Shop Talk: Flower Crowns for Outside Lands + ModCloth Pops Up

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If it's a fashionable way to spend, and happening in the Bay Area, we're talking about it on Shop Talk.


Music festivals and flower crowns go hand in hand. Learn how to make the perfect, bohemian halo from fresh blooms that will hold up for all three days of Outside Lands. Hosted by floral designer Jennifer Rivera of Reverie by Rivera as part of Feb Club SF's summer series, the DIY sesh also includes wine and bites.  //  Aug. 6, 6:30-9:30pm; AvenueSF, 3361 Mission St., avenuesf.com. Tickets $75, available here.

(Photo courtesy of Skingraft)

Bay Area natives Jonny and Christopher Cota are bringing their L.A. brand, Skingraft, home with a month-long pop-up in the Mission. Nearly 800 square feet on Valencia Street will be stocked with edgy threads for women and men, as well as some accessories and special exclusives.  //  Aug. 1 to Sept. 1; 1908 Valencia St., skingraftdesigns.com

These days, apps make the fashion world go 'round. Everlane's new iOS app takes the guesswork out of shopping by suggesting garments based on your local weather. Also look for early access to new product launches and speedier-than-ever checkout thanks to Apple Pay. Totally down(load) for that.  //  everlane.com

Fashion historian and former Met Museum researcher Suzanne Shapiro makes an appearnce at Folio Books this week to launch her new book, Nails: The Story of the Modern Manicure. Meet, greet, and drink David's Tea. Purchase a book and take home a free nail polish and emory board from OPI. You can also bring a nail polish to swap with other attendees.  //  Aug. 2, 3-4pm; Folio Books, 3957 24th St., foliosf.com

(Photo courtesy of ModCloth)

Who doesn't love ModCloth?  The brand opens a three-week Pop Up Fit Shop this week in Union Square where we can try on fab fall looks with the aid of pro stylists, shop accessories and home items, and take home a free ModCloth tote with purchase. Don't forget to pick up a limited-edition ModCloth Loves San Francisco tee.  //  July 30 to August 17, 10am-8:30pm daily; 222 Grant Ave., modcloth.com. Reservations are encouraged. Book your appointment here.

Living in the past is actually encouraged at The Annual Peddlers Faire in Martinez, where more than 50 local antique and collectibles dealers will bring their furniture, porcelain, pottery, Native American wares, and more. Think you've got something of value? Bring it in to show expert John Humphries, who will evaluate up to three items for a $5 donation to the Martinez Historic Society.  //  Aug. 1, 8am-4pm; 400 Main St., Martinez, martinezpeddlersfaire.com

(Photo courtesy of Vintage Paper Fair)

SF is also on board for an old-school weekend with the Vintage Paper Fair, at the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. Peruse old postcards, photography, brochures, sports memorabilia, and all types of unique paper that'll make you long for those days before smartphones and email.  //  Aug. 1, 10am-6pm, and Aug. 2, 1am-5pm; Hall of Flowers, 9th Ave. & Lincoln, vintagepaperfair.com

Late for work with nothing to wear? MM.LaFleur gets it. Hit up the brand's Wear to Work Party next Wednesday where cohost Anh Sundstrom of 9to5Chic will be onhand to offer her expert styling tips for chic and easy careerwear. MM.LaFleur founder Sarah LaFleur will also be there to talk up the launch of the new handbook, Wear to Work: A Guide to Building Your Ultimate Professional Uniform. Problem solved.  //  Aug. 5, 6-8pm; MM.LaFleur, 2120 Union St., mmlafleur.com, RSVP here.

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