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July 28, 2012

Style Snippets: Eyebobs taps geek girls to create frames for same

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It pays to be book smart — and in some cases, it’s stylish.

Nancy Lyons and Meghan Wilker, local authors of two books on technology, have been tapped by popular Minneapolis-based eyebobs to create an eyewear line called “Geek Girl.”

The result: thick frames with swirl patterns in a variety of colors, including green, pink and brown. (eyebobs.com; $75)

In other beginnings:

Apricot Lane Boutique, the California-based shop carrying Free People, TOMS Shoes, Vintage Havana, Rock Revival and more, plans to open its first Minnesota location. The stores has signed on to open a spot at the Shops at West End in St. Louis Park come fall.

Charming Charlie has opened at The Fountains at Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove. This will be the Texas company’s third location in the metro following debuts in Woodbury Lakes in Woodbury and Shops at West End in St. Louis Park. Look for a large stock of jewelry, purses and accessories that are color-coded throughout the store, making it much easier to find those matching pieces.

ON THE MOVE

After four years, Corset Styling and fashion boutique is moving from Hopkins to a new spot in Edina (5400 France Ave. S.). The Sept. 4 move was to be more centrally located to the shop’s customer base, according to a spokeswoman.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPING

Because we don’t have enough

national shopping holidays, Teen Vogue is declaring Aug. 11 Back-to-School Saturday. The magazine rallied dozens of retailers and beauty brands to offer discounts, giveaways and other specials that day. So far, participants include Clinique, Express, Gap, HM and Guess jeans. For more information and a list of participating retailers and malls, visit backtoschoolsaturday.com.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

If you’re looking to attend a runway show, there are a few in the works for late summer and into the fall.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week is set for Sept. 23-30. This year’s lineup includes shows throughout St. Paul and Minneapolis featuring a range of emerging designers to more established names in the Twin Cities style scene. Trunk shows and open houses with local boutiques are also part of the week’s festivities.

Two Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Weeks are held each year — in spring and in fall. For more info, visit mnfashion.org.

Fashion Fighting Stigma is slated to take the spotlight Aug. 16 at Landmark Center in St. Paul (75 W. Fifth St.). The second annual runway show will feature pieces from local designers and boutiques including Rachel Blomgren, Primp (St. Paul and St. Louis Park) and n’etc. (Edina). Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost is $20 in advance, $25 at the door with proceeds benefiting programs for mental illness and homelessness. For more information, visit peopleincorporated.org or call 651-288-3508.

Pink Bow City, a pinup/rockabilly-themed fashion show, will be held Aug. 8 at Honey bar and lounge in Minneapolis (205 E. Hennepin Ave.). In addition to a runway show featuring local designers and businesses, screenprinting and photo shoots will be offered to attendees.

The event is hosted by Minneapolis-based Pink Bow City, offering custom designs online with vintage flair. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the event is free. For more information, go to pinkbowcity.com.

Nancy Ngo can be reached at 651-228-5172. Follow her at twitter.com/nancyngotc and pinterest.com/nancyngotc.

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