Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Crave Celebrates Crave!

Crave Restaurant, West End is partnering with Crave Minneapolis/St. Paul Guide to throw a soiree for all of our clients (that's you) fans (that's you) and followers (that's you) to meet up, mingle and chat about what's going on in your world!

Monday, September 13th at Crave, West End. We have the party room all to ourselves from 4-6pm!

Kathy Hanson (our Twin City Crave mommy) will be brainstorming with you about what women CRAVE in Minneapolis/St. Paul! Be sure to come and tell Kathy what you CRAVE!

We are going to make it a great party with all the Crave energy we have been storing up all summer. The guides have been out only 3 months and they are selling out all over so let's get together and chat up what you have been doing and what you wish you were doing!

We will be giving away 5 Crave guides in a drawing in the back room, so bring your business cards!

The first 15 gals that come through the front door will get free drinks, happy hour prices throughout the event and 5% (5%? that's a bit chincy, "Crave the restaurant") off all dinner reservations that evening!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Got your ticket yet?

I just received my invitation to the Minnesota Monthly 2010 Best of The Cities Party!
Get yours here.

Featuring THE BEST in food, drink, and entertainment. It’s a celebration of life in the Twin Cities. Join us at The W Minneapolis. **Tickets will not be mailed. Please check in at the event.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

State Fair Sale!

State Fair Special! Bring in your ticket stub from the 2010 Minnesota State Fair and receive 25% off of one item. This offer is only good through Labor Day 2010.

Friday, August 27, 2010

New Skincare

The MUCH anticipated Galen Labs skincare line has arrived! Yippee!

I am beyond thrilled. I have been testing this skincare at home for a while and Meeg and I have been waiting very patiently for it.

Cleansing Cream - all skin types
Balancing Toner - all skin types
Cleansing Milk - Dry/Mature Skin
Gentle Exfoliant - all skin types
Cleansing Gel - Oily/Normal Skin

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Independently Minded

I am a bit overwhelmed with all of this goodness (page 18). Someone pinch me!

Thank you, Mpls. St. Paul magazine for this opportunity. I am very grateful.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


A new soap from Pre de Provence - Mint Leaf.

  • Pré de Provence, literally translated, means "Meadow of Provence."
  • Mint Leaf, in Pale Silvered Leaf; with tingly Wild Mint scent.
  • Triple milled for surpassing smoothness.
  • Blended with shea butter.
  • No animal testing was involved in the development and production of this product. Manufactured in France exclusively for Pre de Provence.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Beauty Crusader?

I've been labeled a beauty maven, beauty guru, beauty biach (ok, that's what I call myself) , but this is the first time I've been called a crusader and I like it. I like it a lot. Thank you, Katie Dohman.

Recently, Ms. Dohman wrote about me for Minnesota Monthly's 2010 Best of The Cities edition.
I mentioned this honor in an earlier post, but I have just gotten my hands on a copy of MN Monthly.
I s'pose I could get a subscription to each of my favorite magazines and get them hot off the press, but there is something quite pleasurable about standing in front of a news stand as I search for each one. It's a simple pleasure and one I am not ready to give up, even if I'm a bit tardy to getting my hands on my own press.

In regard to this piece, I must make a small correction and say that I do sometimes have a problem remembering names, but I don't forget a face and what we may have chatted about ;o)

And though every product in my store may not have a "perfect" ingredient list, I'm doing the work to find the best and most effective beauty products with the best ingredients available.
It's a work in progress and one that I absolutely love. There are some amazing things happening here in the Twin Cities beauty biz and that excites me. Stay tuned.

shhh...and I promise Katie, that when my product launches, we'll have champagne ;o)


My favorite paddle brush of all time is featured on EcoStiletto today!

Is there anything bamboo can’t do? Take this brush to a dryer and you get bouncin’ and behavin’ glossy locks; the ergonomic and sustainable bamboo brush is also anti-static, anti-bacterial and ionically-charged.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sheila and the Shop Girls

Sheila Mossberg, owner/founder of NONTOXIQUE, talks with Allison and Alexis about nailcare, her upcoming Green Carpet Event and Fashion Week.

Celebrity manicurist Melissa Bozant calls in and discusses nails and how much she loves NONTOXIQE as well.

Listen to the entire Shop Girls show or forward to minute 14:21.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


A few facts about one of my favorite local haircare brands, Greenbody Greenplanet.

"...naturally color protecting with Australian Bush Kakadu Plum Extract - and Avocado Oil."

Yes, the name is funny but there's nothing silly about these powerful little plums! These mega antioxidants help to fight free radicals, keeping hair youthful, healthy and protected from environmental damage and hot tools. Because of this proactive approach, color retention is improved---naturally. Color oxidation occurs when hair is distressed and lacking in vital nutrients. Bottom line? Healthy hair holds color. Period.

