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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.

49 Square Miles Shop Their Own Closet

Why rent out additional pop-up retail space when you can have a shop-within-company-headquarters? 49 Square Miles, a luxurious, yet understated accessory line based out of South San Francisco decided to utilize their work space to the max: They just opened a charming retail space located on the ground level of their office building. An eclectic mix of handbags, belts, jewelry, and scarves will be open for business on Fridays, or by appointment.

Shauns Shades Look Good, Feel Good, and Do Good

Sunglasses designed in California and made in Italy. Nice. And for a second dose of niceness, for every pair purchased, Shauns Shades gives a pair of glasses to someone suffering from visual challenges. Shauns Shades' mission is simple: to support, empower, and help solve the problem of visual impairment and eliminate blindness, one cool frame at a time.

Alexa Chung Celebrates Her Second Madewell Collection With a Visit to San Francisco

It seems like a long time since Alexa Chung debuted her first collection with Madewell last year. Too long. A sequel has been in the works and this time Alexa is making a cameo at San Francisco's nearly-mint Madewell store this Thursday to celebrate.

Narrowing Down Missoni For Target to Seven SF-Inspired Selections

I have a motto: When the world zags — zig. But when the world brings Missoni to the masses, I say zig zags for all. Not since Matthew Williamson's collection for H&M have I been so excited for a high/low collaboration. Tomorrow, Missoni for Target brings their definitive luxury zig zags and graphic prints to Target stores worldwide and online. As exciting as it is, the 400-piece collection is overwhelming. Spanning womenswear, menswear, girls, baby, and home, I have curated a San Francisco-centric selection of seven picks from the look book.

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