The Week That Was (6-12.Nov.17)

 Photograph of Gloria Steinem by Yale Joel, 1965

Photograph of Gloria Steinem by Yale Joel, 1965

Last year at this time, almost everyone I knew was pretty despondent. Thankfully, the results of elections in several states earlier this week has given us new hope, and I'm eager to see the momentum grow. I'm so grateful to every single person who put in the time this year to fight fascism, oppression and tyranny. If you ran, marched, walked, wrote or called, this one's for you.

In that spirit, I'm flashing back to this post I did on Megan Hunt, the owner of Hello Holiday who's running for Nebraska state senate. I do so love when fashion meets progressive politics!

 I was feeling this colorful map at The Studio by jh.

I was feeling this colorful map at The Studio by jh.

This week I was excited to ring in the holiday season with Julie Hockney and her team of interior designers at The Studio by jh. It's a great concept -- the designers source unique pieces from all over the world, and shoppers can just walk right in to buy them. Since the designers are in situ (and totally approachable), you can ask them questions, bring in pictures, etc. all to see how the pieces would work in your home.

I was particularly excited when the designers told me that mixed metals are going to big for holiday décor this year, because that's what all the designers in this holiday trends story I worked on for The Salonnière said as well. It's good to know that the jh designers are keeping O courant.

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Julie Hockney is also an owner of Bouquet, a flower shop in Omaha's Blackstone District, so one of their floral designers, Lauren, was in residence for the night, creating the gorgeous arrangement you see above -- also really on trend for Holiday '17. Now's the time to order for holiday soirees or host gifts!

I also did some cooking this week, including making four huge tortillas Españolas for about thirty people. I love making tortilla Española for a mixed group because it checks a lot of boxes: it's gluten-free, vegetarian, has relatively cheap (and easy to find) ingredients and can be served at room temperature. There are a lot of variations on how to make it, but my version is loosely based on this recipe from Melissa Clark.

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My mom gave me a membership to Film Streams, Omaha's amazing cinematheque, for my birthday and I think I'm going twice this weekend. Tonight, Brian and I are getting a date night (!), and we're trying to decide between The Florida Project (my pick) and Wonderstruck (his). They both look incredible so I think either way we'll win. Then tomorrow, I'm taking my mom and the girls to Harriet the Spy. I love how Film Streams' Forever Young series introduces the girls to classics from earlier generations.

 For Veteran's Day, I'm reading  Tuesday Tucks Me In  to Trixie's second-grade class. It was hard to find a Veteran's Day book that's appropriate for that particular age group, but this one -- about a dog helping his owner with PTSD -- is perfect. Plus it takes place in NYC!

For Veteran's Day, I'm reading Tuesday Tucks Me In to Trixie's second-grade class. It was hard to find a Veteran's Day book that's appropriate for that particular age group, but this one -- about a dog helping his owner with PTSD -- is perfect. Plus it takes place in NYC!

Since tomorrow is Veteran's Day, I'm hoping that after the movie we can go to Omaha National Cemetery to visit my dad. He was so happy when he found out there was going to be a national cemetery in Omaha, and he was among the very first people to be buried there. We waited a year for the cemetery to open to inter his ashes. When it did, he was given a proper military burial and is resting in peace with his fellow brave Veterans. I'm really proud of my dad and my brother (USAF, retired) and grateful to all Veterans for their service.

Have a safe and happy Veteran's Day weekend!