My freelance writing work for Encounter Magazine & Omaha M of Omaha Publications.

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Good Things are Poppin in North O

With Dr. Orlanda Whitfield

Orlanda Whitfield, PH.D., was born and raised in Omaha. She graduated from Central High School in 1995 andreceived a doctorate in both education and educational leadership from College of Saint Mary, where she teaches…


Agustin Delgado

Making the Dream(y) Work

Agustin Delgado is humble when talking about his work, yet when you see his red-carpet-worthy designs walk therunway, you would never guess the man behind these ethereal, bold looks is quite shy. Growing up…

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Fashion In Business Settings

Business suits and sneakers—are either acceptable?

The worst thing I saw someone wear in a professional setting was a mini skirt with a backless blouse and tattoosshowing when accepting an award,” says Gretchen Twohig, a lawyer at Blue Cross Blue…

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The Collectible Juantiesha Christian

From Fashion Week to SuShe by J. Tracey

Juantiesha Christian is a self-taught fashion designer. She does not have traditional training. She did not take any classes, and she does not hold a fashion degree. She learned her craft by feeling textiles and examining…


Brand R/evolution

Fashion Designer Hannah Nodskov Avoids Burn Out

In the fall of 2016, Hannah Nodskov was in her final semester at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, studyingentrepreneurship and marketing. She was also having a “weird crisis,” as she calls it. Her…


Breanne Reiss’ Technicolor World

Breanne Reiss

A 21st-century lady of leisure, Lincoln-based  comfort clothing super-fan Breanne Reiss designs funky casual fashion for her technicolor world. Reiss’s clothing label, Sweatshirt of the Month Club, may look like it came from another planet,…

 07 March 2018- Gabriella Quiroz is photographed at her studio in Hot Shops for Encounter Magazine.

Where Pink Pigeons Fly

& Gabi Quiroz's Art Finds Wings

Coming from a very artistic family, Gabi Quiroz’s parents always encouraged her creative endeavors. Her mothertaught her to shade, her father used to draw, her grandmother quilts, and she has an aunt who draws…