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Sisu | Brave + Beautiful Runway Show

UPDATE: VIP tickets are sold out but you can still get general admission tickets at Eventbrite.

On November 15th 2014, from 630-10pm Sisu will host the Brave + Beautiful Runway show as part of its one (1) year celebration. Sisu is an amazing boutique in Woodbury MN that aims to create a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. An atmosphere where women can relax and feel at home as they shop for a specific occasion  or just because. So during the event laugh, be comfortable, have a good time… and when you post about it use their hashtags: #shopwithsisu #sisustyle.

Not only is it a great experience going through their website and learning about Sisu, it gets better as you read the details for the Brave + Beautiful Runway Show. As mentioned in the Facebook event; “Proceeds from event + raffle ticket sales will benefit Tubman a local non-profit that helps women, children and families struggling with relationship violence, substance abuse and mental health. (For more information on Tubman and their services, please visit www.tubman.org. )”. I am extremely excited to be a part of this event celebrating Sisu and supporting Tubman.  

For more info on tickets or raffle items, click below:
BUY TICKETS
RSVP + FACEBOOK EVENT
Twitter – @ShopWithSisu
Instagram – shopwithsisu Pinterest

“Some might call it backbone, spunk, stamina, or guts.  Whatever you choose to call it, sisu is a measure of integrity that surpasses the hardship and sees through to the end. It is an inherent characteristic or mindset that anyone can possess.” – Shopwithsisu.com

If you didn’t know about Sisu, now you know. When you get a chance explore shopwithsisu.com or visit the retail location below. Their hours are Monday- Saturday 10am – 7pm, Sunday 12pm- 5pm.

2170F Eagle Creek Lane
Woodbury, MN 55129
shop@shopwithsisu.com
(651) 436-2076

Summer Breeze – Fashion Show – Calhoun Beach Club

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Relax and enjoy a stylish evening… As we prepare to welcome summer, Fashion Group International of Minneapolis St. Paul is planning a stylish evening show casing the best swimwear & summer wear offered by local boutiques, with stylish accessories by local designers. These top trends will be modeled on the rooftop poolside at the Calhoun Beach Club.

We hope you’ll join us…

Buy Tickets
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-breeze-rooftop-fashion-show-tickets-11493837377

Special Thanks…
Calhoun Beach Club
MC – Ali Kaplan & Grant Whitaker
Stylist – Richard Moody
Hair & Makeup – Susan Swanson
Music – Vaughn Lovely
Photography – Chris McDuffie
Aviv Vodka
Eyemusement
Realia by Jen
Nani Nalu
J. W. Hulme Company
The Bow Tie Shoppe
MartinPatrick3
Bumbershute
Motto
Atmosfere
Tommy Bahama
MINQ
Urban Eatery
Honest-1 Auto Care

Presented by Fashion Group International of Minneapolis / St. Paul and co-sponsored by The Calhoun Beach Club & Aviv Vodka

Dandies Project Press

The Dandies Project is creating positive buzz.  Check out some of the media coverage below.

“The Dandies Project” is a hardback, full-color photo book of Twin Cities men of color who, according to the project’s visionary exemplify class, style and sophistication. Complete with the gentlemen’s bios, the book tells a story with pictures and words.”

The Dandies Project: New coffee table book highlights fashion-forward men of color
By Harry Colbert, Jr., Insight News

Added Moody, “If we can get young men to understand it’s about application. You don’t need to have a lot of money to have style, but you have to have a style to present yourself with to get in the door.”

Fine and dandy: New photo project spotlights stylish men of color
By Jahna Peloquin, The Journal

Don’t forget to like the Dandies Project on Facebook

Visit the Dandies Project Website.

 

The Dandies Project Coming April 5, 2014

The Dandies Project is a photo project designed to highlight the positive impact that many men of color have brought to their own community not only doing it with a sense of purpose but a sense of style!!
The Dandies Project in its physical form will be a yearly coffee table book that will highlight various dandies style and backgrounds.
Our mission is simple, “giving new life to the story of the “man of color.”

The goal of this yearly book would be to bring more
positive light to the role of men of color in society and to also bring light to local and national charities who are making positive strides in bringing positive impact to the community.

