July-August 2012 Style File


Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thymes

Summertime is a perfect time for embracing a new, lighter scent, and I’m feeling especially inspired by herbaceous ones. Minneapolis–based Thymes must be in my head: the company has just released a new Garden Alchemy collection (check out the gorgeous, flowery packaging at left—a departure from their usual clean labeling). The collection, which includes bubble bath, salts, shower gel, body soufflé, linen mist, cologne, and a candle, come in three scents: the clean and green rosemary sage, the magnolia-violet tinged Wild Angelica, and the tart-sweet Lemon Geranium. $18-$50, available at thymes.com.

La Vie En Rose
Photo by A. Brisson-Smith,

La Vie en Rose

Post–handbags celebrate summer

You may know Post–handbags for their art-smart backgrounds, luxe materials, and support of causes—besides making everything domestically and locally, they often donate to deserving nonprofits and charities. Their summer collection is a combination of all those things: La Vie en Rose is inspired by Parisian style and graffiti art, making their screenprint-and-leather tote bags perfect farmer’s-market accessories, and the smaller leather clutches pair nicely with cocktail hour. $45–$175, postdash.com

Happy Birthday, MOA

The Mall of America started celebrating in January, but the revelry ramps up this month as its 20th birthday approaches on August 11. And, considering that the occupancy rate has grown from 70 percent upon opening to 96 percent today (in real numbers, the Mall has grown from 350 stores to 520!), MOA’s got something to celebrate. Especially exciting are the 20 days of giveaways—each worth $500 or more—plus a chance to win a $10,000 shopping spree. You can find flashback photos, sign-ups, and day-of festivity information on the website. mallofamerica.com

Katie Dohman is a St. Paul freelance writer and editor focused on lifestyle stories. Formerly the lifestyle editor for Minnesota Monthly, she’s also contributed to Zagat, the Star Tribune, Experience Life, Virgin Atlantic Airlines, and BloomaBlog, among others.