Shopping + Style Events: May 8-14


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Looks by Badgley Mischka, left and center, and Shoshanna, right, available during Stephanie's dress rental blowout sale

Courtesy Stephanie's

The week's best style and shopping events in the Twin Cities, including Mother's Day picks:

My Sister's Closet Grand Avenue Closing Sale: My Sister's Closet, which sells a blend of vintage and contemporary consignment for women, is shuttering its longtime Grand Avenue storefront at the end of May after 16 years. The store is clearing out with discounts of 30 to 50 percent, and as the closing date nears, the discounts will get steeper. New items will be added daily from the store’s basement full of goodies, so stop back regularly. Daily through May 31 @ 2741 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-886-2891, mysistersclosetmn.com

Now open: Aura Boutique: The Instagram-worthy new store has opened in Uptown, full of luxe, neutral looks from labels from the coasts. Get a first look and find out more on the MNMo Style blogHoursTuesdays-Saturdays from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sundays from noon-5 p.m. (closed Mondays) @ 2447 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, auraboutiquempls.com

Gretchen Ventura Spring Pop-up Event: Shop the latest luxe statement pieces by Minnesota-based jeweler Gretchen Ventura during this rare Twin Cities trunk show from the designer, just in time for Mother's Day. Thursday, May 11 from 3-7 p.m. @ Highcroft Fine Linens & Home, 770 Lake St. E., Wayzata, 952-746-5826, highcrofthome.com

Wild Birds Flying Exhibition & Pop-up: Minneapolis photographer Paul Nelson is known for his distinctive birds-in-flight photographs. Recently, he has partnered with his wife, Stacy Fortier, to expand the images into distinctive textile designs for throw pillows, scarves, and cards. The Wild Birds Flying collection will pop up as part of a retrospective exhibition of Nelson’s fine art prints, also for sale, hosted by Isles Studio. Thursday, May 11 from 5-8 p.m. @ Isles Studio, 1311 W. 25th St., Minneapolis, 612-999-4680, islesstudio.com

Stephanie's Dress Rental Blowout: As Stephanie's prepares to move into its new storefront (more on that on the MNMo Style blog), the women's fashion boutique is phasing out its dress rental service by the end of May. In anticipation of the move, the store will be selling its entire stock of cocktail dresses and gowns at deeply discounted prices of up to 90 percent off--just in time for wedding season. Gowns from Shoshanna, Nicole Miller, and Badgley Mischka start at $99, and rental and unworn dresses from previous seasons priced between $50 to $200, plus all new arrival spring dresses with be 20 percent off. May 11-17 @ Stephanie's, 758 Cleveland Ave. S., St. Paul, 651-690-3802, stephaniesshop.com 

Styled for Good Wedding Showcase: Styled for Good is a nontraditional wedding market for the modern bride, with a twist: 100 percent of the $40 ticket price (via eventbrite.com) will be donated to one lucky husband-and-bride-to-be. The event includes a bridal runway show featuring looks from A&Be, Che Belle, Modehaus, and the White Room bridal boutiques, plus a beauty bar, large-scale installations, one-of-a-kind interactive stations and demos, appetizers and sweets, curated cocktails, giveaways, live music, and more. Thursday, May 11 from 5-9 p.m. @ the Machine Shop, 300 Second St. SE., Minneapolis, styledforgood.com

Hairstyles & Handbags: Lili Salon Spa at Galleria is hosting its second annual benefit for Dress for Success Twin Cities, Hairstyles & Handbags. The $15 ticket (via eventbrite.com) is redeemable for a retail purchase the evening of the event and includes a swag bag worth more than $100, complimentary wine and small bites from CRAVE, a fashion show led by style expert Grant Whittaker featuring spring handbag and hair trends, and raffle tickets for prizes including a designer handbag. Donate a new or gently used handbag to receive a certificate for a deluxe Kerastase conditioning treatment and style ($75 value). Thursday, May 11 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. @ Lili Salon Spa Galleria, 3464 Galleria, Edina, 952-935-5000, lilisalonspa.com

