It Girls And Indie Guys

Summer clothes are tricky.

Dressing to beat the heat works great for the beach but the colorful, breathable, pared-down looks that work so well on vacation or for casual weekends at home can look out of place — or even sloppy — at work or running errands. Splashy prints and tropical colors are fun, but they don’t integrate into my (mostly black and gray) wardrobe very well.

That’s why Alexa Chung is my new summer style icon. The fashion editor, TV presenter, former model and English street fashion darling is always wearing something interesting.

But best of all, …

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The Gordmans Winner And A Coupon For Everybody

We have a winner! Somebody just scored a $25 gift card to Gordmans to get a jump on their fall shopping. Was it you?

Thanks to everyone who entered. It’s always fun to read your comments and get to know you better. Even if you didn’t win this time, you can print off the coupon at the bottom of this post for 20% off pretty much anything in the store, so it’s kind of like everybody wins something.

And don’t forget to check back on September 9 for your next chance to win.

We had a vote for BB …

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Sweet And Savory Milkhaus Ice Cream

There are very few things that make me do an about-face in the middle of the Downtown Fargo Street Fair with an overstimulated toddler in tow.

Bacon ice cream is one of them.

And so is dark chocolate lavender ice cream. And white chocolate lemon ice cream. And pistachio. And salted caramel. From the second I saw the flavor list from Milkhaus, a new line of artisanal, handmade ice cream, I knew I was gonna be hooked.

Photo from Milkhaus

Milkhaus specializes in creamy, savory, unexpected flavor combinations that push the boundaries of what we expect from ice cream. The …

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Win a Back To School Gift Card From Gordmans

Forget the New Year — fall is the season of new beginnings. The cool air brings visions of new books and new adventures, of cocoa and cozy sweaters and leaves crunching under foot on crisp mornings.

It’s already back to school shopping season (how did that happen?!) and even if you’re not actually going back to class yourself, it’s a great time to explore a new look.

A Jessica Simpson handbag

For this month’s giveaway, you could win a $25 Gordmans gift certificate to kick-start your shopping.

If you’re a regular reader, you know that I normally save these giveaways for regional boutiques, organizations and artists. But …

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What’s In A Name? Figuring It Out At Trendz Boutique

A confession — I almost walked right by Trendz Boutique because I’ve developed an aversion to creative spellings in retail.

Thankfully I didn’t, because this little shop in downtown Minot, North Dakota is one of my favorites in the state.

See, when I lived in the Twin Cities, shops with “fun” spellings catered to broke young things like myself who wanted something sexy and cheap to wear to the club.

On Friday nights, there we’d be, a rainbow of girls still in our maid’s uniforms, fast food caps and server’s aprons frantically digging through plastic bins and messy racks of …

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Small Town Tex-Mex at Azteca Mexican Grill

Grafton, North Dakota might seem like an odd place to find Mexican food, but that’s just one of the many surprises this little town has up its sleeve.

In addition to offering a surprisingly good retail scene (my sister and I have had lots of shopping adventures in town), Grafton has several locally-owned restaurants.

Azteca Mexican Grill is one of them.  It’s a local joint in downtown Grafton owned by David Carlisle.

It’s a rare bird in this Internet age — no Facebook page, just a smattering of online reviews and a completely incorrect link that …

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In Studio: The Dreamy Works of Lacie Van Orman

Lacie Van Orman’s work is whimsical and dreamy, a playful and quietly vivid look at landscapes she loves.

She showcases tranquil landscapes and downtown landmarks near her home in Bismarck, North Dakota by playing with color and texture. The resulting hazy Technicolor dreamscapes are somehow both cheerful and a little moody. And they make you look twice.

Lacie has always been a creative person, but she’s “officially” been creating since she started selling prints, laptop sleeves and pillows (so cute!) on Etsy under the name Loupine Design last August.

In today’s In Studio post, Lacie takes us inside …

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Coffee Worship at The Brew

The Brew in Dickinson, North Dakota is one of the most unusual places I’ve ever drank a cup of coffee.

The coffee shop and restaurant is tucked into a cozy little Episcopal Church where (rumor has it) Teddy Roosevelt worshipped when he lived and worked on two ranches near Dickinson in the 1880s.

Although it was a place of reflection and worship in a past life, today The Brew is a bustling place with a great vibe. The ownership has kept the majority of the church’s architecture intact, so while the atmosphere is buzzy, it still feels very …

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Little Free Library Movement

I first noticed a Little Free Library last summer. It was a secluded oasis of books almost hidden underneath a majestic canopy of trees on downtown Fargo’s historic 8th Street.

Now I see them all over the country when I travel and they’re popping up all over my neighborhood too. And they never fail to make me smile.

Photo by Eddie Gonzalez

The concept is simple. Homeowners put out a box full of books and passerby can take a book or leave a book to share whenever they like. It’s totally free and sort of a residential version …

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Street Style: Casual Black and White

I met Leah at the Downtown Fargo Street Fair last week and I loved her chill take on black and white. The recent Oklahoma transplant is a pro at mixing eye-catching pieces from major retailers with thrift store and street fair finds.

The result is androgynous and casual, playful and tough and it totally works for her.

Leah’s slim striped pants are a statement piece and she could have gone the conventional route and paired them with a simple black or white top.  I like that she didn’t take the easy way out.

Instead, she pays homage to …

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