Allison Kaplan

Allison Kaplan

As senior editor of Shopping + Style for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Ali Shops. All the time. An authority on retail and fashion, Ali’s writing has appeared in numerous publications including Lucky, ShopEtc., Delta Sky Magazine, Twin Cities Business, and the St. Paul Pioneer Press, where she was the shopping and style columnist for a decade prior to joining Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Ali hosts Shop Girls on myTalk107.1 every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is a frequent guest on other radio and television programs. Her Ali Shops blog at is a popular resource for shopping scoops and tips. A Minneapolis native and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism,  Ali owes her very existence to shopping—her parents met while working at Dayton's. She grew up immersed in the retail world, commentating her first fashion show with her mom at age 6.

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Grand Frames bunny
Bunnies. Baskets. Stat.

Still need a bunny for that basket? Here are a few of the cutest Easter items—that are still in stock!

Kristi Vosbeck design
Get Your Next Red Carpet Dress in Bryn Mawr

New York designer Kristi Vosbeck comes home for a trunk show at 411 Top Floor.

North cap at Askov Finlayson
North for Spring

The collaborating continues at Askov Finlayson with new hats, bags, and Todd Norsten T-shirts.

Lole yellow
Lole: Active Wear In the North Loop

Think roof top yoga classes and clothes for the weekend.

Banana Republic coupons
This Price Discrepancy is Bananas

Prices aren't always consistent within one brand. How I saved $120 just by paying attention.

Forage Modern Workshop's display for the American Craft Council Show
American Craft

Local retailers get in on the American Craft Council Show in St. Paul.

Style editor Allison Kaplan with Aveda creative director Antoinette Beenders
The Haircut That Changed Everything

Hair flattening advice from Aveda's creative director.

Bumbershute at D.NOLO
D.NOLO Delivers

Several top Twin Cities boutiques are teaming up for a major sale in the North Loop, April 10-13.

Aveda 2014 Light the Way candle
Haircuts for Mother (Nature)

Aveda's Earth Month Cut-a-Thon raises money for clean water related causes in Minnesota, and around the globe.

Shayla Farmer of CC & Mays
CC & Mays

A mom of three creates her dream boutique in Minnetonka.

Ben VandenWymelenberg of Woodchuck
Ben VandenWymelenberg

The founder of Woodchuck is connecting technology and nature at only 24 years old.

Marimekko Talia Dress
Black, White + Marimekko

Marimekko's black and white prints look great on dresses for spring. At Finn Style.

The line for the Lululemon Warehouse Sale outside the Minneapolis Convention Center at 8 a.m.
Tales From The Sale

Waits of more than two hours, spontaneous yoga parties, and no more Wunder Unders. Scenes from the Lululemon Warehouse Sale.

Navy tankini
Suit Up for Spring Break

Spring break finally—finally—has arrived, and Minnesotans are reconnecting with the skin beneath their 17 layers of wool and cashmere.

Madelynn Furlong of Wide Eyed Legless
Craving a Uniform

The liberation that is a simple wardrobe.

Lululemon Minneapolis Warehouse Sale
Lululemon Sale Sneak Peek

I've seen a convention center filled with yoga pants as far as the eye can see, all on sale. Call it heaven. Call it hell. Call it the lululemon Warehouse Sale.

10 Tips for the Lululemon Warehouse Sale

A sale this epic requires strategy. Here's what you need to know.

Spring clothes from Tory Burch, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Michael Kors
Signs of Spring

New spring fashions defy the weather (sort of).

Mall of America movie shoot
Movie Making at MOA

Yep, that was Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg at Mall of America, filming scenes for upcoming movie The End of the Tour.

Mall of America new entrance
The MOA Expansion is Underway

Mall of America is about to get even bigger, adding another hotel, an office building, an atrium, more dining and stores.

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