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The Cult of Cristalette

Cris in Cristalette with a new design

Straight Up Fiasco

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Chicago-based hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco—who's known for his thoughtful lyrical style and innovative beats— played a private show sponsored by radio station KMEL at 1015 Folsom on Sunday, November 4.

Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco

The Music Makers

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Canadian instrumental post-rock outfit Do Make Say Think played a frenetic set at Mezzanine on Saturday, November 3.

Do Make Say Think

Do Make Say Think

Do Make Say Think

Look of the Week: Bloomingdale's

Join us weekly as the crew features a look that is meticulously styled, coiffed and made up to create a runway-ready look with fashion-forward selections straight from local stores in your neighborhood.


For the day: Theory charcoal vest ($225); Hugo Boss grey shirt ($175); Cool Hunting People black jeans ($188); Hugo Boss shoes ($295); black leather belt is stylist's own.

La Gitana at Laiola

Two Saturdays ago, the incessantly rainy one, I finally made it to Laiola, though it took a bus from Union Square and a splashy mad dash in the rain down five puddle-ridden blocks to get there. Owner Joe Hargrave greeted my dripping pate inside the door, pulling a clean napkin off the shelf so I could dry off. The restaurant was packed and filled with a warm, convivial hum. The napkin gesture alone might have been enough to at least place this joint on my good side. But there was more.

Cirque du Soleil Triumphs

photography by Rick Camargo

The masters of the modern circus premiered Kooza, the new Cirque du Soleil show, under the big top at AT&T Park San Francisco on Friday. As with every Cirque show, it was spellbinding, mesmerizing, it was all I hoped it would be and more.

A Shu In

Shu Uemura, in my mind, equates with my simply-can’t-live-without 18K gold lash curler and my wanna-be Madonna faux mink false lashes— so I was a little skeptical when I heard the hubbub about the Japanese cosmetics brand venturing into hair care. I definitely have my preferences when it comes to hair products (whatever I try, I end up going back to Paul Mitchell’s lightweight Super Strong Daily Shampoo and Conditioner, and Bumble and Bumble’s styling lotion for a smooth and shiny finish). Still, as a beauty editor, I’m probably more adventurous then the average person when it comes to using myself as a product-testing guinea pig.

Thanksgiving Survivial Guide

Band of Horses
courtesy of Band of Horses

We all know that Thanksgiving is a time to hang with your crazy family and chow down on copious amounts of richly caloric foods, but sometimes there are circumstances beyond your control that might keep you from the festivities. If you’re stuck family-less in SF this year, or you’ve returned to the Bay Area to visit your clan and are in need of A+E-related distractions this is the blog for you. Drag your Tryptophan-induced self out on the town and enjoy the holiday—Hot List style!

Minty Fresh

Friday was the unveiling of Mint Plaza. Being that it was a busy day for me, I almost skipped the ceremony. But, when I heard there was going to be free Blue Bottle coffee, ‘Wichcraft’s peanut-butter sandwiches and a Gavin appearance, I figured I could squeeze in a visit.

This stretch next to the old Mint on Jessie St., off of Fifth St., is a major improvement over the sketchy alley it once was. Now, sparkly chic and artsy, it’ll attract shoppers from the San Francisco Center and offer green space for the residents of the restored commercial buildings that have been turned into lofts.
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