Sneak peek: Neon Esquire photo shoot

Neon Esquire photo shoot

Mondays don’t have to be a drag. I had a fun morning this week with the Neon Esquire team helping with a photo shoot for an upcoming Meet Minneapolis event planners conference. The theme is “City by Nature” and it’s going to be an amazing opportunity for five local fashion designers and Minneapolis to showcase why this town is one of the best for art, entertainment, music, food and more. Stay tuned to the Neon Esquire blog for more details on the event, the runway show and to see the stunning photos by Taylor Hall O’Brien that will appear in look books for 2,000 event planners from around the globe.

I captured a couple shots on my iPhone (and a short video below) during the shoot which was held at The COMN in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Photo shoot credits:

Creative direction and production: Tara Murphy of Neon Esquire

Styling: Josie Pace of Neon Esquire

Hair: Brittany of HAUS Salon

Makeup:  Lauren O’ Leary

Models: Taylor and Mattea of Ignite Models

Crowns/Headpieces: Ashley Fox Designs

Photography:  Taylor Hall O’Brien

Neon Esquire photo shoot Designer: Lindsey Hopkins

How amazing is that headpiece? The construction alone is impressive and Josie attached the orange flowers last minute which brought it to a new level of beautiful.

Neon Esquire photo shoot

Designer: Lindsey Hopkins

Mattea of Ignite Models looks like a fierce garden warrior in this shot. Tara and Josie really did a fantastic job with the backgrounds on these shots which are meant to represent the different seasons in Minnesota.
Neon Esquire photo shootDesigner: Idle Child

This shoot wouldn’t have been right without Idle Child. Their boho style looks perfect against the greens and the horn headpiece completes the look.

Here’s a little video on some behind the scenes action. I can’t wait to see these looks come to life on the runway next month!

Music festival style: Shop local for Basilica Block Party 2014

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It’s one of my favorite times of year: music festival season! And coming up is the 20th annual Basilica Block Party taking place in downtown Minneapolis on July 11 and 12. The lineup features a mix of national and local acts across three stages.

Planning on attending? Don’t miss local songstress Caroline Smith who plays Saturday on the Sun Country stage. Her album, Half About Being a Woman, came out late last year and I still listen to it all the way through an average of three times per day. She’s a fantastic live performer as well and is sure to bring the goods.

Also be sure to check out Black Diet playing Friday on the Vita.mn stage. They’re another local group with some serious soul vibes and winners of Vita.mn’s 2014 Are You Local? band contest. I saw them perform at Art-A-Whirl and have been a fan ever since.

Of course, music festivals and style go hand-in-hand so if you’re still in need of something to wear, check out these items from local boutiques and vendors to don while you dance to some outdoor music.

Tickets for Basilica Block Party are available now through etix.com and at Electric Fetus record store through July 10. If still available, tickets can be purchased at the door the day of the event.

Music Fest items 21. Hackwith lyndale top – Cliché

2. Leather front tank – Roe Wolf 

3. Poolside straw fedora – Goorin Bros.

4. Leopard shorts – Cliché

5. Legacy handbag – J.W. Hulme Co.

6. Animal print shades – Cliché

7. Mackenzie dress – Roe Wolf

8. Festival tank – Parc Boutique

9. Cut off shorts – Parc Boutique

10. Headphone necklace – b. resale

11. Francesca poppy tunic – Velvet Moon

12. Vera felt fedora – Velvet Moon

 

Support local artists with Color Space Editions

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If you’re looking to get your hands on some great limited-edition art at a reasonable price, consider checking out this new venture from Color Space Editions in Minneapolis.

The print production company is now offering the opportunity to purchase affordable, limited-edition prints from local artists through ColorSpaceEditions.com. The museum quality prints start at $65 and go up depending on desired size and framing options.

Once prints are sold out, they may never be in print again.

I love this idea of helping artists reach a broader pool of consumers by offering these prints online. Below are some of my favorites that are currently available for purchase.

Be sure to check out the Color Space Editions website and Facebook page to stay on top of the latest available prints.

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Out and about: Some save the dates for spring

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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.

