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This is a little off-the-wall for me but, life brings all types of people across my path with different lifestyles and interest. Mike Polis is one interesting guy. Mike is a vlogger. He vlogs (video blogs) outdoor activities and all things water. One of his favorite interests is magnet fishing. Magnet fishing is when you drop a strong magnet into a water way and fish for metal that has been deposited into it, polluting the water. In this vlog Mike pulls large amounts of metal and even a TV from a creek under an old railroad bridge. Crazy!

You know I love a good treasure hunt in a thrift store but, this is a whole different twist from that! It's very intriguing to me. I've got to do this!!

Check out this episode of Mike magnet fishing from a train bridge and then read my wardrobing ideas.

Okay, so how does Mike's vlogging and my wardrobing intersect?

Although, I get called by clients to help them polish their look for an interview, promotion, or public event, while working in their wardrobes I take a look at their everyday wear too and help them find items that could be useful for their off-time as well.

So.... Here are some wardrobe ideas for Mike and his adventures with Magnet Fishing. Mike goes to many different locations and in a wide variety of weather conditions. So, he will need a variety of wardrobe options. Notice: I give feminine options, too, for me and the gals. :)

Rubber Boots

Men's Baffin Enduro Rain Boots - $55.95

TideWe Rubber Boots for Women - $58.99

Ankle Boots

Grundens Deck-Boss Ankle Boots Men's - $99.99

Women's 6" Ankle Deck-Boots - $100.00


Piscifun® Breathable Chest Waders - $99.00

Women Neoprene Chest Waders - $93.49 (This is more the look I'd be going for. )

Hiking Boots

Salomon Outpulse Mid GORE-TEX Hiking boots - Men's - $160.00


Water Shoes

Men's Water Shoes - 21.95 WOMEN'S CURRENT WATER SHOES - $30.00


Of Course! You'll need the Mike Polis T-shirt - $20.00


And the Mike Polis Hoodie - $40.00

Wet Suit

Men's Full Wetsuit - $79.99

Womens Full Wetsuit - $79.99

Cargo Shorts

Men's cargo shorts - $54.95

Women's cargo shorts - $49.95

Cargo Pants

Men's Hiking Cargo Pants - $23.59

Women's Guide Pro Pants - $80.00


A Mike Polis Cap - $25.00

Things People Places - $25.00

Work Gloves

Men's - $11.97

Women's - $3.98


BruteMagnet - $219.19 go to Mike's vlog and he'll tell you in the comments how to get an extra discount.


You know I love a good treasure hunt and this is right up my alley! I would also suggest when you are trying to think of something to do with the kids this summer, Think of Brute Magnet and inspire your kiddos to clean up the waters. And....watch Mike Polis and his adventures at www.mikeypolis.com or follow Mike Polis on Facebook and subscribe to his Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/MikeyPolis .

Minnesota Wardrobe Consultant Kathy Banta


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Updated: May 5

I had a client in Prior Lake a couple weeks back. So, I decided to take a walk around the business section on Main Street, checking out the local retail. There's some FUN options in this area! The first store I viewed had a lot of "Lake" themed clothing and decor. I continued down the sidewalk to a little shop with a friendly host and bought a quilted puff backpack for a gift. Around the corner was another boutique, I went to their stationary section. They had cards that made me laugh and I read every single one, purchasing the funniest. I meandered my way across the street to the bakery but... I never got there. I got distracted and drawn into the shop next door "Grace and Gumption". As owner Jill told me about the store's name, "You need a little grace and a little gumption in life".

The shop is on the southeast corner of Main and Eerie Ave SE at 16228 Main Ave SE in Prior Lake. It opened in 2018. I interviewed its owner, Jill, and asked how she and Denise came to decide to go into business together. Throughout their friendship they'd dreamed of owning a "little shop" together. They wanted it to embody their interests and inspirations. They wanted a place that celebrated "fashion, faith and friendship". But, they never took the plunge.

In 2016, Jill and Denise lost a dear friend to cancer and then another to a heart condition. These losses hit them hard. But, in their grief, they felt a new strength to move beyond the doubts and go after this dream. They knew nothing about the ins and outs of running a shop. They would learn as they went.

"Every Woman deserves to Know - SHE IS BEAUTIFUL."

On Grace and Gumption's website, you will see the phrase, "Every Woman deserves to Know: SHE IS BEAUTIFUL". This spoke to me. In my work, I hear women's self doubt and dissatisfaction with themselves. Jill and Denise see and hear this too. I asked Jill about this phrase on their website and she said, "There is no model of perfection. Every person is unique and beautiful," I agree.

As I walked through the shop, To my right was a display of household items and gifts sprinkled with inspirational sayings. In front of me and to my left were clothing displays and accessories.

I've been looking for certain items the last few weeks; versatile summer clothing options for clients. This shop had several of these items.

