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What's Hot for Spring at Neiman Marcus

During a recent lunchtime preview of spring trends, Neiman Marcus buyers and fashion experts showed off their picks for the season’s best looks while attendees sipped from Champagne flutes and sampled canapes.

Among the trends for spring:

  • Lots of pink
  • One-shoulder dresses, tops and jumpsuits
  • Snakeskin accessories
  • Statement shoes
  • Ruffles
  • Carryall handbags
  • Bright-hued cardigans
  • Graphic prints
  • Bold accessories, chunky bracelets and long, layered necklaces

 

Keep a Good Man Happy: Last-Minute Gifts For Him

They say a good man is hard to find. But here’s the silver lining on that theory: once discovered, a good guy is usually pretty easy to keep happy. To keep those happy guy vibes flowing this Valentine’s Day, we offer up a surefire gift-giving strategy for pleasing dudes: just give him something he can wear anywhere that can’t be found everywhere. Three examples:

Where to Shop This Weekend: Goldenbleu Going Out of Business Sale, .meggie. and Lovesick

One reason this weekend stands out: you won’t be able to celebrate Friday the 13th and Valentine’s Day on the same weekend again until 2015. Here are three more:

Sidewalk Chic: Style Chameleon in Union Square

Name: Miguel Lopez

Age: 37

Occupation: Owner of Sui GENERIS boutique

Spotted: 7x7 Concierge Event at Infusion Lounge, 6:42 p.m.

Wearing: Brooks Brothers peacoat, John Varvatos tie, Ralph Lauren shirt, jeans, and wingtips

Fashion must-read: Fantastic Man

Most recent purchase: A black short and fitted wool pea-coat from Ralph Lauren. "(I) Have to have it for this end of the winter to replace the bit longer one."

How To: Style Sexy Valentine’s Day Hair

For advice on creating fabulously foxy hair for Valentine's Day, we turned to local stylist Frankee Uno. Here are her tricks of the trade for perfecting two classic styles.

Romantic curls

-    Start by applying a thermal protectant (Uno recommends S-Factor Heat Defender) to wet hair.
-    Power dry hair using a back and forth motion until it’s completely dry. Using a brush isn’t necessary.
-    Divide hair evenly into small sections and secure in place with sectioning clips.

Pay the Same Price for Life at Artificial Flavor

One local apparel company is challenging the long-held notion that prices must be subject to change. On Friday, Artificial Flavor launched its Price for Life men’s jacket promotion that allows customers to purchase a jacket on sale now for $50 (regularly $114 to $200) and lock that price in for future jacket purchases – for life.

Sidewalk Chic: High-low Mix in Union Square

Name: Slo Casasola

Age: 22

Occupation: Fashion Merchandiser at Shotwell

Spotted: Shotwell and Harputs Market Party at Shotwell boutique, 7:12 P.M.

Wearing:
YSL rolling sneaker, vintage bow-tie, H&M denim, Zara cardigan, YSL button down. "I just threw this outfit on because I was in a hurry to get to the party. I always want to stand out but at the same time look simple."

Where to Shop this Weekend: 440 Brannan, The Mission and Temple

As the balmy weather we’d just gotten used to makes a hasty retreat and subjects us to several consecutive days of (gasp!) sub-60-degree temperatures, it’s a prime time to take cover indoors. Luckily, that’s where the best sales and fashion events are this weekend.

Here what’s on our radar:

Kickin' It: Where to Find Custom-Painted Shoes

Custom-painted shoes have long been style mainstays among fashion-forward sneakerheads, but lately we’ve been noticing them pop up everywhere from Derek Holbrook’s feet during an exclusive San Francisco society luncheon to online e-tailer Zazzle.

If the idea of owning one-of-a-kind kicks puts a spring in your step, here’s how to get your toes into a pair:

Big Night Out? Get a Pre-Party Facial

Among the artists and designers in the Mission’s ActivSpace Building, Golden Skin & Body Wellness opened its doors in October, offering a personal, holistic take on massage, skin care and waxing that’s a nice break from the assembly-line approach. The Pre-Party Facial is just the thing before a big night.

 

 

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