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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.

Kitchenette: A Monday Through Friday Lunch-Only Grab-and-Go

Pretty soon, we suspect, news of KitchenetteSF will be appearing on every blog in town. After all, is there anything this town loves more than ad hoc pop-up restaurants with a DIY edge? Judging by the lines outside of Mission Street Food last Thursday night, we think not. KitchenetteSF is a Monday through Friday lunch-only grab-and-go operation that by the Living Room Events chefs, run out of the LRE's Dogpatch loading dock. They're making one or two options a day which are, mais oui, sustainable, seasonal and local.

Kartell Unveils the Papyrus Chair

Kartell continues in the tradition of their iconic Louis Ghost and with a new polycarbonate chair based on an archetypal style. This time the inspiration comes from vintage wicker chairs, but takes the look in a different direction with a veined detail on the surface reminiscent of the leaves of a papyrus plant (hence the name). Plastic chairs don't offer much comfort in our opinion, but the look of these transparent pieces can be helpful in maintaining a sense of openness in a small space, making them a fitting addition in any city apartment.

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

If you already need a time-out from March Madness, here's a list of some of the finest films currently in rotation a San Francisco indie theater near you.

Pixar's Up to Open Cannes

Pixar's 10th animated feature film Up has been selected to open the 62nd Festival de Cannes on May 13.  While Cannes has always been animation-friendly (Disney's "Dumbo" in 1947, 2001's "Shrek" and last year's Waltz With Bashir all made their way into the Official Selection),  it is the first animated film to actually open the festival.  Serious props to our friends across the Bay. 

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