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We Heart Boys. They'll Heart These Gifts.

If you’re still looking for fashionable ways tell him, “I love you,” we’ve got seven last-minute Valentine’s Day gift ideas for the special guys on your list:

1. Vintage Sunglasses, by Eddy’s Vintage, $45-$150: Currently available exclusively at Collective (1453 Valencia St., SF), this small collection of men’s sunglasses updates old school plastic and metal frames by Ray Ban, Lacoste and others with brand new lenses.

7 V-Day Gifts She's Sure To Swoon Over

Though Valentines Day is well under a week away, thanks to a little thing called procrastination we're still on the hunt for gifts that will wow while leaving our wallets relatively intact. And whether you have a love or hate relationship with the Hallmark holiday, we're pretty sure you'll find something your special someone (or you) can't live without:

 

 

 

1. Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Palette, $52: Every daydreaming dame will swoon over this Alice-inspired Book of Shadows.

 

Long Weekend of Love or Just Snookin'? Beauty Finds for All

With a romantic long weekend on the horizon, what’s a style-savvy girl to pack for easy and TSA-friendly on-the-road beautification? Here are seven sweet beauty enhancements to take on your next journey, whether you're in love or just snookin' around:

1. Midnight Recovery Concentrate, by Kiehl’s, $42: Before you head out of town, prep skin for the weekend ahead with this fast-acting and restorative paraben-free elixir, new out this month.

Spruce Your Boots for Less: Local Company's Collab with Target

Joining the ranks of designer labels such as Rodarte and Sonia Rykiel, East Bay-based company The 2 Bandits is releasing a limited edition collaboration with Target today. Called Riders, the leather and chain boot harnesses fit over footwear and offer instant motorcycle-chic appeal.

What’s the Deal: Deals on Denim, Spa Treatments and Valentine’s Day Goodies

Shops are gearing up for Valentine's Day and American Heart Month with deals on date-worthy clothes, spa treatments and giftables.

The Blues Jean Bar: Time to grab a member of the opposite sex and get into some denim at this Cow Hollow store. If you both buy a pair, you’ll save 20 percent on the total purchase price through the end of the month.

Look of the Week: Super Bowl Sunday

Once a year we put aside our differences with pro football for a day of beer-drinking, commerical-watching, and wing-eating better known as Super Bowl Sunday.

Don't get us wrong, it's not so much the game that we don't enjoy, it's the oversized jerseys that the die-hard fans tend to wear and the loud drunkenness in overstuffed sports bars that turn us off. That's why we decided to put together a cute and comfortable (helloooo nachos!) outfit that will look fab no matter which team you're cheering on.

It's the New Orleans Saints v. Indianapolis Colts by the way.

 

 

 

Curious Corduroy About Town

There's a mystery around town in the form of corduroy-wrapped mannequins. My first sighting didn't phase me, but then I spotted another in a different part of town and it seemed a very unlikely coincidence. That's when I decided to make a little project out of it—a photo diary of these strange occurrences. Check out these pictures of the four I've spotted and post a comment if you've seen any others that I've missed. Chances are we might have a prize for anyone who can crack this case.

Azalea in Hayes Valley

 

Fire Escape in Union Square

 

A Cow Hollow Designer You Don't Want to Miss

Recent New York transplant Lia Kes wants you to go places in her clothes. As in more places than one. 

“What I really try to do is items that will give you more, that will be season-less, that will transition from morning to evening, where you can leave the office and have a date,” Kes explained at last night’s press preview for her first retail store’s grand opening celebration, taking place tomorrow night.

Our Pick of the Litter: Etsy Local V-Day Gifts

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 shop for this week's Valentine's Day gift round-up, we wanted to share what's impatiently waiting in our shopping cart:

 

1. Valentine, Bleeding Necklace by iacua, $38: This cheeky copper heart pendant with garnet 'blood' is a beautiful token for hopeless romantics and skeptics alike.

 

Curves Ahead: Full Figure Fashion Show

A reminder that the runway need not be stomping ground solely for the stick-thin comes in the form of this weekend’s Kiss the Curves fashion show, scheduled for Saturday night at Oakland’s Historic Sweets Ballroom.

R&B radio personality Sterling James hosts the evening, whose focal point is a runway show directed by Charleston Pierce and featuring current collections from local and national plus-size apparel designers and boutiques.

Models will head down the runway in looks from national label Ashley Stewart, Chicago’s Chocolate Sushi Couture, A Clothes Mind, Tru Diva, Bay Area-based online boutique Marie Denee and Bay Area labels Igigi and Corinthia Peoples Designs.

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