Overall there are roughly 17 dandies to be featured in this years book that will take place at Handsome Cycles on Saturday April 5th from 7pm – 10pm which will include prints from the photo exhibit and copies of the book for patrons to view and pre-order.

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The Mission
The Dandies Project was designed to highlight the positive influence & impact that men of color have in their community while keeping a strong sense of individuality thru personal self awareness and style.

The Dandy Description
(dan·dy): a gentleman who places particular importance upon physical aesthetics, refined in language and leisure. His life pursued with the importance of individuality while having a driven purpose.

Presented By:
Handsome Cycles | IamMoody | Playfessionals.com

Photography by:
Nick Gallop of Gallop Studios

#MNdandies2014 #theDandiesProject

The Dandies Project Underway

So excited to be at the photo shoot for the Dandies Project – it is fabulous seeing all these wonderful men having their pics for the release of this wonderful table top type book in January. There will be all kinds of opening events and promotion done for you to see, keep watching the Moody web site for updates — and envy me for being here as a part of it! How cool -

Moody’s 23rd Annual Holiday Party & Toy Drive

IamMoody.com presents the 23rd Annual Moody’s Holiday Event – Toy Drive
benefiting Domestic Abuse Project MN & Sabathani Community Center.
Join IamMoody with fellow friends for Moody’s 23rd annual toy drive designed to benefit two Minneapolis non-profits.

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This annual event features many of the Twin Cities socialites united for 2 great causes. The event is free, fun and designed to bring the spirit of giving to every holiday season. Donations will be taken at the door as well as unwrapped children gifts!!

Providing your golden ticket for giving this holiday season!!!

Looking For Gift Ideas?

The Kids have shared some of their wishes:

 

  • Action Figures Disney
  • Barbie or Bratz Dolls
  • Bat Man, Spider Man, Power ranger, Pokemon or Super Man Action Figures
  • Ben Ten Watch *Cartoon Show*
  • Board Games
  • Dipping Dots Ice Cream Maker & Cotton Candy Maker
  • Easy Bake Oven
  • Elmo Teddy Bear
  • Flutter-bye Flying Flower Fairy *In Yellow*
  • Head Phones
  • Hello Kitty Gum ball Machine w/Gum
  • Hello Kitty Socks
  • Jewelry Maker
  • Legos Set
  • Light Up Pillow
  • Nerf Disk Blaster
  • Password Journal 8 * By Mattel*
  • Pokemon Stuffed Animal
  • Remote Controlled Car, helicopter or Truck
  • Science Kit
  • Scooter
  • Shimmer & Sparkle Cra-Z-Loom Rubber Band Bracelet Maker
  • Soccer Ball
  • WWE Wrestling Action Figures

 


Getting around during the holidays is hard, catching a ride with Uber isn’t! Enjoy up to $20 off your first ride for Moody’s Annual Holiday Party + Toy Drive with promo HUMBLESLICE.*

 


https://www.eventbrite.com/e/moodys-23rd-annual-holiday-party-toy-drive-tickets-9568941963

22 Habits of Happy People

By Dr. Mercola
Many people spend their lives waiting to be happy. You may think, “if only I had more money,” or “could lose weight,” or you fill in the blank, then I would be happy.

Well here’s a secret: you can be happy right now. It’s not always easy, but you can choose to be happy, and in the vast majority of circumstances there’s no one who can stop you except for yourself.

The truth is, happiness doesn’t come from wealth, perfect looks or even a perfect relationship. Happiness comes from within. This is why, if you truly want to be happy, you need to work on yourself, first.

22 Positive Habits of Happy People

What’s the secret to being happy? You can learn how to do it, just as you can learn any other skill. Those who are happy tend to follow a certain set of habits that create peace in their lives; if you learn to apply these habits in your own life, there’s a good chance you’ll be happy too.

