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Stop and Smell The Bay's Spring Blooms

Flower shows and festivals in San Francisco and the Bay Area

The days may be longer, but spring is not officially sprung until March 20. The San Francisco Bay Area never minds that and kicks off celebratory nature events early. From high art floral installations to educational eco-gardening to Brazil, this spring will surely be another beautiful one.

Pop Physique Brings Sexy Back to San Francisco

Pop Physique San Francisco

The Bar Method and The Dailey Method have some competition: A SoCal born barre workout with a faster soundtrack, more props, and sexier marketing.

Time for Tea at La Boutique

La Boutique La Tea

The pop up shop has spread from fashion to food to fitness, and San Francisco’s all in one art gallery, fashion boutique, and event space, La Boutique, is now brewing pop up tea.

Taking Lip Gloss to the San Francisco Streets

Elizabeth Street Cosmetics: Taking Lip Gloss to the San Francisco Streets

Everyone talks about how inspiring San Francisco is, but not everyone walks the walk. Kelly Crispen, Proprietress of Elizabeth Street Cosmetics, took that inspiration and turned it into a beauty business where lip balm, lip gloss and lipsticks are named after the streets of San Francisco; they're also paraben-free and loaded with natural antioxidants.

The Modern Canine: Reused Fashion For The Dogs (And Cats)

Eco-friendly dog clothes

The term eco-friendly is commonplace, but let's not forget about it's predecessor “reuse.” It may not be as buzzy, but it's just as smart. Reuse is the premise of The Modern Canine, a local petwear company delivering distinguished outerwear and accessories for dogs, and a few fun things for cats, all made from discarded fabrics from the fashion industry.

From Venice Beach to Valencia Street: The Detox Market

From Venice Beach to Valencia Street: The Detox Market (DRAFT)

The Detox Market began with Valerie Grandury, a breast cancer survivor looking to wipe her health slate clean with a vegan diet and non-toxic skincare. She found a partner in fellow toxin-free advocate, Romain Gaillard, who helped Valerie source additional natural products for her clientele. A pop-up shop of detox-inspired products on Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach was born, a Beverly Hills outpost followed, and now San Franciscans in search of a “dream team of organic and natural products” can be found on Valencia Street.

Personalized Beauty in a Box, Shipped to You Every Month

Beauty Army

Admit it: You love a morsel of beauty. You know the excitement when you're making a purchase at Sephora and you get to pick your rewards freebie? SF-based beauty entrepreneur and makeup artist Lindsey Guest knows this feeling well and recreates it with Beauty Army, a luxury beauty sample box service for $12 a month.

Academy of Art Fall 2012 Graduate Runway Show at New York Fashion Week This Friday

A select group of San Francisco Academy of Art graduates will debut their Fall 2012 collections this Friday at New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center.

Say Hello to The Millworks Shop-in-Shop at HD Buttercup

Millworks Shop-in-Shop at HD Buttercup

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.

American Giant, American Made For Life

American Giant, American Made For Life

At a time when many clothing brands are emphasizing basics, newcomer American Giant is taking basics one step further by bringing back the glory of the Made in the USA label. From the man who brought us Chrome, American-Giant.com launches today and offers premium basics manufactured in the Bay Area, marketing and design frill-free.

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