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herbe sainte

Jennie O'Dell

A taste of New Orleans in the heart of Omaha. 

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Perfectly placed in Aksarben Village, Herbe Sainte brings a new feel to the area with its old world charm, delicious menu, and friendly staff. What started as a cocktail lounge soon flourished into a full-on restaurant and bar, and I understand why. When you walk into Herbe Sainte you can automatically tell that the owners put a lot of thought into the restaurant and bar.

Two walls that are floor to ceiling windows that brings in the natural light + an open kitchen that carries the aromas of the New Orleans style dishes to the dining area + a fully stocked bar serving up (what I’ve heard are) some great cocktails = the perfect atmosphere. 

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Havarti Clam Dip, Sweet Corn Shrimp Maque Choux, and cornbread were our recommendations from the waiter and let me just tell you…those dishes did not disappoint. I wish I had room for desert because I was dying to try their beignets, but that’s okay. It’s a good excuse to go back to eat at Herbe Sainte very soon. 

Carlie's Outfit: on the coast pearl sweater + added twist suede skirt 

My Outfit: tell a story sweatshirt + elsa corduroy mini skirt 

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Thank you for reading! Check out the amazing menu for Herbe Sainte on their website, herbesainteomaha.com

always be yourself,

Allie 

lauritzen gardens

Jennie O'Dell

So its officially FREEZING in good ol' Nebraska and I don't know about you guys, but I could do without the cold. While this brisk weather is inevitable and I can't see Mother Nature changing her ways very soon, I found a way to temporarily escape the goosebumps and its called the Lauritzen Gardens

Lauritzen Gardens, located off I-80 in between Omaha and Council Bluffs, is a botanical sanctuary. This massive greenhouse is open year round with four-seasons plant displays. Whether you are a curious botanist, a tourist, or just someone who is allergic to the cold (like myself), a trip to the gardens is worth your time! 

Apparently, this falls trendy colors do not just apply to clothes, but flowers as well. Reds? Purples? Yellows? Lauritzen's chrysanthemums display nailed it and left me absolutely speechless! Mum's the word, amiright?

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It's not everyday that your outfits color scheme can be made up of flowers

 

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I can't help but feel a wave of zen fall over me every time I walk out of the gardens. Who would of thought such a tropical sanctuary would lie in the continental climate of Nebraska? With the hectic holidays approaching and more chilly days ahead of us, I suggest a trip to Lauritzen Gardens for a little escape. Take a book, find a bench, and let's lounge by the lily pond!

 

xoxo,

Meredith

Looking for some holiday activities for the family? Lauritzen Gardens has an amazing poinsettia display that begins November 24th. Also check out our festive, new arrivals online and in store now. Happy Holidays!

Take the time and give a shit, please.

Jennie O'Dell

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Why are people taking so much pride in not giving a shit? When did this happen? And why aren’t we taking the time to notice, that truly caring can be a beautiful thing.  For just one second, imagine a world where every person woke up in the morning thinking “I’m going to give one more shit today, than I did yesterday”.

Before I dig deeper, here’s your disclaimer:

I read this article once about how cursing has proven intelligence ability to the human race. I say that these words are powerful, these words can be constructive instead of only destructive and therefore, a statement can be made when we are using strong taboo words. I hope you see that my choice of language is for constructive mindfulness, and I truly don’t mean to trigger anyone.

Being a 22-year-old, female, college student I’ve seen the hate, the anger, and the wasted energy that goes into “not caring” in this world. It is the malicious repercussion from the lack of caring which has driven me to ask, “How did we get like this?” and “why is it so bad to actually, care?”.

When becoming mindful of who you are, how you are behaving, and how you can truly make a difference; the possibilities of giving a shit become higher. This should not be hard.

Giving a shit isn’t being focused on your own opinion, you forget to see the ground of others. Giving a shit isn’t caring about what others perceive you as, but it is noticing and accepting. To give a shit you simply must care. Care about yourself, care about others, and care about humanity at every different level you can think of. This is important—because of people not taking the 2 seconds to notice, it is ruining our relationships, careers, the planet, and unfortunately ourselves.  

What’s harming you, to give a shit about relationships?

