Fall traditions around White Bear Lake!
Noooo ... Fall-O-Ween is almost done!!

You say 'witch' like its a bad thing!

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Well ... there's nothing witchy about today's designer. I'm sure Linda's going to cast a spell over you with her project! I know she had her nose to the grindstone finishing it up on Sunday.

I got the witch face at Junk Bonanza and I just had to work it into Fall-O-Ween somehow! So it seemed appropriate today, when we're talking about some of the haunts we like to visit. What I like about these great stores is that they're all right around the corner from me. I see the shop owners almost everyday and these girls are like my downtown White Bear Lake family. Nothing better than women in business!

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Christina Lynn Interiors is right across the courtyard  from me by the workshop on Banning, and each day, when I park my car, I get to peek inside the windows and see what Christina has in her store. She has new stuff coming in ... and then going right back out in someone's bag! If you love Fall, you really need to hustle in and get something fun for your house.

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And this is just a little taste ... she's jam packed with cool Fall-O-Ween stuff and I know she's swinging into Christmas. (I'm trying to convince her she needs to decorate my windows at the store for the holidays ... you've seen the competition from Mixx Salon next door!)

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Right around the corner is Jenny's Avon where I kNoW you'll be able to find some of the best skin care products in the world - maybe a lot of wrinkle fixing things for our gal on a stick? You'll love Jenny's upbeat attitude!

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One of the things I love about Jenny's place is that as the seasons change you have different make up and skin needs and she always keeps pace with that. Oh ... and she has great stuff at Christmas time that you can put on your wish list. Who doesn't love looking their best?

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Then right next door to Jenny is Chris at Fashion Eyes. Chris has some fabulous frames ... unusual ones that you won't find just anywhere. She seems to have her fingers on what's right in style.

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Like these frames ... they have French pheasant feathers imbedded into the sides. They are so cool ... you have to see them in person!

Chris, Jenny and I are in a building called the Shoppes at 3rd and Banning. My workshop (which is not the store) is right behind Chris's place. Our landlord has installed a Bose system on the roof ... you never know what selection he'll have wafting through the air. At Christmas its great to have those holiday tunes to get us in the mood!

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And if you've ever wondered who gets my hair to look just right, you only need to cross the street and see Kim Hanson at Sunbear Salon. In addition to being a terrific stylist, what I love most about Kim is that she teaches me how to do my hair so I can look as good the next day as I do the day I have my cut.  She likes to keep up on things and recently brought in an organic dye that's a lot easier on hair but still with the same great results. I love to see customers right after they've visited Kim ... they seem so happy ... and every hair is in place!

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I couldn't track down Tracy at Lillians ... I think she caught the news about the witch face ... but she's just a few blocks over and has the best 'stuff' ... you know ... things we need to make us feel great ... like a new bag! Tracy is a huge help to our downtown association and has taken charge of a lot of the work that makes Girls Nite Out run so smoothly. Couldn't do it without her. BTW ... henna tattoos at the Cottage October 21 for Girls Nite!!

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So ya ... here's my infomercial about some of my favorite haunts in White Bear Lake. Is it any wonder that I moved my store back here a year ago? That and the fact that the Cottage has the BEST view in town ... looking right down Washington Square where the leaves crunch under your feet when you are walking on the cobblestone sidewalks. I think Autumn is my favorite time in WBL ... that is until Winter, when the buildings are outlined with twinkling lights, of course!

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