Tuesday, April 25, 2017

HAMMS 2017

The 5th annual HAMMS Event marketplace is this Saturday, April 29th at the historic City House in St. Paul. 10AM - 5PM.

HAMMS - Help A Minnesota Maker Succeed.

30+ Minnesota makers as well as food and cocktails from Red River Kitchen.

The HAMMS Event takes place on the last day of Fashion Week MN so be sure to check out our MN fashion and accessory makers.

Pick up the perfect gift for Graduation, and Mom and Dad's Day.

We're dog-friendly so bring your pooch along!

Tickets are $10 online and $15 at the door - up to $5k of ticket sales are awarded to one lucky MN maker!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

She Was Warned

5"x5" sticker now. Tattoo soon!
she was warned...nevertheless,she persisted.
When I was 12 my grandmother gave me a refrigerator magnet that stated, "A closed mouth gathers no foot".
I've always been "shushed" or told to "be still", and I have persisted my entire life.

My grandmother loved me. Even if I didn't keep my mouth shut.

Thanks to Brett Hurlbut for the design work. I'll love you always.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Controlled Chaos

Controlled Chaos Curl Creme
Controlled Chaos was created by a hairstylist with curly hair and developed with feedback from hundreds of her beloved curly clients. As if providing the best frizz-fighting, sun-blocking, curl-smoothing product wasn’t enough, the socially-conscious Controlled Chaos Curl Crème is made with organic U.S.-sourced ingredients and packaged in BPA-free bottles. Plus, one percent of all sales benefit the environment through 1% for the Planet.

No more product layering! Controlled Chaos Curl Crème is the ultimate all-in-one curl product. No need for a detangler, primer, mousse, gel, oil, heat protector, SPF, or shine spray... Curl Crème does it all.

ELIMINATES FRIZZ Locking in moisture and blocking out humidity, the Curl Crème soothes curls with organic chamomile, aloe and lavender extracts
ENHANCES CURLS Revolutionary “product memory” allows the hair to be worn up, moved around...even stretched... and it will return to the curl pattern it dried in with no crispy, flaky or greasy feeling
STRENGTHENS AS IT STYLES pH-balanced formula equalizes porosity, provides color protection and repairs damaged hair over time
ADDS INCREDIBLE SHINE All types of curly hair, even color-treated, damaged and porous textures will look shinier and healthier
PROVIDES UV AND HEAT PROTECTION You won’t need to apply additional primers or protectants
HIGHLY CONCENTRATED You’ll need less product over time, with continued use


1. APPLY Starting with clean, soaking wet hair, apply to areas most likely to frizz. Begin at the ends and work upward toward the scalp, applying very little at the root.

2. STYLE Rake and scrunch large sections to encourage curl formation. If desired, twist face-framing curls around your finger (about one-inch sections, depending on hair density).

3. DRY Air dry or use a diffuser attachment to blow-dry, finishing with cool air. DO NOT touch the hair until it’s 100% dry! Once dry, if your curls look wet or crispy, just scrunch and shake out.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Lowertown Pop Sweepstakes

Win tickets and prizes from some Lowertown Pop MN makers!
Enter here.

Please join us on April 15th at Union Depot from 10-4.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Vie Collection GLYCO 10

Vie Collection reasserts its medi-exclusive expertise with GLYCO 10 RESURFACING ACID CONCENTRATE, the at-home resurfacing peel for a “new skin” effect. Formulated with an ideal concentration of 10% glycolic acid, this peel gently but effectively stimulates cellular renewal for a controlled, progressive resurfacing action without discomfort. Complementary ingredient pyrrolidone carboxylic acid, an acid naturally occurring in the body but lost with age, intensely moisturizes the skin, helping to retain optimal hydration for maintained softness and suppleness. GLYCO 10 is fragrance free and has a serum-like gel consistency which is readily absorbed by the skin for easy application before a regular skin care cream. It may be used alone for instant smoothing effects and progressive resurfacing, or as a preparatory solution before professional peel treatments. Day after day, skin texture is refined, pores are tightened and the complexion appears fresher, smoother and brighter.

Directions for use:
Apply one or two drops to perfectly cleansed face and neck before usual care cream. Apply morning or evening, 1-3x a week. Avoid contact with the eyes. In case of contact, rinse immediately and thoroughly with water. 
Sunburn alert: This product contains an AHA that may increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing and limit sun exposure while using this product and for one week afterwards. If irritation persists, discontinue use and consult a doctor. Tested under dermatological control. Not suitable for sensitive skin.

Key ingredients:

• Glycolic Acid - the smallest, most powerful AHA molecule, able to easily penetrate the skin for effective stimulation of cellular activity. Triggers desquamation of the cells of the upper layer of the epidermis and stimulates collagen and elastin production for accelerated skin cell renewal.
• Pyrrolidone Carboxylic Acid - a moisturizer naturally found in the body but lost with age. Helps retain moisture in the heart of the skin for ultimate softness and suppleness.

