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All about the brides

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Time to get married. Or at least start realizing your dream wedding. Mpls.St.Paul Weddings presents the Bridal Party this  Sunday, Jan. 9 at The Depot (details here) and in anticipation, we highlighted some trends bright and early on Fox 9 Morning News with M.A. Rosko. Some of my favorite details:

Time to move beyond cupcakes. Miniature desserts are gaining popularity - like these individual wedding cakes by Grandma's Bakery in White Bear Lake

And speaking of mini, these cake lollipops by Cocoa & Fig are always a hit, either as a bite-sized dessert table treat or individually wrapped to take home.

Did you notice how I went straight to the sweets? Backing up a bit:

A loose up-do by Sarah Sponberg of MN Bridal Makeup (she did the airbrushing too). The hair looks soft, lovely and natural (no one has to know it took hours and is rock hard with hairspray)

Gowns from Priscilla of Boston

Oh yes, the dresses! We wanted to cover a variety of looks and trends with just three dresses and arrived at these from Priscilla of Boston.
Left: Vera Wang strapless silk mermaid gown with swirling tissue organza flanges on skirt. Note the jeweled grosgrain sash at the waist, a way to add a pop of color or embellishment, without committing for the whole night – take it off after the ceremony, or put it on for the reception. Available in lavender and blush tones for a more subtle look. ($4,650)

Middle: Platinum for Priscilla of Boston textured organza and tulle ball gown with a classic art deco styled belt and full, draped skirt. Fulfills the princess fantasies, while looking contemporary. ($4,975)

Right: Melissa Sweet strapless silk chiffon short dress with ostrich feather skirt. Yes, you can wear a short dress for a fancy wedding. Tea-length and even above the knee gowns are gaining popularity. Perfect for the bride who wants to show off her legs…or just have a little more fun. ($2,975).

P.S.: Another bridal event kicks off in Minneapolis this weekend: the first Bridal Expo at Macy’s, downtown Minneapolis. Every week through Feb. 13, take advantage of bridal trunk shows and advice from industry experts like The Wedding Guys, Sheree Bocheneck, creative director for Apres Party and Tent Rental and others. The festivities culminate with a bridal sample sale Feb. 10 to 13. (Event details here, and call 612-375-2162 for appointments and more.) This Saturday, Jan. 8, join me and my mom Harmony Kaplan as we broadcast Shop Girls from the first floor of the downtown Macy’s. That’s 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on myTalk107.1.

Macy’s around the clock

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

It’s 9:30 p.m. and the malls are getting ready to close – but not Macy’s. The Rosedale Center store and select others nationwide will be open straight through 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Who shops Macy’s at 3 a.m.? Apparently enough insomniacs that it justified bringing this Christmas campaign back for a second year.

Even in office supplies, Raina looks hot

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

America’s Next Top Model runner up Raina Hein created quite a stir at Macy’s Glamorama Friday in a Joynoelle original made of dutchess satin, held together with paper clips, green rubber bands and gold fasteners. Designer Joy Teiken (right) has never been interested in Project Runway, but she took the Office Max challenge to create the one-of-a-kind dress, which, amazingly, looks like it could fit in to her fall 2010 collection. Leave it to Teiken to work in pockets!  Hein, who moves to Los Angeles next week to pursue modeling and perhaps acting, said she was honored to wear the Office Max dress – even though Teiken wouldn’t let her go to the bathroom in it.

Macy and me

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Yes, she’s Grammy winner Macy Gray and I…can’t carry a tune. But in the VIP suite at the Macy’s Glamorama after party in Minneapolis, we were just a couple of moms (albeit, one of us had bodyguards), talking about kids’ shoes, Real Housewives, guilt and homework. Can’t wait to bring you highlights from my great chat with Macy Gray in the St. Paul Pioneer Press next week.

I heart Eric Hutchinson

Friday, August 6th, 2010

“I’m feeling a little under dressed,” Eric Hutchinson said as he took the stage at Macy’s Glamorama in Minneapolis tonight to sing his hits “Ok, It’s Alright with Me” and “Rock & Roll.”  “I should have worn heels.” The poor guy is way too normal to be mistaken for a musician.  Before the show, he went to the gym and found himself working out in a room surrounded by male models. “It was a little intimidating. But I couldn’t stop staring,” he told me. I know he wanted to be staring at some of the female models after the show, but he was kind enough to pose with me. “I was trying to meet a few backstage, but no numbers yet,” he said, optimistically. “We’ve got four shows together.” Glamorama travels to Chicago next week and then to Los Angeles and San Francisco in September. Eric’s hoping maybe by show two or three, Macy’s will offer to dress him. That offer might have come sooner, if he hadn’t done such a decent job of dressing himself in Ben Sherman. The guy is more than alright.

Mugging w/Christopher Straub

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Project Runway alum Christopher Straub gave me a smile outside the Orpheum Theatre before Glamorama tonight, but for more “official” photos, he was all about the serious stare. To match his outfit, naturally.

Outstanding exchange

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

“Have an outstanding day,” the Macy’s sales associate said after giving me a refund on a bed skirt.
It felt a bit over-the-top for a young woman who was leaning on the counter when I arrived and barely mumbled hello.  So I said thanks, but couldn’t resist asking:  “Did Macy’s tell you to say that?”
“Yes.”

Glamorama build up

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Expect a more dance-intensive Glamorama from Macy’s this year. “So You Think You Can Dance” choreographer Brian Friedman, who has worked with Britney Spears, Beyonce and Usher, has been brought on to produce the dance numbers. The fashion sequences will continue to be choreographed by Myron Johnson, artistic director of Ballet of the Dolls. At a kick-off event at Crave yesterday, the Macy’s team seemed especially excited to have Issey Miyake in the show for the first time. They also said Macy Gray won’t be the only headliner and promised another announcement soon. Glamorama takes place Aug. 6 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis and then travels to Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. For tickets, click here.

Glamorama wrap-up

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Just got home from Glamorama, nursing sore feet. Ne-Yo and Kristinia DeBarge were still partying in the VIP room when I left. They know a good party when they find it. Read my review of the show in the St. Paul Pioneer Press Saturday, Aug. 15 and tune in to Shop Girls 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on FM107.1 for tons of backstage gossip. (Don't miss my exclusive sit-down with Glam surprise performer Miss Piggy in the Pioneer Press on Sunday, Aug. 16)
Besides learning about Ne-Yo's "shopaholic" ways and Kristinia's love of Steve Madden, I learned tonight that iPhone pictures don't turn out well in the dark. I'm left with the memories. Sigh…
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Model spotting in Mpls

Monday, August 10th, 2009

If you feel like there are a disproportionate number of extremely tall, lithe, good looking people on Nicollet Mall this week, it's true. They're The Models. Pros from New York have descended on the Twin Cities this week to prep for Glamorama, which happens Friday at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. More than a runway show, Glam is like a Broadway production requiring a lot of coordination, glitzy numbers and plenty of dancing. (Models will not only shake their booties – they are allowed to smile.) Poor things, they'll be working long hours on stage, in fittings, with hair and makeup all week. Many tell me they live a bit like hermits while working – early to bed, nothing stronger than milk to drink.
Yeah, right.
They're here all week, so dress nice, get a blow out and be ready to cross to the other side of the street to avoid an inferiority complex.

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