It was Crunch’s Birthday for this particular Timberwolves game, so everyone received a super adorable party hat. This party hat had images of all of Crunch’s friends aka rival mascots on it. There was also some extra events at half-time which made the night even more enjoyable.
We decided to go to this game in particular because there was a Big 10 networking event prior to the game in the Mayo Clinic sponsored event room. Arriving we realized everyone was casually about 5-10 years older than us…. so we didn't exactly branch out. Especially seeing that a majority of the older alumni were in Indiana and Michigan attire. Because of this networking event, our tickets also stated that we were able to shoot a free throw after the game. We were super excited for this opportunity until we realized that everyone else in line were children ages four to twelve. You can see the height difference of us vs. the kids when waiting in line. Despite the ten year age gap, we still were ecstatic to have the chance to try and make a free-throw. Well…. neither of us made the shot. We also tried to get a picture on the court, but we were quickly escorted off the court by security. “Nice try” they said with a snicker. We figured a good amount of people try to get photos down on the court to make it seem like they had the nicer seats. It was worth the try!
I did not have a Timberwolves jersey to work into my outfit as Brooke did, so I decided to go with a green dress. This dress featured the latest trend of the cold shoulder, and was comfortable as it is a cotton/poly blend. The thing with fast fashion trends is that you can find very similar garments EVERYWHERE so do not spend over $40 if it feels cheap! This dress was only $16 at Marshalls. From taking a textiles course, and just working retail, I know that many of those “mark-down” prices really were never starting at $80. The shirt or dress was most likely bought at cost for $10 or less. Just use competitive shopping whenever you are iffy about anything.
As for accessories, I paired the dress with a Marc Jacobs bag, Sam Edelman booties, and some Alex & Ani bracelets.
The St.Paul Winter Carnival has been going on since 1886. Amazingly it is the oldest winter festival in the United States.
A co-worker from Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th Rahila Hungiapuko had also participated in this process last year. The carnival entails each female candidate to acquire a sponsor to help them finance the adventure. According to Rahila, this is a “131 year old legend that brings families and visitors together to celebrate winter, St. Paul, and it's many beautiful hills. The guards are only 101 years old since they're newer. While the queens and princesses are selected through a candidacy programs.”
I must say that it was a lot to take in, as I have never really been informed about all of the history behind the St.Paul Winter Carnival. To me each year it has just been going to the ice park, and wondering why there were men dressed in all red with fire. It is crazy to now know about all of the work, dedication, volunteering, nonprofit work, ticket sales, rehearsals, etc that go into this each year! Who is crowned queen then dedicates their entire year to being queen and going around different businesses, non-profits, hospitals, nursing homes, charity, volunteering, press, and so much more.
I attended the fashion show where the candidates were provided with clothes to wear down the runway by sponsors such as Chico's. The candidates were able to choose what they wore. They showcased various looks from casual to formal ballgowns.
The final event was coronation night! Every candidate up to be nominated for princess or queen was dressed in an all white gown that almost embodied a wedding gown. It was a really amazing experience watching every different royal family come from each direction of the wind. Some of the members have been affiliated for over 40 years! They also made a musical out of the event which was a fun way for individuals like myself to learn more about the entire scenario and process.
I wore: A green and gold toned dress that embodied an Egyptian feel. The gold collar necklace also was a fabulous detail to bring out the gold throughout the dress.
Designer: MSK: the Pleated Metallic Blouson Halter Dress
Kohl’s sponsored the “Cold Hands, Warm Hearts” event by renting out rockefeller. All of the National Retail Federation students were invited. Myself as well as my friend and the President of the Retail Advisory board for the University of Minnesota, Brenna Schlauderaff interned as merchant analysts this summer at Kohl’s corporate. We were also roommates and loved the summer in Milwaukee, as well as the Kohl's buying office experience.
After donating a pair of gloves for people in need, Kohl’s let us skate the night away. The even gave out “Swag Bags” to the first 200 people. Inside was a blanket, mug, and lotion.
News Flash: I cannot ice skate at all. Yes, I took figure skating lessons when I was younger, but I cried through each lesson and clearly did not learn a lot. So I must admit I came on the ice solely to take pictures.
