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Halloween Weekend Alternative: The Claremont’s Tango Dance Weekend

For those seeking something exciting to do this weekend that doesn't involve costumes and candy corn, the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley is throwing a Tango dance weekend extravaganza.

SF's Zoe Bikini Recommends the Best Bikini Beach Locales

The designer behind the Mission's Zoe Bikini grew up in Santa Barbara, but she now resides in Marin with a sun deck and a bounty of bikinis. Zoe recently relaunched her website boasting her customizable swim styles as the Bay Area enters Indian Summer—the best time of year to wear a bikini locally (fingers crossed for beach days soon!). Here, the seasoned beach goer offers up her favorite sandy spots to show them off at.

Feistyelle: Statement Jewelry With All of the Drama and None of the Weight

Bold, heavy jewelry. It may be enchanting at first, but these heavyweights usually find themselves lonesome left in your jewelry box. That is the last thing local jewelry designer Leslie Yang of Feistyelle wants. Yang also wants to promote sustainable style. Combine laser-cut wool felt, vegan suede and bamboo ply, with sustainable standards, and you have a featherweight, eco-friendly accessories collection.

Lazy Glamour: Classy and Fabulous Panties With a Purpose

Lazy Glamour: Classy and Fabulous Panties With a Purpose

"Underwear is very personal. It should reflect our best self, and make us feel good," says Lazy Glamour founder, Kristina McMillan. May I add: It should also be cute. That's the thinking–and the look–behind Lazy Glamour, a San Francisco-based organic underwear company.

bkr: Anti-Plastic Beauty in a Bottle

bkr: Anti-Plastic Beauty in a Bottle

Everyone knows that Coke tastes better in a glass bottle. Mexican Coke, as it's most commonly referred to. So it makes sense that water tastes best in a glass bottle too. This was only one idea behind bkr, a San Francisco-born reusable water bottle company that outshines the rest.

A Condensed Cool Guide to Venice Beach's Abbot Kinney

Up here you may not have heard the word that GQ recently dubbed Venice Beach's Abbot Kinney Boulevard “The coolest block in America.” The reality is that Abbot Kinney (AK for short) is more than one block and it's pretty cool. It has everything a shopper and foodie could consume. It runs through historical beach bohemia. Colorful people abound. And, it's summer in Los Angeles—the perfect time for a quick escape south.

Shop Local For Your Wedding Dress with Sarah Seven

Sarah Seven may not have started her bridal and special occasion design company in SF, but she's here now.

Berkeley's Marie Veronique Organics: Intelligent Ingredients for Summer

Marie Veronique Organics: Intelligent Ingredients for Summer

You’ve finally made sunscreen a part of your daily skincare routine. Good. Thinking like the organic and raw food movements, pure ingredients are the smartest way to go. Enter Marie Veronique Organics, a line of ecologically responsible and natural anti-aging products out of Berkeley.

Brunch, Hike, Couch: DDCC Hoodies Have You Covered

Brunch, Hike, Couch: DDCC Hoodies and Tops Have You Covered

You know a Bay Area designer knows her stuff when she debuts a summer collection of hoodies as opposed to bikinis. Cozy chic enthusiasts will appreciate DDCC designer Diana Mitchell’s love for the hoodie and her five different styles for every hoodie mood.

Next Stop on Madewell’s Denim Roadtrip: SF!

Next stop on Madewell’s Denim Roadtrip: SF!

A couple of Airstream trailers have been cruising through the city lately, but none have been full of soft and adorable Madewell denim, until now. SF is the 13th stop on Madewell’s Denim Roadtrip with Seattle being the finale on May 19th. This Wednesday, take a fun break and stop by the shiny vessel parked on the corners of Grant Ave & Geary Street from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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