A Sharp Dressed Man

This week, my television has gotten me more excited about men’s fashion than anything I’ve seen on the runway.

Trendsetting guys aren’t apologizing for dressing up and their confidence is magnetic. Elegance is back, but this new take is colorful, rakish and wearable, with just a touch of historical inspiration.

But I’ll get to that in a minute.

I don’t usually watch a ton of T.V. But NFL football (and, more importantly) my fantasy football season kicked off last week, which means Derrick and I have spent a ton of time watching the games, listening to expert analysis and heckling each other about our …

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Craft Beer Heaven at The Tap Room

We’d been inside The Tap Room for about two seconds before I turned to my brother Jacob and declared, “These are our people.”

He didn’t reply. He was too busy starting at the beer list. We’d clearly found our home base in Minot.

Actually, it might be more accurate to say that The Tap Room found us.

We’d spent most of the afternoon shopping in downtown Minot (check back for more stories about shops like this one) and we were looking for a place to eat when we saw a sandwich board in the distance promising craft beer. …

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Between Two Worlds: A Giveaway That Has My Heart

“Differences challenge assumptions.”
– Anne Wilson Schaef
Something really cool happened when my son and I were at the park.

Eli is a social creature. He’s also a gigantic flirt. He was batting his big blue eyes at a group of sisters and waving at the mamas chatting in the picnic shelter when I noticed something.

I was the only female at the park who wasn’t wearing hijab, the scarf or veil worn by Muslim women as a symbol of modesty and privacy.

I’ve been the only American-born person in the room plenty of times, but the fact that this happened spontaneously …

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The Gold Standard at RH Standard

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
– Coco Chanel

Everything inside RH Standard is thoughtfully selected and beautifully designed.

Owner Rachael Hammarback started her career as a Kenneth Cole fashion stylist in Manhattan and she brings that skill set and her critical eye to her current career. Every detail in her upscale boutique in downtown Grand Forks is carefully curated, from the soothing slate gray walls to the artfully displayed clothing on the racks.

RH Standard offers premium brands for men and women. Every carefully selected garment is either a statement piece or well-constructed wardrobe staple. These are …

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Perfect Thin Crust Pizza at Wildcat Pizzeria

Making a perfect thin crust pizza is an art.

Bad thin crust is soggy and mushy or mouth-scrapingly hard. It’s often burned. Even middle-of-the-road thin crust pizza can bring back memories of the bland, rectangle-shaped cardboard pizza that fit so neatly into those divided plastic trays back in school.

Thankfully, Wildcat Pizzeria in Williston and Dickinson gets thin crust just right.

Liz and I stopped into the Dickinson restaurant on a quiet Sunday evening this summer and we liked what we saw. The shop’s hand-tossed, New York-style pizza is made with whole wheat flour, so the crust is …

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My Medora Hit List

I really didn’t think there’d be anything in Medora for me.

I’m primarily an urban traveler, addicted to new passport stamps and exploring local shops, museums and restaurants.

I’d heard that the scenery around this little North Dakota town was beautiful (it’s nestled in the heart of the Badlands) but it all seemed so cowboy, so completely and unattainably western. It just didn’t seem like my thing.

I was totally wrong.

When my friend Liz and I set off on the very first #PrairiePeople, #PrairiePlaces road trip, we didn’t have a clue what to expect from North Dakota’s #1 tourist destination.

Would it be …

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Get Creative, Get Unstuck

I love working from home. A traditional office set-up has never been my thing and I don’t mind that there’s basically no separation between my work and my life.

I like having the freedom to pursue the stories and work with the clients that inspire me. Most days I’m able to balance my ever-increasing workload with the challenges of keeping up with my why-walk-when-you-can-run toddler.

I carve out time to write while he sleeps, before my husband comes home from work, while he plays with his cousin Sailor on the living room floor and during the weekends.  I return …

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Living The High Life at Lüft

The patio season in North Dakota is short, but the brilliant minds at Lüft in Bismarck have figured out a way to extend it all year long.

I spent some time there a few weeks ago and it was such a great introduction to the city.

The fully-heated rooftop garden serves fun, fresh cocktails, hot hoagie sandwiches and 16 craft beers (yay!) in a laid-back space overlooking the heart of downtown Bismarck.  It was cool and comfortable in the late afternoon sun and (since it’s dotted with garden lights and flickering candles) a little bit magical as night falls.

My …

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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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