La Petite Parfumerie Mother's Day Pop-up: La Petite Parfumerie, the Parisian-styled perfume boutique that recently closed its Southdale storefront, is returning for a two-day engagement at Wayzata boutique Highcroft. Shop luxury perfumes by Frederic Malle, Maison Francis Kurkdjian, and Serge Lutens, plus French candles by Cire Trudon. Those who make a purchase will be automatically entered to win a full-size MFK or Frederic Malle fragrance. Friday, May 12 from 3-6 p.m. and Saturday, May 13 from noon-4 p.m. @ Highcroft Fine Linens & Home, 770 Lake St. E., Wayzata, 612-247-0438, highcrofthome.com

Sip & Shop with Kin & Plume: Enjoy spring cocktails while shopping handcrafted wall hangings and macrame plant holders by new local maker duo Kin & Plume during this pop-up event, plus take 20 percent off Cliché's selection of spring clothing, shoes, accessories, and jewelry during the event. Friday, May 12 from 7-9 p.m. @ Cliché, 2403, Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-0420, clichempls.com

DEBUT: Shop for Kindness Opens: DEBUT, the rotating collection of shop-in-shop brands at Mall of America, is reopening May 12 with its second collection, Shop for Kindness. DEBUT Shop for Kindness includes 13 brands that support various causes locally and around the world, including My Sister, Love Your Melon, Northern Glasses, House of Talents, and Humble Apparel. Read more about the collection on the MNMo Style blog. Open May 12-September 10 @ Mall of America, 125 North Garden, Bloomington, 952-883-8800, mallofamerica.com

Flirt's Mother's Day Benefit for Second Stork: Luxury lingerie shop Flirt hosts a Mother's Day charity event to benefit Second Stork, a local nonprofit that donates baby supplies for those in needs. On May 13 and 14, donate a needed item (such as new onesies and one-piece sleepers for newborns and lightweight receiving blankets) or donate a minimum of $10 and receive a free gift from Flirt. Saturday, May 13 & Sunday, May 14 @ Flirt Boutique, 177 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-698-3692, flirt-boutique.com

Shop for Mom Pop-up: In honor of Mother's Day, West Elm's Edina store hosts a pop-up sale from two Minnesota makers, clothing designer Tessa Louise and handbag label Strey Designs, who will offer a selection of handcrafted knitwear and leather accessories. Saturday, May 13 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. @ West Elm, 3879 Gallagher Dr., Edina, 952-835-8332, westelm.com 

Mother's Day at russell + hazel: The North Loop gift and stationery shop celebrates moms with a pop-up blow-dry and makeup bar from stylist Stephanie Domrose, a pop-up flower stall with Foxglove Market, and russell + hazel’s curated goods. Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. with hair and makeup touch-ups by appointment, flower stall from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. @ russell + hazel, 219 N. Second St., Suite 106, Minneapolis, 612-353-4149, russellandhazel.com

PIP Pop-up: Curated gift box service Minny & Paul debuted last year with a series of curated boxes intended to make the gifting process easier and more thoughtful while celebrating locally made, artisanal products. Now, the company has partnered with Kate Arends Peters of the popular lifestyle blog Wit & Delight for its first guest-curated box, just in time for Mother’s Day. Shop the box in person at Projects in Person (PIP)'s first maker market, which also features handcrafted pottery, woodworking, jewelry, baby goods, and more. Saturday, May 13 from 1-4 p.m. @ Projects in Person (PIP), 906 Mainstreet, Hopkins, 952-693-3279, projectsinperson.com, and online at minnyandpaul.comRead more about the Minny & Paul collaboration on the MNMo Style blog.

Mill City Farmer’s Market: Mother’s Day weekend marks the second outdoor market of the season, with more than 120 farmers, food artisans, restaurants, and small businesses, plus cooking demos, a mini farm, live music, kids’ activities, and giftable goods for sale from local potters, woodworkers, jewelers, textile artists, and milliner Celina Kane, who will showcase her latest collection for her hat line, Hat Make. Saturday, May 13 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. @ Mill City Museum, 704 S. Second St., Minneapolis, millcityfarmersmarket.org

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