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Department 17 Moves its Menswear to Hayes Valley

Department 17 is starting 2012 with a fresh coat of paint. The indie menswear store is moving from Nob Hill to Hayes Valley, into a larger space, large enough to integrate some womenswear into the mix.

SF-Based StyleVISA Curates The World

For those with perpetual wanderlust, a new SF-based website, StyleVISA, can provide a temporary travel fix. The site features finds from France, Sweden, New Zealand, Japan, Africa, Mexico, Tunisia, Canada and across the US, ranging from home goods to skincare to accessories. Each product has a story and a complimentary Tumblr blog extends the StyleVISA trip via inspirational world photography.

Shop and Snap San Francisco with New App Snapette

Come holiday shopping, you mean business. And post-holidays, when retailers have their deepest sales, shopping isn't a pastime; it's an art. If this is you, your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad can guide and entertain you with Snapette, a new location-based photo-sharing shopping app. With GPS technology, Snapette allows users and retailers to share current finds and inventory and where to get it, right there, right then.

Palace Hotel's Gingerbread Competition

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A couple days ago, we told you about the Palace Hotel's annual Gingerbread Competition, where you can vote for your favorite and support a charity. Pop into the Palace's gorgeous lobby to marvel at 11 fantastical designs from local businesses and celebrities—including your friends here at 7x7!—each of whom worked with a Palace culinary expert.

Occupy Gingerbread: Vote in the Palace Hotel 2011 Gingerbread Competition

Holiday season is always a hectic time, but this year feels especially frantic, with San Franciscans seeming even more in need of a little reminder of what this time of year is really about: sweet dreams of miniature edible housing projects.

Atelier Swarovski's High-Dazzle Holiday

Swarovski is always thinking outside the crystal box. For their ninth Atelier Swarovski collection, they enlisted designers from the worlds of fashion, jewelry, architecture and costume design to create cutting edge collections. You can find some items by Rodrigo Otazu, Arik Levy, and Mary Katrantzou in the Swarovski store on Geary, and you can peruse the others on their website. Here's a selection of some sparkling favorites that would make extraordinary stocking stuffers.

Turk+Taylor, Six Years Strong, Party On

Better late than never, says Turk+Taylor of their official launch party this week. The six-year-old San Francisco eco-fashion sweetheart is finally having a party for you to meet, or re-meet, the brand. And they're going big.

J.Hilburn Makes Shopping a Habit For Men

It's about time men's fashion got some attention. If the growing number of modern barber shops and menswear blogs is any indicator, soon enough men will be outshining women. Well, maybe not. But it's happening and men can finally shop the way men are meant to shop, which is very different from the way women shop. If anyone knows this, it's Hil Davis, the CEO of J.Hilburn, whose rapidly growing menswear business brings the luxury of the Italian mill to the masses.

Macy Dresses by Giambattista Valli Provide Your Party Dress Solution

Allow me to light a fire under you to get to the nearest Macy's and swoop up at least one Giambattista Valli for Macy's party dress — or leopard tuxedo pant — for the holidays. Here are your directions: Impulse department, or lift a finger at www.macys.com/impulse, veer right, sharp left, look out for the draped and ruffled, dead sexy confections in ruby red, classic black, and glamorous leopard.

The Real Real Helps You Find The Real Designer Deal

It was only a matter of time before flash sale sites went niche and high-end. The recently launched The Real Real hosts designer clothing and accessory consignment sales for 72 hours, five times a week. Three words: Watch out eBay.

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