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Her name was Lola

Monday, October 18th, 2010

A new BCBG concept, Lola, opened at Mall of America over the weekend. It’s the first storefront for this youthful fast fashion concept. Prices are extremely reasonable: $30 for a shirt dress or sweater, some tops under $10. The boutique is more manageable than competitors like Forever 21 or H&M, and more narrowly focused on cool-girl clubby trends. I’d go back for a fitted jacket, jewelry, perhaps some layering pieces, but I was disappointed not to find more BCBG-style dresses at lower price points. Then, I’m considerably older than Lola.

Gaga for Gulbis

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Now I understand why guys are so excited about the U.S. Women’s Open, taking place this weekend at Interlachen Country Club in Edina. Natalie Gulbis. She’s the hottie on the course: long, blond hair, killer long legs that she loves to flaunt in skirts up to there, and, unlike Anna Kournikova, she has a win to her credit.
Am I impressing you with my vast golfing knowledge? Well, it ends there. But I can tell you Natalie’s favorite jeans: True Religion. I got a crash course in all things Gulbis this week when the sports department at the Pioneer Press asked if I’d write something "fun and fashiony" about the Open. Paula Kraemer wouldn’t talk to me about her penchant for pink. Jennifer Rosales didn’t return my calls. But girly golfer Natalie Gulbis was happy to trade her Adidas for Dior stilettos to go shopping with me at the Galleria. We met at BCBG which happens to be one of her favorite stores because everything fits her so well (um, does anything not fit a body like that? "I have an athletic build," she complains). She likes dresses (Shorter the better. If I had legs like hers, I’d feel the same) because you put one on and you’re good to go. Outfits are too much trouble (and too cumbersome, perhaps?). When she’s on the road, she picks a color scheme – this trip, it’s black and gold. She won’t even buy something that doesn’t coordinate. She liked the bags at Pumpz & Company, although not as much as the Chanel she was carrying, which was a gift from a friend. (I’m really hanging with the wrong crowd.) She tried on an Anna Sui dress at Arafina, but didn’t buy. As much as she loves fashion, she loves having a stylist. She asked me if belts are still in style. As for feeling in her element when she attended Fashion Week earlier this year, she said "heck no!," which was rather charming coming from someone who looks like she could step onto a runway. In other Gulbis gossip: she and ex Ben Roethlisberger are on good terms and Natalie is single. Try not to drool. Read more about my shopping excursion with Natalie and see a video clip at

Get ready for BCBG

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

The wait is finally over – BCBG will open at the Galleria on Thursday, May 22. That’s actually about a week ahead of schedule – so get in quick before everyone else figures it out! BCBG has shops within some Macy’s stores in town, and an outlet in Albertville, but this is the first company store to grace the Twin Cities.

BCBG Max Azria at Galleria

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

You won’t have to go to Macy’s for BCBG Max Azria. The popular and accessible fashion line will open its first stand-alone shop at the Galleria in Edina in April. Finally! It will be located near the new Crate & Barrel store, which is opening in March. And stay tuned for additional announcements – there are two more storefronts to be filled in Galleria’s new Crate & Barrel atrium. Look for more details on the BCBG shop – and what it means for the BCBG boutiques in select Twin Cities Macy’s stores – in the St. Paul Pioneer Press. | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine © 2008 MSP Communications, Inc. All rights reserved