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Weddington Way: Bridesmaid Shopping Gets Social

A Burmese Thriller-themed wedding in Vegas. A fairytale wedding on a barn. A salsa-fueled wedding in Zihuantanejo, Mexico. All true wedding stories, all different, all requiring a lot of planning. And while a wedding planner can help with a lot of the details, there are certain parts of the wedding process that can be a bonding experience, rather than a stressful one. Such as outfitting the bridesmaids.

Wave Porn: Chronicle Books' Best Surf Reads

When not wet, there are ways for surfers to further their surf game aside from doing daily push-ups. By flipping through pages of inspirational photographs, reading about conquering fears, and learning about the culture of the sport, immersion leads to enlightenment. For non-surfers, absorbing oceanic imagery and scoping out hot bodies in boardshorts and bikinis can be a fun pastime, too. Arguably one of the most stylish sports, surfing is undeniably cool. But there's so much more beyond the water's surface. San Francisco-based Chronicle Books is a fan, pumping out odes by the month. Here's a rundown of the publisher's best wave porn...

Saks and 7x7 Have a Mannequin Moment

In case you haven't felt the buzz, fashion's party night of the year, Fashion's Night Out, is upon us. This Thursday, celebrate fashion with like-minded lovelies nationwide, in San Francisco. Here is a rundown of the city's events, and you can find 7x7 representing at Saks Fifth Avenue, in collaboration with Stylelist. Join me and a select group of Bay Area bloggers for drinks, tunes, and makeovers, but the real attraction will be a mannequin installation by the bloggers.

Four of San Francisco's Finest Wedding Planners

It seems it's always wedding season around the Bay. I blame it on the countless amounts of beautiful venues. Oh, and romance. While I have a fondness for destination weddings (vacay!), I have celebrated at some of the City's and surrounding area's loveliest locations. When there are so many possibilities for one's monumental matromonial day, planning can be daunting. So let someone else do it, while you sit back and bask in love. Here are four local planners who love love and love to help. 

Fillmore Street's Pizza Inferno is Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot

Pizza and beer. You can find this classic combo all over the city. However, Fillmore's Pizza Inferno now carries the largest selection of draft beers on Fillmore and has a VPN certified pizzaiolo. That is, new Chef Ettore Rusciano is a member of Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN) and hails from Naples, the birthplace of the pizza. Pizza Inferno also has an extended happy hour. Still the same chill spot at the corner of Fillmore and Sutter, Pizza Inferno is hot.

Basil Racuk: Emeryville's Solution To The Man Purse

At a time when over-the-top fashion seems silly, and luxury feels so right, investment pieces are the way to go. And while the new Target in Emeryville will soon be housing luxury-meets-mainstream Missoni for Target, in the same neighborhood a true luxury brand is in the making: Basil Racuk.

Barefoot Wine's Facebook Film Debut: One Beach

Isn't it refreshing when brands get off their butts and do something to help the world? Do-good local winery Barefoot Wine has launched a Facebook campaign to promote their beach rescue initiatives through a viral film called One Beach: A film about creativity, optimism, and fun, while cleaning the world's beaches. Directed by surfer and filmmaker Jason Baffa, this environmental documentary about beach preservation, is in collaboration with Surfrider and BBDO SF. Blending the world's of wine, the environment, the arts, advertising, and social media, it's a short film with a lot of gumption.

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Pacifica: Sleepy, But Far From Boring

So many of us venture over a bridge or down the windy Highway 1 for weekend escapes. But how about saving some gas and spending a few easy-going hours in San Francisco's coastal neighbor, Pacifica? Just 15 miles south of the city, and founded at the same time as San Francisco, in 1769, by Spanish explorers, Pacifica is a sleepy coastal town with bohemian charm and many hidden gems. Sleepy yes, boring no. Even though Pacifica means “peaceful” in Spanish, it's fast growing as a surf town and affordable staycation destination.

Keylee Sanders, Stylist, Consultant, and Fashion Commentator

Keylee Sanders

Shot on location at Sanders’ home in SoMa / Photography by Chad Riley

Keylee Sanders stylist, consultant, and fashion commentator

Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Actress, Director, Former First Lady of SF

Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Shot on location in Newsom’s garden in Ross / Photography by Tyler Gourley

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