Pretty as a princess

When Chelsea Clinton was spotted in an oversized hat entering Vera Wang's New York salon last week, it was pretty clear which designer the soon-to-be bride had chosen for her big day.

When her father walked her down the aisle Saturday, she wore a frothy ball gown fit for a princess. Although Wang doesn't intend to replicate the dress, Clinton's gown is a version of the "Diana" from Wang's spring 2010 bridal collection. It featured a modified bodice and a Swarovski crystal sash. Before changes, the gown retails for $6,990 and is available in the Twin Cities through L'Atelier Couture Bridal Boutique in St. Paul.

"I am so happy that Chelsea picked a bit more fashion-forward look," said Amanda Kautt, president of L'Atelier Couture. "The flirty layers of silk organza in the gown and layering in the bodice show a departure for Chelsea from her typically classic style into her new life. She looks stunning and is an iconic new image for new brides today."

L'Atelier Couture, 493 Selby Av., St Paul; 651-602-9492;

Open-air hair

With a short warm-weather season, why waste a minute of it indoors -- even when you're getting a haircut?

At Lili, a William and Friends Salon in Minnetonka, you now can have your hair done at a new patio station. Weather-permitting, you can get a cut, color or keratin treatment as birds chirp along with the hum of the hair dryer. Adding to the experience, artist Dan Noyes has installed sculptures in the vicinity.

Due to the popularity of the hot (and sometimes humid) spot, owners William and Mary Anderson plans to expand the number of outdoor stations next summer. There is no additional charge for outdoor services, but you might want to mention your preference when you book an appointment.

5757 Sanibel Dr., Minnetonka; 952-935-5000;; haircuts start at $39, hair color at $44.



LifeShop clearance tent sale: Get 50 percent off on apparel brought in from all locations.

Through Saturday; Life Time Fitness, 5525 Cedar Lake Rd., St. Louis Park.


ø Flirt clearance sale: Select merchandise will be 40 percent off, including items from Elle MacPherson, Rosy, b.tempt'd, Wacoal and Felina.

Through Aug. 15; 177 N. Snelling Av., St Paul; 651-698-3692;


Fabulosity: A "pampering, shopping and networking event" with Aveda Institute, Rox Minneapolis jewelry, OPM Boutique, Zelaz, ReVamp, Gittelson Jewelers and more. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance.

Noon to 7 p.m.; W Minneapolis-The Foshay, 821 Marquette Av. S.; $20;


Glenrose Bridal reopening sale: Bridal gowns starting at $49 (regularly $250 and up), special-occasion dresses $10 and up (regularly $100 and up) and shoes for $5 a pair.

Monday through Aug. 15; 582 W. 78th St., Chanhassen; 952-934-3434.


Steele Lifestyle Boutiques summer sale: Get 40 percent off clothing and accessories from Alternative Apparel, William Rast, Ryu and Splits 59.

Through Sunday; locations in Edina, Wayzata, St. Paul; see for details.

StyledLife sale: All spring and summer merchandise is 30 to 70 percent off, and new fall merchandise is 20 percent off. Brands include Dunhill, Pucci, Missoni, Alexis Bittar, Pucci, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Versace, Anya Hindmarch, Y-3, Lauren Merkin, Valentino and Christian Lacroix.

Through Sept. 9; Galleria, Edina; 952-928-8888;

Macy's Glam Pass: Buy a $10 Glam Pass and save 15 to 20 percent for an in-store shopping day. Also receive $10 off a $50 purchase made between Aug. 16 and Sept. 6. For each Glam Pass purchase, $5 will go to the Children's Cancer Research Fund.

Through Aug. 15; Macy's stores.

Hot Mama clearance sale: Receive discounts on summer and fall merchandise, and take an additional 30 percent off previously marked-down items.

Through Aug. 8; eight Twin Cities locations and at

MartinPatrick3 summer sale: Get 30 percent off storewide.

Through Aug. 8; 121 N. 1st St., Mpls.; 612-746-5329;

Sara Glassman • 612-673-7177 •