The featured article compiled 22 such behaviors that you can use to enhance your life and your happiness:

1. Let go of grudges
Forgiving and forgetting is necessary for your own happiness, as holding a grudge means you’re also holding onto resentment, anger, hurt and other negative emotions that are standing in the way of your own happiness. Letting go of a grudge frees you from negativity and allows more space for positive emotions to fill in.
2. Treat everyone with kindness
Kindness is not only contagious, it’s also proven to make you happier. When you’re kind to others, your brain produces feel-good hormones and neurotransmitters like serotonin and you’re able to build strong relationships with others, fostering positive feelings all around.
3. Regard your problems as challenges
Change your internal dialogue so that anytime you have a “problem” you view it as a challenge or a new opportunity to change your life for the better. Eliminate the word “problem” from your mind entirely.
4. Express gratitude for what you have
People who are thankful for what they have are better able to cope with stress, have more positive emotions, and are better able to reach their goals. The best way to harness the positive power of gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal or list, where you actively write down exactly what you’re grateful for each day. Doing so has been linked to happier moods, greater optimism and even better physical health.
5. Dream big
Go ahead and dream big, as you’ll be more likely to accomplish your goals. Rather than limiting yourself, when you dream big you’re opening your mind to a more optimistic, positive state where you have the power to achieve virtually anything you desire.
6. Don’t sweat the small stuff
If the issue you’re mad about will be irrelevant a year, a month, a week or even a day from now, why sweat it? Happy people know how to let life’s daily irritations roll off their back.
7. Speak well of others
It may be tempting to gather around the office water cooler to get and give the daily gossip, but talking negatively about others is like taking a bath in negative emotions; your body soaks them up. Instead, make it a point to only say positive, nice words about other people, and you’ll help foster more positive thinking in your own life as well.
8. Avoid making excuses
It’s easy to blame others for your life’s failures, but doing so means you’re unlikely to rise past them. Happy people take responsibility for their mistakes and missteps, then use the failure as an opportunity to change for the better.
9. Live in the present
Allow yourself to be immersed in whatever it is you’re doing right now, and take time to really be in the present moment. Avoid replaying past negative events in your head or worrying about the future; just savor what’s going on in your life now.
10. Wake up at the same time every morning
Getting up at the same time every day (preferably an early time) is deceptively simple. Doing so will help regulate your circadian rhythm so you’ll have an easier time waking and likely feel more energized. Plus, the habit of rising early every day is one shared by many successful people, as it enhances your productivity and focus.
11. Don’t compare yourself to others
Your life is unique, so don’t measure your own worth by comparing yourself to those around you. Even regarding yourself as better than your peers is detrimental to your happiness, as you’re fostering judgmental feelings and an unhealthy sense of superiority. Measure your own success based on your progress alone, not that of others.
12. Surround yourself with positive people
The saying “misery loves company” is entirely true. That’s why you need to choose friends who are optimistic and happy themselves, as you will be surrounded with positive energy.
13. Realize that you don’t need others’ approval
It’s important to follow your own dreams and desires without letting naysayers stand in your way. It’s fine to seek others’ opinions, but happy people stay true to their own hearts and don’t get bogged down with the need for outside approval.
14. Take time to listen
Listening helps you soak in the wisdom of others and allows you to quiet your own mind at the same time. Intense listening can help you feel content while helping you gain different perspectives.
15. Nurture social relationships
Positive social relationships are a key to happiness, so be sure you make time to visit with friends, family and your significant other.
16. Meditate
Meditation helps you keep your mind focused, calms your nerves and supports inner peace. Research shows it can even lead to physical changes in your brain that make you happier.
17. Eat well
What you eat directly impacts your mood and energy levels in both the short and long term. Whereas eating right can prime your body and brain to be in a focused, happy state, eating processed junk foods will leave you sluggish and prone to chronic disease.
18. Exercise
Exercise boosts levels of health-promoting brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which may help buffer some of the effects of stress and also relieve some symptoms of depression. Rather than viewing exercise as a medical tool to lose weight, prevent disease, and live longer – all benefits that occur in the future – try viewing exercise as a daily tool to immediately enhance your frame of mind, reduce stress and feel happier.
19. Live minimally
Clutter has a way of sucking the energy right out of you and replacing it with feelings of chaos. Clutter is an often-unrecognized source of stress that prompts feelings of anxiety, frustration, distraction and even guilt, so give your home and office a clutter makeover, purging it of the excess papers, files, knick knacks and other “stuff” that not only takes up space in your physical environment, but also in your mind.
20. Be honest
Every time you lie, your stress levels are likely to increase and your self-esteem will crumble just a little bit more. Plus, if others find out you’re a liar it will damage your personal and professional relationships. Telling the truth, on the other hand, boosts your mental health and allows others to build trust in you.
21. Establish personal control
Avoid letting other people dictate the way you live. Instead, establish personal control in your life that allows you to fulfill your own goals and dreams, as well as a great sense of personal self-worth.
22. Accept what cannot be changed
Everything in your life is not going to be perfect, and that’s perfectly all right. Happy people learn to accept injustices and setbacks in their life that they cannot change, and instead put their energy on changing what they can control for the better.
Photo provided by http://www.flickr.com/photos/74576085@N00/

