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Celebrity Craze: Bryna Nicole Handbags at Sundance

Push and Adventureland weren’t the only hits at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, held Jan. 15-25 in Park City, Utah. San Francisco designer Bryna McMills’ Bryna Nicole handbags found their own success among the stars during their appearance in the Sundance Gifting Suite (you know, the place where the celebs go to snag all the free swag they can carry).

Paris Hilton got cozy with the Bartol bag, while Devon Aoki walked with the Prentiss. Michelle Trachtenberg picked up the Hallam clutch, while Aubrey O’Day chose a yellow Rosemont clutch.

Get your Kitsch at Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters has always been a great place to score funky and cool home accessories on the cheap.  They recently added a bunch of fun new items to their website, and most of them are quite kitschy, which (with limited applications...) can help give an otherwise drab interior a little spunk and cleverness.  Check out the top 5 Kitschy items at Urban Outfitters:

1)  Hot Lips Phone, $20

Irana Douer at Rare Device

Headed to the Mission for cocktails on Saturday night?  Then you better make a pit stop at Rare Device, which will be hosting Argentinian illustrator and painter Irana Douer's first-ever U.S. solo show, Hidden Treasures.  Douer creates very vibrant and colorful portraits of women that look angelic at first, but after a closer look the ladies seem to be hiding something.  The artist "is interested in how relationships, particular situations, or even ordinary things can affect a woman's life.  Hidden Treasures... explore(s) what's hidden, different and mysterious."  Saturday from 7 to 9p.m.

7x7's CEO Has 83 To Go

People are always asking me where to eat, but really, it should be what to eat. No restaurant is perfect across the board. Getting the most out of restaurants is a matter of knowing what to order.

So, for you—and for ourselves—we've compiled The Big Eat SF, a list of 100 dishes and drinks "to try before you die." (If San Francisco was a restaurant, this would be its menu.) Don't think of this as a morbid activity though. Think of it as a celebration of life.

7 Recession-Proof Ski Deals

1. Sierra at Tahoe

Sierra’s 3-Pak lift ticket deal saves you $20 a ticket and limiting blackout date frustration. With February being Boeger wine tasting month—complete with free tasting Thursday’s from 3-4pm—we wouldn’t blame you for taking a mid-week sick day.

2. Northstar at Tahoe

Playing hooky gets even better with Northstar’s T.G.I. Thursday’s. Enjoy dining deals like $3 drafts and fish tacos and free entrees for Mom’s among the many restaurants in the Village. And with the Double Whammy pass, you can ride both Sierra and Northstar starting at $379 for the season.

Sidewalk Chic: Fashionable Foodie in the Financial District

Name: Brittany Busacca

Age: 22

Occupation: Fashion Design Intern at Nice Collective, Cocktail Server at Slide

Wearing: BCBG dress, Marc by Marc Jacobs shoes

Spotted: 7x7 Eat+Drink Awards at The City Club, 8:27 p.m.

Last place you had dinner? Mamacita

Fashion Must Read: Women's Wear Daily

Where do you find style inspiration? Street Culture, Tokyo (especially Harajuku), Marc Jacobs

Calling All Warhols!

San Francisco has been in a Warhol frenzy of late, enjoying an ArtPoint panel discussion of his work, an exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum (running through Feb. 3), and now a chance for budding artists and theatrical types to give their best Warhol impersonation. Yes, you read that right: The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and father-son duo, Rene and Rio Yañez from SOMArt, are looking for Warhol fanatics or wannabes to assume the role of the iconic artist himself in a handful of public appearances. Auditions will be held this Saturday, Jan.

New Line of Affordable Tiles from Heath Ceramics

Ever find yourself staring longingly at the walls of the BART stations downtown? Blame Heath Ceramics, the company behind those beautiful undulating white tiles. But now that they've introduced a new line of more affordably priced tiles, you might be able to stop gazing and start grouting in your own home. The just launched "Modern Basic" collection is available in two sizes (2x6" and 3x6") and six different glazes at $16.50 a square foot.

White House Sommelier and Bartender?

I'd like to nominate . . . myself.

High Style Livin'

Luxury living in San Francisco is a difficult life to achieve.  Sure, we've got the shops and the restaurants, but the real estate market offers slim pickings.  But wait!  Now is your chance to score (or at least get inspired by) a rare piece of prime real estate.  Le Grand Dame is her name, and she's a 1895 restored Queen Anne Victorian.   And She's just steps from historic Alamo Square Park!  And since it was all done up pretty by a local designer, you can move in without having to undergo a financially exhausting remodel (yuck).  The skinny:  In addition to the 2 fireplaces and amazingly beautiful hardwood flooring, the house also has  6 (count that:  6!) bedrooms, 3 full & 2 half baths, a living room and a parlor, gourmet kitchen and a south-facing garden on an oversized lot.  <

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