My Favorite Shopping Day of the Year

Tomorrow is one of my favorite shopping days of the year. No, not Black Friday. I’m talking about Maiden Minnesota. For the third year running, the women behind the local boutiques and labels that make this community a hotbed of retail creativity are teaming up to host this cocktail party + sale. It’s not only a celebration of what these entepreneurs have accomplished, it’s a seriously inspiring night for anyone who’s been dreaming about starting her own business. I’ve been thrilled to watch the event grow from a small affair to 36 vendors and an anticipated 1,300 attendees this year. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the fantastic finds you’ll be able to scoop up for yourself, or the lucky people on your holiday gift list. For tickets and information, visit

Ciao Marco                                                                Nelle Handbags
Stripes never go out of style—especially                  Pretty as a posy and hand-sewn, the Garden Party
for little sailors. Paolo cotton sweater, $56               clutch comes in four color palettes, $135

Apiary Design                                                             Oscar & Belle
These bird-themed note cards are both                       Organic and gentle, this baby line
bohemian and old-fashioned.                                      also looks incredibly chic. $12–$15
“Hodgepodge,” $13 for 10