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Aimee Blanchette

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Aimee Blanchette began working for the Star Tribune in 2004 covering real estate, personal finance, small business and education. She helped launch, produce and anchor NewsBreak, the daily webcast on startribune.com. Aimee currently writes lifestyle features for the Variety section.
Recent content from Aimee Blanchette
Motherhood through the eyes of young children can be revelatory

Motherhood through the eyes of young children can be revelatory

For this Mother’s Day, we went into the hearts, homes and minds of five local kids to find out how they see their moms. Grab a Kleenex.
Faux glow 101: How to get the perfect sunless tan

Faux glow 101: How to get the perfect sunless tan

Elizabeth Dehn has tested nearly every self-tanning formula under the sun. Here are her picks for the best fake tan solutions for a perfect summer look.
Oscar fashion from best to worst

Oscar fashion from best to worst

On Hollywood’s biggest night, the fashion stakes are sky high. Who got it right?
With more total driver's licenses, women passing men on the roads

With more total driver's licenses, women passing men on the roads

For the first time ever, more women than men have driver’s licenses nationwide. This gender gap reversal means safer roads and less pollution, according to a study.
Meet the man who will make you love laundry

Meet the man who will make you love laundry

Patric Richardson has managed to fall in love with one of the most hated chores in American households. And he’s making it his mission to help others conquer the laundry beast with gusto.
Pageant celebrates 'the abilities of girls with disabilities'

Pageant celebrates 'the abilities of girls with disabilities'

At the Minnesota Miss Amazing Pageant for special-needs girls, there will be crowns awarded, flowers handed out, evening gowns worn and interview questions answered. It’s a pageant like any other, yet like none other.
A guide to washing clothes (and having fun)

A guide to washing clothes (and having fun)

  Laundry is a chore that most people love to hate. But with a few of Patric Richardson’s sanity-saving tips, it doesn’t have to be.…
Minneapolis watchmaker turns back the hands of time

Minneapolis watchmaker turns back the hands of time

Minnesota isn’t exactly a place that comes to mind when you think of watches, but maybe it should be. Leo Padron is doing his part to revive local watchmaking.
Aisle style: Minnesota Bride editor's French bohemian wedding

Aisle style: Minnesota Bride editor's French bohemian wedding

When the editor of Minnesota Bride magazine asks you to plan and style her wedding, you pull out all the stops.
Design your own kids' clothes using Minneapolis website

Design your own kids' clothes using Minneapolis website

New Minneapolis-based website the Patchery makes customizing children’s clothes as easy as a few mouse clicks.
Lanona Shoe Co. owner bares his sole about the boot business

Lanona Shoe Co. owner bares his sole about the boot business

Ben Ransom of Lanona Shoe Co. on footwear, the American-made movement and his grandfather’s advice.
Prom flowers: Think outside of the corsage box

Prom flowers: Think outside of the corsage box

Who’s to say you have to wear a corsage to prom? This year, expect flowers — feathers and rhinestones, too — to show up in unexpected places.
Owner of Lanona Shoe Co. bares his sole about the boot business

Owner of Lanona Shoe Co. bares his sole about the boot business

Ben Ransom of Lanona Shoe Co. on footwear, the American-made movement and his grandfather’s advice.
Minnesota's Red Dress Collection creator talks fashion, heart health

Minnesota's Red Dress Collection creator talks fashion, heart health

Minnesota’s Red Dress Collection is pushing women’s heart health into the spotlight with an all-red runway show at Loews Hotel in Minneapolis.
Fashion forecast: What will nominees wear to the Oscars?

Fashion forecast: What will nominees wear to the Oscars?

