Style + Design
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:
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:
Name: Miguel Lopez
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."
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.
- 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.
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.
Name: Slo Casasola
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."
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:
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:
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.
Here’s a guaranteed way to rustle up warm, fuzzy feelings in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day: donate a dress to The Princess Project.
During the non-profit organization’s annual dress drive (Feb 8-14), drop-off locations around the city will be accepting formal dresses and accessories to give to Bay Area recipients later this spring. Since launching in 2002, the non-profit organization has donated some 9,000 dresses to local high school girls who would not otherwise have been able to afford formal dresses for their proms.