Friday, September 28, 2012

Wind Down / Wound Up

Well, well, well, my friends, I can't believe another weekend has rolled around so quickly. This has all happened before and it will all happen again. Our posts this week have been a little lacking because I didn't have internet for a few days when I moved. Let me tell you, I got a lot done in those few days too. This weekend I hope to do some more putting together of my new place in addition to enjoying all that Omaha has to offer. While the work week winds down, WO + SF and crew are getting wound up for the weekend!

FRIDAY September 28
SATURDAY September 29
  • The cutest little town, Brownville, is having it's annual Fall Flea Market, Rail Fair, and Arts and Crafts Show.  If you're not familiar with Brownville, NE we visited earlier in the summer to hit up The Antiquarium, the book store that used to inhabit the Old Market. We also drank some wine at the local vineyard Whisky Run Creek. The Flea Market has antiques, crafts, and food and is located in Brownville's adorable "downtown" area. It's only about an hour away and a great way to get out of town while the weather is still so nice.
  • Grab your partner and do-si-do, this weekend is River City Roundup down at the Century Link Center. Pull on our boots, strap on that belt buckle, and top it off with a hat and head down for some rodeo fun. I had no idea until I went to the website, but this event is the world's second largest rodeo which seems INSANE to me! In addition to the rode is a stock-show and the Douglas County fair.
  • As you may already know, the Huskers are playing Wisconsin at home at 7 PM. The game is on ABC. This is perfect for a little game-watching party.
SUNDAY September 30

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sly Fox Trip To The West

Here at WO + SF, we're bonafide city gals. So, when I was invited out to a close college friend's western Nebraska wedding, there was no doubt I was going. I had always imagined where our friends had come from, and Gering, Nebraska was an anomaly to me. We left on a Friday, decided to drive to Denver first since we were already "in the area" to have to big city fun before our small town wedding.

We left on kind of a crappy day. Everyone always complains about how desolate Western Nebraska is, but it was actually kind of beautiful. We drove out to Denver in some overcast weather (Welcome back fall), yet the seven hour drive went by pretty fast. 


When we finally made it to Colorado (and gained an hour, thanks  also Mountain Time), we wanted to stop at one of the many breweries. Now, I'm not much of a beer drinker, but hey, everyone always keeps talking about how much better the beer is out there. We stopped at the Flying Dog Tap House to have a few beers. On tap were two different brews while they had all of their bottles in a fridge. The staff there were extremely friendly, especially considering I admitted I don't particularly like beer. For the record, I only drank about half of the beer pictured above. I know, what a pussy right?

After the tap house we went to get real drinks at Star Bar, and yes, skee-ball was involved. Our hotel was located in downtown Denver  and we decided to walk out to Root Down for dinner. It was a bit of a jaunt (45 minute walk) but the sustainable, vegetarian food options were too good to pass up. 


The service at Root Down was fantastic. We decided on multiple small plates to share because why wouldn't you try a little bit of everything? That night we shared the Heirloom Tomato Terrine (jelly formed tomatoes), Seared Colombian Arepas which were my favorite dish of the night, and Veggie Burger Sliders. We shared a bottle of wine looking out on the lush garden that surrounded the restaurant

Oh, did I not mention we passed this great landmark on our way from the Tap House to our hotel? 
 

Hmmmm...OK.

The next day we made an inevitable trip to H&M where I dropped far too much money. But before we made it there, we ate a delicious breakfast at Crepes N' Crepes


I hate to admit this, but I had honestly never consumed a crepe before. It was delicious. I opted for one of their savory crepes on special which was filled with chorizo, onions and potatoes with two eggs on top. Absolute perfection.

After we wondered around Denver, we drove out to Scottsbluff which honestly looked a lot like what I expected Denver to look like. The bluffs were gorgeous and completely unexpected. 




The residents of Scottsbluff / Gering / Terrytown were not particularly warm to us. We attempted to get some dinner at a local bar/grille (and during a Husker game none the less) but were brutally rebuffed. As the time of the wedding ceremony closed in, we cut our losses and left. 

The ceremony was lovely, short and sweet. The reception hall was decorated to the nines. Of course there was plenty of country music and line dancing involved. Many drinks were had, as were fun times. 




