This week’s shopping guide includes b. resale’s quick jewelry fix event, open houses from Ina Grau and Jennifer Merchant, & the High Heel Dash.
Now: What Katie Did Sale
What: Here’s a great deal if we’ve ever heard of one. Beginning this week, receive 25% off What Katie Did retro-inspired lingerie at vintage destination Via’s. (The only exclusion is stockings.) The line is a favorite among the rockabilly, ’50s-embracing set – because you can never find what you want in the size you need with true vintage lingerie. Stop in as soon as possible for the best selection.
When: Now available
Where: Via’s Vintage, 2408 Hennepin Avenue S, Minneapolis, 612-374-3649, www.viasvintage.com
Wednesday: Aegis Foundation’s Third Annual High Heel Dash
What: Swap your running shoes for high heels and make it to the starting line to race 25 yards to support the Aegis Foundation and Project Healthy Smile. Carly Aplin from the CW Network will host the event and music will be cranked by a special DJ guest. Participants in the race are encouraged to raise $250 or more and will receive a t-shirt and a 30-minute massage or pedicure at Jungle Red Salon for 50% off. Men and women will receive prizes for first, second and third place: a one-hour massage at Ivy Spy Club, a one-hour massage at Bodyline and a Swarovski gift card, respectively. The highest fundraiser will receive a wine party for 10 at Stuart Weitzman including 20% off and a $400 gift card. Register at 4 p.m. and enjoy drinks and food from Masa. The race begins at 6:30 p.m. Register here.
When: 4 pm registration, 6:30 pm race Wednesday, August 15
Where: 1070 Nicollet Mall, Target Plaza, Minneapolis, www.AegisFoundationInc.org
Beginning Wednesday: Summer Sale at Cliché
What: We’ve still got at least another month of summer weather ahead of us, so now’s the perfect time to take advantage of end-of-season deals. Local favorite Cliché is adding new markdowns of 30% on dresses, skirts, shorts, blouses, tees, pants and accessories from local and national lines.
When: Beginning Wednesday, August 15; ongoing.
Where: Cliché, 2403 Lyndale Avenue S, Minneapolis, 612-870-0420, www.clichempls.com
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: 8-9:30 pm every Thursday
Where: moto-i, 2940 Lyndale Avenue S, Minneapolis, 612-821-6262. Click HERE for the Facebook invite
Thursday-Sunday: b.’s Final Days of Summer Sale
What: Summer’s nearing its end, and so will the summer season styles, so get them while they’re – and it’s – still hot. The ladies are keeping the sale simple – everything is 30% off whether regular price or local goods.
When: Thursday, August 16-Sunday, August 19
Where: b. Resale, 5456 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis, 612-824-1292, b-resaleshop.com
Thursday: Fashion Fighting Stigma: A Posh Night of Fashion with a Purpose
What: Raise awareness for mental illness and money for People Incorporated Homeless Services at this fabulous fashion show featuring designs by ArielSimone, n’etc., Caroline Hayden, Primp, Motto and Rachel Blomgren. Sip drinks from the cash bar, enter in a prize drawing and snap a photo in the photo booth. Carly Aplin of the CW Network will host the show and all of the proceeds will go to People Inc. Homeless Services clients. The runway show begins at 8pm and afterward, attend a party at the Amsterdam Bar & Hall. Tickets are $20 in advance and $50 for VIP (which includes VIP seating and a swag bag).
When: 7 pm Thursday, August 16
Where: Landmark Center, 75 5th Street, St. Paul, 651-288-3508, www.PeopleIncorporated.org
Thursday: Drama’s Anniversary Event
What: Celebrate Drama’s fifth birthday and one year at the location on 50th and France. Sip complimentary champagne, snack on hors d’oeuvres and shop the racks expected to be packed with new items for the upcoming Fall season.
When: 7-10 pm Thursday, August 16
Where: Drama, 4946 France Ave S, Minneapolis, 952-920-0294, www.shopatdrama.com
Friday: Night out with Ina Grau
What: Join Ina Grau for drinks, music and a raffle, giving you the chance to win a pair of women’s or men’s custom shoes. Luisa is soon heading back to Colombia to collaborate and oversee a project with Oscar Betancur. Betancur will work with Ina Grau designs to create new styles for women’s shoes. Her experience and innovation in shoe design is a staple to the function of the company and has made for unique input, so celebrate the art of custom footwear. The raffle is $10 and will be announced at 9:45 p.m.; you must be present to win.
When: 7-10 pm Friday, August 17
Where: 711 W Lake Street, Suite #603, Minneapolis, www.inagrau.com
Friday & Saturday: White+Warren Pop-up Sale
What: High-end designer boutique Grethen House is hosting a two-day pop-up sale from fine cashmere line White+Warren. Preview and purchase the fall line of cashmere sweaters, cardigans, scarves and wraps.
When: Friday, August 17-Saturday, August 18
Where: Grethen House, 4930 France Avenue S, Edina, 952-926-8725, www.grethenhouse.com
Saturday: Jennifer Merchant Open House
What: Local jewelry designer Jennifer Merchant’s unique designs features layers of clear, laser-cut acrylic and colorful magazine clippings – topped off with blingin’ rhinestones. For the debut of her new studio, she’s hosting an open house this weekend, in which she’ll offer discounts of 20 to 70 percent off her designs.
When: 2-8 pm Saturday, August 18
Where: 711 W Lake Street Suite #411, Minneapolis, www.jennifermerchantdesign.com
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: 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