When did it become a thing that everyone needed to be emotionless? When did happiness ever stem from not caring?   Relationships aren’t always gold and glitter.  Sometimes they hurt, and sometimes you have to use the light from the burnt bridges to light your own way. In every single relationship, why can’t we take negative judgments and opinions of others and turn them into feedback? If we found the difference it would be easier to self-improve. We could be asking ourselves, “Was that comment I made earlier, really aligned with my core values?” it might not have been, and that’s okay, you can still improve yourself. Don’t get me wrong- I’m not telling you to pay attention to every single glance or stare, but by watering the seed of self-improvement instead of self-doubt is all rewarding. YOU SHOULD GIVE A SHIT.

What’s harming you, to give a shit about the planet?

On so many diverse levels you watch people teach themselves to not care, so they turn emotionless. What if every time we stepped outside we picked up garbage around our homes, or every time you took your children to the park, you all picked up the trash of strangers, before playing? This is your world- and it’s not bad to notice the world around you and love it while we have it. I have found it so rewarding by being the one that gives a shit. When you respect the world, the world returns the favor to you. I truly believe in the connections the universe has on us, and maybe this isn’t something you pride yourself in—but what comes around goes back around.

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So, what is harming you, to just give a shit?

The correct answer to the three bolded questions above is:  NOTHING!   

Caring is not bad people, it simply is saying you care and you are aware of the hate/bad/evil/ things in life but you will still come forward with passion and love because you CAN. Caring about things can truly bring you peace. Whether the circumstance is finding boundaries, your hardships in your family, or speaking to a stranger about politics—giving a shit helps you be more mindful and genuine to those around you.

Feelings are scary... giving a shit is scary and when people are frightened, they run- they shut down. Shutting down and not caring isn’t going to make all the problems in your world, or the one we share, go away… news flash, the lack of caring is exactly why there is major chaos in our world.

I’m not the only one begging you to care. The world and your relationships are all begging you to care a little more than you cared yesterday. So, notice the world around you, dig a little deeper and simply; Give A Shit.


 

Author/Photographer: Maura Hanzek







 

calling all beauty gurus!

Jennie O'Dell

Hey babes,

To all the stylists, aestheticians, and other beauty specialists out there, we want you to know that we appreciate what you do and all the glam you bring to our lives! To show our appreciation, beyourself has a special treat for you.  Starting now, at both beyourself locations, bring in your professional business card to receive 20% off your WHOLE purchase. But wait, there’s more!!!   Send us your clients and tell them to mention your name and salon when shopping with us.  By doing so, you will receive your choice of 10% of their sales in cash, or 20% of their sales for a “clothing allowance” to spend at beyourself.  Stop in, introduce yourself, and let’s shop!

Want a new opportunity to showcase your talents and help grow your clientele? Collab with us! Whether it’s hair, makeup, nails, we want to see it come to life paired with a fabulous outfit from beyourself.  We would love to feature you and your work on our social media! If this interests you, message us on Instagram, @beyourselfboutique, or email us at beyourselflincoln@gmail.com for more info.

Can’t wait to hear from all of you!

 

xoxo

beyourself team 

love your melon

Jennie O'Dell

Let’s impact this world in a positive way.

Let’s do something good. Make a change. Care more not only about our family and friends, but for anyone who is going through a difficult time in their lives because everyone deserves to be noticed, recognized and helped through hard times. 

Love Your Melon is doing just that; caring. 

"An apparel brand dedicated to giving a beanie to every child battling cancer in America as well as supporting nonprofit organizations who lead the fight against pediatric cancer."

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Every year over 15,000 children are diagnosed with cancer. With the help of the Campus Crew Program, Love Your Melon is able to connect with these children and their families.

There are over 840 Love Your Melon college campus crews with 13,500 + members across the nation who are joining hands to spread awareness, raise money, and support those in the fight against pediatric cancer. 

"I joined Love Your Melon because I wanted to help support the children that are everyday battling for their lives and staying strong. I wanted to help out in anyway I could" - Veronica 

"I joined Love Your Melon because I wanted to help support the children that are everyday battling for their lives and staying strong. I wanted to help out in anyway I could" - Veronica 

This organization creates an open and loving community that is bonded by one goal in mind, to help. The University of Nebraska Omaha crew is doing just that. Whether it is volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House, participating in a Dance Marathon to raise money, creating awareness in the community or on social media, or sponsoring children with cancer. 

What can you do to help? Raise awareness. Volunteering at your local Ronald McDonald House. If you’re a college student that has a Love Your Melon Crew on campus, join or support the cause. Buy a beanie because for every beanie purchased, one is donated to a child with cancer. 

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Visit https www.loveyourmelon.com to learn more about the organization, purchase a beanie, and more!

xoxo

Allie