Style + Design
With dual-minded Gemini ruling overhead and shopping local an ever-more-popular goal among Bay Area fashion fans, it may very well be the perfect time for the arrival of Alice and Isa, sucky economy be damned.
Built upon the notion (one we can agree with, by the way) that every woman has at least two sartorial sides she wishes to variously indulge and devoted to independent apparel and accessories designers living or working in San Francisco, this soon-to-launch online boutique from friends and fashion lovers Dawn Miller and Stephanie Belfiore promises a savvy mix of accoutrements for the kind of local gal who doesn’t draw stark lines between the Mission and Marina.
If there’s one rule of Dad gift-giving, it’s this: he’s not going to give you any great gift ideas. After all, if he knew he needed it, he’d already have it. We think the best gifts for Dad are the ones he doesn’t even know he needs.
He may not realize it, but his hard work and dedicated dad-ness probably means he needs some serious R&R. For guy-friendly pampering he won’t come up with on his own, whisk him away to Cocoon Urban Day Spa for a Father’s Day Package that includes a dude-friendly sports massage, manicure, pedicure and – but of course – beer.
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During a perusal of the Diane von Furstenberg cruise 2010 collection on View on Fashion, we asked ourselves, what do we think of this big bow trend? You might not catch one on our heads anytime soon, but DVF is hardly the only one embracing these over-the-top accessories. For a local example, check out the recent profile of Liina Gruener on 7x7.
Because paying full retail price is oh-so-passé...
Ladita: We’re sad to report that this Bernal Heights eco-boutique is closing its doors in less than two weeks. Until then, the shop is having a close-out sale that promises eco-friendly apparel, accessories and gifts for women and babies for up to 70 percent off.
Elizabeth Charles: A summer sale is on at this Pacific Heights destination for Australian designers, as well as in the boutique’s online store. Women’s apparel from designers such as Ginger and Smart and Megan Park are going for hundreds off regular prices.
With our Neighborhoods issue approaching faster than we'd like to admit, it seems like all talk around the office has been centered around SF districts this week. Though the borders between 'hoods can be fuzzy, they certainly each have a distinct style about them. We decided to have a little fun and mash up two seemingly opposite neighborhoods into one look that we could see just as easily on a girl shopping the stroller-lined Chestnut Street as one having a beer at Zeitgeist.
Which two neighborhoods should we combine next?
We suppose it was inevitable, especially after being featured in this month's Elle. Newsom's perfectly-coiffed hair (which everyone now knows can be credited to L'Oreal Total Control Clean Gel) now has a Twitter account.
Some of our favorite tweets include:
@newsomshair surrounded by fog??? And wishing he'd take me to the Britney Spears concert.
Name: Maria Javier
Occupation: Sales Associate at Saks Fifth Avenue
Wearing: Old Navy cardigan, H&M blouse, Forever 21 skirt, Melissa shoes, Lego heart pin made by boyfriend
How would you define your style? "Simple and unique."
Your best fashion secret: "My boyfriend."
In spite of the recent Prop 8 decision, there's no better time than the present to tie the (white) knot.
Much more than a fashion statement, White Knots have been spotted all over the red carpet on the likes of Zooey Deschanel, John Malkovich, Anne Hathaway, John Waters, Padma Lakshmi, thanks to White Knot for Equality, an organization dedicated to increasing the visibility of marriage equality supporters.
You may have spotted the handmade adornments from San Francisco designer Adrienne Wiley’s vintage-inspired Frolick line and local designer Liza Anongchanya’s clean, classic Ofina Jewelry at Bay Area shopping events or on celebrities such as Mariah Carey (Frolick) and Mischa Barton (Ofina). Now you can peruse complete collections from both under one roof at their new Inner Richmond boutique Covet, whose lofted second level does double duty as a workspace for the designers and friends.