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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.

Link Love: Ben Sherman Ditches the Ladies, Rodarte for Target Drops and more...

Sorry girls, this week brought word that Ben Sherman is planning to exit the women’s apparel business for good.

Rodarte for Target arrived in stores and the retailer’s online shop yesterday. By early afternoon, almost every item we perused online was already out of stock.

The Sartorialist defends the recent female-to-male imbalance on his blog.

Betsey Johnson Weighs in on NY vs SF Fashion

Betsey Johnson made a highly anticipated appearance at her Union Square store just in time for the holidays. The eclectic designer was in town to introduce her latest collection and mingle with her biggest fans amidst prom dresses, cupcakes and pink champagne.

 

Link Love: Strange Accessories, Housewife Madonna, Annie Leibovitz for Kohl’s

Juicy bits to start your weekend …

The Frisky finds 2009’s strangest accessories—boob scarves, chainmail stockings, taxidermy headbands. And that’s just the beginning of the list.

It’s a low day for Annie Leibovitz. Known for Vogue spreads and personal relationships with every important fashion figure and cultural icon, the famed photographer has now succumbed to shooting Britney Spears for Kohl’s to pay off that huge debt she’s sinking in. (via Nitrolicious)

What’s the Deal: Tan Bella, Filippa K, SenSpa and more...

Deal or no deal...

Filippa K: A sale currently underway at this FiDi store offers 30 percent off items from the fall and winter collection.

Tan Bella: First-time customers receive a free tanning service of their choice when they book a cut or color at Vim and Vigor. Be sure to mention this offer when you book. The free tan can be redeemed anytime.

Show Your Holiday Cheer for Free Gap Giveaways

The season just wouldn't be complete without a little Gap cheer. This weekend, the brand is bringing their holiday campaign to life on the streets on San Francisco. Be on the lookout for a buffalo plaid bus carrying a cheer squad of 12 professional dancers and drummers. Once you spot them (we hear they might be stationed in places like Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf and the Ferry Building), all you have to do is show some spirit for the chance to win free giveaways. Who couldn't use a Gap cozy hat, jean certificates for a free pair of 1969 Premium Jeans and "Buy One, Get One 50% Off" coupons?

The tour starts today and runs through Sunday, December 20.

Look of the Week: Holiday Cocktail on the Cheap

’Tis the season of the holiday party, and regardless of whether you're out for an evening with co-workers or friends, you can be sure the room will be filled with (often overly) festive cocktail ensembles. This year, instead of blending in to the sea of red, green and blue, we decided to opt for the ever-classic LBD paired with edgy accessories that are sure to light up the room. And since we're pinching pennies to spend on loved ones, everything's under $80.

Happy Festivus!

 

 

 

 

 

1. Forever 21 Pamela Pleated Sheen Dress, $29.80

Frazzled? An Affordable, DIY San Francisco Spa Day

Stressed to the limit, but can’t afford five-star luxury? No worries. You’ve got everything you need right here in the city to create your own spa day. Don’t think of it as a splurge—think of how much you’re saving on airfare and hotel.

1. Start your spa day right with a class at The Yoga Loft, where the schedule runs nearly nonstop starting around 7:30 a.m: Iyengar, Naga, tai chi, restorative, vinyasa, meditation—it’s all here. The drop-in rate is $17, and if you’re a first-timer, you can get three classes for only $35. 321 Divisadero St., 415-626-5638.

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