Forget about the acceptance speeches. The burning question on everyone’s mind is: What will the 2015 Oscar nominees wear to the big show?
First look: Target's new plus-size clothing line

First look: Target's new plus-size clothing line

Time will tell, but Target’s newest clothing line — Ava & Viv — could be a game-changer for the woefully underserved plus-sized fashion market.
Primrose Park owner takes risks in business and style

Primrose Park owner takes risks in business and style

Jennifer Carnahan spent 15 years climbing the corporate ladder at some of the top Fortune 500 companies, including General Mills, McDonald’s and Ecolab. Despite her success, Carnahan said, she needed more style in her life.
'Bad moms' backlash: Women brush off social media perfection

'Bad moms' backlash: Women brush off social media perfection

Exhausted by social media’s obsession with model motherhood, some women are embracing the wink-wink idea of being a “bad mom” to show what parenting is really like.
Mommy dearest: The good and bad of our favorite TV moms

Mommy dearest: The good and bad of our favorite TV moms

On television, the spectrum of motherhood ranges from complete angel to very complicated villain. Harriet Nelson: Rarely left the kitchen except to greet the kids…
Short and sweet: More brides opting for short wedding dresses

Short and sweet: More brides opting for short wedding dresses

Something old. Something new. Something borrowed. Something short? More brides are ditching their long, heavy princess gowns in favor of something more economical and comfortable.…
Style profile: Rhymesayers rapper Dem Atlas

Style profile: Rhymesayers rapper Dem Atlas

Rapping about fashion with the rising St. Paul MC.
Style profile: Rhymesayers rapper Dem Atlas talks fashion

Style profile: Rhymesayers rapper Dem Atlas talks fashion

St. Paul rapper Joshua Evans — aka Dem Atlas — is a poet, a painter and a lover of Sarah McLachlan’s emotional music. He dishes on his “grunge meets neo-punk” style.
Social media debate: Is the Elf on the Shelf cute or creepy?

Social media debate: Is the Elf on the Shelf cute or creepy?

A backlash has bubbled up against the whimsical world of Elf on the Shelf.
Moo-ve over, regular dairy — Coke is selling upscale milk

Moo-ve over, regular dairy — Coke is selling upscale milk

Coca-Cola enters premium dairy market with Fairlife.
Day trip: Stillwater is a holiday-inspired winter wonderland

Day trip: Stillwater is a holiday-inspired winter wonderland

With its ample shopping and dining, the Main Street of Stillwater seems as busy as any major downtown this time of year. But the hustle and bustle nestled into the bluffs of the St. Croix River doesn’t feel harried.

5 essential hats for women

Sara Rogers, trend specialist for the Mall of America, helps us break down five key women’s hat styles that are perfect for this time of year.

How to dress for different holiday parties

If the season’s party invites leave you scratching your head, fret no more. Our holiday-party lookbook has you covered — from a casual night out to a dressed-up affair.
Q&A with Sarah Edwards, founder of I Am Mpls! and I Am St. Paul!

Q&A with Sarah Edwards, founder of I Am Mpls! and I Am St. Paul!

Sarah Edwards caught local fashionistas by surprise with I Am Mpls! in 2010, her annual fashion-focused variety show that integrates music, art, comedy, food and a runway show featuring nonprofessional models.
Edina woman claims world's largest beaded wedding dress

Edina woman claims world's largest beaded wedding dress

An Edina woman has amassed one of the world’s largest private bead collections — and designed a dress you have to see to believe.
Mpls. fashion blogger styles her way to Internet success

Mpls. fashion blogger styles her way to Internet success

Free clothes, an adoring fan base and thousands of “likes”: How Chelsea Lankford blogged herself to social media stardom.
Get ready to shovel: First snowfall expected to stick

Get ready to shovel: First snowfall expected to stick

Forecast calls for up to 10 inches of snow, January-like temps and hazardous driving.
5 questions with MN4MN Fashion's Ini Iyamba

5 questions with MN4MN Fashion's Ini Iyamba

As the Twin Cities area’s version of Fashion Week comes to a close, one show is promising a New York-style finale, MN4MN Fashion. We caught up with the event's creative director Ini Iyamba to find out what we can expect from MN4MN.
Minneapolis moped lover, 80, lives life in the slow lane

Minneapolis moped lover, 80, lives life in the slow lane

A Minneapolis man has spent decades crisscrossing the country on his trusty scooter. At 80, he shows no signs of slowing down — or speeding up. "The slower you go, the more you see,” he says.
The advice I'd give my college freshman self

The advice I'd give my college freshman self

Older pros offer hard-earned wisdom to help incoming college students navigate their new world.
Pontoons are the new ultimate party boats

Pontoons are the new ultimate party boats

Minnesotans are putting a tidal wave of imagination into their pontoons — from luxe water slides to pirate planks.

