Anna G. Larson
Anna G. Larson is a features reporter with The Forum who writes a weekly column featuring stylish people in Fargo-Moorhead. Larson graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in journalism and joined The Forum in July 2012. She's a Fargo native who enjoys travel, food, baking, fashion, animals, coffee and all things Midwestern. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter: @msannagrace
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A surprised face smiley, blushing smiley, baby emoji and heart-eye emoji stared at me. It was a pregnancy announcement from one of my friends. And she shared her happy news via a text message without words, instead using little images or icons called emojis. Emoji is an anglicized Japanese word meaning “picture character.” They were first created in the 1990s for the launch of the world’s first mobile Internet platform in Japan, according to emoji information website, www.iemoji.com . More than 1,600 emojis exist.
FARGO – Karl Petry and David Ugelstad were 12 when they first clicked. In half a second, they could access billions of pornography videos on their computers and cellphones. For...
The Iepson family makes ordinary days a picnic by dining al fresco. Blankets and a basket of sandwiches, pasta salad, portable drinks and cookies elevate weekday lunches for Bethy and Brett Iepson and their 9-month-old son, Clark. Sometimes, they eat in a park. Other times, it’s a field. No matter where they are, family picnics add a splash of specialness to any day. “I grew up having picnics on my family farm, so we try to do it as much as we can,” Bethy Iepson says.
FARGO—Like sitting down for coffee with a friend, "Pastry Affair" is a comfortable world of sweets where recipes are seasonal and the prose is authentic. The baking blog authored by 26-year-old Kristin Rosenau from her tiny kitchen in Perham, Minn., focuses on from-scratch original recipes inspired by travel, mood, weather and memories. "Ultimately I try to make it approachable. I want it to be friendly, inviting, sort of like two people sitting down and having a cup of coffee and just talking," she says.
Planning a vacation with friends (or family) can be complicated. Booking airline tickets, hotels and restaurants and figuring out costs can be overwhelming with multiple travelers. But a useful app can relieve some of the stress and confusion.
FARGO – Festive meals, travel and gifts make the holidays merry and bright. But failing to plan for holiday spending can leave people with a debt hangover in the new year. It’s a common issue financial professionals see in January, says Josh Huffman, program manager of the financial resource center at The Village Family Service Center here. Huffman admits he’s guilty of avoiding debt conversations during the holidays, too. “We don’t want to stress about it while we’re trying to have a good holiday season.
It seduced guests at Jay Gatsby’s lavish parties, Holly Golighty drank it before breakfast, and it inspired a monk to proclaim he was “tasting the stars.” Champagne is a party for the senses, and it should be the star of your next fete. The monk who “tasted the stars” was Dom Pierre Pérignon, the namesake of prestigious Dom Pérignon Champagne, and no doubt, he tasted lots of bubbly before his eureka moment. Champagne-tasting parties introduce guests to different varieties, and it’s a fun theme that creates a celebratory atmosphere – ideal for New Year’s Eve. We talked bubbly bashes
Cedar Jameson puffs out his chest in a regal manner while he wears a felt crown. The 4-year-old is, after all, the king. His older brother, Thorin, plays the knight in a shimmery silver helmet and green and white tunic. Soon, 7-year-old Thorin’s a stinky skunk and 4-year-old Cedar’s a tiger. And then they’re onto being Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Jameson brothers’ toy chest is stuffed with toys that encourage their creativity, and the costumes and toys were made by their parents, Kristin and Kyle Jameson. The Moorhead couple, who also have a 1-year-old boy, handmakes mo
Instead of a knife, use a paintbrush to pep up pumpkins this fall. Colorful and modern, five simple, no-carve (one DIY requires minimal carving) pumpkin décor ideas add a splash of seasonal style to any space. Blogger Molly Yeh of “My Name is Yeh” shared with us a whimsical pumpkin terrarium DIY she whipped up on a Saturday morning. The East Grand Forks, Minn.-based food blogger hadn’t decorated a pumpkin in years and decided to make it a celebration. Using wildflowers, succulents and herbs from Yeh’s farm, pumpkin party goers filled and painted their terrariums and snacked on chee
When Heather Syverson spends a weekend in the woods, she brings a chandelier. The 35-year-old Fargo woman is one of many people who are embracing the growing trend of “glamping,” or glamorous camping. Today marks the conclusion of International Glamping Weekend, two days dedicated to “camping with all the amenities and comforts of home,” Syverson says. For her, glamping means camping in her RV with an air conditioner, Wi-Fi, phone signal, bed with soft sheets, tasty meals and her chandelier that hangs from a shepherd’s hook. The stylish camping trend has grown prominent around the