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Look of the Week: Thanksgiving...with the BF's Family

So here's the scenario: your boyfriend invited you to spend Thanksgiving with his family, yes all of his family. You're slightly panicked because not only is it the first time you're meeting Grandma & Co.,  but you've gotten used to having a casual potluck with friends to celebrate the national day of overeating.

Well fear not, dear readers, the key to getting dressed for such a specific occasion is striking the perfect balance between comfort and class, giving you the confidence to power through the introductions and endless food. We think we've found just the thing, a wonderfully festive dress with enough room for seconds without looking frumpy:




Zana Bayne Trunk Show at Shotwell

Expect the avant-garde at Shotwell tonight. Garbage Dress's Zana Bayne is taking over the hipster haven for her premier accessories trunk show, featuring stand-out harnesses and shoulder pieces that are sure to elevate your wardrobe to the next level. The perfect gift for your edgy BFF or yourself, this is one event no forward-thinking fashionista should miss.

If you're unfamiliar with Bayne's work, get a crash course before the event with SF Indie Fashion.

Look of the Week: Hip Hop Haze

With HipHop DanceFest bringing some of the most cutting-edge dance troupes in the world together this weekend in SF, it's safe to say that anyone remotely interested in dance (or dancers for that matter) should definitely be there. Even fashionistas whose dance experience is limited to watching Lady Gaga videos and Dancing with the Stars are sure to find fresh inspiration in the hip hop styles that will brighten the stage and crowds alike, which brings us to this week's look:

1. Adidas Deadstock 1988 Olympic Sapporo 72 Sweatshirt, $100: We're loving the vibrant hues and snow-capped details on this vintage find.

Cozy Up with Souchi at Metier

After packing up her knitting needles and leaving San Francisco for Portland some years back, Suzi Johnson is headed back to our fair city this weekend to show off her latest wares. Debuting her entire fall collection, which includes gorgeous hand-loomed sweaters, winter accessories, blankets, baby items as well as one-of-a-kind pieces, Suzi will be on hand at Metier from 12-5 to talk knits and help you find deliciously soft gifts for everyone on your list. She'll even take orders for custom sweaters if you can't find the size or hue you're looking for. Just don't be surprised if you never want to wear anything else again.

Harputs Union Launches in Union Square

Though the doors of Harputs Union have been open since the beginning of October, the work-in-progress is finally complete and they're christening their new and improved digs with cocktails and morsels this Thursday night. Featuring the latest collections by the likes of Y-3 by Yohji Yamamoto, Pleasure Principle, Tellason and Martha Davis in addition to their own label, Harputs Own, there's no shortage of avant garde finds to satiate the eternally hip crowd that flocks to Harputs' minimalist designs.

Harputs Union, 140 Geary Street, 11/19 from 7-10 p.m., RSVP to

Look of the Week: Ice Queen

Though it seems like yesterday we were swooning over Indian Summer, all the telltale signs would say otherwise – the air is refreshingly brisk, the sunlight is fleeting and your TV won't stop trying to sell you toys and diamonds. Yep, the holidays are officially here and what better way to kick off the season than with some good old-fashioned ice skating. And while it may seem a bit odd practicing your pivot in 60° weather, at least that means we can skip the long underwear and opt for something a bit more Kristi Yamaguchi. So grab your thermos of peppermint schnapps spiked hot cocoa and hit the ice:

Padma Lakshmi on Her Latest Jewelry Collection and SF Food Culture

Padma Lakshmi stopped by Neiman Marcus in San Francisco to talk jewelry – from her latest Padma collection featuring delicate gold Indian-inspired designs with a modern twist to the pieces that every woman should invest in. And of course, what interview with the Top Chef goddess would be complete without a little food talk:


Hark! A Plethora of Store Openings Just in Time For the Holidays

Last month, we decided to shine a spotlight on the recent surge of new stores in Union Square, but the openings didn't stop there. In fact, there's just as much (if not more!) happening in November so without further ado, a quick recap of the newest spots around SF:

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Hint: Ice Skates Are Involved)

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the day you may (or may not) have been waiting for has finally arrived, the grand opening of Holiday Ice Rinks in Union Square and Justin Herman Plaza. And though you may ask yourself why we need two ice rinks downtown or even why we need an ice rink at all in 60° weather, we think the more important question is, "What are the differences between the two?" Well, we're here to help:

Days Open

Union Square: Nov. 11 - Jan. 18

Justin Herman: Nov. 11 - Jan. 3

Three Items Tim Gunn Says You Must Have in SF

It seems Tim Gunn is determined to make over the Bay Area, one Westfield at a time. After stopping by Bloomingdale’s in SF last month to introduce Kate Spade’s latest offerings, the style guru hosted a Fall/Holiday fashion show on Nov. 7 as part of the Westfield Style Tour in Santa Clara. The 200 fortunate fashionistas who attended the event were shown how to maximize their wardrobes by mixing and matching new pieces with closet staples. Check out what Mr. Gunn had to say about fashion faux pas and must haves. For more information about the Westfield Style Tour, visit



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