What I Want For Winter

I had a totally different post planned for today, but my little dude managed to break my laptop! A few drops of coffee in a covered travel mug three feet away from the computer are all he needs to wreak absolute havoc on his mama’s work life. Impressive.

Since my computer and photo editing software are M.I.A. for a few days, I thought I’d bring you a look at what I not-so-secretly wish I could be doing instead of working: shopping.

Here’s what I want in my closet this winter.

I usually like my plaid grungy, not preppy, …

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Comfort Food at Cracked Pepper

The corner of 45th Street and 17th Avenue South in Fargo is a hot spot for new chain eateries (three restaurants and a coffee shop have opened in the last few weeks) but if you continue just a few blocks west on 17th Avenue, you’ll find one of my favorite homegrown lunch spots, Cracked Pepper.

This cozy little neighborhood restaurant appeals to both foodies and the hometown cafe crowd by balancing imaginative, fresh ingredients with classic comfort food.

Cracked Pepper is mere feet from Home Depot, tucked into the corner of a mixed-use building in a residential area. …

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Kimono Style

I love fashion, but I don’t really consider myself a fashion blogger.

I don’t do an “Outfit of the Day” feature. I’m horrible at taking selfies. And I’m much more interested in photographing other people’s outfits than my own.

But sometimes a brand asks me to give my thoughts on fashion in North Dakota and beyond. And it’s worth overcoming my photo shoot hatred to show the world that Midwestern style is about so much more than the flannel shirts and earflap caps that pop culture seems to think we all wear.

I styled this vintage kimono as part …

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A Chat With Writer and Human Rights Advocate Roxana Saberi

Journalist and Fargo native Roxana Saberi has traveled the world as a journalist and been in the international spotlight as a prisoner in Iran. But now she’s exactly where she wants to be, telling stories that might not otherwise be heard and speaking out for human rights.

Roxana is back in Fargo hosting Between Two Worlds: America and The Middle East at The Fargo Theatre on October 9 (limited tickets are still available), a dialogue-centered event that features a diverse range of voices with ties to the Middle East.

I had a chance to ask Roxana a few …

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A Sneak Peek Inside Drekker Brewing Company

Beer fans, rejoice! Drekker Brewing Company will open to the public on Friday, October 10th at 4 p.m.

Mark Bjornstad, Jesse Feigum and Darin and Mason Montplaisir have been hard at work getting their downtown taproom and brewery ready and they let my husband Derrick and I stop by to take a look.

Here’s your exclusive sneak peek inside Drekker Brewing Company!

The first thing you notice as you approach the brewery is the great downtown location.

It’s at street level in the middle of a developing stretch of 1st Avenue anchored by Wurst Bier Hall just a few doors …

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Going Exotic With Gold

I love it when jewelry tells a story. And these gorgeous pieces from Julie Vos make me daydream about spice-scented markets and luxurious dressing rooms and exotic destinations.

I’ve been loyal to silver for years now, but this fall I’ve fallen hard for gold.

And Julie Vos does so gold so beautifully, creating quietly dramatic conversation pieces from nickel-free brass covered in 24K gold and accented with semi-precious stones.

Although her materials sound like something from an alchemist’s workshop (gold, blue quartz, turquoise, labradorite, moonstone, pearls and aqua chalcedony) the results are striking and modern.

So when Julie’s people asked …

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Shop the FMVA Studio Crawl From Anywhere

The FMVA Studio Crawl is back October 4 and 5 from noon to 6. This is one of my favorite events in the valley, an absolute don’t-miss experience.

Artists all over Fargo-Moorhead (and also in Harwood, North Dakota and Kragnes, Rollag and Felton, Minnesota) throw open the doors to their studios and invite us all in for food, drinks, demonstrations and a chance to see their creative process in a whole new light.

It’s free, open to all ages and totally informal.

You can print out a map here, or just look for the red and white Studio …

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A Blogger Party at The Toasted Frog

The Toasted Frog in Grand Forks is an absolute gem. It’s a busy, buzzy place, packed with people and blessed with consistently fabulous reviews. And it deserves the hype. The atmosphere is stellar and the food is top-notch.

The emphasis is on locally sourced, quality ingredients and you can taste it in every bite.

The Chilean sea bass with curry sauce may just have been the best entree I’ve had in North Dakota all year. The fish was silky and rich and perfectly prepared. The nutty pearls of Israeli couscous complimented it beautifully.

My meal at The Toasted Frog was part of …

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Street Style: Jeans and Statement Jewelry

Fall is a season of frosty mornings and warm afternoons and that can make getting dressed a challenge.

I love Nycole Burton’s take on fall dressing. Nycole is on her feet all day as the owner of Trendz Boutique in Minot, North Dakota so she knows a few things about dressing for both fashion and function.

(You can read my look inside Trendz Boutique here.)

Midwestern girls love their denim and Nycole has a simple way to get us out of the jeans and tank top rut. She pairs flattering denim (dark, with just a hint of flare) …

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Creativity Runs Wild At Celebrations ‘n’ Crafts

Downtown Dickinson is right on the cusp of a major revitalization.

The neighborhood is lovely and there’s a core group of small business owners who are passionate about revitalizing the historic space and extolling the virtues of walkable, community-centered downtown living.

One of the newest shops in downtown Dickinson is Celebrations ‘n’ Crafts. It’s officially billed as an arts and crafts supply store, but it’s so much more.

I confess, the name threw me at first. I’d pictured a quaint quilt shop full of calico run by little old ladies.

Instead, I found a vibrant, eclectic gallery/art supply store/Etsy-style explosion of …

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