I haven’t shopped at the Galleria since my past life as a nanny (yes, you did in fact read that word correctly). But a couple weeks ago, I revisited the upscale mall for a lunch with my crew.
While waiting for our table, I strolled by the various storefronts and discovered Arafina. I was immediately drawn in to the boutique by the bright pattern on pattern Clover Canyon line. Turns out that they also happen to carry some of my favorite lines such as Helmut Lang, Robert Rodriguez and Nanette Lepore. I honestly had no idea a store like this existed in the Twin Cities. (Probably a good thing for my wallet)
My first thought? “I have to introduce my friends to this shop!” So Davee, Sam and my little sister Lisa came to check it out — just in time to pull some statement looks for the U of M Senior Fashion Show. And regardless of the fact that we all have distinctly different styles, Arafina had something for each of us.
We were all going to attend the U of M Senior Fashion show so decided to hit up Arafina for our looks.
Before the show, we (Our bestie Mr. Dodes joined) stopped at Ginger Hop — one of my favorite spots for Pad Thai. I also recommend their fresh spring rolls or cream cheese wontons. I didn’t get any that night because Davee ended up eating them all…typical .
My sister Lisa is quite the beer snob. She was super pumped to see they had Bell’s Two Hearted and Laguinitas IPA on tap. And for me? Well, I go back and forth between wine and cocktails (hopefully not in the same night), but ended up sipping on Ginger Hop’s signature White Cosmo, a mix of Absolut Citron, St. Germain Elderflower, a little lime and white cranberry juice. All in all, we ended up sharing a ton of food and drinks, and left with full bellies.
After dinner, we went to the show. I was eager to see the 2014 designs, last years class left me super surprised by the level of their talent. And to say the least, this year didn’t disappoint. My favorites included Laura Schaefer and her hand-dyed silk ombre collection and Jessa Manthe’s textured, futuristic line. And if I lived in an alternate reality in which I didn’t need my arms for anything, I would love to sport some of Crystal Compton’s wearable art pieces.
The best part of fashion shows though? Getting dressed up and taking photos.
And so we did.
Photography by Melinda Guajardo!