Impressive results:

From the First Application

The product does not provoke discomfort: 95%*
Skin does not feel tight: 91%*

The complexion is fresher: 87%*
Skin is smoother: 81%*

In One Month

Skin is cleansed: 73%**

The complexion is brighter: 83%**

Skin is smoothed: 96%*
Skin texture is refined, pores are tightened: 82%**

The appearance and quality of the skin are improved: 77%**

*Satisfaction test conducted on 22 women, 30 minutes after the first application. ** Satisfaction test conducted on 22 women after 2 to 3 applications per week for 28 days. For professional use only.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Wrinkle Dimension

Vie Collection Wrinkle Dimension
New from Vie Collection: Wrinkle Dimension.

Vie Collection affirms its anti-aging expertise by drawing inspiration from hyaluronic acid injections with WRINKLE DIMENSION Hyaluronic Acid Concentrate.
This semi-fluid, half-lotion serum brings together a trio of hyaluronic acid, the benchmark molecule approved by dermatologists and used in optimum concentrations to effectively act on crepey and wrinkled skin. Hyaluronic acid helps to maintain optimum levels of hydration within the skin by trapping water in deep layers, in the same way as a sponge, strengthening skin cohesion and increasing firmness. Over time, hyaluronic acid contained in the body decreases by half, making WRINKLE DIMENSION an appropriate year-round solution to provide maturing and wrinkled skin with a perfect supply of hyaluronic acid for an instantly rejuvenating effect.

Directions for use: apply several drops before face cream, morning and evening.

Key ingredients:

•Hyaluronic Acid Trio:
Encapsulated High Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid - deep wrinkles are filled and hollow areas are volumized thanks to the strategic shape and controlled release of ingredient.
Low Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid - small molecules of hyaluronic acid penetrate skin layers, swell on contact with water and accumulate to fill fine lines, smoothing surface wrinkles.
High Molecular Weight Hyaluronic Acid - plays a vital role in regulating skin hydration thanks to its strong water-retaining power. Skin is moisturized and transepidermal water loss is stopped.

Vie Collection at a glance:
As a cosmeceutical expert in the spa industry, Vie Collection is a high performance, high-end skin care line focused on bridging the gap between traditional cosmetics and esthetic medicine. They are one of few spa brands with their own laboratory which allows them to always be on the cutting-edge of scientific progress in cosmetics. They offer in-spa solutions for the spa-savvy client that seeks medical results but prefers the use of topical products. Vie Collection has targeted, non-invasive and clinically proven alternatives and complements to the top five cosmetic medicine procedures available today. With the partnership of a prestigious French esthetic doctor, Vie Collection brings expertise, authenticity and real results in the form of expert formulations and treatments, from the finest ingredients.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Controlled Chaos Curl Creme Giveaway

Controlled Chaos Curl Creme
WIN! Calling all Curly Girls! Head on over to our Facebook page and tell us what you use. We're giving away a full-sized bottle!

Controlled Chaos is unlike any other curl product, leaving curls soft, shiny and frizz-free without feeling and looking crispy or oily.

All-In-One: Curl Creme replaces the most commonly 'cocktailed' curl products: detangler, leave-in, curl definer, heat/UV protectant and shine spray.

Controlled Chaos is formulated with organic botanicals and is gluten, paraben and sulfate-free. Packaging is BPA-free.

The Curl Creme is revolutionizing the concept of 'product memory'.   Once dry, the hair can be worn up, moved around-even stretched-and it will return to it's gorgeous looking state.  This part is completely unheard of in the category.
Curl Creme works to repair hair over time, equalizing porosity, adding moisture, softening and conditioning.  This will improve color-processed, damaged and porous textures with continued use.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Makeup Safety

Beauty Product Safety
If you have been following us for the last 12 years you know how much we talk about ingredients in beauty and grooming products. We're pretty disappointed that we still have to talk about it in regard to beauty products manufactured in the USA (European, Canadian and Japanese products are so much "cleaner").

The Johnson & Johnson verdict on talc is a shining example of the overhaul that needs to take place in the beauty industry.

Use this graph to make some changes in your grooming product regimen - we understand that this information may be daunting and we suggest that you make changes slowly. As you finish a product, replace it with a healthier alternative. Baby steps.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Fountain Of 30

Thanks to Fountain Of 30 for the lippie love  - Best Organic Lip Balms.

Our Stormsisters - Lips Accessorized Amy lippie is featured. #9

Pucker up!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Atelier 957
Atelier957 loves the Mpls/StP fashion community! They want to foster relationships, and well...they want to get to know you better! They would love to put a face with a name (or Instagram feed) and know you personally. And they think a party is the perfect way to do it!

