City of Light than Sin City. 🇫🇷⠀ ⠀ (Handsome, talented bartenders = another plus. Purely for aesthetics, of course.) 👌🏻⠀ ⠀ Thank us later! #tonicapproved
#WPPI2019 Roll Call!⠀ ⠀ Jeff’s on the ground in #Vegas for one of the biggest photography conferences — and social events — of the year, and he wants to meet you if you’re there! (Jen’s sitting this one out because #32weekspregnant. #canthang #asleepbyeleven)⠀ ⠀ Comment below with a 👋🏻 if you’re around, and look for the tall, dapper, probably-smiling guy with glasses in the photo above if you need a friend, a new website, a drink, or directions to the nearest dance party. 🕺🏻#shipleystyle ⠀ ⠀ P.S. Watch this space later today as we’ll post up our favorite hidden spot to grab a REAL cocktail in the mixology desert of The Strip. It was quite the hunt, but we finally found our oasis...
💕 Nominate your favorite bloggers + blog designs! ⠀ We’re deep-diving into design + development of our top-shelf Tonic Showit + WordPress blog templates this week, and we wanna see your must-read favorites... both so we know what features you want from us and just because we’re former communications and journalism nerds who still love blogs! We’ll post a few of ours in the comments.👇🏻 ⠀ ⠀ Well-designed, super-functional and pretty is always a plus, but they can be in lifestyle, food, fashion, photo, or travel. Just tag ‘em below, and we’ll prepare to spend the rest of the day hopelessly distracted. 😘⠀
It’s the anniversary of our very FIRST launch (launch-a-versary?), so here are some other stats for you:⠀ ⠀ 🎉 SIX years ago today, we launched tonicsiteshop.com and our first collection of handcrafted, completely-customizable websites for the modern, stylish creative. (Yep, that’s our original tagline!) ⠀ ⠀ 🙄 There were TWELVE site designs in our first collection because we’ve always tended toward ambitious overcommittment at the cost of our own (relative) sanity. Jeff designed 4, Jen designed 4, and we designed 4 collaboratively. (Those were the best ones, obvs.)⠀ ⠀ 😱 We jumped into business together on an LA rooftop having met in person just THREE days prior. Our first notes were written on a cocktail napkin, of course, and we launched our brand first (we settled on the name TONIC on the phone in a restaurant bathroom) and then our sites a few months later. ⠀ ⠀ 🤷♂️ At the time, we knew of ONE other Showit template shop in existence as our proof of concept. #oldtimers ⠀ ⠀ 💸 Our sites were priced at least FOUR times higher than any other templates on the market... (because hey, even then, we were making templates for people who didn’t think they liked templates.) ⠀ ✨ There are so many things that could have gone wrong — and so many that have! — but we’ve honestly regretted it all approximately ZERO times, because a ) we get to spend our days helping creatives and small businesses be seen for who they are at their best and known for what they do best. It’s our calling, and we love it.⠀ ⠀ And b ) it’s almost impossible to imagine six years without our friendship and the ways it’s stretched us across seasons and hardships, inspiration and procrastination, late nights and long drinks. 🥃⠀ ⠀ So, happy anniversary to us, and whether you’ve been following along for six years or two hours, we want you to know we’re grateful for all your encouragement every step of the way.* We wouldn’t still be here without you!⠀ ⠀ (* ...esp. since we don’t look this young and 🔥 anymore.)