FEATURE: Sara Rogers

If you know Minnesota fashion, you know Sara Rogers. If you don’t know her by name, chances are you’ve seen her face years ago in Ribnick commercials, in a Dayton’s ad, or more recently on local television discussing the latest trends as the Mall of America’s Trend Specialist.

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Mental Health: Week 3 - Gratitude Challenge

At the end of the day, it is important to know your comfort food and and how to incorporate it into your life without being toxic to your lifestyle or body. While most associate comfort food as a desert or sugary treat, I encourage everyone to find a comfort food that is semi healthy, helping you with both emotional support and your physical help.

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fashion: 1 Scarf 5 Looks

Now that we have gotten the go-ahead on oversized scarves, you can guarantee that I will be living in one anytime I have to leave the house. If you’re anything like me, I put on a scarf, and simply wear all of my scarves the exact same way no matter what I am wearing. However, when it comes to Over-sized scarves, variety is key.

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fashion TREND ALERT: Oversized Scarves

When temperatures are below freezing and the wind is blowing snow all around us like a winter wonderland, staying warm and stylish can be quite a feat.

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Fashion: Faux Fur (Part 2)

They say that Minnesota has two seasons: winter and road construction. I have lived in Minnesota all my life so I am well acquainted with its unforgiving winters. I’ve mastered the art of layers in an attempt to stay warm, even if it meant looking like I was about to embark on an expedition up Mount Everest.

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Mental Health: A Journey To Light

I don’t remember seeing stars that night. As I walked aimlessly into the night with the song “Day Old Hate” ringing in my ears and it being the last song my old soul ever heard. There was a long path that led to this final walk. I had initially hoped this path would lead to steps that would bring me to a door; bring me to a way out. Instead these steps led to a new journey; a new awakening, an awakening that acted as a liberation from my inner demons and my past that used to follow me around like a shadow.

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Holiday Style: using color therapy

Dressing in red and white holiday colors has positive, psychological benefits for those holiday blues. Why not skip the holiday blues this season, and jump into your favorite holiday outfits by adding exciting reds and snowy whites to feel the true spirit of Christmas again?

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An Ethical Gift Guide

If you read my previous article (see the fall issue of The Volk), then you know that I LOVE companies that are ethical, sustainably focused, or that participate in giveback programs. As a fair trade shopper, however, I know it can be hard to find companies that are reasonably priced. With the holidays coming up, I want to accomplish two things in this ethical section:

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The Volk's Gift Guide

The Holiday season is in full swing, and with this comes shopping for fantastic gifts that are perfect for your loved ones. What if I told you that you could do almost all of your shopping right here in Minnesota while supporting small business throughout your community?! I have spent some time putting together the ultimate gift guide making shopping feel almost effortless this season!

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Winter Launch 2018/19 Magazine

In this issue you will find more Minnesota brands, bringing our vision of community to life! From cozy oversized knits to vibrant pops of animal print and the color red, you are certain to find something you’ll love.

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A December To Remember: Fashion Show

The Volk's annual Holiday fashion show is only a week away and this year we are raising money for Threads for Teens MN, while showcasing well over 140 diverse looks down our newly curated runway.

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wMN Breaking Barriers: Cathy Heying

The jump from pastoral staff to auto mechanic may seem unexpected, but not when you know Cathy Heying’s past. As director of social justice at St. Stephens, Heying saw firsthand a need to help people struggling to make ends meet. One of the biggest pain points for people struggling is a broken down car that doesn’t allow them to get to the job they desperately need to be at in order to stay afloat. Heying realized something needed to be done.

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fashion TREND ALERT: Plaid (part 2)

Plaid is definitely a Midwest staple and it is adored by people all around the world.  I am so excited that it is back as a powerhouse trend this fall. Whether it’s the traditional button-up shirt, or a more unconventional piece, plaid isn’t just making a comeback, it’s catapulting a full-on takeover!

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fashion TREND ALERT: Plaid

Buffalo, flannel, argyle, oh my! Any and all kinds of plaids are welcome this fall and it’s especially chic when intermixed with one-another.

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What is Responsible Fashion?

I remember struggling with this when I transitioned to a slow fashion lifestyle almost two years ago. There are many nationwide companies you can shop from (Patagonia, Eileen Fischer, Tribe Alive, Everlane, People Tree), but I wanted to highlight a few local options you can utilize:

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