The Bakken Boom! Artists Respond To The North Dakota Oil Rush

The oil rush has altered the physical and economic landscape of western North Dakota, setting changes in motion that reverberate well beyond state lines. Over twenty artists from across the country explore the consequences of that transformation in “The BAKKEN BOOM! Artists Respond to the North Dakota Oil Rush” at the Plains Art Museum in downtown Fargo.

I had a chance to talk with three of the artists in the exhibit about their work as well as their thoughts on and connections to the oil boom. Here’s a look at North Dakota oil development through their …

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Chloe + Isabel Winner And Another Chance To Win

We have a winner for the Chloe + Isabel giveaway — and another chance to win!

Keep reading to see who won a $25 jewelry credit. Want to win $25 off a purchase of $75+? Just comment below, like, share or comment on this post on social Facebook or Re-Tweet it on Twitter by Sunday, January 25 for a chance to win the $25 credit off of your purchase.

Every interaction counts as an entry. And just like in “The 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway”, make sure that you tag me on social media so I can …

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#PrairiePlaces, Minnesota Style

On cold winter nights, there’s nothing I love more than a little arm chair traveling. Here’s a look at some lovely moments from my home state of Minnesota.

If you want to contribute your own shots to the next post or the Prairie Places Photo Gallery, just tag them #PrairiePlaces on social media. And you can always write your ideas in the comment section below any post or email your photos and ideas to

The photos that are credited below are from readers like you, and the rest are from me. Enjoy!

I love this shot of the Minneapolis …

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Party Pics: The Fabulous Fashion & Friends Event

One of my favorite things about going to an event is seeing what everybody is wearing. I attended the Fabulous Fashion & Friends event to benefit the Meredith Haugen Play Therapy Room at Rape and Abuse Crisis Center with my mom and sister on Thursday and the crowd definitely didn’t disappoint.

There were some amazing looks on the runway from My Best Friend’s Closet (I liked the cozy layered looks and my sister fell head over heels in love with an Alexander McQueen) but the crowd was just as inspiring.

Here are some of our favorite looks.

These …

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Free Jewelry from Chloe + Isabel

If you love jewelry, this month’s giveaway is for you!

I’m a sucker for blue topaz, so I was thrilled when Alysia Gratton Ramos from Chloe + Isabel sent over these gorgeous stud earrings for me to try. Aren’t they pretty? And I love the script that goes around the earring backs — it’s such an unexpected detail.

I first noticed Chloe + Isabel jewelry in “Lucky”, “InStyle” and “Vogue” last year. I loved the line’s bold statement pieces and just assumed it must be expensive.

Nope. Not at all. The NYC-based company is all about providing on-trend …

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Pantone’s Color of the Year, For Your Wardrobe And Your Home

The Pantone 2015 Color of the Year is marsala, a warm, complex wine red with mellow, pinkish brown undertones.

“I can actually wear marsala!” my friend Jo practically squealed as we chatted in my kitchen last night. I’m friends with lots of artists, DIY buffs and creative types, but I’m usually the only nerd who trots out color theory at dinner parties, so this was a refreshing change of pace.

And the choice of marsala is refreshing as well. It works for every skin tone and it’s as flattering on the walls as it is in a lipstick. And as …

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A Sugar Rush at Eclectic Collections & Confections

There’s something magical about a candy store, no matter how old you are.

And Eclectic Collections & Confections in Thief River Falls, Minnesota is one of the best.

The tidy rows of chocolates, the riot of colorful wrappers, the bulk candy neatly tucked into clear glass jars at eye level — it’s all designed to look beautiful and delicious.

A father and daughter were shopping at Eclectic Collections & Confections at the same time as I was and all of our eyes were as big as these cute little stuffed animals.

I guess you’re never too old to be …

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In Studio With Illustrator Noel “Scotch” Anderson

Whether he’s creating a comic book, portraying politicians as mudslinging brats in the local paper or creating a piece for a gallery show, Noel “Scotch” Anderson has a trademark style. His work is cartoony and colorful and chock full of pop culture references, super busty babes and zingy wit.

The Hawley, Minnesota illustrator has built a career that’s as multi-faceted as he is. When I first met Scotch, I was in high school and he was in a band. (I still have that “Punky Boobster” CD around here somewhere…) Then his friend married my friend and we …

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What Are You Wearing New Year’s Eve?

Someone once told me that how you ring in the New Year predicts how the next year will be. Even though I’m not normally superstitious, I love this idea.

And it’s been true for me. I’ve rung in the New Year in lots of different ways, from sitting in my stocking feet, drinking beer and playing games with friends to wearing killer heels and drinking champagne while fire breathers and trapeze artists whirled about my head. The years that followed were very true to those opening moments.

Even you don’t believe it, pretending it’s true gets you out …

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Street Style: A Grown-Up Take On Violet Hair

I have a thing for purple hair. I used to streak mine purple and magenta back in high school and college until the upkeep got to be too much. (It fades to Easter egg pastel if you’re not vigilant about it and I’m kind of lazy.)

So when I saw Heidi Johnson from Clearbrook, Minnesota at TJ Maxx in Fargo, I was immediately drawn to her grown-up take on purple hair.

She runs Heidi’s Hilltop Hair Design in Clearbrook, Minnesota and it turns out that her hair was in transition when we ran into each other …

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