On "Drop Dead Diva" (8 p.m., Sundays, Lifetime), Brooke Elliott plays a bubbly fashion model who is reincarnated in the body of a lawyer. As the character adjusts to her new life and body, part of the story plays out through fashion. We chatted with Elliott, who was born in Minnesota, isn't quite as fashion-obsessed as her character, but admits she loves a great pair of designer shoes.

Q What is your approach to fashion?

A Look for things that feel good on you and accentuate your positives.

Q Do you have a signature look?

A I love the fashion in the fall and winter, especially boots. Typically I'll wear jeans and boots and some cute top, something along those lines.

Q That sounds very Minnesotan, but you weren't even in the state that long. What gives?

A Yeah, maybe I have picked up on some of that with my Midwest living.

Q Has your style changed since you've been playing these characters?

A Not really. I would not say at all that I'm a fashionista. I love Target and a lot of my clothes aren't the most expensive. A lot of what I like is dictated by what looks good on me.

Q Do you have an absolute favorite item in your wardrobe?

A I have a sweatshirt from Target that I wear as often as I can. It's gray and it has the "Sesame Street" gang on there and it says "All my homies are from the street."

Q Where else do you like to shop?

A This sounds kind of boring, but I'll shop at the Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy.

Q Do you ever splurge?

A I just splurged on two Louis Vuitton bags. I've always wanted to own one, but I could never justify the price.

Q Tell us about your beauty routine.

A I'm much more of a makeup girl. I use my L'Oreal Double Extend mascara. I have one in every single bag that I own so that I always have my mascara. I had this great Revlon lip gloss but they discontinued it, which I can't believe. I've been using Stila and Bobbie Brown and Armani foundation.


Q Favorite hair products?

A Brocato shampoo, conditioner and hairspray. My hair guy on the show got me kind of into that. My key thing I have to use on my hair is Bed Head Volumizing Gel. My hair is thick but it's very fine so it tends to lose its volume very quickly. I can't do my hair without it!

Q Are you a shoe hound?

A I have a lot of boots and cowboy boots.

Frye boots just rule and last forever.

Q What about dress shoes?

A I've got some great Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel shoes for events. Things I probably wouldn't have spent the money on before, but now I'm like, 'Oh, these shoes are wonderful.'"

Sara Glassman • 612-673-7177 sglassman@startribune.com • Twitter: @sararglassman


Marmi boutique opening: Marmi, a shoe store, will celebrate its opening with a 10 percent discount through the weekend on brands such as Sesto Meucci and Vaneli. The store also will donate 10 percent of weekend sales to charity.

5 to 8 p.m. party and discount available through Sun., Galleria, Edina.

Local Businesses gather at Gear Running Store: Shop five local vendors in one location: Stunt Puppy, You Just Got Chicked, Punkeelove Headbands, Fitsok and RunOn Necklaces.

6 to 9 p.m., 4406 France Av. S., Edina.

Drama's anniversary event: Celebrate the boutique's anniversary in its current location with champagne and hors d'oeuvres, and shop the fall collections.

7 to 10 p.m., 4946 France Av. S., Edina.

Final Days of Summer Sale at B. Resale: Take 30 percent off regular-price used and local goods.

Through Sun., 5456 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls.

Fashion Fighting Stigma: A fashion show to help raise awareness about mental illness and homelessness. The show will feature local designers ArielSimone, Rachel Blomgren and Caroline Hayden and boutiques Motto, Primp and n'etc.

7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m., Landmark Center, 75 5th St., St. Paul, $25 tickets at the door, www.peopleincorporated.org, 651-288-3508.