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Look Of The Week: Jess Andrews

Introduce yourself! Tell us what you do at UO and what store you work at.
My name is Jess Andrews. I am the women's accessories manager (WAC manager) at Urban Outfitters in Mall of America. I've been in this store for two months now!  Before being transferred to Minneapolis, I was in St. Louis with UO, and in Austin with Anthropologie before that. 

What are you wearing?
My dress is from UO, about two seasons past. I bought it for a fall wedding and wear it every opportunity I get. The sheer button down is from Forever 21 and ankle boots are Arizona.  My jewelry is a mix of UO, American Apparel, and vintage pieces from my mother.

Who is your ultimate style icon?

I love the way the women of Woody Allen films dress! Whether Mia Farrow, Diane Keaton, or Mariel Hemingway... so cool and classic. 

Tell us one thing people might not know about Minneapolis.
Being pretty new to the area, I'm constantly adding coffee shops, restaurants, and pubs to my list of favorites. Bonus if I can ride my bike there. Did you know Minneapolis is top ten rated for being bike friendly? Bike only roads (Greenways) cut through the Twin Cities.

Your bangs are so perfect! Any tips for keeping them looking fresh in the summertime?
Bangs are one of my favorite things ever. I cut my own and keep them thick. Dry shampoo and flat irons can be the best tools in the summer, and I always have a spare headband with me.

Tell us about one of your tattoos.
Ah, tattoos. My newest one is a traditional Dear John, letter in hand.  Before that came MALL RATT written on the sides of my hands. Actually going to the mall today. I love the mall. 

Where can we find you online?
You can find me on Instagram @jess_andrews always posting photos of my dogs Andy Too and Amos Moses. And on Pinterest under my name.

"My Bike" by Y.N. RichKids

Y.N.RichKids recently dropped a video for their song "My Bike" and they kinda kill it. You might remember their previous single Hot Cheetos & Takis that made a lot of noise for them last summer. Well, they've stepped up their rap game for this track and it shows! Lorin

R.I.P. Dear Abby

Pauline Phillips, better known by her job title as Dear Abby, died Wednesday at the age of 94. Although she gave advice people could actually use, Phillips was also incredibly good at penning sassy one-liners to her readers. Let's take a look at what the NYT highlighted as some of the best advice Phillips doled out over her lifetime. If there was ever a role-model for getting it together, Phillips is it.—Katie

Dear Abby: My wife sleeps in the raw. Then she showers, brushes her teeth and fixes our breakfast — still in the buff. We’re newlyweds and there are just the two of us, so I suppose there’s really nothing wrong with it. What do you think? — Ed
Dear Ed: It’s O.K. with me. But tell her to put on an apron when she’s frying bacon.

Dear Abby: Two men who claim to be father and adopted son just bought an old mansion across the street and fixed it up. We notice a very suspicious mixture of company coming and going at all hours — blacks, whites, Orientals, women who look like men and men who look like women. ... This has always been considered one of the finest sections of San Francisco, and these weirdos are giving it a bad name. How can we improve the neighborhood? — Nob Hill Residents
Dear Residents: You could move.

Dear Abby: I have always wanted to have my family history traced, but I can’t afford to spend a lot of money to do it. Have you any suggestions? — M.J.B. in Oakland, Calif.
Dear M.J.B.: Yes. Run for a public office.

Polaroid Instant Mobile Printer

While I'll never not be sore at Polaroid for discontinuing the illusive instant film we all love so much, the new Grey Label instant mobile printer can take all those dreamy Instagram (and otherwise) photos you take and print them out just like our long lost favorites used to look. I'm in! X - Jen

Benjo's Lacing

Give an old pair of shoes some new life with a simple pair of colored laces. Benjo's Boot & Shoe Lacing produces their colorful laces in ten shades and four lengths for a range of shoe types. Made in the USA. -Bob

Ship & Shape Fine Goods

Ship & Shape is an online shop that showcases artful, handmade goods. From beautifully designed stationary to woven jewelry, this store has some awesome products (all perfect quality, of course!) My favorite thing in the shop is this leather lunch bag. A reusable alternative to paper bags, yet still totally old school. - Hazel

Wind & Willow Home

We're suckers for anything dipped-dyed so we're sure you can imagine our delight when we found the Wood & Willow Home shop.  From wooden bowls to woven baskets, these nature-inspired handmade housewares have our hearts skipping a beat. We're about to get dip-dye crazy up in here.

