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Vintage Meets D.I.Y.


Alyssa, 28, graphic designer for ReadyMade magazine
Lives in: NoPa
Wearing: Vintage velvet blazer from Goodwill, Old Navy tank and jeans, Steve Madden flats, Fred Flare doorknockers, necklace and ring are self-made (check out, brooch from thrift store.

Soul Sensation

photography by Misha Vladimirskiy

Oakland's own soul siren Keyshia Cole played tracks, like the ubiquitous hit single "Let it Go," off of her latest album Just Like You for the packed crowd at Mezzanine on Friday, September 7. Saucy R&B crooner Bobby Valentino opened the show with a sultry set that drove the ladies wild.


Big-Time Chef Goes South

Chef Luke Mangam at South, the day before its big opening party.

Surprise Party

photography by Stefanie Michejda

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Running with the Fishermen

I just got back from a week’s vacation in Cartagena, where fresh-picked fruit and just-caught fish are always at your fingertips.

The eating was good, which is one reason why I stepped out to run a few miles on the beach every other day, despite the three-digit temperatures. During these morning runs, I’d exchange thumbs up with all the fishermen pulling in what looked like very heavy nets. With such abundance from the sea, it’s no surprise that breakfast was my only fish-free meal.

Helmut Lang Opening

I just got back from hanging out with Emerson, Tony and Doug—the helpful hipster crew at the new downtown Helmut Lang store—who gave me the grand tour of the sleek, industrial space. It opened four days ago at 120 Maiden Lane and is only the second boutique of the Austrian-born designer’s to open in the U.S. (the other is on Melrose Avenue in LA). The store’s undone aesthetic is in line with Lang’s trademark minimalist designs. From the outside, you might not even realize it’s open. There’s no sign and the raw, three-story building looks very New York industrial with lots of glass, exposed air conditioning tubes, unpainted dry walls and concrete floors.

Look of the Week: Hush II

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

 Hush II
For the day: Acne narrow leg jeans ($299); A.P.C. wool sweater ($204); grey hat is model's own.

Community Leadership Awards

The San Francisco Foundation celebrated its 2007 Community Leadership Award winners—Alonzo King, Arnold Perkins, Eva Paterson, Jane Garcia and Swords to Ploughshares—at the Herbst Theatre, War Memorial Building. The four individual winners each received $10,000 and Swords to Ploughshares was awarded $20,000.

Spruce It Up

Spruce the long-awaited bar and restaurant on Sacramento Street in Laurel Village opened a couple of months ago. I finally had time to stop by and check out the cocktails and wine list at its exceedingly lovely bar.

A Shot and a Beer for Breakfast

This photo was taken at 11 a.m. in the morning. I know that the idea of me having a shot and a beer at that early hour confirms many people’s suspicions about me, but this was a special occasion. In fact I had worked behind the bar at Cantina from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., come home and stayed up all night working on a story for Wine and Spirits magazine. Actually, I slept for two hours and got back up at 4 a.m. and kept working. I finished the story between 10 and 11 that morning, and then it was time to have a drink and go to bed.
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