Posts Categorized: fascinating and fashionable

Fascinating and Fashionable: Karoline the Lipstick Formulator

I’ve worked with The Elixery several times and am consistently impressed by the company’s ethics, dedication to quality, and marvelous products. I wanted to introduce you to the founder, Karoline Wells, who launched this product line because her expertise in biology, chemistry, and medicinal herbalism gives her a unique perspective when developing new products. Let’s hear from Karoline!

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What inspired you to create and launch The Elixery?
The Elixery is a place that always existed in the back of my mind. I learned herbalism and soapmaking from my grandmother, so I grew up compounding products. This started with simple face masks and tinctures, and grew into essential oil blends, lip balms, and face creams. I studied biology and chemistry at St. Catherine’s and graduated in 2000, but it wasn’t until several years later that I decided to make The Elixery a reality. read more

Fascinating and Fashionable: Denise, Owner of a Plus Size Boutique

I was present for the grand opening of Bombshell Boutique in St. Paul, and have been a fan of owner Denise Alden’s fabulous shop ever since. She stocks gorgeous, covetable clothing and proves to her customers that style has no size. Let’s hear from Denise!

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What inspired you to launch Bombshell?
In a word, beauty. Or rather, the lack of diverse images of beauty in the world. Beauty encompasses so much, and so many, and yet we’re subjected to images that all look exactly alike. That, and I figured I couldn’t be the only fabulous babe who wanted clothes to match her personality! read more

Fascinating and Fashionable: Peter and Cathy, A Sewer and his Muse

I’ve been friends with Peter for several years and read his blog, Male Pattern Boldness, for even longer. His focus is on sewing and related topics, but he writes thoughtfully and frequently about body image, pop culture, style trends, and consumer ethics. Although I’ve never met Cathy, I’ve always been fascinated by Peter’s interest in sewing for her … and for women in general. (You may notice an uncanny resemblance between the two of them!) So I requested an interview to find out more. Let’s hear from Peter and Cathy! read more