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Thrift Shopping Tips

Some people find shopping at thrift stores to be an arduous task. I’ll admit that several years ago I used to think the same. I would usually emerge from a Goodwill store empty handed, feeling defeated and worried that I had picked up the lingering scent of mothballs during my unsuccessful hunt. Soon I realized that the problem wasn’t the stores I was visiting—it was me! My theory is that in order to hit the thrift store jackpot, you need to be shopping with an open, creative mind, lots of free time and even more patience.

Interview with Madonna's Make-up Artist

Madonna hits the stage at Oakland’s Oracle Arena this weekend on the Bay Area stop of her Sticky & Sweet world tour. In between unpacking her beauty arsenal and getting the Queen of Pop camera ready, Gina Brooke, Madonna’s longtime make-up artist, will be teaching a master class at the Fillmore Street Shu Uemura boutique on Saturday. We caught up with Brooke, who was still touring in Canada, for the inside scoop of life on the road, how she keeps Madonna looking fine, and her best, stress-free beauty tips.

So You Wanna Be a Supermodel? Casting Call for Arts of Fashion


If you are a true lover of fashion, you’ll want to check out some of the lectures, workshops and parties being hosted by the SF-based Arts of Fashion Foundation from Oct. 25 to 29 at venues around the city.

Sarah Palin's Wardrobe Makeover

The New York Times ran cover story today about Sarah Palin's wardrobe makeover - apparently a $150,000 pop at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue to jazz up her now famous hockey mom meets Tina Fey look. 

Why doesn't Marc Jacobs tell us what he really thinks about Sarah Palin?

The Marc Jacobs store on Fillmore makes no secret about what it thinks about the Republican ticket.  The window display features a bikini and fur clad Sarah Palin wielding an automatic rifle, George Bush with a fuzzy pink cowboy hat and John McCain draped in dollar signs.  The sign below reads "One Heartbeat Away" and rattles off some of Palin's core beliefs.  Ouch.  The Fillmore store's been known for its overt messages (a 2006 installation featured the words WORST PRESIDENT EVER spanning across the store's windows), which are apparently ordered up by the

Babble-on-by-the-Bay

Back to the Garden: It's the final shopping days (through Oct. 20) at Azalea Boutique (411 Hayes St.) for pieces from EDUN, the hip and rock-star glam clothing line launched in 2005 by Bono, his wife, Ali Hewson, and designer Rogan Gregory.

Led by Leigh Matthes, fashionistas have already been poring over racks of this fabulous Fall 2008 collection titled Nocturne, which features sumptuous knits, silks, jeans and Ts in rich, gorgeous hues of plum, black and aubergine. Yummy!

Trend Watch: Leather

As the temperature drops in the Bay Area, we’re spotting this classic material—from cropped bomber jackets and fitted blazers to wide belts and knee-high boots—on locals in the city looking to stay stylishly warm.

Christopher Collins Spring Preview Fashion Show

You probably haven’t heard of him—yet. But we’re convinced Christopher Collins will be a designer to watch in SF’s growing fashion circle. On Tuesday, Collins presented his sophomore Spring 2009 collection before a packed invite-only crowd at Deep Down Sound in SoMa. Co-produced by Elise Friedman, Phoebe Rubin, Rachel Esterline and Julianne Moeller, the energetic shindig attracted a smattering of social butterflies, fashiony hipsters and curious media, who gathered for a flash of fashion and post-work mingling over sushi, cupcakes and glasses of sparkling rosé.

Highlights from The Bay Area Independent Fashion Festival

We were definitely a little sad a few months ago when we discovered (quietly) that SF Fashion Week was no longer. It was a valiant effort, which began in 2005, on the part of local events producer Erika Gessin to create a cohesive fashion event for Bay Area designers held every August. But with its rumored organizational problems and, now, the depressed state of the economy, we weren’t terribly surprised the local fashion shows eventually tapped out. It’s still yet to be seen whether the relatively new Innovative Fashion Council of San Francisco will be able to eventually get the support and funding needed to launch The Fashion Event the city so craves.

Goldenbleu Warehouse Sale and Bay Area Independent Fashion Festival


Courtesy of Goldenbleu

What: Goldenbleu Warehouse Sale
When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11
Where: Goldenbleu warehouse, 2963 Mission St., info@goldenbleu.com
Why: Score Italian-leather kicks and purses from one of SF’s own at wholesale prices. Select styles start at $30. Get a free bag with a purchase of $200 or more.

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