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Man Tips: Neiman Marcus' Jim Spencer Shows Us How to Use Your Knee To Tie Your Bow Tie

September and October mean a lot of things; our one shot at a hot summer, Fleet Week, the start of NFL football, hopefully a run at the playoffs for the Giants and for some, frustrations at attempting to tie a bow tie for all the galas.

Check out the proper way to do it in the diagram to the left.

After a few times trying it ourselves and failing, we decided to turn to the experts. Towards that end, we hunted down Jim Spencer at Neiman Marcus Union Square. He showed us a nifty trick to see what you're doing and stay sane while tying up. (Who knew the knee is the same circumference as your neck?)

Fashion's Night Out at the Westfield Centre

Expanding on our recent post about this week's fashion events, we're spotlighting the Westfield San Francisco Centre's special goings-on in support of Fashion's Night Out this Friday, September 10th.

Party Hop With the Fashion Pack: FNO, Them Atelier Trunk Show + More

One glance at our calendar made something very clear, there's much too much happening this week to keep it all to ourselves. So strap on your walking heels and get ready for some serious shopping:

Arts Market SF, Thurs. from 12-6 p.m., 1182 Market St., Free: Stop by UN Plaza to peruse goods from local designers and artists every Thursday at this new weekly market.

What's The Deal: Stella & Dot, Therapy, Zaza + More

The weather may be cooling, but the deals are hot...

Stella & Dot Happy Hour: Head to 111 Minna after work today from 5-9 p.m. for cheap drinks and feminine baubles from Stella & Dot.

Therapy: Now thru Sept. 12, take 30% off all dresses, rompers and shorts at the beloved boutique's SF and South Bay locations just in time for Indian Summer.

Fall Must-Have Picks from Conifer, La Boutique Galerie and Hello by Candystore Collective

The latest trend? Clothing boutiques with art galleries. Here are three to watch and their fall gotta-have-its.

Fall pick: Loeffler Randall rainboots with a tempting back zip ($187)

Conifer (Cow Hollow)
This tiny boutique has more to it than meets the eye, including hip lines such as Karen Walker, Lauren Moffat and Rachel Comey. This fall, look for Relwen and Rogues Gallery menswear and a John Michaels photography show, “Humboldt.”
2848 Webster St., 415-922-1892,

Behind-the-Scenes at Our September Issue Fashion Shoot in Golden Gate Park

If you haven't had a chance to check out the luscious fashion spread in our September issue (on newsstands now), here's a gallery of some of the images. Beautiful, right?

Look of the Week: Labor Day Road Trip

Labor Day Weekend is quickly approaching, which means there's no better time to get out of town for one last hurrah before the reality of fall sets in.

If you haven't already booked flights to some far-off locale, there's no need to get discouraged. Might we suggest a good old-fashioned road trip to somewhere a bit more local, say, oysters and kayaking in Tomales Bay?

Marine Layer Opens Up Shop in the Marina District Today

Our favorite tees usually come from a current, or even ex-boyfriend. And while we may feel a little guilty for stealing their comfy shirts – especially from the latter – we know they can always hit up Marine Layer for a quick refill. The SF-born sustainable t-shirt and hoodies brand, founded by Mike Natenshon and Adam Lynch, will be opening the doors of its new boutique today located in the Marina District. 

Our Fave Etsy Local Finds: Almost Fall Edition

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, we wanted to share what's impatiently waiting in our shopping cart...

Goodbye Throwaway Fashion, Hello Affordable Made-To-Order Clothing

SF says goodbye to throwaway fashion and hello to customized, quality clothing, at a price that won’t break the bank. Try out the made-to-order trend at these local spots:

IndiDenim by Appointment
The problem: Jeans that don’t flatter your booty. The solution: an in-store, one-on-one appointment with a stylist at indiDenim, who’ll help you create a custom fit profile to design the perfect pair. Decide cut, fabric weight, wash, fade, closure style and pocket detail. In a month, you’ll have custom jeans delivered to your doorstep.
$145–$165, 440 Brannan St., 877-251-0359,

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