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Word of the Day and Deals from Hygge & West

Do you know about living hygge? It's Danish for something sort of like coziness, comfort and contentment all rolled up in one. Sound good? Christiana and Aimee of Hygge & West think so, and they've filled their online boutique with all sorts of items that have that "hygge"-like quality to them. In an effort to do a little spring cleaning and streamline the shop, all items outside of the Hygge & West brand are now 50% off through the end of the month. 50! Anyone know the Danish word for deal?

Murder Most Musical, Lemony Brings in the Goth at the San Francisco Symphony

The Cellos and bass are weary from dragging their large bodies around.  Likewise, the percussion instruments are beat.

(They had employed xylophoniness and cymbalism, you see). Such orchestral shenanigans bare the distinctively peculiar mark of Lemony Snicket, the pseudonymous author whose name is synonymous with macabre mayhem for the younger crowd.

Azadeh Riaz: From Royal Family to Queen of Lace

On any given day, former designer to the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia and Bebe exec Azadeh Riaz is hard at work in her Union Square atelier creating her made-to-measure daytime, evening and special occasion garments for San Francisco’s haute set. In the midst of her work custom-fitting pieces from the spring collection, refining designs for fall and planning an expansion later this month into the ground floor of her current building (a space formerly occupied by Prada), Azadeh took a moment to chat about her time with Bebe, the future of fashion and the staying power of lace.

What got you started in fashion?

Katie Christ: All Hail Olive Oil, Ice Cream and Crack

Being a consummate generalist, I’m in awe of specialists. You know—people who dive full bore into their subject or project and emerge with pure genius. Perhaps it’s a hopelessly wandering curiosity that plagues me, but I readily admit to not possessing this kind of attention span or drive. Whatever it is, I’m grateful to the specialists of our local food world for sharing the delicious outcome of their passions.

21st Amendment's Spring Tweet: A Beer to Tweet About

Twitter has reached new heights this morning—21st Amendment brewer Shaun O'Sullivan is live-tweeting (is that an oxy-moron?) the brewing process of his latest creation: a spring ale made with floral, spicy hops, a brew he called "light, refreshing and drinkable"—in other words, perfect for spring. After soliciting name suggestions from his twitter feed followers (go on, follow it now!) they finally settled on a name, Spring Tweet. Ah, shucks. All day today Shaun will be posting pictures and step-by-step updates; I suggested that for his next beer, he let his followers help make decisions, via tweets, at critical junctures. What type of malt to use? What type of hops?

Getting Older, Drinking Better on St. Patty's: Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve

It wasn't too many St. Patrick's Days ago that I would gleefully head out to an Irish bar by 6 PM,  several pints of Guinness or Harp in my future, as well as few shots of Jameson and a lot of bouncing around to the Pogues.

Paul Rudd and Jason Segel on Being "Manpanions"

For Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, friends whose acting careers have been entwined since they first worked together in Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up, life professionally has rarely looked brighter.

Proclaimed two of comedy’s new legends in a recent issue of Vanity Fair, Rudd, 39, and Segel, 29, have shared the screen twice in the past, as supporting players in Knocked Up and more recently as mismatched surfing partners in last year’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which Segel wrote. But never before have they shared top billing, as they do in I Love You, Man, a platonic romance about a pair of incipient bosom buddies.

La Torta Gorda is Into Corn Smut

Yes, we've given La Torta Gorda some good love here, but only deserved love for their perfect tortas. (I mean, perfect.)

How to Fake the Perfect Brows: Shu Uemura Opens Tokyo Brow Bar

Shu Uemura may be the go-to beauty destination for lush lash applications, but the Japanese cosmetics brand is attempting to edge into Benefit’s brow grooming territory with the recent launch of its Tokyo Brow Bar at Shu Uemura boutiques across the country. While several of the boutiques have rolled out in-store wax and tweeze services, SF’s Fillmore Street store still awaits the green light on its aesthetics licensing (we’re told to stay tuned for the full services to arrive by late summer). The good news?

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