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Look of the Week: Halloween Costumes On The Fly

Year after year, despite making a mental note to think of a Halloween costume in advance, it always comes down to frantically throwing together an ensemble in the final week before the big day. But that doesn't mean you can't still come up with something brilliant (and stylish!) without having to fight the last-minute costume shop masses. With that, we leave you with 5 ideas that you can (mostly) piece together from your closet:

1. Lady Gaga: Yes, everyone and their sister will probably be Lady Gaga for Halloween, but we were particularly inspired by this look she was rocking on a rainy day in Paris. And hey, it's a great excuse to forget your pants for a night. Top off with a pair of nude heels and you're ready to rock.

The One Place Levi’s Doesn’t Want to See Your 501's

From corporate conference rooms to Sunday brunch, denim has evolved into attire appropriate for myriad destinations that would have once frowned on the material’s humble origins. These days, denim can go just about anywhere. But if San Francisco-based Levi’s has its way, there will soon be at least one place where denim is no longer welcome.

San Francisco Halloween Costume Guide

With just one full weekend left before Halloween, it’s time to get down to brass tacks on the costume front. Whether you’re in need of a finishing touch or a head-to-toe look, whether you'd prefer to buy or would just as soon D.I.Y., we offer up this list of the City's best bets to help you in your Halloween costume quest:

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Our Pick of the Litter: Etsy Local Offerings For $75 + Under

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 opt for something unique but still inexpensive. After scouring SF's Etsy Local shop for this month's round-up, we wanted to share what's impatiently waiting in our shopping cart:


 

1. Vintage Black Velvet Dress from animalheadvintage, $45: The dramatic collar on this vintage find makes it an au courant choice for a cocktail party.

Shoe Porn: 11 Fall Boots We Love

From Western we'd gladly wear to turn-of-the-century style capable of going the extra mile, fall boots are anything but boring. Here, 11 picks our calves are craving:

 

 

1. Wild West: Sparkling studs and a distressed leather finish add fun to the Call-of-the-West Booties by Frye, $498.

 

Link Love: Linda’s High-Profile Pits, Kinky Paris and Nevernude-ing for Halloween

A roundup of reads from our RSS feeds....

Jezebel reports that One HuffPo columnist is raising eyebrows with her recent assertion that only gay men find pin-thin models attractive. True? False? Discuss.

Some girls have all the luck, as evidenced by Linda Evangelista managing against all odds to make sweaty pits look glamorous in a recent spread for W Magazine. Via Refinery 29.

Link Love: January Jones Un-enhanced and Paris Runway Couture

Juicy bits to start your weekend …

For real. GQ claims they did not enhance January Jones’ breasts on their latest cover.

As expected, Paris always comes out on top. Despite all the recession depression we’re feeling stateside, French couture is keeping it high-end. Check out The Cut’s slideshow of the best.

What’s the Deal: Saffron Rare Threads, Inhabit, Flair and more...

As Ben Stiller once said, can you deal with this?

Saffron Rare Threads
: This local label by designer Priya Saraswati is celebrating its 5th anniversary in business this month. Much of the merch in the online shop is already on sale, and you can take 50 percent off the second item in your purchase with the discount code weare5. The deal also applies to Saffron Rare Threads items in stock at design collective and boutique Studio 3579.

Look of the Week: Femmebot

Sure, we're insanely excited about Treasure Island this weekend, but you already know what to wear to a festival. Instead, we decided to take inspiration from the equally cool Futurism events hitting the city this weekend, The Future Project, OPENFUTURE, and Brava's Futurism Project. And though everyone has their own perception of what lies ahead, we certainly hope we'll be wearing winged shoulders, gloved clutches and lots of shine:

Period Ball Gowns Go Black, White and Green for Cliff House's 1909 Centennial Gala

Cliff House memorabilia is getting a glamorous makeover for their November 4th Centennial Gala with the help of Bay-Area based Origen Marketing. The award-winning design duo, Mari O’Connor and Lily Smith, is repurposing menus, photos and other recycled materials into period ball gowns that best reflect what a woman might wear to the Cliff House during each of the four eras during which the buildings were built.

 

 

The elaborate Victorian gown (pictured), which includes a farthing coat, bustled skirt and hat, is a nod to what one would wear to the beach in the 19th century.

 

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