A Healthy Lifestyle Naturally Enhances Happiness

You may have noticed that some of the habits of happy people are one in the same with those that are essential for leading a healthy lifestyle – exercising and eating right, for example. Once you adopt a happiness mindset, and even before you do, embracing healthy habits will help keep your mood elevated naturally even in the midst of stress. Happy people tend to behealthy people, and vice versa, so in addition to healthy food and exercise, the following lifestyle strategies can also help to support emotional wellness:

  • Proper sleep: Sleep deprivation is linked to psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and bipolar depression, while getting the right amount of sleep has been linked to positive personality characteristics such as optimism and greater self-esteem, as well as a greater ability to solve difficult problems.
  • Animal-based omega-3 fats: Low concentrations of the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA are known to increase your risk for mood swings and mood disorders. Those suffering from depression have been found to have lower levels of omega-3 in their blood, compared to non-depressed individuals. Krill oil is my preferred source of omega-3 fats.
  • Regular sun exposure: This is essential for vitamin D production, low levels of which are linked to depression. But even beyond vitamin D, regular safe sun exposure is known to enhance mood and energy through the release of endorphins.
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT): If difficult life circumstances and the negative emotions they create are making happiness hard to come by, try EFT, which is a form of do-it-yourself psychological acupressure. This simple technique can help clear your body and mind of negative emotions so you can implement positive goals and habits more easily in your life.

Original sources include (http://successify.net/2012/10/31/22-things-happy-people-do-differently/)

Braboleta is now hiring for an Assistant Manager! Does this sound like you?

One of our favorite stores; La Bratique is now hiring for a Full Time Assistant Store Manager/Bra Fitter for their New Store Braboleta on 50th and France! Below is a job description and details. Good luck!

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Braboleta, a new concept bra fitting store located at 50th and France in Edina is looking for an Assistant Store Manager dedicated to making every young woman feel confident in her own body.  If you are a high energy leader with an entrepreneurial spirit, self-confidence, a flair for merchandising, are reliable & organized and want to make a difference in how a girl views her world, please apply.  Braboleta’s vision is to become the national resource, partner & destination for girls and their mothers to learn about their changing bodies, how to care for it and offer tips to gracefully bloom into their full potential. We are looking for a positive role model.

 

Hours: 40 hours per week,  Monday – Saturday,  11-7pm, with some flexibility in schedule.

 

The assistant store manager is responsible for ensuring the smooth and successful operation of the entire store; with a primary emphasis on bra fittings, merchandising and social media marketing.

 

Team Leader:

· Act as the lead bra fit specialist and teach on-going fit technique to other staff members to ensure proper fit is carefully selected for each customer.
· Provide direction to sales associates & bra fit specialists to ensure smooth operation of the store.

· Motivate & educate staff to be knowledgeable on products, store marketing strategy and event details.

∙ Assist in training staff in all areas of appropriate register usage and maintenance.

∙ Assist in the development of associates sales techniques to maximize sales and cross sales.

∙ Responsible for opening and closing the store.
· Provide feedback and suggestions to owner

Customer service:
· Provide excellent and friendly customer service to all guests. Make customers feel at ease & confident by educating them on their changing bodies, and creating a positive body image.

· Encourage clientele to be self-empowered.
· Ring up and wrap in-store purchases and process returns.
· Process special orders, transfers, and holds.

∙ Resolve all client problems and complaints quickly & effectively, ensuring client satisfaction.

· Answer phone calls and schedule fitting appointments.

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Sales/Events:
· Work with store manager to plan and execute sales, special events and store marketing strategy.
· Market events, sales, health education & girl empowerment via Facebook, Twitter and in-store displays.

