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Nerissa Pacio

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Angela Picozzi (commercial director), Tommaso Aquilano (6267 designer) and Margherita Guarind (sales manager) at the Neiman Marcus Union Square Rotunda.


A silk-floral ombre dress and white military jacket by 6267.

In Sore Knead

I’m all for the relaxing spa getaway for a sumptuous, lingering massage, but sometimes, especially during the workweek, I’m aching for a quick fix. I gave Zubio Massage Studio in Crocker Galleria a whirl the other day, despite prior reservations about the seemingly random “seated massages” I’ve spotted people getting on their lunch breaks at a mall kiosk or inside an airport terminal. My gut instinct is always a) I doubt I’d feel very relaxed getting massage so out in public like that and b) hmmm, what exactly are the credentials of these people selling Mc-Rubdowns at the bargain rate of a dollar a minute?

Beauty and Baubles

I just finished working on our annual holiday gift guide (look out for our packed December issue on newsstands any day now), so Christmas shopping is definitely first and foremost on my mind. What exactly am I looking for this year? Gifts that are experiential— like golf lessons, a bed and breakfast getaway or theatre tickets—for those family members who seemingly have everything. Gifts that truly say San Francisco, for those out-of-town relatives. One-of-a-kind presents for those trendsetting girlfriends who love getting the scoop. Or items that have proceeds benefiting a good cause for those save-the-world friends. Check out these local shopping events at some of my favorite stores that I’ll be scouting for those categories this season. Happy Shopping!

Shop at Your Own Risk

Ladies, you might want to save some of that post-Thanksgiving day shopping energy for Goldenbleu’s holiday shopping event at E&O Trading Company from 5 to 8 p.m on November 29. I’ve been to their sample sales in the past, and trust me when I say you’ll come away with a luscious leather bag (or two) at a steep bargain—just prepare yourself beforehand for the all out retail madness. E&O Trading Company, Cinnabar Room, 314 Sutter St., 415-693-0303.


A Shu In

Shu Uemura, in my mind, equates with my simply-can’t-live-without 18K gold lash curler and my wanna-be Madonna faux mink false lashes— so I was a little skeptical when I heard the hubbub about the Japanese cosmetics brand venturing into hair care. I definitely have my preferences when it comes to hair products (whatever I try, I end up going back to Paul Mitchell’s lightweight Super Strong Daily Shampoo and Conditioner, and Bumble and Bumble’s styling lotion for a smooth and shiny finish). Still, as a beauty editor, I’m probably more adventurous then the average person when it comes to using myself as a product-testing guinea pig.

Project Runway’s First Cut

Was anyone else sorely disappointed by the Project Runway Season 4 debut on Wednesday? Not unlike most of us in the fashion world, I was eagerly awaiting the Bravo season premiere to finally arrive, only to see (mostly) one lousy outfit after another come down the catwalk. This first challenge especially should have produced amazing results because the designers were given $50,000 worth of high-end fabrics at their disposal, as opposed to, say, aluminum recyclables or groceries, as in past seasons.

Beyond Birkin

The perk (and danger) of working near Union Square is the instant access to some of the city’s best shopping. On any given lunch break, you can usually find me meandering in and out of the stores scoping out the latest merchandise en route to a café for a bite to eat. The other day I popped into Hermès, where they’re hosting an impressive jewelry trunk show through Wednesday for Pierre Hardy’s new Fall 2007 Enchainements collection.

A Moment of Bliss

So this is what happens at 7x7 when you’re on deadline, holed up late at the office, bottle of wine cracked open with coworkers equally fatigued and still attempting to do serious brainwork at the 11th hour:   

Sweet Addition to Union Street: Marmalade Boutique


courtesy of Jessica Brandi Lifland for Drew Altizer Photography

Five & Diamond's Opening


Photography courtesy of Arrow One
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