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Cocoon Urban Day Spa

Some people gorge on chocolate, others hit the gym. Me? I head straight for a mani-pedi when I need to de-stress after a killer week. (Remember that scene from Legally Blonde where Reese Witherspoon, aka Elle, comes to a screeching halt in front of a nail salon after finding out the traumatic news that her ex has a new fiancée?). I’m always down to scour the city— from luxe spas to mom-and-pop shops—in search of an excellent, not to mention sanity-saving, nail job.

Arab Filmmakers Dinner

Commissioner Gus Murad and board of directors member Bahya Oumlil-Murad hosted a dinner for the Arab Film Festival's filmmakers.

Bahya Murad_Fiona Ma Catherine & Daniel Homsey Amina Touridjine_Josh Asen
Bahya Murad, Fiona Ma               Catherine & Daniel Homsey       Amina Touridjine, Josh Asen

When Barflies Get Together

In last week’s post, Birth of a Great Lunch, I showed you what happens when sommeliers get together to celebrate—in this case a baby shower for imminent father Paul Roberts. Old, fine wines are uncorked, and civilized discussion occurs over the dinner table.


Fashion Editor on the Go

Nerissa

Nerissa, 30, 7x7 associate editor
Lives in: Outer Sunset
Wearing: White House Black Market scoopneck tunic, Danskin cropped leggings, White House Black Market peep toe pumps, rose gold and sterling silver branch earrings by Joy O Designs, Express wide black patent leather belt.
My style icon: My mom—the type of woman who puts on lipstick and diamonds to run and get milk at the grocery store.

More Than Just a Date Spot

If you ask me, lots of restaurants these days seem indistinguishable from each other. Interiors boasting chocolate hues, exposed brick walls, dark wood floors, marble-topped bars, vaulted ceilings and Edison lamps, with menus highlighting the ubiquitous small plates trend (that I thought was ending, but was wrong). You know what I’m talking about. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but sometimes a girl craves something more unique.

Goddess Rock

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Brighton, England-based ethereal girl group Bat for Lashes enchanted the crowd when they performed tracks off of their Mercury Music Prize-nominated debut Fur and Gold at  Slim's on Thursday, October 18.

BAT FOR LASHES
Bat For Lashes

Bat For Lashes

Last Days of Summer



Greetings chums,

So much fog, so many chilly days, but right now the payoff: sunshine—our little gift from the gods for our suffering. The fog has its charm of course but right now is my favorite time of year here in our sun-kissed 7x7 miles of heaven.



And as we continue to enjoy a sensational end to our Indian summer, here are a few of my fave things to do when the sun shines. I ask of you just one thing, do not eat lunch at your desk; instead, venture outside, go to a restaurant with a patio or get something to go and sit in the park.

Game On


Aw, shucks.

My parents tell a legendary story (which we kids have all heard, by now, a half-dozen times) about going to a game supper one fall night in Vermont. There, curiosity piqued, they tried squirrel, bear, moose and deer, raccoon and grouse. They enjoyed everything, left the dinner full and happy, and then awoke in the middle of the night, stomachs rolling, sick. Was it the bear?

Make Food Not War

While on Lower Haight last night I stumbled upon a new restaurant called Baghdad Nights (682 Haight St., 415-861-6111) with elaborate, colorful signage and a flyer advertising belly dancing in the window. Turns out it’s a new (and as far as I can tell, SF’s only) Iraqi restaurant, staffed by Iraqi-Americans—each last one of them super-friendly and attentive.

Hayley's Full Moon Mix Playlist

Yelle
courtesy of Yelle



Due to copyright issues, some songs on this playlist may be reduced to 30-second samples. For the full-length tracks check out our 7x7 imeem page.
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