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Shops Is About To Drop

Friday, August 26th, 2011

I’m extremely excited to reveal the 2012 cover of Shops, featuring six Twin Cities men as charming as they are stylish. (It’s a rough job I’ve got, I know.) We go beyond the necktie to show you a side of Frank Vascellaro you just don’t get on the evening news – premium denim and all. He’s joined by salon owner Denny Kemp, businessman Tom Wicka, celeb bodyguard provider Elijah Shaw, my favorite young Timberwolves player Wes Johnson, and musician Jeremy Messersmith – how can you not love a rocker who rocks a bow tie? Inside the issue, you’ll also find fall fashion, cool products, beauty tips, celebrity shopping haunts, and updated listings of more than 800 local stores. Shops is included with the September issue of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Don’t go shopping without it!

At our cover shoot at Room & Board…

How to take the tension out of an interview: conduct it on a bed…

Praise for “How Not to Look Old”

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Beauty and style guides land on my desk virtually every day and generally get stacked in a dusty pile. Sure, some of them include a useful tip or two…but rarely enough to warrant purchasing. I can, however, wholeheartedly recommend the new "How Not to Look Old" – and not just because I advised author Charla Krupp on which Twin Cities salons to spotlight in the city-by-city beauty guide at the back of the book. (The mere fact that she includes cities between NY and LA is a triumph.)

Krupp, a veteran beauty editor and frequent style expert on the Today show, has managed to stay real after years in the fashion biz. She’s more concerned about spider veins and hair loss and disguising a less-than-taut tummy than the next runway collection or miracle cream. "Aging sucks," she writes. "The question is, what are we going to do about it?" Her book is honest, humorous and packed with useful tips on everything from managing wrinkles to wearing the right shapewear.

One of the big lightening rods seems to be Krupp’s advice on
hosiery. "For some reason," she told me this week, "women didn’t know
not to wear nude hose!" Krupp is a fan of fishnets and opaques. For
dressy occasions, she says to go with bare legs (spray-on tanner helps)
or consider nude fishnets. If your dress happens to be black, very sheer black stockings could work.

Beyond the seemingly endless hosiery debates, Krupp stirred up a bit of controversy on my radio show, "Shop Girls" a few weeks ago when she advised women over 40 not to go gray. A flurry of calls followed from women reluctant to commit to hair color for the rest of their lives. Sure, maintenance is a bitch, but Krupp is goal oriented: lightening your hair takes 10 years off your appearance. Yes, we’ll save your spot while you call the salon.

Which one? Well, for those Minneapolis beauty listings at the back of Krupp’s book – what pressure! – I suggested Jon English, Denny Kemp, Root Salon, Brian Graham Salon and Juut at Gaviidae, especially master stylist Woody Theis, who got up early to style Krupp’s hair when she was in town recently. (It’s blond.) | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine © 2008 MSP Communications, Inc. All rights reserved