· Facilitate and educate groups as presenter during in-house seminars.

Merchandising/Inventory:

· Assist with inventory selection & buying

· Build inventory into POS system.
· Plan window/display themes and change displays monthly
· Pull down and re-stock merchandise
· Maintain optimal inventory levels
· Receive new merchandise and organize backstock
· Process defective items
· Help minimize shrinkage

General store duties:
· Keep bags, gift boxing, and office supplies stocked
· Dust, sweep, and vacuum sales floor
· Take out cardboard and garbage
· Additional duties as requested

Qualifications:

∙ 1 – 2 years of Assistant Management or Team Lead Experience.

∙ Experience creating and executing store & window merchandising displays.

∙ Current on Twitter and Social Media use.

∙ Strong sales experience with a record of meeting sales goals.

· High energy, detail-oriented, pro-active, hard-working, enthusiastic, reliable team player.

∙ Bra fitting experience a bonus, but not required.

∙ Capable to stand and walk during scheduled hours.
· Capable of lifting shipments & moving store fixtures weighing up to 40 lbs.
· Good computer skills: Word, Excel, POS system

∙ Excellent communication skills both verbal and non-verbal.

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You can contact Tracy or Jackie at:

Phone: (612) 325-6620

Email: tanderson@labratique.com

Website: http://www.labratique.com/

Address: 5007 France Avenue S
Suite 1 (2nd floor)
Minneapolis, MN

 

 

Mint Green for this Spring Styles!

Mint green is hot this Spring 2013. If your in the midwest, Winter is hanging on for everything it’s worth. But despite the snow and cold, the cool tones of mint green are making styles and trending super hot. Mint green is a relaxing color that brings out the Spring vibrancy that we all need.

1a0b72bee8284c99b750ec4d2b502ca7One of the best ways to sport mint green is to pair it with a bold color such as pink or orange. The coolness of the mint paired with a warmer color are just a perfect match. Earth tones as well can be a good match including nudes, beige and light browns.

Because mint green is such a cool and refreshing hue, it can be used in a variety of ways but we recommend it most as tops and dresses. When worn as a dress, flashing it up with a patterned top such as a floral print can really make the mint pop.

Getting married this Spring and Summer? Don’t overlook mint green for your bridesmaid dresses. So often we see bridesmaid dresses that are dark and unflattering. Whereas a mint green is a more inviting and flattering color. A great write up on mint green for weddings, visit Best Bridal Prices.

Wearing accessories are what make the style complete. And choosing a mint green as your color of choice, can add enough pop to finish the look off. This mint scarf can be found at Walmart for less than $10. Additionally you can just sport mint green as a nail color too, this Mint Candy Apple from Essie Nail is an inexpensive and refreshing.

Lastly but certainly not leastly, makeup! Whether it’s Liquid Light Lasting Eye Color from Mally or an entire makeup pallete like the Lorac Mint Edition Pallete from Sephora, mint green is a very versatile color that can be used effectively in a wide variety of applications. Be sure to visit Pinterest too and find your own mint green inspiration. But our favorite spot to get your mint green fix, is at ellelauri. Have a look see at a few of the items ellelauri offers!
Avery Dress Ginny Dress Jade Blouse Mint Isabel Tunic

Envision Artopia

 

No plans for the weekend? No worries! If you enjoy being a part of the local fashion/music/art scene, we suggest checking out City Pages Envision Artopia this Saturday. Anticipate a night of mingling with Twin Cities’ urbanites to the sounds of DJ Bryan Gerrard, a runway event with a plethora of local designers and boutiques such as Martin Patrick3, Marissa Bridges, and Cliché, and a chance to participate in a silent auction of several paintings to benefit Free Arts Minnesota, a non-profit organization that teaches at-risk children how to use artistic expression to externalize their emotions, boosting their self-confidence. Here’s the details you’ll need to make it, hope to see you there!

 

Envision Artopia

Saturday, April 13th

9pm-12am (VIP Entry at 8pm)

Graves 601 Hotel, 5th Floor Ballroom:

601 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis, MN55403

612-677-1100

Tickets will be $25 (advance tickets are no longer available)

To learn more about what Free Arts Minnesota does and for donation information, click the link here: http://www.freeartsminnesota.org

 

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