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Look of the Week: Bay to Breakers, Sans Costume

The end-all be-all of San Francisco events is almost here. That's right, this Sunday brings with it the mad drunken parade that is Bay to Breakers.

Unfortunately this year's "race" totally snuck up on us so we decided to forgo the costume and instead opt for something cute, sporty, and ready for a long day of people watching and multitasking (re: drinking while walking).

And while a romper might not seem like the most logical choice when limited bathrooms are involved, in fact we feel quite the opposite. It provides the perfect excuse to stay out of the woods and make your friends join you on a stall-seeking adventure.

(American) Apocalypse Now.

After locking themselves in a basement for months and invoking the expertise (and closet) of go-to SF wardrobe stylist, Rachel Lena Esterline, local fashion whores Brooke Candy and Sam Banks are finally prepared to unleash the American Apocalpyse.

At first click, skeptics may say 'Oh great, just another online vintage shop". Well sorry, you're wrong.

The unstoppable trio sets themselves apart from the sea of secondhand with an impossibly fashion forward eye for unique finds for both sexes at surprisingly reasonable prices, along with fresh, avant-garde (and sometimes just plain wacky) styling.

Seven Highlights From The AAU Fashion Show Tent

The Academy of Art Graduation Fashion Show last Thursday kicked off what we affectionately refered to as "San Francisco Fashion Week(end)", with AAU, California College of the Arts and Walter Van Beirendonck showing over the course of 4 days.

Well, this year's show definitely didn't disappoint, featuring 16 cutting-edge collections (and not just by student standards, mind you) in a NYFW-esque tent on Brannan. After furiously scribbling, oohing, ahhing and whispering about why all the models (with the exception of some amazing sky-high wooden platforms) were wearing flats, we leave you with seven highlights from the always impressive show:

 

Look of the Week: Mother's Day Brunch

Chances are, you've been too busy worrying about what to get your dear mother (in which case, you should check out our Etsy Local Finds) to put together a respectable outfit to wear when you actually see her on Sunday.

Something that says 'you've raised such a well put-together daughter' without being boring or prudish, because let's face it, you still don't have the cash to blow $200 on a dress you'll never wear again...especially after that gift that might just earn you the favorite child spot for a while.

Impeccably Dressed Bears Descend Upon Berkeley

This can only mean one thing: Walter Van Beirendonck is coming to town.

Yes, for the first time in his 25-year career, the ever innovative and always tongue-in-cheek menswear designer is showing his collection in the U.S. At the Berkeley Art Museum to be exact.

The bears we touched on before? They're of the Castro variety. For his S/S '10 WONDER collection, Van Beirendonck debuted his pastel-hued blazers, military-inspired pants, and even undies on a refreshingly  non-emaciated cast of bear models. And after what's sure to have been the most fun casting ever in the Bay Area, he's set to re-stage the show this Sunday for our viewing pleasure.

Our Pick of the Litter: Etsy Local Gifts For Mom

An online treasure trove for all things handmade and vintage, Etsy is one of our top go-to sources when we want to break away from our fast fashion fixes and and opt for something unique but still inexpensive. After scouring SF's Etsy Local shop for this week's Mother's Day gift round-up, we wanted to share what's impatiently waiting in our shopping cart:

 

 

1. Queen Bee Bib Necklace by OhBlair, $99: This year, give her flowers that last...and look equally amazing paired with her favorite LBD or t-shirt.

Look of the Week: Wanderlust Music + Yoga

Though we're devout yoga enthusiasts (yogi makes us cringe), we always struggle to find the perfect gear for our practice.

So this Sunday's Wanderlust Music + Yoga festival at the Fillmore presented us with a much needed challenge: finding the perfect balance between crunchy and hipster aerobics. And since after the practice, led by world-renowned Shiva Rea no less, the mats are swept aside for a concert from Rupa and the April Fishes, we needed an outfit that could transition accordingly.

Sidewalk Chic: Maritime Muse on Market

Name: Katy O'Bryan

Age: 25

Occupation: Shopgirl at Anthropologie

Lives in: The Sunset

Wearing: Tabitha cardigan, Velvet shirt, Twinkle Skirt, Vera scarf, belt from Anthropologie, Camper flats

Your three key wardrobe essentials: A scarf, this necklace that my sister made for me and a hair clip for my pomp.

What most inspires your style? This is going to sound weird, but movies from the '70s for their vintage style...especially if they have Charles Bronson in them.

Favorite place to shop in SF: Besides Anthropologie, I love going to Al's Attire.

Oak NYC Thinks SF Is A.OK

Despite all the amazing boutiques and emerging fashion designers our fair city has to offer, we still can't help but feel a tinge of envy when visiting the Big Apple...largely as a result of stepping into Oak NYC.

We've been diehard fans of the insanely hip boutique for quite some time, so needless to say we were over the moon when they launched a diffusion line of edgy basics, aptly named A.OK, with all pieces retailing under $100.

So where are we going with all this woe-is-me, we-want-Oak NYC babble? To The Seventh Heart.

Yes, Oak is launching their very first A.OK pop-up shop in the Market St. boutique this Thursday, bringing their largely unisex go-to wares along with them.

Look of the Week: Eco Chic

Say what you will about the term "green" being thrown around entirely too much, but there's no denying that the movement has also created some pretty rad results.

Eco-conscious fashion has finally shaken off its crunchy exterior (thank god), and designers and fast fashion companies are getting refeshingly innovative with sustainable fabrics.

Even better still, staying local has extended past slow food and farmers' markets with up-and-coming local designers taking the spotlight.

So for this week's Look, we focused on puttting together a pretty spring ensemble that highlights exactly that:

 

 

 

1. Garden Collection by H&M Floral Scarf, $12.95

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