It’s Indian summer in San Francisco, and temperatures are on the rise. As are the local luminaries in our annual Hot 20, er . . . Hot 30. That’s right. We were so impressed by the crop of talent and brains moving the needle this year—in fields as diverse as technology, music, education, sports, and arts—that we added 10 bright stars to our list.
Before this summer, I had never run more than a mile at a time and thought a burpee was something only babies did. I am not an athlete. But this Sunday, I have to be.
In just over a day, I'll be joining five of my closest friends in what will perhaps be the most ridiculous challenge of our lives to date. For this, we blame Brian, who started obsessing about team-building activities earlier this year and got the harebrained idea that we'd all love to try a Tough Mudder—you know, that crazy obstacle course designed by the British Special Forces that tests "your all around strength, stamina, and mental grit." Clearly, persuasion is Brian's forte—by July, all of us suckers had signed up for the team.
These sartorially blessed NY transplants share fashion tips, style advice, and their thoughts on SF style. Photography by Nadya Wasylko
Lina Kutsovskaya, Sephora Vice President Executive Creative Director
Doing dirty vineyard work may not top the bucket lists of most fashion models, but St. Helena native Michèle Ouellet is no ordinary glamazon. The bicoastal 24-year-old has posed for the pages of Nylon, Vanity Fair, and Glamour and starred in campaigns for Madewell and Michael Kors, but she says she’s still a “diehard Napa girl” who grew up in a family of wine industry pros. Now Ouellet is blending her high fashion career and her homegrown Napa roots to produce a singularly stylish wine.
Move over, food trucks. Christina Ruiz is rolling into your territory with SF's first-ever fashion truck. The TopShelf Boutique founder first launched her "pop-up" store at Hayes Valley's Urban Air Market in May with much aplomb. If the food truck phenomenon could make such a big splash, there's no reason why the concept couldn't also take off with fashion.
Whether you're new to the city, looking for something to do with visitors, or just enjoy learning more about the city you love, the SF Public Library free City Guides tours never disappoint.
Your walk through Civic Center just got more interesting. Beyond the Jun Kaneko heads outside the War Memorial building and the 24-foot red lotus outside the Asian Art Museum is the new window display "Air & Space Museum," which transforms the storefront space at 155 Grove into a botanical garden of sorts. Local artist Randy Colosky (who's been all over SF of late, with shows at Gallery Hijinks, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, and Incline Gallery) has built a synthetic growing station that will yield an array of plants over the course of the exhibition. Now that's a work in progress.
Feel like a kid again with special screenings of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach. Bring a candy bar to accompany your wine at this Top of the Mark summer movie series pick or stick around for the SF Film Society Q&A with the people who made the giant stop-motion animation peach come alive.
When: 7:30 p.m., Tues. 8/7 and 11 a.m., Sat. 8/11
Just a short jaunt from LA, Huntington Beach is decidedly OC. Picture suburban-feeling developments, big, beautiful houses, and long stretches of beach, plus a relaxed summer vibe that seems to last all year long. Still an up-and-coming destination, Huntington Beach makes a sweet weekend getaway if you're looking for some warmer-than-SF summer weather and a little R&R.
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