Our bizarre hotel room was noted with the below "post it" notes (they were pre-printed. we compared the two on the beds and they were exactly the same. Whaaa?)


I took pictures like the one below at the wedding. Trust me, it only got better from here. 


The trip back to Omaha wasn't that bad either. It's always interesting driving through towns you never knew existed before. Of course I didn't leave Denver without a souvenir for Cooper. 


He got a glass that says Rye (his favorite type of whiskey) while I bought a glass for myself which is much more less obvious as it just says WHISKEY.

All in all it was a great trip. Needless to say, I really missed these two boneheads by the time I got back home. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Wind Down / Wound Up

I LOVE this weather we've been having!!! It feels like Fall for realsies and I even wore tights for the first time today. As I mentioned last week, I'm moving into my own little house this weekend so my Friday and Saturday will pretty much revolve around that. Luckily for the rest of y'all there are a million and one things going on in Omaha this weekend and in order to save you from going from calendar to calendar we've picked THE coolest events, plus a few suggestions of our own! While the work week winds down, WO + SF and crew are getting wound up for the weekend!

FRIDAY September 21
  • Friday marks the opening reception for the Bemis Center's 14th Annual Art Auction and Exhibition. The actual auction will be held on October 20, but Friday's function is a free event at which you can preview all the art that will be up for auction. If you can't afford to buy, that's okay because it's free to look!
  •  Let me be real honest with you here. I, Kerry, have never seen the Evil Dead Trilogy. It's preposterous, I know. It's almost as bad as Meghan never having seen Star Wars, but that's pretty bad. Anyways, the third installment of the trilogy, Army of Darkness, is the midnight movie at the beloved Dundee Theatre this weekend.
  • Maybe you feel like staying home and curling up on the couch and just decompressing from the work week. I feel like this a lot on Fridays. Luckily, tons of new shows have premiered in the past few weeks and we're sure you can find something to your liking to stream on Hulu and get caught up
 SATURDAY September 22
  • Don't forget that this is the last weekend for Omaha Restaurant Week. Meghan went to Blatt Beer & Table earlier this week and wrote about it here. It comes highly recommended, but there are tons of other participating restaurants too. 
  • With Fall also comes football. We are pretty neutral on this subject but won't say no to eating apps and serts while pretending to be interested in the game. If you didn't know already, Huskers play Idaho State at 2:30. Prepare your stomachs for some 7-layer dip and wings!
  • Dim Light has been working hard in the recording studio for a long time now and are finally releasing their 14 song CD at their second home, Brother's Lounge. Opening for Dim Light is another great local band, Filter Kings.
  • A few weeks ago we attended a bonfire at a friend's house and it was really fun. The weather was maybe a little warm for it at the time which means that our current weather is pretty perfect for a bonfire. It's quite lovely sitting around the fire with some drinks and having some good conversation, we suggest you try it.
SUNDAY September 23
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Wanda Jackson, graces Omaha with her presence at the Slowdown tonight. Tickets are still on sale and this will surely be a show to remember.
  • Last weekend I bought a ton of tomatoes at the Farmer's Market because several booths had them marked way down to get rid of before the season ends. I put those puppies in a bag in the freezer and plan on making soup with them all summer/winter long. This Sunday would be the perfect day to get to the Farmer's Market for fresh ingredients and whip up a big pot of soup for your work week.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sunday Night Dinners

We were recently invited to join/start a Sunday Night Dinner group - the idea being to choose a theme and have a potluck and watch a film that goes with the film on a monthly-ish basis. Our first "meeting" was this past Sunday and while there were only a few of us, it was still super fun. This month's theme was dedicated to the end of baseball season. We made hot dogs on the grill and Super Nachos and watched the BEST baseball movie of all time: A League of Their Own.


Cooper made amazingly delicious guacamole which was slathered on everything, including my hotdog as you can see. G grilled the dogs, which is the best way to cook hot dogs in my humble opinion.



Meghan and I made what I'm calling Super Nachos. We've made these before and they are the easiest thing ever. What bought ground beef and cooked it with a packet of fajita seasoning. We layered chips, cheese, bell pepper, green onion, tomatoes, and refried beans on a baking sheet and put in the oven for about 10 minutes until the cheese was melted and the bell pepper had softened up a bit.


Here's a picture taken right after we took this pan of heaven out of the oven. We also chopped up lettuce and jalapenos which added to the nachos to our likings. And of course we topped them with guac.


