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About Town: Twin Cities Menswear

I am very happy to introduce a new feature on my blog in this, my 100th post! My honey and I have a lot of adventures and I figured it was about time we shared them with you! We will be highlighting places we've gone, what we've worn, things we've bought and, of course, food we've eaten! We hope it will give you a little glimpse into our journeys in this fine state of Minnesota (and wherever else we trek to!). We hope you enjoy this new feature- look for more installations every other week...ish. Love it? Hate it? Think it could be better? Tweet me.

About Town: Twin Cities Menswear



"Oh my gosh. We have NO plans today...what should we do?" A rare conundrum for us, so we took to Twitter Saturday morning to investigate. Not far into my feed I noticed a menswear pop-up shopping event at Russell + Hazel featuring Pierrepont Hicks, Faribault Woolen Mill and Martin Patrick3 and the decision was instantly made. We ventured out to Edina and were absolutely blown away by what we found.



Russell + Hazel is a design studio & shop with delightful paper goods, home accessories and organizers that would make Martha squeal. My man picked up a tie and bowtie from Pierrepont Hicks as I chatted with Mrs. P Hicks herself, Katherine McMillan. We left the shop, portfolio giveaways in hand, feeling ultimately satisfied with our experience. Thus began our weekend of menswear shopping. That being said the weather was ultimately dismal and keeping our energy and inspiration up was a challenge. With a few choice stops we managed to carry right on through...with a few naps in between. 



Martin Patrick3 is the king of menswear shops in Minneapolis- with pretty much anything you could want and a few things you didn't know you needed (pearl collar stays). We browsed around for quite some time- the shopping experience in itself was pleasant and there was so much to see. ID/Inside Design is attached and it was an irresistible detour to check out the modern furniture, Pantone mugs and Jonathon Adler statuettes. The mister ended up unexpectedly picking up a pair of glasses frames with bamboo arms. Even more unexpected? The choice of three different cases on the way out. An overall stellar experience.

Then we decided to do something crazy. We went to St. Paul. I’ll be upfront here- I'm a tiny cranky monster when I'm hungry, so we decided to hit up the famous WA Frost for a little lunch before continuing to shop. A perfectly delightful experience to say the least. Our server, Lori was the perfect combination of personable, silly and attentive and recommended the Belgian on tap- a St Bernardus Tripel, which ended up on both of our faves lists for Belgians. I drank one and a half (my limit) Earl Grey-Pomegranate Tonics, which were not as sweet as you might fear and provided a surprising and welcome journey for my palate- transitioning through at least a few tastes before finishing. I ate a Gem Lettuce Salad and a side of fries (what diet?) and the mister had a Cuban Panini which he also loved.  It gave us the boozy, delicious fuel to head down the street to another local menswear classic, BlackBlue.



Oh BlackBlue, you are such a lovely spot.  The place was, as always, set up beautifully and had a fresh stock of items including a few women's pieces! Satchel, whose smiling face I remember chatting with at SnowGrade, greeted us at the door happily and upon being asked how he was, replied (quite genuinely I suspect) that he was "livin the dream". We didn't pick anything up this time, but that's not to say there isn't a panoply of excellent options.


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Bunny Love: YouTube Videos

Soooo cute animal videos, am I right? Like this one, and this one, and don't forget this one. Bunny time!

Remember this one?! (turn off the sound, it's annoying)


Makes me wish I had a bunny...and some snow to throw it in. Similarly, a bathtub would be good.


Annnnd this:


Honorable mention (warning: extremely ridiculous):

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Last-minute planning: NYE

I am generally pretty anti-New Years Eve but I figured I would put together a list of must-haves for the night. I do love any opportunity to wear ridiculous shoes. 

1. Dolce Vita Dachi Pump / $169.95  2. Crown / $1.99 3. Korbel Champagne 4. There's just something about a gray tie. The Hill Side / $83 5. Party Poppers 6. Of course, the anti-NYE shirt // $42

In all honesty, my night is probably going to end up more like...
And I really couldn't be happier about it. 

