This week in l’étoile’s Guide to Sales and Shopping, celebrate the allure of fashionable men at “It’s a Man’s World,” support ethical fashion-making decisions with Sol Inspirations and decide between a Cayetano necklace and Rebel jewelry for the perfect Mother’s Day gift.
During May: Cayetano Traveling Trunk Show
What: Save a spot during the month of May to view the elegant collection of Cayetano Lecacy jewelry. Many designs were made exclusively for the show, so head to the Parc Boutique and find beautiful statement necklaces to complement your spring and summer wardrobe.
When: Tuesday, May 1-Thursday, May 31
Where: Parc Boutique, 320 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, 612-353-4966, www.parcboutique.com
Thursday-Sunday: “My Mother is a Rebel” Jewelry Show
What: Mother’s Day is just around the corner and STYLEDLIFE has jewelry for every style. Whether your mother is a queen of vintage, a rebel who sparkles or a little more sophisticated, featured jewelry by Gina Riley of Rebel Designs, Alex Bittar and Anna Balkan will fit to her fashion. Celebrate styles of all kind at this dedicated-to-rebellion jewelry show because women of all age can transcend their style with chic, city-gal accessories.
When: Thursday, May 3-Sunday, May 6
Where: STYLEDLIFE, 3410 Galleria, Edina, 952-928-8888, www.STYLEDLIFE.com
Thursday: Wild Ruffle Spring Boutique Pop-up Show
What: Shop the local and handmade shops throughout downtown Prior Lake and find something for everyone. Jewelry, home decor and gifts for kids are only a few of the treasures you will find at these one-of-a-kind stores. Sip drinks, shop and snack on treats, you won’t want to miss this evening of treasure-hunting.
When: 5:30-9 pm Thursday, May 3
Where: Shops through downtown Prior Lake, Intersection between Highway 13 & County Road 21, 612-805-5138, wildruffle.com
Saturday: Flirt’s 4th Birthday Celebration
What: Leave it to this chic boutique to take a birthday and turn it into a celebration dedicated to its adoring fans. Forget hunting for the perfect gift, all you need to do is show up. Sip pink champagne, grab a piece of birthday cake and receive 25% off of everything in the store. Free gifts include a Flirt tee or a Crave book with a $100 purchase.
When: 10 am-8 pm Saturday, May 5
Where: Flirt Boutique, 177 Snelling Avenue N, Saint Paul, 651-698-3692, www.flirt-boutique.com
Saturday: HandmadeMN Spring Market
What: Shop local and find functional handmade goods of brilliant color and style by more than 45 artists who feature their items on an Etsy site. Catch kitchen goodies like aprons designed by Anna Tere Designs and magnetic oven mitts designed by Peas and Carrots Too. Find bright colored jewelry by several designers as well as bags, tees, note cards and other ingenious items.
When: 10 am-5 pm, Saturday, May 5
Where: James Ballentine VFW Post 246, 2916 Lyndale Avenue S, Minneapolis, 612-823-6233, www.handmademn.com
Saturday: It’s a Man’s World Fashion Event
What: See just what it takes to be a well-dressed man, complete with sharp ensembles and classy accessories. Local retailers as well as national designers are collaborating to celebrate the subculture of men’s vintage and modern as Wilhelmina Minneapolis models sport the looks. Trends will be represented by national designers J. Cheikh, Madgods, Ninh Nguyen and Sweet 1985 as well as local shops like Elsworth, Studiiyo23 and William Park. VIP guests will have runway seating, get samples from restaurants and vendor access to guests. In advance, tickets are $15 or $30 for VIP and at the door are $20 or $40 for VIP. Purchase tickets online here.
When: 8-11 pm Saturday, May 5
Where: Loring Park Forum, 1625 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
Saturday: Local Artist Jewelry Mart & Rectangle Designs
What: If you still need ideas for Mother’s Day, or simply want to treat yourself to a gift, come see and shop jewelry by more than 20 artists. While you sift through the unique pieces of artisan jewelry, enjoy tastings by Craftmade Toffee. Walker Art Center members may enjoy a preview and mimosas at 10 a.m. and should RVSP at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-375-7655. Sarah Nassif of Rectangle Designs will showcase her spring line with floral-influenced handmade prints on t-shirts, bags, and scarves. She uses upcycled materials and water-based inks and the proceeds will go toward Walker art and education programs. Walker members benefit with a 10% discount on her products.
When: 11am-5 pm Jewelry Mart & 10 am-6 pm Rectangle Designs Trunk Show, both on Saturday, May 5
Where: Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, www.walkerart.org
Saturday & Sunday: Spring Sale (For the Ladies)
What: Here to ring in the spring, Mighty Swell is here to offer the ladies fabulous finds in fashion accessories, vintage clothing and home decor. The vintage pop-up-shop offers an assortment of edited vintage, thrift finds and pieces from vendors such as Bourbon & Lace, Valise Vintage and Pink. Hurry in for the best picks and men, don’t fret, you’ll get your sale in a few weeks.
When: 10-7 pm Saturday, May 5 & 12-5 pm, Sunday, May 6
Where: Mighty Swell, 3109 E 42nd Street, Minneapolis, www.mightyswell.com
Saturday: Julie Swenson Beauty Boutique Grand Opening
What: When longtime makeup artist Julie Swenson sold her Smart & Chic Beauty Lounge last year, it wasn’t all for naught. Yesterday, she announced the opening of a new enterprise – her own beauty learning annex and boutique. The annex will serve as a haven for beauty education to anyone from seasoned artists to students, and bridal parties to everyday women. continue to carry some of her Beauty Lounge product lines such as Tokyo Milk, Love and Toast, and celebrity cult lines such Sara Happ, and Jouer Cosmetics, plus her own eye essentials makeup line, Stella. Saturday’s grand opening includes a trunk show by Bethany Lorelle fashion accessories; a free cosmetic bag with $35 purchase of Stella Makeup; and 20% off all Tokyo Milk, Love & Toast and Sara Happ products.
When: Grand opening 10 am-6 pm Saturday, May 5. Boutique hours are the first weekend of every month from 10 am-6 pm, or by appointment.
Where: Julie Swenson Beauty, 1026 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, 612-741-0288, www.julieswensonbeauty.com
Sunday: Eco Inspirations – Responsible Fashion Show & Benefit
What: Fashion meets eco-friendly function at the second annual Responsible show, where fabulous designs will display the ethical efforts of fair trade, transforming granola-like outfits into ethically sound but aesthetically pleasing ensembles. Formerly a fundraiser for victims of the Haiti Earthquake, Sol Inspirations has dedicated their focus to fair trade fashion. See fresh, chic looks from more than 15 designers by CounterCouture, Design Collective, Jenny Carle and headliner line You and Me, by Tim and Thom Navaro, Katy Vereide and Deborah Block. You and Me will ease your conscience by featuring a reconstruction of clothing showing “socially responsible eye candy.” Support these local ethical designers in the decorated space loaned for a day by Bespoke Hair Artisans. Tickets are $24 at Bespoke or online here.
When: 3-5 pm Sunday, May 6
Where: Bespoke Hair Artisans, 3918 49 1/2 Street, Edina, 952-224-4062, www.bespokehairartisans.com