Whilst munching nachos and drinking wine (yeah, we fancy), we curled up and watched A League of Their Own. We laughed, we cried, we sunk into food comas. We all learned one thing: THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!



Wednesday, September 19, 2012

WO + SF Gimme! Gimme! List

New York Fashion Week is a whirlwind of chic runway shows, parties, and of course celebrity spottings. Needless to say, it can be a little overwhelming. 


And while we're not DVR-ing every minute of it on the Style network (we couldn't even if we wanted to, neither of us has cable), we were able to follow the action via Instagram. My feed was blowing up this entire week as personalities that I follow like Rachel Zoe, Alice + Olivia, Bergdorfs, Anne Taylor, and Glitter Guide were all posting runway pictures as the shows were happening. 


So for this week's Gimme! Gimme! List we thought we'd take a look back at some of our favorite items from our favorite designers from the week. 

Wise Owl Picks - 
fash week faves



Sly Fox Picks -

Fall 2012 NYFW


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Scouring & Devouring Omaha: Blatt Beer & Table With an Assist from Pageturner's

This week in Omaha, various local dining spots are offering prix fixe three course menus as part of Omaha Restaurant Week. On Monday night, my friend Sarah and I decided to participate by visiting Blatt Beer & Table - a restaurant I've been meaning to go to since CWS season. 

For $19, you choose your courses (menu here). 


I ordered the Bavarian Pretzel Bites which came with some of the best mustard I've ever had as well as  this awesome gruyere fondue dip. Sarah went with the Duck Fat Frites which were paired with a smokey, almost BBQ style homemade ketchup and parmesan aioli. Each dip had its own signature taste but managed to compliment each other perfectly.


As Sarah and I dined, the term we used most to describe our experience was Zingy. The dip pairings took the seemingly normal "bar type" food to the next level. For our second course, I went with the Blatt Burger and Sarah the Currywurst.


Both dishes were full of flavor. Sarah enjoyed the kraut mixed with the curry overtones. At first she was a bit confused, but the more she ate, the more she enjoyed this vegetarian option. 

And then came dessert. The inside of the restaurant darkened quite quickly without the sun so my pictures didn't turn out so hot. It's a shame too because they were divine. I ordered the Red Velvet Waffles which were paired with this delicious cream cheese frosting and jelly-like syrup. Sarah got the Apple & Brie Bread Pudding which tasted like the inside of a Christmas shop with it's warm cardamon-gingered apples. We came hungry and left stuffed (and with leftovers at that!) .


After our trip to Blatt, we hit up another new Omaha bar - Pageturner's Lounge. Here are a few of the shots I snapped there. It was surprisingly slow, well maybe not considering it was a Monday night. Our bartender was extremely friendly and the music selection was the perfect balance of post-punk and 80's pop jams (Bands played included Joy Division, Metallica, Bobby Brown, and Prince). 



Monday, September 17, 2012

Web Wilderness / Branching Out


Man on man does it feel good to have done nothing this last weekend but sit around watching Gilmore Girls. Mommy needed a break. The nights are getting darker and cooler and I've been enjoying wearing my new golden yellow hoodie around, but am having trouble leaving my denim shorts behind. 

We've been sleeping with our bedroom windows open and sometimes when I'm about to go to bed I can smell fall in the air - mostly because one of our neighbors makes a fire almost every night (should I be concerned about that?). I can't wait to wear tights and boots for the first time, eat a carmel apple, and visit a pumpkin patch.

