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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.

 

 

Help Bay Area Teens Go to the Prom in Style

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.

It Bands: The 2 Bandits for Boots

Among the fashion-related privileges of life in the Bay Area: 1) the ability to don such style combos as pea coats and open-toed sandals 2) that hazy, atmospheric glare that accompanies fog and, in so doing, renders sunglasses acceptable in situations that would otherwise only be okay for people with raging hangovers and 3) the opportunity to wear boots 365 days a year.

Avoid Bridezilla-dom: Enroll Yourself in Wedding U

Here comes the bride, all dressed in...stress? If you're totally freaking out about your upcoming nuptials, you may want to enroll yourself in what the Silicon Valley Four Seasons is calling their "Wedding University."

Held down in Palo Alto on February 8, it's essentially a crash course on how to plan a wedding.  Instructions will be offered on musical selection, the first dance, photography and videography, designing a wedding menu, personalizing your wedding, managing a budget, event flow and choosing a wedding dress and accessories.  Phew!

Oh, and there's champagne.

Where to Shop this Weekend: The Mission Statement, Elizabeth Charles & Trunk Shows

Assessing the fit of players’ uniforms and sizing up halftime performers’ getups during the Super Bowl won’t be our only fashion-minded activities this weekend. Here are four more:

Celebrity Craze: Bryna Nicole Handbags at Sundance

Push and Adventureland weren’t the only hits at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, held Jan. 15-25 in Park City, Utah. San Francisco designer Bryna McMills’ Bryna Nicole handbags found their own success among the stars during their appearance in the Sundance Gifting Suite (you know, the place where the celebs go to snag all the free swag they can carry).

Paris Hilton got cozy with the Bartol bag, while Devon Aoki walked with the Prentiss. Michelle Trachtenberg picked up the Hallam clutch, while Aubrey O’Day chose a yellow Rosemont clutch.

Sidewalk Chic: Fashionable Foodie in the Financial District

Name: Brittany Busacca

Age: 22

Occupation: Fashion Design Intern at Nice Collective, Cocktail Server at Slide

Wearing: BCBG dress, Marc by Marc Jacobs shoes

Spotted: 7x7 Eat+Drink Awards at The City Club, 8:27 p.m.

Last place you had dinner? Mamacita

Fashion Must Read: Women's Wear Daily

Where do you find style inspiration? Street Culture, Tokyo (especially Harajuku), Marc Jacobs

Sidewalk Chic: Modern Dandy in SOMA

Name: Jeffrey Ying

Age: 21

Occupation: Leisure

Spotted: Paradise Lounge, 10:52 p.m.

Wearing: Custom Hart Schaffner Marx suit, Versace silk shirt, 1970s orange wallpaper pattern Ernst tie, Brioni sweater vest, J.M.Weston Chelsea boots, Cutler & Gross eyeframes, 1950s gold Omega wristwatch

What inspires your style? “I find sartorial inspiration in characters of the past such as the 1970s art forger, Fernand Legros or the 19th century dandy, Comte d'Orsay [Alfred Guillaume Gabriel]. The modern dandy, [Fashion Journalist] Nicholas Foulkes mentions how the Comte d'Orsay used to dip his watch-straps into Caron perfume.”

Style Tips for the New Economy

Tomorrow night, a group of local fashion industry experts will try to prove that personal style need not become one more victim of the “new” (meaning awful) economy. Needless to say, we’re intrigued.

Going the Extra Mile: Styling Tips & Tricks for a New Economy brings a panel that includes Michelle Sterling of Global Image Group and Sterling Style Academy, Wardrobe 911’s Teresa Morisco, Milo Models founder Jade Hall and others together for a two-hour session emphasizing those everyday little changes one can make to look current, put together and professional without, say, hiring a stylist to help you buy a whole new wardrobe.

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