Confession: I'd never been to HD Buttercup. Though I enjoy interiors, my place is packed solid, so I don't furniture window shop much, however I do want a new bed...When I caught wind of the SOMA furniture store's half-yearly sale I rode over and disappeared from reality for about a half-hour.
What's the next best thing to having your own boat? OK, a friend with a boat. Thirdly, it's channeling cruise with a cool dose of nautical chic. Campy friendships bracelets have experienced an apparent wind and roped, corded, and anchored bracelets are aloft.
When in doubt, give the gift of gluttony. It's party season and that means weddings, housewarmings, graduations, birthdays, and Giants games, are in full effect. And really, do we need an occasion to celebrate? San Franciscans love to party and we love our wine. Enter the perfect priced party prop: Swanson Vineyards' Modern House Wines. At $25 a pop, these conversation pieces will surely impress the party, and the host will love it most.
Gucci has a lot to celebrate — 90 years worth. This year marks the Italian luxury house's 90th anniversary and creative director Frida Giannini has designed an exclusive collection to celebrate. The '1921 Collection' is comprised of men's and women's ready to wear, accessories, jewelry and watches and will be available at exclusive Gucci stores, including our own Stockton Street store.
Craving some Paris chic? And India and Tunisia? Breeze by North Beach's La Boutique to get a slice of European style and spotlight accessory designer Shourouk. The elegant boutique carries hard-to-find designers like Vanessa Bruno, Cacharel and Jerome Dreyfuss, and also Paris-based mixed media magnifico Shourouk.
If there were a time to venture to Berkeley, it would be now. 1809B Fourth Street to be exact. Amidst the promenade, lives sustainable clothing and accessory boutique, Convert. They do innovative eco things and the latest involves LA-based shoe designer Jeffrey Campbell and dead-stock fabrics.
San Franciso's beards and hippies have a new hang out. But dandies and professionals have a warm seat on the custom-made '20s-style train station bench, too. F.S.C. Barber still smells of woodchips, and it's open for business. Replete with vintage and reburbished furniture, an apothecary station, a 100-year-old mahogany pillared floor, a retail shop, and shoe shining station, Valencia Street's new barber lounge melds tradition with modernity.
Fashion is fast, and we, savvy shoppers, are always on the prowl for the next big thing. Sure, H&M is a staple and we love mega fashion houses like Prada, but isn't it great when you find a unique item from an amazing, emerging designer?
Local jewelry designer Kate Ellen is offering an exclusive discount to 7x7 readers for her new collection. Check out the goods at her Etsy Pop Up store (she's currently hard at work revising her own website). Type in welove7x7 at time of purchase and you'll receive 25% off your order! Christmas came early this year!
Photo by Philipp Striebe