Fashion

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Local fashion designer Christopher Straub collaborates with Papyrus to create paper dresses.
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Tue, 12/10/2013
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If you’ve visited the Mall of America recently, you’ve seen how stores transform into winter wonderlands with strings of lights, holiday decorations and festive window displays.

Like most other stores, Papyrus — known for its offerings of greeting cards, gift wrap and other paper products — has a holiday window display with a distinct twist. It features dresses made out of cards, ribbon and wrapping paper, all designed by Christopher Straub.

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Local fashion designer Christopher Straub collaborates with Papyrus to create paper dresses.
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Vodka: 1, You: 0.
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Tue, 12/03/2013
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It’s a common phenomenon. You go out with the intention of “taking it easy,” and next thing you know, you’ve had three vodka tonics, two tequila shots and a wine bong and are bragging about how you invented the high five. Sound familiar?

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Vodka: 1, You: 0.
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We're doing it wrong.
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Tue, 11/26/2013
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At some point in fashion’s history, rules developed that dictate what we can and cannot wear. Don’t wear white after Labor Day! Horizontal stripes make you look fat! Shoes and belts must match! Let’s face it: Rules — especially fashion rules — are meant to be broken.

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We're doing it wrong.
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Tue, 11/19/2013
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Let’s face it: Americans aren’t known for having great style. We live in one of the most powerful countries in the world, yet the average citizen struggles to properly dress themselves in the morning.

Take some tips from Europeans to look fashionable before you study abroad. Even if you never plan on leaving the country, I highly suggest a style audit. The world will thank you.

 

Wear nice shoes. And no, your sneakers are not nice.

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Minnesota bearders have a serious rep.
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Thu, 11/14/2013
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Michael “MJ” Johnson’s imperial partial beard protrudes from his face like two dark-brown, upside-down walrus tusks. The thick, coarse hair starts at his jowls and connects to his mustache before curving up near his eyes.

In early November, his elaborate facial ’do won second place in the Imperial Partial Beard category at the World Beard and Moustache Championships in Germany.

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Minnesota bearders have a serious rep.
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Sorry, mom and dad.
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Tue, 11/12/2013
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I have a lot of bad tattoos, from a “Good Burger” stick-and-poke I gave myself with a sewing needle and India ink to a rat on my left calf, which someone once mistook for a snowmobile.

While I’ve been able to attach some nostalgic significance to my oft-absurd body art, I’ve come to value good-quality tattoos over the cheap, impulsive variety.

Finding a good tattoo artist is the first and most important part of getting a tattoo worthy of your precious epidermis — you don’t want just anyone flooding your skin cells with ink.

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The fashionisto found out how to be a Dapper Dan.
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Tue, 10/29/2013
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Looking fly in a stellar suit is a helluva feeling — the crispness, the perfect knot on that gifted tie (thanks, Dad!), the sheen of polished shoes and, most importantly, a tailored fit that complements your body and face.

While suits are expensive, they are an investment that should not end in a scrimpy decision. Which isn’t to say you must dole out GQ money, but rather that you just need to make the proper decisions.

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The fashionisto found out how to be a Dapper Dan.
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Being a lazy person shouldn’t stop you from having the Halloween of your hyper-relevant dreams.
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Tue, 10/15/2013
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Are you always refreshing Twitter? Are you the first to say something beautiful (or crass) when a celebrity passes away? Do you run out of free articles on the New York Times website at the start of every month?

We’re about two weeks (16 shopping/sewing/crafting days) away from the big ‘Ween, so it’s high time we all start ripping costumes from the headlines.

Smart money says the streets will be crowded with Walter Whites and Miley Cyruses this year; smarter money will get spent on more original (yet still topical!) ‘stumes.

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Being a lazy person shouldn’t stop you from having the Halloween of your hyper-relevant dreams.
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Here’s a closer look at two of our strongest defenses against cold-weather skin.
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Tue, 10/08/2013
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In Minnesota, it’s never too early to start thinking about winter skin care. We’re heading into the thick of October, so it’s high time we gave our cold-weather moisturizing routines a dry run.

So what kind of skin and lip protection is best? I tested a range of lotions and balms, both cheap and slightly less cheap — I got them all at Walgreens. Sorry I’m not sorry for the lack of trendy lotions here: It’s just that there’s no point in hauling your cookies to Lush when drug stores, and all their wonderful generic brands, have you covered.

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Here’s a closer look at two of our strongest defenses against cold-weather skin.
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Become a better you.
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Tue, 10/01/2013
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What’s a fashionista/o? One of the first things I imagine is a walk-in closet worthy of getting Bling-Ringed: shoes in every color, fur collars toppling over perforated leather vests, cargo shorts up the wazoo, etc., etc.

But it’s time I cleared out my head — and my closet — to change this harmful stereotype. It’s costing me a ton of cash and precious space in my fun-sized bedroom. And don’t even get me started on how our disposable clothes culture is bad for the environment.

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Become a better you.
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