1. Olive oil is sold by the packet. Food Network Chef Giada de Laurentiis, who was in town this weekend, told me on Shop Girls that she always carries olive oil packets to drizzle on her oatmeal at Starbucks.
2. TV style guy Lloyd Boston designs greeting cards. You know him from his fashion segments on the Today show and Katie Couric, but Boston actually comes from a fine arts background, which he is putting to use sketching and painting cards sold exclusively at Papyrus. The words are his, too. Boston was also in the Twin Cities this weekend, and gave women at the Galleria in Edina a thumbs up for making boots look sexy. (Hey, if we can’t nail that one, we’re really in trouble.) If you still fear the ankle boot with skirt, Boston suggests a slimmer heel and opaque tights.
3. Maybe those fitness bands really are worthwhile. Fitness guru Chris Freytag always tells it like it is, and she tells me, that after testing several bands on the market, she really likes the Fitbit, particularly because it tracks your sleep as well as your activity…and it looks cute!
4. Woodchuck Case is a company to keep your eye on. I met founder Ben Vandenwymelenbeg (sounds just like it’s spelled, really) at Northern Grade and was blown away with how far he’s already taken the idea he came up with in college: beautiful wood cases for iPhones and iPads, manufactured in Minnesota. You’ll find them in major retailers across the country (no small feat), but their new wool and wood iPad cases are strictly boutique. They’ll begin to hit stores in a couple of weeks, but they gave the hipster crowd a sneak peek today at Northern Grade.
5. Minnesnowta Wall Art will make you smile. Rypen, a Minneapolis-based online design marketplace, teamed up with advertising agency GdB for a wall art series that pokes fun as it celebrates winter in Minnesota—in crisp, graphic style.