Glamorama brings rock 'n' roll to the runway

Rock ‘n’ roll is not dead. Just ask Paul Anthony, who is styling an entire fashion show for Macy’s Glamorama to bring out the rocker in all of us.
Seeing stars at the Starkey gala at the St. Paul RiverCentre

Seeing stars at the Starkey gala at the St. Paul RiverCentre

Athletes, musicians and VIPs showed their support at Starkey Hearing Foundation’s “So the World May Hear” Gala at the St. Paul RiverCentre Sunday.

Style guide: How to dress for outdoor music fests

Already this summer, festival-goers have been outfitting themselves in the name of comfort. We found plenty of inspiration at local boutiques to get you ready for a music and fashion-filled weekend at the Basilica Block Party.
Parents push for inclusive playgrounds in the Twin Cities

Parents push for inclusive playgrounds in the Twin Cities

Dissatisfied with community playgrounds, parents of special-needs kids are helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to create spaces where everyone can play.

Swimsuit styles go beyond the traditional bikini

The season's hottest swimwear trends go well beyond the classic string bikini. Here are a few of our favorite looks.
New cast of 'Project Runway' includes Twin Cities designer

New cast of 'Project Runway' includes Twin Cities designer

“Project Runway” returns for Season 13 on July 24, and Twin Cities fashion designer Tim Navarro has made the cut, it was announced Tuesday. He is the sixth local designer to compete on the show.
How to wear it: the crop top

How to wear it: the crop top

The crop top craze is continuing into the summer, but let’s be honest, not everyone can pull off the midriff-baring look. The good news is you can take part in this summery trend without showing any skin at all.
Lookbook: Accessorize with a pocket square

Lookbook: Accessorize with a pocket square

When one of the most fashionable men in local TV news dons your handmade pocket square during a morning newscast, you know you’re onto something.
Black bear killed in West St. Paul; may have been same bear seen elsewhere

Black bear killed in West St. Paul; may have been same bear seen elsewhere

The animal had a leg wound that is thought to be from shots by Savage police last months.
New rules for the casual job interview

New rules for the casual job interview

In these business casual times, here are some tips for what college grads should wear to their first job interviews.
Inside DJ Jake Rudh's closet

Inside DJ Jake Rudh's closet

Wearing a uniform isn’t for everyone, but it suits Jake Rudh. He’s one of the best-known DJs in the Twin Cities, and his vintage wardrobe…
Talking style with the Minneapolis mayor

Talking style with the Minneapolis mayor

In her first 100 days in office, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges has shown that women can possess a serious sense of fashion and still be taken seriously.
Local fashion designer gives custom prom dresses to teens

Local fashion designer gives custom prom dresses to teens

Local fashion designer Emma Berg gives teen girls custom prom gowns – and a chance for them to express themselves through their designs.

MNfashion back to promote local fashion week

MNfashion announced its decision to continue promoting local fashion events and initiatives.The nonprofit organization has been on hiatus since January after taking some time to…

Egg-cellent Easter style for kids

From frilly frocks to a new spin on the coat and tie, these looks work for any special spring occasion.
Fashion faves with artist Joan Vorderbruggen

Fashion faves with artist Joan Vorderbruggen

Joan Vorderbruggen is the queen of thrifting. She’s also an artist, writer, performer, fashion designer and the new cultural arts coordinator for the Hennepin Theatre…
Jillian Michaels dishes on motherhood, her intensity and 'Biggest Loser'

Jillian Michaels dishes on motherhood, her intensity and 'Biggest Loser'

“The Biggest Loser” star is on the road, hoping her “Maximize Your Life” tour sets off a few light bulbs in her audience. In the show, the fitness expert said her message is as much about shedding psychological baggage as excess pounds.
Project prom: Teens go for classic looks

Project prom: Teens go for classic looks

Today's prom trends are channeling classic looks of fashion's past. Local teens share their plans, dreams and tips for how to turn heads.
Fashion faves with Doomtree's Dessa

Fashion faves with Doomtree's Dessa

Onstage and off, Dessa exudes an aura of classic cool -- not by dressing up, but by dressing down.