My Skating Ensemble: Accessories are Key
Ear Muffs: Michael Kors
They both compliment the brown tones of the coat, and the gold tones of my hair.
It is motivating to think that Shari is on the other side of the podium and holds the title of Senior Executive Vice President & President of U.S. Retail for Best Buy, when she used to just be a sales associate like myself. She was very relatable, starting off her speech that half of us may doze off during the presentation and would tell a story for us. Having my internship this summer with Kohl’s Corporate we also had an executive speaker series. I am always very intrigued in hearing how top executives made it to where they are today. Being on the retail board for UMN it was great to have the privilege to sit down and talk to her.
I have learned to not be itimidated by success, but instead to take in as much advice as you can from someone of a high authority position.
Envision was held at Orchestra Hall, and was one of my favorite shows of Minneapolis Fashion Week. From fashion forward to futuristic, the looks were eye-catching. Getting a VIP ticket was well worth it as you are able to sit along the runway. Designers included:
Dress: Rebbeca Taylor (same dress worn on Gossip Girl by Charlie!)
Bag: Marc Jacobs
I had seen this outfit all over pinterest, and wanted to try it out myself. People have used cotton balls, real gum balls, gummy bears, etc to create this look.
I decided to use gum balls, because you have to go all out on Halloween. I got a lace bandeau from Target, and started to hot glue on the gum balls. CAUTION the hot glue was going through the lace and onto the newspaper, which was not very easy to pull off of the paper.
Pros: Great colors and looks realistic
Cons: This bralette was SO HEAVY and any sudden movement leads to some gum balls to fall off
Overall this costume is great for some photos and a low key night. But if you are going somehwere for a long period of time with a tight space and a large amount of people, it will fall apart in minutes.
Lollipop is from: Candy Land in Downtown Minneapolis
Morrie's Luxury Auto hosted the Fashion Group International Fall Into Luxury this fall. The space was a showroom for individuals inquiring on different cars and their features. The runway was isolated by chairs on the right and left. Prior to the show guests were welcome to enjoy appetizers and gaze upon the luxury cars. Some of the car brands included Maserati and Aston Martin.
The designer was Mona Nunez and initially after one glance you could easily spot his designer aesthetic. He was in a car workmans coverall pantsuit in a lighter textiles than denim, with a long furry key chain tail resting along his leg, and a matching hat which exposed his curly hair. His shoes were boots and completed the look.
The designs incorporated nice furs, sports coats, classic fall colors, and some bright colors as well. Each look was unique and eyecatching.
Luxury Retailers featured: Mona Williams, June, Bumbershute, Martin Patrick 3
Spokeswomen: Anahita Ahrar
Dress: Primp's Secret Warehouse sale
Shoes: Charolette Russe
Minneapolis holds Fashion Week #FWMN in both the fall and the spring. Last spring for Envision's show it was with Tim and Thom. These two are twins, and Tim was even featured on Project Runways 13th season! The show had a beautiful dark setting, with an earthy aesthetic among the models with different head pieces as well. Each look was unlike anything I had ever seen before.
Check out Tim and Thom: https://www.facebook.com/timplusthom/
When you are a college student, the amount of disposeable income is not always that high. Therefore, Haloween is the perfect time to get crafty! I had no idea what I intially wanted to be, but I walked into Gina + Will which is the second hand shop on campus and found some Genie pants. These pants were men's sized One Size Fits All.. AKA ginormous for a girl my size.
Steps to make my outfit:
1. Cut out a majority of the fabric from inbetween the legs and upper crotch area
2. Sew this part on both sides with an appropriate proportion to your leg size and girth
3. Take out excess fabric on the ankles and sew this tighter (you can still get the pants on because of the buttons on the sides)
4. Take the leftover fabric and decide what you want your shirt to look like
5. I decided to go off of Jasmine from the Disney movie, therefore I am turning an old bra into a bandeau
6. I took the scaps and sewed them on randomly across the bra, so that it would cover as much as it could
7. Later I saw that this was still too exposed and bought a lace tank to embed throughout the top as well
8. Finishing touches included adding the chain that was on the pants onto the bralette, adding a headband, and some bracelets