Monday, March 10th, 2014
As of late my inbox has been getting flooded with save-the-dates and invites for upcoming events around town. I thought I’d share some of the style-focused happenings in the Twin Cities taking over the next couple months. Mark your calendars and get ready to break out those open-toes.
(Photo credit: Ignite Models/Envision)
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
I recently came across this article from Esquire titled, “Why Can’t Americans Learn to Love the Hat?” The writer talks about how appreciation for the hat from men and women in this country has declined since the 50s and 60s due to a handful of possible theories: Americans put more emphasis on hairstyles now. Cabs and cars are less accommodating to the extra needed room for a cap. Or – gasp! – Americans just aren’t classy enough to rock a hand-made, carefully constructed hat anymore. We’ve let ourselves go.
But that last theory has a point. There is something about a well-made hat that makes everything about a person look more polished, elegant and purposeful. Those are all words that don’t really fit the stereotypical adjectives of style in the U.S. And perhaps even more so in the Midwest (damn you, Anna Wintour).
So, are Minnesotans classy enough for hats? I say yes. Sure, hats are practical in these parts but Minnesotans have the style to pull them off. The market we have here is proof of that with the many local boutiques, designers, galleries, specialty stores and, oh, just the largest mall in the country. Shopping, style and design are important to us in Minnesota.
Which is why I think we should start embracing this timeless accessory more. Because there’s nothing like a great hat to pull an ensemble together and tell the world, “I give a shit about how I look.” And not in a pretentious sort of way. They show effort and intention. Hats don’t have to be just for the hipsters or your next Kentucky Derby party — just squash that notion right now. Hats are for everyone.
Fortunately for us Minneapolites, we have some great options for finding your next hat. One of which could be considered my new favorite neighborhood shop: Goorin Bros. hat shop in Uptown.
I made a visit last weekend with my friend Sophie to check out the space and peruse the new “Last Originals” collection I had heard about.
If you’re new to the world of hats, I would say Goorin Bros. is a great place to get a start. Mostly because their walls are stocked full with tons of styles, colors and sizes. The space is cool and old-timey with walls covered in floppy hats, straw hats, fedoras, fascinators, trapper hats, ball caps, stocking caps, flatcaps…you get the idea!
Check out some of the photos Sophie snapped while we shopped below. And get inspired to take that extra step in making a statement about yourself without saying a word. Hats off to that! (Sorry, had to.)
Sophie and I cheesin’ in the County Line hat complete with glasses of prosecco. This hat is adorable and, as you can see, comes in black and berry. Soph is the proud new owner of the County Line.
Add a little something-something with a feather!
I walked out with the Old Gulph which I am pretty excited about. I feel like I’m channeling Pharrell a little bit here but I swear this style isn’t nearly as tall as his. I am pro-Pharrell’s Hat, by the way.
Whoever is responsible to the decor and styling of the Goorin Bros. shop has done an excellent job. This Underwood typewriter caught my eye immediately because it’s cool-looking and also reminds me of Frank Underwood. Here’s a “House of Cards” fun fact: if you’ve seen the first episode of season 2 on Netflix you might remember Frank sporting a hat in one of the CRAZIEST scenes of the series. Guess where that hat is from? Yep, Goorin Bros.! Click here for a photo.
Goorin Bros. hat shop is located at 2906 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55408 (directly next to the Uptown Theater).
Thanks to Rachel, Apryl and the rest of the team for a fantastic shopping experience!
And if you need some hat-styling inspiration, check out my Pinterest board.
Monday, February 17th, 2014
I had a fun night with my friend Tara at the Align Senior Fashion Show at the University of Minnesota on Saturday. Seniors in the College of Design sent four looks down the runway as the capstone project to their time in the program. The collections ranged from bridal to children’s wear to conceptual to very wearable.
A few of my favorites are pictured above.
Congrats to all the students on an excellent show!
Sunday, February 16th, 2014
Solange Knowles is the new artistic director for Puma. Good move, Puma. The singer, dancer, DJ and impeccably stylish babe gave the brand a refreshing boost of fun and color into this Girls of Blaze collection. I definitely want the kicks in the last photo. I can’t wait to see what else Solange has planned for the brand.
(All photos via mydamnblog.com)
Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
The last two days around these parts have been miserably cold. Not like, “Oh my god, I need to put on some wool socks” cold. We’re well beyond that point here in Minnesota. No, no. Think negative temps you didn’t know actually existed. And skipping lunch because you left it out in your car and it’s just not worth stepping foot outside for 10 seconds to retrieve (it’s probably frozen beyond saving anyways). It’s that kind of cold.
But that’s how it goes up here. It’s the Polar Vortex, baby. And there’s a part of me that loves being trapped indoors with nothin’ but a cup of coffee, electric blanket and some good tunes to get me through.
Speaking of tunes…
If you’re in the mood for some new jams to play while you’re cooped up, I suggest checking out Tree Party. They are a local folk band with a great sound and a new album that’s especially perfect for days like these.
“Iced Over: Thawing Minnesota’s Local Lore” (timely, right?) is the band’s latest release with a very cool concept behind it. The album is the result of a year-long project of researching stories and local history in smaller communities across Minnesota. Band member Joey Ford was a 2013 recipient of the Artist Initiative grant through the Minnesota States Arts Board which provided the funding for Tree Party to travel to communities all across Minnesota, research small-town stories and heroes and write songs based on those individuals.
Take a listen to three of the tracks off the new album here:
All of the tracks are based on actual Minnesotans. I love that.
