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Convertible Clothing: Fast Fashion's Worst Nightmare?

Though every season we vow to invest in quality over quantity, a tightened shopping budget and the desire for instant gratification always lead us back through the doors of H&M.

Luckily we now have another alternative: convertible clothing and accessories. While this idea isn’t new by any means, it’s become a full-on trend as of late and we only see it getting bigger as these tough economic times continue.

Less can be more--we, for one, are looking forward to finally purchasing better quality garments, getting creative with styling and freeing up some much needed closet space. Now we turn it over to you to give some of our favorite innovative pieces a try and bid adieu to fast fashion.

Link Love: Assless Tights Shocker, Clothing Swaps and Louis Vuitton on Twitter

Sparkly little bits of recent news from the fashion blogosphere....

American Apparel shocks us with a new, assless take on pantyhose. Let’s just say they’re really, uh, cheeky....

Kate Moss is back and better than ever with her new summer collection for Topshop.

What's the Deal: Bryan Lee, Acrimony, Beklina and Discount Codes Galore

Long weekend, we love you. Something we love almost as much? Great deals:

Old Navy: Miss Bargainista informs us that flip-flops in solid hues will be flying out of Old Navy tomorrow for $1.

Look of the Week: Memorial Day BBQ

With a warm holiday weekend in sight, our thoughts have turned to the three B's: barbeque, booze and balance. Finding the perfect balance between practical and pretty, that is, and few pieces achieve this better than the romper. This effortlessly hip cousin of the dress is an ideal choice for outdoor mingling and looks especially fresh when polished off with sweet accessories that scream spring. Now grab some sunscreen and get outside!

 

 

 

 

 


Dragons, Tigers and Lions! Oh Shirts!

Sick of muted hipster tones and ironic t-shirts? Don't be afraid, make people (and potentially animals) fear you with a giant tiger on your chest. The name says it all, "Power and Grace". Or if Tigers aren't your thing, there's a multitude of dragons, sharks, and other various scary animals.

Snag A One-of-a-Kind Tote Designed by AAU Textile Design Students

Eco-friendly shopping just got a lot cooler. The Academy of Art Textile Design students have yet again created one-of-a-kind pieces of art from a blank canvas, this time in the form of organic cotton shopping bags printed with water-based ink. Inside, you'll find thoughtful 'care instructions' asking the owner to use the bag until it's threadbare and then repurpose it into art for your home.

Your first chance to score one of the limited-edition bags is tomorrow evening from 7-9 p.m. at 601 Brannan Street, where you'll find them for one week only. In addition, Eco Citizen has selected 23 of the totes to be sold in their boutique.

San Francisco’s Best Shops for Pretty Party Dresses

San Francisco may be known for its ultra-casual style, but late spring and summer’s barrage of weddings, proms, graduations, showers and warm weather soirees routinely send us rushing for pretty dresses with cocktail party potential.

Whether you’ve got $50 or $500, we’ve got a frock stop for you. Here, our list of San Francisco’s Best Shops for Pretty Party Dresses:

  • Status: Can I pay my Mastercard with my Visa?

When looking good must be done on the cheap, try these San Francisco shops for great deals:

H&M

Designer Consigner on Sacramento Street

Link Love: Anna's Clip Online, Summer D.I.Y. Fashion Ideas and a Fanny-Pack for your Head

Oh, haven't you heard? If not, read on....

Ev-uh-ry-body, it seems, watched the 60 Minutes episode featuring Anna Wintour. If you weren’t one of the 10.2 million viewers to take in the fashion diva’s interview, take heart. We hear from Folio Mag that CBS has generously uploaded the 12-minute segment for your online viewing pleasure.

Waste Not, Want Not: Kiehl’s In-Store Recycling

If you’re a Kiehl’s fan, now would be a good time to stop tossing the empty containers from your favorite products in the recycling bin (‘cause we just know you’re not throwing them in the regular ‘ole trash).

Instead, gather up bottles, jars and tubes and take them to a Kiehl’s free-standing store for recycling through the Recycle and Be Rewarded program that recently went nationwide. For your trouble, you’ll receive a card to collect stamps for each container you return to the store.

Banana Republic's Jack Calhoun on Edition, SF Style, and Mission Taquerias

Since we're always on the hunt for great accessories that won't break the bank or won't break apart within a week of wear, we were ecstatic to hear that Banana Republic was opening a shop dedicated to their most covetable accessories. We were even more thrilled to see that the store is set up to encourage shoppers to touch and try on everything (no more locked glass cases!), which makes it feel like a candy store for fashionable ladies of all wallet sizes. We went to scope out the space on Thursday, and were lucky enough to catch up with Banana Republic's President (and Pac Heights resident) Jack Calhoun to inquire about why they decided to open Edition, as well as a few of his favorite things:

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