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quiet/LOUD: Merry Christmas

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season. Many apologies for being so ethnocentric, but they just don't make as many great Hanukkah/ Winter Solstice/ Kwanzaa/ Saturnalia songs as they do Christmas songs. See you in twenty-twelve! And now, my top two favorite Christmas songs...

quiet...ish: Otis Redding // Merry Christmas Baby



LOUD: Stevie Wonder // That's What Christmas Means to Me



BONUS: This may or may not play in my parents house every year...
Lou Monte // Dominic the Italian Christmas Donkey (I'm not even joking)

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quiet/LOUD: 12/19/2011

I promise I will start posting things other than this...after the holidays

quiet: Dirty Gold // California Sunrise. It's so dreamy.



LOUD: Summer Camp // Better Off Without You. In case you are in need of a good "eff you" to your shitty ex. And when doesn't that feel good? Best line: "And if you said you're never coming back I'd be so happy, I'd be so happy, I'd laugh the whole night long"

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quiet/LOUD: 12/12/2011

quiet // Au Revoir Simone- A Violent Yet Flammable World (such a good song title)



Loud // Givers-I Saw You First
It's not quite loud...but its cheerful. If you need something more exciting check out their song Up, Up, Up.

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Just a reminder: Why We're Here

As the harsh reminders of the impending winter are upon us, I thought it might be a good time to re-watch this touching love letter to our fair city by Seven and Sixty Productions. I literally weep every time I see it (read: I'm totally crying right now). I hope they make another one- I would love to be in it. I promise not to cry on camera.

"Something about Minneapolis, it calls you back" It's true, so true.

Seriously, I'm still crying. 

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My Super Embarrassing Playlist

We all have them. The playlists we absolutely love but hope no one ever notices because it would beyond destroy any hipster cred we might have. Songs with lyrics that, as a social justicey, feminist, retro, elitist snob make my brain want to explode. But for some reason, as Shakira would say, "my hips don't lie"and I can't help from listening to them every time I need to clean or go to the gym  get ready to go out. So here you go, my super embarrassing playlist of Fall 2011:
 

Don't judge too hard.

(PS. I have an extensive rant regarding the lyrics of "I Just Had Sex"- feel free to ask sometime!)

I am going to go paint and listen to Ratatat. Hopefully that restores some of the self-respect I just lost.

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Making an Apartment a Home: a New Duvet

I moved into my new apartment a few weeks ago and I have slowly been making it mine. One thing I tend to splurge on every time I move (ie every year) is a new duvet. It isn't too expensive and it can really change the look of a place. This year I went for a simple gray and white striped number from West Elm. I also repainted my bed frame from weird antiquey white to black. Somehow, vintage pillowcases, leopard print sheets, a bunny-post bed and a gray and white striped duvet really fit well together-Hennepin even seems to like it.


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Bunny love: iPhone Covers

It is no mystery to anyone that knows me- I love bunnies, a lot. Naturally, when I spotted this iPhone cover from Rabito in New York I snagged it right up. They even come with attachable tails that serve as stands. I will admit, I had to take it off after a few days because the thickness of the material prevents my charger from staying attached--maybe I will have to snag one of these other bunny-inspired covers next.
$7.99 from Overstock.com 

Fifi Lapin cases, more on her website.

And if you need a little bling in your life...$39.95



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Current love: Pantone Products

A few months back I was in Milwaukee hanging out with my mom and I came across a set of Pantone folding chairs. I was absolutely delighted and it took every ounce of willpower I had to not splurge on one in each color. So today I give you a few Pantone products that I would be absolutely ecstatic to own. Because I am a nerd.
Toothbrushes. I actually picked these up at West Elm the other day for $10.
Folding chairs. $75 each
Mugs. $90 for a set
Of course, iPhone cases. $36 each.

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NorthernGRADE

It all started with a text from my roommate. "1330 Quincy. Man Station. Get here." I was on my way home from the beach when I got it so I jumped in the shower, threw on a dress and walked the two blocks from my house. Needless to say, it was, indeed, a man station. Kind of like walking into a JCrew catalog...but better. I had an excellent time-and the hero award went to Buckshot Sonny's, who on top of having incredible products, saved me from a very deep and uncomfortable sliver. Also got to hang out with Seth of The Midwestyle who was an incredible gent. Here are a few highlights. You can see more photos from the event on my Flickr. For a full list of vendors, check out the NorthernGRADE site. 







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