  • March 13: Gentleman’s Gazzette Trunk Show at Goorin Bros. Hat Shop - Live music, hat discounts, networking, prizes, drinks from Prairie Vodka
  • March 21: Idle Child Trunk Show at Cliché - Shop designs from local design label Idle Child
  • March 28 – 30: lululemon athletica Warehouse Sale at Minneapolis Convention Center, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. – Get some cute workout gear at a seriously marked-down price. Word is to get there early and expect lines.
  • March 30 – 31: Bb.U Model Project at FIVETWOSIX Salon in St. Paul – Need a fresh cut for spring? Bumble and bumble is looking for hair models to receive free cuts from licensed stylists. Click the link to sign up.
  • April 5: North Loop Fashion Crawl – Women’s apparel shops in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis will be hosting a fashion crawl with stores offering sales, raffles, drinks and FREE parking for shoppers. Plus a grand prize of a $500 shopping spree will be up for grabs. Participating shops include: Roe Wolfe, Arrow, C’est Chic, Statement Boutique, Lolë, D.Nolo and Handsome Bicycle.
  • April 21: Buffalo Exchange Pop-Up Shop – In celebration of the company’s 40th anniversary, Buffalo Exchange will be sending a vintage Airstream around the country for several Western-themed pop up shops. Head to the Lyndale Ave. shop for some gently-used clothes and other fun activities.
  • April 22: I AM EVERYTHING featuring Emma Berg at the Ritz Theater – Local designer Emma Berg will showcase a collection of prom dresses as well as her capsule F/W 2014 collection.
  • April 26: Envision Spring 2014 at Orchestra Hall – Envision, the bi-annual runway event, is relocating this season from the Graves 601 Hotel to Orchestra Hall. The show and party will feature runway collections from local designers and boutiques including Cliché, Atmosfere, Martinpatrick3, Caroline Hayden, MAI, Stephanie Lake Design and more. Get your tickets quick!

 

(Photo credit: Ignite Models/Envision)

You are classy enough for a hat + Goorin Bros. shop tour

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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.

Ouch.

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.)

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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.

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Add a little something-something with a feather!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Cooped up with Tree Party

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…

Tree Party Band

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.)

Doomtree Blowout 9 at First Avenue

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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.

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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.)

12 local holiday gift ideas

Local gift ideas

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!

A little apartment inspiration

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via the189.com

couch pinterestvia trendnet.is

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via ModernSauce

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bedroomvia Tumblr

kitchenvia Ann Street Studio

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.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week recap

This past week has been a fashion, event-planning, media blitz whirlwind. Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week has wrapped up and I can finally give my feet a rest from running around in heels every night (ok, I’m not really complaining here).

MNfashion’s The Shows (which I volunteer as Marketing Director for) pulled off another successful season showcasing some of the best local designers as they sent Spring/Summer ’14 collections down the runway at Aria. Here’s a look at some of my favorite moments:

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Christopher Straub presented a collection of mostly street wear with an underwater vibe. Octopus motifs and metallic scales fit for a mermaid made their way throughout many of his pieces. But I loved this comfy sweatsuit look glammed up with a pair of high heeled boots and silver talon necklace the most.

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Emily Trevor is still a design student but proved to be one us at MNfashion were lucky to secure as part of The Shows because her talent and skill is hardly that of someone still in college. Her collection veered slightly conceptual with some pieces but still easily wearable with the right styling. I was getting a real disco-nun vibe as the models glided down the runway and it was a joy to watch.

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I love Lindsey Hopkins! Her collection was inspired by Catholicism in Latin America and the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared on tops, dresses and, oh yes, panties. Her edge and ability to push boundaries is complemented by her design skills and creative use of fabrics. I would like this entire look complete with pink hair.

Caroline Hayden

We are so lucky to have Caroline Hayden in the Twin Cities. If you are looking for a showstopping number for your next event or party, you must check her out. She’s known for her impeccable gowns and bridal dresses, but she’s also no stranger to beautifully tailored pants, jackets and, my new favorite, jumpsuits. This pink, beaded number was one of my favorites she showed this week.

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Lisa Hackwith has been designing in the Twin Cities for a few years but she seems to be popping up everywhere now. And it’s no surprise. Her clean, breezy pieces are ones you can dress up or down and wear for years. This bleaching pattern appeared throughout her collection this season and was one of the looks people around me were buzzing about the most. What’s cool about Lisa is she only makes a limited number of pieces to sell either on her website or in a few local boutiques. So if you buy something, you’re one of maybe 10 people who have it.

(All photos courtesy of Rhea Pappas for MNfashion. See the rest of the runway photos on MNfashion’s Facebook page.)