This week in l’étoile’s Guide to Sales & Shopping, sift through goodies at a “Gayrage” sale, attend a Fall preview for Second Debut and attend a pinup fashion show.
Thursday: l’étoile magazine presents Project Runway Weekly Viewing Parties
What: We here at l’étoile have always been big Project Runway fans, and this season features one of our very own – Minneapolis fashion designer Raul Osorio. Join l’étoile and cheer on Raul while you sip cocktails, including $3.50 house wines and $4 good-luck cocktails, every Thursday on the second floor of moto-i. Vote for Raul as Fan Favorite throughout the duration of the season by tweeting hashtag #teamraul. The winner gets $10,000 at the end of the season, and Raul has promised to throw a huge party if he wins – and everyone’s invited! (One tweet per user will be counted as a vote within a five-minute period, so you can vote a lot. Vote here.)
When: 8-9 pm every Thursday
Where: moto-i, 2940 Lyndale Avenue S, Minneapolis, 612-821-6262. Click HERE for the Facebook invite
Now: Parc’s Summer Style Contest
What: Dress in your best summer attire and take an A-list photo with Instagram. Yes, you can snap a mirror photo or get creative if you will. Then, upload your stylish photo and mark it with the hashtag #parcboutique. A winner will be chosen August 20, the prize being $100 to spend at Northeast shop Parc Boutique. So, #goodluck.
When: Now through August 20
Where: Twitter & Instagram, www.instagram.com, www.twitter.com
Now: Fringe Closing Sale
What: Fringe, an affordable store known for trendy accessories including jewelry, handbags and scarves, is closing in St. Paul on August 10. Head to the shop for half off of all merchandise and all sales are final.
When: Now through August 10
Where: Fringe, 1055 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, 651-292-4943, www.fringeaccessories.com
Wednesday: Pink Bow City Fashion Show
What: Celebrate pinup and rockabilly style at Pink Bow City’s first fashion show, featuring their feminine designs as well as those by Cassie Sue, Sarah M. Holm and Tici Rockabilly. Enjoy free appetizers and listen to live music by garage pop group The Shakin’ Babies. See live screen printing by Black Collar studios and bring your own items to print for $5. Photographs are encouraged and a $5 donation will offer you a Pink Bow City magazine and sticker.
When: 6-8 pm Wednesday, August 8
Where: Honey, 205 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, 612-746-0306,www.honeympls.com
Thursday: Fall Preview Shopping Event
What: Get an early start on assembling your Fall wardrobe by sorting through designer pieces in trendy styles and color. Revenue from Goodwill’s Second Debut, a designer boutique support assistance for those needed employment assistance. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.
When: 7-9 pm Thursday, August 9
Where: Second Debut, 4300 W 36 1/2 Street, St. Louis Park, 952-922-9640, www.seconddebut.org
Saturday: Sohail & John’s GAYrage Sale
What: No, it’s not gay-rage, it’s a gayrage sale. To avoid conflicting interiors to their future home, Sohail Akhavein and John Sand will be hosting a one-of-a-kind garage sale selling clothing, Anthropologie mugs and coffee pots, trunks, antique mirrors and many more treasures willing to reside in your homes. They’ll even throw in a free army man with every purchase. Shop the wide variety while you hear jams by DJ Segei Finch. Friendship hot dogs, grilled and cut in half, will be served all day along with red wine in paper cups served to those of age. The way to the sale will be painted, so follow the rainbow brick road.
When: 9 am-7 pm Saturday, August 11 & 10 am-3 pm Sunday, August 12
Where: 404 W Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, www.gayragesale.tumblr.com
Saturday: RAW presents Radiate
What: Celebrate art and music tonight at RAW, while you hear funk artist Mayda, whose music has been heard on MTV, Jersey Shore and Showtime. Graphic design, photography, studio art and jewelry are a few of the categories featured this evening. Another highlight should be up-and-coming local designer Sarah Furnaé’s work, a blend of various materials for garments including embossed leather, cow hide and wool resulting in unique pieces that represent her creativity. Also see photographs by Oliver Kristón and Christine Zrust, as well as jewelry by Split Personality Designs, a series of pieces made from recycled materials.
When: 8 pm-midnight Saturday, August 11
Where: Fine Line Music Café, 318 N First Avenue, Minneapolis, www.rawartists.org
Saturday: Open Studio featuring ROX Jewelry
What: Minneapolis jewelry designer Robyne Robinson has ROX Jewelry is opening up her studio for California Building’s First Thursdays event. The former Fox 9 news anchor is known for creating unique and dramatic looks made of natural elements such as wood, shells, fine metals and semi-precious stones. See the latest looks for exotic, bridal and luxury, for men and women.
When: Noon-4 pm Saturday, August 11
Where: California Building, 2205 California Street NE, Studio 403, Minneapolis, www.roxmpls.com
Now: Summer Sale at Covered
What: Celebrate the month left of beach days and long summer nights and hit this summer sale while the deals are as hot as the weather. Complement swimwear with tops, dresses and denim, receiving up to 75% off on summer fashion.
Where: Covered, 1201 Lagoon Ave, Minneapolis, 612-825-1610, www.shopcovered.com
Now: Flirt’s Semi-Annual Sale
What: This weekend, high-end lingerie boutique Flirt kicks off its semi-annual sale. It’s a great time to get in and swoop up deals on that fancy lingerie you’ve been eyeing over the past few months. Sizes and styles are limited, so get there sooner than later!
When: Now-Sunday, August 5
Where: Flirt Boutique, 177 Snelling Avenue N, St. Paul, 651-698-3692, www.flirt-boutique.com
Now: Girlfriend Package at Blowdry!
What: You, me, oui! Yes indeed, newly-opened blowdry bar Blowdry! has launched a deal for girlfriends. Grab your bestie and nab two blowdries for $60 (regularly priced at $35 a pop) during one visit. Blowdries include a complimentary scalp and shoulder massage, followed by shampoo, blowdry, and styling of your choosing – plus cappuccino and champagne! Book online at www.blowdryblowdry.com.
Where: Blowdry! Blowdry Bar, 1203 Lagoon Avenue, Minneapolis, 612-824-4878,www.blowdryblowdry.com
Friday: Sip & Shop
What: Every Friday, Parc Boutique is dedicated to bringing you a happy hour filled with drinks and shopping, all in one. Enjoy wine and save 15% off your purchases. The weekly tradition will continue all summer long.
When: 3-6 pm every Friday
Where: Parc Boutique, 320 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, 612-353-4966, www.parcboutique.com