The Chappy Dress And A Winner!

Wow, you ladies definitely loved my last post about Chappy Windsor and her Minot store, Dakota Chappy. It’s inspiring to see how one person has changed so many women’s relationship to clothing and their bodies.

And thanks for commenting and entering to The Chappy Dress, an original design by Chappy Windsor! I’ve totally been living in this comfy dress and my Total Tight (another Chappy design) since I got home from Minot.

I went to the store specifically to purchase a Total Tight, but I have to admit, I totally would have walked right past this dress …

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A Cold One At Junkyard Brewing Company

When the weather gets warmer, all I want is a cold beer. If it’s a super hoppy beer and it’s served on a patio, that’s even better.

If you’re in Moorhead this spring or summer, Junkyard Brewing Company is a great place to grab a beer. The scene is lively, the beer is big and bold and the Junkyard crew opens up those big garage doors and everybody spills out onto the patio. The always buzzy taproom kicks it up a notch, but that’s the best way for a brewery to be on a warm night.

Brothers …

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Dakota Chappy: A North Dakota Original

Is “prairie glam” a thing? If not, it should be. And designer and boutique owner Chappy Windsor should be the movement’s poster girl.

Her Minot boutique, Dakota Chappy, is a fascinating retail concept, an eclectic mix of boho, western, rocker and romantic influences. And Chappy herself is on a mission to help woman of all sizes look fabulous by providing streamlined wardrobe solutions.

Now you can win one of her original designs, a swingy little black dress that somehow looks good on everybody…and every body. But I’ll tell you more about that later in this post.

First, I want …

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It’s a Mad, Mad World: Vintage Furniture And “Mad Men”

I just got back from a #PrairiePlaces places trip to Minot and it reminded me of what great antique shops and thrift stores we have in North Dakota and Minnesota. There are so many treasures out there for a great price — if you’re willing to look.

The challenge is, most people aren’t. My mom came with me on this trip and she and I turned out to be a great thrifting/antiquing pair. But if I would have brought my sister along, her eyes would have glazed over about 30 seconds in. Some people just don’t …

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Hello, Magic City! A #PrairiePlaces Road Trip

Spring is here and it’s time for another #PrairiePlaces road trip!

Next week, after few particularily intense days of deadlines and taxes and assorted technical difficulties, I’m packing up the baby and heading to Minot, the Magic City, home of Josh Duhamel, The North Dakota State Fair and a rapidly revitalizing downtown scene.

My brother Jacob and I dropped in last summer and we inadvertantly chose days (Sunday and Monday) when the city closes early, so I’m excited to see a few more places this time around.

Even though the city was a little sleepier than usual when …

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Bags, Baubles & Bubbly: A Guest Post

There are so many cool parties and events going on all over the region that I just can’t get to them all! So this spring, I decided to enlist some help.

Prairie People, meet Ashley Wright. Ashley is a Bismarck-based writer who blogs about life, love, food and fashion through a Jane Austen lens at If I Were Jane.

She’s here to give us a look into the Bags, Baubles & Bubbly event she attended in Bismarck a few days ago. The party benefits RSVP+ND, a cool organization that matches volunteers with worthy causes in North Dakota.


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What I’m Reading: Three Midwestern Books I Love

If reading is like food for a writer, then I’m a snacker, a grab-and-go girl, a total impulse buyer.

Sure, sometimes I take recommendations, log into my library account and reserve a few books I heard about on NPR or attempt (and usually fail) to keep up with a book club. But the truth is, 90% of what I read comes directly from a library display.

You say it’s Women’s History Month? Eleanor Roosevelt and Tina Fey sound fabulous. Books about gardening? Sweet — I need to know more about landscaping anyway. Books that are red? Sure, …

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A Jewelry Fix From Rocksbox

I’ve been wanting to incorporate a really bold statement necklace into my spring wardrobe, but it’s been kind of a challenge.  So when Blair at Rocksbox asked if I wanted to try a free membership to their premium jewelry subscription box service for a few months, I was all in.

It seemed like the perfect way to test drive a few new looks and try out some styles that I might not gravitate towards in the store. And I’m not gonna lie, having some pretty things arrive in the mail every month sounded fun too.

If you’re not …

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Relaxing at Seven Clans Casino

I’m beat. Toast. Exhausted. It’s been a crazy few weeks of deadlines, new clients and exciting new spring Prairie Style File road trip developments. So to recover, I’m taking a trip down memory lane. Here’s a relaxing look at Seven Clans Casino in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, where I spent a lazy weekend with my Derrick’s family earlier this winter.

We didn’t really make any plans. I just brought my bathing suit, a stack of magazines and my camera. Here’s what we found.

Seven Clans Casino has a Minnesota northwoods thing going on, all pine …

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A Little Blogger Love: The Liebster Award

Earlier this week I got a sweet note from the lovely Midwest in Style informing me that she’d nominated me for The Liebster Award. Yay!

This award is designed to introduce bloggers (and our readers) to other bloggers who are doing new and interesting things. It’s always an honor to be recognized by your peers. And this is a great chance for all of us — writers and readers — to connect with new people.

In this post I’ll tell you some things that you probably didn’t know about me. And I’ll introduce you to a few other …

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