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Signed by Vera: Goldstein exhibit showcases scarves

Signed by Vera: Goldstein exhibit showcases scarves

Published May 8, 2014

After digging through over 500 scarves, Natasha Thoreson finally picked about 100 for display at the Goldstein Museum of Design. The summer exhibit, called “Signed by Vera,” is a collection...

M.D. Sarah Schram demonstrates an examination for possible melanomas at the Dermatology Clinic on Monday.

The fashionista is in: Protecting your skin

Published May 6, 2014

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.  Melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer, has been increasing steadily over the last 30 years. Coco Chanel, who popularized...

Twin Cities’ best patios and rooftops by time of day

Published May 1, 2014

After months of being forced to consume food and drinks indoors like peasants, the weather is finally warm enough for us to eat and drink outside like kings. Minnesotans know how to appreciate good weather,...

Senior Cassie Baumgartner, senior Russel Ndip and freshman Jacob Sands

Spring Jam’s best dressed

Published April 29, 2014

In a sea of bro tanks and fanny packs, there were a few students who stood out during Spring Jam — their outfits being anything but basic. These individuals prove that it’s all in the details. Who...

Spring Jam performances and their matching cocktails

Published April 24, 2014

Spring Jam: the last hurrah before finals. There is something about a weekend filled with concerts that makes college kids want to drink for a week straight. After your fourth Natty Light (honestly, it’s...

People magazine announces this year’s “Most Beautiful”

Published April 24, 2014

Every year People magazine releases two issues dedicated to showcasing beautiful people (although I guess this isn’t much different from every issue), one being the “Sexiest Man Alive”...

Designing for the elements

Published April 22, 2014

A vegetable steamer resting in a kitchen is a common sight, but a vegetable steamer worn as attire is far from usual. At “Elements,” a University of Minnesota student fashion show hosted by...

Some must-have makeup products are worth splurging on, but others are a chance to save.

Makeup: when to save and when to splurge

Published April 15, 2014

With an overwhelming array of makeup options available, it can be tricky to know where to spend your money. Should you splurge or save? The fashionista is here to break it down for you. Foundation: Splurge For...

Fashion news: Alexander Wang for H&M, Joe Zee leaves Elle

Published April 15, 2014

After the success of last year’s H&M collaboration with Isabel Marant, fashion enthusiasts have been anxiously waiting to hear who will collaborate with H&M in 2014. At the Coachella Music...

Twin Cities shopping destinations

Published April 10, 2014

It’s sometimes hard to build a wardrobe that’s different from your peers’. With the college-kid budget basically ranging from Goodwill to Target, it can be a challenge to find items that...

Ed Sheeran’s new song sounds weirdly like Justin Timberlake

Published April 9, 2014

British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran released a new song on April 7 titled “Sing” that sounds a lot like early Justin Timberlake, with a poppy beat in the background and a beautiful falsetto....

Does this look like your closet? Time for spring cleaning.

The Fashionista is in: Out with the old, in with the new

Published April 8, 2014

Spring is here, and that means it’s time to clean out your closet to make room for fun, new things. However, it can sometimes be challenging to part with old clothes — what if you get rid of...

Mary Alice Chaney, exhibitions coordinator at the Goldstein Museum of Design, Emily Marti, communications assistant for the Goldstein Museum of Design, and Lin Nelson-Mayson, director of the museum, set up the art gallery 100 Years of Student Work at Northrop Auditorium on Tuesday. The gallery will be up through June.

In 100 years, 90 drawings

Published April 3, 2014

The idea of an architecture drawing exhibition may bring to mind a vast display of blueprints. But Northrop Gallery’s new exhibition, “100 Years of Student Drawings,” is unexpectedly...

This Kim Kardashian selfie is going to be a great meme

Published April 1, 2014

Kim Kardashian tried taking a selfie in Thailand with an elephant, who was not happy about it (smart elephant, right?), started breathing her hair into its trunk, frightening Kim. Kim is known for her...