But there's plenty of time for all of that. In the meantime, enjoy these internet findings -
  • It's no secret, we love dogs. It breaks our heart that we can't give every dog out there a home. Especially after looking at these pictures of shelter dogs whose personalities shine through.
  • I posted this link to Twitter earlier this week (follow us @WiseOwlSlyFox) and I thought it would be worth reposting here. In an election year it's important that as women we get out there and vote for our issues, our bodies, and our rights. 
  • God knows we love our books, but these incredible installations of shredded books prove there's more to the novel than the words inside. 
  • So, I'm kind of a scardy-cat, but I secretly love horror movies and everything creepy. For instance, I couldn't stop looking at these paintings. 
  • I'm still pretty jelly Kerry wen to France without me. At least I have these super neat photos of movement in France and Berlin to imagine that I went there.
  • Oh my god you guys, I'm still pretty broken up by the fact that Amy Poehler and Will Arnett are getting a divorce! So much so, that I don't want to talk about it right now because I'm getting depressed all over again. If that wasn't enough, here are seven other couples I personally feel invested in. 
  • Broken Flowers is more than just a movie. 
  • A copy of the 1968 Playboy Club Bunny manual anyone?
  • Here's a collection of some of literature's best closing paragraphs.
  • I'd like to think of myself as a movie buff. Especially when it comes to being able to recognize some of the more obscure character actors like these guys. 
  • Larry David narrated a pretty funny (and honest) look-back on President Obama's first term for The Daily Show last week. 
I'm been listening to the folk station on Spotify and I totally forgot how much I loved this band a few years ago. Folk music just accompanies fall soooo well.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Wind Down / Wound Up

Another day, another dollar. And lucky for me, this Friday is PAY DAY! This weekend I commence moving into my new house and I'm mega excited to have a place I can call my own. And to use all the shit I've bought. Mostly the latter. Change is all around as the weather has cooled down this week and the humidity has subsided. I love waking up to the cool mornings and can't wait for Fall. I think that these new changes will bring great things. So soak up these last days of summer, people. To help you out we've rounded up some fun things to do in Omaha this weekend! As the work week winds down, Wise Owl + Sly Fox and crew are getting wound up for the weekend.

FRIDAY September 14
  • I LOVE 2 Days in Paris, and I love Julie Delpy in general so I'm super exicted to see 2 Days in New York, which opens at Film Streams today!
  • Today is also the start of Omaha Restaurant Week, which is a great way to be able to try some of Omaha's best restaurants and get several course dinners at reasonable prices.
SATURDAY September 15
  • ARTsarben at, you guessed it, Aksarben Village, is run by the same folks that run the Summer Arts Festival, a summer staple. With the weather turning chilly, this will be more of a fall-like event with the same basic concepy to the Summer Arts Festival. There will be booths of art and of course food.
  • If you feel like taking a little drive south, this Saturday is the annual Apple Jack Festival in Nebraska City. Head down and celebrate all things apple.
  • The Melvins are playing at the Waiting Room Lounge with Big Business and Tweakbird.  
  • Depressed Buttons, comprised of 3 members of Omaha fave The Faint, are playing at House of Loom. Should be another great dance party.
SUNDAY September 16
  • We're not gonna lie, there's not a whole lot going on this Sunday. Why not use this day to air out your house for Fall and do some cleaning or make some changes to your new home with the new season?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

A Special Present for a Special Friend

I get so excited to give people gifts especially when I know I'm totally surprising someone with something I know they'll love. We thought of the perfect gift for our good friend G's birthday and after enlisting a friend that knows Photoshop and searching for the right company online, we got him...


Yes, that's right, we got him PERSONALIZED KOOZIES with his picture and catch phrase printed on them. The back story is that this kid loves beer. Cold beer. Therefore, he carries a koozie in his pocket wherever he goes and has a whole stash of them.  So we thought this would be a hilariously perfect gift for him and his reaction when he opened up the box of koozies was totally priceless.



We ordered these from Totally Promotional after sifting through tons of websites and even ordering them on one site only to find out that they couldn't make the koozies the way we envisioned them. Totally Promotional was not only the cheapest website but the most accommodating. I asked my design representative to make me many different mock ups with different ink colors and different koozie colors until we found the one we liked best. She was extremely accommodating and prompt and there were no extra charges for making mock ups like we had encountered on some websites.



The company creates tons of other custom products and I will definitely always keep them in mind when I need to put a friend's face on something. With that said, Meghan's birthday IS coming up soon...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

WO + SF Gimme! Gimme! List

I'll be the first to admit that my beauty routine is extremely basic. In October I'll be 26 years old and I'm thinking it's about time to step up my lady-like game. Kerry on the other hand knows her way around makeup. She's my only friend who reminds me when the Clinique sales are happening and where I can pick up my free goodie bag. 

That being said, there's still a bunch of products out there that we want to try. So this week we thought we would focus on those beauty products that have always intrigued us. 

Wise Owl Picks - 
beauty product lust


Sly Fox Pick - 


New Beauty