merry wednesday!

♥ Working hard on a new speech for Meet the Pros ♥ Awesome tips on getting more media coverage on a post by my friend Wendy! ♥ The Matryoshka trend…I love this pin! ♥ My mind is blown again by Luxirare–I love learning about others’ “uniforms.” (What is your uniform? What is mine?) ♥ homemade individual banana breads in tiny springform pans ♥ 13 ways to start fresh for a new year from Yes and Yes. I’m doing number 1 today! ♥ Pop Beads–they have them at Target now!! ♥ ♥ Scott Ginsburg’s article “6 Ways to Give People a Front Row Seat to Their Own Brilliance!” If you want people to love you, help them love themselves! ♥ rearranging the house…again. ♥ Hanging up photos–can you believe my walls have been bare??


Alice pushing her cart


♥ Miss America from Nebraska!! ♥ Learning about Montessori at home ♥ Ricky Gervais…I laughed. ♥ …and Jane Fonda doin sexy at 73 at the Golden Globes. I thought she was one of the best-dressed! ♥ Walking into my local tailor shop for the first time ♥ New silver baby shoes ♥ “Why are you laughing?! What are you, jealous!??!” -Wendy Williams ♥


5 Day Wardrobe by Luxirare


At a fabric exchange party last weekend….the bolts of vintage fabric took over the whole house!


birdie boutonnieres


Alice and Sarah.


A photoshoot at CAMP for a local law firm.


♥ Luxuriating ♥ “One cannot go through life without knowing when the next party is.” -My German professor ♥ Surprise snowstorm ♥ Alice’s first tooth ♥ metallic tights ♥ an awesome increase in customer communication–I love hearing from you all! ♥ endless pies coming from my friend Isa who is writing a new pie cookbook (am I supposed to say that?) ♥ poker night ♥ waking up early so I can wear my sunglasses before it gets dark ♥ hand-me-downs…our fifth-grade neighbor Emily just brought over lots of new-old books for Alice ♥ teddy bears picnic ♥ Royal Apothic perfume ♥

Judyth’s bridal bouquet–I’ll do a post about this soon!


Photo by Justin Limoges.


Pretty box (via Heather Brown)

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9 thoughts on “merry wednesday!”

  1. shelby says:

    Luxuriating– that is a word we say at my house all the time. i so love toddlers and tiaras. i think it’s time for alice to go full glitz

  2. megan v says:

    I’m currently totally obsessed with the 5 day wardrobe that Luxirare created recently, TOO. Oh my gosh. I got drool all over my keyboard.

  3. Megan! Thank you so much for the mention of my media relations post for the Creative Freelancer Blog. Hopefully you and other small business owners/creatives can put some of my tips to use to build buzz!

    Keep up the great work :-)

  4. Jenny Mick! says:

    Love the birdie bouts! That picture of Sarah and Alice is so great. I remember you had a photo from that party that was taken of that moment actually – you can see Sarah with her camera and Alice!

  5. Sarah Perry says:

    This post made me smile too on a cold and yucky morning. :)

  6. This has put a smile on my face on an otherwise fairly dismal Wednesday morning – thanks!

    1. good. :) that is my pleasure. good morning!


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Alice Elfie’s Day Off

Alice and I stayed home today so we could start making presents for our family. It's hard to find much time to be together and do any of that between getting off work and bedtime, so we both took a day off! We listened to the Mariah Carey holiday Pandora station all day and had personal pan pizzas delivered for lunch, and ate all the cookies we wanted from a cookie exchange we went to last weekend. Here's what we made, including links!

OOTD: Clothes to covet

Today Alice and I are staying home to work on all of our Christmas gifts together! With my new work schedule, there isn't a lot of time between work and bed to finish any meaningful projects together, so we both took the day off to make and wrap all of our gifts. One thing on my gift list is this outfit. If we don't sell out of my size before the holidays, I'll definitely be buying it from the store. Usually I just buy whatever I want as things come in or order extra for myself, but during the holidays I want to give all of our extra inventory a chance to sell at full price before I snatch it up.

Clark & Company: Young guns in the Omaha music spotlight

This summer was the first time I heard Clark & Company’s music. I was at a friend’s house for a big party and the place was buzzing with lively discussions between friends reuniting and new introductions being made. I heard Clark & Company in the background of all this fun, and it was the kind of sound that you at first think is coming through some speakers somewhere. Soon, singer Sophie Clark’s beautiful, soulful voice caught my ear, and I began paying more attention to the music than the conversation.

Starting a Storefront

So I've never worked clothing retail before. In college I worked at a record store for a while, but it was pretty much exactly like the movie High Fidelity and thus not a legit retail experience. As we were preparing to open our first retail location for the Hello Holiday offices, everyone who knows me kept saying stuff like, "Well, I hope you can handle retail." "I think you're gonna find that running a physical store is a lot different." "Well, I look forward to hearing how THAT goes." It's like when you're a parent and you say stuff like, "I'm planning on taking my kid to work most days," and other parents knowingly go, "Oh, YOU'LLLLLL see."

I opened a store. Here’s what it looks like.

On November 25th, right before Thanksgiving, Sarah and I opened Hello Holiday's first brick-and-mortar location. When we started Hello Holiday, we had no intention of opening a physical store, but one thing we are both good at is seeing opportunities when they arise and reacting to them quickly to take advantage of them. We had had some success with local pop-up shop events, and when a retail space came over in one of Omaha's coolest neighborhoods, we knew we had to take it. We're excited for the store because it'll give us the space we need to grow. The front is the retail showroom, the back will be our offices when we finish construction, and our growing online fulfillment operations take place out of the full basement. With this space, we'll also have the opportunity to carry more independent designers from all over the world and take more risks with designers that would be harder to sell online. When customers can feel the clothing, see the lining, feel the zipper, see how it looks on, they're more likely to feel that emotional connection to these designers. It's not just a connection to an object, to an item of clothing, but a connection to a maker--a designer--who may live thousands of miles away. It's someone we believe in and support, and we're exposing their work to hundreds of thousands of new supporters through our store--both online and now with this physical location.
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