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Wear, Watch, Want #26: The Well-Dressed, Rug-Burned Minnesotan Edition

Wear, Watch, Want #26: The Well-Dressed, Rug-Burned Minnesotan Edition

Wear: Anthropologie Jantina Maxi Dress

I'm going to a wedding this weekend, and I'm going to wear this dress. I actually already own this dress, but in another print, so I can tell you that it's completely and utterly awesome. It makes you look like ten billion dollars, AND it's machine washable. I mean, that's the dream right there. It's worth every bit of it's $148 price tag, but as you know, I never pay full price at Anthro, and instead stalk the sale room like a Victorian big game hunter (complete with a huge curlicue mustache). I rationalized paying full price for this dress (GASP!) by figuring that I needed something a bit nice to wear to the wedding, but I'd also get a ton of wear out of it afterward (remember, I do already own a version of this stunner). Then I was in Oregon, where there is no sales tax. THEN, it was Anthro Members Appreciation Weekend or something and everything was 20% off. And that's how you make a deal hunt you.

Watch: Fargo

Let me tell you a lil' story about me and the TV series Fargo. I recorded the entire thing on my DVR when it initially aired a year and a half ago... And then I never watched it. This is not a rare occurrence. I also did this with the first season of The Americans. Still haven't watched a single episode of The Americans, but as a card carrying member of the Keri Russell Fan Club since the MMC days, I swear I will one day. I have, however, recently binge watched all of Fargo. I got so, so into it. It was pretty much my life for a solid weekend. The second season starts on Monday, and if you haven't seen the first season, I recommend you spend this weekend binge watching. If you have plans this weekend, UGH FINE, then just set your DVR to record the premiere on Monday. It's an anthology series, so you don't need to have seen the first season to follow the second, although the second season follows Keith Carradine's character as a younger man (Patrick Wilson) on a case he mentions numerous times during the first season. You follow that? You don't need to. But you do need to watch Fargo.

The maternal branch of my family tree is all Scandinavians from Minnesota, and I grew up in the Midwest, so I felt obliged to continually give my mom periodic updates on the show's portrayal of Midwestern, and particularly Minnesotan, life. One gripe that I'd like to point out? They never mention bars. Bars are an all encompassing term for brownies, blondies, and what The Great British Baking Show calls "traybakes." They're also probably among the official foods of Minnesota. Actual text I sent my mom: "Two mentions of hot dish. Not one word on bars. SHAME." You have your mission, season 2.

Want: A Rug Like The Young House Lovers Have

I had a rug in my living room that was not up to the challenge of being in our home. I was going to keep it around for a year, then give it a burial at sea, but around month 9 or 10 Hero had a pretty epic vomiting episode and, well, that was that. We haven't had a rug since. I don't plan on getting another one, because I just can't find one that I like without also thinking, "But then I'd want to get a new desk and a new bookcase..." and you know how all that goes. Plus my living room is quite large, and to get a rug to fill it is going to cost. So adding all these factors together, I just stopped shopping. I figured someday I'll move, and I'll get a rug then. I didn't even really know what I was looking for in that far off, down the road way until I saw a photo posted on Instagram from Young House Love, and I immediately thought, "THAT IS THE RUG." (I can't post their photo, but I can link to it, so here it is!) (The rug in the above photo is from Anthropologie.)

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