Certified Organic Avocado Oil -Avocado oil has a number of benefits and its use in hair care is one of its most important. Valued for its regenerative and moisturizing properties along with nourishing Vitamin E, Avocados are rich in natural oils, protein, and vitamins, along with a rich source of Lecithin-excellent for penetrating much needed nutrition to the hair.

The light texture makes it easy to soak into the scalp and skin, and contains essential nutrients like proteins, vitamins A, D, E and B6, magnesium, copper, iron, amino acids and folic acid, all of which are extremely essential for hair growth and nourishment.

Avocados are
well known to have natural sunscreen properties (spf of 8) that can protect the hair and scalp from the damage caused by the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun.

You may also use GBGP shampoo as a body wash.

Because you chose GBGP, you're on the leading edge with the creation of a new beauty industry focused primarily on wellness and a toxin-free lifestyle! Achieve healthy, beautiful hair without the need for industry synthetics or petro-chemicals. Sounds cool, doesn't it?

Luxurious Lather

Rich. Creamy. Sensuous.

Those are the words you’ll use to describe our lather. Your lips will never again utter those awful words…”my hair feels like straw!’

Color Protecting

Avocado. Australian Bush Kakudu Plum.

We’ve figured out how to do it naturally. An SPF of 8 and more anti-oxidants to fight free-radicals than you can imagine. Color stays and vitality is restored.

Deeply Nourishing.

Macadamia. Sunflower. Jojoba.

The benefits without the weight. No dimethicones, no propylene glycol. Just pure biodynamic oils that balance your hair and scalp, plant extracts that help heal and nourish, and vitamins and minerals that give strength and stability back where it belongs.


Pure. Clean. Healthy.

A step beyond organic. A Certified Organic Blend of 14 plants, extracts and oils. Following right behind are biodynamic, wild crafted and fair trade ingredients. Absent of over 100 industry synthetics and chemicals and no irresponsible substitutions. Sustainable from seed to shelf.

Through October 5th, purchase one GBGP product and receive the second for 1/2 off. Mention this promotion if shopping in our storefront or if shopping online, enter: GREENBODY at checkout.

Friday, August 20, 2010


The Crazylibellule and the poppies perfume solids have always been a hit in the store, but this one is my absolute favorite: Rose A Saigon. My previous favorite was On Cloud Nine.

I have to admit that this surprised me a bit. I've never been a fan of any kind of rose perfume. Clearly, it must be the combination of the other fragrance notes with the rose because I absolutely love how this smells on me.

On a side note, tune in to Beauty Shop Trivia, going on right now!

Thursday, August 19, 2010



The 12 most colorful days of summer have gotten much brighter for
Lorri Weisen, owner of the Fair Do’s booth at the MN State Fair. In her attempt to offer better and safer alternatives for her customers and her staff, she has created non-toxic, temporary hair paint free from parabens and fragrance, and the days of using ozone-depleting hairsprays are behind her. Parents, children, asthma sufferers and those concerned about the environment can breathe easier knowing that this hair raising experience is now a “greener”, more pleasant adventure.

The booth where everyone “Get’s Noticed” by having their hair temporary colored and styled, has been turning heads since 2002 and their hard-working staff has created more than 25,000 of the walking kaleidoscopes over the years. Weisen, owner of Hairs to You Salon in Roseville and advocate for Safe Cosmetics, is constantly searching for ways to improve the quality of the working conditions for her stylists and make the Fair Do’s experience a healthier one for her customers. “The beauty industry is being forced to change because of people’s awareness and concern for safer products. As a business owner this makes it much easier for me to find better choices, better products and better techniques to use and recommend, because more are being offered. I’ve been able to ask for my products to be made without certain ingredients, and my manufacturers can now accommodate my requests. I love that!”

Although Fair Do’s new blend of colors and hairspray is top-secret, there is always a MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) available upon request. “It’s important to me that customers and staff know we are doing our best, and offering the best available. Our products have always been considered safe and non-toxic according to the beauty industry, but my standards are so much higher than theirs.” And you can definitely believe her. Besides owning a salon, Weisen is the CEO and Founder of Greenbody Greenplanet, an organic, toxin-free hair care line that’s taking the Twin Cities by storm, and the wife of a two-time cancer survivor.

“Last year a little girl told me that Fair Do’s was a “tradition” for her and I almost fell over laughing, she was 8 years old! It really made me think long-term and how my choices of the products we use could affect these kids and my stylists over time. They put a lot of trust me. How could I not want to improve?”

