With the Academy of Friends' Gala and the Oscars on our mind, we can't seem to stop fantasizing about getting dressed to the nines. Though sadly we don't get the chance to attend nearly as many extragavant black-tie affairs as we'd like, when the time comes we're always plagued with how to look fab without maxing out our credit cards.
Let's face it, gowns don't come cheap without looking it so it's always best to invest in a timeless, moderately priced piece that you'll be able to wear more than once. Simply pair with stand-out accessories and pouf, you're sure to be the belle of the ball!
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 shops for this week's round-up in anticipation of Tim Burton's remake of Alice in Wonderland, we wanted to share what's impatiently waiting in our shopping cart:
1. Blue Dot Cluster Shoe Clips by blacksatinshoes, $18: Give your go-to heels a dose of feminine flair with these polka dot rosette clips.
News flash: yet another Pilates-based fitness studio has come to town.
No big deal, right? Oh so wrong.
Meet Mighty Pilates, the only studio in the Bay Area that takes your workout to the next level. Novices and buffs alike will no doubt leave sore after their energetic full-body circuit classes that incorporate Towers in addition to Reformer machines and fat-blasting cardio, all set to a hip soundtrack. And since they know you've got other things to do, they supply everything you need to get ready for shopping on Sacramento or dinner next door at Spruce.
Still not convinced? Through March 15th, you can get 2 weeks of unlimited classes for $80 to try out all that Mighty has to offer. And trust us, it's a lot.
Now that Noise Pop is officially in full swing, chances are you've already seen more live music...well, since last year...and it's not even the weekend yet.
We say it's time to switch things up a bit on Saturday and check out another kind of independent artist at Noise Pop's insanely popular indie design fair, Pop 'N Shop.
Need a new cropped sweater, quirky jewelry or a bold print for your walls? Yeah neither do we, but you'll likely change your mind once you set foot in The Verdi Club. With over 40 local artists and designers like Turk+Taylor, Seccession Art & Design and SanFranPsycho slingin' their unique and affordable wares, we dare you to walk out emptyhanded.
We hate to have to tell you this, but it's supposed to be another wet weekend. That said, there's no reason to cancel your plans and stay home with takeout and the remote or risk fighting everyone in SF for a taxi.
Instead, we suggest coercing your friends to come to you with a good old-fashioned dinner party. Not only does it give you a chance to show off your latest and greatest dish, chances are you'll save money and most importantly, stay dry.
And since what to wear at such an occasion is always up for debate, we decided to show you what we'd show up in:
We don't know about you, but a week of rooting for Team U.S.A. in the Winter Olympics has us feeling unusually patriotic. And while we're perpetually on the edge of our seats waiting to see what Johnny Weir twirls around in next, we found sartorial inspiration in all-American style that's more Ralph Lauren than pink-trimmed latex. With that, this week's look:
1. H81 Pleat Pocket Plaid Shirt, 19.90
Much to our dismay, there’s rarely news in the SF fashion scene that’s epic enough to garner international buzz, leaving us with baited breath for months of speculation. But such is the case with Levi’s, answering our sartorial prayers with their latest venture and the time has finally come to take a collective exhale and feast our eyes on the spring Levi’s by Opening Ceremony collection.
So you’ve been stuck late at the office all week (er, month) and frankly, it’s starting to show. Luckily, the lovely ladies at Lash Lab are here to provide some much needed support in the beauty department at their daily happy hour.
As Ms. Klum has drilled into our well-coiffed heads season after season, 'In fashion, one day you're in and the next you're out.' Well, six recent Academy of Art grads have made the cut without having to turn garbage into couture (at least to our knowledge) and will be showing alongside the likes of Philip Lim, Diane Von Furstenberg and Project Runway's own Michael Kors at New York Fashion Week this Saturday.