If you adore Iris Apfel. If your closet if 80%+ black. If you've ever attended an event at MIA. If you regularly change your outfit 3+ times in one day. If you read "make it work" and hear Tim Gunn's voice in your head. If you've ever used the hashtag #ootd. If you like supporting other women in our community. You're their kind of people!

Please join us in their Grand Ave house for an after-hours shopping event (with a juicy, exclusive discount for you!) This will be low-key. You can chat with your peers & friends, drink or just shop while you enjoy:

- NEW SPRING ITEMS (and lots of winter sale items we're ready to get rid of) from Atelier957
- FRAMES Pop-Up from Specs Optical
- COCKTAILS from Norseman Distillery
- NIBBLES from a favorite foodie spot

They want to be your "go-to" when you need unique pieces for a shoot, are shopping for a high profile client or want to make a bold statement yourself! They would truly to love to get to know you, have a little fun on a Wednesday night and show you what they have to offer for your styling needs!

Please let us know if you'll be joining us.

Thursday, January 19, 2017


3waybeauty Wicked candles
Our Wicked lotion candle maker was interviewed by the Pioneer Press on the Danish practice of hygge.

Pronunciation and explanation.

Our 3waybeauty Wicked candles are perfect for the practice of hygge, as you will not only enjoy the flickering ambiance and delectable aroma of our essential oil blended candles, but you may rub the warmed GMO-free soy into your skin as a wonderful winter body moisturizer.
Better yet, after 85+ hours of hygge-time, run that used-up Wicked candle glass through the dishwasher and pour yourself a glass of wine, light another Wicked candle, and continue to sip and snuggle winter away in optimum hygge style.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fleur's BOGO and Golden Body Scrub

Fleur's Magnolia Water
Purchase a Fleur's Magnolia Water and receive a complementary Cotton Flower Cleansing Milk. OR buy a Cotton Flower Cleansing Milk and receive a complementary Magnolia Water.
This offer expires February 28th or while supplies last.

MAGNOLIA WATER Micellar Toning Cleanser - Removes makeup, tones and moisturizes the skin in one easy step. Micelles trap makeup and impurities without irritating the skin. Refreshing floral scent and paraben-free formula.

We love this as a toner and dispense from an atomizer.
Fleur's Cotton Flower Cleansing Milk

Cotton Flower Cleansing Milk leaves all skin types clean and soft. Gently eliminates makeup and impurities. Softens the skin and preserves the hydrolipidic film using natural, floral extracts.
Fleur's Body Scrub with Gold Peptides
Fleur’s Body Scrub with Gold Peptides eliminates impurities and dead skin cells.
Formulated with a light, white gardenia fragrance, this silky scrub not only exfoliates, but also works as an antioxidant.
Designed to protect skin’s stem cells, this scrub features Lifting Floral Bouquet, a blend of four rare flowers that act in
synergy to firm the skin by stimulating collagen synthesis. This innovative bouquet works with gold peptide technology to
precisely target certain skin cells to improve elasticity. Gold Peptides ensure excellent diffusion of the bouquet to targeted
fibroblasts within the skin, stimulating collagen production and skin replenishment. This body scrub embraces the soft, silky textures of flowers to provide a complete sensory experience.

Key ingredients:

• Lifting Floral Bouquet - four rare flowers selected to act in synergy, blended in precise proportions. • Edelweiss Stem Cells - also known as “Lion’s Foot,” rare plant with star-shaped blossoms, grows at high altitudes. Antioxidant properties, as it has developed defensive mechanisms to survive in extreme environments. Use of stem cells concentrated into active components to preserve the skin’s youthfulness.
• Indula - Mediterranean plant with yellow flowers, secretes a resin to protect itself from UV radiation. Acts as an antioxidant and maintains skin integrity, promoting suppleness and elasticity.
• Spilanthes Acmella Buds - African flower also used as a condiment (peppery flavor). Provides an instant smoothing effect, and long-term firming effect.
• Passion Flower Oil - spectacularly scented flower. Improves skin elasticity and moisturizes and softens the skin.
• Gold Peptides - precisely targets certain skin cells. Optimizes collagen production for firmer, smoother skin.
• Apricot Kernel Powder - eliminates impurities and dead skin cells, restores skin radiance. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Doggie Depot 2017

Doggie Depot at Union Depot
This pup-friendly event is back for year two and we're excited to be a part of it!

When + Where: Saturday, Feb. 4 from 10 am – 1 pm in the gorgeous Waiting Room at Union Depot in St. Paul.

You can find our popular Doggystyle dog shampoo bar at the Sidewalk Dog booth this year (sorry we won't see your perty faces, we'll be out of town. So, those cool kids at Sidewalk Dog will be hawking our dog shampoo bar for us.). They'll have lots of goodies for pooches and their parents so stop by and meet the Sidewalk Dog folks. They are a "must" resource for every dog-owner in MN.

Does your pooch have what it takes to be Saint Paul Winter Carnival royalty? If so, enter here.