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Kelly Mendez

Yoga, Facials, Spas: Our Top Picks for Pampering

From manicures and waxing to Spa Week facials and yoga, our top picks for pampering.

Pinkie's Manicures
All hail the chipless manicure. We’re rejoicing in the overdue genius of this new shellac-based, high-shine formula from CND that stays put for a minimum of 14 days with nary a chip, crack or smudge. $37; 1447 20th St., 415-401-6264,

Beauty Company Waxing Vault
Head to the back of this salon-shop, and find a bank-vault-turned-waxing-nook that does brows, Brazilians and everything in between. $25 for brows, $50 for Brazilians; 2325 Polk St., 415-567-8740,

Beauty and the Beach: Our Boot Camp for Shoring Up

So...we published this post back in April. But then fog-ocaplyse hit and SF beaches were the farthest things from our minds. So, in honor of the fact that it's 85 degrees right now (!), we're reposting this baby. Get beach ready!

Golden Gate Park: A Map of Park Activities

From baseball to boating, dancing to disc golf. GG Park is a players paradise. Click around the map below to find out where to play tennis, roller skate, lawn bowl, boat, swing dance, golf and play baseball.

Fully Caffeinated: A Citywide Map of Third Wave Coffee

Whether your loyalty lies with Blue Bottle or you're more of a Four Barrel fanatic, more than 40 cafes in town now provide a Third Wave fix (post-WWII rise of instant coffee=first wave, Starbucks and Peet’s=second wave, obsessive, bean-sourcing micro-roasters like Blue Bottle and Four Barrel=third wave). Here's where to find the Third Wave variety across the city.


Third Wave Coffee Spot Map

(green=Barefood, blue=Blue Bottle, orange=De La Paz, purple=Ecco, pink=Four Barrel, red=Ritual, navy blue=Verve)


Lights Out SF

Things are getting dark tomorrow. Everyone's urged to switch off lights and shut down power between 8:30–9:30 pm for Earth Hour, a global effort organized by the World Wildlife Fund and will be observed by some of the world’s most famous landmarks, including our very own Golden Gate Bridge.

This year many local restaurants and bars will be hosting Earth Hour events. The W Hotel’s XYZ will be offering wine and organic snacks by candlelight and an unplugged performance by local indie rockers The Hundred Days and 5% of all proceeds will go towards Save the Bay.

So whether you’re at home or in the streets, help make this a real power hour.

Heath Ceramics Donating 25% of Profits to Haiti Relief This Weekend

Sausalito's Heath Ceramics (you may have eaten off of their plates at the Slanted Door or Chez Panisse, or seen them in our 2009 Design Gift Guide) are doing their part to help repair the cracks of the Haiti earthquake. This weekend, they’re donating 25 percent of their sales to the relief effort by Architecture for Humanity. So get across the bridge and pick up some new dinnerware.

Also, look out for Heath Ceramics' new location in the Ferry Building, slated to open in March.

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