The Fashionista is in: Transitioning seasons in style

The Fashionista is in: Transitioning seasons in style

Published April 1, 2014

With this unpredictable Minnesota weather, making your wardrobe work for winter and spring requires a slow transition rather than a quick switch. As nice as it would be to go straight into wearing tank...

Taco Bell breakfast: All hype?

Published March 28, 2014

Taco Bell definitely knows its target market: hungover college students, broke millennials and hungry stoners, which is exactly why they decided to introduce a breakfast menu featuring breakfast burritos,...

Target revamps beauty department

Published March 27, 2014

After adding beauty consultants to stores in the summer of 2012, Target has been amping up its beauty department in order to compete with department stores and specialty retailers like Sephora. This month,...

The Fashionista is in: Turning a critical eye to the industry

Published March 25, 2014

I love fashion. My life revolves around it. I wouldn’t be the Fashionista if that weren’t the case. The thought of not being involved in the fashion industry is possibly scarier than never...

Birchbox announces plans for flagship store in NYC

Published March 25, 2014

Birchbox, the fast-growing online beauty retailer, announced that it will be opening a flagship store in New York’s Soho neighborhood as early as May of this year. The 4-year-old company quickly...

Facebook free for 40 days

Published March 13, 2014

Could you go 40 days without your biggest vice? For students who participate in Lent, this is an annual test. Christians observe Lent for the 40 days before Easter to reflect on Jesus Christ’s life...

The Fashionista is in: Spring break attire

Published March 11, 2014

Spring break always comes at the perfect time. Just as we’re starting to get burnt out from demanding classes, we get a week of freedom. Some of us use this time to relax, while others use it as...

Hashtagging happiness

Published March 6, 2014

Our world revolves around the idea that happiness is the ultimate goal. Ironically, actively trying to achieve a blissful state tends to make people unhappy — or at least, that’s what studies...

The Fashionista is in: How to sell clothes to a consignment store

Published March 4, 2014

After months of staring at the same bulky sweaters filling your closet, it might be time to make some space for new clothes. Because most college students don’t have the money to simply replace their...

Who has better hair? The answer will always be Jared Leto.

Published March 4, 2014

Jared Leto has been making waves lately (pun intended) for his lustrous locks, which were the epitome of disheveled perfection at the Oscars Sunday night. Not only is his hair shiny, healthy and wonderfully...

Fashion people only eat macarons

Published March 2, 2014

When you think of fashion industry professionals, you most likely think of someone like Emily from “The Devil Wears Prada” who is super thin, mean and consists on a diet of nothing except one...

Flower Valley Vineyard and Winery owner Mary Mohn pours a glass of wine for a patron at the Winter Wine Fest, hosted at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in St. Paul on Friday. The Minnesota Grape Growers Association held its 10th Annual Grape and Wine Conference last weekend, where the public could taste wine from Minnesota vineyards.

University grapes help make Minnesota wineries possible

Published February 27, 2014

In the past, wineries were strictly limited to areas with temperate, slightly dry climates like those found in California and the Mediterranean. Since the late 1990s, this has been changing. This past...

The fashionista is in: Dressing for job interviews

The fashionista is in: Dressing for job interviews

Published February 25, 2014

It’s that time of year when underclassmen are frantically trying to find a summer internship and graduating seniors are frantically trying to avoid homelessness. It’s stressful enough worrying...

Minnesota vodka part of this year’s Oscar swag

Published February 22, 2014

It must be nice to be a celebrity. This year’s Oscar attendees will receive $55,000 worth of luxury products. The coveted gift bag is a great way for brands to be put in front of powerful celebrities....

OPM Boutique closing, fourth Primp location opening

Published February 19, 2014

It’s true what they say: When one door closes, another one opens. OPM Boutique, a fixture in the Twin Cities boutique scene since 2008, announced that it will be closing its doors by March 16. OPM...