One - A Denim Jacket

The versatility of a denim jacket worn as a third piece makes it a "must-have" wardrobe item. I assume most have a denim jacket but, when I go into women's closets, I see that's not true. I own three in different denim washes. I use them all. At Grace and Gumption they had several options in different cuts and colors. I liked this relaxed light wash frayed raw edge jacket by HIDDEN selling for $98. When I saw it, I thought of one of my clients that needs a shorter jacket option. I knew this would be a great choice for her.

On a side note - For Summer months, a white denim jacket is on my "must - have" list too. Worn over a silk dress to patio dining or paired with cut off shorts and a tank, either way completes the look. This Lulu B travel linen jacket sells for $98.99.

Two - A Leather Tote

I appreciate durability. I'm hard on my purses and work bags. They have to be made to last. I am drawn to cognac brown leather; it's timeless and rich. I tell my clients when they find a cognac pump to grab it, they won't regret it. It's the same for leather totes. This Latico Van Bag sells for $315.99. Its cross stitching gives it a more relaxed vibe. Beautiful.

Three - Summer Shorts

These chino style shorts in a 5 " inseam by JAG sell for $48.00 These are pull-on shorts that have the look of a zipper front. They had me fooled. These could easily become your favorite Summer shorts! Grace and Gumption are carrying them in olive, white and this sunrise yellow.

Not every town has boutique options like this area of Prior Lake. They are fortunate. If you live in the area, this is a shop you will be glad to get to know. If you are visiting the area, you will want to visit Grace and Gumption. It's practical, fun and you can sense the spirit of friendship and joy when you are there.

Next time I visit, I will make sure to hit the bakery on the way out!

Happy Wardrobing!

St Paul/Minneapolis Stylist Kathy Banta

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Updated: Apr 25

This Fall Eric Shemek took the managerial position at the Loft store in the Mall of America. He has brought a cheerful vibe to the store. He is friendly and hardworking, aiming to please his clientele. There is a comradery amongst his staff that not all shops are fortunate to have. This speaks of his leadership. I enjoy his passion for the art of display. It is exciting and inviting to enter the Loft again.

I shopped at the Mall of America with a client last Thursday and one of our stops was the Loft store. We found some Spring wardrobe options and before we left Eric told me to come back and see the new merchandise the following day. So...I did. I was already impressed with the product Loft was carrying for Spring but, when I walked into the store today, it felt like Spring had finally arrived! It was raining outside but, inside the Loft store, it felt like Summer vacation. Spring has been slow coming here in Minnesota but, we can feel the shift in the air and the warmth about to burst upon us. Of all the stores in the Mall of America, Loft has got your Summer shorts options covered.

Okay, so I showcase local boutiques but, I have never showcased a store in the Mall before. I like to keep my eyes open to what all the stores offer. My client's wardrobe needs are different; each is an individual. They have different lifestyles, personalities and body shapes. So, one store is not the answer for all. But, I have to say that Loft outdid itself for what they brought to the table this Spring. We, the shopper, are so ready for FRESH and they gave it to us in fabulous fun prints and energizing color. If your wardrobe needs a re-fresh for Summer, this is where you should start.

They have many different cuts of shorts this season, each in many colors and prints.

The "Emory" short is a wide legged short with pockets and draw string waist. It comes in tan, coral, grey and charcoal in regular and petite sizes. It also comes in a tan and white and blue and white vertical stripe. So many choices for this cut of short.

The "Monroe" chino shorts are a classic zipper/button front summer short in a 4 inch inseam. You can find them in six color options: black, moss, orange, almond, lemon and white. The fit options are in regular, curvy and petite sizes. If this short isn't long enough for you, they are selling a 6 inch inseam option, too. The 6 inch "Monroe" chino comes in nine color options the same as above plus sky blue, yellow and fuscia.

If you still feel the need for more length in your shorts, Loft carries a Bermuda short, too.

The "Paper bag" short is another wide leg casual short offered in regular and petite sizes. It comes in four solid colors: moss, coral, almond and light grey. There are also a yellow eyelet, chambray, plaid, and striped option in the paper bag style short.

The pleated pull-on short looks so easy and comfortable. It comes in regular and petite sizes, several prints, chambray and eyelet fabric options.

Above the cute, colorful Summer short options, Loft also has a selection of denim shorts. Here are my two favorites.

The Frayed Denim Cut Off Shorts in Vintage Mid Indigo Wash are classics in a look of Summer relaxation. They come in regular, curvy and petite sizes . These are a "must-have" for your Summers at the lake.

The Fresh Cut Denim Roll Shorts in Light Indigo Wash are timeless and will be easy to pair with a t-shirt or a polo.

I realize that most of us haven't even taken our shorts out of our off-season closets but, it's time. We have a brief window of time before the skies are going to open and we'll be wanting to be outdoors in the sunshine. So, this is a great time to get ready for your Summer attire. And, Loft is ready for you.

Wishing you a Sun-filled May! Happy Wardrobing!

Minneapolis Wardrobe Stylist Kathy Banta

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