Marnie Karger

Crafterall Handmade Works is the creation of Marnie Karger, a former English teacher from Minneapolis.  Her appreciation for card stock, coastlines, and topography are blended together to form her amazingly intricate paper-cut art, which let us look at bodies of water in a whole new way. Aside from her Etsy and local shops, Marnie's works can be found in stores in Chicago, at the MoMA in New York, and even as far as Tokyo.

Llewellyn Mejia

Llewellyn Mejia is obviously not on LSD when he comes up with these sick illustrations, but you'd probably love his work even more than normal if you were! X - Jen

Jennifer Davis

Jennifer Davis' animal paintings are so adorable.  Monkeys holding flowers, deer wearing sweaters—we are squealing at the computer screen.

Levi's Bike Shop Tour: Dominic's Update September 1

With the Windy City behind us, the Levi's Bike Shop rolled into Minneapolis on Saturday with some hype. Last year Minneapolis was named Best Bike City by Bicycling Magazine, unseating Portland as the assumed favorite.  We had to see for ourselves what all the fuss was about and met some savvy locals to help us figure it out.

After we set up shop by the UO Uptown store, the guys from One on One Bike Shop rolled over in loud fashion. 

Rubbing it in our faces. 

Geno and Hurl definitely knew a thing or two about a thing or two, and broke it down for us plain and simple. Minneapolis is a four seasons bike ready city. When the snow dumps down hard on Minny, they plow the bike lanes first, then the streets. That alone says a lot about the dedication the city has made to support cyclists all year round. And these bike lanes are more like bike highways, set away from the roadways with their own bridge systems, crisscrossing through the city. We took them for a spin, and it is a never-ending tangle of merriment and efficiency.

The guys invited us to their One on One shop the next day to check it out before we skipped town. We were glad we did. Bikes and coffee go pretty well together.

An enlightened evolutionary perspective.

We met up with their elder statesman Namond aka the "Satanic Mechanic" (a name someone called him once and he just rolled with). Sounds scary, but he's really just hell-bent on saving old bikes.

One of the best beards we've seen so far.

Namond brought us down to his lair. The basement of the shop is appropriately his domain—a foundry of bicycle restoration piled high with salvaged frames, parts, and priceless oddities that were very clearly "Not for Sale." I had to pry Errol and Dustyn out of there before it was too late. They were getting sucked in.

As we closed up Shop in Minneapolis, we met a couple of touring road masters heading from Seattle to Nova Scotia. They were obviously psyched to find a free tune-up and a few Clif Bars from the shop. We cleaned them up, tweaked their rides, and sent them on their way. For us, it was off to Omaha on a long, flat journey. 

For more on the road stories follow us @GetInTheSaddle -Dominic


Let's hope there's more of this to come. 

Lauren Treece

Lauren Treece's mastery of light makes for a dreamy portfolio drenched in Holy Mountain-inspired surrealism. 

Ouija Cuff

A a vintage-style Ouija board cuff.  What's the worst that could happen?

Cavalier Essentials

Cavalier Essentials is a line of vintage and vintage-inspired products, like boot polish and shaving kits, for the type of guy girls dream about: "The rugged yet sophisticated gentleman."

Big Al's

Alec Soth makes pictures (he shot our "O Christmas Tree" holiday lookbook) and books (he also founded Little Brown Mushroom), and now he'll help you with your own project at Big Al's.


SisBroDesign is Bret and Erin Smith, who really are brother and sister. As evidenced by these photos, their tetrahedron lamps look good everywhere. 

Dressing Room AOT

Art of This's Dressing Room opened these Beth Jeffries Barnes works that are totally appropriate for the creepiness of the season. 

Crystal Quinn

Crystal Quinn's unisex slippers are hand-sewn and available in denim or floral. 

Annie Larson

Annie Larson creates amazing knits made to order with geometric patterns and cheery colors.  Reminiscent of our old sticker books, we want to collect all her pieces!  (Via ROLU)