Monday, September 30, 2013

Web Wilderness / Branching Out

Au Revoir September! You definitely went by too fast, but that doesn't come as a surprise to us anymore. Before we know it, it will be Halloween and then it will be Thanksgiving. October, we're going to try to drink you in as much as we can by going to pumpkin patches, corn mazes and bon fires. We hope you don't disappoint us. 

I spent last weekend in the presence of mostly women (including some female impersonators) and it was awesome. If there's one lesson I learned this summer, it's to really enjoy the company of women. The unconditional support I've received from these amazing ladies is just boundless. They challenge me to be a better version of myself and their willingness to listen to any problem or frustration I have is incredibly generous. And the best part of these lady friends? They make me laugh. 

So, I'm trying to stay positive about this new work week, but that doesn't always cut it, does it? If you're like me, ease yourself back into your work flow with the below internet findings. 

  • Did you know last week it was Banned Book week? These illustrations of mugshots of famous characters from books who have been banned in the past are awesome. In other Banned Book week news - did you see this article in the newspaper? Former columnist Rainbow Rowell had a recent reading appearance cancelled due to over-protective (and let's face it just dumb) parents in MN. Seriously, DUMB.
  • I'm excited to check this place out. I used to live near this building and whenever I walked by with Bebop I always wished I could live there and do something with that first floor. Glad to see someone got on that. 
  • These birds are amazing. I want them hanging throughout my entire house. 
  • Look at this adorable print/stationery shop located near to us in North Platte!
  • How incredible is this photo project?! Be sure to follow this photographer on Instagram!
  • Are any of you reeling after the Breaking Bad finale last night? Get over it with these 10 amazing televesion series replacements. 
  • Want to see who made the list of the top 50 most influential pot smokers and their thoughts on the drug? Martha Stewart saying, "Of course I know how to roll a joint" is my new favorite quote, ever. 
  • Ugh, photoshop is seriously the worst
  • Here's your horoscope for the week. Tomorrow marks the beginning of my birthday month and I'm getting pretty excited! 
I went to a drag show this past weekend and girl let me tell you, those queens killed it. You may have picked up by now that we're huge fans of RuPaul's Drag Race, so you can imagine my excitement to see the real deal in person. I used to go to drag shows in Lincoln, down at The Q, so it was nice to support the Omaha scene for once. 

The highlight of the night? When one of the queens lip synched Etta James' "I'd Rather Go Blind" as a blind person (FOR SERIOUS). 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sunday Evening Meditation

Bathroom Wisdom from O'Leaver's ladies room

Sunday Afternoon Jams #35

Phew. That was a hell of a weekend. I went to my first drag show in years and had so much fun. Some of us might be paying for it today, but it was worth it. Now that we're so close to October and the cool weather, I'm reflecting back on these goals we recently set for ourselves.  Now that summer madness has subsided, I think it's time to take a step back and refocus on what makes us happy and our expectations for ourselves. I've been distracting myself for a little too long. Time to get down to business. 

Enough about that. Here are some jams to liven up your Sunday. 

Cat le Bon - "Me Oh My"
I'm totally into this song right now. It's like the perfect sound to go along with upcoming long nights by a bonfire drinking whisky wrapped in a blanket. Fall I love you and your sometimes creepy air. 

Sonia - "Aqui En Mi Nube"
This adorable cover of The Rolling Stone's "Get Off of My Cloud" is a lot of fun. It definitely makes me want to cut a rug.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Wind Down / Wound Up

So this WAS supposed to be my weekend to celebrate my new home and get the keys and start painting and making it my own but there's been a set back and I won't have that moment for a few weeks now. It's a bummer because I've been looking forward to this for so long, but it's also totally okay because now I have the entire weekend free to do whatever I please! There's lots to do this weekend as you see. Here's where you might find us this weekend! As the work week winds down, WO+SF and crew are wound up for the weekend!

FRIDAY September 27
  • I hadn't heard of Wilson & Washburn until Meghan mentioned it the other day. THEN I read the OWH's review and my mouth started watering. I want to go to there.
  • O'Leavers has a great show. Simon Joyner & the Ghosts, Samuel Locke Ward, and the Garbage Boys are playing, all for only $5.00. 
  • If you're not in the mood for music maybe you'd like to have a laugh, or a few. I have not been to Brother's in forever so maybe I should venture up to see The Max Chill Show, featuring some of Omaha's funniest people.
SATURDAY September 28
  • Enjoy the slightly cooler weather whilst celebrating local artists. The second annual Artsarben is this weekend, outside at Aksarben Village where the Farmer's Market typically takes place. This is basically the Summer Arts Festival's Fall sibling and we are IN. 
  • Midtown is happenin' this weekend. Celebrate the lovely Dundee neighborhood at Dundee Day, a street festival and concert. 
  • It's September but you can still go to Oktoberfest. (Had to do it.) Head to Beer Corner U.S.A. for German music, German beer, and German food for some German partying.
SUNDAY September 29