Apparel design senior Laura Shaefers collection featured breezy hats at Align, the 46th Annual Apparel Design Fashion Show at Rapson Hall on Saturday.

Eight ways to make your winter outfit less boring

Published February 18, 2014

By February, it seems like the entire University of Minnesota campus is in a style rut. It’s cold, snowy and everyone feels defeated. Getting dressed in multiple layers each morning can make fashion...

What to do this weekend: Fashion edition

Published February 13, 2014

Looking for something to do this Valentine’s Day weekend other than sitting around in your pajamas, eating Oreos and watching romantic comedies? Luckily, this weekend happens to be the Twin Cities...

Senior apparel design student Crystal Compton stands in the apparel design studio in McNeal Hall on Monday with a dress she created. Compton calls the dress Bumpy Feet because the material is also used for footie pajamas.

Seniors bring their sketches to life

Published February 11, 2014

After four years of college and many hours in the studio, University of Minnesota apparel design seniors will unveil their senior projects Saturday. Unlike graduating seniors who write a paper or...

How to look tan in the winter (without being mistaken for a guido)

Published February 9, 2014

After being forced to spend months indoors, we all start to look a little pale in Minnesota. While some people embrace it, others try to hide it with makeup, tanning beds or spray tans. First of all, tanning...

Senior advertising major Kara Harms tries out a lavender scented facial oil.

The Fashionista is in: All you need to know about face oils

Published February 4, 2014

We’ve been bombarded with anti-oil messages since birth. Though the idea of slathering oil all over your face sounds terrifying, I’m here to tell you that face oils can be your skin’s...

Super Bowl Style

Published January 31, 2014

So apparently February 2nd is Super Bowl Sunday. If you are anything like me, you probably have no interest in either of the teams who will be playing (I’ll save you the trip to Google, it’s...

The Fashionista is in: Top five menswear trends

Published January 28, 2014

Although you may not have heard about it, Men’s Fashion Week has been happening in various cities for the past month. Menswear designers showed their collections in Paris, Milan and London —...

Fashionista quiz

Published January 14, 2014

MNfashion cancels fashion week, set to restructure for 2014

Published January 5, 2014

MNfashion announced that it will be restructuring in 2014 in order to better serve the budding fashion community in Minnesota. The organization, which is run completely by volunteers, feels that it is...

Fashionista is in: Holiday window fashion

Published December 10, 2013

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...

Slouchy boyfriend jeans and and ankle booties are easy to throw on after a night of drinking.

The fashionista is in: Dressing after drinking

Published December 3, 2013

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...

Cyber Monday Deals

Published December 1, 2013

For those courageous enough to brave the mall on Black Friday, I commend you. I am not one of those people. I prefer to avoid the crowds in favor of staying in bed and shopping online. Cyber Monday makes...

Left: The black and brown make sense together when paired with leopard print flats. Right: Navy and black are no longer taboo when the proportions are correct.

The fashionista is in: Mixing the taboo

Published November 26, 2013

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!...

Black, white and sequins: The Top Trends at the 2013 American Music Awards

Published November 25, 2013

Get excited, ladies and gentlemen, award season is upon us. For film aficionados, this means watching every Oscar-nominated film before February. For the music buffs, it means criticizing every mainstream...

Sweatshirts are having a moment

Published November 22, 2013

Sometimes you just wake up with no desire to get dressed. The thought of putting on jeans and a nice top is so exhausting that you seriously consider just staying in bed all day. This way you never have...

The Fashionista is in: Study abroad style

The Fashionista is in: Study abroad style

Published November 19, 2013

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...

Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz” as cathartic breakup music

Published November 18, 2013

I might be in the minority, but I really like Miley Cyrus’ new album “Bangerz.” I hate the name of it, but I like the music nonetheless. Some of the songs are really dumb (I’m looking...