Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Local fashion + shopping for 11.25.09-12.2.09

Check out my Black Friday shopping guide in this week's l'étoile, It's going to be a Black, Black Friday:

Here at l'étoile, we wholeheartedly believe in penny-pinching. But what we're not a fan of? Getting up at the crack of 4 a.m. to wait in a line in the cold the day after gorging ourselves on turkey and libations. So we're here to encourage you to avoid the mall (and the stampedes) and instead, shop local this Black Friday.

[Blacklist Vintage. Image by Kate Iverson/Digital Crush]

One of our fave vintage stores, Blacklist Vintage, is hosting the appropriately-named
Blacklist Friday event. They're taking 10 percent off storewide, and offering gift wrapping on jewelry and small items with 1960s paper. (Noon-7 p.m. 2 E. 27th St., Mpls. i612-872-8552.)

Another vintage shop we frequent, Tatters, is taking 25 percent off everything in the store - hats, winterwear, vintage dresses and suits, leather jackets, and more. (2829 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls. 612-823-5285.)

[A fall 2009 look by Alice + Olivia at Bumbershute]

High-end boutique 50th & France boutique Bumbershute is taking 20 percent off everything, including Opening Ceremony, D&G, and Alice + Olivia. (10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat. 5014 France Ave. S., Edina. 952-475-2684.)


[Lingerie from Flirt]

We can't forget about St. Paul during the Black Friday madness. Here's what's going down on Friday, via

Get a free b.tempt’d thong with any purchase at lingerie boutique Flirt, and receive a coupon for a free cupcake at the nearby Sweets Bakeshop. (10 a.m.-7 p.m. 177 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul. 651-698-3692.)

BlackBlue, our fave new local boutique - and probably the hippest men’s boutique in the Twin Cities - is taking 10 percent off everything in store. Check out new arrivals from Hyden Yoo, Fred Perry and more. (Noon-9 p.m. 614 Selby Ave., St. Paul.

All regular priced clothing and shoes at trendy Grand Avenue shop Picky Girl will be 50 percent off. Discounts will continue through the weekend. (10 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Sun. 949 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-698-4107.)


[Lunalux stationery]

Holiday shopping via

Get carded
During Lunalux's monthly Stationery Saturday, take in demonstrations and browse the shop's wide selection of greeting cards, holiday cards and gifts. For $29, they'll make you personalized, hand-letter-pressed stationery. (11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., 1618 Harmon Place, Mpls. 612-373-0526.)

Lush turns one
Lush, the all-organic beauty product shop at the Mall of America, is one year old. To celebrate, it's hosting a MASKuerade birthday party with hors d'oeuvres from Crave, sparkling cider, a DJ and Lush trivia for prizes. Get there early -- the first 50 people receive goodie bags. (1-6 p.m. Sat. 952-854-9672.)

A gift bash
This month's fashion, art and music party at St. Paul salon spa and gallery FiveTwoSix offers the usual entertainment and art with some extra holiday treats. Stock up on locally produced gifts, including original art, sculpture, glass, photography and handmade candles, and enjoy a jewelry trunk show. While you're there, get a free hair touchup or facial acupressure, register for prizes, qualify for gifts-with-purchase and enjoy complimentary refreshments. (5-8 p.m. Wed. Free. 526 Selby Av., St. Paul. 651-222-3839.)

[Calpurnia Peach monogram screen-printed tights/Image courtesy]

Here’s my contribution to’s Holiday Gift Guide:
Calpurnia Peach monogram screen-printed tights
I've been a fan of local fashion duo Calpurnia Peach's original screen-prints since they first debuted them at Voltage 2008. So when I heard they were doing custom screen-printing on tights at a recent event, I knew I had to have a pair bearing my own initials. You can order your own pair with the color and initials of your choice. --Jahna Peloquin, contributor
$18 •

[Map necklace by Lefthand Originals at I Like You]

More local fashion and shopping events this weekend:

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28: I Like You Trunk Show
The part we like best about gift and accessory shop I Like You? Everything is locally made. The supercute boutique is hosting a trunk show featuring six of its artists and designers. Jewelry by Falling Forward and Lefthand Originals, organic body products by Saint Paul Soaps, crocheted accessories by Mes Tous Petits, repurposed accessories by Spilled Milk Factory, and monster plush toys by Duckie Uglings should make for charming stocking stuffers. (2-6 p.m. 501 1st Av. NE., Mpls. 612-208-0249.)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28: Holiday Art Show at Shiny Robot Studio
Home to such prolific artists as Josh Alspach, Terrence Payne, Tara Costello, Josie Lewis, Nick Harper, and many others, Shiny Robot Studio will be offering a slew of fine art and handmade crafts from its artists for one day only. (Noon-7pm. 501 1st Ave. NE., 2nd floor, Mpls.)

NEXT WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2: Home for the Holidays at FiveTwoSix
The holiday edition of St. Paul salon spa and gallery FiveTwoSix's monthly fashion, art and music soiree offers the usual entertainment and art, as well as tons of great gift ideas. For sale will be original art, sculpture, glass, photography, handmade candles, and a jewelry trunk show by local designers. You can also get your 'do done or a facial acupressure for free, register for prizes, and enjoy gifts-with-purchase opportunities and refreshments. (5-8 p.m. 526 Selby Ave., St. Paul. 651-222-3839.)


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