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7 Minutes with: Anyi Lu



As a former competitive ballroom dancer and a mom, shoe designer Anyi Lu knows firsthand a woman’s need for “sensible shoes.” But the Tiburon-based footwear designer has made it her mission to create a namesake line that doesn’t sacrifice style for comfort. The 34-year-old Tiburon resident, who also happens to hold a degree in chemical engineering, is best known for her gorgeous yet practical flats and heels. For Lu’s upcoming fall collection, look out for her array of menswear-inspired styles in quilted suede, lace-up booties and silver buckles, oh my!  

In Good Hands

Friends and co-workers are always asking me for tips on where to go for the best beauty services around town, from waxing and facials to manis and pedis, and I’m always happy to offer up the fruits of my daily research. With summer here, and plenty of San Franciscans trading in their boots for open toed options, we’ll tackle the basics of nail care. There’s a nail shop around every corner in this city, but how do you know if these places are any good? After all, a mani-pedi seems so harmless—a little cuticle nipping here, a coat of polish there. How dangerous could it really be?

7 Minutes with: Emily Dumitrescu


Courtesy of Emily Jane Clothing

Beckham-Mania

As if it weren’t hot enough in San Francisco, David Beckham turned up the temperatures in Union Square on Wednesday when he rolled through town to unveil his latest—and may we say greatest—fall ad campaign for Emporio Armani Underwear. The Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star kept the anxious crowd waiting for nearly an hour before he showed up to say a few very brief words of thanks, and then sign autographs for his adoring, squealing fans—many of them sporting a version of Beckham’s number 23 jersey.

Trendwatch: Boho Chic is Back

There’s nothing more quintessentially summer than the effortlessness of boho chic. Whether it’s weightless chiffon, a floppy Anita Pallenberg-esque chapeau or a thigh-grazing minidress here’s a few inspirational items to help you get this summer-ready look.

The Chiffon Maxi-dress


Balmain dress; courtesy of style.com

Perfect for a rooftop soiree, or a daytime event, this floor-sweeping gown is dramatic yet light and airy, giving off a polished yet relaxed vibe that’s perfectly translatable to SF.

Lash-tastic

Complimentary false lash applications at Shu Uemura SF

Like most women, I’ve come to think of false lashes as a special occasion beauty indulgence. I’ll squeeze in an application at a cosmetic counter a few times a year for, say, the ballet opening or the opera gala to achieve that camera-ready, extra diva-ish look. But after noticing how truly fabulous a girlfriend of mine always appears ever since she got semi-permanent lash extensions—whether she’s dressed in sweats or a cocktail dress—I just knew I had to change my inconsistent lash lengthening ways.

Weekend Style Events

Our editors’ picks for happenings around town:

Thrill of the Chill

What: Gen Art's (and 7x7’s) Shop SF event
When: Saturday, June 14; 12-1 p.m. VIP; 1-6 p.m. general admission
Where: Terra, 511 Harrison St.

Gilt Groupe

I heart SF. But I’ll be the first to admit I’ve always been a little jealous of New Yorkers with their easy access to sample sales. Where else can you stumble upon an unmarked storefront packed with discounted designer goods en route to a post-work happy hour on pretty much any given day?


On Sale Wednesday at Gilt.com: Alice & Olivia Double Strap Mini
Retail: $297, Gilt price: $124; Courtesy of Gilt Groupe

Visage Studio


Courtesy of Deborah Mills Thackrey

With all the beauty products that come flying across my desk begging to be tested, it’s no surprise that every now and again I have the dreaded complexion freak-out. Yes, I’ve been forewarned by nearly every aesthetician I’ve seen since I started writing about beauty to stop with the adventuresome product hopping. But alas, my love of the challenge (say, finding that do-it-all serum or the gentlest of alpha hydroxy acid face scrubs) has left me willing to swallow the hazards of the job.
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