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 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.
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.
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
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
, 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.