look of the week
San Francisco's Dia de los Muertos and Festival of Alters celebrations take place tomorrow evening, in the Mission. We're of course, looking forward to the fashion, including -- among other dark accessories -- plenty of skulls.
We took inspiration from the late, great fashion designer, Alexander McQueen (#6) (known for his iconic skull-prints), and SF turned LA-based artist, Sylvia Ji, for this week's collection of chic skulls.
Though we're not quite through the Christmas chaos just yet, New Year's Eve is glimmering on the horizon and all this last minute scrambling for gifts left sparkly dresses for ourselves on the back burner.
Well, that's all about to change. The presents are wrapped, cookies are baked and we need something dazzling (but still affordable) to wear when the ball drops.
We hit the stores once more and found just the thing - a chic sequin dress paired with a cropped tux jacket, edgy accessories and suede stilettos to ensure you'll kick off 2011 on a well-heeled foot.
1. Aryn K. Celebration in Tinsel Town Dress, $89.99
Assuming you're anything like us, you're still trying to track down the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. Luckily, there's no better time to shop local to score unique finds from neighborhood shops and this weekend's holiday edition of Renegade Craft Fair.
Bonus: you won't have to worry about paying for overnight shipping to ensure it arrives on time (leaving you more time to procrastinate).
So in anticipation of our indie shopping extravaganza, we've put together a weather-friendly look highlighting local designers and boutiques:
Chances are, you're dying to go to the ballet after seeing Natalie Portman's staggering performance in Black Swan. If you haven't already seen Aronofsky's latest flick, go see it immediately and then get back to this post.
Though you'd like to think you've mastered the art of cocktail dressing (and drinking) over the years, one annual event continues to leave you stumped: the office holiday party.
Well, you're not alone.
So here's the scenario: your boyfriend invited you to spend Thanksgiving with his family, and you're slightly panicked. Not only is it the first time you're meeting the whole fam (yes, even his crazy uncle), but you've gotten used to having a casual potluck with friends to celebrate the national day of overeating.
Though it seems like yesterday we were chasing after Indian Summer, all the telltale signs would say otherwise – the air is refreshingly brisk, the sunlight is fleeting and your TV won't stop trying to sell you toys and diamonds.
Yep, the holidays are officially here and what better way to kick off the season than with some good old-fashioned ice skating.
While it may seem a bit odd practicing your pivot in 60° weather, at least that means we can skip the long underwear and opt for something a bit more Aprés-Skate, if you will.
So grab your hot toddy-filled thermos and hit the ice:
There's running, and then there's running.
Sunday's US Half Marathon happens to fall into the latter category, which means it's time to ditch the ratty tee you've worn to the gym since college and invest in some serious running gear.
Even though you'll probably look a bit, um, flushed by the end of the race, this week's look guarantees you'll still look fab when crossing the finish line.
Year after year, despite making a mental note to think of a Halloween costume in advance, it always comes down to frantically throwing together an ensemble a few days before the big day. But that doesn't mean you can't still come up with something brilliant without having to fight the last-minute costume shop masses. With that, we leave you with 3 fail-safe ideas for guys that you can piece together with minimal effort:
1. Mark Zuckerberg: The best part of dressing up as the geeky billionaire is getting to dress in the comfy clothes your better half usually won't let you out of the house in, topped off with Gawker's creepy print-out Zuckerberg mask.
Year after year, despite making a mental note to think of a Halloween costume in advance, it always comes down to frantically throwing together an ensemble in the final weeks before the big day. But that doesn't mean you can't still come up with something brilliant without having to fight the last-minute costume shop masses. With that, we leave you with 3 fail-safe ideas for women that you can piece together with minimal effort:
1. Sue Sylvester from Glee: Yes, we know this will be a popular costume this year, but that's okay because there are few things better than getting to hit the bars in a track suit, yelling insults at passerbys through a megaphone. Seriously, name one.