Fair Do’s is located in Baldwin Park just west of the 4H building and “colors” hair from 9am-9pm
everyday. More information, location and pricing can be found online at www.statefairdos.com

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Best of the Cities

I came home from a lovely weekend with friends on Sunday to find this email in my box:

Seriously. Our editors think you make the Twin Cities a great place to live. So we’re THROWING A PARTY in your honor.

Our editorial staff of Minnesota Monthly recently named Becky Sturm as Best Beauty Crusader in our annual “Best of the Cities” issue, on newsstands next week. To celebrate, we’re throwing a party for “Best of” winners, VIPS, industry leaders, socialites, and the media on Sept. 14th at The W Minneapolis. (You will be receiving an invitation in the mail soon.)

How surprised was I to read this!? I don't know anything about what this piece consists of, but I guess we'll all be reading about it shortly. Yay!

On stands August 19th.

Monday, August 16, 2010

LiLash Testimonial

I was the biggest “nay-sayer” when this product arrived at StormSister Spatique. I thought…”They put fake lashes on that girl. There is NO WAY a product can do THAT!” I was determined to prove that my doubt was, indeed, fact. So, I invested my hard-earned dollars and was diligent about applying it nightly – after make-up removal and only to my upper lids. Using it like I would a liquid eye-liner, I brushed a thin line across the upper lid only. And I waited. Waited and hoped every morning I would wake up with those long lashes. I kept applying and I didn’t give up.
After the first month, a MIRACLE seemed to occur! All of a sudden, my lashes were up to my EYEBROWS!!! They were darker and thicker than before too! It’s crazy! Women (and men) began commenting immediately – asking me if those were my REAL lashes! YES! YES! I could tell them YES – and tell them all about LiLash and StormSister Spatique. I have handed out business cards right and left as a result of these conversations.
Side Effects? I did notice a slight darkening along the lash line where I was applying the product. It did not itch or flake. Honestly, it looks like I have some “left-over eyeliner” that didn’t come off with make-up remover. Totally an OK look!! Another thing I noticed is my lower lashes grew too. I have a bit more brow tweezing to do these days too. But ALL worth it for the lashes I have with and without mascara!
If you are like me, you might become a bit more courageous with your eye-make up too! I have tried some new colors and techniques that seem to work well for a chick in her 40’s!
The bottom line is, I LOVE THIS STUFF! A tube is effective for about 6 months. A good investment and amazing results! -- Meghan H.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Looky Looky

Galen Labs just dropped off samples of their soon-to-be-released facial Cleansing Milk, Cleansing Cream, Cleansing Gel, and scrub. I had sampled these new products a few weeks ago and have been waiting so patiently for them to come out.

Now, get your arse in here and try them out!

These skincare products will be available for sale in a couple of weeks and will be a beautiful addition to the existing Galen Labs range.

Monday, August 9, 2010

A Cold Spritz

I don't know about where you are, but it is HOT here in MN. Kripes!

I realize that most of the country thinks we are part of Canada and that it is winter here 12 months of the year, but au contraire! Today, it is 91 degrees with a heat index that feels like 97. Yesterday, I believe it was 107 with the heat index. Eww.
I know, some of you live in places where it is more hot and humid, but this is MN and we're practically in Canada and it is winter 12 mo.....

Anyhoo, I had a client recently tell me she keeps her Galen Labs Hydrosols in the fridge, just for days like today.
I like it, I like it a lot.

Me, tonight on the deck. Cocktail in one hand, practically frozen hydrosol in the other.
My dilemma? Which one to choose?

Thursday, August 5, 2010


Finipil was my favorite after-waxing cream when I worked in the spa. I did a ton of waxing and have used everything out there. I always went back to Finipil.
And, it still is.

PATENTED finipil is an amazing after hair removal treatment. It protects against ingrown hairs, kills 99.9% of germs, protects the empty hair follicle, shrinks pore size and has been proven to actually slow down hair growth... which means you'll need hair removal treatments less frequently!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A Touch of Hollywood

Sheila Mossberg, queen bee at NONTOXIQUE, is throwing a Green Carpet Event party at BMW in Minnetonka on August 25th, 2010.

Get your tickets now. We'll see you there!

You need to go to there.


StormSister Spatique and Kinky-Curly Curling Custard make it into a French blog.

This post is transcribed from French.
Thanks Peggy, for translating this for me.

BEAUTY BUZZ: Kinky Curly Curling Custard

It is a product for those who have natural hair.

The Kinky Curly Custard is a cream that helps to better define and extend the natural curls (for cons, it does not form loops where there is none).

It is suitable for all types of hair: 3A, 4B, 4C etc. ...

