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Make Room For Fall Fashion, Sell Your Clothes

As Labor Day BBQs flame out, picnic baskets migrate to top shelves, and open-toed shoes march towards final sale racks, the signals are clear: it's time to start planning your fall wardrobe.  A prerequisite to this endeavor, however, is purging your closet to make room for some choice fall arrivals.  Not always an easy task.   What's even more unpleasant is lugging all of your "okay maybe I can part with this"  items to your local buy/sell shop, only to have them tossed in the "reject" pile before even unfolding.  Kinda humiliating.  So, here are some Cliff's Notes to bear in mind before you start stuffing that Trader Joes bag for your next selling trip. 

Hangover Remedies

There is an excellent article on hangovers by Joan Acocella in the May 26 issue of The New Yorker. We all have our methods of getting over one. Greasy burgers or eggs. Milkshakes. Recently, pickle juice was recommended to me. Unfortunately, it didn't help me last weekend, when I was suffering.

Java Sleeves Go Green



If you're getting your java in a to-go cup, we implore you to at least forgo the sleeve! Mildly superfluous, don't you think? But if it's too hot to handle, why not cozy up with one of these chic, reusable coffee sleeves conceived by artist, Michelle Czulada. Hand sewn from repurposed fabrics, they are eco-friendly themselves and serve an eco-friendly purpose. Washable and one-size-fits-all. We'll drink to that!

For more eco-friendly tips check out Zem Joaquin’s blog on ecofabulous.com

From the Bay to the Big Apple

Guest blogger and fashion intern Sydney Pfaff is on duty to pick up the trend watch after Hayley’s kick-off of NY Fashion Week coverage on Tuesday. Here, Sydney’s top picks from the Fall 2008 ready-to-wear collections by a few of SF’s own.


A Faux Glow


photo courtesy of Bare Escentuals

Closet Cleaning … and Greening

I love to pack for trips—it’s the unpacking that’s always a big drag. When I returned home from my holiday visit back East, I left my suitcase unzipped for a day. I opened it once to retrieve my toothbrush and toiletries, but closed it right back up. The next day I opened it but realized I had no empty hangers—or room in my closet—for anything new. Santa brought some clothing and accessories but I couldn’t fit them in my crammed closet. What’s a girl to do but take stock and clear out undesirables from her closet?


Greetings from Paris (Not Yet a Smoke-Free Zone)

Happy New Year!

I’m sending this e-missive from the City of Lights. That’s right, Paris, a city rich with history, romance and nicotine! The French certainly love to smoke, and I have the smelly, leftover stench of nicotine on my clothes to prove it!

On New Years Day, a no smoking ban was imposed here, which is good news for non-smokers like me. “Par Fumer” signs were posted on bars, cafes and restaurants across this charming smoke-filled city. However, in typically defiant French fashion, everyone is still smoking, and as smoked-filled bars and cafes are part of the culture here this ban will not take full effect overnight.

Post-Holiday Funk

Skunkfunk

Skunkfunk
Skunkfunk’s new Mission boutique. Courtesy of Skunkfunk.

A Photo Postcard from London

Greetings from London, England, my hometown:

I’m enjoying a week on my home turf, and it is good to be here: gray skies, London cabs, red buses. It’s a city packed with tourists as they prepare to ring in the New Year.

Happily, I leave London today for Paris but I wanted to share a few photos from my London with you.

Happy New Year and may 2008 bring us new hope, a new White House and peace.

Liam
xxx




photography by Rick Camargo
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