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 www.twincities.com.