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Rustic Wooden Photo Transfers

When I saw this tutorial on A Beautiful Mess, I knew I had found the perfect homemade gift for the wedding I was a part of earlier this month. After some trial and error I ended up with three great wood transfers to give to the beautiful bride and groom (which unfortunately aren't shown in this post). I really enjoy giving personal gifts like this when I'm close to the husband and wife-to be. I hope that in 30 years, when they look back on that day and those wooden plaques, they remember the vows they made and the love, happiness and support that surrounded them. The older I get, the more of a wedding sucker I become. It's been a hell of year and to watch all of these amazing people commit themselves to a lifetime together, I mean, it just doesn't get any better than that. 

Follow the link above to see the directions I used. Here are a few photos I took along the way. I didn't end up getting a shot of the final products because I guess it just slipped my mind. Whoopsies. One tip I can give you if you do end up trying out this project is to spread a really thin layer of glue on the transfer paper before you print the photos. This will lessen the blemishes that occurred in my failed attempts below. Also, if your printer settings will allow for this, try to print the same picture multiple times on one piece of paper. This is a huge time saver and if one copy gets muffed up, you'll have already have a backup coming.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

WO + SF Gimme! Gimme! List

So, the Emmy's this year were kind of a bummer. After all of the excitement around NYFW, LFW, and MFW, the red carpet felt a little wah-wah. That's not to say there weren't some good looks, it's just no one seemed to dress too outside of the box. But because we love all award shows, we sifted through Sunday night's looks to bring you our favorites. Who did you think was best dressed? 

Wise Owl Picks -
emmy faves

Linda Cardellini

Michelle Dockery

Tina Fey

Jessica Pare

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Christina Hendricks

Sly Fox Picks - 

Emmy's 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Wedded Bliss in Downtown Omaha

Last week, I posted about a bachelorette party I recently co-hosted, so today I thought I'd share some of my photos from over the course of the wedding weekend, from both the rehearsal dinner and the wedding day/night. It was a beautiful weekend weather-wise - sunny, cool, and breezy. We headed to the ceremony rehearsal at Lucille's in the Old Market, you know, that ivy laced building in the alley behind La Buvette? It's a gorgeous unmarked building that, unless you know it's there, is easy to pass over without a glance.

Cooper's mother actually used to know Lucille herself, who resided in the home until she passed. Lucille was a bit of a hoarder, so it was really nice to see her daughter renovate the place and open it up to small events. Being inside Lucille's is like traveling to a time in Omaha where people didn't leave the house without their hat and/or gloves on. It was a bit like being in the hotel from The Shining, but without the imminent fear of doom. The ceremony was held outside in Lucille's courtyard and cocktails and hors d'oeuvres were served following. It was a really lovely ceremony. The bride and groom wrote their own vows, which like my brother's wedding, didn't leave a dry eye in the house. After the ceremony it was party time! We headed to the Mastercraft in the NoDo which we had spent the previous night decorating. Everything from the abundance of twinkling lights to the food to the photo-booth (eek! I'm a little nervous to see the pictures from this because we all got pretty sauced) was perfect. It was definitely a night I won't be forgetting anytime soon.

Head back here on Thursday to read about the homemade gift I gave to the couple!

^^The groomsmen all looked straight out of a '70's wedding party with their mustaches^^

^^Setting up the reception after the rehearsal^^

^^I just had to take this picture. I hope Cooper considers it when he's releasing his first solo record^^

^^My friend Matt was handing out his "business" card to all the single ladies. I removed his phone number for his safety^^

