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Can Flower Power Heal Us?

We’re not gonna lie. Phrases like “soul-care” and “vibrational flower remedies” have been known to send us running. But these days, we’ll give just about anything a whirl if it promises balance, less stress, better sleep and improved concentration.

Those are just a few of the goals behind the aromatic sprays offered by San Francisco-based Nectar Essences, whose founder Jenny Pao is a holistic healing practitioner trained in flower essence therapy.

The core idea behind flower therapy is a simple one found in healing traditions from Chinese Medicine to practices employed by ancient Mayan shamans: flowers make people feel better.

Link Love: Levi's to Stay in SF and Lady Gaga Continues to Amaze

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No words, just click. You're welcome. (via The Cut)

Cameron Diaz looks pretty hot in a cone bra, via Bored&Beautiful.

Alexander Wang proves (to our amazement) that clear heels can be worn outside the strip club, via Refinery29.

7 Makeup Tips from Robert Williams

We recently had the chance to learn a few new tricks from sought-after San Francisco makeup artist Robert Williams, a runway show veteran who’s spent the last three decades working with everyone from Naomi Campbell to Nancy Pelosi and was recently tapped to head up all things beauty at Saks Fifth Avenue’s The Fifth Avenue Club.

Link Love: Skinny Jeans Endanger Manorexics and, by the way, You’re Fat

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The Wall Street Journal shows that it’s down with what the kids are wearing these days in a story exploring the trials of manorexics encumbered by their skinny jeans.

Jezebel reminds us that we’d forgotten to pen our, oh by the way, you’ve got man boobs manifesto with its linkage to recent Ask Men feature 10 Subtle Ways to Tell Her She’s Getting Fat (hint, they aren’t subtle).

Link Love: Brüno's Fashion Picks, White Bucks and Audrey as Coco

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Start your weekend off with a laugh—Brüno's favorite Spring 2010 looks via The Moment.

Our local love, Alexander Wang, will be launching a menswear collection sooner than expected. The Cut says to look for it at the end of this month, as part of his T line.

Sure, wedges are in, but these shoes by Celine look more like torture devices to us. Addicted to YSL reports.

What’s the Deal: Make That Cell Phone Save You Money (For Once)

We’re sorry, but sometimes we resent the reality that, like, ev-uh-ry second, our cell phones are costing us money. It’s high time they did something to save us a buck. On that front, a new weapon we’re wielding this week turns our cellies into deal-hunters, but stops short of scaring us with the kind of spammy grossness we abhor.

Look of the Week: French Femme

With Bastille Day rounding the corner, it's time to say au revoir to freedom fries and Budweiser and bonjour to pomme frites and viognier. Stateside, this French holiday gives foodies and party-goers alike a delicious excuse to indulge at your favorite bistro while channeling your inner Brigitte Bardot. We've assembled a look to give you that very distinctive je ne sais quoi (eyeliner not included).

1. Fred Flare Inés Sunglasses, $11: These rounded shades look classic yet impossibly modern.

Link Love: Heidi Klum Barbie, Online Vintage and Don't Miss the Marc

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Immortalized in plastic? Ideeli brings us the new Heidi Klum barbie doll.

Speaking of Heidi Klum, the cast for Project Runway's sixth season has been revealed to us via The Cut. The show starts August 20 on Lifetime.

Scouring racks for purchase-worthy thrift finds is a tough job. Refinery29 brings us eight online vintage boutiques that make shopping easy.

Link Love: Lots O' Hair at Chanel, Terry Richardson in Vinyl, and a $4,814 T-Shirt

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Project Runway winners Leanne Marshall's collection for Bluefly is finally available, but unfortunately we're less than impressed.

Fashionista swoons over the creative use of hair extensions that appeared in yesterday's Chanel couture show.

The name of Jil Sander's Uniqlo collection was revealed via The Cut, and we're still desperately hoping they open a shop in SF.

Inside Lower Fillmore’s Turk + Taylor Pop-Up Shop

Over the weekend, we had a chance to stop by the Turk + Taylor Pop-Up Shop that opened recently along a stretch of lower Fillmore Street that’s fast becoming a hub for edgy San Francisco fashion with an independent streak.

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