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Woman With A Plan - Issue #35

“It's not enough to be nice in life. You've got to have nerve.” ― Georgia O'Keeffe

Woman With A Plan

July 20 · Issue #35 · View online
Weekly thoughts, ideas, and information from one woman to another.

“It’s not enough to be nice in life. You’ve got to have nerve.”
― Georgia O'Keeffe

Modern Art
I finally jumped on the bandwagon and watched Hannah Gadsby: Nanette on Netflix last weekend and I’m still thinking about it. Have you seen it? It begins as a typical stand-up set for the first 30 minutes and then dives into a powerful confrontation of comedy and art, and the deeply embedded homophobia and misogyny within our culture. Every media outlet is going bananas over it, as are most of my friends. It’s the kind of cathartic experience that brings laughter, tears, and the unexpected relief when someone has perfectly articulated an obvious flaw in the system. Her takedown of Picasso and the art world, in particular, brought up years of struggling with admiration of famed artists despite their well-known transgressions and seemingly random depictions of nude, vulnerable (and often underage) women. In all my classes on art history, it kills me that I was never bold enough to question the men behind our masterpieces, assuming my discomfort was due to a lack of understanding and the prestige of a museum validation of their motives. As we continue our European adventures in this post #metoo world, I’ll take the opportunity to see great works of art from a fresh perspective, questioning its truth and searching for greater authenticity. With any hope, it will teach my sons to do the same. 
Media Diet
Jiminy Christmas, what further evidence do we need of collusion when it’s happening right under our noses? The gun is on fire, people! #impeachimpeachimpeach
A thousand times, THIS. One of my longstanding pet peeves is the habit of calling men by their last names, especially in the workplace. It so often reinforces a frathouse mentality to the exclusion or detriment of women.
Fascinating read on the life of Martha Gellhorn, war correspondent, and wife of some guy named Hemingway. Makes me want to watch this HBO movie again. 
If we can’t have Barack back, at least we can pretend to be in his book club.
Aha, that explains it. (via NY Times)
Thanks to my cousin Allie for a hot tip on this unique exhibition coming soon to Vienna. Reminds me to watch Wes Anderson’s latest.
Adding this creepy thriller to my list of shows to tide me over until this and this make a return. I wish I could dive right into that mall! 😍
My latest guilty pleasure, you’re welcome.
Without a Doubt Part 2, 2012 by Oliver Jeffers
Open Tabs
I’ve been wearing these Birkenstocks every. damn. day. since we moved to Vienna and they are amazingly durable, but I’m ready for a change. Keeping my eye on this cute pair of sandals (in black). Also love the look of these flats once the weather cools down a bit.
I’ve read about this sunscreen/serum combo no less than three times this past week. Adding it to my list of #europeanbeautysecrets.
Actress Michelle Williams wore the cutest outfit this week. The jumpsuit is on sale (though still fairly pricey), and you’d have to search for the perfect vintage Wrangler jacket, but at least the Saltwater sandals are easy enough to find.
Nordstrom is having their big Anniversary Sale and I’ve been keeping my eye out, but the options are fairly ho-hum, IMHO. If I had to choose, I’d go for this colorful sweater, these unique jeans, and this practical sweater tank top
Loving this beautiful living room reveal, especially the photo arrangements. My fail-proof tips for perfectly aligned photos:
  1. Use a laser level when marking the wall and aligning photos once they’re hung on the wall.
  2. Use sticky tack to secure the lower corners of the frame to the wall, keeping them perfectly in place. 
  3. Measure twice, hammer once. (I never do this and always regret it)
Have a Wonderful Weekend
Woman With A Plan is a newsletter by Sarah Richey, an American expat living in Vienna, Austria, and mom of three feminists in the making.
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