Eye Candy At The Minneapolis Farmers Market

Hello, my name is Alicia and I can’t stop taking photos at the Minneapolis Farmers Market.

No, seriously. It got kind of out of hand, so today I’m bringing you this colorful, photo-heavy post featuring all the gorgeous things Liz, Robyn and I found when we spent one roasting hot Saturday morning in August at the market.

The Minneapolis Farmers Market actually operates during weekdays and weekends in a few different locations, but they pull out all the stops at the north Lyndale location on weekend mornings.

Liz’s friend Denise is a farmers market connoisseur so when …

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The Ruby Ribbon Winner

Somebody just won their choice of a cool cami or a $50 gift certificate to Ruby Ribbon from local, independent consultant Char Gust. Was it you?

Before I tell you all this month’s winner, I just wanted to give you a heads up that our next giveaway is coming up on September 8th. That’s the Tuesday after Labor Day — which I’m in all kinds of denial about. Excuse me while I have a tiny moment of panic about where our summer has gone. Enjoy it while you can, people!

I’m drinking a beer on the …

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Public Art in Saint Paul

Last weekend was an epic girls’ getaway with Liz, Robyn and Naomi and we spent a lot of our time in Saint Paul. It was Naomi’s last week in town before we steal her away from the 651, so she showed us to some of her favorite haunts. And Liz and I did a little exploring on our own as well.

We took lightrail into the city (yay, Green Line!) and did a ton of walking through Downtown and Lowertown. And as we were exploring, we noticed that Saint Paul had a ton of interesting public art.

Here are …

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The Woman Behind Wildflowers, Inc: A Guest Post

I met Katie Ryan-Anderson at the North Dakota Bloggers & Writers Workshop in June and I was excited when she responded to my invitation to submit a #PrairiePeople guest post.

I discover a lot of cool things in my wanderings, but the fact is, most of my tips come from residents and readers like you, since you know your region better than anyone. And when a resident and reader just happens to be a writer as well, that’s even better!

Katie will be bringing you the story behind Wildflowers, Inc., a sweet little shop in LaMoure, ND. …

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A Stop At Grain Bin Coffee

If you caught my earlier post about Harvey, North Dakota, you know that this colorful little community was an unexpected find. The colorful murals on the buildings drew me in, but Grain Bin Coffee made me put the car in park and stay awhile.

When I saw the shop’s vivid signage from down the street, I turned to my mom and said “These are my people.” It’s not hard to spot the wild ones, the free spirits, the artists in any city, but it’s especially clear cut in a small town. And I always like to support …

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Smart Wardrobe Solutions From Ruby Ribbon

Ladies, if you’ve ever wanted a comprehensive wardrobe system that makes getting dressed a no-brainer, this giveaway is for you.

This month, Chat Gust a local, independent consultant for Ruby Ribbon tells us a little about the clothing line that changed her life.

Everything in the Ruby Ribbon line is designed to support and smooth so women don’t have to stress. “Each contains some sort of shaping secret,” says Char “just to give the wearer a little tummy tuck or a smoother line in their clothes.”

Panties and shape wear are designed to stay put, tanks are long …

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Banquet in a Field

I pretty much always say “yes”. Unless something totally violates my principles or might hurt somebody, I’ll almost always try it.

So when Katie from The Pinke Post asked me if I wanted to check out CommonGround North Dakota’s Banquet in a Field at Peterson Farms Seed I said yes immediately — even thought I didn’t know exactly what it was.

It was freakin’ gorgeous — that’s what it was. Seriously, look at this.

The combination of gourmet food and a gorgeous setting mean that guests can experience local agriculture through their senses in a hands-on way.

CommonGround …

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A Gordmans Winner

Thanks for entering the monthly giveaway from Gordmans! It sounds like you all have some some major shopping planned.

So what am I buying to get me through the last days of summer? Giant sunglasses and boho prints, naturally.  Some things never change.

If you check out the Gordmans website, be sure to sign up for email alerts so you can score coupons and discounts all year long. Then you can save money whether you win this month or not.

Speaking of winners, Lynne just scored a $25 gift card to Gordmans! Lynne, look for an email from me. …

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The Fabulous Kegs Drive In

Baby boy and I spent a few days in Grand Forks last week and I knew we had to check out The Fabulous Kegs Drive In.

The Fabulous Kegs Drive In (a.k.a. The Kegs, The Kegs Drive In or The Fabulous Kegs) is only open until September and it’s one of those vintage roadside spots that I’m just a sucker for.

It’s located on a quiet residential street, surrounded by mature trees. This place has been in the neighborhood for years and apparently lots of you have fond memories of this place, because this photo got tons …

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Street Style: Colorful Summer Layers

Leanne Sucrow is an interior designer and owner of The Green Room design service and furniture store in Fargo.

She’s also my boss lady at the studio, an occasional shop featuring handmade, upcycled and vintage items where I sell (shameless plug alert) Prairie Style Vintage clothing and accessories every third weekend (Thursday-Saturday) of the month.

She also has a great look — colorful and eclectic, but always balanced. She’s a woman who can wear an entire outfit of statement pieces and it looks totally right.

She kindly let me take her photo at the studio’s July event so you …

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