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Sidewalk Chic: Mix Master in SoMa

Name: Zorina Chen

Age: 23

Occupation:
Associate Brand Manager for bumble ink -- an environmentally friendly, locally owned, independent stationery company

Spotted: Vintage Fashion Expo at the Concourse Exhibition Center, 4:34 p.m.

The New Era of Pizzologists (Do You Need To Be Italian?)

You think a trend has reached its peak—and then it just keeps going. Wine bars, fro-yo, pizza. Pizza, pizza, pizza. Pizza. Oh, and by the way, pizza.

Clearly A16, Pizzeria Delfina and Picco weren't pizza enough for us. Chefs with tattoos, fixed gear bikes and 00 flour aren't enough either. The ante has been upped. Now, it seems, you have to actually be Italian or come with papers.

Artist to Watch: Papercuts

The local folk pop scene continues to produce. SF's own Papercuts is popping up all over the indie blogosphere thanks to Jason Quever's penchant for warm tones, hypnotic pants and old school analog production. With a new album, You Can Have What You Want (dropping 4/14) and a national tour with another stellar and local group, Vetiver, you should definitely check out the record release party at Cafe du Nord on 4/24 (w/ Finches and Cryptacize).

Dandelion Spring Warehouse Sale

You can get lost wading through the 5,000 square feet of gifts and home decor at Dandelion; there so much good yet disparate stuff in that space that it can be a bit overwhelming. So we suggest bringing a compass, pack mule, and maybe some smelling salts to their Spring sale taking place this week, from Wednesday through Saturday. It's located at their warehouse in Potrero Hill, where there will be plenty of finds to be had (with 50% off all sale items) - if you're up to the expedition. Dandelion's warehouse is located at 1300 22nd Street at Mississippi in Potrero Hill.

Please Dress Up on the Differences Between the Paris and SF Fashion Scenes

Judy Berberian and Grant Doolittle have but one simple request, at least where fashion is concerned. Please Dress Up, the name of their label launched in 2006, pretty much says it all. Late last year, the design duo fulfilled a long-held plan and moved to Paris. Four months after leaving the City by the Bay for the City of Lights, Please Dress Up is still turning West Coast heads with such irresistibly cool pieces as the convertible square dress, available at Union Square shop Shotwell.

Michelle Shocked Still Rocks; Yoshi's crowd puts down their Sashimi

Post-punk hillbilly radical folkie feminist, anarchist musician Michelle Shocked is now 47 and so were most of her fans at Sunday night’s gig at Yoshi's.

“You can sing along or you can just enjoy your sushi,” she told the crowd who had probably Tivo-ed Desperate Housewives and probably were enjoying their sushi thank you very much.

She and her audience have come along way since Shocked’s days in San Francisco’s hardcore punk scene squatting with MDC and hanging with the Dead Kennedys.

Top Looks at the Vintage Fashion Expo and Where to Get Them

 

This weekend, the Vintage Fashion Expo - the largest of its kind in the US - came to the Concourse Exhibition Center in SF. Naturally, we got dolled up in our favorite ensembles inspired from eras past and headed over to scour the seemingly endless racks for the best vintage pieces that are on-trend for spring. Here, dear readers, are our top seven finds:

Spring Time Means Waterfalls in Yosemite

Awe-inspiring beauty like Yosemite’s doesn’t come cheap: You pay for it with cash and with crowds. But there are ways to ameliorate that. To start, avoid the hordes of summer tourists by going in the shoulder months. April and May are the perfect time to see the national park’s gushing waterfalls (nps.gov/yose).

How-To: Create Soft, Smoky Eyes for Spring

When we wanted to recreate the softer, smoky eye seen on the runway alongside spring 2009 collections from such designers as Carolina Herrera and DSquared and make it work for everyday wear, we turned to San Francisco makeup artist Stacy McClure for answers.

McClure, who’s worked with famous faces from laid-back Tracy Chapman to British rapper Lady Sovereign and regularly preps the faces of Bay Area brides, distilled the process into five simple steps.

Decorative Tiles by Diane Winters

Sometimes it's the little things that truly make a home - a detail or two that shows the owner's true style and devotion to the space. We think Diane Winters' handmade tiles might be just the personal touch a home needs. Her work is influenced by Art Deco and Arts & Crafts styles; no wonder we love the thought of a few of these at the entrance of an East Bay bungalow. Handcrafted by Winters at Earthworks in Berkeley, each tile's rich and varied look could add a bit of the warm, distinct feeling so essential to creating a personal space.

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