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"Save the Drama 4 Obama" T-Shirts at Loyal Army

The elections may (finally) be over, but the inaugural celebrations have yet to come. We're predicting everything from lunchtime toasts to swanky shindigs around town on January 20. Loyal Army, an SF-based clothing line for teens that opened its first retail shop, in the Haight, in recent months, is whipping up a batch of limited-edition T-shirts just for the occasion. Founder Brian Dold says he designed the shirts with the goal of getting teens involved in politics.

Best Soap: Glowology Believe Honey Bar

For the beauty novice, it’s hard to believe that a bar of soap could do more than wash the dirt off. Those in the know realize the potential joys of the ideal cleansing bar—one so perfectly balanced that its rich lather leaves your skin moisturized and smooth, freshly scented and, of course, gently cleaned. We’ve found said bar in the form of the new, ultragentle Glowology Believe Honey Bar by San Jose–based Noodle & Boo. As a bonus, the company donates 100 percent of the product’s profits to the Raise Your Hand Campaign, which funds water-purification systems for disadvantaged children worldwide. Available at Nordstrom, 865 Market St., 415-243-8500

Best Beauty Bargain: Cinta Salon Brings the Aveda Institute to Town

Cinta Gibbons of Cinta Salon fame has opened California’s first Aveda Institute, providing West Coast cosmetology and esthetics students with 10,000 square feet of eco-friendly space in which to train, and bargain hunters with a gold mine for discounted grooming services. Professionally supervised students perform an array of services, from brow tints and waxes to haircuts, updos and highlights. Our budget service of choice is the 50-minute custom-cleansing facial, which includes a neck massage and extractions, as well as post-treatment mineral makeup application, for $40—twice the beauty at more than half off the usual spa price. 305 Kearny St., 415-989-4400

Beauty Buffs Rejoice: Space.NK Opens inside Bloomingdale's

Being the beauty buffs that we are here at 7x7, we couldn’t help but feel giddy about the news that Space.NK was opening in San Francisco. Founded by Londoner Nicky Kinnaird in 1993, the expertly edited British beauty apothecary has begun rolling out its store-within-store concepts inside of Bloomingdale’s department stores throughout the country.

McEvoy Ranch Launches 80 Acres, Olive-Oil-Based Beauty Products

With the reopening of SF’s McEvoy Ranch at the Ferry Building Marketplace comes its new 80 Acres line of olive-oil-based body-care products, ranging from soap ($8) to body balm ($20). Mmmm. Ferry Building Marketplace, 415-291-7224

New Goldenbleu Bag Just in Time for the Holidays

Is it just us, or does the latest line of bags from SF-based Goldenbleu look like something out of WALL-E? Well, whether or not you see the resemblance, the Preston tote ($695) will come in handy while you’re doing your holiday shopping.

High Fashion Russian Nested Dolls for Russian Vogue's 10th Anniversary

In order to commemorate its 10th anniversary, Russian Vogue asked the likes of Prada, Maison Martin Margiela, & YSL to adorn classic Russian Nested Dolls with their iconic style. Simple yet brilliant, this is sure to be the most desirable high fashion toy since the Karl Lagerfeld teddy bear.  Check out some of the lineup:

Burberry

Marc Jacobs

Kenneth Cole Launches Awearness Book in SF

An eager crowd of San Franciscans took advantage of an unusually balmy November evening last night, when party goers lined up outside the downtown Kenneth Cole store for a chance to meet the New York designer himself, in town for a cocktail party fundraiser and launch of his new book “Aweareness: Inspiring Stories about How to Make a Difference.” Comprised of 86 essays written by a range of celebs, from Ludacris and Alice Waters to Lance Armstrong and Robert Redford (spotted holding hands with long-time girlfrie

Dots and Serious Lines at Comme des Garcons H&M Launch

After reviewing the long-awaited Comme des Garcons diffusion line for H&M and finding myself disappointed (with the exception of a black deconstructed blazer), I opted to document the fashion mayhem instead of waiting with the masses in the 2 block-long line. I walked in at 10:01am and the racks were already empty, everyone's arms filled with polka dots. The crowd, which ranged from art students to eBay sellers, continued to wait in lines for the clothes off mannequins and the satisfaction of owning a CDG cardigan for $29.90. I, on the other hand, was content with taking in the surprisingly civil scene and making it out with an empty H&M Comme de Garcons shopping bag.

Here's the blazer I wanted

Andre Benjamin Launches Benjamin Bixby Line at Bloomigdale's San Francisco

If you were thinking right about now that seemingly every celebrity—and his mother—has caught Project Runway fever, you’d be right. The story usually goes: Celebrity has zero design background. Celebrity is approached by investors to slap his name on a clothing label executed by a team of designers. And said celebrity is dubbed over night a celebrity/designer.

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