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Discarded to Divine: Bigger and Better in '10

Each year, we look forward to Discarded to Divine, a very-San Francisco fashion event that pairs creativity and a community-minded twist to raise awareness and much-needed funds for St. Vincent de Paul Society programs supporting low-income people in need and victims of domestic violence.

And judging by a sneak peek we recently received of the garments, created by both new and established designers using discarded clothing and textiles donated to St. Vincent de Paul Society, the April 26 soiree looks like it will be the event’s biggest and best year yet.

SF's Pretty Young Things: Meet 11 Fashion Forward Bloggers

Eclectic, thrifty, funky, vintage: Sprung from a city that revels in the idea of independence, the fashion scene here is proudly anti-fashion. Meet nine up-and-coming bloggers and two Web entrepreneurs who epitomize this sentiment every time they get dressed.

 


What’s the Deal: $50 Spa Services, 80’s Madness, Massive Rummage Sale + More…

Have we got a deal for you...

Cary.Lane: Let a slew of 80’s hits put you in the shopping mood at this Hayes Valley destination for discounted designer labels. Along with an all-day sale of 30 percent off merchandise, those who turn up for the nighttime 80’s party from 8 to 11 p.m. will find drinks, art, tunes and prizes for the best 80’s outfits.

Look of the Week: Black Tie Affair

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!

 

 

 

First Look at Convert: East Bay’s New Eco-Friendly Fashion Emporium

The big opening bash may not be until next week, but we hear hotly-anticipated, eco-minded Berkeley shop Convert will quietly open its doors tomorrow.

Yes, for city residents, a visit requires a journey over or under the Bay. But we’re betting fashion-minded folks will make the trek. Here’s why:

First, the new store for men and women is the latest from longtime local fashion industry vet Randy Brewer, who spent the last 12 years picking and choosing clothing lines for Villains in the Haight. Second, along with Brewer’s taste for hip surfer-meets-street apparel, the store’s eco-friendly focus is sure to be a draw.

Our Fave Etsy Local Finds: Inspired by Alice

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.

One Killer Rack: Bianca Starr Debuts Stylist Boutique

Have you ever wanted to get your hands on a hot stylist’s rack (people, not like that). You’ll get your chance this Friday, when Bianca Starr unveils its first “stylist boutique,” a new in-store concept that’s sure to have local vintage fashion fans drooling.

“We have the hottest, most talented women in the city who have graced us with their fashion influence and asked them to pick out 20 to 30 of their favorite pieces that they can part with to be out on consignment,” store owner Bianca Kaplan blogged recently.

Mighty Pilates: Not Just Another Studio

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.

Inside Lilith: New Pacific Heights Outpost for Feminine French Fashion

Earlier this month, the sole West Coast outpost from Paris-based Lilith relocated from its former location on Berkeley’s Fourth Street to Pacific Heights. We recently caught up with the shop’s longtime manager Sharon Haag to learn more about the new destination for feminine, French fashion and what’s in store for spring.

How would you describe the Lilith aesthetic?

Sophisticated whimsy.

Why should San Francisco women flock to Lilith?

7 Days, 7 Deals: $7 Manicure at TipToes

We love supporting San Francisco businesses and we love good deals. So we're teaming up with cool local company Joffer to offer 7 days of killer deals to some of our favorite local San Francisco businesses. From now until Friday, March 5, check back here to cash in.

So without further ado, here's Deal #2...

Do you like manicures? Of course you do. Your poor hands have been pocket-shoved and shielded from the winter elements for long enough: it's time set them free with some lovin' and some color! For seven bucks. That's like less than two lattes. Plus, a warm oil hand massage is included. Win. 

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