Oscars fashion: Best and worst of Hollywood's big night

The stars at the Oscars are usually on their best behavior — stylishly speaking. Nevertheless, there were plenty of dresses worth debating. And two snarky voices are better than one.
Red Dress Collection: All dressed up for a good cause

Red Dress Collection: All dressed up for a good cause

At Sunday’s Red Dress Collection fashion show, a lineup of news anchors, radio personalities and fitness stars used their pulling power to raise money and awareness for heart disease.
Looks and buzz from the Red Dress Collection

Looks and buzz from the Red Dress Collection

Local celebs and fashion designers teamed up at the Red Dress Collection fashion show to raise awareness for heart disease in women. As they hit…

Quick-change artists define Grammy style

What to wear? At the Grammys, some stars donned several options. Let's high-five the hits, and mourn the misses, as we review the loudest outfit changes at the Grammys.
Closed schools, cool homes as Big Chill sweeps through state

Closed schools, cool homes as Big Chill sweeps through state

A bitter blast of winter weather blew across much of Minnesota Sunday afternoon, canceling school classes again and leaving many residents shivering as utilities urged customers to conserve natural gas.
In-line skating community says farewell to Metrodome

In-line skating community says farewell to Metrodome

When the Metrodome shuts its doors, in-line skaters will lose their winter oasis – and the sport's popularity will likely take another hit.
Make the most of small talk

Make the most of small talk

While technology can shield us from unwanted conversation, the holidays are a time to put down the cellphone and pick up the banter.
Have a holiday party? Rent your dress for less

Have a holiday party? Rent your dress for less

Two Twin Cities boutiques, taking a cue from a popular online service, now offer cash-conscious women just-off-the-runway looks.
A big, hairy deal: The beard has become a fashion darling

A big, hairy deal: The beard has become a fashion darling

No longer reserved for lumberjacks and urban hipsters, beards are moving into the mainstream.
Stylepoints: Tips for a beard makeover

Stylepoints: Tips for a beard makeover

Is your beard the best it can be? We tagged along for a makeover at Heimie’s Haberdashery.
Staying Vital, Part 3: Don't be afraid of change

Staying Vital, Part 3: Don't be afraid of change

These days, success in the workplace often means adapting to advances in new technology. But your personal style can be just as important.
Costume crazy: Halloween fans strike a DIY pose

Costume crazy: Halloween fans strike a DIY pose

For some Halloween fanatics, a store-bought costume is just downright frightening. Take a ghoulish gaze at these DIY aficionados who obsess over their homemade creations.

Three DIY Halloween costumes

No matter the age, Halloween brings out the craftiest of spirits. These do-it-yourself costume makers say there’s no better way to celebrate than by making their own.

Project: Don't be the office dinosaur

Stay vital in the workplace, even if you're not the youngest employee. Our three-part series shows you how you can adjust your attitude, keep your technical skills up and stay in style.
Jilted Minnesota bride says 'I give' instead of 'I do'

Jilted Minnesota bride says 'I give' instead of 'I do'

After a last-minute cancellation, a Moorhead bride donated her wedding reception to a local charity for a giant Halloween party.
Families find hope at GiGi's Playhouse

Families find hope at GiGi's Playhouse

Children with Down syndrome and their families have found an oasis of support at GiGi’s Playhouse.

Teachers bring fashion into the classroom

Test scores and rowdy students are always on a teacher's mind. Another concern of the day? What to wear.

Spring '14 trends from local designers

We have those über-trendy fall plaids on our mind right now, but in fashion, it’s never too early to ask, “What’s next?”
A fashion week all our own

A fashion week all our own

New York wrapped up its fashion week. Now it’s the Twin Cities’ turn.
Another man's treasure: The art of 'mantiquing'

Another man's treasure: The art of 'mantiquing'

A stuffed giraffe head? An outdated dentist chair? Swords? Men want it all. Welcome to the weird world of “mantiquing.”
The boys are back in style

The boys are back in style

Inspired by their favorite stars, guys are heading back to school in trimmer, tailored looks.
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