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Mary Jo Bowling

How To Get the Perfect Wedding-Day Hair

Several hours into her September 18th wedding reception, hairstylist Jennifer Solden started to think about bridal hairdos in a new way. Sure, her elaborate updo looked great, but as she danced into the wee hours her head started to ache from the weight of it. She left the event as Mrs. Erik Roggeveen and with a new perspective on wedding hairstyles. Today she has created three styles that look great, but acknowledge the reality of today’s weddings.

Easter Estate Sale in Twin Peaks

Easter weekend is almost here and while some will be hunting decorated eggs, others will be searching for estate sale bargains. Here's a hint: Head out to the Twin Peaks neighborhood for a sale at 9 Warren Drive.

It's actually three sales under one roof because Martin and Valetta Codina of Fine Estate Liquidation like to offer shoppers lots and lots of options.

Wedding Proposal Ideas For Romantically-Challenged Guys

Last week we brought you the ultimate in creative wedding proposals, a “will you marry me” written in the sand on Ocean Beach. A lot of wanna-be grooms commented that Jason Fordley was making the rest of the male population look a bit, well, lame. Fellows (and go-getter women), if you haven’t got game, we’ve got your solution. Simply U Events, a wedding planning business that has recently expanded to Northern California, is providing help for the romantically challenged.

Sand-Written Wedding Proposal Mystery Solved!

Before we delve into the deets behind the mystery proposal that captivated our readers, let’s get a couple of things out of the way: (1) Her name is Kelly Riplinger and she said “yes” and (2) Jason Fordley, the mastermind behind the sand art question, might well be the most romantic man in San Francisco.

Sand-Written Wedding Proposal at Ocean Beach

Publicist Sasha Vasilyuk sent me these photos of a wedding proposal over the weekend and I can’t stop thinking about them. Does anyone out there know Kelly, who proposed to her, and what she answered?

Here’s what we know: A friend of Vasilyuk came upon the graphic proposal over the weekend at Ocean Beach and snapped these pictures. As the photos show, it’s an amazing work of sand art topped with the words: Will you marry me Kelly?

It must have taken someone hours to create the beautiful pattern. I’d love to get the full story—how he or she made the design, how long it took him or her, and how Kelly reacted.

Vermillion Graham Opens in the Mission

In the world of designers Garry Graham and Tony Vermillion color is king; vintage fashions from the 70s are alive and well; and art from the 80s is something to be celebrated, not scorned. This week the New York transplants bring their style to an unexpected corner of the Mission in  their new store Vermillion Graham.

Hundreds of Thousands of Items for Sale at Oakland Estate Sale This Weekend


Q: Just how big is the estate sale at 264 Monte Vista Avenue in Oakland this weekend?

A: It's so large that organizers have spent 12 days sorting and pricing and they are still finding new things.
A: There are so many pieces, they estimate the for-sale items number into the hundreds of thousands.
A: It's a sale whose variety and breadth will have attendees talking for years.

Estate Sale Report: Castro Residents Move On

This sale in the Castro district is described as a moving sale. I don't know where the residents are going, but it must be to a furnished home, because it appears they are selling all of their worldly goods.

It happens in this sweet cottage, located at 311 Cumberland St., just a block up from the intersection of 20th and Church Streets.

The stagers of the event, The YES Co., say you may come for the sale, but you'll want to stay for the amazing view.

The de Young's Spanish-Themed 'Bouquets to Art' Looks Forward to Balenciaga Exhibit

At this moment the best floral designers in the Bay Area are assembling dazzling arrangements behind closed doors at the de Young Museum, readying for the opening of a Spanish-themed Bouquets to Art 2011. To call the creations "bouquets" is a misnomer; many of them are themselves sculptural artwork.

To be fully transparent, I must tell you that I've volunteered for this event and worked for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. But, honestly, I can put all that history aside to say that this is one of the most fantastic design events of the year.

The premise is simple: floral designers create arrangements inspired by artwork in the de Young's collection. This year, since the highly anticipated exhibition Balenciaga and Spain opens March 26, the event celebrates Cristobal Balenciaga's home country.

A Casual Ranch Wedding Inspired By 80s Movies

“We’re gathered here today to celebrate the marriage of Amanda Margulies and Paul Charney…they’ve learned that falling in love with one another has been like the exploration of a place that is wild, surprising and liberating—like Yosemite National Park or the dollar rack at Target.”

That’s how Paul and Amanda’s irreverent and laughter-filled wedding ceremony began on a sunny day at Tabor Ranch in Esparto, California (about 40 miles from Davis). The officiant, Jon Wolanske, is a Killing My Lobster alum (Paul is a co-founder of the comedy sketch group), and he delivered an unforgettable service.

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