Best of 2015 Editor's Picks: Blowdry! Blowdry Bar, Jett Makeup, ila Handbags

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Best Blowdry Bar, Best Eyelash Extensions & Best Wedding Day Handbags

Best Blowdry Bar

Blowdry! Blowdry Bar

A bride and her girlfriends should treat themselves at the bar—especially when it comes to Blowdry! Blowdry Bar. This sophisticated salon in the heart of Uptown Minneapolis offers what may be the highest-quality blowouts in the city, along with an array of timeless up-dos. The bright space featuring a U-shaped styling bar accommodates bridal groups of all sizes, and bachelorette parties often bring in food and drinks for a celebratory glam session before a night on the town. “The arrangement allows for a great sense of community and allows guests to easily interact with each other,” says marketing director Laura Prow. “The atmosphere is intimate, fun and just-enough girly.”

 

Best Eyelash Extensions

Jett Makeup

Jett Makeup owner Amy Kelly is an absolute eyelash guru, and her staff of highly skilled makeup artists boasts years of professional experience. This chic studio in Edina offers the largest selection of lash extensions on the market. Unlike false lash strips, the synthetic, silk or mink-fur extensions last for weeks. “Brides love the look of extensions for their wedding day, as well as the no-fuss beauty of waking up feeling gorgeous on their honeymoon,” says Kelly. “Lounge by the pool without the worry of mascara smudges and still look fresh and pretty.”

 

Best Wedding Day Handbags

ila Handbags

A standout handbag from ila dresses up any wedding gown. Locally designed and handcrafted, the clutch and tote styles in the wedding collection come in silk, lace, sequins, linen, cotton and endless color and pattern possibilities. Many are limited editions or incorporate vintage accessories, and they make meaningful gifts for bridesmaids or family members. “We recently created five custom clutches made from a grandmother’s 1950s silk and lace wedding dress,” says owner Paula Bjerketvedt. “It was a wonderful way to honor generational marriages, and have special pieces of history to cherish for years to come.”