^^Isn't the courtyard at Lucille's beautiful?^^

^^How about that bride?! Hubba Hubba!^^

Monday, September 23, 2013

Web Wilderness / Branching Out

Hey y'all. We've arrived at the crest of another week. Can you believe it's almost October?! On top of gearing up for the new season (which was made official as of yesterday!) Kerry is moving into her very first home this weekend and that's pretty incredible. I'm looking forward to seeing her make this house her home and all of the drinks we're going to have on her back porch. So if you're needing a little buffer before settling into the hustle and bustle of the work week, we've got you covered. 
  • Did you see how good Jimmy Kimmel pranked us?!
  • I'm loving all of these photos. I want to simplify my life this upcoming season and these photos are a great reminder of the beauty in everyday life. 
  • I'm glad there's someone else out there who is equally excited as me for Parenthood to come back on the air this week! 
  • Oh, Claire Daines, you're just the best
  • It was Nick Cave's birthday yesterday! Celebrate by watching his most interesting collaborations.
  • Going to start implementing these tips immediately. 
  • I spent many Saturdays in college watching SJP in Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. It's such a classic, and apparently the dance movie holy grail
  • SRSLY?!
  • Adding a little spice to your upcoming week. NSFW
  • Finally, an explanation as to why all of our allergies are so bad here in Omaha. 
  • More inspirational stuff for when you're down this week. 
  • These are amazing! You go ladies!  
I bought new shoes this weekend. Pretty exciting stuff.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Saturday Jams #34

This past week I was having a lot of trouble focusing on work. I eventually figured out that listening to music helped, and one mix in particular really got my creative juices harnessed. It's a mix that one of my friend's gave to me back at the beginning of college (remember when we used to do that? Friends giving friends tailored playlists?). It's called the Klap Mix and it was so popular amongst my group of friends that he ended up doing three volumes of it. Clapping amps you up and when done alongside music it's especially effective. So here's a couple of jams off of said playlist. Likely more to come off of it on here in the future. 

Latterman - "He's a Good Sposato"
I LOVE this song. There is literally nothing that makes me happier than clapping and singing along as a group. Huzza for camaraderie! 

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - "Shuffle Your Feet"
No explanation needed here. This is just a fantastic song.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Wind Down / Wound Up

Good day, sunshine! Yes, it's the weekend, and I'm happy about that and all, but what I'm even more excited about is that I will officially be a homeowner in a mere week! This weekend I'll be stocking up on supplies and paint to do a little cleaning and color makeover before I actually move in and then next weekend I'll actually be doing it all! And on top of all that, tells me that this weekend is going to be a beautiful one! It's just all around going to be a great weekend, I think! If you're looking for something to do to make your weekend great, you've come to the right place. Just peruse our list of the the top events below! As the work week winds down, WO+SF and crew are getting wound up for the weekend.

FRIDAY September 20
  • Friday night is all about the ladies at Barley Street Tavery with Lady Show! See mMusic, poetry, theatre, amd comedy - all put on by some fantastic ladies.
  • I am very interested in seeing Salinger, a documentary about the author of one of America's classic novels.
SATURDAY September 21
SUNDAY September 22
  •  If you want some fresh picked apples, but don't want to brave the crowd at the AppleJack Festival, I suggest going to Smalls Fruit Farm. My family has been going here for over five years now to pick and stock up on apples. Then when you get home, make some apple crisp, or cake, or pie with your apples!

 My favorite part of the Joslyn is seeing this Chihuly sculpture everytime I go. Explore your town!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

All The Single Ladies

Yeah, I had to go for that pun, because today I'm going to share with you a few photos from a bachelorette party I recently co-hosted. Planning an event like this can be a little stressful, but luckily the whole idea behind a bachelorette is to have fun, get drunk and give naughty gifts; and I'm pretty darn good at all three of those things. We lucked out by being able to host the party at Petshop in Benson. It was the day after a First Friday and there was a really neat exhibition going on by Bart Vargas. The word Yes appeared countless times on the walls which was a cute and positive reminder of the wedding to come. As I mentioned before, we went with a masquerade theme, which meant there were a lot of frisky animals running around Benson that weekend.

We served boozy bears in honor of the groom (coconut rum worked the best), a champagne sangria, a non-alcholoic punch, and of course some beers and wines from Trader Joe's. As a sweet treat, I tricked out some box brownies with peanut butter chocolate chips and pretzels - inspiration from here. For the main appetizer we made three types different meatballs which totaled to about 100 homemade meatballs. The Swedish meatballs were the big hit of the night and I truthfully couldn't believe how easy they were to make! Here are a few shots I took throughout the night. It was a wonderful time and no one got too rowdy. Unfortunately no strippers or dicks of any sort showed up, however our gathering was well complimented by the hardcore-fest going on next door at the Sweatshop. 17 bands played over the course of about six hours. Personally, I love that kind of music so I didn't mind having the thumping bass and throttling drums faintly coming through the walls, but some of the older guests I don't think found it as charming. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

WO + SF Gimme! Gimme! List

There's no better way to ring in fall than with a parade of fall fashion. Thank you, New York Fashion Week, for making the transition from indian summer into full fledged fall a little prettier. This week, we thought we'd dedicate our GG list to this magical time of year where all we want to do is sit by a fire outside in some boots and knee socks. 

Wise Owl Picks -

NYFW faves

Sly Fox Picks - 

Fall 2013 NYFW