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Samantha Durbin

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.

A San Francisco Fashion Treat: The Arts of Fashion Symposium 2011

If Halloween isn't inspiring you, perhaps this year's Arts of Fashion Symposium will. Taking place the weekend of October 29-30 at the San Francisco Art Institute, you can witness fashion competition at its best with presentations and creative works from budding international fashion talent. Lectures, networking opportunities, photography exhibits, and fashion film screenings, will occur all day, both days. And most of this inspiration will come free.

Wellness Amongst The Wilderness at Tahoe's Wellness Weekend, October 21-23

Tahoe is intrinsically relaxing: mountain air, lake views, mellow townies, and countless activities to satiate an athletic appetite. Whether an avid skier or river floater, most people leave Tahoe with an overall feeling of greatness. Tahoe is also an ideal retreat for gaining wellness while lapping in luxury. The 4th annual Lake Tahoe Wellness Weekend at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino offers an all-inclusive two days packed with fitness and healthy living classes and seminars at an alpine oasis.

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.

Two Intense Workouts at Hayes Valley's Informed Body

Though I am not a marathoner, it seems an increasing amount of my friends are. Training includes not only running ridiculous distances, but adding in ample cross-training to prevent injury. Tucked away in Hayes Valley, Informed Body is an intimate exercise studio specializing in Pilates, yoga, and personal training. Pilates may be a fine workout for overall fitness,  but Kettlebell and Gyrotonics are two completely different, wholly effective stretch and strength workouts ideal for the avid runner. 

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.

International Orange Indulgence Is Standing By

Relax with San Francisco luxury spa International Orange

There are good San Francisco spas and there are better ones. International Orange has always kept a low profile as one of the better ones. Never compromising quality, and always delivering luxury, IO has launched an initiative to keep up with the Living Socials and Groupons of the city. But you have to be flexible and ready to relax. Ready?

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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