Alexandra Floersch has worked for Forum Communications since February 2015. She is a content producer and photographer who enjoys writing about finance, fashion and home.
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Worn to weddings, holiday parties, dates or a night out with friends, dresses are a staple in modern-day fashion. But they haven't always represented fun and freedom for women and girls. For some, they represent fragility, weakness and inequality. Blythe Hill, CEO and founder of the Dressember Foundation in Ashland, Ore., aimed to shed light on the garment's inconsistent messages.
Before the age of technology, diaries provided a much-needed space for teens to explore their feelings and identities. In 2017, social media has become the modern diary, providing an outlet for self-expression across each site. But when adults — including parents and grandparents — slowly started to infiltrate the sites, they became less attractive to teens who were forced to seek privacy, creating accounts hidden from family members. Thus, 'Finsta' was born. What is Finsta(gram)?
Broken friendships. Shattered love stories. Unexpected heart attacks. Fatal car accidents. Mass shootings. Just a few of life's tragedies that leave us fighting for the next inhale to grasp clarity and keep our head above water. For some, the pain is vivid — adulterous emails, diagnosis letters and caskets quickly cut through the denial we cling to so tightly.
FARGO — On Thanksgiving (and many other holidays to come), families and friends gather in their cozy homes to eat, drink and probably fight about their political viewpoints. But if you're the type of person who needs a good laugh during family time — like seeing Grandma shake her backside like it's 1962 — then this your answer. Try your luck at these four, family-friendly games to keep Thanksgiving entertaining and your home light-hearted this year. Pinecone Toss Players: 2 or more Supplies:
FARGO — Toxic people come in many forms: our crotchety co-worker, corrosive cousin or constantly-complaining acquaintance. Sometimes they lurk in the shadows just waiting to appear when we least expect it: at a coffee shop, the post office or even in the grocery store. These people are often a prevalent part of our lives, served in daily doses that become lethal. Their toxicity is masked by years of friendship from which we can't separate.
FARGO — For many Halloween costume DIYers, the tradition was crafted early on. "My mom made a lot of cool costumes when we were young, and the time we spent putting costumes together made me feel special," says Erin Fallgatter of West Fargo, N.D. "In a world full of Power Rangers and Jasmines, I was the dead prom queen. Now that I'm a parent, I love to do the same with my own kids." For Carrie Schwanke, a special effects makeup artist and owner of Carrie's Twisted Art in Fargo, childhood was full of memories spent creating an original costume.
FARGO — While 580, 720 and 835 are just numbers, when associated with credit, they carry a lot of weight. In 2003, the American Bankers Association (ABA) Foundation — the nonprofit arm of ABA — founded "National Get Smart About Credit Day" which is celebrated on the third Thursday of October. In correlation with the organization's mission to provide financial education, the day (and even the month of October) gives bankers the opportunity to get out of the office to educate the public.
FARGO — When the chilly air sets in, locals retreat to their cozy abodes to sip on pumpkin spice lattes and relax. That doesn't mean you can't enjoy the festive fall colors and harbingers of the season inside the four walls of your home though. Just sharpen your scissors and plug in the hot glue gun because these three crafts — Faux Acorns made out of plastic eggs, adorable No-Sew Fabric Pumpkins and an elaborate (but effortless) DIY Pumpkin Centerpiece will create a home worth showing off all autumn long. Faux Acorns Supplies
FARGO — Sept. 22 may have marked the first day of autumn, but some fashionistas recognize the season differently. It's not only a time for pumpkin spice lattes, vibrant foliage and college football — it's also sweater weather. "Fall opens up a whole new level to get creative with fashion and your outfits," says Kelly Falk, owner of Kindred People boutique. "This is the biggest season we've seen with new trends in sweaters."
Silent sirens sound in our heads. We deny it for days, not wanting to admit our ridiculous reaction to changing plans. But eventually our internet search history unveils our true feelings — a nearly chest-collapsing weight that prompts the question "How can I live in the present?" With congested calendars as the norm, we've become accustomed to timelines and schedules that provide structure at work, next to our hard deadlines and urgent project proposals. But that same strategy breeds anxiety outside of work.