Fashion Foreword: 4 fabulous excuses to go shopping this week

The Golden Pearl goes Ab Fab this Friday.

The Golden Pearl goes Ab Fab this Friday.

Can you believe it’s already the end(ish) of July? You're right, let’s not think about it.

Instead let’s spend this week celebrating everything that’s beautiful and wonderful about summer, like vintage store sales, beauty products, and Dolly Parton! You in? Great. There’s a lot going on in the Twin Cities right now, so get your shopping shoes on. (Bonus points if they’re sparkly Dolly Parton boots.)

Dolly Parton Hits Hinckley

Let’s talk about the most important thing first: Dolly Parton is coming to Hinckley on Wednesday on her “Pure & Simple” tour. I’ll pause so you can freak out with me. The reigning Queen of Country and Everything Else That’s Good and Pure in the World is coming to Minnesota, and if you’re going, you better dress the part! Rewind Vintage has been pulling together cute Dolly-worthy ensembles from their racks, because you can’t go see Dolly in the cliché cutoffs and cowboy boots. You need to sparkle! You need to shine! If you’re lucky enough to hear Dolly crooning “I Will Always Love You” live, you gotta dress the damn part. We’d recommend popping into Rewind or The Golden Pearl Vintage for your Dolly look.

Golden Pearl is Absolutely Fabulous

Speaking of The Golden Pearl Vintage, the latest installment in their “Pearl After Dark” party series is all about “Absolutely Fabulous.” (The movie, based on the cult classic TV series, hits the Lagoon on July 21.) Dress like Patsy and Edina – that’s E-DEEN-a, not E-DINE-a – for a chance to win a $50 Golden Pearl gift certificate, or just sip champagne and shop their new arrivals. Trust us – it’s the best time to get your hands on the Pearl’s latest gems.

Golden Pearl Vintage
507 E. Hennepin Ave.
July 22, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. 

Midwest Makeup Show
Award-winning local makeup artist Julie Swenson is celebrating the beauty business with a massive makeup show, bringing experts from around the country together to talk beauty and building your brand. Minneapolis’ own Elizabeth Dehn (, Charlie Brackney, Heath Bryant-Huppert and many more will be there, as well as national figures like Emmy-winning makeup artist Kevin James Bennet. Says Julie, “If you’re a beauty fanatic or a curious dabbler, this event will satisfy your beauty fix. You’ll enjoy beauty lessons, panels, demonstrations and shopping too. This is true Minnesota beauty!” A portion of ticket sales goes to the American Cancer Society’s Look Good, Feel Better organization.

Midwest Makeup Show
The Commons Hotel
615 Washington Ave NE
Sunday, July 24, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
General admission ticket: $35.00

The Nordstrom Sale is here again!
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, to me, always rings the death knell of summer. It’s a chance to get fall’s hottest pieces for a sick discount and tends to get us all excited about sweaters and boots when it’s only July. That being said, I never miss the N-sale and you shouldn’t either! Besides getting fall fashion for cheap(er) than you would in September, you can also score insane beauty deals from all your fave brands, as most do limited-edition sets for big value. It sounds promotional, sure, but the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a huge deal! People wait all year for this baby, and it kicks off on July 22. Enjoy!

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