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Link Love: Bye Bye ’09 + Good Fat and Free Tunes

Decade, we bid you adieu. Our final lovely links for '09:

Best Bets for NYE-Worthy Party Dresses

Only two days to go before the decade’s officially done-zo, and you’ve got a whole lot of nada to wear for the occasion? Pause, breathe. Then try one of these local shops for the perfect New Year's Eve party dress.

Look of the Week: NYE For Under $150

Though Christmas left our wallets a bit plumper than before, we decided not to blow it all on a party ensemble we'll only wear once, however fabulous it may be. Since this year we plan on kicking off the New Year on a frugal foot (while still wearing killer stilettos mind you), we scoured the shops to bring you a glam NYE outfit for under $150:

 

1. Forever 21 Grand Metallic Sequin Dress, $22.80

Legs: Fall's It Accessory

Tights or leggings? Opaque or patterned? Black and white or technicolor?

When it comes to legwear, the options are seemingly endless. But whether you choose to use them as a way to ground a wild ensemble or make a serious statement, one thing's for certain, this fall is all about legs:

 

 

What's the Deal: Post-Holiday Sales

Christmas cash burning a hole in your handbag? Post-holiday sales are in full swing. A few on our radar this week:

Bundle Up: 7 Stylish Finds to Keep You Warm

Fall has hit and winter is just around the corner, which means layering is more important than ever. But bundling up doesn't have to equal zero style. Here are our top cold weather picks that won't leave you looking like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

 

 

1. The Scarf: Anthropologie Cashmere Squiggle Scarf, $98: We all know that scarves are the quintessential SF accessory and who doesn't want to curl up in cashmere to brave the blustery winter winds?

Look of the Week: Home for the Holidays

As we're all rushing to pack for cross-country trips home, we're growing increasingly nervous about how our "winter" wardrobe will translate to climates that are actually cold. And since the thought of temperatures below freezing immediately sends a shiver down our spines, we thought it appropriate to compile a warm and cozy ensemble that will take you from the airplane to curled by the fireplace with a hot toddy in hand. With that, this week's look:

Tots Get Toys, You Could Get A Year's Worth of Spa Treatments

Of course we'd all love to be able to give back to those less fortunate more often than we do. Thanks to our partnership with Spa For a Cause's Holiday Giveaway, you have a chance to make a charitable donation to Toys for Tots just by signing up. Even better still, by entering the raffle you have a chance to win a year's worth of spa treatments (a $1,200 value) from some of our favorite SF spas including The Nob Hill Spa, Bliss SF, Burke Williams, Remede Spa and 77 Maiden Lane.

Talk about a win-win.

Need Stylish Last-Minute Gifts They’ll Love? Try These Spots

With Christmas morning less than 72 hours away, the gift-buying window for 2009 is rapidly drawing to a close. Time is dwindling, yes, but all is not lost. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite destinations for fashion-minded last-minute gifts.

While most boutiques go dark during the afternoon of the 24th, lower Bernal Heights Secession Art and Design gallery and boutique is keeping the doors open until 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Even at the 11th hour, you can still scoop up unique gifts and works of art by independent artists and designers, including Colleen Mauer, Hilary Williams, Heather Robinson, Nous Savons, De Novo, Cara Lyndon, Minor Details, Orange Slice and many others.

NYC Designer Lia Kes Opens First Boutique in Cow Hollow

It's a rare (and beautiful) thing when a blossoming fashion designer opts to move from NYC to San Francisco, but such is the case with Lia Kes. The Israeli designer who spent the last nine years in Manhattan evolving her brand from a t-shirt line to a signature collection adored by the likes of Kate Hudson and Chelsea Clinton, just opened her first retail boutique on Saturday in Cow Hollow. Kes told SF Indie Fashion that she's inspired by the sophisticated casualness of San Francisco which is apparent in the flattering drapery that you'll find in her Fillmore St. shop, often balanced with masculine staples that give it an effortless edge.

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