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Look of the Week: Local Love

Now that we're on the hunt for the perfect gifts for everyone on our list, there's no better time for there to be a weekend chock-full of events showcasing SF's best and brightest designers. We plan on starting out at Lightbox: The Hoilday Crafty Hour where unique gifts will be mostly under $50, perfect for people (like us) shopping for creative types on a serious budget. After taking a quick break to refresh, it's on to Chillin', a night of local fashion, art, music and live performance at Mezzanine.

Channel Lady Gaga at ZaZa Today

Add some flare to your manicure just in time for the holidays at the Minx Nails Kickoff Party this evening. After sweeping through Hollywood on the nails of Miss Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Beyonce and Victoria Beckham, these heat-activated nail decals are now available in SF exclusively at ZaZa Nail Spa.

Make an appointment for Friday between 5-8 p.m. and get half off Minx applications with the founders on hand to chat about what makes their product so buzzworthy. Oh, and did we mention there will be complimentary cockails and snacks courtesy of ZaZa's neighbor Nova Bar?

We'll see you there.

Now You See 'Em: San Francisco Holiday Pop-Up Shops

Pop-up shops touting everything from special edition surfboards to deeply discounted designer apparel and handmade goods by local artists and designers have descended upon The City just in time for the holiday shopping season. You'll find them in popular shopping destinations such as Union Square and Union Street, but also in the less-expected 'hoods of North Beach and Noe Valley. Just don't wait too long to pop on by these San Francisco pop-up shops. Their days, by nature, are numbered.

Window Shopping: Our 7 Fave Holiday Displays

With Thanksgiving behind us, it's officially time to start gearing up for the next round of holidays. Sure there are trees, lights and ice rinks aplenty, but nothing seems to get us in the spirit of the season quite like the cleverly decorated store windows popping up around town. And while it's impossible to choose a favorite (besides, of course, the adorable puppies and kittens up for adoption in the Macy's windows--just look for the crowd of ooh-and-awwers gathered around), we wanted to showcase the windows that made us do a double take:

 

Spring Forward: Christopher Collins Spring 2010

While you are, of course, more than welcome to primp and preen to your heart’s content before the mirrors at the Sutter Street boutique he opened earlier this year, San Francisco-based designer Christopher Collins hopes wearers of his latest collection will need very little time gazing into their own looking glasses come spring.

“I intended for the line to be effortlessly elegant. You put it on, and it’s a look ready to walk out the door,” says Collins of his spring 2010 collection ($150-$400).

Link Love: The $6,837 Scooter Helmet, Fashion’s Best Catchphrases and an Unlikely Tom Boy

Striking envy in fashion-obsessed scooter riders everywhere, Karl Lagerfeld’s couture helmets have hit stores, reports the Cut. What’ll it cost you? Oh, just a cool $1,805 to $6,837 each.

Victoria Beckham will reportedly re-launch her premium denim line, but this time with a new look and a new name.

SF Cyber Monday Deals Start Now


As if our chock-a-block San Francisco Black Friday Shopping Guide weren’t enough to satisfy your post turkey-day retail cravings, we bestow upon you yet more ways to shop and save with a round-up of deals good through Cyber Monday.

AliceandIsa.com: Almost everything in this online shop devoted to local independent designers is 20 percent off. On Monday morning between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m., special limited-time “super deals” will be announced every hour.

Peggy Li:
Through Dec. 1, jewelry is 25 percent off with code holiday09 at checkout.

Look of the Week: Thanksgiving...with the BF's Family

So here's the scenario: your boyfriend invited you to spend Thanksgiving with his family, yes all of his family. You're slightly panicked because not only is it the first time you're meeting Grandma & Co.,  but you've gotten used to having a casual potluck with friends to celebrate the national day of overeating.

Well fear not, dear readers, the key to getting dressed for such a specific occasion is striking the perfect balance between comfort and class, giving you the confidence to power through the introductions and endless food. We think we've found just the thing, a wonderfully festive dress with enough room for seconds without looking frumpy:

 

 

 

Black Friday San Francisco Shopping Guide

Deals abound in San Francisco on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. Where will you be? We've got a few suggestions....

Covet: A “secret” sale is on Friday at this Inner Richmond shop. The first 50 to show up will receive candy bags with discount coupons of varying amounts. If you’re lucky, you could score a coupon offering up to 60 percent off your purchase for the day.

Art and Retail at Sunglass Hut

Art and retail come together for a good cause just in time for the holidays. Local multimedia artist Maya Hayuk will be customizing and hand-painting 150 pairs of Ray Bans' Wayfarers exclusively for Sunglass Hut, with 50 one-of-a-kind pairs available at the San Francisco store. Inspired by a range of subjects—from chandeliers, holograms and Mexican woven blankets to Ukrainian Easter eggs, crystal healing lights and time travel—now’s your chance pick up your own pair of these collectible shades while they last.

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