Here’s a little excerpt behind the song, “Dorothy Molter: The Root Beer Lady”:
Dorothy Molter was the last non-indigenous resident in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) of Minnesota, living 15 miles (and five portages) from the nearest road on the border of the United States and Ontario, Canada. Although educated in Chicago to be a nurse, Dorothy chose wilderness over civilization, living for 56 years on secluded Knife Lake, occasionally using her knowledge of medicine to help injured travelers. Many knew her as The Root Beer Lady because of the nearly 12,000 bottles of homemade root beer she handed out to passing canoeists annually. Dorothy died in 1986 at age 79, but her legacy lives on through the Dorothy Molter Museum in Ely, MN (rootbeerlady.com) and her root beer continues to be distributed throughout Minnesota.
I want to go try some of Dorothy’s root beer, don’t you?
Tree Party has a CD release show for “Iced Over” coming up on Sunday, February 9 at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. Go get your tickets and venture out into the cold for some good ol’ Minnesota music. (And check out their fun little video promo for the show here.)
Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
I’m no stranger to rocking some non-natural color in my hair (see profile image to the right). But I’ve never gone all out with the Crayola look. And something about the dead of winter is making me want to brighten things up with some pink and blue. Katy and Demi are making the Smurf-blue look pretty convincing.
Monday, December 16th, 2013
Just a few of my shots from the Doomtree Blowout 9 at First Avenue last Friday night. This is always one of my favorite shows of the year. The energy from the crowd is insane and the Doomtree crew has become a well-oiled performing machine at this point. It’s so fun. And going crazy to P.O.S’s “Get Down” is one of my all-time favorite things to do.
Linds and I taking a break to channel Beyonce in the bathroom: “I woke up like this.” (OMG, the new Bey album. Can’t even start.)
Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
Still have some holiday shopping to get done? Want to support some Minnesota artists and stores while you’re at it? Here are a few ideas for what to get any guy or gal in your life:
1. North winter hat from Askov Finlayson – $24 – The perfect everyday hat for the sub-zero temperature dwelling person in your life. I wish I had one of these on hand the past few days to combat how miserably cold it’s been in these parts. Love the bright colors and classic pom.
2. “Half About Being a Woman” by Caroline Smith – I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve listened to Caroline’s new album. It’s full of soulful, warm, catchy goodness and I’d gladly gift it to any of my friends. My favorite track is “The One Thing.” Take a listen and be sure to see one of her shows next time she’s in your area.
3. Decorative deer pillow by regansbrain – $39 – Cute design, cute color scheme, cute gift. This Etsy shop has all kinds of pillows in different patterns and colors and are all made here in the Twin Cities.
4. Black, white and gold necklace from Maurices – $14 – I sometimes forget that Maurices is based here in Minnesota since they have stores all over the U.S. But the retailer has lots of cute, affordable items – like this necklace that was sent to me which is perfect for a holiday gift for yourself or somebody else.
5. iPhone 5S Adventure case by Woodchuck - $59.99 – Made out of a workshop in Minneapolis, Woodchuck creates tech accessories out of 100% real wood. This tribal patterned case is made out of locally sourced Mahogany, Birch, Rosewood, and Recycled Plastic. Pretty cool, right?
6. Minnesota Beatle Project, Vol. 5 – More local music on the list! The fifth volume of the Minnesota Beatle Project was just released and consists of 13 tracks of local musicians covering Beatles songs. There are a limited number of copies available for purchase and all proceeds benefit music education programs in Minnesota. A few of the artists on the album include Actual Wolf, The Suburbs and The Okee Dokee Brothers.
7. iPad wood skin by Woodchuck – $39.99 – Another item from Woodchuck. I love the look of this iPad skin made out of birch wood. Clean, sleek and modern.
8. e. floyd fringe earrings – $25 – You can find these statement earrings at b. resale. They’re locally made and are made of out bike tires. Love me some innovative upcycling.
9. Minnesota Burrito t-shirt by MSP Clothing – $25 – You’re not truly Minnesotan unless who know about some good old-fashioned hotdish. Celebrate the Minnesota burrito by donning it on your body, eh!
10. Old Gulph wool fedora by Goorin Bros. – $125 – I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect wool brimmed hat and I think I’ve just found it. I’ll be adding this to my personal wish list (hint-hint, Santa.) Go and peruse this cool hat shop in Uptown – they have all kinds of styles for ladies and gents.
11. Lumberjack bottle stopper from Patina – $11.95 – What a cute host(ess) gift! Patina has all kinds of great trinkets that it’s impossible to walk in there and not find something fun to gift someone. But this little axe is especially adorable.
12. Brass arrow cuff bracelet by Larissa Loden – $25 – Larissa Loden’s designs can be found in many Twin Cities boutiques (Cliche, I Like You, Patina, Electric Fetus, to name a few.) I’m obsessed with all of her arrow designs, especially this cuff bracelet. Pretty, right?
Hope these spark some ideas and inspire you to shop local this holiday season. Happy shopping and happy holidays!
Monday, December 9th, 2013
Some long bob hairstyle inspiration. I’ve been considering this for a while but am scared to execute. I love how fresh this looks with very subtle layers. Now just have to work up some courage.
Update: Chopped! 6 inches gone. Shout out to Jaimie at TC2 Salon.
Sunday, December 8th, 2013
I’ve lived in my Uptown apartment for almost three years now and am still working on decorating the space. I’m in an older building but was lucky enough to snag a unit that was recently remodeled. So I’m blessed with having nice hardwood floors, granite counter tops and newish appliances while still having an old, rustic charm. I’m slowly getting closer to my goal of how I want it to look, but I’ve still got a ways to go! These are just a couple of images I keep coming back to when scouring shops and home decor stores as inspiration.
More ideas on my Pinterest.