There are many quick mood fixers in San Francisco: Biking, Golden Gate sunsets, a day at the de Young, a sweet treat from Tartine Bakery, the Polish martini at Blondie's. Likewise, a trip to SOMA's HD Buttercup always revives the spirit. If you need a lift, peruse HD Buttercup's new addition: the Millworks shop-in-shop, inspired by happy-go-lucky LA-based textile designer Andrea Bernstein.
In the Bay Area, the lines between outdoor gear and city wear are blurry. There aren't many other places where you see an abundance of North Face jackets at bars and Lululemon pants on the bus. Come winter, when weekend warriors take a powder to get to powder in Tahoe, their clothes must be snow tested and city approved. Enter Pop Outerwear, a San Francisco-based company that designs for “the 9-to-5'ers that dream of snow.”
On January 26, San Francisco's savvy shoppers convened at the Embarcadero Center's Loft store for an extraordinary shopping experience.
Guests enjoyed fantastic wine from Napa Valley's Flora Springs Winery, icy Stella Artois, and delicious hors d'oeuvres from San Francisco's award-winning Osha Thai's catering menu—all while receiving 30% discounts off all fashions while grooving to awesome tunes from DJ Von.
Loft San Francisco is located at 4 Embarcadero Center.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.