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A Look Into The Upper Crust

Too short on cash to check out expensive museum exhibits at the de Young or SFMOMA? Get your art fix, gratis, by heading over to Civic Center Plaza. The SF Arts Commission just announced the extension of the public art project by acclaimed environmental artist Patrick Dougherty. Comprised of 4,500 pounds of freshly cut willow saplings from The Willow Farm in Pescadero (some more than 50 years old) interwoven into the treetops of the sycamore trees in Joseph L. Alioto Performing Arts Piazza of Civic Center Plaza, The Upper Crust is the artist’s first project in San Francisco.

Win a $5,000 Apple Gift Card

Exercise your wit and show off your snarky side for the chance to win $5,000 worth of Apple products. Saucony Originals and Journeys.com want to wish you a happy holiday with a fun photo caption contest and sweepstakes. It's not too late to get in on the action—every week from now until December 25, jump onto CaptionOriginals.com and come up with a clever caption for the current photo. Each week's winner will be awarded a special prize pack.

Black Friday San Francisco Shopping Guide

Deals abound in San Francisco on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. Where will you be? We've got a few suggestions....

Covet: A “secret” sale is on Friday at this Inner Richmond shop. The first 50 to show up will receive candy bags with discount coupons of varying amounts. If you’re lucky, you could score a coupon offering up to 60 percent off your purchase for the day.

Art and Retail at Sunglass Hut

Art and retail come together for a good cause just in time for the holidays. Local multimedia artist Maya Hayuk will be customizing and hand-painting 150 pairs of Ray Bans' Wayfarers exclusively for Sunglass Hut, with 50 one-of-a-kind pairs available at the San Francisco store. Inspired by a range of subjects—from chandeliers, holograms and Mexican woven blankets to Ukrainian Easter eggs, crystal healing lights and time travel—now’s your chance pick up your own pair of these collectible shades while they last.

Link Love: RIP Daul Kim, VS Lingerie Cirque du Soleil and Fashion IMBD

Juicy bits to start your weekend …

The Cut reported that twenty-year-old model, photographer and artist Daul Kim was found dead in her Paris apartment on Thursday. We’ll miss her enigmatic character and unique look.

It was like a Cirque du Soleil of lingerie. Fashionista captured the Victoria’s Secret runway show on video.

Beat the Rush with DNA's Pre-Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Are you filled with fear over the thought of elbowing your way through crowds and getting into a fist fight over this year's most coveted bag? Avoid the annual Black Friday shopping disaster and opt instead for a more relaxed holiday gifting experience. DNA (designers+artists) will host a pre-holiday pop-up shop, bake sale and donation drive to benefit St. Anthony's. Expect great deals in women's and menswear, accessories and delectables from local talent such as Pretty Little Things, Alyssa Bird, Paola Cotto of Paola Loves to Shop and more.

Link Love: Alien Shoes, Sesame Street and Prime Cleavage

Juicy bits to start your weekend …

High fashion or new weapon? Apparently alien shoes are in. Grazia reports that Alexander McQueen’s offices are flooded with calls from women who want these shoes. Yikes.

Uniqlo and Disney. Marc Jacobs and Miss Piggy. Stella and Bambi. What’s next in kiddie-inspired looks? Sesame Street gets destroyed by American Apparel. BlackBook reports.

Link Love: Fur Fashion, Wigs on the Runway and LED Eyelashes

Tricks and treats to start your week …

Channel your inner animal, but watch out for PETA. The Fashion Time gives us an interesting Halloween costume idea inspired by Raquel Zimmermann in November’s Vogue Paris.

Just in time for Halloween, wigs are back in the fashion spotlight. (via The Cut)

More on the Tenderloin Makeover

Add one more to the list of so-called Tenderloin revitalization projects that have sprung up over the last month in the city’s most flavorful neighborhood. Art in Storefronts, a pilot program initiated by Mayor Gavin Newsom, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) and the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC), launches today. In partnership with neighborhood-based economic development organizations and curated by Triple Base, local artists will showcase their work in 11 original window installations and two murals.

Link Love: Angelina Jolie Does Fashion and Hamish Bowles Does Wall Street

Juicy bits to start your weekend …

It looks like there’s no end in sight to the barrage of fashion films flooding theaters these days. Up next? The Cut heard that Angelina Jolie may star in Ridley Scott’s Gucci movie.

No, he’s not taking inspiration from a pant-less Lady Gaga. NYT learns that designer Giambattista Valli is into dresses that show off tan legs this season.

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