Escape to Coteau Des Prairies Lodge

Fall is turning into winter and so much more than just the weather is changing.

New assignments, new adventures and a baby who isn’t exactly a baby anymore have got me thinking about how quickly things move forward, how one season rolls into the next.

The ground is snow-covered now, but soon everything will be as lush and green as it was when I took these photos at Coteau des Prairies Lodge, a beautiful little escape at the southern edge of North Dakota.

Sometimes I need a little visual reminder that winter won’t last forever.  This post is an ode …

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Score Unique Holiday Gifts In North Dakota

The holiday shopping season is heating up and we all want to find that perfect gift.

Ditch the big box stores and embrace a more laid-back, artful shopping experience at locally owned shops and boutiques instead. You’ll find great gifts with a ton of personality — and many of them will be unique to the region.

Here are eight of my favorite spots for holiday shopping in North Dakota.

They offer one-stop shopping for almost everyone on your list, but they also provide a little something special (coffee, cupcakes, an adorable kitten) that makes the shopping experience even …

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Introducing Prairie Style Vintage

I’m a vintage shopping junkie. I love the thrill of the hunt, bargaining at garage sales and the rush of finding something beautiful in the dusty boxes at estate sales.

Every once in a while I find something fabulous that doesn’t quite work for me, something that’s just too good to let go. So I’ve found a way to put my vintage hunting skills to work for you.

Fabulous Prairie Style File people, meet my newest project, Prairie Style Vintage!

I just launched the shop a few minutes ago and I’m giving you a chance to win a $25 credit to …

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Hippie Chic in Oil Country

See these awesome paisley palazzo pants? I searched for the perfect pair forever — and finally them in the most unexpected place.

I fell in love with the haute hippie look on vacation in Spain a few years ago and I’ve been looking for a pair ever since. But everything I tried on stateside just made me look like I was wearing pajamas.

After looking literally halfway around the world, I finally found the perfect pair at Meyers Department Store in, of all places, Watford City, North Dakota.

Hippie chic was the last thing I expected to find in oil country, but …

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#PrairiePlaces, Through Your Eyes

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes,
but in having new eyes.”
Marcel Proust

The Upper Midwest gets a bad rap. It’s called flyover country, as if this hardscrabble, ever-evolving, vibrantly beautiful place is just some barren hinterland that travelers can nap through without missing a thing.

Frost in St. John, North Dakota
Photo by Peggy Langan

National media outlets fact-check their stories but still say “Pierre, North Dakota” and spell “Bismarck” incorrectly over and over again. Just yesterday morning, a national news outlet reported on the snowfall in Grand Forks and Devils Lake, which (according to their map) have apparently migrated across …

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Stripes and Street Art

So I was severely under-caffeinated the day Anne from Devil Dog Studio and I shot these early morning photos in downtown Fargo, but I’m sharing them anyway because they show off two of my favorite things in the world — stripes and street art.

So ignore my super sleepy face (I call this look “I have an exhausting toddler and an early morning deadline”) and check out my go-to outfit and one of Fargo’s most photogenic alleyways.

I basically live in a variation of this outfit when the weather gets cooler. Boots? Check. Swingy skirt? Check. Black jacket …

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A Fargo-Moorhead Mini Guide

Every city has landmarks, places that attract lots of visitors and attention thanks to their location, history or stellar marketing campaigns. They’re eye-catching, they show up in the tourism brochures and even a casual visitor can figure out that they’re worth a look. Visiting marquee attractions is a great way to get to know a city.

But they never tell the whole story. To really dig deep into a place, you have to get off the beaten path. Browse the little shops, stop into a restaurant that looks interesting, linger over coffee and see where the day takes …

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Use What You Have

“Use what you have, use what the world gives you. Use the first day of fall: bright flame before winter’s deadness; harvest; orange, gold, amber; cool nights and the smell of fire.

Our tree-lined streets are set ablaze, our kitchens filled with the smells of nostalgia: apples bubbling into sauce, roasting squash, cinnamon, nutmeg, cider, warmth itself.

The leaves as they spark into wild color just before they die are the world’s oldest performance art, and everything we see is celebrating one last violently hued hurrah before the black and white silence of winter.”

― Shauna Niequist
“Bittersweet: Thoughts …

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All The Fall Things

I don’t know when I fell in love with fall, but I fell hard. And October in North Dakota has been so warm and beautiful this year that we’re all a little delirious.

Today’s forecast calls for temperatures in the high 70s, a glorious, unexpected gift. I remember wearing a snowsuit under my Halloween costume (I looked like a blimp with fairy wings) so this is pretty fantastic.

Since it’s been so nice out, it’s been easy to do all those fun, outdoorsy autumn things that I see in other people’s Facebook feeds, but never really get …

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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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