Style + Design
After a party-filled holiday season, I decided it was time to wring out my liver and expand my diet past the expanse of cookies that seemed to follow me around. When I first heard about Cook! SF's Real Detox plan, I knew it was meant to be though my wallet put up a good fight.
You see, I have a history of cheating on diets and detoxes but with Cook! SF's structured meal plan, I wouldn't have to think about what to eat for the next 21 meals. My main reservation was giving up my three main vices: coffee, wine and chocolate. No gluten? No dairy? No problem, but no coffee?! Even though I was sure that I would spend the next week in a zombie-like haze, I decided to take the plunge regardless.
The fact that Gravel & Gold’s URL could be read, rather morosely, as “Graveland Gold,” produces satisfied grins on the faces of Cassie McGettigan, Nile Nash and Lisa Foti-Straus, the twenty-something friends who co-own the new Mission District boutique that specializes in home accessories and vintage clothing. “It’s a little dark, but it seems to be an awesome name for a vintage store,” says McGettigan, a Virginia native.
Five months in the making, the final Fashion Feud competition taking place tomorrow night at Mighty brings together three local designers for an on-stage style showdown – all of which unfolds before onlookers’ eyes in just an hour’s time.
Launched in September by fashion and art event producer Owen Geronimo, who’s also leading the charge to revive San Francisco Fashion Week, the Project Runway-inspired competition features the winners of the three previous rounds: Julia Meeks, Gail B. Shrive and Alexandria Von Bromssen.
The rain may be falling, but so are the prices at these local shops.
Beklina: A winter sale from this eco-minded NorCal-based online shop means deals on Ivana Helsinki leggings, ParkVogel tops and Green Bees boots.
My Boudoir: Stop by this Cow Hollow tonight from 6 to 9 p.m., and you’ll get a sneak peek of the new super-girlie Footsie Parties hitting San Francisco this month alongside 30 percent off lingerie.
As much as we'd love to stay holed up on the couch as the city turns into Waterworld, unfortunately the show must go on...which means you have to get dressed. For this week's look, we sought out classic wardrobe staples that will look equally chic, as winter showers make way for spring flowers (though we don't recommend wearing galoshes in the sunshine).
From a covetable trench to sailor stripes to rubber motorcycle boots that support AIDS research, we're certain donning this adorable ensemble will cure even the gloomiest of moods:
1. Calypso St. Barth Sailor Shirt, $135
We always love an emerging designer in this "youthquake" generation. Stanford alumni Wayne Hwang is showing his first runway collection this Friday, January 22 at the Roe Lounge (651 Howard Street). A design novice he is not -- Hwang has done numerous work under the label W Design for Charity Fashion Show and proven himself as a force in Palo Alto.
We've experienced our fair share of strange weather here in San Francisco. Usually one bad outfit is okay, but when weather.com predicts a month of on-and-off rain, we must fill the void somehow. The conundrum is what to wear when getting wet is inevitable and style becomes sacrificed. We've accumulated a few stylish alternatives to the eye-sore yellow rubber boots:
1. Ilse Jacobsen Rubber Combat Boots, $120: Exhaust the combat boot trend even in the rain.
You’ll have to wait until April for Spa Week, the national event that prompts over 800 spas nationwide to gift beauty indulgers with $50 treatments for one week only. In the meantime, you can prep for what’s ahead by setting yourself up with a chance to win seven hours of bliss at Oakland day spa Body by Melissa.
As part of Spa Week’s first annual wellness giveaway, the package will be bestowed upon one lucky winner from the Bay Area.
The seriously envy-inducing prize includes:
- 90-minute full body lymphatic drainage treatment with massage
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For his latest collection of men’s and women’s apparel, San Francisco designer Bacca Da Silva inches away from the intricately-beaded, handmade pieces long associated with his label to embrace styles with simpler construction and more versatile silhouettes.
“For the spring summer 2010, we are making pieces that are a little less elaborated, less hand work,” says Da Silva, whose most complicated custom designs featuring hand-embroidered details can take up to three months to complete.
Da Silva’s aesthetic may be more streamlined than in collections past, but don’t expect the looks hanging from the racks in the Brazilian-born designer’s Sutter Street showroom starting this month to be any less bold.