These products consist of organic and natural ingredients that help to nourish the hair.
They contain no chemical ingredients or harmful ingredients!
*No petroleum * Silicone plastics

* No mineral oil * No carbomer acrylics

* Alcohol free * Paraben free wax
For the Kinky Curly Curling shopper Custard cream in France: http://www.stormsisterspatique.com/

Here is a utilisatricede this product (there is a real epidemic of this kind of video, a thorough search on Youtube you will find a tutorial for your hair type ;-))

Monday, August 2, 2010

August 2010 Style File

Books - Well Read
by Katie Dohman

The August edition of Minnesota Monthly chats up eat.shop Twin Cities.

Flip to page 172-173 in your eat.shop guide. ;o)

Listen: There is a conversation that takes place in living rooms, kitchens, offices, and automobiles across the country. It goes something like this: “What do you want to do?” “I don’t know. What do you want to do?”

Stop. Stop right now. There is an answer: Get a copy of eat.shop Twin Cities. The book spotlights only locally owned, independent eateries and boutiques, with lush photography and smart recommendations—delightful, tasty menu items and covetable, don’t-miss products. It reads like a conversation with your best friend. Navigate by the maps provided in the book. Note your own favorites on the blank pages.

You’ll never be at a loss for what to do again, and you’ll support local businesses in the process. Win!

Available at multiple locations, including: Lunalux, 1618 Harmon Pl., Mpls., 612-373-0526; Hunt & Gather, 4944 Xerxes Ave. S., Mpls., 612-455-0250; StormSister Spatique, 635 Smith Ave. S., St. Paul, 612-716-5480

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Bargains, pampering, girlfriends....

Allison Kaplan gives the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Crave guide some press.

Bargains, pampering, girlfriends, champagne -- there can never be enough of them

Janet Polach knew owning her own boutique would mean working evenings and weekends, but she never expected to be setting up a booth at art festivals and hotel parties.

Just back from the Hayward, Wis., Musky Fest, Polach will spend Saturday promoting her Excelsior tween girls' store, Zelaz, at Fabulosity, a new shopping and pampering event at the W Hotel in Minneapolis. The $20 admission price includes an express manicure, minimassage, appetizers, champagne and a ballroom filled with local vendors pushing everything from jewelry and handbags to Botox and chiropractic services.

In a metro area ripe with malls and neighborhood shopping districts, including many stores that showcase local talent, it's difficult to believe women are willing to pay to shop, but the formula seems to be working. Just look at Maiden Minnesota, which drew 1,500 women who coughed up $20 to $30 for an evening of shopping in November. And shop they did. Co-creator Tracy Dyer says at least one vendor sold $30,000 worth of jewelry at Maiden Minnesota.

Dyer believes social shopping experiences are spreading not only because small companies can't afford traditional advertising but also because consumers are tired of the old impersonal methods.

"It's just a fun way to connect," she says. So, event groups are hustling to bring women more of what they seem to want. Last winter, women paid as much as $150 to attend the Idea Factory's Ultimate Pajama Party, a night of pampering, cocktails and shopping.
CRAVE Minneapolis just published a guide to local women-owned businesses, which paid to be included, and organizes events to support them. The mission statement reads: "CRAVE is about girlfriends getting together. It's about connecting, having fun, indulging, learning more and empowering yourself! CRAVE means enjoyment, enlightenment, indulgence, health, fashion and above all sophisticated, feminine fun!"

Midwest Divas, the local firm that created Fabulosity, believes there's room for yet another girlfriend event.

"We know it's been done before, but we want to do it in a different way," says Fabulosity organizer Tasha Griffin. "It's multitasking, it's networking, it's women coming together to take care of themselves and shop — with a cause." Like many shopping events, Fabulosity has a charitable tie-in. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance.

Polach isn't certain what to expect from the new event, which seems to face some challenges, including drawing women downtown on a Saturday afternoon in the summer on the same weekend as the Uptown Art Fair.

But getting a booth at Fabulosity cost Polach no more than a print ad in many publications. Plus, she sells a lot.

"Women come to buy," says Polach, who sees the same phenomenon during Girls' Night Out events in Excelsior, where her store is located. "The trick is having the right price. They're not going to spend $75 or $100 at one place. I bring a lot of tank tops and items that sell for $35 to $45. I still make money, I'm linked to a charity and there's residual business."

During Girls' Night Out every Thursday in the summer, Zelaz offers a special — even 10 percent off motivates shoppers, Polach says.

Deals and the excuse to get together with girlfriends are big motivators, but perhaps there's another reason women are willing to attend, and even pay for, social shopping events.

"It's women helping women," Polach says. "And that's a powerful intangible."